disable auto-power off

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Martin, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    I have a Samsung VP-W80U analogue camcorder and am trying to take some
    time-lapse footage with it - capturing directly to my WinTV PCI card's
    composite video input.

    Unfortunately, the Samsung turns itself off after five minutes in 'standby'
    mode - ie it hasn't been operated for five minutes so it powers down.

    I've had a look at the manual and it looks like this feature cannot be

    Other than recording to tape whilst capturing, to ensure that it doesn't
    power down, has anyone got any other suggestions?


    Martin, Jul 9, 2004
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  2. Martin

    Hal Guest

    Hi Martin,

    Have you tried removing the battery and just using the AC adaptor?

    The feature is meant to save on battery life, so perhaps it won't shut down
    without the battery.

    I don't have the unit, so I don't know for sure. Just thought I'd pass
    along a _possible_ solution.

    Good luck!

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  3. Martin

    Rich Guest

    Try taking the tape out. There should be a mode that will give you audio
    and video out with the camera turned on.

    Rich, Jul 9, 2004
  4. Martin

    Martin Guest


    It needs the tape removed to disable the auto-powerdown.
    I tried the other suggestion - removing the battery and using the AC
    adaptor - but it still powered itself down after five minutes.

    Thanks to you both for your time.

    Martin, Jul 9, 2004
  5. Martin

    david.mccall Guest

    Just guessing here, but I think the reason for automatically powering down
    has more to do with saving the video heads than it does saving the battery.
    Batteries are easily recharged, but clogged and/or worn heads are much
    harder to repair. Cameras are allowed to stay powered when the tape is
    not loaded because there is no chance of head damage when there is
    no tape in the camera.

    As an aside, you should figure out what happens to the tape position when
    the camera unloads then reloads the tape. Does it rewind a little, or does
    it move past the location it was in when you parked the tape.

    It is important that you not loose critical footage when the camera reloads,
    and it is also important that you start in video each time so that there is
    blank space between takes. Consumer DV devices will reset the time code
    to "0" every time there is a blank section on the tape. Most professionals
    will roll tape for about 10 seconds before and after a "take". That way
    there is some buffer, in case you need to re-cue the tape

    david.mccall, Jul 9, 2004
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