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Digital HD Video

Camera Recorder

Operating Guide

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference

3-280-847-11(1)

HVR-Z7U/Z7N

© 2008 Sony Corporation

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Before operating this unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.

Notes on use

Types of cassette you can use in your camcorder

Your camcorder is capable of recording in

HDV, DVCAM and DV formats.

When recording in HDV/DV format, Sony recommends that you use mini DV cassettes.

When recording in DVCAM format, Sony recommends that you use mini DVCAM cassettes. Your camcorder does not support

the Cassette Memory function (p. 115).

The HDV format

• Digital high-definition (HD) video signals are recorded and played back on a DV format cassette.

• HDV signals are compressed in MPEG2 format, which is adopted in BS (broadcast satellite) digital and terrestrial digital

HDTV broadcastings and in Blu-ray disc recorders.

Types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder

You can use any “Memory Stick” that has the following markings.

“Memory Stick Duo”

(This size can be used with your camcorder.)

“Memory Stick”

(You cannot use it in your camcorder.) b

Notes

• You cannot use any type of memory card except “Memory Stick Duo.”

• “Memory Stick PRO Duo” can be used only with “Memory Stick PRO” compatible equipment.

• Do not attach a label or the like on a

“Memory Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick

Duo Adaptor.

• When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with

“Memory Stick” compatible equipment, insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the

Memory Stick Duo Adaptor.

Using the camcorder

• Do not hold the camcorder by the following part.

Lens hood

LCD panel

About menu items, LCD panel, viewfinder, and lens

• A menu item that is grayed out is not available under the current recording or playback conditions.

• The LCD screen and the viewfinder are manufactured using extremely highprecision technology, so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue, or green in color) that appear constantly on the LCD screen and the viewfinder. These points are normal results of the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way.

Microphone or

Microphone holder

Viewfinder

Accessory shoe adaptor

Memory recording unit b

Notes

• The camcorder is not dustproof, dripproof or waterproof.

See “About handling of your camcorder”

(p. 121).

• Do not connect cables to your camcorder with their terminals placed the wrong way. Squeezing the terminals into your camcorder's jacks may damage them or results in a malfunction of your camcorder.

Black point

White, red, blue or green point

Do not expose your camcorder’s viewfinder, lens, or LCD screen to the sun or strong light source for extended periods.

• Intense light sources, especially the sun will converge on the viewfinder or lens and damage the internal parts of your camcorder. Avoid sunlight or other strong light sources when storing your camcorder. Protect this device by always closing the lens cover or by placing it in its bag when not in use.

On recording

• Before starting to record, test the recording function to make sure the picture and sound are recorded without any problems.

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• Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc.

• TV color systems differ depending on the countries/regions. To view your recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC system-based TV.

• Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.

Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws.

• Because of the way that the image device

(CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the subjects passing by the frame rapidly might appear crooked depending on the recording conditions. This phenomenon may be notable in displays having high motion resolution.

On playing back HDV tapes on other devices

A tape recorded in the HDV format cannot be played back on a device that is not compatible with the HDV format.

Check the contents of tapes by playing them back on this camcorder prior to playing them back on other devices.

Notes on the icons used in this manual

Features available for the HDV format only.

Features available for the DVCAM format only.

Features available for the DV SP format only.

The function that can be used when i.LINK cable is connected.

The function that can be assigned to an ASSIGN button.

About this manual

• The images of the LCD screen and the viewfinder used in this manual for illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera, and therefore may appear different.

• The on-screen displays in each local language are used for illustrating the operating procedures. Change the screen language before using your camcorder if

necessary (p. 21).

• Design and specifications of recording media and other accessories are subject to change without notice.

About the Carl Zeiss lens

Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl

Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by

Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony

Corporation, and produces superior images.

It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens. Also, the lens for your camcorder is T -coated to suppress unwanted reflections and faithfully reproduce colors.

MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.

Table of Contents

Read this first ...........................................................................................2

Getting Started

Step 1: Checking supplied items ..............................................................8

Step 2: Attaching the supplied items ......................................................10

Step 3: Charging the battery pack ..........................................................14

Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly .....17

Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder ....................................18

Step 6: Setting the date and time ...........................................................20

Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” ..................................22

Recording/Playback

Recording ...............................................................................................24

Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings .............................27

Adjusting the zoom ............................................................................. 27

Adjusting the focus manually .............................................................. 28

Adjusting the exposure ....................................................................... 30

Adjusting to natural color (White balance).......................................... 32

Adjusting the black balance ............................................................... 33

Customizing the picture quality (Picture profile) ................................. 33

Adjusting the volume .......................................................................... 42

Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons .....................................43

Recording an index signal .................................................................. 44

Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review).............. 45

Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording

(End search) ....................................................................................... 45

Playing back the most recently recorded movies

(Last scene review) ............................................................................. 45

Using the Shot transition ........................................................................46

Marking focal point on the screen (Focus marking) ...............................49

Playback .................................................................................................50

Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder ................................53

Changing the screen .......................................................................... 53

Displaying recording data (Data code) .............................................. 53

Displaying the settings in your camcorder (Status check) ................. 54

Checking the remaining battery (Battery Info) .................................... 54

Locating a scene on a tape ....................................................................55

Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) ................ 55

Searching for a recording start point (Index search).......................... 55

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Table of Contents (Continued)

Playing the picture on a TV .................................................................... 57

Using the Menu

Using the menu items ........................................................... 63

Menu items ............................................................................................ 65

(CAMERA SET) menu .................................................................... 68

Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (GAIN SETUP/

BACK LIGHT/STEADYSHOT, etc.)

(AUDIO SET) menu ....................................................................... 75

Settings for the audio recording (DV AU.MODE/XLR SET, etc.)

(DISPLAY SET) menu ..................................................................... 78

Display settings of the display and the viewfinder (MARKER/VF B.LIGHT/DISP

OUTPUT, etc.)

(IN/OUT REC) menu ....................................................................... 82

Recording settings, input and output settings (REC FORMAT/HDV PROGRE./

VIDEO OUT/EXT REC CTRL, etc.)

(TC/UB SET) menu ......................................................................... 86

(TC PRESET/UB PRESET/TC LINK, etc.)

(MEMORY SET) menu .................................................................... 88

Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo” (ALL ERASE/FORMAT, etc.)

(OTHERS) menu ............................................................................. 90

Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (QUICK REC/BEEP,

etc.)

Dubbing/Editing

Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. ............................................... 93

Recording pictures from a VCR ............................................................ 97

Copying movies on a tape to a computer .............................................. 99

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting ................................................................................... 102

Warning indicators and messages ....................................................... 112

Additional Information

Using your camcorder abroad ..............................................................114

Maintenance and precautions ..............................................................115

HDV format and recording/playback ................................................ 115

Compatibility of the DVCAM/DV formats........................................... 116

About the “Memory Stick” ................................................................. 118

About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ............................................. 119

About i.LINK...................................................................................... 120

About x.v. Color ................................................................................ 121

About handling of your camcorder ................................................... 121

Specifications .......................................................................................125

Quick Reference

Identifying parts and controls ...............................................................129

Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder ......................................136

Index .....................................................................................................139

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Getting Started

Step 1: Checking supplied items

Large eyecup (1) (p. 19) Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder.

The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied.

• The cassette tape and “Memory Stick Duo” are

not included. See pages 2, 115 and 118 for types

of cassette tapes and “Memory Stick Duo” that you can use on your camcorder.

Carl Zeiss lens (VCL-412BWH) (1) (p. 10)

This lens is pre-mounted.

Memory Recording Unit (HVR-MRC1) (1)

(p. 13)

Lens hood with lens cover (1) (p. 12)

This lens hood is pre-mounted.

Wind Screen (1), Microphone (ECM-XM1)

(1) (p. 12)

i.LINK Cradle (HVRA-CR1) (1) (p. 13)

Accessory shoe adaptor (1) (p. 130)

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Rechargeable battery pack (NP-F570) (1)

(p. 14, 119)

Accessory shoe kit (Accessory shoe (1),

Accessory shoe plate (1), screws (4))

(p. 129)

AC Adaptor/Charger (AC-VQ1050) (1)

(p. 14)

Lens mount cap (1) (p. 134),

Rear lens cap (1) (p. 134)

Wireless Remote Commander

(RMT-831) (1) (p. 135)

A button-type lithium battery is already installed.

A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 57, 93)

Component video cable (1) (p. 57)

Connecting cord (DK-415) (1) (p. 16)

Test chart for flange focal length

adjustment (1) (p. 10)

CD-ROM “Manuals for Digital HD Video

Camera Recorder” (1)

Operating Guide (This manual) (1)

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Step 2: Attaching the supplied items

Mounting the lens

Make sure to turn off the POWER switch of your camcorder before mounting the lens.

Refer to the manuals provided with the lens for details on the proper handling of the lens.

Mounting the Carl Zeiss lens

1

Push the lens locking lever C up and remove the lens or the lens mount cap from the lens mount.

2

Align the center slot in the lens mount with the center pin on the lens, and insert the lens into the mount.

3

While holding the lens in place, push the lens locking lever C down to mount the lens.

b

Notes

• If the lens is not properly locked, it may come off when in use, which may cause a serious problem. Make sure that the lens is securely locked. Sony recommends that you set the lens securing tab B as illustrated.

Mounting non-Carl Zeiss lens

1

Push the lens locking lever C up and remove the lens or the lens mount cap from the lens mount.

2

Align the center slot in the lens mount with the center pin on the lens, and insert the lens into the mount.

3 While holding the lens in place, push the lens locking lever C down to mount the lens.

4

Connect the lens cable to the LENS jack

A.

b

Notes

• You can mount a 1/3" lens directly on your camcorder. You can mount a 1/2" lens via the

Fujinon ACM-19 or equivalent. You can mount a 2/3" lens via the Fujinon ACM-17 or equivalent.

• If the lens is not properly locked, it may come off when in use, which may cause a serious problem. Make sure that the lens is securely locked. Sony recommends that you set the lens securing tab B as illustrated.

• Press the REC START/STOP button on the handle or the START/STOP button on the

Remote Commander to record when using a lens that does not have a lens cable.

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Tips

• When you attach a non-Carl Zeiss lens, Sony recommends that you adjust the black balance

with the iris closed before recording. (p. 33)

Adjusting the flange focal length (for

Carl Zeiss lens)

You need to adjust the flange focal length

(the distance from the lens flange to the plane of the image along the optical axis) in the following cases.

• After you have changed lenses.

• When you cannot adjust focus properly during zoom in or out.

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Tips

• Your camcorder can store flange focal length data for ten different Carl Zeiss lenses (VCL-

412BWH/VCL-308BWH). If you remount the lens after you have mounted ten different lenses and adjusted their flange focal length, you need to adjust the flange focal length for the lens even for the Carl Zeiss lens whose flange focal length has been adjusted.

MANUAL

ZOOM

SERVO

Adjusting the flange focal length automatically

1

Set the

ND

filter B to 1 to adjust brightness so that the proper video light level is obtained.

2

Place the flange focal length adjustment test chart A about 2-3 meters (7-10 feet) away. Zoom in and set your camcorder to locate the center of the chart in the center of the screen.

3

Set the ZOOM switch F to SERVO.

4

Select [AUTO ADJUST] in [FLANGE

BACK] of the menu

(p. 75)

.

(CAMERA SET)

5

Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial E.

The flange focal length adjustment starts and [EXECUTING] appears on the screen.

When the adjustment is completed,

[Completed.] appears on the screen.

If the adjustment fails, [Could not adjust.] appears on the screen. Try the adjustment again.

Adjusting the flange focal length manually

1

Perform steps 1 and 2 of “Adjusting the flange focal length automatically.”

2

Set the ZOOM switch F to MANUAL.

3

Select [MANU ADJUST] in [FLANGE

BACK] of the (CAMERA SET) menu.

4

Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial E.

5

Turn the zoom ring D to the telephoto position.

6

Turn the focus ring C until the subject comes in focus, then press the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial E.

7

Turn the zoom ring D to the wide angle position.

8

Turn the focus ring C until the subject comes in focus, then press the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial E.

When the adjustment is completed,

[Completed.] appears on the screen.

If the adjustment fails, [Could not adjust.] appears on the screen. Try the adjustment again.

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Tips

• You can check the focusing easily if you do the following before adjusting the focal length.

– Set [PEAKING] in the

SET) menu to [ON] (p. 78).

(DISPLAY

– Press the ASSIGN button to which

[EXP.FOCUS] is assigned (L2 button by

default) (p. 43).

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Step 2: Attaching the supplied items (Continued)

Attaching the supplied microphone

The channel to be used differs depending on the relationship between the REC CH SELECT switch positions and the input jacks.

See the table below.

REC CH SELECT switch position

CH1, CH2

CH1

Input jack

Channel to be used

INPUT1 Channel1

Channel2

INPUT2 -

INPUT1 Channel1

INPUT2 Channel2

INPUT2 INPUT1

LINE

MIC

MIC

LINE

MIC

MIC

INPUT2 INPUT1

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Tips

• See page 41 for adjusting the volume.

• Set the INPUT1/INPUT2 switch to MIC+48V when you use the supplied microphone.

Attaching the lens hood with lens cover

1

Attach the wind screen B to the

supplied microphone A.

2

Place the microphone A in the

microphone holder C with the

model name facing upward, close the cover, and shut the clamp.

3

Connect the plug of the microphone to the INPUT1 jack

D.

4

Put the microphone cable into the

cable holder E.

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5

Select the channel with the REC

CH SELECT switch F.

PUSH (lens hood release) button

Align the marks on the lens hood to those on the camcorder, and turn the lens hood in the direction of the arrow

2

.

To remove the Lens hood with lens cover

Turn the lens hood in the opposite direction to the arrow 2 in the illustration while

pressing the PUSH (lens hood release) button.

z

Tips

• If you attach or remove a 72mm (2 7/8 in.) PL filter or MC protector, remove the lens hood with lens cover.

To open or close the shutter of the

Lens hood with lens cover

Move the lens cover lever up or down to open or close the lens cover.

b

Notes

• You cannot use the HDV/DV jack when the

Memory Recording Unit is attached to your camcorder.

To remove the Memory Recording

Unit

Slide the unit upward while pushing the

RELEASE lever of the Memory Recording

Unit downward.

To attach the Memory Recording Unit to the i.LINK Cradle

Attach the Memory Recording Unit to the i.LINK Cradle as illustrated.

Move the lens cover lever to OPEN to open the lens cover, and move the lever to CLOSE to close the lens cover.

Attaching Memory Recording Unit

Make sure that the HDV/DV jack cover is closed.

Attach the Memory Recording Unit to your camcorder as illustrated.

For details, refer to the Operating

Instructions of the Memory Recording Unit on the CD-ROM.

To remove the Memory Recording

Unit from the i.LINK Cradle

Slide the unit upward while pushing the

RELEASE lever of the Memory Recording

Unit downward.

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Tips

• Refer to the operating instructions of HVR-

MRC1 on the supplied CD-ROM for details on the i.LINK cradle.

HDV/DV jack (6-pin)

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Step 3: Charging the battery pack

You can charge the "InfoLITHIUM" battery pack (L series) with the supplied AC Adaptor/Charger.

b

Notes

• You cannot use batteries other than the

“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series)

(p. 119).

2

3

1

Charge lamp

1

Set the mode change switch to

CHARGE.

2

Connect the power cord to the AC

Adaptor/Charger.

3

Connect the power cord to the wall outlet.

4

Place the battery pack in the slot of the AC Adaptor/Charger, press it down, and slide it in the direction of the arrow as illustrated.

The charge lamp turns on and charging starts.

After charging the battery

All segments of the battery mark ( appear in the display window when the

) normal charge of the battery is completed.

You can fully charge the battery pack if you continue charging the battery pack after the charge lamp turns off until the battery mark with “FULL” appears (full charge). The battery life of the fully charged battery is slightly longer than that of the normally charged battery.

Remove the battery pack from the AC

Adaptor/Charger when the charge is completed.

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Tips

• You can check the remaining battery life with

the battery info function (p. 54).

To attach the battery pack

Press the battery pack against the back of your camcorder and slide it down.

To remove the battery pack

Slide the POWER switch to OFF. Push the

BATT RELEASE (battery release) button and remove the battery pack.

BATT RELEASE

(battery release) button

To store the battery pack

If the battery pack will not be used for a while, run down the battery and store it. See

page 120 for details on storage of the

battery pack.

Charging time

Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.

Battery pack

NP-F570 (supplied)

NP-F770

NP-F970

Charging time

145

230

310

Recording time

Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.

b

Notes

• You cannot use the NP-F330 battery pack with this camcorder.

Recording in the HDV format

Battery pack

NP-F570

(supplied)

NP-F770

NP-F970

Continuous recording time

125

125

260

260

390

390

Typical recording time*

70

70

145

145

220

220

Recording in the DVCAM (DV) format

Battery pack

NP-F570

(supplied)

NP-F770

NP-F970

Continuous recording time

130

130

270

275

400

410

Typical recording time*

75

75

155

155

235

235

Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.

Bottom: When recording with the viewfinder while the LCD panel is closed.

* Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming.

Playing time

Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.

HDV format pictures

Battery pack

LCD panel opened*

175 NP-F570

(supplied)

NP-F770

NP-F970

360

545

LCD panel closed

180

375

570

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Step 3: Charging the battery pack (Continued)

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DVCAM (DV) format pictures

Battery pack

LCD panel opened*

180 NP-F570

(supplied)

NP-F770

NP-F970

375

570

* When the LCD backlight turns on.

LCD panel closed

190

390

595

On the battery pack

• Before changing the battery pack, slide the

POWER switch to OFF.

• The Battery Info (p. 54) will not be correctly

displayed under the following conditions.

– The battery pack is not attached correctly.

– The battery pack is damaged.

– The battery pack is worn-out (For Battery

Info only).

• Sony recommends that you use an NP-F970 battery pack when you use your camcorder with the Memory Recording Unit or a video light

(optional).

On the charging/recording/playback time

• Times measured with the camcorder at 25 °C

(77 °F) (10 to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F)) is recommended).

• The recording and playback time will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures.

• The recording and playback time will be shorter depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder.

Using an outside power source

You can use the AC Adaptor/Charger to obtain AC power.

AC Adaptor/

Charger

3

1

Power

To the wall cord outlet

2

4

Mode change switch

5

Connecting cord

DK-415

1 Connect the power cord to the AC

Adaptor/Charger.

2

Connect the power cord to the wall outlet.

3

Connect the connecting cable (DK-415) to the AC Adaptor/Charger.

4

Set the mode change switch of the AC

Adaptor/Charger to VCR/CAMERA.

5 Press the connecting part of the connecting cable (DK-415) against the back of your camcorder in the battery slot and slide it down.

On the AC Adaptor/Charger

• Use the nearby wall outlet when using the AC

Adaptor/Charger. Disconnect the AC Adaptor/

Charger from the wall outlet immediately if any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder.

• Do not use the AC Adaptor/Charger placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture.

• Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC

Adaptor/Charger or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction.

• Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power

(house current) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor/

Charger.

Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly

To record or play back, set the POWER switch to the respective positions.

When you use your camcorder for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears

(p. 20).

2

Hold the camcorder properly.

POWER switch

1

Slide the POWER switch to

CAMERA or VCR while you press the green button.

Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button.

3

Ensure a good grip, then fasten the grip belt.

CAMERA: To record pictures.

VCR: To play or edit pictures.

b

Notes

• The current date and time appear on the LCD screen for a few seconds when you turn on your camcorder once you set the date and time

([CLOCK SET], p. 20).

To turn off the power

Slide the POWER switch to OFF while pressing the green button.

b

Notes

• If warning messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions.

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Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder

The LCD panel

Open the LCD panel 180 degrees (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play back (2).

1

Open 180 degrees.

2

90 degrees

(max.)

2

180 degrees

(max.)

The viewfinder

Viewfinder lens adjustment lever

Move it until the picture becomes clear.

TC/U-BIT DATA CODE

DISPLAY/BATT INFO button z

Tips

• You can see your mirror image on the LCD screen by setting the LCD panel facing you. The image will be recorded in a normal image.

To turn off the LCD backlight to make the battery last longer

Press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds until appears.

This setting is practical when you use your camcorder in bright conditions or when you want to save battery power. The recorded picture will not be affected by the setting.

To turn on the LCD backlight, press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds until disappears.

z

Tips

• You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen

from [LCD BRIGHT] (p. 81).

b

Notes

• You may see primary colors shimmering in the viewfinder when you move your eye line. This is not a malfunction. The shimmering colors will not be recorded on the recording media.

z

Tips

• You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder

backlight from [VF B.LIGHT] (p. 81).

• To display images both on the LCD display and in the viewfinder, set [VF POWERMODE] to

[ON](p. 81).

• To display images in black and white in the

viewfinder, set [VF COLOR] to [OFF] (p. 81).

When the picture in the viewfinder is hard to see

If you cannot see the picture in the viewfinder clearly under bright circumstances, use the supplied large eyecup. To attach the large eyecup, stretch it slightly and align it with the eyecup groove in the viewfinder. You can attach the large eyecup facing either the right or left side.

b

Notes

• Do not remove the pre-attached eyecup.

Large eyecup (supplied)

Attach with the protruding part at the top.

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Step 6: Setting the date and time

Set the date and time when using your camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or change the POWER switch positions.

z

Tips

• If you do not use your camcorder for about 3

months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable battery and then set the

date and time again (p. 124).

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MENU

P

P

SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial

MENU button

Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for the first time.

1

Press the MENU button.

2

Select (OTHERS) by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.

OTHERS

RETURN

CAMERA PROF.

ASSIGN BTN

CLOCK SET

WORLD TIME

LANGUAGE

QUICK REC

DATE REC

[

MENU

]

: END

- - : - - : - -

3

Select [CLOCK SET] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.

--:--:--:--

CLOCK SET

Y

2008 -

M

JAN -

D

1 12 : 00

AM

[ MENU ] : CANCEL

4

Set [Y] (year) by turning the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.

You can set any year up to the year

2079.

--:--:--:--

CLOCK SET

Y

2008 -

M

JAN -

D

1 12 : 00

AM

[ MENU ] : CANCEL

5

Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minute, then press the dial.

The clock starts.

For midnight, set it to 12:00 AM.

For midday, set it to 12:00 PM.

.

z

Tips

• The date and time are automatically recorded on the tape, and can be displayed during playback

(DATA CODE button, p. 53).

Changing the language setting

You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.

Select the screen language in

[LANGUAGE] (p. 91).

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Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo”

Cassette tape

See page 115 for details on tapes including

which tapes can be used and how to protect from overwriting tapes.

1

Slide and hold the OPEN/

EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.

b

Notes

• Do not push the portion marked

{DO NOT PUSH} while the cassette compartment is sliding in. Doing so may cause a malfunction.

3

Close the lid.

Lid

OPEN/EJECT lever

The cassette compartment automatically comes out.

2

Insert a cassette with its window facing outwards, then press

.

Push the center of the back of the cassette lightly.

z

Tips

• The recordable time varies depending on [DV

REC MODE] (p. 84).

To eject the cassette

Open the lid following the same procedure as described in step 1 and remove the cassette.

“Memory Stick Duo”

You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo” marked with ,

or

(p. 118).

1

Open the Memory Stick Duo slot cover in the direction of the arrow.

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Cassette compartment

Window

The cassette compartment automatically slides back in.

Memory Stick Duo slot cover

2

Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo slot in the right direction until it clicks.

Access lamp b

Notes

• If you insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the slot in the wrong direction, the “Memory

Stick Duo,” the Memory Stick Duo slot, or image data may be damaged.

To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”

Lightly push the “Memory Stick Duo” once.

b

Notes

• When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.

• When inserting or ejecting the “Memory Stick

Duo,” be careful with the “Memory Stick Duo” from popping out and dropping.

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Recording/Playback

Recording

REC START/

STOP button B

Recording lamp

Recording lamp

Lens hood

POWER switch

REC START/STOP button A

Your camcorder records movies on tape and still images on “Memory Stick Duo.” Do the following steps to record movies.

• This camcorder can record movies in HDV or DVCAM (DV) format. The factory setting is HDV format

([REC FORMAT] p. 82).

1

Open the shutter of the lens hood.

2

Slide the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the green button.

Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button.

3

Press the REC START/STOP button A (or B). zREC

REC

00:04:50:04

60min

[STBY] t [REC]

The recording lamp lights up during recording.

To stop the movie recording, press the REC START/STOP button again.

z

Tips

• When recording in HDV format, the aspect ratio is fixed to 16:9. When recording in DVCAM (DV)

format, you can switch the aspect ratio to 4:3 ([DV WIDE REC] p. 84).

• You can change the screen display during recording (p. 53).

• Indicators displayed on the screen during recording are shown on page 136.

• The recording lamp can be set to stay off ([REC LAMP[F]], [REC LAMP[R]] p. 92).

• You cannot record movies on a “Memory Stick Duo.”

• For low angle recording, the REC START/STOP button on the handle is convenient. Release the

HOLD lever to enable the REC START/STOP button. It might be helpful if you set the LCD panel face up or close it after turning it face down, or lift the viewfinder up during the low angle recording.

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Recording (Continued)

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To capture still images

1

Assign [PHOTO] to an ASSIGN button.

2

Press the ASSIGN button to which

[PHOTO] is assigned or the PHOTO button on the Remote Commander.

A still image will be recorded on the

“Memory Stick Duo.” appears when the recording is completed.

You can capture still images during movie recording.

z

Tips

• See page 138 for indicators that appear on the

screen during recording.

