Audiovox AVD400A DVD Player User Manual

2-661-367-11(1)
Enjoying with your
DVD Handycam
14
Getting Started
20
Easy
Handycam 33
Operating Guide
DCR-DVD505/DVD905
Recording
/Playback 40
Playback on DVD devices
54
Using the Recorded disc
61
Using the Setup items
64
Editing on DVD Handycam
84
Dubbing, Printing
92
Using a Computer
99
Troubleshooting 105
Additional Information 129
Glossary, Index 142
© 2006 Sony Corporation
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WARNING
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
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.
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
For your protection, please read these safety
instructions completely before operating the
appliance, and keep this manual for future
reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions
and instructions on the appliance, or the one
described in the operating instructions and
adhere to them.
Use
Power Sources
This set should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the marking label. If you
are not sure of the type of electrical power supplied
to your home, consult your dealer or local power
company. For those sets designed to operate from
battery power, or other sources, refer to the
operating instructions.
Polarization
This set may be equipped with a polarized ac power
cord plug (a plug having one blade wider than the
other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one way.
This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert
the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug.
If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your
electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not
defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug by
forcing it in.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or
convenience receptacles beyond their capacity,
since this can result in fire or electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the set through
openings as they may touch dangerous voltage
points or short out parts that could result in a fire or
electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the
set.
Attachments
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer, as they may cause hazards.
Cleaning
Unplug the set from the wall outlet before cleaning
or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water
for cleaning the exterior of the set.
Installation
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets near water –
for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen
sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a
swimming pool, etc.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the
plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord
exits from the appliance.
Accessories
Do not place the set on an unstable cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table. The set may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious
damage to the set. Use only a cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table recommended by the
manufacturer.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided
for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the set, and to protect it from
overheating, these slots and openings must never
be blocked or covered.
– Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth
or other materials.
– Never block the slots and openings by placing the
set on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface.
– Never place the set in a confined space, such as a
bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
– Do not place the set near or over a radiator or heat
register, or where it is exposed to direct sunlight.
Lightning
For added protection for this set during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet
and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This
will prevent damage to the set due to lightning and
power-line surges.
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS (continued)
Service
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
– When the power cord or plug is damaged or
frayed.
– If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the set.
– If the set has been exposed to rain or water.
– If the set has been subject to excessive shock by
being dropped, or the cabinet has been damaged.
– If the set does not operate normally when
following the operating instructions. Adjust only
those controls that are specified in the operating
instructions. Improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the set to normal operation.
– When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance – this indicates a need for service.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the set yourself as opening
or removing covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire,
electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the
set, as the service technician to perform routine
safety checks (as specified by the manufacturer) to
determine that the set is in safe operating condition.
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Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard. Use of
controls or adjustments or performance of
procedures other than those specified herein
may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
Replace the battery with the specified type
only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
CANADA
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable. You can help preserve
our environment by returning your
used rechargeable batteries to the
collection and recycling location
nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-8228837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Lithium-Ion batteries.
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-DVD
Serial No.
Model No. ACSerial No.
For customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product,
you may call:
Sony Customer Information Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related
matters only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DCR-DVD505
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
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
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.
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Read this first (continued)
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used
with the equipment in order to comply with
the limits for a digital device pursuant to
Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Notes on use
Your camcorder is supplied with two
kinds of operations guides.
– “Operating Guide” (This manual)
– “First Step Guide” for using your camcorder with
the computer connected (stored on the supplied
CD-ROM)
On the discs you can use in your
camcorder
You can use 8cm DVD-Rs, 8cm DVD-RWs
and 8cm DVD+RWs only. Use the discs with
marks listed below. See page 16 for details.
On the types of “Memory Stick” you can
use in your camcorder
There are two sizes of “Memory Stick.” You
can use “Memory Stick Duo” marked with
or
(p.132).
“Memory Stick Duo” (This size can be used with your
camcorder)
“Memory Stick”
(You cannot use it in your camcorder.)
• You cannot use any type of memory card
except “Memory Stick Duo.”
• “Memory Stick PRO” and “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” can be used only with “Memory
Stick PRO” compatible equipment.
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When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with
“Memory Stick” compatible
equipment
Be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Duo”
into the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor.
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
On using the camcorder
• Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts.
Viewfinder
Notes on the Setup items, LCD screen,
viewfinder, and lens
• A setup item that is grayed out is not
available under the current recording or
playback conditions.
• The LCD screen and the viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely highprecision technology, so over 99.99% of the
pixels are operational for effective use.
However, there may be some tiny black
points and/or bright points (white, red, blue,
or green in color) that appear constantly on
the LCD screen and the viewfinder. These
points are normal.
LCD screen
Black point
White, red, blue or
green point
Battery
• The camcorder is not dustproofed,
dripproofed or waterproofed. See
“Maintenance and precautions” (p.136).
• To prevent discs from being broken or
recorded pictures from being lost, do not
do the following when either of the
respective lamps of the POWER switch
(p.24) or the ACCESS lamp (p.28) is on:
– to remove the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder.
– to apply mechanical shock or vibration to
the camcorder.
• Before connecting your camcorder to
another device with a USB cable etc., be
sure to insert the connector plug in the
proper direction. If you insert the connector
plug forcibly in the wrong direction, the
terminal may be damaged, or this may
cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
• Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder,
or the lens to direct sunlight for long periods
of time may cause malfunctions. Be careful
when placing the camera near a window or
outdoors.
• Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause
your camcorder to malfunction. Take
pictures of the sun only in low light
conditions, such as at dusk.
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Read this first (continued)
On recording
About the Carl Zeiss lens
• Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure the picture and sound
are recorded without any problems. You
cannot delete images once you record them
on a DVD-R. Use a DVD-RW/DVD+RW
for trial recording (p.16).
• Compensation for the contents of
recordings cannot be provided, even if
recording or playback is not possible due
to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage
media, etc.
• TV color systems differ depending on the
countries/regions. To view your recordings
on a TV, you need a 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 copyright laws. You
cannot dub copyright protected software on
your camcorder.
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss
lens, which was developed jointly by Carl
Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation,
and produces superior images.
It adopts the MTF* measurement system for
video cameras and offers a quality typical of
a Carl Zeiss lens.
Also, the lens for your camcorder is T coated to suppress unwanted reflections and
faithfully reproduce colors.
On this manual
• The images of the LCD screen and the
viewfinder used on this manual are
captured using a digital still camera, and
thus may appear different from what you
see.
• Design and specifications of recording
media and accessories are subject to change
without notice.
• Disc in this Operating Guide refers to 8cm
DVD discs.
• Available operations depend on the disc
used. The following marks are used for the
different DVD formats.
DVD
+RW
• The on-screen displays in each local
language are used for illustrating the
operating procedures. Change the screen
language before using your camcorder if
necessary (p.81).
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* MTF stands for Modulation Transfer
Function. The number value indicates the
amount of light from a subject coming into
the lens.
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Table of Contents
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
What you can do with your DVD Handycam........................................... 14
Choosing a disc ...................................................................................... 16
Using your DVD Handycam .................................................................... 18
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items............................................................. 20
Step 2: Charging the battery pack .......................................................... 21
Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your camcorder ................... 24
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder................................... 25
Step 5: Using the touch panel................................................................. 26
Step 6: Setting the date and time............................................................ 27
Step 7: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo” ................................... 28
Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
................................................................................................................ 31
Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic
settings
Using Easy Handycam operation............................................................ 33
Recording with ease ............................................................................... 34
Playing back with ease ........................................................................... 36
Preparation for playing back on a DVD player (Finalizing) ..................... 38
Recording/Playback
Recording................................................................................................ 40
Playback ................................................................................................. 42
Functions used for recording/playback, etc. ........................................... 44
Recording
To use zoom
To record sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording)
To use the flash
To record the high resolution still images during recording a movie
(Dual Rec)
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To record in dark places (NightShot)
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT)
To adjust the focus for an off center subject
To fix the exposure for the selected subject
To record in mirror mode
To add special effects
To attach the shoulder belt
To use a tripod
Playback
To use Playback zoom
To play back a series of still images (Slide show)
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery
To turn off the operation confirmation beep
To initialize the settings (RESET)
Other part names and functions
Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting) ..................48
Indicators displayed during recording/playback ......................................49
Remote Commander ...............................................................................51
Playing the picture on a TV .....................................................................52
Playback on DVD devices
Making the disc compatible with playback on DVD devices or
DVD drives (Finalizing)............................................................................54
Playing back a disc on DVD devices, etc. ...............................................58
Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD drive installed................59
Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
Recording additional scenes after finalizing ............................................61
Deleting all of the scenes on the disc (Formatting) .................................62
Using the Setup items
Using the Setup items .............................................................................64
Setup items .............................................................................................66
CAMERA SET....................................................................................68
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions
(EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
STILL SET .........................................................................................72
Settings for still images
(QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.)
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Table of Contents (continued)
PICT.APPLI. .................................................................................... 74
Special effects on pictures or additional functions on recording/playback
(PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT/SMTH SLW REC, etc.)
MEDIA SET ....................................................................................... 77
Settings for discs and “Memory Stick Duo”
(FORMAT/FINALIZE/UNFINALIZE, etc.)
STANDARD SET.............................................................................. 77
Settings while recording on a disc or other basic settings
(REC MODE/LCD/VF SET/USB SPEED, etc.)
TIME/LANGU. ................................................................................. 81
(CLOCK SET/AREA SET/LANGUAGE, etc.)
Customizing Personal Menu ................................................................... 82
Editing on DVD Handycam
Copying the still images .......................................................................... 84
Deleting still images from the “Memory Stick Duo” ................................. 86
Editing the original data .......................................................................... 87
Creating the Playlist ................................................................................ 88
Playing the Playlist.................................................................................. 91
Dubbing, Printing
Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices ................................................................ 92
Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device ................................. 94
Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) .................. 96
Jacks to connect external devices .......................................................... 98
Using a Computer
Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer................... 99
Installing software and “First Step Guide”............................................. 101
Viewing “First Step Guide” .................................................................... 104
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting.....................................................................................105
Warning indicators and messages ........................................................123
Additional Information
Using your camcorder abroad ...............................................................129
About the disc........................................................................................131
About the “Memory Stick”......................................................................132
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack...................................................134
Maintenance and precautions ...............................................................136
Specifications ........................................................................................140
Glossary, Index
Glossary ................................................................................................142
Index......................................................................................................144
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Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
What you can do with your DVD Handycam
Your DVD Handycam records image data on 8cm DVD*.
It is more convenient than video tape and far more versatile.
Taking beautiful shots easily
No rewinding to start recording (p.34, 40)
Recorded images are stored in empty areas on the
disc so there is no risk that valuable recordings are
accidentally overwritten.
Since no rewinding is necessary prior to recording,
you can start shooting any time you desire.
A disc can store both movie and still images.
• Still images can be recorded on the disc or “Memory Stick
Duo.”
You can find a scene quickly using a VISUAL
INDEX screen.(p.36, 42)
The VISUAL INDEX screen allows you to check
disc content at a glance. All you have to do is touch
the scene you want to view.
The disc does not wear out no matter how many
times you play it back. The precious moments you
have captured on disc last forever.
Records widescreen format and 5.1ch surround
sound (p.31, 44)
You can record high quality widescreen images on a wide
LCD screen that shows the same 16:9 angle of view as a
wide TV. Realistic 5.1ch surround sound can also be
directly recorded onto the disc.
* DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) is a high-capacity optical disc.
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A recorded disc can be played back on a variety of devices
You can play back recorded and finalized** discs on a home
DVD device, DVD recorder or DVD drive of a computer that
supports 8cm disc.
When finalizing the disc, you can create still image slide
shows and DVD menus to enable quick access to scenes you
want to view.
Playback on widescreen TV and home theater (p.44,
52)
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
Playback on a DVD device or DVD drive (p.38, 54)
Images recorded in widescreen format can be played back
on a wide TV with complete panoramic effect. Discs are also
recorded with 5.1ch surround sound to provide full sound on
a home theater.
Connecting DVD Handycam to a computer
High-speed image transfer (p.99)
Image data can be quickly transferred to a computer
without requiring playback.
Computers with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) provide
even faster image transfer.
Using the supplied software to edit and copy (p.99)
Picture Package, the software supplied with your DVD
Handycam allows you to add music and effects to create
your original DVD. Copying discs could not be easier
enabling you to share your precious moments with family
and friends.
** Finalizing: a process to make it possible to play back recorded DVD on other DVD devices (see page
38 and 54).
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Choosing a disc
Your DVD Handycam is compatible with 8cm DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW.
It does not support 12cm discs.
Recording format for DVD-RW
When you use a DVD-RW, you can choose the recording format from VIDEO mode or VR mode.
In this manual, VIDEO mode is indicated as
and VR mode as
.
A recording format that is compatible with most DVD devices, especially after
finalizing.
In VIDEO mode, only the most recent image can be erased.
A recording format that enables editing with your DVD Handycam (deleting and
rearranging the order of images).
A finalized disc can be played back in DVD devices that support VR mode*1.
Disc and recording formats
Disc format features
Glossary (p.142, 143)
Figures in parentheses ( ) indicate page numbers.
DVD-R
DVD-RW
DVD+RW
Disc types and symbols
Symbols used in this manual
Both 16:9 (wide) and 4:3 movie can be
recorded on the same disc*2
(31)
z
z
z
–
Deleting the last recording immediately
(48)
–
z
z
z
Deleting recordings freely
(87)
–
–
z
–
Editing recordings on your camcorder
(87)
–
–
z
–
Using a disc repeatedly even if the disc
becomes full by formatting*3
(62)
–
z
z
z
Playing back recordings on other DVD
devices if you finalize the disc
(38, 54)
z
z
*1z*1
z
Playing back recordings on other DVD
(54)
devices even if you do not finalize the disc
–
–
–
*3z*4
Creating the DVD menu when you finalize
the disc
z
z
–
z
(57)
*1 Refer to the instruction manual of your DVD device to see whether it supports the VR mode of DVD-RW.
*2 For still images, you can record them on the all types of discs.
*3 Formatting deletes all recordings and returns the recording medium to its original empty state. (p.62) Even
when using a new disc, format it with your DVD Handycam (p.28).
*4 Do not use a DVD+RW before finalizing in a computer as this may result in a malfunction.
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Recording time
Recording mode
Recording time
HQ (High Quality)
approx. 20 (18)
SP (Standard Play)
approx. 30 (18)
LP (Long Play)
approx. 60 (44)
Your DVD Handycam uses the VBR (Variable Bit
Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality
to suit the recording scene. This technology causes
fluctuations in the recording time of a disc.
Movie containing quickly moving and complex
images is recorded at a higher bit rate and this
reduces the overall recording time.
VBR
Glossary (p.143)
• The recording time for the movie drops when the disc also contains still images.
Disc use
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
Recording time per disc side
The minimum recording time is given in
parentheses.
unit: min.
For reliability durability of recording /playback, we recommend that you use Sony discs or discs
with an
*(for VIDEO CAMERA) mark for your DVD Handycam.
• Using a disc other than above may cause the unsatisfactory recording/playback or you may not be able to
remove the disc from your DVD Handycam.
* Depending on the place you bought, the disc has a
mark.
Use of double-sided discs
Double-sided discs allow you to record both sides of a disc.
Recording on the A side
Place the disc in your DVD Handycam with the side with the
outwards until it clicks.
symbol
symbol at the center facing
Place the
symbol
facing outwards.
Recording is made on
the rear side.
• When using a double-sided disc, take care not to smudge the surface with fingerprints.
• When a double-sided disc is used in your DVD Handycam, recording/playback are performed on that side
only. You cannot switch to record on or play back the other side with the disc set to the DVD Handycam.
When recording/playback of one side is complete, remove the disc and turn it over to access the other side.
• The following operations are performed for each side of a double-sided disc.
– Finalizing (p.54)
– Unfinalizing (DVD-RW: VIDEO mode) (p.61)
– Formatting (p.62)
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Using your DVD Handycam
1Preparing
(See page 20 to 31.)
Select the disc that best suits your needs.
Repeated use of a disc
To save recorded
images
To use one disc
repeatedly
What would you like to do
after recording?
Deleting and editing
images in your DVD
Handycam
Playing back
disc on a
various DVD
devices
The disc can be
played back on
various DVD devices
The disc can be
played back even
without finalizing
* Select the mode on your
DVD Handycam and
format (p.28).
2Shooting, deleting
and editing
You cannot
(See pages 34, 40, 48
and 87.)
delete a
recorded
image.
You can delete or edit
a recorded image
anytime (p.87).
3Viewing on your DVD Handycam
(See pages 36 and 42)
You can also connect it to a TV for viewing
(p.52).
Continued on the right page
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You can only delete the
images you have just
recorded (p.48).
4Viewing on another DVD device
To view a disc recorded on your DVD Handycam on other DVD devices, you need to
finalize it first.
Finalize
DVD device /
DVD recorder
DVD drive
• The less the recording volume of the disc is, the more it takes time to finalize the disc.
Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
(See pages 54 and 58.)
The features of a finalized disc depend on disc type.
Finalize
Finalize
Finalize
Like commercially sold
DVD, this disc can be
played back in most DVD
devices after finalizing.
The disc can be played back
in a device compatible with
the DVD-RW VR mode.
Recordings cannot be
added even if there is free
space left.
Unfinalizing allows you
to add recordings (p.61).
Recordings can be added
without unfinalizing.
The disc can be played back without finalizing.
But finalizing is required in some cases.
For details, see page 54.
Playback compatibility
Playback compatibility with any DVD device is not guaranteed. Refer to the instruction manual
supplied with your DVD device or consult your dealer.
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Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have following items
supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the
number of that item supplied.
• Discs and “Memory Stick Duo” are not
supplied.
AC Adaptor (1) (p.21)
Power cord (1) (p.21)
A/V connecting cable (1) (p.52, 92, 94, 98)
USB cable (1) (p.96, 98)
Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p.51)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FP60 (1) (p.22)
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Cleaning cloth (1)
CD-ROM “Picture Package Ver.1.8.1” (1)
(p.99)
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)
Step 2: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the battery after attaching the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series)
(p.134) to your camcorder.
direction of the arrow to set it to
OFF (CHG) (The default setting).
Getting Started
• You cannot use an NP-FP30 battery pack with
your camcorder. (See the reverse side of the
battery pack for the model number.)
Installing the battery pack with excess force may
lead to camcorder malfunction such as
deterioration in battery pack performance or
difficulty in removing the battery pack.
2 Slide the POWER switch in the
DC IN jack
POWER
switch
CHG lamp
Battery
Jack cover
AC Adaptor
DC plug
Power cord
To the wall outlet
3 Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
IN jack on your camcorder.
Open the jack cover to connect the AC
Adaptor.
Match the v mark on
the DC plug with v
mark on your
camcorder.
Jack cover
1 Slide the battery pack in the
direction of the arrow until it clicks.
4 Connect the power cord to the AC
Adaptor and the wall outlet.
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and
charging starts.
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack (continued)
5 The CHG (charge) lamp turns off
when the battery is fully charged.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from
the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
Recording time
Approximate time (min.) available when you
use a fully charged battery pack.
Battery pack
• Disconnect the AC Adaptor holding both
your camcorder and the DC plug.
To remove the battery pack
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Slide the BATT (battery) release lever and
remove the battery pack.
BATT (battery)
release lever
• When you remove the battery pack, make sure
that none of the respective lamps of the POWER
switch (p.24) is on.
When storing the battery pack
Use up the battery pack completely if you do
not intend to use it for a long time (p.134).
To use an outside power source
Make the same connections as you do when
charging the battery pack. The battery pack
will not lose its charge in this case.
Charging time (full charge)
Approximate time (min.) required when you
fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.
Typical
recording
time*
NP-FP50
55
60
60
25
25
25
NP-FP60
(supplied)
90
95
95
40
45
45
NP-FP70
125
130
135
60
60
65
NP-FP71
150
155
160
70
75
75
NP-FP90
225
235
240
110
115
115
* Typical recording time shows the time when you
repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/
off and zooming.
• Times shown vary according to the following
conditions.
– Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
– Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
– Bottom: Recording time when recording with
the viewfinder while the LCD panel is closed.
Playback time
Approximate time (min.) available when you
use a fully charged battery pack.
Battery pack
LCD screen
opened*
LCD screen
closed
Charging time
NP-FP50
60
65
NP-FP50
125
NP-FP60
(supplied)
95
100
NP-FP60 (supplied)
135
NP-FP70
130
140
NP-FP70
155
NP-FP71
155
170
NP-FP71
170
NP-FP90
235
255
NP-FP90
220
Battery pack
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Continuous
recording
time
* When the LCD backlight turns on.
Getting Started
On the battery pack
• Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
• The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging,
or BATTERY INFO (p.47) will not be correctly
displayed under the following conditions.
– The battery pack is not attached correctly.
– The battery pack is damaged.
– The battery pack is fully discharged.
(For BATTERY INFO only.)
• The power will not be supplied from the battery
as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC
IN jack of your camcorder, even when the power
cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.
• We recommend that you use an NP-FP70, NPFP71 or NP-FP90 battery pack when a video light
(optional) is attached.
On the charging/recording/playback time
• Times measured with the camcorder at 25 °C
(77°F). (10-30°C (50-86°F) is recommended.)
• Available recording and playback time will be
shorter when you use your camcorder in low
temperatures.
• The available recording and playback time will
be shorter depending on the conditions under
which you use your camcorder.
On the AC Adaptor
• Connect the AC Adaptor to an easily accessible
wall outlet close by. If any trouble occurs while
using the adaptor, immediately shut off the power
by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet.
• Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow
space, such as between a wall and furniture.
• Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC
Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic
objects. This may cause a malfunction.
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.
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Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your
camcorder
To record, slide the POWER switch to turn
on the respective lamp.
When using it for the first time, the [CLOCK
SET] screen appears (p.27).
2 Hold your camcorder correctly.
POWER switch
Lens cover
3 Ensure a good grip, then fasten the
belt.
1 Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch in the direction of
the arrow while pressing the green
button in the center.
When you record, switch the power mode
by sliding the POWER switch in the
direction of the arrow until the respective
lamp lights up.
Green button
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
(Movie): To record movies
(Still): To record still images.
• When you turn on your camcorder, the lens cover
opens up automatically.
• After you have set the date and time ([CLOCK
SET], p.27), the next time you turn on the power
of your camcorder, the current date and time will
be displayed on the LCD screen for a few seconds.
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• At the time of purchase, the power will be set to
turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder
without any operation attempted for
approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power.
([A.SHUT OFF], p.81).
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder
The LCD screen
Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the
camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle
to record or play (2).
You can view pictures using the viewfinder
with the LCD panel closed to avoid wearing
down the battery, or when the picture seen on
the LCD screen is poor.
DISP/BATT INFO
Viewfinder
Getting Started
2 180
degrees
(max.)
The viewfinder
Viewfinder lens
adjustment lever
2 90 degrees
(max.)
1 90 degrees to the
camcorder
• Be careful not to press the buttons on the LCD
frame accidentally when you open or adjust the
LCD screen.
• If you open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the
camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens
side, you can close it with the LCD screen side
facing out. This is convenient during playback
operations.
Raise the viewfinder and
move it until the picture
is clear.
• You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder
backlight by selecting [LCD/VF SET] - [VF
B.LIGHT] (p.78).
The recorded picture will not be affected by the
setting.
