Canon MV 200 i Instruction manual

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DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER
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Instruction Manual
CANON INC.
Canon Europa N.V.
P.O. Box 2262, 1180 EG Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Introduction
Canon UK Ltd
Camera Division, Woodhatch, Reigate Surrey RH2 8BF, United Kingdom
Telephone 01737-22-0000
Canon Australia Pty. Ltd
1 Thomas Holt Drive, North Ryde, N.S.W. 2113, Australia
Telephone 805-2000, Fax 887-4484
Quick Overview
Canon New Zealand Ltd
Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, P.O. Box 33-336, Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone 486-1570, Fax 486-6420
Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd
79 Anson Road #09-01/06, Singapore 079906
Telephone (65)-532-4400, Fax (65)-221-2939
Using the Full
Range of Features
Canon Hongkong Company Ltd
9/F, The Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Canon Latin America, Inc.
Sales & Enquiries: 6505 Blue Lagoon Drive Suite 325 Miami FL 33126 USA
PUB.DIE-149
0300A/XXX
© CANON INC. 2000
DY8-9020-090-000
PRINTED IN JAPAN
IMPRIME AU JAPON
This instruction book explains the use of the MV300 and MV300i
camcorders. The main difference between these models is that the MV300i
includes a DV Recording function. The MV300i is only available in some
areas. Please note that illustrations and explanations in this instruction book
refer mainly to the MV300 model.
PAL
Additional
Information
Printed on 70% reused paper.
Document réalisé avec du papier recyclé à 70%.
El papel aqui utilizado es 70% reciclado.
Digital
Video
Cassette
Editing
Mini
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Important Usage Instructions
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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WARNING:
Introduction
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING
INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
For Users in the UK
When replacing the fuse only a correctly rated approved type should be used and be sure to re-fit
the fuse cover.
CAUTION:
CUSTOMERS IN THE U.K. SHOULD READ THIS BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
CHANGING THE FUSE
THE MAINS LEAD ON THIS PRODUCT IS FITTED WITH A NON-REWIREABLE
(MOULDED) PLUG, INCORPORATING A 3 AMP FUSE. SHOULD THE FUSE NEED TO
BE REPLACED AN ASTA OR BSI APPROVED BS1362 FUSE OF THE SAME RATING
MUST BE USED.
ALWAYS REFIT THE FUSE COVER AFTER REPLACING THE FUSE. NEVER USE THE
PLUG WITH THE FUSE COVER OMITTED.
CHANGING THE PLUG
IF THE FITTED PLUG IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUR SOCKET OUTLETS, IT SHOULD
BE CUT OFF AND AN APPROPRIATE PLUG FITTED IN ITS PLACE. IF POSSIBLE FIT AN
APPROPRIATE 3 AMP FUSE. IF THE NEW PLUG HAS NO FUSE, THEN FIT A 5 AMP
FUSE AT THE DISTRIBUTION BOARD.
AC POWER CORD CONNECTION
The wires in the mains lead of this apparatus are coloured in accordance with the following
cord.
(IMPORTANT)
Mains Lead
BLUE ..................NEUTRAL
BROWN...............LIVE
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead may not correspond with the coloured markings
identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows: The wire which is coloured BLUE
must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured black. The
wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the
letter L or coloured red. Neither Blue wire or Brown wire is to be connected to the Earth pin
of a 3 pin plug.
THE SEVERED PLUG MUST BE DESTROYED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE
ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD.
CA-560 identification plate is located on the bottom.
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• This equipment has been tested in a typical system to comply with the technical requirements
of EMC Directive.
• Use of CV-150F/CV-250F DV cable is necessary to comply with the technical requirement of
EMC Directive.
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Contents
Introduction
Important Usage Instructions ................2
Thank you for Choosing a Canon ..........4
Quick Overview
Using the Full Range of
Features
~ General ... ~
Turning the Image Stabilizer Off..........34
Selecting from the Menus ....................35
Using the Wireless Controller ..............38
~ For Recording ...~
Setting the Date and Time ....................41
Taking Still Pictures ............................44
Transferring Still Pictures to a PC
with the FR-100 (optional) ..............46
Searching and Reviewing While
Recording ........................................47
Using the Various Recording
Programs ..........................................48
Using Digital Effects ............................52
Audio Recording ..................................58
Setting the Self-Timer ..........................60
Displaying Date, Time and Camera Data
(Data Code) ....................................68
Searching the Tape (Photo Search/
Date Search) ....................................71
Returning to a Pre-Marked Position ....72
Editing
Editing to a VCR ..................................73
Dubbing with Digital Video
Equipment........................................74
Recording Over Existing Scenes–
A/V Insert Editing (MV300i only) ..77
Audio Dubbing ....................................80
Setting the Audio Mix ..........................83
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Introduction
Introducing the MV300/MV300i ..........5
Finding Your Way Around the
MV300/MV300i ................................6
Attaching the Ferrite Cores ....................9
Powering Your Camcorder....................10
Loading a Cassette................................15
Basic Recording ..................................17
Zooming ..............................................21
Using the LCD Screen..........................22
Playing Back a Cassette ......................26
Connections for Playback on a TV
Screen ..............................................29
Tips for Making Better Videos ............32
~ For Playback ...~
Additional Information
Preparing the Camera ..........................85
Notes on Using the Batteries ................87
Maintenance..........................................90
Troubleshooting ....................................94
The MV300/MV300i System
Diagram ..........................................97
Optional Accessories ............................98
Screen Displays ..................................102
Specifications......................................107
Index ..................................................108
~ When Making Manual Adjustments ...~
Adjusting Exposure Manually ..............62
Adjusting Focus Manually....................65
Setting the White Balance ....................66
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Thank you for Choosing a Canon
First, we’d like to thank you for
purchasing this Canon camcorder. Its
advanced technology makes it very
easy to use — you will soon be making
high-quality videos which will give you
pleasure for years to come.
Introduction
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To get the most out of your new
camcorder, we recommend that you
read this manual thoroughly — there
are many sophisticated features which
will add to your recording enjoyment.
Your camcorder is supplied with the
following accessories:
WL-D74 Wireless
Controller
Two AA batteries
SS-600 Shoulder Strap
Lens cap and lens cap
cord
BP-511 Battery Pack
CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter
(including AC power cable)
Lithium button battery
S-150 S-video Cable
STV-250 Stereo Video
Cable
PC-A10 SCART
Adapter (Europe, Asia)
Getting started
To get started we suggest that you
master the basic operations of the
camcorder first, before moving on to
use its full range of features.
For quick reference (in addition to the
contents and index) please refer to:
• Finding your way around the
MV300/MV300i ( 6)
• Screen displays ( 102)
• Troubleshooting — in case you run
into any problems ( 94)
Symbols used in this instruction
manual:
: Reference page numbers
: Supplementary notes for
camcorder operation
` : Operation confirmation beeps
( 20)
• Capital letters are used to refer to
settings displayed in the menus and
buttons labelled on the camcorder
itself, e.g. Press the MENU button.
• When connecting the camera to your
personal computer, use the optional
CV-250F DV cable.
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Two Ferrite Cores
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Introducing the MV300/MV300i
Digital Video
MV300/MV300i is a next
generation digital video
camcorder that conforms
to the digital video D
standard to give you
outstanding picture
quality.
2.5” LCD Screen
Image Stabilizer
Stabilizes your
recordings even in long
telephoto shots.
10× Lens and 40×/ 200×
Digital Zoom
From wide-angle to 10×
telephoto—with
unparalleled optical
quality. The digital zoom
magnifies this up to
200× for even more
dramatic results.
Still Photos
The MV300/MV300i has
the technology to capture
crisp, clear, digital still
pictures.
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Advanced digital
technology allows you to
add special effects during
recording or playback.
Audio Dubbing
Add new sound to
original sound on a
prerecorded tape.
A/V Insert Editing (MV300i
only)
Replace original sound and images on
a prerecorded tape with the DV in
terminal.
Quick Overview
A 2.5” LCD screen
makes it easy for you to
shoot colourful, well
composed video. It is
also great for playback.
Digital Effects
Internal charging
The MV300/MV300i can charge a
battery pack itself, smoothing the
transition between charging and
shooting, and allowing for a smaller,
lighter AC power adapter.
PCM Digital Sound
DV Terminal (IEEE 1394)
MV300/MV300i is equipped with a
DV terminal that conforms to
IEEE1394. With a single cable, it lets
you edit, copy and transfer data
digitally to (MV300i: to and from)
other digital equipment with the same
terminal, with virtually no generation
loss in image and sound quality.
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Finding Your Way Around the MV300/MV300i
Quick Overview
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Record review button (p. 47)/
REC (record) SEARCH – button
(p. 47)/
(rewind) button (p. 26)
REC SEARCH + button (p. 47)/
(fast forward) button (p. 26)
Program selector (p. 48)
EXP (exposure) button (p. 62)/
(stop) button (p. 26)
P
FOCUS button (p. 65)/
(play/pause) button (p. 26)
Easy
Recording
(p. 48)
Self-timer button (p. 60)
MV300i: Self-timer button (p. 60)/
REC PAUSE (LINE-IN)
button (p. 76)
Program
AE (p. 48)
BATT. (battery) RELEASE (p. 12)
LCD screen (p. 22)
Backup battery
cover (p. 89)
Battery attachment
unit (p. 11)
LCD panel OPEN button
(p. 22)
Strap attachment bar (p. 86)
Digital effects ON/OFF
button (p. 56)
DIGITAL EFFECTS
button (p. 56)
MENU button (p. 36)
Terminal cover
6
Selector dial (p. 36)
DC
IN
9.5V CHARGE
CHARGE indicator (p. 11)
DC IN terminal (p. 10)
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Viewfinder focusing lever (p. 85)
Viewfinder protect cover (p. 91)
PHOTO button (p. 44)
Accessory shoe (p. 58)
Speaker (p. 25)
Strap attachment bar (p. 86)
Quick Overview
Zoom control (p. 21)
Viewfinder (p. 85, 91)
POWER indicator (p. 17)
Start/Stop button (p. 18)
Grip belt (p. 85)
POWER Switch (p. 17)
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OFF
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PLAY
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MV300i
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
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OFF
•
V CR
•
CAMERA
OFF
VCR
Cassette compartment cover
(p. 15)
Cassette compartment (p. 15)
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Terminal cover
Remote sensor (P. 38)
Stereo microphone
(p. 80)
Quick Overview
Terminal cover
S-video OUT terminal (p. 30)
S
MIC terminal (p. 58)
OUT
MIC
DV OUT
H (phones) terminal (p. 25)
A/V (audio/video) OUT
terminal (p. 29)
A/V
DV OUT
terminal (p. 74)
MV300i:
DV IN/OUT
terminal (p. 75)
OPEN/EJECT
switch (p. 15)
OUT
u (LANC) terminal (p. 73)
m
Tripod socket (p. 32)
PHOTO button (p. 44)
Transmitter
START/STOP
button (p. 18)
Zoom buttons (p. 21)
MENU button (p. 36)
Controller buttons (p. 56)
SELF TIMER button (p. 60)
TV SCREEN button (p. 102)
START
/STOP PHOTO
SELF
TIMER
ZOOM
W
SET button (p. 56)
MENU
TV
SCREEN
DATA CODE button (p. 68)
D. EFFECTS (Digital effects)
button (p. 56)
AUDIO MONITOR button
(p. 83)
REC PAUSE button (p. 76)
(MV300i only)
ZERO SET MEMORY button
(p. 72)
SET
DATA
CODE D.EFFECTS
REC SEARCH
PAUSE SELECT
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
A/V
INSERT PAUSE
Digital effects ON/OFF button (p. 56)
ON/OFF
MIX
AUDIO
BALANCE
ST-2
MONITOR ST-1
SLOW
×2
REMOTE SET
WIRELESS CONTROLLER WL-D71
MIX BALANCE buttons (p. 83)
Search buttons (p. 71)
SEARCH SELECT button (p. 71)
FF
button (p. 26)
PLAY
button (p. 26)
button (p. 28)
× 2 button (p. 28)
STOP
AUDIO DUB. button (p. 81)
SLOW
A/V INSERT button (p. 78)
(MV300i only)
REW
REMOTE SET button (p. 39)
8
T
button (p. 26)
button (p. 28)
button (p. 26)
button (p. 28)
PAUSE
button (p. 27)
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Attaching the Ferrite Cores
Attach the enclosed ferrite cores before
you connect the CA-560 Compact Power
Adapter and STV-250 Stereo Video Cable
to the camera.
Attach the ferrite core to the cable about
4 cm from the plug end (the plug to be
connected to the camcorder) of the
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter and
STV-250 Stereo Video Cable.
4cm
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter
4cm
STV-250 Stereo Video Cable
Quick Overview
• Pass the cable through the centre of the
core and wrap it around the core once,
then close the unit until it clicks shut.
• There are two kinds of ferrite cores;
attach the appropriate one as shown.
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Powering Your Camcorder
Before operating your camera, you will need to use the power adapter to:
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Provide power from a mains outlet
or
Charge a battery pack
• The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V
AC, 50/60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camera.
• If the adapter is used next to a TV, it may cause bars to appear on the TV —
move the adapter away from the TV or the aerial cable.
Quick Overview
Connecting the camera to a mains outlet
3
1
2
Use the power adapter to provide your camera with instant power from a mains
outlet. Always turn the camera off before connecting/removing the power source.
1.
2.
3.
4.
10
Connect the power adapter to the camera’s DC IN terminal.
Connect the power cable to the power adapter.
Plug the adapter into a mains outlet.
Disconnect the power adapter from the camera after use. Unplug
the power cable from the mains outlet, then disconnect it from the
adapter.
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Attaching and charging the battery packs
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POW ER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
DC
IN
9.5V
CHARGE
3
2
4
Quick Overview
Your battery pack was partially charged before it left the factory. It should have
enough power for you to check that your camera is working properly. However,
you must charge the battery pack fully if you want it to power the camera for more
than a few minutes.
