Radio Shack 130 MOVIECORDER Owner`s manual

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Cat. No. 16-830
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
MODEL 130 MOVIECORDER‰
Camcorder
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FEATURES
Power Sources — Operate this product using only the power
source indicated on its marking label. If you are not sure of your
home's power type, consult your product dealer or local power
company.
Your Optimus Model 130 MovieCorder camcorder combines all the features of a video
camera and a portable VCR in one lightweight
package. Using standard VHS cassettes, you
can record and play back home movies anywhere. The low-light (1 lux) CCD imager
makes special lighting unnecessary in most
situations.
You can also use the camcorder as a VCR to
play back a tape or copy to a VCR.
This camcorder has many special features
that make operation simple, convenient, and
versatile. Be sure to read this manual carefully
and completely so you can understand and
enjoy all of your camcorder’s features.
The camcorder has these features.
CCD Imager — provides a clear, high-resolution picture, even in low-light conditions (down
to 1 lux).
Electronic Viewfinder with Adjustable Focus — lets you monitor the picture during recording and playback.
Polarization — This product is equipped with a polarized AC line
plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other). This plug will
fit in the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you
cannot insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If
the plug still doesn't fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug. If you need an extension, use a polarized cord.
Power-Cord Protection — Route power-supply cords so they are
not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed on or against
them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product.
Lightning — For added protection for this product during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the product due to
lightning and power-line surges.
Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or
integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a risk of fire
or electric shock.
Objects and Liquids — Never push objects of any kind into this
product through openings, as they may touch dangerous voltage
points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
Servicing — Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as
opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage
or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Damage Requiring Service — Unplug this product from the wall
outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
• When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
12-to-1 Power Zoom — lets you go smoothly
from wide-angle to telephoto shots. You control the zoom rate by the amount of pressure
you place on the buttons.
Digital Zoom Enhancement — increases the
magnification of the power zoom up to 2 times
(to 24-to-1).
• If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the product.
• If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
• If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered
by the operating instructions, as an improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product
to normal operation.
• If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.
Fuzzy Logic Circuitry — enables the camcorder to focus and adjust to different lighting
conditions, much like the human eye.
Automatic Focusing — provides automatic,
full-range focusing from 3/8 inch to infinity for a
sharp, clear picture in almost all situations.
You can also focus the camcorder on close
objects for stunning detail.
Zoom Automatic Focusing — automatically
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CAUTION
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• When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.
Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be
sure the service technician uses replacement parts specified by
the manufacturer or having the same characteristics as the original
part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock,
or other hazards.
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Safety Check — Upon completion of service or repairs to this
product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to
determine that the product is in proper operating condition.
5. Do not operate the AC adapter/charger with a damaged power-supply cord or plug. Have a qualified service technician replace them immediately.
Wall or Ceiling Mount — The product should be mounted to a
wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
6. Do not use an extension cord unless absolutely necessary. Use of an improper extension cord could result in
a risk of fire and electric shock. If you use an extension
cord, make sure that:
Heat — The product should be situated away from heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside antenna or cable
system is connected to the video product, be sure the antenna
or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection
against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section 810
of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antennas-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode. See the example below.
A.
The pins on the extension cord’s plug are the same
number, size, and shape as those of the power-supply plug on the AC adapter/charger.
B.
The extension cord is properly wired and in good
electrical condition.
C.
You use an extension cord with the following wire
sizes:
MINIMUM SIZE
(AWG GAUGE)
LENGTH OF EXTENSION CORD
(FEET)
18
Equal to or less than 100
16
Equal to or less than 150
7. Do not operate the AC adapter/charger if it has
received a sharp blow, been dropped, or otherwise
damaged in any way. Take it to a qualified service technician.
8. Do not disassemble the AC adapter/charger. Take it to
a qualified service technician when service or repair is
required. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of electric shock or fire.
Power Lines — An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or
power circuits or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care
should be taken to keep from touching or approaching such
power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal. Installing an outdoor antenna can be hazardous and should be left
to a professional antenna installer.
9. To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the AC adapter/
charger from the wall outlet before attempting any
maintenance or cleaning.
AC ADAPTER/CHARGER
1. Save these instructions — This page contains important
safety and operating instructions for the video product’s
supplied AC adapter/charger.
2. Before using the video product’s AC adapter/charger
— read all instructions and cautionary markings on the AC
adapter/charger, battery pack, and the video product
using the battery pack.
3. To reduce risk of injury — use the AC adapter/charger
to charge only the supplied battery pack or a replacement
battery pack VM-BP64/BP65/BP66/BP67. Other types of
batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
4. To reduce risk of damage to the power-supply cord or
plug — do not pull the power-supply cord to disconnect
the AC adapter/charger from the wall outlet. Pull the
power-supply plug.
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CONTENTS
Before You Begin ...........................................................................................................................
Supplied Accessories ................................................................................................................
Optional Accessories ................................................................................................................
Moisture Condensation .............................................................................................................
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Quick Start ................................................................................................................................... 10
Viewfinder Playback ................................................................................................................ 11
Selecting a Power Source ..........................................................................................................
Using the Battery Pack ...........................................................................................................
Charging the Battery Pack ...............................................................................................
Attaching the Battery Pack To The Camcorder ................................................................
Removing the Battery Pack From The Camcorder ...........................................................
Battery Status Indicators ..................................................................................................
Replacing the Battery Pack While Recording ...................................................................
Battery Usage Hints .........................................................................................................
Using the AC Adapter/Charger ...............................................................................................
Using an Optional DC Adapter ................................................................................................
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Preparing the Camcorder for Use ..............................................................................................
Inserting/Removing a Video Cassette .....................................................................................
Setting the Power Switch ........................................................................................................
Preparing/Adjusting the Viewfinder .........................................................................................
Setup ................................................................................................................................
Adjustment .......................................................................................................................
Setting/Changing the Date and Time ......................................................................................
Attaching the Shoulder Strap ..................................................................................................
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Special Video Recording Features ............................................................................................
Auto Focusing .........................................................................................................................
Variable Speed Power Zoom ..................................................................................................
Macro Focusing ......................................................................................................................
Digital Zoom ............................................................................................................................
Fade In and Fade Out .............................................................................................................
Review ....................................................................................................................................
Camera Search .......................................................................................................................
Auto Exposure ........................................................................................................................
Automatic Index ......................................................................................................................
Recording the Date and Time on a Tape ................................................................................
Digital Counter ........................................................................................................................
Counter Memory .....................................................................................................................
Tape Remaining ......................................................................................................................
Titler ........................................................................................................................................
Creating Titles ..................................................................................................................
Editing Titles .....................................................................................................................
Adding Titles While Recording .........................................................................................
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Hints for Making Better Video Tapes .........................................................................................
Lighting ...................................................................................................................................
Typical Brightness of Common Situations ........................................................................
Camcorder Movement ............................................................................................................
Zoom In and Zoom Out ...........................................................................................................
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Special VCR Features .................................................................................................................
Visual Search ..........................................................................................................................
Fast Forward and Rewind .......................................................................................................
Freeze Frame .........................................................................................................................
Auto Tracking ..........................................................................................................................
Dubbing (Copying) a Tape ......................................................................................................
Dubbing to the Camcorder ...............................................................................................
Dubbing from the Camcorder ...........................................................................................
Adding Titles onto an Existing Recording .........................................................................
Audio Editing ...........................................................................................................................
Audio/Video Editing .................................................................................................................
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Connecting the Camcorder to a TV ...........................................................................................
Using a TV for Playback ........................................................................................................
TV With Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks .....................................................................................
Standard TV .....................................................................................................................
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Playback ....................................................................................................................................... 36
Additional Information ................................................................................................................ 37
Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................................... 37
Care and Maintenance ................................................................................................................
