PUB. DIE-0357-000 Canon XF Utility Instruction Manual Windows Version 1.0...
Table of Contents 03 Introduction 17 Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips About Canon XF Utility Conventions in the Manual Playing Back Clips Adjusting the volume and selecting output channels Changing the playback position 04 Running XF Utility Changing the clip’s thumbnail...
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Running XF Utility Running XF Utility Starting Up XF Utility Double-click the Canon XF Utility shortcut icon on the desktop. After a short while, the application’s main window will appear. Double-click NOTES • Multiple instances of XF Utility cannot be opened simultaneously.
Overview of the Main Window Overview of the Main Window Media Panel Clips Panel Preview Panel Media Panel Shows a list of CF cards and virtual media (0 24) –folders on the computer that can be used in the same way as CF cards–. In the manual, CF cards and virtual media are collectively referred to as “media”.
Overview of the Main Window Clips panel Shows a list of the clips recorded on the media selected in the media panel. You can change the way the clips are displayed in the panel using the display mode tool buttons, or use the search toolbar to search or filter clips by different criteria.
Checking Clips Checking Clips Using CF Cards After you have finished recording video with your camcorder, you can use a computer to read, access and save the clips it contains. Reading a CF card with the computer Connect a commercially available card reader compatible with CompactFlash memory cards to your computer.
Checking Clips Using the Camcorder Directly You can connect the camcorder directly to a computer using a USB cable. In such case, if CF cards are inserted in both CF card slots, both CF cards will appear in the media panel at the same time and you will be able the access and work on clips from both media.
Checking Clips Clip List View When you select a CF card or a virtual media in the media panel ( ), a list of all the clips in the media will appear in the clips panel ( ). Changing the way clips are displayed You can change the way clips appear in the clips panel using the Display Mode tool buttons or the options in the View menu.
Checking Clips Icons displayed on thumbnails When you change the display mode to one of the views that display thumbnails, the following icons may appear next to the thumbnail to give you additional information about the clip. Relay recording icon Appears for clips created when you continuously record video spanning two or more CF cards.
Checking Clips Selecting the columns shown in detailed information view You can customize the information displayed in detailed information view by adding or removing columns and rearranging the order in which they are displayed. Click View > Customize Columns. Select the fields you want to display in detailed information view. •...
Checking Clips Displaying Additional Details About a Clip In addition to the clips panel, you can open three other information windows that offer a large number of additional details about a selected clip. These windows do not require any user input (they are modeless dialog boxes) so you can have them open all the time and use them as a reference while you work on the clips in the main window.
Importing and Writing Back Clips Importing and Writing Back Clips Importing Clips into the Computer You can import clips from a CF card displayed in the media panel to the computer. You can import all the clips at once or select which clips to import. Importing all clips at once (Media Backup) You can import all the clips contained in a CF card at once by backing up the CF card.
Importing and Writing Back Clips Importing selected clips You can select which clips to import to the computer from the clips recorded on a CF card. In such case, you will need to create in advance a virtual media in the local folder on the computer where you want to save the clips.
Importing and Writing Back Clips Writing Back Clips onto the Camcorder or CF Cards You can transfer clips from the computer back onto a CF card in the camcorder or in a card reader connected to the computer. In the media panel, select the virtual media that contains the clips you want to write back ( ). In the clips panel, select the clips you want to write back ( ).
You can export MXF stream files* of your clips and save them on a local folder on the computer. You can edit these files with any non-linear editing (NLE) software that supports Canon MXF files. For details about using MXF stream files, refer to the instruction manual of the video editing software.
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Playing Back Clips You can play back the clip currently selected in the clips panel. In the clips panel, select the clip you want to play back ( ). •...
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Adjusting the volume and selecting output channels Drag the volume slider to adjust the playback volume. You can click to temporarily mute the sound CH1 or CH2) to select the audio channel that ). Click on the audio channel selection buttons ( will be played back.
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Changing the clip’s thumbnail By default the image used for the thumbnails displayed in the clips panel is the first frame from the clip. However, if you prefer so, you can select a different frame to use as the thumbnail image. In the clips panel, select the clip whose thumbnail you want to change.
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Searching for Clips You can search for clips in the clips panel and filter the clips to display only clips that meet certain criteria. In the search toolbar, select the parameter by which you want to search or filter the clips from the drop-down menu ( ).
