Advanced Video Editing

Canon XF300

Preparing the Camera

Turning the camcorder on and off

There are two operating modes for the Canon XF300 - CAMERA (for recording video) and MEDIA (for play back)

  • Hold down the green button and slide the switch to CAMERA for camera mode or MEDIA for playing back your recordings 

Attaching the Battery

  • Set the power switch to OFF (always turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting any power source)
  • At the rear of the camera, slide the BATT OPEN compartment switch in the direction of the arrow. The compartment cover will open.
  • Insert the battery pack all the way into the compartment and press gently until it clicks
  • Close the cover. 
  • When removing the battery, make sure the power switch is set to OFF


Using the AC Adapter

The CA-930 Compact Power Adapter and cables enable you to plug the camera into the wall socket. 

  • Set the power switch to OFF (always turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting any power source)
  • Connect the DC cable to the DC IN terminal located above the grip belt
  • Connect the power cord to the AC adapter
  • Plug the power cord into the wall socket and then power up the camera. 
  • Before unplugging from the wall socket, make sure the power switch is set to OFF.


Eye Cup

The eye cup protects the viewfinder when it happens to be pointing towards the sun or other strong light sources. The light may cause damage to the internal components of the viewfinder if exposed for a length of time. The eye cup also protects the viewfinder from dust and scratches when the camera is stored away. When attaching the cup, you don't need to force it in. Gently insert into the rubber portion of the viewfinder unit. When removing the cup, always make sure that you put it into the camera bag in a safe place where you can always find it. At the end of each shoot, when you put the camera back in the bag, please insert the cup.

Diopter Adjustment

Before you can focus the camera lens, you need to focus the viewfinder to your eye. The diopter adjustment is located on the underside of the viewfinder eyepiece.

  • Set the power switch to ON
  • Detach the eye-cup and put it in the camera bag where you can find it again
  • Look into the viewfinder at the data code (the text that shows f-stops, battery strength, etc.)
  • Adjust the diopter until the data code appears sharp to your eye.  

Using the LCD Panel

The LCD Panel slides out from the underside of the camera's shotgun mic. Please be gentle when sliding out the viewfinder. Don't be in a hurry to extend it. You can slide out the panel either left or right.

  • To slide it out left, push from the right (to slide it right, then push from the left)
  • Extend the panel until it's perpendicular to the handle
  • Rotate the panel to its desired position.
  • You can rotate the panel to face the front of the camera. Then use the MIRROR button on the back of the panel so that the image appears right-side up. 
  • Before transporting the camera a significant distance, you need to slide the LCD panel back to its resting position under the shotgun mic. Or when you return the camera to the bag, make sure the LCD panel is stowed away. 
  • Again, please be gentle with the LCD Panel.


When you swivel out the LCD panel to the left, then push from the right. Don't try to grab the panel and pull it out as you might scratch the screen. 

Make sure to gently slide the LCD Panel back to its position under the shotgun mic before packing the camera in the bag or transporting it by hand across a significant distance. 

Inserting and Removing a CF Card

You can use either one of two slots (A or B) located at the back of the camera. You can only record video using the CF cards. The SD card slot can only be used to take pictures, not for recording video. 

  • Slide the cover switch in the direction of the arrow. The card slot cover for A will open upward. For B the cover will open downward
  • Insert the CF card straight with the label facing up all the way into the slot
  • Close the CF card slot cover (don't force the cover closed if the card is inserted wrong)
  • Power up the camera. You can check the status of the CF card by looking at the access indicator located on the side of the camera to the left of the card slots.
  • To remove the card, wait until the access light is off
  • Push the CF card release button. The card will partially pop out. 
  • Pull the card all the way out and then close the CF card slot cover. 

Access Indictor Lights

  • Red - when this light is on, the camera is accessing the CF card. Do not disconnect the power source or try to open the card slot cover. Doing so, while the card is being accessed, could cause permanent data loss. 
  • Green - the CF card slot is selected, making recording/playback possible.
  • Off - either a CF card is not inserted or the slot is not selected, or the card is not being accessed.

Switching between CF cards

Use the SLOT SELECT button located near the access light.




Initialising the CF card

You must initialise a card the first time you use it. Initialising will permanently delete any existing data that is already on the card. 

Initialising comes in two choices: Quick Initialisation, which clears the file allocation table, but does not physically erase the stored data, and Complete Initialisation, which deletes all data permanently. 

You need to be in CAMERA mode to initialise the card

  • Press the MENU button and use the SELECT to scroll down to the Wrench icon. Select and then scroll to Initialise Media
  • Select the card slot you want and then press SET
  • Select OK and then SET