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camcorder
user's guide
CC4251
Important Safety Information
Be sure to read all the safety information before you begin to use this product.
WARNING:
To reduce the risk of fire or shock hazard, do not expose
camcorder or AC adapter/charger to rain or moisture,
I
I
A
inside
the product
that "dangerous
presents a risk
of electric
This symbol
indicates
voltage"
shock or personal injury.
_
accompanying
the product.
This
symbol indicatesimportant
instructions
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER
(OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS ARE INSIDE. REFER SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Cautions
CAUTION:
To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to
wide slot, fully insert.
ATTENTION:
Pour 6viter les chocs 61ectriques, introduire la lame
la plus large de la fiche dans la borne correspondante de la prise et
pousser jusqu au fond.
To reduce risk of injury, charge only rechargeable batteries recommended by the manufacturer for this camcorder. Other types of
batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury.
FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to
this equipment may void the user's authority to operate it.
Product Registration
Please fill out the product registration card and return it immediately.
Returning this card allows us to contact you if needed.
Keep your sales receipt for proof of pu_hase to obtain warranty parts
and service and attach it here. Record the serial number and model
numbers located on the bottom of the camcorder.
Model No:
Serial No:
Purchase Date:
Purchased From:
CC4251
We want to make sure you enjoy your new camcorder. If you have any
questions, call:
Camcorder
Customer
Accessories
Exchange
Warranty.
Service, .....................
.......... 800-283-6503
............. 800-336-1900
.............................................
Safety Information ..............................
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First Time Operation
• Assistance .......................................
3
• Unpack the Camcorder and
Accessories ................................. 3
• Attach the Adapter/Charger
............ 4
• Adjust the Handstrap, Remove
Lens Cap, and Attach
It to Handstrap ............................. 4
• Insert a Tape .................................... 5
• Turn on the Camcorder .......... ......... 5
• Adjust the Viewfinder and
Eyepiece Focus Control .............. 6
• Start and Stop Recording ................ 6
• Play Back What you Have
Recorded ....................................
7
• Set the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
Switch to OFF ....... ..................... 7
• Replace the Lens Cap ...................... 7
• Review Camcorder's
Operating Controls .................. 8-9
800-338-0376
(pages 55-56)
(page 54)
(pages 41-47)
Powering Your Camcorder
• Use the Adapter/Charger to
Power Your Camcorder ............ 10
• Use the Battery to Power
Your Camcorder .................. 11-13
• Charge the Battery .................... 11
• Attach the Charged Battery ...... 12
• Remove the Battery .................. 12
• Battery Level Indicator ............. 13
• Battery Care .............................. 14
• Battery Storage ......................... 14
• Battery Safety Precautions ....... 14
• Use the RCA Optional Car
Cord Adapter ............................
15
Videocassettes
• Erase Protection ............................
16
• Recording and Playback
Speed and Times ...................... 16
• Insert and Remove
Cassettes ................................... 17
• Cassette Care and Storage ............. 17
Date/Time Display
Playback
• Set the Time and Date ................... 18
• Viewfinder Playback ..................... 33
• Record Time andDate,AUTO
Date, Auto T/TLE, or Date ......... 19
• Playback
• Charge the Built-in Clock
Battery .......................................
Features
• Tape Positioning ....................... 34
• Visual Searching ....................... 34
19
• Stop-Action Pause .................... 34
• Tracking ....................... ............. 35
Recording
• Use the Viewfinder ................... 20-21
• Playback on TV (or VCR) with
Audio/Video Inputs ............. 36-37
• Adjust Viewfinder for
Convenient Viewing ............. 20
• Eyepiece Focus Control ............ 20
• Playback on TV Without
Audio/Video Inputs ............. 38-39
• Tilt Adjustment ......................... 21
• BRIGHTControl ....................... 21
Attach the Shoulder Strap ............ _40
• Viewfinder Displays ................. 22-23
• DISPLAY Button ........................... 24
Optional Accessories ................... 41-47
• Quick Review Feature ................... 24
• Use aTripod .................................. 42
• Remove the Lens Hood ......... :....... 44
• Camera Edit Feature ..................... 25
• Accessory Order Form ............. 45-47
• AutoShoff MFeature ...................... 25
Trouble Checks ........................... 48-50
• Microphone ...................................
• Auto Focus ....................................
25
25
Care and Maintenance
• Macro Focus ..................................
25
• Tape-Remaining
Display ...... :........ 26
• Electronic Indexing ....................... 26
• Zooming ............................ ............ 27
• Tape Counter ................................. 28
• Use Memory-Stop Feature ....... 28
• Recording Tips ......... ..................... 29
• Travel Tips ................................. _..29
• Titler ......................................... 30-32
• To Create a Title
31
o Chart of charaCters ............ i...... 31
• Record a Title on a Tape in
the Camcorder
• Clean the Camcorder's Lens ......... 51
• Clean the Camcorder's
Viewfinder ................................. 51
• Proper Care and Storage ............... 52
• Things to Avoid ............................. 52
Specifications ....................................
53
Information to User .......................
53
Customer
Limited
32
• Record aTitle While Copying
a Tape from the Camcorder
to Another VCR ................... 32
It
• Clean the Camcorder ..................... 51
Index
Assistance
Warranty
..................
.............
....................................
..... 54
. ........ 55-56
57-60
This section describes the steps necessary to set up your camcorder to record. Refer to
the other sections for detailed operation and feature options.
Assistance
The toll-free numbers are available to help you with any problem you may encounter.
Camcorder Exchange Warranty ............... 800-283-6503
Customer Service ...................................
800-336-1900
Accessories .............................................
800-338-0376
Unpack the camcorder
lo
and accessories.
• Save the packing materials and box in case you ever need to ship
or store your camcorder.
• The items shown below are packed with your camcorder. If any
are missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer immediately.
:WARNING:
_xcro
BARRY.
vtsPOS_ OF
PROPERLY.
Model CC4251
Rechargeable 10-Volt Battery
Stock No. EP096FS
%
AC Adapter/Charger:
Stock
DC Cable: Stock No. 241308
uautlon:
_:not _
Shoulder Strap
Stock No. 241305
Stock No. 227327
No. 241044
this adapter/c_er
or
for any
t
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2.
Attach
the adapter/charger.
To AC 120V,
50160 Hz
• Charger
_DC IN 9.6V
Jack
Since the battery must be charged
before it can be used the first time,
attach the adapter/charger to the
camcorder.
1. Attach one end of the adapter/
charger's DC cable to the DC
OUTPUT jack on the side of the
adapter/charger.
3.
2. Attach the other end of the cable
to the DC IN 9.6V jack on the
camcorder.
3. Plug the adapter/charger's
into an operating outlet.
plug
4. Details are on page 10.
Adjust the handstrap, remove lens cap, and attach
it to the handstrap.._o_
_.
port
Handstrap
1. Open the handstrap, insert your
hand, and adjust the handstrap to
, fit your hand.
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2. Remove the lens cap and attach it
to the handstrap where shown.
.
Insert a tape.
Salty
Tab
STOP/EJECT
Button
Windows
Cassette
Door
Press Here to Close
• Press STOP/EJECTto open the
cassette compartment.
• Insert the cassette with the safety
tab facing up and the tape windows
facing out.
5.
Turn on the camcorder.
• Press the cassette down gently
until it locks into place, and close
the cassette compartment door.
• Details are on page 17.
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Ich
• Press and hold the small button on
the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch
while sliding it to CAMERA.
The camcorder enters recordpause.
• The position of this switch tells
the camcorder whether you want
to record (CAMERA), turn the
power off (OFF), or play back
tapes (VCR).
• The camcorder will automatically
turn off if it remains in recordpause for five minutes. Place the
switch to OFF and then back to
CAMERA to turn the camcorder
back on.
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Eyepiece Focus
Control
Electronic
Viewfinder
(Grasp
here to move.
BRIGHT
Control
REC/PA USE
Button
.
Adjust the viewfinder and
eyepiece focus control.
• Grasp the viewfinder and rotate it
horizontally.
• Pull the viewfinder out from the
camcorder and rotate the eyepiece
into a comfortable viewing
position.
• Turn the eyepiece focus control to
adjust the focus of the viewfinder
for your vision.
• Adjust the brighmess of the image
in the viewfinder by turning the
t
BRIGHT control.
7. Start and stop recording.
• Press and release the REC/PAUSE
button to start recording. REC
appears in the viewfinder when
the camcorder is recording.
• Press and release the REC/PA USE
button again to stop recording.
The camcorder is now in the
record-pause mode ( II appears in
the viewfinder when the
camcorder is in record-pause).
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
REW/
REVIEW
Button
PLAY
Button
EJECT
Button
REC/PA USE
.
Play back what you have
recorded.
• Press the REC/PAUSE button to
pause recording.
• Press and hold the small button
9. Set the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
switch to OFF to turn off the
camcorder.
10. Replace
the lens cap.
while you set the CAMERA/OFF/
VCR switch to VCR.
• Press REW/REVIEW
to rewind
the tape.
• Press PLAY to play back the tape.
• Press STOP/EJECT when you are
finished playing back the tape.
• Details on viewfinder playback
are on page 33.
(continued on next page)
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11. Review camcorder's
operating controls.
