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Old March 12th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Playback of GL2 Tapes

I have 30 hours worth of footage shot on a Canon GL2 using Sony tape. I've had to have the camera repaired three times in the last six months so I'm considering buying a Sony camera as a replacement. I know from reading other posts that playing back Canon tapes on a Sony will not work reliably so I'm wondering what my options are. Obviously, I could buy a deck of some sort but that's a little pricey for my situation. Is there another option I'm missing?

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Old March 13th, 2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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If you used Sony tapes on the GL2 and are now looking at purchasing a Sony camera, that will mean using the Sony tapes in a Sony camera. What's the problem?
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Old March 13th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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I have hours of footage shot on a GL2 recaptured using my Sony FX1, some on TDK tapes, others on Sony tapes and still others on JVC tapes. I've had no problem with it.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #4
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The (potential) problem was as I noted in the first post. Others have commented that they'd had trouble playing back GL2 footage on a Sony not because of mechanical incompatibility but because there is some difference in the frames-per-second speed between the two. If, as you say, Ben Winter, you've played back GL2 footage using a Sony without a problem, then I'll try that first.

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Old April 30th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #5
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A local editor had several HDV tapes shot on a Canon. They rented my V1U to use for playback but for some reason, it wouldn't work. I wasn't there so I can't address the issues.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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I know from reading other posts that playing back Canon tapes on a Sony will not work reliably so I'm wondering what my options are.
You shouldn't have any issues, since GL2 is a miniDV camera. miniDV is miniDV. You may be confusing some compatibility issues between the two when HDV and differing framerates are involved, but not with miniDV.
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