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Panasonic AG-HVX202AEN Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
Model No.
Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for
future use.
F0208T0 -P
Printed in Japan


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HVX202AEN Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH F0208T0 -P Printed in Japan VQT1Q88...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first! indicates safety information. DO NOT REMOVE PANEL COVERS Camera-Recorder BY UNSCREWING THEM. The rating plate is on the underside of the To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not viewfinder. remove cover. No user serviceable parts inside. AC Adapter Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
  • Page 3: Recommendation For Use Of Genuine Panasonic Battery Pack (Rechargeable Battery)

    To ensure that our products are used in utmost safety, we once again remind you that we recommend the use of a genuine Panasonic battery pack for any Panasonic product that is to use a battery pack. The genuine Panasonic battery packs are sold under our stringent quality control.
  • Page 4: Precautions When Installing The Usb Driver Software

    THE USB DRIVER SOFTWARE Select ““AG-HVX200 (P2 handheld) USB driver”” when installing the USB driver software onto the computer from the CD-ROM provided with this unit (AG-HVX202AEN). Software information for this product 1. Customer advisory: This product includes software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL);...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Checking scenes taken (REC CHECK) ... 29 Remove the cassette tape ....... 29 Recommendation for Use of Genuine Cassette tapes ..........30 Panasonic Battery Pack Using SD/SDHC memory cards ....31 (Rechargeable Battery) ......3 Installing and removing the SD memory card ... 31 PRECAUTIONS WHEN INSTALLING Formatting SD memory card ......
  • Page 6 Contents (continued) Saving scene files and other settings Nonlinear editing with P2 card (PC mode) ... 82 on SD memory cards ......56 Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive Clip metadata ..........57 (1394 HOST mode) ........ 84 Using the Counter ........
  • Page 7: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This unit is compatible with P2 (Professional Plug-in) cards or DV cassette tapes. The P2 card has a large capacity with a high transfer rate, and allows you sophisticated movie-making on this handy camera, including HD (High Definition) recording and smooth editing/dubbing. Flow of shooting, playing and saving The setting values such as the user file are saved to and read from the...
  • Page 8 Outline of operations (continued) Saving and editing on external devices PC mode (Page 82) The data (file) is transferred for nonlinear editing on your computer or other unit. P2 card Computer USB2.0 (Windows) IEEE1394 (Macintosh) 1394 host mode (Page 84) The unit directly controls the external hard disk drive, and transfers the data (file) to it.
  • Page 9: Precaution For Use

    (Page 23) Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. •• Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/ or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder or cassette.
  • Page 10: Accessories

    Accessories Battery AC Adapter AC power supply cord/ Wireless remote DC cord control and battery (CR2025) Eye cup Microphone holder 6-mm screws Microphone holder 12-mm screws adapter Shoulder belt Component PIN-BNC conversion Ferrite core video cable plugs Documents and CD A lens hood cap (page 17) and INPUT 1/2 terminal (page 13) cover are attached to the camera-recorder.
  • Page 11: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side 24 26 28 23 25 27 29 1 POWER switch (Page 19) 24 Remote control sensor (Rear) 25 Tally lamp (Rear) (Page 19) 2 START/STOP button (Pages 24 and 28) 26 MEDIA (P2/TAPE) switch 3 OPEN/EJECT switch (Page 28) (Pages 24 and 28) 4 REC CHECK button (Pages 24 and 29)
  • Page 12: Left Side

  • Page 13: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Terminals and mounting parts USB 2.0 1394 CAM REMOTE S-VIDEO IN/OUT ZOOM SS FOCUS IRIS AUDIO COMPONENT VIDEO 1 Light shoe 2 Microphone shoe (Page 76) 3 USB terminal (Mini-B) (Pages 77 and 82) 4 Headphone jack (3.5 mm stereo mini jack) (Page 76) 5 1394 terminal (Page 77) 6 SD memory card slot (Pages 31 and 56)
  • Page 14: Remote Control

    Description of parts (continued) Remote control 1 DATE/TIME button (Page 75) The following buttons are for functions that cannot 2 OSD button (Page 75) be executed on the camera-recorder. 3 COUNTER button (Page 58) Same function as the COUNTER button on the ••...
  • Page 15: The Battery

    The battery Charging Recording time of included battery Before using the battery, fully charge it with the AC adapter. Recharging time Continuous recording time Keep a spare battery with you. Approx. 330 min. Approx. 140 min. Align the battery with the ““ ””...
  • Page 16: Installing And Removing The Power Supply

