The GL2 is designed to handle two types of analog input and output: using audio/video cables (composite) or S-video. Both connections are on the camera back.
Add new video from a VCR or another camcorder to a tape recorded in SP mode. The GL2 gives you the option of adding video and/or audio to an existing SP-recorded DV tape. Input can be digital, or analog video and analog audio.
Audio and Video Inputs
The GL2's analog audio inputs let you perform dubbing or insert editing from conventional audio sources such as CDs, cassettes, microphones or the soundtracks of other videocassettes.
Two-Channel Digital Audio
Because the GL2 offers you audio recording options, you can record live on two channels and leave two channels open for post production audio recording (narration, music, etc.). Manual level controls let you adjust the sound coming in on those two open channels -- to match the levels of the live sound, for example.
Analog Line Input with A/D Converter
What if you have analog video or audio, and want to include it in your DV production? The GL2 lets you input that analog signal from your TV, VCR, or camcorder and record it onto DV.
The GL2's A/D converter lets you take any of your analog productions and convert them to digital. It's great for making copies or preserving precious originals. You can then store the video and/or audio on your computer, a CD, or a DVD with a properly equipped computer.
Using a recording made in the 12-bit audio mode you also can add (dub in) stereo sound from another audio source or through the internal or external microphone.
Audio and Video Outputs
Audio and Video on a MiniDV cassette can be output to another camcorder or VCR.
Composite / S-Video / Audio Output
Audio output is accomplished via the same ports used for input. Video outputs include composite and S-Video. The audio and video ports are located on the back AV panel. In addition there is an adjustable Headphone Terminal.
Headphone Terminal (Adjustable Level)
The GL2's headphone jack has a 15-level volume adjustment for monitoring sound during shooting, performing sound checks, or listening to the sound through stereo headphones during playback.
Great video damera
I've used the GL-2 for several years now. Most of it's use has been shooting video of our church's worship services. Using a firewire cable and VeescopeLive software, I record directly to the hard drive of my MacBook laptop. Our pastors use the resulting DVDs to self-critique their sermons and the overall feel of the service. I also burn extra DVDs for members who might be absent and wish to view a service. They comment, "It's just like being there."
I've found the GL-2 very easy to use and well worth it's cost.
March 5, 2009
I've used the XL-2 to record 3 New York 9/11 Truth meetings and a number of other similar functions; the GL-2 is also very good.
January 12, 2014
I would only buy another Canon
I don't know what is wrong with the people who write a negative report. I have the GL 2 for 5 years now. During that time I dropped it several times on concrete decks and floors. One time, I fell off a cliff on the coast. The GL 2 landed on some boulders 100 feed away; I had to be taken to the hospital ! Another time, I taped an event and then forgot to turn the thing off and put it in the bag. Days later, I wanted to check my work. when I opened the bag, the camcorder was boiling hot; it had recorded the rest of 45 minutes,stoped running but was still on. I figured the thing and the tape was shut. I was besides myself since the recording was part of a 90. birthday party and could not be duplicated. But to my surprize, every thing was fine. the tape was ok and so was the corder. By the way, that was several month ago and I used it since.
So... what I want to say is: even if the GL 2 breaks down now, I would only buy another Canon
December 24, 2011
I have had my GL-2 for over 3 years. I have mostly used it for weddings and travel videos. I have taught prior to retiring, "TV Production classes" in High school. We had 8 GL-2s in the class which we used almost daily. Each school year there was a 30 to 40 percent failure and need to repair. My personal GL-2 was handled with care and not abused. Most failures in the school were probably due to mishandling by the students. I have only had the best quality SD videos. I have 2 BP945 batteries and each last me well over 90 minutes. I found easy setup to computer (using firewire) or television. Capture and editing worked easily with Adobe Premier Pro.
December 11, 2011