Always turn the camera off and raise the viewfinder before connecting/removing
the battery.
1. Set the POWER switch to OFF.
2. Attach the battery to the camera.
• Remove the battery pack’s terminal cover.
• Rotate the viewfinder upwards.
• With the triangle on the battery pack pointing downwards, align the edge of
the battery pack with the line on the camera, press lightly and slide the
battery down until it clicks into place.
3. Connect the power adapter to the camera.
4. Connect the power cable to the adapter and plug it into a mains
outlet.
• The charge indicator flashes red to show that charging is in progress. Single
flashes mean that the battery pack is less than 50% charged. Double flashes
mean that it is between 50% and 75% charged. Triple flashes mean that it is
more than 75% charged. The indicator glows steadily when the battery pack
is fully charged. If the indicator blinks twice a second, the battery pack may
be defective.
• Charging will also take place when the camera is set to PLAY (MV300i:
VCR) and in stop mode, or the camera has turned itself off after being left in
record pause mode for more than about 5 minutes.
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5. When charging is complete, disconnect the power adapter from the
camera. Unplug the power cable from the mains outlet, then
disconnect it from the adapter.
6. Remove the battery pack after use.
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• Rotate the viewfinder upwards.
• Press and hold the BATT. RELEASE button while you slide the battery up.
Quick Overview
• Never connect an unspecified product to the camera’s DC terminal. Likewise,
do not connect the power adapter to an unspecified product.
• You can find detailed notes for using the batteries in the “Notes on Using the
Batteries” ( 87). These notes include charging and recording times and how
to install the backup battery.
CA-560 Compact Power Adapter
Specifications
Power supply
Power consumption
Rated output
Operating temperature range
Dimensions
Weight
100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
34 W
9.5 V, 2.7 A DC
0°C–40°C (32°F–104°F)
57 × 28 × 104 mm (2 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 4 1/8 in)
180 g (6 3/8 oz) (without power cable)
Weight and dimensions are approximate.
Errors and omissions excepted.
Subject to change without notice.
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Using the Charge Adapter CR-560 Kit (optional)
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The Compact Power Adapter CA-560 included with the camera can be used along
with the CR-560 Kit for 3 different ways to power the camera or charge battery
packs:
1. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs with power from your car battery.
2. Operate the camera with power from your car battery.
3. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs from a household mains outlet.
The Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 includes the following:
DC Cable
Car Battery Cable
1. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs with power from your car
battery.
Quick Overview
Charge Adapter
1 or 2 battery pack(s) + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable → car’s cigarette
lighter
CHARGE
To car’s
cigarette lighter
• Fast charging for the high-capacity BP-522 (optional). Fifteen minutes of
charging gives 70 minutes of recording (using the viewfinder).
Time required for full charge
from car battery or household outlet
BP-511
1 hr. 20 min.
BP-522 (optional)
1 hr. 40 min.
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2. Operate the camera with power from your car battery.
Camera + DC Cable + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable → car’s cigarette
lighter
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Quick Overview
To car’s
cigarette lighter
3. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs from a household mains
outlet.
1 or 2 battery pack(s) + Charge Adapter + Compact Power Adapter
CHARGE
• Fast charging for the high-capacity BP-522 (optional). Fifteen minutes of
charging gives 70 minutes of recording (using the viewfinder).
• For full details of how to use the CR-560, refer to its instruction manual.
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Loading a Cassette
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OPEN/EJECT
SH
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Only use videocassettes marked with the D logo.*
1. Make sure that you have attached a power source.
2. Slide the OPEN / EJECT 5 switch to release the cassette
compartment cover.
• Pull the cover fully open (while holding the button) and wait a couple of
seconds for the cassette compartment to open automatically.
• The confirmation beep sounds when the cassette cover fully opens.
Quick Overview
Loading and unloading
3. Load or unload the cassette.
• Insert the cassette gently with the window facing out, and the REC/SAVE
tab up.
• Remove the cassette by pulling it straight out.
4. Press the P mark on the compartment until it clicks, and wait
for it to close.
5. Click the cover back into place.
* D is a trade mark.
• After loading a cassette, use record search ( 47) to find the point where you
want to start recording.
• Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing
automatically, or attempt to close the cover.
• Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover.
• Do not leave the cassette in the camera after use — return it to its case and store
it in a cool, clean, dry place.
• When you turn the camera’s power on, v flashes in the display until you load a
cassette.
• With some types of tapes, the remaining tape display may not give an accurate
reading ( 102).
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Protecting tapes from accidental erasure
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REC
SAVE
Quick Overview
REC
SAVE
To protect your recording from accidental erasure, slide the tab on the cassette so
that it exposes the hole. (This switch position is usually labelled SAVE or ERASE
OFF.)
If you load this cassette and put the camera in record pause mode ( 17), “THE
TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION” is displayed for approx. four
seconds and then the v mark flashes in the display. (The MV300i also shows the
above phrase if you accidentally press the REC PAUSE button on the camera or
the wireless controller with the camera switched to VCR mode.)
If you want to record on the cassette again, slide the tab back so the hole is closed.
Handling cassettes
• To protect the tape heads, transfer cassettes directly from the tape case to the
camcorder — do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape itself.
• Do not use cassettes where the tape has been damaged or spliced — they may
damage the camcorder.
• Do not insert anything into the small holes on the cassette or cover them with
cellophane tape.
• Handle cassettes with care — dropping them or exposing them to external
shocks may cause internal damage.
• Store cassettes in the provided case, first rewinding them to the start of the tape
and then storing them upright.
• A cassette with metal plated terminals may become dirty with use, affecting
information transfer. Therefore, after using a tape about ten times, be sure to
clean the terminals with a cotton bud.
Cassette Memory
You are unable to use the cassette memory function with this camcorder.
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Basic Recording
3
P
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POW ER
1
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
4, 5
POW ER
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
Before you start recording
86).
Quick Overview
Have you completed the following steps?
• Attached a power source ( 10).
• Removed the lens cap ( 85) and fastened the shoulder strap (
• Chosen the display: viewfinder ( 85) or LCD screen ( 22)
• When you’re using the viewfinder, fully close the LCD or rotate the LCD so that
it faces the same direction as the lens ( 24).
• When using the viewfinder with the BP-522 Battery Pack (optional) attached,
extend the viewfinder ( 85).
You may also want to install the backup battery (
and time display ( 41).
89) in order to set the date
To record
1. Push the small green button on the POWER switch and hold, turn
the POWER switch to CAMERA.
• The camera automatically sets to record pause mode. PAUSE appears in the
display.
• The camera power indicator lights up red.
• The confirmation beep sounds.
• The camera will turn itself off if you leave it in record pause mode for more
than about five minutes. To return to record pause mode, set the POWER
switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.
2. Load a cassette (
15).
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3. Slide the program selector to [.
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• This selects the camera’s Easy Recording program. It allows you to simply
point and shoot without making any manual adjustments ( 50).
4. Press and release the start/stop button once to begin recording.
• To take still photographs, see p.44.
5. Press and release the start/stop button again to pause recording.
• The camera returns to record pause mode and PAUSE reappears in the
display.
• You can stop and restart recording as often as you like by pressing the
start/stop button.
Quick Overview
• After loading a cassette, start recording when the tape counter has stopped.
When you have finished recording
•
•
•
•
•
•
Replace the lens cap.
Return the viewfinder to its retracted position.
Return the LCD screen flush to the camera body.
Unload the cassette.
Set the POWER switch to OFF.
Disconnect the power source.
• To check that the camera is recording correctly, make a test recording first.
• Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon
DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available
digital video head cleaning cassette.
• To close the LCD panel, rotate it vertically until the screen faces you, then push
it in flat against the side of the camera until it clicks securely.
• You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker when recording.
• For tips on how to make better videos, see p. 32.
• For extra recording time, set REC MODE in the camera menu to LP ( 19).
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Changing the recording mode (SP/LP)
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You can record and play back a tape in SP (standard play) and LP (long play)
modes. LP extends tape usage by 1.5 times.
To switch to LP mode, select REC MODE from the camera (or VCR (MV300i))
menu, select LP and then close the menu (for instructions on how to use the
menus, see p. 36).
You can’t add sound (audio dubbing) or images (A/V insert: MV300i only) to a
tape that has been recorded in LP mode. If you plan to use either of these
functions later, record in SP mode.
REC MODE••••SP
(
35, 36)
Quick Overview
• When recording and playing back tapes in LP mode, the nature of the tape and
usage conditions may affect recording, mosaic-like noise may appear in the
image and the sound may be distorted during playback of tapes recorded in LP
mode. For important recordings, therefore, set the camera to SP mode.
• If you record in both modes on the same tape, the picture may become distorted
during playback and the time code may not be written correctly.
• A tape recorded in LP mode on other digital equipment may produce mosaiclike noise and the sound may become distorted when played back on this
camcorder, and vice versa.
16:9 (Widescreen TV recording)
Produces images in the 16:9 format for
playback on widescreen TVs.
16:9••••••••OFF
(
35)
1. Select 16:9 from the camera menu and turn it ON/OFF.
2. Press the MENU button once more to close the menu.
• “16:9” is shown in the display when you switch the 16:9 effect on.
• You cannot use the 16:9 mode with the Easy Recording program.
• If you play back a recording made for 16:9 on a normal TV screen, the image
will appear to be vertically “squashed” (compressed).
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Confirmation/Warning beeps
E
The camera’s short operation confirmation beeps are indicated by ` in the
illustrations. Beeps sound upon certain camera operations such as when you turn
the camera on, during the self-timer countdown, right before the camera’s
automatic shut-off, and also upon any unusual condition of the camera. Beeps are
not recorded on the tape. You can turn them OFF through the menu.
BEEP••••••••ON
Quick Overview
(
20
35, 36)
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Zooming
Zoom in
W
E
T
Zoom out
10× optical zoom
You can also control the speed of zooming:
• Move the control slightly to zoom slowly.
• Move it farther to zoom more quickly. (The farther you move the zoom control,
the faster the zoom speed.)
Quick Overview
The camera’s 10× zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each
scene:
• Move the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle.
• Move it towards T to zoom in to telephoto.
The T and W buttons on the wireless controller adjust the picture angle, but not
the zoom speed.
40×/200× digital zoom
Turn the digital zoom on by choosing D.ZOOM from the camera menu, to
magnify the camera’s zoom range by up to 20×.
D.ZOOM••••••40×
(
35)
The zoom control continues to work as usual. You can freely zoom in and out
between 1× and 40× or 1× and 200× magnification — the camera automatically
switches between optical zooming (up to 10×) and digital zooming (10× to 40× or
10× to 200×).
• When zooming, as a rule, keep at least 1 m (3 ft 33/8 in) between you and your
subject. However when the zoom is at the wide-angle position, you can focus
on a subject as close as 1 cm (3/8 in).
• Image resolution is slightly lower when the magnification is greater than 10×.
• When the digital zoom is set to 40×, the zoom indicator extends (light blue).
When the digital zoom is set to 200× zoom, the zoom indicator extends again (a
darker blue).
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Using the LCD Screen
Open the LCD screen
E
Push the LCD panel OPEN button and
open the panel by pulling it away from
the camera. This automatically
switches the LCD screen on and the
viewfinder off. When you close the
LCD panel, the LCD screen
automatically switches off and the
viewfinder switches back on.
Quick Overview
Changing the angle of the LCD screen
You can choose the angle of the screen
that suits you best by opening and
rotating the screen, also you can rotate
the LCD screen so that faces in the
direction of the lens ( 24).
180°
90°
90°
You can also push the panel flat
against the camera until it is flush with
the side, with the screen facing
outwards.
•
•
•
•
Avoid touching the LCD screen when moving the LCD panel.
Do not hold the camera by the LCD panel or the viewfinder.
Make sure you open the LCD panel at 90°, before attempting to rotate it.
Always rotate the LCD panel vertically into place, before closing it or pushing
it flat against the side of the camera.
• Always fully close the LCD panel until it clicks securely.
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• Be careful not to leave the LCD, viewfinder or lens exposed to direct sunlight
outdoors or in a window. Doing so could cause damage.
• Bright light falling on the LCD screen may cause glare that makes it difficult
for you to view the image. In this case, switch to using the viewfinder. You are
also able to adjust the brightness of the screen (see “Adjusting the LCD screen”
below).
E
Adjusting the LCD screen
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. Adjust the level by choosing
BRIGHTNESS from the menu.
BRIGHTNESS••–
(
+
35, 36)
Quick Overview
A bar showing the level appears in the display for 4 seconds.
• Turn the selector dial up to make the display brighter.
• Turn the selector dial down to make the display darker.
• The camera will remember your brightness setting even after you turn it off.
• The brightness of the LCD does not affect that of the recorded images or the
viewfinder.
About the LCD Screen
The LCD screen built into this camcorder is a high precision product.
However, small black dots or bright points of light (red, blue or green) may
appear constantly on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction of the LCD screen
and they are not recorded on the tape. (Effective dots: more than 99.99%)
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Allowing the subject to monitor recording
E
Quick Overview
When you turn the LCD panel so that it
faces the same direction as the lens,
you can watch yourself during
recording or let your subject monitor
recording. The viewfinder is also
activated when the panel is in this
position.
• You can choose the display style,
reversed (mirror on) or not (mirror
off). The recording itself is
unaffected regardless of which one
you choose.
MIRROR••••••ON
(
35)
1. Open the camera menu and point the arrow at MIRROR.
2. Select the OFF setting and close the menu.
The 4 indicators that appear in the LCD display when MIRROR is
turned on:
REC
REC PAUSE
EJECT
Self-timer (
60)
• These and all other indicators appear normally in the viewfinder.
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E
Built-in speaker and headphone terminal
The camcorder has a built-in speaker and a headphone terminal so you can review
the sound track alongside the picture during playback. The built-in speaker is
monaural; use headphones for stereo sound.
MIC
m
Adjust the speaker and headphone volume by turning the selector dial.
• Turn the selector dial up to increase the volume, and down to lower the volume.
