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Aside from providing the user with complete control over the image, the Canon XL H1A also enhances creative freedom when it comes to inputs and outputs. In a professional shooting environment, whether it's an independent film, corporate or event video or quick shooting of action out in the field, this camera delivers options you need to flow seamlessly with existing workflows and expectations.

XLR (CH 1/2)
XLR (CH 1/2): The professional standard for audio input. The Canon XL H1A offers two balanced XLR terminals built into the camera, with the option of adding two additional XLR inputs by using the MA-300 adapter, which can be attached via the "Advanced Accessory Shoe" on top of the handle. Please see the section regarding AUDIO CONTROLS for more information about the XL H1A's sound-recording capabilities and for a description of the audio options located directly above the XLR jacks.

HDV/DV TERMINAL-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 XL H1A, 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.

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 16x9 (whether SD or HD) will appear "squeezed" on a 4x3 monitor. The audio RCA jacks allow for input/output of up to four channels of audio.

ONBOARD VIDEO RECORDING: The built-in deck takes a HDV cassette, onto which you can record in HDV HD format or standard definition (4x3 or 16x9). 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 XL H1A 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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