Hitachi DZ-HS903A, DZ-HS803A User manual

Hitachi DZ-HS903A, DZ-HS803A User manual
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DZ-HS903A
DZ-HS803A
Instruction Manual
(English)
Instruction Manual
DZ-HS903A
DZ-HS803A
Introduction
HDD/DVD/Cards
Battery Pack
Let’s Get Started
Recording — Viewing
Various Recording
Techniques
DZ-HS903A
Dubbing on DVD
Editing
Viewing on the
Other Devices
DZ-HS803A
Connecting to
Your PC
DZ-HS903A
DZ-HS803A
Additional
Information
Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi Camcorder.
Please read this Instruction Manual to understand its proper use.
Before opening the CD-ROM included with this product, please read
p.182.
After reading the Instruction Manual, store it safely.
QUICK GUIDE
The Instruction Manual contains an illustration of the DZ-HS803A
on the cover page only.
This manual was printed
with soy based ink.
QR74442 ©Hitachi, Ltd. 2008
Printed on recycled paper
Printed in Japan OY-K (I)
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Important Information
For Your Safety
The power switch turns the camcorder on and off, leaving the date/time feature unaffected. If the
camcorder is to be left unattended for a long period of time, turn it off.
The DVD video camera/recorder and AC adapter/charger have the following caution marks.
WARNING:
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT
EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING:
DANGER OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS
INCORRECTLY REPLACED. REPLACE ONLY WITH
THE SAME OR EQUIVALENT TYPE.
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD,
BE SURE TO USE THE SPECIFIED AC ADAPTER/
CHARGER (DZ-ACS3).
The camcorder and AC adapter/charger
have the following caution marks.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT OPEN.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Identifications of caution marks
This symbol warns the user that
uninsulated voltage within the unit
may have sufficient magnitude to
cause electric shock. Therefore, it is
dangerous to make any kind of
contact with any inside part of this
unit.
This symbol alerts the user that
important literature concerning the
operation and maintenance of this
unit has been included. Therefore, it
should be read carefully to avoid any
problems.
Precautions
WARNING: Many television programs and
films are copyrighted. In certain circumstances,
copy-right law may apply to private in-home
videotaping of copyrighted materials.
The liquid crystal display (LCD) panel is
made by highly precise technology. More
than 99.99% of its picture elements (pixels)
are effective, but some (less than 0.01%)
may appear as colored bright dots. This
does not indicate a fault as the LCD panel
stretches the limits of current technology.
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CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION
This product contains a laser diode of
higher class than 1. To ensure continued
safety, do not remove any covers or attempt
to gain access to the inside of the product.
Refer all servicing to qualified personnel.
Avoid using and storing the battery pack in
places subject to direct sunlight, high
temperatures, or near a flame source.
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Warning: 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.
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 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.
Caution to the user: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the
manufacturer void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Microsoft®, Windows®, Windows® XP and Windows Vista® are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation.
Intel® and Pentium® Processor are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
Intel® Core™ is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
Macintosh is a trademark of Apple, Inc.
IBM® and PC/AT® are registered trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
SD logo is a trademark.
Other company names and product names listed are trademarks or brand names
belonging to each individual company.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1
Read these instructions.
2
Keep these instructions.
3
Heed all warnings.
4
Follow all instructions.
5
Do not use this apparatus near water.
6
Clean only with dry cloth.
7
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10 Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11 Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12 Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
14 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does
not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15 Do not drip or splash liquids onto the camcorder or place the camcorder near objects filled with
liquid such as vases.
16 Use the equipment (AC adapter/Charger) near a power outlet with easy accessibility.
17 Do not cover the camcorder with a cloth while using nor use the camcorder in a ill-ventilated
space such as in a box or bookcase.
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Table of Contents
Important Information ............................
For Your Safety ......................................
Precautions..............................................
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS ...............................
Introduction
2
2
2
4
8
This camcorder makes all of the following
possible! .......................................................... 8
Choosing a disc to suit your purpose .............. 9
How to Read this Instruction Manual................... 9
Before Using the Product
- Be sure to read this information - ............... 11
Checking Provided Accessories ......................... 13
Names of Parts.................................................... 14
How to Open and Use the LCD Monitor ........... 19
How to Change the LCD Brightness.................. 20
Let’s Get Started
21
Preparing ............................................................ 21
Setting up the battery pack............................ 21
Turning on the Power.................................... 22
Changing the display language ..................... 22
Setting the date and time............................... 23
Recording Movies to the HDD........................... 24
Recording Movies to a DVD.............................. 25
Recording Stills to an SD card ........................... 27
Playing Recorded Movies/Stills ......................... 28
Deleting Recorded Movies/Stills........................ 29
Functions and Characteristics of
HDD/DVD/Cards
30
About HDD/DVD ......................................... 31
About cards ................................................... 33
Cautions for discs and cards.......................... 33
Inserting a DVD ............................................ 34
When loading a new DVD-RW/+RW .......... 36
Battery Pack
37
CHARGE lamp status and charging time ..... 37
Recording time with a fully charged battery. 37
Connecting the camcorder to a wall outlet.... 38
Detaching the DC power cord/battery pack from
the camcorder .......................................... 38
Efficient Use of the Battery .......................... 39
Recording
40
Recording Movies .............................................. 40
Using the Quick Start function ..................... 41
Information Display During Recording ........ 42
Recording Still Pictures...................................... 45
Viewing
47
Playback (Watching Your Recordings).............. 47
Playing back the last recorded scene ............ 47
Deleting the last recorded scene ................... 48
Choosing and playing back a scene .............. 48
Choosing and playing back multiple scenes . 49
Jumping to the designated scene................... 50
Adjusting speaker volume during movie
playback................................................... 52
Information Display During Playback .......... 52
Simple functions you can use during playback
or playback pause .................................... 54
Playing still pictures on a card automatically
(Slide Show) ........................................... 55
Capturing a still picture from a movie
(PHOTO Capture).................................... 56
Playing back scenes repeatedly
(Repeat Play) ........................................... 56
Various Recording Techniques
57
How to Operate the Menu .................................. 57
Menu (While Recording).................................... 58
How to use the LCD setup and initial setup . 60
About the demonstration function ................ 61
Magnified Recording
(Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom) ................ 62
Recording at Close Range (Macro Recording) .. 63
Using the Separately-Sold Lenses to Increase the
Wide-Angle or Telephoto Effect .................. 63
Adjusting the Focus Manually (Manual Focus) . 64
Adjusting the Brightness of the Image
(Exposure)..................................................... 66
Compensating for Backlight
(Backlight Compensation) ............................ 67
Selecting a Program AE Mode to Match the
Conditions (Program AE) ............................. 67
Adjusting the Color (White Balance)................. 68
Setting the white balance manually (Set)...... 70
Using the Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) ...... 71
Reducing Wind Noise During Recording .......... 71
Restoring all the Recording Settings to Default
(Full Auto) .................................................... 72
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Using the Flash .................................................. 72
Turning Off the Recording Indicator Beneath the
Lens .............................................................. 74
Changing the Movie Quality (VIDEO Mode) ... 75
Recording Movies for Wide-Screen TVs (16:9) 75
Changing Still Picture Quality (Quality) ........... 77
Inputting Audio and Video Signals From an
External Device (Input Source)
(DZ-HS903A)............................................... 78
Changing Capturing Still Picture Quality for
External Input (PHOTO Input)
(DZ-HS903A)............................................... 78
Using the Self-Timer ......................................... 79
Dubbing on DVD
80
First Dubbing (“New”) ...................................... 82
Dubbing All Scenes Recorded on the Same Day
(“Date”) ........................................................ 83
Dubbing All Scenes Recorded on the HDD
(“All”)........................................................... 84
Dubbing Scenes Selected (“Select”).................. 85
Displaying only Dubbed or Not Dubbed Scenes
(Category)..................................................... 86
Clearing the dub marks on Thumbnails
(MARK OFF)............................................... 86
Editing
87
Menu Items for the Disc Navigation ................. 88
Menu flows for the disc navigation.............. 90
Choosing Scenes by Program ............................ 92
Switching to the display arranged by program
(Program) ................................................ 92
Playing back a program (Play) ..................... 93
Renaming the title of a program (Title)........ 93
Playlist ............................................................... 95
What is “Playlist”? ....................................... 95
Creating a new Playlist (Create Playlist)...... 96
Displaying a desired Playlist (Playlist) ........ 97
Playing back a Playlist (Play)....................... 97
Adding scenes to a Playlist (Edit) ................ 98
Deleting scenes from Playlist (Edit)............. 99
Adding scenes using the Submenu for Editing
(Edit) ....................................................... 99
Deleting scenes using the Submenu for Editing
(Edit) ..................................................... 100
Selecting scenes using the Submenu for Editing
(Edit) ..................................................... 100
Arranging the order of scenes in the Playlist
(Edit) ..................................................... 101
Renaming the title of a Playlist (Title) ....... 101
Deleting a Playlist (Delete) ........................ 102
Deleting Scenes (Edit – Delete)....................... 102
Dividing a Movie (Edit – Divide).................... 103
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Combining Multiple Scenes (Edit – Combine) 105
Adding Special Effects (Edit –Fade) ............... 106
Skipping Scenes (Effect – Skip)..................... 107
Changing Thumbnail Image
(Effect – Thumbnail)................................. 108
Go To ............................................................... 109
Copying still pictures on a DVD-RAM to the Card
(Copy)......................................................... 109
Locking Scenes on a Card (Lock) ................... 110
Displaying Information Using the Menu Screen
(Detail) ....................................................... 111
Formatting the HDD/DVD/CARD .................. 112
Protecting the HDD/DVD................................ 113
Checking the Remaining Recording Capacity on
the Medium (Capacity)............................... 114
Displaying Movies or Stills Independently
(Category)................................................... 114
Viewing on the Other Devices
115
Connecting to Your TV for Viewing............... 115
Connecting to a TV .................................... 115
Viewing on your TV .................................. 116
Setting the on-screen display output On/Off
(OSD Output)........................................ 116
Playing back wide-mode images on a 4:3 TV
(TV Type) ............................................. 117
Viewing on Other Players/Recorders .............. 118
About DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R Discs and
Finalization................................................. 118
About +RW Discs and Finalization................. 118
About DVD-RW (VR Mode) Discs and
Finalization................................................. 119
Playing back a DVD-RAM Disc on a DVD Player/
Recorder ..................................................... 119
Notes on Finalization....................................... 119
Finalizing a Disc.............................................. 120
Unfinalizing a Disc.......................................... 121
Dubbing With Another Audio/Video
(A/V) Device
122
Dubbing from another A/V device
(DZ-HS903A) ....................................... 122
Dubbing from the camcorder to another A/V
device .................................................... 124
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Connecting to Your PC
125
Software installation ................................... 128
Preparation before importing images.......... 130
Connecting the camcorder to your PC using the
provided USB cable............................... 130
How to remove/replace a DVD or remove a card
during the connection ............................ 132
Using a PC’s DVD drive to read a DVD
recorded on the camcorder .................... 133
Before terminating PC connection (removing
the USB cable) and changing the power
switch setting ......................................... 134
How to Use the Software.................................. 135
Uninstalling the software ............................ 145
Precautions When Connecting to a PC............. 145
Contact Information ......................................... 146
Additional Information
147
Optional Accessories ........................................ 147
Attaching the Shoulder Strap (Commercially
Available).................................................... 147
Error Messages ................................................. 148
Troubleshooting................................................ 157
Cautions on Use of this Product
- Be sure to read this information - ............. 167
System Reset .................................................... 172
Major Specifications......................................... 173
Glossary............................................................ 178
Index ................................................................. 179
Be sure to read the following before opening the
package of CD-ROM .................................. 182
To Order in the United States........................... 183
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Introduction
This camcorder makes all of the following
possible!
Record movies and stills with this one device!
Introduction
Stills
Movies
Various media
HDD
DVD
SD card
After recording
View on large screen by hooking up the camcorder to a TV!
View on the TV
AV Cable
S Cable
View on the
LCD monitor
After Watching
Store the recordings! Create a gift disc! Select a disc easily!
Dubbing Menu
New
All
Date
Select
Dubbing the scene which
isn't dubbed in HDD.
ENTER
EXIT
DVD-RAM/
DVD-RW/
DVD-R
+RW
f
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„ Choosing a disc to suit your purpose
Do you want to delete/edit images
using this camcorder?
Do you want to play the disc
on a DVD player/recorder?
Introduction
Do you want to reuse the disc?
NO
YES
Re-recordable
DVD-RAM
One-time
recording
Re-recordable
DVD-RW
(VR mode)
DVD-RW
(VF mode)
Playable on devices that are
compatible with 8 cm DVD-RAM
or 8 cm DVD-RW (VR mode)
accordingly.
+RW
DVD-R
Playable on most other DVD
players/recorders once they are
finalized after recording.
* For details, refer to the standards
stated in "Recording format" (p.174).
* For details, refer to the standards
stated in "Recording format" (p.174).
How to Read this Instruction Manual
This Instruction Manual is intended for the DZ-HS903A and DZ-HS803A
models. The following table shows the differences between the two models.
DZ-HS903A
DZ-HS803A
HDD (Hard Disk Drive) Capacity
Approx. 30 GB
Approx. 8 GB
Maximum movie recording time
Approx. 11 hours
(FINE mode)
Approx. 3 hours
(FINE mode)
Equipped
Not equipped
External input function
About operations using the cursor
Use the cursor d/c/f/e to select the items that appear on the LCD
screen. This manual indicates the cursor operations using the symbol .
For details on how to operate the cursor, see "How to Operate the Menu" (p.57).
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About media descriptions
The camcorder functions available vary depending on the media (HDD/DVD/
Card) used. Refer to the icon headings shown below to determine whether the
function explained complies with the media in use.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
Introduction
Collective
term
Icon
HDD
Media
Built-in hard disk drive (HDD)
DVD-RAM
DVD-RW (VR mode)
DVD-RW (VF (Video) mode)
DVD
DVD-R
+RW
Card
CARD
SD memory card
miniSD memory card (exclusive adapter required)
microSD memory card (exclusive adapter required)
Displays in the Instruction Manual
The display messages are omitted in this manual. Please use the LCD display of
your camcorder to check the messages.
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Before Using the Product
- Be sure to read this information Conduct test recording.
• Before recording important shots, always conduct test recording to confirm that images
are normally recorded.
Introduction
Recording surface
• Single-sided disc: unlabeled side.
• Double-sided disc: both sides.
Double-sided disc
Single-sided disc
Labeled side
Recording side
Recording side
Recording side
How to hold a disc
For correct recording
• Do not touch the recording surface of a disc.
• Check that a disc recording surface is not dirty or
scratched.
• If the recording surface is dirty, wipe it clean using a
soft cloth.
Caution on disc loading
• Never touch the pickup.
Caution on vibrations and impacts
Use a soft cloth and gently
wipe the disc surface from
the inner to the outer region.
• While the ACCESS/PC indicator (p.14) is lit, do not
subject the camcorder to strong vibrations or impacts.
Caution should be particularly observed while the indicator
remains lit for a while after the end of recording.
About DVD
• We recommend using Hitachi Maxell brand discs. The
compatibility of the discs with this camcorder is
pickup
confirmed.
• If there is concern that the camcorder may be subjected to large vibrations or impact
during transport, remove the DVD and protect the camcorder using soft protective
materials.
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Using DVD with other equipment
• We cannot guarantee that playback is possible on all types of recorders/players.
• Playback may not be possible depending on the model of the playback device or
recording status of the disc.
• When a DVD-RW/DVD-R recorded with this camcorder is used on another device,
always finalize the disc (p.120) using the camcorder in advance.
Hitachi will not compensate for recorded images.
Introduction
• Hitachi cannot compensate for any damages caused when recording is not made
normally or recorded contents cannot be played back because of a defect in the
camcorder, disc or card. Also, Hitachi cannot be responsible for your recorded video
and audio.
• If you or a third party make a mistake when handling this camcorder, disc, card, etc.,
the recorded contents may be lost. We cannot be responsible for compensation for
damage due to loss of recorded contents.
• In the event that your camcorder is sent for repair, whether repair is successful or not,
recorded content may be lost. Hitachi cannot be held responsible for any lost data.
Copyright
• Be aware that recording is restricted for some demonstrations, performances and
exhibitions, even for personal enjoyment.
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Checking Provided Accessories
Make sure the following accessories are included in the package.
AC adapter/charger
(DZ-ACS3)
Use to power the camcorder
from an AC power outlet, and
to charge the battery.
DC power cord
To power the camcorder from
an AC outlet, use this cord to
connect the AC adapter/
charger to the camcorder.
Remote control
(DZ-RM4W)
Use to control the camcorder
from a distance.
Lithium battery (CR2032)
To power the remote control.
Power cable
Connects the AC adapter/
charger to the AC outlet.
WARNING
Keep this battery away from
children. If swallowed, consult
a physician immediately for
emergency treatment.
AV/S cable
Use this cable to view images
from the camcorder on a TV.
The DZ-HS903A can input
audio and video signals from
external AV devices using this
cable. (However, note that the
S-Video connector is for
output signals only.)
The DZ-HS803A has no
external input function.
Lens cap and lens cap
string
Attach the lens cap when not
recording, to protect the lens.
Software CD-ROM and
USB cable
Install the software on the CDROM onto your PC, then
connect the camcorder to the
PC using the USB cable.
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Introduction
Battery pack (DZ-BP14S)
Portable power supply for your
new Hitachi Camcorder. Be
sure to fully charge the battery
before use.
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Names of Parts
Power switch side
Introduction
QUICK START button (p.41)
ACCESS/PC indicator (p.11)
PHOTO/SELECT button
(p.27, 47)
DISC EJECT switch (p.25)
Disc compartment (p.25)
Battery platform (p.21)
Battery eject switch (PUSH)
(p.38)
Record button (p.25)
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Lock switch (p.22)
When the power switch is set to
“HDD”, set the LOCK switch to the
upper position to prevent
accidentally moving the power
switch to “DVD”.
When the power switch is set to
“DVD”, the LOCK switch cannot
be moved.
Power switch (p.22)
Hand strap (p.18)
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LCD monitor side (when the LCD monitor is opened
90°), and bottom
Introduction
Bottom
(Disc Navigation) button
(p.28)
MENU button (p.23)
DUBBING button (p.82)
C (stop/exit) button (p.47)
f/e/d/c (cursor)/
A (confirmation) buttons
Used to choose scenes (movies and
stills), select menu items and
confirm, play/pause, or manually
adjust exposure/focus.
Speaker
RESET button (p.172)
FULL AUTO button (p.72)
DISPLAY button
(p.42, 48-49, 52)
CARD ACCESS indicator
Tripod receptacle
Used to attach the camcorder to a
tripod.
Card slot (p.27)
QUICK MENU button (p.57)
Used to display only basic menu
items
LCD BRIGHTNESS button
(p.20)
BLC button (p.67)
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Lens side
Introduction
Inside the
cover
Light receiving sensor
Used to control flash amount.
Do not block the light receiving
sensor with your hand when
recording still pictures.
Flash (p.72)
Optical 10x zoom lens (p.62)
Zoom lever/volume (p.52, 62, 64)
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USB terminal (p.131)
A/V terminal (p.115)
Stereo microphone
Do not block the microphone with
your hand during recording.
Remote control receiver
Recording indicator (p.40)
LCD monitor (color wide-screen)
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Remote control
REC
PHOTO
DISPLAY
MENU
DIGITAL
ZOOM
ZOOM
SELECT
Introduction
DELETE
DISC
NAVIGATION
PHOTO button (p.27)
REC button (p.24)
MENU button (p.23)
SELECT button (p.47)
d (reverse search) button (p.54)
DELETE button (p.102)
DISC NAVIGATION button
(p.28)
* Functions the same as
.
DISPLAY button (p.42)
ZOOM T button (p.62)
DIGITAL ZOOM button (p.62)
ZOOM W button (p.62)
f (reverse skip) button (p.54)
c (forward search) button
(p.54)
Confirmation button (p.28)
C (stop/cancel) button (p.47)
e (forward skip) button (p.54)
Inserting the provided lithium battery into the
remote control
While inserting a thin
tipped instrument
(paperclip, etc.) into the
hole marked PUSH,
swing the battery holder
arm out.
Insert the lithium
battery with the
positive (+) terminal
facing down.
Slide the cover to
close it.
Battery holder
* For instructions on handling batteries, see p.18.
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Warning
BATTERY MAY EXPLODE IF NOT HANDLED PROPERLY. DO NOT
RECHARGE, DISASSEMBLE, OR DISPOSE OF IN FIRE.
Note
Introduction
Replace the battery with a Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Toshiba
CR2032, or Duracell DL2032. Use of another battery may present a risk of
fire or explosion.
Adjusting the hand strap
Fasten the hand strap according to the procedure in the diagram.
Flip the cover.
Flip the belt.
Replace the belt.
Replace the cover.
Attaching the lens cap
Tie the lens cap to the hand strap using the string (all supplied).
Pass the small loop end of the string through the lens cap
eyelet and knot.
small loop
Tie the strap to the the hand strap.
Attach the lens cap to the lens.
Notes
• To protect the lens, attach the lens cap to the lens when you are not using
the camcorder.
• Wipe the lens using a soft dry cloth if the lens gets dirty.
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How to Open and Use the LCD Monitor
Introduction
You can use the LCD monitor as follows.
Recording high
places above your
line of sight
Basic posture
Hold the camcorder with
both hands and tuck your
elbows to your chest or
sides, and move the
camcorder at a gentle pace.
This will allow you to
record effectively without
blurring.
To record yourself
(p.20)
Effortlessly record
small children or pets
at their line of sight
When playing back, etc.
• If the LCD monitor is hard to see while recording in bright outdoor conditions,
adjust the LCD brightness (p.20).
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About the LCD monitor display when recording
yourself (the lens and LCD monitor are facing you)
Introduction
• The LCD monitor displays a mirror image of the subject.
• The remaining battery charge indicator will only appear when battery power is
almost gone. The battery charge indicator flashes red in this case.
• A warning message will not be displayed (p.148). You can confirm the
warning message by rotating the LCD monitor 180° back to its normal
orientation.
How to Change the LCD Brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor when it is too dark or too bright
to see the image on display.
The brightness changes every time you press LCD BRIGHTNESS. There are
three settings available.
At time of purchase of this camcorder, the brightness is set to the brightest.
The LCD brightness setting is retained in memory even when the power is turned
off. However, if the camcorder is turned on while being powered from an AC
power outlet, the LCD brightness setting will be reset to the brightest.
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Let’s Get Started
Preparing
„ Setting up the battery pack
Connect the power cable to the AC adapter/charger.
Plug in the power cable to a wall outlet.
Attach the battery pack to the AC adapter/charger.
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
CHARGE indicator
Let’s Get Started
If the CHARGE indicator does not light,
check that the connections (
,
,
)
are firmly connected.
Note
Charging will not occur if the DC power
cord is connected.
Terminal at
bottom
z Charge status of the battery pack
The CHARGE indicator of the AC adapter/charger allows you to check on the
charge status of the battery pack.
Charge Status
During charge
Charge complete
CHARGE indicator
lit
Unlit
* For details on charging time,
see p.37.
Notes
• Charge battery pack in temperatures above +50ºF (10ºC) and below +86ºF
(30ºC).
• Use only the AC adapter/charger which accompanied your camcorder or
direct replacement as listed in this manual.
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„ Turning on the Power
1
Let’s Get Started
2
1
Turn on the power.
Press and hold the gray button, and turn the power switch to “HDD”, “DVD”, or “SD”.
* You do not need press the gray button
when you turn off the switch or switch
between “HDD” and “DVD”.
2
Open the LCD monitor.
„ Changing the display language
You can change the language used on screens and menus as follows.
A (Confirmation button)
Press MENU, then select “Initial Setup” by pressing f/e.
Then press c (or the confirmation button).
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Select “Language” by pressing f/e, then press c (or the confirmation
button).
I n i t i a l Setup
Be e p
Power S ave
R e c o r d LED
L an gu age
Demo Mode
Re s e t
ENTER
RETURN
On
Of f
On
En g l i s h
Au t o
Choose the desired language by pressing d/c, then press the confirmation
button.
Press MENU, then select “Date Setup” by pressing f/e.
Then press c to select “Date Set” and press c again.
Select each item by pressing d/c and
set the correct value by pressing f/e.
• Repeat this step until year, month,
date, hour, minute, and AM/PM are
correctly set.
Press the confirmation button.
The confirmation screen appears.
Press d to select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button to confirm.
• If you select “NO” and press e, the
screen returns to step
.
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Let’s Get Started
„ Setting the date and time
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Recording Movies to the HDD
1
Turn the power switch to “HDD”.
Let’s Get Started
* You can change the movie recording quality (p.75).
2
Press the record button.
Recording begins.
To pause recording, press the record button again.
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Recording Movies to a DVD
1
Insert a DVD.
When handling a disc:
Do not touch the recording surface
of a disc (p.11).
Let’s Get Started
Attach the charged battery pack.
Place the recording surface of the DVD face
down. (For a single-sided disc, the side
opposite the label is the recording surface.)
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2
Turn the power switch to “DVD”.
Let’s Get Started
Hint
If the format confirmation screen appears after loading a new DVD-RW/+RW,
format the disc as guided through the LCD screens (p.36). Formatting is not
necessary when recording on a DVD-RAM/DVD-R.
3
Press the record button.
Recording begins.
To pause recording, press the record button again.
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Recording Stills to an SD card
1
Insert an SD card.
For usable card types, see p.33.
2
Turn the power switch to “SD”.
3
Press PHOTO/SELECT.
Let’s Get Started
Pay attention to the orientation of the card.
Face up the label side.
Press PHOTO/SELECT halfway down so that a subject in the center of the
screen is focused.
Fully press PHOTO/SELECT to record.
Single press of the PHOTO/SELECT button of the remote control enables
focusing and recording at the same time.
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Playing Recorded Movies/Stills
1
Let’s Get Started
1
2
Press
2
.
Choose a scene (movie/still), then press the
confirmation button.
A l l P r og r ams
PLAY
0 01 / 014
PHOTO SELECT
See p.115 for the instructions on viewing the recordings on your TV screen.
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Deleting Recorded Movies/Stills
2
1
Press
.
Select a scene you want to delete, then press MENU.
A l l P r og r ams
PLAY
0 01 / 014
PHOTO SELECT
3
Select “Scene” “Edit”
the confirmation button.
4
Select “YES”, then press the confirmation button.
“Delete”, and then press
The selected scene is deleted.
y Scenes on DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW discs cannot be deleted.
y On +RW, you can delete only the last recorded scene (p.48).
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Let’s Get Started
1
2
3, 4
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Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
The following table lists the storage media (discs and cards) and available
functions that can be used with this camcorder.
Function
●: Functions available
—: Not available
Media
Built-in
HDD
DVDRAM
DVD-RW
(VR mode)
DVD-RW
(VF mode)
DVD-R
+RW
SD
card
Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
Recording movies (p.40)
●
●
●
●
●
●
—
Recording stills (p.45)
—
—
—
—
—
—
●
Deleting recordings
(p.102)
●
●
●
—
—
●*1
●
Editing recordings (p.87)
●
●
●
—
—
—
—
Playing on other DVD
players/recorders (p.118)
—
●*2
●*2 *3
●*3
●*3
●*2 *3
—
Initializing and reusing
(p.112)
●
●
●
●
—
●
●
Making additional
recordings after a disc is
finalized (p.121)
●*4
●*4
●
●*5
—
●*5
●*4
Copying recordings onto
a PC (p.125)
●*6
●*6
●*6 *7
●*6 *7
●*6 *7 ●*6 *7
●
Making DVD video discs
using a PC
—
●*6 *8
●*6 *8
●*6 *9
●*6 *9
—
*
—
1 Only the last recorded scene can be deleted (p.48).
2 Not playable on some devices.
Playback is possible using a device which complies with the medium type.
*3 Must be finalized. Not playable on some devices.
*4 As finalizing is unnecessary (cannot be performed), additional recordings are possible at any time.
*5 To make additional recordings, the finalized disc must be unfinalized.
*6 The provided software is used.
*7 Finalize the disc to edit on a PC.
*8 A DVD-VR disc can be created.
*9 A DVD video disc can be created.
*
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„ About HDD/DVD
Usable discs and their logos
HDD
Function
Allows extensive movie recordings.
DZ-HS903A: approx. 11 hours in FINE mode
DZ-HS803A: approx. 3 hours in FINE mode
Allows editing and deleting scenes.
Allows editing and deleting scenes.
DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1 (8 cm)
DVD-R for General Ver. 2.0
(8 cm)
+RW Ver. 1.2 (8 cm)
Provides compatibility with most DVD players.
Does not allow editing and deleting scenes.
Provides high compatibility with other DVD players
and does not need to be finalized.
Scenes can be deleted immediately after being
recorded.
* The versions in the above chart refer to physical standard versions of discs.
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Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
DVD-RW 2x Ver. 1.1 (8 cm)
Allows editing and deleting scenes using the
