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Digital
Camcorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DSR-PD170
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
Serial No.
DSR-PD170
©2003 Sony Corporation
Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital camcorder.
With your Digital camcorder, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and
sound quality. Your Digital camcorder is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is
very easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For the customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-686SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related matters
only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Model No.:
Responsible Party:
Address:
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the
product’s enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a
risk of electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the
appliance.
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes
data transfer to discontinue midway (fail),
restart the application or disconnect and
connect the i.LINK cable again.
For customers in the U.S.A and
CANADA
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are recyclable.
You can help preserve our
environment by returning your
used rechargeable batteries to the
collection and recycling location
nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-822-8837, or
visit http://www.rbrc.org/.
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking LithiumIon batteries.
SONY
DSR-PD170
Sony Electronics Inc.
16450 W. Bernardo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92127
U.S.A
Telephone No.:
858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2)this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
Notes:
• This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC
Rules.
• This product contains mercury. Disposal of this
procuct may be regulated if sold in the United States.
For disposal or recycling information, please contact
your local authorities or the Electronics Industries
Alliance (http://www.eiae.org).
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Table of contents
Quick Start Guide ............................................... 5
Getting Started
Using this manual ............................................... 7
Checking supplied accessories ......................... 9
Step 1 Installing the microphone ................... 10
Step 2 Preparing the power supply .............. 11
Step 3 Setting the date and time .................... 16
Step 4 Inserting a cassette ............................... 17
Recording – Basics
Recording a picture .......................................... 18
Shooting backlit subjects (BACK
LIGHT) .......................................... 25
Spot light .............................................. 26
Checking the recording – END SEARCH /
EDITSEARCH / Rec Review ....................... 27
Playback – Basics
Playing back a tape ........................................... 28
Viewing the recording on TV ......................... 33
Advanced Recording Operations
Recording a still image on a tape
– Tape Photo recording ................................. 34
Shooting with all the pixels
– PROG. SCAN ............................................... 35
Using the guide frame ..................................... 36
Using the wide mode ....................................... 37
Using the fader function .................................. 38
Using special effects – Digital effect .............. 40
Shooting with manual adjustment ................. 43
Adjusting the white balance ........................... 51
Adjusting the recording level manually
– Sound recording level ................................ 53
Connecting an optional external
microphone ..................................................... 55
Presetting the adjustment for picture quality
– Custom preset ............................................. 57
Focusing manually ........................................... 59
Interval recording ............................................. 60
Frame by frame recording – Cut recording .. 62
Superimposing the date and time on a picture
.......................................................................... 63
Marking an Index ............................................. 64
Advanced Playback Operations
Searching for a recording by index – Index
search ............................................................... 65
Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by
title – Title search ........................................... 67
Searching a recording by date
– Date search ................................................... 68
Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo
scan .................................................................. 70
Playing back a tape with digital effects ......... 72
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Editing
Dubbing a tape .................................................. 73
Dubbing only desired scenes
– Digital program editing ............................. 75
Using with an analog video unit and a PC
– Signal convert function .............................. 81
Recording video or TV programs .................. 82
Audio dubbing .................................................. 86
Setting time values ........................................... 90
Superimposing a title ....................................... 95
Making your own titles .................................... 99
Labeling a cassette .......................................... 101
Erasing the cassette memory data ................ 103
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ......................... 105
“Memory Stick” Operations
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction ...... 113
Recording still images on a “Memory Stick”
– Memory Photo recording ........................ 118
Superimposing a still image in a “Memory
Stick” on a moving picture
– MEMORY MIX .......................................... 121
Recording an image from a tape as a still
image ............................................................. 124
Copying still images from a tape
– Photo save .................................................. 127
Viewing a still picture
– Memory Photo playback .......................... 129
Copying an image recorded on a “Memory
Stick” to tapes ............................................... 132
Playing back images continuously
– SLIDE SHOW ............................................ 134
Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection ....................................... 135
Deleting images .............................................. 136
Writing a print mark – Print mark ............... 139
Additional Information
Compatibility of DVCAM and DV
formats ........................................................... 140
Usable cassettes ............................................... 142
About i.LINK ................................................... 144
Troubleshooting .............................................. 146
Self-diagnosis display .................................... 152
Warning indicators and messages ............... 153
Using your camcorder abroad ...................... 155
Maintenance information and precautions .. 156
Specifications ................................................... 161
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls ................ 162
Quick Function Guide .................................... 173
Index ................................................................. 174
Quick Start Guide
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Quick Start Guide
6
— Getting Started —
Using this manual
As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on your camcorder are shown in
capital letters.
e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
Note on cassette memory
Getting Started
When you carry out an operation, you can hear a beep or a melody sound to indicate
that the operation is being carried out.
Your camcorder is based on the DVCAM/DV format. We recommend that you use a
.
tape with cassette memory
The functions which require different operations depending on whether or not the tape
has cassette memory are:
•Searching the end point of the recording – end search (p. 27, 31)
•Searching a recording by index – index search (p. 65)
•Searching a recording by date – date search (p. 68)
•Searching for a photo – photo search (p. 70)
The functions you can operate only with cassette memory are:
•Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by title – title search (p. 67)
•Superimposing a title (p. 95)
•Making your own titles (p. 99)
•Labeling a cassette (p. 101)
For details, see page 142.
You see this mark in the introduction of the features that are operated only with
cassette memory.
Tapes with cassette memory are marked with
(Cassette Memory).
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Using this manual
Note on TV color systems
TV color systems differ by country or region.
To view your recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC system-based TV.
Copyright precautions
Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the
copyright laws.
Precautions on camcorder care
Lens and LCD screen/finder
•The LCD screen and the finder 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 constantly appear on the LCD screen and the finder.
These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the
recording in any way.
•Do not directly shoot the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Take pictures of the sun in low light conditions such as dusk.
•Do not let your camcorder get wet. Keep your camcorder away from rain and sea
water. Letting your camcorder get wet may cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired [a].
•Never leave your camcorder exposed to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such as in
a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight [b].
•Be careful when placing the camera near a window or outdoors. Exposing the LCD
screen, the finder or the lens to direct sunlight for long periods may cause
malfunctions [c].
[a]
[b]
[c]
Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a
malfunction of the camcorder, video tape, etc.
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Checking supplied accessories
Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder.
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
Getting Started
1
0
qa
1 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 170)
2 AC-L15A/L15B AC Adaptor (1), Power
cord (1) (p. 12)
3 NP-F570 rechargeable battery pack (1)
(p. 11, 12)
4 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 171)
5 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 33, 73)
6 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 166)
7 Hood with a lens cap (1) (p. 165)
8 LSF-S58 lens hood (1) (p. 168)
9 Hood cap (1) (p. 169)
0 VCL-HG0758 wide conversion lens (1)
(p.168), Carrying pouch (1)
qa Microphone (1) (p. 10), Wind screen (1)
(p. 10)
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Step 1 Installing the microphone
Install the supplied microphone. Be sure to connect the microphone plug to the INPUT1
connector.
(1) Attach the wind screen to the microphone.
(2) Loosen the microphone holder screw and open the cover.
(3) Place the microphone into the holder with the model name (ECM-NV1) facing
upward, close the cover, and tighten the screw.
(4) Connect the plug of the microphone to the INPUT 1 connector.
(5) Set the INPUT LEVEL selector to MIC or MIC ATT. When set to MIC ATT, you
can reduce the volume by about 20 dB. And set the +48 V switch to ON.
(6) Select the channel to be used, using the REC CH SELECT switch. When you
record a sound (signal), which comes from the microphone connected to the
INPUT 1 connector, only on the channel 1, set it to CH1. When you record both
on the channels 1 and 2, set it to CH1•CH2.
1
2
3
4
5
6
When the wind is blowing hard
Set CH1 or CH2 of WIND to ON in the menu settings according to the input (p. 105).
When you unplug the microphone plug
Unplug it while holding the PUSH button down.
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Step 2 Preparing the power supply
Installing the battery pack
Install the battery pack to use your camcorder outdoors.
2
1
Getting Started
(1) Lift up the viewfinder.
(2) Insert the battery pack in the direction of the V mark on the battery pack. Slide
the battery pack until it clicks.
To remove the battery pack
Lift up the viewfinder.
Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing BATT RELEASE
down.
BATT
RELEASE
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Step 2 Preparing the power supply
Charging the battery pack
Use the battery pack after charging it.
Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series).
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC Adaptor supplied with your
camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing toward the LCD
panel side.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC Adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
(4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Charging begins.
The remaining battery time is indicated in minutes on the display window.
When the remaining battery indicator changes to u, normal charge is completed. To
fully charge the battery (full charge), leave the battery pack attached for about one hour
after normal charge is completed until FULL appears on the display window. Fully
charging the battery allows you to use the battery longer than usual.
After charging the battery pack
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
Note on the remaining battery time indicator
The remaining battery time indicator on the LCD screen/display window or in the
viewfinder indicates the recording time using the viewfinder. The indicator may not be
correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording. When you close the
LCD panel and open it again, it takes about one minute for the correct remaining
battery time to be displayed.
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Step 2 Preparing the power supply
Until your camcorder calculates the actual remaining battery time
“- - - - min” appears in the display window.
Getting Started
Notes
•Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the DC plug of
the AC Adaptor. This may cause a short-circuit, damaging the AC Adaptor.
•Keep the battery pack dry.
•When the battery pack is not to be used for a long time, charge the battery pack once
fully, and then use it until it fully discharges again. Keep the battery pack in a cool place.
While charging the battery pack, no indicator appears or the indicator flashes in
the display window in the following cases:
– The battery pack is not installed correctly.
– The AC Adaptor is disconnected.
– Something is wrong with the battery pack.
When using the AC Adaptor
Be sure to use it near the wall outlet. If a malfunction occurs, disconnect the plug from
the wall outlet.
Charging time
Battery pack
NP-F550
NP-F570 (supplied)
NP-F730/F750
NP-F770
NP-F960
NP-F970
Full charge (Normal charge)
210 (150)
260 (200)
300 (240)
370 (310)
420 (360)
485 (425)
Approximate minutes to charge an empty battery pack
Recording time
Battery pack
Recording with
the viewfinder
NP-F550
NP-F570 (supplied)
NP-F730
NP-F750
NP-F770
NP-F960
NP-F970
Continuous
130 (115)
195 (175)
230 (205)
265 (235)
400 (360)
480 (430)
600 (540)
Recording with
the LCD screen
Typical*
70 (60)
105 (60)
125 (110)
145 (130)
215 (190)
265 (240)
330 (300)
Continuous
110 (100)
165 (145)
190 (170)
230 (200)
345 (310)
420 (375)
515 (460)
Typical*
60 (55)
90 (50)
105 (95)
125 (110)
185 (165)
235 (210)
285 (255)
Approximate minutes of recording time when you use a fully charged battery
Numbers in parentheses “( )” indicate the time using a normally charged battery.
You cannot use the NP-500/510/710 battery pack on your camcorder.
* Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop,
zooming and turning the power on/off. The actual battery life may be shorter.
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Step 2 Preparing the power supply
Playing time
Battery pack
NP-F550
NP-F570 (supplied)
NP-F730
NP-F750
NP-F770
NP-F960
NP-F970
Playing time
on LCD screen
150 (135)
230 (205)
265 (240)
315 (275)
470 (420)
575 (515)
705 (630)
Playing time
with LCD closed
180 (160)
265 (235)
295 (265)
365 (325)
540 (485)
660 (590)
810 (725)
Approximate minutes of playing time when you use a fully charged battery
Numbers in parentheses “( )” indicate the time using a normally charged battery.
You cannot use the NP-500/510/710 battery pack on your camcorder.
Notes
•The supplied battery pack is charged a little.
•Some types of battery packs may not be sold in your region or country.
•Approximate recording time and continuous playing time at 25°C (77°F). The battery
life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
What is ”InfoLITHIUM?”
The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data such as
battery consumption with compatible video equipment. This unit is compatible with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” battery packs (L series) have the
mark.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
If the camcorder is immediately turned off
Even if the remaining battery time is enough to operate, charge the battery pack fully
again. The correct remaining time is displayed.
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Step 2 Preparing the power supply
Connecting to a wall outlet
When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from a
wall outlet using the AC Adaptor.
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Getting Started
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on
your camcorder with the plug’s v mark facing toward the LCD panel side.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC Adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
2,3
Precaution
The set is not disconnected from the AC power source (house current) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the set itself has been turned off.
Notes
•The power cord must only be changed at an authorized service shop.
•AC Adaptor can supply power even if the battery pack is attached to your camcorder.
•Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and
furniture.
•The DC IN jack has source priority. This means that the battery pack cannot supply
any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power
cord is not plugged into a wall outlet.
Using a car battery
Use the Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
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Step 3 Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when you use your camcorder for the first time. “CLOCK SET”
will be displayed each time that you set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY
unless you set the date and time settings.
If you do not use your camcorder for about four months, the date and time may be
cleared from memory (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery
installed in your camcorder will have been discharged (p.158).
First, set the year, then the month, the day, the hour and then the minute.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Press MENU to display the menu in the standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CLOCK SET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust to the desired year, then press the
dial.
(5) Set the month, day and hour by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and
pressing the dial.
(6) Set the minute by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and pressing the dial by
the time signal. The clock starts to move.
(7) Press MENU to make the menu settings disappear.
1,7
3
2
MENU
TC/UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET ––:––:––
LTR S I ZE
RETURN
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR S I ZE
2003
RETURN
JAN 1
12 00 AM
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
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4
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR S I ZE
2005
RETURN
2005 JAN
1
12 00 AM
2005 JAN
The year changes as follows:
1995
1996
2003
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET JUL 4 2005
5:30:00 PM
LTR S I ZE
RETURN
5 30 PM
1
12 00 AM
JUL 4
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
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If you do not set the date and time
“- -:- -:- -” as time, and “- - - - - - - - -” as date will be recorded.
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Note on the time indicator
The internal clock of this camcorder operates on a 12-hour cycle.
•12:00 AM stands for midnight.
•12:00 PM stands for noon.
Step 4 Inserting a cassette
3,4
2
Window
Getting Started
(1) Install the power source (p. 11).
(2) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the
direction of the arrow. After the cassette lid is opened, the cassette
compartment automatically opens.
(3) Push the middle portion of the back of the cassette to insert it.
Insert the cassette in a straight line deeply into the cassette compartment with
the window facing out and the write-protect tab facing upward.
(4) Close the cassette compartment by pressing the PUSH mark on it.
(5) Close the cassette lid until it clicks by pressing the PUSH button on the lid.
5
PUSH
PUSH
Write-protect tab
To eject a cassette
Follow the procedure above, and take out the cassette in step 3.
Note
The cassette lid will not be closed when you press any part of the lid other than the
PUSH button.
When you use cassettes with cassette memory
Read the instruction about cassette memory to use this function properly (p. 142).
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to SAVE.
If the grip strap prevents the cassette lid from opening fully
Adjust the length of the grip strap (p. 166).
If
flashes even if the cassette has been inserted
Press the PUSH button again to close the cover firmly.
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— Recording – Basics —
Recording a picture
Your camcorder automatically focuses for you.
(1) Open the shutter of the hood with a lens cap. For more information about
attaching the hood with a lens cap, see page 165.
(2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 2” to “Step 4” (p.11 to
17) for more information.
(3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button.
Your camcorder is set to the standby mode.
(4) Slide OPEN in the direction of the B mark to open the LCD panel.
The picture now being shot is displayed on the LCD screen, and it disappears
from the viewfinder screen.
(5) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The “REC” indicator
appears. The camera recording lamps located on the front and rear of your
camcorder light up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
You can use REC START/STOP located on the handle or front instead of
START/STOP on the rear.
4
Microphone
1
OPEN
Camera recording lamps
Handle REC START/STOP
REC START/STOP
2
POWER
40min
REC 00:00:00:01
VCR
VCR
5
LOCK
3
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
DVCAM
32K
If the ND1 or ND2 indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The ND filter is necessary. Set the ND FILTER selector to 1 or 2. However, if you change
the position during recording, the brightness of the picture may change or audio noise
may occur. This is not a malfunction. We recommend that you check the position of the
ND FILTER selector before shooting. See “Using the ND filter” on page 47.
Note
Fasten the grip strap firmly.
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Recording a picture
Note on the recording format
Your camcorder records and plays back both in the DVCAM format and in the DV
format SP mode. Select the format in the menu settings.
Note on the progressive recording mode
If you intend to use the images on your PC or play the images back as still images, we
recommend that you set PROG. SCAN to ON in the menu settings before shooting (p.
105). The picture quality may improve in this mode, but if you shoot a moving subject,
the image may shake when it is played back.
Recording – Basics
Note on the LOCK switch
When you slide the LOCK switch to the left, the POWER switch can no longer be set to
MEMORY accidentally. The LOCK switch is set to the right as a default setting. We
recommend that you set the LOCK switch to the left when you record on a cassette.
To enable smooth transition
Transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene is smooth as long as
you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. When you use a tape
with cassette memory, however, you can make the transition smooth even after ejecting
the cassette if you use the end search function (p. 27).
However, check the following:
•When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
•Do not mix recordings in the DVCAM format and the DV format on one tape.
The playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be written properly
between scenes when you change the recording format.
If you leave your camcorder in standby mode for five minutes
The head drum of the camcorder automatically stops rotating. This is to prevent the
tape wear and save the battery power. To re-start recording, press the START/STOP
button. It may take more time to start recording. This is not a malfunction.
Usable cassettes
You can record both on mini DVCAM cassettes and on mini DV cassettes using your
camcorder. When you use a mini DV cassette, set REC MODE to DV SP in the menu
settings. You can record on a tape 1.5 times longer than the DVCAM format. When you
want to record in the DV format or to make longer recording, use the mini DV cassette.
Notes
•If you record in the DV format, the transition of a tape may not be smooth. We
recommend that you use mini DVCAM cassettes and set REC MODE to DVCAM in
the menu settings to obtain reliable clear pictures.
•You cannot record on a tape in LP mode in the DV format.
If you use a mini DV cassette without setting REC MODE to DV SP
The recordable time is 2/3 time that indicated on the cassette.
Cassettes that can be played back with your camcorder
You can play back both cassettes recorded in the DVCAM format or in the DV format,
however, you cannot play back cassettes that recorded in LP mode in the DV format.
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Recording a picture
Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen
Recording – Basics
LCD BRIGHT
To adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, press LCD BRIGHT + or –.
The battery life is longer when the LCD panel is closed. Use the viewfinder instead of
the LCD screen to save the battery power.
To brighten
To darken
On the LCD screen backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight. Select LCD B.L. in the menu settings
(p. 105).
Even if you do the LCD screen adjustment using the LCD BRIGHT +/– buttons, or
using LCD B.L. and LCD COLOR items in the menu settings
The recorded picture will not be affected.
Recording in a low position
You can record in a low position to get an interesting recording angle. Lift up the
viewfinder or rotate the LCD panel with the screen facing up to record from a low
position. In this case, it is useful to use the REC START/STOP located on the handle or
front of the camcorder.
START/
STOP
REC
REC
START/
STOP
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Recording a picture
After recording
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Close the LCD panel.
Eject the cassette.
Remove the battery pack.
Adjusting the viewfinder
If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder.
Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the images in the viewfinder come
into sharp focus.
Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever.
Viewfinder adjustment lever
To adjust the brightness of the viewfinder screen, use the VF B.L. item in the menu
settings (p. 105).
Even if you adjust the viewfinder screen backlight
The recorded picture will not be affected.
The eyecup
You can attach the eyecup with the large part of it located on both left and right.
See page 164 for details.
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Recording – Basics
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Recording a picture
Using the digital zoom – Zoom greater than 12×
Zoom greater than 12× is performed digitally, if you set D ZOOM to 24× or 48× in the
menu settings. The digital zoom function is set to OFF as a default setting (p. 105). If
you use the digital zoom function, the picture quality deteriorates.
W
T
The right-ended portion of the bar shows the
digital zooming zone.
The digital zooming zone appears when you
set D ZOOM to 24× or 48×.
You cannot use the digital zoom:
– When you set PROG. SCAN to ON in the menu settings (p. 105).
– When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY.
Indicators displayed during recording
The indicators are not recorded on the tapes.
[a] [b] [c]
40min
REC 00:00:00:01
45min
[d]
[e]
[f]
[g]
JUL 4 2003
[k]
ND1
DVCAM
32K
12:05:56PM
[j]
[i]
[h]
[a] Remaining battery time
This appears after you turn on the power and wait for a while.
[b]Cassette memory
This appears when using a tape with cassette memory.
