Sony DCR-TRV17E Download Manual

3-067-427-11 (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
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Recorder
DCR-TRV17E2
English
Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony
Digital Handycam
camcorder. With your Digital
Handycam, you can capture lifes 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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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 Sticks (p. 146) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Recording moving pictures on Memory Sticks (p. 155) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Viewing a still image recorded on Memory Stick (p. 167) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Viewing a moving picture recorded on Memory Stick (p. 171) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Capturing images on your computer
Using with analog video unit and your computer (p. 101)
Viewing images recorded on Memory Stick using USB cable (p. 173) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Other uses
Functions to adjust exposure in the recording mode
Backlight (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. 89)
Title (p. 112, 116)
MEMORY MIX (p. 161) (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. 47)
Tape PB ZOOM (p. 76)/Memory PB ZOOM (p. 182) (DCR-TRV17E only)
Zero set memory (p. 77)
Title search (p. 78)
HiFi SOUND (p. 122)4

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Getting started
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. 238)
2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor
(1), Mains lead (1) (p. 18)
3 R6 (Size AA) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 239)
4 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 17, 18)
5 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 46, 85)
6 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 233)
7 Lens cap (1) (p. 28)
8 Memory Stick (1) (p. 137)
DCR-TRV17E only
9 USB cable (1) (p. 175)
DCR-TRV17E only
0 CD-ROM (SPVD-004, USB Driver) (1)
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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 ...... 53
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 ........... 68
Frame by frame recording
Cut recording ............. 71
Advanced Playback Operations
Playing back a tape with picture effects ..... 73
Playing back a tape with digital effects ...... 74
Enlarging recorded images
Tape PB ZOOM ......... 76
Quickly locating a scene using the zero setmemory function .......... 77
Searching the boundaries of recorded tapeby title Title search ........... 78
Searching a recording by date
Date search ............ 80
Searching for a photo
Photo search/Photo scan ...... 82
Editing
Dubbing a tape ........ 85
Dubbing only desired scenes
Digital program editing ......... 89
Using with analog video unit and personalcomputer Signal convert function ... 101
Recording video or TV programmes ........ 103
Inserting a scene from a VCR
Insert editing ............ 106
Audio dubbing ...... 108
Superimposing a title ........ 112
Making your own titles ........... 116
Labelling a cassette ............ 118
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ......... 120
Memory Stick Operations
(DCR-TRV17E only)
Using a Memory Stick introduction ... 137
Recording still images on Memory Sticks
Memory Photo recording ........... 146
Recording an image from a tape as a stillimage .......... 152
Recording moving pictures on Memory
Sticks MPEG movie recording ....... 155
Recording a picture from a tape as a movingpicture ............. 157
Superimposing a still picture in a Memory
Stick on a moving picture
MEMORY MIX......... 161
Copying still images from a tape
Photo save ............ 165
Viewing a still picture
Memory photo playback ............ 167
Viewing a moving picture
MPEG movie playback ........ 171
Viewing images using your computer ..... 173
Copying the image recorded on Memory
Sticks to tapes ............ 180
Enlarging still images recorded on Memory
Sticks Memory PB ZOOM ......... 182
Playing back images in a continuous loop
SLIDE SHOW ........... 184
Preventing accidental erasure
Image protection ...... 186
Deleting images ............ 1887
Writing a print mark
PRINT MARK .......... 191
Using the printer (optional) .......... 193
Troubleshooting
Types of trouble and their solutions ......... 195
Self-diagnosis display ....... 201
Warning indicators and messages ............ 202
Additional Information
Usable cassettes ............ 213
About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack
............. 216
About i.LINK ........ 218
Using your camcorder abroad ...... 220
Maintenance information andprecautions ...... 221
Specifications ......... 227
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls ............. 231
Index ............ 242
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Quick Start Guide
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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.
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Open the DC INjack cover.
Connect the plug with its vmark facing up.
AC power adaptor (supplied)11
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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 VCRwhile pressing thesmall greenbutton.
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 CAMERAwhile pressing the small green button.
