Your Guide On How To Use The Canon XA20/25
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This is your step by step guide on how to use the brand new Canon XA20 and Canon XA25 infrared video cameras. Learn all the filming tips you need!

This is your step by step guide on how to use the brand new Canon XA20 and Canon XA25 infrared video cameras. Learn all the filming tips you need!

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  • Nice stuff Campbell. I use this camera frequently which offers a lot to like.
    However one concern that I have, regarding Slide 18, is when setting up the camera in manual setting - there is no single switch or button to auto iris.
    I usually setup a camera using auto iris, letting the camera adjust to light, then switching to manual iris. But the HG30, XA20, & XA25 (all have the same internals) do not allow an easy method to switch into auto iris from manual - or allow a custom button to be assigned for this (auto exposure does not work).
    I end up using the zebra pattern for reference but these cameras have great light meters and it is nice to have the ability to use them with a quick switch option.
    But I'm still hoping a firmware update will eventually fix this.
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  • Yes that XLR cable will work. We also carry a 90º Coiled XLR Cable that will be less intrusive -http://www.campbellcameras.com/K_Tek_90_Deg_XLR_Cable_CampbellCameras_com_Exclusive.html?sc=31&category=77
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  • Great- thanks. Good to know. I thought it had some built in filters, but maybe that is only in Auto mode. How about the proper length for an XLR cable and pin formation? (Male to Female or Female to Male) Will this work? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A6ZCELM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A28313T4QC2Y1U
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  • Amy- You can add a UV and ND filter and still use the lens hood. You can not use the lens hood with a Polarizer Filter. This is because the glass on the Polarizer filter is thicker than that of the UV and ND! Hope this helps
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  • What about filters? I had heard that a polarizing or UV filter didnt fit on while the hood was on?
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Your Guide On How To Use The Canon XA20/25 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. @campbellcamer-
  • 2. This tutorial has been modified from the Guide to the Canon HF G30.
  • 3. First Things First 1 1) Charge the Battery Touch “FUNC” Canon BP-828 Optional 3-4hr Battery 2) Turn Off Notification Sounds Touch “MENU” Touch Wrench Folder Scroll to “Notification Sounds” & Touch Select “OFF” 3) Solo Hunters: Turn off the Auto Power Off Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch Wrench Folder Scroll to “Auto Power Off” Select “Off” Recommended: @campbellcameras
  • 4. Recording Format 2 Touch “FUNC” 1) Select AVCHD or MP4 - AVCHD for highest recording quality or MP4 for fast upload to the web Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Movie Format” & Touch Select “AVCHD” or “MP4” Make sure your are recording in Manual Mode To take advantage of highest settings @campbellcameras
  • 5. 3 @campbellcameras Touch “FUNC” 1) Select 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) For the highest quality setting. Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Recording Mode” & Touch Select 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) Make sure your are recording in Manual Mode To take advantage of highest settings Recording Mode NOTE: if the top two choices are grayed out, this means you are not in Manual Mode
  • 6. Recording Media 4 • You can add up to 2TB Card in each slot. • Initialize all new SDHC Cards. • You can select which slot to record your photos and videos • Relay Recording allows you to go from one card to the other • Dual Recording - allows you to record an instant backup *** ONLY AVAILABLE IN MP4 MODE *** 64GB Class 10 SDHC Card Recommended: NOTE: When removing or inserting a SD Card, ALWAYS have the camera off. Otherwise it could corrupt the card @campbellcameras
  • 7. Initializing SD Cards 5 When to initialize Your Card: 1) When you have a NEW Card 2) When you want to ERASE EVERYTHING off of the card Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Initialize” & Touch the Card you want to Initialize Select Initialize NOTE: Initializing your cards will delete all the video clips/photos/information that is on the cards!!! Initialize with caution Confirm Your Answer @campbellcameras
  • 8. 6 Select Recording Media You have to tell your camera where to record your videos and photos. You select which card slots. Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Recording Media” Select Your Options @campbellcameras
  • 9. 7 Relay Recording Relay Recording allows you to go from Card A to Card B without losing any footage! Requires two SD Cards Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Dual/Relay Recording” Select Relay Recording @campbellcameras
  • 10. 8 Dual Recording Dual Recording allows you to simultaneously record to Card A and Card B, allowing for an instant backup. Requires two SD cards. Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch Film Strip Folder Scroll to “Dual/Relay Recording” Select Dual Recording NOTE: If the Dual Recording Option is grayed out and you have two SD cards in the slots, this means that at least one of the SD Cards is not large enough or the right class to run the Recording Mode Setting. You can go back and select a lower recording mode until the dual recording is available @campbellcameras
