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Contents
Read Carefully Before Using .............................................................................................. 2
Read This First .................................................................................................................... 6
Canon camcorder compatible with DV-PC Recorder.......................................................... 6
Required Accessories ......................................................................................................... 6
System Requirements ......................................................................................................... 7
Installing the Software ........................................................................................................ 8
Connecting the Camcorder to the Computer .................................................................. 10
Starting DV-PC Recorder .................................................................................................. 11
Main Panel ....................................................................................................................... 12
System Menu .................................................................................................................. 13
Camcorder Screen Display .............................................................................................. 14
Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode ................................................... 15
Performance Check ......................................................................................................... 18
Recording on the Hard Disk ............................................................................................. 20
Recording Panel .............................................................................................................. 22
Frame Dropping ............................................................................................................... 23
Recording History ............................................................................................................ 24
Reviewing the Recorded Picture ...................................................................................... 25
Playback Panel ................................................................................................................ 25
Time Slider....................................................................................................................... 26
Uninstalling the Software .................................................................................................. 28
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................ 29
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Read This First
DV-PC Recorder is a software that enables you to record on the tape in the camcorder and on the
computer hard disk by connecting a camcorder equipped with the DV CONTROL function to a
computer using a IEEE1394 (DV) cable. This allows you to start editing the video on the computer
right after recording (optional editing software required).
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❍ Canopus and Edius are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Canopus Co., Ltd.
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© Canon Inc. 2004 All rights reserved.
Canon camcorder compatible with DV-PC Recorder
Following camcorder can be used with DV-PC Recorder.
XL2
Required Accessories
❍ Canon digital camcorder compatible with DV-PC Recorder
❍ IEEE1394 (DV) Cable
Check the manual of your computer for which type of cable to use:
4-pin:
6-pin:
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System Requirements
OS
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Professional
(installation of Service Pack 1 recommended)
Proper operation is not guaranteed on Windows XP that has been
upgraded from a previous version.
CPU
Pentium III 800 MHz or more (Pentium 4 or later recommended)
RAM
128 MB or more (256 MB or more recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space
For installation
Free Hard Disk Space: 30 MB or more
For video recording
Free Hard Disk Space: 1 GB or more (1 minute of video recording
uses 0.22 GB)
File System: NTFS
Recordings cannot be made on FAT32 or FAT16 formatted hard
disks.
Display
800 × 600 pixels (1024 × 768 pixels or more recommended)/High
Color (16 bit) or better
Interface
IEEE1394 (OHCI compliant)
❍ Proper operation is not guaranteed on a dual CPU PC or on a user-built PC.
❍ Proper operation is not guaranteed on any particular system, even if it meets the requirements
outlined above.
❍ Recordings cannot be saved on a hard disk recognized as [Removable disk].
❍ This software will not operate properly if repeater or other IEEE1394 devices are connected to
the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) terminal.
❍ This software will not operate properly if more than one camcorder is connected to the
computer.
❍ Proper operation is not guaranteed for recording on compressed drives.
❍ This software can also be used with recordings in 24p mode (NTSC only). Use an editing
software that supports the 24p mode.
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Installing the Software
❍ Do not connect the camcorder to the computer when installing DV-PC Recorder.
❍ You need to log in as an administrator before installing the software.
❍ Close any programs that are running before installing the software.
1. Start the computer and download the DV-PC Recorder installer from
Canon's web site.
Download the DV-PC Recorder following the instructions on the web site and doubleclick the downloaded installer.
2. Click [Next].
3. Read the license agreement and click [Yes].
4. Confirm the target folder and click [Next].
• If a warning message regarding the installation appears, click [Continue Anyway].
• If a dialog appears asking you whether you wish to create a shortcut of DV-PC
Recorder, click [Yes].
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5. Click [Finish].
• Installation is complete and DV-PC Recorder starts automatically.
• A dedicated driver will be installed automatically.
6. If the [Found New Hardware Wizard] window appears, select [Install
the software automatically (Recommended)] and click [Next].
If a warning message regarding the installation appears, click [Continue Anyway].
7. Click [Finish].
Installation of the driver is complete.
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Connecting the Camcorder to the Computer
1. Set the camcorder to a recording program.
2. Activate the DV CONTROL function.
For details, refer to the camcorder instruction manual.
3. Connect the camcorder to the computer using the IEEE1394 (DV)
cable.
• You do not need to turn off the computer.
