DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA GR-DV900 GR-DV700 GR-DV500 Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide Web for Digital Video Camera: http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/cyber/ For Accessories: http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/accessory/ INSTRUCTIONS AUTOMATIC DEMONSTRATION GETTING STARTED VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.) RECORDING & PLAYBACK ADVANCED FEATURES...
Continue using the camcorder or AC Adapter under these conditions could lead to fire or electric shock. Contact your JVC dealer. Do not attempt to repair the malfunction yourself. To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No user serviceable parts inside.
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. (An appropriate conversion adapter may be necessary to accommodate different designs of AC outlets in different countries.)
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, etc.) to the camcorder and leaving it on top of the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the cables will cause the camcorder to fall, resulting in damage. Attach only the optional JVC VL-V3U Video Light, VL-F3U Flash, MZ-V3U Stereo Zoom Microphone or MZ-V5U Stereo Microphone to the camcorder’s Info-Shoe.
AC Adapter Power Cord AP-V13E, AP-V11E or AP-V13A USB Cable Remote Control Unit Memory Card 8 MB RM-V717U (Already inserted in the camcorder) AAA (R03) Battery x 2 (for remote control unit) NOTES: In order to maintain optimum performance of the camcorder, provided cables may be equipped with one or more core filter.
(headphones) If the core filter cannot be attached to the S-Video cable you have, use the optional YTU94146B S-Video cable. Consult your nearest JVC dealer for details on its availability. Take care not to damage the cable. When connecting a cable, attach the end with the core filter to the camcorder.
How To Attach The Strap Following the illustration, thread the strap through the eyelet a. Fold it back and thread it through the buckle b. Repeat the procedure to attach the other end of the strap to the other eyelet c located under the Grip Strap.
Automatic Demonstration Automatic Demonstration takes place when “DEMO MODE” is set to “ON” (factory-preset). MENU Wheel Lock Button Power Switch ST M DE O – Automatic Demonstration starts when there is no operation for about 3 minutes after the Power Switch is set to “A”...
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 Lock Button BATT.RELEASE Switch Arrow Power/Charge Lamp AC Adapter To DC connector Power Cord To AC outlet With the arrow on the battery pack pointing...
VU-V856 KIT: BN-V856U battery pack & AA-V80 AC Power Adapter/Charger Read the kit’s instruction manual before using. 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.
Grip Adjustment Adjust the velcro strip. Pass your right hand through the loop and grasp the grip. Adjust your thumb and fingers through the grip to easily operate the Recording Start/Stop Button, Power Switch and Power Zoom Lever. Be sure to fasten the velcro strip to your preference.
Brightness Adjustment Of The Display Set the Power Switch to “M” or “PLAY” while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch. Open the LCD monitor fully, or pull out the viewfinder fully. Press the MENU Wheel in. The Menu Screen appears.
Date/Time Settings The date/time is recorded onto the tape at all times, but its display can be turned on or off during playback. ( pg. 31, 40) MENU Wheel Power/Charge Lamp Lock Button Set the Power Switch to “M” while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch.
Loading A Cassette /Unloading A Cassette The camcorder needs to be powered up to load or eject a cassette. 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.
Loading A Memory Card /Unloading A Memory Card The provided memory card is already inserted in the camcorder at the time of purchase. Card Cover (MEMORY CARD) Memory card Label Make sure the camcorder’s power is off. Open the card cover (MEMORY CARD). To load a memory card, firmly insert it with its clipped edge first.
VIDEO RECORDING Basic Recording NOTE: Before continuing, perform the procedures listed below: Power ( pg. 10) Loading A Cassette ( pg. 15) Power/Charge Lamp Power Zoom Lever Lock Button Recording Start/Stop Button VIDEO/MEMORY Switch Tally Lamp (Lights while recording is in progress.) Remove the lens cap.
