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Digital
Video Camera
Recorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DCR-VX2000
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
Serial No.
DCR-VX2000
©2000 Sony Corporation
Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital
Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital
Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be
producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For the customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1800-222-SONY (7669) or write to: Sony Customer
Information Center 1 Sony Drive, Mail Drop #T111, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Model No.:
Responsible Party:
Address:
SONY
DCR-VX2000
Sony Electronics Inc.
1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ,
07656 USA
Telephone No.:
201-930-6972
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions.: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
CAUTION
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product’s enclosure
that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
Never expose the battery pack to temperatures
above 140 °F (60 °C) such as in a car parked in
the sun or under direct sunlight.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
CANADA
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
DISPOSE OF PROPERLY.
You can return your unwanted lithium ion batteries
to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory
Service Center.
Note: In some areas the disposal of lithium ion
batteries in household or business trash may
be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you call
1-800-222-SONY (United States only).
For the Sony Factory Service Center nearest you call
416-499-SONY (Canada only).
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium
ion battery.
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You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
For customers in CANADA
CAUTION
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
“Memory Stick”
For the customers in the U.S.A.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
For customers in CANADA
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian
ICES-003.
Table of contents
Quick Start Guide ............................................... 4
Getting started
Using this manual ............................................... 6
Checking supplied accessories ......................... 8
Step 1 Preparing the power supply ................ 9
Step 2 Inserting a cassette ............................... 14
Recording – Basics
Recording a picture .......................................... 15
Shooting backlit subjects (BACK
LIGHT) .......................................... 22
Using the spot light function ............ 23
Self-timer recording ........................... 24
Checking the recording – END SEARCH /
EDITSEARCH / Rec Review ....................... 25
Playback – Basics
Playing back a tape ........................................... 26
Viewing the recording on TV ......................... 30
Advanced Recording Operations
Recording a still image on a tape
– Tape Photo recording ................................. 31
Shooting with all the pixels
– PROG. SCAN ............................................... 34
Using the guide frame ..................................... 35
Using the wide mode ....................................... 36
Using the fader function .................................. 37
Using special effects – Picture effect .............. 39
Using special effects – Digital effect .............. 40
Shooting with manual adjustment ................. 43
Adjusting the white balance ........................... 49
Adjusting recording level manually – Sound
recording level ................................................ 51
Presetting the adjustment for picture quality
– Custom preset ............................................. 53
Using the PROGRAM AE function ................ 55
Focusing manually ........................................... 58
Interval recording ............................................. 59
Frame by frame recording – Cut recording .. 61
Marking an Index ............................................. 62
Advanced Playback Operations
Quickly locating a scene using the zero set
memory function ........................................... 63
Searching for a recording by index
– Index search ................................................. 64
Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by
title – Title search ........................................... 66
Searching a recording by date
– Date search ................................................... 67
Searching for a photo
– Photo search/Photo scan ........................... 69
Playing back a tape with picture effects ........ 71
Playing back a tape with digital effects ......... 72
Editing
Dubbing a tape .................................................. 73
Dubbing only desired scenes
– Digital program editing ............................. 75
Using with an analog video unit and a PC
– Signal convert function .............................. 86
Recording video or TV programs .................. 87
Inserting a scene from a VCR
– Insert editing ............................................... 91
Audio dubbing .................................................. 93
Superimposing a title ....................................... 97
Making your own titles .................................. 101
Labeling a cassette .......................................... 103
Erasing the cassette memory data ................ 105
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ......................... 107
Resetting the date and time ........................... 114
“Memory Stick” Operations
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction ...... 115
Recording still images on a “Memory Stick”
– Memory Photo recording ........................ 120
Superimposing a still image in a “Memory
Stick” on a moving picture
– MEMORY MIX .......................................... 124
Recording an image from a mini DV tape as a
still image ...................................................... 127
Copying still images from a mini DV tape
– Photo save .................................................. 130
Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo
playback ........................................................ 132
Copying an image recorded on a “Memory
Stick” to mini DV tapes ............................... 135
Playing back images continuously
– SLIDE SHOW ............................................ 137
Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection ....................................... 138
Deleting images .............................................. 139
Writing a print mark – Print mark ............... 142
Additional Information
Usable cassettes ............................................... 143
About i.LINK ................................................... 145
Troubleshooting .............................................. 146
Self-diagnosis display .................................... 152
Warning indicators and messages ............... 153
Using your camcorder abroad ...................... 155
Maintenance information and
precautions ................................................... 156
Specifications ................................................... 161
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls ................ 162
Quick Function Guide .................................... 170
Index ................................................................. 171
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Quick Start Guide
This guide introduces you to the basic way of recording/
playback. See the pages in parentheses “( )” for more
information.
Connecting the power cord
(p. 13)
Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 9).
Connect the plug with its
v mark facing toward the
LCD panel side.
Quick Start Guide
AC power adaptor
(supplied)
Open the DC IN jack
cover.
Inserting a cassette (p. 14)
1
While pressing the
small blue button on
the EJECT switch,
slide it in the direction
of the arrow.
2
Push the middle
portion of the back of
the cassette to insert it.
Insert the cassette into
the cassette
compartment with the
window facing out
and the write-protect
tab facing upward.
3
Close the cassette
compartment by
pressing the PUSH
mark on it.
4
Close the cassette lid
by pressing the
PUSH button on the
cassette lid.
Window
PUSH
4
Write-protect tab
Recording a picture
(p. 15)
Viewfinder
When the LCD panel
is closed, use the
viewfinder placing
your eye against its
eyecup.
2
Remove the hood cap.
Set the POWER switch to
CAMERA while pressing the
small green button. The date
and time is indicated for five
seconds.
POWER
3
If the ND1 or ND2 indicator
flashes, see page 46.
Monitoring the playback picture on the LCD
screen (p. 26)
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
Set the POWER
switch to VCR while
pressing the small
green button.
VCR
1
Quick Start Guide
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
MEMORY
VCR
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
POWER
Slide OPEN
back in the
B mark
direction to
open the
LCD panel.
VCR
Press START/
STOP. Your
camcorder
starts
recording. To
stop recording,
press START/
STOP again.
OPEN
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1
NOTE
Do not pick up your camcorder by holding
the viewfinder, the LCD panel, the battery
pack, or the microphone.
2
3
Press m to rewind the
tape.
Press N to start
playback.
REW
PLAY
5
— Getting started —
Using this manual
As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on your camcorder are shown in
capital letters.
e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
When you carry out an operation, you can hear a beep or a melody sound to indicate
that the operation is being carried out.
Note on cassette memory
Your camcorder is based on the DV format. You can only use mini DV cassettes with
your camcorder. We recommend that you use a tape with cassette memory
.
The functions which require different operations depending on whether or not the tape
has cassette memory are:
•Searching the end point of the recording – end search (p. 25, 29)
•Searching a recording by index – index search (p. 64)
•Searching a recording by date – date search (p. 67)
•Searching for a photo – photo search (p. 69).
The functions you can operate only with cassette memory are:
•Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by title – title search (p. 66)
•Superimposing a title (p. 97)
•Making your own titles (p. 101)
•Labeling a cassette (p. 103).
For details, see page 143.
You see this mark in the introduction of the features that are operated only with
cassette memory.
(Cassette Memory).
Tapes with cassette memory are marked with
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Using this manual
Note on TV color systems
TV color systems differ from country to country. To view your recordings on a TV, you
need an NTSC system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the
copyright laws.
Getting started
Copyright precautions
Precautions on camcorder care
•The LCD screen and the viewfinder are manufactured using high-precision
technology. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points
(red, blue, green or white) that constantly appear on the LCD screen and in the
viewfinder. These points occur normally in the manufacturing process and do
not affect the recorded picture in any way. Effective ratio of pixels and/or screen
is 99.99% or more.
•Do not let your camcorder get wet. Keep your camcorder away from rain and sea
water. Letting your camcorder get wet may cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired [a].
•Never leave your camcorder exposed to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such as in
a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight [b].
•Do not place your camcorder so as to point the viewfinder or the LCD screen or lens
toward the sun. The inside of the viewfinder, LCD screen, or lens may be damaged
[c].
[a]
[b]
[c]
Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a
malfunction of the camcorder, video tape, etc.
7
Checking supplied accessories
Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
qa
qs
1 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 167)
0
7 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 30, 73)
8 Hood cap (1) (p. 15)
2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power
adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 10)
9 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 165)
3 NP-F330 battery pack (1) (p. 9, 10)
0 Application software: PictureGear
4.1Lite (CD ROM) (1) (p. 134)
4 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 168)
qa Lens hood (1) (p. 164)
5 Memory Stick Reader/Writer (1), USB
cable (1)
6 “Memory Stick” (1) (p. 115)
8
9
qs Eyecup (large) (1) (p. 19)
Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Installing the battery pack
Install the battery pack to use your camcorder outdoors.
1
Getting started
(1) Lift up the viewfinder.
(2) Insert the battery pack in the direction of the V mark on the battery pack. Slide
the battery pack until it is locked.
2
To remove the battery pack
Lift up the viewfinder.
Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing BATT RELEASE
down.
BATT
RELEASE
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Charging the battery pack
Use the battery pack after charging it.
Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series).
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with
your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing toward the
LCD panel side.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
(4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Charging begins.
The remaining battery time is indicated in minutes on the display window.
When the remaining battery indicator changes to u, normal charge is completed. To
fully charge the battery (full charge), leave the battery pack attached for about one hour
after normal charge is completed until FULL appears on the display window. Fully
charging the battery allows you to use the battery longer than usual.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
POWER
VCR
4
After charging the battery pack
Disconnect the AC power adaptor from the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
Note on the remaining battery time indicator
The remaining battery time indicator on the LCD screen/display window or in the
viewfinder indicates the recording time using the viewfinder. The indicator may not be
correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording. When you close the
LCD panel and open it again, it takes about one minute for the correct remaining
battery time to be displayed.
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Notes
•Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the DC plug of
the AC power adaptor. This may cause a short-circuit, damaging the AC power adaptor.
•Keep the battery pack dry.
•When the battery pack is not to be used for a long time, charge the battery pack once
fully, and then use it until it fully discharges again. Keep the battery pack in a cool place.
Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Until your camcorder calculates the actual remaining battery time
“- - - - min” appears in the display window.
Charging time
Battery pack
NP-F330 (supplied)
NP-F530/F550
NP-F730/F730H/F750
NP-F930/F950
NP-F960
Getting started
While charging the battery pack, no indicator appears or the indicator flashes in
the display window in the following cases:
– The battery pack is not installed correctly.
– The AC power adaptor is disconnected.
– Something is wrong with the battery pack.
Full charge (Normal charge)
150 (90)
210 (150)
300 (240)
390 (330)
420 (360)
Approximate minutes to charge an empty battery pack
Recording time
Battery pack
Recording with
the viewfinder
NP-F330 (supplied)
NP-F530
NP-F550
NP-F730
NP-F730H/F750
NP-F930
NP-F950
NP-F960
Continuous*
75 (65)
120 (110)
150 (135)
265 (240)
315 (275)
410 (365)
475 (430)
575 (515)
Recording with
the LCD screen
Typical**
40 (35)
65 (60)
80 (75)
145 (130)
175 (150)
225 (200)
265 (240)
320 (285)
Continuous*
60 (55)
100 (90)
130 (115)
230 (205)
265 (235)
355 (320)
405 (360)
480 (430)
Typical**
30 (30)
55 (50)
70 (60)
125 (110)
145 (130)
195 (175)
225 (200)
265 (240)
Approximate minutes of recording time when you use a fully charged battery
Numbers in parentheses “( )” indicate the time using a normally charged battery.
You cannot use the NP-500/510/710 battery pack on your camcorder.
* Approximate continuous recording time at 25 °C (77 °F). The battery life will be
shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
** Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop,
zooming and turning the power on/off. The actual battery life may be shorter.
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Playing time
Battery pack
NP-F330 (supplied)
NP-F530
NP-F550
NP-F730
NP-F730H/F750
NP-F930
NP-F950
NP-F960
Playing time
on LCD screen
90 (80)
150 (135)
185 (165)
305 (275)
375 (335)
475 (430)
570 (510)
680 (610)
Playing time
with LCD closed
110 (95)
190 (165)
225 (195)
385 (345)
460 (415)
605 (540)
705 (630)
830 (745)
Approximate minutes of playing time when you use a fully charged battery
Numbers in parentheses “( )” indicate the time using a normally charged battery.
The battery life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
You cannot use the NP-500/510/710 battery pack on your camcorder.
Notes
•The supplied battery pack is charged a little.
•Some types of the battery packs may not be sold in your region or country.
What is ”InfoLITHIUM?”
The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data such as
battery consumption with compatible video equipment. This unit is compatible with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” battery packs (L series) have the
mark.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
If the camcorder is immediately turned off
Even if the remaining battery time is enough to operate, charge the battery pack fully
again. The correct remaining time is displayed.
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Connecting to a wall outlet
When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from a
wall outlet using the AC power adaptor.
1
Getting started
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor to the DC IN
jack on your camcorder with the plug’s v mark facing toward the LCD panel
side.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
2
Precaution
The set is not disconnected from the AC power source (house current) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the set itself has been turned off.
Notes
•The power cord must only be changed at an authorized service shop.
•AC power adaptor can supply power even if the battery pack is attached to your
camcorder.
•The DC IN jack has source priority. This means that the battery pack cannot supply
any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power
cord is not plugged into a wall outlet.
Using a car battery
Use the Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (not supplied).
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Step 2 Inserting a cassette
(1) Install the power source.
(2) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the
direction of the arrow. After the cassette lid is opened, the cassette
compartment automatically opens.
(3) Push the middle portion of the back of the cassette to insert it.
Insert the cassette in a straight line deeply into the cassette compartment with
the window facing out and the write-protect tab facing upward.
(4) Close the cassette compartment by pressing the PUSH mark on it.
(5) Close the cassette lid until it clicks by pressing the PUSH button on the lid.
3,4
2
Window
5
PUSH
PUSH
Write-protect tab
To eject a cassette
Follow the procedure above, and take out the cassette in step 3.
Notes
•The cassette lid will not be closed when you press any part of the lid other than the
PUSH button.
•Do not catch your finger in the cassette lid.
When you use mini DV cassettes with cassette memory
Read the instruction about cassette memory to use this function properly (p. 143).
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to the protect position.
If the grip strap prevents the cassette lid from opening fully
Adjust the length of the grip strap (p. 165).
If Q flashes even if the cassette has been inserted
Press the PUSH button again to close the cover firmly.
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— Recording – Basics —
Recording a picture
Your camcorder automatically focuses for you.
4
Microphone
REC START/STOP
LOCK
3
VCR
2
POWER
40min
REC 0:00:01
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
POWER
VCR
5
1
OPEN
Camera recording lamps
Recording – Basics
(1) Remove the hood cap and pull the hood cap string to fix it.
(2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” and “Step 2” for
more information (p. 9 to 14).
(3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button.
Your camcorder is set to the standby mode.
(4) Slide OPEN in the direction of the B mark to open the LCD panel.
The picture now being shot is displayed on the LCD screen, and it disappears
from the viewfinder screen.
(5) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The “REC” indicator
appears. The camera recording lamps located on the front and rear of your
camcorder light up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
You can use REC START/STOP located on the front instead of START/STOP
on the rear.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
If the ND1 or ND2 indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The ND filter is necessary. Set the ND FILTER selector to 1 or 2. However, if you change
the position during recording, the brightness of the picture may change or audio noise
may occur. This is not a malfunction. We recommend that you check the position of the
ND FILTER selector before shooting. See “Using the ND filter” on page 46.
Notes
•Fasten the grip strap firmly.
•Do not touch the microphone during recording.
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Recording a picture
Note on the recording mode
Your camcorder records and plays back in SP (standard play) mode and in LP (long
play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings. In LP mode, you can record 1.5 times
as long as in SP mode.
When you record a tape on your camcorder in LP mode, we recommend playing the
tape on your camcorder.
Note on the LOCK switch
When you slide the LOCK switch to the left, the POWER switch can no longer be set to
MEMORY accidentally. The LOCK switch is set to the right as a default setting. We
recommend that you set the LOCK switch to the left when you record on a mini DV
cassette.
Note on the progressive mode
If you intend to use the images on your PC or play the images back as still images, we
recommend that you set PROG. SCAN to ON in the menu settings before shooting (p.
34). The picture quality may improve in this mode, but if you shoot a moving subject,
the image may shake when it is played back.
To enable smooth transition
Transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene is smooth as long as
you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. When you use a tape
with cassette memory, however, you can make the transition smooth even after ejecting
the cassette if you use the end search function (p. 25).
However, check the following:
•When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
•Do not mix recordings in the SP mode and ones in the LP mode on one tape.
Note on tape transition
The playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be written properly
between scenes when:
•You change the recording mode (SP/LP).
•You record in LP mode.
If you leave your camcorder in standby mode for five minutes while the cassette is
inserted
Your camcorder automatically turns off. This is to prevent tape wear and save battery
power. To resume the standby mode, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), and to
CAMERA again. When a cassette is not inserted, your camcorder does not turn off.
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Recording a picture
Adjusting the LCD screen
180°
Recording – Basics
The LCD panel is opened up to 90 degrees and it rotates about 90 degrees to the
viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lens side.
If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces the other way in standby or recording
mode, the
indicator appears on the LCD screen and in the viewfinder (Mirror
mode).
90°
OPEN
To close the LCD panel, set it vertically and swing it into the camcorder body until it
clicks.
Note
When opening the LCD panel, the viewfinder is automatically turned off, however, it is
not turned off when the LCD panel is turned over or the camcorder is in mirror mode.
When you use the LCD screen outdoors in direct sunlight
The LCD screen may be difficult to see. If this happens, we recommend that you use the
viewfinder.
When you adjust the angle of the LCD panel
Make sure that the LCD panel is opened up to 90 degrees.
When using both the LCD screen and the viewfinder during shooting
The usable time of the battery pack when using both the LCD screen and the viewfinder
will be shorter a little than when using the viewfinder only.
Pictures in the mirror mode
The picture on the LCD screen is a mirror-image. However, the recording picture will
be normal.
During recording in mirror mode
ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander does not work.
Indicators in the mirror mode
The STBY indicator appears as zX and REC as z. Some of the other indicators appear
mirror-reversed and others are not displayed. However, if you close the LCD panel
with the LCD screen turned over, indicators appear normally.
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Recording a picture
Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen
LCD BRIGHT
To adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, press LCD BRIGHT + or –.
The battery life is longer when the LCD panel is closed. Use the viewfinder instead of
the LCD screen to save the battery power.
To brighten
To darken
On the LCD screen backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight. Select LCD B.L. in the menu settings
(p. 107).
Even if you do the LCD screen adjustment using the LCD BRIGHT +/– buttons, or
using LCD B.L. and LCD COLOR items in the menu settings
The recorded picture will not be affected.
Recording in a low position
You can record in a low position to get an interesting recording angle. Lift up the
viewfinder or rotate the LCD panel with the screen facing up to record from a low
position. In this case, it is useful to use the REC START/STOP button located on the
front or the camcorder.
REC
START/
STOP
After recording
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(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Close the LCD panel.
Eject the cassette.
Remove the battery pack.
Recording a picture
Adjusting the viewfinder
If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder.
Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder
come into sharp focus.
Recording – Basics
Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder adjustment lever.
To adjust the brightness of the viewfinder screen, use the VF B.L. item in the menu
settings (p. 107).
Even if you adjust the viewfinder screen backlight
The recorded picture will not be affected.
When the shooting conditions are too bright
Use the supplied large eyecup. Fit it onto the camcorder by stretching the corners a
little. You can attach it with the large part of it located on both left and right.
2
1
3
4
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Recording a picture
Using the zoom feature
To zoom using the zoom lever
W
T
W
T
T
Press the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Press it deeper for a faster zoom.
Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings.
“T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer)
“W” side: for wide-angle (subject appears farther away)
W
When you shoot close to a subject
If you cannot get a sharp focus, press the “W” side of the power zoom lever until the
focus is sharp. You can shoot a subject that is at least about 80 cm (about 2 feet 5/8 inch)
away from the lens surface in the telephoto position, or about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch)
away in the wide-angle position.
To zoom using the zoom ring
Using the zoom ring, you can control the zoom by your desired speed and you can
make fine adjustments.
During recording, turn the zoom ring to the desired speed.
Zoom ring
For wide-angle
For telephoto
Note
If you turn the zoom ring quickly, the zoom may not respond to the zoom ring.
Rotate the zoom ring with appropriate speed.
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Recording a picture
Using the disital zoom – Zoom greater than 12×
Zoom greater than 12× is performed digitally, if you set D ZOOM to 24× or 48× in the
menu settings. The digital zoom function is set to OFF as a default setting (p. 107). If
you use the digital zoom function, the picture quality deteriorates.
T
The right-ended portion of the bar
shows the digital zooming zone.
The digital zooming zone appears
when you set D ZOOM to 24× or 48×.
Recording – Basics
W
You cannot use the digital zoom:
– When you set PROG. SCAN to ON in the menu settings (p. 107).
– When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY.
Indicators displayed during recording
The indicators are not recorded on the tapes.
[a] [b] [c] [d]
40min
REC
0:00:01
45min
[e]
[f]
JUL 4 2000
[i]
ND1
12:05:56PM
[g]
[h]
[a] Remaining battery time indicator
This appears after you turn on the power and wait for a while.
[b]Cassette memory indicator
This appears when using a tape with cassette memory.
[c] Recording mode indicator
[d]STBY/REC indicator
[e] Time code indicator/Tape counter
[f] Remaining tape indicator
This appears after you insert a cassette.
[g]ND filter indicator
This flashes when the ND FILTER selector should be set. After you have set the ND
FILTER selector, the ND FILTER position selected is indicated. (When the ND OFF
position is selected, the indication disappears.)
[h]Time indicator
The time is displayed about five seconds after the POWER switch is set to CAMERA
or MEMORY.
[i] Date indicator
The date is displayed about five seconds after the POWER switch is set to CAMERA
or MEMORY.
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Recording a picture
Time code
The time code indicates the recording or playback time, “0:00:00” (hours : minutes :
seconds) in CAMERA mode and “0:00:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds : frames) in
VCR mode. You cannot rewrite only the time code. Your camcorder uses the drop
frame mode.
