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Sony CCD-TRV108 Operating Instructions (primary manual) Operating Instructions Manual

Analog camcorders: video camera recorder 8mm.

 
Video Camera
Recorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. CCD-TRV
Serial No.
CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/
TRV408/TRV608
©2002 Sony Corporation
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
CCD-TRV608
3-072-314-13 (1)

Summary of Contents

  • Page 1

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. CCD-TRV Serial No.

  • Page 2

    Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam Vision Vision , you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam Vision easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.

  • Page 3

    For the customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669). The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.:...

  • Page 4: Main Features

    Main Features Taking moving images, and playing them back •Recording a picture (p. 19) •Playing back a tape (p. 29) Capturing images on your computer* •Viewing images recorded on a tape (p. 59) •Viewing images live from your camcorder (p. 59) Others Functions to adjust exposure in the recording mode •BACK LIGHT (p.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Main Features ... 4 Quick Start Guide ... 6 Getting started Using this manual ... 8 Checking supplied accessories ... 10 Step 1 Preparing the power supply ... 11 Installing the battery pack ... 11 Charging the battery pack ... 12 Connecting to a wall outlet ...

  • Page 6: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Connecting the power cord Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 11). Inserting a cassette Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press Z EJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder.

  • Page 7

    Recording a picture Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel Viewfinder while pressing OPEN. When the LCD panel is closed, use the The picture appears viewfinder placing your eye against its eyecup. on the LCD screen. The picture in the viewfinder is black and white. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight (p.

  • Page 8: Using This Manual

    — Getting started — Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the five models listed in the table below. Before you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The CCD-TRV608 is the model used for illustration purposes.

  • Page 9

    Using this manual Note on TV color systems TV color systems differ from country to country. To view your recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC system-based TV. Precautions on camcorder care Lens and LCD screen/finder (on mounted models only) •The LCD screen and the finder are manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use.

  • Page 10: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (CCD- TRV107/TRV408 only) (1) (p. 96) 2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 15) 3 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 11, 12) 4 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote Commander (CCD-TRV107/TRV408 only) (2) (p.

  • Page 11: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply, Installing The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Slide the battery pack down until it clicks. To remove the battery pack Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing V BATT down. V BATT release lever...

  • Page 12: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it for your camcorder. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). See page 81 for details of the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing up.

  • Page 13

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Note Prevent metallic objects from coming into contact with the metal parts of the DC plug of the AC power adaptor. This may cause a short-circuit, damaging the AC power adaptor. Remaining battery time indicator The remaining battery time you record with the viewfinder is displayed.

  • Page 14

    This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Recording with the viewfinder...

  • Page 15: Connecting To A Wall Outlet

    While using the AC power adaptor, if any trouble occurs with this unit, disconnect the plug from the wall outlet as soon as possible to cut off the power. Using a car battery Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional). Refer to the operating instructions of the DC Adaptor /Charger for further information.

  • Page 16: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2 Setting the date and time Set the date and time settings when you use your camcorder for the first time. “CLOCK SET” will be displayed each time when you set the power switch to CAMERA unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about 6 months, the date and time settings may be released (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery in your camcorder will have been discharged.

  • Page 17

    Step 2 Setting the date and time 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 and time indicator.

  • Page 18: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette When you want to record in the Hi8 (1) Prepare the power supply (p. 11). (2) Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press Z EJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. (3) Insert a cassette into the cassette compartment with its window facing out and the write-protect tab on the cassette up.

  • Page 19: Recording A Picture

    — Recording – Basics — Recording a picture Your camcorder automatically focuses for you. (1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and attach the lens cap to the grip strap. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” to “Step 3” for more information (p.

  • Page 20

    Recording a picture To enable smooth transition You can make the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene smooth as long as you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). If you leave your camcorder in the standby mode for 5 minutes while the cassette is inserted Your camcorder automatically turns off.

  • Page 21

    Recording a picture During recording in the mirror mode DATE and TIME on your camcorder do not work. Indicators in the mirror mode •The STBY indicator appears as Xz and REC as z. Some of other indicators appear mirror-reversed and others are not displayed. •The date appears mirror-reversed when the auto date function is working.

