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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    PUB. DIM-692 DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER English Instruction Manual CAMESCOPE NUMÉRIQUE Français Manuel d’instruction VIDEOCÁMARA DIGITAL Español Manual de Instrucciones Digital Mini Video Cassette NTSC Downloaded From Manuals...
  • 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

    In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to 12. Power Cord Protection — Power cords should be the Canon Digital Video Camcorder XL2A and all its routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or accessories.
  • 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

    Using this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XL2. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Symbols and References Used in This Manual ❍ : Precautions related to the camcorder operation.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction Important Usage Instructions ..........................2 Important Safety Instructions ..........................3 Using this Manual ..............................5 Checking Supplied Accessories ..........................8 Components Guide ..............................9 Preparation Preparing the Power Supply ..........................13 Installing the Backup Battery ..........................16 Preparing the Camcorder ..........................17 Preparing the Lens..............................22 Using the Wireless Controller ..........................24 Loading/Unloading a Cassette ..........................25 Menus and Settings ............................26 Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time ......................30...
  • Page 7 Playback Playing Back a Tape ............................85 Playing Back on a TV Screen ..........................87 Audio Output..............................89 Returning to a Pre-Marked Position ........................90 Index Search ................................91 Date Search ................................92 Displaying the Data Code ..........................93 Changing the Remote Sensor Mode ........................95 Editing Recording to a VCR or Digital Video Device ....................96 Recording from Analog Video Devices (VCR, TV or Camcorder) ..............97 Recording from Digital Video Devices (DV Dubbing) ..................98 Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter) ..........99...
  • Page 8: Checking Supplied Accessories

    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. Date of Purchase: Model Name: XL2 Purchased From: Serial No.: Dealer Address: Dealer Phone No.:...
  • Page 9: Components Guide

    Components Guide Viewfinder locking screw Eye cup ( Advanced Accessory shoe INPUT SELECT switch (CH3, CH4) ( Microphone locking REC LEVEL switch screw ( (CH3, CH4) ( Viewfinder cable ( CH3/CH4 dials ( Stereo microphone REC CH SELECT switch (CH1, CH2) ( FRONT MIC ATT.
  • Page 10 CUSTOM KEYS ( EJECT switch ( CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button ( CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button ( EVF DISPLAY button ( S-video Remote sensor AE SHIFT dial ( terminal 24, 95) Microphone cable ( Tally lamp ( FRONT MIC terminals ( Screw hole for Video adapter holder (...
  • Page 11 LOCK lever ( START/STOP button a (pause) button ( 3 (stop) button ( ` (rewind) button ( Handle zoom lever 2 button ( 97, 98) Dioptric adjustment 1 (fast forward) button lever ( Strap mount ( Viewfinder ( 17-20) e (play) button ( Color viewfinder socket ( Lock release button...
  • Page 12 WL-D4000 Wireless Controller TV SCREEN button ( 104) Transmitter START/STOP button ( Zoom buttons ( AUDIO MONITOR button 53, 89) DATA CODE button ( SELF TIMER button ( ZERO SET MEMORY button ( MENU button ( MIX BALANCE buttons ( Select buttons ( INDEX WRITE button ( REC PAUSE button (...
  • Page 13: Preparing The Power Supply

    Preparing the Power Supply Charging the Battery Pack Disconnect the DC coupler from the power adapter before charging. Remove the terminal cover of the battery pack. 1. Connect the power cord to the adapter. 2. Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
  • Page 14: Using A Household Power Source

    Using a Household Power Source 1. Turn the POWER dial to OFF. 2. Attach the DC coupler to the camcorder. Press lightly and slide it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. 3. Connect the power cord to the power adapter.
  • Page 15 ❍ Charging, Recording and Playback Times Below times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording or playback conditions. Battery Pack BP-930 BP-945 Charging Time with the CA-920 145 min. 220 min. With 20× Maximum Recording Time With supplied 155 min.
  • Page 16: Installing The Backup Battery

    Installing the Backup Battery The backup battery (lithium button battery CR2025) allows the camcorder to retain date, time ( and other camcorder settings while the power source is disconnected. Connect a power source to the camcorder when replacing the backup battery to retain the settings. 1.
  • Page 17: Preparing The Camcorder

