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Canon XL H Series HDV Camcorders
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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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How to get good contrast shooting XLH1

I have used my HLX1 for a year but still have not got any good contrast from this camera, where my FX1 does very good jobs on this matter. For references, my setting focuses on these factors:

Black: press
Gama: normal
Coring: all the way to the right
Ped: All the way to the left
Stup Level: All the way to the left
Sharpness: All the way to the right
NR1,NR2: Off

Beside, the focus is very frustrating. Back focus is happening all the time. I am using 6x lense but the auto focus doesn't help much. When I test the focus at my studio with moderate lighting amount, the auto focus adjust itself very slowly. Ugrrr

And the white balance. It's another pain when you are shooting something in mix lighting temprarure!

Am I on the wrong track here?. I feel like I am wrong about the camera either ways; I've got a bad gear or the camera's got a bad owner :).

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Old July 30th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #2
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Re: How to get good contrast shooting XLH1

I don't know if most of your shooting is indoors or outdoors, but you might try these settings that I use for mostly outdoors with my XL H1. If these settings don't work for you, you can always go back to your original.

GAMMA CURVE [GAM] GAM2
KNEE POINT ADJUSTMENT [KNE] L
BLACK STRETCH/BLACK PRESS [BLK] M
MASTER PED. [PED] 0
SETUP LEVEL [SET] -2
SHARPNESS [SHP] 1
HORIZONTAL DETAIL FREQUENCY [HDF] M
HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL DETAIL BALANCE [DHV] 0
CORING [COR] 0
NOISE REDUCTION 1 [NR1] OFF
NOISE REDUCTION 2 [NR2] OFF
COLOR MATRIX [CMX] 1
COLOR GAIN [CGN] -1
COLOR PHASE [CPH] 0
R GAIN [RGN] -1
G GAIN [GGN] -1
B GAIN [BGN] 0
R-G MATRIX [RGM] 0
R-B MATRIX [RBM] 0
G-R MATRIX [GRM] 0
G-B MATRIX [GBM] 0
B-R MATRIX [BRM] 0
B-G MATRIX [BGM] 0
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