• You can adjust [FADER] and [EXPOSURE]
while looking through the viewfinder (p.69, 75).
To turn off the LCD backlight to make
the battery last longer
Press and hold DISP/BATT INFO for a few
seconds until
appears.
This setting is practical when you use your
camcorder in bright conditions or you want
to save battery power. The recorded picture
will not be affected by the setting. To cancel,
press and hold DISP/BATT INFO until
disappears.
• See [LCD/VF SET] - [LCD BRIGHT] (p.78) to
adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
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Step 5: Using the touch panel
You can play back recorded pictures (p.36,
42), or change the settings (p.64) using the
touch panel.
Touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
Support the rear of the LCD panel with
the palm of your left hand. Then, touch
the buttons displayed on the screen.
Touch the button on the LCD screen.
DISP/BATT INFO
• Perform the same actions as explained above
when you press the buttons on the LCD frame.
• Be careful not to press buttons on the LCD frame
accidentally while using the touch panel.
• If the buttons on the touch panel do not work
correctly, adjust the LCD screen.
(CALIBRATION) (p.137)
To hide the screen indicators
Press DISP/BATT INFO to hide or show the
screen indicators (counter, etc.).
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Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays to
show messages in a specified language.
Select the screen language in [LANGUAGE]
on the
TIME/LANGU. (p.81).
Step 6: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this
camcorder for the first time. If you do not set
the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] screen
appears every time you turn on your
camcorder or slide the POWER switch.
POWER switch
area with
/
, then touch
.
5 Set [DST] or [SUMMERTIME] to
[ON] with
then touch
/
, if necessary,
.
6 Set [Y] (year) with
touch
Getting Started
• If you do not use your camcorder for about 3
months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets
discharged and the date and time settings may be
cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the
rechargeable battery and then set the date and time
again (p.138).
4 Select the desired geographical
/
, then
.
CLOCK SET
AREA26
Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for the
first time.
GMT -5.0
New York , Bogota
OFF
DST
DATE
JANM
1D
12:
00 AM
OK
• You can set any year up to the year 2079.
1 Touch
t [SETUP].
7 Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and
minute, then touch
.
The clock starts.
For midnight, set it to 12:00 AM.
For midday, set it to 12:00 PM.
2 Select
/
(TIME/LANGU.) with
, then touch
.
3 Select [CLOCK SET] with
then touch
/
• Refer to page 130 for information concerning
“World time difference.”
• The recording date and time are not displayed
during recording, but are automatically recorded
onto the disc and you can check them during
playback ([DATA CODE], p.75).
• Instead of [DST], [SUMMERTIME] is displayed
for some models.
,
.
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Step 7: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo”
Inserting a disc
A new 8cm DVD-R, DVD-RW, or
DVD+RW is required for recording (p.16).
• Remove dust or fingerprints from the disc
beforehand, using the cleaning cloth supplied
with your camcorder (p.131).
Disc cover
OPEN switch
Pickup lens
ACCESS lamp (Disc)
POWER switch
When the disc
cover opens
slightly, open it
further.
1 Check that the power of your
camcorder is on.
• You can remove the disc when a power source
is connected to your camcorder even when
your camcorder is turned off. However, the
disc recognition process (step 4) does not
start.
• Be careful not to obstruct the operation with your
hand or other objects, etc., when opening or
closing the disc cover. Move the belt to the bottom
of the camcorder, then open or close the disc
cover.
• If you catch the belt when closing the disc cover,
it may cause your camcorder to malfunction.
3 Set the disc with the recording side
facing your camcorder, then press
the center of the disc until it clicks.
2 Slide the disc cover OPEN switch
in the direction of the arrow
(OPEN B).
[PREPARING TO OPEN] appears on the
LCD screen. Then the opening melody
sounds once, and the camcorder beeps.
After the beeps stop, the disc cover opens
slightly automatically.
Set the disc with the label side facing out
when using a single-sided disc.
• Do not touch the disc with the recording side or
pickup lens (p.138).
When using a double-sided disc, take care not to
smudge the surface with fingerprints.
• If you close the disc cover with the disc set
incorrectly, it may cause your camcorder to
malfunction.
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4 Close the disc cover.
6 Select the aspect ratio of the
xDVD-R
You can start recording immediately after
[DISC ACCESS] disappears from the
LCD screen. You do not need to proceed
to steps after step 5.
xDVD-RW
Select the recording format, then format
the disc. Proceed to step 5.
xDVD+RW
Select the aspect ratio of the recording
movie, then format the disc. Proceed to
step 6.
• During Easy Handycam operation (p.33),
[Format the disc? If not, remove the disc.]
appears. Touch
, then proceed to step 8.
5 Select the recording format for a
DVD-RW, and touch
proceed to step 7.
FORMAT :
, then
FORMAT :
16:9
Select aspect ratio of
movie to be recorded.
Format again to change.
16:9
WIDE
4:3
OK
x16:9 WIDE
You can record wide-angle highresolution pictures. If you intend to view
pictures on a wide TV, selecting [16:9
WIDE] is recommended.
x4:3
You can record to play back pictures on
a 4:3 TV.
7 Touch [YES] t [YES].
8 Touch
when [Completed.]
appears.
When the formatting is completed, you
can start recording on the DVD-RW/
DVD+RW.
VIDEO
Can playback on
various DVD devices.
Cannot edit in Camcorder
VIDEO
recording movie ([16:9 WIDE] or
[4:3]) for DVD+RW, then touch
.
Getting Started
The [DISC ACCESS] screen appears.
It may take some time to recognize the
disc depending on the disc type and
condition.
• Do not remove the battery pack or disconnect
the AC Adaptor while formatting.
VR
OK
xVIDEO mode
You can play back the disc on most of
DVD devices if you finalize it.
xVR mode
You can edit, delete pictures, or divide
movies on your camcorder (p.87).
However, the disc can be played back
only on DVD devices that support VR
mode when you finalize it.
To remove the disc
Perform step 1 and 2 to open the disc cover,
then remove the disc.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder
while the ACCESS lamp lights up or flashes, or
[DISC ACCESS] or [PREPARING TO OPEN] is
displayed on the LCD screen.
• It may take some time to remove the disc
depending on the disc condition or recorded
materials.
• It may take up to 10 minutes to remove a disc if
it is damaged or is dirty with fingerprints, etc. In
that case, the disc might be damaged.
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Step 7: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo” (continued)
• After your camcorder recognizes the disc, disc
information such as the date you started to use it
and information on previously recorded areas
appears for about 8 seconds. The information on
previously recorded areas may not be displayed
correctly depending on the condition of the disc.
• To delete all of the previously recorded pictures
from a DVD-RW/DVD+RW, then to use it again
to record new pictures, see “Deleting all of the
scenes on the disc (Formatting)” on page 62.
3 Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into
the Memory Stick Duo slot in the
right direction until it clicks.
Inserting a “Memory Stick Duo”
You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo”
marked with
or
(p.132).
• The number of recordable pictures varies
depending on the image quality or the image size.
For details, see page 73.
1 Raise the viewfinder.
2 Open the Memory Stick Duo cover.
Memory
Stick Duo
cover
ACCESS lamp
(“Memory Stick Duo”)
• If you force the “Memory Stick Duo” into the
slot in the wrong direction, the Memory Stick
Duo slot, or image data may be damaged.
4 Close the Memory Stick Duo cover
and lower the viewfinder.
To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”
Lightly push the “Memory Stick Duo” after
following step 1 and 2.
• When the ACCESS lamp is lit or flashing, your
camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake
or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject
the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the battery
pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.
• Make sure that the “Memory Stick Duo” does not
pop up and drop off when inserting and removing
it from your camcorder.
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Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of
the recording picture
By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode, you
can enjoy wide-angle, high-resolution
pictures.
POWER switch
WIDE SELECT
Movies
Getting Started
• If you intend to view pictures on a wide TV,
recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is
recommended.
* When viewing on the LCD screen. It may be
different in the viewfinder.
• You cannot change the aspect ratio in the
following cases:
– when using a DVD+RW
– while recording movies
– when [D.EFFECT] is set to [OLD
MOVIE] (p.75)
• Available recording time may be shorter in
the following situations.
– when you toggle between 16:9 (wide) and
4:3 while recording on a DVD-R/DVDRW (VIDEO mode).
– when you change [REC MODE] (p.77)/
with a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RW inserted while 4:3 is set.
To play back pictures after connecting
your camcorder to a TV
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according
to your TV (16:9/4:3) (p.52).
1 Slide the POWER switch in the
direction of the arrow to light up
the
(Movie) lamp.
• When viewing 16:9 (wide) pictures with [TV
TYPE] set to [4:3], pictures may appear rough
depending on subjects.
To play back images on a DVD device
or a DVD recorder
The way you see pictures on the TV screen
may differ depending on your device. For
details, refer to the instruction manuals
supplied with the devices you use.
2 Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to
select the desired screen aspect
ratio.
16:9 (wide)*
4:3*
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Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
(continued)
Still images
1 Slide the POWER switch to light up
the
(Still) lamp.
The image size ratio changes to 4:3.
2 Select the recording media for still
images.
1 Touch
t [STILL MEDIA].
2 Select the recording media for still
images and touch
.
• The default setting is [MEMORY STICK].
3 Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to
select the desired setting.
• Still image size is [
3.0M] (
) when 16:9
(wide) is set and maximum [4.0M] (
) when
4:3 is set.
• The number of recordable still images varies
depending on image quality and image size. For
details, see p.72.
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Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
Using Easy Handycam operation
Easy Handycam operation is a function for making
nearly all settings automatic with just one press of the
EASY button. Your camcorder automatically carries
out the various adjustments required for shooting, so
no detailed settings are required. Since only basic
functions become available and screen font size
increases for easy viewing, even first time users can
enjoy easy operation.
EASY button
Touch [SETUP] to display the available setup items.
For details on setup, See page 64.
CLOCK
SET
BEEP
• Nearly all setup items are automatically fixed to the setting of Easy Handycam operation.
•
is not displayed during Easy Handycam operation.
• To perform settings such as focusing manually and adding special effects, cancel Easy Handycam
operation.
Invalid buttons/functions during Easy Handycam operation
You cannot use following buttons or functions since they are automatically set.
•
•
•
•
BACK LIGHT (p.46)
Press and hold DISP BATT/INFO (p.47)
Review/Review deleting (p.48)
Functions to display [Invalid during Easy Handycam operation] when operating.
To cancel Easy Handycam
Press EASY again.
disappears on the screen.
Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
The settings of your camcorder during Easy Handycam operation
• If you turn off the power without canceling Easy Handycam operation, your camcorder turns on in Easy
Handycam operation automatically when you turn on the power.
Now try recording
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Complete the preparations described in steps 1 to 8 (p.20 to 31) before operation.
• When inserting a new DVD-RW, it is formatted with VIDEO mode.
• When using a DVD-RW disc formatted in VR mode, you cannot use the editing function on your camcorder
(p.87).
If you do not intend to use Easy Handycam operation, go to page 40.
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Recording with ease
Slide the POWER switch
in the direction of the
arrow while pressing the
green button only when
the POWER switch is in
the OFF (CHG) position.
To record movies
To record still images
Movies
1 Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the
(Movie) lamp.
2 Press START/STOP B (or C).
• The default settings is [SP] (p.77).
REC
[STBY]
[REC]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
To record the next images
Perform step 2.
• You can continue recording if you have not finalized the disc (p.54) and there is remaining space to record
on the disc when:
– you turn off the power, then turn it on again.
– you remove a disc from your camcorder, then insert it again.
To record the high resolution still images during recording a movie (Dual Rec)
Press PHOTO D fully while recording a movie.
The still image can be written up to 3 during recording a movie at once.
After finishing recording a movie, the written still images will be recorded on the “Memory
Stick Duo” or disc.
• For details on Dual Rec, refer to page 45.
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Before Easy Handycam operation
Turn on your camcorder and press EASY to set to Easy Handycam operation
(p.33).
[Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then
appears on the LCD screen.
1 Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the
(Still)
lamp.
2 Select the recording destination for still images.
1 Touch [SETUP] t [STILL MEDIA].
2 Select the media for recording still images, then touch
.
The recording screen returns with the selected recording media displayed at the top right.
1
2
The number of
recordable still
images and
recording media
• The default setting is [MEMORY STICK].
Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
Still images
3 Press PHOTO D lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B.
• The deault setting is [FINE] (p.72).
Flashing bLights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been recorded.
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Playing back with ease
Slide the POWER switch in
the direction of the arrow
while pressing the green
button only when the POWER
switch is in the OFF (CHG)
position.
1 Press
PLAY/EDIT A (or B)
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen.
Disc type
DVD-RW recording
format
Previous
6 pictures
Next
6 pictures
Appears with the image on
each of the tab that was lastly
played back/recorded.
Returns to the
recording screen
1
2
3
tab: Displays the movies.
tab: Displays the still images on the disc.
tab: Displays the still images on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
1
2
3
• It may take some time to display the VISUAL INDEX screen.
• Select
tab to play back the first 5 seconds of each movie clip in the VISUAL INDEX screen.
2 Start playing back.
Movies
Touch
tab, then the movie to be played back.
Toggles Play or
Pause as you touch
Beginning of the scene/
previous scene
Stop (go to the
VISUAL INDEX screen)
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Next scene
Recording
date/time
Reverse/ Forward
Before Easy Handycam operation
Turn on your camcorder and press EASY to set to Easy Handycam operation
(p.33).
[Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then
appears on the LCD screen.
Still Images
Disc:
Touch
tab and the still image to be played back.
Slide show button
(p.47)
Media type
Recording date/time
Go to the VISUAL INDEX
screen
Previous/Next
“Memory Stick Duo”:
Touch
tab and the still image to be played back.
Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
• When playback of the selected movie reaches the end, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
• Touch
/
during pause to play back movie slowly.
• When you touch a movie marked with i, you can play it back from the point you have stopped
previously.
• Touch [SETUP] t [VOLUME], then adjust the volume with
/
.
Slide show button
(p.47)
Media type
Recording date/time
Go to the VISUAL INDEX
screen
Previous/Next
• Touch
to play back a series of still images (p.47).
• When you playback during Easy Handycam operation, you cannot use following functions:
– Playback zoom (p.46)
– Turning off the backlight of the LCD screen (p.25)
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Preparation for playing back on a DVD player
(Finalizing)
Finalizing makes the recorded DVD compatible for playback with DVD devices and DVD drives
of computers.
With Easy Handycam operation, your DVD Handycam sets up the following options
automatically. Therefore, you can finalize a disc easily.
– creating a DVD menu to display images as thumbnails on a DVD player, etc.
– creating a Photomovie to play back still images on a DVD player, etc.
DVD menu, Photomovie
Glossary (p.142, 143)
• A DVD-R cannot be overwritten once you finalize it even when there is space to
be recorded.
• If you finalize a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, you cannot record additional
material on the disc during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation, then follow the steps shown on page 61.
Preparation for finalizing a disc
1 Place your camcorder in a stable position. Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder.
POWER switch
DC IN jack
AC Adaptor
To the wall outlet
• Be sure to use the AC adaptor to prevent your camcorder from running out of power during
finalizing.
2 Turn on your camcorder and press EASY to set to Easy Handycam (p.33).
[Easy Handycam operation ON.] and
3 Insert the disc to be finalized.
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appears on the screen.
Finalizing a disc
Touch the LCD screen in the following steps.
2
3
4
5
6
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC adaptor during
finalizing.
• The shorter the amount of material recorded, the longer it takes for finalizing.
Completed a disc
Remove the disc from your camcorder.
Enjoy watching images on the DVD device or DVD drive, etc.
Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the DVD device, etc.
Deleting all the scenes after playback (Formatting)
Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
1
DVD
+RW
If you format the disc, the disc recovers recording used capacity and is reusable for recording
thereafter.
If you want to reuse a DVD-RW to record in VR mode, format the disc after canceling Easy
Handycam operation (p.62).
• Note that you cannot recover a scene once you delete it.
Touch the LCD screen in the following steps.
1 [SETUP]
2[
FORMAT]
3 (When only using DVD+RW)[16:9] or [4:3] t
4 [YES]
5 [YES]
6
(p.29)
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Recording/Playback
Recording
PHOTO
POWER switch
Lens cover
Opens in accordance with the
setting of the POWER
switch.
START/STOP A
START/STOP B
Movies
1 Slide the POWER switch in the
Slide the POWER switch in
the direction of the arrow
while pressing the green
button only when the
POWER switch is in the OFF
(CHG) position.
direction of the arrow to light up the
(Movie) lamp.
2 Press START/STOP A (or B).
REC
60min
[STBY]
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
40
[REC]
Still Images
1 Slide the POWER switch to light up the
(Still) lamp.
2 Select the recording media for still images.
1 Touch
t [STILL MEDIA].
2 Select the media for recording still images, then touch
.
The recording screen returns with the selected recording media displayed at the top right.
• The default setting is [MEMORY STICK].
• Select [STILL MEDIA] from [SETUP] when you do not find it in
(p.64).
2
The number of recordable
still images and recording
media
Recording/Playback
1
3 Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B.
Flashing bLights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been recorded.
To check or delete the last recording
(Review/Review deleting)
See page 48.
• If the ACCESS lamp is on after recording is
finished, it means data is still being written onto
the disc or “Memory Stick Duo.” Do not apply
shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not
disconnect the battery or AC Adaptor.
To record the high resolution still
images during recording a movie (Dual
Rec)
See page 45.
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Playback
Lens cover
Zoom lever
POWER switch
Closes in accordance
with
PLAY/EDIT.
PLAY/EDITB
PLAY/EDIT A
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder.
2 Press
PLAY/EDIT A (or B).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen.
Disc type
DVD-RW recording
format
Previous
6 pictures
Next
6 pictures
Returns to the
recording screen
1
2
3
Appears with the image on
each of the tab that was lastly
played back/recorded.
1
2
3
tab: Displays the movies.
tab: Displays the still images on the disc.
tab: Displays the still images on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• It may take some time to display the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Useful functions on VISUAL INDEX screen
• Moving the zoom lever changes the VISUAL INDEX screen indication from 6 to 12 and more images
can be displayed at the same time. Touch [
DISPLAY] in
STANDARD SET to set the number
of thumbnails that appear in the VISUAL INDEX screen (p.80).
• Select
to play back the first 5 seconds of each movie clip in the VISUAL INDEX screen in
sequence, so you can check the movie. Set [
MOVIE PB] to [OFF] in
STANDARD SET not to
play back the movie and make the battery last longer (p.80).
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3 Start playing back.
Movies
Still Images
Touch
tab and the movie to be
played back.
Beginning
of the scene/ Toggles Play or
previous scene Pause as you touch
Disc:
Touch
tab and the still image to be
played back.
Next
scene
Stop (go to the
Reverse/
VISUAL INDEX screen) Forward
• When playback of the selected movie reaches
the end, the screen returns to the VISUAL
INDEX screen.
• Touch
/
during pause to play
back movie slowly.
• One touch makes the reverse/fast forward
approximately 5 times faster, two touches
makes it approximately 10 times* faster.
* Approximately 8 times faster using a
DVD+RW
• When you touch a movie marked with i,
you can play it back from the point you have
stopped previously.
Go to the VISUAL Previous/
Next
INDEX screen
“Memory Stick Duo”:
Touch
tab and the still image to be
played back.
Recording/Playback
Slide show
button
(p.46)
Slide show
button
(p.46)
Go to the VISUAL Previous/
Next
INDEX screen
To adjust the volume
Touch
with
/
t [VOLUME], then adjust it
.
• If you cannot find [VOLUME ] in
[SETUP] (p.64).
To playback the disc on other DVD
devices
See page 54.
, touch
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc.
• The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is
about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle and
about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p.72) if you want
to zoom to a level greater than 10 ×.
To record sound with more presence
(5.1ch surround recording)...... 45
Your camcorder has Dolby Digital 5.1
Creator installed for recording 5.1ch
surround sound. Enjoy realistic sound when
playing the disc on devices that support 5.1ch
surround sound.
•
is displayed on the screen during 5.1ch
recording/playback. 5.1ch sound is converted to
2ch when played back on your camcorder.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, 5.1ch surround
sound
Glossary (p.142)
Recording
To use zoom ....................... 29
Move the power zoom lever 2 slightly for
a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
Wider range of
view: (Wide)
Close view:
(Telephoto)
• Be careful not to remove your finger suddenly
from the power zoom lever 2. If you do so, the
sound of the lever moving may be recorded.
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom
buttons 9 on the LCD frame.
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Sound picked up by the built-in 4ch
microphone 5 is converted to 5.1ch
surround sound and recorded.
To record with a wireless microphone
You can use a wireless microphone (optional*) to
record distant sound wirelessly.
The sound it picks up is allotted to the front center
part of the 5.1ch surround sound, mixed with the
sound picked up by the internal microphone, and
recorded. You can enjoy more realistic sound by
playing the disc on the device that supports 5.1ch
surround sound. Attach the wireless microphone to
the Active Interface Shoe 4 (p.98). For details,
refer to the instruction manual of your wireless
microphone.
* Optional wireleess microphone is not available
in all countries/regions.
To use the flash ...................... qa
Press (flash) qa repeatedly to select the
setting.
No indicator displayed: Automatically
flashes when there is insufficient
ambient light.
r
(Forced flash): Always uses the
flash regardless of the surrounding
brightness.
r
(No flash): Records without flash.
To record the high resolution still
images during recording a movie (Dual
Rec) ............................ 38qs
You can record high resolution still images
on the "Memory Stick Duo" or disc while
recording a movie on the disc.
1 Press START/STOP qs or 8to start
recording.
•
•
To record in dark places (NightShot)
.......................................... 1
Set the NIGHTSHOT switch 1 to ON. (
and [”NIGHTSHOT”] appear.)
• To record an image brighter, use Super NightShot
function (p.71). To record an image brighter in
dim light, use Color Slow Shutter function (p.71).
• The NightShot and Super NightShot use infrared
light. Therefore, do not cover the infrared port 6
with your fingers or other objects.
• Remove the conversion lens (optional).
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.70) when
it is hard to focus automatically.
• Do not use these functions in bright places. This
may cause a malfunction.
Recording/Playback
• The recommended distance to the subject when
using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1 to 8 feet).
• Remove any dust from the surface of the flash
lamp before using it. Flash effect may be impaired
if heat discoloration or dust obscures the lamp.
• The flash charge lamp flickers when charging the
flash, and remains lit when the battery charge is
complete.
• If you use the flash in bright places such as when
shooting a backlit subject, the flash may not be
effective.
• The flash does not work when attaching the
conversion lens (optional) or filter (optional).
• You can change the brightness of the flash by
setting [FLASH LEVEL], or you can prevent the
redeye by setting [REDEYE REDUC] (p.70).
•
•
finished until the still images are recorded on the
“Memory Stick Duo.”
You cannot use the flash.
When the POWER switch is set to
(Movie),
the size of still images becomes
2.3M (16:9
wide)) or 3.0M (4:3).
For details on the settings of [STILL MEDIA],
refer to page 41.
You can record still images during recording
standby in the same way as when the POWER
switch is set to
(Still). You can also record
with the flash.
2 Press PHOTO 3 fully.
The still image can be written up to 3 from
start recording until finishing recording.
The number of
recordable still
images and
recording media.
When the still
image is written,
changes to
orange.
3 Press START/STOP qs or 8 to finish
recording a movie. The written still
images are displayed, then recorded on
the selected destination media (“Memory
Stick Duo” or disc). When
disappears, recording is complete.
