I'm not sure if the editor's corner is the correct place to put this, but I came across the problem while capturing, so it seems the most appropriate.
I did a 2 camera shoot today with two Sony HVR-V1Ps (which I understand are the PAL version of the HVR-V1U, for those of you on NTSC). I matched all of the settings on the two cameras, my own (camera A) and a hire camera (camera and shot 3 tapes on each.
All of the tapes shot on camera A captured fine. However, when trying to capture the tapes from camera B (using my A camera, as I had already returned camera , they played back on the camera as a blue screen (as would normally appear with unshot tape), despite the timecode counting up and the 'play' symbol showing. However, I noticed that when fast forwarding or rewinding, the image would appear.
So far the only links I've come across that describe similar symptoms seem to indicate a problem with the head alignment, but don't actually outline what the issue was, or whether it can be solved (see below).
Has anyone come across anything like this before? Is there any possibility of getting my footage off of these tapes somehow? Basically, if I don't have the B camera footage then the A camera footage is useless and it will mean a complete reshoot. Eek!
It's midnight here at the moment and I'm planning to call the place I hired the camera from first thing in the morning to see whether it will play back on the camera it was shot on, but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Kirsty Stark, 19 April 2009 - 09:31 AM.