Handling ..................................................................................................................................
Servicing Your Camcorder ......................................................................................................
Cleaning the Video Heads ......................................................................................................
Erase Protection .....................................................................................................................
Storing Your Video Cassettes .................................................................................................
The FCC Wants You to Know .................................................................................................
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Specifications .............................................................................................................................. 44
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Please read this owner’s manual carefully. It has
been prepared to help you with initial setup procedures and in the everyday operation of your
camcorder.
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
DC Adapter (CMC No. T16-CC70A) — supplies power to the camcorder from your vehicle’s
battery. Use it only in vehicles that have a 12volt negative-ground electrical system.
Your camcorder includes the following accessories. Be sure to remove these items before you
store the packing material.
Battery Pack — supplies power for recording
and playback during portable operation.
RF Adapter Kit (CMC No. T16-RF71A) — lets
you play back a tape from the camcorder
through a TV that does not have separate audio/
video input jacks. The RF adapter kit includes:
• One RF converter
AC Adapter/Charger — charges the battery or,
when used with the auxiliary power cord, supplies power to the camcorder from an AC outlet.
• One 300- to 75-ohm matching transformer
• One 75-ohm antenna cable
Spare Battery Pack (CMC No. T16-BP67)
Auxiliary Power Cord — lets you connect the
camcorder to the AC adapter/charger to operate
the camcorder from AC power.
Telephoto/Wide Angle Lens (CMC No. 162339)
Shoulder Strap — provides a convenient way
to carry the camcorder.
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Filter Kit (CMC No. (please add))
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MOISTURE CONDENSATION
Condensation inside the camcorder can cause
tape jams or video head damage. If the camcorder senses moisture, TAPE flashes in the
viewfinder.
If TAPE flashes in the viewfinder, or when you
first use your camcorder after moving it from a
cold area to a warm one, follow these steps.
1. Eject the cassette if one is installed.
2. If necessary, slide POWER to OFF.
3. Let the camcorder sit for about 1 hour
before you begin operation.
Caution: Avoid using the camcorder in excessively humid areas.
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QUICK START
To eliminate complicated adjustments in most
situations, this camcorder has fully automatic
features for focus, white balance, and shutter
speed. All you need to do is press REC/PAUSE.
The following steps outline the basic procedures
for making a recording. In many of the steps,
you are directed to a specific section of this
manual that contains more detailed information.
When operating the camcorder for the first time,
read all the steps and the suggested detailed information before you actually begin.
1. Choose and connect a power source. See
“Selecting a Power Source” on Page 10.
6. Remove the lens cap and hang it on the
hand strap clip.
2. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette
compartment. Insert a standard VHS cassette, and close the compartment. See
“Inserting/Removing a Video Cassette” on
Page 16.
3. Slide POWER to CAMERA. The POWER
indicator lights. See “Setting the Power
Switch on Page 17.
Note: If there is no cassette in the camcorder, NO TAPE appears in the viewfinder. If the cassette has its eraseprotection tab broken off, TAPE appears in
the viewfinder. See “Erase Protection” on
Page 39.
4. Adjust the viewfinder’s position until you
can look into it comfortably when the back
of the camcorder rests on your right shoulder. Then adjust the focus control on the
eyepiece for the sharpest picture in the
viewfinder. See “Preparing/Adjusting the
Viewfinder” on Page 14.
5. Place your right hand between the hand
strap and the camcorder. Then adjust the
hand strap so it fits tightly over your hand.
Note: If the strap is too loose, the camcorder is difficult to handle.
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7. Point the camcorder at the desired subject,
then press W or T on the power zoom control until you see the desired picture in the
viewfinder. See “Variable Speed Power
Zoom” on Page 21.
8. To begin recording, press REC/PAUSE with
your right middle finger. During recording,
REC appears in the viewfinder with arrows
above it to show the direction of tape travel.
Note: When about 5 minutes or less
remain on the tape, TAPE END flashes in
the viewfinder.
9. To pause the tape, press REC/PAUSE
again. The tape pauses, the arrows disappear, and
appears in the viewfinder.
To continue recording, press REC/PAUSE
again.
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Notes:
• To protect the tape and conserve battery
power, the camcorder turns itself off if you
pause the tape for more than 5 minutes. To
turn the camcorder back on, press REC/
PAUSE.
• For more information about recording with
your camcorder, be sure to read all the sections under “Special Video Recording Features” on Page 18.
VIEWFINDER PLAYBACK
After you make a recording, you can play it back
through the viewfinder. (Of course, you can also
press STOP/EJECT, remove the tape, and play it
in any VHS VCR).
1. Slide POWER to VCR. The POWER indicator lights.
2. Press REWIND to return the tape to the
beginning or to the place where you want to
begin playback. See “Digital Counter” on
Page 21.
3. Press PLAY and watch the picture in the
viewfinder. See “Special VCR Features” on
Page 26.
Note: You cannot hear the tape’s audio
recording during viewfinder playback. To
hear sound, play the tape through a TV/
monitor or on a VCR. See “Connecting the
Camcorder to a TV” on Page 32.
4. Press STOP/EJECT to end playback.
5. To remove the cassette, press STOP/EJECT
again.
Note: Except when you are recording, you
can eject a cassette any time power is connected to the camcorder, whether or not the
POWER indicator is lighted.
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SELECTING A POWER SOURCE
You can power the camcorder from any of three
sources — the supplied battery pack, the supplied AC adapter/charger, or your vehicle’s battery (with an optional DC adapter, not supplied).
Note: Your camcorder has a built-in rechargeable battery in addition to the battery pack. This
battery protects the camcorder’s date and time
and any titles you created (see “Titler” on Page
22.). You should recharge this battery about every 2 months. To recharge the battery, slide
POWER to OFF and leave a power source connected to the camcorder for about 24 hours.
USING THE BATTERY PACK
You can power the camcorder using the supplied battery pack. However, you must charge
the battery pack before you use it.
Charging the Battery Pack
Caution: Use only the supplied AC adapter/
charger to charge the battery pack. Use of any
other adapter/charger could damage the battery
pack. Also, do not use the AC adapter/charger
to charge any battery pack other than the type
supplied.
Follow these steps to charge the battery pack
with the supplied AC adapter/charger.
To AC Outlet
1. Make sure the auxiliary power cord is not
connected to the AC adapter/charger.
Note: The battery pack will not charge if the
auxiliary power cord is connected to the AC
adapter/charger.
2. Align the marks on both sides of the battery
pack with the marks on both sides of the
AC adapter/charger.
3. Gently press the battery pack against the
AC adapter/charger, then slide the battery
pack toward you until it locks into place.
Caution: The battery pack fits only one
way onto the AC adapter/charger. Do not
force it.
4. Plug the AC adapter/charger’s power cord
into a standard AC outlet. The POWER and
CHARGE indicators on the AC adapter/
charger light, and charging begins. When
the battery pack is fully charged, the
CHARGE indicator turns off.
Caution: If the battery pack is hot, wait until
it cools before connecting it to the AC
adapter/charger. Otherwise, the CHARGE
indicator might not light.
Notes:
• If the POWER and CHARGE indicators
on the AC adapter/charger flash, remove
the battery pack from the AC adapter/
charger, then re-attach it. If both indicators continue to flash, you need a new
battery pack.
• It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the
battery pack, but the exact charging time
depends on the ambient temperature
and the condition of the battery pack.
5. When the battery pack is fully charged,
remove it from the AC adapter/charger by
sliding it away from you. Then disconnect
the AC adapter/charger from the AC outlet.
Alignment Marks
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Attaching the Battery Pack to the
Camcorder
tery pack. You might damage the tape if
you remove the battery pack during recording or playback.
Alignment Marks
Battery Status Indicators
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4350
9850
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When the battery pack is fully charged,
appears in the viewfinder when you slide POWER to CAMERA.