Capacity of the “Memory Stick Duo”

(MB) and the number of recordable pictures

256MB

512MB

1GB

2GB

4GB

8GB

1.2M

1440 ×

810

0.9M

1080 ×

810

VGA

640 ×

480

0.2M

640 ×

360

1.2M

370 500 1400 1750

770 1000 2900 3650

1550 2100 6000 7500

3150 4300 12000 15000

6300 8500 23500 29500

12500 17000 48000 60000 b

Notes

• Specifications are for Sony “Memory Stick

Duo.” The actual number of recordable pictures can vary depending on the recording environment and the type of “Memory Stick

Duo.” z

Tips

• Image sizes of still images are as follows:

– Recording in HDV format/DVCAM (DV) format (16:9): 1.2M

– Recording in DVCAM (DV) format (4:3):

0.9M

– Playing back in HDV format: 1.2M

– Playing back in DVCAM (DV) format (16:9):

0.2M

– Playing back in DVCAM (DV) format (4:3):

VGA

To store still images captured from movies on a tape on “Memory Stick

Duo”

You can capture an image in a movie and record it on a “Memory Stick Duo” as a still image. Be sure to insert a recorded tape and a “Memory Stick Duo” in your camcorder,

Assign [PHOTO] to any one of ASSIGN

buttons (p. 43).

1

Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Press the N (play) button to search for the scene you want to save as a still image. Press the ASSIGN button to which [PHOTO] is assigned or the

PHOTO button on your Remote

Commander at the scene. b

Notes

• The recorded date and time on the tape and the stored date and time on the “Memory Stick

Duo” are both saved on the “Memory Stick

Duo.” When you view the still images, only the recorded date and time on the tape will be

displayed on the screen (Data code, p. 53).

• Camera data stored on the tape will not be copied to the “Memory Stick Duo.”

• You cannot store a still image during using your

camcorder with [PB ZOOM] set to [ON] (p. 91).

• You cannot store a still image under the following conditions:

– When the shutter speed is slower than 1/60

– While using the fader

– While using smooth slow rec

– While using shot transition

– When [SCAN TYPE] is set to [24] or [24A]

or [30] (p. 83)

Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings

Adjusting the zoom

.

Using the zoom lever

Set the ZOOM switch E to SERVO.

Move the power zoom lever D slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.

Wide view: (Wide angle)

Close view: (Telephoto) z

Tips

• The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject for focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about

80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.

• The focus may not be adjusted at certain zoom positions if the subject is within 80 cm (about 2

5/8 feet) from your camcorder.

• When you set [FOCUS MACRO] to [OFF] or

the focus ring to the mode A position (p. 28),

you cannot focus on a subject within 80 cm

(about 2 5/8 feet) regardless of the zoom

position (p. 71).

• Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom lever D. If you move your finger off the power zoom lever D, the operation sound of the power zoom lever D may also be recorded.

Using the handle zoom

1

Set the ZOOM switch E to SERVO.

2

Set the handle zoom switch B to VAR or FIX.

z

Tips

• When you set the handle zoom switch B to

VAR, you can zoom in or out at variable speed.

• When you set the handle zoom switch B to

FIX, you can zoom in or out at fixed speed

set in [HANDLE ZOOM] (p. 71).

3

Press the handle zoom lever A to zoom in or out.

b

Notes

• You cannot use the handle zoom lever A when the handle zoom switch B is set to OFF.

• You cannot change the zoom speed of the zoom lever D with the handle zoom switch B.

Using the zoom ring

You can zoom at the desired speed by turning the zoom ring C. Fine adjustment is also possible.

1

Set the ZOOM switch E to MANUAL.

2

Turn the zoom ring C to zoom in or out.

z

Tips

• You can remove the zoom pin.

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Adjusting the focus manually

4

ZEBRA

5

AE SHIFT REC REVIEW

6

1

ASSIGN

CH1

2

AUDIO LEVEL

CH2

3

ASSIGN 1-6 buttons

Mode B

Mode A

Focus ring

You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions.

Use this function in the following cases.

– To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops.

– To record horizontal stripes.

– To record a subject with little contrast between the subject and its background.

– When you want to focus on a subject in the background.

– To record a stationary subject using a tripod.

Adjusting focus manually in mode A

In mode A, you can manually adjust focus without automatic adjustment functions.

Set the focus ring to the mode A position and focus manually using the focus scale on the lens.

b

Notes

• Turn the focus ring slowly. If it is forced against either end, the focus ring may move toward the mode B position and move past the end, and make noises.

Adjusting focus manually in mode B

In mode B, you can use the automatic adjustment functions during manual focus adjustment. Set the focus ring to the mode

B position and do the following steps.

1

Assign [FOCUS] to an ASSIGN button

( p. 43

).

2 Press the ASSIGN button to which

[FOCUS] is assigned.

9 appears on the screen.

3

Turn the focus ring to adjust the focus.

9

changes to when you cannot bring any further subject in focus. 9 changes to when you cannot bring any closer subject in focus.

z

Tips

For manual focus

• Zoom in and bring your camcorder in focus, then gradually zoom out.

• Fully zoom out and gradually zoom in when you shoot a close subject.

To restore automatic adjustment

Press the ASSIGN button to which

[FOCUS] is assigned once again.

9

disappears and the automatic focus adjustment is restored.

z

Tips

• If you want to adjust focus automatically or use automatic adjustment functions such as one push auto focus during manual focus

adjustment, set the focus ring to mode B. You cannot use the automatic adjustment functions in mode A.

Using automatic focus temporarily

(One push auto focus)

You can use this function only in mode B.

Do steps 1 and 2 of “Adjusting focus manually in mode B” in advance.

1

Assign [ONE PUSH AF] to an ASSIGN

button ( p. 43

).

2

Record a movie while holding the

ASSIGN button to which [ONE PUSH

AF] is assigned.

Automatic focus functions as long as you hold the ASSIGN button (9 disappears).

z

Tips

• The focal distance is always displayed while you turn the focus ring in mode A. In mode B, the focal distance is displayed for about 3 seconds in the following cases:

– When you press the ASSIGN button to which

[

FOCUS

] is assigned ( 9 appears on the screen).

– When you turn the focus ring while 9 is displayed on the screen.

The focal distance is not displayed when you use non-Carl Zeiss lenses.

Using the expanded focus (Expanded focus)

During standby, press the ASSIGN button to which [EXP.FOCUS] is assigned.

[EXPANDED FOCUS] appears and the center of the screen is magnified by about

2.0 times. It will be easier to confirm the focus setting during manual focusing. The screen returns to the original size when you press the button again.

b

Notes

• You cannot use the expanded focus when [REC

CTL MODE] in [EXT REC CTRL] is set to

other than [OFF] (p. 85).

• The center of the screen is magnified by about

1.5 times when [SCAN TYPE] in [HDV

PROGRE.] or [DV PROGRE.] of the (IN/

OUT REC) menu is set to [24], [24A], or [30].

• The screen returns to the original size when you start recording during the expanded focus display.

z

Tips

• You can select a type of an expanded image displayed during the expanded focus

([EXP.FOCUS TYPE] p. 79).

Focusing on a distant subject (Focus infinity)

b

Notes

• Focus infinity is available when the focus ring is set to the mode B position. It is not available during the auto focus.

1

Assign [FOCUS INFNTY] to an

ASSIGN button (p. 43).

2

Press the ASSIGN button to which

[FOCUS INFNTY] is assigned.

appears on the screen.

If you release the button, your camcorder returns to the manual focus mode. This function enables you to set focus on a distant subject even when the focus is automatically set on a close subject.

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Adjusting the exposure

GAIN WHT BAL

SHUTTER

SPEED

AUTO

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MANUAL

MENU

L

M

H

B

A

PRESET

Adjusting the iris

You can manually adjust the iris to control the volume of the light entering the lens. By adjusting the iris, you can change or close the aperture of the lens, which is expressed as an F value between F1.6 and F11. The volume of the light increases the more that you open the aperture (decreasing F value).

The volume of the light decreases the more that you close the aperture (increasing F value). The current F value appears on the screen.

1

During recording or standby, set the

AUTO/MANUAL switch F to

MANUAL.

2

Set the IRIS switch B to MAN.

3 Adjust the iris with the iris ring C.

During the manual iris adjustment, you can temporarily return to the auto iris adjustment while holding down the

PUSH AUTO button A.

z

Tips

• The F value becomes close to F2.0 as the zoom position changes from W to T even when you open the aperture by setting the F value lower than F2.0, such as F1.6.

• The range of focus, an important effect of the aperture, is called the depth of field. The depth of field gets shallower as the aperture is opened, and deeper as the aperture is closed. Use the aperture creatively to obtain the desired effect in your photography.

• This is handy for making the background blurred or sharp.

To adjust the iris automatically

Set the IRIS switch B or

AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO.

b

Notes

• When you set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO, other manually adjusted items (gain, shutter speed, white balance) also become automatic.

.

Adjusting the volume of light

(ND filter)

You can record the subject clearly by using the ND filter D when the recording environment is too bright. If you do not want to reduce the volume of light, use the

ND filter 1. The ND filters 2, 3 and 4 reduce the volume of light to about 1/4,

1/16 and 1/64, respectively.

If the ND icon flashes during the iris automatic adjustment, set the ND filter D to the position that the icon indicates. The

ND icon does not flash during the manual iris adjustment.

b

Notes

• If you change the ND filters D during recording, the movie and sound may be distorted.

• will flash when your camcorder cannot detect the ND filter positions (1/2/3/4). Check the ND filter position.

z

Tips

• While recording a bright subject, diffraction may occur if you close the aperture further down, resulting in a fuzzy focus (this is a common phenomenon with video cameras). The

ND filter D suppresses this phenomenon and gives better recording results.

Adjusting the gain

You can adjust the gain manually when you do not want to use the AGC (automatic gain control).

1

Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to

MANUAL during recording or standby.

2

Set the gain switch H to H, M or L.

The gain value set for the selected gain switch position appears on the screen.

You can set the gain value for each gain switch position from [GAIN SETUP] of the

(p. 68).

(CAMERA SET) menu

To adjust the gain automatically

Press the GAIN button I, or set the

AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO.

b

Notes

• When you set AUTO/MANUAL switch F to

AUTO, other manually adjusted items (iris, shutter speed, white balance) also become automatic.

Adjusting the shutter speed

You can manually adjust and fix the shutter speed. You can make a moving subject look still or emphasize the movement of a moving subject by adjusting the shutter speed.

1

During recording or standby, set

AUTO/MANUAL switch F to

MANUAL.

2

Press the SHUTTER SPEED button E.

3

Change the shutter speed displayed on the screen by turning the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial G.

You can adjust the shutter speed in a range of 1/4 second through 1/10000 second or the extended clear scan

( ).

The denominator of the set shutter speed appears on the screen. For example,

[100] appears on the screen when you set the shutter speed to 1/100 second.

The larger the value on the screen, the faster the shutter speed.

4

Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial G to lock the shutter speed.

To readjust the shutter speed, do steps

2

to 4.

z

Tips

• You can set the shutter speed between 1/4 second and 1/10000 second in the following settings:

– [HDV PROGRE.] t[SCAN TYPE]t[24] or

[24A]

– [DV PROGRE.] t[SCAN TYPE]t[24]

• When recording a subject such as a monitor screen, set the shutter speed in the extended clear scan ( ) range in order to obtain images with no horizontal bands of noise. You can set the shutter speed for the extended clear scan from [ECS FREQ.] in the

(CAMERA SET) menu (p. 70).

To adjust the shutter speed automatically

Press the SHUTTER SPEED button E twice, or set the AUTO/MANUAL switch

F to AUTO.

b

Notes

• When you set the AUTO/MANUAL switch F to AUTO, other manually adjusted items (iris, gain, white balance) also become automatic.

z

Tips

• It is difficult to focus automatically at a lower shutter speed. Manual focusing with your camcorder attached to a tripod is recommended.

• The picture may flicker or change colors under fluorescent lamps, sodium lamps, or mercury lamps. You can reduce flickering by setting the shutter speed to an appropriate frequency in the extended clear scan (

([ECS FREQ.]

p. 70

).

) range

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Adjusting to natural color (White balance)

GAIN WHT BAL

SHUTTER

SPEED

AUTO

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MANUAL

MENU

L

M

H

B

A

PRESET

You can adjust and fix the white balance according to the lighting conditions of recording environment. You can store white balance values in memory A ( A) and memory B ( B), respectively. Unless a white balance is readjusted, values will remain even after the power has been turned off.

1

During recording or standby, set

the AUTO/MANUAL switch E to

MANUAL.

2

Press the WHT BAL button B.

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3

Set the white balance memory

switch A to any one of

PRESET/A/B.

Select A or B for recording with the white balance setting stored in memory

A or B. Select PRESET for recording with the white balance setting set in

[OUTDOOR], [INDOOR] or [MANU

WB TEMP], which you have selected in

[WB PRESET] of the

SET) menu.

(CAMERA

Indicator

A

(Memory A)

B

(Memory B)

Outdoor

([OUTDOOR]) n

Indoor

([INDOOR])

Color temperature

([MANU WB

TEMP])

Shooting conditions

• White balance values adjusted for light sources can be stored in memory A and memory B. Follow the

steps in “To save the adjusted white balance value in memory A or

B” (p. 33).

• Recording sunset/ sunrise, just after sunset or just before sunrise

• Recording neon signs or fireworks

• Under daylight color fluorescent lamps

• Under the lighting conditions that change in many ways, such as a party hall

• Under strong light such as in a photography studio

• Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps

• Color temperature can be set between 2300K and 15000K (the default setting is

6500K).

z

Tips

• You can change the outdoor white balance setting by setting offset. Press (one push) button C while (outdoor) is selected and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial D to select an offset value from -7 (bluish) to 0 (normal, the default setting) to +7 (reddish). You can also set the white balance offset value from the menu

([WB OUTDR LVL] p. 68).

• You can change the color temperature. Set [WB

PRESET] to [MANU WB TEMP] and the white balance memory switch A to PRESET, then press the (one push) button C. Turn the

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial D until the desired temperature appears on the screen, then press

the dial to set the temperature. You can also set the color temperature from the menu ([WB

TEMP SET] p. 69).

To save the adjusted white balance value in memory A or B

1

Set the white balance memory switch to

A ( A) or B ( B) in step 3 of

“Adjusting to natural color (White balance).”

2

Capture a white subject, such as white paper, full-screen in the same lighting condition as the one in which the subject is.

3

Press (one push) button C.

A or B starts flashing rapidly. It will stay on when the white balance adjustment is completed and the adjusted value is stored in A or

B.

To adjust the white balance automatically

Press the WHT BAL button B or set the

AUTO/MANUAL switch E to AUTO.

b

Notes

• When you set the AUTO/MANUAL switch E to AUTO, other manual adjustments (iris, gain, and shutter speed) also become automatic.

Adjusting the black balance

Normally, you do not need to adjust the black balance.

The black balance may become off in some recording conditions.

If that happens, adjust the black balance.

The adjusted settings are stored only temporarily. The settings return to the default settings when you turn the power off and back on.

1

Press the MENU button during standby.

2

Select [BLK BALANCE] in the

(CAMERA SET) menu with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

3

Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

The black balance adjustment starts. It will take about 15 seconds.

4

When [Completed.] appears on the screen, press the MENU button to end this menu.

If the black balance adjustment fails

Check that the iris is closed, then try the adjustment again.

b

Notes

• When using a non-Carl Zeiss lens, close the iris prior to the adjustment.

Customizing the picture quality

(Picture profile)

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MENU

PICTURE

PROFILE

STATUS

CHECK

A B

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You can customize the picture quality by adjusting picture profile items such as

[GAMMA] and [DETAIL].

Connect your camcorder to a TV or monitor, and adjust the picture quality while observing the picture on the TV or monitor screen.

Picture quality settings for different recording conditions are stored in [PP1] through [PP6] as default settings.

b

Notes

• When you set [x.v.Color] to [

ON

], the picture profile will be disabled.

Picture profile number (setting name)

Recording condition

PP1

:USER

Default settings the same as when Picture Profile is

[OFF]

PP2

:USER

PP3

:PRO COLOR

PP4

:PD COLOR

PP5

:FILM LOOK1

Default settings the same as when Picture Profile is

[OFF]

Example settings of pictures recorded by a professional shoulder camcorder with ITU709 gamma

Example settings of pictures recorded by a professional handy camcorder with PD gamma

Example settings of pictures recorded on cinema color negative film

PP6

:FILM LOOK2

Example settings of pictures screened with cinema color print film

1

During standby, press the

PICTURE PROFILE button B.

2

Select a picture profile number

with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

You can record with the settings of the selected picture profile.

3

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

To cancel the picture profile recording

Select [OFF] in step 2 with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

To change the picture profile

You can change the settings stored in [PP1] through [PP6].

1

Press the PICTURE PROFILE button

B.

2

Select the PICTURE PROFILE number with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

3

Select [SETTING] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

4

Select an item to be adjusted with the

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

5

Adjust the picture quality with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 to adjust other items.

7

Select [ RETURN] with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

8

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

A picture profile indicator appears.

z

Tips

• You can assign picture profiles to the ASSIGN buttons and use them to turn the picture profiles

on and off (p. 43).

BLACK LEVEL

To set the black level.

Item

[MASTER BLACK]

[BLACK R]

[BLACK G]

[BLACK B]

Description and settings

Sets the master black level.

-15 to +15

Sets the black level of Rch.

[MASTER BLACK] + [BLACK R] is the black level of Rch.

-15 to +15

Sets the black level of Gch.

[MASTER BLACK] + [BLACK G] is the black level of Gch.

-15 to +15

Sets the black level of Bch.

[MASTER BLACK] + [BLACK B] is the black level of Bch.

-15 to +15

GAMMA

To select a gamma curve.

Item

[STANDARD]

[CINEMATONE1]

[CINEMATONE2]

[ITU709]

[G5.0]

[PD]

[x.v.]

Description and settings

Standard gamma curve

Gamma curve 1 for producing tone of film camera images

Gamma curve 2 for producing tone of film camera images

Gamma curve that corresponds to ITU-709. Gain in low intensity area:

4.5

Gamma curve with 5.0 of a low intensity area gain

Gamma curve for producing tone similar to DCR-PD series

Gamma curve similar to x.v.Color

BLACK GAMMA

To correct gamma in low intensity area.

Item

[RANGE]

[LEVEL]

Description and settings

Selects a correcting range.

HIGH / MIDDLE / LOW

Sets the correcting level.

-7 (maximum black compression) to +7 (maximum black stretch)

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KNEE

To set knee point and slope for video signal compression to reduce over-highlighting by limiting signals in high contrast area of the subject to the dynamic range of your camcorder.

Item

[MODE]

[AUTO SET]

[MANUAL SET]

Description and settings

Selects a mode either automatic or manual.

[AUTO] : to set the knee point and slope automatically.

[MANUAL] : to set the knee point and slope manually.

Sets the maximum point and sensitivity in the automatic mode.

[MAX POINT] : Sets the maximum point.

90% ~ 100%

[SENSITIVITY] : Sets the sensitivity.

HIGH/MIDDLE/LOW

Sets the knee point and slope manually.

[POINT] : Sets the knee point.

[SLOPE]

75% ~ 105%

: Sets the knee slope.

-5(gentle) ~ +5(steep)

COLOR MODE

To set type and level of colors.

Item

[TYPE]

[LEVEL]

Description and settings

Selects a type of colors.

[STANDARD] : Standard colors

[CINEMATONE1] : Film camera image-like colors good with

[GAMMA] set to [CINEMATONE1]

[CINEMATONE2] : Film camera image-like colors good with

[GAMMA] set to [CINEMATONE2]

[ITU709 MTX] : Colors corresponding to ITU-709

Sets a color level when you set [TYPE] to the settings other than

[STANDARD].

1 (close to color settings of [STANDARD]) - 8 (color settings of the selected type)

COLOR LEVEL

To set the color level.

Item Description and settings

-7 (light) to +7 (dark), -8: black and white

COLOR PHASE

To set the color phase.

Item Description and settings

-7 (greenish) to +7 (reddish)

Item

[R]

[G]

[B]

[C]

[M]

[Y]

COLOR DEPTH

To set the color depth for each color phase.

This function is more effective for deep colors and less effective for light colors. The color looks deeper as you decrease the setting value to more negative side, and lighter as you increase the value to more positive side. This function is effective even if you set [COLOR

LEVEL] to [-8] (monotone).

Description and settings

-7 to +7 (depth of red)

-7 to +7 (depth of green)

-7 to +7 (depth of blue)

-7 to +7 (depth of cyan)

-7 to +7 (depth of magenta)

-7 to +7 (depth of yellow)

COLOR CORRCT

To set items for the color correction.

Item

[TYPE]

[MEMORY SEL]

Description and settings

Selects color correction type.

[OFF] : Not correct colors.

[COLOR REVISN] : Corrects colors stored in memory. Colors not stored in memory (displayed in black and white when [COLOR EXTRCT] is set) will not be corrected.

[COLOR EXTRCT] : Displays areas in colors that are stored in the memory. The other areas are displayed in black and white. You can use this function to add effects on your movies or to confirm the colors to be stored in the memory.

Selects a memory to be effective.

[1]: Sets Memory 1 to be effective.

[2]: Sets Memory 2 to be effective.

[1&2]: Sets both Memory 1 and 2 to be effective.

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COLOR CORRCT (Continued)

Item

[MEM1 COLOR]

[MEM1 REVISN]

[MEM2 COLOR]

[MEM2 REVISN]

Description and settings

Sets colors stored in Memory 1.

[PHASE] : Sets color phase.

[RANGE]

0 (purple) t 8 (red) t 16 (yellow) t

24 (green) t 31 (blue)

: Sets color phase range.

0 (no color selection), 1 (narrow: to select only a single color) to 31 (wide: to select multiple colors in similar color phase)

[SATURATION] : Sets saturation.

0 (to select from light colors to dark colors) to 31

(to select dark color)

[ONE PUSH SET]: Automatically sets [PHASE] for a subject at the center of the marker. [SATURATION] is set to 0.

Corrects colors in Memory 1.

[R GAIN] : Corrects the redness of the color in Memory 1. Tone of cyan becomes higher as the redness decreases.

-15 (less reddish) to +15 (more reddish)

0 for no correction

[B GAIN] : Corrects the blueness of the color in Memory 1. Tone of yellow becomes higher as the blueness decreases.

-15 (less bluish) to +15 (more bluish)

0 for no correction

Sets colors stored in Memory 2.

See [MEM1 COLOR] for description and settings.

Corrects colors in Memory 2.

See [MEM1 REVISN] for description and settings.

WB SHIFT

To set items for the white balance shift.

Item

[FILTER TYPE]

[LB[COL TEMP]]

[CC[MG/GR]]

[R GAIN]

[B GAIN]

Description and settings

Selects a color filter type for the white balance shift.

[LB-CC]

[R-B]

: Film type (color conversion and correction)

: Video type (correction of R and B levels)

Sets a color temperature offset value.

-9 (bluish) to +9 (reddish)

Sets a color correct offset value.

-9 (greenish) to +9 (magentish)

Sets an R level.

-9 (low R level) to +9 (high R level)

Sets a B level.

-9 (low B level) to +9 (high B level)

DETAIL

To set items for the detail.

Item

[LEVEL]

[MANUAL SET]

Description and settings

Sets the detail level.

-7 to +7

[ON/OFF]

[ON]

: Turns on and off the manual detail adjustment.

: Enables the manual detail adjustment (automatic optimization will not be performed).

[OFF] : Disables the manual detail adjustment.

[V/H BALANCE] : Sets the horizontal (H) and vertical (V) balance of detail.

[B/W BALANCE]: Selects the balance of the upper DETAIL (P) and the lower DETAIL (N).

TYPE 1 (off to the lower DETAIL (N) side) to

TYPE 5 (off to the upper DETAIL (P) side)

[BLACK LIMIT] : Sets the limit level of the lower DETAIL (N).

0 (Low limit level: likely to be limited) to 7 (High limit level: not likely to be limited)

[WHITE LIMIT] : Sets the limit level of the upper DETAIL (P).

0 (Low limit level: likely to be limited) to 7 (High limit level: not likely to be limited)

[CRISPENING] : Sets the crispening level.

0 (shallow crispening level) to 7 (deep crispening level)

[HI-LIGHT DTL] : Sets the DETAIL level in the high intensity areas.

-2 to +2

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SKINTONE DTL

To adjust the detail of skintone areas to reduce wrinkles.

Item

[ON/OFF]

[LEVEL]

[COLOR SEL]

Description and settings

Suppresses details in skin-tone areas to reduce wrinkles. Select [ON] when you want to use this function. You can also select other areas.

Sets the adjustment level.

1 (less adjust the detail) to 8 (more adjust the detail)

Sets color items for the detail adjustment.

[PHASE]

[RANGE]

: Sets the color phase.

0 (purple) t 32 (red) t 64 (yellow) t

96 (green) t 127 (blue)

: Sets the color range.

0 (selects no color), 1 (narrow: selects a single color) to 31 (wide: selects multiple colors in similar color phases and saturation)

The detail will not be adjusted when you set

[RANGE] to 0.

[SATURATION] : Sets the color saturation.

[REVERSE]

0 (selects a light color) to 31 (selects a deep color)

: Reverses the selected color range.

[Y LEVEL]

If you execute this function when a color has been selected, colors that were not selected will be selected instead.

: Sets the color brightness.

[Y RANGE]

0 (selects a dark color) to 31 (selects a brigh color)

: Sets the color brightness range.

1 (narrows the brigtness range) to 32 (expands the brighness range)

[ONE PUSH SET]: Automatically adjusts [PHASE],

[SATURATION] and [Y LEVEL] for a subject at the center of the marker. [RANGE] and [Y

RANGE] will not be changed.