DISPLAY Button
REW (Rewind)IREVIEW Button
(Also- Button)
RESET Button
PLAY Button
DATE/TIME Button
F.FWD (Fast Forward)
Button
(Also + Button)
TITLER Button
STOP/EJECT
Button
(Also EDIT-AD V
Button)
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
Switch
BRIGHT
Control
Lens
Lens Hood
(See Trouble
Checks for
details.)
VIDEO, AUDIO and RF DC
OUT Jacks (Located Behind
Small Cover)
11. Review camcorder's
operating
controls. (continued)
Viewfinder
Eyepiece
Focus
Control\
BATTERY
EJECT
Button
Shoulder Strap
Attachment Ring
Attach
Rechargeable
Battery Here
Button
\
Handstrap
with Lens
Cassette Door
(Press here to
close.)
DC IN 9.6V Jack
Attach Adapter/
Charger's DC
Cord Here
Shoulder Strap
Attachment Ring
Cap Holder
W and T Power
Zoom Buttons
(Also TRACKING
Buttons)
Use the Adapter/Charger
to Power Your Camcorder
The adapter/charger attaches to the camcorder and lets you power your camcorder
directly from standard household power. The adapter/charger operates on 120 volts,
50/60 Hz, and can be used to power the camcordcr or recharge the battery,
Caution:, Do not attempt to use a"power €onverter" to use your AC adapter/
charger on a power source other than 120 volts, 50160 Hz, or the adapter/charger
and camcorder:may be damaged. If you wish to operate the AC adapter/charger
conve_rs,
They__
dam_ige_y0ur A
ter!charger. An optional
CPS014, shown onpage 42,_ designed foi: _se on 100-240 volts, 50/60 Hz.
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•
ToAC 120V, _
50160Hz _-_*_--\
Indicator
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Adapter/
Charger
DCIN9.6V
- Jack
Jack
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_
_
DC Cable
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/
_.....--"_
Attach Adapter/Charger
1. Attach one end of theadapter/
charger's DC cable to the DC
OUTPUT jack on the adapter/charger.
2. Attach the other end of the cable to
the DC IN 9.6V jack on the camcorder.
3. Plug the adapter/charger's plug into an
operating outlet. The POWER
indicator on the adapter/charger lights
when it is properly connected.
Notes: The adapter/chargercannotchargethe
battery and operate the camcorder at the same
time, If you connectboth, the adapter/charger
will power the camcorder. Remove the
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adapter/charger's cable from the DC OUTPUT
jack to charge the battery.
When using the adapter/charger to power the
camcorder, the battery level indicator may
display __---I. This indicator is used for
battery operation and has no meaning when
using the adapter/charger to power the
camcorder.
Remove
Adapter/Charger
1. Unplug the adapter/charger from the
wall outlet.
2. Remove the DC cable from the
adapter/charger and camcorder.
Use the Battery
to Power
Your Camcorder
Charge the Battery
The battery must be charged before it can be used the first time. Initial charging will
take approximately two hours. The camcorder's operating time depends on how often
you turn the power0n and off and how much you use zoom and pause. Conserve
battery power by turning the camcorder off during recording breaks.
ToAC 120V,
50160 Hz
Rechargeable
(Hold battery
Battery
flush and
slide down.)
:;x ¸ t ?
_
DISPOSED OF
PROPERLY.
Align
Arrows
Charger
CHARGE
Indicator
Charge the Battery
If the DC cable is attached to the
DC OUTPUT jack on the adapter/charger,
remove it.
1. Align reference mark on battery With
mark on adapter/charger.
4. If the battery is properly connected,
the adapter/charger's CHARGE
indicator lights.
Note: Yourbattery will provide better
service if you charge it before and after use
and store it at room temperature.
2. Hol d the battery flush against the
adaptei'/ch_ger and slide it in the
direction of the arrow.
5. Remove the charged battery by sliding
it up and off the adapter/charger.
3. Plug adapter/charger into nearest AC
,outlet (120V, 50/60Hz).
6. Attach the charged battery to the
camcorder as shown on the next page.
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Use the Battery to Power Your Camcorder
(continued)
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
Switch
BATTERY
EJECT
Rechargeable
Hold Battery
Flush and
Slide Down
Attach
the Charged
Battery
If the DC cable is attached to the
camcorder, remove it before attaching
the battery.
3. Press and hold the small button on the
1. Align the reference arrow on the
battery to the arrow on the back of
the camcorder.
Remove
2. Hold the battery flush against the
camcorder while sliding it down in
the direction of the arrow.
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you
slide it to CAMERA.
the Battery
1. Set the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
OFF.
2. Press and hold the BATTERY EJECT
button and remove the battery.
ATTENTION: LEAD ACID BATTERY MUST BE DISPOSED OF
PROPERLY. THE PRODUCT THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED
USES A RECHARGEABLE BA'I'TERY. AT THE END OF ITS
USEFUL LIFE, UNDER VARIOUS STATE AND LOCAL LAWS, IT
MAY BE ILLEGAL TO DISPOSE OF THIS BATTERY INTO THE
MUNICIPAL WASTE STREAM. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL
SOLID WASTE OFFICIALS FOR DETAILS IN YOUR AREA FOR
REGYCLING OPTIONS OR PROPER DISPOSAL.
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switch to
Pb
Use the Battery
Battery
to Power
Your Camcorder
(continued)
Level Indicator
The battery level indicator appears in the viewfinder and shows you the amount of
power in the rechargeable battery.
Battery Level Indicator Display
in Viewfinder
Note: If the battery level displaydoes not
appear,press DISPLAY
• When aNN appears, the battery is
fully charged.
• As the power is used _ m and
appear.
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• When the battery power is almost
gone, _- • flashes in the viewfinder.
Recharge the battery or use the adapter/
charger before continuing to use the
camcorder. Set the CAMERA/OFF/
VCR switch to OFF to turn off the
camcorder before replacing the battery.
Notes: When recording using the rechargeable battery, the battery level indicator
flashes to warn you of low battery power
even if you do not have the battery level
indicator displayed.
The battery level indicator will not be
recorded on the tape when it appears in the
viewfinder.
The battery level indicator has no meaning
when you use the adapter/charger or optional
car cord to power the camcorder.
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Use the Battery
to Power
Your
Camcorder
Battery Care
• Your battery will provide better service
and longer performance if you charge
if before and after use, and store it at
normal room temperature.
• The battery should be charged at a
temperature of 32°F-95°F (0°C-35"C)
to prevent damage.
• Do not operate the battery at temperatures below 140F (- 10*C) or above 95"F
(35°C). The battery might be damaged
Store the battery at normal room
temperature.
Lead acid batteries discharge if not
used. Recharge the battery at least
once ever six months or you may not
be able to recharge it.
Battery
if operated at temperatures above 122"F
(50°C). Operation time will decrease at
extremely low temperatures.
After repeated chargings and use the
operation time will decrease. When
the operation time becomes too short to
be useful, it is time to replace the
battery.
A battery stored for a long period
might not supply power for the
specified time. Additional rechargings
might help restore the battery's
operation time.
Safety Precauti on s ....................................
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"
° Batteries being recharged that have not
been used for an extended period may
continue to charge after the normal
time. Do not charge a battery for more
than 24 hours.
• If the CHARGE indicator on the
adapter/charger starts flashing, remove
the battery, and reattach it. If after
several attempts, the indicator continues to flash, your battery cannot take a
charge and must be replaced.
• Throwing the battery into a fire or
exposing the battery to excessive heat over 149*F (65"C) could be hazardous.
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(continued)
• Do not short the battery's terminals.
• Allow the battery to cool down before
attaching it to the adapter/charger. The
CHARGE indicator will not light and
the battery will not charge if you attach
a hot battery.
. Do not attempt to disassemble or
modify the battery. There are no userserviceable parts inside.
Use the battery only with specified AC
adapterlchargers and camcorders.
• If leakage from a damaged battery
contacts your skin or clothing, wash it
off immediately with running water.
Use the RCA
Optional
Car Cord
Adapter
The optional DCC096 car cord shown on
page 41 allows you to power your
camcorder from the cigarette lighter
socket of a car, truck, or RV. It converts
12-volts to a 9.6-volt output.
Note: Consult the installation and operating
instructions enclosed with the DCC096 for
complete operating instructions.
Use the DCC096
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/
Car Cord Adapter
Caution:
The DCC096 car cord is
designedto be used only with
vehicles having 12-voltnegative _,
ground electrical systems.
Warning: To avoid possible damage
to the camcorder, use only the
DCC096 car cord. It has positive tip
polarity and is capable of converting
12 vokstb 9.6 volts.
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:
Lighter
Socket
Cigarette
DC IN 9.6V
Jack
1.
Set the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch to
OFF to turn off the camcorder.
2. If the battery or DC cable is attached
to the camcorder, remove it.
3. Insert the small plug on the car cord to
the DC IN 9.6V jack located on the
back of the camcorder.
4.
Take the vehicle's cigarette lighter out
of the socket.
5. Insert the car cord's cigarette lighter
plug into the vehicle's cigarette lighter
socket.
.
Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you
set it to CAMERA to turn on the
camcorder.
Notes: The vehicle does not have to be turned
on for the camcorder to operate from the DC
car cord.
When using the car cord to power the
camcorder, the battery level indicator has no
meaning.
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Make sure you select good quality tapes for your camcorder. Use of poor quality tapes
or tapes that have been damaged or mishandled can contaminate the video heads,
resulting in a snowy picture or no picture at all during playback. Because there is no
control over the type of tape purchased or rented by consumers, head cleaning is not
covered under warranty. It is considered normal maintenance.
