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Panasonic AVCHD HDC-TM20 Operating Instructions Manual

Philips camcorder user manual.

Operating Instructions
High Definition Video Camera
Model No.
Before use, please read these instructions completely.

Summary of Contents

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    Operating Instructions High Definition Video Camera HDC-SD20 Model No. HDC-TM20 HDC-HS20 Before use, please read these instructions completely. VQT2B30-1...

  • Page 2: Information For Your Safety


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    ∫ Information for Users on Collection and Disposal of Old Equipment and used Batteries These symbols on the products, packaging, and/or accompanying documents mean that used electrical and electronic products and batteries should not be mixed with general household waste. For proper treatment, recovery and recycling of old products and used batteries, please take them to applicable...

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    ∫ Licenses ≥ SDHC Logo is a trademark. ≥ “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. ≥ Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. ≥ HDMI, the HDMI Logo and the High-Definition Multimedia Interface are the registered trademarks or trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Information for Your Safety ... 2 Accessories... 7 Features... 8 Preparation Before using [1] Handling of Built-in Memory and HDD (Hard disk drive) [HDC-TM20/HDC-HS20] ... 9 Handling of built-in memory [HDC-TM20] ... 9 Handling of HDD [HDC-HS20]... 10 [2] Parts identification and handling ... 11 [HDC-SD20/HDC-TM20] ...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Playback Playback [1] Motion picture playback ... 72 Creating still picture from motion picture... 75 Highlight&Time frame index... 75 Playing back motion pictures by date... 76 Intelligent scene selection ... 76 Highlight playback ... 77 Repeat playback... 78 Resuming the previous playback... 78 [2] Still picture playback...

  • Page 7: Accessories

    Accessories Check the accessories before using this unit. Battery pack VW-VBG070 AC adaptor VSK0698 AC cable K2CQ2CA00006 DC cable K2GJYDC00004 Remote control (Battery built-in) N2QAEC000024 AV cable K2KYYYY00054 Component cable K1HY10YY0005 USB cable K1HY04YY0032 Stylus pen VFC4394 CD-ROM Software CD-ROM Operating Instructions VFF0476 Optional accessories...

  • Page 8: Features

    Features ∫ Very clear high definition pictures This unit can record detailed high definition images. High definition images (1920k1080) A Number of available scan lines 1080 * If the recording mode is HA/HG/HX. What is the AVCHD? This is a format for recording and playing back highly detailed high definition images. Images are recorded based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for compressing images and audio is recorded with the Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator.

  • Page 9: Hard Disk Drive Hdc-tm20/hdc-hs20]

    Preparation Before using This unit is equipped with the built-in 16 GB memory. When using this component, pay attention to the following points. This unit is equipped with the built-in 80 GB HDD. While the HDD is capable of storing a large amount of data, there are a few things to look out for.

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    Handling of HDD ∫ Do not expose the HDD to vibrations and shocks. Due to the environment and handling conditions, the HDD may be subject to partial damages or may not be able to read, record, and play back data. Do not expose the unit to vibrations or shock, and do not turn off the power during recording or playback.

  • Page 11: Parts Identification And Handling, Hdc-sd20/hdc-tm20]

    Preparation Before using [HDC-SD20/HDC-TM20] 11 12 LCD monitor (Touch screen) (l 26, 35) ≥ It can open up to 90o. ≥ It can rotate up to 180o A towards the lens or 90o B towards the opposite direction. Parts identification and handling 2 3 45 6 7 14 15 16...

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    13 SD card open lever [OPEN] (l 23) 14 Audio-video output terminal [A/V] (l 92, 108) ≥ Use the AV cable (only the supplied cable). 15 Component terminal [COMPONENT] (l 92) 16 HDMI mini connector [HDMI] (l 92, 97) 17 Access lamp [ACCESS] (l 9, 23) 18 Card slot (l 23) 19 SD card cover (l 23) 20 Built-in flash (l 65)

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    26 Recording start/stop button (l 44) 27 Status indicator (l 24) 28 Mode switch (l 24) 29 Photoshot button [ ] (l 48) 30 Zoom lever [W/T] (In recording mode) (l 51) Thumbnail display switch/Volume lever /VOLr] (In playback mode) (l 73) 31 Internal microphones (5.1 channel support) 32 Grip belt...

  • Page 14: Hdc-hs20]

    [HDC-HS20] 11 12 LCD monitor (Touch screen) (l 26, 35) ≥ It can open up to 90o. ≥ It can rotate up to 180o A towards the lens or 90o B towards the opposite direction. Due to limitations in LCD production technology, there may be some tiny bright or dark spots on the LCD monitor screen.

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    20 Built-in flash (l 65) 21 Lens (LEICA DICOMAR) Lens cover A ≥The lens cover opens in recording mode. (l 24) 22 Lens hood Rotate the lens hood counter-clockwise A to remove it. In order to attach it, place into slot B, and then rotate it clockwise C.

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    26 Recording start/stop button (l 44) 27 Status indicator (l 24) 28 Mode dial (l 24) 29 HDD access lamp [ACCESS HDD] (l 10) 30 Photoshot button [ ] (l 48) 31 Zoom lever [W/T] (In recording mode) (l 51) Thumbnail display switch/Volume lever /VOLr] (In playback mode) (l 73) 32 Internal microphones (5.1 channel support)

  • Page 17: Power Supply, Charging The Battery

    Preparation Setup ∫ About batteries that you can use with this unit The battery that can be used with this unit is VW-VBG070/VW-VBG130/VW-VBG260/VW-VBG6. ≥ This unit has a function to distinguish the batteries that can be used, and the batteries (VW-VBG070/VW-VBG130/VW-VBG260/VW-VBG6) are compatible with this function.

