Sony DCR-TRV265E Download Manual

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Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
HDR-FX7E
Enjoying pictures withhigh definition quality
9
Getting Started 13
Recording/
Playback
25
Using the Menu 53
Dubbing/Editing 73
Using a Computer 83
Troubleshooting 89
Additional Information 101
Quick Reference 1162
Read this first
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Replace the battery with the specified type only. Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
NOTICE ON THE SUPPLIED AC
ADAPTOR
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is fitted to this equipment for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362
(i.e., marked with or mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
ATTENTION
The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this camcorder.
This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart the application or disconnect and connect the communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical
& Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the
European Union and other
European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources.
For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
Applicable Accessory: Remote Commander
Types of cassette you can use in your camcorder
You can use mini DV cassettes marked with . Mini DV cassettes with
Cassette Memory are incompatible (p. 102).
Types of “Memory Stick” you can use in your camcorder
There are two sizes of “Memory Stick.”
You can use “Memory Stick Duo” marked with or
(p. 103).
WARNING
CAUTION
FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE
UNITED KINGDOM
FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE
Notes on use3
“Memory Stick Duo”
(This size can be used with your camcorder.)
“Memory Stick”
(You cannot use it in your camcorder.)b Note
You cannot use any type of memory card except “Memory Stick Duo.”
“Memory Stick PRO” and “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” can be used only with
“Memory Stick PRO” compatible equipment.
Do not attach a label or the like on a
“Memory Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick
Duo Adaptor.
When using a “Memory Stick Duo” with “Memory Stick” compatible equipment
Be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor.
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
Using the camcorder
Do not hold the camcorder by the following part.b Note
The camcorder is not dustproof, dripproof or waterproof.
See “Maintenance and precautions”
(p. 108).
Before connecting your camcorder to another device with an HDMI cable, component video cable, USB or i.LINK cable, be sure to insert the connector plug the correct way, and not forcibly to avoid damaging the terminal, or cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
LCD panel Battery pack
Microphone Viewfinder
Lens hood
Continued ,4
About menu items, LCD panel, viewfinder, and lens
A menu item that is grayed out is not available under the current recording or playback conditions.
The LCD screen and the viewfinder are manufactured using extremely high-precision technology, so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue, or green in color) that appear constantly on the LCD screen and the viewfinder. These points are normal results of the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way.
Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder, or the lens to direct sunlight for long periods of time may cause malfunctions.
Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Take pictures of the sun only in low light conditions, such as at dusk.
On recording
Before starting to record, test the recording function to make sure the picture and sound are recorded without any problems.
Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the countries/regions. To view your recordings on a TV, you need a PAL system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws.
On playing back HDV tapes on other devices
You cannot play back a tape recorded in the
HDV format on DV format video cameras or on mini DV players.
Check the contents of tapes by playing them back on this camcorder prior to playing them back on other devices.
Note on the icons used in this manual
Features available for the HDV format only
Features available for the DV format only
This function that can be used when i.LINK cable is connected.
This function that can be used when
USB cable is connected.
About this manual
The images of the LCD screen and the viewfinder used in this manual for illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera, and therefore may appear different.
The on-screen displays in each local language are used for illustrating the operating procedures. Change the screen language before using your camcorder if necessary (p. 71).
Design and specifications of recording media and other accessories are subject to change without notice.
Black point
White, red, blue or green point
Read this first (Continued)5
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl
Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by
Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony
Corporation, and produces superior images.
It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens. Also, the lens for your camcorder is T -coated to suppress unwanted reflections and faithfully reproduce colors.
MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.6
Table of Contents
Read this first ................ 2
Trying out the new HDV format! ........... 9
Features of this camcorder ...... 10
Handy Functions for Recording ......... 11
Viewing video recorded in the HDV format! ................. 12
Step 1: Checking supplied items ........ 13
Step 2: Attaching the lens hood with lens cover .......... 14
Step 3: Charging the battery pack ...... 15
Step 4:Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly ......18
Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder .......... 19
Step 6: Setting the date and time ........ 21
Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” ........ 23
Recording ....... 25
Playback ........28
Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings ............... 30
Adjusting the zoom............... 30
Adjusting the focus manually .......... 31
Adjusting the EXPOSURE/IRIS........ 32
Adjusting to Natural Color (White balance)............... 35
Customizing the picture quality (Picture profile) ....... 36
Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons ........... 39
Focusing on a distant subject (Focus infinity)........... 40
Recording an index signal .............. 41
Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review).............. 41
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording
(End search)............. 41
Using the Shot transition ...... 42
Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder ................. 44
Changing the screen............. 44
Displaying the settings in your camcorder (Status check) ................ 44
Checking the remaining battery (Battery Info) .......... 45
Enjoying pictures with high definition quality
Getting Started
Recording/Playback7
Locating a scene on a tape ......46
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory)................ 46
Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) ............... 46
Searching for a recording start point (Index search)............. 47
Playing the picture on a TV ......48
Using the menu items ........53
Menu items .................54
(CAMERA SET) menu ......56
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/
IRIS/STEADYSHOT/BACK LIGHT, etc.)
(AUDIO SET) menu ..........61
Settings for the audio recording (AUDIO REC LV/DV AU. MODE, etc.)
(DISPLAY SET) menu .......62
Display settings of the display and the viewfinder (MARKER/VF B.LIGHT/
DATA CODE, etc.)
(IN/OUT REC) menu .........66
Recording settings, input and output settings (VCR HDV/DV/DV REC MODE/
DV WIDE REC/ TV TYPE, etc.)
(MEMORY SET) menu .......68
Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo” (QUALITY/ALL ERASE, etc.)
(OTHERS) menu ...............70
Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (USB SELECT/
QUICK REC/BEEP, etc.)