camcorder in VR mode.
Does not allow editing or deleting scenes using the
camcorder in VF mode, but provides higher
compatibility with other DVD players.
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Notes
Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
• Hitachi Maxell single sided discs (HG type) have been confirmed to be
compatible with this camcorder and are recommended. Take care not to
dirty (including fingerprints) or scratch the surface of the discs when
handling.
When using a double-sided disc, take great care with handling it. Using
non-Hitachi Maxell discs may not allow the camcorder to deliver optimum
performance.
• DVD housed in a square cartridge/caddy case or a round DVD holder
cannot be used as is. The DVD must be removed from its case/holder
before it can be used.
Note on DVD-R
This camcorder writes control data to a disc in order to automatically make
recording adjustments when first recording after:
• a disc is inserted, and
• the power is turned on while the disc is in the camcorder.
If there is not enough space on the control area of a disc, recording may not
be possible even if the data space for recording movies is not full. To prevent
this, avoid performing operations described above more than 99 times per
disc.
Unusable Discs
Dual layer DVD discs, Blu-ray disc, +R, and HD-DVD.
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„ About cards
z Card Handling
Locked status
Notes
• Only 1 GB or less capacity SD memory cards can be used.
(2GB SD memory cards cannot be used with this camcorder.)
• When using an exclusive adapter, a miniSD memory card and micro SD
memory card can be used in the same way as an SD memory card. No
SDHC card or multimedia card can be used.
„ Cautions for discs and cards
To prevent data loss or damage:
• Do not remove the battery and card while reading or writing data.
• Do not use the camcorder in a place subject to static electricity or electrical noise.
• Do not leave a disc unused in the camcorder for an extended period of long time.
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Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
• Do not use cards other than those specified.
• Be sure to perform trial recording before recording important
images.
• Do not touch the card terminal or allow it to touch metal.
• Do not paste anything other than the designated label in the label
area.
• Do not subject cards to impact, bending, or dropping.
Terminal
• Do not disassemble or modify a card.
• Do not expose cards to water.
• Do not use or store cards in the following places:
− Where the temperature is high, such as in a vehicle in the sun or near a heater
− Where humidity is high, or in a dusty place
• When the erasure prevention
switch is locked, recording,
Erasure prevention
deletion, and editing are not
switch
allowed. Only playback is
possible.
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„ Inserting a DVD
Attach the charged battery pack to
the camcorder or connect the
camcorder to a wall outlet.
Turn the power switch to “OFF”.
Then, press down the DISC
EJECT switch until the ACCESS/
PC indicator lights, then release.
Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
After several seconds, the lid pops
open. Open it fully with your hand.
Place the recording surface of the DVD
face down, then push down on the
center of the DVD until it clicks into
place.
• For single-sided discs, the side
opposite the label is the
recording surface.
• To record on the other side for
double-sided discs, remove the
disc (p.35), flip it over, and
reload it.
Close the lid.
The ACCESS/PC indicator flashes. During this process, do not remove the
power source, shake, or subject the camcorder to impacts.
When a new DVD-RW or +RW is inserted, see p.36.
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Removing the disc
Pressing slightly on the center hub with
a finger, grip the edge of the disc by
your thumb and lift the disc out as
shown.
• The disc mechanism will be very hot immediately after use. Do not touch
the metallic areas.
• Do not peer into the pickup. Doing so may cause
damage to your eyesight.
• To prevent malfunction, never do any of the
following:
– touch the pickup
– insert a disc that is not compatible with the
Pickup
camcorder (p.31, 32)
– close the lid before setting the disc securely into
place
• The power automatically turns off if the lid is left open for approx. three
minutes.
• The lid will not open if the camcorder is not connected to a power source.
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Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
Notes
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„ When loading a new DVD-RW/+RW
The disc must be formatted before it can be used for recording. When the disc is
loaded, the format confirmation screen will appear in the LCD monitor. Format
the disc according to the procedure below.
Open the LCD monitor.
d/c
Note
Functions and Characteristics of HDD/DVD/Cards
Be careful that the power is not
accidentally cut off during formatting.
Otherwise, the disc will become unusable.
A (confirmation button)
Select “YES” by pressing d, then press the confirmation button.
Format DVD
DVD is not formatted.
Format the DVD now?
YES
NO
When using a DVD-RW
Proceed to step
.
When using a +RW
Formatting will start. Skip step
.
ENTER
(When using a DVD-RW)
The recording format selection screen appears.
Select “VR Mode” or “VF Mode” by pressing d/c, then press the
confirmation button.
Format DVD
DVD Format.
Select record format.
VR Mode
ENTER
VF Mode
VR Mode
After recording, you can perform
various editing functions such as
choosing and deleting scenes.
You can play back the disc in a device
which supports 8 cm DVD-RW (VR
Mode) after finalizing the disc.
VF Mode (Video mode)
Although editing cannot be done on the
camcorder, you can play back the disc
on other DVD devices after finalizing
the disc.
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Battery Pack
„ CHARGE lamp status and charging time
Lights
Charging
Approx. charging time
(at approx. 77°F (25°C))
Goes out
Charge
Complete
DZ-BP14S (provided)
DZ-BP14SW (separately sold)
DZ-BP21SW (separately sold)
Blinks
165 mins
235 mins
See "Troubleshooting" (p.157).
Use the following table to estimate continuous recording times (minutes) using a
fully charged battery pack.
Continuous recording
Normal use*
(with max LCD brightness) (with max LCD brightness)
Battery
Video mode XTRA/FINE
type
Recording HDD DVD
media
STD
XTRA/FINE
HDD DVD HDD DVD
STD
HDD
DVD
DZ-BP14S (provided)
DZ-BP14SW
(separately sold)
110
95
110
105
55
45
55
50
DZ-BP21SW
(separately sold)
165
140
165
155
80
70
80
75
* Recordable time when zoom, focus, and switch changes are operated.
Notes
• In low temperature environments, recording time will be shortened.
• The times indicated in the table are estimates, and will change depending
on actual recording conditions.
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Battery Pack
„ Recording time with a fully charged battery
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„ Connecting the camcorder to a wall outlet
Connect to the AC adapter/charger.
Power cable
Battery Pack
Connect to the
camcorder.
To wall outlet
Connect to the AC adapter/
charger.
DC power cord
Notes
• The battery pack will not be charged while the DC power cord is connected
to the AC adapter/charger even if the battery pack is attached to the AC
adapter/charger.
• The AC adapter/charger can be used around the world. An AC plug adapter
is required in some foreign countries. If you need one, purchase it from
your local electronics distributor.
AC 200-240V
AC Plug Adapter (not provided)
„ Detaching the DC power cord/battery pack from
the camcorder
Always turn the power off before disconnecting
the power supply.
While pressing and holding PUSH, slide the
DC connector or battery pack upward, then
remove it.
• Be careful not to drop the battery pack
while detaching it.
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„ Efficient Use of the Battery
• The battery will slightly discharge even if it is detached from the camcorder.
• If the battery is left attached to the camcorder, it will consume a slight amount
of power. Therefore, it is recommended that you charge the battery a day
before using the camcorder.
When you intend not to use the camcorder for an extended period
of time
Battery life
The battery life varies greatly depending on the ambient environment and how
often the camcorder is used. If the usable time of the camcorder with a fully
charged battery is noticeably short, the battery should be replaced. Purchase a
new one.
Power Save function
To save power, do not leave the camcorder in record pause mode for too long.
Even during record pause, battery power is consumed at about the same level as
during recording.
By turning the power save function On, the camcorder will automatically turn off
if left idle for approximately five minutes in record pause mode. For power save
function, see "How to use the LCD setup and initial setup" (p.60).
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Battery Pack
It is recommended that you fully charge the battery at least once every six months, attach
it to the camcorder, turn it on and fully deplete the battery charge, then remove the
battery and store it in a cool place.
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Recording
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
Recording Movies
You can choose either HDD or DVD to record movies.
1
Turn the power switch to “HDD” or “DVD”.
2
Open the LCD monitor.
Recording
Press and hold the lock
button, and turn the power
switch.
3
Press the record button.
• “m“(record pause) in the LCD monitor will
change to “n” and recording will begin.
• The recording indicator beneath the lens will
also light up red.
• To pause recording, press the record button
again. The elapsed recording time will reset to
“0:00:00”.
• To resume recording, press the record button
again.
40
Elapsed recording time
(hrs : mins : secs)
Remaining space on
HDD/DVD/Card
m/n
10:00 AM
12/ 1/2008
Remaining
battery level
Current time
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„ Using the Quick Start
function
Just press
QUICK START.
If you press QUICK START, the
camcorder enters sleep mode and will
keep battery consumption to a minimum
(approx. half of the power consumed
during recording) and you can restore record pause mode quickly (about one
second) by pressing QUICK START again.
During sleep mode, the QUICK START button lights blue.
Hints
Recording
• For details on screen displays during recording, see p.42.
• You can change the movie recording quality (p.75).
• If you cannot record movies, the camcorder does not operate, or it takes too
long for recording to start, see “Troubleshooting” (p.157).
• About Sleep Mode
– You can also return to record pause mode from sleep mode by pressing
the record button (press again to start recording) or changing the media.
– When you return to record pause mode from sleep mode, the zoom
position (approx. 1.5×), manual focus, exposure, and backlight
compensation will return to their default settings (p.62, 64–67).
– Regardless of the power save setting (p.60), the camcorder power will
automatically turn off if standby in sleep mode continues for approx. 30
minutes. In this case, first turn the power switch to “OFF”, then turn it to
“HDD”/“DVD”.
Notes
• The ACCESS/PC indicator is flashing for a while even after you finish
recording. While the ACCESS/PC indicator is flashing, do not turn off the
power or shake the camcorder. Doing so may cause an error in the recorded
data and you may not be able to play back the data (p.170).
• The minimum recording time for movies is about three seconds (even if you
press the record button before three recording seconds have elapsed).
• It may not be possible to deactivate the protection on a DVD which was
protected using another device. In this case, use that same device to
deactivate the protection.
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„ Information Display During Recording
Switching the display mode
Various information will appear in the LCD monitor during recording.
You can choose simple display or detailed (all information) display by pressing
DISPLAY repeatedly.
Recording
On-Screen Information
See the next page for details.
16:9 mode
EIS (Electronic
Image Stabilizer)
Program AE
Backlight
Compensation
White Balance
Microphone filter
Current medium/
input mode
REC
L IN
0 : 0 0 : 0 0
1 0 REM
3 0 MIN
REM
1 4 Scene
FULL AUTO
HDD ACCESS
Zoom
Exposure
VOLUME
Manual Focus
FINE
HDD/DVD/Card
type
Movie recording
quality
1 2 /
8 : 0 0 AM
1 / 2 0 0 8
Warnings/Messages
Current time/date
Flash
Self-timer
External Input
(DZ-HS903A)
Recording status
Movie recording time
Remaining space on
HDD/DVD/Card
Remaining number of
recordable scenes
(DZ-HS903A)
Remaining battery
level
FULL AUTO
indicator (p.72)
Volume
* The above display is for explanation and different from the actual display.
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Current medium/input mode (p.24, 25, 27)
: “Input Source” is “CAMERA”
and in movie recording mode
(HDD/DVD)
: “Input Source” is “CAMERA”
and in still recording mode
(Card)
: “Input Source” is “LINE” and
“PHOTO input” mode (still
capture quality for a movie from
a connected external device) is
“Field”. (LINE) (DZ-HS903A)
16:9 mode (p.75) (when using HDD/DVD)
No icon
: Off
: On
Program AE (p.67)
No icon
: Portrait
: Spotlight
: Sand & Snow
: Low Light
Backlight Compensation (p.67)
: Off
: On
Electronic Image Stabilizer (EIS) (p.71)
(when using HDD/DVD)
No icon
: Off
: Off
: On
Flash (p.72) (when using Card)
No icon
: Auto
: Flash On
: Flash Off
Self-timer (p.79) (when using Card)
No icon
: Off
: On
(Ten-second countdown)
External Input (p.78) (DZ-HS903A)
L IN
: AV input
Recording status
REC
Recording
Record pause (lit green)
Focus is locked (lit purple when
using card (recording sills))
: Auto
: Sports
No icon
No icon
Recording
: “Input Source” is “LINE” and
“PHOTO input” mode is
“Frame”. (LINE)
(DZ-HS903A)
Microphone filter (p.71)
(when using HDD/DVD)
No icon*1
Zoom (p.62)
W
(Digital Zoom: Off)
X
(Digital Zoom: 40x)
Y
(Digital Zoom: 240x) (when using HDD/DVD)
Exposure (p.66)
No gauge
: Auto
: Manual
: On
White Balance (p.68)
No icon
: Auto
: Set
: Outdoor
: Indoor1
: Indoor2
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Manual Focus (p.64)
ECO
No gauge
: Auto
Remaining space on HDD/DVD/Card*3
: Manual
REM XX MIN*4:
Remaining recordable time during movie
recording (HDD/DVD)
Current medium and its status (p.30)
(HDD/DVD/Card)
REM XX*5:
Number of remaining recordable still images
during stills recording (Card)
: HDD
: Protected HDD
Remaining number of recordable scenes*3
(when using HDD) (DZ-HS903A)
: DVD-RAM
: Protected DVD-RAM
/
High quantity (lower quality)
REM XX Scene:
Will appear when the remaining number of
recordable scenes (999 scenes max.*6) is 50 or
less. If the number is down to 10 or less, the
display will be in purple.
: DVD-RW (VR mode/VF mode)
: Protected DVD-RW (VR mode)
Recording
: Finalized DVD-RW (VR mode)
Remaining battery level (p.37)
: Protected Finalized DVD-RW
(VR mode)
: Finalized DVD-RW (VF mode)
Full
: DVD-R
: Finalized DVD-R
(finalized using this camcorder)
: DVD-R finalized using a device
other than the DZ-HS903A/
DZ-HS803A.
Or DVD-R recorded using a
HITACHI camcorder marketed
before the DZ-HS903A/
DZ-HS803A
Appears here when “Input Source” is set to
“LINE” (DZ-HS903A).
During playback, this indicator appears in a
different position of the LCD screen (p.52).
*1
: +RW
: Finalized +RW
: SD memory card
*2
: Locked SD memory card
*3
No icon*2
Movie recording quality (p.75)
(when using HDD/DVD)
XTRA
: Best quality
FINE
: High quality
STD
: Extended recording
Still recording quality (p.77)
(when using card)
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FINE
: High quality
NORM
: Standard quality
Almost empty
Volume
*4
*5
*6
No icon appears when:
• no disc or card is inserted.
• a disc not formatted is loaded.
• the HDD is protected or a protected disc
or locked card is loaded.
• the HDD, disc, or card has no remaining
space.
No icon appears when:
• no disc or card is inserted.
• an unusable disc or card is inserted.
No remaining time or number will be
displayed when a protected disc or locked
card, or a finalized DVD-RW (VF mode)/
DVD-R/+RW disc is inserted.
Sometimes longer recording than indicated
is possible while recording in XTRA mode.
The number of recordable stills is
approximate. Depending on the recording
conditions, the number may not decrease.
Combining scenes will not increase the
remaining number of recordable scenes.
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Recording Still Pictures
Still pictures are recorded on an SD memory Card.
1
2
Turn the power switch to “SD”.
Open the LCD monitor.
Recording
Press and hold the lock button
to turn the power switch.
3
Press PHOTO/SELECT halfway down.
A subject in the center of the screen will be focused. When focus is locked, the
green “m” in the LCD monitor will turn purple.
4
Fully press PHOTO/SELECT.
The image will be recorded. After a few seconds, the image shot will be
displayed for about three seconds. You can shoot the next photo when “m”
changes back to green.
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Hints
Recording
• For details on screen displays during recording, see p.42.
• If you want to compose a shot in which the subject is not centered, first
press PHOTO/SELECT halfway with the subject centered in the monitor.
Next, with the button pressed halfway, compose your shot and fully press
PHOTO/SELECT.
• If the camcorder has difficulty focusing, adjust the focus manually (p.64).
• Although it is possible to fully press PHOTO/SELECT in a single action
without pressing it halfway, the image may be out of focus.
• You can check the card capacity and number of remaining recordable
pictures (p.176).
• If you are unable to record still pictures, see “Troubleshooting” (p.157).
• About Sleep Mode
– You can also return to record pause mode from sleep mode by pressing
PHOTO/SELECT. To record, you need to press PHOTO/SELECT
again.
– When you return to pause mode from sleep mode, the zoom position
(approx. 1.5×), manual focus, exposure, and backlight compensation will
return to their default settings (p.62, 64–67).
– Regardless of the power save setting (p.60), the camcorder power will
automatically turn off if standby in sleep mode continues for
approximately 30 minutes. In this case, first turn the power switch to
“OFF”, then turn it to “SD”.
Notes
• After recording, do not disconnect the battery or AC adapter/charger until
“m” lights green in the LCD monitor. Doing so may cause an error in the
recorded data and you may not be able to play back the data (p.170).
• Hold the camcorder with both hands and tuck your elbows to your chest or
sides for best recording results.
• When recording with digital zoom, use a tripod for best results.
• The recorded image may differ slightly from the image in the LCD monitor.
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Viewing
Playback
(Watching Your Recordings)
Recorded movies and still pictures are referred to as “scenes”. For movies, a scene
is one continuous uninterrupted recording, and for still images, a scene is one still
picture.
Open the LCD monitor before starting playback (p.19).
MENU
f/e/d/c/A (confirmation)
PHOTO/SELECT
Viewing
(Disc Navigation)
C (stop/exit)
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
„ Playing back the last recorded scene
You can play back the last recorded scene right away.
If the camcorder is not in record pause mode, set the camcorder to record pause mode
for the medium you want to play back (p.40, p.45).
Press the confirmation button.
The scene recorded last will play back.
When playing back a movie, playback is paused after the final frame and “ i ”
(playback pause icon at the final frame) appears. If this condition continues for more
than five minutes, the camcorder will automatically return to record pause mode. To
promptly return to record pause mode, press C.
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HDD RAM -RW (VR) +RW CARD
„ Deleting the last recorded scene
Play back the last recorded scene (p.47).
Press MENU.
Select “Edit”
“Delete Scene”, then press the confirmation button.
Select “YES” by pressing d, then press the
confirmation button.
The scene will be deleted.
• To cancel deletion, select “NO” and
press the confirmation button or simply
press C.
• After deleting or canceling deletion, the
camcorder will return to record pause
mode.
Delete Scene
Delete scene?
YES
NO
Viewing
ENTER
Hint
There is another playback method using the disc navigation screen (see
below). In this case, “Delete Scene” does not appear after pressing MENU.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
„ Choosing and playing back a scene
Press
while the media you want to play back is in record pause mode.
The scenes thumbnails appear on the disc navigation screen.
Thumbnail
Currently
selected scene
A l l P r og r ams
Dub mark
Still image
icon*1
Operation guide*2
PLAY
PHOTO SELECT
0 01 / 014
Current scene number/
Total number of scenes
Current page
position*3
Bar graph
Icon of HDD, DVD/
card type*4
*1 The icon displayed represents a photo recorded that uses another Hitachi DVD camcorder
that can record photos on a DVD-RAM disc. (This DVD camcorder cannot record photos
on a DVD-RAM disc.)
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*2 The operation guide will vary depending on the operation status of the DVD camcorder.
Each press of DISPLAY switches the information of the currently selected scene as follows:
Date and time of recording, Movie quality (VIDEO mode)/Wide (16:9) mode/Movie length
(only HDD), Operation guide.
*3 Appears when 13 scenes or more have been recorded.
*4 When using a disc, the icon that corresponds to the type of disc being used will appear,
and “ ” will appear for a card.
Icons displayed in a thumbnail:
: Dub mark (p.80)
: Photo (p.27)
: Fade-in (p.106)
: Fade-out (p.106)
: Lock (p.110)
: Skip (p.107)
Press the confirmation button.
The chosen scene is played back.
Playback is paused at the final frame of the last scene, and “i” (playback pause
icon at the final frame) appears. When this condition continues for longer than
five minutes, the display will automatically return to the disc navigation screen.
• To promptly return to the disc navigation screen, press C or
.
To return to record pause mode, press C or
again.
• If you press the confirmation button while “i” is displayed, playback starts
from the first scene.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
„ Choosing and playing back multiple scenes
After step
of “Choosing and playing back a scene” (p.48), perform procedures
according to your purpose from the table below. When you have finished choosing
scenes, press the confirmation button to begin playing them back.
• You can utilize more than one method in the table below when choosing scenes.
• You can choose up to 999 scenes.
• The color of the frame(s) may change depending on your operations as follows:
– Yellow: indicates your current position (cursor frame)
– Red: indicates scenes already chosen
– Blue: indicates the range of consecutive scenes being selected
– 2-color frame: includes the meaning of both colors
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Viewing
Choose a scene by pressing f/e (up/down, previous page/following page) and
d/c (left/right).
• Holding down the button will increase the scene selection speed. Use the
“Current scene number/Total number of scenes” display and the bar graph as
reference.
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Select a scene by pressing d/c/f/e,
then press PHOTO/SELECT.
Select multiple scenes
individually
Repeat this step to choose the next scene.
Press and hold PHOTO/SELECT until the
cursor frame becomes blue.
Using the current scene as
your starting point, select
multiple previous or
succeeding consecutive
scenes
Choose a final scene by pressing d/c/f/e,
then press the confirmation button to confirm the
setting.
Viewing
Select all scenes from the
first scene to the current
scene. (Menu option:
Start– Current)
Select all scenes from the
current scene to the final
scene. (Menu option:
Current– End)
Select all scenes on the
media. (Menu option: All)
Cancel operations while
selecting the range (while a
blue frame is displayed)
Press MENU, select “Scene” by pressing c,
then select “Select” by pressing f/e.
Press c or the confirmation button.
After choosing the desired option by pressing f/
e, press the confirmation button to confirm the
setting.
Press C.
Cancel selected scenes
individually
Move the cursor frame (yellow) to a selected scene (red)
you want to cancel and press PHOTO/SELECT.
Cancel all scenes selected
Press C.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
„ Jumping to the designated scene
Press MENU after step
scene is played back.
The Menu appears.
of “Choosing and playing back a scene” (p.48)—while a
Select “Go To” by pressing f/e, then press c.
Select “Top”, “End”, or “Specify” by pressing f/e, then press the confirmation
button to confirm.
Top: Goes to the beginning, then pauses playback.
End: Goes to the end, then pauses playback.
Specify: Goes to the specified point, then pauses playback. (See next page on
how to specify a point.)
Press the confirmation button.
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z Specifying the point to jump
to
Select “Specify” in step
in
“Jumping to the designated scene”
(p.50), then press the confirmation
button.
Press the confirmation button.
The camcorder will go to the
3 specified point and enter playback
pause mode.
• To start playback, press the
confirmation button again.
The specify screen will appear.
1
Total recording time
of all selected scenes
Position of currently
played back image
Cursor
CURRENT
0:00:00
0 : 00 : 10
GO TO 0 : 00 : 10
TOP
END
ENTER
END
0 : 00: 45
• To cancel the “Go To” procedure
midway, press C before going to
the specified point.
• With a card, the number of stills
will appear at the “Top”, “Current”,
“End”, and “Go To” indicators.
Viewing
Go t o
TOP
Hints
CANCEL
Cursor position
Select the desired point by time by
pressing f / e / d / c.
f:
To select the beginning
e:
To select the end
d / c once:
To move the cursor one
minute back or forward
for HDD (ten seconds for
DVD, one still for card)
Press and hold d / c:
To move the cursor in ten
2
minutes increments for
HDD (one minute for
DVD, ten stills for card)
Note
The cursor position is a rough
estimate. The cursor may not move
at even intervals.
Go t o
TOP
0:00:00
CURRENT
0 : 00 : 10
GO TO 0 : 00 : 00
TOP
END
ENTER
END
0 : 00: 45
CANCEL
(When the start of the
selected scene is selected)
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Notes
• When you play a still image from a card, “Playback.” appears. If the image
file is very large (high resolution, etc.), it will take more time to display.
• The disc navigation screen automatically appears if:
– the HDD/DVD is protected.
– the SD memory card is locked.
– a finalized DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW is loaded.
– a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R recorded on a Hitachi DVD camcorder
other than this model is loaded.
• It may require more time to start playing back if many scenes are chosen.
Viewing
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
„ Adjusting speaker volume during movie playback
Decreases the volume
Increases the volume
„ Information Display During Playback
Various types of information on recording will be superimposed on the playback
image you are viewing.
The display mode switched in the following way each time you press DISPLAY.
No display
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Playback information display
Recording date/time
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When using
HDD/DVD
Recording mode
Scene No.
06
Repeat play*4
00:00:16
006
Playback operation*5
Counter
Program/Playlist List*1
Program/Playlist No.*2
Current medium
(HDD/DVD)*3
Viewing
When using
Card
Scene No.
File name
003
Recording mode
Slide Show*4
100—0003
Lock*4
*1
Program or
Playlist
*2 Not displayed while playing All Scenes.
*3 See “Current medium and its status
(HDD/DVD/Card)” on p.44.
*4 Appears when set (see p.55, 56, 110).
*5 There are following playback operations:
F: Standard playback
b: Playback pause
c: Forward search playback
d: Reverse search playback
e: Forward skip playback
f: Reverse skip playback
g: Forward frame advance
h: Reverse frame back
: Forward slow playback
: Reverse slow playback
For instructions on how to operate,
see p.54.
Playback operation*5
“j” appears after the first still or the first
frame of the first movie is played when
playing reverse.
“i” appears after the last still or the last
frame of the last movie is played when
playing forward.
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„ Simple functions you
can use during
playback or playback
pause
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
Movies
(during playback)
Functions
Press
Viewing
Pause
The confirmation button
Fastforward/
Reverse
c (Forward)/d
(Reverse) and hold
Skip
forward/
backward
e (Forward)/
f (Reverse)
• If you press f within a few
seconds from the beginning of a
scene, playback starts from the
beginning of the previous scene.
• If you press e while the last
scene is playing back, playback is
paused at the final frame of the last
scene.
Continuous
skipping
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e (Forward)/f
(Reverse) and hold
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
Movies
(during playback pause)
The following functions will operate
during playback pause in the same
way as during playback. However, if
the button is released, playback will
return to playback pause.
• Skipping
• Continuous skipping
The following functions only operate
during playback pause.
Functions
Frame by
frame
playback
(forward/
reverse)
Press
c (Forward)/
d (Reverse)
• No sound will be heard.
• Frames are advanced in intervals
of approx. 0.03 seconds and
reversed in intervals of approx.
0.5 seconds.
Slow
playback
(Forward/
Reverse)
c (Forward)/d
(Reverse) and hold
• No sound will be heard.
• Slow playback advances in
intervals of approx. 0.03 seconds
and reverses in intervals of
approx. 0.5 seconds.
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CARD
Notes
• If the temperature inside the
camcorder gets too high, the
camcorder may fail to function
normally. Turn off the power and
wait awhile before turning the
power back on.
• In slow playback, images with
fast-moving subjects may appear
blurred.
Still pictures
(during card playback)
Reminder: For still images, a “scene”
is one still image, a photograph.
Functions
Press
Playing
previous or e/c (Forward)/
later scenes f/d (Reverse)
(stills)
Each time you press e/c or
f/d, the next or previous still is
shown. If you continue pressing,
stills are played back successively
until you release the button, or the
last/first scene is reached.
• For automatic playback for still
pictures, use the slide show
function.
When you play back when the slide
show is On, still pictures are played
one after the other.
If the playback range of scenes has
been specified, the slide show plays
back this specified range of scenes.
Press MENU on the disc navigation
screen (p.48).
Use the cursor buttons to select “Slide
Show”, then “Start”.
Press the confirmation button.
• Playback starts from the
beginning regardless of the
selected scene or cursor
position.
• The camcorder enters playback
pause after showing the last
picture.
• To return to the disc navigation
screen, press C.
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Viewing
CARD
„ Playing still pictures
on a card
automatically
(Slide Show)
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HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
„ Capturing a still
picture from a movie
(PHOTO Capture)
„ Playing back scenes
repeatedly
(Repeat Play)
You can capture and record an image
displayed during movie playback as a
photo.
The number of photo pixels differs
depending on the mode as follows:
In 16:9 mode: 640 × 360 pixels
In 4:3 mode: 640 × 480 pixels
When this function is On, all scenes
will play back from the first scene to
the last scene repeatedly.
If a range of scenes (or just one scene)
is specified (p.49), playback of the
specified scenes will be repeated.
Viewing
Press PHOTO/SELECT or
MENU at the frame you want to
capture during movie playback or
playback pause.
• If you press PHOTO/SELECT,
go to step
. If you press
MENU, proceed to the next
step.
Select “Edit” by pressing f/e,
then press c.
If “PHOTO Capture” is not selected,
select it by pressing f/e, then
press the confirmation button.
Press d to select “YES”, then press
the confirmation button to confirm.
• To cancel capturing, either press
the confirmation button while
“NO” is selected or press C.
• After capturing is complete or
canceled, the screen will return
to playback pause.
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Press MENU on the disc navigation
screen (p.48).
Select “Others” by pressing f/
e, then press c.
Select “Repeat Play” by pressing
f/e, then press c.
Select “On” by pressing f/e,
then press the confirmation button to
confirm the setting.
Press MENU to return to the disc
navigation screen.
Press the confirmation button to
begin playback.
• To quit playback, press C.
(“Repeat Play” remains “On”.)
• “Repeat Play” will be set to
“Off” if:
– you repeat the steps and
select “Off” instead of “On”
in step
– turn off the power
– remove the DVD
• Repeat playback will not
function when you play the last
scene when the camcorder is in
record pause mode.
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Various Recording Techniques
How to Operate the Menu
Press MENU.
You can also use QUICK MENU to display
1
the Quick Menu screen which contains only
basic menu items.
Example:
2 Select “Camera Functions Setup”
“White Balance”
a white balance mode
The title of the selected icon
on the left appears at the top.
Press right or down on the center
to move the cursor to the right.
ENTER
Press up/down
to move the
cursor up or
down.
ENTER
RETURN
RETURN
“Camera Functions Setup”
“White Bal.”
a white balance mode
R e c o r d F u n c t i o n s Se t up
V I DEO Mo d e
F I NE
16:9
On
I n p u t So u r c e
CAMERA
OSD Ou t pu t
On
ENTER
3
Various Recording Techniques
Came r a F u n c t i o n s Se t up
A Au t o
P r o g r am AE
A Au t o
Wh i t e Ba l .
On
EIS
D i g . Zo om
40x
Of f
M IC. F i l t e r
Came r a F u n c t i o n s Se t up
A Au t o
P r o g r am AE
A Au t o
Wh i t e Ba l .
On
EIS
D i g . Zo om
40x
Of f
M IC. F i l t e r
Current settings appear first.
After selecting one of the setup
items, its options appear.
RETURN
Press the confirmation button to confirm, then
MENU to end.
* To quit without changing the setting,
press MENU before pressing the
confirmation button.
To cancel/exit and return to the
previous stage
To go back left in the Menu
These operations work
almost the same way.
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Menu (While Recording)
Movie Menu
Menu items
(1st level)
Camera Functions Setup
Menu items
(2nd level)
Quick
Menu
items
Program AE
White Balance
* Not displayed while using
EIS
the external input
function
Digital Zoom
(DZ-HS903A)
MIC. Filter
Various Recording Techniques
Record Functions Setup
Date Setup
Initial Setup
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
p.67

