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Panasonic AG-HMC150P Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic AG-HMC150P Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic memory card camera-recorder operating instructions
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3 Year Warranty Repair Program. For
details, see page 5.
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S0808K1088 -M
Printed in Japan

Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    3 Year Warranty Repair Program. For details, see page 5. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. S0808K1088 -M Printed in Japan Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HMC150P Model No. ENGLISH VQT1V33...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first! CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER TO SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”...
  • Page 3: Declaration Of Conformity

    Model Number: AG-HMC150P Trade Name: PANASONIC Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Support contact: Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company 1-800-524-1448 This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1) Read these instructions. 2) Keep these instructions. 3) Heed all warnings. 4) Follow all instructions. 5) Do not use this apparatus near water. 6) Clean only with dry cloth. 7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  • Page 5: Recommendation For Use Of Genuine Panasonic Battery (Rechargeable Battery)

    Details about user registration and the extended warranty: Please note, this is a site that is not maintained by Panasonic Canada Inc. The Panasonic Canada Inc. privacy policy does not apply and is not applicable in relation to any information submitted. This link is provided to you for convenience.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents Read this first! ... 2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ... 4 Recommendation for Use of Genuine Panasonic Battery (Rechargeable Battery) ... 5 Outline of operations ... 8 Please read before use ... 9 SD Memory Cards compatible with this product ... 9 (SD speed class 4) ...
  • Page 7 Playback Basic playback operations ... 59 Thumbnail screen ... 60 Basic thumbnail screen operations ... 60 Adding shot marks to clips ... 62 Direct shooting functions ... 62 Playback settings (PLAY SETUP)... 63 Set playback format (PB FORMAT)... 63 Repeat playback (REPEAT PLAY) ... 63 Resume playback (RESUME PLAY) ...
  • Page 8: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This camera-recorder is compatible with the AVCHD standard, and uses low-cost and easily-available SD/SDHC Memory Cards as recording media. The unit enables high-quality picture recording of close to broadcasting standard, as well as highly creative video production. Television/Video device/Monitor Component video HDMI cable...
  • Page 9: Please Read Before Use

    It is recommended that you use SD Memory Cards or SDHC Memory Cards ∗ of SD speed class 2 or above, or the following Panasonic SD Memory Cards (correct as of August 2008). ∗ Speed class 4 or above is required for recording in PH mode or HA mode.
  • Page 10: (Sd Speed Class 4)

    Please read before use (continued) This product (SDHC-compatible device) is compatible both with SD Memory Cards and with SDHC Memory Cards. SDHC Memory Cards may be used with SDHC Memory Card-compatible devices, but cannot be used with devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (Always check the relevant product’s operating instructions when using SDHC Memory Cards with other devices.) SDHC-compatible device...
  • Page 11: Precaution For Use

    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 SD/SDHC Memory Cards.
  • Page 12: About This Manual

    Precaution for use (continued) About this manual Note concerning illustrations in these instructions • Illustrations (camera-recorder, menu screens, etc.) in these operating instructions differ slightly from the actual camera-recorder. References • References are shown as (Page 00). SD/SDHC Memory Cards •...
  • Page 13: Sdhc Memory Cards

    What is AVCHD? AVCHD is a standard for the recording and playback of highly detailed, high-definition video. Video is compressed in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 formats, and audio is recorded in Dolby Digital. Information regarding compatibility of SDHC Memory Cards and recorded video SDHC Memory Cards SDHC Memory Cards cannot be used with non-SDHC-compatible equipment.
  • Page 14: Accessories

    Accessories Battery ∗ Eye cup Component video cable Shoulder belt ∗ For part numbers for the battery, see “Optional accessories”. ∗ When using a USB connection cable (optional) or HDMI cable (optional), attach the ferrite cores at both ends of the cable. (Pages 72, 73) •...
  • Page 15: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side POWER 1 POWER switch (Page 22) 2 START/STOP button (Page 30) 3 REC CHECK button (Page 31) 4 Zoom button (Page 34) 5 HANDLE ZOOM switch (Page 34) 6 REC selector switch (Page 41) 7 Handle zoom button (Page 34) 8 Handle START/STOP button (Page 41) 9 Built-in stereo microphone (Page 48)
  • Page 16: Left Side

