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  • Cannot capture or Playback on XL H1

    Posted by Shane Ross on February 11, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    I have been doing some shooting with the Canon XL-H1. So that I can actually say that I have shot and worked with HDV footage. And so I can test the Matrox MXO with HDV footage. Shooting has been fun, but now it comes to time to capture the stuff…or even play it back on my HD monitor, and for the life of me it isn’t working.

    Yes…I read the manual. In fact, that is one of the reasons I am writing.

    In the manual, on page 98, it says to play back the footage I need to pres MENU, go to the SIGNAL SETUP option and choose PLAYBACK STD and set it to the format that I have been shooting, DV or HDV. Well, that option is greyed out…I cannot access it. Same thing for capturing, I need to set this to the format I shot to capture it, but it isn’t available. It won’t let me select it.

    Any ideas why?


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    Shane Ross replied 17 years ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    February 12, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Got a partial answer. Must have all the cables disconnected (firewire, SDI, RCA…all) before I turn the camera on, THEN I get that option.

    FCP still won’t see it, however….so that stinks.

    Neither will my AJA…


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  • Daniel Raim

    February 15, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Shane,

    I’m still dealing with this issue with my Canon XH-A1! And I still have not solved the problem.

    This is what DONALD BERUBE (Director of Photography) wrote in response to a similar question I posted: (Please let me know if this worked for you or not. Best, Dan)

    Currently as of FCP v5, Real Time Analog Video Pass-Through over FireWire does not work for HDV as it does with Standard Definition DV… it has to do with the GOP (Group Of Pictures) and the significantly greater CPU processing power required to process the HDV stream. The only time you can send an HDV signal back through an HDV camcorder via FireWire is when you go to the “File” Menu and then select “Print To Video”. Final Cut Pro will then need a short amount of time to re-conform the media on the timeline (recreate the GOP) and then the timeline is ready to be “printed back to video” – essentially meaning the timeline is ready to be displayed without dropping frames over FireWire into the HDV camcorder, where you will then be able to record the HDV signal to tape and/or pull the signal off of the Analog video outputs of the camcorder as the “Print To Video” process occurs and display it on an Analog monitor (Composite, S-Video or Component).

    NOTE: You must specify in the “Audio/Video Settings” within Final Cut Pro whether you are outputting 60i or 24Frame material when using a Canon HDV camcorder. You can do this by going to the “Final Cut Pro” Menu, then select “Audio/Video Settings”, then click on the “A/V Devices” tab, then make sure that the correct selection is chosen under “Video” under the “Different Outputs For Edit To Tape/ Print To Video”. Example: For 60i HDV, you would select “HDV (1440×1080) 60i”. This will only be available if a FireWire cable is properly connected between your Canon XH or XL camcorder and your Macintosh. If you have an older or slower Mac, uncheck the “Mirror On Desktop” feature (provided that you have a monitor connected to your camcorder).

    Please let us know if you need any further clarification on this matter and do keep in touch.

    – don

  • Shane Ross

    February 16, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Well, that is true of HDV in general…need to PRINT TO VIDEO and wait as it conforms…THEN it will play out. Unless you have a capture card, then it will play out fine. BUT, if you want it to go back to HDV tape, you need to conform.

    I was unable to capture the footage as HDV, I had to use my capture card and get it as DVCPRO HD, so I am not dealing with HDV issues.


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