If a snowy picture or no-picture condition persists, consider the use of a dry chemical
nonabrasive head-cleaning tape. Be sure to follow the directions with the headcleaning kit carefully. Improper use of a head cleaner might damage your camcorder.
Erase Protection - Safety Tab
You can use your videocassettes over and over again. To erase a previous recording,
record over it.
y Tab
To prevent accidental
erasure, break off the tab.
Recording
and Playback
To record on the tape again,
cover the hole with vinyl tape.
Speed and Times
_°_°_:_::_:___
The camcorder records and plays back in VHS standard speed (SP). Listed below are
the maximum recording times for popular VHS cassettes.
T-120
T- 160
T-180
2 Hrs.
2 Hrs., 40 Min.
3 Hrs.
Insert and Remove
Cassettes
Tab
STOP/
EJECT
Button
one way with the
UP and ithe tape
__@i_dbwsfacing!
Windows
_casse_dd_'until
itl_ksintoplace.
Press here
to close.
1. Attach a power source to the "
camcorder.
2. Press the STOP/EJECT button.
The cassette holder opens
automatically.
.
out. Gently push the cassette down
until it locks into place.
4.
Gently close the cassette holder with
your hand.
Insert the cassette with the tape wheel
facing up and tape windows facing
Cassette
Care and Storage
__:_-_:___
• When you are finished with a cassette,
rewind it, remove it from the
camcorder, and label it.
• Store cassettes vertically in their
protective cases at normal room
temperatures. Do not leave your
camcorder or cassettes in a car or
outdoors for an extended period.
Excessive heat or cold might damage
your cassettes.
• Keep the cassette away from strong
magnetic fields such as electric motors
and other devices.
• Keep dust from entering the cassette
compartment. All dust is abrasive
and causes excessive wear on the
tape and the camcorder's recording
or playback heads.
• Do not use cassettes with damaged or
spliced tape.
• Do not use a cassette if it has been
damaged or exposed to moisture. The
tape may jam and/or damage your
camcorder.
Break off the safety tab to prevent
accidental erasure of your recording.
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Set the Time
and Date
You must set the correct date and time before it can be displayed and recorded on your
tapes. The built-in clock cell must be charged as described on the nextpage.
PEW/
REVIEW
Button
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
Switch
DATE/TIME
Button
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2. Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR
set it to CAMERA.
switch while you
Press the DATE/TIME button to
display the date and time in the
viewfinder.
.
A flashing cursor lets you know which
part of the display you are setting.
If the flashing cursor does not appear,
press and hold DATE/TIME
and then
press STOP/EJECT.
12:00AM
"1_
.
18
111998
Repeatedly press the EFWD or REW/
REVIEW until the correct month
appears.
advance
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STOP/EJECT
Button
0
Attach a power supply to the
camcorder.
1.
F.FWD Button
Press and hold the button to
the digits faster.
5. When the correct month is displayed,
press STOP/EJECT. The cursor
moves to the next part of the display.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set the correct
month, day, year, hour, minute(s), and
AM/PM.
.
After setting AM or PM, press the
DATE/TIME button to remove the
flashing cursor and start the internal
clock.
To Correct the Date or Time
To correct the date or time, press and hold
the DATE/TIME button and then press
STOP/EJECT. The display appears along
with the flashing cursor. Use STOP/
EJECT, EFWD, and REW/REVIEW to
correct the time or date. Press DATE/
TIME to remove the flashing cursor and
start the clock.
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•
Record
•:
the Time and Date, AUTO Date, Auto TITLE, or Date
The time and date, AUTO date, auto TITLE, date only, or no date can be recorded on
your tape. Whenever one of these displays appear, it is recorded.
11/18/1998
Date andTime Display ,,, ,
11/18/1998
Date Display
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:
To Select the Display to Record
Repeatedly press DATF_/I'IME to
select the display youwant to record.
• Date and Time Display:. The
date and time are displayed.
and recorded.
•
QAUTO Date: The date is
automatically recorded for
approximately ten seconds at the
beginning of the recording.
Charge
the B Ulitin
-
• (_ TITLE: The date and title you
have created are displayed and
recorded.
• Date Display: The date is
displayed and recorded.
• No Display: No display is
displayed or recorded.
Cloc k Batte ry: _...... ............
: ..................
:.......................................
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:........................
"• ••
The camcorder has a built-in rechargeable battery that must be charged.
1. Attach a power supply and set the- '
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch to OFF.
2. Leave the power supply attached at
least 24 hours,
montl_
_!:a
camcorder tO an authorized RCA Service Center.
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Use the Viewfinder
The camcorder's viewfinder is a miniature monitor that displays the picture seen by the
camcorder when recording.
Adjust Viewfinder for Convenient Viewing
For convenient viewing, rotate the viewfinder horizontally, pull it out from the
camcorder, and adjust the eyepiece.
Eyepiece Focus
Control
Viewfinder
Eyepiece
0
Pull
Viewfinder in Operating Position
Viewfinder in Carrying or Storing Position
_.:2_
Eyepiece Focus Control
The eyepiece focus control lets you set the
focus of the viewfinder for your vision. If
you wear eyeglasses, you probably can
operate the camcorder without them.
It is easiest to set the correct focus by
focusing on one of the viewfinder's onscreen displays. Look through the
t
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viewfinder and adjust the eyepiece focus
control for your vision.
The eyepiece focus control does not affect
the focus of the picture actually recorded
by the camcorder.
Use the Viewfinder
(continued)
Tilt Adjustment
BRIGHT
Control
____.__
0
BRIGHT Control
The brightness of the viewf'mder can be
adjusted by rotating the BRIGHT control.
This does not affect the picture being
re_orded by the camcorder.
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Viewfinder
Displays
O000M
AE:60
INDEX
ZOOM
NO
TAPE
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10:30AM
W
11/18/1998
REC
AE:60
(Auto Exposure)
Shutter
Speed
Status Displays
Press the DISPLAY button to display the
shutter speed selected by the camcorder.
The following displays appear to tell you
the status of the camcorder.
Battery
•
The REC indicator appears during
recording.
•
The ••
indicator appears when the
camcorder is fast-forwarding.
•
The ••
indicator appearswhen the
camcorder is rewinding.
•
The II indicator
record-pause.
Level Indicator
(_)
Press the DISPLAY button to display the
amount of time left on the rechargeable
battery. Details are on page 13.
INDEX Indicator
Press the DISPLAY button to display this
indicator when the camcorder is placing
an index mark on the tape. Details are on
page 26.
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appears during
Viewfinder
Displays
(continued)
Tape Counter
Stop
(0000M) with Memory
Press the DISPLAY button to display the
tape counter. The tape counter helps
locate segments of tape.
•
•
Whenever the tape counter is
displayed, the memory-stop feature
turns on.
Tape-Remaining Indicator (.m)
Press the DlSPLAYbutton to display the
tape-remaining indicator. This display
shows the approximate amount of tape
left for recording or playback. Details
are on page 26.
Zoom( N
_ ) and ZOOM
Details are on page 28.
Tape Warnings
TAPE END)
The zoom indicator ( t ) appears
when you use the power zoom
buttons (T and W).
(TAPE, NO TAPE, and
•
TAPE flashes when you try to record
with the safety tab removed.
•
TAPE flashes when a damaged tape is
inserted. Remove the tape and replace
it with a new one.
Indicators
•
ZOOM appears when you zoom more
than 16 times.
Details
are on pages 27.
NO TAPE flashes when you try to
record with no cassette inserted.
•
TAPE END flashes when there is
approximately five minutes recording
time left on the tape.
•
TAPE END briefly appears when you
reach the end of the cassette during
recording.
Time and Date Display
Press the DATE/TIME button to display
the time and date, AUTO date, auto
TITLE, date only, or no date when the
camcorder is in record-pause.
•
These displays are recorded on the
tape when they appear in the
viewfinder.
•
Details are on pages
18-19.
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DISPLAY Button
REWIREVIEW Button
VCR Switch
Zoom Buttons
(T and VO
DISPLAY
Button
Quick Review Feature
The DISPLAY button lets you remove the
battery level, tape counter with memory
stop, tape speed, remaining-tape, index,
shutter speed, and zoom indicators from
the viewfinder.
Press and release REW/REVIEW when the
camcorder is in record-pause to review
the last few seconds of a recording. The
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch must be set
to CAMERA.
• Press DISPLAY to remove the
indicators.
The camcorder plays back the last few
seconds of the recording, returns the tape
to its previous position, and returns to
record-pause.
• Press DISPLAY again to display the
indicators.
Camera
Edit Feature
The camera edit feature allows you to
position the tape when the camcorder is in
record-pause. Press and hold the small
button while you set the CAMERA/OFF/
VCR switch to CAMERA.
• Press and hold REW/REVIEW to
visually search the recorded tape
in reverse.
• Press and hold F.FWD to visually
search forward on the recorded tape.
• Press and hold PLAYto view the
recorded tape at normal speed.
When you release the button, the
camcorder returns to record-pause at that
point on the tape.
Auto Shot
TM
Feature
The camcorder automatically adjusts
shutter speed, light, focus, white balance,
and iris according to the recording
conditions.
