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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
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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    Manual de Instrucciones Digital Mini Video Cassette HD VIDEO CAMERA RECORDER Instruction Manual CAMÉSCOPE ET LECTEUR VIDÉO HD Manuel d’instruction VIDEOCÁMARA Y GRABADORA HD PUB. DIM-720 English Français Español NTSC...
  • Page 2: Important Usage Instructions

    Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual. If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment. Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A. Tel No. (516)328-5600 CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder XL H1A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
  • 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: Using This Manual

    Capital letters are used to refer to buttons on the camcorder or the wireless controller. [ ] are used to refer to menu items displayed on the screen. The Canon HD Video 5.4-108 mm L IS II Zoom Lens supplied with the Lens Kit is referred to as “HD 20x L IS Lens”.
  • Page 6 Throughout the manual we will distinguish between the video signal standards used by the camera section of the XL H1, and the recording standards used by the recorder section of the XL H1. The video signal can be set to HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition) specifications. The recording standard on the tape will be HDV (high definition) or DV, respectively.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Using the ND Filter (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter)... 55 Selecting the Frame Rate... 56 Setting the Time Code... 58 Synchronizing the Camcorder’s Time Code ... 60 Setting the User Bit... 62 Audio Recording ... 63 Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped with Image Stabilizer)... 68 Using the Programmed AE Modes ...
  • Page 8 Playback Playing Back a Tape ... 98 Connecting to a Monitor/TV... 100 Audio Output ... 104 Returning to a Pre-marked Position ... 105 Index Search ... 106 Date Search ... 107 Displaying the Data Code... 108 Changing the Remote Sensor Mode ... 109 Editing Recording an External Video Signal (Analog Line-In, HDV/DV In)...
  • Page 9: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    (with soft case) 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 10: Components Guide

    Components Guide XL H1 Left side view LIGHT button END SEARCH button ( MODE SELECT switch ( FRAME RATE switch ( AUDIO MONITOR button ( 67, 104) POWER indicator Side panel ( 135) Color viewfinder socket ( FU-1000 Monochrome Viewfinder socket ( EVF PEAKING/EVF MAGNIFYING buttons ( EXP.
  • Page 11 Left side view Dioptric adjustment lever ( STEREO/MONO microphone selector ( Lock lever ( Eye cup ( Color viewfinder ( 19-22) Lock release button ( Viewfinder cable ( Zoom ring ( Lens hood ( Focus ring ( RESET button Memory card slot ( ND filter operating ring ( ND filter unlock button ( STABILIZER ON/OFF switch (...
  • Page 12 Right side view S-video terminal ( 102) Video terminal (BNC) ( 102) RCA/BNC selector ( 102) Video terminal (RCA) ( 102) AUDIO 2 terminals (RCA) ( AUDIO 1 terminals (RCA) ( Terminal cover Battery attachment unit ( BATT. RELEASE button ( HD/SD SDI terminal ( 100) GEN.LOCK terminal (...
  • Page 13 65, 66) SHUTTER buttons ( PHONES LEVEL dial * Do not use tripods with fastening screws longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.) as it may damage the camcorder. About the Terminal (LANC) stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The connected devices.
  • Page 14 Top view (pause) button ( 98) / DRIVE MODE button ( 119) (stop) button ( 98,110) / (metering mode) button ( (rewind) button ( 98) / - button ( 124) (play) button ( 98) / SLIDESHOW button ( 124) (fast forward) button ( + button ( 87, 124) REC (record) button (...
  • Page 15 WL-D5000 Wireless Controller PHOTO button ( 116) START/STOP button ( MENU button ( TV SCREEN button ( 132) SLIDESHOW button ( 124) DATA CODE button ( 108) INDEX WRITE button ( AUDIO MONITOR button ( 67, 104) END SEARCH button ( SEARCH SELECT button ( 106, 107) REC PAUSE button (...
  • Page 16: Preparing The Power Supply

    Attaching the Battery Pack 1. Turn the POWER dial to OFF. 2. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder. Press lightly and slide the battery pack up, in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
  • Page 17: Using A Household Power Outlet

    3 months, it will become totally depleted. In that case, recharge the built-in battery by powering the camcorder from a power outlet and leaving it with the POWER dial set to OFF for at least 24 hours.
  • Page 18 We recommend that you prepare battery packs 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might need. To conserve battery power, turn off the camcorder instead of leaving it in record pause mode. HD 20x L...
  • Page 19: Preparing The Camcorder

    2. Connect the viewfinder cable to the upper socket of the camcorder body. 3. Hook the viewfinder cable onto the cable clamp. Insert the cable plug straight into the camcorder socket. Detaching the Viewfinder Unit 1. Detach the viewfinder cable.
  • Page 20: Attaching And Detaching The Eye Cup