p.68
p.71
p.62
p.71
VIDEO Mode

p.75
16:9

p.75
Input Source
(DZ-HS903A)

OSD Output
LCD Setup
Common See
to movie
and stills
LCD Adjust
Date Set


p.78

p.116

p.60

p.23
Date Mode

p.61
Beep

p.60
Power Save

p.60
Record LED

p.74
Language


p.22
Demo Mode


p.61
Reset


p.60
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Stills Menu
Menu items
(1st level)
Camera Functions Setup
Menu items
(2nd level)
Quick
Menu
items
Program AE

p.67
White Balance

p.68
* Not displayed while using
the external input function Digital Zoom
(DZ-HS903A)
Flash
Record Functions Setup
p.62
p.72
Quality

Input Source
(DZ-HS903A)

p.78

p.79

p.116

p.60

p.23
Date Mode

p.61
Beep

p.60
Power Save

p.60
Record LED

p.74
LCD Adjust
Date Set

Language


p.22
Demo Mode


p.61
Reset


p.60
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Various Recording Techniques
Initial Setup

p.78
OSD Output
Date Setup
p.77
PHOTO Input
(DZ-HS903A)
Self Timer
LCD Setup
Common See
to movie
and stills
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„ How to use the LCD setup and initial setup
LCD Setup
Menu items
LCD Adjust
Various Recording Techniques
Initial Setup
Beep
Power Save
Record LED
Language
Demo Mode
Reset
Explanation of functions
Color Level
Adjusts the color level of the
LCD monitor.
Select “Off” to turn off the beeps that sound
when any button is pressed.
When set to “On”, the camcorder power will
automatically turn off if it is left idle for
approx. five minutes during record pause
mode.
When set to “Off”, the camcorder does not
turn off automatically except while in sleep
mode.
p.74
You can select the display language.
p.61
Returns all menu settings to default.
Initial
value
–
On
Off
On
English
Auto
–
Setting the Date and Time
See “Setting the date and time” (p.23) for setting procedures.
Note
The camcorder is equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery to retain the
date and time in memory. If the built-in battery is depleted, the date and time
will need to be reset. Periodically (once every six months) recharge the
internal battery by connecting the camcorder to a wall outlet or attaching a
charged battery pack to the camcorder while leaving the camcorder turned off
for 24 hours.
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Changing the date format
You can change the date format to “D/M/Y” or “Y/M/D”.
(Selecting “D/M/Y” will change the clock to 24 hour style.)
Press MENU.
Select “Date Setup”
“Date Mode”
one of the date formats
Press the confirmation button, then press MENU to exit the setup.
„ About the demonstration function
At time of purchase of this camcorder, this function is set to “Auto”.
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A demonstration starts automatically when you connect the AC adapter/
charger to the camcorder as a power source and leave the camcorder idle
for more than approx. ten minutes, after turning on the power and set the
camcorder to:
• HDD, or
• the medium (DVD or SD memory card) which is not inserted in the
camcorder.
To cancel the demonstration, press any one of the camcorder buttons.
Changing the demo mode setting or watching
the demonstration now
Press MENU.
Select “Initial Setup”
“Demo Mode” one of the following settings:
Auto: See above.
Off: Turns off the demonstration function.
Start: The demonstration will start right away. If you cancel the
demonstration, the prior setting will be restored (“AUTO” or “OFF”).
Press the confirmation button.
Notes
• If a battery pack is connected to the camcorder as a power source, the
demonstration will not begin even if “Demo Mode” is set to “Auto”.
• The demonstration function does not work when the camcorder is connected
to a PC.
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Magnified Recording
(Optical Zoom and
Digital Zoom)
The zoom lever allows you to choose
a range of magnifications from wideangle to telephoto zooming.
Optical zooming up to ten times is the
maximum telephoto magnification.
W:Wide-angle
(Recording over
a wide range)
T:Telephoto
(Magnifies
recording)
40x
When the optical zoom exceeds ten
magnifications, the digital zoom
starts working automatically. The
maximum telephoto zoom value is
40x magnification. The zoom bar
appears as follows.
Maximum
optical zoom
Digital range
W
T
Current zoom position
240x
The maximum telephoto zoom is
240x magnification. The zoom bar
appears as follows.
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Maximum
optical zoom
Digital range
W
T
Current zoom position
Maximum zoom values will depend
on the “Digital Zoom” settings in the
Menu as follows.
Digital zoom options
Off
When the zoom is used, the following
optical zoom bar appears in the LCD
monitor.
Maximum optical zoom
W
T
Current zoom position
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Setting the digital zoom
1 During record pause, press MENU.
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
a digital zoom
option
2 “Digital Zoom”
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then press MENU to end
the Menu.
3
• The “Digital Zoom” setting is
retained in memory even when
the power is turned off.
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Hint
You can also use the remote
control for changing the maximum
digital value. Each press of
DIGITAL ZOOM switches the
“Digital Zoom” setting as follows;
“Off” → “40x” → “240x”
(When using a card)
“Off” ↔ “40x”
Notes
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Recording at Close
Range
(Macro Recording)
When you record a small subject at
close range, you can bring the lens
surface as close as approx. 13/16″ (2
cm) to the subject. This will allow you
to enlarge the subject to cover the
entire screen.
During record pause or recording,
point the camcorder at the subject
and push the zoom lever toward the
W side until the wide-angle is
1 maximized.
• Recording up close may
require more lighting. If the
screen is dark, direct a light
source at the subject.
Note
Although the zoom can be used, the
focus may become blurred
depending on the distance to the
subject.
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• The maximum telephoto zoom is
40x when using a card even if
“Digital Zoom” is set to “240x”.
• When operating the zoom lever,
the focus may blur for a moment.
• When digital zoom is added, the
image quality will become
coarser.
Recording at close range
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Using the SeparatelySold Lenses to
Increase the WideAngle or Telephoto
Effect
Use the tele-conversion lens DZ-TL1
(separately-sold) to increase the
telephoto effect, and the wideconversion lens DZ-WL1 (separatelysold) to increase the wide-angle
effect.
To attach one of the lenses, firstly you
need to attach the step-up ring DZSR3037 (separately sold).
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Attaching the separately
sold lenses
Attach the step-up ring to the
camcorder.
Then remove the lens cap from the
conversion lens and attach the
conversion lens to the camcorder.
1
• If you intend to use any
commercially available
conversion lens, make sure its
filter diameter is 30.5mm and the
screw pitch is 0.5mm. (Note that
some lenses may be unusable
depending on their shape.)
Conversion lens
Step-up ring
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Adjusting the Focus
Manually
(Manual Focus)
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Notes
• If you attach the DZ-TL1
conversion lens, the focusing
range at the T (telephoto) side
will be from approx. 16.4 feet (5
m) to infinity.
• When you zoom while the
conversion lens is attached, the
four corners of the screen may
become a little dark or scratchy at
the W (Wide) side. (The four
corners may not be evenly dark.)
• When changing lenses, be careful
not to drop the camcorder.
• Attaching a conversion lens will
prevent you from using the flash.
Turn the “Flash” setting to “Off”
(p.72).
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If it is difficult to adjust the focus
automatically, you can adjust it
manually (Manual Focus). (See also
“Difficult auto focus conditions”
(p.65).)
Focusing range
• T (telephoto) side:
Approx. 3.2 feet (1 m) from the lens
surface to infinity.
• W (wide-angle) side:
Approx. 13/16″ (2 cm) from the
lens surface to infinity.
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How to focus manually
Adjust the focus by pressing d/
c.
• When the power is turned off,
the camcorder returns to auto
focus.
3 • To manually adjust the focus,
always magnify the subject as
in step 2. When the focus is
adjusted for wide-angle
zooming, the focus may
become blurred if you switch
to telephoto zooming.
Hint
During record pause or recording,
press e (MF).
The Focus icon appears in the
LCD monitor.
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If you wish to adjust exposure
while focusing manually, press
f. To return to manual focusing,
press e.
Difficult auto focus
conditions
Manual focus icon
0 : 0 0 : 0 0
REM 3 0 MIN
1
FINE
1 2 /
8 : 0 0 AM
1 / 2 0 0 8
• Focusing switches between
Manual Focus and Auto Focus
each time e (MF) is pressed.
The icon is displayed only
during manual focusing.
Push the zoom lever toward the T
2 (telephoto) side to magnify the
Subjects are not
in the center of
the frame
Subjects that
are both near
and far
Subjects lit by a
neon sign or spot
light which glares
or emits strong
light
Subjects behind
glass covered
with water
droplets or dirt
subject.
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During record pause or recording,
press f ( ).
The exposure bar appears in the
LCD monitor.
Subjects moving
rapidly
Subjects with
minimal
variation in
brightness such
as a white wall
Exposure Bar
0 : 0 0 : 0 0
REM 3 0 MIN
1
FINE
Dark subjects
Night views
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1 2 /
8 : 0 0 AM
1 / 2 0 0 8
• Each time you press f ( ),
exposure adjustment switches
between manual adjustment
and automatic adjustment. The
exposure bar appears only
during manual adjustment.
Adjusting the
Brightness of the
Image (Exposure)
Adjust the exposure by pressing d/
c.
2 • When the power is turned off,
exposure adjustment returns to
automatic adjustment.
Normally, the exposure is
automatically adjusted. However,
depending on the recording
conditions, the exposure can be
adjusted manually.
Hint
Adjusting the exposure
manually
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If you wish to adjust focus
manually while adjusting
exposure, press e.
To return to exposure adjustment,
press f.
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Compensating for
Backlight (Backlight
Compensation)
When the subject is lit from the rear,
this function will compensate for
lighting so that the subject is not too
dark.
Compensating for
backlight
• When the power is turned off,
the backlight compensation
setting returns to Off.
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Selecting a Program
AE Mode to Match the
Conditions
(Program AE)
Program AE modes
During record pause or recording,
press BLC.
The backlight compensation
icon appears in the LCD
monitor.
Backlight compensation icon
1
0 : 0 0 : 0 0
REM 3 0 MIN
FINE
1 2 /
8 : 0 0 AM
1 / 2 0 0 8
• Each time you press BLC, the
backlight setting turns On or
Off. The backlight
compensation icon appears
only when this function is On.
Auto
The Camcorder automatically
detects the subject and surrounding
conditions for optimum
recording.
Sports
Reduces blurring when
recording rapidly moving
subjects such as tennis.
Portrait
Makes the subject, such as a
person or pet, stand out from a
blurred background.
Spotlight
Prevents overexposure of the
subject in strong light, such as at
a wedding or on stage.
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The camcorder automatically gauges
the subject and surrounding
conditions and determines the
optimal settings for recording (during
Auto). However, you can also select a
Program AE mode that better suits the
situation for even clearer images.
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Sand&Snow
Prevents underexposure of the
subject in very bright conditions,
such as at the beach or on a ski slope.
Low Light
Allows you to record in dark
places with limited light.
Selecting a Program AE
mode
1 During record pause, press MENU.
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
a Program AE
mode
2 “Program AE”
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Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
The selected Program AE mode
(other than Auto) appears in the
3
LCD monitor (p.42).
• The Program AE mode is
retained in memory even when
the power is turned off.
Notes
• When recording in dark places,
after-images may appear if the
subject is moving or if camera
shake occurs. Use a tripod for
best results.
• If you use Sports mode under
fluorescent light, the LCD screen
may flicker. In such a case, use
Auto mode.
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Adjusting the Color
(White Balance)
Light is required when recording
subjects. While the naked eye
perceives colors as they are, images
recorded by a camera may appear
redder or bluer than they actually are.
To record white colored subjects as
white images, adjust the white
balance.
The camcorder normally adjusts the
color automatically (during Auto).
Change the white balance setting
according to the recording conditions.
White balance mode
Auto (No icon appears.)
Set
When recording sunsets and
sunrises, recording in shade, and
recording a stage lit with a spot light,
you can manually adjust white
balance to match the light source or
situation.
Outdoors
To record in fine weather.
Indoor 1
To record under incandescent
light, halogen light or soft fluorescent
light.
Indoor 2
To record under bright
fluorescent light
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Selecting a white
balance mode
1 During record pause, press MENU.
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
a white balance
mode
2 “White Balance”
• Do not block the infrared sensor
with your hand or other things to
obtain a good cast for your
recording.
Infrared sensor
• If a tele-conversion lens or wideconversion lens is attached, the
white balance may not be
properly adjusted automatically
depending on the conditions. In
such a case, select the appropriate
white balance mode or set the
white balance manually.
• The white balance does not work
properly if you turn on the power
while the lens cap is attached to
the lens. Be sure to remove the
lens cap before turning on the
power.
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Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
The selected white balance mode
(other than Auto) will appear on
3
the screen (p.42).
• The white balance mode is
retained in memory even when
the power is turned off.
Notes
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„ Setting the white
balance manually
(Set)
Prepare a white object such a thick
sheet of white paper that is not
translucent.
Point the camcorder at the white
object so that it fills the screen.
Thick white
paper
1
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2 During record pause, press MENU.
3
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
“White Balance”
“Set”
Press the confirmation button.
” flashes in the LCD
monitor.
4 “
Press the confirmation button again,
and continue holding the button
down until “ ” stops flashing and
5
lights steadily.
The white balance setting is
complete.
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Press C to end, or to redo, repeat
step 5.
• The white balance setting
selected in “Set” is retained in
memory until the setting is
changed again.
• In order to accurately adjust
the color, readjust the settings
6 in “Set” each time the
recording conditions change.
If the power is turned off while
white balance is in “Set”
mode, “ ” flashes in the
LCD monitor the next time the
power is turned on to remind
you. As the previous setting is
retained in memory, redo the
settings if needed.
Notes
• It may be difficult to perform this
setting in dark places. Also if the
zoom bar is positioned in the
digital range (p.62), you may not
be able to set the white balance. If
white balance settings cannot be
accomplished, “ ” will
continue to flash. Return the
zoom to the optical range and
redo the settings in a bright
environment.
• If the “Set” settings are not
completed within a few moments,
the camcorder returns to record
pause mode and “ ” flashes in
the LCD monitor. Redo the
settings from step 1.
• You cannot select “Set” while
“Input Source” is set to “LINE”
(p.78).
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Using the Electronic
Image Stabilizer (EIS)
EIS corrects for fuzziness in an image
when you zoom in on a subject.
We recommend turning EIS Off when
you position the camcorder on a table
or use a tripod when recording.
We recommend you stabilize the
camcorder using both hands and
support your arms against your
body when recording.
• EIS may not function correctly
when a tele-conversion lens or
wide-conversion lens is used.
• When using a card (recording
stills), EIS cannot be set.
Turning EIS Off/On
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
“EIS”
“On”/“Off”
Reducing Wind Noise
During Recording
When recording sound from the builtin microphone, you can reduce wind
noise in the recording when the MIC.
filter is On. Lower frequencies noise
is eliminated and the target sound
becomes clearer.
Turning the MIC. filter
On/Off
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Notes
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
“MIC. Filter”
“On”/“Off”
• When EIS is active, there will be
a slight divergence between the
actual camera movement and the
on-screen movement.
• Even if EIS is turned On, the
camera movement may not be
corrected if the movement is too
excessive.
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Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
When the function is turned On,
“
” appears in the LCD
monitor (p.42).
3 • EIS is retained in memory
even when the power is turned
off.
• If “Off” is selected, be sure to
return the setting to “On”
afterwards, if you do not
normally use a tripod, etc.
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Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
When the function is turned On,
“ ” appears in the LCD
monitor (p.42).
• The MIC. filter setting is
3 retained in memory even when
the power is turned off.
• If you set this function to
“On”, it is recommended to set
the function to “Off” after
recording before turning off
the power unless you always
intend to use this function.
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Restoring all the
Recording Settings to
Default (Full Auto)
You can reset the following manually
adjusted recording settings to their
defaults with the press of a single
button.
Function
Focus
Exposure
BLC (Backlight)
Program AE
White Balance
EIS (Electronic
Image Stabilizer)
MIC. Filter
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Default
See
Auto
Auto
Off
Auto
Auto
p.64
p.66
p.67
p.67
p.68
On
p.71
Off
p.71
Setting the recording
settings to full auto
During record pause or recording,
press FULL AUTO.
1 “FULL AUTO” appears in the
LCD monitor for a while and the
settings are reset to their default
settings.
CARD
Using the Flash
As shutter speed will slow down
when still photos are recorded in dim
lighting, camera shake may easily
occur. We recommend you use a flash
in this case.
Normally, the flash fires
automatically depending on the
recording conditions (during Auto).
You can also set the flash to On
(always fires) or Off (does not fire).
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Flash mode
Auto
The flash fires only when necessary.
When the flash is needed, “ ”
appears in the LCD monitor when you
press PHOTO/SELECT halfway,
and then the flash fires when you
press PHOTO/SELECT all the way.
On
“ ” is displayed in the LCD monitor
all the time. The flash always fires
when you fully press PHOTO/
SELECT.
• There may be cases when the
recorded pictures are out-offocus in dark places even if the
flash is used. We recommend
you shine a light on the subject
for recording in dark places.
• “ ” flashes in the LCD
monitor while the flash is
recharging and the flash will not
fire.
• When recording stills up close,
set “Flash” setting to “Off”. If
the subject is too close, image
smearing may occur.
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Off
“ ” is always displayed in the LCD
monitor and the flash will not fire.
Hints
Selecting a flash mode
Notes
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Camera Functions Setup”
“Flash”
a flash mode
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
• To check where the flash icon
appears in the LCD monitor,
see p.42.
• The flash setting is retained in
memory even when the power
3 is turned off.
• If “Off” or “On” is selected,
and you do not plan to record
with that flash mode all the
time, we recommend you
return the setting to “Auto”
after recording and before
turning off the power.
• When a conversion lens is
attached, the flash cannot be
used. Adjust the “Flash” setting
to “Off”.
• Although the flash range differs
according to the subject, as a
reference, its range is about 3.2–
8.2 feet (1–2.5 m) in dark places.
• Although the amount of light
emitted will automatically be
adjusted at time of emission, the
flash may not be sufficiently
adjusted if the distance to the
subject is too distant or too near.
• In bright or backlit conditions, it
may be difficult to derive the full
effect of the flash.
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• When recording consecutive
shots using the flash, the flash
may not fire or the amount of
light emitted may not be
sufficiently adjusted. After using
the flash to record, it is
recommended that you wait for a
while and then press PHOTO/
SELECT to record again.
• Do not emit the flash close up in
front of a person’s eyes. Doing so
may cause eyesight damage.
Particularly when recording
infants using the flash, record at a
distance greater than 3.2 feet (1
m) away.
• Do not fire the flash at the driver/
rider of a moving vehicle or
bicycle, etc. Doing so will
temporary blind the driver and
may result in accident.
• Do not use the flash in locations
where flammable or combustible
gas is present. Doing so may
cause the gas to ignite or explode.
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Turning Off the
Recording Indicator
Beneath the Lens
The recording indicator beneath the
lens lights red while recording to
indicate that you are recording.
You can turn the indicator off when
recording through reflective objects
such as glass or a fish tank, etc., so its
reflection is not recorded.
Turning Off/On the
recording indicator
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Initial Setup”
LED”
“On”/”Off”
“Record
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
• The recording indicator setting
is not displayed in the on3 screen information.
• Even if the recording indicator
is set to “Off”, it will still light
while the self-timer is counting
down (p.79).
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Changing the Movie
Quality (VIDEO Mode)
You can change the movie recording
quality to make high quality
recordings or lower the quality to
record over longer periods of time.
HDD movie quality
and recordable time
(DZ-HS903A)
Video
Mode
Quality
Recordable time
Best
Approx. 7 hrs.
FINE
High
Extended
recording
Approx. 11 hrs.
STD
Approx. 23 hrs.
(DZ-HS803A)
Video
Mode
Quality
Recordable time
XTRA*
Best
Approx. 1 hr.
50 mins.
FINE
High
Extended
recording
STD
Approx. 3 hrs.
Approx. 6 hrs.
DVD movie quality
and recordable time
Video
Mode
Quality
Recordable time
XTRA*
Best
Approx. 18 mins.
FINE
STD
1 During record pause, press MENU.
Select “Record Functions Setup”
a movie quality
option
2 “VIDEO Mode”
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
The selected movie quality will be
3 displayed in the LCD monitor
(p.42).
• The movie quality setting is
retained in memory even if the
power is turned off.
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Recording Movies for
Wide-Screen TVs
(16:9)
If you intend to view recorded movies
on a wide-screen TV (aspect ratio
16:9), set “16:9” to “On” before
recording. (When “16:9” is set to
“Off”, movies are recorded in 4:3
aspect ratio.)
The image appearing on the LCD
screen differs according to the “16:9”
setting as follows.
Approx. 30 mins.
High
Extended Approx. 60 mins.
recording
* In high temperature environments, the
image quality may be degraded to an
FINE equivalent.
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XTRA*
Switching movie quality
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• If you intend to view recorded
movies on a non wide-screen
TV, set “16:9” to “Off” before
recording. Otherwise, the
recorded images appearing on
the TV will be vertically
distorted as shown in the
illustration below.
When “16:9” mode is On
(Aspect ratio: 16:9)
When “16:9” mode is Off
(Aspect ratio: 4:3)
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• If you play back movies
recorded in “16:9 Off” mode
on this camcorder, black bands
will appear on both sides of the
LCD screen.
Turning “16:9” Mode On/
Off
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Record Functions Setup”
“16:9”
“On”/“Off”
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
3 • The “16:9” setting is retained
in memory even when the
power is turned off.
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Notes
• If “Input Source” is set to
“LINE”, movies are recorded in
“16:9 Off” mode even if “16:9” is
set to “On”.
• When using DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R/+RW, you cannot
set “16:9” to “On” if “VIDEO
Mode” is set to “STD”. If you
change the “VIDEO Mode”
setting from “XTRA”/“FINE” to
“STD” while “16:9” is set to
“On”, “16:9” will be set to “Off”
automatically and the aspect ratio
of the image on the LCD screen
will become 4:3.
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* The system that records the
information of aspect ratio (16:9/
4:3) in the gaps between video
signals.
• If you connect the camcorder to
your TV’s S1 or S2 input
terminal, the TV will be switched
to wide mode automatically. For
details, refer to your TV’s
instruction manual. (Note that if
connected by way of a video
selector, the TV may not be
switched to wide mode
automatically.)
• If you connect the camcorder to a
TV that supports only 4:3 aspect
ratio display and play a DVD
recorded in “16:9” mode, the
image will appear vertically
distorted on the TV screen. In this
case, set the “TV type” setting of
the camcorder to “4:3” (p.117).
• If you play a +RW recorded in
“16:9” using a DVD player/
recorder, in some cases the image
on the 16:9 TV screen will be
vertically distorted. In this case,
change the related setting of the
DVD player/recorder (refer to
your DVD player/recorder’
instruction manual). Or use the
camcorder of which “TV type”
setting set to “4:3” (p.117) to play
back.
CARD
Various Recording Techniques
• When using DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R, you cannot set
“Input Source” to “LINE” after
recording movies in “16:9 On”
mode.
• When using DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R, you cannot
change the “16:9” setting in the
middle of the disc.
• The “16:9” setting is only for
movie recording and does not
affect playback or still picture
recording. (Movies are played
back in recorded aspect ratio and
still pictures are always recorded
in 4:3 aspect ratio.)
• This mode does not support the
ID-1/ID-2 system*.
Changing Still Picture
Quality (Quality)
You can change the still picture
recording quality.
It is recommended that you choose
“FINE” for important recording
(“Still picture size and quality”
(p.177)).
Switching still picture
quality
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Record Functions Setup”
“Quality”
a still quality option
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
3 • The still quality setting is retained
in memory even if the power is
turned off.
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HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
CARD
Inputting Audio and
Video Signals From an
External Device
(Input Source)
(DZ-HS903A)
Changing Capturing
Still Picture Quality for
External Input
(PHOTO Input)
(DZ-HS903A)
You can input audio and video signals
from an external device connected to
the camcorder by changing the
camcorder’s setting.
When using a card and “Input
Source” is set to “LINE” (see the left
column), you can capture a still
picture from the movie incoming
from the connected external device
using the same method explained on
p.56.
Various Recording Techniques
See “Dubbing from another A/V
device (DZ-HS903A)” (p.122) on
how to connect to an external device
and record images from it.
(The DZ-HS803A does not have an
external input feature.)
Input
Source
Purpose
CAMERA For normal use of
the camcorder
LINE
For external input
On-screen
display
(p.42)
You can choose either of the two
capture qualities (only for a movie
from an external device) as shown in
the table below.
PHOTO
Input
—
L IN
Switching the
camcorder to external
input mode
Frame
1 During record pause, press MENU.
Select “Record Functions Setup”
“Input Source”
2
“CAMERA”/“LINE”
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
3 • When the power is turned off,
the “Input Source” setting
returns to “CAMERA”.
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Field
Explanation
High quality and
suitable for a movie
that does not
contain much
movement. If you
choose this option
for a movie with
much movement,
the captured image
may be blurred.
Select this option for
a movie with more
action to reduce the
chance of capturing
a blurred image.
On-screen
display
(p.42)
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Switching capture
quality
1 During record pause, press MENU.
2
Select “Record Functions Setup”
“PHOTO Input”
“Frame”/“Field”
3
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to end.
Hint
CARD
Using the Self-Timer
You can use the self-timer to record
still photos.
1
During still picture record pause,
press MENU.
2
Select “Record Functions Setup”
“Self Timer”
“On”
Press the confirmation button to
confirm, then MENU to exit the
3 Menu.
The self-timer is set and “q10”
appears in the LCD monitor (p.42).
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Various Recording Techniques
You can confirm the current
“PHOTO Input” mode by the icon
appearing on the LCD screen
(p.42).
Press PHOTO/SELECT halfway
to adjust the focus, then press it all
the way down.
A countdown starts. In the LCD
monitor, the countdown is
shown as follows: “q10”, “q9”,
…. The photo will be recorded
about 10 seconds later.
During countdown, the
recording indicator on the lens
side also flashes.
4 • To cancel the countdown and
return to “q10”, press
PHOTO/SELECT or C.
• The self-timer operates every
time PHOTO/SELECT is
fully pressed and will not be
set to “Off” until the following
is conducted:
– Set the self-timer to “Off” in
the Menu.
– Turn off the power.
– Switch to movie recording.
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Dubbing on DVD
Before you begin
HDD
This camcorder allows you to choose
from four options when dubbing images
recorded on HDD to a DVD.
Dubbing options
• “New”
Among the scenes recorded to the
HDD, scenes which have not yet been
dubbed to DVD are dubbed in order
from the first scene.
• “Date”
Dubs all scenes recorded on the HDD
on the same date to a DVD, beginning
with the first scene.
Dubbing on DVD
• “All”
Dubs all scenes recorded on the HDD
to a DVD, beginning with the first
scene.
• “Select”
You can select your favorite scenes
from all those recorded on the HDD,
for dubbing.
Time required for
dubbing
Required time estimates for dubbing
scenes approx. 30 minutes long are as
follows:
VIDEO Mode
Required time*1
XTRA
Approx. 23 mins.*2
FINE
Approx. 15 mins.
STD
Approx. 8 mins.
*1 Excluding time for finalization
*2 Two DVDs are needed.
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z Prepare a recordable disc (p.31).
z Be sure to use the AC adapter/
charger to power the camcorder
during dubbing. Dubbing is not
possible with a battery connected.
z If power is turned off and dubbing
is interrupted midway, proper
dubbing will not be possible.
z For details on the recording time
for a scene that can be dubbed on
one disc, see "Storage capacity of
HDD/DVD/Card" (p.175).
Hints for dubbing
z The maximum number of scenes
that can be dubbed will vary
depending on the DVD used
(p.176).
z Dub marks “
” appear for the
thumbnails of the scenes which
have already been dubbed.
z Set the “Category” to “Un
Dubbed” if you wish to select only
the scenes on the HDD that has not
been dubbed yet.
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About the playlist (p.95)
for dubbing
About dubbing scenes
edited [Divide (p.103)/
Combine (p.105)] or to
which effects [Fade (p.106)/
Skip (p.107)/Thumbnail
(p.108)] are applied
z If you divide a scene using the
“Edit” function, and then dub both
the divided scenes to a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW, the
scene will be dubbed as one scene,
without the division.
z If you dub scenes combined using
the “Edit” function to a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW, the two
Notes on dubbing
z A DVD-RW/DVD-R dubbed on
this camcorder will not be
automatically finalized. To play it
back on a DVD player/recorder, be
sure to finalize it on this camcorder
first.
z The time shown during dubbing is
approximate. If the number of
scenes on the HDD is too large, or
the temperature of the camcorder
becomes too high, the required
recording time may be longer than
the time indicated on the screen.
z Please note that Hitachi will not
accept any responsibility for
compensation for loss of data, or
direct or indirect damage if
dubbing is not performed normally
due to a fault in this camcorder.
z We recommend first confirming
that the dubbed disc can be played
back normally before deleting
scenes on the HDD dubbed.
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Dubbing on DVD
z With this camcorder, the scenes on
the HDD will be dubbed to a DVD
in the order they are displayed on
HDD Disc Navigation screen. To
dub the scenes in a different order,
create a playlist in which the scenes
are registered in the desired order
of dubbing (p.96), and then execute
dubbing.
z If you combine scenes with
different recording dates on a
playlist, and dub the combined
scene to a DVD-RAM/DVD-RW
(VR mode), the scenes will be
dubbed separately for each date.
However, if a combined scene is
subsequently divided, the scenes
may not be dubbed separately for
each date.
scenes immediately before the
combination (sometimes more than
two scenes) will be dubbed.
z The effects applied to the scenes on
the HDD will not be passed to the
scenes dubbed on a DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R/+RW.
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First Dubbing (“New”)
Check the screen for finalization
setting.
This option allows you to dub scenes
which were recorded to the HDD and
have not yet been dubbed to DVD.
If you are using a DVD-RW (VF
6 mode) or DVD-R, you can
finalize the disc continuously
after dubbing is complete.
Select “YES” to finalize or “NO”
not to finalize.
Select “YES“, then press the
7 confirmation button.
Dubbing starts.
When another disc is needed to
continue dubbing, a message screen
8 requesting another blank disc
appears. Replace a disc with a new
one.
Dubbing on DVD
Connect the AC adapter/charger to
the camcorder (p.38).
1 • Dubbing is not possible if a
battery pack is used as a power
source.
2
After the dubbing is complete, the
confirmation screen whether or not
you delete the dubbed scenes
9 appears.
• If you wish to erase the dubbed
scenes, select “YES”.
• If you wish to leave them on the
HDD, select “NO”.
Turn the power switch to “HDD”
(p.24).
Press DUBBING.
The dubbing menu appears.
