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Old November 22nd, 2006, 02:28 PM   #1
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XL1 tape drive problems..

my very well-used (2nd hand) XL1 has been acting up lately. Itīs hard to label, hence not much luck finding anything through search.
What happens is that occasionally when recording, the tape will rewind at half-speed, with the playback visible in the EVF. When it started, this went on for a few seconds, then everything was back to normal. Now this has increased in frequency to the point where recording is pretty much impossible.
Removing and re-inserting the tape temporarily helps, so does switching to a new tape.

Since Iīm out of ideas Iīll probably have to bring it in for service, but if anyone knows this problem or has experienced something similar Iīd appreciate the insight.
An unrelated thing: there seems to be a slight bit of underscan present (in the the output material, itīs not visible in the EVF or on a monitor), is this normal?
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:08 AM   #2
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That sounds weird, Thomas...at least, I've never heard of it. You're right, though; you don't have a choice but to send it Canon.

As for the second question--yeah, that's normal. :)
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 07:13 AM   #3
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Is one of the record search buttons shorting?

The active portion of the image is about 704 pixels wide, with an 8 pixel black band on theleft adn right side. That is a DV standard, and is only visible on a monitor with no overscan such as a PC.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:19 AM   #4
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thanks for the info! I donīt know about the buttons, nothing I could tell without opening the body up.
I brought it in today for a repair quote, I just hope it doesnīt get too expensive...
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Old December 14th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #5
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update: the main PCB is damaged, apparently some corrosion... no idea how that crept in, but since the repair quote is for over thousand euros weīll probably be looking for either a new body or a new camera altogether...

damn.
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