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Canon XL H Series HDV Camcorders
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Old September 15th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #46
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Any word on backwards compatibilty of the new Viewfinder with the XL2?

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Old September 16th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #47
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Old September 16th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #48
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Hi Marty, official word is no on that, I had an H1 and XL2 side by side for a short while and I should have plugged one EVF into the other camera but just didn't think about it. They're saying no those two viewfinders are not cross-compatible. Same connection jacks, though.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #49
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Believe me, I have been hammering on Canon about this for years now.

Jan sets a tough standard for others to follow. The only one who comes close is Ken Freed from JVC. He is a hell of a good guy to know. My only complaint about Ken is that we can't get enough of him.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 08:11 AM   #50
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I'd like to know:

a) does it have any compatibility with HDV 720p? Can it play back 720p tapes at all... and if so, can it play them back to firewire? and, can it record 720p via firewire, so it could be used to clone tapes?

b) does it have any provision for cloning timecode from the firewire stream, so that it could make an actual clone of an HDV tape (720p or 1080i) including timecode?
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Old September 16th, 2005, 10:41 AM   #51
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Hi Barry, no 720p at all, sorry.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 12:43 PM   #52
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Clarification on HD-SDI and SD-SDI

I'd like quite a few more technical details on the SDI interface. Yes I know others have asked, but this is the standout feature.

I won't repeat the myriad questions.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 01:00 PM   #53
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Will there be higher resolution viewfinders ?

What I've read so far indicates the viewfinder will be 2.4" 16:9 with ~215,000 pixels.

That is not enough at all. Not even for SD 16:9 in my opinion.

Is this accurate, and will Canon or others of whom Canon is aware be providing higher end viewfinders ?
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Old September 16th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #54
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Sorry if this has already been brought up, but the thread is long and I might have missed it.

Why a servo zoom with no way to over-ride that function? The servo prevents so many things from being possible - a fast rack focus is one. We can not call a camera "professional" unless it allows such a staple function. Other than that, it looks like a great camera although the $9k is a tad much to pay for interchangeable lenses - of course if they could be made manual...
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Old September 16th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #55
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Hi Ozzie, good to hear from you. There is a focus preset function on the 20x HD lens for performing rack moves, with a choice of focus speeds (fast, faster, and fastest).
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Old September 16th, 2005, 03:42 PM   #56
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Does the FU-1000 monchrome viefinder work with it? Any advantages if it does? I seemed to notice the 'lower port' for the FU-1000 viewfinder plug on the body.
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Old September 16th, 2005, 04:17 PM   #57
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Chris,

Maybe I'm just "old school" but a simple manual focus and manual zoom always works and at whatever speed I want it to work, and I can even change speed in the middle. The presets are great, as is the ability to over-ride the "all auto all the time" functions, but still, I have never understood why not just go all the way with the over-ride functions. Presets are great in the studio where we have the time and need to be right all the time, but in the field where conditions change and we need all the versatility we need, presets can often be a hindrance.

The reason this camera has attracted my attention is because the time has come for HD - all the clients are asking for it, an in 9x16. The camera is the cheapest part of the HD system - the decks, the monitors - that's where the money goes.
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Old September 17th, 2005, 02:31 PM   #58
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Believe me, I have been hammering on Canon about this for years now.

Jan sets a tough standard for others to follow. The only one who comes close is Ken Freed from JVC. He is a hell of a good guy to know. My only complaint about Ken is that we can't get enough of him.
How sad that you'd have to beg a rep from a manufacturer to be here in a forum that does not even cost Canon any money or resources.

Kudos to Panasonic and JCV. May not have the XL2 next to my signature after my next equipment purchase.

If I was head of marketing for a video manufacturer, it would be a full-time job for someone to be in this forum and others for 8 hours a day.

ALL these people, BUYING all these products, in one very well organized place. About the only place you'd find such a finely tuned target audience is at any of the yearly conventions for this kind of stuff.
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Hello Richard,

yes, the Monochrome Viewfinder FU-1000 will be compatible - just have a look here: http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...&modelid=12152.
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Old September 17th, 2005, 06:31 PM   #60
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Maybe I'm wrong on this but I thought I read somewhere in another thread on this forum that the XL-H1 viewfinder is capable of doing color/monochrome switching, not just reduced color like the XL2.
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