Canon DV-PC Instruction manual

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PUB.DIE-166
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER
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Instruction Manual
CANON INC.
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Canon Europa N.V.
P.O. Box 2262, 1180 EG Amstelveen, the Netherlands
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Canon UK Ltd.
Ribcon Way
Luton Bedfordshire LU4 9UR
Telephone 0870-241-2161
Canon Australia Pty. Ltd
1 Thomas Holt Drive, North Ryde, N.S.W. 2113, Australia
Telephone 805-2000, Fax 887-4484
Using the Full
Range of Features
Canon New Zealand Ltd
Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, P.O. Box 33-336, Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone 486-1570, Fax 486-6420
Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd
79 Anson Road #09-01/06, Singapore 079906
Telephone (65)-532-4400, Fax (65)-221-2939
Canon Hongkong Company Ltd
9/F, The Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
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Canon Latin America, Inc.
Sales & Enquiries: 703 Waterford Way Suite 400 Miami, FL 33126 USA
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Additional
Information
This instruction book explains the use of the MV550i and MV530i camcorders.
Please note that illustrations and explanations in this instruction book refer
mainly to the MV550i model.
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Important Usage Instructions
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING
INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
For Users in the UK
When replacing the fuse only a correctly rated approved type should be used and be sure to re-fit
the fuse cover.
CAUTION:
CUSTOMERS IN THE U.K. SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
CHANGING THE FUSE
THE MAINS LEAD ON THIS PRODUCT IS FITTED WITH A NON-REWIREABLE
(MOULDED) PLUG, INCORPORATING A 3 AMP FUSE. SHOULD THE FUSE NEED TO
BE REPLACED AN ASTA OR BSI APPROVED BS1362 FUSE OF THE SAME RATING
MUST BE USED.
ALWAYS REFIT THE FUSE COVER AFTER REPLACING THE FUSE. NEVER USE THE
PLUG WITH THE FUSE COVER OMITTED.
CHANGING THE PLUG
IF THE FITTED PLUG IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUR SOCKET OUTLETS, IT SHOULD
BE CUT OFF AND AN APPROPRIATE PLUG FITTED IN ITS PLACE. IF POSSIBLE FIT AN
APPROPRIATE 3 AMP FUSE. IF THE NEW PLUG HAS NO FUSE, THEN FIT A 5 AMP
FUSE AT THE DISTRIBUTION BOARD.
AC POWER CORD CONNECTION
The wires in the mains lead of this apparatus are coloured in accordance with the following
cord.
(IMPORTANT)
Mains Lead
BLUE ..................NEUTRAL
BROWN...............LIVE
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead may not correspond with the coloured markings
identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows: The wire which is coloured BLUE
must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured black. The
wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the
letter L or coloured red. Neither Blue wire or Brown wire is to be connected to the Earth pin
of a 3 pin plug.
THE SEVERED PLUG MUST BE DESTROYED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE
ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD.
CA-560 identification plate is located on the bottom.
• Use of CV-150F/CV-250F DV cable is necessary to comply with the technical requirement of
EMC Directive.
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Operating Step and Reference Guide
Your camcorder is supplied with two manuals: the “Digital Video Camcorder
MV550i/MV530i Instruction Manual” and the “Digital Video Solution Disk
Instruction Manual”.
Introduction
Digital Video Camcorder MV550i/MV530i MC
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Using the Full Range of Features
Editing
Using the memory card
Digital Video Solution Disk Instruction Manual
Installing the software
Connecting the Camcorder to a Computer
Downloading the Still Image to a Computer
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Contents
Introduction
Introduction
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Important Usage Instructions ....................2
Operating Step and Reference Guide ........3
Thank you for Choosing a Canon ..............6
Introducing the MV550i/MV530i ..............7
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Finding Your Way Around
the MV550i/MV530i ............................8
~ Preparations ~
Attaching the Ferrite Core........................11
Powering Your Camcorder ......................12
Loading a Cassette ..................................17
~ Basic Recording ~
Basic Recording ......................................19
Zooming ..................................................24
Using the LCD Screen ............................26
~ Basic Playback ~
Playing Back a Cassette ..........................29
Connections for Playback on a
TV Screen............................................33
Tips for Making Better Videos ................37
Using the Full Range of
Features
~ General ... ~
Searching and Reviewing
While Recording ................................39
Using the Menus ......................................40
Using the Wireless Controller ..................49
MV550i Adjusting the Selectable Colour
Light-up Buttons ................................52
~ For Recording ...~
Setting the Date and Time........................53
Taking Still Pictures to a Cassette............56
Turning the Image Stabilizer Off ............58
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Using the Various Recording Programs ..59
Using Digital Effects ................................63
Using the Multi-Image Screen ................68
Audio Recording ......................................70
Setting the Self-Timer ..............................72
MV550i Using the VL-3 Video Light
(optional) ............................................74
MV550i Using the DM-50 Microphone
(optional) ............................................75
~ When Making Manual Adjustments ...~
Ajusting AE Shift ....................................76
Setting the Shutter Speed ........................77
Adjusting Focus Manually ......................79
Setting the White Balance ........................80
~ For Playback ...~
Displaying Date, Time and Camcorder Data
(Data Code) ........................................82
Searching the Tape (Photo Search/
Date Search) ........................................85
Returning to a Pre-Marked Position ........86
Editing
Editing to a VCR ......................................87
Dubbing to/from a Cassette with Digital
Video Equipment ................................88
Recording from a VCR, TV or Analog
Camcorder (Analog Line-in) ..............91
Digitally Outputting Analog Video
and Audio Signals
(Analog-Digital Converter) ................93
Recording Over Existing Scenes
(AV Insert Editing) ..............................95
Audio Dubbing ........................................98
Setting the Audio Mix ............................101
Connecting to a PC Using a DV Cable..103
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Using a Memory Card
Copying Still Images from a Cassette....125
Copying Memory Card Still Images
to a Cassette ......................................126
Formatting a Memory Card....................127
Utilizing memory card still images
on a PC ..............................................128
Other Information and Precautions ........129
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Memory Card Introduction ....................104
Recording Still Images to a
Memory Card ....................................108
Recording an Image from a Cassette
as a Still Image ..................................110
Recording from Another DV Device
as a Still Image ..................................111
Viewing Still Images ..............................112
Settings of the Still Image recorded
to a memory card ..............................114
Preventing Accidental Erasure
(Protect) ............................................117
Marking a Still Image for Printing
(Print Mark) ......................................118
Erasing Still Images ..........................120
Combining Images and Recording
Them to a Cassette (Card Mix) ........122
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Preparing the Camcorder........................132
Notes on Using the Batteries..................134
Maintenance ..........................................138
Troubleshooting......................................142
The MV550i/MV530i System Diagram 146
Optional Accessories ..............................147
Screen Displays ......................................150
Specifications ........................................157
Index ......................................................159
Menu at a Glance ..................................162
For quick reference
In addition to the contents and index
please refer to:
• Finding Your Way Around
the MV550i/MV530i ( 8)
• Screen displays ( 150)
• Troubleshooting — in case you run
into any problems ( 142)
• Menu at a Glance ( 162)
Symbols used in this instruction
manual:
: Reference page numbers
: Functions that can be operated
from the body of the camcorder
: Functions that can be operated
from the wireless controller
: Supplementary notes for
camcorder operation
` : Operation confirmation beeps
( 23)
• Capital letters are used to refer to
settings displayed in the menus and
buttons labelled on the camcorder
itself, e.g. Press the MENU button.
• The illustrated screens are for the
MV550i.
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Thank you for Choosing a Canon
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First, we’d like to thank you for
purchasing this Canon camcorder. Its
advanced technology makes it very
easy to use — you will soon be making
high-quality videos which will give you
pleasure for years to come.
To get the most out of your new
camcorder, we recommend that you
read this manual thoroughly — there
are many sophisticated features which
will add to your recording enjoyment.
Your camcorder is supplied with the
following accessories:
WL-D77 Wireless
Controller
Two AA batteries
SS-800 Shoulder Strap
Lens cap and lens cap
cord
MV550i BP-512
MV530i BP-508
Battery Pack
CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter
(including AC power cable)
Lithium button battery
STV-250N Stereo
Video Cable
PC-A10 SCART
Adapter (Europe, Asia)
MMC-8M MultiMediaCard
(with pre-recorded
sample images)
Soft case for
MultiMediaCard
Ferrite Core
IFC-300PCU USB
cable*
Digital Video Solution
Disk Software
CD-ROM*
Getting started
To get started we suggest that you
master the basic operations of the
camcorder first, before moving on to
use its full range of features.
• When connecting the camcorder to
your personal computer, use the
optional CV-150F or CV-250F DV
cable.
When connecting the camcorder to
your PC equipped with a USB
terminal, use the supplied IFC300PCU USB cable.
* Required when you want to use your
PC to utilize images on a memory
card recorded with the camcorder.
For details, see the software
instruction manual.
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Introducing the MV550i/MV530i
MV550i 22× Lens and 440×
Digital Zoom
USB Terminal
Record for 1.5×, 2× or 3× longer than
when in SP mode— up to 4 hours on an
80 minute tape. ( MV530i 1.5× only)
Image Stabilizer
Allows high speed transfer of memory
card data to PCs mounting the USB
terminal. By using the software provided,
you can process and organise still images
on your PC.
Night Mode
In dark places, automatically adjusts to
the optimum shutter speed according to
the brightness of the subject for shooting
brightly in colour.
IEEE 1394 DV Terminal
Using a DV cable, connect
the comecorder to a PC
equipped with a DV
terminal and transfer your
original images and sound
to your PC.
Stabilizes your recordings
even in long telephoto
shots.
Advanced
Accessory Shoe
MV550i
Allows the Canon Video Light VL-3 or
the Directional Stereo Microphone DM50 (both optional) to be easily attached
and powered by the camcorder’s own
power source.
Digital Effects
Advanced digital
technology allows you to
add special effects during
recording or playback.
Display 4, 9 or 16 still
images at once with the
multi-image screen.
Memory Card
Record, manage and store still images on
a MultiMediaCard or an SD Memory
Card. Recorded images can be
immediately checked by the press of a
single button, allowing you to erase them
or set protection. Combine still images
recorded on the card with your original
movies or still images. Also great for
easy transfer of still images to a PC.
Still Photos
Just press the photo button
to capture still pictures. You
can record vivid still images
onto a memory card with
the incorporated mechanical
shutter. (Progressive Photo)
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18× Lens and 360×
Digital Zoom
MV530i
Extended Recording Time
Function
Selectable Colour
Light-up Buttons
MV550i
Analog Line-in Recording
Connect to a VCR or analog camcorder
and record to a DV tape in the camcorder.
Audio Dubbing/AV Insert Editing
2.5” LCD Screen
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Finding Your Way Around the MV550i/MV530i
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REC (record) SEARCH – button(p. 39)/
Record review button (p. 39)/
(rewind) button (p. 29)/
CARD – button (p. 112)
REC SEARCH + button (p. 39)/
(fast forward) button (p. 29)/
CARD + button (p. 112)
FOCUS button (p. 79)/
(play/pause) button (p. 29)/
SLIDE SHOW button (p. 113)
AE SHIFT button (p. 76)/
(stop) button (p. 29)/
Index screen button (p. 113)
LCD panel OPEN button (p. 26)
BATT. (battery) RELEASE
button (p. 14)
LCD screen (p. 26)
Memory card compartment
cover (p. 105)
Backup battery
cover (p. 136)
Battery attachment
unit (p. 13)
Strap attachment bar (p. 133)
Selector dial (p. 32, 41)
Self-timer button (p. 72)/
DATA CODE button (p. 82)
Card access indicator (p. 105)
Program selector (p. 59)
Card MIX button
(p. 124)
P Program AE
MIX
DIGITAL EFFECTS
button (p. 66)
DIGITAL
EFFECTS
Digital effects ON/OFF
button (p. 66)
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DATA
CODE
ON/OFF
P
MENU
Easy Recording
MENU button (p. 41)
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Viewfinder focusing lever (p. 132)
Serial number (Body No.)
PHOTO button (p. 56, 108)
MV550i Advanced accessory
shoe (p. 74, 75)
MV530i Accessory shoe
(p. 70)
Zoom controller (p. 24)
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000
123
Viewfinder protect
cover (p. 139)
Speaker (p. 32)
TAPE/CARD switch (p. 19)
Viewfinder (p. 132, 139)
CARD
TAPE
Strap attachment bar
(p. 133)
POWER indicator
(p. 19)
Start/Stop button (p. 20)
Grip belt (p. 132)
POWER switch (p. 19)
C AM ER A
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•
OFF
•
PLAY(VCR)
•
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
Cassette compartment cover
(p. 17)
Cassette compartment (p. 17)
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Terminal cover
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Remote sensor (p. 49)
Stereo microphone (p. 98)
Terminal cover
S-video IN/OUT
terminal (p. 35, 91)
u (LANC) terminal (p. 87)
S
DV
DV IN/OUT terminal
(p. 88, 103, 111)
USB terminal (p. 128)
AV (audio/video) IN/OUT
terminal (p. 33, 91)/
(phones) terminal (p. 32)
AV
DC IN
9.5V
Bottom view
CHARGE
MIC
CHARGE indicator
(p. 13)
OPEN/EJECT switch
(p. 17)
DC IN terminal (p. 12)
MIC terminal (p. 70, 98)
Tripod socket (p. 37)
PHOTO button (p. 56, 108)
Transmitter
START/STOP
button (p. 20)
Zoom buttons (p. 24)
MENU button (p. 41)
SELF TIMER button (p. 72)
TV SCREEN button (p. 150)
DATA CODE button (p. 82)
D.EFFECTS (Digital effects)
button (p. 66)
AUDIO MONITOR button (p. 101)
REC PAUSE button (p. 89, 92)
ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 86)
Controller buttons (p. 41)
START
/STOP PHOTO
SELF
TIMER
buttons (p. 112)
AUDIO DUB. button (p. 100)
AV INSERT button (p. 97)
REMOTE SET button (p. 50)
T
MENU
TV
SCREEN
SET
DATA
CODE D.EFFECTS
AUDIO
MONITOR ST-1
REC
PAUSE
SET button (p. 41)
Digital effects ON/OFF button
(p. 66)
ON/OFF
MIX
BALANCE
– CARD +
MIX BALANCE buttons (p. 101)
ST-2
SLIDESHOW
ZERO SET SEARCH
MEMORY SELECT
AUDIO
DUB.
REW
PLAY
FF
AV
INSERT
–/
STOP
+/
REMOTE SET PAUSE
CARD
ZOOM
W
SLOW
×2
SET
WIRELESS CONTROLLER WL-D77
SLIDE SHOW button (p. 113)
Search buttons (p. 85)
SEARCH SELECT button (p. 85)
FF
button (p. 29)
PLAY
button (p. 29)
button (p. 30)
× 2 button (p. 31)
STOP
SLOW
REW
button (p. 29)
button (p. 30)
button (p. 29)
button (p. 30)
PAUSE
button (p. 30)
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Attaching the Ferrite Core
Attach the enclosed ferrite core before
you connect the CA-560 Compact Power
Adapter to the camcorder.
Attach the ferrite core to the cable about
4 cm from the plug end (the plug to be
connected to the camcorder) of the
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter.
4cm
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter
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• Pass the cable through the centre of the
core and wrap it around the core once,
then close the unit until it clicks shut.
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Powering Your Camcorder
Before operating your camcorder, you will need to use the power adapter to:
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Provide power from a mains outlet
or
Charge a battery pack
Notes:
• The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V
AC, 50/60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camcorder.
• If the adapter is used next to a TV, it may cause bars to appear on the TV —
move the adapter away from the TV or the aerial cable.
Connecting the camcorder to a mains outlet
1
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
4
2
3
Use the power adapter to provide your camcorder with instant power from a mains
outlet. Always turn the camcorder off before connecting/removing the power
source.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
12
Set the POWER switch to OFF.
Connect the power adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal.
Connect the power cable to the power adapter.
Plug the power cable into a mains outlet.
Disconnect the power adapter from the camcorder after use.
Unplug the power cable from the mains outlet, then disconnect it
from the adapter.
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Attaching and charging the battery packs
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POWER
CAMERA
DC IN
9.5V
OFF
CHARGE
PLAY(VCR)
3
4
CHARGE indicator
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3
Your battery pack was partially charged before it left the factory. It should have
enough power for you to check that your camcorder is working properly.
However, you must charge the battery pack fully if you want it to power the
camcorder for more than a few minutes.
Always turn the camcorder off before connecting/removing the battery.
1. Set the POWER switch to OFF.
2. Attach the battery to the camcorder.
• Remove the battery pack’s terminal cover.
• Rotate the viewfinder upwards.
• With the triangle on the battery pack pointing downwards, align the edge of
the battery pack with the line on the camcorder, press lightly and slide the
battery down until it clicks into place.
3. Connect the power adapter to the camcorder.
4. Connect the power cable to the adapter and plug it into a mains
outlet.
• The charge indicator flashes red to show that charging is in progress. Single
flashes mean that the battery pack is less than 50% charged. Double flashes
mean that it is more than 50% charged. The indicator glows steadily when
the battery pack is fully charged. If the indicator blinks rapidly and
continuously (twice a second), the battery pack may be defective.
• The battery pack will also charge when the POWER switch is turned to
positions other than OFF. The CHARGE indicator may flash.
5. When charging is complete, disconnect the power adapter from the
camcorder. Unplug the power cable from the mains outlet, then
disconnect it from the adapter.
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• Rotate the viewfinder upwards.
• Press and hold the BATT. RELEASE button while you slide the battery up.
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Notes:
• Never connect an unspecified product to the camcorder’s DC terminal.
Likewise, do not connect the power adapter to an unspecified product.
• You can find detailed notes for using the batteries in the “Notes on Using the
Batteries” ( 134). These notes include charging and recording times and how
to install the backup battery.
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter
Specifications
Power supply
Power consumption
Rated output
Operating temperature range
Dimensions
Weight
100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
34 W
9.5 V, 2.7 A DC
0°C–40°C (32°F–104°F)
57 × 28 × 104 mm (2 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 4 1/8 in)
180 g (6 3/8 oz) (without power cable)
Weight and dimensions are approximate.
Errors and omissions excepted.
Subject to change without notice.
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Using the Charge Adapter CR-560 Kit (optional)
The Compact Power Adapter CA-560 included with the camcorder can be used
along with the CR-560 Kit for 3 different ways to power the camcorder or charge
battery packs:
1. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs with power from your car battery.
2. Operate the camcorder with power from your car battery.
3. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs from a household mains outlet.
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Charge Adapter
Car Battery Cable
DC Cable
1. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs with power from your car
battery.
1 or 2 battery pack(s) + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable → car’s cigarette
lighter
CHARGE
To car’s
cigarette lighter
• Fast charging for the high-capacity BP-522 and BP-535 (both optional). Fifteen
minutes of charging gives 70 minutes of recording (using the viewfinder).
Time required for full charge
from car battery or household outlet
BP-508
1 hr. 20 min.
BP-512
1 hr. 20 min.
BP-511 (optional)
1 hr. 20 min.
BP-522 (optional)
1 hr. 40 min.
BP-535 (optional)
2 hr. 30 min.
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2. Operate the camcorder with power from your car battery.
Camcorder + DC Cable + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable → car’s
cigarette lighter
To car’s
cigarette lighter
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3. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs from a household mains
outlet.
1 or 2 battery pack(s) + Charge Adapter + Compact Power Adapter
CHARGE
• Fast charging for the high-capacity BP-522 and BP-535 (both optional). Fifteen
minutes of charging gives 70 minutes of recording (using the viewfinder).
Note:
• For full details of how to use the CR-560, refer to its instruction manual.
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Loading a Cassette
PU
SH
OPEN/EJECT
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Only use videocassettes marked with the D logo.*
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Loading and unloading
1. Make sure that you have attached a power source.
2. Slide the OPEN / EJECT 5 switch (on the bottom of the
camcorder) to release the cassette compartment cover.
• Pull the cover fully open (while holding the button) and wait a couple of
seconds for the cassette compartment to open automatically.
• The confirmation beep sounds when the cassette cover fully opens.
3. Load or unload the cassette.
• Insert the cassette gently with the window facing the grip belt, and the
REC/SAVE tab up.
• Remove the cassette by pulling it straight out.
4. Press the P mark on the compartment until it clicks, and wait
for it to close.
5. Click the cover back into place.
* D is a trade mark.
Notes:
• Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing
automatically, and do not attempt to close the cover until the cassette
compartment has fully retracted.
• After loading a cassette, use record search ( 39) to find the point where you
want to start recording.
• Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover.
• Do not leave the cassette in the camcorder after use — return it to its case and
store it in a cool, clean, dry place.
• When you turn the camcorder’s power on, v flashes in the display until you
load a cassette.
• With some types of tapes, the remaining tape display may not give an accurate
reading ( 151).
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Protecting tapes from accidental erasure
REC
SAVE
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REC
SAVE
To protect your recording from accidental erasure, slide the tab on the cassette so
that it exposes the hole. (This switch position is usually labelled SAVE or ERASE
OFF.)
If you load this cassette and put the camcorder in record pause mode ( 19),
“THE TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION” is displayed for approx. 4
seconds and then the v mark flashes in the display.
If you want to record on the cassette again, slide the tab back so the hole is closed.
Handling cassettes
• To protect the tape heads, transfer cassettes directly from the tape case to the
camcorder — do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape itself.
• Do not use cassettes where the tape has been damaged or spliced — they may
damage the camcorder.
• Do not insert anything into the small holes on the cassette or cover them with
cellophane tape.
• Handle cassettes with care — dropping them or exposing them to external
shocks may cause internal damage.
• Store cassettes in the provided case, first rewinding them to the start of the tape
and then storing them upright.
• A cassette with metal plated terminals may become dirty with use, affecting
information transfer. Therefore, after using a tape about 10 times, be sure to
clean the terminals with a cotton bud.
Cassette memory
You are unable to use the cassette memory function with this camcorder.
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Basic Recording
2 CARD
4
TAPE
E
1
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
P
PLAY(VCR)
5, 6
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
Before you start recording
Have you completed the following steps?
• Attached a power source ( 12).
• Removed the lens cap ( 132).
• Fasten the grip belt ( 132).
• Chosen the display: viewfinder ( 132) or LCD screen (
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PLAY(VCR)
26).
Notes:
• When you’re using the viewfinder, fully close the LCD or rotate the LCD so
that it faces the same direction as the lens ( 26).
• When using the viewfinder with the BP-522 or BP-535 Battery Pack (both
optional) attached, extend the viewfinder and rotate it to a comfortable angle.
You may also want to install the backup battery (
and time display ( 53).
136) in order to set the date
To record
1. Press the small button on the POWER switch and hold, turn the
POWER switch to CAMERA.
• The camcorder automatically sets to record pause mode. PAUSE appears in
the display.