  • 11. 9 Digital Zoom Digital zoom allows you to really get out there and zoom into your subject. However, your image will be grainy and not worth having in your video! We ALWAYS recommend turning the Digital Zoom to OFF and stick with the Optical Zoom Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch the Camera Icon Scroll to “Digital Zoom” Select OFF @campbellcameras
  • 12. 10 Manual Ring New to the Canon XA20/25 is the option to change the control of the manual ring from controlling your focus to controlling your zoom. The control is a switch on the back of the camera. To control your zoom with the manual ring, you select zoom. To control the focus with the manual ring, you select focus. @campbellcameras
  • 13. Recording Mode To get the best control over your footage, shoot in manual mode. P (Program AE) - The Camera automatically chooses the exposure Tv (Shutter Priority AE) - You choose the Shutter Speed, camera chooses Aperture Av (Aperture Priority AE) - You choose the Aperture, camera chooses Shutter Speed M (Manual Exposure) - You choose the Aperture and Shutter Speed Common Recording Scenes - Select from a common set of preselected recording scenes 11 Touch FUNC-> Recording Mode -> Select @campbellcameras
  • 14. Special Scene Recording Programs Portrait - The Camera uses a large aperture to achieve sharp focus on the subject while blurring the background 12 Sports - To record sports scenes Night Scene - To record nigtscapes with lower noise Snow - To film by snow without the subject being underexposed Beach - To film on the beach without the subject being underexposed Sunset - To record sunsets in vibrant color Lowlight - To record in low-light situations Spotlight - To record spotlight scenes Fireworks - To record fireworks @campbellcameras
  • 15. Aperture Aperture- Basically put, it is the size of the opening of the lens. Aperture is measured in F-Stops. Smaller the F-Stop # the larger the lens is open 13 Little bit in focus A lot in focus Photo Credit: Godigitalslr.com @campbellcameras
  • 16. Shutter Speed Shutter Speed- Simply put, it is the duration of the opening of the lens. You can control the blur of object as well as how much light gets to the lens by controlling the shutter speed. 14 1 Sec Shutter Speed 1/3 Sec Shutter Speed 1/800 Sec Shutter Speed 1/200 Sec Shutter Speed Photo Credit: Wikipedia @campbellcameras
  • 17. Custom Dial & Button Custom Dial & Button- You can use the custom dial and button to control a function that you will use frequently 15 Options: TV/AV - Shutter or Aperture Priority AE. You can adjust the shutter speed or aperture value with the custom dial. This is available in AV or TV Mode FUNC -> Rec. Programs -> TV (to set shutter) or AV (to set aperture) M (Manual Exposure) - When you are under “Manual” as your Rec. Pro- gram, you can use the custom dial to manually set your aperture, shutter & gain. AGC Limit - Adjust the AGC (auto gain control) limit. +/- : Exposure - When using a recording program other than Fireworks or Manual Exposure, you can compensate the automatic exposure set by the camcorder. OFF - Use this setting if you do not intend to use the custom dial. Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Under the Wrench Folder Touch “Custom Dial & Button” @campbellcameras
  • 18. Custom Dial & Button - Manual Exposure Custom Dial & Button- You can use the custom dial and button to control a function that you will use frequently 16 M (Manual Exposure) - When you are under “Manual” as your Rec. Pro- gram, you can use the custom dial to manually set your aperture, shutter & gain. To manually adjust the Aperture, press the custom button until the F number on your LCD Screen is highlighted in orange. Then use the custom dial to change your F-stop #. To manually adjust the Shutter Speed, press the cus- tom button until the fraction # is highlighted in orange on your LCD screen, this now allows you to use the custom dial to select your shutter speed. The same goes for the AGC (shown as a #dB on the LCD screen) Press the Custom button If the F# is in orange it adjust aperture Press the Custom button If the shutter is in orange it adjust shutter speed Press the Custom button If the #dB is in orange it adjust AGC Limit
  • 19. 5 Assignable Buttons You can assign 5 different functions to the assignable buttons 17 Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch the Wrench Icon Scroll to the various Assign Button # Select What you want it to control To Assign the buttons function: @campbellcameras
  • 20. Assignable Button Options 18 You can assign these buttons to control the following options: Powered IS - Turns Powered Image Stabilization on/off BLC Always On - turns the backlight correction on/off Face Only AF- Turns face only autofocus on/off Video Snapshot- allows you to take a photo while videoing WB Priority- turns white balance priority on/off Pre REC- turns pre-recording on/off (Default for assignable button 2) AF/MF - Switches between autofocus and manual focus (Default for Assignable button 1) Rec Review - reviews the last scene that was recorded (Default for Assignable button 5) Rec. Programs- Functions the same as selecting record programs in the FUNC panel BLC Always On - Functions the same as selecting BLC always on in the FUNC panel White Balance- Functions the same as selecting white balance in the FUNC panel AGC Limit- Functions the same as selecting AGC limit in the FUNC Panel FOCUS - Same as selecting Focus in the FUNC panel Exposure - Same as selecting Exposure in the FUNC Panel Audio Scene- Same as selecting Audio Scene in the FUNC Panel Mic Level - Same as selecting Mic Level in the FUNC Panel Zoom- Same as selecting Zoom in the FUNC Panel Image Stabilizer- Same as selecting Image Stabilizer in the FUNC Panel Image Effects- Same as selecting Image Effects in the FUNC Panel WI-Fi- same as selecting Wi-Fi in the FUNC Panel OFF- allows you to turn off the assignable button. Means that this button will not get you anywhere.
