DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA GR-DVL557 GR-DVL555 GR-DVL450 GR-DVL357 GR-DVL355 GR-DVL157 GR-DVL150 Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide Web and answer our Consumer Survey (in English only): http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/index-e.html INSTRUCTIONS The camcorder illustrations appearing in this instruction manual are of the GR-DVL557.
Dear Customer, Thank you for purchasing this digital video camera. Before use, please read the safety information and precautions contained in the following pages to ensure safe use of this product. Using This Instruction Manual •All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents on the cover page. •Notes appear after most subsections.
However, live recording and LCD monitor/viewfinder playback are possible anywhere. Use the JVC BN-V408U/V416U/V428U battery packs and, to recharge them or to supply power to the camcorder from an AC outlet, use the provided multi-voltage AC Adapter and Power Cord. (An appropriate conversion adapter may be necessary to accommodate different designs of AC outlets in different countries.)
CAUTION! Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, etc.) to the camcorder and leaving the unit on top of the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the cables will cause the camcorder to fall, resulting in damage. This camcorder is designed exclusively for the digital video cassette, SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard.
NOTE: In order to maintain optimum performance of the camcorder, provided cables may be equipped with one or more core filter. If a cable has only one core filter, the end that is closest to the filter should be connected to the camcorder.
•Wind the cable so that it is not slack. NOTE: Take care not to damage the cable. When connecting cables, attach the end with the Core Filter to the camcorder. Automatic Demonstration takes place when “DEMO MODE” is set to “ON” (factory-preset).
2 hrs. BN-V428U (optional) approx. 3 hrs. 20 min. Power This camcorder’s 2-way power supply system lets you choose the most appropriate source of power. Do not use provided power supply units with other equipment. CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK...
AA-V15EG AC Power Adapter/Charger for BN-V840U battery pack and only AA-V80EG AC Power Adapter/ Charger for BN-V856U battery pack. Also, by using the optional JVC VC-VBN856U DC Cord, it will be possible to connect BN-V840U or BN-V856U battery packs to the camcorder and supply power directly to the camcorder.
Confirm the strap is not twisted. Tripod Mounting CAUTION: When attaching the camera to a tripod, extend its legs to stabilise the camcorder. It is not advised to use small sized tripods. This may cause damage to the unit by falling over.
50, 51). Set the Power Switch to “ the Lock Button located on the switch. The power lamp lights and the camcorder is turned on. Press the MENU/BRIGHT wheel in to access the Menu Screen. Rotate the MENU/BRIGHT wheel to select “...
If the tape does not load properly, open the cassette holder cover fully and remove the cassette. A few minutes later, insert it again. When the camcorder is suddenly moved from a cold place to a warm environment, wait a short time before opening the cassette holder cover.
It is recommended that tapes recorded in the LP mode on this camcorder be played back on this camcorder. During playback of a tape recorded on another camcorder, blocks of noise may appear or there may be momentary pauses in the sound. ” while pressing down...
36. ATTENTION: Do not insert/remove the memory card while the camcorder is turned on, as this may cause the memory card to be corrupted or cause the camcorder to become unable to recognize whether or not the card is installed.
Shooting while using the viewfinder: Close the LCD 3 min monitor. 2 min •The power lamp lights and the camcorder enters the (Blinking) Record-Standby mode. “PAUSE” is displayed. Press the Recording Start/Stop Button. “ appears while recording is in progress.
Self-Recording To turn on the camcorder, set the Power Switch to any operation mode except “OFF”while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch. Power Switch Power lamp Lock Button VIDEO/DSC Switch (GR-DVL557/DVL555/ DVL357/DVL355 only; open the LCD monitor to access this switch.)
Zoom in (T: Telephoto) 1 x W 10 x W 20 x W Zoom out (W: Wide angle) Zoom display 10 x W Approximate zoom ratio Power Zoom Lever VIDEO RECORDING FEATURE: PURPOSE: To produce the zoom in/out effect, or an instantaneous change in image magnification.
