Haven't posted for ages My loss! Good to see the forum is still going strong and there has been an increase in members.
I posted about 15 months ago about wear on recording heads ie. First striping the tape - record one hours film - one hour download to PC = 3 hours wear to heads'and ending up with 10/15 mins useable film. -- How much film will I amass before I have to renew the heads ???
Canon UK couldnt give me an answer so I attended my psychiatrist and he's talked me over my phobia !!!
Anyhow i was messing around over the xmas hols. with my Canon XM2 and I actually shot a short piece of film with my camera without using the Mini DV tape - I recorded straight to a DVd disc without pressing the record buttonon my camera! - I used the set up shown in my sketch and I could see on my t/v screen what was being recorded to dvd disc which was exactly as seen on the Canon LCD sreen --- Dont ask me to explain the how it works -- Im a retired Blacksmith and Im used to working with heavy hammers (not tech. literate)
This is an example using the above method OK its C**p but i was practicing to see if I could Zoom - Pan - change settings etc .. Just hope it hasn't damaed the Cam..