  • 21. Camera Handle & Mounts 19 Shotgun Mic Mount- Allows you to mount XLR Shotgun Mics Universal Shoe- Allows you to mount any shoe-mount accessory @campbellcameras Recommended: Rubber Spacers: Rubber spacers are needed to securly mount your shotgun microphone into the XA20/25. How to use: Cut down the mid- dle of one side of the spacer and wrap it around the base of the shotgun mic.
  • 22. Upgraded Audio- Shotgun Microphone 20 We recommend the Rode NTG-1 Shotgun microphone to use with the Canon XA20/25. With this you would need the K-Tek Rubber Spacer and the 90º XLR Cable. On your audio controls turn the mic to “On”, input 1 to “Mic +48V” and CH1 to M Recommended: @campbellcameras
  • 23. Upgraded Audio- Wireless Microphone 21 We recommend the Sennheiser EW112-PG3 Wireless Mic. On your audio controls turn the mic to “On”, input 2 to “Mic”, and CH2 to M. Recommended: @campbellcameras
  • 24. Remote Control using Smart Device Step 1 22 To use your ISO or Android device, you first have to set a password for the wi-fi connection: Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Touch the Video Icon Scroll to the Wi-Fi Select Smartphone Connection Select Not Configured Enter a 8 Digit Password you will remember @campbellcameras
  • 25. Remote Control using Smart Device Step 2 23 Now you have to turn on your Wi-Fi Remote on your camera Touch “FUNC” Scroll to Wi-FI Remote Turn On To connect to your phone, turn on your Wi-Fi settings and connect to your camera’s SSID Select “Join” and enter the password you just created and connect @campbellcameras
  • 26. Remote Control using Smart Device Step 3 24 Once connected, open up your browser and enter the URL shown on your camera You now can use your device as a remote control and to see “live view” @campbellcameras
  • 27. Remote Control using LANC 25 Want more precise and reliable remote control option? Add a LANC remote We recommend the Varizoom VZ Rock- Rocker LANC Remote @campbellcameras
  • 28. Setting Your White Balance 26 Why? - Accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions You can use the presets for easy access or manually set it yourself! Presets: The camera automatically sets the WB To record outdoors on a bright day To record in shaded places To record on a cloudy day To record under warm white, cool white fluorescent lighting To record under daylight or daylight-type fluorescent lighting To record under Tungsten or tungsten-type fluorescent lighting Allows you to set the color temperature between 2,000 K and 15,000 K. @campbellcameras
  • 29. 27 Understanding Color Temperature 1000-2000 K 2500-3500 K Candlelight Tungsten Bulb (household) 3000-4000 K A clear sunrise/sunset 4000-5000 K Fluorescent Lamps 5000-5500 K Electronic Flash 5000 - 6500K Daylight with Clear Sky (sun overhead) Moderately Overcast Sky 6500-8000 K Shade or Heavily Overcast Sky 9000-10000 K @campbellcameras
  • 30. Automatically Set Your White Balance 28 When you are in a situation What You Need: A white card, a white sheet of paper or something that is completely white Touch “FUNC” Touch “White Balance” Touch Custom Icon Fill your screen with something completely White and press Set Notice the change in color temperature. Your white balance is now set. Before After TIP: When you change filming/lighting conditions, reset your white balance. @campbellcameras
  • 31. Peaking 29 Why? - Peaking shows you the edges that are in focus so you can get precise on what you want to focus on. Touch “FUNC” Touch “Focus” Touch, Peak then wrench Icon Choose your setting you want to use NOTE: The black & white and peaking will not show up on your re- corded video, it is just for your LCD reference only. @campbellcameras
  • 32. Infrared Filming 30 Why? - Infrared filming allows you to film in complete darkness. For example, on the way to your stand or recovery shots. Choose from “black & white” or “green” Touch “FUNC” Touch “MENU” Scroll to select IR Light On & IR REC Color Choose your setting you want to use @campbellcameras Switch to Infrared On
  • 33. THE END Now go out there and film something great Share your videos at www.facebook.com/campbellcameras TAG your photos on INSTAGRAM with @Campbell_cameras or #campbellcameras