COMPACT VHS CAMCORDER
GR-AX720
GR-AX420
GR-AX220
Compact VHS
(The camcorder illustrations appearing in
these instructions are of the GR-AX720.)
INSTRUCTIONS
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Serial Nos. of the
GR-AX720U/GR-AX420U/GR-AX220U
camcorder and the AA-V11U AC Power
Adapter/Charger.
The serial numbers are located on the
bottom of the GR-AX720U/GR-AX420U/
GR-AX220U, and the AA-V11U.
Model No.
GR-AX720U/GR-AX420U/GR-AX220U
AA-V11U
Serial No.
LYT0002-007A
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Dear Customer,
Thank you for purchasing the JVC Compact VHS
camcorder. Before use, please read the safety
information and precautions contained in the following
pages to ensure safe use of your new camcorder.
Using This Instruction Manual
• All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table
Of Contents (Z pg. 7).
• Notes appear after most subsections. Be sure to read
these as well.
• Basic and advanced features/operation are separated for
easier reference.
It is recommended that you . . .
...... refer to the Index (Z pgs. 45 – 48) and
familiarize yourself with button locations, etc. before
use.
...... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions and Safety
Instructions that follow. They contain extremely
important information regarding the safe use of your
new camcorder.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions
on pages 49 and 50 before use.
SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the
product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in
the literature accompanying the appliance.
The AA-V11U AC Power Adapter/Charger should be
used with:
AC 120 V`, 60 Hz in the USA and Canada,
AC 110 – 240 V`, 50/60 Hz in other countries.
CAUTION (applies to the AA-V11U)
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
ATTENTION (s’applique à l’AA-V11U)
POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE
DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE
ET POUSSER JUSQU’AU FOND.
WARNING:
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
Warning on lithium battery
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 Panasonic (Matsushita
Electric), Sanyo or Maxell CR2025; use of another
battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
n Dispose of used battery promptly.
n Keep away from children.
n Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in fire.
NOTES:
● The rating plate (serial number plate) and safety
caution are on the bottom and/or the back of the
main unit.
● The rating plate (serial number plate) of the AC
Power Adapter/Charger is on its bottom.
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of
the Canadian Interference – Causing Equipment
Regulations.
“Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes
les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur
du Canada.”
This camcorder is designed to be used with NTSC-type
color television signals. It cannot be used for playback
with a television of a different standard. However, live
recording and viewfinder playback are possible
anywhere. Use the BN-V11U/V12U/V22U/V25U
battery packs and, to recharge them, the provided
multi-voltage AC Power Adapter/Charger. (An
appropriate conversion adapter may be necessary to
accommodate different designs of AC outlets in
different countries.)
ATTENTION:
The product that you have purchased is powered by a
rechargeable battery. The battery is recyclable. At the
end of its useful life, under various state and local
laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this battery into the
municipal waste stream. Check with your local solid
waste officials for details in your area for recycling
options or proper disposal.
IMPORTANT PRODUCT
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Electrical energy can perform many useful functions. But
improper use can result in potential electrical shock or fire
hazards. This product has been engineered and
manufactured to assure your personal safety. In order not to
defeat the built-in safeguards, observe the following basic
rules for its installation, use and servicing.
ATTENTION:
Follow and obey all warnings and instructions marked on
your product and its operating instructions. For your safety,
please read all the safety and operating instructions before
you operate this product and keep this manual for future
reference.
INSTALLATION
1. Grounding or Polarization
(A) Your product may be equipped with a polarized
alternating-current line plug (a plug having one blade
wider than the other). This plug will fit into the power
outlet only one way. This is a safety feature.
If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet,
try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit,
contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized plug.
(B) Your product may be equipped with a 3-wire
grounding-type plug, a plug having a third (grounding)
pin. This plug will only fit into a grounding-type power
outlet. This is a safety feature.
If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet,
contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
grounding-type plug.
2. Power Sources
Operate your product only from the type of power source
indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of power supply to your home, consult your product
dealer or local power company. If your product is intended
to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer to the
operating instructions.
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5. Ventilation
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation. To ensure reliable operation of the product and
to protect it from overheating, these openings must not be
blocked or covered.
• Do not block the openings by placing the product on a
bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
• Do not place the product in a built-in installation such as
a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided
or the manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.
6. Wall or Ceiling Mounting
The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as
recommended by the manufacturer.
ANTENNA INSTALLATION
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the
product, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded
so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and
built-up static charges. Article 810 of the National Electrical
Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with regard 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 antenna
discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode.
2. 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.
3. 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 such
power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
3. Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or
electric shock.
4. Power Cord Protection
Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not
likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit
from the product.
ANTENNA
LEAD IN WIRE
GROUND CLAMP
ELECTRIC SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
ANTENNA
DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION
810-20)
GROUNDING
CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC – NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
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USE
SERVICING
1. Accessories
To avoid personal injury:
• Do not place this product on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket or table. It may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious
damage to the product.
• Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table recommended by the manufacturer or sold
with the product.
• Use a mounting accessory recommended by the
manufacturer and follow the manufacturer’s
instructions for any mounting of the product.
• Do not try to roll a cart with small casters across
thresholds or deep-pile carpets.
2. Product and Cart Combination
A product and cart combination should be moved
with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven
surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn.
3. Water and Moisture
PORTABLE CART WARNING
Do not use this product
(Symbol provided by RETAC)
near water—for example,
near a bath tub, wash
bowl, kitchen sink or
laundry tub, in a wet
basement, or near a
swimming pool and the
like.
1. Servicing
If your product is not operating correctly or exhibits
a marked change in performance and you are
unable to restore normal operation by following the
detailed procedure in its operating instructions, do
not attempt to service it yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
2. Damage Requiring Service
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
a. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
into the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d. 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 its normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or damaged in
any way.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance—this indicates a need for service.
3. Replacement Parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same
characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or
other hazards.
4. Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this
product, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in safe
operating condition.
4. Object and Liquid Entry
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.
5. Attachments
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer of this product as they may cause
hazards.
6. Cleaning
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before
cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
7. Heat
The product should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other products (including amplifiers) that produce
heat.
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QUICK OPERATION GUIDE
SUPPLY POWER
INSERTING A VIDEO CASSETTE
Hook on.
EJECT
1
1
2 Push in.
BATT. RELEASE
Using the battery pack
1 Hook-on the battery pack’s top end to the
camcorder. (Charging procedure, Z pg. 8)
2 Push in the battery pack until it locks into
place.
3
2
PUSH
Insert.
1 Slide EJECT.
2 Insert a video cassette.
3 Press PUSH.
(For more details,
Z pg. 12)
To remove the battery pack
Slide BATT. RELEASE and pull out the battery
pack.
PLAYBACK
SHOOTING
STOP
2 REW
1
3
PLAY/PAUSE
LENS COVER
open/close knob
2
Set to “CAMERA”
3 Recording Start/Stop button
1
Set to “PLAY”
1 Set the power switch to “PLAY”.
2 Press REW.
— The tape will automatically stop at the
beginning of the tape.
3 Press PLAY/PAUSE.
— Playback starts and the playback picture
appears in the viewfinder.
•To stop playback, press STOP.
(For more details, Z pg. 32.)
n Or simply play back the tape on a VHS
VCR using the Cassette Adapter
(VHS Playpak). Z pg. 30
1 Slide the LENS COVER open/close knob to
open the lens cover.
2 Set the power switch to “CAMERA”.
— The power indicator will light and an
image will appear in the viewfinder.
3 Press the Recording Start/Stop button.
— Recording starts.
• To stop recording temporarily, momentarily
press the Recording Start/Stop button once
again.
(For more details, Z pg. 14)
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MAJOR FEATURES
REMEMBER
The Logical Choice
The only compact video
cassettes that can be
used with your VHS VCR*
Program Manager
(Z pg. 18 – 29)
Program AE with Special Effects, Exposure
Control, Focus, Fader, Wide, Instant Title,
Date/Time Character Insert, White
Balance Adjustment, Menu Adjustment
Variable-Speed Hyper Zoom
(Z pg. 15)
Zoom-in
Program AE with Special
Effects (Z pg. 18)
n Auto Mode Lock n Auto Mode Release
n Electronic Fog Filter n ND Effect
n Sepia n Twilight n Sports
n 1/1000 sec. High Speed Shutter
n 1/2000 sec. High Speed Shutter
Zoom-out
,
,
,
,
,
,
,,,,,,,,,,,,,
,,,,,,,
Random Assemble Editing
(Z pg. 35 – 37)
2
Integrated Auto Light
(GR-AX720 only) (Z pg. 17)
PROVIDED ACCESSORIES
•AC Power Adapter/
Charger AA-V11U
• Cassette Adapter
(VHS PlayPak)
C-P7U
2
1
8
3
5
4
5
4
6
•Battery Pack
BN-V11U
1
7
6
3
7
8
•Remote Control
Unit RM-V705U
(GR-AX720 only)
•Lithium Battery CR2025
• x2
• DC Cord
Cassettes marked
•Shoulder Strap
can be used with this camcorder.
for GR-AX720 (clock operation and
remote control unit)
• x1 for GR-AX420/AX220 (clock operation)
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CONTENTS
Power ..................................................................................... 8
Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal ........................................ 10
Viewfinder Adjustment ............................................................... 10
Date/Time Setting .................................................................... 11
Tape Length Setting ................................................................... 12
Recording Mode Setting .............................................................. 12
Loading/Unloading A Cassette ...................................................... 12
Grip Adjustment ....................................................................... 13
Shoulder Strap Attachment........................................................... 13
Tripod Mounting ....................................................................... 13
Basic Recording ........................................................................ 14
Basic Features.......................................................................... 15
Advanced Features .................................................................... 18
PLAYBACK
30
Using The Cassette Adapter.......................................................... 30
Basic Connections ...................................................................... 31
Basic Playback ......................................................................... 32
Features ................................................................................ 33
EDITING
34
Tape Dubbing ........................................................................... 34
Random Assemble Editing (R.A.Edit)................................................ 35
USING REMOTE CONTROL UNIT (GR-AX720 only)
38
Insert Editing ........................................................................... 40
Audio Dubbing ......................................................................... 41
USER MAINTENANCE
TROUBLESHOOTING
INDEX
42
43
45
Viewfinder ............................................................................. 45
Controls ................................................................................. 46
Connectors.............................................................................. 47
Indicators ............................................................................... 47
Other Parts............................................................................. 47
Terms .................................................................................... 48
CAUTIONS
SPECIFICATIONS
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
ESPAÑOL
FOR SERVICING (Only in U.S.A.)
WARRANTY (Only in U.S.A.)
RECORDING
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PLAYBACK
RECORDING
GETTING STARTED
8
49
51
51
52
54
55
EDITING
GETTING STARTED
8
GETTING STARTED
Power
CHG. (charge) indicator
Marks
POWER
indicator
This camcorder’s 4-way power supply system lets you
choose the most appropriate source of power.
To AC outlet
NOTES:
● No function is available without power supply.
● Use only specified power supply.
● Do not use provided power supply units with other equipment.
END
indicator
CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK
1
REFRESH switch
REFRESH indicator
2
Charge marker
** CHARGE MARKER
A charge marker is provided on
the battery pack to help you
remember whether it has been
charged or not. Two colors are
provided (red and black)—you
choose which one means
charged and which means
discharged.
3
SUPPLY POWER
Connect the charger’s AC power cord to a wall
outlet. The power indicator lights.
ATTACH BATTERY PACK
Align the marks and slide the battery pack in the
direction of the arrow until it locks in place.
The CHG. indicator lights.
DETACH BATTERY PACK
When charging is completed, the END indicator
lights. Slide the battery pack opposite the direction
of the arrow.
BATT. PACK
BN-V11U
CHARGE
approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
DISCHARGE
approx. 3 hrs. 30 min.
BN-V12U
BN-V22U
approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
approx. 2 hrs. 10 min.
approx. 3 hrs. 30 min.
approx. 7 hrs.
BN-V25U
approx. 2 hrs. 40 min.
approx. 10 hrs.
USING THE BATTERY PACK
Hook on.
1
2
Push in.
BATT. RELEASE
ATTACH BATTERY PACK
Hook its top end to the camcorder and push the
battery pack in until it locks in place.
DETACH BATTERY PACK
Slide BATT. RELEASE and pull out the battery pack.
APPROXIMATE RECORDING TIME
BATT. PACK
BN-V11U
BN-V12U
BN-V22U
BN-V25U
GR-AX720/AX420
1 hr. 10 min. (40 min.)
1 hr. 10 min. (40 min.)
GR-AX220
1 hr. 10 min.
1 hr. 10 min.
2 hrs. 20 min. (1hr. 25 min.)
3 hrs. 5 min. (1hr. 55 min.)
2 hrs. 25 min.
3 hrs. 10 min.
( ): when the video light is on (GR-AX720 only).
ATTENTION:
**REFRESH
Before detaching the power source,
make sure that the camcorder’s power
is turned off. Failure to do so can result
in a camcorder malfunction.
To discharge the battery . . .
The AC power adapter features a REFRESH function that allows
you to fully discharge the battery pack before recharging.
...... attach the battery pack to the adapter as shown in the
illustration to the left. Then push REFRESH. The REFRESH
indicator lights when discharging starts, and goes out when
discharging is complete.
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NOTES:
● The recording time per charge is affected by such factors as the time spent in Record/Standby mode and
the frequency of zooming. It is safer to have spare battery packs.
