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Contents
Warnings and Precautions.................................................................................................................... 4 Warranty.................................................................................................................................................. 5 Standard Warranty ................................................................................................................................ 5 Two Year Warranty ...............................................................................................................................5 Disposal .................................................................................................................................................. 5 Packing List ............................................................................................................................................ 5 Product Overview................................................................................................................................... 6 Features ................................................................................................................................................ 6 How to fit a SATA drive to the removable HE-1 enclosure ................................................................ 7 Front Panel DN-700 ................................................................................................................................ 8 Rear Panel DN-700 ...............................................................................................................................10 Switching the unit ON.......................................................................................................................... 11 Formatting a drive before first use..................................................................................................... 11 LCD Clip Status Display explained .................................................................................................... 11 LCD Menu Navigation & Selection ..................................................................................................... 12 Main Menu .......................................................................................................................................... 13 Record Setup ...................................................................................................................................... 14 Play Setup Level ................................................................................................................................. 15 System Setup...................................................................................................................................... 15 Before recording .................................................................................................................................. 17 Transfer any old clips to computer...................................................................................................... 17 Choose the file system, FAT32 or NTFS ............................................................................................ 17 Set up the HDD partitions to 1 or 2 ..................................................................................................... 17 Set the HDD volume ID....................................................................................................................... 17 Set the signal type...............................................................................................................................17 Select which time code to use ............................................................................................................ 17 How to prepare to record from an analogue input ........................................................................... 18 Wired Connections.............................................................................................................................. 18 Set the unit to record from an analogue source [ANA] ....................................................................... 18 Choose the file type for video editing.................................................................................................. 18 Select the audio sampling rate............................................................................................................ 18 Set the record date (optional) ............................................................................................................. 18 How to prepare to record from a DV25 input .................................................................................... 19 Wired Connections.............................................................................................................................. 19 Set the unit to record from a digital source [DIG]................................................................................ 19 Choose the file type for video editing.................................................................................................. 19 Audio sampling rate ............................................................................................................................ 19 Set the record date (optional) ............................................................................................................. 19 How to prepare to record from a HDV input...................................................................................... 20 Wired Connections.............................................................................................................................. 20 Set the unit to record from a digital source [DIG]................................................................................ 20 Choose the file type for video editing.................................................................................................. 20 Audio sampling rate ............................................................................................................................ 20 Set the record date (optional) ............................................................................................................. 20 Recording.............................................................................................................................................. 21 Select an empty BIN in which to record .............................................................................................. 21 Recording............................................................................................................................................ 21 Record Pause ..................................................................................................................................... 21 Mark a recording ................................................................................................................................. 21 Record Stop ........................................................................................................................................ 22 Special Record Setups ........................................................................................................................ 22 Time lapse recording .......................................................................................................................... 22 Pre-trigger Record Memory ................................................................................................................ 22 Power on auto record.......................................................................................................................... 22 Playback................................................................................................................................................ 23 Select a recorded BIN to Playback ..................................................................................................... 23 2
Playback.............................................................................................................................................. 23 Playback in BIN or CLIP centric mode................................................................................................ 23 Pause and go to Mark ......................................................................................................................... 23 Frame stepping ................................................................................................................................... 24 Loop Play ............................................................................................................................................ 24 Power on Auto Play............................................................................................................................. 24 Transferring files to a computer......................................................................................................... 24 Preparation.......................................................................................................................................... 24 MAKING MEDIA FILES ...................................................................................................................... 24 Operating File System limitations ....................................................................................................... 24 File Organization ................................................................................................................................. 24 Removing and mounting the HE-1 drive enclosure to a Computer .................................................... 25 Safely dis-mounting the HE-1 drive from a computer ......................................................................... 26 Updating the Firmware ........................................................................................................................ 26 GPI Control ........................................................................................................................................... 27 GPI Trigger cabling and circuit............................................................................................................ 27 SET GPI TRIGGER MODE................................................................................................................. 27 PULSE trigger Record process........................................................................................................... 27 LEVEL trigger Record process ........................................................................................................... 27 PULSE trigger Playback process........................................................................................................ 27 LEVEL trigger Playback process ........................................................................................................ 27 RS-232 Controller Command Set ....................................................................................................... 28 Communication Format....................................................................................................................... 28 Command Format ...............................................................................................................................28 Command Protocol ............................................................................................................................. 28 Summary List of Commands............................................................................................................... 28 Connector Pin Assignment ................................................................................................................. 28 System Control.................................................................................................................................... 28 Sense Request.................................................................................................................................... 29 Transport Control ................................................................................................................................ 29 Dimensions & Weight .......................................................................................................................... 31 Specifications....................................................................................................................................... 31 Service and Support ............................................................................................................................ 32 Disclaimer of Product and Services
The information offered in this instruction manual is intended as a guide only. At all times, Datavideo Technologies will try to
give correct, complete and suitable information. However, Datavideo Technologies cannot exclude that some information in this
manual, from time to time, may not be correct or may be incomplete. This manual may contain typing errors, omissions or
incorrect information. Datavideo Technologies always recommend that you double check the information in this document for
accuracy before making any purchase decision or using the product. Datavideo Technologies is not responsible for any
omissions or errors, or for any subsequent loss or damage caused by using the information contained within this manual.
Further advice on the content of this manual or on the product can be obtained by contacting your local Datavideo Office or
dealer.
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Warnings and Precautions
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Read all of these warnings and save them for later reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on this unit.
Unplug this unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp
cloth for cleaning.
Do not use this unit in or near water.
Do not place this unit on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The unit may fall, causing serious damage.
Slots and openings on the cabinet top, back, and bottom are provided for ventilation. To ensure safe
and reliable operation of this unit, and to protect it from overheating, do not block or cover these
openings. Do not place this unit on a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface, as the ventilation openings on
the bottom of the cabinet will be blocked. This unit should never be placed near or over a heat register
or radiator. This unit should not be placed in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.
This product should only be operated from the type of power source indicated on the marking label of
the AC adapter. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your Datavideo dealer or your
local power company.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this unit where the power cord will be
walked on, rolled over, or otherwise stressed.
If an extension cord must be used with this unit, make sure that the total of the ampere ratings on the
products plugged into the extension cord do not exceed the extension cord rating.
Make sure that the total amperes of all the units that are plugged into a single wall outlet do not exceed
15 amperes.
Never push objects of any kind into this unit through the cabinet ventilation slots, as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in risk of fire or electric shock. Never spill
liquid of any kind onto or into this unit.
Except as specifically explained elsewhere in this manual, do not attempt to service this product
yourself. Opening or removing covers that are marked “Do Not Remove” may expose you to dangerous
voltage points or other risks, and will void your warranty. Refer all service issues to qualified service
personnel.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer to qualified service personnel under the following
conditions:
a. When the power cord is damaged or frayed;
b. When liquid has spilled into the unit;
c. When the product has been exposed to rain or water;
d. When the product does not operate normally under normal operating conditions. Adjust only
those controls that are covered by the operating instructions in this manual; improper
adjustment of other controls may result in damage to the unit and may often require extensive
work by a qualified technician to restore the unit to normal operation;
e. When the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged;
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service.
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Warranty
Standard Warranty
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Datavideo equipment is guaranteed against any manufacturing defects for one year from the
date of purchase.
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The original purchase invoice or other documentary evidence should be supplied at the time
of any request for repair under warranty.
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Damage caused by accident, misuse, unauthorized repairs, sand, grit or water is not covered
by this warranty.
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All mail or transportation costs including insurance are at the expense of the owner.
