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Old December 7th, 2008, 05:38 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Michael Grayson View Post
Is there a way to have the preset name appear as opposed to the number...for instance Vision2 instead of CP1...I only want to have 2 presets available..I'm not always sure which preset I'm using. thanks
I also have several Presets saved, my method to remember them is to simply have a laminated card listing the Preset number & Name in my pocket.

Alternatively you could ..
-Save the Preset data with a photo which is took when in recording-to-tape mode [set Custom Function #8 to 2 .. see manual page 84].
-With each Preset take a relevent photo which will show differences in the Preset's colours etc.
-In Photoshop (etc) superimpose the Presets number & Name and resave to the XH-A1's memory card then following the 'Loading a Custom Preset File from a Still Image' instructions [manual page 78].
-You could either import the one you wanted to use to Custom Preset 1 (CP1) each time or probably better would be to have several presets occupying CP1, CP2, CP3 etc mirroring the labelled photo's on the memory card for reference.

.. I think the card in the pocket is easier though the photo method is good for reminding yourself of the Presets differences - maybe taking the same photo with different Presets would highlight the differences better!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:35 AM   #32
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I was able to test out this preset at a voice recital. It seemed to hold up pretty well even with 12db gain. I probably could have gotten by with just 6db, but it turned out OK. It's hard to tell, but most of the light was backlight from the left.

Camera settings:
HDV 60i
White Balance: PRE Indoor
Gain: 12db

The DVD looks great with absolutely no color correction!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 10:56 AM   #33
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My new 12db preset!

Yesterday, I spent about an hour testing different presets, all from this wonderful website against this new one.
I specifically used 12db gain and different frame rates and shutter speeds, and what can I say, this preset ROCKS!
While most consumers watch their new HD TV set on the default "DYNAMIC" mode with a lot of sharpening and contrast cranked up, switching to standard, proved that this preset looks like there is a +3db gain, not +12!!!
And I tell you, all other presets might be great without gain, but this one is my new "LOW LIGHT" preset!
I bet that this preset might even beat cameras 10X the price with this kind of low light performance.
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