Tape Remaining Time Approximate tape remaining time appears on the display. “– h – – m” means the camcorder is calculating the remaining time. When the remaining time reaches 2 minutes, the indication starts blinking. 0h 25 m – h– – m 1 h 0 m 0 h 5 9 m (Now calculating)
Time Code During recording, a time code is recorded on the tape. This code is to confirm the location of the recorded scene on the tape during playback. If recording starts from a blank portion, the time code begins counting from “00:00:00” (minute:second:frame).
Normal Playback MENU Wheel (VOLUME) Power Switch Lock Button VIDEO/MEMORY Switch Stop Button (8) Play/Pause Button (4/9) Rewind Button (3) Speaker Fast-Forward Button (5) Load a cassette. ( pg. 15) Set the VIDEO/MEMORY Switch to “VIDEO”. Set the Power Switch to “PLAY” while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch.
Shuttle Search Allows high-speed search in either direction during video playback. 1) During playback, press 5 for forward search, or 3 for reverse search. 2) To resume normal playback, press 4/9. During playback, press and hold 5 or 3. The search continues as long as you hold the button.
Connections To A TV Or VCR Connector Cover**** To AV Audio/Video cable (provided) A White to AUDIO L IN* B Red to AUDIO R IN* C Yellow to VIDEO IN** D To S-VIDEO IN*** Not required for watching still images only. Connect when your TV/VCR has only A/V input connectors.
D.S.C. RECORDING Basic Shooting (D.S.C. Snapshot) You can use your camcorder as a Digital Still Camera for taking snapshots. Still images are stored in the memory card. NOTE: Before continuing, perform the procedures listed below: Power ( pg. 10) Loading A Memory Card ( pg.
These thumbnail images cannot be transferred to a PC. Images shot with devices (such as JVC GR-DVX70) that are not compatible with DCF cannot be viewed with this camcorder; “UNSUPPORTED FILE!” will be displayed.
Playback Of Video Clips You can view video clips ( pg. 48) stored in the memory card. Load a memory card. ( pg. 16) Set the VIDEO/MEMORY Switch to “MEMORY”. Set the Power Switch to “PLAY” while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch. Open the LCD monitor fully, or pull out the viewfinder fully.
Index Playback Of Files You can view several different files stored in the memory card at a time. This browsing capability makes it easy to locate a particular file you want. For Index Playback of image files, perform 1 – 6 in “Normal Playback Of Images”...
Protecting Files The Protect mode helps prevent the accidental erasure of files. MENU Wheel Power Switch Lock Button Rewind Button (3) VIDEO/MEMORY Switch SELECT Button Fast-Forward Button (5) Load a memory card. ( pg. 16) Set the VIDEO/MEMORY Switch to “MEMORY”. Set the Power Switch to “PLAY”...
To remove protection from all files stored in the memory card Rotate the MENU Wheel to select “CANC.ALL”, and press it. The PROTECT screen appears. Rotate the MENU Wheel to select “EXECUTE”, and press it. To cancel selection, select “RETURN”. Deleting Files Previously stored files can be deleted either one at a time or all at once.
Resetting The File Name By resetting the file name, a new folder will be made. The new files you are going to make will be stored in the new folder. It is convenient to separate the new files from previously made files. (Available only for Image and video clip files.) Load a memory card.
To Print By Selecting Still Images And Number Of Prints Perform steps 1 – 8 in “To Print All Still Images (One Print For Each)” ( pg. 29). Rotate the MENU Wheel to select “CURRENT”, and press it. The DPOF screen appears.
MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT Changing The Menu Settings This camcorder is equipped with an easy-to-use, on- screen menu system that simplifies many of the more detailed camcorder settings. ( MENU Wheel Power Switch Lock Button VIDEO/MEMORY Switch For Video and D.S.C. Recording Menus: Set the VIDEO/MEMORY Switch to “VIDEO”...
MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT (cont.) 4) Press the MENU Wheel in. The Menu Screen returns. Repeat the procedure if you wish to set other function menus. 5) Press the MENU Wheel in again. The Menu Screen closes. NOTES: The “m” settings are effective when the Power Switch is set to both “A”...
WIPE – SLIDE: Wipe in from right to left, or wipe out from left to right. WIPE – DOOR: Wipe in as the two halves of a black screen open to the left and right, revealing the scene, or wipe out and the black screen reappears from left and right to cover the scene.
Exposure Control EXPOSURE (Factory-preset: AUTO) For details, refer to “Exposure Control” ( AUTO : Returns to automatic exposure control. MANUAL : Makes the exposure control indicator appear. White Balance Adjustment W. BALANCE (Factory-preset: AUTO) For details, refer to “White Balance Adjustment” pg.
Gain up GAIN UP (Factory-preset: AGC) OFF: Allows you to shoot dark scenes with no picture brightness adjustment. AGC: The overall appearance may be grainy, but the image is bright. AUTO : The shutter speed is automatically adjusted. Shooting a subject in low or poor lighting at slow shutter speed provides a brighter image than in the AGC mode, but the subject’s movements are not smooth or natural.
Maximum telephoto setting Usually the distance to a subject where the lens is in focus depends on the zoom magnification. Unless there is a distance more than 1 m to the subject, the lens is out of focus at the maximum telephoto setting.
NOTES: If a cassette is in the camcorder, the demonstration cannot be turned on. “DEMO MODE” remains “ON” even if the camcorder power is turned off. If “DEMO MODE” remains “ON”, some functions will not be available. After viewing demo, set to “OFF”.
DSC Menu Picture quality The Picture Quality mode can be selected to best match your needs. Two Picture Quality modes are available: FINE ( ) and STANDARD ( of quality). QUALITY FINE / STANDARD NOTE: The number of storable images depends on the selected picture quality as well as the composition of the subjects in the images and the type of memory card being used.
PLAYBACK MENUS Video Menu VIDEO Playback sound During tape 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 page 31, select “SOUND MODE”...
System Menu SYSTEM Each setting is linked with “s”, which appears when the Power Switch is set to “M”. ( parameters are the same as in the description on page 36. BEEP (Factory-preset: MELODY) OFF / BEEP / MELODY TALLY OFF / ON REMOTE OFF / ON...
FEATURES FOR RECORDING SNAPSHOT Button Power Switch Lock Button NIGHT Button VIDEO/MEMORY Switch Night Scope Makes dark subjects or areas even brighter than they would be under good natural lighting. Although the recorded image is not grainy, it may look as if it is strobing due to the slow shutter speed.
Motor Drive Mode Keeping SNAPSHOT pressed in step 5 provides an effect similar to serial photography. (Interval between still images: approx. 1 second) The Motor Drive mode is disabled when “REC SELECT” is set to “ SNAPSHOT Button MENU Wheel FOCUS Button Lock Button Power Switch...
Auto Focus 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. Focus detection zone However, correct focus may not be obtainable in the situations listed below (in these cases perform “Manual Focus”): When two subjects overlap in the same scene.
MENU Wheel Lock Button Power Switch Exposure Control Manual exposure control is recommended in the following situations: When shooting using reverse lighting or when the background is too bright. When shooting on a reflective natural background such as at the beach or when skiing. When the background is overly dark or the subject is bright.
Backlight Compensation Backlight compensation brightens the subject quickly. Press BACK LIGHT. The indicator is displayed and the subject is brightened. If pressed again, disappears and the brightness returns to the previous level. Using the BACK LIGHT Button may cause the light around the subject to become too bright and the subject to become white.
NAVIGATION Function The Navigation Function helps you check tape contents by making thumbnail images on a memory card. MENU Wheel Power Switch Lock Button Rewind Button (3) VIDEO/MEMORY Switch NAVI Button NAVI STORE Button Fast-Forward Button (5) To make thumbnail images during video recording automatically Load a cassette.
