3-290-149-11(1)
Memory Recording
Unit
Operating Instructions
Owner’s record
The model number and the serial number are located at the name plate on the left of the
unit. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. HVR-
Serial No. ______________________
HVR-MRC1
 2008 Sony Corporation
On trademarks
Table of contents
Overview ........................................................ 3
Names of parts ............................................... 4
Memory Recording Unit / i.LINK Cradle ...................... 4
LCD screen display ............................................................. 5
Using in VIDEO mode .................................... 6
Connecting this unit to a camcorder ................................ 6
Inserting/removing optional memory media ................ 6
Menu settings ...................................................................... 6
Menu organization (VIDEO mode) ............... 7
Recording images from the camcorder to this
unit ................................................................. 9
Recording images
(POWER switch at the ON side) ....................................... 9
Playback the image recorded on a
CompactFlash in this unit ............................ 12
Playback (POWER switch to ON) .................................. 12
Useful functions in combination with HVR-Z7/S270
............................................................................................. 13
Using in COMPUTER mode .......................... 16
Connecting to a computer ............................................... 16
Menu organization (COMPUTER mode) ..... 17
Folder saving format ................................... 18
Folder organization .......................................................... 18
Notes regarding COMPUTER mode .............................. 19
Power supply ............................................... 20
Preparing the power supply ........................................... 20
Trouble shooting .......................................... 22
Power sources .................................................................... 22
Recording ........................................................................... 22
Connecting a computer .................................................... 23
Warning indicators ...................................... 24
Self-diagnosis display ...................................................... 24
Caution message ............................................................... 25
About i.LINK ................................................. 26
Optional CompactFlash ............................... 27
CompactFlash .................................................................... 27
Specifications ............................................... 28
Precautions ................................................... 29
Getting the best performance from the
battery pack ................................................. 30
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• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
• i.LINK and are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
• HDV and the HDV logo are trademarks of Sony
Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
• Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media
are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple
Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
• CompactFlash is the registered trademark of SanDisk
Corporation.
All other product names mentioned herein may be the
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
companies. Furthermore, ™ and “®” are not mentioned in
each case in this manual.
Notes on the License
ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER
PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES
WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO
INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY
PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE
PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH
LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250
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Overview
Integrated architecture to the camcorder
Supported models
• The body is small and light with a weight of about 130 g
and connects directly to a camcorder without a cable to
provide camcorder mobility. Power is supplied from the
camcorder so no additional battery is required; weight and
size have thus been minimized. The power-saving design
also enables longer recording time.
• The operational status such as operating mode, remaining
CompactFlash capacity or recording format, etc. can be
checked on the LCD screen of the camcorder. Not having to
check the unit itself means you can concentrate more on
what you are shooting.
• The camcorder used with this unit can output a record
command without a tape inserted. This synchronizes the
unit to the REC/STOP operation of the camcorder and so
audio and video can be recorded on the CompactFlash unit
only. A loop recording mode is also available which
enables you to record repeatedly.
• This unit can be connected to a camcorder via a special
interface.
• Refer to the supplied “Guide to supported models and
their functions” for details on supported models when
connecting via an i.LINK terminal.
Recording on small, light and highly versatile
CompactFlash
• CompactFlash used as recording media
• CompactFlash is less subject to strong vibration or high
altitude and are highly resistant to impact such as being
dropped. This enables recording in a wide range of
environments.
• A highly versatile CompactFlash media (16GB) enables
about 1 hour and 12 minutes of recording of an HDV/
DVCAM/DV stream.
• Connecting the unit to a computer via a commercial
CompactFlash reader allows faster data transfer to the
computer than when using a tape. The data transfer time
depends on the specifications of the CompactFlash media
and CompactFlash reader.
Can also connect to the HVRA-CR1 i.LINK
cradle
• The unit can be connected to a computer or camcorder via
the HVRA-CR1 i.LINK cradle.
• The unit operates with a battery or AC adaptor via the
HVRA-CR1 i.LINK cradle, which enables you to record in a
wide range of environments.
• This unit has two operating modes, VIDEO mode and
COMPUTER mode. The mode is automatically selected
depending on which device is connected. The unit
independently outputs playback video to the i.LINK
interface.
• VIDEO mode is for recording and playback an HDV/
DVCAM/DV stream via the i.LINK terminal of the
camcorder.
• COMPUTER mode enables the unit to be recognized as an
external drive when connected to a computer via an i.LINK
terminal. This mode enables high-speed data transfer.
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Names of parts
Memory Recording Unit / i.LINK Cradle
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qg
5
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
q;
qa
qs
qd
qf
qh
qj
qk
Attaching to the i.LINK cradle
Attach this unit to the i.LINK cradle by sliding
the unit in the direction of the arrow.
1 RELEASE button
9 PLAY/EXEC button
Press this button to remove this unit.
Press this button to play recorded files.
Press this button during playback to pause playback.
When the menu screen is displayed on the LCD screen,
press this button to execute the selected menu item.
2 CAM LINK button
Press this button to switch to CAM LINK [ON]
(FOLLOW/SYNCHRO) to record video in conjunction
with the recording operation of the camcorder, or to CAM
LINK [OFF] to record with this unit alone.
* Default setting is CAM LINK [ON].
q; REC button
Press two buttons together to start recording.
qa STOP button
3 PREVIOUS/REW button
Press this button during standby to go back to the
previous clip.
Press this button during playback to stop playback and
restart playback from the beginning of the current clip.
Keep this button pressed down during playback to play
the current clip backwards at triple the normal speed.
When the menu screen is displayed on the LCD screen,
press this button to move the cursor.
Press this button to return to the VIDEO mode screen.
Press this button to stop recording or playback.
When a menu is selected, press this button to cancel it.
qs POWER switch
Press this button to turn the power of this unit on or off.
The VIDEO mode and COMPUTER mode switch
automatically.
qd REC lamp/Access lamp
4 CompactFlash slot door OPEN latch
Slide the button to open the CompactFlash slot door. If
the CompactFlash door is opened while the CompactFlash
is being accessed, such as when recording or during
playback, operations will stop.
5 LCD screen
6 MENU/LCD BACK LIGHT button
Press this button to display the menu screen on the LCD
screen.
Press the MENU/LCD BACK LIGHT button long enough
for the backlight of the LCD screen to come on or off.
7 REPEAT button
Press this button to change the auto repeat mode.
Each time you press the button, the mode cycles through
each of the following changes.
REPEAT1 (Repeatedly plays back the selected clip only)/
ALL REPEAT (Repeatedly plays back all clips)/OFF
8 NEXT/FF button
Press this button during standby to go to the next clip.
Press this button during playback to stop playback and
restart playback from the beginning of the next clip.
Keep this button pressed down during playback to play
the current clip forwards at triple the normal speed.
