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|Canon Console The program works well, but getting it activated was a royal pain. Very Powerful - But Lackluster *****DO NOT INSTALL VERSION FROM CD***** This is my first experience with a prosumer camera.|
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A Overview of Canon Console Image Control and Storage Software
The Canon Console software is the next generation of product developed by Canon in response to the practical needs of broadcasters in ENG, documentary and reality/episodic TV production and filmmakers. This software can be used with either the Canon XL H1 or the Canon XL2. With this amazing software, you can control multiple functions of the camera remotely from your laptop. Whether youre changing camera settings like f-stop and white balance, capturing your footage directly onto your hard-drive, or monitoring a live video signal using the built-in Vectorscope and Waveform Monitor, the Console software puts all of the necessary professional functions at your fingertips. Console is very simple and conveniently laid out in TWO basic environments: Rec Panel and Play Panel. All the other windows are contained in one of these two environments. When capturing footage, the Rec Panel contains all the options youll need to control camera functions and tweak the look of the image. When you are playing back footage, youll be in the Play Panel. Its that simple. These basic environments can be displayed or hidden by the first two buttons on the toolbar, or through pull-down menus at the top. The four basic sections that comprise this overview of Console are as follows: 1. Pull-down menus at the top of the screen 2. Easy-access buttons along the toolbar 3. The Rec Panel (the recording environment) 4. The Play Panel (the playback environment)
2006, Canon U.S.A. Inc. Errors and Omissions Excepted
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SECTION 1: PULL-DOWN MENUS
As in most programs, the pull-down menus at the top of the screen provide alternate methods of accessing the functions controlled by buttons on the Toolbar (which well discuss in the next section), with the notable exception of the Work Space (W) option, which is not duplicated on the Toolbar. This option can be found under View (V), and allows you to save a customized workspace, in case youd like to re-arrange the windows on your desktop.
The screen-grab above shows the windows that open in the Standard default mode when you open the Console software for the first time.
Page 3 of 27 Below is an example of our customized workspace for the Rec Panel environment. Weve closed the Play Panel until its needed. Weve also dragged our Custom Preset, Camera Control, and Focus Assist windows to the far right, and have enlarged the Rec Viewer and the Vector and Wave Monitor windows.
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SECTION 2: TOOLBAR BUTTONS
While these buttons can be re-arranged, we will discuss them left to right as they initially appear using the programs default settings.
REC PANEL: Accesses the record environment as a whole. This is the environment you will be in when controlling the camera functions, manipulating the image, or capturing video onto the hard-drive. This function can also be controlled through one of the pull-down menus.
PLAY PANEL: Accesses the playback environment as a whole. These are the windows youll need in order to playback footage captured to the harddrive, or manage the storage of any video or photo files. This function can also be controlled through one of the pull-down menus.
OPTION SETTINGS: Accesses the following three pages of options. 1. GENERAL: Allows you to customize storage and name your files and folders. It also features a handy cache time option. With this feature, the hard-drive can capture up to 10 seconds of material BEFORE the record button is pressed. You can set the time-length of the cache, from 0 seconds up to 10 seconds. This is a great option to use when recording live events, when you have no way of knowing when the action is going to begin. With this feature, you dont have to be hovering over the record button. As long as the cameras been pointed in the right direction for the given timeframe, you have up to 10 seconds AFTER the action has begun to push record. 2. DV REC: Select your options for recording in STANDARD DEFINITION miniDV. Choose from three different file types, and three different recording modes. In the Standard mode, you will be creating a new file each time you press stop at the conclusion of a recording. In the Sequence mode, you can effectively edit in-camera by pressing record and stop any number of times within the same file. The software will not close this file until you hit the file folder button located next to the record button. In the Frame mode, you can literally grab a single frame from the camera over a selected interval of time (from 1 second up to 999 seconds). This is great for smooth time-lapse photography, or even for STOP-MOTION ANIMATION. Unlike time-interval recording on tape, which typically grabs a minimum of 15 frames, this mode allows you to work one frame at a time. It is 2006, Canon U.S.A. Inc. Errors and Omissions Excepted 4/17/2006
Page 5 of 27 similar to the Sequence mode in that you can stop and start again an unlimited number of times within the same file. If you do want to shoot stopmotion animation, for example, you can select a longer interval, and then control the stopping and starting at your own pace. NOTE: This interval option is only found in STANDARD DEFINITION due to the manner in which the HDV signal is compressed. 3. HDV REC: Select your options for recording in HDV. These options only affect the HDV signal that is coming into your computer and will NOT affect material being recorded on the video cassette in the camera. They will also NOT affect the uncompressed HD signal (which can only be accessed from the HD-SDI terminal). Select the file type and resolution of the image being recorded to your laptop. The choices you make for preview resolution and preview picture will affect the files that you actually capture. If you want to capture the full motion range of the compressed HDV, Preview picture should be set for All pictures. The I picture only option will allow you to capture the I Frames of the signal (otherwise known as Key Frames) without any of the intervening Predictive or Bi-directional frames that complete the illusion of seamless motion. In this I picture only mode, due to the manner in which HDV is compressed, you will only capture a new image every 15 frames. PERFORMANCE CHECK: Whatever you choose within these Option Settings windows, you should run a Performance check using the button in the lower left corner of the window, to ensure that your hard-drive is capable of capturing video with no loss of information. ABOUT CONSOLE: The i button will bring you to the standard legal page regarding the copyright information, software license agreement, product identification, plug-ins, etc. This page can also be accessed by one of the pulldown menus.