• A VOLUME bar appears in the display to indicate the current volume. It
disappears in four seconds.
• You can turn off the volume completely by turning the selector dial down until
OFF appears.
• You can also adjust the headphone volume separately from the built-in speaker,
either during PLAY (MV300i: VCR) mode or camera mode. The volume level
is the same regardless of mode.
• The levels you adjust for the built-in speaker and headphones are memorized
separately. The camera remembers your levels even if you turn the camera off
and back on again.
Quick Overview
A/V
OUT
• The speaker turns off when the camera is set to camera mode or when you use
headphones.
• Sometimes audio may sound distorted when the volume is turned up high. If
this happens, turn down the volume.
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Playing Back a Cassette
3
E
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
1
POW ER
CAMERA
OFF
Quick Overview
PLAY
You can use the LCD screen for instant, on-the-spot playback. The camera also
plays back the sound track via the built-in speaker ( 25).
• When you play back a tape, you can also close the LCD panel with its screen
side facing up.
• When you’re using the viewfinder to view playback, close the LCD panel.
To play back your recordings on a TV, see p. 29.
To use the wireless controller, see p. 38.
• To avoid accidental recording, make sure that you slide the tab on the cassette so
that it exposes the hole (the switch position is usually labelled SAVE or ERASE
OFF).
1. Attach a power source and turn the POWER switch to PLAY
(MV300i: VCR).
• The power indicator lights up green.
2. Load the cassette.
3. Press the e (play) button to start playback.
• To end playback, press the 3 (stop) button.
• To wind the tape forwards, stop playback and press the 1 (fast forward)
button.
• To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the ` (rewind)
button.
• If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads
using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a
commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
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Other playback modes
E
Playback pause
Press the a (pause) button. To resume normal playback, press it again, or press
the e (play) button. The camera automatically goes into stop mode after about
five minutes’ playback pause.
Fast forward playback
To play back the recording at about 11.5 times normal speed, press and hold the
1 (fast forward) button during normal playback or press and hold the 1 (fast
forward) button during normal fast forward.
Quick Overview
Rewind playback
For reverse playback at about 11.5 times normal speed, press and hold the
` (rewind) button during normal playback or press and hold the ` (rewind)
button during normal rewind.
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Special playback
E
These can only be operated from the wireless
controller ( 38).
Quick Overview
Frame Advance
To play back frame by frame, press the
+/ ae button repeatedly during playback
pause.
Press and hold to play back continuous frame
advance.
REW
PLAY
FF
–/
STOP
+/
PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Frame Reverse
To play back in reverse frame by frame, press the –/4a button repeatedly during
playback pause.
Press and hold to play back continuous frame reverse.
Slow Forward Playback
To play back at about 1/5 normal speed, press the SLOW M button during normal
playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
• The camera automatically returns to playback after about 30 seconds of slow
playback.
Slow Reverse Playback
To play back in reverse at about 1/5 normal speed, press the –/4a button and
then the SLOW M button during normal playback.
Press PLAY e to return to normal playback.
• The camera automatically returns to ×1 reverse playback after about 30 seconds
of slow playback.
Reverse Playback
To play back in reverse at normal speed, press the –/4a button during normal
forward playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal forward playback.
Forward ×2 Playback
Press the ×2 button during normal playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
Reverse ×2 Playback
Press the –/4a button and then the ×2 button during normal playback.
Press the PLAY e button to return to normal playback.
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• Mosaic-like noise appears on the screen during some of the special playback
modes.
• There’s no audio during special playback.
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Connections for Playback on a TV Screen
You can connect the camera to a TV or VCR in order to play back your
recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camera ( 10).
Power off all devices before starting the connections.
E
See your TV or VCR instruction manual for further details.
If your TV (or VCR) has a SCART terminal (without S (S1)-video)
MIC
PC-A10
SCART Adapter
OUT
m
STV-250 Stereo Video Cable
• Connect the PC-A10 SCART adapter to the TV or VCR’s SCART terminal.
• Connect the camera to the adapter. Connect the camera using the STV-250
Stereo Video Cable. Connect the white plug to the white audio terminal L (left).
Connect the red plug to the red audio terminal R (right). Connect the yellow
plug to the yellow video terminal VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camera to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camera to a VCR, set the input selector on the VCR to
LINE.
Quick Overview
AUDIO AUDIO VIDEO
(R) (L/MONO)
A/V
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If your TV (or VCR) has an S (S1) -video input terminal
E
For higher picture quality, we recommend playing back recordings on a TV with
an S (S1) terminal.
S
OUT
OUT
INPUT
S-150 S-video Cable
S(S1)-VIDEO
MIC
VIDEO
AUDIO
L
A/V
Quick Overview
OUT
30
STV-250 Stereo Video Cable
R
m
• Use the S-150 S-video Cable to connect the S-video terminals. Use the STV-250
Stereo Video Cable to connect the AUDIO terminals. Connect the white plug to
the white AUDIO terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red AUDIO
terminal R (right). Do not connect the yellow plug.
• If you are connecting the camera to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camera to a VCR, set the input selector on the VCR to
LINE.
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If your TV (or VCR) has audio/video input terminals
E
MIC
INPUT
VIDEO
A/V
OUT
m
STV-250 Stereo Video Cable
AUDIO
L
R
Quick Overview
• Connect the camera using the STV-250 Stereo Video Cable. Connect the white
plug to the white audio terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red audio
terminal R (right). Connect the yellow plug to the yellow video terminal
VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camera to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the
television to VIDEO.
• If you are connecting the camera to a VCR, set the input selector on the VCR to
LINE.
• If you are going to use the TV as a monitor while you are shooting, remember
to keep the TV volume turned down as long as the camera’s audio terminals are
connected. If the sound from the TV speakers is picked up by the microphone,
an unpleasant high-pitched squeal, called feedback, may be produced.
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Tips for Making Better Videos
Holding the camera
E
For maximum stability, grip the camera in your right hand
and keep your right elbow pressed against your body.
If necessary support the camera with your left hand. With
practice, you will be able to operate the controls by touch,
without taking your eye off the action.
Quick Overview
Using a tripod
To prevent any unwanted movement, you can mount the
camera on a tripod, (or any flat surface at a suitable
height) and operate it with the wireless controller.
• When you are using a tripod, be careful not to leave the
viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight or it may melt.
(The light is concentrated by the viewfinder lens.)
• Make sure that the fastening screw of the tripod is no
longer than 5.5 mm (1/4 inch), or it will damage the
camera.
Composition
The most important element in the scene does not have to
be in the centre. For a more interesting picture, try to
position your subject so it is slightly to one side. Leave
some space on the side of the frame that the subject is
facing or moving towards.
Don’t cut off the top of the subject’s head, and don’t cut
people off at the neck, hips or knees (move a little bit
above or below).
Watch out for distracting objects in the background.
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Picture angle
E
Instead of zooming while recording, try
to choose your picture angle before you
begin. A good way to tell a story with
video is to begin with a long shot that
establishes the situation, and then move
in with medium shots and close-ups to
show the details. Remember to change
your viewpoint for each shot.
Long shot
Medium shot
Close-up
Quick Overview
Remember that any camera movement
or change in picture angle should have
a definite purpose. Avoid unnecessary
or half-hearted movements.
Camera moves
Use pans to record a landscape or
follow a moving subject. Decide the
area you want to cover and stand facing
the end of your panning angle. Without
moving your feet, turn your waist to the
starting position. Start recording, and
after a few seconds begin to turn slowly
from the waist. Hold the final image for
a few seconds before you stop
recording.
Tilt the camera up to exaggerate the
height of the subject. Tilt down from
the top of a building, for example, as an
introduction to subjects at the bottom.
Pan
Tilt
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Turning the Image Stabilizer Off
E
MENU
With most camcorders, even the slightest hand movements will be noticeable
during telephoto recording. However, the MV300/MV300i’s image stabilizer
allows you to obtain steady recordings even at high magnification.
IMAGE S.
(
•ON
35)
Using the Full
Range of Features
1. To turn the image stabilizer off, open the camera menu and point
the arrow at IMAGE S. i.
2. Select the OFF setting and close the menu.
34
• The i mark disappears from the display when the stabilizer is off.
• The image stabilizer cannot be turned off when the program selector is set to
the [ (Easy Recording) position.
• The image stabilizer is designed to deal with a normal degree of camera shake.
• Keep the image stabilizer turned off when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective as usual when the tele-converter
(optional) is attached.
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Selecting from the Menus
Many of the camera’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear
in the display. Availability of items in the menus depends on the mode the camera
is set to. Unavailable items appear in purple.
E
There are two main menus:
1. Camera menu (when the POWER switch is set to CAMERA)
2. PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu (when the POWER switch is set to
PLAY (MV300i: VCR))
Camera menu (CAM. MENU)
Shutter speed ........................ 63
Digital zoom......................... 21
Image stabilizer .................... 34
16:9 effect............................. 19
White balance....................... 66
Wireless controller. .............. 39
Record mode ........................ 19
Beep...................................... 20
Wind screen.......................... 59
Audio mode.......................... 58
Brightness............................. 23
Mirror mode ......................... 24
TV Screen .......................... 102
Date/time display ................. 43
Time zone/
Daylight saving time ............ 41
!6 Date/time set ........................ 43
CAM.MENU
q
e
t
u
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
D.ZOOM••••••40×
IMAGE S.
•ON
16:9••••••••OFF
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
WL.REMOTE•••
1
REC MODE••••SP
BEEP••••••••ON
r
y
i
CAM.MENU
o
!1
!3
!5
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
WIND SCREEN•OFF
AUDIO MODE••12bit
+
BRIGHTNESS•• –
MIRROR••••••ON
TV SCREEN•••ON
D/T DISPLAY•OFF
T.ZONE/DST••PARIS
D/TIME SET•• 1.JAN.2000
12:00 AM
w
!0
!2
!4
!6
Using the Full
Range of Features
q
w
e
r
t
y
u
i
o
!0
!1
!2
!3
!4
!5
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PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu
E
q Wireless controller................ 39
w Record mode
(MV300i only)...................... 19
e Data code .............................. 69
r Date/time select .................... 68
t Brightness ............................. 23
y Displays .............................. 102
u 6-second auto date ................ 70
i Output channel...................... 84
o Wind screen .......................... 59
!0 Beep ...................................... 20
MENU
q
e
t
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
WL.REMOTE•••
1
REC MODE••••SP
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
+
BRIGHTNESS•• –
DISPLAYS••••ON
6SEC.DATE•••OFF
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
r
y
MENU
u
o
SEL.SETSET
MENUCLOSE
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
+
BRIGHTNESS•• –
DISPLAYS••••ON
6SEC.DATE•••OFF
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
WIND SCREEN•OFF
BEEP••••••••ON
w
i
!0
Using the Full
Range of Features
Turn to the appropriate page for a detailed explanation of each function.
1,6
MENU
MENU
TV
SCREEN
SET
2,4
3,5
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the selector dial to move the arrow up or down the display.
3. Press the selector dial in to select your chosen option from the
menu.
• Your selected option remains on the screen and all other options are
removed.
4. Turn the selector dial up or down to choose its setting.
5. Press the selector dial in.
• However, if you are setting anything other than the white balance or the
shutter speed, you can skip this step.
6. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
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• You can only see eight options on the screen at one time. Pointers at the
top/bottom of the screen indicate that there are more options that you can scroll
through.
• You may often find it convenient to use the wireless controller to move around
the menus. Press its MENU button to enter/leave the menu and use the arrow
keys in place of turning the selector dial. Push the SET button to select.
• Pressing the start/stop button or the PHOTO button will close the menu and
start recording.
• You can display the menus on a connected TV screen by turning TV SCREEN
on through the camera menu or using the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN
button. See p. 29 for TV hookup instructions.
E
Using the Full
Range of Features
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Using the Wireless Controller
E
The supplied wireless controller can
operate the camera from a distance of
up to 5 m (16 feet). Point it at the
camera’s remote sensor while you press
the buttons.
There are seven functions that cannot
be operated without the wireless
controller:
• Special playback ( 28)
• Photo/date search ( 71)
• Zero set memory ( 72)
• Audio mix ( 83)
• A/V insert ( 77: MV300i only)
• Audio dubbing ( 80)
• Data code ( 68)
5m
Using the Full
Range of Features
Inserting batteries
Insert two AA batteries, following the
= and - markings. Be careful not to
reverse the polarity of the batteries.
• When using the wireless controller in brightly lit places or outdoors, the
effective range will be less.
• The camera may have difficulty picking up the remote control signals at
extremely close range.
• Do not leave the controller exposed to direct sunlight, or in hot or humid places.
• When the batteries run out, replace them both together.
• If the wireless controller doesn’t work, see p. 40.
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Setting the remote sensor mode
To prevent interference from other
Canon wireless controllers being used
nearby, there are two remote sensor
modes and an off setting. The wireless
controller and the camera have to be set
to the same mode in order to be
compatible.
E
ZOOM
W
T
REMOTE SET
The wireless controller and the camera have been preset to mode 1. If you change
the mode on the camera, be sure to change the mode on the wireless controller to
the same mode.
WL.REMOTE•••
(
35, 36)
1
A 1 : Mode 1
A 2 : Mode 2
OFFB : Sensor off
To turn the remote sensor off:
• B appears in the display.
To change the mode...
...on the camera:
1. Open either the camera or the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu and select
WL. REMOTE.
2. Choose A 1 or A 2 and close the menu.
Using the Full
Range of Features
1. Open either the camera or the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu and select
WL. REMOTE.
2. Choose OFFB and close the menu.
• The selected mode will appear on the display for four seconds.
...on the wireless controller:
Press and hold the REMOTE SET button on the wireless controller.
Simultaneously press the ZOOM W button for mode 1 or the
ZOOM T button for mode 2. Continue to press simultaneously for
over two seconds.
• Be sure to set the wireless controller to the same mode as the camera.
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If your wireless controller isn’t working:
E
Make sure the camera and the wireless controller are both set to the same mode.
