My camera is having a severe recording and playback error. what happens is a smattering of thick blocks, turning grey sporatically. Also I get waves of 2 bars moving left to right distorting the picture.
I get it when i record to new tapes, and when viewing previously recorded, known to be fine tapes.Audio cuts in and out on all of them. Head Cleaner did nothing.
What could the problem be?
I just got a used sony dcr trv 8 and was shooting video and went to view it and found all these horizontal grey bars going across the lcd window on the camera and on my tv thru an S video hook up. I stopped the tape and played it again and they were still there. Removed the tape and put it back in and played it and they were still there but eventually they disappeared. They tried to come back but they faded out. I put the tape in my sony dcr hc 32 mini dv and the tape worked fine. no grey bays any where. It didn't affect the recording of the video, it just affected the play back of the video. But I am gonna try the head cleaner thing and see what happens
I'm not sure what the solution is, but I am having the same probelms, and I would appreciate any help with this since I am shooting a childrens camp and I am fairly isolated and don't have the time to swop cameras or send it to get fixed. I need to know if the recording is fine (video and audio) but the playback is not working correctly...or is it not recording correctly or playing back correctly. The sound cuts out from time to time in playback. Thank you.
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there is several reasons for not work the record function, first of all make sure that the cassette is good and the safety tab is in record position, then check the playback of the cam with a recorded cassette, if this tests passed, check the rec button for loose or it is sticky, if so please use contact cleaner in the switch.
still the problem persists there should be problem in the circuit board. open total camera put it in record mode then test the wave shapes in the record paths up to the video head
Hi, Camcorder video head required cleaning because gray lines come in playback when video head got clogged/ dirty. Put video head cleaning tape and playback it as per instructions. hope this will help you. Thanks.
The monitor you view while recording does not read from the tape where the problem is located, that's why you are not seeing them during recording.
Since they are not visible while recording, the video section is healthy, only the recording is faulty and it is unlikely you can do anything at home to correct it.
This may be a common problem and perhaps Canon is familiar with it.
I recommend you call their service line directly:
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please try to playback these new recordings on some other Camcorder. If you experience good picture on the borrowed Camcorder it means that the video head is (partly) damaged. In order to cure this the video head is to be replaced. Please contact the Authorized Sony Service or the technician with the best references.
Sounds like you have either a problem with the CCD block or on the mainboard where the encode/decode section is. If it is the CCD block it is defective or you have a loose or dirty connection on the ribbon cable from the CCD block. In record mode you are seeing the video E/E, which means you are looking at the video from the CCD block which has passed through the mainboard. That would explain the lines on the viewfinder. When you playback a tape you are looking at the recorded signal, but it also passes through the mainboard. It is not clear whether the tapes you are talking about playing were pre-recorded previously (prior to this problem) and played previously, with no lines present. If they were recorde previously, played back previously with no lines, and not re-recorded. They should be OK provided the problem is not tape damage. Since you say that all tapes do it, I would think it is not tape damage. The best place to start, to sort out the problem, would be to locate a known good camcorder and try your tapes in it. If they play fine the problem is on the mainboard but after the record circuitry, ie. only in the playback circuitry. If they have the lines the problem could still be on the mainboard but also could be the CCD issue I talked about. This is a tough problem to isolate and will take a good repair tech. If you are not familiar with troubleshooting camcorders you will need to locate a reputable and experienced repair facility. First you should do the test I mentioned on a known good camcorder as this will help a repair tech make a diagnosis. If there are no repair shops in your area here are several which offer free estimates: http://www.camcorderrepair.com or http://www.videotech.com or http://www.videoonerepair.com Good luck.