Dodge 2007 DR Ram Automobile User Manual

2-515-260-14(1)
Camera
Operations Guide
Read this first
Video Camera Recorder/Digital Video Camera Recorder
CCD-TRV238E/TRV438E
DCR-TRV270E/TRV285E
© 2005 Sony Corporation
Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open
the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE UNITED
KINGDOM
NOTICE ON THE SUPPLIED AC
ADAPTOR
application or disconnect and connect the
communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the European
Union and other European
countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging
indicates that this product shall not be treated as
household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the
applicable collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent
potential negative consequences for the environment
and human health, which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The
recycling of materials will help to conserve natural
resources. For more detailed information about
recycling of this product, please contact your local city
office, your household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
Applicable Accessories: Remote Commander.
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is fitted to
this equipment for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be
replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one
and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362
(i.e., marked with
or
mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a
detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover
after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without
the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please
contact your nearest Sony service station.
FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE
ATTENTION for DCR-TRV270E/TRV285E
The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies
may influence the picture and sound of this camcorder.
This product has been tested and found compliant with
the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using
connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
b Notice for DCR-TRV270E/TRV285E
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data
transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart the
2
Notes on use
Note on a cassette tape
You can use standard 8 mm
and Hi8
,
Digital8
video cassettes on your camcorder. See
page 95 for details.
Notes on recording
• Before starting to record, test the recording function
to make sure the picture and sound are recorded
without any problems.
• Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot
be provided, even if recording or playback is not
possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, etc.
• TV color systems differ depending on the country/
region. To view your recordings on a TV, you need
a PAL 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.
Notes on the LCD panel, viewfinder, and
lens
• The LCD screen and the viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely high-precision
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 results of the manufacturing
process and do not affect the recording in any way.
• 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.
Note on connecting other device
Notes on using the camcorder
• Hold your camcorder correctly.
• To ensure a good grip, fasten the grip belt as shown
in the following illustration.
Before connecting your camcorder to other device
such as a VCR or a computer with an USB or i.LINK
cable, 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.
This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
Notes on using 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.
• In this instruction manual, each model is indicated as
follows.
CCD-TRV238E:
TRV238E
CCD-TRV438E:
TRV438E
DCR-TRV270E: TRV270E
DCR-TRV285E: TRV285E
Instructions with no specific model names are for all
models.
Instructions with specific model names are for the
indicated models only.
Before you start reading this manual, check the
model name of your camcorder.
• The on-screen displays in each local language are
used in illustrating the operating procedures. Change
the screen language before using your camcorder if
necessary (p. 19).
• The illustrations used on this manual are based on
the model DCR-TRV285E.
• The screens shown in this manual are from a
Windows XP computer. The screens may vary
depending on the OS.
• Be careful not to press buttons on the LCD frame
accidentally when you open or close the LCD panel,
or when you adjust the angle of the LCD panel.
• Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts.
Viewfinder
LCD panel
Battery pack
• Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select desired
item, then press the dial to decide.
3
Table of Contents
CCD-TRV238E:
CCD-TRV438E:
TRV238E DCR-TRV270E:
TRV438E DCR-TRV285E:
TRV270E
TRV285E
Read this first ............................................................................................. 2
Quick Start Guide
Recording movies ...................................................................................... 8
Recording/Playing back with ease ........................................................... 10
Getting started
Step 1: Checking supplied items.............................................................. 11
Step 2: Charging the battery pack............................................................ 12
Using an outside power source ................................................................................. 15
Step 3: Turning the power on................................................................... 15
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder...................................... 16
Adjusting the LCD panel ............................................................................................ 16
Adjusting the viewfinder ............................................................................................. 16
Step 5: Setting the date and time............................................................. 17
Step 6: Inserting a cassette tape.............................................................. 18
Step 7: Setting the screen language ........................................................ 19
Recording
Recording movies .................................................................................... 21
Recording for a longer time ....................................................................................... 22
Using zoom ................................................................................................................ 23
Using the built-in light ................................................................................................ 23
Recording in mirror mode .......................................................................................... 24
Superimposing the date and time on pictures (
TRV238E/438E) ...................... 24
Recording still images – Tape photo recording
( TRV270E/285E) ............................................................................. 25
Recording with ease – Easy Handycam .................................................. 26
Adjusting the exposure............................................................................. 27
Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects ............................................................... 27
Adjusting the exposure manually ............................................................................... 27
Recording in dark places – NightShot plus .............................................. 28
Adjusting the focus manually ................................................................... 29
4
Recording a picture using various effects ................................................ 30
Fading in and out of a scene – FADER .................................................................... 30
Superimposing a title................................................................................ 31
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording
– END SEARCH ................................................................................. 32
Playback
Viewing pictures recorded on a tape........................................................ 33
Playing back in various modes ................................................................................. 34
Playing back with ease – Easy Handycam .............................................. 35
Various playback functions ...................................................................... 36
Displaying the screen indicators ............................................................................... 36
Displaying the date/time and camera settings data – Data code
( TRV270E/285E) ............................................................................................. 36
Playing the picture on a TV ...................................................................... 38
Locating a scene on a tape for playback (
TRV285E) ........................... 39
Searching quickly for a desired scene – Zero set memory ....................................... 39
Searching for a scene by date of recording – Date search ....................................... 40
Searching for a still image – Photo search ............................................................... 40
Playing back still images in sequence – Photo scan ................................................ 41
,continued
5
Advanced operations
Customizing Your
Camcorder
Changing the menu settings .............. 42
Using the
(MANUAL SET) menu
– PROGRAM AE/P EFFECT,
etc. ............................................... 43
Using with your
computer
Features (
TRV270E/285E) ............72
Installing the software and “First Step
Guide” on a computer
( TRV270E/285E) ......................74
Using “First Step Guide”
( TRV270E/285E) ......................78
Using the
(CAMERA SET) menu
– 16:9 WIDE/STEADYSHOT,
etc. ............................................... 46
Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click
to DVD”) ( TRV270E/285E) .......79
Using the
(PLAYER SET)/
(VCR
SET) menu – HiFi SOUND/EDIT,
etc. ............................................... 50
Troubleshooting
Using the
(LCD SET) menu
– LCD B.L./LCD COLOR, etc. ...... 52
Warning indicators and messages .....92
Using the
(TAPE SET) menu
– FRAME REC/INT.REC, etc. ...... 53
Additional Information
Using the
(SETUP MENU)
– CLOCK SET/USB STREAM/
LANGUAGE, etc. ..................... 56
Using the
(OTHERS) menu
– WORLD TIME/VIDEO EDIT,
etc. ............................................... 58
Troubleshooting .................................82
Using your camcorder abroad ...........94
Usable cassette tapes .......................95
About the “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack ..................................96
About i.LINK .......................................97
Maintenance and precautions ............98
Dubbing/Editing
Connecting to a VCR ......................... 60
Dubbing to another tape .................... 62
Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing
(
TRV238E/438E) ................. 63
Specification ....................................101
Quick Reference
Identifying parts and controls ...........104
Index ................................................111
Recording pictures from a VCR
( TRV285E) ............................... 67
Dubbing selected scenes from a tape
– Digital program editing
( TRV270E/285E) ...................... 67
For TRV270E/285E:
Two operating instructions are supplied with
your camcorder:
• Camera Operations Guide (This manual)
• “First Step Guide” for using the supplied
applications (included in the supplied CD-ROM)
6
7
Quick Start Guide
Recording movies
1
Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder.
To charge the battery, see page 12.
a Lift up the viewfinder.
b Slide the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow until it clicks.
2
Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
a Slide the
OPEN/ b Insert the cassette with c Press
.
Close the cassette lid after
EJECT lever in the
its window-side facing
the cassette compartment
direction of the arrow
up, then push the center
slides back in by itself.
and open the lid until
of the back of the
it clicks.
cassette.
The cassette compartment
comes out automatically.
Window-side
OPEN/EJECT lever
8
Quick Start Guide
3
Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen.
The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 17.
a Remove the lens cap.
Quick Start Guide
Lens cap is not attached
when you purchase your
camcorder (p. 104).
b Press OPEN and open
the LCD panel.
c While pressing the
green button, slide the
POWER switch down
to light up the
CAMERA lamp.
The power turns on.
d Press REC START/STOP.
START/STOP
Recording starts. To change
to standby mode, press REC
START/STOP again.
You can also use REC START/
STOP of the LCD panel.
4
View the recorded picture on the LCD screen.
a Slide the POWER
switch repeatedly
until the PLAY/EDIT
lamp lights up.
b Press
(rewind).
c Press
(play) to
start the playback.
To stop, press
.
To turn off the power, slide the
POWER switch up to (CHG)
OFF.
Quick Start Guide
9
Recording/Playing back with ease
By switching to Easy Handycam operation, recording/playback operation
becomes even easier.
Easy Handycam operation allows easy recording/playback for even first
time users by providing only the basic functions for recording/playback.
Press EASY when recording/
playing back.
EASY lights up in blue (1) and
screen font size increases (2) during
Easy Handycam operation.
Easy Handycam
operation
ON
For details, see instructions for each operation.
See page 26 for recording, page 35 for playback.
10
Quick Start Guide
Getting started
RMT-830: ( TRV285E)
Step 1: Checking
supplied items
Make sure you have following items supplied
with your camcorder.
A/V connecting cable (1)
Monaural: (
TRV238E/438E)
The number in parentheses indicates the number
of that item supplied.
Getting started
AC Adaptor (1)
Stereo: ( TRV270E/285E)
Mains lead (1)
USB cable (1)
( TRV270E/285E)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM30 (1)
Lens cap (1)
See page 104 on how to attach the lens cap.
CD-ROM “Picture Package Ver.1.5” (1)
( TRV270E/285E)
Camera Operations Guide (This manual)
(1)
Shoulder strap (1)
See page 107 on how to attach the shoulder
strap.
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
A button-type lithium battery is already
installed.
RMT-833: (
TRV238E/438E)
Getting started
11
Step 2: Charging the
battery pack
1
Lift up the viewfinder.
2
Attach the battery pack by sliding it in
the direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
3
With the v mark on the DC plug
facing up, connect the AC Adaptor to
the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
You can charge the battery by attaching the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series)
to your camcorder.
b Notes
• You cannot use batteries other than the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series) (p. 96).
• Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor
or battery terminals with any metallic objects. This
may cause a malfunction.
• Use a nearby wall socket when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall
socket immediately if any malfunction occurs.
• Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such
as a bookcase or build-in cabinet.
Battery pack
DC IN jack
DC plug
Mains lead
AC Adaptor
To the wall socket
v mark
12
Getting started
4
Connect the mains lead to the AC
Adaptor.
5
Connect the mains lead to the wall
socket.
6
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)
OFF.
To check the remaining battery – Battery
Info
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and
charging starts.
The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the
battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC
Adaptor from the DC IN jack.
To remove the battery pack
BATT (battery)
release button
POWER switch
POWER switch
OPEN
You can check the battery’s current charge level
and its current remaining recording time both
during charging or when the power is turned off.
1 Set the POWER switch to (CHG) OFF.
2 Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
3 Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO.
The battery information appears for about 7
seconds.
Keep the button pressed to view it for about
20 seconds.
BATTERY INFO
BATTERY
0%
1 Lift up the viewfinder.
2 Set the POWER switch to (CHG) OFF.
3 Slide the battery pack out in the direction
of the arrow while pressing the BATT
(battery) release button down.
b Note
• If you do not use the battery pack for a long time, use
up the battery pack completely before storing it. See
page 96 about storage of the battery pack.
CHARGE
50%
LEVEL
100%
REC TIME AVAILABLE
LCD SCREEN: 81 min
VIEWFINDER: 112 min
A Battery charge level: Displays
approximate remaining amount of
power left in the battery pack.
B Approximate possible recording time
using the LCD panel.
C Approximate possible recording time
using the viewfinder.
Charging time
Approximate number of minutes required when
you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack
,continued
Getting started
13
Getting started
After charging the battery
DISPLAY/BATT INFO
at 25°C (77°F). (10 – 30°C (50 – 86°F)
recommended.)
Battery pack Continuous
recording
time
Typical*
recording
time
145
NP-FM50
280
135
NP-FM50
150
NP-QM71D
675
330
NP-QM71D
260
NP-QM91D
1010
495
NP-QM91D
360
Battery pack
NP-FM30 (supplied)
For
Recording time when recording with the
LCD screen on
Approximate number of minutes available
when you use a fully charged battery pack at
25°C (77°F).
For
TRV238E/438E:
Battery pack Continuous
recording
time
Typical*
recording
time
NP-FM30
(supplied)
55
115
NP-FM50
185
90
NP-QM71D
445
220
NP-QM91D
670
335
For
TRV270E/285E:
Battery pack Continuous
recording
time
Typical*
recording
time
NP-FM30
(supplied)
125
65
NP-FM50
200
105
NP-QM71D
485
255
NP-QM91D
725
385
* Approximate number of minutes when recording
while you repeatedly record, start/stop, slide the
POWER switch to change the power mode, and
zoom. The actual battery life may be shorter.
Playing time
Approximate number of minutes available
when you use a fully charged battery pack at
25°C (77°F).
For
TRV238E/438E:
Battery pack Continuous
recording
time
Typical*
recording
time
NP-FM30
(supplied)
90
50
Battery pack LCD panel
opened
LCD panel
closed
185
145
80
NP-FM30
(supplied)
115
NP-FM50
NP-QM71D
355
220
NP-FM50
185
295
NP-QM91D
535
300
NP-QM71D
445
715
NP-QM91D
670
1070
Recording time when recording with the
viewfinder
Approximate number of minutes available
when you use a fully charged battery pack at
25°C (77°F).
For
TRV238E/438E:
14
TRV270E/285E:
Battery pack Continuous
recording
time
Typical*
recording
time
NP-FM30
(supplied)
85
175
Getting started
For
TRV270E/285E:
Battery pack LCD panel
opened
LCD panel
closed
NP-FM30
(supplied)
100
150
NP-FM50
160
240
NP-QM71D
390
580
NP-QM91D
585
865
Using an outside power source
You can use the AC Adaptor as the power
source when you do not want the battery to
run out. While you are using the AC Adaptor,
the battery pack will not lose its charge even
when it is attached to your camcorder.
PRECAUTION
Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(mains) is still supplied to it while connected to
the wall socket via the AC Adaptor.
Step 3: Turning the
power on
You need to slide the POWER switch
repeatedly to select the desired power mode
to record or play.
When using this camcorder for the first time,
the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 17).
Getting started
b Notes
• The power will not be supplied from the battery pack
when the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack
of your camcorder, even if its mains lead is
disconnected from the wall socket.
• The recording and playback time will be shorter
when you use your camcorder in low temperature.
• The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging, or
the battery information will not be correctly
displayed in following conditions.
– The battery pack is not attached correctly.
– The battery pack is damaged.
– The battery pack is fully discharged. (For Battery
information only.)
While pressing the green button, slide the
POWER switch down.
The power turns on.
To enter the recording or playing mode, slide
the switch repeatedly until the respective lamp
for the desired power mode lights up.
• CAMERA mode: To record on a tape.
• PLAY/EDIT mode: To play or edit pictures on
a tape.
Connect your camcorder as shown in
“Charging the battery pack” (p. 12).
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF.
Getting started
15
Step 4: Adjusting the
LCD panel and
viewfinder
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[LCD BRIGHT], then press the dial
(p. 52).
4 Adjust the brightness of the LCD screen
with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then
press the dial.
5 Press MENU.
Adjusting the LCD panel
You can adjust the angle and brightness of
the LCD panel to meet various recording
situations.
Even when there are obstructions between you
and the subject, you can check the subject on the
LCD screen during recording by adjusting the
angle of the LCD panel.
MENU
z Tips
• If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens
side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD
screen facing out.
• If you are using the battery pack for power source,
you can adjust the brightness by selecting [LCD
B.L.] in the
(LCD SET) menu (p. 52).
• The recorded picture will not be affected by this
setting.
• You can turn off the operation confirmation beep by
setting [BEEP] in the
(OTHERS) menu to
[OFF] (p. 58).
Adjusting the viewfinder
Maximum
180 degrees
You can view images using the viewfinder
when you close the LCD panel. Use the
viewfinder when the battery is running out, or
when the screen is hard to see.
Maximum
90 degrees
Press OPEN and
open the LCD panel.
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder, then rotate it to the desired
position.
To adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen
1 Press MENU.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(LCD SET), then press the dial.
16
Getting started
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever
1
Lift up the viewfinder.
2
Adjust the viewfinder lens adjustment
lever until the picture is clear.
Step 5: 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.
3
Press MENU.
MANUAL SET
PROGRAM AE
P EFFECT
AUTO SHTR
STBY
[MENU] : END
4
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
USB STREAM
LTR SIZE
LANGUAGE
DEMO MODE
RETURN
Getting started
b Note
• 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 (p. 100) and then set the date
and time again.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select
(SETUP MENU), then press
the dial.
STBY
––:––:––
[MENU] : END
MENU
5
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [CLOCK SET], then press the
dial.
CLOCK SET
Y
2005
STBY
M D H M
1 1
0 :00
[MENU] : CANCEL
OPEN
1
SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial
POWER
switch
6
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to set
[Y] (year), then press the dial.
CLOCK SET
Y
2005
2
STBY
Turn on your camcorder (p. 15).
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
M D H M
1 1
0 :00
[MENU] : CANCEL
Proceed to step 6 when you set the clock for
the first time.
You can set any year up to the year 2079.
7
Set [M] (month), [D] (day), [H] (hour)
and [M] (minute) in the same way as
was done in step 6, then press the dial.
,continued
Getting started
17
To check the preset date and time
For
TRV238E/438E:
Press DATE to display the date indicator.
Press TIME to display the time indicator.