Check the mode the camera is set to by pushing any button other than the
REMOTE SET button on the wireless controller. The camera’s mode appears in
purple for about four seconds. Set the wireless controller’s mode accordingly by
pressing the aforementioned button combinations. If the wireless controller still
doesn’t work, change the batteries.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The mode the camera is set to also appears for four seconds when you turn the
power on.
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Setting the Date and Time
MENU
E
The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. You can choose to
display or hide it during playback ( 68).
Set the date and time display when you first start using your camera. Install the
backup battery before you begin ( 89).
• Before you start setting the date and time, select your home time zone from the
menu.
Setting the time zone/daylight saving time
T.ZONE/DST••PARIS
(
35)
• PAUSE appears in the display.
2. Open the menu and move the arrow to T. ZONE/DST with the
selector dial.
3. Press the selector dial in.
• The time zone display appears on the screen.
• Your camcorder’s time zone is factory-preset to Paris. If you are at another
time zone, select your time zone first and daylight saving time (DST) setting
if necessary.
Using the Full
Range of Features
1. Set the camera to record pause mode.
4. Move up or down the list of time zones by turning the selector dial.
Press the selector dial in to select the option that represents your
time zone.
• If you are now in daylight saving time, select the time zone with the
daylight saving time mark C next to the area.
5. Press the MENU button.
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E
16
1
19
18
24
20
4
2
3
17
6
7
10
9
15
8
5
21
23
14
12
22
11
13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Using the Full
Range of Features
No. Time zone
LONDON
PARIS
CAIRO
MOSCOW
DUBAI
KARACHI
DACCA
BANGKOK
H. KONG (Hong Kong)
TOKYO
SYDNEY
SOLOMON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12 13
No. Time zone
WELLGTN (Wellington)
SAMOA
HONOLU (Honolulu)
ANCHOR (Anchorage)
L.A. (Los Angeles)
DENVER
CHICAGO
N.Y. (New York)
CARACAS
RIO (Rio de Janeiro)
FERNAN. (Fernando de Noronha)
AZORES
• After you have selected your time zone and set the date and time, when you
travel to another time zone, there is no need to reset the date and time. Just set
the time zone to your destination and the camera’s clock will automatically
change to display the correct time for your destination.
• The camera automatically accounts for the number of days in a month and leap
year.
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Setting the clock
E
After you set the date and time, the date/time and home time zone will be
displayed for about four seconds each time you turn the power on.
(
35)
D/TIME SET•• 1.JAN.2000
12:00 AM
1. Set the camera to record pause mode.
2. Open the menu and select D/TIME SET.
• The year display starts to flash.
3. Turn the selector dial up and down to change the year. Press the
dial in to move to another part of the display.
• Once you move from the year, the next part of the display starts flashing.
4. Set the month, day, hours, and minutes in the same way.
5. Press the MENU button when finished, and to start the clock.
Date and time display
You can choose to display or hide the date and time display during recording.
When the date and time display is set to ON, the date and time show in the lower
left-hand corner of the display but the time zone disappears in about four seconds.
The large, four-second display will no longer appear when you turn on the power.
It is not recorded onto your tape.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The date can be set to any year between 2000 and 2050.
• If you press the MENU button in the middle of setting the date and time, you
leave the menu, and the clock starts.
• If you press the selector dial in after setting the minutes you can set the date
and time again from the start.
D/T DISPLAY•OFF
(
35)
1. Set the camera to record pause mode.
2. Open the menu and select D/T DISPLAY.
3. Select ON and close the menu.
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Taking Still Pictures
1
E
PHO
TO
2
PHO
TO
Using the Full
Range of Features
You can record still pictures like a photograph. The camera records the picture and
sound to tape for approximately 6 seconds. The exposure is automatically
adjusted.
Take still photos that you can record onto a floppy disk with the optional Floppy
Disk Still Image Recorder FR-100 ( 46) and transfer to a PC for image
enhancement and printout. Also, starting your shooting with a still photo makes it
easy to find the beginning again later with the Photo Search function( 71).
Take still pictures from the body of the camera or from the wireless controller.
You can take a still picture at any time during regular video recording, or you can
put the camcorder into record pause mode first, then take a still picture.
During record mode
Press the PHOTO button fully down and the still picture will be taken
immediately.
• The camera takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to the
tape for approximately six seconds. During this time the camera also records
the sound, and the display shows the still picture.
• A counter display appears, and counts up to six seconds as the camcorder
records the picture.
During record pause mode
1. Press the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it:
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• “PHOTO” flashes at the bottom right of display.
• Exposure is locked the instant the photo button is pressed halfway down.
• During autofocus F flashes white in the display as the camcorder adjusts the
focus and it is displayed continuously as a green mark when the camera is
ready to take the still picture.
• If the subject is unsuitable for autofocus ( 95), the camera may not be
able to focus, and F may continue to flash white in the display. Adjust the
focus manually with the selector dial.
• If you are using manual focus ( 65), the F mark starts as a continous
green mark. Focus with the selector dial.
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2. Press the PHOTO button fully down to take the still picture.
• The camera takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to
the tape for approximately six seconds. During this time the camera also
records the sound, and the display shows the still picture.
• A counter display appears, and counts up to six seconds as the camcorder
records the picture. F disappears from the display.
E
• While the camera records the still, you cannot use the camera functions
(controls, POWER switch/zoom lever, etc., do not respond until recording is
complete). This applies even when you haven’t loaded a cassette.
• The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting. Press the
button fully and the camera immediately takes the “photo”.
• Only take “photos” where it is bright enough to see the image in the display.
• If you want to use an effect, make sure you set it before you take your picture.
Using the Full
Range of Features
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Transferring Still Pictures to a PC with the FR-100 (optional)
E
The FR-100 captures images taken with the camera, compressing them in JPEG
format and recording them as still images onto a floppy disk.
DV OUT
Using the Full
Range of Features
DV cable
1. Connect the power sources for the camera and the FR-100.
2. Turn the camera’s POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR), and
connect the camera and the FR-100 with the DV cable (supplied
with the FR-100).
3. Insert a floppy disk into the FR-100.
4. Play back your cassette in the camera and search for the image you
want to capture. Find exactly the frame you want by using frame
advance/reverse ( 28).
5. Press the FR-100’s CAPTURE button to record the image onto the
floppy disk.
6. After you have finished recording images, remove the floppy disk
and insert it into your PC’s disk drive.
• For full details of how to use the FR-100, refer to its instruction manual.
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Searching and Reviewing While Recording
Record search
When the camera is in record pause
mode, you can use record search to
play the tape forwards or backwards to
find the point where you want to start
or resume recording. This is useful
when you want to add a new scene to a
previously used cassette. By using
record search, you can ensure a smooth,
noise-free join between the new scene
and the old one.
E
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
1. Make sure the camera is in record pause mode.
2. Press and hold the REC SEARCH + or – button on the camera
while you check the picture in the display.
• The + button plays the recording forwards and the – button plays it
backwards.
3. Release the button when you find the point where you want to start
recording.
Record review
When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record review to play back
the last few seconds of your recording and then return automatically to record
pause mode. You can quickly make sure that a scene has recorded properly and
then go on to shoot the next scene, without producing any noise in the picture.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The camera returns to record pause mode.
1. Make sure the camera is in record pause mode.
2. Press and release the c (record review) button while you check the
picture in the display.
• The camera rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns to
record pause mode.
• Noise may appear on the screen when you play the tape backwards.
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Using the Various Recording Programs
E
P
The camera provides you with a choice of seven recording programs. They use
different combinations of camera settings in order to adjust the exposure and other
functions to match the recording situation.
• For simple point-and-shoot operation, select the Easy Recording program. Slide
the program selector to the [ position.
• For normal shooting conditions, slide the program selector to Q (program AE)
mode. Open the program menu and select AUTO ( 49).
• For various other recording conditions, the camera has five more specialised AE
(auto exposure) programs.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Availability of functions in each recording program
P
Q
[
[(Easy
Recording)
Recording
Program
Shutter Speed
Focus
Exposure
White balance
Image stabilizer (ON/OFF)
Digital effects
16:9
h : Available
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P
Position of
program selector
Auto
h
A
ON
i
i
i : Not available
Sports
&
Portrait Spotlight Sand
Snow
Low
Light
A
h
h
h
h
h
h
A : Automatic function only
OFF
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Setting the program AE mode
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Set the camera to record pause mode.
Slide the program selector to Q (program AE) mode.
Push the selector dial in to display the program menu.
Turn the selector dial to move the arrow up or down the display.
Push the selector dial in to select the desired program.
E
• The program will appear in the display.
6. Press the start/stop button to begin recording.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The name of your selected recording program appears constantly on the left of
the display, with the exception of Auto, which is displayed and then disappears
after 4 seconds.
• Avoid changing programs during recording as the brightness of the image may
change suddenly.
• The specialised AE programs are not suitable for all kinds of lighting. The
image may flicker, or a bright line may appear on the screen if you use them in
the wrong lighting conditions.
• If you switch the camera from the [ program to the Q program, the camera
returns to the Auto mode.
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Easy Recording
The simplest way to use the camera is with the
program selector set to the [ position. The
camera will take care of focus, exposure and
other adjustments, leaving you free to point and
shoot.
[
Auto
This is the same as the Easy Recording program,
except that you now have the option of using any
of the camera’s manual functions.
AUTO
Using the Full
Range of Features
Sports
This program is useful for recording high-speed
sports scenes in brightly lit conditions. Normal
playback will be slightly jerky, but you will get
clear images which can be analysed frame by
frame during slow or paused playback.
Portrait
Use this program outdoors to make subjects
stand out from a softened foreground and
background. It works well for still-lifes and
close-ups. The effect is most noticeable when
the zoom position is between the middle range
and the telephoto end. Focus manually for
maximum accuracy, and be careful when
recording action scenes, as this program may
cause fast moving objects to shudder.
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SPORTS
PORTRAIT
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Spotlight
This program is designed for recording spotlit
scenes, such as on a stage. The exposure is
automatically adjusted for glare-free recordings
of subjects lit by a concentrated light source.
E
SPOTLIGHT
Sand & Snow
Use this program in places where the
background is so bright that the subject appears
underexposed in the display — a sunny beach or
ski resort, for example. You may notice some
shudder when recording moving subjects.
SAND&SNOW
Low Light
LOW LIGHT
Using the Full
Range of Features
This program allows you to record in dimly lit
places. It is generally best used for close-ups of
slow or stationary subjects, as moving subjects
may leave a trailing after-image. However, you
can take advantage of this to create special
effects, by rapid zooming or by panning along
with a moving subject. Picture quality will not
be as good as in normal lighting conditions, and
autofocus may not work as well as usual.
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Using Digital Effects
Use the camera’s 2 types of digital effects for more interesting productions.
E
• Faders:
Start or end scenes with a fade to or from black (
Fade Trigger, Vertical Wipe, Horizontal Wipe,
Mosaic Fade
Add flavour to your recordings ( 55).
Art, Black and White, Sepia, Mosaic
• Effects:
Availability of digital effects in CAMERA mode
Recording
Program
[ (Easy Recording)
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Effects
Using the Full
Range of Features
Faders
MOVIE
FADE-T
WIPE
WIPE
M. FADE
ART
BLK&WHT
SEPIA
MOSAIC
h : Available
i : Not available
PHOTO
i
i
Q (Program AE)
MOVIE
PHOTO
h
i
h
54).
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Availability of digital effects in PLAY (MV300i: VCR) playback modes
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Playback
Faders
FADE-T
WIPE
WIPE
Effects
M. FADE
Reverse
Still picture
Slow forward/
Forward/reverse
Playback
playback
reverse playback
×2 playback
h
(Press PAUSE
to fade out)
h
(Press PLAY
Set only
or PAUSE
Set only
to fade in)
ART
BLK&WHT
SEPIA
h
MOSAIC
h : Available
Using the Full
Range of Features
• When you do not want to use digital effects, press the DIGITAL EFFECTS
button and select D.EFFECT | from the digital effects menu. Press the
DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu.
• The camera remembers your chosen digital effect setting until you change it.
• Digital effects cannot be operated on a blank blue screen (appears during
playback). The display continues to flash.
• Digital effects operated during PLAY (MV300i: VCR) mode are not recorded
onto the original tape.
• Digital effects can be added to another tape when dubbing using the A/V out
terminal (PLAY (MV300i: VCR) mode), but not the DV out terminal.
• You cannot operate digital effects while photo/date searching.
• If you slide the program selector to [ (Easy Recording) while the digital effect
display is flashing, it will disappear from the display and reappear when you
return to Q (program AE) mode.
• The digital effect display will flash for two seconds after setting, even if
DISPLAYS is set to OFF in the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu.
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● Faders
E
Fade Trigger (FADE-T)
When you start recording, the scene
gradually fades in from a black screen.
When you stop recording, it gradually
fades out.
Vertical Wipe (WIPE )
When you start recording, the picture
begins as a thin vertical line in the
centre of the screen which gradually
expands sideways until it fills the whole
of the screen. When you end a scene,
the image is wiped from both sides of
the screen.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Horizontal Wipe (WIPE )
When you start recording, the picture
begins as a thin horizontal line in the
centre of the screen which gradually
expands upwards and downwards until
it fills the whole screen. When you end
a scene, the image is wiped from the
top and bottom of screen.
Mosaic Fade (M. FADE)
Blurs the image by enlarging the size of
some pixels. The image appears as
increasingly large squares of colour as
it fades out, and smaller squares when
it fades in.
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● Effects
Art (ART)
E
Adds a paint-like effect, called
solarization, to the image.
Black and White (BLK & WHT)
Records the image in black and white.
Sepia (SEPIA)
Mosaic (MOSAIC)
Using the Full
Range of Features
Records a monochrome image with a
brownish tint.
Blurs the image by enlarging the size of
some pixels.
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Digital effects can be set with the controls on the body of the camera or the
wireless controller. Pressing the ▲/▼ buttons on the wireless controller
correspond to turning the selector dial up and down, and pressing the SET button
corresponds to pressing the selector dial in.
