When I playback a MiniDV tape WITHOUT connecting the firewire cable both image and audio are perfect. But when I connect the Firewire cable to the DVS3's port playback starts to "fail". It is a mosaic pattern error. It occurs during two or three frames, when image rapidly shows little mosaic dots. The error happens randomly - 10 seconds after plaback stars, then after 1 minute, then after 3 seconds, and so forth.
I sent the VCR to JVC. The number/intensity of this error decreased but it still occurs.
The problem exists since first use. I also tried a brand new cable.
Any ideas? Is there any solution or have I lost my money for god?
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Re: Playback Problems using Firewire port
Is the power from both units being supplied from the wall outlet? If so, it is possible to accidently create what is known as a "ground loop" condition. The easiest way to induce this unwanted condition is to connect one unit to an outlet on one wall, and then connect the other unit to a whole different outlet. Always connect units to the same mains connection to help prevent this...Accordianman
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The problem is not with your TV. I have had this problem as well and the older the VCR gets the harder it is for it to turn the tape. Does your VCR react the same way with other tapes? Try Fastforwarding the tape about halfway and then test it again.
if you plug & unplug cable after turning off ,perhaps you can the conector firewire on the vcr inside there are 4 yellow cables if not the conector defect.try to push the cable firewire litle up down side just to make sure
No such thing s a dumb question, I transfer from my Canon XL1 to my Mac IBook with firewire all the time. You have three choices:
1. Buy a cable with two different ends - one that will fit your camera (the tiny one so small it is hard to insert) and one that will fit the Mac. Your Mac should have two different types of firewire ports - the semi-round one and the square one that looks like a USB port, but isn't. The symbols are different for firewire ports firewire and USB ports. But all firewire ports, regardless of the configuration will have the firewire symbol and all USB ports will have the USB symbol. Either firewire symbol port will work. I have two different firewire ports on my MacBook G4 and use them both, I keep a bunch of firewire connectors around. They usually come with outboard hard-drives in various configurations. Sold en Ebay or at computer stores
Solution 2: Feed your firewire through an outboard drive that will accept the 400 firewire (many do) and then take another firewire, say an 800, from that drive into your computer. I always capture to a hard drive then edit from there. The idea of a firewire bus is that you can connect a number of drives in parallel and mount them all. Available for as little as $69.
Solution 3: Buy a firewire port card for you MacBook which slips into a slot on the side, and gives you connectivity with the 400. It also frees up your main firewire port. I bought one on Ebay for $24 that came with all the adaptors.
I was pulling my hair out too until I figured out the system.
When connecting VCR to TV. Verify all connections. First if the connection is with coaxial cable make sure you signal from outside is screwed to the cable input on VCR. Then the VCR/TV output has the cable running to TV input. If hooking up with RCA cables , which is the yellow, red, and white cables. Hook one side up to VCR output. Yellow for Video, while red/white to audio output matching the colors. The same is done to the Television input. yellow for video, red/white for audio. Do a test recording. Use a blank tape, not one already recorded on. Record about 5 minutes Stop recording , rewind and playback. You should see the difference.
Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.
I have almost the same problem! Did you ever figure out what happened? Here's what I had posted yesterday:
Tech Friends - I recently got a non-sony tape stuck in my DSR-11 (bummer) and was forced to extricate it using the "my tape got stuck in the DSR - 11" article's method of removing the top cover and highest level of circuit board: http://www.fixya.com/support/t178954-tape_stuck_inside
This worked for the tape removal, however, upon replacing the circuit board and cover, the deck no longer seems to be able to do anything with video or audio. It still communicates with FCP via its firewire connection (ie FCP is able to control FF, rewind, play functions, etc), but it seems unable to read or write video. Also, we use it as an A - D converter box between a Beta SP deck and thecomputer (actually, this is the deck's main function here). Even when I switch it to the correct setting (video) and check to make sure that everything is plugged in correctly (trust me, I checked, it is), I get the "there is no video here" error message. Also, after trouble shooting the drive for a little while, I pressed the "reset" button the the rear. I'm not sure if that matters one way or the other. I don't think it does (that just resets the time code, right?) The question is, would this be a case of "fried firewire jack" such as it seems so many of us DSR - 11 owners have? Could I have done any frying myself by not having myself properly grounded when opening the shell? Is there anyone who knows the answer? Help! I can't digitize my video!
Comment by eltriunfo, posted on Sep 05, 2008
The Plot Thickens... Okay, I've checked all of the FCP settings and played with the deck more and it's only confused me more. I can now get it to not only be controlled by the computer, but actually print audio and video to mini dv tape. Also, I can record from my Beta SP deck to miniDV tape in the deck (connected through the "video" input on the rear of the unit). In other words, the deck seems to function perfectly doing everything except for converting analogue to digital passively. The way we always did it before was by keeping the input switch on the face of the unit on "video" and log and capturing in FCP with it as a noncontrolable ntsc device. This makes me understand it less. It means to me that it is not a broken switch, it's not a broken firewire port, everything works perfectly EXCEPT for using the unit as an A-D converter. What the dill-yo? If anyone in the world could offer any insight as to what could be causing this I would greatly appreciate it!
Are you absolutely sure that it is receiving an audio signal?
What input are you using? Try recording using alternate inputs.
Audio part of a VCR is normally way more reliable than the video.
The exception is on high-end stereo types where they record the extra
audio signals using the video head cylinder in which case it can easily
The input select switch on the front of the AJ-D230H needs to be in the "OPTION" position, not "LINE". That may help if all the other settings are correct. You will also have to make sure that you have selected the right codecs for the deck that you are using in the software. I am speaking as a Final Cut Pro user so only offer this as a suggestion as these are the things that work from out of Final Cut.
Good luck. It can be very frustrating, but awesome when it all comes together and works right!!!
I think you may have misconfigured something because the problem is not in your DSR-11 try connecting it to a monitor and you will see the time stamp and picture as proof of what I am saying. The problem I think is that your Mac is not processing the time stamp correctly.
Try this link first it helped me:
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