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Old January 16th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Canon Xh A1 - best preset for indoor

Hello!

I need a preset for my Canon Xh A1 for indoor light to 3200K. What do you advise me?
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Old January 16th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #2
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Main thing is to white balance first, then engage CP.

If your tungsten lights are struggling to give enough light (theatre, big hall etc) then I would recommend using PFVISION. Otherwise, you take your pick according to the effect you want eg PANALOK2 if the colours are very dull.

Usual caution, don't overdo the tweaking as you shoot - it can be done (and redone if you don't like it) in post. If you distort the colours too much with a Custom Preset you can be stuck with it.

There's a lot of posts on choice of presets.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #3
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Hello!

I need a preset for my Canon Xh A1 for indoor light to 3200K. What do you advise me?
Thanks!
You are asking the wrong question. Custom presets control the imager. Indoor lighting vs outdoor lighting is controlled by the white balance setting of the a1 (in simple terms). Read the manual on how to set the white balance to a specific temperature or to a custom one using a white card.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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There's plenty in the archives on this, most ppl select the CP first then white balance the scene.

I select the Custom Preset frame it on the scene, then use my neutral ExpoImaging - ExpoDisc Video Applications Support to white balance it.

It's great for mixed lighting.

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Old January 17th, 2011, 07:43 AM   #5
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There's plenty in the archives on this, most ppl select the CP first then white balance the scene.
Francesco I wouldn't like to give you misleading advice. There was indeed a lot of debate about this two or three years ago. Looks like we both need to read it. Here's a starter:
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-xh...tml#post913051 and replies following this post. I must have remembered post #326:
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The answer of Canon:
First set the camera to default (switch off any preset) and then do a manual white balance or use the right (K)elvin value. Then switch on presets and choose the one you want to use.
Then follows debate about whether to do it Canon's way (method 1) or like Allan suggested, doing it the other way round, ie setting the CP first (method 2).

Maybe try it both ways and see which you prefer if you have time?
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