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    XHA1 Firewire Mod
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    Recently I was using the XHA1 paired up with a firestore. The shoot was a concert where I was in tight areas and being bumped into often. After pulling the footage off the firestore, I found the footage was cutting in and out and I lost alot of footage due to bumping the firewire cable on the back of the camera. Its horrible placement for the 1394 connection!
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    So I pulled my camera apart in search of a better way!
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    After an afternoon of planning and machining this is what I came up with! First off, I wanted a far more robust connector other than the original 4pin firewire. I had an old PCI card that I stole a 6pin 1394 connector from.
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    Next I had to come up with a way to mount this to the camera.
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    After milling out a small piece of aluminum to house the connector, all that was left was to wire it up to the main camera connector board!
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    All said and done, it works great and the placement is perfect! If I ever go to sell this camera, it will be easy to remove my mods and put it back to original!
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    Many more mods to come!
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    This is a fantastic idea!


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    Well done!
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    Impressive work. Really makes me want my own machine shop.
    Where are all the S-VHS hipsters?


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    Wish I had your skills for this kind of work. We have an old XHA1 where the firewire jack broke on it about a year or so after getting it. Our solution was just to buy a cheaper HDV camera to import footage. But it would still have been nice to have a working firework jack on the A1 itself.


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    We just use the component output. It's a lot more stable and has 1080i 50 instead of hdv ;)


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    That's some impressive work. I've ventured into the world of drones, and it has upped my electronics game, and makes me want to tear into my old HV-30 and figure out why it won't turn on any more. =)


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