• If you haven’t set the date and time display, SET THE TIME ZONE, DATE
AND TIME appears in the display. For setting the time zone, see p. 53. For
setting the date and time, see p. 55.
• The camcorder power indicator lights up.
• The confirmation beep sounds.
• The camcorder will turn itself off if you leave it in record pause mode for
more than about 5 minutes. To return to record pause mode, turn the
POWER switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.
2. Make sure the TAPE/CARD switch is set to TAPE.
• For still image recording to a memory card, see p. 108.
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3. Load a cassette ( 17).
4. Slide the program selector to [.
• This selects the camcorder’s Easy Recording program. It allows you to
simply point and shoot without making any manual adjustments ( 59).
5. Press and release the start/stop button once to begin recording.
• For still image recording to a cassette, see p. 56.
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6. Press and release the start/stop button again to pause recording.
• The camcorder returns to record pause mode and PAUSE reappears in the
display.
• You can stop and restart recording as often as you like by pressing the
start/stop button.
Note:
• After loading a cassette, start recording when the tape counter has stopped.
When you have finished recording
•
•
•
•
•
•
Replace the lens cap.
Return the viewfinder to its retracted position.
Return the LCD screen flush to the camcorder body.
Unload the cassette.
Turn the POWER switch to OFF.
Disconnect the power source.
Notes:
• To check that the camcorder is recording correctly, make a test recording first.
• Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon
DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available
digital video head cleaning cassette.
• To close the LCD panel, rotate it vertically until the screen faces you, then press
the upper right corner until it clicks securely closed.
• You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker when recording.
• For tips on how to make better videos, see p. 37.
• For extra recording time, set REC MODE to any mode other than SP ( 21).
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Changing the recording mode
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Choose from 4 recording modes: SP (standard play), 1.5× SP, 2× SP or 3× SP.
• Only SP and LP modes are available when the camcorder is set to CARD PLAY
(VCR) mode.
MV530i
You can record and play back a tape in SP (standard play) and LP (long play)
modes. LP extends tape usage by 1.5 times.
Standard recording
SP
MV550i
80 min.
MV530i
Extended recording
LP
SP
LP
2× SP
3× SP
1.5× SP
(160 min.)
(240 min.)
(120 min.)
–
–
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Recording times (this example uses an 80-minute tape)
In SP and LP modes, images data is compressed twice as much as in SP
and LP modes when being recorded to a tape.
You can’t add sound (audio dubbing) or images (AV insert) to a tape that has
been recorded in a mode other than SP mode. If you plan to use either of these
functions later, record in SP mode.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
VCR SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
REC MODE••••SP
40)
MV550i
To change the recording mode, open the menu and select VCR SET UP.
Then select REC MODE, set it to LP, SP or LP and close the menu.
MV530i
To change to LP mode, open the menu and select VCR SET UP. Then
select REC MODE, set it to LP and close the menu.
Notes:
About all 3 extended recording modes
• When recording and playing back tapes in one of the extended recording modes,
the nature of the tape and usage conditions may affect recording, mosaic-like
noise may appear in the image and the sound may be distorted during playback.
For important recordings, therefore, set the camcorder to SP mode.
• We recommend recording in SP mode when you plan to transfer images taken
with the camcorder to your PC.
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• If you record in more than one mode on the same tape, the picture may become
distorted during playback and the time code may not be written correctly.
• A tape recorded in LP mode on other digital equipment may produce the
mosaic-like noise and the sound may become distorted when playing back on
this camcorder.
• A tape recorded in LP or LP mode on this camcorder may produce the
mosaic-like noise and the sound may become distorted when playing back on
other digital equipment.
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SP and LP modes
• The image quality of recordings done in SP or LP modes will be lower
than that of those done in SP or LP modes.
• A cassette recorded in SP or LP mode cannot be played back on a camcorder
not equipped with that mode.
• The recording mode might not appear in the display correctly if you switch to SP
or LP while the camcorder is connected to another digital video device.
• When the recording mode is changed to SP or LP, the camcorder modifies
the image for appropriate recording in that mode.
• You might not be able to do DV dubbing correctly with the camcorder set to
SP or LP mode.
• You cannot transfer images recorded in SP or LP mode to a PC (as of
January 2002).
16:9 (Wide screen TV recording)
Produces images in the 16:9 format for
playback on wide screen TVs.
TAPE
+ CAMERA
CAM.SET UP
(
16:9••••••••OFF
40)
To switch 16:9 to ON, open the menu and select CAM.SET UP. Then
select 16:9, set it to ON and close the menu.
•
•
•
•
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Notes:
“16:9” is shown in the display when you switch the 16:9 mode on.
You cannot use the 16:9 mode with the Easy Recording program.
You cannot use the multi-image screen when setting the 16:9 mode on.
If you play back a recording made for 16:9 on a normal TV screen, the image
will appear to be vertically “squashed” (compressed).
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Confirmation/Warning beeps
The camcorder’s short operation confirmation beeps are indicated by ` in the
illustrations. Beeps sound upon certain camcorder operations such as when you
turn the camcorder on, during the self-timer countdown, right before the
camcorder’s automatic shut-off, and also upon any unusual condition of the
camcorder. Beeps are not recorded on the tape.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
BEEP••••••••ON
40)
To turn the beep off, open the menu and select SYSTEM. Then select
BEEP, set it to OFF and close the menu.
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(
,
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Demonstration mode
You can see a demonstration of the camcorder’s main features. To see the
demonstration, do either of the following:
• With no cassette or memory card inserted, turn the DEMO MODE on in the
TAPE CAMERA menu or CARD CAMERA menu and close the menu.
• Leave the camcorder with no cassette or memory card inserted for five minutes
after turning it on.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
DISP.SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
DEMO MODE••••ON
40)
To turn the demonstration mode off, open the menu and select DISP.
SET UP. Then select DEMO MODE, set it to OFF and close the menu.
Note:
• To cancel the demo mode once it has begun: push any button, turn off the
power, load a cassette or insert a memory card.
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Zooming
Zoom in
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Zoom out
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22× optical zoom/ MV530i 18× optical zoom
The camcorder’s zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each
scene:
• Move the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle.
• Move it towards T to zoom in to telephoto.
You can also control the speed of zooming:
• Move the control slightly to zoom slowly.
• Move it farther to zoom more quickly. (The farther you move the zoom control,
the faster the zoom speed.)
The T and W buttons on the wireless controller adjust the picture angle, but not
the zoom speed.
MV550i
88×/440× digital zoom (card 88×)/ MV530i 72×/360× digital zoom (card 72×)
MV550i
Magnifies the camcorder’s zoom range by up to 20× in TAPE CAMERA mode.
The zoom control continues to work as usual. You can freely zoom in and out
between 1× and 440× magnification — the camcorder automatically switches
between optical zooming (up to 22×) and digital zooming (22× to 88× or 22× to
440×).
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
CAM.SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
D.ZOOM••••••88×
40)
To change the digital zoom, open the menu and select CAM.SET UP.
Then select D.ZOOM, set it to OFF or 440× and close the menu.
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MV530i
Magnifies the camcorder’s zoom range by up to 20× in TAPE CAMERA mode.
The zoom control continues to work as usual. You can freely zoom in and out
between 1× and 360× magnification — the camcorder automatically switches
between optical zooming (up to 18×) and digital zooming (18× to 72× or 18× to
360×).
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
D.ZOOM••••••72×
40)
To change the digital zoom, open the menu and select CAM.SET UP.
Then select D.ZOOM, set it to OFF or 360× and close the menu.
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(
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Notes:
• When zooming, as a rule, keep at least 1 m (3 ft 33/8 in) between you and your
subject. However when the zoom is at the wide-angle position, you can focus
on a subject as close as 1 cm (3/8 in).
• Image resolution is slightly lower when the magnification is greater than
22×/18×.
• You cannot use digital zoom in the Night recording program.
• You cannot use digital zoom when the multi-image screen is set. The display
becomes “– – –”.
• The zoom indicator appears for 4 seconds. When the digital zoom is set to
88×/72×, the zoom indicator extends (light blue). When the digital zoom is set
to 440×/360× zoom, the zoom indicator extends again (a darker blue).
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Using the LCD Screen
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Opening and closing the LCD screen
Slide the LCD panel OPEN button and
open the panel by pulling it away from
the camcorder. This automatically
switches the LCD screen on and the
viewfinder off. To close the LCD
panel, press the upper right corner until
it clicks securely closed. When you
close the LCD panel, the LCD screen
automatically switches off and the
viewfinder switches back on.
Changing the angle of the LCD screen
You can choose the angle of the screen
that suits you best by opening and
rotating the screen, also you can rotate
the LCD screen so that faces in the
direction of the lens ( 28).
180°
90°
90°
You can also push the panel flat
against the camcorder until it is flush
with the side, with the screen facing
outwards.
Notes:
• Avoid touching the LCD screen when moving the LCD panel.
• Do not hold the camcorder by the LCD panel or the viewfinder.
• Make sure you open the LCD panel at 90°, before attempting to rotate it.
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• Always rotate the LCD panel vertically into place, before closing it or pushing
it flat against the side of the camcorder.
• Always fully close the LCD panel until it clicks securely.
• Be careful not to leave the LCD, viewfinder or lens exposed to direct sunlight
outdoors or in a window. Doing so could cause damage.
• Bright light falling on the LCD screen may cause glare that makes it difficult
for you to view the image. In this case, switch to using the viewfinder. You are
also able to adjust the brightness of the screen (see “Adjusting the LCD screen”
below).
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Adjusting the LCD screen
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
DISP.SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
E
+ CAMERA ,
BRIGHTNESS••–
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
+
40)
Open the menu and select DISP.SET UP from the menu. Then select
BRIGHTNESS, adjust the level with the selector dial and close the
menu.
A bar showing the level appears in the display.
• Turn the selector dial up to make the display brighter.
• Turn the selector dial down to make the display darker.
Notes:
• The camcorder will remember your brightness setting even after you turn it off.
• The brightness of the LCD does not affect that of the recorded images or the
viewfinder.
About the LCD Screen
The LCD screen built into this camcorder is a high precision product.
However, small black dots or bright points of light (red, blue or green) may
appear constantly on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction of the LCD screen
and they are not recorded on the tape. (Effective dots: more than 99.99%)
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Allowing the subject to monitor recording
When you turn the LCD panel so that it
faces the same direction as the lens,
you can watch yourself during
recording or let your subject monitor
recording. The viewfinder is also
activated when the panel is in this
position. (Adjust the viewfinder,
132)
• You can choose the display style,
reversed (mirror on) or not (mirror
off). The recording itself is
unaffected regardless of which one
you choose.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
DISP.SET UP
(
MIRROR••••••ON
40)
To turn the mirror mode off, open the menu and select DISP.SET UP.
Then select MIRROR, set it to OFF and close the menu.
The indicators that appear in the LCD display when MIRROR is
turned on:
CARD CAMERA mode
TAPE CAMERA mode
REC
REC PAUSE
EJECT
No card
Recording to a
memory card
Self-timer (
72)
CARD CAMERA mode
Recording to a memory card
• These and all other indicators appear normally in the viewfinder.
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Playing Back a Cassette
REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
AE SHIFT
E
CARD
TAPE
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
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You can use the LCD screen for instant, on-the-spot playback. The camcorder also
plays back the sound track via the built-in speaker ( 32).
• When you play back a tape, you can also close the LCD panel with its screen
side facing up.
• When you’re using the viewfinder to view playback, close the LCD panel.
To play back your recordings on a TV, see p. 33.
To use the wireless controller, see p. 49.
Note:
• To avoid accidental recording, make sure that you slide the tab on the cassette
so that it exposes the hole (the switch position is usually labelled SAVE or
ERASE OFF).
1. Attach a power source and turn the POWER switch to PLAY
(VCR).
• The power indicator lights up.
2. Make sure the TAPE/CARD switch is set to TAPE.
3. Load the cassette.
4. Press the e (play) button to start playback.
• To end playback, press the 3 (stop) button.
• To wind the tape forwards, stop playback and press the 1 (fast forward)
button.
• To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the ` (rewind)
button.
• If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads
using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a
commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
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Other playback modes
Playback pause
Press the a (pause) button. To resume normal playback, press it again, or press
the e (play) button. The camcorder automatically goes into stop mode after about
5 minutes’ playback pause.
Fast forward playback
To play back the recording at about 11.5 times normal speed, press and hold the
1 (fast forward) button during normal playback or press and hold the 1 (fast
forward) button during normal fast forward.
Rewind playback
For reverse playback at about 11.5 times normal speed, press and hold the
` (rewind) button during normal playback or press and hold the ` (rewind)
button during normal rewind.
Special playback
Frame Advance
To play back frame by frame, press the
+/ ae button repeatedly during playback
pause.
Press and hold to play back continuous frame
advance.
REW
PLAY
FF
–/
STOP
+/
PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Frame Reverse
To play back in reverse frame by frame, press
the –/4a button repeatedly during playback
pause.
Press and hold to play back continuous frame reverse.
Slow Forward Playback
To play back at about 1/3 normal speed, press the SLOW M button during normal
playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
Slow Reverse Playback
To play back in reverse at about 1/3 normal speed, press the –/4a button and
then the SLOW M button during normal playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
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Reverse Playback
To play back in reverse at normal speed, press the –/4a button during normal
forward playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal forward playback.
• The camcorder automatically goes into stop mode after about 2 minutes of
paused reverse playback.
Reverse ×2 Playback
Press the –/4a button and then the ×2 button during normal playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
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Press the ×2 button during normal playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
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Notes:
• Mosaic-like noise appears on the screen during some of the special playback
modes.
• There’s no audio during special playback.
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Built-in speaker
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The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the sound track alongside
the picture when you’re using the LCD screen to play back a tape. The built-in
speaker is monaural.
Adjust the speaker volume by turning the selector dial.
• Turn the selector dial up to increase the volume, and down to lower the volume.
• A bar appears in the display to indicate the current volume. It disappears in 4
seconds.
• You can turn off the volume completely by turning the selector dial down until
OFF appears.
Notes:
• Sometimes audio may sound distorted when the volume is turned up high. If
this happens, turn down the volume.
• The speaker turns off when the camcorder is set to any mode other than TAPE
PLAY (VCR) mode.
Using the headphones
• You can also use the headphones to monitor the sound track. Change the setting
of the AV/headphones terminal through the menu ( 33).
• You can adjust the headphone volume separately from the built-in speaker,
either during TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode or TAPE CAMERA mode. The volume
level is the same regardless of mode.
• The levels you adjust for the built-in speaker and headphones are memorized
separately. The camcorder remembers your levels even if you turn the
camcorder off and back on again.
• The speaker turns off when you use headphones.
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Connections for Playback on a TV Screen
You can connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR in order to play back your
recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camcorder ( 12).
Power off all devices before starting the connections.
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See your TV or VCR instruction manual for further details.
Switching the AV/headphone terminal
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AV
MIC
Through the menu, the camcorder’s AV/headphone terminal can be switched to
function as either the AV terminal or the headphone terminal.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
VCR SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
AV/PHONES•••AV
40)
Open the menu and select VCR SET UP. Then select AV/PHONES and set it
to AV or PHONES and close the menu.
• When the terminal is switched to PHONES, PHONES appears in the display.
Using the headphones
• Make sure you switch the AV/headphones terminal to PHONES before using
headphones. If the AV/headphones terminal is not switched to PHONES before
you use the headphones, noise will come out from the headphones.
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If your TV (or VCR) has a SCART terminal (without S (S1)-video)
PC-A10
SCART Adapter
AUDIO AUDIO VIDEO
(R) (L/MONO)
AV
MIC
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• Connect the PC-A10 SCART adapter to the TV or VCR’s SCART terminal.
• Connect the camcorder to the adapter. Connect the camcorder using the
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable. Connect the white plug to the white audio
terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red audio terminal R (right).
Connect the yellow plug to the yellow video terminal VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a VCR, set the input selector on the
VCR to LINE.
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If your TV (or VCR) has an S (S1) -video input terminal
For higher picture quality, we recommend playing back recordings on a TV with
an S (S1) terminal.
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S
INPUT
S-150 S-video Cable
S(S1)-VIDEO
AUDIO
AV
L
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
R
MIC
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VIDEO
• Use the optional S-150 S-video Cable to connect the S-video terminals. Use the
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable to connect the AUDIO terminals. Connect the
white plug to the white AUDIO terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red
AUDIO terminal R (right). Do not connect the yellow plug.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a VCR, set the input selector on the
VCR to LINE.
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If your TV (or VCR) has audio/video input terminals
INPUT
VIDEO
AV
AUDIO
L
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STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
R
• Connect the camcorder using the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable. Connect the
white plug to the white audio terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red
audio terminal R (right). Connect the yellow plug to the yellow video terminal
VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camcorder to a VCR, set the input selector on the
VCR to LINE.
Note:
• If you are going to use the TV as a monitor while you are shooting, remember
to keep the TV volume turned down as long as the camcorder’s audio terminals
are connected. If the sound from the TV speakers is picked up by the
microphone, an unpleasant high-pitched squeal, called feedback, may be
produced.
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Tips for Making Better Videos
Holding the camcorder
For maximum stability, grip the camcorder in your right
hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body.
If necessary support the camcorder with your left hand.
With practice, you will be able to operate the controls by
touch, without taking your eye off the action.
To prevent any unwanted movement, you can mount the
camcorder on a tripod, (or any flat surface at a suitable
height) and operate it with the wireless controller.
• When you are using a tripod, be careful not to leave the
viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight or it may melt.
(The light is concentrated by the viewfinder lens.)
• Make sure that the fastening screw of the tripod is no
longer than 5.5 mm (1/4 inch), or it will damage the
camcorder.
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Composition
The most important element in the scene does not have to
be in the centre. For a more interesting picture, try to
position your subject so it is slightly to one side. Leave
some space on the side of the frame that the subject is
facing or moving towards.
Don’t cut off the top of the subject’s head, and don’t cut
people off at the neck, hips or knees (move a little bit
above or below).
Watch out for distracting objects in the background.
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Picture angle
Instead of zooming while recording, try
to choose your picture angle before you
begin. A good way to tell a story with
video is to begin with a long shot that
establishes the situation, and then move
in with medium shots and close-ups to
show the details. Remember to change
your viewpoint for each shot.
Long shot
Medium shot
Close-up
Remember that any camcorder
movement or change in picture angle
should have a definite purpose. Avoid
unnecessary or half-hearted
movements.
Camcorder moves
Use pans to record a landscape or
follow a moving subject. Decide the
area you want to cover and stand facing
the end of your panning angle. Without
moving your feet, turn your waist to the
starting position. Start recording, and
after a few seconds begin to turn slowly
from the waist. Hold the final image for
a few seconds before you stop
recording.
Tilt the camcorder up to exaggerate the
height of the subject. Tilt down from
the top of a building, for example, as an
introduction to subjects at the bottom.
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Searching and Reviewing While Recording
Record search
When the camcorder is in record pause
mode, you can use record search to
play the tape forwards or backwards to
find the point where you want to start
or resume recording. This is useful
when you want to add a new scene to a
previously used cassette. By using
record search, you can ensure a smooth,
noise-free join between the new scene
and the old one.
TAPE
E
REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
+ CAMERA
• The + button plays the recording forwards and the – button plays it
backwards.
2. Release the button when you find the point where you want to start
recording.
Using the Full
Range of Features
1. Press and hold the REC SEARCH + or – button on the camcorder
while you check the picture in the display.
• The camcorder returns to record pause mode.
Record review
When the camcorder is in record pause mode, you can use record review to play
back the last few seconds of your recording and then return automatically to
record pause mode. You can quickly make sure that a scene has recorded properly
and then go on to shoot the next scene, without producing any noise in the picture.
TAPE
+ CAMERA
1. Press and release the c (record review) button while you check the
picture in the display.
• The camcorder rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns
to record pause mode.
Note:
• Noise may appear on the screen when you play the tape backwards.
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Using the Menus
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Many of the camcorder’s advanced functions are selected from menus which
appear in the display.
There are 4 main menus:
CAM. MENU
VCR MENU
C. CAM. MENU
C.PLAY MENU
2
CAM. MENU
CAM.MENU
Camera menu
Card camera menu
Card play menu
+
TAPE
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
POWER
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
+
POWER
CARD OPER.
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
40
CAMERA
TAPE
OFF
CARD
+
CAMERA
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
POWER
CARD
CAMERA
TAPE
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
C.PLAY MENU
C.PLAY MENU
CARD
PLAY(VCR)
CAM.SET UP
CARD SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
2
OFF
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
C.CAM. MENU
C.CAM MENU
CAMERA
TAPE
PLAY
(VCR)
VCR SET UP
CARD SET UP
CARD OPER.
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
2
CARD
PLAY(VCR)
VCR MENU
VCR MENU
42)
43)
45)
46)
CAMERA
CARD MIX
CAM.SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
2
(
(
(
(
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
POWER
CARD
CAMERA
TAPE
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
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Selecting from the Menus
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2, 11
MENU
MENU
3-10
TV
SCREEN
SET
1. Turn the POWER switch and the TAPE/CARD switch to the
desired settings.
2. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
3. Turn the selector dial and move the arrow to the desired submenu.
4. Press the selector dial in to select.
• The submenu appears.
5. Turn the selector dial and move the arrow to the desired function.
6. Press the selector dial in to select.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• One of the main menus appears, according to the settings of the
TAPE/CARD switch and the POWER switch.
• The function and its settings only appear.
7. Turn the selector dial and move the arrow to the desired setting.
• If you are setting a function other than the white balance or shutter speed,
the function will be set if you skip to step 11.
8. Press the selector dial in to select.
• The function is set and you return to the submenu.
9. Turn the selector dial and move the arrow to b RETURN.
10.Press the selector dial in to select.
• You return to the main menu.
11.Press the MENU button.
• The main menu disappears.
Notes:
• Pressing the MENU button at any time closes the menu.
• Selecting b RETURN takes you back one menu, or closes the main menu.
• Items that are unavailable, due to the tape or card situation or the settings of
other menu items, appear in purple.
• You may often find it convenient to use the wireless controller to move around
the menus. Press its MENU button to open/close the menu and use the arrow
keys in place of turning the selector dial. Push the SET button to select.
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• Pressing the start/stop button or the PHOTO button will close the menu and
start recording.
• You can display the menus on a connected TV screen by turning TV SCREEN
( 150) on through the menu or using the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN
button. See p. 33 for TV hookup instructions.
List of Menus
Turn to appropriate page for a detailed explanation of each function.
2 CAM. MENU
Using the Full
Range of Features
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA and the TAPE/CARD switch to
There are 5 submenus within the CAM. MENU.
q
w
e
r
t
y
To card mix submenu
To camera set up submenu
To VCR set up submenu
To display set up submenu
To system menu
Close main menu
CAM.MENU
1
3
5
TAPE
.
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
CARD MIX
CAM.SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
2
4
6
q Card mix submenu
q Mix type..............................
w Mix level.............................
