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DVD: $30



  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of the Camcorder
  3. Navigating the Menus
  4. On-Screen Displays & Markers
  5. Choosing a Video Configuration
  6. Assignable Buttons
  7. Clip Naming & Metadata
  8. Custom Picture Files
  9. CompactFlash Cards
  10. Video Scopes
  11. White Balance
  12. Controlling Exposure
  13. Focusing Techniques
  14. Zooming Options
  15. Audio Recording & Output
  16. Image Stabilizer Options
  17. Timecode & Genlock
  18. Special Recording Modes
  19. Taking Still Photos
  20. Playback
  21. Media Mode Menus
  22. Ingest & Archive with XF Utility
  23. Importing with Final Cut Pro
  24. Summary



Check out some of Doug's XF305 footage at Vimeo:

Nature Footage with the XF305

Water Skiing with the XF305







Doug Jensen


3.5 hours / 3 discs / 24 chapters

Recommended for:

Owners and operators of Canon's XF305, XF300, XF205, XF200, XF105, and XF100 camcorders

Format / Language:

NTSC / English (Note: NTSC DVDs also work with PAL players)

This DVD is the easiest way to learn both the fundamentals and advanced features of these amazing Canon camcorders and their state-of-the-art tapeless workflow. This is not a superficial review of the camcorder nor a quick look at the various functions. It took two months and more than 400 man-hours to research, write, plan, shoot, and edit this 3.5 hour workshop. This training video not only tells you "what" a feature does, it also tells you "why", "when", and "how" to use it.

This is as close to a one-on-one training seminar as you can get without actually traveling to attend a class. How much is your time worth? For a small investment you get to tap into a wealth of knowledge that would normally take days for you to acquire on your own . . . assuming that you even discovered some of the tips and warnings covered in this workshop.

The video includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, clip naming, file management, clip importing, Custom Picture files, time-code, assign buttons, focusing, zooming, face-detect, shutter speed, time-lapse, slow-motion, basic editing, working with CAMSET files, taking still photos, and more. No stone is left unturned. All of the camera's pros and cons are explained so that you can avoid costly mistakes, lost footage, and wasted time. This DVD is a completely independent production with no sponsorship, input, or approval from Canon. It delivers unbiased information and professional advice that can’t be found in the XF305 and XF300 owner’s manual.

This workshop is designed to help anyone, from a novice to an experienced ENG/EFP shooter, get the best results from their XF305/300. The video provides real-world examples and suggested techniques that are simple to put into practice. All Vortex Media training videos are carefully researched, planned, and written to teach you what's important -- without getting bogged down in jargon or unnecessary technical details.

NOTE: The XF305/300 and XF105/100 are very similar cameras, so Vortex Media will not be producing a special training DVD for the XF105/100.

3:00 trailer

10:00 excerpt from chapter 6



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