PROFILE NAME

To name the picture profiles set in [PP1] through [PP6] (p. 41).

COPY

To copy the settings of the picture profile to another picture profile number.

RESET

To reset the picture profile to the default setting.

To name the picture profile settings

You can name picture profile1 through 6.

1

Press the PICTURE PROFILE button

B.

2

Select the picture profile that you want to name with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial

A.

3

Select [SETTING] t [PROFILE

NAME] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial

A.

4

Select a letter with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A. Repeat this operation until a complete name is entered.

PICT. PROFILE

CANCEL

OK

P I CTURE PROF I LE END z

Tips

• Each name can be up to 12 characters long.

Characters that can be used in profile names:

• A to Z

• 0 to 9

• - _ / # & : . @

5

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

The profile name is changed.

6

Select [ RETURN] t [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

To copy the picture profile setting to other picture profiles

1

Press the PICTURE PROFILE button

B.

2 Select the picture profile that you want to copy from with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

3

Select [SETTING] t [COPY] with

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

4

Select the number of the picture profile that you want to copy to with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

5

Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

6 Select [ RETURN] t [OK] with the

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

To reset the picture profile settings

You can reset the picture profile settings by each picture profile number. You cannot reset all picture profile settings at once.

1

Press the PICTURE PROFILE button

B.

2

Select the number of the picture profile that you want to reset with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

3

Select [SETTING] t [RESET] t

[YES] t [ RETURN] t [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.

Adjusting the volume

You can adjust the volume of a microphone connected to the INPUT1/INPUT2 jack.

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Tips

• See page 12 for details on attaching the supplied

microphone and on the REC CH SELECT switch.

INPUT2 INPUT1

LINE

MIC

MIC

LINE

MIC

MIC

A

B

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1

Set the AUDIO LEVEL switch

(CH1/CH2) A of the channel to be

adjusted to MAN.

appears on the screen.

2

Turn the AUDIO LEVEL dial B to

adjust the volume during recording or standby.

To restore automatic adjustment

Set the AUDIO LEVEL switch (CH1/CH2)

A

of the manually adjusted channel to AUTO.

b

Notes

• When you use a microphone that does not support the MIC+48V, set the INPUT1/INPUT2 switch to MIC. If you use it with the INPUT1/

INPUT2 switch set to MIC+48V, it may be damaged or the recorded sound may be distorted.

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Tips

• For other settings, see the

menu (p. 75).

(AUDIO SET)

Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons

Some functions need to be assigned to the

ASSIGN buttons for use. You can assign a single function to any one of the ASSIGN 1 to 6 buttons on the body or the L1, L2 and

RET buttons on the lens.

b

Notes

• The following functions cannot be assigned to the RET button.

– FOCUS (for changing between automatic focus and manual focus)

– ONE PUSH AF

– FOCUS INFNTY

– FOCUS MACRO

– STEADYSHOT z

Tips

• The RET button is an assignable button on non-

Carl Zeiss lenses.

Functions you can assign to the

ASSIGN buttons

The buttons in parentheses indicate that the functions are assigned to the buttons by default.

• FOCUS (p. 28)

• EXP.FOCUS (p. 29) (L2 button)

• ONE PUSH AF (p. 29)

• FOCUS INFNTY (p. 29)

• FOCUS MACRO (p. 71)

• D.EXTENDER (p. 71) (L1 button)

• HYPER GAIN (p. 68)

• BLK BALANCE (p. 33)

• AE SHIFT (p. 69) (ASSIGN 5 button)

• INDEX MARK (p. 44)

• STEADYSHOT (p. 71)

• BACK LIGHT (p. 70)

• SPOTLIGHT (p. 71)

• FADER (p. 71)

• COLOR BAR (p. 74)

• LAST SCN RVW (p. 45)

• REC REVIEW (p. 45) (ASSIGN 6 button/RET

button)

• END SEARCH (p. 45)

• ZEBRA (p. 78) (ASSIGN 4 button)

• MARKER (p. 79)

• PEAKING (p. 78)

• DISPLAY (p. 53)

• TC RESET (p. 86)

• TC COUNTUP (p. 86)

• PHOTO (p. 26)

• REC LAMP[F] (p. 92)

• REC LAMP[R] (p. 92)

• PICTURE PROFILE (p. 33)

L1 button

ASSIGN 4-6 buttons

4

ZEBRA AE SHIFT REC REVIEW

5 6

1

1

ASSIGN

2

3

ASSIGN 1-3 buttons

L2 button

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MENU

PIC

PR

A

Press the MENU button B.

B

2

Select the (OTHERS)

t

[ASSIGN BTN] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

3

Select [CAMERA] or [LENS], whichever the ASSIGN button to which you want to assign a function is located, with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

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Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued)

4

Select the ASSIGN button to which you want to assign a function with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

• You can select the ASSIGN 1 through 6 buttons on the body and the L1, L2 and RET button on the lens.

• [------] appears if no function is assigned to the ASSIGN button.

5

Select the function that you want to assign with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

6

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial A.

7

Select [RETURN] with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial A.

8

Press the MENU button B to hide

the menu screen.

Recording an index signal

If you record a scene with an index signal, you can easily find that scene during

playback (p. 55).

The index function will make it easier to check the transition of recording or edit your pictures using index signals.

1

Assign [INDEX MARK] to one of

the ASSIGN buttons (p. 43).

2

Press the ASSIGN button to which [INDEX MARK] is assinged.

During recording

appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded.

During standby

flashes.

After you press the REC START/STOP button to start recording, appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded.

To cancel the operation

Press the ASSIGN button to which [INDEX

MARK] is assigned again before you start recording.

b

Notes

• You cannot record an index signal on a recorded tape afterward.

Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)

You can view about 2 seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape.

This is convenient during playback of the latest scene check.

Press the REC REVIEW button or the

ASSIGN button to which [REC

REVIEW] is assigned during standby.

The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scenes will be played back, then your camcorder returns to standby.

• End search will not work correctly if a blank section exists between recorded sections on the tape.

Playing back the most recently recorded movies (Last scene review)

You can set your camcorder to automatically rewind the tape to the beginning of the most recently recorded scene, play back to the end of the scene, then stop the tape.

1

Assign [LAST SCN RVW] to an

ASSIGN button (p. 43).

2

During standby, press the

ASSIGN button to which [LAST

SCN RVW] is assigned.

The last scene review starts.

Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording

(End search)

1

Assign [END SEARCH] to one of

the ASSIGN buttons (p. 43).

2

Press the ASSIGN button to which [END SEARCH] is assigned.

The last scene of the most recent recording will be played back for about

5 seconds, and the camcorder goes standby at the point where the last recording has finished.

b

Notes

• If the recording time of the movie is short,

[LAST SCN RVW] may not work correctly.

z

Tips

• If you press the ASSIGN button again during the last scene review, your camcorder plays back the last 5 seconds of the most recently recorded movie, then goes standby at the end of the recording.

b

Notes

• End search will not work once you eject the tape.

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Using the Shot transition

You can store settings of focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance, and smoothly shift from the current settings to the stored settings (shot transition).

For example, you can shift the focus from closer objects to farther objects, or change the depth of field by adjusting the iris. You can also develop scenes under different conditions smoothly. If you store manually adjusted settings of white balance, you can smoothly shift from one scene to another under different conditions, such as from indoor to outdoor.

Sony recommends that you use a tripod to avoid image blurring.

You can set the following items in [SHOT

TRANSITION] of the (CAMERA

SET) menu (p. 73).

Item Description and settings

TRANS TIME Setting of transition time

(the default setting is

[4.0sec])

You can set the transition time by 0.5 sec between

[3.5sec] and [15.0sec], or select from [20sec],

[30sec], [45sec] and

[60sec].

START TIMER Setting of timer to start shot transition (the default setting is [OFF])

You can select from

[5sec], [10sec] and

[20sec].

Item

REC LINK

Description and settings

Setting of transition linked with start of recording (the default setting is [OFF])

[OFF]: Not to start transition when the recording is started.

[SHOT-A]: To start transition to the SHOT-A when the recording is started.

[SHOT-B]: To start transition to the SHOT-B when the recording is started.

FOCUS TRANS Setting ([ON]/[OFF]) of focus transition (the default setting is [ON])

ZOOM TRANS Setting ([ON]/[OFF]) of zoom transition (the default setting is [ON])

IRIS TRANS Setting ([ON]/[OFF]) of iris transition (the default setting is [ON]) b

Notes

• You cannot manually adjust the focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance while the CHECK or EXEC lamp is on. You can manually adjust the focus, zoom and iris, even the CHECK or EXEC lamp is on when you set

[FOCUS TRANS], [ZOOM TRANS] and [IRIS

TRANS] to [OFF], respectively.

• When [EXT REC CTRL] is set to [EXT

ONLY], setting [REC LINK] (linked recording) to [SHOT-A] or [SHOT-B] links the start of transition to the start of recording on an external device (HVR-MRC1 or HVR-DR60).

A

B

C

A button

CHECK

STORE EXEC

A B

SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS MARKING

B button

1

Set [S.TRANS/F.MARK] of the

(CAMERA SET) menu to

[SHOT TRANSITION].

2

Press the SHOT TRANSITION/

FOCUS MARKING button C to

bring up the shot transition store screen.

The STORE lamp turns on.

3

Press the A button to store the settings in SHOT-A, or the B button to store the settings in

SHOT-B.

b

Notes

• The settings stored in SHOT-A or

SHOT-B will be erased when you set the POWER switch to OFF.

4

Press the SHOT TRANSITION/

FOCUS MARKING button C

again to bring up the shot transition check screen.

The CHECK lamp turns on.

Press the A button to check SHOT-A, or the B button to check SHOT-B. The image will be displayed with the settings stored in the selected SHOT.

The focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance are automatically adjusted to the stored settings.

b

Notes

• The settings do not shift to the stored settings with the transition time set in

[TRANS TIME] (p. 46).

5

Press SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button C again to

bring up the shot transition execution screen.

The EXEC lamp turns on.

6

Press the REC START/STOP

button A (or B) .

Press the A button for recording with

SHOT-A, or the B button for recording with SHOT-B.

The settings shift from the current ones to the stored ones.

b

Notes

• When you change [SHOT TRANSITION]

(p. 46), press the SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button repeatedly to exit the shot transition screen.

• You cannot return from the stored SHOT-A or

SHOT-B settings to previous settings after you execute the shot transition during recording.

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• If you press the following buttons during the shot transition operation, the operation will be canceled:

– PICTURE PROFILE

– MENU

– STATUS CHECK

– EXPANDED FOCUS

• You can also make a transition from the SHOT-

A to the SHOT-B or from the SHOT-B to the

SHOT-A. For example, to make a transition from the SHOT-A to the SHOT-B, display the shot transition check screen, press the A button to bring up the SHOT-A and press the REC

START/STOP button. Then, display the shot transition execution screen and press the B button.

• You can rehearse the shot transition by pressing the respective buttons (A or B) to which your customized settings are assigned before pressing the REC START/STOP button in step 6.

• The settings stored in the memory (SHOT-A/

SHOT-B) are cleared when you remove the Carl

Zeiss lens, or you adjust the flange focal length.

To cancel the operation

Press the SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button C repeatedly to exit the shot transition screen.

Marking focal point on the screen

(Focus marking)

You can mark a focal point, at which you set a subject in focus, on the LCD screen prior to the recording. You can use this function during the manual focus.

button for marking a focal point at position B.

When you press the A button, V and A appear on the focus marking bar. When you press the B button, v and B appear on the focus marking bar.

This mark appears when you press the B button.

Current focal point

60min STBY

FOCUS MARKING

00:01:01:19

A

B

A button

CHECK

STORE EXEC

A B

SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS MARKING

B button

1

Set [S.TRANS/F.MARK] of the

(CAMERA SET) menu to

[FOCUS MARKING].

2

Press the SHOT TRANSITION/

FOCUS MARKING button B.

The focus marking bar appears at the bottom of the screen.

3

Adjust the focus by turning the

focus ring A and set a focal

point.

A cursor on the focus marking bar moves as you turn the focus ring.

4

Press the A button for marking a focal point at position A or the B

This mark appears when you press the A button.

The color of the marks changes when position A or B matches the current focal point.

b

Notes

• The focus marking function does not work when

[FOCUS MACRO] is set to [ON].

• You cannot use the focus marking when you use a non-Carl Zeiss lens. Marking positions A and

B will be cleared when you dismount the lens or turn off the power.

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Tips

• You can use the focus marking function during the expanded focus.

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Playback

VOLUME/MEMORY button

PLAY button

TC/U-BIT DATA CODE

MEMORY/PLAY button

MEMORY/INDEX button

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial

MEMORY/DELETE button

You can play back movies as follows:

1

Slide the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the green button.

Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button.

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2

Start playing back.

Press m (rewind) to go to the point you want to view, then press N (play) to start playback.

• x : STOP

• X : PAUSE (Press N or X again to restart the playback)

• m : REW (Rewind, review)

• M : FF (Cue, fast forward)

• y : SLOW b

Notes

• Your camcorder automatically goes into a stopped state when it is in pause for more than 3 minutes.

• The screen may temporarily go blank losing images and sound when signals switch between HDV and DVCAM (DV) during playback of a tape in which HDV format and DVCAM (DV) format are mixed.

• You cannot play back movies recorded in HDV format on DVCAM (DV) format video cameras or mini DV players.

• You can play back a DV format tape on your camcorder only when its contents are recorded in the SP mode. You cannot play back movies recorded on the DV format tape in the LP mode.

• Time code and user bits will not be displayed correctly when you play back a tape with no time code or user bit data, or a tape with time code that your camcorder does not support.

z

Tips

• See page 138 for indicators displayed on the screen during playback.

• See page 54 for how to switch displays during playback.

To search for a scene while viewing a movie

Press and hold m/M during playback (Picture Search). To view during fast forward, press and hold M. To view during rewind, press and hold m (Skip Scan).

To adjust the volume

Adjust the volume with the VOLUME/MEMORY button.

To view still images

1

Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Press the MEMORY/PLAY button.

3

Select still image that you want to view using the VOLUME/MEMORY button.

To stop viewing still images, press the MEMORY/PLAY button again.

To display the list of still images (index screen)

1 Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Press the MEMORY/INDEX button.

101–0050

1 / 19 101

3

Select a still image using the VOLUME/MEMORY button.

To display a single image, move B to that image and press the MEMORY/PLAY button.

To stop displaying the list of still images, press the MEMORY/INDEX button again.

To delete still images from the “Memory Stick Duo”

1

Do the steps of “To view still images” to display still images that you want to delete.

2

Press the MEMORY/DELETE button.

3

Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

The still image will be deleted.

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b

Notes

• Still images cannot be restored once you delete them.

• You cannot delete still images when the “Memory Stick Duo” is write-protected (p. 118) or the still image

is protected (p. 103).

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Tips

• To delete a still image in the index, move B to the still image using the VOLUME/MEMORY button, then do steps 2 and 3.

• To delete all still images, do [ ALL ERASE] of the

(MEMORY SET) menu (p. 88).

Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder

A

TC/U-BIT DATA CODE

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MENU

PICTURE

PROFILE

STATUS

CHECK

B

• When you assign [DISPLAY] of [ASSIGN

BTN] to an ASSIGN button, you can use the

ASSIGN button to change the screen.

Displaying recording data (Data code)

You can display information, including date, time and camera data, automatically stored during recording on the screen during playback.

1

Set the POWER switch E to VCR.

2

Press the DATA CODE button B

during playback or pause.

The screen changes (date and time display t camera data display t no display) as you press the button.

E D C

Changing the screen

You can turn on and off the display of the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen.

Press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO

button A.

The screen indicators turn on (displayed) and off (not displayed) as you press the button.

When the POWER switch is set to

CAMERA, the screen changes (detailed display t simple display t no display) as you press the button. z

Tips

• You can display the screen indicators during playback on a TV. Select [V-OUT/PANEL] of

[DISP OUTPUT] (p. 82).

A SteadyShot off

B Exposure

appears during playback of the movie recorded with the iris, gain and shutter speed automatically adjusted.

appears during playback of the movie recorded with the iris, gain and shutter speed manually adjusted.

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C Iris

appears in the iris value display area during playback of the movie recorded with the iris manually adjusted to its maximum value.

D Gain

E Shutter speed

F White balance

appears during playback of the movie recorded with the shot transition or [MANU WB TEMP].

b

Notes

• The exposure correction value (0EV), shutter speed and iris will be displayed during viewing of still images on “Memory Stick Duo.”

• Date and time will be displayed in the same area when you select the date and time display. If you record without setting date and time, [--- --

---- ] and [--:--:--] will be displayed.

• An accurate shutter speed may not be displayed when you play back a tape recorded with your camcorder on another device. Check the data code that is displayed on the screen when you play back the tape on your camcorder for the accurate shutter speed.

• A shutter speed is indicated with [---] during playback of the movie recorded with the extended clear scan (

).

Displaying the settings in your camcorder (Status check)

You can check the settings of the following items.

• Audio setup such as microphone volume level

(p. 75)

• Output signal setup ([VCR HDV/DV], etc.)

(p. 82)

• Functions assigned to the ASSIGN buttons

(p. 43)

• Camera setup (p. 68)

• External devices

1

Press the STATUS CHECK button

C.

2

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial D

until a desired display shows up on the screen.

When the POWER switch E is set to

CAMERA, the display changes in the following sequence:

AUDIO t OUTPUT t ASSIGN t

CAMERA t EXT DEVICE (when an external device is connected)

When the POWER switch E is set to

VCR, the display changes in the following sequence:

AUDIO t OUTPUT t ASSIGN t

EXT DEVICE (when an external device is connected)

To hide the display

• Press the STATUS CHECK button C.

Checking the remaining battery

(Battery Info)

Set the POWER switch E to OFF, then press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button

A. The approximate recordable time in the selected format and battery information appear for about 7 seconds. You can view the battery information for up to 20 seconds by pressing the button again while the information is displayed.

Remaining battery (approx.)

60

65

Recording capacity (approx.)

Locating a scene on a tape

A

B

C b

Notes

• See page 135 for details on how to use the

Remote Commander.

Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search)

You can search scenes by recording dates.

1

Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Press the SEARCH M. button A

on the Remote Commander repeatedly to select [DATE

SEARCH].

3

Press the . (previous)/>

(next) button B on the Remote

Commander to select a recording date.

You can select a date previous or next to the date of the current tape position.

Playback automatically starts from the scene recorded on the selected date.

To cancel the operation

Press the

STOP button

C on the Remote

Commander.

b

Notes

• Each day of recording must be longer than 2 minutes. Your camcorder may not detect the date if the recording of that date is short.

• The date search may not work properly if a blank section exists on the tape.

Searching for a recording start point (Index search)

You can search scenes by indexes recorded

at the start of recording (p. 44).

1

Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Press the SEARCH M. button A

on the Remote Commander repeatedly to select [INDEX

SEARCH].

3

Press the . (previous)/>

(next) button B on the Remote

Commander to select an index point.

You can select an index previous or next to the index of the current tape position.

Playback automatically starts from the scene marked by the index.

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Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder (Continued)

To cancel the operation

Press the STOP button C on the Remote

Commander.

b

Notes

• Recording between indexes must be longer than

2 minutes. Your camcorder may not detect the date if the recording between the indexes is short.

• The index search may not work properly if a blank section exists on the tape.

Playing the picture on a TV

Connection methods and image quality differ depending on what type of TV is connected and connectors used.

Use the supplied AC Adaptor/Charger to obtain AC power (p. 14).

Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the device to be connected.

Jacks on your camcorder

Open the jack cover and connect the cable.

2

1

3

4 b

Notes

• Set all the necessary menu items before you connect your camcorder to a TV. If you change the settings of

[VCR HDV/DV] or [i.LINK SET] after connecting your camcorder to the TV with an i.LINK cable, the

TV may not recognize video signals properly.

Connecting to a high definition TV

A movie recorded in HD quality is played back in HD quality.

A movie recorded in SD quality is played back in SD quality.

COMPONENT IN

AUDIO

A

HDMI i.LINK

(for HDV1080i)

B C

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Playing the picture on a TV (Continued)

Type Camcorder Cable

A

3

4

Component video cable

(supplied)

(Green) Y

(Blue) P

B

/C

B

(Red) P

R

/C

R

A/V connecting cable

(supplied)

(White)

(Red)

: Signal flow, ( ): Reference pages

TV Menu Setting

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

[VIDEO OUT] t

[COMPONENT] t

[1080i/480i] (84)

(Yellow) b

Notes

• When you only connect a component video cable, audio signals are not outputted. An A/V connecting cable is also needed to output audio signals. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable to the audio input jack of your TV.

B

1

HDMI cable (optional)

HDMI

IN

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

b

Notes

• Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.

• Pictures in the DVCAM (DV) format are not output from the HDMI OUT jack, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the pictures.

• DVCAM (DV) format pictures input to the camcorder via i.LINK cable (p. 97) cannot be output.

• Your TVs may not function correctly (for example, no sound or image). Do not connect the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder and HDMI OUT jack of the external device with the HDMI cable. This may cause a malfunction.

z

Tips

• HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an interface to send both video and audio signals.

Connecting HDMI OUT jack to an external device supplies high quality images and digital audio to you.

Type Camcorder Cable

: Signal flow, ( ): Reference pages

TV Menu Setting

C

2 i.LINK cable (optional)

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

[i.LINK SET] t [HDV t DV CONV] t [OFF]

(85)

b

Notes

• Your TV needs to have an i.LINK jack compatible with HDV1080i. For details, confirm the specifications of your TV.

• If your TV is not compatible with HDV1080i, connect your camcorder and TV with the supplied component video cable and A/V connecting cable as illustrated in .

• The TV needs to be set so that it recognizes that the camcorder is connected. Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV.

• This camcorder has a 6-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the TV to be attached.

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Playing the picture on a TV (Continued)

Connecting to a 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV

A movie recorded in HD quality is converted and played back in SD quality. A movie recorded in SD quality is played back in SD quality.

COMPONENT IN

AUDIO i.LINK

S VIDEO

VIDEO/AUDIO

VIDEO/AUDIO

D E F G

To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3)

Set the down-convert setting as follows:

For HDV format signals:

(IN/OUT REC) menu t [VIDEO OUT] t [DOWN CONVERT]

For DV format signals:

(IN/OUT REC) menu t [VIDEO OUT] t [DV WIDE CONV] z

Tips

• When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack), connect the yellow plug of the

A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and connect the white (left channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR. When you want to play back the sound in monaural mode, use a connecting cable for that purpose.

Type Camcorder

D

Cable

3

Component video cable

(supplied)

(Green) Y

(Blue) P

B

/C

B

(Red) P

R

/C

R

4

A/V connecting cable

(supplied)

(White)

(Red)

: Signal flow, ( ): Reference pages

TV Menu Setting

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV]

t[AUTO] (82)

[VIDEO OUT] t[COMPONENT]

t[1080i/480i] (84)

[VIDEO OUT] t[DOWN CONVERT] t[SQUEEZE]/

[LETTER BOX]/[EDGE

CROP]* (84)

(Yellow) b

Notes

• When you only connect a component video cable, audio signals are not outputted. An A/V connecting cable is also needed to output audio signals. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable to the audio input jack of your TV.

E

2 i.LINK cable (optional)

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

[i.LINK SET] t [HDV t DV CONV] t [ON]

(85)

b

Notes

• The TV needs to be set so that it recognizes that the camcorder is connected. Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV.

• This camcorder has a 6-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the TV to be attached.

* Change the settings according to the TV connected.

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Playing the picture on a TV (Continued)

Type Camcorder Cable

4

A/V connecting cable with

S VIDEO (optional)

(Yellow)

(White)

(Red)

: Signal flow, ( ): Reference pages

TV Menu Setting

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

[VIDEO OUT] t

[DOWN CONVERT] t

[SQUEEZE]/[LETTER

BOX]/[EDGE CROP]*

(84)

b

Notes

• When connecting only an S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel), audio signals are not output. To output audio signals, connect the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable to the audio input jack of your TV.

• This connection produces higher resolution pictures compared with the A/V connecting cable (Type ).

4

A/V connecting cable

(supplied)

(Yellow)

(White)

(Red)

(IN/OUT REC)

[VCR HDV/DV] t

[AUTO] (82)

[VIDEO OUT] t

[DOWN CONVERT] t

[SQUEEZE]/[LETTER

BOX]/[EDGE CROP]*

(84)

* Change the settings according to the TV connected.

b

Notes

• If you connect your camcorder to the TV using more than one type of cable to output images, the order of priority of the TV input jacks is as follows:

HDMI t component video t S VIDEO t video.

• See page 120 for the details of i.LINK.

When connecting to your TV via a VCR

Select the connecting method on page 93 depending on the input jack of the VCR. Connect

your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.).

Using the Menu

Using the menu items

You can change various settings or make detailed adjustments using the menu items displayed on the screen.

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial MENU button

1

POWER switch

SEL / PUSH EXEC

MENU

Set the POWER switch to

CAMERA or VCR.

2

Press the MENU button.

The menu index screen appears.

STBY

3

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the icon of the desired menu is highlighted, then press the dial to select the menu.

CAMERA SET (p. 68)

AUDIO SET (p. 75)

DISPLAY SET (p. 78)

IN/OUT REC (p. 82)

TC/UB SET (p. 86)

MEMORY SET (p. 88)

OTHERS (p. 90)

OTHERS

RETURN

CAMERA PROF.

ASSIGN BTN

CLOCK SET

WORLD TIME

LANGUAGE

QUICK REC

DATE REC

[ MENU ] : END

STBY

4

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired menu item is highlighted, then press the dial to select the item.

