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The video was good. Just verifying you know that the better machines have 7 heads around the drum, 2 each for 2 hr SP mode; 2 each for 6 hr EP or SLP mode, 2 each for HiFi Audio; and 1 for a flying erase to better erase data before recording. Along the bottom edge of the rotating part of the drum you will see little slots and that is where the heads are located. 4 hr LP mode works but not officially supported.
Now your tape you recorded I did see little bits where the came from the top and bottom and then the picture cleared. This is the tracking, after scanning you should not loose track and need to re-auto adjust but it is not as bad as the pre-recorded tapes. Considering all the video heads are clean then you need to make sure the two roller that pull the tape out are solid and you cannot turn the stems as that will adjust the tape path across the drum. I have seen the set screws come loose and the stems turn and sometimes tapes work and sometimes they don't. If all of this is good then something is probably going in the tracking circuit. But even random show points toward video heads, if there is a heavy vertical line across the picture and the rest light then that points more toward tracking. You almost need to get an oscilloscope and connect it to the RF envelope and look at what is coming off the drum. That would tell you a lot.
Personally I found Mitsubishi S-VHS or VHS machines the pickiest players to get correct and play without fault but they work fine when adjusted correctly.