10
Remove the disc.
• Or press C to end.
Dubbing Menu
3
New
All
Date
Select
Dubbing the scene which
isn't dubbed in HDD.
ENTER
EXIT
4
Select “New”, then press the
confirmation button.
5
Choose a disc for dubbing and insert
it into the camcorder (p.34).
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Hints
• You can also display the
Dubbing Menu from the Disc
Navigation screen. Press
,
press MENU, select “Scene”
“Dubbing”
“Dubbing
Menu”, and then press the
confirmation button.
• If you want to use “New”
dubbing for a dubbed scene,
clear the dub marks (p.86).
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Dubbing All Scenes
Recorded on the Same
Day (“Date”)
Check the screen for finalization
setting.
7
This option allows you to collectively
dub all scenes recorded on the HDD
on the same day.
Connect the AC adapter/charger to
the camcorder (p.38).
Select “YES“, then press the
8 confirmation button.
Dubbing starts.
1 • Dubbing is not possible if a
battery pack is used as a power
source.
2
Turn the power switch to “HDD”
(p.24).
Press DUBBING.
3 The Dubbing Menu appears.
The “Select Date” screen
appears.
4
When another disc is needed to
continue dubbing, a message screen
9 requesting another blank disc
appears. Replace a disc with a new
one.
After the dubbing is complete, the
confirmation screen whether or not
you delete the dubbed scenes
10 appears.
• If you wish to erase the dubbed
scenes, select “YES”.
• If you wish to leave them on
the HDD, select “NO”.
Select Date
0 1 1 2 / 1 / 2008
0 2 1 2 / 5 / 2008
0 3 1 2 / 10 / 2008
0 4 1 2 / 15 / 2008
ENTER
11
Remove the disc.
• Or press C to end.
Hint
5
Select a date for dubbing, then press
the confirmation button.
6
Choose a disc for dubbing and insert
it into the camcorder (p.34).
You can also display the Dubbing
Menu from the Disc Navigation
screen. Press
, press MENU,
select “Scene”
“Dubbing”
“Dubbing Menu”, and then press
the confirmation button.
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Dubbing on DVD
Select “Date”, then press the
confirmation button.
If you are using a DVD-RW (VF
mode) or DVD-R, you can
finalize the disc continuously
after dubbing is complete.
Select “YES” to finalize or
“NO” not to finalize.
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Dubbing All Scenes
Recorded on the HDD
(“All”)
You can dub all scenes recorded on
the HDD from the beginning in
sequence.
Connect the AC adapter/charger to
the camcorder (p.38).
When another disc is needed to
continue dubbing, a message screen
8 requesting another blank disc
appears. Replace a disc with a new
one.
After the dubbing is complete, the
confirmation screen whether or not
you delete the dubbed scenes
9 appears.
• If you wish to erase the dubbed
scenes, select “YES”.
• If you wish to leave them on the
HDD, select “NO”.
1 • Dubbing is not possible if a
battery pack is used as a power
source.
2
Turn the power switch to “HDD”
(p.24).
10
Remove the disc.
• Or press C to end.
Press DUBBING.
3 The Dubbing Menu appears.
Dubbing on DVD
4
5
Select “All”, then press the
confirmation button.
The “Dubbing(All)” screen
appears.
Choose a disc for dubbing and insert
it into the camcorder (p.34).
Check the screen for finalization
setting.
If you are using a DVD-RW (VF
6 mode) or DVD-R, you can
finalize the disc continuously
after dubbing is complete.
Select “YES” to finalize or “NO”
not to finalize.
Select “YES“, then press the
7 confirmation button.
Dubbing starts.
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Hint
You can also display the Dubbing
Menu from the Disc Navigation
screen. Press
, press MENU,
select “Scene”
“Dubbing”
“Dubbing Menu”, and then press
the confirmation button.
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Dubbing Scenes
Selected (“Select”)
You can select your favorite scenes
from all those recorded on the HDD,
for dubbing.
Connect the AC adapter/charger to
the camcorder (p.38).
1 • Dubbing is not possible if a
battery pack is used as a power
source.
Turn the power switch to “HDD”
2
(p.24).
Press DUBBING.
3 The Dubbing Menu appears.
If you are using a DVD-RW (VF
8 mode) or DVD-R, you can
finalize the disc continuously
after dubbing is complete.
Select “YES” to finalize or “NO”
not to finalize.
Select “YES“, then press the
9 confirmation button.
Dubbing starts.
After the dubbing is complete, the
confirmation screen whether or not
you delete the dubbed scenes
10 appears.
• If you wish to erase the dubbed
scenes, select “YES”.
• If you wish to leave them on the
HDD, select “NO”.
Select “Select”, then press the
confirmation button.
Choose a disc for dubbing and insert
5
it into the camcorder (p.34).
Select a scene for dubbing by pressing
the confirmation button.
DVD remaining bar
Dubbing (Select)
6
DUB ENTER
11
Remove the disc.
• Or press C to end.
Hint
You can also display the Dubbing
Menu from the Disc Navigation
screen. Press
, press MENU,
select “Scene”
“Dubbing”
“Dubbing Menu”, and then press
the confirmation button.
SELECT
• You can choose multiple
scenes.
• You can also use PHOTO/
SELECT to choose a scene.
7 Press DUBBING.
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Dubbing on DVD
4
Check the screen for finalization
setting.
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Displaying only Dubbed or
Not Dubbed Scenes
(Category)
Clearing the dub marks
on Thumbnails
(MARK OFF)
You can display all scenes recorded
on the HDD according to their dubbed
status.
You can use “New” dubbing again by
clearing the dub mark “
”.
1 Press
Category Settings
“All”
All scenes will be displayed in
chronological order of recording
regardless of whether they have been
dubbed or not.
Choose a scene for which you want to
clear the dub mark, then press
2 PHOTO/SELECT, then press
MENU.
•You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
Dubbing on DVD
“Dubbed”
Only scenes with the “
” dub
mark will be displayed in
chronological order of recording.
“Un Dubbed”
Only scenes without the “
” dub
mark will be displayed in
chronological order of recording.
.
Select “Scene”
“Dubbing”
“Mark Off”, then press the
confirmation button.
Scene
3
Dubbing
ENTER
To set “Category”
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Select “Others”
“Category”
a Category option
Press the confirmation button.
3 • The Category setting will return
to “All” if you exit the disc
navigation screen.
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Execute
Ma r k O f f
RETURN
• If you do not need to change the
scenes, press the confirmation
button.
4 Press C to end.
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Editing
By using the
and MENU buttons,
you can also edit recorded scenes. The
following edit functions are available
on the camcorder.
Convenient playback
The following are the functions that
enable you to play back the scenes as
if they were edited without changing
the original data.
Editing
z Program (p.92)
You can play back scenes by
specifying the desired recording date.
The scenes are played sequentially
from the earliest one of the date.
z Playlist (p.95)
You can create a playlist by gathering
your favorite scenes to play back.
You can also delete or add scenes on
the created playlist.
z Effect
There are special effect Fade (p.106)
and convenient functions Skip (p.107)
and Thumbnail (p.108) under the
“Effect” category.
z Information Display (p.111)
You can choose a scene and check its
recording date and time, image
quality, length (for movie), and
settings.
z Lock (p.110)
To avoid accidental deletion, you can
choose stills and lock them. (You can
also select all stills and lock them all.)
z Format (p.112)
You can erase all data from the
selected medium.
Editing the original data
z Deleting scenes (p.102)
z Dividing a movie (p.103)
z Combing multiple movies
(p.105)
Other editing
z Go To (p.109)
You can jump to the first or last scene
among all scenes on the selected
medium.
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Menu Items for the Disc Navigation
After pressing MENU on the disc navigation screen, you can use following functions.
DVD
z
z
Copying from a
DVD-RAM to a
card
Card
Applying
“Effect” settings z
to movies
+RW
z
-R
-RW (VR mode)
z
Editing
-RW (VF mode)
HDD
-RAM
z
Function
S*1
Contents
Page
You can delete unnecessary
scenes, combine scenes, or divide p.102
one scene.
You can apply fade effect/skip
p.106
setting to a movie and alter still
–108
images registered to thumbnails.
You can copy photos recorded on
a DVD-RAM to a card set in the
camcorder. (Note that this
p.109
camcorder cannot record stills
on a DVD-RAM.)
z
You can lock any scene so that it
p.110
will not be deleted by mistake.
Editing
Scene lock
z
Information
display
You can display information on
one scene or multiple scenes,
z
p.111
such as image quality, recording
time, etc.
z
z
z
z
z
z
Changing
Program/
Playlist title
z
z
z
You can change Program/
Playlist titles originally
automatically generated
according to date (and also time
and sequential number for
Playlist).
Creating a
playlist
z
z
z
You can create an original movie
by changing the playback order
of scenes.
Initialization
z
z
z
Protection
z
z
z
You can protect the HDD or a
disc to prevent deletion or editing p.113
by mistake.
Unprotection
z
z
z
You can cancel the protection.
Remaining
display
(Capacity)
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z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
p.93
p.101
p.96
You can delete all data recorded
p.112
on the HDD/DVD/Card.
p.113
The remaining recordable movie
p.114
z time or number of recordable
stills is displayed.
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DVD
z
z
z
z
Card
z
+RW
z
z
Unfinalization
Slide show
-R
z*2 z
Finalization
Repeat play
-RW (VF mode)
-RW (VR mode)
HDD
-RAM
Function
Contents
Page
z
You can use this camcorder to
finalize any DVD-RW/DVD-R
disc recorded on it so that the
disc can be viewed on another
compatible DVD player or
device.
z
You can unfinalize a DVD-RW
(VF mode) that was finalized on
this camcorder so that additional p.121
videos can be recorded on the
disc.
z
You can play back scenes
repeatedly.
p.56
You can play back stills in
succession.
p.55
z
p.120
*1 Only deletion is possible
*2 Additional recording can be made on a finalized DVD-RW (VR mode).
Editing
Note
Adding special effects to movies is a capability of this camcorder. If you play
a disc with effects set on this camcorder on another DVD recorder/player or
copy such movies to your PC, the set effects will not be reflected. To copy
movies to a disc with the effects playable using other DVD player/recorder,
see "Dubbing from the camcorder to another A/V device" (p.124).
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„ Menu flows for the disc navigation
After pressing MENU on the disc navigation screen, the Menu screen appears. The Menu
varies depending on the medium as shown below.
To operate the Menu, use d/c/f/e. See "How to Operate the Menu" (p.57).
z When using HDD/DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR mode)
(•: Quick Menu items)
Delete (p.102)
Edit
Divide (p.103)
•
•
Combine (p.105)
Move*1
Fade (p.106)
Effect
Scene
Editing
PlayList Create
(p.96)
Edit
Title
Delete
Select
Program
Play
(p.92)
Title
Go To
(p.109)
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Top
End
Unprotect HDD/DVD (p.113)
Capacity (p.114)
Full Format*2 (p.171)
Start → Current
Current → End
All
•
•
Protect HDD/DVD (p.113)
Thumbnail
(p.108)
Detail (p.111)
Play
HDD
Setting/
DVD
Setting
Update Control Info. (p.162)
Copy*3 (p.109)
Select
Format HDD/DVD (p.112)
Skip (p.107)
Dubbing*2 Execute
(p.80)
Mark Off (p.86)
Select
(p.49)
•
Finalize DVD*4 (p.118)
All
Category*2
Dubbed
(p.86)
Un Dubbed
•
•
•
Others
All
Category*3
VIDEO
(p.114)
PHOTO
On
Repeat
Play (p.56) Off
TV type
(p.117)
16:9
4:3
*1 This menu item appears only while
playlist is displayed.
*2 HDD only
*3 DVD-RAM only
*4 DVD-RW (VR mode) only
•
•
•
•
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z When using DVD-RW (VF (Video) mode)/DVD-R/+RW
(•:Quick Menu items)
Start →
Current
Scene
Select (p.49)
Finalize DVD (p.118)
DVD
Setting
Current →
End
Format DVD* (p.112)
•
•
•
Capacity (p.114)
All
Repeat Play
(p.56)
Detail (p.111)
Program Select
(p.92)
Play
Go To
(p.109)
Unfinalize DVD* (p.121)
Others
TV type (p.117)
Top
End
On
Off
16:9
4:3
•
•
•
•
* DVD-RW (VF mode)/+RW only
z When using a card
(•:Quick Menu items)
•
Go To
(p.109)
Top
Start →
Current
Card
Setting
Format Card (p.112)
Current →
End
Slide Show
Start
(p.55)
Delete (p.102)
Lock (p.110)
Scene
•
Capacity (p.114)
•
All
Detail (p.111)
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Editing
Select (p.49)
End
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Choosing Scenes by Program
A program is an assembly of scenes recorded on the same date, regardless of
whether they are movies or stills.
Scene No.1
Movie
9:00AM
Scene No.2
Movie
Scene No.3
10:20AM Still
Plays back in the order
from the earliest
recorded scene
Scene No.4
11:45AM Still
1:30PM
Scene No.5
Movie
Scene No.6
5:20PM Still
8:00PM
Recorded on December 1
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
„ Switching to the
display arranged by
program (Program)
1 Press
Editing
2
12/ 2 0 / 2008
0 01 / 008
PLAY PHOTO SELECT
, then press MENU.
Select “Program” “Select”, then
press the confirmation button.
The “Select Program” screen
appears.
Select the program you want to watch,
then press the confirmation button.
The disc navigation screen of the
selected program will appear.
Program
Select
Play
Title
3
ENTER
RETURN
S e l e c t P r og r am
A l l P r o g r ams
01 1 2 / 1 / 2 0 0 8
02 1 2 / 1 0 / 2 0 0 8
03 1 2 / 2 0 / 2 0 0 8
ENTER
RETURN
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03
Hints
• Pressing C on the “Select
Program” screen will restore the
disc navigation screen.
• If a disc recorded on another
device is loaded in this camcorder,
the program may not necessarily
be a collection of recordings made
on the same date.
• When using a +RW, if you change
the movie quality (VIDEO Mode)
or wide mode (16:9) setting,
programs are separately produced
even if they are recorded on the
same date.
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Select the program whose title you
want to change, then press the
confirmation button.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
„ Playing back a
program (Play)
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Select “Program” “Play”, then
press the confirmation button.
The “Start Program” screen
appears.
Select the program to be played, then
press the confirmation button.
3 Playback begins from the first
scene of the selected program.
3
P r og r am T i t l e
01 1 2 / 1 / 2 0 0 8
02 1 2 / 1 0 / 2 0 0 8
03 1 2 / 2 0 / 2 0 0 8
ENTER
RETURN
The title entry screen appears.
Select a character, then press the
confirmation button.
The selected character is entered.
Repeat this procedure to create a
title. Up to 20 characters can be
input.
Title input bar
Hint
If “Repeat Play” is set to “On”
(p.56), the selected program will
be repeatedly played.
TITLE 12/ 2 0 / 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
À È Ì Ò Ù Á É Í Ó Ú Ã Ñ Õ
Â Ê Î Ô Û Ä Ë Ï Ö Ü Ç
1
Cancel
Enter
INPUT
DELETE P H O T O SELECT
„ Renaming the title of
a program (Title)
Program titles are automatically
generated according to the date of
recording. You can rename the
program titles as you like.
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Select “Program” “Title”, then
press the confirmation button.
The “Program Title” screen
appears.
Palette for selecting
characters
4 • There are the following three
input modes. To change input
mode, press DISPLAY
repeatedly.
1: Capital letter mode
TITLE 12/ 2 0 / 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
À È Ì Ò Ù Á É Í Ó Ú Ã Ñ Õ
Â Ê Î Ô Û Ä Ë Ï Ö Ü Ç
Enter
1
Cancel
CHANGE
DELETE P H O T O SELECT
2: Small letter mode
TITLE 12/ 2 0 / 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE
a b c d e f g h i j k l m
n o p q r s t u v w x y z
à è ì ò ù á é í ó ú ã ñ õ
â ê î ô û ä ë ï ö ü ç ß
Enter
2
Cancel
CHANGE
DELETE P H O T O SELECT
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Editing
Input mode
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
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3: Symbol mode
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
TITLE 12/ 2 0 / 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE
TITLE
3
CHANGE
Enter
DELETE
Cancel
SELECT
• To delete a character from the
title input bar, press C. If you
press and hold C, all the letters
will be deleted.
(You can also use the DELETE
button of the remote control.)
After the title entry is complete,
position the cursor to “Enter” by
pressing the cursor buttons repeatedly,
then press the confirmation button.
5
T I T L E a t a Pa r k
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
a b c d e f g h
n o p q r s t u
à è ì ò ù á é í
â ê î ô û ä ë ï
2
Enter
ENTER
DELETE
9
i
v
ó
ö
0
j
w
ú
ü
SPACE
k l m
x y z
ã ñ õ
ç ß
Cancel
P H O T O SELECT
Editing
The confirmation screen appears.
• To cancel the entry to restore the
original title, position the cursor
to “Cancel”, then press the
confirmation button. Then the
confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
a t a Pa r k
F i n i s h t i t l e s e t t i ng?
PHOTO
YES
6
NO
ENTER
The disc navigation screen of the
selected program appears.
• To cancel, select “NO” and press
the confirmation button, or
simply press C.
The screen returns to step 4.
Hints for character entry
(in step 4)
• You can change the cursor
position by pressing PHOTO/
SELECT or the cursor buttons
repeatedly as follows:
Title input bar → Character
select palette → Input mode
selector → “Cancel”.
• As an alternative method of using
DISPLAY for changing input
mode, position the cursor on the
input mode selector, then press the
confirmation button repeatedly.
Note
Titles set on this camcorder may not
be visible on other devices.
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HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Playlist
„ What is “Playlist”?
A Playlist is a compilation of scenes from various movies. You can create a
Playlist on this camcorder by gathering your favorite scenes.
Since a Playlist is not created by copying data, very little HDD/DVD space is
required to make one. Note, likewise, that deleting scenes from a Playlist will
not increase the remaining HDD/DVD capacity for recording.
12/1/2008
12/10/2008
Playlist 1 created
95
Editing
Up to 99 playlists can be created, and up to 999 scenes can be included in each
playlist.
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„ Creating a new
Playlist (Create)
1 Press
2
3
.
Select the scene to be included in the
playlist, then press MENU.
• You can also select multiple
scenes at the same time (p.49).
Select “PlayList”
“Create”, then
press the confirmation button.
If you do not need to change the
scene(s), press the confirmation
button.
Editing
When creation is complete, the
created Playlist will appear on the
Disc Navigation Playlist screen.
The camcorder automatically
4 generates the Playlist title from the
date, time, and sequential number
of Playlist creations.
• You can rename the Playlist title
as you like (p.101).
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
96
Hints
• The scenes that make up a
playlist are not actually copied,
but are linked from their original
data. Deleting a scene from a
playlist will not delete the
original data (scenes) from the
HDD or disc. Likewise, editing
scenes on a playlist will not
affect the original data (scenes).
• If a scene has the fade or skip
setting, or a dub mark “
”,
that information will also be
added to the playlist.
• You can add other scenes or
remove unnecessary scenes to/
from the created playlist (p.98–
p.99).
Note
If free space available on the HDD/
DVD is insufficient, creation of a
new playlist may not be possible.
Delete unnecessary scenes.
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„ Displaying a desired
Playlist (PlayList)
After selecting the desired playlist, the
disc navigation screen will appear.
1 Press
2
3
, then press MENU.
Select “PlayList”
“Select”, then
press the confirmation button.
The “Select PlayList” screen
appears.
Select the playlist you want to display,
then press the confirmation button.
The disc navigation screen of the
selected playlist will be displayed.
„ Playing back a Playlist
(Play)
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Select “PlayList” “Play”, then press
the confirmation button.
The “Start PlayList” screen
appears.
Select the Playlist to be played, then
press the confirmation button.
Playback begins from the first
scene of the selected Playlist.
3 • To stop playback before a
Playlist finishes, press C. The
disc navigation screen of the
current Playlist will appear.
Hint
Hint
If “Repeat Play” is set to “On”
(p.56), the selected Playlist will be
repeatedly played.
Editing
To return the disc navigation
screen to let it show all recorded
“All
scenes, select “PlayList”
Programs”.
z Editing a playlist
The procedures for editing playlists
are the same as editing a program or
scenes. Refer to the following pages
for scene dubbing/editing to apply the
same procedures to dub/edit a playlist.
Dubbing ...................................p.80
Dividing a scene ......................p.103
Deleting scene .........................p.102
Combining scenes....................p.105
Arranging order of scenes .......p.101
(only on playlist)
Adding fade .............................p.106
Setting skip ..............................p.107
Altering a thumbnail image .....p.108
Renaming a title.......................p.93
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„ Adding scenes to a
Playlist (Edit)
1 Press
2
Select “PlayList” “Edit”, then press
the confirmation button.
The “Edit PlayList” screen
appears.
The “Edit PlayList” screen
3 appears. The upper “All
Programs” row shows available
scenes. And the lower “PlayList
No.xx” row shows the contents of
the Playlist selected.
Move the cursor to the lower row by
4 pressing e and select the insertion
position using d/c.
Editing
Move the cursor to the upper row by
pressing f and choose a scene you
wish to add by pressing d/c.
Scene to be added
Ed i t P l a yL i s t
A l l P r o g r ams
P l a yL i s t N o . 0 1
004/014
008/008
008/008
ADD PHOTO SELECT
The green “I” mark shows
the insertion position.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
Press the confirmation button.
6 • Repeat steps 4 to 6 to add other
scenes.
98
to end appears.
, then press MENU.
Select the playlist you want to edit,
then press the confirmation button.
5
Press C.
7 The confirmation screen whether
Hints
• Pressing C in the middle of
adding scenes will display the
exit confirmation screen. Select
“YES” to exit. Select “NO” to
restore the “Edit PlayList”
screen.
• Each time you press DISPLAY,
the operation guide, the
recording date/time of the
selected scene, movie quality
(VIDEO Mode), screen aspect
ratio, and the recording length
(when using HDD) will appear.
• If you press MENU in step 4 or
5, the Submenu screen for
editing the Playlist will appear.
You can also use this Submenu
(p.103).
• If you add a scene with a dub
mark, the mark will also appear
on the scene in the playlist.
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„ Deleting scenes from
Playlist (Edit)
1 Press
2
Move the cursor to the lower row by
pressing e and select the insertion
position using d/c.
, then press MENU.
Display the “Edit PlayList” screen of
the playlist you wish to delete.
Scene to be added
3
Ed i t P l a yL i s t
A l l P r o g r ams
Perform steps 2 and 3 in "Adding
scenes to a Playlist (Edit)" (p.98).
P l a y L i s t No . 03
004/014
007/007
ADD PHOTO SELECT
Press e to move the cursor to the
lower row, then choose a scene you
3 wish to delete by pressing d/ c.
The green “I” mark shows
the insertion position.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
Move the cursor to the upper row by
pressing f and choose a scene you
wish to add, the press MENU.
Press the confirmation button.
• You can also use the DELETE
button of the remote control
4 instead of the confirmation
button.
• Repeat steps 3 and 4 to delete
other scenes.
Ed i t
Al l A
P dr od g r a ms
Ex i t
004/014
P l a yL i s t No . 0 3
007/007
ENTER
RETURN
4
Ed i t P l a yL i s t
A l l P r o g r ams
to end appears.
P l a y L i s t No . 03
Editing
Press C.
5 The confirmation screen whether
004/014
008/008
ADD PHOTO SELECT
„ Adding scenes using
the Submenu for
Editing (Edit)
You can add other scenes to a Playlist
using the “Edit” menu screen.
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Display the “Edit PlayList” screen of
the Playlist you wish to edit.
Perform steps 2 and 3 in "Adding
scenes to a Playlist (Edit)" (p.98).
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
5
6
7
Select “Edit” “Add”, then press the
confirmation button.
• Repeat steps 3 to 5 to add other
scenes.
Press C.
The confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The disc navigation screen of the
edited Playlist appears.
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„ Deleting scenes using
the Submenu for
Editing (Edit)
„ Selecting scenes using
the Submenu for
Editing (Edit)
You can delete scenes from a Playlist
using the “Edit” menu screen.
You can specify the range of scenes
when adding or deleting consecutive
multiple scenes to/from a playlist.
This “Select” menu item is useful
when selecting consecutive multiple
scenes in items for adding or deleting
scenes.
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Display the “Edit PlayList” screen of
the Playlist you wish to edit.
Perform steps 2 and 3 in "Adding
scenes to a Playlist (Edit)" (p.98).
Move the cursor to the lower row by
pressing e and choose a scene you
3 wish to delete, the press MENU.
1 Press
2
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
4
Editing
5
6
Select “Edit”
“Delete”, then press
the confirmation button.
• Repeat steps 3 and 4 to delete
other scenes.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The disc navigation screen of the
edited Playlist appears.
Hint
If you delete all scenes on a
Playlist, the Playlist itself will be
erased.
100
Display the “Edit PlayList” screen of
the Playlist you wish to edit.
Perform steps 2 and 3 in "Adding
scenes to a Playlist (Edit)" (p.98).
Move the cursor to the first or last
scene of those you wish to choose,
3 then press MENU.
• To select all scenes, simply press
MENU.
Press C.
The confirmation screen appears.
, then press MENU.
Select “Select”
“Start → Current”/
4 “Current → End”/”All”, then press the
confirmation button.
5
6
Press C.
The confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The disc navigation screen of the
edited Playlist appears.
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„ Arranging the order of
scenes in the Playlist
(Edit)
1 Press
2
3
4
, then press MENU.
Select “PlayList”
“Select”, then
press the confirmation button.
Notes
• When using the HDD, you need to
set “Category” to “All” before
using this function (p.86).
• When using a DVD-RAM, you
need to set “Category” to “All”
before using this function (p.114).
The “Select PlayList” screen
appears.
Select the playlist you want to edit,
then press the confirmation button.
The targeted playlist screen
appears.
Select the scene you want to move,
then press MENU.
You can also select multiple
scenes (p.49).
„ Renaming the title of
a Playlist (Title)
When a Playlist is created, its title is
automatically generated from the date,
time, and sequential number of
creation.
You can rename the title as many
times as you like.
1 Press
Select “Scene” “Edit” “Move”,
5 then press the confirmation button.
The “Move Scene” screen appears.
Select the position where you wish to
move the scene, then press the
7
confirmation button.
The confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The scenes of the playlist are
8 rearranged and the screen returns
to the playlist screen.
• To quit the move, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
button.
2
Select “PlayList” “Title”, then press
the confirmation button.
Editing
If you do not need to change the
6 scene(s), press the confirmation
button.
, then press MENU.
The “PlayList Title” screen
appears.
Select the playlist whose title you wish
3 to change, then press the confirmation
button.
Rename the title.
• The method to rename the
Playlist title is the same as the
procedure explained in
4 "Renaming the title of a program
(Title)" (p.93).
The disc navigation screen of the
Playlist whose title has been
changed appears.
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„ Deleting a Playlist
(Delete)
Even if you delete a playlist, the
original scenes stored on the HDD/
DVD will not be deleted.
1 Press
2
3
, then press MENU.
Select “PlayList”
“Delete”, then
press the confirmation button.
The “Delete PlayList” screen
appears.
Select the playlist you wan to delete,
then press the confirmation button.
The targeted playlist screen
appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
After deletion, the disc navigation
4 screen will be restored.
Editing
• To quit deletion, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
button.
Hint
If any playlist is deleted, the
number of playlists will
automatically be revised. (For
example, if the No.2 playlist is
deleted, the No.3 playlist will
become the No.2 playlist, etc.)
102
HDD RAM -RW (VR) CARD
Deleting Scenes
(Edit – Delete)
You can delete unnecessary scenes.
1 Press
2
.
Select the scene you want to delete,
then press MENU.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
y For HDD/DVD
Select “Scene”
“Edit”
“Delete”, then press the
3 confirmation button.
y For a card
Select “Scene”
“Delete”, then
press the confirmation button.
If you do not need to change the
4 scene(s), press the confirmation
button.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
5 The selected scene will be deleted.
• Repeat steps 4 and 5 to delete
other scenes.
6 Press C to end the procedure.
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Hints
• You can also delete a scene by
pressing DELETE on the remote
control after placing the cursor on
the scene you want to delete on the
disc navigation screen.
• To delete an unwanted part of a
scene on HDD/DVD-RAM/
DVD-RW (VR mode) disc,
divide the scene first, then delete
the unnecessary part (p.103).
The table below is the example of the
Submenu when MENU is pressed in
step 3 in "Deleting Scenes (Edit –
Delete)" (p.102).
Submenu
items
Edit
Notes
Deletes the selected scene.
Exit
Returns to the disc
navigation screen.
Selects all the scenes from
Current
the scene at the cursor
→ End
position to the end.
All
Selects all scenes.
Top
Moves the cursor to the top
scene.
End
Moves the cursor to the
scene at the end.
Go To
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Dividing a Movie
(Edit – Divide)
Editing
z Editing using the Submenu
Other than the Menu from the disc
navigation screen (p.88), there is a
Submenu. When you press MENU
while in some step, Submenu appears
whenever it is available.
• The Submenu appears only in steps
where any of the Submenu items are
usable and only usable items are
displayed.
• To return to the original step, press
C.
Delete
Selects all the scenes from
Start →
the top to the scene at the
Current
cursor position.
Select
• The remaining space indicator
may not show any increase if the
deleted amount is small (e.g.
deleting a short movie, small
number of stills, etc.).
• The locked scenes on a card cannot
be deleted (p.110).
• If you delete all data on the HDD/
DVD/card, formatting the HDD/
DVD/card is recommended
(p.112).
Explanation
You can divide a scene into two parts.
To delete an unnecessary portion of a
scene, first divide the scene at the
point where you want to end or start
saving, and then delete the
unnecessary portion.
1 Press
2
.
Select the scene you want to divide,
then press MENU.
Select “Scene”
“Edit”
“Divide”, then press the confirmation
3
button.
The “Divide Scene” screen appears.
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If you do not need to change the
dividing scene, press the confirmation
button again.
The selected scene will be played
4 back.
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
When you reach the desired point of
5 division, press PHOTO/SELECT.
The confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The selected scene will be divided,
then the display will return to the
6 “Divide Scene” screen.
• To quit division, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
button. The playback pause
screen will appear. Press C to
quit.
Editing
Hints
• Search and frame advance (p.54)
are useful when designating
division points.
• If a fade has been added to the
original scene, the “IN” effect
will be added to the first half of
the scene, and the “OUT” effect,
to the latter half (p.106).
• Combining scenes that were
divided will restore the original
scene.
104
Notes
• Scenes with the skip setting cannot
be played, therefore, you cannot
specify the dividing point.
Remove the skip setting first to
divide.
• The actual point of division may
shift 0.5 seconds forward/
backward from the point you have
specified.
• If the division point is at the start
or end of a scene, a message
indicating this appears and
division cannot be made.
• A movie scene of 0.5 seconds or
less cannot be divided.
• If free space available on the
HDD/DVD is insufficient,
division will not be possible.
Delete unnecessary scenes.
• If you divide a scene with the dub
mark “
”, the dub marks will
appear on both divided scenes.
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HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Combining Multiple
Scenes
(Edit – Combine)
If you have recorded numerous short
scenes, combining them can be
convenient.
Be sure to select consecutive multiple
scenes. When using the HDD or a
DVD-RAM, combining scenes is
possible only if “Category: All” is
specified (p.86, 114).
Stills cannot be combined.
1 Press
, then press MENU.
Select “Scene”
“Edit”
“Combine”, then press the confirmation
2 button.
The “Combine Scenes” screen
appears.
The cursor turns to 2-color (blue
3 and yellow) frame.
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
The confirmation screen that
shows the top and last scenes
5 appears.
• If you need to change the
combining range, press C. The
color of the cursor returns to
yellow and you can reselect the
scene.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The scenes in the specified range will
be combined, then the screen will
return to the beginning of step 3. (On
the thumbnail, the first scene of the
combined range of the scenes will
appear.)
• You can combine other scenes
6 by repeating the procedure from
steps 3 to 6.
• To quit combining scenes, select
“NO” before pressing the
confirmation button. The screen
after pressing the confirmation
button in step 3 will be restored.
Press C to deselect the range
cursor, then the screen returns to
the beginning of step 3.
7 Press C to end the procedure.
Move the cursor to the last scene to be
combined, then press the confirmation
button.
4 The red cursor surrounds all the
scenes to be combined.
The cursor at the last scene turns to
2-color (red and yellow) frame.
105
Editing
Move the cursor to the first scene you
wish to combine, then press the
confirmation button.
Press the confirmation button if no
change is needed.
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Hints
• With fade effects, the “IN”
effect of the first scene in the
selected range and the “OUT”
effect of the last scene will be
attached to the combined scene.
• Each time you press DISPLAY,
the operation guide, the
recording date/time of the
selected scene, movie quality
(VIDEO Mode), screen aspect
ratio, and the recording length
(when using HDD) will appear.
White
Fade Out
Fade In
· Fades in from a white screen.
· Fades out to a white screen.
Wipe
Fade out
Notes
Editing
• Scenes in different programs
(different recording dates) cannot
be combined. Create a Playlist first
(p.96), then combine such scenes
