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  1. I'm getting video dropouts when playing Hi8/Video8 recordings on my Digital8 camcorder, DCR-TRV740 but the same tapes play fine on my Hi8 camcorder, CCD-TRV65. Is this problem inherent in all Digital8 camcorders?

    My Digital8 camcorder plays Digital8 recordings fine.
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    The Hi8 camera may have dropout compensation that hides the errors. Or Digital8 cam could be a bit out of alignment in a way that manifests with the Hi8 tape.
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  3. So out of alignment usually means something is wrong with the tape transport or with the video drum?
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    The tape guides, which are part of the transport. The azimuth setting for 8 mm tapes is very picky.
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  5. Wish it was as easy as adjusting the azimuth on a cassette tape player. I actually never heard of test tapes for video or azimuth knob that can be adjusted on vcrs.
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    It's not a knob, but a height adjustment via screw mount on the drum entrance and exit tape guides. Wizardly techs can tweak these to play recordings that were made out of standard alignment. But I still think your problem is that the D8 camera doesn't have analog dropout compensation.
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  7. If you are right, then my problem will exists in all Digital8 camcorders which I should avoid from now on.
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