30 cm between the video light and people or objects. Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. It is recommended that you consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacing the video light. Video Light FEATURE: PURPOSE: To brighten the scene when natural lighting is too dim.
When recording is resumed, the time code starts counting up again from “00:00:00”. This means the camcorder may record the same time codes as those existing in a previously recorded scene. To prevent this, perform “Recording From The Middle of A Tape”...
If still playback continues for more than about 3 minutes, the camcorder’s Stop mode is automatically engaged. After 5 minutes in the Stop mode, the camcorder’s power is automatically turned off. When 4/6 is pressed, the image may not pause immediately while the camcorder stabilises the still image. Shuttle Search: Allows high-speed search in either direction.
** The Audio cable is not required for watching still images only. If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin connector Use the provided Cable Adapter. Camcorder To S * The Audio cable is not required for watching still images only. NOTE: Set the video out select switch of the cable adapter as required: : When connecting to a TV or VCR which accepts Y/C signals and uses an S-Video cable.
... press 5. NOTES: In step 3, if the current position is at a blank portion the camcorder searches in the reverse direction, and if the current position is at a recorded portion the camcorder searches in the forward direction.
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.) RECORDING & PLAYBACK DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.) RECORDING & PLAYBACK The D.S.C. (Digital Still Camera) features are available on GR-DVL557, GR-DVL555, GR-DVL357 and GR-DVL355. CONTENTS D.S.C. RECORDING ... 26 – 27 Basic Shooting (Snapshot) ... 26 – 27 D.S.C.
Appears during shooting and blinks when a memory card is not loaded. Shooting icon Appears and blinks during shooting. Basic Shooting (Snapshot) You can use your camcorder as a Digital Still Camera for taking snapshots. NOTE: You should already have performed the procedures listed below.
If shooting is not performed for approx. 5 minutes when the Power Switch is set to “ ” or “ supplied from the battery pack, the camcorder shuts off automatically to save power. To perform shooting again, set the Power Switch to “OFF”, then to “ ” or “...
These thumbnail images cannot be transferred to a PC. Images shot with devices that are not compatible with DCF cannot be viewed with this camcorder; “Unsup- ported Data!” will be displayed. Directory and File names Displays the directory and file names.
Picture quality Index number Selected image < > E X I T I N D E X 100-DVC00003 Protect icon MENU/BRIGHT Wheel Display V I DEO I NDEX Menu Screen SYSTE PROTE D I SPL DELE E MEMOR DPOF FORM Playback Screen INDEX Screen The images you shot can be displayed together with their...
MENU/BRIGHT Wheel JUMP Button Display JUMP MENU 10 / 50 / SET Index number Jump Playback When viewing still images stored in a memory card, you can call up directly an image you want to view by specifying its index number. Press JUMP during Normal Playback ( The Jump Screen appears.
MENU/BRIGHT Wheel Lock Button Power Switch VIDEO/DSC Switch (Open the LCD monitor to access this switch) Display Menu Screen I NDEX PROTECT DELET DPOF FORM RETUR < > E X I T P R O T E C T PROTECT Index Screen Normal playback If Protection...
MENU/BRIGHT Wheel Lock Button Power Switch VIDEO/DSC Switch (Open the LCD monitor to access this switch) Display < > NEXT D E L E T E DELE E SE ECT – CANCEL EXECUT E Deleting Images Previously shot images can be deleted either one at a time or all at once.
Check images before deleting. CAUTION: Do not remove the memory card or perform any other operation (such as turning off the camcorder) during deletion. Also, be sure to use the provided AC Adapter, as the memory card may be corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during deletion.
CANCEL EXECUTE Setting Print Information (DPOF Setting) This camcorder is compatible with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard in order to support future systems such as automatic printing, which records information about the still images you wish to print (such as the number of prints to make).
MENU/BRIGHT Wheel Display < > NEXT D P O F DPOF Screen 100-DVC00021 DPOF Confirmation Screen SE ECT – CANCEL EXECUTE TO PRINT BY SELECTING STILL IMAGES AND NO. OF PRINTS Perform steps 1 through 3 on pg. 34. Rotate the MENU/BRIGHT wheel to selsect “SELECT” and press it.