• Do not deactivate the DV CONTROL function while the camcorder is connected to the
computer.
• Refer to the computer manual for the location of the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) port.
• Refer to the camcorder instruction manual for connecting instructions.
DV Terminal
on the Camcorder
IEEE1394 (DV) Cable
Camcorder End
IEEE1394 Port
on the Computer
Computer End
4-pin:
6-pin:
• When the camcorder is correctly connected to the computer, a camcorder icon
appears under [My Computer].
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Starting DV-PC Recorder
You need to log in as an administrator before starting DV-PC Recorder.
1. Double-click the [DV-PC Recorder] icon on the desktop
(or select [DV-PC Recorder] from the [start] menu).
DV-PC Recorder starts.
2. Confirm the target folder (video folder) of the video recording and click
[OK].
• If you wish to change the target folder, click [Modify folder] and select another folder.
• When you remove the checkmark next to [Display this window when DV-PC Recorder
is launched], this dialog will not appear the next time you start DV-PC Recorder.
• The first time you start DV-PC Recorder, the target folder is set as [Windows
drive:\Documents and Settings\login user name\My Documents\date]. If Windows is
not installed on a NTFS formatted hard disk, the following dialog appears. Click
[Specify] and select a folder on a NTFS formatted hard disk.
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Starting DV-PC Recorder
Main Panel
1
2
3
4
5 6
7
1 System menu
Displays DV-PC Recorder’s system menu (
13).
2 [Record]
Displays the control panel for recording the camcorder picture on
the hard disk (
22).
3 [Playback]
Displays the control panel for playing back recordings saved on the
hard disk (
25).
4 Camcorder information Shows the camcorder model name and the status of the tape in the
camcorder. The status of the tape is indicated as follows:
No tape in the camcorder
Stop mode
Recording
Tape reached the end
Tape is write-protected
Tape error. Check the tape status.
5 Option settings
Displays the [Option settings] window.
6 Minimize
Minimizes the Main Panel.
When you minimize the main panel during recording, the [DV-PC
Recorder] task on the task bar shows the time code.
7 Close
Closes DV-PC Recorder.
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System Menu
Clicking
on the upper left of the Main Panel (or right-clicking the [DV-PC Recorder] icon on the
task bar) displays the system menu.
The system menu cannot be displayed while a dialog is shown.
1
2
3
1 Close
Closes DV-PC Recorder.
2 Help Topics
Displays the help topics.
3 About DV-PC Recorder Displays the version of DV-PC Recorder.
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Camcorder Screen Display
The DV-PC Recorder status and the remaining recording time on the hard disk are displayed on the
camcorder screen.
Icon
DV-PC Recorder Status
Not started
Stop mode
Recording
Frame dropping occurred (
23).
Cannot record (
29)
Check the setting of the video folder.
❍ If [
] is not displayed, activate the DV CONTROL function of the camcorder.
❍ When the hard disk status does not allow recording (e.g. hard disk space is running out, file is
being played with DV-PC Recorder), recording is made only on the tape.
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Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode
Select the settings such as target folder (video folder), file name and recording mode before recording
the camcorder picture on the hard disk.
1. Click
.
2. Click the [General] or [Record] tab.
3. Select the settings and click [OK].
The settings will be applied, and the [Option settings] window closes.
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Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode
[General] Tab
1
2
3
1 Select the video folder settings.
[Video folder]: Shows the selected folder.
[Performance check]: Checks whether the selected video folder can be used for saving
the recordings (
18).
[Modify]: Selects a different folder.
[Create sub-folder]: Creates a subfolder within the folder shown under [Video folder]. You
can name the folder after the date by selecting [Use recording date] or
specify a new folder name under [Specify folder name].
2 Specify the file name of the video recording. A sequence number (up to 9999999) will be
allocated after the specified prefix (e.g. “DVPC0001.avi”).
3 Placing a check mark displays a dialog confirming the video folder each time you start DVPC Recorder.
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Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode
[Record] Tab
1
2
3
1 Select the mode for recording on the hard disk.
[Standard]: A new folder will be created each time you start recording a new scene.
[Sequence]: The new scene will be added to the same folder.
2 Select the size of the preview that shows the camcorder picture on the computer screen.
• When you select [No preview], the camcorder picture will not be shown on the computer
screen during recording.
• When frame dropping occurs, select [Small] or [No preview].
3 Select the file format of the recording. The recordings are saved in the AVI format.
• Select the AVI format that is compatible with your editing software. For details, refer to the
instruction manual of the software or consult the software manufacturer.