When the menu screen is displayed on the LCD screen,
press this button to move the cursor.
4
REC lamp/Access lamp comes on during recording in
VIDEO mode.
REC lamp/Access lamp blinks while accessing the
computer in COMPUTER mode.
qf
HDV/DV terminal
Connect to a camcorder or computer with an i.LINK
cable.
qg CompactFlash slot door
qh Eject lever
Press this lever to eject the CompactFlash.
qj DC IN (DC power input) terminal
Connect the AC adaptor etc. to supply power to this unit.
qk Attachment screw hole
This unit enables mounting to the camcorder equipped a
cold shoe or to directly mount to a tripod using the
optional shoe adaptor.
Use a tripod with 5.5 mm or shorter screws.
LCD screen display
VIDEO mode
During recording
1 2
During playback
3 4
5 qa
9
6
8
q;
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1 Power supply display
This icon is not displayed when this unit is connected
directly to the camcorder.
Displays the power supply icons when connected to a PC
or camcorder using the i.LINK cradle.
Battery pack in use
Display the remaining battery capacity.
AC adapter connected
2 CAM LINK mode display
When the CAM LINK is set to ON, this icon is on.
When the CAM LINK is set to OFF, this icon is off.
3 CompactFlash display
Remains on under normal conditions.
Starts blinking in the following situations.
• When the remaining recording time is less than 5
minutes
• When the CompactFlash slot door is open
• When the clip number is 9999
4 Clip number display
Displays the selected clip number or recording/playback
clip number.
5 Remaining CompactFlash capacity display
Displays the remaining recording time (in minutes).
8 Status display
Displays the status with an icon.
x Power is on and playback/recording is stopped
z Recording
N Playback
u Pausing playback
M Fast-forward
m Rewind
9 REC mode display
Displays REC mode setting in the menu.
NORMAL Not displayed.
Cache recording mode
Interval recording mode
Loop recording mode
q; Repeat mode display
Displays the repeat status during playback.
REPEAT 1
REPEAT ALL
qa Loop recording display
Time display of 5 is the total time recorded by loop
recording.
Displays [L] to the left of the time display.
6 Format type display
Displays the recording/playback clip format.
7 TC (time code) display
Displays the time code.
5
Using in VIDEO mode
Connecting this unit to a camcorder
Refer to the operating instructions of the camcorder.
Connecting the shoe connector of the unit enables the
camcorder to supply power and a stream signal.
Removing the CompactFlash
1
Open the CompactFlash slot door and push the eject
lever 1 to remove the CompactFlash.
2
Close the CompactFlash slot door.
Inserting/removing optional
memory media
• Although this unit has been tested with CompactFlash,
Sony does not guarantee its operation with all
CompactFlash.
The operation of this unit with Sony CompactFlash has
been checked.
• CompactFlash with 133x 2GB or more specifications are
recommended for this unit. (A speed of less than 133x is
not guaranteed; space less than 2GB is not guaranteed.)
• Always format a new CompactFlash with this unit
before use.
• Do not remove the CompactFlash while the access lamp
is blinking.
Inserting the CompactFlash
1
Open the CompactFlash slot door while sliding the
OPEN latch.
2
Push the CompactFlash in the correct direction until it
clicks into place.
3
Close the CompactFlash slot door.
1
1
1
CompactFlash capacity and available
recording time
CompactFlash available recording time
2GB
Approx. 9 min.
4GB
Approx. 18 min.
8GB
Approx. 36 min.
16GB
Approx. 72 min.
Notes
Do not repeatedly insert or remove the CompactFlash over a
short amount of time. Doing so may cause mis-recognition of
the CompactFlash and memory malfunction. If you open the
CompactFlash slot door while the unit is recording or in
playback, operations will stop. If that occurs, be sure that the
status on the LCD screen changes to x (playback/recording
is stopped) before removing the CompactFlash.
When ejecting the CompactFlash, forcefully pressing the eject
lever and allowing the CompactFlash to be pointed
downward when ejected will cause the CompactFlash to fall.
Menu settings
3
2
Check the individual settings and change them if necessary.
For details, see page 7.
1
Display the menu screen on the LCD screen by
pressing the MENU button.
2
Select the desired setting by pressing the PREVIOUS/
REW button or the NEXT/FF button and press the
PLAY/EXEC button.
3
Select the desired item by pressing the PREVIOUS/REW
button or the NEXT/FF button and press the PLAY/
EXEC button.
4
Return to the VIDEO mode screen by pressing the
STOP button. Press the MENU button to close the
menu screen.
Notes
You cannot record or play back movies while the menu
screen is displayed on the LCD screen. Also, you cannot
change to the menu screen on the LCD screen during
recording or playback.
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Menu organization (VIDEO mode)
root
CLIP SELECT
DELETE
CLIP
ALL
FORMAT
REC MODE
NORMAL
CACHE
INTERVAL
LOOP
i.LINK MODE
AUTO
HDV
DV
SETTING
TC FORMAT
AUTO
NDF
DF
DV FILETYPE
AVI
RAW DV
INTERVAL
REC TIME
0.5sec
1sec
1.5sec
2sec
INT.TIME
30sec
1min
5min
10min
CAMLINK SEL
FOLLOW
SYNCHRO
SLEEP MODE
OFF
1min
5min
CAMERA NO
ALL RESET
* Boldface settings are default settings.
CLIP SELECT
REC MODE
You can select the clip number directly.
Press the PREVIOUS/REW (previous clip/rewind) or NEXT/
FF (next clip/fast-forward) button to select the number and
press the PLAY/EXEC (playback/execute) button.
Select the digits one by one. The display returns to the menu
after four digits are selected.
If there is no clip number, the previous clip number is
selected.
• NORMAL
Sets the normal recording mode.
• CACHE
Sets the cache recording mode.
• INTERVAL
Sets the interval recording mode. Only DVCAM/DV format
is valid.
• LOOP
Sets the loop recording mode.
DELETE
Deletes the recorded data or formats the CompactFlash.
• CLIP
Displays the three clip numbers from those displayed on the
normal screen.
Selects and deletes clips.
• ALL
Deletes all the recorded clips.
• FORMAT
Formats the CompactFlash.
Notes
When inputting the stream signal from the i.LINK,
INTERVAL and LOOP is valid.
i.LINK MODE
• AUTO ....... Automatically switches to the camcorder
recording/playback format.
• HDV .......... Plays back HDV format only.
• DV ............. Plays back DVCAM (DV) format only.
If there is no clip, you cannot make a selection.
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SETTING
TC FORMAT
Follows the DF/NDF of the time code from the camcorder
connected to this unit.
• AUTO ....... Follows the time code format of the camcorder.
• NDF ........... Records the time code in NDF format.
• DF .............. Records the time code in DF format.