    Installing and removing the power supply Installing and removing the battery Installation Removal Insert the battery until it clicks into place. Set the POWER switch to OFF, and check that the mode lamp is off. Remove the battery while pressing the battery release button.
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    Adjusting the hand strap Adjust the hand strap to suit your hand. Open the cover and adjust the length. Close the cover. •• Make sure the cover is fully closed. Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap and use it as a precaution against dropping the camera. 20 mm or more 20 mm or more Detaching and attaching the lens hood...
  • Page 18: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Remote control setup When using two camera-recorders simultaneously, Push the catch in the direction shown by set this camera-recorder and the remote control arrow to remove the holder. to either [VCR1] or [VCR2] so the remote control does not operate the wrong camera-recorder by mistake.
  • Page 19: Turn On/Off The Camera

    Turn on/off the camera While pressing the lock release, move the POWER switch to ON or OFF. Turn on the camera: The mode lamp (CAMERA) lights red (CAMERA mode) and the camera is now in the shooting standby mode. Turn off the camera: The red mode lamp goes out.
  • Page 20: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder This camera has two viewfinders; one is a miniature LCD in the viewfinder and the other is a Fitting the eye cup retractable 3.5-inch LCD. Attach the eye cup by aligning the projections on Use the viewfinder that best suits the application the eye cup holder and eye cup and fitting them and shooting conditions.
  • Page 21: Using The Lcd

    Using the LCD Emphasizing outlines Emphasizing the outlines of the images you see Set the POWER switch to ON. in the viewfinder or on the LCD makes it easier to focus. Press the OPEN button in the direction Emphasizing the outlines does not effect the shown by arrow to open the LCD.
  • Page 22: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Viewfinder (continued) Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) Adjust the selected item using the operation button. Press the MENU button. Operation button MENU •• For menu operation (Page 96) •• You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control.
  • Page 23: Setting The Calendar

    Setting the calendar The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents Press the operation button to move the (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the setting item to MONTH. thumbnails. Before carrying out recording, be sure to check and set CLOCK SET and TIME ZONE. This shows you how to adjust the calendar to 5:20 PM on December 25, 2005.
  • Page 24: Basic Shooting Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) Preparing to shoot using a P2 card Shooting in auto mode Switch the MEDIA switch to ““P2””. Turn the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) •• Check that the mode lamp (CAMERA) is Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) lighted red.
  • Page 25: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    Checking photos taken (REC CHECK) In the shooting pause mode, press the REC CHECK button. A few seconds of the last thing you shot play. •• Note that this REC CHECK portion will also be recorded to any equipment you have set up to make backup recordings.
  • Page 26: Formatting P2 Cards

    •• When using any other types of cards, the driver installed in the camera-recorder may need to be updated. (Page 125) •• For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites.
  • Page 27: Remove The P2 Card

    Remove the P2 card •• Do not eject the P2 card or turn the power off Lift up the viewfinder and open the card slot under the following circumstances, since doing cover. so may cause a malfunction in the card: ••...
  • Page 28: Basic Shooting Operations (Cassette Tape)

    Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) TAPE Preparing to shoot using a tape Shooting in auto mode Switch the MEDIA switch to ““TAPE””. Turn the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) •• Check that the mode lamp (CAMERA) is Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) lighted red.
  • Page 29: Checking Scenes Taken (Rec Check)

    TAPE Checking scenes taken (REC CHECK) In the shooting pause mode, press the REC CHECK button. A few seconds of the last thing you shot play, and then the camera returns to the shooting pause mode. •• The REC CHECK function cannot be used unless the recording is at least one second long.
  • Page 30: Cassette Tapes

    TAPE Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) (continued) Cassette tapes You can use tapes with this mark Tape loading and unloading Use the following mini DV cassette tapes with this •• Tapes cannot be loaded or unloaded when the camera-recorder. MEDIA switch is set to P2. AY-DVM63 series tape ••...
  • Page 31: Using Sd/Sdhc Memory Cards

    •• With SDHC cards, 32 KB of capacity will have been used. Cautions in using SD memory cards •• SD memory cards used with the AG-HVX202AEN should conform to SD or SDHC standards. Be sure to format cards using the AG-HVX202AEN.
  • Page 32: Using The Zoom Function

    Using the zoom function This camera has a 13 x optical zoom function. HANDLE ZOOM switch Zoom with the zoom button or the zoom ring. Zoom button Handle zoom button Set the ZOOM switch to SERVO so that you can use the motor-driven zoom.
  • Page 33: Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) By taking full advantage of the special characteristics of P2 cards, this unit provides frame skipping (undercranking) recording and highspeed (overcranking) recording, which are actually movie techniques, without the use of a frame rate converter. (The 25PN mode must be set for this.) Since the camera-recorder records only the effective frames (native recording), recording is possible for 2 times as long compared with recording in the 25P or 50P mode (standard recording).
  • Page 34: Native Recording

