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HD Video Camera Recorder

Instruction Manual

Caméscope et lecteur vidéo HD
Manuel d'instruction
Videocámara y grabadora HD
Manual de Instrucciones
PUB. DIM-894


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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    HD Video Camera Recorder Instruction Manual Caméscope et lecteur vidéo HD Manuel d'instruction Videocámara y grabadora HD Manual de Instrucciones PUB. DIM-894 English Français Español NTSC...
  • Page 2: Important Usage Instructions

    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.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    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.
  • Page 4 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.
  • Page 5: The Xh G1S / Xh A1S - A Broad Range Of Capabilities

    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...
  • Page 6: About This Manual

    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).
  • Page 7 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...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    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 ...
  • Page 9 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...
  • Page 10: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    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.
  • Page 11: Components Guide

    Components Guide Left side view DISP. (display) button ( PEAKING button ( MAGN. (magnification) button ( (record review) button ( POSITION PRESET switch ( 36, 40) Focus mode switch ( POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch ( ND FILTER switch ( Iris ring ( 58, 61) POWER indicator Side panel (...
  • Page 12 Right side view ZOOM SPEED switch ( (card/tape) switch ( 114) VIDEO 2 terminal ( HD/SD SDI terminal* ( GENLOCK terminal* ( TIME CODE terminal* ( MIC (external microphone) terminal ( switches ( only. switches ( Lens hood ( Lens hood locking screw ( switches ( CH1 input terminal ( CH2 input terminal (...
  • Page 13 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.
  • Page 14 Top view (pause) button ( 107) / DRIVE MODE button ( 117) (stop) button ( 107) / (metering mode) button ( (rewind) button ( 107) / – button ( 120) (play) button ( 107) / SLIDESHOW button ( 120) (fast forward) button ( 107) / + button ( 120)
  • Page 15 WL-D5000 Wireless Controller PHOTO button ( 114) START/STOP button ( MENU button ( TV SCREEN button ( SLIDESHOW button ( 120) DATA CODE button ( 110) INDEX WRITE button ( AUDIO MONITOR button ( END SEARCH button ( SEARCH SELECT button ( 109, 110) REC PAUSE button ( button (...
  • Page 16: Preparing The Power Supply

    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.
  • Page 17: Using A Household Power Outlet

    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.
  • Page 18 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...
  • Page 19: Preparing The Camcorder

    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.
  • Page 20: Using The Lcd Display

    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.
  • Page 21: Attaching An External Microphone

    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.
  • Page 22: Attaching The Shoulder Strap

    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.
  • Page 23 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.
  • Page 24: Using The Wireless Controller

    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.
  • Page 25: Loading/Removing A Cassette

    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.
  • Page 26: Inserting/Removing A Memory Card

    ( 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.
  • Page 27: Changing Settings With The Menu Button

    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.
  • Page 28: Language And Date/Time Settings

    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.
  • Page 29: Displaying The Date And Time While Recording

    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.
  • Page 30: Recording

    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.
  • Page 31 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).
  • Page 32 • 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.
  • Page 33 [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.
  • Page 34: Selecting The Signal Standard And Aspect Ratio

    [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.
  • Page 35: Zooming

    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.
  • Page 36 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)).
  • Page 37: Adjusting The Focus

    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...
  • Page 38: 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.
  • Page 39 & 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. •...
  • Page 40: Focus Limit And Macro Shooting

    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).
  • Page 41: Using The Nd Filter

    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...
  • Page 42: Selecting The Frame Rate

    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.
  • Page 43 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].
  • Page 44: Setting The Time Code

    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.
  • Page 45 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.
  • Page 46: Synchronizing The Camcorder's Time Code

    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.
  • Page 47 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).
  • Page 48: Setting The User Bit

    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).
  • Page 49: Audio Recording

    • 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.
  • Page 50: Recording Audio

    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].
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Audio Recording Level

    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.
  • Page 52 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...
  • Page 53: Embedded 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].
  • Page 54: Image Stabilizer

    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.
  • Page 55: Using The Programmed Ae Modes

    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...
  • Page 56: Easy Recording

    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.
  • Page 57 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.
  • Page 58: Recording In Manual Mode

    • 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).
  • Page 59 • 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.
  • Page 60: Recording In Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode

    Recording in Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode Available shutter speeds when recording movies depend on the selected frame rate: 60i/30F 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (clear scan) 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/48, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (clear scan) Available shutter speeds when recording still images: 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500...
  • Page 61: Recording In Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode

    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].
  • Page 62: Adjusting The Exposure

    • 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).
  • Page 63: Gain

    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 ( ).
  • Page 64: Selecting The Gain Level

    (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.
  • Page 65: White Balance

    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.
  • Page 66: Setting The Color Temperature

    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.
  • Page 67: Zebra Pattern

    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.
  • Page 68: Color Correction

    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).
  • Page 69 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. •...
  • Page 70: Skin Detail Function

    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.
  • Page 71: Selective Noise Reduction

    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.
  • Page 72: Clear Scan

    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.
  • Page 73: Custom Keys

    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.
  • Page 74 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.
  • Page 75 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.
  • Page 76 [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.
  • Page 77: Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal

    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).
  • Page 78: Video Signal Output Standards

    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.
  • Page 79: Connecting To A Monitor/Tv

    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]...
  • Page 80 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.
  • Page 81 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).
  • Page 82 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.
  • Page 83: Audio Output

    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.
  • Page 84 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 – – – – –...
  • Page 85: Digital Video Control

    [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.
  • Page 86: Recording An External Video Signal (Hdv/Dv In, Analog Line-In)

    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.
  • Page 87: Converting Analog Signals Into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)

    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.
  • Page 88: Connecting To A Computer

    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.
  • Page 89: Custom Preset Settings

    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.
  • Page 90 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...
  • Page 91 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.
  • Page 92 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.
  • Page 93 - 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.
  • Page 94 [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.
  • Page 95 [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).
  • Page 96 [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.
  • Page 97: Customized Functions

    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.
  • Page 98 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.
  • Page 99 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...
  • Page 100 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.
  • Page 101 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.
  • Page 102 [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.
  • Page 103: Customized On-Screen Displays

    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.
  • Page 104 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.
  • Page 105 [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 (...
  • Page 106 Location of the Custom Displays 11 19 12 15 16 14 07 16...
  • Page 107: Playing Back A Tape

    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.
  • Page 108 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.
  • Page 109: Returning To A Pre-Marked Position

    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.
  • Page 110: Date Search

    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.
  • Page 111: Remote Sensor Mode

    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.
  • Page 112: Selecting The Still Image Quality/Size

    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.
  • Page 113: File Numbers

    [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.
  • Page 114: Recording Still Images On A 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...
  • Page 115 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.
  • Page 116: Reviewing A Still Image Right After Recording

    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).
  • Page 117: Drive Mode

    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).
  • Page 118: Metering Mode

    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.
  • Page 119: Using An Optional Flash

    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.
  • Page 120: Playing Back Still Images From A 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. Slideshow Press the SLIDESHOW button.
  • Page 121 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 –...
  • Page 122: Erasing Still Images

    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.
  • Page 123: Protecting Still Images

    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.
  • Page 124: Initializing A Memory Card

    Depending on the memory card, the complete initialization may take up to a few minutes. If you use a memory card other than the supplied one, initialize it with the camcorder. MENU CARD OPERATIONS 1.
  • Page 125: Print Order Settings

    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.
  • Page 126: Menu Options And Default Settings

    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.
  • Page 127: Camera Setup

    CAMERA SETUP Menu item (Submenu item and) Setting options 24F MODE SEL 2:3, 2:3:3:2 AE SHIFT -2.0, -1.5, -1.25, -1.0, -0.75, -0.5, -0.25, ±0, +0.25, +0.5, +0.75, +1.0, +1.25, +1.5, +2.0 AGC LIMIT OFF(18dB), 15dB, 12dB, 9dB, 6dB, 3dB GAIN SETTING GAIN L GAIN M GAIN H...
  • Page 128: Recording Setup

    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.
  • Page 129: Display Setup

  • Page 130: System Setup

    [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).
  • Page 132: Custom Preset

  • Page 133 Custom Function Submenu (CUSTOMIZE Submenu item Action C.Fn1, APPLY THIS SET C.Fn2, TUNE C.Fn3 SAVE TO CARD READ FROM CARD RESET CUSTOM FUNCTION) (Custom Function and) Setting Options DISABLED, ACTIVE 00 SHCKLSS WB/GN 00 (00 to 03) 01 AE RESPONSE 00 MIDDLE, 01 HIGH, 02 LOW 02 ZOOM RING CTRL 00 NORMAL, 01 SLOW, 02 FAST...
  • Page 134 Custom Displays Menu item Action CUSTOM DISPLAY TUNE SAVE TO CARD READ FROM CARD RESET (Custom Display and) Setting Options 00 REC PROGRAMS 00 OFF, 01 ON 01 CAMERA DATA1 03 (00 to 03) 02 CAMERA DATA2 07 (00 to 07) 03 ZOOM 00 OFF, 01 ON(NORMAL), 02 ON(ALWAYS) 04 FOCUS...
  • Page 135: Settings Memorized And Retained

    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.
  • Page 136: Screen Displays

    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 (...
  • Page 137: Screen Displays During Playback

    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...
  • Page 138 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...
  • Page 139: List Of Messages

    PLAYBACK STD LOCKED When the playback standard is already set in the camcorder, you attempted to play back a PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED tape in a video standard different from that set.
  • Page 140: Maintenance/Others

    ( 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).
  • Page 141 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.
  • Page 142: Memory Card

    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.
  • Page 143: Video Heads

    (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.
  • Page 144: Using The Camcorder Abroad

    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.
  • Page 145: Troubleshooting

    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.
  • Page 146: Memory Card Operations

    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.
  • Page 147: System Diagram

    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,...
  • Page 148: Optional Accessories

    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.
  • Page 149: Product Codes

    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.
  • Page 150: Specifications

    ** 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.
  • Page 151 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...
  • Page 152: Index

    Index Abroad, using the camcorder ..... . . 144 Accessories ........10, 148 AE shift .
  • Page 153 ......... 31 Power save Print order .
  • Page 154 Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or, at Canon Canada’s...
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