Operating instructions | FujiFilm 600011859 Digital Camera User Manual

3-070-602-11 (1)
Digital
Video Camera
Recorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DCR-PC
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
Serial No.
TM
SERIES
DCR-PC120BT
DCR-PC115/PC120BT
©2001 Sony Corporation
Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam. With your Handycam, you can
capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam is
loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be
producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
For customers in the U.S.A.
and CANADA
CAUTION
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH
WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT,
FULLY INSERT.
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
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.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard. As the laser
beam used in this Handycam is harmful to
eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the
cabinet.
Refer to servicing to qualified personnel only.
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LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
DISPOSE OF PROPERLY.
You can return your unwanted lithium ion
batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center
or Factory Service Center.
Note: In some areas the disposal of lithium
ion batteries in household or business
trash may be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you call
1-800-222-SONY (United States only).
For the Sony Factory Service Center nearest
you call 416-499-SONY (Canada only).
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
lithium ion battery.
“Memory Stick”
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 OPERAION.
THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS
COMPLIES WITH CANADIAN ICES-003.
DCR-PC120BT only
Countries and areas where you can use
network functions are restricted.
For details, refer to the separate Network
Operating Instructions.
For customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product,
you may call:
Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related
matters only.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Model No.:
Responsible Party:
Address:
SONY
DCR-PC120
Sony Electronics Inc.
680 Kinderkamack
Road, Oradell,
NJ07649 U.S.A.
Telephone No.:
201-930-6972
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2)this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
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.
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Main Features
Taking moving or still images, and playing them back
•Recording a moving picture on a tape (p. 20)
•Recording a still image on a tape (p. 36)
•Playing back a tape (p. 31)
•Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s (p. 112)
•Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s (p. 126)
•Viewing a still image recorded on “Memory Stick”s (p. 136)
•Viewing a moving picture on “Memory Stick”s (p. 139)
Capturing images on your computer
•Using with an analog video unit and your computer (p. 80)
•Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s using the USB cable (p. 141)
Accessing the Internet via a Bluetooth equipped device
(DCR-PC120BT only)
Accessing the Internet, sending/receiving your e-mail. For details, refer to the Network
Function Operating Instructions supplied with your camcorder. (p. 155)
Other uses
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Functions to adjust exposure in the recording mode
•Back light (p. 27)
•NightShot/Super NightShot (p. 27)
•Recording images with the flash (p. 37, 115)
•PROGRAM AE (p. 49)
•Adjusting the exposure manually (p. 52)
Functions to give images more impact
•Digital zoom (p. 24) The default setting is set to OFF. (To zoom greater than 10×, select
the digital zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings.)
•Fader (p. 42)
•Picture effect (p. 45)
•Digital effect (p. 46)
•Title (p. 90)
•MEMORY MIX (p. 121)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
•Manual focus (p. 53)
•Sports lesson (p. 49)
•Landscape (p. 49)
Functions to use on recorded tapes
•END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/Rec Review (p. 30)
•DATA CODE (p. 32)
•Tape PB ZOOM (p. 60)
•Zero set memory (p. 61)
•Title search (p. 62)
•Digital program editing (p. 69, 132)
•HiFi SOUND (p. 166)
Checking supplied accessories
Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder.
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2
3
Getting started
4
5
6
7
8
9
q;
qa
qs
qd
qf
qg
qh
1 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power
adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 13)
2 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 35)
3 USB cable (1) (p. 142)
4 Battery terminal cover (1) (p. 12)
5 NP-FM50 battery pack (1) (p. 12, 13)
6 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 185)
7 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 185)
8 Lens cap (1) (p. 20)
9 Lens hood (1) (p. 23)
q; “Memory Stick” (1) (p. 104)
qa CD-ROM (SPVD-004 USB Driver) (1)
(p. 142)
qs Modem Adaptor with Bluetooth
Function (BTA-NW1) * (1) (p. 155)
qd Bluetooth modem card
(MDM-5614G)*(1)
qf Bluetooth modem cable*(1)
qg AC power adaptor (AC-PT1)*(1)
qh Size AA alkaline dry batteries for
Modem Adaptor with Bluetooth
Function*(2)
* DCR-PC120BT only. For details, refer to
the operating instructions of the Modem
Adaptor with Bluetooth Function.
Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a
malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc.
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Table of contents
Main Features .......................................... 4
Checking supplied accessories .............. 5
Quick Start Guide ............................. 8
Getting started
Using this manual ................................. 10
Step 1 Preparing the power supply ... 12
Installing the battery pack ............ 12
Charging the battery pack ............. 13
Connecting to a wall outlet ........... 15
Step 2 Setting the date and time ........ 16
Step 3 Inserting a cassette ................... 19
Recording – Basics
Recording a picture ............................... 20
Shooting backlit subjects
– BACK LIGHT ........................ 27
Shooting in the dark – NightShot/
Super NightShot ...................... 27
Self-timer recording ....................... 29
Checking the recording
– END SEARCH / EDITSEARCH /
Rec Review ...................................... 30
Playback – Basics
Playing back a tape ............................... 31
To display the screen indicators
– Display function ................... 32
Viewing the recording on TV .............. 35
Advanced Recording
Operations
Recording a still image on a tape
– Tape Photo recording ................. 36
Adjusting the white balance
manually .......................................... 40
Using the wide mode ........................... 41
Using the fader function ...................... 42
Using special effects – Picture effect .. 45
Using special effects – Digital effect ... 46
Using the PROGRAM AE function .... 49
Adjusting the exposure manually ...... 52
Focusing manually ................................ 53
Interval recording ................................. 55
Frame by frame recording
– Cut recording ............................... 57
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Advanced Playback
Operations
Playing back a tape with picture effects
........................................................... 58
Playing back a tape with digital effects
........................................................... 59
Enlarging images recorded on tapes
– Tape PB ZOOM ........................... 60
Quickly locating a scene using the zero
set memory function ...................... 61
Searching the boundaries of recorded
tape by title – Title search ............. 62
Searching a recording by date
– Date search ................................... 63
Searching for a photo
– Photo search/Photo scan ........... 65
Editing
Dubbing a tape ...................................... 67
Dubbing only desired scenes
– Digital program editing
(on tapes) ......................................... 69
Using with analog video unit and your
computer
– Signal convert function ............... 80
Recording video or TV programs ....... 81
Inserting a scene from a VCR
– Insert editing ................................ 84
Audio dubbing ...................................... 86
Superimposing a title ........................... 90
Making your own titles ........................ 93
Labeling a cassette ................................ 94
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ................ 96
“Memory Stick” Operations
Using a “Memory Stick”
– introduction ................................ 104
Recording still images on “Memory
Stick”s
– Memory Photo recording ......... 112
Recording an image from a tape as a
still image ...................................... 118
Superimposing a still image in the
“Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX .......................... 121
Recording moving pictures on
“Memory Stick”s
– MPEG movie recording ............ 126
Table of contents
Getting started
Recording a picture from a tape as a
moving picture ............................. 128
Recording edited pictures as a moving
picture – Digital program editing
(on “Memory Stick”s) .................. 132
Copying still images from a tape
– Photo save .................................. 135
Viewing a still image
– Memory photo playback .......... 136
Viewing a moving picture
– MPEG movie playback ............. 139
Viewing images using computer ...... 141
Copying the image recorded on
“Memory Stick”s to tapes ........... 147
Enlarging still images recorded on
“Memory Stick”s
– Memory PB ZOOM ................... 148
Playing back images in a continuous
loop – SLIDE SHOW .................... 149
Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection ........................ 150
Deleting images ................................... 151
Writing a print mark
– PRINT MARK ............................ 153
Using the optional printer ................. 154
Using the Network function
Accessing the network ....................... 155
Troubleshooting
Types of trouble and their solutions
......................................................... 156
Self-diagnosis display ......................... 162
Warning indicators and messages .... 163
Additional Information
Usable cassettes ................................... 165
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack ................................................ 167
About i.LINK ....................................... 169
Using your camcorder abroad .......... 171
Maintenance information and
precautions .................................... 172
Specifications ....................................... 177
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls .... 179
Index ..................................................... 187
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Quick Start Guide
This chapter introduces you to the basic features
of your camcorder. See the page in parentheses
“( )” for more information.
Pull down the Holding Grip to hold your
camcorder as illustrated.
Holding Grip
Connecting the power cord
(p. 15)
Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 12).
Open the jack
cover.
AC power adaptor (supplied)
Quick Start Guide
Connect the plug with its v
mark facing up.
Inserting a cassette (p. 19)
1
8
Slide OPEN/
Z EJECT in the
direction of the
arrow and open the
lid.
2
Push the middle
portion of the back
of the cassette to
insert. Insert the
cassette in a straight
line deeply into the
cassette
compartment with
the window facing
out.
3
Close the cassette
compartment by
pressing the
mark on the cassette
compartment.
After the cassette
compartment goes
down completely,
close the lid until it
clicks.
Recording a picture
(p. 20)
1 Remove the lens cap.
2 Set the POWER
switch to CAMERA
while pressing the
small green button.
Viewing a picture with
the viewfinder
Close the LCD panel,
and pull out the
viewfinder.
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
3 Press OPEN to open the
LCD panel.
The picture appears on
the screen.
4 Press START/STOP. Your
camcorder starts recording.
To stop recording, press
START/STOP again.
POWER
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
Monitoring the playback picture on the LCD
screen (p. 31)
LOCK
2 Press m to rewind the tape.
OFF
(CHG)
E
ER M O RY
A
M
M
CA
switch to VCR
while pressing the
small green button.
POWER
VC
R
1 Set the POWER
Quick Start Guide
VC
R
LOCK
When you purchase your camcorder, the clock setting
is set to off. If you want to record the date and time for
a picture, set the clock setting before recording (p. 16).
REW
3 Press N to start playback.
PLAY
NOTE
Do not pick up your camcorder by
holding the viewfinder, the flash, the
LCD panel or the battery pack.
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— Getting started —
Using this manual
The instructions in this manual are for the two models listed in the table below. Before
you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number
by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. (DCR-PC120BT is marked as DCR-PC120
on the bottom of this unit.) The DCR-PC120BT is the model used for illustration
purposes. Otherwise, the model name is indicated in the illustrations. Any differences
in operation are clearly indicated in the text, for example, “DCR-PC120BT only”.
As you read through this manual, buttons and settings on your camcorder are shown in
capital letters.
e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
When you carry out an operation, you can hear a beep sound to indicate that the
operation is being carried out.
Types of differences
DCR-
PC115
PC120BT
—
z
Network function
z
—
Provided
Not provided
Note on Cassette Memory
Your camcorder is based on the DV format. You can only use mini DV cassettes with
your camcorder. We recommend that you use a tape with cassette memory
.
The functions which require different operations depending on whether the tape has
the cassette memory or not are:
– End search (p. 30)
– Date search (p. 63)
– Photo search (p. 65)
The functions you can operate only with the cassette memory are:
– Title search (p. 62)
– Superimposing a title (p. 90)
– Labeling a cassette (p. 94)
For details, see page 165.
You see this mark in the introduction of the features that are operated only with
cassette memory.
Tapes with cassette memory are marked by
10
(Cassette Memory).
Using this manual
Note on TV color systems
TV color systems differ from country to country. To view your recordings on a TV, you
need an NTSC system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the
copyright laws.
Getting started
Copyright precautions
Precautions on camcorder care
Lens and LCD screen/finder (on mounted models only)
•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 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].
•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 [d].
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Installing the battery pack
(1) While sliding BATT RELEASE in the direction of the arrow 1, slide the
battery terminal cover in the direction of the arrow 2.
(2) Insert the battery pack in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
1
2
2
1
To remove the battery pack
The battery pack is removed in the same way as the battery terminal cover.
When you store your camcorder
To protect the battery terminals, install the battery terminal cover after the battery pack
is removed.
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Charging the battery pack
(1) Open the jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your
camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing up.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to the wall outlet.
(4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). The CHG lamp lights up when the
charge begins. After the charge is completed, the CHG lamp goes out. (full
charge)
Getting started
Use the battery pack after charging it for your camcorder.
Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series).
See page 167 for details of “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.
CHG lamp
2
4
POWER
LOCK
VC
R
1
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
After charging the battery pack
Disconnect the AC power adaptor from the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
Note
Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the DC plug of
the AC power adaptor. This may cause a short-circuit, damaging the AC power
adaptor.
While charging the battery pack, the CHG lamp flashes in the following cases:
– The battery pack is not installed correctly.
– Something is wrong with the battery pack.
When you use the AC power adaptor
Place the AC power adaptor near a wall outlet. If any trouble occurs with this unit,
disconnect the plug from a wall outlet as soon as possible to cut off the power.
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
Charging time
Battery pack
NP-FM50 (supplied)
Full charge
150
NP-FM70
240
NP-FM90
330
NP-FM91
360
The charging time may increase if the battery’s temperature is extremely high or low
because of the ambient temperature.
Approximate minutes at 25°C (77°F) to charge an empty battery pack
Recording time
Battery pack
NP-FM50 (supplied)
Recording with
the viewfinder
Continuous*
Typical**
130
75
Recording with
the LCD screen
Continuous*
Typical**
110
60
NP-FM70
270
155
230
130
NP-FM90
410
235
355
205
NP-FM91
475
275
410
235
Approximate minutes when you use a fully charged battery
* Approximate continuous recording time at 25°C (77°F). The battery life will be
shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
** Approximate number of minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/
stop, zooming and turning the power on/off. The actual battery life may be shorter.
Playing time
Playing time
on LCD screen
150
Playing time
with LCD closed
185
NP-FM70
310
385
NP-FM90
475
580
NP-FM91
550
670
Battery pack
NP-FM50 (supplied)
Approximate minutes when you use a fully charged battery
Approximate continuous playing time at 25°C (77°F). The battery life will be shorter if
you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
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Step 1 Preparing the power supply
If the power goes off although the battery remaining indicator indicates that the
battery pack has enough power to operate
Charge the battery pack fully again so that the indication on the battery remaining
indicator is correct.
What is ”InfoLITHIUM”?
The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data such as
battery consumption with compatible electronic equipment. This unit is compatible
with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with
the “InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the
mark.
Getting started
Recommended charging temperature
We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10°C
to 30°C (50°F to 86°F).
TM
SERIES
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Connecting to a wall outlet
When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from a
wall outlet using the AC power adaptor.
(1) Open the jack cover. Connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your
camcorder to the DC IN jack on your camcorder with the plug’s v mark facing
up.
(2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor.
(3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
1
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 AC power adaptor can supply power even if the battery pack is attached to your
camcorder.
•The DC IN jack has “source priority.” This means that the battery pack cannot supply
any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power
cord is not plugged into a wall outlet.
Using a car battery
Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
Refer to the operating instructions of the DC Adaptor/Charger for further information.
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Step 2 Setting the date and time
Set the date and time settings 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 three months, the date and time settings
may be released (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery installed in
your camcorder will have been discharged (p. 174).
Set the area, the daylight saving time, year, month, day, hour and then the minute, in
that order.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY, then press MENU to display
the menu settings.
, then press z or B.
(2) Press v/V on the control button to select
(3) Press v/V on the control button to select CLOCK SET, then press zor B.
(4) Press v/V on the control button to adjust the desired area (where you are),
then press z.
(5) Press v/V on the control button to select whether or not the time is daylight
saving time, then press z.
Select OFF if the time is not daylight saving time. Select ON if it is.
(6) Press v/V on the control button to adjust the desired year, then press z.
The year changes as follows:
1995 T · · · · t 2001 T · · · · t 2079
(7) Set the month, day and hour by pressing v/V on the control button and
pressing z.
(8) Set the minute by pressing v/V on the control button and pressing z by the
time signal. The clock starts to move.
(9) Press MENU to make the menu settings disappear.
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Step 2 Setting the date and time
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Note
Instead of DST, SUMMERTIME is displayed on the screen for some models.
If you do not set the date and time
“--:--:--” and “--- -- ----” are recorded on the data code of the tape and the “Memory
Stick.”
When using your camcorder abroad
Set the clock to the local time (p. 18).
Note on the time indicator
The internal clock of your camcorder operates on a 12-hour cycle.
•12:00 AM stands for midnight.
•12:00 PM stands for noon.
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Step 2 Setting the date and time
Simple setting of clock by time difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference. Select AREA
SET, DST SET* in the menu settings. See page 103 for more information.
* Instead of DST, SUMMERTIME is displayed on the screen for some models.
World time differences
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 16 17 18
Area or country
AREA Time
difference
GMT
Lisbon·London
1
18
Area or country
AREA Time
difference
+11:00
Solomon Is
17
2
+01:00
Berlin·Paris
18
+12:00
Fiji·Wellington
3
+02:00
Helsinki·Cairo
19
–12:00
Eniwetok·Kwajalein
4
+03:00
Moscow·Nairobi
20
–11:00
Midway Is.·Samoa
5
+03:30
Tehran
21
–10:00
Hawaii
6
+04:00
Abu Dhabi·Baku
22
–09:00
Alaska
7
+04:30
Kabul
23
–08:00
LosAngeles·Tijuana
8
+05:00
Karachi·Islamabad
24
–07:00
Denver·Arizona
9
+05:30
Calcutta·New Delhi
25
–06:00
Chicago·MexicoCity
10
+06:00
Almaty·Dhaka
26
–05:00
New York·Bogota
11
+06:30
Rangoon
27
–04:00
Santiago
12
+07:00
Bangkok·Jakarta
28
–03:30
St. John’s
13
+08:00
Hongkong·Singapore
29
–03:00
Brasilia·Montevideo
14
+09:00
Seoul·Tokyo
30
–02:00
Fernando de Noronha
15
+09:30
Adelaide·Darwin
31
–01:00
Azores
16
+10:00
Melbourne·Sydney
To adjust a time difference
Select AREA SET in the menu setting, and select and decide upon an area or country
you want to adjust to.
Step 3 Inserting a cassette
2
OPEN/Z EJECT
3, 4
Getting started
(1) Install the power source.
(2) Slide OPEN/Z EJECT in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
The cassette compartment automatically lifts up and opens.
(3) Push the middle portion of the back of the cassette to insert.
Insert the cassette in a straight line deeply into the cassette compartment with
the window facing out.
mark on the cassette
(4) Close the cassette compartment by pressing the
compartment. The cassette compartment automatically goes down.
(5) After the cassette compartment goes down completely, close the lid until it
clicks.
5
To eject a cassette
Follow the procedure above, and take out the cassette in step 3.
Notes
•Do not press the cassette compartment down forcibly. Doing so may cause a
malfunction.
•The cassette compartment may not be closed when you press any part of the lid other
than the
mark.
When you use cassette with cassette memory
Read the instruction about cassette memory to use this function properly (p. 165).
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to expose the red mark.
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— Recording – Basics —
Recording a picture
Your camcorder automatically focuses for you.
(1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and pull the lens cap
string to fix it.
(2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” to “Step 3” for more
information (p. 12 to 19).
(3) Pull down the Holding Grip.
Hold your camcorder firmly as illustrated.
(4) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button.
Your camcorder is set to the standby mode.
(5) Press OPEN to open the LCD panel. The viewfinder automatically turns off.
(6) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The REC indicator
appears. The camera recording lamp located on the front of your camcorder
lights up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
1
LOCK
4
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
Microphone
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
5
Camera recording
lamp
2
6
3
POWER
40min
REC 0:00:01
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
Notes
•Fasten the grip strap firmly.
•Do not touch the built-in microphone during recording.
Note on Recording mode
Your camcorder records and plays back in the SP (standard play) mode and in the LP
(long play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings (p. 96). In the LP mode, you can
record 1.5 times as long as in the SP mode.
When you record a tape in the LP mode on your camcorder, we recommend playing the
tape on your camcorder.
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Recording a picture
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. LOCK switch is set to the right as a default setting.
Recording – Basics
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.
However, check the following:
– Do not mix recordings in the SP mode and ones in the LP mode on one tape.
– When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
– 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. 30).
If you leave your camcorder in the standby mode for five minutes while the
cassette is inserted
Your camcorder automatically turns off. This is to save battery power and to prevent
battery and tape wear. To resume the standby mode, set the POWER switch to OFF
(CHG), and to CAMERA again. However, your camcorder does not turn off
automatically while the cassette is not inserted.
When you record in the SP and LP modes on one tape or you record in the LP
mode
•The transition between scenes may not be smooth.
•The playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be written properly
between scenes.
Recording data
The recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) are not displayed
while recording. However, they are recorded automatically onto the tape. To display
the recording data, press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander during playback.
The battery use time when you record using the LCD screen
The battery time is slightly shorter than the shooting time using the viewfinder.
After recording
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Close the LCD panel.
Set the Holding Grip back to the previous position.
Eject the cassette.
Remove the battery pack.
Attach the battery terminal cover.
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Recording a picture
Adjusting the LCD screen
The LCD screen can be opened up to 90 degrees.
The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to
the lens side.
180°
90°
When closing the LCD panel, set it vertically, and swing it into the camcorder body.
Note
When using the LCD screen except in the mirror mode, the viewfinder automatically
turns off (p. 25).
When you use the LCD screen outdoors in direct sunlight
The LCD screen may be difficult to see. If this happens, we recommend that you use the
viewfinder.
When you adjust the angle of the LCD panel
Make sure if the LCD panel is opened up to 90 degrees.
Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA, VCR or MEMORY. Press MENU, then
with the control button (p. 96). The
select and decide upon LCD BRIGHT in
bar indicator appears.
(2) Press b/B on the control button to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen,
then press z.
1
LCD/VF SET
LCD BRIGHT
LCD B.L.
LCD COLOR
VF B.L.
RETURN
LCD/VF SET
LCD BRIGHT
LCD B.L.
LCD COLOR
VF B.L.
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
2
MENU
To darken
To lighten
LCD screen backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight. Select LCD B.L. in the menu settings
when using the battery pack (p. 96).
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Recording a picture
Adjusting the viewfinder
If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder.
Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder
come into sharp focus.
Recording – Basics
Pull out the viewfinder and move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever.
Viewfinder backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight. Select VF B.L. in the menu settings
when using the battery pack (p. 96).
Attaching the supplied lens hood
To record fine pictures under strong light, we recommend attaching the lens hood. Also
the lens cap can be attached even with the lens hood on.
Photocell window
Notes
•When you use the Remote Commander and the lens hood, the Remote Commander
may not function properly because the lens hood blocks the infrared rays from the
Remote Commander. In such case, remove the lens hood from your camcorder.
•You cannot attach filters or other objects onto the lens hood. If you do so forcibly, you
will no longer be able to remove filters or other objects from the lens hood.
When you use the filter (optional)
•The shadow of the lens hood may appear in the corners of the screen.
•The flash may not be adjusted correctly if the photocell window is covered.
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Recording a picture
Using the zoom feature
Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings.
“T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer)
“W” side:for wide-angle (subject appears farther away)
W
T
W
W
T
T
To use zoom greater than 10×
Zoom greater than 10× is performed digitally. To activate digital zoom, select the digital
zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings (p. 96). The digital zoom function is set to
OFF as a default setting.
W
T
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming
zone.
The digital zooming zone appears when you select
the digital zoom power in the menu settings.
When you shoot close to a subject
If you cannot get a sharp focus, move the power zoom lever to the “W” side until the
focus is sharp. You can shoot a subject that is at least about 80 cm (about 2 feet 5/8 inch)
away from the lens surface in the telephoto position, or about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch)
away in the wide-angle position.
Notes on digital zoom
•Digital zoom starts to function when zoom exceeds 10×.
•The picture quality deteriorates as you move the power zoom lever towards the “T”
side.
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
You cannot use the digital zoom.
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Recording a picture
Shooting with the Mirror Mode
This feature allows the camera subject to view him-or herself on the LCD screen.
The subject uses this feature to check his or her own image on the LCD screen while you
look at the subject in the viewfinder.
The
indicator appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen.
Xz appears in the standby mode, and z appears in the recording mode. Some of other
indicators appear mirror-reversed and others are not displayed.
Recording – Basics
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY.
Pull out the viewfinder and rotate the LCD screen 180 degrees.
Picture in the mirror mode
The picture on the LCD screen is a mirror-image. However, the picture will be normal
when recorded.
During recording in the mirror mode
ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander does not work.
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Recording a picture
Indicators displayed in the recording mode
The indicators are not recorded on tapes.
Remaining battery time
Cassette memory
This appears when using a tape with cassette memory.
Recording mode
STBY/REC
40min
REC
0:00:01
45min
Time code/Tape counter
Remaining tape
This appears after you insert a cassette and record or
play back for a while.
JUL 4 2001
12:05:56AM
Time
The time is displayed about five seconds after the
power is turned on.
Date
The date is displayed about five seconds after the
power is turned on.
Remaining battery time indicator during recording
The remaining battery time indicator roughly indicates the continuous recording time.
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 in minutes to be displayed.