Remaining tape indicator
The indicator may not be displayed accurately depending on the tape.
Note on recording date/time
Recording date/time is not displayed during shooting, however, it is automatically
recorded on the tape. You can check the recording date/time during playback by
pressing DATA CODE.
Shooting backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT)
When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a
light background, use the backlight function.
Press BACK LIGHT in standby, recording, or memory mode.
The . indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
FADER BACK LIGHT SPOT LIGHT
BACK LIGHT
If you press one of the following buttons when using the backlight function
The backlight function will be canceled.
– SPOT LIGHT
– EXPOSURE
When you manually adjust the exposure
You cannot use the backlight function.
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Recording a picture
Using the spot light function
This function prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white
when shooting subjects lit by strong light, such as in the theater.
Recording – Basics
Press SPOT LIGHT in standby, recording, or memory mode.
The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To cancel, press SPOT LIGHT again.
FADER BACK LIGHT SPOT LIGHT
SPOT LIGHT
If you press one of the following buttons when using the spot light function
The spot light function will be canceled.
– BACK LIGHT
– EXPOSURE
When you manually adjust the exposure
You cannot use the spot light function.
You cannot use the spot light mode while in the following settings:
– Shutter speed value of 1/30 or smaller
– Old movie
– Low lux mode of the PROGRAM AE function
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Recording a picture
Self-timer recording
You can make a recording with the self-timer. This recording is useful when you want
to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander.
(1) Press
(self-timer) in standby mode. The
(self-timer) indicator appears on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(2) Press START/STOP.
Self-timer starts counting down from 10 seconds with a beep sound. In the last
two seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording
starts automatically.
START/STOP
MEMORY
(self-timer)
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
POWER
VCR
2
To stop the self-timer before recording
Press START/STOP again.
Use the Remote Commander for convenience.
To record still pictures on tapes using the self-timer
Press PHOTO in step 2 (p. 32).
To record still pictures on a “Memory Stick” using the selftimer
Press
(self-timer), then press PHOTO in memory mode (p. 123).
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder
screen while your camcorder is in standby mode.
Note
The self-timer recording is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
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Checking the recording
– END SEARCH / EDITSEARCH / Rec Review
You can use these buttons to check recorded pictures or shoot so that the transition
between the last recorded scene and the next scene you will record is smooth.
END SEARCH
Recording – Basics
EDITSEARCH
Searching the end point of the recording — END SEARCH
You can easily go to the end of the last recorded portion.
Press END SEARCH in standby mode.
The camcorder rewinds or fast-forwards the tape and the last five-second recorded
picture is played back. After playback the camcorder turns to standby mode. You can
monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones.
Changing the next recording start point — EDITSEARCH
You can change the next recording start point in standby mode.
Hold down the +/– side of EDITSEARCH in standby mode. The recorded picture is
played back.
+: to go forward
– : to go backward
Release EDITSEARCH to stop playback. If you press START/STOP, re-recording begins
from the point you released EDITSEARCH. You cannot monitor the sound.
Checking the last recorded picture — Rec Review
You can check the last recorded portion.
Press the – 7 side of EDITSEARCH momentarily in standby mode.
The last few-seconds of picture is played back and the camcorder returns to standby.
You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones.
End search function
When you use a tape without cassette memory, the end search function does not work
once you eject the cassette after you have recorded on the tape. If you use a tape with
cassette memory, the end search function works even once you eject the cassette.
If there is a blank portion at the beginning or between the recorded portions, the end
search function may not work correctly (p. 143).
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— Playback – Basics —
Playing back a tape
You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel,
you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can also control playback
using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder.
(1) Install the power source and insert the recorded tape.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the small green button. The
video control buttons light up.
(3) Slide OPEN in the direction of the B mark to open the LCD panel.
(4) Press m to rewind the tape.
(5) Press N to start playback.
(6) To adjust the volume, press either of the VOLUME +/– buttons .
4
REW
5
PLAY
2
POWER
VCR
VOLUME
3 1
To stop playback
Press x.
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MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
6
Playing back a tape
When monitoring on the LCD screen
You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD
screen facing out.
Playback – Basics
When you close the LCD panel
You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker. However, when the LCD panel is
turned over to view on the LCD screen, you can monitor the sound from the speaker.
To control the display of the screen indicators
Press DISPLAY on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with your
camcorder.
The indicators appear on the LCD screen.
To make the indicators disappear, press DISPLAY again.
DISPLAY
DATA CODE
DISPLAY
DATA CODE
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Playing back a tape
Using the data code function
Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the
recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code).
Press DATA CODE on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with
your camcorder in playback mode.
The display changes as follows:
date/time t various settings (SteadyShot, white balance, gain, shutter speed, aperture
value, exposure mode) t no indicator
Date/time
JUL 4 2000
12:05:56 AM
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
Various settings
AUTO
60 AWB
F1.6
0dB
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
SteadyShot OFF indicator
Exposure mode/PROGRAM AE mode indicator
White balance indicator
Gain indicator
Shutter speed indicator
Aperture value
To not display the various settings
Set DATA CODE to DATE in the menu settings (p. 107).
The display changes as follows:
date/time y no indicator
Recording data
Recording data is your camcorder’s information when you have recorded something. In
CAMERA mode, the recording data will not be displayed.
When you use the data code function, “--- -- ----” (date) or “-- : -- : --” (time)
appears if:
– A blank portion of the tape is being played back.
– The tape is unreadable due to tape damage or noise.
– The tape was recorded by the camcorder without the date and time set.
Data code
When you connect your camcorder to the TV, the data code also appears on the TV
screen (p. 30).
Note on the date/time indicator
Recording date/time is not displayed during shooting, however, it is automatically
recorded on the tape. You can check the recording date/time during playback by
pressing DATA CODE.
If the exposure adjustment is set to minimum
“CLOSE” is displayed at the location of the aperture value.
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Playing back a tape
Various playback modes
To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR.
To view a still picture (playback pause)
Press X during playback. To resume normal playback, press N or X.
To advance the tape
Press M in stop mode. To resume normal playback, press N.
Press m in stop mode. To resume normal playback, press N.
To change the playback direction
Press
on the Remote Commander during playback to reverse the playback direction.
To resume normal playback, press N.
Playback – Basics
To rewind the tape
To locate a scene monitoring the picture (picture search)
Keep pressing m or M during playback. To resume normal playback, release the button.
To monitor the picture at high-speed while advancing or
rewinding the tape (skip scan)
Keep pressing m while rewinding or M while advancing the tape. To resume
rewinding or advancing, release the button.
To view the picture at slow speed (slow playback)
Press y during playback. For slow playback in the reverse direction, press
Remote Commander, then press y. To resume normal playback, press N.
on the
To view the picture at double speed
Press ×2 on the Remote Commander during playback. For double speed playback in the
reverse direction, press
, then press ×2 on the Remote Commander. To resume
normal playback, press N.
To view the picture frame-by-frame
Press C on the Remote Commander in playback pause mode. For frame-by-frame
playback in the reverse direction, press c. To resume normal playback, press N.
To search the last scene recorded (END SEARCH)
Press END SEARCH in stop mode. The last five seconds of the recorded portion plays
back and stops.
In various playback modes
•Sound is muted.
•The previous picture may remain as a mosaic image during playback.
When the playback pause mode lasts for five minutes
Your camcorder automatically enters the stop mode. To resume playback, press N.
Slow playback
Slow playback can be performed smoothly on your camcorder, however, this function
does not work for a signal output through the DV IN/OUT jack.
When you play back a tape in reverse
Horizontal noise may appear at the center, or the top and bottom of the screen. This is
not a malfunction.
If you insert the mini DV cassette recorded in a PAL system
The camcorder automatically identify the system, and playback starts. You can only
view the picture on your camcorder. (Quasi PAL playback)
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Viewing the recording on TV
Connect your camcorder to your TV or VCR with the A/V connecting cable supplied
with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate
the video control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on
the LCD screen. When monitoring the playback picture on the TV screen, we
recommend that you power your camcorder from a wall outlet using the AC power
adaptor (p. 13). Refer to the operating instructions of your TV or VCR.
Open the jack cover. Connect your camcorder to the TV using the A/V connecting cable
supplied with your camcorder. Then, set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO L/R
DV IN/OUT
(not supplied)
IN
S VIDEO
Yellow
VIDEO
AUDIO
L/R
AUDIO
White
: Signal flow
Red
If your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the line input on the VCR by using the A/V connecting
cable supplied with your camcorder. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
If your TV or VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and only
the white plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV. The red plugs are not
used.
If your TV or VCR has an S video jack
Connect using an S video cable (not supplied) to obtain high-quality pictures. With this
connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V connecting
cable. Connect the S video cable (not supplied) to the S video jacks on both your
camcorder and the TV or the VCR. This connection produces higher quality DV format
pictures.
When you adjust the TV screen
If you monitor the shooting picture, not the playback picture, set COLOR BAR to ON in
the menu settings (p. 107). The color bar is displayed on the TV screen.
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— Advanced Recording Operations —
Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
You can record still images on mini DV tapes with all the pixels in the progressive
mode. See page 34 for details. This mode is useful when you print images using a video
printer (not supplied).
Besides the operation described here, your camcorder can record still images on a
“Memory Stick” (p. 120).
1
2
CAPTURE
PHOTO
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) In standby mode, keep pressing PHOTO lightly until a picture freezes. The
CAPTURE indicator appears. Recording does not start yet.
To change the image, release PHOTO, select an image again, and then press
and hold PHOTO lightly.
(2) Press PHOTO deeper.
The still image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder is recorded for about
seven seconds. The sound during those seven seconds is also recorded.
The still image is displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder until
recording is completed.
•••••••
PHOTO
The number of still images recordable on a mini DV cassette
You can record about 510 images in SP mode and about 765 images in LP mode on a 60minute cassette.
Notes
•During tape photo recording, you cannot change the mode or setting.
•The PHOTO button does not work:
– While the fader function is set or in use.
– While the digital effect function is set or in use.
•Do not shake the camcorder during tape photo recording. The recorded image may be
blurred.
To do tape photo recording using the Remote Commander
Press PHOTO on the Remote Commander. Your camcorder immediately records an
image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
When you do tape photo recording during normal CAMERA recording
You cannot check an image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder by pressing PHOTO
lightly. Press PHOTO deeper. The still image is then recorded for about seven seconds
and your camcorder returns to standby mode.
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Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
Self-timer tape photo recording
You can make a tape photo recording with the self-timer. This mode is useful when you
want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander.
(1) Press
(self-timer) in standby mode. The
(self-timer) indicator appears on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(2) Press PHOTO deeply.
Self-timer starts counting down from 10 with a beep sound. In the last two
seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording starts
automatically.
PHOTO
2
PHOTO
1
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder
screen while your camcorder is in standby mode. You cannot cancel the self-timer
recording using the Remote Commander.
Note
The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer tape photo recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
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Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
Printing the still image
You can print a still image by using a video printer (not supplied). Connect with the
video printer using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder.
Connect the yellow plugs of the cable to the video input of the video printer and the
VIDEO jack on your camcorder. Refer to the operating instructions of the video printer
as well.
S VIDEO
LINE IN
S VIDEO VIDEO
(not supplied)
Advanced Recording Operations
Video printer
VIDEO
: Signal flow
If the video printer is equipped with an S video input
Use an S video connecting cable (not supplied). Connect it to the S VIDEO jack on your
camcorder and the S video input of the video printer.
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Shooting with all the pixels – PROG. SCAN
When you handle the digital images on your PC, set PROG. SCAN to ON before
shooting. You can record the images on a mini DV tape with higher resolution.
Since the image taken in progressive mode would be stabilized even in pause mode, it
is especially useful when you analyze high-speed actions such as sports scenes.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
1
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PROG. SCAN, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display. The PROG. SCAN indicator lights up.
MENU
2-4
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
RETURN
5
PROG. SCAN
MENU
OFF
ON
[MENU] : END
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
RETURN
ON
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
To return to normal mode
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Note on the progressive mode
A normal TV broadcast divides the screen into two finer fields and displays them in
turns every 1/60 of a second (Interlace format). Thus, the actual image displayed in an
instant covers only half of the apparent image area. Displaying the whole image
simultaneously on a full screen is called displaying with all the pixels. In this mode, the
resolution of the still picture is clearer than in the normal mode. This camcorder takes in
an image every 1/15 of a second, which may cause the image of a moving object to go
out of focus. This camcorder is originally programed to record in the normal TV format.
When shooting under fluorescent light
When shooting in progressive mode under fluorescent light or light bulbs, a rare
phenomenon may happen in which the screen lights up brightly (Flicker phenomenon).
This is not a malfunction. If you want to stop this phenomenon, set PROG. SCAN to
OFF in the menu settings.
On digital zooming
You cannot use digital zooming in this mode.
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Using the guide frame
You can easily make the picture be on a horizontal line using the guide frame. The
guide frame is not recorded.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
5
MENU
MENU
2-4
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME OFF
[MENU] : END
ON
RETURN
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME ON
[MENU] : END
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
1
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select GUIDEFRAME, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display. The guide frame is displayed on the
LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
[MENU] : END
To clear the guide frame
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial or simply press DISPLAY.
Note
The guide frame indicates only a rough level. The size and position of the guide frame
do not affect the setting of the camcorder.
If you set GUIDEFRAME to ON
The other screen indicators are also displayed on the LCD screen.
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Using the wide mode
You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE).
Black bands appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder during recording in
16:9WIDE mode [a]. The picture during playback on a normal TV [b] or on a widescreen TV [c] is compressed in the widthwise direction. If you set the screen mode of
the wide-screen TV to the full mode, you can watch pictures of normal images [d].
[a]
[b]
16:9WIDE
[c]
In standby mode, set 16:9WIDE to ON in
[d]
in the menu settings (p. 107).
MENU
To cancel the wide mode
Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings (p. 107).
In wide mode, you cannot select the following modes:
•Old movie
•Progressive mode
Connection to a TV
Pictures recorded in 16:9WIDE mode automatically appear on the TV screen at full size
when you connect your camcorder to a TV that is compatible with the video ID (ID-1/
ID-2) system and when you connect to the S video input jack on a TV.
ID-1 system
The ID-1 system sends aspect ratio information (16:9, 4:3, or letter box) using video
signals. If you connect a TV compatible with the ID-1 system, the screen size is
automatically selected.
ID-2 system
The ID-2 system sends a copyright protection signal with ID-1 signals inserted between
video signals when you connect your camcorder to other equipment using an A/V
connecting cable.
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During recording
You cannot operate the wide mode function. When you cancel the wide mode, set your
camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
Using the fader function
You can fade the picture in or out to give your recording a professional appearance.
[a]
STBY
REC
FADER
Advanced Recording Operations
OVERLAP*
WIPE*
DOT*
(Random)
* Fade in only
[b]
STBY
REC
MONOTONE
When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color.
When fading out the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
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Using the fader function
(1) When fading in [a]
In standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
When fading out [b]
In recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
The indicator changes as follows:
FADER t MONOTONE t OVERLAP tWIPE tDOTt no indicator
The last selected fader mode is indicated first.
(2) Press START/STOP. After the fade in/out is carried out, your camcorder
automatically returns to the normal mode.
1
FADER
FADER
POWER
VCR
2
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
To cancel the fader function
Press FADER until the indicator disappears.
Note
You cannot use the following functions while using the fader function, and vice versa:
– Digital effect
– Low lux mode of PROGRAM AE (Only in OVERLAP, WIPE, or DOT mode)
– Tape Photo recording
– Interval recording
– Cut recording
When the OVERLAP, WIPE, or DOT indicator appears
Your camcorder automatically stores the image recorded on a tape. As the image is
being stored, the fader indicator flashes fast, and the playback picture appears.
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Using special effects – Picture effect
You can digitally process images to obtain special effects like those in films or on TV.
NEG. ART [a] :
SEPIA :
B&W :
SOLARIZE [b] :
SLIM [c] :
STRETCH [d] :
[a]
The color and brightness of the picture is reversed.
The picture gets sepia-toned.
The picture appears in monochrome (black-and-white).
The light intensity is emphatic, and the picture looks like an illustration.
The picture expands vertically.
The picture expands horizontally.
[b]
[c]
[d]
1
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) In standby or recording mode, press PICTURE EFFECT.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired picture effect mode.
The picture effect indicator changes as follows:
NEG. ART y SEPIA y B&W y SOLARIZE y SLIM y STRETCH
PICTURE
EFFECT
2
To cancel the picture effect function
Press PICTURE EFFECT so that the indicator disappears.
While using the picture effect function
You cannot select the old movie mode.
When you turn the power off
The picture effect function will be automatically canceled.
When PROG. SCAN is set to ON in the menu settings
You cannot select SLIM and STRETCH.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
You can add special effects to recorded pictures using the various digital functions. The
sound is recorded normally.
STILL
You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving picture.
FLASH (FLASH MOTION)
You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
LUMI. (LUMINANCEKEY)
You can swap a brighter area in a still image with a moving picture.
TRAIL
You can record the picture so that an incidental image like a trail is left.
OLD MOVIE
You can add an old movie type atmosphere to pictures. The black bands appear on the
upper and lower of the screen to change the virtual screen size to the cinemascope size,
and the picture effect is set to SEPIA.
Still image
Moving picture
Still image
Moving picture
STILL
LUMI.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
(1) In standby or recording mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect
indicator appears.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode.
The digital effect indicator changes as follows:
STILL y FLASH y LUMI. y TRAIL y OLD MOVIE
(3) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The indicator lights up and the bar appears.
In STILL and LUMI. modes, the still image is stored in memory.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
Items to be adjusted
The rate of the still image you want to superimpose on the
moving picture
The interval of flash motion
The color scheme of the area in the still image which is to be
swapped with a moving picture
The time until the incidental image vanishes
No adjustment necessary
FLASH
LUMI.
TRAIL
OLD MOVIE
The longer the bar on the screen, the stronger the digital effect. The bar appears in the
following modes: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
3
1
2
Advanced Recording Operations
STILL
LUMI.
DIGITAL
EFFECT
4
LUMI.
To cancel the digital effect
Press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect indicator disappears.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
Notes
•The following functions do not work in digital effect mode:
– Fader
– Low lux mode of PROGRAM AE
– Tape Photo recording
– Shutter speed (1/30 or smaller) adjustment
•The following functions do not work in old movie mode:
– Wide mode
– Picture effect
– PROGRAM AE
– Spot light mode
– Shutter speed adjustment
When you turn the power off
The digital effect function will be automatically canceled.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Under normal conditions, this unit automatically makes various adjustments as it
shoots. However, you can adjust the following functions manually to suit your
preference.
Functions you can adjust by setting the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto
lock release) position
Brightness (exposure), shutter speed, white balance, and PROGRAM AE
Functions you can adjust in menu settings
Deactivating the SteadyShot
The following describes how to adjust all the functions mentioned above except white
balance (p. 49), PROGRAM AE (p. 55), focus (p. 58), and zoom (p. 20).
AUTO LOCK selector
Set the selector as shown below to maintain or release the settings of the functions.
AUTO
LOCK
[a]
Advanced Recording Operations
Functions you can adjust by using other selectors/rings
ND filter, zebra pattern, focus, and zoom
[c]
[b]
HOLD
AUTO LOCK [a]
Select this position to let the unit adjust all the functions automatically.
HOLD [b]
Select this position after setting the functions manually to maintain the settings.
Manual position (AUTO LOCK release) [c]
Select this position to adjust the functions listed above manually.
If you use the video flash light (not supplied)
We recommend that you set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK.
Note
When you manually adjust the exposure during backlight or spot light mode, the
backlight or spot light function will be automatically canceled.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting exposure
Adjust the exposure manually under the following cases.
[a]
[b]
[a]
•The background is too bright (back lighting)
•Insufficient light: most of the picture is dark
[b]
•Bright subject and dark background
•To record the darkness faithfully
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press EXPOSURE. The exposure indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(3) Turn the EXPOSURE dial to adjust the exposure.
As you turn the dial, the iris value changes between OPEN and CLOSE and the
gain value changes between 0 dB and 18dB.
To brighten the picture, adjust the level to the + side.
2
1
AUTO
LOCK
•EXP
O
RE
SU
HOLD
F5.6 0dB
3
To return to automatic exposure mode
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press EXPOSURE. The exposure
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
If you press PROGRAM AE when adjusting the exposure manually
The exposure comes back to automatic adjustment again.
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When you focus in telephoto
You cannot choose F1.6 and F2.0.
Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting the shutter speed
2
PROGRAM
AE
1
AUTO
LOCK
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) If the PROGRAM AE indicator is lit, press PROGRAM AE repeatedly until the
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
(3) Press SHUTTER SPEED. The shutter speed indicator appears on the LCD
screen or in the viewfinder.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired speed. The available
shutter speed ranges from 1/4 to 1/10000. As you turn the dial, the shutter
speed changes as follows:
1/4 y 1/8 y 1/15 y 1/30 y ... y 1/4000 y 1/6000 y 1/10000
To increase the shutter speed, select a smaller setting (large value indicator on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder).
3
SHUTTER
SPEED
60
HOLD
4
To return to automatic shutter speed mode
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press SHUTTER SPEED. The shutter
speed indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
When shooting at slow shutter speed
At slow shutter speed, automatic focus may be lost. Use a tripod and adjust the focus
manually.
When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs
When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs, a rare phenomenon may happen
in which the screen lights up brightly depending on the shutter speed (Flicker
phenomenon).
If you set the shutter speed value to 1/30 or smaller
You cannot use the spot light (p. 23) and digital effect (p. 40) functions.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Using the ND filter
Using the ND filter (the ND filter 1 setting corresponds to 1/4 of the quantity of light
and the ND filter 2 setting corresponds to 1/32 of the quantity of light), you can record
a picture clearly by adjusting light amounts, even if you shoot under too bright
conditions.
When the ND1 or ND2 indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder
The ND filter is necessary.
When ND 1 flashes, set the ND FILTER selector to 1 so that the ND 1 indicator lights up
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
When ND 2 flashes, set the ND FILTER selector to 2 so that the ND 2 indicator lights up
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
When ND OFF flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The ND filter is not necessary. Set the ND FILTER selector to OFF so that the indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
The ND filter is now deactivated.