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All other claims of any nature are not covered.
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Cables & batteries are not covered under warranty.
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Warranty only valid within the country or region of purchase.
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Your statutory rights are not affected.
Two Year Warranty
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All Datavideo products purchased after 01-Oct.-2008 qualify for a free one year extension to the
standard Warranty, providing the product is registered with Datavideo within 30 days of
purchase. For information on how to register please visit www.datavideo.com or contact your
local Datavideo office or authorized Distributors
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Certain parts with limited lifetime expectancy such as LCD Panels, DVD Drives, Hard Drives are
only covered for the first 10,000 hours, or 1 year (whichever comes first).
Any second year warranty claims must be made to your local Datavideo office or one of its authorized
Distributors before the extended warranty expires.
Disposal
For EU Customers only - WEEE Marking
This symbol on the product indicates that it should not be treated as household
waste. It must be handed over to the applicable take-back scheme for the
recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. For more detailed
information about the recycling of this product, please contact your local
Datavideo office.
Packing List
The following items should be included in the box.
Item No.
Description
Quantity
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DN-700 Recorder
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Accessory kit *
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Instruction Manual
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*The accessory kit also contains a packing list.
If any items are missing please contact your supplier.
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Product Overview
The Datavideo DN-700 is a file based video recorder compatible with Composite [NTSC/PAL], or
DV25 [NTSC/PAL], or HDV [1080i/720p] signals. The recorder has a rugged case, is 1U high, 19”
rack mountable and is 12V DC compatible.
As well as traditional front panel controls, like Record, Play, Stop, FFWD and FREV, the DN-700 also
features RS-232 and GPI control interfaces. These connections allow users and system integrators to
remotely synchronise and trigger one or multiple DN-700 recorders. The unit can also be used to
synchro record from a single IEEE-1394 camera by mirroring the recording actions of the camera’s
tape deck.
Once the recording session is finished and the files prepared, eject the HE-1 drive enclosure and
connect it by USB 2.0 or SATA cable to your editing computer. Use simple drag and drop or copy and
paste actions to move the files from the HE-1 drive to the media drive of your editing computer. The
transferred video files can then be imported to the time-line of your video editing software prewrapped as AVI, MOV or MXF [OP1A] files. HDV files are wrapped as industry standard M2T files.
The DN-700’s removable HE-1 drive enclosure can be fitted with 7200rpm 2.5” SATA Hard Disk
Drives [HDD] or Solid State Drives [SSD]. With drive sizes up to 750GB the DN-700 is capable of long
duration recordings and even SD based time lapse recordings.
All in all, we feel the DN-700 is well suited to live event recording and post production applications
within conferencing, education, science, construction, medical, animation, security and OB van work.
That’s Datavideo, sharing the value!
Features
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Backlit LCD display and soft keys for track confirmation and menu navigation.
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Normal VTR type transport keys for Play/Pause, Stop, Record, Fast Forward and Reverse.
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Removable HE-1 drive enclosure for standard SATA 2.5” laptop drives.
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Front panel 3.5mm stereo audio jack point and volume control for convenient audio
monitoring.
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LED based Audio Peak meter for audio confidence.
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Input connections:
Composite video and stereo audio (PAL or NTSC)
IEEE1394 digital video port, supports DV, DVC Pro 25 and HDV [M2T]
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Output connections:
Composite video (SD Only) and stereo audio
IEEE1394 digital video port, supports DV, DVC Pro 25 and HDV [M2T]
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Supports NTFS formatting to eliminate 2GB file size limitation
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File formats supported:
DV: .AVI, .MOV, .MXF [OP1A]
HDV: .M2T native
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Time-lapse recording down to a single frame [SD recording only]
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RS-232 and GPI Control interface.
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Manually triggered single frame recording, useful in stop motion animation.
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Eight seconds pre-record buffer recording, useful in recording unexpected events especially
in science research, outdoor recording or security applications.
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Easy to use play last clip.
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12V DC Operation allowing OB Van compatibility.
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How to fit a SATA drive to the removable HE-1 enclosure
Datavideo recommends using 2.5” SATA HDD 7200 RPM with 8 or 16 MB cache. If your unit was
delivered without a hard drive fitted please follow these instructions to fit your drive to an empty HE-1
drive enclosure. Compatible drive information can obtained from your local dealer or Datavideo office.
1. Remove the two small screws from the
connections end of the HE-1 drive
enclosure then remove the PCB.
2. Seat your 2.5” SATA HDD on to the PCB
and then turn it over so you can secure
the drive to the PCB using the four
screws holes provided.
3. Return the PCB, with HDD fitted, to the
enclosure, using the slots within the
enclosure case as a guide.
4. Re-secure the back plate of the
enclosure using the two screws removed
earlier.
5. Push the removable HE-1 enclosure into recorder as shown above. Now turn the locking lever
from right to the left in order to secure the HE-1 in place.
6. You are now ready to switch the unit on.
7. New drives will be formatted within the recorder on first use. The LCD panel will show BIN or
CLIP information once the recorder becomes available for set up and use.
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Front Panel DN-700
Power On / Off
Switches the power On / Off
LCD Display
There are four lines in the LCD Display. The first line is used to display
icons that reflect some of the current settings of the unit. These settings
include:
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ANA / DIG (Video Source is Analogue / Digital)
HDV(Unit is set for HDV mode)
Loop Play enabled
Time Remaining
The second line will display the recording file type set for the selected
bin (eg. .MOV). While playing or recording it also displays the current
clip number and the total number of clips in the bin.
The third line will display the bin number (01-99) and a time number
(Hr:Min:Sec:Frames). The time number will represent the absolute time
address or time code of the frame being recorded or played. When
selecting a new bin, the time number will be the length of the content in
this bin. The fourth line labels the soft keys.
Menu Navigation Left / Right soft key
The functions of the two Soft Keys found below the LCD are dependent
upon the current operation mode. Each function changes with each
different operation mode. The Soft Key's current functions are
displayed on the bottom line of the LCD panel, alongside each Soft
Key.
Menu Navigation Menu key
Use this button to start navigating as well as exiting the various options
offered by DN-700. The functions are called out in the bottom two rows
of the LCD. Stepping through options is done by following the
directions set in the LCD annotations. At any time, exit an option by
pressing the menu key.
Note: Main menu selection can be accessed from a Stop or Idle mode.
Specialized menu selections are accessed while playing.
Fwd / Rew Buttons
In playback mode these buttons will operate as Fast Forward and
Rewind Buttons. If the Menu Button is pressed these buttons will
navigate backwards and forwards between the various menu options.
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Front Panel DN-700 continued
Record
In Idle Mode, pressing the 'PLAY' while the 'REC' button is held down
will make the unit ready to record.
Play / Pause
From the Stop or Idle mode, pressing the 'PLAY' button plays back
video from the selected bin. While playing, pressing the 'PLAY' button
will toggle between 'PLAY' and 'PAUSE'.
Stop
In PLAY Mode, pressing the 'STOP' button will end play back and enter
the Stop mode. In RECORD Mode, pressing the 'STOP' button will end
recording and enter the Stop mode.
Audio Level
The Audio Input Level LEDs show the audio input levels from the
incoming source.
Level Adjustments
The Audio Level Adjustments allow you to adjust the headphones
volume.
Headphones Jack
Accepts a stereo mini jack plug for stereo headphones. The headphone
volume is controlled by the Audio Level Adjustments.