Time code
The time code indicates the recording or playback time, “0:00:00” (hours : minutes :
seconds) in CAMERA mode and “0:00:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds : frames) in
VCR mode. You cannot rewrite only the time code.
Remaining tape indicator
The indicator may not be displayed accurately depending on the tape.
Recording data
The recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) are not displayed
while recording. However, they are recorded automatically onto the tape. To display
the recording data, press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander during playback.
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Recording a picture
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.
Recording – Basics
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY, press BACK LIGHT.
The . indicator appears on the screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
BACK LIGHT
If you press EXPOSURE when shooting backlit subjects
The backlight function will be canceled.
Shooting in the dark – NightShot/Super NightShot
The NightShot function enables you to shoot a subject in a dark place. For example, you
can satisfactorily record the environment of nocturnal animals for observation when
you use this function.
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY, slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.
and “NIGHTSHOT” indicators flash on the screen. To cancel the NightShot function,
slide NIGHTSHOT to OFF.
SUPER
NIGHTSHOT
NIGHTSHOT OFF
ON
NightShot Light emitter
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Recording a picture
Using Super NightShot
The Super NightShot mode makes subjects more than 16 times brighter than those
recorded in the NightShot mode.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA, slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.
and
“NIGHTSHOT” indicators flash on the screen.
and “SUPER NIGHTSHOT” indicators flash
(2) Press SUPER NIGHTSHOT.
on the screen.
To cancel the Super NightShot mode, press SUPER NIGHTSHOT again.
Using the NightShot Light
The picture will be clearer with the NightShot Light on. To enable the NightShot Light,
set N.S. LIGHT to ON in the menu settings (p. 96).
(The default setting is ON.)
Notes
• Do not use the NightShot function in bright places (ex. the outdoors in the daytime).
This may cause your camcorder to malfunction.
• When you keep NIGHTSHOT set to ON in normal recording, the picture may be
recorded in incorrect or unnatural colors.
• If focusing is difficult with the autofocus mode when using the NightShot function,
focus manually.
• Do not cover the NightShot Light emitter when using the NightShot function.
• Detach the lens hood when you shoot with the NightShot Light since the lens hood
may block the NightShot Light.
While using the NightShot function, you cannot use the following functions:
– Exposure
– PROGRAM AE
– White balance
– HOLOGRAM AF
While using the Super NightShot function
The shutter speed is automatically adjusted depending on the brightness. At that time,
the moving picture may be slow down.
While using the Super NightShot function, you cannot use the following
functions:
– Fader
– Digital effect
– PROGRAM AE
– Exposure
– White balance
– Recording with the flash
– HOLOGRAM AF
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
You cannot use the Super NightShot function.
NightShot Light
NightShot Light rays are infrared and so are invisible. The maximum shooting distance
using the NightShot Light is about 3 m (10 feet).
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Recording a picture
Self-timer recording
Recording with the self-timer starts in 10 seconds automatically. You can also use the
Remote Commander for this operation.
START/STOP
Recording – Basics
(1) Press
(self-timer) in the standby mode. The
(self-timer) indicator appears
on the screen.
(2) Press START/STOP.
Self-timer starts counting down from ten with a beep sound. In the last
two seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording
starts automatically.
2
POWER
(self-timer)
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
To stop the countdown
Press START/STOP.
To restart the countdown, press START/STOP again.
To record still images on tapes using the self-timer
Press PHOTO in step 2 (p. 39).
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
indicator disappears from the screen while your
camcorder is in the standby mode.
Note
The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
You can also record still images on “Memory Stick”s with the self-timer (p. 117).
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Checking the recording
– END SEARCH / EDITSEARCH / Rec Review
You can use these buttons to check the recorded picture or shoot so that the transition
between the last recorded scene and the next scene you record is smooth.
EDIT
SEARCH
END
SEARCH
END SEARCH
You can go to the end of the recorded section after you record.
Press END SEARCH in the standby mode.
The last five seconds of the recorded section are played back and your camcorder
returns to the standby mode. You can monitor the sound from the speaker or
headphones.
EDITSEARCH
You can search for the next recording start point.
Hold down the + · –/7 side of EDITSEARCH in the standby mode. The recorded
section is played back.
+
: to go forward
–/7 : 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.
Rec Review
You can check the last recorded section.
Press the –/7 side of EDITSEARCH momentarily in the standby mode.
The section you have stopped most recently will be played back for a few seconds, and
then your camcorder will return to the standby mode. 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 a tape has a blank portion in the recorded portions
The end search function may not work correctly.
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— Playback – Basics —
Playing back a tape
You can monitor the playback picture on the screen. If you close the LCD panel, you can
monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can control playback using the
Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder.
Install the power source and insert the recorded tape.
Set the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the small green button.
Open the LCD panel while pressing OPEN.
Press m to rewind the tape.
Press N to start playback.
To adjust the volume, press either of the two buttons on VOLUME.
When you close the LCD panel, sound is muted.
5
PLAY
POWER
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
REW
2
VC
R
4
Playback – Basics
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
6
VOLUME
3
1
To stop playback
Press x.
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.
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Playing back a tape
If you leave the power on for a long time
Your camcorder gets warm. This is not a malfunction.
When you open or close the LCD panel
Open or close the LCD panel vertically.
To display the screen indicators – Display function
Press DISPLAY. The indicators appear on the screen. To make the indicators disappear,
press DISPLAY again.
DISPLAY
DATA CODE
DISPLAY
About date/time and various settings
Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the
recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code).
Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
1 Set the POWER switch to VCR, then playback a tape.
2 Press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander.
The display changes as follows:
date/time t various settings (SteadyShot, exposure, white balance, gain, shutter
speed, aperture value) t no indicator
Date/time
40min
JUL 4 2001
12:05:56 AM
0:00:23:01
Various settings
40min
AUTO
60 AWB
F1.8
9dB
0:00:23:01
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
[g]
[a] Tape counter
[b] SteadyShot OFF
[c] Exposure mode
[d] White balance
[e] Gain
[f] Shutter speed
[g] Aperture value
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Not to display various settings
Set DATA CODE to DATE in the menu settings (p. 96).
The display changes as follows when you press DATA CODE on the Remote
Commander: date/time y no indicator
Playing back a tape
Various settings
Various settings is your camcorder’s information when you have recorded. In the
recording mode, the various settings will not be displayed.
When you use the data code function, bars (-- -- --) appear 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 a camcorder without the date and time set.
Remaining battery time indicator during playback
The indicator indicates the approximate continuous playback time. The indicator may
not be correct, depending on the conditions in which you are playing back. When you
close the LCD panel and open it again, it takes about one minute for the correct
remaining battery time to be displayed.
Playback – Basics
Data code
When you connect your camcorder to the TV, the data code appears on the TV screen.
Various playback modes
To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR.
To playback pause (view a still picture)
Press X during playback. To resume normal playback, press N or X.
To advance the tape
Press M in the stop mode. To resume normal playback, press N.
To rewind the tape
Press m in the stop mode. To resume normal playback, press N.
To change the playback direction
Press
on the Remote Commander during playback to reverse the playback direction.
To resume normal playback, press N.
To locate a scene monitoring the picture (picture search)
Keep pressing m or M during playback. To resume normal playback, release the
button.
To monitor the high-speed picture while advancing or
rewinding the tape (skip scan)
Keep pressing m while rewinding or M while advancing the tape. To resume
rewinding or advancing, release the button.
To view the picture at slow speed (slow playback)
Press y on the Remote Commander during playback. For slow playback in the reverse
direction, press
, then press y on the Remote Commander. To resume normal
playback, press N.
To view the picture at double speed
Press ×2 on the Remote Commander during playback. For double speed playback in the
reverse direction, press
, then press ×2 on the Remote Commander. To resume
normal playback, press N.
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Playing back a tape
To view the picture frame-by-frame
Press C on the Remote Commander in the playback pause mode. For frame-by-frame
playback in the reverse direction, press c. To resume normal playback, press N.
To search the last scene recorded (END SEARCH)
Press END SEARCH in the stop mode. The last five seconds of the recorded portion
plays back and stops.
In the various playback modes
•Sound is muted.
•The previous picture may remain as a mosaic image during playback.
When the playback pause mode lasts for five minutes
Your camcorder automatically enters the stop mode. To resume playback, press N.
Slow playback
The slow playback can be performed smoothly on your camcorder. However, this
function does not work for an output signal through the DV jack.
When you play back a tape in reverse
Horizontal noise may appear at the center, or the top and bottom of the screen. This is
not a malfunction.
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Viewing the recording on TV
Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your
camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the video
control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the screen.
When monitoring the playback picture on the TV screen, we recommend that you
power your camcorder from a wall outlet using the AC power adaptor (p. 15). Refer to
the operating instructions of your TV.
AUDIO/VIDEO
S VIDEO
Playback – Basics
Open the jack cover. Connect your camcorder to the TV using the A/V connecting cable
supplied with your camcorder. Then, set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
IN
S VIDEO
VIDEO
: Signal flow
TV
AUDIO
If your TV is already connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR by using the A/V connecting
cable supplied with your camcorder. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
If your TV or VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the
white or the red plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV. If you connect the
white plug, the sound is L (left) signal. If you connect the red plug, the sound is R
(right) signal.
If your TV has an S video jack
Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional). With
this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V
connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks on both your
camcorder and the TV.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
To display the screen indicators on TV
Set DISPLAY to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings (p. 96).
Then press DISPLAY on your camcorder. To turn off the screen indicators, press
DISPLAY on your camcorder again.
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— Advanced Recording Operations —
Recording a still image on a tape
– Tape Photo recording
You can record an still image like a photograph.
You can record about 510 images in the SP mode and about 765 images in the LP mode
on a 60-minute tape.
Besides the operation described here, your camcorder can record still images on
“Memory Stick”s (p. 112).
(1) In the standby mode, keep pressing PHOTO lightly until a still image appears.
The CAPTURE indicator appears. Recording does not start yet.
To change the still image, release PHOTO, select a still image again, and then
press and hold PHOTO lightly.
(2) Press PHOTO deeper.
The still image on the screen is recorded for about seven seconds. The sound
during those seven seconds is also recorded.
The still image is displayed on the screen until recording is completed.
1
2
PHOTO
PHOTO
CAPTURE
•••••••
Notes
• During tape photo recording, you cannot change the mode or setting.
• When recording a still image, do not shake your camcorder. The image may fluctuate.
• You cannot use PHOTO during the following operations:
– Fader
– Digital effect
If you record a moving subject with tape photo recording function
When you play back the still image on other equipment, the image may fluctuate.
This is not a malfunction.
To use the tape photo recording function using the Remote Commander
Press PHOTO on the Remote Commander. Your camcorder records an image on the
screen immediately.
To use the tape photo recording function during normal CAMERA recording
You cannot check an image on the screen by pressing PHOTO lightly. Press PHOTO
deeper. The still image is then recorded for about seven seconds, and your camcorder
returns to the standby mode.
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To record clear and less fluctuated still images
We recommend that you record on “Memory Stick”s.
Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
Recording images with the flash
The flash pops up automatically. The default setting is auto (no indicator). To change
the flash mode, press the (flash) repeatedly until the flash mode indicator appears on
the screen.
Each press of
(flash) changes the indicator as follows:
t t
t No indicator
Auto red-eye reduction: The flash fires before recording to reduce the red-eye
phenomenon.
Forced flash:
The flash fires regardless of the surrounding brightness.
No flash:
The flash does not fire.
Advanced Recording Operations
(flash)
The flash is adjusted to the appropriate brightness through the photocell window for
the flash. You can also change FLASH LVL to the desired brightness in the menu
settings (p. 96). Try recording various images to find the most appropriate setting for
FLASH LVL.
Notes
•Attaching the lens hood (supplied) or a conversion lens (optional) may block the light
from the flash or cause lens shadow to appear.
•You cannot use an external flash (optional) and the built-in flash at the same time.
• (auto red-eye reduction) may not produce the desired effect depending on
individual differences, the distance to the subject, the subject not looking at the prerecording flash or other conditions.
•The flash effect cannot be obtained easily when you use forced flash in a bright
location.
•When you record images with the flash, sound may not be recorded clearly.
•When recording with the flash, it takes longer to prepare for image capture. This is
because your camcorder starts to charge power for firing after the flash pops up.
Darken the surroundings by covering the lens part, and press PHOTO lightly so that
your camcorder starts to charge power after the flash pops up.
•If it is not easy to focus on the subject automatically, for example, when recording in
the dark, use the focal distance information (p. 53) for focusing manually.
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Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
When you record images with the flash
The possible shooting distance using the built-in flash is shorter than when you record
on “Memory Stick”s.
When playing back images recorded with the flash on other equipment
These images may flicker.
If you leave your camcorder for five or more minutes after disconnecting the
power source
Your camcorder returns to the default setting (auto).
You cannot shoot images with the flash during the following operations:
– Low lux of PROGRAM AE
– Super NightShot
– Digital effect
– Fader
– Recording
The flash does not fire even if you select auto (no indicator) and
reduction) during the following operations:
– Exposure
– NightShot
– Spotlight of PROGRAM AE
– Sunset & moon of PROGRAM AE
– Landscape of PROGRAM AE
(auto red-eye
When you use an external flash (optional) which does not have the auto red-eye
reduction function
You cannot select the auto red-eye reduction.
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Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording
Self-timer recording
You can record still images on tapes with the self-timer. You can also use the Remote
Commander for this operation.
PHOTO
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Press
(self-timer) in the standby mode. The
(self-timer) indicator appears
on the screen.
(2) Press PHOTO deeper.
Self-timer starts counting down from 10 with a beep sound. In the last
two seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording
starts automatically.
(self-timer)
2
PHOTO
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
indicator disappears from the screen while your
camcorder is in the standby mode. You cannot cancel the self-timer recording using the
Remote Commander.
Note
The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
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Adjusting the white balance manually
You can manually adjust and set the white balance. This adjustment makes white
subjects look white and allows more natural color balance. Normally white balance is
automatically adjusted.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY. Press MENU, then select
with the control button (p. 96).
and decide upon WHT BAL in
(2) Select and decide upon the desired white balance mode with the control
button.
HOLD :
Recording a single-colored subject or background
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 place such as photography studios
• Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps
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MA N U A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
WH T B A L
AUTO
A U T O S H T R HO L D
RE T URN
OU T DOOR
I N DOOR
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
To return to the automatic white balance mode
Set WHT BAL to AUTO in the menu settings.
If the picture is being taken in a studio lit by TV lighting
We recommend that you record in the n indoor mode.
When you record under fluorescent lighting
Use the automatic white balance or hold mode.
Your camcorder may not adjust the white balance correctly in the n indoor mode.
In the 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 to the outdoors from the interior of a house holding the
exposure, or vice versa.
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In the hold white balance mode
Set the white balance to AUTO and reset to HOLD after a few seconds when:
– You change the PROGRAM AE mode.
– You bring your camcorder to the outdoors from the interior of a house, or vice versa.
Using the wide mode
You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE).
Black bands appear on the screen during recording in 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The picture
during a playback on a normal TV [b] or on a wide-screen TV [c] is compressed in the
widthwise direction. If you set the screen mode of the wide-screen TV to the full mode,
you can watch pictures of normal images [d].
[a]
[b]
16:9WIDE
[d]
[c]
2
C AME R A S E T
D Z OOM
1 6 : 9W I DE
S T E A D Y S HO T
N . S . L I GH T
F R AME R E C
I NT . REC
F L ASH L V L
RE T URN
ON
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) In the standby mode, press MENU, then select and decide upon 16:9WIDE in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon ON with the control button.
[ ME NU ] : E ND
MENU
To cancel the wide mode
Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
In the wide mode
You cannot select the following functions:
– OLD MOVIE
– BOUNCE
During recording
You cannot select or cancel the wide mode. 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 that is compatible with the video ID (ID-1/ID-2)
system.
– you connect your camcorder to the S video jack on the TV.
ID-1 system
The ID-1 system sends aspect ratio information (16:9, 4:3, or letter box) with video
signals. If you connect a TV compatible with the ID-1 system, the screen size is
automatically selected.
ID-2 system
The ID-2 system sends a copyright protection signal with ID-1 signals inserted between
video signals when you connect your camcorder to other equipment using an A/V
connecting cable.
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Using the fader function
You can fade in or out to give your recording a professional appearance.
[a]
STBY
REC
FADER
M. FADER
(mosaic)
BOUNCE1) 2)
OVERLAP2)
WIPE2)
DOT2)
[b]
STBY
REC
MONOTONE
When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color.
When fading out, the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
1)
2)
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You can use the bounce function when D ZOOM is set to OFF in the menu settings.
Fade in only.
Using the fader function
1
FADER
FADER
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) When fading in [a]
In the standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
When fading out [b]
In the recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes.
The indicator changes as follows:
FADER t M. FADER t BOUNCE t MONOTONE
no indicator T
DOT
T WIPE T OVERLAP
The last selected fader mode is indicated first of all.
(2) Press START/STOP. The fader indicator stops flashing.
After the fader in/out is carried out, your camcorder automatically returns to
normal mode.
To cancel the fader function
Before pressing START/STOP, press FADER until the indicator disappears.
Note
You cannot use the following functions while using the fader function. Also, you cannot
use the fader function while using the following functions:
– Digital effect
– Low lux of PROGRAM AE (Overlap, Wipe, or Dot function only) (The indicator
flashes.)
– Super NightShot
– Tape photo recording
– Interval recording
– Cut recording
When you select OVERLAP, WIPE, or DOT
Your camcorder automatically stores the image recorded on a tape. As the image is
being stored, the indicators flash fast, and the playback picture disappears. At this
stage, the picture may not be recorded clearly, depending on the tape condition.
When you set the POWER switch to MEMORY
You cannot use the fader function.
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Using the fader function
While using the bounce function, you cannot use the following functions:
– Focus
– Zoom
– Picture effect
– Exposure
Note on the bounce function
The BOUNCE indicator does not appear in the following mode or functions:
– D ZOOM is activated in the menu settings
– Wide mode
– Picture effect
– PROGRAM AE
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Using special effects – Picture effect
You can digitally process images to obtain special effects like those in films or on TV.
NEG. ART [a] :
SEPIA :
B&W :
SOLARIZE [b] :
SLIM [c] :
STRETCH [d] :
PASTEL [e] :
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[f]
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. Press MENU, then select and decide upon
P EFFECT in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon the desired picture effect mode with the control button.
1
MA N U A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
WH T B A L
AUTO SHTR
RE T URN
Advanced Recording Operations
MOSAIC [f] :
The color and brightness of the picture are reversed.
The picture gets sepia.
The picture appears in monochrome (black-and-white).
The light intensity is clearer, and the picture looks like an illustration.
The picture expands vertically.
The picture expands horizontally.
The contrast of the picture is emphasized, and the picture looks like an
animated cartoon.
The picture gets mosaic-patterned.
OF F
N E G. A R T
SEP I A
B &W
SO L AR I Z E
SL IM
S T RE T CH
PASTE L
MO S A I C
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
To cancel the picture effect function
Set P EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
While using the picture effect function
You cannot select OLD MOVIE mode with D EFFECT.
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG)
The picture effect is automatically canceled.
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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 picture with a moving picture.
TRAIL
You can record the picture so that an incidental image like a trail is left.
SLOW SHTR (SLOW SHUTTER)
You can slow down the shutter speed. The slow shutter mode is good for recording
dark pictures more brightly.
OLD MOVIE
You can add an old movie type atmosphere to pictures. Your camcorder automatically
sets the wide mode to ON and picture effect to SEPIA, and the appropriate shutter
speed.
Still image
Moving picture
Still image
Moving picture
STILL
LUMI.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. Press MENU, then select and decide upon
D EFFECT in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon the desired digital effect mode with the control button.
The bars appear. In the STILL or LUMI. mode, the still image that you selected
and decided upon is stored in memory.
(3) Adjust and decide upon the effect with the control button.
Items to be adjusted
The rate of the still image you want to superimpose on the moving
picture
FLASH
The interval of flash motion
LUMI.
The color scheme of the area in the still image which is to be
swapped with a moving picture
TRAIL
The time until the incidental image vanishes
SLOW SHTR
Shutter speed. The larger the shutter speed number, the slower the
shutter speed becomes.
OLD MOVIE
No adjustment necessary
The more bars there are on the screen, the stronger the digital effect. The bars
appear in the following modes: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
1
2
MENU
3
MA N U A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
OF F
D E F F ECT
WH T B A L
AUTO SHTR
R E T URN
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
OF F
ST I L L
F L ASH
L UM I .
TRA I L
S L OW S H T R
O L D MOV I E
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
OF F
ST I L L
F L ASH
L UM I .
TRA I L
S L OW S H T R
O L D MO V I E
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
ST I L L
Advanced Recording Operations
STILL
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
MA N U A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT S T I L L
IIIIIIII••••••••
WH T B A L
AUTO SHT R
RE T URN
[ ME N U ] : E N D
To cancel the digital effect function
Set D EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
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Using special effects – Digital effect
Notes
•The following functions do not work during digital effect:
– Fader
– Low lux of PROGRAM AE (The indicator flashes.)
– Tape photo recording
– Super NightShot
•The PROGRAM AE function does not work in the slow shutter mode.
•The following functions do not work in the old movie mode:
– Wide mode
– Picture effect
– PROGRAM AE
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG)
The digital effect is automatically canceled.
When recording in the slow shutter mode
Auto focus may not be effective. Focus manually using a tripod.
Shutter speed
Shutter speed number
SLOW SHTR 1
SLOW SHTR 2
SLOW SHTR 3
SLOW SHTR 4
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Shutter speed
1/30
1/15
1/8
1/4
Using the PROGRAM AE function
You can select PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) mode to suit your specific shooting
requirements.
Spotlight
This mode prevents peoples’ faces, for example, from appearing excessively white
when shooting subjects lit by strong light in the theater.
Soft portrait
This mode brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as
people or flowers.
Beach & ski
This mode prevents peoples’ faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light,
such as at a beach in midsummer or on a ski slope.
Sunset & moon
This mode allows you to maintain atmosphere when you are recording sunsets, general
night views, fireworks displays and neon signs.
Advanced Recording Operations
Sports lesson
This mode minimizes shake on fast-moving subjects such as in tennis or golf.
Landscape
This mode is for when you are recording distant subjects such as mountains, and
prevents your camcorder from focusing on glass or metal mesh in windows when you
are recording a subject behind glass or a screen.
Low lux
This mode makes subjects brighter in insufficient light.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY. Press MENU, then select
and decide upon PROGRAM AE in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon the desired PROGRAM AE mode with the control
button.
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MA N U A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
WH T B A L
AUTO SHTR
RE T URN
AUTO
S PO T L I GH T
POR T R A I T
S POR T S
B E A CH & S K I
S UN S E TMOON
L A ND S C A P E
L OW L U X
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
To cancel the PROGRAM AE function
Select PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menu settings.
Notes
• Because your camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance,
you cannot take close-ups in the following modes:
– Spotlight
– Sports lesson
– Beach & ski
• Your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects in the following modes:
– Sunset & moon
– Landscape
• The following functions do not work in the PROGRAM AE mode:
– Slow shutter
– Old movie
– Bounce
• The following functions do not work in the low lux mode:
– Digital effect
– Overlap
– Wipe
– Dot
– Recording with the flash
• When you set the POWER switch to MEMORY, the following modes do not work
(The indicator flashes.):
– Low lux
– Sports lesson
• The PROGRAM AE function does not work in the following cases. (The indicator
flashes.)
– To set NIGHTSHOT to ON
– To record images on a “Memory Stick” using the MEMORY MIX function.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
While WHT BAL is set to AUTO in the menu settings
The white balance is adjusted even if the PROGRAM AE function is selected.
Even if the PROGRAM AE function is selected
You can adjust the exposure.
Advanced Recording Operations
If you are recording under a discharge tube such as a fluorescent lamp, sodium
lamp or mercury lamp
Flickering or changes in color may occur in the following modes. If this happens, turn
the PROGRAM AE function off.
– Soft portrait
– Sports lesson
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Adjusting the exposure manually
You can manually adjust and set the exposure. Normally exposure is automatically
adjusted. Adjust the exposure manually in the following cases:
– The subject is backlit
– Bright subject and dark background
– To record dark pictures (e.g. night scenes) faithfully
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY, press EXPOSURE.
The exposure indicator appears.
(2) Push b/B on the control button to adjust the brightness.
2
EXPOSURE
To return to the automatic exposure mode
Press EXPOSURE.
Note
When you adjust the exposure manually, the backlight function does not work.
Your camcorder automatically returns to the automatic exposure mode:
– If you change the PROGRAM AE mode.
– If you slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.
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Focusing manually
You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases.
Normally, focus is automatically adjusted:
•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.
FOCUS
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY, press FOCUS lightly.
The 9 indicator appears.
(2) Turn the focus ring to sharpen focus.
2
To return to the autofocus mode
Press FOCUS lightly to turn off the indicator.