  • Page 18: Inserting/removing The Battery

    ≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries (l 7, 19, 20). ≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product. ≥ Do not heat or expose to flame. ≥ Do not leave the battery(ies) in an automobile exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time with doors and windows closed.

  • Page 19: Charging And Recording Time

    Charging and recording time ∫ Charging/Recording time ≥ Temperature: 25 oC/humidity: 60% Battery model number [Voltage/Capacity Charging time (minimum)] Supplied battery/ VW-VBG070 (optional) [7.2 V/725 mAh] VW-VBG130 (optional) [7.2 V/1250 mAh] VW-VBG260 (optional) [7.2 V/2500 mAh] VW-VBG6 (optional) [7.2 V/5400 mAh] Battery model number [Voltage/Capacity Charging time...

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    Battery model number Charging [Voltage/Capacity time (minimum)] Supplied battery/ VW-VBG070 1 h 35 min (optional) [7.2 V/725 mAh] VW-VBG130 (optional) 2 h 35 min [7.2 V/1250 mAh] VW-VBG260 (optional) 4 h 40 min [7.2 V/2500 mAh] VW-VBG6 (optional) 9 h 25 min [7.2 V/5400 mAh] * The battery pack holder kit VW-VH04 (optional) is necessary.

  • Page 21: Connecting To The Ac Outlet

    Connecting to the AC outlet The unit is in the standby condition when the AC adaptor is connected. The primary circuit is always “live” as long as the AC adaptor is connected to an electrical outlet. Important: While the DC cable is connected to the AC adaptor, the battery will not charge. ≥...

  • Page 22: Preparation Of Sd Cards, Cards That You Can Use With This Unit

    Preparation Setup This unit (an SDHC compatible device) is compatible with both SD Memory Cards and SDHC Memory Cards. When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, confirm that the device supports the SDHC Memory Card. Cards that you can use with this unit Use SD cards conforming to Class 4 or higher of the SD Speed Class Rating recording.

  • Page 23: Inserting/removing An Sd Card

    Inserting/removing an SD card When using an SD card not from Panasonic, or one previously used on other equipment, for the first time on this unit, format the SD card. (l 91) When the SD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted.

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    Preparation Setup Change the mode to recording, playback or power OFF. Turn on the power by changing the mode to lock release button A. HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 ≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same time pressing in the lock release button if changing from OFF to another mode.

  • Page 25: Turning The Power On And Off With The Lcd Monitor

    Turning the power on and off with the LCD monitor When the mode is set to , power is turned on when the LCD monitor is opened, and power is turned off when it is closed. ∫ To turn on the power HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 A The status indicator lights.

  • Page 26: How To Use The Touch Screen

    Preparation Setup You can operate by directly touching the LCD monitor (touch screen) with your finger. It is easier to use the stylus pen (supplied) for detailed operation or if it is hard to operate with your fingers. ∫ Touch Touch and release the touch screen to select icon or picture.

  • Page 27: Using The Menu Screen

    Preparation Setup MENU Press the MENU button. MENU Touch the top menu A. Touch the submenu B. ≥ Next (previous) page can be displayed by touching ≥ Information display setting is completed when is surrounded by yellow after touching it. Using the menu screen Touch the desired item to enter the setting.

  • Page 28: Language Selection, Menu List

    Language selection You can select the language on the screen display and the menu screen. Press the MENU button, then touch [SETUP] > [LANGUAGE]. Touch [English]. Menu list Part of the menu will not be used depending on the used functions. (l 130) Recording mode *1 It is not displayed when the Intelligent auto mode is on.

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    PICTURE [QUALITY] [HI-SPEED BURST] [SELF TIMER] [FLASH] [FLASH LEVEL] [RED EYE] [SHTR SOUND] MEDIA SELECT *2*3 Media to record can be set to [Built-in Memory] or [SD CARD]. Media to record can be set to [HDD] or [SD CARD]. SETUP (l 49) [DISPLAY] The screen indications are selected as...

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    [ALERT SOUND] Touch screen operation, start and stop of recording and power on/off can be confirmed with this sound. 2 Beeps for 4 times When an error occurs. Check the sentence displayed on the screen. (l 128) [POWER LCD] [LCD AI] [LCD SET] [COMPONENT OUT] [HDMI RESOLUTION]...

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    Playback mode *1 When the disc playback is selected while a DVD burner (optional) is connected, or when [INTEL. SCENE] (l 76) is selected, this does not appear. *2 Only when the disc playback is selected while a DVD burner (optional) is connected, this appears. *3 These menus are only for *4 These menus are only for *5 This appears only when the [VIDEO/SD CARD] or [PICTURE/SD CARD] is selected.

  • Page 32: Setting Date And Time

    Preparation Setup When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will appear. Select [YES] and perform steps 2 to 3 below to set the date and time. ¬ Change the mode to Select the menu.

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    Changing the date format Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [DATE FORMAT] # desired display style Display style Screen display [Y/M/D] 2009. 11. 15 [M/D/Y] 11 15 2009 [D/M/Y] 15. 11. 2009 ≥ The date and time function is driven by a built-in lithium battery.

  • Page 34: World Time Setting (displaying The Time Of The Travel Destination)

    World time setting (Displaying the time of the travel destination) It is possible to display and record the time at the travel destination by selecting your home region and the travel destination. Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [SET WORLD TIME] # [YES] ≥...

