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The Canon XH A1s is a former FilmSoc camera. Following the failure of FilmSoc to re-ratify in 2014, the camera was kept by YUSU for the purposes of filming meetings and events.
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{{HDOK}}[[File:Canon_XH_A1s.jpg|thumb|right|Canon XH A1s]]
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The Canon XH A1s is a former FilmSoc camera, bought by the society sometime in 2009. Following the failure of FilmSoc to re-ratify in 2014, the camera was kept by YUSU for the purposes of filming meetings and events. Like the [[Sony HVR-HD1000E]] cameras, it records at 1440x1080i50 ([[w:anamorphic|anamorphic]]) onto [[w:HDV|HDV]] tape for capture, and does live video out over a 'proprietary' component connector (HD/SD) or a BNC composite connector (SD).
  
Due to lack of usage, lack of accessories (no tapes, no charger - both of which we have much of), and the fact that we'd be asking to borrow it a lot anyway, the camera was later given to YSTV to look after. In return, we get to use the camera whenever YUSU don't need it (which is pretty much 99% of the time) - making it a third usable HD camera for pre-recorded shoots. Currently, this is an informal agreement in place between YSTV and Student Activities Officer (and ex-Station Director) [[hist:Chris Wall|Chris Wall]].
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Due to lack of usage, lack of accessories (no tapes, no charger - both of which we have many of), and the fact that we'd be asking to borrow it a lot anyway, the camera was later given to YSTV to look after. In return, we get to use the camera whenever YUSU don't need it (which is pretty much 99% of the time) - making it a third usable HD camera for pre-recorded shoots. Currently, this is an informal agreement in place between YSTV and Student Activities Officer (and ex-Station Director) [[hist:Chris Wall|Chris Wall]].
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In December 2014, one of the internal fuses blew when a firewire cable was connected to the camera for capture, causing a short for some reason. Apparently, this is a common problem. The camera is currently unusable, pending replacement of components.
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== HD output ==
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[[File:DTerminal cable.jpg|thumb|right|D-Terminal breakout cable]]
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The camera lacks the usual HDMI output of YSTV's other HD cameras. Instead, it has a somewhat proprietary analogue component connector. The [[w:D-Terminal|D-Terminal]] connector is a common method of component output in Japan, and pins 1-6 are in fact the standard Y/PB/PR outputs with ground. While not usually found on European and American devices, Canon uses this on some of their professional camcorders of the late-2000s - presumably so they can charge £60 for a new breakout cable when you lose the original. Such cables can in fact be imported from Japan for about £10.
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For HD output, the breakout cable could be connected to the connector labeled 'HD/SD Component' (the viewfinder output is SD and dirty). Use the Blackmagic Analogue to SDI converter to change this to a single SDI output, which can then be run through the rest of the vision path.

Revision as of 18:35, 7 December 2014

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Canon XH A1s

The Canon XH A1s is a former FilmSoc camera, bought by the society sometime in 2009. Following the failure of FilmSoc to re-ratify in 2014, the camera was kept by YUSU for the purposes of filming meetings and events. Like the Sony HVR-HD1000E cameras, it records at 1440x1080i50 (anamorphic) onto HDV tape for capture, and does live video out over a 'proprietary' component connector (HD/SD) or a BNC composite connector (SD).

Due to lack of usage, lack of accessories (no tapes, no charger - both of which we have many of), and the fact that we'd be asking to borrow it a lot anyway, the camera was later given to YSTV to look after. In return, we get to use the camera whenever YUSU don't need it (which is pretty much 99% of the time) - making it a third usable HD camera for pre-recorded shoots. Currently, this is an informal agreement in place between YSTV and Student Activities Officer (and ex-Station Director) Chris Wall.

In December 2014, one of the internal fuses blew when a firewire cable was connected to the camera for capture, causing a short for some reason. Apparently, this is a common problem. The camera is currently unusable, pending replacement of components.

HD output

D-Terminal breakout cable

The camera lacks the usual HDMI output of YSTV's other HD cameras. Instead, it has a somewhat proprietary analogue component connector. The D-Terminal connector is a common method of component output in Japan, and pins 1-6 are in fact the standard Y/PB/PR outputs with ground. While not usually found on European and American devices, Canon uses this on some of their professional camcorders of the late-2000s - presumably so they can charge £60 for a new breakout cable when you lose the original. Such cables can in fact be imported from Japan for about £10.

For HD output, the breakout cable could be connected to the connector labeled 'HD/SD Component' (the viewfinder output is SD and dirty). Use the Blackmagic Analogue to SDI converter to change this to a single SDI output, which can then be run through the rest of the vision path.