To record distant subjects
When you press FOCUS down firmly, the lens focuses on and
indicator appears.
When you release FOCUS, your camcorder returns to the manual focus mode. Use this
mode when your camcorder focuses on near objects even though you are trying to
shoot a distant object.
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Focusing manually
To focus precisely
It is easier to focus on the subject if you adjust the zoom to shoot at the “W” (wideangle) after focusing at the “T” (telephoto) position.
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
Focal distance information is displayed for about three seconds on the screen in
the following cases:
– When switching the focus adjustment mode from autofocus to manual
– When turning the focus ring
Focal distance information
– This information aids focusing if it is not easy to focus on the subject, for example,
when recording in the dark. Use this information as a rough guide to get a sharp
focus.
– You cannot get correct information if you have attached a conversion lens to your
camcorder.
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Interval recording
You can make a time-lapse recording by
Example
1s
setting the camcorder to automatically record
and standby sequentially. You can achieve an
[a]
excellent recording for flowering, emergence,
etc., with this function.
1s
9 min 59 s
[b]
10 min
[a]
9 min 59 s
[b]
10 min
[a] REC TIME
[b]INTERVAL
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) In the standby mode, press MENU, then select and decide upon INT. REC in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon SET with the control button.
(3) Set INTERVAL and REC TIME.
1 Select and decide upon INTERVAL with the control button.
2 Select and decide upon the desired interval time with the control button.
The time: 30SEC y 1MIN y 5MIN y 10MIN
3 Select and decide upon REC TIME with the control button.
4 Select and decide upon the desired recording time with the control button.
The time: 0.5SEC y 1SEC y 1.5SEC y 2SEC
RETURN with the control button.
5 Select and decide upon
(4) Select and decide upon ON with the control button.
(5) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The INTERVAL indicator flashes.
(6) Press START/STOP to start interval recording. The INTERVAL indicator lights
up.
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Interval recording
6
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
2
4
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
FRAME REC
I NT. REC
OFF
FLASH LVL
RETURN
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
FRAME REC
ON
I NT. REC
FLASH LVL OFF
SET
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
3
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
FRAME REC
ON
I NT. REC
FLASH LVL
RETURN
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
30SEC
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
30SEC
1M I N
5M I N
10M I N
[MENU] : END
5
MENU
STBY
I NTERVAL
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
CAMERA SET
I NT. REC
I NTERVAL
REC T I ME
RETURN
[MENU] : END
0 . 5SEC
0 . 5SEC
1SEC
1 . 5SEC
2SEC
[MENU] : END
To cancel the interval recording
Perform either of the following:
– Set INT. REC to OFF in the menu settings.
– Set the POWER switch to other than CAMERA.
To perform normal recording during the interval recording
You can perform normal recording only once during INTERVAL.
Press START/STOP. The INTERVAL indicator flashes, and normal recording starts. To
stop normal recording, press START/STOP again.
On recording time
There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to +/– six frames from the selected
time.
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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 4.
4
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
Advanced Recording Operations
(1) In the standby mode, press MENU, then select and decide upon FRAME REC
in
with the control button (p. 96).
(2) Select and decide upon ON with the control button.
(3) Press MENU to erase the menu display.
The FRAME REC indicator lights up.
(4) Press START/STOP to start cut recording. The camcorder makes a recording
for about six frames, and returns to recording standby.
(5) Move the subject, and repeat step 4.
MENU
2
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
FRAME REC OFF
ON
I NT. REC
FLASH LVL
RETURN
CAMERA SET
D ZOOM
16 : 9W I DE
STEADYSHOT
N. S. L I GHT
FRAME REC ON
I NT. REC
FLASH LVL
RETURN
[MENU] : END
[MENU] : END
To cancel the cut recording
Perform either of the following:
– Set FRAME REC to OFF in the menu settings.
– Set the POWER switch to other than CAMERA.
Note
The proper remaining tape time is not indicated if you use this function continuously.
When using the cut recording function
The last recorded cut is longer than other cuts.
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— Advanced Playback Operations —
Playing back a tape with picture effects
During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG. ART,
SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE.
(1) In the playback or playback pause mode, press MENU, then select and decide
with the control button (p. 96).
upon P EFFECT in
(2) Select and decide upon the desired mode with the control button.
For details of each picture effect function, see page 45.
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MA N U A L S E T
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
RE T URN
OF F
N EG. A R T
SEP I A
B &W
SO L A R I Z E
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
To cancel the picture effect function
Set P EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
Notes
•You cannot process externally input scenes using the picture effect function.
•You cannot record images on a tape on your camcorder when you have processed the
image using the picture effect function. However, you can record images on a
“Memory Stick” (p. 118, 128), or on a VCR using your camcorder as a player.
Pictures processed by the picture effect function
Pictures processed by the picture effect function are not output through the DV jack.
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) or stop playing back
The picture effect function is automatically canceled.
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Playing back a tape with digital effects
During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL,
FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL.
(1) In the playback or playback pause mode, press MENU, then select and decide
with the control button (p. 96).
upon D EFFECT in
(2) Select and decide upon the desired mode with the control button.
The bars appear. In the STILL or LUMI. mode, the picture is captured and is
stored in memory as a still image.
(3) Press b/B on the control button to adjust the effect with the control button.
For details of each digital effect function, see page 46.
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
OF F
ST I L L
F L ASH
L UM I .
TRA I L
[ ME N U ] : E N D
2
3
MENU
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
OF F
ST I L L
F L ASH
L UM I .
TRA I L
MA N U A L S E T
D E F F ECT
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MA N U A L
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
R E T UR N
ST I L L
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
Advanced Playback Operations
1
ST I L L
IIIIIIII••••••••
[ ME N U ] : E N D
To cancel the digital effect function
Set D EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
Notes
•You cannot process externally input scenes using the digital effect function.
•You cannot record images on a tape on your camcorder when you have processed the
image using the digital effect function. However, you can record images on a
“Memory Stick” (p. 118, 128), or on a 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 DV jack.
When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) or stop playing back
The digital effect function is automatically canceled.
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Enlarging images recorded on tapes
– Tape PB ZOOM
You can enlarge playback images recorded on tapes. Besides the operation described
here, your camcorder can enlarge still images recorded on “Memory Stick”s (p. 148).
(1) In the playback or playback pause mode, press PB ZOOM on your camcorder.
The center of the image is enlarged to twice its size.
(2) Press the control button to move the image.
The image moves in the same direction as the control button setting.
(3) Adjust the zoom ratio by the power zoom lever.
You can enlarge the image from 1.1 times up to five times its size.
W: Decreases the zoom ratio.
T: Increases the zoom ratio.
1
3
MPEG
PB
ZOOM
W
T
2
PB ZOOM
× 5.0
To cancel the PB ZOOM function
Press PB ZOOM.
Notes
•You cannot process externally input scenes using the PB ZOOM function with your
camcorder.
•You cannot record images on a tape on your camcorder when you have processed the
image using the tape PB ZOOM function. However, you can record images on a VCR
using your camcorder as a player.
•You cannot record moving pictures on a “Memory Stick” on your camcorder when
you have processed the picture using the tape PB ZOOM function.
The PB ZOOM function is automatically canceled when you operate the following
functions:
– Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
– Stop playback.
– Display the menu settings.
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Images in the PB ZOOM
Images in the PB ZOOM mode are not output through the DV jack.
Quickly locating a scene using the zero
set memory function
Your camcorder goes forward or backward to automatically stop at a desired scene
having a tape counter value of “0:00:00”. Use the Remote Commander for this
operation.
(1) In the playback mode, press DISPLAY.
(2) Press ZERO SET MEMORY at the point you want to locate later. The tape
counter shows “0:00:00” and the ZERO SET MEMORY indicator flashes.
(3) Press x when you want to stop playback.
(4) Press m to rewind the tape to the tape counter’s zero point. The tape stops
automatically when the tape counter reaches approximately zero. The ZERO
SET MEMORY indicator disappears and the time code appears.
(5) Press N. Playback starts from the counter’s zero point.
m
ZERO SET MEMORY
N
Advanced Playback Operations
DISPLAY
x
Notes
•When you press ZERO SET MEMORY before rewinding the tape, the zero set memory
function will be canceled.
•There may be a discrepancy of several seconds from the time code.
If a tape has a blank portion in the recorded portions
The zero set memory function may not work correctly.
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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. Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
Before operation
Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings. (The default setting is ON.)
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the TITLE
SEARCH indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
no indicator
T
PHOTO SCAN
(3) 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.
2
3
T I T L E S E ARCH
SEARCH
MODE
1
2
3
4
5
6
HE L L O !
CONGRA T U L A T I ONS !
HA P P Y NEW Y E AR !
PRE S EN T
GOOD MORN I NG
WEDD I NG
T I T L E S E A RCH
.
>
3
4
5
6
7
8
HA P P Y NEW Y E AR !
PRE S EN T
GOOD MORN I NG
WEDD I NG
N I GH T
BASEBA L L
[b] [a]
[a] Actual point you are trying to search for
[b] Present point on the tape
To stop searching
Press x.
If you use a tape without cassette memory
You cannot superimpose or search a title.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The title search function may not work correctly.
To superimpose a title
See page 90.
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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 by using cassette memory
Before operation
•You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory.
•Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings. (The default setting is ON).
2
3
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the DATE
SEARCH indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
no indicator
T
PHOTO SCAN
(3) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the beginning of the selected
date.
DA T E S E ARCH
SEARCH
MODE
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5 / 0 1
SEP / 6 / 0 1
DEC / 2 4 / 0 1
J AN / 1 / 0 2
F EB / 1 1 / 0 2
APR / 2 9 / 0 2
DA T E S E ARCH
.
>
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5 / 0 1
SEP / 6 / 0 1
DEC / 2 4 / 0 1
J AN / 1 / 0 2
F EB / 1 1 / 0 2
APR / 2 9 / 0 2
[b] [a]
[a] Actual point you are trying to search for
[b] Present point on the tape
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.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The date search function may not work correctly.
Cassette memory
The tape cassette memory can hold six recording date data. If you search the date
among seven or more data, see “Searching for the date without using cassette memory”
below.
Searching for the date without using cassette memory
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to OFF with the
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon CM SEARCH in
control button (p. 96).
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly until the DATE
SEARCH indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
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 image you have recorded on a tape (photo search).
You can also search for still images one after another and display each image 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 images.
Searching for a photo by using cassette memory
Before operation
•You can use this function only when playing back a tape with cassette memory.
•Set CM SEARCH in
to ON in the menu settings. (The default setting is ON.)
2
3
Advanced Playback Operations
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the
PHOTO SEARCH indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH
no indicator
T
PHOTO SCAN
(3) 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.
PHOTO S E ARCH
SEARCH
MODE
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5 / 0 1 5 : 3 0 P M
SEP / 6 / 0 1 8 : 5 0 A M
DEC / 2 4 / 0 1 1 0 : 3 0 A M
J AN / 1 / 0 2 1 1 : 2 5 P M
F EB / 1 1 / 0 2 4 : 1 1 P M
APR / 2 9 / 0 2 1 : 4 5 P M
P HO T O S E A RCH
.
>
1
2
3
4
5
6
SEP / 5 / 0 1 5 : 3 0 P M
SEP / 6 / 0 1 8 : 5 0 A M
DEC / 2 4 / 0 1 1 0 : 3 0 A M
J AN / 1 / 0 2 1 1 : 2 5 P M
F EB / 1 1 / 0 2 4 : 1 1 P M
APR / 2 9 / 0 2 1 : 4 5 P M
[b] [a]
MENU
[a] Actual point you are trying to search for
[b] Present point on the tape
To stop searching
Press x.
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Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan
Searching for a photo without using cassette memory
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
to OFF with the
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon CM SEARCH in
control button (p. 96).
(3) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly until the
PHOTO SEARCH indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator
(4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the photo for playback.
Each time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or
next photo.
Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo.
To stop searching
Press x.
Scanning photo
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly until the
PHOTO SCAN indicator appears.
The indicator changes as follows:
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.
2
SEARCH
MODE
PHOTO 0 0
SCAN
3
To stop scanning
Press x.
If a tape has a blank portion between recorded portions
The photo search/photo scan function may not work correctly.
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The available number of photos that can be searched using the cassette memory
The available number is up to 12 photos. However, you can search 13 photos or more
using the scanning photo function.
— Editing —
Dubbing a tape
Using the A/V connecting cable
You can dub or edit on the VCR connected to your camcorder using your camcorder as
a player.
Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with
your camcorder.
Before operation
•Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.)
•Press the following buttons to make the indicator disappear so that they will not be
superimposed on the edited tape:
– DISPLAY
– DATA CODE on the Remote Commander
– SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander
S VIDEO
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) Prepare the VCR for recording, then set the input selector to LINE.
Connect the A/V connecting cable to AUDIO/VIDEO jack.
Refer to the operating instructions of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR. Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
IN
S VIDEO
AUDIO/VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems:
8 mm,
Hi8,
VHS,
S-VHS,
VHSC,
S-VHSC,
Betamax,
ED Betamax,
mini DV,
DV, Digital8
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the
white or the red plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV. When the white
plug is connected, the left channel audio is output, and when the red plug is connected,
the right channel audio is output.
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Dubbing a tape
If your VCR has an S video jack
Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional).
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 DV format pictures.
Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV jack of your
camcorder and to DV IN of the DV products. With a digital-to-digital connection, video
and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. You cannot
dub the titles, display indicators or the contents of cassette memory or letters on the
“Memory Stick” index screen.
Set the input selector on the VCR to the DV input position if the VCR is equipped with
the input selector.
(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) Prepare the VCR for recording.
Set the input selector to LINE. Refer to the operating instructions of the VCR.
(3) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder.
(5) Start recording on the VCR. Refer to the operating instructions of the VCR.
DV
DV IN
DV
: Signal flow
(optional)
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
See page 169 for more information about i.LINK.
Pictures processed by the picture effect, the digital effect or PB ZOOM function
Pictures processed by the picture effect, the digital effect or PB ZOOM function are not
output through the DV jack.
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If you record a playback pause picture with the DV jack
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using the
other video equipment, the picture may jitter.
Dubbing only desired scenes
– Digital program editing (on tapes)
You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating
the VCR.
Scenes can be selected by frame. You can set up to 20 programs.
Your camcorder can dub on “Memory Stick”s. See p. 132 for more information.
Unwanted scene
Unwanted scene
Switch the order
Editing
Before operating the Digital program editing on tapes
recorded on other equipment
Step 1 Connecting the VCR (p. 69).
Step 2 Setting the VCR for operation (p. 70, 74).
Step 3 Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR (p. 75).
When you dub using the same VCR again, you can skip steps 2 and 3.
Using the Digital program editing function on tapes recorded
on other equipment
Operation 1 Making the program (p. 77).
Operation 2 Performing the program (dubbing a tape) (p. 79).
Notes
•When you connect with an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), you may not be able to
operate the dubbing function correctly, depending on the VCR.
Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings of your camcorder.
•When editing digital video on tapes, the operation signals cannot be sent with
LANC.
Step 1: Connecting the VCR
You can connect both an A/V connecting cable and an i.LINK cable (DV connecting
cable).
When you use the A/V connecting cable, connect the devices as illustrated on page 67.
When you use an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), connect the devices as illustrated
on page 68.
If you connect using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital
form for high-quality editing.
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Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the A/V connecting cable
To edit using the VCR, send the control signal by infrared rays to the remote sensor on
the VCR.
When you connect using an A/V connecting cable, follow the procedure below, (1) to
(4), to send the control signal correctly.
(1) Set the IR SETUP code
1 Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
2 Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to LINE.
When you connect a video camera recorder, set its power switch to VCR/VTR.
3 Press MENU, then select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in
with the control
button (p. 96).
4 Select and decide upon TAPE with the control button.
5 Select and decide upon EDIT SET with the control button.
6 Select and decide upon CONTROL with the control button.
7 Select and decide upon IR with the control button.
8 Select and decide upon IR SETUP, then select and decide upon IR SETUP code
of your VCR with the control button.
Check the code in “About the IR SETUP code.” (p. 71)
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About the IR SETUP code
The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the
correct code, depending on your VCR. The default setting is code number 3.
IR SETUP code
Brand
IR SETUP code
Sony
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Multitech
23, 32, 80
Admiral (M. Wards) 89
NEC
21, 33, 35
Aiwa
80
Olympic
77, 78
Audio Dynamic
21, 35
Panasonic
16, 17, 77, 78, 96
Bell&Howell (M. Wards)
36
Pentax
8, 42
Philco
77, 78
Brocsonic
70, 82
Philips
77, 78, 83
Canon
77, 78, 97
Pioneer
78
Citizen
47
Quasar
16, 17, 77, 78
Craig
47, 73
RCA/PROSCAN
Curtis Mathis
8, 77, 80
7, 8, 16, 40, 41, 42, 77, 78*, 83,
101
Daewoo
26, 40, 77
Realistic
36, 77
DBX
21, 33, 35
Sansui
21
Dimensia
8
Singer
73
Emerson
26, 48, 59, 70, 81, 82
Samsung
24*, 32, 32*, 41, 94, 94*
Fisher
36, 37, 44, 45
Sanyo
36, 37
Funai
80
Scott
22, 23, 24, 28, 32, 37, 40, 41
General Electric
8, 32*, 77, 87, 94*
Sharp
88, 89
Goldstar
47
Shintom
73
Hitachi
8, 42, 78
Instant Replay
77, 78
Signature 2000 (M. Wards)
80, 89
JC Penny
8, 21, 33, 35, 36, 42, 77
Sylvania
77, 78, 80, 83
JVC
12, 13, 14, 21, 33, 35
Symphonic
80
Kenwood
21, 33, 35, 47
Tashiro
47
LXI (Sears)
36, 37, 42, 44, 45, 47, 80
Tatung
21, 33, 35
Magnavox
77, 78, 83
Teac
21, 33, 35, 80
Marantz
21, 33, 35
Technics
77, 78
Marta
47
Toshiba
7, 40
Memorex
37, 77
Wards
37, 47, 88, 89, 95
8, 42
Yamaha
21, 33, 35, 36
22, 23, 24, 28
Zenith
95
Minolta
Mitsubishi/MGA
Editing
Brand
* TV/VCR component
Note on IR SETUP code
Digital program editing is not possible if the VCR does not support IR SETUP codes.
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(2) Setting the modes to cancel the recording pause on the VCR
Select and decide upon PAUSEMODE with the control button, then select and decide
upon the mode to cancel recording pause on the VCR with the control button.
Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
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The buttons to cancel recording pause on the VCR
The buttons vary depending on your VCR. To cancel recording pause:
– Select PAUSE if the button to cancel recording pause is X.
– Select REC if the button to cancel recording pause is z.
– Select PB if the button to cancel recording pause is N.
(3) Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other
Locate the infrared rays emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote
sensor of the VCR.
Set the devices about 30 cm (12 in.) apart, and remove any obstacles between the
devices.
Infrared rays emitter
Remote sensor
A/V connecting cable
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(4) Confirming the VCR operation
1 Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set to recording pause.
2 Select and decide upon IR TEST with the control button.
3 Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button.
If the VCR starts recording, the setting is correct.
When recording is finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
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When the VCR does not operate correctly
•After checking the code in “About the IR SETUP code”, set the IR SETUP or the
PAUSEMODE again.
•Place your camcorder at least 30 cm (12 in.) away from the VCR.
•Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
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Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the i.LINK cable
(DV connecting cable)
When you connect using i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional), follow the
procedure below.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to DV
input. When you connect a digital video camera recorder, set its power switch
to VCR/VTR.
with the control
(3) Press MENU, then select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in
button (p. 96).
(4) Select and decide upon TAPE with the control button.
(5) Select and decide upon EDIT SET with the control button.
(6) Select and decide upon CONTROL with the control button.
(7) Select and decide upon i.LINK with the control button.
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When you connect using i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
You cannot dub the titles, display indicators.
Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes)
Step 3: Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR
You can adjust the synchronization of your camcorder and the VCR. Have a pen and
paper ready for notes. Before operation, eject a cassette from your camcorder.
Editing
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, then set
to recording pause.
When you select i.LINK in CONTROL, you do not need to set to recording
pause.
(3) Select and decide upon ADJ TEST with the control button.
(4) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button.
IN and OUT are recorded on an image for five times each to calculate the
numerical values for adjusting the synchronization.
The EXECUTING indicator flashes on the screen.
When finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
(5) Rewind the tape in the VCR, then start slow playback.
Take a note of the opening numerical value of each IN and the closing
numerical value of each OUT.
(6) Calculate the average of all the opening numerical values of each IN, and the
average of all the closing numerical values of each OUT.
(7) Select and decide upon “CUT-IN” with the control button.
(8) Select the average numerical value of IN with the control button.
The calculated start position for recording is set.
(9) Select and decide upon “CUT-OUT” with the control button.
(10) Select and decide upon the average numerical value of OUT with the control
button.
The calculated stop position for recording is set.
RETURN with the control button.
(11) Select and decide upon
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3,4
V I D EO E D I T
ED I T SE T
CON T RO L
AD J T ES T
” CU T - I N ”
” CU T -OU T ”
I R SE TUP
P A U S EMOD E
I R TEST
[ ME
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
E NGAGE
R E CC P A U S E
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
V I D EO E D I T
ED I T SE T
CON T RO L
AD J T ES T
E X E CU T I NG
” CU T - I N ”
” CU T -OU T ” N o . 5
I R SE TUP
IN
P A U S EMOD E – 6 0
I R TEST
[ ME
7
R E T URN
E X E CU T E
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
V I D EO E D I T
ED I T SE T
CON T RO L
A D J T E S T COMP L E T E
” CU T - I N ”
” CU T -OU T ”
I R SE TUP
P A U S EMOD E
I R TEST
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
V I D EO E D I T
ED I T SE T
CON T RO L
AD J T ES T
” CU T - I N ”
” CU T -OU T ”
I R SE TUP
P A U S EMOD E
I R TEST
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
0
9
V I D EO E D I T
ED I T SE T
CON T RO L
AD J T ES T
” CU T - I N ”
” CU T -OU T ”
I R SE TUP
P A U S EMOD E
I R TEST
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
0
Notes
•When you complete step 3, the image to adjust the synchronization is recorded for
about 50 seconds.
•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
recording.
•When the recording unit cannot be operated properly by the i.LINK cable (DV
connecting cable), leave the connection as it is, and make the A/V connecting cable
settings (p. 70). Video and audio are sent by digital signals.
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Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes)
Operation 1: Making the program
Editing
(1) Insert the tape for playback into your camcorder, and insert a tape for
recording into the VCR.
with the control
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon TAPE with the control button.
(4) Search for the beginning of the first scene you want to insert using the video
operation buttons, then pause playback.
You can fine-adjust one frame at a time with EDITSEARCH.
(5) Press MARK on the Remote Commander, or z on the control button.
The IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
(6) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video
operation buttons, then pause playback.
(7) Press MARK on the Remote Commander, or z on the control button.
The OUT point of the first program is set, then the bottom part of the program
mark changes to light blue.
(8) Repeat steps 4 to 7, then set the program.
When the program is set, the program mark changes to light blue.
You can set up to 20 programs.
MENU
2
3
OTHERS
D A T A COD E
BEEP
COMMA ND E R
D I SP L AY
V I D EO E D I T R E A D Y
R E T URN
OTHERS
D A T A COD E
BEEP
COMMA ND E R
D I SP L AY
V I D EO E D I T R E T URN
TAPE
R E T URN
MEMOR Y
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
5
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
ED I T / SE T
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
ED I T / SE T
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
1 IN
T O T A L 0:0 0:0 0:0 0
SCENE 0
[ ME NU ] : E ND
7
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
1 OU T
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
ED I T SE T
8
0:0 9:0 7:0 6
2 IN
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
ED I T / SE T
0:1 0:0 1:2 3
4 IN
T O T A L 0:0 0:0 0:0 0
SCENE 0
T O T A L 0:0 0:1 2:0 0
SCENE 1
T O T A L 0:0 0:4 7:1 2
SCENE 3
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
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Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes)
Erasing the program you have set
Erase OUT first and then IN from of the last program.
(1) Select and decide upon UNDO with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button.
The last set program mark flashes, then the setting is canceled.
To cancel erasing
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 2.
Erasing all programs
(1) Select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings, then select and
decide upon TAPE with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon ERASE ALL, then select and decide upon EXECUTE
with the control button.
All the program marks flash, then the settings are canceled.
To cancel erasing all programs
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 2.
To cancel a program you have set
Press MENU.
The program is stored in memory until the tape is ejected.
Note
You cannot operate recording during the Digital program editing.
On a blank portion of the tape
You cannot set IN or OUT on a blank portion of the tape.
If there is a blank portion between IN and OUT on the tape
The total time code may not be displayed correctly.
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Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes)
Operation 2: Performing the program (Dubbing a tape)
Make sure your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording
pause. When you use an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) the following procedure is
not necessary.