Dubbing to VCR, DVD/HDD device, etc. .........73
Recording pictures from a VCR .........76
Copying movies from tape to “Memory Stick Duo” as still images .........79
Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo” .........79
Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer) ...........80
Connecting to a computer ........83
Copying still images to a computer .................83
Copying movies on a tape to a computer ........86
Using the Menu
Dubbing/Editing
Using a Computer
Continued ,8
Troubleshooting ..........89
Warning indicators and messages ...... 98
Using your camcorder abroad .......... 101
HDV format and recording/playback ............. 102
About the “Memory Stick” ...... 103
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack .......... 105
About i.LINK .............. 107
Maintenance and precautions .......... 108
Specifications ............112
Identifying parts and controls ........... 116
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder ............ 121
Index ............124
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Quick Reference9
Enjoying pictures with high definition quality
Enjoying pictures with high definition quality
Trying out the new HDV format!
The HDV format has about 2 times the horizontal resolution of a standard TV resulting in about 4 times the amount of pixels providing high quality images.
Being HDV format compliant, your camcorder is ready to shoot crystal clear, high-definition images.
High image quality
What is the HDV format?
The HDV format is a new video format for shooting and playing back high definition images on popular DV standard cassette tapes.
Your camcorder adopts the HDV1080i specification, which utilizes 1,080 effective scanning lines, within the HDV standards, and records pictures at the image bit rate of about 25 Mbps.
These operating instructions refer to the HDV1080i specification as HDV format unless there is a need to specify.
Why shoot in the HDV format?
By moving to digital video, like the rest of the world, you will be able to capture important moments in your life in high quality digital HDV format, allowing you to relive them.
Your camcorder’s down convert function converts pictures in HDV format to SD (standard definition) quality for viewing on older wide TV formats, and on 4:3 aspect ratio TVs when a high definition TV set is not available. This provides an easy path to HDV format video.
The down convert function converts HDV format video to DV for playback or editing when your camcorder is connected to a TV or VCR that is not HDV1080i compliant. The resulting image is displayed in SD (standard definition).
1,080 effective scanning lines10
Features of this camcorder
The HDV1080i specification digital HD video camera recorder has the following features to enable you to record beautiful scenery while traveling, etc., in high definition quality.
1 3-ClearVid CMOS sensor system installed
This camcorder is fitted with the 3-ClearVid CMOS sensor system. Superb spectroscopic characteristics and high definition are achieved by the use of three ClearVid CMOS sensors developed by Sony for high definition, enabling reproduction of digital high definition with excellent sensitivity and color reproducibility.
2 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 20X optical zoom lens installed
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 20× optical zoom lens lets you zoom in on distant objects and record in high definition quality.
3 Realistic sound recording with built-in high performance microphone
The high performance stereo microphone built into this camcorder enables highly realistic sound recording.
4 Detailed manual settings for serious filming
Extensive manual setting functions allow you to shoot high definition videos with customized settings.
- The zoom ring, focus ring and EXPOSURE/IRIS dial provide full manual control.
- You can manually fine-adjust the shutter speed, white balance and gain.
5 Connecting to other devices
Superb external connectability is provided by a “Memory Stick Duo” slot, USB port, HDMI
OUT jack, and headphone jack on the left side of your camcorder and an i.LINK (HDV/DV) jack, COMPONENT OUT jack, A/V OUT jack, and DC IN jack on the right side.11
Enjoying pictures with high definition quality
Handy Functions for Recording
You can record 1.2M still images on the “Memory Stick Duo” during recording movie.
Moving subjects can be shot in smooth moving slow-motion.
Two settings profiles, including brightness, color, etc., can be saved in your camcorder. This enables you to use saved settings data to quickly reproduce suitable shooting settings.
You can adjust the brightness using the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial. The EXPOSURE/IRIS dial can be used to adjust [EXPOSURE], [IRIS] or [AE SHIFT].
Still image Dual Rec (p. 27)
Smooth slow recording (p. 56)
Saving Camera profile (p. 70)
EXPOSURE/IRIS dial (p. 32)12
Viewing video recorded in the HDV format!
Pictures recorded in the HDV format can be played back as crisp HD (high definition)picture on a high definition TV.
For details on HDV1080i specification compliant TVs, see page 50.
Your camcorder can down convert video recorded in the HDV format to SD (standarddefinition) quality for playback on a conventional TV.x Connecting to an HDV1080i specification
An optional i.LINK cable allows you to copy pictures in HD (high definition) quality.x Connecting to HDV1080i non-compliant specification
Use your camcorder to convert HDV format video to SD (standard definition) quality to enable copying.x Copying “Memory Stick Duo” still images to a computer.x Copying movie from tape to a computer
You can copy movie to a computer, and save to DVD from copying movie.
The computer will need to be set up differently depending on whether HDV or DV format video is to be copied. See page 86 for details.
Viewing on a high definition TV (p. 48)
Viewing on a 16:9 TV/4:3 TV (p. 48)
Dubbing to other video equipment (p. 73)
Connecting to a computer (p. 83)13
Getting Started
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied.
The cassette tape and “Memory Stick Duo” are not included. See page 23, 102 and 103 for compatible cassettes and “Memory Stick Duo” for your camcorder.
AC Adaptor (1) (p. 15)
Mains lead (1) (p. 15)
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 120)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 48, 73)
Component video cable (1) (p. 48)
USB cable (1) (p. 83)
Large eyecup(1) (p. 20)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-F570 (1)
(p. 15, 105)
Lens hood with lens cover (1) (p. 14)
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)14
Step 2: Attaching the lens hood with lens cover
Align the marks on the lens hood to those on the camcorder, and turn the lens hood in the direction of the arrow. Tighten the lens hood fixing screw.
To remove the Lens hood with lens cover
Loosen the lens hood fixing screw and turn the lens hood in the opposite direction of the arrow in the illustration above.z Tip
If you attach, remove or adjust an 62mm (2 1/
2in.) PL filter or MC protector, remove the lens hood.
To open the shutter of the Lens hood with lens cover
Move the lens cover lever up and down toopen or close the lens cover.
1
2
Lens hood fixing screw
Move the lens cover lever to OPEN to open the lens cover, and move the lever to CLOSE to close the lenscover.15
Getting Started
Step 3: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the battery by attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) to your camcorder.b Note
You cannot use batteries other than the
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series)
(p. 105).