[c] STBY/REC
[d]Time code/User bits
[e] Remaining tape
This appears after you insert a cassette.
[f] Guide frame
[g]DVCAM format/DV format in SP mode
[h]Audio mode
[i] Time
[j] ND filter
The most suitable mode will flash regardless of the current mode.
When you have selected it, the ND filter mode displayed on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder will disappear.
[k] Date
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Recording a picture
Time code
The time code indicates the recording or playback time, “00:00:00:00” (hours : minutes :
seconds : frames). You cannot rewrite only the time code. You can preset the time code.
The time code can be preset or be reset during recording (p. 90). You can select the drop
frame or non-drop frame system using the menu.
Remaining tape indicator
The indicator may not be displayed accurately depending on the tape.
Note on date/time
Recording date/time is not displayed during shooting, however, it is automatically
recorded on the tape. You can check the recording date/time during playback by
pressing DATA CODE. When you want to display the date and time during shooting,
set DATE REC to ON in the menu settings. However, once you record with the date and
time, you cannot erase them.
Recording – Basics
On user bits display
You can display the user bits, pressing TC/U-BIT (p. 94).
Shooting backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT)
When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a
light background, use the backlight function.
Press BACK LIGHT in standby, recording, or memory mode.
The . indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
FADER BACK LIGHT SPOT LIGHT
BACK LIGHT
If you press SPOT LIGHT when using the backlight function
The backlight function will be canceled and the spot light function will be enabled.
When you manually adjust more than two of the following functions: iris, gain,
and shutter speed
You cannot use the backlight function.
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Recording a picture
Spot light
This function prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white
when shooting subjects lit by strong light, such as in the theater.
Press SPOT LIGHT in standby, recording, or memory mode.
The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To cancel, press SPOT LIGHT again.
FADER BACK LIGHT SPOT LIGHT
SPOT LIGHT
If you press BACK LIGHT when using the spot light function
The spot light function will be canceled and the backlight function will be enabled.
You cannot use the spotlight mode while in the following settings:
– Old movie
– Shutter speed value of 1/30 or smaller
– When you manually adjust more than two of the following functions: iris, gain, and
shutter speed
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Checking the recording
– END SEARCH / EDITSEARCH / Rec Review
You can use these buttons to check recorded pictures or shoot so that the transition
between the last recorded scene and the next scene you record is smooth.
Recording – Basics
END SEARCH
EDITSEARCH
Searching the end point of the recording — END SEARCH
You can easily go to the end of the last recorded portion.
Press END SEARCH in standby mode.
The camcorder rewinds or fast-forwards the tape and the last five-second recorded
picture is played back. After playback the camcorder turns to standby mode. You can
monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones.
Changing the next recording start point — EDITSEARCH
You can change the next recording start point in standby mode.
Hold down the +/– side of EDITSEARCH in standby mode. The recorded picture is
played back.
+: to go forward
– : to go backward
Release EDITSEARCH to stop playback. If you press START/STOP, re-recording begins
from the point you released EDITSEARCH. You cannot monitor the sound.
Checking the last recorded picture — Rec Review
You can check the last recorded portion.
Press the –7 side of EDITSEARCH momentarily in standby mode.
The last few-seconds of picture is played back and the camcorder returns to standby.
You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones.
End search function
When you use a tape without cassette memory, the end search function does not work
once you eject the cassette after you have recorded on the tape. If you use a tape with
cassette memory, the end search function works even once you eject the cassette.
If there is a blank portion at the beginning or between the recorded portions, the end
search function may not work correctly (p. 142).
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— Playback – Basics —
Playing back a tape
You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel,
you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can also control playback
using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder.
(1) Install the power source and insert the recorded tape.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the small green button. The
video control buttons light up.
(3) Slide OPEN in the direction of the B mark to open the LCD panel.
(4) Press m to rewind the tape.
(5) Press N to start playback.
(6) To adjust the volume, press either of the VOLUME +/– buttons .
4
REW
5
PLAY
2
POWER
VCR
VOLUME
3 1
To stop playback
Press x.
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MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
6
Playing back a tape
When monitoring on the LCD screen
You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD
screen facing out.
Playback – Basics
When you close the LCD panel
You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker. However, when the LCD panel is
turned over to view on the LCD screen, you can monitor the sound from the speaker.
To control the display of the screen indicators
Press DISPLAY on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with your
camcorder.
The indicators appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To make the indicators disappear, press DISPLAY again.
DISPLAY
DATA CODE
DISPLAY
DATA CODE
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Playing back a tape
Using the data code function
Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the
recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code).
Press DATA CODE on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with
your camcorder in playback mode.
The display changes as follows:
date/time t various settings (SteadyShot, white balance, gain, shutter speed, aperture
value, exposure mode) t no indicator
Date/time
JUL 4 2003
12:05:56 AM
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
Various settings
AUTO
60 ATW
F1.6
0dB
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
SteadyShot OFF
Exposure mode
White balance
Gain
Shutter speed
Aperture value
To not display the various settings
Set DATA CODE to DATE in the menu settings (p. 105).
The display changes as follows:
date/time y no indicator
Recording data
Recording data is your camcorder’s information when you have recorded something. In
CAMERA mode, the recording data will not be displayed.
When you use the data code function, “--- -- ----” (date) or “-- : -- : --” (time)
appears if:
– A blank portion of the tape is being played back.
– The tape is unreadable due to tape damage or noise.
– The tape was recorded by the camcorder without the date and time set.
Data code
When you connect your camcorder to the TV, the data code also appears on the TV
screen (p. 33).
Note on the date/time indicator
Recording date/time is not displayed during shooting, however, it is automatically
recorded on the tape. You can check the recording date/time during playback by
pressing DATA CODE. When you want to display the date and time during shooting,
set DATE REC to ON in the menu settings. However, once you record with the date and
time, you cannot erase them.
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If the aperture adjustment is set to minimum
“CLOSE” is displayed at the location of the aperture value.
Playing back a tape
Note on DV-formatted tapes
You can play back DV-formatted tapes on this camcorder if the tape is recorded in SP
mode. “DV SP” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder during playback.
You cannot play back DV-formatted tapes recorded in LP mode.
If you insert the cassette recorded in a PAL system
The camcorder automatically identify the system, and playback starts. You can only
view the picture only on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder of your camcorder. (Quasi
PAL playback)
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Playback – Basics
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— Advanced Recording Operations —
Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
You can record still images on tapes with all the pixels in the progressive recording
mode. See page 35 for details. This mode is useful when you print images using a video
printer (optional).
Besides the operation described here, your camcorder can record still images on a
“Memory Stick” (p. 118).
(1) In standby mode, keep pressing PHOTO lightly until a picture freezes. The
CAPTURE indicator appears. Recording does not start yet.
To change the image, release PHOTO, select an image again, and then press
and hold PHOTO lightly.
(2) Press PHOTO deeper.
The still image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder is recorded for about
seven seconds. The sound during those seven seconds is also recorded.
The still image is displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder until
recording is completed.
The number of still images recordable on a cassette
You can record about 340 images in the DVCAM format on a 40-minute DVCAM
cassette and about 510 images in the DV format on a 60-minute DV cassette.
Notes
•During tape photo recording, you cannot change the mode or setting.
•The PHOTO button does not work:
– While the fader function is set or in use.
– While the digital effect function is set or in use.
•Do not shake the camcorder during tape photo recording, the recorded image may be
blurred.
To do tape photo recording using the Remote Commander
Press PHOTO on the Remote Commander. Your camcorder immediately records an
image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
When you do tape photo recording during normal CAMERA recording
You cannot check an image on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder by pressing PHOTO
lightly. Press PHOTO deeper. The still image is then recorded for about seven seconds
and your camcorder returns to standby mode.
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When shooting a moving object in Tape Photo recording
When playing back the image by another unit, the image may be blurred. This is not a
malfunction.
Shooting with all the pixels – PROG. SCAN
To import moving images to your PC to view still images, we recommend you record in
progressive recording mode. To use progressive recording mode, follow the procedure
below. Still images produced this way are more stable than those recorded on tapes in
normal mode, and thus are more suitable for analyzing high-speed action such as sports
scenes. (Since this camcorder takes in an image every 1/15 of a second in progressive
recording mode, moving images recorded in this mode may be subject to too much
jitter. To view moving images, we recommend recording in normal mode.)
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PROG. SCAN, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display. The PROG. SCAN indicator lights up.
1
5
2-4
MENU
PROG. SCAN
MENU
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
SETUP
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN OFF
SETUP
ON
RETURN
[MENU] : END
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
SETUP
RETURN
[MENU] : END
Advanced Recording Operations
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
ON
[MENU] : END
To return to normal mode
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Note on the progressive recording mode
A normal TV broadcast divides the screen into two finer fields and displays them in
turns every 1/60 of a second. Thus, the actual image displayed in an instant covers only
half of the apparent image area. Displaying the whole image simultaneously on a full
screen is called displaying with all the pixels. In this mode, the resolution of the still
picture is clearer than in the normal mode. This camcorder takes in an image every 1/15
of a second, which may cause the image of a moving object to go out of focus. This
camcorder is originally programed to record in the normal TV format.
When shooting under fluorescent light
When shooting in progressive recording mode under fluorescent light or light bulbs, a
rare phenomenon may happen in which the screen lights up brightly (Flicker
phenomenon). This is not a malfunction. If you want to stop this phenomenon, set
PROG. SCAN to OFF in the menu settings.
In the progressive recording mode
You cannot use the following operations:
– Digital zooming
– Wide mode
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use the progressive mode.
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Using the guide frame
You can easily make the picture be on a horizontal line using the guide frame. The
guide frame is not recorded.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
1
Press MENU to display the menu in standby, recording, or memory mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select GUIDEFRAME, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display. The guide frame is displayed on the
LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
MENU
5
MENU
2-4
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME OFF
[MENU] : END
ON
RETURN
LCD / VF SET
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
VF B. L.
GU I DEFRAME ON
[MENU] : END
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To clear the guide frame
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial or simply press DISPLAY.
Note
The guide frame indicates only a rough level. The size and position of the guide frame
do not affect the setting of the camcorder.
If you set GUIDEFRAME to ON
The other screen indicators are also displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
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Using the wide mode
You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE).
Black bands appear on the screen during recording in the 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The
picture during playing back in the 4:3 mode on a wide-screen TV [b] or a normal TV
[c]* is compressed in the widthwise direction. If you set the screen mode of the widescreen TV to the full mode, you can watch pictures of normal images [d].
* Played in 4:3 mode. When you play a picture in the wide mode, it appears as you have
seen on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder [a].
[a]
[b]
[d]
[c]
In standby mode, set 16:9WIDE to ON in
in the menu settings (p. 105).
Advanced Recording Operations
16:9WIDE
To cancel the wide mode
Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings (p. 105).
In wide mode, you cannot select the following modes:
– Old movie
– Progressive recording mode
During recording
You cannot operate the wide mode function. When you cancel the wide mode, set your
camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
Connection for a TV
Pictures recorded in the 16:9WIDE mode automatically appear on the TV screen at full
size when:
– You connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the video ID (ID-1/ID-2)
system.
– You connect your camcorder to the S video jack on a TV.
ID-1 system
The ID-1 system sends aspect ratio information (16:9, 4:3 or letter box) using video signals.
If you connect a TV compatible with the ID-1 system, the screen size is automatically
selected.
ID-2 system
The ID-2 system sends a copyright protection signal with ID-1 signals inserted between
video signals when you connect your camcorder to other equipment using the A/V
connecting cable.
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Using the fader function
You can fade the picture in or out to give your recording a professional appearance.
[a]
STBY
REC
FADER
OVERLAP*
WIPE*
DOT*
(Random)
* Fade in only
[b]
STBY
MONOTONE
When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color.
When fading out the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
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REC
Using the fader function
(1) When fading in [a]
In standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
When fading out [b]
In recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
The indicator changes as follows:
FADER t MONOTONE t OVERLAP t WIPE t DOT t no indicator
The last selected fader mode is indicated first.
(2) Press START/STOP. After the fade in/out is carried out, your camcorder
automatically returns to the normal mode.
FADER
FADER
POWER
VCR
2
Advanced Recording Operations
1
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
To cancel the fader function
Press FADER until the indicator disappears.
Note
You cannot use the following functions while using the fader function, and vice versa:
– Digital effect
– Tape Photo recording
– Interval recording
– Cut recording
When the OVERLAP, WIPE, or DOT indicator appears
Your camcorder automatically stores the image recorded on a tape. As the image is
being stored, the fader indicator flashes fast, and the playback picture appears.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
You can add special effects to recorded pictures using the various digital functions. The
sound is recorded normally.
STILL
You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving picture.
FLASH (FLASH MOTION)
You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
LUMI. (LUMINANCEKEY)
You can swap a brighter area in a still image with a moving picture.
TRAIL
You can record the picture so that an incidental image like a trail is left.
OLD MOVIE
You can add an old movie type atmosphere to pictures. The black bands appear on the
upper and lower of the screen to change the virtual screen size to the cinemascope size,
and the picture effect is set to SEPIA.
Still image
Moving picture
Still image
Moving picture
STILL
LUMI.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
(1) In standby or recording mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect
indicator appears.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode.
The digital effect indicator changes as follows:
STILL y FLASH y LUMI. y TRAIL y OLD MOVIE
(3) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The indicator lights up and the bar appears.
In STILL and LUMI. modes, the still image is stored in memory.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
Items to be adjusted
The rate of the still image you want to superimpose on the
moving picture
The interval of flash motion
The color scheme of the area in the still image which is to be
swapped with a moving picture
The time until the incidental image vanishes
No adjustment necessary
FLASH
LUMI.
TRAIL
OLD MOVIE
The longer the bar on the screen, the stronger the digital effect. The bar appears in the
following modes: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
3
1
2
Advanced Recording Operations
STILL
LUMI.
DIGITAL
EFFECT
4
LUMI.
To cancel the digital effect
Press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect indicator disappears.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
Notes
•The following functions do not work in digital effect mode:
– Fader
– Tape Photo recording
– Shutter speed (1/30 or smaller) adjustment
•The following functions do not work in old movie mode:
– Wide mode
– Spot light mode
– Shutter speed adjustment
When you turn the power off
The digital effect will be automatically canceled.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Under normal conditions, this unit automatically makes various adjustments as it
shoots. However, you can adjust the following functions manually to suit your
preference.
Functions you can adjust by setting the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto
lock release) position
Iris, gain, shutter speed, and white balance
Functions you can adjust in menu settings
Deactivating the SteadyShot
The following describes how to adjust all the functions mentioned above except white
balance (p. 51), focus (p. 59), and zoom (p. 23).
AUTO LOCK selector
Set the selector as shown below to maintain or release the settings of the functions.
AUTO
LOCK
[a]
Advanced Recording Operations
Functions you can adjust by using other selectors/rings
ND filter, zebra pattern, focus, AE shift, and zoom
[c]
[b]
HOLD
AUTO LOCK [a]
Select this position to let the unit adjust all the functions automatically.
HOLD [b]
Select this position after setting the functions manually to maintain the settings.
Manual position (AUTO LOCK release) [c]
Select this position to adjust the functions listed above manually.
If you use the video flash light (optional)
We recommend that you set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK.
Notes
•When you manually adjust more than two of the following functions during backlight
or spot light mode: iris, gain, and shutter speed, the backlight or spot light function
will be automatically canceled.
•The functions (iris, gain, and shutter speed) that are not adjusted manually will be
automatically adjusted according to shooting conditions.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting the iris
Adjust the iris manually depending on the depth of field.
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press IRIS. The iris indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(3) Turn the IRIS dial to adjust the iris.
As you turn the dial, the F value changes as follows:
F1.6 y ... y F11 y CLOSE
For a smaller aperture, select a higher value.
To return to automatic iris mode
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press IRIS. The iris indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
About the depth of field
The depth of field is the in-focus range, measured from the distance behind a subject to
the distance in front. The depth of field can vary with the iris (F value) and the focal
length. Lowering the F value (large iris) reduces the depth of field. Raising the F value
(small iris) provides a larger depth of field. Zooming in telephoto position offers a
smaller depth of field while the depth of field in the wide-angle position is greater.
The depth of field Shallow
Iris
Near open (Low F value)
Zoom
Telephoto (T)
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Deep
Near close (High F value)
Wide (W)
Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting the gain
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press GAIN. The gain indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the gain.
As you turn the dial the gain value changes between 0 dB and 18 dB.
AUTO
LOCK
2
GAIN
0dB
HOLD
3
Advanced Recording Operations
1
To return to automatic gain mode
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press GAIN. The gain indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting the shutter speed
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press SHUTTER SPEED. The shutter speed indicator appears on the LCD
screen or in the viewfinder.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired speed. As you turn the
dial, the shutter speed changes as follows:
1/4 y 1/8 y 1/15 y 1/30 y ... y 1/4000 y 1/6000 y 1/10000
To increase the shutter speed, select a smaller setting (large value indicator on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder).
1
AUTO
LOCK
2
SHUTTER
SPEED
60
HOLD
3
To return to automatic shutter speed mode
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press SHUTTER SPEED. The shutter
speed indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
When shooting at slow shutter speed
At slow shutter speed, automatic focus may be lost. Adjust the focus manually using a
tripod.
When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs
When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs, a rare phenomenon may happen
in which the screen lights up brightly depending on the shutter speed (Flicker
phenomenon).
If you set the shutter speed value to 1/30 or smaller
You cannot use the spot light (p. 26) and digital effect (p. 40) functions.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Using the ND filter
Using the ND filter (the ND filter 1 setting corresponds to 1/4 of the quantity of light
and the ND filter 2 setting corresponds to 1/32 of the quantity of light), you can record
a picture clearly by adjusting light amounts, even if you shoot under too bright
conditions.
When the ND1 or ND2 indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder
When ND OFF flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The ND filter is not necessary. Set the ND FILTER selector to OFF so that the indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
The ND filter is now deactivated.
Advanced Recording Operations
The ND filter is necessary.
When ND 1 flashes, set the ND FILTER selector to 1 so that the ND 1 indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
When ND 2 flashes, set the ND FILTER selector to 2 so that the ND 2 indicator
disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
ND FILTER
2
1
OFF
Notes
•If you set the ND FILTER selector to another positions during recording, the picture
may be blurred or audio noise may occur. We recommend that you check the position
of the ND FILTER selector before shooting.
•When shooting a too bright object, diffraction off the small aperture may cause slight
off set in focusing. This phenomenon is quite common with a use of a video camera
recorder. Using the ND filter will reduce influence of such phenomenon, and you can
attain a better shooting condition.
If you use the video flash light (optional)
Set the ND FILTER selector to OFF when you use the flash.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Shooting with the zebra pattern
You can set the camcorder to display a zebra pattern (diagonal stripes) in the portion of
the picture on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness
exceeds a certain level. When the ZEBRA selector is set to 100, the portion of the picture
where zebra pattern appears is an area of high brightness and overexposure. You can
check the picture level of a subject by displaying the zebra pattern. Use the zebra
pattern as a guide for adjusting the exposure and shutter speed so that you can get the
desired picture.
Set the ZEBRA selector to 70 or 100 in standby or memory mode.
ZEBRA
OFF
70
100
Setting
70
100
OFF
Meaning
The zebra pattern appears in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness is about 70 IRE.
The zebra pattern appears in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness exceeds more than
100 IRE.
The zebra pattern does not appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
To erase the zebra pattern
Set the ZEBRA selector to OFF.
Note on shooting with the zebra pattern
Even though you see the zebra pattern on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, the
zebra pattern is not recorded.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Releasing the SteadyShot function
When the SteadyShot function is working, the camcorder compensates for camerashake.
You can release the SteadyShot function when you do not need to use it. The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Do not use the SteadyShot
function when shooting a stationary object with a tripod.
Press MENU to display the menu in standby or memory mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select STEADYSHOT, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OFF, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
2-4
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
W I ND
Advanced Recording Operations
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT ON
FRAME REC OFF
I NT. REC
W I ND
RETURN
1,5
MENU
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT OFF
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
W I ND
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To activate the SteadyShot function again
Select ON in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Notes on the SteadyShot function
•The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake.
•If you use a tele conversion lens (optional) or a wide conversion lens (supplied), these
lens may influence the SteadyShot function.
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Shooting with manual adjustment
Adjusting the AE shift
You can adjust the AE shift in accordance with shooting conditions and a subject.
(1) Press AE SHIFT in standby, recording, or memory mode. The AE shift
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the brightness.