on the Playlist.
• When using the HDD, you cannot
combine scenes of different movie
qualities (“VIDEO mode” settings) /
wide mode (“16:9”) settings.
• If you combine scenes, both with
dub marks “
”, the dub mark
will appear on the combined scene.
• If you combine scenes, both with
and without dub marks, the dub
mark will not appear on the
combined scene.
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Adding Special Effects
(Edit –Fade)
You can add fading to the beginning
and/or end of a scene.
There are three types of special
effects:
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Fade in
· In: From a black screen, the image opens from
a horizontal split at the center.
· Out: The image closes with two black wipes
meeting at the horizontal center.
B/W
Fade out
Fade in
· Fades in from a black and white screen to a full
color screen.
· Fades out from a full color screen to a black
and white screen.
1 Press
2
.
Select the scene you want to apply a
special effect to, then press MENU.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
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Select “Scene”
“Effect”
“Fade”, then press the confirmation
3
button.
The “Fade” screen appears.
If you do not need to change the
4 scene(s), press the confirmation
button.
Select the special effects for “IN” or
“OUT”,
“Enter”, then press the
confirmation button.
Press C to end the procedure.
The “ ” or “ ” icon will
appear in the scenes for which fade
in or fade out has been set.
6
“IN” effect
PLAY
“OUT” effect
• If a DVD disc with a special
effect created on this camcorder
is played on another DVD
recorder/player, or the scene is
captured on a PC, the special
effect will not be reflected.
• When dubbing on a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW disc,
the special effect will not be
reflected (p.81).
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Skipping Scenes
(Effect – Skip)
You can set the skip setting for scenes
you do not want played back so the
scenes with the setting will be
skipped.
1 Press
2
.
Move the cursor to the scene to be
skipped, then press MENU.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
Select “Scene”
“Effect”
“Skip”, then press the confirmation
3
button.
The “Set Skip” screen appears.
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Editing
The “Fade” screen will be restored
after a message is displayed.
• Use f /e to move the
cursor to “IN”, “OUT”, “Enter”,
5 or “Cancel”.
• Use d / c to select the effect
to be added, then press the
confirmation button to set the
effect.
• To cancel setting, select
“Cancel”.
• Repeat steps 2–5 to add effects
to other scenes.
Notes
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Press the confirmation button if no
change is needed.
After the skip setting, the “Set
Skip” screen will be restored.
• You can change the scene(s) to
be skipped before pressing the
4 confirmation button.
• Repeat this step to set the skip
setting for other scenes.
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
Press C to end the procedure.
The “
” icon indicates the skip
setting and appears on the scenes
to be skipped.
5
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
Changing Thumbnail
Image
(Effect – Thumbnail)
Normally, the first image of the
recorded scene is displayed as a
thumbnail. However, you can choose
another image of the scene for the
thumbnail. If you set a memorable
image for the thumbnail, you can
know what you recorded from a
glance at the Disc Navigation screen.
1 Press
.
Move the cursor to the scene of the
2 thumbnail you wish to change, then
Skip icon
Al l Pr o
press MENU.
Editing
Select “Scene”
“Effect”
“Thumbnail”, then press the
3 confirmation button.
z To remove the skip setting
Repeat the same procedure. The skip
setting will be removed and the
icon will disappear.
Notes
• If a DVD containing scenes with
the skip setting set on this
camcorder is played on another
DVD recorder/player, or such
scenes are captured on a PC, the
skip setting will not be reflected
("Note" (p.89)).
• When dubbing on a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW disc,
the skip setting will not be
reflected (p.81).
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The “Change Thumbnail” screen
appears.
Press the confirmation button if no
change is needed.
Playback of the selected scene
begins.
4 • You can reselect the scene
before pressing the confirmation
button.
• If you press MENU before
pressing PHOTO/SELECT, the
Submenu appears (p.103).
When the image you wish to use as the
thumbnail of the scene appears, press
5
PHOTO/SELECT.
The confirmation screen appears.
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Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The screen returns to the
beginning of step 4.
6 • To change the thumbnail of
another scene, repeat steps 4 to
6.
• To cancel the change, select
“NO” before pressing the
confirmation button.
7 Press C to end the procedure.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
Go To
You can move the cursor to the scene
recorded first or last using this
function.
1 Press
Select “Go To”
“Top” or “End”,
then press the confirmation button.
2 The cursor jumps to the top or last
scene in the disc navigation
screen.
Hint
Search and frame advance (p.54)
are useful while you are choosing
a thumbnail image.
Notes
RAM CARD
Copying still pictures
on a DVD-RAM to the
Card (Copy)
Insert a DVD-RAM (recorded on an
Hitachi DVD camcorder that can
record still pictures on a DVD-RAM)
that includes the photos you wish to
copy, and a card with recordable
space, into this camcorder.
• Movies cannot be copied.
• Even if all scenes, including movies,
are selected to be copied, only stills
will be copied.
1 Turn the power switch to “DVD”.
2 Press
3
.
Move the cursor to the scene to be
copied, then press MENU.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
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Editing
• A thumbnail of a still cannot be
changed.
• Since the scene to which skipping
is set cannot be played back, you
cannot change its thumbnail.
Remove the skip setting of the
scene first to change the
thumbnail.
• If a disc with a thumbnail change
created on this camcorder is
played on another DVD recorder/
player, or the scene is captured on
a PC, the thumbnail change will
not be reflected ("Note" (p.89)).
• When dubbing on a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW disc,
the thumbnail change will not be
reflected (p.81).
, then MENU.
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4
Select “Scene” “Copy”, then press
the confirmation button.
The “Copy to card” screen
appears.
Press the confirmation button if no
change is needed.
• You can change the scene(s) to
be copied in this step if you
5 wish.
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The screen returns to step 5 where
you can select other scenes.
6 • To copy other scenes, repeat
steps 5 and 6.
• To cancel copying, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
button.
Editing
7 Press C to end the procedure.
Hint
To check the still pictures on the
DVD-RAM, see "Displaying
Information Using the Menu
Screen (Detail)" (p.111).
Notes
• You cannot copy from a card to a
DVD.
• The copied pictures on the card
will retain the qualities of the
original pictures on the DVDRAM.
CARD
Locking Scenes on a
Card (Lock)
You can lock selected stills recorded
on a card so that they will not be
deleted or edited by mistake.
1 Turn the power switch to “SD”. (p.45)
2 Press
3
.
Select the still you want to lock, then
press MENU.
• You can also choose multiple
scenes (p.49).
Select “Scene”
“Lock”, then press
4 the confirmation button.
The “Lock Set” screen appears.
Press the confirmation button if no
change is needed.
• You can change the scene to be
5 locked in this step if you wish.
• If you press MENU before
pressing the confirmation
button, the Submenu appears
(p.103).
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Press C to end the procedure.
6
Select “Scene”
“Detail”, then
press the confirmation button.
The icon “ ” appears on the locked
still picture on the disc navigation
screen.
The detailed information of the
scene appears.
When using HDD/DVD
7 / 19
De t a i l
Lock icon
z To unlock the scene
Select the scene you wish to unlock,
then perform steps 4 and 5 in
"Locking Scenes on a Card (Lock)".
The lock icon “ ” will disappear and
locking will be released.
Note
If you format the card, the locked
scenes will also be deleted.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
You can display various information
for a scene: recording date/time and
length, special effects and movie
quality mode.
1 Press
2
.
Select the scene you want to know
about, then press MENU.
*3
When using a card
*4
De t a i l
Sc e n e N o. 7
100–0007(640)
Da t e : 1 2 / 1 / 20 0 8 8 : 0 0 : 0 0 A M
L o c k :O f f
PREV
3
NEXT
*5
RETURN
*1 Not displayed with DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW discs.
*2 “Dubbed” appears only when
you selected a scene from the
HDD, with a dub mark
on
its thumbnail.
*3 Not displayed with DVD-RAM/
DVD-RW/DVD-R (finalized)/
+RW discs recorded on another
device.
*4 Will not appear if the loaded
card does not comply with DCF
(Design rule for Camera File
system).
*5 The number of horizontal pixels
on a still picture
• Pressing c/d will display
information of other scenes.
Press C to quit.
4 The disc navigation screen will be
restored.
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Editing
Displaying Information
Using the Menu Screen
(Detail)
*1
*2
Sc e n e N o. 0 0 7
V IDEO ( F I NE )
1m i n 13 s e c
Da t e : 1 2 / 1 / 20 0 8 8 : 0 0 : 0 0 A M
Sk i p : O f f
F a d e I N : No n e OUT : None
Dubbed
PREV
NEXT
RETURN
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HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) +RW CARD
Hints
• DCF (Design rule for Camera
File system) is a unified image
file format for video cameras.
Image files can be commonly
used for all digital devices that
conform to DCF. This
camcorder complies with DCF.
• When only a certain scene is
displayed, you can display the
information of the next scene by
pressing c or previous scene
by pressing d.
• If multiple scenes have been
selected, the total recording time
of the selected scenes (total
number in case of stills) will
appear.
When using the HDD/DVD
Editing
*1
*2
De t a i l
V I DEO : 1m i n 4 3 s e c
( X T R A ) : 0m i n 0 s e c
( F I N E ) : 1m i n 4 3 s e c
( S T D ) : 0m i n 0 s e c
( - - - ) : 1m i n 0 s e c
PHOTO : 0
RETURN
(
(
(
(
(
2scenes)
0scenes)
2scenes)
0scenes)
0scenes)
*3
De t a i l
S c e n e No . 6
1 2 / 1 5 / 2 0 0 8 12 : 5 0:00PM
8 : 0 0:00AM
*1 Displayed when the VIDEO Mode
(movie quality) is unknown
because, for example, the scene
was recorded on another device.
*2 Displayed when a DVD-RAM with
photos recorded using an Hitachi
DVD camcorder that can record
still pictures on a DVD-RAM is set
in this camcorder.
*3 Not displayed with a DVD-RAM/
DVD-RW/DVD-R (finalized)/
+RW that was recorded on another
device.
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Formatting the HDD, or a DVD or
card deletes all recorded contents.
If you wish to delete all recorded
contents, it is recommended that you
use format, which will delete all the
scenes much quicker than using the
scene delete function.
Note
Formatting will delete all the
recorded contents on the HDD,
disc, or card. Be careful not to
delete data by mistake.
1
When using a card
S c e n e No . 7
12/ 1 6 / 2008
Scenes: 2
RETURN
Formatting the HDD/
DVD/CARD
Insert the medium you want to format
(except for the HDD).
2 Press
, then press MENU.
Select “HDD Setting” or “DVD
Setting” or “Card Setting”
For
“HDD Setting”, select “Format HDD”
then press the confirmation button.
3 Likewise, for “DVD Setting”, select
“Format DVD”, or for “Card Setting”
select “Format Card” then press the
confirmation button.
The confirmation screen appears.
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Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
• When using the HDD/DVDRAM/+RW/Card, formatting
will start.
• When using a DVD-RW disc, a
screen for prompting you to
select the VF mode or VR mode
will appear (p.36).
4
* If you choose “VR mode” when
formatting a DVD-RW (VR
mode), finalization will not be
canceled. All contents on the disc
will be erased after being
formatted and the disc will be a
finalized DVD-RW (VR mode)
and recordable.
If you choose “VF mode” above,
finalization will be canceled.
• To quit formatting, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
button.
• It may not be possible to format a
dirty or scratched disc. Such a
disc cannot be used.
• This camcorder may not
recognize some discs or cards that
were formatted on a PC or
another device.
• If you connect the camcorder and
your PC using the USB cable and
format a DVD or card set in the
camcorder, formatting may fail
and the disc or card may become
unusable.
• If the camcorder is turned off
during formatting the inserted
disc will become unusable.
Protecting the HDD/
DVD
Although previously recorded movies
will not be erased by recording new
movies, a protect setting will ensure
against accidental erasure and
formatting. If the protect setting is
activated, however, you will not be
able to make new recordings until the
protect setting is canceled.
Insert the disc you want to protect
1 (if the medium you want to protect is
not the HDD).
2 Press
, then press MENU.
Select “HDD Setting” or “DVD
Setting” For “HDD Setting”, select
“Protect HDD” then press the
3 confirmation button. Likewise, for
“DVD Setting”, select “Protect DVD”,
then press the confirmation button.
The confirmation screen appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
• To quit protecting, select “NO”
before pressing the confirmation
4 button.
• To cancel the protect setting,
repeat the same steps to select
“Unprotect HDD” or “Unprotect
Disc” in step 3.
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Editing
Notes
HDD RAM -RW (VR)
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RAM
Note
This camcorder may not be able to
release the disc protection that was
set by another device. In such a
case, use the original device to
release the protection.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
Checking the
Remaining Recording
Capacity on the
Medium (Capacity)
Editing
You can check the available recording
space on the HDD or a DVD
(remaining recording duration) for
recording movies, or on a memory
card (the number of recordable stills)
for recording stills, in the LCD
monitor.
Insert the medium you want to check
1
(except for the HDD).
2 Press
If you insert a DVD-RAM that
includes photos recorded on another
HITACHI camcorder, the scenes on
the disc will be displayed on the disc
navigation screen in the order of
recording, regardless of whether they
are movies or stills in the default
setting.
However, you can also display only
movies or stills independently (in the
order of recording) by changing the
“Category” setting.
(Note that this camcorder cannot
record photos on the HDD or a DVD.)
1 Press
2
, then press MENU.
Select “Others”
“Category”, then
press the confirmation button.
Choose one of the options shown in
the following table, then press the
confirmation button.
, then press MENU.
Select “HDD Setting”, “DVD Setting”,
or “Card Setting” “Capacity”, then
3 press the confirmation button.
4
Displaying Movies or
Stills Independently
(Category)
3
Category
options
Explanation
The information of the chosen
medium appears on the screen.
ALL
Movies and stills are
displayed at the same time.
VIDEO
Only movies are displayed.
After checking the information, press
, or press C twice.
PHOTO
Only stills are displayed.
The display returns to record pause
screen.
Hint
Once you close disc navigation
screen, the “Category” setting
returns to “All”.
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Viewing on the Other Devices
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
Connecting to Your TV
for Viewing
„ Connecting to a TV
Connect the camcorder to the TV using the provided AV/S cable as shown in the
illustration below.
Notes
• Before connecting, always turn down the volume of your TV set, to prevent
feedback noise (howling) from your TV speakers.
• Insert the connector cables straight into the terminals. Inserting them at an
angle may cause the terminals to break.
Signal flow
red
white
S-Video
Input*
or
yellow
or
S
* If your TV has this terminal, connect the S-Video connector instead of
the Video connector.
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Viewing on the Other Devices
AV/S cable
(provided)
Audio Input Video
Input
R L
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„ Viewing on your TV
Turn on the TV and switch the TV input to the terminal where the camcorder is
connected.
• Refer to your TV’s operation manual on how to switch the TV input.
Turn on the camcorder.
The image shown in the camcorder’s LCD monitor appears on the TV screen,
allowing you to view playback, recording, and editing on the large screen of
your TV.
Hints
• Volume can be adjusted on your TV.
• When operating the camcorder while viewing your TV screen, using the
provided remote control is convenient. However, if you are using other
Hitachi-brand A/V devices, they may be operated by the camcorder’s remote
control. In this event, change remote control code.
Notes
Viewing on the Other Devices
• If you have a wide-screen TV (screen ratio 16:9), and the TV is set to wide
mode, the disc navigation screen may not fit within the TV screen. In this
case, change your TV’s wide mode setting. (Refer to your TV’s operation
manual.)
• Do not leave the camcorder’s Menu screen and disc navigation screen
displayed on your TV screen for too long. Doing so may cause damage
(ghosting) on your TV screen.
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
„ Setting the on-screen display output On/Off
(OSD Output)
When the camcorder is connected to the TV, you can suppress camcorder’s onscreen information appearing on the TV screen. (The on-screen information always
appear in the camcorder’s LCD screen regardless of this setting.)
Press MENU.
Select “Record Functions Setup”
button.
“OSD Output”, then press the confirmation
Select “On” or “Off”, then press the confirmation button.
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HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
„ Playing back wide-mode images on a 4:3 TV
(TV Type)
If you connect the camcorder to a 4:3 TV and play a disc recorded in “16:9” (wide)
mode, the image on the TV will be vertically distorted. In this case, set “TV Type”
to “4:3” so that you can obtain the image of the correct aspect ratio. (You will see
black bands that will adjust the image aspect ratio on top and bottom of the TV
screen.).
Press
, then press MENU.
Select “Others”
“TV Type”, then press the confirmation button.
Select “4:3”, then press the confirmation button.
Others
T V Ty p e
ENTER
16:9
4:3
RETURN
Viewing on the Other Devices
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Viewing on the Other Devices
Viewing on Other Players/
Recorders
A DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R disc recorded/dubbed on this camcorder is not
playable on another device such as a DVD recorder/player unless the disc is
finalized. Finalize a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R using this camcorder.
A DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR mode) disc recorded/dubbed on this camcorder can
be played on a DVD recorder/player that supports 8 cm DVD-RAM/DVD-RW
(VR mode) without finalizing it. However, you need to finalize a DVD-RW (VR
mode) disc using this camcorder before importing scenes from the disc to your PC.
About DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R Discs
and Finalization
What you can/cannot do
before finalizing a disc
Viewing on the Other Devices
You can:
z Record or edit scenes using the
camcorder.
You cannot:
z Play back the disc on a device
(DVD recorder/player) other than
the camcorder.
What you can/cannot do
after finalizing a disc
You can:
z Play back the disc on a device
(DVD recorder/player) other than
the camcorder.
z Import scenes to your PC.
z Unfinalize the DVD-RW (VF
mode) disc and use it for recording
scenes.
You cannot:
z Record or edit scenes using the
camcorder.
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About +RW Discs and
Finalization
z A +RW disc set in the camcorder
will be automatically finalized
when you remove it from the
camcorder or when you connect
the camcorder to a PC (auto
finalization).
z You can add recordings on an autofinalized +RW disc.
z An auto-finalized +RW disc can be
played on other devices such as a
DVD recorder/player; however, no
DVD video menu will appear. To
have the DVD video menu
displayed, finalize the +RW disc
from the disc navigation screen on
the camcorder.
z An unfinalized +RW disc is
recordable.
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About DVD-RW (VR
Mode) Discs and
Finalization
A DVD-RW (VR mode) disc recorded
on this camcorder can be played back
on a DVD recorder/player that
supports 8 cm DVD-RW (VR mode)
without finalizing it.
z Before importing scenes to your
PC from DVD-RW (VR mode),
you need to finalize the disc using
the disc navigation screen on the
camcorder.
z You can use a finalized DVD-RW
(VR mode) disc for recording
scenes.
z Once finalized, you cannot
unfinalize the disc. Formatting the
disc will not unfinalize it.
A DVD-RAM disc recorded on this
camcorder can be played back on a
DVD recorder/player that supports 8
cm DVD-RAM without finalizing it.
z Do not insert a DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R disc which was
recorded or dubbed, but not
finalized, on this camcorder into
another recording device, such as a
DVD recorder and DVD drive of a
PC. The recorded data may be
damaged.
z Although discs recorded (and
finalized) on this camcorder can be
played back on recording/playing
devices which comply with
specific discs or recording modes,
playback of all discs under all
conditions is not guaranteed. If
playback is not possible, use this
camcorder to play back your disc.
z Playback may stop for a moment
temporarily between scenes while
playing on a DVD recorder/player.
z If you record or finalize a DVDRW (VF mode)/DVD-R disc
which was recorded or dubbed, but
not finalized, on this camcorder
using another DVD camcorder, the
recorded data may be damaged.
z A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW that
has been finalized using a PC or
DVD recorder may not be playable
on this camcorder depending on
the editing software or recording
status of the disc.
z If you insert a DVD-R disc
recorded on another Hitachi
camcorder into this camcorder, the
disc navigation screen will appear
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Playing back a DVDRAM Disc on a DVD
Player/Recorder
Notes on Finalization
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automatically. You cannot record
or finalize such discs using this
camcorder.
z Do not insert a DVD-RW/DVD-R
disc recorded, but not finalized, on
a recorder manufactured by a
company other than Hitachi into
this camcorder. Doing so may
make the disc unusable.
Select “DVD Setting”
“Finalize
DVD”, then press the confirmation
3 button.
A confirmation screen for
finalization appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
The message showing that the
DVD is being finalized will
appear, and then the disc will be
finalized.
When finalization is complete,
the disc navigation screen will
appear.
• “ ” appears on the disc
navigation screen for a
finalized disc.
-RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW
Finalizing a Disc
Before you begin
You must finalize a DVD-RW (VF
mode)/DVD-R/+RW disc recorded/
dubbed on this camcorder before
playing it back using a DVD recorder/
player compatible with 8 cm discs.
Note that no further recording/
dubbing is possible for a finalized
DVD-R.
Viewing on the Other Devices
Likewise, no further recording/
dubbing is possible for a finalized
DVD-RW (VF mode), though, you
can unfinalize it to enable further
recording/dubbing.
There may be a case for a DVD-RW
(VR mode) that finalization is needed,
however, further recording/dubbing is
possible without unfinalizing it.
Finalize DVD
Further recording on this
DVD will be impossible.
Finalize? (Approx. 3min.)
4
YES
NO
ENTER
1
*1
*
*
2
Displayed only when a
DVD-R is used.
*2
Varies depending on the
length of recordings.
A l l P r o g r a ms
0 01/ 01 5
PLAY PHOTO SELECT
Finalized DVD
Connect the AC adapter/charger to
power the camcorder (p.38).
1
• You cannot finalize if a battery
pack is used as a power source.
2 Press
120
, and then press MENU.
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-RW (VF) +RW
001 / 010
12/ 1/2008
8:00AM
12/ 5/2008
8:00AM
12/ 7/2008 12/10/2008
8:00AM
8:00AM
12/ 15 / 2 0 0 8
8:00AM
1 2 / 18/ 2 0 0 8
8:00AM
12/ 20/ 2 0 0 8
8:00AM
TOP
PREV
NEXT
12/ 23/ 2 0 0 8
8:00AM
END
The screen above is an
example when a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW is
viewed on a DVD player.
Notes
You can unfinalize a DVD-RW (VF
mode)/+RW disc finalized on this
camcorder so that additional recording
can be done on it.
1 Press
, and then press MENU.
“DVD Setting”
“Unfinalize
DVD”, then press the confirmation
2 button.
A confirmation screen for
unfinalization appears.
Select “YES”, then press the
confirmation button.
3 The message showing that the
disc is being unfinalized will
appear, and then the disc will be
unfinalized.
Hint
A finalized DVD-RW (VR mode)
can be recorded as is, without
being unfinalized.
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Viewing on the Other Devices
• If the disc in the camcorder has
already been finalized, “Finalize
Disc” does not appear in the
Menu.
• The time required to finalize that
appears on the “Finalize DVD”
screen is only for reference.
• In case of a DVD-R, it takes
longer to finalize it if recording
length is short.
• For a DVD-RW/+RW which has
previously been finalized, the
next finalization may be quicker.
Unfinalizing a Disc
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Dubbing With Another Audio/Video (A/V) Device
HDD RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) R +RW CARD
Notes
• Before making the connection, turn off both the camcorder and the other A/
V device.
• Connect the camcorder to a wall outlet instead of using the battery pack to
secure the power supply during dubbing.
• If the other A/V device is HITACHI brand, the A/V device may respond to
the camcorder’s remote control. In such a case, change the remote control
code of the other A/V device.
„ Dubbing from another A/V device (DZ-HS903A)
(The DZ-HS803A does not have this (external input) feature.)
Make the connection between the camcorder and the other A/V device using the
provided AV/S input/output cable as shown in the illustration below.
Signal flow
*
To the audio/
video inputs of
the other A/V
device
Dubbing With Another Audio/Video (A/V) Device
To A/V terminal
AV/S cable
(provided)
* The S-Video connector is unusable.
Turn on the camcorder and switch the “Input Source” setting to “LINE” (p.78).
Turn on the other A/V device and start playback.
The playback image appears in the camcorder’s LCD monitor.
Press the camcorder’s record button.
Recording (dubbing) begins.
• Recording procedures are the same as described in“Recording Movies to the
HDD” (p.24) or “Recording Movies to a DVD” (p.25).
• When you capture a still picture, press PHOTO/SELECT.
• When the power is turned off, the “Input Source” setting returns to
“CAMERA”.
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Hint
If you wish to turn off the information superimposed on the image, press
camcorder’s DISPLAY repeatedly.
Notes
• The recorded contents can be played back in the same manner as when playing
back images recorded on this camcorder.
• Images not privately recorded may be copy protected by the copy-guard signal
to protect the copyright. In such a case, “COPY PROTECTED” appears on the
camcorder’s LCD screen and you cannot proceed with recording. Typical
copyright protected materials are commercially available DVD movies, payTV programs, etc.
• Some images privately recorded and without copy-guard signals may not be
recorded properly depending on the signal conditions.
• When recorded images are played back on a PC, black bands may appear at the
edges of the screen.
• If the input signal is interrupted, for example, by switching the channel on the
TV or switching input using the video selector, recording cannot be performed
properly.
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„ Dubbing from the camcorder to another A/V device
Make the connection between the camcorder and the other A/V device using the
provided AV/S input/output cable as shown in the illustration below.
Signal flow
To the S-Video
input*
To the audio/
video inputs of
the other A/V
device
To A/V terminal
AV/S cable
(provided)
* Connect the S-Video connector if available for the other A/V device
for better picture quality.
Turn on both the camcorder and the other device, then press
of the camcorder.
Choose the scene on the disc navigation screen.
Switch the other A/V device’s external input to the input from the camcorder.
Press the confirmation button of the camcorder for playback and start recording using
the other A/V device.
Dubbing With Another Audio/Video (A/V) Device
Hints
• Sounds are reproduced from the camcorder’s speaker.
• You can create a playlist (p.96) in advance to dub only scenes you wish to
record to.
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Connecting to Your PC
About the software
included
The USB cable and CD-ROM
software provided with the camcorder
will allow you to use the movies and
stills recorded on this camcorder on
your PC.
The included CD-ROM contains the
software for both Windows and
Macintosh.
Windows
ImageMixer 3
This allows you to import the images
recorded on the camcorder to your PC.
You can play back imported images
and edit movies, for example, cut-edit
them, add titles and BGM, and add
image switching effects, etc.
You can also create a DVD-video
(DVD-RW/DVD-R) and DVD-VR
(DVD-RAM/DVD-RW).
Macintosh
Windows/Macintosh
Media on the camcorder and
read/write operations
The following table shows whether or
not reading from/writing to a
camcorder’s medium is possible.
Windows
Macintosh
Read/
Write
Medium
HDD DVD Card
Read
z
z
z
Write
–
z
–*1
Read
z
z
z
Write
–
–*2
–*1
*1 Writing to a card using Explorer/
Finder is possible.
*2 A DVD-VR (DVD-RAM/DVD-RW
(VR mode)) cannot be created.
Notes
• A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
recorded on this camcorder must
be finalized on this camcorder
before using it in your PC.
• You cannot create a DVD-VR
(DVD-RAM/DVD-RW) on
Macintosh software.
• Since the audio format of an
MPEG file imported to a
Macintosh using ImageMixer 3
Mac Edition for DVDCAM will
be AC3 audio, no audio will be
played back with QuickTime,
even after installing the optional
MPEG-2 playback component;
only video is played back. To
play back the imported MPEG
file, use ImageMixer 3 Mac
Edition.
• Discs such as AACS, CPRM, or
CSS, which are copyright
protected, are not compatible
with the software provided with
this camcorder.
• The software provided with this
camcorder cannot be used to write
to the camcorder’s HDD/+RW.
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ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition for
DVDCAM
This allows you to import the images
recorded on the camcorder to a
Macintosh as an MPEG file.
You can play back imported images
and edit movies, for example, cut-edit
them, etc.
You can also create a DVD-Video
(DVD-RW/DVD-R).
OS
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The provided software is compatible
for Japanese, English, German,
French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
(simplified characters) users.
Screen shots in this manual use
Windows XP screens for Windows
and Mac OS X 10.4 screens for
Macintosh.
Before opening the software CDROM, please read "Be sure to
read the following before opening
the package of CD-ROM"
(p.182).
PC requirements
Windows
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OS
Windows® 2000 Professional SP3 or later
Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional
Windows Vista®
* 64-bit Edition is excluded.
* To use this software, you must log in as administrator.
PC
IBM® PC/AT® adapter (DOS/V PC)
CPU
Intel® Pentium® III 800 MHz or greater
(Intel® Pentium® 4 1.7 GHz or greater is recommended.)
* Operation is not guaranteed for PCs to which any alteration,
such as overclocking, had been added from the original
specifications.
Memory
• Windows® 2000 : 128MB or greater (256MB or greater is
recommended.)
• Windows® XP : 256MB or greater (512MB or greater is
recommended.)
• Windows Vista® : 512MB or greater (1GB or greater is
recommended.)
HDD
USB
Others
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The following free space is needed:
• At time of installing the software: 300 MB or more
• At time of disc creation: approx. 3 times that of the capacity
of the disc to be created
At least one or more USB 1.1 or 2.0 free ports are necessary.
(May not operate if the camcorder is connected through a USB
hub.)
• Display screen of 1024×768 pixel, 16 bit (High color) or
greater
• Video device compliant with Direct X® 9.0c or greater
version
• Sound output device
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Macintosh
OS
Mac OS X v10.3.9, v10.4, v10.5
* The provided software cannot be used on a Mac OS X Server.
CPU
PowerPC G4 1 GHz or higher, PowerPC G5, Intel Core
Memory
256 MB or greater (512 MB or greater is recommended.)
HDD
The following free space is needed:
• At time of installing the software: Approx. 50 MB
• At time of disc creation: approx. 2 times or more that of the
capacity of the disc to be created
Graphic
USB
Compatible
drive
At least 1024 × 768 pixels (full-color is recommended.)
At least one or more USB 1.1 or 2.0 free ports are necessary.
(May not operate if the camcorder is connected through a USB
hub.)
SuperDrive mounted in Macintosh in standard
The slot-in type drive of Macintosh is not compatible with 8 cm discs (as
of August 2008). Be sure not to use this type of drive, since a disc inserted
by mistake cannot be removed.
Notes (Windows/Macintosh)
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• You must have the administrator authority of the PC before installing
software.
• Operation is not guaranteed in the following cases:
– When connected via a USB hub
– When used on a custom-made PC
• Even if your PC satisfies the system requirements, operation malfunctions
and limitations in use may occur depending on the combinations of other
software and devices you are using.
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„ Software installation
Confirm the software license
agreement.
Windows
Read the software license
agreement carefully. If you agree
with the terms, select “I accept the
terms of the license agreement.”,
then click “Next”.
Turn on the power to your PC.
1 If you are using your PC for other
applications, quit all software you
are using.
5
Insert the provided CD-ROM into your
PC’s CD-ROM drive.
The software installer
automatically starts up, and the
“Choose Setup Language” screen
2 automatically appears.
If the “Choose Setup Language”
screen does not appear, open the
drive in which the CD-ROM is
contained using Windows’ My
Computer or Explorer, and double
click “Setup.exe”.
Click
Select the installation destination.
If there is no change to the
installation destination, click
“Next”. If you wish to change the
installation destination, click
“Change” and specify the
installation destination, then click
“Next”.
Select the installation language.
3 Select the installation language,
then click “Next”.
The “ImageMixer 3” installation screen
appears.
Click “Next”.
6
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4
Click
Click