Microphone
The microphone picks up the sound
during a recording. It is more sensitive to
sounds coming from the direction the lens
is pointed.
Auto Focus
The camcorder focuses on the subject in
the center of the viewfinder. Auto focus
operates on the telephoto (T) side from
approximately 2-1/2 feet to infinity. It
operates on the wide-angle (W) side from
3/8 inch from the lens surface (macrofocus) to infinity.
Note: When the displays appear, the AE
indicator for the shutter speed selected by the
carncorder (1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250,
1/350,
1/500,
1/750,
1/I000,
1/1500,
1/2000,
or 1/4000) appears in the viewfinder.
The following conditions may prevent
auto focus from operating properly.
• Recording a subject through a window.
• Recording a subject having a close
foreground and a far background.
• Recording two subjects at different
distances that overlap.
• Subject not in center of scene.
• Recording in low-light situations.
• Recording a scene with fast motions,
like a tennis swing.
Macro Focus
The macro-focus feature lets you focus on
objects as close as 3/8 inch from the
camcorder lens.
1. Press and hold zoom button W until
the lens is completely
2.
zoomed
out.
Position the subject in the center of
the scene.
Notes: Zooming is not possible when using
macro-focus. To change the size of the
subject, move the camcorder lens closer or
farther away from it.
For best results increase illumination when
recording with macro-focus.
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•
Tape-Remaining
Display
Electronic
The tape-remaining display shows the
amount of recording or playback time left
on the tape in the camcorder.
H
Indexing
Each time you begin recording (after the
camcorder has been turned off for at least
four hours), the camcorder automatically
records an index mark at the beginning of
the new recording.
When you play back the indexed tape in a
VCR that has a compatible indexing
feature called "VHS Index Search
System", the invisible marks are located
automatically. See your VCR Owner's
Manual for index playback instructions.
BI
Tape-Remaining Display
in Viewfinder
Press DISPLAYto display the taperemaining indicator in the viewfinder.
The camcorder takes approximately
ten seconds when you first start
playing or recording a tape to
calculate the tape remaining.
....
appears while the
camcorder calculates the amount of
tape remaining.
Once the amount of tape remaining is
calculated, it updates and is readily
available as long as the same tape
remains in the camcorder.
When mm
appears, all or most of
the tape remains.
As the tape is used, _
appear.
and mr----
When the tape is almost at its end,
TAPE END flashes in the viewfinder.
INDEX
INDEX Display
in Viewfinder
When the DISPLAYbutton
is pressed
the displays appear, INDEX appears
briefly to let you know the camcorder
so
is
recording an index mark.
Note: The camcorder does not record index
marks every time you stop and start recording.
An index mark is recorded only once - at the
start of each day's recording session
(or whenever the camcorder has been turned
off for four hours).
Zooming
You can zoom in and out for close ups or wide-angle shots by pressing one of the zoom
buttons on the camcorder.
Zoom Buttons
(T and W)
Use the Zoom Buttons
(T and W)
1. To zoom in or out from wide angle to
32 times, press zoom button T or W.
• To move the lens in the telephoto
(close-up) direction, press T.
ZOOR
• To move the lens in the wide angle
direction, press W.
When you press DISPLAY so the displays
appear, the zoom level indicator appears
in the viewfinder during normal zooming.
Zoom Indicators
in Viewfinder
When you zoom in more than 16 times,
ZOOM appears in the viewfinder.
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Tape Counter
The tape counter acts as a handy reference to help you locate tape segments.
The memory-stop feature helps locate a certain point on the tape. When the
tape counter appears, memory stop is automatically turned on.
DISPLAY
Button
F
CAMERA/
RESET
OFF/VCR
Switch
REWI
REVIEW
Button
STOP/EJECT
Button
O0
Use the Memory-Stop
Feature
Place the camcorder in record-pause.
Make sure the displays appear in the
viewfinder. If they do not, press
DISPLAY.
1.
EFWD Button
.
2. Locate the place on the tape you want
to return to, and press RESET to reset
the counter to O000M.
O000M
you marked, press the REC/PA USE
button to stop recording or the STOP/
EJECT button to stop playback.
Press and hold the small button while
you set the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
switch to VCR.
5.
Press the REW/REV1EW
tape rewinds
O000M.
button.
to the counter
The
reading
of
Notes: Press DISPLAY to display the tape
counter. Whenever the tape counter is
displayed, memory stop is turned on.
Tape Counter With
Memory Stop
.
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Continue to record or play the tape.
When you want to return to the place
Whenever memory stop is turned on, the
camcorder stops rewinding or fast forwarding
when the counter reaches 0000M. To continue
rewinding or fast forwarding, press the button
again.
The tape counter automatically resets to
0000M whenever a cassette is inserted.
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Recording
Tips
• Try to make sure indoor scenes are
well-lit. This improves picture quality
and color reproduction.
• Do not move the camcorder rapidly
from side-to-side while recording.
A steady, gradual "pan" avoids
blurring and "jitter".
• Use the viewfinder to make sure the
camcorder is level while recording so
that your scene isn't "tilted".
• Do not bump or tap the camcorder's
microphone while recording because
this sound is recorded.
• Include close-ups of individuals
when taping family outings or
group functions.
Travel Tips .................................
Write down your camcorder's serial
number and keep it separate from the
camcorder when traveling. If your
camcorder is lost or stolen, you will be
able to identify it.
Use extra care to avoid damage to your
camcorder and accessories when
operating them at a beach or pool.
Spray, sand, and dust should be
avoided. If your lens has been exposed
to the elements, clean it only with
proper lens cleaning supplies.
• Be aware of video and audio backgrounds. Background details barely
noticed while you are taping might
show up as visual "clutter" on your
recording. Background noises
(especially TV sets, radios, household
appliances, traffic sounds, etc.) might
detract from the sound you want to
record.
° Avoid long "still" shots of landmarks
and scenic attractions. Recordings are
more interesting if they include people
and details. "Local color" will give
travel videos lasting appeal. Consider
recording a familiar or landmark scene
from an unfamiliar vantage point.
..............
.................................
Make sure you have any adapters that
you may need before taking your
camcorder to other countries. Consult
your dealer for advice.
Carry your camcorder in a carrying
case when traveling. See page 41 for a
case designed especially for this
camcorder. An ordinary suitcase or
carry bag does not offer the protection
your camcorder needs. Treat your
camcorder as carry-on luggage to
protect it from rough handling.
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Titler
The camcorder's built-in titler stores a title in memory. You can display and record the
created title at any time.
The built-in character register contains over 45 different characters for creating your
titles. The title can contain up to 32 characters on two lines.
- Button
(Also REW/REVIEW
+ Button
(Also F.FWD
TITLER
Button
\
CAMERA/OFF/
VCR Switch
ooo
3(
Button)
Button)
EDIT-AD V Button
(Also STOP/
EJECT Button)
Titler (continued)
To Create a Title
1. Attach a power source to the
camcorder. Press and hold the small
button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
switch while you set it to CAMERA.
2. Press TITLER to display the titler
graphics in the viewfinder. A flashing
cursor appears.
3. Press ED1T-ADV to move the flashing
cursor to the place you want to begin
your title.
See the chart below for the characters
available.
5. After you have selected the first
character, press EDIT-ADV to move
the flashing cursor where you want
the next character to appear.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have
completed the title.
7. When you are finished, press T1TLER
to store the title and remove the title
4. Select the first character for your title
by pressing the + or - button until the
character you want appears in the
viewfinder.
1. Press T1TLER to display the titler
graphics in the viewflnder.
graphics from the viewfinder.
Remember: Remove the tifler graphics
from the viewfinder for normal recording.
.
2. Press EDIT-ADV to move the flashing
cursor over the character you want to
correct.
Chart
of Characters
AB
CDEFG
Press the + or - button until the
correct character appears.
Note: If you want to delete a character,
press + or - until the blank space appearsi
in Titler's
HI
J
Register
KLM
N O PQ
RS
T UVWXYZ
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ? '
-
;
:
< >
../
,
! (BLANK)
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Titler (continued)
Record
a Title on a Tape in the Camcorder
1. Attach a power source to the
camcorder. Press and hold the small
button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR
switch while you slide it to CAMERA.
2. Locate the place on the tape where
you want to record the title.
Note: If you record a title on a
prerecorded tape, the audio and video is
erased where the title is inserted. There
will also be a three-to-four second pause
of blank tape before the existing audio
and video return.
3. Press TITLER to display the titler
graphics in the viewfinder.
TITLER to remove the titler graphics
from the viewfinder. The camcorder
now records normally. If you do not
want to continue recording, press
REC/PA USE.
Remember:
Remove the titler
graphics from the viewfinder for
normal recording.
Note: You can use theAUTO title feature
to automatically record the title and date
for ten seconds when you begin recording.
Press the DATE/TIME button to display
(_ TITLE before starting to record.
4. Press REC/PAUSE to start recording
the title.
5. After you have recorded the title for
the desired length of time, press
Record
a Title While Copying
a Tape from the Camcorder
1. Attach a power source to the
camcorder.
2. Place the tape you want to copy in the
camcorder and place the CAMERA/
OFF/VCR switch in VCR.
3. Place a blank tape in the VCR, and
place the VCR in record-pause.
4. Start copying the tape from the
camcorder to the VCR. Details are
on pages 36-37.
5. When you see the place on the
tape you want to insert the title,
press T1TLER.