Drive bay for removable HE-1 drive enclosure
For insertion of the removable HE-1 drive enclosure. The HE-1 drive
enclosure can be fitted with a SATA 2.5” 7200 rpm HDD. See page 7.
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Rear Panel DN-700
Audio input & output.
2 channels XLR Balanced Audio input & output.
DV/ HDV in out
A standard iEEE1394 port for connecting a DV or HDV
Camcorder.
Cannot be used for file transfer to a computer.
GPI IN
The GPI socket can be used for simple external control.
The DN-700 can accept pulse or level trigger inputs, which can
trigger record or playback and pause commands
RS-232
Used to remotely control the DN-700. See page 29 for more
information on the protocol used.
Composite Video input & output
The connection is composite video input.
AUDIO IN
Accepts a RCA jack plug for audio input (Left &Right).
TC IN
The connection is for time code single input.
DC In Socket
The connection is used for the battery or the AC adapter.
Grounding Terminal
When connecting this unit to any other component, make sure
that it is properly grounded by connecting this terminal to an
appropriate point. When connecting, use the socket and be sure
to use wire with a cross-sectional area of at least 1.0 mm2.
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Switching the unit ON
Ensure the DN-700 power supply is connected to the rear panel of the recorder and the HE-1
removable drive enclosure is fitted and locked in place.
The DN-700 has only one power ON/OFF switch which is located on the front panel. To turn the unit
ON depress the I side of the switch. The front panel buttons and LCD display will become backlit and
the HE-1 drive LED will light before the LCD panel shows the LCD Clip Status Display. After roughly
five seconds the recorder will be ready for first use.
Power On / Off
Switches the power On / Off.
Formatting a drive before first use
Once a drive has been installed into the HE-1 drive enclosure as described on page 7 it will need to
be formatted in the recorder before first use. The recorder’s LCD panel will display options as follows.
1. Choose the FORMAT option.
2. Press REC & PLAY at the same time.
3. Wait for the drive to be initialised.
4. The drive is now ready for first use.
LCD Clip Status Display explained
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Sync to Tape Indicator, ST0=OFF and ST1=ON.
Analogue / Digital source indicator.
Loop Playback indicator – If not present feature is OFF.
Remaining Recording Space in Hours and Minutes.
Current Bin and Clip.
File type indicator.
Current Time Code or total length of clip.
Menu or recorder options.
Record, Pause, STOP, FFWD, FREV and Playback indication.
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LCD Menu Navigation & Selection
Pressing the front panel Menu button will change the LCD panel from the Clip Status Display [see
page 11] to the first menu option instead.
The lower three lines of the LCD Menu display will show the current menu item and below it any
choices you have for option selection and or menu navigation. The soft keys to the lower left and right
of the LCD display are pressed to select an option or to confirm a chosen value. If you press the right
hand soft key marked NEXT twice then the menu options will change from MAKING MEDIA FILES to
EMPTY THIS BIN to SELECT SOURCE. When all menu options have been navigated you will return
to the first option again.
In some cases the currently selected option will be confirmed by an asterix symbol next to the chosen
setting. In the example above an analogue input is selected as the video source. Pressing the right
hand soft key marked DIG would select a digital IEEE1394 input [ DV25 / HDV ]. The asterix symbol
would then be displayed next to DIG instead.
The Menu button also acts as an exit button. Press the Menu button once to exit the current option
selection. Press the Menu button again to exit the current menu level. If there are no higher level
menus then you will return to the LCD Clip Status Display.
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Main Menu
There are 8 options in this first level of the menu system and they are:
MAKING MEDIA FILES
EMPTY THIS BIN
SELECT SOURCE
EMPTY ALL BINs
RECORD SETUP
PLAY SETUP
SYSTEM SETUP
FIRMWARE REVISION
Pressing the NEXT soft key will bring up the next option in the menu. In turn each menu option will be
displayed. Choosing NEXT on the last menu item will return you to the first option in the current menu
list. Table 1 below details the actions for each Main Menu Level option.
Menu Option
MAKING MEDIA FILES
Action taken
This action needs to be taken before connecting the removable HE-1
drive enclosure to an editing computer. It prepares the previously
recorded video and audio content on the HE-1 drive to be seen by a
computer by wrapping the data in a pre-selected file wrapper like avi or
mov.
EMPTY THIS BIN
Empties or erases the video and audio content within the current BIN.
This step cannot be undone once the final question has been asked.
SELECT SOURCE
When in DV [Standard Definition] mode, the signal to be recorded can
be chosen to come either from the Digital DV IEEE-1394 input (DIG) or
from the CVBS Composite BNC input as an NTSC or PAL compatible
analogue signal (ANA).
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
Also ANA or DIG will be displayed on the first line of the LCD panel.
EMPTY ALL BINS
Empties or erases the content in ALL of the BINS. This step cannot be
undone once the final question has been asked.
RECORD SETUP
Enters the Record Setup Menu group detailed in the named section
PLAY SETUP
Enters the Play Setup Menu group detailed in the named section
SYSTEM SETUP
Enters the System Setup Menu group detailed in the named section
FIRMWARE REVISION
Displays the current revision of the recorder’s firmware
Table 1 Menu Main Level
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Record Setup
When selected from the Main Menu Level, this set of options enable various record related
parameters and modes to be setup. The lower three lines will look as below:
There are 8 options and they are:
SET RECORD FILE TYPE
SYNCtoTAPE CONTROL
SET RECORD DATE
RECORD PRE-TRIGGER
SET DEFAULT DV AUDIO
SET ASPECT RATIO
TIMELAPSE RECORD
PWR ON AUTO RECORD
Pressing the Next key will bring up the next option down on the list and will return to the top option
from the bottom. Table 2 details the actions for each option. Pressing the Menu key will exit to the
Main menu level.
Menu Option
SET RECORD FILE
TYPE
Action taken
Where the choice of file type is made for all recordings.
Note that file types cannot be mixed within a bin.
Choices are .mov, 2 types of .avi, .mxf and for HDV, .m2t only.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
SYNCtoTAPE
CONTROL
Where the recorder will look to the time code changing to indicate the
need to record. If the time code pauses then the recording is paused.
With this setting turned off, the record process will continue regardless of
the time code behaviour.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
SET RECORD DATE
This option modifies the date attribute of the created file when the source
is analogue CVBS. It is also used when the source is digital if the date in
the digital source is invalid.
RECORD PRETRIGGER
When enabled, the last 8 seconds of video prior to the record trigger are
captured ahead of the video following the trigger.
Note that the pre trigger is not remembered across power cycles.
SET DEFAULT DV
AUDIO
When the source is analogue CVBS, this option sets the audio sampling
frequency. When the source is digital, this option helps the recorder
make a correct guess for the incoming audio sampling frequency.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
SET ASPECT RATIO
When the source is analogue CVBS, this option sets the 16:9 or 4:3
aspect ratio flag in the stream to be recorded. For DV or HDV recordings
ensure the source equipment is set correctly for the desired aspect.
TIMELAPSE RECORD
Allows the DV25 recording of video at slower than real time through a
choice of one of 6 options.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
PWR ON AUTO
RECORD
When enabled, the recorder will go directly into a record mode in the last
BIN selected once power is applied.
Table 2 Record Setup Level
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Play Setup Level
Entered from the Main Menu Level, this set of options enable various play related parameters and
modes to be setup. The lower three lines will look as below:
There are 3 options and they are:
SET UP LOOP PLAY
PWR ON AUTO PLAY
BIN Centric Mode
Pressing the Next key will bring up the next option down on the list and will return to the top option
from the bottom. Table 3 details the actions for each option. Pressing the Menu key will exit to the
Main menu level.
