Sony DCR-TRV17E Download Manual

3-067-426-12 (1)
©2001 Sony Corporation
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, andretain it for future reference.
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DCR-TRV15E/TRV17E
Digital
Video Camera
Recorder
DCR-TRV17E2
English
Welcome!
NOTICE ON THE SUPPLIED AC POWER
ADAPTOR FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE
UNITED KINGDOM
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is fittedto this equipment for your safety andconvenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need tobe replaced, a 5 AMP fuse approved by ASTAor BSI to BS1362 (i.e., marked with or mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has adetachable fuse cover, be sure to attach thefuse cover after you change the fuse. Neveruse the plug without the fuse cover. If youshould lose the fuse cover, please contactyour nearest Sony service station.
ATTENTION
The electromagnetic fields at the specificfrequencies may influence the picture and soundof this digital camcorder.
This product has been tested and foundcompliant with the limits set out in the EMC
Directive for using connection cables shorter than
3 meters. (9.8 feet)
For the customers in Germany
Directive: EMC Directive 89/336/EEC.
92/31/EEC
This equipment complies with the EMCregulations when used under the followingcircumstances:•Residential area
•Business district
•Light-industry district
(This equipment complies with the EMCstandard regulations EN55022 Class B.)
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony
Digital Handycam
camcorder. With your Digital
Handycam, you can capture life’s preciousmoments with superior picture and soundquality.
Your Digital Handycam is loaded with advancedfeatures, but at the same time it is very easy touse. You will soon be producing home video thatyou can enjoy for years to come.
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not exposethe unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open thecabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
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English
Main Features
Taking moving or still images, and playing them back
•Recording a picture (p. 28)
•Recording a still image on a tape (p. 49)
•Playing back a tape (p. 41)
•Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s (p. 141) (DCR-TRV17E only)
•Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s (p. 149) (DCR-TRV17E only)
•Viewing a still image recorded on “Memory Stick” (p. 159) (DCR-TRV17E only)
•Viewing a moving picture recorded on “Memory Stick” (p. 163) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Capturing images on your computer
•Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick” using USB cable (p. 165) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Other uses
Functions to adjust exposure in the recording mode
• Back light (p. 35)
• NightShot/Super NightShot (p. 35)
• PROGRAM AE (p. 63)
• Adjusting the exposure manually (p. 66)
Functions to give images more impact
• Digital zoom (p. 33) The default setting is set to OFF. (To zoom greater than 10×, select the digitalzoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings.)
• Fader (p. 56)
• Picture effect (p. 59)
• Digital effect (p. 60)
• Digital program editing (p. 90)
• Title (p. 106, 110)
• MEMORY MIX (p. 153) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
• Landscape mode (p. 63)
• Sports lesson mode (p. 63)
• Manual focus (p. 67)
Functions to use after recording
• END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/Rec review (p. 39)
• DATA CODE (p. 42)
• SUPER LASER LINK (p. 48)
• Tape PB ZOOM (p. 77)/Memory PB ZOOM (p. 172) (DCR-TRV17E only)
• Zero set memory (p. 78)
• Title search (p. 79)
• HiFi SOUND (p. 116)4
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• END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/.......? .....? (..?. 39)
• DATA CODE (..?. 42)
• SUPER LASER LINK (..?. 48)
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TRV17E)
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• HiFi SOUND (..?. 124)
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Checking suppliedaccessories
Make sure that the following accessories aresupplied with your camcorder.
Contents of the recording cannot becompensated if recording or playback is notmade due to a malfunction of the camcorder,storage media, etc.
