Sony DCR-VX1000E Download Manual

3-065-646-12 (1)
Video Camera
Recorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,and retain it for future reference.
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CCD-TR618E/TR718E/TR728E
2001 Sony Corporation2
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Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony
Handycam

camcorder. With your Handycam,you can capture lifes precious moments withsuperior picture and sound quality. Your
Handycam is loaded with advanced features,but at the same time it is very easy to use. Youwill soon be producing home video that youcan 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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TR728E
NOTICE ON THE SUPPLIED AC POWER
ADAPTOR FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE
UNITED KINGDOM
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is fittedto this equipment for your safety andconvenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need tobe replaced, a 5 AMP fuse approved by ASTAor BSI to BS1362 (i.e., marked with or mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has adetachable fuse cover, be sure to attach thefuse cover after you change the fuse. Neveruse the plug without the fuse cover. If youshould lose the fuse cover, please contactyour nearest Sony service station.3
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Main Features
Functions to adjust exposure (in the recording mode)
In a dark place
In dark environments such as sunset, fireworks, orgeneral night views
Shooting backlit subjects
In spotlight, such as at the theatre or a formal event
In strong light or reflected light, such as at a beachin midsummer or on a ski slope
Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode)
Smooth transition between scenes
Digital processing of images
Creating a soft background for subjects
Superimposing a title
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
(in the recording mode)
Preventing deterioration of picture qualityin digital zoom
The default setting is set to OFF.
(To zoom greater than 20 , select the digital zoom
power in D ZOOM in the menu settings.)
Focusing manually
Shooting distant subjects
Recording fast-moving subjects
Functions to use in editing (in the recording mode)
Watching the picture on a wide-screen TV
Recording with the date/time
Enhancing old tapes
Functions to use after recording (in the playback mode)
Correcting jitter
Correcting colour noise
NIGHTSHOT (p. 31)
Sunset & moon mode (p. 46)
BACK LIGHT (p. 30)
Spotlight mode (p. 46)
Beach & ski mode (p. 46)
FADER (p. 41)
PICTURE EFFECT (p. 44)
Soft portrait mode (p. 46)
TITLE (p. 52)
D ZOOM [MENU] (p. 64)
Manual focus (p. 50)
Landscape mode (p. 46)
Sports lesson mode (p. 46)
Wide mode (p. 39)
Date and time (p. 33)
ORC [MENU] (p. 66)
TBC [MENU] (p. 65)
DNR [MENU] (p. 65)4
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Table of contents
Main Features ............ 3
Checking supplied accessories ......... 7
Quick Start Guide ......... 8
Getting started
Using this manual ............... 12
Step 1 Preparing the power supply ........... 14
Installing the battery pack ........ 14
Charging the battery pack ........ 15
Connecting to the mains ........... 19
Step 2 Setting the date and time ................ 21
Step 3 Inserting a cassette ............... 23
Recording Basics
Recording a picture ............. 25
Shooting backlit subjects
BACK LIGHT ............ 30
Shooting in the dark
NightShot ....... 31
Superimposing the date and time onpictures .............. 33
Playback Basics
Connections for playback ................ 34
Playing back a tape .............. 36
Advanced Recording Operation
Using the wide mode .......... 39
Using the fader function ................. 41
Using special effects
Picture effect ............... 44
Using the PROGRAM AE function ............. 46
Adjusting the exposure manually .............. 49
Focusing manually .............. 50
Superimposing a title .......... 52
Making your own titles ...... 54
Using the built-in light ........ 56
Editing
Dubbing a tape ........ 60
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings ........... 62
Troubleshooting
Types of trouble and their solutions ........... 74
Self-diagnosis display ......... 77
Warning indicators and messages .............. 78
Additional Information
Usable cassettes and playback modes ........ 86
About InfoLITHIUM battery ...... 88
Using your camcorder abroad ........ 90
Maintenance information andprecautions ....... 91
Specifications ........... 98
Quick Reference
Identifying the parts and controls ............. 100
Index .......... 1096

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Getting started
Checking suppliedaccessories
Make sure that the following accessories aresupplied with your camcorder.