Menu Option
SET UP LOOP PLAY
Action taken
When enabled and the last frame has been played, the recorder will start
playing all over from the start of the BIN or CLIP.
Note that the current type chosen will be marked with an asterisk [*].
Also the loop play icon will be displayed on the first line of the LCD panel.
PWR ON AUTO PLAY
When enabled, the recorder will go directly into a play mode in the last
BIN selected once power is applied. It will then play the whole BIN or just
the selected CLIP within the current BIN depending on the BIN Centric
mode setting.
BIN Centric Mode
When enabled [ON] the play back function plays all the CLIPS recorded
in the currently selected BIN. When disabled [OFF] the play back function
plays the current CLIP only within the current BIN.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
Table 3 Play Setup Level
System Setup
Entered from the Main Menu Level, this set of options enables various system related parameters and
modes to be setup. The lower three lines will look as below:
There are 11 options and they are:
SET SIGNAL TYPE
SET FAT32/NTFS
MAKE FILE FOR ?
MODIFY HDD VOLUME ID
SET UP DV CHANNEL
SETUP HDD PARTITION
TC DISPLAY FORMAT
SET REMOTE CONTROL
TOTAL SPACE
UPGRADE FIRMWARE
SET GPI TRIGGER MODE
SET FACTORY DEFAULT
NTSC SETUP LEVEL
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Pressing the Next key will bring up the next option down on the list and will return to the top option
from the bottom. Table 4 details the actions for each option. Pressing the Menu key will exit to the
Main menu level.
Menu Option
SET SIGNAL TYPE
Action taken
The recorder can be set to one of three signal types, either DV, NTSC
or DV, PAL, or HDV. Note that changing between signal types will
mean that ALL video content already recorded will need to be erased.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
SET FAT32/NTFS
This option chooses the computer’s file system to emulate, NTFS or
FAT32. Note that FAT32 has a 2GB file size limitation so clips longer
than 2GB are split into approximately 2GB files with no frames
dropped. The NTFS emulation results in larger files.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
MAKE FILE FOR ?
User can choose between BIN or DISK.
If BIN is selected then only the video in the current BIN is wrapped in
the pre-selected file type wrapper.
If DISK is selected then ALL video is wrapped in the pre-selected file
type wrapper.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
MODIFY HDD VOLUME
ID
When connecting the HDD to a computer, the disk will have for volume
name Mediapac xx. This option sets the xx value. A useful feature
when connecting multiple volumes at the same time as from a multishoot.
SETUP HDD PARTITION
A separate 6GB partition can be set up. The recorder will have no
affect on this separate partition so the user is free to name it, format it
and store any type of data on it, with complete confidence that the
video recorder will not alter it.
SET TIMECODE
DISPLAY
During recording and playback, this option chooses to display either the
Internal [ INT ] or the External [ EXT ] time code.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
SET REMOTE CONTROL
This option either enables or disables the remote control capability.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
TOTAL SPACE
Displays the capacity of the drive inserted into the recorder.
UPGRADE FIRMWARE
Allows the user to update the firmware of the recorder, provided a
compatible flash file has been copied to the drive.
SET GPI TRIGGER
MODE
The GPI socket can be used for simple external control. The recorder
can accept pulse or level trigger inputs, which can trigger record/record
pause or playback/play pause commands.
SET FACTORY
DEFAULT
Recall FACTORY DEFAULT to be loaded into current setup
NTSC SETUP LEVEL
The setup level is set to 7.5 or 0.0 IRE.
Table 4 System Setup Level
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Before recording
Before using your recorder, there are a few actions and options that should be considered.
Transfer any old clips to computer
The DN-700 is primarily a capture device, as opposed to an archiving device, and it is best to start out
with a fresh DN-700. If you have video clips already recorded on the HE-1 HDD enclosure its best to
transfer them to a computer to free up drive space on the HE-1 before starting the next project. See
page 24 for further details.
Choose the file system, FAT32 or NTFS
SET FAT32 / NTFS This SYSTEM SETUP option configures the HE-1 HDD file system seen by the
computer. Select NTFS and a clip is recorded as one single file no matter how long the recording.
Select FAT32 and the video will be broken up into a series of 2GB files depending on its length. Each
2GB file roughly equates to 9 minutes of video. So a 20 minute recording may be broken up into 3
files under the FAT32 system or just one file under the NTFS system. See page 16 for further details.
Set up the HDD partitions to 1 or 2
SETUP HDD PARTITION The storage space in the HE-1 HDD enclosure can be broken into 2
partitions or parts; the second partition reserves 6GB and this is not seen or used by the recorder.
The second partition will appear as a second drive when the HE-1 is connected to a computer. The
user is free to use this second partition to store any data including spreadsheets, metadata and/or
production notes. The recorder is guaranteed not to overwrite data in this second partition. Deleting all
bins will not erase the data in the second partition either. See page 16 for further details.
Note: Changing partition count will erase the content in all bins so is best done before a project.
Set the HDD volume ID
MODIFY HDD VOLUME ID When connecting the HE-1 removable drive enclosure to a computer, the
drive will have a volume name of Mediapac xx. If your application calls for multiple recorder HDD’s to
be connected to the computer at the same time, it becomes helpful to have a different volume name
for each recorder’s HE-1 drive. This option allows the xx value to be set between 00 and 99. See
page 16 for further details.
Set the signal type
The recorder can operate in one of two modes, HDV or DV.
HDV mode is used to record from IEEE1394 sources supplying an HDV M2T data stream.
DV mode is used to record from SD Standard Definition sources including Composite or DV25 inputs.
If DV is selected a choice between NTSC or PAL also needs to be made. See page 16 for further
details.
Note: Changing between signal types will erase the existing content on the HE-1 HDD enclosure.
Select which time code to use
SET TIMECODE DISPLAY With DV25, while recording or playing, the time code displayed can be
either the externally supplied time code or the recorder’s internally generated one.
If the signal is analogue [Composite] input and no time code is supplied to the BNC input labelled TC
on the rear panel then internal time code should be selected within the recorder. The frame number of
any BIN starts at 00:00:00:00 unless external time code is supplied.
For HDV, the time code displayed is always the External time code. See page 16 for further details.
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How to prepare to record from an analogue input
Wired Connections
Connect the video source to the Composite [CV] BNC input on the rear of the recorder. If you are also
recording audio choose between the RCA Phono or Balanced XLR audio wired inputs. If the audio
source needs to be delayed, to be in step with the video, consider using the Datavideo AD-100
Audio Delay box, in between the recorder and the audio source.
Set the unit to record from an analogue source [ANA]
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to
the SELECT SOURCE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER
the menu option. Use the left hand soft key to select the ANA source
setting. An asterix symbol will be displayed next to ANA when
selected. Press the MENU button to exit the option. The top line of
the LCD panel should now display ANA also.
See Set the signal type on page 17 also.
Choose the file type for video editing
The recording should be made in a file type that your editing software can handle. The choices for
recording are Microsoft .AVI type II, Canopus .AVI, both commonly used in Windows based
computers. QuickTime .MOV files used in Macs and .MXF [OP1a] a file format which can be
supported by a growing number of editing software packages, Avid being the most well known.
Note: The file format started with one bin will apply to all subsequent recordings in that bin and can
only be changed after the bin is erased or emptied.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD FILE TYPE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the
right hand soft key to navigate to the file type required. Use the left hand soft key to select file setting.
