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Johannes Maier
EX3 / "Media Error" / SP Cards
on Mar 29, 2010 at 10:59:41 pm


Usage of Equipment: SONY PMW-EX3 (fairly new camera / 70 running hours) / MXM USB Expresscard/34 Adapter / Transcend SDHC 16GB Card

We shot on format "SP". The recording seemed to go OK: 79 minutes (16GB). When trying to review the footage on a Powerbook via a USB Stick "integral SDHC" and the SONY BROWSER (latest version), the browser only shows a black thumbnail clip with an 'X' on it, and the clip can't be played back. (We also tried to log and transfer with Final Cut 7: not possible). Sticking the card back into the camera however allows to play it back in the camera 'media mode'. BUT: even though the card is completely filled up with almost 16GB, one can only play back a certain length of time, before it stops. We recorded 3 cards like this, one allows 18min play back, one 36min and one even more. They are all randomn durations, yet all completely filled up.

Is there any chance to reclaim the material? Transfering the footage to another external drive and then copying back onto another card seems similarly problematic (the card in the camera then warns "restore media", but doesn't give the option to restore it. Is it possible to play out the footage directly from the camera onto another media with cables (SDI OUT)?

I have to add, that some other recorded cards of the same brand worked well. I am uncertain about the randomness of success and failure, about the different time lengths available to play back in the camera. Any advice or ideas how to restore the media would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance.


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