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Old October 22nd, 2002, 05:42 PM   #1
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I have a question. On my Canon XL-1 I was able to plug a Sony RFU asapter to the back of the Canon via the audio/video terminals and then plug the camcorder into any television using the tv's VHS/UHF cable terminal (unplug the cable, plug in the adapter) and then watch your video on a tv. This was great for videoing and then previwing the video in a hotel room. Can anyone tell me why Canon moved the video terminal from the top as in the XL-1, to the bottom as in the 1s? This does not allow me to plug into a tv. Very disturbing, any help will be apprechiated. Bob Safay
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 06:11 PM   #2
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Should be able to get an RCA-to-coax adapter at Radio Shack for a couple of bucks. Hope this helps,
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Old October 22nd, 2002, 10:05 PM   #3
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Hi Bob,

Not sure that I follow you why you can't feed your RF modulator now that the video terminal is on the bottom. Could you explain?

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Old October 23rd, 2002, 05:25 AM   #4
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Don, the way the A/V terminals are now situated at the back of the camcorder do not allow the coupler to attach. Where I used to get A/V (the two top terminals) I now have A/A, they moved the video terminal to the bottom. Sound but no video. Bob
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Old October 29th, 2002, 07:23 AM   #5
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Chris, I checked with Radio Shack. They have a small converter box ($24.95) that you plug the XL-1s into, and that have the cable out to the TV. Not as easy as the straight cables, but it will do the job. Thanks for the advise. Bob
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Old October 29th, 2002, 10:02 AM   #6
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Bob, I've been using the Radio Shack Modulator for about a year now to feed a RF signal to a monitor some distance away. It works great, only drawback being it requires AC. I had a small Canon RF adapter that came with my Canon A1 Hi8 camera that got power from the 5v tap between the Audio & Video connectors. It worked fine with my Sony D8 but I had to go the Radio Shack route with the XL1S for the same reason you cite.
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Old October 30th, 2002, 06:20 PM   #7
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Should be able to make the Canon RU adapter work if you get some short M-F patch cables (2-RCA and one mono submini phone)
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Old November 4th, 2002, 11:34 AM   #8
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Don, I tried it and it works! Thanks for the tip. Bob.
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Old November 4th, 2002, 04:13 PM   #9
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What is everyone's opinion on Radio Shack? I've always found their products to be a bit...well cheaply constructed and crappy. I haven't tried every item obviously, but I have doubts when I walk in to an RS every time.

someone restore some faith please :)
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Old November 4th, 2002, 05:10 PM   #10
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You have to know what you are buying. Their products are mainly for the consumer market and some prosumer stuff. Generally not really built for professional 7/24 operations, but there may be exceptions for specific items - especially in the special order area.
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Old November 5th, 2002, 08:46 AM   #11
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Their RF converter works just fine, and I also love to use their little four-channel mixer. Best deal out there. Some of their microphones are also a good value.
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