FIVE RECORD MODE BUTTONS: The next five buttons all open and close windows within the Rec Panel environment. Each button controls a different window, and each of these windows will be discussed in depth in the REC PANEL section of this article.
THREE PLAY MODE BUTTONS: The final three buttons all open and close windows within the Play Panel environment. Each button controls a different window, and each of these windows will be discussed in depth in the PLAY PANEL section of this article.
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SECTION 3: REC PANEL (THE RECORDING ENVIRONMENT)
The Rec Panel is comprised of 5 windows that allow you to have total control over all aspects of the image and camera functions. It is important to note that, unlike the Option Settings controls discussed in the Toolbar section of this article (which only affect the HDV image captured onto your computers hard-drive), the controls offered within the Rec Panel actually affect the image WHEREVER THAT IMAGE IS BEING CAPTURED. In other words, the image will be affected whether its going to an onboard tape in the HDV format or coming out uncompressed through the HD SDI Terminal. It is highly recommended that you have a master monitor connected to the camera in order to correctly view the results of the color, motion, and luminance choices youll be making.
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Rec Viewer Window
VIDEO MONITOR: The video monitor window displays the almost live image coming from the camera. It is called almost live image because there may be a delay of up to two-and-a-half seconds. This is another good reason to have a studio monitor on hand, hooked directly to the camera. While the image in this window is delayed, the camera controls (which we will discuss later) are not. COUNTER: This is a standard counter denoting hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. These numbers reset to zero at the beginning of each clip, and do not reflect the timecode of the camera.
AUDIO METER AND CONTROLS: The Rec Viewer also contains and an additional button that the Audio Monitor, a Mute option, opens the Audio Monitor Settings (to control volume, channel selections and balance).
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COLOR/MONOCHROME BUTTON: The first of the three buttons along the bottom of the Rec Viewer converts the image to a blackand-white monochrome mode. This does not affect the image being recorded. SPLIT BUTTON: The middle button along the bottom of the Rec Viewer window allows you to split-screen the live image coming from your camera with another video or still image that you have stored on your hard-drive or Memory card. When using this feature in conjunction with the Color Picker (which is explained in the Vector and Wave Monitor section), you can numerically color-match your shots on-set, eliminating potential problems in the editing room. It will also come in handy if you need to re-shoot something that you may have shot a month or a year ago. While all your on-camera Custom Presets might be the same, this helpful feature will help you match your previous lighting. Clicking on the split button will bring up a white split-screen line. The arrow to the right of the button will bring up the following options.
1. REFERENCE IMAGE: Allows you to call up a pre-existing image youre going to match, from one of three different sources. Capture camera view will allow you to freeze a live image from the camera on the reference side of the split-screen, with one easy click! Play viewer will allow you to call up a frame from a video clip that you have on file. Before activating this option, you must find the clip and select the exact frame you want by using the controls on the Console softwares Play viewer (discussed in the Play Panel section of this article). Once the exact frame has been selected, you may activate this menu item so that the desired image will appear on the reference side of the split screen. Still image file will allow you to search for and call up a still image from your hard-drive or from an SD card. 2. POSITION OF CAMERA PREVIEW: Once you have loaded a reference image, you may find that theres one specific juxtaposition of the two images that might be more helpful than another, for the sake of comparison. For example, you may not want your live image to be on the left side of the split-screen; it may be more useful on the right, or on the top. This option allows you to move the live image to wherever youd like it. 2006, Canon U.S.A. Inc. Errors and Omissions Excepted 4/17/2006
Page 9 of 27 3. REFRESH REFERENCE CAMERA VIEW: This option is only activated if you have selected the Capture camera view option within the REFERENCE IMAGE menu. It allows you to update the static frame that youre using on the reference side of your split-screen. NOTE: Once the desired reference image has been selected, you can simply click and drag the split-screen line from side to side (or up and down, if youve gone horizontal with it) to reveal different portions of the two frames. Also, if you click on the images themselves, you can grab and drag them around within their split-screens until the desired part of the frame is visible for comparison. For more information about how to use this split-screen feature, please see the Color Picker section, under Vector and Wave Monitor. ZEBRA BUTTON: The third button under the Rec Viewer turns on and off the zebra pattern. Once the zebra is turned on, you can adjust your zebra levels (from 70% to 100%) by clicking the arrow to the right of the button. The zebra pattern indicates areas of the frame that may be approaching over-exposure. 100% represents the level at which the video signal can no longer handle the over-exposure, and will contain no detail. Camera operators typically set the zebra pattern at some level below 100% to alert them to an overexposed area before detail is lost.
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Camera Control Window
This window allows you to remotely control most of the functions of the camera, and is divided into two separate sections: Information and Control. INFORMATION: Offers details about recording format and storage files. It also features a helpful recording history window, which lists all of the latest material committed to hard-drive. If you highlight a particular clip and press the play button at the bottom, the Play Panel viewer will automatically open, and the selected clip will begin. Next to this play button, there is a Dropped Data counter that keeps an eye on the integrity of your signal. The Record button is located at the bottom of the Information window. If you are shooting in Standard Definition and have selected the Sequence or Frame modes within the Option Settings menus (see Toolbar Buttons), pressing this button during recording will only PAUSE the capture and will NOT immediately create a new file. You may start recording again within the same file. To finish (or close) the clip, you must press the File Folder button located next to the record button. This File button is available only when you have activated the Sequence or Frame modes.
