Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws. HD Video Camera Recorder, XH G1S A / XH A1S A Systems. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon HD Video Camera Recorder XH G1S A / XH A1S A and all its accessories. 1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions. 3. Heed all warnings.
When replacement of power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-920. The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug adapter for overseas use.
HDV native 1080/24p, 1080/30p recording Use the 24F or 30F mode for video recordings compliant with native recordings according to HDV specifications ( commercials, music videos or movies– you can shoot it with the XH G1S / XH A1S. Custom presets Enjoy unparalleled image control to deliver the “look” you want. The camcorder offers 23...
About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XH G1S / XH A1S . Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting ( 145).
About the HD/HDV and SD/DV Specifications In the manual, a distinction is made between video signal standards (camera section) and recording standards (recorder section). The video signal can be set to HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition) specifications; the recording standard on the tape will be HDV or DV, respectively. Camera Section HD/SD Recorder Section HDV/DV Playback Signal HDV/DV...
Contents Introduction The XH G1S / XH A1S - A Broad Range of Capabilities ... 5 About this Manual ... 6 Checking the Supplied Accessories... 10 Components Guide ... 11 Preparations Preparing the Power Supply... 16 Preparing the Camcorder ... 19 Using the Wireless Controller ...
Customization Custom Preset Settings ... 89 Customized Functions ... 97 Customized On-Screen Displays ... 103 Playback Playing Back a Tape ... 107 Returning to a Pre-marked Position... 109 Index Search ... 109 Date Search... 110 Data Code ... 110 Remote Sensor Mode ... 111 Using a Memory Card Selecting the Still Image Quality/Size...
Lens Hood The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.
Using tripods Do not use tripods with mounting screws longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.) as this may cause damage to the camcorder. To use tripods featuring 3/8" mounting screws, attach first the supplied tripod adapter base and attach the tripod to the adapter base.
Preparing the Power Supply Preparations Charging the Battery Pack Disconnect the DC coupler from the compact power adapter before charging. Remove the terminal cover of the battery pack. 1. Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter. 2. Plug the power cord into a power outlet. 3.
The built-in battery is recharged every time you use the camcorder. However, when you use the camcorder for only short periods or do not use it for a period of over 3 months, it will discharge completely. In that case, recharge the built-in battery by powering the camcorder from a power outlet and leaving it with the dial set to OFF for at least 24 hours.
Charging, Recording and Playback Times The following times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording and playback conditions. Battery Pack Charging Time with the CA-920 Compact Power Adapter Recording and Playback Times Maximum Recording Time Typical Recording Time* Playback Time Recording and Playback Times Maximum Recording Time...
Do not let the viewfinder be exposed to direct sunlight or other strong light sources. The viewfinder LCD may become damaged due to concentration of the light by the lens. Pay special attention when mounting the camcorder on a tripod, or during its transportation.
Using the LCD Display 1. Slide the OPEN switch in the direction of the arrow to unlock the LCD panel. 2. Pull out the LCD panel. 3. Rotate the LCD panel and adjust it to the desired position. You can change the LCD display to black & white ( By default, the viewfinder display is turned off while you use the LCD panel.
2. Tighten the lock screw. 3. Plug the microphone cable to the camcorder’s XLR terminal or MIC terminal. The microphone must have a diameter of 25 mm or less. To use an external microphone with a diameter too small for the microphone holder to close securely, attach first the supplied adjustment band to the microphone holder and then insert the microphone.
Pass the ends through the strap mount and adjust the length of the strap. Be careful not to drop the camcorder when adjusting the strap or the grip belt. Attaching the Lens Hood Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and shade it from stray light.
VIDEO 2 terminal. Closing the Terminal Covers Insert into the opening the strip connecting the cover to the camcorder and close the terminal. If the connecting strip is difficult to grasp, use a pair of tweezers or similar tool.
3. Close the battery cover. The camcorder and wireless controller are equipped with 2 remote sensor modes ( wireless controller does not work, verify that the camcorder and wireless controller are set to the same mode. When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be operated at very close range, replace the batteries.
Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing automatically. Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment. If the camcorder is connected to a power source, cassettes can be loaded/removed even if the dial is set to OFF.
