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This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be repaired qualified service technician.
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pleeeeease pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease tell me if you guys fixed your vx2000s cuz im going through the exact same thing! i just bought off a friend and it hasnt worked once since i got it and i think its because of internal batterie problems or getting messed up in the mail but please respondd to this. pleassssse
I had the same thing happen to my Sony DCR-TR7000 NTSC. I plugged in the AC power supply and it worked fine. So I fully recharged the battery, removed the Hi8MP cassette that was in it, put in a new one. The problem went away and when I reloaded the old cassette, the problem was gone. Don't know why, but this process seemed to fix it.
The DCR-HC30 camcorder had a recall that Sony still honored up to at least 2009 summer and may still. They had problems with the CCD device and the glue used to put it together melting. I sent the unit to Sony after calling their repair center and getting a RMA number. The sent my unit back (it's about 4-5 years old) repaired for free. I appreciate Sony for their help in the issue as it was a recurring defect.
This camcorder is one of the few that can be used to take old Hi8, VCR's, Turntables and any other medium that can be interfaced with the Sony Cord that can be used to input video and audio and send it directly to a Mac or PC via Firewire. Works like one of those interfaces you buy at the Apple Store. Just hook up your old source (RCA, S-VHS) to the side jacks on the Camcorder, then hook up the firewirecable to the computer and it works straight away. Nice if you have old tapes you want to remaster through Final Cut or iMovie. Make MP4's with Quick Time and music can be inputted to iTunes. Nice Solution as a part of a camcorder.