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VCR
6. After you have recorded the title for
the desired time, press T1TLER to
stop recording the title.
7. Stop the camcorder and VCR when
you finish copying the tape.
Important Note: Remove the titlergraphics
from the viewfinder for normal recording.
Viewfinder
Playback
Viewfinder playback is the simplest way to watch tapes using the camcorder.
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
Viewfinder
Eyepiece
PLAY
Button
STOP/EJECT
Button
Control
Control
To Play Back a Tape
1. Attach a power supply.
• Grasp the viewfinder and rotate it
horizontally. Pull the viewfinder
out from the camcorder and rotate
Attach the adapter/charger, charged
battery, or optional car cord.
the eyepiece into a comfortable
viewing position
2. Insert a tape.
• Press STOP/EJECT to open the
cassette compartment.
Ca_tion-_ing
• Insert the cassette with the safety
tab facing up and the tape windows
facing out. Press the cassette down
gently until it locks into place, and
close the cassette compartment
door.
• The camcorder only plays back
tapes recorded in the SP speed.
3.
4.
• Turn the eyepiece focus control to
adjust the focus of the viewfinder
for your vision.
• Rotate the BRIGHT control to
adjust the brightness.
Press PLAY to begin playback.
.
• If necessary, adjust tracking.
Press and hold the small button on
the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch
while you slide it to VCR.
Adjust the viewfinder.
• During playback, use the playback
features on the following page. •
.
Press STOP/EJECT when you are
finished.
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Playback
Features
CAMERA/
OFF/VCR
REW I
REVIEW
Button
F.FWD
BI
STOP/
EJECT
Button
S witch
oooo
Button
Tape Positioning
Stop-Action
Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you
slide it to VCR.
• During playback, press REC/PAUSE to
"stop the action" and view one frame of
the tape.
• Press and quickly release REW/
REVIEW or EFWD to rewind or
• Press REC/PAUSE again to return to
normal playback.
fast-forward the tape.
• Press STOPIEJECT to stop
the tape.
Visual Searching
• During playbac k, press and hold
EFWD or REW/REVIEW if you
want to search the tape visually in
forward or reverse.
• Release the button to return to
normal playback. _ ......
t
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"
"
Pause
Playback
Features
(continued)
TRACKING
Buttons
(Also W and T
Buttons)
Tracking
During playback, streaks might appear in
the playback picture. Press either
TRACKING button to move the streaks
up or down and out of the picture.
• During stop-action playback, pressing
one tracking button might reduce
picture "jitter" (picture bouncing up
and down). Some "jitter" is normal.
Remove the tape to reset the tracking
its preset center.
to
Note: The tracking buttons only affect tape
playback. They have no effect during
recording.
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Playback
on TV (or VCR) with Audio/Video
Inputs
To connect your camcorder to a TV monitor (or VCR) with audio and video inputs, you
need an optional audio/video cable, such as VH83 shown on page 43. If your TV is
"already connected to a VCR, attach the camcorder to the VCR and watch what the
camcorder is recording or playing on the TV.
Yellow
White Audio Plug
VIDEO
AudlorCideoCab_
Back of
VCR or
TV Monitor
v_omug
-OR-
""_8 r
Audio
Plug
o. :
/
_
/
: :/
l
White
AUDIO
Jack
:
::
:
.
Yellow
Audio Plug
White Audio Plug
/
_
I "_L
Y-Adapter
Audio/VWeo Cable
(such as Vii83)
..........
Back of
Stereo
VCR or
TV Monitor
Installation
.
Attach the white plug on one end of
the audio/video cable to the AUDIO
IN jack on the TV (or VCR).
Notes: If your cable does not have white
and yellow plugs, attach the same color to
the audio jacks.
If your TV (or VCR) has stereo AUDIO IN
jacks, attach the plug to the one labeled
MONO. If one is not labeled MONO you
need a Y-adapter, such as AH25, shown on
pago43 to hear both channels.
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Yellow
Video Mug
2. Attach the yellow plug to the VIDEO
IN jack on the TV (or VCR).
3. Attach the white plug on the other
end of the audio/video cable to the
AUDIO jack (located under the small
cover) on the side of the camcorder.
4. Attach the yellow plug to the yellow
VIDEO jack on the camcorder.
i ¸ .
Playback
•
Operation
and How to Copy Tapes on the VCR
1. A. Camcorder connected directly to
TV: Turn on the TV and tune it to
the video input channel.
B. Camcorder connected to VCR that
is already connected to TV: Turn
on VCR and place it in the "line"
or "camera mode". (If your VCR
does not have a "line" or "camera
mode", consult the VCR owner's
manual.) Operate the TV as you
normally do to see the signal
coming from the VCR.
2. Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you
slide it to VCR.
3. Press PLAY.
• During playback, use the playback
features on pages 34-35.
4. To copy what the camcorder is
playing, place a blank cassette in
the VCR, and press the VCR's
RECORD button.
Note: Make sure the memory-stop feature
is turned
off (press
DISPLAY)
camcorder will enter play-pause
counter reaches O000M.
or the
when the
5. Press STOP/EJECT when you are
finished.
Note: The camcorder only plays back
tapes recorded in the SP speed.
Viewing What the Camcorder
is Seeing
1. A. Camcorder connected directly to
TV: Turn on the TV, and tune it to
'the video input channel.
B. Camcorder connected to VCR that
is already connected to TV: Turn
on VCR and place it in the "line'"
or "camera mode". (If your VCR
does not have a "line" or "camera
mode", consult the VCR owner's
manual.) Operate the TV as you
normally do to see the signal
coming from the VCR.
(or Recording)
__
2. Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while
you slide it to CAMERA.
Note: Turn the TV's volume down to
prevent a high-pitched squeal caused
by feedback.
3. Press the REC/PA USE button to begin
recording. You can watch what the
camcorder is seeing (or recording) on
the TV screen.
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Playback
on a TV Without Audio/Video
Inputs
To connect your camcorder to a TV without audio/video inputs, you need an
optional CRF95 RF output adapter and an optional coaxial RF cable, such as VH82
. or VH90 shown on page 43. If your TV has audio and video inputs (or is
connected to a VCR), refer to pages 36-37.
Antenna
I
I",
OR
OR ',\
Antenna
Optional 300/75 ohm
Transformer
Back of TV
\
\
\
\
\
......
\
Channel
\
\
R
V'_
",,
.....
I! _"
[ _
_
",_
IN
...... zOx
75-300Ohm
_
Optional
Transformer
(such as VH54
Selector
\\
\
.i
_v,
i-"q_amam_
[[]_"
/
Optional Coaxial RF Cable
OUT
(such as VH82 or VH90)
TO TV
RF Output Adapter
(such as CRF95)
Installation
1. Disconnect the VHF antenna from
Note: If your TV has 300 ohm screw
terminals, you need a 75/300 ohm
transformer, such as VH54, shown on
page 43.
your TV. Connect the antenna to the
IN FROM ANT connector on the RF
output adapter if you are going to
leave the adapter connected to the TV.
Note: If your VHF antenna is the flat
twin-lead type attached by two screws,
you need an optional 300/75 ohm
transformer.
2. Attach one end of the optional coaxial
RF cable to the OUT TO TV
connector on the adapter, and attach
the other end to the VHF input on
ycburTV as shown.
38
.
Attach the RF output adapter's yellow
plug to the VIDEO jack, the small
plug to the RF DC OUT jack, and the
white plug to the AUDlOjack
located
under the small cover on the side of
the camcorder.
Playback
Operation
1. Set the CH3/CH4 switch on the
4. Press PLAYon the camcorder.
RF output adapter to channel
CH3 or CH4.
•
2. Turn on the TV, and tune it to the
same channel you selected with the
RF output adapter's CH3/CH4 switch.
During playback, use the playback
features described on pages 34-35. _
5. Press STOP/EJECT on the camcorder
when you are finished.
3. Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you
slide it to VCR.
Viewing
What the Camcorder
Is Recording
1. Turn on theTV and tune it to channel
3 or 4. Turn the TV's volume down to
prevent a high-pitched squeal caused
by feedback.
2. Set the CH3/CH4 switch on the RF
output adapter to the same channel
you selected on the TV.
Normal
3. Press and hold the small button on the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR swiich while you
slide it to CAMERA.
4. Press the REC/PA USE button to begin
recording. You can watch what the
camcorder is seeing (or recording)
on the TV screen.
TV Viewing
........
_.,,-_-:_,__
For normal TV viewing, leave the RF
output adapter hooked up to the TV.
Disconnect the adapter's plug from the
camcorder or turn the camcorder's
power off.
Note to Cable TV Installer
This reminder is provided to call your attention to Article 820-40 of the
National Electrical Code (Section 54 of Canadian Electrical Code, Part I), that
provides
guidelines
for proper
grounding
and, in particular,
cable ground shall he connected
to the grounding
close to the point of cable entry as practical.
system
specifies
that the
of the building
as
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Thecamcorder's
shoulder
strapisdesigned
toletyoucarrythecamcorder
fromyourshoulder
and- whenyouarereadytoshoot- bringthe
camcorder
toshooting
position
in onequickmovement.
To Attach the Shoulder
Strap
1. Unfasten one end of the shoulder strap
from the buckle. Make sure you leave
the buckle on the strap.
Buckle
2. Thread one end of the shoulder strap
through one of the shoulder strap rings
as shown below.