    Description of parts (continued) Left side 11 12 14 13 15 16 1 Focus ring (Page 36) 2 Zoom ring (Page 34) If you don’t need the zoom ring pin, fit it into the provided pin holder (next page don’t lose it. 3 FOCUS ASSIST button (Page 37) 4 USER buttons (Pages 43 and 88) 5 ZOOM switch (Page 34)
  • Page 17: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Terminals and mounting parts AUDIO OUT 1 Security lock hole The security cable can be attached here. For details on the connection, refer to the instructions supplied to the cable. The security lock and security cable are provided as anti-theft devices. Nevertheless, the manufacturer will assume no liability for any damage which may be sustained in the event of theft.
  • Page 18: Remote Control

    Description of parts (continued) Remote control To use the remote control, set the IR REMOTE item on the OTHER FUNCTIONS menu to ON. The default setting for this item is OFF. (Page 98) The following buttons are for functions that cannot be executed on this camera-recorder.
  • Page 19 Charging times are based on charging batteries from an empty state. ■ Remaining battery capacity displays When using Panasonic-manufactured batteries compatible with this product, the remaining battery capacity is displayed in minutes. 90min Time remaining will be displayed after a brief pause.
  • Page 20: Power Sources

    U.S.A. and Canada. Operation at a voltage other than 120 V AC may require the use of a different AC plug. Please contact either a local or foreign Panasonic authorized service center for assistance in selecting an alternate AC plug.
  • Page 21: 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 22: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Push the catch in the direction shown by arrow ① to remove the holder. Insert the battery with the “+” marked side facing up. Return the holder to its original position. • When the battery (CR2025) has run out, replace it with a new one.
  • Page 23: Standby Mode

    Standby mode This mode allows the time required between switching on the power and beginning recording to be reduced. ■ Setting Hold down the STAND BY button for at least two seconds while the power is on to activate the standby mode setting.
  • Page 24: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder This camera has two viewfinders; one is a miniature LCD in the viewfinder and the other is a retractable 3.5-inch LCD. Use the viewfinder that best suits the application and shooting conditions. • The brightness and hue may differ between the images appearing on the viewfinder and LCD monitor and those displayed on a TV monitor.
  • Page 25: Using The Lcd

    Using the LCD Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 22) Hold down the OPEN button and open the LCD monitor. • It can open out to 120°. Do not try to open it further as this will damage the camera. OPEN button Position the LCD monitor where it is easiest to see.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Viewfinder (continued) Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 22) Press the MENU button. • For menu operation (Page 82) • Operations may also be performed using buttons on the remote control that correspond to those on the camera. For details, see “Description of parts (Remote control)”.
  • Page 27: Changing Backlight Brightness

    Changing backlight brightness The brightness of the LCD monitor backlight can be adjusted between three different settings. Select LCD BL in the LCD item on the settings menu SW MODE screen. LCD BL can be assigned with the LCD button. Press the LCD button.
  • Page 28: Setting The Calendar

    Setting the calendar The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the 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 17:20 on December 25, 2008.
  • Page 29 When settings are complete, push the Operation lever, select YES on the confirmation screen, and push the Operation lever again. • The clock can vary in accuracy so check that the time is correct before shooting. • When using the camera overseas, do not set the CLOCK SET option to the local time, but instead enter the time difference from Greenwich mean time according to TIME...
  • Page 30: Shooting