Page 11 of 27 It is also important to note that the Record button will simultaneously start the camera recording to an onboard tape, if you have one loaded. This remote control is a great feature to have when your cameras up on a jib arm. If youve activated your Cache Time feature in the Option Settings menus (see Toolbar Buttons), pressing Record will lay down extra information onto the head of your clipon your hard drivefor whatever length of time youve programmed (up to 10 seconds). Of course, this extra cache footage will not be recorded onto tape.
CONTROL: Complete control over the key camera functions is now at your fingertips. The dials are most easily manipulated by clicking once on the desired selection, NOT by trying to drag the dial around. 1. AE SHIFT and EXPOSURE LOCK: These options are active when youre in any camera mode other than Manual (which is accessed through the Option button, discussed below). AE Shift allows you to adjust the way the camera is metering a scene. For example, if youre in the Auto mode, but want a scene to be generally darker and more moody than the camera is making it, dial the AE Shift into the negative numbers.
Page 12 of 27 Exposure Lock can be used if youre in any mode other than Manual, but still want to maintain a specific exposure. This is useful, for example, if youre in a relatively dim room with a bright window. If you dont want the exposure to radically change as you pan across the window, kick in this Exposure Lock feature. Once this button is activated, you can further adjust your exposure by dialing up or down the Iris control, even if youre not in Manual mode. WHITE BALANCE: Offers the standard White Balance options, including 2 separate programmable pre-sets. Also replicates the fantastic Degrees Kelvin feature of the XL H1. If you select this K option, you can actually dial-in the specific value (in degrees Kelvin) of your white balance, from 2800 to 12,000. This is a crucial tool if, for example, you want a sunset scene to have a nice warm quality to it. If you simply white balance the scene, then the light youre shooting in will become white, and youll be taking out all the dusky quality that you want to keep. In the past, camera operators would have to fool the camera by white balancing through a colored gel, or against a blue card. Now, you can dial whatever amount of warmth or coolness you want. GAIN: Exactly re-creates the onboard camera controls, and allows you to electronically enhance your cameras ability to see in low light. Of course, the higher the Gain number, the more noise and graininess youre going to add into the mix. The Gain function on the XL H1 is particularly good, and you can usually go up to about 6dB of Gain without adding too much noise. If you need to go higher, or just need to get rid of some of the extra graininess, then Noise Reduction 1 (in the Custom Preset window) is an excellent solution. IRIS and SHUTTER: These are the standard, familiar camera controls. Iris will only be accessible if youre in the Av or Manual camera modes, or if youre in any mode with the Exposure Lock activated. The Shutter Control will allow you to access the Clear Scan option, as it does on-board the camera, but you will not be able to get to the on-camera menu in order to adjust the frequency. You will be limited to the default value (60.1 Hz), or a value that you have preset before hooking up to Console. ZOOM and FOCUS: There are two ways to use these wheels. For fluid, continuous movement, you can grab the centerline and drag the wheel in either direction. For fine-tuning, you can click either side of the centerline. The closer you click to the line, the more subtle the adjustment will be. OPTION: This button will open up a window labeled Option Settings that is NOT the same as the Option Settings window youll find on the Toolbar. Within this window, you can select the camera mode (labeled AE mode), change the aspect ratio (if youre in STANDARD DEFINITION), frame rate, and zoom and focus speeds. You can also activate the color bars, which are essential when setting up your well-calibrated studio monitor. When the color bars are on, you can also choose to generate a reference audio tone, and select the desired level of the tone (-12dB or 20dB).
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Vector and Wave Monitor Window
This window is one of the major reasons why the Console software is so great for professional shooters. The Vectorscope and Waveform Monitor are two tools that no video shoot should be without.
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VECTORSCOPE: This is a circular oscilloscope that measures color saturation and hue. Basically, the farther from center the measurement, the more saturated the color. If you were to pull the color gain on your cameras Custom Preset all the way down to 9, for example, you would see the Vectrascope measurement become nothing more than a green dot in the dead center. This indicates the total absence (or desaturation) of color. The scope itself is divided into six sections, for the primary colors (Red, Green, Blue) and their compliments (Yellow, Cyan, Magenta). The small boxes in each of these subdivisions indicate where the fully saturated colors would fall. To see a graphic demonstration of this, you can activate the color bars (see the Option button on the Camera Control window). The dots representing each of the colors will fall cleanly into their respective boxes. In general, the Vectorscope is essential when making bold color choices, to double-check that you are not over-saturating any particular color. Its also extremely effective when trying to dial-in a certain color style. Since you can actually see the measurements shift around the wheel as you work, and since you can also see the clear graphic relationship between one color and another, you can therefore strategically plan which color gains and matrices you want to manipulate on your cameras Custom Presets in order to achieve the desired result.