● Charging times noted on page 8 are for fully discharged battey pack, and discharging times are for fully
charged battery pack.
● Charging and discharging times vary according to the ambient temperature and the status of the battery pack.
● Remember to set the charge marker after charging a battery pack or after detaching a discharged one from
your camcorder.
● Perform the REFRESH function after no less than 5 chargings.
● High temperatures can damage the battery pack, so use only where good ventilation is available. Don’t
allow it to discharge in container, such as a bag.
● If you stop recharging or discharging part way through, make sure to remove the battery pack before
unplugging the adapter’s AC cord.
● Remove the battery pack from the adapter immediately after discharging.
● To avoid interference with reception, do not use the AC Power Adapter/Charger near a radio.
● Make sure you unplug the DC cord before charging or discharging the battery pack.
● A blinking CHG. indicator means that the battery pack has become hot. Wait until it cools down to continue.
● The CHG. indicator may not light properly with a brand new battery pack, or with one that’s been stored
for an extended period. In this case, remove and reattach the battery pack and recharge it. The CHG.
indicator should light during recharging. If not, contact your nearest JVC dealer.
USING A CAR BATTERY
DC OUT
terminal
To AC outlet
To DC
in jack
DC cord
Use the optional Car Battery Cord or Car Battery
Charger/Adapter (connect as shown in the
illustration to the left).
NOTES:
AC Power
Adapter/Charger
AA-V11U
Car Battery Cord
AP-V7U (optional)
To car’s
cigarette
lighter
socket
● When using the car battery, leave the engine
idling.
● The optional Car Battery Charger (BH-V3U) can
also be used to charge the battery pack.
● When using the optional Car Battery Charger or
Car Battery Cord (AP-V7U), refer to the respective
instruction booklet.
USING AC POWER
Use the AC Power Adapter (connect as shown in
the illustration to the left).
NOTE:
Car Battery Charger/Adapter
BH-V3U (optional)
NOTES:
● You can attach the battery case to the camcorder
in the same way as a battery pack (Z pg. 8).
● Recording time varies depending on the type of
alkaline batteries you use.
● When the battery remaining power becomes low,
noise may appear in the picture or become
audible in the sound. When this happens, use
another power source or replace with new
alkaline batteries.
● Also read thoroughly the CU-V170U’s instruction
manual.
The supplied AC Power Adapter/Charger features
automatic voltage selection in the AC range from
110 V to 240 V.
USING DRY CELL BATTERIES
The optional Battery Case CU-V170U provides DC
power for a camcorder with 6 alkaline batteries
(LR6 type) installed.
It enables you to continue using the camcorder
even if you run out of charged battery packs.
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GETTING STARTED (cont.)
Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal
This battery is necessary for clock operation and to
perform date/time settings.
A
1
2
3
4
5
SWITCH OFF POWER
Switch off the unit’s power and remove the power
supply unit.
OPEN COVER
Open the clock battery compartment cover while
pressing the release tab.
REMOVE BATTERY (when replacing)
Insert a pointed, non-metallic object between the
battery and the compartment ( A ) and pull the
battery out.
INSERT BATTERY
Ensuring the plus (+) side is up, insert a CR2025
lithium battery and push it in.
CLOSE COVER
Close the compartment cover until it clicks in place.
NOTE:
See “SAFETY PRECAUTIONS” (Z pg. 2) for information
on safe handling of lithium batteries.
Viewfinder Adjustment
3
1
1
2
2
3
Set POWER to “CAMERA”.
POSITION VIEWFINDER
Adjust the viewfinder manually for best viewability
(see illustration at left).
SELECT MODE
Set the power switch to CAMERA.
ADJUST DIOPTER
Turn the diopter adjustment control until the
indications in the viewfinder are clearly focused.
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Date/Time Setting
MENU
1
2
3
+
PROGRAM AE
select dial
4
NEAR
FAR
Menu Screen
S.LX
OFF
OFF
OFF
07
5
END :MENU KEY
6
Set Time and
Date Screen
JAN
1. 00
A M 12:00
SET
CANCEL
Date
Month/Day/Year
Time
12-hour indication with
AM or PM
First set the power switch to “CAMERA”. Turn the
PROGRAM AE select dial to any position except
AUTO LOCK.
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
Press MENU.
SELECT FUNCTION
Press – to move the highlight bar down to “DATE/
TIME”, then press NEAR. The Set Date And Time
screen appears.
SET DATE/TIME
Press FAR or NEAR until the item you want to set
begins blinking, then press + or – to until the correct
setting appears.
•If you decide you want to return the date and time
to the previous settings, press FAR or NEAR to
move the highlight bar to “CANCEL”, then press
MENU.
•If you’re satisfied with the settings, go on to step 5.
–
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
SET CHARACTER
DATE/TIME
SELECT MODE
START CLOCK OPERATION
Once you’ve set the month, day, year and time,
press FAR or NEAR until “SET” begins to blink, then
press MENU. The Menu screen reappears.
CLOSE MENU
Press MENU.
NOTES:
● To display the date and time in the viewfinder and on a
connected TV, see “Date/Time Insert” (Z pg. 24).
● If, in step 4, you input an invalid date (FEB 30, JUN 31,
etc.) and perform step 5, “INPUT ERROR” appears
blinking at the bottom of the screen. Press +, –, FAR or
NEAR to input the correct number.
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GETTING STARTED (cont.)
SP-EP recording mode button
Tape Length Setting
Set the tape length according to the length of the tape
used.
T20•30•40 tape
length select button
1
SET TAPE LENGTH
Press T20•30•40 until the required indication
appears in the veiwfinder. T20 = 20 minutes of
recording time, T30 = 30 minutes, and T40 = 40
minutes (in SP).
NOTE:
The tape remaining time (Z pg. 14) displayed in the
viewfinder is correct only if the correct tape length has
been selected.
Recording Mode Setting
Set depending on your preference.
Set POWER to “CAMERA”.
1
Tape length indicator
T30
T20
T30
T40
SET RECORDING MODE
Press SP•EP button. “SP” (Standard Play) provides
higher picture and sound quality and is better for
dubbing, while “EP” (Extended Play) is more
economical, recording at 1/3 the speed of SP.
NOTE:
If the recording mode is switched during recording, the
playback picture will be blurred at the switching point.
Loading/Unloading A Cassette
Recording mode indicator
SP
SP
EP
1
2
3
OPEN CASSETTE HOLDER
Slide EJECT until the holder opens. Do not use force
to open.
INSERT/REMOVE CASSETTE
Make sure the label is facing outward.
CLOSE CASSETTE HOLDER
Press PUSH and make sure the holder is closed and
locked.
NOTES:
Turn to take
up slack.
Erase Protection
Gear
● A cassette holder can’t be opened unless a power
supply is attached.
● Make sure that the tape is not slack when loading the
cassette. If there is any slack, turn the gear on the
cassette in the direction of the arrow to take up the
slack.
● Make sure the Erase Protection tab is in the position
that allows recording. If not, slide the tab. Some
cassettes have removable tabs. If the tab has been
removed, cover the hole with adhesive tape.
● The cassette holder can’t be opened while the
camcorder is in the record mode.
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Grip Adjustment
1
2
Recording Start/Stop button
3
EXPAND LOOP
Separate the Velcro strip.
INSERT HAND
Pass your right hand through the loop and grasp the
grip.
ADJUST STRAP LENGTH
Adjust so your thumb and fingers can easily operate
the Recording Start/Stop button and Power Zoom
lever. Refasten the Velcro strip.
Shoulder Strap Attachment
1
1
3
2
1
2
2
ATTACH STRAP
Following the illustration at left, thread the strap
through the top of the eyelet 1, then fold it back
and thread it through the keeper 2, and then
through the buckle 3. Repeat the procedure to
attach the other end of the strap to the other eyelet,
making sure the strap isn’t twisted.
ADJUST LENGTH
Adjust as shown in the illustration at left 1, then
slide both keepers snug against the eyelets to
prevent slipping 2 .
Tripod Mounting
1
ALIGN AND TIGHTEN
Align the screw and camera direction stud on the
tripod with the camera’s mounting socket and stud
hole. Then tighten the screw.
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RECORDING Basic Recording
NOTE:
Tape remaining time indicator
*- - -MIN
(Now calculating)
25MIN
120MIN
119MIN
Power indicator
You should already have performed the procedures listed
below. If not, do so before continuing.
● Power (Z pg. 8)
● Tape Length setting ( Z pg. 12)
● Recording Mode Setting (Z pg. 12)
● Grip Adjustment (Z pg. 13)
1
2MIN (Blinking)
Slide EJECT to open the cassette holder, then insert
the cassette with the label facing out. Press PUSH to
ensure the holder is closed and locked.
1MIN (Blinking)
ENTER RECORD–STANDBY MODE
3MIN
0MIN (Blinking)
2
Slide the LENS COVER open/close switch to open
the lens cover, then set the power switch to
“CAMERA”.
•The power indicator lights and the camcorder
enters the Record–Standby Mode.
•The scene you’re aimed at appears on the
viewfinder screen, with the word “PAUSE”
superimposed upon it.
LENS COVER
switch
3
START SHOOTING
Press the RECORDING START/STOP button.
•The tally lamp lights while recording is in progress,
and “ REC ” appears in the viewfinder.
POWER
Start/Stop button
4
Tally lamp
LOAD A CASSETTE
STOP RECORDING
Press the RECORDING START/STOP button again to
stop recording.
•The camcorder re-enters the Record-Standby
mode.
NOTES:
●
●
●
●
●
●
●
●
●
●
●
A cassette holder can’t be opened unless a power supply is attached.
There may be a delay after you slide EJECT until the holder opens. Do not use force.
The tape’s remaining time is displayed in the viewfinder as shown.
The indicated remaining time is approximate.
The time required to calculate the remaining tape length, and the accuracy of the calculation, may vary
according to the type of tape used.
The tape remaining time displayed in the viewfinder is correct only if the correct tape length has been
selected (Z pg. 12).
“TAPE END” appears when the tape reaches its end, and the power goes off automatically if left in this
condition for 5 minutes. “TAPE END” also appears when a cassette whose tape is already at its end is
loaded.
If the Record–Standby mode continues for 5 minutes without performing Zoom or any other operations,
the camcorder’s power shuts off automatically. Set the Power switch to “POWER OFF”, and then back to
“CAMERA” to turn the camcorder on again.
If the Recording Start/Stop button is pressed after the Record-Standby mode has continued for over 5
minutes, recording may not start immediately.
If you’re recording on a cassette from the middle, use the RETAKE function (Z pg. 16) to find the end of
the last recording so you don’t erase any of it.
The LENS COVER warning blinks for about 10 seconds when the camcorder is turned on, when the cover
is closed.
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RECORDING Basic Features
Power zoom switch
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
NOTES:
Zoom-in
Zoom-out
Zoom indicator
Zooming
Varies the focal length of the lens
and produces the zoom in/out effect.
Zoom In
1) Push the power zoom switch
down toward “T”.
Zoom Out
1) Push the switch up toward “W”.
● The further the power zoom switch
is pushed, the faster the zoom
speed becomes.
● Focusing may become unstable
during zooming. In this case, set
the zoom while in Record–
Standby, set manual focus or Focus
Lock (Z pgs. 20, 21), then zoom
in or out in Record mode.
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RECORDING Basic Features (cont.)
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
RETAKE (R/F)
NOTE:
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
NOTE:
Quick Review
To check the end of the last recording.
1) Press “ ” and release quickly
during the Record–Standby mode.
•Tape is rewound for about 2
seconds and played back
automatically, then pauses in
Record–Standby mode for the
next shot.
Distortion may occur at start of
playback. This is normal.
Retake
To re-record certain segments.
1) Make sure the camcorder is in the
Record–Standby mode.
2) Press either RETAKE button to
reach the start point for new
recording.
Pressing “F” fast-forwards the tape
and pressing “R” reverses it.
3) Press Recording Start/Stop to start
recording.
Noise may appear during Retake.
This is normal.
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Video Light (GR-AX720 only)
When natural lighting is too dim, you can brighten the
scene by using the built-in video light.
1
LIGHT ON/AUTO/OFF
SET VIDEO LIGHT
Set the LIGHT ON/AUTO/OFF as required.
ON
: Always keeps the light on as long as the
camcorder is turned on.
AUTO : Automatically turns on the light when the
camcorder senses insufficient lighting on
the subject.
OFF : Turns off the light.
•The video light can be used with the camcorder’s
power on.
•It is recommended to set the white balance
( Z pg. 25) to indoor mode ( ) when you use the
video light.
•When not using the video light, turn it off to save
battery power.
NOTES:
● Even if the battery indicator (
) does not blink in the
viewfinder, if the battery pack’s charge is low, the
camcorder may turn off automatically when you turn
on the video light, or when you start recording with the
video light turned on.
● When the LIGHT ON/AUTO/OFF switch is set to
“AUTO”:
• Depending on the lighting conditions, the video light
may keep turning on and off. In this case, manually
switch the light on or off using the LIGHT ON/
AUTO/OFF switch.
• While the Sports or High-Speed Shutter mode
( Z pg. 19) is engaged, the light is likely to stay on.
• While the Twilight mode (Z pg. 19) is engaged, the
light will not activate.
DANGER
•The video light become extremely hot. Do not
touch it either while in operation or soon after
turning it off, otherwise serious injury may result.