1 Press the battery pack and slide it down.
2 With the B mark on the DC plug facing the cassette compartment, connect the AC Adaptor to the DC
IN jack on your camcorder.
3 Connect the Mains lead to the AC
Adaptor.
4 Connect the Mains lead to the wall socket.
5 Set the POWER switch to OFF
(CHG).
The CHARGE lamp lights up and charging starts.
DC IN jack
DC plug
AC Adaptor
Mains lead
To the wall socket
B mark
Continued ,16
After charging the battery
The CHARGE lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC
Adaptor from the DC IN jack. z Tip
You can check the remaining battery with
Battery info (p. 45).
To remove the battery pack
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
Push the BATT RELEASE (battery release) button and remove the battery pack.
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.
Recording time
Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
Recording in the HDV format
Recording in the DV format
Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
Bottom: Recording time when recording with the viewfinder while the LCD panel is closed.
* Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming.
Battery pack Charging time
NP-F570 (supplied) 260
NP-F770 370
NP-F970 485
BATT RELEASE
(battery release) button
Battery pack
Continuous recording time
Typical recording time*
NP-F570
(supplied)
155 90
160 95
155 90
NP-F770 320 185
335 195
320 185
NP-F970 480 290
500 300
480 290
Battery pack
Continuous recording time
Typical recording time*
NP-F570
(supplied)
160 100
165 105
160 100
NP-F770 335 200
350 210
335 200
NP-F970 500 300
520 315
500 300
Step 3: Charging the battery pack (Continued)17
Getting Started
Playing time
Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
HDV format pictures
DV format pictures
* When the LCD backlight turns on.
On the battery pack
Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
The CHARGE lamp flashes during charging, or
Battery Info (p. 45) will not be correctly displayed under the following conditions.
– The battery pack is not attached correctly.
– The battery pack is damaged.
– The battery pack is worn-out (For Battery
Info only).
The power will not be supplied from the battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder, even when the
Mains lead is disconnected from the wall socket.
When attaching an optional video light, it is recommended that you use a NP-F970 battery pack.
On the charging/recording/playback time
Times measured with the camcorder at 25 °C
(77 °F) (10 to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F)) is recommended).
The recording and playback time will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures.
The recording and playback time will be shorter depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder.
You can use the AC Adaptor to obtain AC.
While you are using the AC Adaptor, the battery pack will not lose its charge even when it is attached to your camcorder.
Connect your camcorder as shown in Step3:Charging the battery pack
(p. 15).
On the AC Adaptor
Use the nearby wall socket when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket immediately if any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder.
Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture.
Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC
Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction.
PRECAUTION
Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(Mains lead) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall socket via the AC
Adaptor.
Battery pack
LCD panel opened*
LCD panel closed
NP-F570
(supplied)
245 245
NP-F770 510 510
NP-F970 760 760
Battery pack
LCD panel opened*
LCD panel closed
NP-F570
(supplied)
270 270
NP-F770 550 550
NP-F970 830 830
Using an outside power source18
Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly
To record or play back, slide the POWER switch to the respective direction.
When using it for the first time, [CLOCK
SET] screen appears (p. 21).
1 While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch.
CAMERA: To record pictures.
VCR: To play or edit pictures.b Note
After you have set the date and time
([CLOCK SET], p. 21), the next time you turn on the power of your camcorder, the current date and time will be displayed on the LCD screen for a few seconds.
2 Hold the camcorder properly.
3 Ensure a good grip, then fasten the grip belt.
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).b Note
If warning messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions (p. 99).
POWER switch
If the POWER switch is set to OFF
(CHG), slide it while pressing the green button.19
Getting Started
Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder
Open the LCD panel while pressing the
OPEN button 90 degrees to the camcorder
(1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2).z Tips
If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees toward the lens from the position 1, you can close the
LCD panel with the LCD screen facing outward.
This is convenient during playback operations.
To close the LCD panel with the LCD screen inward, rotate the LCD panel to the position 1, and then close the LCD panel.
To turn off the LCD backlight to make the battery last longer
Press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds until appears.
This setting is practical when you use your camcorder in bright conditions or where you want to save battery power. The recorded picture will not be affected by the setting. To turn on the LCD backlight, press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds until disappears.z Tip
See [LCD BRIGHT] (p. 64) to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
You can view pictures using the viewfinder to save the battery, or when the picture on the LCD screen is not clear.z Tip
You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder backlight from [VF B.LIGHT] (p. 64).
The LCD panel
190 degrees to the camcorder
2180 degrees (max.)
290 degrees
(max.)
DISPLAY/BATT INFO
OPEN button
The viewfinder
Viewfinder
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever
Move it until the picture becomes clear.
Continued ,20
When the picture in the viewfinder is hard to see
If you cannot see the picture in the viewfinder clearly under bright circumstances, use the supplied large eyecup. To attach the large eyecup, stretch it slightly and align it with the eyecup groove in the viewfinder. You can attach the large eyecup facing either the right or left side.b NOTE
Do not remove the pre-attached eyecup.
Large eyecup
(supplied)
Attach with the protruding part at the top.
Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder (Continued)21
Getting Started
Step 6: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or change the POWER switch position.z Tip
If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable battery and then set the date and time again (p. 110).
Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for the first time.
1 Press the MENU button.
2 Select (OTHERS) by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.
3 Select [CLOCK SET] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.
4 Set [Y] (year) by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.
You can set any year up to the year
2079.
5 Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minute, then press the dial.
The clock starts.
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
MENU button
CAMERA SET
EXPOSURE/IRIS
SMTH SLW REC
CNTRST ENHCR
STEADYSHOT
COLOR BAR
AF ASSIST
AE SHIFT
[ MENU ] : END
OTHERS
RETURN
CAMERA PROF.