  • Page 35: Adjusting Lcd Monitor, Lcd Monitor Adjustment

    Preparation Setup ≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded. LCD monitor adjustment ∫ POWER LCD This makes it easier to view the LCD monitor in bright places including outdoors. Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [POWER LCD] # desired setting Makes even brighter Makes brighter...

  • Page 36: Touch Screen Calibration, Changing The Picture Quality On The Lcd Monitor, Recording Yourself

    Touch screen calibration Perform the touch screen calibration if a different object to the one touched is selected. Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [CALIBRATION] # [YES] ≥ Touch [ENTER]. Touch [r] with the supplied stylus pen and enter in calibration.

  • Page 37: Using With The Remote Control

    Preparation Setup Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [REMOTE CONTROL] # [ON] ≥ This function’s default setting is [ON]. ≥ [REMOTE CONTROL] can be set to [OFF] so the remote control will not be mistakenly used when not in use. START/ STOP /VOL...

  • Page 38: Operation Of Direction Buttons Ok Button

    Warning Keep the Button-Type battery out of the reach of children. Never put Button-Type battery in mouth. If swallowed call your doctor. ∫ Remote control usable range A Remote control sensor Distance: Within approx. 5 m Angle: Approx. 10o up and 15o down, left, and right ≥...

  • Page 39: Before Recording

    Recording Recording (Basic) ∫ Basic camera positioning ≥ When you are outdoors, record pictures with the sunlight behind you. If the subject is backlit, it will become dark in the recording. ≥ When recording, make sure your footing is stable and there is no danger of colliding with another person or object.

  • Page 40: Intelligent Auto Mode

    Intelligent auto mode The following modes appropriate for the condition are set just by pointing the unit to what you want to record. ≥ When this unit is purchased, the Intelligent auto mode is set to on. Mode Portrait When the object is a person Faces are detected and focused...

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    ∫ When Intelligent auto mode is set to off: When the Intelligent auto mode is set to off, the auto white balance and auto focus operate and automatically adjust the colour balance and focusing. Depending on the brightness of the subject etc., the aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for an optimum brightness.

  • Page 42: Quick Start

    Quick start This unit will resume recording pause mode about 0.6 seconds after the LCD monitor is reopened. ≥ When in quick start standby mode about 60% ( of the power used in recording pause mode is being consumed, so the recording time will be reduced.

  • Page 43: Quick Power On

    Quick power on (Only when recording to an SD card or built-in memory) The unit is put into recording pause approx. 1.9 seconds when the mode is set to OFF. ≥ Start time will not shorten if there is no SD card inserted.

  • Page 44: Recording Motion Pictures

    Recording Recording (Basic) This unit records high definition images that are compatible with the AVCHD format. Sound is recorded with the Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator. ≥ Use an SD card that can be used for motion picture recording. (l 22) ∫...

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    Press the recording start/stop button to start recording. ≥ While recording is in progress, the recording will not stop even if the LCD monitor is closed. About the compatibility of the recorded motion pictures ≥ They are not compatible with devices other than those that support AVCHD. Images cannot be played with equipment that does not support AVCHD (ordinary DVD recorders).

  • Page 46: Recording Modes/approximate Recordable Time

    Recording modes/approximate recordable time Switch the picture quality of the motion pictures to be recorded. Select the menu. (l 27) [RECORD SETUP] # [REC MODE] # desired setting 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 6 GB SD card 8 GB 12 GB 16 GB 32 GB...

  • Page 47: Pre-rec, Shooting Guide

    PRE-REC This prevents you missing a shot. This allows recording of the pictures and sound to start approximately 3 seconds before the recording start/stop button is pressed. Press the PRE-REC button. appears on the screen. PRE-REC ≥ Aim this unit at the subject and position it securely.

  • Page 48: Recording Still Pictures

    Recording Recording (Basic) The number of pixels recorded for still pictures is [ recorded while recording motion pictures. HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 ≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same time pressing in the lock release button A if changing from OFF to another mode. Change the mode to Open the LCD monitor.

  • Page 49: Picture Quality

    Focus indication: A Focus indication ± (The white lamp flashes.): Focusing ¥ (The green lamp lights up.): When in focus No mark: When focusing is unsuccessful. B Focus area (area inside brackets) Press the button fully. ≥ In order to take better still pictures, the screen will brighten when the button is fully...

  • Page 50: Number Of Recordable Pictures

    Simultaneous recording (recording still pictures while recording motion pictures) You can record still pictures even while recording motion pictures. ¬ Change the mode to While recording motion pictures, press the button fully (press to the bottom) to take the picture. ≥...

  • Page 51: Zoom In/out Function, Digital Zoom Function

    Recording Recording (Basic) The maximum optical zoom ratio is 16k. ¬ Change the mode to / VOL     Zoom lever T side: Close-up recording (zoom in) W side: Wide-angle recording (zoom out) ≥ The zoom speed varies depending on the range over which the zoom lever is moved.

  • Page 52: Optical Image Stabilizer Function

    Recording Recording (Basic) Optical image stabilizer can stabilize the image without decreasing the image quality as much. ¬ Change the mode to ≥ This function’s default setting is on. ≥ Set the intelligent auto mode to off before turning the optical image stabilizer function to off. ≥...

  • Page 53: Af Tracking

    Recording Recording (Basic) It is possible to set the focus and exposure to the subject specified on the touch screen. The focus and exposure will keep following the subject automatically even if it moves. (Dynamic tracking) ¬ Change the mode to Touch A Target frame will be displayed on the screen.

  • Page 54: Recording With The Video Light

    Recording Recording (Basic) ≥ The video light enables brightening of the images taken in a dimly-lit place. ¬ Change the mode to ≥ This function’s default setting is ≥ Auto video light will turn on/off automatically according to the brightness. ≥...

