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Operating
Instructions
PAL
Time Lapse Recorder
Model AG-
B
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Before attempting to connect, operate or adjust this product, please read these instructions completely.
Caution for AC Mains Lead
FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TEXT CAREFULLY.
FOR U.K. ONLY
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this
appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as
follows:
• The wire which is coloured BLUE must be connected
to the terminal in the plug which is marked with the
letter N or coloured BLACK.
• The wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked with
the letter L or coloured RED.
• Under no circumstances should either of these wires
be connected to the terminal in the plug which is
marked with the letter E or by the Earth symbol
.
This appliance is supplied with a moulded three pin
mains plug for your safety and convenience.
A 5 amp fuse is fitted in this plug.
Should the fuse need to be replaced please ensure that
the replacement fuse has a rating of 5 amps and that it
is approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362.
Check for the ASTA mark A A or the BSI mark
on the
body of the fuse.
If the plug contains a removable fuse cover you must
ensure that it is refitted when the fuse is replaced.
If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used
until a replacement cover is obtained.
A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your
local Panasonic Dealer.
How to replace the fuse
1. Open the fuse compartment with a screwdriver.
IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS UNSUITABLE
FOR THE SOCKET OUTLET IN YOUR HOME THEN
THE FUSE SHOULD BE REMOVED AND THE PLUG
CUT OFF AND DISPOSED OF SAFELY.
THERE IS A DANGER OF SEVERE ELECTRICAL
SHOCK IF THE CUT OFF PLUG IS INSERTED INTO
ANY 13 AMP SOCKET.
If a new plug is to be fitted please observe the wiring
code as shown below.
If in any doubt please consult a qualified electrician.
2. Replace the fuse.
IMPORTANT: The wires in this mains lead are coloured
in accordance with the following code:
Blue:
Brown:
Fuse
Neutral
Live
■ DO NOT REMOVE PANEL COVER BY UNSCREWING.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove
cover. No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
■ If the unit is not going to be used for a length of time,
turn the unit to STANDBY mode and disconnect the
power plug from the AC outlet.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD AND ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE
THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
Do not install or place this unit in a bookcase,
built in cabinet or in another confined space in
order to keep well ventilated condition. Ensure
that curtains and any other materials do not
obstruct the ventilation condition to prevent
risk of electric shock or fire hazard due to
overheating.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, KEEP THIS EQUIPMENT AWAY
FROM ALL LIQUIDS-USE AND STORE ONLY
IN LOCATIONS WHICH ARE NOT EXPOSED
TO THE RISK OF DRIPPING OR SPLASHING
LIQUIDS, AND DO NOT PLACE ANY LIQUID
CONTAINERS ON TOP OF THE EQUIPMENT.
is the safety information.
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Lithium Battery
Warning
The lithium battery in this equipment must only be replaced
by qualified personnel. When necessary, contact your local
Panasonic supplier.
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the equipment manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to manufacturer’s instructions.
“The lithium battery is a critical component (type number
VL2330/1HF manufactured by Panasonic.)
VARNING
Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Använd samma
batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas
av apparattillverkaren. Kassera använt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.
It must never be subjected to excessive heat or discharge.
It must therefore only be fitted in equipment designed
specifically for its use.
Replacement batteries must be of the same type and
manufacturer. They must be fitted in the same manner and
location as the original battery, with the correct polarity
connections observed.
ADVARSEL
Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering.
Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat
og type. Levér det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.
Do not attempt to re-charge the old battery or re-use it
for any other purpose. It should be disposed of in waste
products destined for burial rather than incineration.”
VAROITUS
Paristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu.
Vaihda paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyypiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden
mukaisesti.
Attention/Attentie
A battery is used for memory-backup in the unit. When the battery is
exhausted, you should not throw it away, but dispose of it as small chemical
waste.
Voor het reservegeheugen van het apparaat wordt gebruikgemaakt van een
batterij. Wanneer de batterij is uitgeput, mag u deze niet gewoon weggooien,
maar dient u deze als klein chemisch afval weg te doen.
Removing the battery/Verwijderen van de batterij
Battery for memory-backup (lithium battery)/
Batterij voor reservegeheugen (lithiumbatterij)
Remove the battery from the unit.
Verwijder de batterijhouder uti het apparaat.
Battery holder/
Batterijhouder
To replace the battery, please consult your local dealer.
Voor het vernieuwen van de batterij dient u uw plaatselijke handelaar te
raadplegen.
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Lithium battery/Lithiumbatterij
Contents
Auto Repeat Recording/Auto Rewinding . . . . . . . 19
Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording) . . . . . . 20
• Principle of Alarm Recording . . . . . . . . . . 20
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Regular Maintenance Service
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Parts And Their Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Menu Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
• Alarm and Display Methods during
Alarm Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Connecting the Alarm Input Connector . . . . . 20
Alarm Recording Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Date and Time Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Time/Date Display Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Time Mode Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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• Alarm Recall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Recording Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Playback Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
• Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Tips For Better Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
• Recording Mode Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
• Recording Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
• Vertical Hold Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Routine & Regular Inspection Request . . . . . . . 23
RS-232C Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
• Restoration-of-Power-After-Failure
Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Timer Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
• Internal Timer Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
• Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/
Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer) . . . . . . . 18
• External Timer Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
■ Use this unit horizontally and do not place anything on
the top panel.
■ Cassette tape can be used only for one-side, one
direction recording. Two-way or two-track recordings
cannot be made.
■ Cassette tape can be used for either Colour or Black &
White recording.
■ Do not attempt to disassemble the recorder.
There are no user serviceable parts inside.
■ If any liquid spills inside the recorder, have the recorder
examined for possible damage.
■ Refer any needed servicing to authorized service
personnel.
■ Do not insert fingers or any objects into the video casette
holder.
■ Avoid operating or leaving the unit near strong magnetic
fields. Be especially careful of large audio speakers.
■ Avoid operating or storing the unit in an excessively hot,
cold, or damp environment as this may result in damage
both to the recorder and to the tape.
■ Do not spray any cleaner or wax directly on the unit.
■ If the unit is not going to be used for a length of time,
protect it from dirt and dust.
■ Do not leave a cassette in the recorder when not in use.
■ Do not block the ventilation slots of the unit.
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Features
Recording and playback up to 240-hour time modes
In addition to the 3-hour/6-hour time modes, recording
and playback can be performed in the time lapse modes
(L12-, L24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 168-, 180- and 240-hour
modes).
Recording lock function
A double recording mode lock function is provided for
safeguarding against operational errors during recording.
Connection to frame switcher
Easy connection to a frame switcher is possible once
the unit has been connected to the video input and
camera SW connectors.
• Do not supply signals from colour cameras and blackand-white cameras simultaneously to the camera
input conectors since this may disturb the synchronization on the monitor screen or generate noise.
Full line-up of recording functions
Included in the wide range of recording functions are
restoration-of-power-after-failure recording, recording
every day and by the days of the week using the internal
timer, external timer recording, alarm recording, emergency recording and repeat recording.
Playback functions
Among the convenient playback functions are the
recording review function for immediate viewing of
recorded material, the handy search function for locating
images promptly, and the forward/reverse field advance
and still-picture functions for careful viewing of particular
scenes.
Hour metre
The unit contains an hour metre which provides useful
information for maintenance and inspections.
Remote control
The unit can be operated from a distance of about 5
metres if the AG-A11 remote controller, available as an
optional accessory, is connected.
Jog/shuttle
A jog or shuttle function for quickly locating playback
sections using the search dial is incorporated.
RS-232C connector
With this connector, basic operations of the unit can be
controlled using a personal computer (etc.)
Auto tracking function
The tracking can be automatically adjusted by pressing
the “–” and “+” tracking buttons together.
IMPORTANT
“Unauthorized recording of copyrighted television
programmes, films, video tapes and other materials
may infringe the right of copyright owners and be
contrary to copyright laws.”
Built-in time/date generator
This unit comes with a built-in microprocessor with a
calendar function for displaying the time on the display
or TV monitor and for controlling the time of the internal
timer.
Regular Maintenance Service Recommendation
Although this unit is designed to withstand long-term use, the items listed below should be inspected regularly so
that the unit is kept in perfect working order. Use the hour metre to know when to conduct the inspections.
The VTR is a piece of precision-made equipment and, as such, it is recommended that the user enter into a
maintenance and inspection agreement to keep the unit operating free of trouble or failures. For further details,
please consult with your dealer.
Cumulative operation time
(hours)
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
3000
3500
4000
8000
12000
Inspection item
Transport system cleaning
Audio heads
Video heads
Cylinder unit
(L12-/L24-hour mode use)
Service life inspection
Cleaning
The above table merely serves to lay down general guidelines for the inspection of typical parts involved in regular
inspections. The timing of the inspections needs to be adjusted according to the VTR’s operating environment.