    Preparing the Camcorder Attaching and Detaching the Color Viewfinder Unit Attaching the Color Viewfinder Unit 1. Slide the viewfinder unit onto the bracket and tighten the locking screw. 2. Connect the viewfinder cable to the upper socket of the camcorder body. Align the mark on the cable with the mark on the camcorder.
  • Page 18 Detaching and Attaching the Eye Cup You can change the position of the eye cup for use with either the left or right eye. Detach and reattach the eye cup for use with the left eye. Detaching the Eye Cup Detach the eye cup as shown in the illustration.
  • Page 19: Dioptric Adjustment

    Using the Viewfinder as LCD Panel You can use the viewfinder as LCD panel by opening the eyepiece adapter. Press the lock release button and open the eyepiece adapter. Make sure to close the eyepiece adapter when you are not using the viewfinder as LCD panel. The screen is slightly brighter when you open the eyepiece adapter.
  • Page 20: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    Adjusting the Viewfinder You can adjust the brightness, contrast, color and sharpness of the viewfinder. These adjustments will not affect the picture of your recording. DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP BRIGHTNESS••• CONTRAST••••• COLOR•••••••• SHARPNESS•••• 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2.
  • Page 21: Attaching The Shoulder Strap

    Fastening the Grip Belt Hold the camcorder with your right hand and adjust the belt with your left. Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom lever with your index and middle finger, and the start/stop button with your thumb. Attaching the Shoulder Strap Pass the ends through the strap mount and adjust the length of the strap.
  • Page 22: Preparing The Lens

    Preparing the Lens Refer also to the instruction manual of the lens. Mounting the Lens 1. Set the POWER dial to OFF. 2. Remove the dust caps from the camcorder and the lens. 3. Align the red mark on the lens with the red mark on the camcorder and turn the lens clockwise until it clicks.
  • Page 23 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. • Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
  • Page 24: Using The Wireless Controller

    Using the Wireless Controller Point it at the camcorder’s remote sensor when you press the buttons. The camcorder has three remote sensors, two at the front and one at the back. Inserting Batteries The wireless controller operates with two AAA (R03) batteries.
  • Page 25: Loading/Unloading A Cassette

    Loading/Unloading a Cassette D logo. Use only videocassettes marked with the 1. Slide the EJECT switch to open the cassette compartment cover. The cassette compartment opens automatically. 2. Load/unload the cassette. • Load the cassette with the window facing outward. •...
  • Page 26: Menus And Settings

    Menus and Settings Many of the camcorder’s functions are selected from menus that appear on the screen. SET dial MENU button Selecting Menus and Settings 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2. Turn the SET dial to select a submenu and press the SET dial. 3.
  • Page 27 Menu and Default Settings Default settings are shown in boldface. CAMERA MENU Submenu Menu Item Setting Options TIME CODE FRAME SETTNG DROP*, NON-DROP COUNT-UP REC-RUN, REC-RUN PS., FREE-RUN* START VALUE SET, RESET CAMERA SETUP 24p MODE SEL 2:3, 2:3:3:2 ZEBRA ON, OFF ZEBRA LEVEL 80, 85, 90, 95, 100...
  • Page 30: 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 when you have replaced the backup battery. Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time SYSTEM T.ZONE/DST•••N.Y. 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2.
  • Page 31: Recording

    14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 1 10 11 12 13 Time zone Time zone LONDON WELLGTN (Wellington) PARIS SAMOA CAIRO HONOLU. (Honolulu) MOSCOW ANCHOR. (Anchorage) DUBAI L.A. (Los Angeles) KARACHI DENVER DACCA CHICAGO BANGKOK N.Y.
  • Page 32: Recording

    Recording Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads ( 110). Recording 1. Remove the lens cap. 2. Press the button and set the POWER dial to a recording program.
  • Page 33 Low-angle Recording The carrying handle is equipped with a duplicate set of recording and zoom controls, ideal for low- START/STOP angle recording. Slide the LOCK lever to the right button to prevent accidental operation. LOCK lever Zoom lever Power Saving Mechanisms STANDBY Button Pressing the STANDBY button for more than 1 second in record pause or VCR STOP mode activates the power save mode (”ENTERING POWER STANDBY“...
  • Page 34: Remaining Tape