ND FILTER
2
1
OFF
Note
If you set the ND FILTER selector to another positions during recording, the picture
may be blurred or audio noise may occur. We recommend that you check the position
of the ND FILTER selector before shooting.
If you use the video flash light (not supplied)
Set the ND FILTER selector to OFF when you use the flash.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Shooting with the zebra pattern
You can set the camcorder to display a zebra pattern (diagonal stripes) in the portion of
the picture on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness
exceeds a certain level. The portion of the picture where zebra pattern appears is an area
of high brightness and overexposure. You can check the picture level of a subject by
displaying the zebra pattern. Use the zebra pattern as a guide for adjusting the exposure
and shutter speed so that you can get the desired picture.
Set the ZEBRA selector to 70 or 100 in standby or memory mode.
OFF
70
100
Setting
70
100
OFF
Advanced Recording Operations
ZEBRA
Meaning
The zebra pattern appears in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness is about 70 IRE.
The zebra pattern appears in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness exceeds more than
100 IRE.
The zebra pattern does not appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To erase the zebra pattern
Set the ZEBRA selector to OFF.
Note on shooting with the zebra pattern
Even though you see the zebra pattern on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, the
zebra pattern is not recorded.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Releasing the SteadyShot function
When the SteadyShot function is working, the camcorder compensates for camerashake.
You can release the SteadyShot function when you do not need to use it. The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Do not use the SteadyShot
function when shooting a stationary object with a tripod.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Press MENU to display the menu in standby or memory mode.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select STEADYSHOT, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OFF, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
2-4
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
1,5
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT ON
FRAME REC OFF
I NT. REC
RETURN
MENU
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT OFF
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To activate the SteadyShot function again
Select ON in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Notes on the SteadyShot function
•The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake.
•If you use a tele conversion lens (not supplied) or a wide conversion lens (not
supplied), these lens may influence the SteadyShot function.
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Adjusting the white balance
White balance adjustment makes white subjects look white and allows more natural
color balance for camera recording. Normally, white balance is automatically adjusted.
You can obtain better results by adjusting the white balance manually when lighting
conditions change quickly or when recording outdoors: e.g., neon signs, fireworks.
1
AUTO
LOCK
2
HOLD
3
WHT BAL
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press WHT BAL. The white balance indicator appears on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the appropriate white balance mode
under the following conditions. As you turn the dial, the display changes as
follows:
(One-push white balance) y
(Outdoor) y n (Indoor)
Indicator
Shooting conditions
• Adjusting the white balance according to the light source.
This operation is not available during recording. Follow the
procedure described on the next page to adjust the setting again.
(Outdoor)• Recording a sunset/sunrise, just after sunset, just before sunrise, neon
signs, or fireworks
• Under a color matching fluorescent lamp
n (Indoor) • Lighting condition changes quickly
• Too bright a place such as a photography studio
• Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps
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Adjusting the white balance
If you have selected
in step 3
When you set the white balance to one-push white balance mode, the setting is locked
and maintained even if lighting conditions change. You can achieve recording with
natural colors without the image being affected by ambient light.
(With the
indicator on the screen)
(1) Shoot a white object such as paper fully.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The
indicator flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored
in the memory, the indicator stops flashing. The setting will be maintained even if the
battery is detached.
To return to automatic adjustment
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press WHT BAL. The white balance
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
Notes on white balance
•When you shoot with studio lighting or video lighting, use the n (indoor) mode.
•When you shoot with fluorescent lighting, readjust the white balance using the
(one-push white balance) mode , or use the automatic white balance mode. If you use
the n (indoor) mode, white balance may not be adjusted appropriately.
Shooting when lighting conditions have changed
•When lighting conditions have changed, readjust the white balance while the
camcorder is in standby mode.
•In automatic white balance mode, point your camcorder at a white subject for about
10 seconds after setting the POWER switch to CAMERA to get a better adjustment
when:
– You detach the battery for replacement.
– You bring your camcorder outdoors from the interior of a house, or vice versa.
indicator does not stop flashing after you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
If the
The white balance cannot be set. Use the automatic white balance mode.
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Adjusting recording level manually – Sound
recording level
You can adjust the recording sound level. Use headphones to monitor the sound when
you adjust it.
Setting up the menu
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MIC LEVEL, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MANUAL, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(7) Press AUDIO LEVEL to display the recording level adjustment display in
standby or recording mode.
(8) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the recording level.
POWER
VCR
1
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
7
2,6
Advanced Recording Operations
Adjusting the recording level
AUDIO LEVEL
[a]
MENU
30 20 12
0 dB
[b][c]
3,4
5
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUD I O MODE
REMA I N
M I C LEVEL
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUD I O MODE
REMA I N
I C LEVEL
AUTO
[MENU] M
: END
RETURN
8
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUD I O MODE
REMA I N
M I C LEVEL
AUTO
RETURN
MANUAL
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUD I O MODE
REMA I N
I C LEVEL
MANUAL
[MENU] :MEND
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
[a] Recording level meter
[b] Decreases the recording level
[c] Increases the recording level
To clear the recording level adjustment display
Press AUDIO LEVEL again.
To adjust the recording level automatically
Select AUTO in step 5, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
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Adjusting recording level manually – Sound recording level
Notes on the manual adjustment
•The recording level setting is retained for about five minutes after removing the
battery.
•The recording level indicator appears at the lower-right on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
The sound input through the AUDIO L/R jacks or
You cannot adjust the recording level.
DV IN/OUT jack
When MIC LEVEL is set to AUTO
You cannot adjust the recording level, however, the recording level adjustment display
is displayed.
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Presetting the adjustment for picture
quality – Custom preset
You can preset the camcorder to record the picture with the desired picture quality.
When presetting, adjust the picture by shooting a subject and checking the picture
displayed on a TV using the menu settings.
1
CUSTOM
PRESET
CUSTOM PRESET
SET
OFF
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AE SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
OFF
RESET
STBY
2-4
[CP] : END
7
CUSTOM
PRESET
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
SET
OFF
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AE SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
SET
OFF
COLOR LVL
ON
[CP] : END
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AE SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
SET
ON
COLOR LVL
[CP] : END
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AE SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Press CUSTOM PRESET to display the CUSTOM PRESET menu in standby or
memory mode.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the selected item, then press the dial.
(7) Press CUSTOM PRESET.
appears on the
The CUSTOM PRESET menu disappears and the indicator
LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
[CP] : END
5,6
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
SET
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AE SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
COLOR LVL
[CP] : END
[CP] : END
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Presetting the adjustment for picture quality
Items to be adjusted
Item
COLOR LVL
Meaning
Color intensity
SHARPNESS
WB SHIFT
AE SHIFT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
Sharpness
White balance
Brightness
Auto Gain-limit
Sets items above to the default
settings.
Adjustment value
Decreases color intensity y
Increases color intensity
Softer y Sharper
Bluish y Reddish
–4 y +4
6 dB/12 dB/OFF
To cancel using the custom preset
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To return to the standard setting
Select OK from the RESET item in step 5, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To
cancel, select CANCEL, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To check the custom preset setting
Press CUSTOM PRESET while the camcorder is in standby, recording or memory
mode.
The custom preset setting appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Once you adjust AE shift
The –4 to +4 indicator is displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. The
number varies corresponding to the AE shift level.
About the AGC Limit
When adjusting the exposure manually, the level of the gain is up to 18 dB (OFF).
When you preset the desired picture quality in CAMERA or memory mode
The preset is only available in each mode you preset. If you want to use a preset both in
CAMERA and memory modes, you have to preset in each mode.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
You can select from five PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting
situation, referring to the following.
Selecting the best mode
Select a proper PROGRAM AE mode referring to the following description.
S: Shutter speed priority mode
Selecting the shutter speed manually. The exposure value changes in accordance with
the selected shutter speed.
: Sports lesson mode
Capturing high-speed action in sports such as golf or tennis
Advanced Recording Operations
A: Aperture priority mode
Selecting the aperture to determine the desired depth of field. Gain and shutter speed
are automatically set in combination with the aperture value to maintain appropriate
exposure.
: Sunset & Moon mode
Recording sunset, night views, fireworks or neon signs
: Low lux mode
For recording a subject in insufficient light. Subject becomes bright.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
Using the PROGRAM AE function
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press PROGRAM AE. The PROGRAM AE indicator appears on the LCD
screen or in the viewfinder.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired PROGRAM AE mode.
The PROGRAM AE mode changes as follows:
Aperture priority mode y Shutter speed priority mode y Sports lesson
mode y Sunset & Moon mode y Low lux mode
When you select the aperture priority mode or the shutter speed priority
mode, press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(4) In aperture priority mode ( A) or shutter speed priority mode ( S), turn
the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired aperture value (F value) or
shutter speed.
Aperture priority mode:
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired aperture value. As you
turn the dial, the F value changes between F1.6 and F11.
For a smaller aperture, select a higher value. The gain and shutter speed
change in accordance with the selected aperture value.
Shutter speed priority mode:
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired shutter speed. As you turn
the dial, shutter speed changes between 1/60 and 1/10000.
For a faster shutter speed, select a smaller value indicator on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder. The gain and aperture values change in accordance with the
selected shutter speed.
1
AUTO
LOCK
3,4
HOLD
2
PROGRAM
AE
To cancel using the PROGRAM AE function
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press PROGRAM AE. The PROGRAM
AE indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
If you are recording under a discharge tube such as a fluorescent lamp, sodium
lamp or mercury lamp
Flickering or changes in color may occur in sports lesson mode. If this happens, turn the
PROGRAM AE function off.
Even if the PROGRAM AE function is selected
You can adjust the exposure.
Advanced Recording Operations
Notes
•In sports lesson mode, you cannot take close-ups. This is because your camcorder is
set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance.
•In sunset & moon mode, your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects.
•The old movie mode and the shutter speed adjustment do not work in PROGRAM AE
mode.
•The following functions do not work in low lux mode:
– Digital effect
– Overlap
– Wipe
– Dot
– Spot light mode
•While shooting in memory mode, the low lux and sports lesson modes do not work.
(The indicator flashes.)
When you focus in telephoto
You cannot choose F1.6 and F2.0.
About the depth of field
The depth of field is the in-focus range, measured from the distance behind a subject to
the distance in front. The depth of field can vary with the iris (F value) and the focal
length. Lowering the F value (large iris) reduces the depth of field. Raising the F value
(small iris) provides a larger depth of field. Zooming in telephoto position offers a
smaller depth of field while the depth of field in the wide-angle position is greater.
The depth of field Shallow
Iris
Near open (Low F value)
Zoom
Telephoto (T)
Deep
Near close (High F value)
Wide (W)
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Focusing manually
You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases:
•The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting
– subjects through glass coated with water droplets
– horizontal stripes
– subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky
•When you want to change the focus from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the
background
•Shooting a stationary subject when using a tripod
(1) Slide FOCUS down to MANUAL in standby, recording, or memory mode. The
9 indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder in recording,
standby, or memory mode.
(2) Turn the focus ring to sharpen the focus.
1
2
FOCUS
AUTO
MAN
INFINITY
PUSH AUTO
To return to the autofocus mode
Slide FOCUS up to AUTO to turn off the 9 or
indicator.
To focus in infinity
Slide FOCUS to INFINITY. The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder. This function is useful when the nearer subject is focused automatically,
even though you want to focus on a faraway subject.
To shoot with auto focusing momentarily
Press PUSH AUTO.
The auto focus functions while you are pressing PUSH AUTO.
Use this button to focus on one subject and then another with smooth focusing.
When you release PUSH AUTO, manual focusing resumes.
To obtain the correct focus
First, focus on a subject manually with the zoom set toward the “T” (telephoto) side, then
adjust the zoom by pressing the “W” side of the lever gradually.
When you shoot close to the subject
Focus at the end of the “W” (wide-angle) position.
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9 changes as follows:
when recording a distant subject.
when the subject is too close to focus on.
Interval recording
You can make a time-lapse recording by
Example
1s
setting the camcorder to automatically record
and standby sequentially. You can achieve an
9 min 59 s
[a]
excellent recording for flowering, emergence,
[b]
etc., with this function.
10 min
1s
9 min 59 s
[a]
[b]
10 min
[a] Recording time
[b]Waiting time
1
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT. REC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
Set INTERVAL and REC TIME.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INTERVAL, then press the dial.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired interval time, then
press the dial.
The time: 30SEC y 1MIN y 5MIN y 10MIN
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select REC TIME, then press the dial.
4 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired recording time, then
press the dial.
The time: 0.5SEC y 1SEC y 1.5SEC y 2SEC
RETURN, then press the dial
5 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
twice.
Advanced Recording Operations
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
5
MENU
1
2-4
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
2
30SEC
[MENU] : END
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
OFF
RETURN
3
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
30SEC
1M I N
5M I N
10M I N
[MENU] : END
4
0 . 5SEC
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
0 . 5SEC
1SEC
1 . 5SEC
2SEC
[MENU] : END
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
ON
RETURN
OFF
SET
[MENU] : END
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Interval recording
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The interval recording indicator
flashes.
(8) Press START/STOP to start interval recording. The interval recording
indicator lights up.
POWER
VCR
8
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
6
7
MENU
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
ON
RETURN
I NTERVAL
[MENU] : END
To cancel the interval recording
•Set INT. REC to OFF in the menu settings.
•Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), VCR or MEMORY.
To stop the interval recording momentarily and perform
normal recording
Press START/STOP. You can perform normal recording only once. To cancel the
normal recording, press START/STOP again.
Note on interval recording
You cannot do interval recording in memory mode.
On recording time
There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to +/– 6 frames from the selected
time.
Even if you press INDEX MARK during interval recording
You cannot mark an index.
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Frame by frame recording – Cut recording
You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using cut recording. To
create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a cut recording. We
recommend that you use a tripod, and operate the camcorder using the Remote
Commander after step 6.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
1
6,7
MENU
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2-4
Advanced Recording Operations
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select FRAME REC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
The FRAME REC indicator lights up.
(6) Press START/STOP to start cut recording. The camcorder makes a recording
for about six frames, and returns to recording standby.
(7) Move the subject, and repeat step 6.
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC OFF
I NT. REC
ON
RETURN
5
MENU
FRAME REC
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC ON
I NT. REC
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To cancel the cut recording
•Set FRAME REC to OFF in the menu settings.
•Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), VCR, or MEMORY.
Notes on cut recording
•The last recorded cut is longer than other cuts.
•The proper remaining tape time is not indicated if you use this function continuously.
•You cannot mark an index during cut recording.
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Marking an Index
If you mark an index at the scene you want to search for, you can easily search for the
scene later (p. 64).
In recording mode [a]:
Press INDEX MARK.
The “INDEX MARK” indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder for
seven seconds and the index is marked after the indicator disappears.
In standby mode [b]:
Press INDEX MARK.
The “INDEX STBY” indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. And
when you press START/STOP to start recording, the “INDEX MARK” indicator
appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder for seven seconds. The index is marked
after the indicator disappears.
The index signal is marked on the 11th frame from the recording start point (about 0.3
sec).
You can mark an index in VCR mode (p. 88).
[a]
[b]
STBY
REC
INDEX MARK
I NDEX
STBY
I NDEX
MARK
REC
I NDEX
MARK
To cancel index marking
Press INDEX again in standby mode.
Note on the index
You cannot mark an index after recording.
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— Advanced Playback Operations —
Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function
Using the zero set memory function, your camcorder rewinds or advances the tape to
locate the desired scene, and the searching automatically stops at the scene having a
tape counter value of “0:00:00.” You can do this with the Remote Commander.
DISPLAY
m
ZERO SET MEMORY
N
x
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) In playback mode, press DISPLAY if the counter is not on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder.
(2) Press ZERO SET MEMORY at the point you want to locate later. The tape
counter shows “0:00:00” and the ZERO SET MEMORY indicator flashes.
(3) Press x when you want to stop playback.
(4) Press m to rewind the tape to the tape counter’s zero point. The tape stops
automatically when the tape counter reaches approximately zero. The ZERO
SET MEMORY indicator disappears and the time code appears.
(5) Press N. Playback starts.
Notes
•When you press ZERO SET MEMORY again before rewinding the tape, the zero set
memory function will be canceled.
•There may be a discrepancy of several seconds from the time code.
When there is a blank portion between pictures on a tape
The zero set memory function may not work.
ZERO SET MEMORY functions also in standby mode
When you insert a scene in the middle of a recorded tape, press ZERO SET MEMORY at
the point you want to end the insertion. Rewind the tape to the insert start point, and
start recording. Recording stops automatically at the tape counter zero point. Your
camcorder returns to standby mode.
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Searching for a recording by index
– Index search
You can automatically search for the point where an index is marked and start playback
from that point (Index search). Use a tape with cassette memory for convenience. Use
the Remote Commander for this operation.
Use this function to check where indexes are marked or to edit the tape at each
sequence where the index is marked.
Searching for the index point using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 143).
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings (p. 107). The default setting
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the index
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the index point for
playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playing back at the selected index point.
1
3
POWER
VCR
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP /
SEP /
DEC /
JAN /
FEB /
APR /
5
6
24
1
11
29
/
/
/
/
/
/
CH
00 5:30PM CAM
00 8:50AM LINE
00 10:30AM CAM
01 11:25PM CAM
01 4:11PM CAM
01 1:45PM CAM
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
4
To stop searching
Press x.
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INDEX SEARCH
SEARCH
MODE
INDEX SEARCH
1
2
3
4
5
6
CH
SEP / 5 / 00 5:30PM CAM
SEP / 6 / 00 8:50AM LINE
DEC / 24 / 00 10:30AM CAM
JAN / 1 / 01 11:25PM CAM
FEB / 11 / 01 4:11PM CAM
APR / 29 / 01 1:45PM CAM
Searching for a recording by index – Index search
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The index search function may not work correctly.
If you mark an index onto an external input signal
“LINE” appears in the CH column.
Searching for the index point without using cassette memory
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 107). If using a tape
without cassette memory, skip this step.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the index
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . on the Remote Commander to search for the previous index point
or press > on the Remote Commander to search for the next index point.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the selected index point. Each
time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or next
index point.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching the boundaries of recorded
tape by title – Title search
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can search for the boundaries of
recorded tape by title (Title search) (p. 143). Use the Remote Commander for
this operation.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to ON in the menu settings (p. 107). The default setting
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the title
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the title for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the scene having the title that
you selected.
1
3
POWER
TITLE SEARCH
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
HELLO!
CONGRATULATIONS!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PRESENT
GOOD MORNING
WEDDING
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
2
3
4
5
6
4
TITLE SEARCH
3
4
5
6
7
8
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
PRESENT
GOOD MORNING
WEDDING
NIGHT
BASEBALL
To stop searching
Press x.
If you use a tape without cassette memory
You cannot superimpose or search for a title.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The title search function may not work correctly.
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Searching a recording by date
– Date search
You can automatically search for the point where the recording date changes and start
playback from that point (Date search). Use a tape with cassette memory for
convenience. Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
Use this function to check where recording dates change or to edit the tape at each
recording date.
Searching for the date using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 143).
1
3
POWER
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings (p. 107). The default setting
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the date
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the beginning of the selected
date.
DATE SEARCH
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
SEP / 5 / 00
SEP / 6 / 00
DEC / 24 / 00
JAN / 1 / 01
FEB / 11 / 01
APR / 29 / 01
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
2
3
4
5
6
4
DATE SEARCH
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5 / 00
SEP / 6 / 00
DEC / 24 / 00
JAN / 1 / 01
FEB / 11 / 01
APR / 29 / 01
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching a recording by date – Date search
Note
If one day’s recording is less than two minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find
the point where the recording date changes.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The date search function may not work correctly.
Searching for the date without using cassette memory
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 107). If using a tape
without cassette memory, skip this step.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the date
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . on the Remote Commander to search for the previous date or press
> on the Remote Commander to search for the next date. Your camcorder
automatically starts playback at the point where the date changes. Each time
you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or next date.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching for a photo – Photo search/
Photo scan
You can search for a still picture you have recorded on a mini DV tape (photo search).
You can also search for still pictures one after another and display each picture for five
seconds automatically regardless of cassette memory (photo scan). Use the Remote
Commander for these operations.
Use this function to check or edit still pictures.
Searching for a photo using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 143).
1
3
POWER
PHOTO SEARCH
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
SEP / 5
SEP / 6
DEC / 24
JAN / 1
FEB / 11
APR / 29
/
/
/
/
/
/
00 5 : 30 PM
00 8 : 50 AM
00 1 0 : 30 AM
01 11 : 25 PM
01 4 : 11 PM
01 1 : 45 PM
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
2
3
4
5
6
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings (p. 107). Default setting is
ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo having the date
that you selected.
4
PHOTO SEARCH
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5
SEP / 6
DEC / 24
JAN / 1
FEB / 11
APR / 29
/
/
/
/
/
/
00 5 : 30 PM
00 8 : 50 AM
00 1 0 : 30 AM
01 11 : 25 PM
01 4 : 11 PM
01 1 : 45 PM
To stop searching
Press x.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The photo search function may not work correctly.
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Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan
Searching for a photo without using cassette memory
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 107).
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select a photo for playback.
Each time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or
next photo.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo.
To stop searching
Press x.
Scanning photo
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
scan indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(3) Press . or > on the Remote Commander.
Each photo is played back for about five seconds automatically.
1
2
POWER
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
To stop scanning
Press x.
70
PHOTO 00
SCAN
Playing back a tape with picture effects
During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG. ART,
SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE.
In playback or playback pause mode, press PICTURE EFFECT and turn the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial until the desired picture effect indicator (NEG. ART, SEPIA, B&W or
SOLARIZE) appears.
For details of each picture effect function, see page 39.
PICTURE
EFFECT
Advanced Playback Operations
To cancel the picture effect function
Press PICTURE EFFECT so that the indicator disappears.
Notes
•You cannot process a picture using the picture effect function that is input from other
equipment.
•To record pictures that you have processed using the picture effect function, record
the pictures on the VCR, using your camcorder as a player.
Pictures processed by the picture effect function
Pictures processed by the picture effect function are not output through the
OUT jack.
DV IN/
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) or stop playing back
The picture effect function will be automatically canceled.