ASSIGN BTN
PHOTO/EXP.FOCUS
CLOCK SET
WORLD TIME
LANGUAGE
QUICK REC
[ MENU ] : END
120min
CLOCK SET
[ MENU ] : CANCEL
D M Y 0 10 0 : 1 2006
-:--:--
120min
CLOCK SET
[ MENU ] : CANCEL
D M Y 0 10 0 : 1 2006
-:--:--
Continued ,22z Tip
The date and time do not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the tape, and can be displayed during playback ([DATA CODE] (p. 64)).
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
Select the screen language in
[LANGUAGE] (p. 71).
Changing the language setting
Step 6: Setting the date and time (Continued)23
Getting Started
Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo”
You can use mini DV cassettes only
(p. 102).
1 Slide and hold the OPEN/
EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
The cassette compartment automatically comes out and opens up.
2 Insert a cassette with its window facing outwards, then press
.
The cassette compartment automatically slides back in.b Note
Do not push the portion marked
while it is sliding in. It may cause a malfunction.
3 Close the lid.z Tip
The recordable time varies depending on [DV
REC MODE] (p. 66).
To eject the cassette
Open the lid following the same procedure as described in step 1 and remove the cassette.
You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo” marked with or
(p. 103).
1 Open the jack cover.
Cassette tape
OPEN/EJECT lever
Lid
Window
Push the center of the back of the cassette lightly.
Cassette compartment
“Memory Stick Duo”
{DO NOT PUSH}
Jack cover
Continued ,24
2 Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot in the right direction until it clicks.b Note
If you insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the slot in the wrong direction, the “Memory
Stick Duo,” the “Memory Stick Duo” slot, or image data may be damaged.
To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”
Lightly push the “Memory Stick Duo” once.b Notes
When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.
When inserting or ejecting the “Memory Stick
Duo,” be careful with the “Memory Stick Duo” from popping out and dropping.
Access lamp
Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” (Continued)25
Recording/Playback
Recording/Playback
Recording
This camcorder records movies on tape and still images on “Memory Stick Duo”. The procedure for recording movies is below.
• This camcorder can record movies in either HDV or DV format. The factory setting is HDV format ([REC
FORMAT] p. 66).
1 Open the shutter of the lens hood.
2 While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
Lens hood
REC START/STOP button B
POWER switch
REC START/STOP button A
Rec lamp
PHOTO/EXPANDED
FOCUS button
Rec lamp
If the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG), slide it while pressing the green button.
Continued ,26
3 Press the REC START/STOP button A (or B).
The Rec lamp lights up during recording.
To stop the movie recording, press the REC START/STOP button again.z Tips
When recording in HDV format, the aspect ratio is fixed to 16:9. When recording in DV format, you can switch the aspect ratio to 4:3 ([DV WIDE REC] p. 67).
You can change the screen display during recording (p. 44).
Indicators displayed on the screen during recording are shown on page 121.
The recording lamp can be set to stay off ([REC LAMP] p. 72).
You cannot record the movie on a “Memory Stick Duo”.
To record in mirror mode
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees toward the lens (2).z Tip
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the recorded picture will be normal.
410min
60min
REC
[STBY] t [REC]
Recording (Continued)27
Recording/Playback
To record still images
Press the PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button. The image is recorded on a “Memory Stick
Duo.” Recording is complete when disappears. You can also record still images during movie recording.z Tips
When you are not recording a movie, you will hear the shutter click.
The still image size is as follows:– When recording in HDV or DV (16:9) format: 1.2M (1,440 × 810 dots)
– When recording in DV (4:3) format: 0.9M (1,080 × 810 dots)
You can change the image quality a nd number of recordable images ([ QUALITY] (p. 68)).
Indicators displayed on the screen during shooting are shown on page 121.
You can set the PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button to start the expanded focus function as you press the button ([PHOTO/EXP.FOCUS] (p. 71)). 28
Playback
You can play back movies as follows.
1 While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch to VCR.
2 Start playing back.
Press m (rewind) to go to the point you want to view, then press N (play) to start playback.
x : Stop
X : Pause (Press N or X again to restart the playback)
M m : Forward/Rewind
y : Slowb Notes
Playback automatically stops if pause is engaged for more than 3 minutes.
When playing back a tape recorded in the HDV and DV formats, and the signal switches between
HDV and DV, the picture and sound disappear temporarily.
You cannot play back the tape recorded in the HDV format on video cameras of the DV format or mini-DV players.z Tips
Indicators displayed on the screen during playback are shown on page 122.
You can change the screen display during playback (p. 44).
To play back the tape recorded using an exte rnal monaural microphone connected, see [MULTI-
SOUND] (p. 61).
PLAY button
MEMORY/PLAY button
Zoom lever
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
MEMORY/INDEX button
VOLUME/
MEMORY button
POWER switch29
Recording/Playback
To search for a scene while viewing a movie
Press M/m during playback (Picture Search). To view during fast forward press and hold
M and to view during rewind press and hold m (Skip Scan).b Note
Reverse picture search/skip scan is not possible with tapes recorded in HDV format.
To adjust the volume
Adjust using the VOLUME/MEMORY button.
To view still images
1 Slide the POWER switch to VCR.
2 Press the MEMORY/PLAY button.
3 Select still image that you want to look using the VOLUME/MEMORY button.
To stop viewing still images, press the MEMORY/PLAY button once more.
To display the list of still photos (index screen)
1 Slide the POWER switch to VCR.
2 Press the MEMORY/INDEX button.
3 Select a picture by pressing the VOLUME/MEMORY button.
To display a single image, move B to that image and press the MEMORY/PLAY button.
To stop displaying the list of still photos, press the MEMORY/INDEX button again.
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Move the power zoom lever C slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.z Tips
The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject for focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about
80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
The focus may not be adjusted at certain zoom positions if the subject is within 80 cm (about 2
5/8 feet) from your camcorder.
Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom lever. If you move your finger off the power zoom lever, the operation sound of the power zoom lever may also be recorded.
1 Set the handle zoom switch B to H
(high) or L (low).z Tip
You can set the zoom speed of the handle zoom lever in [HANDLE ZOOM] (p. 58).