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WAVEFORM MONITOR: This is an oscilloscope that technically measures the voltage of the signal, but for practical purposes we can say that it measures the luminance (or brightness levels) of the image. Basically, the 100% line on the scale is the point at which a portion of the image becomes so bright that it no longer contains any detail. Its best, therefore, to try to keep whites at the 100% level or below. Similarly, the low end of the scale deals with shadow detail and black levels. According to NTSC standards, to be considered broadcast safe, the white areas should not be above 100%, and the black areas should not drop below 7.5% on the scale. When you look at this Waveform Monitor, it can be difficult to tell where 7.5% is, so you should generally make sure that your black levels arent crushed down too hard against the 0% line. Accepted shooting styles and aesthetics have been changing radically over the years, spurred on by advancements in digital video formats and the success of reality TV shows, so you shouldnt feel that either end of the scale is an absolute. Some blown out areas of the frame that measure over 100% are oftentimes desired. The same holds true for crushed black levels, if thats the style youre going for. Use the Waveform Monitor as a guide, and be educated about the choices youre making. Be aware that if you have portions of the frame that are over 100% or crushed down below 0%, no amount of manipulation in post-production is going to get any detail back in those particular areas. You can, however, make adjustments in post that will bring an overlybright signal (over 100%) back to being broadcast safe, but you will not be able to retrieve any lost picture information. The Wave Mode control beneath the oscilloscope offers four different options for measurement. Composite is the most common, since it combines the separate attributes of luminance (Y), chrominance (U), and phase (V). Just to be clear, however, this scope is NOT actually measuring color saturation. Thats the duty of the Vectrascope. The Waveform Monitor deals only with attributes of color that factor into the overall luminance of the image. If you select RGB, the monitor will divide into three sections, separately mapping the luminance of each of the three primary color signals. The Scale control toggles between IRE, Voltage 1, and Voltage 2. These are merely different scales by which you can measure the same information. IRE is the most common scale weve discussed (from 0% to 100%) and was developed by the Institute of Radio Engineers (hence the name IRE).
COLOR PICKER: The Color Picker is a great asset to any production. This amazing tool will allow you to match the color values of a live image with an existing video frame or still photo using the Split function of the Rec Viewer. In essence, you can color correct your images as you shoot, saving potential problems and time in the editing room!
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Simply click on this icon and a crosshair will appear on your image in the Rec View. The X and Y values indicate the specific location of the crosshair, based on 1440 horizontal pixels (the X value) and 1080 vertical pixels (the Y value). To the right of the X and Y boxes, there is a small color swatch which displays the color of the pixel selected by the crosshair. This color is then defined by a series of numerical values representing YUV (luminance, chrominance, phase) and RGB (red, green, blue). Below is an example of what the Color Picker and numeric values may look like when sampling a light brown part of a wall.
To use this feature, drag the crosshair onto a specific pixel within the reference image, log all of the numerical values assigned to that particular color, and then drag the crosshair to the similar area of the live image and take a look at how the color numbers compare. By manipulating your lighting (using colored gels, dimmers, etc.) or your oncamera Custom Preset controls, you can tweak your live image until it better matches the reference image.
LINE SELECT: When activated, this feature will limit the area of the image that is being measured by the Vectorscope and Waveform Monitor, so that you can more selectively read what a particular portion of your image is doing. Maybe you need to see where that bright sky is falling on the Waveform Monitor, independent of the hot dings of light reflecting off car windows. Activate Line Select, click on the line, and drag it up and down within the image until youve selected the desired portion. The Y value will indicate the lines location, showing a vertical pixel number from 0 to 1079. In the box beneath the Y value, you can select how wide your line is, measured in pixels. A value of 10 will select an area within your image that is 10 pixels high and the full 1440 pixels across.
DISPLAY: Simply displays or hides the two scopes.
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Focus Assist Window
This window electronically zooms in to the center of the image, to help with eye-focus. From there, you can grab and drag the image within the viewer until youve found a more desirable part of the frame. The two buttons at the bottom of the window allow you to switch the mini-viewer to a black-and-white monochrome mode (which oftentimes helps when focusing), and an uncorrected squeezed mode, which will bring more details into the frame.
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Custom Preset Window
This window gives you total image control, made even more effective when used with the Vector and Wave Monitor window. All of the image variables that you can manipulate within the camera (using the onboard Custom Preset menus) are recreated here, laid out in a user-friendly manner that is much more conducive to experimentation. You should definitely have a well-calibrated studio monitor hooked up to the camera when adjusting any of these parameters, and should not make final decisions based solely upon the image in the Consoles Rec Viewer. COLOR GAIN: Affects the saturation of the colors. A value of 9 will make the image monochromatic. R GAIN, G GAIN, B GAIN: Separate controls adjust the individual saturations of the three primary color components of the video signal.
Page 19 of 27 COLOR PHASE: Similar to the hue control on your television set; negative numbers shift the image toward green, positive numbers shift the image toward magenta. SHARPNESS: Increases or decreases the overall sharpness. A little less sharpness might be a bit more flattering for your actors, or look a little more film-like, or even help hide the presence of grain in a situation where you may have had to turn on the Gain function. A little more sharpness, on the other hand, may be required to make those spectacular nature shots leap off the screen. DTL H/V BAL and H DTL FREQ: These controls can help adjust image noise that may occur if you have a lot of strong vertical or horizontal lines in the frame. (NOTE: V DETAIL is an option compatible only with the XL2 camera, and is that cameras equivalent of these two detail controls) CORING: Can be helpful in dialing out image noise that may be present in densely detailed objects. Can specifically help reduce some of the stairstepping that can occur along diagonal lines. SETUP LEVEL: Basically raises and lowers the Gamma Curve while maintaining the same shape. You can see it take effect on the Waveform Monitor. A lower setup level can help the image look a little more rich, as long as youre not in danger of crushing the shadow detail into the 0% line of the Waveform Monitor. Higher setup levels will bring more detail into the shadows, but may also wash out the image. Be careful not to shift the curve so far that you cannot deliver a product that is considered broadcast safe under NTSC guidelines. MASTER PEDESTAL: Raises and lowers only the bottom portion of the Gamma Curve, thus changing the actual shape of the curve. Like the Setup Level, lowering the Master Pedestal can give a little more richness to the overall image, while raising it will allow more detail in the shadows. Unlike the Setup Level, manipulation of the Master Pedestal will not affect the brighter objects in the frame (the upper portion of the Gamma Curve). This option is helpful when used (carefully) in tandem with the Setup Level. For example, you can adjust the shape of the Gamma Curve (and how much latitude your image is capturing) with the Master Pedestal, and then use the Setup Level to move that newly shaped curve up or down. COLOR MATRIX: Affects the overall look by altering how the camera is interpreting the relationship between colors. Select a traditional video look (in which the colors tend to pop a little more) or one of two cinematic settings (which tend to offer additional nuances within their color palettes). GAMMA: Selects the shape of the Gamma Curve, which determines the luminance range of your image. Every film stock and every video format has its own unique Gamma Curve. Simply put, its a graphic representation of how the capture medium will handle the light.
