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Black and white playback with sony handycam dcr-hc20

Just bought a second hand cam off ebay. Its a sony handycam dcr-hc20. Connected it up to my TV and played some dv tapes I'd recorded some film onto of my daughter. The film is in colour on the LCD screen but black and white on the TV. The tapes were used in a dcr-hc19e which belongs to my ex partner which is slightly newer. Why wont it play in colour on the tv surely the difference in cam age wouldnt affect the dv tapes?

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There is no problem on your camera, DCR-HC19E is PAL system(European system) DCR-HC20 is NTSC(American system). Are you in US or Europe? I think your TV is NTSC, cause the tape recorded on DCR-HC19E you played has no color. To confirm, connect your HC20 to TV in camera mode, not recording yet, just look at the TV as your monitor, If its in color, no problem, just erase the old video recorded on the HC19E, but if its important to you, you can convert it to NTSC using a PC. thanks

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