To add thumbnail images during video playback Perform steps 1 to 4 in “To find scenes on tape using thumbnail images (NAVIGATION Search)”. Press 4/9 to start video playback. Press NAVI STORE at the desired point. The “ ” indicator appears briefly and the image of the point where NAVI STORE is pressed is stored in the memory card as a thumbnail image.
E-Mail Clip Recording You can make video clips in 160 x 120 pixels from real-time camera image or recorded video footage and store them in a memory card as files which can be conveniently sent via E-Mail. Power Switch Lock Button Recording Start/Stop Button Stop (8) Button VIDEO/MEMORY Switch...
At the point you want to start dubbing, press the Recording Start/Stop Button to start E-Mail Clip Recording. Press the Recording Start/Stop Button to stop E-Mail Clip Recording. “COMPLETED” is displayed, then the camcorder re-enters the E-Mail Clip Record- Standby mode. Press E-MAIL to end E-Mail Clip Recording.
Dubbing To Or From A VCR Connector Cover** To AV Audio/Video cable (provided) A White to AUDIO L IN or OUT B Red to AUDIO R IN or OUT C Yellow to VIDEO IN or OUT D To S-VIDEO* IN or OUT Connect when your TV/VCR has an S-VIDEO IN/OUT connector.
If no image is displayed on the LCD monitor, set “S/AV INPUT” to “OFF”. ( If the remote control is used when both the player and recorder are JVC video units, both units will perform the same operation. To prevent this from happening, press the buttons on both units.
Dubbing Still Images Recorded On A Tape To A Memory Card Still images can be dubbed from a tape to a memory card. MENU Wheel SNAPSHOT Button Power Switch Lock Button VIDEO/MEMORY Play/Pause Button Switch (4/9) Load a cassette. ( pg.
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. ( Installing The Batteries The remote control uses two “AAA (R03)” size batteries.
Zoom Buttons SHIFT Left or SLOW Rewind Button Right or SLOW Forward Button Slow-Motion Playback Allows slow-speed search in either direction during video playback. During normal video playback, press SLOW (YI or IU) more than approx. 2 seconds. After approx. 5 minutes (approx. 20 seconds with an 80-minute cassete) in Slow Rewind or approx.
Playback Special Effects Allows you to add creative effects to the video playback image. The effects that can be used during playback are CLASSIC FILM, MONOTONE, SEPIA and STROBE. The effects work the same in playback as they did in recording.
If feedback or howling occurs during TV playback, move 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.
SHIFT for this one). You are now ready to try Random Assemble 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...
In this case, it is not necessary to connect the yellow video cable. ** When connecting the cable, open the cover. A A JVC VCR equipped with a Remote PAUSE connector… …Connect the editing cable to the Remote PAUSE connector.
Select Scenes FADE/WIPE EFFECT EDIT IN/OUT CANCEL VCR REC STBY Press PLAY (U) and then press R.A.EDIT ON/OFF on the remote control. The Random Assemble Selected parameter Editing Menu appears. If using a Wipe/Fader at the beginning of the scene, press FADE/WIPE on the remote control.
When dubbing is complete, the camcorder enters the Pause mode, and the VCR enters its Record-Pause mode. If you do not register an Edit-Out point, the tape will be dubbed all the way to the end automatically. If you operate the camcorder during automatic editing, the VCR will enter its Record-Pause mode and automatic editing will stop.
Core filter Core filter 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. If the PC connected to the camcorder via the USB cable is not powered, the camcorder does not enter the USB mode.
Using The Camcorder As A WebCam This camcorder can be used as a WebCam via USB connection. To USB USB cable (provided) To USB connector USB-equipped PC Make sure all necessary software (provided) are installed in your PC and all units are turned off. Connect the camcorder to your PC using the USB cable.
