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Old Camcorder Problem

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Gungnir, 28 May 2006.

  1. Gungnir

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Sep 2005

    Posts: 454

    Location: Suffolk

    I've been asked to look at a relatives camcorder, Sony TRV255E Digital 8, which displays two grey blocks right across the screen upon playback. Footage judders with intermittant sound loss.

    Any advice on possible causes? Is the camera knackered?
     
    Last edited: 28 May 2006
  2. TheBigCheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 6 Sep 2005

    Posts: 3,799

    It sounds like the heads are dirty.

    Get a head cleaning tape and give it a run through, should sort the problem out easily.
     
  3. titchard

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,116

    Location: Crewe, UK

    Hey,

    as previously posted it could be that the heads are dirty and that they need cleaning, and to be honest it should be done every once in a while anyway.

    The two grey blocks that you say about, do they show up just on the LCD screen? do they transfer to the recording?

    If it is just on the screen, it may be a problem that means the LCD needs replacing (which is probably not really worth it / cost effective)

    so they show up on the eyepiece view finder too?

    Hope I could help

    Rich
     
  4. Gungnir

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Sep 2005

    Posts: 454

    Location: Suffolk

    I've run the head cleaning tape through a few times but the problem still persists.

    The grey blocks don't show up in the viewfinder but do carry over when footage is transferred to the PC.

    Any help is very much appreciated :)
     
  5. Gungnir

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Sep 2005

    Posts: 454

    Location: Suffolk

    It appears to have spontaneously fixed itself?????

    Just tried it so I could post a sample clip and it's fine :)

    Thanks for your help.