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) Native recording Standard recording Using the REC FORMAT (P2) function (page Using the REC FORMAT (P2) function 106) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, (page 106) on the RECORDING SETUP select 720/25PN as the recording format. screen, select 720P/50P or 720P/25P as the recording format.
  • Page 35: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Using variable frame rates (VFR) Standard speed shooting for making Undercrank shooting commercials and dramas This way of shooting provides quick motion effects When producing commercials and dramas to be used to present such scenes as the movement of shown on a TV screen, as in the case of HDTV/ clouds, someone standing among crowd of people, SDTV and other broadcasts, a frame rate of 25 and moves made by martial artists.
  • Page 36: Shooting In 1080I/576I Progressive Mode

    Shooting in 1080i/576i progressive mode Selecting 1080i/25P or 576i/25P in the REC FORMAT option (page 106) of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in progressive mode. 25P mode: Shoot 25 frames a second in the progressive mode. For output and recording, the 25-frame-per- second signal is converted to 50-field-per-second interlace.
  • Page 37: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually Manual focusing adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. Use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to Focus ring manual mode. FOCUS ASSIST button Use the FOCUS switch to choose how to control focusing.
  • Page 38: Iris Adjustments

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the gain ND FILTER switch IRIS button When the display is dark, increase the gain to brighten the display. If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode ( goes out).
  • Page 39: Adjusting The White Balance

    Adjusting the white balance In order to reproduce the white accurately, adjust Set the WHITE BAL switch to A or B the ratio between the three RGB primary colors. If (whichever one you want to save the the white balance is not adjusted properly, not only adjustment in).
  • Page 40: Using Presets

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the white balance (continued) Message during adjustment Using presets ABB ACTIVE Use this feature when you have no time to make white balance adjustments. Message after adjustment If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/ ABB END MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode on the viewfinder and LCD goes out).
  • Page 41: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting Self-portrait shooting Use the START/STOP button on the handle to Images in the LCD when it is turned 180 degrees make it easier to shoot from low angles. for self-portrait shooting may appear unusual. You can make them appear better by reversing START/STOP button left and right.
  • Page 42: Zebra Pattern

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Zebra pattern Marker Press the ZEBRA button in the camera mode to If you press the ZEBRA button again while the show the zebra pattern or marker on the screen so zebra pattern is being displayed, a marker appears you can check the brightness of the subject.
  • Page 43: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Checking and displaying shooting Changing the image size status When recording in 576i mode, you can change the size (aspect ratio) of the images that you record. Select the aspect ratio in the setup menus, CAMERA SETUP screen, ASPECT CONV. (Page 102) ••...
  • Page 44: Optical Image Stabilizer

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Optical Image Stabilizer Using the USER buttons Use the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce You can allocate one of twelve features to each of the effects of camera shake when shooting by the three USER buttons. hand.
  • Page 45: Adjusting The Volume While Shooting

    After backup recording, check the menu item settings before you operate the camera-recorder. •• If you use another AG-HVX202AEN/AG-HVX202 as the external unit for backup recording, select If you are monitoring the sound through ““OFF”” for 1394 CONTROL on the external unit headphones while shooting, you can adjust the and set it to MCR/VCR mode.
  • Page 46: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) 2-slot continuous recording Text memo recording If you insert two P2 cards into the two card slots, This function adds text memos at the video points this function allows you to record continuously on on the clip now being recorded or played back.
  • Page 47: Finding Specific Scenes(Image Search)

    TAPE Finding specific scenes Press in the shooting standby (image search) mode. The tape plays forward or backward while you Remote control are pressing the button. Camera MULTI/ Release the button when you find the point P-IN-P A.DUB PLAY you are looking for. STILL ADV PAUSE STILL ADV The camera returns to shooting standby mode.
  • Page 48: Interval Recording (Interval Rec)

    Using the special recording functions (continued) Interval recording (INTERVAL REC) Check that the settings given on the previous page have been established for With this function, the unit continuously records the OPERATION TYPE item and recording frames (1/25 sec.) one at a time with an interval. format.
  • Page 49: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    One-shot recording (ONE-SHOT REC) Loop recording (LOOP REC) This function records a single shot at each unit of This function is used to record first on one card time which has been set. and then on the next when you have inserted two P2 cards into the card slots.
  • Page 50: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed •• Remember that the faster the shutter speed, SPEED SEL button the lower the sensitivity. SHUTTER button •• If iris is set to auto, then it will open wider with higher shutter speeds and thereby reduce focal depth.
  • Page 51: Synchro Scan

    With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent Synchro scan lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance Set the shutter speed of the synchro scan (used changes in synchronization with the power line when shooting a television or computer monitor) in frequency. When this frequency is 50 Hz, mutual the setup menus, SCENE FILE screen, SYNCRO interference will occur between the camera- SCAN.
  • Page 52: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input During shooting, you can record up to four Using the built-in microphone channels of sound. You can also switch the input sound to be recorded on each of the channels to Switch the CH1 SELECT switch to INT (L). the built-in microphones, external microphones or ••...
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Recording Level