•Do not place the camcorder into the carrying case
immediately after using the video light, since it
remains extremely hot.
•When operating, keep a distance of about 30 cm.
(1 ft.) between the video light and people or
objects.
•Do not use near flammable or explosive materials.
•It is recommended that you consult your nearest
JVC dealer for replacing the video light.
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RECORDING Advanced Features
1 second later, the mode is activated.
SEPIA
Program AE With Special Effects
All you have to do to access any of the variety of
shooting effects is to turn the PROGRAM AE select
dial.
After
1 sec.
1
Viewfinder
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial until the
symbol of the function you want is aligned
with the mark.
•The selected mode’s name and its indication
are displayed in the viewfinder for approx.
1 second. Then the name disappears, and
only the indication remains. The mode is
activated.
•When Auto Mode Lock or Auto Mode
Release mode is selected, only the mode’s
name is displayed. Then the name disappears
and the mode is activated.
NOTES:
+
E
AS E
D
FAR NEAR
ND
–
FG
1/1000 1
/2
Mark
LOCK RE
L
0 AUTO MO E
00
DIAL
SYMBOL
VIEWFINDER
INDICATION
LOCK
AUTO LOCK
PROGRAM AE
select dial
MODE
Auto Mode Lock
Auto Mode Lock
Locks the camcorder in Full Auto mode, preventing
incorrect operation due to accidental button
pressing during shooting.
• In this mode the following controls are disabled;
FADE, WIDE, TITLE, DISPLAY, M.W.B (Manual
White Balance), Manual Focus, Focus Lock,
Exposure Control and MENU
RELEASE
AUTO RELEASE
Auto Mode
Release
Auto Mode Release
Re-enables the controls that were disabled by Auto
Mode Lock.
● Only one effect can be engaged at a time.
● The screen becomes slightly reddish when the
fader (Z pg. 22) is used in the Sepia mode.
● The screen becomes slightly dark in the High
Speed Shutter mode. Use in well-lighted
situations.
● In the High Speed Shutter or Sports modes,
picture color may be adversely affected if subject
is lit by alternating discharge-type light sources
such as flourescent or mercury-vapor lights.
DIAL
SYMBOL
VIEWFINDER
INDICATION
MODE
FG
FG:FOG
Electronic Fog Filter
Electronic Fog Filter
Makes the picture look misty white, as when an
external fog filter is attached to the lens. Softens the
image and gives it a “fancy“ look.
ND
ND:ND EFFECT
ND Effect
ND Effect
A black mist darkens the picture, as when an ND
filter is used. Helps to counter the effects of glare on
the subject.
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DIAL
SYMBOL
VIEWFINDER
INDICATION
SEPIA
MODE
DIAL
SYMBOL
Sepia
VIEWFINDER
INDICATION
SPORTS
Sepia
The scene being shot is recorded in sepia-tinted
(reddish-brown) monochrome, giving the effect of
an older movie. Use together with Wide (Z pg. 22)
for the authentic look of a classic Hollywood
movie.
TWILIGHT Twilight
Twilight
Dusk, twilight scenery, fireworks, etc., look more
natural and dramatic. The following happens when
Twilight mode is selected:
• Auto gain control is turned off.
• White Balance is set to “ ” (outdoor mode), but
can also be manually changed to another mode
(Z pg. 25).
• Auto Focus becomes available only in the range of
10 m to infinity. To focus when the subject-tocamera distance is less than 10 m, use manual
focusing (Z pg. 21).
MODE
Sports
Sports
High shutter speed clearly captures fast-moving
action.
1/1000
1
1/1000 sec.
S 1/1000 High Speed Shutter
1/2000
2
1/2000 sec.
S 1/2000 High Speed Shutter
High-Speed Shutter (1/1000s., 1/2000s.)
Captures faster action than Sports mode.
Exposure Control
This feature automatically adjusts the iris for the
best available picture quality, but you can override
and make the adjustment manually.
1
2
+
+ 02
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any
position except AUTO LOCK.
BRIGHTEN IMAGE
Press + (maximum +06). The Exposure level
indicator appears in the viewfinder.
OR . . .
DARKEN IMAGE
–
Exposure Level Indicator
3
To brighten the image
–06
Press – (maximum –06). The Exposure level
indicator appears in the viewfinder.
When you want to return to the factory
setting . . .
+ 06
To darken the image
RESTORE INITIAL SETTING
Press + and – simultaneously. The standard
setting is immediately restored and the
Exposure level indicator disappears.
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RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.)
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
detection zone
The camcorder’s Full Range AF system offers continuous
shooting ability from close-up to infinity. However,
correct focus may not be obtainable in the situations
listed below (in these cases use manual focusing):
•When two subjects overlap in the same scene.
•When illumination is low.*
•When the subject has no contrast (difference in
brightness and darkness), such as a flat, one-color wall,
or a clear, blue sky.*
•When a dark object is barely visible in the viewfinder.*
•When the scene contains minute patterns or identical
patterns that are regularly repeated.
•When the scene is affected by sunbeams or light
reflecting off the surface of a body of water.
•When shooting a scene with a high-contrast
background.
* The low-contrast warning “
viewfinder.
” appears in the
Focus Lock
FAR
NEAR
PROGRAM AE select dial
This feature locks the focus in place, which is especially
helpful in the following situations:
•When things pass between your subject and the
camcorder. Engage the focus lock function to lock your
subject in before recording.
•When you want your subject to be focused, and to
appear in a corner of the screen. First, center on the
subject and focus using auto focus mode. Then engage
the focus lock function and move the camcorder until
the subject is where you want it.
1
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
LOCK FOCUS
2
3
Press FAR or NEAR. The focus lock indication “
appears in the viewfinder.
”
RELEASE FOCUS LOCK
Press FAR and NEAR simultaneously. The focus lock
indication disappears.
NOTES:
● If the lens is smeared or blurred, accurate focusing is
not possible. Keep the lens clean, wiping with a piece
of soft cloth if it gets dirty. When condensation occurs,
wipe with a soft cloth or wait for it to dry naturally.
● When shooting a subject close to the lens, zoom-out
first (Z pg. 15). If zoomed-in in the auto focus mode,
the camcorder could automatically zoom out
depending on the distance between the camcorder and
the subject. *When Tele Macro (Z pg. 27) is
activated, the camcorder will not zoom out automatically.
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Power zoom lever
Manual Focus
NOTE:
You should already have made the necessary viewfinder
adjustments (Z pg. 10). If you haven’t, do so before
continuing.
1
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
ADJUST FOCUS
2
FAR
To farther subject . . .
Press and hold FAR. The Manual Focus indications
“
” appear and “ ” blinks.
Go to step 3.
To nearer subject . . .
NEAR
Press and hold NEAR. The Manual Focus indications
“
” appear and “ ” blinks.
Go to step 3.
PROGRAM AE select dial
3
4
LOCK FOCUS
Release FAR or NEAR. The focus
indication is replaced by the focus lock indication
“
” and the adjusted focus is locked in.
RELEASE MANUAL FOCUS MODE
Press FAR and NEAR simultaneously. The Manual
Focus mode is immediately released and the focus
lock indication disappears.
NOTES:
● Be sure to focus the lens in the maximum telephoto
position when you use the Manual Focus mode. If you
focus in on a certain subject in the wide-angle position,
sharply focused images cannot be obtained when
zoomed up because the depth-of-field is reduced at
longer focal lengths.
● When the focus level cannot be adjusted any farther or
closer, “ ” or “ ” will blink.
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RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.)
Function indication
FADE
Fade-Standby
indication
FADE
Fader
This feature allows smooth fade-in and fade-out to black
blank screen. Fade-in works at recording start, and
fade-out works at recording end or when you enter
Record–Standby mode.
1
SELECT button
2
3
PROGRAM AE select dial
SET button
4
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
SELECT FUNCTION
Press SELECT repeatedly until “ FADE ” appears.
ENGAGE FADE–STANDBY MODE
Press SET to engage the Fade–Standby mode.
The Fade-Standby indication “FADE” is displayed.
START RECORDING
Press Recording Start/Stop to start recording and
activate fade-in.
OR . . .
END RECORDING
Press Recording Start/Stop to end recording and
engage fade-out.
FADE IN
NOTES:
● Pressing and holding the Recording Start/Stop button
allows you to record a black blank screen.
● The screen becomes slightly reddish when the Fader is
used with Sepia (Z pg. 19).
● With the Electronic fog filter mode ( Z pg. 18)
engaged, the image fades in/out to a white screen.
FADE OUT
Wide
This feature allows you to record black bars at the top
and bottom of the screen to produce a cinema-like
“wide-screen” effect.
Wide mode
1
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
SELECT FUNCTION
2 ENGAGE WIDE MODE
3
Press SELECT repeatedly until “ WIDE ” appears.
Press SET.
4
RESTORE NORMAL SCREEN
Press SET again while “ WIDE ” appears.
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TITLE
Title indication
Instant Titles
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The camcorder has eight preset titles in memory. You can
superimpose one of them above a previously stored title as shown
in the illustration to the left.
OUR VACATION
DISPLAY
MERRY CHRISTMAS
A SPECIAL DAY
No indication
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
OUR NEW BABY
SELECT
WEDDING DAY
SET
1
2
CONGRATULATIONS
MENU
The characters you
have set using
Character Generator
3
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position except
AUTO LOCK.
SELECT FUNCTION
Press SELECT repeatedly until “ TITLE ” appears.
SELECT PRESET TITLE
Engage the Record–Standby mode, then press SET to
cycle through the preset titles until the desired title is
displayed.
NOTES:
● To delete the Instant Title during recording, press SET.
● To recall a title, engage the Record–Standby mode and then
press SET to select the desired title.
PROGRAM AE
select dial
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
SET CHARACTER
DATE/TIME
S.LX
OFF
OFF
OFF
07
END :MENU KEY
SET : MENU KEY
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R S
T U V W X Y Z Ä Ö Ü
À È Ì Ò Ù Ñ Æ Ø Å &
: . , ’ – / ! ? ¿ k
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
I LI
CLEAR
END
Character Generator
You can enter an original title of up to 18 characters.
1
2
3
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position except
AUTO LOCK, then press MENU.
ACCESS CHARACTER SET MENU
Press + or – to move the highlight bar to “SET CHARACTER”,
then press NEAR. The Character Set menu appears.
INPUT CHARACTERS
Press +, –, FAR or NEAR to move the pointer to the desired
character, then press MENU. The selected characters appear
at the bottom of the screen. Repeat as many times as
desired (max. 18).
• To select the location of the next character, press +, –,
FAR or NEAR to highlight the row of squares at the bottom
of the screen, then press FAR or NEAR to make the
desired location blink. Press + when you’re done, and the
pointer returns to the character grid.
4
END CHARACTER SETTING
Press +, –, FAR or NEAR to make “END” blink, then press
MENU twice to return to the normal screen.
NOTES:
SET : MENU KEY
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R S
T U V W X Y Z Ä Ö Ü
À È Ì Ò Ù Ñ Æ Ø Å &
: . , ’ – / ! ? ¿ k
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
I L I KE YOU k
END
CLEAR
● To erase a character you entered mistakenly, make “CLEAR”
blink by pressing +, –, FAR or NEAR, then press MENU. All
characters are deleted at once. Or, to erase selected characters
only, first move the pointer to the row of squares by pressing +,
–, FAR or NEAR to highlight them. Press FAR or NEAR to make
the desired character blink, then press +, FAR or NEAR to move
the pointer to “ ” in the top left corner. Press MENU.
● To display the characters you have set — “Instant Title” or
“Date/Time/Character Insert” (Z pg. 24).
● Characters may be set only in the Record-Standby mode.
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RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.)
Date/Time Character Insert
SELECT
This feature allows you to display date, time and characters
in your viewfinder and on a connected color monitor,
record them manually or automatically, and even make
your own titles.
NOTE:
You should already have performed the Date/Time
Setting procedure (Z pg. 11). If you haven’t, do so
before continuing.
DISPLAY
SET
PROGRAM AE
select dial
DISP.
1
2
Date display
Auto Date Record mode
3
Date-off mode
Character Generator
Date/Time display
Auto Date Record mode
AUTO DATE
DEC 25.97
Auto date record
mode
Auto date record
executed
Date display
Date/Time display
DEC 25.97
DEC 25.97
PM 10:50
Character Generator
SET CHAR
No Characters
stored
IN PARIS, FRANCE
Example of stored
characters
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
SELECT DISPLAY
Press SELECT repeatedly until “ DISP. ” appears.
CHOOSE DISPLAY MODE
Press SET while in Record–Standby to cycle through
the modes as shown in the illustration at left.
NOTES:
● The selected display can be recorded.
● If you don’t want to record the display, select Date-off
mode before shooting.
● If you want to delete the display during shooting, press
SET.
● If you want to call back a deleted display, engage the
Record–Standby mode and then select the desired
display mode using SET.
AUTO DATE RECORD
Your camcorder automatically records the date for about
5 seconds after recording is initiated in the following
situations:
•After changing the date.
•After loading a cassette.
•After Auto Date Record mode is selected by pressing
SE T.
In this mode, the date is replaced after 5 seconds with
“AUTO DATE”.
NOTES:
● Setting PROGRAM AE to LOCK always engages the
auto date record mode, and disables all other modes.
● In the Auto Date Record mode, if the date changes
while you’re shooting, the date indication is recorded for
about 5 seconds from that point. It is not recorded
during any other recordings made on that day.