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Select your country’s video system.
Note
After completing software
installation, Direct X® installation
may commence depending on your
PC. In this event, follow the screen
indications to install it.
7
Click
Perform installation.
Preparations for installation are
now complete. Click “Install” to
begin the installation process.
Macintosh
1
Turn the Macintosh on, and insert the
provided CD-ROM into the Macintosh.
2
Double-click the “DVDCAM5000” icon
displayed on the desktop.
Double-click the icon of “ImageMixer 3
for DVDCAM.pkg” displayed on the
screen.
8
Click
After installation is complete, the
following message screen will appear.
Click “Finish” to restart your PC.
The installer will start.
Click “Continue”, then the
operating environment and
restrictions will be displayed.
Read them carefully, then click
“Continue”, then the license
agreement screen will appear.
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Software installation is now
complete.
3
9
Click
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Check the license agreement.
Choose your language to be used
for software installation, and then
carefully read. If you agree with the
conditions, select “Continue”.
If you accept the license agreement,
click “I agree”.
4
* With the provided software for
Macintosh, the language used
with the OS will automatically be
installed.
Select your language
Click
5
Choose the installation destination and
type of installation.
Follow the on-screen instructions
for operation. Installation will start.
After installation is finished, the exit
screen will appear. Click “Close”.
6 The installation is completed and
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the installation screen will be
closed. Remove the CD-ROM.
„ Preparation before
importing images
When importing from a DVD-RW/
DVD-R set in the camcorder, be sure
to finalize the disc (p.120).
z A +RW disc set in the camcorder
will be automatically finalized
when you connect the camcorder to
your PC (auto finalization).
z When importing from the HDD/a
DVD-RAM/SD memory card,
finalization is not required.
„ Connecting the
camcorder to your PC
using the provided
USB cable
Before connection
Turn the camcorder’s power switch to
“HDD”, “DVD”, or “SD” (the
medium from which you want to
import images to your PC). Note that
you cannot switch to another medium
after establishing a connection
between the camcorder and the PC.
Also turn on your PC.
Hint
Note
You must have the administrator
authority of the PC before installing
software.
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To choose another camcorder’s
medium, disconnect the USB
cable from the PC and turn the
camcorder’s power switch
position to the medium you wish
to use, then reconnect the USB
cable.
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How to connect to your PC
Make connections as illustrated below. The PC will automatically recognize the
camcorder and sometimes prompt you to restart the PC.
Restart the PC if prompted.
PC
To USB terminal
To USB terminal
USB cable (provided)
Notes
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• The USB cable does not supply power to the camcorder. Use the AC adapter/
charger to power the camcorder.
• Before connecting, disconnect any cables other than the USB cable and AC
adapter/charger.
• The camcorder’s ACCESS/PC indicator will light green after making the
connection. The indicator will light or flash orange, while the HDD or a disc
is being accessed.
• The camcorder’s CARD ACCESS indicator will light or flash red while an
SD memory card is being accessed.
• Nothing will appear on the camcorder’s LCD monitor while the camcorder is
connected to the PC.
• If you use a USB1.1 port instead of a USB2.0 port, playback may not be
smooth and the process may take more time.
• For precautions when connecting to a PC, see p.145.
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Camcorder indications
on the PC
If the camcorder is set to HDD or
DVD mode and connected to your PC,
it will be recognized as a disc drive.
If the camcorder is set to SD mode and
connected to a PC, it will be
recognized as a removable disc.
Hint
The icon and drive name may vary
depending on the software
environment you are using.
Note
Do not directly handle files on the
HDD or DVD in the camcorder
using Explorer/Finder. Doing so
may cause valuable image data to
be lost and damage the medium and
render it unusable. Please use the
provided software.
Handling photos
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Photos are recorded on an SD memory
card in JPEG format. Use an
application that can handle JPEG
images.
The following shows how to import
photos to your PC:
Insert an SD memory card with photos
into the camcorder, and connect it to a
PC. Double-click the removable disc
icon displayed on the screen. The
contents of the card will appear.
The photos of the card are stored in the
“DCIM” - “100*HPNX1” folder.
Drag and drop them to the PC to
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import them.
* The number may differ if the card was
recorded on another DCF conforming
device.
Operations prohibited
or unable to perform
during the connection
z Turning the power off.
z Switching to another medium on
the camcorder
(Do not move the power switch
once you have connected to the
PC.)
z HDD/DVD file operations using
Explorer/Finder
(Use the provided software.)
z Camcorder operations using the
operation buttons of the camcorder
z Ejecting a disc by pressing down
the DISC EJECT switch of the
camcorder.
„ How to remove/
replace a DVD or
remove a card during
the connection
The disc or card set in the camcorder
can be removed/replaced by operating
the connected PC without turning off
the camcorder or disconnecting the
PC.
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Removing/replacing
DVD
Windows
Select the camcorder’s drive icon
using Windows Explorer or My
Computer.
→ Click the right button on your
mouse.
→ Select “Eject”.
→ The camcorder’s disc compartment
lid will open.
If you insert a different DVD and
close the lid, the DVD will be
recognized.
Macintosh
Place the drive icon of this camcorder
(displayed on desktop) in Trash Box:
Then the lid of the camcorder’s disc
compartment will open. Load another
disc and close the lid, then the disc
will be recognized.
Removing SD memory
card
Windows
Note that the CARD ACCESS
indicator may be lit or flashing for a
while after a file on the PC is written
to the SD memory card. Wait until the
CARD ACCESS indicator goes out. It
will sometimes take several minutes.
Drag the drive icon (displayed on
desktop) and place it in the Trash.
After making sure that the icon
disappears from the desktop, remove
the SD memory card from the card slot
of the camcorder.
„ Using a PC’s DVD drive
to read a DVD
recorded on the
camcorder
If your PC’s DVD drive and software
conform to the standards of the DVD
recorded on the camcorder, you can
directly insert the DVD into the DVD
drive to use it.
Note that the DVD drive can handle
only DVDs whose types conform to
the DVD drive. You may need to
change the DVD drive depending on
the type of DVD recorded on the
camcorder.
A finalized DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
can be used with a DVD-ROM drive
(reading only).
Macintosh slot-in type drives
are not compatible with 8 cm
discs (as of August 2008). Do not
use this type of drive, since a
disc inserted by mistake cannot
be removed.
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To make sure the SD memory card is
not being accessed by the PC, check
that the CARD ACCESS indicator on
the camcorder (p.15) is not lit or
flashing. Then, remove the SD
memory card from the camcorder.
Macintosh
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Notes
• If you wish to write images onto a
new DVD-RW using your PC, do
not format the disc using the
camcorder.
• Some upright or slot load PC disc
drives are not compatible with 8
cm discs.
• Adapters to convert 8 cm into
12 cm diameter CDs (for
8 cm CDs) are not compatible for
use with 8 cm DVD-RAM/
8 cm DVD-RW/8 cm DVD-R/
8 cm +RW.
• Finalize a DVD-RW/DVD-R/
+RW recorded on the camcorder
before using it on the PC (p.120).
• Some DVD-ROM drives cannot
read a DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
recorded on the camcorder.
Click
Select “USB mass-storage device Drive(E:)” and click “STOP”.
The drive name (E:, etc.) will differ
2 according to your PC.
Confirm the device again and click
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„ Before terminating PC
connection (removing
the USB cable) and
changing the power
switch setting
Windows
Detach the USB cable from the PC.
Quit the application and click the
1 “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in
the task tray at the bottom right of
the Windows display screen.
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3 “OK”.
Disconnect the USB cable.
If an error occurs during the
Safely Remove Hardware
procedure, shut down
Windows® and detach the USB
cable.
When you are using Windows®
2000 Professional, installing
Windows® 2000 SP3 or later OS
updates may solve the problem.
For instructions on how to obtain
Windows 2000 SP3, refer to your
PC maker or Microsoft
Corporation.
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Macintosh
Firstly, dismount the camcorder’s
medium by selecting the drive icon of
the camcorder (HDD, DVD, or card),
and select “Eject” in the “File” menu.
Disconnect the USB cable.
How to Use the
Software
See p.140 if you are a Macintosh user.
Windows
How to use ImageMixer 3
ImageMixer 3 allows you to import
images recorded on the camcorder to
the PC. You can then edit video file(s),
and create a DVD-Video or DVD-VR
using the video file(s).
For movies recorded on a +RW, no
recording date/time will appear on
ImageMixer 3.
Viewing movies on the
camcorder’s HDD/ DVD
using the PC screen
* A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
recorded on this camcorder must be
finalized using this camcorder
(p.120).
Turn the camcorder’s power switch
position to the medium you wish to use
with the PC.
Then connect the camcorder to your PC
1 using the provided USB cable.
• If you want to use images
recorded on a DVD, insert the
DVD into the camcorder before
making the USB connection.
Launch ImageMixer 3.
2 When ImageMixer 3 starts up, the
launcher screen will appear.
Click “Playback/Import Video”.
Click
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The following shows the basic
operations of ImageMixer 3.
For detailed instructions about
ImageMixer 3, refer to the PDF file
instruction manual installed with the
software. To display the PDF manual,
click “Help (H)” - “ImageMixer Help
(H) F1” while ImageMixer 3 is
running.
Explanations (for example, on how to
edit video files) are described in the
PDF manual.
Note
3
To start ImageMixer 3, double-click
the ImageMixer 3 shortcut that was
created when it was installed.
* If there is no ImageMixer 3 shortcut
on the desktop, select [Start] [Programs] or [All Programs] [PIXELA] - [ImageMixer 3] [ImageMixer 3].
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Click on “Hitachi DVDCAM” on the left
side of the screen.
4 The recorded images on the
camcorder’s medium you chose
will be displayed.
Double-click the thumbnail of the
movie you wish to play back (or choose
a thumbnail and click “Playback”).
The playback screen will appear
and playback will start.
Storing movies onto a PC
and creating a
DVD-RW/DVD-R playable
on your DVD recorder/
player
Store images recorded on the
camcorder onto your PC, then you can
create a DVD that you can play back
using your DVD recorder/player.
Click
Launch ImageMixer 3.
When ImageMixer 3 starts up, the
launcher screen will appear.
Click “Create DVD-Video”.
Click
1
5
Click
Eject button
Choose an image
to play back.
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• Double-click the playback screen
for full-screen display. To exit
the full-screen display, doubleclick the screen again.
• To play back images on another
DVD, click the Eject button in
the bottom left of the library
screen with playback stopped.
The disc compartment of the
camcorder will open. Replace the
DVD.
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Click “Create New DVD”.
2 The project settings screen will
appear.
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Set up a project.
Check the project settings screen
where you can specify file save
location, video format, and
picture quality, and change the
settings if necessary. Note that
you need to select “NTSC” as a
video format for use in the USA.
Then click “OK”.
Click on a title and then select a
chapter to import to the PC.
Click the “Import” button to start the
transfer.
Repeat this step as needed to import
other chapters.
Eject button
3
Click
Click
Select “Hitachi DVDCAM (HDD)”
when the power switch is set to
“HDD”, or “Hitachi DVDCAM” when
the power switch is set to “DVD”,
then click “Import”.
Click
The “ImageMixer 3 DVD
Authoring” screen showing the
images recorded on the HDD/
DVD will appear.
• To import multiple chapters,
click the desired chapters while
holding down the Ctrl key.
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4
• To import images on another
disc, click the Eject button and
replace the disc. After a few
moments, the images on the disc
5
will appear. Repeat the
procedure to import more
images. (When images on a
DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/
+RW disc are imported, the
recording date/time will not
appear.)
• To import all chapters in a title
at one time, click “Select all” in
the editing menu at the top of
the screen, and then click the
“Import” button.
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Click the “Authoring” tab to display
the editing screen.
The video files you just imported
will appear under “Source”.
Choose the desired video file, and
click “Add titles” to register the
file.
To register a previously imported
video file (using ImageMixer 3),
click “File” to choose the folder in
which the video file is stored.
Click the “Write” tab to display the
“Write” screen.
Check the “Create disc” box, and
select the drive used for writing, and
then enter a disc name.
Click
8
Summer Memory
6
Insert a blank DVD-RW/DVD-R disc
into the PC’s DVD drive.
Click the “Write” button.
Click
• Clicking “Theme” or “Set title
menu” will allow you to change
the design of the DVD-Video
menu.
Summer Memory
9
Choose the type of disc to be created
7 (8 cm/12 cm/2-layer) using [Settings]
- [Preference].
Click
Connecting to Your PC
The confirmation screen will
appear.
After checking the settings, click
“OK”.
Writing will start.
10 When writing is complete, the
drive will open to eject the DVD.
Congratulations! Your original
DVD is now finished.
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Notes
• If a video recorded on the HDD in
this camcorder for extended
hours is too long for one disc, cut/
edit the video so that it can be
recorded on one disc. See the online instruction manual of
ImageMixer 3 for cut-editing of
videos. To display the
ImageMixer 3 manual, choose
“Help”, and then “ImageMixer 3
Help (H) F1”, while ImageMixer
3 is being executed.
Connecting to Your PC
• If you load a written DVD-RW
into the write drive, the dialog
“Are you sure you want to delete
the content of disc?” will appear.
Deleting the content of the disc
will erase all data on the disc.
Carefully check the contents of
the disc beforehand.
Choosing “Yes” will display the
disc erasure screen. After
checking it, click the “OK”
button. Once the contents on the
disc have been deleted, the disc
compartment on the camcorder
will open. Close the cover
following the message
instructions.
• If the disc contains a video file
that does not conform to DVDVideo format, the video will be
reformatted, resulting in
deterioration of image quality.
• If you click “File” - “Save
project” before writing is
complete, the operation status can
be saved as a project file. You can
open this saved project file later
to restart the operation from the
saved status.
• A project file will be saved in the
project folder that was designated
when images were saved, and the
file name will be automatically
attached.
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Macintosh
How to use ImageMixer 3 Mac
Edition for DVDCAM
ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition for
DVDCAM allows you to import
images recorded on the camcorder to a
Macintosh as a video file. You can
play back a video file, edit it and
create a DVD-Video.
The following shows the basic
operations of ImageMixer 3 Mac
Edition for DVDCAM.
Refer to the PDF manual installed
with the software for detailed
instructions of ImageMixer 3 Mac
Edition for DVDCAM.
To open the PDF manual, click “Help”
- “ImageMixer 3 Help” while
ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition is running.
Viewing movies on the
camcorder’s HDD/ DVD
using the Macintosh
screen
* A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
recorded on this camcorder must be
finalized using this camcorder
(p.120).
Turn the camcorder’s power switch
position to the medium you wish to use
with your Macintosh.
Connect the camcorder to the
1 Macintosh using the provided USB
cable.
• If you want to use images
recorded on a DVD, insert the
DVD into the camcorder before
making the USB connection.
Launch ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition by
clicking “Hitachi DVDCAM” displayed
in the left of screen.
To start ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition,
double-click the “ImageMixer 3 for
DVDCAM” icon in the Macintosh HD
(startup disk) - “Applications” “ImageMixer 3 for DVDCAM”.
The images recorded on the HDD
(DVD when DVD is chosen) will
appear.
Click
Notes
Connecting to Your PC
• The provided software cannot be
used to burn a DVD-VR (DVDRAM/DVD-RW) disc.
• With scenes recorded on a DVDRW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW
disc, no recording date/time will
appear on ImageMixer 3 Mac
Edition for DVDCAM.
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Choose the movie you wish to play
back and click “Playback”.
The playback screen will appear
and the movie will be played back.
3
Click
Choose an image
to play back.
Hint
• When connecting the camcorder
to a Macintosh for playback on a
DVD player, etc., the screen for
setting the drive region code will
appear. Set the region code that
matches your local area (“1” in
the USA”).
• Normal playback may not be
possible, depending on the record
status of the disc.
Storing movies onto
your Macintosh
ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition allows you
to import movies recorded on the
HDD/DVD of this camcorder to your
Macintosh as MPEG files.
Using ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition,
you can play back the imported video
files, combine images, cut-edit them,
and create a DVD-Video.
* A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW
recorded on this camcorder must be
finalized using this camcorder
(p.120).
Perform steps 1 to 3 in "Viewing
1 movies on the camcorder’s HDD/ DVD
using the Macintosh screen" (p.140)
141
Connecting to Your PC
The DVD player may start
automatically when you insert a
DVD in the camcorder or the
Macintosh drive. To cancel
automatic start of the DVD player:
from the “Apple” menu, choose
“System Preferences” “CDs&DVDs” - “When you insert
a video DVD” - “Ignore”.
Notes
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Choose the movie you wish to import
and click “Import” at the bottom of
screen.
Click “Library” in the top left of the
screen.
The video files imported to the
Macintosh will appear in a list as
shown below.
Importing will start.
Click
2
4
Choose an image
to import.
Click
Choose the movie you wish to import
and click “Import” at the bottom of
screen.
Importing will start.
• To play back a file, select one
from the library screen and click
the Playback button at the
bottom of screen. Also, clicking
the “Movie Edit” icon allows
you to cut-edit the video.
• Refer to the PDF instruction
manual of ImageMixer 3 for
details on use (p.140).
3
Hint
Connecting to Your PC
Choose an image
to import.
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Click
If you click “Recently Imported
Files” in “Smart Album” on the
left of the screen, only the files
recently imported will
automatically appear.
If you designate a specific
condition, such as title, Smart
Album will also automatically
display the matching video files.
For detailed use of Smart Album,
refer to “How to Use” - “Creating
Albums” - “Creating Smart
Albums” in the PDF manual.
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Creating a DVD-RW/
DVD-R playable on your
DVD recorder/player
Choose the desired video files to
include on the DVD-Video, and then
click “DVD List” at the bottom of
screen.
After storing the images recorded on
the camcorder onto your Macintosh
(p.141), you can create a DVD-Video
(DVD-RW/DVD-R) playable on your
DVD recorder/player.
1 Launch ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition.
3
Click “Library” at the top left of the
screen.
The video files imported to the
Macintosh will appear in a list as
shown below.
Choose an image
to import.
Click
Click
The DVD specification screen
will appear.
2
Choose the desired DVD menu
design, size of DVD disc to be created
(8 cm/12 cm), and picture quality.
Click “OK”.
Click
The created DVD list will be
added.
• The DVD list is registered as
“Untitled”. Double-click
“Untitled” to change the name
of the DVD list. The name of
the DVD list will become the
name of the disc.
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The writing screen will appear
after clicking “Write”.
Hints
• You can also use Album or
Smart Album to easily prepare a
DVD creation list, by choosing
the video files to create a DVDVideo with, and then clicking
“DVD List” at the bottom of the
screen.
• Even after creating a DVD list,
you can drag a video file from
the library and drop it on the
DVD list on the left of screen to
add the file.
• While a DVD list is displayed,
click the Utility Menu button at
the bottom of the screen and
select “Edit DVD List”. You
can reselect and set the DVD
menu design, the size of the
DVD disc, and the picture
Write the files to a DVD by clicking
“Write” at the bottom of the screen.
Connecting to Your PC
Before clicking “Write”, you can
double check the video files in the
DVD list. Select the video file you
wish to check and click the
Playback icon at the bottom of the
screen.
5
Click to check
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Click
Choose the drive that you use for
writing, and then click “Create”.
Writing to DVD will start.
6
Click
• If you wish to create multiple
DVDs with the same contents,
choose “Yes” for the message
“Do you want to create another
disc?” that will be displayed
after a DVD is created.
Hints
• If you load a written DVD-RW
in the write drive, the prompt
“Are you sure you want to
delete the contents of disc?” will
appear.
Deleting the content of disc will
erase all data on the disc.
Carefully check the content of
the disc before erasing.
• If the disc contains a video file
that does not conform to DVDVideo format, the video will be
formatted, resulting in
deterioration of image quality.
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„ Uninstalling the
software
Windows
Use “Control Panel” to open “Add or
Remove Applications”, select the
application to be uninstalled from the
displayed list of applications, and then
click the “Change/Remove” button.
Notes
• After uninstalling the software,
restart your PC.
• Administrative privileges are
required to conduct
uninstallation.
Macintosh
Drag and drop the following folders/
files to the Recycle Bin:
Notes
• “User” will depend on the login
user name.
• Administrative privileges are
required to conduct
uninstallation.
z When connecting the camcorder
to a PC, use the AC adapter/
charger as a power source.
Although you can also use the battery
pack, if the camcorder power is cut
during data transfer, your valuable
recorded data may be lost. If this occurs
while writing to disc, the disc will no
longer be usable.
z While accessing the camcorder
from a PC, do not plug or unplug
the cables.
If you plug or unplug the USB cable
(provided) or the power source (power
cable and DC power cord) while the
ACCESS/PC indicator or CARD
ACCESS indicator is lit or flashing,
your valuable recorded data may be lost.
If this occurs while writing to disc, the
disc will no longer be usable.
z When you connect this
camcorder to your PC, disconnect
all the cables except for the AC
adapter/charger and the USB
cable.
z Make sure the camcorder does
not overheat. (Operations
conducted with the camcorder
and PC connected should be
limited to a rough standard of
approx. 30 minutes within
environmental conditions at
approx. 86°F (30°C).)
If the camcorder overheats, camcorder
operations may not function properly. In
particular, if an error occurs while
writing to DVD-R, the disc will no
longer be usable. Make sure to prevent
the camcorder from overheating. As
extended time will be required to import
lengthy scenes recorded to the HDD to
your PC, make sure that the camcorder
does not overheat.
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Connecting to Your PC
z /Application/ImageMixer 3 for
DVDCAM
z /User/Movies/ImageMixer 3 for
DVDCAM
z /User/Library/Application
Support/ImageMixer 3 for
DVDCAM
z /User/Library/Preferences/
com.PIXELA.ImageMixer
3.DVDCAM.plist
z /Library/Receipts/ImageMixer 3
for DVDCAM.pkg
Precautions When
Connecting to a PC
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z The provided software does not
import the camcorder’s editing
features, such as the fade
settings and Playlist contents.
z If the camcorder is connected via
a USB hub or to a USB port on the
PC’s front panel or keyboard, the
camcorder may not be recognized
by the PC. If this happens,
connect the camcorder to a USB
port on the PC’s rear panel.
z If the camcorder power is off, it
cannot be connected to a PC.
z Do not use a PC application to
finalize a DVD-RW/DVD-R
recorded on this camcorder.
Doing so will make the disc
unusable.
z Although reading data from the
camcorder or writing data to the
camcorder may be possible using
software other than the provided
software, operation is not
guaranteed.
Connecting to Your PC
z If the PC is started from suspend
mode (or sleep or standby) with
the camcorder connected to the
PC, the camcorder may not be
recognized. Disconnect the
camcorder from the PC, and
restart the PC.
z Multiple camcorders cannot be
connected to the PC at the same
time.
z Although it is stated that discs
created using the provided
software can be played back on
devices compliant with those
respective disc types, playback
on all devices is not guaranteed.
There are instances when
playback is not possible
depending on the playback device
or disc recording condition.
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Contact Information
z Inquiries on the software
provided with this camcorder
should be directed to the
following.
Support Center phone numbers
for software provided:
PIXELA CORPORATION
+1-800-458-4029 (Toll-free)
+1-213-341-0163
URL:
http://www.pixela.co.jp/oem/
hitachi/e/index.html
z For inquiries on connecting a PC
to this camcorder:
Hitachi Camcorder PC Software
Support Center
URL:
http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/
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Additional Information
Ad
Optional Accessories
CAMERA ACCESSORIES
Wide conversion lens (DZ-WL1)
Tele-conversion lens (DZ-TL1)
Step-up ring (DZ-SR3037)
• When using camera accessories, be sure to read the instruction manuals for each accessory.
POWER SUPPLY
Battery (DZ-BP14SW)
Battery (DZ-BP21SW)
• Refer to the catalog for details.
• The models and specifications of the optional accessories shown on this page are subject to change,
and their production may be discontinued.
Attaching the Shoulder Strap (Commercially
Available)
Refer to the instruction manual of a shoulder strap.
Additional Information
Pass the shoulder strap ends through
the loops of the hand strap.
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Error Messages
If an error message appears while operating the camcorder, refer to the following table
for details and remedies. Messages are arranged in alphabetical order.
Cause & Troubleshooting
Reference
page
(1) Data error in a
part of image file.
Repair data now?
(2) Found error in
image file. Repair
data now?
(3) Data error in all
image file. Repair all
data now?
The system cannot normally complete writing of a file if
the power is turned off for some reason during recording
or editing. Selecting “YES” will automatically repair the
video file, but even if “NO” is selected, the same message
will appear when the camcorder is turned on next time.
(Do not remove the disc while the camcorder is
recognizing it. Removing the disc will deactivate the file
repair function.)
Follow the instructions on screen, taking note of the
following cautions:
• Be sure to use the AC adapter/charger to power the
camcorder when repairing data. Repair is not possible
using a battery. If a battery is attached, turn the power
switch off, connect the AC adapter/charger, and then
turn the power back on and follow the on-screen
instructions.
• If message (1) appears when using the HDD, a battery
can be used for repair (if the battery charge indicator
shows more than half charged).
• Repair will normally take several minutes, but it may
take up to one hour.
• Data may not be repaired, depending on the timing
when power was turned off.
• Data may not be repaired normally if data recorded on
another recorder is mixed in.
• The repaired data may differ from the original recorded
content due to deleted defects.
• Since the date/time for repair is added to the repaired
data (only the corrected portion for partial repair), the
original date/time information will be lost.
• Since all movies, and then all stills, are repaired, the
order of recorded contents will be lost in case of
message (2) or (3) only.
• See *1 on p.156.
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Additional Information
Message
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Message
Cause & Troubleshooting
(1) DVD is not
A DVD-RW/+RW disc that was formatted on a PC, but
formatted. Format
not for camera use is inserted.
the DVD now?
(2) DVD Format.
Select record format.
(Displayed only
when DVD-RW is
used.)
All scenes are
already dubbed.
Please use other Dub
Mode.
This message will appear if you attempt to a “New”
dubbing when there are no un-dubbed scenes on the
HDD. Turn off the dubbed marks on scene(s) you want to
dub, or select another dubbing method.
Auto finalizing...
Please wait...
This message will appear when a +RW disc is removed
after recording, or the last recorded scene was deleted.
The auto-finalized +RW can be played back on a DVD
recorder/player.
Cannot combine
scene.
Only consecutive scenes can be combined.
Cannot combine
Scenes in different programs (different recording dates)
scene of multiple
cannot be combined. Create a Playlist first, and then
programs. Create
combine such scenes on the playlist.
PlayList first, and
then combine scenes.
Cannot combine.
Deselect PHOTO
scenes.
Only movies can be combined.
Cannot combine.
Select multiple
scenes.
Select a range of at least 2 consecutive scenes to be
combined.
Cannot delete
scenes.
Part of a divided scene is selected for deletion.
Recombine the divided scene, and then delete it.
Reference
page
36
82, 86
118
105
96, 105
105
105
105
103
Cannot execute.
Change display
category to All.
This message will appear if you attempt to combine or
move scenes with “Category. VIDEO or PHOTO”
specified.
114
Cannot execute.
Unselect multiple
scenes.
Division or change in thumbnail was attempted when
multiple scenes were selected.
Cannot read DVD.
Check dirt/crack/
both-sides contrary/
inserted correctly.
Error occurred while the disc was being recognized.
Make sure that there is no scratch or dirt on disc, that the
surface/back of disc is not reversed, and that the disc is
firmly pushed against the turntable. See *3 and *4 on
p.156 for troubleshooting.
49
11, 170
149
Additional Information
Cannot divide scene. This message will appear when the scene is extremely
short due to repeated divisions.
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Message
Cause & Troubleshooting
Reference
page
CANNOT RECORD • This message will appear when the PHOTO/SELECT
PHOTOS
button is pressed with the power switch set to “HDD”
or “DVD”.
• Photos cannot be recorded in HDD or DVD mode. Use
a card to record photos in SD mode.
27
CANNOT RECORD This message will appear when the REC button is pressed
VIDEO
with the power switch set to “SD”.
24, 25
Additional Information
Cannot replace
thumbnail on
PHOTO scenes.
The thumbnail of a still cannot be changed.
Only thumbnails of movies can be changed.
Cannot select any
more scenes.
The maximum number of selectable scenes is 999.
CANNOT SLEEP
MODE
The camcorder can only enter sleep mode from record
pause mode. The following conditions may also apply:
• No DVD is loaded, but the power switch is set to
“DVD”.
• No card is loaded, but the power switch is set to “SD”.
• The HDD, DVD, or card has no remaining space.
• The HDD/DVD is protected.
41
CARD ALMOST
FULL
Remaining space is only enough to record less than 10
stills.
Delete unnecessary stills and try the card, or use another
card.
102, 176
Card error has
occurred.
• The card terminals may be dirty. Wipe off dirt, and try
the card again, or use another card.
• Data other than still image may be included. Use
another card.
33
Card error has
occurred.
Format the card
now?
The card may have been formatted on a PC, or formatting
may have been interrupted. Select “YES” to format the
card.
Card error has
occurred.
Formatting is not
complete.
The card may be damaged. Try again or use another card.
Card error has
occurred. Keep card
inside & restart.
Card error could have occurred during editing of scenes.
Turn off the camcorder with the card inserted, connect the
AC adapter/charger, and then turn it on again.
—
112
33
Card full.
Delete unnecessary stills, or use another card.
Card is not
formatted.
Format the card
now?
Was the card formatted on PC? Select “YES” to format
the card.
CHECK CARD
The inserted card cannot be used in this camcorder. Use
another card.
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108
38
102, 176
112
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Message
CHECK DVD
Cause & Troubleshooting
• A disc unusable on this camcorder may have been
inserted or the disc may be damaged.
• Make sure that the type of disc is correct, and that the
disc is not write-protected.
Reference
page
32, 113
CHECK HDD
• Check to see whether the HDD is write-protected.
Otherwise, the HDD may be destroyed.
113
Control Information
Error.
Scenes may have been edited on another device, etc.
Update the control information.
162
• Use another disc.
• See *3 and *4 on p.156.
—
The video signal input to this camcorder may be copyguarded.
Some prerecorded video materials, such as movies, are
guarded against copying.
Copy-guarded materials cannot be recorded on this
camcorder.
123
COPY
PROTECTED
Dubbing is not
complete.
This message will appear when dubbing has failed.
DVD error has
occurred.
• Use another disc.
• See *3 and *4 on p.156.
—
• A mismatch in recording information may be caused
when editing is done on another device.
Format the disc or use another disc.
• Formatting the disc will erase all data on it.
112
• Disc error occurred during finalizing, and finalizing
failed. Replace the disc.
• See *3 on p.156.
120
DVD error has
• Was the disc formatted on a PC, or formatting
occurred. Format the
interrupted?
DVD now?
Select “YES” to format the disc. Formatting the disc
will erase all data on it.
• See *2 on p.156.
112
DVD error has
