Sony camcorder has knocking noise in recording or playback
Sony HDR-HC1E camcorder has knocking noise when recording or playing back. The camcorder has only done 12 hours of recording since new! Whenever the tape drive is operating at normal speed, either for recording or for playback, the camcorder makes a continuous steady knocking noise which sounds like a clock ticking rather fast. This noise is picked up by the internal microphones and by the Sony Gun-Zoom ECM-HGZ1 microphone which I usually use. The knocking noise ruins the sound track, especially as I am mostly videoing animal behaviour in natural settings. By way of diagnosis, it may be helpful to know that if the camcorder is held vertical with the lens downwards or if the camcorder is held completely upside down, then the noise stops. As soon as the camcorder is returned to the normal position or to a vertical lens-up position, then the noise resumes. There is no knocking in fast-forward or fast-rewind. I would appreciate any possibly helpful suggestions for a cause or solution or hearing about the experiences others who have encountered this problem. Unfortunately I am far from any Sony service centre and far from anywhere I could buy an off-camcorder microphone.
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There is a problem with the mechanism. The clicking is likely to be a gear slipping. While not having a major problem with the tape function, over time this will become a major headache. If the unit is under warranty, request warranty repair. If not, then seek an authorized service center for the repair. This is not a DIY repair. The mechanism needs to be fixed and an alignment done.
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i have a HVR-A1E that uses the same mechanism and it is a real s...t, i used this cam only a few times and had same problem...
i found out on blogs that is a default on those cams... i had to buy another cam to be able to read the recordings i made !
i went to this solution, i bought a FW recorder that records in real time with included battery and hard disk, because the only really sure repair is to change all mechanism (more money than buying another cam !) and must be done by a professional because the mechanism is extremely sensible to mount and adjust !
i tryied many things: let the door open for a long time and then reboot, try to move a little gear that is the responsible of the problem, putting a bit of mechanic oil, and nothing worked !
the problem comes from a little gear that have troubles to move correctly, and this gear is also activating a sensor that says to the main board, that the door is well closed or not...
after i got full hard desk on my sony HD (HDR-XR520) any vide i record i cant copy it and it doesn't appear on my computer and then the files on the camera when i play them they don't ply and i found a message said: No applicable files available, so please how can solve this problem? or it's an industrial bad side with this camera??
Each of the AVCHD camcorders ships with software designed to playback the files on your computer. Sony's HDR-SR1 and the newer HDR-SR5 both record video in the AVCHD format and ship with the Picture Motion Browser, which plays back AVCHD files on most computers. If you purchased one of the Panasonic AVCHD camcorders, the included HD Writer should allow you to playback video recorded with your camcorder.
While the bundled applications work, my personal preference, is Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra, which supports playback of the AVCHD files and a whole host of other high definition formats. In addition to playing back your HD camcorder files, PowerDVD Ultra plays back Blu-ray and HD-DVD disks (with the accompanying drives connected, of course). PowerDVD Ultra also makes it possible to expand your HD video editing options, by using the included codecs to render the AVCHD video in apps like VirtualDub.
Cyberlink PowerDVD ultra can be downloaded from here :
If moisture condensation has occurred, remove the recordable media (tape) and then turn off and leave the media compartment open for the hour the camcorder is turned off . The camcorder can be used again if the warning indicator does not appear when the power is turned on again.
Moisture condensation normally occurs when the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place. It can condense inside the camcorder, on the recording media, or the lens and cause a malfunction. To prevent moisture condensation when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature.
At this point, unless you have a blu-ray or HD-DVD burner in your computer (and equivalent player), then you can't save HD to a DVD and have it play back in a regular DVD player. You should be able to transfer the HD video through firewire to the computer, but you might have to wait for a while until you can burn them to HD compatible DVDs.
The only other option that I know of is to encode the HD video using a DivX codec (http://www.divx.com/) and just burn the file itself to the DVD, then if your DVD player can play DivX files, then you should be able to play it back on that.