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Old May 8th, 2005, 06:38 PM   #1
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Analog (VHS) to DV Conversion

I have looked, and can't seem to find many posts about this so here goes. I am trying to record from a VHS tape in my VCR to dv using my XL2. I have followed the instructions and it doesn't seem to help. I cannot get a picture in the viewfinder or get any audio either. I was a little fuzzy at first as to what the "Input Selector" that he manual refered to was , but I worked under the assumption that it was the switch that selects whether you use BNC or RCA connections. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old May 8th, 2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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That switch actually toggles between the BNC and S-video connector.

You have the camera powered up in VCR mode, correct? You're following the instructions as layed out on page 97 of the manual? Neither tape is copy-protected? In the XL2's VCR set-up menu, you have AV-DV set to On?
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Old May 8th, 2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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yeah. the vhs tape is a six hour sony tape, and I can record on my dv tape because when all I get is a blue screen when I go into vcr mode, but I don't get sound or picture. Where is the input selector if not that switch? I have followed instructions in the manual but they are somewhat vague on the details. Any suggestions?
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Just make sure you turn the AV-DV on in the VCR set-up menu. The audio input selector is in the AUDIO PANEL under AUDIO 1. change the switch from FRONT MIC to AUDIO 1. you're ready to go...simple...
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should I turn it to AV-DV mode before I cut the VCR on? In what order should I do all that?
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the order shouldn't matter...
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Old May 8th, 2005, 08:56 PM   #7
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well then I must have a bad rca cable because I have tried everything and it is not working.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #8
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That would be a good reason to try a different RCA cable!

While you're at it, replace all three (left and right audio, plus video).
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Old May 9th, 2005, 01:23 AM   #9
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Joseph,
I have done this myself from a vcr-vhs to my xl-2. You have to start record before you can see any signal in the viewfinder!

So the procedure will be:
- press play-button on the vhs-vcr
- press record-button on the xl2
- you will now see in the viewfinder that the signal goes through

Hope this helps

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