Notes
The default [AUTO] setting is NDF. If time code information
from the camcorder is not obtained, this unit is set to the most
recent recording setting.
DV FILE TYPE
Changes the DV recording format.
• AVI ............ Records video in AVI format.
• RAW DV ... Records video in DV format.
INTERVAL
• REC TIME
Selects the interval recording time.
You can select [0.5sec], [1sec], [1.5sec] or [2sec].
• INT.TIME
Selects the interval time between recordings.
You can select [30 sec], [1 min], [5 min], or [10 min].
CAM LINK SEL
When CAM LINK is set to [ON], select the type of camcorderlinked operation.
• FOLLOW ...... Uses this setting when connecting to a
camcorder that has no “external REC
control” function. The unit follows the
camcorder operation.
• SYNCHRO ... Uses this setting when connecting to a
camcorder that has an “external REC
control” function. The unit operates
simultaneously with the camcorder.
SLEEP MODE
Switches the sleep mode ON/OFF.
• OFF
Sleep mode is set to OFF.
• 1min
If the i.LINK cable is disconnected and no operation is done
for more than one minute, this unit automatically switches to
SLEEP status.
• 5min
If the i.LINK cable is disconnected and no operation is done
for more than five minutes, this unit automatically switches
to SLEEP status.
To return to normal status, reconnect the i.LINK cable to this
unit or turn the POWER switch off and back on.
Notes
In SLEEP MODE, this unit is not completely switched off but
continues to run using low power consumption.
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CAMERA NO
You can assign a number to the data clip name when
recording.
Use this mode to assign non-overlapping numbers to clip
names recorded simultaneously on more than one camcorder,
or to manage clip data by assigning numbers.
Press the PREVIOUS/REW (previous clip/rewind) or NEXT/
FF (next clip/fast-forward) button to select the number and
press the PLAY/EXEC (playback/execute) button.
Select the digits one by one. The display returns to the menu
after two digits are selected.
The factory default setting is [00].
ALL RESET
Restores all default settings.
Recording images from the camcorder to this unit
Images recorded by the camcorder can be recorded onto this
unit.
Recording images
(POWER switch at the ON side)
x Recording video simultaneously on this unit and
a camcorder
– Connecting to a camcorder with an “external REC
control” function (SYNCHRO mode)
When connected to a camcorder that has an external REC
control function, this unit can be controlled by the
camcorder to record video data simultaneously to the
camcorder recording on tape.
• Clips recorded by this unit include several frames after
the recording stopping point on the tape.
The different methods of recording are as follows:
x Recording video simultaneously on this unit and
a camcorder
x Recording on this unit during camcorder tape
replacement
x Recording video from this unit
x Operating cache recording
x Operating interval recording
x Operating loop recording
Notes
• A 0 KB file may be created, but the file cannot be opened
because it does not have video data. Do not delete the 0 KB
file on your computer. If you do, this clip cannot be played
back.
• When changing the tape, the audio may mute on some
camcorder models. At the recorded part, only video is
recorded.
• When HDV recording with this unit, if you start the tape
recording with the camcorder, the i.LINK output stream is
cut for about 0.5 seconds, so when that video is recorded
onto this unit, it is the cut form. In this case, the file will be
separated before and after changing the tape recording
started.
• The file will be separated automatically every time the
recording time of one clip over about 20 minutes but this
clip is operated as a same clip.
• If the i.LINK cable is disconnected or the power of the
connecting device turned off during recording, recording
stops but the data recorded until that point is recorded.
• If the power of this unit is turned off by battery exhaustion
or mistakenly sliding the POWER switch, the data recorded
until the power off is detected is recorded on a
CompactFlash in this unit.
• If the battery pack is removed or the jack of the AC adaptor
disconnected during recording, the folder information at
the moment the power goes off may not be written
correctly.
• The interval recording operation of the camcorder is not
timed, so operations are not guaranteed.
• Do not switch the audio mode of the camcorder while
recording. Depending on the PC application, there may not
be any audio.
Camcorder
STANDBY
REC
REC
This unit
STANDBY
STANDBY
STOP
REC
STANDBY
1
Press the CAM LINK button of this unit and set it to
ON.
2
Set the [CAM LINK SEL] setting of this unit to
[SYNCHRO].
3
Set the [EXT REC CTRL] setting of the camcorder to
[SYNCHRONOUS].
4
5
Connect the camcorder to this unit via an i.LINK cable.
Press the REC START/STOP button of the camcorder to
start recording.
• The above Step 3 is for the HVR-Z7/S270 series. For details
on another camcorder you want to connect to this unit,
refer to the operating instructions supplied with that
camcorder.
• For details on the types of camcorder that have an “external
REC control” function and on motion detection, refer to the
“Guide to supported models and their functions” supplied
with this unit.
– Connecting to a camcorder without an “external
REC control” function (FOLLOW mode)
When connected to a camcorder that has no external REC
control function, this unit regularly checks the status of
the camcorder and follows its recording operation.
Camcorder
This unit
STANDBY
STANDBY
REC
REC
STANDBY
STANDBY
1
Press the CAM LINK button of this unit and set it to
ON.
2
Set the [CAM LINK SEL] setting of this unit to
[FOLLOW].
3
4
Connect the camcorder to this unit via an i.LINK cable.
Press the REC START/STOP button of the camcorder to
start recording.
Notes
• This unit may lag up to two seconds behind the tape
recording/stopping point of the camcorder.
• For details on camcorders that have been tested in
FOLLOW mode, refer to “Guide to supported models
and their functions” supplied with this unit.
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x Recording on this unit during camcorder tape
replacement
When connected to a camcorder that has an external REC
control function, you can record video on this unit only
while changing the tape of the camcorder.
Cache recording mode
The most recent approximately maximum 14 seconds of
video and audio captured by the camcorder are held in a
buffer memory and automatically recorded when the
recording button is pressed.
5 minutes before end of tape
Camcorder
REC
Changing the tape
REC
STANDBY
REC
This unit
STANDBY
STOP
REC
STANDBY
To set cache recording
Select [CACHE] from [REC MODE] on the menu screen.
Notes
1
Press the CAM LINK button of this unit and set it to
ON.
• After cache recording, it may take about 30 seconds to write
data of the cache part.
2
Set the [CAM LINK SEL] setting of this unit to
[SYNCHRO].
3
Interval recording mode
Set the [EXT REC CTRL] setting of the camcorder to
[RELAY].
4
5
Connect the camcorder to this unit via an i.LINK cable.
•
•
•
•
•
Press the REC START/STOP button of the camcorder to
start recording.
When the remaining time of the tape is less than 5 minutes,
the camcorder sends a command to this unit to start
recording.
The recording by this unit can be stopped from the
camcorder after changing the tape or by pressing the STOP
button of this unit.