• When using Adobe Premiere Pro/Premiere Pro 1.5 or Canopus EDIUS LE Version 1.4,
select [Type2].
• Some of the editing software supporting the AVI format convert to a different file format
when importing. For details, refer to the software instruction manual or consult the
software manufacturer.
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Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode
Performance Check
You can check whether the selected video folder can be used for saving the recordings before you
start recording on the hard disk.
1. In the [Option settings] window, select the [General] tab, select the
video folder, and click [Performance check].
2. Click [Start].
• The performance check of the hard disk starts.
• DV-PC Recorder writes data to the selected folder, evaluates the performance of the
hard disk, and shows the result on the graph.
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Setting Video Folder, File Name and Recording Mode
• The performance check takes 30 seconds.
• To cancel the performance check, click [Stop].
3. When performance check is complete, review the result and click
[Close].
• A bar below the red line indicates that frames may be dropped during recording (a part
of the picture may not be written to the file).
• Even if all bars are above the red line, frames may be dropped when a program
accessing the hard disk (e.g. anti-virus software) is activated.
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Recording on the Hard Disk
You can record video and audio from a connected camcorder on the hard disk of the computer by
operating the camcorder or the recording panel of DV-PC Recorder.
❍ Before you start recording:
• Make a performance check (
18) to make sure that the recording can be saved to the
selected video folder.
• Make sure that [
] is displayed on the camcorder screen. If [
] or [
]
is displayed, you cannot record on the hard disk. In such case, check the setting of the
video folder (
29).
• We recommend defragmenting the drive on which the video folder is located.
• Deactivate all programs that access the hard disk on a regular basis (e.g. as anti-virus
software). Frames may be dropped when such programs access the hard disk during
recording.
• If you wish to edit using the time code, make sure to record simultaneously on a tape. The
time code information will only be written to the hard disk when recording on a tape.
❍ In the following cases, recordings cannot be saved on a hard disk:
• During option settings or performance check.
• When the sequence number of the file exceeds the maximum value (e.g.
“DVPC9999999.avi”).
• When DV-PC Recorder is started while using the camcorder with another software.
❍ Observe the followings during recording:
• Do not activate any other software. When another software is running, frame droppings
may occur. Also, when software that accesses the camcorder (e.g. editing software) is
started, DV-PC Recorder may not operate correctly.
• Do not change the settings in Windows [Display Properties] window.
• Do not lock Windows by pressing the Windows key and [L] key on the keyboard.
❍ Depending on the status of the camcorder or computer, a delay in recording start/stop may
occur when you record on both the hard disk and tape.
1. Click the [Record] tab.
The recording panel appears.
2. When operating the camcorder:
Press the start/stop button on the camcorder.
• Recording starts on both the tape in the camcorder and the hard disk.
•[
] appears on the camcorder screen.
• When no tape is inserted, or the tape is write-protected, recording is saved only on the
hard disk.
• When the tape reaches the end, recording on the hard disk continues.
• To stop recording, press the start/stop button on the camcorder again.
When operating DV-PC Recorder:
.
Click
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Recording on the Hard Disk
• Recording starts on both the tape in the camcorder and the hard disk.
•
changes to
, and the indicator starts moving.
• When the tape reaches the end, recording on the hard disk continues.
• When no tape is inserted, or the tape is write-protected, recording is saved only on the
hard disk.
.
• To stop recording, click
• To save the next scene as another file in [Sequence] mode, finalize the file by clicking
in recording or stop mode.
• If you have not finalized after stopping recording in [Sequence] mode, the preview on
.
the playback panel does not appear. Restart recoding or finalize the file by clicking
❍ When you change the frame rate on the camcorder during recording, recording stops for a
moment. The recording after restart will be saved as a new file.
❍ With notebook PCs, recording on the hard disk will continue without entering the system
standby or hibernates mode even when you close the display during recording.
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Recording on the Hard Disk
Recording Panel
9
1
10
2
3
11
12
4
13
5
6
7
8
1
Preview
Shows the camcorder picture.
When you have selected [No preview] in the [Option settings]
window, the preview does not appear during recording.
When recording in [Sequence] mode, the preview starts when you
restart recording or finalize the file by clicking
.
2
Safe margin
Indicates the active safe area and title safe area. Select this setting
from the menu that appears upon right-clicking the preview.