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White balance mode indicator
No indication
(Auto)
MWB
M.W.B.
MWB
Manual White Balance Adjustment (M.W.B.)
This camcorder’s Automatic Color Temperature system
senses the color temperature of the ambient lighting for
automatic white balance adjustment. However, precise color
adjustment is not possible under the following conditions:
• When an object is in various shades of the same color.
• When a predominantly red or brown object is being shot
outdoors.
In these cases, use the camcorder’s built-in preset filters for
white balance adjustment.
SELECT
1
2
SET
3
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
SELECT FUNCTION
Press SELECT reapeatedly until “ M.W.B. ” appears.
SELECT WHITE BALANCE
Press SET (Manual White Balance) until the
required indication appears in the viewfinder.
“MWB” ..... With a memorized personal White Balance
setting (see below)
“ ” ......... Outdoors on sunny day
“ ”......... Outdoors on cloudy day
“ ” .......... Light source is halogen or tungsten lamp
PROGRAM AE select dial
MWB
MWB sets the color temperature for the subject’s light source
so you can shoot with natural colors that are unaffected by
surroundings, even when there are multiple subjects with
different color temperatures.
1
2
3
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
ADJUST FOCUS
Point the camcorder at a white, flat object such as a
sheet of white paper, and adjust focus manually
(Z pg. 21).
ADJUST WHITE BALANCE
Press SET until “MWB” appears, then press and hold
SET for more than 3 seconds.
• “MWB” blinks in the viewfinder during adjustment, then
stops blinking but stays lit when adjustment is complete.
NOTES:
● To switch to automatic white balance adjustment, press SET until the indication disappears, or turn the PROGRAM AE
select dial to “AUTO LOCK”.
● Re-adjust the White Balance when the lighting has changed, when the camcorder has been turned on and off again, or
when the PROGRAM AE select dial’s position has been changed.
● It is helpful to connect your camcorder to a color monitor when adjusting the white balance (“Basic Connections”
Z pg. 31).
● When adjusted by putting colored paper in front of the subject in step 2 (“ADJUST FOCUS”), this unit makes its color
temperature standard for automatic white balance. So you can enjoy shooting with different colors. For example, when
adjusting with red, blue or yellow colors, the image becomes the color which aproximates to green, orange or purple
respectively.
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RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.)
Using Menu For Detailed Adjustment
MENU
This camcorder is equipped with Program Manager, an
easy-to-use, on-screen menu system that simplifies many
of the more detailed camcorder settings.
1
2
+
NEAR
FAR
–
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
SET CHARACTER
DATE/TIME
S.LX
OFF
OFF
OFF
07
3
4
END :MENU KEY
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
SET CHARACTER
DATE/TIME
NORM
ON
1MIN
1/2S
07
END :MENU KEY
PAUSE
If GAIN UP or TELE MACRO in the Menu has
been changed from the factory settings, this
mark appears in the viewfinder.
5
SELECT MODE
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK.
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
Press MENU.
SELECT FUNCTION
Press + or – to place the highlight bar on the desired
function.
MAKE SETTING
The setting procedure depends on the function you
select.
If you select GAIN UP, TELE MACRO, INTERVAL
TIMER, REC TIME or JLIP ID NO. . . .
.... press FAR or NEAR to cycle through the choices
until the desired setting appears.
If you select SET CHARACTER or DATE/TIME, . . .
.... press NEAR to access the selection menu for
each function (SET CHARACTER – Z pg. 23;
DATE/TIME – Z pg. 11).
CLOSE MENU
Press MENU. The normal screen reappears.
NOTE:
The menu is available only in the Record-Standby mode.
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MENU
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
S.LX
To record a subject in a dark lit environment. When it is more
convenient to shoot the subject with a brighter image even if
the picture becomes slightly coarse. Automatically selected
when the PROGRAM AE select dial is set to AUTO LOCK
mode. (S.LX : Super LoLux)
NORM
To record a subject in a dimly lit environment. When it is
more convenient to shoot with a less coarse picture although
the subject becomes slightly dark. This setting is suitable for
measuring sensitivity conforming to EIA-639 (EIA* Standard
for Low Light Sensitivity Measurement)
*EIA : Electronic Industries Association
OFF
Allows you to shoot dark scenes with no picture brightness
adjustment.
OFF
Usually set to this position.
ON
Usually the distance to a subject where the lens is in focus
depends on the zoom magnification. Unless there is a
distance more than 1m to the subject, the lens is out of focus
at the maximum telephoto setting. When set to “ON”, you
can shoot a subject as large as possible at a distance of
approx. 60 cm.
•Depending on the zoom position, the lens may go out of
focus.
OFF
This feature allows you to set the parameters for Self-Timer
15 S
(Z pg. 28) and Time-Lapse recording (Z pg. 29).
30 S
1 MIN
5 MIN
OFF
This feature allows you to set the parameters for Animation
and Time-Lapse recording (Z pg. 29).
1/4 S
1/2 S
1S
This number is necessary when connecting the camcorder to a device such
as a computer using the J terminal (JLIP).
The numbers range from 01 to 99. Factory setting is 07.
SET CHARACTER
Allows you to input characters. (Z pg. 23).
DATE/TIME
Allows you to set the current date and time (Z pg. 11).
= Factory setting and when the PROGRAM AE Select Dial is set to
AUTO LOCK
NOTE:
During shooting in low light, Auto Focus accuracy may decrease even when Gain Up is used. In this case,
use Manual Focus ( Z pg. 21).
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RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.)
Self-Timer
Interval
Timer Indicator
You can set the delay between pressing RECORDING
START/STOP and the actual start of recording. If you
secure the camcorder, you (or whomever is operating the
camcorder) can enter the scene before recording starts.
1MIN
1/2S
Rec Time Indicator
NOTE:
Make sure the camcorder is in the Record-Standby mode
before performing the following steps.
MENU +
1
NEAR
2
FAR
–
3
4
Tally lamp
GAIN UP
TELE MACRO
INTERVAL TIMER
REC TIME
JLIP ID NO.
SET CHARACTER
DATE/TIME
5MIN
1/2S
1MIN
1/4S
30S
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position
except AUTO LOCK, then press MENU.
SET INTERVAL TIME
Press – or + to move the highlight bar down to
“INTERVAL TIMER”, then press FAR or NEAR to
cycle through the choices. Stop when the desired
time appears. Choose from “15S”, “30S”, “1MIN”,
“5MIN”, or select to turn the function “OFF”.
CLOSE MENU
Press MENU.
START DELAYED RECORDING
Press RECORDING START/STOP. The tally lamp
begins blinking, and the blinking frequency
increases about 5 seconds before recording is to
start. Once recording begins, the lamp stops
blinking but stays lit.
To Release Self-Timer . . .
..... while the tally lamp is blinking, press RECORDING
START/STOP to stop the blinking, then set
“INTERVAL TIMER” to “OFF”.
S.LX
OFF
OFF
OFF
07
END :MENU KEY
1S
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
OFF
15S
OFF
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Animation
Time-Lapse
Give stationary scenes or objects an illusion of
movement. This function allows you to shoot a
series of pictures, each slightly different, of the same
object for a brief period of time.
You can record sequentially at preset time spans.
Leaving the camcorder aimed at a specific subject,
you can record subtle changes over an extended
period of time.
NOTE:
NOTE:
Make sure the camcorder is in the Record-Standby
mode and the recording mode is set to “SP” before
performing the following steps.
Make sure the camcorder is in the Record-Standby
mode and the recording mode is set to “SP” before
performing the following steps.
1
2
3
4
5
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any
position except AUTO LOCK, then press
MENU.
1
SET RECORDING TIME
Press – or + to move the highlight bar down to
“REC TIME”, then press FAR or NEAR to cycle
through the choices. Stop when the desired
time appears. Choose from “1/4S”, “1/2S”,
“1S”, or select to turn the function “OFF”.
Then press MENU to close Menu screen.
2
START RECORDING
Press the Recording Start/Stop button after
focusing on the subject. The recording stops
automatically after the selected period of time.
ASSEMBLE SERIES OF
PICTURES
3
Repeat step 3 for the desired number of
pictures.
RELEASE ANIMATION MODE
Set “REC TIME” in the Menu screen to “OFF”.
4
NOTES:
● For best results, make sure the camcorder is
secured when shooting in Animation or
Time-Lapse mode.
● Fade-in/out cannot be performed during
Animation or Time-Lapse shooting.
● Before performing other operations following
Animation or Time-Lapse recording, make sure
the Animation or Time-Lapse mode is deactivated.
5
ACCESS MENU SCREEN
Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any
position except AUTO LOCK, then press
MENU.
SET INTERVAL BETWEEN
RECORDINGS
Press – or + to move the highlight bar down to
“INTERVAL TIMER”, then press FAR or NEAR
to cycle through the choices. Stop when the
desired time appears. Choose from “15S”,
“30S”, “1MIN”, “5MIN”, or select to turn the
function “OFF”.
SET RECORDING TIME
Press – or + to move the highlight bar down to
“REC TIME”, then press FAR or NEAR to cycle
through the choices. Stop when the desired
time appears. Choose from “1/4S”, “1/2S”,
“1S”, or select to turn the function “OFF”.
Then press MENU to close Menu screen.
START TIME-LAPSE
RECORDING
Press the Recording Start/Stop button.
Recording and intervals alternate
automatically.
RELEASE TIME-LAPSE MODE
To release when the tally lamp is not blinking,
set “REC TIME” and “INTERVAL TIMER” in the
Menu screen to “OFF”. To release when the
tally lamp is blinking, press the Recording
Start/Stop button to stop the blinking, then set
“INTERVAL TIMER” and “REC TIME” in the
Menu screen to “OFF”.
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PLAYBACK Using The Cassette Adapter
Cassette Adapter (VHS PlayPak)
Use this to play back a VHS-C video cassette recorded
with this camcorder. It is fully compatible with any VHS
video cassette recorder. The C-P7U adapter is battery
powered and automatically performs tape loading and
unloading.
+
1
VCR
Compartment door
2
3
4
Sliding latch
Compact video cassette
Slide the battery cover up to remove it, and install
one “AA(R6)” size battery as shown in the
illustration at left. Then reattach the cover.
INSERT CASSETTE IN ADAPTER
Slide the latch to open the adapter compartment
door, then insert the cassette and close the
compartment door.
PLAY BACK ON CONNECTED VCR
Load the cassette adapter into the VCR and play the
tape back as you would any other.
REMOVE CASSETTE FROM
ADAPTER
Slide the latch and the compartment door opens
automatically. Then insert your finger in the hole on
the underside of the adapter as shown in the
illustration at left, push up and remove the cassette.
NOTES:
Reels
Recording safety hole
INSERT BATTERY
● During tape loading and unloading, do not touch the
reels for safety and tape protection.
● During special-effect playback (slow motion, still
frame, etc.), the picture may vibrate or noise bars may
appear on the screen.
● To record on a VCR using a compact cassette and the
adapter, cover the adapter’s recording safety hole with
adhesive tape.
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PLAYBACK Basic Connections
There are three basic types of connections. When making
the connections, refer also to your VCR and TV
instruction manuals.
Connection To A VCR [A]
(Editing, Dubbing and Playback)
NOTE:
When
connecting the
cables, open
the jack cover.
A
Use the optional Audio and Video cables.
To AUDIO and
VIDEO connectors
1
Audio and Video
cables (optional)
B
To AUDIO and
VIDEO IN
connectors
2
VCR
3
Antenna
CONNECT CAMCORDER TO VCR
As shown in the illustration at left, connect the
optional Audio and Video cables between the
AUDIO and VIDEO connectors on the camcorder
and those on the VCR.
SUPPLY POWER
Turn on the camcorder, the VCR and the TV.
SELECT MODE
Set the VCR to its AUX input mode, and set the TV
to its VIDEO mode.
Connection To A TV With A/V Input
Connectors [B] (Playback ONLY)
NOTE:
Use the optional Audio and Video cables.
To AUDIO,
VIDEO and RF DC
OUT connectors
1
RF unit RF-V5U
(optional)
NOTES:
● It is recommended to use the AC Power
Adapter/Charger as the power supply instead
of the battery pack.
● To monitor the picture and sound from the
camcorder without inserting a tape, set the
camcorder’s Power switch to “CAMERA”,
then set your TV to the appropriate input
mode.
● If you have a TV or speakers that are not
specially shielded, do not place the speakers
adjacent to the TV as interference will occur
in the camcorder playback picture.
2
CONNECT CAMCORDER TO TV
As shown in the illustration at left, connect the
optional Audio and Video cables between the
AUDIO and VIDEO connectors on the camcorder
and those on the TV.
SELECT MODE
Set the TV to its VIDEO or AV mode (as specified in
its instructions).
Connection To A TV With NO A/V Input
Connectors (Playback ONLY)
NOTE:
Use the optional RF-V5U RF unit.
* Refer to the RF-V5U instruction manual for connection
procedure.
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PLAYBACK Basic Playback
PLAY/PAUSE
REW FF
NOTE:
Make sure you connect your camcorder as directed in
“Basic Connections” (Z pg. 31).
1
STOP
2
3
4
LOAD A CASSETTE
Slide EJECT to open the cassette holder, then insert
the cassette with the label facing out. Press PUSH to
ensure the holder is closed and locked.
SELECT MODE
Set the Power switch to “PLAY”. The Power On
indicator lights.