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Parts And Their Functions
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5
6 7 8
EJECT
STOP
REV ADV
PAGE
FWD ADV
REW
FF
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
RESET
TIME MODE
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(STANDBY/ON) switch
The unit is turned on when this switch is pressed. When
the switch is pressed again, the unit is in standby mode.
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STOP button
When this is pressed, the tape stops travelling.
3
PAUSE/STILL (PAGE) button
When this is pressed during recording, the tape temporarily stops travelling.
When pressed during playback, the tape temporarily stops
travelling, and a still picture appears on the TV monitor.
When pressed again, the tape travel resumes. The pages
on the menu screen are advanced when the button is
pressed while a menu screen is displayed.
4
Cassette holder
This is the loading slot for the video cassette.
6
EJECT button
This is used to eject the video cassette.
7
REC button
Recording starts when this button is pressed.
9
TIMER MODE switch
This is the operation switch for internal timer recording or
external timer recording.
INT TIMER: At the times set by the internal timer, the
power is automatically turned on or off and
recording starts or stops.
OFF:
When timer recording is not performed.
EXT TIMER: When the external power is turned on,
recording starts automatically.
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REC REVIEW button
When the button is pressed during recording, the tape
runs temporarily in the reverse direction, and after the
recorded section has been played back a few seconds,
the unit is returned to the recording mode.
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PLAY button
Playback starts when this button is pressed.
5
COUNTER /
SEARCH
ALARM
SET
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FWD
REV
SHIFT
INT TIMER
OFF
EXT TIMER
REC
REC
PAUSE/STILL
MENU
OFF
REC LOCK
REC REVIEW
PLAY
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MENU/REC LOCK switch
When this switch is set to REC LOCK, the time mode
and operation buttons except for REC and REC REVIEW
as well as the power switch cannot be operated while
recording is in progress.
When it is set to MENU, the menu screen appears.
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REW (SET –) button
When this button is pressed, the tape is rewound. When
it is kept depressed during playback, the review mode is
established.
When it is pressed once during playback in the alarm
search mode, the unit is placed in the review mode.
When a menu screen is displayed, it is used to change
an item (decrement a value).
Field REV ADV (SHIFT ) button
When this is kept depressed during still-picture playback,
the picture is advanced field by field in the reverse
direction. When it is released, the still picture reappears.
When it is pressed while a menu screen is displayed, the
setting items move downward.
FF (SET +) button
When this is pressed, the tape is fast forwarded. When it
is kept depressed during playback, the unit is placed in
the cue mode.
When it is pressed once during playback in the alarm
search mode, the unit is placed in the cue mode.
When a menu screen is displayed, it is used to change
an item (increment a value).
Field FWD ADV (SHIFT ) button
When this is kept depressed during still-picture playback,
the picture is advanced field by field in the forward
direction. When it is released, the still picture reappears.
When it is pressed while a menu screen is displayed, the
setting items move toward the right.
TRACKING (–, +) buttons/V-LOCK buttons
These buttons are used to adjust the tracking or to
compensate the vertical dancing during still picture.
If noise appears on the playback picture, press the
buttons to adjust the tracking is such a way that the
picture is made as clear as possible. When both buttons
are pressed together during 3- or 6-hour mode playback,
the tracking is adjusted automatically.
If the image shakes slightly in the vertical direction during
still picture, press the V-LOCK buttons to reduce the
dancing.
Further, the time/date display position can be adjusted
during STOP and EJECT (see page 14).
RESET button
When this button is pressed, the counter display is reset
to 0:00:00.
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Display panel
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External timer recording mode display
Internal timer recording mode display
Tape remaining display
Cassete insertion display
Recording display
Summer time display
Time
display
VTR operation
mode display
Date setting
display
Time mode
display
Time/counter
Memory stop mode display
Alarm search mode display
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Auto repeat recording display
Recording lock display
• Operation mode displays
Operation mode
Display
Playback
a
(L12H-240H) or
(3H or 6H)
Recording
Rec lamp lights.
s
Still picture
Recording pause
Rec lamp lights.
Recording check
Rec lamp lights.
Fast forwarding
Rewinding
Cue
Review
Forward field advance
or
(Flashing)
Reverse field advance
or
(Flashing)
• Error messages
An error code appears when trouble has occurred
during operation.
E-2: Trouble in video cassette insertion area
E-3: Trouble in video cassette tape loading area
E-4: Trouble in cylinder area
E-5: Trouble in tape transport area
d: Formation of condensation (dew)
i TIME MODE ( , ) buttons
These buttons are used to select the recording and
playback time mode. Each time this is pressed, the time
mode changes in the following sequence:
3
240
6
L12
180
L24
168
48
120
COUNTER/SEARCH selector button
When this button is pressed, the display on the display
panel changes to time, counter, counter memory, alarm
search and number of repeat recording times. The M
mark appears on the display panel in the counter
memory mode. When the tape is fast forwarded or
rewound in this mode, the counter will automatically stop
when 0:00:00 is approached. The AS mark appears on
the display panel in the alarm search mode. When the
tape is fast forwarded or rewound in this mode, the unit
is automatically set to still-picture playback at the alarm
recording section. If the FF button or REW button is
pressed during playback with alarm search, the search
will lock. (If this button is pressed while the tape is being
fast forwarded or rewound, counter memory and alarm
search will not function.)
“** PAS” is displayed during repeat recording.
“__PAS” appears at all other times.
(where “ ** ” denotes the number of repeat times)
REC display lamp
This lamp lights while recording, recording/pause or rec
review is in progress. It goes off when recording has
finished.
ALARM display lamp
This remains lit while alarm recording is in progress. It
flashes when alarm recording ends. When the power is
turned OFF and ON again, it will go off.
Search dial/jog dial
Search (outside ring) dial
When the outside ring of the search dial is turned, the
search mode is established. The tape can now be
reviewed or cued at up to 27 times the normal playback
speed. When the search dial is set to the centre clickstop position, the still-picture playback mode is
established. Search is locked at 27 time the tape speed
when the dial is turned to the maximum position in the
AS (Alarm Search) mode.
Jog (inside ring) dial
When the search dial is set to the centre click-stop
position, the jog mode is established.
When the inside ring is turned, the tape speed can be
varied within a range of –1 to +1 times the normal
playback speed. When the turning is stopped, the stillpicture playback mode is established. The unit will go
into the still-picture playback mode when the JOG dial is
turned during search lock in AS mode.
• During search or jog playback, the picture may appear
in black and white or it may be distorted: this is normal
and not indicative of malfunctioning.
• No sound is heard during search or jog playback.
For Swedish and Danish Customers
• Aven om denna omkopplare är i “ ”-läge, gar fortfarande
en del av apparaten nätspänning.
• Selv om denne omskifter er i “ ” stilling, tiløres en del af
apparatet stadig strøm.
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Parts And Their Functions
1 2
3
BATTERY
PUSH OPEN
CAMERA
SW OUT
IN
IN
AUDIO
RS-232C
VIDEO
OUT
OUT
ALARM RESET IN
MIC
TAPE END OUT
AC IN
GND
ALARM IN
4
1
COMMON REC IN
WARNING/
REC OUT
REMOTE
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Camera switching output connector
Camera switching output connector; connect it to the
frame switcher.
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Audio input/output connectors
Audio input/output connectors (phono jacks)
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Video input/output connectors
Video input/output connectors (BNC); connect the input
connector to the video camera, etc. and the output
connector to the TV monitor, etc.
AC IN connector
Connect the supplied power cord to an AC outlet.
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Alarm input connector
Alarm recording input connector; connect it to the
external sensor.
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COMMON terminal
7
Alarm reset input connector
Input connector for releasing alarm recording; a +4 to
+14 V DC voltage is required.
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REC IN connector
Input connector for recording
Note:
Do not input the signal to this connector while the tape is
rewinding automatically in the repeat mode.
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5
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Tape end output connector
When the cassette tape comes to its end during recording,
the alarm device installed externally is activated.
WARNING/REC output connector
When trouble has occurred in the unit, the alarm device
installed externally is activated.
Error warning or recording low signal selected on the
menu screen 3 is output.
GND Terminal
This terminal is connected to the signal ground terminal
of the connected unit in order to reduce noise. It is not
connected to ground for safety purposes.
MIC input jack
Input jack (3 mm) for an external microphone.
This jack has precedence when signals are supplied
simultaneously to this jack and the audio input
connectors.
