Hi! I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction. When I play my recorded films back from my HD7 directly to tv via HDMI cable, everything is INCREDIBLE (crystal clear - just perfect). I am stuck, however, as to how i should now download without the images 'distorting'. I recently bought a JVC Share Station - which I returned as when i downloaded it onto the SS and played it back (again via HDMI) to my tv, the images were almost 'frame by frame' - whenever there was movement, it appeared as though the ??compression?? was wrong - it honestly looks like a staggered frame by frame instead of a smooth image. I have now bought an external hard drive but am STUCK as i do not have a PC with a HDMI output.....so hence the playback quality from my PC to tv is ordinary :o(. I understand that there are HD PC's out there....but i also believe there are ????Media Units???? which i may buy (and hopefully they do not have the same problems as the share station did). ANY A NY ANY advice would be so greatly appreciated!! :o) tina
I have my pc hooked up to my hdtv via vga cable and the video playback is as good as it is if i were to playback from camera through hdmi ,my screen resolution is 1360x768 which is slightly higher than standard hd but lower than full hd but honestly I doubt you could tell the difference.....ps if you have a graphics card that supports 1920x1080p and obviously the tv also, you dont need hdmi out on pc......vga cable does the same job! im running an nvidia 8800gtx
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There could be several reasons for badly distorted pictures. considering the age of the unit as DV camcoder which I am guessing would be quite a bit. Most likely the heads have worn out and need replacement. I am assuming you have this problem with newly recorded tapes being played on a TV directly from the camcorder. For this you may also need to check if you are using new tapes and whether the recording mode is PAL or NTSC as per the TV format.
Alternate test would be to play back a previously recorded tape back from the camcorder. That way at least you can establish if the problem is the read head or the write head or the tape itself.
Okay. One of my higher end Video camera's got the same problem after I filmed a gorgeous sunset for several minutes. Pointing at the sun for the extended time fried the camera lens and the sensors. (I knew better, but the beauty of the sunset made me a little crazy, and I just kept filming it.)
I called the camera company (in my case it's Sony), sent it in, and they are fixing and refurbishing the camera. It will be in "like new" condition when it comes back. The repair for mine is over $200 (closer to $300, actually).. but is well worth the investment, and I expect to have good performance from it for several more years, as opposed to spending a few thousand to replace it.
Make sure you are putting the right digital tapes in, I use digital 8 myself, best mode yet, cannot understand anyone filming with lesser modes like DVD, as tape has always and will always be best. The problem your camera has is dirty playback heads, grab a 8 mm camera cleaner tape from any good camera shop like Jessops, do not let them tell you the camera has had it's day, because the rubbish I see of new cameras these days are not worth buying.
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.
Supreemwun, Canon support was of no help. They ****! To fix the problem this is what I figured out.
Before you start filming what you want record or just advance the tape 10 secs or so.
Record/ video whatever you planned.
Now when the thick grey lines come up on play back don't freak out.
Simply rewind the tape to the beginning and record briefly in the blank portion at the beginning (careful not to tape too long as to tape over your intended recording).
Rewind and play the thick grey lines should now be gone.
How did I figure this out just a fluke. No cleaning, no spray pretty simple. At first did not understand it but it works EVERYTIME for me. I'll deal with it until I get around to buying a new HD video camera and it won't be a Canon. Hope this helps.
I think you may be able to use 3rd party software like "ConvertXtoDVD" the camera records in type of .mpg format & this can be used by many programs including Media Player as long as ya have the right "CODEC" to play and manipulate them. So identify the CODEC, what type of .mpg etc, the camera records in and get , Down Load, that one for Media Player. You may be able to use Windows Movie maker too, but any of the good movie programs would do. I have enclosed some helpful links to further help..
I am not sure where you are located but the camcorder you're trying to use now is a PAL version of Sony's 8mm camcorder. If the tapes you recorded earlier were recorded in D8 (digital 8) or 8mm/Hi8 format NTSC, they will not play correctly in this unit. The NTSC and PAL formats are different and not compatible.
Hope this helps you.