1. Align the marks on both sides of the battery
pack with the marks on the sides of the
camcorder.
2. Gently press the battery pack against the
camcorder, then slide the battery pack
down until it clicks and locks in place.
Caution: The battery pack fits only one
way onto the camcorder. Do not force it.
Removing the Battery Pack
from the Camcorder
BATTERY
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As the battery’s power is used,
appears in
the viewfinder. When the battery is low,
blinks in the viewfinder. Then, after a few seconds, the camcorder turns itself off. Recharge
the battery pack or power the camcorder from
the supplied AC adapter/charger or an optional
DC adapter.
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Note: You can order additional battery packs
from your local Radio Shack store so you can
use one battery while you charge another.
Replacing the Battery Pack
While Recording
You can replace the battery pack with a fresh
one while recording.
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1. If
flashes in the viewfinder during
recording, press REC/PAUSE to stop
recording.
2. If the camcorder is still on, slide POWER to
OFF. The POWER indicator turns off.
Caution: Be sure the POWER indicator is
off before you remove the battery pack.
1. Slide POWER to OFF to turn off the camcorder.
2. While pressing and holding down BATTERY,
slide the battery pack up to remove it.
Caution: Always stop the tape and turn off
the camcorder before you remove the bat-
3. Remove the old battery pack and attach a
fresh one.
4. Slide POWER to CAMERA. The POWER
indicator turns on.
5. Press REC/PAUSE to continue recording
from the same place as before.
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Battery Usage Hints
• Recording with many starts and stops, frequent zooming, and recording in low temperatures might shorten battery life. Be
sure to slide POWER on the camcorder to
OFF when not recording.
• Do not use the camcorder with a low or discharged battery pack attached. This might
cause the camcorder to automatically stop
during recording or playback, possibly
damaging the tape, battery pack, and camcorder.
• The camcorder consumes a small amount
of battery power even when POWER is set
to OFF. If you are not going to use the camcorder for a long time, remove the battery
pack from the camcorder.
• Recharge the battery pack immediately
after you record. Leaving the battery discharged can damage it, preventing further
recharging and use.
• If you recharged the battery pack then
stored it for a long period of time, recharge
it again before you connect it to the camcorder. Batteries stored for an extended
time lose some power, resulting in
decreased battery life and recording time.
• Recharge the battery pack at least once
every 6 months, even when it is not used.
• Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place.
Important: This product contains a rechargeable lead-acid battery. At the end of the battery’s
useful life, it must be recycled or disposed of
properly. Contact your local, county, or state
hazardous waste management authorities for
information on recycling or disposal programs in
your area. Some options that might be available
are: municipal curb-side collection, drop-off boxes at retailers, recycling collection centers, and
mailback programs.
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USING THE AC ADAPTER/
CHARGER
1. Connect one end of the supplied auxiliary
power cord to the AC adapter/charger’s DC
OUTPUT jack.
2. Connect the other end of the auxiliary
power cord to the DC IN jack on the back of
the camcorder.
3. Plug the AC adapter/charger’s power cord
into an AC outlet.
Caution: The supplied AC adapter/charger is
specially designed for use with your camcorder.
Never use it to power any other device
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USING AN OPTIONAL DC
ADAPTER
Follow these steps to power the camcorder from
your vehicle’s battery:
You can use a DC adapter (CMC No. T16CC70A, not supplied) to power your camcorder.
Cautions:
• Your vehicle must have a 12-volt, negativeground electrical system.
• The recommended DC adapter is specially
designed for use with your camcorder.
Never use it to power any other device.
• Use only the recommended DC adapter to
power the camcorder from your vehicle.
Using a DC adapter other than the recommended DC adapter could seriously damage your camcorder and the DC adapter.
1. Connect the DC adapter’s barrel plug to the
DC IN jack on the back of the camcorder.
2. Plug the DC adapter into your vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket.
Notes:
• Be sure to push the plug completely into
the cigarette-lighter socket.
• Be sure the socket is free from ashes
and other debris.
• Always connect the DC adapter to the camcorder before you plug it into your vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter socket, and unplug the DC
adapter from the cigarette-lighter socket
before you unplug it from the camcorder.
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PREPARING THE CAMCORDER FOR USE
INSERTING/REMOVING A
VIDEO CASSETTE
You can open the cassette compartment to insert/remove a video cassette whenever a power
source is connected to the camcorder, whether
or not the camcorder is turned on.
1. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette
compartment.
SETTING THE POWER SWITCH
While pressing and holding down the red button
in the center of POWER, slide it to CAMERA for
video recording or to VCR for playback. The
POWER indicator lights.
CAM
OFF
VIDEO
POWER
2. Insert a VHS cassette into the cassette
compartment with the side label facing you
and the spine label facing up, then gently
press the cassette compartment door until
it closes.
Slide POWER to OFF to turn off the camcorder.
PREPARING/ADJUSTING THE
VIEWFINDER
Caution: Never insert anything except a
VHS video cassette into the cassette compartment.
The camcorder’s viewfinder is set to this position at the factory.
To remove a cassette, press STOP/EJECT, wait
for the cassette compartment door to open, and
pull out the cassette.
Caution: Always remove the cassette before
storing the camcorder.
Before you carry the camcorder by its shoulder
strap or store it, return the viewfinder to this position (see “Setup” on Page 17).
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Setup
Adjustment
Before you can use the camcorder, you must set
up the viewfinder.
Once you set up the viewfinder, you can adjust
the position of the viewfinder support and angle
of the eyepiece, so you can see through the
eyepiece easily.
1. Rotate the viewfinder support until it stops,
as shown.
1. Slide POWER to CAMERA or VCR.
2. To adjust the viewfinder support, slide it to
the left or right until the eyepiece is directly
in front of your right eye.
Caution: The viewfinder support rotates
only 90°. Do not force it past this point.
2. Rotate the eyepiece about 180° until it
stops, as shown.
3. To adjust the eyepiece, rotate it up or down
until you can see through it.
4. Turn the focus control on the right side of
the eyepiece until the image is clear and
sharp.
Caution: The eyepiece rotates only about
225°. Do not force it past this point.
Focus Control
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SETTING/CHANGING
THE DATE AND TIME
4. When the viewfinder shows the correct
month, press STOP/EJECT. The day’s digit
flashes.
1. Slide POWER to CAMERA. The POWER
indicator lights.
2. If the currently set date does not appear in
the viewfinder, repeatedly press DATE/TIME
until the date appears and the month’s digit
flashes.
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If the month’s digit does not flash, press
and hold down DATE/TIME, then press
STOP/EJECT once.
3. Repeatedly press FAST-F or REWIND to
move forward or backward through the
months until the viewfinder shows the correct month. To quickly move forward or
backward through the months, press and
hold down FAST-F or REWIND .
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5. Repeat Steps 3-4 to set the correct day,
year, hour, minute, and AM (if the hour is an
AM hour) or PM (if the hour is a PM hour).
6. When you have set the date and time,
repeatedly press DATE/TIME to confirm the
information you set.
7. To change the displayed date and time,
repeat Steps 2-6.
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ATTACHING THE SHOULDER
STRAP
The shoulder strap provides a convenient way
to carry the camcorder when it is not in use. You
can also use it as a safety strap when you use
the camcorder.
Cautions:
• Use only the supplied shoulder strap with
this camcorder.
• Do not swing the camcorder from the
shoulder strap.
• Replace the lens cap while carrying the
camcorder with the shoulder strap.
To attach the shoulder strap, slide POWER to
OFF, then attach each end of the strap as
shown.
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SPECIAL VIDEO RECORDING FEATURES
AUTO FOCUSING
The automatic focusing feature lets you concentrate on recording great videos without having to
worry about whether or not they are properly focused.
