Brand new XL2- Major Digital Artifacting? at DVinfo.net

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

Canon XL and GL Series DV Camcorders
Canon XL2 / XL1S / XL1 and GL2 / XM2 / GL1 / XM1.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old December 24th, 2004, 05:19 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 6
Brand new XL2- Major Digital Artifacting?

I just got an XL2 today, and I popped a tape in to record around the house, and when I played it back, there was major artifacting, white, green, and purple flecks all around the highlights of the image. I tried different tape stock, new tapes, old tapes, playback through a mini-dv VCR and the camera itself, and the artficating remains everytime. This is severely dissappointing, as the camera is BRAND new, and I've been using XL1's since 1999. Has anyone else had this problem? Is this documented? After all I heard about the camera's downfalls and sticking to the brand, this is incredibly disheartening. I got it from B&H, and since it is less than a few days old, I assume either I can return it, or have Canon look at it. Nevertheless, this is really frustrating.

Edited to add: the degraded image/artifacts do not show up in the viewfinder when recording.
Ferdinand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 24th, 2004, 09:40 PM   #2
Obstreperous Rex
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: San Marcos, TX
Posts: 26,900
Images: 513
Always run a head cleaning tape through any new camcorder before rolling that first DV cassette.
__________________
CH

Search DV Info Net | DV Info Net Sponsors | A Decade (+5) of DVi | ...Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!
Chris Hurd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 25th, 2004, 09:14 PM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Rockville Maryland
Posts: 30
I always thought that head cleaning tapes are a no no for high end cams. Is there a high end cleaning tape?

thanks
Dave Coyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 26th, 2004, 07:55 AM   #4
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 4,291
Believe that head cleaning tapes are the recommended form for MiniDV. Check Canon's notes in the manual. Liquid/wet process cleaners (as often used on larger tape formats) are generally a no-no for MiniDV - could cause more problems than they solve in most hands - because the head gaps, etc. are so much smaller.

Use a good brand (e.g., Sony, Panasonic, Canon) when the camcorder is new out of the box, when there are indications in playback per the manual, and if changing tape stock brand. Observe cautions provided in the manual and with the cleaning tape you buy. Cleaning tapes do cause head wear, so frequent use (e.g., every few hours) is not a great idea if you want to maximize head life.
__________________
dpalomaki@dspalomaki.com
Don Palomaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 26th, 2004, 09:12 AM   #5
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 3,840
Panasonnic' s head cleaning tape is dry, Sony's head cleaning tape is wet. Says so right on their boxes, so choose accordingly.
Richard Alvarez 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 XL and GL Series DV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:48 PM.


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