An asterix symbol will be displayed next to file type when selected. Press the MENU button to exit
the option. The second line of the LCD panel should now display the recording file type chosen.
Select the audio sampling rate
This option will set the audio sampling rate to 48 KHz [16bit] or 32 KHz [12bit] when the video source
is analogue [ANA]. An audio sampling rate of 48 KHz [16bit] is preferred by most users. Note: Only
one type of audio sampling rate can be used within a recording bin.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET DEFAULT DV AUDIO option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Choose
between 48 KHz [16bit] or 32 KHz [12bit] audio sampling. An asterix symbol will be displayed next to
selected option. Press the MENU button to exit the option.
Set the record date
The date attribute of the created file is set to this date value when the source is analogue. Each file
representing a clip gets it own date. If the source is digital then the record date is taken from the
source digital stream. If that date is invalid or corrupt then the current record date set by this option is
used instead.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD DATE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the left hand
soft key to ENTER the SET YEAR option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the SET MONTH
or SET DAY option. Once an option is selected use the soft keys to change the value to the date
required. Once correctly set press the MENU button twice to exit the SET RECORD DATE option.
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How to prepare to record from a DV25 input
Wired Connections
Connect the video source to the DV25 IEEE1394 6pin input on the rear of the recorder. Audio will be
taken from the same DV25 IEEE1394 6pin input source.
Set the unit to record from a digital source [DIG]
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to
the SELECT SOURCE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER
the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to select the DIG source
setting. An asterix symbol will be displayed next to DIG when
selected. Press the MENU button to exit the option. The top line of
the LCD panel should now display DIG also.
See Set the signal type on page 17 also.
Choose the file type for video editing
The recording should be made in a file type that your editing software can handle. The choices for
recording are Microsoft .AVI type II, Canopus .AVI, both commonly used in Windows based
computers. QuickTime .MOV files used in Macs and .MXF [OP1a] a file format which can be
supported by a growing number of editing software packages. Avid being the most well known.
Note: The file format started with one bin will apply to all subsequent recordings in that bin and can
only be changed after the bin is erased or emptied.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD FILE TYPE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the
right hand soft key to navigate to the file type required. Use the left hand soft key to select file setting.
An asterix symbol will be displayed next to file type when selected. Press the MENU button to exit
the option. The second line of the LCD panel should now display the recording file type chosen.
Audio sampling rate
When the video source is digital [DIG] the DN-700 recorder will match the audio sampling rate of the
source equipment.
Set the record date (optional)
The date attribute of the created file is set to this date value when the source is analogue. Each file
representing a clip gets it own date. If the source is digital then the record date is taken from the
source digital stream. If that date is invalid or corrupt then the current record date set by this option is
used instead.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD DATE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the left hand
soft key to ENTER the SET YEAR option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the SET MONTH
or SET DAY option. Once an option is selected use the soft keys to change the value to the date
required. Once correctly set press the MENU button twice to exit the SET RECORD DATE option.
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How to prepare to record from a HDV input
Wired Connections
Connect the video source to the HDV IEEE1394 6pin input on the rear of the recorder. Audio will be
taken from the same HDV IEEE1394 6pin input source.
Set the unit to record from a digital source [DIG]
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to
the SELECT SOURCE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER
the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to select the DIG source
setting. An asterix symbol will be displayed next to DIG when
selected. Press the MENU button to exit the option. The top line of
the LCD panel should now display DIG also.
See Set the signal type on page 17 also.
Choose the file type for video editing
The only choice for recording HDV video with this recorder is .M2T. This file can now be used with
most editing software. However, in some cases the file has to be converted before it can be edited.
Note: The file format started with one bin will apply to all subsequent recordings in that bin and can
only be changed after the bin is erased or emptied.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD FILE TYPE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the
right hand soft key to navigate to the file type required. Use the left hand soft key to select file setting.
An asterix symbol will be displayed next to file type when selected. Press the MENU button to exit
the option. The second line of the LCD panel should now display the recording file type chosen.
Audio sampling rate
When the video source is digital [DIG] the DN-700 recorder will match the audio sampling rate of the
source equipment.
Set the record date
The date attribute of the created file is set to this date value when the source is analogue. Each file
representing a clip gets it own date. If the source is digital then the record date is taken from the
source digital stream. If that date is invalid or corrupt then the current record date set by this option is
used instead.
Press the MENU button and use the right hand soft key to navigate to the RECORD SETUP option.
Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the
SET RECORD DATE option. Use the left hand soft key to ENTER the menu option. Use the left hand
soft key to ENTER the SET YEAR option. Use the right hand soft key to navigate to the SET MONTH
or SET DAY option. Once an option is selected use the soft keys to change the value to the date
required. Once correctly set press the MENU button twice to exit the SET RECORD DATE option.
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Recording
Before starting a new recording ensure the recorder is set up correctly, please read pages 17 to 20
first.
Select an empty BIN in which to record
You can think of a BIN like a folder for holding a single or group of related video CLIPS.
The current BIN and its contents, if any, are shown on the Clip Status display, see page 11.
Use the right hand soft key labelled NEXT to move to the next BIN. You will see the BIN number
change each time you select NEXT or PREVIOUS.
The video length stored within the selected BIN is displayed in the format of Hours, Minutes, Seconds
and Frames [HH:MM:SS:FF]. So a BIN showing 00:00:00:00 is empty and a BIN showing 01:35:24:06
is just over one hour thirty five minutes long. For a new recording select an empty BIN.
Note: A CLIP is automatically started at the beginning of the BIN, if the bin is empty. If the BIN
already contains video the next CLIP is appended to the last CLIP in the BIN. A clip can never be
inserted between other clips in a bin. The minimum length of a CLIP is two seconds.
Recording
There are several ways of starting a record session depending how the recorder is configured.
1) Manually by holding the REC button down while pressing the PLAY button.
2) Press the record button on the camera or source device connected to the IEEE1394 port so it
triggers the Sync to tape feature of the recorder. See page 14 for more information
3) Using the Remote Serial interface. See the command protocol at the rear of this manual.
4) Simple contact closure circuit using a switch, contact or button wired to the GPI port on the
recorders rear panel. See page 27 for more information.
Note: If power is interrupted while recording, up to two seconds of the current video CLIP may be lost.
Record Pause
There are several ways of pausing a record session depending how the recorder is configured.
1) Manually by pressing the PLAY button. Press the PLAY button again to resume recording.
2) Press the record button on the camera or source device connected to the IEEE1394 port so it
triggers the Sync to tape feature of the recorder. See page 14 for more information
3) Using the Remote Serial interface. See the command protocol at the rear of this manual.
4) Simple contact closure circuit using a switch, contact or button wired to the GPI port on the
recorders rear panel. See page 27 for more information.
Note: Each time the recording is resumed a new CLIP will be created within the same recording BIN.
A maximum of 99 CLIPS can be created within a single BIN. The minimum length of a CLIP is two
seconds.
Mark a recording
When recording the right hand soft key is labelled MARK. Pressing this soft key whilst recording will
start a new CLIP, no frames are lost and the new clip is added to the same BIN. Marking a recording
in this way can help you to find important parts of your video footage quickly during playback or later
editing. Note: A maximum of 99 CLIPS can be marked or created in a single BIN. The minimum
length of a CLIP is two seconds.
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Record Stop
There are several ways to stop a record session depending how the recorder is configured.
1) Manually by pressing the STOP button.
2) When using the Sync to tape feature of the recorder first put the recorder into record pause
mode then press the STOP button on the recorder as you would do if recording manually.
