Panasonic AG-HPX170P Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic AG-HPX170P Operating Instructions Manual

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F0808T0 -P
Printed in Japan

Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    5 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. F0808T0 -P Printed in Japan Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HPX170P Model No. ENGLISH VQT1U92...
  • 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-HPX170P 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

    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 5: Software Information For This Product

    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! ...  IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...  Recommendation for Use of Genuine Panasonic Battery Pack (Rechargeable Battery) ...  Software information for this product ...  Before use Outline of operations ... 8 Precaution for use ... 9 Accessories ...
  • Page 7 Synchro scan ... 50 Switching Audio Input ... 1 Using the built-in microphone ... 51 Using another microphone and audio equipment ... 51 Adjusting the recording level ... 52 Using scene files ...  Changing scene file settings ... 53 Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards ...
  • Page 8: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This unit is compatible with P2 (Professional Plug-in) cards. 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. Video equipment/ Monitor...
  • Page 9: Precaution For Use

    (Page 24) 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. Respect copyrights •...
  • Page 10: Accessories

    Accessories Battery *1 Eye cup Shoulder belt CD-ROM *1 For part numbers for the battery, see “Optional units”. (see below) *2 When using a 1394 cable (sold separately) or a USB cable (sold separately), attach ferrite cores to the both ends of the cable. (Page 77) Optional units •...
  • Page 11: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side POWER POWER switch (Page 19) START/STOP button (Page 25) REC CHECK button (Page 25) Zoom button (Page 30) HANDLE ZOOM switch (Page 30) Recording enable/disable switch (Page 40) Handle zoom button (Page 30) Handle START/STOP button (Page 25) Built-in stereo microphone (Page 51) 10 Tally lamp (Front) (Page 19)
  • Page 12: Left Side

    Description of parts (continued) Left side Focus ring (Page 35) Zoom ring (Page 30) If you don’t need the zoom ring pin, fit it into the provided zoom ring pin hole (14 on page 11) so that you don’t loose it. FOCUS ASSIST button (Page 36) USER button (Page 42) ZOOM switch (Page 30)
  • Page 13: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    For details on how to attach the cable, see the Operating Instructions supplied with the cable. The security lock and security cable are designed to prevent theft, but Panasonic will not accept any liability for damages resulting from theft. 14 INPUT 1/2 terminal (XLR, 3 pin) (Page 76)
  • Page 14: Remote Control

    Description of parts (continued) Remote control The following buttons are for functions that cannot be executed on the camera-recorder. • PHOTO SHOT • TITLE • MULTI/P-IN-P • SELECT • STORE • OFF/ON • PB.ZOOM • INDEX DATE/ PHOTO TIME SHOT COUNTER RESET TITLE MULTI/...
  • Page 15: The Battery

    The battery Charging Before using the battery, fully charge it with the AC adapter. Keep a spare battery with you. Align the battery with the the AC adapter, place it flat, and slide it in the direction shown below. • You cannot charge the battery if the DC cord is connected to the DC OUT connector, so disconnect it first.
  • Page 16: Installing And Removing The Power Supply

    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 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. 0 mm or more Detaching and attaching the lens hood Detaching the lens hood...
  • Page 18: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Push the catch in the direction shown by arrow A 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 19: Turn On/Off The Camera

    Turn on/off the camera While pressing the lock release, turn the POWER switch. Turn on the camera: The mode lamp (CAM) lights red (CAM mode) and the camera is now in the shooting standby mode. Turn off the camera: The mode lamp (CAM) goes out. •...
  • Page 20: 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 21: Using The Lcd

    Using the LCD Set the POWER switch to ON. Hold down the OPEN button to open the LCD monitor. • It can open out to 120 degrees. 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 22: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Viewfinder (continued) Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) Press the MENU button. • For menu operation (Page 94) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control. (Page 14) Viewfinder adjustments Select YES under EVF SET on the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Backlight

    Adjusting the backlight The steps below show how to set the brightness of the LCD monitor to one of three possible levels. Select LCD BL under LCD on the setting menu SW MODE screen. This assigns LCD BL to the LCD button. Press the LCD button.
  • Page 24: 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 5:20 PM on December 25, 2008.
  • Page 25: Basic Shooting Operations