    Basic shooting operations Preparing for recording Set the camera’s power switch to OFF. (Page 22) • Check that the mode lamp is off. Tilt the viewfinder upwards, and open the SD Memory Card slot cover by sliding it to the left. Fully insert an SD Memory Card into the card slot.
  • Page 31: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    • The images shot from when shooting starts until it is stopped are recorded as one clip. • When recording is paused after a short period, a small amount of time may be required after pressing the START/STOP button to stop recording before writing to the SD Memory Card is terminated.
  • Page 32: Formatting Sd Memory Cards

    Select NO if you do not wish to format the card. • Press the MENU button to close the menu display. SD Memory Card recording times Total available recording times (approx.) when using SD/SDHC Memory Cards manufactured by Panasonic PH ∗ SD Memory Card (Highest quality mode ∗...
  • Page 33: Removing Sd Memory Card

    • Clips with a total recording time of less than 10 seconds may not be able to be repaired. • Indexes attached during recording cannot be repaired. ∗ The AVCCAM Restorer can be downloaded from the following website.
  • Page 34: Using The Zoom Function

    Using the zoom function This camera has a 13 x optical zoom function. Zoom with the zoom button or the zoom ring. Zoom button Set the ZOOM switch to SERVO so that you can use the motor-driven zoom. Zoom in Zoom out Gently press the zoom button on the hand strap side to zoom slowly, firmly press to zoom faster.
  • Page 35: Shooting In Progressive Mode

    Shooting in progressive mode Selecting 1080/30P or 1080/24P in the REC FORMAT option (Page 91) of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in progressive mode. 30P mode: Shoot 30 frames a second in the progressive mode. For output and recording, the 30-frame-per- second signal is converted to 60-field-per-second interlace.
  • Page 36: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. Switching to manual mode Move the AUTO/MANUAL switch to the MANUAL position to select the manual mode. ( disappear from the viewfinder or the LCD monitor.) AUTO/MANUAL switch Manual focusing Focus ring...
  • Page 37: Using Focus Assist

    Using focus assist Pressing the FOCUS ASSIST button enlarges the center of the screen or displays a frequency distribution graph in the top right of the screen, enabling the focus to be aligned more easily, and therefore particularly useful when using manual focus.
  • Page 38: Adjusting The Gain

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the gain When the display is dark, increase the gain to brighten the display. GAIN switch Use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to set to manual mode. (Page 36) Switch the gain with the GAIN switch. Set here under normal conditions.
  • Page 39: White Balance Adjustments

    White balance adjustments Use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to set to manual mode. (Page 36) Set the shutter speed. (Page 46) Place a white pattern in a location with the same lighting conditions and light source as the subject, then zoom in and fill the whole screen with white.
  • Page 40: Black Balance Adjustments

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Black balance adjustments In order to reproduce the black accurately, adjust the zero level of all three RGB primary colors. If the black balance is not adjusted properly, not only will the black be reproduced poorly but the color tones of the entire screen will also be downgraded.
  • Page 41: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low angle recording Recording can be controlled with the handle START/STOP button during low angle recording by moving the REC selector switch to the ON position. • To prevent erroneous operation when not using the handle START/STOP button, set the REC selector switch to the OFF position.
  • Page 42: Marker

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Marker If you press the ZEBRA button while the zebra pattern is being displayed, a marker appears in the center of the display (if you have set the setup menu, DISPLAY SETUP, MARKER to ON). The brightness of the areas near the screen center can be checked as a percentage (0% to 99%).
  • Page 43: Optical Image Stabilizer

    Optical Image Stabilizer Use the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce the effects of camera shake when shooting by hand. Press the OIS button to turn the function on and off. appears on the viewfinder and the LCD monitor when this function is on. Turn the function off when using a tripod for more natural images.
  • Page 44: Wave Form Monitor Function

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Wave form monitor function An image wave form can be displayed on the LCD monitor by pressing the WFM button while in CAM mode. Press the button again to return to the normal display. •...
  • Page 45: Shot Mark Function

