20 Most Recent Canon Optura Xi Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers


Optura Xi no longer reads audio or video

Dear Movie maker,
Well seeing you did have only drop-outs in sound, but did get a picture, now you have nothing.
This does look like you have moved quite a bit of the dirt within camera pic/sound heads, I did say moved (not removed) because these dry cleaning things we use today do only move dirt not get shut of it.
I think you should put that cleaner in camera again, and give it a really good run through, let me know how that goes okay?

6/5/2010 2:59:16 PM • Canon Optura Xi... • Answered on Jun 05, 2010

Software for Mac application lost

Your Mac video program should have or be able to download the appropriate driver for your camcorder when you want to capture the video from it. I have been using Final Cut Pro with no problems with the Canon Optura XI.
7/10/2008 6:27:13 PM • Canon Optura Xi... • Answered on Jul 10, 2008

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
12/2/2007 8:28:18 PM • Canon Optura Xi... • Answered on Dec 02, 2007

How to remove a tape out of a canon es55 that will not power up even if the battery is charged

If you suspect that your JVC camcorder may have been damaged by plugging in the wrong power cord, it's possible that the cassette mechanism may not release as intended. However, you can try the following steps to manually release the cassette:
  1. Turn off the camcorder: Make sure the camcorder is turned off and unplugged from any power source.
  2. Locate the cassette release button: The cassette release button is usually located on the side or bottom of the camcorder near the cassette compartment. It may be labeled "eject" or have a symbol that looks like a triangle with an arrow pointing up.
  3. Press the cassette release button: Press and hold the cassette release button for several seconds to see if it releases the cassette. You may need to press it firmly or use a pointed object like a pen or pencil to press it.
  4. Manually release the cassette: If the cassette release button does not work, you can try manually releasing the cassette. Look for a small hole on the camcorder near the cassette compartment. This hole may be labeled "emergency release" or have a symbol that looks like a triangle with an arrow pointing down. Insert a straightened paperclip or similar object into the hole and press gently to release the cassette.
If you are unable to manually release the cassette, it's possible that the camcorder has been damaged beyond repair.
2/22/2023 9:34:00 AM • Canon Video... • Answered on Feb 22, 2023

My Canon ZR-40 Mini DV Camcorder only has a blank screen when in VCR mode. Cannot use any VCR functions. When I try to record, it says 'No Card' but there is no slot for an SD card at all.

It's possible that the video head is dirty or damaged, which is preventing the camcorder from playing back tapes. You may need to clean or replace the video head. As for the "No Card" message, it may be a default message that appears when the camcorder cannot detect a tape. Check that the tape is inserted correctly and try a different tape to see if the issue persists. If the problem continues, it may be a more serious issue with the camcorder that requires professional repair.
2/14/2023 8:31:25 AM • Canon Video... • Answered on Feb 14, 2023

My CANON MV940 DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER cant charge.....when i plug it in the battery charge indicator does not flash or light up

If your Canon MV940 digital video camcorder is not charging when you plug it in, there are a few things you can check to try to determine the cause of the issue:
  1. Check the power adapter: Make sure that the power adapter is securely plugged into the camcorder and that the outlet you are using is working. Also, check that the adapter is not damaged or malfunctioning.
  2. Check the battery: Make sure that the battery is inserted correctly and that it is not damaged or worn out. If the battery is old or has been used for a long time, it may no longer hold a charge and will need to be replaced.
  3. Check the charging port: Make sure that the charging port on the camcorder is clean and free of debris. If there is debris blocking the port, use a soft-bristled brush or a can of compressed air to clean it out.
  4. Check the battery terminals: Make sure that the terminals on the battery are clean and free of debris or oxidation. Clean the terminals using a soft-bristled brush or a pencil eraser.
  5. Check the firmware: If the problem persists, check to see if your camcorder's firmware is up to date. If it isn't, update it.
If you've tried all of these steps and you still cannot charge your camcorder, it's possible that there is a hardware issue with the camera. In this case, you may need to contact Canon support for further assistance. https://amzn.to/3WisSDI
1/16/2023 6:03:24 AM • Canon Video... • Answered on Jan 16, 2023

