Cleaning XL2 Heads 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 January 26th, 2006, 11:59 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 12
Cleaning XL2 Heads

Though this may sound like a newbie question, it is still legit. I recently cleaned the heads of my XL2, i.e. I PLAYED the tape cleaner for about 10 seconds. There was no previous problems, just did it.

After an hour or so of recording, I get a message that says, "Clean Heads."

All of the footage looked fine.

What I am wondering, what is the correct procedure for cleaning the heads for an XL2?

How long do you run the tape? How often?

Thanks
Joe Taylor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 27th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #2
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: DFW area, TX
Posts: 6,108
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Taylor
Though this may sound like a newbie question, it is still legit. I recently cleaned the heads of my XL2, i.e. I PLAYED the tape cleaner for about 10 seconds. There was no previous problems, just did it.

After an hour or so of recording, I get a message that says, "Clean Heads."

All of the footage looked fine.

What I am wondering, what is the correct procedure for cleaning the heads for an XL2?

How long do you run the tape? How often?

Thanks
Sounds like you did it correctly. However, what type of cleaning cassette did you use? Canon does not recommend 'wet type' head cleaners. Only the dry ones. Did you by chance switch brands of tape after the head clean?

-gb-
Greg Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 30th, 2006, 01:06 PM   #3
Tourist
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 3
Tape Stock

The camera could give you that message when you go through temperature changes on shoots.

I also recommend using the same tape stock, as different tapes shed differently. ( I learned that the hard way with my old aDat studio). As well, different tapes shed differently in different climates, so a guy in NY will like a brand that might not work in Antarctica :)
Corey Johnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 14th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #4
Tourist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
Posts: 4
First of all, why were you cleaning the heads to begin with. Was the camera requesting that the heads be cleaned? Were you getting viideo drop-outs? Do you use the camera to playback older tapes or tapes you used on another cam? I experienced intermittent problems with the heads on my XL2 but I never received a message stating that the heads needed to be cleaned. I had to have my recording unit replaced, not just the heads.
Dorian Azure 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 05:26 AM.


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