The noise of the tape change is recorded.
The above Step 3 is for the HVR-Z7/S270 series. For details
on another camcorder you want to connect to this unit,
refer to the operating instructions supplied with that
camcorder.
For details on camcorders that have an “external REC
control” function and on motion detection, refer to the
“Guide to supported models and their functions” supplied
with this unit.
Records a series of videos at regular intervals.
This function is useful to observe things like cloud
movements or daylight changes. Only DVCAM/DV format is
valid.
Selecting an interval recording time
Select [SETTING] t [INTERVAL] t [REC TIME] on the
menu screen to set the time.
You can select [0.5sec], [1sec], [1.5sec] or [2sec].
Setting the interval time
Select [SETTING] t [INTERVAL] t [INT TIME] on the
menu screen to set the time.
You can select [30sec], [1min], [5min] or [10min].
Setting interval recording
Select [INTERVAL] from [REC MODE] on the menu screen.
LCD screen display in interval recording mode
Notes
• During RELAY recording, the cache recording cannot be
operated.
x Recording video from this unit
You can use this unit to start or stop recording a video
input signal from an i.LINK without linked operation to a
device connected via i.LINK.
Camcorder
This unit
STANDBY
REC
STANDBY
REC
REC
STANDBY
STANDBY
REC
STANDBY
1
Press the CAM LINK button of this unit and set it to
OFF.
2
Slide the REC button to start recording.
10
Remains on during
recording and blinks
during standby
Loop recording mode
Repeats overwrite-recording using the available space on the
CompactFlash.
You cannot select this mode if the remaining recording time
is less than 5 minutes (CompactFlash icon is flashing).
Setting loop recording mode
Select [LOOP] from [REC MODE] on the menu screen.
LCD screen display in loop recording mode
Remains on during recording
Notes
• The speed will slow according to the volume of data being
written because of limitations of the CompactFlash
capacity. For that reason, the following usages are
recommended when operating loop recording;
– Use a new CompactFlash (more than 300x).
– Format a CompactFlash before starting loop recording.
• CAM LINK is turned OFF automatically while in the
interval and loop recording modes. Press the REC button to
starting recording.
• The data recorded by loop recording mode is updated at
regular intervals. When updating the data, the whole
recording time may be shortened.
• Updates the data regardless of update intervals when
starting recording by a camcorder during loop recording
mode in HDV.
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Playback the image recorded on a
CompactFlash in this unit
To play back video clip recorded on a CompactFlash in this
unit, you need to connect this unit to a playback device via an
i.LINK cable.
Playback (POWER switch to ON)
Trick playback
When the playback image is output to i.LINK, the clip is
played at 3x, 6x, and 9x the normal speed.
To play back at the changed speed
To select the playback format
Keep pressing . or > button during playback to start
playback at the changed speed.
• The sequence of change is 3x, 6x, 9x and then back to 3x.
• It takes a few seconds for playback to start at the changed
speed.
• The screen may not be displayed correctly during trick
playback or playback. If that situation occurs, stop the
playback once and try to replay.
Select i.LINK MODE on the menu screen and select the
desired setting, AUTO, HDV or DV.
For details on selecting the menu, see page 6.
Repeat playback
– AUTO
This unit can automatically repeat playback of all or one clip
in this unit.
The playback method is as follows.
• Standard playback
• Trick playback
• Repeat playback
Automatically switch the HDV/DV format signal during
playback.
– HDV
To set repeat mode
Display
or
on the LCD screen by pressing the
REPEAT button on this unit.
Only play back the part recorded in HDV format.
–
– DV
Only play back the part recorded in DVCAM (DV) format.
Standard playback
In this mode, the recorded clip in this unit is output to the
i.LINK depending on the type of format.
To play back normally
Select the clip number in CLIP SELECT of the menu, or
display the desired clip number on the LCD screen by
pressing . or >.
Play back the image by pressing the H button on this
unit.
• When you pause during playback with this unit, no stream
is output.
• During playback, the screen may become momentarily blue
or frozen for about 0.5 second at the transition between
scenes (when switching clips).
REPEAT 1
The recorded image in the desired clip is repeatedly
playback.
–
ALL REPEAT
ALL REPEAT plays back all recorded images in this unit
to the last clip then goes back to the first clip and repeats
playback.
– OFF
Start playback from the desired clip and stop it after
playback of the last clip.
REPEAT mode
Clip
Clip number
Clip A
File A-1
File A-2
File A-3
Clip B
File B-1
File B-2
File B-3
Clip C
File C-1
File C-2
File C-3
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OFF
REPEAT 1
REPEAT ALL
Useful functions in combination
with HVR-Z7/S270
Tapeless external REC control
Even if there is no tape in the HVR-Z7/S270, you can start or
stop recording the image on this unit.
You can record the time code of the HVR-Z7/S270 without a
tape in the HVR-Z7/S270.
If you want to record video using the time code of
the HVR-Z7/S270, set the time code setting of the
HVR-Z7/S270 as follows.
Time code value always advances.
Set the EXT REC CTRL setting of the HVR-Z7/S270 as
follows.
• TC MAKE ........ PRESET
• TC RUN ........... FREE RUN
• REC CTRL MODE ..... EXT ONLY
You can start or stop recording the image on a
CompactFlash in this unit with START/STOP button only.
(If there is a tape in the HVR-Z7/S270, you can start
recording video data with REC button of the video camera
operation part, stop recording video data with STOP button
of the video camera operation part on the tape.)
Time code value only advances during recording.
Tips
• TC MAKE ........ PRESET
• TC RUN ........... REC RUN
In combination with the time code settings of the HVR-Z7/
S270, this unit operates as follows.
TC MAKE TC RUN
If there is no tape in the SYNCHRONUS or RELAY settings,
you can start or stop recording the image on a CompactFlash
in this unit.
• STBY COMMAND ..... Desired setting
* For details, refer to the operating instructions for the
external REC control of the HVR-Z7/S270.
REGENERATE –
Set this unit as follows.
• CAM LINK SEL .......... SYNCHRO
• Press the CAM LINK button to set to CAM LINK [ON].
PRESET
Time code of this
unit with a tape in
the HVR-Z7/S270
Time code of this
unit without a tape
in the HVR-Z7/S270
The internal time
When starting
recording on a tape, code of this unit
runs automatically.
video is recorded
using the time code
of the tape base.
If the time code of
the tape base cannot
be read, the time
code starts from
00:00:00:01.
When starting
recording on a tape
or CompactFlash in
this unit, the time
REC RUN code value advances
from the preset time
code of the HVRZ7/S270.
When starting
recording on
CompactFlash in
this unit, the time
code value
advances from the
preset time code of
the HVR-Z7/S270.