To deactivate AE shift
Set the AE shift value to 0, or press AE SHIFT.
When you adjust AE shift
The –4 to +4 indicator is displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. The
number varies corresponding to the AE shift level.
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Adjusting the white balance
White balance adjustment makes white subjects look white and allows more natural
color balance for camera recording. Normally, white balance is automatically adjusted.
You can obtain better results by adjusting the white balance manually when lighting
conditions change quickly or when recording outdoors: e.g., neon signs, fireworks.
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while
the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode.
(2) Press WHT BAL. The white balance indicator appears on the LCD screen or in
the viewfinder.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the appropriate white balance mode
under the following conditions. As you turn the dial, the display changes as
follows:
(One-push white balance) y
(Outdoor) y n (Indoor)
Indicator
Shooting conditions
• Adjusting the white balance according to the light source.
This operation is not available during recording. Follow the
procedure described on the next page to adjust the setting again.
(Outdoor) • Recording a sunset/sunrise, just after sunset, just before sunrise, neon
signs, or fireworks
• Under a color matching fluorescent lamp
n (Indoor) • Lighting condition changes quickly
• Too bright a place such as a photography studio
• Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps
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Adjusting the white balance
If you have selected
in step 3
When you set the white balance to one-push white balance mode, the setting is locked
and maintained even if lighting conditions change. You can achieve recording with
natural colors without the image being affected by ambient light.
(With the
indicator on the screen)
(1) Aim a white object such as paper fully.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The
indicator flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored
in the memory, the indicator stops flashing. The setting will be maintained even if the
battery is detached.
To return to automatic adjustment
Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK or press WHT BAL. The white balance
indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
Notes on white balance
•When you shoot with studio lighting or video lighting, use the n (indoor) mode.
•When you shoot with fluorescent lighting, readjust the white balance using the
(one-push white balance) mode , or use the automatic white balance mode. If you use
the n (indoor) mode, white balance may not be adjusted appropriately.
Shooting when lighting conditions have changed
•When lighting conditions have changed, readjust the white balance while the
camcorder is in standby mode.
•In automatic white balance mode, point your camcorder at a white subject for about
10 seconds after setting the POWER switch to CAMERA to get a better adjustment
when:
– You detach the battery for replacement.
– You bring your camcorder outdoors from the interior of a house, or vice versa.
If the
indicator does not stop flashing after you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
The white balance cannot be set. Use the automatic white balance mode.
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Adjusting the recording level manually
– Sound recording level
You can adjust the recording sound level. Use headphones to monitor the sound when
you adjust it. You can adjust the channel 1 and channel 2 separately.
Selecting the channel to be adjusted manually
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select AUDIO SET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the setting of the item, then press the
dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
MEMORY
3,4
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2,7
POWER
VCR
1
MENU
5,6
TAPE SET
REC MODE
AUD I O MODE
REMA I N
M I C NR
AUD I O SET
TAPE SET
AUD I O SET
AGC CH1
AGC CH2
[MENU] : MAN
END GA I N
RETURN
ON
[MENU] : END
TAPE SET
AUD I O SET
AGC CH1
AGC CH2
MAN GA I N
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
ON
OFF
TAPE SET
AUD I O SET
AGC CH1
AGC CH2
[MENU] : MAN
END GA I N
RETURN
OFF
[MENU] : END
Items to be adjusted
Item
AGC CH1
AGC CH2a)
MAN GAINa)b)
Setting
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
SEPARATED
LINKED
Meaning
Switches the recording level adjustment of the
channel 1 from automatic (ON) and manual (OFF).
Switches the recording level adjustment of the
channel 2 from automatic (ON) and manual (OFF).
Sets the recording levels of channel 1 and channel 2
linked (LINKED) or separated (SEPARATED).
a) This is only available when connecting the external microphone to the INPUT2
connector.
b) LINKED is only available when both AGC CH1 and AGC CH2 are set to OFF.
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Adjusting the recording level manually– Sound recording level
To adjust the recording level automatically
Set AGC CH1 to ON when you automatically adjust the recording level of the channel 1. And
set AGC CH2 to ON when you automatically adjust the recording level of the channel 2.
When the recording level is adjusted manually
The recording level indicator appears at the lower-right on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
The sound input through the AUDIO CH1/CH2 jacks or
You cannot adjust the recording level.
DV Interface
Adjusting the recording level
(1) Press AUDIO LEVEL to display the recording level adjustment display in
standby or recording mode.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the recording level of the channel 1,
then press the dial. The cursor moves to “CH2,” and you can adjust the
recording level of the channel 2.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the recording level of the channel 2.
[a] Recording level meter
[b] Decreases the recording level
[c] Increases the recording level
To clear the recording level adjustment display
Press AUDIO LEVEL again.
When AGC CH1 or AGC CH2 is set to ON
You can see the recording level adjustment display, however, you cannot adjust the
recording level of the channel that the item above is set to ON.
When MAN GAIN is set to LINKED
The recording level adjustment display is changed as follows.
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Connecting an optional external
microphone
You can get your desired audio quality, connecting multiple microphones or an
optional microphone to your camcorder.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Loosen the microphone holder screw and open the cover.
Detach the supplied microphone and unplug the cable from the camcorder.
Connect the microphone (optional) to the INPUT1 or INPUT2 connector.
Select the channel to be used, using the REC CH SELECT switch. Used
channels according to the position of the REC CH SELECT switch are as
follows:
Audio input through
INPUT2
The audio is recorded on
Channel 1
Channels 1/2
Channel 2
—
(5) Set the following settings.
When connecting a microphone
Set the INPUT LEVEL selector to MIC or MIC ATT. When set to MIC ATT, you
can reduce the volume by about +20 dB. And set the +48V switch to ON if the
microphone is powered through its cable.
When connecting audio equipment
Set the +48 V switch to OFF and set the INPUT LEVEL selector to LINE.
Advanced Recording Operations
INPUT1
The position of the REC CH
SELECT switch
CH1
CH1•CH2
CH1
CH1•CH2
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Presetting the adjustment for picture
quality – Custom preset
You can preset the camcorder to record the picture with the desired picture quality.
When presetting, adjust the picture by shooting a subject and checking the picture
displayed on a TV using the menu settings.
1
CUSTOM PRESET
CUSTOM PRESET
SET
OFF
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
OFF
RESET
STBY
2-4
CUSTOM PRESET
OFF
SET
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
STBY
CUSTOM PRESET
OFF
SET
ON
COLOR LVL
[CP] : END
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
[CP] : END
STBY
CUSTOM PRESET
ON
SET
COLOR LVL
[CP] : END
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Press CUSTOM PRESET to display the CUSTOM PRESET menu in standby or
memory mode.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the selected item, then press the dial.
(7) Press CUSTOM PRESET.
appears on the
The CUSTOM PRESET menu disappears and the indicator
LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
STBY
[CP] : END
5,6
CUSTOM PRESET
SET
COLOR LVL
SHARPNESS
WB SH I FT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
RETURN
CUSTOM PRESET
STBY
STBY
COLOR LVL
[CP] : END
7
CUSTOM PRESET
[CP] : END
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Presetting the adjustment for picture quality
Items to be adjusted
Item
COLOR LVL
Meaning
Color intensity
SHARPNESS
WB SHIFT
AGC LIMIT
RESET
Sharpness
White balance
Auto Gain-limit
Sets items above to the default
settings.
Adjustment value
Decreases color intensity y
Increases color intensity
Softer y Sharper
Bluish y Reddish
6 dB/12 dB/OFF
To cancel using the custom preset
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To return to the standard setting
Select OK from the RESET item in step 5, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To
cancel, select RETURN, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To check the custom preset setting
Press CUSTOM PRESET while the camcorder is in standby, recording or memory
mode.
The custom preset setting appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
About the AGC limit
When adjusting the gain manually, the level of the gain is up to 18 dB (OFF).
When you preset the desired picture quality in CAMERA or memory mode
The preset is only available in each mode you preset. If you want to use a preset both in
CAMERA and memory modes, you have to preset in each mode.
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Focusing manually
You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases:
•The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting
– subjects through glass coated with water droplets
– horizontal stripes
– subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky
•When you want to change the focus from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the
background
•Shooting a stationary subject when using a tripod
1
2
FOCUS
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Slide FOCUS down to MANUAL. The 9 indicator appears on the LCD screen
or in the viewfinder in recording, standby, or memory mode.
(2) Turn the focus ring to sharpen the focus.
AUTO
MAN
INFINITY
PUSH AUTO
To return to the autofocus mode
Slide FOCUS up to AUTO to turn off the 9 or
indicator.
To focus in infinity
Slide FOCUS to INFINITY. The
indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder. This function is useful when the nearer subject is focused automatically,
even though you want to focus on a faraway subject.
To shoot with auto focusing momentarily
Press PUSH AUTO.
The auto focus functions while you are pressing PUSH AUTO.
Use this button to focus on one subject and then another with smooth focusing.
When you release PUSH AUTO, manual focusing resumes.
To obtain the correct focus
First, focus on a subject manually with the zoom set toward the “T” (telephoto) side, then
adjust the zoom by pressing the “W” side of the lever gradually.
When you shoot close to the subject
Focus at the end of the “W” (wide-angle) position.
9 changes as follows:
when recording a distant subject.
when the subject is too close to focus on.
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Interval recording
You can make a time-lapse recording by
Example
setting the camcorder to automatically record
1s
and standby sequentially. You can achieve an
9 min 59 s
[a]
excellent recording for flowering, emergence,
etc., with this function.
[b]
10 min
[a] Recording time
[b]Waiting time
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
1
9 min 59 s
[a]
[b]
10 min
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT. REC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
Set INTERVAL and REC TIME.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INTERVAL, then press the dial.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired interval time, then
press the dial.
The time: 30SEC y 1MIN y 5MIN y 10MIN
3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select REC TIME, then press the dial.
4 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired recording time, then
press the dial.
The time: 0.5SEC y 1SEC y 1.5SEC y 2SEC
RETURN, then press the dial.
5 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
MENU
2-4
5
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
W I ND
1
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
OFF
I NT. REC
W I ND
RETURN
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
ON
I NT. REC
OFF
W I ND
RETURN
SET
[MENU] : END
60
1s
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
2
30SEC
[MENU] : END
3
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
30SEC
1M I N
5M I N
10M I N
[MENU] : END
4
0 . 5SEC
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
0 . 5SEC
1SEC
1 . 5SEC
2SEC
Interval recording
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The interval recording indicator
flashes.
(8) Press START/STOP to start interval recording. The interval recording
indicator lights up.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
6
7
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
ON
I NT. REC
W I ND
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
POWER
VCR
8
I NTERVAL
MENU
[MENU] : END
To cancel the interval recording
•Set INT. REC to OFF in the menu settings.
•Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), VCR or MEMORY.
To stop the interval recording momentarily and perform
normal recording
Press START/STOP. You can perform normal recording only once. To cancel the
normal recording, press START/STOP again.
Note on interval recording
You cannot do interval recording in memory mode.
On recording time
There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to +/– 6 frames from the selected
time.
Even if you press INDEX MARK during interval recording
You cannot mark an index.
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Frame by frame recording – Cut recording
You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using cut recording. To
create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a cut recording. We
recommend that you use a tripod, and operate the camcorder using the Remote
Commander after step 6.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select FRAME REC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
The FRAME REC indicator lights up.
(6) Press START/STOP to start cut recording. The camcorder makes a recording
for about six frames, and returns to recording standby.
(7) Move the subject, and repeat step 6.
1
6,7
MENU
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2-4
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
W I ND
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC OFF
I NT. REC
ON
W I ND
RETURN
5
FRAME REC
MENU
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
: 9W I DE
[MENU] 16
: END
STEADYSHOT
FRAME REC ON
I NT. REC
W I ND
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To cancel the cut recording
•Set FRAME REC to OFF in the menu settings.
•Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), VCR, or MEMORY.
Notes on cut recording
•The last recorded cut is longer than other cuts.
•The proper remaining tape time is not indicated if you use this function continuously.
•You cannot mark an index during cut recording.
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Superimposing the date and time on a
picture
You can superimpose the date/time indication directly on the picture, besides the date/
time display as data code.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
2-4
MENU
OTHERS
WORLD T I ME
BEEP
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
HRS METER
OTHERS
WORLD T I ME
[MENU] BEEP
: END
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
DATE REC
OFF
REC LAMP
ON
COLOR BAR
HRS METER
OTHERS
WORLD T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] BEEP
: END
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
DATE REC
ON
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
HRS METER
RETURN
Advanced Recording Operations
1,5
Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select DATE REC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
Press MENU to erase the menu display.
The date/time indicator displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
[MENU] : END
To cancel superimposing the date/time indication
Select OFF in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Note
You cannot erase the recorded date/time data on the picture. Before using this function,
make sure that you set the date and time correctly.
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Marking an Index
If you mark an index at the scene you want to search for, you can easily search for the
scene later (p. 65).
In recording mode [a]:
Press INDEX MARK.
The “INDEX MARK” indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder for
seven seconds and the index is marked after the indicator disappears.
In standby mode [b]:
Press INDEX MARK.
The “INDEX STBY” indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. And
when you press START/STOP to start recording, the “INDEX STBY” indicator changes
to “INDEX MARK” and after the indicator disappears, the index marking is complete.
The camcorder starts index-marking at the 11th frame from the recording start point.
An index signal will be recorded on cassette memory about 0.3 sec, and on a tape about
five seconds.
You can mark an index in VCR mode (p. 83).
[a]
[b]
STBY
REC
INDEX MARK
I NDEX
STBY
I NDEX
MARK
REC
I NDEX
MARK
To cancel index marking
Press INDEX MARK again in standby mode.
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Notes on the index
•Index marks are recorded during recording, you cannot mark an index after recording.
•Index signals will be recorded both on the tape and on cassette memory. If you use
cassettes without cassette memory or the cassette memory is full, the signals will be
recorded only on the tape.
•When you record over the recorded tape and mark an index on the tape, we
recommend that you clear all data in the cassette memory before marking an index.
— Advanced Playback Operations —
Searching for a recording by index – Index search
You can automatically search for the point where an index is marked and start playback
from that point (Index search). Use a tape with cassette memory for convenience. Use
the Remote Commander for this operation.
Use this function to check where indexes are marked or to edit the tape at each
sequence where the index is marked.
Searching for the index point using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 142).
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to ON in the menu settings (p. 105). The default setting
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the index
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the index point for
playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playing back at the selected index point.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching for a recording by index – Index search
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The index search function may not work correctly.
If you mark an index onto an external input signal
“LINE” appears in the CH column.
The index of the recording start point when recorded from external audio
equipment
The index mark is not recorded in cassette memory when recorded from external audio
equipment. If you want to search for the index point, set CM SEARCH to OFF in the
menu settings and search for the index point without cassette memory.
Searching for the index point without using cassette memory
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 105). If using a tape
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
without cassette memory, skip this step.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the index
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . on the Remote Commander to search for the previous index point
or press > on the Remote Commander to search for the next index point.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the selected index point. Each
time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or next
index point.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching the boundaries of recorded
tape by title – Title search
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can search for the boundaries of
recorded tape by title (Title search) (p. 142). Use the Remote Commander for
this operation.
1
3
POWER
TITLE SEARCH
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
SCENE1
SCENE2
SCENE3
SCENE4
SCENE5
SCENE6
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
1
2
3
4
5
6
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to ON in the menu settings (p. 105). The default setting
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the title
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the title for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the scene having the title that
you selected.
4
TITLE SEARCH
3
4
5
6
7
8
SCENE3
SCENE4
SCENE5
SCENE6
SCENE7
SCENE8
To stop searching
Press x.
If you use a tape without cassette memory
You cannot superimpose or search for a title.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The title search function may not work correctly.
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Searching a recording by date
– Date search
You can automatically search for the point where the recording date changes and start
playback from that point (Date search). Use a tape with cassette memory for
convenience. Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
Use this function to check where recording dates change or to edit the tape at each
recording date.
Searching for the date using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 142).
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to ON in the menu settings (p. 105). The default setting
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
is ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the date
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the beginning of the selected
date.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching a recording by date – Date search
Note
If one day’s recording is less than two minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find
the point where the recording date changes.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The date search function may not work correctly.
Searching for the date without using cassette memory
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 105). If using a tape
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
without cassette memory, skip this step.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the date
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . on the Remote Commander to search for the previous date or press
> on the Remote Commander to search for the next date. Your camcorder
automatically starts playback at the point where the date changes. Each time
you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or next date.
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching for a photo – Photo search/
Photo scan
You can search for a still picture you have recorded on a tape (photo search).
You can also search for still pictures one after another and display each picture for five
seconds automatically regardless of cassette memory (photo scan). Use the Remote
Commander for these operations.
Use this function to check or edit still pictures.
Searching for a photo using cassette memory
You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory (p. 142).
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to ON in the menu settings (p. 105). Default setting is
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
ON.
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo having the date
that you selected.
1
3
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
4
PHOTO SEARCH
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5
SEP / 6
DEC / 24
JAN / 1
FEB / 11
APR / 29
/
/
/
/
/
/
03 5 : 30 PM
03 8 : 50 AM
03 1 0 : 30 AM
04 11 : 25 PM
04 4 : 11 PM
04 1 : 45 PM
To stop searching
Press x.
In the
mark
•The bar in the
•The mark in the
mark indicates the present point on the tape.
indicates the actual point you are trying to search for.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The photo search function may not work correctly.
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Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan
Searching for a photo without using cassette memory
To stop searching
Press x.
Scanning photo
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
scan indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(3) Press . or > on the Remote Commander.
Each photo is played back for about five seconds automatically.
1
2
POWER
VCR
SEARCH
MODE
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to OFF in the menu settings (p. 105).
(2) Set CM SEARCH in
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo
search indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
INDEX SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN
t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select a photo for playback.
Each time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or
next photo.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo.
PHOTO 00
SCAN
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
To stop scanning
Press x.
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Playing back a tape with digital effects
During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL,
FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
(1) In playback or playback pause mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT and turn the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired digital effect indicator (STILL, FLASH,
LUMI. or TRAIL) flashes.
(2) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The digital effect indicator lights up and the bars appear. In STILL or LUMI.
mode, the picture is captured and is stored in memory as a still picture at the
time you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
For details of each digital effect function, see page 40.
2
1
STILL
DIGITAL
EFFECT
3
STILL
To cancel the digital effect function
Press DIGITAL EFFECT so that the indicator disappears.
Notes
•You cannot process a picture using the digital effect function that is input from other
equipment.
•To record pictures that you have processed using the digital effect function, record the
pictures on the VCR, using your camcorder as a player.
Pictures processed by the digital effect function
Pictures processed by the digital effect function are not output through the
Interface.
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) or stop playing back
The digital effect function will be automatically canceled.
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DV
— Editing —
Dubbing a tape
Using the A/V connecting cable
Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with
your camcorder. Recording quality by analog input, however, is not satisfying for
professional use.
Before a dubbing
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (Default setting is LCD.)
Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE, if available.
Editing
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert
the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. For details, refer to the operating
instructions of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR. For details, refer to the operating instructions of
the VCR.
When you have finished dubbing the tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Be sure to clear the indicators from the screen
If they are displayed, press the following buttons so as not to record the indicators on
the dubbed tape:
•The DISPLAY button
•The DATA CODE button
•The SEARCH MODE button on the Remote Commander
You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems
8 mm,
Hi8, Digital8,
VHS,
S-VHS,
VHSC,
Betamax,
ED Betamax,
DVCAM,
mini DV,
DV or
MICROMV
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect with a VCR using the audio cable (monaural y stereo) (optional).
S-VHSC,
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Dubbing a tape
Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable.
Connect an S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and the
VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DVCAM/DV format pictures.
Note
You can edit precisely by connecting a LANC cable (optional) to this camcorder and
other video equipment having a fine synchro-editing function, using this camcorder as
a player.
Using an i.LINK cable
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (optional) to DV Interface and to DV Interface of the
DVCAM/DV products. With a digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are
transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. You cannot dub the titles, display
indicators or the contents of cassette memory.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert
the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the input selector on the VCR to the DV input position if the VCR is
equipped with an input selector. For details, refer to the operating instructions
of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR.
DV Interface
i.LINK
i.LINK cable
(optional)
: Signal flow
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable
Pictures processed by the digital effect function
Pictures processed by the digital effect function are not output through the
Interface.
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DV
If you record a playback pause picture with the DV Interface
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using other
video equipment, the picture may jitter.
Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital
program editing
You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating
the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame.