Press DATE (or TIME) and then press TIME
(or DATE) to simultaneously display the date
and time indicator.
To hide the date and/or time indicator, press
DATE and/or TIME again.
Step 6: Inserting a
cassette tape
You can use standard 8 mm and Hi8
,
Digital8 video cassettes on your camcorder.
For details on these cassettes (such as writeprotection), see page 95.
b Notes
• Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This
may cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
• For TRV270E/285E:
The recording time when you use your camcorder is
2/3 of the indicated time on Hi8
tape. If you
select the [LP] mode in the menu settings, the
recording time is the indicated time on
Hi8
tape.
1
Slide the
OPEN/EJECT lever in
the direction of the arrow and open the
lid until it clicks.
OPEN/EJECT lever
Lid
The cassette compartment automatically
comes out and opens up.
18
Getting started
2
Insert a cassette with its window-side
facing up.
Window-side
Step 7: Setting the
screen language
You can select the language to be used on the
LCD screen.
MENU
Getting started
Push the center of the
back of the cassette
lightly.
3
Press
.
The cassette compartment automatically
slides back in.
4
1
Turn on your camcorder.
2
Press OPEN to open the LCD panel.
3
Press MENU.
MANUAL SET
PROGRAM AE
P EFFECT
AUTO SHTR
Close the lid.
To eject the cassette
OPEN/EJECT lever in the
1 Slide the
direction of the arrow and open the lid.
The cassette compartment automatically
comes out.
2 Take out the cassette, then press
The cassette compartment automatically
slides back in.
3 Close the lid.
.
POWER
switch
SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial
OPEN
STBY
[MENU] : END
4
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select
(SETUP MENU), then press
the dial.
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
USB STREAM
LTR SIZE
LANGUAGE
DEMO MODE
RETURN
STBY
––:––:––
[MENU] : END
,continued
Getting started
19
5
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [ LANGUAGE], then press
the dial.
SETUP MENU
STBY
CLOCK SET
USB STREAM DEUTSCH
LTR SIZE
LANGUAGE ENGL I SH
DEMO MODE ENG [ S I MP ]
ESPAÑOL
FRANÇA I S
I TAL I ANO
[MENU] : END
6
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the desired language, then press
the dial.
7
Press MENU.
z Tip
• Your camcorder offers [ENG [SIMP]] (simplified
English) for when you cannot find your native
tongue among the options.
20
Getting started
Recording
Recording movies
2
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
3
Slide the POWER switch until the
CAMERA lamp lights up.
Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in
“Getting started” (p. 11 - p. 19).
For
TRV238E/438E:
Movies will be recorded along with monaural
sound.
For TRV270E/285E:
Movies will be recorded along with stereo
sound.
Your camcorder is set to the standby mode.
Slide the POWER
switch while
pressing the green
button.
Recording
Camera recording lamp
4
Press REC START/STOP.
Recording starts. [REC] appears on the
LCD screen and the Camera recording lamp
lights up.
Press REC START/STOP again to stop
recording.
To turn the power off
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF.
OPEN
REC START/STOP
POWER switch
b Note
• For
TRV238E/438E:
The date is automatically recorded for 10 seconds
after you start recording (Auto date function). This
function works only once a day. See page 56 for
details.
z Tip
• If you do not use your camcorder for a long time,
remove the cassette and store it.
Indicators displayed during recording
The indicators will not be recorded on the tape.
For
TRV238E/438E:
z Tip
• Performing Easy Handycam operation, even first
time users can record easily. For details, see page 26.
1
60min
6
1
2 3
SP
REC
4
0:00:00
5
Remove the lens cap. Pull the lens cap
string down and attach it to the grip
belt.
,continued
Recording
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For TRV270E/285E:
Date/time and camera settings data (p. 36) will
not be displayed during recording.
1
60min
2 3
SP
REC
7
0:00:00
5
A Remaining battery time
The indicated time may not be correct
depending on the environment of use.
When you opened or closed the LCD panel,
it takes about 1 minute to display the correct
remaining battery time.
B Recording mode (SP or LP)
C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or
[REC] (recording))
D Tape counter (hour: minute: second)
(
TRV238E/438E)
To set the counter to 0:00:00, press
COUNTER RESET (p. 106).
E Recording capacity
For
TRV238E/438E:
This appears after you insert a cassette and
record for a while.
For TRV270E/285E:
This appears after a while when you set the
POWER switch to CAMERA and insert a
cassette.
F Hi8 format (
TRV238E/438E)
This appears while recording Hi8 format
tapes.
G Time code/Tape counter (hour: minute:
second)/Tape photo recording
( TRV270E/285E)
b Notes
• Before changing the battery pack, slide the POWER
switch up to (CHG) OFF.
• In the default setting, if you do not operate the
camcorder for more than about 5 minutes, the power
will automatically turn off to preserve battery power
([A.SHUT OFF], p. 58). To restart recording, slide
the POWER switch down to select CAMERA, and
then press REC START/STOP.
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Recording
z Tips
• You can also use REC START/STOP on LCD frame
to record moving pictures. It is useful when you
record from a low-angle or record by yourself in the
mirror mode.
• To press REC START/STOP on LCD frame,
support the LCD panel with your hand.
• To ensure smooth transition on a tape from the last
recorded scene to the next, note the following.
– Do not remove the cassette. (The picture will be
recorded continuously without a break even when
you turn the power off.)
– Do not record pictures in SP mode and LP mode on
the same tape.
– Avoid stopping then recording a movie in the LP
mode.
• For TRV270E/285E:
The recording time, date, and the camera settings
data are recorded automatically on the tape without
being displayed on the screen. You can view this
information during playback by selecting [DATA
CODE] on the screen (p. 58).
Recording for a longer time
To record for a longer time
In the
(TAPE SET) menu, select [REC
MODE], then [LP] (p. 53).
In the LP mode, you can record longer than
when recording in the SP mode (2 times longer
for
TRV238E/438E, 1.5 times longer for
TRV270E/285E).
A tape recorded in the LP mode should be
played back only on this camcorder.
To use the zoom buttons on LCD frame
Using zoom
Keep W pressed to record wider range of view,
and keep T pressed to record closer view.
When the CAMERA mode is selected, you
can choose zoom to magnification levels
greater than 20 times, and from that point
activate the digital zoom ([D ZOOM], p. 46).
Occasional use of the zoom is effective, but
use it sparingly for best results.
b Notes
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom
buttons on LCD frame.
• To press the zoom buttons on LCD frame, support
the LCD panel with your hand.
Using the built-in light
Recording
You can use the built-in light to suit your
shooting situation. The recommended
distance between the subject and camcorder
is about 1.5 m (5 feet).
Built-in light
1 cm (approx.
1/2 inch)*
80 cm
(approx.
2 5/8 feet)*
LIGHT
Press LIGHT repeatedly to select a setting.
* The minimum distance required between your
camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus in
that position of the lever.
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a
slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
To record wider range of view
Move the power zoom lever towards W.
The subject appears farther away (Wide
angle).
To record closer view
Move the power zoom lever towards T.
The subject appears closer (Telephoto).
The settings are displayed cyclically in the
following order.
No indicator displayed: Always records
without using the built-in light.
m
: Automatically turns on and off
according to the ambient brightness.
m
: Always turns on.
To turn off the built-in light
Press LIGHT repeatedly until no indicator
appears on the screen.
b Notes
• The built-in video light emits very bright light,
which is perfectly safe in normal use. However,
avoid directly aiming the light at a subject’s eyes
from very close range.
,continued
Recording
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• The battery pack discharges quickly while the builtin light is turned on.
• When you do not use your camcorder, turn the builtin light off and remove the battery pack to avoid
turning on the built-in light accidentally.
• When flickering occurs while shooting in the
mode, press LIGHT until
appears.
• The built-in light may turn on/off when you use the
[PROGRAM AE] or back light function while
shooting in the
mode.
• For TRV270E/285E:
The built-in light is turned off during the interval
time of Interval recording.
• When you use the conversion lens (optional), light
from the built-in light is blocked and may not
illuminate the subject properly.
Recording in mirror mode
You can turn the LCD panel towards the
subject so that you and your subject can share
the image being recorded. You can also
utilize this function when recording yourself,
or to keep the attention of small children
attracted to the camcorder while you record
them.
b Notes
For
TRV238E/438E:
•
appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD
screen. Xz appears in the standby mode, and z
appears in the recording mode. Some of other
indicators appear mirror-reversed and others are not
displayed.
• During recording in the mirror mode, DATE and
TIME on your camcorder do not work.
Superimposing the date and time
on pictures (
TRV238E/438E)
You can record the date and/or time
displayed on the screen superimposed on the
picture.
DATE
TIME
CCD-TRV438E
Press DATE to record the date.
Press TIME to record the time.
Press DATE (or TIME), then press TIME
(or DATE) to record the date and time.
To hide the date and time, press DATE and/or
TIME again.
When you purchase your camcorder, the clock
is not set up yet. Set the date and time to your
local time before using (p. 17).
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees
towards the subject.
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the picture will be normal
when recorded.
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Recording
b Note
• The date and time indicators recorded manually
cannot be deleted.
z Tip
• If you do not record the date and time in the picture,
record the date and time in the black screen as the
background for about 10 seconds, then erase the date
and time indicators before starting actual recording.
Recording still
images
3
Slide the POWER switch to select the
CAMERA mode.
– Tape photo recording
( TRV270E/285E)
Slide the POWER
switch while pressing
the green button.
You can record still images. Before
recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting
started” (p. 11 - p. 19).
OPEN
PHOTO
4
Press and hold PHOTO lightly.
60min
CAPTURE
Recording
You will hear a small beep sound, and the
picture will become a still image.
Recording does not start at this point.
The indicator
appears.
POWER switch
5
1
Remove the lens cap. Pull the lens cap
string down and attach it to the grip
belt.
Press PHOTO fully.
A shutter sound is heard, and the image is
recorded with sound for 7 seconds.
The still image is displayed on the screen
until recording is completed.
To turn the power off
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF.
b Note
•
appears when the tape photo recording does
not work.
2
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
z Tip
• You can record about 510 images in the SP mode
and about 765 images in the LP mode on a tape
which can record for 60 minutes in the SP mode.
Recording
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Recording with ease
Easy Handycam
operation
ON
– Easy Handycam
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of
the camera settings are set to automatic
mode, only basic functions become available,
and screen font size increases for easy
viewing. Even first time users can enjoy easy
recording. Before recording, follow steps 1 to
7 in “Getting started” (p. 11 - p. 19).
Camera recording lamp
EASY
5
Press REC START/STOP.
Recording starts. [REC] appears on the
LCD screen and the Camera recording lamp
lights up. Press REC START/STOP again
to stop recording.
POWER switch
To turn the power off
Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF.
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY again.
OPEN
REC START/STOP
z Tip
• Buttons that do not work during Easy Handycam
operation have a dot beside them on your camcorder.
Also, only menu items that are available during Easy
Handycam operation are displayed when MENU is
pressed.
1
Remove the lens cap. Pull the lens cap
string down and attach it to the grip
belt.
2
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
3
Slide the POWER switch to select the
CAMERA mode.
You can record movies only.
4
Press EASY.
EASY lights up in blue.
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Recording
b Notes
• You cannot switch from/to Easy Handycam
operation during recording.
• For TRV270E/285E:
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot
connect the USB cable to your camcorder.
• For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot use Easy Handycam operation together
with USB Streaming.
• All the settings return to their defaults during Easy
Handycam operation. Previously made settings are
restored when you cancel Easy Handycam
operation.
Adjusting the
exposure
The exposure is adjusted automatically in the
default setting.
Adjusting the exposure for backlit
subjects
Adjusting the exposure manually
You can fix the brightness of a picture at the
best exposure. When recording indoors on a
clear day, for instance, you can avoid
backlight shadows on people next to the
window by manually fixing the exposure to
that of the wall side of the room.
Recording
When your subject has its back to the sun or
other light, you can adjust the exposure to
prevent the subject from becoming
shadowed.
EXPOSURE
1
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
Press EXPOSURE in CAMERA mode.
The exposure indicator appears on the
screen.
BACK LIGHT
2
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
adjust the brightness.
Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode.
. appears.
To cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
b Note
• The back light function is canceled when you press
EXPOSURE (p. 27).
While exposure is set to manual mode, is
displayed in the left-hand corner of the
screen.
To return the setting to automatic
exposure
Press EXPOSURE.
Recording
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Recording in dark
places
– NightShot plus
You can record subjects in dark places (such
as when capturing the face of your baby
sleeping) with this function.
Set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON.
and [”NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] appear.
To cancel NightShot plus, set the NIGHTSHOT
PLUS switch to OFF.
b Notes
• Do not use the NightShot plus function in bright
places. This may cause a malfunction.
• You cannot use the NightShot plus function together
with:
– [PROGRAM AE]
– Manual exposure
• Adjust the focus manually when it is hard to focus
automatically.
• Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or
other objects. Remove the conversion lens (optional)
if it is attached.
• Depending on the shooting conditions or
circumstances, colors may not be reproduced
properly.
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Recording
z Tip
• If you record subjects in complete darkness, set
[N.S. LIGHT] to [ON] in the menu settings. The
maximum shooting distance using the NightShot
Light is about 3 meters (10 feet). If you record
subjects in dark places (such as night scene or in
moonlight), set [N.S. LIGHT] to [OFF] in the menu
settings. You can make image color deeper (p. 49).
Adjusting the focus
manually
The focus is adjusted automatically in the
default setting.
You can adjust the focus manually according
to the recording conditions.
Use this function in the following cases.
To adjust the focus automatically
Recording
– To record a subject behind a window covered
with raindrops.
– To record horizontal stripes.
– To record a subject with little contrast
between the subject and its background.
– When you want to focus on a subject in the
background.
Tips for focusing manually
• It is easier to focus on the subject when
you use the zoom function. Move the
power zoom lever towards T (telephoto)
to adjust the focus, and then, towards W
(wide angle) to adjust the zoom for
recording.
• When you want to record a close-up
image of a subject, move the power zoom
lever towards W (wide angle) to fully
magnify the image, then adjust the focus.
Press FOCUS again.
– To record a stationary subject using a tripod.
FOCUS
1
SEL/PUSH EXEC
dial
Press FOCUS in CAMERA mode.
9 appears.
2
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
sharpen focus.
9 changes to
when the focus cannot be
adjusted any further. 9 changes to
when the focus cannot be adjusted any
closer.
Recording
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Recording a picture
using various effects
FADER
REC START/STOP
[STRIPE FADER]
This feature is for
TRV238E/438E only.
[MONOTONE FADER]
When fading in, the picture gradually changes
from black-and-white to color.
When fading out, the picture gradually changes
from color to black-and-white.
POWER switch
1
Slide the POWER switch to select the
CAMERA mode.
2
Press FADER until the desired fader
indicator flashes in the standby mode
(to fade in) or during recording (to
fade out).
Fading in and out of a scene
– FADER
BLACK
FADER
You can add the following effects to
currently recording pictures.
3
[BLACK FADER]
Press REC START/STOP.
The fader indicator stops flashing and
disappears when the fade is complete.
To cancel the operation
[WHITE FADER]
[MOSAIC FADER]
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Recording
In step 2, press FADER repeatedly until the
indicator disappears.
b Notes
• For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot use the FADER function together with:
– Tape photo recording
– [FRAME REC] (Frame recording)
– [INT.REC] (Interval recording)
• Titles do not fade in or fade out. The date and time
indicator for
TRV238E/438E also does not
fade in or fade out.
Erase them before operating the FADER function if
they are not needed.
4 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Superimposing a title
the desired character, then press the dial.
STBY
P1
TITLE SET
S_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
You can insert a title when recording.
You can select one of the 8 preset titles and
the 2 custom titles.
ABCDE 1 2 3 4 5
FGHIJ 6 7 8 9 0
KLMNO ÀÈÌÒÙ
PQRST ÁÉÍÓÚ
UVWXY ÂÊÔÆŒ
Z& ? ! ÃÕÑçß
’ . , / – ÄÏÖÜÅ
[TITLE] : END
TITLE
1
SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial
Slide the POWER switch to select the
CAMERA mode, then press TITLE.
Select a desired title from the displayed
titles (2 original titles that you have created
before and the preset titles that have been
stored in your camcorder). You can create
original titles (up to 2 types of title of within
20 characters each) in the following
procedure.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[CUSTOM1””] or [CUSTOM2””], then
press the dial.
TITLE
To erase a character: Select [C].
To enter a space: Select [Z& ? !], then
select the blank part between & and ?.
To select alphabet and Russian
].
characters: Select [
5 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
the next character, and enter the character
in the same manner.
6 When you have finished entering
characters, turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC
dial to select [O K], then press the dial.
The title is stored in memory.
STBY
CUSTOM1""
OK
CREATE / EDIT
[TITLE] : END
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[CREATE/EDIT], then press the dial.
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
the column of the desired character, then
press the dial.
2
Recording
REC START/
STOP
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[ C ]
[ cP2 ]
[O K]
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the title you want to insert, then
press the dial.
To insert an original title, turn the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial to select [CUSTOM1””]
or [CUSTOM2””], and press the dial, then
select [OK] and press the dial.
3
Change [COLOR], [SIZE], or
[POSITION] as necessary.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[COLOR], [SIZE], or [POSITION], then
press the dial. The selected item appears
on the screen.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
the desired item, then press the dial.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid
out as desired.
[COLOR] (color)
[WHITE] y [YELLOW] y
[VIOLET] y [RED] y [CYAN] y
[GREEN] y [BLUE]
[SIZE] (size)
[SMALL] y [LARGE]
(You can only select [SMALL] when
you are entering more than 13
characters.)
,continued
Recording
31
[POSITION] (position)
You can select from 8 to 9 choices.