123
123
CARD MIX
q
101-0143
43/50
MIX TYPE••••CARD CHROMA
+
MIX LEVEL••• –
w
w Camera set up submenu
e
r
t
y
u
i
42
Shutter speed.........................
Digital zoom .........................
Image stabilizer.....................
16:9 effect .............................
White balance .......................
Return
77
24
58
22
80
CAM.SET UP
e
t
u
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
D.ZOOM••••••88×
IMAGE S.
••ON
16:9••••••••OFF
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
RETURN
r
y
i
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e VCR set up submenu
o
!0
!1
!2
!3
Record mode.........................
Wind screen ..........................
Audio mode ..........................
AV or headphones.................
Return
21
71
70
33
o
!1
!3
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
REC MODE•••• SP
WIND SCREEN•OFF
AUDIO MODE••12bit
AV/PHONES•••AV
RETURN
E
VCR SET UP
!0
!2
r Display set up submenu
Brightness ............................. 27
Mirror mode.......................... 28
TV screen............................ 150
Date/time display.................. 55
Card access display............. 106
Demo mode........................... 23
Return
DISP.SET UP
!4
!6
!8
@0
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
+
BRIGHTNESS••–
MIRROR••••••ON
TV SCREEN•••ON
D/T DISPLAY•OFF
CARD ACCESS•ON
DEMO MODE•••ON
RETURN
!5
!7
!9
Using the Full
Range of Features
!4
!5
!6
!7
!8
!9
@0
t System submenu
@1 MV550i Light-up buttons........
@2 MV550i Button light colour ....
@3 Wireless controller................
@4 Beep ......................................
@5 Time zone/
Daylight saving time.............
@6 Date/time set .........................
@7 Return
52
52
50
23
53
55
SYSTEM
@1
@3
@5
@7
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
BUTTONLIGHT•ON
LIGHT COLOR•TURQUOISE
WL.REMOTE•••
1
BEEP••••••••ON
T.ZONE/DST••–––
D/TIME SET••––.–––.––––
––:–– ––
RETURN
@2
@4
@6
2 VCR MENU
Set the POWER switch to
There are 5 submenus.
q
w
e
r
t
y
PLAY
(VCR)
To VCR set up submenu
To card set up submenu
To card operations submenu
To display set up submenu
To system submenu
Close main menu
and the TAPE/CARD switch to
VCR MENU
1
3
5
VCR SET UP
CARD SET UP
CARD OPER.
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
TAPE
.
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
2
4
6
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VCR MENU, cont.
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q VCR set up submenu
q
w
e
r
t
y
u
i
Record mode......................... 21
Output channel.................... 102
Audio dubbing ...................... 99
Wind screen .......................... 71
Audio mode .......................... 70
AV or headphones................. 33
Analog-digital converter....... 93
Return
VCR SET UP
q
e
t
u
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
REC MODE•••• SP
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
AUDIO DUB.••AUDIO IN
WIND SCREEN•–––
AUDIO MODE••12bit
AV/PHONES•••AV
AV DV OUT•••OFF
RETURN
w
r
y
i
w Card set up submenu
Using the Full
Range of Features
o Image quality ......................
!0 File numbers .......................
!1 Return
105
107
CARD SET UP
o
!1
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
QUALITY•••••FINE
FILE NOS.•••CONTINUOUS
RETURN
!0
e Card operations submenu
!2 Copy from cassette to card .
!3 Return
125
CARD OPER.
!2
COPY[
RETURN
]
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
!3
r Display set up submenu
!4
!5
!6
!7
!8
!9
@0
44
Brightness ............................. 27
Displays .............................. 150
6-second auto date ................ 84
Data code .............................. 83
Date/time select .................... 82
Card access display............. 106
Return
DISP.SET UP
!4
!6
!8
@0
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
+
BRIGHTNESS••–
DISPLAYS••••ON
6SEC.DATE•••OFF
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
CARD ACCESS•ON
RETURN
!5
!7
!9
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t System submenu
@1 MV550i Light-up buttons........
@2 MV550i Button light colour ....
@3 Wireless controller................
@4 Beep ......................................
@5 Return
52
52
50
23
E
SYSTEM
@1
@3
@5
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
BUTTONLIGHT•ON
LIGHT COLOR•GREEN
WL.REMOTE•••
1
BEEP••••••••ON
RETURN
@2
@4
2 C. CAM MENU
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA and the TAPE/CARD switch to
There are 5 submenus within the C. CAM. MENU.
To camera set up submenu
To card set up submenu
To VCR set up submenu
To display set up submenu
To system submenu
Close main menu
C.CAM MENU
1
3
5
.
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
CAM.SET UP
CARD SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
2
4
6
Using the Full
Range of Features
q
w
e
r
t
y
CARD
q Camera set up submenu
q
w
e
r
t
Shutter speed.........................
Digital zoom .........................
Image stabilizer.....................
White balance .......................
Return
77
24
58
80
CAM.SET UP
q
e
t
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
D.ZOOM••••••88×
IMAGE S.
••ON
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
RETURN
w
r
w Card set up submenu
y
u
i
o
Image quality ......................
File numbers .......................
Shutter sound ......................
Return
105
107
107
CARD SET UP
y
i
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
QUALITY•••••FINE
FILE NOS.•••CONTINUOUS
SHTR SOUND••ON
RETURN
u
o
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C. CAM MENU, cont.
E
e VCR set up submenu
!0 AV or headphones.................
33
VCR SET UP
!0
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
AV/PHONES•••AV
RETURN
Using the Full
Range of Features
r Display set up submenu
!1
!2
!3
!4
!5
!6
!7
Brightness ............................. 27
Mirror mode.......................... 28
TV screen............................ 150
Date/time display.................. 55
Card access display............. 106
Demo mode........................... 23
Return
DISP.SET UP
!1
!3
!5
!7
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
+
BRIGHTNESS••–
MIRROR••••••ON
TV SCREEN•••ON
D/T DISPLAY•OFF
CARD ACCESS•ON
DEMO MODE•••ON
RETURN
!2
!4
!6
t System submenu
!8 MV550i Light-up buttons........
!9 MV550i Button light colour ....
@0 Wireless controller................
@1 Beep ......................................
@2 Time zone/
Daylight saving time.............
@3 Date/time set .........................
@4 Return
52
52
50
23
SYSTEM
!8
@0
@2
@4
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
BUTTONLIGHT•ON
LIGHT COLOR•BLUE
WL.REMOTE•••
1
BEEP••••••••ON
T.ZONE/DST••–––
D/TIME SET••––.–––.––––
––:–– ––
RETURN
!9
@1
@3
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55
2 C. PLAY MENU
PLAY
Set the POWER switch to (VCR)
and the TAPE/CARD switch to
There are 4 submenus within the C. PLAY MENU.
q
w
e
r
t
46
To card operations submenu
To VCR set up submenu
To display set up submenu
To system submenu
Close main menu
C.PLAY MENU
1
3
5
CARD OPER.
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
CARD
.
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
2
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q-1 Card operations submenu (when playing back a single image)
q
w
e
r
t
Copy from card to cassette ...
Erase all print marks ...........
Image erase .........................
Format.................................
Return
126
119
120
127
CARD OPER.
q
e
t
]
COPY[
PRINT MARKS
IMAGE ERASE
FORMAT
RETURN
E
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
ALL ERASE
w
r
q-2 Card operations submenu (when displaying an index screen)
y To image protect .................
u To print mark ......................
i Return
117
118
CARD OPER.
y
i
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
PROTECT
PRINT MARK
RETURN
u
Using the Full
Range of Features
w VCR set up submenu
o Record mode.........................
!0 AV or headphones.................
!1 Return
21
33
VCR SET UP
o
!1
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
REC MODE••••SP
AV/PHONES•••AV
RETURN
!0
e Display set up submenu
!2
!3
!4
!5
!6
Brightness ............................. 27
Displays .............................. 150
Date/time select .................... 82
Card access display............. 106
Return
DISP.SET UP
!2
!4
!6
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
+
BRIGHTNESS••–
DISPLAYS••••ON
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
CARD ACCESS•ON
RETURN
!3
!5
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C. PLAY MENU, cont.
Using the Full
Range of Features
E
48
r System submenu
!7 MV550i Light-up buttons........
!8 MV550i Button light colour ....
!9 Wireless controller................
@0 Beep ......................................
@1 Return
52
52
50
23
SYSTEM
!7
!9
@1
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
BUTTONLIGHT•ON
LIGHT COLOR•YELLOW
WL.REMOTE•••
1
BEEP••••••••ON
RETURN
!8
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Using the Wireless Controller
The supplied wireless controller can
operate the camcorder from a distance
of up to 5 m (16 feet). Point it at the
camcorder’s remote sensor while you
press the buttons.
5m
Inserting batteries
Using the Full
Range of Features
There are some functions that cannot be
operated without the wireless
controller:
• Special playback ( 30)
• Photo/date search ( 85)
• Zero set memory ( 86)
• Audio mix ( 101)
• Dubbing from a digital video
equipment ( 88)
• Analog line-in ( 91)
• AV insert ( 95)
• Audio dubbing ( 98)
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Insert two AA batteries, following the
= and - markings. Be careful not to
reverse the polarity of the batteries.
Notes:
• When using the wireless controller in brightly lit places or outdoors, the
effective range will be less.
• The camcorder may have difficulty picking up the remote control signals at
extremely close range.
• Do not leave the controller exposed to direct sunlight, or in hot or humid places.
• When the batteries run out, replace them both together.
• If the wireless controller doesn’t work, see p. 51.
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When Operating 2 Canon DV Camcorders (Remote Sensor Mode)
To prevent interference from other
Canon wireless controllers being used
nearby, there are 2 remote sensor
modes and an off setting. The wireless
controller and the camcorder have to be
set to the same mode in order to be
compatible.
ZOOM
W
T
REMOTE SET
The wireless controller and the camcorder have been preset to mode 1. If you
change the mode on the camcorder, be sure to change the mode on the wireless
controller to the same mode.
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
SYSTEM
(
40)
,
CARD
WL.REMOTE•••
+ CAMERA ,
1
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
A 1 : Mode 1
A 2 : Mode 2
OFFB : Sensor off
To turn the remote sensor off:
Open the menu and select SYSTEM. Then select WL.REMOTE, set it to
OFFB and close the menu.
• B appears in the display.
To change the mode...
...on the camcorder:
Open the menu and select SYSTEM. Then select WL.REMOTE, set it
to A 1 or A 2 and close the menu.
• The selected mode will appear on the display for 4 seconds.
...on the wireless controller:
Press and hold the REMOTE SET button on the wireless controller.
Simultaneously press the ZOOM W button for mode 1 or the ZOOM
T button for mode 2. Continue to press simultaneously for over 2
seconds.
• Be sure to set the wireless controller to the same mode as the camcorder.
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If your wireless controller isn’t working:
Make sure the camcorder and the wireless controller are both set to the same
mode. Check the mode the camcorder is set to by pushing any button other than
the REMOTE SET button on the wireless controller. The camcorder’s mode
appears in purple for about 4 seconds. Set the wireless controller’s mode
accordingly by pressing the aforementioned button combinations. If the wireless
controller still doesn’t work, change the batteries.
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Notes:
• The mode the camcorder is set to also appears for 4 seconds when you turn the
power on.
• When you replace the batteries, the wireless controller returns to mode 1.
Change the mode again if necessary.
Using the Full
Range of Features
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MV550i Adjusting the Selectable Colour Light-up Buttons
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MENU
The clear buttons above the LCD panel light up when the camcorder’s power is
on, or only when one of the buttons is pressed, making it possible to play back
cassettes when in dark surroundings. You can also change the colour in which
they light up to green, orange, blue, yellow, turquoise (greenish blue) or purple.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Turning the buttons off
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
SYSTEM
(
,
CARD
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
BUTTONLIGHT•ON
40)
To change the setting, open the menu and select SYSTEM. Then select
BUTTONLIGHT and set it to PUSH ON or OFF and close the menu.
• ON: The buttons remain lit in the indicated colour. When one of the buttons is
pressed, all the buttons simultaneously change colours. When the button is
released, they return to the original colour.
• PUSH ON: Buttons light up only while one of them is pressed. Then, all the
buttons simultaneously lights up in the indicated color. When the button is
released, they turn off again after a few seconds.
• OFF: Buttons do not light up.
Changing the colour of the buttons
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
SYSTEM
(
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
LIGHT COLOR•TURQUOISE
40)
To change the colour from blue, open the menu and select SYSTEM.
Then select LIGHT COLOR, set it to the desired colour and close the
menu.
Note:
• You cannot change LIGHT COLOR when BUTTONLIGHT is set to OFF.
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Setting the Date and Time
E
MENU
The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. You can choose to
display or hide it during playback ( 82).
Set the date and time display when you first start using your camcorder. Install the
backup battery before you begin ( 136).
• Before you start setting the date and time, select your home time zone from the
menu.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
SYSTEM
(
CARD
+ CAMERA
Using the Full
Range of Features
Setting the time zone/daylight saving time
T.ZONE/DST••PARIS
40)
1. Open the menu and select SYSTEM.
2. Select T.ZONE/DST.
• The time zone display appears on the screen.
• Your camcorder’s time zone is factory-preset to Paris. If you are at another
time zone, select your time zone first and daylight saving time (DST) setting
if necessary.
3. Move up or down the list of time zones with the selector dial. Select
the option that represents your time zone.
• If you are now in daylight saving time, select the time zone with the
daylight saving time mark C next to the area.
4. Close the menu.
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16
1
19
18
24
20
4
2
3
17
6
7
10
9
15
8
5
21
23
14
12
22
11
13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Using the Full
Range of Features
No. Time zone
LONDON
PARIS
CAIRO
MOSCOW
DUBAI
KARACHI
DACCA
BANGKOK
H. KONG (Hong Kong)
TOKYO
SYDNEY
SOLOMON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12 13
No. Time zone
WELLGTN (Wellington)
SAMOA
HONOLU. (Honolulu)
ANCHOR. (Anchorage)
L.A. (Los Angeles)
DENVER
CHICAGO
N.Y. (New York)
CARACAS
RIO (Rio de Janeiro)
FERNAN. (Fernando de Noronha)
AZORES
Notes:
• After you have selected your time zone and set the date and time, when you
travel to another time zone, there is no need to reset the date and time. Just set
the time zone to your destination and the camcorder’s clock will automatically
change to display the correct time for your destination.
• The camcorder automatically accounts for the number of days in a month and
leap year.
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Setting the clock
E
After you set the date and time, the date/time and home time zone will be
displayed for about 4 seconds each time you turn the power on.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
SYSTEM
(
D/TIME SET•• 1.JAN.2002
12:00 AM
40)
1. Open the menu and select SYSTEM.
2. Select D/TIME SET.
• The year display starts to flash.
3. Turn the selector dial up and down to change the year. Press the
dial in to move to another part of the display.
4. Set the month, day, hours, and minutes in the same way.
5. Press the MENU button when finished, and to start the clock.
Notes:
• To make a change to part of the date and time, press the selector dial in at step
3 to move to the part to be changed. Turn the dial to make the change, then
close the menu.
• The date can be set to any year between 2002 and 2030.
• If you press the MENU button in the middle of setting the date and time, you
leave the menu, and the clock starts.
• If you press the selector dial in after setting the minutes you can set the date
and time again from the start.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• Once you move from the year, the next part of the display starts flashing.
Date and time display
You can choose to display or hide the date and time display during recording.
When the date and time display is set to ON, the date and time show in the lower
left-hand corner of the display but the time zone disappears in about 4 seconds.
The large, 4-second display will no longer appear when you turn on the power. It
is not automatically superimposed on your recordings.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
DISP.SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
D/T DISPLAY•OFF
40)
To turn it on, open the menu and select DISP.SET UP. Then select D/T
DISPLAY, set it to ON and close the menu.
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Taking Still Pictures to a Cassette
To take still images on a memory card, see p. 108.
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PHOTO
PH
OT
O
Using the Full
Range of Features
PH
OT
O
You can record still pictures like a photograph. The camcorder records the picture
and sound to tape for several seconds. The exposure is automatically adjusted.
Copy still photos automatically to a memory card ( 125) for transfer to a PC for
image enhancement and printout. Also, starting your shooting with a still photo
makes it easy to find the beginning again later with the Photo Search function
( 85).
You can take a still picture at any time during regular video recording, or you can
put the camcorder into record pause mode first, then take a still picture.
TAPE
+ CAMERA
During record mode
Press the PHOTO button fully down and the still picture will be taken
immediately.
• The camcorder takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to the
tape for approximately 6 seconds ( MV550i 8 seconds in SP or LP recording
mode). During this time the camcorder also records the sound, and the display
shows the still picture.
• A counter display appears, and counts up as the camcorder records the picture.
• The camcorder returns to record pause mode.
During record pause mode
1. Press the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it:
• “PHOTO” flashes at the bottom right of display.
• Exposure is locked.
• During autofocus F flashes white in the display as the camcorder adjusts the
focus and it is displayed continuously as a green mark when the camcorder
is ready to take the still picture.
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• If the subject is unsuitable for autofocus ( 143), the camcorder may not
be able to focus, and F may continue to flash white in the display. Continue
to hold the PHOTO button halfway down, then adjust the focus manually
with the selector dial.
• If you are using manual focus ( 79), the F mark starts as a continous
green mark. Focus with the selector dial.
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2. Press the PHOTO button fully down to take the still picture.
• The camcorder takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to
the tape for approximately 6 seconds*. During this time the camcorder also
records the sound, and the display shows the still picture.
• A counter display appears, and counts up as the camcorder records the
picture. F disappears from the display.
• The camcorder returns to record pause mode.
*
MV550i
8 seconds in
SP or
Using the Full
Range of Features
Notes:
• The camcorder automatically returns to record pause mode after recording a
still image for approximately 6 seconds*. If you turn the POWER switch to
OFF during that time, the camcorder will respond only after recording is
complete.
• The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting. Press the
button fully and the camcorder immediately takes the “photo”.
• Only take “photos” where it is bright enough to see the image in the display.
LP recording mode.
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Turning the Image Stabilizer Off
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MENU
With most camcorders, even the slightest hand movements will be noticeable
during telephoto recording. However, the MV550i/MV530i’s image stabilizer
allows you to obtain steady recordings even at high magnification.
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
CAM.SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
IMAGE S.
••ON
40)
To turn the image stabilizer off, open the menu and select CAM.SET
UP. Then select IMAGE S. i, set it to OFF and close the menu.
• The i mark disappears from the display when the stabilizer is off.
• The image stabilizer cannot be turned off when the program selector is set to
the [ (Easy Recording) position.
Notes:
• Keep the image stabilizer turned off when the camcorder is mounted on a
tripod.
• The image stabilizer is designed to deal with a normal degree of camcorder
shake.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective as usual during the Low Light and Night
mode.
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Using the Various Recording Programs
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P
Availability of functions in each recording program
Using the Full
Range of Features
The camcorder provides you with a choice of 8 recording programs. They use
different combinations of camcorder settings in order to adjust the exposure and
other functions to match the recording situation.
• For simple point-and-shoot operation, select the Easy Recording program. Slide
the program selector to the [ position.
• For normal shooting conditions, slide the program selector to Q (program AE)
mode. Open the program menu and select AUTO ( 60).
• For various other recording conditions, the camcorder has 6 more specialised
AE (auto exposure) programs.
Position of
program selector
P
Recording
Program
Digital Zoom
[(Easy
Recording)
White balance
AE shift
Image stabilizer
(ON/OFF)
Digital effects
Auto
Sports Portrait Spotlight
h
Shutter speed
Focus
P
Low
Light
h
Night
i
A
h
h
A
h
h
i
ON
i
Sand &
Snow
h
i
h
h*
h
16:9
i
h
Card mix
i
h
h : Available
i : Not available A : Automatic function only
* You cannot use the multi-image screen in the Night recording program.
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Setting the program AE mode
TAPE
1.
2.
3.
4.
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
Slide the program selector to Q (program AE) mode.
Press the selector dial in to display the program menu.
Turn the selector dial to move the arrow up or down the display.
Press the selector dial in to select the desired program.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The program will appear in the display.
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Notes:
• The name of your selected recording program appears constantly on the left of
the display, with the exception of Auto, which is displayed and then disappears
after 4 seconds.
• Avoid changing programs during recording as the brightness of the image may
change suddenly.
• If you switch the camcorder from the [ program to the Q program, the
camcorder returns to the Auto mode.
• When recording in dark places a bright light in the scene
may cause a vertical light bar (“smear”) to appear. This is a
normal feature of camcorders.
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Easy Recording
The simplest way to use the camcorder is with
the program selector set to the [ position. The
camcorder will take care of focus, exposure and
other adjustments, leaving you free to point and
shoot.
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[
Auto
This is the same as the Easy Recording program,
except that you now have the option of using
any of the camcorder’s manual functions.
AUTO
This program is useful for recording high-speed
sports scenes in brightly lit conditions. Normal
playback will be slightly jerky, but you will get
clear images which can be analysed frame by
frame during slow or paused playback.
SPORTS
Using the Full
Range of Features
Sports
Portrait
Use this program outdoors to make subjects
stand out from a softened foreground and
background. It works well for still-lifes and
close-ups. The effect is most noticeable when
the zoom position is between the middle range
and the telephoto end. Focus manually for
maximum accuracy, and be careful when
recording action scenes, as this program may
cause fast moving objects to shudder.
PORTRAIT
Spotlight
This program is designed for recording spotlit
scenes, such as on a stage. The exposure is
automatically adjusted for glare-free recordings
of subjects lit by a concentrated light source.
SPOTLIGHT
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Sand & Snow
Use this program in places where the
background is so bright that the subject appears
underexposed in the display — a sunny beach or
ski resort, for example. You may notice some
shudder when recording moving subjects.
SAND&SNOW
Using the Full
Range of Features
Low Light
This program allows you to record in dimly lit
places. The shutter speed is fixed at a slow
speed. It is generally best used for close-ups of
slow or stationary subjects, as moving subjects
may leave a trailing after-image. However, you
can take advantage of this to create special
effects, by rapid zooming or by panning along
with a moving subject. Picture quality will not
be as good as in normal lighting conditions, and
autofocus may not work as well as usual.
LOW LIGHT
Night
This program automatically adjusts the shutter
speed according to the brightness of the subject
even in dark places (night time, etc.) to shoot
subjects brightly in colour. It is useful for
shooting subjects in dark places where lighting
cannot be used and for shooting night scenes.
When you record in very dark places:
• Moving subjects may leave a trailing afterimage.
• Though subjects can be shot brightly, picture
quality may not be as good as in normal
lighting.
• White points may appear in the display.
• Autofocus may not work as well as usual (in
this case, adjust the focus manually).
You cannot use the Night recording program in
CARD CAMERA mode.
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Using Digital Effects
Use the camcorder’s digital effects for more interesting productions.
