Red vertical smears on LCD display and on playback
Have used this camcorder for about two years with great results. Suddenly today the picture is smeared with red veritical lines, both in the LCD display during recording, and in playback thru my editing equipment. Recorded today indoors at a school play, dress rehearsal, under faily low lights. I get the same results indoors here at home. Tested it outdoors just now at dusk and everything seems normal - no red smears.
The only changes that I've made was a few weeks ago I adjusted from 4:3 to 16:9 wide screen to record a wedding.
Tommorow is the opening performance and these kids do a superb job of putting on a Christmas play. I want to do them justice by producing a quality DVD.
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Do the pictures have the same line when viewing them on a PC or other device? If so, great chance your camera sensor or the connection to is is dammaged. If you only see it on the display, the display is dammaged, but you still can us the camera to shoot pictures.
I had a similar problem where the screen went to a pink shade periodically. Sony sent me a memory stick, with download instructions, that fit into one of the back ports. The problem has gone away. It was a software correction.
if you have cable tv try unplugging and plugging in that cable if that doesnt work you might have a bad cable. check for damage along the cord or bends in the metal ends sometimes that can also be the problem
This model Sony has a known defect in the CCD image sensor which will cause the camcorder to record a black picture or smeared picture. When played back, the sound will be fine but the picture will be black or smeared. Your older tpes you made before will be just fine when played. Sony is fixing this for free, postage paid. Go to their site, go to the support area and put in this model and you should be able to find the notice for this problem. They will send you a paid UPS shipping label to print out. You'll have your camcorder back working in about 2 weeks! :) Mike63