4
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [OK], then press the dial.
The title appears.
Searching for the last
scene of the most
recent recording
– END SEARCH
5
6
Press REC START/STOP.
Press TITLE at the scene you want to
erase the title off.
To superimpose the title while you are
recording
This function is handy when you have played
back the tape, for example, but want to start
recording right after the most recently
recorded scene. The END SEARCH function
will not work once you eject the cassette after
you have recorded on the tape.
Press TITLE and carry out steps 2 to 4. When
you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial at step 4,
the title is recorded.
b Notes
• If you display the menu while superimposing a title,
the title is not recorded while the menu is displayed.
• When you are selecting and setting the title, the title
displayed on the screen is not recorded.
• When you superimpose a title while you are
recording, the beep does not sound.
• When you are using your camcorder on the battery
pack and do not operate it for 5 minutes, the power
automatically goes off as the default setting. If you
may take 5 minutes or longer to enter characters, set
[A.SHUT OFF] in the
(OTHERS) menu to
[NEVER] (p. 58). The power will not be turned off.
Even though the power goes off, the characters you
have entered remain stored in memory. Turn the
power back on, then start again from step 1 to
continue superimposing the title.
• For
TRV238E/438E:
The date and time, or either of them, may not be
displayed depending on the size or position of the
title.
z Tip
• To change a created title, select the title in step 1.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [CREATE/
EDIT] and press the dial, then reselect characters.
END SEARCH
POWER
switch
1
Slide the POWER switch to select the
CAMERA mode.
2
Press END SEARCH.
The last scene of the most recent recording
is played back for about 5 seconds, and the
camcorder enters the standby mode at the
point where the last recording has finished.
To cancel the operation
Press END SEARCH again.
b Note
• The END SEARCH function will not work correctly
when there is a blank section between recorded
sections on the tape.
z Tip
• When PLAY/EDIT mode is selected, you can do this
operation by pressing END SEARCH.
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Recording
Playback
Viewing pictures
recorded on a tape
Make sure you have a recorded cassette
inserted into your camcorder.
When you want to play back the recorded
picture on your TV, see page 38.
For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
You can control playback using the Remote
Commander.
3
Press
(rewind) to go to the point
you want to view.
4
Press
(play) to start playback.
To adjust the volume
Press either of the two buttons on VOLUME.
When you close the LCD panel, sound is turned
off.
: To turn the volume down
: To turn the volume up
To stop playback
Press
(stop).
Playback
To pause
Press
(pause) during playback. Press
(pause) or
(play) to restart the
playback.
Playback stops automatically when pause mode
continues for a few minutes.
To fast forward or rewind
Press
(fast forward) or
stop mode.
POWER
switch
OPEN
z Tip
• Performing Easy Handycam operation, even first
time users can play back easily. For details, see
page 35.
1
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
2
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
(rewind) in
To review movies on the viewfinder
Close the LCD panel.
Indicators displayed during playing
back
For
TRV238E/438E:
60min
0:00:00
Slide the POWER
switch while
pressing the green
button.
,continued
Playback
33
For
To view pictures at slow speed (slow
playback)*
TRV270E/285E:
60min
0:00:00:00
For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
Press SLOW y on the Remote Commander
during playback. To resume normal playback,
press PLAY.
* For TRV285E:
Pictures output from the DV Interface cannot be
played back smoothly in the slow mode.
A Remaining battery time
B Recording mode (SP or LP)
C Tape transport indicator
D Tape counter (hour: minute: second)
(
TRV238E/438E)
E Hi8 format (
TRV238E/438E)
This appears while playing back Hi8 format
tapes.
F Time code (hour: minute: second: frame)
or tape counter (hour: minute: second)
( TRV270E/285E)
b Note
• For TRV270E/285E:
If you use a standard 8 mm
tape, be sure to play
back the tape on your camcorder. Mosaic noise may
appear when you play back the standard 8 mm
tape on other camcorders (including another DCRTRV270E/TRV285E).
Playing back in various modes
To fast forward or rewind during
playback – Picture search
Keep on pressing
(fast forward) or
(rewind) during playback.
To resume normal playback, release the button.
To view the picture while fast
forwarding or rewinding – Skip scan
Keep on pressing
(fast forward) or
(rewind) while fast forwarding or rewinding the
tape.
To resume fast forwarding or rewinding, release
the button.
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Playback
b Notes
• For
TRV238E/438E:
If slow playback lasts for about 1 minute, the
camcorder automatically returns to normal speed
playback.
• For
TRV238E/438E:
When you play back a tape recorded in the LP mode,
noise may appear on the LCD screen in the
following cases:
– Slow playback
– Playback pause
– Picture search
Playing back with
ease
– Easy Handycam
Easy Handycam operation allows easy
playback for even first time users by
providing only the basic functions for
playback. Also screen font size increases for
easy viewing. Make sure you have a recorded
cassette inserted into your camcorder.
EASY
4
Play back a tape.
The following buttons can be operated.
(play)/
(stop)/
(pause)/
(fast forward)/
(rewind)
For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
You can operate those operations and
SLOW y on the Remote Commander.
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY again.
Playback
b Notes
For TRV270E/285E:
• During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot
connect the USB cable to your camcorder.
• You cannot use Easy Handycam operation together
with USB Streaming.
POWER switch
OPEN
z Tip
• Buttons that do not work during Easy Handycam
operation have a dot beside them on your camcorder.
Also, only menu items that are available during Easy
Handycam operation are displayed when MENU is
pressed.
1
Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.
2
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
3
Press EASY.
EASY lights up in blue.
Easy Handycam
operation
ON
Playback
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Various playback
functions
You can display the recorded date on the
screen.
DISPLAY/BATT INFO
POWER switch
MENU
SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial
Displaying the screen indicators
Displaying the date/time and
camera settings data – Data code
( TRV270E/285E)
During playback, you can view the date/time
data ([DATE/TIME]) and the camera settings
data ([CAM DATA]) that are automatically
recorded while recording pictures on a tape.
1
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
2
Press MENU during playback or
playback pause.
3
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select
(OTHERS), then press the
dial.
4
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [DATA CODE], then press the
dial.
OTHERS
DATA CODE OFF
WORLD TIME DATE/TIME
CAM DATA
BEEP
A. SHUT OFF
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
VIDEO EDIT
RETURN
You can choose to display the time code, tape
counter, and other information on the screen.
[MENU] : END
Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO.
The indicators appear/disappear as you press the
button.
z Tips
• For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
You can display the screen indicators by pressing
DISPLAY on the Remote Commander.
• You can display the screen indicators during
playback on a TV. Select the
(OTHERS) menu,
[DISPLAY], then [V-OUT/LCD] (p. 59).
5
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the [DATE/TIME] or [CAM
DATA], then press the dial.
6
Press MENU.
60min
0:00:00:00
1 1 2005
12:17:50
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Playback
To hide the date/time or the camera
settings data
Follow steps 2 to 4, and select [OFF] in step 5.
Camera settings data display
In the date/time data display, the date and time
is displayed in the same area.
If you record the picture without setting the
clock, [-- -- ----] and [--:--:--] will appear.
60min
0:00:00:00
1
2
AUTO
100
AWB
F1.6
9dB
3
4
Playback
5
6
A SteadyShot off
B Exposure
C White balance
D Gain
E Shutter speed
F Aperture value
Playback
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Playing the picture on
a TV
For
Connect your camcorder to a TV using the
supplied A/V connecting cable as shown in
the following illustration.
Connect the supplied AC Adaptor to the wall
socket for the power supply (p. 12).
Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied
with the devices to be connected.
To copy to another tape, see page 62.
TRV238E/438E:
A/V OUT jack
Yellow
Black
Signal flow
For
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
VCRs or TVs
TRV270E/285E:
A/V OUT jack
Yellow
White
Red
Signal flow
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
VCRs or TVs
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Playback
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input
on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set
the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
Locating a scene on a
tape for playback
When your TV is stereo
( TRV285E)
For
TRV238E/438E:
Connect the audio plug of the A/V connecting
cable to the left (white) input jack of your TV.
When your TV is monaural (When your
TV has only one audio input jack)
Searching quickly for a desired
scene – Zero set memory
For TRV270E/285E:
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting
cable to the video input jack and connect the
white or the red plug to the audio input jack of
your TV or VCR.
When you want to play the sound in monaural
mode, use a connecting cable (optional) for that
purpose.
m REW
STOP
DISPLAY
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin connector
(EUROCONNECTOR)
To play back movies, connect your camcorder
to the TV/VCR, using the 21-pin adaptor
(optional).
For
TRV238E/438E:
ZERO SET MEMORY
1
TRV270E/285E:
TV/VCR
During playback, press ZERO SET
MEMORY on the Remote
Commander at the point you want to
locate later on.
The tape counter is reset to “0:00:00” and
appears on the screen.
If the tape counter is not displayed, press
DISPLAY on the Remote Commander.
TV/VCR
For
Playback
PLAY
2
Press STOP when you want to stop
playback.
3
Press m REW.
The tape stops automatically when the tape
counter reaches “0:00:00.”
4
Press PLAY.
The playback starts from the point
designated “0:00:00” on the tape counter.
To cancel the operation
Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote
Commander again.
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b Notes
• There may be a discrepancy of several seconds
between the time code and the tape counter.
• Zero set memory will not function correctly if there
is a blank section between recorded sections on the
tape.
Searching for a scene by date of
recording – Date search
• The Date search will not function correctly when
there is a blank section between recorded sections on
the tape.
Searching for a still image
– Photo search
You can locate the still image you have
recorded on a tape.
You can locate the point where the recording
date changes.
SEARCH M.
./>
SEARCH M.
STOP
./>
STOP
1
2
3
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
Press SEARCH M. on the Remote
Commander repeatedly to select
[DATE SEARCH].
Press . (previous)/> (next) on
the Remote Commander to select a
recording date.
Playback starts automatically from the
point where the date changes.
Each time you press the button, the previous
or the next date will be searched for and
displayed.
1
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
2
Press SEARCH M. on the Remote
Commander repeatedly to select
[PHOTO SEARCH].
3
Press . (previous)/> (next) on
the Remote Commander to select the
photo for playback.
Playback of the photo starts automatically.
Each time you press the button, the previous
or the next photo will be searched for and
displayed.
To cancel the operation
Press STOP on the Remote Commander.
To cancel the operation
Press STOP on the Remote Commander.
b Notes
• If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your
camcorder may not accurately find the point where
the recording date changes.
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b Note
• If a tape has a blank section between recorded
sections, the Photo search function may not work
correctly.
Playing back still images in
sequence – Photo scan
You can also locate still images one after
another and display each image for 5 seconds
automatically.
SEARCH M.
./>
STOP
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
2
Press SEARCH M. on the Remote
Commander repeatedly to select
[PHOTO SCAN].
3
Press . (previous)/> (next) on
the Remote Commander.
Playback
1
Each photo will be played back for about 5
seconds.
To cancel the operation
Press STOP on the Remote Commander.
b Note
• If a tape has a blank section between recorded
sections, the Photo scan function may not work
correctly.
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BAdvanced operations
OTHERS (p. 58)
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TAPE SET
REC MODE SP
AUDIO MODE
REMAIN
FRAME REC
I N T. REC
RETURN
Changing the menu
settings
You can change various settings or make
detailed adjustments using the menu items
displayed on the screen.
STBY
[MENU] : END
4
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the desired item, then press the
dial.
The available menu items vary depending
on the position of the POWER switch.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
MENU
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUDIO MODE
REMAIN
AUTO
FRAME REC ON
I N T. REC
RETURN
STBY
[MENU] : END
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
1
2
POWER switch
5
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the desired mode, then press the
dial.
Turn on the power (p. 15).
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUDIO MODE
ON
REMAIN
FRAME REC
I N T. REC
RETURN
Press MENU.
The menu screen appears.
STBY
[MENU] : END
MANUAL SET
PROGRAM AE
P EFFECT
AUTO SHTR
STBY
6
[MENU] : END
3
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the desired menu, then press the
dial.
MANUAL SET (p. 43)
CAMERA SET (p. 46)
PLAYER SET (p. 50) (
TRV238E/438E/ TRV270E)
VCR SET (p. 50) ( TRV285E)
LCD SET (p. 52)
TAPE SET (p. 53)
SETUP MENU (p. 56)
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Press MENU to hide the menu screen.
If you want to change other items, select
[ RETURN] and press the dial, then
repeat steps from 3 to 5.
Using the
(MANUAL SET) menu
– PROGRAM AE/P EFFECT, etc.
You can select items listed below in the
MANUAL SET menu. To select these items,
see “Changing the menu settings” (p. 42).
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
MANUAL SET
PROGRAM AE
P EFFECT
AUTO SHTR
[MENU] : END
PROGRAM AE
You can record pictures easily in a situation that requires various techniques by
selecting the following settings.
Select this when not using PROGRAM AE.
Select to prevent people’s faces from appearing
excessively white when subjects are lit by strong
light, such as in a theater or at a wedding.
PORTRAIT (soft
portrait) (
)
Select to bring out the subject such as people or
flowers while creating a soft background.
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G AUTO
SPOTLIGHT*
(spotlight) ( )
SPORTS* (sports Select to minimize shake when shooting fastlesson) ( )
moving subjects such as in tennis or golf.
BEACH&SKI*
(beach & ski) (
SUNSETMOON
** (sunset &
moon) (
)
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.
Select to maintain the atmosphere of situations
such as sunsets, general night views, fireworks,
and neon signs.
LANDSCAPE**
Select when shooting distant subjects such as
(landscape) (
) mountains. This setting also prevents your
camcorder from focusing on glass or metal mesh
in windows that comes in between the camcorder
and the subject.
* Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance.
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**Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on distant subjects.
b Note
• When you set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to ON, [PROGRAM AE] does not work.
P EFFECT
For
TRV238E/438E:
You can add special effects (such as films) to a picture before recording.
appears when each effect is selected.
For TRV270E/285E:
You can add special effects (such as films) to a picture before or after recording.
appears when each effect is selected.
GOFF
Select when not using the Picture effect setting.
NEG.ART
Select to record/play the picture with the color
and brightness of the picture reversed.
SEPIA
Select to record/play the picture appearing in sepia.
B&W
Select to record/play the picture appearing in monochrome (blackand-white).
SOLARIZE
Select to record/play the picture looking like an
illustration with strong contrast.
SLIM
Select to record the picture appearing vertically
expanded. (This effect is not available during
playback.)
STRETCH
Select to record the picture appearing
horizontally expanded. (This effect is not
available during playback.)
PASTEL
Select to record the picture looking like a pale
pastel drawing. (This effect is not available
during playback.)
MOSAIC
Select to record the picture appearing mosaicpatterned. (This effect is not available during
playback.)
b Note
• For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot add effects to externally input pictures. Also, you cannot output pictures edited
with Picture effects via the
DV Interface.
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z Tip
• For TRV270E/285E:
You can copy pictures edited using picture effects to another tape (p. 62).
AUTO SHTR
GON
Select to automatically activate the electronic shutter to adjust the
shutter speed when recording in bright conditions.
OFF
Select when recording without using the electronic shutter.
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Using the
(CAMERA SET) menu
– 16:9 WIDE/STEADYSHOT, etc.
You can select items listed below in the
CAMERA SET menu. To select these items, see
“Changing the menu settings” (p. 42).
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
1 6 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
[MENU] : END
D ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level
greater than 20 times while recording on a tape. Note that the image quality
decreases when you are using the digital zoom. This function is useful when
recording enlarged pictures of a distant subject, such as a bird.
The right side of the bar shows the digital
zooming zone.
The zooming zone appears when you select
the zooming level.
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GOFF
Select to deactivate the digital zoom. Up to 20 times zoom is
performed optically.
40 ×
Select to activate the digital zoom. 20 times through 40 times zoom is
performed digitally.
990 ×
Select to activate the digital zoom. 20 times through 990 times zoom
is performed digitally.
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16:9 WIDE
For
TRV238E/438E:
You can record a cinema-like picture ([CINEMA] mode) or a 16:9 wide picture
([16:9 FULL] mode) to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV.
Refer also to the manuals supplied with your TV.
In [CINEMA] mode
When viewed on the LCD screen/viewfinder
When viewed on a 16:9 wide screen TV*
When viewed on a standard TV**
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In [16:9 FULL] mode
When viewed on the LCD screen/viewfinder
When viewed on a 16:9 wide screen TV*
When viewed on a standard TV**
* Picture appears in full screen when the wide-screen TV switches to full mode.
**When you play a picture in 4:3 mode, it appears as you have seen on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder.
GOFF
CINEMA (
16:9 FULL (
Standard setting (to record pictures to play back on a 4:3 TV). The
recorded picture will not be wide.
)
Select to record a picture to be played back in CINEMA mode.
)
Select to record a picture to be played back on a 16:9 wide TV.
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47
z Tips
• When you record in the [16:9 FULL], the date or time indicator will be widened on widescreen TVs.
• For
TRV438E:
The SteadyShot does not work. If you set [16:9 FULL] in the menu settings when the
SteadyShot is working,
flashes and the SteadyShot does not function.
For TRV270E/285E:
You can record a 16:9 wide picture on the tape to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV
([16:9 WIDE] mode).
Refer also to the manuals supplied with your TV.
When viewed on the LCD screen
When viewed on a 16:9 wide screen TV*
When viewed on a standard TV**
* Picture appears in full screen when the wide-screen TV switches to full mode.
**In 4:3 mode. When you play a picture in the wide mode, it appears as you have seen on the
LCD screen.
GOFF
ON (
Standard setting (to record pictures to play back on a 4:3 TV). The
recorded picture will not be wide.