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• Faders:
Start or end scenes on a tape with a fade to or from black
( 64). Fade Trigger, Vertical Wipe, Horizontal Wipe,
Mosaic Fade*
• Effects:
Add flavour to your recordings ( 65).
Art, Black and White, Sepia, Mosaic**
• Multi-image Screen: Divides the display to show 4, 9 or 16 still photos. Has 4
transition speed options: fast, moderate, slow and manual
( 68).
* Available in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode only.
** Available during TAPE CAMERA or TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode only.
Availability of digital effects by mode
PHOTO
TAPE PLAY
(VCR)
CARD
CAMERA
CARD PLAY
(VCR)
Faders
h
i
h
i
i
Effects
h
h
h
h
i
Multi-image
Screen
h
h
h
h
i
h : Available
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
CAMERA
i : Not available
• The types of digital effects you are able to use depends on the setting of the
TAPE/CARD switch, the POWER switch and the recording program.
Notes:
• When you do not want to use digital effects, press the DIGITAL EFFECTS
button and select D.EFFECT | from the digital effects menu. Press the
DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu.
• The camcorder remembers your chosen digital effect setting until you change it.
• Digital effects can be selected but not operated on a blank blue screen (appears
in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode). The display continues to flash.
• Digital effects operated during TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode are not recorded onto
the original tape.
• Digital effects can be added to another tape when dubbing using the AV out
terminal (TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode), but not the DV out terminal.
• You cannot operate digital effects while photo/date searching.
• If you slide the program selector to [ (Easy Recording) while the digital effect
display is flashing, it will disappear from the display and reappear when you
return to Q (program AE) mode.
• The digital effect display will flash for 2 seconds after setting, even if
DISPLAYS is set to OFF in the menu.
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Faders
Fade Trigger (FADE-T)
When you start recording,
the scene gradually
fades in from a
black screen.
Using the Full
Range of Features
When you stop
recording, it gradually fades
out.
Wipe (WIPE )
When you start recording, the picture
begins as a thin vertical line in
the center of the
screen which
gradually expands
sideways until it
fills the whole
of the screen.
Horizontal Wipe (WIPE )
When you start recording, the picture
begins as a thin horizontal line in the
centre of the screen
which gradually
expands upwards
and downwards
until it fills the
whole screen.
When you end a
scene, the image is wiped
from both sides of the screen.
When you end
a scene, the image is wiped
from the top and bottom of
screen.
Mosaic Fade (M. FADE)*
Blurs the image by enlarging the size of some pixels. The image
appears as increasingly large squares of colour as it fades out, and
smaller squares when it fades in.
*Available during TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode only.
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Effects
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Art (ART)
Adds a paintlike effect,
called
solarization, to
the image.
Mosaic
(MOSAIC)*
Blurs the image
by enlarging the
size of some
Black and White pixels.
(BLK & WHT)
Makes the
image black and
white.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Sepia (SEPIA)
Makes a
monochrome
image with a
brownish tint.
*Available during TAPE CAMERA or TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode only.
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Digital effects can be set with the controls on the body of the camcorder or the
wireless controller. Pressing the ▲/▼ buttons on the wireless controller
correspond to turning the selector dial up and down, and pressing the SET button
corresponds to pressing the selector dial in.
MENU
DIGITAL
EFFECTS
ON/OFF
SET
P
D.EFFECTS
ON/OFF
Using the Full
Range of Features
Operating faders
Sound and image fade together.
When operating faders in TAPE CAMERA mode, make sure the program selector
is set to Q.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
Select fader
1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects
menu.
• D.EFFECT |, FADER, EFFECT and MULTI-S appear.
2. Select FADER.
• FADE-T, WIPE , WIPE
TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode.
settings appear. M.FADE also appears in
3. Select the desired setting.
• You return to the digital effects menu.
4. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu.
• The name of your selected fader flashes in the display.
Fader on/off
5. Press the ON/OFF button.
• The name of your selection stops flashing.
• Each time you press the ON/OFF button, the chosen fader is activated
(display lights continuously) or deactivated (display flashes).
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6. If you’re in TAPE CAMERA mode:
Fade in- Press the start/stop button.
Fade out- Press the start/stop button.
If you’re in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode:
Fade in- Press the e (play) button.
Fade out- Press the a (pause) button.
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Operating effects
Sound records/plays back normally.
When operating effects in TAPE CAMERA or CARD CAMERA mode, make
sure the program selector is set to Q.
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA
Select effect
1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects
menu.
• D.EFFECT |, FADER, EFFECT and MULTI-S appear.
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
2. Select EFFECT.
• ART, BLK&WHT, SEPIA, MOSAIC settings appear.
3. Select the desired setting.
• You return to the digital effects menu.
4. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu.
• The menu disappears and the name of your selected setting flashes in the
display.
Effect on/off
5. If you’re in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode, press the e (play) button.
6. Press the ON/OFF button.
• The name of your selection stops flashing and takes effect on the display.
• Each time you press the ON/OFF button, the chosen effect is activated or
deactivated.
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Using the Multi-Image Screen
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Divides your display image into 4, 9 or 16 smaller images with the Image Capture
feature. With this feature, the camcorder captures the current scene being shot or
replayed. Choose the transition speed — manual, fast (every 4 frames), moderate
(every 6 frames*) or slow (every 8 frames*) — at which to capture a moving
subject, such as a person playing tennis or golf. Sound is recorded normally.
* In Low Light mode: moderate (every 8 frames), slow (every 12 frames)
4 images
9 images
16 images
Using the Full
Range of Features
Operating the multi-image screen
When operating the multi-image screen in TAPE CAMERA or CARD CAMERA
mode, make sure the program selector is set to Q and set to any program other
than the Night recording program.
In TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode, you can only operate the multi-image screen in the
following playback modes:
When M.S.SPEED is set to MANUAL: Still picture playback, slow
forward/reverse playback
When M.S.SPEED is set to FAST, MODERATE or SLOW: Still picture playback
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA
Select multi-image screen
1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects
menu.
• D.EFFECT |, FADER, EFFECT and MULTI-S appear.
2. Select MULTI-S.
• M.S. SPEED and M.S. SPLIT settings appear.
3. Select M.S. SPEED.
• MANUAL, FAST, MODERATE and SLOW settings appear.
4. Select the desired setting.
• You return to the digital effects menu.
5. Select MULTI-S again.
• M.S. SPEED and M.S. SPLIT settings appear.
6. Select M.S.SPLIT.
• 4, 9, 16 settings appear.
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7. Select the desired setting.
• You return to the digital effects menu.
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8. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu.
• The digital effects menu disappears.
• MULTI-S flashes in the display.
Multi-image screen on/off
9. Push the ON/OFF button.
• MULTI-S stops flashing.
• Manual: As you press the ON/OFF button, scenes will be captured one after
another the indicated number of times. If you push and hold the ON/OFF
button for more than a second, the last image captured will be erased.
• The currently recording image is framed in blue. The frame disappears after
the last image is captured.
• Automatic: The camcorder will capture the indicated number of images at
the indicated speed.
• The multi-image screen is recorded to the tape.
If you're in CARD CAMERA mode, press the PHOTO button to
record the multi-image screen to the memory card.
Using the Full
Range of Features
10.If you’re in TAPE CAMERA mode, push the start/stop button to
begin recording.
Notes:
• You can operate the multi-image screen from record or record pause mode.
• After all the images have been captured, press the ON/OFF button quickly to
cancel the multi-image screen.
• If you are operating the multi-image screen in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode and
you stop or pause the tape, or press any other playback button or the date/photo
search button, the multi-image screen will be cancelled. (This does not apply
with the MANUAL multi-image speed.)
• You cannot use digital zoom or the 16:9 mode when the multi-image screen is
set. The display becomes “– – –”.
• You cannot use the multi-image screen in the Night recording program.
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Audio Recording
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Selecting the audio mode
The comcorder can record sound in two audio modes — 16-bit and 12-bit. The
16-bit mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly superior to CD) while the
12-bit mode records on 2 channels (stereo 1), leaving 2 channels free (stereo 2)
for you to add new sound at a later date.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
VCR SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
AUDIO MODE••12bit
40)
To switch to the 16-bit mode, open the menu and select VCR SET UP.
Then select AUDIO MODE, set it to “16 bit” and close the menu.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• “16 bit” is shown in the display for approximately 4 seconds.
Notes:
• For details on adding new sound, see p. 98.
• For details of playing back a tape that has new sound on stereo 2, see p. 101.
• When you record to the MV550i/MV530i from a camcorder with DV terminal
outputs, the audio mode becomes automatically set to 12 bit.
• MV550i When the recording mode ie set to SP or LP mode, the audio mode
becomes automatically set to 12 bit (1 channel only).
• In TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode, the audio mode takes effect when doing analog
line-in recording or AV insert. When you do DV in recording, the setting
automatically changes to that of the digital device connected to the camcorder.
External microphone
For greater creative control over audio recording, you can connect an external
microphone to the camcorder via the MIC terminal. When using the MIC terminal,
use a microphone with a built-in power supply (condenser microphone). It is
possible to connect almost any stereo microphone with a plug diameter of 3.5 mm
(1/8 in), however, their audio levels will be different from that of the built-in
microphone.
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Notes:
• When using an external microphone, use a microphone cable not longer than 3
meters to avoid electromagnetic inerference.
• MV550i For details on using the optional DM-50 microphone, see p. 75.
• Be careful when using long microphones as they may extend into the frame.
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Wind screen
The camcorder has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from
interfering with the sound track. Make sure it’s off when you want the
microphone to be as sensitive as possible. Use the wind screen when recording in
windy places such as the beach or near buildings.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
PLAY
(VCR)
WIND SCREEN••OFF
40)
To turn it on, open the menu and select VCR SET UP. Then select
WIND SCREEN, set it to ON and close the menu.
• WS O is shown in the display when you turn the wind screen on.
Using the Full
Range of Features
VCR SET UP
(
+
Notes:
• The wind screen can be used for audio dubbing with the built-in microphone in
TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode as well as recording (when AUDIO DUB. is set to
MIC. IN in VCR SET UP submenu).
• The wind screen does not operate when an external microphone is connected to
the MIC terminal.
• MV550i The wind screen does not operate when the optional DM-50 microphone
is connected to the advanced accessory shoe.
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Setting the Self-Timer
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1
For stills
DATA
CODE
2
PH
OT
O
2, 3
For movies
POWER
START
/STOP PHOTO
SELF
TIMER MENU
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
Using the Full
Range of Features
This is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording
movies or still photographs.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
1. Press the
self-timer button on the body of the camcorder
or
the SELF TIMER button on the wireless controller.
• SELF-T appears in the display.
• To have the subject monitor recording, rotate the LCD panel 180° (
28).
For movies
2. Press the start/stop button.
• The camcorder starts to record after a 10-second countdown period (or after
2 seconds when you use the wireless controller). The time remaining counts
down in the display (e.g. “5 SEC”).
• SELF-T disappears from the display when recording begins.
3. Press the start/stop button to end recording.
For stills
2. Press a PHOTO button on the camcorder body or the wireless
controller.
• The camcorder automatically adjusts the focus 2 seconds before the
countdown is complete. The F mark flashes white then turns green after the
focus and exposure are set. If you are using the wireless controller, the F
mark starts flashing immediately after you press the PHOTO button.
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• The camcorder takes the picture for approximately 6 seconds ( MV550i 8
seconds in SP or LP recording mode).
• If you’re in TAPE CAMERA mode, the camcorder returns to record pause
mode after recording to a tape. If you’re in CARD CAMERA mode, the
currently recording image appears after recording onto a memory card.
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Notes:
• To cancel the self-timer before the countdown has begun, press the
SELF
TIMER button.
• To cancel the self-timer once the countdown has begun, press the
SELF
TIMER button.
Using the Full
Range of Features
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MV550i Using the VL-3 Video Light (optional)
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1
LOCK
1
LO
CK
LOCK
TO ON
AU
F
OF
LO
CK
3
Using the Full
Range of Features
When recording in dark rooms, attach the Video Light to the camcorder’s
advanced accessory shoe. The Video Light is powered by the same power source
as the camcorder.
Also refer to the VL-3 Video Light instructions.
Turn the camcorder’s power off before attaching/removing the Video Light.
1. Slide the Video Light onto the accessory shoe and tighten with the
shoe lock.
• Slide in the direction of the arrow on the bottom of the Video Light until it
clicks securely into place.
• Make sure that the light does not come disconnected when turning the shoe
lock.
2. Set the camcorder to TAPE CAMERA mode or CARD CAMERA
mode.
3. Turn the Video Light’s power switch to AUTO or ON.
• C (Connection) appears in the display.
• ON: The Video Light stays on.
• AUTO: The Video Light turns on/off automatically according to the level of
brightness of the shooting conditions.
Caution:
• Be careful not to touch the bulb or the surrounding area during or immediately
after use; it becomes very hot. Keep the Video Light away from flammable or
plastic materials.
• Do not look directly at the bulb while the Video Light is on.
• Never carry the camcorder holding the Video Light.
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MV550i Using the DM-50 Microphone (optional)
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Turn the camcorder’s power off before attaching/removing the microphone.
1. Slide the microphone onto the accessory shoe and tighten with the
shoe lock.
Using the Full
Range of Features
The highly sensitive Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50 has been designed
exclusively for camcorders equipped with an advanced accessory shoe
. It is
powered by the camcorder’s power supply. Use during cassette recording or audio
dubbing ( 98).
Refer to the DM-50’s instructions for further details.
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• Slide in the direction of the arrow on the bottom of the microphone until it
clicks securely into place.
• Make sure that the microphone does not come disconnected when turning
the shoe lock.
2. Set the camcorder to TAPE CAMERA mode.
• C (Connection) appears in the display.
3. Set the microphone’s directivity switch.
SHOTGUN: Clearly picks up sound arriving from the front of the microphone
(monaural).
STEREO1: Picks up sound arriving from the front of, as well as sound
surrounding the microphone.
STEREO2: Picks up sound surrounding the microphone in a wider range than
STEREO 1.
Notes:
• Never carry the camcorder holding the microphone.
• The DM-50 will not pick up any sound if another microphone is attached to the
camcorder’s microphone terminal.
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Ajusting AE Shift
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By controlling the level of the automatic exposure (AE) function, you can lighten
or darken the image slightly. This allows you to compensate for backlit,
overexposed scenes.
AE SHIFT
P
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
Make sure the program selector is set to Q .
1. Press the selector dial in and select any recording program other
than Spotlight, Sand & Snow or Night from the program menu.
2. Press the AE SHIFT button.
• eAE appears light blue.
3. Turn the selector dial to choose your desired level.
• Levels are from –2 to +2, in 0.25 intervals (excluding –1.75 and +1.75).
• The higher the setting, the brighter the image.
Notes:
• You cannot adjust the exposure without the e mark before AE in the display.
Push the AE SHIFT button so that e appears before AE. Then you can adjust
the exposure manually.
• You cannot adjust the AE Shift when the camcorder is set to [ (Easy
Recording), the Spotlight, the Sand & Snow or Night recording program.
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Setting the Shutter Speed
Set the shutter speed manually to take stable shots of quickly moving subjects.
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TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
CAM.SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
40)
1. Make sure the camcorder is set to the Q (program AE) mode.
2. Press the selector dial in and choose AUTO from the program
menu.
3. Open the menu and select CAM.SET UP.
4. Select SHUTTER.
5. Press the selector dial in to select the desired shutter speed.
CARD
AUTO
1/50
1/120
1/250
1/500
1/1000
1/2000
1/4000
1/8000
AUTO
slower
1/50
1/120
1/250
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
faster
• Only shutter speeds up to 1/250 are available when using a memory card.
6. Close the menu.
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Guidelines for shooting using high shutter speeds
• When shooting with a shutter speed of 1/1000 or higher, do not shoot the sun
directly.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Recommended shutter speeds when shooting:
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• People doing outdoor sports such as
golf or tennis
1/2000 or 1/4000
(or 1/8000 to freeze
the action even more
clearly)
• Moving cars or trains or other
rapidly moving vehicles such as
roller coasters
1/1000, 1/500 or
1/250
• People doing indoor sports such as
basketball
1/120
Notes:
• You are unable to set the shutter speed in any recording program other than
AUTO.
• The image may not appear smooth when a high shutter speed is set.
• The camcorder returns to the auto shutter setting when you slide the program
selector to [ (Easy Recording), or change the recording program.
• If you set the shutter speed to 1/500 or above in TAPE CAMERA mode and
then switch the camcorder to CARD CAMERA mode, the shutter speed will
automatically change to 1/250.
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Adjusting Focus Manually
The camcorder can focus automatically. All you have to do is point it, and
whatever is in the centre of the display will usually be in sharp focus. If it does
not seem to be focusing well, it may be because the subject is not suitable for
autofocus.
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You can use the manual focusing function for more control over focusing.
Focus lock
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
Using the Full
Range of Features
Press the FOCUS button to turn off
autofocus. The focus remains locked at
the point set by autofocus.
(eM.FOCUS appears in the display.)
You can now adjust the focus manually
with the selector dial. Press the FOCUS
button again when you want to return to
autofocus.
• If you zoom in on your subject after
turning off autofocus, it may not stay
in focus. It is generally best to adjust
the zoom first, and then the focus.
Manual focus
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
Use the selector dial to set the focus.
• Turn the selector dial downward to
move the focus farther away.
• Turn the selector dial upwards to
bring the focus nearer.
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
Notes:
• You cannot adjust the focus without the e mark before M.FOCUS in the
display. Push the FOCUS button so that e appears before M.FOCUS. Then you
can adjust the focus manually.
• The manual focus setting is cancelled if you select the [ (Easy Recording)
program.
• When you are using the [ (Easy Recording) program, autofocus cannot be
turned off.
• See “Troubleshooting” on p. 142 for a list of subjects which may not be suitable
for autofocus.
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Setting the White Balance
Using the Full
Range of Features
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The camcorder’s auto white balance
system compensates for a wide range of
lighting conditions. Although slight
variations are unavoidable, colours will
appear natural in virtually every
situation.
In some cases, you will get better
results by setting the white balance
yourself, or using one of the two preset
modes:
T Indoor Mode
• Under halogen or studio/video
lighting
• Subject is of one dominant colour
• Close ups
U Outdoor mode
• In daylight, especially for closeups and where the subject is of
one dominant colour
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
CARD
CAM.SET UP
(
1.
2.
3.
4.
+ CAMERA
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
40)
Make sure the camcorder is set to the Q (program AE) mode.
Open the menu and select CAM.SET UP.
Select WHITE BAL.
a) For the indoor, outdoor or auto settings, press the selector dial in
to choose the setting.
• T/U appears in the display when you set the white balance to
indoor/outdoor mode.
b) To set the white balance yourself, point the camcorder at a white
object (such as a sheet of paper) and zoom in until it fills the
display. Then press the selector dial in to select SET W.
• Make sure to continue pointing the camcorder at the white object until
you have finished setting the white balance.
• The W display flashes then remains lit.
• Depending on the light source, the flashing may at times continue. The
result will remain better than with the auto setting and you can continue
recording.
5. Close the menu.
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Setting the white balance manually will probably work better
than auto white balance when shooting:
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Subjects with one dominant colour, such as sky, sea or forest
Close-ups
In rapidly changing lighting conditions
Notes:
• Turn the digital zoom off (if neccessary) to set a more accurate white balance.
• If you have set the white balance and lighting conditions change, reset the white
balance.
• Try to record with light from a single source. Correct white balance cannot be
obtained for two types of lighting at once.
• You cannot set the white balance or choose the indoor/outdoor mode when the
program selector is set to the [ (Easy Recording) program.
• The white balance returns to the AUTO setting when you slide the program
selector to [ (Easy Recording).
• When you turn the camcorder on, the white balance returns to AUTO. If you
then switch the white balance to SET, the camcorder will remember your last
setting.
• During normal outdoor shooting, setting to AUTO may provide better results.
Using the Full
Range of Features
In places lit by certain types of fluorescent or mercury vapour
lights
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Displaying Date, Time and Camcorder Data (Data Code)
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A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other
camcorder data (shutter speed and exposure settings) is automatically recorded on
a special data section of the tape.
• Only the date and time appear in the data code when using a memory card.
DATA
CODE
DATA
CODE
MENU
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
Using the Full
Range of Features
PLAY(VCR)
During TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden while
the camcorder is in play, slow or still mode.
Camcorder data may be displayed as “– – –” during fast forward, rewind, reverse
playback, forward and reverse ×2 playback.
Press the DATA CODE button. When using a cassette, press it while
the camcorder is in play, slow or still mode.
• Press it once to display, once more to hide it.
Selecting date/time
Select whether you want the date, the time, or both to show up on your data code
display.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
DISP.SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
40)
To change the date and time combination, open the menu and select
DISP.SET UP. Then select D/TIME SEL, set it to DATE, TIME or
DATE & TIME and close the menu.
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Setting the data code
You can also choose to display camcorder data (shutter speed and exposure
settings) in cassette data codes.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
DISP.SET UP
(
E
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
40)
To change, open the menu and select DISP.SET UP. Then select DATA
CODE, set it to DATE/TIME, CAMERA DATA or CAM. & D/T and
close the menu.
Possible data code combinations for cassettes:
Date
Time
Date & Time
Date/Time
Camera data
Date/Time &
Camera data
1.JAN.2002
F11
1/250
F11
1/250
1.JAN.2002
12:00:00 AM
F11
1/250
F11
1/250
12:00:00 AM
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2002
F11
1/250
F11
1/250
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2002
Using the Full
Range of Features
DATA CODE
(cassette
only)
D/TIME SEL.
Notes:
• The data code will read “– – –” in the following situations:
– During playback of a blank section of tape.
– If the tape was recorded before entering the date and time in the camcorder’s
memory.
– If the tape was recorded on a camcorder without a data code function.
– If noise or tape damage prevents the data code from being read.
• If a recording made on MV550i/MV530i is played back on a different DV
camcorder, the data code may not be displayed correctly.
• The data code will appear in the display even if DISPLAYS ( 150) has been
set to OFF through the menu.
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Six-second auto date
The 6-second auto date appears for 6 seconds to mark the changeover of a day if
the tape was being recorded at 12:00 midnight. It also appears for 6 seconds when
you start playback and have the data code turned off. The 6-second auto date will
adjust for any time zone changes you have indicated.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
DISP.SET UP
(
6SEC. DATE•••OFF
40)
Using the Full
Range of Features
To turn the 6-second auto date on, open the menu and select
DISP.SET UP. Then select 6SEC. DATE, set it to ON and close the
menu.
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Note:
• When 6SEC.DATE is turned on but DISPLAYS (
second auto date will still appear for 6 seconds.
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Searching the Tape (Photo Search/Date Search)
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ZERO SET SEARCH
MEMORY SELECT
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
AUDIO
DUB.
REW
PLAY
FF
AV
INSERT
–/
STOP
+/
PLAY(VCR)
REMOTE SET PAUSE
SLOW
×2
This allows you to move quickly through still pictures recorded anywhere on a
tape (photo search) or between different days or areas of recording (date search)
on a tape.