The preset time code
value advances
FREE RUN constantly and data
is recorded using the
data code.
The preset time
code value
advances constantly
and data is recorded
using the data code.
• If you want to use REC RUN with a tape in the HVR-Z7/
S270, set REC CTL MODE of the HVR-Z7/S270 to
[SYNCHRONOUS] and set CAM LINK SEL of this unit to
[SYNCHRO].
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Display the operational status of this unit on the HVR-Z7/S270 LCD screen
CAMERA mode
– Indicators
– Status check indicator
• The following information can be displayed on the LCD
screen of the HVR-Z7/S270.
• The following information can be displayed on the status
check indicator (CAMERA mode) of the HVR-Z7/S270.
1
2
1 CompactFlash connecting status
This icon blinks when the remaining recording time of the
CompactFlash is low or an error has occurred in this unit.
REC FORMAT
2 CompactFlash mode
The same icon as the mode icon of this unit is displayed.
STATUS
Displays the recording format of this unit.
Displays the status (recording, playback etc.)
TIME CODE
CompactFlash mode
Mode icon
Displays the time code during recording.
STANDBY
x
CLIP
REC
z
Displays the clip number during recording.
CAM LINK
Displays the CAM LINK status of this unit.
(When CAM LINK [OFF] is set, you cannot record from the
HVR-Z7/S270.)
REMAIN
Displays the CompactFlash remaining recording time.
REMAIN
Displays the battery level.
(When connected to an AC adaptor/charger, “AC” is
displayed.)
Not displayed when this unit is connected to the camcorder.
It is displayed when the unit is connected to the i.LINK
cradle.
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VCR mode
– Indicators
– Status check indicator
• The following information can be displayed on the LCD
screen of the HVR-Z7/S270.
• The following information can be displayed on the status
check indicator (VCR mode) of the HVR-Z7/S270.
2
1
3
4
1 CompactFlash connecting status
This icon blinks when the remaining recording time of the
CompactFlash is low or an error has occurred in this unit.
PB FORMAT
2 CompactFlash mode
The same icon as the mode icon of this unit is displayed.
STATUS
CompactFlash mode
Mode icon
STANDBY
x
PLAY
N
FF
M
REW
m
PLAY PAUSE
u
REC
z
3 Time code of the playback signal of this unit
This time code is displayed during playback of a video
recorded by this unit.
4 Data code
This data code is displayed during playback of a video
recorded by this unit.
Displays the playback format of this unit.
Displays the status (recording, playback etc.)
CLIP
Displays the clip number during playback.
REPEAT MODE
Displays the playback mode. (“1” means “repeat 1 clip,”
“ALL” means “repeat all clips.”)
REMAIN
Displays the CompactFlash remaining recording time.
REMAIN
Displays the battery level.
(When this unit is connected to an AC adaptor/charger,
“AC” is displayed.)
Not displayed when this unit is connected to the camcorder.
It is displayed when the unit is connected to the i.LINK
cradle.
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Using in COMPUTER mode
Connecting to a computer
You can transfer recorded images on this unit as a file in
HDV or DV format to a nonlinear editing system or
computer.
1
Attach the HVRA-CR1 i.LINK cradle and optional AC
adaptor to this unit.
For extended use, the AC adaptor is recommended.
This unit can still be operated with the battery pack
attached.
2
Connect this unit to the computer via the optional
i.LINK cable.
3
Slide the POWER switch of this unit to ON.
Note
This unit cannot receive power from the computer.
1
2
3
When this unit is set to COMPUTER mode, the following
screen is displayed on the LCD screen.
Computer requirements
For Windows users
• OS: Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 4 or later)/
Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or later)/
Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or later) /
Windows Vista
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above OS has been
upgraded.
For Macintosh users
• OS: Mac OS X (v10.3 or later)
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Menu organization (COMPUTER mode)
root
HDV
DV-NTSC
DV-PAL
DRIVE
SETTING
TC FORMAT
AUTO
NDF
DF
DV FILETYPE
AVI
RAW DV
CAMERA NO
*Boldface settings are default settings.
HDV
Operate in the VIDEO mode. Set this mode when reading or
writing HDV stream data on a CompactFlash in this unit
using editing software.
DV-NTSC
Operate in the VIDEO mode. Set this mode when reading or
writing DV (NTSC format) stream data on a CompactFlash in
this unit using the editing software.
DV-PAL
Operate in the VIDEO mode. Set this mode when reading or
writing DV (PAL format) stream data on a CompactFlash in
this unit using the editing software.
DRIVE
Operate as an external removable media of the computer.
(Default setting)
SETTING
You can set this when in VIDEO mode.
Settings are reflected in setting in the VIDEO mode operation
when connecting to a camcorder.
For details about setting, refer to “Menu organization
(VIDEO mode).”
Notes
• For the following cases, operate “Safety remove Device (for
Windows)” or “Remove by putting the media icon into the
trash (for Mac OS)” etc., and check that the access lamp
turns off.
– When switching the each modes DRIVE, HDV or DVNTSC, DV-PAL
– When disconnecting the i.LINK cable from the computer
– When turning off the power of this unit
To recognize this unit again after these operations,
disconnect i.LINK cable from the computer once, then
reconnect it.
• Depending on the video editing software, this unit may not
be recognized without switching the mode before starting
the software.
• If you change the operation mode frequently, the computer
and this unit may not communicate correctly. Switch the
mode of this unit at intervals about 5 seconds or more.
• HDV, DV-NTSC, and DV-PAL mode may not be
recognized because of a limitation of the computer when
switching them directly.
If that situation occurs, disconnect this unit from the
computer, then select the mode.
• If the combination of the settings of the editing software
(HDV/DV-NTSC, DV-PAL) and this unit are incorrect,
images may be distorted or recognized incorrectly.
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Folder saving format
Folder organization
The file/folder organization of this unit is as follows.
Media ROOT
VIDEO
HVR
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.M2T
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.M2T
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.AVI
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.AVI
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
An actual file name has numbers as the
following information.
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.DV
• XX
: Camera No. (00 to 99)
• CCCC
: Clip No. (0001 to 9999)
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
• YYYY
: Year (1995 to 2094)
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.DV
• MM
: Month (01 to 12)
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX
• DD
: Day (01 to 31)
• hh
: Hour (00 to 23)
• mm
: Minute (00 to 59)
• ss
: Second (00 to 59)
• M2T/AVI/DV : Extension
Tracks.dat
When not setting the clock set, file name will be “xx_cccc_0000-00-00_000000.extension.”
When the file is separated, the bottom number of the file name will be counted up.
When cache recording in HDV format, the cache part may be separated as a 14-second file (maximum).
Files
The maximum file size is 4 GB. If a file size exceeds 4 GB, that file is automatically divided.
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.M2T
Data recorded in HDV format
When playback, HDV compatible playback software is
needed.