STBY

ASSIGN BTN

CLOCK SET

WORLD TIME

LANGUAGE

QUICK REC

DATE REC

BEEP

REC LAMP[F]

OFF

The available menu items vary depending on the position of the power switch of your camcorder. Unavailable items will be grayed out.

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Using the menu items (Continued)

5

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired setting is highlighted or to bring up the desired setting, then press the dial to confirm the setting.

S T B Y

00:00:28:10

[ MENU ] : END

BEEP

OFF

ON

6

Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen.

To return to the previous screen, select

[ RETURN].

.

Menu items

Available menu items (z) vary depending on the POWER switch position.

CAMERA VCR Position of POWER switch:

(CAMERA SET) menu (p. 68)

GAIN SETUP

SMOOTH GAIN

HYPER GAIN

AGC LIMIT

BLK BALANCE

WB PRESET

WB OUTDR LVL

WB TEMP SET

ATW SENS

SMOOTH WB

AE SHIFT

AE WINDOW

AE RESPONSE

AT IRIS LMT

ECS FREQ.

FLCKR REDUCE

CNTRST ENHCR

BACK LIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

STEADYSHOT

AF ASSIST

FOCUS MACRO

HANDLE ZOOM

D.EXTENDER

FADER

SMTH SLW REC

INTERVAL REC

DV FRAME REC

SHOT TRANSITION

S.TRANS/F.MARK

x.v.Color

COLOR BAR

FLANGE BACK

(AUDIO SET) menu (p. 75)

DV AU.MODE

AUDIO LIMIT

XLR SET

AUDIO CH SEL

DV AUDIO MIX z z z

– z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

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Menu items (Continued)

Position of POWER switch:

(DISPLAY SET) menu (p. 78)

ZEBRA

HISTOGRAM

PEAKING

MARKER

CAM LEVELING

EXP.FOCUS TYPE

CAM DATA DSP

AU.LVL DISP

ZOOM DISPLAY

FOCUS DISP

SHUTTER DISP

LCD BRIGHT

LCD COLOR

LCD BL LEVEL

VF B.LIGHT

VF COLOR

VF POWERMODE

LETTER SIZE

REMAINING

DISP OUTPUT

(IN/OUT REC) menu (p. 82)

REC FORMAT

VCR HDV/DV

HDV PROGRE.

DV PROGRE.

DV REC MODE

DV WIDE REC

VIDEO OUT

i.LINK SET

EXT REC CTRL

CAMERA z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

– z

VCR z z z z

– z z z z z

– z

– z

– z z

Position of POWER switch:

(TC/UB SET) menu (p. 86)

TC PRESET

TC COUNTUP

UB PRESET

TC FORMAT

TC RUN

TC MAKE

TC LINK

UB TIME REC

UB-DATE/TC-TIME

(MEMORY SET) menu (p. 88)

ALL ERASE

FORMAT

FILE NO.

NEW FOLDER

REC FOLDER

PB FOLDER

(OTHERS) (p. 90)

CAMERA PROF.

ASSIGN BTN

CLOCK SET

WORLD TIME

LANGUAGE

PB ZOOM

QUICK REC

DATE REC

BEEP

REC LAMP[F]

REC LAMP[R]

REMOTE CTRL

HOURS METER

CAMERA z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

– z z z z z z z

– z z z z

VCR z z z z z z

– z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

– z

– z z

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68

menu

(CAMERA SET)

Settings to adjust your camcorder to the

recording conditions (GAIN SETUP/BACK

LIGHT/STEADYSHOT, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

GAIN SETUP

You can set gain values for H, M and L positions of the GAIN switch. The default settings of [H], [M] and [L] are 18dB, 9dB and 0dB, respectively.

1

Select [H], [M] or [L] with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

2

Set the gain value with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial, and press the dial.

You can select the value between -6dB and 21dB by 3dB. The larger the value, the higher the gain.

3 Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

4

Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen.

SMOOTH GAIN

You can set the transition speed at which the gain setting shifts from one value to another, set for the gain switch positions, when you switch the gain switch from a position to another. You can select the transition speed from [FAST], [MIDDLE] and [SLOW] or set to [OFF]. The default setting is [OFF].

HYPER GAIN

When you set this function to [ON]

( ), you can increase the gain to its limit. The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• During the hyper gain, you cannot use the following function.

– [BACK LIGHT]

– [SPOTLIGHT]

• During the hyper gain, the picture quality will be reduced due to noise.

• [HYPER GAIN] is automatically set to [OFF] if you turn the power off and back on.

z

Tips

• You are recommended to use this function with manual focus.

AGC LIMIT

You can select the upper limit for the Auto

Gain Control (AGC) from [OFF] (21dB, the default setting), [18dB], [15dB], [12dB],

[9dB], [6dB], [3dB] and [0dB].

b

Notes

• If you adjust the gain manually, you cannot obtain the effect of [AGC LIMIT].

BLK BALANCE

See page 33.

WB PRESET

You can use the preset white balance. For

more details, see page 32.

WB OUTDR LVL

You can set an offset value to adjust the outdoor white balance when you set [WB

PRESET] to [OUTDOOR]. You can select the offset value from [-7] (bluish) - [0]

(normal) - [+7] (reddish). The default setting is [0] .

WB TEMP SET

You can set the color temperature between

2300K and 15000K in 100K steps when you set [WB PRESET] to [MANU WB

TEMP].

ATW SENS

You can set the auto white balance operation under a reddish light source such as an incandescent lamp or candle, or under a blueish light source such as in outdoor shade.

B

INTELLIGENT

Automatically adjusts the white balance so that scenes look natural for the light source.

HIGH

Automatically adjusts the white balance while reducing redness or blueness.

MIDDLE

LOW

Automatically adjusts the white balance while increasing redness or blueness.

b

Notes

• This is only effective when white balance is adjusted automatically.

• [ATW SENS] is not effective under a clear sky or the sun.

SMOOTH WB

You can set the transition speed at which the color temperature values shifts from one value to another, set for the white balance memory switch positions, when you switch the white balance memory switch from a position to another. You can select the transition speed from [FAST], [MIDDLE] and [SLOW] or set to [OFF]. The default setting is [OFF].

AE SHIFT

You can set an offset value to adjust the automatic exposure adjustment value between [-7] (dark) and [+7] (bright) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The default setting is [0] . and selected value appears on the screen when you change the value from the default setting.

b

Notes

• This function is not effective while you adjust the iris, shutter speed and gain all manually.

• This function is not effective when [HYPER

GAIN] is set to [ON].

AE WINDOW

You can select a photometric area in which the automatic exposure adjustment function detects changes in the brightness of the subject to automatically adjust the exposure. This function is not effective during the manual exposure adjustment.

STANDARD

TYPE 2

TYPE 1

TYPE 3

TYPE 4 TYPE 5 z

Tips

• The photometric area stays the same even when you change the aspect ratio.

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Press the MENU button t select the

(CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

Example: TYPE 4

16:9

4:3 photometric area

AE RESPONSE

You can select the speed at which the automatic exposure adjustment function follows changes in the brightness of the subject. You can select the speed from

[FAST], [MIDDLE] and [SLOW]. The default setting is [FAST].

AT IRIS LMT

You can select the highest iris value for the automatic adjustment from [F11], [F9.6],

[F8], [F6.8], [F5.6], [F4.8] and [F4]. The default setting is [F11].

b

Notes

• This function is not effective during the manual iris adjustment.

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ECS FREQ.

You can set the shutter speed so that horizontal strips do not appear on a monitor screen, which is likely to occur when you record a monitor screen. Change the setting with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial to confirm the setting. The default setting is [59.94Hz].

You must set the shutter speed to the ECS

(

) prior to setting this function (p. 31).

You can set the shutter speed in the following frequency ranges depending on the setting of [SCAN TYPE]. How to select

[SCAN TYPE] depends on the setting of

[REC FORMAT] of menu.

(IN/OUT REC)

[HDV1080i]: [HDV PROGRE.] t [REC

TYPE] t [SCAN TYPE]

[DV]: [DV PROGRE.] t [SCAN TYPE]

SCAN TYPE

60

30

24, 24A*

Frequency range

59.94 Hz to 199.8 Hz

29.97 Hz to 199.8 Hz

23.98 Hz to 199.8 Hz

* Adjustable when [HDV PROGRE.] t [REC

TYPE] t [INTERLACE].

FLCKR REDUCE

B

ON

Reduces flickering. Flickering of the screen under a light source such as fluorescent lamps will be reduced.

OFF

Not reduce flickering. Select this when you do not want to reduce flickering.

b

Notes

• Flickering may not be reduced for certain light sources.

.

CNTRST ENHCR

When you set this function to [ON], your camcorder detects high contrast images, such as backlit scenes, and automatically improves the unexposed images. The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• When you set [BACK LIGHT] to [ON],

[CNTRST ENHCR] is temporarily disabled.

BACK LIGHT

When you set this function to [ON] (.), you can correct backlighting. The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• The back light function is canceled when you set [SPOTLIGHT] to [ON].

SPOTLIGHT

When you set this function to [ON] ( ), you can prevent overexposure of light during recording of a subject under strong light, such as a stage. For example, you can prevent people's faces from overhighlighting. The default setting is [OFF]. b

Notes

• The spotlight function is canceled when you set

[BACK LIGHT] to [

ON

].

• You cannot use the spotlight function if at least two of iris, gain, and shutter speed are adjusted manually.

STEADYSHOT

x

ON/OFF

When you select [ON], you can reduce camera shakes. Select [OFF] ( ) when you use a tripod (optional) to make images look natural. The default setting is [ON].

x

TYPE

You can select a type of camera-shake reduction for different recording situations.

HARD

Reduces camera shakes at a high level.

This setting is not suitable for panorama tilt recordings.

B

STANDARD

Reduces camera shakes at a standard level.

SOFT

Reduces camera shakes at a low level.

Slight unsteadiness remains in movies, which make the movies look as they are.

AF ASSIST

When you set this function to [ON], you can temporarily focus manually using the focus ring during the auto focus adjustment.

The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• This function is effective only when the focus

ring is set to the mode B position (p. 28).

FOCUS MACRO

When you set this function to [ON], you can focus on a subject within 80 cm (about

2 5/8 feet). The default setting is [ON].

When you set this function to [OFF] ( ), you can set fine focus on a subject further than 80 cm regardless of the zoom position although you will lose focus on a subject within 80 cm.

b

Notes

• This function is effective only when the focus

ring is set to the mode B position (p. 28).

HANDLE ZOOM

You can select the zoom speed for the FIX position of the handle zoom switch from [1]

(slow) through [8] (fast). The default setting is [3].

D.EXTENDER

When you set this function to [ON] ( ), the displayed image becomes 1.5 times larger. The image quality decreases because the image is digitally processed. This function helps you to focus on far-away subjects such as a wild bird away at a distance. The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• This function is automatically set to [OFF] when you turn the power off and back on.

FADER

You can add visual effects to transition between scenes.

1

Select [WHITE FADER] or [BLACK

FADER] during standby to fade in with the selected effect or recording to fade out with the selected effect.

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Press the MENU button t select the

(CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

2 Press the REC START/STOP button.

The fader indicator stops flashing and disappears when the fading is complete.

To cancel before starting the operation, select [OFF] in step 1.

The setting will be cleared every time you press the REC START/STOP button.

STBY

Fading out

WHITE FADER

REC

Fading in

[START TRIGGR]*

[END TRIGGER]

BLACK FADER

b

Notes

• This function is automatically set to [OFF] when you turn the power off and back on.

SMTH SLW REC

Fast moving subjects and actions, which cannot be captured under the general recording conditions, can be recorded in smooth moving slow-motion.

This is useful for recording fast actions such as a golf or tennis swing.

1

Set [REC TIME].

Select the recording time from [3sec] (the default setting), [6sec] and [12sec].

The picture quality deteriorates as the recording time increases.

2

Set [REC TIMING].

Select the recording timing from [

START

TRIGGR ] and [END TRIGGER] to record the action after or before the REC START/

STOP button is pressed.

* The default setting is [START TRIGGR].

3 Start recording.

Select [EXECUTE], then press the REC

START/STOP button on the [SMTH SLW

REC] screen.

A slow-motion movie about 4 times longer than your [REC TIME] setting is recorded.

Recording ends when [Recording···] disappears from the screen.

To cancel [SMTH SLW REC], press the

MENU button.

b

Notes

• Sounds cannot be recorded.

• The settings are automatically cleared when you turn the power off and back on.

• The shutter speed is automatically set to 1/250 second when you start [SMTH SLW REC].

• The recording time may be shorter than the set time, depending on recording conditions.

• The image quality is lower than with the regular recording.

INTERVAL REC

You can record a series of movies on a tape at regular intervals. This function is useful to observe things like cloud movements or daylight changes. The scenes run smoothly into each other when you play back the tape. Use the AC Adapter/Charger to obtain

AC power for long recording.

Recording Recording Recording interval interval

1 Select [ON/OFF] t [ON] with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

2

Perform the following step if you are changing the recording time from the default setting of [0.5sec]. If you are keeping the default recording time, go straight to step 3.

Select [REC TIME] t [0.5sec], [1sec],

[1.5sec] or [2sec] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

3

Perform the following step if you are changing the interval time from the default setting of [30sec]. If you are keeping the default interval time, go straight to step 4.

Select [INTERVAL] t [30sec], [1min],

[5min] or [10min].

4

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

5 Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen.

6

Press the REC START/STOP button.

The [INTERVAL REC] recording starts.

To cancel [INTERVAL REC], press the

REC START/STOP button.

The operation of your camcorder differs depending on when you press the REC

START/STOP button.

If you press the button during [INTERVAL

REC] recording, the recording temporarily stops. If you press it again, the

[INTERVAL REC] recording restarts,

If you press the button during [INTERVAL

REC] interval, the [INTERVAL REC] recording stops and regular recording starts.

If you press it again, regular recording stops. If you press the button once again, the [INTERVAL REC] recording restarts.

To cancel the [INTERVAL REC] recording, select [ON/OFF] t [OFF] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

b

Notes

• The recording time and interval time may differ slightly from the settings.

• If you focus manually, you can get sharp images even if the lighting changes.

DV FRAME REC

You can record stop motion (or frame-byframe) animation movies. That type of animation uses a technique of changing the subject, such as a doll or a toy's positions and recording it at each different position while your camcorder sits still. Use the

Remote Commander to reduce camera shakes.

B

OFF

Not use this function.

ON ( )

Records a movie by stop motion (or frameby-frame) technique.

1

Select [ON] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2

Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen.

3

Press the REC START/STOP button.

Your camcorder records a movie for about 6 frames and returns to standby.

4

Move the subject and repeat step 3.

b

Notes

• When you use frame recording continuously, the remaining tape time will not be indicated correctly.

• The last scene will be longer than other scenes.

• You cannot record index signals during frame recording.

• This function is automatically set to [OFF] when you turn the power off and back on.

SHOT TRANSITION

See page 46.

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Press the MENU button t select the

(CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

S.TRANS/F.MARK

You can select a function to be assigned to the SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button.

B

SHOT TRANSITION

Select to assign the shot transition function to the button.

FOCUS MARKING

Select to assign the focus marking function to the button.

x.v.Color

When you set this function to [ON], you can record with the wider color range. Your camcorder can reproduce brilliant and vivid colors for flowers and the beautiful bluegreen of tropical oceans that cannot be matched by conventional technologies.

b

Notes

• The colors may not be well reproduced when you play back a movie recorded with this function set to [ON] on a TV that does not support x.v.Color.

• You cannot set [x.v.Color] in the following cases:

– When recording in SD (standard) format

– When recording movies

• When you set [x.v.Color] to [ON], the picture profile will be disabled.

COLOR BAR

x

ON/OFF

When you select [ON], you can display color bars on the screen or record them on a tape. This function helps you to adjust colors when you view movies recorded with your camcorder on a TV or a monitor.

The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• This function is automatically set to [OFF] when you turn the power off and back on.

x

TYPE

Selects a type of the color bars.

TYPE 1

TYPE 2

TYPE 3

TYPE 4 (75% brightness of TYPE 3) x

TONE

Outputs audio tone signals (1 kHz: full bit

-20 dB) when you set [TONE] to [ON]. The default setting is [OFF].

FLANGE BACK

You can select a mode for the flange focal length adjustment. The flange focal length is a distance from the lens flange to the plane of the image along the optical axis.

See page 10 for details.

B

AUTO ADJUST

Automatically adjusts the flange focal length.

MANU ADJUST

Manually adjusts the flange focal length.

(AUDIO SET) menu

Settings for the audio recording (DV

AU.MODE/XLR SET, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(AUDIO SET) with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

DV AU.MODE

(DV Audio mode)

FS32K ( )

Records in the 12-bit mode (2 stereo sounds). Select this setting for the

DVCAM/DV SP recording.

B

FS48K ( )

Records in the 16-bit mode (1 stereo sound with high quality). Select this setting for the DVCAM/DV SP recording.

b

Notes

• When recording in the HDV format, sound is automatically recorded in the [FS48K] mode.

AUDIO LIMIT

You can set the clipping-noise reduction function for CH1/CH2.

B

OFF

Disables the function.

ON

Enables the function.

b

Notes

• This function is available only when you set the

AUTO/MAN switch to MAN.

XLR SET

x

XLR AGC LINK

You can select either linked or separate

AGC (Auto Gain Control) of CH1 and CH2 when using an external microphone.

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B

SEPARATE

Separately applies the AGC for CH1/CH2.

Sound inputs from CH1/CH2 will be recorded as separate sound.

LINKED

Applies the AGC of CH1 linked with that of CH2. Sound inputs from CH1/CH2 will be recorded as a set of sound such as stereo sound.

A

appears on the status check screen.

b

Notes

• This function is available when the CH1 and

CH2 switches are set to AUTO and the INPUT1 and INPUT2 switches are both set to MIC or

both set to LINE (p. 41).

x

AU.MAN GAIN

You can select either linked or separate audio level control of CH1and CH2 when using an external microphone.

B

SEPARATE

Separately controls the audio levels of

CH1 and CH2. Sound inputs from CH1 and CH2 will be recorded as separate sound.

LINKED

Controls the audio level of CH1 linked with that of CH2. Sound inputs from CH1 and CH2 will be recorded as a set of sound such as stereo sound.

M

appears on the status check screen.

b

Notes

• This function is available when the CH1 and

CH2 switches are set to MAN and the INPUT1 and INPUT2 switches are both set to MIC or

both set to LINE (p. 41).

• When you select [LINKED], you can adjust the volume with the AUDIO LEVEL dial of CH1

(p. 41).

x

INPUT1 MIC NR

Reduces noise from the microphone.

B

ON

Reduces noise from the microphone.

appears on the status check screen.

OFF

Does not reduce noise from the microphone.

b

Notes

• The setting is not effective when you set the

INPUT1 switch to LINE.

x

INPUT1 TRIM

Adjusts the input signal level from

INPUT1.

You can select from [-18dB], [-12dB],

[-6dB], [0dB], [6dB] and [12dB]. The default setting is [0dB].

b

Notes

• The setting is not effective when you set the

INPUT1 switch to LINE.

x

INPUT1 WIND

B

OFF

Disables wind noise reduction.

ON

Enables wind noise reduction.

appears on the status check screen.

b

Notes

• The setting is not effective when you set the

INPUT1 switch to LINE.

x

INPUT2 MIC NR

x

INPUT2 TRIM

x

INPUT2 WIND

You can set INPUT2 in the same way as

INPUT1.

z

Tips

• 48 dBu is set as 0dB in your camcorder.

• Set [INPUT TRIM] to [0dB] for the supplied microphone (ECM-XM1).

• Set [INPUT TRIM] to [12dB] for the optional microphone (Sony ECM-NV1).

• The INPUT TRIM function adjusts the input level from an external microphone. When using a highly sensitive microphone or recording loud sound, set this to the minus side. When using a less sensitive microphone or recording quiet sound, set it to the plus side.

• When recording loud sound, the sound may be distorted at either the input point or the recording point. If it is distorted at the input point, adjust the sound using the INPUT TRIM function. If it is distorted at the recording point, lower the total volume level manually.

• If you set INPUT TRIM too far to the minus side, the microphone volume becomes too low, resulting in a poor signal to noise ratio.

• Test the effect of the INPUT TRIM function according to the microphone used or the sound field of the recording site before actual recording.

AUDIO CH SEL

B

CH1,CH2

Reproduces sound of CH1 and CH2 in respective channels.

CH1

Reproduces sound of CH1 in channels 1 and 2.

CH2

Reproduces sound of CH2 in channels 1 and 2.

z

Tips

• When you select [CH1,CH2] and play back a tape on your camcorder, sound of CH1 + CH2 comes out of the speakers.

DV AUDIO MIX

You can monitor the sound dubbed from another device or recorded through 4channel microphone during playback. You can set how to output the sound.

B

CH1,CH2

Outputs only the sound recorded in CH1 and CH2 during recording.

MIX

Outputs mixed sound of the sound recorded in CH1 and CH2 during recording and the sound dubbed in CH3 and CH4.

CH3,CH4

Outputs only the sound dubbed in CH3 and

CH4.

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(DISPLAY SET) menu

Display settings of the display and the viewfinder (MARKER/VF B.LIGHT/DISP

OUTPUT, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(DISPLAY SET) with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

ZEBRA

You can display a zebra pattern as a guide for adjusting brightness.

x

ON/OFF

When you select [ON], and the brightness level appear on the screen. The zebra pattern will not be recorded on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo.” x

LEVEL

You can select the brightness level between 70 and 100 or 100+.

z

Tips

• The zebra pattern is a strip pattern displayed over a part of an image on the screen when the part is higher than a preset brightness level.

HISTOGRAM

You can adjust the iris while referring to a histogram. A histogram is a graph that shows the distribution of the image brightness. You can use the histogram as a guide for adjusting the iris. The histogram will not be recorded on a tape or a

“Memory Stick Duo.”

B

OFF

Does not display a histogram.

NORMAL

Displays a histogram.

ADVANCE

Displays a histogram, and a bar that indicates an average of the brightness levels around the center of an image

(within the marker) on the histogram.

Average

Darker

Brightness

Brighter z

Tips

• The left area on the graph shows the darker areas of the image while the right area shows the brighter areas.

• A vertical line that indicates the brightness level of [ZEBRA] will be displayed on the histogram when you set [ZEBRA] to [ON].

PEAKING

x

ON/OFF

When you select [ON], you can display an image on the screen with its details enhanced. This function helps you to adjust the focus. The default setting is [OFF].

x

LEVEL

You can select a peaking sensitivity from

[HIGH], [MIDDLE] and [LOW]. The default setting is [MIDDLE].

b

Notes

• You cannot record an image with enhanced details on a tape or a “Memory

Stick Duo.”

z

Tips

• You can focus more easily using this function in combination with the

expanded focus function (p. 29).

MARKER

x

ON/OFF

When you select [ON], you can display markers. The default setting is [OFF].

Markers will not be recorded on a tape or

“Memory Stick Duo.” x

CENTER

When you select [ON], you can display a marker at the center of the screen. The default setting is [ON].

x

ASPECT

When you select [ON], you can display markers at boundaries of display area defined by the aspect ratio, which you can select from [4:3], [13:9] and [14:9]. The default setting is [OFF].

x

SAFETY ZONE

When you select [ON], then [80%] or

[90%], you can display markers at boundaries of display area that regular home TVs can display. The default setting is [OFF].

b

Notes

• You cannot display markers on an external device connected to your camcorder via an analog jack.

• You cannot display markers when you set

[DATE REC] to [ON].

z

Tips

• You can display all types of markers at the same time.

• You can obtain a balanced composition by positioning the subject at the cross points of the guideframe marker.

• You can display markers only on the LCD panel and viewfinder. You cannot display them on an external device.

CAM LEVELING

When you set this function to [ON], you can display a level meter to check the level of your camcorder. The default setting is

[OFF].

EXP.FOCUS TYPE

You can set a type of the expanded focus display.

B

TYPE 1

Simply enlarges images.

TYPE 2

Enlarges and shows images in white and black.

x

GUIDEFRAME

When you select [ON], you can display frame markers that help you to check horizontal and vertical positions of a subject. The default setting is [OFF].

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CAM DATA DSP (Camera data display)

When you set this function to [ON], you can constantly display the iris, shutter speed and gain settings on the screen. The default setting is [OFF].

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Iris value

Shutter speed

Gain value z

Tips

• The settings appear on the screen during the manual adjustment regardless of the settings of this function.

• indicates that the settings are automatically adjusted values.

• The displayed settings are different from the settings that will be displayed when you press the DATA CODE button

(p. 53).

AU.LVL DISP (Audio level display)

When you set this function to [ON], you can display the audio level meter on the screen. The default setting is [ON].

Audio level meter

ZOOM DISPLAY

B

BAR

Displays a bar that indicates the zoom position.

NUMBER

Displays a number (0 through 99) that indicates the zoom position.

FOCUS DISP

You can select how to display the focal distance during manual focus.

B

METER

Displays the focal distance in meters.

FEET

Displays the focal distance in feet.

SHUTTER DISP

You can select how to display the shutter speed.

B

SECOND

Displays the shutter speed in seconds.

DEGREE

Displays the shutter speed in degrees.

The shutter speed equal to the period that your camcorder reads image data from the image sensor is defined as 360 degrees.

The degree is calculated based on this definition and displayed.

– When [SCAN TYPE] is set to [60], 1/60 second is defined as 360 degrees.

– When [SCAN TYPE] is set to [24] or [24A],

1/24 second is defined as 360 degrees.

– When [SCAN TYPE] is set to [30], 1/30 second is defined as 360 degrees.

