Problem with Playback of mini-DV tapes in a different camcorder than was used to take video

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Slash.Dash, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Slash.Dash

    Slash.Dash Guest

    I have a Sony DCR-PC110E (Pal version) which I cannot fault, great
    camcorder, but I have a problem with it. The firewire port is broken -
    some of the pins have been pushed back on themselves - meaning that I
    cannot upload any footage to my PC. I contacted Sony UK about a repair
    and they quoted something like £170. I thought this was taking the
    p1ss for something so trivial, so I looked around and got a brand new
    JVC GR-D33EK for £160. The only reason I got it was that it was the
    cheapest decent brand camcorder that I could find with a Firewire port.

    So anyway, to the problem. When I record stuff on the Sony, and try to
    play it back on the JVC I get some intermitent quality issues. About
    every 10 seconds the picture goes all blocky, sometimes the frames get
    scrambled around in a weird blocky fashion. This happens regardless of
    how I view the picture, whether through the PC via firewire, on a TV
    using A/V out or directly on the JVC itself. I always use the same
    Sony Premium miniDV tapes and have no problem playing them back on a
    friends Sony. Any ideas what the problem is? Better still how do I
    fix it?

    Thanks
     
    Slash.Dash, Aug 9, 2006
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  2. "Slash.Dash" wrote ...
    Are you running at the "standard speed", or at the "long-playing speed"?

    If you are running at "long-playing speed", those kinds of interchange
    problems are to be expected, IME. If you are running at "standard
    speed", this may be some difference in the way Sony vs. JVC interperet
    the mini-DV standard, or maybe there is just something wrong with
    that particular JVC unit? Can you take your Sony-written tape down
    to a shop and try it on other JVC units? (of the same or different
    models)
     
    Richard Crowley, Aug 9, 2006
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  3. Slash.Dash

    Peter G Guest

    I originally had this problem on using a JVC for playback but using a
    different one for shooting.
    Problem solved by having the playback machine "calibrated" - repair people
    didn't charge!

    Maybe I was lucky (g)
    I have a Sony DCR-PC110E (Pal version) which I cannot fault, great
    camcorder, but I have a problem with it. The firewire port is broken -
    some of the pins have been pushed back on themselves - meaning that I
    cannot upload any footage to my PC. I contacted Sony UK about a repair
    and they quoted something like £170. I thought this was taking the
    p1ss for something so trivial, so I looked around and got a brand new
    JVC GR-D33EK for £160. The only reason I got it was that it was the
    cheapest decent brand camcorder that I could find with a Firewire port.

    So anyway, to the problem. When I record stuff on the Sony, and try to
    play it back on the JVC I get some intermitent quality issues. About
    every 10 seconds the picture goes all blocky, sometimes the frames get
    scrambled around in a weird blocky fashion. This happens regardless of
    how I view the picture, whether through the PC via firewire, on a TV
    using A/V out or directly on the JVC itself. I always use the same
    Sony Premium miniDV tapes and have no problem playing them back on a
    friends Sony. Any ideas what the problem is? Better still how do I
    fix it?

    Thanks
     
    Peter G, Aug 9, 2006
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  4. Slash.Dash

    Slash.Dash Guest

    I allways use Standard Speed, I think if it was really safe to use LP
    then that would be the only mode available.
     
    Slash.Dash, Aug 13, 2006
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