( 124). Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing the memory card. Inserting/removing the memory card with the camcorder on may result in permanent data loss. SDHC and SD memory cards have a write-protect switch to prevent their accidental erasure.
Changing Settings with the MENU Button Many of the camcorder’s functions can be changed from the on-screen menu. Selecting Menus and Settings 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2. Turn the SELECT/SET dial to select a submenu and press the dial.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in rechargeable battery has discharged completely. MENU SYSTEM SETUP/ 1.
Displaying the Date and Time while Recording You can display the date and time in the lower left corner of the screen. MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ [D/T DISPLAY] and close the menu. Changing the Date Format You can select between three date formats: [JAN.
Recording Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads ( The default recording standard is HDV. About the audio recording, refer to the relevant chapter ( Recording 1.
Power Save Function In order to protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the power save mode (VCR stop) after 4 minutes 30 seconds (in low temperatures, this may be 3 minutes) in record pause mode. If left 30 more seconds without any operation, the camcorder will automatically shut off (when a battery pack is being used).
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the power may turn off without displaying • The actual battery charge may not be indicated accurately depending on the condition under which the battery pack and camcorder are used. Reference guides With the [DISPLAY SETUP/ [MARKERS], [ASPECT GUIDE] and [SAFETY ZONE] settings you can display reference guides to help you frame the subject more accurately.
[CUSTOM KEYS], the functions currently assigned to the custom keys will be displayed instead. This level cannot be selected if [DISPLAY SETUP/ all set [OFF]. The camcorder’s on-screen displays will also appear on a connected external TV or monitor. Reviewing the Recording In record pause mode, this function allows you to review the last few seconds of your recording.
[YES] to confirm the selection and close the menu. • [HD]: To record on the tape in HDV standard or to use the camcorder as a high-definition (HD) camera. • [SD16:9], [SD4:3]: To record on the tape in DV standard or to use the camcorder as a standard-definition (SD) camera.
Default setting when recording setting is [FAST]. When the zoom speed is too fast (less than 2 seconds end-to-end), the camcorder will have more trouble focusing automatically while zooming. Zoom ring: The zoom speed depends on how fast you turn the zoom ring.
Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON. The camcorder returns to the preset zoom position. To return to the preset zoom position the camcorder uses the speed set for the constant zoom speed (when the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to C (constant)).
The camcorder can be set to Autofocus or Manual Focus. Autofocus The autofocus can be set to Normal AF or Instant AF*. The camcorder has also a Push AF function to allow for a temporary autofocus while focusing manually. Manual Focus...
Turn the built-in ND filter on/off according to the screen display ( When you attach the optional Wide Converter to the camcorder, set the camcorder to a recording mode other than the Push AF function.
& white while using the focus assist functions. The screen of an external monitor connected to the VIEWFINDER COMPONENT OUT terminal will show the exact same picture as displayed on the camcorder’s viewfinder screen. Peaking While recording or in record pause, press the PEAKING button. •...
The camcorder returns to the preset focus position. Focus Limit and Macro Shooting Usually the camcorder’s focus range allows macro shooting. You can activate the focus limit to restrict the focus range. The focus range 2 cm - entire zoom range).
Using the ND Filter When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder closes down the aperture. When the aperture value used is too large, the picture may appear blurred. Turn the built-in ND filter on/off according to the screen display. When using a recording program other than M Manual and if the AGC switch is set to ON, the following...
Selecting the Frame Rate You can select from the following frame rates depending on the recording mode: 60i, 30F, 24F (2:3 pulldown-converted) 60i, 30F, 24F (2:3 pulldown-converted or 2:3:3:2 pulldown-converted) 60i Mode Records 60 interlaced fields per second, the same as standard-definition TV signals. 30F Mode Records 30 frames per second according to HDV native 1080/30p specifications.
Selecting the Frame Rate MENU SIGNAL SETUP Open the menu and select [SIGNAL SETUP]. Select [FRAME RATE], select a setting option and select [YES] to confirm the selection and close the menu. The selected frame rate appears on-screen. Selecting the 24F Pulldown Mode MENU CAMERA SETUP Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP].
