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I am trying to dub a mini dv using a canon NTSC ZR50 mini DV

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I am trying to dub a mini dv using a canon NTSC ZR50 mini DV camera. it is recording blank even thought I know the VHS dubbing machine is working since it words on other cameras and devices. the camera is set on TAP and the cord is plugged into the yellow source on camera as I always have done.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Joe replied 7 months ago.


Thank you for allowing me to assist you, my name is Joe and I will be happy to assist you with your concern today.

So long as what is being shown on the canon is being shown on the tv this means it is connected correctly and playing the video back, that ends anything to do with the camera as the problem. From here your recorder needs that video as an input and you will set the record/dub feature from it to record from that external camera source to the dvd. Again since it is on screen it has nothing to do with the camera. On your vcr with the camera connected to the vcr via the composite jacks you will simply set the vcr to record from that source (depends on model of vcr and it's abilities).

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Did you did not address my question. The CAMERA picture is being seen on the camera, there is no TV. There is A VCR which I know works because it is working on the same kind of camera so we know 100 percent there is ZERO error on the VCR part. It is dubbing fine using the same kind of camera. When this camera is plugged in I see the picture ON THE CAMERA but when I press play and see picture and then press RECORD on the VCR dubbing machine to put video on DVD it starts to record but when I finalize it it is black. ONCE AGAIN I WANT YOU TO MAKE SURE THE VCR IS OPERATING 100 percent correctly since I have used before this camera and it was fine an after this camera and it was fine.. why is it playing but not displaying the video on the VCR
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
here is how it is hooked up. The Camera is set on PLAYBACK not camera
Expert:  Joe replied 7 months ago.

You will want to connect the camera to a tv to confirm the problem is not with the camera and that the camera is sending the video out to the recording source, otherwise it is not known if the problem is with the camera or the recorder.