  • Page 22: Digital Zoom (p

    Recording a picture Using the zoom feature Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W”...

  • Page 23

    Recording a picture To record pictures with the viewfinder – Adjusting the viewfinder If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder come into sharp focus.

  • Page 24

    Recording a picture Indicators displayed in the recording mode The indicators are not recorded on tape. Remaining battery time indicator The remaining battery time indicator indicates the approximate recording time. The indicator may not be correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording. When you close the LCD panel and open it again, it takes about 1 minute for the correct remaining battery time in minutes to be displayed.

  • Page 25: Shooting Backlit Subjects Back Light

    Recording a picture Shooting backlit subjects – BACK LIGHT When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight function. Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode. The . indicator appears on the screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.

  • Page 26: Shooting In The Dark Nightshot

    Recording a picture Shooting in the dark – NightShot The NightShot function enables you to shoot a subject in a dark place. For example, you can satisfactorily record the environment of nocturnal animals for observation when you use this function. While your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, slide NIGHTSHOT to ON.

  • Page 27: Superimposing The Date And Time On Pictures

    Recording a picture Superimposing the date and time on pictures You can record the date and/or time displayed on the screen superimposed on the picture. Carry out the following operations in CAMERA mode. 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.

  • Page 28: Checking The Recording End Search

    Checking the recording – END SEARCH You can use this button to record a picture from the last recorded scene successively. You can go to the end of the recorded section after you record. Press END SEARCH in CAMERA mode. The last 5 seconds of the recorded section are played back and returns to the standby mode.

  • Page 29: Playing Back A Tape

    — Playback – Basics — Playing back a tape You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel, you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. (1) Install the power source and insert the recorded tape. (2) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER while pressing the small green button.

  • Page 30

    Playing back a tape When monitoring on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out [a]. You can adjust the angle of the LCD panel by lifting the LCD panel up by 7 degrees [b].

  • Page 31

    Playing back a tape Various playback modes To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to PLAYER. To view a still image (playback pause) Press X during playback. To resume playback, press X or N. To advance the tape Press M in the stop mode.

  • Page 32: Viewing The Recording On Tv

    Viewing the recording on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the playback control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD screen.

  • Page 33: Using The Wide Mode

    — Advanced Recording Operations — Using the wide mode 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 operating instructions of your TV. CINEMA Black bands appear on the screen during recording in the CINEMA mode [a], playing back on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c].

  • Page 34

    Using the wide mode In CAMERA mode, set 16:9WIDE to CINEMA or 16:9FULL in in the menu settings (p. 68). MENU To cancel the wide mode Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings. If the wide mode is set to 16:9FULL (CCD-TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) The SteadyShot function does not work.

  • Page 35: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade in or out to give your recording a professional appearance. FADER M.FADER (mosaic) STRIPE BOUNCE (Fade in only) MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color. When fading out, the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.

  • Page 36

    Using the fader function (1) When fading in [a] In the standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. When fading out [b] In the recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. The indicator changes as follows: t FADER t M.FADER t STRIPE t BOUNCE* The last selected fader mode is indicated first of all.

  • Page 37: Using Special Effects – Picture Effect

    Using special effects – Picture effect You can digitally process images to obtain special effects like those in films or on the PASTEL [a] : The contrast of the picture is emphasized, and the picture looks like an animated cartoon. NEG.ART [b] : The color and brightness of the picture are reversed.

  • Page 38: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select the PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) mode to suit your specific shooting requirements. SPOTLIGHT (Spotlight) This mode prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light in the theater. PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) This mode brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as people or flowers.

  • Page 39

    Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) In CAMERA mode, select PROGRAM AE in (2) Select the desired PROGRAM AE mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To cancel the PROGRAM AE function Set PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menu settings. Notes •In the spotlight, sports lesson and beach &...

  • Page 40: Adjusting The Exposure Manually

    Adjusting the exposure manually You can manually adjust and set the exposure. Adjust the exposure manually in the following cases: – The subject is backlit – Bright subject and dark background – To record dark pictures (e.g. night scenes) faithfully (1) In CAMERA mode, press EXPOSURE.