To use this function, an i.LINK cable (optional) will be required.
[a]
[a]
[b]
Editing
[a] Undesired frame
[b]Moves the scene
Before operating the digital program editing
Preparation 1 Connecting the VCR (p. 73, 74).
Preparation 2 Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR (p. 76).
When you dub using the same VCR again, you can skip Preparation 2.
Using the digital program editing function
Operation 1 Making programs (p. 78).
Operation 2 Performing a digital program editing (Dubbing a tape). (p. 80)
Notes
•You cannot dub the titles, display indicators, or the contents of cassette memory.
•If you start recording from the very beginning of the tape, the first few seconds of the
tape may not record properly. Be sure to allow about 10 seconds’ lead before starting
the recording.
Preparation 1: Connecting the VCR
Connect your camcorder and the VCR as shown on page 73 and 74.
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Preparation 2: Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR
You can adjust the synchronization of your camcorder and the VCR.
Remove the cassette from the camcorder beforehand. We recommend that you prepare
a pen and paper for notes.
When you connect to a Sony VCR using an i.LINK cable, the setup below is not
necessary.
(1) Insert a recordable tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EDIT SET, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ADJ TEST, then press the dial.
(7) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
CUT-IN and CUT-OUT are recorded on an image for five times each to calculate
the numerical values for adjusting the synchronicity.
The EXECUTING indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. When
finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
(8) Rewind the tape in the VCR, then start slow playback.
Take a note of the opening numerical value of each CUT-IN and the closing
numerical value of each CUT-OUT.
(9) Calculate the average of all the opening numerical values of each CUT-IN, and the
average of all the closing numerical values of each CUT-OUT.
4-6
OTHERS
ED I T SET
ADJ TEST
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
RETURN
RETURN
EXECUTE
OTHERS
ED I T SET
ADJ TEST
[MENU] : END
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
RETURN
3
EXECUT I NG
No . 2
IN
+215
OTHERS
ED I T SET
ADJ TEST
[MENU] : END
“CUT–I N”
“CUT–OUT”
RETURN
MENU
[MENU] : END
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(10)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select “CUT-IN,” then press the dial.
(11)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the average numerical value of CUT-IN,
then press the dial.
The calculated start position for recording is set.
(12)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select “CUT-OUT,” then press the dial.
(13)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the average numerical value of CUT-OUT,
then press the dial.
The calculated stop position for recording is set.
(14)Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
RETURN, then press the dial.
Editing
Errors in editing
If you connect your camcorder to Sony equipment with the DV jack, the range of errors
is within +/– 5 frames.
The range may become wider in the following conditions:
•The interval between CUT-IN and CUT-OUT is less than five seconds (p. 78).
•CUT-IN or CUT-OUT is set at the beginning of the tape.
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Operation 1: Making Programs
(1) Insert the tape for playback into your camcorder, and insert a tape for recording into
the VCR.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select VIDEO EDIT, then press the dial.
(5) Search for the beginning of the first scene you want to insert using the video control
buttons, then pause playback (p. 31).
5
STOP
REW
PLAY
FF
PAUSE
2
MENU
3,4
OTHERS
BEEP
MELODY
COMMANDER
D I SPLAY
V I DEO ED I T
ED I T SET
HRS METER
RETURN
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE AL L
START
SCENE
[MENU] : END
78
[MENU] : END
00:32:30:14
1 IN
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(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander.
The CUT-IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
(7) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video operating
buttons, then pause playback (p. 31).
(8) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander.
The CUT-OUT point of the first program is set, then the bottom part of the program
mark changes to light blue.
(9) Repeat steps 5 to 8, then set PROGRAM.
When the program is set, the program mark changes to light blue.
You can set a maximum of 20 programs.
STOP
6
REW
PLAY
FF
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
PAUSE
SCENE
00:08:55:06
1 OUT
Editing
7
0
[MENU] : END
8,9
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
SCENE
00:09:07:06
2 IN
1
[MENU] : END
V I DEO ED I T
MARK
UNDO
ERASE ALL
START
SCENE
00:10:01:23
4 IN
3
[MENU] : END
On a blank portion of the tape
You cannot set CUT-IN or CUT-OUT on a blank portion of the tape.
Erasing the last program
To change the end of the last program, delete the CUT-OUT mark.
To erase the whole program, delete both the CUT-IN and CUT-OUT marks.
(1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
The last set program mark flashes, then the setting is canceled.
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 2, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
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Erasing all programs
(1) Select VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
ERASE ALL, then press the dial.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
All the program marks flash, then the settings are canceled.
To cancel erasing all programs
Select RETURN in step 2, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To cancel a program you have set
Press MENU.
The program is stored in memory until the tape is ejected.
Operation 2: Performing a digital program editing (Dubbing a
tape)
Make sure your camcorder and VCR are connected. When you use a video camera
recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
(1) Select VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
START, then press the dial.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
Search for the beginning of the first program, then start dubbing.
The EXECUTING indicator flashes.
The SEARCH indicator appears during search, and the EDIT indicator appears
during edit on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
The PROGRAM indicator lights up after dubbing is complete.
When the dubbing ends, your camcorder and the VCR automatically stop.
To stop dubbing
Press x on this camcorder or on the Remote Commander.
To end the digital program editing function
Your camcorder stops when the dubbing is complete. Then the display returns to
VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings.
Press MENU to end the video program editing function.
You cannot record on the VCR when:
• The cassette is not inserted.
• The tape has run out.
• The write-protect tab is set to the protect position.
NOT READY appears on the LCD screen when:
• The program to operate the digital program editing has not been made.
• An i.LINK cable is not connected.
• The power of the connected VCR is not turned on.
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Using with an analog video unit and a PC
– Signal convert function
You can convert the analog input signal to the digital signal and output it from the DV
Interface on this camcorder. You can capture images and sound from an analog video
unit connecting a PC which has i.LINK (IEEE1394) connector to your camcorder.
Editing
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select A/V t DV OUT, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(6) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(7) Start playback on the analog video unit slightly ahead of the point from which you
want to start capturing images.
(8) Start capturing procedures on your PC. The operation procedures depend on your
PC and the software which you use.
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Recording video or TV programs
Using the A/V connecting cable
You can record a tape from another VCR or a TV program from a TV that has video/
audio outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder. If
you want to record a tape from the VCR, insert a recorded tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
to LCD in the menu settings (p. 105).
(3) Set DISPLAY in
(4) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(5) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(6) Press N on the VCR to start playback if you record a tape from a VCR. Select
a TV program if you record from a TV. The picture from a TV or VCR appears
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start
recording.
5
REC
PAUSE
S VIDEO
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
CH1/CH2
VIDEO
AUDIO
When you have finished recording
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 7, press X at the scene from which you want to start recording.
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Recording video or TV programs
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect with a VCR using the audio cable (monaural y stereo) (optional).
Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable.
Connect an S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and the
VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DVCAM/DV format pictures.
If you do various playbacks on the VCR during recording
The recorded picture may be blurred.
Editing
On the commander mode
Your camcorder works in the commander mode, VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3
are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control
misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we
recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with
black paper.
On index signal
The index is automatically marked on a tape when you start recording. If you mark the
index using the INDEX MARK button during recording, “LINE” appears in the CH
column on the INDEX SEARCH screen, and the index is recorded on cassette memory.
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Recording video or TV programs
Using an i.LINK cable
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (optional) to DV Interface and to DV Interface of the
DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are
transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder,
and insert the recorded tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to LCD in the menu settings (p. 105).
(3) Set DISPLAY in
(4) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
(5) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(6) Press N on the VCR to start playback. The picture to be recorded appears on
the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start
recording.
5
REC
DV Interface
PAUSE
i.LINK
i.LINK cable
(optional)
: Signal flow
When you have finished recording
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 7, press X at the scene from which you want to start recording.
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Recording video or TV programs
You can connect only one VCR using the i.LINK cable
When you dub a picture in digital form
The color of the display may be uneven. However this does not affect the dubbed
picture.
If you record a still picture in playback pause mode via the DV Interface
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using your
camcorder, the picture may jitter.
Before recording
Press DISPLAY and make sure that the DV IN indicator appears on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder. The DV IN indicator may appear on both pieces of equipment.
Editing
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Audio dubbing
You can record an audio sound to add to the original sound on a tape by connecting
audio equipment or a microphone. If you connect audio equipment, you can add sound
to your recorded tape by specifying the starting and ending points. The original sound
will not be erased. You can also use the Remote Commander for this operation.
The relationship between audio input and channels on which a
dubbed sound will be recorded
The relationship between audio input and channels on which a dubbed sound will be
recorded is as follows:
Audio input
through
The position of the REC CH Which audio input will be
SELECT switch
recorded on
AUDIO CH1/CH2
AUDIO CH1
AUDIO CH2
INPUT1/2
–
–
–
CH1
CH1•CH2
CH1
CH1•CH2
CH1
CH1•CH2
INPUT1
INPUT2
Channel 3
AUDIO CH1
AUDIO CH1
–
INPUT1
INPUT1
INPUT1
INPUT1
–
–
Channel 4
AUDIO CH2
–
AUDIO CH2
INPUT2
INPUT1
–
INPUT1
INPUT2
–
Dubbing with the INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors
For details on setup of the INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors, see “Connecting an optional
external microphone” on page 55.
INPUT1 or INPUT2
: Signal flow
Microphone (optional)
You can check the picture on TV by connecting with the video jack. You cannot monitor
the additional sound by the speaker. Use the headphones jack.
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Audio dubbing
Dubbing with the AUDIO CH1/CH2 jacks
Audio equipment
(optional)
LINE OUT
R
L
AUDIO
CH1/CH2
AUDIO R
Do not connect the
video (yellow) plug.
Editing
: Signal flow
AUDIO L
Notes
• You can dub a sound only on a tape recorded in Fs32K mode of the DVCAM format.
• When dubbing with the INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors, you can check the recorded
picture on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder, or on the screen of equipment connected
with the VIDEO jack, and you can check the recorded sound by using headphones.
• When dubbing with the AUDIO CH1/CH2 jacks, you can check the recorded picture
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, and you can check the recorded sound by
using a headphones.
• You can adjust the balance of the new sound and original sound using AUDIO MIX in
the menu settings. You can monitor the sound during audio dubbing.
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Audio dubbing
Adding an audio sound on a recorded tape
(1) Insert the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Locate the recording start point by pressing N. Then press X at the point
where you want to start recording to set your camcorder to the playback pause
mode.
AUDIO DUB. The green
X indicator appears on the LCD screen or
(4) Press
in the viewfinder.
(5) Press X and start playing back the audio you want to record at the same time.
The new sound is recorded in channels 3/4 during playback.
(6) Press x at the point where you want to stop recording.
Monitoring the new recorded sound
To play back the sound
Adjust the balance between the channels 1/2 (CH1/2) and the channels 3/4 (CH3/4) by
selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings (p. 105).
VCR SET
CH SELECT
AUD I O M I X
A/V DV OUT CH1
2
RETURN
CH3
4
[MENU] : END
The default setting is for original sound only.
If you set the audio balance beforehand, you can monitor both the original sound and
dubbed sound during the dubbing.
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Audio dubbing
Notes
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in Fs48K mode (p. 110).
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the DV format.
•You cannot add audio with the DV Interface.
If you make all the connections
The audio input to be recorded will take precedence over others in the following order.
•AUDIO CH1/CH2 jacks
•INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors
If an i.LINK cable (optional) is connected to your camcorder
You cannot add sound to a recorded tape.
We recommend that you add new sound on a tape recorded with your camcorder
If you add new sound on a tape recorded with another camcorder (including an other
DSR-PD170), the sound quality may deteriorate.
Editing
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot record on the tape. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
On blank portions
You cannot add an audio.
When dubbing through the INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors
You can adjust the recording level manually (p. 53).
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Setting time values
The camcorder uses two types of time values: time code values and user bits.
The time value is displayed on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder, or on the display
window. The time code and user bits can be set only in DVCAM mode.
The user bits are convenient when using multiple cameras at the same event.
When you record the picture, time code data will be recorded automatically.
Setting the time code value
This section describes the steps for setting time code recording methods for particular
shooting conditions and setting initial values.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
(8)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC MAKE, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PRESET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC PRESET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PRESET, then press the dial.
Set up the first two digits. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the
number, then press the dial. The time code is set between 00:00:00:00 and
23:59:59:29.
(9) Repeat step 8 to set up the other digits.
MENU
6-8
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
FORMAT
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
TC MAKE
REGEN
UB T I ME
PRESET
RETURN
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
FORMAT
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
TC MAKE
PRESET
UB T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
90
MEMORY
3-5
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
POWER
VCR
1
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
00:00:00:00
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
RETURN
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
00:00:00:00
UB PRESET
FORMAT RESET
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
PRESET
TC MAKE
RETURN
UB T I ME
RETURN
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
01:00:00:00
FORMAT
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
TC MAKE
SET
UB T I ME
CANCEL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
Setting time values
10-12
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT AUTO
TC RUN
DF
TC MAKE
NDF
UB T I ME
RETURN
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
FORMAT DF
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
RETURN
Editing
(10) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
(11) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC FORMAT, then press the dial.
(12) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the frame mode, then press the dial.
AUTO: Automatically sets the mode in accordance with the inserted cassette.
DF: Selects the drop-frame mode.
NDF: Selects the non-drop-frame mode.
For more information on the drop-frame/non-drop-frame mode, see “Dropframe mode” on page 92.
(13) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC RUN, then press the dial.
(14) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired running mode, then press
the dial.
REC RUN: Time code value advances only while recording. When making the
time code continuous at back space editing, select this setting.
FREE RUN: Time code advances freely regardless of the camcorder’s current
operation mode.
For more information on the running mode, see “Making the time code
continuous at back space editing” on page 92.
13,14
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
REC RUN
TC MAKE
FREE RUN
UB T I ME
RETURN
TC / UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
FORMAT
[MENU]TC
: END
TC RUN
FREE RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
To cancel the time code setting
Select CANCEL in step 10, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To reset the time code
Select RESET in step 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
91
Setting time values
Drop-frame mode
In the NTSC standard, the time code value is based on 30 frames per second, but the
exact video frame frequency is in fact 29.97 frames per second and the real time, or 18
frames per 10 minutes.
Drop-frame mode corrects for this by skipping two frame counts at the beginning of
every minute which is not a multiple of ten.
In non-drop-frame mode, however, no frame counts are omitted, and there is a gradual
deviation of the time code from real time.
Making the time code continuous at back space editing
Set TC MAKE to REGEN in the menu settings to make the time code continuous when
the recording has been interrupted or when the cassette tape has been removed from
the camcorder between shootings.
When the camcorder is in recording pause mode, the recorded time code is read from
the tape and synchronized to the internal time code generator.
Once you set TC MAKE to REGEN in the menu settings
Even if TC RUN is set to FREE RUN in the menu settings, the running mode is
automatically set to REC RUN.
92
Setting time values
Setting the user bits value
You can set the user bits as eight-digit hexadecimal values (base 16) to have the date,
time, scene number, and other information inserted into the time code.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TC, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UB PRESET, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PRESET, then press the dial.
Set up the first two digits. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the
number, then press the dial.
(7) Repeat step 6 to set up the other digits.
(8) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
Editing
To cancel the user bits setting
Select CANCEL in step 8, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To reset the user bits
Select RESET in step 5, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Setting the user bits to the real time clock
Set UB TIME to ON in the menu settings. We recommend that you set the time
beforehand.
93
Setting time values
Switching the time value
TC/U-BIT
Press TC/U-BIT. Each time you press TC/U-BIT, the time value changes between the
time code and user bits.
TC: Displays the time code. This is indicated as “00:00:00:00” or “00:00.00:00”.
U-BIT: Displays user bits. This is indicated as “00 00 00 00”.
Time code/user bits
Note
The time code and user bits cannot be displayed properly if the tape does not have time
code and/or user bits recordings or if the time code was recorded using a noncompatible method.
94
Superimposing a title
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can superimpose the title while
recording or after recording. When you play back the tape, the title is displayed
for five seconds from the point where you superimposed it.
You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 99).
You can also select the color, size and
position of titles.
SCENE5
Editing
(1) Press TITLE to display the title menu in standby, recording, playback, or
playback pause mode.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired title, then press the dial.
The title flashes.
(4) Change the color, size, or position, if necessary.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the COLOR, SIZE, or POSITION,
then press the dial. The item appears.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the
dial.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid out as desired.
(5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial again to complete the setting.
In playback, playback pause, or recording mode:
The “TITLE SAVE” indicator appears on the screen for five seconds and the
title is set.
In standby mode:
The “TITLE” indicator appears. When you press START/STOP to start
recording, “TITLE SAVE” appears on the screen for five seconds and the title
is set.
95
Superimposing a title
If you set the write-protect tab to lock
You cannot superimpose or erase the title. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write
protection.
To use a custom title
If you want to use the custom title, select
in step 2.
If the tape has a blank portion
You cannot superimpose a title on that portion.
If the tape has a blank portion in the middle of the recorded parts
The title may not be displayed correctly.
The titles superimposed with your camcorder
The point you superimposed the title may be detected as an index signal when
searching a recording with other video equipment.
To not display titles
Set TITLE DSPL to OFF in the menu settings (p. 105).
96
Superimposing a title
Title setting
•The title color changes as follows:
WHITE y YELLOW y VIOLET y RED y CYAN y GREEN y BLUE
•The title size changes as follows:
SMALL y LARGE
You cannot input more than 12 characters in LARGE size.
•If you select the title size “SMALL,” you have nine choices for the title position.
If you select the title size “LARGE,” you have eight choices for the title position.
If the “
FULL” mark appears
The cassette memory is full. If you erase the title, index data, date data, photo data, or
cassette label in the cassette, you can then superimpose a title.
Editing
97
Superimposing a title
Erasing a title
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TITLEERASE, then press the dial.
The title erase display appears.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the title you want to erase, then press
the dial.
The “ERASE OK ?” indicator appears.
(6) Make sure the title is the one you want to erase, and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC
dial to select OK, then press the dial.
“OK” changes to “EXECUTE.”
(7) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing the title.
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To erase all the titles
See “Erasing the cassette memory data” on page 103.
98
Making your own titles
You can make up to two titles and store them in cassette memory. Each title can
have up to 20 characters.
1
2
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
TITLE
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
RETURN
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
PRESET TITLE
SCENE1
SCENE2
SCENE3
SCENE4
SCENE5
SCENE6
SCENE7
SCENE8
3
Editing
(1) Press TITLE in the standby, playback, or playback pause mode.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET,
then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the column of the desired character,
then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired character, then press the
dial.
(6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have selected all characters and completed the
title.
(7) To finish making your own titles, turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
[SET], then press the dial. The title is stored in memory.
(8) Press TITLE to make the title menu disappear.
TITLE SET
CUSTOM1 SET
CUSTOM2 SET
RETURN
TITLE SET
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
–––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
4-6
1
TITLE SET
–––––––––––––––––––––
2
–––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
3
TITLE SET
4
–––––––––––––––––––––
TITLE SET
S––––––––––––––––––––
[T I TLE] : END
[T I TLE] : END
TITLE SET
99
Making your own titles
To change a title you have stored
In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want
to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [C], then press the dial to delete the title. The last character is erased. Enter a new
title as desired.
To erase a character
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial. The last character is
erased.
To enter a space
Select [
100
], then select the blank part.
Labeling a cassette
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can label a cassette. The label can
consist of up to 10 characters and is stored in cassette memory. When you insert
the labeled cassette and set the POWER switch to VCR, CAMERA, or
MEMORY, the label is displayed for about five seconds.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
Editing
(8)
(9)
Insert the cassette you want to label.
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TAPE TITLE, then press the dial. The
tape title display appears.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the column of the desired character,
then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired character, then press the
dial.
Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you finish the label.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [SET], then press the dial.
The label is stored in memory.
6-8
4,5
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
TAPE T I TLE
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
––––––––––
TAPE T I TLE
––––––––––
[MENU] : END
TAPE T I TLE
M– – – – – – – – –
[MENU] : END
101
Labeling a cassette
To change the label you have made
Insert the cassette to change the label, and operate in the same way as you do to make a
new label.
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot label the tape. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
If you have superimposed titles in the cassette
When the label is displayed, up to four titles also appear.
When the “-----” indicator has fewer than 10 spaces
The cassette memory is full.
The “-----” indicates the number of characters you can select for the label.
To erase a character
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial. The last character is
erased.
To enter a space
Select [
102
], then select the blank part.