1 Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 105)
CCD-TR728E only
2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor (1),
Mains lead (1) (p. 15)
3 NP-F330 battery pack (1) (p. 14, 15)
4 R6 (size AA) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 105)
CCD-TR728E only
5 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 34)
6 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 102)
7 Lens cap (1) (p. 25, 103)
8 21-pin adaptor (1) (p. 35)
CCD-TR718E/TR728E only
Contents of the recording cannot becompensated if recording or playback is notmade due to a malfunction of the camcorder,storage media, etc.
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Quick Start Guide
This chapter introduces you to the basic features of yourcamcorder. See the page in parentheses ( ) for moreinformation.
Open the DC INjack cover.
Connect the plug withits v mark facing up.
Connecting the mains lead (p. 19)
Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 14).
AC power adaptor (supplied)
Quick Start Guide
Inserting a cassette (p. 23)
3 Close the cassettecompartment bypressing the markon the cassettecompartment. Thecassette compartmentautomatically goesdown.
Close the lid of thecassette compartment.
1 Open the lid of thecassette compartment,and press EJECT. Thecompartment opensautomatically.
2 Insert a cassetteinto the cassettecompartmentwith its windowfacing out andthe write-protecttab on thecassette up.
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Recording a picture (p. 25)
2 Set the POWERswitch to CAMERAwhile pressing thesmall green button.
The picture appearsin the viewfinder.
1 Remove the lens cap.
Viewfinder
Use the viewfinder placing your eye against its eyecup.
The picture in the viewfinder is black and white.
Quick Start Guide
Monitoring the playback picture in the viewfinder
(p. 27)
NOTE
Do not pick up your camcorder byholding the viewfinder or thebattery pack.
2 Press m to rewind the tape.
3 Press N to start playback.
1 Set the POWERswitch to PLAYERwhile pressing thesmall green button.
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When you purchase your camcorder, the clock setting is set to off. If you want to recordthe date and time for a picture, set the clock setting before recording (p. 21)
3 Press the red button.
Your camcorderstarts recording. Tostop recording, pressthe red button again.10

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Using this manual
The instructions in this manual are for the threemodels listed in the table below. Before you startreading this manual and operating yourcamcorder, check the model number by lookingat the bottom of your camcorder. The
CCD-TR728E is the model used for illustrationpurposes. Otherwise, the model name isindicated in the illustrations. Any differences inoperation are clearly indicated in the text, forexample, CCD-TR728E 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 TV colour systems
TV colour systems differ from country tocountry. To view your recordings on a TV, youneed a PAL system-based TV.
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Precautions on camcorder care
Lens and LCD screen/finder
(on mounted models only)
The LCD screen and the finder aremanufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99,99% of thepixels are operational for effective use.
However, there may be some tiny blackpoints and/or bright points (white, red, blueor green in colour) that constantly appear onthe LCD screen and the finder. These pointsare normal in the manufacturing process anddo not affect the recording in any way.
Do not let your camcorder get wet. Keep yourcamcorder away from rain and sea water.
Letting your camcorder get wet may cause yourcamcorder to malfunction. Sometimes thismalfunction cannot be repaired [a].
Never leave your camcorder exposed totemperatures above 60C (140F ), such as in acar parked in the sun or under direct sunlight
[b].
Be careful when placing the camera near awindow or outdoors. Exposing the LCD screen,the finder or the lens to direct sunlight for longperiods may cause malfunctions [c].
Do not directly shoot the sun. Doing so mightcause your camcorder to malfunction. Takepictures of the sun in low light conditions suchas dusk [d].
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Install the battery pack to use your camcorderoutdoors.
Slide the battery pack down until it clicks.
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Slide the battery pack out in the direction of thearrow while pressing BATT RELEASE down.
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Step 1 Preparing the powersupply
Charging the battery pack
Use the battery pack after charging it for yourcamcorder.
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(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 mains.
(4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE).
Charging begins. The remaining battery timeis indicated in minutes on the displaywindow.