TAPE
PLAY
(VCR)
1. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to choose between photo/date
search.
• PHOTO SEARCH or DATE SEARCH is shown in the display for 4
seconds.
2. Press the - and + buttons to move backwards or forwards
through the still pictures or between different days of recording.
Using the Full
Range of Features
+
• Press once to move to the start of the previous/next still picture or day on
the tape.
• You can press more than once to move to the corresponding still picture or
day (up to a maximum of 10 times), e.g. press the + button 5 times to
move forward 5 still pictures or days.
• PHOTO SEARCH/DATE SEARCH appears in the middle of the display
alongside the - or + mark and number to search through. You can
change direction easily by pressing the button for the opposite direction.
Notes:
• Press 3 (stop) to stop mid-search.
• If you begin a search very close to the start of a recorded still picture during
photo search, the camcorder may skip straight past it.
• When you have set the area for the World Clock, date search also looks for the
change in date based on the adjusted time.
• A date/area cannot be identified if the total recording time on that day/area was
less than 1 minute.
• Date search playback may start just before or after the beginning of the located
section.
• If the data code is not displayed correctly you will not be able to operate the
date search correctly.
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Returning to a Pre-Marked Position
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ZERO SET SEARCH
MEMORY SELECT
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
AUDIO
DUB.
REW
PLAY
FF
AV
INSERT
–/
STOP
+/
REMOTE SET PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Use the wireless controller to mark a point on a tape that you want to return to
following playback.
Using the Full
Range of Features
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
1. Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button on the wireless controller
during playback at a point you want to return to later.
• The time code is replaced by a tape counter that is set to zero with the Â
indication.
• Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button once more to cancel the zero set
memory.
2. When you have finished playback, fast forward or rewind the tape.
The tape stops automatically when it reaches the zero set position.
• RTN1 or `RTN appears in the display.
• The tape counter with  indication disappears from the display and the time
code reappears.
Notes:
• The zero set memory may not function correctly where there is a break between
recordings on the tape.
• You can also use zero set memory to mark a position on a tape in TAPE
CAMERA mode. When you then play back the tape, pressing rewind will take
you back to the pre-marked position.
• If you remove the tape while the zero set memory is set, the memory is
cancelled and the tape counter reverts to time code.
• The camcorder remembers your setting even if you turn it off and back on again
or move the program selector.
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Editing to a VCR
By connecting the camcorder to a VCR, you can edit your recordings in order to
remove unwanted scenes — or combine different shots to create your own video
productions.
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Preparations
1. Connect the camcorder to the VCR.
• See “Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 33.
2. Prepare the TV and VCR.
• Turn on the TV and set the TV/VIDEO selector to VIDEO.
• Turn on the VCR, and set its input selector to LINE. Load a blank cassette,
and put the VCR in record pause mode.
• See your TV and VCR instruction manuals for details.
3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR), and move
the camcorder’s TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE.
• Make sure the AV/headphone terminal is set to AV through the menu (
If PHONES appears in the display, switch the terminal.
33).
4. Load your recorded cassette.
Editing
Editing
1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section
you want to copy.
2. Start to play it back while you monitor the picture on the TV.
3. Start recording on the VCR as soon as the section you want to copy
appears on the screen.
4. Pause the VCR at the end of the section you want to copy, then stop
playback on the camcorder.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until your edited recording is complete.
Note:
• The quality of the edited tape will be slightly lower than that of the original.
m (LANC) terminal
The m terminal allows you to connect the
camcorder to equipment. Some buttons on
editing equipment may operate differently
from those on the camcorder.
Notes:
• m (LANC) is a trademark. It stands for Local Application Control Bus System.
• We cannot guarantee the results when connecting to equipment not bearing the
LANC m symbol.
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Dubbing to/from a cassette with Digital Video Equipment
Digital video equipment fitted with the DV terminal lets you edit, copy and
transfer data digitally, with virtually no generation loss in image and sound
quality. The DV terminal is for both line-in and line-out, since a single DV cable
can handle data in both directions.
• If a digital VCR is connected and an anomalous signal is sent from the VCR,
the images recorded on the tape may also be anomalous (although it may not
appear so on the TV image), or not recorded at all.
• You are unable to dub tapes recorded with the copyright protective signal.
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: Signal flow
REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
AE SHIFT
REC SEARCH
PAUSE SELECT
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
AV
INSERT PAUSE
Editing
Side with arrow
SLOW
×2
Side with arrow
Preparations
Example dubbing to the camcorder
1. Connect the camcorder and the other digital device.
• Connect the Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) with the sides of the plugs
marked with the arrows facing as shown above.
2. Prepare the other device.
• Turn on the power and load a recorded cassette.
3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR), and move
the camcorder’s TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE.
• DV IN appears in the display.
4. Load a blank cassette.
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Dubbing
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1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section
you want to copy and set it to playback pause mode.
2. Press the REC PAUSE button on the wireless controller.
• The camcorder enters record pause mode.
3. Start playback on the other digital device while you monitor the
picture.
4. Press the pause button.
• Recording starts.
5. When you get to the point where you want to stop recording, press
the stop button or the pause button.
• Recording stops.
6. Stop playback on the other device.
Editing
Notes:
• Blanks between recordings on the playback tape are recorded as anomalous
images on the tape that is being recorded to.
• MV550i You cannot use a cassette recorded in SP or LP mode with the
camcorder for DV dubbing with another digital device not equipped with that
mode.
• MV550i You cannot record in SP/LP mode from a tape recorded in SP/ LP
mode. Likewise, you cannot record in SP/ LP mode from a tape recorded in
SP/LP mode.
• When dubbing to a Cassette with digital video equipment, be sure to set AV \
DV OUT to OFF in the menu.
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Concerning copyrighting
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Copyright precaution
Certain pre-recorded video tapes, films and other materials, as well as some
television programmes are copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of these materials
may violate copyright protection laws.
Copyright signals
When playing back:
If you try to play back a tape that contains copyright control signals for the
protection of software, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS
RESTRICTED” appears in the display for a few seconds and then the camcorder
displays a blank blue screen; you cannot view the contents of the tape.
Editing
When recording:
If you try to record from software that contains copyright control signals for the
protection of software, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED”
appears in the display; you cannot record the contents of the software.
You cannot record copyright protection signals to a tape using this camcorder.
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Recording from a VCR, TV or Analog Camcorder
(Analog Line-in)
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You can record a video played on your VCR or analog camcorder (for digital
camcorders, see p. 88) or a TV program onto a tape in the MV550i/MV530i, if
the TV or other device has audio/video outputs.
• If an anomalous signal is sent from the TV or VCR, the images recorded on the
tape may also be anomalous (although it may not appear so on the TV image),
not recorded at all, or COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED
may appear in the display.
• You are unable to dub tapes recorded with the copyright protective signal.
• For higher picture quality, we recommend using the optional S-150 S-video
cable when doing analog line-in recording.
REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
AE SHIFT
S
REC SEARCH
PAUSE SELECT
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
–/
AV
INSERT PAUSE
: Signal flow
SLOW
OUTPUT
S-150 S-video Cable (optional)
S(S1)-VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
AV
L
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
R
You cannot use headphones while doing analog line-in recording. If you have the
AV/headphones terminal set to headphones, it will automatically switch to AV for
analog line-in recording. PHONES disappears from the display.
Editing
MIC
Preparations
Example recording from a VCR
1. Connect the camcorder to the VCR.
2. Prepare the device.
• Set the TV/Video selector on the television to Video. For further details, see
“Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 33.
• Turn on the VCR. Load your recorded cassette, and put the VCR in playback
pause mode.
• See your TV and VCR instruction manuals for details.
3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to to PLAY(VCR), and move
the camcorder’s TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE.
4. Load a blank cassette.
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Dubbing
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1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section
you want to copy and set it to playback pause mode.
2. Press the REC PAUSE button on the wireless controller.
• S-video and AV IN/OUT terminals work as input terminals.
• The camcorder enters record pause mode.
3. Start playback on the other device or turn on the TV to see the
desired program while you monitor the picture.
4. Press the pause button.
• Recording starts.
5. When you get to the point where you want to stop recording, press
the stop button or the pause button.
• Recording stops.
6. Stop playback on the other device.
Editing
Note:
• You can monitor the picture in the viewfinder or LCD.
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Digitally Outputting Analog Video and Audio
Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)
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Connecting the camcorder to your VCR or 8 mm video camera allows conversion
of recorded analog video and audio signals to digital signals in an instant. The
digital signals can be output to the other equipment with a DV terminal. The
camcorder’s DV terminal works exclusively as an output terminal.
• There may be cases where analog-digital converter cannot be done properly,
depending on the signals output from the connected equipment.
For example: Signals that include the copyright protective signal, or anomalous
signals such as ones that include ghost signals, etc.
• You cannot use your headphones during digital conversion. Even if the
AV/headphone terminal is set to “PHONES” through the menu, it will
automatically be set to “AV”, and “PHONES” will disappear from the display.
• You are recommended to use power from a household mains outlet with the
power adapter.
• Do not operate with a cassette inserted to the camcorder.
• Turn off the power of all equipment before performing connections.
• Refer also to the instruction manuals of the other equipment connected.
: Signal flow
OUTPUT
VIDEO
STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable
AV
AUDIO
L
R
DV
Editing
MIC
CV-150F DV Cable
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Turning the analog-digital converter on
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TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
VCR.SET UP
(
AV
DV OUT•••OFF
40)
To turn the analog-digital converter on, open the menu and select
VCR SET UP. Then select AV \ DV OUT, set it to ON and close the
menu.
Editing
Caution:
• For normal use, set AV \ DV OUT to OFF through the menu. If it is set to
ON, you cannot input digital signals through the camcorder’s DV terminal.
• If you attempt to perform analog-digital conversion with a cassette inserted to
the camcorder, the converted signals may not be output to the connected digital
video equipment.
• When connecting to a PC equipped with a DV terminal, you may not be able to
transfer converted signals to your PC, depending on the software you are using,
and the specifications of your PC and its settings.
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Recording Over Existing Scenes (AV Insert Editing)
You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your prerecorded tape using the MV550i/MV530i’s analog line-in or DV in terminals.
Original video and audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.
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Scene to be inserted
The playback tape
Insert start point
Insert end point
Before inserting
The tape in the
camcorder
After inserting
The tape in the
camcorder
The video and audio of the new scene replace that of the old.
S
: Signal flow
Editing
OUTPUT
S-150 S-video Cable (optional)
S(S1)-VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
AV
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
L
R
MIC
Make sure the AV/headphone terminal is set to AV through the menu (
If PHONES appears in the display, switch the terminal.
33).
ZERO SET SEARCH
MEMORY SELECT
AUDIO
DUB.
REW
PLAY
FF
AV
INSERT
–/
STOP
+/
REMOTE SET PAUSE
Side with arrow
SLOW
¥2
Side with arrow
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Preparations
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The tape in the MV550i/MV530i:
When using the MV550/MV530i’s AV insert function, only record to tapes
recorded in SP mode.
If there are non-recorded portions or portions recorded in a mode other than SP
mode on the tape, recording will stop.
The playback tape:
Use only tapes without non-recorded portions.
If there are non-recorded portions or changes in the recording mode, you may not
be able to insert AV correctly.
You cannot insert AV in the following cases:
• The playback tape has been poorly recorded.
• During special playback: fast forward playback, rewind playback or slow
playback etc. (analog only).
TV:
Editing
You cannot insert AV from a TV program with anomalous synchronized signals,
such as when the program itself received poor signals.
Example recording from a VCR
1. Connect the camcorder to the VCR.
2. Prepare the VCR and TV.
• Set the TV/Video selector on the televison to Video. For further details, see
“Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 33.
• Turn on the VCR and load a recorded cassette.
• See TV and VCR instruction manuals for details.
3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and load a
recorded cassette.
• Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed
position).
4. Move the camcorder’s TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE.
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Editing
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1. On the VCR, locate a point 3 seconds before the scene to be
inserted. Set the VCR to playback pause mode.
2. On the camcorder, press PLAY and locate the recording start
point. Set the camcorder to playback pause mode.
• You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camcorder or the
special playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in
playback mode.
3. Press the AV INSERT button.
• AV INSERT and 2a appear in the display.
4. Play back the cassette in the VCR.
5. To start inserting, press the PAUSE button on the camcorder.
• 2a changes to 2.
6. To stop inserting, press the STOP button on the camcorder.
• Inserting stops and AV INSERT disappears from the display. The camcorder
returns to stop mode.
• If instead of pressing STOP you press PAUSE, the camcorder returns to the
AV insert pause mode.
• If you set the zero set memory at the position on the tape where you want to
stop inserting, every time you return to that point, the camcorder will cancel
its AV inserting and enter stop mode.
Editing
7. Stop playback on the VCR.
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Audio Dubbing
You can add sound to the original sound on a pre-recorded tape from audio
products (AUDIO IN) or with the internal or external microphone (MIC. IN). The
original sound will not be erased. For best results, add sound to tapes that have
been recorded with this camcorder in SP mode with 12-bit sound. If there are
non-recorded portions on the tape, or portions recorded in a mode other than SP
mode, or with 16-bit or 12-bit, 4-channel sound, dubbing will stop. If your tape
hasn’t been recorded in SP mode with 12-bit sound, we recommend dubbing your
original tape onto a blank tape using the MV550i/MV530i’s analog line-in
function, then dubbing audio onto the new tape. Make absolutely sure to set the
audio mode of the new tape to 12-bit and the recording mode to SP.
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To connect other audio equipment:
: Signal flow
OUTPUT
STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable
AV
AUDIO
L
R
An audio device
(i. e. CD player)
MIC
Editing
Make sure the AV/headphone terminal is set to AV through the menu (
If PHONES appears in the display, switch the terminal.
Notes:
• Do not use the yellow video terminal.
• The AV terminal doesn’t put out any video, so connect the S-video terminals
and check your TV, or check the LCD or the viewfinder as you add new sound.
Always check the new sound with the speaker.
To connect an external microphone:
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33).
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Notes:
• MV550i When using an external microphone \ Connect it to the
microphone terminal.
When using the DM-50 microphone \ Make sure nothing is
connected to the microphone
terminal.
When using the built-in microphone \ Make sure nothing is
connected to either the
microphone terminal or the
accessory shoe.
• MV530i When you add sound using the built-in microphone make sure not to
connect any cables to the MIC terminal.
• To use your TV to monitor video, connect the S-video terminal ( 35) or the
AV terminal (use only the video plug) to your TV. You can monitor the sound
with headphones only when using the S-video terminal ( 33).
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Preparations
Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and move the camcorder’s
TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE. Load a recorded cassette.
• Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed
position).
Dubbing
Editing
ZERO SET SEARCH
MEMORY SELECT
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
AUDIO
DUB.
REW
PLAY
FF
AV
INSERT
–/
STOP
+/
REMOTE SET PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Do not connect/disconnect any cables to/from the camcorder when dubbing audio
or preparing to dub audio.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
VCR SET UP
(
AUDIO DUB.••AUDIO IN
40)
1. Open the menu and select VCR SET UP.
2. Select AUDIO DUB.
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3. Select AUDIO IN or MIC. IN and close the menu.
4. Locate the point where you want to start audio dubbing, then press
the PAUSE button.
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• You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camcorder or the special
playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in playback
mode.
• The camcorder becomes set to playback pause mode.
5. Press the AUDIO DUB. button.
• AUDIO DUB. and
appear on the display.
• MV550i If you have the DM-50 microphone (optional) attached, C
(Connection) appears in the display.
6. Press the PAUSE button (and start play on the other audio device
if AUDIO IN).
• Audio dubbing starts.
• Direct your voice into the microphone.
•
changes to .
Editing
7. When you get to the point where you want to stop dubbing, press
the STOP button (and then stop play on the other audio device if
AUDIO IN).
• Audio dubbing stops and AUDIO DUB. disappears from the display.
• The camcorder returns to stop mode.
• You can also set zero set memory ( 86) at the place you want to stop
audio dubbing, then every time you return to that position, audio dubbing
will cancel.
• If instead of pressing STOP you press PAUSE, the camcorder will return to
the playback pause mode.
Notes:
• You cannot use the DV terminal while adding sound.
• You might want to adjust the audio mix ( 101) when playing back a tape
with added sound.
• There may be a loss of sound quality if you add sound to a tape recorded on a
camcorder other than the MV550i/MV530i.
• After adding sound 3 or more times to the same place on a tape, there may be
some loss in sound quality.
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Setting the Audio Mix
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POWER
CAMERA
OFF
MIX
AUDIO BALANCE
MONITOR ST-1
ST-2
PLAY(VCR)
When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the
audio output to play: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound,
dubbed to the tape after recording), or mix the balance between the two.
• Audio from the 16-bit mode only contains stereo 1 sound and so you cannot/do
not need to select the audio mix. The same is true for the 12-bit stereo 1 mode,
unless new sound has been added post-recording.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
1. Choose the output.
Editing
• Press AUDIO MONITOR on the wireless controller.
• Starting with the last selected setting, 4 settings appear as you push the
button:
– STEREO1 for just stereo 1.
– STEREO2 for just stereo 2.
– MIX/FIXED for an equal mix of stereo 1 and 2.
– MIX/VARI. (mix variable) for when you want to mix the balance between
stereo 1 and 2.
• To simply choose STEREO1, STEREO2 or MIX/FIXED, make sure your
choice appears on the display.
• If you choose MIX/VARI., you can go on to mix the balance.
• Use the ST-1/ST-2 keys to mix the balance. A bar showing the mix appears
on the screen for 4 seconds.
Note:
• When you have chosen the output, STEREO1, STEREO2, MIX/FIXED or
MIX/VARI. is shown in the top left of the display for a few seconds. If you turn
the power off the output is set to STEREO1.
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Selecting audio output channels
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When you play back a tape whose audio has been recorded on multiple channels,
you can change the output channels of that sound.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
VCR SET UP
(
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
40)
1. Load a tape recorded with multiple-channel audio.
2. Open the menu and select VCR SET UP. Then select OUTPUT CH,
set it to the desired setting and close the menu.
• Refer to the following list.
Editing
OUTPUT CH setting
102
Played back sound
Tape recorded with
stereo sound
Tape recorded on
multiple channels
L/R
L+R channels
main + sub
L/L
L channel only
main only
R/R
R channel only
sub only
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Connecting to a PC Using a DV Cable
To transfer still images from a memory card to your PC by using a USB cable,
see p. 128.
By using a DV cable and connecting the camcorder to a PC equipped with a DV
terminal conforming to IEEE 1394/DV compatible capture board, you can transfer
images taken with the camcorder to your PC.
• While connected, it is recommended that you power your camcorder from a
household power socket using the power adapter.
• Turn off the power of both the camcorder and the PC before connecting.
• Optional software necessary.
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DV
CV-150F or CV-250F (optional)
Editing
Notes:
• Operation may not work correctly, depending on the software you are using,
and the specifications of your PC and its settings.
• See your PC instruction manual for details.
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Memory Card Introduction
The camcorder can take, store and manage still images on 2 types of memory
cards: the MultiMediaCard (supplied with the camcorder) or an SD Memory Card
(commercially available). The MultiMediaCard is an ultra-small, ultra-light media
that can record still images. About the same size as a MultiMediaCard, the SD
(Secure Digital) Memory Card has the protect switch to protect your recording
from accidental erasure, and fits into the same slot as the MultiMediaCard.
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MultiMediaCard MMC-8M
MR
You can do the following with a memory
MultiMediaCard MMC-8M
card:
Front
Back
• Record still images ( 108)
Terminals
• View still images 3 ways: Single
( 112), Slide show ( 113), Index
screen ( 113)
• Select the quality of images recorded on
the card ( 105)
• Protect important images against accidental erasure, print mark and erase still
images ( 114-121)
• Create interesting effects by combining images ( 122)
• Record a still image from a cassette ( 110)
• Copy multiple still images automatically to and from a cassette ( 125, 126)
• Utilize memory card still images on a PC
Using a Memory Card
You can use most of the camcorder’s functions when recording to a memory card,
such as the various recording programs ( 59), self-timer ( 72), shutter speed
( 77), white balance ( 80) and other manual adjustments. Available functions
PLAY
are marked with a the CARD + CAMERA or CARD + (VCR)
icons.
104
● If you use memory cards other than the supplied one, make sure to format
them with the camcorder ( 127).
Important
• Inserting or removing the memory card without first setting the POWER
switch to OFF can result in data damage.
• This camcorder uses only MultiMediaCards or SD Memory Cards (
*).
You cannot use any other types of memory cards.
*
logo is a trademark.
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Inserting and removing the memory card
Mult
E
iMed
ia
Card access
indicator
MultiM
edia
Card
MultiM
edia
Card
MMC8M
MR
MMC8M
MR
1. Turn the POWER switch to OFF.
• When removing the memory card, make sure the card access indicator is off.
2. Open the memory card compartment cover in the direction of the
arrow.
3. Insert or remove the memory card.
• Push the memory card all the way in.
• Remove the memory card by pushing the card in and letting it spring out.
Do not attempt to pull the memory card out without first pushing it in.
4. Close the cover.
• When inserting the memory card, do not attempt to close the cover
forcefully without the memory card properly inserted.
Selecting the recording image quality
Select the quality of a still image to be recorded.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
CARD SET UP
(
+ CAMERA
Using a Memory Card
Notes:
• When you set the camcorder to CARD PLAY (VCR) mode, the last image
recorded appears. If there are no images recorded on the memory card, NO
IMAGES appears in the display.
• Do not touch the memory card terminals.
QUALITY•••••FINE
40)
To change the image quality, open the menu and select CARD SET
UP. Then select QUALITY, set it to STANDARD and close the menu.
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Notes:
• Depending on the image you are recording, sometimes there will be no
difference in image quality between settings.
• Images are compressed and recorded in the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts
Group) format.
• The number of pixels is 768 × 576 in both FINE and STANDARD modes.
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Image
quality
Necessary memory
per image
Number of images
per 8MB MMC*
Use when you want to...
FINE
Approx. 180KB
Approx. 43 images
...save high quality images,
print out, etc.
STANDARD
Approx. 98KB
Approx. 78 images
...attach images to Emails,
include them in your own
home page, etc.
* These figures are approximate. The actual number you will be able to record
varies depending on the images. Remember that the sample images already
recorded on the supplied MultiMediaCard are included in the total number.
• The number of images that can still be recorded on a memory card may
sometimes decrease by 2 images at once.
• Refer to p. 153 for the memory card displays.
Card access display
Using a Memory Card
The operating states of the memory card are shown in the middle of the display.
106
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
TAPE
DISP.SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD ACCESS•ON
40)
To turn the card access display off, open the menu and select DISP.
SET UP. Then select CARD ACCESS, set it to OFF and close the
menu.