    1 and 2, connect the microphone to •• For P2 mode recording, the recording level is INPUT 2 and switch both CH1 SELECT and CH2 set higher than for Panasonic’’ s broadcast-use SELECT to INPUT 2. camera recorders (AJ series).
  • Page 54: Using Scene Files

    Using scene files The settings according to the variety of shooting Changing scene file settings circumstances are stored in each position of scene The setting value of the scene file can be changed. file dial. Also you can save the changed scene file to each When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary file position of the scene file dial.
  • Page 55 The screen below is displayed, so set the The following screen appears, select file name of six letters using YES, then press button. (To return to button. Set the same as user information. the menu level above, press the MENU (Page 60) button.) ••...
  • Page 56: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards You can save up to four scene file settings or other Select YES using the button, and press settings as files on an SD memory card, and you button. can also load them from the card. ••...
  • Page 57: Clip Metadata

    Viewer. Download it from the URL address given and OBJECT (target of data collection). below, and install it in the computer. MEMO : This indicates the No. (memo No.), OFFSET (frame position from the beginning of the clip), PERSON (name of the person who recorded the What the clip metadata consists of text memo), and TEXT (contents of memo).
  • Page 58: Using The Counter

    Using the Counter Press the mode button to switch to the VCR Counter display (P2 card / Tape) mode. (Page 63) You can display a counter that indicates how much time has elapsed during shooting or playback. When rewind or fast-forward the tape, it stops automatically near where you reset COUNTER button the counter.
  • Page 59: Charging The Built-In Battery/Setting The Time Data

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data Recharging the built-in battery Specifying the time code (TC PRESET) The camera’’ s internal battery saves the date and time. ““ ”” appears on the screen of the viewfinder Set TC PRESET so you can record a value of your or LCD when the internal battery is running low on choice as the initial setting for the time code to be charge.
  • Page 60: Setting User Information

    Setting the time data (continued) When the screen below appears, set the Press the button to select YES, and press time code value. button. Press the buttons to select the time code value. Press MENU twice to exit the menus. Press the button to move to the next digit, With this unit, the time code value is adjusted in...
  • Page 61 Press the buttons to select UB You can reset the user information to nothing by PRESET, and press the button. pressing COUNTER RESET. BARS SHUTTER SPEED SEL RESET START/ DATE/ PHOTO STOP TIME SHOT CH 1 SELECT CH 2 SELECT INPUT 1 INPUT 2 INT(L)
  • Page 62: Basic Playback Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic playback operations (P2 card) The camera is now in the MCR mode. Before turning the POWER switch to ON •• Each time you press the button, the mode Set the MEDIA switch to the P2 position. changes as below. CAMERA Turn the POWER switch to ON.
  • Page 63: Basic Playback Operations (Tape)

    Basic playback operations (Tape) TAPE The camera is now in the VCR mode. Before turning the POWER switch to ON •• Each time you press the button, the mode Set the MEDIA switch to the TAPE position. changes as below. CAMERA Turn the POWER switch to ON.
  • Page 64: Thumbnail Screen

    Thumbnail screen Video data created on the P2 card in one shooting session is called a clip. When the MCR mode has been established by the MEDIA switch set to the P2 status, the clips will be displayed on the LCD screen as thumbnails.
  • Page 65 1 Slot number/dubbing mode display : Incomplete clip The number of the slot with the P2 card This indicator appears when the recording of a containing the selected clip is indicated here. clip extends over two P2 cards and one of the (The number appears in yellow.) If a clip cards is not found in the slot.
  • Page 66: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    Thumbnail screen (continued) Adding shot marks to clips Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to find the clips you are looking for. Press the buttons to move the yellow frame to the clip to which you will add a shot mark.
  • Page 67: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL) ALL CLIP: You can display the kind of clips you want to see as thumbnails. All the clips are displayed. SAME FORMAT CLIPS: You can also set more precisely how you want the thumbnails to appear on the screen.
  • Page 68 Thumbnail operations (continued) Select the desired setting item using the buttons, and press the button. MARKED IND.: Select this to set whether the shot mark indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF). TEXT MEMO IND.: Select this to set whether the text memo indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF).
  • Page 69: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    P2 viewer from the web site given button, and press the ) button. below, installing it in your computer, and copying the clips again. Select the desired item using the buttons, and press the button. DELETE: Select this to delete the selected clip.
  • Page 70: Checking The Clip Or Card Information (Property)

