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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #1
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PLEASE HELP! I'm stupid!

I'll be honest, I have no idea what half of you guys are talking about half the time. I just love shooting, editing and the like. I'm working with a GL2, and an XL1s, but I have a problem.

When I take the XL off auto and put it to Tv (or Av, really), the color goes from vibrant to dull and cold. I've messed with the presets and I can't find a thing that brings it to as bright as the auto setting. I don't want to shoot on auto all the time. I bought this used, but marked as "A+" condition. It really works great, and I'm sure I'm just stupid (I've had no classes or anything, I just learn as I go / mess up). Please help!

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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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Alex, when you leave the auto mode and go to manual or one of the semi-auto modes such as Av and Tv your camera is now paying attention to where you have the gain selector instead of selecting it for you. It's probably set to zero or -3 which is why you see the reduction. Mind you, this is a good thing. All that brightness you see in auto mode as the camera adds gain will add noise to your video. On this camera, only use gain above 0 when you absolutely have to. It's much better to add lighting to the room and open the aperture wide than going above zero. On outdoor shots, there is sufficient light to allow you to shoot ast -3 which will give an even cleaner picture.

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Old July 28th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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When I do that, it still gives my blues a grey look, and my reds are washed. I know it's not HD, but shouldn't the colors be remotely close?
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Old July 29th, 2006, 12:07 AM   #4
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Video requires more light than what seems necessary to the naked eye. Try this, put the camera in Manual. You will then see a bar in the upper left of the vf. This is your exposure meter. Adjust shutter speed to 1/60 and open the aperture to try and get that indicator almost to center. Also, check to make sure the ND filter on the lens isn't turned on. That's the equivalent of sunglasses for your camera.

If you do all these and the meter is still pegged to the left, you really need more light. This is why video lamps tend to be 250, 500, 1000 watts or more. Outdoors in daytime, Mr. Sunshine gives you all the lighting you need.

Once you get the meter centered, hold a white card in front of the lens and do a manual white balance. Your colors should be natural and vibrant.

Another thing I just thought of, the XL1s has some picture adjustments within the menus. Put all those back to their default positions for now.

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Old July 29th, 2006, 07:22 PM   #5
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you'll laugh...

I realized I never turned on the Custom presets. I didn't know what that "on/off" button did. I really AM dumb, huh? My camera never came with instructions, so I do a lot of guesswork.

Do you know if there's a way to restore factory settings via menu? I don't want to go through all of the options and bring everything down. Ideas?
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Old July 29th, 2006, 07:28 PM   #6
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Aren't the factory presets just all the parameters in the middle?
I don't know for sure, but I think for the most part, it's like that.

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ps: I had problems with those custom presets too, in the beginning, so you're not the only one who made that mistake ;-)
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Old July 29th, 2006, 11:24 PM   #7
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Good call

Yeah, you're right. I wish I could find someone willing to teach me the ins and outs of this. It's so weird going from a GL2 to an XL1s
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Old July 30th, 2006, 03:33 AM   #8
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I think you can download the manual from the XL1s from this site, and if not, you could ask it around here.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 05:47 AM   #9
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Emailing you the manual now, hope it helps.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 05:27 PM   #10
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Yeah, I really appreciate it! Thanks so much!
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