The charging is completed when the remainningbattery indicator changes to u and the FULLappears on the display window.
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Keep the battery pack dry.
When the battery pack is not to be used for along time, charge the battery pack fully, andthen use it until it fully discharges again. Dothis once a year. Keep the battery pack in a coolplace.
Until your camcorder calculates the actualremaining battery time
min appears in the display window.
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The battery pack is not installed correctly.
Something is wrong with the battery pack.
If the power may go 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.
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* Approximate continuous recording time at
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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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The battery life will be shorter if you use yourcamcorder in a cold environment.
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 (L series). Yourcamcorder operates only with the
InfoLITHIUM battery. InfoLITHIUM Lseries battery packs have the mark.
InfoLITHIUM is a trademark of Sony
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Connecting to the mains
When you use your camcorder for a long time,we recommend that you power it from the mainsusing the AC power adaptor.
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover, and connect the
AC power adaptor to the DC IN jack on yourcamcorder with the plugs v mark facing up.
(2) Connect the mains lead to the AC poweradaptor.
(3) Connect the mains lead to the mains.
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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 mains lead is notplugged into the mains.
Place the AC power adaptor near mains.
While using the AC power adaptor, if anytrouble occurs with this unit, disconnect theplug from the mains as soon as possible to cutoff the power.
Using a car battery
Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
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Step 2 Setting thedate and time
Set the date and time settings when you use yourcamcorder for the first time.
If you do not use your camcorder for about 4months, the date and time settings may bereleased (bars may appear) because the built-inrechargeable lithium cell in your camcorder willhave been discharged.
First, set the year, then the month, the day, thehour and then the minute.
(1) While your camcorder is in CAMERA mode,press MENU to display the menu.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ,then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
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(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust thedesired year, then press the dial.
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(7) Press MENU to make the menu disappear.
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To check the preset date and time
Press DATE to display the date indicator.
Press TIME to display the time indicator.
Press DATE (or TIME) and then press TIME (or
DATE) to simultaneously display the date andlocal time indicator.
Press DATE and/or TIME again. The date and/or time indicator disappears.
The year changes as follows:Auto date function
When you use your camcorder for the first time,turn it on and reset the date and time to yourlocal time before you start recording (p. 21). Thedate is automatically recorded for 10 secondsafter you start recording (Auto date function).
This function works only once a day.
Note on the time indicator
The internal clock of your camcorder operates ona 24-hour cycle.
Note on the auto date function
You can change the AUTO DATE setting byselecting ON or OFF in the menu settings. Theauto date function automatically displays thedate once a day.
However, the date may automatically appearmore than once a day if: you reset the date and time.
you eject and insert the tape again.
you stop recording within 10 seconds.
you set AUTO DATE to OFF once and set itback to ON in the menu settings.
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(1) Prepare the power supply (p. 14).
(2) Open the lid of the cassette compartment, andpress EJECT. The cassette compartment opensautomatically.
(3) Insert a cassette with its window facing outand the write-protect tab on the cassette up.
(4) Close the cassette compartment by pressingthe mark on the cassette compartment.
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(5) Close the lid of the cassette compartment.
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Notes
Do not press the cassette compartment down.
Doing so may cause a malfunction.
The cassette compartment may not be closedwhen you press any part of the cassettecompartment other than the mark.
Do not pick up your camcorder by holding thelid of the cassette compartment.
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette toexpose the red mark.
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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 attach 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. 14 to 24).
(3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA whilepressing the small green button. Yourcamcorder is set to the standby mode.
(4) 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.
The recording lamp lights up in theviewfinder during recording.
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To enable smooth transition
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(CHARGE).
If you leave your camcorder in the standbymode for 5 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 (CHARGE) once, thenturn it to CAMERA again.
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(3) Attach the lens cap
After using your camcorder
Remove the battery pack from your camcorder toavoid turning on the built-in light accidentally.
Recording a picture
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Recording a picture ?LLL?
To record pictures with theviewfinder adjusting theviewfinder
Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight sothat the indicators in the viewfinder come intosharp focus.
Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinderlens adjustment lever.
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Using the zoom feature
Move the power zoom lever a little for a slowerzoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Using the zoom function sparingly results inbetter-looking recordings.
T side: for telephoto (subject appears closer)
W side: for wide-angle (subject appears fartheraway)
Zoom greater than 20 is performed digitally.
To activate digital zoom, select the digital zoompower in D ZOOM in the menu settings (p. 64).
The picture quality deteriorates as the picture isprocessed digitally.
The right side of the bar shows the digitalzooming zone.
The digital zooming zone appears whenyou select the digital zoom power in
D ZOOM in the menu settings./
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Indicators displayed in therecording mode
The indicators are not recorded on tape.
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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 thewide-angle position.
Notes on digital zoom
Digital zoom starts to function when zoomexceeds 20 .
The picture quality deteriorates as you gotoward the T side.
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Note on the remaining battery time indicator
The remaining battery time indicator roughlyindicates the recording time. The indicator maynot be correct, depending on the conditions inwhich you are recording.
Shooting backlit subjects
BACK LIGHT
When you shoot a subject with the light sourcebehind the subject or a subject with a lightbackground, use the backlight function.
Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode.
The . indicator appears in the viewfinder.
To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
If you press EXPOSURE when shooting backlitsubjects
The backlight function will be canceled.
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Shooting in the dark
NightShot
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.
While your camcorder is in CAMERA mode,slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.
and NIGHTSHOT indicators flash in theviewfinder. To cancel the NightShot function,slide NIGHTSHOT to OFF.
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. 64).
Recording a picture
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Recording a picture
Notes
Do not use the NightShot function in brightplaces (ex. outdoors in the daytime). This maycause 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, you cannot use the following functions: Exposure
PROGRAM AE
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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Recording Basics ?L?ߺL?
Recording a picture
Superimposing the date andtime on pictures
You can record the date and/or time displayed inthe viewfinder superimposed on the picture.
Carry out the following operations in CAMERAmode.
Press DATE to record the date.
Press TIME to record the time.
Press DATE (or TIME), then press TIME (or
DATE) to record the date and time.
Press DATE and/or TIME again. The date and/or time indicator disappears.
When you purchase your camcorder, the clocksetting is set to off. Set the date and time to yourlocal time before using (p. 21).
Note
The date and time indicators recorded manuallycannot be deleted.
If you do not record the date and time in thepicture
Record the date and time in the black screen asthe background for about 10 seconds, then erasethe date and time indicators before startingactual recording.
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Playback Basics
Connections forplayback
Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/
V connecting cable supplied with yourcamcorder to watch the playback picture on the
TV screen. When monitoring the playbackpicture on the TV screen, we recommend thatyou power your camcorder from the mains usingthe AC power adaptor (p. 19). Refer to theoperating instructions of your TV.
Open the jack cover. Connect your camcorder tothe TV using the A/V connecting cable. Then, setthe TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
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Playback Basics ?LL?ߺL?
To connect to a TV without
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Use a PAL system RFU adaptor (optional).
Refer to the operating instructions of your TVand the RFU adaptor.
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pinconnector (EUROCONNECTOR)
CCD-TR718E/TR728E only
Use the 21-pin adaptor supplied with yourcamcorder.
If your TV has an S video jack
Connect using an S video cable (optional) toobtain high-quality pictures. With thisconnection, you do not need to connect theyellow (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable.
Connect the S video cable (optional) to the Svideo jacks on both your camcorder and the TV.
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Playing back a tape
You can monitor the playback picture on a TVscreen after connecting your camcorder to a TVor VCR. You can also monitor the picture in theviewfinder. You can control playback using the
Remote Commander supplied with yourcamcorder. (CCD-TR728E only)
(1) Install the power source and insert therecorded tape.
(2) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER whilepressing the small green button.
(3) Press m to rewind the tape.
(4) Press N to start playback.
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To control the display of thescreen indicators
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Press DISPLAY on the Remote Commandersupplied with your camcorder. The indicatorsappear on the TV screen. To make the indicatorsdisappear, press DISPLAY again.