CAUTION: Menu Screen Do not perform any other operation (such as turning off the camcorder) during initialisation. Also, be sure to use the provided AC Adapter, as the memory card may be corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during initialisation. If the memory card becomes corrupted initialise it.
ADVANCED FEATURES FOR RECORDING ... 38 – 45 USING THE MENU FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT ... 46 – 51 DUBBING ... 52 – 55 USING THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT ... 57 – 67 SYSTEM CONNECTIONS ... 68 – 69 ADVANCED FEATURES CONTENTS Night-Scope ...
• “Video light” when LIGHT OFF/AUTO/ON is set to “AUTO” ( pg. 19). During Night-Scope, it may be difficult to bring the camcorder into focus. To prevent this, use of a tripod is recommended. MENU/BRIGHT Wheel Lock Button Power Switch...
White Balance ( pg. 45) is initially set to but can be changed to your desired setting. When Twilight is chosen, the camcorder automatically adjusts the focus from approx. 10 m to infinity. From less than 10 m, adjust the focus manually.
If you start recording a new scene within 5 minutes of the end of the previous recording (without having pg. 38). turned the camcorder’s power off), the previous scene wipes out, revealing the new scene. ” while pressing down (cont.)
38) is engaged, certain modes of Programme AE with special effects are pg. 47), the Stabiliser will be disabled. FOR RECORDING ” while pressing down the Lock Button for approx. 6 seconds, then the camcorder re-enters the Record-Standby mode. for approx. 6 seconds, then the normal recording resumes.
FEATURE: PURPOSE: The camcorder’s Full Range AF system offers continuous shooting ability from close-up (as close as approx. 5 cm to the subject) to infinity. However, correct focus may not be obtainable in the situations listed below (in these cases use manual focusing): •When two subjects overlap in the same scene.
To Return To Automatic Exposure Control ..press EXPOSURE twice or set the Power Switch to “ ”. (If EXPOSURE is pressed once, the camcorder will enter the exposure adjustment mode again.) To Brighten The Subject Quickly ..press BACKLIGHT.
If the white balance is correct, all other colours will be accurately reproduced. The white balance is usually adjusted automatically. However, more advanced camcorder operators control this function manually to achieve a more professional colour/tint reproduction. Set the Power Switch to “...
Some menu items may not be unavailable on your model. For Recording Menu This camcorder is equipped with an easy-to-use, on-screen menu system that simplifies many of the more detailed camcorder settings ( Set the Power Switch to “...
•When shooting scenes with movement in various directions. •When shooting scenes with low-contrast backgrounds. Switch off this mode when recording with the camcorder on a tripod. The “ ” indicator blinks or goes out if the Stabiliser cannot be use pg.
The tally lamp remains off at all times. The tally lamp comes on to signal the start of recording. This number is necessary when connecting the camcorder to a device such as a computer using the J terminal (JLIP). The numbers range from 01 to 99.
The date/time is always displayed. Time code is not displayed. TIME CODE Time code is displayed on the camcorder and on the connected TV. Frame numbers are not displayed during recording. CLOCK ADJ. Allows you to set the current date and time (...
It is also possible to change the ON SCREEN settings by pressing DISPLAY on the remote control (provided). “REC MODE” can be set when the Power Switch is set to “ When “S/AV INPUT” is set to “ON”, camcorder playback cannot be viewed on the AV output. For Playback Menu...
(GR-DVL557/DVL555/DVL357/DVL355 only) PLAYBACK SOUND During video playback, the camcorder detects the sound mode in which the recording was made, and plays the sound back. Select the type of sound to accompany your playback picture. According to the menu access explanation on pg. 50, select “SOUND MODE” or “12BIT MODE” from the Menu Screen and set it to the desired parameter.