REMOTE control connector
For connecting the AG-A11 remote controller which is
available as an optional accessory.
RS-232C connector
With this connector, basic operations of the unit can be
controlled using a personal computer (etc.)
Battery installation area
Install the battery in this area. See “Lithium Battery” on
page 3.
Menu Screens
One of the menu screens appears on the TV monitor when the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to MENU. The
display returns to the regular screen when this switch is set to OFF.
• When a menu screen has appeared, the items are set using the page, shift and set buttons.
• Advance through the pages (page up) of the menu screen using the page button.
• Move the items (downward or toward the right) using the shift button.
• Change the items (increment or decrement the values) using the set button.
MENU SCREEN 1
[TIME ADJUST]
01- 1-2000 SAT
0:00:00
MENU SCREEN 2
P1
1
2
[REC LOCK]
MODE : OFF
5
[REC INDICATE]
NOT REC : CAMERA
6
[ALARM]
3
[HOUR METER]
00000H
[BUZZER]
ALARM
TAPE END
TAPE REMAIN
ERR WARN
4
MENU SCREEN 4
[REC MODE]
REC T-MODE : OFF
TAPE IN : STOP
TAPE END : STOP
MENU SCREEN 3
[DISPLAY]
P2
POSITION : L-UPPER
:
:
:
:
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
7
MENU SCREEN 5
P4
[VIDEO MODE]
MODE : AUTO
DETAIL : ON
[INTERNAL TIMER REC]
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[TIMER]START
SUN OFF
MON OFF
TUE OFF
WED OFF
THU OFF
FRI OFF
SAT OFF
DLY OFF
END
P3
8
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MODE : OFF
DURATION : 30SEC
[RECALL]
0
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[OUTPUT SELECT]
TERMINAL OUT : ERR WARN
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MENU SCREEN 6
P5
[SUMMER TIME]
MODE : OFF
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[START]
WEEK :LST-SUN
MONTH:
3
TIME :
2:00
[ END ]
LST-SUN
10
2:00
[DIRECT SEARCH]
MODE : OFF
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MENU SCREEN 7
[RS-232C PARAMETERS]
P7
BIT LENGTH : 7BIT
STOP BIT : STOP-1
PARITY : ODD
BAUD RATE : 9600BPS
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[MENU LANGUAGE]
MODE : ENGLISH
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MENU SCREEN 1
In addition to the date and time display and the recording mode lock setting which appear on the TV monitor,
the hour metre is displayed on Menu Screen 1.
1 Date setting (see page 13)
3 Recording mode lock
2 Time setting (see page 13)
ON: LOCK on the front display tube flashes, and all
operations except for REC and REC REVIEW are
prohibited while recording is in progress.
4 Hour metre
This indicates the unit’s total operation time (the
cumulative total for the cylinder rotation time).
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Menu Screens
MENU SCREEN 2
The time/date display position, monitor screen blue display and buzzer settings are performed on Menu Screen 2.
5 Display position selection
To release the buzzer:
ALARM: Release alarm recording.
TAPE END: Transfer the mode from the tape end or
press the STOP button.
TAPE REMAIN: Transfer the mode (but not to
PAUSE or REC REVIEW) from the recording mode
or press the REC button.
ERR WARN: Release the warning status.
This selects the position where the date and time
are to be displayed on the TV monitor.
(L-UPPER ↔ R-UPPER ↔ L-BOTTOM ↔
R-BOTTOM ↔ CENTRE ↔ OFF ↔ L-UPPER...)
6 Blue display
This sets a blue display on the monitor screen at all
times except while recording or playback is in progress.
BLUE: The display on the monitor screen is blue at
all times except while recording or playback is in
progress.
CAMERA: The pictures from the video input
connector are shown on the monitor screen at all
times except while playback is in progress.
• When TAPE END or TAPE REMAIN has been set
•
7 Setting of the buzzer sound
ALARM: The buzzer sounds once alarm recording is
performed.
TAPE END: When the tape end is reached in the
recording mode, the buzzer sounds while the tape is
at the end.
TAPE REMAIN: The buzzer sounds when there is
only about 3% (with an NV-E180 tape) of the tape
remaining before the end is reached in the recording
mode.
ERR WARN: The buzzer sounds when the unit is set
to the warning status.
to OFF, the buzzer will not sound; however, the
REMAIN display will remain lit or flashing.
When TAPE END or TAPE REMAIN has been set
to ON, REMAIN lights or flashes on the display
tube at the same time as the buzzer sounds.
They cease flashing when the buzzer is released.
Note:
The remaining tape is displayed only with NV-E180
tape. It is not displayed when any other tapes are
used.
MENU SCREEN 3
The alarm recording mode and terminal output are set on Menu Screen 3.
8 Setting of alarm recording and recording time
0 Alarm recall (see page 21)
mode during alarm recording (see page 20)
When there is an alarm input during recording in
the time lapse mode, the recording time mode is
switched to the designated mode (3H/6H), and the
details of the alarm status are faithfully recorded.
q Terminal connector output signal setting
ERR WARN: When trouble has occurred in the unit
(AUTO OFF), the LOW signal is output.
REC: The LOW signal is output during recording.
9 Alarm recording duration setting
This checks the date/time when an alarm signal
was input (up to 4 times).
This sets the time allowed to elapse from the start
of alarm recording until its end. This time can be
set individually from 30 sec. to 10 min.
(30 SEC ↔ 1 MIN ↔ 2 MIN ↔ 3 MIN ↔ 5 MIN ↔
10 MIN ↔ CONTINUE ↔ MANUAL ↔ 30 SEC...)
CONTINUE: Alarm recording continues until the
tape end.
MANUAL: Alarm recording is performed while the
alarm input continues.
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MENU SCREEN 4
Recording mode and video output are selected on Menu Screen 4.
w Recording time mode selection
r Selection of operation when tape end is
When recording starts, the set time mode is always
established.
OFF: The time mode can be set as desired using
the time mode button on the VTR’s sub panel. The
mode can be changed even during recording.
3H: 3-hour mode (compatible with the standard
mode of ordinary VTR’s).
6H: 6-hour mode (compatible with the standard
mode of ordinary VTR’s).
L12H: 12-hour mode (linear slow recording)
L24H: 24-hour mode (linear slow recording)
48H/72H/96H/120H/168H/180H/240H: 48-/72-/96-/
120-/168-/180-/240-hour mode (time lapse recording)
e Selection of VTR operation when cassette is
detected during recording (see page 19)
STOP: Stop mode
REW: The tape is automatically rewound to the
start where it stops.
REPEAT: The tape is automatically rewound to the
start, and recording is repeated.
EJECT: The tape is ejected.
t Video signal mode
This selects the operation of the colour/black-andwhite automatic selector circuit.
AUTO: The circuit automatically identifies the type
of video input or playback signals, and selects the
colour or black-and-white mode accordingly.
COLOUR: The colour mode is forcibly established.
B_W: The black-and-white mode is forcibly established.
inserted
STOP: Stop mode
REC: Simply by inserting the cassette tape,
recording is started automatically.
REW
REC: When the cassette is inserted, it is
first rewound to the start of the tape and then
recording is started automatically.
y Playback picture detail selection
The playback picutres can be given a softer look.
OFF: The playback pictures appear softer.
ON: Regular mode
MENU SCREEN 5
The internal timer recording modes are set on Menu Screen 5.
u Internal timer recording mode setting (see page
Note:
Internal timer recording does not operate when the
date and time have not been set.
17)
This sets the weekly timer or daily timer recording
mode. (OFF/ON)
OFF: Internal timer recording is not set.
ON: Internal timer recording is set.
MENU SCREEN 6
The summer time mode and search dial and jog dial operation mode are set on Menu Screen 6.
i Selecting the summer time mode
p Setting the end time for the summer time mode
Set the week, month and hour at which the
summer time mode is to end.
WEEK: Select 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 4TH or LST (last)
and one of SUN through SAT.
MONTH: Select the ending month (1 – 12).
TIME: Select the end time (1:00 – 22:00)*.
Select the summer time mode.
ON: The summer time mode is selected.
OFF: The summer time mode is not selected.
o Setting the start time for the summer time mode
Set the week, month and hour at which the
summer time mode is to start.
WEEK: Select 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 4TH or LST (last)
and one of SUN through SAT.
MONTH: Select the starting month (1 – 12).
TIME: Select the start time (1:00 – 22:00)*.
a Search dial direct operation mode
Set the operation mode when the search dial is to
be used from another mode.
ON: The dial can be operated directly during STOP
and STILL.
OFF: The dial can be operated after the STILL
mode is activated.
Do not adjust the time setting between 23:00 and
1:00 during the summer time period.