P
ON/OFF
DIGITAL
EFFECTS
MENU
SET
D.EFFECTS
ON/OFF
Operating faders
Using the Full
Range of Features
Sound and image fade together.
When operating faders while recording, make sure the program selector is set to
Q.
Set fader
1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects
menu.
2. Move the arrow up and down with the selector dial.
• Point the arrow at FADER.
3. Press the selector dial in.
• FADE-T, WIPE
, WIPE
, M.FADE settings appear.
4. Turn the selector dial.
• Point the arrow at your selected setting.
5. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button.
• The menu disappears and the name of your selected setting flashes in the
display.
Fader on/off
6. Press the ON/OFF button.
• The name of your selection stops flashing.
• Each time you press the ON/OFF button, the chosen fader is activated
(display lights continuously) or deactivated (display flashes).
7. If you’re in camera mode:
If you’re in PLAY
(MV300i:VCR) mode:
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Fade in- Press the start/stop button.
Fade out- Press the start/stop button.
Fade in- Press the e (play) button.
Fade out- Press the a (pause) button.
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Operating effects
Sound records/plays back normally.
When operating effects while recording, make sure the program selector is set to
Q.
E
Set effect
1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects
menu.
2. Move the arrow up and down with the selector dial.
• Point the arrow at EFFECT.
3. Press the selector dial in.
• ART, BLK&WHT, SEPIA and MOSAIC settings appear.
4. Turn the selector dial.
• Point the arrow at your selected setting.
5. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button.
• The menu disappears and the name of your selected setting flashes in the
display.
Effect on/off
• The name of your selection stops flashing and takes effect on the display.
• Each time you press the ON/OFF button, the chosen effect is activated or
deactivated.
Using the Full
Range of Features
6. If you’re playing back, press the e (play) button.
7. Press the ON/OFF button.
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Audio Recording
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Selecting the audio mode
MV300/MV300i can record sound in two audio modes — 16-bit and 12-bit. The
16-bit mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly superior to CD) while the
12-bit mode records on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels free (stereo
2) for you to add new sound at a later date.
AUDIO MODE••12bit
(
35)
1. To switch to the 16-bit mode, open the menu and select AUDIO
MODE.
2. Select “16 bit” and close the menu.
• “16 bit” is shown in the display for approximately four seconds.
• For details on adding new sound, see p. 80.
• For details of playing back a tape that has new sound on stereo 2, see p. 83.
Using the Full
Range of Features
External microphone
For greater creative control over audio recording, you can connect an external
microphone to the camera via the MIC terminal. When using the MIC terminal,
use a microphone with a built-in power supply (condenser microphone). It is
possible to connect almost any stereo microphone with a plug diameter of 3.5 mm
(1/8 in), however, their audio levels will be different from that of the built-in
microphone.
1. Slide the microphone onto the accessory shoe.
2. Connect the microphone to the MIC terminal.
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• Use the MB-100 Microphone Boom (optional) to keep long microphones out of
the frame.
• You can monitor the sound while recording by attaching stereo headphones to
the H terminal.
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Wind screen
E
The camera has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering
with the sound track. Make sure it’s off when you want the microphone to be as
sensitive as possible. Use the wind screen when recording in windy places such as
the beach or near buildings.
WIND SCREEN•OFF
(
35, 36)
1. Open the camera menu and point the arrow at WIND SCREEN.
2. Select the ON setting and close the menu.
• WS O is shown in the display.
• The wind screen can be used for audio dubbing with the built-in microphone as
well as recording.
• The wind screen does not operate with an external microphone. The WIND
SCREEN menu options disappear (“– – –”) when an external microphone is
connected to the MIC terminal.
Using the Full
Range of Features
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Setting the Self-Timer
E
POW ER
PHO
TO
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
POW ER
START
/STOP PHOTO
SELF
TIMER MENU
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
This is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording
movies or still photographs.
Using the Full
Range of Features
For movie
1. Set the camera to record pause mode.
2. Press the
self-timer button on the body of the camera
or
the SELF TIMER button on the wireless controller.
• SELF T. appears in the display.
• To have the subject monitor recording, rotate the LCD panel 180° (
• The camera starts to record after a 10-second countdown period (or after
two seconds when you use the wireless controller). The time remaining
counts down in the display (e.g. “5 SEC”).
• SELF T. disappears from the display when recording begins.
4. Press the start/stop button to end recording.
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24).
3. Press the start/stop button.
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• When taking a still photo, set the self-timer and press a PHOTO button on the
camera body or the wireless controller. The camera automatically adjusts the
focus two seconds before the countdown is complete. The F mark flashes white
then turns green after the focus and exposure are set. If you are using the
wireless controller, the F mark starts flashing immediately after you press the
PHOTO button. The camcorder takes the picture for approximately six seconds
then automatically goes into record pause mode.
• To cancel the self-timer before the countdown has begun, press the
SELF
TIMER button.
• To cancel the self-timer once the countdown has begun, press the
SELF
TIMER button, start/stop if you’re shooting movies, or PHOTO if you’re taking
a still photograph.
E
Using the Full
Range of Features
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Adjusting Exposure Manually
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Exposure lock
When you are recording in situations
where the lighting may change
suddenly, you can lock the exposure at
the current level in order to control the
brightness of the image.
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
To lock the exposure, press the EXP button. Press it again to return to auto
exposure.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Exposure adjustment
When the exposure is locked, you can
adjust it manually, making the picture
brighter or darker in order to deal with
difficult lighting conditions. The
camera’s iris can be manually set to any
position from fully closed to fully open.
To make the recorded image brighter,
turn the selector dial upwards (to a
maximum of +11). This may be
necessary if the background is very
bright, or if the subject is lit from
behind.
To make the recorded image darker,
turn the selector dial downwards (to a
minimum of –11). This may be
necessary if the background is very
dark, or if the subject is spotlit.
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REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
E . L OCK ± 0
E . L O C K + 11
E . L OCK ± 0
E . L O C K – 11
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• You cannot adjust the exposure without the e mark before E.LOCK in the
display. Push the EXP button so that e appears before E.LOCK. Then you can
adjust the exposure manually.
• The standard exposure level depends on which recording program you have
selected.
• Exposure lock is cancelled if you change recording programs.
• You cannot use exposure lock or adjustment when the program selector is set to
the [ (Easy Recording) position.
• If you zoom while the exposure is locked, the brightness of the scene may
change.
E
Shutter speed
Set the shutter speed manually to take stable shots of quickly moving subjects.
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
(
35)
AUTO
1/50
1/120
1/250
1/500
1/1000
1/2000
1/4000
1/8000
Using the Full
Range of Features
1. Make sure the camera is set to record pause mode in the Q
(program AE) mode.
2. Press the selector dial in and choose AUTO from the program
menu.
3. Open the camera menu and select SHUTTER.
4. Press the selector dial in to select the desired shutter speed.
slower
faster
5. Close the menu.
• The camera returns to the auto shutter setting when you slide the program
selector to [ (Easy Recording), or change the recording program.
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Guidelines for shooting using high shutter speeds
• When shooting with a shutter speed of 1/1000 or higher, do not shoot the sun
directly.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Recommended shutter speeds when shooting:
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• People doing outdoor sports such as
golf or tennis
1/2000 or 1/4000
(or 1/8000 to freeze
the action even more
clearly)
• Moving cars or trains or other
rapidly moving vehicles such as
roller coasters
1/1000, 1/500 or
1/250
• People doing indoor sports such as
basketball
1/120
• You are unable to set the shutter speed when exposure lock is set in any
recording program other than AUTO. The SHUTTER display becomes set to
‘‘– – –.’’
• The image may not appear smooth when a high shutter speed is set.
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Adjusting Focus Manually
The camera can focus automatically. All you have to do is point it, and whatever is
in the centre of the display will usually be in sharp focus. If it does not seem to be
focusing well, it may be because the subject is not suitable for autofocus.
E
You can use the manual focusing function for more control over focusing.
Focus lock
Press the FOCUS button to turn off
autofocus. The focus remains locked at
the point set by autofocus.
(eM.FOCUS appears in the display.)
You can now adjust the focus manually
with the selector dial. Press the FOCUS
button again when you want to return
to autofocus.
• If you zoom in on your subject after
turning off autofocus, it may not stay
in focus. It is generally best to adjust
the zoom first, and then the focus.
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
Use the selector dial to set the focus.
• Turn the selector dial downward to
move the focus farther away.
• Turn the selector dial upwards to
bring the focus nearer.
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
Using the Full
Range of Features
Manual focus
• You cannot adjust the focus without the e mark before M.FOCUS in the
display. Push the FOCUS button so that e appears before M.FOCUS. Then you
can adjust the focus manually.
• The manual focus setting is cancelled if you select the [ (Easy Recording)
program.
• When you are using the [ (Easy Recording) program, autofocus cannot be
turned off.
• See “Troubleshooting” on p. 94 for a list of subjects which may not be suitable
for autofocus.
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Setting the White Balance
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The camera’s auto white balance
system compensates for a wide range of
lighting conditions. Although slight
variations are unavoidable, colours will
appear natural in virtually every
situation.
Using the Full
Range of Features
In some cases, you will get better
results by setting the white balance
yourself, or using one of the two preset
modes:
T Indoor Mode
• Under halogen or studio/video
lighting
• Subject is of one dominant colour
• Close ups
U Outdoor mode
• In daylight, especially for closeups and where the subject is of
one dominant colour
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
(
35)
1. Make sure the camera is set to record pause mode in the Q
(program AE) mode.
2. Open the camera menu and point the arrow at WHITE BAL.
3. a) For the indoor, outdoor or auto settings, press the selector dial in
to choose the setting.
• T/U appears in the display when you set the white balance to
indoor/outdoor mode.
b) To set the white balance yourself, point the camera at a white
object (such as a sheet of paper) and zoom in until it fills the
display. Then press the selector dial in to select SET.
• The W display flashes then remains lit.
• Depending on the light source, the flashing may at times continue. The
result will remain better than with the auto setting and you can continue
recording.
4. Close the menu.
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Setting the white balance manually will probably work better
than auto white balance when shooting:
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Subjects with one dominant colour, such as sky, sea or forest
Close-ups
In rapidly changing lighting conditions
In places lit by certain types of fluorescent or mercury vapour
lights
Using the Full
Range of Features
• Turn the digital zoom off (if neccessary) to set a more accurate white balance.
• If you have set the white balance and lighting conditions change, reset the white
balance.
• Try to record with light from a single source. Correct white balance cannot be
obtained for two types of lighting at once.
• You cannot set the white balance or choose the indoor/outdoor mode when the
program selector is set to the [ (Easy Recording) program.
• The white balance returns to the AUTO setting when you slide the program
selector to [ (Easy Recording).
• When you turn the camera on, the white balance returns to AUTO. If you then
switch the white balance to SET, the camera will remember your last setting.
• During normal outdoor shooting, setting to AUTO may provide better results.
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Displaying Date, Time and Camera Data (Data Code)
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A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other
camera data (shutter speed and exposure settings) is automatically recorded on a
special data section of the tape.
MENU
POW ER
DATA
CODE
CAMERA
OFF
PLAY
During PLAY (MV300i: VCR) mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden
while the camera is in play, slow or still mode.
Camera data may be displayed as “– – –” during fast forward, rewind, reverse
playback, forward and reverse ×2 playback.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Press the DATA CODE button on the wireless controller.
• Press it once to display, once more to hide it.
Selecting date/time
Select whether you want the date, the time, or both to show up on your data code
display ( 69).
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME
(
1.
2.
3.
4.
68
36)
Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR).
Open the menu and select D/TIME SEL.
Choose between DATE, TIME and DATE & TIME.
Press the MENU button to close the menu.
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Setting the data code
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You can also choose which type of data code to display — either the date/time,
camera data or both.
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
(
36)
1. Select DATA CODE from the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu.
2. Choose between DATE/TIME, CAMERA DATA and CAM. & D/T.
3. Press the MENU button once more to close the menu.
Possible data code combinations:
DATA CODE
D/TIME SEL.
Date
Time
Camera data
Date/Time &
Camera data
1.JAN.2000
F32
1/2000
F32
1/2000
1.JAN.2000
12:00:00 AM
F32
1/2000
F32
1/2000
12:00:00 AM
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2000
F32
1/2000
F32
1/2000
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2000
• The data code will read “– – –” in the following situations:
– During playback of a blank section of tape.
– If the tape was recorded before entering the date and time in the camera’s
memory.
– If the tape was recorded on a camera without a data code function.
– If noise or tape damage prevents the data code from being read.
• If a recording made on MV300/MV300i is played back on a different DV
camcorder, the data code may not be displayed correctly.
• The data code will appear in the display even if DISPLAYS ( 102) has been
set to OFF through the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu.
Using the Full
Range of Features
Date & Time
Date/Time
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Six-second auto date
The six-second auto date appears for six seconds to mark the changeover of a day
if the tape was being recorded at 12:00 midnight. It also appears for six seconds
when you start playback and have the data code turned off. The six-second auto
date will adjust for any time zone changes you have indicated.
6SEC. DATE•••OFF
(
36)
You can turn the six-second auto date on:
1. Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR).
2. Open the menu and select 6SEC.DATE.
3. Select ON and close the menu.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• When 6SEC.DATE is turned on but DISPLAYS (
second auto date will still appear for six seconds.
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Searching the Tape (Photo Search/Date Search)
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SEARCH
SELECT
POW ER
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
CAMERA
OFF
PAUSE
SLOW
×2
PLAY
This allows you to move quickly through still pictures recorded anywhere on a
tape (photo search) or between different days or areas of recording (date search).
• You can only use this function from the wireless controller.
1. Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR).
2. Press the SEARCH SELECT button to choose between photo/date
search.
• PHOTO SEARCH or DATE SEARCH is shown in the display for four
seconds.
• Press once to move to the start of the previous/next still picture or day on the
tape.