When you select the [NON-DROP] setting or when you set the frame rate to 24F in SD mode, “NDF” will appear on the side panel. Selecting the Running Mode You can select the running mode of the camcorder’s time code. You can enter the initial value for the [FREE-RUN] and the [REC-RUN PS.] settings. [REC-RUN]: The time code runs only when recording.
In SD mode with the frame rate set to 24F, the frames value of the time code can be set only in multiples of 5. When you change the frame rate from 60i/30F to 24F, the frames value of the time code will automatically become a multiple of 5.
Time Code OUT Set the TIME CODE switch to OUT to start the Time Code OUT mode. The camcorder’s internal time code is sent out from the TIME CODE terminal as a standard LTC timing signal.
While a time code signal is being received, the [FRAME SETTNG] and [COUNT-UP] settings of the camcorder will be ignored and the external time code’s drop-frame bit will be used instead (if the external time code is non-drop frame, “NDF” will appear on the side panel).
To reset the user bit to [00 00 00 00], select [CLEAR] in step 2. The user bit can be recorded when recording with the camcorder or from analog devices. The user bit set in the camcorder cannot be recorded when recording from digital devices (HDV or DV).
• Audio is recorded on channels 1 and 2, leaving the other channels unused. • Audio cannot be dubbed using this camcorder. • Audio recorded with this camcorder is locked audio except for audio recorded from an analog input, or from a digital input if you select the Unlock mode.
Recording Audio Select the audio input from the built-in microphone or external microphone (MIC terminal), XLR MIC (XLR terminals) or XLR LINE (XLR terminals). You can select the audio input independently for channel 1 and channel 2. Selecting the Audio Channel MENU AUDIO SETUP Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP].
Using the XLR terminals 1. Connect a microphone to one of the XLR terminals. To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the corresponding switch to ON. Make sure to connect the microphone first, before turning the phantom power on. Keep the microphone connected when turning off the phantom power.
Hiding/Displaying the Audio Level Indicator MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ option and close the menu. The audio level indicator can also be turned on/off with a custom key ( Automatic Audio Adjustment Set the corresponding When [CH1 INPUT] and [CH2 INPUT] are set to [INT/EXT MIC], if the CH1 is set to A, the automatic audio...
You can activate the audio peak limiter to prevent audio distortions. When activated, the audio peak limiter will limit the amplitude of audio input signals when they exceed -4 dBFS. The audio peak limiter can be activated if at least one of the channels is set to manual audio adjustment. Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP].
The image stabilizer cannot be turned off in the We recommend turning off the image stabilizer when the camcorder is mounted on a tripod. The image stabilizer is designed to compensate for a normal degree of camcorder shake.
However, in Auto mode you have the option of adjusting the settings manually. Shutter-Priority ( Use this mode to select the shutter speed. The camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture value. Aperture-Priority ( Use this mode to select the aperture value from F/1.6 to F/9.5 (or full iris close) and...
Easy Recording The camcorder automatically controls the focus, shutter speed, aperture, gain, white balance, and AE Shift allowing you to simply point and film. This mode locks all of these features and options, making them fixed and unadjustable. Selecting the Programmed AE Modes Press the lock button and turn the dial.
Available controls/functions by programmed AE mode EXP. LOCK button PUSH AE button Iris ring SHUTTER dial AE shift adjustment GAIN adjustment WHITE BALANCE adjustment Custom preset adjustments CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button Skin detail Selective NR Color correction Clear scan Frequency selection for clear scan Available during exposure lock.
• The exposure indicator appears. Use the exposure indicator as an estimate. • The mark above the indicator indicates the standard exposure (calculated by the camcorder). The mark of the indicator indicates the current exposure level within (beyond 2 stops, the marker will blink).
• After you release the button, the aperture value and gain (if the AGC switch is set to ON) set by the camcorder will override the previous settings made in M Manual mode. You can use the custom keys ( prevent the accidental operation of the PUSH AE button.
Recording in Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode The aperture value can be adjusted in 1/8 EV stops; however, the aperture value displayed on the screen will change only in 1/4 EV stops. Available aperture values F1.6, F1.8, F2.0, F2.2, F2.4, F2.6, F2.8, F3.2, F3.4, F3.7, F4.0, F4.4, F4.8, F5.2, F5.6, F6.2, F6.7, F7.3, F8.0, F8.7, F9.5, F10*, F11*, F12*, F14*, F15*, F16*, F17*, F19*, F21*, F22*, CLOSE* * Can only be selected if the custom function [IRIS LIMIT] is set to [OFF].