    Basic shooting operations Preparing to shoot Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 19) Lift up the viewfinder, press the side of the card slot cover (A), and slide the cover (B) to open it. Insert the P card securely in the card slot. Push the P2 card eject button to the direction of the arrow, and close the card slot cover.
  • Page 26: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    Basic shooting operations (continued) Checking photos taken (REC CHECK) In the shooting pause mode, press the REC CHECK button. This plays back about 2 seconds of the video and audio of the most recently recorded clip before returning to pause mode. •...
  • Page 27: Recording Times

    (Page 118) • For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. On the menu, select OPERATION and then FORMAT. (Page 8) • A screen such as the one shown below appears.
  • Page 28: Remove The P2 Card

    Basic shooting operations (continued) Remove the P card Lift up the viewfinder, press the side of the card slot cover (A), and slide the cover (B) to open it. Check that the P card access lamp is not blinking orange. Raise the P2 card eject button and press it.
  • Page 29: 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-HPX170P should conform to SD or SDHC standards. Be sure to format cards using the AG-HPX170P. SD memory cards with the following capacity can be used for the AG-HPX170P.
  • Page 30: 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 grip to zoom slowly, firmly press to zoom faster.
  • Page 31: Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    2 times and 2.5 times as long compared with recording in the 24P, 30P or 60P mode (standard recording). As with Panasonic’s Varicam model (AJ-HDC27 series), this unit also provides a recording format that allows frame rate conversion using nonlinear editing. (Either the 30P or 24P mode must be set for this.) PN mode: The camera-recorder shoots in the 24 fps native mode.
  • Page 32: Native Recording

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) Native recording Using the REC FORMAT function (Page 10) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, select 720P/30PN or 720P/24PN as the recording format. Select the appropriate scene file using the SCENE FILE dial. If necessary, before doing this, perform the camera settings from the setting menu, and register the scene file.
  • Page 33: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Using variable frame rates (VFR) Standard speed shooting for movie production When making movies to show on a screen, a frame rate of 24 fps (frames per second), which is the same as for films, is the norm (1x speed). If you use the settings below, the same kind of playback as with screenings can be obtained.
  • Page 34: Shooting In 1080I/480I Progressive Mode

    Shooting in 1080i/480i progressive mode Selecting 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, 480i/30P, 480i/24P or 480i/24PA in the REC FORMAT option (Page 104) of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in progressive mode. 0P mode: Shoot 30 frames a second in the progressive mode.
  • Page 35: Manual Focusing

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. Switching to manual mode Slide the AUTO/MANUAL switch to MANUAL to switch to the manual mode. ( on the viewfinder and LCD go out).
  • Page 36: Using Focus Assist

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Using focus assist Pressing the FOCUS ASSIST button magnifies the center portion of the image or brings up a frequency distribution graph at the top right of the image to assist during manual focusing. You can use the FOCUS ASSIST setting on the SW MODE screen to change the viewfinder and LCD monitor displays that appear when the FOCUS ASSIST button is pressed.
  • Page 37: Adjusting The Gain

    Adjusting the gain When the display is dark, increase the gain to brighten the display. GAIN switch If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode. (Page ) Switch the gain with the GAIN switch. L: Set here under normal conditions.
  • Page 38: Adjusting The White Balance

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the white balance In order to reproduce the white accurately, adjust the ratio between the three RGB primary colors. If the white balance is not adjusted properly, not only will the white be reproduced poorly but the color tones of the entire screen will also be downgraded.
  • Page 39: Black Balance Adjustments

    Using presets Use this feature when you have no time to make white balance adjustments. If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode ( on the viewfinder and LCD goes out). Set the WHITE BAL switch to PRST. The current white balance value appears.
  • Page 40: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting Set the Recording enable/disable switch to ON and use the START/STOP button on the handle to make it easier to shoot from low angles. • Set the Recording enable/disable switch to OFF to prevent inadvertent use of the START/STOP button on the handle when this function is not needed.
  • Page 41: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Checking and displaying shooting status DISP/MODE CHK button When you hold down the DISP/MODE CHK button during recording standby or recording, all the information including the setting status of the shooting functions and a list of functions allocated to the USER buttons, will be displayed. When you release the button, the normal display will be restored.
  • Page 42: Optical Image Stabilizer

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) 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 screen when this function is on. Turn the function off when using a tripod for more natural images.
  • Page 43: Waveform Monitor Function