• Do not eject the “Memory Stick Duo” from your
camcorder from after recording a movie is
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc. (continued)
To record in mirror mode ............ qj
Open the LCD screen qj 90 degrees to the
camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to
the lens side (2).
• A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD
screen, but the picture will be normal when
recorded.
To add special effects ............... qk
See
PICT. APPLI. on page 74.
To attach the shoulder belt ......... wa
Attach the shoulder belt (optional) with your
camcorder to the hook for the shoulder belt.
To use a tripod........................ ws
Attach the tripod (optional: the length of the
screw must be less than 5.5 mm ) to the tripod
receptacle ws using a tripod screw.
Playback
To use Playback zoom............ 29
To adjust the exposure for backlit
subjects (BACK LIGHT) .............. qd
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects,
press BACK LIGHT qd to display .. To
cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
To adjust the focus for an off center
subject ................................. qk
See [SPOT FOCUS] on page 70.
To fix the exposure for the selected
subject ................................. qk
See [SPOT METER] on page 68.
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You can magnify pictures from about 1.1 to
5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the power
zoom lever 2 or the zoom buttons 9 on
the LCD frame.
1 Play back the picture you want to
magnify.
2 Magnify the picture with T (Telephoto).
A frame appears on the LCD screen.
3 Touch the portion that you want to display
in the center of the LCD screen.
4 Adjust the magnification with W (Wide
angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch [END].
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom
buttons 9 on the LCD frame.
To play back a series of
still images (Slide show) ........... qk
Touch
on the still image playback
screen.
The slide show begins from the selected
image.
Touch
to stop the slide show. To restart,
touch
again.
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery .... ql
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then
press DISP/BATT INFO ql. If you press this
button once, BATTERY INFO appears on the
screen for about 7 seconds. Press the button
while BATTERY INFO appears on the screen
to extend the indication to the 20-second
maximum.
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85
5 Built-in 4ch microphone
When an external microphone (optional) is
connected, it takes precedence over the internal
microphone (p.98).
qf Remote sensor
Point the Remote Commander (p.51) towards
the remote sensor to operate your camcorder.
qg Recording lamp
The recording lamp lights up in red during
recording (p.80).
The lamp flashes when the remaining capacity
for the battery or disc is running low.
qh Speaker
Sounds come out from the speaker while
playing back.
• For how to adjust the volume, see page 43.
Recording/Playback
• You can touch
to set continuous slide show
playback. The default setting is [ON] (continuous
playback).
• You cannot operate playback zoom during slide
show.
Other part names and functions
Remaining battery
(approx.)
Recording
capacity (approx.)
To turn off the operation confirmation
beep .................................... qk
See [BEEP] on page 80.
To initialize the settings (RESET)
.......................................... w;
Press RESET w; to initialize all the settings,
including settings for date and time. (Setup
items customized on Personal Menu are not
initialized.)
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Checking/Deleting the last scene
(Review/Review deleting)
You can check or delete the last recorded
scene.
You cannot delete it if:
– you have removed the disc.
– you have recorded the new movies
or still images.
Checking the last scene
(Review)
1 Slide the POWER switch to light up
the
(Movie) or
then touch
.
(Still) lamp,
The playback of the latest scene starts.
Deleting the last scene (Review
deleting)
DVD
+RW
If the checked scene is unnecessary, you can
delete it on the spot.
Use the same procedure to delete still images
recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo” until
turning off the power after finishing
recording.
Data once recorded on DVD-Rs
cannot be deleted.
1 Press
during the review.
Movie
Touch to display below function
buttons.
: Return to the beginning of the
viewing movie.
/
To return to recording
.
• Camera data (recording date, conditions etc.) is
not displayed.
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• You cannot recover a scene once you delete it.
: Adjust the volume
Still image
Touch
2 Touch [YES].
• You can only delete the last recorded scene. When
is grayed out, you cannot delete the scene
due to the following reasons.
– The last recorded scene has been already
deleted.
– There is a movie or still image that has been
recorded just after the scene being played back.
Indicators displayed during recording/playback
( ) is a reference page.
The indicators during recording will not be recorded.
Recording movies
Recording still images
qa PLAY/EDIT button
2 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) (77)
qs Image size (72)
3 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) /
[REC] (recording))
qd Quality ([FINE] / [STD]) (72)
4 Counter (hour: minute: second)
5 Disc type (16)
6 Recording format of a DVD-RW(16)
7 Dual Rec (45)
8 Remaining recordable time of the movie
(approx.) (80)
9 Review button (48)
qf The number of recordable still images
and recording media
qg Recording folder (only for “Memory
Stick Duo”)*
Recording/Playback
1 Remaining battery (approx.) (47)
* As the number of still images recorded in
“Memory Stick Duo” increases, new folders are
automatically created to store them.
• When using the Dual Rec function, the movie and
still image shooting screens are both shown
together. The display position differs slightly
from that during normal operation.
q; Personal Menu button (64)
Viewing movies
Viewing still images
60min
qh Playback mode
qj Previous/Next button (36, 43)
qk Scene number
ql Video operation buttons (36, 43)
w; Number of played back still images /Total
number of recorded still images
wa Play back folder (only for “Memory Stick
Duo”)
ws Data file name
wd VISUAL INDEX button (37, 43)
wf Slide show button (46)
wg Previous/Next button (37, 43)
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Indicators displayed during recording/playback (continued)
( ) is a reference page.
Indicators on the LCD screen and
viewfinder
Center
Indicator
Meaning
E
NightShot (45)
Super NightShot (71)
Color Slow Shutter (71)
PictBridge connecting (96)
Warning (123)
When you can change the setup items, or
during recording or playback, following
indicators displayed.
Upper left
Upper Center
Upper right
Bottom
Bottom
Indicator
Meaning
9
Picture effect (75)
Digital effect (75)
Manual focus (70)
Center
Upper left
Indicator
PROGRAM AE (68)
Meaning
5.1ch surround recording/
playback (44)
Self-timer recording (71)
Flash light (70)
MICREF LEVEL low (78)
LCD panel off (75)
Upper center
Indicator
Meaning
Repeat of Slide show (47)
Upper right
Indicator
Meaning
Fader (74)
LCD backlight off (25)
50
.
n
Backlight (46)
White balance (69)
WIDE SELECT (31)
SteadyShot off (72)
Flexible spot meter (68)/
Exposure (69)
DATA CODE while recording
The recording date and time is recorded
automatically on the disc and “Memory Stick
Duo.” They are not displayed while
recording. However, you can check them as
[DATA CODE] during playback (p.79).
You can view the recording date and time on
a DVD device, etc. (p.58, [SUB-T DATE],
p.81).
Remote Commander
Remove the insulation sheet before using the
Remote Commander.
Insulation sheet
1 DATA CODE (p.79)
Displays the date and time or camera setting
data of the recorded images (p.79) when you
press this while playing back.
2 PHOTO (p.34, 40)
The on-screen image when you press this
button will be recorded as a still image.
3 SCAN/SLOW (p.36, 43)
4 . > (Previous/Next) (p.36, 37, 43)
5 PLAY (p.36, 43)
6 STOP (p.36, 43)
8 Transmitter
9 START/STOP (p.34, 40)
q; Power zoom (p.44, 46)
qa PAUSE (p.36, 43)
qs VISUAL INDEX (p.36, 43)
Recording/Playback
7 DISPLAY (p.26)
Displays a VISUAL INDEX screen when you
press this while playing back.
qd b / B / v / V / ENTER
When you press any button, the orange frame
appears on the LCD screen. Select a desired
button or an item with b / B / v / V, then press
ENTER to enter.
• Point the Remote Commander towards the remote
sensor to operate your camcorder (p.47).
• When no commands have been sent from the
Remote Commander in a certain period, the
orange frame disappears. When you press any of
b / B / v / V, or ENTER again, the frame appears
at the position where it was displayed last.
• To change the battery, see page 138.
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Playing the picture on a TV
Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 or
A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the
supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.21). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied
with the devices to be connected.
(Yellow)
(White)
(Red)
A/V jack
IN
S VIDEO VIDEO
AUDIO
VCRs or TVs
: Signal flow
1 A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.
2 A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the S
VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting cable
with an S VIDEO cable (optional), higher
quality pictures can be produced than with an
A/V connecting cable. Connect the white and
red plug (left/right audio) and the S VIDEO
plug (S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional). The
yellow plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output audio.
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN
input on the VCR. Set the input selector on
the VCR to LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.),
if the VCR has an input selector.
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To set the aspect ratio according to the
connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Change the setting according to the screen
aspect ratio of the TV you will view pictures
on.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on your
camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Touch
t [SETUP] t
STANDARD SET t [TV TYPE] t
[16:9] or [4:3] t
.
• When you connect your camcorder to a TV
compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, or via an
S VIDEO jack, and play back the disc, set [TV
TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV switches to full mode
automatically. Refer also to the instruction
manuals supplied with your TV.
• When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image
quality may deteriorate. Also, when the recorded
picture’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9
(wide) and 4:3, the image may jitter.
• When you play back a picture recorded in 16:9
(wide) aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible
with the 16:9 (wide) signal, set [TV TYPE] to
[4:3].
When your TV is monaural (When your
TV has only one audio input jack)
• You can display the counter on the TV screen by
setting [DISP OUTPUT] to [V-OUT/PANEL]
(p.80).
Recording/Playback
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V
connecting cable to the video input jack and
connect the white (left channel) or the red
(right channel) plug to the audio input jack
of your TV or VCR.
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Playback on DVD devices
Making the disc compatible with playback on
DVD devices or DVD drives (Finalizing)
Finalizing makes the recorded DVD compatible for playback with DVD devices and DVD drives
of computers.
• Playback compatibility with any DVD device is not guaranteed.
The following settings are available before finalizing.
– Select the type of DVD menu to view disc content (see page 57)*
– Create a Photomovie to view still images (see page 57)*
– Change the disc titles (see page 57)
The DVD type determines finalizing characteristics.
Discs that must be finalized...
DVD
Discs that do not require finalizing... +RW
Disc type
DVD
+RW
has to be finalized in the following cases:
1 To create the DVD menus or Photomovie
2 To enable playback in DVD drives of computers.
3 When only little material is recorded
5 minutes or less in HQ mode, 8 minutes or less in SP mode and 15 minutes or less in LP mode.
Operation flow
To play back a disc in a DVD device for the first time (p.56)
Playback on
other DVD device
Finalize
In case 1,
2 or 3.
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Make desired settings.
BDVD menu*
BPhotomovie*
BDisc title
To add recordings to a finalized disc (p.61)
Recordings cannot be
added.
Make a new
recording
Unfinalize the disc.
Recordings can be added as usual.
When the DVD menu or Photomovie has been
created, a confirmation screen prompts you to
confirm that you wish to add a recording.
Playback on
other DVD device
Finalize
Only in case 1
* Not possible for
Playback on DVD devices
To play back a disc in a DVD device after adding a recording (p.56)
Make desired settings.
BDVD menu*
BPhotomovie*
BDisc title
(p.57).
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Making the disc compatible with playback on DVD devices or DVD drives
(Finalizing) (continued)
Finalizing a disc
• It takes from a minute to a few hours for
finalizing. The shorter the amount of
material recorded on the disc, the longer
it takes for finalizing.
• Use the AC Adaptor as the power source
to prevent your camcorder from running
out of power during finalizing.
• When you finalize a double-sided disc, you must
finalize each side of the disc.
1 Place your camcorder in a stable
position. Connect the AC Adaptor
to the DC IN jack on your
camcorder.
2 Turn on the power by sliding the
5 Touch
t [YES] t [YES].
Finalizing starts.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
Adaptor during finalizing.
When you need to disconnect the AC
Adaptor, make sure that the power of your
camcorder is set to off and disconnect the
adaptor after the
(Movie) or
(Still)
lamp goes off. Finalizing restarts when you
connect the AC Adaptor and turn on your
camcorder again.
You cannot remove the disc until the
finalizing operation is completed.
6 Touch
, when [Completed.]
appears.
POWER switch.
3 Insert the disc to be finalized.
4 Touch
t [FINALIZE] .
Touching [SET] allows you to perform
the following operations.
– To select a DVD menu style (p.57)
– To change Photomovie setting (p.57)
– To change the disc title (p.57)
• When using a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RW,
Z flashes after finalizing is
completed on the recording standby screen of
your camcorder. Remove the disc from your
camcorder.
• When you made the setting to enable a creation
of a DVD menu on DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode)/DVD+RW, then finalize the disc, the DVD
menu appears for a few seconds while finalizing
the disc.
• You cannot view a Photomovie with the DVD-R/
DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) discs in your
camcorder.
• After finalizing a disc, the disc indicator and the
recording format are displayed as shown below:
DVD-R
DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)
Go to step 5 if you want to finalize the
disc using the following default settings.
– DVD menu: Style 1
– Photomovie: Create Photomovie
– Disc title: The date when the disc was first
used
DVD menu, Photomovie, Disc title
Glossary (p.142, 143)
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DVD-RW (VR mode)
DVD+RW
To select a DVD menu style
To change the disc title
1 Touch [DISC TITLE].
1 Touch [DVD MENU].
2 Select the desired style from 4 types of
pattern with
/
.
2 Delete unnecessary characters by
touching [T].
The yellow cursor moves and characters
are deleted from the end.
3 Select the type of a character, then touch
the desired character.
Select [NO MENU] if you do not create
a DVD menu.
t [END].
To change a Photomovie setting
To erase a character: Touch [T].
To insert a space: Touch [t].
4 Touch [t] as you register a character to
move to the next entry point.
• Up to 20 characters can be registered.
1 Touch [PHOTOMOVIE].
2 Touch [YES].
Select [NO] if you do not create a
Photomovie.
3 Touch
t [END].
• It may take more time for finalizing when you
create a Photomovie since the more still images
recorded on the disc, the more time it takes to
create a Photomovie.
• You can view still images in the JPEG format
using a DVD drive on your computer without
creating a Photomovie (p.59).
• You cannot create a Photomovie on a DVD-RW
(VR mode) in this step. Customize it on the EDIT
screen (p.90).
5 When you have finished entering
characters, touch
.
The disc title changes to the one you
entered.
Playback on DVD devices
3 Touch
6 Touch [END].
• You can enter the title up to 20 characters.
• When you change a disc title already set by other
devices, the 21st and subsequent characters are
deleted.
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Playing back a disc on DVD devices, etc.
A finalized disc recorded with your
camcorder can be played back on a DVD
device, etc. (p.54). DVD+RW discs can be
played back without finalizing.
• Do not use the 8cm CD adaptor with an
8cm DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
• Make sure that a vertically installed DVD
device is placed in the position where a
disc can be placed horizontally.
1 Insert a disc into a DVD device.
2 Play back the disc.
The playback procedure varies
depending on the DVD device. For
details, refer to the instruction manual
supplied with your DVD device.
If you have created a DVD menu
DVD
+RW
You can select the desired scene in the menu.
A Photomovie is listed after all the movies
in the menu.
Photomovie
• The disc cannot be played back, freezes for an
instant between the scenes, or some functions may
be disabled on some DVD devices.
• Still images are played back as a Photomovie
swapping images in every 3 seconds.
• DVD devices that support subtitles can display
the recording date and time where the subtitles
normally appear (p.81). Also refer to the
instruction manual of your DVD device.
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Playback compatibility
Playback compatibility with any DVD device
is not guaranteed. Refer to the instruction
manual supplied with your DVD device or consult
your dealer.
Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD
drive installed
• Do not use the 8cm CD adaptor with an
8cm DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
• Even when you use a DVD+RW, you must
finalize the disc (p.54). Otherwise, it may
cause a malfunction.
Playing back movies
Use a DVD drive that supports 8cm discs,
and a DVD playback application must have
been installed on your computer.
1 Insert the finalized disc into the
DVD drive of your computer.
playback application.
Still images stored on the disc are displayed
in the JPEG format.
Note that erasing or changing the original
data may occur accidentally in this operation
since you use the original data on the disc.
1 Insert the finalized disc into a DVD
drive of your computer.
2 Click [Start] t [My Computer].
Or, double-click the [My Computer] icon
on the desktop.
3 Right-click the DVD drive with the
disc inserted, then click [Open].
• The disc may not be played back on some
computers. For details, refer to the instruction
manuals of your computer.
• You cannot play back or edit movies that have
been copied from the disc to the hard disk of your
computer. For details on how to import movies,
refer to the “First Step Guide” in the supplied CDROM.
4 Double-click [DCIM] t
[100MSDCF].
Playback on DVD devices
2 Play back the disc using a DVD
Playing back still images
5 Double-click the file to be
displayed.
The selected still image appears on the
screen.
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Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD drive installed (continued)
The date the disc was first used is
recorded on the volume label of the
disc.
<e.g.>
When the disc was first used at 6:00 pm on
January 1st 2006:
2006_01_01_06H00M_PM
Volume
label
Images are stored in the following
folders on the disc.
x Movies
DVD-R/DVD-RW(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW:
VIDEO_TS folder
DVD-RW (VR mode):
DVD_RTAV folder
x Still images
DCIM\100MSDCF folder
<e.g.>
The folder for data for DVD-Rs/DVD-RWs
(VIDEO mode)/DVD+RWs when using Windows
XP:
Still image
folder
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Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
Recording additional scenes after finalizing
DVD
+RW
You can record additional material on the
finalized DVD-RWs (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RWs by following the steps below if
there is space to record on the disc.
When using the finalized DVD-RW (VR
mode) disc, you can record additional
material on the disc without any
additional steps.
when [Completed.] appears.
When using a DVD+RW
If you have created a Photomovie or a
DVD menu in finalizing (p.57), the following
steps are required.
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
IN jack on your camcorder, then
connect the power cord to the wall
outlet.
When using a DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode) disc (Unfinalizing)
2 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
3 Insert the finalized disc into your
IN jack on your camcorder, then
connect the power cord to the wall
outlet.
your camcorder.
camcorder.
A confirmation dialog asking if you
record additional scenes appears.
2 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder.
Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
• Use the AC Adaptor as power source to prevent
your camcorder from running out of power during
operation.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC Adaptor
during operation.
• A DVD menu and a Photomovie created during
finalizing are deleted.
• When you use a double-sided disc, following
procedures are required on each side.
6 Touch [YES] t [YES], then touch
3 Insert the finalized disc into your
camcorder.
4 Touch
4 Touch [YES] t [YES].
t [SETUP].
[Completed.] appears, then the screen
returns to the recording screen.
5 Touch
MEDIA SET t
[UNFINALIZE].
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Deleting all of the scenes on the disc
(Formatting)
DVD
+RW
Formatting makes the recorded disc new and reusable by deleting all the data recorded on the
disc. The recording capacity of the disc is recovered by formatting it.
• A DVD-R cannot be formatted. Replace it with a new disc.
Formatting a finalized disc
The disc is unfinalized and it has to be finalized again to enable playback in a DVD
device.
Formatting deletes all images on a finalized disc. The icon
or
appears in the
screen, but there is no need to finalize the disc before viewing it in a DVD device.*
* To use a DVD menu or a Photomovie on a DVD+RW, the disc must be finalized (p.54).
• Use the AC Adaptor as power source to prevent your camcorder from running out of power during formatting.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC Adaptor during formatting.
• When you use a double-sided disc, formatting is required on each side.
1 Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
IN jack on your camcorder, then
connect the power cord to the wall
outlet.
5 Select the recording format for a
DVD-RW, touch
to step 7.
FORMAT :
2 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder.
your camcorder.
t[
VIDEO
Can playback on
various DVD devices.
Cannot edit in Camcorder
VIDEO
VR
OK
3 Insert the disc to be formatted into
4 Touch
,then proceed
• For details on a recording format, see page 16.
6 Select the aspect ratio ([16:9 WIDE]
FORMAT].
xDVD-RW
Select the recording format, then format
the disc. Proceed to step 5.
xDVD+RW
Select the aspect ratio of the recording
movie, then format the disc. Proceed to
step 6.
or [4:3]) of the recording movie for
DVD+RW, then touch
.
• For details on the movie aspect ratio, see page
29.
7 Touch [YES] t [YES], then touch
when [Completed.] appears.
• You cannot change the movie aspect ratio which
you set in step 6 for the DVD+RW. Format the
disc again to change the aspect ratio.
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• During Easy Handycam operation (p.33), the
screen in step 5 does not appear even if you insert
a DVD-RW in your camcorder. Proceed to step 7.
• You cannot format a disc that has been protected
on other devices. Cancel the protection with the
original devices, and then format it.
Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
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Using the Setup items
Using the Setup items
1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to light up the respective
lamp.
Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button in the
center only when the POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG)
position.
: Settings for movies
: Settings for still images
When carrying out the playback settings, press
PLAY/EDIT to go to the playback screen.
2 Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
x To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu
On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used setup items are added.
• You can customize Personal Menu as you like (p.82).
1 Touch
.
2 Touch the desired setup item.
If the desired setup item is not displayed on the screen, touch
3 Select the desired setting, then touch
.
/
until it is displayed.
x To change the setup items
You can customize setup items that are not added to Personal Menu.
1
2
0:00:00
VIDEO
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3
4
1 Touch
t[SETUP].
2 Select the desired setup item.
Touch
/
to select the item, then touch
in step 2.)
3 Select the desired item.
. (The process in step 3 is the same as that
• You can also touch the item directly to select it.
4 Customize the item.
After finishing the settings, touch
t
(close) to hide the setup screen.
If you decide not to change the setting, touch
to return to the previous screen.
x To change the setup items during Easy Handycam operation
does not appear during Easy Handycam operation (p.33).
• Cancel Easy Handycam operation (p.33) to change the setup items for the standard operation.
Using the Setup items
1 Touch [SETUP].
Available setup items appear.
2 Select the desired item.
3 Customize the item.
Touch
after finishing the setting.
Touch
not to change the item without changing the setting.
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Setup items
Available setup items (z) vary depending on the operating mode.
The following settings are made automatically during Easy
Handycam operation (p.33).
Movie
Still
PLAY/EDIT
Easy Handycam
CAMERA SET (p.68)
PROGRAM AE
SPOT METER
EXPOSURE
WHITE BAL.
AUTO SHUTTER
SPOT FOCUS
FOCUS
FLASH SET
SUPER NS
NS LIGHT
COLOR SLOW S
SELF-TIMER
SELF-TIMER
DIGITAL ZOOM
STEADYSHOT
z
z
–
AUTO
z
z
–
AUTO
z
z
–
AUTO
z
z
–
AUTO
z
–
–
ON
z
z
–
AUTO
z
z
–
AUTO
z
z
–
*1/OFF
z
–
–
OFF
z
z
–
ON
z
z
–
OFF
z
–
–
OFF
–
z
–
OFF
z
z
–
OFF
z
–
–
ON
–
z
–
FINE
–
z
–
z
–
z
–
–*1
z
–
–
OFF
z
–
–
OFF
z
–
–
OFF
z
–
–
–
–
–
z
–
–
–
z
–*2
z
–
–
ON
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
–
z
z
z
–
z
z
–
z
STILL SET (p.72)
QUALITY
IMAGE SIZE
FILE NO.