PLAYBACK
Press PLAY/PAUSE. The playback picture appears in
the viewfinder and the connected TV.
STOP PLAYBACK
Press STOP.
Rewind or Fast-forward the tape
POWER
Recording mode indicator
SP
M-1:23:45
Tape counter
Tape running
indicator
4 : Playback
3 : Fast-Forward/
Forward Search
2 : Rewind/Reverse
Search
6 : Still Playback
Press REW to rewind, or FF to fast-forward the tape
during Stop mode.
NOTE:
The camcorder shuts off automatically after about 5
minutes in Stop mode or Still Playback mode. To turn on
again, set the Power switch to “POWER OFF”, then to
“PLAY”.
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PLAYBACK Features
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
NOTES:
+
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
–
COUNTER R/M
PLAY/PAUSE
NOTE:
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
STOP
OPERATION:
REW
FF
NOTE:
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
NOTES:
Manual Tracking
To eliminate noise bars that appear
on the screen during playback.
1) Press either +/– button as many
times as necessary for best picture.
● To reset TRACKING to the original
preset, press both + and – buttons
simultaneously.
● Manual Tracking may not work
with tapes recorded on other VCRs
or camcorders.
Still Playback
To pause during playback.
1) Press PLAY/PAUSE during
playback.
2) To resume normal playback, press
PLAY/PAUSE again.
Noise bars appear and pictures may
become monochrome during Still
Playback. This is normal.
Shuttle Search
To allow high-speed search in either
direction.
Forward Search
1) Press FF during playback.
Reverse Search
1) Press REW during playback.
Noise bars appear and pictures may
become monochrome or darken in
Shuttle Search. This is normal.
Counter Memory Function
To make it easier to locate a specific
tape segment.
1) Press COUNTER R/M and hold for
more than 2 seconds. The counter
resets to “0:00:00”.
2) Press COUNTER R/M. “M”
appears.
3) After recording or playback, press
STOP, then REW. The tape
automatically stops at or close to
0:00:00.
4) Press PLAY/PAUSE to start
playback.
● The counter memory functions in
the FF and REW modes.
● To disable Counter Memory
Function, press COUNTER R/M so
the “M” disappears.
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EDITING
Tape Dubbing
PLAY/PAUSE
Power switch
1
2
3
When connecting
the cables, open the
jack cover.
To AUDIO and
VIDEO OUT
connectors
4
5
Audio and Video
cable (optional)
To AUDIO and
VIDEO IN
connectors
VCR (Recording deck)
6
7
CONNECT EQUIPMENT
Following the illustration at left, connect the
camcorder and the VCR.
PREPARE FOR DUBBING
Set the camcorder’s Power switch to “PLAY”, turn
on the VCR’s power, and insert the appropriate
cassettes in the camcorder and the VCR.
SELECT VCR MODE
Engage the VCR’s AUX and Record-Pause modes.
FIND EDIT-IN POINT
Engage the camcorder’s Play mode to find a spot
just before the edit-in point. Once it’s reached, press
PAUSE on the camcorder.
START EDITING
Press PLAY on the camcorder and engage the VCR’s
Record mode.
STOP EDITING TEMPORARILY
Engage the VCR’s Record-Pause mode and press
PAUSE on the camcorder.
EDIT MORE SEGMENTS
Repeat steps 4 through 6 for additional editing, then
stop the VCR and camcorder when finished.
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Random Assemble Editing
[R.A.Edit]
SET REMOTE/VCR CODE
Create edited videos easily using your
camcorder as the source player. You can select
up to 8 “cuts” for automatic editing, in any
order you like. R.A.Edit is more easily
performed when the optional RM-V700U MBR
(Multi-Brand Remote) is set to operate with
your brand of VCR (see VCR CODE LIST), but
can also be performed by operating the VCR
manually.
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
MBR SET
VCR CTL
0
RM-V700U (optional)
Turn off the power to the VCR and point the remote
toward the VCR’s infrared sensor. Then, referring to
the VCR CODE LIST on the left, press and hold MBR
SET, and press button (A) and then (B).
•The code is automatically set once you release the
MBR SET button, and the VCR’s power comes on.
2
OPERATE THE VCR
Make sure the VCR’s power is on. Then, while
holding VCR CTL, press the button on the remote for
the desired function. The functions the remote can
control are PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, FF, REW and VCR
REC STBY (you don’t need to press VCR CTL for this
one).
You’re now ready to try Random Assemble Editing.
IMPORTANT
Although the MBR is compatible with JVC VCRs and
those of many other makers, it may not work with yours
or may offer limited functions.
NOTES:
VCR CODE LIST
VCR BRAND BUTTONS
NAME
(A) (B)
GE
1 1
9 2
9 `
9 4
HITACHI
6 6
6 3
JVC A
9 1
9 6
B
9 3
C
MAGNAVOX
9 5
1 1
7 1
7 6
MITSUBISHI
6 7
6 8
NEC
3 7
3 8
PHILIPS
1 9
9 5
1 1
9 4
9 1
9 6
SET REMOTE TO OPERATE VCR
VCR BRAND BUTTONS
NAME
(A) (B)
PHILIPS
1 2
3 3
PANASONIC
1 3
1 7
1 1
9 4
1 8
RCA
9 2
9 4
6 6
6 3
9 `
SANYO
3 6
3 5
SHARP
1 5
1 `
SONY
6 5
6 `
3 9
3 1
TOSHIBA
6 9
6 1
ZENITH
1 6
● If the VCR’s power doesn’t come on in step 1, try
another code from the VCR CODE LIST.
● Some brands of VCR don’t come on automatically. In
this case, turn the power on manually and try step 2.
● If the RM-V700U is not able to control the VCR, use
the controls on the VCR.
● The RM-V700U cannot be used to operate the
GR-AX420/AX220.
MAKE CONNECTIONS
CONNECT TO . . .
1
A
JVC VCR EQUIPPED WITH REMOTE
PAUSE TERMINAL
Connect the editing cable to the Remote PAUSE
terminal.
B
JVC VCR NOT EQUIPPED WITH REMOTE
PAUSE TERMINAL
Connect the editing cable to the R.A.EDIT
connector.
C
NON-JVC VCR WITH NEITHER
Connect the editing cable to the RM-V700U’s
Pause-In jack.
All other connections are as shown in the illustration
on page 36.
CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
36
EDITING (cont.)
REW/FF
STOP
2
CANCEL
IN/OUT
R.A. EDIT
PLAY/PAUSE
3
PREPARE CAMCORDER
Insert a recorded tape and set the Power switch to
“PLAY”.
PREPARE VCR
Turn the power on, insert a recordable tape and
engage the AUX mode (refer to VCR’s instructions).
SELECT SCENES
1
Open the cover
To AUDIO
and VIDEO
out connectors
Audio and
Video cable
(optional)
To AUDIO
and VIDEO IN
connectors
To J terminal
(JLIP)
2
Editing cable
(optional, 3.5ø
mini-plug cable)
A B
To Remote
PAUSE
3
C
To
PauseIn
VCR (Recording deck)
5
RM-V700U
(optional)
OUT
0:00:25
0:00:00
IN
1 0:00:25
2 0:03:18
3 0:02:33
© 4 0:04:11
5
6
7
8
COUNTER
TOTAL
Press PLAY/PAUSE, then press R.A. EDIT and the
counter display appears in the viewfinder and the
screen of the connected TV.
REGISTER BEGINNING OF SCENE
Press REW or FF to locate the beginning of a scene
you want, then press IN/OUT to register that point.
The data appears under IN on the display.
REGISTER END OF SCENE
Press REW or FF to locate the end of the scene and
press IN/OUT to register it. The data appears under
OUT on the display. The total time of the registered
scene(s) is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
REGISTER ADDITIONAL SCENES
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each additional scene
(as many as 8).
MAKE CORRECTIONS
Press CANCEL during steps 2 and 3 to erase the
most recently registered point.
NOTES:
IN/OUT
CANCEL
VCR REC STBY
ON/OFF
IN
© 1 0:00:25
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
COUNTER
TOTAL
4
ACCESS R.A. EDIT COUNTER
DISPLAY
OUT
0:01:05
0:03:31
0:02:53
0:04:11
0:01:13
● For GR-AX720 only: The RM-V700U can be used to
operate other camcorder functions as well. Point the
RM-V700U at the camcorder’s remote sensor and press
any of the following buttons (function apears in
parentheses):
— ON/OFF (camcorder R.A. EDIT)
— IN/OUT (camcorder IN/OUT)
— CANCEL (camcorder CANCEL)
● There must be at least one second between an in-point and
its corresponding out-point.
● To ensure correct operation, leave at least 15 seconds open
between scenes.
● Blank portions of tape cannot be registered as in-points or
out-points.
● If it takes more than 5 minutes to search for an in-point, the
VCR’s Record-Pause mode is cancelled and editing doesn’t
take place.
● Pressing R.A.EDIT clears all in- and out-points from
memory.
● Leave a small margin for error around each in-point to
ensure the scene is recorded in its entirety.
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AUTOMATIC EDITING TO VCR
ORIGINAL TAPE (camcorder)
1
IN
OUT
3
IN OUT
2
IN
OUT
1
2
EDITED TAPE (VCR)
EDIT
3
STOP
ENGAGE VCR’S RECORD–PAUSE
MODE
Point the remote control toward the VCR’s infrared
sensor and press VCR REC STBY, or manually
engage the VCR’s Record-Pause mode.
BEGIN AUTOMATIC EDITING
Press EDIT on the camcorder, and the previously
selected scenes are copied to the VCR in the
specified order.
END AUTOMATIC EDITING
When all selected scenes have been copied, the
camcorder and VCR enter the still or pause mode.
Press STOP on both units.
•When finished editing, be sure to disconnect the
editing cable and the audio/video cable.
NOTES:
● If you performed step 1 C on page 35 (“MAKE
CONNECTIONS”), keep the remote control pointed at
the VCR during editing.
● The on-screen display only appears while the
camcorder searches for each scene.
● There may be noise at in- or out-points on the edited
tape with certain VCRs.
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USING REMOTE CONTROL UNIT (GR-AX720 only)
The Full-Function Remote Control Unit can operate this camcorder from a distance as well as the basic
operations (PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, FF, and REW) of your VCR. This remote control unit makes additional
recording functions possible.
NOTE:
The remote controls cannot operate GR-AX420/AX220.
A
a
1
B
2
2
2
3
Installing The Battery
C
3
1
Lock hole
3
1
1
1
Release
tab
1
1
2
7
9
4
0
5
!
6
@
7
$
8
9
2
!
5
0
3
^
@
4
6
%
&
RM-V705U
(provided with GR-AX720)
Type
A
Type
B
Type
C
1
#
8
3
PULL OUT BATTERY
HOLDER
2
3
RM-V700U
(optional)
: Pull out by inserting a pointed
instrument into slot a .
: Pull out while sliding the lock
hole.
: Pinch the release tab and pull
out.
INSERT BATTERY
Making sure the plus (+) side is up, insert
the lithium battery (CR2025)* into the
battery holder.
REPLACE BATTERY HOLDER
Insert the battery holder into the remote
control unit, and push the holder until it
clicks into place.
* Read the caution concerning lithium
batteries (Z pg. 2).
FUNCTIONS
BUTTONS
1 Infrared beam
transmitting window
2 ZOOM (T/W) Buttons
3 PLAY Button
4 STOP Button
5 REW Button
6 INSERT Button
7 START/STOP Button
8 INT. TIME Button
9 REC TIME Button
0 PAUSE Button
! FF Button
@ A.DUB Button
# PAUSE IN Connector
$ MBR SET Button
% VISS Button
^ VCR CTL Button
& R.A.EDIT Buttons
# — & : RM-V700U only.
With the camcorder’s power switch
set to “CAMERA”.
With the camcorder’s power switch set
to “PLAY”.
Transmits the beam signal.
Zoom (invariable speed, Z pg. 15)
—
—
Retake (rewind)/Quick Review (Z pg. 16)
—
—
Playback start (Z pg. 32)
Stop ( Z pg. 32)
Rew/Rew Shuttle Search (Z pg. 32)
Insert Editing (Z pg. 40)
Functions same as the Recording Start/Stop button on the camcorder.
Self-Timer/Time-Lapse (Z pg. 39)
Animation/Time-Lapse (Z pg. 39)
—
Retake (forward) (Z pg. 16)
—
—
Pause (Z pg. 33)
FF/FF Shuttle Search (Z pg. 32)
—
Audio dubbing (Z pg. 41)
—
Z pg. 36
Z pg. 35
—
Index Code marking (Z pg. 39)
—
—
—
Z pg. 35
Z pg. 36
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FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
Transmitted beam
effective area
OPERATION:
15° 5m(16.4ft)
30
°
15°
Remote sensor
(GR-AX720 only)
30°
When using the remote control, be sure to
point it at the remote sensor. The above
illustration shows the approximate transmitted
beam effective area for indoor use.
The transmitted beam may not be effective or
may cause incorrect operation outdoors or
when the remote sensor is directly exposed to
sunlight or powerful lighting.
Index Code Marking
Interval
Timer Indicator
1MIN
1/2S
INDEX
Rec Time Indicator
Viewfinder
START/STOP
VISS
INT. TIME
REC TIME
NOTE:
FEATURE:
PURPOSE:
OPERATION:
RM-V700U
(optional)
OR
RM-V705U (provided
with GR-AX720 only)
NOTE:
Self-Timer, Animation and Time-Lapse
The remote control lets you set/release
Interval Timer and Rec Time functions
as well as the Menu screen.
