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Hi There, I have got a Sony digital video cam recorder. The problem is when I play it back I get like black lines across what I have filmed. can you help. Thanks

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With the model number of your unit I could check for specific information regarding this problem, but I do have alot of experience with video cameras, including sony DV cams, so here is some generic advice: If the black lines are you are seeing occur when you watch the video on the television, then with any luck the problem is either a bad cable or a failing connector on the camera. Can you try a different connection to your TV, ie an S-video connection instead of the RCA-style connector? Or a different cable of the same style? If you wiggle the connection at the camera, do the black lines change at all, or come and go? These would be indicative of a bad connector, which could be replaced if you have the unit serviced but you may be able to work around it, by d/ling your videos to the computer via firewire for example. The black lines you are seeing could be a fault in the connection of the viewscreen to its motherboard. If the lines only show on this screen and not the television or computer when you view your videos, this is the most likely problem. The solution for this would be to have your camera serviced and the defective parts replaced. If you have these black lines across the viewscreen, and the television, then these 'artifacts' may have been part of the recording process. Can you get a video onto a computer through firewire, or try the tape in a different camera, to see if the black lines have been recorded onto the tape during the recording process, or have been introduced during the playback process? Unfortunately, almost all the solutions involve professional servicing. The one thing you can do yourself inexpensively, is to clean the reading and recording heads using pure rubbing alcohol and a cleaning cassette designed for your model of camcorder. This will remove any bits of grime that may have built up on the sensitive bits inside the unit, which can cause artifacts such as you describe. I hope that helps.
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