2 Press the handle zoom lever A to zoom in or out.b Notes
You cannot adjust the zoom speed by pressing the handle zoom lever.
You cannot use the handle zoom lever when the handle zoom switch is set to OFF.
You cannot change the zoom speed of the zoom lever C with the handle zoom switch B.
You can zoom at the desired speed by turning the zoom ring D. Fine adjustment is also possible.b Note
Turn the zoom ring at a reasonable speed. If you turn it too fast, the zoom speed may not catch up with the zoom ring rotating speed.
Adjusting the zoom
A
B
C
D
Close view: (Telephoto)
Wide view: (Wide angle)
Using the handle zoom
Using the zoom ring31
Recording/Playback
You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions.
Use this function in the following cases.
– To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops.
– To record horizontal stripes.
– To record a subject with little contrast between the subject and its background.
– When you want to focus on a subject in the background.
– To record a stationary subject using a tripod.
1 During recording or standby, press the FOCUS button A.
9 appears.
2 Rotate the focus ring D and adjust the focus.
9 changes to when the focus cannot be adjusted any farther. 9 changes to when the focus cannot be adjusted any closer.b Note
The setting returns to automatic adjustment
(default) when you set the POWER switch to
OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.z Tips
For focusing manually
It is easier to focus on the subject when you use the zoom function. Move the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to adjust the focus, and then, towards W (wide angle) to adjust the zoom for recording.
When you want to record a close-up image of a subject, move the power zoom lever towards W
(wide angle) to fully magnify the image, then adjust the focus.
To restore automatic adjustment
Press the FOCUS button A once again.
9 disappears and AUTO FOCUS is restored.
Record the subject while pressing and holding the PUSH AUTO FOCUS button
C.
If you release the button, the setting returns to manual focusing.
Use this function to shift the focus on one subject to another. The scenes will shift smoothly.
Adjusting the focus manually
A B C
D
To use AUTO FOCUS temporarily
(One push auto focus)
Continued ,32z Tip
The focal distance information (for when it is dark and hard to adjust the focus) appears for about 3 seconds in the following cases. (It will not be displayed correctly if you are using a conversion lens (optional)).
– When the focus mode is switched from automatic to manual.
– When you rotate the focus ring.
During standby, press the EXPANDED
FOCUS button B.
[EXPANDED FOCUS] appears and the center of the screen is magnified by about 2 times. It will be easier to confirm the focus setting during manual focusing. The screen returns to the original size when you push the button again. b Note
The image returns to the original size when you press the REC START/STOP button or the
PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button.z Tip
You can select the type of a picture on
EXPANDED FOCUS ([EXP.FOCUS TYPE] p. 63).
You can adjust the brightness of a picture with the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial G.
You can assign any one of [EXPOSURE]
(the default setting), [IRIS] and [AE
SHIFT] to the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial G from the menu (p. 56).z Tips
Even if you open the aperture more than F2.8
(i.e. make the iris value smaller, such as F1.6) during camera EXPOSURE/IRIS setting, changing the zoom from wide to telephoto will change the iris to F2.8.
When the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial is set to
[EXPOSURE], appears next to the values that can be set with the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial.x EXPOSURE (the default setting)
You can adjust the display brightness by adjusting the iris and gain (the shutter speed remains fixed).
The iris, gain and shutter speed are displayed on the screen.b Note
The GAIN button and the SHUTTER SPEED button are inactive.z Tip
This is handy for changing the brightness of the screen and setting the desired brightness by dial operation.x IRIS
You can manually adjust the light volume of the light entering the lens between F1.6 and F11 or close the aperture.
As the iris is opened (smaller aperture values), the light volume increases or the iris is closed (larger aperture values), the light volume decreases. The current aperture value (F) appears on the screen.
To use the expanded focus
(Expanded focus)
Adjusting the EXPOSURE/IRIS
H
G
F
ED
C
B
A
F2.4 0 dB 60
F2.8
Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued)33
Recording/Playbackz Tips
The range of focus, an important effect of the aperture, is called the depth of field. The depth of field gets shallower as the aperture is opened, and deeper as the aperture is closed. Use the aperture creatively to obtain the desired effect in your photography.
This is handy for making the background blurred or sharp, or when you want to manually adjust the iris, gain or shutter speed on the screen.x AE SHIFT
You can slightly adjust the exposure between -7 (dark) and +7 (bright) during the auto recording. appears.b Notes
You cannot manually adjust the IRIS.
[AE SHIFT] does not work when the exposure is manually set or the iris, gain and shutter speed are all set manually.z Tip
You can adjust the AE SHIFT from the menu
(p. 58).
1 During recording or standby, set the AUTO LOCK switch A to the center position to release the auto lock mode.
This operation is not required when AE
SHIFT is assigned to the EXPOSURE/
IRIS dial.
2 Press the EXPOSURE/IRIS button
H.
The EXPOSURE/IRIS dial G will be effective.
3 Adjust the picture quality by turning the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial
G.z Tip
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to
HOLD after manual adjustment, the manually adjusted items are saved.
To restore automatic adjustment
Press the EXPOSURE/IRIS button H, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO
LOCK.b Notes
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to
AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items
(gain, shutter speed, white balance) also become temporarily automatic.
As you shift the zoom from W (wide) to T
(telephoto), the aperture value varies from F1.6 to F2.8.
The setting returns to automatic adjustment
(default) when you set the POWER switch to
OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.z Tips
You can adjust the dial sensitivity of the
EXPOSURE/IRIS dial G by selecting
[EXPOSURE/IRIS] t [DIAL SENS](p. 56), and the dial operating direction by selecting
[EXPOSURE/IRIS] t [DIAL ROTATE]
(p. 56).
Settings can also be checked by pressing the
STATUS CHECK button (p. 44).
See page 59 for [BACK LIGHT].
You can record the subject clearly by using the ND filter when the recording environment is too bright.
There are 2 levels of ND filter setting. ND filter 1 reduces the volume of light to about
1/4, and ND filter 2 to about 1/16.