    Thumbnail operations (continued) Checking the clip or card information (PROPERTY) You can perform any of the following operations. If To exit the information screen, press the necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking MENU button, use the button to select the operations. EXIT, and then press the button.
  • Page 71 P2 card information screen 5 Slot total The figure represents the total remaining memory of the cards in the two slots. If a P2 card is write-protected, its remaining memory will not be included in the total remaining memory. •• When LOOP is set under REC FUNCTION, the slot total represents the guaranteed minimum recording time for loop recording.
  • Page 72: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Thumbnail operations (continued) Uploading the metadata (META DATA) LOAD: You can perform any of the following operations. If necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking Select this to load the metadata recorded on the operations. the SD memory card into the unit. Loading the metadata When the button is pressed with operation...
  • Page 73: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Variable speed search (P2 card / Tape) Slow playback (P2 card / Tape) This function enables you to change the playback During play, press one of the STILL ADV ( speed and search for specific scenes. ) buttons on the remote control unit. Press the button during playback.
  • Page 74: Frame-By-Frame Playback (P2 Card / Tape)

    Useful playback functions (continued) Frame-by-frame playback (P2 card / Tape) End search (Tape) You can find unrecorded parts or the end of the Press the button during playback to set last scene shot. the unit to the pause mode. In the setup menus, OTHER FUNCTIONS Press the PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR button to screen, END SEARCH, set the search play frame-by-frame.
  • Page 75: Index Search (Tape)

    Index search (Tape) Viewing images on a television (P2 card / Tape) This function searches for the index signals (page 47) recorded on the tape. Index searches can be You can view the images on a television if you performed using the supplied wireless remote connect the unit to a TV set using an AV cable control unit.
  • Page 76: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones 3.5-mm stereo mini jack •• Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones are connected. External microphone Microphone holder Stereo Microphone (optional) AG-MC200G Microphone holder adapter INPUT1 or INPUT2 12 mm 6 mm ••...
  • Page 77: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    [Utilities] and start up [Disc Utility]. 2. Select a grayed-out volume among volumes of the X.X GB Panasonic disc, and click ““Mount.”” •• When the P2 card access lamp is off Eject the P2 card, and insert it again. If the unit is still not mounted, disconnect the 1394 cable and then re-connect it.
  • Page 78: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) •• Before proceeding to connect or disconnect 1394 cable, be absolutely sure to turn off the power of the units. •• Before proceeding to connect the unit which uses a 6-pin type 1394 connector, carefully check the shape of the 1394 cable and the connectors on the 1394 cable.
  • Page 79: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    Video deck (Dubbing) When a component video cable is used for the connection, only the output signals from the unit will be available. Audio cable (optional) White: CH1 (left channel) sound Red: CH2 (right channel) sound S-video cable (optional) S-VIDEO IN/OUT AUDIO COMPONENT...
  • Page 80: Audio Dubbing

    Audio dubbing TAPE Background music or narration can be added to the Find the scene you want to add and set the images you have recorded on the tape. unit to the still mode. Set the POWER switch to ON. Press the AUDIO DUB button to establish the status ready for audio dubbing.
  • Page 81 TAPE Input channels and the tracks recorded Using the memory stop mode to edit dubbed sound Audio Shooting Input dubbing (1) First reset the counter memory display in the mode mode memory stop mode at the position where the Built-in microphone L audio dubbing is to end.
  • Page 82: Nonlinear Editing With P2 Card (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing with P2 card (PC mode) You can edit the video data on P2 cards nonlinearly Set the unit’’ s POWER switch to ON. by connecting the unit to a computer used for editing by means of a USB cable (Windows) or 1394 Select PC MODE on the setting menu cable (Apple Macintosh).
  • Page 83 Press the mode button to light up the MCR lamp and then hold the button down (for 2 or more seconds). The PC lamp now lights, and PC mode is established. When the P2 card is in an accessible status, USB (or 1394) DEVICE CONNECT is displayed on the camera.
  • Page 84: Copying From P2 Cards To The Hard Disk Drive (1394 Host Mode)

    Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive (1394 HOST mode) •• Use an HDD (hard disk drive) that has sufficient Only when the hard disk drive is not capacity to permit copying. formatted: •• Before copying the data, format the hard disk Select FORMAT (HDD) using the drive so that it can be used by the unit.
  • Page 85: Warnings

    To check the data copied into the hard disk drive •• It is recommended that you first restore any After step 4 on the previous page, use the defective clips contained in the P2 card before buttons to select PROPERTY, and then press copying the data.
  • Page 86: Dubbing

