Question about Canon VIXIA HV40 HD HDV Camcorder w/ 10x Optical Zoom BigVALUEInc Accessory Saver 8GB Battery Filter...
I've had my Canon for over a year as my device for transferring video onto Final Cut Pro. That is it's only function. It's worked fine until today when I rewinded my dv as usual to prepare for capture and no picture appeared. The timecodes don't display either until you stop the tape and it reveals the number has advanced as if it had been playing normally the whole time. My FCP picks up and recognizes the camera, it's just the camera not displaying any video images. I see the card/charge light is flashing at the bottom, but not sure what that has to do with anything since it is always plugged in. Any advice? Any experience with this?
I agree that dirty heads are the most likely cause. Purchase a mini-DV Head Cleaning Cassette and follow directions.
Posted on May 01, 2017
Dirty heads, get a dummy cassette cleaner
Posted on Apr 27, 2017
look for a tiny pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset the device. if no-go, then the take-up reel needs attention...needs possibly a new or well-cleaned-with-alcohol-swab rubber belt
Posted on May 27, 2007
Think it might be your batteries. 700mah batteries are pretty weak by today's standards (most are at least 2,500 mah these days). I'm guessing your batteries are several years old? If so, they're really only meant to have a usable shelf life of a few years, whether they are used or not. Recommend trying a new set of rechargeable batteries.
Posted on Apr 27, 2008
Hello people who face similar problems...
First confirm whether it is a problem with the head assembly/ dirty heads.
Do the symptoms appear only on the camcorder's internal TFT side display or is it visible on an external monitor (connect using the AV cable supplied) and the EVF(electronic view finder) also.
If it is visible on the EVF, TFT Side display and the external monitor then it is definately a case of Bad video heads or the tape guide requires to be aligned or calibrated
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
Video files come from Canon Vixia hg20 are in AVCHD format and this is a format which is difficult to be imported and edited by FCP and iMovie. So you have to convert AVCHD files to other easily edited video format, like FCP and iMovie preferred MOV format.
As for AVCHD Converter, have a try Aunsoft MTS Converter for Mac which is is a powerful video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many various movie files; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies.
You can use this program to open and play most movie formats transport streams; edit them with crop and Trim;export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4 files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import them in a DVD authoring tool, and use them with many other applications or devices.
Posted on Nov 01, 2010
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