PICT.APPLI. (p.74)
FADER
D. EFFECT
PICT. EFFECT
SMTH SLW REC
REC CTRL
USB SELECT
DEMO MODE
MEDIA SET (p.77)
FORMAT
FINALIZE
UNFINALIZE
DISC TITLE
FORMAT
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Movie
Still
PLAY/EDIT
Easy Handycam
STANDARD SET (p.77)
REC MODE
STILL MEDIA
VOLUME
MULTI-SOUND
MICREF LEVEL
SUR MONITOR
z
–
–
SP
z
z
–
z*1
–
–
z
z*1
–
–
z
OFF
z
–
–
NORMAL
z
–
–
LCD/VF SET
z
z
z
–
–/NORMAL/–/
NORMAL/–*1
TV TYPE
USB SPEED *2
DATA CODE
DISPLAY
MOVIE PB
REMAINING
REMOTE CTRL
REC LAMP
BEEP
DISP OUTPUT
SETUP ROTATE
A.SHUT OFF
SUB-T DATE
CALIBRATION
z
z
z
–
–
z
AUTO
–
–
z
DATE/TIME
–
–
z
–*1
–
–
z
–*1
–*1
–
–
AUTO
z
z
z
ON
z
z
–
ON
z
z
z
z
z
z
z*1
LCD PANEL
z
z
z
–*1
z
z
z
5 min
z
–
–
–*1
–
–
z
–
z
z
z
z
z
z
z*1
–*1
z
z
z
–*1
z
z
z
–*1
Using the Setup items
z
TIME/LANGU. (p.81)
CLOCK SET
AREA SET
DST/SUMMERTIME
LANGUAGE
*1 The setting values before Easy Handycam operation are maintained.
*2 [USB SELECT] appears automatically when your camcorder is connected to a computer or other device
with a USB cable.
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CAMERA SET
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the
recording conditions
(EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./
STEADYSHOT, etc.)
The default settings are marked with B.
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
PROGRAM AE
You can record pictures effectively in various
situations with the PROGRAM AE function.
B AUTO
Select to automatically record pictures
effectively without the [PROGRAM AE]
function.
SPOTLIGHT*(
)
Select to prevent people’s faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects
are lit by strong light.
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) (
)
Select to shoot distant subjects clearly. This
setting also prevents your camcorder from
focusing on glass or metal mesh in windows
that comes in between the camcorder and
the subject.
• Items with one asterisk (*) can be adjusted so as
not to focus on subjects only a short distance away.
Items with two asterisks (**) can be adjusted to
focus on subjects farther away.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
SPOT METER (Flexible spot meter)
You can adjust and fix the exposure to the
subject, so that it is recorded in suitable
brightness even when there is strong contrast
between the subject and the background,
such as subjects in the spotlight on stage.
)
Select to bring out the subject such as people
or flowers while creating a soft background.
BEACH&SKI*(
LANDSCAPE**(
1 Touch the point where you want to fix and
adjust the exposure on the screen.
appears.
2 Touch [END].
)
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO]t[END].
Select to prevent people’s faces from
appearing dark in strong light or reflected
light, such as at a beach in midsummer or
on a ski slope.
SUNSET&MOON**(
)
Select to maintain the atmosphere of
situations such as sunsets, general night
views or fireworks.
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• If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
INDOOR (n)
EXPOSURE
You can fix the brightness of a picture
manually. When recording indoors on a clear
day, for instance, you can avoid backlight
shadows on people next to the window by
fixing the exposure to that of the wall side of
the room.
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Indoors
– At party scenes or studios where the
lighting conditions change quickly
– Under the video lamps of those at a studio,
or under sodium lamps or incandescentlike color lamps
ONE PUSH (
1 Touch [MANUAL].
appears.
2 Adjust the exposure by touching
/
.
3 Touch
.
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO] t
.
WHITE BAL. (White balance)
You can adjust the color balance to the
brightness of the recording environment.
B AUTO
The white balance is adjusted automatically.
OUTDOOR (
)
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Outdoors
– Night views, neon signs and fireworks
– Sunrise or sunset
– Under daylight fluorescent lamps
• Keep framing white object while
is
flashing quickly.
•
flashes slowly if white balance could
not be set.
•
keeps flashing even after you have
touched
, set [WHITE BAL.] to
[AUTO].
Using the Setup items
• If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees and close
the LCD panel with the screen facing outwards,
you can adjust [FADER] and [EXPOSURE]
while looking through the viewfinder (p.75).
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
)
The white balance will be adjusted
according to the ambient light.
1 Touch [ONE PUSH].
2 Frame a white object such as a piece of
paper, to fill the screen under the same
lighting conditions as you will shoot the
subject.
3 Touch [
].
flashes quickly. When the white
balance has been adjusted and stored in
the memory, the indicator stops flashing.
• When you have changed the battery pack while
[AUTO] is selected, or you bring your camcorder
outdoors from inside the house while using fixed
exposure, select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder
at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for
better color balance adjustment.
• Redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure if you change
the [PROGRAM AE] settings, or bring your
camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or vice
versa during the [ONE PUSH] is set to on.
• Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or [ONE PUSH]
under white or cool white fluorescent lamps.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
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CAMERA SET (continued)
AUTO SHUTTER
Automatically activates the electronic
shutter to adjust the shutter speed when
recording in bright conditions if you set it to
[ON] (the default setting).
SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to
aim it at a subject not located in the center of
the screen.
• It is easier to focus on the subject by moving the
power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to adjust
the focus, then towards W (wide angle) to adjust
the zoom for recording. When you want to record
a subject at close range, move the power zoom
lever to W (wide angle), then adjust the focus.
• The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is
about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle and
about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
FLASH SET
You can set this function when you use the
built-in flash or an external flash (optional)
that is compatible with your camcorder.
1 Touch the subject on the screen.
9 appears.
2 Touch [END].
HIGH(
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO]t[END] in step 1.
Makes the flash level higher.
• If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12
hours.
FOCUS
You can adjust the focus manually. Select this
when you want to focus on a certain subject
intentionally.
1 Touch [MANUAL].
9 appears.
2 Touch
(focusing on close subjects)/
(focusing on distant subjects) to
sharpen the focus.
appears when the focus cannot be
adjusted any closer, and
appears when
the focus cannot be adjusted farther away.
3 Touch
.
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO]t
in step 1.
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x FLASH LEVEL
)
B NORMAL (
LOW (
)
)
Makes the flash level lower.
x REDEYE REDUC
You can prevent redeye by activating the flash
before recording.
Set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON], then press
(flash) (p.44) repeatedly to select a setting.
(Auto redeye reduction): Pre-flashes to
reduce redeye before the flash automatically
flashes when there is insufficient ambient
light.
r
(Forced redeye reduction): Always
uses the flash and the redeye reducing preflash.
r
(No flash): Records without flash.
• The redeye reduction may not produce the desired
effect due to individual differences and other
conditions.
SUPER NS (Super NightShot)
You can record pictures at a maximum of 16
times the sensitivity of NightShot in dark
places.
Set [SUPER NS] to [ON] while the
NIGHTSHOT switch is set to ON.
and
[”SUPER NS”] flash on the screen.
To cancel the setting, set [SUPER NS] to
[OFF].
• Do not use NightShot and [SUPER NS] in bright
places. This may cause a malfunction.
• Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects (p.45).
• Remove the conversion lens (optional).
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.70) when
it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness. The motion of the
picture may slow down at this time.
You can record clearer pictures with the light
which emits infrared light while using
NightShot. The default setting is [ON].
• Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects (p.45).
• Remove the conversion lens (optional).
• The maximum shooting distance using [NS
LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet).
The self-timer starts recording a movie after
about 10 seconds.
Press START/STOP when [
SELFTIMER] is set to [ON] ( ).
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF].
• You can also use the self-timer with START/
STOP on the Remote Commander (p.51).
SELF-TIMER
The self-timer starts recording a still image
after about 10 seconds.
Press PHOTO when [
SELF-TIMER] is
set to [ON] ( ).
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF].
• You can also use the self-timer with PHOTO on
the Remote Commander (p.51).
DIGITAL ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level in
case you want to zoom to a level greater than
10×(the default setting) while recording on
a disc or “Memory Stick Duo.” Note that the
image quality decreases when you are using
the digital zoom.
Using the Setup items
NS LIGHT (NightShot Light)
SELF-TIMER
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter)
You can record an image brighter in color
even in dark places.
Set [COLOR SLOW S] to [ON].
and
[COLOR SLOW SHUTTER] flash on the
screen.
To cancel [COLOR SLOW S], touch [OFF].
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.70) when
it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness. The motion of the
picture may slow down at this time.
The right side of the bar shows the digital
zooming factor. The zooming zone appears
when you select the zooming level.
B OFF
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically.
20 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically, and
after that up to 20 × zoom is performed
digitally.
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STILL SET
CAMERA SET (continued)
120 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically, and
after that, up to 120 × zoom is performed
digitally.
STEADYSHOT
You can record pictures using
[STEADYSHOT] (the default setting is
[ON]). Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (
)
when using a tripod or the conversion lens
(optional).
Settings for still images
(QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.)
The default settings are marked with B.
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
QUALITY
B FINE (
)
Records still images at the fine image quality
level.
STANDARD (
)
Records still images at the standard image
quality level.
The size of still images (Approx. kB)
When the POWER switch is
4.0M
1.9M
VGA (0.3M)
1980
0830
960
420
150
060
3.0M
1500
0640
When the POWER switch is
3.0M
(Still)
(Movie)
2.3M
1540
0640
1150
0480
• The table shows the approximate number of still
images that can be taken for each image size.
[FINE] is on top, and [STANDARD] is on the
bottom.
IMAGE SIZE
B 4.0M (
)
Records still images clearly.
1.9M (
)
Allows you to record more still images in
relatively clear quality.
VGA (0.3M) (
)
Allows for the maximum number of images
to be recorded.
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• You can select the image size when the POWER
switch is
(Still) and the ratio of the still image
is 4:3. In other cases, the image size is fixed below:
– When the POWER switch is
(Still) and
the ratio of the still image is 16:9 (wide),
3.0M is automatically selected.
– When the POWER switch is
(Movie) and
the ratio of the still image is 16:9 (wide),
2.3M is automatically selected. When the
POWER switch is
(Movie) and the ratio
of the still image is 4:3, 3.0M is automatically
selected.
• The number of pixels for each image size is as
follows:
4.0M : 2304×1728
1.9M : 1600×1200
VGA (0.3M) : 640×480
3.0M : 2304×1296
3.0M : 2016×1512
2.3M : 2016×1134
Number of still images recordable on a
“Memory Stick Duo” (approx.)
4.0M
16MB
32MB
64MB
128MB
256MB
512MB
1GB
2GB
0007
0018
0015
0037
0031
0075
0063
0150
0110
0270
0230
0550
0475
1100
970
2300
1.9M
0016
0037
0032
0075
0065
0150
0130
0300
0235
0540
0480
1100
0980
2250
2000
4650
(Still)
VGA
(0.3M)
3.0M
00096
00240
00190
00485
00390
00980
00780
01970
01400
03550
02850
07200
05900
14500
12000
30000
0010
0024
0020
0048
0041
0098
0083
0195
0150
0355
0305
0720
0620
1450
1250
3000
3.0M
(Movie)
2.3M
0010
0013
0024
0032
0020
0027
32MB
0048
0065
0040
0054
64MB
0098
0130
0082
0105
128MB
0195
0260
0145
0195
256MB
0355
0470
0300
0400
512MB
0720
0960
0610
0820
1GB
1450
1950
1250
1650
2GB
3000
4000
Top:[FINE] / Bottom:[STANDARD]
• When using the “Memory Stick Duo” made by
Sony Corporation. The number of recordable still
images varies depending on the recording
environment.
16MB
Number of still images recordable on a
disc (approx.)
When the POWER switch is
(Still)
4.0M
1.9M
VGA
(0.3M)
0630
1400
1250
2550
5100
8100
0820
1750
0670
1500
1300
2700
5400
8600
0870
1850
0670
1500
1300
2700
5400
8600
0870
1850
0590
1150
1050
1850
2950
3800
0750
1450
3.0M
Using the Setup items
When the POWER switch is
When the POWER switch is
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PICT.APPLI.
STILL SET (continued)
When the POWER switch is
3.0M
(Movie)
2.3M
0810
1750
1050
2250
0850
1850
1100
2400
0850
1850
1100
2400
0740
0930
1450
1750
Top:[FINE] / Bottom:[STANDARD]
• The table shows approximate recordable number
and the above numbers apply to a single-sided
disc, and it will be doubled for a double-sided disc.
FILE NO.
B SERIES
Assigns numbers to files in sequence even
if the disc or “Memory Stick Duo” is
changed.
Special effects on pictures or
additional functions on recording/
playback
(PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT/SMTH SLW
REC, etc.)
The default settings are marked with B.
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the items are selected.
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
FADER
You can add the following effects to currently
recording pictures.
1 Select the desired effect during standby (fade
in) or recording (fade out), then touch
.
When you select [OVERLAP] or [WIPE], the
image is stored as a still image. (While storing
the image, the screen turns to blue.)
2 Press START/STOP.
The fader indicator stops flashing and
disappears when the fade is complete.
RESET
To cancel before starting the operation, touch
[OFF] in step 1.
Resets the file numbering to 0001 each time
the disc or “Memory Stick Duo” is changed.
• The setting will be canceled by pressing START/
STOP again.
Fading out
WHITE FADER
BLACK FADER
OVERLAP (fade in only)
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Fading in
WIPE (fade in only)
Using the viewfinder
You can adjust [EXPOSURE] and [FADER]
while using the viewfinder by having the
LCD screen rotated 180 degrees and closed
with the screen facing out.
1 Make sure the
(Movie) lamp lights up.
2 Close the LCD screen with the screen facing
out.
appears.
3 Touch
.
[Set LCD off?] appears on the screen.
4 Touch [YES].
• The aspect ratio cannot be changed when [OLD
MOVIE] is selected.
PICT. EFFECT (Picture effect)
You can add special effects to a picture during
recording.
appears.
B OFF
Does not use [PICT. EFFECT] setting.
SEPIA
The LCD screen is turned off.
5 Touch the LCD screen while checking the
display in the viewfinder.
[EXPOSURE], etc. are displayed.
6 Touch the button you want to set.
.
Picture appears in sepia.
B&W
Picture appears in black and white.
PASTEL
Picture appears like a pale pastel drawing.
MOSAIC
D. EFFECT (Digital effect)
You can add digital effects to your
recordings.
appears.
1 Touch the desired effect.
2 When you select [LUMI. KEY], adjust the
effect with
/
, then touch
.
The image displayed when you touch
is saved as a still image.
3 Touch
.
appears.
To cancel [D. EFFECT], touch [OFF] in step
1.
LUMI. KEY (luminance key)
Replaces a brighter area in a previously
recorded still image (e.g. a person) with a
movie.
Using the Setup items
[EXPOSURE] : Adjust with
/
, and
touch
.
[FADER] : Touch it repeatedly to select a desired
effect.
: The LCD screen lights up.
To hide the buttons, touch
OLD MOVIE
Adds an old movie effect to pictures.
The scene is recorded in the 16:9 (wide)
mode.
Picture appears mosaic-patterned.
SMTH SLW REC (Smooth Slow
Rec)
Fast moving subjects and actions, which
cannot be captured under the general
shooting conditions, can be shot in smooth
moving slow-motion. This is useful to shoot
fast actions such as a golf or tennis swing.
Press START/STOP on the [SMTH SLW
REC] screen.
A movie of about 3 seconds is recorded as a
12-second slow-motion movie.
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PICT.APPLI. (continued)
When [Recording...] disappears, recording is
finished.
To select one of the following start points for
recording by pressing START/STOP, touch
[SET].
• [USB SELECT] automatically appears on the
screen in the following:
– when
PLAY/EDIT is pressed while
connecting your camcorder to another device
with the USB cable.
– when connecting your camcorder to another
device with the USB cable on the playback
screen.
• For the detail of a computer connection, see “First
Step Guide” in the supplied CD-ROM.
[3sec AFTER]*
DEMO MODE
[3sec BEFORE]
* The default setting
• Sounds cannot be recorded.
To cancel [SMTH SLW REC], select [END].
REC CTRL
See page 94.
USB SELECT
You can view pictures on a computer when
connecting your camcorder to your computer
with the USB cable or connect to the
PictBridge compliant printer (p.96).
COMPUTER
Select this when viewing pictures in the disc
on a Windows computer and copying to the
computer with the supplied software.
COMPUTER
Copies still images in the “Memory Stick
Duo.”
PRINT
Prints still images in the disc using the
PictBridge compliant printer.
PRINT
Prints still images in the “Memory Stick
Duo” using the PictBridge compliant
printer.
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The default setting is [ON] so that you can
view the demonstration in about 10 minutes,
after you have set the POWER switch to
(Movie) without inserting a disc or “Memory
Stick Duo.”
• The demonstration will be suspended in
situations such as those described below.
– when you touch the screen during the
demonstration. (The demonstration starts again
in about 10 minutes.)
– when you slide the disc cover OPEN switch.
– when the “Memory Stick Duo” is inserted.
– when the POWER switch is set to
(Still).
– when you set the NIGHTSHOT switch to ON
(p.45).
MEDIA SET
Settings for discs and “Memory Stick
Duo”
(FORMAT/FINALIZE/UNFINALIZE, etc.)
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
FORMAT
See page 62.
FINALIZE
See page 54.
UNFINALIZE
See page 61.
DISC TITLE
FORMAT
When the “Memory Stick Duo” is formatted,
all the data will be deleted.
1 Format the “Memory Stick Duo” by
touching [YES] t [YES].
2 Touch
when [Completed.] appears.
• Even still images protected with another
equipment against accidental deletion are deleted.
• Do not attempt the following operations when
[Executing...] is on the screen.
– Operate the POWER switch or buttons
– Remove the “Memory Stick Duo”
The default settings are marked with B.
The indicators in parentheses appear when
the item is selected.
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
REC MODE (Recording mode)
You can select an image quality of the movie
from three levels.
HQ ( HQ )
Record in high quality mode
(approx. recordable time is up to 20 min).
B SP ( SP )
Records in standard quality mode
(approx. recordable time is up to 30 min).
LP ( LP )
Increases the recording time (Long Play)
(approx. recordable time is up to 60 min).
• The time in parenthesis indicates the
approximate recordable time when
recording only a movie on a single-sided
disc. When recording on a double-sided
disc, this value is applied for both sides.
• Your camcorder has a VBR encoding
system (p.17) so when you record an
object that moves fast, the time available
for recording may shorten.
VBR
Glossary (p.143)
• If you record in the LP mode, the quality of scenes
may be degraded, or scenes with quick
movements may appear with a block noise when
you play back the disc.
Using the Setup items
You can make a title on each disc. As the
default setting, the date when the disc was
first used is added as a disc title.
Enter the disc title by following step 2 to 5
in “To change the disc title” of the “Making
the disc compatible with playback on DVD
devices or DVD drives (Finalizing)” (p.57).
To cancel editing the title, touch [CANCEL].
STANDARD SET
Settings while recording on a disc or
other basic settings
(REC MODE/LCD/VF SET/USB SPEED,
etc.)
STILL MEDIA
See page 35, 41.
VOLUME
See page 43.
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STANDARD SET (continued)
MULTI-SOUND
You can select whether to play back audio
recorded using other devices with dual sound
or stereo sound.
B STEREO
Plays back with main and sub sound (or
stereo sound).
1
Plays back with main sound or the left
channel sound.
2
Plays back with sub sound or the right
channel sound.
• The setting returns to [STEREO] when you set
the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than
12 hours.
LCD/VF SET
The recorded picture will not be affected even
when you change the setting.
x LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
1 Adjust the brightness with
2 Touch
.
/
.
x LCD BL LEVEL
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen’s backlight.
B NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the LCD screen.
MICREF LEVEL
You can select the microphone level for
recording sound.
Select [LOW] when you want to record
exciting and powerful sound in a concert hall,
etc.
B NORMAL
Records various surround sounds,
converting them into the same level.
LOW (
)
Records surround sound faithfully. This
setting is not suitable for recording
conversations.
• The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you set
the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than
12 hours.
SUR MONITOR
You can display the direction from which the
recording sound comes when recording in
5.1ch mode.
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• When you use the AC Adaptor as the power
source, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for
the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
x LCD COLOR
You can adjust the color on the LCD screen
with
/
.
Low intensity
High intensity
x VF B.LIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder.
B NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the viewfinder screen.
• When you connect your camcorder to the AC
Adaptor, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for
the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
x VF WIDE DISP
DATE/TIME
You can select how a 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio
picture appears in the viewfinder.
B LETTER BOX
Normal setting (standard type of screen)
SQUEZE (Squeeze)
Expands the picture vertically if black bands
at the top and bottom in 16:9 (wide) aspect
ratio are undesirable.
TV TYPE
1Date
2Time
CAMERA DATA
Movie
See page 52.
USB SPEED
You can select data transfer speed used to
transfer data to your computer.
Still image
B AUTO
FULL SPEED
Sends data corresponding to USB 1.1 (full
speed transfer).
DATA CODE
You can check the information recorded
automatically (data code) during playback.
B OFF
Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time of recorded
images.
3SteadyShot off
4Exposure
5White balance
6Gain
7Shutter speed
8Aperture value
9Exposure value
Using the Setup items
Sends data by switching automatically
between the Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) and
the speed corresponding to USB 1.1 (full
speed transfer).
•
appears for an image recorded using a flash.
• The data code is displayed on the TV screen if
you connect your camcorder to a TV.
• The indicator toggles through the following
sequences as you press DATA CODE on the
Remote Commander: DATE/TIME t
CAMERA DATA t OFF (no indication).
• Depending on the disc condition, bars [--:--:--]
appear.
CAMERA DATA
Displays the camera setting data of recorded
images.
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STANDARD SET (continued)
DISPLAY
You can select the number of thumbnails that
appear on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Thumbnail
Glossary (p.143)
B ZOOM LINK
Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12)
with the zoom lever on your camcorder.*
6IMAGES
Displays thumbnails of 6 images.
12IMAGES
Displays thumbnails of 12 images.
* You can operate with the zoom buttons on the
LCD frame or on the Remote Commander.
REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)
The default setting is [ON] so that you can
use the supplied Remote Commander (p.51).
• Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from
responding to a command sent by other device’s
remote control.
REC LAMP (Recording lamp)
The camera recording lamp will not light up
during recording when you set this to [OFF].
(The default setting is [ON].)
BEEP
B ON
MOVIE PB
Because the default setting is [ON], when
you select
tab on the VISUAL INDEX
screen the first 5 seconds of each movie
displayed on the screen are played back in
sequence.
• Set to [OFF] to conserve battery power.
• Playback for the movie stops after repeating 5
times.
REMAINING
B AUTO
Displays the remaining disc indicator for
about 8 seconds in situations such as those
described below.
– When your camcorder recognizes the
remaining disc capacity with the POWER
switch set to
(Movie).
– When you press DISP/BATT INFO to
switch the indicator from off to on with
the POWER switch to
(Movie).
– When the recordable time for movies is
less than 5 minutes.
– When you start recording from the line
input.
ON
Always displays the remaining disc
indicator.
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A melody sounds when you start/stop
recording, or operate the touch panel.
OFF
Cancels the melody.
DISP OUTPUT
B LCD PANEL
Shows displays such as the counter on the
LCD screen and in the viewfinder.
V-OUT/PANEL
Shows the display also on the TV screen.
SETUP ROTATE
B NORMAL
Scrolls the setup items downwards by
touching
.
OPPOSITE
Scrolls the setup items upwards by touching
.
TIME/LANGU.
