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Old June 13th, 2003, 12:54 AM   #1
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Maintaining and Cleaning my xl-1

I have been reading that you should stick to one type of tape or another. Unfortuently, I've been using Panasonics, TDK and Sony. Is there a procedure I can do to clean the heads of my xl? And do the heads need realligned like the heads on a DAT at certain intervols? Thanks in advance for any advice.............

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Old June 13th, 2003, 01:49 AM   #2
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Get and use a miniDV cleaning tape. If you use your camera reasonably heavily and/or professionally it's a good idea to send it to Canon service for a routine cleaning and calibration each year.
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Old June 13th, 2003, 05:22 AM   #3
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Maintenance procedures (including head cleaning) are on pages 66-67 of the (NTSC) manual. Sony- and other-brand dry MiniDV cleaning tapes will work OK too.

Because the cleaning process causes aditional wear, Canon suggests do it only when indicated. A tape brand change after a steady diet of another brand is a good time. Frequent changes of tape brands might not require cleaning as often.
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Old June 13th, 2003, 03:36 PM   #4
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Now that you are sticking to one brand of tape that will help. Sending the camera in once a year for maintenance is also a good idea (it will at least keep the heads aligned).

If you haven't been using 4-track, you can also use any cheap miniDV as a playback deck for those other tapes.
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