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It sounds to me that the damage was created prior to you attempting to capture the video.
There are several ways to help prevent these issues.As a rule I would suggest only to use miniDV cassettes to record only once, as they are prone to errors such as you describe.
Also, keep the tape heads clean and inline. tape heads have a limited mileage and need to be replaced after a while.
We all become victim to the mosaic problems you describe, and it can be repaired on the computer, although it is a painstaking manual process.
If you have footage that is damaged in this way and you really feel you need it repaired, please contact me, I will be happy to offer my services.
Use Window Movie Maker.
Open Movie maker while the camera (on) is connected to the computer.
Click on Capture video from device and follow the steps.
Look out for any options like create clips and disable them.
You may have solved this problem already but I had the same problem some time ago, so the advice will be a little vague.
From memory the issue is something to do with corruption of a directx file so you could just try re-loading directx.
But the way I found a solution was to try and capture video using windows movie maker and you will find the video capture also fails using this software. However, windows returns an error message (which I cannot remember), and I did a search on Google or something for this error message and eventually found the solution.
It was related to directx and there was a small file that had to be run to repair it.
Hope this helps and I will continue searching for the problem I am now having with my camera not accepting a tape and returning the error message relating moisture......
hi follow this steps:
Make sure that you have installed the USB driver for the handycam. You can download the drivers from this link:
Sony Asia Pacific Support Website--Download Page for HC40E USB Driver for Windows.
Connect the handycam to the AC adaptor (the same as putting it on charge).
Set the handycam to USB stream mode. (Press P-menu, press MENU, Press EDIT/PLAY, Press USB MODE, Press USB Stream.)
Set the tape at the point from where you want to start capturing in PC.
Connect the handycam and the PC with the USB cable. (USB-Mode appears on the handycam LCD / viewfinder.)
Start Windows Movie Maker. Click on the 'Capture..' link to start the wizard.
Select the Sony Digital Imaging Device. Click Next.
Specify the file name and path for the capture video. Click Next.
Select the desired capture format and Click Next. (Leave it to recommended setting if you are not sure.)
The dialog box now displays the Start Capture and End Capture buttons on the left and preview window on the right.
Play the tape on the handycam. The video from handycam should appear in the preview window of WMM.
Click the Start Capture button to start capturing the video. Click End Capture to pause or stop recording.
Click the Finish button. The .wmv file will be saved in the path specified in step 7.
I use Pinnacle Studio versions 9 and 10 without any problems. The software sees the camera MV700i and controlls the playback etc.
Have also used Ulead Movie Factory without any problems, but its a little harder when it comes to editing the output.
If the images you are capturing are hazy with zig zag colors etc...the imaging IC is faulty.If the problem in Display unit only but the captured image is OK when you transfer the same to PC..then LCD may be having problems.
We can help you in spares of Sony and we can also offer the service manual.
Kindly let me know after your examination.