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Old March 6th, 2009, 03:30 PM   #1
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XL1s HD Upgrade Card?

Hi All,

There is a guy selling a used XL1s on ebay, and mentioned something about "HD upgradable" so, I asked him, and he said that you can send these into Canon, and they sell a HD Card that will allow HD content to be captured?

Seems unlikely, but is there any truth to this? - I thought that the biggest limitation would be the CCD's in any SD camera - since an HD camera's CCDs or sensors have many more pixels? - but on can dream...

I know there is software that will upconvert SD to HD (in fact I have a plug in for FCP that does just that) - but it's not the same as recording native 1080P - correct?

Please, someone tell me I'm Dreaming than an XL1s can record in HD :-)

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Old March 6th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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The XL1s cannot record HD. There is no conversion offered, and the CCD block is limited to SD resolution. HOWEVER! I suppose someone could make a device that would encode a HD video stream to a SD signal, and you could then record it to the XL1s. You would need a appropriate COder and decoder to do it. However, I cannot imagine a market for such a device.

Woudl be lower cost to buy a small HDV or similar camcorder such as a HV20.

(Note that at one time in the (late 1980s or early 1990s) there was a device offered that used VHS recorder and tape to do computer back-up tapes. The data was encoded into a video signal (but probably not worth watching).
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Old March 6th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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Hi Rob..........

You must have heard this old addage before:

"If it sounds too good to be true, in all likelyhood, it is."

You're having your chain pulled, big time.

E - bay should know better than to let shark oil salesmen like this one operate.

It's a scam, con, rip off and total load of bollocks.

Back to reality, I'm afraid.


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Old March 7th, 2009, 04:51 AM   #4
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Note that you could always contact Canon to check/verify.

Canon developed a 3-D lens for the XL1. I saw it a demo of it at an exposition in NYC about 8 years ago. It never went into production. Maybe I could sell my XL1 as a 3-D camcorder, tell buyers shen need to find the lens. I understand that about 8 were made.

At one time Canon even sold an Edit Controller, the ED-100. It used LANC and IR control protocols.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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Rob, please send me an email (chris at dv info dot net) with a link to this Ebay auction. I'd like to look it over, and if necessary report the seller to Ebay for fraud.
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