High color alteration on video capture on Sony DCR-HC42
I took my mini DV Sony DCR-HC42 video camera to the highlands of Bolivia (8000 ft) and then to te lowerlands (Amazon region) with relatively high humidity. Afterwards I noticed a high color alteration on video capture after just a couple of days there.
Then I took the video camara to Bogota C9colombia) at an altitude of (5000 ft) and for a couple of minutes the color definition came back to normal.
Can you suggest me what could be wrong with the camara and if it requires major repairs?
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win vista and win 7doesn't support usb streaming. the usb driver for this model would not be compatible with your computer's OS. although, you were able to download PMB still this wouldn't work, it's basically an alternative software that you can use with the newer OS. still the device driver would not be installed. and you would get a message that "ilink connection is not detected". the reason you get that is bec the camcorder and the software is intended for use with the dv (ilink or ieee1394) connection. so if your computer has an ieee1394 card and you have a compatible ilink cable,then your good to go,it should be a plug-and-play connection (no drivers required). all you need then would be a video capturing software (like win moviemaker) to transfer videos from tape to PC. hope this helps. thanks :)
Buy a Sony-make head cleaning cassette and play it in the camera for 10 seconds. Do not play for more time, neither forward or reverse the cleaning cassette, otherwise you will damage the head of the camera. This cleaning cassette is to be thrown when it is fully played (and not rewound!).
Try with the side display closed. Does the viewfinder show the pix OK? If so, then the problem is isolated to the LCD display. There is a small ribbon cable between the camera body and the LCD that sometimes gets a small crack in it. Replacing the cable usually fixes the problem.