• The mark above the indicator indicates the standard exposure (calculated by the camcorder). mark of the indicator indicates the current exposure level within ± 2 EV stops of the standard exposure (beyond 2 stops, the marker will blink).
Gain The gain control adjusts the level of the video signal generated depending on the lighting and shooting conditions. You can select from automatic gain control or one of 3 preset gain levels (L: low, M: middle, H: high) to which you can independently assign gain values from -3 dB to +36 dB ( ).
(white dots, vertical streaks or blocking). When the AGC switch is set to ON you can activate the gain limit to prevent the camcorder from setting a level higher than a preset limit between 3 dB and 15 dB.
White Balance The camcorder uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture for accurate color display under different lighting conditions. In addition to the fully automated mode, white balance modes include an indoor mode, an outdoor mode, a color temperature setting and two user-defined custom preset values.
A or B. and the corresponding letter will flash on the screen. 3. Point the camcorder at a white object and zoom in until it fills the whole screen. Keep the camcorder zoomed at the white object until step 4 is completed.
Zebra Pattern This camcorder has a zebra pattern feature that shows black and white diagonal stripes over the areas that are overexposed. The zebra pattern is only displayed on the screen and will not affect your recordings. The zebra pattern will not be displayed while the Peaking function is activated ( Available zebra pattern settings: 70 IRE, 75 IRE, 80 IRE, 85 IRE, 90 IRE, 95 IRE, and 100 IRE.
Color Correction With the color correction function you can set the camcorder to detect the characteristics of a certain color or pattern (color phase, chroma, area and Y level) and correct them automatically when recording. You can set the color correction for up to two different colors (A and B).
Activating the Color Correction MENU CAMERA SETUP 1. Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP] and select the [COLOR CORR.] submenu. 2. Select [CORRECT], select a correction mode and close the menu. • You can correct only the predefined A area, only the predefined B area or both. •...
Skin Detail Function With the skin detail function you can set the camcorder to detect the characteristics of a certain color or tone. Detail in the targeted areas will be softened in order to conceal skin imperfections. Targeted areas will be identified on the screen by a zebra pattern alternating with the normal picture. On a connected monitor or computer, targeted areas will be identified by white areas alternating with the normal picture.
Selective Noise Reduction With the selective noise reduction function you can set the camcorder to detect the characteristics of a certain color or tone and automatically reduce noise in the targeted areas. This is particularly useful for chroma keying, as targeting the selective noise reduction to the color of the background green or blue screen will result in a smoother composite picture.
Clear Scan This feature allows you to record a computer’s CRT screen or other equipment without displaying black band or flicker on the screen. You can adjust the frequency from 60.1 Hz to 203.9 Hz. MENU CAMERA SETUP 1. Set the dial to M or Tv.
Custom Keys You can assign frequently used functions to the custom keys. The custom keys can have different functions assigned to them in each of the operating modes. Default settings: CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE CUSTOM KEY 2 INDEX WRITE To check the current custom key settings: In a recording mode: Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ menu.
SETUP/ [POWER SAVE] is set to [OFF], you can take your time adjusting the camera settings, while the recorder section of the camcorder is powered off so you do not need to worry about the tape or the video heads.
The time code superimposed on the video signal output from the A/V1 and VIDEO 2 terminals will be put on hold. (* • The time code hold will be canceled when you turn the camcorder on/off, change the operating mode between recording and playback or change the position of the [AUDIO LEVEL] Audio Level Indicator ( Press the CUSTOM KEY (1 or 2) button.
[CP BKWD KEY] Custom Preset Backward Key Press the CUSTOM KEY 2 button. Usually, pressing the CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button will cycle forwards to the following custom preset file. Pressing the custom key button instead will cycle backwards to the preceding custom preset file. CP backward key can only be operated with the custom keys.
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal You can generate and record color bars signals and a 1 kHz audio reference signal. With the customized functions ( ([TYPE 1]) and ARIB multiformat HDTV color bars ([TYPE 2]) and you can also select the strength of the audio signal (-12 dB, -18 dB, or -20 dB).
