A few months back I made a collection of some of the good presets available for XH-A1 but it took me nearly 8 months to find the time to make a new one. This set includes 8 new presets and a bonus which you need to try on your own!. You can watch a quick preview of them in the video below.
It’s true that you can always colour grade your footage in post, but if you use the camera’s colour settings and try to get as close as you can to your preferred setup, not only you will have less to do in post production you may not even need colour grading. Different cameras offer different solutions to make this process easier but for some such as Canon XH A1 there are presets that you can download which changes the look and feel of your film instantly. The camera has 9 built in presets and of course you can make yours as well using the custom settings that enables you to save your desired settings designed for different situations. Let’s have a look at some of the presets for XH A1 that you can download here and how you can install them in your camera. Look at list corresponding to the numbers on the video here.
After downloading all the presets (*.CPF files), create a folder called ” PRESET” in your memory card copy them there. Now insert the memory card back in and turn on the camera. Using the custom preset button now you should be able to access all your new presets. If you want to replace your existing presets with one of the new ones it’s possible by accessing the custom preset settings from the menu (as shown here). You can download this 18 presets from here. There are more which I’ll try to introduce in the near future.
This was filmed early last month with my canon XH A1 in London and I did a quick edit in premiere. Using handheld shots is becoming extremely popular and you can see it not only in all films but also on TV shows as well these days. This opens door for more flexible camera angles and room for creativity of course. The trick is to find the movements and angles that are happening around your object and follow them rather than just concentrating on one thing. Every person, every object has an angle and a flow, it’s like music, if you hear it you can capture it.