Flashes PAL, no sound, sometimes pixelated playback
A new, four month old , NTSC, DCR-HC48 just started with these symptoms: flashes PAL under the remaining battery life icon, no sound, usually shows pixelated playback even if I take a tape recorded with another Sony mini DV that plays fine on the camera that recorded it. The camera was not dropped or abused before these symptoms started. Any Ideas? Thanks. Tom
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I've had this problem with my HC32 touch screen for a year and a half. The fix was to buy a new camcorder which is working out great -- but every 6 months or so I have to get this one back out to use as my analog to digital video pass thru device.
To get the touch screen to work: - I put it in the charger dock and turn it on AND LEAVE IT ON so the screen is displaying something (anything). - within 12 to 24 to 36 hours it starts to work on it's own. At first it will only let you make a single menu choice and lock up again but a few hours later it will be perfectly normal for at least a few days (maybe forever if you use it regularly).
I've done this three or four times now and it has worked each time. It seems that after it sits a few months and the battery discharges the problem occurs.
DCR-TRV250E is a PAL version camera of the Digital8 format.
Yes you can use Hi8/Digital8 NTSC tapes. The camera will record a PAL digital picture on the tapes which means that you can play back the tapes in PAL and therefore you will be able to playback recorded tapes on UK televisions because they are also of the PAL format.
Vista should be able to download this without any issues as it already includes the drivers. i was able to do this with my sony dcr-trv250 painlessly over the ieee-1394 (firewire) port using the DVD capturing bloat-ware (Ulead DVD creater) Toshiba had already installed for me. My toshiba satellite is running Vista Home Premium.
as regards analog hi8 playback, the product manual for the 250 says that this is NOT supported, i.e., it CANNOT play back analog hi8 tapes. Also, i wonder if PAL would be supported here in the US (assuming you're in the US, of course). I would expect only NTSC support. but it's a moot issue, since it doesn't play analog
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