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Is Sony Video 8 the same as Hi8?

The difference between Video 8 and Hi8 tapes is that Hi8 tapes contain more magnetic material for storing more information. A Hi8 Camcorder has more advanced recording technology vs Video 8 and will result in a 400 lines of resolution when recording on a Hi8 tape vs 240 lines of resolution on a Video 8 tape.

Can I clean tape heads with methylated spirits?

Denatured alcohol ( mentholated Spirit) is what is recommended over on Tapheads. Methylated spirits was what I used years ago for tape heads, but I remember reading that the dye leaves a residue and lighter fuel was better. Strangely, after using lighter fuel the heads on all my machines seemed to keep cleaner.

How do you use head cleaner?

Some cleaners have different directions, but in general you just put the cleaner in just like you would any other tape. Then press play (or start) and let it run for about 10 seconds. After that, just press stop and remove the cleaner and you’re good to go.

How long do Hi8 tapes last?

Research generally indicates that magnetic tapes like VHS and Hi8, stored well, will experience 10-20% signal loss, purely from magnetic decay, after 10-25 years. Given how long VHS has been obsolete, chances are that your old tapes have already reached, if not exceeded, this time frame.

Is it safe to clean 8mm camcorder heads?

A word of caution – do not run the tape for more than the specified time in the manual when cleaning your 8mm camcorder heads. Do not also rewind the tape. You should only rewind the tape after it has reached its end. Don’t follow one cleaning session with a few more to make your camcorder tape head cleaner.

What kind of cleaning cassette does a Sony camcorder use?

Sony 8mm Cleaning Cassette is ideal for camcorders, 8mm decks, and Video Walkman players and will provide 200 cleanings. It can also be used for Hi8 and Digital8 Camcorders.

What kind of power adapter does Sony Handycam use?

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