Any of you own (or owned) a XHA1 & a GL-2? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 25th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 339
Any of you own (or owned) a XHA1 & a GL-2?

IMHO, the unit right of the box looks a touch flat visually which includes greys & blacks......a rather neutral look as directly compared to the stock GL-2 settings which is vibrant,warm and more pleasing, at least to my eye.

The basic question is:

Is there a setting/preset on the XH-A1 that will closely replicate the "warmth" that comes from the GL-2?

Have any of you in the past successfully color matched 1 or more Canon GL-2's to the XH-A1 and used them together in a shoot?

I would really be appreciate if anyone would be willing to share any A1 presets they have come up with to up-"warmth" the unit so that it's output colorwise, has the same vibrancy as the GL-2.

Thanks for your help.

Looking forward to connecting with you!
Bruce Pelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 26th, 2010, 09:19 AM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 419
I know what you mean. I had an XM1 (PAL version) before the XH-A1. The simplest thing you can do, which makes a big difference IMHO, is to set up a Custom Preset that uses Cine Gamma 1. This has the effect of darkening the mid and bright areas just a little, which richens the colour. It loses about 1/2 stop of exposure compared to standard, but that's a small price to pay.

On dull days, or when there are a lot of dark objects in the scene, you might try adding "black stretch" which will lighten the darkest areas a little and give more detail there. I have set up CP1 as Cine Gamma 1, and CP2 as Cine Gamma 1 plus Black Stretch.

Another thing you can try is white balancing on a "warm card". You can buy professionally printed cards that are a very pale blue. This fools the camera that the light is "colder" than it really is, and so it adds a slight yellow/orange bias. You could make your own, of course, but you might spend quite a lot of time, and use a lot of printer ink, before you got exactly the right shade of pale blue.

Even without any of these "tweaks", the Canon is still a little warmer and certainly no flatter than the Sony FX1/Z1. I often combine footage from the two, and the Sony is much bluer. A bit like the difference between Kodachrome (Canon) and Ektachrome (Sony)...

Steam Age Pictures - videos in aid of railway preservation societies.
Mark Fry is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:06 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network