    Screen Displays during Recording t Recording reminder The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds when you start recording. This is helpful to avoid scenes that are too short. y Center marker Use the center marker to accurately frame subjects 35).
  • Page 35 You can select the amount of information shown on the screen from full, partial or no display. The setting changes with each press of the EVF DISPLAY button. Normal screen display Audio level indicator, center marker, recording program, EXP lock, ND filter, custom preset, shutter speed, aperture, AE shift, gain, white balance, skin detail, warning, date/time* Date/time* No display...
  • Page 36: Reviewing And Searching When Recording

    Reviewing and Searching when Recording REC SEARCH + button v (record review) button REC SEARCH – button/ Record Review In record pause mode, this function allows you to review the last few seconds of your recording to check if it has been recorded properly. Press and release the c (record review) button.
  • Page 37: End Search

    End Search You can use this function to locate the end of the last recorded scene. END SEARCH button Press the END SEARCH button. • “END SEARCH” appears. • The camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape, plays back the last few seconds of the recording and stops the tape.
  • Page 38: 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 lever Zoom buttons Zoom ring ZOOM SPEED switch Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide-angle).
  • Page 39 Zoom ring: The zoom speed is linked to the speed you turn the zoom ring. Zoom buttons on the wireless controller: The zoom speed is constant and cannot be adjusted. Zoom Preset (Lenses Equipped with the Zoom Preset Function) This function enables any given zoom setting to be memorized and to return to the zoom setting instantly.
  • Page 40: Adjusting The Focus

    Adjusting the Focus eAF switch Focus ring Focus selector Autofocus (Lenses Equipped with the Autofocus Function) Autofocus is set when the focus selector on the lens is set to AF. The camcorder uses TTL autofocus ∞ system with a focusing range of 0.8 in. (2 cm) (at wide-angle from the front of the lens barrel) to The camcorder focuses on the subject in the center of the screen.
  • Page 41 Manual focus eAF switch/ POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch Focus selector 1. Lenses equipped with autofocus function: Slide the focus selector on the lens to M. 2. Zoom into telephoto. 3. Rotate the focus ring to adjust the focus. 4. Operate the zoom to reframe the subject. If you focus manually then leave the camcorder with the power turned on, you may lose focus on your subject.
  • Page 42 Focus Preset (Lenses Equipped with the Focus Preset Function) This function enables a focus setting to be memorized and to return to the focus setting instantly. You can also select the speed with which the camcorder returns to the preset focus setting. Presetting the Focus 1.
  • Page 43: Using The Nd Filter (Lenses With Built-In Nd Filter)

    Using the ND Filter (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter) When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder sets 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 44: Selecting The Frame Rate

    Selecting the Frame Rate Select from standard 60i, 30p or 24p mode. Furthermore, images captured in 24p mode can be 2:3 pulldown-converted or 2:3:3:2 pulldown-converted. 60i Mode Records in 60 fps interlace mode, same as TV signals. 30p Mode Records in 30 fps progressive mode and outputs A B C D 30p (camera) signals converted into 60 fps interlace.
  • Page 45 Selecting the Frame Rate Set the FRAME RATE switch to the desired position. The selected frame rate appears. ❍ The frame rate does not change when you operate the FRAME RATE switch during recording. It changes once you pause recording. ❍...
  • Page 46: Recording In 16:9 Mode

    Recording in 16:9 Mode The camcorder uses the full width of the CCD, retaining image quality and providing a larger horizontal angle of view. ASPECT RATIO switch Set the ASPECT RATIO switch to 16:9. The screen changes to the “letterbox” format. ❍...
  • Page 47: Setting The Time Code

    Setting the Time Code Selecting the Frame Setting In 60i and 30p mode, you can select between drop frame or non-drop frame time code. Drop frame time code synchronizes the time code of 30 fps with the actual frame rate of NTSC video, which is 29.97 fps, by skipping numbers.
  • Page 48 ❍ When setting the free-run time code, the time code starts to run when you press the MENU button in the middle of the setting, or when you press the SET dial after setting the last digits. ❍ To reset the time code to [00:00:00:00], select [RESET] in step 2. ❍...
  • Page 49: Setting The User Bit

    Setting the User Bit The user bit display works on the hexadecimal system that consists of a mixture of eight numbers or letters. There are sixteen possible characters, numbers 0 to 9 and letters A to F. This is useful for labeling tapes. VCR SETUP USR BIT DATA•SET 1.
  • Page 50: Audio Recording

    Audio Recording You can set the audio mode to 16 bit or 12 bit. With 12 bit, you can select to record on two channels, leaving two channels free for adding sound later (12bit CH ), or to record on four channels simultaneously (12bit CH The sampling frequency in 16 bit is 48 kHz and in 12 bit 32 kHz.
  • Page 51 Recording on Channels 1 and 2 Select the audio input from FRONT MIC (supplied microphone unit), AUDIO1 (RCA terminals) or REAR (XLR terminals). Refer also to the audio block diagram ( 122). When Using the Front Microphone Set the INPUT SELECT switch to FRONT MIC. Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the FRONT MIC ATT.
  • Page 52 When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch to OFF. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged. Recording on Channels 3 and 4 Select the audio input from SHOE (optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter), AUDIO2 (RCA terminals) or REAR (XLR terminals).
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Audio Recording Level

    When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch to OFF. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged. Adjusting the Audio Recording Level CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4 dials REC LEVEL switch AUDIO MONITOR button Hiding/Displaying the Audio Level Indicator on the Screen DISPLAY SETUP/ AUDIO LEVEL••ON Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/...
  • Page 54: Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped With Image Stabilizer)

    Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped with Image Stabilizer) The image stabilizer can be turned off. STABILIZER ON/OFF switch Move the STABILIZER ON/OFF switch to OFF. ❍ The image stabilizer cannot be turned off in the Easy Recording mode. ❍ The image stabilizer is designed to compensate a normal degree of camcorder shake. ❍...
  • Page 55: Using The Programmed Ae Modes

    Using the Programmed AE Modes Programmed auto exposure modes provide automated advanced recording techniques ensuring professional results in various shooting conditions. Selecting the Programmed AE Modes Press the button and turn the POWER dial. The symbol of the selected mode appears. POWER dial Do not change the mode during recording as the brightness of the image may change abruptly.
  • Page 56 Manual ( This mode offers the creative freedom of a complete range of manual controls. – – MANUAL MANUAL In the Manual mode, options exist to set the exposure at any combination of 1 / 1 0 0 1 / 1 0 0 F 2 .
  • Page 57 Availability of functions in each recording program. Recording programs EXP. LOCK button IRIS dial SHUTTER button i (0) i (0) AE SHIFT dial i (auto) i (0 dB) i (auto) GAIN dial i (auto) WHITE BALANCE dial Custom preset adjustments CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF...
  • Page 58: Recording In The Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode

    Recording in the Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode POWER dial SHUTTER r button SHUTTER t button Available shutter speeds depend on the selected frame rate. 60i/30p 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) 1/24, 1/48, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (clear scan) 1.
  • Page 59: Recording In The Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode

    Recording in the Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode POWER dial IRIS dial Available aperture values (with 20× L IS lens) F1.6, F2.0, F2.8, F4.0, F5.6, F8.0, F11, CLOSE 1. Set the POWER dial to Av. 2. Select the aperture with the IRIS dial. ❍...
  • Page 60: Recording In The Manual Mode

    Recording in the Manual Mode You can set the exposure at any combination of shutter speed and aperture levels. POWER dial IRIS dial SHUTTER r button SHUTTER t button Available settings Shutter speed 60i/30p 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/75, 1/90, 1/100, 1/120, 1/150, 1/180, 1/210, 1/250, 1/300, 1/360, 1/420, 1/500, 1/600, 1/720, 1/840, 1/1000, 1/1200, 1/1400, 1/1700, 1/2000, 1/2300, 1/2600, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/8000, 1/15000, CS (clear scan)
  • Page 61: Adjusting The Exposure

    Adjusting the Exposure EXP. LOCK button POWER dial SHUTTER rt buttons IRIS dial GAIN dial Exposure Lock 1. Set the POWER dial to n, Tv or Av. 2. Press the EXP. LOCK button. The exposure indicator appears. Changing the Aperture after Exposure Lock You can select from 23 aperture settings (with 20×...
  • Page 62: 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 1.
  • Page 63: Adjusting The Gain

    Adjusting the Gain Gain control adjusts the amount of video signal generated depending upon lighting and shooting conditions. You can select from automatic gain control and preset levels that range from -3 to +18 dB. -3 dB For lowest noise recording for indoor, low light or low contrast scenes. Auto Automatic adjustment of gain.
  • Page 64: Setting The White Balance

    Setting the White Balance The camcorder uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture for accurate color display in different lighting conditions (i.e. sunlight versus indoor incandescent.) Automated white balance settings include a fully automated mode, an indoor mode and an outdoor mode.
  • Page 65 Setting a Custom White Balance 1. Press the WHITE BALANCE dial so that it pops out. 2. Set the WHITE BALANCE dial to 1, 2 or 3. 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 66: 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. Use this feature to guide the adjustment of the aperture and shutter speed. Available zebra pattern settings: 80 IRE, 85 IRE, 90 IRE, 95 IRE, and 100 IRE.
  • Page 67: Using The Skin Detail Function

    Using the Skin Detail Function You can adjust hue, chroma, area and Y level to determine the skin area and soften the details to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. A zebra pattern identifying the skin area appears, alternating with the normal picture (a white pattern appears on a connected TV or computer screen). Activating the Skin Detail Function CAMERA SETUP SKIN D.SET...
  • Page 68: Using The Custom Preset

    R gain, G gain, B gain, V detail, sharpness, coring, setup level, master pedestal and NR. You can also import preset settings from another XL2 and save them to your camcorder. Gamma Curve...
  • Page 69 Color Phase Adjust to [G] for adding more green to the image, and to [R] for more red. R Gain Adjust to [-] for white balance toward cyan, and to [+] for white balance toward red. G Gain Adjust to [-] for white balance toward magenta, and to [+] for white balance toward green. B Gain Adjust to [-] for white balance toward yellow, and to [+] for white balance toward blue.
  • Page 70 CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button SET dial MENU button Setting the Custom Preset Settings CUSTOM PRESET PRESET SETUP SEL PRESET 1. Open the menu and select [CUSTOM PRESET]. 2. Select [PRESET SETUP]. The custom preset items appear. 3.
  • Page 71 2. Press the CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button. The setting is activated. Importing a Custom Preset Setting from Another XL2 You can import a custom preset setting from another XL2 and save it to your camcorder. MENU button SET dial Signal flow...
  • Page 72 The custom preset file is imported. Make sure that protection is canceled when saving a preset setting. ❍ You can review but not change the preset settings of the connected XL2. ❍ [READ PRESET] can only be selected when another XL2 is connected.
  • Page 73: Using Clear Scan For Recording Computer Screens

    Using Clear Scan for Recording Computer Screens This feature allows you to record computer CRT screen or other equipment without displaying black band or flicker on the screen. You can adjust the frequency from 60.0 Hz to 202.5 Hz. POWER dial SHUTTER r button CAMERA SETUP CLEAR SCAN•••60.0Hz...
  • Page 74: Using The Custom Keys

    Using the Custom Keys You can assign frequently used functions to the custom keys (for recording and VCR mode independently). Default settings: Recording Mode VCR Mode CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE TV SCREEN CUSTOM KEY 2 INDEX WRITE DATA CODE Following functions can be assigned to the custom keys: Recording Mode VCR Mode...
  • Page 75 Changing the custom keys setting SYSTEM CUSTOM KEY 1•INDEX WRITE Open the menu and select [SYSTEM]. Select [CUSTOM KEY 1] or [CUSTOM KEY 2], select the function you wish to assign to the custom key and close the menu. When you do not wish to use the custom keys, select [(NONE)]. Activating the Functions with the Custom Key Time Code ( Press the CUSTOM KEY (1 or 2) button.
  • Page 76 VCR STOP ( In VCR STOP mode, the camcorder retains camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, so you can adjust the camera section without worrying about the automatic shut-off. VCR STOP can only be operated with the custom keys. Press the CUSTOM KEY (1 or 2) button.
  • Page 77: 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. COLOR BARS SELECT button COLOR BARS ON/OFF button 1. Press the COLOR BARS SELECT button to display “COLOR BARS”. The setting changes with each press of the button.
  • Page 78 Audio Reference Signal You can record a 1 kHz audio reference signal (-12 dB or -20 dB) along with the color bars. AUDIO SETUP 1kHz TONE••••OFF Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [1kHz TONE], select the audio signal and close the menu.
  • Page 79: Recording With The Interval Timer

    Recording with the Interval Timer With the interval timer, you can record images over a selected time with a selected interval. This function is useful when shooting flowers, animals, and other natural events. You can choose an interval from 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes and 10 minutes, and a recording time from 0.5 seconds, 1 second, 1.5 seconds, and 2 seconds.
  • Page 80 Recording with the Interval Timer Press the start/stop button to start recording. • Interval recording starts and “INT T.” stops flashing. • When the interval is set to 30 seconds or 1 minute, the camcorders goes into record pause mode during the recordings.
  • Page 81: Recording With The Self-Timer

    Recording with the Self-Timer START/STOP button START/STOP button SELF TIMER button Start/Stop button 1. Press the SELF TIMER button on the wireless controller. “ ” appears. 2. Press the start/stop button. The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown (2 seconds when using the wireless controller).
  • Page 82: Using The Dv Control

    Using the DV Control This feature enables the XL2 to control the record and stop function of a connected IEEE1394 storage/recording device. The device must comply with the IEEE1394 AV/C protocol. Users of Windows XP can also download the DV-PC Recorder from the Canon Homepage to record video/audio to the computer's hard disk.
  • Page 83: Other Camcorder Functions/Settings

    Other Camcorder Functions/Settings Changing the Recording Mode (SP/LP) You can choose between SP (standard play) and LP (long play). LP extends the tape usage by 1.5 times. VCR SETUP REC MODE•••••SP To change to LP mode, open the menu and select [VCR SETUP]. Select [REC MODE], set it to [LP] and close the menu.
  • Page 84: Changing The Display Language

    Changing the Display Language The language used in the camcorder displays and menu items can be changed to Simplified Chinese or Japanese. DISPLAY SETUP/ LANGUAGE •••ENGLISH To change the display language, open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [LANGUAGE ], select a language and close the menu.
  • Page 85: Playing Back A Tape

    Playing Back a Tape 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 ( 110). REC SEARCH +/– buttons 1. Set the POWER dial to VCR.
  • Page 86 M (Slow Forward)/(Slow Reverse) SLOW Plays back at about 1/3 normal speed. Press the button on the wireless controller during normal or reverse playback. Press the e (play) button to return to normal playback. × 2 (Forward ×2 Playback)/(Reverse ×2 Playback) Plays back at 2 times normal speed.
  • Page 87: Playing Back On A Tv Screen

    Playing Back on a TV Screen TVs with S (S1)-Video Input Terminal Refer also to the TV or VCR instruction manual. INPUT VIDEO STV-150 Stereo Video AUDIO Cable (supplied) Signal flow S(S1)-VIDEO S-150 S-video Cable (supplied) Signal flow 1. Turn off all devices before starting the connections. 2.
  • Page 88 TVs with Audio/Video Terminals Refer also to the TV or VCR instruction manual. INPUT VIDEO Signal flow AUDIO STV-150 Stereo Video Cable (supplied) 1. Turn off all devices before starting the connections. 2. Connect the STV-150 Stereo Video Cable to the camcorder’s VIDEO and AUDIO1 terminals and the audio/video terminals on the TV/VCR.
  • Page 89: Audio Output