    Adjusting the Position of the Viewfinder The viewfinder position can be changed (right/left, forward/backward). When storing the camcorder in the optional HC-3200 System Case, adjust the viewfinder to the right and lock it. Right/Left Adjustment Loosen the locking screw, move the viewfinder to the right/left and tighten the screw.
  • Page 21: Dioptric Adjustment

    Prevent direct sunlight from getting in the viewfinder. 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 transportation. Using the Viewfinder as LCD Panel You can use the viewfinder as an LCD panel by opening the eyepiece adapter.
  • Page 22: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    2. Align the mark on the microphone with the mark on the clamp and tighten the screw. 3. Plug the microphone cable to the camcorder’s FRONT MIC terminals. EVF SETUP ] and press the SET button. BRIGHTNESS••• CONTRAST•••••...
  • Page 23: 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 Adapter Holder Attach the adapter holder to use the optional CH-910 Dual Battery Charger/Holder or a commercially available wireless microphone receiver.
  • Page 24: Preparing The Lens

    Do not touch the lens, lens mount and the interior of the mount, or expose them to dust or dirt. If necessary, clean the lens with a dry, soft lens-cleaning cloth. Make sure to turn off the camcorder while cleaning the lens.
  • Page 25: Attaching The Lens Hood

    Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and shade it from stray light. 1. Place the lens hood on the front of the lens and screw it clockwise until the Canon logo appears on top. • Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
  • Page 26 2. Turn the camcorder facing the subject and secure it in place. Place the camcorder at a distance of at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) from the subject. Avoid subjects that are difficult to focus on at the widest angle.
  • Page 27 4. Select [YES] and press the SET button. 5. Press the MENU button to close the menu. In the following cases the flange back cannot be adjusted correctly and the camcorder will return to the flange back adjustment selection screen.
  • Page 28: 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, check if 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 29: Loading/Unloading 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/unloaded even if the POWER dial is set to OFF.
  • Page 30: Inserting/Removing A Memory Card

    Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards. Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing the memory card. Otherwise, it may result in lost data. If you use memory cards other than the supplied one, make sure to initialize them with the camcorder ( 128).
  • Page 31: Changing Settings With The Menu Button

    Changing Settings with the MENU Button Many of the camcorder’s functions can be changed from the onscreen menu. SELECT dial Selecting Menus and Settings 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2. Turn the SELECT dial to select a submenu and press the SET button.
  • Page 32 Menu and Default Settings Default settings are shown in boldface. CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item SIGNAL SETUP TIME CODE EXT.SYNC GENLCK ADJUST T.CODE OUT COMP. OUT SDI OUTPUT SDI SPEC. CAMERA SETUP 24F MODE SEL* ZEBRA ZEBRA LEVEL SKIN D.SET F SPEED PSET CLEAR SCAN Cannot be selected in Standard Definition (SD) if the frame rate is set to 24F.
  • Page 33 CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item CUSTOM PRESET EDIT Setting Options SELECT CP 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B, 3 PRESET_C, 4 PRESET_D, 5 PRESET_E, 6 PRESET_E TUNE RENAME PROTECT RESET RETURN GAMMA NORMAL, CINE1, CINE2 KNEE AUTO, LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH BLACK STRETCH, MIDDLE, PRESS MASTER PED.
  • Page 34 CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item RECORDING REC MODE* SETUP UB REC UB SELECT IMG QUALITY IMAGE SIZE STILL I. REC FILE NOS. AUDIO SETUP AUDIO MODE 1kHz TONE AUD.M.SET WIND SCREEN R-XLR GAINUP AUDIO LOCK* DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP LEV/CENT MRK ASPECT GUIDE SAFETY ZONE TV SCREEN...
  • Page 35 VCR/PLAY MENU Submenu Menu Item SIGNAL SETUP TIME CODE PLAYBACK STD T.CODE OUT COMP. OUT SDI OUTPUT SDI SPEC. HD DOWN-CONV RECORDING REC MODE* SETUP UB SELECT IMG QUALITY HD STILL SIZ FILE NOS. AUDIO SETUP SEL AUDIO CH MIX SELECT AUDIO MODE WIND SCREEN R-XLR GAINUP...
  • Page 36 VCR/PLAY MENU Submenu Menu Item DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP TV SCREEN AUDIO LEVEL DISPLAYS CUSTOM KEYS DATA CODE LANGUAGE 6 SEC.DATE UB DISPLAY SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 CUSTOM KEY 2 WL. REMOTE TALLY LAMP D/TIME SET LED ON/OFF Setting Options EVF BW MODE ON, OFF BRIGHTNESS CONTRAST...
  • Page 37 CARD CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item SIGNAL SETUP GENLOCK GENLCK ADJUST COMP. OUT SDI OUTPUT SDI SPEC. CAMERA SETUP ZEBRA ZEBRA LEVEL SKIN D.SET F SPEED PSET FOCUS PRI. REVIEW Can only be selected when a lens with focus preset function is mounted. Setting Options ON, OFF -1023 –...
  • Page 38 CARD CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item CUSTOM PRESET EDIT RECORDING IMG QUALITY SETUP IMAGE SIZE FILE NOS. AUDIO SETUP WIND SCREEN R-XLR GAINUP Setting Options SELECT CP 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B, 3 PRESET_C, 4 PRESET_D, 5 PRESET_E, 6 PRESET_E TUNE RENAME PROTECT RESET...
  • Page 39 CARD CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP LEV/CENT MRK OBJ DST UNIT ZOOM IND. TV SCREEN GUIDE INFO LANGUAGE SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 CUSTOM KEY 2 WL. REMOTE POWER SAVE D/TIME SET LED ON/OFF IRIS DIAL Setting Options EVF BW MODE ON, OFF BRIGHTNESS CONTRAST...
  • Page 40 CARD VCR/PLAY MENU Submenu Menu Item SIGNAL SETUP COMP. OUT SDI OUTPUT SDI SPEC. CARD OPERATIONS PRINT ORDERS ALL ERASE ERASE ALL IMAGES NO, YES INITIALIZE After pressing the SET button while displaying a still image: IMAGE ERASE PROTECT PRINT ORDER SLIDESHOW META DATA CP DISPLAY SETUP/...
  • Page 41: Setting The Time Zone, Date And Time

    Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in rechargeable battery has completely discharged. Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time MENU SYSTEM/ 1. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 42: Recording

    Recording Recording Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads 138). The camcorder ships with the following factory settings: Recording mode - HDV; Audio mode - 2 channels...
  • Page 43 Power Save Function In order to protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the power save mode (VCR STOP) after 3 minutes in record pause mode. If left 2 more minutes without any operation, the camcorder will automatically shut off.
  • Page 44 “ • The actual battery charge may not be indicated accurately depending on the condition under which the battery pack and camcorder are used. SHUTTER lamp Lights up when the shutter speed is changed from the following: REC lamp Lights up during recording.
  • Page 45 You can select the amount of information shown on the screen from full, partial or no display. Repeatedly pressing the EVF DISPLAY button will cycle through the options in the following sequence. Normal screen display Audio level indicator, zoom indicator, center and level markers, aspect ratio guides, safety zone guides, EVF peaking/magnifying, recording program, EXP lock, ND filter, custom preset, shutter speed, aperture, AE shift, gain, white balance, color bars, faders, skin detail, Speedlite flash charge indicator, warning, date/time*...
  • Page 46 Press and release the The camcorder rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns to record pause mode. If the current video signal standard is different from the signal standard in which the tape was recorded, the recording will not be played back correctly.
  • Page 47: Selecting The Signal Standard (Hd/Sd)

    • HD: To record on the tape in HDV standard or to use the camcorder as a high-definition (HD) camera. • SD 16:9, SD 4:3: To record on the tape in DV standard or to use the camcorder as a standard-definition (SD) camera.
  • Page 48: Changing The Aspect Ratio

    Set the MODE SELECT switch to SD 16:9 or SD 4:3. The camcorder’s viewfinder has a 16:9 aspect ratio. If you select the 4:3 aspect ratio, the picture will appear in the center of the screen with black side panels.
  • Page 49: End Search

    Press the END SEARCH button. • “ ” appears. • The camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape, plays back the last few seconds of the recording and stops the tape. • Pressing the button again cancels the search. End search cannot be used once you unload the cassette.
  • Page 50: Zooming

    Zooming You can operate the zoom from either the side grip or the carrying handle. You can also use the zoom ring on the zoom lens or the zoom buttons on the wireless controller. Zoom ring Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide-angle). Move it toward T to zoom in (telephoto).
  • Page 51 The preset setting is canceled when you attach the optional Extender XL 1.6x or mount a lens with a different magnification. The camcorder uses the zoom speed of the CONSTANT setting when returning to the preset zoom position. Changing the Zoom Bar Display You can select to display the zoom position as a normal zoom bar or to display a numeric value instead.
  • Page 52: Adjusting The Focus

    Autofocus (Lenses equipped with the autofocus function) Autofocus is set when the focus selector on the lens is set to AF. The camcorder uses the TTL autofocus system with a focusing range of 2 cm (0.8 in.) (at wide-angle from the front of the lens barrel) to The camcorder focuses on the subject in the center of the screen.
  • Page 53: Manual Focus

