Article ID : 00121025 / Last Modified : 10/02/2018

LCD Screen and Viewfinder Goes Black and Shows Only the Recording Information

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This may happen when recording AVCHD, XAVC S HD, and XAVC S 4K movies while the camera is connected to a TV or an external monitor with an HDMI cable. Using a combination of settings like FILE FORMAT, HDMI Settings, and 4K OUTPUT Sel. will affect whether the image and recording settings appear on LCD screen and viewfinder, or on the connected external display.

Check the illustration below for combination of settings to use when recording.

  • File Format is set to XAVC S HD or AVCHD, and HDMI Info. Display is set to On:

  • File Format is set to XAVC S HD or AVCHD, and HDMI Info. Display is set to Off:

  • File Format is set to XAVC S 4K, and movies are recorded on a memory card inside the camera:

  • File Format is set to XAVC S 4K, and 4K Output Sel. is set to HDMI Only: