The tape is set for erasure prevention at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 9th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
The tape is set for erasure prevention

Hello, I have a problem with my xh a1, well first I have this horrible grainy issue in places that don't have enough light, but thats for later on my next problem is, why does the camera say The tape is set for erasure prevention, and won't let me take any footage? It seemed to happen after I used HDV split any suggestions, heres a pic of the grainy...
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1106/img0277ya6.jpg
[img=http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1106/img0277ya6.th.jpg]
The grainy isn't as noticeable when taking movies but its still there. Do I need to RMA this camera.... because so far its a piece of junk :(
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #2
Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 4,449
That appears to have been shot at a high gain. Unless you're doing TV news, you really don't want to shoot at anything over a +3 or +6 db with any camera. Have you turned off all the automatic stuff? When I got my camera out of the box, everything automatic was on--auto iris, auto shutter, auto gain, auto focus. First thing to do is make sure the auto gain and auto shutter is off.

If you're getting the message the tape is set for erasure prevention, then it is probably true. Pop the little erasure prevention tab back into the recording position.
Bill Pryor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #3
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
Err nm ignore this post
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #4
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
Also where is that erasure switch I dont see it?
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #5
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
I looked at my gain settings they were at +12... I think that was my problem, I'll compare the photos later right now its counter strike time :)
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #6
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
So I set the settings to -3 but its still grainy but looks better nonetheless

http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/294/img0285yr4.jpg
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 10th, 2007, 07:31 AM   #7
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 4,293
The erase prevention tab is on the spine of the MiniDV cassette, is slides to open/cover a recess in the cassette that the camcorder senses to allow recording or protect (between locekd and unlocked). The cassette typically has icons showing locked and unlocked.

You maybe able to better manage the apparent grain issue using custom presets. See the custom presets theads.
__________________
dpalomaki@dspalomaki.com
Don Palomaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 10th, 2007, 11:39 AM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 959
Quote:
Originally Posted by Logan Kellar View Post
So I set the settings to -3 but its still grainy but looks better nonetheless
Turn AUTO GAIN Switch OFF!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Logan Kellar View Post
Err nm ignore this post
I believe I will :)

Bill
Bill Busby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 12th, 2007, 06:23 PM   #9
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
Where is this holy gain switch you speak of? and what custom preset woudl you reccomend
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 12th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #10
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 13
I found a switch called agc I took a before and after shot is this that switch?
Before http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2250/img0306ji0.jpg
After (as in off) http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/6776/img0307se9.jpg
Logan Kellar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 12th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #11
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 4,293
Quote:
and what custom preset woudl you reccomend
Depends on what effect you want to achieve. Read, and experiment. If shooting in poor light is your thing, try the low light one as a starting point.
__________________
dpalomaki@dspalomaki.com
Don Palomaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 13th, 2007, 01:40 AM   #12
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 858
May I suggest referring to the instruction manual? (I'm not saying this to be rude, or mean).
Its a last resort for most of us, but I'm a former network cameraman with 18 years of experience on various rigs...and I'm still learning the XH-A1's quirks.
Oren Arieli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 13th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Munich Germany , Singapore ,NSW Australia
Posts: 419
if you don't like reading the book.
Spend some money and get the Vasst DVD. : inside the Canon XHA1 & XHG1

It helps you understand the camera alot more. It covers the basic and advance setting of this camera.

You get a 10% discount if you use the dvinfo discount.
David Chia is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:09 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network