Hi guys- we just received our new Canon XF100 here at work, and I took it home last night to pour through the manual, study what everything does, and try and get the camera set up the way I <i>think</i> I want it... but of course none of this decision-making is based on experience! I'm planning on getting the camera out to our department picnic in a couple of weeks, so I can play with it and really learn to use it under no pressure in a practical environment with bright outdoor light, and lots of different shot types.
So, obviously learning how to do manual controls is of the essence for any serious videographer. I come from the still photo world, so I know how important this is. I would imagine even more so with video, because you can really tell when certain automatic camera functions are turned on when you watch a video. When shooting a live event like this, is it common to leave some of the automatic functions on, and others off? Are there any automatic settings that I should learn to master first?
I understand the use of zebra stripes and peaking, waveform monitors are a mystery to me, and I haven't really figured out the edge monitor.
Also, (and I've googled this for hours...) is there a good place to see an example of what a 30p or 60p overcranked shot looks like with different shutter angles? I'm going to shoot the picnic in 60p, but I want to see the differences that shutter speed makes with frame blur. I know that a 180 degree shutter angle creates little or no blur which is good for really crisp slow motion, but makes for a bit of a jittery looking video when played back at real-time speed. Is this the case?