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UHM Media Lab
2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B
WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm
PURPOSE
PURPOSE
This Study Guide was created to help students prepare for the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder
Certification Exam, which is necessary to reserve and use the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder,
specifically for classroom purposes. This Study Guide provides all essential information on the
proper handling and use of the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder, including an explanation of
contents, procedures to demonstrate, and required features and techniques to know.
REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR CERTIFICATION
1.
Recite the "Safety Principles" (or "Golden Rules") of the Media Lab.
2.
Identify all items included in the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder package.
3.
Demonstrate safe handling of the camera and tripod.
4.
Demonstrate proper set up and "striking" of camcorder equipment.
THE "GOLDEN RULES" OF THE UHM MEDIA LAB (REQUIRED INFORMATION)  
1. Never force anything! If something you are attempting to do requires any amount of
excessive force, STOP and review your methods.
2. Never over tighten! This may cause the stripping of threads. The use of excessive
force which can damage the equipment.
3. Never leave the camcorder equipment unattended! Camcorder and other video
equipment are prime targets for theft.
4. Never leave the camcorder equipment exposed to any heat source! (e.g., in the
trunk of a vehicle). Excessive heat will cause camcorder parts to melt.
5. Never take the Media Lab equipment to the beach or near shorelines!
(e.g., where sand and salt air/spray can contact the equipment. Sand and salt air/spray
can clog and damage the sensitive equipment.)
6. Never use equipment in "risky" situations/environments! (e.g., any type of airborne
devices or locations including airplanes, helicopters, skateboards, motorcycles,
rollerblades, etc., night time shoots in low lit and/or unsafe areas, and "remote" areas
which require transport of equipment over rough terrain.)
7. Never touch or attempt to clean the lens! There is a high probability of scratching and
permanently damaging the lens without the proper cleaning materials. Only use the
cleaning cloth provided.
8. Never aim the viewfinder or the LCD screen directly at a strong light source! This
will cause permanent damage to the viewfinder/LCD screen. (e.g., the sun, very bright
light, or its reflection from an object.)
CANON XA10 Camcorder
UHM Media Lab Study Guide 8/17/2011
CANON XA10 HD CAMCORDER
STUDY GUIDE
CANON XA10 Camcorder
Director's Phone: 956-3358
FRONT DESK: 956-3355
 
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Summary of Contents for Canon XA10

  • Page 1 PURPOSE PURPOSE This Study Guide was created to help students prepare for the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder Certification Exam, which is necessary to reserve and use the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder, specifically for classroom purposes. This Study Guide provides all essential information on the proper handling and use of the Canon XA10 HD Camcorder, including an explanation of contents, procedures to demonstrate, and required features and techniques to know.
  • Page 2 Camcorder Package Identify all Detachable parts of the CANON XA10 Camcorder Unit 1. Shotgun Microphone (condenser type) 2. Camera Handle unit 3. Lens Cap 4. Lens protection filter 5. Lens Hood 6. Tripod Quick-Release Adapter...
  • Page 3 UHM Media Lab CANON XA10 Camcorder 2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B Director’s Phone: 956-3358 WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm FRONT DESK: 956-3355   THE TRIPOD AND CAMERA 1. List 3 safety rules for proper handling of the tripod (to avoid costly damage): a.
  • Page 4: Powering The Camera

    UHM Media Lab CANON XA10 Camcorder 2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B Director’s Phone: 956-3358 WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm FRONT DESK: 956-3355   C. Demonstrate how to mount the camcorder on the tripod. Before mounting the camcorder to the tripod, make sure that the tilt lock (2) and pan lock (3) are locked and all leg extensions are secured so that the tripod does not move or collapse when mounting the camcorder.
  • Page 5: Sd Memory Card Installation

    UHM Media Lab CANON XA10 Camcorder 2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B Director’s Phone: 956-3358 WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm FRONT DESK: 956-3355   SD MEMORY CARD INSTALLATION You will be recording to SD memory cards rather than the camcorder’s internal memory. Use a memory card with a class rating of 4 or better for recording speed.
  • Page 6 White Balance, Gain, and Exposure to have complete control when necessary. (For information on using the “CINEMA” mode, please consult the Canon Instruction Manual.) Set the switch to “M” for manual control. LCD SCREEN: FUNCTION AND MENU This is the on-screen display for the camcorder in the manual mode.
  • Page 7 Demonstrate how to initialize the memory card. (If you have already used the card in a CANON XA10 camera you don’t have to redo it.) NOTE: Initializing or formatting deletes all files on the memory card. 1) To initialize: Turn camera on and use the LCD touchscreen to access the menu system: FUNC ...
  • Page 8 UHM Media Lab CANON XA10 Camcorder 2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B Director’s Phone: 956-3358 WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm FRONT DESK: 956-3355   4. XLR Rec Channel: CH1 (keeps audio channels separate; CH1/CH2 setting combines the 2 audio channels into one signal) FUNC ...
  • Page 9 Demonstrate 3 ways to “zoom” the lens (without the remote control) There are three ways to zoom on the Canon XA10: 1) using the zoom lever on the camcorder (back of camcorder toward the viewfinder, just in front of the handle); 2) using the zoom rocker on the handle;...
  • Page 10 4. Neutral Density: Changes the amount of light passing to the sensor by placing a dark filter in the light path. A neutral density filter does not affect the color of the image. The CANON XA10 does this electronically as you adjust the aperture. Demonstrate and explain the "Zebra" feature.
  • Page 11: Playback And Delete

    UHM Media Lab CANON XA10 Camcorder 2350 DOLE ST. KHET Studio B Director’s Phone: 956-3358 WEB SITE: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/mlab/about.htm FRONT DESK: 956-3355   PLAYBACK AND DELETE Demonstrate how to playback and delete what you have recorded 1. Push the “CAMERA/PLAYBACK” button on the side of the camera.
  • Page 12 (if the automatic exposure is too dark, you can dial in addition exposure compensation to brighten the scene or reduce the exposure compensation to darken the scene.) See page 90 in the CANON XA10 Instruction Manual for other choices.