When you use a digital video camera recorder, set its power switch to VCR/VTR.
Editing
(1) Select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT, then select and decide upon TAPE with
the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon START, then select and decide upon EXECUTE with
the control button.
Search for the beginning of the first program, then start dubbing.
The program mark flashes.
The SEARCH indicator appears during search, and the EDIT indicator appears
during edit on the screen.
The PROGRAM indicator changes to light blue after dubbing ends.
When the dubbing ends, your camcorder and the VCR automatically stop.
To stop dubbing during editing
Press x using the video operation buttons.
To end the Digital program editing function
Your camcorder stops when the dubbing ends. Then the display returns to VIDEO
EDIT in the menu settings.
Press MENU to end the program editing function.
You cannot record on the VCR when:
– The tape has run out.
– The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock.
– The IR SETUP code is not correct (when IR is selected).
– The button to cancel recording pause is not correct (when IR is selected).
NOT READY appears on the LCD screen when:
– The program to operate the Digital program editing has not been made.
– i.LINK is selected but an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) is not connected.
– The power of the connected VCR is not turned on (when you set i.LINK).
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Using with analog video unit and your
computer – Signal convert function
You can capture images and sound from an analog video unit connected to your
computer which has the i.LINK (DV) jack to your camcorder.
Before operation
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.)
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon A/V t DV OUT in
to ON with
the control button (p. 96).
(3) Start playback on the analog video unit.
(4) Start capturing procedures on your computer. The operation procedures
depend on your computer and the software which you use.
For details on how to capture images, refer to the instruction manual of
computer and software.
AUDIO/VIDEO
S VIDEO
OUT
S VIDEO
DV
i.LINK
VIDEO
AUDIO
(optional)
: Signal flow
After capturing images and sound
Stop capturing procedures on your computer , and stop the playback on the analog
video unit.
Notes
• You need to install software which can exchange video signals.
• Depending on the condition of the analog video signals, the computer may not be able
to output the images correctly when you convert analog video signals into digital
video signals via your camcorder. Depending on the analog video unit, the image may
contain noise or incorrect colors.
• You cannot record or capture the video output via your camcorder when the video
tapes include copyright protection signals such as ID-2 system.
• You can capture images and sound with an S video cable (optional) instead of the
A/V connecting cable (supplied).
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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.
Before operation
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.)
Editing
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder. If
you are recording a tape from the VCR, insert a recorded tape into the VCR.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(4) 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 screen.
(5) Press X on your camcorder at the scene where you want to start recording
from.
S VIDEO
3
PAUSE
REC
OUT
S VIDEO
AUDIO/
VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 3, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 5, press X at the scene where you want to start recording from.
If your VCR is a monaural type
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video output jack and the
white or the red plug to the audio output jack on the VCR or the TV. When the white
plug is connected, the left channel audio is output, and when the red plug is connected,
the right channel audio is output.
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Recording video or TV programs
If your TV or VCR has an S video jack
Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional).
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
TV or VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
Note on the Remote Commander
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.
Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV jack of your
camcorder and to DV OUT of the DV products. With a 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 on your camcorder.
(3) Press z REC and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder,
then immediately press X on your camcorder.
(4) Press N on the VCR to start playback. The picture to be recorded appears on
the screen.
(5) Press X on your camcorder at the scene where you want to start recording
from.
3
REC
DV
DV
DV OUT
(optional)
: Signal flow
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PAUSE
Recording video or TV programs
When you have finished dubbing a tape
Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 3, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 5, press X at the scene where you want to start recording from.
You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
During digital editing
The color of the display may be uneven. However, this does not affect the dubbed
picture.
Editing
If you record playback pause picture with the DV jack
The recorded picture becomes rough. And when you play back the picture using your
camcorder, the picture may jitter.
Before recording
Make sure that the DV IN indicator appears on the screen. The DV IN indicator may
appear on both equipment.
Note on the Remote Commander
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.
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Inserting a scene from a VCR
– Insert editing
You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape by
specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this
operation. Connections are the same as on page 81 or 82.
Insert a cassette containing the desired scene to insert into the VCR.
[a]
[A]
[b]
[c]
[B]
[C]
[A]: A tape that contains the scene to be superimposed
[B]: A tape before editing
[C]: A tape after editing
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) On the connected VCR, locate just before the insert start point [a], then press
X to set the VCR to the playback pause mode.
(3) On your camcorder, locate the insert end point [c]. Then press X to set it to the
playback pause mode.
(4) Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander. The ZERO SET
MEMORY indicator flashes and the end point of the insert is stored in
memory. The tape counter shows “0:00:00.”
(5) On your camcorder, locate the insert start point [b] by pressing m, then press
z REC and the button on its right simultaneously.
(6) First press X on the VCR, and after a few seconds press X on your camcorder
to start inserting the new scene.
Inserting automatically stops near the zero point on the tape counter. Your
camcorder automatically returns to the recording pause mode.
4
0:00:00
ZERO SET
MEMORY
ZERO SET
MEMORY
5
REC
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Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert editing
To change the insert end point
Press ZERO SET MEMORY again after step 5 to erase the ZERO SET MEMORY
indicator and begin from step 3.
Using the Remote Commander
In step 5, press z REC and MARK simultaneously, then immediately press X. And in
step 6, press X at the scene where you want to start recording from.
Note
The picture and sound recorded on the portion between the insert start and end points
will be erased when you insert the new scene.
Editing
If you insert scenes on the tape recorded with other camcorder (including other
DCR-PC115/PC120BT)
The picture and sound may be distorted. We recommend that you insert scenes on a
tape recorded with your camcorder.
When the inserted picture is played back
The picture and sound may be distorted at the end of the inserted portion. This is not a
malfunction.
The picture and sound at the start point and the end point may be distorted in the LP
mode.
To insert a scene without setting the insert end point
Skip steps 3 and 4. Press x when you want to stop inserting.
Note on the Remote Commander
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.
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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 the audio equipment, you can add
sound to your recorded tape by specifying starting and ending points. The original
sound will not be erased.
Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
Select one of the following connections to add an audio sound.
Connecting the microphone with the MIC jack
MIC
(PLUG IN POWER)
Microphone (optional)
: Signal flow
You can check the recorded picture and sound by connecting the AUDIO/VIDEO jack
to a TV.
The recorded sound is not output from a speaker. Check the sound by using the TV or
headphones.
Connecting the microphone with the intelligent accessory shoe
Microphone (optional)
Intelligent Accessory Shoe
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Audio dubbing
Connecting the A/V connecting cable to the AUDIO/VIDEO jack
Audio equipment
LINE OUT
L
R
AUDIO L
AUDIO R
AUDIO/
VIDEO
Editing
Do not connect the
video (yellow) plug.
: Signal flow
Dubbing with the built-in microphone
No connection is necessary.
Note
When dubbing with the AUDIO/VIDEO jack or the built-in microphone, pictures are
not output through S VIDEO jack or the AUDIO/VIDEO jack. Check the recorded
picture on the screen. You can check the recorded sound by using headphones.
If you make all the connections
The audio input to be recorded will take precedence over others in the following order:
•MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
•Intelligent accessory shoe
•AUDIO/VIDEO jack
•Built-in microphone
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Audio dubbing
Adding an audio sound on a recorded tape
Choose a connection mentioned before, and connect audio equipment or microphone to
your camcorder. Then follow the procedure below.
(1) Insert the recorded tape into your camcorder.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(3) Locate the recording start point by pressing N. Then press X at the point
where you want to start recording to set your camcorder to the playback pause
mode.
(4) Press AUDIO DUB on the Remote Commander. The green X indicator
appears on the screen.
(5) Press X and start playing back the audio you want to record at the same time.
The new sound is recorded in stereo 2 (ST2) during playback. During
appears on the screen.
recording new sound, the red
(6) Press x at the point where you want to stop recording.
AUDIO DUB
Monitoring the new recorded sound
To play back the sound
Adjust the balance between the original sound (ST1) and the new sound (ST2) by
selecting AUDIO MIX in
in the menu settings (p. 96).
V CR S E T
H i F i SOUND
A UD I O M I X
A / VcD V OU T ST1
R E T URN
ST2
[ ME NU ] : E ND
Five minutes after when you disconnect the power source or remove the battery pack,
the setting of AUDIO MIX returns to the original sound (ST1) only. The default setting
is original sound only.
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Audio dubbing
Notes
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the 16-bit mode (32 kHz,
44.1 kHz or 48 kHz).
•New sound cannot be recorded on a tape already recorded in the LP mode.
•You cannot add audio with the DV jack.
•You cannot add audio on the blank portion of the tape.
If an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) is connected to your camcorder
You cannot add a 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 other
DCR-PC115/PC120BT), the sound quality may become worse.
Editing
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot record on a tape. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
To add new sound more precisely
Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point where you want to
stop recording later in the playback mode.
Carry out from steps 3 to 5. Recording automatically stops at the point where ZERO
SET MEMORY was pressed.
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Superimposing a title
If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can superimpose the title. 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. 93). You can also select
the color, size and position of titles.
VACATION
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR. Press MENU, then select and
decide upon TITLE in
with the control button (p. 96).
with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon
(3) Select and decide upon the desired title with the control button. The title
flashes.
(4) Change the color, size, or position, if necessary.
1 Select and decide upon the COLOR, SIZE or POSITION with the control
button. The item appears.
2 Select and decide upon the desired item with the control button.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid out as desired.
(5) Press z on the control button again to complete the setting.
In the recording, playback or playback pause mode:
The TITLE SAVE indicator appears on the screen for five seconds and the title
is set.
In the standby mode:
The TITLE indicator appears. And when you press START/STOP to start
recording, TITLE SAVE appears on the screen for five seconds and the title is
set.
2
PRESE T T I T L E
HE L LO !
H A P P Y B I R T HD A Y
H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S
CONGR A T U L A T I ON S !
OUR SWE E T B A B Y
WE DD I NG
V A C A T I ON
T H E E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
3
PRESE T T I T L E
HE L LO !
H A P P Y B I R T HD A Y
H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S
CONGR A T U L A T I ON S !
OUR SWE E T B A B Y
WE DD I NG
V A C A T I ON
T H E E ND
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
MENU
4
S I ZE
SMA L L
S I ZE
PRESE T T I T L E
HE L LO !
H A P P Y B I R T HD A Y
H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S
CONGR A T U L A T I ON S !
OUR SWE E T B A B Y
WE DD I NG
V A C A T I ON
T H E E ND
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
T I TLE
VACATION
[ E X E C ] : S A V E [ ME NU ] : E ND
T I TLE
L A RGE
VACATION
VACATION
[ E X E C ] : S A V E [ ME NU ] : E ND
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Superimposing a title
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot superimpose or erase the title. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write
protection.
To use the 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 the portion.
If the tape has a blank portion in the middle of the recorded parts
The title may not be displayed correctly.
Editing
The titles superimposed with your camcorder
•They are displayed by only the DV
format video equipment with index titler
function.
•The point you superimposed the title may be detected as an index signal when
searching a recording with other video equipment.
If the tape has too many index signals
You may not be able to superimpose a title because the memory is full. In this case,
delete data you do not need.
Not to display titles
Set TITLE DSPL to OFF in the menu settings (p. 96).
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 13 characters or more in LARGE size. If you input more than 12
characters, the title size returns to SMALL even you select LARGE.
•If you select SMALL, you have nine choices for the title position.
If you select LARGE, you have eight choices for the title position.
One cassette can have up to about 20 titles, if one title consists of five characters
However, if the cassette memory is full with date, photo and cassette label data, one
cassette can have only up to about 11 titles with five characters each.
Cassette memory capacity is as follows:
– 6 date data
– 12 photo data
– 1 cassette label
If the “
FULL” mark appears
The cassette memory is full. Erase the title you do not need.
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Superimposing a title
Erasing a title
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon TITLEERASE in
with the control
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon the title you want to erase with the control button.
ERASE OK ? indicator appears.
(4) Make sure the title is the one you want to erase, and select and decide upon
OK with the control button. OK changes to EXECUTE.
(5) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button.
ERASING flashes on the screen. When the title is erased, COMPLETE is
displayed.
2
1
2
3
4
5
6
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
3
MENU
HE L L O !
CONGRA T U L A T I ONS !
HA P P Y NEW Y E AR !
PRE S EN T
GOOD MORN I NG
WEDD I NG
4
T I T L E ERASE
T I T L E ERASE
1
2
3
4
5
6
4 PRESENT
HE L L O !
CONGRA T U L A T I ONS !
HA P P Y NEW Y E AR !
PRE S EN T
GOOD MORN I NG
WEDD I NG
[ ME N U ] : E N D
To cancel erasing a title
Select and decide upon RETURN in step 5.
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T I T L E ERASE
CM S E T
T I TLE
T I T L EERASE
T I T L E DSP L
CM S E A R C H
TAPE T I T L E
ERASE A L L
R E T URN
ERA S E OK ?
[ ME N U ] : E N D
R E T URN
OK
Making your own titles
You can make up to two titles and store them in the memory of your camcorder. Each
title can have up to 20 characters.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
with the control
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon TITLE in
button (p. 96).
with the control button.
(3) Select and decide upon
(4) Select and decide upon CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET with the control
button.
(5) Select and decide upon the desired character with the control button.
(6) Repeat steps 5 to complete making your own title.
(7) To finish making your own titles, select and decide upon [SET] with the
control button.
4
5
T I T L E SET
CU S T OM1 S E T
CU S T OM2 S E T
T I T L E SET
CU S T OM1 S E T
CU S T OM2 S E T
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
T I T L E SET
CU S T OM1 S E T
CU S T OM2 S E T
R E T URN
T I T L E SET
____________________
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
T I T L E SET
____________________
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
MENU
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C ]
[ SET ]
[ ME NU ] : E ND
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
Editing
3
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C ]
[ SET ]
T I T L E SET
S___________________
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C ]
[ SET ]
[ ME NU ] : E ND
To change a title you have stored
In step 4, select the original title you want to change, and then press z on the control
button.
Select [C] to select the title to delete, then press z to delete the last character of your
title. Enter the new title as desired.
If you take five minutes or longer to enter characters in the standby mode while a
cassette is in your camcorder
The power automatically goes off. The characters you have entered remain stored in
memory. Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) once and then to CAMERA again, then
proceed from step 1.
We recommend setting the POWER switch to VCR or removing the cassette so that
your camcorder does not automatically turn off while you are entering title characters.
To erase the title
Select [C]. The last character is erased.
To enter a space
Select [ Z& ? ! ], then select the blank part.
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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 labelled cassette and turn the power on, the label is displayed for about
five seconds.
(1) Insert the cassette you want to label.
(2) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
with the control
(3) Press MENU, then select and decide upon TAPE TITLE in
button (p. 96).
Tape title display appears.
(4) Select and decide upon the desired character with the control button.
(5) Repeat steps 4 until you complete the label.
(6) Select and decide upon [SET] with the control button.
The label is stored in memory.
3
4
MENU
CM S E T
T I TLE
T I T L EERASE
TAPE T I T L E __________
ERASE A L L
RE T URN
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C ]
[ SET ]
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
TAPE T I T L E
__________
TAPE T I T L E
M_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C• ]
[ SET ]
[ ME N U ] : E N D
94
TAPE T I T L E
__________
A B CD E
F GH I J
K L MNO
PQR S T
U VWX Y
Z& ? !
12345
67890
’ . , /–
[ C• ]
[ SET ]
[ ME N U ] : E N D
Labeling a cassette
To erase the label you have made
Select and decide upon [C] with the control button in step 4. The last character is erased.
To change the label you have made
Insert the cassette to change the label, and operate in the same way to make a new label.
If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock
You cannot label a cassette. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection.
If the tape has too many index signals
You may not be able to label a cassette because the memory is full. In this case, delete
data you do not need.
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.
Editing
If you have superimposed titles in the cassette
When the label is displayed, up to four titles also appear.
To erase the character
Press [C]. The last character is erased.
To enter a space
Select [ Z& ? ! ], then select the blank part.
Erasing all the data in cassette memory
You can erase all the data in cassette memory at once.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR.
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon ERASE ALL in
with the control
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon OK with the control button. OK changes to EXECUTE.
(4) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button. ERASING flashes
on the screen. When all the data is erased, COMPLETE is displayed.
To cancel deleting
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 4.
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— Customizing Your Camcorder —
Changing the menu settings
To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the
control button. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon, then
the menu item and then the mode.
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Set the POWER switch to CAMERA, VCR or MEMORY, press MENU.
Press v/V on the control button to select the desired icon, then press z or B.
Press v/V on the control button to select the desired item, then press z or B.
Press v/V on the control button to select the desired mode, then press z.
RETURN and press z or b, then
If you want to change other items, select
repeat steps 2 to 4.
For details, see “Selecting the mode setting of each item” (p. 97).
1
CAMERA
MENU
2
MA NU A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
WH T B A L
AUTO SHTR
TAPE SET
R E C MOD E
A UD I O MOD E
R EMA I N
TAPE SET
R E C MOD E
SP
A UD I O MOD E
R EMA I N
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
or
VCR
MA NU A L S E T
P E F F ECT
D E F F ECT
3
[ ME NU ] : E ND
MEMORY
TAPE SET
R E C MO D E
A UD I O MOD E
AUTO
R EMA I N
R E T URN
TAPE SET
R E C MO D E
A UD I O MOD E
AUTO
R EMA I N
R E T URN
ON
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
MA NU A L S E T
P ROGR AM A E
WH T B A L
or
[ ME NU ] : E ND
4
TAPE SET
R E C MO D E
A UD I O MO D
AUTO
R EMA I N
ON
R E T URN
TAPE SET
R E C MO D E
A UD I O MOD E
ON
R EMA I N
R E T URN
[ ME NU ] : E ND
[ ME NU ] : E ND
To make the menu display disappear
Press MENU.
This manual refers to selecting and deciding upon items by the
above procedure as “Select and decide upon [(item name)].”
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Changing the menu settings
Menu items are displayed as the following icons:
MANUAL SET
CAMERA SET
VCR SET
LCD/VF SET
MEMORY SET
PRINT SET
CM SET
TAPE SET
SETUP MENU
OTHERS
Selecting the mode setting of each item
z is the default setting.
Menu items differ depending on the position of the POWER switch. The screen shows
only the items you can operate at the moment.
Mode
Meaning
POWER
switch
PROGRAM AE
——
To suit your specific shooting requirement
(p. 49).
CAMERA
MEMORY
P EFFECT
——
To add special effects like those in films or on
the TV to images (p. 45, 58).
VCR
CAMERA
D EFFECT
——
To add special effects using the various digital
functions (p. 46, 59).
VCR
CAMERA
WHT BAL
——
To adjust the white balance (p. 40).
CAMERA
MEMORY
To automatically activate the electronic shutter
when shooting in bright conditions.
CAMERA
AUTO SHTR
z ON
OFF
D ZOOM
16:9WIDE
z OFF
N.S. LIGHT
To deactivate the digital zoom. Up to 10× zoom
is carried out.
To activate the digital zoom. More than 10× to
20× zoom is performed digitally (p. 24).
120×
To activate the digital zoom. More than 10× to
120× zoom is performed digitally (p. 24).
ON
STEADYSHOT
Not to automatically activate the electronic
shutter even when shooting in bright conditions.
20×
z OFF
z ON
—
CAMERA
CAMERA
To record a 16:9 wide picture (p. 41).
To compensate for camera-shake.
OFF
To cancel the SteadyShot function. Natural
pictures are produced when shooting a
stationary object with a tripod.
z ON
To use the NightShot Light function (p. 28).
OFF
Customizing Your Camcorder
Icon/item
To cancel the NightShot Light function.
CAMERA
CAMERA
MEMORY
Notes on the SteadyShot function
•The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake.
•Attachment of a conversion lens (optional) may influence the SteadyShot function.
If you cancel the SteadyShot function
The SteadyShot off indicator
appears. Your camcorder prevents excessive
compensation for camera-shake.
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
FRAME REC
INT. REC
Mode
Meaning
POWER
switch
z OFF
To deactivate Cut recording function.
CAMERA
ON
To activate Cut recording function (p. 57).
ON
To activate Interval recording function (p. 55).
z OFF
FLASH LVL
SET
To set INTERVAL and REC TIME for Interval
recording function.
HIGH
Makes the flash level higher than normal.
z NORMAL
LOW
HOLOGRAM F
z AUTO
HiFi SOUND
z STEREO
OFF
AUDIO MIX
Normal setting.
CAMERA
MEMORY
Makes the flash level lower than normal.
The HOLOGRAM AF emits when focusing on
subjects is difficult in dark places (p. 116).
MEMORY
The HOLOGRAM AF does not emit.
To play back a stereo tape or dual sound track
tape with main and sub sound (p. 166).
1
To play back a stereo tape with the left sound or
a dual sound tape with main sound.
2
To play back a stereo tape with the right sound
or a dual sound track tape with sub sound.
——
To adjust the balance between the stereo 1 and
stereo 2 (p. 88).
ST1
A/VtDV OUT
CAMERA
To deactivate Interval recording function.
VCR
VCR
ST2
z OFF
To output digital images and sound in analog
format using your camcorder.
ON
To output analog images and sound in digital
format using your camcorder (p. 80).
VCR
Note on FLASH LVL
You cannot adjust FLASH LVL if the external flash (optional) is not compatible with the
flash level.
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
LCD BRIGHT
Meaning
——
To adjust the brightness on the LCD screen with
b/B on the control button.
To darken
LCD B. L.
LCD COLOR
BRIGHT
To brighten the LCD screen.
——
To adjust the color on the LCD screen, press
b/B on the control button.
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
To get highintensity
Not to record continuously.
MEMORY
STILL SET
PIC MODE
QUALITY
IMAGESIZE
z SINGLE
NORMAL
To record from three to nine images
continuously (p. 113).
HIGH SPEED
To record up to 16 images continuously fast.
MULTI SCRN
To record nine images continuously, display the
images on a single page divided into nine boxes.
z SUPER FINE
To record still images in the finest image quality
mode (p. 107).
FINE
To record still images in the fine image quality
mode.
STANDARD
To record still images in the standard image
quality mode.
z 1360 × 1020
640 × 480
To record still images in 1360 × 1020 size
(p. 109).
Customizing Your Camcorder
To brighten the viewfinder screen.
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the viewfinder screen to
normal.
BRIGHT
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
To lighten
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the LCD screen normal.
To get lowintensity
VF B.L.
POWER
switch
Mode
VCR
MEMORY
MEMORY
To record still images in 640 × 480 size.
Notes on LCD B.L. and VF B.L.
•When you select BRIGHT, battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during
recording.
•When you use power sources other than the battery pack, BRIGHT is automatically
selected.
Even if you adjust LCD BRIGHT, LCD B.L., LCD COLOR and/or VF B.L.
The recorded picture will not be affected.
(Continued on the following page)
99
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
Mode
Meaning
POWER
switch
z 320 × 240
To record moving pictures in 320 × 240 size
(p. 109).
VCR
MEMORY
160 × 112
To record moving pictures in 160 × 112 size.
MOVIE SET
IMAGESIZE
REMAIN
PRINT MARK
z AUTO
ON
To always display the remaining capacity of the
“Memory Stick.”
ON
To write a print mark on the recorded still
images you want to print out later (p. 153).
z OFF
PROTECT
ON
z OFF
SLIDE SHOW
DELETE ALL
FORMAT
PHOTO SAVE
To display the remaining capacity of the
“Memory Stick” in the following cases:
• For five seconds after inserting a “Memory
Stick” into your camcorder
• When the capacity of the “Memory Stick” is
less than one minute in MEMORY mode
• For five seconds after completing a moving
picture recording
VCR
MEMORY
VCR
MEMORY
To cancel print marks on still images.
To protect selected images against accidental
erasure (p. 150).
VCR
MEMORY
Not to protect images.
——
To play back images in a continuous loop
(p. 149).
MEMORY
——
To delete all the unprotected images (p. 152).
MEMORY
To cancel formatting.
MEMORY
z RETURN
OK
To format an inserted “Memory Stick.”
1. Select FORMAT.
2. Select and decide upon OK with the control
button.
3. After EXECUTE appears, press z on the
control button. FORMATTING flashes during
formatting. COMPLETE appears when
formatting is finished.
——
To duplicate still images on tape onto “Memory
Stick” (p. 135).
VCR
Notes on formatting
•Supplied “Memory Stick”s have been formatted at factory. Formatting with this
camcorder is not required.
•Do not turn the POWER switch or press any button while the display shows
FORMATTING.
•You cannot format the “Memory Stick” if the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick”
is set to LOCK.
•Format the “Memory Stick” when
FORMAT ERROR is displayed.
Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick”
Check the contents of the “Memory Stick” before formatting.
• Formatting erases sample images on the “Memory Stick.”
• Formatting erases the protected image data on the “Memory Stick.”
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
9PIC PRINT
DATE/TIME
Mode
Meaning
POWER
switch
z RETURN
To cancel prints of split screen.
