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In playback mode my camera skips, and sometimes play choppy

Hello my name is Anthony, and here's my problem: After recording video with my Sony vx2100 I play back the footage and it skips like a dvd with finger prints or something. Then when I download it to my editing software I can see where the clips that skips a separated from the rest of the video. Any thoughts?

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return it to b+h for warranty repair. sounds like a tape path alignment problem.

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Posted on Jan 03, 2008

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I had this problem very recently. In fact I borrowed camcorders from my friends too and after short periods, they too started having the same problem. Essentially, it looks like there is some choppiness every second or so - like there is noise in the audio and video. After a lot of looking around, I finally found a suggestion posted that ACTUALLY WORKED on all 3 camcorders:

I placed an empty tape in the camcorder and recorded a few seconds into it. Then I removed that tape and tried to play the previous tapes that were showing the choppiness. No problems any more. Everything works fine.

What I still do not understand is why 3 camcorders (all DCR-TRV103s) all showed the same problem (with different tapes by the way). And since I still have lots of tapes to copy, I need to know why this problem is happening so I can minimize its occurrence while I complete the copying process.

People have suggested that my tapes are old and may be offering resistance to the camcorder. So I have ordered a rewinder to spin the tapes a bit before trying again. The two possibilities suggested around this was (1) some mechanical switching took place which got reset when recording; and (2) something got corrupted in the software that manages the playback buffer and that software was rebooted when it went to recording mode.

So while this will hopefully answer your question, I'm also looking for explanations for why this happened to me on 3 different camcorders.

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tape path needs to be aligned.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

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