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Professional Results With Canon® Vixia® Camcorders: A Field Guide To Canon G10 And XA10

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Canon's Vixia G10, the company's top-of-the-line consumer high-definition camcorder, and the XA10, a pro-level relative of the G10, are packed with more features than any other camcorders in their size or price range. Get the most from these powerful devices with PROFESSIONAL RESULTS WITH CANON VIXIA CAMCORDERS: A FIELD GUIDE TO CANON G10 AND XA10, a comprehensive guide to their features, their operation, and their accessories. The book focuses on the G10 and XA10, but owners of other camcorders in the Vixia series will find a wealth of useful information as well. PROFESSIONAL RESULTS WITH CANON VIXIA CAMCORDERS is a hands-on, practical reference for these popular camcorders and a sure guide to getting professional results.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1 Camcorder Basics: Getting Started
    1. Differences Between the HF G10 and XA10
    2. Single Chip Versus Three Chips
    3. 4:2:0 Color Space
    4. AVCHD
    5. Prepping the Camcorder
    6. Initializing
    7. Selecting the Recording Quality
    8. Selecting Frame Rate
    9. The Lens Shade
    10. Shooting in AUTO Mode
    11. Playback.
  9. Chapter 2 Run-and-Gun Shooting
    1. Checklist
    2. Run-and-Gun Focus
    3. Run-and-Gun Exposure
    4. AUTO Mode
    5. Face Detection and Touch & Track
    6. Image Stabilization
    7. SMART AUTO
    8. Semi-Automatic
    9. Custom Settings
    10. Fixed Focus
    11. Coverage Strategies
    12. Pre-Record
  10. Chapter 3 Visual Composition
    1. Level Horizon
    2. The Rule of Thirds
    3. Look Space
    4. The 180° Rule and 30° Rule
    5. Eyeline
    6. Figure and Ground
    7. Selecting Shots
  11. Chapter 4 Controlling Exposure
    1. Shutter Speed
    2. Selecting an Aperture
    3. Neutral Density
    4. Gain
    5. Touch Exposure
    6. CUSTOM Key and Dial
    7. The LCD Screen
    8. Zebra Patterns
    9. Waveform Monitor (WFM)
    10. Setting Manual Exposures
  12. Chapter 5 Selective Focus and Depth of Field
    1. Face Detection
    2. Face Only
    3. The LCD Screen
    4. The Viewfinder
    5. Dioptric Correction
    6. The Lens
    7. Focus Assistance, Peaking, Focus WFM
    8. Focus Panel and Touch Focus
    9. Zoom Focus
    10. Depth of Field
  13. Chapter 6 Controlling Color
    1. Automatic White Balance
    2. Manual White Balance
    3. Color Temperature
    4. Warm and Cool
    5. Color Balance Presets
    6. Fluorescents
    7. Color Bars
    8. Image Effects
    9. CINEMA Mode
    10. xvCOLOR
  14. Chapter 7 Improving Sound
    1. Using the Internal Mic
    2. Setting Levels
    3. External Audio for the G10
    4. External Audio for the XA10
    5. Microphone Accessories
    6. Wireless Mics
    7. Mixing Internal and External
    8. Double System Recording
    9. Air or Room Tone
    10. Prepping the Environment
    11. ADR
    12. Foley Sound
  15. Chapter 8 Shooting in Available Light
    1. Scouting
    2. Using a Reflector
    3. Exposure in Available Light
    4. Overcast
    5. Magic Hour
    6. Interior Light
    7. Base Level
    8. Fluorescents
    9. Practicals
  16. Chapter 9 Lighting Techniques
    1. Basic Concepts
    2. Key and Fill Light
    3. Physical Variables
    4. Hard and Soft Light
    5. Tungsten-Halogen Lights
    6. Fluorescents
    7. Lights on the Camera
    8. LED Lights
    9. Lighting Accessories
  17. Chapter 10 Shooting at Night
    1. AUTO Mode at Night
    2. Spotlight and Night Scene Programs
    3. Low Light Mode
    4. Programmed AE
    5. Manual Exposure at Night
    6. Film Noir Lighting
    7. Nighttime Exteriors
    8. Improving Night Images
    9. Lighting in a Car
    10. Infrared
  18. Chapter 11 Mounting the Camcorder
    1. Selecting a Tripod
    2. Monopods
    3. Vehicle Mounts
  19. Chapter 12 Controlling the Moving Camera
    1. Hand-Held Camera Movement
    2. Image Stabilization
    3. Zoom Versus Dolly
    4. Soft Zoom
    5. Tripod
    6. Camera Jib
    7. Camera Stabilizers
    8. A Monopod as a Stabilizer
    9. Sliders and Mini Dollies
  20. Chapter 13 Still Photography
    1. G10/XA10 Stills
    2. Viewing and Playing Photos
    3. Transferring Images to a Computer
    4. Photo Enhancement
  21. Chapter 14 Extreme Close-Up Videography
    1. Auxiliary Lenses
    2. Shooting in Macro
    3. Lighting
  22. Chapter 15 Special Features
    1. CINEMA Mode
    2. Saving and Loading Menu Settings
    3. Chroma Key and In-Camera Decorations
    4. Scan Reverse
    5. Assignable Buttons
    6. Pre-Record and the Self Timer
    7. Rating Scenes
    8. Eye-Fi
    9. Fader
    10. Digital Zoom and Digital Tele Converter
  23. Chapter 16 Integrating with Larger Camcorders
    1. XF Camcorders
    2. Integrating with Other Camcorders
    3. Integrating with HDSLRs
  24. Chapter 17 Production Strategies
    1. Story Creator
    2. Non-Fiction
    3. Fiction
    4. Experimental
    5. B-Roll
    6. Teaching and Learning
    7. Production Apps for iPhone, iPod, and iPad
    8. Green Media Making
  25. Chapter 18 Managing and Storing Video Files
    1. Disconnecting
    2. Using a Card Reader
    3. File Management and Viewing
    4. Hard Drives
    5. Archiving
    6. Noise Reduction
    7. Standard Definition
    8. Deleting Files
  26. Chapter 19 Editing
    1. Major Editing Programs
    2. Workflows
    3. Getting Started in Final Cut Pro 7
    4. Getting Started in Final Cut Pro X.277
    5. Getting Started in Avid Media Composer 6
    6. Getting Started in Adobe Premiere Pro
    7. Getting Started in Sony Vegas Pro 11
  27. Index