Various playback modes
To operate video control buttons, set the
POWER switch to PLAYER.
To view a still picture (playbackpause)
Press X during playback. To resume playback,press X or N.
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 locate a scene monitoring thepicture (picture search)
Keep pressing m or M during playback. Toresume normal playback, release the button.
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CCD-TR728E only
Press y on the Remote Commander duringplayback. To resume normal playback, press N.
In the various playback modes
Sound is muted.
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Your camcorder automatically enters the stopmode. To resume playback, press N.
If slow playback lasts for about 1 minute
(CCD-TR728E only)
Your camcorder automatically returns to normalspeed.
When you play back a tape
Noise may appear during playback pause mode,slow playback or picture search.
When you play back a tape in reverse
Horizontal noise may appear at the centre or topand bottom of the screen. This is not amalfunction.
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Advanced Recording Operations ?lLL朌L
You can record a cinema-like picture (CINEMA)or a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9FULL). Refer to the operatinginstructions of your TV.
CINEMA
Black bands appear on the screen duringrecording in the CINEMA mode [a], playingback on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c].
If you set the screen mode of the wide-screen TVto the zoom mode, a picture without black bandsappears [d].
16:9FULL
The picture during recording in the 16:9FULLmode [e], or playing back on a normal TV [f] or awide-screen TV [g] is horizontally compressed.
If you set the screen mode of the wide-screen TVto the full mode, you can watch pictures ofnormal images [h].
Advanced Recording Operation
Using the wide mode
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In CAMERA mode, set 16:9WIDE to CINEMA or
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To cancel the wide mode
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In the wide mode
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FADER.
Date or time indicator
When you record in the 16:9FULL mode, the dateor time indicator will be widened on wide-screen
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When you cancel the wide mode, set yourcamcorder to the standby mode and then set
16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
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Advanced Recording Operations ?lLL朌L
You can fade in or out to give your recording aprofessional appearance.
Using the faderfunction
MONOTONE
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When fading out, the picture gradually changesfrom colour to black-and-white.
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Using the fader function
(1) When fading in [a]
In the standby mode, press FADER until thedesired fader indicator flashes.
When fading out [b]
In the recording mode, press FADER until thedesired fader indicator flashes.
The indicator changes as follows:The last selected fader mode is indicated firstof all.
(2) Press START/STOP. The fader indicator stopsflashing.
After the fade in/out is carried out, yourcamcorder automatically returns to thenormal mode.
To cancel the fader function
Before pressing START/STOP, press FADERuntil the indicator disappears.
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The date, time indicator and title do not fadein or fade out
Erase them before operating the fader function ifthey are not needed.
While using the bounce function, you cannotuse the following functions: Focus
Zoom
Picture effect
Note on the bounce function
The BOUNCE indicator does not appear in thefollowing mode or functions: D ZOOM is set to the mode other than OFF inthe menu settings
Wide mode
Picture effect
PROGRAM AE
Using the fader function
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You can digitally process images to obtain specialeffects like those in films or on the TV.
PASTEL [a] : The contrast of the picture isemphasized, and the picturelooks like an animated cartoon.
NEG. ART [b] : The colour and brightness of thepicture are reversed.
SEPIA : The picture is sepia.
B&W : The picture is monochrome
(black-and-white).
SOLARIZE [c] : The light intensity is clearer, andthe picture looks like anillustration.
MOSAIC [d] : The picture is mosaic.
SLIM [e] : The picture expands vertically.
STRETCH [f] : The picture expandshorizontally.
Using special effects
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MANUAL SET
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[ MENU ] : END
Using special effects Pictureeffect
(1) In CAMERA mode, select P EFFECT in inthe menu settings. (p. 64).
(2) Select the desired picture effect mode in themenu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial.
To turn the picture effect functionoff
Set P EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings.
When you turn the power off
Your camcorder automatically returns to thenormal mode.
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Using the PROGRAM
AE function
You can select PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure)mode to suit your specific shooting requirements.