Self-Timer
1) Set
Instead of performing steps 1 through 3
on pg. 28 (“Self-Timer”), press INT.
TIME on the remote control. Each time
INT. TIME is pressed, the Interval Timer
indicator appears, changing in the
following order: 15S, 30S, 1MIN, 5MIN
and No indication (off).
2) Release
Instead of setting “INTERVAL TIMER” to
“OFF” in the Menu, press INT. TIME on
the remote control until the Interval
Timer indicator disappears.
Animation
1) Set
Instead of performing steps 1 and 2 on
pg. 29 (“Animation”), press REC TIME
on the remote control. Each time REC
TIME is pressed, the Rec Time indicator
appears, changing in the following
order: 1/4S, 1/2S, 1S and No indication
(off).
2) Release
Instead of using the Menu in step 5 on
pg. 29, press REC TIME on the remote
control until the Rec Time indicator
disappears.
Time-Lapse
1) Set
Instead of performing steps 1 through 3
on pg. 29 (“Time-Lapse”), press INT.
TIME and REC TIME on the remote
control. Each time INT. TIME is
pressed, the Interval Timer indicator
appears, changing in the following
order: 15S, 30S, 1MIN, 5MIN and No
indication (off). Each time REC TIME is
pressed, the Rec Time indicator
appears, changing in the following
order: 1/4S, 1/2S, 1S and No indication
(off).
2) Release
Instead of using the Menu in step 5 on
pg. 29, press INT. TIME and REC TIME
on the remote control until the
indicators disappear.
Also refer to pgs. 28 and 29.
Index Code Marking (RM-V700U only)
To give you automatic access to any
selected point on a recording.
1) Press VISS once to place the index
code. “INDEX” blinks in the viewfinder
during marking.
If VISS is pressed during Record–
Standby mode, the mark is placed
where RECORDING START/STOP is
pressed.
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USING REMOTE CONTROL UNIT (GR-AX720 only) (cont.)
Insert Editing
COUNTER R/M
You can record a new scene into a previously recorded
tape, replacing a section of the original recording with
minimal picture distortion at the in- and out-points. The
original audio remains unchanged.
NOTE:
Use the RM-V705U or RM-V700U remote control unit to
perform this procedure.
1
2
POWER
Tape Counter
M-1:23:45
3
Insert editing
indicator
4
Viewfinder
5
6
START/STOP
REW
PLAY
PAUSE
REW
INSERT
RM-V700U
(optional)
OR
RM-V705U (provided
with GR-AX720 only)
7
SELECT MODE
Set the Power switch to “PLAY”.
FIND EDIT-OUT POINT
Play back the tape, locate the point and press
PAUSE on the camcorder or the remote control.
RESET COUNTER
Press and hold COUNTER R/M for more than
2 seconds to reset the tape counter, then press for
less than 1 second and make sure “M” appears in
the viewfinder.
FIND EDIT-IN POINT
Press REW to go a little beyond the beginning of the
scene you want to replace, press PLAY to view the
recorded tape, and press PAUSE at exactly at the
point where the new scene should start.
ENGAGE INSERT EDITING MODE
Press and hold INSERT, and without releasing
INSERT, press and release PAUSE. The Insert
mode is engaged, and the scene the camcorder is
aimed at appears on the screen.
BEGIN INSERT EDITING
Press RECORDING START/STOP. When the counter
reaches “0:00:00”, editing stops automatically and
the camcorder enters the Insert-Pause mode.
END INSERT EDITING
Press STOP.
NOTES:
● After step 5, Retake (Z pg. 16) can be performed.
● The tape may stop slightly before or after the
designated end point, and noise bars may appear.
Neither indicates a defect in the unit.
● Only video signal is recorded in the Insert Editing
mode.
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Audio dubbing indicator
Viewfinder
e
M-0:05:20
Audio Dubbing
You can record a new soundtrack on a prerecorded tape
(normal audio only).
** Perform steps 1, 2 and 3 of the Insert Editing procedure
(Z pg. 40) before continuing.
•The sound comes from the built-in mike.
1
2
Mike
3
REW
PLAY
PAUSE
REW
A. DUB
RM-V700U
(optional)
OR
RM-V705U (provided
with GR-AX720 only)
4
FIND EDIT-IN POINT
Press REW to go a little beyond the beginning of the
scene onto which you want to dub new audio, press
PLAY to view the recorded tape, then press PAUSE
at exactly the point where dubbing should start.
ENGAGE AUDIO DUB STANDBY
MODE
Press and hold A. DUB, and without releasing
A. DUB, press and release PAUSE.
BEGIN AUDIO DUBBING
Press PLAY. When the counter reaches “0:00:00”,
Audio Dubbing stops automatically and the
camcorder enters the Audio Dub-Standby mode.
END AUDIO DUBBING
Press STOP.
NOTES:
● Do not press FF or REW during Audio Dub-Standby, or
the edit points will not be accurate.
● If the mike is too close to the TV, or if the TV’s volume
is too high, whistling or howling may occur.
NOTES (for Insert Editing and
Audio Dubbing):
● Insert Editing and audio Dubbing may not work
correctly if the tape contains blank segments, or if the
recording speed was changed during the original
recording.
● To edit/dub onto a tape with the recording safety tab
removed, cover the hole with adhesive tape.
● Do not press STOP during Insert Editing or Audio
Dubbing, or the edit points will not be accurate.
● During Insert Editing and Audio Dubbing, when Insert–
Pause or Audio Dub–Standby is engaged, the counter
may go slightly past “0:00:00”. Recording, however,
stops at exactly 0:00:00.
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USER MAINTENANCE
LENS COVER
open/close switch
Set to “POWER OFF”
BATT. RELEASE
EJECT
After Use
1
2
3
4
5
Remove
Slide EJECT to open the cassette holder, then remove
the cassette.
Close and lock the cassette holder by pressing
PUSH.
Press BATT. RELEASE to remove the battery pack.
Slide the LENS COVER open/close switch to close
the lens cover.
Cleaning The Camcorder
1
PUSH
Set the Power switch to “POWER OFF” to turn off
the camcorder.
2
CLEAN EXTERIOR
Wipe gently with a soft cloth.
CLEAN LENS
Blow it with a blower brush, then wipe gently with
lens cleaning paper.
CLEAN VIEWFINDER
3 12
Turn the eyepiece counterclockwise and pull it
out.
Remove dust using a blower brush.
3 Align the marks, re-attach the eyepiece and turn
it clockwise.
NOTES:
Marks
● Avoid using strong cleaning agents such as benzine or
alcohol.
● Cleaning should be done only after the battery pack
has been removed or other power units have been
disconnected.
● Mold may form if the lens is left dirty.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
SYMPTOM
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S)
POWER
No power is supplied.
● The battery pack has not been attached correctly
( Z pg. 8).
● The battery pack is not charged (Z pg. 8).
● The power supply has not been correctly connected
( Z pg. 9).
The power suddenly goes off and
doesn’t come back on by itself.
● The battery pack has completely discharged.
● Remove the cassette and disconnect the power source,
then after a few minutes, try turning the power back on. If
it still doesn’t come on, consult your nearest JVC dealer.
RECORDING
Recording cannot be performed.
● The recording tape’s Erase Protection tab is missing.
Cover the hole with adhesive tape. (Some tapes have
sliding tabs. In this case, check the position of the tab.)
Recording does not start.
● The camcorder Power switch has not been set to
“CAMERA” (Z pg. 14).
PLAYBACK
The tape is running, but there’s no
playback picture.
● The TV has not been set to its VIDEO mode or channel.
● If A/V connection is used, the TV’s VIDEO/TV switch has
not been set to VIDEO.
● The RF unit has not been set to the correct channel.
Noise bars appear in the playback
picture.
● Manual Tracking has not been performed (Z pg. 33).
Playback picture is blurred or
interrupted.
● The video heads are dirty or worn out. Consult your
nearest JVC dealer for head cleaning or replacement.
The counter indication is blurred
during Still playback.
● This is normal.
TAPE TRANSPORT
The tape stops during fast-forward or
rewind.
● The Counter Memory Function has been activated
( Z pg. 33).
Rewinding or fast-forwarding cannot
be performed.
● The tape is already fully wound on one reel or the other.
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TROUBLESHOOTING (cont.)
SYMPTOM
POSSIBLE CAUSE(S)
OTHER
The tape won’t eject.
● The battery pack is running low.
Some functions are not available.
● The PROGRAM AE select dial is set to “AUTO LOCK”.
Vertical white lines appear when
shooting a very bright object.
● This sometimes occurs when the contrast between the
background and the object is great. It is not a defect of
the camcorder.
Bright, crystal-shaped spots appear
in the viewfinder.
● Sunlight is directly entering the lens.
The picture is blurred in the Quick
Review or Retake mode.
● This is normal while recording in the EP mode. Some noise
may be present while recording in the SP mode (Z pg. 12).
An error number (i.e. E03) appears
in the viewfinder.
● Turn the camcorder’s power off, then disconnect the
power source. After a few minutes, try turning the power
on again. If the error number still appears in the viewfinder, consult your nearest JVC dealer.
The image is out of focus.
● The diopter needs to be adjusted (Z pg. 10).
● The scene being shot is adversely affecting the operation
of Auto Focus ( Z pg. 20).
A character generator title and the
date and time displays disappear
from the viewfinder.
● If you remove the power source from the camcorder while
the power is on, all settings and selections are erased.
Make sure to turn the camcorder’s power off before
disconnecting the power source.
Even though the Lens Cover is open,
the Lens Cover Warning indicator
blinks.
● The Lens Cover Warning indicator may blink when the
camcorder is used in dark areas, regardless of the position
of the Lens Cover.
The camcorder is a microcomputer-controlled device. External noise and interference (from a TV, a radio,
etc.) might prevent it from functioning properly. In such cases, first disconnect its power supply unit
(battery pack, AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger, etc.) and clock battery; and then re-connect it and
proceed as usual from the beginning.
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INDEX Viewfinder
1 23
8
9
0
18MIN
REC SP
4
5
DISP.
SEPIA
LENS COVER
FADE
!
@
#
$
6 7
T30
– 05
MWB
P AUSE
1MIN
1/2S
INDEX
TAPE END
MERRY CHR ISTMAS
DEC 25. 97
AM 10 : 24
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^
&
*
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q
w
e
Viewfinder Indications
1 Cassette Warning/Remaining
Tape Time ........................................... Z pg. 14
When no cassette is inserted or when Erase
Protection tab is not in the position that allows
recording, the Cassette ( )Warning blinks.
Otherwise, the Remaining Tape Time is
displayed.
2 Recording Mode (SP/EP) Indicator ...... Z pg. 12
3 , 9 PROGRAM AE Indicator ................ Z pg. 18
4
5
6
7
8
0
!
@
#
$
Displayed at 3 for approx. 1 second when the
PROGRAM AE select dial is switched from one
position to another. Then only the indicator
remains at 9.
Program Manager Function
Indication ........................................... Z pg. 22
Appears when the PROGRAM AE select dial is
set to any position other than AUTO LOCK.
Lens Cover Warning ........................... Z pg. 14
Tape Length Display ........................... Z pg. 12
Zoom Level Indicator .......................... Z pg. 15
Recording Indicator ............................ Z pg. 14
Fade–Standby Indicator ...................... Z pg. 22
Interval Time/Recording
Time Indicator ..................................... Z pg. 28
Record–Standby Mode Indicator ......... Z pg. 14
Instant Title Display ............................ Z pg. 23
Date/Time Character Display .............. Z pg. 24
% Battery Pack Remaining Power Indicator
Changes as follows according to the battery pack’s
remaining power level: “
”.
When the power is almost gone, the indicator
blinks, then the unit shuts off. Replace the
battery pack with a fully charged one.
(Note: The symbol containing 3 darkened
squares —
— does not necessarily mean
that the battery pack is fully charged.)
^ Focus Indicator ................................... Z pg. 20
& Exposure Level Indicator ..................... Z pg. 19
* White Balance Mode Indicator ........... Z pg. 25
( Menu Setting Change Indicator ........... Z pg. 26
) Index Code Marking ........................... Z pg. 39
q Clock Warning
Displayed for about 5 seconds if the clock
(lithium) battery is not in place or is exhausted
when power is turned on. Also displayed for
about 5 seconds when clock battery becomes
exhausted while using the camcorder.
For inserting or replacing the clock
battery ................................................ Z pg. 10
w Condensation Warning
When this indication appears, all functions are
disabled. Turn the unit off (without removing the
power source) for a few hours, and when you
turn it on again the indicator should disappear.
e Tape End Display ................................ Z pg. 14
Appears when the end of the tape is reached
during playback, recording or fast-forward.
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INDEX Controls
1
2
67890!
@
3
#
$
4 5
q
% ^ & *( )
Controls
1 Diopter Adjustment ............................ Z pg. 10
2 Power Zoom Lever ............................ Z pg. 15
3 BATT. [Battery] RELEASE Switch ......... Z pg. 8
4 Recording Start/Stop Button ................ Z pg. 14
5 POWER Switch .................................. Z pg.14,32
6 STOP Button ...................................... Z pg. 32
7 Tape Length [T20•30•40]
@ REW Button ....................................... Z pg. 32
8
9
•Exposure +/– ................................... Z pg. 19
•Focus FAR/NEAR ............................. Z pg. 20
•Menu Setting Change ....................... Z pg. 26
•Tracking +/– .................................... Z pg. 33
) PUSH Button ..................................... Z pg. 12
q EJECT Switch ...................................... Z pg. 12
0
!