• You can press more than once to move to the corresponding still picture or
day (up to a maximum of ten times), e.g. press the + button five times to
move forward five still pictures or days.
• PHOTO SEARCH/DATE SEARCH appears in the middle of the display
alongside the - or + mark and number to search through. The recording
mode is also shown (SP/LP).
Using the Full
Range of Features
3. Press the - and + buttons to move backwards or forwards
through the still pictures or between different days of recording.
• Press 3 (stop) to stop mid-search.
• If you begin a search very close to the start of a recorded still picture during
photo search, the camera may skip straight past it.
• When you have set the area for the World Clock, date search also looks for the
change in date based on the adjusted time.
• A date/area cannot be identified if the total recording time on that day/area was
less than one minute.
• Date search playback may start just before or after the beginning of the located
section.
• If the data code is not displayed correctly you will not be able to operate the
date search correctly.
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Returning to a Pre-Marked Position
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SEARCH
SELECT
POW ER
CAMERA
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
OFF
PLAY
PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Use the wireless controller to mark a point on a tape that you want to return to
following playback.
1. Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button on the wireless controller
during playback at a point you want to return to later.
Using the Full
Range of Features
• The time code is replaced by a tape counter that is set to zero with the Â
indication.
• Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button once more to cancel the zero set
memory.
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2. When you have finished playback, fast forward or rewind the tape.
The tape stops automatically when it reaches the zero set position.
• RTN1 or `RTN appears in the display.
• The tape counter with  indication disappears from the display and the time
code reappears.
• The zero set memory may not function correctly where there is a break between
recordings on the tape.
• You can also use zero set memory to mark a position on a tape in camera mode.
When you then play back the tape, pressing rewind will take you back to the
pre-marked position.
• If you remove the tape while the zero set memory is set, the memory is
cancelled and the tape counter reverts to time code.
• The camera remembers your setting even if you turn it off and back on again or
move the program selector.
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Editing to a VCR
By connecting the camera to another VCR, you can edit your recordings in order
to remove unwanted scenes — or combine different shots to create your own
video productions.
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Preparations
1. Connect the camera to the VCR.
• See “Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 29.
2. Prepare the TV and VCR.
• Turn on the TV and set the TV/VIDEO selector to VIDEO.
• Turn on the VCR, and set its input selector to LINE. Load a blank cassette,
and put the VCR in record pause mode.
• See your TV and VCR instruction manuals for details.
3. Turn the camera’s POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR), and
load your recorded cassette.
Editing
1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section
you want to copy.
2. Start to play it back while you monitor the picture on the TV.
3. Start recording on the VCR as soon as the section you want to copy
appears on the screen.
4. Pause the VCR at the end of the section you want to copy, then stop
playback on the camera.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until your edited recording is complete.
• The quality of the edited tape will be slightly lower than that of the original.
Editing
m (LANC) terminal
The m terminal allows you to connect
the camera to equipment. Some buttons
on editing equipment may operate
differently from those on the camera.
m
• m (LANC) is a trademark. It stands for Local Application Control Bus System.
• We cannot guarantee the results when connecting to equipment not bearing the
LANC m symbol.
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Dubbing with Digital Video Equipment
MV300
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: Signal flow
Side with arrow
Digital video equipment fitted with the DV terminal lets you edit, copy and
transfer data digitally, with virtually no generation loss in image and sound
quality.
Editing
Use the optional CV-150F DV cable to connect two digital devices together.
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MV300i
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The MV300i is equipped with the DV Recording function. The MV300i is
only available in certain areas.
Digital video equipment fitted with the DV terminal lets you edit, copy and
transfer data digitally, with virtually no generation loss in image and sound
quality. The DV terminal is for both line-in and line-out, since a single DV
cable can handle data in both directions.
• If a digital VCR is connected and an anomalous signal is sent from the
VCR, the images recorded on the tape may also be anomalous (although it
may not appear so on the TV image), or not recorded at all.
• You are unable to dub tapes recorded with the copyright protective signal.
: Signal flow
REC SEARCH
REC SEARCH
FOCUS
EXP
REC PAUSE
(LINE-IN)
REC SEARCH
PAUSE SELECT
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
A/V
INSERT PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Side with arrow
Side with arrow
Preparations
• Connect the Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) with the sides of the
plugs marked with the arrows facing as shown above.
Editing
1. Connect the camera and the other digital device.
2. Prepare the other device.
• Turn on the power and load a recorded cassette.
3. Turn the camera’s POWER switch to VCR and load a blank
cassette.
• DV IN appears in the display.
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Dubbing
Operate from the controls on the body of the camera or the wireless controller.
Example dubbing to the camera
1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the
section you want to copy and set it to playback pause mode.
2. Press the camera’s REC PAUSE button.
• The camera enters record pause mode.
3. Start playback on the other digital device while you monitor the
picture.
4. Press the pause button.
• Recording starts.
5. When you get to the point where you want to stop recording,
press the stop button or the pause button.
• Recording stops.
6. Stop playback on the other device.
Editing
• If the cable is not connected properly, or if the cable is unconnected when
you press REC PAUSE, the camera displays the caution ‘‘CHECK THE DV
INPUT.’’ An anomalous image may also flash onto the screen.
• Blanks between recordings on the playback tape are recorded as anomalous
images on the tape that is being recorded to.
• During DV dubbing, you cannot add digital effects or faders.
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Copyright signal
Certain pre-recorded software tapes are copyright protected. If you try to play
back such a cassette, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS
RESTRICTED” appears in the display for a few seconds and then the camera
displays a blank blue screen; you cannot view the contents of the cassette.
If you try to record from such a tape via the digital cable “COPYRIGHT
PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED” appears in the display; you cannot
record the contents of the tape.
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Recording Over Existing Scenes — A/V Insert
Editing (MV300i only)
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You can insert new scenes from another DV camcorder onto your pre-recorded
tape using the camera’s DV in terminal. Original video and audio will be
replaced with the new video and audio.
Scene to be inserted
The playback tape
Insert start point
Insert end point
Before inserting
The tape in the camera
After inserting
The tape in the camera
The video and audio of the new scene replace that of the old.
: Signal flow
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
A/V
INSERT PAUSE
SLOW
Editing
REC SEARCH
PAUSE SELECT
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
×2
Side with arrow
Side with arrow
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Preparations
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The tape in the MV300i:
When using the MV300i’s A/V insert function, only record to tapes recorded in
SP mode with continuously recorded time codes.
If there are non-recorded portions or portions recorded in LP mode on the tape,
recording will stop.
The playback tape:
Use only tapes without non-recorded portions.
If there are non-recorded portions or changes in the recording mode, you may not
be able to insert A/V correctly.
You cannot insert A/V when the playback tape has been poorly recorded.
Example recording from another camcorder
1. Connect the MV300i to the other camcorder.
2. Prepare the other camcorder.
• Turn on and load a recorded cassette.
• See its instruction manuals for details.
3. Turn the MV300i’s POWER switch to VCR and load a recorded
cassette.
• Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed
position).
Editing
Editing
Use the wireless controller to operate A/V insert.
1. On the other camcorder, locate a point three seconds before the
scene to be inserted. Set the other camcorder to playback pause
mode.
2. On the MV300i, press PLAY and locate the recording start point.
Set the camera to playback pause mode.
• You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camera or the special
playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in playback
mode.
3. Press the A/V INSERT button.
• A/V INSERT and 2a appear in the display.
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4. Play back the cassette in the other camcorder.
5. To start inserting, press the PAUSE button on the MV300i.
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• 2a changes to 2.
6. To stop inserting, press the STOP button on the MV300i.
• Inserting stops and A/V INSERT disappears from the display. The camera
returns to stop mode.
• If instead of pressing STOP you press PAUSE, the camera returns to the
A/V insert pause mode.
• If you set the zero set memory at the position on the tape where you want to
stop inserting, every time you return to that point, the camera will cancel its
A/V inserting and enter stop mode.
7. Stop playback on the other camcorder.
Editing
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Audio Dubbing
You can add sound to the original sound on a prerecorded tape recorded in the SP
mode with 12-bit sound. Use the internal or an external microphone. The original
sound will not be erased.
For best results, add sound to tapes that have been recorded with this camera in
SP mode with 12-bit sound. If there are non-recorded portions on the tape, or
portions recorded in LP mode, or with 16-bit or 12-bit, 4-channel sound, dubbing
will stop. You cannot dub audio onto a tape recorded with 12-bit and 16-bit sound
intermingled.
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To connect an external microphone:
Editing
• When you add sound using the built-in microphone make sure not to connect
any cables to the MIC terminal.
• To use your TV to monitor video, connect the S-video terminal or the A/V
terminal (use only the video plug) to your TV. You can monitor the sound with
headphones.
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Preparations
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Turn the camera’s POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR) and load a recorded
cassette.
• Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed
position).
Dubbing
SEARCH
SELECT
POW ER
CAMERA
OFF
VCR
ZERO SET
MEMORY REW
PLAY
FF
AUDIO
DUB.
STOP
+/
–/
PAUSE
SLOW
×2
Use the wireless controller when dubbing audio.
Do not connect/disconnect any cables to/from the camera when dubbing audio or
preparing to dub audio.
1. Locate the point where you want to start audio dubbing, then press
the PAUSE button.
• You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camera or the special
playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in playback
mode.
• The camera becomes set to playback pause mode.
2. Press AUDIO DUB.
appear on the display.
3. Press the PAUSE button.
• Audio dubbing starts.
• Direct your voice into the microphone.
•
changes to .
Editing
• AUDIO DUB. and
4. When you get to the point where you want to stop dubbing, press
the STOP button.
• Audio dubbing stops and AUDIO DUB. disappears from the display.
• The camera returns to stop mode.
• You can also set zero set memory ( 72) at the place you want to stop
audio dubbing, then every time you return to that position, audio dubbing
will cancel.
• If instead of pressing STOP you press PAUSE, the camera will return to the
playback pause mode.
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Editing
• You can not use the DV terminal while adding sound.
• You might want to adjust the audio mix ( 83) when playing back a tape with
added sound.
• There may be a loss of sound quality if you add sound to a tape recorded on a
camcorder other than the MV300/MV300i.
• After adding sound three or more times to the same place on a tape, there may
be some loss in sound quality.
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Setting the Audio Mix
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POW ER
CAMERA
MIX
AUDIO BALANCE
MONITOR ST-1
ST-2
OFF
PLAY
When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the
audio output to play: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound,
dubbed to the tape after recording), or mix the balance between the two.
• Audio from the 16-bit mode only contains stereo 1 sound and so you cannot/do
not need to select the audio mix. The same is true for the 12-bit stereo 1 mode,
unless new sound has been added post-recording.
• You can choose the output using the wireless controller only.
1. Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR).
2. Choose the output.
Editing
• Press AUDIO MONITOR on the wireless controller.
• Starting with the last selected setting, four settings appear as you push the
button:
– STEREO1 for just stereo 1.
– STEREO2 for just stereo 2.
– MIX/FIXED for an equal mix of stereo 1 and 2.
– MIX/VARI. (mix variable) for when you want to mix the balance between
stereo 1 and 2.
• To simply choose STEREO1, STEREO2 or MIX/FIXED, make sure your
choice appears on the display.
• If you choose MIX/VARI., you can go on to mix the balance.
• Use the ST-1/ST-2 keys to mix the balance. A bar showing the mix appears
on the screen for four seconds.
• When you have chosen the output, STEREO1, STEREO2, MIX/FIXED or
MIX/VARI. is shown in the top left of the display for a few seconds. If you turn
the power off the output is set to STEREO1.
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Selecting audio output channels
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When you play back a tape whose audio has been recorded on multiple channels,
you can change the output channels of that sound.
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
(
36)
1. Turn the POWER switch to PLAY (MV300i: VCR), load a tape
recorded with multiple-channel audio.
2. Open the PLAY (MV300i: VCR) menu and select OUTPUT CH.
3. Select the output channel.
• Refer to the following list.
Editing
OUTPUT CH setting
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Played back sound
Tape recorded with
stereo sound
Tape recorded on
multiple channels
L/R
L+R channels
main + sub
L/L
L channel only
main only
R/R
R channel only
sub only
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Preparing the Camera
Adjust the viewfinder
• Turn the POWER on and set the camera
to record pause mode. Extend the
viewfinder straight out, then adjust the
viewfinder focusing lever to suit your
eyesight.
• Rotate the viewfinder to an angle that
allows you to view comfortably. Store
the camera with the viewfinder flush
with the body of the camera.
• To view with the viewfinder, make sure
the LCD panel is either turned so that the
subject can monitor viewing, or totally
closed with the screen facing inwards.
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Prepare the lens cap
• Attach the cord to the lens cap, and
pass the grip belt through the loop on
the cord.
• Hook the lens cap on to the grip belt
while you are recording, and place it
over the lens when you have finished.
Fasten the grip belt
• Release the Velcro fastening and hold
the camera with your right hand while
you adjust the belt with your left.
Your index finger should reach the
zoom control and photo button, and
your thumb should reach the start/stop
button comfortably.
Additional
Information
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Attach the shoulder strap
• For extra security and portability, attach
the shoulder strap before using the
camera.
• Pass the ends through the attachment
bars and adjust the length as shown.
Additional
Information
• Be careful not to leave the viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight, or it will melt.
(The light is concentrated by the viewfinder lens.) Adjust the angle of the
viewfinder to prevent sunlight from entering.
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Notes on Using the Batteries
Charging and recording times
• These times vary — the safest policy is always to have two or three times as
many battery packs as you think you will need.
• You will get more recording time if you turn the camera off between shots,
instead of leaving it in record pause mode.
Battery pack
Time needed for
full recharge
Maximum
recording time
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BP-511
BP-522 (optional)
1 hr. 35 min.
2 hr. 35 min.
Using the viewfinder: 2 hr. 30 min.
Using the LCD screen:
2 hr.
5 hr. 10 min.
4 hr. 5 min.
• Recording time will be shorter than usual at low temperatures. You can use the
battery pack between 0° to 40°C (32° and 104°F), but it works best between 10°
to 30°C (50° and 86°F).