4 Press START/STOP. Your camcorder startsrecording. To stop recording, press START/
STOP again.12
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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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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. 80)
Photo search (p. 82)
The functions you can operate only with thecassette memory are:Title search (p. 78)
Superimposing a title (p. 112)
Making your own titles (p. 116)
Labelling a cassette (p. 118)
For details, see page 213.
You see this mark in the introduction ofthe features that are operated only withcassette memory.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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See page 216 for details of InfoLITHIUMbattery pack.
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the
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(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).
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The number in the illustration of the displaywindow may differ from that on your camcorder.
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After charging the battery pack
Disconnect the AC power adaptor from the DC
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FULL appears in the display window.
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The remaining battery time you record with theviewfinder is displayed.
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Approximate minutes to charge an empty batterypack at 25 C (77 F).
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** 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.
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Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
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The recording and playing times of a normallycharged battery are about 90% of those of a fullycharged battery.
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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
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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).
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Getting started
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 theplugs 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.
Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
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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. 222).
First, set the year, then the month, the day, thehour and then the minute.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or
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(7) Press MENU to make the menu settingsdisappear.
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Getting started
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.
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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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Getting started
Step 3 Inserting a cassette
Note
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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. 213).
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette toexpose the red mark.
When ejecting a cassette
Do not press EDITSEARCH.
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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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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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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
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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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(3) Eject the cassette.
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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. 123)
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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. 121)
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.
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Indicators displayed in therecording mode
The indicators are not recorded on tapes.
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The remaining battery time indicator roughlyindicates the recording time. The indicator maynot be correct, depending on the conditions inwhich you are recording. When you close the
LCD panel and open it again, it takes about oneminute for the correct remaining battery time inminutes to be displayed.
Time code
The time code indicates the recording orplayback time, 0:00:00 (hours : minutes :seconds) in CAMERA mode and 0:00:00:00
(hours : minutes : seconds : frames) in VCRmode. You cannot rewrite only the time code.
Remaining tape indicator
The indicator may not be displayed accuratelydepending on the tape.
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
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When you shoot a subject with the light sourcebehind the subject or a subject with a lightbackground, use the backlight function.
In CAMERA or MEMORY (DCR-TRV17E only)mode, press BACK LIGHT.
The . indicator appears on the screen.
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If you press EXPOSURE when shooting backlitsubjects
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The NightShot function enables you to shoot asubject in a dark place. For example, you cansatisfactorily record the environment ofnocturnal animals for observation when you usethis function.
In CAMERA or MEMORY (DCR-TRV17E only)mode, slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.
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Using Super NightShot
The Super NightShot mode makes subjects morethan 16 times brighter than those recorded in the
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(1) In CAMERA mode, slide NIGHTSHOT to
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(2) Press SUPER NIGHTSHOT. The indicatorand SUPER NIGHTSHOT flash on thescreen.
To cancel the Super NightShot mode, press
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Using the NightShot Light
The picture will be clearer with the NightShot
Light on. To enable the NightShot Light, set N.S.
LIGHT to ON in the menu settings (p. 122).
Notes
Do not use the NightShot function in brightplaces (ex. the outdoors in the daytime). Thismay cause your camcorder to malfunction.
When you keep NIGHTSHOT set to ON innormal recording, the picture may be recordedin incorrect or unnatural colours.
If focusing is difficult with the autofocus modewhen using the NightShot function, focusmanually.
While using the NightShot function, youcannot use the following functions: Exposure
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White balance
While using the Super NightShot function
The shutter speed is automatically adjusteddepending on the brightness. At that time, themoving picture may be slow down.
While using the Super NightShot function,you cannot use the following functions: Exposure
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While in MEMORY mode (DCR-TRV17E only)
You cannot use the Super NightShot function.
NightShot Light
NightShot Light rays are infrared and so areinvisible. The maximum shooting distance usingthe NightShot Light is about 3 m (10 feet).
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(1) Press MENU to display the menu settings inthe standby mode.
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To record still images using the self-timer
Press PHOTO in step 6. (p. 51)
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Set SELFTIMER to OFF in the menu settings inthe standby mode.
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Sticks with the self-timer (p. 150).
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You can use these buttons to check the recordedpicture or shoot so that the transition between thelast recorded scene and the next scene you recordis smooth.