)
Select to record a picture to be played back on a 16:9 wide TV.
z Tip
• The SteadyShot does not work. If you set [16:9 WIDE] to [ON] in the menu settings when
the SteadyShot is working,
flashes and the SteadyShot does not function.
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STEADYSHOT
For
TRV438E/ TRV270E/285E:
You can select this function to compensate for camera-shake.
GON
OFF (
Standard setting (enable the SteadyShot function). If you select a
function that STEADYSHOT cannot work with,
appears.
)
Select to deactivate the SteadyShot function.
Select to shoot a stationary subject with a tripod, or when using a
conversion lens (optional). Natural pictures are produced.
b Note
• For TRV270E/285E:
Camera-shake cannot be completely compensated for in the following cases:
– When recording in a dark place
– When recording a subject with little contrast to the background
– When recording horizontal stripes
– When using the zoom
– When recording a fast moving subject
– When the zoom position is set to the W-end side
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N.S. LIGHT
When using the NightShot plus function to record, you can record clearer pictures
by using the NightShot Light to emit infrared rays (invisible).
GON
Select to use the NightShot Light. (p. 28)
OFF
Select to disable the NightShot Light. (p. 28)
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Using the
(PLAYER
(VCR SET)
SET)/
menu – HiFi SOUND/EDIT, etc.
items, see “Changing the menu settings”
(p. 42).
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
You can select the items listed below in the
menu (the PLAYER SET menu for
TRV238E/438E/ TRV270E, the VCR
SET menu for TRV285E). To select these
VCR SET
H i F i SOUND
AUDIO MIX
[MENU] : END
HiFi SOUND
For TRV270E/285E:
You can select how to play back audio recorded on a tape in stereo mode.
GSTEREO
Select to play back a stereo tape or dual sound track tape with main
and sub sound.
1
Select to play back a stereo tape with the left channel sound or a dual
sound track tape with main sound.
2
Select to play back a stereo tape with the right channel sound or a dual
sound track tape with sub sound.
b Notes
• You can play back a dual sound track cassette on this camcorder. However, you cannot
record a dual sound track on this camcorder.
• The setting returns to [STEREO] when you disconnect the power source from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
EDIT
For
TRV238E/438E:
Picture degradation is minimized when you dub or edit a tape using the camcorder
as the playback device.
GOFF
Select this for no compensation.
ON
Select to minimize picture degradation.
b Note
• The setting returns to [OFF] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder
for more than 5 minutes.
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TBC
For
TRV238E/438E:
GON
Select to correct jitter (horizontal picture shake during playback).
OFF
Select to not compensate picture distortion when playing back a tape
on which you have dubbed repeatedly or recorded TV game signals.
DNR
For
TRV238E/438E:
GON
Select to eliminate color noise in the picture.
OFF
Select to minimize picture artifacts in a picture containing lots of
movement.
AUDIO MIX
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For TRV270E/285E:
You can adjust the audio balance between ST1 (the originally recorded sound)
and ST2.
b Notes
• You cannot adjust sound recorded in 16 bit audio mode.
• Only the originally recorded sound will be heard when you disconnect the power source
from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
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Using the
(LCD
SET) menu – LCD B.L./LCD
COLOR, etc.
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
You can select the items listed below in the
LCD SET menu. To select these items, see
“Changing the menu settings” (p. 42).
LCD SET
LCD BR I GHT
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
[MENU] : END
LCD BRIGHT
See page 16 for details.
LCD B.L.
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight. The recorded picture
will not be affected by this setting.
GBRT NORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Select to brighten the LCD screen.
b Notes
• When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically
selected for the setting.
• When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording.
LCD COLOR
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the color on the LCD screen. The
recorded picture will not be affected by this setting.
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High intensity
Using the
(TAPE
SET) menu – FRAME REC/
INT.REC, etc.
You can select items listed below in the TAPE
SET menu. To select items, see “Changing the
menu settings” (p. 42).
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUDIO MODE
REMAIN
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
[MENU] : END
REC MODE
Select to record in the SP (Standard Play) mode on a cassette.
Select to increase the recording time from that of the SP mode (2 times
longer for
TRV238E/438E, 1.5 times longer for TRV270E/
285E) (Long Play). The use of Sony cassettes is recommended to get
the most out of your camcorder.
b Notes
• If you record in the LP mode, a mosaic-like noise may appear or sound may be interrupted
when you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs.
• For
TRV238E/438E:
When you record a tape in the LP mode on your camcorder, recording is carried out in the
standard 8 mm
system.
• For TRV270E/285E:
When you mix recordings in the SP mode and in the LP mode on one tape, the playback
picture may be distorted or the time code may not be written properly between the scenes.
AUDIO MODE
For
TRV270E/285E:
G12BIT
16BIT (
Select to record in the 12-bit mode (2 stereo sounds).
)
Select to record in the 16-bit mode (1 stereo sound with high quality).
ORC TO SET
For
TRV238E/438E:
You can automatically adjust the recording condition to get the best possible
recording.
When you select [ORC TO SET] in the menu settings, [START/STOP KEY]
appears. Press REC START/STOP. [ORC] appears on the screen and adjustment
starts. Your camcorder returns to the standby mode when adjustment is complete.
It takes about 10 seconds for adjustment.
b Notes
• Each time you eject a cassette, this setting will be canceled.
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GSP ( SP )
LP ( LP )
• When you set [ORC TO SET], a non-recorded section of about 0.1 second appears on the
tape. However, note that this non-recorded section disappears from the tape when you
continue recording from this section.
• To check if you have already set this setting, select [ORC TO SET] in the menu settings.
[ORC ON] is displayed if it is already set.
REMAIN
GAUTO
Select to display the remaining tape bar:
• For about 8 seconds after you turn on your camcorder with the
cassette inserted, and your camcorder calculates the remaining
amount of tape.
• For about 8 seconds after
(play) is pressed.
• For about 8 seconds after DISPLAY/BATT INFO is pressed to
display the screen indicators.
• For the period of tape rewinding, forwarding or picture search.
ON
Select to always display the remaining tape indicator.
FRAME REC
For TRV270E/285E:
You can record pictures with a stop-motion animated effect by alternately frame
recording and then moving the subject a little.
For TRV285E:
Operate your camcorder using the Remote Commander to prevent camera shake.
GOFF
ON
Select to record in the standard recording mode.
Select to record pictures using the frame recording function.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [ON], then
press the dial.
2 Press MENU to hide the menu settings.
lights up.
3 Press REC START/STOP.
A picture (approximately 5 frames) is recorded, and your
camcorder enters the standby mode.
4 Move the subject and repeat step 3.
b Notes
• When you use frame recording continuously, the remaining tape time will not be indicated
correctly.
• The last scene will be longer than other scenes.
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INT.REC
For TRV270E/285E:
You can achieve excellent recordings of flowers blooming, etc., with this
function. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC
Adaptor during the operation.
[a]
[a]
[b]
[a]
[b]
a. [REC TIME]
b. [INTERVAL]
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [SET], then press the dial.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [INTERVAL], then press the
dial.
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired interval time
(30 seconds, 1, 5, 10 minutes), then press the dial.
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4 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [REC TIME], then press the
dial.
5 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired recording time
(0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 seconds), then press the dial.
6 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [
RETURN], then press the
dial.
7 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [ON], then press the dial.
8 Press MENU to hide the menu settings.
flashes.
9 Press REC START/STOP.
The interval recording starts.
lights up during interval recording.
To cancel recording, set to [OFF] in the menu settings.
b Note
• There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to ± 5 frames from the selected time.
z Tips
• If you adjust the focus manually, you may be able to record clear pictures even if the light
changes (p. 29).
• You can silence the beeps during recording (p. 58).
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Using the
(SETUP
MENU) – CLOCK SET/USB STREAM/
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
LANGUAGE, etc.
You can select items listed below in the SETUP
MENU. To select items, see “Changing the
menu settings” (p. 42).
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
USB STREAM
LTR SIZE
LANGUAGE
DEMO MODE
[MENU] : END
CLOCK SET
You can set the date and time (p. 17).
AUTO DATE
For
TRV238E/438E:
You can automatically record the date once a day for 10 seconds after you start
recording.
GON
Select to record the date for 10 seconds after recording has started.
OFF
Select to cancel the auto date function.
z Tip
• The auto date function automatically displays the date once a day. However, the date may
automatically appear more than once a day if:
– you set the date and time.
– you eject and insert the tape again.
– you stop recording within 10 seconds.
– you set [AUTO DATE] to [OFF] once and set it back to [ON] in the menu settings.
USB STREAM
For TRV270E/285E:
You can connect a USB cable (supplied) to your camcorder, and view the picture
displayed on the screen of your camcorder on your computer (USB Streaming).
For details, refer to “First Step Guide” in the supplied CD-ROM.
GOFF
Select to deactivate the USB Streaming function.
ON
Select to activate the USB Streaming function.
GNORMAL
Select to display selected menu items in normal size.
2×
Select to display selected menu items at twice the normal height.
LTR SIZE
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LANGUAGE
You can select or change the language used for the on-screen display (p. 19). You
can select from English, Simplified English, Traditional-Chinese, SimplifiedChinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian, Greek, Russian,
Arabic, or Persian.
DEMO MODE
When you remove a cassette from your camcorder, and select the CAMERA
mode, you can view the demonstration in about 10 minutes.
GON
Select to see an overview of the functions available such as when you
are using this camcorder for the first time.
OFF
Select when you do not intend to use the [DEMO MODE].
b Note
• You can view the demonstration only when the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is set to OFF.
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z Tips
• The demonstration will be suspended in situations such as those described below.
– When a cassette is inserted.
– When a mode other than CAMERA is selected.
• If [A.SHUT OFF] is set to [5 min] when the camcorder is used on the battery pack, the
power will be turned off after approximately 5 minutes (p. 58).
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Using the
(OTHERS) menu – WORLD
TIME/VIDEO EDIT, etc.
You can select items listed below in the
OTHERS menu. To select items, see “Changing
the menu settings” (p. 42).
The default settings are marked with G. The
settings you can adjust vary depending on the
power mode of your camcorder. The screen
shows the items you can operate at the moment.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
A. SHUT OFF
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
REC LAMP
[MENU] : END
DATA CODE
For
TRV270E/285E:
GOFF
Select not to display date, time and the camera settings data during
playback.
DATE/TIME
Select to display the date and time during playback. (p. 36)
CAM DATA
Select to display the camera setting data during playback. (p. 36)
WORLD TIME
You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the
time difference by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, the clock will be adjusted
in accordance with the time difference. If you set the time difference to 0, the
clock returns to the originally set time.
BEEP
GMELODY
Select to play a melody when you start/stop recording, operate your
camcorder with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or when an unusual
condition occurs on your camcorder.
NORMAL
Select to sound a beep instead of the melody.
OFF
Select to cancel the melody, beep sound, shutter sound and operation
confirmation beep.
G5 min
Select to activate the Auto shut off. When approximately 5 minutes
have elapsed while you do not operate your camcorder, the camcorder
is automatically turned off to prevent the battery from becoming
consumed.
NEVER
Select to deactivate the Auto shut off.
A.SHUT OFF
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Customizing Your Camcorder
b Note
• When you connect your camcorder to the wall socket, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set
to [NEVER].
COMMANDER
For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
GON
Select when using the Remote Commander supplied with your
camcorder.
OFF
Select to deactivate the Remote Commander to prevent your
camcorder from responding to a command sent by another VCR
remote control unit.
b Note
• The setting returns to [ON] when you have the power source disconnected from your
camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
DISPLAY
Select to show the displays such as the time code on the LCD screen
and in the viewfinder.
V-OUT/LCD
Select to show the displays such as the time code on the TV screen,
LCD screen, and in the viewfinder.
GON
Select to turn on the camera recording lamp on the front of your
camcorder during recording.
OFF
Select this setting in the following recording situations. The camera
recording lamp will not light up during recording.
• When you do not want the subject to be nervous about being
recorded.
• When you are recording close to the subject.
• When the subject reflects the recording lamp.
Customizing Your Camcorder
GLCD
REC LAMP
VIDEO EDIT
For TRV270E/285E:
You can select up to 20 scenes (programs) and record them in the desired order to
another recording device such as VCR (p. 67).
Customizing Your Camcorder
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Dubbing/Editing
Connecting to a VCR
For
You can create a copy of the picture recorded
on your camcorder on other recording
devices (p. 62).
For TRV285E, you can also record the
picture from a VCR to a tape on your
camcorder (p. 67).
Connect your camcorder to a VCR as shown
in the following illustration.
TRV238E/438E:
A/V OUT jack
Yellow
Black
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
VCRs
Signal flow
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Dubbing/Editing
For
TRV270E/285E:
A/V OUT jack
Connecting with an i.LINK cable
i.LINK cable (optional)
i.LINK jack
DV Interface
Yellow
Dubbing/Editing
White
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
VCRs
Red
Signal flow
* For TRV270E:
Your camcorder does not accept input data from the
connected device. It can only output data from the
DV Interface.
b Notes
• Use the A/V connecting cable to connect your
camcorder to other devices. Before connecting,
make sure the [DISPLAY] setting in the
(OTHERS) menu is set to [LCD] (the default
setting) (p. 59).
• For
TRV238E/438E:
When you are connecting your camcorder to a stereo
device, connect the audio plug of the A/V
connecting cable to the left (white) jack on the VCR.
• For TRV270E/285E:
When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video jack, and the red
(right channel) or the white (left channel) plug to the
audio jack on the VCR.
To use an i.LINK cable for connection
For TRV270E/285E:
Use an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect your
camcorder to other device via the DV Interface.
The video and sound signals are transmitted
digitally, producing high quality pictures. Note
that you cannot record the picture and sound
separately. For details, see page 97.
Dubbing/Editing
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Dubbing to another
tape
You can copy and edit the picture played
back on your camcorder to other recording
devices (such as VCRs).
1
Connect your VCR to your camcorder
as a recording device (p. 60, 61).
2
Prepare your VCR for recording.
• Insert a cassette for recording.
• If your VCR has an input selector, set it to
the input mode.
3
Prepare your camcorder for playback.
• Insert the recorded cassette.
• Slide the POWER switch to select the
PLAY/EDIT mode.
4
Start the playback on your camcorder,
and record it on the VCR.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your VCR for details.
5
When the dubbing is finished, stop
your camcorder and the VCR.
b Notes
• When dubbing using the A/V connecting cable,
press DISPLAY/BATT INFO to hide indicators
such as time code (p. 36). Otherwise, they will be
recorded on the tape.
• For TRV270E/285E:
When connected using the A/V connecting cable, to
record the date/time and camera settings data, have
it displayed on screen (p. 36).
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Dubbing/Editing
• For TRV270E/285E:
When your camcorder is connected to the VCR via
the DV Interface, you cannot record the title or
indicators.
• For TRV270E/285E:
Pictures edited with Picture effect ([P EFFECT]
p. 44) cannot be output via the DV Interface.
• For TRV270E/285E:
When connected using the i.LINK cable, the
recorded picture becomes rough when a picture is
paused on your camcorder while recording to a
VCR.
z Tip
• For
TRV238E/438E:
To prevent deterioration of pictures, set [EDIT] to
[ON] in the
(PLAYER SET) menu before
dubbing (p. 50).
Dubbing a tape easily
– Easy Dubbing (
5
TRV238E/438E)
EASY DUBBING
SETUP
I R SETUP
PAUSE MODE
I R TEST
RETURN
You can control VCR for dubbing with your
camcorder easily with the VCR connected to
the camcorder.
Step 1: Preparing your camcorder
and VCR for operation
Follow the steps below when you are
performing the Easy Dubbing for the first
time. You can skip this setting if you have set
up the VCR by the following procedure
before.
[ E A S Y D UB ] : E N D
6
2
Prepare your VCR for recording.
7
8
Prepare your camcorder for playback.
EASY DUBBING
START
T I T LE SEL
MODE SEL
SETUP
0 :0 0 :0 0
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the [IR SETUP] code of your
VCR, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [PAUSE MODE], then press the
dial.
NORMAL
[ E A S Y D UB ] : E N D
9
Press EASY DUB.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [IR SETUP], then press the dial.
EASY DUBBING
0 :0 0 :0 0
SETUP
I R SETUP
PAUSE MODE P A U S E
REC
I R TEST
PB
RETURN
• Insert a cassette for editing.
• Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
4
NORMAL
For the [IR SETUP] code of your VCR,
refer to “[IR SETUP] code list” (p. 64).
When there is more than one code listed for
the manufacturer of your VCR, try each
code and find the most appropriate one.
• Insert a cassette for recording.
• Set the input selector to input mode, if
your VCR has one.
3
3
Dubbing/Editing
Connect your VCR to your camcorder
as a recording device (p. 60).
0 :0 0 :0 0
When you connect with an A/V connecting
cable, you need to check the [IR SETUP]
code signal to see if your VCR can be
operated by your camcorder (infrared ray
emitter).
b Note
• You cannot perform the Easy Dubbing on a VCR
that does not support [IR SETUP] codes.
1
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [SETUP], then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the mode to cancel recording
pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your VCR for details on operation.
NORMAL
[ E A S Y D UB ] : E N D
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63
10Point the infrared ray emitter of your
camcorder towards the remote sensor
on your VCR, from about 30 cm (12
in.) away, with no obstructions.
Remote sensor
VCR
Infrared ray
emitter
11Set the VCR to recording pause.
The following [IR SETUP] codes are recorded
on your camcorder by default. (It is set at “3” as
the default setting.)
Manufacturing
company
[IR SETUP] code
Sony
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Aiwa
47, 53, 54
Akai
50, 62, 74
Alba
73
Amstrad
73
Baird
30, 36
Blaupunkt
11, 83
Bush
74
CGM
36, 47, 83
Clatronic
73
Daewoo
26
Ferguson
76, 83
Fisher
73
select [EXECUTE], then press the dial.
