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Problems with VHS AV DV conversion

Hi, I am trying to convert some old VHS tapes to a digital format and burn them onto DVDs. I have the av cable hooked up from the vcr to the Canon ZR200 camcorder and a firewire connecting the camcorder to my mac. I was attempting to import using imovie, but once I started the tape the image quality was atrocious, the entire image is bleached out (light is so bright that you can barely see anything) and after a few seconds it flickers and dies out to a blue screen. The problem is definitely with the camera as I disconnected it from the computer and was just looking into the camera to make sure it was happening there and it had nothing to do with imovie. These are childhood videos taken during the mid-late 80s. I've watched them on televion recently with absolutely no problems. The confounding part of this is (1) that the video always for a few seconds and then craps out and (2) my dad taped part of a basketball game over one of the tapes (probably from around early 90s or so) and just that part works perfectly. Image quality is flawless. So this must mean it has something to do with the fact that the kid parts were taped earlier and the camera is somehow reading these differently, right? Does anyone have any advice? I was trying to get this done before Mother's Day but I guess that's a longshot now... Thanks!

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SOURCE: Wont record anything to MiniDV tape and A/D randomly working

Hello,

Sorry about delayed reply as I just saw it.

Its known problem of ccd imager in Canon ZR85 camcorder and ccd imager needs to be replaced.

Canon will repair your camcorder free of cost as per announced scheme for ccd imager issue.

Click Canon CCD Advisory for details, how to get free repair.

Regarding can't see picture or time code in playback, it is problem of dirty / clogged video heads. Use good quality video head cleaning cassette to clean heads and hope camera will show playback picture.

Good luck.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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