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Joel Servetz
Breaks in time code
on Oct 25, 2013 at 1:41:18 am

I have an XH-A1S that has been great until recently. During the last few long form shoots, when I capture the footage into Sony Vegas Pro 10 for editing I'm noticing that, at random times there is a sudden jump in time code, typically a skip of 15 or fewer frames, resulting in a sudden jump and loss of a portion of a word. I've managed to edit around these issues but this has become a serious issue. I've played back the tape in the camera to verify that it's not a capture problem and it's definitely on the tape. It doesn't matter which brand or length of tape, the camera is doing this randomly. In a one hour recording it might happen anywhere from a couple of times to as many as 15, at random intervals and random locations. My guess is there may be a transport problem that needs repair. Is anyone else experiencing this?

Joel Servetz
RGB Media Services, LLC
Sarasota, Fl
videobyjoel@aol.com
http://www.rgbmediaservices.com


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Roger Van Duyn
Re: Breaks in time code
on Oct 29, 2013 at 12:32:59 pm

Hi Joel.

In the past couple of years I was experiencing more and more tape glitches on my HDV cameras. I had an XH-A1S, an older XH-A1, and two HV-30s. The glitches were random, and on all four cameras. (Won't give you the detailed trouble shooting routine similar to when trouble shoot instrument problems in the lab I went through with the cameras).

By the trouble shooting scheme, I finally decided the problem appeared to be a higher percentage of defective tapes than in years past. Perhaps Sony and the rest don't even manufacture their own anymore, I don't know. At any rate, something needed to be done about the problem.

Now, I've cut back to two cameras, got rid of the HV-30s, and just use DN-60s on both, without a tape in the camera. At first I did use a tape too, but the tape issues seemed to cause issues with the whole system. Now, with no tapes, so far, no glitches at all with the DN-60s, not one lost frame since purchase. Just be sure to use good cards (San Disk).

Just my opinion, but you're not alone when it comes to tape glitches.

Roger


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Joel Servetz
Re: Breaks in time code
on Oct 29, 2013 at 4:48:48 pm

Thanks Roger. As I was reading your reply I remembered that I encountered this same issue while using someone else's XH-A1 & A1S on a shoot of some surgery in California three years ago. I do have a DN-60 so maybe that's my only recourse at this point.

Joel Servetz
RGB Media Services, LLC
Sarasota, Fl
videobyjoel@aol.com
http://www.rgbmediaservices.com


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