  • Page 55: Recording Functions Of Operation Icons, Operation Icons

    Recording Recording (Advanced) Select the operation icons to add different effects to the images to be recorded. ¬ Change the mode to Touch to display the operation icons on the screen. ≥ Touch 1 to change the page and touch to display/not-display the operation icon.

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    Function Backlight compensation Intelligent contrast control Fade (Fade in) (Fade out) Soft skin mode Tele macro Colour night view VQT2B30 This makes the image brighter to prevent darkening of a backlit subject. This brightens parts that are in shadow and difficult to see and suppresses white saturation in bright parts at the same time.

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    Intelligent contrast control: ≥ If there are extremely dark or bright parts or the brightness is insufficient, the effect may not be clear. Fade: ≥ The thumbnails of scenes recorded using fade in become black (or white). Soft skin mode: ≥...

  • Page 58: Recording Functions Of Menus

    Recording Recording (Advanced) Function Scene mode VQT2B30 Recording functions of menus Effect/Setting method When you record images in different situations, this mode automatically sets optimum shutter speeds and apertures. Select the menu. (l 27) [RECORD SETUP] # [SCENE MODE] # desired setting 5Sports: To make fast moving scenes less shaky with slow playback and pause of playback...

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    Function Guide line Digital cinema Effect/Setting method You can check if the image is level while recording or playing back motion pictures and still pictures. The function can also be used to estimate the balance of the composition. ≥ Change the mode to ≥...

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    Function Relay recording Anti-Ground- Shooting (AGS) Auto slow shutter VQT2B30 Effect/Setting method It is possible to continuously record motion picture to an SD card when there is no space available in the built-in memory. ≥ Change the mode to Select the menu. (l 27) [RECORD SETUP] # [RELAY REC] # [ON] ≥...

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    Function Automatic face framing [OFF]: Not display [PRIMARY]: Only the prioritized face framing is displayed. [ALL]: All face detection framings are displayed. Digital cinema colour Effect/Setting method In the portrait mode of the intelligent auto mode, detected faces appear with frames. ≥...

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    Function Wind noise reduction Microphone setup [SURROUND]: Sound is recorded with 5.1 ch surround microphone. [ZOOM MIC]: Directivity of the microphone is interlocked with the zoom operation. Sounds near the front of the unit are recorded more clearly if you zoom in (close-up) and surrounding sounds are recorded more realistically if you zoom out...

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    Function Microphone level [AUTO]: AGC is activated, and the recording level is adjusted automatically. [SETr ]/[SET]: The desired recording level can be set. AGC: Auto Gain Control Effect/Setting method When recording, the input level from the built-in microphones can be adjusted. ≥...

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    Function Hi-speed burst shooting [25 Frames/sec]: 72 still pictures are recorded continuously at the rate of 25 per second. The picture size is (1920k1080). [50 Frames/sec]: 180 still pictures are recorded continuously at the rate of 50 per second. The picture size is (1280k720).

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    Function Self-timer Built-in flash Effect/Setting method This is for recording still pictures using the timer. ≥ Change the mode to Select the menu. (l 27) [PICTURE] # [SELF TIMER] # [10 SECONDS] or [2 SECONDS] [10 SECONDS]: Records after 10 seconds [2 SECONDS]: Records after 2 seconds ≥...

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    Function Red eye reduction Shutter sound Scene mode: 5Sports ≥ During normal playback, the image movement may not look smooth. ≥ Colour and screen brightness may change under indoor lighting. ≥ If the brightness is insufficient, the sports mode does not function. The flashes.

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    Wind noise reduction: ≥ When the Intelligent auto mode is set to on, [WIND CUT] is set to [ON], and the setting cannot be changed. ≥ The sound quality may be changed if this function is activated in strong winds. Microphone setup: ≥...

  • Page 68: Manual Recording

    Recording Recording (Advanced) Touch the operation icon to adjust white balance, shutter speed, iris and manual focus. ¬ Change the mode to Press the MANUAL button. appears on the screen. ≥ Perform the setting by touching the desired item to be set. SHTR IRIS VQT2B30...

  • Page 69: White Balance

    White balance The automatic white balance function may not reproduce natural colours depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the white balance manually. The unit can record pictures in a natural hue if it can recognise the reference colour white. ≥...

  • Page 70: Manual Shutter Speed Iris Adjustment

    Manual shutter speed/iris adjustment Shutter Speed: Adjust it when recording fast-moving subjects. Iris: Adjust it when the screen is too bright or too dark. ≥ Press the MANUAL button. (l 68) Touch [SHTR] or [IRIS]. Touch to adjust settings. 1/100 1/100 SHTR IRIS...

  • Page 71: Manual Focus Adjustment, Picture Adjustment

    Manual focus adjustment If auto focusing is difficult due to the conditions, then use manual focus. ≥ Press the MANUAL button. (l 68) (When MF assist function is used) Select the menu. (l 27) [RECORD SETUP] # [MF ASSIST] # [ON] ≥...

  • Page 72: Motion Picture Playback

    Playback Playback HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 ≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same time pressing in the lock release button if changing from OFF to another mode. A Lock release button Change the mode to Touch the play mode select icon C to select desired media to be played back.

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    Select the playback operation by touching the operation icon. 0h00m00s 0h00m00s 0h00m00s 1/;: Playback/Pause Rewind playback Fast forward playback Stops the playback and shows the ∫: thumbnails. Displays the direct playback bar. (l 74) ≥ Operation icon disappears if no playback operation is performed for about 3 seconds.

