Go to Shoot Your Film
Always have a replacement battery for your XH-A1(s) I use these and they are good.
I use and highly recommend godaddy!
It is what I use and though you have to wade through lots of ads to check out, it is reliable and the prices are very competitive and
More importantly customer service is great!
I highly recommend B&H for XHA1s and XHA1s's
and almost anything else you need for video from lights to whatever.
Their customer service is excellent and: I lost a gel holder for a 50 watt spot I ordered from them. (never open package in motel you might drop something.) When I called their supplier, Altman Lighting in Yonkers, they simply sent me a replacement part. This is a dependable company with dependable suppliers. Not a bad place to buy your XHA1s.
Learn the XHA1
For the Canon XH-A1 and XH-A1s*
THE CAT ON THE SNOW SEQUENCE ABOVE
WAS SHOT IN CANON'S HDV 24F MODE
AND FRANKLY THE ABILITY TO SHOOT IN HIGH DEFINITION IN A MODE THAT CAN MORE
EASILY BE CONVERTED TO FILM IS WHAT ATTRACTS MOST OF US TO THE CANON XH-A1 IN THE FIRST PLACE.
LEARN THE XHA1
Isn't like the previous videos on DVD about learning the Canon XHA1. First of all this video focuses on the XHA1. Whether you are interested in filmmaking, video making, or movie making the Canon XH-A1 is an excellent choice.
Second this video is perfect for beginners as well as those with some video experience. It does not assume that you came to the XHA1 from another camera. So this video is more like programmed instruction than a quick tour of the buttons on the camera. It is not a talking head movie, most segments focus in on a camera part, or function and explain a specific action or setting.
XH-A1s* According to the representative I spoke to--the only important addition to the XH-A1s is a USB connector. Previous XH-A1's had only firewire. If you have firewire and the software you use can handle firewire, (for example Final Cut Pro) it may not be necessary to spend few hundred dollars more to purchase the XH-A1s. USB is a little faster. Decide based on your software. The USB port can be used to download directly to a hard drive, however, you can also do that with firewire. (In fact recording directly to a hard drive using firewire is a technique I used in creating this video.) The new USB port is not covered directly in this video, but ports are covered in general. And connections are in fact fairly straightforward and simple.
Here is what some of our customers said!
Dated 1/4/2010--5 (out of 5) Mr. Curran should be commended for this instructional DVD. Well done & informative - a terrific way to learn the Canon XHA1. I have the newer XHA1S & the material covered nearly everything I needed. The DVD arrived as promised & was a great watching & learning in front of my fire place during the cold holidays. Beats a hotel seminar & I found it to be more effective. Thank you Mr. Curran. Scott W.
5 ( out of 5) I purchased other DVDs to help me learn how best to use my Canon XH-A1. This is by far the best and the only one that I would recommend.
Dave, I purchased your "Learn The XHA1" dvd and highly recommend it as far superior to several other competing XH-A1 dvd - including the Vasst.
If you've ever tried to read a manual involving this complicated of equipment, then you know that they read like a quantum physics textbook. This manual is a visual step-by-step walkthrough. Excellent.
The DVD arrived on time. I like the detailed way the seller explains the features of Canon XH-A1. He covers more material than other teaching video I purchased before from another seller. Thanks and God bless you!
The Instructional DVD it's very useful even if you don't own a Camcorder as I don't yet, though you have to watch it a number of times for it has a steep learning curve I would recommended that you invest on a DVD before spending all that money .
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but great tutorial, March 6, 2011
So forget that the production is a littlle quirky, like the sound of the instructors voice switching from stereo to mono at times, this is a great way to learn the basics of using the myriad of features this camera presents.
101 minutes (1 hour and 41 minutes) 42 Chapters.
This DVD covers:
*VCR Controls--you'll start using these right away as we finish up tape preparation.
*ND Filters --discussed with filming examples.
*Manual & Auto Focus--what they are and how to use them.
*White Balance-in more detail than you'll find anywhere else. You'll see how to use White Balance and colored gels to get an outdoor/indoor shot.
*Sound Recording Controls-- how to use the MIC attenuators for problem sounds like gunshots and more.*End Search & Review--how to preview what you just shot without loosing your place at your last recorded frame.
*Zoom Controls--both the variable and constant speed zooms are demonstrated.*Still Camera Features--everything you need to know about the fantastic still camera built into the XHA1. Includes everything you need to know about SD card handling.
*Recording & Display Setup --learn about the rest of the recording and menu display items.
*Zebra Pattern-this is the only video that demonstrates how to use the zebra pattern for correct lighting.
*Skin Detail-this is the only video that shows what you can do to teach yourself how to use the skin detail feature on this camera.
*Custom Display & Custom Functions -- learn how to save the custom display settings discussed earlier in the video and more on what you can do with custom functions. (Also discussed, as needed, earlier in the video.)