* Minutes are for reference only and cannot be adjusted.
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Menu Screens
MENU SCREEN 7
The RS-232C parameters and display language are set on Menu Screen 7.
s Setting the bit length (7 BIT/8 BIT)
d Setting the stop bit (STOP-1/STOP-2)
f Setting the parity (ODD/EVEN/NON)
g Setting the baud rate (4800 BPS/9600 BPS)
h Selection of the menu display language
(ENGLISH/FRENCH).
• Underline denotes the factory setting.
CAUTIONS:
• The menu screens are not displayed while the unit is playing back a tape.
• While the unit is recording, the contents of Menu Screen 1 can be changed; however, Menu Screens 2 to 7 are for
reference only and therefore cannot be changed.
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Date and Time Settings
This unit comes with a time/date generator which enables the date and time to be superimposed on the recording.
When the power is switched on, the date, time of the day and time mode are displayed (in the case of a regular
screen).
TV monitor
1 Date
3 Time
STOP
2 Time mode
4 Alarm display
PLAY
1 Date:
The date appears as day/month/year.
This is set by pressing the TIME MODE button. It
flashes unless recording is in progress.
Time:
The 24-hour system is used.
Alarm display:
This appears during alarm recording.
PAUSE/STILL
MENU
OFF
REC LOCK
REV ADV
PAGE
2 Time mode:
FWD ADV
SHIFT
INT TIMER
OFF
EXT TIMER
REW
FF
3
SET
4
Example: Setting the date and time to Saturday, March 3, 2001 at 3:25.
The time mode is set to 48 hours.
1 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU. Menu
4 When the shift ( ) button is pressed, the day digits
Screen 1 appears, and the year digits flash.
Monitor display
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
01- 1-2000 SAT
0:00:00
flash. Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the day to
“03”.
Display area
m
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
03- 3-2001 SAT
0:00:00
d
m
d
• The year can be set from 2000 to 2079.
2 Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the year to
“2001”.
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
01- 1-2001 MON
0:00:00
5 When the shift (
) button is pressed, the hour
digits flash. Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the
hour to “3”.
m
d
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
03- 3-2001 SAT
3:00:00
3 When the shift (
) button is pressed, the month
digits flash.
Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the month to
“3”.
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
01- 3-2001 THU
0:00:00
m
TIME
6 When the shift ( ) button is pressed, minute digits
flash. Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the
minutes to “25”.
d
[TIME ADJUST]
P1
03- 3-2001 SAT
3:25:00
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TIME
Date and Time Settings
7 When the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to OFF,
the clock automatically starts running from time
and date set.
TIME
03- 3-01
03:25:00
48H
Flashing
For the seconds, “00” is set. Even when the switch
is set to MENU, the time will keep advancing if it
has not been changed.
• To clear the date and time display, set POSITION under (DISPLAY) on Menu Screen 2 to OFF.
• Even if the power should fail for a period of up to one week, the date, time and time mode display (internal
timer setting alarm recall) data are stored in the memory (but only if power has been supplied continuously to
the unit for 3 or more days). When the unit has just been purchased or when it has not been used for a long
time, the data is not stored in the memory and the display shown below appears.
[TIME ADJUST]
01- 1-2000 SAT
0:00:00
P1
All the internal timer settings are set to OFF,
and the alarm recall display is cleared.
• For the date setting, the unit automatically adjusts for leap years.
• Due to temperature fluctuations and other factors, the clock time may run fast or slow with a monthly error of
up to ±60 seconds. This is not indicative of malfunctioning. Reset the time at regular intervals.
• When the time is reset to “0:00:00” as described, check the menu settings. If any of the settings are incorrect,
please set them again.
Time/Date Display Position
The position of the date and time displays on the TV monitor changes as shown below when (DISPLAY) on Menu
Screen 2 is changed.
Top left corner
Top right corner
Bottom left corner
Bottom right corner
1 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to
When the unit is in STOP or EJECT mode, the position
of the displayed time/date can be adjusted by pressing
the TRACKING (–) or TRACKING (+) button.
• Pressing the TRACKING (–) button moves the
position vertically. (Pressing the button 3 times will
return the display to its original position.)
• Pressing the TRACKING (+) button moves the
position horizontally. (Pressing the button 3 times
will return the display to its original position.)
• Pressing the (–) and (+) buttons simultaneously will
return the display to its original position (factory
setting).
POSITION : L-UPPER
2 Press the set (+, –) buttons to position the display
as desired.
POSITION : L-BOTTOM
3 Upon completion of the settings, set the MENU/
No display
TIME/DATE display position adjustment function
display to menu screens. Press the page button to
display Menu Screen 2 on the TV monitor.
Centre
REC LOCK switch to OFF. The regular screen is
restored, and the date and time appear at the
selected position.
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Time Mode Selection
EJECT
REC REVIEW
REC
REC
PULL OPEN
FWD
REV
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
RESET
TIME MODE
COUNTER /
SEARCH
ALARM
TIME MODE button
Refer to the table given below to select the mode that suits the intended purpose of use.
Recording enable time
(in hours)
Mode
180-minute
tape
3H
120-minute
tape
Video
recording
interval
(in seconds)
Audio
recording
Camera
switchover
interval
(in seconds)
3
2
1/50
Possible
1/25
Tape
replacement
standard
(recording
times)
6H
6
4
1/50
Possible
1/25
L12H
12
8
0.1
Possible
0.1
50
L24H
24
16
0.18
Possible
0.18
50
48H
48
32
0.34
Not Possible
0.34
25
72H
72
48
0.5
Not Possible
0.5
20
96H
96
64
0.66
Not Possible
0.66
20
120H
120
80
0.82
Not Possible
0.82
15
168H
168
112
1.14
Not Possible
1.14
10
180H
180
120
1.22
Not Possible
1.22
10
240H
240
160
1.62
Not Possible
1.62
10
Notes on operation
• This unit is designed with the NV-E180 cassette tape as a reference.
• Depending on the type of video cassette used, the recordable time will differ.
• The actual recording enable time will be slightly longer than the “Recording enable time” given in the above
table although this will depend on the tape used.
For instance, it is possible to record for about 27 hours using a 180-minute tape in the L24H mode.
• The L12-hour to 240-hour modes are time lapse modes. Pictures are recorded with frames skipped to enable
lengthy recording and playback.
• A tape recorded in a time lapse (L12-hour to 240-hour) mode can be played back in quick motion in the 3-hour
mode.
• A tape recorded in the 3-hour mode can be played back in slow motion using the time lapse (L12-hour to 240hour) mode.
• A tape recorded in the 6-hour (or 3-hour) mode cannot be played back in the 3-hour (or 6-hour) mode.
• When a tape recorded on the 6-hour mode is played back in another mode, colour programme is played back
in black and white, but this is not a malfunction.
(With still picture, field FWD ADV and field REV ADV operations, the colours at the top of the screen may
disappear at some tracking positions, but this is not a malfunction.)
• Tapes recorded on this machine cannot be played back other VHS video recorder as they are not compatible.
• Avoid using 240-minute tapes with this unit.
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Recording Procedure
1 Switch on the power to the connected equipment.
5 Set the timer recording, auto repeat recording, alarm
2 Adjust so that the images of the video cameras
recording, restoration-of-power-after-failure recording or other recording function.
appear properly on the TV monitor.
6 Select the time mode for the recording.
3 Check that the date and time displayed on the TV
7 Press the REC button.
monitor have been adjusted properly.
4 Insert a cassette tape into the unit after checking
that the tab on the cassette is intact.
Notes on operation
• If the PAUSE/STILL button is pressed during recording, the unit is set to the pause mode, and after about 5
minutes in this mode it is transferred to the stop mode.
• Neat frame-to-frame continuity is not achieved if the recording mode is set again after the PAUSE/STILL button
is pressed during recording.
• When the MENU/REC LOCK switch has been set to OFF, other operations can be performed during recording.
• When restoration-of-power-after-failure recording is performed,recording can be continued in the same time mode
even if the power should fail provided that the power is restored within about one week. (This applies only if
the power has been supplied continuously for 3 or more days.)
• When performing auto repeat recording or timer recording, do not neglect to conduct the routine inspections.
• When recording images from a black-and-white camera, set the video signal mode on Menu Screen 4 to B_W.
• Remove the cassette tape if the unit is to be left standing for a prolonged period of time.
switch still ON), a non-recorded portion will
• When the power supply is interrupted during recording (with the
be made in the beginning of the tape travel, or the tape will be over-recorded at its ending section. This is not
a malfunction.