VARIABLE SPEED
POWER ZOOM
W
The camcorder detects the distance from the
camcorder to the object you see in the center of
the viewfinder, then sets the focus for that distance. When you move the camcorder, the camcorder continuously adjusts the focus to
maintain the sharpest picture. Try to keep your
desired subject in the middle of the viewfinder.
Notes:
• If the lens gets dirty, clean it with a soft tissue and lens-cleaning fluid.
• If the lens gets damp, dry it with a soft cloth
or wait until the moisture evaporates.
• Always replace the lens cap when you finish recording.
• The auto-focus sensor might not be able to
focus on a subject when:
T
The power-zoom feature lets you go from wideangle to telephoto shots at the touch of a button.
During recording, press W or T with the fingers
of your right hand. Press W (wide-angle) to
zoom out and T (telephoto) to zoom in.
As you zoom out or in, a bar with an indicator appears on the left side of the viewfinder. The indicator moves up and down the bar, showing the
relative zoom position. The pressure you place
on W and T controls the speed of the zoom. The
harder you press W and T, the faster the camcorder zooms.
— You are taping in extremely low light.
— You are taping in snow or fog.
— Close and distant objects are both near
the center of the viewfinder.
— You are taping a long object (such as a
fence rail) from its end.
— The scene includes several objects
equal distances apart.
— Light reflects off the subject.
— The focus point moves rapidly.
— You are taping through a window.
MACRO FOCUSING
The camcorder’s macro focusing feature lets
you shoot close up pictures (as little as 11/4 inches away) of objects such as flowers, printed material, or photos in your family album.
To use macro focus, press and hold down W
(see “Variable Speed Power Zoom” above) until
you see the widest possible angle in the viewfinder, then aim the camcorder at the object you
are shooting. In most cases, the camcorder automatically focuses on the subject.
Notes:
• Since macro focus exaggerates even the
slightest movement of the camcorder or
subject, we recommend that you set the
camcorder on a tripod while using macro
focus.
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• For the best possible resolution while using
macro focus, be sure to shoot in a welllighted area.
DIGITAL ZOOM
The camcorder’s digital zoom feature automatically doubles the magnification of telephoto
shots while you use variable speed power
zoom.
To use digital zoom, simply continue to press
and hold down T while you are zooming. As you
press and hold down T, the magnification doubles and ZOOM appears above the indicator on
the left side of the viewfinder.
Notes:
• The subject you are magnifying while using
digital zoom might appear coarse. This is
normal.
• Since digital zoom exaggerates even the
slightest movement of the camcorder or
subject, we recommend that you set the
camcorder on a tripod while using digital
zoom.
The camcorder has the following fade options:
White fade: The picture fades in/out from/to a
white screen. When you select this option,
appears in the upper left corner of the
viewfinder.
Fade In
Fade Out
Wipe fade: The picture opens/closes gradually
from/to the center of a black screen. When you
select this option,
appears in the upper
left corner of the viewfinder.
Fade In
Fade Out
Zoom fade: The picture fades in/out while
zooming from/to a white screen. When you select this option,
appears in the upper left
corner of the viewfinder.
Fade In
Fade Out
FADE IN AND FADE OUT
To give your recordings a professional look, the
camcorder has three fade options.
To select a fade option and fade in or out, repeatedly press FADE during recording or while
the camcorder is paused until the icon for the
option you want appears. Then press REC/
PAUSE.
Note: During fade, the recorded audio also
fades in/out along with the video.
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REVIEW
AUTO EXPOSURE
This feature lets you quickly review the last few
seconds of a recording.
Depending on the brightness of the subject, the
camcorder automatically sets its shutter speed
to one of the following speeds:
1. During recording, press REC/PAUSE to stop
the tape.
appears in the viewfinder.
2. Press REVIEW. The tape rewinds and plays
the last few seconds of the tape, then stops
the tape where the recording ends.
3. Press REC/PAUSE to resume recording
from that point.
CAMERA SEARCH
• 1/60
• 1/100
• 1/120
• 1/180
• 1/250
• 1/350
• 1/500
• 1/750
• 1/1000
• 1/1500
• 1/2000
• 1/4000
The camera search feature lets you review recorded portions of a tape and resume recording
at the desired point on the tape. This lets you
smoothly connect recorded scenes.
The iris in the camcorder’s lens also adjusts automatically in response to the shutter speed.
1. During recording, press REC/PAUSE to stop
the tape.
appears in the viewfinder.
The camcorder displays AE and the current
shutter speed in the upper left corner of the
viewfinder.
2. Press and hold down FAST-F to search forward, or REWIND to search backward.
3. When you see the approximate place on
the tape where you want to start recording,
continue to press and hold down FAST-F or
REWIND for a few seconds more, then
release FAST-F or REWIND.
AUTOMATIC INDEX
4. Press and hold down PLAY to position the
tape at the exact place where you want to
start recording. When you locate the exact
place, release PLAY to stop the tape.
Note: For more information about VISS, refer to
your VCR’s owner’s manual.
5. Press REC/PAUSE to start recording at the
desired position on the tape.
Indexing makes it easy to find each recording on
a tape using a VCR with the VHS Index Search
System (VISS) feature.
The camcorder automatically records VISS index signals when:
• You turn on the camcorder’s power within
about 4 hours after you last turned it off,
then start recording.
• You turn on the camcorder’s power after
the date changed to the next day while the
power was off, then start recording.
When the camcorder records a VISS index signal, INDEX appears in the viewfinder until you
start recording.
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RECORDING THE DATE
AND TIME ON A TAPE
You can select a date/time recording option by
repeatedly pressing DATE/TIME. Each time you
press DATE/TIME, you see one of the following
options:
•
and the date — the camcorder
automatically records the date on the first
10 seconds of the first recording of the day.
• Date only — the camcorder continuously
records the date.
3. Begin recording or playback of the tape.
4. While recording or playing back, if you see
a place on the tape you might want to
return to, note the counter reading at that
point.
COUNTER MEMORY
This feature lets you rewind or fast-forward the
tape to a specific point where you reset the tape
counter to 0000.
• No date/time display — the camcorder
does not record the date or time.
1. Load a cassette into the camcorder, then
slide POWER to CAMERA or VCR. The
counter appears in the viewfinder.
• Time and date — the camcorder continuously records the date and time.
2. Press DISPLAY. M appears next to the
counter in the viewfinder.
Notes:
• The camcorder records the same date
when:
– You replace the cassette
– You select another date/time option, then
select the auto date option
3. Begin recording or playback of the tape.
When you see a scene you might want to
return to, press RESET. The counter resets
to 0000.
4. When you are ready to return to the location on the tape where you pressed RESET,
follow these steps if you are recording:
– The previous recording was less than 10
seconds long
a. Press REC/PAUSE
• If the date changes while recording continues for more than 10 seconds, the
new date is recorded at the beginning of
the next recording.
c. Press REWIND or FAST-F.
b. Slide POWER to VCR
If you are playing back a tape, press STOP/
EJECT, then press REWIND or FAST-F.
The tape rewinds or fast-forwards, then
stops when the counter reaches 0000.
DIGITAL COUNTER
The camcorder displays a digital tape counter in
the upper right corner of the viewfinder during
recording or playback. You can use this counter
to mark and return to specific locations on a
tape. The camcorder does not record the digital
counter onto the tape.
To rewind or fast-forward past the location on
the tape where you pressed RESET, press REWIND or FAST-F again.
1. Load a cassette into the camcorder, then
slide POWER to CAMERA or VCR. The
counter appears in the viewfinder.
2. Rewind the tape in the camcorder, then
press RESET. The counter resets to 0000.
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TAPE REMAINING
The titler contains 47 different characters you
can use to create titles.