Select Button ...................................... Z pg. 12
COUNTER R [Reset]/M [Memory]
Button ................................................ Z pg. 33
EDIT Button ....................................... Z pg. 37
Recording Mode [SP/EP] Select
Button ................................................ Z pg. 12
R.A.EDIT CANCEL Button ................... Z pg. 36
R.A.EDIT Button ................................. Z pg. 36
R.A.EDIT IN/OUT Button .................... Z pg. 36
RETAKE R [Quick Review] Button ....... Z pg. 16
# FF Button ........................................... Z pg. 32
RETAKE F Button ................................
Z pg. 16
$ PLAY/PAUSE Button ........................... Z pg. 32
% SELECT Button ................................... Z pg. 22
^ SET Button ......................................... Z pg. 22
& MENU Button .................................... Z pg. 26
* PROGRAM AE Select Dial .................. Z pg. 18
( Multi-Function Control
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W E
R T
Y
o
p
u
w Q
O
e Ir ty i
U
Connectors
Other Parts
w J terminal (JLIP (Joint Level Interface Protocol)
o Video Light (GR-AX720 only) .............. Z pg. 17
p • Camera sensor
Connector.)
(Located beneath the jack cover)
• Connect the Editing Cable when performing
Random Assemble Editing ( Z pg. 36).
•It is used to connect the camcorder to a device
such as a personal computer.
For further detail consult your nearest JVC
dealer. Information (in English) is also available
at our home page: http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/
e DC IN Jack ......................................... Z pg. 9
The jacks r to y are located beneath the jack
cover.
r VIDEO OUT Jack ............................... Z pg. 31
t RF DC OUT Jack ................................ Z pg. 31
y AUDIO OUT Jack .............................. Z pg. 31
Indicators
u Tally Lamp ......................................... Z pg. 14
i Power On Indicator ........................... Z pg. 14
Q
W
E
R
T
Y
U
I
O
Be careful not to cover this area; built-in
here is the sensor necessary for shooting.
• Remote sensor (GR-AX720 only) ...... Z pg. 39
Microphone ....................................... Z pg. 41
Shoulder Strap Eyelets ........................ Z pg. 13
Clock Battery Compartment ................ Z pg. 10
Battery Pack Mount ........................... Z pg. 8
Electronic Viewfinder ......................... Z pg. 10
LENS COVER Switch ......................... Z pg. 14
Grip Strap .......................................... Z pg. 13
VIDEO LIGHT ON/AUTO/OFF Switch
(GR-AX720 only) ............................... Z pg. 17
Tripod Mounting Socket ...................... Z pg. 13
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INDEX Terms
A
N
AC Power Adapter .................................. pg. 8
Animation Recording .............................. pg. 29, 39
Audio Dubbing ....................................... pg. 41
Auto Date Record ................................... pg. 24
Auto Focus ............................................. pg. 20
Auto Mode Lock Mode ........................... pg. 18
Auto Mode Release Mode ....................... pg. 18
ND Effect Mode ...................................... pg. 18
B
Battery Pack ............................................ pg. 8, 49
Brighten the Image .................................. pg. 19
C
Car Battery .............................................. pg. 9
Cassette Adapter ..................................... pg. 30
Character Generator ............................... pg. 23
Charge Marker ........................................ pg. 8
Charging the Battery Pack ........................pg. 8
Clock (Lithium) Battery ........................... pg. 10, 38
Connection to a VCR/TV ........................ pg. 31
Contents ................................................. pg. 7
Counter Memory .................................... pg. 33
D
Darken the Image ................................... pg. 19
Date/Time/Character Insert ...................... pg. 24
Date/Time Setting ................................... pg. 11
Discharge the Battery pack ...................... pg. 8
Diopter Adjust ........................................ pg. 10
E
Electronic Fog Filter Mode ....................... pg. 18
Erase Protection ...................................... pg. 12
Exposure Control .................................... pg. 19
P
Playback ................................................. pg. 32
Program AE with Special Effects ............... pg. 18
Provided Accessories .............................. pg. 6
Q
Quick Review ......................................... pg. 16
R
Random Assemble Editing ....................... pg. 35–37
Recording, Advanced Features ................ pg. 18–29
Recording ............................................... pg. 14
Recording, Start/Stop .............................. pg. 14
Recording Mode Setting ......................... pg. 12
Recording-Standby ................................. pg. 14
Remote Control Unit ............................... pg. 38
Remove Cassette..................................... pg. 12
Retake ..................................................... pg. 16
Rewind Tape ........................................... pg. 32
S
Self-Timer ............................................... pg. 28, 39
Sepia Mode ............................................ pg. 19
Shoulder Strap Attachment ...................... pg. 13
Shuttle Search ......................................... pg. 33
Specifications ......................................... pg. 51
Sports Mode ........................................... pg. 19
Still Playback .......................................... pg. 33
T
Fade-in/out ............................................. pg. 22
Fast-Forward Tape ................................... pg. 32
Focus Lock ............................................. pg. 20
Tape Counter ..........................................
Tape Dubbing .........................................
Tape Length Setting .................................
Time-Lapse Shooting ...............................
Tracking ..................................................
Tripod Mounting .....................................
Twilight Mode .........................................
G
V
Grip Adjustment ..................................... pg. 13
Video Light ............................................. pg. 17
Viewfinder Adjustment ........................... pg. 10
Viewfinder, Indications ........................... pg. 45
F
H
High Speed Shutter Mode ........................pg. 19
I
Index Code Marking ............................... pg. 39
Insert Cassette ......................................... pg. 12
Insert Editing ........................................... pg. 40
Instant Titles ............................................ pg. 23
M
Manual Focus ......................................... pg. 21
MBR code Setting ................................... pg. 35
pg. 32
pg. 34
pg. 12
pg. 29, 39
pg. 33
pg. 13
pg. 19
W
White Balance Adjustment ...................... pg. 25
Wide Mode ............................................. pg. 22
Z
Zooming ................................................. pg. 15
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CAUTIONS
DANGER:
Video Light
• The video light becomes extremely hot. Do not touch it
either while in operation or soon after turning it off,
otherwise serious injury may result.
• Do not place the camcorder into the carrying case
immediately after using the video light, since it remains
extremely hot.
• When operating, keep a distance of about 30 cm
(1 ft.) between the video light and people or object.
• Do not use near flammable or explosive materials.
When using the AC Power Adapter/Charger in
areas other than the USA
n The provided AC Power Adapter/Charger features
automatic voltage selection in the AC range from 110 V
to 240 V.
USING HOUSEHOLD AC PLUG ADAPTER
In case of connecting the unit’s power cord to an
AC wall outlet other than American National
Standard C73 series type use an AC plug adapter,
called a “Siemens Plug”, as shown.
For this AC plug adapter, consult your nearest JVC
dealer.
Plug adapter
INFORMATION
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.
Change or modifications not approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested
and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
General Battery Precautions
•When the C-P6U or C-P7U (cassette adapter) are
not functioning even when correctly operated, the
batteries are exhausted. Replace them with fresh
ones.
•Use only the following batteries:
C-P6U or C-P7U .................... AA (R6) size
Please make note of the following rules for battery
use. When misused, batteries can leak or explode.
1. Refer to the C-P6U/C-P7U instructions when
replacing batteries.
2. Do not use old and new batteries together.
3. Do not use two different kinds of batteries.
Although sizes may be the same, voltages may
differ.
4. Do not expose batteries to excessive heat as they
can leak or explode.
5. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire.
6. Remove batteries from the unit if it is to be stored
for an extended period to avoid battery leakage
which can cause malfunctions.
Battery Packs
The supplied battery pack is a
nickel-cadmium battery. Before using
the supplied battery pack or an
optional battery pack, be sure to read
the following cautions:
1. To avoid hazard . . .
....
....
....
....
do not burn.
do not short-circuit the terminals.
do not modify or disassemble.
use only specified chargers.
Terminals
2. To prevent damage and prolong service
life . . .
.... do not subject to unnecessary shock.
.... avoid repeated charging without fully
discharging.
.... charge in an environment where
temperatures are within the tolerances shown
in the chart below. This is a chemical
reaction type battery—cooler temperatures
impede chemical reaction, while warmer
temperatures can prevent complete charging.
.... store in a cool, dry place. Extended exposure
to high temperatures will increase natural
discharge and shorten service life.
.... avoid prolonged uncharged storage.
.... remove from charger or powered unit when
not in use, as some machines use current
even when switched off.
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3. To prevent damage to the camcorder . . .
.... replace the battery pack when it begins to
deliver less recording time per charge.
NOTE:
It is normal for the battery pack to be warm after
charging, or after use.
Temperature Range Specifications
Charging ................................... 10°C to 35°C
Operation ................................. 0°C to 40°C
Storage ...................................... –10°C to 30°C
NOTES:
● Recharging time is based on room temperature of
20°C.
● The lower the temperature, the longer recharging
takes.
Cassettes
To properly use and store your cassettes, be sure to
read the following cautions:
1. During use . . .
.... make sure the cassette bears the VHS-C
mark.
.... be aware that recording onto prerecorded
tapes automatically erases the previously
recorded video and audio signals.
.... make sure the cassette is positioned properly
when inserting.
.... do not load and unload the cassette
repeatedly without allowing the tape to run
at all. This slackens the tape and can result in
damage.
.... do not open the front tape cover. This
exposes the tape to fingerprints and dust.
2. Store cassettes . . .
.... away from heaters or other heat sources.
.... out of direct sunlight.
.... where they won’t be subject to unnecessary
shock or vibration.
.... where they won’t be exposed to strong
magnetic fields (such as those generated by
motors, transformers or magnets).
.... vertically, in their original cases.
Main Unit
1. For safety, DO NOT . . .
.... open the camcorder’s chassis.
.... disassemble or modify the unit.
.... short-circuit the terminals of the battery pack.
Keep it away from metallic objects when not
in use.
.... allow inflammables, water or metallic objects
to enter the unit.
.... remove the battery pack or disconnect the
power supply while the power is on.
.... leave the battery pack attached when the
camcorder is not in use.
CAUTIONS (cont.)
2. Avoid using the unit . . .
.... in places subject to excessive humidity or
dust.
.... in places subject to soot or steam such as
near a cooking stove.
.... in places subject to excessive shock or
vibration.
.... near a television set.
.... near appliances generating strong magnetic
or electric fields (speakers, broadcasting
antennas, etc.).
.... in places subject to extremely high (over
40°C or 104°F) or extremely low (under 0°C
or 32°F) temperatures.
3. DO NOT leave the unit . . .
.... in places of over 50°C (122°F).
.... in places where humidity is extremely low
(below 35%) or extremely high (above 80%).
.... in direct sunlight.
.... in a closed car in summer.
.... near a heater.
4. To protect the unit, DO NOT . . .
.... allow it to become wet.
.... drop the unit or strike it against hard objects.
.... subject it to shock or excessive vibration
during transportation.
.... keep the lens directed at extremely bright
objects for long periods.
.... direct the eyepiece of the viewfinder at the
sun.
.... carry it by holding the viewfinder.
.... swing it excessively when using the shoulder
strap.
5. This camcorder features a built-in head
cleaner which automatically cleans the
heads and head drum when a cassette is
loaded or unloaded. If, however, the heads
become dirty and cause blurriness or
interruption in the playback picture,
consult your nearest JVC dealer.
About moisture condensation . . .
•You have observed that pouring a cold liquid into
a glass will cause drops of water to form on the
glass‘ outer surface. This same phenomenon
occurs on the head drum of a camcorder when it
is moved from a cool place to a warm place, after
heating a cold room, under extremely humid
conditions or in a place directly subjected to the
cool air from an air conditioner.
•Moisture on the head drum can cause severe
damage to the video tape, and can lead to internal
damage to the camcorder itself.
Serious malfunctioning
If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit
immediately and consult your local JVC dealer.
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SPECIFICATIONS
GENERAL
VIDEO
Format
: VHS NTSC standard
Power source
: DC 6V }
Power consumption
GR-AX720 Light on : 8.5 W
GR-AX720 Light off/
GR-AX420
: 5.5 W
GR-AX220
: 5.3 W
Signal system
: NTSC-type
Video recording system
Luminance
: FM recording
Color
: Converted sub-carrier
direct recording
Conforms to VHS
standard
cassette
Cassette
:
Tape speed
SP
: 33.35 mm/sec.
(1-5/16 ips)
EP
: 11.12 mm/sec. (7/16 ips)
Recording time (max.)