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.AVI
DV format data recorded when DV FILE TYPE is set to
AVI
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.DV
DV format data recorded when DV FILE TYPE is set to
RAW DV
For playback on Windows, Raw DV compatible playback
software is needed.
XX_CCCC_YYYY-MM-DD_hhmmss.IDX and Tracks.
dat
Information files of recording data in folders
(number of files, number of frames, starting time code,
etc.)
Used with a connection tool. Do not delete this file.
Notes
• During HDV recording, a new file will be created at the recording starting point of the tape.
• Segmented files recorded from HDV stream
Some computer applications cannot play back the transitions between segmented files properly. If this happens, join the files
using the “Sony Recording Unit Utility” or “M2T File Connection Tool” (*).
* Available from the Sony support page
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Notes regarding COMPUTER mode
• Do not save other data files in the HVR folder.
• Do not transfer data from a computer to this unit in COMPUTER mode.
Write back data from a computer to this unit by streaming.
Write back data after selecting HDV or DV-NTSC, DV-PAL format in PC MODE in the menu.
• Do not change folder or file names on your computer.
Delete data or format a CompactFlash on this unit to increase the capacity of the CompactFlash.
• When removing the CompactFlash media by OS operation from a computer, do not disconnect i.LINK cable or switch the
mode of this unit.
• Do not use defragmentation on your computer.
• Due to the limitations of Windows, this unit may not be detected when normal computer operation is restored after standby
or hibernation. For this reason, hibernation is not supported by this unit.
• Due to the specifications of Mac OS X, to disconnect this unit from a Mac with Mac OS X and connect it again, perform the
following steps.
To reuse this unit
1
2
3
To use this unit, restart the computer or use Disk Utility. To use Disk Utility, follow the steps.
4
5
Select grayed out partition name (“VIDEO”) from Disk Utility window.
6
Exit Disk Utility.
Start Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/).
Click the triangle mark on the left of the CompactFlash icon to display the CompactFlash volume and partition
name.
Select [Mount] from the [Option] menu. The selected name “VIDEO” is displayed on the desktop again.
(If it is still unmounted, select [Unmount] and then select [Mount] again.)
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Power supply
Preparing the power supply
The following will explain the optional AC-VQ1050 AC
adaptor/charger.
To charge the battery pack
When using an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L-series,
optional) as the power supply for this unit, charge the battery
back as follows before use.
When charging the battery pack, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the AC adaptor/charger
(optional).
2
3
4
1
AC adaptor/
charger ACVQ1050B
(optional)
Mode change
switch
CHARGE lamp
Battery pack
1
Set the mode change switch of the AC adaptor/
charger to CHARGE.
Notes
You cannot charge when the mode change switch is set to
VCR/CAMERA.
2
3
4
5
Connect the AC power cord to the AC adaptor/
charger.
Connect the AC power cord to a wall outlet.
When installing the battery pack, press it down while
sliding it in the direction of the arrow.
Charging begins and the CHARGE lamp on the AC
adaptor/charger comes on.
When charging is completed, all of the segments of the
battery life indicator appear in the display window
(normal charge).
The CHARGE lamp goes off, but if you continue charging
until the “FULL” battery life indicator appears, the battery
capacity will be slightly longer (full charge).
When charging is completed, remove the battery pack
from the AC adaptor/charger.
Notes
• This unit can be used with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
(L-series), but does not support the battery info function.
• This unit cannot be used to charge the battery pack
installed.
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Remaining battery time indication in the AC
adaptor/charger display window
This indication is provided by data communications between
the AC adaptor/charger and the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack.
This unit does not have a data communications function, so
the displayed time may differ from the actual remaining time.
This is not a malfunction.
Charging time
Charging times for a completely exhausted “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack (NP-F570, NP-F770, NP-F970) are as follows.
Battery pack
Time for full
charge
(Time for normal
charge)
NP-F570
Approx. 145 minutes (Approx. 85 minutes)
NP-F770
Approx. 230 minutes (Approx. 170 minutes)
NP-F970
Approx. 310 minutes (Approx. 250 minutes)
Operating times for continuous recording
Operating times for continuous recording using an
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (NP-F570, NP-F770, NP-F970)
are as follows.
Battery pack
Operating time
from full charge
(Operating time
from normal charge)
NP-F570
Approx. 420 minutes (Approx. 380 minutes)
NP-F770
Approx. 870 minutes (Approx. 780 minutes)
NP-F970
Approx. 1,320 minutes (Approx. 1,180 minutes)
Battery pack
Before changing the battery pack, slide the POWER switch to
OFF (CHG).
Charging/recording/playback time
• Times measured with the camcorder at 25°C (77°F)
(Recommended range is 10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F)).
• Recording and playback times are shorter at lower
temperatures.
• Recording and playback times are shorter depending on
the conditions of use of this unit.
• Except for the NP-F570/F770/F970, operating time is not
ensured.
AC adaptor/charger
Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC adaptor/charger
or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause
a malfunction.
To install the battery pack to this unit
To connect this unit to a wall outlet
For prolonged operation, such as playing the recorded
images, you can operate this unit from a domestic wall outlet
without worrying about battery life.
1
Slide the battery pack in the direction of the b mark on
the battery pack.
Set the mode change switch of the AC adaptor/
charger to VCR/CAMERA.
Notes
When the mode change switch is set to CHARGE, there is
no power supply.
2
3
4
Connect the DK cable to the DC IN jack on this unit.
Connect the DK cable to the AC adaptor/charger.
With the power cord, connect the AC adaptor/charger
to a wall outlet.
Notes
You can leave the battery pack installed while operating from
AC power. The power supply to the DC IN jack has priority.
To use the AC adaptor/charger from a vehicle
power supply
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with
the AC adaptor/charger.
To remove the battery pack from this unit
Press the BATT RELEASE button of this unit and slide the
battery pack in the direction of the arrow.
Notes on battery pack/AC adaptor
• Avoid the following while the ACCESS lamp is lit. Failure
to do so may cause malfunction.
– Removing the battery pack
– Removing the AC adaptor (while charging with the AC
adaptor)
• Always turn off the POWER switch before removing the
battery pack or the AC adaptor.
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Trouble shooting
Please check the following before contacting your Sony dealer.
Note in case of repairs
• Some kinds of repair work may require that the CompactFlash be formatted or replaced. In either case, all data on the
CompactFlash will be deleted. Back-up your data from the CompactFlash before sending it for repairs. Sony does not
guarantee against data being deleted during repair work.
• During repair work, Sony may perform a minimal check of the data on a CompactFlash in order to verify improvements or
the occurrence of defective symptoms. However, Sony never copies or saves the data.
Power sources
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
This unit gets warm.
• This unit may get warmer while you use it. This is not a malfunction.
