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Old February 22nd, 2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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I like the fact that I can have date and time in lower left corner. However, I cannot find away to see elapsed time and REC/PAUSE without it shhowing up on the video captured?

Does anyone know how to follow elapsed time without it showing on actual video? Thanks Brian
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 05:00 AM   #2
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Hello Brian, welcome aboard DVInfo.net!

This is probably not possible, however, you will first need to tell
us which camera you are actually using. Then this thread will also
be moved to the correct forum (since it is in the general forum now).
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 08:46 AM   #3
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Rob, thanks for your response. I own a Canon GL-2. I'm used to being able to see the running tape time and that I'm in the record mode with my Panasonic SVHS. I know this is newer technology, but how does Canon expect one to know where they stand, while shooting, with tape time remaining? As well as knowing that your truely in the REC mode. Thanks Brian
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 03:11 PM   #4
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Button to Display Data

Open the LCD for your GL2. In the recessed area is a button lableled "Display/Data Code" Press the button to activate the display. The button is actually a toggle with three different settings. Push the button until is displays your desired level of information.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 04:31 PM   #5
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Mike, thanks for your reply. I know what you are saying. However, what you see is what you get. I don't want the running time and REC/Pause on the actual video. I use the date/time feature, thats great. I just want to know how much tape time I have left while I shoot a video deposition. So far I cannot find away to view that info wothout it showing up on the tape when you play it back. Thanks Brian
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 07:48 PM   #6
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It won't be on the tape

Brian,

I use a GL2 all the time. I can see the running time and record time left on the LCD during recording, and it does not display on playback.

I'm guessing you have the TV display set to on. Go into the menu. Select the menu for Disp. Set Up. Change the "TV Screen" to off. You will then have a completely clean screen on playback.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 09:01 PM   #7
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Thanks Mike, I will try that tomorrow. Will I lose my date and time if I do that? Brian
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Old February 26th, 2005, 04:35 AM   #8
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No, you will not lose your date and time.
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Old February 27th, 2005, 12:49 PM   #9
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Mike, I have tried to do what you said. However, when I get to the "TV Screen" setting, it is in red and will not let me change anything? There are --- following the "TV Screen" setting on the menu? How do I get this in a mode so I can change to "Off". Thanks Brian
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Old February 27th, 2005, 03:52 PM   #10
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Cannot Replicate Setting

Brian,
I could not replicate your display for TV screen. I don't doubt what you see, I just could not do it myself. I tried many, many combination of settings on my GL2, but could not lock the TV Screeen display. The ability to set it to "On" or "Off" was always available. I could turn the display on and see all the information on the LCD and on a monitor connected to the GL2 via the yellow RCA cable. With the TV screen set to off, I could set the camera to VCR and play back video while using the Display/Data code button (in the LCD recess) to turn the date and time display on and off while seeing it on the LCD and a monitor.

I even set the custom key to TV Screen, and by clicking the custom key could turn the TV Screen display on and off.

So I am stumped! Is there something different about how your camera is set up that I am not imagining? For example, do you have a firewire cable connected to the camera. What are some of the other settings in the menu and for buttons on the outside of the camera?

One thing you might try. In the recess for the LCD is a small plastic cover for a battery. This battery provides the power to remember settings, e.g. time and date. By removing the battery and reinstalling it, the camera should revert back to the default settings (the settings for the camera when it came from the factory). That might undo any setting that is keeping you from turning the TV screen on and off. Of course you will lose any settings you purposely choose. For example, I think the audio will be set back to 12 bit and you will have to reset day and time. But it might fix your problem. Note: YOu must disconnect the camera from all sources of power before removing the "backup" battery. If you have a regular battery or AC power connected, the settings will still be remembered even though the backup battery was removed.
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Old February 28th, 2005, 11:20 AM   #11
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Mike, I found out how to turn TV Sreen off. To activate the menu, you first have to select "Off" for the "Char Rec" selection.

So...I turned the TV Screen off and I see, only on the LCD camera screen, the date and time as well as the tape running time in the upper right corner. Thats perfect, however...I don't get the date and time on the tape for playback?

If I select "Char Rec" and put it on, I end up having both the date and time and the tape running time? And I lose the option to turn the TV screen off?

I have also selected the custom key to be programed for the TV Screen, but that didn't solve any of my problems.

Mike....please...help and many thanks in advance for your willingness to help me figure this out.

Thanks Brian
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Old February 28th, 2005, 11:55 AM   #12
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Character Recognition

Well, character recognition is not one I tried. Who would have ever thought....?

I won't be back to my studio until this evening. In the meantime, have you checked the menu when the camera is in VCR mode? I'm pretty sure there is an option there to turn the date and time display on.

Also, while in Vcr mode, are you trying to see the remaining time on the LCD while also only seeing ony the date and time on the playback Vcr/monitor?
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Old February 28th, 2005, 12:06 PM   #13
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Mike, No all I want when I playback is to see the date and time in the lower left corner. What I'm looking for is to see the tape running time on the LCD camera monitor while recording, without it showing up on the actual video. Thanks again Brian
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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:11 AM   #14
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Try it tonight

I'm almost positive that what you want to do, I was able to do on Sunday. Got too busy last night with family obligations. I'll try it this evening and get back to you.
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Old March 1st, 2005, 09:23 AM   #15
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Mike, I am in a depo all day,Tues, today. I will look forward to your response later. Thanks Brian
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