3
Center marker
Indicates the center of the screen. Select this setting from the
menu that appears upon right-clicking the preview.
4
Time code
Shows the time code of the file.
5
/
Starts/stops recording the camcorder picture. When a recordable
tape is in the camcorder, recording on tape starts.
Clicking
starts recording. Clicking
during recording
stops recording.
This button cannot be operated when the DV CONTROL function is
deactivated, or when the remaining hard disk capacity is
insufficient.
6
Recording indicator
The indicator rotates during recording on the hard disk.
7
Finalize
When recording in [Sequence] mode, you need to finalize and save
the file. When you finalize the file, you can use it as AVI file with an
editing software.
After finalizing, the next recording will be saved as a new file.
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8
Audio level indicator
Indicates the audio level of the channels 1 and 2 of the camcorder.
The audio level indicator can be turned on/off by clicking / .
• The audio level indicator appears slightly later on the computer
screen than on the camcorder screen.
• You can monitor the audio with the computer’s sound function. If
you do not wish to play back the audio on the computer, set the
audio level to [Mute].
9
[Remaining time]
Indicates the remaining recording time of the selected video folder.
• This gives only an indication of the remaining recording time.
• The display turns yellow when the remaining time is less than 6
minutes. At less than 1 minute, [0m] is displayed in red.
10 Recording settings
Shows the file name, recording mode, file format, and video folder
set in the [Option settings] window.
11 [Recording history]
Shows recorded files and file information (
12 [Number of dropped
frames]
Indicates the number of dropped frames during recording.
13 Playback
Plays back the file selected under [Recording history] (
24).
25).
Frame Dropping
When a program accesses the hard disk during recording, a part of the data input from the camcorder
may not be written to the file (frame dropping).
When frame dropping occurs, the number of dropped frames appears under [Number of dropped
frames] in the recording panel. In addition, the display on the camcorder screen changes from [
]
to [
] for a few seconds.
When the file is created on the hard disk after recording, you can check the scenes where frame
dropping occurred under [Recording history].
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Recording on the Hard Disk
Recording History
When you stop recording in [Standard] mode, or when a file has been created upon finalizing in
[Sequence] mode, the file information appears under [Recording history].
The recording history will disappear when you close DV-PC Recorder. When you wish to review
the history after you have closed DV-PC Recorder, open the “DVPC.LOG” file in the video folder
with a text editor. You can check the file name, recording date, file size, length, file format, and
information of dropped frames.
1
2
3
1 File name
Shows the file name recorded with DV-PC Recorder. The file
information appears when you leave the mouse pointer on the file
name for a moment.
2 Information on
dropped frames
If frame dropping occurred, the position and number of dropped
frames are shown here.
3 Playback
starts the playback
When a file name is selected: Clicking
panel and the file is played back from the beginning.
When information on dropped frames is selected: Clicking
starts the playback panel, and the file is played back from the point
where frame dropping occurred.
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Reviewing the Recorded Picture
You can review the recorded picture by playing back the file.
1. Click the [Playback] tab.
The playback panel appears.
2. Select the file you wish to play back from the [File list].
Click the thumbnail of the file you wish to play back.
3. Click
(or double-click a thumbnail).
• The selected file is played back.
• To change the playback position, move the slider (
26).
• You cannot select multiple files for continued playback.
• To pause playback, click
.
Playback Panel
4
1
5
2
6
3
1 Playback preview
Shows the playback picture of the selected file.
You can display the safe margin and the center marker. Select
these settings from the menu that appears upon right-clicking the
preview.
2 Time code
Shows the playback position of the file.
3
/
4 File information
Starts/stops playing back the selected file.
Clicking
starts playback. Clicking
pauses playback.
during playback
Shows the name and the length of the selected file.
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5 [File list]
Lists the AVI files. As the default settings, the files in the selected
video folder are shown and the latest file is listed at the top.
: Selects a different folder.
: Changes the order of the files. Select an option from the
displayed menu.
• To delete a file, right-click the thumbnail and select [Delete] from
the displayed menu. You can also press the [Delete] key on the
keyboard after selecting the file.
• The file information appears when you leave the mouse pointer on
the thumbnail for a moment.
• Files recorded in 24p mode are marked with
(NTSC only).
6 [Time slider]
Allows you to change the playback position by moving the slider.
Time Slider
You can change the playback position by dragging the slider with the mouse.
2
1
Slider
The slider returns to the starting point.
• You can also press the [F12] and [Home] key on the keyboard.
