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Canon xl1 I tried to use my Canon XL-1 today and it woould not recordor play back a tape the "no tape" icon is flashing. It won't let me watch pre-recorded tapes or record on a blank tape. Any suggestions>?

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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    I get picture break up showing half a frame on play back mode yet the camera records ok


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I had the exact same problem; my tape icon was flashing red with a line through it and the recorder would not record, no matter how hard I begged it to. After a full day of frustration, I called the videographer who had used it previously. There is a little trick.

1. Open the exterior tape door with the "Eject" button.
2. Wait, dont touch the tape. The little metal encasement will pop over and open within a few seconds.
3. To properly put the tape in, insert tape, push the little metal door that sais "Push this first".
4. Then push the exterior door closed.

Voila! Thats all there is to it!

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

  • collins411 Apr 26, 2011

    this has been very helpful,i struggled for three days with this same exact problem and your
    trick did it

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Go and open your mini DV opener open it but then push the mini DV into tho camera before shutting the cover

i just figured this out yesterday

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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You might need to clean the head

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