Spotlight
This mode prevents peoples faces, for example,from appearing excessively white when shootingsubjects lit by strong light in the theatre.
Soft portrait
This mode brings out the subject while creating asoft background for subjects such as people orflowers.
Sports lesson
This mode minimizes shake on fast-movingsubjects such as in tennis or golf.
Beach & ski
This mode prevents peoples faces fromappearing dark in strong light or reflected light,such as at a beach in midsummer or on a skislope.
Sunset & moon
This mode allows you to maintain atmospherewhen you are recording sunsets, general nightviews, fireworks displays and neon signs.
Landscape
This mode is for when you are recording distantsubjects such as mountains and prevents yourcamcorder from focusing on glass or metal meshin windows when you are recording a subjectbehind glass or a screen.
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Using the PROGRAM AE function
(1) In CAMERA mode, select PROGRAM AE in
in the menu settings (p. 64).
(2) Select the desired PROGRAM AE mode in themenu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial.
To turn the PROGRAM AE functionoff
Set PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menusettings.
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[ MENU ] : END48
Notes
In the spotlight, sports lesson and beach & skimodes, you cannot take close-ups. This isbecause your camcorder is set to focus only onsubjects in the middle to far distance.
In the sunset & moon and landscape modes,your camcorder is set to focus only on distantsubjects.
The bounce function does not work in the
PROGRAM AE mode.
While setting NIGHTSHOT to ON, the
PROGRAM AE function does not work.
(The indicator flashes)
If you are recording under a discharge tubesuch as a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp ormercury lamp
Flickering or changes in colour may occur in thefollowing modes. If this happens, turn the
PROGRAM AE function off.
Soft portrait mode
Sports lesson mode
Using the PROGRAM AE function
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You can manually adjust and set the exposure.
Adjust the exposure manually in the followingcases:The subject is backlit
Bright subject and dark background
To record dark pictures (e.g. night scenes)faithfully
(1) In CAMERA mode, press EXPOSURE.
The exposure indicator appears.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust thebrightness.
To return to the automatic exposuremode
Press EXPOSURE again.
Note
When you adjust the exposure manually, thebacklight function does not work.
Your camcorder automatically returns to theautomatic exposure mode: if you change the PROGRAM AE mode
if you slide NIGHTSHOT to ON
Adjusting theexposure manually
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You can gain better results by manually adjustingthe focus in the following cases:The autofocus mode is not effective whenshooting
subjects through glass coated with waterdroplets
horizontal stripes
subjects with little contrast with backgroundssuch as walls and sky
When you want to change the focus from asubject in the foreground to a subject in thebackground
Shooting a stationary subject when using atripod
(1) In CAMERA mode, press FOCUS.
The 9 indicator appears.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to sharpenfocus.
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To focus precisely
Adjust the zoom by first focusing at the T
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(wide-angle) positon. This makes focusing easier.
When you shoot close to the subject
Focus at the end of the W (wide-angle)position.
9 changes to the following indicators:when recording a distant subject.when the subject is too close to focus on.
Focusing manually
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Superimposing a title
You can select one of eight preset titles and twocustom titles (p. 54). You can also select thelanguage, colour, size and position of titles.
(1) In CAMERA mode, press TITLE to displaythe title menu.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ,then press the dial.
(3) Select the desired title in the menu settings,then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
(4) Change the colour, size, or position, ifnecessary.
1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to selectthe colour, size, or position, then press thedial. The item appears.
2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to selectthe desired item, then press the dial.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laidout as desired.
(5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial again tocomplete the setting.
(6) Press START/STOP to start recording.
(7) When you want to stop recording the title,press TITLE.
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PRESET TITLE
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[ TITLE]:END53
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To superimpose the title while youare recording
Press TITLE while you are recording, and carryout steps 2 to 5. When you press the SEL/PUSH
EXEC dial at step 5, the title is superimposed.
To select the language of a presettitle
If you want to change the language, select before step 2. Then select the desired languageand return to step 2.
Note
Both the date and time or either of them may notbe displayed depending on the size or position ofthe title.
