I need a real expert's help here.
I shot many of my home videos on a Sony TRV-138 camcorder. I recently decided to convert my Hi8 tapes to digital. I bought a Sony EV-C200 Hi8 VCR to use as a workhorse to play the tapes back into my Dell XPS 420. I wanted the S-video output that the camcorder does not have. The computer capture works great, but on playback I noticed these strange comet looking white streaks continually to the right of white saturation areas.
I thought it was a problem with the VCR, and eventually I purchased a second, supposedly unused EV-C200 and noticed the same white peak problem! Now I've got a lot of money in VCRs! These are not cheap even used.
Then I rigged up an experiment. I purposefully shot a scene with a lot of white saturation using the TRV-138, and then the very same scene using a somewhat older but top-of-the-line for it's day Sony CCD-TRV99. Both scenes were shot using the same tape, one after the other.
I played the tape back in my newer EV-C200 and the scene recorded with the TRV-138 had the comet streak on the white peak, but the scene recorded with the TRV99 did not.
I also played a tape that was shot using a Sharp Viewcam, and a tape shot by someone else, both with white saturation in places, through the EV-C200, and there were no comet streaks on the white peak.
I shot a further white saturation scene on a second TRV-138 and the comet streaks were there on playback on the EV-C200.
So, is it possible that I could have two perfectly good EV-C200 Hi8 VCRs, but this particular model of Sony camcorder, the TRV-138, records white saturation in such a way that the EV-C200 shows comet streaks on playback?
I need a real wizard's help here.
Oh, and by the way, I can play any of my TRV-138 made tapes back on the TRV99 and they play perfectly with no streaking. Just to make the situation even more confounding for me.
What's going on? Any help would be hugely appreciated.