Shoulder Strap
Attachment Ring
Shoulder Strap
Attachment Ring
4O
3. Thread the end of the strap back
through the buckle making sure it is
threaded over the outer strap. Make
sure the strap is not twisted.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 to attach the other
end of the strap.
5. Pull on the straps and make sure they
are securely fastened before you use
the shoulder strap to support your
camcorder.
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These accessories
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and watching your
your local Dealer.
If a dealer is not nearby, all accessories
using the order form on page 45.
are available through
toll-free
ordering or by
AC202 Soft Carrying Case
DCC096 DC Car Cord Adapter
This case provides protection and utility
for full size camcorders and most
This car cord adapter enables you to
operate your camcorder from your car,
truck, or RV by plugging the car cord
directly into the vehicle's cigarette lighter
socket. The DCC096 is designed
specifically to convert power from a
12-volt battery to a 9.6-volt output.
accessories. It is constructed of rugged
nylon fabric for years of reliable service.
Three outside pockets provide ample
accessory storage with mesh-covered lens
filter compartment and built-in holders for
memo pads, pens, and other accessories.
The hand grip and adjustable shoulder
strap allow for convenient, comfortable
transportation of the camcorder ....
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EP096FS and EP096FL Rechargeable
Batteries
These rechargeable lead-acid batteries
are designed specifically for long life.
The EP096FS is a l-hour battery. The
EP096FL powers your camcorder twice
as long as the EP096FS (depending on
how much you turn the camcorder on
and off and use zoom and pause). Both
can be recharged with the_AC adapter/
charger that came with your camcorder.
CPS014 AC Battery Charger
The CPS014 battery charger plugs
directly into an AC outlet and charges the
EP096FS and EP096FL camcorder
batteries. Because the CPS014 operates
on 100-240 Volts, 50/60 Hz, you can use
it virtually anywhere in the world.
A plug adapter might be required in
some countries.
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Using the Optional AC093 Tripod
Mounting the camcorder on a tripod, such
as AC093, keeps the camcorder steady
and produce excellent video results.
This tripod's fluid-effect head provides
smooth-camera pan and tilt. The quickrelease mount makes it easy to attach or
remove the camcorder. The grooved,
tubular 3-section leg design folds down to
24" when not in use. Rubber feet allow
for sure footing and built-in retractable
leg spikes eliminate the need for
removing the feet.
CRF95 RF Output Adapter
This RF output adapter is used with a,
coaxial RF cable, such as VH82 or VH90,
to connect your camcorder to a standard
TV (one without audio/video inputs)for
playback. If your antenna cable is the flat
twin-lead type attached by two screws,
you need a 300-to-75 ohm transformer.
If your TV has 300 ohm antenna screw
terminals, you need an optional 75-to-300
ohm transformer such as VH54.
VH54
Cable Transformer
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• ....
"
This 75-to-300 ohm transformer is used to
connect a standard 75-ohm antenna cable
(such as VH82 or VH90) to the 300 ohm
screw terminals on a TV.
VH83 Audio/Video Cable
Coaxial RF Cables
This six foot audio/video Cable can be
used to connect the camcorder tO a TV
VH82 (6-ft) .
VH90 (12-ft)
These RF cables are used with the RF
output adapter to connect your camcorder
to a standard TV (one without audio/video
input jacks) for playback. If your TV has
300 ohm antenna screw terminals, you
need an optional 75-to-300 ohm
transformer, such as VH54. If your
antenna cable is the flat twin-lead type
attached by two screws, you need an
optional 300-to-75 ohm transformer.
monitor or VCR for tape playback or
copying tapes.
AH25 Y-Adapter
This Y-adapter allows you to connect your
camcorder's mono audio cable to a:stereo
TV or VCR.
:,
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Remove the Lens Hood
The lens hood can be removed so you can attach optional accessories, such as wideangle lens, lens extenders, or lens filter kits.
To Attach
an Accessory
Lens
1. Attach the lens cap over the lens hood.
3. Turn the accessory lens clockwise into
the cameorder's lens. Make sure the
lens is tightened firmly, but do not
over tighten.
.
Turn the lens cap and hood
counterclockwise with the palm of
your hand to remove them.
Order Form for Camcorder
Part
Description
Deluxe Tripod
Soft Camcorder
Case
Y-Adapter
AC Adapter/Charger
(100-240V)
RF Output Adapter
No.
Model CC4251
Price
AC093
$ 59.95
AC202
$ 49.95
AH25
$
CPS014
$219.95
CRF95
$ 69.95
2.95
DCC096
$ 49.95
Rechargeable
Battery
(Extended)
EP096FL
$ 79.95
Rechargeable
Battery
(Standard)
EP096FS
$ 69.95
VH54
$
2.95
VH82
$
6.95
VI-I83
$
5.95
VH90
$
7.95
241305
$ 12.95
241044
$169.95
241308
$ 13.65
Car Cord Adapter
75-300
Coaxial
Cable Transformer
RF-Cable
Audio/Video
Coaxial
Cable
RF-Cable
Total
Qty.
]
Shoulder
Strap
AC Adapter/Charger
(Supplied)
DC Cable
Total Merchandise
...........................................................................................
$
Sales Tax ..........................................................................................................
We are required by law to collect the appropriate
sales tax for each individual state, county, and
locality to which the merchandise is being sent.
$
Shipping and Handling ....................................................................................
$
Total AmountEnclosed
.................................................................................
Use VISA, MasterCard, or Discover.
Money order or check must be in U.S.
$
5.00
currency only. No COD or cash.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
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Charge your order on your VISA,MasterCard,
or Di_over Card by filling in below
USE
YOUR
CREDIT
CARD
IMPORTANT: Copy complete account numberfrom your VISA card
IMPORTANT:
Copy complete account numberfrom your MasterCard
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Prices are subject to change without notice.
A complete and correct order will
save you days of waiting.
Print or type your name and
address clearly.
Name:
Street:
Apt:
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City:
State:
Zip:
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Please
make sure that both sides of this form have been filled out completely.
• Allow 4 weeks for delivery.
• All accessories are subject to availability.
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¢d
To order accessories,
contact your local Dealer.
If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the directions below to order by
telephone or direct-by-mail.
United States and Canada Orders
To place your order by phone, have your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
and call the toll-free number listed below between 8 AM and 10 PM (EST)
Monday through Friday or between 9AM and 5PM (EST) Saturday.
Use this number only to place an order for accessory
this order form.
items listed on
1-800-338-0376
To place your order by mail, detach and mail the completed order form with credit
card information, money order, or check in U.S. currency (made payable to
Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.) to the following address:
Video Accessories
PO Box 8419
Ronks, PA 17573
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If you're having trouble with your camcorder, you probably can correct the problem
yourself. Before you take your camcorder to an Authorized RCA Camcorder Service
Center or call a service person, use the chart below. Find the problem and try the
adjustment(s) that is listed to the right.
If service should be necessary, read your warranty to find out what is covered and how
to get service.
[Trouble
: _!!?iii_ii_ii_
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.i,
No power
•
•
•
Won't record or
•
play back
•
Press and hold the small button while you place the
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch to CAMERA or VCR.
If using battery, it might need to be recharged.
If using AC adapter/charger, make sure it is plugged
into a working outlet.
If using AC adapter/charger, make sure it is plugged
into a working outlet.
Make sure CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch is set to correct
position for desired operation.
There might not be a cassette in the camcorder.
Try ejecting and reinserting the cassette.
The cassette tape might be broken, try another cassette.
You may have reached the end of the cassette, try
rewinding it.
• Moisture condensation might cause the tape to stick to
the headwheel and damage the headwheel or tape. Give
the camcorder 2 or 3 hours to reach a stable temperature
before reinserting a cassette.
•
•
•
•
Won't play back
•
Set CAMERA/OFF/VCR
Won't record
•
•
Safety tab is removed. See page 16.
Set CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch to CAMERA.
No picture
•
Remove lens cap.
Camcorder turns
off
switch to VCR position.
Set CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch to OFF and then
CAMERA or VCR to turn back on. If camcorder is left
in record-pause or play-pause for several minutes, it
turns off to prevent tape wear.
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Sound is too low or
distorted
Tape stops during
rewind or fast
forward or rewind
or fast forward not
•
operating
•
Camcorder remains in
Tape-counter displayed. Whenever the tape counter
appears, the camcorder stops rewinding (or fast
forwarding) when the counter reads 0000M. Press
REW/REVIEW or EFWD again to continue rewinding
or fast forwarding or press DISPLAY to remove the
tape counter from the viewfinder.
Make sure titler graphics do not appear in viewfinder.
Press TITLER button to remove.
•
Press REC/PA USE to return to normal playback.
•
•
Lens is smudged and image appears unfocused.
Eyepiece focus control is misadjusted.
play-pause mode
Poor auto-focus
operation
Viewfinder displays
are out of focus or
dark
Eyepiece focus control is misadjusted. Adjust for your
vision. Seepage 20.
Rotate the small BRIGHTdial on the bottom of the
viewfinder to control the brightness of the image in the
viewfinder.
Picture quality is poor
during playback
Date and/or time or
title were recorded
on tape
•
Tape was recorded
•
If the picture contains black-and-white
streaks, press
one TRACKING
button to correct it. See page 35.
Camcorder only has one speed (SP). If the tape was
recorded at a different speed, it cannot be played back
on this camcorder.
