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Scrambled footage when I transfer footage from XL1 to my computer (I-Mac) the footage is scrambled. What is the problem? I tried a different firewire and still scrambled.

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If you are captureing through the fire wire port, it could be the port is bad. Just to make sure, see if you can get ahold of a "Blue Box" one of those analog to firewire converter boxes, and see if it comes out clear then. if it does then I am 100% sure that it is the firewire port.

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