    Dubbing Dubbing the contents of P2 cards onto a tape (dubbing mode) You can dub clips from a P2 card onto a tape that 3) Use the MENU button to close the menu, has been inserted into the unit. and press the THUMBNAIL button to return Only clips recorded in 1080i and 720P formats to the thumbnail display.
  • Page 87: Digital Input/Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    •• When you wish to start dubbing from a point Connect the digital video equipment to this mid-way along a clip, first play back the unit. (Page 78) clip, then press the button at the desired position to pause playback. Press the unit’’...
  • Page 88: Analog Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    Dubbing (continued) •• In the case of tape, the audio when you perform digital dubbing will be recorded in the same audio mode as that on the playback side, regardless of the menu setting on the recording side. In the case of the P2 card, the DV format is converted into 48K/2CH or 4CH.
  • Page 89: Analog Input (Tape)

    TAPE Analog input (Tape) Analog/digital (AD) conversion (VCR mode only) Video contents on S-VHS (VHS) cassettes can be copied to tape, and TV programs can be recorded. You can use this unit to convert analog to digital •• Set the MEDIA switch to the TAPE position. signals.
  • Page 90: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays For details on the safety zone, refer to 36. 1 Time code displays 2 Warnings REMOTE: Each time you press the COUNTER button, the display switches over to the following data (or Blinks when the wrong equipment setting is no indication).
  • Page 91 4 Backup unit displays 12 Calendar The status of the backup unit connected to the Month: 1394 connector is displayed here. JAN (January), FEB (February), MAR (March), Nothing is displayed if in the setup menus, APR (April), MAY (May), JUN (June), JUL OTHER FUNCTIONS screen, 1394 CONTROL, (July), AUG (August), SEP (September), OCT you have selected ““OFF””.
  • Page 92 Screen displays (continued) 95 (Focal distance: infinity) selected under CAMERA DATA of the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen. 00 (Focal distance: approx. 5 cm) 29 Scene file name display (in camera mode)/ Depending on the zoom position, the macro DUB display (in dubbing mode) (Pages 54 range may not be enabled.
  • Page 93: Warnings

    33 Media information display Warnings The card slot where the P2 card was inserted COPY INHIBITED and the basic information of the media are Can not record correctly because of the input displayed here. signal copy-guarded. lights: EXTERNAL 1394 DISCONNECT P2 card on which data can be recorded.
  • Page 94 Screen displays (continued) WRITE PROTECTED If the warning persists, consult your dealer. The P2 card or SD memory card is write- CARD ERR (1) (2) (1/2) protected. (Trouble has occurred in the P2 card found in the NO CARD slot indicated by the number.) ••...
  • Page 95: Setting The Display Items

    Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfinder and LCD monitor screen by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by configuring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 113) Audio dubbing mode MODE Displays DISPLAY...
  • Page 96: Using The Setup Menus

    Using the setup menus Use the setup menus to change the settings to Press the ) button to display the suit the scenes you are shooting or what you are items. recording. Example: Operation buttons MENU button MENU Use the buttons to move to the option that you want to set.
  • Page 97: Initializing The Menu Settings

    To change other settings, repeat steps 4 and When you finish, press the MENU button to return to the function screen. To change other functions, repeat steps 2 to When you exit the menu mode, press the MENU button again to return to the normal screen.
  • Page 98: Setup Menu Structure

    Setup menu structure Camera mode menu indicates the available setting in P2 mode only or TAPE mode only. TAPE CAMERA MENU SCENE FILE OPERATION TYPE FRAME RATE (Pages 100 - 102) SYNCRO SCAN DETAIL LEVEL ASPECT CONV CAMERA SETUP V DETAIL LEVEL (Page 102) DETAIL CORING CHROMA LEVEL...
  • Page 99: Mcr/Vcr (Playback And External Input) Mode Menu

    MCR/VCR (playback and external input) mode menu indicates the available setting in P2 mode only or TAPE mode only. TAPE MCR/VCR MENU RECORDING SETUP REC SPEED TAPE AUDIO REC TAPE (Pages 106 - 108) 1394 TC REGEN 32K(12bit) AUDIO TAPE FIRST REC TC TAPE PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS...
  • Page 100: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item Description of settings mode OPERATION TYPE (Camera) Switches the shutter and frame rate operation to the video type or film type. TAPE VIDEO CAM: SYNCRO SCAN is displayed using 1/n units. FILM CAM: SYNCRO SCAN is displayed as an angle.
  • Page 101 SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode GAMMA (Camera) Selects the gamma curves other than the news gamma curve. TAPE HD NORM: This gamma setting is suitable for HD shooting. LOW: Makes a mellow image using the gamma curve which has a gentle incline in low-brightness curve.
  • Page 102: Camera Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode SKIN TONE DTL (Camera) Sets the skin tone details. Select ON to reduce the skin tone details and soften TAPE the skin tone. ON OFF V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 576i progressive mode.
  • Page 103: Sw Mode Screen

