XL-1S Tutorial

WARNING

DO NOT USE ANY LIQUIDS OTHER THAN LENS CLEANING SOLUTION ON THE XL1 LENS

NEVER PUSH ANY FOREIGN OBJECTS INTO THE XL1

MAKE SURE YOU FACE THE TAPE THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHEN INSERTING INTO CAMERA

Grip Belt is where you stick your hand in to shoot, there is a Start/stop button by your thumb if you have your hand inserted at the right spot. Above where you index fingers are is where the zoom control is

The AE SHIFT is used to control auto-exposure. meaning auto-exposure will try to get proper exposure, but you can use AE SHIFT to automatically over expose or under expose.

The audio LCD panel gives you a readout of the audio pickup.

The eject button allows you to access the cassette bay

The battery release button needs to be pressed to release it from the battery bay

The handle camera controls work the same way as the grip ones.

The viewfinder is where you look into, there is a focus ring that allows you to fix the focus on mini lcds inside

The STABILIZER switch stablizes the image.

the ND FILTER switch lets you set the ND filter which reduces the amount of input light in overly bright and sunny situations

PUSH AF fuction allows you to on command auto focus when the camera is set on manual focus. To switch to auto-focus or manual focus, the switch is right below

The shutter button controls the shutter speed of the capture and iris control controls the aperture

The gain allows boost in brightness of the image

The white balance allows you to set 3 custom white balance options plus daylight and tungston

Use the dial to switch to different recording modes in the camera

attach the lens piece by sliding into the base

If the lens piece is de-attached, make sure the input connector is connected to the base

line up the dots to attach the lens to the base

attach the hood by rotating (the hood is used to prevent lens flare

you can also power the camera by plug in power

make sure you insert the tape the right way.... boy did I learn that... it was the MOST annoying thing to get unjammed

This is how you should hold the camera (the balance point is near the front

Mounting a shoulder harness lets you stablize the camera, a little. a proper handycam should really be used


These are the menu options in the camera

Movie mode allows you to change from interlaced to progressive (interlaced meaning you get half frame laced with the second half frame, as oppose to progressive, you get full frames, like in film)

shutter and iris control can only be used on manual (but aperture priority and shutter priority allows use of their perspective controls)

To white balance, point the camera (with proper exposure) at a white surface in the light you are filming in. then switch the white balance to a custom slot and hit the white balance button (it looks like two triangles with a rectangle in the middle)

To attach the portable LCD display (a.k.a portable dvd player), plug the RCA (red, white, yellow plugs) into the back of the XL1. The other end goes into the LCD display where it says input. Hit the source button on the LCD until it switches to the image of the camera

If you want to use any of the available CANON lenses, you need to rent this device. It's called EF Adapter XL, 25 bucks at Bel-Air Camera.

You can select any of the following lenses which can also be rented.