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Displaying Relay Clips After selecting a virtual media, you can display only those clips that were recorded continuously spanning two or more CF cards and are part of the same relay recording series. In the media panel, select a virtual media that contains relay clips. In the clips panel, select a clip with a relay recording icon ( ).
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Managing Clips Using standard cut, copy, paste and drag & drop operations you can copy, move and delete the clips stored in virtual media. Copying clips You can copy clips from a virtual media to other media. In the media panel, select the virtual media that contains the clips you want to copy ( ).
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Deleting clips You can delete clips you are not interested in keeping. Using XF Utility you can delete clips even if they are tagged with an j mark. In the media panel, select the media that contains the clips you want to delete. In the clips panel, select the clips you want to delete.
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Managing Virtual Media Virtual media are simply local folders on the computer where you can save and organize clips. You can create, rename or delete virtual media as necessary. Creating virtual media Create virtual media to easily organize clips on your computer. Virtual media have the same folder structure as CF cards so XF Utility will recognize virtual media and be able to handle them in exactly the same way as CF cards.
Playing Back, Searching and Managing Clips Deleting virtual media You can easily delete virtual media and all the clips they contain, even those clips tagged with an j mark. In the media panel, select the virtual media that you want to delete ( ). Click the Delete Virtual Media tool ( ) or click File >...
Editing Clips and Associated Metadata Editing Clips and Associated Metadata Editing Marks When a clip contains shot marks or event marks, these marks will appear in the preview panel, below or above the playback position slider. There are two types of shot marks, Mark 1 and Mark 2, that you can add freely at Shot mark any point in the clip.
Editing Clips and Associated Metadata Checking marks You can click Mark List to display a list of all the shot- and event marks in a clip. To jump to a marked position Select from the mark list the shot- or event mark you want to check ( ) and click Jump ( ). The playback position slider will jump to the selected mark and the marked frame will appear in the video display area.
Editing Clips and Associated Metadata Editing Metadata Using XF Utility you can edit the User Memo profile and other metadata associated with clips and delete custom picture files embedded within clips. Editing the metadata associated with a clip Although camera metadata fields are for informational purposes only and cannot be changed, you can edit some of the metadata fields associated with a clip, such as the User Memo fields.
Editing Clips and Associated Metadata To edit User Memo fields Select Clip Title, Creator, Location or Description and double-click its current value. The Edit User Memo dialog box will open. • Edit each field as necessary and click OK. • You can enter up to 1000 characters into the description field and a maximum of 100 characters for the other 3 fields.
Managing User Memo Profiles Managing User Memo Profiles User Memo profiles contain useful identifying information, such as a clip’s title, creator, shooting location or brief description. Later, when recording video, the camcorder can associate a User Memo profile with the recorded video and save it within the clips. As it is more convenient to enter the information using a keyboard rather than using the camcorder itself, you can create User Memo profiles using XF Utility and save them on an SD memory card in advance.
Managing User Memo Profiles Editing a User Memo Profile You can read a User Memo file previously saved on an SD memory card or in a local folder to edit the information it contains. Connect a commercially available card reader to your computer and insert the SD memory card that contains the User Memo file you want to edit.
Managing User Memo Profiles Deleting a User Memo Profile Using XF Utility you can delete User Memo files saved on an SD memory card. Connect a commercially available card reader to your computer and insert the SD memory card that contains the User Memo file you want to delete. Click File >...
Reference and General Information Reference and General Information Menus and Keyboard Shortcuts Following the table for the main commands in the menu bar, you will find commands that appear in contextual menus that open when you right-click certain icons. Menu bar Menu Keyboard Function...
Tools User Configuration — Opens a window where you can set your — preferences about the software’s operation. Help About Canon XF — Displays details about the software’s version. — Utility View Instruction — Opens XF Utility’s PDF instruction manual (this PDF —...
Reference and General Information Contextual menus Following is a list of menus that appear when you right-click certain icons. The contextual menu displayed will depend on the location of the mouse pointer at the time of clicking. Contextual menu in the media panel Keyboard Menu Function...
Reference and General Information Troubleshooting Error Messages Following is a partial list of error messages in alphabetical order. Cannot add a shot mark to this frame. • A shot mark cannot be added to the first frame of a clip. Click to advance a few frames and try adding the short mark again.
User Memo files or save the file on a different memory card. Canon XF MPEG2 Decoder is not installed • Reinstall the software using the Canon XF Utilities CD-ROM. For details refer to the camcorder’s Instruction Manual. Corrupt or damaged clip.
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