MEMORY
SAME
To make prints of same split screen (p. 154).
MULTI
To make prints of different split screen.
MARKED
To make prints of images with print marks in
recording order.
z OFF
To make prints without the recording date and
time.
MEMORY
To make prints with the recording date (p. 154).
DAY&TIME
To make prints with the recording date and time.
TITLE
——
To superimpose a title or make your own title
(p. 90, 93).
VCR
CAMERA
TITLEERASE
——
To erase the title you have superimposed (p. 92).
VCR
CAMERA
To display the title you have superimposed.
VCR
TITLE DSPL
z ON
OFF
CM SEARCH
z ON
Not to display the title.
To search using cassette memory (p. 62, 63, 65).
VCR
OFF
To search without using cassette memory.
TAPE TITLE
——
To label a cassette (p. 94).
VCR
CAMERA
ERASE ALL
——
To erase all the data in cassette memory (p. 95).
VCR
CAMERA
Customizing Your Camcorder
DATE
Note on PRINT SET
9PIC PRINT and DATE/TIME are displayed only when an external printer (optional) is
connected to the intelligent accessory shoe.
(Continued on the following page)
101
Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
REC MODE
Mode
Meaning
z SP
To record in the SP (Standard Play) mode.
LP
AUDIO MODE
z 12BIT
16BIT
qREMAIN
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
To record in the 12-bit mode (two stereo sounds).
To record in the 16-bit mode (one stereo sound
with high quality).
VCR
CAMERA
VCR
CAMERA
z AUTO
To display the remaining tape bar:
• for about eight seconds after a cassette is
inserted and your camcorder calculates the
remaining amount of tape.
• for about eight seconds after N or DISPLAY
is pressed.
ON
To always display the remaining tape indicator.
——
To set the date or time (p. 16).
CAMERA
MEMORY
To display selected menu items in normal size.
To display selected menu items at twice the
normal size.
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
z ON
To make the demonstration appear.
CAMERA
OFF
To cancel the demonstration mode.
z NORMAL
2×
DEMO MODE
To increase the recording time to 1.5 times the
SP mode.
POWER
switch
VCR
CAMERA
Notes on the LP mode
•When you record a tape in the LP mode on your camcorder, we recommend playing
the tape on your camcorder. When you play back the tape on other camcorders or
VCRs, noise may occur in pictures or sound.
•When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony Excellence/Master
cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
•You cannot make audio dubbing on a tape recorded in the LP mode. Use the SP mode
for the tape to be audio dubbed.
•When you record in the SP and LP modes on one tape or you record some scenes in
the LP mode, the playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be
written properly between scenes.
Notes on AUDIO MODE
•You cannot dub audio sound on a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode.
•When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, you cannot adjust the balance
in AUDIO MIX.
Notes on DEMO MODE
•You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder.
•When NIGHTSHOT is set to ON, the “NIGHTSHOT” indicator appears on the screen
and you cannot select DEMO MODE in the menu settings.
•DEMO MODE is set to STBY (Standby) as the default setting and the demonstration
starts about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a
cassette inserted.
To cancel the demonstration, insert a cassette, set the POWER switch to other than
CAMERA, or set DEMO MODE to OFF. To set to STBY (Standby) again, leave the
DEMO MODE at ON in the menu settings, turn the POWER switch OFF (CHG), and
return the POWER switch to CAMERA.
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Changing the menu settings
Icon/item
DATA CODE
Mode
Meaning
POWER
switch
z DATE/CAM
To display date, time and various settings
during playback (p. 32).
VCR
MEMORY
DATE
To display date and time during playback.
AREA SET
——
Temporarily change the area where you are
using your camcorder.
DST SET*
z OFF
ON
BEEP
z MELODY
COMMANDER
To output the beep instead of the melody.
To cancel all sound including shutter sound.
z ON
z ON
z RETURN
To activate the Remote Commander supplied
with your camcorder.
To deactivate the Remote Commander to avoid
remote control misoperation caused by other
VCR’s remote control.
To show the display on the LCD screen and in
the viewfinder.
To show the display on the TV screen, LCD
screen and in the viewfinder.
To light up the camera recording lamp at the
front of your camcorder.
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
VCR
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
MEMORY
Customizing Your Camcorder
z LCD
OFF
VIDEO EDIT
To output the melody when you start/stop
recording or when an unusual condition occurs
on your camcorder.
OFF
V-OUT/LCD
REC LAMP
During daylight saving time.
NORMAL
OFF
DISPLAY
Not during daylight saving time.
CAMERA
MEMORY
CAMERA
MEMORY
To turn the camera recording lamp off so that
the person is not aware of the recording.
To cancel video editing.
TAPE
To make program and perform video editing
(p. 69).
MEMORY
To make program and perform MPEG editing
(p. 132).
VCR
* Instead of DST, SUMMERTIME is displayed on the screen for some models.
Note
If you press DISPLAY with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the
picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD screen even when your
camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR.
When recording a close subject
When REC LAMP is set to ON, the red camera recording lamp on the front of the
camcorder may reflect on the subject if it is close. In this case, we recommend you set
REC LAMP to OFF.
In more than five minutes after removing the power source
The PROGRAM AE, WHT BAL, FLASH LVL, HiFi SOUND, AUDIO MIX and
COMMANDER items are returned to their default settings.
The other menu items are held in memory even when the battery is removed.
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— “Memory Stick” Operations —
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
You can record and play back images on a “Memory Stick” supplied with your
camcorder. You can easily play back, record or delete images. You can exchange image
data with other equipment such as your computer etc., using the USB cable for
“Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder.
On file format
Still image (JPEG)
Your camcorder compresses image data in JPEG format (extension .jpg).
Moving picture (MPEG)
Your camcorder compresses picture data in MPEG format (extension .mpg).
Typical image data file name
Still image
100-0001:
This file name appears on the screen of your camcorder.
Dsc00001.jpg: This file name appears on the display of your computer.
Moving picture
MOV00001:
This file name appears on the screen of your camcorder.
Mov00001.mpg: This file name appears on the display of your computer.
Using a “Memory Stick”
Terminal
Write-protect tab
Labeling position
•You cannot record or erase images when the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick”
is set to LOCK.
•The position and shape of the write-protect tab may be different depending on the
model.
•We recommend backing up important data on the hard disk of your computer.
•Image data may be damaged in the following cases:
– If you remove the “Memory Stick” or turn the power off during reading or writing.
– If you use “Memory Stick”s 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 “Memory Stick”s.
•Do not disassemble or modify “Memory Stick”s.
•Do not let “Memory Stick”s get wet.
•Do not use or keep “Memory Stick”s 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
“Memory Stick”s formatted by a computer
“Memory Stick”s formatted by Windows OS or Macintosh computers do not have a
guaranteed compatibility with this camcorder.
Notes on image data compatibility
•Image data files recorded on “Memory Stick”s by your camcorder conform with the
Design Rules for Camera File Systems universal standard established by the JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries 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 with this
universal standard. (These models are not sold in some areas.)
•If you cannot use the “Memory Stick” that is used with other equipment, format it
with this camcorder (p. 100). However, formatting erases all information on the
“Memory Stick.”
“Memory Stick” Operations
•“Memory Stick” and
are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
•Windows and Windows Media are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
•Macintosh and Mac OS, QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
•RealPlayer is either a registered trademark or treademark of RealNetworks, Inc. in the
United States and/or other countries.
•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 a “Memory Stick” in the “Memory Stick” slot as far as it can go with the b mark
facing as illustrated.
“Memory Stick” slot
Access lamp
b mark
Ejecting a “Memory Stick”
Press the “Memory Stick” once lightly.
While the access lamp is lit or flashing
Do not shake or strike your camcorder because your camcorder is reading the data from
the “Memory Stick” or recording the data on the “Memory Stick.” Do not turn the
power off, eject a “Memory Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image
data breakdown may occur.
MEMORYSTICK ERROR” is displayed
If “
Reinsert “Memory Stick” a few times. The “Memory Stick” may be damaged if the
indicator is still displayed. If this occurs, use another “Memory Stick.”
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Selecting still image quality mode
You can select image quality mode in still image recording. The default setting is
SUPER FINE.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
with the control
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon STILL SET in
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon QUALITY with the control button.
(4) Select and decide upon the desired image quality with the control button.
1
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
LOCK
3
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E
RE T URN
SFN
SUPER F I NE
F I NE
S T ANDARD
R EMA I N
12
[ ME N U ] : E N D
4
“Memory Stick” Operations
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
S T ANDARD
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E
RE T URN
R EMA I N
36
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
107
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Image quality settings
Setting
Meaning
SUPER FINE (SFN)
This is the highest image quality in your camcorder.
The number of still images you can record is less than
in FINE mode. The image is compressed to about 1/3.
FINE (FINE)
Use this mode when you want to record high quality
images. The image is compressed to about 1/6.
STANDARD (STD)
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.
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 selected image quality
mode and image size. Details are shown in the table below. (You can select 1360 × 1020
or 640 × 480 image size in the menu settings.)
1360 × 1020 image size
Image quality mode
Memory capacity
SUPER FINE
About 900 KB
FINE
About 450 KB
STANDARD
About 300 KB
640 × 480 image size
Image quality mode
Memory capacity
SUPER FINE
About 190 KB
FINE
About 100 KB
STANDARD
About 60 KB
Image quality mode indicator
The image quality mode indicator is not displayed during playback.
When you select image quality
The number of images you can shoot in the currently selected image quality appears on
the screen.
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Selecting the image size
You can select either of two image sizes
Still images: 1360 × 1020 or 640 × 480. (When the POWER switch is set to VCR, the
image size is automatically set to 640 × 480.)
The default setting is 1360 × 1020.
Moving pictures: 320 × 240 or 160 × 112
The default setting is 320 × 240.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon STILL SET (still image) or MOVIE
with the control button (p. 96).
SET (moving picture) in
(3) Select and decide upon IMAGESIZE with the control button.
(4) Select and decide upon the desired image size with the control button.
The indicator changes as follows:
Still images:
1
1360
640
320
160
3
POWER
LOCK
VC
R
OFF
(CHG)
LOCK
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
STILL SET
MOVIE SET
MEMOR Y S E T 1360
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E 1 3 6 0 1 0 2 0
RE T URN
640 480
MEMOR Y S E T
320
MO V I E S E T
I MA G E S I Z E 3 2 0 2 4 0
R EMA I N 1 6 0 1 1 2
RE T URN
R EMA I N
R EMA I N
40sec
12
[ ME N U ] : E N D
4
[ ME N U ] : E N D
STILL SET
MOVIE SET
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E 6 4 0 4 8 0
RE T URN
MEMOR Y S E T
MO V I E S E T
I MA G E S I Z E 1 6 0 1 1 2
R EMA I N
RE T URN
R EMA I N
R EMA I N
2 min
60
[ ME N U ] : E N D
“Memory Stick” Operations
Moving pictures:
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
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Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Image size settings
Setting
Meaning
Indicator
Recording
1360 × 1020
Records 1360 × 1020 still images.
640 × 480
Records 640 × 480 still images.
320 × 240
Records 320 × 240 moving pictures.
160 × 112
1360 SFN
1360
640 SFN
640
320
320
160
160
Records 160 × 112 moving pictures.
Maximum recording time of moving pictures
110
Playback
Image size
Maximum recording time
320 × 240
15 seconds
160 × 112
60 seconds
Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction
Approximate number of still images you can record on a
“Memory Stick”
The number of images you can record varies depending on which image quality and
image size you select and the complexity of the subject.
Image quality
640 × 480
1360 × 1020
4MB
(optional)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
19 images
39 images
58 images
4 images
8 images
12 images
8MB
(supplied)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
40 images
80 images
120 images
8 images
17 images
25 images
16MB
(optional)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
80 images
160 images
240 images
17 images
34 images
50 images
32MB
(optional)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
160 images
325 images
485 images
35 images
69 images
100 images
64MB
(optional)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
325 images
650 images
980 images
71 images
140 images
205 images
128MB
(optional)
SUPER FINE (SFN)
FINE (FINE)
STANDARD (STD)
650 images
1310 images
1970 images
140 images
280 images
415 images
Approximate time of moving pictures you can record on a
“Memory Stick”
“Memory Stick” Operations
Type
The time of moving pictures you can record varies depending on which image size you
select and the complexity of the subject.
Type
160 × 112
320 × 240
4MB (optional)
2 min. 40 sec.
40 sec.
8MB (supplied)
5 min. 20 sec.
1 min. 20 sec.
16MB (optional)
10 min. 40 sec.
2 min. 40 sec.
32MB (optional)
21 min. 20 sec.
5 min. 20 sec.
64MB (optional)
42 min. 40 sec.
10 min. 40 sec.
128MB (optional)
85 min. 20 sec.
21 min. 20 sec.
The table above shows approximate number and times of still images and moving
pictures you can record on a “Memory Stick” formatted by your camcorder.
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Recording still images on “Memory
Stick”s – Memory Photo recording
You can record still images on “Memory Stick”s.
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 image appears. The green
z mark stops flashing, then lights up. The brightness of the image and focus
are adjusted, being targeted for the middle of the image and are fixed.
Recording does not start yet.
(3) Press PHOTO deeper.
The still image will be displayed after the shutter sounds.
Recording is complete when the bar scroll indicator disappears.
The image when you pressed PHOTO deeper will be recorded on the
“Memory Stick.”
[a][b]
2
PHOTO
3
1
1360
SFN
1360
SFN
1 / 12
PHOTO
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
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LOCK
[a]: Number of recorded images
[b]: Approximate number of
images can be recorded on
the “Memory Stick”
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The following functions do not work:
– Wide mode
– Digital zoom
– SteadyShot function
– SUPER NIGHTSHOT
– Fader
– Picture effect
– Digital effect
– Title
– Low lux of PROGRAM AE (The indicator flashes.)
– Sports lesson of PROGRAM AE (The indicator flashes.)
Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– 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.
When you press PHOTO lightly in step 2
The image momentarily flickers. This is not a malfunction.
Recording data
The recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) are not displayed
while recording. However, they are recorded automatically onto the “Memory Stick.”
To display the recording data, press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander during
playback.
Recording images continuously
You can record still images continuously. Select one of the three modes described below
before recording.
NORMAL [a]
Your camcorder shoots up to three still images in 1360 × 1020 size or nine still images in
640 × 480 size at about 0.5 sec intervals. (
)
“Memory Stick” Operations
When POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The angle of view is slightly larger compared with the angle of view in CAMERA
mode.
HIGH SPEED (Recording image size is 640 × 480) [a]
Your camcorder shoots up to 16 still images in 640 × 480 size at about 0.07 sec intervals.
(
)
MULTI SCRN (Recording image size is 640 × 480) [b]
Your camcorder shoots nine still images at about 0.4 sec intervals and displays the
images on a single page divided into nine boxes. Still images are recorded in 640 × 480
size. (
)
[a]
[b]
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Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– Memory Photo recording
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
with the control
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon STILL SET in
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon PIC MODE with the control button.
(4) Select and decide upon the desired setting with the control button.
(5) Press MENU to make the menu setting disappear.
(6) Press PHOTO deeper.
PHOTO
3
MENU
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
S I NG L E
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E
RE T URN
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E
RE T URN
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
4
S I NG L E
NORMA L
H I GH S P E E D
MU L T I S C R N
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
P I C MOD E H I GH S P E E D
QU A L I T Y
I MA G E S I Z E
RE T URN
[ ME N U ] : E N D
If the capacity of the “Memory Stick” becomes full
”
FULL” appears on the screen, and you cannot record a still image on this “Memory
Stick.”
The number of images in continuous shooting
The number of images you can shoot continuously varies depending on the image size
and the capacity of the “Memory Stick.”
During recording images continuously
The flash does not work.
When shooting with the self-timer function or the Remote Commander
Your camcorder automatically records up to the maximum recordable number of still
images.
When selecting HIGH SPEED
Flickering or changes in color may occur. Also, your camcorder prevents focusing on
near objects.
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When selecting NORMAL or HIGH SPEED
Recording continues up to the maximum number of still images during pressing
PHOTO deeper. Release PHOTO to stop recording.
Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– Memory Photo recording
Recording images with the flash
The flash automatically pops up to strobe. The default setting is auto (no indicator). To
change the flash mode, press the (flash) repeatedly until the flash mode indicator
appears on the screen.
(flash)
The flash is adjusted to the appropriate brightness through the photocell window for
the flash. You can also change FLASH LVL to the desired brightness in the menu
settings (p. 96). Try recording various images to find the most appropriate setting for
FLASH LVL.
“Memory Stick” Operations
Each press of (flash) changes the indicator as follows:
t t
t No indicator
Auto red-eye reduction: The flash fires before recording to reduce the red-eye
phenomenon.
Forced flash:
The flash fires regardless of the surrounding brightness.
No flash:
The flash does not fire.
Notes
•The recommended shooting distance using the built-in flash is 0.3 m to 2.5 m (31/32
feet to 8 1/3 feet).
•Attaching the lens hood (supplied) or a conversion lens (optional) may block the light
from the flash or cause lens shadow to appear.
•You cannot use an external flash (optional) and the built-in flash at the same time.
• (auto red-eye reduction) may not produce the desired effect depending on
individual differences, the distance to the subject, the subject not looking at the prerecording flash or other conditions.
•The flash effect cannot be obtained easily when you use forced flash in a bright
location.
•If it is not easy to focus on a subject automatically, for example, when recording in the
dark, use the focal distance information (p. 53) for focusing manually.
If you leave your camcorder for five or more minutes after disconnecting the
power source
Your camcorder returns to the default setting (auto).
The flash does not fire even if you select auto and
during the following operations:
– NightShot
– Exposure
– Spotlight of PROGRAM AE
– Sunset & moon of PROGRAM AE
– Landscape of PROGRAM AE
(auto red-eye reduction)
When you use an external flash (optional) which does not have the auto red-eye
reduction function
You cannot select the auto red-eye reduction.
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Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– Memory Photo recording
Shooting using the HOLOGRAM AF
The HOLOGRAM AF is an auxiliary light source used for focusing on subjects in dark
places.
Set HOLOGRAM F to AUTO in the menu settings. (The default setting is AUTO.)
When
appears on the screen in a dark place, press PHOTO lightly. Then the flash
will pop up and the auxiliary light will automatically emit until the subject is focused.
HOLOGRAM AF emitter
About HOLOGRAM AF
“HOLOGRAM AF (Auto-Focus),” an application of laser holograms, is a new AF
optical system that enables still image shooting in dark places. Having gentler radiation
than conventional high-brightness LEDs or lamps, the system satisfies Laser Class 1 (*)
specification and thus maintains higher safety for human eyes.
No safety problems will be caused by directly looking into the HOLOGRAM AF emitter
at a close range. However, it is not recommended to do so, because you may experience
such effects like several minutes of image residual and dazzling, that you encounter
after looking into a flashlight.
*HOLOGRAM AF satisfies Class 1(time base 30,000 seconds), specified in all of JIS
(Japan), IEC(EU), and FDA(US) industry standards.
Complying with these standards identifies the laser product to be safe, under a
condition that a human looks at the laser light either directly or even through a lens for
30,000 seconds.
Notes
• If enough light does not reach the subject even if the HOLOGRAM AF emitter is
emitted (recommended shooting distance is 2.5 m (8 1/3 feet)), the subject will not be
focused.
•Focus is achieved as long as HOLOGRAM AF light reaches to the subject even if its
light is slightly out of the middle position of the subject.
• If HOLOGRAM AF light is dim, it sometimes becomes difficult to focus. If this
happens, wipe the HOLOGRAM AF emitter with a soft, dry cloth.
The HOLOGRAM AF does not emit when:
• Flash is set to
No flash
• NightShot is set to ON
• focusing manually
• Sunset & moon of PROGRAM AE
• Landscape of PROGRAM AE
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When you use the external flash (optional)
The built-in flash pops up and HOLOGRAM AF emit.
Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– Memory Photo recording
Self-timer memory photo recording
You can record images on “Memory Stick”s with the self-timer. You can also use the
Remote Commander for this operation.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
(self-timer). The
(self-timer) indicator appears on the screen.
(2) Press
(3) Press PHOTO deeper.
Self-timer starts counting down from 10 with a beep sound. In the last
two seconds of the countdown, the beep sound gets faster, then recording
starts automatically.
PHOTO
2
PHOTO
“Memory Stick” Operations
(self-timer)
To record moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s with the selftimer
Press START/STOP in step 3. To cancel recording, press START/STOP again.
To cancel self-timer recording
Press
(self-timer) so that the
(self-timer) indicator disappears on the screen. You
cannot cancel the self-timer recording using the Remote Commander.
Note
The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when:
– Self-timer recording is finished.
– The POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) or VCR.
To check the image to be recorded
You can check the image with pressing the PHOTO button lightly, then press it deeper
to start the self-timer recording.
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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 into your camcorder.
•Insert 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 screen. 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
REW
3
PHOTO
CAPTURE
4
PLAY
FF
PHOTO
Image size of still images
Image size is automatically set to 640 × 480.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Do not shake or strike the unit. As well do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory
Stick.” Otherwise, the image data breakdown may occur.
If “ ” appears on the screen
The inserted “Memory Stick” is incompatible with your camcorder because its format
does not conform with your camcorder. Check the format of the “Memory Stick.”
If you press PHOTO lightly in the playback mode
Your camcorder stops momentarily.
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Recording an image from a tape as a still image
Sound recorded on a tape
You cannot record the audio from a tape.
Titles have already recorded on tapes
You cannot record the titles on “Memory Stick”s. The title does not appear while you
are recording a still image with PHOTO.
Recording date/time
The recording data (date/time) when it is recorded on “Memory Stick” is recorded.
Various settings are not recorded.
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.
(2) Play back the recorded tape, or turn the TV on to see the desired program.
The image of the other equipment is displayed on the LCD screen or
viewfinder.
(3) Follow steps 3 and 4 on page 118.
Using the A/V connecting cable
S VIDEO
“Memory Stick” Operations
Before operation
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.)
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO/
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video jack on the VCR or
the TV.
If your TV or VCR has an S video jack
Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional).
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
TV or VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
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Recording an image from a tape as a still image
Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
DV
DV OUT
DV
(optional)
: Signal flow
Note
The “ ” may flash in the following instances. If this happens, eject and insert
“Memory Stick“ again, and record distortion-free images.
– When recording on a tape in a poor recording state, for example, on a tape that has
been repeatedly used for dubbing
– When attempting to input images that are distorted due to poor radio wave reception
when a TV tuner unit is in use
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Superimposing a still image in the
“Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX
You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on the “Memory Stick” on top of
the moving image you are recording. You can record the superimposed images on a
tape or a “Memory Stick.” (However, you can record only superimposed still images on
the “Memory Stick.”)
M. CHROM (Memory chromakey)
You can swap a blue area of a still image such as an illustration or a frame with a
moving image.
M. LUMI (Memory luminancekey)
You can swap a brighter area of a still image such as a handwritten illustlation or title
with a moving image. Record a title on the “Memory Stick” before a trip or event for
convenience.
M. OVERLAP* (Memory overlap)
You can make a moving image fade in on top of a still image recorded on the “Memory
Stick” as the overlap function.
Still image
Moving image
M. CHROM
“Memory Stick” Operations
C. CHROM (Camera chromakey)
You can superimpose a moving image on top of a still image such as an image can be
used as background. Shoot the subject against a blue background. The blue area of the
moving image will be swapped with a still image.
Blue
Still image
Moving image
Still image
Moving image
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
Blue
Still image
Moving image
M. OVERLAP*
* The superimposed image using Memory overlap function can be recorded on tapes
only.
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Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX
Recording superimposed images on a tape
Before operation
• Insert a tape for recording into your camcorder.
• Insert a “Memory Stick” recorded still images into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
(2) Press MEMORY MIX in the standby mode.
The last recorded or last composed image appears on the lower part of the
screen as a thumbnail image.
(3) Press MEMORY+/– to select the still image you want to superimpose.
To see the previous image, press MEMORY –. To see the next image, press
MEMORY+.
(4) Select the desired mode with the control button.
The mode changes as follows:
M. CHROM y M. LUMI y C. CHROM y M. OVERLAP
(5) Press z on the control button.
The still image is superimposed on the moving image.
(6) Press b/B on the control button to adjust the effect.
M. CHROM
– The color (blue) scheme of the area in the still image which is
to be swapped with a moving image
M. LUMI
– The color (bright) scheme of the area in the still image which
is to be swapped with a moving image
C. CHROM – The color (blue) scheme of the area in the moving image
which is to be swapped with a still image
M. OVERLAP – No adjustment necessary
The fewer bars there are on the screen, the stronger the effect.
(7) Press START/STOP to start recording.
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Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX
2
MEMORY
MIX
M. CHROM
100–0021
4
Still image
3
M. LUMI
100–0021
5
M. LUMI I I I • • • •
100–0021
M. LUMI I • • • • • •
100–0021
To change the still image to superimpose
Do either of the following:
– Press MEMORY+/– before step 7.