Page 20 of 27 You can clearly see the differences between the three Gamma Curve options by watching the Waveform Monitor as you select them. The Wave Monitors depiction of the Cinema Gamma Curves appears to be more squashed than the relatively wider representation of the Video Curve. This means that, with the Cinema curves, more picture information is actually being captured between the 0% black level and the 100% overexposure level. Thus, they offer wider latitude than the Video Curve, and will feature more information in the highlights and shadow areas. In practical terms, this makes the Cinema Curves appear richer and more film-like. The Cinema 2 curve was specifically designed with an eventual film output in mind. Its particular latitude should provide the most faithful translation to celluloid, though it makes for a darker image on video. In general, if your image is going to remain in the digital realm but you want the richer look of film, the Cinema 1 curve is probably the best choice. KNEE: Raises or lowers the top of the Gamma Curve (otherwise known as the knee), giving you either greater or less detail in the highlights. For example, the low setting will bring down the top roll off portion of the Gamma Curve, lowering those overexposed details that have IRE values just over 100% (on the Wave Monitor) back into range. The high setting may push more details over the 100% overexposure level. BLACK: Raises or lowers the bottom portion of the Gamma Curve (otherwise known as the toe), giving you either greater or less detail in the shadow areas. For example, the stretch setting will bring up the lower roll off portion of the Gamma Curve, raising those underexposed details that have IRE values just under 7.5% (on the Wave Monitor) back into range. The press setting may push more details below the 7.5% underexposure level. NOISE REDUCTION 1: This is a highly effective function of the XL H1s new generation of Digic DV II DSP, and is a much more useful tool than previous generations of noise reduction. Its a great way, for example, of eliminating the kind of noisy grain that occurs if you activate the cameras Gain controls. The low setting will dial out a good deal of graininess without adding any unwanted artifacts to the image. The high setting, however, should be used with care on moving images, because it can add a trailing after-image. NOISE REDUCTION 2: This option was primarily designed to dial out the kind of noise you might find in flat colors or surfaces, such as a solid blue sky. It should be used in very specific circumstances, however, as it can tend to soften the whole image. Even the high setting of this option will not add a trailing after-image. COLOR MATRICES (R-G, R-B, G-R, G-B, B-R, B-G): These controls allow you to fine-tune the color of your image on a level previously attainable only with high-end professional gear. With the convenient layout of these controls, along with Consoles built-in scopes and a good studio monitor hooked up to the camera, its fast and easy to experiment. You can very rapidly start to see what each color matrix is doing, and zero in on just the right look for your project. 2006, Canon U.S.A. Inc. Errors and Omissions Excepted 4/17/2006
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IMPORT: Allows you to import a Custom Preset from the camera, a card, or your harddrive. EXPORT: Allows you to export the current Custom Preset on the Console screen. If you choose to send it to one of the cameras six on-board slots, it will ask you to name the Custom Preset youre saving, and then ask if youre sure you want to overwrite the existing preset on the camera. You can also save the preset onto a card or your harddrive. VARIATION: This option allows you to see side-by-side mini-previews of what the different Custom Preset controls can do. To accomplish this, the camera takes a series of freeze frames from your live camera image, and applies the different looks to those static images.
Here are the options offered in the Variation window: 1. DISPLAY MODE: Fit mode will display the entire image, while clip mode will zoom into a small portion of the image. In clip mode, you can hit the position button, and choose which zoomed-in area you wish to view. 2006, Canon U.S.A. Inc. Errors and Omissions Excepted 4/17/2006
Page 22 of 27 2. LEVEL: This adjusts how much or how little of an effect the preview windows will apply to the tiny freeze-frames, for any of the Custom Preset controls that allow 9 levels of intensity. For example, if you want to see a preview of a radical color change, then you should set this Level number to 9. The preview windows will then display R Gain, B Gain, G Gain, etc. at both +9 and -9. (On these tiny preview windows, going bold like this is often the only way to see any difference at all.) 3. REFERENCE: Allows you to determine which image youre using as your control (or reference) image. As you experiment with the different variations, this will be the image that does not change. The default reference image is whatever freeze frame your camera captured at the moment you turned on the Variation feature. You may also choose the Image File option, and call up a pre-existing still image from your hard-drive. Again, you can use the fit and clip features to display the whole frame, or zoom into a small portion. 4. SETTINGS: This button will display your current Custom Preset, and will highlight whichever specific settings youre working with at the moment. 5. TABS: COLOR, D. RANGE, TONE, TASTE, ETC Select whichever category contains the parameters you want to preview. The headings are selfexplanatory except for taste, which brings up previews of the Sharpness and Coring options. RESET: Simply resets the current Custom Preset to the default settings. Dont worry if you hit it by accident; it will ask you if youre sure you want to do it.