I created this video because frankly I needed to learn how to use my XHA1. Like everyone else I spent about $3,500 on it. (I actually did spend $3,500, they did not have a $250 rebate at the time.) And I found the available instructional video's lacking. I purchased both competing videos. I watched Vasst's INSIDE THE XHA1 XHG1 and learned a few things. But INSIDE THE XHA1 XHG1 is a talking head video, and although a vast improvement on Elite Video's "Canon XHA1 Made Easy," I felt the same way as other reviewers. When the subject matter got more complicated Douglas Spotted Eagle used more jargon. And when I got done watching his discussion of skin detail, for example, I wasn't sure I had learned anything. (Spotted Eagle has many DVDs out and is so knowledgeable about so much, perhaps if you bought all his videos you'd know what all his buzz words mean.) I just had this feeling after watching INSIDE THE XHA1 that there was some body of knowledge out there that I wasn't privy to. Still Spotted Eagle's video is worth watching. As I said, the Spotted Eagle DVD is much better than XHA1 Made Easy. The Elite crew, obviously never called or emailed Canon Tech Support. They tried to figure out stuff on their own, and consequently got at least one thing dead wrong. Their description of how to use the recessed-reset button under the LCD screen, isn't even close to how Canon says it is to be used, and could possibly damage the button. Basically, the "Canon XHA1 Made Easy" is a quick button list with a few highlights made by some guys who quickly moved along to other camcorder videos. It is worth watching-if everything had been as good as their demonstration of Tv mode this would have been hard to beat. (In fact, they have a terrific example of how they set up to tape their video as an extra feature. The only thing is the camera they show set up for taping that extra feature doesn't look like a Canon. ) But the major concern for me was to organize the material in a way that I could remember what everything is for, not only the buttons, but the menus and features. So instead of listing buttons, I start out with the basics, including those not even covered in the other videos, like preparing tapes and the battery(ies) (because this may be your first camcorder). And then get to actually taping right away, showing what things are for as we use them, giving examples along the way. And by the way, only my hands are in this video. All you can learn from a talking head is perhaps the head's mood. Every frame of this video is camera examples, graphics or both. Thus, there is a lot more packed into this 101 minutes than in either of the other videos. This is, in fact, programmed instruction. I show how to set the camcorder to the factory settings ( there are setting that can conflict with one another) so we start out on the same page, not only with the internal workings of the camcorder, but also all the external switches. Then we get to actually taping, covering everything step-by-step, learning as we go. By the time we get to the complex stuff, like skin detail and color correction, which are presented in a way that you'll understand, you'll feel like you know you camcorder. And just so you know, this is the camcorder/digital-still camera I use. This is not just a video about a camcorder I've looked at, and will not use again after this video comes out. This is the camcorder that is the most important to me in my own video projects, the one I needed to learn well, and the one I'm best able to teach you about. In fact, if you had a wedding to do, and had three camcorders, say two XHA1s and one XL1. and I asked, 'how would you set up for the ceremony,' you would be able to answer after watching this video.
This video explores aspects of using the XH-A1 in depth. And because the instruction is programmed it constantly builds your knowledge to help you not only understand but remember the myriad of taping and still photo possiblities this camera has to offer. Let's face it, the XHA1 has so many possible setting combinations that it is daunting. The video was designed by a teacher with many years of teaching experience.
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Custom Preset Links
dvinfo.net is a terrific site where you can find custom presets for you canon. I suggest joining, it is free. Here is a link. Sign up for a free membership then scroll down on the posting to
Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
and then to
Sticky: XH Custom Presets Download Library
|One cinematographer I admire is Steven Dempsey. His postings on preset setting are well worth looking at. at dvinfo.net. Here is some of his work.||http://exposureroom.com/members/disjecta.aspx/videos/|
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Please do send us your questions.
Need an external monitor? Try this as a lightweight, fairly inexpensive monitor. It includes a cigarette lighter adapater so you can use a 12 volt gel battery with it. (Its battery will not last near as long as the XHA1's.) You will need a "3-Way Coupler" to connect the cables to your camera (to connect the red, white, and yellow ends) which you can get at Radio Shack®. Radio Shack® has its own version of this TV called the ACCURIAN which retails for around $200.
If you are interested in filmmaking, movie making, digital movie making the XH-A1 is the camera for you.
Links Reviews of the XHA1
My favorite links
Next is one on the XL H1 but remember the XH A1 has the same CCD's i.e. the same picture quality.
And showreel may require a subscription to view these.
Links to Canon
Links to Canon support
The short below was shot entirely with the Canon XH-A1 in HD at 60i (interlaced).
It is no longer in HD but you can get an idea of the quality of images shot with this camera.
You can shoot in HD and then convert to other formats and retain a much higher quality.
Even if you don't yet know how to make a digital movie you can't lose with the Canon XHA1
Online Videos by Veoh.com
The following site will help with understanding sound. And some of the terms
in the book above. There are many more pages talking about every aspect
of the physics of sound in a pretty understandable way.
Check this site out if you want to do time lapse with your canon.