    4. Operate the zoom to reframe the subject. If you focus manually and then leave the camcorder with the power turned on, you may lose the focus on your subject. This possible slight shift in focus is due to a rise in temperature in the camcorder interior and the lens.
  • Page 54 Returning to the Preset Focus Setting Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON. The camcorder returns to the preset focus setting. The preset setting resets to OFF when you turn the camcorder off or remove the lens. F SPEED PSET• HIGH...
  • Page 55: Using The Nd Filter (Lenses With Built-In Nd Filter)

    (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter) When recording in bright surroundings, the camcorder will set a small aperture value and the picture may appear blurred.When you are using a lens with built-in ND filter, turn it on/off according to the screen display.
  • Page 56: 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 in 60 fps interlaced mode, the same as TV signals. 30F Mode Records in 30 fps progressive mode and outputs signals converted into 60 fps interlaced.
  • Page 57 FRAME RATE switch Selecting the Frame Rate Set the FRAME RATE switch to the desired position. • i: 60i Mode, F1: 30F Mode, F2: 24F Mode. • The selected frame rate appears on-screen. If you change the position of the FRAME RATE switch while recording, the frame rate will not change immediately.
  • Page 58: Setting The Time Code

    With record run, the time code runs only when you are recording. With free run, the time code runs regardless of the operation of the camcorder. You can select the start point for the free-run and the record run preset time codes.
  • Page 59 In 24F (in SD) mode, the “frames” value of the time code is set 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. When you mix drop frame and non-drop frame time codes (including 24F frame rate in SD mode), the time code at the point where the recording starts may be discontinuous.
  • Page 60: Synchronizing The Camcorder's Time Code

    TC IN terminal ( offers the following synchronization options. Genlock The V phase and H phase of the camcorder’s time code generator will be synchronized to the external signal being received from the GEN.LOCK terminal. Time Code IN An external SMPTE-standard LTC timing signal received from the TC IN terminal will be recorded as the time code on the tape.
  • Page 61 TC IN terminal. However, the external time code lock will be lost if you turn the camcorder off, set the camcorder to mode or change the position of the FRAME RATE switch.
  • Page 62: 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 (DV or HDV).
  • Page 63: Audio Recording

    Audio Recording When recording on the tape in either HDV or DV standard, you can select to record audio in only two channels or all four channels simultaneously. The audio transfer rate is 384 Kbps when recording on 2 channels, and 384 Kbps (192 Kbps / 2 channels) when recording on all 4 channels.
  • Page 64: Using The Wind Screen

    Using the Wind Screen With the supplied microphone (only), you can reduce the sound of wind recorded from the front microphone. MENU AUDIO SETUP WIND SCREEN•••ON Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [WIND SCREEN], select a setting option and close the menu. Recording on Channels 1 and 2 Select the audio input from FRONT MIC (supplied microphone), AUDIO1 (RCA terminals) or REAR (XLR terminals).
  • Page 65 When Connecting to the XLR terminals 1. Connect a microphone to the XLR terminals. To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the +48V switch to ON. Make sure to connect the microphone first, before turning on the phantom power. Keep the microphone connected when turning off the phantom power.
  • Page 66 The MA-300 does not support phantom power. When using the MA-300 only the MIC LEVEL signal can be input. The MA-100 and MA-200 microphone adapters cannot be used with this camcorder. When Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2 (Line-in Recording) 1.
  • Page 67: Adjusting The Audio Recording Level

    When connecting a microphone that does not support phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch to OFF. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged. Adjusting the Audio Recording Level Hiding/Displaying the Audio Level Indicator on the Screen MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ option and close the menu.
  • Page 68: Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped With Image Stabilizer)

    Move the STABILIZER ON/OFF switch to OFF. The image stabilizer cannot be turned off in the We recommend turning off the image stabilizer when mounting the camcorder on a tripod. The image stabilizer is designed to compensate for a normal degree of camcorder shake.
  • Page 69: Using The Programmed Ae Modes

    However, in the 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 a matching aperture setting.
  • Page 70 Aperture-Priority ( Use this mode to select between 7 aperture settings–from f/1.6 to f/9.5 (or to full iris close)–and the camcorder automatically sets a matching shutter speed. This mode allows for the best control of depth of field. Manual ( This mode offers the creative freedom of a complete range of manual controls.
  • Page 71 Availability of functions in each recording program Recording programs EXP. LOCK button IRIS dial SHUTTER button AE SHIFT dial GAIN dial WHITE BALANCE dial Custom preset adjustments CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button Skin detail Clear Scan Frequency selection of Clear Scan : Available : Not available...
  • Page 72: Recording In The Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode

    Recording in the Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode SHUTTER SHUTTER 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 73: Recording In The Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode

    Recording in the Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode Available aperture values (with the HD 20x L IS lens) F1.6, F2.0, F2.8, F4.0, F5.6, F8.0, F9.5, CLOSE 1. Set the POWER dial to Av. 2. Select the aperture with the IRIS dial. You can select the direction in which turning the IRIS dial will adjust the aperture values, using the [IRIS DIAL] option of the [SYSTEM/ Other settings such as the shutter speed are set automatically.
  • Page 74: Recording In The Manual Mode

