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    Default Sony CCD-TR780E Camcorder playback

    My Sony CCD-TR780E camcorder records in colour but will suddenly only play back in black and white. Can anyone help please?

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    How old is your camcorder? When did you last run a tape headcleaner through it? Do you see white horizontal lines or specks appearing aswell during playback? Is it like that with every tape you have tried or just with one in particular? Have you dropped the camcorder on a hard surface or let water get into it recently?

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    Thank you for your reply.
    My camcorder is about 8 yrs old. I havn't run a cleaner tape through it yet. There are no lines or specks on replay. Every tape is the same and it hasn't been dropped or had any water near it.
    I've tried the tapes on a different camcorder and they are OK. I will try a cleaner tape do you think that will cure it?

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    With an 8 year old camcorder it's unlikely running a tape cleaner through it will improve the picture. I'm no expert, but at a guess I'm sure the heads are worn away at this stage. Did you do a lot of recording and rewinding and fastforwarding with the camcorder? It's such an old model aswell, maybe you should consider buying a more up to date one, as prices are dropping all the time and you can enjoy all the benefits of digital.

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