END SEARCH
You can go to the end of the recorded sectionafter you record.
Press END SEARCH in the standby mode.
The last five seconds of the recorded section areplayed back and your camcorder returns to thestandby mode. You can monitor the sound fromthe speaker or headphones.
EDITSEARCH
You can search for the next recording start point.
Hold down the +/ 7 side of EDITSEARCH inthe standby mode. The recorded section is playedback.
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Press the 7 side of EDITSEARCH momentarilyin the standby mode.
The section you have stopped most recently willbe played back for a few seconds, and then yourcamcorder will return to the standby mode. Youcan monitor the sound from the speaker orheadphones.
End search function
When you use a tape without cassette memory,the end search function does not work once youeject the cassette after you have recorded on thetape. If you use a tape with cassette memory, theend search function works even once you ejectthe cassette.
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Playing back a tape
You can monitor the playback picture on thescreen. If you close the LCD panel, you canmonitor the playback picture in the viewfinder.
You can control playback using the Remote
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(1) Install the power source and insert therecorded tape.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR while pressingthe small green button.
(3) To open the LCD panel, press OPEN.
(4) Press m to rewind the tape.
(5) Press N to start playback.
(6) To adjust the volume, press either of the twobuttons on VOLUME. The speaker on yourcamcorder is silent when the LCD panel isclosed.
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When monitoring on the LCD screen
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Press DISPLAY on your camcorder or the
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Using the data code function
Your camcorder automatically records not onlyimages on the tape but also the recording data
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Use the Remote Commander for this operation.
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Recording data
Recording data is your camcorders informationwhen you have recorded. In the recording mode,the recording data will not be displayed.
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The tape is unreadable due to tape damage ornoise.
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Data code
The data code is displayed on the TV screen ifyou connect your camcorder to the TV.
Remaining battery time indicator duringplayback
The indicator indicates the approximatecontinuous playback time.
The indicator may not be correct, depending onthe conditions in which you are playing back.
When you close the LCD panel and open it again,it takes about 1 minute for the correct remainingbattery time to be displayed.
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Various playback modes
To operate video control buttons, set the
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To view a still picture (playbackpause)
Press X during playback. To resume normalplayback, press N or X.
To advance the tape
Press M in the stop mode. To resume normalplayback, press N.
To rewind the tape
Press m in the stop mode. To resume normalplayback, press N.
To change the playback direction
Press on the Remote Commander duringplayback to reverse the playback direction. Toresume normal playback, press N.
To locate a scene monitoring thepicture (picture search)
Keep pressing m or M during playback. Toresume normal playback, release the button.
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Press y on the Remote Commander duringplayback. For slow playback in the reversedirection, press , then press y on the Remote
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Press C on the Remote Commander in theplayback pause mode. For frame-by-frameplayback in the reverse direction, press c. Toresume normal playback, press N.
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Press END SEARCH in the stop mode. The lastfive seconds of the recorded portion plays backand stops.
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Sound is muted.
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Your camcorder automatically enters the stopmode. To resume playback, press N.
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Horizontal noise may appear at the center, or thetop and bottom of the screen. This is not amalfunction.
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Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/
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Open the jack cover. Connect your camcorder tothe TV using the A/V connecting cable suppliedwith your camcorder. Then, set the TV/VCRselector on the TV to VCR.
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Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input onthe VCR by using the A/V connecting cablesupplied with your camcorder. Set the inputselector on the VCR to LINE.
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Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connectingcable to the video input jack and the white or thered plug to the audio input jack on the VCR orthe TV. If you connect the white plug, the soundis L (left) signal. If you connect the red plug, thesound is R (right) signal.
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If your TV or VCR has an S video jack
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Connect the S video cable (optional) to the Svideo jacks on both your camcorder and the TVor the VCR.
This connection produces higher quality DVformat pictures.
Using the AV cordless IRreceiver
Once you connect the AV cordless IR receiver
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Before operation
Attach the power supply such as the AC poweradaptor to your camcorder, and insert therecorded tape.
(1) After connecting your TV and AV cordless IRreceiver, set the POWER switch on the AVcordless IR receiver to ON.
(2) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
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