See page 14 for more information
3) Using the Remote Serial interface. See the command protocol at the rear of this manual.
4) When using the GPI port on the recorder first put the recorder into record pause mode then
press the STOP button on the recorder as you would do if recording manually. See page 27
for more information
Special Record Setups
Time lapse recording
Time lapse can be a useful recording option when studying changes in a subject over a long period of
time such as in large scale building projects or scientific studies or even to create artistic animations.
In this option a recording can be set up to capture from one of six time lapse settings.
They are:
1 frame per second,
1 frame per 2 seconds,
1 frame per 5 seconds,
every 4th frame,
every other frame
or 1 frame per trigger. The trigger connection is using the GPI interface.
Composite or DV25 sources can be used.
Note: This feature cannot be used with HDV sources.
Note: This mode is not saved when power is interrupted.
Note: A new clip is only created at the beginning of a time lapse recording.
Pre-trigger Record Memory
When this option is enabled the recorder is always in a record-ready mode when it is not playing. In
this mode it is continuously storing live video data in its internal buffer which is 8 seconds in length.
When a recording is started the last 8 seconds of video prior to the record trigger already exists and is
then stored to disk before the rest of the video is captured.
Note: This mode is not saved when power is interrupted.
Power on auto record
If this option is enabled when the unit is powered on the recorder will begin recording immediately.
The current BIN and the last settings used before the recorder was switched off will be used for the
next recording.
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Playback
Select a recorded BIN to Playback
You can think of a video BIN as being like a folder for holding a single or group of related video CLIPS.
The current BIN and its contents, if any, are shown on the Clip Status display, see page 11.
Use the right hand soft key labelled NEXT to move to the next BIN. You will see the BIN number
change each time you select NEXT or PREVIOUS.
The video length stored within the current BIN is also displayed in the format of Hours, Minutes,
Seconds and Frames [HH:MM:SS:FF]. So a BIN showing 00:00:00:00 is empty and a BIN showing
01:35:24:06 is just over one hour thirty five minutes long.
Before pressing the PLAY button, first select the correct BIN where the required video has been
recorded.
Note: If you select an empty BIN then nothing will happen when you press the PLAY button.
Playback
There are several ways of starting playback depending how the recorder is configured.
1) Manually by using the PLAY button.
2) Using the Remote Serial interface. See the command protocol at the rear of this manual.
3) Simple contact closure circuit using a switch, contact or button wired to the GPI port on the
recorders rear panel. See page 27 for more information.
When in playback mode the soft keys will change to FREV and FFWD for fast reverse and fast
forward. Repeatedly pressing a soft key will cause the playback to go faster in the chosen direction
up to 32x speed. A speed other than 1x is displayed in the bottom line of the LCD panel.
While playing video pressing the Menu button will give an alternate set of soft key choices; SLOW
and FAST. These keys, while keeping the same current play direction, will extend the control of the
speed down to the slow motion range of 1/32x. The Menu button will toggle between the two sets of
keys.
Pressing the Play button again will return to 1x play in the forward direction.
Playback in BIN or CLIP centric mode
Depending on how the Play Setup menu options are set, see page 15, the recorder will either play
back ONLY the last CLIP within the current BIN or play back ALL CLIPS within the selected BIN.
When the BIN Centric Mode is enabled [ON] the play back function plays ALL the CLIPS recorded in
the current BIN.
When the BIN Centric Mode is disabled [OFF] the play back function only plays the current or last
CLIP recorded within the selected BIN.
Note that the current selection will be marked with an asterisk [*].
Pause and go to Mark
While playing back a video clip, pressing the PLAY button again will pause the video playback. While
the video is paused, the soft keys will be labelled l< and >l. These keys allow direct access to the
Clip Markers that are the start and end frames of each CLIP within the current BIN. Counting the end
frame of the last clip, there will always be one more mark than there are clips. In this mode, the clip
number display will be substituted with a mark number display.
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Frame stepping
Pressing the Menu key again will present an alternate set of soft keys, these will be <ll and ll> for
reverse and forward Frame Stepping.
Note: Holding either key down for more than 2 seconds will cause a rapid stepping in that direction.
Loop Play
When loop play is enabled and the last frame of the clip is reached the unit will start playing over from
the first frame of the first clip with no time lost. To set up Loop Play see page 15.
Power on Auto Play
When this option is enabled the recorder will immediately begin playing back the current BIN or CLIP
when first powered up. To set up Power On Auto Play see page 15.
Transferring files to a computer
Preparation
The MAKING MEDIA FILES menu process must be undertaken with the recorder before removing
and connecting the HE-1 drive enclosure to a computer with a USB 2.0 cable.
MAKING MEDIA FILES
This menu operation prepares the video content already on the HE-1 drive to be seen by a computer
by building the selected file wrappers around the recorded content and emulating the chosen
operating file system. Two choices are available, FAT32 and NTFS and they are chosen using the
SETUP FAT32/NTFS menu option. See pages 15 and 16 for more information.
Operating File System limitations
The FAT32 format is compatible with both Macs and PCs. This format limits the size of a file to a
maximum of 2GB, that translates to approximately nine minutes of video. A clip that lasts longer than
nine minutes is broken into multiple files each 2GB long with the last one making up any remaining
time. When these files are placed on an editing time line, no video is lost in the transition between
files. FAT32 also has a clip boundary of 2 seconds so it is best to make a recording longer than 2
seconds.
The NTFS format is fully compatible with PCs and is read compatible with Macs. Its main advantage
is that it does not impose a file size limitation resulting in one file per recording. NTFS’ clip boundary
is frame accurate.
Note: Some editing software packages cannot accept video file sizes greater than 40GB, make sure
your edit software is not affected if you plan on shooting one long continuous take greater than two
hours and using NTFS.
File Organization
After the media conversion is made using MAKING MEDIA FILES, all bins that contain video will
appear to the computer as folders named BINxx. Where xx represents the BIN number ranging from
01 to 99. Inside each BIN folder, each clip will be represented as a separate file with an extension
name like .avi, .mov depending on the setting chosen prior to recording. Each file will be named
BxxCnnyy where xx again represents the BIN number; nn represents the CLIP number ranging from
01 to 99. The number yy is the number of the spilt file caused by the FAT32 limitation.
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Removing and mounting the HE-1 drive enclosure to a Computer
Note: The MAKING MEDIA FILES menu process must be undertaken with the recorder before
removing and connecting the HE-1 drive enclosure to a computer with a USB 2.0 cable.
Turn the drive lock lever to the right to unlock the HE-1 drive enclosure. Push the HE-1 into the unit
and when released it will pop out a few centimetres. Gently pull the drive caddy clear of the recorder.
You may feel some slight resistance as the drive disconnects internally – this is normal.
The HE-1 drive enclosure is fitted with a mini USB connector on its rear; this can provide power to the
HDD, as well as allow the exchange of data.
Note: With some PCs and Laptops the USB bus power may not be enough to power the drive.
If the drive does not power up correctly please connect the second USB lead to another USB
port on your computer / Laptop.
Connect the supplied mini USB to USB A cable to the HE-1 drive caddy, and connect the double lead
to your PC or Laptop. If the drive does not power up correctly – connect the second USB connector to
the computer as well as the first.
The drive will appear on the computer as a volume called MediapacXX. Where XX is the number
value set up using HDD Volume ID feature as described on page 16.
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Safely dis-mounting the HE-1 drive from a computer
In order not to cause damage to the spinning drive within the HE-1 drive do not immediately
disconnect the USB 2.0 cable straight away. Instead use your Computer’s drive dis-mounting process
first and then physically remove the HE-1 drive after this process has been completed.