• If the battery pack starts to give you much less recording time than usual, it has
reached the end of its life and must be replaced.
• These figures show how long you can view playback with the LCD, after attaching a
fully-charged battery pack. Playback time will be shortened at low temperatures.
Battery pack
BP-511
BP-522
Playback time (using the LCD screen)
2 hr. 10 min.
4 hr. 25 min.
How much power is left?
The indicator in the display shows you
approximately how much charge the
battery pack has left:
↓
↓
↓
↓
75%
50%
25%
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
↓
0%
Additional
Information
• “CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK”
appears in the display for four
seconds when the power is
completely exhausted. The empty
battery mark then appears and starts
to flash. The power indicator light
also flashes.
• The indicator is not constant —
different levels will be shown when
you subject the battery pack and
camcorder to different conditions.
100%
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When to recharge
You can recharge a lithium ion battery pack whenever it is convenient. Unlike a
conventional battery pack, it does not have to be fully discharged first. However,
as the battery pack will naturally discharge itself over time, it is best to charge it
the same day you plan to use it, or the day before.
Taking care of the battery pack
Always attach the terminal cover.
• Do not allow any metal objects to
touch the terminals, as this can cause
a short circuit and damage the battery
pack. Attach the terminal cover
whenever the battery pack is not
being used.
B
D
Keep the terminals clean.
• The camera, adapter or battery pack will not work properly if the terminals are
dirty. Check them before use, and wipe them with a dry cloth or tissue if
necessary.
Additional
Information
Storing the battery pack
• If you do not use a battery pack for a period of more than a few months any
remaining charge may cause damage to the battery pack, and reduce usage time.
To prevent damage therefore, aim to use a battery pack’s complete charge
before storage. See the BP-511 and BP-522 instructions for further details.
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Installing the backup battery
Open the backup battery cover on the
battery attachment unit, and insert the
CR2025 lithium battery with the + side
facing outwards. Click the cover back
into place.
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This backup battery allows the camera to
remember the date and time and other
settings when main power source is
removed. It has a life span of about a
year.
When it needs replacing (or if it has not been installed), the y mark flashes in the
display. Remove the old battery by pushing up then releasing and lifting out. Make
sure to attach a power source to the camera first, so it will remember your chosen
settings when you change the battery.
DANGER!
Treat the battery pack with care.
• Keep it away from fire (or it might explode).
• Do not expose the battery pack to temperatures greater than 60°C (140°F).
Do not leave it near a heater, or inside a car in hot weather, for example.
• Do not try to disassemble or modify it.
• Do not drop or knock it.
• Do not get it wet.
WARNING!
• The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if
mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble, heat above 100°C (212°F) or
incinerate.
• Replace the battery with a Sony, Sanyo or Panasonic CR2025, or Duracell
DL2025. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
• The used battery should be returned to the supplier for safe disposal.
Additional
Information
Cautions:
• Do not pick up the battery using tweezers or other metal tools — this will cause
a short circuit.
• Wipe the battery with a clean, dry cloth to ensure proper contact.
• Keep the battery pack out of reach of children — if it is swallowed, contact a
physician immediately, as the battery case may break down and the battery
fluids damage the stomach and intestines.
• Do not disassemble, heat or immerse the battery in water, to avoid the risk of
explosion.
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Maintenance
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Cautions
Avoid high temperatures and high humidity.
• Do not leave the camera inside a car in hot weather, for example.
• Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment.
• Do not take the camera into a humid room.
Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
• If you take the camera from a cold place to a warm place, condensation may
form on the lens and internal parts ( 93).
Do not point the lens or viewfinder at strong light sources.
• Never point it at the sun, and do not leave it aimed at a bright subject.
• Be especially careful when leaving the camera on a tripod.
Avoid magnetic or electric fields.
• Do not use the camera close to TV transmitters, portable communication devices
or other sources of electric or magnetic radiation. They may cause picture
interference, or permanently damage the camera.
Do not expose the camera to water.
• Cover the camera when you are recording in rain or mist.
• There is a risk of electric shock if water gets inside the camera — contact
qualified service personnel as soon as possible.
Protect the lens.
• Sand and dust can damage the lens — be especially careful on windy days.
Handle the camera gently.
• Vibration or shock can cause damage.
• Do not use the viewfinder or LCD panel as a carrying handle.
Additional
Information
Do not disassemble the camera.
• This is very dangerous as there is a risk of electric shock — if the camera does
not function properly, take it to qualified service personnel.
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Storage
If you do not intend to use the camera for some time, store it in an area which is
free of dust and moisture, and where the temperature is no higher than 30°C
(86°F). After storage, check each part and function of your camera to make sure
everything is still working properly.
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• These cautions also apply to accessories such as battery packs and cassettes.
Maintenance
Viewfinder
• Clean the viewfinder screen. Rotate the
viewfinder upwards. Remove the
viewfinder protect cover and clean by
inserting a cotton bud. When finished,
return it flush with the camera.
• The viewfinder screen scratches easily.
Take care when cleaning.
LCD
• Clean the LCD screen using a
commercially available cleaning cloth for
glasses.
• Where there is a big change in
temperature, moisture may form on the surface of the screen. Wipe clean with a
soft, dry cloth.
• At low temperatures the display may appear to be much darker than usual. This
is not a fault, and as the screen warms up the display will return to normal.
Camera body and lens
• Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camera body or lens. Never use chemically
treated cloth or volatile solvents such as paint thinner.
Additional
Information
Video heads
• When mosaic-like noise appears on the playback picture,
the video heads may be dirty. When the video heads are
badly contaminated, the camera may show a blank blue
screen.
• For the best picture possible, after using the camera for
approximately 20 hours, clean the video heads using
Canon’s DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette. If the “noise”
remains, repeat the cleaning (up to maximum of five times).
• Do not use a wet-type cleaning cassette, as this can cause damage.
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Using the camera abroad
Power sources
• You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camera and charge
battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and
240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug
adapters for overseas use.
Additional
Information
TV playback
• Although you can always play back your recordings on the LCD screen, your
camera can only be connected to TVs which use its PAL system. This TV
system is used in the following countries:
Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, China, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, HongKong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan,
Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New
Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Sierra Leone,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland,
Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom,
Yemen, former Yugoslavia, Zambia.
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Condensation
Condensation may form on the camera when it is moved from a cold place to a
warm place. Using the camera while condensation is present can damage both the
tape and the camera.
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Condensation may become a problem:
When you take the camera from a cold
place to a warm room
When a cold room is heated rapidly
When the camera is left in a humid room
When the camera is taken from an airconditioned room to a warm, humid place
Protecting the camera from condensation
• Before you take the camera to a warm or humid place where condensation is
likely to be a problem, unload the cassette and put the camera in a plastic bag.
Wait until the camera reaches room temperature before you take it out of the
bag.
What happens when condensation is detected
• “CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED” is displayed for approximately
four seconds. Then, the power indicator flashes and the h mark flashes in the
display. If there is a cassette in the camera, it stops automatically and
“REMOVE THE CASSETTE” is displayed for approximately four seconds and
then v flashes in the display. If you have the beep turned on, it will sound.
• The camera may not detect the condensation immediately — the condensation
warning may not start flashing for 10 to 15 minutes.
• You cannot load a cassette when condensation is detected.
Additional
Information
What you should do
• Remove the cassette, leave the cassette compartment open, and turn the camera
off.
• Leave it in a dry place until the condensation evaporates. After the condensation
warning stops flashing, wait at least another hour before trying to use the
camera.
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Troubleshooting
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Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder.
Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page
numbers in parentheses for more information.
Make sure that the camera is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or
VCR. Consult your dealer or service outlet if problems persist.
Additional
Information
Recording/Playback
94
Problem
Cause and/or what to do about it
? Nothing happens when I press the
buttons.
• The camera is not switched on
(
17, 26).
• The cassette is not loaded or is set for
erasure prevention (
15-16).
• The tape has reached the end.
• The power source is not properly
connected,or the battery pack is exhausted
or not properly attached (
10-14, 87).
• The function cannot be used in that
recording program (
48).
? The camera turned itself off.
• The camera was in record pause mode for
more than about five minutes (
17).
• The battery pack is exhausted
(
11-12, 87).
? The cassette compartment stopped
mid-operation while
loading/unloading a cassette.
• The battery pack’s power is exhausted.
Recharge or change to a new battery pack
(
11).
? The start/stop button doesn’t work.
• The cassette is not loaded or is set for
erasure prevention (
15-16).
• The tape has reached the end.
? There’s no picture in the display.
• The POWER switch is not set to
CAMERA (
17).
? There’s a blank blue screen in the
display.
• You are attempting to play back or record
from a copyright protected cassette
(
76).
• The video heads are badly contaminated
(
91).
? The camera won’t focus.
• The camera is on manual focus (
65).
• The viewfinder lens needs adjusting
(
85).
• The lens is dirty (
91).
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• Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often
get better results using manual focus ( 65). Focus on something which is
about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camera at your
original, hard-to-focus subject.
Horizontal stripes
Many subjects at
different distances
Behind glass
Without much
contrast (e.g. a
white wall)
Reflective surfaces
(e.g. shiny car
surfaces)
Fast moving
objects
Slanted subjects
Dark subjects
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Night scenes
Recording/Playback (Contd.)
Cause and/or what to do about it
? Some/all of the digital effects
don’t work.
• There are a number of restrictions on
using the digital effects ( 52-57).
? The e (play) button doesn’t
work.
• The POWER switch is not set to
PLAY (MV300i: VCR) ( 26).
• The cassette is not loaded ( 15).
• The tape has reached the end.
? There’s a bright stripe on the
screen.
• When recording in dark places a
bright light in the scene may cause a
vertical light bar (“smear”) to appear.
This is a normal feature of
camcorders.
Additional
Information
Problem
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? The playback picture is rough
(with mosaic-like noise).
• The video heads need cleaning
( 91).
? There’s no picture on the TV
screen, even though the tape is
moving.
• The video heads need cleaning
( 91).
• The TV/VIDEO selector on the TV
isn’t set to VIDEO ( 29).
? There’s no sound coming from the
speaker during playback.
• The speaker has been turned off with
the selector dial ( 25).
• Headphones are being used.
Additional
Information
Miscellaneous
96
Problem
Cause and/or what to do about it
? The wireless controller doesn’t
work.
• The remote sensor mode is set to
OFFB in the menu ( 39).
• The remote sensor modes of the
wireless controller and the camera
itself are different ( 39).
• The batteries are dead or not inserted.
? The power indicator is flashing.
• Check the screen displays (
? The camera malfunctions.
• External interference may cause the
camera’s microprocessor to
malfunction temporarily. If random
letters appear in the display or if
normal operation is interrupted,
remove and then replace the power
source.
? The DV cable is connected
correctly, but there’s nothing in
the display.
• Remove the cable and then reconnect
it or turn the power off and back on
again.
? The camera becomes warm
during use.
• This is not a malfunction.
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The MV300/MV300i System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area)
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WS-20 Wrist Strap
WD-46 Wideconverter
SS-600 Shoulder Strap
WL-D74
Wireless
Controller
MiniDV
Video
Cassette
CR-560 Charge Adapter/
Car Battery Cable Kit
TL-46 Teleconverter
BP-500 Series
Battery Packs
FS-46U
Filter Set
SR-30.5/46
Step-up Ring
CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter
FS-46
Filter Set
BP-500 Series
Battery Pack
ZR-1000 Zoom
Remote Controller
BP-900 Series
Battery Pack
S-150 S-video Cable
VL-10Li
Battery
Video Light
VCR
PC-A10
SCART
Adapter
STV-250
Stereo Video Cable
TV
Stereo Microphone
(commercially
available)
MB-100
Microphone Boom
CV-150F DV Cable
FR-100 Floppy Disk
Still Image Recorder
CD-300 Digital Printer
Personal Computer
Additional
Information
SC-1000 Soft
Carrying Case
Digital Device
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Optional Accessories
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BP-500 Series Battery Packs
Extra batteries for use with the
MV300/MV300i.
CR-560 Charge Adapter/Car Battery
Cable Kit
Connect the car battery cable to power
your camera or recharge battery packs on
the move. The car battery cable plugs into
your car’s cigarette lighter socket and runs
off a 12-24 V DC negative ground battery.
Also, when used with the CA-560 Compact
Power Adapter, this charge adapter can
charge the BP-500 series lithium ion
battery packs from a mains outlet.
Additional
Information
SR-30.5/46 Step-up Ring
This makes it possible to use the
46 mm filters and converters (shown
below) with MV300/MV300i. When you
attach the filter or conversion lens, you
cannot use the supplied lens cap.
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TL-46 Tele-converter
This tele-converter lens increases the focal
length of the camera lens by a factor of 1.4.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective as
usual when the tele-converter is attached.
BP-511
BP-522
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WD-46 Wide-converter
This lens decreases focal length by a factor
of 0.7, giving you a wide perspective for
indoor shots or panoramic views.
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FS-46 Filter Set
Three special effects filters to add a creative
touch to your recordings: multiple-image,
R-cross and zoom-spot.
• Focus manually when using special
effects filters.
FS-46U Filter Set
Ultraviolet, neutral density and circular
polarizing filters to help you take control of
difficult lighting conditions.
Additional
Information
VL-10Li Battery Video Light
This compact yet powerful video light can
be used for both indoor and outdoor
shooting.
• Use the BP-900 Series battery packs to
power the light. Approximate usage times
are as follows:
BP-915 60 min. BP-930 120 min.
BP-945 170 min.
• Charge the BP-900 Series battery packs
with the CA-910 Compact Power Adapter
(optional).
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Zoom Remote Controller ZR-1000
When this product is plugged into the
LANC m terminal of a Canon camcorder, it
is possible to control functions such as the
start and stop of recording and the zoom
and focusing functions while the camcorder
is mounted on a tripod, without touching
the camcorder body itself.
MB-100 Microphone Boom
Provides a firm, flexible support for your
external microphone, so you can take full
advantage of the sound quality and creative
control it offers. Also keeps long
microphones out of the picture.
