My camcorder broke after just about a year of use, just past the warranty so I couldn't send it back and it would cost the same amount to have it professionally fixed.
Sometimes the camcorder's video gets very pixelly when I connect it to the computer, and I have no explanation for that, but after messing around with drivers and camcorder settings I get it back to normal somehow.
My biggest problem is that I can no longer record. When I try, the video playback is choppy and so is the audio. It goes in and out, the video looks a bit jarbled.
All I have been able to guess is that I need a cleaning cassette, are there any other ideas?
Re: Pixelly Connection via USB; Choppy Video/Audio
You can use a white copier paper to clean the head drum.But be careful not to apply the same and gently swipe the drum along while you hold the paper on the drum.
Besides if it does not improve change the drum completely.For orignal spares you can contact us and you need a good repair center.
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It sounds like your connection lead could be faulty. Or that something is interfering when you transfer the file. If the file is on an SD card, try taking out the card and put it in a SD to USB card stick.
This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.
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how did you transfer the video from the card to your PC?
did you connect the camcorder to your PC or did you use a memory card reader?
if you can play the audio then what you need is the right video codec for the unit try searching for video codecs through search engines
make sure that the software that you are using to play the video plays the file format of your video,
try using roxio, then connect the camcorder to your computer via USB, make sure that the drivers are installed, play the video through your camcorder then use roxio to capture it real time instead of the usual "copy-paste"
Sounds to me that the bit rate on your PC or capturing device is not as high as that now available through the firewire ports. Try increasing the bit rate in your settings and see if that helps. Or have you always used firewire?
tape path alignment is very critical for these cameras. audio dropout is a typical symptom of misalignment. find a good local repair shop; if they know what they are doing, it should be a simple alignment job.
The only Analog camcorder that has a USB Connection for transferring pictures or video is the SC-L770. The SC-L770 can transfer video (live or recorded) and still photos through the USB connection. You can also transfer audio using the audio cable provided.
After installing the driver and software, you can begin transferring data using the software provided.
Connecting to a PC
1. Connect a USB cable to the USB port on the PC.
2. Connect the other end of the USB cable into the proper terminal on the camcorder. (USB jack)
3. Connect the audio cable to the Line input jack of the PC. If the PC has no Line input jack, connect the audio cable to the MIC input jack. In this case, however, a noise may be produced depending on the PC.
* If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while transferring, the data transmission will stop and the data may be damaged.
* If you connect the USB cable to a PC via a USB HUB or simultaneously connect the USB cable along with other USB devices, the camcorder may not work properly.
* In this case, remove the other USB devices from the PC and reconnect the camcorder.
Some other Analog Camcorders have a snapshot mode which allows you to take a still photo with your camcorder. However, you cannot transfer these to a computer unless you purchase additional hardware such as a capture card. Some capture cards have analog a/v inputs which will allow you to use the a/v outputs on the camcorder to connect to your pc and transfer images and video. You can purchase a capture card at most computer and electronics stores. Samsung does not support capture cards.