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Old July 13th, 2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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I am new to the XLH1. I have it and an XL1s. My vision is to shoot everything in 16:9 60i HD so that the Tape footage is always there and available to me in the future in HD. But for now, I will capture this and size it to 4:3 and SD, as to continue to use both in SD. If this is possible, are there any particular settings on the XLH1 to accomodate this best?? Be gentle, I am new to HD. Thanks.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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Since you want HD archives, you need to shoot in HDV mode obviously. The viewfinder has an aspect framing mode, so you can shoot other aspects like panavision & so on.
I haven't gone deep into the manual on this feature, but you may be able to pull up a 4:3 frame in the viewfinder so you can position your subjects correctly, then its just a matter of cropping in post.

Hope this helps a little.

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one more thing, while surfing the manual, you can record in HDV, then do a down convert in the camera during capture/playback. This will definately help you in post.

also, after checking the manual, it does have a 4:3 aspect guide. Its in the display setup menu
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Old July 15th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #3
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Brian has answered this pretty much exactly the same way I was going to.

There are two things to do:

First, when shooting, go to the Display Setup menu and choose Aspect Guide, set to 4:3.

Second, when capturing, go to the Signal Setup menu and choose HD Down-Conv, set to On.

That's basically all you need to do.
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Old July 18th, 2006, 02:20 PM   #4
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