89 90
Creating Titles
Follow these steps to create titles and save
them in the camcorder’s memory (one title per
page).
Note: You cannot load or eject a cassette while
creating a title.
1. Slide POWER to CAMERA or VCR.
2. Press TITLE.
During recording and playback, the camcorder
displays a bar below the tape counter in the
viewfinder showing the amount of tape left on
the loaded cassette. The camcorder displays remaining tape information in ranges from
(the tape is at or near the beginning),
(the tape is in or near the middle), to
(the tape is at or near the end).
REVIEW DISPLAY RESET
DATE
/TIME
TITLE
CAM
OFF
POWER
VIDEO
DUBBING
AUDIO/VIDEO
REW
-
PLAY
PAGE
F.FWD
+
STOP
SH
A flashing cursor appears in the viewfinder.
Notes:
• When there is less than 5 minutes of tape
left, TAPE END also flashes in the viewfinder.
• When you first record or play back a cassette, the camcorder displays
for
about 10 seconds. Then the bar changes to
show the remaining amount of tape.
• The remaining tape bar disappears when
you eject the cassette.
TITLER
You can easily create and record personalized
titles on your recordings using the camcorder’s
titler.
The camcorder stores up to two title “pages” in
its memory. Once you store a title, you can display and record it onto a tape any time. Each title
page can contain up to two lines of 16 characters each.
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3. Repeatedly press SHIFT to move the flashing cursor to the place where you want to
begin your title.
4. Select the first character of your title by
repeatedly pressing – or + to move backward or forward through the characters until
the viewfinder shows the correct character.
To quickly move backward or forward
through the characters, press and hold
down – or +.
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The characters appear in this order as you
press + (or in reverse order as you press –).
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST
U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9? ’. /, -;: < >!
(space)
5. After you have selected the first character,
press SHIFT to move the flashing cursor to
the place where you want the next character.
6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you complete
the title.
Note: The last character you select might
flash in the viewfinder, but it will not flash
when you save it.
7. If you like, you can press PAGE then repeat
Steps 3-6 to create another title.
Editing Titles
Follow these steps to change a title.
1. Press TITLE. Then, if the title page you
want to correct does not appear, press
PAGE to select the other title page.
2. Repeatedly press SHIFT to move forward
through the characters until the incorrect
character flashes.
3. Repeatedly press – or + to move backward
or forward through the characters until the
viewfinder shows the correct character. To
quickly move backward or forward through
the characters, press and hold down – or +.
4. If necessary, repeat Steps 2 and 3 to select
and correct other characters.
Adding Titles While Recording
REVIEW DISPLAY RESET
DATE
/TIME
TITLE
CAM
OFF
POWER
VIDEO
DUBBING
AUDIO/VIDEO
REW
-
PLAY
PAGE
F.FWD
+
STOP
SH
8. To save and review the titles you created,
press TITLE. The last title page you created
appears, and the first character of the title
flashes. To view the other title page (if you
created one), press PAGE.
Notes:
• Your camcorder’s built-in rechargeable battery protects the titles you created (see
“Selecting a Power Source” on Page 12).
• The camcorder saves the titles you created
when it automatically stops and turns itself
off after 5 minutes.
You can use the camcorder to superimpose
(add) titles to your recordings while you record.
Note: You cannot use these steps to superimpose titles over material previously recorded.
You can do this while you dub a tape. See “Adding Titles onto an Existing Recording” on Page
31.
1. Slide POWER to VCR.
2. Locate the position on the tape where you
want to record a title.
3. Slide POWER to CAMERA.
4. Press TITLE. Then, if the title page you
want to record does not appear, press
PAGE to select the other title page.
5. Press REC/PAUSE to start the title recording.
The camcorder superimposes the title you
selected over the scene you are recording.
6. When you want to stop recording the title
onto the tape, press TITLE. The title disappears.
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HINTS FOR MAKING BETTER VIDEO TAPES
If you are not familiar with camera techniques,
there are many books about the subject available at your local library. However, because the
camcorder is so simple to use and tape can be
used again and again, it is inexpensive to experiment and learn as you go.
The following information will get you started.
LIGHTING
Lighting should be uniform. The camcorder can
record in low-light conditions, but more light is
usually better. The optimum brightness for topquality pictures is between 500 and 100,000 lux.
Caution: Do not place a light source near the
camcorder. The heat can damage the camcorder.
The chart at right shows you the approximate
brightness in different situations or from different light sources.
Typical Brightness
of Common Situations
Brightness
(LUX)
100,000
Clear day at noon
65,000
Clear day at 10:00 AM
35,000
Clear day at 3:00 PM
32,000
Cloudy day at noon
25,000
Cloudy day at 10:00 AM
2,000
Cloudy day, one hour
after sunrise
1,000
Clear day, one hour
before sunset
1,000
Fluorescent light near
window
700-800
Factory floor
500-700
Sales counter in department store
500
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Situation
Bowling alley
400-500
Library
400-500
Office with fluorescent
lighting
400
Fluorescent desk lamp
250
Flashlight at 3 feet
100
Factory stairway
15-35
During intermission at
movie theater
15-20
Cigarette lighter at 1 foot
10-15
Candles on birthday
cake at 8 inches
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CAMCORDER MOVEMENT
ZOOM IN AND ZOOM OUT
When you move the camcorder while recording,
do so slowly and steadily. Too much movement
or fast movement make your recordings look
awkward. A video camera tripod (such as Radio
Shack Cat. No. 16-2017, not supplied) is a
worthwhile investment for top-quality movie
making.
As with movement, too much use of the camcorder’s zoom features can detract from your recordings. When you use variable speed power
zoom and/or digital zoom, it is best to zoom in or
zoom out in one smooth motion, not in several
jerky motions.
If you use them sparingly, movements from side
to side combined with zooms can be very effective in your video tapes.
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SPECIAL VCR FEATURES
This section describes some of your camcorder’s special VCR features and functions.
Note: You cannot view the tape or hear the
tape’s sound while you fast-forward and rewind
it.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, you can use
these features only when POWER is set to VCR.
FREEZE FRAME
VISUAL SEARCH
Freeze-frame lets you stop the tape to view a
single frame.
Visual search lets you view a recording either
forward or backward at a faster speed so you
can find a specific section of the tape.
To search forward during playback, press FASTF. To search backward during playback, press
REWIND.
To stop visual search and play the tape, press
PLAY.
Note: You cannot hear the tape’s sound during
visual search.
To freeze a frame during playback, press REC/
PAUSE. To return to the normal playback speed,
press REC/PAUSE again.
Notes:
• During freeze-frame, the picture quality is
lower than during normal playback.
• If you leave the VCR in the freeze-frame
mode for 5 minutes, the camcorder automatically stops playback to protect the
tape.
FAST FORWARD AND REWIND
AUTO TRACKING
To advance the tape quickly when it is stopped,
press FAST-F. To rewind the tape quickly when
it is stopped, press REWIND .
The camcorder automatically adjusts tracking
when you play a tape. However, you can manually adjust the tracking if the camcorder’s picture
is poor. Repeatedly press W or T during playback to manually adjust the tracking.
Note: The camcorder resets to auto tracking
when you load another tape.
FAST-F
REWIND
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DUBBING (COPYING) A TAPE
R
IN FROM
ANT
AUDIO
L/MONO VIDEO
IN
IN
OUT
OUT
CH4
CH3
OUT TO
TV
The process of recording from one audio/video device to another is called dubbing.
You can connect the camcorder and the VCR together, then either:
• Use your camcorder to record the signal from the VCR
• Use your VCR to record the signal from the camcorder
Notes:
• Always use video quality shielded cables with phono-type connectors (such as Cat. No. 151540, not supplied) to connect the camcorder’s AUDIO/VIDEO OUT/IN jacks to your VCR.