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    ∫ Frame-by-frame playback The motion picture is advanced one frame at a time. Pause the playback. ≥ When the operation icon disappears, touch the screen to display the icon again. Touch (Touch to advance the frames one at a time in the reverse direction.) ≥...

  • Page 75: Creating Still Picture From Motion Picture, Highlight&time Frame Index

    Creating still picture from motion picture A single frame from the recorded motion picture can be saved as a still picture. Pause at the scene you want to save as a still picture during playback. ≥ It is convenient to use slow-motion playback and frame-by-frame playback.

  • Page 76: Playing Back Motion Pictures By Date, Intelligent Scene Selection

    Playing back motion pictures by date Scenes recorded on the same day can be played back in succession. Touch the date select icon. A Date select icon Touch the playback date. The scenes recorded on the date selected are displayed as thumbnails. Touch the scene to be played back.

  • Page 77: Highlight Playback

    Highlight playback Part that was recognised as clearly recorded is extracted from a long recording, and it can be played back in short time with music added. Touch Touch [HIGHLIGHT]. Touch desired item. [SCENE SETUP]: Select the scene or date to be played back. [PLAYBACK TIME]: Select the time to playback.

  • Page 78: Repeat Playback, Resuming The Previous Playback

    ∫ Playback time setting 1) Touch the playback time to set. ≥ The playback time of [AUTO] is a maximum of approx. 5 minutes. ≥ Playback time may become shorter than the setting, or it may not even play back if the part recognised as clearly recorded is short.

  • Page 79: Still Picture Playback

    Playback Playback HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 ≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same time pressing in the lock release button if changing from OFF to another mode. A Lock release button Change the mode to Touch the play mode select icon C to select desired media to be played back.

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    Select the playback operation by touching the operation icon. 1/;: Slide show (playback of the still pictures in numerical order) start/pause. Plays back the previous picture. Plays back the next picture. ∫: Stops the playback and shows the thumbnails. ≥ Operation icon disappears if no playback operation is performed for about 3 seconds.

  • Page 81: Playing Back Still Pictures By Date

    Still picture compatibility ≥ This unit is compliant with the unified standard DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). ≥ The file format of still pictures supported by this unit is JPEG. (Not all JPEG formatted files will be played back.) ≥...

  • Page 82: Deleting Scenes/still Pictures

    Playback Editing Deleted scenes/still pictures cannot be restored, so perform appropriate confirmation of the contents before proceeding with deletion. ¬ Change the mode to 0h00m00s 0h00m00s 0h00m00s ∫ Deleting multiple scenes/still pictures from the thumbnail display Press the button while the thumbnail view screen is displayed.

  • Page 83

    (Only when [SELECT] is selected in step 2) To continue deleting other scenes Repeat steps 3-4. When you stop deleting halfway Touch [CANCEL] or press the MENU button while deleting. ≥ The scenes or still pictures that have already been deleted when the deletion is cancelled cannot be restored.

  • Page 84: Dividing A Scene To Delete

    Playback Editing To delete an unnecessary portion of a scene, first divide the scene and then delete the unnecessary portion. ¬ Change the mode to Touch the play mode select icon to select desired media to divide a scene. l 72 Select the menu.

  • Page 85: Protecting Scenes/still Pictures

    Playback Editing Scenes/still pictures can be protected so that they are not deleted by mistake. (Even if you protect some scenes/still pictures, formatting the media will delete them.) ¬ Change the mode to Select the menu. (l 27) [VIDEO SETUP] or [PHOTO SETUP] # [SCENE PROTECT] # [YES] Touch the scene/still picture to be protected.

  • Page 86: Dpof Setting

    Playback Editing You can write the data selecting still pictures to be printed and the number of prints (DPOF data) onto the SD card. ¬ Change the mode to SD CARD]. (l 79) ∫ What is DPOF? DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) is a format which allows the user of a digital camera to define which captured images on the SD card are to be printed, together with information on the...

  • Page 87: Built-in Memory/hdd Hdc-tm20/hdc-hs20], Confirming Remaining Capacity On The Copy Destination

    Playback Editing Motion pictures or still pictures recorded with this unit can be copied between an SD card inserted in this unit and a built-in memory/HDD. Confirming remaining capacity on the copy destination ≥ If the remaining capacity on a single SD card is not enough, you can copy to multiple SD cards following the instruction on the screen.

  • Page 88: Copying

    Copying ≥ If there is not much remaining capacity in the SD card, a confirmation message asking to copy after deleting all data on the SD card is displayed. Be aware that deleted data cannot be restored. Change the mode to ≥...

  • Page 89

    (Only when [SELECT DATE] is selected in step 4) Touch the date to be copied. ≥ When touched, the date is selected and surrounded by red. Touch the date again to cancel the operation. ≥ Up to 99 dates can be set in succession. (Only when [SELECT SCENES]/[SELECT DATE] is selected in step 4) Touch [Enter]/[ENTER].

  • Page 90: Relay Scene Combining Hdc-tm20]

    Playback Editing You can combine the relayed scene in the built-in memory and the continued scene in the SD card to be one into the SD card. Relay recorded scene A Built-in memory B SD card C Range of relay recording ≥...

  • Page 91: Formatting

    Playback Editing Please be aware that if a medium is formatted, then all the data recorded on the medium will be erased and cannot be restored. Back up important data on a PC, DVD disc etc. (l 100, 112) ¬ Change the mode to (l 44, 72) Select the menu.