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SECTION 4: PLAY PANEL (THE PLAYBACK ENVIRONMENT)
The Play Panel is comprised of 3 optional windows that allow you to review what youve just recorded, or call up any older clips and stills that may be stored on your hard-drive or SD card.
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Play Viewer Window
The black information windows immediately beneath the viewer show the name of the selected clip and a running counter (which starts from zero on each clip and does NOT match the cameras timecode). Under the play button, there is a slider that allows you to alter the speed of the playback. The scale of the timeline can be adjusted by using the small zoom buttons on the far right-hand side of the viewer. On the far right-hand side of the Play Viewer, there is an audio level monitor, a mute button, and a button to view the separate window for Audio Monitor Settings.
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File Browser Window
This window allows you to select which clip is playing in the Play Viewer. On the lefthand side, there is a typical browser so you can find the desired clip on your hard-drive. The first two buttons along the top of the windows mini toolbar control the style in which the files are displayed (tile or detail), and the order of the clips displayed (chronological or reverse-chronological). The remaining two buttons allow you to select a still image from a Memory card, or refresh the current list if more clips have recently been added to the selected file.
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For details on this window, please see the Vector and Wave Monitor description under the Rec Panel section. The performance of the scopes and controls is identical, but please note that these scopes within the Playback environment are measuring values that have already been recorded. Thus, they are locked in and un-alterable until you take them into a color-correction program in post-production. There is no way to color correct a recorded image within this Console software.
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Armed with this Console software, the Canon XL H1 or XL2 and a well-calibrated studio monitor a production studio, videographer or filmmaker has all the tools they need to embark on a professional production. Veteran camera operators will easily be able to assimilate these new tools into their existing workflow, and those who are new to this level of image control will find a freedom to learn and experiment that has previously been elusive.
Item Code: 0967B001
High Definition's Highest Expression
Whether you're a broadcast ENG producer, or documentary, feature, or commercial videographer, the XL H1 is the affordable, lightweight HD camcorder you've been waiting for. Its Superior Canon Optics and exceptional image processing give you a brilliant HD image. The XL H1 also features uncompressed HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M) and SD-SDI (SMPTE 259M) output, as well as Genlock input and SMPTE time code input and output for multi-camera shoots. And, with its customizable open-architecture approach, selectable frame rates including 24F, and multiple output options, you've got exactly the right tool -- every time. The XL H1 features total Cine control, customizable settings and a well-balanced design -- for the creative control, flexibility and advanced capability your video work demands.
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HD Resolution with Selectable Frame Rates
The XL H1 delivers 1080i HD resolution, along with selectable frame rates of 60i, 30F and 24F. For highspeed subjects 30 Frame delivers spectacular clarity, 24 Frame gives the look and motion of film.
For the professional videographer, the XL H1 gives you the capabilities you need -- no matter what the job, no matter what the facilities. Multi-camera shoots are no problem using Genlock synchronization or SMPTE time code input and output. Also provided are uncompressed HD-SDI and SD-SDI output. The XL H1's professional JackPack brings together all these capabilities, and lets you quickly and conveniently make the connection you need.
Total Cine Control
With the XL H1, you can control the total look of your video by fine-tuning all important picture settings: Gamma Knee Black Master Pedestal Setup Level Sharpness Horizontal Detail Frequency Horizontal / Vertical Detail Balance Coring Noise Reduction 1 Noise Reduction 2 Color Matrix Color Gain Color Phase Master Red Gain Master Blue Gain Master Green Gain R-G Matrix R-B Matrix G-R Matrix G-B Matrix B-R Matrix B-G Matrix
20x HD Video Lens
Featuring Canon's XL lens mount, the XL H1's 20x HD lens gives you outstanding resolution, contrast, and color reproduction. What's more, the 38.9 -- 778mm lens is coupled with Canon's superb Super Range Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system. The sophisticated stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly for steady shots -- even when they're hand held at long focal lengths or taken with the camera in motion.
Previously, optical image stabilizers have used a gyro sensor to detect camcorder vibration. The data from the sensor would control a vari-angle prism that continuously corrected the path of the incoming light. Super Range goes one step further by examining the image after it is received by the CCD. The system detects low-frequency vibrations missed by the gyro and sends this data back to accelerate and refine the movement of the vari-angle prism. This greatly improves performance for low frequency vibration, resulting in the most advanced optical image stabilization available today. And since the XL H1's OIS system is optical, there isn't the loss of image quality that is inevitable with electronic image stabilizers. This lens also includes both Focus and Zoom Presets for repeatable focus or zoom moves.
Still Image Recording
In addition to all of the features and capabilities you'd expect from a Canon HD camcorder, the XL H1 also gives you the flexibility to record still images. The images can be captured at full HD resolution (1920x 1080), with all the custom settings. With many pre- and post-production, storyboarding, and continuity applications, still image recording is just another way the XL H1 delivers versatility.
Three Native 16:9 Image Sensors
Building on the superior image quality of the industry-leading XL series, the XL H1 is built around a 3 CCD system with a separate native 16:9 CCDs for each primary color. With the XL H1, each 1/3" CCD has 1.67M pixels. The result is higher resolution, delivering outstanding picture quality, highly accurate color reproduction and a wide dynamic range with virtually no color noise.