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File numbers
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The images you take are automatically assigned file numbers from 0101-9900 and
stored in folders of 100 images each. Each folder is numbered from 101 to 998 and
recorded on the memory card. Sample images have been pre-recorded on the
supplied MultiMediaCard, entering folder number 100 (folder name is “100canon”).
Set the image file numbers so that they reset each time a new memory card is
inserted, or so that they count up continuously.
1 CONTINUOUS
Numbering is continuous between cards, so
that the first file number assigned on a new
memory card is 1 more than the last file
number assigned on the previous memory
card. When the file numbers are set to
CONTINUOUS, each image taken is
assigned a different number, avoiding
duplication of numbers. This is convenient
when you want to manage your images on
a PC. We recommend keeping the file
numbers set to CONTINUOUS.
Three images are recorded on the card.
101
101-0101
101-0102
101-0103
1
101
When you change the
card and take a picture.
101-0104
101
2
101-0101
2 RESET
Each time you insert a new memory card, the file number resets to its default
value (101-0101). If the card already contains files, the next available number is
assigned.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
+ CAMERA
FILE NOS.•••CONTINUOUS
40)
To change the file numbering, open the menu and select CARD SET
UP. Then select FILE NOS., set it to RESET and close the menu.
Turn off the shutter sound
Makes the sound of a shutter being released when a still image is recorded to a
memory card.
CARD
+ CAMERA
CARD SET UP
(
Using a Memory Card
CARD SET UP
(
SHTR SOUND••ON
40)
To turn the shutter sound off, open the menu and select CARD SET
UP. Then select SHTR SOUND, set it to OFF and close the menu.
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Recording Still Images to a Memory Card
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2
3
CARD
TAPE
PH
OT
O
1
POWER
CAMERA
4
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
PH
OT
O
The camcorder is equipped with a mechanical shutter so that you can record vivid
still images onto a memory card. (Progressive Photo function) You can also
record onto a memory card images from a tape in the camcorder, or images input
through the DV in terminal.
• Moving pictures cannot be recorded onto a memory card.
• Images input through the AV in terminal cannot be recorded onto a memory
card.
SD Memory Card
• Memory cards cannot record audio.
• If you are using an SD Memory Card, make
Front
Back
sure the protect switch is set to allow
Protect
recording.
switch
Using a Memory Card
Make sure a memory card that has enough
memory available is inserted into the camcorder.
While the card access indicator flashes, do not
disconnect the power source. Doing so could result in data damage.
1. Press the small green button on the POWER switch and hold, turn
the POWER switch to CAMERA.
2. Move the TAPE/CARD switch to CARD.
• The number of images that can still be recorded on the memory card, and
other information appear in the display.
• The camcorder will turn itself off if you are using a battery and do not
operate the camcorder for more than about 5 minutes. Set the POWER
switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.
3. Press the PHOTO button halfway and hold it.
• Exposure is locked.
• During autofocus F flashes white in the display as the camcorder adjust the
focus and it is displayed continuously as a green mark when the camcorder
is ready to take the still image.
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4. Press the PHOTO button fully down to record the still picture.
• F disappears from the display. The shutter sound sounds and simultaneously
the display appears to close for an instant as if it were a shutter releasing.
• The card access indicator flashes and the card access display appears in the
display (See “The indicators that appear in the LCD display when MIRROR is
turned on” on page 28).
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Notes:
• To use the self-timer ( 72), press the
button before step 3, and then press
the PHOTO button fully down.
• The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting. Press the
button fully and the camcorder immediately takes the image.
• When the POWER switch is set to CAMERA and the TAPE/CARD switch is
moved from TAPE to CARD, the camcorder modifies the image for appropriate
recording onto a memory card.
The indicators that appear in the display when recording to a memory card:
Image quality (
Image stabilizer
(
58)
>>>>
Backup battery
(
136)
FINE
50
105)
Number of images that can
still be recorded on the
memory card (
106)
Remaining battery power
(
135)
Using a Memory Card
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Recording an Image from a Cassette as a Still Image
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2
1
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
PH
OT
O
3
PH
OT
O
Record an image from a cassette onto a memory card. To automatically record
multiple still images from a cassette to a memory card, refer to “Copying Still
Images from a Cassette” on p. 125.
• The still image’s data code will reflect the date and time it is recorded to the
memory card.
Cassette
Press the PHOTO
button fully down
Memory card
Using a Memory Card
TAPE
110
+
PLAY
(VCR)
1. Play back the cassette.
2. When the image you want to record appears in the display, press
the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it.
• The tape is set to playback pause mode and the number of images that can
still be recorded on the memory card appears in the display.
3. Press the PHOTO button fully down to record the image to the
memory card.
• The card access indicator flashes.
Notes:
• You can also set the cassette to playback pause mode in step 1 and record the
image with only 1 full press of PHOTO button.
• If you record an image onto a memory card that was originally recorded in the
16:9 mode for wide screen TV’s, the image will appear to be vertically
“squashed” (compressed).
• The shutter sound doesn’t sound in TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode.
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Recording from Another DV Device as a Still Image
Record images input through the DV in terminal onto the memory card as still
images.
• The still image’s data code will reflect the date and time it is recorded to the
memory card.
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: Signal flow
PH
OT
O
CARD
PH
OT
O
TAPE
POWER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
Side with arrow
Side with arrow
Preparations
1. Connect the camcorder to the other digital device.
• Connect the Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) with the sides of the plugs
marked with the arrows facing as shown above.
2. Prepare the other device.
• Turn on the power and load a recorded cassette.
3. Load a memory card. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to
PLAY(VCR).
4. Move the TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE.
• DV IN appears in the display.
• If you have a cassette inserted, make sure it is in stop mode.
1. Start playback on the other device.
2. When the image you want to record appears in the display, press
the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it.
• The image appears as a still image in the display.
• The number of images that can still be recorded on the memory card
appears in the display.
3. Press the PHOTO button fully down to record the image to the
memory card.
Using a Memory Card
Recording
• The card access indicator flashes.
Notes:
• If you record an image onto a memory card that was originally recorded in the
16:9 mode for wide screen TV’s, the image will appear to be vertically
“squashed” (compressed).
• The shutter sound doesn’t sound in TAPE PLAY(VCR) mode.
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Viewing Still Images
REC
SEARCH
E
REC
SEARCH
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
AE SHIFT
CARD
TAPE
POWER
CARD
SLIDE
SHOW
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY(VCR)
Play back and view still images recorded on a memory card. (For details on
connecting to a TV, see “Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 33)
• The camcorder may not be able to copy or play, etc., images recorded on a nonCanon camcorder.
• When viewing on the LCD screen or TV screen still images that you recorded
to a memory card with this camcorder, the images appear with black frame in
the display.
Using a Memory Card
Do not change the data recorded on a memory card.
• You may not be able to play back the following still images correctly on this
camcorder:
− Still images that have not been recorded with this camcorder but downloaded
from a PC (excluding the sample images on p. 130-131)
− Still images that have been recorded with this camcorder but have subsequently
been enhanced on a PC
− Still images whose image file names have been changed on a PC
There are 3 ways to view still images:
• Single image
• Slide show:
One after the other automatically in order of recording
• Index screen: Six images at once
When the camcorder is in playback pause mode, you can use card jump function
to move quickly through still images recorded anywhere on a memory card to
find a still image you want to view (Card Jump function).
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it is inserted into the
camcorder.
While the card access indicator flashes, do not disconnect the power source.
Doing so could result in data damage.
● Single Image
1. Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (VCR).
2. Move the TAPE/CARD switch to CARD.
• The last image recorded appears in the display.
3. Search for the desired still image by pressing the CARD +/– buttons.
112
• Press + to view the next image and – to view the previous image.
• Pressing + at the last image will take you to the first image. Pressing – at
the first image will take you to the last image.
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● Card Jump Function
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You can jump from the current image to the desired image of unadjacent image
number without displaying the images one by one.
The numbers shown in the upper right in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode indicate the image
number of the current still image / total number of still images on the memory card.
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
With an image in the display, press and hold the CARD +/– button.
• Press the + button to jump through the images forwards and press the – button
to jump backwards.
• The image number moves forwards or backwards.
• When you release the button, the still image, to which the currently shown
number is assigned, appears in the display.
● Slide Show
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
With an image in the display, press the SLIDE SHOW button.
• The images are played back one after another.
To stop the slide show, press the SLIDE SHOW button.
• The slide show starts or stops each time you press the SLIDE SHOW button.
● Index Screen
Up to 6 images appear at once so you can search
quickly for an image.
CARD
+
INDEX
101–0143
43/50
PLAY
(VCR)
SEL. INDEXEND
• Up to 6 images appear in the display.
2. Move the
mark to the image you want to view.
• Turn the selector dial downwards to go to the previous image and upwards
to go to the next image.
• Turning the dial upwards at the last image will take you to the next index
screen. Turning the dial downwards at the first image will take you to the
previous index screen.
• Jump to the next/previous index screen with the CARD +/– buttons.
3. Press the
Using a Memory Card
1. With an image in the display, press the
index screen button.
index screen button.
• The image you have marked fills the whole display.
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Settings of the Still Image recorded to a memory card
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REC
SEARCH
Immediately after you have recorded a still image to a memory card, you can
check the image without switching the operation mode by the POWER switch.
(CARD PHOTO REVIEW)
You can also easily erase unwanted images while viewing still images recorded to
memory card, protect images from accidental erasure, or mark an image for
printing. (File Operation)
• Card Photo Review is set in CARD CAMERA mode and File Operation is set
in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode.
● Preventing accidental erasure (Protect
)
Select important images and protect them from accidental erasure.
• If a memory card is formatted, however, all images, including protected images,
will be permanently erased.
• The pre-recorded sample images provided on the supplied MultiMediaCard are
already protected.
Using a Memory Card
There are 3 ways to protect a still image (including the ways to cancel the setting).
1. CARD + CAMERA ➡ CARD PHOTO REVIEW menu ( 115)
PLAY
2. CARD + (VCR)
➡ File Operation menu SINGLE ( 116)
PLAY
3. CARD + (VCR) ➡ Card Operations submenu INDEX ( 117)
● Marking a still image for printing (Print Mark
)
An image on a memory card must be marked before it can be printed. The
camcorder supports the
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) print format.
Images can be automatically printed on a DPOF-supporting Canon Printer. Up to
50 images per memory card can be print marked.
There are 3 ways to mark a still image for printing (including the ways to cancel
the setting).
To mark an image for printing or erase print marks one at a time
1.
2.
CARD
CARD
+
+
PLAY
(VCR)
PLAY
(VCR)
➡ File Operation menu SINGLE ( 116)
➡ Card Operations submenu INDEX ( 118)
To erase all print marks
3.
114
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
➡ Card Operations submenu
SINGLE
(
119)
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● Erasing still images
Erase images singly or all at once.
• You cannot erase protected images. Cancel image protection first in order to
erase an image.
• Erase images with caution. Once an image has been erased, it cannot be restored.
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There are 3 ways to erase a single image.
To erase images one at a time
1.
2.
CARD
CARD
+
+
CAMERA
PLAY
(VCR)
➡ CARD PHOTO REVIEW menu ( 115)
➡ File Operation menu SINGLE ( 116)
To erase images one at a time or erase all images on the memory card at once
3.
CARD
SINGLE
INDEX
+
PLAY
(VCR)
➡ Card Operations submenu
SINGLE
(
120)
: When playing back an image in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode
: When displaying an index screen in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode
CARD PHOTO REVIEW
CARD
+ CAMERA
1. During/after recoding a still image, press the CARD – button to
open the CARD PHOTO REVIEW menu.
• If you press the button after recording a still image, the last image recorded
appears in the display.
• If you press the button while recording a still image, the menu appears
immediately.
• PROTECT
, IMAGE ERASE settings appear.
• If you select |RETURN, the still image disappears.
To protect an image
•
•
•
•
and press the selector dial in.
The
protect mark appears on the image.
Now you are unable to erase this image.
Press the selector dial again to cancel it.
If you select |RETURN, the still image disappears.
To erase an image
2. Select IMAGE ERASE and press the selector dial in.
Using a Memory Card
2. Select PROTECT
• ERASE THIS IMAGE? NO YES appears in the display.
3. Select YES and press the selector dial in.
• The image is erased.
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File Operation (FILE OPER.)
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CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
1. With an image in the display, press the selector dial in to open the
FILE OPER. menu.
• PROTECT
, PRINT MARK , and IMAGE ERASE settings appear.
• If you select |RETURN, the menu disappears from the display.
To protect an image
2. Select PROTECT
•
•
•
•
•
and press the selector dial in.
The
protect mark appears on the image.
Now you are unable to erase this image.
Press the selector dial again to cancel it.
If you select |RETURN, the menu disappears from the display.
To cancel image protection, select PROTECT
and press the selector dial
in.
disappears and now you can erase this image.
To mark an image for Printing (Print Mark)
2. Select PRINT MARK
•
•
•
•
and press the selector dial in.
The
print mark appears on the image.
Press the selector dial again to cancel it.
If you select |RETURN, the menu disappears from the display.
To cancel a print mark, select PRINT MARK
and press the selector dial
in.
disappears.
Using a Memory Card
To erase the image
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2. Select IMAGE ERASE and press the selector dial in.
• ERASE THIS IMAGE? NO YES appears in the display.
• If you select |RETURN, the menu disappears from the display.
3. Select YES and press the selector dial in.
• The image is erased.
• One image before the erased image appears.
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Preventing Accidental Erasure (Protect)
REC
SEARCH
E
REC
SEARCH
CARD
SLIDE
SHOW
This section describes how to protect the still image from the Card Operation
submenu when displaying an index screen in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode
(including the way to cancel the setting) .
You can also protect a still image through CARD PHOTO REVIEW ( 115) or
File Operation menu ( 116).
Protecting an image while viewing an index screen
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD OPER.
(
PROTECT
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it is inserted into the
camcorder.
1. With an image in the display, press the
index screen button.
2. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
3. Select \PROTECT
.
4. Press the selector dial in.
• The
protect mark appears on the image.
• Now you are unable to erase this image.
• Press the selector dial again to cancel it.
Using a Memory Card
• Up to 6 images appear in the display.
• Move the
mark to the image that you want to protect (Index Screen
113)
5. Close the menu.
Note:
• To cancel image protection, move the
mark to the protected image and
press the selector dial in. The
protect mark disappears.
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Marking a Still Image for Printing (Print Mark)
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This section describes how to mark the still image for printing from Card
operation submenu in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode (including the way to cancel the
setting).
– When displaying an index screen, you can mark the image for printing.
– When playing back a single image, you can erase all print marks.
You can also mark a still image for printing through File Operation menu
( 116).
Marking an image for printing while viewing an index screen
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD OPER.
(
PRINT MARK
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it has been inserted into
the camcorder.
Using a Memory Card
1. With an image in the display, press the
index screen button.
• Up to 6 images appear in the display.
• Move the
mark to the image that you want to mark an image for
printing (Index Screen
113).
2. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
3. Select \PRINT MARK .
4. Press the selector dial in.
• The
print mark appears next to the image.
• Press the selector dial again to cancel it.
5. Close the menu.
Notes:
• To cancel a print mark, move
to the print-marked image and press the
selector dial in. The
print mark disappears.
• If there are a large number of images recorded on the memory card, it may take
time for a print mark to appear on an image.
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Erasing all print marks
CARD
+
CARD OPER.
(
E
PLAY
(VCR)
PRINT MARKS
ALL ERASE
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it has been inserted into
the camcorder.
1. With an image in the display, open the menu and select CARD
OPER.
2. Select PRINT MARKS
ALL ERASE.
• ERASE ALL PRINT MARKS
? YES NO appears in the display.
3. Select YES.
• The
print mark disappears from the image.
4. Close the menu.
Using a Memory Card
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Erasing Still Images
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REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
CARD
SLIDE
SHOW
This section describes how to erase the still image from the Card Operation
submenu when playing back a single image in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode.
(SINGLE or ALL)
You can also erase a still image through CARD PHOTO REVIEW ( 115) or
File Operation menu ( 116).
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD OPER.
(
IMAGE ERASE
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it is inserted into the
camcorder.
To erase images one at a time
Using a Memory Card
1. Select the image you want to erase.
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• Use the index screen ( 113) or card jump function ( 113) if necessary
and make sure the image you want to erase fills the display.
• If you use the index screen, press the
index screen button after selecting
the image. The image you selected fills the whole display.
2. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
3. Select IMAGE ERASE.
• CANCEL, SINGLE and ALL settings appear.
• To cancel erasing, select CANCEL and close the menu.
4. Select SINGLE.
• ERASE THIS IMAGE? NO YES appears in the display.
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5. Select YES.
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• The image erases and the previous image appears for erasing.
• To erase another single image, move to that image with the CARD +/–
buttons, and select YES.
• If the image you are trying to erase is a protected image, YES appears in
purple and is unselectable.
• If you select NO, you return to step 4.
6. Close the menu.
To erase all images on the memory card at once
1. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
2. Select IMAGE ERASE.
• CANCEL, SINGLE and ALL settings appear.
• To cancel erasing, select CANCEL and close the menu.
3. Select ALL.
• ERASE ALL IMAGES? [EXCEPT FOR
the display.
IMAGES] NO YES appears in
4. Select YES.
• All images except the protected ones are erased.
• If you select NO, you return to step 2.
5. Close the menu.
Using a Memory Card
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Combining Images and Recording Them to a Cassette (Card Mix)
Liven up your productions by superimposing one image on top of the other.
Combine 2 still images or a still image and a moving image. Choose a still image
from the memory card, either one of the pre-recorded sample images ( 130) or
one you have recorded yourself, then combine it with the currently recording
image, moving or still.
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Select from 3 types of Card Mix effects:
CARD CHROMA (Card chroma key)
The currently recording image appears in place of the blue area of a pre-recorded
still image such as a picture frame. When recording your own still image for
overlapping, make sure to record the area in which you want the new image to
appear blue, with a blue curtain as a background, for example. Adjust the mix
level in the blue area of the pre-recorded image.
Image being recorded
by the camcorder
Still image
CARD LUMI. (Card luminance key)
The currently recording image appears in place of the light area of a still picture
such as a hand-written illustration or title. Make your own by drawing or writing
on a white piece of paper. Adjust the mix level in the light area of the still image.
Using a Memory Card
Image being recorded
by the camcorder
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Still image
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CAM. CHROMA (Camera chroma key)
Superimpose the currently recording image on top of a still image, which
becomes its background. Shoot the subject of the currently recording image
against a blue background, such as a blue curtain. The original still image will
appear in place of the blue area. Adjust the mix level in the blue area.
Image being recorded
by the camcorder
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Still image
Mix level
The mix level bar appears. Adjust the mix level using the – and + at the ends of
the bar as guides.
REC
SEARCH
TAPE
+ CAMERA
MIX TYPE••••CARD CHROMA
MIX LEVEL••• –
+
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it and a cassette have been
inserted into the camcorder.
Select
1. Make sure the camcorder is set to the Q (program AE) mode.
Using a Memory Card
CARD MIX
(
REC
SEARCH
• You cannot use Card Mix in the Night recording program.
2. Open the menu and select \ CARD MIX.
3. Press the CARD +/– buttons to select the still image to be
combined.
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4. Select MIX TYPE.
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• CARD CHROMA, CARD LUMI., CAM. CHROMA settings appear.
5. Select the desired setting.
• Your currently recording image is combined with the pre-recorded still
image.
6. Select MIX LEVEL.
7. Adjust the mix level.
• Turning the selector dial upwards adjusts to the right and turning
downwards adjusts to the left.
8. Close the menu.
• CARD MIX flashes in the display.
On/Off
9. Press the card MIX button.
• CARD MIX stops flashing.
• Your currently recording image is combined with the pre-recorded still
image.
• Each time you press the card MIX button, your selection is activated
(display lights continuously) or deactivated (display flashes).
For movies
1. Press the start/stop button to start and stop recording.
• The combined images are recorded onto the cassette.
For stills
Using a Memory Card
1. Press the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it.
• F flashes white in the display as the camcorder adjusts the focus and it is
displayed continuously as a green mark when the camcorder is ready to take
the image.
2. Press the PHOTO button fully down to record the image to the
cassette.
• F disappears from the display.
• The combined images are recorded onto the cassette for approximately 6
seconds ( MV550i 8 seconds in the SP or LP recording mode).
Notes:
• If you change the position of the POWER switch, select your still image for
Card Mix again.
• When setting Card Mix, you must carry out steps 1 to 5.
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Copying Still Images from a Cassette
REC
SEARCH
E
REC
SEARCH
Copies multiple still images from a tape to the memory card, using the Photo
Search function.
• The still images’ data codes will reflect the date and time the copies are made.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD OPER.
(
COPY[
]
40)
Make sure a memory card that has enough memory available and a recorded
cassette have been inserted into the camcorder.
1. Locate the first still image on the cassette that you want to copy
and stop the cassette at a point before that image.
• All the still images on the cassette after that point will be copied onto the
memory card.
• If you want to copy all the images on a cassette, rewind the cassette to the
beginning.
• CANCEL and EXECUTE settings appear.
4. Select EXECUTE.
•
•
•
•
Select CANCEL to stop copying.
Cassette and card information appear in the display and copying starts.
] appears in the display.
NOW COPYING [
The camcorder automatically performs the Photo Search function to locate
still images and copying starts. The currently copying image appears in the
display.
• Copying stops when the cassette is finished or the memory card is full.
When the memory card is full, CARD FULL will appear in the display.
Using a Memory Card
2. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
].
3. Select COPY [
5. Press the stop button when your desired images have finished
copying.
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Copying Memory Card Still Images to a Cassette
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REC
SEARCH
REC
SEARCH
FOCUS
SLIDE SHOW
AE SHIFT
Copies multiple still images from the memory card to a cassette.
• The still images’ data codes will reflect the date and time the copies are made.
• MV550i The SP and LP recording modes are not available when copying
memory card images to a cassette.
CARD OPER.
(
COPY[
]
40)
Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it and a cassette that has
enough recordable space have been inserted into the camcorder.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
1. Locate the point on the cassette where you want to start copying
and set it to stop.
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
Using a Memory Card
2. Select the first image you want to copy by using the CARD +/–
buttons.
• Still images on the memory card including and after that image will be
copied onto the cassette.
• If you want to copy all the still images on the memory card, select the first
image.
3. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
].
4. Select COPY [
• CANCEL and EXECUTE settings appear.
5. Select EXECUTE.
•
•
•
•
•
Select CANCEL to stop copying.
Cassette and card information appear in the display and copying starts.
] appears in the display.
NOW COPYING [
Each image is copied for about 6 seconds on the cassette.
Copying stops when all the images have been copied or the tape is full.
6. Press the 3 button when your desired images have finished
copying.
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Formatting a Memory Card
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Format new memory cards, if you get the message CARD ERROR, or to
permanently and quickly erase all the images on a memory card, including
protected images (this includes the pre-recorded card mix sample images).
The MultiMediaCard supplied with this camcorder has already been formatted for
you.
