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Old April 16th, 2002, 06:03 PM   #1
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Help! first time user (borrower) of XL-1

A friend let me borrow his XL-1 and I eagerly took it out this weekend. I am familiar with DV as I am a lowly GL1 user.

The video from the XL-1 looked wonderful as I played it on the television, but when it came time to edit the video on my computer, I was dismayed to find that the image was "clipped" in that five full columns of pixels were dark on both the left and right sides of the image. Here is a GIF still (saved as 640x480 sq pixels) of a frame for illustration:

http://www.microserve.net/~jeffrac/foal.gif

Has anyone ever seen this problem? Are the CCDs bad in the camera? Right now I am feeling terrible and am hoping that I did not damage the camera. Luckily it is still under warranty - would it be worth shipping to the Canon NJ facility for a test? I'm going to notify the owner and offer to pay for the shipping.

Thanks a lot in advance for any help!
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Old April 16th, 2002, 06:14 PM   #2
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That's perfectly normal and well outside the TV-safe area of the image. Not to worry. There is nothing wrong with the camera. Hope this helps,
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Old April 17th, 2002, 12:30 AM   #3
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very normal...

Yes, that is very normal. That happens all the time when I digitize using Final Cut Pro. When you finish editing and record it back out to tape, it won't show at all.

Hope that helps,
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Old April 19th, 2002, 02:27 PM   #4
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Chris, When you blow it into 35mm film format, do these black
bars on left and right still appear???
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Old April 19th, 2002, 02:55 PM   #5
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No. The film transfer house will crop it down to the TV-safe area.
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