If you have a Sony Video camera, you are already familiar with its features and capabilities. But do you know how to use it or know what additional functions it can provide? There are actually many uses for your Sony Video camera that you may not be aware of. In this article, I will give you a quick guide on some of the best uses for your video camera.
Here are the top five uses for your Sony Video camcorder:
One of the most basic but useful features of a video camcorder is the ability to live view. The purpose of live view is to see the scene as it really is, with no background noise or special effects applied. Sony makes many professional, user, and even miniaturized camcorders available with this feature. If you are looking for the highest quality pictures from your Sony Video camcorder, you should definitely live view.
Error Code View:
Many customers have asked me whether there is a way to see an error code before calling the customer support of the company. Well, the answer is yes. You can simply look up the unit’s manuals or the web to see the error code. It is also possible to see the error code by connecting the camcorder to the computer and running a program called error code cleaner.
When you receive an error code, the first thing you should do is try resetting your system. Some people mistakenly do this and try resetting the tape drive. However, it is better to try resetting the system instead of trying to reset the tape. It is not safe to try resetting the tape since there are still signals left in your recorder that are not easily erased.
When you have successfully reset the system, then you can remove the video head drum from the camera. The next step is to open the capstan motor cover which is located on the backside of the camera. The white lever is located on the left side of the camera. You can reach it with a pair of wire cutters.
You should now remove the cable which connects the electronic box to the main board of the camcorder. The top cover of the box should also be removed. This is where you will find the different error codes. Once you have located them, you should turn off your recorder and disconnect the wire connection from the electronic box.
If you have tried all these steps and still receive error codes, it is then the time when you should change the batteries. Sony Video camcorder comes with rechargeable batteries but it might not be a good idea to try and recharge it by yourself. This is because there are variations in power and voltage between batteries so you might not be able to get the right amount of power you need. If you have the right type of battery, then you can simply replace the old one with the new one. This should fix your problem.
If the above steps still do not work, the best thing that you can do is to take out the inverter cable which is located at the back of the camcorder. You should carefully remove it. This is important as this is the main component that helps in powering the internal flash memory. If you cannot do it on your own, then you should consult an assistant at your local electronic store.
If you are still getting error codes, then the next thing that you should check is the power strip or AC power cord. It is also possible that this is the problem. If this is the case, then you should remove the wall outlet from where you are using the camcorder and unplug it. This should help you determine whether there is a problem with the video camcorder’s power source. If not, then you should consider replacing the AC power cord or even the wall outlet.
Another option that you have is to reset the flash drive or memory card. If you cannot do this on your own, then you should contact a professional who can reset the memory card for you. In fact, if you have a hard drive and the error codes keep coming up, then the best thing that you should do is try resetting the hard drive itself. This should help you get rid of the error codes and will make your camcorder functional again.
If none of the options worked, then the only other option that you have is to send the camcorder in for repair. However, before you even do that, ensure that you power the camcorder down immediately when you discover the error code. This is done so that there is no chance that the device becomes flooded with electrical currents. If you have an old Sony camcorder, then it is highly recommended that you do not use the tape transport if at all possible. If the tape transport is used, the internal battery is probably damaged and the only way to solve this problem is by replacing the unit.