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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:16 PM   #1
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Having trouble with XL1s!

I haven't put a whole lot of time into figuring this one out so it could be something minor but I have noticed that (quite frequently) the recorded footage sometimes flickers for a moment between light and dark. also, I sometimes see those digital blocks break up the frame every once and a while. Could this just be the tape, the heads, some kind of interferance? I'm not sure why but the flicker is what I'm most worried about. Any help? Please.


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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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Old May 9th, 2006, 08:40 PM   #3
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Digital blocks at playback may be a sign of dirty heads among other issues, so a head cleaning might help or at least rule that source out.

Not sure what you mean by "flicker." Does it appear in live video as well, or only on playback?
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Old May 9th, 2006, 11:09 PM   #4
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I don't notice any problems just viewing from a monitor so I'm sure it's just in playback. The flicker I'm noticing happens mostly when I'm shooting handheld. While I'm viewing the playback, the image will for a moment darken (2-frames maybe)

Do cleaning tapes do an adiquate job of cleaning the heads?
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Old May 10th, 2006, 12:01 AM   #5
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I use the tapes regularily and I've had no problems w/ my XL1s. It had started to do the blocks thing once, but I ran a cleaner and the problem went away. I believe in them...I think they work better if you use them on a schedule. I use once every 20 hours of shooting or so. I always use the same tapes stock as well.
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Old May 10th, 2006, 11:01 PM   #6
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all good things must come to an end....Or at least be sent back to the factory for a good cleaning and alignment. under 100.00 and worth it.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 09:30 AM   #7
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Under $100? You must know something/someone I don't! :) Even when mine was a baby XL1s, still under warranty, me belonging to the XL1s owners club (oooh!), it cost me $252.00 just to have them check it out and clean it. And that's what it's been every other time, as well. What the heck am I missing?
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Old May 12th, 2006, 09:55 AM   #8
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yeah, could you tell me how you get it cleaned for $100. Because I remember thinking it was around $250 too. thanks
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