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Old November 14th, 2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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Vcr Stop Option

I was wondering if when utilizing the VCR Stop function on the XL2 between each take so that the camera does not power down after the 5min. while on pause , does that have any wear and tear on the heads after a period of time, or does it actually completly disangage the tape and stop the heads from doing it's thing? Hopefully I posed this question in an understandable way.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 11:38 PM   #2
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It disengages and spins down. So, you'll have to allow a few seconds for it to wind back up the next time you hit the record button.

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Old November 15th, 2005, 01:10 AM   #3
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Thanks Greg. So since it is disengaging, does that mean it in fact would not be any wear and tear on the heads even if you have it on VCR stop no matter how long it stays in that mode, am I correct in that assumption?

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Thanks Greg. So since it is disengaging, does that mean it in fact would not be any wear and tear on the heads even if you have it on VCR stop no matter how long it stays in that mode, am I correct in that assumption?

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Yes, that's the very reason for that function to exist. Battery savings is secondary.

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Yes, that's the very reason for that function to exist. Battery savings is secondary.

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And most importantly, when starting a take the camera operator get's to holler "Speed!" when it's back up and rolling which sounds so cool! <grin>
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