The remaining battery time indicator
does not indicate the correct time.
• The ambient temperature is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been
charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
t Fully charge the battery pack again. If the problem persists, the battery pack
may be worn out. Replace it with a new one (p. 20).
• The indicated time may not be correct in certain circumstances.
The battery pack discharges too
quickly.
• The ambient temperature is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been
charged enough. This is not a malfunction.
t Fully charge the battery pack again. If the problem persists, the battery pack
may be worn out. Replace it with a new one (p. 20).
Recording
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
Pressing the REC switch does not
start recording.
• This unit is writing the video you just shot to the CompactFlash.
t Wait for a while and then slide the REC switch.
• The CompactFlash of the unit is full.
t Delete unnecessary images.
t Format this unit by selecting DELETE and then FORMAT.
The ACCESS lamp remains on even
when you stop recording.
• This unit is recording the image you just shot.
t Do not remove the AC adaptor or the battery pack while the lamp is turned on.
Recording stops.
• Fragmentation has occurred.
t Format this unit by selecting DELETE and then FORMAT.
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Connecting a computer
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
An error message appears when you
place the supplied CD-ROM in your
computer.
t Set the computer display as follows:
– 1024 × 768 dots or more, high color (16 bits, 65,000 colors) or more.
The image or sound on this unit
cannot be played back correctly.
• Depending on the computer you are using, the played back image or sound may
stop temporarily, but this does not affect the images or sound copied to your
computer.
• Playback software is not installed on your computer.
t Install playback software on your computer.
The extension of a file is not
displayed on your computer.
t To display the extension, follow the steps below.
1 In the window folder, click [Tools] t [Folder option...] t [View] tab.
2 Under Advanced Settings, uncheck [Hide file extensions for known file types].
3 Click [OK].
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Warning indicators
Self-diagnosis display
When an error occurs the following warning indicators may appear on the LCD screen.
Message
A:ss:ss/I:ss:ss/P:ss:ss/
M:ss:ss/F:ss:ss/X:ss:ss
(Self-diagnosis display)
Cause/Corrective Action
If an error recurs after you repeat corrective action several times, contact Sony
Customer Service or the place of purchase.
A:12:s
• CompactFlash-related error has occurred.
t Transfer speed of the CompactFlash may be slow. Be sure that the
CompactFlash you are using is the recommended type.
A:19:s
• The CompactFlash you are using is not recognized.
t Check the type you are using.
I:12:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
P:12:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
P:21:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
M:21:s
• Recorded image was not processed correctly.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
F:11:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
F:12:s
• There is a conflict in the CompactFlash logic structure.
t Move the required data to the computer and reformat the CompactFlash using
this unit.
F:21:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
F:22:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
F:29:s
• Firmware is not recorded.
F:91:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
F:92:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
X:91:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
X:99:s
• Internal error has occurred.
t Turn this unit off and then back on.
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Caution message
Message
Cause/Corrective Action
• Displays when inserting an incompatible CompactFlash into this unit.
t Use the recommended type of CompactFlash.
• Displays when not formatting a CompactFlash with this unit etc.
t Format the CompactFlash using this unit.
* When this message is displayed, press the STOP button on this unit to display
the screen for formatting a CompactFlash.
• The CompactFlash you are using may be damaged.
t Check the type you are using.
• Displays 9999 at the clip number when no more recording is possible.
t Delete all of the clips recorded by this unit or format the CompactFlash after
copying clips recorded in the CompactFlash to a computer or other suitable
media.
If the above symptoms do not improve, try with a different
CompactFlash.
If the above symptoms still do not improve even several
attempts are made, contact your Sony dealer.
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About i.LINK
The HDV/DV jack provided on this unit is an i.LINKcompliant jack. This section describes the i.LINK standard
and its features.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface for sending and receiving
digital video, digital audio, and other data between this unit
and other equipment equipped with an i.LINK terminal. You
can also control other equipment using i.LINK.
i.LINK-compatible equipment can be connected using an
i.LINK cable. Possible applications are operations and data
exchange with various digital AV equipment.
When two or more i.LINK-compatible equipment are
connected to this unit, operations and data exchange are
possible with equipment directly connected to this unit and
also with equipment connected to this unit via other
equipment.
Note, however, that the method of operation may vary
depending on the characteristics and specifications of the
equipment to be connected. Also, there are cases where
operations and data exchange may not be possible even if the
connection is made.
Notes
• Normally, only one device can be connected to this unit
using i.LINK cable. When you connect this unit to HDV/
DVCAM (DV)-compliant equipment that allows multiple
connections, refer to the operating instructions of the
equipment to be connected.
• i.LINK is an easy-to-remember term for the IEEE 1394
proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many
corporations in Japan and overseas.
• IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
About the i.LINK baud rate
The maximum baud rate of i.LINK varies depending on the
equipment. There are three types.
S100 (Approximately 100 Mbps*)
S200 (Approximately 200 Mbps)
S400 (Approximately 400 Mbps)
The baud rate is listed under “Specifications” in the operating
instructions of individual equipment. It may be indicated
near the i.LINK interface on some equipment.
The baud rate may vary from the indicated value when this
unit is connected to equipment with a different maximum
baud rate.
* What is Mbps?
Mbps stands for “megabits per second.” It is the volume of
data that can be sent or received in 1 second. For example, a
baud rate of 100 Mbps means that 100 megabits of data can
be sent in 1 second.
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To use i.LINK functions of this unit
This unit can be connected to Sony i.LINK-compatible
devices other than camcorders (e.g. VAIO computers).
This unit may not be compatible with certain i.LINK video
devices such as digital televisions, DVD recorders/players
and MICROMV recorders/players even if they are equipped
with an i.LINK jack. Before connecting to another device,
confirm whether it is HDV/DVCAM (DV) compatible.
For precautions on connecting and the availability of
compatible software applications, refer to the operating
instructions of the device to be connected.
Notes
• When connecting an i.LINK cable to this unit or a
computer, check the direction of the jack. Forcibly inserting
the jack may damage the terminal or cause a malfunction.
• Always connect the i.LINK cable to the computer first and
then to this unit. Connecting the i.LINK cable to this unit
first may cause this unit to malfunction because of static
electricity.
• When using an i.LINK cable to connect this unit to a device
equipped with an i.LINK jack, switch off the device and
remove the power cord from the AC outlet before
connecting or disconnecting the i.LINK cable. If the i.LINK
cable is connected or disconnected while the power cord of
the device is connected to the AC outlet, a high-voltage
current (8 to 40 V) output from the i.LINK jack of the device
will flow into this unit and damage it.
• Before changing the HDV/DV format etc. of the camcorder,
disconnect the i.LINK cable. Changing the format after
connecting the i.LINK cable, the video signal may not be
recognized correctly.