• Do not use standard audio cables for this connection.
• You can monitor the dubbing on the TV connected to your VCR. See your VCR’s owner’s
manual for more information.
If you want to use your camcorder to record from the VCR, see “Dubbing to the Camcorder” on Page
27. If you want to use your VCR to record from the camcorder, see “Dubbing from the Camcorder”
on Page 28.
Dubbing to the Camcorder
Follow these steps to connect the camcorder to the VCR and copy a tape from the VCR to the camcorder.
Note: You can also use this procedure to record broadcasts from your cable box, satellite receiver,
or other audio/video source. Simply connect the camcorder’s AUDIO and VIDEO jacks to the output
jacks on the audio/video source (instead of the VCR) in Step 3.
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1. Use a fingernail to pull down the cover on
the camcorder’s AUDIO/VIDEO OUT/IN jack
compartment to open it.
6. Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
7. Begin playback on the VCR or audio/video
source.
8. Press REC/PAUSE on the camcorder to
start dubbing.
9. Press REC/PAUSE on the camcorder to stop
dubbing.
Dubbing from the Camcorder
Caution: The cover on the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment is attached to the
camcorder. Do not try to remove it.
2. Connect the white plug on one end of the
cable to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack, then
connect the yellow plug on the same end of
the cable to the camcorder’s VIDEO jack.
Follow these steps to connect the camcorder to
the VCR and copy a tape from the camcorder to
the VCR.
1. Use a fingernail to pull down the cover on
the camcorder’s AUDIO/VIDEO OUT/IN jack
compartment to open it.
3. Connect the white plug on the other end of
the cable to the VCR’s AUDIO OUT jack.
Then connect the yellow plug on the same
end of the cable to the VCR’s VIDEO OUT
jack.
Caution: The cover on the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment is attached to the
camcorder. Do not try to remove it.
2. Connect the white plug on one end of the
cable to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack, then
connect the yellow plug on the same end of
the cable to the camcorder’s VIDEO jack.
4. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment to IN.
IN
OUT
5. Slide POWER to CAMERA.
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3. Connect the white plug on the other end of
the cable to the VCR’s AUDIO IN jack. If
your VCR is a stereo VCR, use a Y-adapter
(such as Cat. No. 42-2435) to connect the
white plug to both audio outputs. Then connect the yellow plug on the same end of the
cable to the VCR’s VIDEO IN jack.
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4. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment to OUT.
5. Slide POWER to VCR.
6. Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
7. Set your VCR to its audio/video mode.
Note: Some VCRs have a manual inputselect switch, while others automatically
“sense” when you connect another audio/
video source to the VCR’s audio/video
input jacks. Check your VCR’s owner’s
manual for more information about your
VCR.
8. Press PLAY on the camcorder to find the
portion of the tape you want to dub. Then
press REC/PAUSE to pause it.
9. Set the VCR to record, then press the
VCR’s record button to begin recording.
10. Press REC/PAUSE on the camcorder to play
the portion of the tape you want to dub.
11. Press REC/PAUSE on the camcorder to stop
dubbing.
6. When you see the scene where you want to
record the title, press TITLE. The camcorder plays the title and superimposes it
over the recording.
7. When you want to stop recording the title
onto the tape, press TITLE. The title disappears.
AUDIO EDITING
The camcorder’s audio editing feature lets you
record a new soundtrack onto a previously recorded tape without erasing the original picture.
When you use audio editing, you replace the audio on the tape with new sound. You can use
sounds picked up by the camcorder’s built-in microphone or signals from an audio source connected to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack.
Notes:
Adding Titles onto an Existing
Recording
• If you connect an audio source, always use
video quality shielded cables with phonotype connectors (such as Cat. No. 15-1540,
not supplied) to connect the camcorder’s
AUDIO jack to the audio source’s AUDIO
OUT jack.
Note: You need a separate VHS VCR to superimpose titles over an existing recording.
• Do not use a standard audio cable for this
connection.
1. Connect the camcorder and VCR (see
“Dubbing from the Camcorder” on Page
28.).
1. If you are not using the camcorder’s built-in
microphone as an audio source, connect
the audio source’s AUDIO OUT jack to the
camcorder’s AUDIO jack.
2. Press TITLE to select the title you want to
record. Then, if the title you want to record
does not appear, press PAGE to select the
other title page.
3. Press TITLE to remove the title from the
viewfinder. The title disappears.
4. Load a blank cassette, or one you want to
record onto, into the VCR. Then set the
VCR to its recording mode.
5. Load the cassette you want to record from
into the camcorder, then press PLAY to play
it back.
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2. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment for the audio
source you chose:
IN
OUT
point where you want to end audio, then
start the dubbing process.
• To prevent feedback squeals, turn down the
volume control on any TV or TV/monitor
connected to the camcorder.
AUDIO/VIDEO EDITING
When you use audio/video editing, you can replace the audio and video on a tape with new
sound and pictures.
• If you are using the built-in microphone,
set AV OUT/IN to OUT.
• If you are using an audio source connected to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack,
set AV OUT/IN to IN.
You can use sounds picked up by the camcorder’s built-in microphone or signals from an audio
source connected to the camcorder’s AUDIO
jack. You can use pictures taken by the camera
or signals from a video source connected to the
camcorder’s VIDEO jack.
3. Slide POWER to VCR.
4. Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
5. Press PLAY on the camcorder to find the
portion of the tape where you want to start
audio dubbing. Then press REC/PAUSE to
pause it.
6. Press PLAY and DUBBING AUDIO/VIDEO
together once.
appears in the
viewfinder.
does not appear in the
Note: If
viewfinder, press STOP/EJECT, then press
PLAY and DUBBING AUDIO/VIDEO together
once to continue.
7. If you are not using the camcorder’s built-in
microphone as an audio source, start the
audio source.
8. To start audio dubbing, press REC/PAUSE
on the camcorder.
9. Press STOP/EJECT on the camcorder to
stop dubbing.
Notes:
• To set the position where you want to end
audio dubbing, start playback of the tape,
press DISPLAY on the camcorder at the
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Notes:
• If you connect an audio/video source,
always use video quality shielded cables
with phono-type connectors (such as Cat.
No. 15-1540, not supplied) to connect the
camcorder’s AUDIO and VIDEO jacks to the
source’s AUDIO OUT and VIDEO OUT
jacks.
• Do not use standard audio cables for this
connection.
1. If you are not using the camcorder’s built-in
microphone as an audio source, connect
the audio source’s AUDIO jack to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack.
2. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment for the video
source you chose.
• If you are using the camcorder’s lens, set
AV OUT/IN to OUT.
• If you are using a video source connected to the camcorder’s VIDEO jack,
set AV OUT/IN to IN.
3. Slide POWER to VCR.
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4. Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
5. Press PLAY on the camcorder to play the
tape to the point where you want audio/
video dubbing to end. Then press REC/
PAUSE to pause it.
6. Press DISPLAY. M appears in the viewfinder next to the tape counter. Then press
RESET to reset the tape counter to 0000.
7. Press REWIND to rewind the tape past the
point where you want to start audio/video
dubbing, then press PLAY. When you see
the point of the tape where you want to
start audio/video dubbing, press REC/
PAUSE.
8. Press PLAY and DUBBING AUDIO/VIDEO
together twice.
and the picture you
are dubbing appear in the viewfinder.
9. Press REC/PAUSE on the
Audio/video dubbing begins.
camcorder.
When the tape counter shows 0000, the
camcorder automatically stops the tape,
and video and audio dubbing stop.
Notes:
• To protect the tape and conserve battery
power, the camcorder automatically
stops and turns itself off if left in the
record/pause mode for more than 5 minutes.
• To prevent feedback squeals, turn down
the volume control on any TV or TV/
monitor connected to the camcorder.
