The Canon XL1 is a camcorder that is categorised as a "prosumer" camera because it is targeted towards semi-professional videographers. In order to transfer footage from the camera to a computer, you need to connect a firewire cable. FireWire is the common name for the IEEE 1394 connection. The firewire port on the camera is also known as the DV terminal because it is used to transfer digital video footage. The XL1 only records to mini-DV tapes, which is a form of digital video.
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- Moderately Easy
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Lift up the rubber cover that covers the firewire port on the Canon XL1. The rubber cover is located just in front of the tape loader. The cover does not completely detach.
Insert the firewire cable into the firewire port on the camera.
Connect the other end of the firewire cable to the firewire port on the computer.
Turn the knob on the left side of the camera to "VCR" in order for the computer to register the camera.
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