I recently purchased a Sony DSR-500ws camera. When I record footage on tape, it seems to record timecode correctly, but when I try to play the footage on my DSR-200 camera, the timecode won't display correctly. It flickers and jumps back and forth from timecode to 00;00;00;00. I use the DSR-200 as a deck for capturing footage. I don't want to wear out the new cam.
First are ou recording longitudinal and vertical interval tC? If not make sure the DSR 200 is not set to read VITC. If you are there still may be a problem with the VITC reading. If you are not using stop frame single frame advance from the deck for playback turn off VITC recording.
Other than that the only thing is the possibility of a audio stack misalignment.
As the name implies, the DSR-500 is a DV camcorder.
The TC on DV is neither longitudinal or vertical, nor is it recorded on an audio stack.
DV has all the audio, video and TC recorded in one digital signal.
(You miss all the "fun" of analog and its various "tracks" on the tape.)
So Jason, I'm betting there is a head-alignment problem between the two camcorders in question.
Try playing a tape on another (known-good) DV unit (deck or camcorder) and see what happens.
(Maybe take the DSR-500's tape to a production house.)
If the TC is OK there, then its (likely) the DSR-200's problem.
If the TC is still SNAFU, its the DSR-500 that's likely at fault.
I'm thinking at least ONE of your DV camcorders may need a trip to the shop for head-adjustment.