Anyone using Canon's Console software with the XL H1 or XL2? Canon says it will also work with their upcoming XH G1 and XH A1 as well. Look's to be somewhat similar to DV Rack for monitoring yet allows for camera tweaking. Any comments?
John D. Frey
25 Year owner/operator of two California-based production studios.
Digital West Video Productions of San Luis Obispo and Inland Images of Lake Elsinore
You are correct in that Canon's Console software is similiar to the other products you mention. However, Console is designed specifically for Canon's XL2, XLH1 and the new XH A1/ G1 cameras to allow extensive customization of the camera's internal image preset control per your needs. It's a great way to gain exclusive control over the entire image during a shoot - not to mention you also have the ability to record your video directly to your PC via the FireWire connection.
Console also allows you to store your customized image presets and load them back into your XL or XH camera(s) whenever you need to. This is a very handy tool for matching multiple XL or XH cameras together.
Think of Console as a robust software-based external Camera Control Unit (CCU) with many of the controls you would expect to find on a professional broadcast external CCU that also offers custom presets and direct to PC recording via FireWire.
Please do keep in touch and do let us know if you have any other questions or comments.
To clarify, Console version 1.01 should now soon be available to coincide with the release of the new Canon XH A1 and XH G1 camcorders.
In a nutshell, Console version 1.01 adds functionality and support for the new XH A1 and XH G1 camcorders as follows:
+36db gain control
+ 1.25/ -1.25 AE gain
WB preset shift
Color correction (a new in-camera color correction mode offered in the new XH camcorders)
Skin detail (XL H1, XL2 not supported)
Sky detail (new XH feature)