Tips For Better Recording
In order to ensure greater reliability in monitoring, surveillance and other continuous operations lasting many hours,
this unit comes with some safety functions for recording. Read the following descriptions of these functions before
proceeding to operate the unit.
Recording Mode Lock
Restoration-of-Power-After-Failure
Recording
There are two ways, as described below, to maintain
the recording mode during recording by disabling the
operations of the
switch as well as the TIME MODE
and operation buttons.
When a power failure has occurred during recording,
the unit automatically starts recording if the power is
restored within approximately one week.
• When the power fails, the tape “loss” safety protection function is activated to protect the video heads
and video tape.
1 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to REC LOCK.
2 Set REC LOCK on Menu Screen 1 to ON. (See
Note)
Before power is restored
The following button and connectors are operational
during recording even if the unit is set to REC LOCK.
• Alarm input connector, alarm reset connector
• REC REVIEW
Recording Check
When the REC REVIEW button is pressed during
recording, the tape runs temporarily in the reverse
direction, and the recorded section is played back. This
function can be used to check the daily operation of the
equipment in the system.
After power is restored
•
Stop, play, fast forward
Stop mode is established.
•
Recording
Recording mode is
established.
•
•
Auto rewind
Auto rewind during auto
repeat recording
Unit is returned to the mode
applying before the power
failed.
Notes:
• When the power cord has come out of the socket or
a power failure has occurred, no operations will be
acknowledged for about 30 seconds after the power
has been restored: this is to protect the tape.
• Once the recording mode is established, recording
cannot be released until REC LOCK on Menu Screen
1 is set OFF.
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Timer Recording
There are two methods of timer recording: one uses the internal timer and the other uses an external timer.
Internal Timer Recording
Start time and stop time
Bear in mind the following points when setting these
times.
• When the stop time is set later than the start time:
Recording will commence at the start time on the
day concerned and stop at the end time on the same
day.
Example: 8:30 → 17:00
VTR operations after the settings
• The unit is in STANDBY mode, and even if other
buttons are pressed, their operations are not
accepted.
• When the start time and stop time have not been
set, INT flashes on the display.
• Alarm recording is performed in the event of an
alarm input even when the unit is in the timer
recording standby mode. When alarm recording is
completed, the unit is set to the timer recording
standby mode.
• Even when the power should fail, the start and stop
times set for timer recording are stored in the
memory provided that the power is restored within a
week or so (but only if power has been supplied
continuously to the unit for 3 or more days).
• When the unit has just been purchased or when it
has not been used for a long time, the start and stop
times are not stored in the memory.
• When the start time is set later than the stop
time or the start time and stop time for weekly
recording (weekly timer) are the same:
Recording starts at the start time on the day
concerned and ends at the stop time on the following day.
Example: 17:00 → 8:30
• When the start time and stop time are the same
(for weekly recording):
Recording starts at 8:30 on the day concerned and
ends at 8:30 on the following day.
Example: 8:30 → 8:30
To record for an entire day, set the start time and
stop time to 0:00.
Releasing the internal timer mode
Set the TIMER MODE switch to OFF to clear INT on
the display.
Note:
• Since it takes some moments for recording to start,
set the start time for timer recording one minute
earlier.
Notes:
• Weekly recording (weekly timer) can be set by the
day of the week.
• When (INTERNAL TIMER REC) on Menu Screen 5
is set to OFF for both the weekly timer and daily
recording (daily timer), nothing appears for the start
or stop time. Timer recording is considered not to
be set.
Internal Timer Recording Operation
1 Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has
4 Set the operation times of the internal timer.
• For details on the settings, refer to the sections
been inserted.
on “Daily timer” or “Weekly timer.” (See page
18.)
2 Check that the TV monitor shows the correct
present time.
5 Upon completion of the settings, set the MENU/
3 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to
[INTERNAL TIMER REC]
[TIMER]START
SUN OFF
MON OFF
TUE OFF
WED OFF
THU OFF
FRI OFF
SAT OFF
DLY OFF
END
REC LOCK switch to OFF. The regular screen is
restored.
display the menu screens. Press the page button so
that the INTERNAL TIMER REC timer setting
screen appears on the TV monitor.
6 Set the TIMER MODE switch to INT TIMER so that
INT lights on the display.
When the time and date for Menu Screen 1 have
not been set, a cassette has not been inserted, the
timer has not been set, or when a cassette with a
broken out tab has been inserted, the buzzer
sounds and INT flashes on the display.
P5
T-M
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Timer Recording
Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer)
Example: When recording from 8:30 to 12:00 from
Sunday through Thursday and from 9:00 to 12:00 on
Fridays and Saturdays
1 Check that OFF or ON for Sunday (SUN) is
6 When the shift (
flashing. If the setting is OFF, press the set (+, –)
buttons to display ON.
[INTERNAL TIMER REC]
) button is pressed, the “hour”
digits flash.
SUN ON
8:30
0:00
7 Press the set (+, –) buttons to display “12. ”
P5
[TIMER]START
SUN OFF
MON OFF
END
SUN ON
T-M
digits flash.
SUN ON
2 When the shift (
) button is pressed, the setting
moves to the start time and the “hour” digits flash.
SUN ON
0:00
SUN ON
3 Press the set (+, –) buttons to display “8.”
0 Press the shift (
0:00
4 When the shift ( ) button is pressed, the “minutes”
digits flash.
SUN ON
8:00
SUN ON
8:30
12:00
24
display the start time of “8:30” and stop time of
“12:00” from Monday (MON) through Thursday
(THU). Following the above procedure, set the
times for Friday (FRI) and Saturday (SAT) as well.
In this way, the timer operation times have been
set for each day of the week.
The settings for daily recording (daily timer) are
also performed following the same steps 1 to 10.
5 Press the set (+, –) buttons to display “30.”
8:30
12:00
q Following the same procedure in steps 1 to 10,
0:00
SUN ON
8:30
) button and set the recording
time mode (3, 6, L12, L24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 168,
180 and 240-hour mode). When the shift (
)
button is pressed, the MON is flashing.
12:00
0:00
8:00
8:30
9 Press the set (+, –) buttons to display “00.”
SUN ON
12:00
8 When the shift ( ) button is pressed, the “minutes”
8:30
0:00
• The setting shown on the screen at the left translates into the weekly and daily timer recording combinations
shown below which, in turn, means that the actual recording time on the tape is shown at the bottom.
[INTERNAL TIMER REC]
[TIMER]START
SUN ON 8:30
MON ON 12:00
TUE OFF
WED OFF
THU ON 14:00
FRI OFF
SAT ON 12:00
DLY ON 18:00
P5
Sunday
L24H
END
T-M
8:00 L24
14:00 L12
Weekly
Timer
23:00 L12
Daily
Timer
8:00 L24
8:00 L12
Actual
Recording
Time
Monday
L24H
Wednesday
Thursday
L12H
L12H
Friday
Saturday
L12H
8:00 14:00
12:00
8:00 8:30
8:00
Tuesday
14:00
L24H
23:00
12:00
L12H
18:00
8:00
L12H
L24H
8:00 8:30
L24H
L12H
8:00 14:00
12:00 18:00
8:00
L12H
18:00
8:00
L12H
18:00
8:00 14:00
L12H
8:00
L12H
18:00 8:00 12:00
• The day of the week time settings are displayed, enabling the settings to be checked for each day of the week.
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L24H
External Timer Recording
The unit can be made to record using an external timer to turn on its power.
EJECT
REC REVIEW
REC
REC
AG-TL550
PULL OPEN
FWD
REV
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
RESET
TIME MODE
Power Cord
(supplied)
COUNTER /
SEARCH
ALARM
(Audio timer available from dealer)
To AC IN
Timer
External timer recording operations
1 Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has
2 Set the TIMER MODE (REC MODE) switch to EXT
been inserted.
TIMER so that EXT lights on the display. At the set
time, power is supplied from the external timer and
the unit is set to the recording mode.
• If the video cassette tape has not been inserted or if its accidental erasure prevention tab has been broken,
EXT will flash on the display, and external timer recording cannot be conducted.
• Since it takes some moments for recording to start, set the start time for timer recording one minute earlier.
• Depending on the tape position, some of the images at the start of the external timer recording may not be
recorded or may record over the images at the end of the previous external timer recording.
Auto Repeat Recording/Auto Rewinding
Auto repeat recording: This function automatically rewinds the cassette tape when its end is detected in the
recording mode, and it repeats recording from the start of the tape.
Auto rewinding: This function automatically rewinds the tape to the start when the tape end is detected in the
recording mode.
1 Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has
3 Press the shift ( ) button to move the flashing to
been inserted.
TAPE END. Press the set (+ or –) button to display
REPEAT for auto repeat recording or REW for auto
rewinding.