** When connecting the cables, open this cover. NOTES: As the camcorder starts to play your footage it will appear on your TV. This will confirm the connections and the AUX channel for dubbing purposes. Before you start dubbing, make sure that the indications do not appear on the connected TV. If they do, they are being recorded onto the new tape.
[To use this camcorder as a recorder: GR-DVL557 only] Make sure all units are turned off, then connect the camcorder and the VCR as shown in the illustration. Also refer to pg. 22 and 23. Set “SOUND MODE” to “12 BIT” or “16 BIT” and “REC MODE”...
59) or “Snapshot” is attempted during playback, only the original playback image recorded on the tape is output from the DV connector. When using a DV cable, be sure to use the optional JVC VC-VDV204U DV cable. pg. 47).
SNAPSHOT Button Lock Button Power Switch Rewind Button (2) Fast-Forward Button (3) VIDEO/DSC Switch (Open the LCD monitor to access this switch.) Display “ ” Dubbing Images Stored In A Memory Card To A Tape (GR-DVL557/DVL555/DVL357/DVL355 only) Images can be dubbed from a memory card to a tape. Load a memory card ( pg.
SNAPSHOT Button Lock Button Power Switch Display COPY – OF F Play/Pause Button (4/6) VIDEO/DSC Switch (Open the LCD monitor to access this switch.) Dubbing Images Recorded On A Tape To A Memory Card Images can be dubbed from a tape to a memory card . Load a memory card ( Select the Snapshot mode in the Menu Screen memory card.
Remote sensor Transmitted beam effective area The Full-Function Remote Control Unit can operate this camcorder from a distance as well as the basic operations (Playback, Stop, Pause, Fast-Forward and Rewind) of your VCR. It also makes additional playback functions possible.
OPERATION: 1) To start playback, press PLAY (4). 2) Point the remote control at the camcorder's remote sensor and press EFFECT. The PLAYBACK EFFECT Select Menu appears. 3) Move the highlight bar to the desired effect by pressing EFFECT. The selected function is activated and after 2 seconds the menu disappears.
2) Press the Zoom Buttons (T/W) on the remote control. Make sure the remote control is pointed at the camcorder's remote sensor. Pressing T zooms in. 3) You can move the image on screen around to find a particular portion of the picture. While holding down SHIFT, press (Down).
BUTTONS (A) (B) Editing. IMPORTANT Although the MBR is compatible with JVC VCRs and those of many other makers, it may not work with yours or may offer limited functions. NOTES: If the VCR’s power does not come on in step 1, try another code from the VCR CODE LIST.
..connect the editing cable to the Remote PAUSE connector. A JVC VCR not equipped with a remote pause connector but equipped with an R.A. EDIT connector ..connect the editing cable to the R.A.EDIT connector.
Since time codes register time only as accurately as seconds, the time code total time may not match the total programme time exactly. Turning off the camcorder’s power erases all registered Edit-In and Edit-Out points. If you select Sepia or Monotone mode from Programme AE with special effects, you cannot use the Dissolve or Black &...
Remote Sensor REC STBY AUTOMATIC EDITING TO VCR Rewind the tape in the camcorder to the beginning of the scene you want to edit and press PAUSE (6). Point the remote control towards the VCR’s remote sensor and press VCR REC STBY (q6), or manually engage the VCR’s Record-Pause mode.
Some VCRs make the transition from Record-Pause to Record mode faster than others. Even if you begin editing for the camcorder and the VCR at exactly the same time, you may lose scenes you wanted, or find that you have recorded scenes you did not want.
Stereo If feedback or howling occurs during TV playback, move microphone the camcorder’s microphone away from the TV, or turn down the TV’s volume. If you change from 12-bit to 16-bit in mid-recording and then use the tape for Audio Dubbing, it is not effective from the point where 16-bit recording began.
PAUSE (6). Press and hold INSERT (w) on the remote control, then press PAUSE (6). “6w” and the Time Code (min.:sec.) appear and the camcorder enters Insert- Pause mode. Press START/STOP to begin editing. •Confirm the insert at the time code you checked in step 1.