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Playing back a tape with digital effects
During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL,
FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
(1) In playback or playback pause mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT and turn the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired digital effect indicator (STILL, FLASH,
LUMI. or TRAIL) flashes.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The digital effect indicator lights up and the bars appear. In STILL or LUMI.
mode, the picture is captured and is stored in memory as a still picture at the
time you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
For details of each digital effect function, see page 40.
2
1
STILL
DIGITAL
EFFECT
3
STILL
To cancel the digital effect function
Press DIGITAL EFFECT so that the indicator disappears.
Notes
•You cannot process a picture using the digital effect function that is input from other
equipment.
•To record pictures that you have processed using the digital effect function, record the
pictures on the VCR, using your camcorder as a player.
Pictures processed by the digital effect function
Pictures processed by the digital effect function are not output through the
OUT jack.
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) or stop playing back
The digital effect function will be automatically canceled.
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DV IN/
— Editing —
Dubbing a tape
Using the A/V connecting cable
Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with
your camcorder.
Before a dubbing
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (Default setting is LCD.)
Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE, if available.
Editing
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert
the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. For details, refer to the operating
instructions of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR. For details, refer to the operating instructions of
the VCR.
S VIDEO
(not supplied)
IN
VIDEO
AUDIO
L/R
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
When you have finished dubbing the tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Be sure to clear the indicators from the screen
If they are displayed, press the following buttons so as not to record the indicators on
the dubbed tape:
•The DISPLAY button
•The DATA CODE button
•The SEARCH MODE button on the Remote Commander
You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems
8 mm,
Hi8, Digital8,
VHS,
S-VHS,
VHSC,
Betamax,
ED Betamax,
mini DV or
DV
S-VHSC,
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the
white plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV. The red plugs are not used.
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Dubbing a tape
Connect using an S video cable (not supplied) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (not supplied) to the S video jacks on both
your camcorder and the TV or the VCR. This connection produces higher quality DV
format pictures.
If you use a LANC cable
You can edit precisely by connecting a LANC cable (not supplied) to this camcorder
and other video equipment having a fine synchro-editing function, using this
camcorder as a player.
Using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (not supplied) to DV IN/OUT
and to DV IN/OUT of the DV products. With a digital-to-digital connection, video and
audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. You cannot dub
the titles, display indicators or the contents of cassette memory.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert
the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the input selector on the VCR to the DV input position if the VCR is
equipped with an input selector. For details, refer to the operating instructions
of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR.
DV IN/OUT
DV
S VIDEO
LANC
DV IN/OUT
(not supplied)
: Signal flow
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
Pictures processed by the digital effect or picture effect function
Pictures processed by the digital effect or picture effect function are not output through
the DV IN/OUT jack.
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If you record a playback pause picture with the DV IN/OUT jack
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using other
video equipment, the picture may jitter.
Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital
program editing
You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating
the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame.
[a]
[a]
[b]
Editing
[a] Undesired frame
[b]Moves the scene
Before operating the digital program editing
Preparation 1 Connecting the VCR (p. 73, 74).
Preparation 2 Setting the VCR to operate by infrared rays emitter (p. 76)/Setting the
VCR to operate with an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (p. 80).
Preparation 3 Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR (p. 81).
When you dub using the same VCR again, you can skip Preparations 2 and 3.
Using the digital program editing function
Operation 1 Making programs (p. 83).
Operation 2 Performing a digital program editing (Dubbing a tape) (p. 85).
Notes
•You cannot dub the titles, display indicators, or the contents of cassette memory.
•When you connect with an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), you may not be able to
operate the dubbing function correctly, depending on the VCR.
Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings of your camcorder.
•You cannot send the control signal of the digital program editing through the
(LANC) jack.
If you connect using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital
form for high-quality editing.
Preparation 1: Connecting the VCR
Connect your camcorder and the VCR as shown on pages 73 and 74.
You can use an A/V connecting cable, or an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable).
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Preparation 2: Setting the VCR to operate by infrared rays
emitter
To edit using the VCR, send the control signal by infrared ray to the remote sensor on
the VCR. When you connect using the A/V cable, this procedure is required.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to LINE.
When you connect a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EDIT SET, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CONTROL, then press the dial.
(7) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR, then press the dial.
Set the IR SETUP code
(8) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR SETUP, then press the dial.
(9) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the IR SETUP code of your VCR, then press
the dial.
See “About the IR SETUP code ” on the next page.
1
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
MENU
6-9
4
OTHERS
BEEP
MELODY
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
V I DEO ED I T
ED I T SET
RETURN
[MENU] : END
5
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
i . L I NK
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
1
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
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[MENU] : END
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About the IR SETUP code
The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the
correct code, depending on your VCR. Code number 1 is the default setting.
Remote control code
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
53
62, 50, 74
73
36, 30
83, 78
74
97
47, 83, 36
73
26
76
73
80
47
26, 84
83, 09
42, 56
36
12, 21, 15, 11
47
16, 47, 84
89
26*
47, 60, 58*
28, 29
Brand
Nokia
Nokia Oceanic
Nordmende
Okano
Orion
Panasonic
Philips
Phonola
Roadstar
SABA
Samsung
Sanyo
Schneider
SEG
Seleco
Sharp
Siemens
Tandberg
Telefunken
Thomson
Thorn
Toshiba
Universum
W. W. House
Watson
Remote control code
89, 36
89
76, 100
60, 62, 63
70, 58*
16, 78, 96
83, 84, 86
83, 84
47
76, 21
93, 94, 52, 22
36
84, 10
73
47, 74
89
10, 36
26
91, 92
76
36, 47
40
92, 70, 47
47
83, 58
Editing
Brand
Sony
Aiwa
Akai
Alba
Baird
Blaupunkt
Bush
Canon
CGM
Clatronic
Daewoo
Ferguson
Fisher
Funai
Goldstar
Goodmans
Grundig
Hitachi
ITT/Nikia
Instant
JVC
Kendo
Loewe
Luxor
Mark
Matsui
Mitsubishi
* TV/VCR component
Note on remote control code
You cannot do assemble editing with some VCRs (for recording) if the remote control
code does not correspond to this camcorder (for playback).
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Setting the buttons to cancel the recording pause on the VCR
(1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PAUSEMODE, then press the dial.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the button to cancel recording pause on the
VCR, then press the dial.
The correct button depends on your VCR.
Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
1,2
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE PAUSE
I R TEST
REC
RETURN
PB
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE PAUSE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
The buttons to cancel recording pause on the VCR
The buttons vary depending on your VCR. To cancel recording pause:
• Select PAUSE if the button to cancel recording pause is X.
• Select REC if the button to cancel recording pause is z.
• Select PB if the button to cancel recording pause is B.
Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other
Locate the infrared ray emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor
of the VCR.
Set the devices about 30 cm (about 11 7/8 in) apart, and remove any obstacles between
the devices.
Remote sensor
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Confirming the VCR operation
(1) Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set it to recording pause.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR TEST, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
If the VCR starts recording, the setting is correct.
When finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
2,3
ENGAGE
REC PAUSE
RETURN
EXECUTE
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
COMPLETE
I R TEST
RETURN
Editing
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
When the VCR does not operate correctly
Set the IR SETUP code, or select the button to cancel the recording pause on the VCR.
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Preparation 2: Setting the VCR to operate with an i.LINK cable
(DV connecting cable)
When you connect using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (not supplied), follow
the procedures below.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to DV input.
When you connect a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EDIT SET, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CONTROL, then press the dial.
(7) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select i.LINK, then press the dial.
1
POWER
VCR
MENU
6,7
4,5
OTHERS
BEEP
MELODY
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
V I DEO ED I T
ED I T SET
RETURN
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
IR
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
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MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
i . L I NK
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
ED I T SET
IR
CONTROL
i . L I NK
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
OTHERS
ED I T SET
i . L I NK
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
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Preparation 3: Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR
You can adjust the synchronization of your camcorder and the VCR.
Remove the cassette from the camcorder beforehand. We recommend that you prepare
a pen and paper for notes.
When you connect to a Sony VCR using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), and
have set CONTROL to i.LINK, the setup below is not necessary.
(1) Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set it to recording pause.
When you connect using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) and have set
CONTROL to i.LINK, you do not have to turn the recording VCR to recording
pause mode.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Editing
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EDIT SET, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ADJ TEST, then press the dial.
(7) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
CUT-IN and CUT-OUT are recorded on an image for five times each to calculate
the numerical values for adjusting the synchronization.
The EXECUTING indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. When
finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
(8) Rewind the tape in the VCR, then start slow playback.
Take a note of the opening numerical value of each CUT-IN and the closing
numerical value of each CUT-OUT.
(9) Calculate the average of all the opening numerical values of each CUT-IN, and the
average of all the closing numerical values of each CUT-OUT.
4-6
3
MENU
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST RETURN
“CUT–I N”
EXECUTE
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP ENGAGE
PAUSEMODE REC PAUSE
I R TEST
OTHERS
RETURN
ED I T SET
CONTROL
[MENU] : END
ADJ TEST EXECUT I NG
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT” No . 2
I R SETUP
IN
PAUSEMODE +215
I R TEST
OTHERS
RETURN
ED I T SET
[MENU] : CONTROL
END
ADJ TEST COMPLETE
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
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(10) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select “CUT-IN,” then press the dial.
(11) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the average numerical value of CUT-IN,
then press the dial.
The calculated start position for recording is set.
(12) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select “CUT-OUT,” then press the dial.
(13) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the average numerical value of CUT-OUT,
then press the dial.
The calculated stop position for recording is set.
(14) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
RETURN, then press the dial.
10,11
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
0
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
0
[MENU] : END
12,13
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
0
OTHERS
ED I T SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
I R SETUP
PAUSEMODE
I R TEST
RETURN
0
[MENU] : END
Errors in editing
If you connect your camcorder to Sony equipment with the DV jack, the range of errors
is within +/– 5 frames.
The range may become wider in the following conditions:
•The interval between CUT-IN and CUT-OUT is less than five seconds (p. 83).
•CUT-IN or CUT-OUT is set at the beginning of the tape.
When “ENGAGE REC PAUSE” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
Turn the recording VCR to recording pause mode.
Note
If you start recording from the very beginning of the tape, the first few seconds of the
tape may not record properly. Be sure to allow about 10 seconds’ lead before starting
the recording.
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If the VCR does not operate correctly
Make sure the IR SETUP code is correct; reset if necessary.
When the operations of the VCR do not work with an i.LINK cable
Keep the i.LINK connection, and carry out Preparation 2 (p. 76) again. The audio and
video signals are sent as digital signals.
Operation 1: Making Programs
(1) Insert the tape for playback into your camcorder, and insert a tape for recording into
the VCR.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(5) Search for the beginning of the first scene you want to insert using the video control
buttons, then pause playback (p. 29).
5
STOP
REW
PLAY
FF
PAUSE
2
Editing
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select VIDEO EDIT, then press the dial.
MENU
3,4
OTHERS
BEEP
MELODY
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
V I DEO ED I T
ED I T SET
RETURN
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
TOTAL
SCENE
[MENU] : END
1
0:32:30:14
IN
0:00:00:00
0
[MENU] : END
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(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander.
The CUT-IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
(7) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video operating
buttons, then pause playback (p. 29).
(8) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander.
The CUT-OUT point of the first program is set, then the bottom part of the program
mark changes to light blue.
(9) Repeat steps 5 to 8, then set the program.
When the program is set, the program mark changes to light blue.
You can set a maximum of 20 programs.
7
STOP
6
REW
PLAY
FF
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
PAUSE
TOTAL
SCENE
0:08:55:06
1 OUT
0:00:00:00
0
[MENU] : END
8,9
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
TOTAL
SCENE
2
0:09:07:06
IN
0:00:12:13
1
[MENU] : END
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
TOTAL
SCENE
4
0:10:01:23
IN
0:00:47:12
3
[MENU] : END
On a blank portion of the tape
You cannot set CUT-IN or CUT-OUT on a blank portion of the tape.
Note
The total time of the programs is indicated on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, however,
if the time code on the tape is not continuous, the time may not be indicated properly.
Erasing the last program
To change the end of the last program, delete the CUT-OUT mark.
To erase the whole program, delete both the CUT-IN and CUT-OUT marks.
(1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial. The last set
program mark flashes.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial and the
setting is canceled.
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 2, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Erasing all programs
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(1) Select VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
ERASE ALL, then press the dial. All the program marks flash.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial and the
settings are canceled.
Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing
To cancel erasing all programs
Select RETURN in step 2, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To cancel a program you have set
Press MENU.
The program is stored in memory until the tape is ejected.
Operation 2: Performing a digital program editing (Dubbing a
tape)
Make sure your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording
pause. When you use an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), you do not have to set the
VCR to recording pause.
When you use a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
Editing
(1) Select VIDEO EDIT. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select START, then press the
dial.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
The camcorder automatically searches for the beginning of the first program, then
starts dubbing.
The EXECUTING indicator flashes.
The SEARCH indicator appears during search, and the EDIT indicator appears
during edit on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
The program marks light up after dubbing is complete.
When the dubbing ends, your camcorder and the VCR automatically stop.
To stop dubbing
Press x on this camcorder or on the Remote Commander.
To end the digital program editing function
Your camcorder stops when the dubbing is complete. Then the display returns to
VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings.
Press MENU to end the digital program editing function.
When the operations of the VCR do not work with an i.LINK cable
Keep the i.LINK connection, and carry out Preparation 2 (p. 76) again.
You cannot record on the VCR when:
• The cassette is not inserted.
• The tape has run out.
• The write-protect tab is set to the protect position.
• The IR SETUP code is not correct. (When IR is selected.)
• The setup to cancel recording pause is not correct (p. 78). (When IR is selected.)
NOT READY appears on the LCD screen when:
• The program to operate the digital program edit has not been made.
• i.LINK is selected but an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) is not connected. (When
i.LINK is selected.)
• The power of the connected VCR is not turned on.
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Using with an analog video unit and a PC
– Signal convert function
You can convert the analog input signal to the digital signal and output it from the DV
IN/OUT jack on this camcorder. You can capture images and sound from an analog
video unit connecting a PC which has the i.LINK (DV) jack to your camcorder.
S VIDEO
(not supplied)
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
DV connecting cable
(not supplied)
: Signal flow
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select A/V t DV OUT, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(6) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(7) Start playback on the analog video unit slightly ahead of the point from which you
want to start capturing images.
(8) Start capturing procedures on your PC. The operation procedures depend on your
PC and the software which you use.
For details on how to capture images, refer to the instruction manual of your PC and
your software.
After capturing images and sound
Stop capturing procedures on your PC, and stop the playback on the analog video unit.
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Notes
•When you edit the captured image and sound from the analog video unit by a PC, you
need to install an appropriate software which can exchange video signals between the
camcorder and a PC.
•Depending on the condition of the analog video signals, the PC may not be able to
output the images correctly when you convert analog video signals into digital video
signals via your camcorder. Depending on the analog video unit, the image may
contain noise or incorrect colors.
•The camcorder cannot output the digital signal when you input the analog signal that
includes a copyright protection signal.
Recording video or TV programs
Using the A/V connecting cable
You can record a tape from another VCR or a TV program from a TV that has video/
audio outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder.
5
REC
Editing
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder. If
you want to record a tape from the VCR, insert a recorded tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Set DISPLAY in
to LCD in the menu settings (p. 107).
(4) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(5) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(6) Press N on the VCR to start playback if you record a tape from a VCR. Select
a TV program if you record from a TV. The picture from a TV or VCR appears
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start
recording.
PAUSE
S VIDEO
(not supplied)
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
L/R
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
When you have finished recording
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 7, press X at the scene from which you want to start recording.
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Recording video or TV programs
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video output jack and the
white plug to the audio output jack on the VCR or the TV. The red plugs are not used.
Connect using an S video cable (not supplied) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable.
Connect an S video cable (not supplied) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and
the VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
If you do various playbacks on the VCR during recording
The recorded picture may be blurred.
On the commander mode
Your camcorder works in the commander mode, VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3
are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control
misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we
recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with
black paper.
On index signal
The index is automatically marked on a tape when you start recording. If you mark the
index using the INDEX MARK button during recording, “LINE” appears in the CH
column on the INDEX SEARCH screen, and the index is recorded on cassette memory.
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Recording video or TV programs
Using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (not supplied) to DV IN/OUT
and to DV IN/OUT of the DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and
audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
5
REC
Editing
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder,
and insert the recorded tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Set DISPLAY in
to LCD in the menu settings (p. 107).
(4) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(5) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(6) Press N on the VCR to start playback. The picture to be recorded appears on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start
recording.
PAUSE
DV IN/OUT
DV
S VIDEO
LANC
DV IN/OUT
(not supplied)
: Signal flow
When you have finished recording
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 7, press X at the scene from which you want to start recording.
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Recording video or TV programs
You can connect only one VCR using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
When you dub a picture in digital form
The color of the display may be uneven. However this does not affect the dubbed
picture.
If you record a still picture in playback pause mode via the DV IN/OUT jack
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using your
camcorder, the picture may jitter.
Before recording
Press DISPLAY and make sure that the DV IN indicator appears on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder. The DV IN indicator may appear on both pieces of equipment.
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Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert
editing
You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape by
specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this
operation. Connections are the same as on page 73 or 86.
Insert a cassette containing the desired scene into the VCR.
[a]
[A]
[b]
[c]
[B]
Editing
[C]
[A]: The tape that contains the scene to be superimposed
[B]: The tape to be edited
[C]: The tape after editing
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) On the VCR, locate a point just before the insert start point [a], then press X to
set the VCR to the playback pause mode.
(3) On your camcorder, locate the insert end point [c] by pressing m or M.
Then press X to set it to the playback pause mode.
(4) Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander. The ZERO SET
MEMORY indicator flashes and the end point of the insert is stored in
memory. The tape counter shows “0:00:00.” If the tape counter does not
appear, press DISPLAY.
(5) On your camcorder, locate the insert start point [b] by pressing m, then press
z REC and the button on its right simultaneously, then immediately press X
on your camcorder.
(6) First press X on the VCR, and after a few seconds press X on your camcorder
to start inserting the new scene.
Inserting automatically stops near the zero point on the tape counter. Your
camcorder automatically returns to the recording pause mode.
4
0:00:00
ZERO SET
MEMORY
5
REC
ZERO SET
MEMORY
PAUSE
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Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert editing
To change the insert end point
Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander again after step 5 to erase the
ZERO SET MEMORY indicator and begin from step 3.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press zREC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 6, press X at the scene from which you want to start recording.
Note
The picture and sound recorded on the portion between the insert start and end points
will be erased when you insert the new scene.
If you insert scenes on the tape recorded with an other camcorder (including an
other DCR-VX2000)
The picture and sound may be distorted. We recommend that you insert scenes on a
tape recorded with your camcorder.
When the inserted picture is played back
The picture and sound may be distorted at the end of the inserted portion. This is not
a malfunction.
The picture and sound at the start point and the end point may be distorted in the LP
mode.
To insert a scene without setting the insert end point
Skip steps 3 and 4. Press x when you want to stop inserting.
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Audio dubbing
You can record an audio sound to add to the original sound on a tape by connecting
audio equipment or a microphone. If you connect audio equipment, you can add sound
to your recorded tape by specifying the starting and ending points. The original sound
will not be erased. You can also use the Remote Commander for this operation.
Connecting the microphone with the MIC jack
MIC (PLUG IN POWER)
MIC
LINE
Set the MIC/LINE
switch to MIC.
Editing
: Signal flow
Microphone (not supplied)
You can check the picture on TV by connecting with the video jack. You cannot monitor
the additional sound by the speaker. Use the headphone jack.
Connecting the audio equipment with the MIC jack
MIC
LINE
Set the MIC/LINE
switch to LINE.
Audio equipment
(not supplied)
MIC (PLUG IN
POWER)
LINE OUT
L
R
: Signal flow
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Audio dubbing
Connecting the microphone with the intelligent accessory shoe
Microphone
(not supplied)
We recommend that you use the
gun microphone. If the
microphone can select the zoom
microphone type, set it to the
gun microphone position.
Dubbing with the AUDIO L/R jacks
Audio equipment
(not supplied)
LINE OUT
L
R
AUDIO
L/R
AUDIO L
: Signal flow
AUDIO R
Do not connect the
video (yellow) plug.
Dubbing with the supplied microphone
No connection is necessary.
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Notes
• When dubbing with the built-in microphone or an external one, you can check the recorded
picture on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder, or on the screen of equipment connected with
the VIDEO jack, and you can check the recorded sound by using headphones.
• When dubbing with the AUDIO L/R jacks, you can check the recorded picture on the
LCD screen or in the viewfinder, and you can check the recorded sound by using a
headphones.
• You can check both the original sound and new sound that will be dubbed, with
headphones.
• You can adjust the balance of the new sound and original sound using AUDIO MIX in
the menu settings. You can monitor the sound using headphones during audio dubbing.
Audio dubbing
Adding an audio sound on a recorded tape
(1) Insert the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Locate the recording start point by pressing N. Then press X at the point
where you want to start recording to set your camcorder to the playback pause
mode.
(4) Press
AUDIO DUB. The green
X indicator appears on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder.
(5) Press X and start playing back the audio you want to record at the same time.
The new sound is recorded in stereo 2 (ST2) during playback.
(6) Press x at the point where you want to stop recording.
Editing
AUDIO DUB
POWER switch
Monitoring the new recorded sound
To play back the sound
Adjust the balance between the original sound (ST1) and the new sound (ST2) by
selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings (p. 107).
VCR SET
H i F i SOUND
AUD I O M I X
A/V DV OUT ST1
RETURN
ST2
[MENU] : END
If you wait five minutes after you disconnect the power source or remove the battery
pack, the setting of AUDIO MIX returns to the original sound (ST1) only. The default
setting is for original sound only.
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Audio dubbing
Notes
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the 16-bit mode (p. 111).
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the LP mode.
•You cannot add audio with the DV IN/OUT jack.
If you make all the connections
The audio input to be recorded will take precedence over others in the following order.
•MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
•Intelligent accessory shoe
•AUDIO L/R jacks
•Built-in microphone
If an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (not supplied) is connected to your
camcorder
You cannot add sound to a recorded tape.