    After backup recording, check the menu item settings before you operate the camera- recorder. • If you use another AG-HPX170P as the external unit for backup recording, select “OFF” for 1394 CONTROL on the external unit and set it to MCR mode.
  • Page 44: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) -slot continuous recording If you insert two P2 cards into the two card slots, this function allows you to record continuously on the two cards. You can also record continuously on three or more cards by replacing one card while data is being recorded on the other.
  • Page 45: Last Clip Delete Function

    LAST CLIP DELETE function Assign LAST CLIP to any of the USER 1 – 3 buttons to enable a convenient way to delete the last recorded clip. Pressing the USER button to which LAST CLIP was assigned displays a YES/NO confirmation dialog on the screen.
  • Page 46: Using The Special Recording Functions

    Using the special recording functions Making the settings in the RECORDING SETUP screen (Page 104) enables special recording functions such as Pre-recording, Interval Recording, One Shot Recording, and Loop Recording. These special recording functions can be used only when the settings below are established. •...
  • Page 47: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    • Operation is not possible even if only one of the inserted cards is DIR ENTRY NG CARD. (Page 91) • After interval recording has started, a recordable P2 card cannot be used even if it is inserted into an empty slot. •...
  • Page 48 Using the special recording functions (continued) • This function does not work during 1394 input recording. • The pre-recording function does not work. • Operation is not possible even if only one of the inserted cards is DIR ENTRY NG CARD. (Page 91) •...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed SHUTTER button SPEED SELECT button BARS SHUTTER SPEES SELECT CH1 SELECT CH2 SELECT INPUT1 INPUT2 INT(L) INT(R) INPUT1 INPUT2 INPUT2 MIC POWER+48V AUDIO COUNTER RESET/TC SET ZEBRA EVF DTL 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 button.
  • Page 50: Synchro Scan

    Adjusting the shutter speed (continued) With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance changes in synchronization with the power line frequency. When this frequency is 50 Hz, mutual interference will occur between the camerarecorder’s vertical sync frequency (approx. 60 Hz) and the lighting frequency (50 Hz).
  • Page 51: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input During shooting, you can record up to four 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. (See table below) CH1* CH2**...
  • Page 52: Adjusting The Recording Level

    (they will appear in black text) when INT MIC on the AV IN/OUT SETUP screen is set to OFF. INT MIC ON Check the recording level prior to shooting. • The recording level is set higher than for Panasonic’s broadcast-use camera recorders (AJ series). 0 dB INT MIC OFF...
  • Page 53: 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 • During recording, the OPERATION TYPE and FRAME RATE (Page 98) settings remain unchanged even when the scene file is changed.
  • Page 54 Using scene files (continued) When the screen shown below appears, use the Operation lever to enter a - character file name. Set the same as user information. (Page 61) • Characters that can be set Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^_-./ When the filename has been set, you can erase all characters using the RESET button on the camera or the remote control.
  • Page 55: 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. • The data in all the scene files, F1 to F6, is rewritten.
  • Page 56 Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards (continued) Press the MENU button four times to cancel the menu mode. To load a file 1) Perform steps 1 to 3, select READ in step 4 and push the Operation lever . When reading is completed, READ OK appears.
  • Page 57: Clip Metadata

    You will need the latest updated version of P2 Viewer. Download it from the URL address given below, and install it in the computer. What the clip metadata consists of You can set the items underlined below by loading the metadata upload file on the SD memory card.
  • Page 58: Using The Counter

    Using the Counter Counter display You can display a counter that indicates how much time has elapsed during shooting or playback. Press the COUNTER button. Each time you press the button, the display changes as follows. (Page 87) 0 : 00. 00 (CAM mode only) Counter value CLIP 0 : 00.00 (When CLIP is selected for the REC...
  • 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 The camera’s internal battery saves the date and time. “ ” appears on the screen of the viewfinder or LCD when the internal battery is running low on charge. Do the following to recharge it.
  • Page 60 Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data (continued) Push the Operation lever in the q direction to move to the next digit, then push it in the e or r direction to select a value. TC PRESET MONTH h 0 0 m 0 0 s 0 0 f +/–...
  • Page 61: Setting User Information