+2
Adjusting the volume of light
(ND filter)
Continued ,34
If flashes during standby mode, set the
ND FILTER switch F to 1 to turn on the
indicator. If flashes, set the ND
FILTER switch to 2 to turn on the indicator. If flashes, set the ND
FILTER switch to OFF to turn off the indicator.b Notes
If you move the ND FILTER switch during recording, the picture and sound may be distorted.
If you adjust the iris manually, no ND filter indicator will appear even if the ND filter should be activated.z Tip
If you close the iris extensively when recording a bright subject, diffraction may occur, resulting in a fuzzy focus (this is a common phenomenon with video cameras). The ND filter suppresses this phenomenon and gives better recording results.
If there is a part of the screen where brightness is over a certain level, the part may appear excessively white when played back. By displaying the zebra pattern on such a part, you can be reminded to adjust the brightness before recording.
Select the brightness level to display the zebra pattern with the ZEBRA switch E, then the zebra pattern will appear.
Select the brilliance value from [70] or
[100].
If you select [70], the zebra pattern appears at the part with 70±5 % of the brilliance signal.
If you select [100], the zebra pattern appears at the part with 100% or more.
To hide the zebra pattern
Set the ZEBRA switch E to OFF.b Note
The zebra pattern is not recorded on the tape.z Tip
This is convenient for adjusting the brightness while a histogram (p. 62) is displayed.
You can adjust the gain manually when shooting blackish or dark objects if you do not want the AGC (auto gain control) to be activated.
1 During recording or standby, set the
AUTO LOCK switch A to the center position to release the auto lock.
2 Press the GAIN button B.
The current gain value appears.
3 Adjust the gain by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial D.
The gain can be adjusted between 0dB and 18dB by every 3dB.z Tip
The gain value can be stored temporarily by setting the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after the manual adjustment.
To restore automatic adjustment
Press the GAIN button B, or set the
AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK.b Notes
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to
AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items
(iris, shutter speed, white balance) also become temporarily automatic.
The setting returns to automatic adjustment when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.
You can manually adjust and fix the shutter speed. Depending on the shutter speed, you can make the subject look still, or emphasize the fluidity of movement.
1 During recording or standby, set the
AUTO LOCK switch A to the center position to release the auto lock mode.
2 Press the SHUTTER SPEED button C.
Displaying the zebra pattern to adjust the brightness
Adjusting the gain
Adjusting the shutter speed
Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued)35
Recording/Playback
3 Adjust the shutter speed by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial D.
You can set a shutter speed between 1/3 second and 1/10000 second.
The selected shutter speed appears on the screen. For example, if you select
1/100 second, [100] appears. The larger the number that appears on the screen, the faster the shutter speed.z Tip
The shutter speed can be stored temporarily by setting the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after the manual adjustment.
To restore automatic adjustment
Press the SHUTTER SPEED button C, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO
LOCK.b Notes
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to
AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items
(iris, gain, white balance) also become temporarily automatic.
The setting returns to automatic adjustment when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.z Tips
It is difficult to focus automatically at a lower shutter speed. Manual focusing with your camcorder attached to a tripod is recommended.
The picture may flicker or change colors under fluorescent lamps, sodium lamps, or mercury lamps.
You can adjust the white balance according to the light of the recording environment.
You can set two sets of white balance adjustment data separately in memory A and memory B for two different recording conditions with A and B. During recording, you can select the setup data with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The setup data will be retained as long as it is not readjusted even if the power is disconnected.
1 During recording or standby, set the AUTO LOCK switch A to the center position to release the auto lock mode.
2 Press the WHT BAL button B.
3 Display desired item by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial C, then press the dial.
Adjusting to Natural Color
(White balance)
B
C
A
Continued ,36
The display changes. A t B t (OUTDOOR) t n
(INDOOR) z Tip
The white balance can be stored temporarily by setting the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after the manual adjustment.
To save the adjusted white balance value in memory A or B
1 Select A or B according to step
3 of “Adjusting to Natural Color (White
Balance).”
2 Shoot something white (such as a sheet of paper) full-screen under the same lighting conditions as the subject.
3 Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial C.
Pressing the dial switches between blinking A and B.
When the white balance is adjusted,
A or B stops blinking and remains on. The adjusted value is now saved in the selected A or B memory.
To restore the automatic white balance
Press the WHT BAL button B, or set the
AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK.b Notes
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to
AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items
(iris, gain, shutter speed) also become temporarily automatic.
The setting returns to automatic adjustment when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.
You can customize the picture quality by adjusting [COLOR LEVEL],
[SHARPNESS], etc. You can set 6 different picture quality settings depending on the recording time of day, the weather, or the camera person, and store them in the memory.
Connect your camcorder to a TV or monitor, and adjust the picture quality while observing the picture on the TV or monitor screen.
At the default setting, [PP1] through [PP6] are registered with picture quality settings for the following recording conditions.
Indicator Shooting conditions
A
(MEMORY A)
B
(MEMORY B)
White balance values adjusted for light sources can be stored in memory A and memory B. Follow the steps below
(Outdoor)
Recording a sunset/sunrise, just after sunset, just before sunrise, neon signs, or fireworks.
Under daylight color fluorescent lampsn
(Indoor)
Under the lighting condition that changes quickly
Under strong light such as in a photography studio
Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps
Customizing the picture quality
(Picture profile)
CB
A
Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued)37
Recording/Playback
1 During standby, press the
PICTURE PROFILE button C.
2 Select a picture profile number by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
A, then press the dial.
[PP1] through [PP6] are available.
You can shoot with the settings of the selected picture profile.
3 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial A.
To cancel the picture profile recording
Select [OFF] in step 2, then press the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial A.
To change the picture profile
You can change the settings in [PP1] through [PP6].
1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button
C.
2 Select the PICTURE PROFILE number by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
A, then press the dial.
