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Sony Handycam - Lack of video clarity recording to DVD

by iamjohnyoder / August 15, 2007 5:22 AM PDT

My 1991 Sony Handycam (Video Cool records and plays back in its view finder perfectly. I have problems getting clear video through to my DVD recorder. I've checked cables, DVD setup, etc. no help. Any ideas for getting clear tapes transferred and recorded clearly would be a gigantic help. Thanks, John

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Stand-alone recorder?
by sheilakmcd / August 16, 2007 8:22 PM PDT

Is this a stand-alone recorder? What hook-ups are available between it and the handycam, and which are you using?

Is the problem in the recording process? How does it look on the TV when just viewing it through the DVD recorder, not actually recording it to DVD?

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Sony Handycam - Lack of video clarity recording to DVD
by iamjohnyoder / August 16, 2007 11:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Stand-alone recorder?

Yes, the Handycam is a stand-alone recorder. It's only connector options are standard plug in cables (2 audio, 1 video). I've checked these and they are working fine. My DVD has two connector sites to recieve the Handycam cables. I've tried both, without success.

The Handycam records with no problem. Playback in the unit's video viewer continues to be fine. The sketchy video problem persists when I connect the Handycam directly to the TV as well as the DVD.

Thanks, John

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by sheilakmcd / August 18, 2007 10:09 PM PDT

Model # of Sony handycam, make and model of dvd recorder?

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Sony Handycam - Lack of video clarity recording to DVD
by iamjohnyoder / August 19, 2007 10:31 AM PDT
In reply to: model?

I'll have to get back to you with this specific information. I'm traveling for the next week and a half, but will respond as soon as get home again. Thanks, John

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could you also try to be a little more specific on
by boya84 / August 19, 2007 12:00 AM PDT

describing "problems getting clear video".

Is it blurry or have static or skewed or other interference?

Have you ever successfully transferred "good" video?

When you transfer "through to [your] DVD recorder" what are you playing back on that you know the video is not good?

The LCD on your camera is 2"... playback on a big screen (especially standard defintion) would not be expected to look as clear as that on a 2" screen...

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speaking of bad video
by camerafish / August 29, 2007 2:09 AM PDT

I got a canon mv880x from a friend in England. Learned I needed a 4 to 6 pin firewire cable and an ieee 1394 PCI host adapter, so I got Best Buy's Dynex brand, model DX-FC103. Using windows XP with plenty of ram and hard drive space (not sure of the specs, friend's computer, but it ran WoW pretty smooth). Relying on the plug and play feature of the camera and the PCI card has failed; the video has a grid of bright and changing color over it (but you can see exactly what's on the tape through the holes in the grid), and the sound is intermittent chirping, like a cheap starwars droid. The camera works fine and I don't believe it's the cord as it is new. I think I'm having a software problem? I'm dreading that there will be no solution, that the problem will be that the camera is British and I'm American.

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