    Setting user information Setting user information allows you to store 8-digit memo (information such as the date and time) in the hexagonal format on the sub code track area. User information is automatically saved in the memory and retained after you turn off the power. Set the POWER switch to ON.
  • Page 62 Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data (continued) Push the Operation lever in the e direction to move to YES and press it again. UB PRESET PRESET OK? YES –––  PUSH STILL Press MENU twice to exit the menus. MENU...
  • Page 63 Basic playback operations POWER Lock release For details on playing back clips using thumbnails, see page . Operations using the Operation lever Play ( q ) Use this button in stop mode to start playback from the beginning of the selected clip. During playback, the unit enters the variable speed search mode and starts 1x playback.
  • Page 64: Basic Playback Operations

    Thumbnail screen Video data created on the P2 card in one shooting session is called a clip. When the MCR mode has been established, the clips will be displayed on the LCD screen 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 65 Slot number display The number of the slot with the P2 card containing the clip indicated by the yellow frame is shown here. (The number appears in yellow.) If a clip extends over the P2 cards in two slots, both numbers will appear in yellow. •...
  • Page 66: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    Adding shot marks to clips Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to find the clips you are looking for. Push the Operation lever in the w or q direction to move the yellow frame to the clip to which you will add a shot mark. Press the USER button to which the shot mark function has been allocated.
  • Page 67: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL) 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. On the thumbnail screen, press the MENU button.
  • Page 68: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    Thumbnail operations (continued) DATE FORMAT: Select year/month/day (YMD), month/day/ year (MDY) or day/month/year (DMY) as the order for displaying the recording date/time. This format will be the same for the recording date displayed by the clip properties and the recording date displayed by DATA DISPLAY. THUMBNAIL SIZE: Select LARGE (3x2) or NORMAL (4x3) for full-screen displays of thumbnails.
  • Page 69: Checking The Clip Or Card Information (Property)

    P2 viewer from the web site given below, installing it in your computer, and copying the clips again. Checking the clip or card information (PROPERTY) You can perform any of the following operations. If necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking the operations.
  • Page 70 Thumbnail operations (continued) SYSTEM INFO: The version of the system in this camera is displayed. EXIT: Select this to return to the last screen. • Pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button in a thumbnail screen displays the CLIP PROPERTY screen. Press the button again to return to the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 71: Editing The Recorded Clip Metadata

    P2 card remaining memory/total memory The P2 card’s remaining memory and total memory are displayed here in 1-minute increments. Fractions of a minute are rounded off, meaning the display may not match the slot total. Card warning mark This mark is displayed when one of the following warnings applies to a P2 card.
  • Page 72: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Thumbnail operations (continued) • When deleting items of LOCATION (shooting location) in SHOOT, items cannot be deleted independently. Make ALTITUDE blank, and the other items (LONGITUDE/LATITUDE) are also deleted. • Metadata of a clip with the incomplete clip indicator cannot be edited. To edit metadata of a clip recorded in multiple P2 cards, insert all the P2 cards containing video data of the clip before starting editing.
  • Page 73 PROPERTY: Select this to display the metadata which has been recorded in the unit. Push the Operation lever in the e or r direction, select PROPERTY and push the Operation lever to view the desired data. The Operation lever also allows you to change the data.
  • Page 74: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Variable speed search This function enables you to change the playback speed and search for specific scenes. Press the Operation lever in the q (playback) direction during playback. On the remote control, press the VAR. SEARCH button. Camera [1x] appears on the screen and the media is played back at the normal speed.
  • Page 75: Clip Skip

    Clip skip Press h (pause) during playback to set the unit to the pause mode. Push the Operation lever in the t (rewind) or y (fast-forward) direction. P-IN-P /REW STILL ADV PAUSE STILL ADV INDEX Camera Remote control Adjusting the volume MENU THUMBNAIL PUSH-SET...
  • Page 76: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones are connected. External microphone Microphone (optional) AG-MC00G • When attaching an external microphone to the microphone shoe, use the supplied microphone holder and microphone holder adapter. •...
  • Page 77: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    Computer (non-linear editing/file transfer) When connecting a 19 cable  • Attach the provided two ferrite cores (length: 30 mm) to the both ends of the cable. After passing the cable as shown in the figure on the right, close the ferrite cores until they click into place and lock.
  • Page 78: Hard Disk Drive (Data Copying)