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot record on the tape. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
We recommend that you add new sound on a tape recorded with your camcorder
If you add new sound on a tape recorded with another camcorder (including an other
DCR-VX2000), the sound quality may deteriorate.
To add new sound more precisely
Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point where you want to
stop recording later in playback mode. Then, follow the procedure from step 3.
Recording automatically stops at the point where ZERO SET MEMORY was pressed.
On blank portions
You cannot add an audio.
You can adjust the recording level manually using the recording adjustment
display in the following cases:
– Dubbing with an optional external microphone or audio equipment through the MIC
jack
– Dubbing with an optional external microphone installed into the intelligent accessory
shoe.
– Dubbing with the internal microphone
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Superimposing a title
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can superimpose the title while
recording or after recording. When you play back the tape, the title is displayed
for five seconds from the point where you superimposed it.
You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 101).
You can also select the color, size and
position of titles.
VACATION
1
Editing
(1) Press TITLE to display the title menu in standby, recording, playback, or
playback pause mode.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired title, then press the dial.
The title flashes.
(4) Change the color, size, or position, if necessary.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the COLOR, SIZE, or POSITION,
then press the dial. The item appears.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the
dial.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid out as desired.
PRESET TITLE
HELLO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
CONGRATULATIONS!
OUR SWEET BABY
WEDDING
VACATION
THE END
TITLE
[T I TLE] : END
2
PRESET TITLE
HELLO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
CONGRATULATIONS!
OUR SWEET BABY
WEDDING
VACATION
THE END
[T I TLE] : END
3
PRESET TITLE
HELLO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
CONGRATULATIONS!
OUR SWEET BABY
WEDDING
VACATION
THE END
RETURN
[T I TLE] : END
4
SIZE
SMALL
SIZE
PRESET TITLE
HELLO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
CONGRATULATIONS!
OUR SWEET BABY
WEDDING
VACATION
THE END
RETURN
[T I TLE] : END
TITLE
VACATION
[EXEC] : SAVE [T I TLE] : END
TITLE
LARGE
VACATION
VACATION
[EXEC] : SAVE [T I TLE] : END
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Superimposing a title
(5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial again to complete the setting.
In playback, playback pause, or recording mode:
The “TITLE SAVE” indicator appears on the screen for five seconds and the
title is set.
In standby mode:
The “TITLE” indicator appears. When you press START/STOP to start
recording, “TITLE SAVE” appears on the screen for five seconds and the title
is set.
If you set the write-protect tab to lock
You cannot superimpose or erase the title. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write
protection.
To use a custom title
If you want to use the custom title, select
in step 2.
If the tape has a blank portion
You cannot superimpose a title on that portion.
If the tape has a blank portion in the middle of the recorded parts
The title may not be displayed correctly.
The titles superimposed with your camcorder
•They are displayed only on the DV
format video equipment with the index titler
function.
•The point you superimposed the title may be detected as an index signal when
searching a recording with other video equipment.
To not display titles
Set TITLE DSPL to OFF in the menu settings (p. 107).
98
Superimposing a title
Title setting
•The title color changes as follows:
WHITE y YELLOW y VIOLET y RED y CYAN y GREEN y BLUE
•The title size changes as follows:
SMALL y LARGE
You cannot input more than 12 characters in LARGE size.
•If you select the title size “SMALL,” you have nine choices for the title position.
If you select the title size “LARGE,” you have eight choices for the title position.
If the “
FULL” mark appears
The cassette memory is full. If you erase the title, index data, date data, photo data, or
cassette label in the cassette, you can then superimpose a title.
Editing
99
Superimposing a title
Erasing a title
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TITLEERASE, then press the dial.
The title erase display appears.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the title you want to erase, then press
the dial.
The “ERASE OK ?” indicator appears.
(6) Make sure the title is the one you want to erase, and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC
dial to select OK, then press the dial.
“OK” changes to “EXECUTE.”
(7) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing the title.
1
MENU
POWER
VCR
2
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
6,7
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
I TLE DSPL
[MENU] T
: END
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
RETURN
T I TLE ERASE
1 HELLO !
CONGRATULAT I ONS !
[MENU]2 : END
3 HAPPY NEW YEAR !
4 PRESENT
5 GOOD MORN I NG
6 WEDD I NG
[MENU] : END
T I TLE ERASE
4 PRESENT
ERASE OK ?
[MENU] ERASE
: END OK ?
100
RETURN
EXECUTE
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
I TLE DSPL
[MENU] T
: END
T I TLEERASE COMPLETE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
See “Erasing the cassette memory data” on page 105.
RETURN
OK
T I TLE ERASE
4 PRESENT
To cancel erasing
To erase all the titles
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3-5
Making your own titles
You can make up to two titles and store them in cassette memory. Each title can
have up to 20 characters.
1
2
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
TITLE
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
RETURN
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
PRESET TITLE
HELLO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
CONGRATULATIONS!
OUR SWEET BABY
WEDDING
VACATION
THE END
3
Editing
(1) Press TITLE in the standby, playback, or playback pause mode.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET,
then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the column of the desired character,
then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired character, then press the
dial.
(6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have selected all characters and completed the
title.
(7) To finish making your own titles, turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[SET], then press the dial. The title is stored in memory.
(8) Press TITLE to erase the title menu display.
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
RETURN
TITLE SET
–––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
4-6
1
TITLE SET
[T I TLE] : END
2
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
3
TITLE SET
–––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
TITLE SET
–––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––
4
TITLE SET
S––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
101
Making your own titles
To change a title you have stored
In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want
to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [C], then press the dial to delete the title. The last character is erased. Enter a new
title as desired.
If you take five minutes or longer to enter characters in standby mode while a
cassette is in your camcorder, the power automatically goes off
The characters you have entered remain stored in memory. Set the POWER switch to
OFF (CHG) once and then follow the procedure from step 7 again.
We recommend setting the operation in playback or playback pause mode or removing
the cassette so that your camcorder does not automatically turn off while you are
entering title characters.
To erase a character
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [ C ], then press the dial. The last character is
erased.
To enter a space
Select [
], then select the blank part.
102
Labeling a cassette
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can label a cassette. The label can
consist of up to 10 characters and is stored in cassette memory. When you insert
the labeled cassette and set the POWER switch to VCR, CAMERA, or
MEMORY, the label is displayed for about five seconds.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
2
MENU
POWER
VCR
3
Editing
(8)
(9)
Insert the cassette you want to label.
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TAPE TITLE, then press the dial. The
tape title display appears.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the column of the desired character,
then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired character, then press the
dial.
Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you finish the label.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [SET], then press the dial.
The label is stored in memory.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
6-8
4,5
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE – – – – – – – – – –
T I TLE DSPL
I TLEERASE
[MENU] T
: END
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
TAPE T I TLE
RETURN
––––––––––
TAPE T I TLE
––––––––––
TAPE T I TLE
––––––––––
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
TAPE T I TLE
TAPE T I TLE
––––––––––
M– – – – – – – – –
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
103
Labeling a cassette
To change the label you have made
Insert the cassette to change the label, and operate in the same way as you do to make a
new label.
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot label the tape. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
If you have superimposed titles in the cassette
When the label is displayed, up to four titles also appear.
When the “-----” indicator has fewer than 10 spaces
The cassette memory is full.
The “-----” indicates the number of characters you can select for the label.
To erase a character
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [ C ], then press the dial. The last character is
erased.
To enter a space
], then select the blank part.
Select [
104
Erasing the cassette memory data
You can erase data stored in cassette memory, each item’s data can be erased separately.
You can also erase all items’ data once.
Erasing each item’s data separately
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu display.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ITEM ERASE, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the item that you want to erase its
data, then press the dial.
Meaning
Erases all the index data.
Erases all the title data.
Erases all the date data.
Erases all the photo data.
Editing
Item
INDEX ALL
TITLE ALL
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial. “OK” changes
to “EXECUTE.”
(7) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing the selected item’s data.
1
3-5
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
MENU
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
[MENU] T
: END
I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
RETURN
CM SET
I TEM ERASE
I NDEX ALL
T I TLE ALL
[MENU] : END
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
6-7
CM SET
I TEM ERASE
I NDEX ALL RETURN
T I TLE ALL OK
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
RETURN
CM SET
I TEM ERASE
I NDEX ALL COMPLETE
T I TLE ALL
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
105
Erasing the cassette memory data
Erasing all the data in cassette memory
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu display.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ERASE ALL, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial. “OK” changes
to “EXECUTE.”
(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing all the data.
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 5 or 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
106
— Customizing Your Camcorder —
Changing the menu settings
To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon,
then the menu item and then the mode.
(1) In standby, or when the POWER switch is set to VCR or MEMORY, press
MENU.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired icon, then press the dial to
set it.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial to
set it.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired mode, then press the dial
to set it.
RETURN and press the dial, then
(5) If you want to change other items, select
repeat steps 2 to 4.
For details, see “Selecting the mode setting of each item” (p. 108).
MENU
CAMERA
VCR
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
VCR SET
H i F i SOUND
AUD I O M I X
A/V DV OUT
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
2
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
RETURN
MEMORY
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
3
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
0 HR
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1
0 HR
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
[MENU] : END
RETURN
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
OFF
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
RETURN
4
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
OFF
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
RETURN
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER OFF
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
RETURN
107
Changing the menu settings
To make the menu display disappear
Press MENU.
Menu items are displayed as the following icons:
MANUAL SET
CAMERA SET
VCR SET
LCD/VF SET
MEMORY SET
CM SET
TAPE SET
SETUP MENU
OTHERS
Selecting the mode setting of each item
z is the default setting.
Menu items differ depending on the position of the POWER switch.
The LCD screen or viewfinder screen shows only the items you can operate at the
moment.
Icon/item
AUTO SHTR
Mode
z ON
OFF
PROG. SCAN z OFF
ON
D ZOOM
z OFF
24×
48×
16:9WIDE
z OFF
ON
STEADYSHOT z ON
OFF
Meaning
To automatically adjust the electronic
shutter speed.
To fix the electronic shutter speed.
Records still/moving pictures in the
interlace format.
Records still/moving pictures in
progressive mode.
To deactivate the digital zoom. Up to 12×
zoom is carried out.
To activate the digital zoom. More than 12×
zoom is performed digitally. This value goes
up to 24× (p. 21).
To activate the digital zoom. More than 12×
zoom is performed digitally. This value goes
up to 48× (p. 21).
To not record a 16:9 wide picture.
To record a 16:9 wide picture (p. 36).
To compensate for camera-shake.
To cancel the SteadyShot function. Natural
pictures are produced when shooting a
stationary object with a tripod.
POWER
switch
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
Notes on the SteadyShot function
•The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake.
•Attachment of a conversion lens (not supplied) may influence the SteadyShot
function.
108
If you cancel the SteadyShot function
The SteadyShot OFF indicator
appears. Your camcorder prevents excessive
compensation for camera-shake.
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
FRAME REC
INT. REC
HiFi SOUND
Mode
z OFF
ON
ON
z OFF
SET
z STEREO
1
2
—
ST1
POWER
switch
CAMERA
CAMERA
VCR
VCR
ST2
A/VtDV OUT z OFF
VCR
LCD B. L.
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
LCD COLOR
To output analog images in digital format
using your camcorder.
To output digital images in analog format
ON
using your camcorder.
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the LCD screen to
normal.
To brighten the LCD screen.
BRIGHT
To adjust the color on the LCD screen with
—
the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To get lowintensity
VF B.L.
Customizing Your Camcorder
AUDIO MIX
Meaning
Does not make a cut recording.
Makes a cut recording (p. 61).
Makes an interval recording (p. 59).
Does not make an interval recording.
Sets the interval time and recording time.
To play back a stereo tape or dual sound
track tape with main and sub sound (p. 144).
To play back a stereo tape with the left
sound or a dual sound tape with main
sound.
To play back a stereo tape with the right
sound or a dual sound track tape with sub
sound.
To adjust the balance between the stereo 1
and stereo 2 (p. 95).
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
To get highintensity
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the viewfinder
screen to normal.
To brighten the viewfinder screen.
BRIGHT
Does not display the guide frame.
GUIDEFRAME z OFF
Displays the guide frame (p. 35).
ON
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
MEMORY
Notes on LCD B.L. and VF B.L.
•When you select “BRIGHT,” battery life is reduced a little during recording.
•When you use power sources other than the battery pack, “BRIGHT” is automatically
selected.
109
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
Mode
CONTINUOUS z OFF
ON
MULTI SCRN
QUALITY
z SUPER FINE
(SFN)
FINE
(FINE)
STANDARD
(STD)
PRINT MARK z OFF
ON
PROTECT
z OFF
ON
SLIDE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
PHOTO SAVE
z RETURN
OK
Meaning
Not to record continuously.
To record four images continuously (p. 121).
To record nine images continuously (p. 121).
To record still images in the super fine
image quality mode, using a “Memory
Stick” (p. 118).
To record still images in the fine image quality
mode, using a “Memory Stick” (p. 118).
To record still images in the standard image
quality mode, using a “Memory Stick”
(p. 118).
To erase print marks on still images.
To write a print mark on the recorded still
images you want to print out later.
To release protection from still images.
To protect selected still images against
accidental erasure (p. 138).
To play back all the images as a slide show
(p. 137).
To delete all unprotected images (p. 140).
To cancel formatting.
To format an inserted “Memory Stick.”
1. Select FORMAT with the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial, then press the dial. 2. Turn the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then
press the dial. 3. After “EXECUTE” appears,
press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“FORMATTING” appears during
formatting. “COMPLETE” appears when
formatting is finished.
To duplicate images on a mini DV tape onto
a “Memory Stick” (p. 130).
POWER
switch
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
MEMORY
MEMORY
MEMORY
VCR
Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick”
Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting:
•Formatting erases sample images on the “Memory Stick.”
•Formatting erases the protected image data on the “Memory Stick.”
Notes on formatting
•Supplied or optional “Memory Stick”s have been formatted at the factory. Formatting
with this camcorder is not required.
•While the display shows “FORMATTING,” do not turn the POWER switch, press any
button, or eject a “Memory Stick.”
•You cannot format a “Memory Stick” if the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is
set to LOCK.
•Format again if the message “ ” appears.
110
If formatting fails
The “ FORMAT ERROR” message appears.
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
CM SEARCH
Mode
z ON
OFF
TAPE TITLE
TITLE DSPL
ITEM ERASE
—
ERASE ALL
—
REC MODE
z SP
LP
AUDIO MODE z 12BIT
16BIT
POWER
switch
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
To display the title you have superimposed. VCR
Not to display the title.
VCR
To erase the title you have superimposed
CAMERA
(p. 100).
VCR
To erase each item’s data in cassette
CAMERA
memory (p. 105).
VCR
To erase all the data in cassette memory
(p. 106).
CAMERA
To record in the SP (Standard Play) mode.
VCR
To increase the recording time to 1.5 times CAMERA
the SP mode.
To record in 12-bit mode (two stereo
VCR
CAMERA
sounds).
To record in 16-bit mode (one stereo sound
with high quality).
Notes on the LP mode
•When you record a tape in the LP mode on your camcorder, we recommend playing
back the tape on your camcorder. When you play back the tape on other camcorders
or VCRs, noise may occur in pictures or sound.
•When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony Excellence/Master
mini DV cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
•You cannot make audio dubbing on a tape recorded in the LP mode. Use the SP mode
for the tape to be audio-dubbed.
•When you record in the SP and LP modes on one tape or you record some scenes in
the LP mode, the playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be
written properly between scenes.
Customizing Your Camcorder
TITLEERASE
z ON
OFF
—
Meaning
To search using cassette memory (p. 64, 66,
67, 69).
To search without using cassette memory.
To label a cassette (p. 103).
Notes on AUDIO MODE
•You cannot dub an audio sound on a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode.
•When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, you cannot adjust the balance
in AUDIO MIX.
111
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
qREMAIN
Mode
z AUTO
ON
DATA CODE
z DATE/CAM
MIC LEVEL
DATE
z AUTO
MANUAL
CLOCK SET
—
LTR SIZE
z NORMAL
2×
DEMO MODE z ON
OFF
WORLD TIME
Meaning
To display the remaining tape indication:
• for about eight seconds after your
camcorder is turned on and calculates the
remaining amount of tape
• for about eight seconds after a cassette is
inserted and your camcorder calculates the
remaining amount of tape
• for about eight seconds after N is pressed
in VCR mode
• for about eight seconds after DISPLAY is
pressed to display the screen indicators
• for the period of tape rewinding,
forwarding or picture search in the VCR
mode
To always display the remaining tape
indicator.
To display date, time and various settings
during playback.
To display date and time during playback.
Adjusts audio recording level automatically.
Adjusts audio recording level manually
(p. 51).
To reset the date or time (p. 114).
To display selected menu items in normal
size.
To display selected menu items at twice the
normal size.
To make the demonstration appear.
To cancel the demonstration mode.
To set the clock to the local time. Turn the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to set a time
difference. The clock changes by the time
difference you set here. If you set the time
difference to 0, the clock returns to the
originally set time.
POWER
switch
VCR
CAMERA
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
Notes on DEMO MODE
•You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder.
•DEMO MODE is set to STBY (Standby) at the factory and the demonstration starts
about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a
cassette inserted.
To cancel the demonstration, insert a cassette, set the POWER switch to other than
CAMERA, or set DEMO MODE to OFF.
112
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
BEEP
Mode
z MELODY
POWER
switch
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
Customizing Your Camcorder
Meaning
To chime a melody in normal operations,
and beep a warning sound for five seconds.
NORMAL
To beep in the following situations:
turning on the power, pressing the start/
stop button, and when a warning message
appears.
OFF
To cancel the melody, beep, and shutter
click sound.
COMMANDER z ON
To activate the Remote Commander
supplied with your camcorder.
OFF
To deactivate the Remote Commander to
avoid remote control misoperation caused
by an other VCR’s remote control.
DISPLAY
z LCD
To show the display on the LCD screen and
viewfinder screen.
V-OUT/LCD To show the display on a TV screen, LCD
screen and viewfinder screen.
REC LAMP
z ON
To light up the camera recording lamps at
the front and rear of your camcorder.
To turn the camera recording lamps off.
OFF
Does not display the color bar.
COLOR BAR z OFF
Displays the color bar.
ON
To make programs and perform video
VIDEO EDIT
editing (p. 83).
To adjust and set the synchronization of
EDIT SET
your camcorder and a VCR for dubbing in
video program editing mode (p. 76).
VCR
VCR
Note
If you press DISPLAY with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the
picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD screen even when your
camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR (except using an i.LINK cable (DV
connecting cable)).
When recording a close subject
When REC LAMP is set to ON, the red camera recording lamps on the front and rear of
the camcorder may reflect on the subject if it is close. In this case, we recommend you
set REC LAMP to OFF.
After more than five minutes after removing the power source
The “PROG. SCAN,” “HiFi SOUND,” “AUDIO MIX,” “MIC LEVEL,” and
“COMMANDER” items are returned to their default settings.
The other menu items are held in memory even when the power source is removed.
113
Resetting the date and time
The default clock setting is set to Tokyo time for the models sold in Japan, and New
York time for other models.
If you do not use your camcorder for about four months, the date and time settings may
be released (bars may appear) because the vanadium-lithium battery installed in your
camcorder will have been discharged (p. 158).
First, set the year, then the month, the day, the hour and then the minute.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Press MENU to display the menu in the standby mode.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CLOCK SET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust to the desired year, then press the dial.
Set the month, day and hour by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and
pressing the dial.
(6) Set the minute by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and pressing the dial by
the time signal. The clock starts to move.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
1,7
3
2
MENU
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET JAN 1 2000
1 2 : 0 0 : 0 0AM
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE
RETURN
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
2000
DEMO MODE
RETURN
JAN 1
12 00 AM
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
6
4
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
2000
DEMO MODE
RETURN
2000 JAN
1
12 00 AM
2000 JAN
JUL 4
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET JUL 4 2000
5 : 3 0 : 0 0PM
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE
RETURN
5 30 PM
1
[MENU] : END
12 00 AM
[MENU] : END
The year changes as follows:
1995
1996
2000
2079
If you do not set the date and time
“– –:– –:– –” (time) and “--- -- ----” (date) are recorded on the data code of the tape and
the “Memory Stick.”
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Note on the time indicator
The internal clock of your camcorder operates on a 12-hour cycle.
•12:00 AM stands for midnight.
•12:00 PM stands for noon.
— “Memory Stick” Operations —
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
You can record and play back still images on the “Memory Stick” supplied with your
camcorder. You can easily play back, record or delete still images. You can exchange
image data with other equipment such as a personal computer etc., using the Memory
Stick Reader/Writer supplied with your camcorder or a PC card adaptor for Memory
Stick (not supplied).
On file format (JPEG)
Your camcorder compresses image data in JPEG format (extension .jpg).
Typical image data file name
100-0001: As displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder of the camcorder.
Dsc00001.jpg: As displayed on your PC screen.
Before using a “Memory Stick”
Terminal
Write-protect tab
Rear
Front
•You cannot record or erase still images when the write-protect tab on the “Memory
Stick” is set to LOCK.
•We recommend backing up important data.
•Image data may be damaged in the following cases:
– If you remove the “Memory Stick,” turn the power off, or detach the battery for
replacement when the access lamp is flashing.
– If you use a “Memory Stick” near static electricity or magnetic fields.
•Prevent metallic objects or your finger from coming into contact with the metal parts
of the connecting section.
•Stick its label on the labeling position.
•Do not bend, drop or apply strong shock to a “Memory Stick.”
•Do not disassemble or modify a “Memory Stick.”
•Do not let the “Memory Stick” get wet.
•Do not use or keep a “Memory Stick” in locations that are:
– Extremely hot such as in a car parked in the sun or under the scorching sun.
– Under direct sunlight.
– Very humid or subject to corrosive gases.
•When you carry or store a “Memory Stick,” put it in its case.
“Memory Stick” Operations
Labeling position
A “Memory Stick” formatted by a computer
A “Memory Stick” formatted by the Windows OS or Macintosh computers does not
have a guaranteed compatibility with this camcorder.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Notes on image data compatibility
•Image data files recorded on a “Memory Stick” by your camcorder conform to the
Design Rules for Camera File Systems universal standard (DCF98 standard)
established by the JEIDA (Japan Electronic Industry Development Association). You
cannot play back on your camcorder still images recorded on other equipment (DCRTRV890E/TRV900/TRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that does not conform to this
universal standard. (These models are not sold in some areas.)