    Recording in the Manual Mode You can set the exposure at any combination of shutter speed and aperture levels. Available settings Shutter speed (60i/30F Frame rates) (24F Frame rate) Aperture (with the HD 20x L IS lens) * Only with the HD 20x L IS Lens. 1.
  • Page 75: Adjusting The Exposure

    Adjusting the Exposure EXP. LOCK button IRIS dial Exposure Lock 1. Set the POWER dial to 2. Press the EXP. LOCK button. • The exposure indicator appears. Use the exposure indicator as an estimate. • The mark above the indicator denotes the automatic exposure setting. The denotes the current exposure setting within Changing the Aperture after Exposure Lock You can select from 21 aperture settings (with the HD 20x L IS lens).
  • Page 76: Using Ae Shift

    Using AE Shift You can use the AE Shift control to manually override the automatic exposure system to darken or lighten the image. Select from 13 AE levels (+2.0, +1.5, +1.0, +0.75, +0.5, +0.25, ±0, -0.25, -0.5, -0.75, -1.0, -1.5, -2.0). AE SHIFT dial POWER dial , Tv or Av.
  • Page 77: Adjusting The Gain

    Adjusting the 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 preset levels that range from -3 to +18 dB. -3 dB For the lowest noise recording for indoor, low light or low contrast scenes.
  • Page 78: Setting The White Balance

    Setting the 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 presets that can be memorized.
  • Page 79 3. Set the WHITE BALANCE dial to one of the custom preset numbers. 4. 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 5 is completed.
  • Page 80: Using The Zebra Pattern

    Using the Zebra Pattern This camcorder has a zebra pattern feature that shows black and white diagonal stripes over the area that is overexposed. The zebra pattern is only displayed on the screen and will not affect your recordings. The zebra pattern will not be displayed while using the EVF Peaking and EVF Magnifying functions.
  • Page 81: Using The Skin Detail Function

    Using the Skin Detail Function With the skin detail function, areas in the picture that have skin-tone characteristics will be detected, and the details in these areas will be softened in order to conceal skin imperfections. On the viewfinder, those skin areas will be identified by a zebra pattern alternating with the normal picture (on a connected TV or computer screen a white pattern will appear instead).
  • Page 82: Using The Custom Preset

    You can define preset levels for 23 recording specifications used when recording on tape (17 when recording still images on the memory card). Up to 6 custom presets can be stored on the camcorder, and up to 20 can be stored on the memory card. You can copy the camcorder’s custom presets to the memory card.
  • Page 83 Master Pedestal [PED] (only in CAMERA mode) Adjust the master pedestal level in the range -9 to +9. Setup Level [SET] (only in CAMERA mode) Adjust the setup level in the range -9 to +9. • Depending on the value set for the master pedestal [PED], the setup level may not be able to take a negative value.
  • Page 84 Color Phase [CPH] Adjust the color phase in the range -9 to +9. R Gain [RGN] Adjust the red level in the range -9 to +9. G Gain [GGN] Adjust the green level in the range -9 to +9. B Gain [BGN] Adjust the blue level in the range -9 to +9.
  • Page 85 SELECT dial Setting the Custom Preset Settings MENU CUSTOM PRESET 1. Open the menu and select [CUSTOM PRESET]. 2. Select [ EDIT]. The custom preset submenu appears. 3. Select [SELECT CP] and then select the name of the custom preset file where you want to store the settings.
  • Page 86 [CP BKWD KEY] to cycle through the options in reverse order (from last to first) ( • When you are not using the custom preset setting, set the camcorder to “CP 2. Press the CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button.
  • Page 87 4. Select [EXECUTE] and in the confirmation screen select [YES] to load the file. 5. Close the menu. Loading a Custom Preset File from a Still Image to the Camcorder 1. Select the still image that contains the custom preset file you want to load.
  • Page 88 Saving the Custom Preset Settings in Use with a Still Image on the Memory Card mode, you can save the custom preset settings currently being used on the memory card along with a still image of the recording. This is very useful when you want to load the custom preset file later by selecting the still image of that specific scene.
  • Page 89: Using Clear Scan

    Using 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. SHUTTER MENU CAMERA SETUP 1.
  • Page 90: Using The Custom Keys

