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Auto power off

I have linked my camera and my mac with a firewire cable. I use IMovie 06 to capture in time lapse mode, but the camera would shut down after 5 min.  So I looked online and was told to remove the tape, and that would bypass this. So I did, but after 5 min, it enters demo mode and goes thru all the sample filters etc. that the camera has.  I also tried using the wall power supply, and it still goes to sleep with tape in and demo with tape out. Any Suggestions? Roger

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  • lightsgo Dec 02, 2007

    I figured out that you have to leave the tape out of the camera to keep it from auto power off. You go into Menu > Display Settings > Demo Mode and set it to off.
    That fixed the problem.

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Canon suggests that the only way to keep the XI from shutting off is to use the AC adapter as the power source, not the battery.

When using the battery, the camcorder will shut down when the battery runs out of available charge. However, using the A/C adapter does not prevent the XL1 from going into standby if a tape is in the camcorder.
Again, the key point is having a tape in the XL1. After about 5 minuts it goes into Standby mode (not the same as turning the power off with the dial). This is a carryover from pure consumer camcorders - to save battery and reduce damage to tape and head wear from a camcorder left in pause mode for a long time.

Also check the options in both sides (camera and MAC) while connecting through cable, maybe some options there is wrong configured.

i searched many sites, all people complain about turning off, but others say that it's not turning off while playing through cable USB or firewire.

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Link to user manual

No you can't turn off this feature

Nathan Petersen June 17th, 2005, 04:03 PM Is there away to turn the auto power off off. I dont think there is, just thought I'd ask, thanks. Don Palomaki June 17th, 2005, 08:47 PM Not on the original XL1. It will drop into STANDBY from PAUSE if there is a tape in the transport after around 5 minutes. If there is NOT a tape in the camcorder it will not not drop into STANDBY but will remain operating as a camera. Xander Christ June 17th, 2005, 09:25 PM Canon suggests that the only way to keep the XI from shutting off is to use the AC adapter as the power source, not the battery. I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it's true. Don Palomaki June 18th, 2005, 07:33 AM True - in that when using the battery, the camcorder will shut down when the battery runs out of available charge. However, using the A/C adapter does not prevent the XL1 from going into standby if a tape is in the camcorder. Nathan Petersen June 18th, 2005, 04:52 PM Canon suggests that the only way to keep the XI from shutting off is to use the AC adapter as the power source, not the battery. I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it's true.

No it still does it with the AC adapter, Im not even using the battery. It makes no sense to have the auto power off when shooting indoors while using the AC adapter, its just stupid. Don Palomaki June 19th, 2005, 05:59 AM Again, the key point is having a tape in the XL1. After about 5 minuts it goes into Standby mode (not the same as turning the power off with the dial). This is a carryover from pure consumer camcorders - to save battery and reduce damage to tape and head wear from a camcorder left in pause mode for a long time.

Pro users complained, so the XL1s had an option to disable this feature so that only the tape transport (VCR portion) is turned off after 5 minutes, the camera head continues to run. link to above thread

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