1
2
/
The time slider can be displayed in 5 different scales (maximum of
2 hours).
: Increases the scale units. You can also press the [F12] and [d]
key on the keyboard.
: Decreases the scale units. You can also press the [F12] and [c]
key on the keyboard.
Time Scale: 8 sec. (NTSC)/
9.6 sec.(PAL) (Default Setting)
1 Unit: 5 frames
Time Scale: 4 min.
1 Unit: 2 sec.
Time Scale: 20 min.
1 Unit: 10 sec.
Time Scale: 1 hour
1 Unit: 30 sec.
Time Scale: 2 hours
1 Unit: 1 min.
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❍ The slider moves to the end when pressing the [F12] and [End] key on the keyboard.
❍ During playback pause, pressing the [b] or [a] key on the keyboard after moving the slider
with the mouse allows you to fine adjust the position of the slider.
Frame droppings that occurred during recording are indicated in red.
1
2
1
The slider moves to the frame dropping point after the current
position. The number of dropped frames is displayed at the right of
this button.
2
The slider moves to the frame dropping point before the current
position. The number of dropped frames is displayed at the left of
this button.
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Uninstalling the Software
Uninstall the software if it has not been installed correctly, or if it is not required anymore.
❍ Close any programs that are running, and disconnect the IEEE1394 (DV) cable from the
camcorder and the computer before uninstalling the software.
❍ You need to log in as an administrator before uninstalling the software.
1. From the [start] menu, select [All Programs] followed by [Canon
Utilities], [DV-PC Recorder] and [DV-PC Recorder Uninstall].
2. On the confirmation dialog, click [OK].
Uninstallation starts.
3. On the confirmation dialog, click [Finish].
Uninstallation is complete.
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Troubleshooting
Camcorder will not be recognized.
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➝
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A camcorder not supported by DV-PC Recorder is connected. Check if your camcorder is supported by DVPC Recorder (
6).
Another device such as a CD-ROM drive or hard disk drive (or repeater/hub) is connected to the computer’s
IEEE1394 (DV) terminal. Do not connect any devices to the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) terminal other than
the camcorder.
More than one camcorder is connected to the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) terminal. Connect only one
camcorder to the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) terminal.
The DV CONTROL function of the camcorder is set to [OFF]. Set the DV CONTROL function to [ON]. For
details, refer to the instruction manual of your camcorder.
Even though the dedicated driver (Canon Virtual VCR or AV/C Tape Recorder/Player) is
installed already, the [Found New Hardware Wizard] window appears when starting DVPC Recorder.
➝
When you change the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) card and start DV-PC Recorder, Canon Virtual VCR or
AV/C Tape Recorder/Player will be detected as new hardware. Select [Install the software automatically
(Recommended)] and click [Next] to install the driver.
Cannot select a video folder.
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➝
Only folders on a NTFS formatted hard disks can be selected as a video folder. You cannot select a folder on
FAT32 or FAT16 hard disks.
Removable disks or network drives cannot be selected as a video folder.
Recording will not start even when pressing the start/stop button on the camcorder.
➝
[
The start/stop button on the camcorder is locked. Unlock the button.
] appears on the camcorder screen and recordings cannot be made.
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Free hard disk space is less than 0.5 GB. Change the video folder.
The [Option settings] window is open, or performance check is being carried out. Close the window.
The sequence number of the file exceeds the maximum value (e.g. “DVPC9999999.avi”). Change the video
folder or the file name.
The camcorder is in use with another software. Close the software.
The camcorder does not recognize DV-PC Recorder. Close DV-PC Recorder and restart it.
Recording on the hard disk stops in the middle of the recording.
➝
The hard disk capacity is insufficient. Delete files to make space available, or select a video folder on a hard
disk with sufficient capacity.
The recorded picture is lacking.
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The recording speed of the hard disk is insufficient. Make a performance check (
18). We recommend
defragmenting the drive before you start recording.
A program other than DV-PC Recorder is started. Close all programs other than DV-PC Recorder before
recording. If an anti-virus software is activated, deactivate it.
The processing capacity of your computer is insufficient. Set the preview size to [Small] or [No preview] (
17).
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Troubleshooting
The preview will not be displayed.
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➝
If the preview is not displayed during recording, it might be set to [No preview] in the [Option settings]
window. Select a setting other than [No preview].
When recording in [Sequence] mode, the preview starts when you restart recording or finalize the file by
clicking
.
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