3 Select [SETTING] by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
4 Select an item to be adjusted by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
5 Adjust the picture quality by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
Picture profile number (setting name)
Recording condition
PP1:PORTRAIT
Appropriate setting to record people
PP2:CINEMA
Appropriate setting to record film-like pictures
PP3:SUNSET
Appropriate setting to record sunset
PP4:MONOTONE
Appropriate setting to record monotone pictures
PP5:------
You can assign your own setting
PP6:------
You can assign your own setting.
Item Adjustment
[COLOR
LEVEL]
–7 (low) to +7 (high)
–8 (black and white)
[COLOR
PHASE]
–7 (greenish) to +7
(reddish)
[SHARP-
NESS]
0 (softer) to 15 (clearer)
[SKINTON
E DTL]
To make wrinkles less noticeable by suppressing the outlines on the part of skin color.
[TYPE1] (the color range recognized as a skin color is narrow) to [TYPE3] (the color range recognized as a skin color is wide)
[OFF]: no adjustment
[WB
SHIFT]
–7 (to make picture bluish) to +7 (to make white parts reddish)
[CINEMA-
TONE
GAMMA]
When you set [ON], pictures are recorded with the gamma curve that reproduces the natural gradation sequence, similar to that of film cameras
[PROFILE
NAME]
To name the set picture profiles [PP1] through
[PP6] (p. 36)
Continued ,38
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 to adjust other items.
7 Select [ RETURN] by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
8 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
A picture profile indicator appears.b Note
In the case of [TYPE3] of [SKINTONE
DTL], the effect may also be applied to a color that is not a skin color.
To check the picture profile settings
During recording or standby, press the
STATUS CHECK button B (p. 44).z Tip
You can assign picture profiles to the ASSIGN buttons and use them to turn the picture profiles on and off (p. 39).
To name the picture profile settings
You can name on picture profile 1~6.
1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button
C.
2 Select the picture profile that you want to name by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
3 Select [SETTING] t [PROFILE
NAME] by the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial
A.
4 Select a letter by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
Repeat this operation until a complete name is entered.z Tips
Each name can be up to 12 characters long.
Characters that can be used in profile names:A ~ Z
0 ~ 9
- _ / # & : . @
5 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial. The profile name is changed.
6 Select [ RETURN] t [OK] by the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.
To copy the picture profile setting to other picture profiles
1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button
C.
2 Select the picture profile that you want to copy from by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
3 Select [SETTING] t [COPY] by SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial A.
4 Select the number of the picture profile that you want to copy to by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
5 Select [YES] by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
6 Select [ RETURN] t [OK] by the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.
To reset the picture profile settings
You can reset the picture profile settings by each picture profile number. You cannot reset all picture profile settings at once.
[COPY] To copy a picture profile setting to other picture profiles
[RESET] To restore the default setting of the picture profile
Item Adjustment
CANCEL
OK
P I CTURE PROF I LE END
PICT. PROFILE
Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued)39
Recording/Playback
1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button
C.
2 Select the picture profile by turning the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial.
3 Select [SETTING] t [RESET] t
[YES] t [ RETURN] t [OK] by the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A.
Assigning the functions to the
ASSIGN buttons
You may need to assign some functions to the ASSIGN buttons. You can assign a single function to each the ASSIGN button
1 to 6.
Functions you can assign to the
ASSIGN buttons
MARKER (p. 63)
D.EXTENDER (p. 60)
FOCUS INFNTY (p. 40)
REC REVIEW (p. 41)
END SEARCH (p. 41)
INDEX MARK (p. 41)
PEAKING (p. 62)
STEADYSHOT (p. 57)
COLOR BAR (p. 57)
SPOTLIGHT (p. 60)
BACK LIGHT (p. 59)
FADER (p. 60)
DISPLAY (p. 44)
Picture profile (p. 36)
SHOT TRANS (p. 42)b Note
The ASSIGN buttons 4 to 6 are exclusively used for memory playback when the POWER switch is set to VCR, and cannot be used as ASSIGN buttons. You cannot assign functions to the
ASSIGN buttons 4 to 6 while the POWER switch is set to VCR.
Continued ,40
1 Press the MENU button A.
2 Select the (OTHERS) t
[ASSIGN BTN] by the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial B.
3 Select the number of the ASSIGN button (ASSIGN 1-6, [SHOT
TRANS]) you want to assign the function by turning the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
[------] is displayed at the number that no function is assigned.
When you select [SHOT TRANS], select
[YES], then proceed to step 6.
4 Select the function to be assigned by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
5 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
6 Press the MENU button A to hide the menu.z Tips
Shot transition is assigned to the ASSIGN buttons 1, 2 and 3 (p. 42). Cancel the shot transition assignment to return to the pre-setting assignment.
To cancel the shot transition, select [SHOT
TRANS] t [YES] in step 3.b Note
[FOCUS INFNTY] is only available during the manual focus. It is not available during the auto focus.
1 Assign [FOCUS INFNTY] to one of the ASSIGN buttons (p. 39).
2 Press the ASSIGN button assigned to [FOCUS INFNTY].
appears.
If you release the switch, it returns to manual focusing.
Use this function to record a distant subject when the focus is automatically set on a close subject.
A
B
ASSIGN button 1-3
ASSIGN button 4-6
Focusing on a distant subject
(Focus infinity)
Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued)41
Recording/Playback
If you make an index for a scene, you can easily search for the scene later (p. 47).
The index function will make it easier to check the transition of recording or edit your pictures using index signals.
1 Assign [INDEX MARK] to one of the ASSIGN buttons in advance
(p. 39).
2 Press the ASSIGN button assigned to [INDEX MARK].
When pressed during recording
appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded.
When pressed during standbyflashes.
After you press the REC START/STOP button to start recording, appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded.
To cancel the operation
Before starting to record, press the ASSIGN button assigned to [INDEX MARK] again.b Note
You cannot record an index signal on a recorded tape afterward.
You can view about 2 seconds of the scenerecorded just before you stopped the tape.
This is convenient during playback of the latest scene check.
1 Assign [REC REVIEW] to one of the ASSIGN buttons in advance.
(p. 39).