    Audio Output AUDIO2 RCA terminals AUDIO MONITOR button AUDIO1 RCA terminals Selecting the Audio Output of the RCA Terminals Press the AUDIO MONITOR button. The setting changes with each press of the button in the order of CH , CH and CH Selecting the Audio Channels AUDIO SETUP...
  • Page 90: 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 button REW` button...
  • Page 91: Index Search

    Index Search You can locate the point at which you have recorded the index signal ( 75). This function is operated with the wireless controller. + button SEARCH SELECT button - button STOP 3 button 1. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to display “INDEX SEARCH”. 2.
  • Page 92: 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. + button SEARCH SELECT button - button STOP 3 button 1. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to display “DATE SEARCH”. 2.
  • Page 93: Displaying The Data Code

    Displaying the Data Code The camcorder maintains a data code containing recording date and time and other camera data such as shutter speed, gain and exposure (f-stop). When you play back a tape, you can display the data code and select the data code combination you wish to display. MENU button DATA CODE button MENU button...
  • Page 94 Displaying the Data Code Press the DATA CODE button on the wireless controller. The data code will not display the next time you turn on the camcorder. Six-Second Auto Date Date and time appear for 6 seconds when you begin playback, or to indicate that date or time zone has changed.
  • Page 95: 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 SYSTEM WL.REMOTE•••• Open the menu and select [SYSTEM]. Select [WL.REMOTE], set it to [OFF B] and close the menu.
  • Page 96: Recording To A Vcr Or Digital Video Device

    Recording to a VCR or Digital Video Device You can copy your recordings by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video device. If you connect a digital video device, you can copy recordings with virtually no generation loss in image and sound quality.
  • Page 97: Recording From Analog Video Devices (Vcr, Tv Or Camcorder)

    Recording from Analog Video Devices (VCR, TV or Camcorder) You can record videos or TV programs from a VCR or analog camcorder on the tape in the camcorder. 1. Connect the camcorder to the analog video device. See Playing Back on a TV Screen ( 87).
  • Page 98: Recording From Digital Video Devices (Dv Dubbing)

    Recording from Digital Video Devices (DV Dubbing) You can record from other digital video devices equipped with a DV terminal with virtually no loss in picture and sound quality. 1. Connect the camcorder to the digital video device. See Connecting a Digital Video Device ( 96).
  • Page 99: Converting Analog Signals Into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)

    Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter) By connecting the camcorder to a VCR or 8mm video camcorder, you can convert analog video/audio signals to digital signals and output the digital signals via the DV terminal. The DV terminal serves as output terminal only.
  • Page 100 Turning On the Analog-Digital Converter VCR SETUP AV DV••••••••OFF Open the menu and select [VCR SETUP]. Select [AV\DV], set it to [ON] and close the menu. ❍ Depending on the signal sent from the connected device, the conversion from analog to digital signals might not work properly (e.g., signals that include copyright protective signals or anomalous signals such as ghost signals).
  • Page 101: Connecting To The Computer Using A Dv (Ieee1394) Cable

    Mac operating systems later than Mac OS 9, and will be installed automatically. Users of Windows XP can also download the DV-PC Recorder from the Canon Homepage to record video/audio to the computer’s hard disk. For details, refer to the DV-PC Recorder Software leaflet.
  • Page 102: Settings Retained At Power Off Or Standby Mode

    Settings Retained at Power Off or STANDBY Mode The following list shows the settings that are retained when you turn the power off or press the STANDBY button when the backup battery is installed. Recording Mode Power Off STANDBY Mode Aperture setting in Av mode Shutter speed setting in Tv mode Aperture, shutter speed setting in Manual mode...
  • Page 103 The following list shows the settings that are retained when you change the programmed AE mode or frame rate. Recording Mode When you change to another programmed When you change to When you change AE mode other than Easy Recording mode the frame rate Easy Recording Aperture setting in Av mode...
  • Page 104: Screen Displays

    Screen Displays Hiding the Displays on the Camcorder Screen You can hide the displays on the screen to have a clear screen for playback. DISPLAY SETUP/ DISPLAYS•••••ON Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [DISPLAYS], set it to [OFF <PLAYBK>] and close the menu.
  • Page 105: Screen Displays During Recording

