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Old September 7th, 2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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Record on XL1s, playback on ?

Just a quick question for that knowledgeable bunch out there. I have a XL1s which I have great pride in owning and would like to keep it working for me for as long as it takes for the XL2 to come down in price, (probably a couple of years). My quick question for you all is, if I was to buy a cheaper mini-dv camera just for playback purposes would this give inferior quality playback. Maybe I`m just being a bit too over cautious here, what do you guys do, do you playback on your XL1s or do use something else.

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Old September 7th, 2004, 04:18 PM   #2
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You will get the exact same digital video playback from a cheap 1CCD as you xl1s.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 09:11 AM   #3
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Cheap camcorder will do fine. The only thing I am not sure will work is 4-track audio which the Canon has but other camcorders do not.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 10:56 AM   #4
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The 4 channel @ 32 kHz, 12 bits audio is a DV standard... as long as your NLE can capture the four channels any cheap camcorder should send them.

Few camcorders let you capture 4 channels at once, but they should all play them back.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 03:09 PM   #5
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That all sounds good. So, do you all use a separate camcorder to play back on or do you just use your XL1s.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 03:14 PM   #6
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I am using a cheap ZR60 to capture. Works great, can capture the 4 channels with Scenalyzer Live, have digital to analog pass-through, and more, I was able to get it for 379$ CDN! It make a really good deck.

And as a bonus, you can record video with it! :)
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:40 PM   #7
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Yes I use a cheap camcorder to capture... an older Sharp and also a ZR60 too. The tape transport also responds quicker than the XL1s I find (when pressing rewind or FF, there isn't as long a delay as when using the XL1).
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Old September 10th, 2004, 07:53 PM   #8
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i use an optura 10 to playback footage i capture with xl1s.
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