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White balance won't set manually

I own a Sony VX12100, which is about 4 years old. It's been a solid workhorse, as I've probably shot over 300 hours of footage. I was out on a shoot yesterday, and the manual white balance failed to set. The picture is very green, and when I go to set the WB in manual mode is just keeps flashing. Also, I've been getting the "Clean Cassette" warning on a more frequent basis lately. Any ideas?

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SOURCE: I have a Sony Mini DV Camcorder about 7 years old.

Yes, need to clean video head of camcorder.
Put MiniDV head cleaning tape in camera and clean its video head as per instructions on cleaning tape.

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SOURCE: Getting footage from a cassette onto a mac

Sorry but the only way to transfer the tape is to be able to play it in a compatible camcorder or player. Then use one of the analog to digital converters "available on the internet" to transfer it to a PC.
Best bet is to ask some friends if they have an old camcorder that will be able to play that video cassette for you.
Sidenote: If the cassette is fairly new it might already be recorded in digital format, in which case you only need a compatible camcorder or player and a USB or Firewire cable to import it into your Mac

Hope this helps, don't forget to vote if the answers you seek are helpful.

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Hello guys, please only reply if you have a realistic solution. I have a JVC HM100 camcorder and I have recently attached a cheap wide angle converter. Since then, my trouble started. When I take it off,...

When was the last time you white balanced your camera? I can't say for certain, but it sounds very similar to a problem I use to deal with all the time.
  1. set the ND filter according to the lighting
  2. set the WHT.BAL. switch to A or B
  3. locate a place with similar lighting conditions as the subject, place a white object near the center of the screen and zoom in to fill the screen with white
  4. press the auto white balance button
I got all of this from the manual. starting on page 35. I hope this turns out to be it. Let me know how it works out!

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Try going into "reset" master mode. otherwise you need to make sure your camera is shooting on the right setting for the light you are using. For example, when shooting in daylight with interior light setting (approx. 3200k) your photos will look off color and yellow or pink because sunlight is 5600k approx.,. . . contrary while shooting indoors with incandescant lighting if the camera is set for sunlight exposure (5600k) the picture will look blue. Make sure you read the manual on how to white balace, but first take the camera out of AutoExposure settings to do all the settings manually. Auto focus and auto exposure are for rookies and these types of errors will happen. Always try to do manual iris and manual focus for best results zoom in and get your focus on the subjects eyes then zoom out and frame up your shot.

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You must switch to preset, push the awb button on the front to switch from auto white balance indoor to auto white balance sunlight (3200k to 5600k). This will automatically balance the camera to the approximate settings needed. For fine tuning the white balance.....
If you want to set the A and B buttons, first switch to A, then hit the Auto button by the user 1,2 3 button until you are off of auto total white auto focus auto iris mode AWB A ch will show in the viewer hit the Auto again and ATW shows, meaning Auto total white is on, and you will not have control over the white balance, it will continue to float and try to automatically balance in the middle of your footage. Once you are on AWB A ch from hitting the AUTO button, then point the camera at the white you are balancing to (of course put the white under the lighting you want to balance to) push the AWB button on the front of the camera and hold it in until the camera goes through the white balance mode and the black balance mode,...the camera will go dark while this is being done but an OK with the correct color temperature will show briefly on the screen when it is done and you can release the AWB button. Now you have set the A button to the white balance for the current lighting.
If you are going to be switching between indoor and outdoor, do the same for the B button above and set it's white balance to the exterior light color temp. that way you can just switch between A and B when you are moving fast between interior and exterior shots and have the correct color temp.
You could always leave the switch on preset, and hit the AWB button on the front to switch from 3200 to 5600, but remember not all light is either 3200 or 5600, that is why we use the A and B settings and get the White balance for the exact color temp of the space being shot in.

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AWB on DVX100B looks bluish

OK Hi, See if i can clear this up.

When you shot your white balance (WB) did you shoot it under sane lighting conditions that you where filming, And if you did how many diffretn light sources where present when you filmed. Blue cast useually means (WB) set to hot (beaning light source is hotter in kalvins) for what your shooting. Example shooting indoor gym that uses arclights are very bright then shooting around normal incandesent lights very dim.
Alot of the time there are multible light soures in the envioment your shooting in sun coming in through window lamps on table floursent lights overhead ect..

Know if you want to change (WB) after you shot your footage there are programs avalible to do this. But there usely exspensive.

Hope this helpes you. Good Luck! Need more help or info please comment back. Please rate.

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Everything is yellow!!!

You may need to reset the white balance.  This feature compensates for the hue of different lighting conditions such as sunlight and fluorescent lighting. the white balance button is the top most of the three next to the lens.
For more detail on the white balance settings of your camcorder download the manual here:
Here is a straightforward article explaning setting white balance;

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When i use the night shot , the pitures have a green tint to them when i download them to the computor. How can i remove this?

Check the White Balance setting in the camcorder. It is probably on Fluorescent setting. Change it to Auto. This should fix the problem.

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Can you please post this question on same old question thread so it would be easy to understand what was problem in DCR-VX2100E camera.
Thank you for cooperation.

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Answering time on the internet varies from 500 - 1000 hours. According to this website the golden rule is 1000 hours.

I recently rang Sony uk who told me the time was 1400 hours because these cameras are "a real workhorse."

Personally, I'd say it came down to how the camera was kept, treated and used over its lifespan. Was it used in humid conditions? Or perhaps in the derset?

The better its owner, the better the camera most likely.

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almost sounds like it's in night shot mode, but I don't think to 2000 has that. sometimes during shipping the board to board connectors may have come loose. I would check for a loose one off the 3 ccd assembly. Thats a pretty good unit you have there, worth looking into. be carefull taking it apart there is a some 4 pin ribbon cable that can rip, just take it slow. I work on alot of these. they are a workhorse.

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