    SW MODE screen Display Item Description of settings mode MID GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. TAPE 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB HIGH GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch. TAPE 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB (Camera) Sets the operation of the ATW (Auto Tracking White Balance) function assigned...
  • Page 104 Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode USER1 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. TAPE REC CHECK: Performs Rec Check. SPOTLIGHT: Auto iris control for the spotlight ON/OFF BACKLIGHT: Auto iris control for the backlight compensation (Page 44) BLACKFADE: Blackfade (Page 44) WHITEFADE:...
  • Page 105: Auto Sw Screen

    AUTO SW screen Display Item Description of settings mode A.IRIS (Camera) ON: TAPE Performs the auto iris control in auto mode. The IRIS button is deactivated. OFF: Deactivates the auto iris control in auto mode. This performs the iris control selected with the IRIS button.
  • Page 106: Recording Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode REC FORMAT (P2) (Camera) Selects the recording format for P2 card. 1080i/50i, 1080i/25P, 720P/50P, 720P/25P, 720P/25PN, 576i/50i, 576i/25P REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format for cassette tape. (TAPE) 576i/50i, 576i/25P TAPE...
  • Page 107 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 1394 TC REGEN (MCR/ Selects the time code used for recording the signal from equipment connected TAPE VCR) to the 1394 terminal. Records using the time code of the signal input through the 1394 terminal. OFF: Records using the time code set in TCG/FIRST REC TC.
  • Page 108 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 1394 UB REGEN (MCR/ Selects the user information used when recording the signals from equipment TAPE VCR) connected to the 1394 terminal. Records using the user information of the signal input through the 1394 terminal.
  • Page 109: Playback Functions Screen

    PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Display Item Description of settings mode 32K(12bit) AUDIO (VCR) Sets the audio to output as CH1 and CH2 signals when playing back a tape TAPE recorded in the 32K (12bit) audio mode. ST1: Selects the sound that was recorded during shooting. CH1 signals = CH1 track CH2 signals = CH2 track ST2:...
  • Page 110 Setup menu list (continued) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen (continued) 32K(12bit) AUDIO item/AUDIO OUT item settings and audio track signals output from the AUDIO IN/OUT jack TAPE Audio recording 32K(12bit) AUDIO AUDIO IN/OUT jack AUDIO IN/OUT jack AUDIO OUT setting mode setting CH1 output CH2 output CH1 ·...
  • Page 111: Dubbing Setup Screen

    DUBBING SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode FORMAT SEL (DUB) Selects the format of the clips to be played back during dubbing. 1080i/50i, 1080i/25P, 720P/50P, 720P/25P, 720P/25PN AV IN/OUT SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode CMPNT OUT SEL (Camera) Selects the type of component terminal.
  • Page 112: Display Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode ZEBRA DETECT 1 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the left-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 100%, 105% ZEBRA DETECT 2 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen.
  • Page 113 DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode ZOOM · FOCUS (Camera) Selects the unit of zoom and focus values. TAPE OFF, NUMBER, mm/feet, mm/m <Note> Use the mm/feet or mm/m display only as a general guideline since it is not entirely accurate.
  • Page 114: Card Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item Description of settings mode SCENE FILE (Camera) You can save four SCENE FILE settings to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved files. READ: Read WRITE: Write USER FILE (Camera) You can save four file settings (excluding SCENE FILE) to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved file.
  • Page 115 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode END SEARCH (Camera) Sets the operation when the END SEARCH button is pressed. TAPE (VCR) BLANK: Searches for the unrecorded parts on the tape. REC END: Searches for the last segment shot. PC MODE (Camera) Selects the terminal for data transfer.
  • Page 116 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in 30-minute TAPE (MCR/ steps. (As an exception, you can set +12:45.) Refer to the table below. VCR) 0:00 Time...
  • Page 117 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode POWER SAVE (Camera) Selects the power-saving mode when the top panel operation keys, DISP/ TAPE MODE CHK button, USER1-3 buttons and EVF DTL button have not been operated for 5 minutes or so. The camera-recorder’’...
  • Page 118: Option Menu

    Setup menu list (continued) OPTION MENU This menu is displayed when the DISP/MODE CHK button is held down, and after the details of the shooting status are displayed, the MENU button is then pressed. Use it to check the connection status during nonlinear editing. Display Item Description of settings...
  • Page 119: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’’ s no power. •• Make sure the battery and AC adapter are connected properly. P 16 Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no •• To prevent the battery from running down needlessly and to P 117 apparent reason.
  • Page 120 Before calling for service (continued) Shooting (when using a P2 card) Cannot shoot even though •• The MEDIA switch may be in the TAPE position. P 24 the P2 card is inserted If so, set it to the P2 position. correctly.
  • Page 121 Displays Something is wrong with •• The time code display may not register a regular count if a tape is —— the time code display. played in the reverse slow mode. This is normal. The remaining tape display •• The remaining tape is not displayed accurately if you shoot ——...
  • Page 122 Before calling for service (continued) Other Cannot remove the tape. •• Make sure the camera is supplied with power. P 16 Make sure the AC adapter or battery is inserted correctly. As long as the power is supplied, you can remove the tape without turning ON the POWER switch.
  • Page 123: Operating Precautions

