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Old October 12th, 2007, 08:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Simon Wyndham View Post
Mike, there must be something going on with the cameras that you use for you to have this issue across your whole staff...
Are you reading the same thread I'm reading?
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Old October 12th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #17
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I've shot hundreds of disks, often doing demos where the disks are going in and out of the camera all day and I have NEVER had a disk come out with the shutters open.
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Old October 13th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Simon Wyndham View Post
1. You've had a dodgy batch of discs.
2. The discs are getting seriously mistreated (how did finger prints get on the disc surface anyway?)
I was guessing #1, which is why I originally asked which brand of discs were in use.

As to fingerprints, that's easy. If the disc does eject with the doors open, your fingers are going to lay right on the exposed disc as you grab it to remove it from the camera.


We're just trying to solve an issue here. This shouldn't be happening at all. Period. The vast majority of folks in this forum are owners of their cameras, not part of a tv station crew. One of the hallmarks of fortitude with the disc media is the protective shell around the disc. Coming out with the doors open compromises that integrity as you have learned first hand. Since the discs are re-usable, you'll continue having this problem if it is indeed a batch of improperly manufactured discs.

I think Sony would definitely want to know of incidents like this. They have worked very closely with independents like myself, Simon, and Alister. I had an issue with my camera last summer and they were all over it, due to concerns it might be a design issue, rather than an isolated incident.

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Old October 13th, 2007, 11:36 AM   #19
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Great video Alister, Now I think we need to know which brand of dishwashing detergent is best for cleaning fingerprints off disks. :-)


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Old February 7th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #20
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HI Alister,

I was hired to work for sony germany and present SONY VEGAS PRO in conjunction with XDCAM HD and EXCAM EX1 editing while there actual roadshow.

At the first venue (out of 5) I found that your dishwasher video runs on a laptop on the XDCAM HD booth - and people love it!
(despite the fact that XDCAM HD is really THAT robust of course).

Next week (berlin) IŽll make a pic.


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