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Sony Handycam problems

by broadi123 / March 7, 2007 3:12 PM PST

I am having troble viewing videos taken from the handycam on my TV. The handycam is a Sony, model - DCR-TRV740E . I am able to play it back correctly in my handycam. The problem comes in only when I connect it to a TV - I just see rolling pictures and no stable images. Any advice on how to go about debugging the problem would be appreciated.

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You have an "E" model...
by boya84 / March 7, 2007 9:58 PM PST
In reply to: Sony Handycam problems

Where are you when you playback - as in what country?

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Re : You have an "E" model...
by broadi123 / March 8, 2007 7:38 AM PST

I am in the US and I made sure (from the options menu) that the format for the playback is NTSC. I tried switching to the PAL format as well, but I see the same rolling screens.

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Was the tape recorded in PAL...
by boya84 / March 8, 2007 8:21 AM PST

and you are trying to play back in NTSC?

Can you transfer the video to a computer?

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Re: Was the tape recorded in PAL
by broadi123 / March 8, 2007 9:48 AM PST

The tape was recorded in NTSC and I am trying to play it back in NTSC.

I dont think I can transfer it to a computer. (The video is on a physical tape).

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according to your camera's manual,
by boya84 / March 8, 2007 12:28 PM PST

the DCR-TRV740 has a DV port. It is right next to the analog AV port you are using to connect to the TV. This is the same as IEEE1394 or FireWire or iLink. If your computer has a FireWire/iLink/IEEE1394 port and you have video editing software (Win XP and Macs come bundled with), you can import the video to your computer - and as far as I know, the editing application should not care if the video is NTSC or PAL. Since it plays back OK on your camera's screen, it should import to your 'puter just fine.

FireWire cables - as consumer cables go - are not cheap. I use Monster or Belkin. 4-pin on the camcorder side; typically 6 pin on the computer side. US$25 or so for a five footer. So yes, you absolutely can transfer video from that camera to your 'puter.

As far as why the TV is throwing up on it? Haven't a clue - could be lots of reasons. But I think it is in the PAL/NTSC translation somewhere.

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