So as to not scare anyone away from the Sony DVD403... The jerky video playback was being caused by smudges on the source DVD. Problem went away after cleaning the disk.
I'm not exactly sure why the camera playback wasn't affected. But in any case, it just goes to show, check the simple things first!
Has anyone experienced a problem with jerky replay when viewing a finalized dvd from a Sony DVD403 camcorder? Here's what is happening:
If I play the finalized 1.4GB dvd-r through my tv, using my Sony DVD403 camera as the player (same camera that created the dvd), then everything looks fine.
If I take that same finalized dvd out of the camera and play it directly through my dvd player (connected to tv), then the footage looks "jerky" in random areas. What I mean by "jerky" is that the speed of the recording slows down for a brief moment and then speeds up for another brief moment, as if it were trying to catch up to itself. This occurs in a 1-3 second time frame in several spots over the length of the dvd.
I have copied the original "source dvd" to a large size 7.4GB dvd-r using Nero with similar results. I have also tried playing the finalized dvd on a second dvd player, again with similar results.
Does anyone have any idea as to what the problem might be? I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.