•If you cannot use a “Memory Stick” that is used with other equipment, format it with
this camcorder (p. 110). However, formatting erases all information on the “Memory
Stick.”
“Memory Stick” and
are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
•Windows is a registered trademark licensed to Microsoft Corporation, registered in
the U.S.A. and other countries.
•Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
•All other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
Furthermore, “™” and “®” are not mentioned in each case in this manual.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Inserting a “Memory Stick”
Insert the “Memory Stick” with the Sony logo pointing toward the LCD panel and the b
mark pointing inward.
Access lamp
Push the “Memory Stick” inward, then release your finger. The “Memory Stick” comes
out a little.
“Memory Stick” Operations
To eject a “Memory Stick”
Note
The “Memory Stick” may pop out depending on the way you push it.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Never shake or strike your camcorder. Do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory
Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data breakdown may occur.
If the “ MEMORY STICK ERROR” indicator appears
The “Memory Stick” is broken or the file format is not proper. Eject the “Memory
Stick,” check it, and insert it again. If the same indicator appears, use another “Memory
Stick.”
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Selecting the image quality mode
You can select the image quality mode in still picture recording. The default setting is
SUPER FINE.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select QUALITY, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired image quality, then press
the dial.
VCR
1
3
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
4
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
SUPER F I NE
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
2
5
MENU
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
SFN
SUPER F I NE
F I NE
STANDARD
[MENU] : END
Image quality settings
Setting (Display)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
Meaning
This is the highest image quality in this camcorder. The
number of still images you can record is fewer than FINE.
The image is compressed to about 1/3.
Use this mode when you want to record high quality images.
The image is compressed to about 1/6.
This is the standard image quality. The image is compressed
to about 1/10.
Note
In some cases, changing the image quality mode may not affect the image quality,
depending on the types of images you are shooting.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Differences in image quality mode
Recorded images are compressed in JPEG format before being stored in memory. The
memory capacity allotted to each image varies depending on the image quality mode
selected. Details are shown in the table below.
Image quality mode
SUPER FINE
FINE
STANDARD
Memory capacity
Approx. 190 KB
Approx. 100 KB
Approx. 60 KB
Note on the image quality mode indicator
This is only displayed during recording.
The approximate number of images you can record on a
“Memory Stick”
Image quality mode
SUPER FINE (SFN)
4 MB type (supplied)
20 images
8 MB type (not supplied)
40 images
16 MB type (not supplied)
82 images
32 MB type (not supplied) 164 images
64 MB type (not supplied) 329 images
FINE (FINE)
40 images
81 images
164 images
329 images
659 images
STANDARD (STD)
60 images
122 images
246 images
494 images
988 images
“Memory Stick” Operations
The approximate number of images you can record on a “Memory Stick” that is
formatted using this camcorder varies depending on which image quality mode you
select and the complexity of the subject.
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Recording still images on a “Memory
Stick” – Memory Photo recording
You can record still images on a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Keep pressing PHOTO lightly until the desired still picture appears. The green
z mark stops flashing, then lights up. The brightness of the picture and focus
are re-adjusted, being targeted for the middle of the picture and are fixed.
Recording does not start yet.
(3) Press PHOTO deeply. The shutter clicks and the image is frozen. The image
displayed on the screen will be recorded on the “Memory Stick.” Recording is
complete when the bar scroll indicator disappears.
VCR
1
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
SFN
1/6
[a]
3
SFN
PHOTO
[b]
PHOTO
[a] The number of images that can be recorded on the “Memory Stick”
[b] The number of recorded images
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The following functions do not work: wide TV mode, digital effect, picture effect, title,
digital zoom, fader, shutter speed (1/30 or smaller) adjustment, and low lux mode and
sports lesson mode in PROGRAM AE. (The indicator flashes in the low lux or sports
lesson mode.)
Note
When you press the PHOTO button lightly at step 2, the focus of the image seems to be
momentarily out.
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Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo
recording
While you are recording a still image
You can neither turn off the power nor press PHOTO.
When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander
Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press
the button.
Recording images continuously
You can record still images continuously. Select one of the two modes described below
before recording.
Continuous mode [a]
You can four record still images continuously. The number of images is in accordance
with remaining capacity of the “Memory Stick.”
[a]
[b]
“Memory Stick” Operations
Multi screen mode [b]
You can record nine still images continuously on a single page.
While pressing down PHOTO, the camcorder shoots still images continuously. The
maximum number of recordable still images is up to four. If you release the button
during shooting, the recording stops even if it is in progress.
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Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo
recording
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CONTINUOUS, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired setting, then press the
dial.
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
4
3
POWER
(CHG)
MENU
VCR
2
1
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS OFF
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS OFF
ON
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK MULT I SCRN
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
5
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS ON
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
Continuous shooting settings
Setting
OFF
ON
Meaning (indicator on the screen)
Your camcorder shoots one image at a time. (no indicator)
Your camcorder shoots four still images at about 0.5 sec intervals. (
)
MULTI SCRN Your camcorder shoots nine still images at about 0.5 sec intervals
and displays the images on a single page divided into nine boxes.
(
)
If the capacity of the “Memory Stick” becomes full
”
FULL” appears on the screen, and you cannot record still pictures on this “Memory
Stick.”
The number of images in continuous shooting
The number of images you can shoot continuously varies depending on the remaining
capacity of the “Memory Stick.” The shutter always clicks four times, however, the
number of images recordable may be less than four.
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Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo
recording
Note on using a video flash light (not supplied)
The video flash light does not work in the continuous or multi screen mode if you
install it to the intelligent accessory shoe.
When shooting with the self-timer function or the Remote Commander
The camcorder automatically records up to the maximum recordable number of still
pictures.
Self-timer memory photo recording
You can make a memory photo recording with the self-timer. This mode is useful when
you want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander.
PHOTO
3
PHOTO
“Memory Stick” Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(self-timer) in standby mode. The
(self-timer) indicator appears on
(2) Press
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(3) Press PHOTO deeply.
The self-timer starts counting down from 10 with a beep sound. In the last two
seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording starts
automatically.
1
VCR
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder
screen. You cannot cancel the self-timer recording using the Remote Commander.
Note
The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
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Superimposing a still image in a “Memory
Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX
You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on a “Memory Stick” on the top
of the moving picture you are recording.
M. CHROM (Memory chromakey)
You can swap a blue area of a still image such as an illustration or a frame with a
moving picture.
M. LUMI (Memory luminancekey)
You can swap a brighter area of a still image such as a handwritten illustration or title
with a moving picture. Record a title on a “Memory Stick” before a trip or event for
convenience.
C. CHROM (Camera chromakey)
You can superimpose a moving picture on a still image that used as background. Shoot
the subject against a blue background. The blue area of the moving picture will be
swapped with a still image.
M. OVERLAP (Memory overlap)
You can make a moving picture fade in on top of a still image.
Still image
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
Still image
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
Still image
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
M. CHROM
Background: blue
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
Background: blue
Still image
M.OVERLAP
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Moving picture
+ Still image
Moving picture
Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving
picture – MEMORY MIX
Before operation
Insert a recorded “Memory Stick” and a mini DV tape to be recorded into your
camcorder.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
M. CHROM
POWER
VCR
7
MEMORY
MEMORY MIX
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
POWER
VCR
1
“Memory Stick” Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
(2) Press MEMORY MIX in standby mode.
The last recorded or last composed image appears on the lower part of the
screen as a thumbnail image.
(3) Press MEMORY+/– or +/– on the Remote Commander to select the still
image you want to superimpose.
To see the previous image, press MEMORY – or – on the Remote Commander.
To see the next image, press MEMORY+ or + on the Remote Commander.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired mode.
The mode changes as follows:
M. CHROM y M. LUMI y C. CHROM y M. OVERLAP
(5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The still image is superimposed on the moving picture, and your camcorder is
in standby mode.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
(7) Press START/STOP to start recording.
100-0019
Still image
3
4
–
M. LUMI
+
100-0019
5
M. LUMI I I I • • • •
100-0019
6
M. LUMI I • • • • • •
100-0019
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Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving
picture – MEMORY MIX
Items to be adjusted
M. CHROM
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
M. OVERLAP
The color (blue) scheme of the area in the still picture which is to
be swapped with a moving picture
The color (bright) scheme of the area in the still picture which is
to be swapped with a moving picture
The color (blue) scheme of the area in the moving picture which
is to be swapped with a still picture
No adjustment necessary
As the bar is shorter, the effect is enhanced.
To change the still image to be superimposed
Do either of the following:
– Press MEMORY+/– after step 6.
– Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial after step 6, and repeat the procedure from step 4
(except M. OVERLAP).
To change the mode setting
Press SEL/PUSH EXEC dial after step 6, and repeat the procedure from step 4 (except
M. OVERLAP).
To cancel MEMORY MIX
Press MEMORY MIX.
During recording
You cannot change the mode setting.
The “Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder has 20 images stored
– For M. CHROM: 18 images (such as a frame) 100-0001 to 100-0018
– For C. CHROM: two images (such as background) 100-0019 to 100-0020
Sample images
Sample images stored in the “Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder are
protected (p. 138).
If a still image to be superimposed has lots of white areas
The thumbnail image may not be displayed clearly.
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
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Recording an image from a mini DV tape
as a still image
Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on a mini DV tape and record
it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also take in moving
picture data through the input connector and record it as a still image on a “Memory
Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a recorded mini DV tape and a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press N. The picture recorded on the mini DV tape is played back.
(3) Keep pressing PHOTO lightly until the picture from the mini DV tape freezes.
“CAPTURE” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Recording does
not start yet.
(4) Press PHOTO deeper. The image displayed on the screen will be recorded on
a “Memory Stick.” Recording is complete when the bar scroll indicator
disappears.
PLAY
CAPTURE
MEMORY
3
FF
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
REW
POWER
4
PHOTO
“Memory Stick” Operations
1
VCR
2
PHOTO
When the access lamp is lit or is flashing
Never shake or strike the unit. Also, do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory Stick”
or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data breakdown may occur.
If “ ” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The inserted “Memory Stick” is incompatible with your camcorder because its format
does not conform to that of your camcorder. Check the format of the “Memory Stick.”
If you press PHOTO lightly in the playback mode
The playback pauses momentarily.
Sound recorded on a mini DV tape
You cannot record the sound from a mini DV tape.
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Recording an image from a mini DV tape as a still image
Titles that are already recorded on mini DV tapes
You cannot record the titles on a “Memory Stick.”
When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander
Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press
the button.
Recording a still image from other equipment
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder and set DISPLAY in
to
LCD in the menu settings.
(2) Play back the recorded tape, or turn the TV on to see the desired program.
The picture from the other equipment appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(3) Follow steps 3 and 4 on page 127.
When recording an image through the VIDEO jack
S VIDEO
(not supplied)
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
: Signal flow
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to
the video output jack on the VCR or the TV.
Connect using an S video cable (not supplied) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable.
Connect an S video cable (not supplied) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and
the VCR/TV.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
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Recording an image from a mini DV tape as a still image
When recording the image through the
DV IN/OUT jack
DV IN/OUT
DV
S VIDEO
LANC
DV IN/OUT
: Signal flow
i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (not supplied)
“Memory Stick” Operations
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Copying still images from a mini DV tape
– Photo save
Using the search function, you can automatically take in only still images from mini DV
tapes and record them on a “Memory Stick” in sequence.
Before operation
•Insert a recorded mini DV tape into your camcorder and rewind the tape.
•Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to VCR.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PHOTO SAVE, then press the dial.
“PHOTO BUTTON” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(5) Press PHOTO deeply. The still image from the mini DV tape is recorded on the
“Memory Stick.” The number of still images copied is displayed. “END” is
displayed when copying is completed.
PHOTO SAVE
00 : 00 : 00 : 00
4 / 15
SFN
PHOTO
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
5
POWER
VCR
1
SAV I NG
0
[MENU] : END
PHOTO SAVE
00 : 30 : 00 : 00
8 / 15
SFN
MENU
END
4
[MENU] : END
3
MEMORY SET
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
PHOTO SAVE
[MENU] : END
4
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MEMORY SET
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
PHOTO SAVE READY
RETURN
PHOTO SAVE
[MENU] : END
[PHOTO] : START
00 : 00 : 00 : 00
4 / 15
SFN
PHOTO BUTTON
[MENU] : END
Copying still images from a mini DV tape – Photo save
To cancel copying
Press MENU.
When the memory of the “Memory Stick” is full
“MEMORY FULL” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, and the copying
stops. Insert another “Memory Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Never shake or strike your camcorder. Also, do not turn the power off, eject the
“Memory Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image data breakdown may
occur.
To record all the images recorded on the mini DV tape
Rewind the tape all the way back and start copying.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
“NOT READY” appears when you select the item in the menu settings.
“Memory Stick” Operations
When you change the “Memory Stick” in the middle of copying
Your camcorder resumes copying from the last image recorded on the previous
“Memory Stick.”
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo
playback
You can play back still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play back
six images at a time by selecting the index screen.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MEMORY PLAY. The last recorded image is displayed.
(3) Press MEMORY +/– or +/– on the Remote Commander to select the desired
still image. To see the previous image, press MEMORY – or – on the Remote
Commander. To see the next image, press MEMORY + or + on the Remote
Commander.
1
PLAY
VCR
2
POWER
–
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
+
To stop memory photo playback
Press MEMORY PLAY again.
To play back recorded images on a TV screen
•Connect your camcorder to the TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your
camcorder before operation.
•When operating memory photo playback on a TV or on the LCD screen, the image
quality may appear to have deteriorated. This is not a malfunction. The image data is
as good as ever.
•Turn the volume of the TV down before operation, or noise (howling) may be output
from the TV speakers.
When no images are recorded on the “Memory Stick”
The message “ NO FILE” appears.
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
Note on the date/time indicator
Recording date/time is not displayed, however, it is automatically recorded on the
“Memory Stick.” You can check the recording date/time while in memory playback
mode by pressing DATA CODE.
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback
Screen indicators during still image playback
100–0002
6 / 15
MEMORY PLAY
Image number/
Total number of recorded images
Print mark
Protect indicator
Data file name
“Memory Stick” Operations
On data file name
•When the hyphen is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data file
name means that this file corresponds to the DCF98 standard.
•When the underbar is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data
file name means that this file does not correspond to the DCF98 standard.
•The directory is not indicated if the file structure in the “Memory Stick” does not
correspond to the DCF98 standard.
•The “
- DIRECTORY ERROR” message may appear if the file structure in the
“Memory Stick” does not correspond to the DCF98 standard. In this case, you cannot
record on that “Memory Stick,” however, you can play back images in the “Memory
Stick.”
•When the data file name is flashes, the file may be broken or the file format does not
correspond to your camcorder.
Playing back six recorded images at a time (index screen)
You can play back six recorded images at a time. This function is especially useful when
searching for a particular image.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MEMORY INDEX to display the index screen.
INDEX
1
VCR
2
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback
A red B mark appears above the image that is displayed before changing to the index
screen mode.
MEMORY – : to display the previous six images
MEMORY + : to display the following six images
If you select the desired image by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the
dial, the selected image will be displayed on full screen.
7
8
9
10
11
12
[b]
100-0019
12 / 19
[a]
[a] File name
[b] B mark
To return to the normal playback screen (single screen)
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B mark to the image you want to display on full
screen, then press MEMORY PLAY.
Files modified with personal computers
These files may not be displayed on the index screen. Image files shot with other
equipment may not be displayed on the index screen either.
Note
When displaying the index screen, a number appears above each image. This indicates
the order in which images are recorded on the “Memory Stick.” These numbers are
different from the data file names.
Viewing the recorded images using a personal computer
The image data recorded with your camcorder is compressed in the JPEG format. If you
use the application software, “PictureGear 4.1Lite” supplied with your camcorder, you
can see images recorded on a “Memory Stick” on a computer screen. Use the Memory
Stick Reader/Writer supplied with your camcorder, the Memory Stick/PC card kit or
PC card adaptor for Memory Stick (not supplied) for this operation. For detailed
instructions on operation, refer to the operating instructions of the serial port adaptor,
Memory Stick/PC card kit or PC card adaptor for Memory Stick and your application
software. For details, refer to the operating instructions of your accessory.
•Do not modify the directory of the file that corresponds to the DCF98 standard. The
modified file will not be read.
•If you use the new “Memory Stick,” be sure to use it first with this camcorder.
Recommended Windows environment
•OS: Microsoft Windows 98 standard installation
Operation in an environment upgraded to Windows 98 is not assured.
•CPU: MMX Pentium 200 MHz or faster
Recommended Macintosh environment
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•OS: Mac OS system 8.5/8.6 standard installation
•Model: iMac/G3
Copying an image recorded on a
“Memory Stick” to mini DV tapes
You can copy still images or titles recorded on a “Memory Stick” to a mini DV tape.
Before operation
Insert a mini DV tape for recording and a “Memory Stick” for playback into your
camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Using the video control buttons, search for a point where you want to record
the desired still image. Set the mini DV tape to playback pause mode.
(3) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder.
The mini DV tape is set to the recording pause mode.
(4) Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the still image you want to copy.
(5) Press X to start recording and press X again to stop.
(6) If you have more to copy, repeat steps 4 and 5.
POWER
VCR
1
REC
4
PLAY
“Memory Stick” Operations
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
2
5
PAUSE
To stop copying in the middle
Press x.
During copying
•You cannot operate the following buttons:
MEMORY PLAY, MEMORY INDEX, MEMORY DELETE, MEMORY +, MEMORY –,
and MEMORY MIX.
•If you continue copying, do not use EDITSEARCH to search for the point where you
want to record the desired still image. If you do, the playback image disappears from
the screen.
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Copying an image recorded on a “Memory Stick” to mini DV tapes
Note on the index screen
You cannot record the index screen.
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to copy them with your camcorder.
If you press DISPLAY in standby or recording mode
You can see memory playback and the file name indicators in addition to the indicators
pertinent to mini DV tapes, such as the time code indicator.
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Playing back images continuously
– SLIDE SHOW
You can automatically play back images in sequence. This function is useful especially
when checking recorded images or during a presentation.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SLIDE SHOW, then press the dial.
(5) Press MEMORY PLAY. Your camcorder plays back the images recorded on the
“Memory Stick” in sequence.
VCR
1
POWER
3
“Memory Stick” Operations
MENU
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
5
PLAY
4
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW READY
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
SL I DE SHOW
100-0019
10 / 15
[M PLAY] : START [MENU] : END
To stop or end the slide show
Press MENU.
To pause during a slide show
Press MEMORY PLAY.
To start the slide show from a particular image
Select the desired image using MEMORY +/– buttons before step 2.
To view the recorded images on TV
Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your
camcorder before operation.
If you change the “Memory Stick” during operation
Be sure to follow the steps again from the beginning.
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Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection
To prevent accidental erasure of important images, you can protect selected images.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image you want to protect (p. 132).
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PROTECT, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The “-“ mark is displayed beside
the data file name of the protected image.
VCR
1
POWER
MENU
4
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3,7
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
5
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
OFF
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
ON
SL I DE SHOW OFF
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
6
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
ON
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To cancel image protection
Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Note
Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick,” including the protected
image data. Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting.
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If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot carry out image protection.
Deleting images
You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.”
Deleting selected images
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image you want to delete (p. 132).
(3) Press MEMORY DELETE. “DELETE?” appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(4) Press MEMORY DELETE again. The selected image is deleted.
VCR
1
POWER
10 / 15
DELETE?
DELETE
[DELETE] : DEL
“Memory Stick” Operations
DELETE
100-0019
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3,4
[ – ] : CANCEL
To cancel deleting an image
Press MEMORY – in step 4.
To delete an image displayed on the index screen
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B mark to the desired image and follow steps 3 and 4.
Notes
•To delete a protected image, first cancel image protection.
•Once you delete an image, you cannot restore it. Check the images to be deleted
carefully before deleting them.
While “DELETING” appears
Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot delete any image.
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Deleting images
Deleting all the images
You can delete all the unprotected images in a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select DELETE ALL, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial. “OK” changes
to “EXECUTE.”
(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. “DELETING” appears on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder. When all the unprotected images are deleted, “COMPLETE”
is displayed.
VCR
1
POWER
MENU
3
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
4
5
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL READY
FORMAT
RETURN
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL RETURN
FORMAT
OK
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL RETURN
FORMAT
OK
RETURN
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL RETURN
FORMAT
EXECUTE
RETURN
[MENU] : END
6
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[MENU] : END
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL DELET I NG
FORMAT
RETURN
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL COMPLETE
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
Deleting images
To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick”
Select RETURN in step 5 or 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“Memory Stick” Operations
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Writing a print mark – Print mark
You can specify the recorded still image to be printed out. This function is useful for
printing out still images later.
Your camcorder conforms with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard for
specifying the still images to print out.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image to be printed out (p. 132).
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PRINT MARK, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
” mark is displayed beside
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The “
the data file name of an image.
VCR
1
POWER
MENU
4
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3,7
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
5
10 / 12
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK OFF
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
10 / 12
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK ON
PROTECT
OFF
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
6
10 / 12
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK ON
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To cancel writing print marks
Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot write print marks on still images.
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— Additional Information —
Usable cassettes
Selecting cassette types
You can use the
mini DV cassette only*. You cannot use any other 8 mm,
Hi8,
Digital8,
VHS,
VHSC,
S-VHS,
S-VHSC,
Betamax,
ED Betamax or
DV cassette.
* There are two types of mini DV cassettes: with cassette memory and without cassette
memory. Tapes with cassette memory have
(Cassette Memory) mark. Sony
mark to enjoy your camcorder fully.
recommends that you use a tape with
mark on the cassette
is 4 Kb. Your camcorder can
The memory capacity of tapes marked with
accommodate up to 16 Kb. 16 Kb tape is marked with
.
Additional Information
The IC memory is built in the cassette with cassette memory. Using this IC memory,
your camcorder can read, write, and search data such as the date of recording or titles.
The functions using the cassette memory require successive signals recorded on the
tape. If the tape has a blank portion in the beginning or between the recorded portions,
a title may not be displayed properly or the search functions may not work correctly.