Funai
80
Recording starts on your VCR when the
setting is correct. [COMPLETE] appears
when the [IR SETUP] code test is finished.
Go on to the next step.
When recording fails to start, select another
[IR SETUP] code and try again.
Goldstar
47
Goodmans
26, 84
12Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [IR TEST], then press the dial.
13Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
14Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [
dial.
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[IR SETUP] code list
RETURN], then press the
Dubbing/Editing
Grundig
9, 83
Hitachi
42, 56
ITT/Nokia Instant
36
JVC
11, 12, 15, 21
Kendo
47
Loewe
16, 47, 84
Luxor
89
Mark
26*
Matsui
47, 58*, 60
Mitsubishi
28, 29
Nokia
36, 89
Nokia Oceanic
89
Nordmende
76
Okano
60, 62, 63
Orion
58*, 70
Panasonic
16, 78
Philips
83, 84, 86
Phonola
83, 84
Manufacturing
company
[IR SETUP] code
Roadstar
47
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the desired title, then press the
dial.
SABA
21, 76, 91
The title flashes.
Salora
89
Samsung
22, 32, 52, 93, 94
Sanyo
36
Schneider
10, 83, 84
SEG
73
Seleco
47, 74
Sharp
89
Siemens
10, 36
Tandberg
26
Telefunken
91, 92
Thomson
76, 100
Thorn
36, 47
Toshiba
40, 93
47, 70, 84, 92
W.W. House
47
Watoson
58, 83
* TV/VCR component
Step 2: Selecting the title
E A S Y D U B B I NG
OK
COLOR
S I ZE
BACK COL
HELLO!
0 :0 0 :0 0
[EASY DUB]:END
3
Change [COLOR] (color), [SIZE]
(size), or [BACK COL.] (back ground
color) as necessary.
If you do not need to change them, go to
Step 3 (p. 66).
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[COLOR], [SIZE], or [BACK COL.],
then press the dial. The selected item
appears on the screen.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
the desired item, then press the dial.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid
out as desired.
4
Dubbing/Editing
Universum
2
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [OK], then press the dial.
The title lights up.
EASY DUBBING
START
T I T LE SEL
MODE SEL
SETUP
0 :0 0 :0 0
ON
HELLO!
You can insert a title.
You can select one of the 8 preset titles and
the 2 custom titles. See steps 1 to 4 on
page 31 to create original titles.
1
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [TITLE SEL], then press the
dial.
EASY DUBBING
T I T LE SEL
OFF
HE L LO !
HA P P Y B I R T HDA Y
H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S
CONGR A T U L A T I ON S !
OU R SWE E T B A B Y
[EASY DUB]:END
0 :0 0 :0 0
NORMAL
[ E A S Y D UB ] : E N D
b Notes
• You can put a title only into the tape of the VCR.
• If you set the background color to [FADE], the
picture may not appear properly, depending on the
connected VCR.
z Tips
• The title color changes as follows:
[WHITE] y [YELLOW] y [VIOLET] y
[RED] y [CYAN] y [GREEN] y [BLUE]
• The title size changes as follows:
[SMALL] y [LARGE]
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65
• The background color changes as follows:
[FADE] y [WHITE] y [YELLOW] y
[VIOLET] y [RED] y [CYAN] y [GREEN]
y [BLUE] y [BLACK]
Step 3: Selecting the dubbing
mode
You can choose either normal recording
([NORMAL]) or interval recording
([PREVIEW]).
1
NORMAL
[EASY DUB]:END
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [NORMAL] or [PREVIEW],
then press the dial.
When you select [NORMAL]
You can record into the VCR normally.
When you select [PREVIEW]
You can make a time-lapse dubbing by
setting the VCR to automatically repeat 5
seconds’ recording and 25 seconds’
standby.
[b]
[c]
5s
5s
25 s
30 s
25 s
30 s
a. Recording time (VCR)
b. Waiting time (VCR)
c. Playback time (camcorder)
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1
Dubbing/Editing
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [START], then press the dial.
EASY DUBBING
0 :0 0 :0 0
START
RETURN
TITLE SEL
EXECUTE
MODE SEL
SETUP
Engage rec pause.
NORMAL
[EASY DUB]:END
2
HELLO!
[a]
Make sure that your camcorder and VCR are
connected, and that the VCR is set to
recording pause.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [MODE SEL], then press the
dial.
EASY DUBBING
0 :0 0 :0 0
START
TITLE SEL
MODE SEL
NORMAL
SETUP
PREVIEW
2
Step 4: Performing Easy Dubbing
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [EXECUTE], then press the dial.
When dubbing ends, your camcorder and
VCR stop automatically.
Then the display returns to the Easy
Dubbing initial screen.
To stop dubbing during editing
Press
(stop) on your camcorder.
To quit Easy Dubbing
Press EASY DUB.
b Note
• [NOT READY] appears on the screen when
[START] is not carried out.
Recording pictures
from a VCR ( TRV285E)
You can record and edit pictures from a VCR
on a tape inserted in your camcorder.
Insert a cassette for recording in your
camcorder.
1
Dubbing selected
scenes from a tape
– Digital program editing
( TRV270E/285E)
You can select up to 20 scenes (programs)
and record them in the desired order to other
recording device such as VCR.
Connect your VCR to your camcorder
(p. 61).
Delete unwanted scene
Use an i.LINK cable (optional) for
connection.
Change the order
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
3
Press
(rec) and the button on its
right simultaneously on your
camcorder, then immediately press
(pause) on your camcorder.
4
6
Step 1: Preparing your camcorder
and VCR for operation
Start playing the cassette on your
VCR.
The picture played on the connected device
appears on the LCD screen of your
camcorder.
5
Results of editing
Dubbing/Editing
2
Press
(pause) at the point you
want to start recording.
Press
(stop) to stop recording.
z Tip
•
appears when you connect your camcorder
and other devices via an i.LINK cable. (This
indicator may also appear on your TV.)
Follow the steps below when you are
performing digital program editing for the
first time to a tape in a VCR. You can skip
this setting if you have set up the VCR by the
following procedure before.
b Notes
• You cannot perform the Digital program editing on
the following devices:
– a VCR that does not support [IR SETUP] codes
– a DVD recorder, a DVD recorder equipped with an
HDD, etc
• When your camcorder is connected to the VCR via
the DV Interface, you cannot record the title or
indicators.
1
Connect your VCR to the camcorder
as a recording device (p. 61).
You can use either the A/V connecting
cable or the i.LINK cable to make the
connection. The dubbing procedure is
easier with the i.LINK connection.
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67
2
Prepare your VCR.
• Insert a cassette for recording.
• Set the input selector to input mode, if
your VCR has one.
3
Prepare your camcorder (playing
device).
• Insert a cassette for editing.
• Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to
select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
4
Press MENU.
5
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select
(OTHERS), then press the
dial.
6
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [VIDEO EDIT], then press the
dial.
VIDEO EDIT
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
EDIT SET
9
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [i.LINK] or [IR], then press the
dial.
When connecting with an i.LINK
cable
After selecting [i.LINK], go on to “Step 2:
Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR”
(p. 69).
When connecting with an A/V
connecting cable
After selecting [IR], follow the procedure
described in “To set the [IR SETUP] code”
(p. 68).
To set the [IR SETUP] code
When you connect with an A/V connecting
cable, you need to check the [IR SETUP] code
signal to see if your VCR can be operated by
your camcorder (infrared ray emitter).
Remote sensor
VCR
Infrared ray
emitter
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1 IN
TOTAL 0:00:00:00
SCENE 0
[MENU] : END
7
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [EDIT SET], then press the dial.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[IR SETUP], then press the dial.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
VIDEO EDIT
EDIT SET
CONTROL
IR
ADJ TEST
”CUT–IN”
”CUT–OUT”
IR SETUP
PAUSEMODE
IR TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
8
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Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [CONTROL], then press the
dial.
VIDEO EDIT
EDIT SET
CONTROL
0:08:55:06
IR
i. LINK
[MENU] : END
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Dubbing/Editing
the [IR SETUP] code of your VCR, then
press the dial.
For the [IR SETUP] code of your VCR,
refer to “[IR SETUP] code list” (p. 64).
When there is more than one code listed for
the manufacturer of your VCR, try each
code and find the most appropriate one.
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[PAUSEMODE], then press the dial.
4 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
the mode to cancel recording pause on
the VCR, then press the dial.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your VCR for details on operation.
5 Point the infrared ray emitter of your
camcorder towards the remote sensor on
your VCR, from about 30 cm (12 in.)
away, with no obstructions.
3
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [ADJ TEST], then press the dial.
VIDEO EDIT
EDIT SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
”CUT–IN”
”CUT–OUT”
IR SETUP
PAUSEMODE
IR TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
6 Insert a cassette into your VCR, and set
the VCR to recording pause.
7 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[IR TEST], then press the dial.
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RETURN
EXECUTE
ENGAGE
REC PAUSE
8 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[EXECUTE], then press the dial.
The recording starts on your VCR when the
setting is correct. [COMPLETE] appears
when the [IR SETUP] code test is finished.
Go on to “Step 2: Adjusting the
synchronization of the VCR” (p. 69).
When recording fails to start, select another
IR code and try again.
4
[EXECUTING] flashes and a picture (about
50 seconds long) with 5 [IN] and [OUT]
indicators each for adjusting
synchronization is recorded. [COMPLETE]
appears when the recording is finished.
Step 2: Adjusting the
synchronization of the VCR
1
Remove the cassette from your
camcorder. Prepare a pen and paper
to take notes.
2
Set the VCR to recording pause mode.
Skip this step if you have selected [i.LINK]
in step 9 on p. 68.
b Note
• Run the tape for about 10 seconds before
pausing. The starting scenes may not get
recorded when you start recording from
the beginning of the tape.
VIDEO EDIT
0:08:55:06
EDIT SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
COMPLETE
”CUT–IN”
”CUT–OUT”
IR SETUP
PAUSEMODE
IR TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
5
Dubbing/Editing
Follow the steps below when you are
performing digital program editing for the
first time to a tape in a VCR. You can skip
this setting if you have set up your VCR
before using the following procedure.
You can adjust the synchronization of your
camcorder and the VCR to avoid not
recording the starting scene.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [EXECUTE], then press the dial.
Rewind the tape on your VCR, then
play back in slow mode.
5 opening numbers for each [IN] and
closing numbers for each [OUT] appear.
6
Take a note of the opening numerical
value of each [IN] and the closing
number value of each [OUT], then
calculate the average numerical value
for each [IN] and [OUT].
7
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [”CUT-IN”], then press the dial.
VIDEO EDIT
EDIT SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
”CUT–IN”
”CUT–OUT”
IR SETUP
PAUSEMODE
IR TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
0:08:55:06
0
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69
8
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the average numerical value of
[IN], then press the dial.
The calculated start position for recording
is set.
9
3
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select
(OTHERS), then press the
dial.
4
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [VIDEO EDIT], then press the
dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [”CUT-OUT”], then press the
dial.
VIDEO EDIT
EDIT SET
CONTROL
ADJ TEST
”CUT–IN”
”CUT–OUT”
IR SETUP
PAUSEMODE
IR TEST
RETURN
[MENU] : END
VIDEO EDIT
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
EDIT SET
0:08:55:06
TOTAL 0:00:00:00
SCENE 0
[MENU] : END
0
5
Search for the beginning of the first
scene that you want to record on your
camcorder, then pause playback.
6
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [MARK], then press the dial.
10Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select the average numerical value of
[OUT], then press the dial.
The calculated stop position for recording is
set.
The starting point of the first program is set,
and the upper part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
11Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [
dial.
0:08:55:06
1 IN
RETURN], then press the
VIDEO EDIT
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
EDIT SET
0:08:55:06
1 OUT
TOTAL 0:00:00:00
SCENE 0
Recording the selected scenes as
programs
[MENU] : END
7
When you are performing digital program
editing for the first time to a tape in a VCR,
go through the procedures described in Steps
1 and 2 (p. 67 to p. 69) beforehand.
1
Prepare a cassette.
Insert a tape to be played back into the
camcorder.
Insert a cassette for recording into your
VCR.
2
70
Press MENU.
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Search for the end of the first scene
that you want to record on your
camcorder, then pause playback.
8
Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The ending point of the first program is set,
and the lower part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
VIDEO EDIT
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
EDIT SET
0:09:07:06
2 IN
TOTAL 0:00:12:00
SCENE 1
To end Digital program editing
Press MENU.
To save a program without using it to
record
Press MENU in step 11.
The program is stored in memory until the
cassette is ejected.
To erase programs
1 Follow steps 1 to 4 in “Recording the
[MENU] : END
selected scenes as programs” (p. 70).
9
Repeat steps 5 to 8 and create
programs.
10Set your VCR to the recording pause.
Skip this step if your camcorder is
connected via an i.LINK cable.
11Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
VIDEO EDIT
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
EDIT SET
0:09:07:06
ENGAGE
REC PAUSE
RETURN
EXECUTE
TOTAL 0:00:12:00
SCENE 1
[MENU] : END
12Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [EXECUTE], then press the dial.
[UNDO] or [ERASE ALL], then press
the dial.
When you select [UNDO]
You can erase the last set program.
When you select [ERASE ALL]
You can erase all the programs.
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[EXECUTE], then press the dial.
The programs are deleted. To cancel this
operation, select [RETURN], and then
press the dial.
Dubbing/Editing
select [START], then press the dial.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
b Notes
• You cannot set starting point or ending point on a
blank section of the tape. If there is a blank section,
the total time may not appear correctly.
• When you cannot operate the device correctly using
an i.LINK cable connection, select [IR] in step 9 on
p. 68, and set the [IR SETUP] code.
A search for the beginning of the first
program starts, then the recording starts.
[SEARCH] appears during search and
[EDITING] appears during editing.
V I DEO ED I T
EDITING
SCENE
[
0:00:06:00
1/1
] : CANCEL
[MENU] : END
When a program is recorded, the program
mark stops flashing and remains lit. When
all programs have been recorded, the
program editing operation stops
automatically.
To cancel recording, press
(stop).
Dubbing/Editing
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Features
( TRV270E/285E)
When you install the Picture Package software
on a Windows computer from the supplied CDROM, you can enjoy the following operations
by connecting your camcorder to your
computer.
Software and features available for Macintosh
computers differ from those available for
Windows computers. For details, refer to
chapter 6 of “First Step Guide” on CD-ROM.
For “First Step Guide,” see the next section.
z Tip
• There are 2 ways to connect your camcorder to
a computer.
– USB cable
This method is good for copying video and sound
recorded on a tape to the computer.
– i.LINK cable
This method is good for copying video and sound
recorded on a tape. Image data is transferred in
more clarity than with a USB cable.
For details on connection, see “First Step
Guide.”
Music Video/Slideshow Producer
You can select your favorite movies and still
images from pictures saved on your computer
and easily create a short original video or slide
show with added music and visual styles.
Automatic Music Video Producer
You can easily create a short original video with
added music and visual styles using pictures
recorded on a tape.
Copying tape to Video CD
You can import the entire contents of a tape to
create a video CD.
Save the images on CD-R
You can save pictures copied onto a computer to
a CD-R.
Burning Video CD
You can compose a video CD with a menu of
videos and slide shows. ImageMixer VCD2 is
compatible with high resolution still pictures.
USB Streaming Tool
You can view the picture your camcorder is
playing back on tape or is currently seeing on a
computer.
Video Capturing Tool
You can import the entire contents of a tape to a
computer.
The CD-ROM includes the following
software.
• USB Driver
• Picture Package Ver.1.5
• ImageMixer VCD2
• “First Step Guide”
Viewing video and pictures on a
computer
You can view the pictures copied from your
camcorder by selecting from thumbnails. Still
images and movies are saved in folders by date.
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About “First Step Guide”
“First Step Guide” is an instruction manual you
can refer to on your computer.
This “First Step Guide” describes basic
operations, from initial hookup of your
camcorder and computer and making settings,
to general operation the first time you use the
software stored on the CD-ROM (supplied).
After installing the CD-ROM, reading
“Installing the software and “First Step Guide”
on a computer ( TRV270E/285E)” (p. 74),
start the “First Step Guide,” then follow the
instructions.
About the help function of the
software
System requirements
For Windows users
When using Picture Package
• OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE,
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows
Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home
Edition or Windows XP Professional
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above OS has
been upgraded.
In Windows 98, USB Streaming is not
supported.
In Windows 98 and Windows 98SE, DV
capturing is not supported.
Using with your computer
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.
• CPU: Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(800 MHz or faster recommended)
(For using ImageMixer VCD2, Intel Pentium
III 800 MHz 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: 64 MB or more
• Hard disk: Available memory required for
installation: 500 MB or more
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), DV Interface (IEEE1394, i.LINK)
(to connect via an i.LINK cable), disc drive
(You need a CD-R drive to create a video CD.
For the compatible drive, visit the following
URL: http://www.ppackage.com/)
For Macintosh users
b Note
• When you connect your camcorder to a Macintosh
computer using a USB cable, you cannot copy
pictures recorded on a tape to the computer. To copy
recordings from a tape, connect your camcorder to
the computer with an i.LINK cable and use the
standard software in the OS.
When using ImageMixer VCD2
• OS: Mac OS X (v10.1.5 or later)
• CPU: iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBook,
PowerMac G3/G4/G5 series
• Memory: 128 MB or more
• Hard disk: Available memory required for
installation 250 MB or more
Available free hard disk space recommended:
4 GB or more (depending on the size of the
image files edited)
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• Display: Minimum 1 024 × 768 dots, 32 000
colors (this product will not operate correctly
at less than 1 024 × 768 dots or 256 colors.)