For details on [SCAN TYPE], see [HDV

PROGRE.] (p. 83) or [DV PROGRE.]

(p. 84).

b

Notes

• When you press the DATA CODE button, the shutter speed will be displayed in seconds regardless of the setting of this function.

z

Tips

• Shutter speed slower than 360° are displayed in multiples of 360°, such as 360°

× 2.

LCD BRIGHT

You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. Changes in the LCD brightness will not affect the brightness of recording images.

z

Tips

• You can also turn off the LCD backlight (p. 18).

LCD COLOR

You can adjust the color level of the LCD panel. Changes in the LCD color level will not affect the color level of recording images.

LCD BL LEVEL

You can adjust the backlight level of the

LCD screen.

B

NORMAL

Standard brightness.

BRIGHT

Brightens the LCD screen.

b

Notes

• When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [LCD BL LEVEL] is automatically set to [BRIGHT].

• When you select [BRIGHT], the recordable time with the battery is slightly reduced.

VF B.LIGHT

You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder.

B

NORMAL

Standard brightness.

BRIGHT

Brightens the viewfinder screen.

b

Notes

• When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting.

• When you select [BRIGHT], the recordable time with the battery is slightly reduced.

VF COLOR

B

ON

Displays images in the viewfinder in color.

OFF

Displays images in the viewfinder in black and white.

VF POWERMODE

B

AUTO

Turns on the viewfinder while you close the LCD panel or record in mirror mode.

ON

Always turns on the viewfinder.

LETTER SIZE

B

NORMAL

Displays the menu in regular letter size.

Displays the selected menu items in letter size, the height of which is doubled.

REMAINING

B

AUTO

Displays the remaining time of a tape for about 8 seconds in the following situation:

• When you set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA with a cassette inserted.

• When you press

N

(Play) or the

DISPLAY/BATT INFO button.

ON

Always displays the remaining time of a tape. The remaining time is not displayed when you insert a new tape or a tape that is

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EXEC dial.

rewound to the beginning. It is displayed when you start playback or recording.

DISP OUTPUT

You can select outputs to which display information, such as time code, is outputted.

B

LCD PANEL

Outputs the information to the LCD screen and viewfinder.

V-OUT/PANEL

Outputs the information to the LCD screen and composite output.

ALL OUTPUT

Outputs the information to the LCD screen, HDMI output, component output and composite output.

(IN/OUT REC) menu

Recording settings, input and output settings (REC FORMAT/HDV PROGRE./

VIDEO OUT/EXT REC CTRL, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(IN/OUT REC) with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

REC FORMAT

You can select a recording format.

B

HDV1080i ( )

Records in the HDV1080i format.

DV ( )

Records in the DVCAM (DV) format.

Set also [DV REC MODE] when you record in this format.

b

Notes

• Set also [i.LINK SET] when you output a movie to an external device through an i.LINK cable

(p. 85).

VCR HDV/DV

You can select a type of output signal to an external device for playing back a movie on the device. Select [AUTO] in most cases.

When you connect your camcorder to an external device with an i.LINK cable, select a type of input and output signals to and from the external device via the HDV/DV jack. You can record or play back a movie reproduced by the selected type of signals.

B

AUTO

Automatically switches between HDV signals and DV signals during playback.

During the i.LINK connection, recognizes

HDV signals and DVCAM (DV) signals, and automatically inputs or outputs the

signals to or from the external device via the HDV/DV (i.LINK) jack for recording or playback.

HDV ( )

Plays back only HDV format sections of a tape.

During the i.LINK connection, inputs or outputs only HDV signals to or from an external device via the HDV/DV

(i.LINK) jack for recording or playback.

Select this setting when you connect your camcorder to your computer.

DV (

)

Plays back only DVCAM (DV) format sections of a tape.

During the i.LINK connection, inputs or outputs only DVCAM (DV) signals to or from an external device via the HDV/

DV (i.LINK) jack for recording or playback. Select this setting when you connect your camcorder to your computer.

b

Notes

• Make sure to disconnect the i.LINK cable prior to changing the setting. Otherwise, a video device may not recognize video signals.

• When you select [AUTO], images and sounds may be cut off on switching between HDV signals and DVCAM (DV) signals.

• When you set [i.LINK SET] t [HDV t DV

CONV] to [ON], the following signals will be outputted:

– [AUTO]: HDV signals are converted to

DVCAM (DV) signals and outputted.

DVCAM (DV) signals are outputted without any conversion.

– [HDV]: HDV signals are converted to

DVCAM (DV) signals and outputted.

DVCAM (DV) signals will not be outputted.

– [DV]: DVCAM (DV) signals are outputted without any conversion. HDV signals will not be outputted.

HDV PROGRE.

x

REC TYPE

You can select an HDV recording format from [INTERLACE] and

[PROGRESSIVE].

x

SCAN TYPE

You can select a scan type for recording in

HDV format.

B

60

Records by the interlace scan.

24

Records 24 frames per second.

24A

Records 24 frames per second.

The phase of the 60i conversion is reset each time recording starts.

30

Records 30 frames per second.

b

Notes

• Selectable [SCAN TYPE] settings differ depending on the setting of [REC TYPE].

– [INTERLACE]: [60], [24], [24A], [30]

– [PROGRESSIVE]: [24], [30]

• You can only play back a tape recorded with the

[REC TYPE] set to [PROGRESSIVE] on a device that supports playback of a tape recoded by progressive scanning.

• When recording in HDV format in [24A] mode, the time code does not progress correctly from scene to scene.

When playing back those movies, a momentary pause will occur between scenes. In this case, you can copy the movies without the pause from your camcorder to a computer via an i.LINK cable and use them on the computer as normal movies.

• When [REC TYPE] is set to [PROGRESSIVE] and [SCAN TYPE] to [24], movies and time codes are recorded at 24 frames per second and indicators are displayed at 30 frames per second.

When using the HDV/DV jack, the recorded signal is outputted at the following frame rate depending on the setting of (IN/OUT

REC) menu t [i.LINK SET] t [HDV t DV

CONV]:

[OFF]: 24 frames per second

[ON]: 30 frames per second

When using other jacks, the recorded signal is outputted at 30 frames per second.

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DV PROGRE.

x

SCAN TYPE

You can select a scan type for recording in

DVCAM/DV format.

B

60

Records by the interlace scan.

24

Records 24 frames per second.

30

Records 30 frames per second.

DV REC MODE (DV Recording mode)

This function is available only when you set

[REC FORMAT] to [DV].

B

DVCAM ( )

Records in the DVCAM format.

DV SP ( )

Records in the SP (Standard Play) mode of the DV format to record for a longer time than in the DVCAM format.

b

Notes

• Mosaic-like disturbance or audio interruption may occur when you play back a movie recorded in the DV SP mode by another device.

• Image may be distorted or time code may not be properly connected between the scenes recorded in the DVCAM mode and DV SP mode.

DV WIDE REC

You can record a movie in an aspect ratio that matches that of a TV that you want to connect. Refer also to the instruction manuals that come with the TV.

B

ON

Records a movie in an aspect ratio that matches the full screen of a 16:9 (wide)

TV.

OFF ( )

Records a movie in an aspect ratio that matches the full screen of a 4:3 TV.

b

Notes

• Set [DV WIDE CONV] correctly to suite a TV

that you want to connect for playback (p. 83).

• The aspect ratio will be fixed to 16:9 and you cannot set it to 4:3 when you record in HDV format.

VIDEO OUT

x

COMPONENT

You can select [480i] or [1080i/480i] depending on your TV when you connect your camcorder to a TV via a component cable.

480i

Supports connection between your camcorder and a TV with a component input jack that supports the 480i format.

B

1080i/480i

Supports connection between your camcorder and a TV with a component input jack that supports the 1080i format.

x

DOWN CONVERT

You can select a down convert type when you down-covert HDV signal to DV signal.

Use this function for signals outputting from the following output jacks:

– Component (480i)

– S Video

– Audio/Video

B

SQUEEZE

Outputs a horizontally compressed image while maintaining its original height.

LETTER BOX

Outputs an image with black bars added to the top and bottom of the original image, while maintaining the original aspect ratio.

EDGE CROP

Outputs the central portion of the original image by cropping its right and left edges.

b

Notes

• When you view a movie recorded in the

DVCAM (DV) format with [DV WIDE REC] set to [ON] on a standard 4:3 TV, images of the movie may appear vertically compressed. In such a case, set [DV WIDE CONV] to

[LETTER BOX] or [EDGE CROP].

x

DV WIDE CONV

You can select a down convert type when you down-covert DV widescreen signal to

DV signal.

Use this function for signals outputting from the following output jacks:

– Component (480i)

– S Video

– Audio/Video

B

SQUEEZE

Outputs a horizontally compressed image while maintaining its original height.

LETTER BOX

Outputs an image with black bars added to the top and bottom of the original image, while maintaining the original aspect ratio.

EDGE CROP

Outputs the central portion of the original image by cropping its right and left edges.

i.LINK SET

x HDV t DV CONV

When you set this function to [ON], you can convert HDV format signals to DV format signals and output the DV format signals to an external device via the HDV/DV (i.LINK) jack. You can output DV format signals without any format conversion. The default setting is [OFF].

x

DOWN CONVERT

You can set a down convert type when you set [HDV t DV CONV] to [ON] to convert HDV format signals to DV format signals.

B

SQUEEZE

Outputs a horizontally compressed image while maintaining its original height.

EDGE CROP

Outputs the central portion of the original image by cropping its right and left edges.

b

Notes

• For i.LINK connection, see [VCR HDV/DV]

(p. 82).

• Disconnect the i.LINK cable before setting

[i.LINK SET]. Otherwise, the connected video device may not be able to recognize the video signal from your camcorder.

EXT REC CTRL

You can connect your camcorder to an

HDV/DVCAM/DV compatible device

(digital HD video camera recorder, digital video camera recorder, hard disc recorder, etc.) with an i.LINK cable, and record movies on your camcorder and the connected device simultaneously, or continue recording from your camcorder to the connected device.

Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the connecting devices.

x

REC CTL MODE

B

OFF

Does not record on a connected device.

SYNCHRONOUS (

)

Records movies, sound and time code on a connected device in synchronization with your camcorder.

RELAY (

)

Records movies, sound and time code on a connected device when a tape on your camcorder reaches close to the end during recording.

EXT ONLY (

)

You can operate an external recording unit* with the REC START/STOP button of your camcorder.

*HVR-MRC1(supplied) or HVR-DR60

(optional)

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Press the MENU button t select the

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EXEC dial.

b

Notes

• When this function is set to [EXT ONLY], does not flash even when there is no tape inserted.

• You can use the REC START/STOP button of your camcorder as a recording start/stop button for the external recording unit when you set this function to [EXT ONLY]. Use the REC button

of the video control buttons (p. 134) to start

recording on a tape or the STOP button to stop recording.

• (EXT ONLY) flashes when you connect an external recording unit that is not supported by [EXT ONLY].

x

STBY COMMAND

B

REC PAUSE

Stops recording operation of a connected device by putting it in pause when you stop recording operation of your camcorder.

STOP

Stops recording operation of a connected device when you stop recording operation of your camcorder.

(TC/UB SET) menu

(TC PRESET/UB PRESET/TC LINK, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(TC/UB SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

TC PRESET

x

PRESET

You can preset the time code.

1

Select [TC PRESET] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2 Select [PRESET] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

3

Select the first 2 digits with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

You can set the time code between

00:00:00:00 and 23:59:59:29.

4

Set other digits by repeating step 3.

5

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

x

RESET

You can reset the time code (00:00:00:00).

Select [RESET] in step 1 of the

[PRESET].

TC COUNTUP

You can increment the hour of time code by

1 and reset the minute, second and frame of time code when you execute this function.

b

Notes

• This function is available only when you set

[TC MAKE] to [PRESET].

UB PRESET

x

PRESET

You can preset the user bit.

1

Select [UB PRESET] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2 Select [PRESET] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

3

Select the first 2 digits with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

4 Set other digits by repeating step 3.

5 Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

x

RESET

You can reset the user bit (00 00 00 00).

Select [RESET] in step 1 of the

[PRESET].

TC FORMAT

You can select the frame mode.

B

AUTO

Sets the frame mode automatically in accordance with the inserted cassette.

DF

Sets the frame mode to the drop frame mode.

NDF

Sets the frame mode to the non-drop frame mode.

What is drop frame?

Although 30 frames are considered as 1 second in time code processing, the actual frame frequency of an NTSC image signal is 29.97 frames/sec. As a result, the time code gradually lags behind real time as the recording gets longer. The drop frame function adjusts the time code to real time.

In the drop frame process, the first 2 frames of each second are not recorded except in every tenth minute. Recording without the drop frame process is called non-drop frame recording.

TC RUN

You can select how the time code advances.

B

REC RUN

Advances the time code only during recording.

Select this setting to record the time code continuous from the last time code of the previous recording.

FREE RUN

Advances the time code regardless of operation of your camcorder.

Select this setting to save the actual time in the time code.

TC MAKE

B

REGENERATE

Reads the last time code of the previous recording from the tape and records the new time code consecutively from the last time code during the backspace editing.

The time code runs in [REC RUN] mode regardless of the setting of [TC RUN].

PRESET

Records the newly set time code on the tape.

TC LINK

You can synchronize the time codes of multiple camcorders.

This function is useful for editing movies recorded by multiple camcorders.

1

Insert a tape to the main camcorder from which you want to generate the time code.

2

Set the POWER switches of the main and sub camcorders to CAMERA.

3

Connect the sub camcorder to the main camcorder with an i.LINK cable.

4 Set the main and sub camcorder as follows:

• Set [TC RUN] to [FREE RUN] (p. 87).

• Set [TC MAKE] to [PRESET] (p. 87).

• Set [TC FORMAT] of the main and sub

camcorders to the same settings (p. 87).

Set the sub camcorders as follows:

5

Select [TC/UB SET] t [TC LINK] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

The message [Synchronize TC with connected device?] appears.

6

Select [YES] to synchronize the time code of the sub camcorder with that of the main camcorder. Disconnect the i.LINK cable

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Press the MENU button t select the

(TC/UB SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

from your camcorders when synchronization is completed. You can record with the synchronized time codes using those camcorders.

b

Notes

• If you want to execute [TC LINK] for more than two camcorders, repeat the steps for multiple sub camcorders with one main camcorder.

• Some frame shifting may occur over time after time code synchronization.

• Some frame shifting may occur if you turn the power off and back on. In such a case, set [TC

LINK] again.

UB TIME REC

B

OFF

Does not save the actual time in the user bit code.

ON

Saves the actual time in the user bit code.

UB-DATE/TC-TIME

You can save the date and time set in your camcorder in the user bit and time code, respectively, when you do this function.

b

Notes

• This function is available in the following cases:

– [TC MAKE] : [PRESET]

– [TC RUN] : [FREE RUN]

– [UB TIME REC] : [OFF]

• The time lag may occur between the set time code and the actual time as time goes on. Do

[UB-DATE/TC-TIME] again prior to recording.

• The date saved in the user bit will not be automatically updated even when the actual date has been changed.

(MEMORY SET) menu

Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo” (ALL

ERASE/FORMAT, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(MEMORY SET) with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

ALL ERASE

You can delete all the still images without image protection on a “Memory Stick Duo” or in the selected folder.

1

Select [ALL FILES] or [CURRENT

FLDR].

[ALL FILES]: Deletes all the images on the “Memory Stick Duo.”

[CURRENT FLDR]: Deletes all the images in the currently selected folder.

2

Select [YES] t [YES] with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

[ Erasing all data...] appears.

[Completed.] appears when all unprotected images are deleted.

b

Notes

• Release the write protect tab on the “Memory

Stick Duo” beforehand for the “Memory Stick

Duo” with the write-protect tab (p. 118).

• The folder will not be deleted even when you delete all the images in the folder.

• Do not do any of the following while [

Erasing all data...] is displayed:

– Operate the POWER switch/buttons.

– Eject the “Memory Stick Duo.”

FORMAT

You do not need to format the

Memory

Stick Duo” since it is already formatted at the factory. If you want to format the

Memory Stick Duo,” select

[YES]t[YES]. b

Notes

• Do not do any of the following while [

Formatting…] is displayed:

– Operate the POWER switch/buttons.

– Eject the “Memory Stick Duo.”

• Formatting erases everything on the “Memory

Stick Duo” including protected image data and newly created folders.

FILE NO.

B

SERIES

Assigns file numbers in sequence even if the “Memory Stick Duo” is replaced with another one. The file number is reset when a new folder is created or the recording folder is replaced with another.

RESET

Resets the file number to 0001 each time the “Memory Stick Duo” is changed.

NEW FOLDER

When you select [YES], you can create a new folder (102MSDCF to 999MSDCF) on a “Memory Stick Duo.” When a folder is full (a maximum of 9,999 images are stored), a new folder is automatically created.

b

Notes

• You cannot delete the new folder once you have created it on your camcorder. Format the

“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 89) or delete it on your computer.

• The number of recordable pictures on a

“Memory Stick Duo” may decrease as the number of folders increases.

REC FOLDER (Recording folder)

You can select a folder in which you want to store still images.

Select the folder with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

z

Tips

• The still images will be stored in the

101MSDCF folder by default.

• Once you store the still images in the current folder, the folder is selected as a playback folder.

PB FOLDER (Playback folder)

You can select a folder in which still images you want to view are stored.

Select the folder with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

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90

(OTHERS) menu

Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (QUICK REC/BEEP, etc.)

The default settings are marked with B.

The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.

See page 63 for details on selecting

menu items.

Press the MENU button t select the

(OTHERS) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

CAMERA PROF. (Camera profile)

You can save up to 99 camera setting profiles on a

Memory Stick Duo” and two profiles in your camcorder. Using these saved profiles let you quickly obtain suitable camera settings later. When using multiple camcorders of this model, you can save the setting on a

Memory Stick Duo” and load them into the other camcorders.

z

Tips

• You can save menu settings, picture profiles and button settings as a camera profile. x

To load a camera profile

You can load a camera profile and use it on your camcorder.

1

Select [LOAD] with SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

2 Select the camera profile that you want to load with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

3

Select [YES] in the check screen.

Your camcorder is restarted and the selected camera profile becomes effective. b

Notes

• You cannot load camera profile that has been saved by a different model of camcorder or edited on a computer.

x

To save a camera profile

1

Select [SAVE] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2

Select [MEMORY STICK] with the

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to save the camera profile on the “Memory Stick

Duo” or [CAMERA] to save it in your camcorder.

3

Select [

NEW FILE

] or an existing profile name with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

4

Select [YES] in the check screen with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

The camera profile is saved.

z

Tips

• When you select [NEW FILE] in [MEMORY

STICK], a camera profile is saved as [MS01] the fist time you save a camera profile.

• When you select [NEW FILE] in [CAMERA], a camera profile is saved as [CAM1] or [CAM2].

• When you select an existing camera profile, the new camera profile is overwritten.

• You cannot view nor edit a camera profile saved on a “Memory Stick Duo” on your computer.

• You can save a camera profile on a “Memory

Stick Duo” that has still image data.

x

To change the camera profile name

You can change the camera profile name.

1

Select [PROFILE NAME] with the

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

2 Select the camera profile of which you want to change the name with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

[PROFILE NAME] screen appears.

3

Change the profile name with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

z

Tips

• You can enter the name in the same way

as the picture profile (p. 41).

4

Select [OK] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

Profile name is changed.

x

To delete camera profile settings

1

Select [DELETE] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2 Select the camera profile you want to delete with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

3

Select [YES] on the check screen.

x

To copy a camera profile

You can copy camera profile saved on your camcorder to a “Memory Stick Duo.”

1

Select [COPY] with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

2

Select the camera profile that you want to copy with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

3

Select [MEMORY STICK] or

[CAMERA] for a “Memory Stick Duo” or your camcorder as a copy destination of the camera profile.

4

Select [NEW FILE] or an existing profile name with the SEL/PUSH

EXEC dial.

5

Select [YES] on the check screen.

z

Tips

• You can copy a camera profile saved on a

“Memory Stick Duo” to your camcorder.

ASSIGN BTN

See page 43.

CLOCK SET

See page 20.

WORLD TIME

When you use your camcorder abroad, you can adjust the clock to the local time by setting the time difference with the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial.

When you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the original setting.

LANGUAGE

You can select the language to be used on the LCD screen.

z

Tips

• Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]

(simplified English) in case that you cannot find your native tongue among the options.

PB ZOOM (Playback zoom)

When you set this function to [ON], you can enlarge movie images about 1.1 to 5 times (still images about 1.5 to 5 times) with the handle zoom lever. The default setting is [OFF]. To end the zoom, press and hold the W side of the handle zoom lever until it stops.

z

Tips

• To move the zoom horizontally, press the SEL/

PUSH EXEC dial, then turn the dial. To move the zoom vertically, press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial one more time, then turn the dial.

QUICK REC

You can slightly reduce the recording start point time when resuming recording by changing the POWER switch from OFF to

CAMERA.

B

OFF

It takes some time to restart recording from the state that the drum has stopped rotating, but the transition from the last recorded scene is smooth.

ON ( )

The time shortens slightly until recording restarts from the state that the drum has stopped rotating, but the transition from the last recorded scene may not be smooth.

Select this when you do not want to miss a recording chance.

z

Tips

• When this function is set to [ON], the interval between scenes freezes for a moment (editing on your computer is recommended).

• When the camcorder is left in standby for more than about 3 minutes, your camcorder exits from standby (the drum stops rotating) to prevent tape wear and battery loss. Since the power does not turn off, you can restart recording by pressing the REC START/STOP button again.

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92

Press the MENU button t select the

(OTHERS) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

DATE REC

B

OFF

Does not superimpose the date and time on images.

ON

Superimposes the date and time on images.

z

Tips

• When [DV WIDE REC] is set to [OFF], the date and time are displayed outside the 4:3 area but properly recorded on images.

• When you record in the HDV format, the date and time are displayed at different positions during recording and playback.

BEEP

B

OFF

Cancels the melody.

ON

Activates a melody when you start/stop recording.

REC LAMP[F] (Recording lamp

[front])

When you set this function to [OFF], you can turns off the front camera recording lamp during recording. The default setting is [ON].

REC LAMP[R] (Recording lamp

[rear])

When you set this function to [OFF], you can turns off the rear camera recording lamp during recording. The default setting is [ON].

REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)

When you set this function to [ON], you can use the supplied Remote Commander

(p. 135). The default setting is [ON].

z

Tips

• Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by another VCR remote control unit.

HOURS METER

You can display the cumulative operation time of your camcorder with the total hours of operation, drum rotation, tape running, or the total number of tape unthreading operations.

OPERATION

Displays the total hours of operation in 10hour increments.

DRUM RUN

Displays the total hours of drum rotation in

10-hour increments.

TAPE RUN

Displays the total hours of tape running in

10-hour increments.

THREADING

Displays the total number of tape unthreading operation in 10-operation increments.

Dubbing/Editing

Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc.

Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation

(p. 14). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.

Connecting to external devices

The connection method and the image quality will differ depending on the VCR, DVD/HDD device and the connectors used.

Jacks on your camcorder

Open the jack cover and connect the cable.

1

Camcorder

1

Cable i.LINK cable (optional)

2

: Signal flow

External device

HDV1080i compatible device t HD quality*

1

• i.LINK jack which is compatible with HDV1080i specification is required on the external device.

1 i.LINK cable (optional)

AV device with i.LINK jack t SD quality* 1

AV device with S VIDEO jack t SD quality*

1

2

A/V connecting cable with

S VIDEO (optional)

(Yellow)

(White)

(Red)

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Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. (Continued)

Camcorder

2

A/V connecting cable

(supplied)

Cable

(Yellow)

(White)

(Red)

: Signal flow

External device

AV device with audio/video jacks*

2 t SD quality*

1

* 1 Pictures recorded in the DVCAM (DV) format are dubbed in the SD (standard definition) quality, regardless of the connection.

* 2 When connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video jack on the device, and connect the white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug to the audio jack on the device.

b

Notes

• You cannot dub pictures using the HDMI cable.

Using an i.LINK cable (optional)

The dubbed format (HDV/DV) differs depending on the recording format or the format supported by the VCR/DVD device. See the table below for selecting the appropriate settings, and perform necessary menu setting.

b

Notes

• Disconnect the i.LINK cable before changing these menu settings, otherwise the VCR/DVD device may not correctly identify the video signal.

z

Tips

• This camcorder has a 6-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be connected.

Copy format

Camcorder recording format

Format supported by the

VCR/DVD device

HDV format* 1

DVCAM

(DV) format

Copy HDV recording as

HDV

Convert HDV recording to

DVCAM (DV)

Convert both HDV and

DVCAM (DV) format to

DVCAM (DV)

HDV

HDV

HDV/

DVCAM

(DV)

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

Copy DVCAM (DV) recording as DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

When tape is recorded in both HDV and DVCAM (DV) format

DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

–* 3

DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

Copy only portions recorded in HDV format

HDV –* 3

Copy only portions recorded in DVCAM (DV) format

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

–*

–*

2

2

DVCAM

(DV)

–*

–*

3

2

DVCAM

(DV)

[VCR HDV/DV]

(p. 82)

[i.LINK SET]

(p. 85)

[AUTO]

[AUTO]

[HDV]

[DV]

Menu setting

[OFF]

[ON]

[OFF]

[ON]

[OFF]

[OFF]

* 1

Recording device compliant with the HDV1080i specification.

* 2 The tape advances, but no video or sound is recorded (blank).

*

3

Picture is not recognized (no recording is made).

b

Notes

• When [VCR HDV/DV] is set to [AUTO], and the signal switches between HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats, the picture and sound are interrupted temporarily.