1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 228)
2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor
(1), Mains lead (1) (p. 18)
3 R6 (Size AA) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 228)
4 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 17, 18)
5 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 46, 86)
6 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 223)
7 Lens cap (1) (p. 28)
8 “Memory Stick” (1) (p. 131)
DCR-TRV17E only
9 USB cable (1) (p. 167)
DCR-TRV17E onlyq; CD-ROM (SPVD-004, USB Driver) (1)
(p. 167)
DCR-TRV17E onlyqa 21-pin adaptor (1) (p. 47)
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8 “Memory Stick” (1) (..?. 131)
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English
Table of contents
Main Features ............ 3
Checking supplied accessories ......... 5
Quick Start Guide ............ 10
Getting started
Using this manual .......... 14
Step 1 Preparing the power supply ........... 17
Installing the battery pack ........ 17
Charging the battery pack ........ 18
Connecting to the wall socket ......... 23
Step 2 Setting the date and time ............ 24
Step 3 Inserting a cassette .......... 26
Recording – Basics
Recording a picture ............. 28
Shooting backlit subjects
– BACK LIGHT ...... 35
Shooting in the dark
– Night Shot/Super NightShot ..... 35
Self-timer recording ............ 37
Checking the recording – END SEARCH /
EDITSEARCH / Rec Review .......... 39
Playback – Basics
Playing back a tape ......... 41
Viewing the recording on TV ......... 46
Advanced Recording Operations
Recording a still image on a tape
– Tape Photo recording ............ 49
Adjusting the white balance manually
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Using the wide mode .......... 55
Using the fader function ............ 56
Using special effects – Picture effect ........... 59
Using special effects – Digital effect ........... 60
Using the PROGRAM AE function ............. 63
Adjusting the exposure manually ......... 66
Focusing manually ......... 67
Interval recording ........... 69
Frame by frame recording
– Cut recording ............. 72
Advanced Playback Operations
Playing back a tape with picture effects
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Playing back a tape with digital effects
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Enlarging images recorded on tapes
– Tape PB ZOOM ......... 77
Quickly locating a scene using the zero setmemory function .......... 78
Searching the boundaries of recorded tapeby title – Title search ........... 79
Searching a recording by date
– Date search ............ 81
Searching for a photo
– Photo search/Photo scan ...... 83
Editing
Dubbing a tape ........ 86
Dubbing only desired scenes
– Digital program editing ......... 90
Audio dubbing ...... 102
Superimposing a title ........ 106
Making your own titles ........... 110
Labelling a cassette ............ 112
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ......... 114
“Memory Stick” Operations
(DCR-TRV17E only)
Using a “Memory Stick”
– introduction ......... 131
Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s
– Memory photo recording ........... 141
Recording an image from a tape as a stillimage .......... 147
Recording moving pictures on “Memory
Stick”s
– MPEG movie recording ....... 149
Recording a picture from a tape as a movingpicture ............. 151
Superimposing a still picture in a “Memory
Stick” on a moving picture
– MEMORY MIX......... 153
Copying still images from a tape
– Photo save ............ 157
Viewing a still picture
– Memory photo playback ............ 159
Viewing a moving picture
– MPEG movie playback ........ 163
Viewing images using computer ......... 165
Enlarging still images recorded on “Memory
Stick”s
– Memory PB ZOOM ......... 172
Playing back images in a continuous loop
– SLIDE SHOW ........... 174
Preventing accidental erasure
– Image protection ...... 176
Deleting images ............ 1787
Writing a print mark
– PRINT MARK ........... 181
Using the printer (optional) .......... 183
Troubleshooting
Types of trouble and their solutions ......... 185
Self-diagnosis display ....... 191
Warning indicators and messages ............ 192
Additional Information
Usable cassettes ...... 203
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack
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About i.LINK......... 208
Using your camcorder abroad ...... 210
Maintenance information andprecautions ...... 211
Specifications ......... 217
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls ............. 221
Index ............ 232
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Quick Start Guide
English
Quick Start Guide
This chapter introduces you to the basic features of yourcamcorder. See the page in parentheses “( )” for moreinformation.
Inserting a cassette (p. 26)
Connecting the mains lead (p. 23)
Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 17).
2 Push the middleportion of the back ofthe cassette to insert.
Insert the cassette in astraight line deeplyinto the cassettecompartment with thewindow facing out.
3 Close the cassettecompartment bypressing the mark on the cassettecompartment.
After the cassettecompartment goingdown completely,close the lid until itclicks.
1 Slide OPEN/
EJECT in thedirection of the arrowand open the lid.
EJECT
Open the DC INjack cover.
Connect the plug with its vmark facing up.
AC power adaptor (supplied)11
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CAMERA
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Quick Start Guide
Recording a picture (p. 28)
Monitoring the playback picture on the LCDscreen (p. 41)
NOTE
Do not pick up your camcorder byholding the viewfinder, the LCDpanel, or the battery pack.
1 Set the POWERswitch to
PLAYER whilepressing the smallgreen button.
2 Press m to rewind the tape.
3 Press N to start playback.
When you purchase your camcorder, the clock setting is set to off. If you want to record the dateand time for a picture, set the clock setting before recording (p. 24).