2 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to
display the menu screens. Press the page button
to display Menu Screen 4 on the TV monitor.
[REC MODE]
REC T-MODE : OFF
TAPE IN : STOP
TAPE END : STOP
TAPE END : REPEAT
4 “R” lights on the display.
• If auto rewinding has been selected, “R” is
P4
cleared.
5 Upon completion of the settings, set the MENU/
REC LOCK switch to OFF. The regular screen is
restored.
[VIDEO MODE]
MODE : AUTO
DETAIL : ON
Notes of operation
• When auto repeat recording is to be performed, do not neglect the routine inspections. Since the image
deteriorates when the same tape is used over and over again for auto repeat recording, replace the tape with a
new one after about 50 recordings.
• Alarm signals are not accepted during auto rewinding, and so alarm recording is not performed.
• If an alarm signal is supplied during auto repeat recording, the alarm recording mode is established. If the tape
then reaches its end, auto repeat recording is performed but alarm recording is released.
• When the power cord has come out of the socket or a power failure has occurred, no operations will be acknowledged for about 30 seconds after the power has been restored: this is to protect the tape.
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Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording)
When an emergency occurs at the monitoring site during prolonged monitoring and recording, the alarm function
is automatically triggered, and alarm recording is performed.
Principle of Alarm Recording
Alarm input
Connecting the Alarm Input
Connector
Alarm reset input
Tape end
Tape start
Recording
Alarm recording
Time lapse mode
Alarm mode
(3H/6H)
Recording
Alarm switch
Time lapse mode
CAMERA
SW OUT
IN
AUDIO
OUT
ALARM RESET IN
• When an alarm signal is supplied by an alarm sensor
TAPE END OUT
AC IN
(door or intercom switch, etc.) during recording in a
time lapse mode, the recording speed is switched to
the 3- or 6-hour mode and the details of the state of
emergency are faithfully recorded.
ALARM IN
COMMON REC IN
WARNING/
REC OUT
Alarm switch
Alarm reset switch
Alarm and Display Methods during
Alarm Recording
EJECT
REC REVIEW
4 V – 14 V
REC
• Alarm recording starts when the alarm switch is set
REC
PULL OPEN
REV
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
RESET
TIME MODE
on. When the alarm reset switch is set ON after
recording has started, alarm recording is released
and operation is returned to the original time lapse
recording mode.
FWD
COUNTER /
SEARCH
ALARM
ALARM display lamp
• Alarm recording can be released by pressing the
STOP button during alarm recording.
However, it cannot be released even by pressing the
STOP button if the MENU/REC LOCK switch is at
REC LOCK or INT is lit on the display.
• When an alarm signal is supplied, the alarm display
lamp functions as follows.
On
Alarm
lamp
Alarm input
Flashing
Alarm reset
input
• Alarm recording can be automatically reset without
Off
supplying the alarm reset input signal.
The reset time can be set for 30 sec., 1.0, 2.0, 3.0,
5.0 or 10 minutes.
switch is
pressed twice.
• Another option is alarm recording only while the alarm
input signal is supplied.
• Alarm recording is also possible as far as the end
of the tape.
Display
switch to
“3H” or “6H”.
17-11-00 3H
10:14:30 A
TV monitor
“A” display
appears
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Alarm Recording Operation
1 Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has
4 Press the shift ( ) button to move the flashing to
been inserted.
DURATION.
Press the set (+ or –) button to set the recording
duration.
2 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to
display the menu screens. Press the page button
to display the alarm recording setting screen (Menu
Screen 3) on the TV monitor.
[ALARM]
5 Upon completion of the settings, set the MENU/
P3
MODE : OFF
DURATION : 30SEC
[RECALL]
REC LOCK switch to OFF. The regular screen is
restored.
-
If an alarm input signal is subsequently supplied,
the time mode set by T-MODE changes to 3H or
6H, and alarm recording continues until the alarm
is released.
3 Press the set (+ or –) button to display 3H or 6H for
MODE.
MODE
3H
• If TAPE END on Menu Screen 4 has been set to REPEAT, the auto repeat recording mode is established when
the tape comes to the end.
• With emergency recording, set the unit to the STANDBY or STOP mode.
Alarm Recall
The date and time when the alarm signal was input can be ascertained on the TV monitor by checking the
alarm input time in the RECALL item on Menu Screen 3.
1 Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to
2 Upon completion of the settings, set the MENU/
display the menu screens. Press the page button
to display the alarm recording setting screen (Menu
Screen 3) on the TV monitor.
REC LOCK switch to OFF. The regular screen is
restored.
[ALARM]
P3
MODE : 3H
DURATION : 30SEC
[RECALL] 10-10-01
14- 9-01
30- 8-01
25- 6-01
20:19
12:05
08:40
04:14
[OUTPUT SELECT]
TERMINAL OUT : ERR WARN
• The alarm recall function stores up to 4 alarm input times in the memory and displays them on the screen. If
•
there have been more than 4 inputs, they will be deleted from the screen in sequence starting with the oldest
data.
When the RESET button is pressed while Menu Screen 3 is on the display, the alarm recall memory can be
cleared.
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Playback Procedure
Before operating the unit, check that the internal/external timer recording displays (INT/EXT) have been cleared
from the display. (If INT or EXT is displayed, set the TIMER MODE switch to OFF to clear it.)
1 Switch on the power to the unit and TV monitor.
4 Press the PLAY button.
2 Insert the recorded cassette tape into the unit.
3 Select the time mode.
Notes on operation
1. Bear in mind the following points when playing back parts of a tape recorded in a time lapse (L12H – 240H) mode.
• When the tape is played back in the same mode, noise resembling dropouts will appear on the screen: this
is not indicative of malfunctioning.
• The picture may oscillate in the vertical direction: this is not indicative of malfunctioning.
• When a tape is played back in the same time mode, the picture may shake slightly sideways: this is not
indicative of malfunctioning.
• Turn Quasi-V insertion ON ( ) or OFF ( ) with the FWD ADV button. Dancing can be minimized when a
tape is played back in a time lapse (except 3- or 6-hour) or linear slow mode. Moreover, playing back a tape in
a system featuring a frame switcher enables the appearance of the pictures of other cameras to be reduced.
2. Bear in mind the following points when playing back parts of a tape recorded in a VHS mode (3 or 6 hours).
• When a tape is played back in a time lapse mode, slight noise may appear at the top and bottom of the
screen: this is not indicative of malfunctioning.
• When the tape is played back in a time lapse mode (L12H – 240H), the picture may oscillate in the vertical
direction: this is not indicative of malfunction.
• When a tape recorded on the 6-hour mode is played back in another mode, colour programme is played back
in black and white, but this is not a malfunction.
3. When noise has occurred during still-picture playback, press the FWD ADV button to play it out. (It may not
always be possible to play out the noise.)
4. Bear in mind that if the power cable is disconnected and then re-connected or if the power has been restored
after it has failed when the tape was played with EXT indicated on the display by the TIMER MODE switch,
the unit will automatically be set from playback to the recording mode.
5. When the PAUSE/STILL button is pressed during playback, the unit is set to the pause mode, and a still picture
will appear on the monitor screen. To release this state, press the PAUSE/STILL button again or press the
PLAY button. If the unit is kept in the pause mode for more than 5 minutes, it will be set to the stop mode.
6. If the horizontal AFC on the TV monitor is too long or when a video camera with random interlace scanning
has been used, the top area of the TV monitor may be distorted: this is not indicative of malfunctioning.
7. Tapes recorded on this machine cannot be played back other VHS video recorder as they are not compatible.
8. When the power cord has come out of the socket or a power failure has occurred during fast forwarding or
rewinding, no operations will be acknowledged for about 30 seconds after the power has been restored: this is
to protect the tape.
Tracking
Vertical Hold Adjustment
When noise such as that shown below appears on the
playback image in the 3- or 6-hour time mode, press
the tracking (+ or –) button to minimize the noise.
If the image shakes slightly in the vertical direction during
still-picture playback, press the V-LOCK buttons (–, +) to
reduce the dancing.
EJECT
REC REVIEW
REC
REC
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
PULL OPEN
REV
TRACKING /
V-LOCK
RESET
TIME
LAPSE
TIME MODE
FWD
COUNTER /
SEARCH
ALARM
• This adjustment is effective only in the Quas-V
insertion ON mode.
• If the TV monitor has a vertical hold control, adjust
• For the tracking default setting, press the “+” and “–”
•
that control also.
buttons together (in the 3- or 6-hour time mode
only).
In the time lapse mode (L12H – 240H), press the “+”
or “–” button to adjust the tracking.
