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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Table of Contents
Overview ...................................................................... p5
Connections ............................................................... p7
Switches ...................................................................... p9
Gain Control ............................................................... p13
Setting Framelines .................................................. p15
Adjustments............................................................... p17
Character Generator ............................................ p19
Troubleshooting ........................................................ p21
The PANAVISION® Advanced Video for the PFXMXL camera [XLV] represents a new level of
quality for video assist. The XLV is part of a family of new video assists, which also include
versions for the Panaflex and Millennium cameras.
The XLV has the following advantages over previous video systems:
- Brighter video, for low light shooting
- All digital processing, for consistent imaging
- Serial control of all functions, for easy setup and adjustment
- Electronic de-anamorphoser
- Easy focus adjustment with no tools required
- Simple positional adjustments - up/down, left/right, and rotation
In addition, the XLV has the following standard Panavision features:
- Flicker-free at all framerates
- Auto, manual, or adjustable auto gain control
- Auto / 3200K / 5600K white balance settings
- NTSC and PAL versions
- 2 sets of adjustable framelines, with optional variable density masking
- Camera speed, shutter angle, and footage display [in feet, meters, or frames]
- Panatape distance display
Clean output
Frameline & Text output
Video control /
Panatape Input
The XLV offers 2 video outputs:
- one clean
- one with framelines and text output
The output functions can be set by a service technician.
Connect a BNC cable to the desired output.
Note: For multiple monitors it is better to loop them together, with one monitor's
output feeding the next monitor's input, rather than using a T connector to split
the signal.
The XLV has 2 serial ports [5 pin Lemo 0B] for external control. Port A is used for
loading software, and direct control of video parameters. Port B is used for Panatape
The XLV has the following primary switch functions:
Note: default configuration is right row switches in middle position except for on switch, and
left row switches all to the right.
On / Off
on or off
[red LED illuminates when on]
[+/- ]
plus / minus
adjusts manual gain, line gain,
or mask density, depending on
position of GAIN switch. [see p 11]
Use SEL position to select which
frameline is visible. Use MOD
position to change frameline
position. [see framelines, p15]
Enter button
Used to toggle through character
generator settings.
Color balance
Auto white balance, 3200K, or
5600K presets
Auto Gain Control [AGC]
Normal [right]
Boost [middle]
Manual [left]
See pp. 11-13 for more detail.
Color video [right]
Color bars [middle]
Black & White [left]
Image Comparison
Normal video [right]
Freeze image [middle]
Compare images [left]
In addition to the primary, labelled functions, the XLV has the following special switch functions, which are
activated by combining 2 or more switches as follows:
Switch Combo
Manual Gain
GAIN & [+/- ]
With the GAIN switch set to manual [left] position, use the [+/- ] switch to increase / decrease
picture brightness. Note: increasing gain amplifies the video signal and therefore also increases
video noise.
Frameline Brightness
GAIN, [+/- ], & CLR
Set the CLR/BW switch to CLR. With GAIN switch in Boost Auto [middle] position, use the [+/- ]
switch to brighten or darken the framelines.
Mask Density
GAIN & [+/- ]
With GAIN switch in Normal Auto [right] position, use the [+/- ] switch to brighten or darken the
mask surrounding the framelines.
MOD & [-]
Push MOD and the [-] switches at the same time.
Toggles through 4 positions: normal, anamorphic, upside-down spherical, upside down anamorphic
Status Display
MOD & [+]
Push the MOD and the [+] switches at the same time.
Toggles through 3 positions: verbose status [software version and parameters], brief status
[average picture level and gain level], and clean.
Note: after changing anamorphic mode or checking the status,
you may need to re-select your frameline setting.
Feet / Meters / Frames
ENTER & [+]
Press and hold the ENTER button. Push the [+] switch.
Toggles among feet, meters, and frames text display.
Character Surround
ENTER & [-]
Press and hold the ENTER button. Push the [-] switch to toggle between a black box around the
text, or a black outline around each character.
G a i n Ta r g e t
BW, GAIN, [+/- ]
Set the GAIN switch to either the Normal Auto [right] or Boost Auto [middle] position. Set the
CLR/BW switch to BW. Use the [+/- ] switch to adjust respective target level. Numerics will pop
up on the video monitor [frameline output only] indicating the new value. Inital starting values are:
Normal = 70, Boost = 100.
Film Format
Set CLR/BW switch to BW. Press and hold ENTER button. Push SEL.
Toggles among modes: 4 Perf, 3 Perf, 16mm, 65mm.
Flicker Mode
SEL & [+]
Push the SEL and [+] switches at the same time.
Turns flicker mode on or off.
Gain Control
Normal Auto Gain Control [AGC]
Setting the GAIN switch to the rightmost position enables the standard gain setting,
producing reduced video noise, darker shadows, better highllight detail, and in most
cases a more pleasing image than Boost AGC. The camera will automatically adjust
brightness for changing scene conditions. AGC target is adjustable via the panel
switches [see p11].
Boost Auto Gain Control
With the GAIN switch in the middle position, the XLV will automatically adjust the gain
level to attain a brighter image. Use this position in extreme low light situations when
maximum picture brightness is required.
Note: in many situations this will result in significant video noise, therefore, Normal
Auto Gain may be preferable.