1 Remove the lens cap.
3 To open the LCDpanel, press OPEN.
The picture appears onthe screen.
Viewfinder
When the LCD panel is closed, use the viewfinderplacing your eye against its eyecup.
2 Set the POWER switch to CAMERA whilepressing the small green button.
4 Press START/STOP. Your camcorder startsrecording. To stop recording, press START/
STOP again.12
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The instructions in this manual are for the twomodels listed in the table below. Before you startreading this manual and operating yourcamcorder, check the model number by lookingat the bottom of your camcorder. The DCR-
TRV17E is the model used for illustrationpurposes. Otherwise, the model name isindicated in the illustrations. Any differences inoperation are clearly indicated in the text, forexample, “DCR-TRV17E only”.
As you read through this manual, buttons andsettings on your camcorder are shown in capitalletters.e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
When you carry out an operation, you can hear abeep sound to indicate that the operation is beingcarried out.
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The model with MEMORY marked on the
POWER switch is provided with memoryfunctions. See page 131 for details.
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This intelligent accessory shoe is designed touse a printer (optional) (p. 183).
— Getting started —
Using this manual
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Note on Cassette Memory
Your camcorder is based on the DV format. Youcan only use mini DV cassettes with yourcamcorder. We recommend that you use a tapewith cassette memory .
The functions which require different operationsdepending on whether the tape has the cassettememory or not are:•End search (p. 39)
•Date search (p. 81)
•Photo search (p. 83)
The functions you can operate only with thecassette memory are:•Title search (p. 79)
•Superimposing a title (p. 106)
•Making your own titles (p. 110)
•Labelling a cassette (p. 112)
For details, see page 203.
You see this mark in the introduction ofthe features that are operated only withcassette memory.
Tapes with cassette memory are marked by
(Cassette Memory).
Note on TV colour systems
TV colour systems differ from country tocountry. To view your recordings on a TV, youneed an PAL system-based TV.
Copyright precautions
Television programmes, films, video tapes, andother materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorised recording of such materials may becontrary to the provision of the copyright laws.
Using this manual16
Using this manual
Precautions on camcorder care
Lens and LCD screen/finder (onmounted models only)
•The LCD screen and the finder aremanufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of thepixels are operational for effective use.
However, there may be some tiny blackpoints and/or bright points (white, red, blueor green in colour) that constantly appear onthe LCD screen and the finder. These pointsare normal in the manufacturing process anddo not affect the recording in any way.
•Do not let your camcorder get wet. Keep yourcamcorder away from rain and sea water.
Letting your camcorder get wet may cause yourcamcorder to malfunction. Sometimes thismalfunction cannot be repaired [a].
•Never leave your camcorder exposed totemperatures above 60 °C (140°F), such as in acar parked in the sun or under direct sunlight
[b].
•Be careful when placing the camera near awindow or outdoors. Exposing the LCD screen,the finder or the lens to direct sunlight for longperiods may cause malfunctions [c].
•Do not directly shoot the sun. Doing so mightcause your camcorder to malfunction. Takepictures of the sun in low light conditions suchas dusk [d].
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Step 1 Preparing thepower supply
Installing the battery pack
Install the battery pack to use your camcorderoutdoors.
(1) Lift up the viewfinder.
(2) Slide the battery pack down until it clicks.
To remove the battery pack
(1) Lift up the viewfinder.
(2) Slide the battery pack out in the direction ofthe arrow while pressing BATT down.
If you use the large capacity battery pack
If you install the NP-FM70/FM90/FM91 batterypack on your camcorder, extend its viewfinder.
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2
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2
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Charging the battery pack
Use the battery pack after charging it for yourcamcorder.
Your camcorder operates only with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series).
See page 206 for details of “InfoLITHIUM”battery pack.
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the
AC power adaptor supplied with yourcamcorder to the DC IN jack on yourcamcorder with the plug’s v mark facing up.
(2) Connect the mains lead to the AC poweradaptor.
(3) Connect the mains lead to the wall socket.
(4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Charging begins. The remaining battery timeis indicated in minutes on the displaywindow.
When the remaining battery indicator changes to
, normal charge is completed. To fully chargethe battery (full charge), leave the battery packattached for about one hour after normal chargeis completed until FULL appears in the displaywindow. Fully charging the battery allows you touse the battery longer than usual.
The number in the illustration of the displaywindow may differ from that on your camcorder.
Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
1
2
4
PLAYER
CAMERA
MEMORY
OFF(CHG) POWER19
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........
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....... ......... ............
..........? ..... ..? 25 °? (77 °F).
After charging the battery pack
Disconnect the AC power adaptor from the DC
IN jack on your camcorder.
Note
Prevent metallic objects from coming into contactwith the metal parts of the DC plug of the ACpower adaptor. This may cause a short-circuit,damaging the AC power adaptor.
When the battery pack is charged fully
“FULL” appears in the display window.
Remaining battery time indicator
The remaining battery time you record with theviewfinder is displayed.
The remaining battery time indicator in thedisplay window indicates the approximaterecording time with the viewfinder.
Until your camcorder calculates the actualremaining battery time
“– – – min” appears in the display window.
Approximate minutes to charge an empty batterypack at 25 °C (77 °F).
Charging time/Vereiste oplaadtijd
Battery pack/ Full charge (Normal charge)/
Batterijpak Voor volledige lading (resp. normale lading)
NP-FM30 (supplied)/
145 (85)
(bijgeleverd)
NP-FM50 150 (90)
NP-FM70 240 (180)
NP-FM90 330 (270)
NP-FM91 360 (300)
Step 1 Preparing the powersupply20
Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
Approximate minutes when you use a fullycharged battery
* Approximate continuous recording time at
25 °C (77 °F). The battery life will beshorter if you use your camcorder in a coldenvironment.
** Approximate number of minutes whenrecording while you repeat recording start/stop, zooming and turning the power on/off.
The actual battery life may be shorter.
Recording time/..... .....?
DCR-TRV15E
Recording with Recording withthe viewfinder/ the LCD screen/
Battery pack/
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125 65 90 45
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NP-FM50 200 110 150 75
NP-FM70 415 225 310 165
NP-FM90 630 345 475 255
NP-FM91 725 395 550 290
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120 60 80 40
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NP-FM70 400 220 275 145
NP-FM90 600 330 425 225
NP-FM91 695 380 490 255
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Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
Approximate minutes when you use a fullycharged battery
Approximate minutes when playing back at
25 °C (77 ºF). The battery life will be shorter ifyou use your camcorder in a cold environment.
The recording and playing times of a normallycharged battery are about 90 % of those of a fullycharged battery.
Playing time/....? .........?
DCR-TRV15E
Playing time Playing time
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100 135
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NP-FM91 585 785
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85 130
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NP-FM70 295 430
NP-FM90 450 655
NP-FM91 520 755
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10 °? .. 30 °? (50 °F – 86 °F).
Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
If the power goes off although the batteryremaining indicator indicates that the batterypack has enough power to operate
Charge the battery pack fully again so that theindication on the battery remaining indicator iscorrect.
What is ”InfoLITHIUM”?
The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery packwhich can exchange data such as batteryconsumption with compatible electronicequipment. This unit is compatible with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Yourcamcorder operates only with the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” Mseries battery packs have the
SERIES
TM
mark.
“InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
We recommend charging the battery pack in anambient temperature of between 10 °C to 30 °C
(50 °F to 86 °F).23
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Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
Connecting to a wall socket
When you use your camcorder for a long time,we recommend that you power it from a wallsocket using the AC power adaptor.
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover, pulling the coverout a little and rotating it. Connect the ACpower adaptor supplied with your camcorderto the DC IN jack on your camcorder with theplug’s v mark facing up.
(2) Connect the mains lead to the AC poweradaptor.
(3) Connect the mains lead to a wall socket.
PRECAUTION
The set is not disconnected from the AC powersource (wall socket) as long as it is connected tothe wall socket, even if the set itself has beenturned off.
Notes
•Place the AC power adaptor near a wall socket.
While using the AC power adaptor, if anytrouble occurs with this unit, disconnect theplug from the wall socket as soon as possible tocut off the power.
•The AC power adaptor can supply power evenif the battery pack is attached to yourcamcorder.
•The DC IN jack has “source priority.” Thismeans that the battery pack cannot supply anypower if the mains lead is connected to the DC
IN jack, even when the power cord is notplugged into a wall socket.
Using a car battery
Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
Refer to the operating instractions of the DC
Adaptor/Charger for further information.
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MEMORY (...... ...... DCR-TRV17E).
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(1) .......... ..........• POWER ?
........• CAMERA ..• MEMORY (......