•
•
on a different
camcorder
or VCR.
Displays are recorded on tape whenever they appear in
the viewfmder. Remove them from the viewfinder
when recording. Seepage 19.
When (_) AUTO or T/TLE is selected, the display is
automatically recorded when you begin recording or
change the cassette. See page 19.
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Titleisrecorded
on
tape
Title is recorded whenever it appears in the
viewfinder.
Press the TITLER button to remove
title from the viewfinder.
the
See page 32.
Dateand/or
timeare
incorrect
Date or time might need to be set See page 18.
Clock lithium cell battery might need recharging.
See page 19.
Bright, crystalshaped spots appear
in viewfinder
Sunlight is directly entering the lens.
Colored bright spots
appear in viewfinder
Black spots or bright
Rechargeable
battery runs down
sooner than
expected
Lead-acid batteries must be kept charged. Charge your
battery before and after every use and at least every
six months.
Battery run times are measured when the camcorder is
recording continuously. To check your battery; charge it
completely, aim the camcorder at a clock, and record the
clock. When the camcorder stops recording, play the last
part of the tape and check the time on the clock. A onehour battery should give you about 60 minutes of
recording time. In practical use, a fully charged battery
might not record for 60 minutes because the battery uses
power when you pause the recording and uses extra power
when you zoom.
Camcorder does not
turn on and/or
function buttons will
not operate
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spots Of light (red,
green, or blue)
may appear in the viewfinder.
These spots are not
recorded on the tape and are not due to a defect in the unit.
Remove the power source. After one
minute press the reset switch gently
using a nonmetallic pointed item, such
as a toothpick, until you feel a click.
This resets the camcorder to the factory
,settings'and erases the date, time, and
custom settings. Wait for at least one
minute after resetting the camcorder to
attach a power supply.
Reset
Switch
Clean the Camcorder
To clean the camcorder's exterior, remove
any power source connected to the
camcorder and gently wipe it with a clean
soft cloth.
Clean the Camcorder's
Lens__'_:":':'_"
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To clean the camcorder's lens, blow it with a blower brush, and gently wipe the lens
with cleaning tissue and commercially prepared cleaning solution designed for use
on camera lens. Improper cleaning may scratch the lens.
_onr:=_nOt
Clean the Camcorder's
_eh
Viewfinder
_"
You can remove the viewfinder eyepiece for cleaning.
t. Turn the eyepiece counterclockwise
pull it out.
and
2. Gently use a cotton swab or blower
brush to remove the dust.
3. To reattach the eyepiece, align
• the reference marks and turn the
eyepiece clockwise until it clicks
into place.
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Proper Care and Storage
Keep dust and grit from entering the
camcorder's cassette door. Dust and
grit are abrasive and cause excessive
wear to both the camcorder's
recording/playback
cassettes.
heads and
• Always place the lens cap back on the
camcorder when it is not in use.
Before handling your camcorder, make
sure your hands and face are free from
any chemical products such as suntan
lotion, as it might damage the finish.
• The camcorder might be damaged by
improper storage or handling. Do not
subject the camcorder to swinging,
shaking, or dropping.
• Do not store the camcorder in
temperatures below -22°F (-30°C) or
above 149°F (65°C).
• When the camcorder is not in use,
always remove the cassette and AC
adapter/charger or battery.
• Retain the original carton for future
storage or shipping purposes.
Things to Avoid __
• Do not attempt to disassemble your
camcorder. There are no userserviceable parts inside.
• Avoid operating your camcorder
immediately after moving it from a
cold location to a warm location. Give
the camcorder 2 to 3 hours to reach a
stable temperature before inserting a
cassette. When the camcorder is
moved from cold to warm,
condensation might cause the tape to
stick to the headwheel and damage the
headwheel or tape.
• Do not aim your camcorder at the sun
or other bright objects.
• Do not leave your cameorder in direct
sunlight for extended periods of time.
The resulting heat buildup might
permanently damage the camcorder's
internal parts.
• Do not operate the camcorder in
exqremely humid environments.
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• Do not carry the camcorder by the
viewfinder. This might cause personal
injury or damage the camcorder.
Do not operate the camcorder near the
ocean as salt water or salt water spray
may damage the internal parts of the
camcorder.
• Do not operate the camcorder for
extended periods in temperatures
below 40°F (4°C) or above 95°F
(35°C).
• Do not expose the camcorder or
adapter/charger to rain or moisture.
If any component becomes wet, turn
off the power and take the unit to an
Authorized RCA Cameorder
Service Center.
• Do not use an adapter/charger or
batteries other than the ones specified
for the camcorder. Use of the wrong
accessories might cause damage to
the camcorder.
General
Power requirement: 9.6VDC
Power consumption: 7.5 watts
Weight: 4.4 Ibs. (2kg)
Dimensions
- Including
Camera
Two
AC Adapter/Charger
VHS
system:
video record/playback
frames
(D)
Section
Record/playback
fields/30
1/4" CCD Imager
16:l (4-64 mm) power zoom lens
Diameter: 46 mm
Viewfinder:
108 (W) x 213 (H) x 334 (D) mm
Format:
525 lines/60
Image Sensor:
Lens: F1.4
4-114" (W) x 8-3/8" (H) x 13-I/8"
Video Recorder
Section
Scanning:
Power requirement:
50160 Hz.
120 V,
Power consumption:
24 watts
Weight: .85 lbs. (390g)
Dimensions:
heads
Video _ignal: EIA standard
NTSC color
6"(W) x 1.7"(H) x 2.7"(D)
152 (W) x 43 (H) x 69 (D) mm
Viewfinder
Tripod Mount
Color viewfinder
One 1/4"x 10 threaded hole
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
generates,
radio frequency
•
Connect
and, if not installed
•
Consult
communications.
invalidate
However,
there is no
will not occur in a
particular installation.
If this equipment
cause harmful interference
to radio or
television
reception,
by turning
the equipment
is encouraged
Resrient
into an outlet
on a
the dealer or an experienced
without
radio/
for help.
or modifications
appropriate
the user's
carded
authorization
out
may
FCC right to operate
the
equipment.
does
which can be determined
offand
to try to correct
by one or more of the following
•
the equipment
TV technician
Alterations
that interference
the
This
and used in accordance
with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference
to radio
guarantee
between
and receiver.
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
uses, and can radiate
energy
Increase the separation
equipment
to provide
reasonable protection
against harmful
interference
in a residential
installation.
equipment
•
or relocate
on, the user
the interference
measures:
the receiving
antenna.
toutes les ex!gences du R6glement sur le
matOiel brouilleur du Canada.
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Thomson provides a toll-free telephone
number to help you with any problems you
You can reach Thomson at the
following number:
may encounter with your camcorder. Many
can be diagnosed over the phone, and if
necessary, repair or replacement will be
arranged. Please have your camcorder model/
serial number and date of purchase ready
800-283-6503
(Toll free inside U.S.A.)
Our toll-free Camcorder number
operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST
Monday - Friday
for U.S. customers only
when you call. If your unit is out of warranty,
we will quote the cost of a repair or
replacement unit to you.
Returning
equipment
to Thomson
for repair or exchange
If we are unable to resolve your problem over
the phone, we will gladly service your unit or
exchange it for a new or, at our option,
refurbished camcorder. Refer to the limited
warranty on the next page to learn about your
specific rights and responsibilities.
Important information to customers
Thomson Consumer Electronics
The Thomson representative who authorized
the return of your equipment will give you an
RA number over the phone. They will also
provide you with instructions on where and
how to return your Camcorder. Write the
number in large, clear characters on the
outside of the box. To avoid confusion and
misunderstandings, shipments without an RA
number clearly visible on the outside of the
box will be returned to you at your expense.
Include a brief note describing the problem
and any conversations about the problem you
have had with Thomson personnel.
Include your name, address and model/serial
number of your Camcorder. These numbers
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Always consult Thomson and get a Return
Authorization number before returning
anything! Obtain a Return Authorization
(RA) number from the telephone
representative before returning your
equipment to avoid delays, accounting errors,
or even loss of your unit.
who ship defective
equipment
to
are located on the bottom of your unit.
If your Camcorder is within the warranty
period, please provide a copy of the bill of sale
to verify purchase date. Use the original box
and packing material to protect the equipment
from damage in shipment.
For your protection, insure all shipments for
full replacement value and use a reliable
shipper. Thomson assumes no responsibility
for warranty shipments from the customer to
the factory if not shipped in the manner
prescribed by Thomson.
What your warranty covers:
•
Any defect in materials or workmanship.
For how long after your purchase:
•
90 days for labor charges.
• One year for parts.
The warranty period for rental units begins
with the first rental or 45 days from date of
shipment to the rental firm, whichever
comes first.
What
we will do:
During the initial 90 days
• Exchange your camcorder with a new or
refurbished unit, or repair your camcorder.
The option will be ours. There will be no
cost to you.
After the 90 days and within one year
• Exchange your camcorder with a new or
refurbished unit, or repair your camcorder.
The option will be ours. Parts will be
provided at no charge, but you will be
responsible for the cost of labor required
for the repair.
How you get service:
•
Call 1-800-283-6503 and have your unit's
date of purchase and model/serial number
ready. The model/serial number
information is on the bottom of your
camcorder.