External Connections Video Signal Output Standards The standard of the video signal output from the HD/SD SDI ( and HDV/DV terminals depends on the standard used for recording (or the standard of the recording on the tape being played back) and on various menu settings. Video output from the VIEWFINDER COMPONENT OUT, A/V1, or VIDEO 2 terminal will always be in 480/60i standard.
Connecting to a Monitor/TV The different recording modes and the corresponding output terminals are given in the table below: HD/SD SDI Terminal [LETTERBOX] 1920x1080 set to [OFF] [LETTERBOX] SD SDI set to [ON] SD 16:9 [LETTERBOX] 640x480 set to [OFF] [LETTERBOX] SD SDI set to [ON]...
Using the HD/SD COMPONENT OUT or VIEWFINDER COMPONENT OUT Terminal Use the HD/SD COMPONENT OUT terminal to monitor the video that the camcorder is recording and use the VIEWFINDER COMPONENT OUT terminal to monitor the picture on the viewfinder screen.
Using the HDV/DV Terminal • When connecting the camcorder to a monitor or TV that supports DV input, you may need to carry out a procedure on the monitor or TV to recognize the camera. • If necessary, turn on the DV conversion and select whether to convert a tape recorded in HD to SD with the following procedure ( mode only).
We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power outlet. TV sets equipped with the Video ID-1 System: Recordings made with a 16:9 aspect ratio ( will be played automatically in widescreen mode whether you connect the camcorder to the TV using the A/V1 terminal or VIDEO 2 terminal.
Audio Output Selecting the Audio Channel You can select the channel for audio signal output from the A/V1 terminal. MENU AUDIO SETUP * Default value in mode. Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [OUTPUT CH], select a setting option and close the menu.
Audio Monitor Audio Output [AUD.M.SET] Selected ALL CH/ALL CH ALL CH/ALL CH MIX/FIXED ALL CH/ALL CH MIX/VAR. ALL CH/ALL CH Output Signal Audio Recordings on 2 Channels Left Right Left Output Output Output CH1+CH2 CH1+CH2 CH1+CH2 – – – – –...
[DV CONTROL] on the other connected camcorder to [OFF]. Up to 2 other devices can be connected to this camcorder for DV control. With some non-Canon devices the DV control may not work properly depending on the connected device.
4. Press the buttons (or the REC PAUSE button on the wireless controller). • The camcorder enters the record pause mode. In this mode you can monitor the picture on the screen. • If you press only the button, recording will start immediately.
Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter) Using the camcorder you can convert analog video input signals to a digital video signal (SD standard) and output it through the HDV/DV terminal. MENU SIGNAL SETUP Open the menu and select [SIGNAL SETUP]. Select [AV DV], set it to [ON] and close the menu.
Connecting to a Computer To connect the camcorder to a computer you will need a computer equipped with an IEEE1394 (DV) terminal and video editing software with video capturing capability installed. Use the optional CV-250F (4 pin-6 pin) DV cable or a commercially available 6 pin-6 pin DV cable. For the minimum system requirements for video editing, refer to the instruction manual of the video editing software.
Custom preset files saved with a Canon XL H1S, XL H1A, XH G1 or XH A1 can be used with this camcorder. Custom preset files saved with this camcorder can be used on a Canon XL H1S, XL H1A, XH G1 or XH A1.
Enter the custom preset editing screen Save the custom preset file to the memory card Read a custom preset file from the memory card Back to the [CUSTOMIZE] submenu Select the custom preset file Change the custom preset settings Rename the custom preset file Changing Custom Preset Parameters MENU CUSTOMIZE...
Renaming a Custom Preset File Follow steps 1-3 in Changing Custom Preset Parameters ( want to rename. 1. From the bottom bar, select [ The first character of the custom preset file name will start flashing. 2. Turn the SELECT/SET dial to select a number, letter or punctuation mark and press the dial.
2. Select [ CARD 3. From the bottom bar, select [ preset file you want to read to the camcorder. 4. Select [ SELECT POSITION] and select the preset number under which you want to store the file in the camcorder.