    Using the 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 different operation modes. Default settings: CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE CUSTOM KEY 2 INDEX WRITE The following functions can be assigned to the custom keys: Time code...
  • Page 91 Press the CUSTOM KEY (1 or 2) button. • The index signal will be recorded for approx. 6 seconds. • When the camcorder is in record pause mode, the index signal will be written when you start recording. An index signal cannot be added or erased later.
  • Page 92 The time code superimposed on the video signal output from the COMPONENT OUT (D-) Terminal or the Video/S-Video terminals will be put on hold. • The time code hold will be canceled when you turn the camcorder on/off, change the operation mode CAMERA/VCR/PLAY or change the position of the TAPE/CARD switch.
  • Page 93: Recording Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal

    Recording Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal Color Bars You can generate and record SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) color bars. 1. Press the BARS/FADE SELECT button to display “COLOR BARS”. • Repeatedly pressing the button will cycle through the options in the following order: COLOR BARS, WHITE FADE, BLACK FADE, no display.
  • Page 94: Using The Faders

    Using the Faders You can choose to fade to/from white or to/from black. 1. While recording or in record pause mode, press the BARS/FADE SELECT button to display “WHITE FADE” or “BLACK FADE”. • Repeatedly pressing the button will cycle through the options in the following order: COLOR BARS, WHITE FADE, BLACK FADE, no display.
  • Page 95: Using The Digital Video Control

    Recording on the computer’s hard disk While both the XL H1 and a connected device are recording, if the XL H1 stops recording because of a condition other than pressing the start/stop button (e.g., if the tape has reached its end), the connected device will continue recording.
  • Page 96: Other Camcorder Functions/Settings

    If you play back a tape that has been recorded in LP mode with another digital device on this camcorder, or vice versa, the picture and sound may become distorted. Superimposing the Screen Displays Character recording is a feature that allows for the superimposition of meta data - year, month, day, hour and minute - permanently burned on to the video.
  • Page 97: Changing The Display Language

    The tally lamps still light up when the camcorder receives a signal from the wireless controller. Changing the Display Language The language used in the camcorder displays and menu items can be changed to Simplified Chinese or Japanese. MENU...
  • Page 98: Playing Back A Tape

    Playing Back a Tape Playback If the playback picture is distorted, clean the video heads using a Canon 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 99 The sound will be muted during special playback. The picture may become distorted during some special playback modes. The camcorder stops the tape automatically after 3 minutes in playback pause mode to protect the tape and video heads. In fast forward playback, rewind playback and reverse playback of a tape recorded in HDV mode, the picture may be distorted.
  • Page 100: 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 1920x1080 SD in 4:3 640x480 SD in 16:9 640x480 Connection to a High Definition TV or Monitor (HDTV/HiVision) Using the SD/HD SDI Terminal Open the terminal cover COMPONENT OUT...
  • Page 101 Activate the HD/SD SDI output and select the appropriate video output option (HD or SD). 1. Set the POWER dial to 2. Open the menu and select [SIGNAL SETUP]. Select [SDI OUTPUT] and set it to [ON]. 3. From the same [SIGNAL SETUP] submenu select [SDI SPEC.]. Select [AUTO] or [SD LOCKED] to match the video output you wish to use.
  • Page 102 Using the HDV/DV Terminal • When connecting the camcorder to a monitor TV that supports DV, you may need to carry out a procedure on the TV to recognize the camera. Refer to the instruction manual of the TV or monitor.
  • Page 103 BNC terminal, set the RCA/BNC selector up to BNC. TV sets with S1-Video terminals: Recording made with a 16:9 aspect ratio ( automatically be played in widescreen mode if you connect the camcorder to the TV using the S1- VIDEO terminal.
  • Page 104: Audio Output

    Audio Output SET button SELECT dial MENU button Selecting the Audio Output of the RCA Terminals Press the AUDIO MONITOR button. Repeatedly pressing the button will cycle through the options in the following sequence: CH / CH Selecting the Audio Channels MENU AUDIO SETUP Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP].
  • Page 105: 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. ZERO SET MEMORY 1.
  • Page 106: Index Search

    Index Search With the index search you can locate any point you have marked beforehand with an index signal 91). This function is operated with the wireless controller. SEARCH SELECT button 1. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to display “INDEX SEARCH”. “...
  • Page 107: Date Search

    Date Search You can locate the change of the date/time zone with the date search function. This function is operated with the wireless controller. SEARCH SELECT button 1. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to display “DATE SEARCH”. “ ” appears. 2.
  • Page 108: Displaying The Data Code

    Displaying the Data Code The camcorder maintains a data code containing the recording date and time and other camera data such as shutter speed, gain and exposure (f-stop). MENU button DATA CODE button Selecting the Data Code Display Combination MENU...
  • Page 109: Changing The Remote Sensor Mode

    Changing the Remote Sensor Mode Two remote sensor modes and an off setting are available to prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby. Turning the Remote Sensor Off MENU SYSTEM Open the menu and select [SYSTEM/ close the menu.
  • Page 110: Recording An External Video Signal (Analog Line-In, Hdv/Dv In)

