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Old April 8th, 2002, 03:21 PM   #211
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Aft tally lamp cover missing

Gah!

The black-translucent tally lamp cover on the back (handle) of my XL1S is gone! It must have been poorly glued-on, and popped right off during transport. It wasn't in my Porta-Brace bag, and I can't find it on the floor anywhere. I'm concerned that my XL1S is made more vulnerable to the elements now that this new aperture has exposed the innards. Has this happened to anybody else? Do I have to send the whole thing back in now?
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Old April 8th, 2002, 03:41 PM   #212
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Hello,

I'll bet you'll never find it brcause more than likely it's inside the handle. If you call the canon club and then have them put you thru to repairs, they may confirm my suspicion.

If thats the case you may wish to cover it ( the opening that is, with opaque scotch tape)

If nothing else it will keep out the dirt and rain.
Hope it works.
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Old April 9th, 2002, 04:10 PM   #213
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Radio mics and inputs

I am using the XL-1 for the first time very soon and I am somewhat confused by my choice of audio inputs. I plan to use two radio mics and the onboard mic for back up. The camera I am using has a beechbox ( I think) which is an adapter that allows me to plug in two XLRs and therefore the radio mics. Coming out of this box are two mini jacks. Now, I have turned the camera to '12 bit ST-1,2' and I'm thinking of plugging the two mini jacks into Audio 2 so I record two mono channels of sound on this input and the onboard mic on Audio 1. Is this the correct thing to do or is there a better way of recording good quality sound onto this camera.
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Old April 9th, 2002, 05:12 PM   #214
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Carlo - If you are using a BeachTek adaptor designed for the XL1, it should connect directly to the Audio 2 inputs (RCA connectors). If the adaptor is designed for a different camera, it might have a miniplug that would require modification or miniplug -> RCA splitter to work. Otherwise, your approach sounds fine.

When monitoring your output with headphones or analog outputs, be aware that you can select Audio 1, Audio 2 or Mixed via the Audio Monitor button.

Chris has a very good four-part article on XL1 audio on the Watchdog site. (http://www.dvinfo.net/xl1.htm) Select the Articles Menu.
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Old April 10th, 2002, 11:58 PM   #215
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Canon Xl1 training video?

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a good video on the xl1?

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Old April 11th, 2002, 01:52 PM   #216
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get photos trouht firewire?

i just want to know if its possible to get the photos on hd by the firewire. (without buying the card adapter)
I have the xl1
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Old April 11th, 2002, 04:48 PM   #217
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Using video lens on normal photo camera?

Is it possible to take the standard Canon 16x lens for the XL1 and use it on a normal photographic camera? The only problem is my camera is a Nikon, so the lens does not fit directly. But if using the lens IS possible, are there standard adapters available that would work to hook it up?! The lens is great compared to what I have for my camera now, in terms of F-stop and focal length.
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Old April 11th, 2002, 05:48 PM   #218
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I'm pretty sure that a photo camera would not be able to operate the 16x lens; although wait until someone who knows comes along and confirms/corrects this until you take my word for it.
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Old April 11th, 2002, 08:15 PM   #219
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Hi,

No it is not possible to use a canon video lens on a 35mm still camera. The XL1 for example use 1/3 inch chips. This is much smaller than 35mm film. The circle of coverage would only fill a small portion of the 35mm film. 35mm lens work on video cameras because even on a 2/3 inch chip they have excess coverage.

The center of a lens is always the sharpest and best corrected for optical deficancies. This can provide stunning video images using 35mm lenses. But they provide a 7.2X magnification (on 1/3 inch chip) which make them usefull for few endevors other than nature work and such.

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Old April 11th, 2002, 09:52 PM   #220
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Time lapse sunrise

Hello all-
I am new to this group, as well as videography. I have been editing for years, but now find myself on the other end quite frequently.

My question; Will doing a timelapse sunrise damage my new XL1S? What is the best way to maximize the images, while reducing any hazards to the camera?
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Old April 11th, 2002, 10:58 PM   #221
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Shooting sunrise/sunset is perfectly safe. To be sure though turn your gain down to -3db, and use a polarizing filter on the lens. The polarizer will cut down the light 2 stops and it will also saturate the colours.
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Old April 12th, 2002, 11:06 AM   #222
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I'd also put in the ND filter first, just to be safe... You can put
it off if to few light hits the CCD. And close down your lens
as much as possible.
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Old April 12th, 2002, 12:18 PM   #223
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NAB was fun...

Hi Chris,

Nice to finally put a face with a name. Wish we could have spent more time, but in any case it was nice to meet you. Also, a quick howdy to Ashly Guy. Was nice to share a limo with you. Hope all the parties went well.

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Old April 12th, 2002, 01:33 PM   #224
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What do you mean by this question? You have to have a firewire connection to connect to the XL-1. If you have the firewire connection, you can capture video from the XL-1 consisting if however many frames you need - including 1. So, what do you mean by: (without buying the card adapter)?
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Old April 12th, 2002, 03:11 PM   #225
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Anyone using MARzPAK?

Hi there,

Guys if someone got a MARzPAK? could you gimme an hoest opinion abt it and how it fares to similar in function support products?

I'm considering bying it, but would like to hear opinions before shelling out 400$ for it.

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