– Press z on the control button before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
“Memory Stick” Operations
6
To change the mode setting
Press z on the control button before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
To cancel MEMORY MIX
Press MEMORY MIX.
Notes
•You cannot use MEMORY MIX function for moving pictures recorded on “Memory
Stick”s.
•When the overlapping still image has a large amount of white, the thumbnail image of
the picture may not be clear.
Image data modified with your computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
When you select M. OVERLAP
You cannot change the still image or the mode setting.
During recording
You cannot change the mode setting.
To record the superimposed image as a still image
Press PHOTO deeper in step 7.
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Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX
Recording superimposed images on a “Memory Stick” as a still
image
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” recorded still images 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 MEMORY MIX.
The last recorded or last composed image appears on the lower part of the
screen as a thumbnail image.
(3) Press MEMORY+/– to select the image you want to superimpose.
To see the previous image, press MEMORY –. To see the next image, press
MEMORY+.
(4) Select the desired mode with the control button.
The mode changes as follows:
M. CHROM y M. LUMI y C. CHROM
(5) Press z on the control button.
The still image is superimposed on the moving image.
(6) Press b/B on the control button to adjust the effect.
M. CHROM
M. LUMI
C. CHROM
– The color (blue) scheme of the area in the still image which is
to be swapped with a moving image
– The color (bright) scheme of the area in the still image which
is to be swapped with a moving image
– The color (blue) scheme of the area in the moving image
which is to be swapped with a still image
The fewer bars there are on the screen, the stronger the effect.
(7) Press PHOTO deeper to start recording.
The image displayed on the screen will be recorded on a “Memory Stick.”
Recording is complete when the bar scroll indicator disappears.
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Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image
– MEMORY MIX
2
MEMORY
MIX
M. CHROM
100–0021
4
M. LUMI
Still image
3
100–0021
5
M. LUMI I I I • • • •
100–0021
M. LUMI I • • • • • •
100–0021
To change the still image to superimpose
Do either of the following:
– Press MEMORY+/– before step 7.
– Press z on the control button before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
“Memory Stick” Operations
6
To change the mode setting
Press z on the control button before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
To cancel MEMORY MIX
Press MEMORY MIX.
Notes
• You cannot use MEMORY MIX function for moving pictures recorded on “Memory
Stick”s.
• When the overlapping still image has a large amount of white, the thumbnail image of
the picture may not be clear.
Image data modified with your computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
During recording
You cannot change the mode setting.
When recording images on a “Memory Stick” using the MEMORY MIX function
The PROGRAM AE function does not work. (The indicator flashes.)
The “Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder stores 20 images
– For M. CHROM: 18 images (such as a frame) 100-0001~100-0018
– For C. CHROM: two images (such as a background) 100-0019~100-0020
Sample images
Sample images stored in the “Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder are
protected (p. 150).
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Recording moving pictures on “Memory
Stick”s – MPEG movie recording
You can record moving pictures with sound on “Memory Stick”s.
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 START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The camera recording
lamp located on the front of your camcorder lights up. When IMAGESIZE in
the menu settings is set to 320 × 240, the maximum recording time is 15
seconds. However, when IMAGESIZE in the menu settings is set to 160 × 112,
the maximum recording time is 60 seconds.
2
4 0 min
320 REC
POWER
VC
R
LOCK
0:0 3
[ 1 5 SEC ]
[a]
BBB
OFF
(CHG)
[b]
M
M
CA
E
ER M O R Y
A
[a]: Recording time can be recorded on the
“Memory Stick”
[b]: This indicator is displayed for five seconds
after pressing START/STOP. This indicator
is not recorded.
To stop recording
Press START/STOP.
Note
Sound is recorded in monaural.
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The following functions do not work:
– Wide mode
– Digital zoom
– SteadyShot function
– SUPER NIGHTSHOT
– Fader
– Picture effect
– Digital effect
– Title
– Low lux of PROGRAM AE (The indicator flashes.)
– Sports lesson of PROGRAM AE (The indicator flashes.)
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Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s
– MPEG movie recording
When using an external flash (optional)
Turn the power of the external flash off when recording moving pictures on “Memory
Stick”s.
Otherwise, the charging sound for the flash may be recorded.
Recording date/time
The date/time are not displayed while recording. However, they are automatically
recorded onto the “Memory Stick.”
To display the recording date/time, press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander
during playback. Various settings cannot be recorded.
During recording on “Memory Stick”
Do not eject the cassette tape from your camcorder. During ejecting the tape, sound is
not recorded on the “Memory Stick.”
When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY
The angle of view is slightly larger compared with the angle of view in CAMERA
mode.
“Memory Stick” Operations
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Recording a picture from a tape as a
moving picture
Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on a tape and record it as a
moving picture on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also take in moving picture
data through the input connector and record it as a moving picture on a “Memory
Stick.”
Before operation
•Insert a recorded tape into your camcorder.
•Insert 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.
And press X at the scene where you want to start recording from.
(3) Press START/STOP on your camcorder. When IMAGESIZE in the menu
settings is set to 320 × 240, the maximum recording time is 15 seconds.
However, when IMAGESIZE in the menu settings is set to 160 × 112, the
maximum recording time is 60 seconds.
3
N 0:1 5:4 2:4 3
4 0 min
POWER
0:0 3
320 REC
[ 1 5 SEC ]
VC
R
LOCK
OFF
(CHG)
[b]
EM
M
M
CA
ER
2
PLAY
PAUSE
To stop recording
Press START/STOP.
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[a]
BBB
A
O RY
[a]: Recording time can be recorded on the
“Memory Stick.”
[b]: This indicator is displayed for
five seconds after pressing START/STOP.
This indicator is not recorded.
Recording a picture from a tape as a moving picture
Notes
•Sound recorded in 48 kHz is converted to one in 32 kHz when recording images from
a tape to “Memory Stick”s.
•Sound recorded in stereo is converted to monaural sound when recording from tapes.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Do not shake or strike the unit. As well do not turn the power off , eject a “Memory
Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image data breakdown may occur.
Titles have already recorded on tapes
You cannot record the titles on “Memory Stick”s. The title does not appear while you
are recording a moving image with START/STOP.
If “
AUDIO ERROR” is displayed
Sound that cannot be recorded by your camcorder has been recorded. Connect the A/V
connecting cable to input images from an external unit used to play back the image
(p. 130).
“Memory Stick” Operations
Recording date/time
The recording data (date/time) when it is recorded on “Memory Stick” is recorded.
Various settings are not recorded.
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Recording a picture from a tape as a moving picture
Recording a moving picture from other equipment
Before operation
Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.)
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Play back the recorded tape, or turn the TV on to see the desired program.
The image of the other equipment is displayed on the LCD screen or
viewfinder.
(3) Follow the procedure on page 128 from the step 3 onwards at the point where
you want to start recording from.
Using the A/V connecting cable
S VIDEO
OUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO/
VIDEO
AUDIO
: Signal flow
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video jack on the VCR or
the TV.
If your TV or VCR has an S video jack
Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional).
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
TV or VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
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Recording a picture from a tape as a moving picture
Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable)
DV
DV OUT
DV
(optional)
: Signal flow
During recording on “Memory Stick”
Do not eject the cassette tape from your camcorder. During ejecting the tape, sound is
not recorded on the “Memory Stick.”
“Memory Stick” Operations
Note
The “ ” may flash in the following instances. If this happens, eject and insert
“Memory Stick” again, and record distortion-free images.
– When recording on a tape in a poor recording state, for example, on a tape that has
been repeatedly used for dubbing
– When attempting to input images that are distorted due to poor radio wave reception
when a TV tuner unit is in use
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Recording edited pictures as a moving
picture – Digital program editing (on
“Memory Stick”s)
You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto “Memory Stick”s.
Making the program
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
(2) Insert the tape for playback, and a “Memory Stick” for recording into your
camcorder.
with the
(3) Press MENU, then select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in
control button (p. 96).
(4) Select and decide upon MEMORY with the control button.
(5) Select and decide upon IMAGE SIZE with the control button.
When IMAGE SIZE is set to 320 × 240, the maximum recording time is 15
seconds. However, when IMAGE SIZE is set to 160 × 112, the maximum
recording time is 60 seconds.
(6) Search for the beginning of the first scene you want to insert using the video
operation buttons, then pause playback.
You can fine-adjust one frame at a time with EDITSEARCH.
(7) Press MARK on the Remote Commander, or z on the control button.
The IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark
changes to light blue.
(8) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video
operation buttons, then pause playback.
(9) Press MARK on the Remote Commander, or z on the control button.
The OUT point of the first program is set, then the bottom part of the program
mark changes to light blue.
(10) Repeat steps 6 to 9, then set the program.
When one program is set, the program mark changes to light blue.
You can set 20 programs in maximum.
6,8
REW
REC
PLAY
FF
STOP
PAUSE
MENU
7
9
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
I MAGE S I Z E
TOT A L
[ ME NU ] : E ND
132
0:0 8:5 5:0 6
1 OU T
0 SEC [
15SEC ]
320
10
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
I MAGE S I Z E
TOT A L
[ ME NU ] : E ND
0:0 8:5 8:0 6
2 IN
3 SEC [
15SEC ]
320
V I D EO E D I T
MA R K
UNDO
ERASE A L L
S T ART
I MAGE S I Z E
TOT A L
0:1 0:0 1:2 3
4 IN
13 S EC [
[ ME NU ] : E ND
320
15SEC ]
Recording edited pictures as a moving picture
– Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s)
Erasing the program you have set
Erase OUT first and then IN from of the last program.
(1) Select and decide upon UNDO with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button.
The last set program mark flashes, then the setting is canceled.
To cancel erasing
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 2.
Erasing all programs
(1) Select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT, then select and decide upon MEMORY
with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon ERASE ALL, then select and decide upon EXECUTE
with the control button.
All the program marks flash, then the settings are canceled.
To cancel erasing all programs
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 2.
Notes
•You cannot dub the titles, display indicators, or the contents of cassette memory.
•You cannot operate recording during the digital program editing on “Memory Stick”s.
•You cannot set IN or OUT on a blank portion of the tape.
•If there is a blank portion between IN and OUT on the tape, the total time code may
not be displayed correctly.
During making a program
If you eject the cassette, NOT READY appears on the screen. The program will be
erased.
“Memory Stick” Operations
To cancel a program you have set
Press MENU.
The program is stored in memory until the tape is ejected.
If you set over the maximum recording time
The program mark changes to yellow, and OVER 15 SEC LIMIT appears when
IMAGE SIZE is set to 320 × 240, or OVER 60 SEC LIMIT appears when IMAGE SIZE is
set to 160 × 112. However, you can record up to the maximum recording time.
Performing the program (Dubbing a “Memory Stick”)
(1) Select and decide upon VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings, then select and
decide upon MEMORY with the control button.
(2) Select and decide upon START, then select and decide upon EXECUTE with
the control button.
Search for the beginning of the first program, then start dubbing.
The program mark flashes.
The SEARCH indicator appears during search, the EDITING indicator appears
during writing of data on your camcorder, and REC appears during dubbing
on the screen.
The PROGRAM indicator changes to light blue after dubbing is complete.
When the dubbing ends, your camcorder automatically stops.
To stop dubbing during editing
Press x using the video operation buttons.
The program you made is recorded on a “Memory Stick” up to the place where you
pressed x.
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Recording edited pictures as a moving picture
– Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s)
To end the Digital program editing function
Your camcorder stops when the dubbing ends. Then the display returns to VIDEO
EDIT in the menu settings.
Press MENU to end the program editing function.
NOT READY appears on the LCD screen when:
– The program to operate the Digital program editing has not been made.
– The “Memory Stick” is not inserted.
– The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK.
– “Memory Stick” does not have enough space to record
When “Memory Stick” does not have enough space to record
LOW MEMORY appears on the screen. However, you can record pictures up to the
time indicated.
If you set over the maximum recording time
OVER MEMORY LIMIT appears on the screen. However, you can record moving
pictures up to the maximum recording time.
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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) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
with the
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon PHOTO SAVE in
control button (p. 96).
PHOTO BUTTON appears on the screen.
(3) Press PHOTO deeper. The still image from the tape is recorded on a “Memory
Stick.” The number of still images copied is displayed. END is displayed when
copying is completed.
3
P HO T O S A V E
0:0 0:0 0:0 0
PHOTO
P HO T O S A V E
640 STD
640 STD
“Memory Stick” Operations
END
4
SAV I NG
0
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
2
0:3 0:0 0:0 0
8 / 15
4 / 15
MEMOR Y S E T
ST I L L SET
MO V I E S E T
P R I N T MA R K
P RO T E C T
P HO T O S A V E R E A D Y
RE T URN
P HO T O S A V E
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ P HO T O ] : S T A R T [ ME NU ] : E ND
0:0 0:0 0:0 0
4 / 15
640 STD
PHOTO BUTTON
MENU
To stop copying
Press MENU.
When the memory of the “Memory Stick” is full
MEMORY FULL appears on the screen, and the copying stops. Insert another “Memory
Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2.
Image size of still images
Image size is automatically set to 640 × 480.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing
Do not shake or strike your camcorder. As well do not turn the power off, eject a
“Memory Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image data breakdown may
occur.
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 “Memory Stick”s in the middle of copying
Your camcorder resumes copying from the last image recorded on the previous
“Memory Stick.”
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Viewing a still image
– Memory photo playback
You can play back still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play back
six images including moving pictures in order at a time by selecting the index screen.
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) Press MEMORY PLAY. The last recorded image is displayed.
(3) Press MEMORY +/– to select the desired still image. To see the previous
image, press MEMORY –. To see the next image, press MEMORY +.
2
PLAY
3
To stop memory photo playback
Press MEMORY PLAY.
Note
You may not be able to play back images with your camcorder:
– when playing back image data modified on your computers.
– when playing back image data shot with other equipment.
Notes on the file name
• The directory number may not be displayed and only the file name may be displayed
if the structure of the directory does not conform to the DCF standard.
•“
- DIRECTORY ERROR” may appear on the screen if the structure of the
directory does not conform to the DCF standard. While this message appears, you can
play back images but cannot record them on the “Memory Stick.”
• The file name flashes on the screen if the file is corrupted or the file is unreadable.
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 image is recorded on the “Memory Stick”
The message “
NO FILE” appears.
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Screen indicators during still image playback
Image size
100-0006
640
6 / 100
MEMORY PLAY
Image number/Total number of recorded
images
Print mark
Protect
JUL 4 2001
12:05:56 AM
Recording data/time/various settings
Data Directory Number, File Number
“Memory Stick” Operations
Recording data
When you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander, you can see the recording
data (date/time or various settings when recorded).
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Viewing a still image – Memory photo playback
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 MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Press MEMORY INDEX to display the index screen.
2
INDEX
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
1
2
3
4
5
6
B mark
100-0006
6 / 100
To return to the normal playback screen (single screen)
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B mark to the image you want to display on full
screen, then press MEMORY PLAY.
Note
When displaying the index screen, the 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 (p. 104).
Image data modified with your computers or shot with other equipment
These files may not be displayed on the index screen.
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Viewing a moving picture
– MPEG movie playback
You can play back moving pictures recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play
back six images including still images in order at a time by selecting the index screen.
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) Press MEMORY PLAY. The last recorded image is displayed.
(3) Press MEMORY +/– to select the desired moving pictures. To see the previous
picture, press MEMORY –. To see the next picture, press MEMORY +.
(4) Press MPEG N X to start playback.
2
PLAY
4
MPEG
PB
ZOOM
“Memory Stick” Operations
3
To stop MPEG movie playback
Press MEMORY PLAY.
Note
You may not be able to play back images with your camcorder:
– when playing back image data modified on your computers.
– when playing back image data shot with other equipment.
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.
•Turn the audio volume of the TV down before operation, or noise (howling) may be
output from the TV speakers.
When no image is recorded on the “Memory Stick”
The message “ NO FILE” appears.
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Screen indicators during moving picture playback
Image size
MO V 0 0 0 0 1
320
2 / 20
MEMOR Y P L A Y
0:1 2
Picture number/Total number of recorded
pictures
Memory playback
–––
–––
JUL 4 2001
12:05:56 AM
Protect
Recording date/time.
(Various settings are displayed as “– – –”.)
Data directory number/File number
Recording date/time
To display the recording date/time, press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander
during playback.
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You can view data recorded on the “Memory Stick” using your computer.
Note
Data recorded on the “Memory Stick” is stored in the following formats. Make sure that
applications that support these file formats are installed on your computer.
– Still images:
JPEG format
– Moving images/audio: MPEG format
Recommended computer environment
Recommended Windows environment
OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows Me or Windows 2000
Professional standard installation is required.
However, operation is not assured if the above environment is upgraded OS.
CPU: MMX Pentium 200 MHz or faster
The USB connector must be provided as standard.
Recommended Macintosh environment
Macintosh computer with the Mac OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0/9.1 or Mac OS X standard
installation
However, note that the update to Mac OS 9.0/9.1 should be used for the following
models.
•iMac with the Mac OS 8.6 standard installation and a slot loading type CD-ROM drive
•iBook or Power Mac G4 with the Mac OS 8.6 standard installation
The USB connector must be provided as standard.
“Memory Stick” Operations
An application such as RealPlayer or Windows Media Player capable of playing back
MPEG picture must be installed (to play back moving pictures).
QuickTime 3.0 or newer must be installed (to play back moving pictures).
Notes
•Operations are not guaranteed for either the Windows or Macintosh environment if
you connect two or more USB equipment to a single computer at the same time, or
when using a hub.
•Depending on the type of USB equipment that is used simultaneously, some
equipment may not operate.
•Operations are not guaranteed for all the recommended computer environments
mentioned above.
•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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Installing the USB driver
Before connecting your camcorder to your computer, install the USB driver to the
computer. The USB driver is contained together with application software for viewing
images on a CD-ROM which is supplied with your camcorder.
Do not connect the USB cable to your computer before installation of the USB driver is
completed.
Example: For Windows 98/98SE/Me, Windows 2000 users
(1) Turn on the power of your computer and allow Windows to load.
(2) Insert the supplied CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive of your computer. The
application software screen appears.
(3) Set the cursor on “USB Driver Installation for Windows 98/98SE/Me and
Windows 2000” and click. USB driver installation starts.
(4) Follow the on-screen messages to install the USB driver.
(5) Connect the (USB) jack on your camcorder with the USB connector on your
computer using the supplied USB cable.
(6) Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder, connect the AC power adaptor
and set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
USB MODE appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your computer
recognizes the camcorder, and the Windows Add Hardware Wizard starts.
(7) Follow the on-screen messages to have the Add Hardware Wizard recognize
the hardware. The Add Hardware Wizard starts twice because two different
USB drivers are installed. Be sure to allow the installation to complete without
interrupting it.
(USB) jack
USB connector
USB cable
Push into the end
Notes
• You cannot install the USB driver if a “Memory Stick” is not in your camcorder.
Be sure to insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder before installing the USB
driver.
• The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to
your camcorder before installation of the USB driver was completed. Re-install the
USB driver following the procedure on page 143.
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Image data cannot be transferred by the USB connection
The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your
camcorder before installation of the USB driver was completed. Perform the following
procedure to correctly install the USB driver.
Step 1 Uninstall the incorrect USB driver
Step 2 Install the USB driver on the CD-ROM
Perform the entire procedure listed in “Installing the USB Driver” on the page 142.
“Memory Stick” Operations
1 Turn on the power and allow Windows to load.
2 Connect the USB jack on your computer to the (USB) jack on your camcorder
using the USB cable supplied with your camcorder.
3 Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder, connect the AC power adaptor,
and set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
4 Open your computer’s “Device Manager”.
Windows 2000 Professional:
Open “My Computer” t “Control Panel” t “Hardware” tab, and click the
“Device Manager” button.
Other OS:
Select “My Computer” t “Control Panel” t “System”, and click “Device
Manager”.
5 Select “Other devices”.
Select the device prefixed with the “?” mark and delete.
Ex: (?)Sony Handycam
6 Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), and then disconnect the USB cable.
7 Restart your computer.
Example: For Mac OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0 users
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
Turn on the power of your computer and allow the Mac OS to load.
Insert the supplied CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive of your computer.
Double-click the CD-ROM drive icon to open the window.
Double-click the icon of the hard disk containing the OS to open the window.
Move the following two files from the window opened in step 3 to the System
Folder icon in the window opened in step 4 (drag and drop).
• Sony Camcorder USB Driver
• Sony Camcorder USB Shim
(6) When “Put these items into the Extensions folder?” appears, click OK.
(7) Restart your computer.
For Mac OS 9.1/Mac OS X
The USB driver need not be installed. Your Mac is automatically recognized as a driver
just by connecting your Mac using the USB cable.
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Viewing images
For Windows users
(1) Turn on the power of your computer and allow Windows to load.
(2) Connect one end of USB cable to the (USB) jack on the camcorder and the
other end to the USB connector on your computer.
(3) Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder, and connect the AC power
adaptor to your camcorder and then to a wall outlet.
(4) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
USB MODE appears on the screen of the camcorder.
(5) Open “My Computer” on Windows and double click the newly recognized
drive (Example: “Removable Disk (E:)”).
The folders inside the “Memory Stick” are displayed.
(6) Select and double-click the desired image file from the folder.
For the detailed folder and file name, see ”Image file storage destinations and
image files” (p. 146).
(USB) jack
USB connector
USB cable
Desired file type
Push into the end
Double-click in this order
t “100msdcf” folder t Image file
Still image
“Dcim” folder
Moving picture*
“Mssony” folder t “Moml0001” folder t Image file*
* Copying a file to the hard disk of your computer before viewing it is recommended. If
you play back the file directly from the “Memory Stick,” the image and sound may
break off.
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For Windows 2000 Professional/Me users
To unplug the USB cable or eject the “Memory Stick”, follow the procedure below.
(1) Move the cursor to the “Unplug or Eject Hardware” icon on the Task Tray and
click to cancel the applicable drive.
(2) A message to remove the device from the system appears, then unplug the
USB cable or eject the “Memory Stick.”
For Macintosh users
To unplug the USB cable or eject the “Memory Stick”, follow the procedure below.
For Mac OS X users
Unplug the USB cable or eject the “Memory Stick” after shutting down your computer.
Notes on using your computer
“Memory Stick”
•“Memory Stick” operations on your camcorder cannot be assured if a “Memory Stick”
formatted on your computer is used on your camcorder, or if the “Memory Stick” in
your camcorder was formatted from your computer when the USB cable was
connected.
•Do not optimize the “Memory Stick” on a Windows machine. This will shorten the
“Memory Stick” life.
•Do not compress the data on the “Memory Stick.” Compressed files cannot be played
back on your camcorder.
“Memory Stick” Operations
(1) Quit application programs opened.
Make sure that the access lamp of the hard disk is not lit.
(2) Drag and drop the “Memory Stick” icon to the Trash or select Eject under the
Special menu.
(3) Unplug the USB cable or eject the “Memory Stick.”
Software
•Depending on your application software, the file size may increase when you open a
still image file.
•When you load an image modified using a retouch software from your computer to
the camcorder or when you directly modify the image on the camcorder, the image
format will differ so a file error indicator may appear and you may be unable to open
the file.
Communications with your computer
Communications between your camcorder and your computer may not recover after
recovering from Suspend, Resume, or Sleep.
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Image file storage destinations and image files
Image files recorded with your camcorder are grouped in folders by recording mode.
The meanings of the file names are as follows. ssss stands for any number within
the range from 0001 to 9999.
For Windows Me users
(The drive recognizing the camera is [E:].)
Folder containing still image data
Folder containing moving picture data
Folder
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File
Meaning
100msdcf
DSC0ssss.JPG
Still image file
Moml0001
MOV0ssss.MPG
Moving picture file
Copying the image recorded on “Memory
Stick”s to tapes
You can copy images recorded on “Memory Stick” and record them to a tape.
Before operation
•Insert a tape for recording into your camcorder.
•Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
(2) Using the video control buttons, search a point where you want to record the
desired images. Set the tape to playback pause.
(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. The last recorded image is displayed.
(5) Press MEMORY +/– to select the desired image. To see the previous image,
press MEMORY –. To see the next, press MEMORY +.
(6) Press X to start recording and press X again to stop.
z appears on the screen during recording.
(7) If you have more to copy, repeat steps 5 and 6.
PLAY
3
“Memory Stick” Operations
4
REC
To stop copying in the middle
Press x.
During copying
You cannot operate the following buttons:
– MEMORY PLAY
– MEMORY INDEX
– MEMORY DELETE
– MEMORY +/–
– MEMORY MIX
Note on the index screen
You cannot record the index screen.
If you press EDITSEARCH during pause mode
Memory playback stops.
Image data modified with your computers or shot with other equipment
You may not be able to copy them with your camcorder.
If you press DISPLAY in during recording or in recording standby 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.