The disc may be dirty.
occurred. Formatting Remove the disc and wipe off fingerprints, dust, etc.,
is not complete.
before reusing it, or use another disc.
This message may also appear if you insert a disc for
which formatting was interrupted midway. In this case,
try formatting the disc or use another one.
112, 170
DVD error has
Disc error could have occurred during editing of scenes.
occurred. Keep DVD Turn off the camcorder with the disc being used in it,
inside & restart.
connect AC adapter/charger, and then power the
camcorder again. Repair of scenes will be tried.
38
DVD error has
occurred. Finalizing
is not complete.
—
Additional Information
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Message
Cause & Troubleshooting
Reference
page
DVD error has
occurred.
Please keep DVD
inside and set power
switch to “DVD”.
This message appears if a disc error has occurred during
dubbing.
Leave the disc inserted and turn the power off. Connect
the AC adapter/charger to the camcorder and set the
power switch to “DVD”. The video file will be repaired.
DVD error has
occurred.
Unfinalizing is not
complete.
This message will appear when a disc error occurs during
the unfinalization process. Replace the disc.
DVD full. Cannot
execute.
This message will appear if the capacity of the scene
selected is larger than the free space on the disc. Select
another scene, or use another DVD.
DVD must be
finalized before it
can be played back
on DVD player or
DVD recorder.
• This message will appear if you remove a DVD-RW
(VF mode)/DVD-R disc that has not been finalized.
• See *5 on p.156.
Drive overheat.
Please retry later.
The temperature inside the camcorder is too high. In this
case, proper writing/reading HDD/DVD may not be
possible. Turn off the power, then wait for a while.
—
DVD-R* cannot dub With a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW disc, video
the scene recorded in cannot be recorded with a combination of movie quality
STD mode and 16:9. “STD” and 16:9 mode “On”. Use a DVD-RAM or DVDRW (VR mode) disc for dubbing.
* “DVD-RW (VF)” will appear when using a DVD-RW
(VF mode) disc, and “+RW” will appear when using a
+RW disc.
76
26, 38
121
80
118
Additional Information
DVD-R*, Different
video mode, 16:9
and 4:3 mode cannot
exist together.
With a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R disc, the movie
quality mode and 16:9 mode cannot be changed in the
middle of a disc. Change the movie to be dubbed or
replace the disc with a DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR
mode)/+RW disc.
* “DVD-RW (VF)” will appear when using a DVD-RW
(VF mode) disc.
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DVD-R*, 16:9 mode
cannot be changed,
when Video mode is
STD.
With DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW discs, the
setting of 16:9 mode is not possible when the Video mode
is STD.
* “DVD-RW (VF)” will appear when using a DVD-RW
(VF mode) disc, and “+RW” will appear when using a
+RW disc.
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DVD-R*, Input
Source cannot be
changed.
Once a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R has been recorded
in 16:9 mode, the input source cannot be changed.
* “DVD-RW (VF)” will appear when using a DVD-RW
(VF mode) disc.
77
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Message
Cause & Troubleshooting
DVD-R*, Video
With DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R discs, once the movie
mode and 16:9 mode quality and 16:9 mode are used for recording, they cannot
cannot be changed. be changed.
* “DVD-RW (VF)” will appear when using a DVD-RW
(VF mode) disc.
Reference
page
76
END OF CARD
No more recording on this card can be done. Delete
unnecessary stills or use another card.
Error occurred.
Please format HDD.
An HDD error occurred which cannot be repaired. The
HDD must be re-formatted. All data will be deleted.
112
Error occurred.
Please replace DVD
or format DVD.
• An error has occurred with the inserted DVD-RAM/
DVD-RW/+RW disc which cannot be repaired.
The disc must be re-formatted. Or, use the another disc.
Formatting the disc will erase all data on it.
• See *2 on p.156.
112
Error occurred.
An error has occurred with the inserted DVD-R disc
Please replace DVD. which cannot be repaired. Replace the disc.
102, 176
—
Finalize may not be
complete. Finalize
again now?
This message will appear when power is supplied again
and the disc is reinserted after power was shut off during
finalization due to a power failure, etc. Select “YES” to
make sure finalizing is complete.
120
HDD/DVD
ALMOST FULL
The remaining free space of the HDD/DVD is less than
one minute for video. Delete unwanted scenes, or use
another disc.
102, 175
HDD full.
Cannot execute.
Delete unwanted scenes.
HDD/DVD has no
data.
This message will appear when an attempt is made to
dub, playback, or editing with Disc Navigation when no
scene has been recorded.
—
HDD/DVD has no
PlayList.
The Playlist menu was selected in Disc Navigation, but
no playlists are stored.
97
HDD/DVD includes The disc may be software protected from a device other
protected scenes.
than this camcorder. To release, use the device that
Delete scenes?
executed the software-protect.
—
102
The number of entered scenes has reached the limit that
can be entered, so the control information for generating
thumbnails cannot be added.
Combine several scenes or delete them.
102, 105
HDD error has
occurred.
Format the HDD before using the camcorder.
Formatting the HDD will delete all data recorded on it.
112
HDD error has
Did you interrupt the formatting of the HDD?
occurred. Format the Select “YES”, and then format the HDD.
HDD now?
Formatting the HDD will delete all data recorded on it.
112
153
Additional Information
HDD/DVD is full.
Cannot add control
info.
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Message
Cause & Troubleshooting
HDD error has
Did you interrupt the formatting of the HDD?
occurred. Formatting Press the RESET button to execute system reset.
is not complete.
HDD error has
occurred. Restart.
NO DVD
172
An HDD error probably occurred during editing of a
video file.
Turn off this camcorder, and then connect the AC
adapter/charger and turn the power switch to “HDD”.
The video file will be repaired.
38
This message may appear when the camcorder or disc is
moved from a cold place to a warm place.
Condensation has occurred on the lens or the HDD/DVD
drive. Do not remove the disc; leave the camcorder
turned off in a dry place for 1 – 2 hours.
168
Insert a disc.
34
• The disc is not inserted correctly.
Push the disc against the turntable at the center until a
click is heard.
• See *3 and *4 on p.156.
34
Is the disc inserted upside down?
Insert the disc with the recording side facing inward to
the camcorder body.
No more scenes.
• All scenes were deleted from the playlist.
PlayList was deleted. • If all registered scenes of a playlist are deselected, the
playlist will be deleted and no options can be set.
PlayList over limit.
Reference
page
11, 34
—
Additional Information
The maximum number of playlists is already reached. No
more playlists can be created or copied.
95
Same scenes on Play This will appear when scenes to be deleted from a
List will be deleted. program on the HDD or disc are linked to a playlist. (This
Delete scenes?
message will not appear if you deselect the scenes from
the playlist.)
99
Scene No.xxx is too
large. Please divide
this scene before
dubbing.
This message will appear during all scene dubbing if the
data size of the scene to be dubbed is larger than the free
space on one disc (approx. 1.4 GB, approx. 30 minutes in
FINE mode). Divide the scene, and then dub it.
103
Scenes over limit.
Cannot add scenes.
The number of scenes entered in a playlist has reached
the limit that can be entered.
Delete unnecessary scenes.
Scenes over limit.
The number of entered scenes has reached the limit that
Cannot divide scene. can be entered.
Delete unnecessary scenes.
Stop processing.
154
The C button was pressed to stop processing of multiple
scenes.
95, 99
95, 99
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Cause & Troubleshooting
Reference
page
There was no scene
which can be
deleted.
This message will appear if you try to delete multiple
scenes with Disc Navigation when all the selected scenes
have been locked. Release the lock on scenes before
deleting.
102, 110
The scene from
which Video mode/
Wide mode differs
cannot combine.
If the power switch is set to “HDD”, scenes with different
VIDEO Modes and aspect ratios (16:9/4:3) cannot be
combined.
The temperature of
HDD is outside the
operating
temperature range.
Please retry later.
This message will appear if the temperature of the HDD
in this camcorder is outside the operating temperature
range. Turn the camcorder off and wait for a while. The
temperature will be effectively decreased if the
camcorder is placed in a well-ventilated spot.
The temperature of
HDD is outside the
operating
temperature range.
Turn off power.
This message will appear if the temperature of the HDD
is outside the operating temperature range. Recording on
a disc may be possible even if this message is displayed.
Message
This DVD cannot be A disc that cannot be used on this camcorder has been
used. Please replace loaded. Check the type of disc.
DVD.
This DVD is
This camcorder can use only discs recorded in the NTSC
recorded by the PAL system. A disc recorded in the PAL system cannot be
system. Please
used.
replace DVD.
UNFORMAT DVD
105
167, 174
167, 174
31, 32
—
The disc is not formatted or it is damaged.
If this message appears, be sure to format the disc on this
camcorder before using it.
Re-formatting even a disc used on this camcorder may be
necessary (formatting will erase all recorded contents on
the disc). If this message appears, try to format the disc.
If the same message still appears, the disc may be
damaged. Use another disc.
112
See *2 on p.156.
—
The HDD may not be formatted or it may be destroyed.
Use AC adapter/
charger.
No dubbing, HDD deletion, or disc finalization is
possible with a battery. Use the AC adapter/charger.
Use AC adapter/
charger.
Turn off power.
Scenes cannot be repaired when the camcorder is
powered by a battery.
If the AC adapter/charger is unavailable in handy place,
remove the disc, use the opposite side (for double sided
discs), or use another disc. Repair the disc later when you
can connect the AC adapter/charger.
38
Write protected.
Check card.
A card with the erase prevention switch locked is
inserted. Unlock the switch.
33
—
38, 80, 120,
171
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Additional Information
UNFORMAT HDD
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Message
Write protected.
Check HDD/DVD.
Cause & Troubleshooting
The HDD or disc is write-protected. Use the Disc
Navigation menu to release the protection.
Reference
page
113
*1
• This message may also appear if the disc is dirty. If this message appears when a recorded disc is
recognized immediately after it is inserted, do not repair the disc; remove it and then use a soft cloth
to clean off the dirt before using it.
• This message may also appear when condensation occurs. In this case, do not repair the disc; turn
the camcorder off, wait until it dries out, and then turn it on again.
• If the repair message appears when you turn the camcorder on from off with a disc loaded after
recording on it, select repair.
• If the repair message appears when recording and playback are normally possible with another disc
– and no condensation has occurred, and the disc is not dirty – select repair.
*2
• This message may also appear if the disc is dirty. In this case, do not format the disc. Remove it and
then use a soft cloth to clean off the dirt before using it.
• This message may also appear when condensation occurs. In this case, do not format the disc; turn
the camcorder off, wait until it dries out, and then turn it on again.
• Formatting will delete all data on the disc.
*3
• This message may also appear when the disc is dirty. Remove the disc and then use a soft cloth to
clean off the dirt before using it.
• This message may also appear when condensation occurs. Wait until the camcorder dries out, and
then turn it on again.
*4
• This message will appear when a single-sided disc is inserted the wrong way (upside down).
Reinsert the disc correctly. (Insert the disc with the label printed surface facing toward the outside.)
*5
• Do not insert a DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R disc that has not been finalized into any DVD
recorder. The disc may become unusable.
Additional Information
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Troubleshooting
If you have any trouble with your camcorder, first use this troubleshooting guide to try to
solve the problem. If the problem persists, consult your dealer. Do not attempt to make
any physical repairs yourself.
Power supplies
Symptom
Battery cannot be
charged.
Cause and Correction
Is the DC power cord connected to the AC adapter/
charger? Unplug it.
Is the battery abnormally hot?
Remove the battery, leave it for a while to cool down,
then charge it.
Is the ambient temperature too low or too high?
Charge the battery at 50 – 86ºF (10 – 30ºC).
Has the battery been unused for a long time?
Remove the battery, and then reattach it.
If the battery does not charge after trying all of the above,
it may be dead. Purchase a new battery.
Battery weakens fast. Are you using the camcorder where the temperature is
low?
A fully charged battery (DZ-BP14S/DZ-BP14SW/DZBP21SW) may be discharged sooner than usual at low
temperatures. Keep extra batteries on hand.
Battery may be dead.
The performance of the battery will deteriorate if it is
used for an extended period of time or frequently.
Purchase a new battery.
The CHARGE
indicator on AC
adapter/charger is
flashing.
21, 38
—
38, 147
37
39, 147
21
Additional Information
Is the ambient temperature too low or too high?
Charge the battery at 50 – 86ºF (10 – 30ºC).
If the battery is completely drained (for example, if it has
not been used for over a year), it may take longer to begin
charging. Continue charging: after awhile, the battery
may recover enough voltage to begin charging normally
and the CHARGE indicator will light.
Reference
page
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Symptom
Power turns off
immediately after
being turned on.
Cause and Correction
Reference
page
Is the battery charged?
Charge it.
When power is
turned on, the LCD
screen will turn on
and off.
37
The ACCESS/PC
indicator is flashing,
even though nothing
is displayed on the
LCD monitor screen.
Is Power Save set to “On”?
If the camcorder is on battery power and set to “Power
Save: On”, and is left for up to 5 minutes (default setting)
without being operated, it will automatically turn off to
save battery power. To restart recording, turn the power
off and then turn it on again. You can also specify “Power
Save: Off” to stop automatic power off.
60
Is the camcorder set to the sleep mode? If 30 minutes or
more has elapsed with the camcorder in the sleep mode, it
will automatically turn off. Set the power switch to
“OFF”, and then turn it on again.
41
Power cannot be
turned off.
Detach the battery pack or disconnect the AC adapter/
charger, then press RESET. And then, turn on the power
again.
38, 172
Even if the
camcorder is off,
opening the cover
will cause the
ACCESS/PC
indicator to flash.
The camcorder will automatically turn on to recognize a
disc. Closing the cover will automatically turn the
camcorder off again.
Power goes off
unexpectedly.
Additional Information
158
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During recording
Cause and Correction
Reference
page
• Check to see whether the proper type of DVD is
loaded.
• Set the power switch to “HDD” or “DVD”.
• If the externally input image is copy-guarded, it cannot
be recorded. (DZ-HS903A)
• If the HDD/DVD is protected, cancel protection.
• No recording can be done on a finalized disc.
• Check the remaining free space on the HDD/DVD.
• If, when using a +RW disc, recorded scenes are very
short or you frequently switch the video quality,
recording may not be possible even when the disc has
remaining space.
31, 40,
113, 114,
120, 123
Symptom
Pressing the record
button will not start
recording.
Recording starts but
stops immediately.
Is the disc scratched or dirty?
Clean the disc. If there is still no improvement, replace
the disc.
170
Is some other AV device directly connected to the video/
audio input/output jack of this camcorder?
If the AV device is connected via several other devices,
such as an AV selector, the video signal may not be
transmitted correctly. In such a case, reduce the number
of devices through which the video signal is transmitted,
or connect the AV device directly. (DZ-HS903A)
122
Are you attempting to record images from a video game
or PC?
From some video games or PCs, images cannot be
recorded on this camcorder. (DZ-HS903A)
—
No photo can be
recorded
•
•
•
•
Check to see whether the proper type of card is loaded.
Turn the power switch to “SD”.
If the card is locked, unlock it.
Check the remaining free space on the card.
The LCD screen is
hard to see.
Has the brightness of the LCD screen been adjusted?
Stop recording and adjust the brightness.
20
The recording
subject darkens.
If there is bright light behind the recording subject (such
as a window, lighting, the sun, etc.), the subject will
become dark. Change the recording direction or use the
Backlight Compensation feature.
67
Brightness changes
during recording.
If background brightness changes, the brightness of the
subject also changes because of the camcorder’s auto
exposure feature. Record the subject avoiding sudden
changes in background brightness.
—
The edge of a bright
object or a border
line of a dark object
is colored.
This is not a malfunction. Avoid extreme difference in
brightness by, for example, changing recording direction.
33, 45, 114
Additional Information
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Symptom
Cause and Correction
Reference
page
Recorded subjects
moving rapidly are
blurred during
playback pause.
For subjects moving rapidly, select “Sports” from the
Program AE options. If you record in a bright
environment, you can reduce blur.
Recording level
changes.
This is not a malfunction. The camcorder automatically
adjusts the recording level according to the loudness of
recorded sounds. You cannot adjust recording level
manually.
—
The LCD screen
appears unevenly.
Did you press the LCD monitor or the area around it?
If the LCD monitor is pressed, some distortion will occur.
Release your hand and leave the LCD monitor for a
while. The LCD screen will recover.
—
Focus is not correct.
Is it difficult to use auto focus with your subject?
Focus manually.
65
Does the manual focus icon appear?
The camcorder is set to manual focus. Focus the subject
manually, or release manual focus.
64
If the above causes do not apply, turn off the power and
turn it on again.
—
An error message for Follow the on-screen instructions to repair.
repair appears.
You must connect the AC adapter/charger to the
camcorder to make repairs. However, as an exception, if
you are using the HDD and an error occurs in part of a
movie file, you can also use the battery pack for repair (if
the battery charge indicator shows more than half
charge).
Depending on the situation, it could take from a few
minutes to several hours for repair. If you wish to start
recording immediately, replace the disc, and do the repair
later. The removed disc can be repaired after you connect
the AC adapter/charger to the camcorder.
Additional Information
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67
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During playback
Symptom
Recognition of the
disc does not
complete.
Cause and Correction
Is the disc dirty?
Use a soft cloth to clean it.
Reference
page
170
Pressing the
Was the image recorded by another device?
playback button will Playback of some images recorded on other devices may
not start playback.
be impossible on this camcorder.
—
Has a scene been edited on another device?
If a scene recorded on this camcorder is edited on another
device, playback may not be possible on this camcorder.
—
Is the TV input selector set correctly?
Some TVs have multiple video input jacks. Check
whether the correct input was selected on the TV to
match the connected jacks. If the camcorder is connected
to a VCR, set its input selector to “external input
(LINE)”.
116
Is the camcorder connected to the TV correctly?
Check the connections.
115
No playback picture
appears on the TV
screen.
Have you connected the camcorder to a 4:3 TV that does
not support the wide mode feature? In such a case, set the
“TV Type” setting of the camcorder to “4:3”.
117
Playback picture is
momentarily
interrupted.
Is the disc scratched or dirty?
Clean the disc.
170
Movie playback
quality is poor
Was the image input from an analog VCR (VHS, 8 mm)
and recorded?
The problem may be improved if a VCR equipped with a
TBC circuit is used for playback. (DZ-HS903A)
—
Still picture is very
blurred.
Was recording of external input made with “Frame”
specified?
Specify “Field” for “PHOTO Input” in the record
functions setup menu. (DZ-HS903A)
78
No sound.
If you are viewing images on a TV, is the TV volume
control set correctly? Adjust the TV volume.
116
Disc Navigation
thumbnails do not
appear.
The original image may have been distorted when
recorded through the AV/S terminal. Record image again,
without noise or distortion.
—
Additional Information
Images recorded in
“16:9” (wide) mode
are vertically
distorted on the TV
screen.
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Cause and Correction
Reference
page
DVD-RAM, DVD-RW(VR mode) recorded on this
camcorder and edited on another device may not be
displayed normally in the disc navigation screen. In this
event, use “Update control info.”.
If too much time is required to display the HDD disc
navigation screen, try the following.
1 Press
, then press MENU.
2 Select “Disc setting” or “HDD setting” by pressing c,
then press the confirmation button.
The “Update Control info.” confirmation screen
appears.
3 Select “YES” by pressing d, then press the
confirmation button.
Update of control information will begin. While
“Updating...” is being displayed, a black screen may
appear (and time may be required).
(There are some DVD which cannot be used even by
following the above procedures.)
—
Symptom
Not displayed
normally in the disc
navigation screen.
Photos on a card
cannot be played
back.
This camcorder can play back images from an SD
memory card recorded on other digital cameras
conforming to the DCF (Design rule for Camera File
system) standard. The playable pixel range of image data
on this camcorder is from 80×60 to 4000×3000
(horizontal/vertical). If the pixel data is outside this
range, blue thumbnails will appear (thumbnails* in “Fig.
1”), meaning the image is unplayable.
Fig. 1
A l l scenes
1/ 6
—
PLAY
PHOTO
SELECT
*
Additional Information
Even when the number of pixels is within the above
range, playback may not be possible, depending on the
recording status of the digital cameras used.
DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) is a unified
image file format for digital cameras. Image files
recorded using digital devices conforming to DCF can be
used in these devices interchangeably.
It takes some time to Stills with a large number of pixels will take more time to
play back photos on appear.
card.
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When the camcorder is connected to a PC
Symptom
The PC does not
recognize the
camcorder.
Cause and Correction
Reference
page
Check that the camcorder’s power switch is set to “HDD”
or “DVD”.
22
Turn the PC off and disconnect the USB cable. Then turn
the PC back on and reconnect the cable.
—
Make sure the cable is connected properly to both the PC
and the camcorder.
131
An error occurs
while playing back
movies recorded on
the camcorder using
the PC.
If error occurs with the USB connection, the transfer rate
is not sufficient. It is recommended that you use a USB
terminal conforming to USB2.0 when connecting the
camcorder.
The software does
not run correctly on
the PC.
Turn the PC and camcorder off, and try again.
An error occurs
during writing to a
disc.
The temperature of the camcorder is too high due to
continuous operation.
Disconnect the camcorder from the PC, remove the disc
from the camcorder, and then turn it off. After a few
moments, connect them again and write to a brand-new
disc.
134
Transfer of images
stops.
Connect the camcorder to another USB terminal of the
PC. If your PC is a desktop type, it is recommended that
you use a USB terminal on the back of the PC. If you are
using USB2.0 extended card, it is also recommended that
you install the newest version driver provided by the
USB2.0 card maker.
126
Is the disc scratched or dirty?
Clean the disc.
170
The DVD drive of
the PC cannot be
used after the
provided software
was installed.
Do you use another software application to edit/write
DVD? There may be a conflict between that software and
the ImageMixer 3 software. This problem may be solved
if you update the other DVD editing/creating software of
your PC.
—
An error appears
when starting
ImageMixer 3.
Make sure that your PC display adapter (video card)
conforms to Direct X® 9.0c.
126
—
Additional Information
The DISC EJECT While the camcorder is connected to the PC, use Explorer
switch does not work to right-click the camcorder drive icon and select “Eject”.
when the camcorder
is connected to a PC.
126
132
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Symptom
Cause and Correction
No sound is heard
when an MPEG file
imported into
Macintosh is played
back on QuickTime
with an MPEG 2
playback component
adopted.
Since an MPEG file imported into Macintosh using
ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition for DVDCAM uses the audio
format of AC3 audio, no audio will be played back even
if the QuickTime MPEG-2 playback component is
introduced. Only video will be played back. Use
ImageMixer 3 Mac Edition for DVDCAM for playback.
When the time stamp
of a file on a disc is
viewed on a PC, it is
different from the
actual recording
time.
The file system of this camcorder is operated on
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and time lag information
has not been set. With Windows® as of August 2008, the
time stamp of files viewed on Explorer looks different
from the actual recording time. The actual recording time
will appear for the date/time indication on the playback
screen.
It takes a long time
to save a video
edited on the video
editor of ImageMixer
3.
If you are editing a video file whose contents are different
from those of the project settings, it may take some time,
since the entire video file must be re-encoded. Reconfirm
the project settings.
Cannot import from Before importing, disconnect the camcorder from the PC
a DVD-R/DVD-RW. and finalize the DVD-R/DVD-RW. (Note that you cannot
add recordings to a finalized DVD-R/DVD-RW.)
Reference
page
125
—
—
118
“Hardware
Removal” results in
error.
Exit Windows®, and then disconnect the camcorder.
If your PC uses Windows® 2000 Professional, the
problem may be solved if you install Windows® 2000
SP3 or later.
134
No USB2.0 HS (high
speed) connection
even when USB2.0
card is used.
Make sure that you have already installed the driver
provided with the USB2.0 card.
You will need to install the driver provided by USB2.0
card maker in order to operate the USB2.0 card at HS
(high speed).
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Additional Information
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Miscellaneous
Symptom
The camcorder does
not work.
Cause and Correction
Is a fully charged battery attached?
Is the camcorder powered from an AC outlet?
Connect a power source.
Power does not come Press RESET, then turn on the power again.
on, or no operation
Has the camcorder been subjected to impact?
occurs by pressing
The camcorder could be damaged. Consult your dealer.
any button.
Reference
page
21, 38
172
—
The date and time
are incorrect.
Has the camcorder been left unused for a long period of
time?
The internal backup memory battery may be discharged.
Connect the AC power adapter/charger to recharge it.
60
Pressing QUICK
START does not
enter sleep mode.
• The camcorder enters sleep mode when QUICK
START is pressed only while in record pause mode.
• Check the following causes:
- there is no disc in the camcorder while the power
switch is set to “DVD”.
- there is no SD memory card in the camcorder while
the power switch is set to “SD”.
- the HDD, disc, or card does not have sufficient
remaining free space.
- An usable disc or card is inserted.
- the disc navigation screen is appearing.
- during playback
41
Is the cursor placed on the scene to be deleted?
If the selected scene is framed in red, it can be deleted,
even if you use yellow cursor to select the scene. Check
the colors of the cursor and bar graph on the thumbnail
screen.
49
No scene can be
deleted.
Disc cannot be
removed.
(Lid will not open.)
Attach a fully-charged battery or connect the AC adapter/
charger to the camcorder. Turn the power switch to “Off”.
Remove the disc.
Additional Information
DVD-RW (VF
Finalize the DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/+RW using
mode)/DVD-R/+RW the camcorder.
recorded/dubbed on
the camcorder is not
playable.
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118
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Symptom
The remote control
does not operate.
Cause and Correction
Do you operate the remote control toward the remote
control receiver of the camcorder?
16
If the camcorder’s remote control receiver is exposed to
strong light such as direct sunshine or fluorescent light,
the remote control does not work.
Adjust the position or angle of the camcorder.
—
Is the lithium battery inserted in the remote control?
Check that the polarization of the lithium battery is
correctly set.
The lithium battery may be empty. Replace the battery to
a new one.
17
Is the camcorder powered on? If not, turn on the
camcorder.
22
Disc compartment
Is the disc correctly inserted?
lid cannot be closed. Remove the disc and then reinsert it.
Connect a fully charged battery or AC adapter/charger,
and then turn the camcorder on and try again.
Operating noise is
heard.
Reference
page
This is not a fault. A quiet operating sound is heard as the
disc rotates during recording or playback, etc.
34
21, 38
—
Additional Information
Some vibrations are These vibrations or sound are caused by HDD/DVD
felt or slight sound is drive. This does not indicate a fault.
heard from
mechanism.
—
• No operation can
be performed
because the
ACCESS/PC or
CARD ACCESS
indicator on this
camcorder remains
lit or flashing.
• After a disc or
card is inserted, it
takes some time
until recording is
possible.
—
In the following cases, it will take more time than usual
until operation is possible:
• Immediately after a disc or card is inserted.
• When a long time has elapsed since the camcorder was
turned off last.
• When the temperature is greatly different from the
status of previous recording.
• When a scratched or dirty disc is inserted.
• When the camcorder is subjected to strong vibrations.
• When the battery or DC power cord was disconnected
before turning the power switch off.
No image appears on • Is the camcorder set to sleep mode?
the LCD screen.
Press QUICK START to release sleep mode.
• In playback mode, did the last scene viewed end in a
wipe to black edit?
Press
.
• Is camcorder connected to a PC?
Unplug the USB cable.
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Additional Information
Cautions on Use of this Product
- Be sure to read this information z Cautions on the HDD
Save the data recorded on HDD.
• To back up the data recorded on HDD, save it on a DVD.
It is also recommended that you use this camcorder to dub the data. You can also use a
PC to save the data on a DVD.
• It is recommended that you periodically save your recordings.
Carefully check the temperature of this camcorder.
• If the temperature of this camcorder is too high or too low, normal recording or
playback may not be possible.
• If the temperature of this camcorder is too high or too low, the message “The
temperature of HDD is outside the operating temperature range. Turn off power.” may
appear. Even if this happens, a DVD may be usable. So it is recommended that you
carry a spare DVD even if you intend to record on the HDD.
Do not place this camcorder near a magnet or magnetic field.
• If you so, recording, playback or dubbing may not be possible.
Do not subject the camcorder to impacts.
• This camcorder cannot be used while sky diving, riding on a roller coaster, bungee
jumping, or other situations where weightless or large impacts may ensue.
z Cautions on use
This camcorder is not intended for professional-use.
• The camcorder is designed and produced for home-use recording and playback. Do not
use the camcorder for professional applications.
• The camcorder cannot be used for a long time continuously as a surveillance camera/
monitor. If you use it for a long continuous period of time, the temperature of the
camcorder could exceed the limit and the recording/playback operation may slow down
or other faults could occur. If this happens, turn it off and wait for a while before using
it again.
• Do not hold the LCD monitor when lifting the camcorder.
The LCD monitor could detach and the camcorder may fall.
• Do not press its surface with force, hit it or prick it with a sharp object.
• If you push the LCD surface, unevenness in display may occur. If unevenness does not
disappear soon, turn the camcorder off, wait for a few moments, and then turn it on
again.
• Do not place the camcorder with the open LCD monitor down.
• Close the LCD monitor when not using the camcorder.
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Additional Information
The LCD is a very delicate display device.
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Liquid crystal display (LCD)
• The LCD monitor is the product of highly precise technology. Among the total number
of pixels (approx. 120,000 pixels for the LCD monitor), 0.01% or less pixels may be
missing (black dots) or may remain lit as colored dots (red, blue, green). This shows
the limitations of the current technology, and does not indicate a fault that will interfere
with recording.
Do not subject the camcorder to impact.
• This camcorder is a precision machine. Take great care that you do not strike it against
a hard object or let it fall.
• When using a tripod, firmly secure the camcorder on it. Do not use the camcorder with
a tripod in a place where it is subject to severe vibrations or impact.
Do not point directly at the sun.
• If direct sunlight strikes the lens, the camcorder could malfunction or a fire could
occur.
• Do not leave the camcorder with the LCD monitor exposed to direct sunlight: This
could cause malfunctions.
No sand or dust!
• Fine sand or dust entering the camcorder or AC adapter/charger could cause
malfunctions or defects.
Heat on surface of product
• As the disc mechanism will be very hot immediately after use, do not touch the
metallic parts.
• The surfaces of the camcorder, AC adapter/charger and battery will be slightly warm,
but this does not indicate a fault.
Be careful of ambient temperature.
• If the temperature of this camcorder is too high or too low, normal recording/playback
may not be possible.
• Take care that the temperature of this camcorder, when connected to PC does not rise
excessively (reference for usage: approx. 30 minutes at about 86ºF (30ºC)).
• If you need to use the camcorder for recording/dubbing to DVD in a place where the
temperature is high, avoid overheating by using the camcorder intermittently.
Be careful of moisture condensation.
Additional Information
