What type of data is saved on the SD memory card? (XF200 / XF205)

Article ID: FAQ100094 | Date published: 05/29/2015 | Date last updated: 02/20/2024



The camcorder can record MP4 format (MP4 clips) and photos* to SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Custom picture files and a camera settings file can be recorded onto the SD card as well. The SD card serves also to store user memo files created with Canon XF Utility that you can then read and embed in the metadata of MXF clips.
An outline of the types of data that are saved on the card is as follows.


MP4 Movies

The camcorder records movies in MXF format (MXF clips) to CompactFlash ( CF) cards and movies in MP4 format (MP4 clips) and photos to SD (), SDHC (), and SDXC () memory cards.



It is possible to record photo data on the SD card while recording a clip or temporarily suspending video recording in <CAMERA> mode.
In addition, you can save photo data that is captured from a clip while suspending playback in <MEDIA> mode.


Camera Settings

After you adjust custom picture settings and settings in the various menus, you can save those settings on an SD card. You can load those settings at a later date or on another XF205 or XF200 camcorder so that you can use that camcorder in that same exact way.



The settings data that can be saved on the SD card is as follows.
  • Custom Picture
You can save settings for adjusting image quality, for example, to accommodate shooting conditions, to intentionally create certain effects, etc.
  • Setting items in the menu
You can save all setting items in the menus, including custom settings (custom functions, custom display).



For details about how to save settings data, see the instruction manual of the camcorder.
  • When loading camera settings from an SD card, even protected custom picture files in the camcorder will be replaced.
  • Only camera settings from other XF200 or XF205 camcorders can be used with this camcorder.



The camcorder automatically adds metadata to MXF clips while they are being recorded. You can use Canon XF Utility to check and search for specific metadata.



Metadata components are listed below. The setting method differs based on the selected component.
- User Memo: clip title, creator, location and description.
- GPS information: altitude, latitude and longitude.
- Recording data: Shutter speed, gain value, etc.
- Unique Material Identifiers (UMID): country, organization and user codes based on the SMPTE standard.



  • Managing User Memo Profiles
User Memo profiles contain useful identifying information, such as a clips title, creator, shooting location or brief description. Create User Memo profiles using XF Utility and save them on an SD
memory card in advance. Then, you can read a User Memo file from the memory card to the camcorder and use it for recording.



You can save the User Memo file on an SD memory card using the Canon XF Utility software. For more information, please refer to the Canon XF Utility Instruction Manual.
Up to 100 User Memo files can be saved on a single SD memory card.



  • GPS Information
When the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is connected to the camcorders USB terminal, the camcorder will automatically record the GPS information (longitude, latitude and altitude) to every recording you make (MXF clips, MP4 clips and photos). For MP4 clips and photos, the UTC (coordinated universal time) date and time will be recorded as well. For MXF clips, the GPS information is recorded as part of the clip's metadata and can be used to organize and search recordings using Canon XF Utility.
Depending on the GPS information recorded with the clips, GPS-based searches may not be accurate. Use the search results only as a reference.


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