Canon XA-10 Checklist

8 Oct

Here’s the helpful checklist offered by the Media Center’s Nick Hendershott …

Check your switches.

  • Channel 1&2 should be on “Mic”
  • INT/EXT set to “EXT”
  • Att (Attenuator) set to OFF if there’s no wind or heavy background noise, ON if there is.
  • AUTO/M/CINEMA switch set to “M” for Manual.
  • Your mic has a switch on it, make sure that’s on.

Check your menu settings.

-Press Menu, and go to the Wrench icon

  • AV/Headphones should be set to Headphones
  • Scroll down to Initialize, and initialize the internal memory, as well as the SD cards.

-Go to the Film Strip icon

  • Go to Rec. Media for Movies                                                                                                                                                                              (If you’re recording a little (under 45 minutes), set Double Slot Recording for card A & B, that way you’ll have an extra  backup. If you’re recording more than that, set Relay Recording A>B, so once card A fills up, it’ll switch automatically to card B.)
  • Go to Recording Mode

-Set Recording Mode to MXP, which is the highest quality.

-If you need more than an 1hr. 27m of time, set Recording Mode to FXP, which is a step down in quality but takes up less


NOTE: The other options are available, and can give you up to 6h of recording time, but are less than Full HD resolution, and use data rates that can make your footage look pretty bad.

  • Go to Frame Rate
  • Set Frame Rate to PF30. This is 30 frames per second, Progressive, which is what will work best for web and HDTV applications.

-Go to the Camera icon

  •  Go to XLR Rec Channel, and make sure CH1 is selected. This is a bit counterintuitive, because as what you’re actually setting is that Input 1 is recorded to CH1 and Input 2 is recorded


  • Use your headphones.  Your sound meter should peak around -10.  Don’t let it go over 0.


  • Use a tripod, unless there’s a good reason not to…

XA10 Instruction Manual

Excellent tutorial

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