I Think My Camcorder Might Be Dying

March 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Hardware, Technology | Comments Off on I Think My Camcorder Might Be Dying

Why do I think that?  Because it is not only showing various signs of wear, which I’ll get to in a minute, but it has also been doing something occasionally that convinces me it is not long for this world.  Take a look at the picture below and you’ll see what I mean.

camcorder green signal failingWhat’s wrong with this picture?  There is no green in it at all.

Every once in a while when my camcorder starts up the preview screen will look like this picture. This tells me that the component that picks up the optical input and converts it into a video signal is not supplying the green portion of the Red Green Blue (RGB) signal.

For example, the background in this picture is the green screen in my studio.  It obviously *SHOULD* be showing up green.  The fact that it is not means that the camcorder is definitely having a major problem.

Now for the time being the solution to this problem is to turn it off and back on again however I can’t help thinking that sooner or later that isn’t going to do it anymore.

This means that it would be a great idea for me to start shopping for camcorders and try to get a new one before this current unit fails completely.  This is especially true because I am a youtube partner and having a working camcorder is very important to me.  I’d really hate to have to resort to my really crappy webcam to do my videos with, or worse yet, resort to slideshow style videos that feature graphics or text that I generate in the video editor and a voiceover.  Yeah, it would technically work but it’d really suck too.,

Perhaps I might be able to get away with it for my daily vlogs but there’s no way I could do any of my skits that way and things like WFRT News, Phat Trek, and Watching Bad Videos (so you don’t have to) would be all but impossible without a working camcorder and frankly it needs to be an hd camcorder.

The only problem is cost.  I have been in a state of being “financially challenged” for some time and there just isn’t money for a new hd camcorder.  About the only shot I have is to win one in a contest and honestly, while I’m going to enter any such contest that I find, to be honest the chances of winning are microscopic to say the least.

I guess the trick is finding a contest that is suited to my skills and requires a creative entry video of some kind in a genre that I can work with.

What I’d really like is to have a Cannon 60d but in reality it’ll probably end up being an el cheapo off brand POS that just barely works.  That’s just the way things usually end up working for me.  Wouldn’t it be great if, for once, it didn’t turn out that way?

[tags]camcorder, failing, no green, rgb signal, youtube, youtube videos, making videos, contests, win a camcorder[/tags]

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