• Application: QuickTime 4 or later
(QuickTime 5 recommended)
• Other: Disc drive
Installing the
software and “First
Step Guide” on a
computer
(
TRV270E/285E)
You need to install the software etc., with the
supplied CD-ROM on your computer before
connecting your camcorder and your
computer. Once you install it, the installation is
not required thereafter.
The software to be used varies depending on the
OS system you are using.
Windows computer: Picture Package (including
ImageMixer VCD2)
Macintosh computer: ImageMixer VCD2
For the details on the software, refer to “First
Step Guide.”
Installing on a Windows computer
z Tips
• To view “First Step Guide” on a Windows computer,
Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver.6.0 or later is
recommended. It may not be displayed correctly
even in a recommended environment, depending on
the setting of the browser. In this case, refer to it in
PDF.
• When you want to print out “First Step Guide” or
cannot install it in HTML format automatically in
the desired language, refer to it in PDF.
• To view “First Step Guide” in PDF, copy the PDF
file, stored in the desired language folder in
[FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM, to your
computer.
• When viewing “First Step Guide” in HTML on your
computer without using automatic installation, copy
the desired language folder from the
[FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM, to your
computer. You can refer to “First Step Guide” by
double-clicking “index.html.”
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For Windows 2000/Windows XP
Log on as Administrators for installation.
1
Confirm that your camcorder is not
connected to the computer.
2
Turn on the computer.
5
Select the language for the application
to be installed, then click [Next].
6
Click [Next].
7
Read [License Agreement], check [I
accept the terms of the license
agreement] when you agree, then click
[Next].
8
Select where to save the software, then
click [Next].
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3
Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of
your computer.
The installation screen appears.
Using with your computer
If the screen does not appear
1 Double-click [My Computer].
2 Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE]
(Disc drive).*
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending
on the computer.
4
Click [Install].
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 instructions.
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9
Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install
the Program] screen.
The installation of Picture Package starts.
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.
1 Read [License Agreement], then click
[Next].
10Select the language for “First Step
Guide” to be installed, then click
[Next].
2 Click [Next].
Depending on the computer, this screen
may not be displayed. In such a case, skip to
step 12.
3 Click [Finish].
11Click [Next] to install the “First Step
Guide.”
14Make sure [Yes, I want to restart my
computer now.] is checked, then click
[Finish].
12Click [Next], then follow the on-screen
instructions to install ImageMixer
VCD2.
The computer turns off once, then starts up
again automatically (Restart). The short-cut
icons for [Picture Package Menu] and
[Picture Package Menu destination Folder]
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(and “First Step Guide,” if installed by steps
11-12) appear on the desktop.
15Remove the CD-ROM from the disc
drive of your computer.
If you have any questions about Picture
Package
7
Double-click [IMXINST.SIT] in the
folder it was copied to.
8
Double-click the unzipped
[ImageMixerVCD2_Install].
9
When the user acceptance screen is
displayed, enter your name and
password.
The installation of ImageMixer VCD2
starts.
For details on how to use ImageMixer VCD2,
refer to the software’s on-line help.
Contact information is listed on page 78.
Installing on a Macintosh
computer
Confirm that your camcorder is not
connected to the computer.
2
Turn on the computer.
Using with your computer
1
Close all applications running on the
computer before installing the software.
3
Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of
your computer.
4
Double-click CD-ROM icon.
5
Copy “FirstStepGuide.pdf,” stored in
the desired language in the
[FirstStepGuide] folder, to your
computer.
6
Copy [IMXINST.SIT] in the [MAC]
folder of the CD-ROM to a folder of
your choice.
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Using “First Step
Guide”
( TRV270E/285E)
Viewing “First Step Guide”
Starting up on a Windows computer
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].
Starting up on a Macintosh computer
Double-click “FirstStepGuide.pdf.”
z Tip
• 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/
For inquires about this software
Pixela User Support Center
Pixela Home Page
Windows: http://www.ppackage.com/
Macintosh: http://www.ImageMixer.com/
– North America (Los Angeles) Telephone:
+1-213-341-0163
– Europe (U.K.) Telephone:
+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.
On trademarks
• Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat
are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United
States and/or other countries.
• Picture Package is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
• Microsoft, Windows and Windows Media are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
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• iMac, iBook, Macintosh, Mac OS,
PowerBook and PowerMac are trademarks of
Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S.
and other countries.
• eMac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
• QuickTime and the QuickTime logo are
trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
• Roxio is a registered trademark of Roxio, Inc.
• Toast is a trademark of Roxio, Inc.
• 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.
All other product names mentioned herein may
be the trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies. Furthermore, “™”
and “®” are not mentioned in each case in this
manual.
Creating a DVD
(Direct Access to
“Click to DVD”)
( TRV270E/285E)
to i.LINK (IEEE1394)
connector
i.LINK cable
(optional)
Using with your computer
to DV
Interface
BURN DVD/VCD
b Note
• You can only use an i.LINK cable for this operation.
You cannot use a USB cable.
You can create DVDs when you connect your
camcorder to a Sony VAIO series computer*
that supports “Click to DVD” via an i.LINK
cable (optional). The picture is automatically
copied and written to a DVD.
* Note that you need a Sony VAIO computer
equipped with a DVD drive that can be used to
write DVDs. You also need the computer with
“Click to DVD Ver.1.2” (Sony original software) or
later installed.
The following procedures describe how to
create a DVD from a picture recorded on a tape.
For system and operation requirements, visit the
following URL:
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– Europe
http://www.vaio-link.com/
– USA
http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/support/
dvimag/
– Asia Pacific Regional
http://www.css.ap.sony.com/
– Korea
http://scs.sony.co.kr/
– Taiwan
http://vaio-online.sony.com/tw/vaio/
– China
http://www.sonystyle.com.cn/vaio/
– Thailand
http://www.sony.co.th/vaio/index.html
– Latin America
http://vaio-online.sony.com/
switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/
EDIT mode.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power
source since it takes a few hours to create a
DVD.
3
Insert a recorded cassette into your
camcorder.
4
Connect your camcorder to a
computer via an i.LINK cable
(optional).
b Note
• When you connect your camcorder to a
computer, make sure you insert the connector in
the correct direction. If you insert the connector
forcibly, it may be damaged, and causes a
malfunction of your camcorder. For details, see
“First Step Guide.”
Using the Direct Access to “Click to
DVD” function for the first time
The Direct Access to “Click to DVD” function
enables you to copy pictures recorded on a tape
to a DVD easily if your camcorder is connected
to a computer. Before operating the Direct
Access to “Click to DVD” function, follow the
steps below to start “Click to DVD Automatic
Mode Launcher.”
5
Press BURN DVD/VCD.
6
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [DVD] on the [SELECT DISC],
then press the dial.
1 Turn on the computer.
2 Click the start menu, then select [All
“Click to DVD” starts up and the on-screen
instructions appear on your computer.
Programs].
3 Select [Click to DVD] from the programs
displayed, then click [Click to DVD
Automatic Mode Launcher].
[Click to DVD Automatic Mode Launcher]
starts up.
z Tips
• After you start up [Click to DVD Automatic Mode
Launcher] once, from then on it starts up
automatically when you turn on your computer.
• [Click to DVD Automatic Mode Launcher] is set up
for each Windows XP user.
1
Turn on the computer.
Quit all applications running with an
i.LINK.
2
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Prepare the power source for your
camcorder, then slide the POWER
Using with your computer
7
Place a writable DVD in the disc drive
of the computer.
8
Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
0:00:00:00
60min
BURN DVD
START
CREATE DVD?
[EXEC] :EXECUTE
[BURN DVD/VCD] : CANCEL
The status of the operation on your
computer is displayed on the LCD screen of
your camcorder.
CAPTURING: The picture recorded on
the tape is being copied to the computer.
CONVERTING: The picture is being
converted to the MPEG2 format.
WRITING: The picture is being written
onto the DVD.
z Tip
• If you use a DVD-RW/+RW which has other
data stored on it, the message [This is a
recorded disc. Delete and overwrite?] appears
on the LCD screen of your camcorder. When
you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, the
existing data is erased and new data is written.
9
• You cannot operate your camcorder in the following
situations:
– While playing back a tape
– When “Click to DVD” is started up from the
computer
• You may not be able to create a DVD from an 8mm
tape if it contains pictures recorded in a format other
than Digital8 format.
Press BURN DVD/VCD to finish
creating a DVD.
The disc tray comes out automatically.
60min
0:00:00:00
BURN DVD
COMPLETED
Create another
copy?
Disctray
opens.
[EXEC] :EXECUTE
[BURN DVD/VCD] : CANCEL
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To create another DVD with the same
content, press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The disc tray comes out. Place a new
writable DVD in the disc drive. Then,
repeat steps 8 and 9.
To cancel the operation
Press BURN DVD/VCD.
b Notes
• You cannot cancel the operation after [Finalizing
DVD.] is displayed on the LCD screen of your
camcorder.
• Do not disconnect the i.LINK cable or set the
POWER switch to another mode on your camcorder
until the picture is completely copied to the
computer.
• The DVD is created even if you disconnect the
i.LINK cable (optional) or turn off the power of your
camcorder while [WRITING] or [CONVERTING]
is displayed.
• When any of the following occurs, copying of the
picture is canceled. A DVD containing the data up to
the point the operation was canceled is created.
Refer to the help files of “Click to DVD Automatic
Mode Launcher” for details.
– When there is a blank portion of 10 seconds or
longer on the tape.
– When the data of the tape contains a date before
the recording date of the later images.
– When normal and wide size pictures are recorded
on the same tape.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problem using your
camcorder, use the following table to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem
persists, remove the power source and
contact your Sony dealer.
If “C:ss:ss” is displayed on the LCD
screen or the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis
display function is activated. See page 92 for
details.
Overall operations
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The power does not turn on.
• The battery pack is discharged, running low, or not attached to the
camcorder.
cAttach a charged battery pack to the camcorder. (p. 12)
cUse the AC Adaptor to connect to the wall socket. (p. 15)
The camcorder does not operate even
when the power is set to on.
cDisconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket or remove the battery
pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute. If the functions still do not
work, press the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object. (If you press
the RESET button, all settings including the clock setting are reset.)
For
TRV238E/438E/
TRV285E:
The supplied Remote Commander
does not function.
cSet [COMMANDER] in the
(OTHERS) menu to [ON]. (p. 59)
cInsert a battery into the battery holder with the + – polarities correctly
matching the + – marks. If this still does not solve the problem, insert a
new battery since the battery is dead. (p. 108)
cRemove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the
remote sensor.
Batteries/Power sources
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The CHG (charge) lamp does not
light while the battery pack is being
charged.
cAttach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly. If the lamp still does
not light up, then it indicates that no power is supplied from the wall
socket.
• The battery charge is completed. (p. 12)
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while cAttach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly. If the problem
the battery pack is being charged.
persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact
your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. (p. 12)
The battery pack is quickly
discharged.
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Troubleshooting
• The temperature of the environment is too low, or the battery pack has
not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
cFully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, replace the
battery pack with a new one. It may be damaged. (p. 12, 96)
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The remaining battery time indicator
does not indicate the correct time.
• The temperature of the environment is too high or too low, or the battery
pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
cFully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, replace the
battery pack with a new one. It may be damaged. (p. 12, 96)
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.
cFully charge the battery again to correct the indication. (p. 12)
The power abruptly turns off.
• [A.SHUT OFF] in the
(OTHERS) menu is set to [5 min]. (p. 58)
cWhen approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate
your camcorder, the camcorder is automatically turned off. Slide the
POWER switch down to turn the power on again. (p. 15) Or use the AC
adaptor.
A problem occurs when the
camcorder is connected to the AC
Adaptor.
cTurn off the power, and disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket.
Then, connect it again.
Cassette tapes
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
Cassette cannot be ejected from the
compartment.
cMake sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected
correctly. (p. 12)
cRemove the battery pack from the camcorder, then attach it again. (p. 12)
cAttach a charged battery pack to the camcorder. (p. 12)
Cassette is not ejected even when the
cassette lid is open.
cMoisture condensation is starting in your camcorder. (p. 99)
The remaining tape indicator is not
displayed.
cSet [
REMAIN] to [ON] in the
(TAPE SET) menu to always
display the remaining tape indicator. (p. 54)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
LCD screen/viewfinder
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
An unknown language appears on the
screen.
cSee page 19.
An unknown picture appears on the
screen.
cThe camcorder is in [DEMO MODE]. (The [DEMO MODE] is
automatically displayed when you leave the camcorder for 10 minutes
after selecting CAMERA without inserting a cassette.) Insert a cassette
to cancel [DEMO MODE]. You can also set [DEMO MODE] to [OFF]
in the menu. (p. 57)
An unknown indicator appears on the
screen.
cRefer to the indicator list. (p. 110)
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83
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The picture in the viewfinder is not
clear.
cUse the viewfinder lens adjustment lever to adjust the lens. (p. 16)
The picture in the viewfinder has
disappeared.
cClose the LCD panel. The picture is not displayed in the viewfinder
when the LCD panel is open. (p. 16)
Recording
84
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The tape does not start when you
press REC START/STOP.
cSlide the POWER switch to turn on the CAMERA lamp. (p. 15)
cThe tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette.
cSet the write-protect tab to REC or insert a new cassette. (p. 95)
cThe tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the
cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the
cassette. (p. 99)
The power abruptly turns off.
• [A.SHUT OFF] in the
(OTHERS) menu is set to [5 min]. (p. 58)
cWhen approximately 5 minutes have elapsed while you do not operate
your camcorder, the camcorder is automatically turned off.
Slide the POWER switch down to turn the power on again (p. 15). Or
use the AC Adaptor.
• The battery pack is discharged. (p. 12)
For
TRV438E/ TRV270E/
285E:
The SteadyShot does not function.
cSet [STEADYSHOT] to [ON] in the
(CAMERA SET) menu.
(p. 49)
cSet [16:9 WIDE] to [OFF] in the
(CAMERA SET) menu. (p. 47)
The auto focus does not function.
cPress FOCUS to enable auto focus. (p. 29)
cThe recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus
manually. (p. 29)
A vertical band appears when
recording candlelight or electric light
in the dark.
• This occurs when the contrast between the subject and the background is
too high. This is not a malfunction.
A vertical band appears when
recording a bright subject.
• This phenomenon is called the smear effect. This is not a malfunction.
The color of the picture is not
correctly displayed.
cDeactivate the NightShot plus function. (p. 28)
Picture appears too bright on the
screen, and the subject does not
appear on the screen.
cDeactivate the NightShot plus function in bright places. (p. 28)
cCancel the back light function. (p. 27)
The shutter sound is not heard.
cSet [BEEP] to [MELODY] or [NORMAL] in the
(p. 58)
For
TRV438E/ TRV270E/
285E:
Black bands appear when you record
a TV screen or computer screen.
cSet [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] in the
(p. 49)
Troubleshooting
(OTHERS) menu.
(CAMERA SET) menu.
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
Flickering or changes in color occurs. cThis occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium
lamp, or mercury lamp in the soft portrait or sports lesson mode. Cancel
[PROGRAM AE] in this case. (p. 43)
END SEARCH does not work.
• The cassette was ejected after recording.
• The cassette is new and has nothing recorded.
END SEARCH does not work
correctly.
• There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is
not a malfunction.
The built-in light does not function.
cPress LIGHT repeatedly to select
.
cIf the problem persists, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized
Sony service facility.
Playback
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
Cannot play back.
cIf the tape has reached the end, rewind the tape. (p. 33)
Horizontal lines appear on the
picture. The displayed pictures are
not clear or do not appear.
cClean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 99)
• For
TRV238E/438E:
The television’s video channel is not adjusted correctly.
cAdjust it. (p. 38)
cFor
TRV238E/438E:
Set [EDIT] to [OFF] in the
(PLAYER SET) menu. (p. 50)
No sound or only a low sound is
heard.
cFor TRV270E/285E:
Set [HiFi SOUND] to [STEREO] in the
(PLAYER SET) menu for
TRV270E, or in the
(VCR SET) menu for TRV285E. (p. 50)
cTurn up the volume. (p. 33)
cFor TRV270E/285E:
In the
(PLAYER SET) menu for TRV270E, or in the
(VCR
SET) menu for TRV285E, adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST2] side
until the sound is heard appropriately. (p. 51)
cMake sure the black plug for
TRV238E/438E, or the red and white
plugs for TRV270E/285E of the A/V connecting cable are connected
as well. (p. 38)
The sound breaks off.
cClean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 99)
For TRV285E:
Cannot perform the Date search with
the recording date displayed on the
screen.
• There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is
not a malfunction.
For TRV270E/285E:
“---” is displayed on the screen.
• The tape you are playing was recorded without setting the date and time.
• A blank section on the tape is being played.
• The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read.
END SEARCH does not work.
• The cassette was ejected after recording.
• The cassette is new and has nothing recorded.
END SEARCH does not work
correctly.
• There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is
not a malfunction.
Troubleshooting
Symptom
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Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
The picture does not appear on the
screen when playing back a tape.
• The tape is recorded in the Hi8
/standard 8 mm
system.
Dubbing/Editing
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Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
Cannot dub correctly using the A/V
connecting cable.
cSet [DISPLAY] to [LCD] in the
For TRV285E:
Pictures from connected devices are
not displayed correctly.
• The input signal is not PAL. (p. 67)
For TRV270E/285E:
Digital program editing does not
function.
cSet the input selector on the VCR correctly, then check the connection
between your camcorder and the VCR. (p. 60)
cWhen your camcorder is connected to a DV device that is not a Sony
product via an i.LINK cable, select [IR] in step 9 of “Step 1: Preparing
your camcorder and VCR for operation.” (p. 67)
cAdjust the synchronization of the VCR. (p. 69)
cEnter a correct [IR SETUP] code. (p. 64)
cSelect the mode used to cancel recording pause again. (p. 68)
cSet your camcorder and the VCR more than 30 cm (12 in.) apart. (p. 68)
• The program may not be set to a blank section on the tape.