• Be cautious when formatting recorded memory cards. All images will be
permanently erased.
• If you use memory cards other than the supplied one, make sure to format them
with the camcorder, not a PC or other device.
CARD
+
PLAY
(VCR)
CARD OPER.
(
FORMAT
40)
Make sure a memory card is inserted into the camcorder.
• CANCEL and EXECUTE settings appear.
3. Select EXECUTE.
• Select CANCEL to cancel formatting.
• FORMAT THIS CARD? NO YES appears to confirm.
4. Select YES.
• Formatting starts.
• If you select NO, you return to step 3.
Using a Memory Card
1. Open the menu and select CARD OPER.
2. Select FORMAT.
5. Close the menu.
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Utilizing memory card still images on a PC
You can download still images from a memory card to a PC connected to the
camcorder via the USB interface. By using the software provided, you can
organize, store and print out still images. When printing still images, you can add
titles and frames to them.
Use the USB cable and the Canon Digital Video Solution Disk software provided
with the camcorder.
• For details on how to connect the camcorder to a PC and install and operate the
software, refer to the Canon Digital Video Solution Disk instruction manual.
• Refer also to your PC manual.
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: Signal flow
IFC-300PCU USB cable
1. Install the software.
2. Connect the camcorder and the PC with an USB cable.
3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and move
the TAPE/CARD switch to CARD.
Using a Memory Card
• “PC CONNECT [USB]” appears in the display to indicate that USB
connection is being performed.
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4. Install the USB driver.
5. Start the software and download still images from the memory
card to the computer.
Caution:
• The connection may not work properly depending on the specifications and
settings of the software and PC.
• The image files on your memory card and the image files you have stored
(downloaded) to the hard disk drive of your computer are your valuable,
original image files. If you wish to use image files on your computer, be sure to
make copies of them first, and use the copied file, retaining the original.
Notes:
While performing USB connection:
• The buttons, excluding the POWER switch, on the camcorder cannot be used.
• Even if BUTTONLIGHT is set to ON through the menu, buttons do not light
up.
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Other Information and Precautions
The camcorder formats memory cards in DCF (Design rule for Camera File
system).
Images recorded on a memory card with this camcorder can also be transferred to
a PC with the use of the following products made for MultiMediaCards or SD
Memory Cards:
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PC Card Adapter: Holds a memory card then inserts into the PC card slot found
on most types of laptop PCs.
USB Card Reader: Connects to a PC, then accepts a memory card.
FD Adapter: Holds a memory card then inserts into a PC’s floppy disk drive.
Memory Cards confirmed to operate with this camcorder (as of January
2002)
MultiMediaCard—
SanDisk: 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB
SD Memory Card—
Panasonic: 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB
SanDisk: 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB
• However, we cannot guarantee that all of these memory cards work properly.
If you mistakenly erase the card mix sample images provided on the
MultiMediaCard, they can be downloaded from the following home pages:*
http://www.canon-europa.com/products/products.html
http://www.canon-asia.com/
http://www.canon.com.au
Memory card operating precautions
• If you purchase additional memory cards, format them with the camcorder, not
a PC or other device. There have been cases where memory cards formatted
with a PC or other device do not function properly.
• We recommend saving backups of memory card images on your PC’s hard
drive or other external memory device. Image data may be damaged or lost due
to a defect in a memory card, or if a memory card is exposed to static
electricity. Contents of a memory card cannot be compensated for should data
become damaged or lost.
• Do not remove the power source or the memory card while the card access
indicator flashes.
Using a Memory Card
*If you are unable to connect the camcorder to a PC using a USB cable, you will
need a PC Card Adapter or USB Card Reader to be able to download to a
memory card.
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• Do not use memory cards in places subject to strong magnetic fields.
• Do not disassemble memory cards.
• Do not bend or drop memory cards, or expose them to strong vibrations or
external shocks.
• Do not get memory cards wet.
• Do not remove the memory card’s label or affix other labels. Affix labels to the
memory card’s case.
• Do not leave memory cards in places subject to high temperature or high
humidity.
• Moving a memory card rapidly between hot and cold temperatures may cause
condensation to form on it, leading to malfunctions. Avoid this problem by
placing the memory card in a plastic bag and letting it slowly adjust to
temperature changes before removing it from the bag. If condensation should
occur, maintain the memory card at a constant temperature and let the moisture
evaporate naturally.
• Do not touch the memory card’s terminals or let dust or dirt come in contact
with the terminals. Store and carry memory cards in their case to protect the
terminal area.
• There is only one correct way to insert memory cards into the camcorder. Do
not forcefully insert the memory cards backwards or upside down. This could
damage the memory card or the camcorder.
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Sample images
Using a Memory Card
• The following are the sample images that have been pre-recorded on the
included MultiMediaCard. There are a total of 15 images: 8 Card chroma key
images, 5 Card luminance key images and 2 Camera chroma key images.
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Card chroma key
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Card luminance key
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Camera chroma key
• The pre-recorded sample images on the MultiMediaCard included with this
camcorder are intended solely for the personal enjoyment gained from
combining them with personal videos taken with this camcorder. Do not use the
pre-recorded sample images for any other purpose.
Weight and dimensions are approximate.
Errors and omissions excepted.
Subject to change without notice.
PhotoEssentials - Royalty Free Stock Photography
The PhotoEssentials suite of royalty-free images on CD-ROM features premium quality
assignment photography and is ideally suited for use in advertising, brochures, reports,
multimedia, websites, books, packaging and more.
For more information, please visit their website www.photoessentials.com
Using a Memory Card
MultiMediaCard MMC-8M Specifications
Capacity
8 MB
Interface
MultiMediaCard standard
Operating temperature range
0°C –40°C (32°F– 140°F)
Dimensions
32 × 24 × 1.4 mm
Weight
1.5 g
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Preparing the Camcorder
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Adjust the viewfinder
• Set the camcorder to TAPE CAMERA
mode. Extend the viewfinder straight
out, then adjust the viewfinder focusing
lever to suit your eyesight.
• Rotate the viewfinder to an angle that
allows you to view comfortably. Store
the camcorder with the viewfinder flush
with the body of the camcorder.
• To view with the viewfinder, make sure
the LCD panel is either turned so that the
subject can monitor viewing, or totally
closed with the screen facing inwards.
• Be careful not to leave the viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight, or it will
melt. (The light is concentrated by the viewfinder lens.) Adjust the angle of the
viewfinder to prevent sunlight from entering.
Prepare the lens cap
• Attach the cord to the lens cap, and
pass the grip belt through the loop on
the cord.
• Hook the lens cap on to the grip belt
while you are recording, and place it
over the lens when you have finished.
Additional
Information
Fasten the grip belt
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• Release the Velcro fastening and hold
the camcorder with your right hand
while you adjust the belt with your left.
Your index finger should reach the
zoom control and photo button, and
your thumb should reach the start/stop
button comfortably.
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Attach the shoulder strap
• For extra security and portability, attach
the shoulder strap before using the
camcorder.
• Pass the ends through the attachment
bars and adjust the length as shown.
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Additional
Information
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Notes on Using the Batteries
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Charging and recording times
• These times vary — the safest policy is always to have 2 or 3 times as many
battery packs as you think you will need.
• You will get more recording time if you turn the camcorder off between shots,
instead of leaving it in record pause mode.
MV550i
Time needed for
full recharge
BP-512
BP-511 (optional)
BP-522 (optional)
BP-535 (optional)
1 hr. 20 min.
1 hr. 20 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
3 hr. 15 min.
MV530i
Time needed for
full recharge
BP-508
BP-512 (optional)
BP-511 (optional)
BP-522 (optional)
BP-535 (optional)
1 hr.
1 hr. 20 min.
1 hr. 20 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
3 hr. 15 min.
Maximum recording time
Using viewfinder Using LCD screen
2 hr. 45 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
2 hr. 45 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
5 hr. 50 min.
4 hr. 40 min.
9 hr. 15 min.
7 hr. 25 min.
Maximum recording time
Using viewfinder Using LCD screen
1 hr. 30 min.
1 hr. 15 min.
2 hr. 45 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
2 hr. 45 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
5 hr. 50 min.
4 hr. 45 min.
9 hr. 15 min.
7 hr. 40 min.
• You can use the battery pack between 0° and 40°C (32° to 104°F), but it works
best between 10° and 30°C (50° to 86°F). Operating time will be shorter than
usual at low temperatures like a ski ground. For better operating results, the
battery pack can be warmed in your pocket or someplace and then used.
• If the battery pack starts to give you much less operating time than usual (at
normal temperatures), it has reached the end of its life and must be replaced.
Note:
• These figures show how long you can view playback with the LCD, after
attaching a fully-charged battery pack. Playback time will be shortened at low
temperatures.
Additional
Information
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BP-512
BP-511 (optional)
BP-522 (optional)
BP-535 (optional)
Playback time (using the LCD screen)
2 hr. 15 min.
2 hr. 15 min.
4 hr. 45 min.
7 hr. 40 min.
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Playback time (using the LCD screen)
1 hr. 15 min.
2 hr. 20 min.
2 hr. 20 min.
4 hr. 55 min.
7 hr. 50 min.
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How much power is left?
The indicator in the display shows you
approximately how much charge the battery
pack has left:
Notes:
• When the power is completely exhausted,
“CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK” appears
in the display for 4 seconds and the empty
battery mark starts to flash. The power
indicator light also flashes.
• The indicator is not constant — different
levels will be shown when you subject the
battery pack and camcorder to different
conditions.
↓
↓
↓
↓
100%
75%
50%
25%
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
0%
When to recharge
You can recharge a lithium ion battery pack whenever it is convenient. Unlike a
conventional battery pack, it does not have to be fully discharged first. However,
as the battery pack will naturally discharge itself over time, it is best to charge it
the same day you plan to use it, or the day before.
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Taking care of the battery pack
Always attach the terminal cover.
• Do not allow any metal objects to
touch the terminals, as this can cause
a short circuit and damage the battery
pack. Attach the terminal cover
whenever the battery pack is not
being used.
B
D
Keep the terminals clean.
• The camcorder, adapter or battery pack will not work properly if the terminals
are dirty. Attach the terminal cover whenever the battery pack is not being used.
Storing the battery pack.
• If you do not use a battery pack for a period of more than a few months any
remaining charge may cause damage to the battery pack, and reduce usage time.
To prevent damage therefore, aim to use a battery pack’s complete charge
before storage. See the optional battery pack’s instructions for further details.
Installing the backup battery
Open the backup battery cover on the battery
attachment unit, and insert the CR2025 lithium
battery with the + side facing outwards. Click the
cover back into place.
Additional
Information
This backup battery allows the camcorder to
remember the date and time and other settings
when main power source is removed. It has a life
span of about a year.
When it needs replacing (or if it has not been
installed), the y mark flashes in the display.
Remove the old battery by pushing up then
releasing and lifting out. Make sure to attach a power source to the camcorder
first, so it will remember your chosen settings when you change the battery.
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DANGER!
Treat the battery pack with care.
• Keep it away from fire (or it might explode).
• Do not expose the battery pack to temperatures greater than 60°C (140°F).
Do not leave it near a heater, or inside a car in hot weather, for example.
• Do not try to disassemble or modify it.
• Do not drop or knock it.
• Do not get it wet.
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WARNING!
• The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if
mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble, heat above 100°C (212°F) or
incinerate.
• Replace the battery with a Sony, Hitachi Maxell, Sanyo or Panasonic CR2025,
or Duracell DL2025. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion.
• The used battery should be returned to the supplier for safe disposal.
Cautions:
• Do not pick up the battery using tweezers or other metal tools — this will cause
a short circuit.
• Wipe the battery with a clean, dry cloth to ensure proper contact.
• Keep the battery pack out of reach of children — if it is swallowed, contact a
physician immediately, as the battery case may break down and the battery
fluids damage the stomach and intestines.
• Do not disassemble, heat or immerse the battery in water, to avoid the risk of
explosion.
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Maintenance
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Cautions
Avoid high temperatures and high humidity.
• Do not leave the camcorder inside a car in hot weather, for example.
• Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment.
• Do not take the camcorder into a humid room.
Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
• If you take the camcorder from a cold place to a warm place, condensation may
form on the lens and internal parts ( 141).
Do not point the lens or viewfinder at strong light sources.
• Never point it at the sun, and do not leave it aimed at a bright subject.
• Be especially careful when leaving the camcorder on a tripod.
Avoid magnetic or electric fields.
• Do not use the camcorder close to TV transmitters, portable communication
devices or other sources of electric or magnetic radiation. They may cause
picture interference, or permanently damage the camcorder.
Do not expose the camcorder to water.
• Cover the camcorder when you are recording in rain or mist.
• There is a risk of electric shock if water gets inside the camcorder — contact
qualified service personnel as soon as possible.
Protect the lens.
• Sand and dust can damage the lens — be especially careful on windy days.
Handle the camcorder gently.
• Vibration or shock can cause damage.
• Do not use the viewfinder or LCD panel as a carrying handle.
Additional
Information
Do not disassemble the camcorder.
• This is very dangerous as there is a risk of electric shock — if the camcorder
does not function properly, take it to qualified service personnel.
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Storage
If you do not intend to use the camcorder for some time, store it in an area which
is free of dust and moisture, and where the temperature is no higher than 30°C
(86°F). After storage, check each part and function of your camcorder to make
sure everything is still working properly.
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Note:
• These cautions also apply to accessories such as battery packs and cassettes.
Maintenance
Viewfinder
• Clean the viewfinder screen. Rotate the
viewfinder upwards. Remove the
viewfinder protect cover and clean by
inserting a cotton bud. When finished,
return it flush with the camcorder.
• The viewfinder screen scratches easily.
Take care when cleaning.
LCD
• Clean the LCD screen using a
commercially available cleaning cloth for
glasses.
• Where there is a big change in
temperature, moisture may form on the surface of the screen. Wipe clean with a
soft, dry cloth.
• At low temperatures the display may appear to be much darker than usual. This
is not a fault, and as the screen warms up the display will return to normal.
Camcorder body and lens
• Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body or lens. Never use chemically
treated cloth or volatile solvents such as paint thinner.
Additional
Information
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Video heads
• When mosaic-like noise appears on the playback picture,
the video heads may be dirty. When the video heads are
badly contaminated, the camcorder may show a blank blue
screen or a warning.
• For the best picture possible, after using the camcorder for
approximately 20 hours, clean the video heads using Canon’s DVM-CL Digital
Video Head Cleaning Cassette. If the “noise” remains, repeat the cleaning (up
to maximum of 5 times).
• Do not use a wet-type cleaning cassette, as this can cause damage.
Using the camcorder abroad
Power sources
• You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camcorder and charge
battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and
240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug
adapters for overseas use.
Additional
Information
TV playback
• Although you can always play back your recordings on the LCD screen, your
camcorder can only be connected to TVs which use its PAL system. This TV
system is used in the following countries:
Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, China, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, HongKong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan,
Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New
Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Sierra Leone,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland,
Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom,
Yemen, former Yugoslavia, Zambia.
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Condensation
Condensation may form on the camcorder when it is moved from a cold place to a
warm place. Using the camcorder while condensation is present can damage both
the tape and the camcorder.
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Condensation may become a problem:
When you take the camcorder from a cold
place to a warm room
When a cold room is heated rapidly
When the camcorder is left in a humid
room
When the camcorder is taken from an airconditioned room to a warm, humid place
Protecting the camcorder from condensation
• Before you take the camcorder to a warm or humid place where condensation is
likely to be a problem, unload the cassette and put the camcorder in a plastic
bag. Wait until the camcorder reaches room temperature before you take it out
of the bag.
What happens when condensation is detected
• “CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED” is displayed for approximately
four seconds. Then, the power indicator flashes and the h mark flashes in the
display. If there is a cassette in the camcorder, it stops automatically and
“REMOVE THE CASSETTE” is displayed for approximately 4 seconds and
then v flashes in the display. If you have the beep turned on, it will sound.
• The camcorder may not detect the condensation immediately — the
condensation warning may not start flashing for 10 to 15 minutes.
• You cannot load a cassette when condensation is detected.
Additional
Information
What you should do
• Remove the cassette, leave the cassette compartment open, and turn the
camcorder off.
• Leave it in a dry place until the condensation evaporates. After the condensation
warning stops flashing, wait at least another hour before trying to use the
camcorder.
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Troubleshooting
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Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder.
Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page
numbers in parentheses for more information.
Make sure that the camcorder is properly connected if you are using it with a TV
or VCR. Consult your dealer or service outlet if problems persist.
Additional
Information
Recording/Playback
142
Problem
Cause and/or what to do about it
? Nothing happens when I press the
buttons.
• The camcorder is not set to the
appropriate mode (
19, 29).
• The cassette is not loaded or is set for
erasure prevention (
17-18).
• The cassette has reached the end.
• The power source is not properly
connected, or the battery pack is
exhausted or not properly attached
(
12-16, 135).
• The function cannot be used in that
recording program (
59).
? The camcorder turned itself off.
• The camcorder was in record pause
mode for more than about 5 minutes
(
19, 108, 154).
• The battery pack is exhausted
(
13-16, 135).
? The cassette compartment stopped
mid-operation while
loading/unloading a cassette.
• The battery pack’s power is
exhausted. Recharge or change to a
new battery pack (
13-16).
? The start/stop button doesn’t
work.
• The cassette is not loaded or is set for
erasure prevention (
17-18).
• The cassette has reached the end.
? There’s no picture in the display.
• The camcorder is not set to the
appropriate mode (
19, 29).
? There’s a blank blue screen in the
display.
• You are attempting to play back or
record copyright protected material
(
90).
• The video heads are badly
contaminated (
140).
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• The camcorder is on manual focus
(
79).
• The viewfinder lens needs adjusting
(
132).
• The lens is dirty (
139).
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Note:
• Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often
get better results using manual focus ( 79). Focus on something which is
about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camcorder at
your original, hard-to-focus subject.
Horizontal stripes
Many subjects at
different distances
Behind glass
Without much
contrast (e.g. a
white wall)
Reflective surfaces
(e.g. shiny car
surfaces)
Fast moving
objects
Dark subjects
Night scenes
Recording/Playback (Cont.)
Cause and/or what to do about it
? Some/all of the digital effects don’t
work.
• There are a number of restrictions on
using the digital effects ( 63-67).
? The e (play) button doesn’t work.
• The camcorder is not set to TAPE
PLAY (VCR) mode ( 29).
• The cassette is not loaded ( 17).
• The cassette has reached the end.
? There’s a bright stripe on the
screen.
• When recording in dark places a
bright light in the scene may cause a
vertical light bar (“smear”) to appear.
This is a normal feature of
camcorders.
? The playback picture is rough
(with mosaic-like noise).
• The video heads need cleaning
( 140).
Additional
Information
Problem
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? There’s no picture on the TV
screen.
• AV/PHONES is not set to AV in the
menu.
• AV \ DV OUT (Analog-digital
converter) is not set to OFF in the
menu.
? There’s no picture on the TV
screen, even though the tape is
moving.
• The video heads need cleaning
( 140).
• The TV/VIDEO selector on the TV
isn’t set to VIDEO ( 34-36).
? There’s no sound coming from the
speaker during playback.
• The speaker has been turned off with
the selector dial ( 32).
• Headphones are being used.
Additional
Information
Memory card operations
144
Problem
Cause and/or what to do about it
? The memory card will not insert.
• It is not turned the right way
( 105). Turn it the right way and
try inserting again.
? The
mark flashes red in the
display even though a memory
card has been inserted.
• Turn the camcorder's power off and
back on again and remove and
reinsert the card. If the mark
continues to flash, format the
memory card.
? Nothing happens when I press the
buttons.
• The camcorder is not set to CARD
CAMERA or CARD PLAY (VCR)
( 108, 112) mode.
• The memory card is not inserted
( 105).
• You are using an SD Memory Card and
it is set for erasure prevention. Change
the position of the protect switch.
• The memory card is full. Erase
images ( 115) or insert a new
memory card.
• The power source is not properly
connected, or the battery pack is
exhausted or not properly attached
( 12-16, 135).
• The function cannot be used in that
recording program ( 59).
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? The image cannot be erased.
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• The memory card is not loaded
( 105).
• You are using an SD Memory Card and
it is set for erasure prevention. Change
the position of the protect switch.
• The memory card is full. Erase
images ( 115) or insert a new
memory card.
• You have reached the maximum file
number. Set the file numbering to
RESET through the menu ( 107)
and insert a new memory card.
• You are using an unformatted
memory card. Format the card
( 127).
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• The image is protected ( 114).
• You are using an SD Memory Card
and it is set for erasure prevention.
Change the position of the protect
switch.
Miscellaneous
Problem
Cause and/or what to do about it
? The wireless controller doesn’t
work.
• The remote sensor mode is set to
OFFB in the menu ( 50).
• The remote sensor modes of the
wireless controller and the camcorder
itself are different ( 50).
• The batteries are dead or not inserted.
? The power indicator is flashing.
• Check the screen displays (
? The camcorder malfunctions.
• External interference may cause the
camcorder’s microprocessor to
malfunction temporarily. If random
letters appear in the display or if
normal operation is interrupted,
remove and then replace the power
source.
? The DV cable is connected
correctly, but there’s nothing in
the display.
• Remove the cable and then reconnect
it or turn the power off and back on
again.
? The camcorder becomes warm
during use.
• This is not a malfunction.
150).
Additional
Information
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The MV550i/MV530i System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area)
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WS-20 Wrist Strap
WD-30.5 Wideconverter
SS-800 Shoulder Strap
WL-D77
Wireless
Controller
TL-30.5 Teleconverter
MiniDV
Video
Cassette
BP-500 Series
Battery Pack
CR-560 Charge Adapter/
Car Battery Cable Kit
FS-30.5U
Filter Set
CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter
BP-500 Series
Battery Pack
ZR-1000 Zoom
Remote Controller
S-150 S-video Cable
VCR
MV550i VL-3 Video Light
PC-A10
SCART
Adapter
STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable
TV
MV550i DM-50 Directional
Stereo Microphone
CV-150F DV Cable
Digital Device
PC Card Adapter
BP-900 Series
Battery Pack
VL-10Li
Battery Video Light
Additional
Information
Stereo Microphone
(commercially
available)
FD Adapter
IFC-300PCU USB Cable
CV-150F/CV-250F DV Cable
SC-1000 Soft
Carrying Case
146
USB Card Reader
MultiMediaCard
or
SD Memory Card
Personal Computer
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Optional Accessories
BP-500 Series Battery Packs
The battery pack BP-508 is not available as
an option. When you need extra battery
packs, select from the following: BP-511,
BP-512, BP-522 and BP-535.
BP-512
BP-522
BP-535
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CR-560 Charge Adapter/Car Battery
Cable Kit
Connect the car battery cable to power
your camcorder or recharge battery packs
on the move. The car battery cable plugs
into your car’s cigarette lighter socket and
runs off a 12-24 V DC negative ground
battery.
