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Old December 30th, 2005, 10:59 PM   #1
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XL2 Presets in XLH1

Do the Custom presets I use with my XL2 apply to the XLH1?
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Old January 1st, 2006, 10:22 AM   #2
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Try them, I did, but I found that I needed to do additional tweaking, especially with Master Ped and Coring.

On my XL2 I had the Chroma at +2 to 4, depending. Doesn't seem necessary with the H1. Also the H1 has an additional Cine Gamma setting that seems to be closer to the DVX cameras, which should make old Panasonic users happy.

The main thing is what you're evaluating your footage on to make decisions. If it's a good production monitor, no problem. If it's an SD TV, it's going to be different than on an HD screen. I'm using an old 14" JVC CRT (4x3) production monitor for color and a 42" Panasonic Plasma HD for the "look". Then double checking on a Sony 38" CRT television. Scopes are the final step, but that's for broadcast and I tend not to worry about it too much till I'm editing.
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Old January 1st, 2006, 11:29 AM   #3
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Yeah, as far as I know, there's no direct way to "upload" an H1 custom preset to the XL2. Since there's no sign yet that Canon is going to have an SDK that supports the H1, I suppose that 3rd party preset managers like Blue Barn won't be created for the H1.

And as Steve has indicated, probably not worth trying to directly move settings from one model of camera to the other...different CCD block, different signal processing, additional presets in the H1 that don't exist in the XL2.
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