•
A representative will troubleshoot your
problem over the phone. If the
representative determines that you should
receive a replacement unit, you will be
provided with a Return Authorization (RA)
number and the location of a nearby
exchange point if one exists. No returns
will be accepted without the RA number.
To receive a replacement Camcorder.-.
'
before yo u return yours:
If you are located near an exchange uoint:
1. We will send a replacement unit to the
exc[aange point next business day delivery
in the continental U.S.A.
2. The exchange location will notify you of its
arrival.
3. Take your unit, excluding all accessories,
and your evidence of purchase date, such as
a bill of sale, to the exchange location and
you will be provided the new or refurbished
unit.
4.
If the repairs were covered by your
warranty, you will not be billed.
If you are not located near an exchan2e
point:
I. Provide your Discover, MasterCard, or Visa
account number and expiration date to our
•phone representative. This is for security
purposes. If we receive your unit,
excluding all accessories, within 14 days
from the date you were provided the RA
number, only items not covered by
warranty will be charged to your account.
IF YOUR UNIT IS NOT RECEIVED
WITHIN 14 DAYS, THE SUGGESTED
RETAIL VALUE OF THE CAMCORDER WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR
CREDIT CARD. This amount will be
credited if the unit is subsequently
received.
2. We will send you a replacemen t unit next
business day delivery in the continental
U.S.A.
3. You will receive an invoice packed with the
replacement product r but will not be
charged for the unit portion of the invoice
amount if we receive your unit within 14
days from the date you were provided the
RA number. Any labor and parts charges
not covered by our warranty will be
included and charged against your account.
4. Ship the unit back to us, excluding all
accessories, using the replacement unit's
carton. Shipping instructions will be
included in the carton along W!th .YO
ur RA
number which will allow you to easily ship
the unit back to us. Make sure you insure
your shipment in case of damage or loss.
Include with the shipment:
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• Evidence of purchase date, such as a
bill of sale, to verify your unit's
warranty eligibility.
•
A brief note describing your
camcorder's problem.
• Your name, address and phone number.
Return transportation, storage, handling, and
insurance costs are your sole responsibility.
We accept no liability in case of damage or loss.
To receive a replacement unit after we have
received your unit:
1. Write the RA number on the outside of
the carton used to return the unit.
Make sure you insure your shipment in
case of damage or loss.
•
Take your unit to the Authorized RCA
Camcorder Service Center of your choice.
• Show the Authorized RCA Camcorder
Service Center representative evidence of
purchase date, such as a bill of sale.
• Pick up your camcorder when repairs are
complete.
What your warranty
Adjustment
•
Damage
•
A unit that has been modified
•
A brief note describing your camcorder
problem.
• Your name, address and phone number.
Return transportation, storage, handling, and
insurance costs are your responsibility. We
accept no liability in case of damage or loss.
4.
The representative will advise the address
to mail a cashier's check or money order
for payment if there are any out of
warranty labor or parts charges and you
elect not to use your credit card.
5. Upon receipt of your product, a new or
refurbished unit will be shipped to you
next business day delivery in the
continental U.S.A.
To have your Camcorder
repaired by an
Authorized
RCA Camcorder
Service
Check with your dealer or call 1-800-3361900 for the Authorized RCA Camcorder
Setwice Center
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controls.
or neglect.
or
purposes.
Batteries
for remote
control
and clock.
Cleaning of video/audio heads.
Camcorders purchased or serviced outside
the U.S.A.
• Return transportation, storage and handling
costs of your unit, including insurance for
loss or damage.
• Acts of God, such as but not limited to
lightning damage.
Product Registration:
•
Please complete and mail the Product
Registration Card packed with your
camcorder. It will make it easier to contact
you should it ever be necessary. The return
of the card is not required for warranty
coverage.
How State Law relates to warranty:
•
This warranty gives you specific legal
rights and you also may have other rights
that vary from state to state.
If you purchased your camcorder outside
the United States:
• This warranty does not apply, Contact your
dealer for warranty information.
Center:
•
from misuse
incorporated
into other products or is used
for institutional
or other commercial
3. Include with the shipment:
Evidence of purchase date, such as a
bill of sale, to verify your unit's
warranty eligibility.
of customer
cover:
•
2. Carefully pack the unit, excluding all
accessories, using the original box and
packing material if possible.
•
d_not
nearest
you.
A
clean the camcorder viewfinder 51
clean the lens 51
clean the viewfinder 51
Accessories
included 3
proper care and storage 52
things to avoid 52
Care and storage
camcorder 52
cassette 17
optional 41
order form 45
Adapter/charger
accessory 3
charging battery I 1
using 4, 10
AE focus indicators 22, 25
Assistance 1,. 3
Assistance, customer 54
AUDIO and VIDEO jacks 8, 36,
Auto focus 25
Auto shot feature 25
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B
Battery 3
attaching and removing
care 14
12
charging 11
level indicator 13, 22
safety precautions 14
storage 14
using 11
BATTERY EJECT button 9, 12
BRIGHT control 6, 8, 21, 33
C
Cable TV installer note 39
Camcorder
clean 51
operating controls 8
turn on 5
Camera edit feature 25
CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch
5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28,
30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39
Car cord adapter 15
Care ahd maintenance
Cassette care and storage 17
Cassette compartment 5
Cassette door 9
Cassette holder 17
Cassettes
insert and remove 17
Cassettes, video 16
Cautions i
Charging clock battery 19
Chart of characters in titler 31
Checks, trouble 48
Clean the camcorder lens 5 I
Clean the viewfinder 51
Clock battery
charging 19
Contents 1
Copy tapes 37
Customer assistance and service 54
D
Date and time
display 18, 23
record 19
set 18
DATE/TIMEbutton
8, 18, 19, 23, 32
DCcable 3, 10, I1, 12, 15
DC IN 9.6V jack 9, 10, 15
Design specifications 53
DISPLAY button
8, 13, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 37
Displays in viewfinder 22, 23
.-
57
Information to user 53
Insert and remove cassettes
E
EDIT-ADV button 8, 30, 31
Electronic indexing 26
Erase protection 16
Eyepiece focus control 9, 20, 33
F
EFWD (fast forward) button
8, 18, 25, 28, 30, 34
Fast-forwarding indicator 22
First time operation 3
L
Lens 8
Lens cap 4
Lens hood 8
remove 44
M
Macro focus 25
Memory-stop feature 28
Microphone 8, 24
H
Handstrap 9
Head cleaning
17
N
16
I
NO TAPE indicator 23
O
Important safety information i
INDEX indicator 22, 26
Indicators
AE focus 22, 25
battery level 13, 22
fast-forwarding 22
INDEX 22, 26
NO TAPE 23
pause 22
REC 6, 22
record-pause 6
rewind 22
status 22
TAPE 23
tape counter 23, 28
TAPE END 23
time remaining 23, 26
ZOOM 23
zoom level 23, 27
Operating controls 8
Optional accessories 41
Order form
accessories 45
P
PLAY button 7, 8, 25, 33, 37, 39
Playback
first 7
Playback features
stop-action pause 34
tape counter 28
tape positioning 34
tracking 35
visual searching 34
Playback on a TV without audio/video
inputs 38
Playback
on TV (or VCR)
with
audio/video inputs 36
Playback speed 16
Powering your camcorder
using adapter/charger
10
using battery 11
using optional car cord adapter
Problem solving 48
Product registration i
15
Q
Specifications 53
Speed
recording and playback
Status indicators 22
STOP button 7, 28
Stop-action pause 34
STOP/EJECT button
5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 28, 30, 33, 34, 37, 39
T
Table of contents
Quick review feature 24
9, 22, 32, 34,
6, 22
button
28, 30, 34
RF DC OUT jack 8, 38
RF output adapter, optional 38
S
Safety information i
Safety precautions
battery 14
Safety tab 16
Searching during playback
Shoulder strap 3
attach 40
34
Shoulder strap attachment rings 9, 40
Solving problems 48
SPspeed
1
Tape
insert 5
R
REC indicator 6, 22
REC/PAUSE button 6,
37, 39
Record-pause indicator
Recording speed 16
Recording tips 29
Registration i
RESET button 28
Reset switch 8
REW(rewind)/REVIEW
7, 8, 18, 24, 25,
Rewind indicator 22
::
16
Tape copying 37
Tape counter 23, 28
TAPE END Indicator 23, 26
TAPE indicator 23
Tape positioning 34
Tape warnings 23
Things to avoid 52
Time and date
display 18, 23
record 19
set 18
Time-remaining display 23, 26
Tips
recording 29
travel 29
Titler 30
chart of characters 31
correct an error 31
create a title 3 !
record on a tape in camcorder 19, 32
record while copying a tape 32
TITLERbutton
8, 30, 31, 32
Tracking 35
TRACKING buttons 9, 35
Travel tips 29
Tripod
optional 42
using 42
Trouble checks 48
16, 33
59
U
Unpack
camcorder
and accessories
3
V
VIDEO and AUDIOjacks
8, 36, 38
Video cassettes 16
Viewfinder 9, 20, 21
adjust for viewing 20
displays 22, 23
eyepiece focus control 20
playback 33
Visual searching 34
W
Warnings i
Warnings, tape 23
Z
Zoom buttons 9, 25, 27
ZOOM indicator 23, 27
Zoom level indicator 23, 27
Zooming 27
_ THOMSON CONSUMER
10330
N Meridian
Indianapolis,
IN
ELECTRONICS
Street
46290
©1998 Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.
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