• When you move the camcorder between places where the difference in temperatures is
great—such as entering a lodge from a ski slope or going out of a cooled room or
vehicle—condensation (vapor in air warmed or cooled to water droplets) could occur
on the lens and/or inside the camcorder. If condensation occurs, do not open the disc
compartment lid or card slot cover if possible. If condensation occurs on the lens, wipe
it off with a soft, dry cloth. Even if the external surface of camcorder has dried,
condensation may remain inside. Therefore, turn the camcorder off and leave it in a dry
place for at least 1–2 hours before using it again.
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Do not use the camcorder near strong radio waves or magnetism.
• If the camcorder is used near strong radio waves or magnetism, such as a radio wave
tower or electric appliances, recording or playback may stop, or noise could enter the
video and audio that are being recorded. During playback of normally recorded video
and audio, noise may also be present in picture and sound.
At worst the camcorder could malfunction.
Do not expose the camcorder to insecticide.
• Insecticide entering the camcorder could dirty the pickup, and in such a case, the
camcorder might not operate normally.
Do not use a generally available 8 cm CD lens cleaner.
• Cleaning the DVD lens is not necessary when using this camcorder in the usual way.
• Using 8 cm CD lens cleaner could cause this camcorder to be faulty.
• If you have to clean the lens, use a Hitachi Maxell cleaner that is exclusively for 8 cm
DVD discs.
z Cautions on storage
Do not leave the camcorder in a place where the temperature is very high
for a long period of time.
• The temperature on beach sand or inside a closed vehicle or trunk can become very
high in a hot season. If you leave the camcorder in such a place, it could malfunction or
the case could be damaged. Also, do not expose the camcorder to direct sunlight or
place it near any fire or heater.
• Leaving the battery attached or storing it at high temperature could shorten its life.
Detach the battery from the camcorder and store it in a cool place.
Do not store the camcorder in a place where the humidity is high or in a
dusty place.
• Dust entering the camcorder could cause malfunctions. If the humidity is high, the lens
could be moldy, and the camcorder could become inoperable. It is recommended that
you put the camcorder with desiccant in a box when storing it in a closet, etc.
Do not store the camcorder in a place subject to strong magnetism or
intense vibrations.
• This could cause malfunctions.
• Wipe dirt off using a lightly moistened soft cloth first, then wipe again using a soft dry
cloth. When cleaning the LCD monitor, be careful not to use force, scratch it, or subject
it to impact. Doing such could cause a defect in the LCD monitor, result in display
unevenness, or damage the LCD monitor.
Cleaning the lens
• Use dry, soft cloth to wipe dirt off.
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Additional Information
z Cleaning
Be sure to set the power switch to “OFF” before cleaning the camcorder.
Cleaning the LCD monitor
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Cleaning the surface of the camcorder
• Do not wipe the surface of the camcorder hard with any foreign object, such as grit
adhering to the camcorder, and do not use rough fabrics to clean the surface of the
camcorder. Doing so could scratch it.
• Use soft cloth to gently wipe dirt off the surface of the camcorder.
Do not use benzene or thinner to clean the surface of the camcorder.
• The coating of the case could peel off or the case could deteriorate. Wipe off dirt on the
case with a soft cloth which has been completely wrung out. When using chemical
cleaning cloth, follow instructions for use.
z Handling HDD/discs
Using HDD/discs
• Do not do the following when the ACCESS/PC indicator is lit:
− shake or subject the camcorder to impacts, or open/close the LCD monitor
− cut the power, or remove the battery or AC adapter
− remove the recording media.
As the ACCESS/PC indicator will remain lit for a while after concluding recording,
please continue to observe the above precautions while the indicator is lit.
• While using HDD/DVD, if the power is cut accidentally while the ACCESS/PC
indicator is lit or flashing, connect the AC adapter and then turn on the power again.
When using a DVD, turn the power back on while the DVD is loaded in the camcorder.
The HDD/DVD will be restored. (p.148)
• Use a DVD which is not dirty, scratched, or warped.
• A Hitachi Maxell DVD is recommended.
• If there is concern that the camcorder may be subjected to large vibrations or impact
during transport, remove the DVD and protect the camcorder using soft protective
materials.
• Be careful when removing the disc since the metal of removal slot of camcorder, and
disc itself, may be hot.
Disc cleaning
• Use a soft cleaning cloth to lightly wipe off any dirt adhering to the disc as shown in
the figure. Do not wipe the disc with force: Doing so could cause scratches.
Never use solvent (thinner, water, antistat or detergent) for cleaning.
Additional Information
Storing discs
• If the camcorder is not used for long periods of time, remove the disc from the
camcorder.
• When storing disc, replace it in the plastic case in which it was purchased.
• Be careful that no condensation occurs on disc.
• Do not place disc in following places:
− Direct sunlight for a long time
− Where humidity is high or in dusty place
− Where there is heat from a heater, etc.
If the above countermeasures are not taken, the following symptoms may occur:
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Fig. 1
− Block noise in playback image,
momentary stop of playback image
A l l scenes
1/ 6
− Sound interrupted during playback, or
abnormal sound
− Blue thumbnail display* (Fig. 1)
SELECT
PLAY
− Disc cannot correctly be recognized
Block noise
− Disc cannot be initialized
*
− Delay between video and audio
− A recording of one scene may be divided into plural scenes, or a portion of a scene
may not be recorded
− Recording/Playback is not possible
PHOTO
Note when transferring this camcorder or discarding discs and SD
memory cards
• The “Format” function on this camcorder will only change the file control information.
It will not completely delete the data in the built-in hard disk and your personal data
could leak out. To prevent the data from leaking out, execute complete deletion of the
HDD following the procedures below.
1 While the camcorder is in HDD record pause mode, press
, then press MENU.
2 Press f/e to select “HDD Setting”, then press c.
3 Press f/e to select “Full Format”, then press the confirmation button.
4 Press d to select “YES”, and then press the confirmation button to confirm the
setting and begin HDD full format.
• “Formatting” or “deletion” using the functions of the camcorder or a PC will change
only the file control information. It will not completely delete the data on disc or
memory card.
• When transferring or discarding a disc or memory card, it is recommended that you
physically destroy it or use deletion exclusive software (generally available) to
completely delete the data on it. It is user's responsibility to control the data on disc and
memory card.
• Hitachi will not accept any responsibility for leaking of personal data.
Additional Information
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System Reset
If the camcorder does not operate normally, perform “System Reset”. The
camcorder may recover to normal. “System Reset” will reset all settings to the
factory defaults. The date and time will also be reset. Set the date and time again
before using the camcorder.
1 Set the power switch to “OFF” to turn the
camcorder off.
Detach the battery or AC adapter/charger.
2 Use a fine tipped pen to hold down RESET for
several seconds.
All settings will be reset.
Notes
• Do not press RESET with undue force.
• Before pressing RESET, be sure to remove the DVD from the camcorder.
Pressing RESET with a DVD loaded may erase the scenes recorded on the
DVD.
z List of setting items
Menu item
(1st level)
Menu item
(2nd level)
Additional Information
Camera Functions Setup Program AE
White Bal.
ElS
Dig. Zoom
MIC. Filter
Flash
Record Functions Setup VIDEO mode
Quality
16:9
Input Source
PHOTO Input
Self Timer
OSD Output
LCD Setup
LCD Adjust
Date Setup
Date Set
Date Mode
Initial Setup
Beep
Power Save
Record LED
Language
Demo Mode
Default
Auto
Auto
On
40×
Off
Auto
FINE
FINE
On
CAMERA
Field
Off
On
1/1/2008 12:00 AM
M/D/Y
On
Off
On
English
Auto
• Some items will not appear, depending on the disc or card inserted.
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Setting
method
p.67
p.68
p.71
p.62
p.71
p.72
p.75
p.77
p.75
p.78
p.78
p.79
p.116
p.60
p.23
p.61
p.60
p.60
p.74
p.22
p.61
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Additional Information
Major Specifications
Image sensor
1/3-inch interlaced
Total number of pixels
approx. 3,310,000
Number of effective pixels
Movie: approx. 2,180,000
approx. 1,640,000 (WIDE mode)
Still:
Lens
approx. 3,050,000
F1.8–3.0
f = 1/4"–2-1/2" (6.1–61 mm)
Filter diameter: 1-1/4" (30.5 mm)
Thread pitch: 0.5 mm
Focus
Auto/Manual
Zoom
Optical 10x, with digital zoom added
Movie: 10×–240×
Still: 10×–40×
Required minimum illumination
In Auto: 24 lx (1/30)
In Low Light: 1 lx (1/4)
LCD monitor
2.7-inch color TFT (approx. 120,000 pixels)
Image stabilizer
Electronic type
Self-timer recording
Still recording only
Capacity of built-in HDD
DZ-HS903A: Approx. 30 GB
DZ-HS803A: Approx. 8 GB
Recording mode
Movie (with sound)
Maximum
recordable
time
HDD
DZ-HS903A:
Approx. 7 hours (XTRA)/Approx. 11 hours (FINE)/
Approx. 23 hours (STD)
DZ-HS803A
Approx. 110 minutes (XTRA)/Approx. 3 hours
(FINE)/Approx. 6 hours (STD)
DVD (per side)
Approx. 18 minutes (XTRA)/Approx. 30 minutes
(FINE)/Approx. 60 minutes (STD)
SD memory card
(when using 1 GB
card)
Approx. 600 (FINE)
External input: Approx. 6000 (FINE)
(Varies depending on the picture quality or card type
(p.176)).
Still (with SD memory card)
Movie recording pixels
XTRA/FINE: 720 × 480
STD: 352 × 480
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Additional Information
Maximum
number of
recordable
stills
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Recording
format
DVD-RAM/
Movie: Conforming to DVD video recording (DVD-VR)
DVD-RW (VR mode) format
Audio: Dolby Digital
DVD-RW (VF mode)/ Movie: Conforming to DVD video format
DVD-R
Audio: Dolby Digital
+RW
Movie: DVD+RW video format
Audio: Dolby Digital
Card
Still: Conforming to JPEG 2016 × 1512 pixels
External input (DZ-HS903A): 640 × 480 pixels
Recordable discs
8 cm DVD-RAM (conforming to DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1)
8 cm DVD-RW (conforming to DVD-RW Ver. 1.1, 2x
speed [2x/1x])
8 cm DVD-R (conforming to DVD-R for General Ver.
2.0)
8 cm +RW (conforming to +RW Ver. 1.2)
Recordable card
SD memory card (1 GB or less)
Jacks
Video/audio input/output × 1 (DZ-HS903A),
Video/audio output × 1 (DZ-HS803A),
USB terminal (connected to PC USB port) ×1
Battery system
Lithium-ion
Power consumption
When recording to a DVD-RAM in FINE mode
Approx. 5.5 W
Additional Information
Dimensions (W × H × D)
(including the provided battery
pack, excluding hand strap)
Approx. 2-7/8" × 3-5/8" × 5-1/2" (70 × 89 × 137 mm)
Operating temperature (humidity)
32 – 104ºF (0 – 40ºC) (less than 80%)
32 – 86ºF (0 – 30ºC) when connected to a PC
Allowable operating altitude
(when using HDD)
9,842 feet (3,000 m) or less
Weight
DZ-HS903A: Approx. 490 g
(without battery pack nor disc)
DZ-HS803A: Approx. 450 g
(without battery pack nor disc)
Total weight when recording
DZ-HS903A: Approx. 565 g
(When using the battery pack DZ-BP14S)
DZ-HS803A: Approx. 525 g
(When using the battery pack DZ-BP14S)
Provided accessories
AC adapter/charger, Battery pack, AV/S cable,
Infrared remote control, Lithium battery for remote
control, Lens cap and lens cap string, Power cable,
DC power cord, Software CD-ROM, USB cable,
Instruction manual
* Specifications are subject to change without notice for quality improvement.
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Storage capacity of HDD/DVD/Card
• Recordable time on HDD*1
Recording quality
DZ-HS903A
DZ-HS803A
XTRA
Approx. 7 hours*2
Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes*2
FINE
Approx. 11 hours*3
Approx. 3 hours*3
STD
Approx. 23 hours *4
Approx. 6 hours *4
• Recordable time on DVD
Movie recordable time on one DVD (on single side) (when recording only movies)
Recording quality
Movie recordable time
XTRA
Approx. 18 minutes*2
FINE
Approx. 30 minutes*3
STD
Approx. 60 minutes *4
*1:
After recording continuously for 9 hours in HDD mode, the camcorder will automatically stop
recording. After approximately one minute, it will automatically restart recording. (No scene will
be recorded during this pause in recording.) As a result of this, multiple thumbnails will appear
for this recording. (DZ-HS903A)
*2: Variable bit recording (recording of more than 7 hours (DZ-HS903A)/1 hour 50 minutes (DZHS803A) on the HDD or more than 18 minutes on a DVD may be possible as the transfer rate
varies automatically between approx. 3 - 10 Mbps)
*3: Constant bit rate: Approx. 6 Mbps
*4: Constant bit rate: Approx. 3 Mbps
Note
If recording is performed in XTRA mode within high temperature environments, the image quality
may be degraded to a FINE equivalent.
Additional Information
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• Maximum number of scenes that can be recorded/dubbed on
HDD/DVD
Recording media
Maximum number of scenes
HDD*1
999*3
DVD-RAM*2/DVD-RW*2
999*3
DVD-R*2
930
+RW*2
254
*1: Recording only
*2: Per disc (one side)
*3: Combining scenes will not increase the remaining number of recordable scenes.
If there are combined scenes, the maximum number of scenes in the table may not be the same as
the actual maximum number of scenes that can be recorded/dubbed.
• Maximum number of programs that can be recorded/dubbed on
HDD/DVD
*1:
*2:
Recording media
Maximum number of dates
HDD*1
99
DVD-RAM*2/DVD-RW*2
99
+RW*2
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Recording only
Per disc (one side)
• SD memory cards of various capacities and recordable number of
stills
(Input Source: CAMERA)
Still picture
quality
FINE
NORM
ECO
32 MB
Approx. 18
Approx. 24
Approx. 37
64 MB
Approx. 38
Approx. 50
Approx. 75
Capacity
Additional Information
128 MB
Approx. 75
Approx. 100
Approx. 150
256 MB
Approx. 150
Approx. 200
Approx. 300
512 MB
Approx. 300
Approx. 400
Approx. 600
1 GB
Approx. 600
Approx. 800
Approx. 1200
(Numbers are approximate standard.)
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(Input Source: LINE) (DZ-HS903A)
Still picture
quality
FINE
NORM
ECO
32 MB
Approx. 180
Approx. 240
Approx. 370
64 MB
Approx. 380
Approx. 500
Approx. 750
128 MB
Approx. 750
Approx. 1,000
Approx. 1,500
256 MB
Approx. 1,500
Approx. 2,000
Approx. 3,000
512 MB
Approx. 3,000
Approx. 4,000
Approx. 6,000
1 GB
Approx. 6,000
Approx. 8,000
Approx. 12,000
Capacity
(Numbers are approximate standard.)
• Still picture size and quality
The following table shows the picture quality and the corresponding file size of
a still picture (JPEG) when you are using a card.
File size
Picture quality
Input Source:
CAMERA
Input Source: LINE
(DZ-HS903A)
Usage
FINE
Approx. 1.6 MB
Approx. 160 KB
High quality
NORM
Approx. 1.2 MB
Approx. 120 KB
Normal quality
ECO
Approx. 0.8 MB
Approx. 80 KB
High quantity (lower quality)
Note
Stills cannot be recorded on HDD/DVD.
Additional Information
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Additional Information
Glossary
Audio feedback
A screeching noise which may be
produced when the camcorder is
connected to a TV or speakers. To
prevent the noise, keep a distance
between the camcorder and the TV or
speakers, or turn off the volume of the
connected device.
Double-sided disc
A disc which allows recording on both
sides.
Finalize
The process of enabling you to play back
DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R recorded
on this camcorder using other DVD
recorders/players.
Formatting
The process of preparing a disc for use by
creating an empty file system. This is also
known as initializing a disc.
Medium/Media
The built-in HDD, various types of DVD
discs and SD memory card are described
as media (or medium when singular) and
can be recorded to.
NTSC
Additional Information
NTSC is one of the standard color
television systems.
NTSC is in use in the United States,
Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the
Philippines, Central and South America,
and some other countries.
PAL
PAL is one of the standard color
television systems.
PAL is in use in Europe, China, and some
other countries.
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SD memory card
A memory card standard for recording
images. This camcorder allows for
recording still images to SD memory
card.
Single-sided disc
A disc which allows recording on one
side only.
VF (Video) mode
One of two modes for using a DVD-RW
disc.
You need to finalize a DVD-RW disc in
VF mode before playing it back on
another device. After finalizing, you
cannot make additional recordings on the
DVD-RW disc, regardless of its free
space. The advantage of VF mode is that
it is highly compatible with other DVD
players.
VR mode
One of two modes for using a DVD-RW
disc.
The advantage of VR mode is that you
can edit (split, delete, and combine)
movies using the camcorder, and, by
deleting unnecessary scenes, you can free
up space for more recording.
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Additional Information
Index
A
AC adapter/charger .................... 21, 37, 38
ACCESS/PC indicator .................... 34, 170
B
Backlight compensation.......................... 67
Battery pack
charging ......................................... 21
life .................................................. 39
Beep ....................................................... 60
B/W (fade)............................................. 106
C
Capacity................................................ 114
Card
available functions.......................... 30
format........................................... 112
handling ......................................... 33
insert/remove ................................. 27
CARD ACCESS indicator ....................... 15
Category ......................................... 86, 114
Combine ............................................... 105
Connecting TV ...................................... 115
Copy ..................................................... 109
Copyright ................................................ 12
D
available functions.......................... 30
cleaning........................................ 170
handling........................................ 170
player.............................................. 12
protect .......................................... 113
recorder.......................................... 12
storing .......................................... 170
DVD-R
finalize .......................................... 120
insert/remove ........................... 25, 34
note ................................................ 32
DVD-RAM
format ........................................... 112
insert/remove ........................... 25, 34
DVD-RW
finalize .......................................... 120
format ..................................... 36, 112
insert/remove ........................... 25, 34
unfinalize ...................................... 121
E
Edit (playlist) ........................................... 98
Edit (scene)................................... 102, 105
EIS .......................................................... 71
Erasure prevention switch ....................... 33
Error message ...................................... 148
Exposure control ..................................... 66
F
Fade ...................................................... 106
filter diameter .......................................... 64
Finalization............................................ 118
Flash ....................................................... 72
FOCUS button ........................................ 65
Format................................................... 112
Frame advance/Frame back ................... 54
FULL AUTO button.................................. 72
Full format ............................................. 171
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Go to (on Disc Navigation).............. 50, 109
H
Hand strap .............................................. 18
HDD
available functions.......................... 30
format ........................................... 112
protect .......................................... 113
HDD complete deletion ......................... 171
Howling ................................................. 115
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Additional Information
Date setup .............................................. 23
Defaults........................................... 72, 172
Delete (edit) .......................................... 102
Delete (playlist) ....................................... 99
Delete (scene) ...................................... 102
Demo mode ............................................ 61
Detail .................................................... 111
Digital zoom ............................................ 62
Disc navigation ................................. 48, 88
exit ................................................. 49
Divide.................................................... 103
Dubbing
Dub mark ....................................... 80
from HDD to disc ........................... 80
mark off .......................................... 86
menu .............................................. 82
DUBBING button .................................... 82
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Information Display during playback ....... 52
Information display during recording....... 42
Information display mode.................. 42, 52
Infrared sensor........................................ 69
Initial Setup ............................................. 60
Quality
movie.............................................. 75
still picture ...................................... 77
QUICK MENU ................. 57, 58, 59, 90, 91
QUICK START ........................................ 41
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Jump ....................................................... 51
Recording indicator ................................. 74
Record LED ............................................ 74
Remaining space .................................... 44
Remote control
code ............................................. 116
Inserting a battery .......................... 17
Repeat play ............................................. 56
Reset....................................................... 60
+RW
finalize .......................................... 120
format ..................................... 36, 112
insert/remove ........................... 25, 35
unfinalize ...................................... 121
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Language................................................ 22
LCD adjust .............................................. 60
LCD BRIGHTNESS button ..................... 20
LCD monitor
handling ....................................... 167
How to open................................... 19
setting ............................................ 60
Lock ...................................................... 110
Low Light (Program AE) ......................... 68
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Macintosh ..................................... 125, 127
Macro Recording .................................... 63
Major specifications .............................. 173
Manual focus .......................................... 64
Menu........................................... 57, 58, 88
MIC. Filter ............................................... 71
Moisture condensation.......................... 168
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Names of parts ....................................... 14
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Optional accessories ............................ 147
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Additional Information
PHOTO capture ...................................... 56
Play
playlist ............................................ 97
program.......................................... 93
Repeat Play ................................... 56
scene ............................................. 28
Slide Show ..................................... 55
Playlist .................................................... 95
Portrait (Program AE) ............................. 67
Power Save............................................. 60
Program .................................................. 92
Program AE ............................................ 67
Protect .................................................. 113
Unprotect ..................................... 113
Provided accessories.............................. 13
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Sand&Snow (Program AE) ..................... 68
Scene
delete ............................................. 29
Detail ............................................ 111
play................................................. 28
SD memory card..................................... 33
Searching for image ................................ 54
Self timer................................................. 79
Shoulder Strap ...................................... 147
Skip ....................................................... 107
Skip (scene) ............................................ 54
Sleep mode............................................. 41
Slide show............................................... 55
Slow playback ......................................... 54
Spotlight (Program AE) ........................... 67
System reset ......................................... 172
T
Tele-conversion lens ............................... 63
Test recording ......................................... 11
Thumbnail ....................................... 48, 108
Transferring data to your PC ................. 135
Tripod ...................................................... 68
U
Unfinalize .............................................. 121
Update control info. ............................... 162
USB cable ............................................. 130
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Video mode ............................................ 75
Volume.................................................... 52
W
Wall outlet ............................................... 38
White balance......................................... 68
White fade............................................. 106
Wide conversion lens.............................. 63
Wide mode (16:9) ........................... 75, 117
Windows ....................................... 125, 126
Wipe fade.............................................. 106
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Zoom ...................................................... 62
Zoom lever.................................. 52, 62, 65
Additional Information
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Additional Information
Be sure to read the following before opening the
package of CD-ROM
This Agreement will take effect at the moment you open the package of the storage device (CD-ROM)
provided with this product, if you agree to the terms herein.
If you do not accept the terms of this Agreement, immediately return the unopened package of storage
medium and enclosed materials (printed matter, external package, and all others) to your dealer, or
return only the package of storage medium to your dealer.
Consult your dealer for any refund on the unused product. However, if only the package of storage
medium is returned, no refund is possible.
This License Agreement certifies that you were granted license in the past.
License Agreement
■ Grant of License
• Hitachi, Ltd. nonexclusively grants you the right to install this program in one computer and use it,
but this right cannot be transferred to a third party.
• You can duplicate one copy of this program in a form readable on computer, but only for the
purpose of backup, and under the condition that the display concerning the copyright remains in the
original status.
■ Prohibition
• This program may not be used on network. If you wish to use it for multiple computers on network,
you must obtain the right of use for each computer from Pixela Corporation.
• You may not let any third party use this program by granting reuse, transfer, lease, lending, etc.
• You may not modify, alter, decompile or deassemble all, or any part, of this program or its
accessories. And you may not allow any third party do so.
■ Termination of Agreement
If you duplicate this program and its accessories without permission, or fail to comply with the above
granting conditions, this agreement will automatically be terminated. In addition, Pixela Corporation
may take legal action. When the agreement is terminated, you will be obliged to discard this program,
its accessories and all duplicates, or return them to Pixela Corporation.
■ Guarantee and Immunity
Additional Information
This program and its accessories shall not, explicitly or implicitly, conform to the merchantability or
compatibility for your specific purpose of use. Pixela Corporation does not guarantee that the
functions of this program will meet your needs or this program will be free from interruption or error
during its operation.
Under no circumstances will Pixela Corporation accept any responsibility for any direct or indirect
losses or damages you may incur from using this program or activities relating to its use, or for any
conflict occurring between you and a third party originating from, or relevant to, use of this program.
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Additional Information
To Order in the United States
BY PHONE
Service Hotline: 1-800-HITACHI
(1-800-448-2244)
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
with FCC Rules for Electromagnetic Compatibility
Products:
CAMCORDER
Models:
DZ-HS903A/DZ-HS803A
Trade Name: HITACHI
This device complies with part 15 of 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.
Responsible
Party:
Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.
900 Hitachi Way
Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556 U.S.A
Tel: 1-800-448-2244
Additional Information
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Warranty Limitations
Important Notice:
The Limited Warranty provided by Hitachi does
not cover:
A. Cabinet (exterior finish items), Battery
packs, Accessories, Lens Cleanings, Head
Cleanings, DVD Disc Damage, Video Tape
Damage, or Software Modifications.
B. Any defect, malfunction, or failure caused by
or resulting from improper service,
maintenance, repair, use of DVD Cleaning
Disks, use of Video Cleaning Cassettes,
software, or from abuse, neglect, accident
or any other cause beyond the control of
Hitachi.
C. Unpacking, set-up or installation, adjustment
of customer operated controls, user
instruction.
D. Any product with Serial Numbers altered or
removed.
E. New products purchased or service
performed outside of the continental United
States or its possessions.
F. Product used for a commercial or industrial
purpose.
Retain your sales receipt for warranty purposes.
Please complete the section below for your records
as it may be needed in the event of loss.
Attach your sales receipt to this card.
DVD, VCR, Camcorder Products,
AC Adapter Charger
Limited Warranty Registration
(for your records)
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NO PERSON, AGENT, DISTRIBUTOR, DEALER, SERVICE
FACILITY, OR COMPANY IS AUTHORIZED TO CHANGE,
MODIFY, OR AMEND THE TERMS OF THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY IN ANY MANNER OR FASHION WHATSOEVER,
EXCEPT AND TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED IN THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY, HITACHI MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTY
REGARDING THIS HITACHI PRODUCT. FURTHER, ALL IMPLIED
WARRANTIES RELATING TO ANY PORTION OF THIS
PRODUCT, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO 90 DAYS FOR LABOR AND ONE
YEAR FOR PARTS, THE DURATION OF THE APPLICABLE
EXPRESS WARRANTY CONTAINED ABOVE. HITACHI SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE TO THE PURCHASER OR TO ANY OTHER
PERSON FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES OR LOSS OF PROFIT OF PRODUCT RESULTING
FROM ANY DEFECT IN OR MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF
THIS HITACHI PRODUCT. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW
LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS,
OR THE EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO
YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS
AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY
FROM STATE TO STATE.
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Date of Purchase
Dealer Name
Dealer Address
City
State
Zip
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LIMITED WARRANTY
Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.
(“Hitachi,”) warrants this component in duration as
stated below:
Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.
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DVD Products
VCR Products
CAMCORDER Products
AC ADAPTER CHARGER
• 90 DAYS LABOR (Carry-in)
• 1 YEAR PARTS (Except Battery)
For information concerning repairs, operation,
technical assistance or for referral to the location of
your nearest Authorized Service Facility or Parts
Distributor, call: 1-800-HITACHI (1-800-448-2244)
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Conditions of
Hitachi Limited Warranty
These Hitachi Products are warranted to be free
of defects in parts and workmanship at the time
of purchase by the original owner. If this product
is found to be defective, Hitachi will repair or
replace defective parts at no charge to the
original owner. Parts used for replacement are
warranted for the remainder of the original Limited
Warranty period. For 90 days from the date of
original purchase, Hitachi will provide labor for the
repair or replacement of defective parts without
charge, subject to the following conditions:
1. Owner must provide verification of the date of
purchase when requesting Limited Warranty
Service. (Dated Sales Receipt Required)
2. All repairs must be performed by a Hitachi
Authorized Service Facility.
3. This warranty is valid only in the U.S.A.
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(America), Inc.
900 Hitachi Way
Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556
Tel: 1-800-HITACHI
REGISTER YOUR HITACHI PRODUCT
ON-LINE AT HITACHI.COM/TV
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REGISTER YOUR PRODUCT ON-LINE AT
HITACHI.COM/TV
OR MAIL IN TO ADDRESS ON THIS CARD.
“In order to allow Hitachi to better serve customer needs, please
complete this card and return it to Hitachi Home Electronics
(America), Inc. Completion of this card is not required in order to
validate your Hitachi limited warranty, but would assist us in
developing better services and programs for our customers.”
(Please print or type)
Model No.
Serial No.
Date of purchase
Customer Name
Customer Address
City
(
Phone No.
State
Zip
State
Zip
)
Dealer name
Dealer address
City
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Register your product on-line at hitachi.com/tv
or mail this portion to the following address
Attn:Warranty Department
Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.
900 Hitachi Way
Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556
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