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Old December 6th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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Standard Def Mini-DV and the Canon XH-A1s

I've got a request to do a shoot and deliver tapes to mini-DV format, standard definition. I only have the Canon A1 now as a cam that records to tape. Does anyone know if the A1 records tapes in standard def. format that actually play on other brand's decks? I know the A1 can record standard def, but don't know if the tapes are formatted as mini-dv standard or if they are just capable of being played back only in the A1.

Anyone have any idea? Thanks so much in advance!!

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Old December 6th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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MiniDV is a standard format, if recorded in SD, it SHOULD play on any SD miniDV camcorder or deck. In theory, at least.

In practice, though, it does not always happen. I had tapes shot with a GL2 that would play video fine on a Sony camcorder but the audio would be on/off intermittently. I had to borrow that same GL2 again to capture that particular tape.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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Shoot 60i and stay away from shooting in the Canon 24F mode and I believe you should be fine. I know that only Canon cameras like their 24f mode, but I've played back XHA1 tapes shot in both SD and HDV in Sony cameras and haven't had any trouble.
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If given a choice, make sure you record in SP mode not LP.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 06:33 AM   #5
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Thanks all for the advice!
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