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Old February 27th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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can't find how many hours i've used my camcorder

can someone help me and tell me where is the option to see how many hours i've used my camcorder? i can find the option on my cam
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Old February 27th, 2007, 05:46 PM   #2
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Hi Pascal, and welcome to DVinfo! What camera do you have? The FX1 doesn't have an hours meter.

On the Z1 select the OTHERS menu (icon with 4 squares) and scroll way down to HOURS METER.

See the following for info on interpreting the display: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=73340
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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #3
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Correction.

FYI - The FX1 does indeed have an hours meter, which is accessed by remote RM95 and the Service Manual for instruction on how to access it.
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Old February 28th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #4
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Ah yes, that's true John, and the RM-95 can read the hours on any of Sony's prosumer level camcorders (VX-2000, TRV-900, etc). Unfortunately, AFAIK Sony has stopped selling these - a few years ago you could purchase from their parts website for about $80. Just saw one get sold in our own classifieds forum recently. You can also use the RM-95 to hack the camera firmware (a risky proposition). But I suspect most users aren't going have access to one of these.

For more info, see my post in the following old thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?p=181342

Interpreting the readout on the RM-95 might not be so simple however:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=11036
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