    Screen Displays during Recording See also Zoom position/ Gain ( Recording mode zoom speed ( 38)/ Tape operation Self-timer exposure level ( Programmed AE ( PAUSE STOP Shutter speed* ( 58, 60) EJECT Aperture* ( 59, 60) Condensation warning ( 110) Remote sensor mode ( Exposure lock (...
  • Page 106: Screen Displays During Playback

    Screen Displays during Playback Tape operation ( PAUSE STOP EJECT FF 1 ` REW : Fast forward playback/ rewind playback : ×2 playback : ×1 playback : Frame advance playback/ Date search ( 92)/ index search ( frame reverse playback : Playback pause Audio output ( Mix balance (...
  • Page 107: List Of Messages

    List of Messages Message Explanation SET THE TIME ZONE, You have not set the time zone, date and time. This message DATE AND TIME appears each time you turn the power on until you set the time zone, date and time. CHANGE THE BATTERY Battery pack is exhausted.
  • Page 108: Maintenance/Others

    Maintenance/Others Camcorder Handling Precautions ❍ Do not carry the camcorder by the viewfinder or the microphone. ❍ Do not leave the camcorder in places subject to high temperatures, such as a sun-heated car, and high humidity. ❍ Do not use the camcorder in places subject to magnetic or electric fields such as near the TV transmitters or portable communication devices.
  • Page 109 Viewfinder 1. Pull up the eye cup and open the protect cover (e.g. using a flathead screwdriver). 2. Clean the glass with a cotton swab. 3. Reattach the protect cover. Be careful not to scratch the glass when cleaning. Downloaded From Manuals...
  • Page 110 ❍ 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. ❍ Tapes already recorded with dirty video heads may not be played back correctly even when you clean the video heads.
  • Page 111 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 DETECTED” appears for approx.
  • Page 112: 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 113: 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 Cause Solution Camcorder will not turn on. Battery pack is not correctly Attach the battery pack attached.
  • Page 114 Recording Problem Cause Solution A vertical light bar appears Bright light in a dark scene may Record in the Av mode with on the screen. cause a vertical light bar (smear) F5.6–F8.0. to appear. This is not a malfunction. Viewfinder picture is Viewfinder is not adjusted.
  • Page 115: System Diagram

    System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area) ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Controller SS-1000 Shoulder Strap WL-D4000 Wireless Controller FU-1000 Monochrome CRT MA-300 Microphone Viewfinder Unit Adapter MiniDV Video Extender XL Cassette 1.6× * FS-72U 16× IS II Filter Set Zoom Lens XL 5.5-88 mm CB-920 Car Battery Adapter...
  • Page 116: Optional Accessories

    This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack).
  • Page 117 AE functions. Extender XL 1.6× Attach this extender between a Canon XL lens and the XL2 to boost the focal length of the lens by 1.6×. EF Adapter XL This allows you to attach Canon EF lenses to the XL2.
  • Page 118 This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark. Optional accessories:...
  • Page 119: Specifications

    Specifications System Video Recording System 2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (consumer digital VCR SD system), digital component recording Audio Recording System PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch) Television System EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal Image Sensor 1/3-inch CCD x 3 (horizontal pixel shift), approx.
  • Page 120 8.9 × 8.7 × 19.5 in. (225 × 220 × 496 mm) Weight (camcorder body only) 5.3 lb. (2410 g) (fully loaded) 7.8 lb. (3545 g) Lens Some lens specifications change as shown below when mounting on the XL2. Field size at closest Angle of view focusing distance Wide angle Telephoto...
  • Page 121: Index

    Index 16:9 ..... . 46 Setup level ....69 Sharpness .
  • Page 122: Audio Block Diagram

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  • Page 124 TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE Ship your Canon digital video equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.
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  • Page 126 CANON CANADA INC. MONTREAL 5990 Côte de Liesse, Quebec H4T 1V7 ● If you have any questions, call the Canon Canada Information Center toll- free at 1-800-828-4040. (Canada only) ● Si vous avez des questions, veuillez téléphoner sans frais au Canada 1-800-828-4040.