  • Page 92: Watching Video/pictures On Your Tv

    Playback With a TV Confirm the terminals on your TV and use a cable compatible with the terminals. Image quality may vary with the connected terminals. 1 High quality 2 HDMI terminal 3 Component terminal 4 Video terminal ≥ Use the supplied component cable and AV cable. Use of the following Panasonic HDMI mini cables is recommended to connect the unit to the HDMI terminal.

  • Page 93

    ≥ Check that the plugs are inserted as far as they go. ≥ Do not use any other cables except a genuine Panasonic HDMI mini cables (RP-CDHM15, RP-CDHM30; optional). ≥ Do not use any other component cables except the supplied one. ≥...

  • Page 94

    ∫ To watch images on a regular TV (4:3) or when both sides of the images do not appear on the screen Change the menu setting to display the images correctly. (Check the TV setting.) Select the menu. (l 27) [SETUP] # [TV ASPECT] # [4:3] Example of images with a 16:9 aspect ratio on a regular TV (4:3)

  • Page 95: Connecting With A Hdmi Mini Cable

    Connecting with a HDMI mini cable What is HDMI? HDMI is the interface for digital devices. If you connect this unit to a HDMI compatible high definition TV and then play back the recorded high definition images, you can enjoy them in high resolution with high quality sound.

  • Page 96: Listening In 5.1 Channel Sound, Connecting With The Component Cable

    Listening in 5.1 channel sound You still can listen to the 5.1 channel sound recorded from the internal microphones when this unit is connected to the 5.1 channel compatible AV amplifier or TV using the HDMI mini cable. Please read the AV amplifier and TV operating instructions for how to connect this unit to the AV amplifier and TV.

  • Page 97

    Playback With a TV What is the VIERA Link? ≥ This function allows you to use your remote control for the Panasonic TV for easy operations when this unit has been connected to a VIERA Link compatible device using a HDMI mini cable (optional) for automatic linked operations.

  • Page 98

    Operate with the remote control for the TV. 1) Press the button up, down, left or right to select a scene or still picture to be played back, and then press the button in the centre to set it. 2) Activate the operation icons that are displayed on TV screen with the remote control for the TV. A Operation icons B Display operation icons C Cancel operation icons...

  • Page 99

    ∫ Other linked operations Turning the power off: If you use the remote control for the TV to turn off the power, the power on this unit also turns off. Automatic input switching: If you connect with a HDMI mini cable and then turn on the power on this unit, the input channel on the TV automatically switches to this unit’s screen.

  • Page 100: Connecting A Dvd Burner To Copy To/play Back A Disc, Preparing For Copying/playing Back

    Backup With other products Motion pictures or still pictures recorded with this unit can be copied to a DVD disc by connecting a DVD burner VW-BN1 (optional) to this unit using a Mini AB USB Connection Cable (supplied with VW-BN1). The copied DVD disc can also be played back. ≥...

  • Page 101

    Connect the AC adaptor (supplied with VW-BN1) to the DVD burner. ≥ You cannot supply power to the DVD burner from this unit. Connect this unit to the AC adaptor and change the mode to Connect this unit to the DVD burner with the Mini AB USB Connection Cable (supplied with VW-BN1).

  • Page 102: Copying To Discs

    Copying to discs ≥ You cannot copy from multiple SD cards to 1 disc. (You can additionally copy only to a DVD-RAM) ≥ Motion pictures and still pictures cannot both be copied to a single disc. ≥ Confirm that auto protection is [ON] before copying data. When copying a scene in the built-in memory to the disc that includes a scene that was ≥...

  • Page 103

    (Only when [VIDEO]/[PICTURE] is selected in step 3) Touch the desired item. [ALL SCENES]: All motion pictures or still pictures are copied. Touch [NEXT] to proceed to step 8. [SELECT SCENES]: Some scenes are selected for copying. [SELECT DATE]: Copy by selecting the date. (Only when [SELECT SCENES] is selected in step 5) Touch the scene you want to...

  • Page 104

    Before you delete the data on the media after copying is complete, be sure to play back the discs to check that they have been copied to correctly. (l 106) Important Notice ≥ When connecting an optional DVD burner and this unit for copying a disc, do not insert a disc with recorded motion pictures in high definition picture quality into devices that do not support the AVCHD format.

  • Page 105

    ≥ The disc that was copied to can be played back by connecting this unit and a DVD burner. (l 106) ≥ Do not turn off this unit or the DVD burner or disconnect the Mini AB USB Connection Cable while copying.

  • Page 106: Playing Back The Copied Disc

    Playing back the copied disc ≥ Only discs that have been copied by connecting this unit to the DVD burner or created with HD Writer AE 1.0 can be played back. It may not be possible to play back discs copied/played back on other devices or software.

  • Page 107

    Managing the copied disc (Formatting, Auto protect, Displaying disc information) ≥ Connect this unit to the DVD burner and then touch [PLAY DISC]. (l 100) ∫ Formatting discs This is for initializing DVD-RAM and DVD-RW discs. Please be aware that if a disc is formatted, then all the data recorded on the disc will be erased.

  • Page 108: Dubbing Images Onto Other Video Device

    Backup With other products Images played back on this unit can be dubbed onto a DVD recorder or video device. ≥ Images are dubbed in standard quality. ≥ Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. Connect this unit to a video device and then change the mode to Start playback on this unit.

  • Page 109: With A Printer (pictbridge)

    Backup With other products To print pictures by directly connecting this unit to the printer, use a printer compatible with PictBridge. (Read the operating instructions for the printer.) PictBridge is an industry standard from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for direct printing.

  • Page 110

    Select print source media and touch the icon. Select print source media and touch the icon. ≥ If the [PictBridge] indication does not appear or continues to flash, disconnect and then reconnect the USB cable. Touch a still picture to be printed. VQT2B30 Touch to set the number of...