Windows 7
Apple Mac OSX
Windows computers have a Safely Remove Hardware process seen in the System Tray area and
Apple Mac computers have an Eject Drive/Hardware process in the Devices area.
Updating the Firmware
From time to time Datavideo may release new firmware to fix reported bugs in the current recorder
firmware or to add a new feature. Customers can update the recorder firmware themselves if they
wish or they can contact their local dealer or reseller for assistance should they prefer this method.
This section describes the firmware update process for the recorder, if you have all the items required
it should take approximately 20 minutes total time to complete.
Please contact your local dealer or Datavideo office for the latest firmware update file.
Once started the update process and power should not be interrupted in any way as this could
result in a non-responsive unit.
To update the firmware, first format the HE-1 drive in the recorder and then remove and connect it to
your computer via the supplied USB 2.0 cable.
Copy the firmware update file to the HE-1 drive root directory level, where all BIN video folders usually
appear, and rename the firmware file to “ flash “.
Then use the Windows safely remove hardware feature or eject the drive from the Mac computer.
Now, insert the HE-1 drive back into the recorder and select the UPDATE FIRMWARE option from
the SYSTEM SETUP menu.
WARNING: Once started the update process and power should not be interrupted in any way as
this could result in a non-responsive unit.
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GPI Control
GPI Trigger cabling and circuit
The recorder has a GPI socket on its rear panel. The GPI circuit runs on less than 5V DC. This power is supplied
by the recorders GPI port. You will need to manufacture a GPI trigger cable using a 3.5mm stereo jack connected
by two core cabling to a simple ‘contact on closure’ button or similar trigger. Wiring from Tip and sleeve on the
3.5mm stereo jack should show voltage when plugged into the recorder’s GPI port. Jack Tip is positive(+), jack
sleeve is negative(-) and ring is not used.
Depending on the settings of the recorder and the GPI menu option this unit can be configured to Record /
Record Pause or Play / Play Pause with the current video BIN.
If making a recording first set up the recorder in the normal way, refer to pages 11 to 22.
If playing back a file select the required video BIN on the LCD Clip Status Display. Now enter the Menu again
and go to the SYSTEM SETUP menu and choose the SET GPI TRIGGER MODE.
SET GPI TRIGGER MODE
In the SYSTEM SETUP menu use the option labelled SET GPI TRIGGER MODE. You can then make a choice
between the PULSE or LEVEL trigger. The selected choice is marked with an asterisk.
PULSE trigger Record process
Using the Clip Status Display and soft keys select an empty video BIN. Make sure the source device is
connected and working and the target file type on the recorder has been chosen. Press and hold in the Record
button on the front panel and then press the Play button. This should start the record process. The button on the
connected GPI cabling is then pressed forcing the unit into record pause mode. The unit is then ready to activate
record on the next press of the contact closure button. Each time the recorder starts recording a new clip will be
added to the bin [ Max 99 CLIPS per BIN ]. Press the stop button on the front panel of the recorder to end the
recording process.
LEVEL trigger Record process
Using the Clip Status Display and soft keys select an empty video BIN. Make sure the source device is
connected and working and the target file type on the recorder has been chosen. Press and hold in the Record
button on the front panel and then press the Play button. This should start the record process. The button on the
connected GPI cabling is then pressed forcing the unit into record pause mode for the length of the press.
However, when the button is released the recording process starts again. Each time the recorder starts recording
a new clip will be added to the bin [ Max 99 CLIPS per BIN ]. Press the stop button on the front panel of the
recorder to end the recording process.
The contact closure button may be working in the opposite way to the type of action you want to perform. A
mechanical change to the GPI contact closure trigger should fix this. ( Example: when pressed down the circuit is
broken and recording starts. When released the contact is made causing the pause action. )
Note: You may a have a couple of seconds footage at the beginning of the bin that you may wish to remove later
once the footage is transferred to a computer for editing.
PULSE trigger Playback process
Using the Clip Status Display and soft keys select a pre-recorded video BIN. Make sure the output device/monitor
is connected and working with the recorder. Press in the Play button on the recorder’s front panel. This should
start the playback. The button on the connected GPI cabling is then pressed forcing the unit into play pause
mode. The unit is then ready to playback from this point on the next press of the contact closure button. Press the
stop button on the front panel of the recorder to end playback of the video.
LEVEL trigger Playback process
Using the Clip Status Display and navigation buttons select a pre-recorded video BIN. Make sure the output
device/monitor is connected and working with the recorder. Press in the Play button on the recorder’s front panel.
This should start the playback. The button on the connected GPI cabling is then pressed forcing the unit into play
pause mode for the length of the press. However, when the button is released the playback starts again. Press
the stop button on the front panel of the recorder to end playback of the video.
The contact closure button may be working in the opposite way to the type of action you want to perform. A
mechanical change to the GPI contact closure trigger should fix this. ( Example: when pressed down the circuit is
broken and recording starts. When released the contact is made causing the pause action. )
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RS-232 Controller Command Set
Communication Format
Mode:
Character Length:
Data Rate:
Parity:
No synchronization
1 start bit + 8 data bits + 1 parity bit + 1 stop bit
38,400 Baud
Odd
Command Format
CMD1, CMD2, Data bytes …., Checksum byte
A Command is made up of two address bytes, CMD1 and CMD2, a variable number of Data bytes (Data from 0 up to 15) and a
Checksum byte. The Checksum byte is the modulo 256 sum of all preceding bytes.
The most significant nibble of the CMD1 byte represents the command group. The least significant nibble represents the
number of Data bytes to follow the CMD2 byte.
Command Protocol
CMD1, CMD2, Data bytes …., Checksum byte
Response: ACK
Other than the sense command, the unit will respond to all commands affirmatively by sending a three byte acknowledgement
(ACK) if the Checksum is valid. If the Checksum is not valid, the DN Recorder will ignore the command. Most commands will be
responded to within 8 msec. However, a PLAY command from an idle state will result in response delay of up to 700 msec.
During this busy time, all commands will be ignored.
Summary List of Commands
Command
System Control
00h, 11h, 11h
00h, F1h, F1h
00h, F2h, F2h
00h, F4h, F4h
00h, F5h, F5h
01h, F0h, XXh, csum
Name
Device Type Request
Next Bin
Previous Bin
Disable Loop Play
Enable Loop Play
Select Bin
Response
12h, 11h, 00h, 00h, 23h
10h, 01h, 11h
10h, 01h, 11h
10h, 01h, 11h
10h, 01h, 11h
10h, 01h, 11h
Name
Device Type
ACK
ACK
ACK
ACK
ACK
Connector Pin Assignment
Interface : 9 pin D-Sub female to 9 pin D-Sub female
The pin assignment of the Controller and DN-600 or DN-700 recorder is shown in the following table:
9 Pin D-Sub
Controller
DN-600 / 700
Pin 2 (Rx)
Pin 3 (Rx)
Pin 3 (Tx)
Pin 2 (Tx)
Pin 5 (GND)
Pin 5 (GND)
9 Pin D-Sub
System Control
00h, 11h Device Type request
The response is 00, 00 indicating Quick Capture
00h, F1h Next Bin
When this command is issued from the Idle state the next bin is selected. If the present bin is 99 then the next bin is 1.
00h, F2h Previous Bin
When this command is issued from the Idle state the previous bin is selected. If the present bin is 1 then the next bin is 99.