• You cannot perform the Digital program editing on a VCR that does not
support [IR SETUP] codes, a DVD recorder and a DVD recorder
equipped with an HDD, etc.
For TRV270E/285E:
The VCR is not responding properly
during Digital program editing when
it is connected via an i.LINK cable.
cWhile connecting via an i.LINK cable, select [IR] in step 9 of “Step 1:
Preparing your camcorder and VCR for operation.” (p. 67)
• You cannot perform the Digital program editing on a DVD recorder, a
DVD recorder equipped with an HDD, etc.
For
TRV238E/438E:
Easy Dubbing does not function.
• Your VCR and/or video camera recorder is not set correctly.
cMake sure the input selector of the VCR is set to LINE. Also, make
sure the power switch of the video camera recorder is set to VCR.
(p. 63)
• The [IR SETUP] code or [PAUSE MODE] is not set correctly.
c Select the correct [IR SETUP] code and [PAUSE MODE], according
to your VCR. Then confirm VCR operation with the [IR TEST]
function. (p. 63)
Troubleshooting
(OTHERS) menu. (p. 59)
Connecting to a computer
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
The computer does not recognize
your camcorder.
cDisconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it
again firmly.
cDisconnect the USB device other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the
camcorder from the computer.
cDisconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the
computer, then connect them again correctly.
For TRV270E/285E:
cSet the computer display as follows:
An error message appears when you
– Windows: 800 × 600 dots or more, High Color (16 bits, 65 000 colors
place the CD-ROM in your computer.
or more)
– Macintosh: 1 024 × 768 dots or more, 32 000 colors or more
cDisconnect the cable from the computer, turn on the camcorder, then
connect it again.
cSlide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA mode, set [USB
STREAM] to [ON] in the
(SETUP MENU). (p. 56) (Only when
connecting to the Windows computer with a USB cable)
For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot view the pictures
recorded on a tape on the computer.
cDisconnect the cable from the computer, turn on the camcorder, then
connect it again.
cSlide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode, set
[USB STREAM] to [ON] in the
(SETUP MENU). (p. 56) (Only
when connecting to the Windows computer with a USB cable)
For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot view the pictures
recorded on a tape on the Macintosh
computer.
cWhen you connect your camcorder to a Macintosh computer using a
USB cable, you cannot copy pictures recorded on a tape to the computer.
To copy recordings from a tape, connect your camcorder to the computer
with an i.LINK cable and use the standard software in the OS.
Troubleshooting
For TRV270E/285E:
You cannot view the pictures the
camcorder is seeing on the computer.
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Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
The image does not appear on the
screen of the Windows computer
when using the USB cable.
cThe USB driver has been registered incorrectly as the computer was
connected to your camcorder before the installation of the USB driver
was completed. Follow the procedure below to install the USB driver
correctly.
For Windows 98*/Windows 98SE/Windows Me
* When copying or playing the pictures on a tape using a computer, the
operation is not guaranteed on Windows 98.
1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer.
2 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties].
The [System Properties] screen appears.
3 Click the [Device Manager] tab.
4 If devices below are already installed, right-click them,
then click [Remove] to delete them.
For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a
tape
• [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game
controllers] folder
• [USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder
• [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus
Controller] folder
5 When the [Confirm Device Removal] screen appears,
click [OK].
6 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the
USB cable, then restart the computer.
7 Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
8 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver
again.
1 Double-click [My Computer].
2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
3 Click [Open].
4 Double-click [Driver].
5 Double-click [Setup.exe].
b Note
• Deleting anything other than [USB Audio Device], [USB Device], and
[USB Composite Device] may cause malfunction of your computer.
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
The image does not appear on the
screen of the Windows computer
when using the USB cable.
For Windows 2000
Log on as Administrators.
1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer.
2 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties].
The [System Properties] screen appears.
3
4
5
6
Click the [Hardware] tab.
Click [Device Manager].
Click [View], then click [Devices by type].
If devices below are already installed, right-click them,
then click [Uninstall] to delete them.
For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a
tape
• [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus
Controller] folder
• [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game
controller] folder
• [Composite USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder
7 When the [Confirm Device Removal] screen appears,
click [OK].
8 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the
USB cable, then restart the computer.
Troubleshooting
9 Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
10 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver
again.
1 Double-click [My Computer].
2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
3 Click [Open].
4 Double-click [Driver].
5 Double-click [Setup.exe].
b Note
• Deleting anything other than [USB Composite Device], [USB Audio
Device], and [Composite USB Device] may cause malfunction of your
computer.
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Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
The image does not appear on the
screen of the Windows computer
when using the USB cable.
For Windows XP
Log on as Administrators.
1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer.
2 Click [Start].
3 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties].
The [System Properties] screen appears.
4
5
6
7
Click the [Hardware] tab.
Click [Device Manager].
Click [View], then click [Devices by type].
If devices below are already installed, right-click them,
then click [Uninstall] to delete them.
For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a
tape
• [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus
Controller] folder
• [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game
controllers] folder
• [USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder
8 When the [Confirm Device Removal] screen appears,
click [OK].
9 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the
USB cable, then restart the computer.
10 Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
11 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver
again.
1 Double-click [My Computer].
2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
3 Click [Open].
4 Double-click [Driver].
5 Double-click [Setup.exe].
b Note
• Deleting anything other than [USB Composite Device], [USB Audio
Device], and [USB Device] may cause malfunction of your computer.
For TRV270E/285E:
[Cannot start Easy Handycam with
USB connected] appears on the
screen of your camcorder.
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Troubleshooting
cYou cannot start the simple operation settings while the USB cable is
connected. Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder first.
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
For TRV270E/285E:
There is no sound when the
camcorder is connected to the
Windows computer via a USB cable.
cChange the settings for your computer environment as described in the
following procedures:
1 Select [Start], [Programs] ([All Programs] for Windows
XP), [Picture Package], [Handycam Tools], and [USB
Streaming Tool], then start up [USB Streaming Tool].
2 Select another device on the [Select audio device] screen.
3 Follow the on-screen instructions, click [Next], then click
[Done].
b Note
• Sound is not supported on Windows 98.
For TRV270E/285E:
The movie is not smooth during USB
streaming.
cChange the settings as described in the following procedures:
1 Select [Start], [Programs] ([All Programs] for Windows
XP), [Picture Package], [Handycam Tools], and [USB
Streaming Tool], then start up [USB Streaming Tool].
2 Adjust the slider in the (-) direction on [Select video
quality].
3 Follow the on-screen instructions, click [Next], then click
[Done].
cClose Picture Package, then restart the Windows computer.
For TRV270E/285E:
An error message appears while
operating Picture Package.
cClose Picture Package on your Windows computer first, then set the
POWER switch on your camcorder to another mode.
Troubleshooting
For TRV270E/285E:
Picture Package does not function
correctly.
For TRV270E/285E:
cFor the compatible drive, visit the following URL:
The CD-R drive is not recognized or
http://www.ppackage.com/
data cannot be written on the CD-R in
Picture Package Auto Video,
Producer, CD Backup or VCD
Maker.
For TRV270E/285E:
“First Step Guide” is not displayed
correctly.
cRefer to “First Step Guide” in PDF. For copying the PDF file, see
page 78.
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Warning indicators
and messages
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators
If indicators appear on the screen, check the following. See the page in parentheses for details.
Indication
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
C:ss : ss/E:ss : ss (Selfdiagnosis display)
Some symptoms can be fixed by yourself. If the problem persists even after
you tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized
Sony service facility.
C:04:ss
cA battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is being used.
Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (p. 96)
C:21:ss
cMoisture condensation has occurred. Remove the cassette and leave your
camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette. (p. 99)
C:22:ss
cClean the head using a cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 99)
C:31:ss / C:32:ss
cSymptoms that are not described above have occurred. Remove and
insert the cassette, then operate your camcorder again. Do not perform
this procedure if moisture starts to condense. (p. 99)
cRemove the power source. Reconnect it again and operate your
camcorder again.
cChange the tape.
cPress the RESET button and operate your camcorder again.
E:61:ss / E:62:ss
cContact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Inform them of the 5-digit code, which starts from “E.”
E (Battery level warning)
• The battery pack is nearly used up.
• Depending on the operating, environmental, or battery conditions, the
E indicator may flash, even if there are approximately 5 to 10 minutes
remaining.
% (Moisture condensation warning)* cEject the cassette, set the POWER switch to (CHG) OFF, and leave it for
about 1 hour with the cassette lid open. (p. 99)
Q (Warning indicator pertaining to
the tape)
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Troubleshooting
Slow flashing:
• There is less than 5 minutes remaining on the tape.
• No cassette is inserted.*
• The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock. (p. 95)*
Fast flashing:
• The tape has run out.*
Indication
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
Z (Eject cassette warning)*
Slow flashing:
• The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock. (p. 95)
Fast flashing:
• Moisture condensation has occurred. (p. 99)
• The self-diagnosis display code is displayed. (p. 92)
* You hear a melody or beep sound when the warning indicators appear on the screen.
Warning messages
The following messages will appear to prompt you to correct the situation.
Subjects
Indications
Corrective Actions/References
Battery
Use the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
cSee page 96.
Battery level is low.
cCharge the battery. (p. 12)
Old battery. Use a new one.
cSee page 96.
Moisture
condensation
Cassette/tape
–
% Z Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette
cSee page 99.
% Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.
cSee page 99.
Q Insert a cassette.
cSee page 18.
Z Reinsert the cassette.
cThe cassette might be damaged, etc.
Q Z The tape is locked - check the tab.
cSee page 95.
Q The tape has reached the end.
–
Cannot record due to copyright protection.
–
Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette.
Troubleshooting
Others
Z Re-attach the power source.
cSee page 99.
Cannot start Easy Handycam
cSee page 26 and 35.
Cannot cancel Easy Handycam
cSee page 26 and 35.
Cannot start Easy Handycam with USB connected –
Invalid button with Easy Handycam operation
cSee page 26 and 35.
USB invalid during Easy Handycam
cPress SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
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Additional Information
Using your camcorder
abroad
Power supply
You can use your camcorder in any country/
region using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder within AC 100 V to 240 V,
50/60 Hz.
On TV color systems
Your camcorder is a PAL system-based
camcorder. If you want to view the playback
picture on a TV, it must be a PAL system-based
TV (see following list) with the AUDIO/
VIDEO input jack.
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System
Used in
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.
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.
Additional Information
Simple setting of clock by time
difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time by
setting a time difference when using your
camcorder abroad. Select [WORLD TIME] in
the
(OTHERS) menu, then set the time
difference (p. 58).
Usable cassette
tapes
You can use standard 8 mm
and Hi8
,
Digital8
video cassettes on your camcorder.
Hi8
system
This Hi8
system is an extension of the
standard 8 mm system, and was developed to
produce higher quality pictures.
You cannot play back a tape recorded in the
Hi8
system correctly on video recorders/
players other than a Hi8 video recorder/player.
Digital8
control signals for copyright protection
of software.
[Cannot record due to copyright protection.]
appears on the LCD screen, or on the TV screen
if you try to record such software.
Your camcorder does not record copyright
control signals on the tape when it records.
Notes on use
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to set
to SAVE.
system
This video system has been developed to enable
digital recording to Hi8
/Digital8 video
cassette.
The recording time when you use your
Digital8
system camcorder on Hi8
/
standard 8 mm
tape is 2/3 of the recording
time when using the conventional Hi8
/
standard 8 mm
system camcorder. (90
minutes of recording time becomes 60 minutes
in the SP mode.)
To prevent a blank section from being
made on the tape
Copyright signal
When you play back
If the cassette you play back on your camcorder
contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to
a tape in another video camera connected to
your camcorder.
When labeling the cassette
Be sure to place the label only on the locations
as shown in the following illustration so as not
to cause malfunction of your camcorder.
Additional Information
Press END SEARCH to go to the end of the
recorded section before you begin the next
recording in the case you have played back the
tape.
If there is a blank section or discontinuous
signals on your tape, re-record from the
beginning to the end of the tape as described
above.
REC: The cassette can be recorded.
SAVE: The cassette cannot be recorded (writeprotected).
Do not put a label
along the border.
Labeling position
After using the cassette
Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid
distortion of the picture or the sound. The
cassette should then be put in its case, and stored
in an upright position.
,
trademarks.
,
,
and
are
For TRV285E:
When you record
You cannot record software on your
camcorder that contains copyright
Additional Information
95
About the
“InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack
This unit is compatible with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your
camcorder operates only with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
“InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have
the
mark.
•
What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack?
•
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithiumion battery pack that has functions for
communicating information related to operating
conditions between your camcorder and an
optional AC Adaptor/charger.
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates
the power consumption according to the
operating conditions of your camcorder, and
displays the remaining battery time in minutes.
With an AC Adaptor/charger (optional), the
remaining battery time and charging time
appear.
To charge the battery pack
• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you
start using your camcorder.
• We recommend charging the battery pack in
an ambient temperature of between 10°C to
30°C (50°F to 86°F) until the CHG (charge)
lamp turns off. If you charge the battery pack
outside of this temperature range, you may not
be able to charge it efficiently.
• After charging is complete, either disconnect
the cable from the DC IN jack on your
camcorder or remove the battery pack.
To use the battery pack effectively
• 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.
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•
Additional Information
•
– 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: NPQM71D/QM91D (optional).
Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent
playback, fast forward or rewind operation
wears out the battery pack faster. We
recommend using a large capacity battery
pack: NP-QM71D/QM91D (optional).
Be sure to set the POWER switch to (CHG)
OFF when not recording or playing back on
your camcorder. The battery pack is also
consumed when your camcorder is in
recording standby or playback pause.
Have spare battery packs ready for two or
three times the expected recording time, and
make trial recordings before making the actual
recording.
Do not expose the battery pack to water. The
battery pack is not water resistant.
About remaining battery time indicator
• When 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. The
indication on the remaining battery time will
be indicated correctly. Note, however, that the
battery indication will not be restored if it is
used in high temperatures for a long time, or if
left in a fully charged state, or when the
battery pack is frequently used.
Use the remaining battery time indication as a
guide to the approximate shooting time.
• The E mark that indicates low battery flashes
even if there are still 5 to 10 minutes of battery
time remaining, depending on the operating
conditions or ambient temperature and
environment.
About storage of the battery pack
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time,
fully charge the battery pack and use it on your
camcorder once a year to maintain proper
function.
To store the battery pack, remove it from your
camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place.
• To completely use up the battery pack on your
camcorder, set [A.SHUT OFF] to [NEVER]
in the
(OTHERS) menu (p. 58) and leave
your camcorder in tape recording standby
until the power goes off.
About i.LINK
About 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 depending on how it is
stored and the operating conditions and
environment for each battery pack.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
The DV Interface on this unit is an i.LINKcompliant DV Interface. This section describes
the i.LINK standard and its features.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface for
transferring digital video, digital audio, and
other data to other i.LINK-compatible device.
You can also control other device using the
i.LINK.
i.LINK-compatible device can be connected
using an i.LINK cable. Possible applications are
operations and data transactions with various
digital AV devices.
When two or more i.LINK-compatible device
are connected to this unit in a daisy chain,
operations and data transactions are possible
with not only the device that this unit is
connected to but also with other devices via the
directly connected device.
Note, however, that the method of operation
sometimes varies according to the
characteristics and specifications of the device
to be connected. Also, operations and data
transactions may not be possible on some
connected device.
Additional Information
b Note
• Normally, only one device can be connected to this
unit with the i.LINK cable. When connecting this
unit to i.LINK-compatible device having two or
more DV Interfaces, refer to the operating
instructions of the device to be connected.
z Tips
• i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394
data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a
trademark approved by many corporations.
• IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized
by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers.
About i.LINK Baud rate
i.LINK’s maximum baud rate varies according
to the device. There are three types.
S100 (approx. 100Mbps*)
S200 (approx. 200Mbps)
S400 (approx. 400Mbps)
The baud rate is listed under “Specifications” in
the operating instructions of each piece of
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device. It is also indicated near the i.LINK
interface on some device.
The baud rate may differ from the indicated
value when the unit is connected to device with
a different maximum baud rate.
* What is Mbps?
Mbps stands for “megabits per second,” or the
amount of data that can be sent or received in one
second. For example, a baud rate of 100 Mbps means
that 100 megabits of data can be sent in one second.
To use i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is
connected to other video device having a DV
Interface, see page 61, 62.
This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK
(DV Interface) compatible device made by
Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as
well as to video device.
Before connecting this unit to your computer,
make sure that application software supported
by this unit is already installed on your
computer.
Some i.LINK compatible video device such as
Digital Televisions, DVD recorders/players,
and MICROMV recorders/players are not
compatible with DV device. Before connecting
to other device, be sure to confirm whether the
device is compatible with DV device or not.
For details on precautions and compatible
application software, refer also to the operating
instructions for the device to be connected.
About the required i.LINK cable
Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable
(during DV dubbing).
i.LINK and
Corporation.
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are trademarks of Sony
Additional Information
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.
– 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 operating instructions.
• 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 get 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 (CHG)
OFF 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 mains lead, pull by
the plug and not the lead.
• Do not damage the mains lead such as by
placing anything heavy on it.
• Keep metal contacts clean.
• Keep the Remote Commander and buttontype battery out of children’s reach. If the
battery is 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.
When not using your camcorder for a
long time
Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as by
playing back tapes for about 3 minutes.
Otherwise, unplug it from the wall socket.
Moisture condensation
If moisture condensation has occurred
None of the functions except cassette ejection
will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your
camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with
the cassette lid open. Your camcorder can be
used again if the % or Z does not appear when
the power is turned on again.