• When the recorder is HVR-Z7U/Z7N, set [VCR HDV/DV] to [AUTO] (p. 82).

• When the player and the recorder are both HDV1080i compatible devices such as HVR-Z7U/Z7N and connected with the i.LINK cable, after pausing or stopping and then resuming the recording, the images will be a bit choppy or rough at that point.

• Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (the default setting) when connecting with an A/V connecting

cable (p. 82).

When connecting with the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional)

Connect with S VIDEO jack instead of the video plug (yellow). This connection produces pictures more faithfully. This connection produces higher quality DVCAM (DV) format pictures. The audio will not be output when you connect with the S VIDEO cable alone.

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Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. (Continued)

Dubbing to another device

1

Prepare your camcorder for playback.

Insert the recorded cassette.

Slide the POWER switch to VCR.

Set [DOWN CONVERT] according to

the playback device (TV, etc.) (p. 84).

2

Prepare your VCR/DVD device for recording.

When dubbing to the VCR, insert a cassette for recording.

When dubbing to the DVD recorder, insert a DVD for recording.

If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the appropriate input

(such as video input1 and video input2).

3

Connect your VCR/DVD device to your camcorder as a recording device.

See page 93 for connection details.

4

Start playback on the camcorder, and recording on the VCR/DVD device.

Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your recording device for details.

5

When dubbing is complete, stop your camcorder and the VCR/DVD device.

b

Notes

• The following cannot be output via the HDV/

DV interface (i.LINK):

– Indicators

– Titles that are recorded on other camcorders

• Pictures recorded in the HDV format are not output from the HDV/DV interface (i.LINK) jack during playback pause or in any playback mode other than normal playback.

• Note the following when connecting with an i.LINK cable:

– The recorded picture becomes rough when a picture is paused on your camcorder while recording to a VCR/DVD device.

– Data codes (date/time/camera settings data) may not be displayed or recorded depending on the device or application.

– You cannot record the picture and sound separately.

• When dubbing to a DVD recorder from your camcorder through an i.LINK cable, you may not operate your camcorder on your DVD recorder even if its instruction manual says you can. If you can set the input mode to HDV or

DV on your DVD recorder and can input/output pictures, follow the steps in “Dubbing to another device.” z

Tips

• To record the date/time and camera settings data when connected by the A/V connecting cable, display them on the screen.

• When you use an i.LINK cable, the video and sound signals are transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures.

• When an i.LINK cable is connected, the format of the output signal ( or

) will be indicated on the LCD screen of your camcorder.

Recording pictures from a VCR

You can record pictures from a VCR on a tape. You can record a scene as a still image on a “Memory Stick Duo.” You can record pictures in the HDV format by connecting an HDV1080i specification compatible device. Be sure to insert a cassette or a

“Memory Stick Duo” for recording in your camcorder beforehand.

You can connect your camcorder to a VCR device using an i.LINK cable.

Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor/Charger for

this operation (p. 14). Refer also to the

instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.

b

Notes

• You need an i.LINK cable for this operation.

• You cannot perform this operation with the A/V connecting cable.

• Your camcorder has a 6-pin i.LINK terminal.

Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be attached.

• Your camcorder can only record from an NTSC source. For example, French video or TV programs (SECAM) cannot be recorded correctly. See page 120 for details on TV color systems.

HDV1080i compatible device

AV device with i.LINK jack t HD quality

: Signal flow t SD quality

To i.LINK connector i.LINK cable

(optional) interface

(i.LINK)

* An i.LINK jack which is compatible with

HDV1080i specification is required.

Recording movies

1

Set the POWER switch to VCR.

2

Set the input signal of your camcorder.

Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [AUTO] when recording from an HDV format compatible device.

Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [DV] or

[AUTO] when recording from a

DVCAM (DV) format compatible

device (p. 82).

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Recording pictures from a VCR (Continued)

3

Connect your VCR as a player to your camcorder.

When an i.LINK cable is connected, the format of the input signal (

or ) will be indicated on the LCD screen of your camcorder (This indicator may appear on the screen of the playback device but it will not be recorded).

4

Insert a cassette into the VCR.

5

Set your camcorder to recording pause.

While pressing X (PAUSE), press both z REC (record) buttons simultaneously.

6

Start playing the cassette on your

VCR.

The picture played on the VCR appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder.

7

Press X (PAUSE) again at the

point you want to start recording.

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8

Press x (STOP) to stop

recording.

b

Notes

• You cannot record TV programs from the

HDV/DV interface (i.LINK).

• User bits are not recorded when dubbing from a

DVCAM (DV) device via an i.LINK cable.

• You can record pictures from DV devices only in the DVCAM (DV) format.

• Note the following when connecting with an i.LINK cable:

– The recorded picture becomes rough when a picture is paused on your camcorder while recording to a VCR.

– You cannot record the picture and sound separately.

– If you pause or stop the recording and restart it, the picture may not be recorded smoothly.

• If video signals inputted to your camcorder via the HDV/DV jack experience the phenomenon of jittering (variation in frequency), that jittering is transmitted to the video signals outputted from the COMPONENT

OUT jack and A/V OUT jack. When you monitor a movie on a TV connected to your camcorder via the COMPONENT OUT jack or

A/V OUT jack, images may be distorted or not be displayed. Jittering will not affect recording of the movie on a tape with your camcorder but may affect recording of the movie with another

VCR connected to your camcorder via the

COMPONENT OUT jack or A/V OUT jack.

z

Tips

• When a 4:3 video signal is input, it appears with black bands on the right and left sides on the screen of your camcorder.

Recording still images

Be sure to insert a “Memory Stick Duo” for recording in your camcorder beforehand, and assign [PHOTO] to any of ASSIGN

buttons (p. 43).

1

Perform steps 1 to 4 in

“Recording movies.”

2

Start playing the cassette.

The pictures on the VCR appear on the screen of your camcorder.

3

Press the ASSIGN button to which [PHOTO] is assinged or the

PHOTO button on the remote commander at the scene you want to record.

b

Notes

• The image size is 1.2M when capturing a still image from a movie recorded and played back in the HDV format. The image size is 0.2M when capturing a still image from a movie recorded and played back in the DVCAM (DV) and widescreen (16:9) formats, or VGA (0.3M) when the movie is recorded and played back in the DVCAM (DV) and 4:3 formats.

Copying movies on a tape to a computer

Connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable.

The computer needs to have an i.LINK connector and be installed with editing software that can copy video signals.

The software required depends on the format of the recorded pictures and the format for copying to the computer (HDV or DVCAM (DV)) as shown in the table below.

Recorded format

HDV

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

Format for copying to the computer

Required software

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

Editing software capable of copying HDV signal

Editing software capable of copying DVCAM

(DV) signal

Editing software capable of copying DVCAM

(DV) signal b

Notes

• The HDV/DV jack of your camcorder does not have a power-supply function.

• You cannot copy movies using a USB cable.

• Refer to the operating instructions of the software for the details on image copying.

• Refer to the operating instructions of the editing software for the recommended connection.

• Some editing software on the computer may not work correctly.

• You cannot change format DVCAM (DV) to

HDV.

The required menu settings vary depending on the recorded images and the format

(HDV or DVCAM (DV)) to be copied to the computer.

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Copying movies on a tape to a computer (Continued)

Recorded format

HDV

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

Format for copying to the computer

Menu setting*

HDV

DVCAM

(DV)

DVCAM

(DV)

[VCR HDV/DV] t [HDV]

[i.LINK SET] t

[HDV t DV

CONV] t [OFF]

[VCR HDV/DV] t [HDV]

[i.LINK SET] t

[HDV t DV

CONV] t [ON]

[VCR HDV/DV] t [DV]

[i.LINK SET] t

[HDV t DV

CONV] t [OFF]

* See page 63 for menu settings.

z

Tips

• To copy HDV format images as they are without changing their format, an HDV compatible environment is required.

For details, refer to your software instruction manual or contact the software manufacturer.

• To play movies by a regular DVD player, you need to create DVD video in the SD format. The

DVD video is not in the HDV format.

Step:1 Connect an i.LINK cable

HDV/DV interface

(i.LINK) i.LINK cable (optional)

Notes on connecting to the computer

• Connect the i.LINK cable to the computer first, then to your camcorder. Connecting in the opposite order may cause static electricity to build up, resulting in a malfunction of your camcorder.

• The computer may freeze or may not recognize the signal from your camcorder in the following situations.

– Connecting your camcorder to a computer that does not support the video signal formats appearing on the LCD screen of your camcorder display (HDV or DVCAM (DV)).

– Changing [VCR HDV/DV] (p. 82) and

[i.LINK SET] (p. 85) settings while

connected with an i.LINK cable.

– Changing [REC FORMAT] setting while connected with an i.LINK cable with the

POWER switch set to CAMERA (p. 82).

– Changing the POWER switch position while connected with an i.LINK cable.

• The format (HDV or DVCAM (DV)) of input/ output signal appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder while connected with an i.LINK cable.

Step:2 Copying the movies

Use the supplied AC Adaptor/Charger to

obtain AC power (p. 14).

1

Prepare editing software (not provided).

2

Turn on your computer.

3

Insert a tape into your camcorder and set the POWER switch to VCR.

4

Set the menu of your camcorder.

The menu settings vary depending on the copying image.

5

Copy images to the computer with your software.

b

Notes

• If images are copied in HDV format but are not recognized, your editing software may not support HDV format. Convert the images to

DVCAM (DV) format according to step 4 and copy again.

• A tape recorded in DVCAM (DV) format cannot be copied to a computer in HDV format.

z

Tips

• When images recorded in HDV format are copied to a computer, the file size is about 2GB

(almost the same as a DV file) for a 10-minute movie if the video compression format is

MPEG2.

When copying the movie in the HDV format from the computer to your camcorder

Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [HDV] and [HDV t DV CONV] of [i.LINK SET] to [OFF]

(p. 82, 85).

b

Notes

• To copy an HDV format movie edited on a computer back onto a tape in HDV format is possible so long as your editing software supports copying HDV movies onto tape. For details, contact the software manufacturer.

When copying the movie in the

DVCAM (DV) format from the computer to your camcorder

Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [DV] (p. 82).

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Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer.

• Power sources/LCD screen/Remote Commander···p. 102

• Cassette tapes/“Memory Stick Duo”···p. 103

• Recording···p. 104

• Playback···p. 107

• Connecting to TV···p. 109

• Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices···p. 110

• Connecting to a computer···p. 110

Power sources/LCD screen/Remote Commander

The power does not turn on or abruptly turns off.

• Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p. 14).

• Use the AC Adaptor/Charger to connect to a wall outlet (p. 14).

The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.

• Disconnect the AC Adaptor/Charger from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute.

• Press the RESET button (p. 134) using a sharp-pointed object.

The camcorder gets warm.

• The camcorder may get warmer while you use it. This is not a malfunction.

The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.

• Ambient temperature is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.

This is not a malfunction.

• Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace

it with a new one (p. 14, 119).

• The indicated time may not be correct in certain circumstances. For example, when you open or close the LCD panel, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery time.

The battery pack discharges too quickly.

• Ambient temperature is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.

This is not a malfunction.

• Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace

it with a new one (p. 14, 119).

The picture remains on the LCD screen.

• This occurs if you disconnect the DK-415 cable or remove the battery pack without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.

The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.

• Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the picture appears clearly (p. 18).

The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.

• If you change [VF POWERMODE] to [AUTO], the finder light remains off while the LCD

panel is open (p. 81).

The supplied Remote Commander does not function.

• Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 92).

• Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor.

• Keep strong light sources, such as sunlight or overhead lighting, away from the remote sensor, otherwise the Remote Commander may not function properly.

• Insert a fresh battery in the compartment with its +/– terminals matching those of the

compartment (p. 135).

Another VCR malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote Commander.

• Select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR.

• Cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.

Cassette tapes/“Memory Stick Duo”

The cassette cannot be ejected from the compartment.

• Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor/Charger) is connected correctly

(p. 14).

• Moisture condensation has occurred inside the camcorder (p. 122).

The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory.

• This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear.

The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.

• Set [

REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p. 81).

The cassette is noisier during rewinding or fast-forwarding.

• When using the DK-415 cable rewind/fast forward speed increases (compared with battery operation) and therefore increases noise. This is not a malfunction.

You cannot delete pictures or format the “Memory Stick Duo.”

• The pictures are protected. Release the protect function on your computer, etc.

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Recording

The recording does not start when you press the REC START/STOP button.

• Slide the POWER switch to CAMERA (p. 24).

• The tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette.

• Set the write-protect tab of the cassette to REC or insert a new cassette (p. 115).

• The tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave

your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette (p. 122).

• Set [REC CTL MODE] of [EXT REC CTRL] to other than [EXT ONLY] (p. 85).

The handle zoom does not work.

• Set the handle zoom speed switch to FIX or VAR (p. 27).

You cannot record on the “Memory Stick Duo.”

• Assign [PHOTO] to an ASSIGN button (p. 43).

• The “Memory Stick Duo” is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the “Memory Stick

Duo” (p. 118).

• Format the “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder (p. 89) or insert another “Memory Stick

Duo” (p. 22).

• You cannot record still images on the “Memory Stick Duo” in the following cases.

– While executing [FADER]

– While executing [SMTH SLW REC]

– When the shutter speed is set to slower than 1/60

– While using shot transition

– When [SCAN TYPE] is set to [24], [24A] or [30]

You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene to the next.

• Do not record progressive pictures in different [REC TYPE] settings on the same tape.

• Perform End search (p. 45).

• Do not remove the cassette (the picture will be recorded continuously without a break even when you turn the power off).

• Do not record pictures in the HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats on the same tape.

• Do not record pictures in DVCAM mode and DV SP mode on the same tape.

• When [QUICK REC] is set to [ON], you cannot record a smooth transition (p. 91).

The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image.

• Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p. 92).

• No shutter sound will be outputted during movie recording or while an external device is connected.

End search or last scene review does not work.

• Do not eject the cassette after recording (p. 45).

• There is nothing recorded on the cassette.

• There is a blank section between recorded sections of the tape. This is not a malfunction.

Auto focus does not function.

• Set the focus ring to mode B and press the ASSIGN button to which [FOCUS] is assigned

until the automatic focus function is enabled (p. 28, 43).

• Adjust the focus manually if the automatic focus does not work properly (p. 28).

Menu items are grayed out or do not work.

• You cannot select grayed out display items in the current recording/playback situation.

• There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously. The following list shows examples of unworkable combinations of functions and menu items.

Situation

Two or more of iris, gain, and shutter speed are set manually.

Cannot use

[BACK LIGHT],

[SPOTLIGHT]

[AE SHIFT]

[CNTRST ENHCR]

[FADER]

[D.EXTENDER]

Iris, gain, and shutter speed are all set manually.

During [BACK LIGHT]

No tape is inserted.

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [PROGRESSIVE].

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [INTERLACE] and

[SCAN TYPE] is set to [24], [24A] or [30].

[SCAN TYPE] of [DV PROGRE.] is set to [24] or [30].

During [COLOR BAR] [ZEBRA], [PEAKING],

[CAM DATA DSP],

[HISTOGRAM]

[SMTH SLW REC]

[MARKER]

[LCD BL LEVEL],

[VF B.LIGHT]

[FOCUS MACRO]

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [PROGRESSIVE].

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [INTERLACE] and

[SCAN TYPE] is set to [24], [24A] or [30].

[SCAN TYPE] of [DV PROGRE.] is set to [24] or [30].

[REC CTL MODE] of [EXT REC CTRL] is set to [EXT

ONLY].

During [COLOR BAR]

During [DATE REC]

During using AC power source

[STEADYSHOT],

[FLANGE BACK]

A Carl Zeiss lens is mounted, and the focus ring is set to mode B.

A Carl Zeiss lens is not mounted.

A Carl Zeiss lens is not mounted.

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Cannot use

[TC LINK]

[TC COUNTUP]

[UB-DATE/TC-TIME]

Situation

Your camcorder is not connected to an external device via an i.LINK cable.

[TC MAKE] is set to [REGENERATE].

[TC MAKE] is set to [REGENERATE].

[TC RUN] is set to [REC RUN].

[UB TIME REC] is set to [ON].

Date and time are not set.

Date and time are not set.

[WORLD TIME], [DATE

REC]

[x.v.Color]

[ECS FREQ.]

[INTERVAL REC]

[DV FRAME REC]

[EXT REC CTRL]

[REC FORMAT] is set to [DV].

The shutter speed is not set to the .

[REC CTL MODE] of [EXT REC CTRL] is set to [EXT

ONLY].

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [PROGRESSIVE].

[REC TYPE] of [HDV PROGRE.] is set to [INTERLACE] and

[SCAN TYPE] is set to [24], [24A] or [30].

[SCAN TYPE] of [DV PROGRE.] is set to [24] or [30].

[REC CTL MODE] of [EXT REC CTRL] is set to [EXT

ONLY].

During [SMTH SLW REC]

During [INTERVAL REC]

During [DV FRAME REC]

Shutter speed, gain, white balance or iris cannot be adjusted manually.

• Set the AUTO/MANUAL switch to MANUAL.

Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen.

• This phenomenon appears when using a slow shutter speed (p. 31). This is not a malfunction.

The subjects passing by the frame very fast appear crooked.

• This is called the focal plane phenomenon. This is not a malfunction. Because of the way that the image device (CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the subjects passing by the frame rapidly might appear crooked depending on the recording conditions.

The screen picture is bright, and the subject does not appear on the screen.

• Set [BACK LIGHT] to [OFF].

• Set [HYPER GAIN] to [OFF].

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The screen picture is dark, and the subject does not appear on the screen.

• Press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds to turn on the backlight

(p. 18).

Horizontal stripes appear on the image.

• This occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury

lamp. This is not a malfunction. This can be improved by changing the shutter speed (p. 31).

Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen.

• This can be improved by adjusting the shutter speed in the extended clear scan (

(p. 31).

) range

Fine patterns flicker, diagonal lines look jagged.

• Adjust [DETAIL] to [0] side (p. 39).

Playback

If you are playing back pictures stored on a “Memory Stick Duo,” refer also to the Cassette

tapes/“Memory Stick Duo” section (p. 103).

You cannot play back tape.

• Slide the POWER switch to VCR.

• Rewind the tape (p. 50).

Image data stored on a “Memory Stick Duo” cannot be played back correctly.

• Image data cannot be played back if you have modified file names or folders, or have edited

the data on a computer (In this case, the file name flashes). This is not a malfunction (p. 119).

• Pictures recorded on other devices may not be played back correctly. This is not a malfunction.

The data file name is displayed incorrectly, or flashing.

• The file is damaged.

• The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p. 115).

• Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the universal standard.

Horizontal lines appear on the picture. The displayed pictures are not clear or do not appear.

• Video head is dirty. Clean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 123).

You cannot hear the sound recorded with 4CH microphone recording on another camcorder.

• Set [DV AUDIO MIX] for the DVCAM (DV) format 4-ch recording (p. 77).

• You cannot reproduce the sound recorded in CH3 and CH4 on your camcorder for the HDV format 4-ch recording.

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No sound or only a low sound is heard.

• Turn up the volume (p. 51).

• Set [DV AUDIO MIX] (p. 77).

• Pictures recorded using [SMTH SLW REC] do not have sounds.

The picture or sound breaks off.

• The tape was recorded in both of the HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats. This is not a malfunction.

The movies freeze for a while, or the sound breaks off.

• This occurs if the tape or video head is dirty (p. 123).

• Use the Sony mini DV cassette tape.

“---” is displayed on the screen.

• The tape you are playing back was recorded without setting the date and time.

• A blank section on the tape is being played back.

• The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read.

• A movie recorded in the extended clear scan ( ) range is being played back.

• When a non-Carl Zeiss lens is attached, the iris value cannot be displayed.

Noises appear and or is displayed on the screen.

• The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder (NTSC). This is not a malfunction.

Date Search does not work correctly.

• Be sure to record more than 2 minutes after the date changed. If one day’s recording is too short, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes.

• There is a blank section between recorded sections of the tape. This is not a malfunction.

No picture appears during End search, Rec review or Last scene review.

• The tape was recorded in both HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats. This is not a malfunction.

New sound added to a recorded tape on another camcorder is not heard.

• Adjust [DV AUDIO MIX] from [CH1,CH2] (original sound) side until the sound is heard

appropriately (p. 77).

appears on the LCD screen.

• This appears when you play back a tape recorded on other recording devices using a 4ch microphone. This camcorder does not comply with the 4ch microphone recording standard.

Connecting to TV

You cannot view the picture on the TV connected with the i.LINK cable.

• You cannot view the picture in the HD (high definition) quality on the TV if an i.LINK jack

of the TV is not compatible with the HDV1080i specification (p. 57). Refer to the instruction

manuals supplied with your TV.

• Down convert the pictures recorded in HDV format and play back in DVCAM (DV) format

(SD image quality) (p. 85).

• Connect the TV with another connecting cable, and play back pictures (p. 57).

You cannot hear the sound on the TV connected with the S VIDEO plug

(S VIDEO channel) or component video plug.

• If you are using an S VIDEO plug or component video plug, make sure the red and white

plugs of the A/V connecting cable are also connected (p. 57).

You cannot view the picture or hear the sound on the TV connected with the component video cable.

• Set [COMPONENT] according to the requirements of the connected device (p. 84).

• When you are using the component video cable, make sure the red and white plugs of the

A/V connecting cable are connected (p. 57).

You cannot view the picture or hear the sound on the TV connected with the

HDMI cable.

• Pictures in the HDV format are not output from the HDMI OUT jack, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the pictures.

• DVCAM (DV) format pictures input to the camcorder via i.LINK cable (p. 97) cannot be

output.

• This occurs if you record on a tape in both HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats. Disconnect and connect the HDMI cable, or slide the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder again.

The picture appears distorted on the 4:3 TV.

• This happens when viewing a picture recorded in 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV. Select the down conversion type from one of the following menus, depending on the recording format.

– If the recording format is HDV, select from [DOWN CONVERT] in [VIDEO OUT]

(p. 84).

– If the recording format is DVCAM (DV), select from [DV WIDE CONV] in [VIDEO

OUT] (p. 85)

Black zone appears at top and bottom of a 4:3 TV screen.

• This happens when viewing a picture recorded in the 16:9 (wide) mode on a 4:3 TV.

This is not a malfunction.

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Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices

Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed.

• You cannot zoom pictures from connected devices on your camcorder.

Time code and other information appear on the display of the connected device.

• Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] while connected with an A/V connecting cable

(p. 82).

You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.

• The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly.

Make sure that the A/V connecting cable is connected to the input jack of the other device for dubbing a picture from your camcorder.

When connected using an i.LINK cable, no picture appears on the monitor screen during dubbing.

• Set [VCR HDV/DV] according to the requirements of the connected device (p. 82).

You cannot add sound to the recorded tape.

• You cannot add sound to the recorded tape on this unit.

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You cannot dub correctly using the HDMI cable.

• You cannot dub pictures using the HDMI cable.

When you copy a movie shot in wide (16:9) format using an i.LINK cable, the screen stretches vertically.

• You cannot output the aspect ratio setting using an i.LINK cable. Set the aspect ratio of the

TV instead.

• Connect using an A/V connecting cable instead.

Connecting to a computer

The computer does not recognize your camcorder.

• Disconnect the cable from the computer, then connect it again securely.

• Disconnect the cable from the computer, restart the computer, then connect the computer to your camcorder correctly.

You cannot view or copy a movie recorded on a tape to a computer.

• Disconnect the cable from the computer, then connect it again.

• You need the editing software (optional) to copy a movie recorded on a tape to your computer

(p. 99).

Your computer freezes.

• Set [VCR HDV/DV] correctly according to the connected device (p. 82).

• Disconnect the cable from your computer and camcorder. Reboot your computer, and

connect your computer and camcorder following the steps in the correct order (p. 100).

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Warning indicators and messages

112

Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators

When an error occurs, a warning indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.

You can fix some problems associated with the symptoms yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis

display)

C:04:ss

• The battery pack is not an

“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Use an

“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (p. 119).

C:21:ss

• Moisture condensation has occurred.

Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-

insert the cassette (p. 122).

C:22:ss

• Clean the head using a cleaning

cassette (optional) (p. 123).

C:31:ss / C:32:ss

• Symptoms that are not described above have occurred. Remove and insert the cassette, then operate your camcorder again. Do not perform this procedure if moisture condensation has occurred

(p. 122).

• Remove the power source. Reconnect it and operate your camcorder again.

• Change the cassette. Press the RESET

button (p. 134), and operate your

camcorder again.

E:61:ss / E:62:ss

• Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Inform them of the 5-digit code, which starts from “E.”

101-1001(Warning indicator pertaining to files)

• The file is damaged.

• The file is unreadable (p. 119).

E

(Battery level warning)

• The battery pack is nearly used up.

• Depending on the operating, environment, or battery conditions, E may flash, even if there are approximately 5 to 10 minutes remaining.

%

(Moisture condensation warning)*

• Eject the cassette, remove the power source, and then leave it for about 1

hour with the cassette lid open (p. 122).

Q

(Warning indicators pertaining to the tape)

Slow flashing:

• There is less than 5 minutes remaining on the tape.

• No cassette is inserted.*

• The write-protect tab on the cassette is

set to lock (p. 115).*

Fast flashing:

• The tape has run out.*

Z (Eject cassette warning)*

Slow flashing:

• The write-protect tab on the cassette is

set to lock (p. 115).

Fast flashing:

• Moisture condensation has occurred

(p. 122).

• The self-diagnosis display code is

displayed (p. 112).

