Sony TRV 260-what u see not what u get

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by MonkeyBlair70, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. I bought a Sony TRV 260 after my last Digital 8 machine died hoping to
    convert my tapes into DVDs. I was disappointed to find that the digital
    video was considerably darker than what I thought I should get when videoing
    inside. I then bought a Dell Optiplex 920 with a fast video card thinking
    that my 737 Dell Dimension was not adequate for my needs.
    I don't understand why the image that I see in the LCD screen on the camera
    looks perfect and the computer image is 10-20% darker. I thought that's why
    I did all of this stuff digitally. Do I have an output problem (analog
    videos also look dark) or does the LCD screen give me a false reading of
    what's being recorded?
    MonkeyBlair70, Jun 28, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    "Does the LCD screen give me a false reading of what's being recorded?"

    It most certainly does :-(
    The only thing the LCD screen is good for is showing you what you're
    shooting. In no way should it be considered as any kind of a "reference"
    monitor. This is the reason video monitors ($500 and up) are a must on any
    pro (and, more and more, concerned amateurs) shoot.
    BTW, "digital" doesn't mean "better", just different.

    Mike Kujbida, Jun 28, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    Not necessarily, but video on a computer monitor will never match video on a
    television (or, for that matter, the LCD on the camcorder). The gamma
    settings for a computer monitor are very different from a television
    monitor. Before you decide that the problem is the video, try plugging your
    camcorder into a television monitor and see how the video looks.

    Note, too, that consumer camcorders do very, very poorly under low-light
    PTravel, Jun 28, 2006
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    RS Guest

    Yes, the LCD is not what you want to rely on. Check ebay and you can get
    a decent used video monitor. Little Pannasonic and Sony units should not
    set you back too much. Keep your camera hooked up firewire and S-video
    out to the monitor and you have a decent way to see what your getting.

    Hook up the analog out cables from your Digi8 directly to a TV and you
    will likely say. "Whoa, thats not what it looks like on my LCD computer
    RS, Jun 28, 2006
  5. It is generally conceded that video playback on a computer will look
    dark but if you play the same tape on a TV from the camcorder's analog
    outputs, it will look a lot more like what you see on the camera's LCD

    The DVD you create should also look better when you view the DVD on
    your TV instead of your computer, as long as your set-top DVD player
    will play the DVD :)

    The above is my mileage, anyway.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 28, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    What did the trv260 replace? Chances are what you had before was
    larger, larger everything including the lens so you probably had better
    low light performance. Newer is not always better although that 260 is
    a cute package.
    Guest, Jun 29, 2006
  7. Thanks to all. I hoped that the LCD screen quality was the goal for all of
    my reproductions. :(

    MonkeyBlair70, Jun 29, 2006
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    Steve King Guest

    Sorry to enter this late, but does the camera allow for a brightness and
    contrast adjustment to the LCD screen? Maybe it is the LCD screen settings
    that are giving false info.

    Steve King
    Steve King, Jun 29, 2006
  9. Viewing and judging exposure on the built-in LCD-screen, is quite
    deceptive. If you look at the screen, and change the viewing angle, you'll
    see what I mean :-(
    Further, the NLE-software can use overlay, and for an overlayed image, you
    can set different gamme/brightness/contrast-settings in the some video-card
    drivers software. Nvidia released a beta-version last year or so, which
    accidently had those setting by default lower than the settings for the
    normal screen, causing overlayed video to look very washed out.


    Martin Heffels, Jun 29, 2006
  10. Huh? I didn't get a TRV 260...

    Gene E. Bloch, Jun 29, 2006
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