    Shot mark function The marks attached to the thumbnails of clips are called shot marks. On the thumbnail screen monitor you can select only those clips with a shot mark and display them or play them back. During recording, when you press the USER button to which the SHOT MARK function has been allocated, MARK ON appears in the LCD monitor or the viewfinder, and a shot mark is set...
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed SHUTTER button SPEED SELECT buttons BARS SHUTTER CH1 SELECT CH2 SELECT INT(L) INT(R) INPUT1 INPUT2 INPUT2 AUDIO COUNTER RESET/TC SET Press the SHUTTER button. Each time you press the SHUTTER button, the shutter speed switches between normal (OFF) and the speed you selected with the SPEED SELECT buttons.
  • Page 47: Synchro Scan

    Synchro scan Set the shutter speed of the synchro scan (used when shooting a television or computer monitor) in the setup menus, SCENE FILE screen, SYNCRO SCAN. (Page 86) • Adjust the shutter speed to match the frequency of the television or computer monitor to minimize the horizontal noise that appears when shooting such subjects.
  • Page 48: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input During shooting, you can record up to two channels of sound. You can also switch the input sound to be recorded on each of the channels to the built-in microphones, external microphones or audio equipment connected to camera. CH2 SELECT switch BARS SHUTTER...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Recording Level

    ALC option setting (Page 91) on the RECORDING SETUP screen of the setting menu. • Check the recording volume level prior to shooting. • The recording level of this camera is set approximately 8 dB higher than Panasonic broadcasting camera recorders (AJ series products).
  • Page 50: Using Scene Files

    Using scene files The settings according to the variety of shooting circumstances are stored in each position of SCENE FILE dial. When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary file instantly using SCENE FILE dial. SCENE FILE dial When the camera-recorder is shipped from the factory, the following files are stored.
  • Page 51 Set a 6-character filename with the Operation lever when the following screen is displayed. Set the same as user information. (Page 58) • Characters that can be set Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ ] ^_-./ If the RESET/TC SET button is pressed when the filename has been set, the characters are cleared.
  • Page 52: 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 settings as files on an SD Memory Card, and you can also load them from the card. • In the case of the scene files, the current settings are automatically saved in the unit, and the saved data is written on an SD Memory Card.
  • Page 53: Clip Metadata

    Clip metadata You can add the video and audio systems, name of the videographer, shooting location, text memos and other information to the video data you have recorded on the SD Memory Card. This data is called the clip metadata. (Display method: Page 68) There are two kinds of clip metadata: the data that is recorded automatically during shooting, and the...
  • Page 54: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Clip metadata (continued) Uploading the metadata (META DATA) You can perform any of the following operations. If necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking the operations. Loading the metadata • Insert the SD Memory Card on which the metadata is recorded into the unit. (For details on contents of the metadata, see the previous page.) Selecting whether to record the metadata on...
  • Page 55: Using The Counter

    ∗ The COUNT value is indicated as a four-digit number. The COUNT value is incremented each time a new clip is captured if clip metadata has been read in and TYPE2 has been selected as the recording method. The COUNT value can be reset using the following procedure.
  • Page 56: Charging The Built-In Battery/Setting The Time Code

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time code Recharging the built-in battery The camera’s internal battery saves the date and time. When LOW INTERNAL BATTERY (indicating that the internal battery has no remaining charge) is displayed even when the date and time are set, it means that the charge of the internal battery is depleted.
  • Page 57 When the screen below appears, set the time code value. Tilt the Operation lever in the and select time code value. Tilt in the direction to move to the next digit, and tilt in the directions again to select value. You can reset the time code to zero by pressing RESET/TC SET button.
  • Page 58: Setting User Information

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time code (continued) Setting user information Setting user information allows you to store 8-digit information in the hexadecimal format. User information is automatically saved in the memory and retained after you turn off the power. Set the POWER switch to ON.
  • Page 59: Basic Playback Operations

    Basic playback operations POWER Lock release button For details on playing back clips using thumbnails, see page 63. Operations using the Operation lever Play ( Press to play the clip currently indicated by the cursor. Fast forward ( Press during playback to scroll quickly through the clip. (Approximately 5 times the speed ∗...
  • Page 60: Thumbnail Screen