(CLOCK SET/AREA SET/LANGUAGE,
etc.)
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)
B 5min
The camcorder is automatically turned off
when you do not operate your camcorder for
more than approximately 5 minutes.
See page 64 for details on selecting
setup items.
CLOCK SET
See page 27.
NEVER
The camcorder is not automatically turned
off.
• When you connect your camcorder to a wall
outlet, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].
SUB-T DATE
Set to [ON] (the default setting) to display
the recording date and time when you play
back a disc on a DVD device with a subtitle
display function. Also refer to the instruction
manual of your DVD device.
AREA SET
You can adjust a time difference without
stopping the clock.
Set your local area using v/V when using
your camcorder overseas.
Refer to the World time difference on page
130.
DST/SUMMERTIME
CALIBRATION
See page 137.
LANGUAGE
You can select the language to be used on the
LCD screen.
• Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]
(simplified English) for when you cannot
find your native tongue among the options.
Using the Setup items
You can change this setting without stopping
the clock.
Set to [ON] to move the time forward one
hour.
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Customizing Personal Menu
You can add desired setup items to Personal
Menu, and customize Personal Menu
settings. This is convenient if you add
frequently used setup items to Personal
Menu.
Adding a setup item
Deleting a setup item
1 Touch
t [P-MENU SET UP]
t [DELETE].
If the desired setup item is not displayed,
touch
/
.
You can add up to 27 setup items for
(Movie),
(Still) or
PLAY/EDIT.
Delete a less important setup item, if you
want to add more.
1 Touch
t [P-MENU SET UP]
t [ADD].
2 Touch the setup item that you want
to delete.
2 Touch
/
to select a setup
category, then touch
.
3 Touch [YES] t
.
• You cannot delete [SETUP], [FINALIZE]
and [P-MENU SET UP].
3 Touch
/
to select a setup
item, then touch
t [YES] t
.
The setup item is added to the end of list.
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Arranging the order of setup
items displayed on Personal
Menu
1 Touch
t [P-MENU SET UP]
t [SORT].
If the desired setup item is not displayed
touch
/
.
2 Touch the setup item you want to
move.
3 Touch
/
to move the setup
item to the desired place.
4 Touch
.
5 Touch [END] t
.
• You cannot move [P-MENU SET UP].
Using the Setup items
To sort more items, repeat step 2 to 4.
Initializing the Personal Menu
settings (Reset)
Touch
t [P-MENU SET UP] t
[RESET] t [YES] t [YES] t
.
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Editing on DVD Handycam
Copying the still images
You can dub recorded still images from a
“Memory Stick Duo” to a disc or from a disc
to a “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Use the AC Adaptor as power source to
prevent your camcorder from running out
of power during operation during copying.
• Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
Adaptor during copying.
Copying the still images from the
“Memory Stick Duo” to DVD
5 Touch
t [YES].
Image copying starts.
6 Touch
when [Completed.]
appears.
Make sure to insert the recorded “Memory
Stick Duo” and a disc into your camcorder.
tab appears in the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
To copy all the still images on the
“Memory Stick Duo”
Touch [COPY ALL
2
Touch
tab, then touch [EDIT].
3 Touch [COPY
].
4 Touch the still image to be copied.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch
to return to the previous
screen.
• You can select up to 100 images at once.
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] in step 3.
• The still images cannot be copied to the finalized
DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW.
• Copying a large number of still images may take
time.
• When [Not enough memory space.] appears,
delete unnecessary images (p.87) in the disc
before operating your camcorder again.
• Some still images cannot be copied in the
following cases:
– Images taken with another camcorder
– Images edited with the computer
Copying the still images on the
DVD to “Memory Stick Duo”
Make sure to insert the recorded DVD and
“Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Touch
tab, then [EDIT].
3 Touch [COPY
6 Touch
when [Completed.]
appears.
tab appears in the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
To copy all the still images on the DVD
Touch [COPY ALL
] in step 3.
• It sometimes takes time when copying a number
of still images.
• When [Not enough memory space.] appears,
delete unnecessary images (p.86) in the “Memory
Stick Duo” before operating your camcorder
again.
• Some still images cannot be copied in the
following cases:
– Images taken with another camcorder
– Images edited with the computer
].
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch
to return to the previous
screen.
Editing on DVD Handycam
4 Touch the still image to be copied.
• You can select up to 100 images at once.
5 Touch
t [YES].
Image copying starts.
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Deleting still images from the “Memory Stick
Duo”
Make sure to insert the recorded “Memory
Stick Duo” into your camcorder.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Touch
tab.
3 Touch [EDIT].
4 Touch [DELETE].
5 Touch the still image to be deleted.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch
to return to the previous
screen.
• You can select up to 100 images at once.
6 Touch
t [YES].
• You cannot recover an image once you delete
it.
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To delete all the still images in the
“Memory Stick Duo”
Touch [DELETE ALL] in step 4.
• You cannot delete in the following:
– when the write-protect tab of the “Memory
Stick Duo” is set to the write-protect position
(p.132)
– when the still image has been protected on other
devices
• To delete all the still images in the “Memory Stick
Duo,” format it (p.77).
Editing the original data
Using DVD-RWs recorded inVR mode, you
can delete pictures or divide movies on the
disc with your camcorder.
Make sure to insert the recorded disc into
your camcorder.
Original
Glossary (p.143)
Deleting images
5 Touch
t [YES].
• You cannot recover an image once you delete
it.
To delete all movies or still images on
the disc at the same time
Touch [DELETE ALL] in step 3.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Select
tab or
tab that
includes the image you want to
delete, then touch [EDIT].
• If you delete an original movie that is listed in a
Playlist (p.88), it is also deleted from the Playlist.
• Deleting scenes may not provide enough space to
record movies or still images additionally.
• To delete all the images on the disc and restore
original recording capacity, format the disc
(p.62).
Dividing a movie
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
3 Touch [DELETE].
2 Touch
4 Select the image to be deleted.
3 Touch [DIVIDE].
tab t [EDIT].
4 Touch the scene to be divided.
Editing on DVD Handycam
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
The playback of the selected movie starts.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
5 Touch
at the point where you
want to divide the movie into
scenes.
The movie pauses.
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Creating the Playlist
Editing the original data
(continued)
When you touch
, it changes to
and the operational buttons below appear.
Returns to the beginning of
the selected movie.
Adjust the
volume
Adjusts the dividing point with more
precision after the dividing point has
been selected with
.
To hide the buttons, touch
.
• Play and pause toggles as you press
.
• A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch
and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on half-second increments.
6 Touch
A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the
still images and movies that you have
selected. The original scenes are not changed
even though you edit or delete the scenes in
the Playlist.
Playlist
Glossary (p.143)
Make sure to insert the recorded disc into
your camcorder.
• Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor
from your camcorder while editing the Playlist.
It may damage the disc.
• You can add up to 999 scenes in the Playlist.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Select
tab or
tab that
includes the scene you want to add
to the Playlist, then touch [EDIT].
t [YES].
• Once you divide a movie, you cannot return
it to the state it was in before you divided it.
• If the movie is added in the Playlist, dividing the
original movie does not affect the movie in the
Playlist.
3 Touch [
ADD].
• Touch
/
to display [
[
ADD] is not displayed.
ADD] when
4 Select the scene to be added to the
Playlist.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
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5 Touch
t [YES].
3 Touch [ERASE].
4 Select the scene to be deleted from
the list.
6
Touch [YES] to see the Playlist or
tab.
[NO] to return to
or
To add all the movies on the disc at the
same time
Touch [
ADD ALL] in step 3.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
5 Touch
t [YES].
To add all the still images on the disc
in a Playlist
It is recommended that you create a
Photomovie (p.90) beforehand, then add it in
a Playlist.
Erasing unnecessary scenes
from the Playlist
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
Touch [ERASE ALL] in step 3 t [YES].
• The original scenes are not changed even though
you erase the scenes from the Playlist.
Changing the order within the
Playlist
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Touch
Editing on DVD Handycam
• When you add still images in a Playlist, they are
converted automatically to a movie and added to
tab. A movie converted from still images is
shown with
. The original still images remain
on the disc. The resolution of the converted movie
may be lower than that of the original still images.
To erase all the scenes at the same time
t [EDIT].
3 Touch [MOVE].
2 Touch
t [EDIT].
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Creating the Playlist (continued)
4 Select the scene to be moved.
4 Select the scene to be divided.
The playback of the selected scene starts.
5 Touch
at the point where you
want to divide the movie into scenes.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch
to return to the previous
screen.
5 Touch
The movie pauses.
.
Touch to display
functional buttons.
See page 87 for details.
6 Select the designated position
with [T]/[t].
Move destination bar
7 Touch
Dividing a movie within the
Playlist
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
t [EDIT].
3 Touch [DIVIDE].
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6 Touch
t [YES].
t [YES].
• When you have selected multiple scenes, the
scenes are moved following the order
appeared in the Playlist.
2 Touch
• Play and pause toggles as you press
.
• A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch
and the actual
dividing point, as your camcorder selects the
dividing point based on half-second
increments.
• The original scenes are not changed even though
you divide scenes within the Playlist.
Converting all the still images on
a disc to a movie file
(Photomovie)
Photomovie categorizes still images as a
movie, you can add more images in the
Playlist.
Photomovie
Glossary (p.143)
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
Playing the Playlist
2 Touch
tab t [EDIT] t
[PHOTOMOVIE].
3 Touch [YES].
All of the still images on the disc are
converted to a single movie file, and
added to
tab. A movie converted
from still images is shown with
on
the upper right.
• It may take more time to create a Photomovie as
more still images are recorded on the disc.
• Still images which are not compatible with your
camcorder, such as ones shot with a digital still
camera and then copied to a computer can not be
converted from still images to a Photomovie.
Make sure to insert the disc on which the
Playlist is added into your camcorder.
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Touch
.
A list of the scenes added in the Playlist
appears.
3 Touch the image from which you
want to playback.
Editing on DVD Handycam
The screen returns to the VISUAL
INDEX screen when the Playlist is
played back from the selected scene to
the end.
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Dubbing, Printing
Dubbing to VCR/DVD devices
You can copy pictures played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs
or DVD recorders.
After dubbing them to an HDD (hard disk drive) video recorder, you can enjoy images stored
on the hard disk of the recorder.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p.21). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
(Yellow)
A/V jack
(White)
(Red)
IN
S VIDEO VIDEO
AUDIO
VCRs or
DVD
recorders
: Video/Signal flow
1 A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.
2 A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the S
VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting cable
with an S VIDEO cable (optional), higher
quality pictures can be produced than with an
A/V connecting cable. Connect the white and
red plug (left/right audio) and the S VIDEO
plug (S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional). The
yellow plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output audio.
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• To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
connected, set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD
PANEL] (the default setting, p.80).
• To record the date/time and camera settings data,
display them on the screen (p.79).
• When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video input jack, and
the red (right channel) or the white (left channel)
plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV.
1 Insert the recorded disc into your
camcorder.
2 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
Set [TV TYPE] according to the playback
device (p.52).
3 Insert the recording media for your
VCR or DVD recorder.
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
4 Connect your camcorder to the
VCR/DVD device with the A/V
connecting cable (supplied) 1 or
the A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional) 2.
• Connect your camcorder to the input jacks of
a VCR or DVD device.
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
Refer to the instruction manuals supplied
with your recording device for details.
Dubbing, Printing
5 Start the playback on your
6 When dubbing is finished, stop
your camcorder and the recording
device.
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Recording images from a TV or VCR/DVD device
You can record pictures or TV programs from a VCR, TV or DVD device onto a disc using your
camcorder.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p.21). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
(Yellow)
A/V jack
(White)
(Red)
OUT
S VIDEO VIDEO
AUDIO
VCRs, DVD
devices or TVs
: Video/Signal flow
1 A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the output jack of the other device.
2 A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the S
VIDEO jack, by using an A/V connecting cable
with an S VIDEO cable (optional), higher
quality pictures can be produced than with an
A/V connecting cable. Connect the white and
red plug (left/right audio) and the S VIDEO
plug (S VIDEO channel) of the A/V connecting
cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional). The
yellow plug connection is not necessary. S
VIDEO connection only will not output audio.
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• You cannot record images from a TV with no
output jacks.
• You cannot record TV programs which allow you
to record once, or have copy control technology.
• When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video output jack,
and the red (right channel) or the white (left
channel) plug to the audio output jack on the VCR
or the TV.
1 Connect your camcorder to the TV
or VCR/DVD device with the A/V
connecting cable (supplied) 1 or
the A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional) 2.
• Connect your camcorder to the output jacks
of a TV or VCR/DVD device.
7 Touch [REC] at the point you want
to start recording.
8 Touch
at the point you want
to stop recording.
9 Touch [END].
2 If you are recording from a VCR/
DVD device, insert the cassette or
disc into the playback device.
3 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
• There may be a time difference between the point
where you press [REC] and the actual point that
the recording starts/stops.
• You cannot record a picture as a still image even
if you press PHOTO during recording.
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
4 Touch
t [REC CTRL].
If you connected your camcorder to the
device which has the S VIDEO jack,
touch [SET] t [VIDEO INPUT] t [S
VIDEO] t
.
5 Insert a blank disc into your
Dubbing, Printing
• Touch [SET] to change the recording mode
or adjust the volume.
• Touch [SET] t [
REMAIN] t [ON]
to display the remaining disc indicator all the
time.
camcorder.
Format the disc if you use a new DVDRW/DVD+RW (p.62).
6 Start playing the cassette or the
disc on the playback device, or
select a TV program.
The picture played on the connected
device appears on the LCD screen of your
camcorder.
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Printing recorded still images
(PictBridge compliant printer)
You can print out still images using a
PictBridge compliant printer without
connecting the camcorder to a computer.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
using the supplied AC Adaptor for this
operation.
Insert the disc or “Memory Stick Duo” on
which still images are stored into your
camcorder and turn on the power of the
printer.
Connect your camcorder to the
printer
• You can also display the [USB SELECT] screen
by touching
t [SETUP] t
PICT.APPLI. t [USB SELECT].
• We cannot guarantee the operation of models that
are not PictBridge compatible.
Printing
1 Select the image to be printed with
/
2 Touch
.
t [COPIES].
3 Select the number of copies to be
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on
your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Connect the
(USB) jack of your
camcorder to the printer using the
USB cable (supplied).
The [USB SELECT] screen appears on
the LCD screen.
3 Touch [
PRINT] to print still
images from a disc or [
PRINT]
to print images from a “Memory
Stick Duo.”
When connection is complete,
(PictBridge connecting) appears
on the screen.
VGA
1 / 10
PRINT
101-0001
END
SET
/
.
You can set a maximum of 20 copies of
one image to be printed.
4 Touch
t [END].
To print the date on the image, touch
t [DATE/TIME] t [DATE] or
[DAY&TIME] t
.
5 Touch [EXEC] t [YES].
When printing is finished, [Printing...]
disappears and the image selection screen
appears again.You can continue printing
another still image.
6 When printing is finished, touch
[END] t [END].
• To print an image from a different media,
touch [FUNC.SELECT] and start from step
3 in “Connect your camcorder to the printer.”
EXEC
The still image appears.
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printed with
• Refer also to the instruction manual for the printer
to be used.
• Do not attempt the following operations when
is on the screen. The operations may not be
performed properly.
– Operate the POWER switch.
– Disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from the
printer.
– Slide the disc cover OPEN switch.
– Remove the “Memory Stick Duo” from your
camcorder.
• If the printer stops working, disconnect the USB
cable (supplied), turn the printer off and on again
and restart the operation from the beginning.
• If you print a still image recorded with a 16:9
(wide) ratio, left and right ends of the image may
be cut off.
• Some printer models may not support the date
printing function. Refer to your printer’s
instruction manual for details.
• We cannot guarantee the printing of images
recorded with a device other than your camcorder.
• Still images recorded by other devices that have
a file size of 2 MB or more, or are larger than 2304
× 1728 pixels cannot be printed.
• PictBridge is an industry standard established by
the Camera & Imaging Products Association
(CIPA). You can print still images without using
a computer by connecting a printer directly to a
digital video camera or digital still camera,
regardless of model or manufacturer.
Dubbing, Printing
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Jacks to connect external devices
1 Active Interface Shoe
The Active Interface Shoe supplies power
to optional accessories such as a video
light, a flash, or a microphone. The
accessory can be turned on or off as you
operate the POWER switch on your
camcorder. Refer also to the instruction
manual supplied with your accessory for
details.
• The Active Interface 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.
• When you are recording with the external
flash (optional), turn off the power of the
external flash to prevent charging noise being
recorded.
• You cannot use an external flash (optional)
and the built-in flash at the same time.
• When an external microphone (optional) is
connected, it takes precedence over the
internal microphone (p.44).
1...Open the shoe cover.
345...Open the jack cover.
2 Shoe cover
3 REMOTE jack
• Connect other optional accessories.
4 A/V (audio/video) jack (p.52, 92, 94)
5 DC IN jack (p.21)
6
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(USB) jack (p.96, 99)
Using a Computer
Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your
computer
When you install the Picture Package or Nero
Express 6 software on a Windows computer
from the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy
the following operations by connecting your
camcorder to your computer.
• The Macintosh computer does not
support the supplied Picture Package and
Nero Express 6 software.
• You can copy the still images when connecting
your camcorder to the Macintosh computer with
the USB cable. Refer to “First Step Guide” in the
supplied CD-ROM (p.104).
You can select your favorite movie and still
images and easily create an original movie with
added music and visual styles.
x Duplicating to an 8cm DVD
t Picture Package Duplicator
You can copy the disc you recorded with your
camcorder to an 8cm DVD.
What you can do with Nero
Express 6
x When copying a disc to the 12cm
DVD
You can copy the disc recorded with your
camcorder to the 12cm DVD.
About “First Step Guide”
What you can do with Picture
Package
x Viewing and Handling Pictures
t Picture Package DVD Viewer
You can view the movie and still images by
selecting from thumbnails. Movies and still
images are saved in folders by date.
You can delete unnecessary scenes of movies,
or create 8cm DVDs with menus.
• Refer to the supplied instruction manual for
details about Nero Express 6.
About the help function of the
software
Using a Computer
• The CD-ROM (supplied) includes the
following software.
– USB Driver
– Picture Package Ver.1.8.1
– Nero Express 6
– “First Step Guide”
The “First Step Guide” is an instruction
manual you can refer to on your computer.
This describes basic operations, from initial
hookup of your camcorder and computer and
making settings, to general operation the first
time you use the software, Picture Package,
stored on the CD-ROM (supplied). After
inserting the CD-ROM, referring to
“Installing software and “First Step Guide””
(p.101), start the “First Step Guide”, then
follow the instructions.
The Help guide explains all the functions of
all the software applications. Refer to the
Help guide for further detailed operations
after reading the “First Step Guide”
thoroughly. To display the Help guide, click
the [?] mark on the screen.
x Music Video/Slideshow Producer
t Picture Package Producer2
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Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer (continued)
System requirements
x When using Windows computer
x When using Macintosh computer
When using Picture Package on a
computer
• You can only copy still images from the “Memory
Stick Duo.”
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional /
Windows XP Home Edition / Windows XP
Professional
Standard installation is required. Operation
is not assured if the above OS has been
upgraded.
CPU: Intel Pentium III 600MHz or faster
(Pentium III 1GHz or faster recommended)
Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This
product is based on DirectX technology. It
is necessary to have DirectX installed.)/
Windows Media Player 7.0 or later/
Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or later
Sound system: 16 bit stereo sound card and
stereo speakers
Memory: 128 MB or more (256 MB or more
recommended)
Hard disk:
Available memory required for installation:
250 MB or more (2GB or more when using
Picture Package Duplicator.)/
Available free hard disk space
recommended: 6 GB or more (depending on
the size of the image files edited)
Display: 4 MB VRAM video card, Minimum
800 × 600 dots, High color (16 bit color,
65 000 colors), DirectDraw display driver
capability (this product will not operate
correctly at 800 × 600 dots or less, and 256
colors or less.)
Others: (USB) port (this must be provided
as standard)
OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.1/v10.2/
v10.3/v10.4)
Others: (USB) port (This must be provided
as standard)
When playing still images recorded on
a “Memory Stick Duo” on a computer
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional/
Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP
Professional
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above OS has
been upgraded.
CPU: MMX Pentium 200MHz or faster
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Others: (USB) port (This must be provided
as standard)
• Your camcorder is compatible with Hi-Speed
USB (USB 2.0). You can transfer data at a faster
rate using a computer compatible with Hi-Speed
USB. When you connect a USB interface not
compatible with Hi-Speed USB, the data transfer
ratio will be that of USB 1.1 (USB full speed).
• Operations are not guaranteed on all the
recommended environments.
• If your computer has a Memory Stick slot, insert
the “Memory Stick Duo” on which still images
are recorded into the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
(optional), then insert it into the Memory Stick
slot on your computer to copy still images to the
computer.
• When using a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” and your
computer is not compatible with it, connect your
camcorder with the USB cable instead of using
the Memory Stick slot on the computer.
Installing software and “First Step Guide”
You need to install the software to your
Windows computer before connecting
your camcorder to the computer. The
installation is required only for the first time.
Contents to be installed and procedures may
differ depending on your OS.
4 Click [Install].
Using a Windows computer
1 Confirm that your camcorder is not
connected to the computer.
2 Turn on the computer.
• Log on as Administrators for installation.
• Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the
• Depending on the operating system on the
computer, a message appears notifying you
that “First Step Guide”, cannot be installed
automatically with the InstallShield Wizard.
In such a case, manually copy “First Step
Guide” to your computer according to the
message’s instructions.
5 Select the language for the
application to be installed, then
click [Next].
disc drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.
• If the screen does not appear, follow the
procedure below.
1 Double-click [My Computer] (If you are
using Windows XP, click [Start], then [My
Computer].)
2 Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE]
(Disc drive).*
Using a Computer
6 Click [Next].
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary
depending on the computer.
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Installing software and “First Step Guide” (continued)
7 Read [License Agreement], check
11Click [Next], then follow the on-
[I accept the terms of the license
agreement] when you agree, then
click [Next].
screen instructions to install the
“First Step Guide.”
Depending on the computer, this screen
may not be displayed. In such a case, skip
to step 12.
8 Select where to save the software,
then click [Next].
12Click [Next], then follow the onscreen instructions to install
“ImageMixer EasyStepDVD.”
9 Select [NTSC], then click [Install].
13If the [Installing Microsoft (R)
DirectX (R) ] screen is displayed,
follow the steps below to install
DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step 14.
10Click [Install] on the [Ready to
Install the Program] screen.
The installation of Picture Package starts.
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1 Read [License Agreement], then click
[Next].
2 Click [Next].
15Remove the CD-ROM from the
disc drive of your computer.
3 Click [Finish].
• For connecting your camcorder to the
computer, see “First Step Guide” in the
supplied CD-ROM.
• If you have any questions about
PicturePackage, see “For inquires about
this software” (p.104).
Using a Macintosh computer
14Make sure [Yes, I want to restart
my computer now.] is checked,
then click [Finish].
You can copy the still images from the
“Memory Stick Duo” to the Macintosh
computer. Install “First Step Guide” in the
supplied CD-ROM.
• Refer to “First Step Guide” for the details on
connecting your camcorder to the computer and
copying the still images.
1 Confirm that your camcorder is not
connected to the computer.
2 Turn on the computer.
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the
disc drive of your computer.