    Operating precautions Do not allow any water to get into the camera- AC adapter and battery recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at •• If the battery is extremely hot or cold, the the beach. CHARGE lamp will blink several times before charging starts.
  • Page 124 Operating precautions (continued) Battery characteristics Liquid crystal displays This camera-recorder uses a rechargeable •• Images or letters can get burned onto the screen lithiumion battery that uses its internal chemical of the LCD or viewfinder if they are displayed for a long time, but you can fix this by leaving the reaction to generate electrical energy.
  • Page 125: Updating The Driver In The Camera

    Updating the driver in the camera For the latest information on drivers, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. To update a driver, select PROPERTY on the thumbnail menu and then SYSTEMINFO to check the camera-recorder’’ s version, go to the site given above, and download the driver as necessary.
  • Page 126: System Resetting

    System resetting Reset the system microcomputer if you can no longer operate the camera-recorder even though RESET button its power is on or a similar kind of a problem has occurred. Use a pointed object to press the RESET button on BARS SHUTTER SPEED SEL...
  • Page 127: Video Heads

    Video Heads Dirty video heads cause partial mosaic-pattern •• Do not rewind the cleaning tape until it gets to the noise or make the whole display bluish on end of the tape. When the tape gets to the end, playback. rewind it to the beginning to use it again.
  • Page 128: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions Before storing the video camera, remove both the P2 cards cassette and battery. •• After ejecting a P2 card from the unit, be Store all of these items in a place with low humidity absolutely sure to attach its special cap to keep sand and dust away from the connector area.
  • Page 129: How To Handle Data Recorded On P2 Cards

    P2 Viewer software. Download it from the following website. (Compatible with the Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista operating systems.) When using regular IT tools such as Microsoft Windows Explorer or Apple Finder to transfer data to a PC, follow the instructions below.
  • Page 130: Checkpoints For Using Memory Cards

    •• MultiMediaCard We recommend using SD/SDHC memory cards and miniSD/miniSDHC cards that are made by Panasonic. For the latest information on the unit and on the memory cards which can be used by this unit, go to the P2 support page at the following web site:
  • Page 131: Recording Format

    Recording format Frame rate 1080i/50i 1080i/50i 1080i/25P over 50i 720P/50P 720P/50P 720P/25P over 50P DVCPRO HD 720P/50P 720P/25PN 720P/25PN P2 Card native recording Video format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 576i/50i 576i/50i 576i/25P over 50i Tape Frame rate 1080i/50i —— DVCPRO HD 720P/50P 720P/12P - 48P over 50P 720P/25PN 720P/12P - 48P native recording...
  • Page 132: Appendix

    Appendix Selecting the USER CLIP NAME When a P2 card with a memory capacity of 8 recording method GB or more is used in this unit and a one-time Press the MENU button and select META DATA continuous recording exceeds the prescribed PROPERTY USER CLIP NAME to select duration (approx.
  • Page 133: Specifications

    Specifications [GENERAL] Lens hood Large-sized lens hood with wide angle of view Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V Filter diameter 82 mm Power consumption 11.6 W (when the viewfinder is used) [VIDEO P2] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) 12.0 W (when the LCD monitor is used) Sampling frequency 14.0 W (max.) Y: 74.25 MHz, P...
  • Page 134 Specifications (continued) [AUDIO P2] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) [TAPE] Sampling frequency Recording format DV (Digital video SD format) 48 kHz Quantizing Tape format 16 bit/4 CH Mini DV system Frequency response Video signals recorded 20 Hz to 20 kHz 576i/50i (PAL) In progressive mode (25P), convert to 576i/50i Wow &...
  • Page 135 [AUDIO IN/OUT] [AC ADAPTER] XLR input Power Source: XLR (3 pins) x 2 (INPUT 1, INPUT 2), 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz 24 W LINE/MIC selectable, high impedance Power Output: LINE: 0 dBu MIC: -50 dBu/-60 dBu (selectable in menu) 7.9 V DC, 1.9 A (Video Camera) LINE IN/OUT (automatic input/output switching) 8.4 V DC, 1.2 A (Charge)
  • Page 136 If you wish to discard this product, please contact your local authorities or dealer and ask for the correct method of disposal. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Web Site: © 2008 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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