I've just bought a Canon XL1 off of ebay, and even though I thought the heads needed replacing, in SP record mode they appear to be fine, just in LP there's some on screen break up.
Anyway the reason for this post, I spoke to a chap from Premier Electronic Services Ltd who I found on ebay, in order to get my Canon XL1 serviced and a possible head replacement. During the conversation he recommended that I don't use the Firewire/DV port on the camera to pull footage off, because computers, or as he put it Software, blows the port up and rendering the camera useless.
Is this true?
Being an I.T Consultant and I.T Broadcast Engineer of over 15 years, I find it a little difficult to believe. For sure software won't cause the issue, only hardware can send an over voltage signal and fry hardware. So unless it's down to improper use, or dodgy sockets/interface on the camera I can't see how it would happen.
What's your thoughts?