    When the P2 card access lamp flashes orange 1. Select [Applications] " [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.
  • Page 79: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    Digital video equipment (Dubbing) This camera Ferrite core (included) 1394 -pin 19 cable (optional) You can connect a digital video unit equipped with a 19 connector and digitally transfer video  and audio signals as well as time code. • Before proceeding to connect or disconnect 1394 cable, be absolutely sure to turn off the power of the units.
  • Page 80: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) Video deck (Dubbing) BNC cable (optional) COMPONENT Component video cable (included) AUTO REC function When recording is started or stopped on this camera, recording start/stop information can be output through the SDI (HD) connector to control external device. * The external device should support this function.
  • Page 81: Nonlinear Editing With P Card (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing with P card (PC mode) You can edit the video data on P2 cards nonlinearly by connecting the unit to a computer used for editing by means of a USB cable (Windows) or 1394 cable (Apple Macintosh).* (Connections : Page 77) *1 When the unit is connected to a computer with a 1394 cable, you can only read data from P2...
  • Page 82 Nonlinear editing with P card (PC mode) (continued) Proceed with nonlinear editing using your computer. An icon for the P2 card contents appears as a removable disk in My Computer of your computer. • For further details, refer to the instructions for your computer’s editing software.
  • Page 83: Copying From P Cards To The Hard Disk Drive (19 Host Mode)

    Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive (19 HOST mode) • Use an HDD (hard disk drive) that has sufficient capacity to permit copying. • Before copying the data, format the hard disk drive so that it can be used by the unit. Bear in mind that this process will delete all the data on the drive.
  • Page 84 Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive (19 HOST mode) (continued) To check the HDD status The color of indicates the HDD status, as below. White: HDD is connected and can be used. Black: HDD is not connected. Red: Copy cannot be made to the HDD since it is incorrectly formatted, etc.
  • Page 85: Warnings

    Warnings HDD CAPACITY FULL! There is not enough free memory on the HDD. TOO MANY PARTITIONS! There are too many partitions.* HDD DISCONNECTED! The HDD has been disconnected. CANNOT FORMAT! Initializing cannot be performed. TOO MANY TARGETS! There are too many 1394 connection destinations.
  • Page 86: Dubbing

    Dubbing Digital input/output You can perform dubbing with a high image quality by means of digital signals by using a 1394 cable to connect this unit to a digital video unit equipped with a 1394 connector. Connect the digital video equipment to this unit.
  • Page 87: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays TC 12 : 34 : 56 : 00 REM O T E 1394 HD1080i 1394 83 % 60 : 24P Time code displays Each time you press the COUNTER button, the display switches over to the following data (or no indication).
  • Page 88 Screen displays (continued) AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display This display appears if a function which has been set on the setting menu AUTO SW screen is operating when the AUTO/MANUAL switch has been pressed. Backup unit displays The status of the backup unit connected to the 1394 connector is displayed here.
  • Page 89 19 IRIS display In CAM mode, displays the F value during shooting. Only in the 480i DV format, the F value during shooting is also displayed during playback when ON was selected under CAMERA DATA of the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen. 0 Zoom position display The zoom poison is displayed with Z00 (maximum wide-angle) - Z99 (maximum zoom).
  • Page 90 Screen displays (continued)  Media remaining memory display Displays the remaining time. • In P2 CARD REMAIN on the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen, select TOTAL to display total remaining time for all inserted cards or ONE-CARD (highlighted) to display the time remaining only on the card selected for recording.
  • Page 91: Warnings

    Warnings COPY INHIBITED Can not record correctly because of the input signal copy-guarded. EXTERNAL19 DISCONNECT When the 1394 CONTROL item of the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen of the Setup menu is set to EXT and recording without connecting external units with 1394 terminal, this display appears. INCOMPATIBLE CARD The card cannot be used since it does not comply with the specified standard.
  • Page 92 Screen displays (continued) WARNING When trouble occurs with camera systems, WARNING is displayed. FOCUS LOCK (Abnormal focus operation) PSD NG (Abnormal vibration detected) GYRO NG (Abnormal Optical Image Stabilizer control) 19 This is displayed when trouble has occurred in the 1394 connections or signals. 19 INITIAL ERROR (connection error) 19 INPUT ERROR (input error) 19 INPUT ERROR (OTHER FORMAT) (wrong...
  • Page 93: 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 109) Displays 1 Time code display 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display 5 Recording format 7 Information display...
  • Page 94: 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 • If the thumbnail menu is displayed, press the THUMBNAIL button to release the display.
  • Page 95: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Initializing the menu settings The menu settings contain both the user file settings and the scene file settings. You can initialize them separately. To initialize the user file (i.e. all the settings other than the scene file settings) Select INITIAL in USER FILE of the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen.
  • Page 96: Setup Menu Structure

