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Complete Image Customization
Manual Adjustment
With the XH A1, you can manually set a variety of image quality adjustments and store them as 9 different presets for later use or for exporting to other camcorders. By storing the image quality adjustments (using the EEPROM) in preset numbers beforehand, different customized adjustments can be used for shooting simply by selecting a preset number. The adjustments include:

Gamma adjustment: There are three gamma adjustment settings: "NORMAL", "CINE1", and "CINE2". NORMAL setting is for images that are to be viewed on a TV monitor. "CINE1" results in images with a quality and grayscale similar to film. This is the gamma level for creating telecine-like images from film. "CINE2" is for images that will be transferred to film for viewing, or that will be recorded on film using a kinescope recorder.

Knee adjustment: For adjusting the dynamic range at the high-brightness end as received by the CCD sensor in order to limit the white-out when high brightness subjects are shot. The available settings are "AUTO", "HIGH", "MIDDLE", and "LOW". When "HIGH" is set, white-out tend to occur more readily, but the scenes can be shot more brightly. When "LOW" is set, the extent of the white-out can be limited.

Black adjustment: For adjusting the dynamic range at the low-brightness end (black). Selectable from "STRETCH", "MIDDLE" and "PRESS". When "STRETCH" is set, the dynamic range in the low-brightness areas is expanded so that the grayscale for black can be expressed. When "PRESS" is set, the dynamic range in the low brightness areas is narrowed so that the grayscale for black is reduced. This is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference.

Master pedestal: For adjusting the master pedestal of the black which serves as the video reference. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the dark areas of the image becomes brighter, and contrast is reduced. Conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, these areas become darker, and contrast is increased. This is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

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Setup level: For adjusting the black level added to the images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the shadow areas become brighter; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, the screen darkens. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

Sharpness: For adjusting the sharpness of images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the images become sharper; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, they become more blurred. This is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

H Detail adjustment: This adjusts the center frequency of the H detail. The center frequency in the horizontal direction can be set to "HIGH" (high range), MIDDLE (middle range), and LOW (low range).

H/V balance adjustment: For adjusting the horizontal/vertical percentage of detail correction. This is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

Coring: For adjusting the subtle noise components on the screen. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the noise becomes less noticeable. When the cursor is moved in the -- direction, it becomes more noticeable. The noise is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

Noise reduction 1: For activating noise reduction that cycles through the fields. The variable range of the noise reduction level can be selected. The available settings are "OFF", "HIGH", "MIDDLE", and "LOW". In settings other than "OFF", NR level changes according to the gain, and the variable range becomes progressively larger as the setting is changed from "LOW" > "MIDDLE" > "HIGH". Although the S/N ratio is improved, afterimages may appear in some cases. This is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference.

Noise reduction 2: For activating noise reduction in frame units. The available settings are "OFF", "HIGH", "MIDDLE", and "LOW". By switching from "LOW" > "HIGH", the entire screen appears with a smooth and soft presentation.

Color matrix: For adjusting the color during shooting. The available settings are "NORMAL", "CINE1", and "CINE2." The "NORMAL" setting is for images that will be viewed on a TV monitor. "CINE1" results in a quality and grayscale similar to a movie film. This is a matrix for creating images on TV that appear like movies. The "CINE2" setting is a matrix that is suitable for transferring to film for viewing or based on the assumption that it will be transferred to film.

Color gain: For adjusting the coloring of images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the amount of coloring is increased; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, it is reduced. The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

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Hue: For adjusting the hue of the images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, the images become redder; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, they become greener. Adjustment is possible in the -9 to +9 range.

R gain: For adjusting the white balance (WB) of the images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, WB shifts toward red; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, it shifts toward cyan. The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

G gain: For adjusting the white balance (WB) of the images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, WB shifts toward green; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, it shifts toward magenta. The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

B gain: For adjusting the white balance (WB) of the images. When the cursor is moved in the + direction, WB shifts toward blue; conversely, when it is moved in the -- direction, it shifts toward yellow. The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

R-G matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting B (blue). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

R-B matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting G (green). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

G-R matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting B (blue). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

G-B matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting R (red). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

B-R matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting G (green). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

B-G matrix: For adjusting the color tint without affecting R (red). The coloring is adjusted to suit the user's personal preference. Adjustment is possible in the -50 to +50 range.

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