Digital8/Hi8 - How to change modes?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Okay, I have a Sony TRV 103 digital video camera. It states that if I use Digital8 video tapes it records 60 minutes, that is great, I am okay with that. Then, it states if I use Hi8 tapes it will record 120 minutes...great, I need that to record something from my VCR...

My question is how do I switch from recording in Digital8 to Hi8? I put in the Hi8 tape and it still records in 60 minutes...

The user manual says nothing...


  • Reply 1 of 2
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    you should try switching from SP (ShortPlay) to LP (LongPlay)

    of course LP is more bad if it comes to quality, but who cares?
  • Reply 2 of 2
    mimacmimac Posts: 871member
    Sorry, Digital8 camcorders will only PLAY BACK Hi8 or standard 8 recordings.

    Digital8 camcorders, by their nature, will only RECORD in digital format and using a 90 min Hi8 blank at best quality mode (SP) you will get 60 mins tops or 90 mins (LP).

    If you have a Hi8 tape previously recorded on a Hi8 camcorder at 120 mins then you will get 120 mins playback on your digital camcorder at Hi8 quality.

    Hope that answers your question.
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