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Inputs and Outputs
The XH A1S includes the industry-standard connections & terminals most necessary for your demanding field requirements.

FLASH ACCESSORY SHOE: Supports Canon EX Series Speedlites, enabling you to use the proper lighting accessory to provide the illumination you need for practically any subject in any situation.

IEEE 1394: Standard IEEE 1394 digital input/output that accepts a 6-pin connector cable. This terminal can be used to transport HD or SD digital video as well as control signals to and from the XH A1S, and is used most frequently either for capture onto a portable hard drive or laptop, or for ingesting your footage from an onboard tape transport into your editing system.

For tape playback (when the camera is in VCR/PLAY mode), there is an "HD DOWNCONV" option on the SIGNAL SETUP page of the menu, in case you want to output a tape recorded in HD to SD.

External EVF monitor output terminal is also fitted to allow the use of a component external monitor for more accurate image composing and video review.

COMPONENT OUT: Located in the very rear of the camera, this terminal separately transmits the three component video signals to your destination deck or monitor, to ensure the highest possible color and luminance fidelity. On the SIGNAL SETUP page of the menu, the COMP OUT option allows you to select whether you want to output at 480i or 1080i/480i. If you're outputting an HD signal to a standard definition monitor, for example, you will need to select 480i in order to make the down conversion.

XLR (CH 1/2): The professional standard for audio input. The Canon XH A1S offers two balanced XLR terminals built into the camera. Please see the section regarding AUDIO CONTROLS for more information about the XH A1S's sound-recording capabilities and for a description of the audio options located directly above the XLR jacks.

THE ANALOG COMPARTMENT: To the left of the battery is a compartment that contains all the standard analog inputs/outputs for sound and picture, including S-Video, BNC, and RCA terminals. All of these video ports will transmit a down-converted signal when the camera is in HD mode, and all signals originating in 16:9 (whether SD or HD) will appear "squeezed" on a 4:3 monitor. The audio RCA jacks allow for input/output of up to four channels of audio.

ONBOARD VIDEO RECORDING: The built-in deck takes an HDV cassette, onto which you can record in HDV HD format or standard definition (4:3 or 16:9). When recording SD (Standard Definition) you can use a MiniDV cassette.

THE MEMORY CARD: Below the right-hand zoom handle is the small cover for the memory card. This card can be used to capture stills and to record the meta-data that contains all the camera settings. Photos taken with the XH A1S will always be sent to the Memory card, even if the camera is set to "video mode", but the color space of the photos will change depending on whether the photo mode is set for video or card. When shooting in "video mode" the photo, along with the time code and the metadata of the image set-up, is also saved. Additionally, the Memory card can store up to 20 "Custom Presets", and will allow you to share presets between multiple cameras.

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