DIGIC DV II Image Processor
DIGIC DV II is the next generation of Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV signal processing technology. Even though video and still images have different color requirements, DIGIC DV II HD digital signal processing ensures optimal image quality for both HD video and still images.
Combination 16:9 EVF and LCD panel
Whether you're gathering news on the run or shooting documentary footage in an exotic location, the XL H1's big and bright 2.4", 16:9 Electronic Viewfinder makes it is easy to operate your HD camcorder -- no matter what your shooting style -- and get the shot you need. Depending on your preference, the viewfinder can work in either EVF or LCD mode, and can be adjusted left to right, and forward to backwards. Safe Area Markings (80%, 90%), Aspect Ratio Guides, B/W mode, Zebra Pattern (70 -- 100 IRE) make it easy to frame and check exposure, while Peaking and Magnifying Focus Help all assist you in composing your shot and getting the proper exposure. With the 20x HD video lens and the XL H1, you can also utilize the Distance Readout System (in either feet or meters).
Custom Presets and Custom Keys
Using the XL H1's six custom presets and two custom keys, you can quickly and easily retrieve previously defined picture and camera settings. Six custom presets allow you to store different sets of camera adjustments, including: color gain, color phase, sharpness, setup level, V detail, color matrix, gamma, knee, black stretch and skin detail (hue, gain, area, Y level). Once saved, the presets are easily retrieved for duplicating a previously defined look. Using the SD / MultiMediaCard slot you can store up to 20 Custom Presets and easily transfer them to another XL H1, and with the optional Console software, you can adjust all of the functions of the camcorder and transfer the Custom Presets to and from the camcorder. You can even send the presets by email to another XL H1 user. With the XL H1, you can also define two custom keys, in both camera mode and VCR mode, giving you customized shooting modes that can be retrieved as needed.
Flange Back Adjustment
This adjustment is used to adjust the Flange Back of a lens mounted on the XL H1. This adjustment can be done automatically or manually by the user.
SMPTE Time Code and Color Bars
The XL H1 conforms to industry standards with SMPTE time code, as well as Drop, Non-Drop, Rec Run and Free Run modes. The XL H1 also generates industry standard SMPTE color bars with a 1 KHz reference tone (-12dB or -20dB) for adjustment purposes, and for setting up video and audio monitors in a variety of production and editing situations. When used as a lead-in, the bars also allow for fast hand-off in the professional broadcast and film post-production environments.
The XL H1's Clear Scan feature lets you match the scan rate of the camera to the scan rate of computer monitors, thereby eliminating the horizontal band effect from monitors included in your shot.
The XL H1 gives you great control over hue, gain, area and Y level (+/- 6 steps). During setup EVF shows a zebra pattern over masking area flashes between picture and white-mask. During setup EE and IEEE1394 out flashes between picture and zebra pattern, enabling you to easily smooth out skin blemishes and wrinkles with total control.
4 Channel Audio
The XL H1 provides 4 channel recording with independent control of levels for each channel. The HD camera's audio capabilities also include Locked or Unlocked in DV Recording.
The flexibility of the XL H1 ensures you have the connectivity you require -- whatever the project -including: BNC video Component video S-Video Composite video IEEE Audio LR connections with Phantom power Microphone terminal (3.5mm) Headphone terminal (3.5mm) LANC terminal HD-SDI Genlock Time Code input and output
60i / 50i Video Mode Option
With the XL H1's versatile open-architecture approach, you can even customize your HD camcorder to record in both 60i and 50i. (This optional upgrade must be performed by a Canon Service Center.)
The XL H1 is capable of recording and playing back High Definition (HD) images using DV cassette tapes. The camcorder records in HDV1080i, and uses a Mode Select and a Frame Rate dial to select HD signals or SD signals and the frame rate. The images recorded on the tape are configured as follows: Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1440 x 1080 (16:9) images in 60 fields (or 50 fields for PAL*) are recorded. (60i/50i recording) Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1440 x 1080 (16:9) images in 30 frames (or 25 frames for PAL*) are recorded. (30F/25F recording) Under the "HDV1080i" (HDV) specifications, 1440 x 1080 (16:9) images in 24 frames are recorded. (24F recording)
*Assumes 60i/50i Mode optional upgrade has been performed.
Power Supply (rated) Video Recording system Audio Recording system 7.4V DC (battery pack) Two rotating heads, helical scan azimuth recording, HDV: HDV1080i; DV specifications (Consumer VCR SD specifications) DV: PCM digital recording: 16 bits (48 kHz/2 channels), 12 bits (32 kHz//2 channels) selectable. 12 bit/synchronous (32 kHz/4 channels) is possible HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II: (Sampling frequency 48 kHz, bit rate 384 kbps/2 channels); Size 1/3", approx. 1.67 megapixels per CCD, CCD x3 (charge-coupled device) with horizontal pixel shift. Effective pixels: HD approx. 1.56 megapixels, SD/4:3 approx. 1.17 megapixels, SD/16:9 approx. 1.56 megapixels Video cassettes bearing the MiniDV mark HDV/DV: SP mode: 0.74 ips (18.81mm/second), DV, LP mode; 0.49 ips (12.56 mm/second) HDV/DV: SP mode 80 min. DV:LP; 120 min.
