First, I have an old VHS unit that I confirmed working by outputting tape to our current TV.

I then connected the VHS unit to the Canon Elura 85 using the provided cables. I switch it to playback, AV>DV to ON and played the tape.

I see nothing on the viewfinder of the Elura. Well, nothing except some black lines jumping here and there.

I think the Elura isn't sensing full video playback, that it's a blank tape perhaps? Not sure if there's a setting that would tell it to ignore whatever it thinks as blank tape and just play the noise?

Update #1

I'm assuming the Elura is thinking that the VHS is spewing ghost signal... https://www.manualslib.com/manual/24448/Canon-Elura-80.html?page=84

Update #2

I also tried other various home video tapes and got the same results.

  • What VHS tape are you trying to copy? Is it a commercial video or a home video? – Michael Liebman Feb 6 '17 at 3:33
  • It's a VHS tape of home videos. – TekiusFanatikus Feb 6 '17 at 10:57

It was the cable (STV-250?) linking the VHS to my camera that was the problem. After borrowing one from a friend, it worked and I'm now capturing video.

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