- Even if you deleted or changed the sample custom preset files, you can reset them to the original values by resetting all the camcorder’s settings. Open the menu and select [SYSTEM SETUP/ Select [RESET ALL] and select [YES] in the confirmation screen.
[GAM] Gamma Curve The gamma curve changes the overall look of the image. You can select from [NORMAL], [CINE1] or [CINE2]. [NORMAL]: standard gamma setting suitable for video. [CINE1]: appropriate for video telecined from film. [CINE2]: appropriate for transfer to film. [KNE] Knee Point Adjustment Adjust the dynamic range (knee point) in the highlight area of the image to prevent overexposure.
[SHP] Sharpness Adjust the sharpness level in the range -9 to +9. Noise artifacts caused by too-high sharpness settings can be reduced using the coring setting. [HDF] Horizontal Detail Frequency Select the horizontal definition of the image from [HIGH], [MIDDLE] or [LOW]. [DHV] Horizontal/Vertical Detail Balance Adjust the balance between horizontal and vertical definition of the image in the range -9 (only horizontal) to +9 (only vertical).
[RGN] R Gain Adjust the intensity of red tones in the range -50 to +50. [GGN] G Gain Adjust the intensity of green tones in the range -50 to +50. [BGN] B Gain Adjust the intensity of blue tones in the range -50 to +50. [RGM] R-G Matrix The R-G matrix changes the tint of the picture along the cyan/green and red/magenta gradations without affecting blues.
By just reading the custom function file saved on the memory card with another XH G1S / XH A1S, you will instantly get a camcorder configured to operate in the same familiar manner you prefer.
5. Select [OK], press the SELECT/SET dial and close the menu. When the operation is finished, “TASK COMPLETED” will appear on the screen. Custom function files saved with a Canon XL H1S, XL H1A, XH G1 or XH A1 cannot be used with this camcorder.
Availability of custom functions in each recording program/playback mode ( Custom Function 00 SHCKLSS WB/GN WHITE BALANCE GAIN 01 AE RESPONSE 02 ZOOM RING CTRL 03 ZOOM SPEED 04 FOCUS RING CTRL 05 BUTTONS OPER.1 MAGN. WB SET PUSH AF 06 BUTTONS OPER.2 REC REVIEW END SEARCH...
Setting Options: [WHITE BALANCE] Shockless white balance: [OFF], [ON] [GAIN] Shockless gain: [OFF], [ON] [AE RESPONSE] AE Response Selects the camcorder’s response when you change the automatic exposure setting. Setting Options: [MIDDLE], [HIGH], [LOW] [ZOOM RING CTRL] Zoom Ring Control Selects the sensitivity of the response when operating the zoom ring.
Selects the set of zoom speeds that will be available when using the zoom lever on the side grip or carrying handle. • When the zoom speed is too fast (less than 2 seconds end-to-end), the camcorder will have more trouble focusing automatically while zooming.
[LED] LED Indicators Selects the operation of the LED indicators on the camcorder. When set to [TYPE 1], all LED indicators (including that of the HDV/DV terminal) will be on. When set to [TYPE 2] all LED indicators will be on, except for that of the HDV/DV terminal.
You can customize which icons to display on the screen according to your personal preferences and needs. You can save your personal settings as a custom display file on the camcorder or on the memory card. To activate the on-screen displays at the level that you customized, repeatedly press the DISP.
3. Select [OK], press the SELECT/SET dial and close the menu. When the operation is finished, “TASK COMPLETED” will appear on the screen. Custom display files saved with a Canon XL H1S, XL H1A, XH G1 or XH A1 cannot be used with this camcorder.
[TAPE] Tape-Related Icons and Displays Setting Options: [TIME CODE] Time code display: [OFF], [ON] [OPERATION MODE] Icon of the current tape operation: [OFF], [ON] [DV CONTROL] DV control icon: [OFF], [ON] [TAPE REMAINDER] Remaining Time on the Tape You can select to display the tape remainder permanently or only the warning when the tape is about to end. Setting Options: [OFF], [NORMAL], [WARNING] [TAPE/CARD] Tape/Card-Related Displays Setting Options: [EXT CONTROL] Icon of the external control mode (...
Location of the Custom Displays 11 19 12 15 16 14 07 16...