    Thumbnail screen Video data created in one shooting session is called a clip. When the PB mode has been established, the clips will be displayed on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder as thumbnails. (When there is a large number of clips, it will take some time for them to be displayed on the screen.) You can perform the following operations using the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 61 1 Thumbnail display status (Page 65) The types of clips displayed as thumbnails appear in this area. 2 Repeat playback indicator (Page 63) Displayed during repeat playback. 3 Card status display Displays status of SD Memory Card. 4 Battery remaining display (Page 19) Displays remaining battery capacity.
  • Page 62: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    To release a shot mark, repeat the above steps. • It is not possible to add shot marks to clips recorded using a consumer camcorder model. Direct shooting functions If you press the START/STOP button in PB mode, the CAM mode will be automatically activated, and...
  • Page 63: Playback Settings (Play Setup)

    Playback settings (PLAY SETUP) Make settings for playback format and method. Set playback format (PB FORMAT) Set format for playback. Press the MENU button. Menu operation (Page 82) Select the PB FORMAT item in the PLAY SETUP screen, and push the Operation lever (or tilt in the direction).
  • Page 64: Resume Playback (Resume Play)

    Playback settings (PLAY SETUP) (continued) Resume playback (RESUME PLAY) Use this setting to play back from where clip had previously been paused. Press the MENU button. Menu operation (Page 82) Set the RESUME PLAY item in the PLAY SETUP screen to ON. Press the MENU button to return to the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 65: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL SETUP) You can display the kind of clips you want to see as thumbnails. You can also set more precisely how you want the thumbnails to appear on the screen. Press the MENU button. Menu operation (Page 82) Select the THUMBNAIL SETUP screen, and push the Operation lever (or tilt in the...
  • Page 66: Deleting And Protecting Clips (Operation)

    3) Select YES on the confirmation Return to the previous screen. • It is not possible to add indexes to clips recorded using a consumer camcorder model. • It is not possible to adjust the volume during index playback. Operation lever at the point for an index to be added.
  • Page 67: Format Card And Check Clip And Card Information (Card Functions)

    CLIP PROTECT: YES: Protect selected clips. mark will be displayed.) • Cancel protection when the protected clip is selected. mark will disappear.) Executing a format of the memory card (see below) will delete all clips even if they are protected. Return to the previous screen.
  • Page 68 Thumbnail operations (continued) SD Memory Card information screen REMAIN : Displays remaining SD Memory Card capacity. SD STANDARD : Displays whether or not SD Memory Card has been formatted in SD or SDHC standard (SUPPORTED/NOT SUPPORTED). PROTECT : Displays whether or not SD Memory Card has been write-protected.
  • Page 69: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Fast forward/rewind Tilt the Operation lever in the (fast forward) direction during playback (or press the SEARCH buttons on the remote control). Clip will play forwards/backwards at approximately 5 times ∗ normal speed. ∗ Scroll will be approximately 6 times normal speed when the PB FORMAT is set to 720/24P.
  • Page 70: Frame-By-Frame Playback

    Useful playback functions (continued) Frame-by-frame playback Tilt the Operation lever in the during playback to pause the clip (or press the PAUSE button on the remote control). Press the AUDIO MON/ADV buttons (or press the STILL ADV buttons on the remote control).
  • Page 71: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones (optional) are connected. External microphone Microphone (optional) AG-MC200G • When attaching an external microphone to the microphone shoe, use the supplied microphone holder and microphone holder adapter. •...
  • Page 72: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    Connecting external units (continued) Computer (non-linear editing/file transfer) USB connection cable Computer (optional) • For details on the computer’s conditions and other factors, see page 75. • When connecting the camera with a PC using a USB connection cable, attach the two ferrite cores (included) to the USB connection cable, one at a position about 5 cm from the PC terminal and the other at a position about 5 cm from the camera terminal.
  • Page 73: Tv/Monitor