Erasing the cassette memory data
You can erase data stored in cassette memory, each item’s data can be erased separately.
You can also erase all items’ data once.
Erasing each item’s data separately
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu display.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ITEM ERASE, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the item that you want to erase its
data, then press the dial.
Meaning
Erases all the index data.
Erases all the title data.
Erases all the date data.
Erases all the photo data.
Editing
Item
INDEX ALL
TITLE ALL
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial.
“OK” changes to “EXECUTE.”
(7) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing the selected item’s data.
3-5
1
POWER
VCR
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
T I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
CM SET
CM SEARCH
TAPE T I TLE
T I TLE DSPL
[MENU] T
: END
I TLEERASE
I TEM ERASE
ERASE ALL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
MENU
6,7
CM SET
I TEM ERASE
I NDEX ALL RETURN
T I TLE ALL OK
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
RETURN
CM SET
I TEM ERASE
I NDEX ALL COMPLETE
T I TLE ALL
DATE ALL
PHOTO ALL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
103
Erasing the cassette memory data
Erasing all the data in cassette memory
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
Press MENU to display the menu display.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ERASE ALL, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial.
“OK” changes to “EXECUTE.”
(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
“ERASING” flashes for about two seconds and “COMPLETE” appears after
erasing all the data.
To cancel erasing
Select RETURN in step 5 or 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
104
— Customizing Your Camcorder —
Changing the menu settings
To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon,
then the menu item and then the mode.
(1) In the standby, VCR, or MEMORY mode, press MENU.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired icon, then press the dial to
set it.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial to
set it.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired mode, then press the dial
to set it.
RETURN and press the dial, then
(5) If you want to change other items, select
repeat steps 2 to 4.
For details, see “Selecting the mode setting of each item” (p. 106).
MENU
CAMERA
VCR
TC/UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
TC/UB SET
TC PRESET
UB PRESET
TC FORMAT
TC RUN
TC MAKE
UB T I ME
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
2
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
MEMORY
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
MANUAL SET
AUTO SHTR
PROG. SCAN
SETUP
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
[MENU] COLOR
: END BAR
HRS METER
3
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
0 HR
Customizing Your Camcorder
1
0 HR
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
[MENU] COLOR
: END BAR
HRS METER
[MENU] : END
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
OFF
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
4
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER ON
OFF
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
HRS METER
RETURN
OTHERS
WORLD TIME
BEEP
COMMANDER OFF
DISPLAY
DATE REC
REC LAMP
COLOR BAR
HRS METER
RETURN
105
Changing the menu settings
To make the menu display disappear
Press MENU.
Menu items are displayed as the following icons:
TC/UB SET
MANUAL SET
CAMERA SET
VCR SET
LCD/VF SET
MEMORY SET
CM SET
TAPE SET
SETUP MENU
OTHERS
Selecting the mode setting of each item
z is the default setting.
Menu items differ depending on the position of the POWER switch.
106
Icon/item
AUTO SHTR
Mode
z ON
OFF
PROG. SCAN z OFF
ON
SETUP
D ZOOM
z0%
7.5 %
z OFF
24×
16:9WIDE
z OFF
ON
STEADYSHOT z ON
OFF
FRAME REC
INT. REC
WIND
z OFF
ON
ON
z OFF
SET
CH1
CH2
POWER
switch
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
Customizing Your Camcorder
48×
Meaning
To automatically adjust the electronic
shutter* speed.
To fix the electronic shutter* speed.
Records still/moving pictures in the
interlace format.
Records still/moving pictures in
progressive recording mode.
Records with the SETUP 0 % system.
Records with the SETUP 7.5 % system.
To deactivate the digital zoom. Up to 12×
zoom is carried out.
To activate the digital zoom. More than 12×
zoom is performed digitally. This value goes
up to 24× (p. 24).
To activate the digital zoom. More than 12×
zoom is performed digitally. This value goes
up to 48× (p. 24).
—
To record a 16:9 wide picture (p. 37).
To compensate for camera-shake.
To cancel the SteadyShot function. Natural
pictures are produced when shooting a
stationary object with a tripod.
Does not make a cut recording.
Makes a cut recording (p. 62).
Makes an interval recording (p. 60).
Does not make an interval recording.
Sets the interval time and recording time.
Reduces the sound of wind input from the
INPUT1 connector (ON) or not (OFF).
Reduces the sound of wind input from the
INPUT2 connector (ON) or not (OFF).
CAMERA
CAMERA
CAMERA
* About the electronic shutter
The electronic shutter is the function used to adjust the shutter speed electrically.
Notes on the SteadyShot function
•
107
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
CH SELECT
Mode
z CH1, CH2
CH1
CH2
AUDIO MIX
—
POWER
Meaning
switch
To play back the CHs 1/2 audios from each VCR
channel. However, if you play back the
audios via the camcorder’s speaker, the
audios are mixed.
To play back the CH1 audio from both
channels 1/2.
To play back the CH2 audio from both
channels 1/2.
To adjust the balance between the channels VCR
1/2 (CH1/2) and channels 3/4 (CH3/4)
(p. 88).
CH1
2
A/VtDV OUT z OFF
ON
VF POWER
z AUTO
ON
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
To output analog images in digital format
using your camcorder.
To output digital images in analog format
using your camcorder.
Does not display pictures on the viewfinder
when LCD panel is opened.
Display pictures on the viewfinder when
LCD panel is opened
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the LCD screen to
normal.
To brighten the LCD screen.
BRIGHT
To adjust the color on the LCD screen with
—
the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
To get lowintensity
VF B.L.
CH3
4
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
To get highintensity
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the viewfinder
screen to normal.
To brighten the viewfinder screen.
BRIGHT
GUIDEFRAME z OFF
Does not display the guide frame.
Displays the guide frame (p. 36).
ON
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
MEMORY
Notes on LCD B.L. and VF B.L.
•When you select “BRIGHT,” battery life is reduced a little during recording.
•When you use power sources other than the battery pack, “BRIGHT” is automatically
selected.
108
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
Mode
CONTINUOUS z OFF
ON
MULTI SCRN
QUALITY
z SUPER FINE
(SFN)
FINE
(FINE)
STANDARD
(STD)
PROTECT
z OFF
ON
SLIDE SHOW —
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
—
z RETURN
OK
PHOTO SAVE —
POWER
switch
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
MEMORY
MEMORY
MEMORY
Customizing Your Camcorder
PRINT MARK z OFF
ON
Meaning
Not to record continuously.
To record four images continuously (p. 119).
To record nine images continuously (p. 119).
To record still images in the super fine
image quality mode, using a “Memory
Stick” (p. 116).
To record still images in the fine image
quality mode, using a “Memory Stick”
(p. 116).
To record still images in the standard image
quality mode, using a “Memory Stick”
(p. 116).
To erase print marks on still images.
To write a print mark on the recorded still
images you want to print out later.
To release protection from still images.
To protect selected still images against
accidental erasure (p. 135).
To play back all the images as a slide show
(p. 134).
To delete all unprotected images (p. 137).
To cancel formatting.
To format an inserted “Memory Stick.”
1. Select FORMAT with the SEL/PUSH EXEC
dial, then press the dial. 2. Turn the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the
dial. 3. After “EXECUTE” appears, press the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. “FORMATTING”
appears during formatting. “COMPLETE”
appears when formatting is finished.
To duplicate images on a tape onto a
“Memory Stick” (p. 127).
VCR
Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick”
Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting:
•Formatting erases the protected image data on the “Memory Stick.”
Notes on formatting
•Optional “Memory Stick”s have been formatted at the factory. Formatting with this
camcorder is not required.
•While the display shows “FORMATTING,” do not turn the POWER switch, press any
button, or eject the “Memory Stick”
•You cannot format a “Memory Stick” if the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is
set to LOCK.
•Format again if the message “ ” appears.
If formatting fails
The “ FORMAT ERROR” message appears.
(continued on the following page)
109
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
CM SEARCH
Mode
z ON
OFF
TAPE TITLE
—
TITLE DSPL
TITLEERASE
z ON
OFF
—
ITEM ERASE
—
ERASE ALL
—
REC MODE
z DVCAM
DV SP
AUDIO MODE z FS32K
FS48K
Meaning
To search using cassette memory (p. 65, 67,
68, 70).
To search without using cassette memory.
To label a cassette (p. 101).
POWER
switch
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
To display the title you have superimposed. VCR
Not to display the title.
To erase the title you have superimposed
VCR
CAMERA
(p. 98).
To erase each item’s data in cassette
VCR
CAMERA
memory (p. 103).
To erase all the data in cassette memory
VCR
CAMERA
(p. 104).
VCR
To record in the DVCAM format.
CAMERA
To record in the DV format (SP mode).
To record in Fs32K (12-bit) mode (4-channel VCR
CAMERA
sounds).
To record in Fs48K (16-bit) mode (2-channel
sounds with high quality).
Notes on AUDIO MODE
•You cannot dub an audio sound on a tape recorded in the Fs48K (16-bit) mode.
•When playing back a tape recorded in the Fs48K (16-bit) mode, you cannot adjust the
balance in AUDIO MIX.
Note on REC MODE
You cannot dub any audio sound on a tape recorded in the DV format (SP mode), even
if you recorded it in Fs32K (12-bit) mode.
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
qREMAIN
Mode
z AUTO
DATA CODE
z DATE/CAM
AUDIO SET
DATE
z ON
OFF
—
CLOCK SET
—
LTR SIZE
z NORMAL
MIC NR
2×
LOGO INS
—
WORLD TIME —
POWER
switch
VCR
CAMERA
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
VCR
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
To display selected menu items in normal
VCR
size.
CAMERA
To display selected menu items at twice the MEMORY
normal size.
To always insert the still image on the
CAMERA
moving picture. For details, refer to the
operating instructions (for the auto logo
insert function) supplied with this
camcorder.
To set the clock to the local time. Turn the
CAMERA
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to set a time
MEMORY
difference. The clock changes by the time
difference you set here. If you set the time
difference to 0, the clock returns to the
originally set time.
(continued on the following page)
Customizing Your Camcorder
ON
Meaning
To display the remaining tape indication:
• for about eight seconds after your
camcorder is turned on and calculates the
remaining amount of tape
• for about eight seconds after a cassette is
inserted and your camcorder calculates the
remaining amount of tape
• for about eight seconds after N is pressed
in VCR mode
• for about eight seconds after DISPLAY is
pressed to display the screen indicators
• for the period of tape rewinding,
forwarding or picture search in the VCR
mode
To always display the remaining tape
indicator.
To display date, time and various settings
during playback.
To display date and time during playback.
To reduces the microphone noise.
To deactivate the function above.
Adjusts the audio recording level manually
(p. 53).
To set the date or time (p. 16).
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
BEEP
Mode
MELODY
Meaning
To output the melody when you start/stop
recording or when an unusual condition
occurs on your camcorder.
z NORMAL
To output the beep instead of the melody.
OFF
To cancel melody, the beep sound and
shutter sound.
COMMANDER z ON
To activate the Remote Commander
supplied with your camcorder.
OFF
To deactivate the Remote Commander to
avoid remote control misoperation caused
by an other VCR’s remote control.
DISPLAY
z LCD
To show the display on the LCD screen and
viewfinder screen.
V-OUT/LCD To show the display on a TV screen, LCD
screen and viewfinder screen.
DATE REC
z OFF
To not superimpose the date and time on
the picture.
To superimpose the date and time on the
ON
picture.
REC LAMP
z ON
To light up the camera recording lamps at
the front and rear of your camcorder.
To turn the camera recording lamp off.
OFF
Does not display the color bar.
COLOR BAR z OFF
Displays the color bar.
ON
To make programs and perform video
VIDEO EDIT —
editing (p. 78).
To adjust and set the synchronization of
EDIT SET
—
your camcorder and a VCR for dubbing in
edit set mode (p. 76).
The cumulative total hours of operation is
HRS METER OPERATION
displayed in 10-operation increments.
The cumulative total hours of drum rotation
DRUM RUN
with tape threaded is displayed in 10operation increments.
The cumulative total hours of tape running
TAPE RUN
is displayed in 10-operation increments.
The cumulative number of tape unthreading
THREADING
operation is displayed in 10-operation
increments.
POWER
switch
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
VCR
VCR
VCR
CAMERA
Notes
•If you press DISPLAY with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the
picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD screen even when your
camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR (except using an i.LINK cable).
•You cannot erase the date and time superimposed using the DATE REC function.
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— “Memory Stick” Operations —
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
The “Memory Stick” is a new light and small recording media which, despite its size,
can store more data than a floppy disk.
You can use following types of “Memory Stick” on your camcorder. However,
appearance on the list does not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory Stick”
on your camcorder.
Types of “Memory Stick”
“Memory Stick”
“Memory Stick Duo”*
“MagicGate Memory Stick”
“MagicGate Memory Stick Duo”*
“Memory Stick PRO”
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”*
Recording / Playback
a
a
a**
a**
–
–
* Attach the Memory Stick Duo adaptor before inserting it into the camcorder.
** “MagicGate” is a copyright protection technology that records and transfers the
contents in an encrypted format. Note that data that uses “MagicGate” technology
cannot be recorded or played on your camcorder.
Typical image data file name
100-0001: As displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder of the camcorder.
Dsc00001.jpg: As displayed on your PC screen.
Before using a “Memory Stick”
Terminal
Write-protect tab
“Memory Stick” Operations
On file format (JPEG)
Your camcorder compresses image data in JPEG format (extension .jpg).
Labeling position
Front
Rear
•The position or the shape of the write-protect tab may differ depending on the
‘‘Memory Stick’’ you use.
•You cannot record or erase still images when the write-protect tab on the “Memory
Stick” is set to LOCK.
•We recommend backing up important data.
•Image data may be damaged in the following cases:
– If you remove the “Memory Stick,” turn the power off, or detach the battery for
replacement when the access lamp is flashing.
– If you use a “Memory Stick” near static electricity or magnetic fields.
•Prevent metallic objects or your finger from coming into contact with the metal parts
of the connecting section.
•Stick its label on the labeling position.
•Do not bend, drop or apply strong shock to a “Memory Stick.”
•Do not disassemble or modify a “Memory Stick.”
•Do not let the “Memory Stick” get wet.
•Do not use or keep a “Memory Stick” in locations that are:
– Extremely hot such as in a car parked in the sun or under the scorching sun.
– Under direct sunlight.
– Very humid or subject to corrosive gases.
•When you carry or store a “Memory Stick,” put it in its case.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
A “Memory Stick” formatted by a computer
A “Memory Stick” formatted by the Windows OS or Macintosh computers does not
have a guaranteed compatibility with this camcorder.
Note on using the “Memory Stick Duo”
You can use a “Memory Stick Duo” in your camcorder after inserting it into the
Memory Stick Duo adaptor.
You may damage the “Memory Stick Duo” or the Memory Stick slot on your
camcorder in the following situations.
– When you insert a “Memory Stick Duo” that is not inserted into a Memory Stick Duo
adaptor into the Memory Stick slot on your camcorder.
– When you insert the “Memory Stick Duo” in the wrong direction.
If you insert a “Memory Stick Duo” without a Memory Stick Duo adaptor by mistake,
hold the camcorder so the Memory Stick slot is facing down, then hold the lid aside
using a toothpick or similar object to let the “Memory Stick Duo” slide out.
Notes on image data compatibility
•Image data files recorded on a “Memory Stick” by your camcorder conform to the
Design Rules for Camera File Systems universal standard (DCF98 standard)
established by the JEIDA (Japan Electronic Industry Development Association). You
cannot play back on your camcorder still images recorded on other equipment (DCRTRV890E/TRV900/TRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that does not conform to this
universal standard. (These models are not sold in some areas.)
•If you cannot use a “Memory Stick” that is used with other equipment, format it with
this camcorder (p. 109). However, formatting erases all information on the “Memory
Stick.”
•“Memory Stick,”
and “MagicGate Memory Stick” are trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
” are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
•“Memory Stick Duo” and “
•“Memory Stick PRO” and “
” are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
•“MagicGate” and “
” are trademarks of Sony 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.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Inserting a “Memory Stick”
Insert the “Memory Stick” with the Sony logo pointing toward the LCD panel and the b
mark pointing inward.
Access lamp
Push the “Memory Stick” inward, then release your finger. The “Memory Stick” comes
out a little.
“Memory Stick” Operations
To eject a “Memory Stick”
Note
The “Memory Stick” may pop out depending on the way you push it.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Never shake or strike your camcorder. Do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory
Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data breakdown may occur.
If the “ MEMORY STICK ERROR” indicator appears
The “Memory Stick” is broken, the file format is not proper, or the “Memory Stick” that
you are using is not compatible with your camcorder. Eject the “Memory Stick”, check
it, and insert again (p. 113).
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Selecting the image quality mode
You can select the image quality mode in still picture recording. The default setting is
SUPER FINE.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select QUALITY, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired image quality, then press
the dial.
Image quality settings
Setting (Display)
SUPER FINE
FINE
STANDARD
Meaning
This is the highest image quality in this camcorder. The
number of still images you can record is fewer than FINE.
The image is compressed to about 1/3.
Use this mode when you want to record high quality images.
The image is compressed to about 1/6.
This is the standard image quality. The image is compressed
to about 1/10.
Note
In some cases, changing the image quality mode may not affect the image quality,
depending on the types of images you are shooting.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Differences in image quality mode
Recorded images are compressed in JPEG format before being stored in memory. The
memory capacity allotted to each image varies depending on the image quality mode
selected. Details are shown in the table below.
Image quality mode
SUPER FINE
FINE
STANDARD
Memory capacity
Approx. 190 KB
Approx. 100 KB
Approx. 60 KB
Note on the image quality mode indicator
This is only displayed during recording.
The approximate number of images you can record on a
“Memory Stick”(optional)
Image quality mode
16 MB type
32 MB type
64 MB type
128 MB type
SUPER FINE
80 images
160 images
325 images
650 images
FINE
160 images
325 images
650 images
1310 images
STANDARD
240 images
485 images
980 images
1970 images
“Memory Stick” Operations
The approximate number of images you can record on a “Memory Stick” that is
formatted using this camcorder varies depending on which image quality mode you
select and the complexity of the subject.
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Recording still images on a “Memory
Stick” – Memory Photo recording
You can record still images on a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Keep pressing PHOTO lightly until the desired still picture appears. The green
z mark stops flashing, then lights up. The brightness of the picture and focus
are re-adjusted, being targeted for the middle of the picture and are fixed.
Recording does not start yet.
(3) Press PHOTO deeply. The shutter clicks and the image is frozen. The image
displayed on the screen will be recorded on the “Memory Stick.” Recording is
complete when the bar scroll indicator disappears.
VCR
1
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
SFN
1/6
[a]
3
SFN
PHOTO
[b]
PHOTO
[a] The number of images that can be recorded on the “Memory Stick”
[b] The number of recorded images
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The following functions do not work: wide TV mode, digital effect, title, digital zoom,
fader, and shutter speed (1/30 or smaller) adjustment .
Note
When you press the PHOTO button lightly at step 2, the focus of the image seems to be
momentarily out.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot do memory photo recording.
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Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo
recording
While you are recording a still image
You can neither turn off the power nor press PHOTO.
When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander
Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press
the button.
Recording images continuously
You can record still images continuously. Select one of the two modes described below
before recording.
Continuous mode [a]
You can record four still images continuously. The number of images is in accordance
with remaining capacity of the “Memory Stick.”
[a]
[b]
“Memory Stick” Operations
Multi screen mode [b]
You can record nine still images continuously on a single page.
The number of images in continuous shooting
The number of images you can shoot continuously varies depending on the remaining
capacity of the “Memory Stick.” The shutter always clicks four times, however, the
number of images recordable may be less than four.
Note on using a video flash light (optional)
The video flash light does not work in the continuous or multi screen mode if you
install it to the intelligent accessory shoe.
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Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo
recording
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CONTINUOUS, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired setting, then press the
dial.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
4
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
POWER
(CHG)
MENU
3
VCR
2
1
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS OFF
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS OFF
ON
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK MULT I SCRN
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
5
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS ON
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
Continuous shooting settings
Setting
OFF
ON
Meaning (indicator on the screen)
Your camcorder shoots one image at a time. (no indicator)
Your camcorder shoots up to four still images at about 0.5 sec
intervals. (
)
MULTI SCRN Your camcorder shoots nine still images at about 0.5 sec intervals
and displays the images on a single page divided into nine boxes.
(
)
If the capacity of the “Memory Stick” becomes full
”
FULL” appears on the screen, and you cannot record still pictures on this
“Memory Stick.”
