I believe the analog video out of my XL1 is need of repair. I can use FireWire to get a clean signal in or out of the camera but when I try and go with the component out into a VCR the picture is all messed up. Does anyone know the best way to get this repaired and about how much it would run?
Sounds like the output jack may have come loose from the circuit board.
If the unit us under warranty, get it to a Canon repair shop.
If its out of warranty, see if there are any good electronic repair folks in your area.
Tell them you think its a loose jack on the circuit board and see what they estimate to open the camera re-solder it.
However, the following can save you a lot of money over having the camcorder serviced.
Have you tried using the S-Video output to see if this works?
(Feed it to a TV/monitor that has an S-video input.)
If that jack works, you CAN connect it to a standard composite monitor (one that does not have an S-Video input) by using an "S-video to Composite Adapter".
This passive device does nothing more than "parallel" (combine) the video and the color outputs from the "S" jack and feed them together to a single RCA or BNC plug that will fit into a standard monitor.