Canon XL1 Accessory Color Bars
Full-field color bars are a Canon XL1 accessory function
that is readily available on the camera even though no instruction is provided
in the Canon XL1 manual. It is reported that these are not true SMPTE color
bars, and there is some discussion as to whether these XL1 color bars are
therefore even useful. It seems safe to say, however, that though they are
not as reliable as true SMPTE color bars, they are better than no color bars
at all, the alternative being eyeballing color correction without any video
color reference at all.
Here is how you access the accessory color bars on the XL1 camera:
To Turn on Canon XL1 Accessory Color Bars
Turn on the XL1 Camera in the Green Box mode,
i.e. full auto mode.
Simultaneously push down and hold both XL1 shutter buttons.
Do this for about six seconds.
You should now have full-field color bars on screen.
To Turn Off Canon XL1 Accessory Color Bars
Once more, simultaneously push down and hold the two
XL1 shutter buttons for six seconds or so.
The XL1 color bars should go away.
Canon XL1-S Color Bars
The Canon XL1-S camera, successor to the XL1 camera, provides SMPTE color
bars which can be toggled on or off using a dedicated switch.
The Color Bar Chart, A Better Accessory?
If you really want to make use of color bars, use a physical color bar chart,
instead of the XL1-S or XL1 color bars. Place the color bar chart in front
of your XL1-S or XL1 camera (or other video camera) and shoot it under the
same lighting conditions and using the same white balance as you expect to
have for the actual video footage you are about to shoot. The color bar chart
is the perfect accessory. Youll like your Canon XL1 camera even better.
Also check out our
Canon XL1 Accessory Products
perfect for XL1 and XL1-S camera models
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Article © 2003 Garry Hood