4 Double-click CD-ROM icon.
Using a Computer
The computer turns off once, then starts
up again automatically (Restart).
The short-cut icons for [Picture Package
Menu], [Picture Package Menu
destination Folder] (and “First Step
Guide,” if installed by step 11) appear on
the desktop.
5 Copy “FirstStepGuide.pdf,” stored
in the desired language in the
[FirstStepGuide] folder, to your
computer.
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Viewing “First Step Guide”
Displaying “First Step Guide”
To view “First Step Guide” on your
computer, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Ver.6.0 or later is recommended.
Double-click the
icon on the desktop.
• You can also start by selecting [Start], [Programs]
([All Programs] for Windows XP), [Picture
Package], and [First Step Guide], then start up
[First Step Guide].
• To view “First Step Guide” in HTML without
using automatic installation, copy the desired
language folder from the [FirstStepGuide] folder
on the CD-ROM, and then double-click
[Index.html].
• Refer to “FirstStepGuide.pdf” in the following
cases:
– When printing “First Step Guide”
– When “First Step Guide” is not displayed
correctly due to the browser setting even in
recommended environment.
– When the HTML version of “First Step Guide”
is not installed automatically.
To start up on a Macintosh computer
Double-click “FirstStepGuide.pdf”.
To view the PDF, Adobe Reader is
needed. If it is not installed on your
computer, you can download it from the
Adobe Systems web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
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For inquires about this software
Pixela User Support Center
Pixela Home Page
http://www.ppackage.com/
– North America (Los Angeles) Telephone:
(Toll-Free) +1-800-458-4029
+1-213-341-0163
– Europe (U.K.) Telephone:
(Toll-Free) U.K., Germany, France and
Spain:
+800-1532-4865
Other countries:
+44-1489-564-764
– Asia (Philippines) Telephone:
+63-2-438-0090
On Copyrights
Music works, sound recording or other third
party musical contents you may acquire from
CDs, the Internet or other sources (the
“Music Contents”) are the copyrighted work
of the respective owners thereof and are
protected by copyright laws and other
applicable laws of each country/region.
Except to the extent expressly permitted by
applicable laws, you are not permitted to use
(including, without limitation, copying,
modifying, reproducing, uploading,
transmitting or placing to the external
network accessible to the public,
transferring, distributing, lending, licensing,
selling and publishing) any of the Music
Contents without obtaining authorization or
approval of the respective owners thereof.
License of Picture Package by Sony
Corporation would not be construed as
conferring to you by implication, estoppel or
otherwise, any license or right to use the
Music Contents.
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, remove the power source and
contact your Sony dealer.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam
The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.
• Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it
after about 1 minute. If the functions still do not work, press the RESET button (p.47) using a
sharp-pointed object. (If you press the RESET button, all settings, including the clock setting,
are reset, except the Personal Menu items.)
• The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
Buttons do not work.
• During Easy Handycam operation, the available buttons are limited. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation (p.33).
You cannot turn Easy Handycam operation on or off.
• You cannot turn Easy Handycam operation on or off while recording or communicating with
another device via USB cable. Cancel Easy Handycam operation (p.33).
Settings change during Easy Handycam operation.
• Some of the settings of your camcorder are restored to the default setting when you set Easy
Handycam operation (p.33).
[DEMO MODE] does not start.
• You cannot view the demonstration when the NIGHTSHOT switch is set to ON. Set the
NIGHTSHOT switch to OFF (p.45).
• Remove the disc and “Memory Stick Duo” from your camcorder (p.29, 30).
• Set the POWER switch to
(Movie).
• Vibration occurs depending on the condition of the disc. This is not a malfunction.
A vibration is felt in your hand or a faint sound is heard during operation.
• This is not a malfunction.
Troubleshooting
Your camcorder vibrates.
A motor sound is heard from your camcorder periodically.
• This is not a malfunction.
A motor sound is heard in the camcorder when the disc cover is closed without
a disc.
• Your camcorder recognizes the disc. This is not a malfunction.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Your camcorder gets warm.
• This is because the power has been turned on for a long time. This is not a malfunction. Turn
off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
Batteries/Power sources
The power does not turn on.
• The battery pack is not attached to the camcorder. Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder
(p.21).
• The battery pack is discharged or running low. Charge the battery pack (p.21).
• The plug of the AC Adaptor has been disconnected from the wall outlet. Connect it to the wall
outlet (p.21).
The power abruptly turns off.
• When approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate your camcorder, the
camcorder is automatically turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the setting of [A.SHUT OFF]
(p.81), or turn on the power again, or use the AC Adaptor.
• The battery pack is discharged or running low. Charge the battery pack (p.21).
The CHG (charge) lamp does not light while the battery pack is being charged.
•
•
•
•
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) (p.21).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.21).
Connect the power cord to the wall outlet properly.
The battery charge is completed (p.21).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged.
• Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.21). If the problem persists, disconnect
the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be
damaged.
The power turns off frequently although the remaining battery indicator indicates
that the battery pack has enough power to operate.
• A problem has occurred in the remaining battery time indicator, or the battery pack has not
been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again to correct the indication (p.21).
The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
• The temperature of the environment is too high or too low. This is not a malfunction.
• The battery pack has not been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem
persists, replace the battery pack with a new one (p.21).
• The indicated time may not be correct depending on the environment of use. When you open
or close the LCD screen, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery time.
The battery pack is quickly discharged.
• The temperature of the environment is too high or low. This is not a malfunction.
• The battery pack has not been charged enough. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem
persists, replace the battery pack with a new one (p.21).
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A problem occurs when the camcorder is connected to the AC Adaptor.
• Turn off the power, and disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet. Then, connect it again.
LCD screen/viewfinder
An unknown picture appears on the screen.
• The camcorder is in [DEMO MODE] (p.76). Touch the LCD screen or insert a disc or “Memory
Stick Duo” to cancel [DEMO MODE].
An unknown indicator appears on the screen.
• They may be warning indicators or messages (p.123).
The picture remains on the LCD screen.
• This occurs if you disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack
without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.
You cannot turn the LCD backlight off.
• During Easy Handycam operation (p.33), you cannot turn the LCD backlight on/off pressing
and holding DISP/BATT INFO.
The buttons do not appear on the touch panel.
• Touch the LCD screen lightly.
• Press DISP/BATT INFO on your camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote Commander) (p.26,
51).
The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all.
• Adjust the screen ([CALIBRATION]) (p.137).
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
• Use the viewfinder lens adjustment lever to adjust the lens (p.25).
• The picture is not displayed in the viewfinder when the LCD screen is open. Close the LCD
screen (p.25).
Troubleshooting
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Disc
The disc cannot be removed.
•
•
•
•
Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly (p.21).
Remove the battery pack from the camcorder, then attach it again (p.22).
Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p.21).
The disc is damaged or is dirty with fingerprints, etc. In this case, it may take up to 10 minutes
to remove the disc.
• The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
• Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour (p.136).
• Finalizing is interrupted by turning off your camcorder. Turn on your camcorder and remove
the disc after finalizing is completed (p.54).
Remaining disc space indicator is not displayed.
• Set [
REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining disc space indicator (p.80).
The indicators of the disc type and the recording format on the LCD screen are
grayed out.
• The disc may be created other than your camcorder. You can play back with your camcorder,
but you cannot record additional scenes.
“Memory Stick Duo”
You cannot operate functions using the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder (p.30).
• If you use a “Memory Stick Duo” formatted on a computer, format it on your camcorder (p.77).
Still images cannot be deleted.
•
•
•
•
Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p.132)
On the Review screen only the most recently recorded image can be deleted (p.48).
On the Edit screen only up to 100 images to be deleted can be selected at once.
Images protected by another device cannot be deleted. Use the original device to cancel the
protection.
You cannot delete all still images at once.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo” (p.132).
You cannot format the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo” (p.132).
The data file name is not indicated correctly.
• Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the universal
standard.
• The file is damaged.
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• The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p.132).
The data file name flashes.
• The file is damaged.
• The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p.132).
Recording
Refer also to “Adjusting the image during recording” (p.111).
Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not record movies/still images on the disc.
• The playback screen appears. Press
PLAY/EDIT or touch
on the LCD screen to
display the recording screen (p.36, 42).
• Your camcorder is recording the scene you have just shot on the disc. You cannot press PHOTO
while [CAPTURE] or
appears on the LCD screen (p.35, 41).
• The disc has run out of space. Use a new disc or format the disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW only,
p.62). Or delete the unnecessary images (p.87).
• The DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW has been finalized. Make a disc to be able to record
additional scenes (p.61).
• The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
• Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour (p.136).
You cannot record a still image.
• You cannot record a still image together with:
– [SMTH SLW REC]
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PICT. EFFECT]
• The playback screen appears. Press
PLAY/EDIT or touch
on the LCD screen to
display the recording screen (p.36, 42).
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo” (p.132).
• The “Memory Stick Duo” has run out of space. Use a new “Memory Stick Duo” or format the
“Memory Stick Duo” (p.77). Or delete the unnecessary images (p.86).
Troubleshooting
You cannot record on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
The ACCESS lamp lights up even when you stop recording.
• Your camcorder is recording the scene you have just shot on the disc.
The recording angle differs depending on the POWER switch setting position.
• The recording angle for the still image is wider than the one for the movie.
The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image.
• Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p.80).
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Troubleshooting (continued)
The flash does not work.
• You cannot record with the flash with:
– The Dual Rec function
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
– The conversion lens (optional) attached
• Even if auto flash or
(Auto redeye reduction) is selected, you cannot use the internal flash
with:
– NightShot
– [SUPER NS]
– [SPOTLIGHT], [SUNSET&MOON] or [LANDSCAPE] in [PROGRAM AE]
– [EXPOSURE]
– [SPOT METER]
The external flash (optional) does not work.
• The power of the flash is not turned on, or the flash is not attached correctly.
You cannot record still images continuously.
• You cannot record still images continuously with your camcorder.
The actual recording time for movie is less than the expected approximate
recording time.
• When you record an object that moves fast, the time available for recording may shorten (p.17,
77).
The recording stops.
• The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
• Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it about
1 hour in a cool place (p.136).
There is a time difference between the point where you press START/STOP and
the point that the recorded movie starts/stops.
• On your camcorder, there may be a slight time difference between the point where you press
START/STOP and the actual point that recording movie starts/stops. This is not a malfunction.
The movie aspect ratio cannot be changed.
• The aspect ratio of a DVD+RW disc cannot be changed. Format the disc again to change the
movie aspect ratio.
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Adjusting the image during recording
Refer also to “Setup items” (p.113).
The auto focus does not function.
• Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p.70).
• The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p.70).
[STEADYSHOT] does not function.
• Set [STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p.72).
• [STEADYSHOT] may not work for an excessive camera shake even if [STEADYSHOT] is set
to [ON].
The back light function does not function.
• The back light function is canceled when you set [EXPOSURE] to [MANUAL] (p.69) or select
[SPOT METER] (p.68).
• The back light function does not work during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy
Handycam operation (p.33).
The subjects passing by the frame might appear crooked.
• This is called the focal plane phenomenon. This is not a malfunction. Because of the way the
image device (CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the subjects passing by the frame rapidly
might crooked depending on the recording conditions.
Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen.
• The spots appear when you are recording in [SUPER NS] or [COLOR SLOW S]. This is not
a malfunction.
The color of the picture is not correctly displayed.
• Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to OFF (p.45).
• Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to OFF (p.45).
The picture appears too dark on the screen, and the subject does not appear on
the screen.
• The LCD screen backlight is switched off. Turn on the LCD backlight by pressing and holding
DISP/BATT INFO (p.25).
Troubleshooting
The picture appears too bright on the screen, and the subject does not appear
on the screen.
The picture appears bright, horizontal bands appear, or changes in color occurs.
• This occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury lamp.
This is not a malfunction. Cancel [PROGRAM AE] (p.68) to lessen the symptom.
Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen.
• Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p.72).
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Remote Commander
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
• Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p.80).
• Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/– polarities correctly matching the +/– marks
(p.138).
• Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor.
• Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead
lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
• Remove the conversion lens (optional) as the remote sensor may be obstructed by it.
Another DVD device malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote
Commander.
• Select a commander mode other than DVD 2 for your DVD device, or cover the sensor of your
DVD device with black paper.
Playing back a disc on your camcorder
You cannot play back a disc.
•
•
•
•
Slide the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
Check out the disc compatibility (p.16).
Insert a disc with the recording side facing your camcorder (p.28).
The disc recorded in other devices may not be played back on your camcorder.
The playback picture is distorted.
• Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.131).
Still images stored on a “Memory Stick Duo” are not played back in the actual size.
• Still images recorded on other devices may not appear in the actual size. This is not a malfunction.
Still images stored on a “Memory Stick Duo” cannot be played back.
• Still images cannot be played back if you have modified files or folders, or have edited the data
on a computer. (The file name flashes in that case.) This is not a malfunction (p.133).
• Still images recorded on other devices may not be played back. This is not a malfunction (p.133).
“
” is indicated on an image in the VISUAL INDEX screen.
• Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.131).
• Loading of the data may have failed. It may be indicated correctly when you turn off the power
and then turn it on again, or remove the disc once and set it again.
• This may appear on still images taken with other devices, edited on a computer, etc.
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No sound or only a low sound is heard when playing back a disc.
•
•
•
•
Set [MULTI-SOUND] to [STEREO] (p.78).
Turn up the volume (p.43).
Sound is not output when the LCD screen is closed. Open the LCD screen.
When you record sound with [MICREF LEVEL] (p.78) set to [LOW], the recorded sound may
be difficult to hear.
• [SMTH SLW REC] is selected, sounds cannot be recorded.
Playing back a disc on other devices
You cannot play back the disc or a disc cannot be recognized.
• Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.131).
• Finalize the disc (p.54).
• A disc recorded in VR mode cannot be played back on a device that does not support VR mode.
Check the compatibility in the instruction manual of the playback device.
The playback picture is distorted.
• Clean the disc using the cleaning cloth (supplied, p.131).
“
” is indicated on an image in the DVD menu.
• Loading of the data may have failed when the disc was finalized. For DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RW, make the disc capable of additional recording (p.61), then remake the DVD menu
by finalizing the disc again (p.57). The DVD menu may be displayed correctly.
Playback freezes for an instant between the scenes.
• The image may freeze for an instant between scenes depending on the DVD device being used.
This is not a malfunction.
Playback does not move to the previous scene when you press ..
Setup items
Setup items are grayed out.
Troubleshooting
• If playback crosses 2 titles made automatically by your camcorder when . is pressed,
playback may not move to the previous scene. Select the desired scene from the menu screen.
Refer to the instruction manual of the playback device for further information.
• You cannot select grayed items in the current situation.
is not displayed.
• You can operate limited operations during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation (p.33).
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Troubleshooting (continued)
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE].
• You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with:
– NightShot
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [OLD MOVIE]
You cannot use [SPOT METER].
• You cannot use [SPOT METER] together with:
– NightShot
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
• If you set [PROGRAM AE], [SPOT METER] is automatically set to [AUTO].
You cannot use [EXPOSURE].
• You cannot use [EXPOSURE] together with:
– NightShot
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
• If you set [PROGRAM AE], [EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [AUTO].
You cannot use [WHITE BAL.].
• You cannot use [WHITE BAL.] together with:
– NightShot
– [SUPER NS]
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS].
• You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS] together with [PROGRAM AE].
You cannot use [SUPER NS].
• The NIGHTSHOT switch is not set to ON.
• You cannot use [SUPER NS] together with:
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
[COLOR SLOW S] does not operate correctly.
• [COLOR SLOW S] may not operate correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot or [SUPER NS].
• You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] together with:
– [FADER]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PROGRAM AE]
– [EXPOSURE]
– [SPOT METER]
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You cannot use [
• You cannot use [
SELF-TIMER].
SELF-TIMER] together with [FADER].
You cannot use [FADER].
• You cannot use [FADER] together with:
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
You cannot use [D. EFFECT].
• You cannot use [D. EFFECT] together with:
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [FADER]
• You cannot use [OLD MOVIE] together with:
– [PROGRAM AE]
– [PICT. EFFECT]
You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT].
• You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT] together with [OLD MOVIE].
You cannot use [SMTH SLW REC].
• You cannot use [SMTH SLW REC] together with:
– [SUPER NS]
– [COLOR SLOW S]
– [D. EFFECT]
– [PICT. EFFECT]
You cannot set [STILL MEDIA].
You cannot view [SUR MONITOR].
• You cannot view the [SUR MONITOR] either you are not recording in 5.1ch surround recording
or together with [FADER].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL].
Troubleshooting
• You cannot set [STILL MEDIA] while recording a movie.
• You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when power is supplied from the AC Adaptor, or when
you turn the LCD panel facing out on your camcorder when the POWER switch is set to
(movie) or
(Still).
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Troubleshooting (continued)
Editing for movies and still images on the disc (DVD-RW:VR mode)
You cannot edit a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW with your camcorder.
Unable to edit.
• There are no images recorded on the disc.
• Unable to edit because of the condition of the image.
• You cannot edit an image protected on another device.
Scenes cannot be added in the Playlist.
• The disc is full, or the added scenes exceed 999. Delete unnecessary scenes or add all the still
images by converting them to a movie (Photomovie, p.90).
A movie cannot be divided.
• A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
• A movie with a
mark cannot be divided (p.87, 90).
• A movie protected on another device cannot be divided.
A scene cannot be deleted.
• A scene protected on another device cannot be deleted.
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices
The aspect ratio of the playback is not correct when connecting your camcorder
to the TV.
• Set [TV TYPE] depending on your TV (p.52).
Pictures from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the
viewfinder.
• Touch
t [REC CTRL] (p.94).
Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed.
• You cannot zoom scenes input from the other device on your camcorder.
No sound is heard when playing back a disc.
• The audio will not be output when you connect a device via the S VIDEO plug only. Connect
the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable, too (p.94).
You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
• The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting cable
is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the output jack of a device you are dubbing a picture
from, or to the input jack of another device for dubbing a picture from your camcorder (p.92, 94).
You cannot copy the disc to the 12cm DVD.
• Use the supplied software, Nero Express 6. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with Nero
Express 6 for details.
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Prints cannot be made using a PictBridge printer.
• Your printer may not print images recorded using other devices. This is not a malfunction.
Others
You cannot delete an image.
• You cannot delete images from a DVD-R.
• With a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW, you can only delete the most recently recorded
image (p.48).
• You cannot delete images from a “Memory Stick Duo” that has been protected with another
device.
Unable to copy still images.
• You cannot copy still images to a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW that has been
finalized. Follow the required procedure to record additional material on the DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode)/DVD+RW (p.61).
• There is not enough capacity for the disc or “Memory Stick Duo” to be copied. Delete unwanted
images (p.86, 87).
• When the destination is “Memory Stick Duo” with the lock on the write-protect tab, release
the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo” (p.132)
• You may not copy still images recorded/edited using other devices.
Unable to finalize.
• Battery is running out during finalizing. Use the AC Adaptor.
• The disc has already been finalized. If you are using a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW,
follow the required procedure to record additional material on the disc (p.61).
You cannot edit or record additional material on a disc using other devices.
• You may not be able to edit a disc recorded on your camcorder using other devices.
The disc title cannot be changed.
Troubleshooting
• You cannot record a disc title on a finalized DVD-R.
• The disc has already been finalized. If you are using a DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW,
follow the required procedure to record additional material on the disc (p.61).
• The disc title may not be changed on your camcorder if the disc title has been made by another
device.
A Photomovie cannot be created.
• There are no still images.
• There may be a lot of still images on a disc and the remaining disc capacity is low. Delete
unnecessary images from the disc (p.87).
The beep sounds for 5 seconds.
• The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it
for a while in a cool place.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
• Moisture condensation has occurred with the disc. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour, then turn on your camcorder again (p.136).
• Some problems have occurred in your camcorder. Remove the disc and insert it again, then
operate your camcorder again.
Unable to unfinalize.
• You cannot unfinalize a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VR mode)/DVD+RW (p.61).
• Your camcorder is in Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy Handycam operation (p.33) to
unfinalize a disc (p.61).
Connecting to a computer
The computer does not recognize your camcorder.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it again firmly.
• Disconnect USB device other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the
computer.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect
them again correctly.
When editing the images in the disc, the computer does not recognize your
camcorder.
• Install the Picture Package software (p.101).
• Confirm the USB driver is correctly installed with the following procedures.
For Windows XP
1 Click [Start], then [Control Panel].
2 Click [Performance and Maintenance], then [System].
The [System Properties] window appears.
3 Click [Hardware] tab.
4 Click [Device Manager].
The [Device Manager] window appears.
5 Make sure that [SONY DDX-C1002 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives],
[Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal
Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
When all the devices appear, the USB driver is installed correctly. If any of these devices
are not shown, install USB driver.
1 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive on your computer.
2 Double-click [My Computer].
3 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] icon (Disc drive)*, then click [Open].
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
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4 Double-click [Driver] t [Setup.exe].
For Windows 2000
1 Click [Start], [Settings], then [Control Panel].
2 Click [System].
The [System Properties] window appears.
3 Click [Hardware] tab.
4 Click [Device Manager].
The [Device Manager] window appears.
5 Make sure that [SONY DDX-C1002 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives],
[Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal
Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
When all the devices appear, the USB driver is installed correctly. If any of these devices
are not shown, install USB driver.
Troubleshooting
1 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive on your computer.
2 Double-click [My Computer].
3 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] icon (Disc drive)*, then click [Open].
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
4 Double-click [Driver] t [Setup.exe].
An error message appears when you place the supplied CD-ROM in your
computer.
• Set the computer display as follows:
– 800 × 600 dots or more, High Color (16 bits, 65 000 colors) or more
You cannot use the supplied CD-ROM on a Macintosh computer.
• The supplied software Picture Package is not compatible with a Macintosh computer.
You cannot view images recorded on your camcorder.
• Make sure to insert the connector in the correct direction, then connect the USB cable to the
(USB) jack on your camcorder firmly.
• Turn on your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
• Select [USB SELECT] t [ COMPUTER] in the menu settings of your camcorder (p.76).
• Disconnect the USB device other than the keyboard, mouse, and camcorder from the computer.
You cannot view the still images recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” on the
computer.
• Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” in the correct direction firmly.
• Select [USB SELECT] t [
COMPUTER] in the menu settings of your camcorder (p.76).
• The computer does not recognize the “Memory Stick Duo” during camcorder operation such
as disc playback or editing. Finish camcorder operation before connecting the camcorder to
the computer again.
The “Memory Stick” icon ([Removable Disk]) does not appear on the computer.
• Turn on your camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
• Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder.Disconnect the USB device other than the
keyboard, mouse, and camcorder from the computer.
• Select [USB SELECT] t [
COMPUTER] in the menu settings of your camcorder (p.76).
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• The computer does not recognize the “Memory Stick Duo” during camcorder operation such
as disc playback or editing. Finish camcorder operation before connecting the camcorder to
the computer again.
[Cannot start Easy Handycam] or [Cannot cancel Easy Handycam] appears on
the screen of your camcorder.
• You cannot start or cancel Easy Handycam operation while the USB cable is connected.
Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder first.
You cannot transfer image data from your camcorder to a computer.
• Set [USB SPEED] to [FULL SPEED] in setup item (p.79).
The images or sound of your camcorder cannot be played back correctly.
• When you connect your camcorder to a computer not compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB
2.0), it may not be able to be played back correctly. However, it does not effect to the images
or sounds transferred to your computer.