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Step 2 Setting thedate and time
Set the date and time settings when you use yourcamcorder for the first time. “CLOCK SET” willbe displayed each time that you set the POWERswitch to CAMERA/MEMORY (DCR-TRV17Eonly) unless you set the date and time settings.
If you do not use your camcorder for about fourmonths, the date and time settings may bereleased (bars may appear) because the built-inrechargeable battery in your camcorder will havebeen discharged (p. 212).
First, set the year, then the month, the day, thehour and then the minute.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or
MEMORY (DCR-TRV17E only), and thenpress MENU to display the menu settings.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ,then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
CLOCK SET, then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust thedesired year, then press the dial.
(5) Set the month, day and hour by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and pressing the dial.
(6) Set the minute by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial and pressing the dial by the timesignal. The clock starts to move.
(7) Press MENU to make the menu settingsdisappear.
MANUAL SET
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE
[MENU] : END
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET – – : – – : – –
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE
RETURN

[MENU] : END
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE 2001 1 1
RETURN

0 00
[MENU] : END
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET 4 7 2001
LTR SIZE 17:30:00
DEMO MODE
RETURN

[MENU] : END
SETUP MENU
CLOCK SET
LTR SIZE
DEMO MODE 2001 7 4
RETURN

17 30
[MENU] : END
MENU
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0 00
2001 1 1
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........? .... .......... ........?
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“– –:– –:– –” ....? ............ ? ........
.... ...... .. ....? ? “Memory Stick”
(...... ...... DCR-TRV17E).
.......... ? .......... ......?
.......... .... ....? ..........?
........ ? 24-......? ....?.
Step 2 Setting the date and time
The year changes as follows:If you do not set the date and time
“– –:– –:– –” is recorded on the data code of thetape and the “Memory Stick” (DCR-TRV17Eonly).
Note on the time indicator
The internal clock of your camcorder operates ona 24-hour cycle.
1995 T · · · · t 2001 T · · · · t 207926
....? 3 ........?
......?
(1) .......... ........ ......?.
(2) ........ ............• OPEN/
EJECT ? ..........? ......? ?
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...... ......? ? ...... 3.
Step 3 Inserting acassette
(1) Install the power source.
(2) Slide OPEN/ EJECT in the direction ofthe arrow and open the lid. The cassettecompartment automatically lifts up andopens.
(3) Push the middle portion of the back of thecassette to insert.
Insert the cassette in a straight line deeply intothe cassette compartment with the windowfacing out.
(4) Close the cassette compartment by pressingthe mark on the cassette compartment.
The cassette compartment automatically goesdown.
(5) After the cassette compartment going downcompletely, close the lid until it clicks.
To eject a cassette
Follow the procedure above, and take out thecassette in step 3.
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4
3, 4 5 2
OPEN/ EJECT27
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........ .......... ? ........? ......
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..? ......... .......... ........
........ ........ ...... ...... ..
......?, ....? .... ....? ......? ....?.
....? ............? ......?
.. ........? ...... EDITSEARCH.
Note
Do not press the cassette compartment downforcibly. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
The cassette compartment may not be closedwhen you press any part of the lid other than the
mark.
When you use cassette with cassette memory
Read the instruction about cassette memory touse this function properly (p. 203).
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette toexpose the red mark.
When ejecting a cassette
Do not press EDITSEARCH.
Step 3 Inserting a cassette28
— Recording – Basics —
Recording a picture
Your camcorder automatically focuses for you.
(1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobson its sides and attatch the lens cap to the gripstrap.
(2) Install the power source and insert a cassette.
See “Step 1” to “Step 3” for more information
(p. 17 to p. 27).
(3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA whilepressing the small green button. Yourcamcorder is set to the standby mode.
(4) To open the LCD panel, press OPEN. Theviewfinder automatically turns off.
(5) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder startsrecording. The REC indicator appears. Thecamera recording lamp located on the front ofyour camcorder lights up. To stop recording,press START/STOP again.
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..........? ..? ..?.
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(2) .......... ........ ......? ? ........
......?.
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....? ........? ........... (..?. 17 –
..?. 27).
(3) ......? ........? ......? ......,
.......... ............• POWER ?
........• CAMERA. .... ..........?
....? ..........? .. ....? .........
(4) ..? .......... ...... ..? ......?
...... OPEN. ............ ..........
............?.
(5) ......? ...... START/STOP. ....
..........? ........ ....... ........