00h, F4h Disable Loop Play
When this command is issued from the Idle state the Loop Play feature is disabled. Loop Play is where the the last play
command is repeated from its beginning when the end is reached.
00h, F4h Enable Loop Play
When this command is issued from the Idle state the Loop Play feature is enabled. Loop Play is where the the last play
command is repeated from its beginning when the end is reached.
01h, F0h, XXh Select Bin XX
When this command is issued from the Idle state bin XX is selected. XX varies between 1 and 99. Illegal bins are ignored.
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01h, F3h, XXh Select and Empty Bin XX
When this command is issued from the Idle state bin XX is selected and all of its content is permanently deleted. XX varies
between 1 and 99. Illegal bins are ignored.
Sense Request
61h, 0Ch, 04h Current Time Sense
Requests the Time code data. The unit responds with 4 bytes indicating the present time code in Binary-Coded-Decimal. The
first byte holds the frame number, the second byte holds the seconds, the third the minutes and the fourth the hour. In the play
state, the time code returned is the time associated with the current frame being played, in the record state, the time code
returned represents the elapsed time recorded in the present bin.
Command
61h, 20h, OL, csum
61h, F0h, 04h, 55h
61h, F1h, 01h, 53h
Name
Status Sense
Current Frame Offset
Current Bin
Response
7Lh, 20h, Stat(L), csum
74h, 00h, FO(3:0), csum
61h, 00h, nn, csum
Name
Status
Frame Offset
Bin Number
24h, F1h, nn Play Offset nn
Frame Offset number nn is played. The number nn is made up of 4 binary encoded bytes and sent out with the least significant
byte first. This command may be issued from the idle state or any other Play state. Note: Frame Offset are represented in
absolute frame numbers where the first frame of the bin is 0.
24h, F2h, nn Play from Offset nn
Content of the present bin is played at 1x speed starting at Frame Offset nn. This command may be issued from the Idle state
or any other Play state.
24h, F3h, bb, nn Select Bin and Play Offset
Bin number bb is selected and Frame Offset number nn is played. This command may be issued from the idle state or any
other Play state.
24h, F4h, bb, nn Select Bin and Play from Offset
Content of the bin number bb is played at 1x speed starting at Frame Offset nn. This command may be issued from the idle
state or any other Play state.
24h, F5h, nn Play to Offset nn
Content of the present bin is played at 1x speed starting from present Frame Offset until Frame Offset nn at which point it
pauses. Frame Offset nn is 4 bytes and starts with the LSB. This command may be issued from the idle state or any other Play
state.
25h, F5h, bb, nn Select Bin and Play to Offset
Content of the bin number bb is played at 1x speed starting at Frame Offset 0 to Frame Offset nn then pause. Frame Offset nn
is 4 bytes and starts with the LSB. This command may be issued from the idle state or any other Play state.
29h, F5h, bb, nn, ee Select Bin and Play from Offset to Offset
Content of the bin number bb is played at 1x speed starting at Frame Offset nn to Frame Offset ee then pause. Frame Offsets
nn and ee are 4 bytes and start with the LSB. This
Transport Control
20h, 00h, Stop
The unit enters the idle state. In the A2D, the outputs reflect the video source as selected by the Front Panel.
20h, 01h Play
Content of the present bin is played at 1x speed. This command may be issued from the idle state or any other Play state.
20h 02h Record
The video is recorded from the selected source onto the current Bin. This command may be issued only from the idle state.
20h, 10h Fast Forward
A play state where video is played at the highest speed of 32x in the forward direction.
20h, 20h Fast Rewind
A play state where video is played at the highest speed of 32x in the reverse direction.
NOTE: When receiving one of the following commands (JOG, VARIABLE or SHUTTLE ), the unit will play forward or backward
according to the speed data.
The first data byte may only be a maximum of 80:
Play Speed=10(nn/32-2)
Note that setting nn to 0 will result in pausing the unit.
21h, 11h, nnh Jog Forward
21h, 12h, nnh Variable Forward
21h, 13h, nnh Shuttle Forward
A Play state where video is played at the commanded play speed as described above in the forward direction. Note: Setting
the speed to 0 causes the play to pause.
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21h, 21h, nnh Jog Reverse
21h, 22h, nnh Variable Reverse
21h, 23h, nnh Shuttle Reverse
A Play state where video is played at the commanded play speed as described above in the reverse direction. Note: Setting
the speed to 0 causes the play to pause.
21h, F0h, nnh Select Bin and Play
Content of the bin number nn is played at 1x speed from the beginning. This command may be issued from the idle state or any
other Play state
Command
01h, F3h, XXh, csum
Response
10h,01h,11h
Name
ACK
20h, 00h, 20h
Name
Select and Empty Bin
Transport Control
Stop
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 01h, 21h
Play
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 01h, 22h
Record
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 0Dh, 2Dh
Eject
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 10h, 30h
Fast Forward
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 20h, 40h
Fast Rewind
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 14h, 34h
Frame Step Forward
10h,01h,11h
ACK
20h, 24h, 44h
Frame Step Reverse
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 11h, nnh
Jog Forward
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 12h, nnh
Variable Forward
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 13h, nnh
Shuttle Forward
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 21h, nnh, csum
Jog Reverse
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 22h, nnh, csum
Variable Reverse
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 23h, nnh, csum
Shuttle Reverse
10h,01h,11h
ACK
21h, 11h, 00h, 32h
Play Pause
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F0h, nn, csum
Select Bin and Play
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F1h, nn (4x), csum
Play Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F2h, nn (4x), csum
Play from Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F3h, bb, nn (4x), csum
Select Bin and Play Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F4h, bb, nn (4x), csum
Select Bin and Play from Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
24h, F5h, nn (4x), csum
Play to Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
25h, F5h, XXh, YYh, YYh, YYh,
YYh, csum
29h, F6h, XXh, YYh, YYh, YYh,
ZZh, ZZh, ZZh, ZZh, csum
Select Bin and Play to Offset
10h,01h,11h
ACK
Select Bin and Play from Offset Y to Offset Z
10h,01h,11h
ACK
61h,0Ch,04h,71h
Sense Request
Current Time Sense
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74h, 00h, TC(3:0), csum
Time Code
Dimensions & Weight
Depth [Front to Rear] : 288.4mm
Width : 481mm / Standard 19” with rack ears
Height : 89mm / Standard 1RU without feet
Gross weight [Packed] : 4.86 Kg / 10.71 lbs
Nett Weight [Unit only] : 3.85 Kg / 8.48 lbs
Specifications
Analogue Video Inputs
Composite video 1.0Vp-p, 75 Ohms internally terminated
Analogue Video Outputs
Composite video 1.0Vp-p, must be terminated
Audio:
Bandwidth 20~20KHz < +/- 3dB
S/N Ratio > 50 dB
THD. < 0.15%
Time Code In
SMPTE, 0.5V to 5.0V p-p, BNC
Digital Video In/Out
IEEE-1394, 400Mbps max, 6-pin
GPI Trigger
1.65V Threshold, 100K Ohms input, contact closure
Recording and Playback Formats
Analogue Inputs and Outputs:
DV25
Digital Input and Output: DV25, HDV, DVCPro-25
Media File Format
DV25:
HDV:
Operating File System Compatibility
FAT32, NTFS
Input Voltage Requirement
12V typical
Power Consumption
18W
*.avi (Type II, Microsoft, Canopus), *.mov, *.mxf (OP1A)
*.m2t
Temperature
Operating:
Non-Operating:
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+40°F to +104°F (+4°C to +40°C)
-40°F to +149°F (-40°C to +65°C)
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