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    Hi I have a 8mm camcorder tape that has snapped, does anyone know how to fix this or get it transferred onto another tape. There is special events on there of my toddler daughter so if anyone could help it would really be appreciated.

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    Hi - I've repaired minidv before by opening the case, overlapping some sellotape (I can hear the purists moan from here) over the break, then turning the cogs until the join is past the 'read' section.
    Providing you don't rewind beyond the join it'll allow transfer of the footage.
    Other than that, take it to a video specialist/ 'Hi Fi store' or similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    I can hear the purists moan from here
    If it works, it works. And I've heard quite a few people (actually, one other person) say it worked for them too.

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    Too true. When the colour drains out of your face due to broken tape/computer crashes, desperation takes over.
    I have been overwhelmed many times in these situations and hate losing valuable time getting techy help - needs must!
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    Yea - happened to me - razor blades and sellotape and a steady had - I even ran my splice over the drum - reckelss I know...

    Also reckellss that I had been using the tape over and over for four years or so... I wondered now long it would last.

    BTW I didn notice any degradation or dropouts - it just broke - lols.
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    I had a slightly different problem, the tape was yanked completely out of the spool, yes I know I could probably have put it back in again. But unscrewing a tape and remembering where all those cogs and springs go again was beyond my level of patience, so I just f****d it in the bin. Too much like hard work but I did manage to get about 3/4 of my old Hi 8 tapes transferred so I cut my losses.

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