WS-20 Wrist Strap
Provides an extra measure of protection for
active shooting.
Additional
Information
SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case
A handy camera bag with padded
compartments and plenty of space for
accessories.
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CD-300 Digital Printer
This 300 dpi resolution printer is perfect for
printing out the high quality images taken
with digital camcorders. Print out panorama
prints, pictures without a white border,
multiple-picture index cards, and add titles
to pictures. A clear overcoat adds luster to
your prints and reduces colour fading.
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FR-100 Floppy Disk Still Image Recorder
The FR-100 captures images taken with your
digital camcorder, compressing them in
JPEG format and recording them as still
images onto a floppy disk. Image files can
then be easily opened and viewed on your
computer.
O
RY CA
SO
VI
INE DE
N GENU
NO
This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you
use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand
accessories or products bearing the same mark.
Additional
Information
101
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Screen Displays
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To display the date and time, press the
wireless controller’s DATA CODE
button. See also p. 68.
TV
SCREEN
Press the wireless controller’s TV
SCREEN button or turn TV SCREEN
on through the camera menu to see the
other displays on the TV screen. (The
displays appear white on-screen.) They
will not be added to any recordings you
make with the camera. For instructions
on how to hook the camera up to your
TV, see p. 29.
DATA
CODE
indicates a flashing display.
Turning off the LCD screen displays
You can turn off the displays to give you a clear screen for playback.
Set the camera to PLAY (MV300i: VCR) mode, open the PLAY (MV300i: VCR)
menu and choose the DISPLAYS option. Set the displays to OFF and then close
the menu.
• The LCD screen will now be completely blank, but the camera will continue to
show warning/caution displays when necessary.
Record pause mode
(
17)
Recording (
18)
The backup battery is
not properly installed,
or needs replacing
(
89).
Shows how much
battery power remains
(
87).
Additional
Information
The battery pack is
exhausted (
87).
102
No cassette is loaded,
or it is set for erasure
prevention
(
15, 16).
PAUSE
REC
Remaining tape
(Green: more than
five minutes.
Yellow: less than five
minutes.
Red: final few
seconds.)
5min
...finally, it tells you
when you have
completely run out of
tape.
END
The camera is ejecting
the tape (
15).
EJECT
The safety mechanism
is activated. Unload
the cassette and turn
the camera off. Turn it
on again and reload
the cassette.
Recording mode
(
19)
EJECT
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Playback is stopped
(
26).
STOP
Normal playback
(
26)
26)
FF
Zoom display (
Optical zoom
26)
21):
W
T
REW
Fast forward playback
(
27)
Rewind playback
(
27)
Optical plus 40×
digital zoom
W
Optical plus 200×
digital zoom
W
Zoom in
Frame advance
playback (
28)
Zoom out
Frame reverse
playback (
28)
T
T
W
T
W
T
The image stabilizer
is turned on (
34).
Playback pause
(forward and reverse)
(
27)
Camera menu
(
35)
Slow playback
(forward and reverse)
(
28)
/5
×2 playback (forward
and reverse) (
28)
×2
×1 playback (forward
and reverse) (
28)
×1
Photo Search (
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Audio Dubbing
(
80)
Fast forward (
Rewind (
A/V Insert Editing
(
77)
(MV30i only)
CAM.MENU
SEL.SETS
MENUCLO
SHUTTER•••••AUTO
D.ZOOM••••••40×
IMAGE S.
•ON
16:9••••••••OFF
WHITE BAL.••AUTO
WL.REMOTE•••
1
REC MODE••••SP
BEEP••••••••ON
/5
PLAY (MV30i: VCR)
menu (
36)
(REC MODE :
MV300i only)
×2
×1
SEL.SETS
MENUCLO
WL.REMOTE•••
1
REC MODE••••SP
DATA CODE•••DATE/TIME
D/TIME SEL.•DATE & T
+
BRIGHTNESS•• –
DISPLAYS••••ON
6SEC.DATE•••OFF
OUTPUT CH•••L/R
The remote sensor is
turned off (
39).
5
71)
MENU
PHOTO SEARCH
Date Search (
5
71)
DATE SEARCH
RTN
RTN
Zero set memory
(
72)
Audio mode (
10sec
SELF T.
0:00:00M
58)
16bit
Additional
Information
Zero set memory
(forward and reverse)
(
72)
Self-timer countdown
(
60)
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69)
F1.0
1/500
12:00 AM
1.JAN.2000
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Photo mode (
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44)
PHOTO
• Setting the AF/AE. F
mark flashes white
• AF/AE locked. F
mark lights up green
• Timer
10sec
Recording programs
(
48).
The 16:9 effect: the
display flashes when
the effect is being
selected, and appears
steadily when it is
activated (
19).
Digital effects. The
display flashes when
the function is being
selected and appears
steadily when it is
activated (
52)
16:9
FADE–T
WIPE
WIPE
M.FADE
ART
BLK&WHT
SEPIA
MOSAIC
AUTO
SPORTS
PORTRAIT
SPOTLIGHT
SAND&SNOW
The wind screen is
turned on (
59).
WSON
LOW LIGHT
Manual exposure
display (
62):
Exposure locked
Volume level (
25)
VOLUME
–
+
E.LOCK ±0
VOLUME
OFF
Brighter than standard
exposure level
E.LOCK +5
Audio output (
83)
STEREO1
STEREO2
Darker than standard
exposure level
MIX/FIXED
E.LOCK –5
MIX/VARI
Manual focus is
selected (
65).
M.FOCUS
Mix balance (
83)
ST–1
Shutter speed (
Additional
Information
1/250
104
White balance is
(
66)
Set
W
Indoor
T
Outdoor U
ST–2
63)
Audio/visual insert
(
77)
(MV300i only)
A/V INSERT
Audio dubbing
(
80)
AUDIO DUB.
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75)
(MV300i only)
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DV IN
Time Code
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Condensation warning
(
93)
0:12:34:56
This records counter information,
including hour, minute, second, and
frame number on a special data code
area on the tape itself. It is reset
automatically when a new tape is
loaded. In camera mode, the frame
number doesn’t appear in the display.
Recording reminder
0sec
10sec
When you start recording, the camera
counts from 0SEC to 10SEC. Shots
which are shorter than ten seconds may
be difficult to edit later. On the other
hand, if you are not planning to edit the
recording, remember that a shot which
does not contain action should
generally last no longer than ten
seconds.
Additional
Information
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Caution phrases
The camera displays various caution phrases — they appear for four seconds
before disappearing.
Appears each time
you turn the power
on, until you set the
time zone, date and
time (
41).
Appears when the
battery pack is
exhausted
(
11, 87).
Appears when the
tape has reached the
end.
SET THE TIME ZONE,
DATE AND TIME
Appears as a warning
to protect the tape and
also when
condensation is
detected. Remove the
tape as soon as
possible after the
camera has displayed
the caution.
REMOVE THE CASSETTE
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
Refer to p.76
COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED
TAPE END
Refer to p.76
COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
DUBBING RESTRICTED
Refer to p.16
THE TAPE IS SET FOR
ERASURE PREVENTION
Appears when you
press the REC
PAUSE button if the
DV cable is not
connected properly
(
76)
(MV300i only).
CHECK THE DV INPUT
Refer to p.93
Additional
Information
CONDENSATION
HAS BEEN DETECTED
106
Appears when you try
to do audio dubbing
or A/V insert
(MV300i only) on a
tape recorded in LP
mode (
77, 80).
Appears when you try
to do audio dubbing
on a tape recorded in
16-bit audio or 12-bit,
4-channel mode
(
80-82).
Appears when the
camera detects a
blank section of a tape
during audio dubbing
or A/V insert
(MV300i only)
(
77, 80).
CHECK THE CASSETTE
[LP MODE]
CHECK THE CASSETTE
[AUDIO MODE]
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Specifications
MV300/MV300i
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Viewfinder: 0.44 in, TFT colour LCD,
approx. 113,000 pixels
LCD screen: 2.5 in measured
diagonally, TFT colour,
approx.112,000 pixels
Microphone: Stereo electret condenser
microphone
DV Terminal: Special 4-pin connector
(conforms to IEEE1394) MV300:
Output only. MV300i: Input/output
A/V terminal output: ø 3.5 mm
Audio: –10dBV (47 kohm load)/less than
3 kohms, unbalanced
Video: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms, unbalanced
S-video terminal output:
1 Vp-p (Y signal), 0.3 Vp-p (C signal)
MIC terminal input: ø 3.5 mm stereo
mini-jack, – 61 dBV (with 600 ohm
mic)/ at least 5 kohms
Operating temperature range:
0°–40 °C (32°–104 °F)
Dimensions: 57 × 101 × 129mm
(2 1/4 × 4 × 5 1/8 in)
Weight: 550 g (1 lb 3 3/8 oz)
BP-511 Battery Pack
Battery type: Rechargeable lithium ion
battery
Rated voltage: 7.4 V DC
Operating temperature: 0°–40°C
(32°–104°F)
Battery capacity: 1100 mAh
Dimensions: 38 × 21 × 55 mm
(1 1/2 × 7/8 × 2 1/8 in)
Weight: 70 g (2 1/2 oz)
Weight and dimensions are approximate
Errors and omissions excepted.
Subject to change without notice.
Additional
Information
Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC
Power Consumption (while recording
with the AF turned on): 3.7 W (Using
viewfinder),
4.6 W (Using LCD screen)
Television system:
CCIR standard (625 lines, 50 fields)
PAL colour signal
Video recording system:
2 rotary heads, helical scanning
DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD
system)
Digital component recording
Audio recording system: PCM digital
sound: 16 bit (48kHz/2ch),
12 bit (32kHz/4ch)
Image sensor: 1/4” CCD (charge
coupled device), approx. 540,000 pixels
(approx. 340,000 effective pixels)
Tape format: Videocassettes bearing the
D mark.
Tape speed:
SP: 18.83 mm/s;
LP: 12.57 mm/s
Maximum recording time:
SP: 80 min. (with a 80 min. cassette);
LP: 120 min. (with a 80 min. cassette)
Fast forward/rewind time:
Approx. 2 min. 30 sec. (with a 60 min.
cassette)
Lens: F/1.8–2.9, 10× power zoom,
4.2–42.0 mm
Focusing system: TTL autofocus,
manual focusing possible
Minimum focusing distance: 1 m
(3 ft 3 3/8 in) (1 cm (3/8 in) on
maximum wide angle)
Maximum shutter speed:
1/8,000 sec.
Minimum illumination: 2.5 lx (using
the low light program)
Recommended illumination:
More than 100 lx
Filter diameter: 30.5 mm
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Index
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Fade Trigger, 54
Faders, 54
Fast Forward, 26
Feedback, 31
Ferrite Cores, 9
Finding Your Way Around
the MV300/MV300i, 6
Floppy Disk Still Image Recorder, 46
Focusing, 65
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Backup Battery, 89
Basic Recording, 17
Battery Charger, 13
Battery Pack, 11, 13, 14, 87
Beep, 20
Black and White, 55
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Head Cleaning, 91
Headphones, 25
Horizontal Wipe, 54
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Image Stabilizer, 34
Introducing the MV300/MV300i, 5
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Cables, 4, 29
Cassettes, 15
Charging the Battery Pack,
11-14, 87
Choosing a Recording Program, 48
Cleaning the Camera, 91
Clock, 43
Condensation, 93
Connection to TV or VCR, 29
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Additional
Information
Easy Recording, 50
Editing to a VCR, 73
Effects, 55
Exposure, 62
External Microphone, 58, 80
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Abroad, Using the Camera, 92
Accessories, 4, 98
Adapter, AC, 10, 12
AE Programs, 48
Art, 55
Audio Dubbing, 80
Audio Mix, 83
Audio Mode, 58
Audio Output, 84
Audio Recording
and Playback, 25, 58
Audio/Video Terminal, 31
Auto, 50
Autofocus, 65
A/V Insert, 77
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Data Code, 68
Date and Time, 41
Date Search, 71
Digital Effects, 52
Digital Video, 5
Digital Zoom, 21
DV Dubbing, 74
LANC, 73
LCD Screen, 22
Lens Cap, 85
Loading Cassettes, 15
Low Light, 51
LP Mode, 19
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Maintenance, 90
Making Better Videos, 32
Manual Exposure Control, 62
Manual Focus, 65
Menus, 35
Microphone, 58, 80
Monitor Recording, 24
Mosaic, 55
Mosaic Fade, 54
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Optional Accessories, 98
Tape Protection, 16
Telephoto, 21
Temperature, 89, 91
Time Code, 105
Time Zone, 41
Tips for Making Better Videos, 32
Tripod, 32
Troubleshooting, 94
TV, 29, 102
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Pause, Record, 17
Photo Search, 71
Playback, 26
Playback Connection, 29
Playback Pause, 27
Portrait, 50
Power Adapter, 10, 12
Powering Your Camcorder, 10
Pre-Marked Position, 72
Preparing the Camera, 85
Problems, 94
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Using the Camera Abroad, 92
Using the Menus, 35
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Recharging the Battery Pack, 87
Recording, 17
Recording Programs, 48
Record Pause Mode, 17
Record Review, 47
Record Search, 47
Remote Control, 38
Remote Sensor, 39
Rewind, 26
VCR, 29
Vertical Wipe, 54
Videocassettes, 15
Video Heads, 91
Viewfinder, 85, 91
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White Balance, 66
Wide-angle, 21
Widescreen TV, 19
Wind Screen, 59
Wipe, 54
Wireless Controller, 38
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Zero Set Memory, 72
Zooming, 21
Additional
Information
S1 video input terminal, 30
Sand & Snow, 51
Screen Displays, 102
Self-Timer, 60
Sepia, 55
Shoulder Strap, 86
Shutter Speed, 63
Speaker, 25
Specifications, 107
SP Mode, 19
Sports, 50
Spotlight, 51
Still Picture, 44
Storage, 91
S-video, 30
System Diagram, 97
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