  • Page 111

    Touch [PAPER SIZE] to select the paper size setting. [STANDARD]: Size specific to the printer [4k5 INCH]: L size [5k7 INCH]: 2L size [4k6 INCH]: Postcard size [A4]: A4 size ≥ You cannot set paper sizes not supported on the printer. Touch [PAGE LAYOUT] to select the desired layout setting.

  • Page 112

    With a PC Before using You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media like Blu-ray discs (BD) DVD discs or SD card using HD Writer AE 1.0 for HDC, the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Available function Copying data to a PC: A Motion/Still pictures...

  • Page 113

    Available function Playing back on a PC Copying still pictures to a PC (l 121) Refer to page 123 if using a Macintosh. *1 Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer AE 1.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it. Important Notice ≥...

  • Page 114: End User License Agreement

    End User License Agreement Before opening the CD-ROM package, please read the following. You (“Licensee”) are granted a license for the Software defined in this End User License Agreement (“Agreement”) on condition that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

  • Page 115: Operating Environment

    With a PC Before using ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some PCs cannot be used. ≥ A CD-ROM drive is necessary to install the supplied software applications. (A compatible BD/DVD writer drive and media are necessary for writing to a BD/DVD.) ≥...

  • Page 116

    Necessary software Windows Vista SP1: DirectX 10.1 (already installed with Windows Vista SP1) Windows Vista: DirectX 10 (already installed with Windows Vista) Windows XP/2000: DirectX 9.0c (already installed with Windows XP SP2) ≥ If you install the software on a PC that is not compatible with DirectX 9.0c, the PC may not work properly.

  • Page 117: Installation

    With a PC Setup When installing the software, log on to your computer as the Administrator or with a user name with equivalent authorization. (If you do not have authorization to do this, consult your manager.) ≥ Before starting the installation, close all applications that are running. ≥...

  • Page 118

    When installation is complete, some notes will appear Check the contents, then close the window. Select [Yes, I want to restart my computer now.], then click [Finish]. The PC must be rebooted for the application to work. VQT2B30 ∫ Uninstalling HD Writer AE 1.0 Follow the steps below to uninstall any software applications that you no longer require.

  • Page 119: Connecting To A Pc

    With a PC Setup ≥ Connect this unit to the PC after the software applications are installed. ≥ Remove the supplied CD-ROM from your PC. A USB cable (supplied) Connect this unit to the AC adaptor. ≥ It is possible to use it connected to the PC with the batteries only.

  • Page 120

    ∫ If the driver has not been recognised properly Use the following methods to enable it to be recognised. Method 1: Turn off the unit and your PC once and try verifying again. Method 2: Remove the SD card and try verifying again. Method 3: Try connecting the unit to another USB port on your PC.

  • Page 121: About The Pc Display

    About the PC display When the unit is connected to a PC, it is recognised as an external drive. ≥ Removable disk (Example: We recommend using HD Writer AE 1.0 to copy motion picture data. Using Windows Explorer or other programmes on the PC to copy, move or rename files and folders recorded with this unit will result in them being unusable with HD Writer AE 1.0.

  • Page 122: Starting Hd Writer Ae 1.0, Reading The Operating Instructions Of The Software Applications

    With a PC Using with a PC ≥ When using HD Writer AE 1.0 on Windows XP/2000, log on to your computer as Administrator (or with a login name equally authorized). If you log on with a login name other than Administrator, you cannot use the applications.

  • Page 123: If Using Macintosh

    With a PC Using with a PC ≥ HD Writer AE 1.0 is not available for Macintosh. ≥ iMovie’08 7.1.2 or later supported. For details about iMovie’08, please contact Apple Inc. ∫ Operating environment for the card reader function (mass storage) Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.5 PowerPC G5 (1.8 GHz or higher)

  • Page 124: Indications

    Others Indications only only ∫ Recording indications Motion picture recording 0h00m00s R 1h20m 1920 PRE-REC 1/100 OPEN R3000 MEGA A Still picture recording (when the button is pressed halfway) Remaining battery power (l 20) 1h30m Remaining battery time (l 20) R 1h20m Remaining time for motion picture recording (l 45)

  • Page 125

    White balance (l 69) Auto white balance Sunny mode Cloudy mode Indoor mode 1 Indoor mode 2 Manual adjustment mode 1/100 Shutter speed (l 70) OPEN, F2.0 Iris value (l 70) Gain value (l 70) Scene mode (l 58) Sports mode Portrait mode Low light mode Spotlight mode...

  • Page 126

    ∫ Playback indications Playback (l 73, 80) Pause (l 73, 80) Fast forward/rewind playback (l 73) Last/first scene paused Skip playback (l 73) Slow motion playback (l 73) Frame-by-frame playback ;1/2; (l 74) Next/Previous still picture (l 80) 0h00m00s Playback time Intelligent scene selection (l 76) No.10...

  • Page 127

    ∫ Confirmatory indications –– (Time The built-in battery is low. (l 33) display) ° The warning/alarm indication appears when LCD monitor is rotated towards the lens side. Return the direction of the LCD monitor to normal position and check the warning/alarm indication. No SD card is inserted/unusable card.

  • Page 128: Messages

    Others Indications Major confirmation/error messages to be indicated on the screen in text. RECOMMEND DATA BACK UP PERIODICALLY. We recommend backing up important recorded motion pictures and still pictures periodically to a PC, DVD disc etc. to protect it. This message does not indicate that there is a problem with this unit. HDD BACKUP RECOMMENDED.