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Superimposing a still image in a “Memory
Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX
You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on a “Memory Stick” on the top
of the moving picture you are recording.
M. CHROM (Memory chromakey)
You can swap a blue area of a still image such as an illustration or a frame with a
moving picture.
M. LUMI (Memory luminancekey)
You can swap a brighter area of a still image such as a handwritten illustration or title
with a moving picture. Record a title on a “Memory Stick” before a trip or event for
convenience.
C. CHROM (Camera chromakey)
You can superimpose a moving picture on a still image that used as background. Shoot
the subject against a blue background. The blue area of the moving picture will be
swapped with a still image.
M. OVERLAP (Memory overlap)
You can make a moving picture fade in on top of a still image.
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
Still image
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
Still image
Moving picture
Moving picture + Still image
M. CHROM
Background: blue
“Memory Stick” Operations
Still image
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
Background: blue
Still image
Moving picture
+ Still image
Moving picture
M. OVERLAP
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Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving
picture – MEMORY MIX
Before operation
Insert a recorded “Memory Stick” and a tape to be recorded into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
(2) Press MEMORY MIX in standby mode.
The last recorded or last composed image appears on the lower part of the
screen as a thumbnail image.
(3) Press MEMORY+/– or +/– on the Remote Commander to select the still
image you want to superimpose.
To see the previous image, press MEMORY – or – on the Remote Commander.
To see the next image, press MEMORY+ or + on the Remote Commander.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired mode.
The mode changes as follows:
M. CHROM y M. LUMI y C. CHROM y M. OVERLAP
(5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
The still image is superimposed on the moving picture, and your camcorder is
in standby mode.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
(7) Press START/STOP to start recording.
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
M. CHROM
POWER
VCR
7
MEMORY
MEMORY MIX
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
POWER
VCR
1
100-0019
Still image
4
3
–
M. LUMI
+
100-0019
5
M. LUMI I I I • • • •
100-0019
6
M. LUMI I • • • • • •
100-0019
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Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving
picture – MEMORY MIX
Items to be adjusted
M. CHROM
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
M. OVERLAP
The color (blue) scheme of the area in the still picture which is to
be swapped with a moving picture
The color (bright) scheme of the area in the still picture which is
to be swapped with a moving picture
The color (blue) scheme of the area in the moving picture which
is to be swapped with a still picture
No adjustment necessary
As the bar is shorter, the effect is enhanced.
To change the still image to be superimposed
Do either of the following:
– Press MEMORY+/– before step 6.
– Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial before step 6, and repeat the procedure from step 4
(except M. OVERLAP).
To change the mode setting
To cancel MEMORY MIX
Press MEMORY MIX again.
During recording
You cannot change the mode setting.
If a still image to be superimposed has lots of white areas
The thumbnail image may not be displayed clearly.
“Memory Stick” Operations
Press SEL/PUSH EXEC dial after step 6, and repeat the procedure from step 4 (except
M. OVERLAP).
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use memory mix function.
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Recording an image from a tape as a still
image
Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on a tape and record it as a
still image on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also take in moving picture data
through the input connector and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a recorded tape and a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press N. The picture recorded on the tape is played back.
(3) Keep pressing PHOTO lightly until the picture from the tape freezes.
“CAPTURE” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Recording does
not start yet.
(4) Press PHOTO deeper. The image displayed on the screen will be recorded on
a “Memory Stick.” Recording is complete when the bar scroll indicator
disappears.
2
3
1
CAPTURE
4
When the access lamp is lit or is flashing
Never shake or strike the unit. Also, do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory Stick”
or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data breakdown may occur.
If “ ” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder
The inserted “Memory Stick” is incompatible with your camcorder because its format
does not conform to that of your camcorder. Check the format of the “Memory Stick.”
If you press PHOTO lightly in the playback mode
The playback pauses momentarily.
Sound recorded on a tape
You cannot record the sound from a tape.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
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Recording an image from a tape as a still image
Titles that are already recorded on tapes
You cannot record the titles on a “Memory Stick.”
When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander
Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press
the button.
Recording a still image from other equipment
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR and set DISPLAY in
to LCD in the menu
settings.
(2) Play back the recorded tape, or turn the TV on to see the desired program.
The picture from the other equipment appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(3) Follow steps 3 and 4 on page 124.
When recording an image through the VIDEO jack
S video cable (optional)
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
: Signal flow
VIDEO
“Memory Stick” Operations
S VIDEO
A/V connecting cable
(supplied)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to
the video jack on the VCR or the TV.
Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures
With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable.
Connect an S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and the
VCR/TV.
This connection produces higher quality DVCAM/DV format pictures.
125
Recording an image from a tape as a still image
When recording the image through the
DV Interface
i.LINK
: Signal flow
i.LINK cable (optional)
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DV Interface
Copying still images from a tape – Photo
save
Using the search function, you can automatically take in only still images from tapes
and record them on a “Memory Stick” in sequence.
Before operation
•Insert a recorded tape into your camcorder and rewind the tape.
•Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
Set the POWER switch to VCR.
Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PHOTO SAVE, then press the dial.
“PHOTO BUTTON” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
(5) Press PHOTO deeply. The still image from the tape is recorded on the
“Memory Stick.” The number of still images copied is displayed. “END” is
displayed when copying is completed.
00 : 00 : 00 : 00
4 / 15
PHOTO
SAV I NG
0
[MENU] : END
PHOTO SAVE
00 : 30 : 00 : 00
8 / 15
MENU
“Memory Stick” Operations
PHOTO SAVE
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
5
POWER
VCR
1
END
4
[MENU] : END
3
MEMORY SET
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
PHOTO SAVE
[MENU] : END
4
MEMORY SET
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
PHOTO SAVE READY
RETURN
PHOTO SAVE
[MENU] : END
[PHOTO] : START
00 : 00 : 00 : 00
4 / 15
PHOTO BUTTON
[MENU] : END
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Copying still images from a tape – Photo save
To cancel copying
Press MENU.
When the memory of the “Memory Stick” is full
“MEMORY FULL” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, and the copying
stops. Insert another “Memory Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Never shake or strike your camcorder. Also, do not turn the power off, eject the
“Memory Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image data breakdown may
occur.
To record all the images recorded on the tape
Rewind the tape all the way back and start copying.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
“NOT READY” appears when you select the item in the menu settings.
When you change the “Memory Stick” in the middle of copying
Your camcorder resumes copying from the last image recorded on the previous
“Memory Stick.”
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use the photo save function.
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo
playback
You can play back still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play back
six images at a time by selecting the index screen.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MEMORY PLAY. The last recorded image is displayed.
(3) Press MEMORY +/– or +/– on the Remote Commander to select the desired
still image. To see the previous image, press MEMORY – or – on the Remote
Commander. To see the next image, press MEMORY + or + on the Remote
Commander.
1
PLAY
VCR
2
POWER
+
“Memory Stick” Operations
–
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
To stop memory photo playback
Press MEMORY PLAY again.
To play back recorded images on a TV screen
•Connect your camcorder to the TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your
camcorder before operation.
•When operating memory photo playback on a TV or on the LCD screen, the image
quality may appear to have deteriorated. This is not a malfunction. The image data is
as good as ever.
•Turn the audio volume of the TV down before operation, or noise (howling) may be
output from the TV speakers.
When no images are recorded on the “Memory Stick”
The message “ NO FILE” appears.
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
Note on the date/time indicator
Recording date/time is not displayed, however, it is automatically recorded on the
“Memory Stick.” You can check the recording date/time while in memory playback
mode by pressing DATA CODE.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot do memory photo playback.
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback
Screen indicators during still image playback
100–0002
6 / 15
MEMORY PLAY
Image number/
Total number of recorded images
Print mark
Protect
Data file name
On data file name
•When the hyphen is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data file
name means that this file corresponds to the DCF98 standard.
•When the underbar is indicated between the directory and the file number, this data
file name means that this file does not correspond to the DCF98 standard.
•The directory is not indicated if the file structure in the “Memory Stick” does not
correspond to the DCF98 standard.
•The “
- DIRECTORY ERROR” message may appear if the file structure in the
“Memory Stick” does not correspond to the DCF98 standard. In this case, you cannot
record on that “Memory Stick,” however, you can play back images in the “Memory
Stick.”
•When the data file name is flashes, the file may be broken or the file format does not
correspond to your camcorder.
Playing back six recorded images at a time (index screen)
You can play back six recorded images at a time. This function is especially useful when
searching for a particular image.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MEMORY INDEX to display the index screen.
INDEX
1
VCR
2
POWER
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
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Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback
A red B mark appears above the image that is displayed before changing to the index
screen mode.
MEMORY – : to display the previous six images
MEMORY + : to display the following six images
7
8
9
10
11
12
[b]
100–0019
12 / 19
[a]
[a] File name
[b] B mark
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B mark to the image you want to display on full
screen, then press MEMORY PLAY.
Files modified with personal computers
These files may not be displayed on the index screen. Image files shot with other
equipment may not be displayed on the index screen either.
Note
When displaying the index screen, a number appears above each image. This indicates
the order in which images are recorded on the “Memory Stick.” These numbers are
different from the data file names.
“Memory Stick” Operations
To return to the normal playback screen (single screen)
Viewing the recorded images using a personal computer
The image data recorded with your camcorder is compressed in the JPEG format. You can
see images recorded on a “Memory Stick” on a computer screen. Use the Memory Stick
Reader/Writer (optional) or PC card adaptor for Memory Stick (optional) or floppy disk
adaptor for Memory Stick (optional) for this operation. For detailed instructions on
operation, refer to the operating instructions of your computer and the Memory Stick
Reader/Writer, PC card adaptor for Memory Stick, or floppy disk adaptor for Memory
Stick. For details, refer to the operating instructions of your accessory.
•Do not modify the directory of the file that corresponds to the DCF98 standard. The
modified file will not be read.
•If you use the new “Memory Stick,” be sure to use it first with this camcorder.
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Copying an image recorded on a
“Memory Stick” to tapes
You can copy still images or titles recorded on a “Memory Stick” and record them to a
tape.
Before operation
Insert a tape for recording and a “Memory Stick” for playback into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Using the video control buttons, search for a point where you want to record
the desired still image. Set the tape to playback pause mode.
(3) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder.
The tape is set to the recording pause mode.
(4) Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the still image you want to copy.
(5) Press X to start recording and press X again to stop.
(6) If you have more to copy, repeat steps 4 and 5.
POWER
VCR
1
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3
REC
4
PLAY
2
5
PAUSE
To stop copying in the middle
Press x.
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During copying
•You cannot operate the following buttons:
MEMORY PLAY, MEMORY INDEX, MEMORY DELETE, MEMORY +, MEMORY –,
and MEMORY MIX.
•If you continue copying, do not use EDITSEARCH to search for the point where you
want to record the desired still image. If you do, the playback image disappears from
the screen.
Copying an image recorded on a “Memory Stick” to tapes
Note on the index screen
You cannot record the index screen.
Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to copy them with your camcorder.
If you press DISPLAY in standby or recording mode
You can see memory playback and the file name indicators in addition to the indicators
pertinent to tapes, such as the time code indicator.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
“Memory Stick” Operations
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Playing back images continuously
– SLIDE SHOW
You can automatically play back images in sequence. This function is useful especially
when checking recorded images or during a presentation.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SLIDE SHOW, then press the dial.
(5) Press MEMORY PLAY. Your camcorder plays back the images recorded on the
“Memory Stick” in sequence.
VCR
1
POWER
3
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
2
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
5
PLAY
4
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW READY
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
SL I DE SHOW
100-0019
10 / 15
[M PLAY] : START [MENU] : END
To stop or end the slide show
Press MENU.
To pause during a slide show
Press MEMORY PLAY.
To start the slide show from a particular image
Select the desired image using MEMORY +/– buttons before step 2.
To view the recorded images on TV
Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your
camcorder before operation.
If you change the “Memory Stick” during operation
Be sure to follow the steps again from the beginning.
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When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection
To prevent accidental erasure of important images, you can protect selected images.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image you want to protect (p. 129).
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PROTECT, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The “-“ mark is displayed beside
the data file name of the protected image.
VCR
1
POWER
4
“Memory Stick” Operations
MENU
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3,7
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
[MENU] : END
5
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
OFF
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
ON
SL I DE SHOW OFF
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
6
10 / 15
MEMORY SET
CONT I NUOUS
QUAL I TY
PR I NT MARK
PROTECT
ON
SL I DE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
RETURN
[MENU] : END
To cancel image protection
Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Note
Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick,” including the protected
image data. Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot carry out image protection.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
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Deleting images
You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.”
Deleting selected images
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image you want to delete (p. 129).
(3) Press MEMORY DELETE. “DELETE?” appears on the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder.
(4) Press MEMORY DELETE again. The selected image is deleted.
VCR
1
POWER
DELETE
100-0019
DELETE
MEMORY
OFF CAMERA
(CHG)
3,4
10 / 15
DELETE?
[DELETE] : DEL
[ – ] : CANCEL
To cancel deleting an image
Press MEMORY – in step 4.
To delete an image displayed on the index screen
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B indicator to the desired image and follow steps 3
and 4.
Notes
•To delete a protected image, first cancel image protection.
•Once you delete an image, you cannot restore it. Check the images to be deleted
carefully before deleting them.
While “DELETING” appears
Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot delete any image.
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When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
Deleting images
Deleting all the images
You can delete all the unprotected images in a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select DELETE ALL, then press the dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select OK, then press the dial. “OK” changes
to “EXECUTE.”
(6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. “DELETING” appears on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder. When all the unprotected images are deleted, “COMPLETE”
is displayed.
“Memory Stick” Operations
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Deleting images
To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick”
Select RETURN in step 5, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
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Writing a print mark – Print mark
You can specify the recorded still image to be printed out. This function is useful for
printing out still images later.
Your camcorder conforms with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard for
specifying the still images to print out.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image to be printed out (p. 129).
(3) Press MENU to display the menu.
, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PRINT MARK, then press the dial.
(6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial.
(7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The “
” mark is displayed beside
the data file name of an image with a print mark.
“Memory Stick” Operations
To cancel writing print marks
Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot write print marks on still images.
When the auto logo insert function is activated
You cannot use this function.
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— Additional Information —
Compatibility of DVCAM and DV formats
DVCAM format is developed as a more reliable and higher end format than consumer
DV format. Here explained are the differences, compatibility, and limitations on editing
about DVCAM and DV formats.
Differences between DVCAM and DV formats
Item
Track pitch
Audio sampling
frequency
Audio recording mode 1)
Time code
1)
DVCAM
15 µm
12 bit: 32 kHz
16 bit: 48 kHz
Lock mode
Drop frame system or
Non-drop frame system
(SMPTE time code)
DV
10 µm
12 bit: 32 kHz
16 bit: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Unlock mode
Drop frame system only
There are two modes for audio recording, lock mode and unlock mode. In lock mode,
the sampling frequencies of audio and video are synchronized. In unlock mode, which
consumer DV format adopts, the two sampling frequencies are independent.
Therefore, lock mode is more effective than unlock mode in digital processing and
smooth transition during audio editing.
Mini DVCAM and mini DV cassettes
Both mini DVCAM and mini DV cassettes can be used on mini DVCAM or mini DV
video equipment. The recording format of picture is defined according to recorder’s
format as described below.
Recorder’s format Cassette’s format
DVCAM
DVCAM
DV
DV
DVCAM
DV
Recording format
DVCAM
DVCAM
DV
DV
This digital camcorder complies with DVCAM format. Though mini DV cassettes can
be used for recording, we recommend you to use mini DVCAM cassettes to get the
most out of high reliability of DVCAM format. The recording time of mini DV cassettes
is 2/3 shorter than that indicated on the mini DV cassettes.
Compatibility on playback
Some tapes cannot be played back on mini DVCAM or mini DV video equipment.
Tape
DV-formatted
On DV video equipment
Can be played back
DVCAM-formatted Some equipment may be
able to play back
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On DVCAM video equipment
Can be played back
(only when recorded in
SP mode)
Can be played back
Compatibility of DVCAM and DV formats
Compatibility on editing using DV connectors
When this digital camcorder is connected to other DVCAM or DV video equipment
using DV connectors, the recording format of edited tapes is defined according to
recorder’s format as described below.
Source tape
DVCAM-formatted 2) 3)
DVCAM-formatted
DVCAM-formatted 2)
DVCAM-formatted
DV-formatted 6)
DV-formatted 6)
DV-formatted
DV-formatted
Player’s format
DVCAM
DVCAM
DV 5)
DV 5)
DVCAM
DVCAM
DV
DV
Recorder’s format
DVCAM
DV
DVCAM
DV
DVCAM
DV
DVCAM
DV
Recording format
DVCAM
DV 4)
DVCAM 7)
DV 4)
DVCAM 1)
DV
DVCAM 1)
DV
1)
Additional Information
When using the mini DVCAM video equipment to carry out DV dubbing of a tape
recorded in DV format, the tape produced will be in DVCAM format as follows:
– Audio recording mode will be unlock mode.
– The time code format will be partly maladjusted. (There will be no effect on the
recorded picture except in certain case.)
2)
If the tape is to be dubbed is DVCAM formatted tape as in 1), the tape produced will
be in DVCAM format as follows:
– Audio recording mode will be unlock mode.
– The time code format will be partly maladjusted.
3)
Depending on signal conditions of the source tape, you may not be able to edit the
tape using the DV connectors.
4)
Audio recording mode of the edited tape is lock mode.
5)
Some mini DV video equipment may be able to play back a DVCAM-formatted tape.
Even if the tape is played back, contents of the playback cannot be guaranteed.
6)
DV-formatted tapes recorded in SP mode only can be used as source tapes.
7)
Depending on model of video equipment, you may not be able to edit.
Limitations on editing
You will find the following limitations when editing.
•Due to the difference of a track pitch, you cannot record or edit on DV-formatted tapes
using mini DVCAM video equipment.
•Depending on signal conditions, you may not be able to record or edit on DVCAMformatted tapes.
In these cases, do the following:
• Edit using audio/video jacks.
• Dub a DV-formatted tape using audio/video jacks, then use the dubbed tape as a
source tape.
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Usable cassettes
Selecting cassette types
You can use the
mini DVCAM cassette* and
mini DV cassette* in this
camcorder. You cannot use any other 8 mm,
Hi8,
Digital8,
VHS,
VHSC,
S-VHS,
S-VHSC, Betamax,
ED Betamax,
DV or
MICROMV cassette.
* There are two types of mini DVCAM/mini DV cassettes: with cassette memory and
without cassette memory. Tapes with cassette memory have
(Cassette Memory) mark.
mark to enjoy your camcorder fully.
Sony recommends that you use a tape with
The IC memory is built in the cassette with cassette memory. Using this IC memory,
your camcorder can read, write, and search data such as the date of recording or titles.
The functions using the cassette memory require successive signals recorded on the
tape. If the tape has a blank portion in the beginning or between the recorded portions,
a title may not be displayed properly or the search functions may not work correctly.
Not to make any blank portion on the tape, press END SEARCH to return to the end of
the recorded portion before you begin the next recording when:
– You have ejected the cassette while recording.
– You have played back the tape in VCR mode.
If there is a blank portion or discontinuous signal on your tape, re-record from the
beginning to the end of the tape concerning above.
When you record, using a digital video camera recorder without a cassette memory
function, on a tape recorded by one with the cassette memory function, the same result
may occur.
mark on the cassette
The memory capacity of tapes marked with
is 16 K bits. Your camcorder can
.
accommodate up to 16 K bits. 16 K bits tape is marked with
The maximum number of data recordable on cassette memory
(when using 16 K bits cassette memory)
Data
INDEX
TITLE
DATE
PHOTO
CASSETTE LABEL
Numbers
135 (15 bytes/One item of the data)
106
24 (10 bytes/One item of the data)
48 (10 bytes/One item of the data)
1
The numbers above are as a guide.
Copyright signal
When you play back
When you connect your camcorder to any other video camera recorder to dub a tape
that has recorded copyright control signals for copyright protection, you may not
record the tape that played back on your camcorder.
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When you record
You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control
signals for copyright protection of software.
“COPY INHIBIT” appears on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder or on the TV screen if
you try to record such software.
Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.
Usable cassettes
Audio mode
Fs32K (12-bit) mode: The original sound can be recorded in channels 1 and 2, and the
new sound in channels 3 and 4 in 32 kHz. The balance between channels 1/2 and
channels 3/4 can be adjusted by selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings during
playback and audio dubbing. Both sounds can be played back. You can monitor the
sound during audio dubbing.