If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder
sometimes cannot detect condensation. If this
happens, the cassette is sometimes not ejected
for 10 seconds after the cassette lid is opened.
Notes 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 shown below.
• When you bring your camcorder from a ski
slope into a place warmed up by a heating
device.
• When you bring your camcorder from an airconditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
• When you use your camcorder after a squall or
a shower.
• When you use your camcorder in a hot and
humid place.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When you bring your camcorder from a cold
place into a warm place, put your camcorder in
a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag
when the air temperature inside the plastic bag
has reached the surrounding temperature (after
about one hour).
Video head
• When the video head becomes dirty, you
cannot record pictures normally, or distorted
picture or sound is played back.
• The video head suffers from wear after long
use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even
after using a cleaning cassette, it might be
because the video head is worn. Please contact
your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility to have the video head
replaced.
• For
TRV238E/438E:
If the following problem occurs, clean the
video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony
V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional).
– Playback pictures contains noise or the
screen is displayed in blue.
– Playback pictures are hardly visible.
Additional Information
If your camcorder is brought directly from a
cold place to a warm place, moisture may
condense inside your camcorder, on the surface
of the tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape
may stick to the head drum and be damaged or
your camcorder may not operate correctly. If
there is moisture inside your camcorder,
[%Z Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette]
or [% Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.]
appears. The indicator will not appear when the
moisture condenses on the lens.
This is not a malfunction. Do not close the
cassette lid until the cassette is ejected.
– Playback pictures do not appear.
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Additional Information
99
– [
Dirty video head. Use a cleaning
cassette.] appears on the screen during
recording.
• For TRV270E/285E:
If the following problem occurs, clean the
video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony
V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional).
– Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the
playback picture or the screen is displayed
in blue.
– Playback pictures do not move.
– Playback pictures do not appear or the
sound breaks off.
– [
Dirty video head. Use a cleaning
cassette.] appears on the screen during
recording.
LCD screen
• Do not add excessive pressure on the LCD
screen, as it may cause damage.
• If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a
residual image may appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction.
• While using your camcorder, the back of the
LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
To clean the LCD screen
• If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen
dirty, it is recommended you using a soft cloth
to clean it. 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.
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 and
insecticide.
– Handling with above substances on your
hands.
100
Additional Information
– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or
vinyl objects for a long period of time.
About care and storage of the 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 in a well-ventilated location subject to
little dirt or dust.
• To prevent molds periodically clean the lens
as described above.
It is recommended you operate your camcorder
about once a month to keep it in an 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 (CHG) OFF. 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.
Procedures
Connect your camcorder to a wall socket using
the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the
POWER switch set to (CHG) OFF for more
than 24 hours.
Specification
Video camera recorder
System
*1Objects unable to be seen due to the dark can be
shot with infrared lighting.
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video output
AV MINIJACK
Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω (ohms),
unbalanced, sync negative
Audio signal: 327 mV (at output impedance
more than 47 kΩ (kilohms)), Output
impedance with less than 2.2 kΩ (kilohms)
For
TRV238E/438E:
Monaural minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
For TRV270E/285E:
Stereo minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
DV input
For TRV285E:
4-pin connector, S100
DV output
For TRV270E/285E:
4-pin connector, S100
USB jack
For TRV270E/285E:
mini-B
Additional Information
Video recording system
For
TRV238E/438E:
2 rotary heads, Helical scanning FM system
For TRV270E/285E:
2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system
Audio recording system
For
TRV238E/438E:
Rotary heads, FM system
For TRV270E/285E:
Rotary heads, PCM system
Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1,
stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo)
Video signal
PAL color, CCIR standards
Usable cassette
8 mm video format cassette
Tape speed
For
TRV238E/438E:
SP: Approx. 20.05 mm/s
LP: Approx. 10.06 mm/s
For TRV270E/285E:
SP: Approx. 28.70 mm/s
LP: Approx. 19.13 mm/s
Recording/playback time (using 90 min. Hi8/
Digital8 video cassette)
For
TRV238E/438E:
SP: 1 h 30 min
LP: 3 h
For TRV270E/285E:
SP: 1 h
LP: 1 h 30 min
Fast forward/rewind time (using 90 min. Hi8/
Digital8 video cassette)
Approx. 5 min
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder (monochrome)
Image device
For
TRV238E/438E:
3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled
Device)
Gross: Approx. 380 000 pixels
Effective: Approx. 230 000 pixels
For TRV270E/285E:
3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled
Device)
Gross: Approx. 540 000 pixels
Effective: Approx. 350 000 pixels
Lens
Combined power zoom lens
Filter diameter: 37 mm (1 1/2 in.)
20 × (Optical), 990 × (Digital)
F=1.6 - 2.4
Focal length
2.5 - 50 mm (1/8 - 2 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm still camera
42 - 840 mm (1 11/16 - 33 1/8 in.)
Color temperature
Auto
Minimum illumination
For
TRV238E/438E:
1 lx (lux) (F 1.6)
For TRV270E/285E:
4 lx (lux) (F 1.6)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot plus mode)*1
LCD screen
Picture
6.2 cm (2.5 type)
Total dot number
123 200 (560 × 220)
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Additional Information
101
General
Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FM30)
Power requirements
DC 7.2 V (battery pack)
DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Average power consumption (when using the
battery pack)
For
TRV238E/438E:
During camera recording using the viewfinder
1.8 W
During camera recording using the LCD
2.7 W
For TRV270E/285E:
During camera recording using viewfinder
2.5 W
During camera recording using LCD
3.4 W
Operating temperature
0° C to 40° C (32° F to 104° F)
Storage temperature
-20° C to + 60° C (-4° F to + 140° F)
Dimensions (approx.)
85 × 98 × 151 mm (3 3/8 × 3 7/8 × 6 in.) (w/h/
d)
Mass (Approx.)
780 g (1 lb 11 oz) main unit only
890 g (1 lb 15 oz) including the
NP-FM30 rechargeable battery pack, Hi8/
Digital8 cassette, lens cap, and shoulder strap
Supplied accessories
See page 11.
Maximum output voltage
DC 8.4 V
Output voltage
DC 7.2 V
Capacity
5.0 Wh (700 mAh)
Dimensions (approx.)
38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6 mm
(1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4 in.) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
65 g (2.3 oz)
Operating temperature
0° C to 40° C (32° F to 104° F)
Type
Lithium ion
AC Adaptor AC-L15A/L15B
Power requirements
AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Current consumption
0.35 - 0.18 A
Power consumption
18 W
Output voltage
DC 8.4 V*2
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.)
56 × 31 × 100 mm (2 1/4 × 1 1/4 × 4 in.) (w/h/
d) excluding the projecting parts
Mass (approx.)
190 g (6.7 oz) excluding the mains lead
*2See the label on the AC Adaptor for other
specifications.
102
Additional Information
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Types of differences
Model
CCDTRV238E
DCRTRV438E
TRV270E
TRV285E
Recording system
Hi8
Hi8
Digital8
Digital8
Playback system
Hi8/8
Hi8/8
Digital8
Digital8
Audio recording
Monaural
Monaural
Stereo
Stereo
OUT
OUT
OUT
OUT
—
—
OUT
IN/OUT
USB jack
—
—
z
z
SteadyShot
—
z
z
z
z
—
z
AUDIO/VIDEO jack
DV Interface
Remote sensor
z
z Provided
— Not provided
Additional Information
Additional Information
103
Quick Reference
Identifying parts and
controls
Camcorder
A Lens cap (p. 21, 25)
L FADER button (p. 30)
B LCD screen (p. 2, 16)
M BACK LIGHT button (p. 27)
C OPEN button (p. 16)
N FOCUS button (p. 29)
D REC START/STOP button on LCD
frame (p. 21)
* This button has a tactile dot.
E Zoom buttons on LCD frame (p. 23)
F VOLUME –/+* button (p. 33)
G END SEARCH button (p. 32)
H Speaker
I Viewfinder (p. 2, 16)
If you attach the large capacity battery pack
NP-QM71D/QM91D (optional) to the
camcorder, extend and lift up the
viewfinder and adjust its angle.
J Battery pack
K LIGHT button (p. 23)
104
Quick Reference
O SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 42)
To attach the lens cap
A Built-in light (p. 23)
E Microphone
B Lens
F NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (p. 28)
C Infrared ray emitter (p. 63, 68)/
For
TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E:
Remote sensor
G EASY button (p. 26, 35)
H DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (p. 13,
36)
D Camera recording lamp (p. 21, 26)
Quick Reference
A Jack cover
B For TRV270E/285E:
A/V OUT jack (p. 38, 61)
E For
TRV238E/438E:
A/V OUT jack (p. 38, 60)
C For TRV285E:
DV Interface (p. 61)
For TRV270E:
DV OUT Interface (p. 61)
D For TRV270E/285E:
(USB) jack
,continued
Quick Reference
105
A RESET button (p. 82)
H CAMERA mode lamp (p. 15)
B For TRV270E/285E:
BURN DVD/VCD
You can easily take a picture recorded on
the tape and burn it onto a DVD or CD-R.
For details on BURN DVD, see “Creating a
DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”)
( TRV270E/285E)” (p. 79), and on
BURN VCD, see “First Step Guide” in the
supplied CD-ROM.
For
TRV238E/438E:
EASY DUB (Easy Dubbing) button
(p. 63)
I PLAY/EDIT mode lamp (p. 15)
C TITLE button (p. 31)
D EXPOSURE button (p. 27)
E MENU button* (p. 42)
F Video control buttons (p. 33)
STOP (stop)
REW (rewind)
PLAY (playback)*
FF (fast-forward)
PAUSE (pause)
G CHG (charge) lamp (p. 12)
106
Quick Reference
J For TRV285E:
Rec buttons (p. 67)
REC (rec)
K For
TRV238E/438E:
COUNTER RESET button (p. 21)
L For
TRV238E/438E:
TIME button (p. 18, 24)
M For
TRV238E/438E:
DATE button (p. 18, 24)
* This button has a tactile dot.
A Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 16)
B Eyecup
C Cassette lid
D
OPEN/EJECT lever (p. 18)
E Tripod receptacle
Make sure that the length of the tripod
screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod
securely, and the screw may damage your
camcorder.
To attach the shoulder strap
B BATT (battery) release button (p. 12)
Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your
camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
C Hooks for shoulder strap
D For TRV270E/285E:
PHOTO button (p. 25)
E POWER switch (p. 15)
Quick Reference
A Power zoom lever (p. 23)
F Grip belt (p. 3)
G REC START/STOP button (p. 21)
H DC IN jack (p. 12)
,continued
Quick Reference
107
Remote Commander
Remove the insulation sheet before using the
Remote Commander.
For
TRV238E/438E:
To remove the insulation sheet
Insulation sheet
To change the button-type battery
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your
fingernail into the slit to pull out the
battery case.
For
TRV285E:
Tab
2 Remove the button-type lithium battery.
A Transmitter
After turning on your camcorder, point
towards the remote sensor to control your
camcorder.
3 Place a new button-type lithium battery
with the + side facing up.
B REC START/STOP button (p. 21)
C Power zoom button (p. 23)
D Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback,
Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (p. 33)
E DISPLAY button (p. 36, 39)
F PHOTO button (p. 25)
G SEARCH M. button (p. 40, 41)
H ./> buttons (p. 40, 41)
I ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 39)
108
Quick Reference
4 Insert the battery case back into the
Remote Commander until it clicks.
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer.
Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer's instructions.
b Notes on the Remote Commander
• A button-type lithium battery (CR2025) is used in
the Remote Commander. Do not use batteries other
than CR2025.
• Point the remote sensor away from strong light
sources such as direct sunlight or overhead lighting.
Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not
function properly.
• When you are operating with the Remote
Commander supplied with your camcorder, your
VCR may also operate. In that case, select a
commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR,
or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
Quick Reference
,continued
Quick Reference
109
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder
Following indicators will appear on the LCD
screen and viewfinder to indicate the state of
your camcorder.
Indicators and their on-screen/viewfinder
positions vary depending on your camcorder
model.
Indicators
Meanings
QEZ
Warning (p. 92)
Manual exposure (p. 27)
9
Manual focus (p. 29)
.
Back light (p. 27)
Example: Indicators in the CAMERA mode
PROGRAM AE (p. 43)
Picture effect (p. 44)
Time code (p. 21)/Tape counter (p. 21)/Selfdiagnosis (p. 92)/Tape photo recording (p. 25)
60min
STBY
0:00:00
Indicators
Meanings
y60min
Remaining battery time
(p. 21)
SP LP
Recording mode (p. 21)
STBY REC
Recording standby/
recording mode
Mirror mode (p. 24)
Tape photo recording
(p. 25)
Format indicator
Audio mode (p. 53)
Remaining tape (p. 21)
Interval recording (p. 55)
Frame recording (p. 54)
DV input (p. 67)
Zero set memory (p. 39)
Built-in light (p. 23)
NightShot plus (p. 28)
110
Quick Reference
16:9 WIDE/CINEMA/16:9
FULL (p. 47)
(
)
SteadyShot off (p. 49)
Index
Numerics
16:9 WIDE mode ...............48
21-pin adaptor ....................39
A
A/V connecting cable
.........................38, 60, 61
AC Adaptor........................15
Adjusting the viewfinder ...16
AUDIO MIX......................51
AUDIO MODE ..................53
AUTO DATE.....................56
AUTO SHTR .....................45
Auto shut off function
(A.SHUT OFF) ...........58
D
I
Data code
(DATA CODE)..... 36, 58
Date search ........................ 40
Date/time ........................... 36
DEMO MODE .................. 57
Digital program editing
(VIDEO EDIT) ........... 67
Digital zoom (D ZOOM)... 46
Digital8 system.................. 95
Direct Access to
“Click to DVD” .......... 79
DirectX 9.0c ...................... 76
Display
DISPLAY ................... 59
Display indicator....... 110
DNR................................... 51
Dual sound track tape ........ 50
Dubbing ............................. 60
DV Interface ...................... 79
i.LINK ............................... 97
i.LINK cable ... 61, 67, 72, 79
ImageMixer VCD2 ........... 74
“InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack ................ 96
Infrared ray emitter ..... 63, 68
Install................................. 74
Interval recording
(INT. REC)................. 55
B
C
Camera settings data display
.....................................36
Cassette ........................18, 95
CD-ROM ...........................72
Charging the battery
Battery Pack ................12
Pre-installed rechargeable
battery .................100
Cleaning cassette..............100
Clock set
(CLOCK SET) ......17, 56
COMMANDER .................59
E
Easy Dubbing .................... 63
Easy Handycam ........... 26, 35
EDIT .................................. 50
END SEARCH .................. 32
Exposure ............................ 27
F
FADER .............................. 30
First Step Guide........... 73, 74
Focus ................................. 29
Frame recording
(FRAME REC) ........... 54
Full charge ......................... 12
G
Grip belt............................... 3
H
Hi8/standard 8 mm system
.................................... 95
HiFi SOUND ..................... 50
Language
(LANGUAGE) ..... 19, 57
LCD back light
(LCD B.L.) ................. 52
LCD brightness
(LCD BRIGHT) ......... 16
LCD COLOR .................... 52
LCD screen ......................... 2
LP (Long Play)
See Recording mode
(REC MODE)
LTR SIZE.......................... 56
M
Macintosh.................... 73, 77
Main sound
See HiFi SOUND
Menu ................................. 42
CAMERA SET........... 46
LCD SET.................... 52
MANUAL SET .......... 43
OTHERS .................... 58
PLAYER SET ............ 50
SETUP MENU........... 56
TAPE SET.................. 53
VCR SET.................... 50
Mirror mode ...................... 24
Moisture condensation ...... 99
Monaural ..................... 21, 39
MONOTONE FADER...... 30
MOSAIC FADER ............. 30
Quick Reference
BACK LIGHT ...................27
Battery
Battery Info .................13
Battery pack ................12
Remaining battery time
........................21, 96
BEEP..................................58
BLACK FADER................30
Built-in light.......................23
BURN DVD/VCD .....79, 106
Button-type battery
Remote Commander
............................108
L
N
NightShot Light
(N.S. LIGHT) ....... 28, 49
NightShot plus .................. 28
NTSC ................................ 94
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Quick Reference
111
O
T
On-line help................. 77, 78
Operation confirmation beep
See BEEP
ORC................................... 53
Tape counter ......................21
Tape photo recording .........25
TBC....................................51
Telephoto
See Zoom
Time code ..........................21
Title....................................31
TV color systems ...............94
P
PAL ................................... 94
Photo scan ......................... 41
Photo search ...................... 40
Picture effect
(P EFFECT)................ 44
Picture Package ................. 74
Picture search .................... 34
Playing time ...................... 14
Power mode....................... 15
PROGRAM AE................. 43
U
USB cable ..........................72
USB jack..........................105
USB Streaming
(USB STREAM) .........56
Using abroad ......................94
V
R
Recording capacity
Display........................ 22
REMAIN .................... 54
Recording lamp
(REC LAMP).............. 59
Recording mode
(REC MODE) ....... 22, 53
Recording time .................. 14
Remote Commander........ 108
Remote sensor ................. 105
RESET............................. 106
S
Self-diagnosis display ....... 92
Setting the date and time ... 17
Skip scan ........................... 34
SP (Standard Play)
See Recording mode
(REC MODE)
STEADYSHOT................. 49
Stereo........................... 21, 39
STRIPE FADER ............... 30
Sub sound
See HiFi SOUND
112
Quick Reference
Video head .........................99
Viewfinder .........................16
Volume ..............................33
W
Warning indicators.............92
Warning messages .............93
WHITE FADER ................30
Wide angle
See Zoom
Windows ......................73, 74
WORLD TIME ..................58
Write-protect tab ................95
Z
Zero set memory ................39
Zoom..................................23
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