  • Page 129: About Recovery

    only only About recovery If faulty management information is found, one of the following messages may appear. Be sure to follow the messages. (Repairing may take time depending on the error.) CONTROL DATA ERROR HAS BEEN DETECTED. (SD CARD) CONTROL DATA ERROR DETECTED IN THE BUILT-IN MEMORY. CONTROL DATA ERROR HAS BEEN DETECTED.

  • Page 130: Functions That Cannot Be Used Simultaneously

    Others Helpful hints Some functions in this unit are disabled or cannot be selected due to the unit’s specifications. Functions Motion picture recording PRE-REC Shooting guide Intelligent auto mode AF tracking Scene mode Digital zoom Guide lines Change of recording mode Digital cinema Fade VQT2B30...

  • Page 131

    Functions Auto slow shutter Backlight compensation Intelligent contrast control Soft skin mode Tele macro Colour night view Soft skin mode (Set and cancel) Tele macro (Set and cancel) Colour night view (Set and cancel) Digital cinema colour Wind noise reduction Microphone setup Microphone level Conditions which disable the functions...

  • Page 132

    Functions MF assist function Hi-speed burst shooting mode Flash Shutter sound Change of white balance Adjusting the shutter speed, iris/gain VQT2B30 Conditions which disable the functions ≥ When digital zoom (16k or higher) is used ≥ When the digital zoom is set to [40k] or [1000k] ≥...

  • Page 133: Troubleshooting

    Others Helpful hints Problem This unit cannot be turned on. This unit does not stay on long enough. Battery runs down quickly. This unit is turned off automatically. A clicking sound is heard when the unit is shaken about. Remaining battery indication is not displayed properly.

  • Page 134

    Problem Recording does not start although power is supplied to this unit and the SD card is correctly inserted. Item other than the touched one is selected. The remote control does not function. The remaining time indication or the elapsed time indication is not shown.

  • Page 135

    Problem Auto focus function does not work. Colour balance of images is strange when recording in a place such as a gymnasium. Some playback images are skipped automatically. Scene does not playback to the end. Although this unit is correctly connected to a TV, images cannot be seen.

  • Page 136

    Problem Colour or brightness of the image changes, or you may see horizontal bars in the image. Object seems to be warped. White round spots like soap bubbles appear on the recorded picture. “ERROR OCCURRED. PLEASE TURN UNIT OFF, THEN TURN ON AGAIN.” is displayed.

  • Page 137

    Problem When connected by the USB cable, this unit is not detected by the PC. When the USB cable is disconnected, an error message will appear on the PC. The power of the DVD burner cannot be turned Cannot see the PDF operating instructions for HD Writer AE 1.0.

  • Page 138

    ∫ If scenes do not change smoothly when played back on another device The images may be still for several seconds at the joins between the scenes if the following operations are performed when multiple scenes have been continuously played back using another unit. ≥...

  • Page 139

    ∫ When deleting scenes 1 Scene to be deleted A The image will be still for several seconds wherever a scene was deleted. B The images of consecutive scenes where they are no deletions are played back smoothly one after another.

  • Page 140: Cautions For Use

    Others Cautions for use About this unit The unit and the SD card become warm during use. This is not a malfunction. Keep the High Definition Video Camera as far away as possible from electromagnetic equipment (such as microwave ovens, TVs, video games etc.).

  • Page 141

    When you are not going to use the unit for an extended time ≥ When storing the unit in a cupboard or cabinet, it is recommended that you place a desiccant (silica gel) in with it. When disposing of or giving away this unit, note that: ≥...

  • Page 142

    Do not throw old battery into fire. ≥ Heating a battery or throwing it into a fire may result in an explosion. If the operating time is very short even after the battery has been recharged, the battery has worn out. Please purchase a new battery. About the AC adaptor ≥...

  • Page 143

    About condensation When condensation forms on the unit, the lens will cloud up and the unit may not work properly. Make every effort to ensure that condensation does not form. If it does form, take the actions described below. Causes of condensation Condensation takes place when the ambient temperature or humidity is changed as follows.

  • Page 144: Specifications

    Others Specifications High Definition Video Camera Information for your safety Power source: Power consumption: Signal system Recording format Image sensor Lens Filter diameter Zoom Monitor Microphone Speaker White balance adjustment Standard illumination Minimum required illumination AV terminal video output level Component terminal video output level VQT2B30...

  • Page 145

    HDMI mini connector HDMI video output level AV terminal audio output 316 mV, 600 h, 2 ch level (Line) HDMI mini connector 5.1 ch (AC3)/2 ch (Linear PCM) audio output SD card Read only (No copyright protection support) Built-in memory Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), USB terminal Type Mini AB PictBridge-compliant Flash...

  • Page 146

    Motion pictures Recording SD card media Built-in memory Compression Recording mode and transfer rate Picture size Audio compression Still pictures Recording SD card media Built-in memory Compression Picture size VQT2B30 HDC-SD20 HDC-TM20 SD Memory Card: 1 GB, 2 GB (FAT12 and FAT16 system compliant) SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB (FAT32 system compliant) –...

  • Page 147

    AC adaptor Information for your safety Power source: Power consumption: DC output: Dimensions Mass Specifications may change without prior notice. AC 110 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz 19 W DC 9.3 V, 1.2 A (Unit operation) DC 8.4 V, 0.65 A (Battery charging) 92 mm (W)k33 mm (H)k61 mm (D) Approx.

  • Page 148

    Panasonic Corporation Web site: Pursuant to at the directive 2004/108/EC, article 9(2) Panasonic Testing Centre Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH Winsbergring 15, 22525 Hamburg, Germany...

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