* When [BEEP] is set to [ON] (p. 92), you hear a

melody when the warning indicators appear on the screen.

Warning messagess

If messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions.

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Additional Information

Using your camcorder abroad

Power supply

You can use your camcorder in any country/region using the AC Adaptor/

Charger supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.

On TV color systems

Your camcorder is NTSC system, so its picture can only be viewed on an NTSC system TV with an AUDIO/VIDEO input jack.

System

NTSC

Used in

Bahama Islands, Bolivia,

Canada, Central America, Chile,

Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana,

Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico,

Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A.,

Venezuela, etc.

PAL Australia, Austria, Belgium,

China, Czech Republic,

Denmark, Finland, Germany,

Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary,

Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia,

New Zealand, Norway, Poland,

Portugal, Singapore,

Slovak Republic, Spain,

Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,

United Kingdom, etc.

PAL - M Brazil

PAL - N Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay.

SECAM Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran,

Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

Viewing HDV format pictures recorded in HDV format

You need an HDV1080i compatible TV (or monitor) with a component jack and

AUDIO/VIDEO input jack or an HDMI jack. You also need a component video cable and A/V connecting cable or an

HDMI cable (optional).

Viewing DVCAM (DV) format pictures recorded in DVCAM (DV) format

You need a TV with the AUDIO/VIDEO input jack. A connecting cable is also needed.

Simple setting of the clock by time difference

When you are abroad, you can easily adjust the clock to the local time by setting the time difference. Select [WORLD TIME],

then set the time difference (p. 91).

Maintenance and precautions

HDV format and recording/ playback

Your camcorder is capable of recording in

HDV/DVCAM/DV formats.

It is recommended to use a cassette with the

mark to record in the HDV/

DVCAM/DV format.

It is recommended to use a cassette with the

mark to record in the DVCAM format.

Your camcorder is not compatible with the

Cassette Memory function.

What is the HDV format?

The HDV format is a video format developed to record and play back digital high definition (HD) video signals on a DV cassette.

Your camcorder adopts the Interlace mode with 1,080 effective scan lines of screen ruling (1080i, number of pixels 1,440 ×

1,080 dots).

The video bit rate for recording is about 25

Mbps.

i.LINK is adopted for the digital interface, enabling a digital connection with an HDV compatible TV or computer.

• HDV signals are compressed in MPEG2 format, which is adopted in BS (broadcast satellite) digital, terrestrial digital HDTV broadcastings, in Blu-ray Disc recorders, etc.

Playback

• Your camcorder can play back pictures in both the DVCAM (DV) format and HDV1080i specification.

• Your camcorder can play back pictures recorded in the HDV 720/30p format, but cannot output it from the HDV/DV interface (i.LINK).

To prevent a blank section from being created on the tape

Go to the end of the recorded section using

[END SEARCH] (p. 45) before you begin

the next recording when you have played back the tape.

Copyright signal

x

When you play back

If the cassette you play back on your camcorder contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to a tape in another video camera connected to your camcorder.

x

When you record

You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control signals for copyright protection of software.

[Cannot record due to copyright protection.] appears on the LCD screen, or on the viewfinder if you try to record such software. Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.

Audio mode

The DVCAM format has 2 audio modes.

• You cannot dub sound onto a recorded tape with your camcorder.

x

FS32K (12-bit) mode

The original sound is recorded in channels

1 and 2, and the new sound in channels 3 and 4. The balance between channels 1/2 and channels 3/4 can be adjusted by selecting [DV AUDIO MIX] in the menu settings during playback. If you select

[MIX], the sounds of channel 1/2 and channel 3/ 4 are synthesized to be output.

x

FS48K (16-bit) mode

The original sound can be recorded in high quality using 2 channels. The audio mode can be indicated on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.

Notes on use

x

When not using your camcorder for a long time

Remove the cassette and store it.

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x

To prevent accidental erasure

Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to set it to SAVE.

REC: The cassette can be recorded.

SAVE: The cassette cannot be recorded (write-protected).

REC

SAVE x

When labeling the cassette

Be sure to place the label only on the locations shown in the following illustration so as not to cause a malfunction of your camcorder.

Do not put a label along this border.

Labeling position x

After using the cassette

Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid distortion of the picture or the sound. The cassette should then be put in its case, and stored in an upright position.

x

When cleaning the gold-plated connector

Generally, clean the gold-plated connector on a cassette with a cotton-wool swab after every 10 times it has been ejected.

If the gold-plated connector on the cassette is dirty or dusty, the remaining tape indicator may not show correctly.

On Sony HDV1080i compliant TVs

An HDV format compatible TV with the component input jack is required to view playback pictures recorded in the HDV format.

Compatibility of the DVCAM/DV formats

The DVCAM format was developed as a more reliable and higher-end format than the consumer DV format. Explained here are the differences, compatibility, and limitations on editing for the DVCAM and

DV formats.

Differences between the DVCAM and

DV formats

Specification DVCAM DV

TRACK

Pitch

Audio sampling frequency

15 µm 10 µm

12 bit:32 kHz

16 bit:48 kHz

12 bit:32 kHz

16 bit:48 kHz

44.1 kHz

48 kHz

Lock mode Lock/Unlock mode

Audio recording mode*

* There are 2 modes for audio recording, lock mode and unlock mode. In lock mode, the sampling frequencies of audio and video are synchronized. Therefore, lock mode is more effective than unlock mode in digital processing and smooth transition during audio editing.

Gold-plated connector

Mini DVCAM and mini DV cassettes

The recording format of the picture is defined according to the recorder’s format as described below.

Recorder’s format

DVCAM

DV

Cassette’s format

DVCAM

DV

DVCAM

DV

Recording format

DVCAM

DV b

Notes

• This camcorder complies with the DVCAM format.Though mini DV cassettes can be used for recording, we recommend you use mini

DVCAM cassettes to get the most out of the high reliability of the DVCAM format.

• The recording time of mini DV cassettes is 1/3 shorter than that indicated on mini DV cassettes when recorded in the DVCAM format.

Compatibility on playback

Tape

DV formatted

DVCAM formatted

On DV video equipment

Can be playback

Can be played back on some equipment

On DVCAM video equipment

Can be played back only when recorded in

SP mode

Can be playback

Compatibility on editing using DV jacks

When this camcorder is connected to other digital video equipment using an i.LINK cable, the recording format of edited tapes is defined according to the source tape and the recorder’s format as described below.

Playback or editing using the edited tape may be limited depending on dubbing operation. Start dubbing after reading

“Limitations on editing” (p. 118).

Source tape

Recorder’s format

Recording format

DV formatted

(SP mode only)

DVCAM DVCAM DVCAM

1)

DV DV

DV formatted

Player’s format

DV DVCAM

DV

DVCAM

DV

DVCAM formatted

2)

DVCAM DVCAM DVCAM

DV DV

DVCAM formatted

2)

DV 3) DVCAM DVCAM

(Compatib ility depends on models.)

DV DV

1)

When using mini DVCAM video equipment to perform DV dubbing of a tape recorded in DV format, the tape produced will be in the

DVCAM format which the time code format will be partly misadjusted. (there will be no effect on the recorded picture except in certain cases.)

2) If the tape that is to be dubbed is in the DVCAM format as in 1), the tape produced will be in the

DVCAM format and the time code format will be partly misadjusted.

3) Some mini DV video equipment may be able to play back a DVCAM-formatted tape. Even if the tape is played back, quality of the playback cannot be guaranteed. The time code format will be partly misadjusted.

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b

Notes

• If you use tapes as in 1) to 3) above for editing, the functions may be limited regardless of the format of players and recorders.

Limitations on editing

You may find the following limitations when editing a tape produced by dubbing or editing using the HDV/DV Interface

(i.LINK) jack:

• Due to the difference in track pitch, you cannot record or edit on DV-formatted tapes using mini

DVCAM video equipment.

• Depending on the DVCAM video equipment used, you may not be able to edit DVCAM formatted tapes if the audio recording mode is unlock mode. In this case, dub using audio/ video jacks.

About the “Memory Stick”

A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable

IC recording medium with a large data capacity.

You can use the following types of

“Memory Stick” listed below on the camcorder. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory

Stick” on your camcorder. (See the list below for more details.)

Types of “Memory Stick”

Recording

/Playback a “Memory Stick Duo”

(with MagicGate)

“Memory Stick PRO Duo” a

“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” a

• This product does not support high speed data transfer via a parallel interface.

• This product cannot record or play data that uses

“MagicGate” technology. “MagicGate” is a copyright protection technology that records and transfers the contents in an encrypted format.

• This product is compatible with “Memory Stick

Micro” (“M2”). “M2” is the abbreviation for the

“Memory Stick Micro.”

• Still image format: Your camcorder compresses and records image data in the JPEG (Joint

Photographic Experts Group) format. The file extension is “.JPG.”

• A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted by a computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.

• Data read/write speed may vary depending on the combination of the “Memory Stick Duo” and “Memory Stick Duo” compliant product you use.

• You can prevent accidental erasure of images when you slide the write-protect tab on the

“Memory Stick Duo” with a small tapered object, to the write-protect position.

• Damaged or lost image data will not be compensated for, and may occur in the following cases:

– If you eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick Duo” (while the access lamp is lit or flashing).

– If you use the “Memory Stick Duo” near magnets or magnetic fields.

• It is recommended to make a back-up of important data on the hard disk of a computer.

• Be careful not to apply excessive force when writing on a memo area on a “Memory Stick

Duo.”

• Do not attach a label or the like on a “Memory

Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick Duo adaptor.

• When you carry or store a “Memory Stick Duo,” put it in its case.

• Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come into contact with the terminals.

• Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the

“Memory Stick Duo.”

• Do not disassemble or modify the “Memory

Stick Duo.”

• Do not let the “Memory Stick Duo” get wet.

• Be careful to keep “Memory Stick Duo” media out of the reach of small children. There is danger that a child might swallow it.

• Do not insert anything other than a “Memory

Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo slot.

Doing so may cause a malfunction.

• Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick Duo” in the following locations:

– Places subject to extremely high temperature, such as a car parked outside in the summer.

– Places under direct sunlight.

– Places with extremely high humidity or subject to corrosive gases.

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On the Memory Stick Duo adaptor

• When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with a

“Memory Stick” compliant device, make sure to insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into a Memory

Stick Duo adaptor.

• When inserting a “Memory Stick Duo” into a

Memory Stick Duo adaptor, make sure the

“Memory Stick Duo” is inserted facing in the correct direction, then insert it all the way in.

Note that improper use may cause a malfunction. Also, if you force the “Memory

Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo adaptor in the wrong direction, it may be damaged.

• Do not insert a Memory Stick Duo adaptor without a “Memory Stick Duo” attached. Doing so may result in malfunctions of the unit.

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On a “Memory Stick PRO Duo”

• The maximum memory capacity of a “Memory

Stick PRO Duo” that can be used on your camcorder is 8 GB.

• This unit does not support high speed data transfer.

Notes on using “Memory Stick Micro”

• To use a “Memory Stick Micro” with the camcorder, you need a Duo-sized M2 Adaptor.

Insert the “Memory Stick Micro” into the Duosized M2 Adaptor, then insert the adaptor into the Memory Stick Duo slot. If you insert a

“Memory Stick Micro” into the camcorder without using a Duo-sized M2 Adaptor, you might not be able to remove it from the camcorder.

• Do not leave the “Memory Stick Micro” within the reach of small children. They might accidentally swallow it.

On image data compatibility

• Image data files recorded on a “Memory Stick

Duo” by your camcorder conform to the

“Design rule for Camera File system” universal standard established by the JEITA (Japan

Electronics and Information Technology

Industries Association).

• On your camcorder, you cannot play back still images recorded on other devices (DCR-

TRV900 or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the universal standard. (These models are not sold in some regions.)

• If you cannot use a “Memory Stick Duo” that has been used with another device, format it

with your camcorder (p. 89). Note that

formatting erases all information on the

“Memory Stick Duo.”

• You may not be able to play back images with your camcorder:

– When playing back image data modified on your computer.

– When playing back image data recorded with other devices.

About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack

This unit is compatible with an

“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series).

Your camcorder operates only with an

“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack.

“InfoLITHIUM” L series battery packs have the mark.

What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack?

An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and an supplied AC Adaptor/

Charger.

The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes.

With an AC Adaptor/Charger, the remaining battery time and charging time appear.

To charge the battery pack

• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder.

• We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 °C to 30 °C

(50 °F to 86 °F) until the charge lamp of the AC

Adaptor/Charger turns off. If you charge the

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battery pack outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to charge it efficiently.

To use the battery pack effectively

• Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10 °C (50 °F) or below, and the length of time you can use the battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do one of the following to use the battery pack for a longer time.

– Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder right before you start taking shots.

– Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/

F970 (optional).

• Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent playback, fast forward or rewind operation wears out the battery pack faster.

We recommend using a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/F970.

• Be sure to set the POWER switch to OFF when not recording or playing back on your camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed when your camcorder is in recording standby or playback pause.

• Have spare battery packs ready for two or three times the expected recording time, and make trial recordings before making the actual recording.

• Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant.

About the remaining battery time indicator

• When the power goes off even though the remaining battery time indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again. Remaining battery time will be indicated correctly. Note, however, that the battery indication will not be restored if it is used in high temperatures for a long time, or if left in a fully charged state, or when the battery pack is frequently used. Use the remaining battery time indication as a rough guide only.

• The E mark that indicates low battery flashes even if there are still 5 to 10 minutes of battery time remaining, depending on the operating conditions or ambient temperature.

About storage of the battery pack

• If the battery pack is not used for a long time, fully charge the battery pack and use it up on your camcorder once a year to maintain proper function. To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place.

• To discharge the battery pack on your camcorder completely, leave your camcorder in tape recording standby until the power goes off

(p. 17).

About battery life

• Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated use. If decreased usage time between charges becomes significant, it is probably time to replace it with a new one.

• Each battery’s life is governed by storage, operating and environmental conditions.

About i.LINK

The HDV/DV (i.LINK) jack on your camcorder is an i.LINK-compliant 6-pin jack. This section describes the i.LINK standard and its features.

What is i.LINK?

i.LINK is a digital serial interface for transferring digital video, digital audio, and other data to other i.LINK-compatible devices. You can also control other devices using the i.LINK.

i.LINK-compatible devices can be connected using an i.LINK cable. Possible applications are operations and data transactions with various digital AV devices.

When two or more i.LINK-compatible devices are daisy-chained with the unit, operation becomes possible from any device in the chain. Note that operation method may vary, or data transactions may not be possible, depending on specifications and characteristics of the connected devices.

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Notes

• Normally, only one device can be connected to this unit with an i.LINK cable. When connecting this unit to an HDV/DV compatible device having two or more HDV/DV interfaces, refer to the operating instructions of the device to be connected.

• i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE

1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations.

• IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and

Electronics Engineers.

About the i.LINK Baud rate

i.LINK’s maximum baud rate varies according to the device. There are 3 types.

S100 (approx. 100Mbps*)

S200 (approx. 200Mbps)

S400 (approx. 400Mbps)

The baud rate is listed under

“Specifications” in the operating instructions of each piece of equipment. It is also indicated near the i.LINK interface on some devices.

The baud rate may differ from the indicated value when the unit is connected to a device with a different maximum baud rate.

* What is Mbps?

Mbps stands for “megabits per second,” or the amount of data that can be sent or received in one second. For example, a baud rate of 100 Mbps means that 100 megabits of data can be sent in one second.

To use i.LINK functions on this unit

For details on how to dub when this unit is connected to other video devices having an

i.LINK interface, see page 96.

This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK-compatible devices made by Sony

(for example, a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video devices.

Some i.LINK compatible video devices, such as Digital Televisions, DVD,

MICROMV or HDV recorders/players are not compatible with this unit. Before connecting to other devices, be sure to confirm whether the device is compatible with an HDV/DV device or not. For details on precautions and compatible application software, refer also to the operating instructions for the device to be connected.

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Notes

• When connecting a device with an i.LINK terminal to your camcorder via an i.LINK cable, switch off the device and unplug it from the power socket before plugging in or unplugging the i.LINK cable.

About x.v.Color

• x.v.Color is a more familiar term for the xvYCC standard proposed by Sony, and is a trademark of Sony.

• xvYCC is an international standard for color space in video. This standard can express a wider color range than the currently used broadcast standard.

About handling of your camcorder

On use and care

• Do not use or store the camcorder and accessories in the following locations.

– Anywhere extremely 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 malfunction or become deformed.

– Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. The camcorder may malfunction.

– Near strong radio waves or radiation. The camcorder 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 your camcorder, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired.

– Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be

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exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen.

– Anywhere very humid.

• Operate your camcorder 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 your camcorder get wet, for example, from rain or sea water. If your camcorder gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired.

• If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder 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 the product. Be particularly careful of the lens.

• Keep the POWER switch setting to OFF when you are not using your camcorder.

• Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so might cause heat to build up inside.

• When disconnecting the power cord, pull it by the plug and not the lead.

• Do not damage the power cord such as by placing anything heavy on it.

• Keep metal contacts clean.

• Keep the Remote Commander and button-type battery out of children’s reach. If the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor immediately.

• 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.

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When not using your camcorder for a long time

• Periodically turn on the camcorder and play a cassette for about 3 minutes.

• Use up the battery pack completely before storing it.

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Moisture condensation

If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, [Moisture condensation.

Eject the cassette] or [Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.] appears.

The indicator will not appear when the moisture condenses on the lens.

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If moisture condensation has occurred

None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette lid open. Your camcorder can be used again when both of the following conditions are met:

• The warning message does not appear when the power is turned on.

• Neither % nor Z flashes when a cassette is inserted and the video operation buttons are pressed.

If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder sometimes cannot detect condensation. If this happens, the cassette is sometimes not ejected for 10 seconds after the cassette lid is opened. This is not a malfunction. Do not close the cassette lid until the cassette is ejected.

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Note on moisture condensation

Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a humid place as shown below.

• When you bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device.

• When you bring your camcorder from an air conditioned car or room into a hot place outside.

• When you use your camcorder after a squall or a shower.

• When you use your camcorder in a hot and humid place.

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How to avoid moisture condensation

When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your

camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about one hour).

Video head

If you play back a tape recorded in HDV format, the image and sound may freeze for a while (about 0.5 seconds).

This occurs if the HDV signals cannot be recorded or played back correctly because of dirt on the tape or video head. Depending on the cassette, this fairly infrequently occurs even if the cassette is brand new or is not used a lot.

If this freezing point is created while playing back, you can solve this problem and see the pictures by rewinding after slightly forwarding. Such a freezing point cannot be recovered if it was created while recording.

To prevent such a problem, use the Sony mini DV cassette.

• If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony cleaning cassette (optional).

– Playback pictures do not move.

– Playback pictures do not appear.

– The sound breaks off.

– [x Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette.] appears on the screen during recording.

– The following phenomenon occurs in HDV format.

The playback screen pauses.

The playback screen goes blank.

(Solid blue screen)

– The following phenomenon occurs in

DVCAM (DV) format.

Block-noise appears.

The playback screen goes blank.

(Solid blue screen)

• The video heads will be worn after long use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even after using a cleaning cassette (optional), the video heads may be worn out. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video heads replaced.

LCD screen

• Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage.

• If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen.

This is not a malfunction.

• While using your camcorder, the back of the

LCD screen may heat up. This is not a malfunction.

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To clean the LCD screen

If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, it is recommended you use a soft cloth 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 the camcorder 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.

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– Handling with above substances on your hands.

– Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or vinyl objects for a long period of time.

About care and storage of the lens

• Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft cloth in the following instances:

– When there are fingerprints on the lens surface.

– In hot or humid locations

– When the lens is exposed to salty air such as at the seaside.

• Store in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust.

• To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as described above. It is recommended that you operate your camcorder about once a month to keep it in optimum state for a long time.

On charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery

Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable battery to retain the date, time, and other settings even when the POWER switch is set to OFF. The pre-installed rechargeable battery is always charged while your camcorder is connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is inserted. The rechargeable battery will be fully discharged in about 3

months if you do not use your camcorder at all without the AC Adaptor connected or the battery pack attached. Use your camcorder after charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery.

However, even if the pre-installed rechargeable battery is not charged, the camcorder operation will not be affected as long as you are not recording the date.

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Procedures

Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the POWER switch set to OFF for more than 24 hours.

Removing dust from inside the viewfinder

1

Remove the eye piece of the viewfinder.

Slide down the viewfinder release lever and hold it at the position (1), then lift the eye piece of the viewfinder as indicated with the arrow in the illustration (2).

2

Remove dust inside the eye piece and viewfinder with a blower.

Specifications

System

Video recording system (HDV)

2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system

Video recording system (DVCAM (DV))

2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system

Still image recording system

Exif Ver. 2.2*

Audio recording system (HDV)

Rotary heads, MPEG-1 Audio Layer-2,

Quantization: 16 bits

Fs48kHz (stereo) transfer rate: 384 kbps

Audio recording system (DVCAM (DV))

Rotary heads, PCM system

Quantization: 12 bits

Fs32kHz (channel 1/2 stereo),

Quantization: 16 bits

Fs48kHz (channel 1/2 stereo)

Video signal

NTSC color, EIA standards

1080/60i specification

Usable cassette

Mini DV cassette with the mark printed or Mini DVCAM cassette with the mark printed

Tape speed (HDV)

Approx. 18.812 mm/s

Tape speed (DVCAM)

Approx. 28.218 mm/s

Tape speed (DV SP)

Approx. 18.812 mm/s

Recording/playback time (HDV)

63 min (using a PHDVM-63DM cassette)

Recording/playback time (DVCAM)

41 min (using a PHDVM-63DM cassette)

Recording/playback time (DV SP)

63 min (using a PHDVM-63DM cassette)

Fast forward/rewind time

Approx. 2 min 40 s (using a PHDVM-

63DM cassette and rechargeable battery pack)

Approx. 1 min 45 s (using a PHDVM-

63DM cassette and AC Adaptor)

Viewfinder

Electric viewfinder (color, black and white)

Picture

1.1cm (0.45 type, aspect

ratio 16:9)

Total dot number

1 226 880 (approx. 852 × 3[RGB] ×

480)

Image device

6.0 mm (1/3 type) 3CMOS sensor

Recording Pixels (HDV/DV16:9 still recording):

Max. 1.20 Mega (1 440

× 810) pixels**

Gross: Approx. 1 120 000 pixels

Effective (movie, 16:9):

1 037 000 pixels

Effective (movie, 4:3):

778 000 pixels

Effective (still, 16:9):

1 037 000 pixels

Effective (still, 4:3):

778 000 pixels

Lens

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T

12

× (Optical), Approx. 18 × (Digital, when [D.EXTENDER] is set to [ON])

Focal length

f=4.4 - 52.8 mm (3/16 - 2 1/8 in.)

When converted to a 35 mm still camera

32.0 - 384 mm (1 5/16 - 15 1/8 in.)

(16:9),

39.5 - 474 mm (1 9/16 - 18 3/4 in.)

(4:3)

F1.6 - 2.0

Filter diameter: 72 mm (2 7/8 in.)

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Color temperature

[AUTO]

(one push) A/B

[INDOOR] (3 200K)

[OUTDOOR] (5 800K±7 offset levels)

[MANU WB TEMP] (2 300K -

15 000K in 100K steps)

Minimum illumination

1.5 lx (lux) (Fixed Shutter Speed 1/30, auto gain, auto iris) (F 1.6)

* Exif” is a file format for still images, established by the JEITA (Japan

Electronics and Information Technology

Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorder’s setting information at the time of recording.

**Still image resolution is obtained by the unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid

CMOS Sensor and image processing system (new Enhanced Imaging

Processor).

Output connectors

A/V OUT jack

10-pin connector

Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75

Ω (ohms)

Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75

Ω (ohms)

Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p (burst signal), 75

Ω (ohms)

Audio signal: -10 dBu (at load impedance 47 k

Ω (kilohms)), Output impedance with less than 2.2 k

Ω

(kilohms)

(0 dBu=0.775 Vrms)

COMPONENT OUT jack

Y: 1 Vp-p, 75

Ω (ohms), P

B

/P

R

, C

B

/C

R

:

+/- 350 mV, 75

Ω (ohms)

HDMI OUT jack

TypeA (19-pin)

Input/Output connectors

Stereo mini-minijack (Ø 2.5 mm) i

(headphones) jack

Stereo-minijack (Ø 3.5 mm)

LENS jack

12-pin connector

INPUT1/INPUT2 jack

XLR 3-pin, female,

-48 dBu: 3k

Ω (kilohms)

+4 dBu: 10k

Ω (kilohms)

(0 dBu=0.775 Vrms)

HDV/DV jack

i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 6-pin connector S100)

LCD screen

Picture

8.0 cm (3.2 type, aspect ratio 16:9)

Total dot number

921 600 (1 920 × 480)

General

Power requirements

DC 7.2 V (battery pack)

DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor)

Average power consumption*

During camera recording using the microphone ECM-XM1 and viewfinder with normal brightness:

HDV recording 7.2 W

DVCAM (DV) recording 6.9 W

During camera recording using the microphone ECM-XM1 and LCD with normal brightness:

HDV recording 7.3 W

DVCAM (DV) recording 7.0 W

Operating temperature

0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)

Storage temperature

-20 °C to + 60 °C (-4 °F to + 140 °F)

Dimensions (approx.)

176 × 199 × 439 mm

(6 15/16 × 7 13/16 × 17 9/32 in.)

(w/h/d) including the projecting parts

176 × 199 × 439 mm

(6 15/16 × 7 13/16 × 17 9/32 in.)

(w/h/d) including the projecting parts with the battery pack (NP-F570)

Mass (approx.)