10. Press STOP/EJECT on the camcorder to
stop audio/video dubbing at any time.
Note: If you accidentally press PLAY and
DUBBING AUDIO/VIDEO together only
once,
appears in the viewfinder
instead. If this happens, simply press PLAY
and DUBBING AUDIO/VIDEO together again.
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CONNECTING THE CAMCORDER TO A TV
USING A TV FOR PLAYBACK
There are many different types of TVs and ways
to connect them to your camcorder. This section
describes the most common set ups.
Notes:
• If your TV doesn’t match any of the examples provided, contact your local Radio
Shack store for assistance.
• Turn off power to the camcorder and TV
when making connections. Do not power
the camcorder until you complete all other
connections.
TV with Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks
If your TV has audio/video (A/V) input jacks, you
can connect your camcorder directly to the TV
so you can play and watch video tapes.
If your TV does not have audio/video jacks, see
“Standard TV” on Page 33.
Use video quality shielded cables with phonotype connectors (such as Cat. No. 15-1540, not
supplied) to connect the camcorder’s AUDIO/
VIDEO IN/OUT jacks to your TV’s input jacks.
Note: Do not use standard audio cables for this
connection.
Follow these steps to connect the camcorder to
the TV.
1. Use a fingernail to pull down the cover on
the camcorder’s AUDIO/VIDEO OUT/IN jack
compartment to open it.
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Caution: The cover on the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment is attached to the
camcorder. Do not try to remove it.
2. Connect the white plug on one end of the
cable to the camcorder’s AUDIO jack, then
connect the yellow plug on the same end of
the cable to the camcorder’s VIDEO jack.
3. Connect the white plug on the other end of
the cable to the TV’s AUDIO IN jack. If your
TV is a stereo TV, use a Y-adapter (such as
Cat. No. 42-2435) to connect the white plug
to both audio inputs. Then connect the yellow plug on the same end of the cable to
the TV’s VIDEO IN jack.
4. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEOOUT/
IN jack compartment to OUT.
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Standard TV
UHF IN
VHF IN
75-ohm
300-ohm
1. Use a fingernail to pull down the cover on
the camcorder’s AUDIO/VIDEO OUT/IN jack
compartment to open it.
Caution: The cover on the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment is attached to the
camcorder. Do not try to remove it.
To connect the camcorder to a standard TV
(with only VHF and UHF terminals), you need an
RF adapter kit (CMC No. T16-RF71A, not supplied). The RF adapter kit includes:
2. Connect the RF converter’s plug to the
camcorder’s VIDEO, RF DC OUT, and AUDIO
jacks.
• RF converter
• 300-to 75-ohm matching transformer
• 75-ohm antenna cable
Cautions:
• Use only the recommended RF adapter kit
with this camcorder. You can order the kit
from your local Radio Shack store.
• The RF converter is a sealed unit. Do not
attempt to open or modify it.
• Do not damage or drop the RF converter or
subject it to mechanical vibration.
• Unplug the RF converter during lightning
storms.
Notes:
• You do not have to disconnect the RF converter when you watch TV broadcasts. Simply set the TV’s tuner as usual.
• Unless your antenna is VHF-only (you
receive Channels 2-13 only), you also need
a band-splitter (such as Cat. No. 15-1252,
not supplied) to connect your camcorder to
separate TV VHF/UHF terminals.
3. Set AV OUT/IN inside the AUDIO/VIDEO
OUT/IN jack compartment to OUT.
4. Disconnect the VHF antenna/cable wire
from your TV and connect it to the RF converter’s IN FROM ANT jack:
• If the antenna/cable wire is the round,
75-ohm type, connect it directly to the
jack.
• If the antenna/cable wire is the flat, 300ohm type, use another 300- to 75-ohm
matching transformer (such as Cat. No.
15-1253, not supplied) to connect the
wire to the jack.
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PLAYBACK
After you connect the camcorder to your TV, follow these steps to play a tape.
1. Turn on the TV, then:
• If you are using a TV with audio/video
(A/V) jacks, set it to the video mode.
5. Using the supplied 75-ohm antenna cable,
connect the RF converter’s OUT TO TV jack
to the TV’s VHF antenna terminal.
• If the TV’s VHF antenna terminal is the
round, 75-ohm type, connect the cable
directly to the terminal.
• If the TV’s VHF antenna terminal is the
flat, 300-ohm type, use another matching
transformer (such as Cat. No. 15-1253,
not supplied) to connect the cable to the
terminal.
6. Set CHANNEL on the RF converter to 3 or 4.
CHANNEL
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• If you are using a standard TV, set the
TV’s tuner to the same channel where
you set CHANNEL on the RF converter (3
or 4).
2. Slide POWER on the camcorder to VCR.
3. Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
4. Press PLAY on the camcorder. The tape
plays on your TV.
5. Press STOP/EJECT to stop playback. Press
STOP/EJECT again to remove the cassette.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
TROUBLESHOOTING
If you follow the instructions in this manual and still have trouble operating your camcorder, refer to
the following troubleshooting chart. If you still cannot solve the problem, take your camcorder to your
local Radio Shack store for assistance.
FUNCTION
POWER
PROBLEM
No power.
The camcorder turns
off soon after you turn
it on.
RECORDING
Power on, but no
image in viewfinder.
POSSIBLE REASON
SUGGESTION
• Safety devices are
functioning.
• Disconnect the AC
adapter/charger’s
power cord, then
plug it into the AC
outlet again.
• The battery pack is not
charged.
• Charge the battery
pack.
• The AC adapter/
charger is not correctly
connected.
• Reconnect the AC
adapter/charger.
The battery pack might be
weak.
Recharge the battery
pack and try again.
• Lens cap on.
• Remove the lens
cap.
• POWER set to VCR.
• Slide POWER to
CAMERA.
• A/V OUT/IN set to IN.
Cannot record.
POWER set to VCR.
• Set A/V OUT/IN to
OUT.
Slide POWER to CAMERA.
Poor color when tape
is played on a TV/
monitor.
Recording is fuzzy.
TV not properly adjusted.
Adjust the TV.
• Poor lighting.
• Use additional lighting.
• Dust or other foreign
matter on lens.
• Clean the lens.
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FUNCTION
PLAYBACK
PROBLEM
Image in viewfinder is
fuzzy.
No image appears on
TV.
POSSIBLE REASON
SUGGESTION
• Focus control on the
viewfinder must be
adjusted.
• Adjust the focus
control.
• Viewfinder must be
reset.
• Turn off the camcorder and disconnect the power
source. Then, after
about 1 minute,
reconnect the power
source. When the
characters displayed in the viewfinder are clear, set
the date and time.
• Camcorder improperly
connected to TV.
• Reconnect properly.
• AV OUT/IN set to IN .
• Set AV OUT/IN to
OUT.
• TV’s tuner or TV/video
switch not properly set.
• Set TV’s tuner to
channel 3 or channel 4 (if RF converter connected).
• Set TV’s TV/video
switch to VIDEO (if
A/V input used).
Poor color.
Camcorder does not
play back in color on
your TV.
Broken image.
Cassette cannot be inserted.
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TV not properly adjusted.
Adjust the TV.
• Tracking not properly
adjusted.
• Adjust the tracking.
• Old or worn tape.
• Use a new tape.
• The battery pack might
be weak.
• Recharge the battery pack.
• Old or worn tape.
• Use a new tape.
• Cassette is not right
side up or is backwards.
• Check cassette
positioning and reinsert.
• Another cassette already loaded in camcorder.
• Eject the cassette
and insert the new
cassette.
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FUNCTION
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE REASON
SUGGESTION
PLAYBACK
(continued)
Cassette will not eject
and power will not turn
off.
Camcorder is recording.
Press REC/PAUSE to
stop the tape and try
again.