........? “REC”. ........ ......
......?, ............? .. ........
...... ....? ..........?, ....? .......
..? ........? ...... ....? ......?
...... START/STOP.
0:00:01 40min REC
5
13
2
4
PLAYER
CAMERA
MEMORY
OFF(CHG)
POWER
Microphone/........
Camera recording lamp/
........ ......
............
LOCK Switch/
............?
LOCK29
Recording – Basics ...... – ........ ........?
Recording a picture
Notes
•Fasten the grip strap firmly.
•Do not touch the built-in microphone duringrecording.
Note on Recording mode
Your camcorder records and plays back in the SP
(standard play) mode and in the LP (long play)mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings. In the
LP mode, you can record 1.5 times as long as inthe SP mode.
When you record a tape in the LP mode on yourcamcorder, we recommend playing the tape onyour camcorder.
Note on the LOCK switch (DCR-TRV17E only)
When you slide the LOCK switch to the right, the
POWER switch can no longer be set to MEMORYaccidentally. LOCK switch is set to the left beforeyour camcorder leaves the factory.
To enable smooth transition
Transition between the last scene you recordedand the next scene is smooth as long as you donot eject the cassette even if you turn off yourcamcorder.
However, check the following:•Do not mix recordings in the SP mode and onesin the LP mode on one tape.
•When you change the battery pack, set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
•When you use a tape with cassette memory,however, you can make the transition smootheven after ejecting the cassette if you use the
END SEARCH function (p. 39).
If you leave your camcorder in the standbymode for five minutes while the cassette isinserted
Your camcorder automatically turns off. This isto save battery power and to prevent battery andtape wear. To resume the standby mode, set the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG), and to CAMERAagain.
When you record in the SP and LP modes onone tape or you record some scenes in the LPmode
The playback picture may be distorted or thetime code may not be written properly betweenscenes.
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Recording data
The recording data (date/time or various settingswhen recorded) are not displayed whilerecording. However, they are recordedautomatically onto tape. To display the recordingdate and time, press DATA CODE on the Remote
Commander during playback.
Adjusting the LCD screen
The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to theviewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lensside.
If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces theother way, the indicator appears on the LCDscreen and in the viewfinder (Mirror mode).
When closing the LCD panel, set it verticallyuntil it clicks, and swing it into the camcorderbody.
Note
When using the LCD screen except in the mirrormode, the viewfinder automatically turns off.
When you use the LCD screen outdoors indirect sunlight
The LCD screen may be difficult to see. If thishappens, we recommend that you use theviewfinder.
Picture in the mirror mode
The picture on the LCD screen is a mirror-image.
However, the picture will be normal whenrecorded.
During recording in the mirror mode
ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote
Commander does not work.
Indicators in the mirror mode
The STBY indicator appears as Xz and REC asz. Some of the other indicators appear mirror-reversed and others are not displayed.
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Adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with
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LCD screen backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight.
Select LCD B.L. in the menu settings
(p. 117).
Even if you adjust the LCD screen backlight orbrightness of the LCD screen
The recorded picture will not be affected.
After recording
(1) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
(2) Close the LCD panel.
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If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed,check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust theviewfinder lens to your eyesight so that theindicators in the viewfinder come into sharpfocus.
Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinderlens adjustment lever.
Viewfinder backlight
You can change the brightness of the backlight.
Select VF B.L. in the menu settings. (p. 117)
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Using the zoom feature
Move the power zoom lever a little for a slowerzoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Using the zoom function sparingly results inbetter-looking recordings.
“T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer)
“W” side: for wide-angle (subject appears fartheraway)
To use zoom greater than 10×
Zoom greater than 10× is performed digitally. Toactivate digital zoom, select the digital power in
D ZOOM in the menu settings. The digital zoomfunction is set to OFF as a default settings.
(p. 115)
When you shoot close to a subject
If you cannot get a sharp focus, move the powerzoom lever to the “W” side until the focus issharp. You can shoot a subject that is at leastabout 80 cm (about 2 feet 5/8 inch) away fromthe lens surface in the telephoto position, orabout 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) away in the wide-angle position.
Notes on digital zoom
•Digital zoom starts to function when zoomexceeds 10×.
•The picture quality deteriorates as you movethe power zoom lever toward the “T” side.
•You cannot use the digital zoom when the
POWER switch is set to MEMORY (DCR-
TRV17E only).
Recording a picture
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