Not to make any blank portion on the tape, press END SEARCH to return to the end of
the recorded portion before you begin the next recording when:
– You have ejected the cassette while recording.
– You have played back the tape in VCR mode.
If there is a blank portion or discontinuous signal on your tape, re-record from the
beginning to the end of the tape concerning above.
When you record, using a digital video camera recorder without a cassette memory
function, on a tape recorded by one with the cassette memory function, the same result
may occur.
The maximum number of data recordable on cassette memory (when using 4 Kb
cassette memory)
Data
INDEX
TITLE
DATE
PHOTO
CASSETTE LABEL
Numbers
32
25
6 (10 bytes/1 data)
12 (10 bytes/1 data)
1 (6 bytes/1 data)
Copyright signal
When you play back
When you connect your camcorder to any other video camera recorder to dub a tape
that has recorded copyright control signals for copyright protection, you may not
record the tape that played back on your camcorder.
When you record
You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control
signals for copyright protection of software.
“COPY INHIBIT” appears on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder or on the TV screen if
you try to record such software.
Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.
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Usable cassettes
Audio mode
12-bit mode: The original sound can be recorded in stereo 1, and the new sound in
stereo 2 in 32 kHz. The balance between stereo 1 and stereo 2 can be adjusted by
selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings during playback. Both sounds can be played
back.
16-bit mode: A new sound cannot be recorded but the original sound can be recorded in
high quality. Moreover, it can also play back sound recorded in 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz or
48 kHz. When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, 16BIT indicator appears
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
When you play back a dual sound track tape
When you play back a dual sound track tape recorded in a stereo system, set HiFi
SOUND to the desired mode in the menu settings (p. 107).
Sound from speaker
HiFi SOUND
mode
STEREO
Playing back
a stereo tape
Stereo
1
2
Left sound
Right sound
Playing back a dual
sound track tape
Main sound and
sub sound
Main sound
Sub sound
You cannot record dual sound programs on your camcorder.
Notes on the mini DV cassette
When affixing a label on the mini DV cassette
Be sure to affix a label only on the locations as illustrated below [a] so as not to cause
malfunction of your camcorder.
After using the mini DV cassette
Rewind the tape to the beginning, put the cassette in its case, and store it in an upright
position.
If the cassette memory function does not work
Reinsert a cassette a few times. The gold-plated connector of mini DV cassettes may be
dirty or dusty.
Cleaning the connector
If the gold-plated connector of mini DV cassettes is dirty or dusty, you may not operate
the function using cassette memory. Clean up the gold-plated connector with cottonwool swab, about every 10 times ejection of a cassette. [b]
Do not affix a label
around this border.
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[a]
[b]
About i.LINK
Your camcorder is equipped with the DV input/output connector based on i.LINK
(IEEE1394) standard.
This section explains the specifications and features of i.LINK.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface designed to integrate the devices equipped with
i.LINK connector. By connecting i.LINK devices, i.LINK allows your device to:
– Transmit and receive data such as digital audio and digital video signals in two ways
– Control other i.LINK devices
– Easily connect with another device using just an i.LINK cable.
Your i.LINK device is capable of connecting AV devices and perform various
operations and data transfer. Further availability for connections with versatile
equipment and operations will be planned in the future.
Other advantages include the following feature. When connecting multiple i.LINK
devices, your device cannot only perform operations and data transfer with the directly
connected device but also perform them with any of the devices that are connected via
other devices. Therefore, you will not need to concern the order of connecting devices.
However, depending on the features and specifications of the connected devices, you
may need to operate certain functions differently or may not be able to perform certain
operations or data transfer.
Tips
•i.LINK, a nickname for IEEE 1394 that Sony proposed, is a trademark supported by a
majority of companies worldwide.
•IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Additional Information
Note
Your camcorder can be connected to one device with the i.LINK cable (DV cable).
When you connect with a device that has two or more i.LINK connectors, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the connected device.
About data transfer speed of i.LINK
i.LINK defines a maximum data transfer speed of approximately 100, 200 and 400
Mbps* that are described as S100, S200 and S400 respectively.
For i.LINK devices, a maximum data transfer speed that the device supports is
identified on “Specifications” page of the operating instructions supplied with the
device or near its i.LINK connector.
With a device that does not identify the data transfer speed, the maximum data transfer
speed that the device supports is S100.
When connecting with the device that support different data transfer speed, the actual
data transfer speed may be different from those described on the i.LINK connectors.
*What is Mbps?
Mega bits per second. A measure of the rate at which data is transmitted per second. In
case of 100 Mbps, 100 Mega bits of data can be transmitted per second.
i. LINK operation with your camcorder
For details on dubbing your camcorder to your VCR equipped with DV input/output
connector , see page 74, 89.
Your camcorder is available for use with other devices equipped with Sony i.LINK (DV)
connector (eg. VAIO personal computer series).
For details on connection with i.LINK cable and necessary software, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the connected device.
Use Sony i.LINK cables
Use Sony i.LINK cables to connect the i.LINK devices.
4 pins y 4 pins (For dubbing)
i.LINK and
are trademarks.
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Troubleshooting
If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and
contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss”
appears on the LCD screen, display window or in the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis
display function has worked. See page 152.
In the recording mode
Symptom
START/STOP does not
operate.
The power goes off.
The image on the viewfinder
screen is not clear.
The SteadyShot function
does not work.
The autofocusing function
does not work.
The fader function does not
work.
A vertical band appears
when you shoot a subject
such as lights or a candle
flame against a dark
background.
Vertical streaks appear
when you shoot a very
bright subject.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The POWER switch is not set to CAMERA.
c Set it to CAMERA. (p. 15)
•The tape has run out.
c Rewind the tape or insert a new one. (p. 14, 29)
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to expose the red
mark.
c Use a new tape or slide the tab. (p. 14)
•The tape is stuck to the drum (moisture condensation).
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
•While being operated in CAMERA mode, your camcorder
has been in the standby mode for more than five minutes.
c Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) and then to
CAMERA again. (p. 16)
•The battery pack is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack. (p. 9, 10)
•The viewfinder lens is not adjusted.
c Adjust the viewfinder lens. (p. 19)
•STEADYSHOT is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 107)
•The camcorder is in manual focus mode.
c Turn to auto focus mode. (p. 58)
•Shooting conditions are not suitable for autofocus.
c Adjust focus manually. (p. 58)
•The digital effect function is working.
c Cancel it. (p. 40)
•The contrast between the subject and background is too
high. This is not a malfunction.
•This is called the smear phenomenon. This is not a
malfunction.
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Some tiny white spots
appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder.
Unknown pictures or
messages are displayed on
the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
The click of the shutter does
not sound.
The image is not bright even
if you use the video flash
light.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• When the shutter speed is too low or the low lux mode is
selected.
• If 10 minutes elapse after you set the POWER switch to
CAMERA or DEMO MODE is set to ON in the menu settings
without a cassette inserted, your camcorder automatically
starts the demonstration.
c Insert a cassette. The demonstration stops.
You can also cancel DEMO MODE. (p. 112)
• BEEP is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to MELODY or NORMAL. (p. 107)
• The ND FILTER selector is set to 1 or 2.
c Set it to OFF. (p. 46)
• The manual adjustment is not suitable for the situations.
(The indicator flashes.)
c Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK, or cancel
the manual adjustment. (p. 43)
Symptom
The tape does not move
when a video control button
is pressed.
The playback button does
not function.
There are horizontal lines on
the picture or the playback
picture is not clear or does
not appear.
No sound or only a low
sound is heard when
playing back a tape.
The title search function
does not work.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is not set to VCR.
c Set it to VCR. (p. 26)
• The tape has run out.
c Rewind the tape. (p. 29)
• The video head may be dirty.
c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning
cassette (not supplied). (p. 157)
Additional Information
In the playback mode
• The volume is turned to minimum.
c Turn up the volume. (p. 26)
• AUDIO MIX is set to the ST2 side in the menu settings.
c Adjust AUDIO MIX. (p. 107)
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 66, 143)
• CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 107)
• There is no title in the tape.
c Superimpose the titles. (p. 97)
• The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion. (p. 66)
(continued on the following page)
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
Displaying the recorded
date, date search function
does not work.
The new sound now being
added, or that has been
added to the recorded tape
is not heard.
The title is not displayed.
The sound is muted or
images do not appear when
monitoring images through
TV/VCR.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 67, 143)
•CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 107)
•The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion. (p. 68)
•AUDIO MIX is set to ST1 side in the menu settings.
c Set it to the side you want to monitor. (p. 107)
•TITLE DSPL is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 107)
c Pull out the A/V connecting cable from the AUDIO L/R
and VIDEO jacks, then connect it again.
In the recording and playback modes
Symptom
The power does not turn on.
The end search function
does not work.
The end search function
does not work correctly.
The picture does not appear
in the viewfinder.
The battery pack is quickly
discharged.
The battery remaining
indicator does not indicate
the correct time.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The battery pack is not installed, or is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack. (p. 9, 10)
•The AC power adaptor is not connected to a wall outlet.
c Connect the AC power adaptor to a wall outlet. (p. 13)
•The tape was ejected after recording when using a tape
without cassette memory. (p. 25, 29)
•You have not recorded on the new cassette yet. (p. 25, 29)
•The tape has a blank portion in the beginning or middle.
(p. 25)
•The LCD panel is open.
c Close the LCD panel. (p. 17)
•The operating temperature is too low.
•The battery pack is not fully charged.
c Charge the battery pack fully. (p. 10)
•The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack. (p. 9)
•You have used the battery pack in an extremely hot or cold
environment for a long time.
•The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack. (p. 9)
•The battery is dead.
c Use a full-charged battery pack. (p. 9, 10)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
The cassette cannot be
removed from the holder.
The % and Z indicators
flash and no functions
except for cassette ejection
work.
indicator does not
appear when using a tape
with cassette memory.
Remaining tape indicator is
not displayed.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The power source is disconnected.
c Connect it firmly. (p. 9, 13)
• The battery is dead.
c Use a charged battery pack. (p. 9, 10)
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
• The gold-plated connector of the tape is dirty or dusty.
c Clean the gold-plated connector. (p. 144)
• The q REMAIN is set to AUTO in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON to always display the remaining tape
indicator. (p. 107)
When operating using the “Memory Stick”
Recording does not function.
The image cannot be
deleted.
You cannot format the
“Memory Stick.”
Deleting all the images
cannot be carried out.
You cannot protect the
image.
You cannot write a print
mark on the still image.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is set to CAMERA or OFF (CHG).
c Set it to MEMORY or VCR.
• The “Memory Stick” is not inserted.
c Insert a “Memory Stick.” (p. 117)
• The “Memory Stick” has already been recorded to its full
capacity.
c Erase unnecessary images and record again. (p. 120, 139)
• The “Memory Stick” formatted incorrectly is inserted.
c Format the “Memory Stick” or use another “Memory
Stick.” (p. 110)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The image is protected.
c Cancel image protection. (p. 138)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The image to be protected is not being played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image. (p. 132)
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
• The image that you will write a print mark is not being
played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image. (p. 132)
Additional Information
Symptom
Operations do not function.
(continued on the following page)
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
The photo save function
does not work.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 115)
•The battery pack is dead.
c Install a charged battery pack or use the AC power
adaptor instead of the battery pack. (p. 9, 13)
Others
Symptom
The title is not recorded.
The cassette label is not
recorded.
While editing using the
i.LINK cable (DV connecting
cable), recording picture
cannot be monitored.
Digital program editing
does not function.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 97, 143)
•The cassette memory is full.
c Erase unnecessary title. (p. 100)
•The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab so that red portion is not
visible. (p. 14)
•Nothing is recorded in that position on the tape.
c Superimpose the title to the recorded position. (p. 97)
•The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 103, 143)
•The cassette memory is full.
c Erase some data. (p. 105)
•The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab so that red portion is not
visible. (p. 14)
c Disconnect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), and
connect it again. (p. 74)
•The input selector on the VCR is not set correctly.
c Check the connection and set up the selector position.
(p. 73)
•The camcorder is not connected to Sony DV equipment.
c Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings and set the
recording VCR to be controlled by infrared rays.
•Setting program on a blank portion of the tape is attempted.
c Set the program again on a recorded portion. (p. 84)
•Your camcorder and the VCR are not synchronized.
c Synchronize them. (p. 81)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
The Remote Commander
supplied with your
camcorder does not work.
The picture from a TV or
VCR does not appear even
when your camcorder is
connected to outputs on the
TV or VCR.
The melody or beep sounds
for five seconds.
You cannot charge the
battery pack.
The camcorder is
immediately turned off even
if the amount of the battery
remaining time is enough to
operate.
No function works though
the power is on.
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
• Some troubles have occurred in your camcorder.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate your
camcorder.
• The AC power adaptor is disconnected.
c Connect it properly.
• The battery pack malfunctions.
c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
• The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).
c Set it to OFF (CHG).
c Charge the battery pack fully again.
The correct remaining time is displayed.
Additional Information
When charging the battery
pack, no indicator appears
or the indicator flashes on
the display window.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• COMMANDER is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 107)
• Something is blocking the infrared rays.
c Remove the obstacle.
• The batteries are inserted in the battery holder with the + –
polarities incorrectly.
c Insert the batteries with the correct polarity. (p. 168)
• The batteries are dead.
c Insert new ones. (p. 168)
• DISPLAY is set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings.
c Set it to LCD. (p. 107)
c Disconnect the power cord of the AC power adaptor or
remove the battery, then reconnect it after about one
minute. Turn the power on. If the functions still do not
work, press the RESET button located at the lower-right of
the ZEBRA selector using a sharp-pointed object. (If you
press the RESET button, all the settings including the date
and time return to the default.) (p. 13, 163)
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Self-diagnosis display
Your camcorder has a self-diagnosis display
function.
This function displays the current condition of
your camcorder as a 5-digit code (a
combination of a letter and figures) on the
LCD screen, display window, or in the
viewfinder. If a 5-digit code is displayed, check
the following code chart. The last two digits
(indicated by ss) will differ depending on
the state of your camcorder.
On the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder, on the display
window
C:21:00
Self-diagnosis display
•C:ss:ss
You can service your camcorder
yourself.
•E:ss:ss
Contact your Sony dealer or
nearest local authorized Sony
service facility.
Five-digit display
C:04:ss
C:21:ss
C:22:ss
C:31:ss
C:32:ss
E:61:ss
E:62:ss
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•You are using a battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
c Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (p. 10)
•Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least one hour to
acclimatize. (p. 156)
•The video heads are dirty.
c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (not
supplied). (p. 157)
•A malfunction other than the above.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate your camcorder.
c Disconnect the power cord of the AC power adaptor or remove the
battery pack. After reconnecting the power source, operate your
camcorder.
•A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred.
c Contact your Sony dealer and inform them of the 5-digit code.
(example: E:61:10)
If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try corrective actions a few times,
contact your Sony dealer or nearest local authorized Sony service facility.
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Warning indicators and messages
If indicators and messages appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, check the following:
See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information.
Warning indicators
E The battery is dead or nearly dead
Slow flashing:
•The battery is nearly dead.
Depending on conditions, the E indicator may flash, even if there are five to 10
minutes remaining. If this flashes, we recommend that you charge the battery or
install the charged battery.
Fast flashing:
•The battery is dead (p. 10).
•The battery is completely dead.
Warning indicator as to tape
Slow flashing:
•The tape is near the end.
•No tape is inserted (p. 14).*
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (red) (p. 14).*
Fast flashing:
•The tape has run out (p. 29).*
Additional Information
Z You need to eject the cassette
Slow flashing:
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (red) (p. 14).*
Fast flashing:
•Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 156).*
•The tape has run out (p. 29).*
•The self-diagnosis display function is activated (p. 152).*
% Moisture condensation has occurred*
Fast flashing:
•Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the
cassette compartment open (p. 156).
Warning indicator as to cassette memory
Slow flashing:
•No tape with cassette memory is inserted (p. 143).*
Self-diagnosis display (p. 152)
- The still image is protected
Slow flashing:
•The still image is protected (p. 138).*
Warning indicator as to “Memory Stick”*
Slow flashing:
•No “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 117).
Fast flashing:
• Unreadable “Memory Stick” is inserted.
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Warning indicators and messages
100-0001 “(Warning indicators) Memory Stick” file error*
Slow flashing:
•File is broken.
•File has no compatibility.
“Memory Stick” format error*
Fast flashing:
•There are tow directories or more.
•Data is broken.
•“Memory Stick” is not formatted correctly (p. 110).
Warning messages
•CLOCK SET
Reset the date and time (p. 114).
•FOR “InfoLITHIUM” Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p. 10).
BATTERY ONLY
•MEMORY FULL
The “Memory Stick” is full in photo save function (p. 131).
•
CLEANING CASSETTE
The video heads are dirty (p. 157).**
•
FULL
The tape cassette memory is full (p. 99).*
•
16BIT
AUDIO MODE is set to 16BIT.* You cannot dub new sound
(p. 111).
•
REC MODE
REC MODE is set to LP.* You cannot dub new sound (p. 111).
•
TAPE
There is no recorded portion on the tape.* You cannot dub
new sound (p. 96).
•
“i.LINK” CABLE i.LINK cable is connected (p. 96).* You cannot dub new
sound.
•
FULL
The “Memory Stick” is full (p. 122).*
•
The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
(p. 115).*
•
NO FILE
No still image is recorded on the “Memory Stick” (p. 132).*
•
NO MEMORY STICK
No “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 117).*
•
MEMORY STICK ERROR
The “Memory Stick“ data is corrupted (p. 117).*
•
FORMAT ERROR (p. 110)*
•
- DIRECTORY ERROR
(p. 133)*
•COPY INHIBIT
The tape contains copyright control signals for copyright
protection of software (p. 143).*
•Q Z TAPE END
The tape has reached the end of the tape (p. 29).*
•Q NO TAPE
Insert a cassette tape (p. 14).*
* You hear the melody or beep sound.
** x and the message appear alternately.
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Using your camcorder abroad
Using your camcorder abroad
You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor
supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
When charging the battery pack, use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if
necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
AC-L10A/L10B/L10C
[a]
[b]
Your camcorder is an NTSC system based camcorder. If you want to view the playback
picture on a TV, it must be an NTSC system based TV with the AUDIO/VIDEO input
jack.
The following shows TV color systems used overseas.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great
Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, etc.
Additional Information
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica,
Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela,
etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
Simple setting of clock by time difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference. Select WORLD
TIME in the menu settings. See page 107 for more information.
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Maintenance information and
precautions
Moisture condensation
If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may
condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this
condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may
not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, the beep sounds and
the % indicator flashes. When the Z indicator flashes at the same time, the cassette is
inserted in your camcorder. If moisture condenses on the lens, the indicator will not
appear.
If moisture condensation occurred
None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your
camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette compartment open. Your
camcorder can be used again if the % indicator does not appear when the power is
turned on again.
Note on moisture condensation
Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm
place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a hot place as follows:
•You bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating
device.
•You bring your camcorder from an air-conditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
•You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower.
•You use your camcorder in a high temperature and humidity place.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your
camcorder in a plastic bag and tightly seal it. Remove the bag when the air temperature
inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about one hour).
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Maintenance information and precautions
Removing Dust from Inside the Viewfinder
Before cleaning, remove the sticker below the viewfinder lens adjustment lever.
(1) While holding down the hook 1, slide the eyecup in the direction of the arrow
and remove it out 2.
(2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower.
1
2
Do step 1 above sliding the eyecup in the reverse direction of the arrow.
Maintenance information
Cleaning the video head
To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads. The video head
may be dirty when:
•mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture.
•playback pictures do not move.
•playback pictures do not appear.
CLEANING CASSETTE” message appear one after another
•the x indicator and “
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Additional Information
To reattach the eyecup
If the above problem, [a] or [b] occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the
Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (not supplied). Check the picture and if the above
problem persists, repeat cleaning.
[a]
[b]
or
Cleaning the LCD screen
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, we recommend using a LCD
Cleaning Cloth (not supplied) to clean the LCD screen.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Charging the vanadium-lithium battery in your camcorder
Your camcorder is supplied with a vanadium-lithium battery installed so as to retain
the date and time, etc., regardless of the setting of the POWER switch. The vanadiumlithium battery is always charged as long as you are using your camcorder. The battery,
however, will get discharged gradually if you do not use your camcorder. It will be
completely discharged in about four months if you do not use your camcorder at all.
Even if the vanadium-lithium battery is not charged, it will not affect the camcorder
operation. To retain the date and time, etc., charge the battery if the battery is
discharged.
Charging the vanadium-lithium battery:
•Connect your camcorder to house current using the AC power adaptor supplied with
your camcorder, and leave your camcorder with the POWER switch turned off for
more than 24 hours.
•Or install the fully charged battery pack in your camcorder, and leave your camcorder
with the POWER switch turned off for more than 24 hours.
Precautions
Camcorder operation
•Operate your camcorder on 7.2 V (battery pack) or 8.4 V (AC power adaptor).
•For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended in this operating
instructions.
•If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further.
•Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
•Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.
•Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so
might cause heat to build up inside.
•Keep your camcorder away from strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration.
Noise may appear on the image.
•Do not touch the LCD screen with a sharp-pointed object.
•If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD
screen. This is not a malfunction.
•While using your camcorder, the back of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
On handling tapes
•Do not insert anything into the small holes on the rear of the cassette. These holes are
used to sense the type and thickness of the tape and if the recording tab is in or out.
•Do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape.
•Avoid touching or damaging the terminals. To remove dust, clean the terminals with
a soft cloth.
Camcorder care
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•Remove the tape, and periodically turn on the power, operate the CAMERA and VCR
sections and play back a tape for about three minutes when your camcorder is not to
be used for a long time.
•Clean the lens with a soft brush to remove dust. If there are fingerprints on the lens,
remove them with a soft cloth.
•Clean the camcorder body with a dry soft cloth, or a soft cloth lightly moistened with
a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of solvent which may damage the
finish.
Maintenance information and precautions
•Do not let sand get into your camcorder. When you use your camcorder on a sandy
beach or in a dusty place, protect it from the sand or dust. Sand or dust may cause
your camcorder to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired.
AC power adaptor
Battery pack
•Use only the specified charger or video equipment with the charging function.
•To prevent accident from a short circuit, do not allow metal objects to come into
contact with the battery terminals.