Fs48K (16-bit) mode: A new sound cannot be recorded but the original sound can be
recorded in high quality using two channels. The audio mode can be indicated on the
LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
You may not add a sound on a DVCAM-formatted tape which does not comply with
the condition of the DVCAM format as described on page 140 or when you recorded on
a DV-formatted tape. In this case, “NS” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Notes on the mini DVCAM/mini DV cassette
When affixing a label on the mini DVCAM/mini DV cassette
Be sure to affix a label only on the locations as illustrated below [a] so as not to cause
malfunction of your camcorder.
Rewind the tape to the beginning, put the cassette in its case, and store it in an upright
position.
If the cassette memory function does not work
Reinsert a cassette a few times. The gold-plated connector of mini DVCAM/mini DV
cassettes may be dirty or dusty.
Cleaning the connector
Additional Information
After using the mini DVCAM/mini DV cassette
If the gold-plated connector of mini DVCAM/mini DV cassettes is dirty or dusty, you
may not operate the function using cassette memory. Clean up the gold-plated
connector with cotton-wool swab, about every 10 times ejection of a cassette. [b]
Do not affix a label
around this border.
[b]
[a]
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About i.LINK
Your camcorder is equipped with the DV Interface based on i.LINK (IEEE1394)
standard.
This section explains the specifications and features of i.LINK.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface designed to integrate the devices equipped with
i.LINK connector. By connecting i.LINK devices, i.LINK allows your device to:
– Transmit and receive data such as digital audio and digital video signals in two ways
– Control other i.LINK devices
– Easily connect with another device using just an i.LINK cable.
Your i.LINK device is capable of connecting AV devices and perform various
operations and data transfer. Further availability for connections with versatile
equipment and operations will be planned in the future.
Other advantages include the following feature. When connecting multiple i.LINK
devices, your device cannot only perform operations and data transfer with the directly
connected device but also perform them with any of the devices that are connected via
other devices. Therefore, you will not need to concern the order of connecting devices.
However, depending on the features and specifications of the connected devices, you
may need to operate certain functions differently or may not be able to perform certain
operations or data transfer.
Note
Your camcorder can be connected to one device with the i.LINK cable.
When you connect with a device that has two or more i.LINK connectors, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the connected device.
Tips
•i.LINK, a nickname for IEEE 1394 that Sony proposed, is a trademark supported by a
majority of companies worldwide.
•IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc.
About data transfer speed of i.LINK
i.LINK defines a maximum data transfer speed of approximately 100, 200 and 400
Mbps* that are described as S100, S200 and S400 respectively.
For i.LINK devices, a maximum data transfer speed that the device supports is
identified on “specifications” page of the operating instructions supplied with the
device or near its i.LINK connector.
With a device that does not identify the data transfer speed, the maximum data transfer
speed that the device supports is S100.
When connecting with the device that support different data transfer speed, the actual
data transfer speed may be different from those described on the i.LINK connectors.
*What is Mbps?
Mega bits per second. A measure of the rate at which data is transmitted per second. In
case of 100 Mbps, 100 Mega bits of data can be transmitted per second.
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About i.LINK
i. LINK operation with your camcorder
For details on dubbing your camcorder to your VCR equipped with DV Interface, see
page 74, 84.
Your camcorder is available for use with other devices equipped with Sony i.LINK (DV
Interface) connector.
Beware that some of the video equipment such as the Digital Televisions, the DVD
recorders/players or the MICROMV recorders/players are equipped with the i.LINK
connector but not compatible with the DV equipment. Be sure to confirm whether the
equipment is compatible with the DV equipment or not before connecting your
camcorder to it.
For details on connection with i.LINK cable and necessary software, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with the connected device.
Use Sony i.LINK cables
Use Sony i.LINK cables to connect the i.LINK devices.
4 pins y 4 pins (For dubbing)
i.LINK and
are trademarks.
Additional Information
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Troubleshooting
If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to
troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and
contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss”
appears on the LCD screen, display window or in the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis
display function has worked. See page 152.
In the recording mode
Symptom
START/STOP does not
operate.
The power goes off.
The image on the viewfinder
screen is not clear.
The SteadyShot function
does not work.
The autofocusing function
does not work.
The fader function does not
work.
A vertical band appears
when you shoot a subject
such as lights or a candle
flame against a dark
background.
Vertical streaks appear
when you shoot a very
bright subject.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is not set to CAMERA.
c Set it to CAMERA. (p. 18)
• The tape has run out.
c Rewind the tape or insert a new one. (p. 17, 31)
• The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to SAVE.
c Use a new tape or slide the tab. (p. 17)
• The auto logo insert function is activated.
c Refer to the operating instructions (for the auto logo insert
function) supplied with this camcorder.
• The tape is stuck to the drum (moisture condensation).
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
• The battery pack is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack. (p. 11, 12)
• The viewfinder lens is not adjusted.
c Adjust the viewfinder lens. (p. 22)
• STEADYSHOT is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 105)
• The camcorder is in manual focus mode.
c Turn to auto focus mode. (p. 59)
• Shooting conditions are not suitable for autofocus.
c Adjust focus manually. (p. 59)
• The digital effect function is working.
c Cancel it. (p. 40)
• The contrast between the subject and background is too
high. This is not a malfunction.
• This is called the smear phenomenon. This is not a
malfunction.
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Some tiny white spots
appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder.
Diagonal stripes appear on
the screen.
The click of the shutter does
not sound.
The image is not bright even
if you use the video flash
light.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•When the shutter speed is too low.
•ZEBRA selector is set to 70 or 100.
c Set ZEBRA selector to OFF. (p. 48)
•BEEP is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to MELODY or NORMAL. (p. 105)
•The ND FILTER selector is set to 1 or 2.
c Set it to OFF. (p. 47)
•The manual adjustment is not suitable for the situations.
(The indicator flashes.)
c Set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK, or cancel
the manual adjustment. (p. 43)
In the playback mode
The title search function
does not work.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The POWER switch is not set to VCR.
c Set it to VCR. (p. 28)
•The tape has run out.
c Rewind the tape. (p. 31)
•The video head may be dirty.
c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning
cassette (optional). (p. 157)
Additional Information
Symptom
The tape does not move
when a video control button
is pressed.
The playback button does
not function.
There are horizontal lines on
the picture or the playback
picture is not clear or does
not appear.
No sound or only a low
sound is heard when
playing back a tape.
•The volume is turned to minimum.
c Turn up the volume. (p. 28)
•AUDIO MIX is set to the CH3/4 side in the menu settings.
c Adjust AUDIO MIX. (p. 105)
•The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 67, 142)
•CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 105)
•There is no title in the tape.
c Superimpose the titles. (p. 95)
•The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion. (p. 67)
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
Displaying the recorded
date, date search function
does not work.
The new sound now being
added, or that has been
added to the recorded tape
is not heard.
The title is not displayed.
The sound is muted or
images do not appear when
monitoring images through
TV.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 68, 142)
• CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 105)
• The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion. (p. 69)
• AUDIO MIX is set to the CH1/2 side in the menu settings.
c Set it to the side you want to monitor. (p. 105)
• TITLE DSPL is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 105)
c Pull out the A/V connecting cable from the AUDIO CH1/
CH2 and VIDEO jacks, then connect it again.
In the recording and playback modes
Symptom
The power does not turn on.
The end search function
does not work.
The end search function
does not work correctly.
The picture does not appear
in the viewfinder.
The battery pack is quickly
discharged.
The battery remaining
indicator does not indicate
the correct time.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The battery pack is not installed, or is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack. (p. 11, 12)
• The AC Adaptor is not connected to a wall outlet.
c Connect the AC Adaptor to a wall outlet (p.15).
• The tape was ejected after recording when using a tape
without cassette memory. (p. 27, 31)
• You have not recorded on the new cassette yet. (p. 27, 31)
• The tape has a blank portion in the beginning or middle.
(p. 27)
• The LCD panel is open.
c Close the LCD panel. (p. 20)
• The operating temperature is too low.
• The battery pack is not fully charged.
c Charge the battery pack fully. (p. 12)
• The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack. (p. 11)
• You have used the battery pack in an extremely hot or cold
environment for a long time.
• The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack. (p. 11)
• The battery is dead.
c Use a full-charged battery pack. (p. 11, 12)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
The cassette cannot be
removed from the holder.
The % and Z indicators
flash and no functions
except for cassette ejection
work.
indicator does not
appear when using a tape
with cassette memory.
Remaining tape indicator is
not displayed.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The power source is disconnected.
c Connect it firmly. (p. 12, 15)
•The battery is dead.
c Use a charged battery pack. (p. 11, 12)
•Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
•The gold-plated connector of the tape is dirty or dusty.
c Clean the gold-plated connector. (p. 143)
•The q REMAIN is set to AUTO in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON to always display the remaining tape
indicator. (p. 105)
When operating using the “Memory Stick”
Recording does not function.
The image cannot be
deleted.
You cannot format the
“Memory Stick.”
Deleting all the images
cannot be carried out.
You cannot protect the
image.
You cannot write a print
mark on the still image.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•The POWER switch is set to CAMERA or OFF (CHG).
c Set it to MEMORY or VCR.
•The “Memory Stick” is not inserted.
c Insert a “Memory Stick.” (p. 115)
•The auto logo insert function is activated.
c Refer to the extra operating instructions (for Auto Logo
Insert).
•The “Memory Stick” has already been recorded to its full
capacity.
c Erase unnecessary images and record again. (p. 118, 136)
•The “Memory Stick” formatted incorrectly is inserted.
c Format the “Memory Stick” or use another “Memory
Stick.” (p. 109)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The image is protected.
c Cancel image protection. (p. 135)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The image to be protected is not being played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image. (p. 129)
•The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
•The image that you will write a print mark is not being
played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image. (p. 129)
(continued on the following page)
Additional Information
Symptom
Operations do not function.
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Troubleshooting
Symptom
The photo save function
does not work.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
c Set the tab to write. (p. 113)
• The battery pack is dead.
c Install a charged battery pack or use the AC Adaptor
instead of the battery pack. (p. 11, 15)
Others
Symptom
The title is not recorded.
The cassette label is not
recorded.
While editing using the
i.LINK cable, recording
picture cannot be monitored.
Digital program editing
does not function.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 95, 142)
• The cassette memory is full.
c Erase unnecessary title. (p. 98)
• The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab to REC. (p.17)
• Nothing is recorded in that position on the tape.
c Superimpose the title to the recorded position. (p. 96)
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory. (p. 101, 142)
• The cassette memory is full.
c Erase some data. (p. 103)
• The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab to REC. (p.17)
c Disconnect the i.LINK cable, and connect it again. (p. 74)
• The input selector on the VCR is not set correctly.
c Check the connection and set up the selector position.
(p. 73)
• Setting program on a blank portion of the tape is attempted.
c Set the program again on a recorded portion. (p. 79)
• Your camcorder and the VCR are not synchronized.
c Synchronize them. (p. 76)
Troubleshooting
Symptom
The Remote Commander
supplied with your
camcorder does not work.
The input picture does not
appear on the LCD screen or
in the viewfinder when your
camcorder is connected to
outputs on the TV or VCR.
The melody or beep sounds
for five seconds.
You cannot charge the
battery pack.
The camcorder is
immediately turned off even
if the amount of the battery
remaining time is enough to
operate.
No function works though
the power is on.
•Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least
one hour to acclimatize. (p. 156)
•Some troubles have occurred in your camcorder.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate your
camcorder.
•The AC Adaptor is disconnected.
c Connect it properly.
•The battery pack malfunctions.
c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
•The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).
c Set it to OFF (CHG).
c Charge the battery pack fully again.
The correct remaining time is displayed.
Additional Information
When charging the battery
pack, no indicator appears
or the indicator flashes in
the display window.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•COMMANDER is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON. (p. 105)
•Something is blocking the infrared rays.
c Remove the obstacle.
•The batteries are inserted in the battery holder with the + –
polarities incorrectly.
c Insert the batteries with the correct polarity. (p. 171)
•The batteries are dead.
c Insert new ones. (p. 171)
•DISPLAY is set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings.
c Set it to LCD. (p. 105)
c Disconnect the power cord of the AC Adaptor or remove
the battery, then reconnect it after about one minute. Turn
the power on. If the functions still do not work, press the
RESET button located at the lower-right of the ZEBRA
selector using a sharp-pointed object. (If you press the
RESET button, all the settings including the date and time
return to the default.) (p. 15, 163)
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Self-diagnosis display
Your camcorder has a self-diagnosis display
function.
This function displays the current condition of
your camcorder as a 5-digit code (a
combination of a letter and figures) on the
LCD screen, display window, or in the
viewfinder. If a 5-digit code is displayed, check
the following code chart. The last two digits
(indicated by ss) will differ depending on
the state of your camcorder.
On the LCD screen or in the
viewfinder, on the display
window
C:21:00
Self-diagnosis display
•C:ss:ss
You can service your camcorder
yourself.
•E:ss:ss
Contact your Sony dealer or
nearest local authorized Sony
service facility.
Five-digit display
C:04:ss
C:21:ss
C:22:ss
C:31:ss
C:32:ss
E:61:ss
E:62:ss
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
•You are using a battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
c Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (p. 12)
•Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least one hour to
acclimatize. (p. 156)
•The video heads are dirty.
c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette
(optional). (p. 157)
•A malfunction other than the above.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate your camcorder.
c Disconnect the power cord of the AC Adaptor or remove the battery
pack. After reconnecting the power source, operate your camcorder.
•A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred.
c Contact your Sony dealer and inform them of the 5-digit code.
(example: E:61:10)
If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try corrective actions a few times,
contact your Sony dealer or nearest local authorized Sony service facility.
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Warning indicators and messages
If indicators and messages appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, check the
following:
See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information.
Warning indicators
E The battery is dead or nearly dead
Slow flashing:
•The battery is nearly dead.
Depending on conditions, the E indicator may flash, even if there are five to 10
minutes remaining.
Fast flashing:
•The battery is dead (p. 12).
•The battery is completely dead.
Warning indicator as to tape
Slow flashing:
•The tape is near the end.
•No tape is inserted (p. 17).*
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (p. 17).*
Fast flashing:
•The tape has run out.*
Additional Information
Z You need to eject the cassette
Slow flashing:
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (p. 17).*
Fast flashing:
•Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 156).*
•The tape has run out.*
•The self-diagnosis display function is activated (p. 152).*
% Moisture condensation has occurred*
Fast flashing:
•Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the
cassette compartment open (p. 156).
Warning indicator as to cassette memory
Slow flashing:
•No tape with cassette memory is inserted (p. 142).*
Self-diagnosis display (p. 152)
- The still image is protected
Slow flashing:
•The still image is protected (p. 135).*
Warning indicator as to “Memory Stick”*
Slow flashing:
•No “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 115).
Fast flashing:
•Unreadable “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 115).
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Warning indicators and messages
100-0001 “(Warning indicators) Memory Stick” file error*
Slow flashing:
•File is broken.
•File has no compatibility.
“Memory Stick” format error*
Fast flashing:
•There are two directories or more.
•Data is broken.
•“Memory Stick” is not formatted correctly (p. 109).
Warning messages
•CLOCK SET
Set the date and time (p. 16).
•FOR “InfoLITHIUM” Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p. 12).
BATTERY ONLY
•MEMORY FULL
The “Memory Stick” is full in photo save function (p. 128).
•
CLEANING CASSETTE
The video heads are dirty (p. 157).**
•
FULL
The tape cassette memory is full (p. 97).*
•
48K
AUDIO MODE is set to 48K.* You cannot dub new sound (p. 110).
•
REC MODE
REC MODE is set to DV SP.* You cannot dub new sound (p. 110).
•
TAPE
There is no recorded portion on the tape.* You cannot dub
new sound (p. 88).
•
“i.LINK” CABLE i.LINK cable is connected (p. 89).* You cannot dub new sound.
•
FULL
The “Memory Stick” is full (p. 120).*
The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
•
(p. 113).*
NO FILE
No still image is recorded on the “Memory Stick”.*
•
•
NO MEMORY STICK
No “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 115).*
•
MEMORY STICK ERROR
The “Memory Stick“ data is corrupted or the “Memory Stick“that
you are using is not compatible with your camcorder (p. 115).*
•
FORMAT ERROR (p. 109)*
•
- DIRECTORY ERROR
(p. 130)*
•COPY INHIBIT
The tape contains copyright control signals for copyright
protection of software (p. 142).*
•Q Z TAPE END
The tape has reached the end of the tape (p. 31).*
•Q NO TAPE
Insert a cassette tape (p. 17).*
•Q LOGO NOT INSERTED
The logo is not inserted properly, or the “Memory Stick” is
not inserted that has the logo data.
Check if the “Memory Stick” is inserted properly, or insert the
“Memory Stick” with logo data.
•Q LOGO SYSTEM ERROR
The data setting of the logo insert system is corrupted.
Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
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* You hear the melody or beep sound.
**x and the message appear alternately.
Using your camcorder abroad
Using your camcorder abroad
You can use your camcorder in any country or region with the AC Adaptor supplied
with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the
design of a wall outlet [b].
AC-L15A/L15B
[a]
[b]
Your camcorder is an NTSC system-based camcorder. If you want to view the playback
picture on a TV, it must be an NTSC system-based TV equipped with audio/video
input jacks.
Check the following list.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great
Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, etc.
Additional Information
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica,
Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela,
etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
Simple setting of clock by time difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference. Select WORLD
TIME in the menu settings. See page 105 for more information.
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Maintenance information and
precautions
Moisture condensation
If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may
condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this
condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may
not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, the beep sounds and
the % indicator flashes. When the Z indicator flashes at the same time, the cassette is
inserted in your camcorder. If moisture condenses on the lens, the indicator will not
appear.
If moisture condensation occurred
None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your
camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette compartment open. Your
camcorder can be used again if the % indicator does not appear when the power is
turned on again.
Note on moisture condensation
Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm
place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a hot place as follows:
•You bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating
device.
•You bring your camcorder from an air-conditioned car or room into a hot place
outside.
•You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower.
•You use your camcorder in a high temperature and humidity place.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your
camcorder in a plastic bag and tightly seal it. Remove the bag when the air temperature
inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about one hour).
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Maintenance information and precautions
Removing Dust from Inside the Viewfinder
(1) While holding down the hook 1, slide the viewfinder in the direction of the
arrow and remove it out 2.
(2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower.
1
2
Do step 1 above sliding the viewfinder in the reverse direction of the arrow.
Maintenance information
Cleaning the video head
To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads. The video head
may be dirty when:
•mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture.
•playback pictures do not move.
•playback pictures do not appear.
•the x indicator and “
CLEANING CASSETTE” message appear one after another
on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
Additional Information
To reattach the viewfinder
If the above problem, [a] or [b] occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the
Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (optional). Check the picture and if the above
problem persists, repeat cleaning.
[a]
[b]
or
Cleaning the LCD screen
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, we recommend using a LCD
Cleaning Cloth (optional) to clean the LCD screen.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Cleaning the wide conversion lens
Remove dust from the lens surface using a blower or a soft brush.
Remove finger print or other stains using a soft cloth slightly moistened with a neutral
detergent.
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a built-in rechargeable battery so that the date, time and other
settings are retained even when the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG). The built-in
rechargeable battery is always charged as long as you are using your camcorder. The
battery, however, will get discharged gradually if you do not use your camcorder. It
will be completely discharged in about four months if you do not use your camcorder
at all. Even if the built-in rechargeable battery is not charged, it will not affect your
camcorder operation. To retain the date and time, etc., charge the battery if the battery
is discharged.
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery
•Connect your camcorder to the house current using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder, and leave your camcorder with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG)
for more than 24 hours.
•Or install the fully charged rechargeable battery pack on your camcorder, and leave
your camcorder with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) for more than 24 hours.
Precautions
Camcorder operation
•Operate your camcorder on 7.2 V (battery pack) or 8.4 V (AC Adaptor).
•For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended in this operating
instructions.
•If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further.
•Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
•Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.
•Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so
might cause heat to build up inside.
•Keep your camcorder away from strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration.
Noise may appear on the image.
•Do not touch the LCD screen with a sharp-pointed object.
•If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD
screen. This is not a malfunction.
•While using your camcorder, the back of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a
malfunction.
On handling tapes
•Do not insert anything into the small holes on the rear of the cassette. These holes are
used to sense the type and thickness of the tape and if the recording tab is in or out.
•Do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape.
•Avoid touching or damaging the terminals. To remove dust, clean the terminals with
a soft cloth.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Camcorder care
•Remove the tape, and periodically turn on the power, operate the CAMERA and VCR
sections and play back a tape for about three minutes when your camcorder is not to
be used for a long time.