Bright Scenes
For bright scenes, when no signal amplification [GAIN] is required, it is usually best to
set the GAIN control to the Manual [leftmost] position, and then use the [+/- ] switch to
bring the GAIN all the way down to zero. If the picture is still too bright, use the manual
iris control and the ND filter on the XLV to adjust the picture brightness.
Scenes with changing brightness
In situations where scene brightness changes, i.e. panning from a shaded to a sunny
area, it may be advantageous to set the GAIN control to the Manual [leftmost] position,
and use the [+/- ] switch to adjust the GAIN to the desired level. The XLV will hold this
setting and will not try to compensate for changing light levels.
Dark Scenes
When shooting in low light situations, make sure the ND filter is disengaged, and the
video manual iris is all the way open. Try setting GAIN the Boost AGC [middle] position.
If this results in too much noise, try the Normal AGC [right] setting.
SEL switch
Clean output
Frameline & Text output
Setting Framelines
The XLV provides 2 independent sets of framelines, which can be adjusted to any film format.
Follow these steps to setup the framelines:
1. Make sure you are viewing the frameline output.
2. Push the SEL/MOD switch towards the MOD position until you see the frameline set to be
The MOD switch cycles through 4 modes: Frameline A, Frameline B, Frameline A+B, No
3. Push the SEL/MOD switch towards SEL until the left side of the frame blinks as a dashed
The frameline setting will automatically be saved, and the frameline will stop blinking, if no
switch is pushed for a period of 2 seconds.
4. Push the [+/- ] switch in the appropriate direction to move the line.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 for all sides of the frameline.
Repeat steps 2 through 4 to adjust the second set of framelines.
Note: If you only see one set of framelines when selecting with the MOD
switch, one set could be hiding behind the other. Adjust the visible
frameline to a smaller size, so the other set becomes visible.
Once the frameline position has been set, you can adjust the freameline brightness and the
density of the surrounding mask area [see p11]
Iris Control
ND filter
Image Position
under cover
Focus Control
Image Position
Use philips
Rotation Locks
Turn the thumbwheel marked with the iris icons, on the front of the optical focus tube
Leftwards is open; rightwards is closed.
ND f i l t e r
Turn the thumbwheel segment on front of the optical focus tube. Pushing towards
camera lens mount inserts the ND filter into the light path, pushing the other way
removes the filter.
Open the cover on the top of the video optics tube. Turn the thumb-knob control to
adjust focus until the crosshair or grind of the ground glass is at its sharpest point. The
Panaglow framelines are on the other side of the ground glass, and may still be slightly
soft due to the shallow depth of field at the plane of focus.
Horizontal Position
Use a philips screwdriver to turn the adjusting screw [see diagram], moving the image
left or right.
Ver tical Position
Use a philips screwdriver to turn the adjusting screw [see diagram], moving the image
up or down.
Use a philips screwdriver to loosen the 2 rotation lock screws. Then push towards the
left or right on the focus knob to rotate the image. Tighten the 2 rotations lock screws.
Camera Footage
Camera Speed
24.0 fps
Camera Run Indicator
8. 6
8. 6
Panatape Distance
8. 6
24.0 fps
8. 6
Character Generator
The XLV has a built in character generator which can display camera speed or shutter angle,
film footage, and distance [from a Panatape] on the video monitor. A spinning line indicates
camera run status. This information is only available from the frameline/text video ouput.
Press the ENTER button to toggle through the various text location and size choices.
Panatape Distance Display
When a Panatape system is connected to port B, the PAV2 will auto-detect the signal.
The distance in feet and inches will be displayed at the bottom of the screen if the other
characters are at the top, and at the top if the other characters are at the bottom.
Footage counter reset
The video footage counter resets automatically when the camera footage counter is
reset [by pushing the R button on the rear control panel]
Character Surround
Press and hold the ENTER button. Push the [-] switch to toggle between a black box
around the text, or a black outline around each character.
Video control /
Panatape Input
As a part of our program of continual improvement to our products and services, Panavision
welcomes your feedback regarding any problems, questions, or comments. Please contact
your local Panavision office which supplied the equipment.
Some problems are solvable in the field. Please see the following list for some troubleshooting
For immediate assistance with any equipment problem, please contact the technical or service
department at your local Panavision office.
- Video won't power up
Make sure XL camera has power
Try a different battery
- Red light is lit, but no picture
Check BNC cables and connections
Run a BNC cable from a known good video source to the monitor. If that picture is ok,
connect the same cable to the XLV.
Try the other video output
- Noisy or grainy video image
Use Normal AGC or Manual gain. See Gain Control section, p13, for more details.
- Framelines are soft [out of focus]
When the video is properly focused on the crosshair or grind of the ground glass, the
Panaglow framelines may appear soft, due to the distance between the 2 surfaces, and
the shallow depth of field at the ground glass.
No picture, No power [red LED is not lit]
Call Panavision and report the problem. Set aside all video and power cables and
batteries connected to the camera at the time of the failure. Make note of all
accessories and external devices [monitors, playback decks etc.] connected to the
camera system. This information will help our technicians repair the video and prevent
future problems on your set.
Image is soft when ND filter is engaged, but sharp without it.
ND gel filter may be warped. Call Panavision to have filter exchanged.
- Moving the Gain switch between Normal and Boost doesn't do anything.
If the video image is either very bright or very dark, both settings will look the same,
because either setting will eventually go through the whole range of adjustment
between 0 gain and max gain.
To test the function, try a lighter or darker scene, or try opening or closing the iris.
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