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Routine & Regular Inspection Request
This unit is designed to withstand many hours of operation. Nevertheless, it is recommended that routine inspections
be conducted to help ensure trouble-free operation.
CAUTION
Do not forget to conduct the routine inspection with auto repeat recording.
Routine inspection procedure
1 Set the power switches on the unit, video cameras,
TV monitor and other equipment connected in the
monitoring system to the ON position.
2 Is the picture on the TV monitor OK?
3 Are the date and time displayed on the TV monitor
correct?
4 Press the REC REVIEW button during the recording and check that the image are being recorded
correctly.
Action taken after routine inspections
In the unlikely event of a problem with the unit, turn the unit to STANDBY mode, take hold of the power plug and
disconnect it from the power outlet, and consult with the dealer from whom the unit was purchased.
Regular inspections recommended
This unit has an hour metre which shows for how many hours the VTR has been used. When the MENU/REC
LOCK switch is set to MENU, Menu Screen 1 appears on the TV monitor, and the hour metre can be checked.
Use the hour metre as a rough guideline to cleaning or replacing the parts inside the unit. The regular screen is
restored when the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to OFF. For further details, consult with your dealer.
MENU
OFF
REC LOCK
[HOUR METER]
00000H
TV monitor
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RS-232C Interface
1. Outline of RS-232C interface
This interface is for enabling the basic functions of the VTR to be operated using a personal computer.
• The D-SUB 9P connector is used to connect the VTR with the personal computer.
2. Hardware specifications
■ D-DUB 9-pin connector specifications
D-DUB 9P, female
• Connector:
• Compatible cable: Straight cable
D-SUB 9P input signals
Pin No.
Abbreviation
1
CD (DCD)
Carrier detection
PC receives this signal.
2
RD (RXD)
Received data
PC receives data.
3
SD (TXD)
Transmitted data
PC sends data.
4
ER (DTR)
Data terminal ready
PC sends this signal.
5
SG (--)
Signal ground
Signal ground
6
DR (DSR)
Data set ready
PC receives this signal.
7
RS (RTS)
Request to send
PC sends this signal.
8
CS (CTS)
Clear to send
PC receives this signal.
9
CI (RI)
Ring indicator
PC receives this signal.
PC
Circuit name
Pin No.
Pin No.
1
2
1
2
3
4
5
6
3
4
5
6
7
8
7
8
9
9
Details
Details
L: ground
Data output
Data input
OP (ready output)
GND
Ready output (OP)
(short)
L: ground
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VTR
3. Protocol
■ Receiving format (personal computer → VTR)
General format: stx command [:data] [;command [:data]] etx
stx:
02h (HEX)
; (semicolon): 3Bh command delimiter
command:
ccc
ccc: command (3 ASCII characters)
: (colon):
3Ah parameter delimiter
data:
parameter (any number: based on command)
etx:
03H
In some cases, the format does not contain what is enclosed in the square brackets.
■ Example
stxO S Petx (stop command)
02,4F,53,50,03 (stop command in HEX notation)
■ Sending format (personal computer ← VTR)
• Command receive verification
ack (with error-free receipt of command)
nak e (when communication error has occurred)
e: error code
1: parity error
3: framing error
4: overrun error
• Response message
General format: stx message [:data] etx
• Error message (when error has occurred in protocol or command)
General format: stx error message etx
ack:
06h
nak:
15h
stx:
02h
message:
mmmm
mmmm: message (any number of ASCII characters)
: (colon):
3Ah parameter delimiter
data:
parameter (any number)
error message: ERnnn (error code)
nnn: 3-digit number
001: Invalid command (not supported)
002: Invalid parameter
003: Receive buffer overflow
etx:
03h
■ Explanatory description
• As soon as the receive buffer becomes full, receive buffer overflow is returned, and subsequent commands are
cancelled.
• The ACK or NAK response must commence within 20ms.
• When a new command has been received during the processing of an non-interruptible command, the receive
verification code is returned within 20ms, after which the applicable ERROR code is returned, and the
processing of the previous command is resumed.
• When it takes time for execution to be completed, it is to be possible for the next command to be processed (in
principle, after the ACK response) without waiting for the completion of the said execution. (This applies only to
commands whose processing can be interrupted.)
• When a command which does not entail a transfer of the deck mode is received, the message of having
completed the received command is returned regardless of the deck mode.
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RS-232C Interface
■ Table of commands
Command
Counter reset
Eject
Fast forward
Pause/still
Play
Record
Rewind
Forward search
Reverse search
Stop
Field advance (+)
Field advance (–)
Power ON
Power OFF
Recording check
Tracking (+)
Tracking (–)
Auto tracking
Time setting
Time mode switching
Key lock setting
Display switching
Version request
Communication check
Counter data request
ID request
Status request
All status request
Time mode request
Display status request
Key lock request
ACK return ON
ACK return OFF
ACK return status request
Automatic send setting command
Automatic sent setting request
Command parameter
CRT
OEJ
OFF
OPA
OPL
ORC
ORW
OSF: ∗
OSR: ∗
OSP
OAF
OAR
PON
POF
ORR
ZTU
ZTD
ZTA
LTJ
LTM: ∗
RML: ∗∗
LFI: ∗
QRV
RCK
QCD
QID
QOP
QOS
QLT
QFI
QRM
RAN
RAF
QRA
OCS: ∗
QSC
Completion message
CRT
OEJ
OFF
OPA
OPL
ORC
ORW
OSF
OSR
OSP
OAF
OAR
PON
POF
ORR
ZTU
ZTD
ZTA
LTJ
LTM
RML
LFI
VER a. ee date
RCK
QCD fwghmmss
AG-TL ∗∗∗∗
∗∗∗
OPS dddddd
LTM∗
LFI∗
RML∗
RAN
RAF
RA∗
OCS
OCS∗
Notes:
• With ACK return ON, [ACK] is returned from the VTR with the LTM and QID commands only.
• ∗ denotes parameters.
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Interruptible
: Yes
: No
Details of commands
Counter data request command
This requests the current value on the CTL counter.
PC: [STX] QCD [ETX]
VTR: [STX] CDCwghmmss
g: for a minus amount, space
for a plus amount
hmmss: hours/minutes/seconds
W: S; for STOP, EJECT, STILL,
FWD ADV and REW ADV.
P; for modes other than the
above.
Time mode switching command
This sets the time mode during deck recording/playback.
However, when REC T-MODE has been set, it takes precedence over the other modes during recording.
PC: [STX] LTM: ∗[ETX]
Time mode
∗
VTR: [STX] LTM [ETX]
3h
0
6h
L12h
L24h
48h
72h
96h
120h
168h
180h
240h
1
2
4
6
7
8
9
A
B
C
ID request command
This is for verifying the model number.
PC: [STX] QID [ETX]
VTR: [STX] AG-TL550E [ETX]
Time mode request command
This is for verifying the time mode.
PC: [STX] QLT [ETX]
VTR: [STX] LTM∗ [ETX]
Key lock setting command
This selects whether the front panel keys are to be locked.
PC: [STX] RML: F∗ [ETX]
∗: N = ON
VTR: [STX] RML [ETX]
F = OFF
Display switching command
Operation is the same as for the COUNTER/SEARCH key on
the front panel.
PC: [STX] LFI: ∗ [ETX]
∗: C = counter display
VTR: [STX] LFI [ETX]
T = time display
M = memory stop display
A = alarm search display
R = repeat count display
day
year
Communication check command
This is for verifying whether communication has been
established.
PC: [STX] RCK [ETX]
VTR: [STX] RCK [ETX]
Display status request command
This is for verifying the front panel display.
PC: [STX] QFI [ETX] ∗: T = clock display shown
VTR: [STX] LFI∗ [ETX]
C = counter display shown
M = memory stop display shown
A = alarm search display
(C = repeat recording count display
shown)
0
1
2
4
6
7
8
9
A
B
C
ACK return ON command
This turns ACK return ON.
PC: [STX] RAN [ETX]
VTR: [STX] RAN [ETX]
ACK is returned only for the LTM and
QID commands.
ACK return OFF command
This turns ACK return OFF.
PC: [STX] RAF [ETX]
VTR: [STX] RAF [ETX]
Key lock status request command
This is for verifying the front panel key lock status.
PC: [STX] QRM [ETX]
VTR: [STX] RML∗ [ETX]
∗
Status request command
When the status request command has been received, the
target operation mode of the system control is detected and
the status command is sent.