Required i.LINK cable
Use a Sony i.LINK cable.
i.LINK and are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Optional CompactFlash
CompactFlash
• A CompactFlash 133x 2 GB or higher is recommended for
use with this unit. (A speed of less than 133x is not
guaranteed; space less than 2GB is not guaranteed.)
• When using a CompactFlash for the first time, be sure to
format it with this unit.
• Data may be corrupted or the CompactFlash may not work
in the following cases.
– If you remove the CompactFlash during data reading/
writing.
– If you move the CompactFlash close to a strong magnetic
field.
• The CompactFlash may become hot just after use. Handle
with care.
• Do not peel the label off the CompactFlash or attach
another label to it.
• When storing or carrying the CompactFlash, put it in the
protective case supplied.
• Do not get water on the CompactFlash.
• Do not apply excessive force on the label surface of the
CompactFlash.
• Do not touch the terminal of the CompactFlash with your
hand or any metal object.
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Specifications
System
File system
CompactFlash
File format
FAT32
133x 2 GB or more
The capacity is the value when 1
GB equals 1 billion bytes.
The actual usable capacity may
be slightly less because
administrative files etc. are
included.
HDV recording MPEG-2TS
(.m2t)
DVCAM/DV recording
AVI-Type1
(.AVI)
RAW DV (.DV)
Input signal
HDV recording/playback
Video:
MPEG-2TS
1080/60i, 30p, 24p
1080/50i, 25p
Audio:
2 CH MPEG 1 Audio
Layer2 Stereo (16 bit 48 kHz)
(1/2 CH)
4 CH MPEG 2 Audio
Layer2 Stereo (16 bit 48 kHz)
(3/4 CH)
DVCAM/DV recording/playback
Video:
DV embedded
Audio:
PCM digital
(12/16 bit, 32k, 48k)
Recordable time
2 GB Approx. 9 minutes
4 GB Approx. 18 minutes
8 GB Approx. 36 minutes
16 GB Approx. 72 minutes
General
Power requirement
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Operating humidity
DC 7.2 V (battery pack)
DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
2.2 W
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)
–20 °C to +60 °C (–4 °F to +140 °F)
20 % (20 °C) to 90 % (35 °C)
(no condensation)
Dimensions
HVR-MRC1 :
Approx. 57 × 102 × 34 mm
(2 1/4 × 4 1/8 × 1 3/8 in.)
HVR-MRC1+HVRA-CR1: Approx. 77 × 106 × 51 mm
(3 1/8 × 4 1/4 × 2 1/8 in.)
(including the projecting parts)
(w/h/d)
Mass
HVR-MRC1 :
Approx. 130 g (4 oz)
HVR-MRC1+HVRA-CR1: Approx. 210 g (7 oz)
(excluding CompactFlash and
battery pack)
Input/output jack
i.LINK
(IEEE1394 6-pin connector S400)
Optional accessories
AC adaptor/charger
AC-VQ1050B
Battery pack
NP-F570/F770/F970
Design and specifications are subject to change without
notice.
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Precautions
On use and care
x To clean the LCD screen
• Do not use or store this unit and accessories in the
following locations.
– Anywhere excessively hot or cold. Never leave them
exposed to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such as
under direct sunlight, near heaters or in a car parked in
the sun. They may cause malfunction or become
deformed.
– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. This
unit may cause malfunction.
– Near strong radio waves or radiation. This unit may not
be able to record properly.
– Near AM receivers and video equipment. Noise may
occur.
– On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If sand or dust gets
in this unit, the unit may permanently cause malfunction.
– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD screen may
be exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the LCD
screen.
– Anywhere very humid.
• Operate this unit on DC 7.2 V (battery pack) or DC 8.4 V
(AC Adaptor).
• For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended
in these operating instructions.
• Do not let this unit get wet, for example, from rain or sea
water. If this unit gets wet, it may permanently cause
malfunction.
• If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug
this unit and have it checked by a Sony dealer before
operating it any further.
• Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical
shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping
on this unit.
• Keep the POWER switch setting to OFF when you are not
using this unit.
• Do not wrap this unit with a towel, for example, and
operate it. Doing so might cause heat to build up inside.
• When disconnecting the mains lead, pull it by the plug and
not the lead.
• Do not damage the mains lead such as by placing anything
heavy on it.
• Keep metal contacts clean.
• If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked,
– consult your local authorized Sony service facility.
– wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin.
– if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with plenty of water
and consult a doctor.
If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, it is
recommended you use the LCD Cleaning Cloth (optional) to
clean it. When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit (optional), do
not apply the cleaning liquid directly to the LCD screen. Use
cleaning paper moistened with the liquid.
On handling the casing
• If the casing is soiled, clean this unit body with a soft cloth
lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing
with a dry soft cloth.
• Avoid the following to avoid damage to the finish.
– Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine, alcohol,
chemical cloths, repellent, insecticide and sunscreen.
– Handling with above substances on your hands.
– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or vinyl objects
for a long period of time.
x When not using this unit for a long time
• Use up the battery pack completely before storing it.
LCD screen
• Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it
may cause damage.
• If this unit is used in a cold place, a residual image may
appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
• While using this unit, the back of the LCD screen may heat
up. This is not a malfunction.
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Getting the best performance from the battery pack
• If the ambient temperature is low, the battery pack
performance deteriorates, reducing the operating time. To
maximize the operating time, the following techniques are
recommended.
– Keep the battery pack warm in a pocket, and load it into
the unit immediately before shooting.
• The battery is depleted when this unit is in recording
standby or playback pause. Always switch off the power
supply to save energy.
• Have enough battery packs ready to last two or three times
the expected shooting duration, and test shoot with them
before the session.
• The battery packs are not waterproof. Be careful not to
allow them to get wet.
Indication of remaining battery pack capacity
If the battery pack fails even though the indication suggests
there is adequate capacity, fully recharge the battery pack.
This will correct the remaining capacity indication. However,
if the battery pack is used for a long time at high temperature,
is left fully charged, or has been very heavily used, the
indication may not be correctly restored. In this case, use the
indication time as a rough guideline to estimate the
remaining capacity.
Battery pack storage
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time, to maintain
its performance, it should be fully charged and then fully
discharged with this unit about once a year. Remove the
battery pack from this unit, and store in a cool dry place.
• To fully discharge the battery pack with this unit, leave it
powered on until the battery pack is exhausted.
Battery pack lifetime
• The battery pack has a limited lifetime. As it is repeatedly
used over a long time interval, the capacity gradually
reduces. When the operating time is much less than the
original value, it is time to replace the battery pack.
• The lifetime varies from one individual battery pack to
another, depending on the pattern of use, and how it has
been stored.
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Additional information on this product and answers to
frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer
Support Website.
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