DV connector-equipped capture board. When using a DV cable, be sure to use the optional JVC VC-VDV206U or VC-VDV204U DV cable depending on the type of DV connector (4 or 6 pins) on the PC, or use the DV cable provided with the capture board.
If, after following the steps in the chart below, the problem still exists, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. The camcorder is a microcomputer-controlled device. External noise and interference (from a TV, a radio, etc.) might prevent it from functioning properly. In such cases, first disconnect its power supply unit (battery pack, AC Adapter, etc.) and wait a few minutes;...
Edit-In and Edit-Out points, as they will all be erased ( pg. 40). • The camcorder automatically shuts off after 5 minutes have elapsed in the Record- Standby mode. Make sure you continue operations within 5 minutes after engaging Record-Standby mode pg.
SYMPTOM 16. The picture wipe function does not work. 17. Scene transition does not go as expected. 18. The Video Echo mode does not work. 19. Even when Slow Shutter is not selected, the image looks like it is activated. 20.
LCD monitor become dark. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. 28. • The light used to illuminate the LCD monitor causes it to become hot. 29. • This may occur when the surface or the edge of the LCD monitor is pressed.
If the indication remains even though you repeat the above two or three times, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. 42. • To protect the battery, it is recommended to charge it in places with a temperature of 10°C to 35°C (...
USER MAINTENANCE After Use Turn off the camcorder. Slide and hold OPEN/EJECT in the direction of the arrow, then pull the cassette holder cover open until it locks. The cassette holder opens automatically. Remove the cassette. Press “PUSH HERE” to close the cassette holder.
80 seconds using the provided software. •J Terminal [JLIP (Joint Level Interface Protocol)] (GR-DVL450/DVL157/ DVL150 only) ... pg. 16 Connect to a JLIP-compatible camcorder or VCR to control it from the computer using the pg. 10 Software. Connect the editing cable when performing pg.
Appears when the Insert Editing (w) or Insert Editing Pause (6w) mode is engaged. ( Displays the sound mode for approx. 5 seconds after turning on the camcorder. Displays the Time Code. Appears when the VIDEO/DSC Switch is set to “...
LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Both Video And D.S.C. Recording Appears when the Power Switch is set to “ • : Appears when Night-Scope is engaged. • : Appears when “GAIN UP” is set to “AUTO” and the shutter speed is being automatically adjusted.
LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Video Playback SEARCH LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During D.S.C. Playback (GR-DVL557/DVL555/DVL357/DVL355 only) Displays the sound mode. Displays the Blank Search mode. Displays the tape speed. Appears while a tape is running. Displays the date/time. BRIGHT : Displays the brightness of the LCD VOLUME : Displays the speaker volume.
Appears when the date/time is not set. Appears when the built-in clock battery runs out and the previously set date/time is erased. Consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacement. Appears for 5 seconds after power is turned on if the lens cap is attached.
When an error indication appears, the camcorder turns off automatically. Remove the power supply (battery, etc.) and wait a few minutes for the indication to clear. When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer. INDEX Indications (cont.) ”...
Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. It is recommended that you consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacing the video light. General Battery Precautions If the remote control is not functioning even if it is being operated correctly, the batteries are ex- hausted.
Also refer to the cleaning cassette’s instructions. If, after using the cleaning cassette, the problems still exist, consult your nearest JVC dealer. Mechanical moving parts used to move the video heads and video tape tend to become dirty and worn out over time.
Format Signal format Recording/Playback format Cassette Tape speed Maximum recording time (using 80 min. cassette) Camcorder : DC 11.0 V (Using AC Adapter) DC 7.2 V (Using battery pack) : Approx. 4.3 W : Approx. 5.3 W : Approx. 3.5 W...
For Digital Still Camera (GR-DVL557/DVL555/DVL357/DVL355 only) Storage media Compression system File size Picture quality Approximate number of storable images with memory card [8 MB] (provided) FINE STANDARD with memory card [16 MB] (optional) FINE STANDARD with memory card [32 MB] (optional) FINE STANDARD with memory card [64 MB] (optional)