Playing Back a Tape Playback If the playback picture is distorted, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL video head cleaning cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette ( Select a playback standard according to the tape you wish to play back.
The sound will be muted during special playback modes. The picture may become distorted during some special playback modes. The camcorder stops the tape automatically after 4 minutes 30 seconds in playback pause mode to protect the tape and video heads.
Returning to a Pre-marked Position If you wish to return to a particular scene later, mark the point with the zero set memory, and the tape will stop at that point when you rewind/fast forward the tape. This function is operated with the wireless controller. 1.
Displaying the Data Code Press the DATA CODE button on the wireless controller. If you turn off the camcorder, the data code will not appear the next time you turn it on. Six-Second Auto Date The date and time appear for 6 seconds when you begin playback, or to indicate that the date or time zone in the recording has changed.
Remote Sensor Mode Two remote sensor modes and an off setting are available to prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby. To change the remote sensor mode of the camcorder Open the menu and select [SYSTEM SETUP/ option and close the menu.
Selecting the Still Image Quality/Size Using a Memory Card Changing the Still Image Quality You can choose from Super fine, Fine and Normal. * Only when playing back a tape. MENU RECORDING SETUP Open the menu and select [RECORDING SETUP]. Select [IMG QUALITY], select a setting option and close the menu.
[CONTINUOUS]: Image numbers will continue from the number following that of the last image recorded with the camcorder. If the memory card you insert already contains an image with a larger number, a new image will be assigned a number one higher than that of the last image on the memory card.
CARD access indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss. - Do not remove the memory card. - Do not change the position of the - Do not turn off the camcorder, remove the battery pack or disconnect the power supply. PHOTO button CARD access indicator...
When you press the PHOTO button fully, before seconds in Night mode) until the focus is adjusted. If the subject is not suitable for autofocus, the camcorder locks the focus. In that case, adjust the focus manually with the focus ring. If [CAMERA SETUP] In step 2, turns green and the focus and exposure are locked.
2 images at once. • All indicators are displayed in green when a memory card is played back. “ ” Card Access Display Indicates that the camcorder is writing on the memory card. REVIEW •••••••2sec 123) or erase (single).
Captures a quick series of still images while you hold the PHOTO button pressed down. For the number of shots per second, refer to the table below. High-Speed Continuous The camcorder records a still image in three different exposures (dark, normal, light in (Auto Exposure Bracketing) 1/2 EV steps).
Appropriate for standard shooting conditions, including backlit scenes. The camcorder divides images into several metering zones. It evaluates the position and brightness of the subject, background, direct light or backlight, and adjusts the exposure of the main subject accordingly.
The following procedures are explained using a Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash. Connecting a Speedlite Flash When connecting a Canon Speedlite flash you cannot use the Off-Camera Shoe Cord designed for Canon EOS SLR cameras. Always turn off the camcorder when connecting or removing the flash.
CARD access indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss. - Do not remove the memory card. - Do not change the position of the - Do not turn off the camcorder, remove the battery pack or disconnect the power supply. Slideshow Press the SLIDESHOW button.
Image Jump Function You can locate still images without displaying them one by one. The number in the upper right of the screen indicates the number of the current still image out of the total number of still images. Press and hold the + or –...
Erasing Still images You can erase still images one at a time or all at once. Be careful when erasing still images. Erased still images cannot be recovered. Erasing a still image that had a custom preset file embedded (recorded with the [PHOTO + CP DATA] setting) will erase the still image and the embedded custom preset file.
Protecting Still images You can protect important still images from accidental erasure when displaying a single image or the index screen. If a memory card is initialized, all still images, even protected ones, will be erased permanently. Protecting a Single Still Image 1.
Print Order Settings You can select still images for printing and set the number of copies. These print order settings are compatible with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards and can be used for printing on DPOF- compatible printers. A maximum of 998 still images can be selected. Selecting Still Images for Printing (Print Order) 1.
The down-converted output video signal will always be 60i, regardless of the frame rate of the original recording. Even if the audio was originally recorded using all 4 channels (with another camcorder), only channels 1 and 2 will be output.
