I have been shooting on an XHA1 for a while now and we use a Sony HVR-MRC1 to capture the video to CF cards. The Sony is connected via Firewire. This system has been working great!
I decided to try to test a few different picture presets on the Canon. As I select new presets, I can see the difference in the camera's view screen. But when I transferred the files from the CF to my computer and opened them in Adobe Premiere CS6, There seems to be no difference in the clips, every clip looks the same.