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Old August 4th, 2004, 04:47 AM   #1351
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I've seen the V8 used as an abbreviation for Video 8, the standard 8mm video tape format (not Hi8, which uses the same size tape and cassette but a higher bandwidth recording format and tape specification).

8mm video tape (and Hi8) are NOT compatible with MiniDV, but should be with Sony's Digital 8 equipment that is designed to play both Digital 8, Hi8, and 8mm format tapes.

The XL1 does not play Digital 8, Hi8, or 8mm tape.

The Sony Digital 8 gear I've seen does have firewire output (Sony calls it iLink); e.g., the GV-D200, a walkman-sized Digital 8 VCR, and it plays both 8 mm, Hi8, and Digital 8 tapes.

Sony is the only current maker of Digital 8 products.
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Old August 4th, 2004, 06:17 AM   #1352
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Thanks for your clear explanation about Video 8 compatibility with the MiniDV format.

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Old August 6th, 2004, 07:06 AM   #1353
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Custom Settings in XL1s

How much to you guys use these custom settings, setup level,
sharpness etc., are they manipulated frequently or stay pretty
set to the 'center'?
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Old August 7th, 2004, 03:59 AM   #1354
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A simple search within this forum revealed several threads on
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Old August 9th, 2004, 01:00 PM   #1355
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Seeking an audio education.


I feel in need of a general education in "all matters audio", from simple basics onwards. Any suggestions on reading material - either downloads or books or correspondance courses? Much of what you guys discuss here is way over my head!

I have acted on some of your suggestions regarding my last query on tape faults (pixilation, mosiac noise etc) on my XL1S and together with a quick 5 second head clean before each use have not had this problem since. Thanks guys.

I would appreciate any help to increase my audio knowledge.


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Old August 9th, 2004, 07:20 PM   #1356
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Read the archives here for info specific to your camcorder.

Find a library with back isues of Vdieomaker and read the pieces on audio there. They tend to be fairly basic.

But keep in mind that not everything you read in print, on the web or in amagazine is 100% accurate.
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Old August 9th, 2004, 08:14 PM   #1357
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George, check in the "Read About It" part of the site for some good reviews.

"Producing Great Sound for Digital Video" by Jay Rose is a great book. Covers technical info, gear, How to use it (micing, booming), post production and more.

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Old August 10th, 2004, 01:45 PM   #1358
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I have surfed the net, found a lot of suppliers for the Power2000 Battery for XL1. I have tried most of them but none of them ship to South Africa or charged extreme shipment costs. In the end, I have gone back to BugEyeDigital and gave them another go. What a difference! Not too sure what happened but the battery was delivered in South Africa in less than 2 weeks! Very good service from them this time around..perhaps the previous experience with them was just a coincidence!

Very happy with the Power2000 battery so far on my XL1!

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Old August 10th, 2004, 02:28 PM   #1359
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Using the backfocus feature....

We are trying to use manual focus over the auto focus because of the focus hunting issue with the XL1s. Unfortunately, there are certain situations where we can't do a manual focus.

Unfortunately, backfocusing technique with the Canon XL1s is not able to handle this scenario as the subject is moving towards the camera. Or should it be?

XL1s is in manual focus. Operator zoomed in to her and obtain a focus manually. Zooming out to wide angle shows the subject is still in focus. Initially, the subject is 50 feet apart standing still. Focus is okay as long subject distance is maintained. As she walks towards the camera, the image becomes blurry. Operator has to zoom out and refocus.

Question is there a way to maintain focus if subject comes closer to the camera even when in MANUAL FOCUS (sort like a backfocus feature)? Or in this scenario, I can only do this with AUTO FOCUS. The problem with AUTO FOCUS is the focus hunting that XL1s stock lens exhibit.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 06:26 PM   #1360
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Auto focus needs good vertical contrqact and reasonable light levels to work well. Over 50 lux per some documentation I've reqad.

With a lot of practice, skill. and cunning you may be able to adjust focus manually to track a moving subject, but it is not easy to do.

Backfocus is an internal setting with the standard automatic lenses, not something most users can do. YOu need to Canon manual lenses to be able to adjust back focus.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 09:24 AM   #1361
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Lightwave Mini-mount in the UK?

Hello all. Does anyone know where I can purchase a lightwave mini mount in the UK? I have tried looking but without any luck!

I'm getting a ME66, just hoping that once it's mounted onto the mini mount it won't protrude into shot!

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Old August 12th, 2004, 10:02 AM   #1362
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Old August 12th, 2004, 07:11 PM   #1363
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XL-1 PAL rental in NYC

hi everybody!

i just joined today and have to say i was so happy to find this forum...
i am working on a commercial for europe and they insist to get the material
on PAL. where can i rent the XL-1pal in New York City???
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Old August 12th, 2004, 11:45 PM   #1364
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Shooting in frame mode and 25p

Hi guys,

I will be shooting a short film soon.

But I may have a slight problem of having to use different cameras for different days.

I'm shooting on XL1s this week, and perhaps the panasonic DVX100 next week.

I plan to shoot in frame mode and 25p. Will I have an issue intercutting both footages?
I will try to spread the scenes out so that both cameras will be used for different scenes or after a time lapse, so that the differences will not be that obvious.

But do you guys think that I will have the issue of earlier scenes differing from later scenes etc?
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Old August 13th, 2004, 12:03 AM   #1365
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Re: Shooting in frame mode and 25p

<<< But do you guys think that I will have the issue of earlier scenes differing from later scenes etc? >>>

Yes, depending on how you use the DVX100 they will appear quite different. I strongly recommend testing in advance, particularly if you are not experienced with the DVX100.
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