2 Press the ASSIGN button assigned to [REC REVIEW] during standby mode.
The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scene are played back.
Then, your camcorder is set to the standby.
b Note
End search will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
1 Assign [END SEARCH] to one of the ASSIGN button in advance(p. 39).
Recording an index signal Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording
(End search)
Continued ,42
2 Press the ASSIGN button to which [END SEARCH] is assigned.
The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has finished.b Note
The End search function will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
You can register the settings of focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter speed, and white balance, and then change the recording setting from the current one to the registered one, resulting in a smooth transition of scenes (Shot transition).
For example, you can shift the focus from closer objects to farther objects, or change the depth of field by adjusting the iris. In addition, you can develop scenes under different recording conditions smoothly. If you register the manual adjustment function of the white balance, the scenes will develop smoothly between objects indoor and those outdoor.
Use a tripod to avoid camera-shake.
You can set the transition curve and duration using [SHOT TRANS] (p. 59).
1 Assign [SHOT TRANS] to the
ASSIGN buttons (p. 39).z Tip
Shot transition is assigned to ASSIGN buttons 1, 2 and 3.
2 Store the settings (shot)
1 Press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to bring up the SHOT TRANSITION
STORE screen.
2 Adjust the desired items manually.
See pages 30 to 36 for details on adjustment.
3 Press the ASSIGN button 2 for storing the setting in SHOT-A, or the ASSIGN button 3 for storing the setting in
SHOT-B.b Note
The setting values assigned to SHOT-A and
SHOT-B are deleted when the POWER switch is turned to OFF (CHG).
Using the Shot transition
SHOT-A
SHOT-B
ASSIGN button1-3
SHOT TRANS STORE
STBY 0:00:05 120min
SHOT -A
SHOT -B
STORE
Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued)43
Recording/Playback
3 Check the stored settings
1 Press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to bring up the SHOT TRANSITION
CHECK screen.
2 Press the ASSIGN button 2 to check the SHOT-A. Press the ASSIGN button
3 to check the SHOT-B.
The selected setting will take effect on the picture on the screen. The focus, zoom, and so on, are automatically adjusted as stored in the setting.b Note
You cannot check the transition time and curve set using [SHOT TRANS] (p. 59).
4 Record using the shot transition function
1 Press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to bring up the SHOT TRANSITION
EXEC screen.
2 Press the REC START/STOP button.
3 Press the ASSIGN button 2 to record movie using the SHOT-A. Press the
ASSIGN button 3 to record movie using the SHOT-B.
Pictures will be recorded with the settings that are changed automatically from the current ones to the stored ones.z Tip
Press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to cancel the SHOT TRANSITION.b Notes
You cannot zoom, focus, or adjust manually while checking or activating the Shot transition.
When you change [SHOT TRANS] (p. 59), press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to exit the shot transition screen.
You cannot return from the stored SHOT-A or
SHOT-B settings to previous settings after you activate the shot transition during recording.
If you press the following buttons during the shot transition operation, the operation is canceled:– PICTURE PROFILE
–M E N U
– EXPANDED FOCUS
– STATUS CHECKz Tips
You can also make a transition from saved
SHOT-A to saved SHOT-B or vice versa. For example, to make a transition from SHOT-A to
SHOT-B. Display the shot transition CHECK screen, press the ASSIGN button 2 and press the
REC START/STOP button. Next, display the shot transition EXEC screen and press the
ASSIGN button 3.
You can rehearse the shot transition by pressing the ASSIGN button 2 or 3, in which the desired setting was stored, before pressing the REC START/STOP button in step
4.
To cancel the operation
Press the ASSIGN button 1 repeatedly to exit the shot transition screen.
SHOT TRANS CHECK
STBY 0:00:05 120min
SHOT -A
SHOT -B
CHECK
SHOT TRANS EXEC
E S
STBY 0:00:05 120min
SHOT -A
SHOT -B
Transition bar
S: start
E: end
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Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder
You can turn on and off the display of the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen.
Press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button C.
The screen indicators turn on (displayed) and off (undisplayed) as you press the button.z Tip
You can display the screen indicators during playback on a TV. Select [DISP OUTPUT], then [V-OUT/PANEL] (p. 65).
You can check the setup value of the following items.
Audio setup such as [DV AUDIO MIX] (p. 61)
Output signal setup ([VCR HDV/DV], etc.)
(p. 66)
Functions assigned to the ASSIGN buttons
(p. 39)
Camera setup. (p. 56)
Picture profile (p. 36)
1 Press the STATUS CHECK button
B.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A to display the desired item.
When the POWER switch is set to
CAMERA, the items appear in the following order:AUDIO t OUTPUT t ASSIGN t
CAMERA t PICT.PROFILE
When the POWER switch is set to
VCR, the items appear in the following order:AUDIO t OUTPUT t ASSIGNb Note
When [PICT.PROFILE] is set to [OFF], the settings of PICTURE PROFILE are not displayed.
To turn off the setup value
Press the STATUS CHECK button B.
Changing the screen
A
B
C
Displaying the settings in your camcorder (Status check)45
Recording/Playback
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button
C. The approximate recordable time in the selected format and battery information appear for about 7 seconds. You can view the battery information for up to 20 seconds by pressing the button again while the information is displayed.
Checking the remaining battery
(Battery Info)
139
139
Remaining battery (approx.)
Recording capacity (approx.)46
Locating a scene on a tape
b Note
See page 120 for details on how to use the
Remote Commander.
1 During playback, press ZERO
SET MEMORY 4 at a point you want to locate later on.
The tape counter is reset to “0:00:00” and appears on the screen.
If the tape counter is not displayed, press DISPLAY 7.
2 Press STOP 6 when you want to stop playback.
3 Press mREW 3.
The tape stops automatically when the tape counter reaches “0:00:00.”
The tape counter returns to the time code display, and the zero set memory display disappears.
4 Press PLAY 5.
Playback starts from the point designated “0:00:00” on the tape counter.
To cancel the operation
Press ZERO SET MEMORY 4 again before rewinding.b Notes
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