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Enlarging still images recorded on
“Memory Stick”s – Memory PB ZOOM
You can enlarge still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can select and view the
desired part from the enlarged still image. Also you can copy the desired part of the
enlarged still image to tapes or “Memory Stick”s.
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) In the memory playback mode, press PB ZOOM on your camcorder.
The center of the image is enlarged to twice its size.
(3) Press the control button to move the image.
The image moves in the same direction as the control button.
(4) Adjust the zoom ratio by the power zoom lever.
You can enlarge the image from 1.1 times up to five times its size.
W : Decreases the zoom ratio.
T : Increases the zoom ratio.
4
2
W
T
MPEG
PB
ZOOM
3
PB ZOOM
× 5.0
To cancel the PB ZOOM function
Press PB ZOOM.
In the PB ZOOM mode
The digital effect function does not work.
The PB ZOOM function is canceled when the following buttons are pressed:
– MENU
– MEMORY PLAY
– MEMORY INDEX
– MEMORY +/–
Moving pictures recorded on “Memory Stick”s
The PB ZOOM function does not work.
To record an image processed by PB ZOOM on “Memory Stick”s
Press the PHOTO button to record the image processed by PB ZOOM. (The image size
becomes 640 × 480)
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Playing back images in a continuous loop
– 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.
with the
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon SLIDE SHOW in
control button (p. 96).
(3) Press MEMORY PLAY. Your camcorder plays back the images recorded on a
“Memory Stick” in sequence.
3
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MENU
[ M P L A Y ] : S T A R T [ ME NU ] : E ND
To stop 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
The slide show does not operate. If you change the “Memory Stick,” be sure to follow
the steps again from the beginning.
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Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection
To prevent accidental erasure of important images, you can protect selected images.
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch
is set to the right (unlock) position.
(2) Play back the image you want to protect.
(3) Press MENU, then select and decide upon PROTECT in
with the control
button (p. 96).
(4) Select and decide upon ON with the control button.
(5) Press MENU to make the menu display disappear. The “-” mark is
displayed beside the data file name of the selected image.
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To cancel image protection
Select and decide upon OFF with the control button in step 4.
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.
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Deleting images
You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.” You can delete all images or selected
images.
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) Playback the image to delete.
(3) Press MEMORY DELETE. “DELETE?” appears on the screen.
(4) Press MEMORY DELETE again. The selected image is deleted.
3
DE L E T E
100 - 0010
DELETE?
[ DE L E T E ] : DE L
[ – ] : C A NC E L
To cancel deleting an image
Press MEMORY – in step 4.
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To delete an image displayed on the index screen
Press MEMORY +/– to move the B indicator to the desired image you want to delete
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 delete carefully
before deleting them.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot delete images.
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Deleting images
Deleting all the images
You can delete all the unprotected images in a “Memory Stick.”
Before operation
Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to
the right (unlock) position.
with the control
(2) Press MENU, then select and decide upon DELETE ALL in
button (p. 96).
(3) Select and decide upon OK with the control button. OK changes to EXECUTE.
(4) Select and decide upon EXECUTE with the control button. DELETING flashes
on the screen. When all the unprotected images are deleted, COMPLETE is
displayed.
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3
4
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RE T URN
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RE T URN
[ ME N U ] : E N D
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MO V I E S E T
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F ORMA T
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[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick”
Select and decide upon RETURN with the control button in step 3.
While DELETING appears
Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons.
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Writing a print mark – PRINT MARK
You can specify the recorded still image to print out by putting marks. 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) Playback the still image you want to write a print mark on.
with the
(3) Press MENU, then select and decide upon PRINT MARK in
control button (p. 96).
(4) Select and decide upon ON with the control button.
(5) Press MENU to make the menu display disappear. The print mark
is
displayed beside the data file name of the image.
MENU
4
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ST I L L SET
MO V I E S E T
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P RO T E C T
OF F
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S L I D E S HOW
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RE T URN
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
“Memory Stick” Operations
3
To cancel writing print marks
Select and decide upon OFF with the control button in step 4.
If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK
You cannot write print marks on still images.
Moving pictures
You cannot write print marks on moving pictures.
While the file name is flashing
You cannot write a print mark on the still image.
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Using the optional printer
You can use the optional printer on your camcorder to print images on the print paper.
For details, refer to the operating instructions of the printer.
There are various ways of printing still images. The following, however, describes how
to print by selecting
in the menu on your camcorder.
Before operation
•Insert a recorded “Memory Stick” into your camcorder.
•Connect the optional printer to your camcorder as illustrated.
9PIC PRINT
Printer
DATE/TIME
PR I NT SE T
9 P I C PR I N T RE T URN
D A T E / T I ME S AME
RE T URN
MU L T I
MA R K E D
PR I NT SE T
DATE
9 P I C PR I NT
D A T E / T I ME O F F
RE T URN
DA T E
D A Y & T I ME
[ ME N U ] : E N D
[ ME N U ] : E N D
MENU
You can print nine still images on the 9-split print paper. Select the desired mode in the
menu settings.
SAME PICS
MULTI PICS or *MARKED PICS
* Nine still images with print marks are printed together.
You can make prints with the recording date and/or recording time. Select the desired
mode in the menu settings.
DATE
JUL
DAY & TIME
4 2001
4 1 2:0 0 A M
Images recorded in multi screen mode
You cannot print images recorded in multi screen mode on sticker type print paper.
Moving pictures recorded on “Memory Stick”
You cannot print moving pictures.
When “Memory Stick” has no files
“
NO STILL IMAGE FILE” appears on the screen.
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When there are no files with a PRINT MARK
“
NO PRINT MARK” appears on the screen.
— Using the Network function —
Accessing the network
– DCR-PC120BT only
You can access the Internet using a Bluetooth equipped device that is complied to the
camcorder. Once the access is made, you can view a Web page, send/receive your email, etc. This section described only how to open the Network Menu.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
(2) Press NETWORK.
(Bluetooth) lamp flashes and Network Menu appears.
For the details, refer to the Network Function Operating Instructions supplied with
your camcorder.
POWER
LOCK
VC
R
1
OFF
(CHG)
M
M
CA
E
ER M O RY
A
BROWSER MENU
(Bluetooth) lamp
On trademarks
•The BLUETOOTH trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Sony
Corporation under license.
•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.
Using the Network function
NETWORK
Note
Make sure that your camcorder is in the standby mode with the POWER switch set to
MEMORY.
During using the network function
You cannot use the optional printer.
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— Troubleshooting —
Types of trouble and their solutions
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 screen, the self-diagnosis display function has worked. See page 162.
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 picture does not appear in the
viewfinder.
A vertical band appears when you
shoot a subject such as lights or a
candle flame against a dark
background.
A vertical band appears when you
shoot a very bright subject.
• Your camcorder is not a malfunction.
Some tiny white spots appear on the
screen.
• Slow shutter, low lux of PROGRAM AE or Super
NightShot mode is activated. This is not a malfunction.
• If 10 minutes elapse after you set the POWER switch to
CAMERA or DEMO MODE is set to ON in the menu
settings without a cassette inserted, your camcorder
automatically starts the demonstration.
c Insert a cassette and the demonstration stops.
You can also cancel DEMO MODE (p. 102).
An unknown picture is displayed on
the screen.
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Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is not set to CAMERA.
c Set it to CAMERA (p. 20).
• The tape has run out.
c Rewind the tape or insert a new one (p. 19, 33).
• The write-protect tab is set to expose the red mark.
c Use a new tape or slide the tab (p. 19).
• 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. 172).
• While being operated in CAMERA mode, your camcorder
has been in the standby mode for more than five minutes.
c Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) and then to
CAMERA.
• The battery pack is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack.
• Viewfinder is not extended to the end.
c Pull out the viewfinder (p. 23).
• The viewfinder lens is not adjusted.
c Adjust the viewfinder lens (p. 23).
• STEADYSHOT is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON (p. 96).
• The setting is the manual focus mode.
c Set FOCUS to the auto focus mode (p. 53).
• Shooting conditions are not suitable for autofocus.
c Adjust to focus manually (p. 53).
• The LCD panel is open.
c Close the LCD panel (p. 22).
• The contrast between the subject and background is too
high. Your camcorder is not a malfunction.
Types of trouble and their solutions
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• NIGHTSHOT is set to ON.
c Set it to OFF (p. 27).
The picture appears too bright, and
• NIGHTSHOT is set to ON in a bright place.
the subject does not appear on the
c Set it to OFF (p. 27).
screen.
• The backlight function is active.
c Set it off (p. 27).
The click of the shutter does not
• BEEP is set to OFF in the menu settings.
sound.
c Set it to MELODY or NORMAL (p. 96).
Black bands appear when you
• Set the STEADYSHOT in the menu settings to OFF
record TV or computer screen.
(p. 96).
An external flash (optional) does not
• The power of the external flash is off or the power source
work.
is not installed.
c Turn on the external flash or install the power source.
• Two or more external flashes (optional) are attached.
c Only one external flash (optional) can be attached.
The picture is recorded in incorrect or
unnatural colors.
In the playback mode
Symptom
(continued on the following page)
Troubleshooting
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is not set to VCR.
c Set it to VCR (p. 31).
• The tape has run out.
The playback button does not work.
c Rewind the tape (p. 31).
• The video head may be dirty.
There are horizontal lines on the
c Clean the heads using the cleaning cassette (optional)
picture or the playback picture is not
(p. 173).
clear or does not appear.
No sound or only a low sound is
• The stereo tape is played back with HiFi SOUND set to 2
heard when playing back a tape.
in the menu settings.
c Set it to STEREO (p. 96).
• The volume is turned to minimum.
c Turn up the volume (p. 31).
• AUDIO MIX is set to ST2 in the menu settings.
c Adjust AUDIO MIX (p. 96).
Displaying the recorded date, date
• The tape has no cassette memory.
search function does not work.
c Use a tape with cassette memory (p. 63).
• CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON (p. 96).
• The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion
(p. 64).
The title search function does not
• The tape has no cassette memory.
work.
c Use a tape with cassette memory (p. 62).
• CM SEARCH is set to OFF in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON (p. 96).
• There is no title in the tape.
c Superimpose the titles (p. 90).
• The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion
(p. 62).
• AUDIO MIX is set to ST1 side in the menu settings.
The new sound added to the
c Adjust AUDIO MIX (p. 96).
recorded tape is not heard.
• TITLE DSPL is set to OFF in the menu settings.
The title is not displayed.
c Set it to ON (p. 96).
The tape does not move when a
video control button is pressed.
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Types of trouble and their solutions
In the recording and playback modes
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The battery pack is not installed, or is dead or nearly dead.
c Install a charged battery pack (p. 12, 13).
• The AC power adaptor is not connected to a wall outlet.
c Connect the AC power adaptor to a wall outlet (p. 15).
The end search function does not
• The tape was ejected after recording when using a tape
work.
without cassette memory (p. 30).
• You have not recorded on the new cassette yet (p. 30).
The end search function does not
• The tape has a blank portion in the beginning or middle
work correctly.
(p. 30).
The battery pack is quickly
• The operating temperature is too low.
discharged.
• The battery pack is not fully charged.
c Charge the battery pack fully again (p. 13).
• The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack (p. 12).
The battery remaining indicator does • You have used the battery pack in an extremely hot or
not indicate the correct time.
cold environment for a long time.
• The battery pack is completely dead, and cannot be
recharged.
c Replace with a new battery pack (p. 12).
• The battery is not fully charged.
c Install a charged battery pack (p. 12, 13).
• A deviation has occurred in the remaining battery time.
c Charge the battery pack fully again so that the indication
on the battery remaining indicator is correct (p. 13).
The power goes off although the
• A deviation has occurred in the remaining battery time.
battery remaining indicator indicates
c Charge the battery pack fully again so that the indication
that the battery pack has enough
on the battery remaining indicator is correct (p. 13).
The power does not turn on.
power to operate.
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.
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• The power source is disconnected.
c Connect it firmly (p. 12, 15).
• The battery is dead.
c Use a charged battery pack (p. 12, 13).
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at
least one hour to acclimatize (p. 172).
• The gold-plated connector of the tape is dirty or dusty.
c Clean the gold-plated connector (p. 166).
• The q REMAIN is set to AUTO in the menu settings.
c Set it to ON to always display the remaining tape
indicator (p. 96).
Types of trouble and their solutions
When operating using the “Memory Stick”
Symptom
The “Memory Stick” does not
function.
Recording does not function.
The image cannot be deleted.
Deleting all the images cannot be
carried out.
You cannot protect the image.
You cannot write a print mark on
the still image.
The photo save function does not
work.
You cannot playback images in
actual size.
Troubleshooting
You cannot format the “Memory
Stick”.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The POWER switch is not set to MEMORY.
c Set it to MEMORY (p. 112).
• The “Memory Stick” is not inserted.
c Insert a “Memory Stick” (p. 106).
• The “Memory Stick” has already been recorded to its full
capacity.
c Delete unnecessary images and record again (p. 151).
• The “Memory Stick” formatted incorrectly is inserted.
c Format the “Memory Stick” or use another “Memory
Stick” (p. 100, 106).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The image is protected.
c Cancel image protection (p. 150).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The image to protect is not be played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image (p. 136).
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• The image to write a print mark is not be played back.
c Press MEMORY PLAY to play back the image (p. 136).
• You are trying to write a print mark on a moving picture.
c Print marks cannot be written on a moving picture.
• The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK.
c Release the lock (p. 104).
• You may not be able to playback images in actual size
when you try to play back images recorded by other
equipment. This is not a malfunction.
(continued on the following page)
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Types of trouble and their solutions
Others
Symptom
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory (p. 90).
• The cassette memory is full.
c Erase unnecessary titles (p. 92).
• The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab so that red portion is not
visible (p. 19).
• The tape has a blank portion in the recorded portion.
c Superimpose the title to the recorded position (p. 91).
The cassette label is not recorded.
• The tape has no cassette memory.
c Use a tape with cassette memory (p. 94).
• The cassette memory is full.
c Erase unnecessary data (p. 92).
• The tape is set to prevent accidental erasure.
c Slide the write-protect tab so that red portion is not
visible (p. 19).
Digital program editing to a tape
• The input selector on the VCR is not set correctly.
does not function.
c Check the connection and set the input selector on the
VCR again (p. 69)
• The camcorder is connected to DV equipment of other
than Sony using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable).
c Set it to IR (p. 70).
• Setting program on a blank portion of the tape is
attempted.
c Set the program again on a recorded portion (p. 78).
• The camcorder and the VCR are not synchronized.
c Adjust the synchronization (p. 75).
• The IR SETUP code is incorrect.
c Set the correct code (p. 71).
Digital program editing to a
• Setting program on a blank portion of the tape is
“Memory Stick” does not function.
attempted.
c Set the program again on a recorded portion (p. 133).
The Remote Commander supplied
• COMMANDER is set to OFF in the menu settings.
with your camcorder does not work.
c Set it to ON (p. 96).
• Something is blocking the infrared rays.
c Remove the obstacle.
• The batteries are inserted in the battery holder with the + –
polarities incorrectly matching the + – marks.
c Insert the batteries with the correct polarity (p. 185).
• The batteries are dead.
c Insert new ones (p. 185).
The picture from a TV or VCR does
• DISPLAY is set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings.
not appear even when your
c Set it to LCD (p. 96).
The title is not recorded.
camcorder is connected to output on
the TV or VCR.
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Types of trouble and their solutions
Symptom
The melody or beep sounds for
five seconds.
No function works though the
power is on.
When you set the POWER switch to
VCR or OFF (CHG), if you move
your camcorder, you may hear a
clatter sound from inside your
camcorder.
While charging the battery pack, the
CHG lamp does not light up.
While charging the battery pack, the
CHG lamp flashes.
Image data cannot be transferred by
the USB connection.
The cassette cannot be removed
even if the cassette lid is open.
• Charge is completed.
• The battery pack is not properly installed.
c Install it properly (p. 12).
• The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).
c Set it to OFF (CHG) (p. 13).
• The battery pack is not properly installed.
c Install it properly (p. 12).
• Something is wrong with the battery pack.
c Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
• The USB cable was connected before installation of the
USB driver was completed.
c Uninstall the incorrect USB driver and re-install the USB
driver (p. 143).
•Moisture has started to condense in your camcorder
(p. 172).
Troubleshooting
You cannot charge the battery pack.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at
least one hour to acclimatize (p. 172).
• Some troubles have occurred in your camcorder.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate
your camcorder.
• Disconnect the power cord of the AC power adaptor or
remove the battery, then reconnect it in about one minute.
Turn the power on. If the functions still do not work, press
the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object (If you
press the RESET button, all the settings including the date
and time return to the default.) (p. 182).
• This is because some functions use a linear mechanism.
Your camcorder is not a malfunction.
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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 screen. 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.
LCD screen or Viewfinder
C:21:00
Self-diagnosis display
•C:ss:ss
You can service your camcorder
yourself.
•E:ss:ss
Contact your Sony dealer or 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
E:91: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. 15, 167).
• Moisture condensation has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at
least one hour to acclimatize (p. 172).
• The video heads are dirty.
c Clean the heads using the cleaning cassette (optional)
(p. 173).
• A malfunction other than the above that you can service
has occurred.
c Remove the cassette and insert it again, then operate
your camcorder.
c Disconnect the power cord of the AC power adaptor or
remove the battery pack. After reconnecting the power
source, operate your camcorder.
• A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred.
c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility 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 local authorized Sony service facility.
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Warning indicators and messages
If indicators and messages appear on the screen, check the following:
See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information.
Warning indicators
100–0001
100-0001 Warning indicator as to file
Slow flashing:
•The file is corrupted.
•The file is unreadable.
•You are trying to carry out MEMORY MIX
function on moving picture (p. 121).
C:21:00
Warning indicator as to “Memory Stick”
formatting*
Fast flashing:
•“Memory Stick” is not formatted correctly
(p. 100).
•The “Memory Stick” data is corrupted
(p. 104).
C:21:00 Self-diagnosis display (p. 162).
Fast flashing:
•The battery is dead (p. 13).
% 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. 172).
Warning indicator as to cassette
memory*
Slow flashing:
•No tape with cassette memory is inserted
(p. 165).
Warning indicator as to “Memory
Stick”*
Slow flashing:
•No “Memory Stick” is inserted.
Fast flashing:
•The “Memory Stick” is not readable with
your camcorder (p. 104).
•The image cannot be recorded on “Memory
Stick” (p. 118).
Q Warning indicator as to tape
Slow flashing:
•The tape is near the end.
•No tape is inserted.*
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out
(red) (p. 19).*
Fast flashing:
•The tape has run out.*
Troubleshooting
E The battery is dead or nearly dead
Slow flashing:
•The battery is nearly dead.
Depending on the operating conditions,
environment and battery condition, the E
indicator may flash, even if there are
approximately five to 10 minutes remaining.
Z You need to eject the cassette*
Slow flashing:
•The write-protect tab on the cassette is out
(red) (p. 19).
Fast flashing:
•Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 172).
•The tape has run out.
•The self-diagnosis display function is
activated (p. 162).
- The image is protected*
Slow flashing:
•The image is protected (p. 150).
Warning indicator as to the flash
Slow flashing:
•During charging
Fast flashing:
•The self-diagnosis display function is
activated (p. 162).*
•There is something wrong with the built-in
flash or the external flash (optional).
* You hear the melody or beep sound.
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Warning indicators and messages
Warning messages
• CLOCK SET
Set the date and time (p. 16).
• FOR “InfoLITHIUM”
BATTERY ONLY
Use an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p. 15).
•
•
CLEANING CASSETTE**
FULL
The video heads are dirty (p. 173).
The tape cassette memory is full.*
•
16BIT
AUDIO MODE is set to 16BIT (p. 102).* You cannot
dub new sound.
•
REC MODE
REC MODE is set to LP (p. 102).* You cannot dub
new sound.
•
TAPE
There is no recorded portion on the tape.* You cannot
dub new sound.
•
“i.LINK” CABLE
i.LINK cable is connected (p. 89).* You cannot dub
new sound.
•
FULL
The “Memory Stick” is full (p. 114).*
•
-
The write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to
LOCK (p. 104).*
•
NO FILE
No still image is recorded on the “Memory Stick”
(p. 136).*
•
NO MEMORY STICK
No “Memory Stick” is inserted.*
•
AUDIO ERROR
You are trying to record an image with sound that
cannot be recorded by your camcorder on “Memory
Stick” (p. 129).*
•
MEMORY STICK ERROR
The “Memory Stick” data is corrupted (p. 106).*
•
FORMAT ERROR
The “Memory Stick” is not recognized. Check the
format (p. 100).*
•
- DIRECTORY ERROR
There are more than two same directories (p. 136).*
• COPY INHIBIT
The tape contains copyright control signals for
copyright protection of software (p. 165).*
• Q Z TAPE END
The tape has reached the end of the tape.*
• Q NO TAPE
Insert a cassette tape.*
•
NO PRINT MARK
You selected MARKED in 9PIC PRINT in the menu
settings using a “Memory Stick” contains no image
with a print mark. (p. 154)*
•
NO STILL IMAGE FILE
You selected MULTI in 9PIC PRINT in the menu
settings using a “Memory Stick” contains no still
image. (p. 154)*
• DELETING
You have pressed PHOTO during deleting all images
on “Memory Stick.”*
• FORMATTING
You have pressed PHOTO during formatting a
“Memory Stick.”*
•
NOW CHARGING
Charging an external flash (optional) does not work
correctly.*
* You hear the melody or beep sound.
** The x indicator and “
CLEANING CASSETTE” message appear one after
another on the screen.
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— Additional Information —
Usable cassettes
Selecting cassette types
You can use the
mini DV cassette only*. You cannot use any other 8 mm,
Hi8, Digital8,
VHS,
VHSC,
S-VHS,
S-VHSC,
Betamax,
ED Betamax or
DV cassette.
* There are two types of mini DV cassettes: with cassette memory and without cassette
memory. Tapes with cassette memory have
(Cassette Memory) mark.
We recommend that you use the tape with cassette memory.
mark on the cassette
The memory capacity of tapes marked with
is 4KB. Your camcorder can
accommodate tapes having a memory capacity of up to 16KB. 16KB tape is marked with
.
This is the mini DV mark.
Additional Information
The IC memory is mounted on this type of cassette. Your camcorder can read and
write data such as dates of recording or titles, etc. to this memory.
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
properly. Not to make any blank portion on the tape, operate the followings.
Press END SEARCH to go to the end of the recorded portion before you begin the
next recording if you operate the followings:
– you have ejected the cassette while recording.
– you have played back the tape in the VCR.
– you have used the edit search function.
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.
The same result may occur 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.
This is the Cassette Memory mark.
These are trademarks.
Copyright signal
When you play back
Using any other video camera recorder, you cannot record on tape that has recorded a
copyright control signals for copyright protection of software which is played back on
your camcorder.
When you record
You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control signals
for copyright protection of software.
“COPY INHIBIT” appears on the screen, in the viewfinder or on the TV screen if you
try to record such software.
Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.
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Usable cassettes
Audio mode
12-bit mode: The original sound can be recorded in stereo 1, and the new sound in
stereo 2 in 32 kHz. The balance between stereo 1 and stereo 2 can be adjusted by
selecting AUDIO MIX in the menu settings during playback. Both sounds can be played
back.
16-bit mode: A new sound cannot be recorded but the original sound can be recorded in
high quality. Moreover, it can also play back sound recorded in 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz or
48 kHz. When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, 16BIT indicator appears
on the screen.
When you play back a dual sound track tape
When you play back a dual sound track tape recorded in a stereo system, set HiFi
SOUND to the desired mode in the menu settings (p. 96).
Sound from speaker
HiFi SOUND
mode
STEREO
1
2
Playing back
a stereo tape
Stereo
Left sound
Right sound
Playing back a dual
sound track tape
Main sound and
sub sound
Main sound
Sub sound
You cannot record dual sound programs on your camcorder.
Notes on the cassette
When affixing a label on the cassette
Be sure to affix a label only on the locations as illustrated below [a] so as not to cause
malfunction of your camcorder.
After using the cassette
Rewind the tape to the beginning, put the cassette in its case, and store it in an upright
position.
When the cassette memory function does not work
Reinsert a cassette. The gold-plated connector of cassettes may be dirty or dusty.
Cleaning gold-plated connector
If the gold-plated connector on the cassette is dirty or dusty, the remaining tape
indicator is sometimes not displayed correctly, and you may not be able to operate
functions 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.
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[a]
[b]
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for
communicating information related to operating conditions between the battery pack
and an optional AC adaptor/charger.
The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the
operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in
minutes.
Charging the battery pack
•Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder.
•We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between
10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F) until the CHG lamp goes off, indicating that the battery
pack is fully charged. If you charge the battery outside of this temperature range, you
may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack.
•After charging is completed, either disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your
camcorder or remove the battery pack.
