A Tape is Stuck in My Sony Hi8 Digital Handycam

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Before Sony Handicams moved onto digital hard drives, SD cards and miniDV tapes, the default recording method was a Hi8 tape. This is an analogue based, 8mm videotape, similar in size to an audio cassette tape. A tape might become stuck in the Sony Handycam. Inspect the issue to determine what is preventing the tape from ejecting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

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  1. 1

    Charge the Sony Handycam battery fully or connect the camera to an electrical socket. If the camera's battery is beginning to fail, the tape might not eject properly.

  2. 2

    Set the Sony Handycam to "View" mode, then press the "Eject" button. Wait a few moments for the tape deck to open. Sometimes, the tape does not eject when the camera is in "Record" mode.

  3. 3

    Remove your hand from around the tape deck. If you are holding the camera and press "Eject," the tape deck can't open because your hand is covering the deck.

  4. 4

    Open the tape deck and look over the Hi8 tape. If tape running out of the cassette -- if it is stuck inside the camera -- you must cut the tape with the scissors. This allows you to pull the debris from the deck. If you notice the tape is only caught on a spindle, you can remove the tape without cutting it using tweezers.

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