    6. 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 111 If you attempt to record from such tape via the DV terminal, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED” appears and you will not be able to record the contents of the tape. We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power outlet. 35).
  • Page 112: 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 113: Connecting To A Computer (Ieee1394)

    Windows XP (SP2) users can use the CONSOLE software (sold separately) to download video and audio recordings (in HDV or DV standards) from the camcorder to the computer’s hard disk. For details refer to the software’s help modules.
  • Page 114: Selecting The Image Quality/Size

    Selecting the Image Quality/Size Using a Memory Card Changing the Still Image Quality You can choose from Superfine, Fine and Normal. MENU RECORDING SETUP Open the menu and select [RECORDING SETUP]. Select [IMG QUALITY], select a setting option and close the menu. Changing the Still Image Size You can choose from 1920 x 1080, 848 x 480, 1440 x 1080 and 640 x 480 pixels.
  • Page 115: File Numbers

    CONTINUOUS The camcorder memorizes the file number of the last image and assigns the consecutive file number to the next image, even when a new memory card is inserted.
  • Page 116: Recording Still Images On A Memory Card

    Recording Still Images on a Memory Card You can record still images with the camcorder, from a tape in the camcorder. You can also record a still image on the memory card while you record a movie on the tape.
  • Page 117 When you press the PHOTO button fully before the seconds (4 seconds in the Night recording program) 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 focusing ring.
  • Page 118: Screen Displays During Still Image Recording

    • 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. Image Quality and Size Indicates the quality and size currently selected for...
  • Page 119: Selecting The Drive Mode

    Captures a quick series of still images while you hold the PHOTO button pressed down. For the number of frames per second, refer to the table High-Speed Continuous below. The camcorder records a still image in three different exposures (dark, (Auto Exposure Bracketing) normal, light in 1/2 EV steps). Single Records a single still image when you press the PHOTO button.
  • Page 120 Auto Exposure Bracketing Press the PHOTO button. Three still images in different exposures are recorded to the memory card. Make sure that there is sufficient space on the memory card.
  • Page 121: Selecting The Metering Method

    (SPOT), the AE point frame Appropriate for standard shooting conditions, including backlit scenes. The camcorder divides images into several zones for light metering. It evaluates the position and brightness of the subject, background, direct light or backlight, and adjusts the exposure of the main subject accordingly.
  • Page 122: Using An Optional Flash

    Using an Optional Flash You can use E-TTL II compatible Canon Speedlite flashes designed for use with Canon SLR cameras, including the 420EX/430EX/550EX/580EX models, to record natural still images under low light conditions. Refer also to the instruction manual of the Speedlite flash.
  • Page 123: Reviewing A Still Image Right After Recording

    Reviewing a Still Image Right after Recording You can select to display a still image for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 seconds after it has been recorded. MENU CAMERA SETUP Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [REVIEW], select a setting option and close the menu.
  • Page 124: Playing Back Still Images From A Memory Card

    Do not turn off the camcorder, change the position of the TAPE/CARD switch or the POWER dial, open the memory card cover or remove the memory card while the card access indicator is flashing.
  • Page 125: Index Screen

    Index Screen 1. Move the zoom lever toward W. Up to 6 images appear. 2. Turn the SELECT dial to select an image. • Move the “ ” to the image you wish to view. • You can switch between the index pages by pressing the 3.
  • Page 126: Erasing Images

    Erasing Images You can erase images one at a time or all at once. Be careful when erasing images. Erased images cannot be recovered. Erasing a still image that had a custom preset file embedded (recorded with the [ON+CP DATA] setting) will erase the image and the embedded custom preset file.
  • Page 127: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images You can protect important 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. 1. Select the image you wish to protect. 2.
  • Page 128: Initializing A Memory Card

    Initializing a memory card erases all data, including protected images and custom preset files. Images and custom preset files erased through the card initialization cannot be recovered. If you use a memory card other than the supplied one, initialize it with the camcorder. MENU CARD OPERATIONS 1.
  • Page 129: 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 130: Settings Retained At Power Off Or Standby Mode

    Settings Retained at Power Off or STANDBY Additional Information Mode The following list shows the settings that are retained when you turn the power off or press the STANDBY button. If the built-in lithium button battery has become depleted, all settings will be erased. Recording Mode Aperture setting in Av mode Shutter speed setting in Tv mode...
  • Page 131 The following list shows the settings that are retained when you change the programmed AE mode or frame rate. Recording Mode Aperture setting in Av mode Shutter speed setting in Tv mode Aperture, shutter speed setting in Manual mode Custom white balance Exposure lock on/off Aperture, shutter speed setting during exposure lock...
  • Page 132: Screen Displays