Need help understanding a transfer from the Canon MV830i camcorder to Macbook

  1. To transfer video footage from your Canon MV830i camcorder to your Macbook, you will need a FireWire cable and a FireWire USB adapter. This cable connects the camcorder to your computer, and the adapter allows the FireWire connection to be recognized by your Macbook. You can find this cable and adapter on Amazon or other electronics retailers.
  2. To transfer the footage to your computer, you can use the built-in iMovie software on your Macbook. This software lets you capture the footage from your camcorder and import it into the program for editing.
  3. You can reuse the tapes by recording the footage you have already captured. Make sure you have transferred the footage to your computer before recording it.
  4. Some other advice:
  • Make sure your camcorder is in VCR or VTR mode before connecting it to your computer.
  • Test the connection and transfer process before filming important footage.
  • Check the manual of the camcorder for detailed instructions on how to transfer footage.
  • Be patient; transferring footage from a camcorder to a computer can take some time.
Remember that transferring footage from a camcorder to a computer can be a bit complicated, but with some patience and practice, you'll get the hang of it. Remember always to consult the manual of the camcorder for detailed instructions and always keep your computer and software updated.
1/14/2023 1:36:51 AM • Canon Video... • Answered on Jan 14, 2023

I want to connect a Canon ZR 800 using firewire to my MacBook Pro.

To connect your Canon ZR 800 camcorder to your MacBook Pro using a Firewire connection, you will need a Firewire cable and a Firewire port on your computer. Here are the steps you can follow to connect your camcorder to your MacBook Pro:
  1. Locate the Firewire port on your MacBook Pro. It is usually located on the side or back of the computer and is marked with a symbol that looks like a small lightning bolt.
  2. Connect one end of the Firewire cable to the Firewire port on your MacBook Pro.
  3. Locate the Firewire port on your Canon ZR 800 camcorder. It is usually located on the side or back of the camcorder and is marked with a symbol that looks like a small lightning bolt.
  4. Connect the other end of the Firewire cable to the Firewire port on your camcorder.
  5. Turn on your camcorder and set it to playback mode.
  6. Open the video editing software on your MacBook Pro and choose the option to import video from a Firewire device.
  7. Follow the prompts in the software to import the video from your camcorder.
I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.
1/7/2023 11:13:11 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on Jan 07, 2023

Canon vixia recording with color problems

If you are experiencing color problems while recording with your Canon Vixia camcorder, there are a few steps you can try to troubleshoot the issue:
  1. Make sure that the camcorder is properly focused. If the focus is off, the colors may appear distorted or blurry.
  2. Check the lighting conditions. If the lighting is too dim or too bright, the colors may appear distorted or washed out.
  3. Check the white balance settings on your camcorder. If the white balance is not set correctly, the colors in the video may appear inaccurate.
  4. Clean the camcorder's lens to remove any dirt or smudges that may be affecting the image quality.
  5. If you are using an external device, such as a monitor or TV, to view the video, make sure that it is properly calibrated.
If you have tried these steps and are still experiencing color problems with your camcorder, you may want to try contacting Canon customer service for further assistance. They will be able to provide you with more specific troubleshooting steps based on your particular camcorder and the issues you are experiencing.
1/7/2023 11:08:19 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on Jan 07, 2023

Canon es55 video camera. Everytime I put a tape in, it ejects it. If I take the tape out, and close the door,it will will automatically close and stay closed

Hi, Please first make sure that there is nothing within the video camera that was accidentally lodged into the space where the tape would fit. Also, please double check that you're orienting the video tape properly when inserting it into the video camera. I would also test different tapes to see if the issue is consistent. Also, you might have to rewind each tape because I think if the tape is at it's end, then it automatically leads to the tape being spit out. Thank you.
10/11/2022 12:29:06 AM • Canon Video... • Answered on Oct 11, 2022

Am I wise to try and fix my [NTSC] Canon ES2500A video camcorder myself or should I just try to replace it with a refurb to transfer my Hi8 video to digital?

Hi, you might be able to get the camera fixed by geeksquad/Bestbuy so I would advise you to try this first before purchasing a replacement. Thank you.
10/1/2022 10:19:09 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on Oct 01, 2022

Vixia HF R40. How can I change the aspect ratio?

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/683998/Canon-Vixia-Hfr40.html# See pages 104-106 of the above manual. It is also possible to search it online at the download site above using a menu item. Search for as[ect ratio to find the links to the mentioned pages.
5/5/2021 3:44:56 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on May 05, 2021

Canon Camcorder ES970 Viewfinder is dark in record mode.

It is listed as an antique. I don't think you are supposed to be using it. I can't even find a manual on it. https://global.canon/en/c-museum/product/8mmvc394.html I was hoping there might be two brightness settings, one for record and one for playback https://www.google.com/search?q=canon+es970+8mm+video+camcorder+manual ..
4/10/2021 11:25:52 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on Apr 10, 2021

Why is my Canon ES970A 8mm video recorder now playing my recorded videos with static and no sound?

This could be caused by a lot of things. Recording tape oxidizes over time and loses its range and ability to store information. There is nothing you can do about that. Another thing could be the heads in the device being dirty or out of alignment or needing to be demagnetized.
3/15/2021 2:18:19 PM • Canon Video... • Answered on Mar 15, 2021
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