Tape Format Tape Speed Maximum Recording Time (with an 80-min. cassette) Lens Mount Focusing System Minimum Focusing Distance Minimum Illumination AF System Viewfinder Microphone Recording Media DV Terminal Video Terminal Output Levels S-video Terminal
XL interchangeable lens system TTL autofocus. Manual focusing possible (20x zoom XL 5.4-108mm L IS II installed) 20mm (Wide macro), 1m (entire zoom range): (20x zoom XL 5.4-108mm L IS II installed) 60i, 1/60 shutter speed = 7 lux; 30F, 1/30 shutter speed = 4 lux; 24F, 1/48 shutter speed = 6 lux 72mm (XL lens) 2.4-inch (wide type) color LCD; Approx. 215,000 pixels High-performance MS stereo electric condenser microphone SD, MMC Special 4-pin connector (IEEE1394 compatible); both input/output (a) Also serves as RCA pin jack (yellow); both input/output (b) Also serves as BNC connector; both input/output Max. -10 dBv (for 47 kohm load)/3 kohm unbalanced 4-pin mini-DIN; both input/output
Audio Terminal Audio Microphone Terminal Operating Temperature range Dimensions Weight (not including lens and battery pack) Weight (fully loaded)
(a) Also serves as RCA pin jack (white/red, L/R) both input/output (2 systems) (b) XLR 3-pin jack (2 systems); switchable between MIC/LINE Auto Mode, Gain 18dB 3.5mm stereo mini-jack 32-104 F (0-40 C) 8.9 x 8.7 x 19.5 in. (226 x 220 x 496mm) 5.4 lbs. (2435g) 8.3 lbs. (3750g) Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice. Weight and dimensions are approximate. Canon and IMAGEANYWARE are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered marks in other countries. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Weight and dimensions are approximate. Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc. "HDV" and "HDV" logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC). Other names and products not mentioned above may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Warning: Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
Supplies & Accessories
CONSOLE Image Control & Storage Software for Canon's XL H1 HD Camcorder In keeping with Canon's Open Architecture approach, CONSOLE Image Control & Storage software delivers flexibility and versatility. It makes the XL H1 HD camcorder an even more powerful tool for the professional videographer. DVM-E60 Digital Videocassette This tape allows the recording of 60-minutes of video in SP mode and 90-minutes in LP mode.
20x ZOOM XL - 5.4 108mm L1S for XL2 20x professional L series Fluorite zoom lens. Zoom and focus presets. Super Range Optical Image Stabilization, (2) built-in ND filters, manual focus and zoom rings, and a Push AF button. EF Adapter The optional EF Adapter fits onto the XL1S allowing use of Canon EOS EF lenses for quality still imaging.
FS-72U Filter Set Includes Neutral Density (ND8), polarizing and ultra-violet filters. 72mm thread size. For use on all XL lenses except the 3D lens.
Zoom Remote Control ZR-1000 Controls Start/Stop, Focus, On-Screen, Record Search (+/-)
CA-910 Compact Power Adapter This is the standard charger and power source for the GL1. It will charge one battery at a time.
CA-920 Compact Power Adapter This is the standard charger and power source for the GL2. It will charge one battery at a time.
CH-910 Dual Battery Charger/Holder The CH-910 holds two battery packs and can charge them one after the other. Once the batteries are charged, the CH-910, with batteries in place, can be clipped to your belt and then connected directly to a Canon Digital Camcorder. This will give you twice the recording time of just one battery. It can be used with any combination of Canon BP-900 series Lithium-Ion batteries. DC Coupler DC-905
DC-Coupler DC-920 Combines with the CA-920 or CB-920.
MA-300 Microphone Adapter (2 XLR inputs) Connects (2) XLR style microphones. It attaches to the camcorder's advanced accessory shoe, providing power and connections without any wires.
Monochrome Viewfinder FU-1000
System Case HC-3200 A new system case, the HC-3200, is designed specifically to fit the XL2, complete with lens, standard microphone and viewfinder fitted. With a depth of almost 300mm, the case will also hold a range of other accessories in its base, making the package completely versatile. 4-pin to 4-pin IEEE 1394 cable Allows the connection of a digital video camcorder to a computer or another digital video camcorder.
STV-150 Mini Plug to RCA A stereo Audio Video cable with RCA connectors.
S-150 Cable Used to connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR with S-Video analog connection.
Tripod Adapter TA-100 TA-100 Tripod Adapter allows you to quickly mount/dismount the XL2 on or from a tripod.
BP-930 Lithium Ion Battery Pack Record for up to 90 minutes with the compact BP-930.The BP-930, an optional power pack, will deliver up to 135 minutes of power when using the viewfinder only or up to 130 minutes when using the LCD screen. BP-945 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack An optional accessory for the XL1S, the BP-945 can deliver over two hours of recording time using the color viewfinder.An optional accessory for the GL2, the BP-945 can deliver up to three-and-a-half hours of recording time using the viewfinder only or up to 200 minutes when the LCD screen is used.
Can't find the part or accessory you're looking for? Customer Support can help. Call 1-800-828-4040 for assistance.
What's in the Box
XL H1 Kit Contents: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. XL H1 Digital Camcorder HD-20x zoom XL5.4-106mm L IS II Wireless Controller (WL-D5000) 2-AA Size Batteries Battery Pack (BP-950G) Compact Power Adapter (CA-920) Power Supply Coupler (DC-920) AC Cable Microphone Unit Shoulder Strap (SS-1000) Skirt Adapter (PC-A10) Adapter Holder SD Memory Card (SD-16M) D Terminal Component Cable (DTC-1000)
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