No tape movement in
fast-forward mode.
Tape is already completely
wound.
Rewind the tape to the
desired point.
No tape movement in
rewind mode.
Tape is already completely
wound.
Fast-forward the tape to
the desired point.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Optimus Model 130 MovieCorder camcorder is an example of superior design and
craftsmanship. The following suggestions will
help you care for the camcorder so you can enjoy it for years.
Keep the camcorder dry. If it gets
wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids can contain minerals that
corrode electronic circuits.
HANDLING
• Remove the cassette tape and turn off the
power when the camcorder is not in use.
• Avoid shocks and drops. Do not drop or
otherwise subject the camcorder to hard
shocks or strong vibrations. Bumping or
striking the unit during recording generates
noise in the recorded image.
• To protect the lens, always replace the lens
cap when the camcorder is not in use. Do
not touch the lens surface with your hand.
Use and store the camcorder
only in normal temperature environments.
Temperature extremes can shorten the life of
electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic
parts.
• Do not point the camcorder lens or the
viewfinder eyepiece at the sun, whether
recording is in progress or not. Direct sunlight can make recording impossible, burn
the CCD imager, and damage the camcorder beyond repair. Be particularly careful when recording outside.
Handle the camcorder gently and
carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases,
and cause it to work improperly.
• Do not use the camcorder in excessive
temperatures and humidity. You can use
the camcorder between 32° F and 104° F
and between 35% and 80% relative humidity.
Keep the camcorder away from
dust and dirt, which can cause
premature wear of parts.
CLEANER
Wipe the camcorder with a damp
cloth occasionally to keep it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong
detergents to clean it.
Modifying or tampering with the camcorder’s internal components can cause a malfunction and
might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC
authorization to operate it. If your camcorder is
not performing as it should, take it to your local
Radio Shack store for assistance.
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• Do not store the unit in an unventilated car
in the summer, in direct sunlight, or near
strong heat sources. This can result in
severe damage to the camcorder’s case
and electronic circuits.
• Avoid magnetic sources. Using the camcorder near strong fluorescent lights,
motors, televisions, or other magnetic
sources can adversely affect recorded
images.
• Avoid situations where water, sand, dust or
other foreign matter could get on or inside
the camcorder. Such substances could
cause malfunctions.
• Do not use or leave the camcorder in areas
with excessive smoke, steam, dust, or
moisture. Such environments can cause
dew to form on the camcorder’s lenses. Be
sure to provide ample ventilation.
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• Do not use the camcorder on its side. The
tape might not wind properly and might
jam.
• Some small, portable tripods might be difficult to connect and might not be sturdy
enough to support your camcorder. Be sure
to use only a strong, stable tripod.
SERVICING YOUR
CAMCORDER
though the audio signal is clear. Head cleaning
must be done by an experienced camcorder
technician. If the camcorder’s heads become
dirty, contact your local Radio Shack store for
assistance.
ERASE PROTECTION
Video cassettes have an erase-protection tab to
prevent accidental erasure of a tape. If the
erase-protection tab is missing, the camcorder
cannot record on the tape.
Except as noted in this owner’s manual, there
are no user-serviceable parts inside your camcorder. If you encounter a problem that you cannot correct using this owner’s manual and its
troubleshooting guide or the sections below,
take the camcorder to your local Radio Shack
store for assistance.
• To clean the camcorder’s lens and optical
elements, use air blowers and lens papers
designed for photographic lenses.
• To clean the picture tube face and lens
inside the eyepiece, press and hold down
the cover’s tab on the back of the eyepiece,
then open the cover.
If you try to record on a tape with the erase-protection tab missing, TAPE appears in the viewfinder.
If you want to record on a video cassette that
has had its tab removed, put a piece of heavy
plastic tape over the erase-protection tab hole.
STORING YOUR VIDEO
CASSETTES
Caution: The eyepiece’s cover is not removable. Do not try to remove it from the eyepiece.
Clean the picture tube face and lens using a soft
non-abrasive cloth, swab, or lens cleaning paper. When you finish cleaning, close the cover.
CLEANING THE VIDEO HEADS
The camcorder’s video heads require cleaning
from time to time. Dirty video heads can cause
the playback picture to become blurred even
Eject and store the cassette when you finish using it. This helps protect the cassette and the
camcorder’s internal mechanisms from dust.
Place your video cassettes in their protective
boxes and store them in a cool, dry, dust-free
environment. Store the cassettes on end, not on
their sides. This prevents improper settling of
the cassette’s spools.
Note: Tape can become wound too tightly
around the cassette’s spools after numerous recordings and playbacks. This can cause the
cassette to improperly load when you insert it.
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On most cassettes there is a brake-release
plunger on the bottom center of the cassette.
Use the tip of a pen or pencil to press the plunger. This loosens the tape.
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the distance between the equipment and the radio or TV
• Use outlets on different electrical circuits for
the equipment and the radio or TV
Consult your local Radio Shack store if the problem still exists.
You must use shielded interface cables with this
equipment.
Brake-Release Plunger
THE FCC WANTS YOU TO
KNOW
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment complies with the limits for a
Class B digital device as specified in Part 15 of
FCC Rules. These limits provide reasonable
protection against radio and TV interference in a
residential area. However, your equipment
might cause TV or radio interference even when
it is operating properly. To eliminate interference, you can try one or more of the following
corrective measures:
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Modifying or tampering with the camcorder’s internal components can cause a malfunction and
might invalidate the camcorder’s warranty and
void your FCC authorization to operate it. If your
camcorder is not performing as it should, take it
to your local Radio Shack Store for assistance.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Signal System ............................................................ NTSC-Type Standard Color and Monochrome
Recording System ........................................................................................................ VHS Standard
Tape Width ............................................................................................................ 1/2 Inch (12.7 mm)
Tape Speed ....................................................................................SP (1.31 Inch/sec... (33.35 mm/s)
Maximum Recording/Playback Time ...................................................160 Minutes (with T-160 Tape)
Pickup Device........................... CCD Image Sensor (approx. 270,000 pixels including optical black)
Lens.................................................................. F1.6-F3.2 12x Power Zoom, Full-Range Auto-Focus
Lens Filter Diameter ................................................................................................................. 46 mm
Viewfinder........................................................................................... 0.6 Inch B/W CRT with Diopter
Microphone................................................................................. Omnidirectional Electret Condenser
Color Temperature Compensation .............................. Auto White Balance with White Balance Lock
Minimum Illumination.................................................................................................................. 1 Lux
Video Output Level ..............................................................................1.0 Vp-p Composite, 75 Ohms
Audio Output Level.................................................................................316 mV, less than 1 K Ohms
Power Requirement............................................................................................................... 9.6 Volts
Battery Power Supplied .......................................................................................................... 10 Volts
DC Power Consumption .......................................................................................................... 7 Watts
Dimensions (approx.) ............................................. 8 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 12 1/4 Inches HWD (without battery)
(205 x 111 x 311 mm)
Camcorder Weight (approx.) ........................................................4 lbs 3 oz (2.0 kg) (without battery)
Battery Weight (approx.)................................................................................................. 1 lb ( 0.56 kg)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject to change and improvement without notice.
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RADIO SHACK LIMITED WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defects for 90 days from date of purchase from Radio Shack company-owned stores and authorized Radio
Shack franchisees and dealers. Within this period, we will repair it without charge for parts and labor. Simply bring your Radio Shack sales
slip as proof of purchase date to any Radio Shack store. Warranty does
not cover transportation costs. Nor does it cover a product subjected to
misuse or accidental damage.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RADIO SHACK MAKES NO
EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED
WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. Some states do not permit limitation or exclusion of implied warranties; therefore, the aforesaid limitation(s) or exclusion(s) may not apply to the purchaser.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary
from state to state.
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