  • Page 41: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases: •The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting: – subjects through glass coated with water droplets. – horizontal stripes. – subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky. •When you want to change the focus from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background.

  • Page 42: Title (p, Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 44). You can also select the language, color, size, and position of titles. (1) In CAMERA mode, press TITLE to display the title menu. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Select the desired title in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.

  • Page 43

    Superimposing a title To superimpose the title while you are recording Press TITLE while you are recording, and carry out 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 preset title If you want to change the language, select language and return to step 2.

  • Page 44: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in your camcorder. Each title can have up to 20 characters. (1) In CAMERA or PLAYER mode, press TITLE. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the first line (CUSTOM1 SET) or the second line (CUSTOM2 SET), then press the dial.

  • Page 45

    Making your own titles To change a title you have stored In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial to delete the title.

  • Page 46

    Using the built-in light – CCD-TRV107/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only You can use the built-in light to suit your shooting situation. The recommended distance between the subject and camcorder is about 1.5 m (5 feet). Press LIGHT repeatedly, until the camcorder is in CAMERA mode. The built-in light turns on. If you turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), the built-in light turns off simultaneously.

  • Page 47

    •When you use the conversion lens (optional), the built-in light is blocked and may not illuminate the subject properly. Replacing the bulb Use the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional). The supplied halogen lamp is not commercially available. Purchase the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp. Remove the power source before replacing the bulb.

  • Page 48

    Using the built-in light CAUTION •When replacing the bulb, use only the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional) to reduce the risk of fire. •To prevent possible burn hazard, disconnect the power source before replacing and do not touch the bulb until the bulb becomes cool enough to handle (for about 30 minutes or more).

  • Page 49: Dubbing A Tape

    — Editing — Dubbing a tape Using the A/V connecting cable Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. You can record and edit a picture with the connected VCR by using your camcorder as a player.

  • Page 50

    Dubbing a tape When you have finished dubbing a tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. To prevent deterioration of pictures when dubbing Set EDIT to ON in the menu settings before dubbing. You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems: 8 mm , Hi8 , Digital 8...

  • Page 51: Easy Dubbing (p, Dubbing A Tape Easily Easy Dubbing

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing VCR operation for dubbing can be controlled easily by using your camcorder when the VCR is connected. You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles stored in your camcorder as instructed in “Making your own titles”...

  • Page 52

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with your camcorder You can control the VCR by wireless remote control. (1) Setting the modes to cancel recording pause on the VCR 1 Set the POWER switch to PLAYER on your camcorder. 2 Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to LINE.

  • Page 53

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing (2) Setting the IR SETUP code 1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR SETUP, then press the dial. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the IR SETUP code of your VCR, then press the dial.

  • Page 54

    The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code depending on your VCR. The default setting is Code number 3. Brand IR SETUP code Sony 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Admiral (M. Wards) 89 Aiwa...

  • Page 55

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing (3) Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other Locate the Infrared rays emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor of the VCR. Set the devices about 30 cm (12 in.) apart, and remove any obstacles between the devices.

  • Page 56

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 3: Selecting the title You can select title, color, size, and background color. CUSTOM1 and CUSTOM2 are custom titles stored in your camcorder as instructed in “Making your own titles” (p. 44). (1) Press EASY DUBBING to display the menu.

  • Page 57

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 4: Selecting the dubbing mode You can choose either normal recording (NORMAL) or interval recording (PREVIEW). (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MODE SEL, then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the mode to dub, then press the dial. –...

  • Page 58

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 5: Performing Easy Dubbing Make sure that your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording pause. When you use a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VTR/VCR. Set the POWER switch of your camcorder to PLAYER.

  • Page 59

    •Installing the USB driver (p. 60 to 63). •Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 63). •Capturing images with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 63 to 66). Recommended computer environment Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional (standard installation) However, operation is not assured if the above environment is an upgraded OS.

  • Page 60

    Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Notes • Operations are not guaranteed if you connect 2 or more pieces of USB equipment to a single computer at the same time or when using a hub. •...