•Clean the lens with a soft brush to remove dust. If there are fingerprints on the lens,
remove them with a soft cloth.
•Clean the camcorder body with a dry soft cloth, or a soft cloth lightly moistened with
a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of solvent which may damage the
finish.
•Do not let sand get into your camcorder. When you use your camcorder on a sandy
beach or in a dusty place, protect it from the sand or dust. Sand or dust may cause
your camcorder to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired.
AC Adaptor
Additional Information
•Unplug the unit from the wall outlet when you are not using the unit for a long time.
To disconnect the power cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the power cord itself.
•Do not operate the unit with a damaged cord or if the unit has been dropped or
damaged.
•Do not bend the power cord forcibly, or place a heavy object on it. This will damage
the cord and may cause fire or electrical shock.
•Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the
connecting section. If this happens, a short may occur and the unit may be damaged.
•Always keep metal contacts clean.
•Do not disassemble the unit.
•Do not apply mechanical shock or drop the unit.
•While the unit is in use, particularly during charging, keep it away from AM receivers
and video equipment. AM receivers and video equipment disturb AM reception and
video operation.
•The unit becomes warm during use. This is not a malfunction.
•Do not place the unit in locations that are:
– Extremely hot or cold
– Dusty or dirty
– Very humid
– Vibrating
Rechargeable battery pack
•Use only the specified charger or video equipment with the charging function.
•To prevent accident from a short circuit, do not allow metal objects to come into
contact with the battery terminals.
•Keep the rechargeable battery pack away from fire.
•Never expose the rechargeable battery pack to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such
as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight.
•Keep the rechargeable battery pack dry.
•Do not expose the rechargeable battery pack to any mechanical shock.
•Do not disassemble nor modify the rechargeable battery pack.
•Attach the rechargeable battery pack to video equipment securely.
• Charging while some capacity remains does not affect the original battery capacity.
• The rechargeable battery pack is not resistant to water. Do not wet the rechargeable
battery pack.
•Unless you use the rechargeable battery pack for a long period, store the battery pack
after you charge it fully and use it completely once a year.
•Store the rechargeable battery pack in a cool, dry place.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Notes on dry batteries
To avoid possible damage from battery leakage or corrosion, observe the following:
•Be sure to insert the batteries with the + – polarities matched to the + – marks.
•Dry batteries are not rechargeable.
•Do not use a combination of new and old batteries.
•Do not use different types of batteries.
•Current flows from batteries when you are not using them for a long time.
•Do not use leaking batteries.
If batteries are leaking
•Wipe off the liquid in the battery compartment carefully before replacing the batteries.
•If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water.
•If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a
doctor.
If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
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Specifications
Video camera
recorder
System
Input/Output connectors
S VIDEO input/output
Input/output auto switch
4-pin mini DIN
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p,
75 ohms, unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p,
75 ohms, unbalanced
LCD screen
Picture
6.2 cm (2.5 type)
Total dot number
211 000 (960 × 220)
General
Power requirements
7.2 V (battery pack)
8.4 V (AC Adaptor)
Average power consumption
(when using the battery pack)
During camera recording using
LCD
5.4 W
Viewfinder
4.7 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.)
133 × 180 × 456 mm (5 1/4 × 7 1/8
× 18 in) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
1.6 kg (3 lb 9 oz)
including the hood with a lens
cap
1.7 kg (3 lb 12 oz)
including the NP-F570 rechargeable battery pack, cassette PDVM40ME and microphone
Supplied accessories
See page 9.
AC Adaptor
AC-L15A/L15B
Power requirements
100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Current consumption
0.35 - 0.18 A
Power consumption
18 W
Output voltage
DC OUT: 8.4 V*
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 projecting parts
Mass (approx.)
190 g (6.7 oz)
excluding power cord
* See the label on the AC Adaptor
for other specifications.
Rechargeable battery
pack NP-F570
Output voltage
DC 7.2 V
Capacity
15.8 Wh
Dimensions (approx.)
38.4 × 20.6 × 70.8 mm (1 9/16 ×
13/16 × 2 7/8 in) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
100 g (3.5 oz)
Type
Lithium ion
Additional Information
Video recording system
2 rotary heads
Helical scanning system
Audio recording system
Rotary heads, PCM system
Quantization: Fs32 kHz (12 bits,
channels 1/2, channels 3/4),
Fs48 kHz (16 bits, channels 1/2)
Video signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Usable cassette
Mini DVCAM cassette with the
mark printed
Mini DV cassette with the
mark printed
Tape speed
DVCAM format:
Approx. 28.218 mm/s
DV format SP mode: Approx.
18.812 mm/s
Recording/playback time (using
cassette PDVM-40ME)
DVCAM format: 40 min
DV format SP mode: 1 h
Fast-forward/rewind time
(using cassette PDVM-40ME)
Approx. 2 min and 30 s
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder (B&W)
Image device
1/3 type CCD (3 Charge Coupled
Device) Approx. 380 000 pixels
(Effective: Approx. 340 000 pixels)
Lens
Combined power zoom lens
Filter diameter 58 mm (2 3/8 in)
12× (Optical), 48× (Digital)
F1.6 - 2.4
Focal length
6 - 72 mm (1/4 - 2 7/8 in)
When converted to a 35 mm still
camera
43.2 - 518.4 mm (1 3/4 - 20 1/2 in)
Color temperature
Auto, nIndoor (3 200 K),
Outdoor (5 800 K),
Minimum illumination
1 lux (F1.6)
VIDEO input/output
Input/output auto switch
RCA pin-jack, 1 Vp-p, 75 ohms,
unbalanced
AUDIO CH1/CH2 input/output
Input/output auto switch
RCA pin-jack, 327 mV, (at output
impedance more than 47 kilohms)
Output impedance with less than
2.2 kilohms
Input impedance more than
47 kilohms
Headphones jack
Stereo minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
LANC control jack
Stereo mini-minijack (ø 2.5 mm)
INPUT1/INPUT2 connectors
XLR 3-pin, female, –60 dBu:
3 kilohms, +4 dBu: 10 kilohms
(0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms)
DV Interface
4-pin connector
Speaker
Dynamic speaker (ø 20 mm)
Wide conversion lens
VCL-HG0758
Lens power
0.7
Lens structure
3 groups, 3 elements
Screw thread for video camera
recorder
M58 × 0.75
Dimensions
Maximum diameter : ø 93 mm (3
3/4 in)
Length : Approx. 48 mm (1 15/16 in)
Mass (excluding the caps)
Approx. 418 g (14 oz)
Supplied accessories
Lens caps (2) (for the front and
back of the lens)
Carrying pouch (1)
Design and specifications are
subject to change without notice.
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— Quick Reference —
Identifying the parts and controls
Camcorder
1
9
2
0
3
qa
4
qs
5
qd
6
qf
7
qg
8
1 INDEX MARK button (p. 64)
9 END SEARCH button (p. 27)
2 Zoom ring (p. 23)
0 EDITSEARCH buttons (p. 27)
3 Focus ring (p. 59)
qa IRIS dial (p. 44)
4 ND FILTER selector (p. 47)
qs IRIS button (p. 44)
5 FOCUS selector (p. 59)
qd Display window (p. 171)
6 PUSH AUTO button (p. 59)
qf OPEN button (p. 18, 28)
7 FADER button (p. 39)
qg SPOT LIGHT button (p. 26)
8 BACK LIGHT button (p. 25)
These are trademarks.
When using additional filters
We recommend that you use Sony made filters.
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Identifying the parts and controls
qh
qj
wh
qk
wj
ql
wk
w;
wl
DISPLAY
ws
DATA CODE
wd
TITLE
wf
TC/U-BIT
PLAY
DIGITAL
EFFECT
MEMORY
INDEX
DELETE
e;
MEMORY MIX
ea
MENU
es
ed
ef
wg
qh Speaker
wh Battery pack (p. 11)
qj LCD screen (p. 20)
wj ZEBRA selector (p. 48)
qk LCD BRIGHT buttons (p. 21)
wk RESET button (p. 151)
ql VOLUME buttons (p. 28)
wl MEMORY INDEX button (p. 130)
w; MEMORY PLAY button (p. 129)
e; MEMORY DELETE button (p. 136)
wa DISPLAY button (p. 29)
ea MEMORY + button (p. 122, 129)
ws MEMORY – button (p. 122, 129)
es MEMORY MIX button (p. 122)
wd DATA CODE button (p. 30)
ed MENU button (p. 105)
wf TITLE button (p. 95)
ef DIGITAL EFFECT button (p. 40)
Quick Reference
wa
wg TC/U-BIT button (p. 94)
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eg
eh
ej
ek
el
r;
ra
eg Video control buttons (p. 28, 31, 84)
C SLOW (slow playback)
AUDIO DUB (dubbing)
x STOP (stop)
m REW (rewind)
N PLAY (playback)
M FF (Fast-forward)
X PAUSE (pause)
z REC (recording)
The control buttons light up when you
set the POWER switch to VCR.
ej INPUT1 connector (p. 10)
ek REC START/STOP button (p. 18)
el Lens
r; Hood with a lens cap
ra Lens hood fixing screw
eh INPUT2 connector (p. 55)
Attaching/removing the eyecup
• When removing the eyecup, pull lightly the upper edge of it with your fingers [a],
insert a finger into the gap that appears between the eyecup and viewfinder [b], then
remove it.
When attaching the eyecup, fit it onto the camcorder and slide it all the way along
grooves until it stops.
• Do not pull the eyecup inward or with excessive force [c]. Doing so may damage the
eyecup.
[a]
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[b]
[c]
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rs
rf
rg
rh
REC CH
SELECT
rd
CH1•CH2
CH1
INPUT
LEVEL
LINE
MIC
MIC
ATT
INPUT
LEVEL
+48V
ON
OFF
+48V
ON
LINE
MIC
OFF
MIC
ATT
INPUT1
rj
INPUT2
rk
rs Remote sensor
rh INPUT1 +48 V switch (p. 10)
rd Camera recording lamp (p. 18)
rj INPUT2 +48 V switch (p. 10)
rf INPUT1 REC CH SELECT switch (p. 10)
rk INPUT2 INPUT LEVEL selector (p. 55)
rg INPUT1 INPUT LEVEL selector (p. 10)
OP
EN
CL
OS
E
Quick Reference
Attaching/removing the hood with a lens cap
To attach the hood with a lens cap, fit the line on the hood to the corresponding line on
the lens frame, then screw the hood clockwise and tighten the lower hood fixing screw.
To remove the hood with a lens cap, loosen the lower hood fixing screw, and unscrew
the hood with a lens cap counterclockwise.
To open/close the shutter of
the hood with a lens cap,
slide the knob to your
desired direction according
to the arrow.
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i; Accessory shoe
us Remote sensor
ia Microphone (p. 10)
ud Camera recording lamp (p. 18)
is S VIDEO jack (p. 33, 73, 82, 125)
uf CUSTOM PRESET button (p. 57)
id VIDEO jack (p. 33, 73, 82, 125)
ug Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p.
22)
if AUDIO CH1/CH2 jack (p. 33, 73, 82, 87)
ig
uh Hook for removing the viewfinder
(p. 157)
uj EJECT switch (p. 17)
Quick Reference
ua Carrying handle
DV Interface (p. 74, 84, 126)
This “i.LINK” mark is a trademark of
Sony Corporation and indicates that this
product is in agreement with IEEE 13941995 specifications and their revisions.
uk DC IN jack (p. 12)
ul Tripod receptacle
Make sure that the length of the tripod
screw is less than 6.5 mm (9/32 inch).
Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod
securely and the screw may damage
your camcorder.
The DV Interface is i.LINK
compatible.
ih
LANC jack
LANC stands for Local Application
Control Bus System. The LANC
control jack is used for controlling the
tape transport of video equipment and
peripherals connected to it. This jack has
the same function as the jack indicated
as CONTROL L or REMOTE.
ij i (headphones) jack
When you use headphones, the speaker
on your camcorder is silent.
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Attaching the lens hood for the wide conversion lens only
To attach the hood for the wide conversion lens, screw the hood clockwise, and then
tighten the left hood fixing screw.
Attaching the wide conversion lens
To attach the wide conversion lens, remove the hood, remove the caps of the wide
conversion lens that is attached to the back and front of the lens, then attach the wide
conversion lens. Be sure to screw the lens all the way until it stops.
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Attaching the wide conversion lens with the lens hood
1 Attach the base hood for the wide conversion lens and then screw the left lens hood
fixing screw.
2 Attach the wide conversion lens.
3 Attach the front hood for the wide conversion lens.
1
2
3
1
2
Quick Reference
Attaching the hood cap
1 Attach the hood cap strap to the grip belt. Refer to the illustration below.
2 Pinch the upper and lower part of the hood cap, then attach it to the lens hood.
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Remote Commander
The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on your camcorder
function identically to the buttons on your camcorder.
1
2
3
4
5
6
9
0
qa
qs
7
8
1 Transmitter
Point toward the remote sensor to
control your camcorder after turning on
your camcorder.
9 DATA CODE button (p. 30)
2 ZERO SET MEMORY button
This button does not function.
qs ./> buttons (p. 65, 67, 68, 70)
3 PHOTO button (p. 34, 118)
4 DISPLAY button (p. 29)
5 Memory control buttons (p. 122, 129)
6 SEARCH MODE button
(p. 65, 67, 68, 70)
7 Video control buttons (p. 31)
8 REC button (p. 82)/MARK button
(p. 79)
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qd
0 START/STOP button (p. 18)
qa Power zoom button (p. 23)
qd AUDIO DUB button (p. 88)
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To prepare the Remote Commander
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries by matching the + and – polarities on the batteries to
the + – marks inside the battery compartment.
Notes on the Remote Commander
•Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or
overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.
•Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3
are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control
misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we
recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with
black paper.
2
1
Quick Reference
Display window
3
1 Remaining battery time (p. 12)/
Memory counter (p. 130)/
Time code* (p. 24)/
Self-diagnosis (p. 152)
2 FULL charge (p. 12)
3 Remaining battery (p. 12)
* The time code is displayed even if you switch the
time code to user bits.
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Operation indicators
1 Cassette memory (p. 142)
2 Remaining battery time (p. 24)
3 Zoom (p. 23)/Data file name (p. 113)
4 Digital effect (p. 40)/FADER (p. 38)/
MEMORY MIX (p. 121)
5 16:9WIDE (p. 37)/PROG. SCAN (p. 35)
6 Warnings (p. 153)
7 Custom preset (p. 57)
8 Data code (p. 30)/AE SHIFT (p. 50)/
GAIN (p. 45)/IRIS (p. 44)/SteadyShot
OFF (p. 30)/White balance (p. 51)/
Shutter speed (p. 46)
9 LCD bright (p. 21)/Volume (p. 28)
0 Date (p. 30)
qa Backlight (p. 25)/Spot light (p. 26)
qs SteadyShot OFF (p. 107)
qd Manual focus/Infinity (p. 59)
qf Standby/Recording (p. 18)/
Video control mode (p. 31)
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qg Time code (p. 24)/
Quick Function Guide
Functions to adjust exposure (in the recording mode)
•Shooting backlit subjects
•In spotlight, such as at the theater or a formal event
BACK LIGHT (p. 25)
Spotlight mode (p. 26)
Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode)
•Smooth transition between scenes
•Taking a still picture
•Digital processing of images
•Superimposing a title
FADER (p. 38)
PHOTO (p. 34, 118)
DIGITAL EFFECT (p. 40)
TITLE (p. 95)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
(in the recording mode)
•Preventing deterioration of picture quality in digital
zoom
•Focusing manually
D ZOOM [MENU] (p. 105)
Manual focus (p. 59)
Functions to be used in editing (in the recording mode)
•Watching the picture on a wide-screen TV
•Viewing images using a personal computer
Wide mode (p. 37)
“Memory Stick” (p. 113)
Functions to be used after recording (in the playback mode)
DIGITAL EFFECT (p. 72)
Data code (p. 30)
Title search (p. 67)
Photo search (p. 70)
Photo scan (p. 71)
You can insert the selected logo or mark on the moving picture being shot.
For details, refer to the operating instructions (for the auto logo insert function)
supplied with this camcorder.
Quick Reference
•Digital processing of recorded images
•Displaying the date/time or various settings when
you recorded
•Searching for scenes having a title
•Searching for scenes recorded in the photo mode
•Scanning scenes recorded in the photo mode
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Index
A, B
A/V connecting cable
.................................. 33, 73, 82
Accessory shoe .................... 167
AC Adaptor ........................... 12
Adjusting shutter speed ...... 46
Adjusting viewfinder ........... 22
AE SHIFT ............................... 50
Audio dubbing ...................... 86
AUDIO LEVEL ..................... 54
AUDIO MIX ........................ 108
AUDIO MODE .................... 110
AUTO SHTR ........................ 107
BACK LIGHT ........................ 25
Battery pack ........................... 11
BEEP ..................................... 112
C, D
Camera chromakey ............ 121
Cassette memory ............ 7, 142
Charging battery ................... 12
Charging the built-in
rechargeable battery ........ 158
Clock set ................................. 16
COLOR BAR ....................... 112
Connection
(dubbing a tape) ............. 73
(viewing on TV) ............. 33
Continuous .......................... 119
Custom preset ....................... 57
Cut recording ........................ 62
Data code ............................... 30
Date search ............................ 68
Date/time indicator ............. 30
DIGITAL EFFECT ................. 40
Digital program editing ....... 75
DISPLAY ................................ 29
DOT ........................................ 38
Dubbing a tape ...................... 73
E
EDITSEARCH ....................... 27
END SEARCH ................. 27, 31
Exposure .......................... 44, 45
External microphone
(optional) ............................. 55
F, G, H
Fade in/out ............................ 38
FADER .................................... 38
FLASH MOTION .................. 40
FOCUS .................................... 59
Format .................................. 109
Full charge ............................. 12
GAIN ...................................... 45
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Grip strap ............................. 166
Guide frame ........................... 36
Headphones jack ................ 167
Heads .................................... 157
I, J, K, L
i.LINK ................................... 144
Image protection ................. 135
Image quality mode ........... 116
INDEX MARK ....................... 64
INDEX (Multiple) display
............................................ 130
Index search ........................... 65
“InfoLITHIUM” battery ...... 12
Interval recording ................. 60
IRIS ......................................... 44
JPEG ...................................... 113
Labeling a cassette .............. 101
LANC ................................... 167
LCD screen ............................ 20
LUMINANCEKEY ............... 40
M, N
Manual adjustment .............. 43
Manual focus ......................... 59
Memory chromakey ........... 121
Memory luminancekey ...... 121
Memory mix ........................ 121
Memory overlap ................. 121
Memory Photo recording .. 118
“Memory Stick” .................. 113
Menu settings ...................... 105
Mirror mode .......................... 20
Moisture condensation ...... 156
MONOTONE ........................ 38
ND filter ................................. 47
Normal charge ...................... 12
NTSC system ....................... 155
O, P
OLD MOVIE .......................... 40
Operation indicators .......... 172
OVERLAP .............................. 38
Photo scan .............................. 71
Photo search .......................... 70
Picture search ........................ 31
Playback pause ...................... 31
Power sources
(battery pack) .................. 11
(car battery) .................... 15
(house current) ............... 15
Power zoom ........................... 23
Print mark ............................ 139
Progressive recording .......... 35
R
Rec Review ............................ 27
Recording level ..................... 53
Recording time ...................... 13
Remaining battery time
indicator .............................. 24
Remaining tape indicator .... 24
Remote Commander .......... 170
Remote control jack (LANC)
............................................ 167
Remote sensor ..................... 165
RESET ................................... 151
S
S VIDEO jack ............. 33, 73, 82
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial ....... 105
Self-diagnosis display ........ 152
Skip scan ................................ 31
Slide show ............................ 134
Slow playback ....................... 31
Spotlight mode ...................... 26
STEADYSHOT .................... 107
STILL ...................................... 40
T, U, V
Tape Photo recording ........... 34
Telephoto ............................... 23
Time code ............................... 24
Title ......................................... 95
Title search ............................. 67
TRAIL ..................................... 40
Transition ............................... 19
TV color system .................. 155
User bits ................................. 93
W, X, Y, Z
Warning indicators ............. 153
White balance ........................ 51
Wide mode ............................. 37
Wide-angle ............................. 23
WIPE ....................................... 38
WORLD TIME ...................... 111
Write-protect tab ........... 17, 113
Zebra pattern ......................... 48
Zoom ...................................... 23
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