1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) camera body only

2.4 kg (5 lb 4 oz) including the Carl

Zeiss lens (VCL-412BWH)

2.8 kg (6 lb 3 oz) including the battery pack (NP-F570), cassette (PHDVM-

63DM), Carl Zeiss lens (VCL-

412BWH), lens hood with lens cover and microphone (ECM-XM1)

* When the HVR-MRC1 is used, the average power consumption increases about 2.5 W.

AC Adaptor/Charger AC-VQ1050

Power requirements

AC 100 V - 240 V, 50/60 Hz

Power consumption

22 W

Output voltage

DC 8.4 V*

Operating temperature

0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)

Storage temperature

-20 °C to + 60 °C (-4 °F to + 140 °F)

Dimensions (approx.)

123 × 53 × 135 mm

(4 7/8 × 2 1/8 × 5 3/8 in.) (w/h/d) excluding the projecting parts

Mass (approx.)

390 g (13.8 oz) excluding the power cord

* See the label on the AC Adaptor/Charger for other specifications.

Rechargeable battery pack NP-F570

Maximum output voltage

DC 8.4 V

Output voltage

DC 7.2 V

Capacity

15.8 Wh (2 200 mAh)

Type

Li-ion

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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On trademarks

• “Memory Stick,” “

Duo,” “

PRO Duo,” “

,” “Memory Stick

,” “Memory Stick

,”

“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,”

Micro,” “MagicGate,” “

“MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate

Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks of Sony

Corporation.

,” “Memory Stick

,”

• “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony

Corporation.

• “x.v.Color” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

• i.LINK and are trademarks of Sony

Corporation.

• is a trademark.

• is a trademark.

• Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista, and

Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of U.S. Microsoft Corporation in the

U.S. and other countries.

• Macintosh and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

• HDV and the HDV logo are trademarks of Sony

Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.

• HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition

Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

• Pentium is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

• Adobe, and Adobe Reader are trademarks of

Adobe Systems Incorporated.

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

STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER,

COLORADO 80206.

Quick Reference

Identifying parts and controls

The numbers in ( ) are reference pages.

A Accessory shoe mount (129)

B Microphone holder (12)

C Microphone fixing clamper (12)

D Zoom lever (27)

E EXPANDED FOCUS/L2 button (43)

F IRIS switch (30)

To mount the accessory shoe

Mount the accessory shoe on the accessory shoe mount as illustrated.

Accessory shoe plate

Accessory shoe

Accessory shoe

G Grip belt (17)

H Microphone (12)

I Accessory shoe adaptor (130)

J Lens hood with lens cover (12)

K PUSH AUTO button (30)

L Lens (10)

plate and remove it from the accessory shoe.

2

Place the accessory shoe as its protrusions matches recesses of the accessory shoe mount, then fix it to the mount with four screws.

3 Insert the accessory shoe plate in the direction of the arrow on the plate surface until the end of the plate engages the end of the shoe.

To remove the accessory shoe

Remove the shoe plate in the same way as step 1 of “To mount the accessory shoe.”

Loosen the 4 screws and remove the accessory shoe from the accessory shoe mount.

Accessory shoe plate

1 Lift the edge of the accessory shoe plate and pull it in the direction opposite to that of the arrow on the accessory shoe

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To mount the accessory shoe adaptor

Mount the accessory shoe adaptor on the accessory shoe mount as illustrated.

To remove the accessory shoe adaptor

Do the reverse procedure to mounting the accessory shoe adaptor to remove it.

6 7 8

9

0 qa qs

1

2

3

4

5 qd qf

A Front remote sensor (92)

B Front recording lamp (92)

The recording lamp flashes if the remaining tape or battery is low.

C ND filter (30)

D ASSIGN buttons 1-3* (43)

E GAIN button (31)

F ASSIGN 4 button/ZEBRA button (43)

G ASSIGN 5 button/AE SHIFT

button*(43)

H ASSIGN 6 button/REC REVIEW

button (43)

I AUDIO LEVEL(CH1) switch (41)

J AUDIO LEVEL(CH1) dial (41)

K AUDIO LEVEL(CH2) dial (41)

L AUDIO LEVEL(CH2) switch (41)

M AUTO/MANUAL switch (41)

N SHUTTER SPEED button (31)

O WHT BAL* button (32)

P SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (20)

Q

(one push) button (32)

ql qk qj qh qg

R White balance memory switch (32)

S Gain switch (31)

* The ASSIGN 2 button, ASSIGN 5 button/AE

SHIFT button and WHT BAL button have raised tactile dots for your convenience in locating the buttons.

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132

Identifying parts and controls (Continued)

6 7 8

INPUT2

INPUT1

LINE

MIC

MIC

LINE

MIC

MIC

9 q;

1

2 qa qs

3

4

5 qj qh

A HDV/DV jack (57)

B COMPONENT OUT jack (57)

C A/V OUT jack (57)

The LANC control jack is used for controlling the tape transport of video device and peripherals connected to it.

E i (headphones) jack

F INPUT2 switch (12)

G INPUT1 switch (12)

H REC CH SELECT switch (12)

I INPUT2 jack (12)

J INPUT1 jack (12)

qg qf qd

K PUSH (lens hood release) button (12)

L Cable holder (12)

M Memory Stick Duo slot (22)

N Access lamp (22)

O REC START/STOP button (24)

P

OPEN/EJECT lever (22)

Q LENS jack (10)

CHECK

STORE EXEC

A B

SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS MARKING qk qj qh qg

A Hook for shoulder strap (133)

B Handle zoom lever (27)

C REC START/STOP button (24)

D Handle zoom switch (27)

E Rear remote sensor (92)

F Rear recording lamp (92)

The recording lamp flashes if the remaining tape or battery is low.

G Viewfinder (18)

H Large eye cup (19)

I BATT RELEASE button(15)

J Accessory interface shoe (13)

K Battery pack (14)

L STATUS CHECK button(54)

M PICTURE PROFILE button (33)

N MENU button (63)

O HDMI OUT jack (57)

P B button (46)

Q A button (46)

R SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button (46)

1 2 3 4

5

6 qf qd qs

To attach the shoulder strap

Attach the shoulder strap (optional) to the hooks for the shoulder strap.

7

8

9

0 qa

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Identifying parts and controls (Continued)

7

8

9

TC/U-BIT DATA CODE

0 qa qh qg qf qd qs

134

1 2 3 4

MANUAL

ZOOM

SERVO

5

A Lens cover lever (13)

B Focus ring (28)

C Zoom ring (27)

D Iris ring (30)

E ZOOM switch (27)

F DIGITAL EXTENDER/L1 button (43)

G LCD screen (18)

H TC/U-BIT button

Switches between time code and user bit to display on the LCD screen.

I DATA CODE button (53)

6

J Video control buttons (STOP/REW/

PLAY/FF/PAUSE/REC/SLOW) (50)

K VOLUME/MEMORY button (50)

L MEMORY/DELETE button (50)

M MEMORY/INDEX button (50)

N MEMORY/PLAY button (50)

O DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (53)

P RESET button

If you press the RESET button, all settings including the clock setting (except the Picture profile and Camera profile settings) return to the default.

To attach the lens mount cap

Hold the lens mount cap with the v mark facing up. Attach the lens mount cap to the lens mount with the center pin on the back of the cap inserted in the recess at the top center of the lens mount.

To remove the lens mount cap

Hold the protrusion at the center of the lens mount cap and remove the cap from the lens mount.

To attach the rear lens cap

Attach the rear lens cap to the rear of the lens.

To remove the rear lens cap

Hold the two protrusions on the edge of the rear lens cap as illustrated and remove the cap from the lens.

Remote Commander

Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander.

Insulation sheet

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

0 b

Notes

• Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder.

• Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly.

• When you are operating with the Remote

Commander supplied with your camcorder, your VCR may also operate. In that case, select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your

VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.

To change the battery of the Remote

Commander

1

While pressing on the tab, inset your fingernail into the slit to pull out the battery case.

2

Place a new battery with the + side facing up.

3

Insert the battery case back into the Remote

Commander until it clicks.

Tab

A PHOTO (26)

The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded onto the “Memory

Stick Duo” as a still image.

B Memory control buttons (Index, –/+,

Memory/playback) (51)

C SEARCH M. (55)

D . >

E Video control buttons (Rewind,

Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop,

Slow) (50)

F ZERO SET MEMORY

This button is invalid with your camcorder.

G Transmitter

H START/STOP (24)

I Power zoom (27)

J DISPLAY (53)

WARNING

Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.

• When the lithium battery becomes weak, the operating distance of the Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery.

Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.

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136

Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder

The numbers in ( ) are reference pages.

The indicators will not be recorded on the tape during recording.

Recording movies Recording still images

1 2

60min

HDV1080i

3

REC

4

00:04:50:04

12min

5

7

2

60 min

101

8

1.2M

9

6

A Recording format (

or

B Remaining battery (approx.)

C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or

[REC] (recording))

D During recording:

Tape counter (hour: minute: second: frame)

During playback:

Time code (hour: minute: second: frame)

E Recording capacity of the tape (approx.)

F Audio level display (80)

G Recording folder (89)

H Image size (26)

I Recording indicator (26)

Data code during recording

The date/time during recording and the camera setting data will be recorded automatically. They do not appear on the screen during recording, but you can check them on the screen by pressing the DATA

CODE button during playback (p. 53).

Viewing movies

1 2

60

HDV1080i min q; 4

00:04:50:04

12 min

5

Viewing still images

qa

2 8

60 min

101-0011

1.2M

qs qd

9/9

101

MEMORY PLAY qf

J Tape transport indicator

Recording mode (DVCAM or DV SP) appears when a tape recorded in the DVCAM or DV SP format is played back.

K Data file name

L Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder

M Playback folder (89)

N Previous/Next folder icon

The , or appears when the first or last picture of the current folder is displayed and when there are multiple folders on the same “Memory Stick Duo.” You can move to Previous/Next folder with the

VOLUME/MEMORY button.

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Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued)

Indicators when you made changes

Upper left

60 min

Upper right

00:00:00:00

Center

Bottom

Upper left

Indicator Meaning

Recording format (82)

DV WIDE REC (84)*

QUICK REC (91)**

DV FRAME REC (73)*

ND filter (30)

138

INTERVAL REC (72)

EXT REC CTRL (85)

REC TYPE

SCAN TYPE (83)

Upper right

Indicator Meaning

INDEX MARK (44)

HDV input/

DV input (97)

HDV output/

DV output (96)

i.LINK connection

(57, 93)

LCD backlight off (18)

Center

Indicator Meaning

Bottom

Indicator

9

.

~

Meaning

HISTOGRAM (78)

CAM LEVELING

(79)

DV AU.MODE (DV

Audio mode) (75)*

Manual volume

control(41)

Manual focus (28)

Picture profile (33)

SPOTLIGHT (71)

BACK LIGHT (70)

SteadyShot off (71)

PEAKING (78)

D.EXTENDER (71)

AE SHIFT (69)

Auto setting (80)

Extended clear scan

(31, 70)

n A

B White balance (32)

FOCUS MACRO

(71)

HYPER GAIN (68)

x.v.Color (74)**

ZEBRA (78)

* The settings can be made only for the pictures in the DVCAM (DV) format.

** The setting can be made only for the pictures in the HDV format.

z

Tips

• Indicators may look different or appear at different positions.

Index

A

A button ................................46

Access lamp ..........................23

Accessory shoe ...................129

Accessory shoe adaptor ......130

Accessory shoe kit ..................8

Accessory shoe mount ........129

Accessory shoe plate...........129

ADVANCE...........................78

AE RESPONSE ....................70

AE SHIFT .....................69, 105

AE SHIFT button..................43

AE WINDOW ......................69

AF ASSIST...........................71

AGC LIMIT..........................68

ALL ERASE.........................88

ALL FILES...........................88

ALL OUTPUT......................82

ASPECT ...............................79

ASSIGN BTN .......................91

ASSIGN buttons ...................43

AT IRIS LMT .......................70

ATW SENS ..........................69

AUDIO CH SEL...................77

AUDIO LEVEL (CH1) dial ........................................41

AUDIO LEVEL (CH1) switch....................................41

AUDIO LEVEL (CH2) dial ........................................41

AUDIO LEVEL (CH2) switch....................................41

AUDIO LIMIT .....................75

AUDIO SET menu ...............75

AUTO ADJUST ...................11

AUTO/MANUAL switch .....30

AU. MAN GAIN ..................76

AU.LVL DISP

(Audio level display) ............80

A/V connecting cable .....58, 93

A/V connecting cable with

S VIDEO.........................62, 93

A/V OUT jack ...................... 58

B

B button................................ 46

BACK LIGHT.............. 70, 105

BAR ..................................... 80

BATT RELEASE (battery release) button ...................... 15

Battery .................................. 14

Battery Info .......................... 54

BEEP .................................... 92

Black balance ....................... 33

BLACK FADER .................. 71

BLACK GAMMA ............... 35

BLACK LEVEL .................. 35

BLK BALANCE .................. 33

Button-type lithium battery

............................................ 135

C

Cable holder ................... 10, 12

CAM DATA DSP (Camera

data display) ................. 80, 105

CAM LEVELING................ 79

CAMERA PROF.

(Camera profile) ........... 90, 105

CAMERA SET menu........... 68

Carl Zeiss lens ........................ 8

Cassette

Insert/Eject .................... 22

Tape ............................ 115

Cassette compartment .......... 22

CH1 ...................................... 12

CH1 AUDIO LEVEL dial.... 41

CH2 ...................................... 12

CH2 AUDIO LEVEL dial.... 41

Charge lamp ......................... 14

Charging time....................... 15

CLOCK SET .................. 20, 91

CNTRST ENHCR........ 70, 105

COLOR BAR ....................... 74

COLOR CORRCT (Color

Correct) .................................37

COLOR DEPTH...................37

COLOR LEVEL ...................36

COLOR MODE....................36

COLOR PHASE ...................36

COMPONENT OUT jack ....58

Component video cable ........58

Connect

TV .................................57

VCR...............................93

Connecting cord....................16

COPY ...................................40

CURRENT FLDR ................88

D

DATA CODE button ............53

Date and time................21, 136

DATE REC...................92, 105

Date search ...........................55

DEGREE ..............................80

Deleting camera profile settings

..............................................90

Deleting still images .............51

DETAIL................................39

DF .........................................87

DIGITAL EXTENDER button ....................................43

DISP OUTPUT.....................82

DISPLAY SET menu ...........78

DISPLAY/BATT INFO

button ........................18, 53, 54

DOWN CONVERT..............84

DRUM RUN.........................92

Dubbing ................................93

DV ........................................82

DV AUDIO MIX..................77

DV AU. MODE

(DV Audio mode) .................75

DV format.............................83

DV FRAME REC.........73, 106

DV PROGRE........................84

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Index (Continued)

DV REC MODE

(Recording mode).................84

DV SP...................................84

DV WIDE CONV ................85

DV WIDE REC ....................84

DVCAM ...............................84

D.EXTENDER

(Digital Extender).........71, 105

140

E

ECS FREQ. ..................70, 106

ECS (Extended clear scan) ...31

End search ............................45

END TRIGGER ...................72

Expanded focus ....................29

EXPANDED FOCUS button

........................................29, 43

EXP.FOCUS TYPE..............79

EXT ONLY ..........................85

EXT REC CTRL ..........85, 106

Extended clear scan (ECS) ...31

F

FADER .........................71, 105

FILE NO. (File number).......89

FLANGE BACK ..........75, 105

Flange focal length ...............10

FLCKR REDUCE ................70

Focus ....................................28

FOCUS DISP .......................80

FOCUS MACRO .........71, 105

FOCUS MARKING .............74

Focus marking ......................49

Focus ring .............................28

FOCUS TRANS ...................46

Folder

NEW FOLDER .............89

PB FOLDER (Playback folder)............................89

REC FOLDER (Recording folder)............................89

FORMAT .............................89

FREE RUN .......................... 87

FS32K .................................. 75

FS48K .................................. 75

G

Gain...................................... 31

GAIN button ........................ 31

GAIN SETUP ...................... 68

Gain switch .......................... 31

GAMMA.............................. 35

Grip belt ............................... 17

GUIDEFRAME ................... 79

H

HANDLE ZOOM ................ 71

Handle zoom ........................ 27

Handle zoom lever ............... 27

Handle zoom switch............. 27

HDMI cable ......................... 58

HDMI OUT jack .................. 58

HDV..................................... 83

HDV format ....................... 114

HDV PROGRE. ................... 83

HDV1080i............................ 82

HDV/DV format .................. 82

HDV/DV jack ...................... 59

Headphones jack ................ 132

High definition TV............... 57

HISTOGRAM.............. 78, 105

Hook for shoulder strap ..... 133

HOURS METER ................. 92

HYPER GAIN ..................... 68

I

INDEX MARK .................... 44

Index screen ......................... 51

Index search ......................... 55

Index signal.......................... 44

Indicators ........................... 138

INDOOR.............................. 32

Indoor................................... 32

INPUT1 jack .................. 12, 41

INPUT1 MIC NR ................. 76

INPUT1 switch..................... 41

INPUT1 TRIM ..................... 76

INPUT1 WIND .................... 76

INPUT2 .......................... 12, 41

INPUT2 jack ........................ 41

INPUT2 MIC NR ................. 76

INPUT2 switch..................... 41

INPUT2 TRIM ..................... 76

INPUT2 WIND .................... 76

Insulation sheet................... 135

INTELLIGENT .................... 69

INTERLACE........................ 83

INTERVAL .......................... 72

INTERVAL REC ......... 72, 105

IN/OUT REC menu.............. 82

Iris ring ................................. 30

IRIS switch ........................... 30

IRIS TRANS ........................ 46

i.LINK ................................120

i.LINK cable............. 59, 97, 99

i.LINK Cradle....................... 13

i.LINK SET .......................... 85

J

JPEG................................... 118

K

KNEE ................................... 36

L

L1 button .............................. 43

L2 button .............................. 43

LANC jack .........................129

LANGUAGE........................ 91

Large eyecup ........................ 19

Last scene review ................. 45

LAST SCN RVW................. 45

LCD ...................................... 18

LCD backlight ...................... 18

LCD BL LEVEL ..........81, 105

LCD BRIGHT ......................81

LCD COLOR........................81

Lens ......................................10

Lens cover lever....................13

Lens hood with lens cover ....12

LENS jack.............................10

Lens mount cap...................134

LETTER SIZE ......................81

LINKED ...............................76

M

MANU ADJUST ..................11

MANU WB TEMP ...............69

MARKER .....................79, 105

Memory A.............................32

Memory B.............................32

Memory Recording Unit.......13

MEMORY SET menu ..........88

Memory Stick .........................2

“Memory Stick”..................118

“Memory Stick Duo”....22, 118

Insert/Eject.....................22

Number of recordable pictures ..........................26

Write-protect tab..........118

Memory Stick Duo slot cover

..............................................22

MEMORY/DELETE button

..............................................51

MEMORY/INDEX button ...50

MEMORY/PLAY button .....50

Menu

AUDIO SET menu ........75

CAMERA SET menu....68

DISPLAY SET menu ....78

IN/OUT REC menu.......82

MEMORY SET menu

.......................................88

Menu items ....................65

OTHERS menu..............90

TC/UB SET menu .........86

Using the menu ............. 63

MENU button....................... 20

Menu items........................... 65

Microphone .................... 10, 12

Microphone fixing clamper

.............................................. 12

Microphone holder ......... 10, 12

MIC+48V ............................. 41

MIX ...................................... 77

Mode A ................................ 28

Mode B................................. 28

Moisture condensation ....... 122

MPEG2............................... 101

N

ND filter ............................... 30

NDF...................................... 87

NEW FOLDER .................... 89

NORMAL ............................ 78

NTSC ......................... 108, 114

NUMBER............................. 80

O

ONE PUSH AF .................... 29

One push auto focus ............. 29

One push button ................... 33

OPEN/EJECT lever.............. 22

OPERATION ....................... 92

OTHERS menu .................... 90

Outdoor ................................ 32

Outside power source........... 16

P

PAL .................................... 114

PB FOLDER

(Playback folder)................. 89

PB ZOOM (Playback zoom)

.............................................. 91

PEAKING .................... 78, 105

Picture profile....................... 33

PICTURE PROFILE button

.............................................. 33

Picture Search .......................51

PLAY button ........................50

Playing time..........................15

Pre-installed rechargeable battery .................................124

PRESET................................86

PROFILE NAME .................40

PROGRESSIVE ...................83

PUSH AUTO button.............30

PUSH AUTO FOCUS button

..............................................29

PUSH (lens hood release) button ....................................12

Q

QUICK REC.........................91

R

Rear lens cap.......................134

REC CH SELECT switch

..............................................12

REC CTL MODE .................85

REC FOLDER (Recording folder) ...................................89

REC FORMAT.....................82

REC LAMP[F] .....................92

REC LAMP[R] .....................92

REC LINK............................46

REC PAUSE.........................86

Rec review ............................45

REC REVIEW button...........45

REC RUN .............................87

REC START/STOP button

..............................................24

REC TIME............................72

REC TIMING .......................72

REC TYPE ...........................83

Recording .............................24

Recording lamp ....................24

Recording time .....................15

REGENERATE ....................87

RELAY.................................85

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Index (Continued)

142

REMAINING .......................81

Remaining battery ................54

Remote Commander...........135

REMOTE CTRL (Remote control) .................................92

RESET............................40, 86

RESET button.....................134

RET button ...........................43

S

S VIDEO jack.................57, 93

SAFETY ZONE ...................79

SCAN TYPE ........................83

SEARCH M..........................55

Self-diagnosis display.........112

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial .........20

SEPARATE..........................76

SHOT TRANSITION...........74

Shot transition.......................46

SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS

MARKING button................46

Shoulder strap.....................133

SHUTTER DISP ..................80

Shutter speed ........................31

SHUTTER SPEED button

..............................................31

SKINTONE DTL (Skintone detail)....................................40

Skip Scan..............................51

Slot........................................23

SMOOTH GAIN ..................68

SMOOTH WB......................69

SMTH SLW REC

(Smooth slow recording)

......................................72, 105

Specifications .....................125

SPOTLIGHT ................71, 105

START TIMER ....................46

START TRIGGR .................72

Status check ..........................54

STATUS CHECK button .....54

STBY COMMAND .............86

STEADYSHOT ........... 71, 105

STOP.................................... 86

Supplied items........................ 8

SYNCHRONOUS ............... 85

S.TRANS/F.MARK............. 74

T

Tape counter ...................... 136

TAPE RUN .......................... 92

Tape ..................... See Cassette

TC COUNTUP ............ 86, 106

TC FORMAT....................... 87

TC LINK...................... 87, 106

TC MAKE............................ 87

TC PRESET ......................... 86

TC RUN............................... 87

TC/UB SET menu................ 86

TC/U-BIT button ............... 134

Telephoto ............................. 27

Test chart.............................. 10

THREADING ...................... 92

Time code .......................... 136

TONE................................... 74

Trademark.......................... 128

TRANS TIME.......... 46, 73, 74

Transmitter......................... 135

Troubleshooting ................. 102

TV ........................................ 57

TV color systems ............... 114

U

UB PRESET ........................ 86

UB TIME REC .................... 88

UB-DATE/TC-TIME... 88, 106

Using the menu items .......... 63

Using your camcorder abroad

........................................... 114

V

VCR HDV/DV..................... 82

VF B.LIGHT................ 81, 105

VF COLOR .......................... 81

VF POWER MODE ............. 81

Video control buttons .........133

Video head.......................... 123

VIDEO OUT ........................ 84

Viewfinder............................ 18

Viewfinder lens adjustment lever ...................................... 18

Viewfinder release lever..... 129

Volume ........................... 41, 51

VOLUME/MEMORY button

.............................................. 50

V-OUT/PANEL ................... 82

W

Warning indicators ............. 112

Warning messages.............. 113

WB OUTDR LVL ................ 68

WB PRESET ........................ 68

WB SHIFT ........................... 38

WB TEMP SET.................... 69

White balance ....................... 32

White balance memory switch

.............................................. 33

WHITE FADER ................... 71

WHT BAL button................. 32

Wide angle............................ 27

Wind screen.......................... 12

WORLD TIME ............ 91, 106

Write-protect tab ........ 116, 118

X

XLR SET........................ 75, 77

x.v.Color....................... 74, 106

Z

ZEBRA......................... 78, 105

ZEBRA button...................... 43

Zoom .................................... 27

ZOOM DISPLAY ................ 80

Zoom lever ........................... 27

Zoom ring .............................27

ZOOM switch .......................27

ZOOM TRANS ....................46

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Key Features

  • Records in HDV, DVCAM, and DV formats
  • Carl Zeiss lens for superior image quality
  • Full manual controls for precise adjustments
  • Compact and lightweight design for easy handling and transport
  • Built-in microphone and headphone jack
  • LCD screen and viewfinder for easy monitoring
  • i.LINK cable for easy transfer of footage

Related manuals

Frequently Answers and Questions

What types of cassettes can I use in my camcorder?
Your camcorder is capable of recording in HDV, DVCAM and DV formats. When recording in HDV/DV format, Sony recommends that you use mini DV cassettes. When recording in DVCAM format, Sony recommends that you use mini DVCAM cassettes.
What types of “Memory Stick” can I use in my camcorder?
You can use any “Memory Stick” that has the following markings: “Memory Stick Duo” (This size can be used with your camcorder.), “Memory Stick” (You cannot use it in your camcorder.)
Can I play back HDV tapes on other devices?
A tape recorded in the HDV format cannot be played back on a device that is not compatible with the HDV format. Check the contents of tapes by playing them back on this camcorder prior to playing them back on other devices.

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