PC: [STX] QOP [ETX]
VTR: [STX] ∗∗∗ [ETX]
STOP
∗∗∗: OSP
OEJ
EJECT
ORW
REW
OFF
FF
ORC
REC
ORP
REC PAUSE
OPL
PLAY
OPP
STILL/PAUSE
POF
POW OFF
OSF
CUE
OSR
REV
Version request command
This is for verifying the version of the microcomputer.
PC: [STX] QRV [ETX]
VTR: [STX] VER 1.00 11/30/01 [ETX]
Month
Time mode
3h
6h
L12h
L24h
48h
72h
96h
120h
168h
180h
240h
∗: N = ON
F = OFF
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RS-232C Interface
ACK return status request command
This is for verifying the ACK return status.
PC: [STX] QRA [ETX]
∗: N = ON
F = OFF
VTR: [STX] RA∗ [ETX]
All status request command
When the all status request command has been received, the
current deck status is detected and sent by the bitmap shown
below.
PC: [STX] QOS [ETX]
VTR: [STX] OPS abcdef [ETX]
ab
Counter commands
Bit
7
cc: Returns fixed value.
6
cd
REC
LOCK
ON=1
ef
Test mode
00: Normal
10: Line
01: Service
11:
5
PAL
PAL
=1
4
Tracking
(–)
(+)
ON=1
Reverse play
Forward
direction=0
3
2
Tape speed
00 : 3h
10 : 4h
01 : 6h
Cassette
IN
IN=1
Time setting command
This sets the minutes and seconds to zero.
Time setting will change in the following manner:
HH:00:00 – HH:14:59 → HH:00:00
HH:45:00 – HH:59:59 → HH+1:00:00
The time setting command will be disregarded for other
times.
PC: [STX] LTJ [ETX]
VTR: [STX] LTJ [ETX]
Automatic send setting command
This sets whether to detect changes in the deck status and
send the status automatically.
PC: [STX] OCS:∗ [ETX]
VTR: [STX] OCS [ETX]
∗: N=Automatic send ON
F=Automatic send OFF
Automatic send setting request command
This is for verifying the automatic send setting.
PC: [STX] QSC [ETX]
VTR: [STX] OCS∗ [ETX]
∗: N=Automatic send ON
F=Automatic send OFF
Search command
• Forward
PC: [STX] OSF:∗ [ETX]
VTR: [STX] OSF [ETX]
• Reverse
PC: [STX] OSR:∗ [ETX]
VTR: [STX] OSR [ETX]
∗:
0=
1=
2=
3, 4 =
5, 6 =
7=
8-F =
still (Play/Pause)
1/30×
1/10×
1/5×
1.0×
5.0×
9.0×
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1
Repeat
REW
ON=1
0
Alarm
IN
Usually=0
Troubleshooting
Trouble with installation
• Is the power plug inserted properly into the AC outlet?
• Is the unit connected properly with the TV, video cameras, etc.?
• Are any of the connecting cables making faulty contact?
• Has the focus on the video cameras been adjusted correctly?
No power.
No picture.
Indistinct picture.
Trouble with functions or operation
• Is the video cassette loaded?
• Is the MENU/REC LOCK switch at OFF?
• Has the video cassette been inserted properly? Press the
Nothing happens even when operation
buttons are pressed.
EJECT button to eject the cassette and insert properly.
• Has INT lit on the display?
• Has the mode lock been applied through control exercised by
“
•
” mark is flashing.
In case of moisture
detection:
the RS-232C interface?
The unit will not operate because its safety protection function
has been triggered. Wait until the flashing disappears.
Ejection will remain
incomplete when a video
cassette has been inserted.
The “ ” mark at display
section flashes.
Date and time display data has not been
stored in memory when the power failed.
Wait until the “ ” mark
goes out with
switch
turned “ON”. It may take a
few hours, although it
depends upon conditions.
• Has the unit’s power plug been disconnected from the power
outlet for a long time?
Insert the unit’s power plug into the power outlet and supply
power continuously for at least 3 days to the unit.
Trouble with recording
Tape can be played, fast forwarded or
rewound but not recording results.
Recording has stopped.
• Is the tab on the video cassette broken?
• Is the video cassette tape at its end?
• Have more than 5 minutes elapsed since the PAUSE/STILL
button was pressed during recording?
• Are the routine inspections being carried out? If this phenomenon keeps recurring, it means that some failure or other is to
blame. Consult with your dealer.
The power has been restored after a
power failure but recording does not
automatically resume.
• Has the power failure lasted a long time (more than 1 week)?
Recording cannot be stopped.
• First set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to OFF and then operate.
• Is REC LOCK on Menu Screen 1 at OFF?
• Has the mode lock been applied through control exercised by
Set the timer recording switch to EXT to ensure that the unit is
set to the recording mode even after a prolonged power failure.
the RS-232C interface?
Are the date and time on the regular displays correct?
(See page 13)
1-week programmed timer recording
cannot be conducted properly.
•
One or more cameras do not record
when a multiple number of cameras are
used.
• Turn the time adjustment control on the frame switcher, and adjust
•
No auto repeat recording.
it to a setting which is longer than the video recording duration in
the recording time mode.
Connect a camera switching cable between the unit and frame
switcher.
• Has the stop button been pressed during auto rewinding?
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Troubleshooting
No timer recording.
• Are the present time and start/stop times for the timer
No alarm recording.
• Has INT or EXT lit on the display?
• Have the alarm sensors and alarm input connectors been
recording correct?
connected properly?
• Has the alarm recording mode been selected on Menu Screen
3?
Trouble with playback
• Adjust the tracking buttons. (See page 22)
Noise sometimes appears on the playback pictures.
Dirty playback picture.
• The video heads may be dirty or clogged or they may have
reached the end of their service life. Consult with your dealer.
• The video heads may be dirty or clogged. Consult with your
“Snow” on playback picture.
dealer.
Has the camera switching signal cable been connected
properly?
While a multiple number of cameras are
being used, two scenes appear as the
playback picture when the cameras are
switched.
Recording starts when the unit’s power
plug is connected to or disconnected
from the power outlet.
•
No playback because recording starts
when the main power for the connected
equipment is set to ON.
• Has INT or EXT lit on the display?
• Has INT or EXT lit on the display?
Input/Output Terminal Signal Level
Terminal
Signal Level
Note
VIL: 0 – 0.6 V
Alarm Input/REC IN
LOW Input
MIN 400 msec.
MIN 400 msec.
Alarm Reset Input
HIGH Input
VIH: 4 – 14 V
Video recording interval
VIH: 11 – 13 V
Camera Switching Output
VOH = 11 – 13 V (5.6 kΩ)
VOL = 0 – 0.6 V (max. 3 mA)
20 msec.
During auto repeat or
auto rewinding
When stopped
VOH
Tape end output
VOL
VOL
VOH = 11 – 13 V (4.7 kΩ)
VOL = 0 – 0.6 V (max. 3 mA)
Approx. 10 sec
Warning output
VOH: 11 – 13 V
VOL
30
VOH = 11 – 13 V (4.7 kΩ)
VOL = 0 – 0.6 V (max. 3 mA)
Specifications
Power Source:
Power Consumption:
220 – 240 V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
20 W
is the safety information.
Audio
General
Operating
Temperature:
Operating
Humidity:
Dimensions:
Line Input
(Phono):
Mic Input (3 mm):
Line Output
(Phono):
Track:
Recording/
Playback
mode:
5°C to 40°C
35% to 80%
430 (W) × 86.5 (H) × 293.5 (D) mm
(excluding rubber grips and knobs)
3.85 kg
Weight:
Video Recording/
Playback
System:
4 rotary heads, helical scanning
azimuth recording system, VHS
format
23.39 mm/s (3H mode)
Tape Speed:
VHS tape
Tape Format:
Recording Time: 3 hours (with 180-minute tape/3H
mode)
Less than 2 min. (with 180-minute
FF/REW Time:
tape)
–10 dBV, 47 kohms
–60 dBV, 600 ohms
–8 dBV, 1 kohm
1 track (normal)
3H/6H/L12H/L24H mode
Connectors
Alarm Input/
REC IN:
Alarm Reset
Input:
Short circuit
+4 V – +14 V
Standard accessory
Video
Television
System:
Modulation
System:
Video Input
(BNC):
Video Output
(BNC):
S/N:
Power Cord:
CCIR Standard (625 lines, 50 fields)
PAL colour signal
×1
Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Luminance; Frequency modulation
recording
Colour signal; Converted subcarrier
phase shift recording
1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms, unbalanced
B/W mode; 45 dB (3H mode, Detail
OFF)
Colour mode; 45 dB (3H mode,
Detail OFF)
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Central P.O. Box 288, Osaka 530-8691, Japan
Printed in Japan
VQT9335
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