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canon xl 2 pro video cam , cs3

Aug 14, 2012 7:47 AM

Anyone use this camera ? got some questions...this is NTSC

Apparently it can shoot 4:3 and 16:9 ?

Does it stay at 720 x 480 and change par from .9 to 1.2 ??

Or does it go to 962 x 480 ?


Do you get analog blanking ( lost pixels on sides ) or is that just pro live broadcast video stuff ?


Apparently it might be able to shoot 24p, 30p as well as the 30i. Is that true ?


If I have to use square pixel still images with the video (assume video is 4:3 .9 ) does cs3 handle that OK for export to NTSC ( dv mpeg 2 ) or is this something frameserver or other method should be used for best results?


Thanks ...

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    Aug 14, 2012 10:45 AM   in reply to able123

    The xl2 is a standard definition camera and records in DV. Just like all SD tape camera's.

    Premiere will handle the dv footage just fine

    Capture with CS3 (firewire) . It automatically captures to type 2

    No need for Scenalyzer or Cineform (which you cannot use with dv footage)

    The camera records anamorphic widescreen which means it cuts the top and bottom off and stretches it to 4:3. Premiere will correct that on the timeline.

    Still images will have square pixels. Easy to fix in e.g. Photoshop. Or when importing into Premiere it automatically is set to widescreen.

    For better export quality to dvd (mpeg2-dvd) you could consider frameserving.

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    Aug 14, 2012 12:33 PM   in reply to able123

    56k like in temperature?

    This camera is best when you white balance with a gray card before a shoot.

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    Aug 14, 2012 4:49 PM   in reply to able123

    Along the lines of Ann's suggestion, I saw a slate, that had an 18% gray surface on the back, along with a step-wedge. Cannot recall who had that (B&H?), but will see if I can find it for you.


    Sounds like you're gonna' have some fun.


    Just remember, do not take THAT camera into your pool.


    Good luck,



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