• When you set [USB SPEED] to [FULL SPEED] (p.79), it may not be able to be played back
correctly. However, it does not effect to the images or sounds transferred to your computer.
• Depending on the computer you use, the played back image or sound may stop temporarily,
but this does not effect the images or sound transferred to your computer.
You cannot write data from your computer on a disc in your camcorder using the
USB cable.
• The disc is not compatible with your camcorder. Use a disc compatible with your camcorder
(p.16).
• You cannot write data from other than the Picture Package on a disc in your camcorder.
The file transferred from the computer is not written to the “Memory Stick Duo”
in your camcorder.
• The USB cable is not removed with the right procedure. Connect your camcorder to the computer
again and transfer the data.
Picture Package does not function correctly.
An error message appears while operating Picture Package.
• Close Picture Package first, then slide the POWER switch on your camcorder to turn on another
lamp.
Troubleshooting
• Close Picture Package, then restart the computer.
• Confirm the OS that supports Picture Package (p.100).
You cannot copy the disc to the 12cm DVD using Picture Package.
• Use the supplied software, Nero Express 6. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with Nero
Express 6 for details.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
The “First Step Guide” is not displayed correctly.
• Follow the procedure below and refer to “First Step Guide” (FirstStepGuide.pdf).
1 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
2 Double-click [My Computer].
3 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
4 Click [Explorer].
5 Double-click [FirstStepGuide].
6 Double-click the desired language folder.
7 Double-click “FirstStepGuide.pdf.”
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Warning indicators and messages
Self-diagnosis display/Warning
indicators
E:20:ss / E:31:ss / E:40:ss /
E:61:ss / E:62:ss / E:91:ss /
E:94:ss
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder, check the following.
Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If
the problem persists even after you have tried
a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer
or local authorized Sony service facility.
• A malfunction that you cannot service
has occurred. Contact your Sony dealer
or local authorized Sony service facility.
Inform them of the 5-digit code, which
starts from “E.”
C:21:00
100-0001 (Warning indicator
pertaining to files)
Slow flashing
• The file is damaged.
• The file is unreadable.
C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis
display)
C:04:ss
• The battery pack is not an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Use an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p.134).
• Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor
to the DC IN jack of your camcorder
securely (p.21).
C:13:ss
• The disc is faulty. Use a compatible disc
with your camcorder (p.16).
• The disc is dirty or has scratches on it.
Clean the disc with the supplied cleaning
cloth (p.131).
C:32:ss
• Symptoms that are not described above
have occurred. Remove the disc and
insert it again, then operate your
camcorder again.
• Remove the power source. Reconnect it
again and operate your camcorder again.
• Turn on your camcorder again.
Slow flashing
• A disc is not inserted.*
• Less than 5 minutes remains for
recording movies.
• Fewer than 30 images can be
accommodated in the remaining space.
Fast flashing
• An unrecognizable disc is inserted.*
• A finalized DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/
DVD+RW is inserted into your
camcorder during recording standby.
• The disc is fully recorded.*
• A disc that cannot be read or written is
inserted, such as the single-sided disc
inserted inside out.
• The disc recorded in the different TV
color system from your camcorder is
inserted when
(Movie) is selected.*
Z (You need to remove the disc)*
Fast flashing
Troubleshooting
C:21:ss
• Moisture condensation has occurred
with the disc. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for about 1 hour (p.136).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
discs)
• An unrecognizable disc is inserted.
• The disc is fully recorded.
• An error might have occurred with the
disc drive in your camcorder.
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Warning indicators and messages (continued)
E (Battery level warning)
Slow flashing
• The battery pack is nearly used up.
• Depending on the operating
environment or battery conditions, E
may flash, even if there are
approximately 20 minutes remaining.
% (Moisture condensation warning)*
Fast flashing
Slow flashing
• Still charging.
Fast flashing*
• There is something wrong with the flash.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
camera-shake warning)
• The temperature of your camcorder is
getting higher.
• The amount of lights is not sufficient, so
camera-shake easily occurs. Use the fl
ash.
• The camcorder is unsteady, so camerashake easily occurs. Hold the camcorder
steady with both hands and shoot the
image. However, note that the camerashake warning indicator does not
disappear.
Fast flashing*
• The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high.
* You hear a melody when the warning indicators
appear on the screen (p.80).
• Moisture condensation has occurred
with the disc. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for about 1 hour (p.136).
(High temperature warning)
Slow flashing
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in
a cool place.
(Warning indicator pertaining to
“Memory Stick Duo”)
• “Memory Stick Duo” is not inserted
(p.30).
(Warning indicators pertaining to
“Memory Stick Duo”)*
• The “Memory Stick Duo” is damaged.
• The “Memory Stick Duo” is not
formatted correctly (p.77, 132).
(Warning indicator pertaining to
incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”)*
• An incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”
is inserted (p.132).
- (Warning indicator pertaining
to the write-protect of the “Memory
Stick Duo”)*
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory
Stick Duo” is set to lock (p.132).
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(Warning indicator pertaining to the
flash)
Description of warning
messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the
instructions.
x Battery
Use the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
(p.134)
Battery level is low. (p.21, 134)
Old Battery. Use a new one. (p.134)
x Drive
Z Drive error. Turn on power again.
• A problem may have occurred with the
disc drive. Turn off and then on again.
x Moisture condensation
% Moisture condensation. Turn off for
1H. (p.136)
% Condensation. Cannot open.
Remove disc later. (p.136)
Playback prohibited.
• You are trying to play back an
incompatible disc with your camcorder.
Z Disc finalized. Cannot record on
disc.
• A finalized DVD-R cannot be recorded.
Use a new disc.
Z Need to unfinalize disc.
• To record on the finalized DVD-RW
(VIDEO mode), unfinalize it (p.61).
Cannot change movie aspect ratio on
DVD+RW.(p.62)
x Disc
Overheated. Recording on disc
disabled.
Overheated. Cannot open. Try
later.
Z Recording on disc disabled.
• A malfunction has occurred with the disc
and it cannot be used.
Disc movie area full. Cannot
record movies.
• Delete unnecessary scenes (p.87).
Scene number on disc is full.
Z Disc full. Cannot record.
Records movies in 4:3. Format to set.
(p.62)
Insert a disc or change STILL
MEDIA to Memory Stick. (p.28, 35, 41)
Unknown disc.Cannot record.
Cannot recover data.Please format
disc.
Z Disc error. Remove disc.
• The incompatible disc with your
camcorder is inserted. Your camcorder
cannot recognize the disc because of
malfunctions such as scratches, or the
disc situation is not set correctly.
• Delete unnecessary scenes (p.87).
Z Disc error. Unsupported format.
Movie recording disabled.
• Movies cannot be recorded due to some
limitations of the disc. However, you
might be able to record still images.
• The disc recorded in the different format
code from your camcorder. Formatting
the disc may enable you to use the disc
on your camcorder (DVD-RW/
DVD+RW only) (p.62).
Troubleshooting
• Delete unnecessary scenes (p.87).
Records movies in 16:9. Format to set.
(p.62)
Still recording on disc disabled.
• Still images cannot be recorded due to
some limitations of the disc. However,
you might be able to record movies.
Data error.
• An error occurred during reading or
writing the disc.
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Warning indicators and messages (continued)
Access error.
• An error occurred during reading or
writing the disc.
x “Memory Stick Duo”
Reinsert the Memory Stick.
• Reinsert the “Memory Stick Duo” a few
times. If even then the indicator flashes,
the “Memory Stick Duo” can be
damaged. Try with another “Memory
Stick Duo.”
This is a read-only Memory Stick.
• Insert a writable “Memory Stick Duo.”
Incompatible type of Memory
Stick.
• A type of “Memory Stick Duo”
incompatible with your camcorder is
inserted (p.132).
This Memory Stick is not formatted
correctly.
• Check the format, then format the
“Memory Stick Duo” with your
camcorder if necessary (p.77, 132).
Cannot record. The Memory Stick is
full.
• Delete unnecessary images (p.86).
Cannot record still images on Memory
Stick. (p.132)
- The Memory Stick is locked.
Check the tab. (p.132)
Cannot playback. Reinsert the
Memory Stick. (p.30)
Cannot record. Reinsert the Memory
Stick. (p.30)
Memory Stick has been removed.
Process canceled.
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Memory Stick folders are full.
• You cannot create folders exceeding
999MSDCF. You cannot create or delete
created folders using your camcorder.
• You will have to format the “Memory
Stick Duo” (p.77), or delete them using
your computer.
Do not eject the Memory Stick during
writing.
Insert a Memory Stick or change
STILL MEDIA to DVD. (p.30, 35, 41)
Cannot record still pictures.
No more still pictures during movie
recording.
• You are trying to record three or more
still images, the maximum number that
can be recorded at one time, in recording
with the Dual Rec function (p.45).
No more still pictures during movie
recording
• When using the Dual Rec function, do
not eject the “Memory Stick Duo” from
your camcorder from after recording a
movie is finished until the still images
are recorded on the “Memory Stick
Duo.”
Cannot save still picture.
• When using the Dual Rec function, do
not remove the still image recording
media from the camcorder until disc
recording is finished and still image
recording is complete (p.45).
x PictBridge compliant printer
Check the connected device.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
Not connected to PictBridge
compatible printer.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
Error. Cancel the task.
• Check the printer.
Cannot print. Check the printer.
• Switch off the printer and switch it on
again, then disconnect the USB cable
(supplied) and reconnect it.
x Flash
Charging... Cannot record still
images.
• You are trying to record a still image
while the flash is charging.
Flash cannot charge. Not available.
• A malfunction has occurred with the
strobe and disable charging.
Lens accessory attached. Cannot use
flash.
x Lens cover
Lens cover is not closed. Turn the
power off once. (p.24)
• The DVD+RW has been finalized. Make
a disc to be able to record additional
scenes (p.61).
x Other
E Please connect AC adaptor.
• You are trying to finalize or format a disc,
or making a disc available for additional
recording after finalizing with the battery
capacity low. Use the AC Adaptor as the
power source to prevent the battery from
wearing out in the middle of those
operations.
Use new AC adapter or reinsert. (p.21)
Playlist full.
• You cannot create the playlist exceeding
999 scenes.
• There is not enough available space on
the disc or “Memory Stick Duo.”
Cannot divide.
• You cannot divide still images converted
to a movie with
.
• You cannot divided a movie that is
extremely short.
Data protected.
• The disc has been protected with another
device.
Copy inhibit.
• You cannot copy scenes with the copy
protection signal.
x Easy Handycam
Cannot start Easy Handycam. (p.33)
Cannot cancel Easy Handycam. (p.33)
Invalid during Easy Handycam
operation. (p.33)
Troubleshooting
Lens cover not fully open. Turn power
off then on. (p.24)
No recording in Easy Handycam
operation. (p.33)
Not enough memory space. (p.84, 85)
This file cannot be copied. (p.84, 85)
Cannot select any more files. (p.84, 85)
Disc cover open, accidentally. Turn on
power again.
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Warning indicators and messages (continued)
Recovering data
vibration.
Avoid any
• Your camcorder tries to recover data
automatically if the data writing was not
performed properly.
Cannot recover data on disc.
• Writing data to the disc has failed.
Attempts were made to recover the data,
but they were unsuccessful.
Turn power on again.
Please wait.
• This is displayed if the disc removal
process takes time. Leave the camcorder
alone for about 10 minutes so that it is
not subject to vibration.
Possibility of problem with disc.
• The disc removal process has failed.
There may be something wrong with the
disc.
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Additional Information
Using your camcorder abroad
Power supply
You can use your camcorder in any countries/
regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240
V, 50/60 Hz range.
Use a commercially available AC plug
adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the
design of the wall outlet [b].
AC-L200
[a]
[b]
On TV color systems
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 an AUDIO/VIDEO input
jack.
Used in
NTSC
Bahama Islands, Bolivia,
Canada, Central America, Chile,
Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana,
Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico,
Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the
Philippines, the U.S.A.,
Venezuela, etc.
PAL
Australia, Austria, Belgium,
China, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary,
Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Singapore, Slovak
Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand, United
Kingdom, etc.
PAL - M
Brazil
PAL - N
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.
SECAM
Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,
Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine,
etc.
Additional Information
System
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Using your camcorder abroad (continued)
Setting to the local time
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your
camcorder abroad. Set [AREA SET] and [DST]/[SUMMERTIME] in the
TIME/LANGU.
(p.27).
World time difference
1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31
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Area
code
Time-zone
differences
Area setting
Area
code
1
2
Time-zone
differences
GMT
Lisbon, London
17
+11:00
Solomon Is.
+01:00
Berlin, Paris
18
+12:00
Fiji, Wellington
3
+02:00
Helsinki, Cairo
19
–12:00
Eniwetok, Kwajalein
4
+03:00
Moscow, Nairobi
20
–11:00
Midway Is., Samoa
5
+03:30
Tehran
21
–10:00
Hawaii
6
+04:00
Abu Dhabi, Baku
22
–09:00
Alaska
7
+04:30
Kabul
23
–08:00
LosAngeles, Tijuana
8
+05:00
Karachi, Islamabad
24
–07:00
Denver, Arizona
9
+05:30
Calcutta, New Delhi
25
–06:00
Chicago, Mexico City
10
+06:00
Almaty, Dhaka
26
–05:00
NewYork, Bogota
11
+06:30
Rangoon
27
–04:00
Santiago
12
+07:00
Bangkok, Jakarta
28
–03:30
St. John’s
13
+08:00
HongKong, Singapore
29
–03:00
Brasilia, Montevideo
14
+09:00
Seoul, Tokyo
30
–02:00
Fernando de Noronha
15
+09:30
Adelaide, Darwin
31
–01:00
Azores
16
+10:00
Melbourne, Sydney
Area setting
About the disc
See page 16 for the details of discs
which you can use with your
camcorder.
Notes on use
• Hold the disc by its edge while supporting
the center hole lightly. Do not touch the
recording side (the opposite of the printed
side when using a single-sided disc).
• Before shooting, be sure to remove dust and
fingerprints from the disc with the cleaning
cloth supplied with your camcorder.
Otherwise you may not be able to record or
play normally in some situations using that
disc.
• When you set the disc in your camcorder,
press firmly until it clicks. When the
message [C:13:ss] appears on the LCD
screen, open the disc cover and set the disc
again.
• Do not attach any adhesive material such
as a sticker on the surface of a disc. If you
do so, the disc may become unbalanced,
and this may cause a malfunction of the disc
or your camcorder.
• Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight or
leave it in a humid place.
• When you carry or store the disc, put it in
its case.
• When you want to write letters or marks,
etc. on a single-sided disc, write only on the
printed side using an oil-based marker with
a felt-tip, and do not touch the ink until it
dries. Do not heat the disc or use a sharppointed tool, such as ball point pen. Do not
dry the surface by heating. You cannot write
on, or mark, on the double-sided discs.
Care and storage of the discs
Additional Information
• Keep the disc clean, or the quality of the
audio and video output may deteriorate.
• Clean the disc with the supplied cleaning
cloth.
Wipe the disc from the center out. For dirt,
clean the disc with a soft cloth slightly
moistened in water, then remove the
moisture with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use
solvents such as benzine, cleaners intended
for vinyl LPs or antistatic splay, as they may
cause a malfunction to the disc.
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About the “Memory Stick”
A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable IC
recording medium with a data capacity that
exceeds the capacity of a floppy disk.
You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,”
which is about the half size of a standard
“Memory Stick” in your camcorder.
However, appearance on the list below does
not guarantee the operation of all types of
“Memory Stick Duo” in your camcorder.
Types of “Memory Stick”
Recording/
Playback
“Memory Stick”
(without MagicGate)
–
“Memory Stick Duo”*1
(without MagicGate)
a
“MagicGate Memory Stick”
–
“Memory Stick Duo”*1
(with MagicGate)
“MagicGate Memory Stick
Duo” *1
“Memory Stick PRO”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” *1
*1
*2
*3
a*2*3
a*3
–
a*2*3
A “Memory Stick Duo” is about half the size of
a standard “Memory Stick.”
The types of “Memory Stick” that support high
speed data transfer. The speed of data transfer
varies depending on the device to be used.
“MagicGate” is a copyright protection
technology that records and transfers the
contents in an encrypted format. Note that data
that uses “MagicGate” technology cannot be
recorded or played on your camcorder.
• Still image format: Your camcorder compresses
and records image data in the JPEG (Joint
Photographic Experts Group) format. The file
extension is “.JPG.”
• File names of still images:
– 101- 0001: This file name appears on the screen
of your camcorder.
– DSC00001.JPG: This file name appears on the
display of a computer.
• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted by a computer
(Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have guaranteed
compatibility with your camcorder.
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• Data read/write speed may vary depending on the
combination of the “Memory Stick” and
“Memory Stick” compliant product you use.
On a “Memory Stick Duo” with a writeprotect tab
You can prevent accidental erasure of images
when you slide the write-protect tab on the
“Memory Stick Duo” with a small tapered
object, to the write-protect position.
Notes on use
Image data may be damaged in the following
cases. Compensation for damaged image
data will not be made.
• If you eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” turn the
power off on your camcorder, or remove the
battery pack for replacement while your
camcorder is reading or writing image files on the
“Memory Stick Duo” (while the ACCESS lamp
is lit or flashing).
• If you use the “Memory Stick Duo” near magnets
or magnetic fields.
It is recommended you make a back-up of
important data on the hard disk of a computer.
x On handling a “Memory Stick”
Keep the following in mind when handling a
“Memory Stick Duo.”
• Be careful not to apply excessive force when
writing on a memo area on a “Memory Stick
Duo.”
• Do not attach a label or the like on a “Memory
Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick Duo Adaptor.
• When you carry or store a “Memory Stick Duo,”
put it in its case.
• Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come
into contact with the terminals.
• Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the
“Memory Stick Duo.”
• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory Stick
Duo.”
• Do not let the “Memory Stick Duo” get wet.
• Be careful to keep “Memory Stick Duo” media
out of the reach of small children. There is danger
that a child might swallow it.
• Do not insert anything other than a “Memory
Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo slot.
Doing so may cause a malfunction.
x On a location for use
Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick Duo”
in the following locations.
• Places subject to extremely high temperature,
such as a car parked outside in the summer.
• Places under direct sunlight.
• Places with extremely high humidity or subject
to corrosive gases.
– When playing back image data modified on
your computer.
– When playing back image data recorded with
other devices.
x On the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
After inserting a “Memory Stick Duo” into
the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor, you can use
it with a standard “Memory Stick” compliant
device.
• When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with a
“Memory Stick” compliant device, be sure to
insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into a Memory
Stick Duo Adaptor.
• When inserting a “Memory Stick Duo” into a
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor, make sure the
“Memory Stick Duo” is inserted facing in the
correct direction, then insert it all the way in. Note
that improper use may damage the device. Also,
if you force the “Memory Stick Duo” into the
Memory Stick Duo slot in the wrong direction,
the Memory Stick Duo slot may be damaged.
• Do not insert a Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
without a “Memory Stick Duo” attached. Doing
so may result in malfunctions of the unit.
x On a “Memory Stick PRO Duo”
• The maximum memory capacity of a “Memory
Stick PRO Duo” that can be used on your
camcorder is 2 GB.
On image data compatibility
Additional Information
• Image data files recorded on a “Memory Stick
Duo” by your camcorder conform to the Design
rule for Camera File system universal standard
established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries Association).
• On your camcorder, you cannot play back still
images recorded on other devices (DCR-TRV900
or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the
universal standard. (These models are not sold in
some regions.)
• If you cannot use a “Memory Stick Duo” that has
been used with another device, format it with your
camcorder (p.77). Note that formatting erases all
information on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• You may not be able to play back images with
your camcorder:
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About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
This unit is compatible with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series).
Your camcorder operates only with an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
“InfoLITHIUM” P series battery packs have
the
mark.
What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack?
An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a
lithium-ion battery pack that has functions
for communicating information related to
operating conditions between your
camcorder and an optional AC Adaptor/
charger (optional).
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates
the power consumption according to the
operating conditions of your camcorder, and
displays the remaining battery time in
minutes.
Charging the battery pack
• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start
using your camcorder.
• It is recommended that you charge the battery
pack in an ambient temperature of between 10°C
to 30°C (50°F to 86°F) until CHG (Charge) lamp
turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside
of this temperature range, you may not be able to
charge the battery pack efficiently.
• After charging is complete, either disconnect the
cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or
remove the battery pack.
Effective use of the battery pack
• Battery pack performance decreases when the
surrounding temperature is 10°C (50°F) or below,
and the length of time you can use the battery pack
becomes shorter. In that case, do one of the
following to use the battery pack for a longer time.
– Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up,
and insert it in your camcorder right before you
start taking shots.
– Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FP71/
NP-FP90 (optional).
• Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or reverse operation wears
out the battery pack faster. It is recommended that
you use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FP71/
NP-FP90 (optional).
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• Be sure to slide the POWER switch to OFF
(CHG) when not shooting or playing back on your
camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed
when your camcorder is in the standby mode or
playback is paused.
• Have spare battery packs ready for two or three
times the expected recording time, and make trial
recordings on a DVD-RW/DVD+RW before
making the actual recording.
• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water-resistant.
Remaining battery time indicator
• If the power goes off even though the remaining
battery time indicator indicates that the battery
pack has enough power to operate, charge the
battery pack fully again so that the indication on
the remaining battery time indicator is correct.
Note, however, that the correct battery indication
sometimes will not be restored if the battery is
used in high temperatures for a long time or left
in a fully charged state, or the battery pack is used
frequently. Regard the remaining battery time
indication as the approximate shooting time.
• The E mark indicating that there is little
remaining battery time sometimes flashes
depending on the operating conditions or ambient
temperature and environment even if the
remaining battery time is approximately 20
minutes.
How to store the battery pack
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time, fully
charge the battery pack and discharge it on your
camcorder once a year to maintain the proper
function. To store the battery pack, remove it from
your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place.
• To use the battery pack up on your camcorder,
leave your camcorder in the recording standby
without a disc inserted with the [A. SHUT OFF]
to [NEVER] in the
STANDARD SET in the
SETUP screen until the power goes off (p.81).
Battery life
• The battery life is limited. Battery capacity drops
little by little as you use it more and more, and as
time passes. When the available battery time is
shortened considerably, a probable cause is that
the battery pack has reached the end of its life.
Please buy a new battery pack.
• The battery life varies according to how it is
stored, the operating conditions, and environment
in which each battery pack is used.
Additional Information
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Maintenance and precautions
On use and care
• Do not use or store the camcorder and accessories
in the following locations.
– Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never leave
them exposed to temperatures above 60°C
(140°F), such as under direct sunlight, near
heaters or in a car parked in the sun. They may
malfunction or become deformed.
– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical
vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.
– Near strong radio waves or radiation. The
camcorder may not be able to record properly.
– Near AM receivers and video equipment. Noise
may occur.
– On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If sand or
dust gets in your camcorder, it may
malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD
screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be
exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the
inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen.
– Anywhere very humid.
• Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery
pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
• For DC or AC operation, use the accessories
recommended in these instruction manual.
• Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example,
from rain or sea water. If your camcorder gets wet,
it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction
cannot be repaired.
• If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing,
unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a
Sony dealer before operating it any further.
• Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying,
physical shock, or impact such as hammering,
dropping or stepping on the product. Be
particularly careful of the lens.
• Keep the POWER switch setting 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.
