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In my cannon xl1 s the tape recorded after 10 min befor 10 min ther is scrambel

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You may have problem with transport system specially in the tension of tranport of the tape from one side to other. Immediate and simple solution if it works would be cleaning the pinch roller. It is the part with black robber roller when you open the tape compartment. Clean the roller using denatured alchohol with a Qtip. If this does not resolve, it need a diagnostic by a technician. James. For a further assistance, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com

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Our Sony dual recorder has been spitting out the vhs tapes after a couple of mins being played. And no shows are being recorded.


First, make sure you got a good quality tape. Bargain tapes can destroy a recorder before its time. Run a Cleaning Tape to get rid of dust on rollers.

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Auto power off


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

Dec 02, 2007 | Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Hello, when I shoot lately with my canon xl1 the first few minutes of the tape only records black or you can see some of the video as horizontal bars. it is only on the first few minutes of a tape. The...


well ,,,,you got a dirty tape head,,,try running a head cleaning tape through the camcorder to clean it out,,
have you been using old tapes???
that would get the record head dirty prity quick,,,
also if the camcorder was a little damp it takes its time to warm up first,,,
i hope i have given you some idears to work on

Oct 26, 2009 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Cannon xl1 tracking problem....record and play back all choppy...have cleaned head 4 times


How did you clean it? With a cleaning tape or how? If so, it's not good, it should be professionally cleaned. If you tried that then maybe the head has to be changed. If so, you will have to contact Canon and see how much they ask for head replacement and adjustment.

Hope this helps!

Tom

Oct 10, 2009 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Canon xl1 heads


Trained technician can clean the video heads individually and manually but I do not recomend it for general public. Best you can do is to purchase a good head cleaning tape. First, dust off the tape loading area with can air, then run the head cleaning tape for 10 seconds (our general recomendation is 5 seconds) but NO MORE. hope this works. -James. For further assistance by email, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com

Mar 11, 2009 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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We are in the middle of a production (Live, right now) and one of our XL1's is shutting down whenever we hit the record button.


It may be timing out. Is the camera in standby mode? If yes, put it in record and lock.
I have an XL1 and a GL1 that sometimes shuts down. Is there a tape in the camera? It will time out sometimes if there is no tape rolling. Even if I am capturing directly to a computer, I always roll a tape, just to keep the camera from timing out.
What does your battery guage read in the viewfinder? A low battery will shut you down without warning. Try running from the power adapter if you have one.

Dec 06, 2008 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Xl1s issue


You mentioned that you were editing it out which means that it is the video recording issue. When video recording has light or sligh pixilation on the side, the head may need cleaning or tracking system may need adjustment. Initially, try to clean the head with a tape head cleaner, run it for about 10 sec but not more. It this resolve, it was simple head clogging. Otherwise, camcorder needs adjustment by technician. Good luck, James. For further assistance, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com

Aug 08, 2008 | Canon 16x Manual Servo for XL1S

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Canon camocorder thick gray lines on ever recording


Supreemwun,
Canon support was of no help. They ****! To fix the problem this is what I figured out.

  1. Before you start filming what you want record or just advance the tape 10 secs or so.
  2. Record/ video whatever you planned.
  3. Now when the thick grey lines come up on play back don't freak out.
  4. Simply rewind the tape to the beginning and record briefly in the blank portion at the beginning (careful not to tape too long as to tape over your intended recording).
  5. Rewind and play the thick grey lines should now be gone.
How did I figure this out just a fluke. No cleaning, no spray pretty simple. At first did not understand it but it works EVERYTIME for me. I'll deal with it until I get around to buying a new HD video camera and it won't be a Canon. Hope this helps.



Jan 13, 2008 | Canon ZR100 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Canon xl1


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!

Sep 09, 2007 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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