•Keep the battery pack away from fire.
•Never expose the battery pack to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such as in a car
parked in the sun or under direct sunlight.
•Keep the battery pack dry.
•Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock.
•Do not disassemble nor modify the battery pack.
•Attach the battery pack to video equipment securely.
•Charging while some capacity remains does not affect the original battery capacity.
•The battery pack is not resistant to water. Do not wet the battery pack.
•Unless you use the battery pack for a long period, store the battery pack after you
charge it fully and use it completely once a year.
•Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place.
Additional Information
•Unplug the unit from the wall outlet when you are not using the unit for a long time.
To disconnect the power cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the power cord itself.
•Do not operate the unit with a damaged cord or if the unit has been dropped or
damaged.
•Do not bend the power cord forcibly, or place a heavy object on it. This will damage
the cord and may cause fire or electrical shock.
•Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the
connecting section. If this happens, a short may occur and the unit may be damaged.
•Always keep metal contacts clean.
•Do not disassemble the unit.
•Do not apply mechanical shock or drop the unit.
•While the unit is in use, particularly during charging, keep it away from AM receivers
and video equipment. AM receivers and video equipment disturb AM reception and
video operation.
•The unit becomes warm during use. This is not a malfunction.
•Do not place the unit in locations that are:
– Extremely hot or cold
– Dusty or dirty
– Very humid
– Vibrating
Notes on dry batteries
To avoid possible damage from battery leakage or corrosion, observe the following:
•Be sure to insert the batteries with the + – polarities matched to the + – marks.
•Dry batteries are not rechargeable.
•Do not use a combination of new and old batteries.
•Do not use different types of batteries.
•Current flows from batteries when you are not using them for a long time.
•Do not use leaking batteries.
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Maintenance information and precautions
If batteries are leaking
•Wipe off the liquid in the battery compartment carefully before replacing the batteries.
•If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water.
•If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a
doctor.
If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
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Specifications
Video camera
recorder
System
Input/Output connectors
S video input/output
Input/output auto switch
4-pin mini DIN
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p,
75 ohms, unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p,
75 ohms, unbalanced
LCD screen
Picture
2.5 type measured diagonally
49.9× 37.3 mm (2 × 1 1/2 in)
Total dot number
200 640 (880 × 228)
General
Power requirements
7.2 V (battery pack)
8.4 V (AC power adaptor)
Average power consumption
(when using the battery pack)
During camera recording using
LCD
4.7 W
Viewfinder
4.0 W
Operating temperature
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Storage temperature
–20 °C to +60 °C (–4 °F to +140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.)
115 × 146 × 342 mm (4 5/8 × 5 3/4
× 13 1/2 in) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
1.4 kg (3 lb 1 oz)
main unit only
1.6 kg (3 lb 8 oz)
including the battery pack,
NP-F330, cassette DVM60 and
hood cap
Supplied accessories
See page 8.
AC power adaptor
Power requirements
100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
23 W
Output voltage
DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.5 A in the
operating mode
Operating temperature
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
Storage temperature
–20 °C to +60 °C (–4 °F to +140 °F)
Dimensions (approx.)
125 × 39 × 62 mm
(5 × 1 9/16 × 2 1/2 in) (w/h/d)
excluding projecting parts
Mass (approx.)
280 g (9.8 oz)
excluding power cord
Cord length (approx.)
Power cord: 2 m (6.6 feet)
Connecting cord: 1.6 m (5.2 feet)
Battery pack
Output voltage
DC 7.2 V
Capacity
5.0 Wh
Dimensions (approx.)
38.4 × 20.6 × 70.8 mm (1 9/16 ×
13/16 × 2 7/8 in) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
70 g (2.5 oz)
Type
Lithium ion
Additional Information
Video recording system
2 rotary heads
Helical scanning system
Audio recording system
Rotary heads, PCM system
Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz,
stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits
(Fs48 kHz, stereo)
Video signal
NTSC color, standards
Usable cassette
Mini DV cassette with the
mark printed
Tape speed
SP: Approx. 18.81 mm/s
LP: Approx. 12.56 mm/s
Recording/playback time (using
cassette DVM60)
SP: 1 h
LP: 1.5 h
Fast-forward/rewind time
(using cassette DVM60)
Approx. 2 min and 30 s
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder (color)
Image device
1/3 type CCD (3 Charge Coupled
Device)
Approx. 380 000 pixels
(Effective: Approx. 340 000 pixels)
Lens
Combined power zoom lens
Filter diameter 58 mm (2 3/8 in)
12× (Optical), 48× (Digital)
F1.6 - 2.4
Focal length
6 - 72 mm (1/4 - 2 7/8 in)
When converted to a 35 mm still
camera
43.2 - 518.4 mm (1 3/4 - 20 1/2 in)
Color temperature
Auto, nIndoor (3 200 K),
Outdoor (5 800 K),
Minimum illumination
2 lux (F1.6)
Video input/output
Input/output auto switch
RCA pin-jack, 1 Vp-p, 75 ohms,
unbalanced, sync negative
Audio input/output
Input/output auto switch
RCA pin-jack, 327 mV, (at output
impedance more than 47 kilohms)
Output impedance with less than
2.2 kilohms
Input impedance more than
47 kilohms
Headphones jack
Stereo minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
LANC control jack
Stereo mini-minijack (ø 2.5 mm)
MIC jack
Minijack, 0.388 mV low impedance with 2.5 to 3.0 V DC, output
impedance 6.8 kilohms (ø 3.5 mm)
Stereo type
DV input/output
4-pin connector
Speaker
Dynamic speaker (ø 20 mm)
“Memory Stick”
Memory
Flash memory
4 MB: MSA-4A
Operating voltage
2.7 V -3.6 V
Power consumption
Approx. 45 mA in the operating
mode
Approx. 130 µA in the standby
mode
Dimensions (approx.)
50 × 2.8 × 21.5 mm
(2 × 1/8 × 7/8 in) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
4 g (0.14 oz)
Design and specifications are
subject to change without notice.
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— Quick Reference —
Identifying the parts and controls
Camcorder
1
9
2
0
3
qa
4
qs
5
qd
6
qf
7
qg
8
1 INDEX MARK button (p. 62)
8 BACK LIGHT button (p. 22)
2 Zoom ring (p. 20)
9 END SEARCH button (p. 25)
3 Focus ring (p. 58)
0 EDITSEARCH buttons (p. 25)
4 ND FILTER selector (p. 46)
qa EXPOSURE dial (p. 44)
5 FOCUS selector (p. 58)
qs EXPOSURE button (p. 44)
6 PUSH AUTO button (p. 58)
qd Display window (p. 168)
7 FADER button (p. 38)
qf OPEN button (p. 15, 26)
qg SPOT LIGHT button (p. 23)
This mark indicates that this product is a genuine accessory for Sony
video products.
When purchasing Sony video products, Sony recommends that you
purchase accessories with this “GENUINE VIDEO ACCESSORIES”
mark.
These are trademarks of Sony corporation.
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Notes on the intelligent accessory shoe
•The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video
light or microphone.
•The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the POWER switch, allowing you to turn
the power supplied by the shoe on and off. Refer to the operating instructions of the
accessory for further information.
•The intelligent accessory shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory
securely. To connect an accessory, press down and push it to the end, and then
tighten the screw.
•To remove an accessory, loosen the screw, and then press down and pull out the
accessory.
Identifying the parts and controls
qh
qj
wh
qk
wj
ql
wk
wl
w;
wa
DISPLAY
ws
DATA CODE
wd
TITLE
PLAY
DIGITAL
EFFECT
MEMORY
INDEX
DELETE
e;
MEMORY MIX
ea
PICTURE
EFFECT
es
wf
ed
wg
ef
wh Battery pack (p. 9)
qj LCD screen (p. 17)
wj ZEBRA selector (p. 47)
qk LCD BRIGHT buttons (p. 18)
wk RESET button (p. 151)
ql VOLUME buttons (p. 26)
wl MEMORY INDEX button (p. 133)
w; MEMORY PLAY button (p. 132)
e; MEMORY DELETE button (p. 139)
wa DISPLAY button (p. 27)
ea MEMORY + button (p. 125, 132)
ws MEMORY – button (p. 125, 132)
es MEMORY MIX button (p. 125)
wd DATA CODE button (p. 27)
ed PICTURE EFFECT button (p. 39)
wf TITLE button (p. 97)
ef DIGITAL EFFECT button (p. 41)
wg
Quick Reference
qh Speaker
(self-timer) button (p. 24, 32, 123)
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Identifying the parts and controls
eg
eh
SLOW
STOP
REC
REW
AUDIO DUB
PLAY
FF
ej
PAUSE
ek
el
r;
ra
eg Video control buttons (p. 26, 29, 83)
C SLOW (slow playback)
AUDIO DUB (dubbing)
x STOP (stop)
m REW (rewind)
N PLAY (playback)
M FF (Fast-forward)
X PAUSE (pause)
z REC (recording)
The control buttons light up when you
set the POWER switch to VCR.
ej Camera recording lamp (p. 15)
ek REC START/STOP (p. 18)
el Lens
r; Lens hood fixing screw
ra Lens hood
You can attach a wide teleconversion
lens (not supplied) by removing the lens
hood.
eh Remote sensor/infrared ray emitter
Removing the lens hood
To remove the lens hood for attachment of the wide teleconversion lens, etc., loosen the
lens hood fixing screw, and unscrew the lens hood conuterclockwise.
When using additional filters
We recommend that you use Sony made filters having the genuine accessory mark.
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rs
td
rd
tf
rf
rg
rh
tg
rj
th
rk
tj
rl
tk
t;
tl
ta
y;
ts
ya
ts “Memory Stick” slot (p. 117)
rd Power zoom lever (p. 20)
td Cassette lid (p. 14)
rf PHOTO button (p. 31, 120)
tf Hood cap (p. 15)
rg BATT (battery) RELEASE lever (p. 9)
tg PUSH button (p. 14)
rh PROGRAM AE button (p. 56)
th Grip strap
rj AUTO LOCK selector (p. 43)
tj LOCK switch (p. 15)
rk WHT BAL button (p. 49)
tk POWER switch (p. 15)
rl AUDIO LEVEL button (p. 51)
tl START/STOP button (p. 15)
t; MENU button (p. 107)
y; SHUTTER SPEED button (p. 45)
ta SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 107)
ya Access lamp (p. 117)
Fastening the grip strap
Attaching the shoulder strap
Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your
camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
Quick Reference
rs Hooks for shoulder strap
Fasten the grip strap firmly.
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ys
ua
yd
us
yf
ud
yg
uf
yh
ug
yj
uh
yk
uj
yl
uk
u;
ul
i;
ys Carrying handle
uf Microphone (p. 94)
yd Remote sensor
ug S VIDEO ID-2 jack (p. 30, 33, 73, 87, 128)
yf Camera recording lamp (p. 15)
uh VIDEO ID-2 jack (p. 30, 33, 73, 87, 128)
yg CUSTOM PRESET button (p. 53)
uj AUDIO L/R jack (p. 30, 73, 87, 94)
yh Viewfinder adjustment lever (p. 19)
uk
yj Hook for removing the viewfinder
(p. 157)
yk EJECT switch (p. 14)
yl DC IN jack (p. 10)
u; Tripod receptacle
Make sure that the length of the tripod
screw is less than 6.5 mm (9/32 inch).
Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod
securely and the screw may damage
your camcorder.
ua Intelligent accessory shoe
us MIC/LINE switch (p. 93)
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ud MIC jack (PLUG IN POWER) (p. 93)
Connect an external microphone (not
supplied). This jack also accepts a “plugin-power” microphone.
When using a “plug-in-power”
microphone, set the MIC/LINE swithc
to MIC, when using a non-“plug-inpower” microphone or audio
equipment, set the MIC/LINE switch to
LINE.
DV IN/OUT jack (p. 74, 89, 129)
This “i.LINK” mark is a trademark of
Sony Corporation and indicates that this
product is in agreement with IEEE 13941995 specifications and their revisions.
The DV IN/OUT jack is i.LINK
compatible.
ul
LANC jack
LANC stands for Local Application
Control Bus System. The LANC
control jack is used for controlling the
tape transport of video equipment and
peripherals connected to it. This jack has
the same function as the jack indicated
as CONTROL L or REMOTE.
i; i (headphones) jack
When you use headphones, the speaker
on your camcorder is silent.
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Remote Commander
The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on your camcorder
function identically to the buttons on your camcorder.
1
2
3
4
5
6
9
0
qa
qs
7
8
qd
9 DATA CODE button (p. 27)
2 ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 63)
qs ./> buttons (p. 64, 66, 67, 69)
3 PHOTO button (p. 31, 120)
qd AUDIO DUB button (p. 95)
0 START/STOP button (p. 15)
qa Power zoom button (p. 20)
Quick Reference
1 Transmitter
Point toward the remote sensor to
control your camcorder after turning on
your camcorder.
4 DISPLAY button (p. 27)
5 Memory control buttons (p. 125, 132)
6 SEARCH MODE button
(p. 64, 66, 67, 69)
7 Video control buttons (p. 29)
8 REC button (p. 87)/MARK button
(p. 83)
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To prepare the Remote Commander
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries by matching the + and – polarities on the batteries to
the + – marks inside the battery compartment.
Notes on the Remote Commander
•Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or
overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
•Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3
are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control
misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we
recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with
black paper.
Display window
2
1
1 Remaining battery time indicator
(p. 10)/Tape counter (p. 63)/Memory
counter (p. 133)/Time code indicator
(p. 21)/Self-diagnosis indicator (p. 152)
2 FULL charge indicator (p. 10)
3 Remianing battery indicator (p. 10)
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Operation indicators
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
qa
qs
qd
qf
qg
1 2 0 min
W
T
ST I L L
1 6 : 9 W I DE
NEG . ART
AUTO
6 0 AWB
F11
0 dB
JUL
4 2000
ND1
0:1 2:3 4
1 2 0 min
Z ERO SE T
MEMORY
END
SEARCH
DV I N
1 6B I T
100–0019
1 2 : 0 5 : 5 6 AM
Image quality mode indicator (p. 118)
2 Remaining battery time indicator (p. 21)
qk Warning indicators (p. 153)
3 Zoom indicator (p. 20)/Exposure
indicator (p. 44)/Data file name
indicator (p. 115)
ql Tape counter indicator (p. 63)/Time
code indicator (p. 21)/Self-diagnosis
indicator (p. 152)/Photo mode
indicator (p. 31)/Image number
indicator (p. 133)
4 Digital effect indicator (p. 40)/FADER
indicator (p. 37)/MEMORY MIX
indicator (p. 125)
5 16:9WIDE indicator (p. 36)/PROG.
SCAN indicator (p. 34)
6 Picture effect indicator (p. 39)
7 ND filter indicator (p. 46)
8 Custom preset indicator (p. 53)
9 Data code indicator (p. 28)
0 LCD bright indicator (p. 18)/Volume
indicator (p. 26)
qa Date indicator
qs PROGRAM AE indicator (p. 55)
qd Backlight indicator (p. 22)/Spot light
indicator (p. 23)
qf SteadyShot OFF indicator (p. 108)
qg Manual focus/Infinity indicator (p. 58)
qh Recording mode indicator (p. 111)
qj Standby/Recording indicator (p. 15)/
Video control mode indicator (p. 29)/
Quick Reference
1 Cassette memory indicator (p. 143)
S T BY
qh
qj
qk
ql
w;
wa
ws
wd
wf
wg
wh
wj
wk
wl
w; Remaining tape indicator (p. 21)/
Memory playback indicator (p. 133)
wa ZERO SET MEMORY indicator (p. 63)/
FRAME REC indicator (p. 61)/Interval
recording indicator (p. 59)
ws END SEARCH indicator (p. 25)
wd DV IN indicator (p. 90)/A/VtDV OUT
indicator
wf Audio mode indicator (p. 111)
wg Data file name indicator
This indicator appears when the
MEMORY MIX functions work.
wh Audio input level/Time indicator
wj Continuous mode indicator (p. 122)
wk Video flash ready indicator
This indicator appears when you use the
video flash light (not supplied).
wl Self-timer indicator (p. 24)
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Quick Function Guide
Functions to adjust exposure (in the recording mode)
•In insufficient light
•In dark environments such as sunset, fireworks, or
general night views
•Shooting backlit subjects
•In spotlight, such as at the theater or a formal event
Low lux mode (p. 55)
Sunset & moon mode (p. 55)
BACK LIGHT (p. 22)
SPOT LIGHT (p. 23)
Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode)
•Smooth transition between scenes
•Taking a still picture
•Digital processing of images
•Superimposing a title
FADER (p. 37)
PHOTO (p. 31, 120)
PICTURE EFFECT (p. 39)/
DIGITAL EFFECT (p. 40)
TITLE (p. 97)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
(in the recording mode)
•Preventing deterioration of picture quality in digital
zoom
•Focusing manually
•Recording fast-moving subjects
D ZOOM [MENU] (p. 107)
Manual focus (p. 58)
Sports lesson mode (p. 55)
Functions to be used in editing (in the recording mode)
•Watching the picture on a wide-screen TV
•Viewing images using a personal computer
Wide mode (p. 36)
“Memory Stick” (p. 115)
Functions to be used after recording (in the playback mode)
•Digital processing of recorded images
•Displaying the date/time or various settings when
you recorded
•Quickly locating a desired scene
•Searching for scenes having a title
•Searching for scenes recorded in the photo mode
•Scanning scenes recorded in the photo mode
•Playing back monaural sound or sub sound
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PICTURE EFFECT (p. 71)/
DIGITAL EFFECT (p. 72)
Data code (p. 28)
Zero set memory (p. 63)
Title search (p. 66)
Photo search (p. 69)
Photo scan (p. 70)
HiFi SOUND [MENU] (p. 107)
Index
A, B
A/V connecting cable
................................ 30, 73, 87
AC power adaptor ................ 10
Adjusting shutter speed ...... 45
Adjusting viewfinder ........... 19
AE SHIFT ............................... 53
Audio dubbing ...................... 93
AUDIO LEVEL ..................... 51
AUDIO MIX ........................ 109
Audio mode .......................... 111
AUTO SHTR ........................ 108
BACK LIGHT ........................ 22
Battery pack ............................. 9
BEEP ..................................... 113
C, D
Power zoom ........................... 20
Print mark ............................ 142
PROGRAM AE ...................... 55
Progressive ............................ 34
I, J, K, L
Rec Review ............................ 25
Recording level ..................... 51
Recording time ...................... 11
Remaining battery time
indicator .............................. 21
Remaining tape indicator .... 21
Remote Commander .......... 167
Remote control jack (LANC)
............................................ 166
Remote sensor ..................... 164
RESET ................................... 151
S VIDEO jack ........... 30, 73, 87
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial ....... 107
Self-diagnosis display ........ 152
Self-timer ................ 24, 32, 123
Serial port adaptor .............. 134
Skip scan ................................ 29
Slide show ............................ 137
Slow playback ....................... 29
Spotlight mode ...................... 23
STEADYSHOT .................... 108
Stereo tape ........................... 144
STILL ...................................... 40
Sub sound ............................ 109
i.LINK ................................... 166
Image protection ................. 138
Image quality mode ........... 118
INDEX MARK ....................... 62
INDEX (Multiple)
display ............................... 133
Index search ........................... 64
“InfoLITHIUM” battery ...... 10
Intelligent accessory shoe .... 94
Interval recording ................. 59
JPEG ...................................... 115
Labeling a cassette .............. 103
LANC ................................... 166
LCD screen ............................ 17
LUMINANCEKEY ............... 40
M, N
Main sound .......................... 109
Manual adjustment .............. 43
Manual focus ......................... 58
Memory chromakey ........... 124
Memory luminancekey ...... 124
Memory mix ........................ 124
Memory overlap ................. 124
Memory photo recording .. 120
“Memory Stick” .................. 115
Menu settings ...................... 107
MIC (PLUG IN POWER) ..... 93
Mirror mode .......................... 17
Moisture condensation ...... 156
MONOTONE ........................ 37
ND filter ................................. 46
Normal charge ...................... 10
NTSC system ....................... 155
E
EDITSEARCH ....................... 25
END SEARCH ................ 25, 29
Exposure ................................ 44
External microphone (not
supplied) ........................... 166
F, G, H
Fade in/out ............................ 37
FADER .................................... 37
FLASH MOTION .................. 40
FOCUS .................................... 58
Format .................................. 110
O, P, Q
OLD MOVIE .......................... 40
Operation indicators .......... 169
OVERLAP .............................. 37
Photo scan .............................. 70
Photo search .......................... 69
PICTURE EFFECT ................ 39
Picture search ........................ 29
Playback pause ...................... 29
Power sources
(battery pack) ................... 9
(car battery) .................... 13
(house current) ............... 13
R, S
Quick Reference
Camera chromakey ............ 124
Cassette memory ........... 6, 143
Charging battery ................... 10
Charging vanadium-lithium
battery ............................... 158
Clock set ............................... 114
COLOR BAR ....................... 113
Connection
(dubbing a tape) ............. 73
(viewing on TV) ............. 30
Continuous .......................... 121
Custom preset ....................... 53
Cut recording ........................ 61
Data code ............................... 28
Date search ............................ 67
Date/time indicator ............. 28
DEMO ................................... 112
DIGITAL EFFECT ................. 40
Digital program editing ....... 75
DISPLAY ................................ 27
DOT ........................................ 37
Dual sound track tape ........ 144
Dubbing a tape ...................... 73
DV connecting cable ............. 74
Full charge ............................. 10
Grip strap ............................. 165
Guide frame ........................... 35
Headphones jack ................ 166
Heads .................................... 157
HiFi SOUND ....................... 109
T, U, V
Tape counter .......................... 63
Tape photo recording ........... 31
Telephoto ............................... 20
Time code ............................... 21
Title ......................................... 97
Title search ............................. 66
TRAIL ..................................... 40
Transition ............................... 16
TV color system .................. 155
W, X, Y, Z
Warning indicators ............. 153
White balance ........................ 49
Wide mode ............................. 36
Wide-angle ............................. 20
WIPE ....................................... 37
WORLD TIME ..................... 112
Write-protect tab ................... 14
Zebra pattern ......................... 47
Zero set memory function ... 63
Zoom ...................................... 20
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