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Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders

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Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders is more than just a basic overview of these two sophisticated machines. The DVDs cover not only the rudiments of the systems but give you an in-depth explanation of why and when to use certain functions. In addition, the program covers potential flaws in the system. In this way, by avoiding the pitfalls, you won't lose time or footage. Irrespective of whether you are a pure beginner or a seasoned user, this 3 DVD set will have something for you to learn.

Chapters

Introduction
Overview of the Camcorder
Navigating the Menus
On-Screen Displays & Markers
Choosing a Video Configuration
Assignable Buttons
Clip Naming & Metadata
Custom Picture Files
CompactFlash Cards
Video Scopes
White Balance
Controlling Exposure
Focusing Techniques
Zooming Options
Audio Recording & Output
Image Stabilizer Options
Timecode & Genlock
Special Recording Modes
Taking Still Photos
Playback
Media Mode Menus
Ingest & Archive with XF Utility
Importing with Final Cut Pro
Summary
Subject Film, Video & TV Production
Author Not Specified by Manufacturer
Edition 1st
Hard/Soft Cover DVD-Video
Pages 3.5 hours
3 Discs
DVD-Video
NTSC
English 1
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NTSC DVDs will play on most PAL DVD players

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Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Specified by Manufacturer
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2010
Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders
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    Vortex MediaDVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders
     
    4.9

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Professional quality (5)
    • Easy to follow (4)
    • Improves performance (3)
    • Informative (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Educational (3)
      • Independent films (3)
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        • Business owner (3)
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      5.0

      The best money you will spend

      By Mike Hayes

      from Amarillo, Texas

      About Me Educator

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      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Easy to Use
      • Fun to use
      • Good Value
      • Innovative
      • Just Awesome
      • Promotes participation
      • Reliable Information
      • Well-made

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning reinforcement
        • Skill Enhancement

        Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

        I can simply say this is the PERFECT item to purchase for the Canon XF300 / 305. The three hours are worth every second of your time to watch. The fact Canon is not a stake holder in the company doing the review, he tells it like it is. It is nice to hear all the positive things he has to say about my camera investment and the cons he describes are there, but few and expected. Very informative video. I have never used a professional video camera and the learning curve will be pretty big for me. I am a teacher who is making the investment for my student's success. I make YouTube videos to help parents and students with the concepts I am teaching. This video will make the learning curve quicker for me and the fact I can go back and review ideas is a big plus. I could not have imagined jumping into the Canon XF 300 without this video, it should be a required purchase with the Canon XF 300 / 305. Just AWESOME!

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          5.0

          Great Training Aid

          By TampaRandy

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Wedding Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Value
          • Reliable Information

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

              A well done Training DVD for the XF300. Really like how this guy gives you a real honest opinion about certain features on the XF300. Being he doesn't work for Canon, it's not the normal fluff you'll get from the Canon people.

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              5.0

              These DVD's flatten the learning curve.

              By JPenn

              from Bath PA

              About Me Freelancer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable Information
              • Well-made

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Skill Enhancement

                Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                It definitely is a lot easier to watch, and listen to someone go through the settings and features of this camera, then to get it out of the manual. The manual is a little vague on some features. I'm glad I bought the Vortex DVD workshop!

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                5.0

                If you buy the camera, get the DVD!

                By Bilbo Video

                from Kennewick, WA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Follow
                • Informative

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational
                  • Reference

                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                  I have been using two Canon GL-1 cams for 11 years. I moved up to the XF 300 and easily would have been lost without the Vortex DVD workshop. He is easy to listen to and describes the features very clearly. I especially like that he tells you the honest good and unfortunate aspects of the camera. I am using the camera confidently now and have not yet even cracked open the manual. He also recommends settings on the camera to get you going. It is worth whatever you pay for it!

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                  5.0

                  great instruction

                  By trish

                  from Laguna Niguel CA.

                  About Me Bookworm

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Follow

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Educational

                    Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                    I just bought my Canon xf300 and I am very thankful for this video series

                    It saved me so many boring hours of reading the manual

                    or having to figure out the unique functions on this camera all by myself.

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                    5.0

                    Great, Very Informative!

                    By Levine

                    from NY

                    About Me Everyday Reader

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Follow
                    • Informative

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Reference

                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                      Very helpful and detailed

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                      5.0

                      Great way to get familiar with the 300

                      By Gary

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Bookworm

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Follow
                      • Informative
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Educational

                        Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                        This product made my transition to the XF300 a breeze. I purchased the DVD before receiving the camera and felt comfortable with the features/controls before the camera arrived. I highly recommend this product.

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                        5.0

                        Vortex DVD Mastering the Canon XF305/300

                        By mblair

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                          I had an extensive background in professional still photography equipment but was new to video. This DVD was the perfect tool for me to quickly understand all of the settings, menus, and functions of a pro camcorder. And I believe it could have helped me greatly even if I had handled pro camcorders before.

                          If you are new to pro video or just to the XF cameras, this video will help no matter.

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                          5.0

                          Very helpful

                          By Reviewed by me

                          from Holland, MI

                          About Me Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Well done Informative

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                              I bought this with a Canon XF300. I've found it to be very well done and informative. It's helped me familiarize myself with the XF300 quickly. Plus, you can jump around to specific chapters on the DVD's to focus on or review specific topics.

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                              5.0

                              Mastering the Canon Xf305

                              By Greg Frewin Magicman

                              from Fonthill Ontario Canada

                              About Me Business Owner

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                  This dvd set is well worth the money for new owners of a canon XF 305. It teaches you everything from an operators point of view. It is especially good for those that dont know there way around a camera to well. Excellent set of DVDS.

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent

                                  By David

                                  from Dayton, OH

                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                    Highly recommended...this is a well-produced instructional set, with an independent (i.e., not vendor-biased) perspective. Well worth the money and time to effectively use the XF-300/XF-305.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Accessory

                                    By fbarr

                                    from Akron, OH

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to listen
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • cost

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                      You will learn more about the camera than the manual explains. The intro chapter opened some new aspects. The cost is a little high but you would not buy used tires for your new car. The cost of the DVD goes with the value of the camera.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great DVD to start using the XF300

                                      By Francisco

                                      from Toronto,On

                                      About Me Business Owner

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Critical information

                                      Cons

                                      • Shy on comparisons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Informative

                                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                      This is a great DVD to drive you trough the main controls of the camera. It informs you very well of details that are critical to the proper use of the cameras settings, advantages and it prevent you from unknowingly shoot under wrong settings.
                                      It does not teach nothing but the camera. I'm thankful to Doug Jensen for producing this videos.
                                      There are very few things that I wish were there, but on the other hand I watched the video only once.
                                      As in other of my reviews I'll be happy to write again once I go back to the material and study it again in more detail.
                                      One thing for sure I would have love to hear from such an experience man like Doug Jensen:some comparisons between cameras of the "same rank" from Sony and Panasonic, for example.
                                      And, one more thing, the video gives the impression that he shoots with this camera in regular basis...does he?....any way, I'm happy with this purchase.

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                                      5.0

                                      Very good overview of XF300

                                      By Alaska

                                      from Utah

                                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • Independent Films
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                        Gives insights that may take weeks to learn on your own.

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                                        4.0

                                        Like what I saw.

                                        By gwdtex

                                        from Texas

                                        About Me Hobbyist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Improves Performance

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Movies

                                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: Mastering the Canon XF305 & XF300 Camcorders:

                                          Enjoyed watching this video it was interesting from the beginning to the end. It's a one maybe two time watch just to review some of the set ups on the camera.

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