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Sony DCR-SR220 mpeg2 files

by jerky656 / March 2, 2009 7:01 PM PST

I'm a new camcorder owner & am having a hard time getting these files to play ANYWHERE! I have windows media player w/ roxios DVD & Mpeg2 decoder. The audio plays, but no video. I payed $20 for the Mpeg2 plug-in for Quicktime & the video plays, but no audio. When I drag the Mpeg2 file into Pro Show Gold (slideshow program which supposedly supports mpeg2 files) it crashes the program.

Here is the info directly from the owners manual:
video compression format: MPEG2
audio compression format: Dolby Digital 2/5.1ch
recording format: Movie: MPEG2-PS

Any help greatly appreciated. Eric

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Have you tried
by boya84 / March 2, 2009 10:06 PM PST
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MPEG vs. WMV
by jerky656 / March 3, 2009 8:10 AM PST
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I can convert the files to a Windows Movie File using the software included with the camcorder, but doesn't that seriously take away fromthe quality of the video? I was trying to use the MPEG2 files to maintain quality.

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I've never found the software
by boya84 / March 3, 2009 8:13 AM PST
In reply to: MPEG vs. WMV

included with any consumer camcorder actually useful for anything.

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try this
by sektionschef / March 3, 2009 2:30 PM PST
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Re Sony DCR-SR220 mpeg2 files ...
by Papa Echo / March 3, 2009 8:00 PM PST

OK- the files are on the Hard Disk of the handycam ...how did you "play" them ? Seriously, you need to describe how - the whole procedure. Let us determine what went wrong in the process.

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Step by Step
by jerky656 / March 4, 2009 1:59 PM PST

The files on the Sony DCR-SR220 were imported onto my computer using the included 'Handycam Utility' software. One MPEG2 file & one MODD file per video is created. Using the included 'Handycam Utility' software I can also convert these MPEG2 files to WMV files, but doesn't that severly take away from the quality of the video? I'm assuming it does being that a 385meg MPEG2 file once converted is only a 41meg WMV file.

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mpeg2 files...
by Papa Echo / March 4, 2009 10:08 PM PST
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...One MPEG2 file & one MODD file per video is created...
Are the two in a folder of their own per video file imported ?

It seems that the Handycam utility has split the original video file into two components, so that when you play the mpeg2 file(or as converted), only audio or video plays...and missing out on the other component MODD, which may contain some audio and video parts and "instructions" which only some players can interpret.

Try using "Media Player Classic" or "VLC player "{google for them) to play the files.

Perhaps the files can be copied (e.g. using Windows Explorer) instead of "importing" the files using the camcorder utility from the camcorder hard disk ? The copied files will then be originals. Try playng them with the mentioned players.

(I do not have any experience with Hard Disk drive camcorders.)
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Thanks for tips
by jerky656 / March 5, 2009 8:32 AM PST
In reply to: mpeg2 files...

I will give your suggestions a shot. I have not tried getting the original files off the camcorder hard drive using Windows. I appreciate the feedback. Eric

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