    TV/Monitor Only the output signals from the camera are shown. Ferrite core (included) HDMI cable (optional) COMPONENT Component video cable (included) Audio cable (optional) White: CH1 (left channel) sound Red: CH2 (right channel) sound ■ When outputting video and audio signals from the camera to an external device, connect to the input terminals of the external device.
  • Page 74 Connecting external units (continued) ■ Table of HDMI output and COMPONENT OUT and VIDEO OUT simultaneous output signals HDMI cable connection Cable connected, signals output to the monitor Cable not connected ∗ When connected with component video cables ∗ When not connected with component video cables •...
  • Page 75: Nonlinear Editing (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing (PC mode) Non-linear editing of video data on SD Memory Cards can be performed by connecting the camera via the USB connection cable to a computer for editing. (As for connection, refer to page 72) Use a sufficiently charged battery or the AC adapter.
  • Page 76: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays TC 12 : 34 : 56 . 00 112 min D10X PH 1080 EXPANDED 83 % 1 Time code display Each time you press the COUNTER button, the display switches over to the following data (or no indication).
  • Page 77 7 Information display Following information is displayed depending on the situation. • Performance of the auto white balance or the auto black balance • Warning (Page 79) • The ND filter recommended under the prevailing shooting conditions is displayed. • The AWB error message (LOW LIGHT / LEVEL OVER) is displayed.
  • Page 78 Displayed when Optical Image Stabilizer is ON. 26 Scene filename display (Page 50) 27 Remaining battery capacity display When using Panasonic-manufactured batteries compatible with this product, the remaining battery capacity is displayed in minutes. Time remaining will be displayed after a brief pause.
  • Page 79: Main Warning Displays

    Main warning displays ■ CANNOT BE USED DUE TO INCOMPATIBLE DATA. No use is possible because the standard for the data is different. CANNOT DELETE. Clip cannot be deleted. CANNOT PLAY. No playback is possible. CANNOT RECORD PH MODE AND HA MODE INTO THIS CARD.
  • Page 80: Error Displays

    Screen displays (continued) ■ THE CLIP IS PROTECTED. PLEASE CANCEL PROTECTION. The clip is protected. Please cancel the protection. THE RECORDING IS STOPPED (OVER THE LIMITATION) Recording will stop. (Continuous recording for 12 hours) THE TC MODE IS CHANGED TO "NDF" NDF is selected as the TC MODE setting.
  • Page 81: Setting The Display Items

    Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfinder and LCD monitor by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by configuring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 94) Displays Time code display Media information display Media capacity display AUTO/MANUAL switch operation...
  • Page 82: Using The Setup Menus

    Using the setup menus Use the setup menus to change the settings to suit the scenes you are shooting or what you are recording. MENU button Operation lever Using the menus • The menu items indicated in the gray characters cannot be changed its settings. When the unit is in other than playback or recording mode, press the MENU button.
  • Page 83: Initializing The Menu Settings

    2 - 5 Repeat steps to change any other settings. Press the MENU button to complete settings and return to the normal screen. Initializing the menu settings The menu settings contain both the user file settings and the scene file settings. You can initialize them separately.
  • Page 84: Setup Menu Structure

    Setup menu structure Camera mode menu CAM MENU SCENE FILE (Page 86) SW MODE (Page 88) AUTO SW (Page 90) RECORDING SETUP (Page 91) TC/UB SETUP (Page 92) AV OUT SETUP (Page 93) DISPLAY SETUP (Page 94) CARD FUNCTIONS (Page 96) USER FILE (Page 96) META DATA...
  • Page 85: Playback Mode Menu

