I just bought a SONY DCR HC96 camcorder and started using it to transfer some old 8mm video onto mini DV tape. All was fine until yesterday when the transfer suddenly went into b/w mode. I was not aware of hitting any unseen buttons or promts on the touch screen. Strangely, if I rewind/play or fast forward/play the original tape while the DV cam is in record mode, the original footage shows up as color. But once I return to regular play, it reverts to b/w. I tried going into the main menu and checking all options to make sure there was no b/w filter activated, but could not get to the bottom of it.
With regular recording, the color works. The black and white is only happening on the transfers. Also, please note, I was able to transfer about six hours of color footage successfully. This problem seems to have just kicked in.
Anyone have a suggestion on how I can correct this? I've been through the manual and cannot find anything that indicates what is wrong.