Our camcorder is about 2-3 years old and all of the sudden when trying to playback you only see a blue screen. The camera makes a sounds like it is powering up and down repeatedly. Almost like it is trying start playing and then stopping. It is a soft revving sound that repeats over and over till you push stop. Is this a big problem? Should we start shopping or is this a fixable issue. Any help would be so appreciated. Our children are 1 and 3 and everyday we miss the opportunity to take new video.
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No. The Canon USA web site says the Canon DW-100 has a USB terminal and works with "USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (with compatible Canon camcorders only)." In other words, the Canon DW-100 burner works only with Canon's USB 2.0 camcorders. I have a Canon ZR200. The ZR200 has Firewire 400 digital video output, not USB 2.0 output. The USB port on the ZR200 is ONLY for still images. Video will not and cannot be output through the USB port on the ZR200. (Page 121 in the ZR200 manual mentions using the USB port on your camcorder for transferring still JPEG images to your computer.) You need a DVD burner with "DV Input" (also called Firewire 400 or IEEE 1394) to hook up your camcorder to burn Mini-DV tapes onto DVD. The Sony VRDMC10 Stand Alone DVD Recorder/Player has DV Input. The ZR200 camcorder did not come with a Firewire cable, but you can buy one at any electronics store or at a cheaper price online. Make sure that you get the right kind of Firewire cable, 4-pin to 4-pin or 4-pin to 6-pin, whatever the DVD burner you choose requires. (Your ZR200 has a 4-pin DV port on the camera's end.)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (with compatible Canon camcorders only)
Are you trying to do playback through firewire? or just the A/V cables? make sure there's no kinks or anything in the connection to cause an error. If that doesn't do anything then you might try a cleaning tape.to clean the head ,if the problem still persist then replace the battery
Beleive the CCD has stopped responding. A cheap way to verify this is to point an infrared remote towards the lens and press a key. This will usually provoke a response from the camera even if all else fails, barring a bad pickup device...accordianman
This is the description of the feature you need:
"Have friends in far-off places? Turn your ZR200 into a Webcam for Internet Video Chat with Microsoft Windows Messenger through IEEE1394. It's all possible thanks to the DV Messenger2 software, available as a free download for ZR200 owners. DV Messenger2 allows you to control the zoom and focus of your ZR200 or the camcorder of the person you are chatting with. Preview thumbnails and transfer photos. You can even watch and control the video playback of either camcorder right from your computer."
You can download DV Messenger Version 2 only after registering with Canon, see the bottom of the following page:
I believe the drivers are included in the download.
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