  • Page 86: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item mode CARD READ/ (Camera) WRITE LOAD/SAVE/ (Camera) INIT SYNCRO (Camera) SCAN DETAIL LEVEL (Camera) V DETAIL (Camera) LEVEL DETAIL (Camera) CORING CHROMA (Camera) LEVEL CHROMA (Camera) PHASE COLOR TEMP (Camera) COLOR TEMP (Camera) MASTER PED (Camera)
  • Page 87 SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode (Camera) Selects the DRS (dynamic range stretcher) function. It enables the dynamic range to be expanded by compressing the level of the video signals in the high-brightness areas where overexposure results during normal shooting. OFF, 1, 2, 3 •...
  • Page 88: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Display Item mode MID GAIN (Camera) HIGH GAIN (Camera) (Camera) HANDLE (Camera) ZOOM IRIS DIAL (Camera) USER1 (Camera) (PB) USER2 (Camera) (PB) Description of settings Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch.
  • Page 89 SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item mode USER3 (Camera) Assigns a function to the USER3 button. (PB) The setting contents are the same as USER1. INDEX FOCUS (Camera) Assigns a function to the FOCUS ASSIST button. ASSIST EXPANDED: The central part of the screen will be enlarged by a factor of about GRAPH: Displays a frequency distribution graph at the top right in the viewfinder BOTH: Magnifies the center portion of the image and displays a frequency (Camera)
  • Page 90: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AUTO SW screen Display Item mode A.IRIS (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) Description of settings 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 91: Recording Setup Screen

    RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item mode REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format. PH 1080/60i PH 1080/30P PH 1080/24P PH 720/60P PH 720/30P PH 720/24P HA 1080/60i HG 1080/60i HE 1080/60i • PH 1080/24P and PH 720/24P represent native recording. PREREC (Camera) Sets PRE RECORDING to ON or OFF.
  • Page 92: Tc/Ub Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) TC/UB SETUP screen Display Item mode TC MODE (Camera) (Camera) TC PRESET (Camera) UB PRESET (Camera) EXT TC LINK (Camera) Description of settings Selects the correction mode of the internal time code generator when the time code of the internal time code generator is recorded.
  • Page 93: Av Out Setup Screen

    AV OUT SETUP screen Display Item mode HDMI OUT SEL (Camera) Sets the output video format of the HDMI OUT terminal. (PB) AUTO: Automatically determines the output resolution based on information of FIX: 480P: • Simultaneous HDMI and component output is possible only in FIX mode. •...
  • Page 94: Display Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item mode ZEBRA (Camera) DETECT1 ZEBRA (Camera) DETECT2 MARKER (Camera) SAFETY ZONE (Camera) REC COUNTER (Camera) VIDEO OUT (Camera) (PB) DATE/TIME (Camera) (PB) LEVEL METER (Camera) (PB) ZOOM & (Camera) FOCUS CARD & (Camera) BATTERY (PB)
  • Page 95 DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode SELF SHOOT (Camera) Selects the LCD mirror mode for self-portrait shooting. Selecting MIRROR displays the left and right side of the LCD monitor image inverted during self- portrait shooting. (Page 41) NORMAL, MIRROR EVF COLOR (Camera) Switches viewfinder images to color or black and white.
  • Page 96: Card Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode CARD (Camera) FORMAT (PB) CARD STATUS (Camera) (PB) CLIP (PB) PROPERTY USER FILE screen Display Item mode CARD READ/ (Camera) WRITE (PB) LOAD/SAVE/ (Camera) INIT (PB) META DATA screen Display Item mode CARD READ...
  • Page 97: Play Setup Screen