If you display the menu or title menu whilesuperimposing a title
The title is not recorded while the menu or titlemenu is displayed.
To use the custom title
If you want to use the custom title, select instep 2.
Title setting
The title colour changes as follows :WHITE y YELLOW y VIOLET y RED y
CYAN y GREEN y BLUE
The title size changes as follows :SMALL y LARGE
You cannot input 13 characters or more in
LARGE size.
The title position changes as follows :1 y 2 y 3 y 4 y 5 y 6 y 7 y 8 y 9
The larger the position number, the lower thetitle is positioned.
When you select the title size LARGE, youcannot choose position 9.
When you select the title size LARGE in the
CINEMA mode, you cannot choose position 8nor 9.
When you are selecting and setting the title
You cannot superimpose the title displayed onthe screen.
When you superimpose a title while you arerecording
The beep does not sound.
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Making your owntitles
You can make up to two titles and store them inyour camcorder. Each title can have up to 20characters.
(1) In CAMERA or PLAYER mode, press TITLE.
(2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ,then press the dial.
(3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select thefirst line (CUSTOM1 SET) or second line
(CUSTOM2 SET), then press the dial.
(4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select thecolumn of the desired character, then pressthe dial.
(5) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select thedesired character, then press the dial.
(6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have selectedall characters and completed the title.
(7) To finish making your own titles, turn the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [SET], thenpress the dial. The title is stored in memory.
(8) Press TITLE to make the title menu disappear.
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To change a title you have stored
In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2
SET, depending on which title you want tochange, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], thenpress the dial to delete the title. The last characteris erased. Enter the new title as desired.
If you take 5 minutes or longer to entercharacters in the standby mode while acassette is in your camcorder
The power automatically turns off. Thecharacters you have entered remain stored inmemory. Set the POWER switch to OFF
(CHARGE) once, and turn it to CAMERA again,then proceed from step 1.
We recommend setting the POWER switch to
PLAYER or removing the cassette so that yourcamcorder does not automatically turn off whileyou are entering title characters.
If you select [ ]
The menu for selecting alphabet and Russiancharacters appears. Select [ ] to return to theprevious screen.
To delete the title
Select [C]. The last character is erased.
To enter a space
Select [ Z& ? ! ], then select the blank part.
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Using the built-inlight
You can use the built-in light to suit yourshooting situation. The recommended distancebetween the subject and camcorder is about 1.5 m
(5 feet).
Press LIGHT until the indicator appearsin the viewfinder while your camcorder is in
CAMERA mode The built-in light turns on.
If you turn the POWER switch to OFF
(CHARGE), the built-in light turns offsimultaneously. You cannot turn the built-in lighton by turning the POWER switch to CAMERAagain.
To turn on the built-in light again, press LIGHTagain in CAMERA mode.
To turn off the built-in light
Press LIGHT until no indicator appears in theviewfinder.
To turn on the built-in lightautomatically
Press LIGHT until the indicator appearsin the viewfinder.
The built-in light automatically turns on and offaccording to the ambient brightness.
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CAUTION
Be careful not to touch the lighting section,because the plastic window and surroundingsurfaces are hot while the light is on. Itremains hot for a while after the light isturned off.
DANGER
Not to be handled by children.
Emits intense heat and light.
Use with caution to reduce the risk of fire orinjury to persons.
Do not directly light at persons or materialsfrom less than 1.22 m (4 feet) during use anduntil cool.
Turn the built-in light off when not in use.
When you press LIGHT
The indicator changes as follows:Notes
The built-in light turns off automatically in thefollowing cases: When it stays on in the AUTO mode for morethan 5 minutes.
When you leave it on for more than 5 minuteswith no cassette inserted or after the tape hasrun out.
To turn the built-in light on again, press LIGHTagain.
The battery pack is quickly discharging whilethe built-in light is turned on. Turn it off whennot in use.
When you do not use your camcorder, turn thebuilt-in light off and remove the battery pack toavoid turning on the built-in light accidentally.
When flickering

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