The picture image on My Sony DCR-TRV38 has begun to look like it is
melting after several minutes recording. This problem seems to come
and go, but is becoming more frequent. This distorted image is on the
LCD screen and also ends up on the recorded tape. It looks like a
pixelation issue of some kind. The pixels blur and seem to melt
together then pop back into focus then melt together again. I have
cleaned the heads but it didn't make a difference. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Manufacturers default feature functions makes capturing while viewing with lense. Alternately, capturng images whiles observing the display screen least makes image display at lense. Refer to the camera user guide to ascertain the methods available.
OK, if camcorder playback old recordings properly and does not show live image in camera mode then it gets ccd imager chip failure problem. CCD Imager chip will be replaced in camcorder to get live view in camera mode for recording. Let me know exact model number of your Sony camcorder written at bottom of camcorder for more info. Thanks.
If your Sony DCR-HC14E shows fine picture in playback of old tapes and does not give live view in camera mode to record then its CDD Imager problem that Sony will repair free of cost. Click Sony CCD Imager Support for details.
I had a similar problem with my Sony 14E in that it would not record at all - sound or pictures. Prior to that I had the lines indicating head cleaning necessary. I did this, and still nothing. I then did the following which you might try.
1. Clean the heads (I did it about 3 times in the space of a couple of hours).
2. Leave the camera tape section open (with or without the tape in) for a couple of hours and the camera in a WARM PLACE. I had condensation message prior to my problems too.
3. Put in a recorded tape and attempt to view it. Immediately I had the "dirty" lines for a few seconds then it played the recording.
AT THAT STAGE I TRIED TO RECORD - NOTHING.
Repeat Steps 1 - 3 because this seems to be about dirt and cold.
4. When step 3 is reached again! try to record. Eventually this worked for me.
I hope this helps and works for you.
Sony have a problem batch of ccd chipsets and with mine i only had a distorted picture in lcd/vf screen.it played ms and previous recorded tapes ok.contacted Sony via web site and had it repaired under warranty even though it was 8 months old.
I found the best way of editing the footage from these cameras is to put the DVD disc into your computer and copy the contents of the VIDEO_TS folder onto another folder on your hard drive. The uses a video editing application which is specifically designed for the MPEG format. I would highly recommend the low cost "Womble MPEG Video Wizard" which is available for a 30 day trial at www.womble.com.