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Old June 6th, 2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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HD250 and Playback Problem

One of our producers called me from Poland, he had shot a bunch of footage with the HD250 and could not see anything when playing back on the LCD. He was understandably concerned he had no image on tape. I checked another camera here and it's pretty straight forward, hit the VTR button behind the VF and play.

I couldn't think of any other buttons to suggest. He said when he hit play, the HDV/DV Light on the camera would switch to "DV" and he would see TC moving and only a blue screen. He shot in 720p30 HDV mode.

He tried head cleaning with no change.

Any ideas what we can try?

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Old June 6th, 2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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have him check if the camera is in the right mode - make sure its set to 30p HDV (in record mode) if the material was shot in that mode. IŽm not sure if the camera automatically switches, I think youŽd have to reboot it by switching the settings manually.

do other tapes work? have him set everything to 30p HDV, record a few seconds on a fresh tape and then play back right away.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #3
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There are playback options in the menu that may not be set correctly (i.e. force DV instead of autodetect).
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Old June 6th, 2007, 04:47 PM   #4
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Make sure PB TAPE is set to AUTO. You can find it on the 2nd page of VIDEO FORMAT.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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John came back from Poland today and luckily the footage on tape is fine.

I checked out the camera and loaded my standard scene file. The VTR played back perfectly with some HDV tapes from previous shoots. I haven't tried the tapes from Poland but I am assuming operator error and somehow one of those menus you mentioned had the wrong setting.

Phew!

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