ITEMS V Power ( pg. 10) Perform charging where the temperature is between 10°C and 35°C. 20°C to 25°C is the ideal temperature range for charging. If the environment is too cold, charging may be incomplete. Charging times are for a fully discharged battery pack. Charging time varies according to the ambient temperature and the status of the battery pack.
TROUBLESHOOTING 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;...
7. The LCD monitor or viewfinder indications blink. 8. Digital Zoom does not work. Video and D.S.C. Playback SYMPTOM 9. Play, Rewind and Fast-Forward functions do not work. 10. The tape is moving, but there is no picture. 11. Blocks of noise appear during playback, or there is no playback picture and the screen becomes blue.
Advanced features SYMPTOM 13. The focus does not adjust automatically. 14. In the 5-Second mode, recording ends before 5 seconds have elapsed. 15. Snapshot mode cannot be used. 16. The colour of Snapshot looks strange. 17. The image taken using Snapshot is too dark.
• When the LCD monitor’s fluorescent light reaches the end of its service life, images on the LCD monitor become dark. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. TROUBLESHOOTING (cont.) CORRECTIVE ACTION 24. • To protect the battery, it is recommended to charge it in places with a temperature of 10°C to 35°C.
39. • Wipe them gently with soft cloth. Wiping strongly can cause damage. ( pg. 73) To clean the viewfinder, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. 40. • Set “TIME CODE” to “ON”. pg. 31, 37, 40) 41. • pg. 81.
General Battery Precautions If the remote control is not functioning even if it is being operated correctly, the batteries are exhausted. Replace them with fresh ones. Use only the following batteries: AAA (R03) size x 2 Please make note of the following rules for battery use.
Memory Cards To properly use and store your memory cards, be sure to read the following cautions: 1. During use… ... make sure the memory card bears the SD or MultiMediaCard mark..make sure the memory card is positioned properly when inserting.
Serious malfunctioning If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit immediately and consult your local 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.
Mould may form if the lens is left dirty. Cassette holder When using a cleaner or chemically treated cloth refer to the cautions of each product. To clean the viewfinder, please consult your nearest JVC dealer.
For Digital Still Camera Storage media Compression system File size Still image Moving image Picture quality Approximate number of storable images For Connectors S-Video input S-Video output Video input Video output Audio input Audio output EDIT Headphone output Input/output For General Power requirement Output Specifications shown are for SP mode unless otherwise indicated.
Cassette Holder Cover... q Stereo Microphone... pg. 13 r Info-Shoe pg. 49 Attach only the optional JVC VL-V3U Video pg. 26 Light, VL-F3U Flash, MZ-V3U Stereo Zoom Microphone or MZ-V5U Stereo Microphone. pg. 48 Make sure to turn off the power of the camcorder and the video light, flash or microphone before pg.
Indications LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Video Recording Only SOUND 12 b i t 15:55 a Navigation Indicator (Appears when “NAVIGATION” is set to other than “MANUAL”.) b Selected Wipe/Fader Effect Indicator c Tape Running Indicator (Rotates while tape is running.) d Selected Wide Mode Indicator e Thumbnail Storing Indicator (Appears while the captured image is being...
(Appears when Night-Scope is engaged.) • : Gain Up Mode (Appears when “GAIN UP” is set to “AUTO” and the shutter speed is automatically adjusted.) c Flash Indicator (Appears when the optional flash attached to the info-shoe is ready.) d White Balance Indicator e •...
Warning Indications Indications Displays the battery remaining power. Remaining power level: high Remaining power level: exhausted As the battery power comes close to nil, the battery indicator blinks. When the battery power is exhausted, power turns off automatically. Appears when no tape is loaded. Appears when the erase protection tab is set to “SAVE”...
When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the REATTACH BATTERY indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer. The error indications (E03 or E04) show what type of malfunction has occurred. E03 or E04 When an error indication appears, the camcorder turns off automatically.