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Playback on Sharp VL-PD1

When i connect the camcorder to the DV port and connect via firewire the playback is garbled or heavily mosaiced/pixelated this is not present on the view finder or the LCD screen as the playback is crystal clear there. Its only when i connect to the DV port i get a screen full of pixels, you can make out what is happening but the blocks are offset and it looks as if its interlaced somehow. I also have the JVC GR-D21EK which hooks up %100 ok to the dv port so its not a computer thing. Could it be a software thing as i can still control the sharps playback rewind etc but can view the pictures properly. Thanks Spencer

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  • sameJayG Feb 11, 2008

    Hi ,I have a sharp vl fd1 corder.Looking for the user manual.Perhaps model is similar to yours.Can you e mail me a copy

    Best wishes.J.Govender



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