  • Page 61

    “ImageMixer” t “sonyhcb.sys”, and click the “OK” button. The installation is completed, proceed to Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on page 63. If you cannot install the USB driver The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your camcorder before installing the USB driver.

  • Page 62

    Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) 3 Connect the AC power adaptor, and set the POWER switch to CAMERA or PLAYER. 4 Open your computer’s “Device Manager.” Windows XP: Select “Start” t “Control Panel” t “System” t “Hardware” tab, and click the “Device Manager”...

  • Page 63

    Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” Install “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” to your computer. “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” is contained on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder. You can view video images easily on your camcorder, using your computer with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony”.

  • Page 64

    (4) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER. (5) Select USB STREAM to ON in (6) Select “Start” t “Program” t “Pixela” t “ImageMixer” t “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on Windows. (7) Click the input mode button in the left side of Start-up screen. (8) Select (9) Start playing back a tape on your camcorder.

  • Page 65

    Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Viewing images live from your camcorder (1) Follow the procedure (1) - (2) on page 64, and then connect the AC power adaptor to your camcorder and then to a wall outlet. (2) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.

  • Page 66

    “ImageMixer’s Manual” screen. If you have any questions about “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver1.0 for Sony” ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony is a trademark of PIXELA corporation. Refer to the information web site at: “http://www.imagemixer.com”.

  • Page 67: Changing The Menu Settings

    — Customizing Your Camcorder — Changing the menu settings To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon, then the menu item and then the mode. (1) In CAMERA or PLAYER mode, press MENU.

  • Page 68

    Changing the menu settings Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET PLAYER SET LCD/VF SET TAPE SET SETUP MENU OTHERS Depending on your camcorder model The menu display may be different from that in this illustration. Selecting the mode setting of each item Menu items differ according to the position of the POWER switch.

  • Page 69

    Changing the menu settings Notes on the SteadyShot function* •The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake. •Attachment of a conversion lens (optional) may influence the SteadyShot function. •SteadyShot does not operate in the 16:9FULL mode. If you set STEADYSHOT to ON in the menu settings, the If you cancel the SteadyShot function* The SteadyShot off indicator...

  • Page 70

    When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur in images or sound. •When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony video cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.

  • Page 71

    Changing the menu settings Notes on ORC setting •Each time you eject the cassette, the ORC setting will be canceled. If necessary, set the setting. •You cannot use this setting on a tape with the red mark on the cassette exposed. (i.

  • Page 72

    Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode WORLD TIME BEEP z MELODY COMMANDER* z ON DISPLAY z LCD REC LAMP z ON In more than 5 minutes after removing the power source The “COMMANDER”* item is returned to the default setting. The other menu items are held in memory even when the battery is removed.

  • Page 73: Types Of Trouble And Their Solutions

    If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss” appears on the screen, the self-diagnosis display function has worked. See page 77.

  • Page 74

    • EDIT is set to ON in the menu settings. c Set it to OFF. (p. 69) • The video head may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 85) • The volume is turned to minimum.

  • Page 75

    Types of trouble and their solutions Symptom The end search function does not work. The battery pack discharges quickly. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time. The power goes off although the remaining battery time indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate.

  • Page 76

    • The battery pack is not installed properly. c Install it properly. • Something is wrong with the battery pack. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).

  • Page 77: Self-diagnosis Display

    Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour to acclimate. (p. 84) • The video heads are dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 85) • A malfunction other than the above that you can service has occurred.

  • Page 78: Warning Indicators And Messages

    You hear the melody or beep sound. This indicator appears in the viewfinder only. The video heads are dirty Slow flashing: – You need to clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 85) C:21:00 (p. 18) Self-diagnosis display (p.

  • Page 79

    Warning indicators and messages Warning messages •CLOCK SET •FOR “InfoLITHIUM” BATTERY ONLY •Q NO TAPE* •Q TAPE END* • CLEANING CASSETTE* •START/STOP KEY •ORC You hear the melody or beep sound. The x indicator and “ on the screen. Set the date and time. (p. 16) Use an “InfoLITHIUM”...