SP
: 40 minutes
EP
: 120 minutes
(with TC-40 cassette)
Operating temperature : 0°C to +40°C
(32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity
: 35% to 80%
Storage temperature
: –20°C to +50°C
(–4°F to 122°F)
Weight
GR-AX720
: Approx. 820 g (1.8 lbs)
GR-AX420
: Approx. 815 g (1.8 lbs)
GR-AX220
: Approx. 830 g (1.8 lbs)
Dimensions
(Including viewfinder)
GR-AX720/AX420 : 112 (W) x 112 (H) x
208 (D) mm (4-7/16” x
4-7/16” x 8-1/4”)
GR-AX220
: 112 (W) x 112 (H) x
229 (D) mm (4-7/16” x
4-7/16” x 9-1/16”)
Output
CAMERA
Pick up
Lens
Viewfinder
White balance
adjustment
: 1/4” format CCD
: F1.6, f = 3.8 to 68.4 mm,
18:1 power zoom lens
with auto iris and macro
control, filter diameter
46 mm
: Electronic viewfinder
with
•0.55” color LCD
(GR-AX720/AX420)
•0.5” B/W CRT
(GR-AX220)
: Auto/Manual adjustment
: 1 Vp-p, 75 ohms,
unbalanced (via VIDEO
out connector)
AUDIO
Output
: –8 dBs, 1 k-ohm
(via AUDIO out
connector)
AC POWER ADAPTER/BATTERY CHARGER
(AA-V11U)
Power requirement
U.S.A. and Canada : AC 120 V`, 60 HZ
Other countries
: AC 110 V to 240 V`,
50/60 Hz
Power consumption
: 23 W
Output
Charge
: DC 8.5 V }, 1.3 A
VTR
: DC 6.3 V }, 1.8 A
Charging system
: Constant current, peak
detection, timer
controlled
Dimensions
: 150 (W) x 42 (H) x
68 (D) mm (5-15/16” x
1-11/16” x 2-11/16”)
Weight
: Approx. 320 g (0.71 lbs)
CASSETTE ADAPTER (C-P7U)
Dimensions
Weight
Accessory
: 188 (W) x 25 (H) x
104 (D) mm (7-7/16” x 1”
x 4-1/8”)
: Approx. 240 g (0.53 lbs)
: “AA (R6)”-size battery x 1
Provided Accessories ...................... Z pg. 6
Optional Accessories
•Battery Packs BN-V12U, BN-V22U, BN-V25U
•Car Battery Charger BH-V3U
•Battery Charger BH-VC10U
•Car Battery Cord AP-V7U
•Battery Case CU-V170U
•RF Unit RF-V5U
•Compact VHS-C Cassettes TC-40/30/20
•Active Carrying Bag CB-V7U
•Wireless Remote Control Unit RM-V700U
The RM-V700U cannot be used to operate the
GR-AX420/AX220.
The GR-AX420/AX220 can use the RM-V700U
only for R.A. Edit with a non-JVC VCR.
Some acccessories are not available in some areas.
Please consult your nearest JVC dealer for details on
accessories and their availability.
Specifications shown are for SP mode unless
otherwise indicated. E. & O. E. Design and
specifications subject to change without notice.
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ESPAÑOL
Indicador CHG. (carga)
Marcas
Indicador
POWER
Al
tomacorriente
de alterna
Alimentación
Esta cámara de video posee un sistema de alimentación
de 4 vías que le permite seleccionar la fuente de
alimentación más apropiada.
NOTAS:
Indicador
END
● Sin alimentación no hay ninguna función disponible.
● Utilice exclusivamente la alimentación indicada.
● No utilice la unidades de alimentación suministradas con otro
equipo.
CARGA DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
Interruptor REFRESH
Indicador REFRESH
Enganche.
1
2
Empuje.
BATT. RELEASE
3
ALIMENTACION
Conecte el cordón de alimentación de CA del
cargador a un tomacorriente. Se encenderá la luz
delindicador de alimentación.
COLOCACION DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
Alinee las marcas y deslice el paquete de pilas en la
dirección de la flecha hasta que quede bloqueado
en su lugar.
Se enciende la luz indicadora CHG.
EXTRACCION DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
Cuando la carga está completa, se encenderá el
indicador END. Deslice el paquete de pilas en el
sentido opuesto al de la flecha.
Marcador de carga
**INDICADOR DE CARGA
Se ha suministrado un indicador de carga sobre el
paquete de pilas para ayudarle a recordar si ha sido
cargado o no. Los dos colores suministrados (rojo y
negro), le permiten seleccionar la carga y la
descarga.
**REFRESCADO
El adaptador de CA se caracteriza por la función
REFRESH que le permite descargar totalmente el
paquete de pilas antes de recargarlo.
Para descargar las pilas . . .
...... coloque el paquete de pilas en el adaptador
como se muestra en la ilustración de la
izquierda. Luego presione REFRESH. El
indicador REFRESH se enciende cuando se
inicia la descarga y se apaga cuando la descarga
ha terminado.
ATENCION:
Antes de desmontar la fuente de alimentación, asegúrese que la alimentación de la
cámara de video esté desconectada. El no
hacerlo puede producir una falla de
funcionamiento en la cámara de video.
PAQUETE
DE PILAS
BN-V11U
aprox. 1 h 10 m
BN-V12U
aprox. 1 h 10 m
aprox. 3 h 30 m
BN-V22U
aprox. 2 h 10 m.
aprox. 7 h
BN-V25U
aprox. 2 h 40 m
aprox. 10 h
CARGA
DESCARGA
aprox. 3 h 30 m
USO DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
1
2
COLOCACION DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
Enganche la parte superior del mismo en la cámara
de video y empuje el paquete de pilas hasta que se
bloquee en su lugar.
EXTRACCION DEL PAQUETE DE PILAS
Deslice BATT. RELEASE y extraiga el paquete de
pilas.
TIEMPO DE GRABACION APROXIMADO
PAQUETE DE PILAS
GR-AX720/AX420
GR-AX220
BN-V11U
1 h 10 m (40 m)
1 h 10 m
BN-V12U
BN-V22U
1 h 10 m (40 m)
2 h 20 m (1 h 25 m)
1 h 10 m
2 h 25 m
BN-V25U
3 h 5 m (1 h 55 m)
3 h 10 m
( ): cuando la luz de video está encendida.
(GR-AX720 exclusivamente)
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GUIA PARA OPERACION RAPIDA
Si la unidad comienza a funcionar mal, deje de usarla inmediatamente y consulte a su concesionario local de JVC.
ALIMENTACION
INSERCION DEL CASSETTE
DE VIDEO
1 Enganche.
EJECT (eyección)
1
2 Empuje.
BATT. RELEASE (extracción de la batería)
Utilización de la batería
1 Enganche el extremo superior de la batería
en la cámara de video. (Procedimiento para
carga: Z P. 8)
2 Empuje la batería hacia adentro hasta que
quede bloqueada en su lugar.
3
PUSH
(presione)
2
Inserte.
1 Deslice EJECT.
2 Inserte un cassette de video.
3 Presione PUSH.
(Por más detalles,
Z P. 12.)
Para extraer la batería
Deslice BATT. RELEASE y extraiga la batería.
REPRODUCCION
FILMACION
STOP (parada)
2 REW (rebobinado)
1
3
2
PLAY/PAUSE
(reproducción/
pausa)
1 Colóquelo en “PLAY”.
1 Ajuste el interruptor de alimentación en
“PLAY”.
2 Presione REW.
— La cinta se detiene automáticamente al
comienzo de la misma.
3 Presione PLAY/PAUSE.
— Comienza la reproducción y la imagen
aparece en el visor.
•Presione STOP para detener la grabación.
(Por más detalles, Z P. 32.)
n O simplemente reproduzca la cinta en un
VCR de VHS utilizando el adaptador de
cassette (VHS Playpak). Z P. 30.
Perilla de
abertura/cierre
LENS COVER
Colóquelo en “CAMERA”.
3
Botón para inicio/parada de grabación
1 Deslice la perilla de abertura/cierre LENS
COVER para abrir la tapa del objetivo.
2 Adjuste el interruptor de alimentación en
“CAMERA”.
— El indicador de alimentación se
encenderá y aparecerá una imagen en el
visor.
3 Presione el botón inicio/parada de
grabación.
— Comenzará la grabación.
•Para detener temporariamente la grabación,
presione nuevamente el botón de inicio/
parada de grabación.
(Por más detalles, Z P. 16.)
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FOR SERVICING (Only in U.S.A.)
HOW TO LOCATE YOUR JVC SERVICE CENTER
TOLL FREE: 1-800-252-5722
Dear customer:
In order to receive the most satisfaction from your purchase, read the instruction booklet before
operating the unit. In the event that repair is necessary, or for the address nearest your location,
please refer to the factory service center list below or within the Continental United States, call 1-800252-5722 for your authorized servicer. Remember to retain your Bill of Sale for Warranty Service.
— JVC
JVC SERVICE & ENGINEERING
COMPANY OF AMERICA
DIVISION OF US JVC CORP.
FACTORY SERVICE CENTER LOCATIONS
107 Little Falls Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004-2105
(201) 808-9279
1500 Lakes Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30243-5857
(770) 339-2522
705 Enterprise Street
Aurora, IL 60504-8149
(630) 851-7855
5665 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630-0024
(714) 229-8011
10700 Hammerly, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77043-2310
(713) 935-9331
2969 Mapunapuna Place
Honolulu, HI 96819-2040
(808) 833-5828
230 Eliot Street
Ashland, MA 01721-2377
(508) 881-5923
8190 West State Road 84
Davie, FL 33324
(954) 472-1960
890 Dubuque Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080-1804
(415) 871-2666
Sophisticated electronic products may require occasional service. Just as quality is a keyword in the
engineering and production of the wide array of JVC products, service is the key to maintaining the
high level performance for which JVC is world famous. The JVC service and engineering organization
stands behind our products.
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
JVC SERVICE & ENGINEERING COMPANY OF AMERICA
DIVISION OF US JVC CORP.
107 Little Falls Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004-2105
If you ship the product...
Pack your JVC unit in the original carton or one of equivalent size and strength. Enclose, with the unit,
a letter stating the problem or symptom that exists and also a copy of the receipt or bill of sale you
received when you purchased your JVC unit. Print your home return address on the outside and the
inside of the carton. Send to the appropriate JVC Factory Service Center as listed above.
ACCESSORIES
To purchase accessories for your JVC product, you
may contact your local JVC Dealer.
Or from the 48 Continental United States call toll free:
1-800-882-2345.
Don't service it yourself.
CAUTION
To prevent electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. No user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
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WARRANTY (Only in U.S.A.)
LIMITED WARRANTY
CONSUMER VIDEO 1-90
JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA warrants this product and all parts thereof, except as set forth below ONLY TO
THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER AT RETAIL to be FREE FROM DEFECTIVE MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP
from the date of original retail purchase for the period as shown below. ("The Warranty Period")
PARTS
1 YR
LABOR
90 DAYS
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS VALID ONLY IN THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND IN COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO.
WHAT WE WILL DO:
If this product is found to be defective, JVC will repair or replace defective parts at no charge to the original owner.
Such repair and replacement services shall be rendered by JVC during normal business hours at JVC authorized
service centers. Parts used for replacement are warranted only for the remainder of the Warranty Period. All
products and parts thereof may be brought to a JVC authorized service center on a carry-in basis except for
Television sets having a screen size 25 inches and above which are covered on an in-home basis.
WHAT YOU MUST DO FOR WARRANTY SERVICE:
Return your product to a JVC authorized service center with a copy of your bill of sale. For your nearest JVC
authorized service center, please call toll free: (800) 252-5722.
If service is not available locally, box the product carefully, preferably in the original carton, and ship, insured, with
a copy of your bill of sale plus a letter of explanation of the problem to the nearest JVC Factory Service Center,
the name and location of which will be given to you by the toll-free number.
If you have any questions concerning your JVC Product, please contact our Customer Relations Department.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED:
This limited warranty provided by JVC does not cover:
1. Products which have been subject to abuse, accident, alteration, modification, tampering, negligence, misuse,
faulty installation, lack of reasonable care, or if repaired or serviced by anyone other than a service facility
authorized by JVC to render such service, or if affixed to any attachment not provided with the products, or if
the model or serial number has been altered, tampered with, defaced or removed;
2. Initial installation and installation and removal for repair;
3. Operational adjustments covered in the Owner's Manual, normal maintenance, video and audio head cleaning;
4. Damage that occurs in shipment, due to act of God, and cosmetic damage;
5. Signal reception problems and failures due to line power surge;
6. Video Pick-up Tubes/CCD Image Sensor, Cartridge, Stylus (Needle) are covered for 90 days from the date of
purchase;
7. Accessories;
8. Batteries (except that Rechargeable Batteries are covered for 90 days from the date of purchase);from the date
of purchase);
There are no other express warranties except as listed above.
THE DURATION OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY, IS LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY HEREIN.
JVC SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT, INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OR ANY
OTHER DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL (INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, DAMAGE TO TAPES, RECORDS OR DISCS) RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT,
OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE
LIMITED TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE.
Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages or limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts, so these limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific
legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA
DIVISION OF US JVC CORP.
41 Slater Drive
Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07407
REFURBISHED PRODUCTS CARRY A SEPARATE WARRANTY, THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY. FOR
DETAILS OF REFURBISHED PRODUCT WARRANTY, PLEASE REFER TO THE REFURBISHED PRODUCT
WARRANTY INFORMATION PACKAGED WITH EACH REFURBISHED PRODUCT.
For customer use:
Enter below the Model No. and Serial No. which is located either on the rear, bottom or side of the cabinet. Retain
this information for future reference.
Model No.:
Serial No:
Purchase date:
Name of dealer:
GR-AX720
GR-AX420
GR-AX220
JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA
DIVISION OF US JVC CORP.
41 Slater Drive, Elmwood Park, N.J. 07407
JVC CANADA INC.
21 Finchdene Square,
Scarborough Ontario M1X 1A7
COPYRIGHT© 1996 VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LTD.
U/U(C)
Printed in Japan
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