Sunday, November 09, 2008

Help!!!

Please help me!

I have not taken very much video over the past two years. However, I do have video of Christopher scooting, crawling, and Ashlyn's first dance recital, as well as others. I am having more technical difficulties, though. The picture is fine when playing back on my camera. When I try to put the video onto my computer, it is all pixelated-looking (see below.) I am almost in tears over this. I know that I am doing the exact same thing that I have always done to capture video from my camera. I don't know if it matters, but I am using Windows Movie Maker. My video camera is a Sondy Handycam DCR-TRV260. It uses The Hi8 tape. Also, it isn't just the tape, because I put in a different tape to check that out. I also used a different cord to attach the camera to the computer to check that out.

If you have any ideas, please let me know, I would hate to lose what little video I've taken in the past two years.


7 comments:

Katie said...

Don't cry! If it looks normal in the camera, then I am pretty sure it is still there in perfect form. It seems to me that puttting it on the computer is where the problem is. So, when you get it onto Windows Movie maker it looks like this? Or is it like this once you get it to YouTube?

It seems something is off with the Capturing. There are some weird settings on mine that when I can't remember how they go, I get things all jacked up. Keep fiddling with the capture screen!!

And don't cry. The videos are not lost. They just aren't translating well on the computer program!

The Dunns said...

I hope you find your answer! I'm afraid I can't help. I have video on my Sony Handycam, too, that is just sitting there on the tape. Don't really know what to do with it. I've never figured out how to get it to computer. I've been taking all my video lately with my Canon SD750 digital camera. It takes great video and transfers to my computer with all my photos. I do not like complicated technology! Hope you get your answer soon.

Natalie said...

Holly, if you have a DVD player w/a burner on it, you can hook up your Sony to the DVD with the cables and burn your tape onto the DVD. I'm not good with this stuff and I called Panasonic's number (DVD player/burner) and they walked me through it over the phone. I'm sure Sony could do the same thing. It's been a big help b/c Olivia LOVES to watch home videos. I'm sure you can burn to DVD via your computer/camera but I haven't taken the time to figure it out...I do the same thing you do and make movies from my Canon to my computer via the SD card, etc.

Angie, I have no idea how to help - but, Jae Rin may. Does she have the same SLR as you (I think she may??)...

jae rin said...

Angie is not using an SLR though for the video. I would do what Natalie suggested and call Sony for help. I've been doing what Holly does and using one of my digital cameras to capture video. Kent might know since he is usually the one transferring video from the tapes to the computer but I won't get to see him until late tomorrow.

Natalie said...

Ooops. Sorry, Angie. I should have made my comment with your post open and would have realized/remembered that the issue was w/your Sony.

Laura said...

I agree with Katie. If the videos look fine on the camera, then they are fine, it's just the transfer process. But I have no advice for you. Sorry and good luck.

amanda said...

There's a lady Gannett publishes in our local newspaper - Kim Komando - who seems to know everything technical/digital/camera related, and she takes questions...maybe some help there? I see questions like yours given easy-to-read, uncomplicated answers often. If you're still looking for answers, she might be worth a try, at www.komando.com - good luck, dear!