  • Page 80: About Video Cassettes

    — Additional Information — About video cassettes Selecting the cassette type You can use both Hi8 When you use a Hi8 system. When you use a standard 8 mm playback are carried out in the standard 8 mm However, if you record on a Hi8 carried out in the standard 8 mm If you play back a tape recorded on a different video recorder on your camcorder, the playback mode is automatically selected according to the format in which the tape has...

  • Page 81: Battery Pack

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and the AC adaptor/charger (optional). The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes.

  • Page 82

    About “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack Battery life •The battery life is limited. Battery capacity drops little by little as you use it more and more, and as time passes. When the available battery time is shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery pack has reached the end of its life. Please buy a new battery pack.

  • Page 83: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. When charging the battery pack, use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].

  • Page 84: Precautions

    Maintenance information and precautions Moisture condensation If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly.

  • Page 85

    When the playback pictures still contain noise even if you have cleaned the video heads with a cleaning cassette, the video heads may have worn down due to long use. If this is the case, they must be replaced with new heads. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

  • Page 86

    •If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. •Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful with the lens. •Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.

  • Page 87

    Maintenance information and precautions Built-in light (CCD-TRV107/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) •Do not knock or jolt the built-in light while it is turned on as it may damage the bulb or shorten the life of the bulb. •Do not leave the built-in light on while it is resting on or against something; it may cause a fire or damage the built-in light.

  • Page 88

    •If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. •If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.

  • Page 89: Specifications

    Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads Helical scanning FM system Audio recording system Rotary heads, FM system Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Usable cassette 8mm video format cassette Hi8 or standard 8 Recording/playback time (using 120 min.

  • Page 90

    Specifications Battery pack Maximum output voltage DC 8.4 V Output voltage DC 7.2 V Capacity 5.0 Wh (700 mAh) Operating temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Dimensions (approx.) 38.2 20.5 55.6 mm (1 9/16 13/16 2 1/4 in.) (w/h/d) Mass (approx.)

  • Page 91: Identifying The Parts And Controls

    — Quick Reference — Identifying the parts and controls Camcorder 1 Eyecup 2 Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 23) 3 V BATT release lever (p. 11) USB connector (p. 61) (CCD-TRV608 only) 5 OPEN button (p. 19) Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.

  • Page 92

    Identifying the parts and controls qs Video control buttons (p. 29, 31) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback)* M FF (fastforward) X PAUSE (pause) qd LIGHT button (p. 46) (CCD-TRV107/TRV308/TRV408/ TRV608 only) qf Recording lamp (p. 19) qg Infrared rays emitter (p.

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    Identifying the parts and controls wa VOLUME +*/– buttons (p. 29) ws Speaker wd LCD screen (p. 19) wf EXPOSURE button (p. 40) wg TITLE button (p. 42, 44) wh EASY DUBBING button (p. 51) wj DISPLAY button (p. 30) * This button has a tactile dot.

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    Identifying the parts and controls ef DATE button (p. 27) eg TIME button* (p. 27) eh COUNTER RESET button (p. 20) * This button has a tactile dot.

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    Identifying the parts and controls ej Z EJECT button (p. 18) ek Cassette compartment (p. 18) el Grip strap r; RESET button (p. 76) ra S VIDEO OUT jack (p. 32, 49, 51) Fastening the grip strap Fasten the grip strap firmly. Attaching the lens cap Attach the lens cap to the grip strap as illustrated.

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    • Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. The commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control unintentional operations. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.

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    Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators LCD screen and Viewfinder M . F A D E R C I N EMA SEP I A 1 Recording mode indicator (p. 70)/ Mirror mode indicator (p. 20) 2 Hi8 format indication (p. 24) 3 Remaining battery time indicator (p.

  • Page 98: Index

    Index A, B AC power adaptor ... 15 Adjusting viewfinder ... 23 A/V connecting cable ... 32, 49, 55 BACK LIGHT ... 25 Battery pack ... 11 BEEP ... 72 BOUNCE ... 35 C, D Charging battery ... 12 Charging the built-in rechargeable battery ...

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    *307231413* Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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