    META DATA screen (continued) Display Item mode META INITIAL (Camera) Initializes the metadata which has been recorded in the unit. All the settings including the ON or OFF setting for RECORD are now cleared. YES NO PLAY SETUP screen Display Item mode PB FORMAT...
  • Page 98: Operation Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) OPERATION screen Display Item mode DELETE (PB) INDEX (PB) CLIP PROTECT (PB) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode IR REMOTE (Camera) (PB) REC LAMP (Camera) BEEP SOUND (Camera) CLOCK SET (Camera) (PB) Description of settings Deletes clips. ALL CLIPS: Deletes all clips.
  • Page 99 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in 30-minute (PB) steps. (Refer to the table below.) +00:00 Time difference + 00:00 – 01:00 – 02:00 –...
  • Page 100: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. Power shuts off for no apparent reason. Power goes off as soon as it is turned on. Battery The battery runs down quickly. The battery cannot be charged. The remaining battery capacity is not displayed correctly.
  • Page 101 Recording Cannot record even • Is the write-protect switch on the SD Memory Card in the “LOCK” through the SD Memory position? The card cannot be recorded to if the switch is in the Card is inserted correctly. “LOCK” position. •...
  • Page 102 Before calling for service (continued) PC connection Computer does not recognize camera when USB connection cable is connected. An error message appears on the computer when the USB connection cable is disconnected. Other The remote control does not work. There is a rattling sound when the camera-recorder is tilted back and forth.
  • Page 103 The changeover between clips may not always be smooth when playing back multiple clips in succession. Video may momentarily pause when playing back multiple clips in succession in circumstances such as those detailed below. ■ Mixture of different recording formats Recording mode = PH mode Playback format = 1080/60i(30P) Recording format...
  • Page 104: Operating Precautions

    Operating precautions Do not allow any water to get into the camera- recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at the beach. • Failure to heed this caution will cause the camera-recorder or a card to malfunction (and may result in irreparable damage).
  • Page 105 What to remember when throwing memory cards away or transferring them to others Formatting memory cards or deleting data using the functions of the unit or a computer will merely change the file management information: it will not completely erase the data on the cards. When throwing these cards away or transferring them to others, either physically destroy them or use a data deletion program for computers (commercially...
  • Page 106: Updating The Driver In The Camera

    Updating the driver in the camera For the latest information or the updating procedure on drivers, visit the Support Desk at the following Web sites. Cleaning When cleaning, do not use benzene or thinner. • Using benzine or paint thinners may deform the camera-recorder and/or cause the surface finish to peel off.
  • Page 107: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions Before storing the camera-recorder, remove both the SD Memory Card and battery. Store all of these items in a place with low humidity and relatively constant temperature. [Recommended temperature range: 15°C to 25°C (59 °F to 77 °F )] [Recommended relative humidity: 40% to 60%] Camera-recorder •...
  • Page 108: Recording Format

    Recording format Recording mode 1080/60i 720/60P 1080/60i 1080/60i 1080/60i Frame rate 1080/30P 1080/60i (over 60i) 720/30P 720/60P (over 60P) 1080/60i – 1080/60i – 1080/60i – 1080/24P (Native recording) 720/24P (Native recording) – – –...
  • Page 109: How To Handle Data Recorded On Sd Memory Card

    AVCCAM Viewer specialist software, which can be downloaded from the following website. (Compatible OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista) ■ Concerning the handling of the camera’s metadata A special manufacturer area in the control file area under the AVCHD standard is employed for the metadata which is supported by this camera.
  • Page 110: Specifications

    Specifications [General] Supply voltage: DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)/ 7.3 V (when the AC adapter is used) Power consumption: Recording: 9.8 W indicates safety information. Ambient operating temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Ambient operating humidity 10% to 80% (no condensation) Weight...
  • Page 111 [Video System] Video signals 1080/60i, 720/60p Video output HDMI output HDMI × 1 1080/60i, 720/60p, 480/60p (Not compatible with VIERA Link) Analog component output Mini D terminal × 1 Y: 1.0 V [p-p], 75 Ω : 0.7 V [p-p], 75 Ω Composite output Pin jack ×...
  • Page 112 Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company Unit Company of Panasonic Corporation of North America Executive Office: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Tel: 201-348-7000 Eastern Zone: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Tel: 201-348-7196 Southeast Region: Tel: 201-392-6151 Western Zone: 3330 Cahuenga Blvd W., Los Angeles, CA 90068 Tel: 323-436-3608...

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