• When disconnecting the power cord, pull it by the
plug and not the cord.
• Do not damage the power cord such as by placing
anything heavy on it.
• Keep metal contacts clean.
• Keep the Remote Commander and button-type
battery out of children’s reach. If the battery is
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accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor
immediately.
• If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked,
– consult your local authorized Sony service
facility.
– wash off any liquid that may have contacted
your skin
– if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with plenty
of water and consult a doctor.
x When not using your camcorder for a long
time
• Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as by
playing back discs or recording for about 3
minutes.
• Remove a disc from your camcorder.
• Use up the battery pack completely before storing
it.
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 disc, or on the pickup lens. This
may cause a malfunction to your camcorder.
If there is moisture inside your camcorder,
[% Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.]
or [% Condensation. Cannot open. Try later.]
appears.
The indication will not appear when the
moisture condenses on the camera lens.
x If moisture condensation has occurred
Turn off your camcorder, and leave it for
about an hour.
x 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 humid 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 hot and humid place.
x 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 seal it tightly. Remove
the bag when the air temperature inside the
plastic bag has reached the surrounding
temperature (after about one hour).
3 Touch
t [SETUP] t
STANDARD SET t [CALIBRATION].
On the LCD screen
4 Touch the “×” displayed on the screen with
a thin object such as a corner of “Memory
Stick Duo”.
The position of the “×” changes.
Touch [CANCEL] to cancel.
• Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD
screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a
malfunction of your camcorder.
• If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
• While you are using your camcorder, the back of
the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
x To clean the LCD screen
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen
dirty, use the cleaning cloth (supplied) to
clean the LCD screen.
When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit
(optional), do not apply the cleaning liquid
directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning
paper moistened with the liquid.
x On adjustment of the LCD screen
(CALIBRATION)
The buttons on the touch panel may not work
correctly. If this happens, follow the
procedure below. It is recommended you
connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
using the supplied AC Adaptor during the
operation.
1/3
Touch the "x"
CANCEL
If you did not press the right spot, try the
calibration again.
• Do not use a sharp-pointed tool to calibrate the
LCD screen. Doing so may damage the surface
of the screen.
• You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if you have
rotated it, or if you have set it with the LCD screen
side facing out.
On handling the casing
• If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body
with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and
then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth.
• Avoid the following to avoid damage to the finish.
– Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine,
alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent, insecticide
and sunscreen.
– Handling with above substances on your hands.
– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time.
Additional Information
1 Slide the POWER switch to turn on your
camcorder and press
PLAY/EDIT.
2 Disconnect cables other than that of the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder, then remove
the disc and “Memory Stick Duo” from your
camcorder.
CALIBRATION
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Maintenance and precautions (continued)
On the pickup lens
• Do not touch the lens inside the disc cover. Keep
the disc cover closed except when inserting and
removing the disc, to keep dust out.
• When your camcorder does not work because the
pickup lens is dirty, clean it with a blower (not
supplied). Do not touch the pickup lens directly
during cleaning because this may cause the
camcorder to malfunction.
pickup lens
Pickup lens
Glossary (p.143)
Care and storage of the camera lens
• Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft cloth
in the following instances:
– when there are fingerprints on the lens surface.
– in hot or humid locations
– when the lens is exposed to salty air such as at
the seaside.
• Store the lens in a well-ventilated location subject
to little dirt or dust.
• To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as
described above. It is recommended that you
operate your camcorder about once a month to
keep it in optimum state for a long time.
To charge the pre-installed
rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed
rechargeable battery to retain the date, time,
and other settings even when the POWER
switch is set to OFF (CHG). The pre-installed
rechargeable battery is always charged while
you are using your camcorder but it will get
discharged gradually if you do not use your
camcorder. The rechargeable battery will be
fully discharged in about 3 months if you
do not use your camcorder at all. However,
even if the pre-installed rechargeable battery
is not charged, the camcorder operation will
not be affected as long as you are not
recording the date.
x Procedures
Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet
using the AC Adaptor supplied with your
camcorder, and leave your camcorder with
the POWER switch turned off for more than
24 hours.
To change the battery of the Remote
Commander
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the battery
case.
2 Place a new battery with the + side facing up.
3 Insert the battery case back into the Remote
Commander until it clicks.
Tab
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WARNING
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
• A button-type lithium battery (CR2025) is used
in the Remote Commander. Do not use batteries
other than the CR2025.
• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the
operating distance of the Remote Commander
may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not
function properly. In this case, replace the battery
with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of
another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion.
Additional Information
139
Specifications
System
Video compression format
MPEG2/JPEG (Still images)
Audio compression format
Dolby Digital 2/5.1ch
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Video signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Color temperature
[AUTO], [ONE PUSH], [INDOOR] (3 200 K),
[OUTDOOR] (5 800 K)
Minimum illumination
3 lx (lux) (F1.8)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot function)*3
*1
Usable discs
8cm DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW
Recording format
Movie
DVD-R: DVD-VIDEO
DVD-RW: DVD-VIDEO (VIDEO mode),
DVD-Video Recording
(VR mode)
DVD+RW: DVD+RW Video
Still image
Exif *1 Ver.2.2
Recording/playback time
HQ: Approx. 20 min
SP: Approx. 30 min
LP: Approx. 60 min
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder
color
Image device
5.9 mm (1/3 type) CMOS senser
Gross:
Approx. 2 100 000 pixels
Effective (Movie, 4:3):
Approx. 1 910 000 pixels
Effective (Movie, 16:9):
Approx. 1 430 000 pixels
Effective (Still, 4:3):
Approx. 1 990 000 pixels
Effective (Still, 16:9):
Approx. 1 490 000 pixels
Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Filter diameter :30mm (1 3/16 in.)
Optical:10×, Digital:20×, 120×
F=1.8-2.9
Focal length
f=5.1 - 51mm (7/32 - 2 1/8 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm still camera
For movies:
41.3 - 485mm (1 11/16 - 19 1/8 in.) (16:9)*2
37.9 - 445mm (1 1/2 - 17 5/8 in.) (4:3)
For still images:
40.4 - 404mm (1 5/8 - 16 in.) (16:9)
37-370mm (1 1/2 - 14 5/8 in.)(4:3)
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*2
*3
“Exif” is a file format for still images, established
by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association). Files in this
format can have additional information such as
your camcorder’s setting information at the time
of recording.
In 16:9 mode, the focal length figures are actual
figures resulting from wide angle pixel readout.
Objects unable to be seen due to the dark can be
shot with infrared lighting.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video input/output
10 pin connector
Input/Output auto switch
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms),
unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms),
unbalanced
Audio signal: 327 mV (at Load impedance
47 kΩ (kilohms)), Input impedance more than
47 kΩ (kilohms), Output impedance less than
2.2 kΩ (kilohms)
USB jack
mini-B
REMOTE jack
Stereo mini-minijack (Ø 2.5 mm)
LCD screen
Picture
8.8 cm (3.5 type, aspect ratio 16:9)
Total number of pixels
211 200 (960 × 220)
General
Power requirements
7.2 V (battery pack)
8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Average power consumption
During camera recording using LCD
4.5W
Viewfinder
4.2W
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.)
66 × 90 × 147mm (2 5/8 × 3 5/8 × 5 7/8 in.)
(w×h×d)
Type
Li-ion
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Mass (Approx.)
540 g (1 lb 3 oz) main unit only
630 g (1 lb 6 oz) including the NP-FP60
rechargeable battery pack and disc
Supplied accessories
See page 20.
AC Adaptor AC-L200
Power requirements
AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Current consumption
0.35 - 0.18 A
Power consumption
18W
Output voltage
DC 8.4V*
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.)
48 × 29 × 81 mm (1 15/16 × 1 3/16 × 3 1/4 in.)
(w×h×d) excluding the projecting parts
Mass (Approx.)
170 g (6.0 oz) excluding the power cord
* See at the label of AC Adaptor for other
specifications.
Rechargeable battery pack
NP-FP60
Output voltage
DC7.2V
Capacity
7.2 wh (1 000 mAh)
Dimensions (Approx.)
31.8 × 33.3 × 45.0 mm
(1 5/16 × 1 5/16 × 1 13/16 in.) (w×h×d)
Additional Information
Maximum output voltage
DC8.4V
Mass (Approx.)
80 g (2.9 oz)
Operating temperature
0°C to + 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
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Glossary, Index
Glossary
x 12cm disc
A disc with a diameter of 12cm. You cannot
use 12cm discs with this DVD Handycam.
x 5.1ch surround sound
A system that plays back sound on 6
speakers, 3 at the front (left, right and center)
and 2 at the rear (right and left) with an
additional low-pass subwoofer counted as a
0.1 channel for frequencies of 120Hz or
lower. The subwoofer is only counted as 0.1
channel because its playback band is narrow.
The all-round audio reproduction is more
realistic than stereo, which only reproduces
movement of sound from side to side.
x 8cm disc
A disc with a diameter of 8cm. You can use
8cm discs with DVD Handycam.
x Disc title
The title (name) given to a recorded disc.
x Dolby Digital
An audio encoding (compression) system
developed by Dolby Laboratories Inc.
Sound can be recorded in various formats,
from 5.1ch surround to 2ch stereo or
monaural audio.
x Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Sound compression technology developed
by Dolby Laboratories Inc. which
compresses audio efficiently while
preserving high sound quality. It enables
recording of 5.1ch surround sound while
using disc space more efficiently. Discs
created by Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator can be
played back on a DVD recorder or device
compatible with the disc on DVD
Handycam. If you own a 5.1ch system (such
as a home theater system) you can enjoy a
powerful sound.
x Double-sided disc
Disc that can be recorded on both sides.
x DVD menu
A menu screen that enables you to select a
particular scene from a disc being played
142
back on a DVD device or other device. You
can create a DVD menu with DVD
Handycam showing the beginning of each
scene with date.
x DVD-R
A DVD format that does not enable rerecording. It is mostly used for saving data
that does not need to be edited. It is
characterized by excellent playback
compatibility with other DVD devices.
Before finalizing, you can additionally
record onto the disc’s free space. Once the
disc is finalized, however, you cannot record
onto it even if it has some free space left.
x DVD-RW
A re-recordable DVD format. You can
choose from two kinds of recording mode:
VIDEO mode, which stresses high playback
compatibility with other DVD devices, and
VR mode, which enables various editing
with DVD Handycam after recording.
x DVD+RW
A re-recordable DVD format providing high
playback compatibility with other DVD
devices. Discs do not require finalizing so
they can be re-recorded anytime.
x Finalizing
The process of making discs recorded on
DVD Handycam compatible for playback
on other DVD devices. DVD-R/DVD-RW
discs must be finalized before being played
on another DVD device.
x Formatting
The process of deleting all recorded movies
from a disc and restoring its original storage
capacity so that it can be rerecorded onto.
x JPEG
JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts
Group, a still image data compression (data
capacity reduction) standard. DVD
Handycam records still images in JPEG
format.
x MPEG2
MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts
Group, the group of standards for the coding
(image compression) of video (movie) and
audio. There are MPEG1 (standard
definition) and MPEG2 (high definition)
formats. DVD Handycam records movies in
MPEG2 format.
x Original
A movie or still photo recorded by DVD
Handycam onto a disc is called an
“original.”
x Photomovie
A series of still images (JPEG format)
converted and resaved as a movie (MPEG
format) on the same disc, which can played
back on another DVD device or computer.
Create a Photomovie to view still images on
a DVD device that does not support JPEG
playback. Still images converted to a
Photomovie are played back continuously
like a slide show. Resolution is slightly
reduced.
x Pickup lens
The component that optically reads signals
from a recorded disc.
x Playlist
A list of your favorite selected original
movies and still images. It enables simple
editing of original recorded data such as
deleting images, dividing videos, and
changing playback order.
x Unfinalizing
The process of treating a finalized disc that
has some unused recording capacity so that
it can be recorded on again.
x VBR
VBR stands for Variable Bit Rate, the
recording format for automatically
controlling the bit rate (the volume of
recording data in a given time segment)
according to the scene being recorded. For
fast-moving video, a lot of disc space is used
to produce a clear image so the recording
time is short.
x VIDEO mode
One of the recording formats you can select
when using a DVD-RW. VIDEO mode
provides excellent compatibility with other
DVD devices.
x VISUAL INDEX
This function displays images of movies and
still images you have recorded so that you
can select those scenes you want to play
back.
x VR mode
One of the recording formats you can select
when using a DVD-RW. VR mode enables
editing (deleting or sequence
rearrangement) with DVD Handycam.
Finalizing the disc lets you play it back on
a VR mode compatible DVD device.
x Recording mode
x Thumbnail
Glossary, Index
By setting the recording mode before
recording, you can select the image quality.
There are 3 modes: HQ (high quality), SP
(standard play) and LP (long play). The
higher the recording quality, the shorter the
recording time.
Reduced-size images which enable you to
view many images at the same time. DVD
Handycam “VISUAL INDEX” and “DVD
menu” use a thumbnail display system.
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Index
Numerics
C
................ See MULTI-SOUND
16:9 WIDE .....................31, 62
CALIBRATION................. 137
Dubbing ............................... 92
4:3 ...................................31, 62
CAMERA DATA................. 79
DVD device ......................... 58
5.1ch surround recording......44
CAMERA SET..................... 68
DVD menu........................... 57
5.1-channel surround sound
..............................................44
CD-ROM........................ 20, 99
DVD+RW ............................ 16
Charging the battery............. 21
DVD-R................................. 16
8cm DVD .............................14
Battery pack .................. 22
DVD-RW ............................. 16
Charging time....................... 22
D.EFFECT
(Digital effect)...................... 75
A
CHG (charge) lamp .............. 21
A/V connecting cable
..................................20, 52, 92
A/V jack ...................52, 92, 98
Cleaning cloth ...................... 20
CLOCK SET ........................ 27
AC Adaptor ....................20, 21
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter) .... 71, 114
ACCESS lamp
Computer.............................. 99
Disc ...............................28
Connect
“Memory Stick Duo”
.......................................30
Active Interface Shoe ...........98
Additional recording.............61
Adjusting exposure
for back light ........................46
TV ................................. 52
VCR/DVD device ......... 92
Copyright................ 8, 104, 127
Counter................................. 49
D
AUTO SHUTTER ................70
DATA CODE........... 27, 50, 79
A.SHUT OFF
(Auto shutter off ).................81
DATE/TIME .................. 27, 79
DC IN jack ..................... 21, 98
Delete
Back light .............................46
Disc ......................... 48, 87
Battery
BATTERY INFO ....26, 47
“Memory Stick Duo”
................................ 48, 86
Battery pack ..................21
DEMO MODE ..................... 76
Remaining battery .........47
DIGITAL ZOOM................. 71
BATT (battery)
release lever ..........................22
Disc cover OPEN switch...... 28
EasyStepDVD.................... 102
Edit....................................... 87
EXPOSURE................. 69, 114
F
FADER ........................ 74, 115
FINE..................................... 72
Fireworks
.................. See PROGRAM AE
First Step Guide ........... 99, 104
Fixing the exposure.............. 46
Flash..................................... 44
FLASH LEVEL ................... 70
FLASH SET......................... 70
FOCUS......................... 70, 111
Format
Disc............................... 62
“Memory Stick Duo”.... 77
Disc title ......................... 57, 77
BEACH&SKI .......................68
DISP OUTPUT .................... 80
BEEP ....................................80
DISP/BATT INFO ... 25, 26, 47
BLACK FADER ..................74
Display indicators........... 49, 50
Build-in 4ch microphone......47
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator..... 44
Button-type lithium battery
............................................139
Double-sided disc................. 17
DST SET ........................ 27, 81
Dual Rec............................... 45
Dual sound
144
Easy Handycam operation ... 33
Finalize................................. 54
DC plug ................................ 21
B&W ....................................75
EASY button........................ 33
FILE NO. (File number) ...... 74
Aspect ratio...........................31
B
E
Full charge ........................... 22
FULL SPEED ...................... 79
G
Grip belt ............................... 24
H
Help...................................... 99
High-speed transfer.......15, 100
Maintenance .......................136
Divide ........................... 87
Holding the camcorder .........24
MEDIA SET.........................77
OUTDOOR .......................... 69
HQ ........................................77
“Memory Stick” .............6, 132
OVERLAP ........................... 74
I
“Memory Stick Duo”
..................................6, 30, 132
P
Icon ...... See Display indicators
FORMAT ......................77
PAL .................................... 129
ID-1/ID-2 ..............................52
Insert/Eject ....................30
PASTEL ............................... 75
IMAGE SIZE........................72
Number of recordable
pictures ..........................72
PB zoom ............................... 46
Index
DISPLAY ......................80
Write-protect tab .........132
Personal Menu................ 64, 82
Add ............................... 82
MOVIE PB ....................80
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
................................................7
Index screen display
button ....................................49
Memory Stick Duo slot ........30
Delete ............................ 82
INDOOR...............................69
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”
............................................133
Personal Menu button .......... 49
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
............................................134
MICREF LEVEL .................78
PHOTO button ......... 35, 41, 51
Mirror mode .........................46
Photomovie .................... 57, 90
Moisture condensation .......136
Pickup lens ......................... 138
MOSAIC ..............................75
Picture Package .............. 20, 99
Movie
PICT.APPLI.
(Picture Application)............ 74
Initialize (Reset)....................47
Install ..................................101
Insulation sheet .....................51
Arrange the order .......... 83
Reset ............................. 83
J
REC MODE
(Recording mode) .........77
Jack .......................................98
Recording ................34, 40
JPEG ...................................142
MPEG2...............................143
L
MULTI-SOUND ..................78
LANDSCAPE.......................68
N
LANGUAGE ........................81
Nero Express 6 ...............20, 99
LCD/VF SET ........................78
NightShot..............................45
LCD backlight ......................25
NIGHTSHOT switch............45
LCD BL LEVEL ..................78
LCD BRIGHT ......................78
NS LIGHT
(NightShot Light) .................71
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) ... 68
LCD COLOR........................78
NTSC..................................129
Power cord ........................... 21
LCD screen ...........................25
Number of still images
recordable on a disc..............73
POWER switch .................... 21
O
Preparation
LETTER BOX ......................79
LP (Long Play) .....................77
LUMI. KEY
(luminance key) ....................75
Pixela User Support Center
............................................ 104
Playback ......................... 36, 42
Playlist
OLD MOVIE........................75
ADD.............................. 88
DIVIDE......................... 90
ERASE.......................... 89
MOVE........................... 89
Pre-installed rechargeable
battery................................. 138
Camcorder..................... 20
ONE PUSH...........................69
Computer ...................... 99
M
Operation confirmation
beep ......................... See BEEP
Previous/next button
.................................. 36, 37, 43
Macintosh .............................99
Original data .........................87
PROGRAM AE............ 68, 114
Main sound ...........................78
Delete ............................87
Protect .......................... 62, 127
Glossary, Index
Lens cover.......................24, 40
PICT. EFFECT
(Picture effect)...................... 75
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Index (continued)
Using the Setup items ... 64
Transmitter........................... 51
SETUP ROTATE................. 80
Tripod................................... 46
Q
Shoulder belt ........................ 46
TV ........................................ 52
QUALITY ............................72
Slide show ............................ 47
TV color system................. 129
Slide show button..... 37, 43, 47
TV TYPE ............................. 52
SMTH SLW REC (Smooth
Slow Rec) ............................. 75
U
Software ............................. 101
Unfinalizing ......................... 61
Recordable still images ........73
SP ......................................... 77
USB1.1............................... 100
Recording .......................34, 40
Speaker................................. 47
USB2.0............................... 100
Recording format............16, 29
Specifications ..................... 140
USB cable ............................ 20
Recording lamp (REC LAMP)
........................................47, 80
SPOTLIGHT ........................ 68
USB driver ........................... 99
SPOT FOCUS ...................... 70
Recording time .....................22
USB jack .............................. 98
REC MODE .........................77
SPOT METER
(Flexible spot meter) .... 68, 114
USB SELECT ...................... 75
REDEYE REDUC................70
STANDARD ........................ 72
REMAINING .......................80
STANDARD SET................ 77
Remaining battery ................49
START/STOP ................ 34, 40
Remaining display
STEADYSHOT............ 72, 111
P.MENU ....See Personal Menu
R
Rechargeable battery
pack ....................... See Battery
Battery ...........................47
Disc ...............................49
IMAGE SIZE.......... 35, 72
“Memory Stick Duo” ....47
QUALITY..................... 72
V
VBR ............................... 17, 77
VF B.LIGHT
(Viewfinder back light)........ 78
Remote Commander.............51
Recording................ 35, 41
VF WIDE DISP
(View finder wide display)
............................................. 79
Remote sensor ......................47
STILL MEDIA............... 35, 41
VIDEO mode ....................... 16
RESET..................................47
STILL SET........................... 72
Video operation buttons....... 49
Review..................................48
Sub sound ............................. 78
Review deleting ....................48
SUB-T DATE....................... 81
Brightness ..................... 78
SUMMERTIME............. 27, 81
Viewfinder lens adjustment
lever .............................. 25
S
SUNSET&MOON ............... 68
Self-diagnosis display.........123
Viewfinder ........................... 25
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever ........................................ 25
SELF-TIMER .......................71
SUPER NS
(Super NightShot) ........ 71, 114
SEPIA ...................................75
SUR MONITOR .................. 78
VISUAL INDEX screen
....................................... 36, 42
Setup .....................................64
System requirements .......... 100
Volume................................. 43
CAMERA SET..............68
S VIDEO cable............... 52, 92
VR mode .............................. 16
MEDIA SET..................77
S VIDEO jack ................ 52, 92
Personal Menu.........64, 82
W
PICT.APPLI ..................74
T
Setup items ....................66
Telephoto.............................. 44
Warning indicators............. 123
STANDARD SET.........77
Thumbnail ............................ 80
Warning messages ............. 123
STILL SET....................72
TIME/LANGU.
(Language) ........................... 81
WHITE BAL.
(White balance)............ 69, 114
Touch panel.......................... 26
WHITE FADER .................. 74
TIME/LANGU..............81
146
Still image
Using abroad ...................... 129
Wall outlet............................ 21
Wide angle ............................44
WIDE SELECT ....................31
Windows .............................100
WIPE ....................................75
World time difference.........130
Write-protect tab.................132
Z
Zoom.....................................44
Zoom lever............................44
Glossary, Index
147
On trademarks
Notes on the License
• “Handycam” and
are
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
• “Memory Stick,”
, “Memory Stick Duo,”
, “Memory Stick PRO Duo,”
, “MagicGate,”
, “MagicGate Memory
Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are
trademarks of Sony Corporation.
• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• Picture Package is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW logo are
trademarks.
• Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks
of Dolby Laboratories.
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator is a trademark of Dolby
Laboratories.
• Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/
or other countries.
• Windows Media Player is a trademark of
Microsoft Corporation.
• iMac, iBook, Macintosh, Mac OS, PowerBook
and PowerMac are trademarks of Apple
Computer, Inc in the U.S. and other countries.
• Macromedia and Macromedia Flash Player are
trademarks or registered trademarks of
Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and / or
other countries.
• Pentium is a trademark or registered trademark
of Intel Corporation.
• Nero 6 and other software products developed by
Nero AG are registered trademarks of Nero AG
and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Copyright ©
Nero AG and its licensors 1996-2005
ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN
CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY
MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE
MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO
INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS
EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A
LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN
THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH
LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA,
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DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
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