    • Tape operation displays appear for 2 seconds. Hiding/Showing the Displays on the TV Screen When you connect a TV for recording, you can select to hide the camcorder displays on the TV screen. For playback, you can show the camcorder displays on the TV screen.
  • Page 133 Screen Displays during Recording See also Zoom position/ Zoom speed ( 50)/ Exposure level ( Programmed AE ( Shutter speed* ( 72, 74) Aperture* ( 73, 74) Exposure lock ( 75)/ AE shift ( White balance ( Skin detail ( Peaking ( Manual focus ( Custom preset (...
  • Page 134: Screen Displays During Playback

    Screen Displays during Playback Date search ( 107)/ Index search ( Audio output ( 104) Mix balance ( 104) Custom keys ( Data code ( 108) End search ( Recording standard ( Frame rate ( Tape operation ( PAUSE STOP EJECT PLAY : Fast forward...
  • Page 135 Side panel Time code Video signal standard Time code setting Tape has reached the end Video output signal from the Remaining battery charge HD/SD SDI Terminal Time code synchronization setting [AUDIO LEVEL] is set to [MANUAL] Audio level indicator...
  • Page 136: List Of Messages

    Memory card not is inserted into the camcorder. No images are recorded on the memory card. A memory card error occurred. The camcorder cannot record or play back the image. The error may be temporary. If the message disappears after 4 seconds an “...
  • Page 137: 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 138: 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 139 When the camcorder is left in a humid room How to avoid condensation: Unload the cassette, place the camcorder in an airtight plastic bag and let it adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag. When condensation is detected: The camcorder stops operating, and the warning message “CONDENSATION HAS BEEN...
  • Page 140 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 141: Memory Card

    Image data may be corrupted or lost due to memory card defects or exposure to static electricity. Canon Inc. makes no warranties for corrupted or lost data. Do not use memory cards in places subject to strong magnetic fields.
  • Page 142: 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 the Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use.
  • Page 143 Recycling the Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery If you should dispose of your camcorder, first remove the built-in rechargeable lithium battery for recycling according to the recycling system of your country. 1. Remove the labeled plate shown in the illustration using a flathead screwdriver.
  • Page 144: 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. The camcorder switches off by itself. Viewfinder switches on and off.
  • Page 145 Microphone attenuator is turned on. Playback Problem Pressing the playback button does Camcorder is turned off, or is not set not start playback. to VCR/PLAY mode. Cassette is not loaded. Tape is running, but image will not Video heads are dirty.
  • Page 146 About the LCD screen The LCD screen is produced with extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black or green dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
  • Page 147: System Diagram

    System Diagram Speedlite Flash ZR-1000 Zoom Remote 420EX, 430EX, Controller 550EX, 580 EX ZR-2000 Zoom Remote Controller MA-300 Microphone Adapter SBR-1000 Shooting Brace Extender XL 1.6x 16x IS II Zoom Lens XL 5.5-88 mm RC-72 Ratio Converter 3x Zoom Lens XL 3.4–10.2 mm FS-72U Filter Set...
  • Page 148 CB-920 Car Battery Adapter as the power source. You cannot use the battery adapter supplied with the FU-1000; instead, connect the DC coupler directly to the XL H1 and connect it to the compact power adapter or the car battery adapter.
  • Page 149: 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 150 Extender XL 1.6x Attach this extender between a Canon XL lens and the XL H1 to boost the focal length of the lens by 1.6x. EF Adapter XL This allows you to attach Canon EF lenses to the XL H1.
  • Page 151 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 152: Specifications

    File Format Image Compression Method * The camcorder’s operations have been tested with SD memory cards up to 2 GB. Performance cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards. ** The camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between camcorders and printers.
  • Page 153 Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight(camcorder body only) (fully loaded) Lens Some lens specifications change as shown below when mounting on the XL H1. Angle of View Wide Angle HD 20x L IS Lens 39° 51´ x 30° 29´ (4:3) 51°...
  • Page 154 CA-920 Compact Power Adapter Power supply Power consumption Rated output Operating temperature Dimensions Weight BP-950G Battery Pack Battery type Rated voltage Operating temperature Battery capacity Dimensions Weight Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. 100 –...
  • Page 155: Index

    Index Abroad,using the camcorder ......142 Accessories ......... . 9 AE shift .
  • Page 156 Microphone ........22, 64 Microphone attenuator .
  • Page 157: Audio Block Diagram

    Audio Block Diagram...
  • Page 159: Custom Keys

    Custom Keys Make a copy of this page and carry it with you as a reminder of the functions that can be assigned to each of the two custom keys in each operation mode. You can assign frequently used functions to the custom keys. The custom keys can have different functions assigned to them in each of the different operation modes.
  • Page 160 Canon consumer video digital equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows: Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or, at Canon Canada’s option, comparable rebuilt parts for a period of one year from the date of original purchase, except Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase.
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