If you record in both SP and LP modes on the same tape, the playback picture may become distorted, and the time code may not be written correctly. If you play back on this camcorder, a tape that was recorded in LP mode with another digital device or vice versa, the picture and sound may become distorted.
CARD OPERATIONS Menu item Setting options ERASE ALL PRINT ORD NO, YES ERASE ALL IMAGES NO, YES INITIALIZE CANCEL, INITIALIZE, COMPL.INIT. After opening the menu from the index screen: PROTECT – PRINT ORDER – After pressing the SELECT/SET dial: IMAGE ERASE CANCEL, ERASE PROTECT OFF, ON...
[MARKERS]: You can display the on-screen markers to help you accurately frame your subject. Select from a center marker, a horizontal level marker or a grid. You can also adjust the intensity of the markers display 102). [ASPECT GUIDE]: Use the aspect ratio guides as a reference to accurately frame subjects. You can select to display the aspect guides for 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 (Cinemascope).
MAGN.B.LOCK DISABLED, ACTIVE SHTR D.LOCK DISABLED, ACTIVE E.LCK B.LCK DISABLED, ACTIVE ALL DISPLAY ENABLE, DISABLE RESET ALL NO, YES CAM.F.VER. Current version of the camcorder’s firmware. CUSTOMIZE Menu item Submenu item CUSTOM PRESET EDIT CAMERA CARD CARD CAMERA RETURN META DATA CP...
Settings Memorized and Retained The following lists show the settings that are memorized and retained under different circumstances like turning off the camcorder or changing operating modes. If the built-in lithium button battery discharges completely, all settings will be erased.
Screen Displays Screen Displays during Recording You can find additional explanations on pages 32 and 116. Most of the on-screen displays and icons can be customized using the custom displays ( 103). Programmed AE ( Shutter speed* ( 58, 60) Aperture* ( 58, 61) Exposure lock (...
Screen Displays during Playback Audio monitor ( Audio output ( Custom function ( Custom keys ( Data code ( 110) Date search ( 110)/ Index search ( End search ( Recording standard ( Frame rate ( Tape operation ( 107) Recording Record pause Stop...
Side panel Time code Time code setting Tape has reached the end Time code synchronization setting Remaining battery charge Video output signal Genlock from the HD/SD SDI Terminal Audio level indicator...
( Storage If you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time, store it in a place free of dust, with low humidity, and at temperatures not higher than 30 ºC (86 ºF).
Attach the terminal cover whenever a battery pack is not in use. Contact with metallic objects may cause a short circuit and damage the battery pack. Dirty terminals may cause a poor contact between the battery pack and the camcorder. Wipe the terminals with a soft cloth.
Image data may be corrupted or lost due to memory card defects or exposure to static electricity. Canon makes no warranties for corrupted or lost data. Do not use memory cards in places subject to strong magnetic fields.
(about 0.5 seconds) the video heads need to be cleaned. To maintain the best picture quality, we recommend cleaning the video heads frequently with the Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available dry cleaning cassette.
You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult a Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use.
Troubleshooting If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this checklist. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists. Power Source Problem Camcorder will not turn on. Battery pack is not correctly attached. The camcorder switches off by itself.
M, and recording level is set too low. Microphone attenuator is turned on. Cause Camcorder is turned off, or is not set to mode. Cassette is not loaded. Video heads are dirty. You attempted to play back or dub a copyright protected tape.
System Diagram ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Controller ZR-2000 Zoom Remote Controller Speedlite Flash 420EX, 430EX, 430 EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II Battery Video Light VL-10Li ll FS-72U Filter Set Wide Converter WD-H72 HC-4200 System Case Tripod adapter base (Availability differs from area to area) SS-1100 Shoulder Strap SBR-1000 Shooting Brace BP-930, BP-945,...
Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
This is particularly useful while the camcorder is mounted on a tripod and you want to ensure maximum stability of a shot. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
** The camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between camcorders and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camcorder’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Terminals Video Terminals Audio Out Terminals Audio In Terminals HDV/DV Terminal Headphone Terminal LANC Terminal GENLOCK Terminal TIME CODE Terminal HD/SD-SDI Terminal Component Terminals Power/Others Power supply (rated) Power consumption Operating temperature Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight CA-920 Compact Power Adapter Power supply Rated output Operating temperature...