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Old August 29th, 2006, 11:34 AM   #1
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XL1 pixelation / dropout

Hey everyone. Just posting to see if i can get any feedback on a problem I'm having. I bought my XL1 secondhand a year and a half ago, it has served me fine for the past year with no problems at all.

A couple of months ago I was testing it before a job. To my horror i noticed the image was pixelating and dropping out. I immediately booked the camera in for repair, i got it back but the problem was still there.

Again i sent it back to the repair firm and they replaced the Drum unit. But still the problem persists. I was on a job a few days ago and the dropout occured - I found it mostly occurs when the subject i am filming is moving, it tends to calm down a little when the subject is still.

I got the camera home and tested it. It seemed to be fine, i then played back a tape that i had recorded a while back which i knew was fine, and it started to drop out yet again. i have no idea what it is i would like to give some suggestions to the repair company so any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old August 29th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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Anthony, is that repair firm authorized by Canon UK?
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Old August 29th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #3
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yes they are. they are called sartec
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Old August 29th, 2006, 02:31 PM   #4
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Change tape brands, try Sony Premium, worked for me.

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Old September 27th, 2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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I have had the same problems with my XL1. Changing tape stock does work, but I have also had dropouts with Sony Professionals, but a lot less. On my last shoot, I did not have any dropouts with DVCAM tapes (but they cost $12). Stick with one stock that works and the Sony Pr's are great. In fact, I didn't have any problems until I had to purchase a cheap stock from a local drug store because I ran out.

Aside from getting rid of the camera, look into a firestore or citidisk and go straight to harddrive. It will also save you time editing.

Does your XL1 also jam, telling you to eject the cassette?
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Old September 27th, 2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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I have had the same problems with my XL1. Changing tape stock does work,
So now I am liar! Wow, go on one lousy road trip, and my reputation goes to hell while I'm gone! :) :)

It does work at times.


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Old October 31st, 2006, 03:12 PM   #7
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Change tape brands, try Sony Premium, worked for me.

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I shoot on Sony Premiums too...i bought my camera second hand about a month ago and the first time i used it i filmed for about an hour straight...i got a few drop outs and pixelation...i was pretty upset because i couldnt re-shoot the video...

I bought a Maxell Dry Type Head cleaner and gave it a whirl....it worked fine! the next time i shot the video was crystal clear on playback.
I used a cheap 1-Chip samsung to capture the video into Avid and i got some pixelation and dropout again! i decided to clean the heads on my smaller "Capturing camera" and that did the trick....just clean your heads every hour or so (recording hours) and you'll be fine.
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