Also, when used with the CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter, this charge adapter can
charge the BP-500 series lithium ion
battery packs from a mains outlet.
TL-30.5 Tele-converter
This tele-converter lens increases the focal
length of the camcorder lens by a factor of
1.9.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective as
usual when the tele-converter is attached.
• With the TL-30.5 Tele-converter, the
image quality may be degraded at the
telephoto side.
WD-30.5 Wide-converter
This lens decreases focal length by a factor
of 0.7, giving you a wide perspective for
indoor shots or panoramic views.
Additional
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FS-30.5U Filter Set
Neutral density and MC protector filters to
help you take control of difficult lighting
conditions.
MV550i VL-3 Video Light
Attach the Video Light to a camcorder
when recording in dark rooms. When on its
automatic setting, the Video Light turns
on/off automatically according to the
brightness level of shooting conditions.
Additional
Information
VL-10Li Battery Video Light
This compact yet powerful video light can
be used for both indoor and outdoor
shooting.
• Use the BP-900 Series battery packs to
power the light. Approximate usage times
are as follows:
BP-915 60 min. BP-930 120 min.
BP-945 170 min.
• Charge the BP-900 Series battery packs
with the CA-910 Compact Power Adapter
(optional).
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MV550i DM-50 Directional Stereo
Microphone
This highly sensitive, super-directional
microphone attaches to a camcorder's
advanced accessory shoe. It is a highly
sensitive microphone that can be switched
between functioning as a directional
microphone (monaural) or a stereo
microphone that also clearly picks up
sounds arriving from the front of the
microphone, for full recorded sound.
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Zoom Remote Controller ZR-1000
When this product is plugged into the
LANC m terminal of a Canon camcorder, it
is possible to control functions such as the
start and stop of recording and the zoom
and focusing functions while the camcorder
is mounted on a tripod, without touching
the camcorder body itself.
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WS-20 Wrist Strap
Provides an extra measure of protection for
active shooting.
SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case
A handy camcorder bag with padded
compartments and plenty of space for
accessories.
O
RY CA
SO
VI
INE DE
N GENU
NO
This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you
use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand
accessories or products bearing the same mark.
Additional
Information
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ACCES
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Screen Displays
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To display the date and time, press the
DATA CODE button. See also p. 82.
TV
SCREEN
Press the wireless controller’s TV
SCREEN button or turn TV SCREEN
on through the menu to see the other
displays on the TV screen. (The
displays appear white on-screen.) They
will not be added to any recordings you
make with the camcorder.
TAPE
+ CAMERA ,
CARD
+ CAMERA
DISP. SET UP
(
DATA
CODE
TV SCREEN•••ON
40)
To turn TV SCREEN off, open the menu and select DISP. SET UP.
Then select TV SCREEN, set it to OFF and close the menu.
For instructions on how to hook the camcorder up to your TV, see p. 33.
Turning off the LCD screen displays
You can turn off the displays to give you a clear screen for playback.
TAPE
+
PLAY
(VCR)
,
CARD
DISP.SET UP
(
+
PLAY
(VCR)
DISPLAYS••••ON
40)
To turn the display off, open the menu and select DISP. SET UP.
Then select DISPLAYS, set it to OFF <PLAYBK> and close the
menu.
Additional
Information
• If you turn the displays off, the LCD screen will be completely blank
(including connected TV screen), but the camcorder will continue to show
warning/caution displays when necessary, and the data code appears in the
display if it is set to ON.
• When operating the camcorder, the displays appear for 2 seconds. However,
the displays do not disappear when displaying an index screen.
indicates a flashing display.
Record pause mode
(
19)
Recording (
150
20)
PAUSE
REC
The backup battery is
not properly installed,
or needs replacing
(
136).
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battery power remains
(
135).
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Rewind (
29)
REW
E
Fast forward playback
(
30)
The battery pack is
exhausted (
135).
Rewind playback
(
30)
Frame advance
playback (
30)
No cassette is loaded,
or it is set for erasure
prevention
(
17, 18).
Frame reverse
playback (
30)
Remaining tape
(Green: more than five
minutes.
Yellow: less than five
minutes.
Red: final few
seconds.)
5min
Playback pause
(forward and reverse)
(
30)
Slow playback
(forward and reverse)
(
30)
×2 playback (forward
and reverse) (
31)
...finally, it tells you
when you have
completely run out of
tape.
×2
×2
END
×1 playback (forward
and reverse)
(
29, 31)
The camcorder is
ejecting the tape
(
17).
EJECT
Photo Search (
×1
×1
85)
5
PHOTO SEARCH
Date Search (
The safety mechanism
is activated. Unload
the cassette and turn
the camcorder off.
Turn it on again and
reload the cassette.
Recording mode
(
21)
85)
EJECT
5
DATE SEARCH
Zero set memory
(forward and reverse)
(
86)
RTN
RTN
AV Insert Editing
(
95)
AV INSERT
SP
AV INSERT
Playback is stopped
(
29).
STOP
Normal playback
(
29)
AUDIO DUB.
AUDIO DUB.
Fast forward (
29)
FF
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Audio Dubbing
(
98)
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The remote sensor is
turned off (
50).
24):
W
Optical plus 88×/72×
digital zoom
Optical plus 440×/
360× digital zoom
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T
W
Self-timer countdown
(
72)
T
W
T
Zero set memory
(
86)
Zoom in
W
Zoom out
W
0:00:00M
T
Audio mode (
CAM. MENU
(
42)
Data code (
CAM.MENU
SEL.S
MENU
CARD MIX
CAM.SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
43)
16bit
VCR MENU
C.CAM MENU
82)
Photo mode (
F1.8
1/250
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2002
56)
PHOTO
• Setting the AF/AE. F
mark flashes white
SEL.S
MENU
VCR SET UP
CARD SET UP
CARD OPER.
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
C.CAM. MENU
(
45)
70)
T
The image stabilizer
is turned on (
58).
VCR MENU (
10sec
SELF–T.
• AF/AE locked. F
mark lights up green
• Timer
6sec
SEL.S
MENU
CAM.SET UP
CARD SET UP
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
Recording programs
(
59).
AUTO
SPORTS
PORTRAIT
SPOTLIGHT
C.PLAY MENU
(
46)
Additional
Information
CARD PHOTO
REVIEW MENU
(
115)
152
SAND&SNOW
C.PLAY MENU
SEL.S
MENU
CARD OPER.
VCR SET UP
DISP.SET UP
SYSTEM
RETURN
CARD PHOTO REVIEW
PROTECT
IMAGE ERASE
RETURN
LOW LIGHT
NIGHT
MV550i Accessory is
attached to advanced
accessory shoe
(
74, 75).
AE Shift (
C
76)
AE +2.0
FILE OPER. MENU
(
116)
FILE OPER.
PROTECT
PRINT MARK
IMAGE ERASE
RETURN
Manual focus is
selected (
79).
M.FOCUS
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Audio output (
101)
STEREO1
E
STEREO2
1/250
MIX/FIXED
White balance is
(
80)
Set
W
Indoor
T
Outdoor U
MIX/VARI.
Mix balance (
ST–1
The 16:9 mode: the
display flashes when
the effect is being
selected, and appears
steadily when it is
activated (
22).
Digital effects. The
display flashes when
the function is being
selected and appears
steadily when it is
activated (
63).
16:9
Audio input and
Microphone input
(
99)
Audio input
AUDIO IN
Microphone input
MIC.IN
WIPE
DV input (
WIPE
88, 111)
DV IN
M.FADE
Analog-digital
converter (
93)
ART
AV DV
Condensation warning
(
141)
SEPIA
MOSAIC
The wind screen is
turned on (
71).
ST–2
FADE–T
BLK&WHT
Volume level (
Speaker
101)
WSON
Memory Card Displays
No memory card is
inserted (
105)
32):
Image quality(
Standard
105)
STD
SPEAKER
–
+
Headphones
PHONES
–
+
SPEAKER
OFF
PHONES
FINE
Folder number-File
number (
107)
Slide show in
progress (
113)
Recording to a
memory card
(
109)
101-0101
SLIDE SHOW
>>>>
99
Additional
Information
The AV/headphones
terminal is switched
to headphones
(
33).
Fine
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Time Code
The number of still
images that can still be
recorded on the
106)
memory card (
(Green: 6 or more
images.
Yellow: Between 1 and
5 images
Red: No more images)
99
0:12:34:12
Accessing a memory
card (
112)
<<<<
Current still
image/Total number of
still images on the
memory card
(
112)
Protect mark (
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9/99
9/99
This records counter information,
including hour, minute, second, and
frame number on a special data code
area on the tape itself. It is reset
automatically when a new tape is
loaded. In TAPE CAMERA mode, the
frame number doesn’t appear in the
display.
Recording reminder
0sec
114)
10sec
Card mix (
122)
Print mark (
114)
Data code (
82)
CARD MIX
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2002
Formatting a memory
card (
127).
Additional
Information
Erasing still images
(
120).
154
Connecting to a PC
(
128).
When you start recording, the
camcorder counts from 0SEC to
10SEC. Shots which are shorter than
ten seconds may be difficult to edit
later. On the other hand, if you are not
planning to edit the recording,
remember that a shot which does not
contain action should generally last no
longer than 10 seconds.
“
AUTO POWER OFF”
AUTO POWER OFF
• The camcorder will turn itself off if
you leave it in record pause mode for
more than about 5 minutes. This
display appears 20 seconds (approx.)
before the camcorder turns off.
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Caution phrases
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The camcorder displays various caution phrases — they appear for 4 seconds
before disappearing.
Appears each time
you turn the power
on, until you set the
time zone, date and
time (
53).
Appears when the
battery pack is
exhausted
(
135).
Appears when the
tape has reached the
end.
SET THE TIME ZONE,
DATE AND TIME
Appears as a warning
to protect the tape and
also when
condensation is
detected. Remove the
tape as soon as
possible after the
camcorder has
displayed the caution.
REMOVE THE CASSETTE
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
Refer to p.90
COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED
TAPE END
Refer to p.90, p.91 or
p.93
Refer to p.18
COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
DUBBING RESTRICTED
THE TAPE IS SET FOR
ERASURE PREVENTION
Appears when,
during DV dubbing,
the DV cable is
disconnected or the
power of the digital
equipment connected
to the camcorder is
turned off.
CHECK THE DV INPUT
Refer to p.141
CONDENSATION
HAS BEEN DETECTED
Appears when you try
to do audio dubbing
or AV insert on a tape
recorded in any mode
other than SP mode
(
95, 98).
CHECK THE CASSETTE
[REC MODE]
CHECK THE CASSETTE
[AUDIO MODE]
Appears when the
camcorder detects a
blank section of a tape
during audio dubbing
or AV insert (
95,
98).
CHECK THE CASSETTE
[BLANK]
Additional
Information
Appears when you try
to do audio dubbing
on a tape recorded in
16-bit audio or 12-bit,
4-channel mode
(
98).
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Appears immediately
after you start
HEADS DIRTY,
recording, and the
USE
CLEANING
CASSETTE
video heads are badly
contaminated. Make
sure to clean the
video heads when
this caution appears.
(
140)
Memory card caution phrases
An error has occurred
with the memory
card. The camcorder
CARD ERROR
can not record or
play back. A
temporary card error
is also possible. If
CARD ERROR disappears after 4 seconds
and
flashes red, turn the camcorder’s
power off and back on again, and remove
and reinsert the card. If
flashes green,
recording or playing back is possible.
There is no more
remaining memory
on the memory card.
Change the card or
erase images.
Additional
Information
You have reached the
maximum file or
folder number.
(
107)
156
The image has been
recorded in an
incompatible JPEG
format or other
format that the
camcorder can not
play back, or the
image data has been
damaged.
CARD FULL
NAMING ERROR
UNIDENTIFIABLE
IMAGE
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Appears if you have
tried to mark 51 or
more images for
printing, or if a mark
file cannot be edited.
(
114)
A memory card has
not been inserted
into the camcorder.
(
105)
There are no images
recorded on the
memory card.
You are using an SD
Memory Card and it
is set for erasure
prevention. Change
the position of the
protect switch.
Appears when you
press the start/stop
button in CARD
CAMERA mode.
The image isn’t
recorded on the
cassette or memory
card.
PRINT MARK ERROR
NO CARD
NO IMAGES
THE CARD IS SET FOR
ERASURE PREVENTION
IN CARD POSITION
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Specifications
MV550i/MV530i
Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC
Power Consumption (while recording
with the AF turned on):
MV550i 3.3 W (Using viewfinder),
4.1 W (Using LCD screen)
MV530i 3.3 W (Using viewfinder),
4.0 W (Using LCD screen)
Television system:
CCIR standard (625 lines, 50 fields)
PAL colour signal
Video recording system:
MV550i 3 rotary heads, helical scanning
DV system (Consumer digital VCR
SD/SDL system)
Digital component recording
MV530i 2 rotary heads, helical scanning
DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD
system)
Digital component recording
Audio recording system:
PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/
2 ch), 12 bit (32 kHz/ 4 ch)
MV550i
SP and LP: 12 bit only
(32 kHz/ 2 ch)
Image sensor:
1/6” CCD (charge coupled device),
approx. 540,000 pixels (approx.
340,000 effective pixels)
Tape format:
Videocassettes bearing the D mark.
Tape speed:
SP: 3/4 ips (18.83 mm/s),
LP: 1/2 ips (12.57 mm/s),
MV550i
SP: 3/8 ips (9.42 mm/s),
LP: 1/4 ips (6.29 mm/s)
Maximum recording time
(with an 80 min. cassette):
SP: 80 min., LP: 120 min.,
MV550i
SP: 160 min., LP: 240 min.
E
MV550i F/1.6–3.6, 22× power zoom,
f=2.8-61.6 mm (equivalent to 48–1056
mm in 35 mm format)
MV530i F/1.6–2.9, 18× power zoom,
f=2.8-50.4 mm (equivalent to 48–864
mm in 35 mm format)
Focusing system:
TTL autofocus, manual focusing
possible
Minimum focusing distance:
1 m (3ft 33/8 in) 1 cm (3/8 in) on
maximum wide angle)
Maximum shutter speed:1/8,000 sec.
(1/250 sec. when using a memory card)
Minimum illumination:
0.5 lx (using the Night program in
TAPE CAMERA mode)
Recommended illumination:
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter: 30.5 mm
Viewfinder:
0.44 in, TFT colour LCD,
approx. 113,000 pixels
LCD screen:
2.5 in measured diagonally,
TFT colour, approx. 112,000 pixels
Microphone:
Stereo electret condenser microphone
Recording media:
MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card
Number of recording pixels:
768 × 576 pixels
Image format:
Design rule for Camera File system
(DCF), Digital Print Order Format
(DPOF) compliant (only images marked
for printing)
File format: JPEG (compression mode:
Fine/Standard)
Estimated MultiMediaCard MMC-8M
capacities (approx.):
Fine 43 images/ Standard 78 images
• The actual number you can record varies
depending on the images. Remember that the
sample images recorded on the supplied
MultiMediaCard are included in the total
number.
USB terminal: mini-B
Additional
Information
Fast forward/ rewind time:
Approx. 2 min. 20 sec.
(with a 60 min. cassette)
Lens:
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DV Terminal:
Special 4-pin connector
(conforms to IEEE1394)
AV/headphones terminal:
ø 3.5 mm minijack
Audio input: –10 dBV/at least 40 kohms,
(L, R), unbalanced
output: –10 dBV (47 kohm load)/
less than 3 kohms,
unbalanced
Video: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
S-video terminal:
1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.3 Vp-p (C signal)
MIC terminal input: ø 3.5 mm stereo
minijack, – 57 dBV (with 600 ohm
mic)/ at least 5 kohms
LANC u terminal: ø 2.5 mm mini
minijack
Operating temperature range:
0°–40°C (32°–104°F)
Dimensions: 58 × 99 × 144 mm
(2 1/4 × 3 7/8 × 5 5/8 in)
Weight: 530 g (1lb 2 3/4 oz)
BP-512/BP-508 Battery Pack
Battery type:
Rechargeable lithium ion battery
Rated voltage: 7.4 V DC
Operating temperature:
0°–40°C (32°–104°F)
Battery capacity:
1100 mAh
800 mAh
Dimensions: 38 × 21 × 55 mm
(1 1/2 × 7/8 × 2 1/8 in)
Weight:
70 g (2 1/2 oz)
65 g (2 1/4 oz)
Additional
Information
Weight and dimensions are approximate.
Errors and omissions excepted.
Subject to change without notice.
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Index
16:9, 22
Î
Data Code, 82
Date and Time, 55
Date Search, 85
Demo mode, 23
Digital Effects, 63
Digital Zoom, 24
DV Dubbing, 88
Å
Abroad, Using the Camcorder, 140
Accessories, 6, 147
Adapter, AC, 12-14,16
AE Programs, 59
AE Shift, 76
Analog-digital converter, 93
Analog line-in, 91
Audio Dubbing, 98
Audio Mix, 101
Audio Mode, 70
Audio Output, 101
Audio Recording
and Playback, 70, 101
Audio/Video Terminal, 33
Auto, 61
Autofocus, 79
AV Insert, 95
‰
Easy Recording, 61
Editing to a VCR, 87
Effects, 65
Erasing Still Images from a
Memory Card, 115
Extended Recording Time
Function, 21
External Microphone, 70, 98
Ï
Faders, 64
Fast Forward, 29
Feedback, 36
File Numbers, 107
Finding Your Way Around
the MV550i/MV530i, 8
Focusing, 79
Formatting a Memory Card, 127
ı
Backup Battery, 136
Basic Recording, 19
Battery Charger, 15-16
Battery Pack, 13, 15-16, 134
Beep, 23
Buttons, light-up, 52
Ç
E
Ó
Head Cleaning, 140
Headphones, 33
È
Image Quality, 105
Image Stabilizer, 58
Index Screen, 113
Introducing the
MV550i/MV530i, 7
Additional
Information
Cables, 6, 34
Cassettes, 17
Charging the Battery Pack,
13, 15-16, 134
Choosing a Recording Program, 59
Cleaning the Camcorder, 139
Clock, 55
Combining Images, 122
Condensation, 141
Connecting to a PC, 103, 128
Connection to TV or VCR, 33
Copying from Cassette to
Memory Card, 125
Copying from Memory Card to
Cassette, 126
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LANC, 87
LCD Screen, 26
Lens Cap, 132
Light-up Buttons, 52
Loading Cassettes, 17
Low Light, 62
LP Mode, 21
Recharging the Battery Pack, 135
Recording, 19, 108
Recording from Cassette to
Memory Card, 110
Recording from DV Device to
Memory Card, 111
Recording Programs, 59
Record Pause Mode, 19
Record Review, 39
Record Search, 39
Remote Control, 49
Remote Sensor, 49-50
Rewind, 29
˜
Maintenance, 138
Making Better Videos, 37
Manual Focus, 79
Memory Card Introduction, 104
Menus, 40
Microphone, 70, 75, 98
Monitor Recording, 28
Multi-Image Screen, 68
ˆ
Night, 62
Ø
Optional Accessories, 147
Additional
Information
∏
160
Pause, Record, 19
PC Connection, 103, 128
Photo Search, 85
Playback, 29
Playback Connection, 33
Playback Pause, 30
Portrait, 61
Power Adapter, 12-14, 16
Powering Your Camcorder, 12
Pre-Marked Position, 86
Preparing the Camcorder, 132
Preventing Accidental Erasure, 114
Print Mark, 114
Problems, 142
Progressive Photo, 108
Protect, 114
Í
S1 video terminal, 35
Sample images, 130
Sand & Snow, 62
Screen Displays, 150
SD Memory Card, 104, 108, 129
Self-Timer, 72
Shutter Sound, 107
Shutter Speed, 77
Slide Show, 113
Speaker, 32
Specifications, 14, 131, 157
SP Mode, 21
Sports, 61
Spotlight, 61
Still Picture, 56 ,108
Storage, 139
S-video, 35
System Diagram, 146
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Tape Protection, 18
Telephoto, 24
Temperature,
14, 131, 134, 137, 158
Time Code, 154
Time Zone, 53
Tips for Making Better Videos, 37
Tripod, 37
Troubleshooting, 142
TV, 33, 150
E
◊
VCR, 33
Video Heads, 140
Video Light, 74, 148
Videocassettes, 17
Viewfinder, 132, 139
Viewing Still Images, 112
„
White Balance, 80
Wide-angle, 24
Wide screen TV, 22
Wind Screen, 71
Wireless Controller, 49
Û
Zero Set Memory, 86
Zooming, 24
Additional
Information
161
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Menu at a Glance
E
Use the list below to quickly navigate the camcorder’s menu. Functions are listed
alphabetically.
First make sure the
camera is set to...
Function
Then select it
from this
submenu and set.
16:9 effect
CAM.SET UP
6-sec. Date
DISP.SET UP
Audio dub
VCR SET UP
Audio mode
VCR SET UP
AV/headphones
VCR SET UP
AV → DV out
VCR SET UP
Beep
SYSTEM
Brightness
DISP.SET UP
Button light
SYSTEM
MV550i
Button light colour
SYSTEM
MV550i
Card access display
DISP.SET UP
Card mix
Copy - card to cassette
CARD OPER.
Copy - cassette to card
CARD OPER.
Data code
Additional
Information
CARD MIX
*
DISP.SET UP
Date/time display
DISP.SET UP
Date/time select
DISP.SET UP
Date/time set
SYSTEM
Demo mode
DISP.SET UP
Digital zoom
CAM.SET UP
162 * Only the date and time appear in the data code when using a memory card.
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First make sure the
camera is set to...
Then select it
from this
submenu and set.
Displays
DISP.SET UP
Erase
CARD OPER.
Erase all print marks
CARD OPER.
File numbers
CARD SET UP
Format
CARD OPER.
Image stabilizer
CAM.SET UP
Mirror mode
DISP.SET UP
Mix level
CARD MIX
Mix type
CARD MIX
VCR SET UP
Print mark
CARD OPER.
Protect
CARD OPER.
Quality
CARD SET UP
Record mode
VCR SET UP
Remote sensor mode
SYSTEM
Shutter sound
CARD SET UP
Shutter speed
CAM.SET UP
Time zone/DST
SYSTEM
TV screen
DISP.SET UP
White balance
CAM.SET UP
Wind screen
VCR SET UP
Additional
Information
Output channel
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DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER
E
Instruction Manual
CANON INC.
Introduction
Canon Europa N.V.
P.O. Box 2262, 1180 EG Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Mastering
the Basics
Canon UK Ltd.
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Luton Bedfordshire LU4 9UR
Telephone 0870-241-2161
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1 Thomas Holt Drive, North Ryde, N.S.W. 2113, Australia
Telephone 805-2000, Fax 887-4484
Using the Full
Range of Features
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Telephone 486-1570, Fax 486-6420
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Additional
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Please note that illustrations and explanations in this instruction book refer
mainly to the MV550i model.
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Digital
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