Effective use of the battery pack
Additional Information
•Battery pack performance decreases in low-temperature surroundings. So, the time
that the battery pack can be used becomes shorter. We recommend the following to
use the battery pack longer:
– Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder
immediately before you start taking shots.
– Use the large capacity battery pack (NP-FM70/FM90/FM91, optional).
•Frequently using the LCD panel or frequently operating playback, fast forward or
rewind wears out the battery pack faster. We recommend using the large capacity
battery pack (NP-FM70/FM90/FM91, optional).
•Be certain to turn off the power switch when not taking shots or playing back on your
camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed when your camcorder is in the standby
mode or playback is paused.
•Have spare battery packs handy for two or three times the expected recording time,
and make trial recordings before taking the actual recording.
•Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant.
Remaining battery time indicator
•If the power may go off although the remaining battery time indicator indicates that
the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again so
that the indication on the remaining battery time indicator is correct. Note, however,
that the correct battery indication sometimes will not be restored if it is used in high
temperatures for a long time or left in a fully charged state, or the battery pack is
frequently used. Regard the remaining battery time indication as the approximate
recording time.
•The E mark indicating there is little remaining battery time sometimes flashes
depending on the operating conditions or ambient temperature and environment even
if the remaining battery time is about five to ten minutes.
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About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
How to store the battery pack
•If the battery pack is not used for a long time, do the following procedure once per
year to maintain proper function.
1. Fully charge the battery.
2. Discharge on your electronic equipment.
3. Remove the battery from the equipment and store it in a dry, cool place.
•To use the battery pack up on your camcorder, leave your camcorder in the recording
mode until the power goes off without a cassette inserted.
Battery life
•The battery life is limited. Battery capacity drops little by little as you use it more and
more, and as time passes. When the available battery time is shortened considerably, a
probable cause is that the battery pack has reached the end of its life. Please buy a new
battery pack.
•The battery life varies according to how it is stored and operating conditions and
environment for each battery pack.
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About i.LINK
The DV jack on this unit is an i.LINK-compliant DV input/output jack. This section
describes the i.LINK standard and its features.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface for handling digital video, digital audio and other
data in two directions between equipment having the i.LINK jack, and for controlling
other equipment.
i.LINK-compatible equipment can be connected by a single i.LINK cable. Possible
applications are operations and data transactions with various digital AV equipment.
When two or more i.LINK-compatible equipment are connected to this unit in a daisy
chain, operations and data transactions are possible with not only the equipment that
this unit is connected to but also with other devices via the directly connected
equipment.
Note, however, that the method of operation sometimes varies according to the
characteristics and specifications of the equipment to be connected, and that operations
and data transactions are sometimes not possible on some connected equipment.
Note
Normally, only one piece of equipment can be connected to this unit by the i.LINK
cable (DV cable). When connecting this unit to i.LINK-compatible equipment having
two or more i.LINK jacks (DV jacks), refer to the instruction manual of the equipment
to be connected.
About the Name “i.LINK”
i.LINK Baud rate
i.LINK’s maximum baud rate varies according to the equipment. Three maximum
baud rates are defined:
S100 (approx. 100Mbps*)
S200 (approx. 200Mbps)
S400 (approx. 400Mbps)
Additional Information
i.LINK is a more familiar term for IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by SONY,
and is a trademark approved by many corporations.
IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers.
The baud rate is listed under “Specifications” in the instruction manual of each
equipment. It is also indicated near the i.LINK jack on some equipment.
The maximum baud rate of equipment on which it is not indicated such as this unit is
“S100”.
When units are connected to equipment having a different maximum baud rate, the
baud rate sometimes differs from the indicated baud rate.
*What is Mbps?
Mbps stands for megabits per second, or the amount of data that can be sent or
received in one second. For example, a baud rate of 100Mbps means that 100 megabits
of data can be sent in one second.
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About i.LINK
i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is connected to other video equipment having
DV jacks, see page 68 and 82.
This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV) compatible equipment made by
SONY (e.g. VAIO series personal computer) other than video equipment.
Before connecting this unit to a personal computer, make sure that application software
supported by this unit is already installed on the personal computer.
For details on precautions when connecting this unit, also refer to the instruction
manuals for the equipment to be connected.
Required i.LINK Cable
Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable (during DV dubbing).
i.LINK and are trademarks.
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Using your camcorder abroad
Using your camcorder abroad
Countries and areas where you can use network functions are restricted. For details,
refer to the separate Network Operating Instructions. (DCR-PC120BT only)
You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor
supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
When charging the battery pack, use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if
necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
AC-L10A/L10B/L10C
[a]
[b]
Your camcorder is an NTSC system based camcorder. If you want to view the playback
picture on a TV, it must be an NTSC system based TV with the AUDIO/VIDEO input
jack.
The following shows TV color systems used overseas.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great
Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
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-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
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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 lid open. Your camcorder
can be used again if the % indicator does not appear when the power is turned on
again.
If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder sometimes cannot detect condensation.
If this happens, the cassette sometimes is not ejected for 10 seconds after the cassette lid
is opened. This is not a malfunction. Do not close the cassette lid until the cassette is
ejected.
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
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
or the x indicator flashes on the screen during recording.
If the above problem, [a], [b] or [c] occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with
the Sony DVM-12CLD cleaning cassette (optional). Check the picture and if the above
problem persists, repeat cleaning.
[a]
[b]
[c]
If the video heads get dirtier, the entire screen becomes blue [c].
Cleaning the LCD screen
Removing dust from inside the viewfinder
(1) Pull out the viewfinder in the direction of the arrow 1.
Remove the two screws in the direction of the arrow 2 with a screwdriver
(optional). Remove the eyecup in the direction of the arrow 3.
Additional Information
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, we recommend using a LCD
Cleaning Kit (optional) to clean the LCD screen.
2
1
3
2
(2) Remove dust from inside the eyecup and viewfinder with a commercially
available blower.
(3) In the reverse way of (1), attach the eyecup. Then replace the screws in the
direction of the arrow 2.
Caution
Do not remove any other screws. You may remove only the screw to remove the
eyecup.
Notes
•Do not drop or bend the eyecup shaft.
•Be careful when handling the eyecup.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery
Your camcorder is supplied with a built-in rechargeable battery installed so as to retain
the date and time, etc., regardless of the setting of the POWER switch. 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 three months if you do not use your camcorder
at all. Even if the built-in rechargeable battery is not charged, it will not affect the
camcorder operation. To retain the date and time, etc., charge the battery if the battery
is discharged.
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery:
• Connect your camcorder to house current using the AC power adaptor supplied with
your camcorder, and leave your camcorder with the power switch turned off for more
than 24 hours.
• Or install the fully charged battery pack in your camcorder, and leave your camcorder
with the POWER switch 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 power adaptor).
• For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended in this operating
instructions.
• If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it
checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further.
• Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
• Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.
• Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so
might cause heat to build up inside.
• Keep your camcorder away from strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration.
• Do not touch the LCD screen with your fingers or 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 power 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
About care and storage of the lens
•Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft cloth in the following instance:
– When there are fingerprints on the lens surface
– In hot or humid locations
– When the lens is used in environments such as the seaside
•Store the lens in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust.
To prevent mold from occurring, periodically perform the above.
We recommend turning on and operating the video camera recorder about once per
month to keep the video camera recorder in an optimum state for a long time.
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Maintenance information and precautions
Battery pack
• Use only the specified charger or video equipment with the charging function.
• To prevent accident from a short circuit, do not allow metal objects to come into
contact with the battery terminals.
• Keep the battery pack away from fire.
• Never expose the battery pack to temperatures above 60°C (140°F), such as in a car
parked in the sun or under direct sunlight.
• Keep the battery pack dry.
• Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock.
• Do not disassemble nor modify the battery pack.
• Attach the battery pack to the video equipment securely.
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
4-pin mini DIN
Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p,
75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p,
75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced
Audio/Video input/output
AV MINI JACK, 1 Vp-p,
75 Ω (ohms), unbalanced, sync
negative
327 mV, (at output impedance
more than 47 kΩ (kilohms))
Output impedance with less
than 2.2 kΩ (kilohms)/Stereo
minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
Input impedance more than
47 kΩ (kilohms)
DV input/output
4-pin connector
Headphone jack
Stereo minijack (ø 3.5 mm)
LANC jack
Stereo mini-minijack (ø 2.5 mm)
USB jack
mini-B
MIC jack
Minijack, 0.388 mV low
impedance with 2.5 to 3.0 V DC,
output impedance 6.8 kΩ
(kilohms) (ø 3.5 mm)
Stereo type
LCD screen
Picture
6.2 cm (2.5 type)
50 × 37 mm (2 × 1 1/2 in.)
Total dot number
211 200 (960 × 220)
Wireless communications
(DCR-PC120BT only)
Communications system
Bluetooth standard Ver.1.1
Max. baud rate1)2)
Approx. 723 kbps
Output
Bluetooth standard Power Class
2
Communications distance2)
Max. wireless distance
Approx. 10 m (393 3/4 in.)
(When connecting to BTANW1)
Compatible Bluetooth profile3)
Generic Access Profile
Dial-up Networking Profile
Operating frequency band
2.4 GHz band (2.400 GHz –
2.483 5 GHz)
1) Max. baud rate of Bluetooth
standard Ver.1.1
2) Varies according to the
distance between
communicating devices,
presence of obstacles,
radiowave conditions, and
other factors.
3) This is a specification
matched to specific usage
requirements between
Bluetooth compatible
devices. It is laid down in the
Bluetooth standards.
Additional Information
Video recording system
2 rotary heads
Helical scanning system
Audio recording system
Rotary heads, PCM system
Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32
kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits
(Fs 48 kHz, stereo)
Video signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Usable cassette
Mini DV cassette with the
mark printed
Tape speed
SP: Approx. 18.81 mm/s
LP: Approx. 12.56 mm/s
Recording/playback time
(using cassette DVM60)
SP: 1 hour
LP: 1.5 hours
Fastforward/rewind time
(using cassette DVM60)
When using the battery pack:
Approx. 2 min. and 30 seconds
When using the AC power
adaptor:
Approx. 1 min. and 45 seconds
Viewfinder
Electric viewfinder (color)
Image device
4.5 mm (1/4 type) CCD
(Charge Coupled Device)
Approx. 1 550 000 pixels
(Effective (moving): 970 000
pixels)
(Effective (still): 1 390 000
pixels)
Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Combined power zoom lens
Filter diameter: 37 mm
(1 1/2 in)
10× (Optical), 120× (Digital)
Focal length
4.2 – 42 mm (3/16 – 1 11/16 in.)
When converted to a 35 mm
still camera
Camera mode:
48 – 480 mm (1 15/16 – 19 in.)
Memory mode:
40 – 400 mm (1 5/8 – 15 3/4 in.)
Color temperature
Auto, HOLD (Hold), nIndoor
(3 200 K), Outdoor (5 800 K)
Minimum illumination
7 lx (lux) (F 1.8)
0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot
mode)*
* Objects unable to be seen due
to the dark can be shot with
infrared lighting.
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Specifications
General
Power requirements
7.2 V (battery pack)
8.4 V (AC power adaptor)
Average power consumption
(when using the battery pack)
During camera recording using
LCD
4.4 W
Viewfinder
3.8 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.)
57 × 118 × 113 mm
(2 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 4 1/2 in.)
(w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
580 g (1 lb 4 oz)
main unit only
690 g (1 lb 8 oz)
including the battery pack
NP-FM50, cassette DVM60 and
lens cap
Supplied accessories
See page 5.
AC power adaptor
Power requirements
100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
23 W
Output voltage
DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.5 A in the
operating mode
Operating temperature
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage temperature
–20°C to + 60°C
(–4°F to + 140°F)
Dimensions (approx.)
125 × 39 × 62 mm
(5 × 1 9/16 × 2 1/2 in.) (w/h/d)
excluding projecting parts
Mass (approx.)
280 g (9.8 oz)
excluding power cord
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Battery pack
Maximum output voltage
DC 8.4 V
Output voltage
DC 7.2 V
Capacity
8.5 Wh (1 180 mAh)
Dimensions (approx.)
38.2 × 20.5 × 55.6 mm
(1 9/16 × 13/16 × 2 1/4 in.)
(w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
76 g (2.7 oz)
Type
Lithium ion
“Memory Stick”
Memory
Flash memory
8MB: MSA-8A
Operating voltage
2.7 – 3.6 V
Power consumption
Approx. 45 mA in the operating
mode
Approx. 130 µA in the standby
mode
Dimensions (approx.)
50 × 2.8 × 21.5 mm
(2 × 1/8 × 7/8 in.) (w/h/d)
Mass (approx.)
4 g (0.14 oz)
Design and specifications are
subject to change without
notice.
— Quick Reference —
Identifying the parts and controls
Camcorder
6
1
7
8
9
0
2
qa
3
qs
4
5
qd
1 Lens Cap (p. 20)
6 Microphone
2 OPEN button (p. 20)
7 Intelligent accessory shoe (p. 86)
3 LCD screen (p. 22)
8 Eyecup
(Bluetooth) lamp (DCR-PC120BT
only) (p. 155)
5 Battery pack/Battery terminal cover
(p. 12)
9 Viewfinder (p. 23)
q; “Memory Stick” slot (p. 106)
qa Access lamp (p. 106)
qs Control button (p. 96)
Quick Reference
4
qd BATT RELEASE lever (p. 12)
This mark indicates that this product is a genuine accessory for Sony
video products.
When purchasing Sony video products, Sony recommends that you
purchase accessories with this “GENUINE VIDEO ACCESSORIES”
mark.
Notes on the intelligent accessory shoe
•The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video
light or microphone.
•The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the POWER switch, allowing you to turn the
power supplied by the shoe on and off. Refer to the operating instructions of the
accessory for further information.
•The intelligent accessory shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory
securely. To connect an accessory, press down and push it to the end, and then tighten
the screw.
•To remove an accessory, loosen the screw, and then press down and pull out the
accessory.
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Identifying the parts and controls
qf
qj
MEMORY
PLAY
INDEX
DELETE
MEMORY
MIX
qk
qg
ql
w;
qh
REW
REC
qf MEMORY operation buttons
MEMORY PLAY button (p. 136)
MEMORY INDEX button (p. 138)
MEMORY DELETE button (p. 151)
MEMORY +/– buttons (p. 136)
MEMORY MIX button (p. 121)
qg MPEG BX/PB ZOOM button
(p. 139/60, 148)
qh VOLUME buttons (p. 31)
180
PLAY
FF
STOP
PAUSE
qj EDITSEARCH button (p. 30)
qk DISPLAY button (p. 32)
ql END SEARCH button (p. 30)
w; Video control buttons (p. 33)
x STOP (stop)
m REW (rewind)
N PLAY (playback)
M FF (fastforward)
X PAUSE (pause)
z REC (record)
Identifying the parts and controls
wa
ws
wd
wh
wf
wj
wg
wk
wh Cassette lid (p. 19)
ws LOCK switch (p. 20)
wj OPEN/Z EJECT lever (p. 19)
wd POWER switch (p. 20)
wk Tripod receptacle
Make sure that the length of the tripod
screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod
securely and the screw may damage
your camcorder.
wf Viewfinder lens adjustment lever
(p. 23)
wg START/STOP button (p. 20)
Quick Reference
wa Speaker
181
Identifying the parts and controls
ef
wl
e;
ea
eg
es
eh
ej
ed
ek
wl S VIDEO ID-2 jack (p. 35, 67, 80, 119)
ef Focus ring (p. 53)
e; MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack
Connect an external microphone
(optional). This jack also accepts
a “plug-in-power” microphone.
eg Camera recording lamp (p. 20)
ea AUDIO/VIDEO ID-2 jack
(p. 35, 67, 80, 119)
es RESET button (p. 161)
ed Grip strap
Fastening the grip strap
Fasten the grip strap firmly.
182
eh Infrared rays emitter (p. 27, 72)
ej Remote sensor
ek Holding Grip
Identifying the parts and controls
el
rh
r;
rj
rk
ra
rl
rs
t;
rd
ta
rf
rg
el SUPER NIGHTSHOT button (p. 27)
rh NIGHTSHOT switch (p. 27)
r; FOCUS button (p. 53)
rj PHOTO button (p. 36, 112)
ra NETWORK button (p. 155)
(DCR-PC120BT only)
rk Power zoom lever (p. 24, 60, 148)
rd EXPOSURE button (p. 52)
rf BACK LIGHT button (p. 27)
rl
t;
(self-timer) button (p. 29, 39, 117)
(flash) button (p. 37, 115)
ta i (headphones) jack
When you use headphones, the speaker
on your camcorder is silent.
Quick Reference
rs BROWSER MENU/MENU button
(p. 155/96) (DCR-PC120BT)/
MENU button (p. 96) (DCR-PC115)
rg FADER button (p. 42)
183
Identifying the parts and controls
ts
td
tf
tg
tj
tk
tl
y;
th
ts Flash (p. 37, 115)
tj
td HOLOGRAM AF emitter (p. 116)
tk CHG (charge) lamp (p. 13)
tf Lens
tl
tg Photocell window for flash
Do not block this window when
recording.
y; DC IN jack (p. 15)
th
DV jack (p. 68, 80, 120)
LANC jack
(USB) jack (p. 142)
Note on the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which can reproduce a fine
image.
The lens for your camcorder was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and
Sony Corporation. It adopts the MTF# measurement system for video camera and
offers a quality as the Carl Zeiss lens.
The lenz for your camcorder is also T*-coated to suppress unwanted reflection and
faithfully reproduce colors.
#
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MTF is an abbreviation of Modulation Transfer Function.
The value number indicates the amount of light of a subject penetrating into the
lens.
Identifying the parts and controls
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.
8
1
9
2
3
0
qa
qs
4
qd
5
6
7
1 PHOTO button (p. 36, 112)
2 DISPLAY button (p. 32)
3 Memory control buttons (p. 136)
4 SEARCH MODE button (p. 62, 63, 65)
5 Video control buttons (p. 33)
7 MARK button (p. 77, 132)
8 Transmitter
Point toward the remote sensor to
control your camcorder after turning on
your camcorder.
9 ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 61)
q; START/STOP button (p. 20)
qa DATA CODE button (p. 32)
qs Power zoom button (p. 24)
qd ./> buttons (p. 62, 63, 65)
qf AUDIO DUB button (p. 88)
Quick Reference
6 REC button (p. 81, 83, 85)
qf
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.
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Identifying the parts and controls
Operation indicators
LCD screen and Viewfinder
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1 2 0 min
–
ST I LL
1 6 : 9W I DE
NEG . ART
qd
qf
qg
qh
qj
qk
STBY
+
AUTO
6 0 AWB
F11
9db
8
9
0
qa
qs
1 Cassette memory (p. 26, 165)
2 Remaining battery time (p. 26)
3 Zoom (p. 24)/Exposure (p. 52)/
Data file name (p. 104)
4 Digital effect (p. 46, 59)/MEMORY MIX
(p. 121)/FADER (p. 42)
5 16:9WIDE (p. 41)
6 Picture effect (p. 45, 58)
7 Data code (p. 32)
8 Volume (p. 31)/Date (p. 26)
9 PROGRAM AE (p. 49)
0 Backlight (p. 27)
qa SteadyShot off (p. 97)
qs Manual focus/Infinity (p. 53)
qd Self-timer (p. 29, 39, 117)
qf Recording mode (p. 26)
qg HOLOGRAM AF (p. 116)
qh STBY/REC (p. 20)/Video control mode
(p. 33)/Image size (p. 109)/Image
quality mode (p. 107)
qj NIGHTSHOT (p. 27)/SUPER NIGHTSHOT
(p. 28)
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0:1 2:3 4
1 2 min
Z ERO S E T
M E MO R Y
END
SEARCH
DV I N
16B I T
100–0001
ql
w;
wa
ws
wd
wf
wg
wh
wj
qk Warning (p. 163)
ql Tape counter (p. 26)/Time code (p. 26)/
Self-diagnosis (p. 162)/Tape photo
(p. 36)/Memory photo (p. 112)/
Image number (p. 137, 140)
w; Remaining tape (p. 26)/Memory
playback (p. 137)
wa ZERO SET MEMORY (p. 61)
ws END SEARCH (p. 30)
wd A/V t DV (p. 80)/DV IN (p. 83)
wf Audio mode (p. 102)
wg Data file name (p. 121)/Time (p. 26)
wh Flash (p. 37, 115)
This indicator appears only when the
flash is in use.
wj Continuous mode (p. 113)
Index
A, B
I, J, K, L
R
AC power adaptor .................. 13
Adjusting viewfinder ............. 23
Audio dubbing ........................ 86
AUDIO MIX ............................ 98
Audio mode ........................... 102
Auto red-eye reduction .. 37, 115
AUTO SHTR ............................ 97
A/V connecting cable
.............. 35, 67, 80, 81, 119, 130
BACK LIGHT .......................... 27
Battery pack ............................. 12
BEEP ....................................... 103
BOUNCE .................................. 42
i.LINK ..................................... 169
Image protection ................... 150
Image quality mode ............. 107
Image size .............................. 109
Index screen ........................... 138
“InfoLITHIUM” battery ...... 167
Infrared rays emitter ......... 27, 72
Insert editing ........................... 84
Intelligent accessory shoe .... 179
Interval recording ................... 55
JPEG ........................................ 104
Labeling a cassette .................. 94
LANC jack ............................. 184
LUMINANCEKEY ................. 46
Recording time ........................ 14
Rec Review .............................. 30
Remaining battery time
indicator ................................ 26
Remaining tape indicator ...... 26
Remote Commander ............ 185
Remote sensor ....................... 182
RESET ..................................... 161
C, D
E
EDITSEARCH ......................... 30
END SEARCH ................... 30, 34
Exposure .................................. 52
F, G, H
FADER ..................................... 42
Fade in/out .............................. 42
Flash .................................. 37, 115
FLASH MOTION .................... 46
FOCUS ...................................... 53
Format ............................ 100, 104
Full charge ............................... 13
Grip strap ............................... 182
i (Headphone) jack ............. 183
Heads ...................................... 173
HiFi SOUND ........................... 98
HIGH SPEED ........................ 113
Holding Grip ............................. 8
HOLOGRAM AF .................. 116
M, N
Main sound ............................ 166
Manual focus ........................... 53
Memory chromakey ............. 121
Memory luminancekey ........ 121
MEMORY MIX ...................... 121
Memory PB ZOOM .............. 148
Memory photo recording .... 112
“Memory Stick” .................... 104
Menu settings .......................... 96
Memory overlap ................... 121
M·FADER ................................. 42
Mirror mode ............................ 25
Moisture condensation ........ 172
MONOTONE .......................... 42
MPEG ..................................... 104
MPEG movie recording ....... 126
MULTI SCRN ........................ 113
NETWORK ............................ 155
NIGHTSHOT .......................... 27
NTSC system ......................... 171
O, P, Q
OLD MOVIE ............................ 46
Operation indicators ............ 186
OVERLAP ................................ 42
Photo save .............................. 135
Photo scan ................................ 65
Photo search ............................ 65
PICTURE EFFECT ............ 45, 58
Picture search .......................... 33
Playback pause ........................ 33
Playing time ............................. 14
Power zoom ............................. 24
Print mark .............................. 153
PROGRAM AE ....................... 49
Self-diagnosis display .......... 162
Self-timer recording
.................................. 29, 39, 117
Signal convert function .......... 80
Skip scan .................................. 33
Slide show .............................. 149
Slow playback ......................... 33
SLOW SHUTTER .................... 46
STEADYSHOT ........................ 97
Stereo tape ............................. 166
STILL ........................................ 46
Sub sound .............................. 166
SUPER NIGHTSHOT ............. 27
S VIDEO jack
.............. 35, 67, 80, 81, 119, 130
T, U, V
Tape counter ............................ 26
Tape PB ZOOM ....................... 60
Tape photo recording ............. 36
Telephoto ................................. 24
Time code ................................. 26
Title ..................................... 90, 93
Title search ............................... 62
TRAIL ....................................... 46
Transition ................................. 21
TV color systems ................... 171
USB jack ................................. 142
Quick Reference
Camera chromakey .............. 121
Cassette memory ............ 10, 165
Charging battery ..................... 13
Charging built-in rechargeable
battery ................................. 174
Clock set ................................... 16
Continuous ............................ 113
Control button ......................... 96
Cut recording .......................... 57
Data code ................................. 32
Date search .............................. 63
DEMO ..................................... 102
DIGITAL EFFECT ............ 46, 59
Digital program editing
........................................ 69, 132
DISPLAY .................................. 32
DOT .......................................... 42
Dual sound track tape .......... 166
DV connecting cable
.................................. 68, 80, 120
S
W, X, Y, Z
Warning indicators ............... 163
White balance .......................... 40
Wide-angle .............................. 24
Wide mode .............................. 41
WIPE ......................................... 42
Write-protect tab ............. 19, 104
Zero set memory ..................... 61
Zoom ........................................ 24
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Printed in Japan
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