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Sony DCR DVD 201

by Loran / November 27, 2004 7:57 AM PST

When I playback a finalised DVD disc on my PC's DVD driver (LG Combo) the video doesn?t have normal colors. It is like too much red and dark colors on the images. The souns is OK. I own a good new PC, with a very good video card and I use Windows XP. Anything that I should know before playing back on the PC ?? The finalised DVD disc works well on my son?s Sony Playstation when I use it as a DVD player.
Thanks for a help.
Loran - Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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Re: Sony DCR DVD 201
by Loran / November 27, 2004 8:11 AM PST
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Even when I connect the camcorder to the PC and I use the ImageMixer to see the movie directly from the camcorder the colors are not normal.

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If it looks OK on a TV, then the problem is your PC.
by Kiddpeat / November 27, 2004 9:46 AM PST
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Your monitor's color needs to be adjusted so that it accurately reproduces color. There is hardware and software for doing this, but I am not familiar with any free software. You might check the Adobe site to see if they have their software available for download. They normally include it with Photoshop.

If it doesn't look OK on a TV, then you need to get the camera adjusted.

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Re: If it looks OK on a TV, then the problem is your PC.
by Loran / November 28, 2004 4:33 AM PST

Hello Kiddpeat. Thanks for your reply. The movie is OK on a TV either when I connect the camcorder on the TV and when I play the disc on the dvd player. I am thinking if there is anything to do with NTSC adjustment. The computer?s dvd player has the property of changing the region where the dvd is played back. It is already set for USA where the tv system is NTSC the same of the camera. I will check for any software you are suggesting. Thanks again. Cheers!

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I don't think the DVD player or computer are
by Kiddpeat / November 28, 2004 9:58 AM PST

concerned about what broadcast standard is used. A broadcast standard would affect a tuner in the computer, but not the video, dvd, etc.

Again, I think the problem is color matching on your monitor. There is color match software and hardware around, but it is relatively expensive ($400-$500 with hardware). Check which is one of several sources.

You may wish to simply ignore the problem on the PC and watch your videos on the TV. You could also look for a service facility which can adjust it. The monitor needs to have a color profile generated. Perhaps it already has one, and that is what is causing the color error.

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Re: I don't think the DVD player or computer are
by Loran / December 9, 2004 7:12 AM PST

I finaly found the problem. It was on my video card. I had just to re-install the drivers and BINGO!!! Everything is working well now and I can see my movies. Thanks for your help. Best Regards.

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boa tarde
by frankzxcv / November 27, 2004 3:19 PM PST
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como vai voce, eu tem o saudade para rio de janeiro!

(I miss rio)

sounds like a monitor problem, if the DVD plays fine on a TV set. tell us more about your monitor, and perhaps post a question on the PC hardware forum. there are ways to test and adjust the color on most i think. how does it look with other pictures, etc?


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Re: boa tarde
by Loran / November 28, 2004 5:38 AM PST
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Hello Frankzxcv!! I am glad to know you have been in Rio. The monitor is OK for photos, etc and the colors are preety normal. After reading your post I checked out some other dvd movies (all in NTSC) and they did not work either. So, I realized that the problem is in my computer?s dvd player or software and not in the camera. Now I have to see if my monitor (samsung syncmaster 753dfx) supports NTSC. I will ask the guy who sold me the whole equipment to give me some support. When I bought the computer I checked the dvd with the videoclip Pink Floyd The Wall and as it is an old and "crazy" movie I thought that the colors were normal. Have you ever tried hang gliding tandem when you were in Rio?? That is what I do. Many thanks. Paulo

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by frankzxcv / November 28, 2004 9:06 AM PST
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muito prazair

there might be a color adjustment in the DVD player software. good luck.

I didn't get to go hang gliding. prosima tiempo. couldn't find your e mail in your CNET profile, but you can e mail me thru mine and I will be happy to show you some pix of my trip to rio. talvais voce pode aduda me com meu portugues! -- fj

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Re: oi
by Loran / December 9, 2004 7:10 AM PST
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Hello Frank !!

It sounds that you like Rio.
I am sorry for not replying these messages before. I finaly found the problem. It was on my video card. I had just to re-install the drivers and BINGO!!! Everything is working well now and I can see my movies. Obrigado pela ajuda. Abra

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Re: oi
by frankzxcv / December 10, 2004 5:11 AM PST
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otimo. estou muito feliz para voce. --fj

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Re: Sony DCR DVD 201
by dlykins / November 30, 2004 2:19 PM PST
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hey,, my wife is from Peru...we live in us now.

i am looking at purchasing this same camcorder (sony 201) with DVD.. and have talked to a lot of retailers about it...

they all tell me it only plays on certain DVD maybe you pc dvd player is older model. One retailer told me it doesn't play back on dvd players older than 2 years???? he didn't know specifically why..

other than this issue.. please answer the following questions.
are you happy with it?
is the play back quality better than order with miniDV?
can you play back on any DVD player?
whay made you choose this over a model with a miniDV?

we can take conversation off-line if you like (see email below).

DOn Lykins

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