    Setup menu structure CAM (camera) mode menu CAMERA MENU SCENE FILE (Pages 98 - 100) CAMERA SETUP (Page 100) SW MODE (Pages 101 - 103) AUTO SW (Pages 103 - 104) RECORDING SETUP (Pages 104 - 106) AV IN/OUT SETUP (Pages 107 - 108) DISPLAY SETUP (Pages 108 - 109)
  • Page 97: Mcr (Playback) Mode Menu

    Setup menu structure (continued) MCR (playback) mode menu MCR MENU RECORDING SETUP (Pages 104 - 106) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS (Page 107) AV IN/OUT SETUP (Pages 107 - 108) DISPLAY SETUP (Pages 108 - 109) OTHER FUNCTIONS (Pages 110 - 112) OPTION MENU (Page 112) MCR FORMAT 480i MCR MODE...
  • Page 98: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Item LOAD/SAVE/INIT (Camera) OPERATION TYPE (Camera) FRAME RATE (Camera) SYNCRO SCAN (Camera) DETAIL LEVEL (Camera) V DETAIL LEVEL (Camera) DETAIL CORING (Camera) CHROMA LEVEL (Camera) CHROMA PHASE (Camera) COLOR TEMP Ach (Camera) COLOR TEMP Bch (Camera) MASTER PED (Camera)
  • Page 99 SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode (Camera) GAMMA (Camera) KNEE (Camera) MATRIX (Camera) SKIN TONE DTL (Camera) Description of settings Selects the DRS (Dynamic Range Stretcher) function. This function compresses the video signal level to extend the dynamic range making it possible to correctly render highlight areas without overexposure and loss of detail that would otherwise occur.
  • Page 100: Camera Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Item V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) NAME EDIT (Camera) CAMERA SETUP screen Item ASPECT CONV (Camera) SETUP (Camera) Display mode Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 480i progressive mode. THIN: Makes the detail thin. MID: Makes the detail slightly thicker.
  • Page 101: Sw Mode Screen

    SW MODE screen Display Item mode MID GAIN (Camera) HIGH GAIN (Camera) (Camera) HANDLE ZOOM (Camera) IRIS DIAL (Camera) Description of settings Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, dB, dB, 9dB, 1dB Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch.
  • Page 102 Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen (continued) Item USER1 (Camera) USER (Camera) USER (Camera) Display mode Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. REC CHECK: Performs Rec Check. SPOTLIGHT: Auto iris control for the spotlight ON/OFF. BACKLIGHT: Auto iris control for the backlight compensation. (Page 42) BLACKFADE: Blackfade (Page 42) WHITEFADE:...
  • Page 103: Auto Sw Screen

    SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item mode FOCUS ASSIST (Camera) MF ASSIST (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) AUTO SW screen Display Item mode A.IRIS (Camera) Description of settings Allocates a function to the FOCUS ASSIST button. EXPANDED: Magnifies the center portion of the image. GRAPH: Displays a frequency distribution graph at the top right in the viewfinder and LCD monitor.
  • Page 104: Recording Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AUTO SW screen (continued) Item (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) RECORDING SETUP screen Item REC FORMAT (Camera) MCR FORMAT (MCR) 80i REC MODE (Camera) 80i MCR MODE (MCR) REC FUNCTION (Camera) ONE-SHOT TIME (Camera) INTERVAL TIME (Camera) PREREC MODE (Camera) MIC ALC (Camera)
  • Page 105 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode MIC GAIN  (Camera) M REC CH SEL (Camera) 19 TC REGEN (MCR) TC MODE (Camera) (MCR) (Camera) (MCR) TC PRESET (Camera) (MCR) 19 UB REGEN (MCR) Description of settings Sets the input level of the external microphone connected to the INPUT 2 terminal.
  • Page 106 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Item UB MODE (Camera) (MCR) UB PRESET (Camera) (MCR) 19 IN PRESET (MCR) TIME STAMP (Camera) Display mode Set the content for user information. USER: Records the information of user. TIME: Records the time at recording. DATE: Records the date at recording.
  • Page 107: Playback Functions Screen

    PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode AUDIO OUT (MCR) AV IN/OUT SETUP screen Display Item mode CMPNT/SDI SEL (Camera) (MCR) SDI OUT (Camera) (MCR) SDI METADATA (Camera) (MCR) SDI EDH (Camera) (MCR) DOWNCON MODE (Camera) (MCR) HP MODE (Camera) TEST TONE (Camera) Description of settings Sets the audio signals to output from the AUDIO OUT pin jack when...
  • Page 108: Display Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AV IN/OUT SETUP screen (continued) Item INT MIC (Camera) DISPLAY SETUP screen Item ZEBRA DETECT 1 (Camera) ZEBRA DETECT  (Camera) MARKER (Camera) SAFETY ZONE (Camera) FOCUS BAR (Camera) VIDEO OUT OSD (Camera) (MCR) DATE/TIME (Camera) (MCR) LEVEL METER (Camera)
  • Page 109: Card Functions Screen

    DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode OTHER DISPLAY (Camera) (MCR) CAMERA DATA (MCR) LCD BACKLIGHT (Camera) (MCR) LCD SET (Camera) (MCR) EVF SET (Camera) (MCR) SELF SHOOT (Camera) DISPLAY ASPECT (Camera) (MCR) EVF COLOR (Camera) (MCR) REC COUNTER (Camera) CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item...
  • Page 110: Other Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) CARD FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Item SD CARD FORMAT (Camera) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen Item USER FILE (Camera) (MCR) REMOTE (Camera) (MCR) 19 CONTROL (Camera) 19 CMD SEL (Camera) PC MODE (Camera) (MCR) Display mode Formats the SD memory cards. Display mode LOAD:...
  • Page 111 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode ACCESS LED (Camera) (MCR) REC LAMP (Camera) BEEP SOUND (Camera) CLOCK SET (Camera) (MCR) TIME ZONE (Camera) (MCR) Description of settings Sets the access lamp to ON or OFF. The lamp lights up and blinks as per the regular specifications. OFF: The lamp is OFF in all circumstances.
  • Page 112: Option Menu Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Item POWER SAVE (Camera) MENU INIT (Camera) (MCR) OPERATION (Camera) (MCR) OPTION MENU screen 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.
  • Page 113: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. • Make sure the battery and AC adapter are connected properly. Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no • To prevent the battery from running down needlessly, the camera- apparent reason.
  • Page 114 Before calling for service (continued) Shooting Cannot start shooting. Cannot focus automatically. Cannot shoot even though the P2 card is inserted correctly. Cannot perform interval recording, one-shot recording or loop recording. Editing Cannot perform nonlinear editing. Cannot dub onto an external device.
  • Page 115 Playback Cannot play even when I • Make sure the MCR lamp is on (press the mode button). press the play button. No kind of playback operation can be performed unless this lamp is on. Mosaic-like noise appears • This noise is inherent to digital video technology. when I cue or review a This is normal.
  • Page 116: 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 precaution will cause the camera-recorder or P2 card to malfunction (and may result in irreparable damage).
  • Page 117 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 118: 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 119: Cleaning

    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. • Before proceeding with maintenance, remove the battery or disconnect the AC cord from the power outlet.
  • Page 120: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions Before storing the camera-recorder, remove the battery. Store all of these items in a place with low humidity and relatively constant temperature. [Recommended temperature range: 15°C to 25°C] [Recommended relative humidity: 40% to 60%] Video camera • Wrap the video camera in a soft cloth to keep the dust off.
  • Page 121: How To Handle Data Recorded On P 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 ...
  • Page 122: Checkpoints For Using Memory Cards

    • SDHC memory cards (including miniSDHC cards) 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 123: Recording Format List

    Recording format list DVCPRO HD 720P/30PN Video format 720P/24PN DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 1080i/60i 720P/60P DVCPRO HD 720P/30PN Video 720P/24PN format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 480i/60i 1080i/30P over 1080i/60i 1080i/60i 720P/30P over 720P/60P 720P/60P 720P/60P Native 720P/30PN recording 720P/60P 720P/30P Native Native recording recording 480i/30P over 480i/60i 480i/60i...
  • Page 124: Appendix

    Appendix Selecting the USER CLIP NAME recording method Press the MENU button and select META DATA " PROPERTY " USER CLIP NAMEto select the recording method. Two options are available: TYPE1and TYPE2. TYPE1 USER CLIP NAME to be recorded If clip metadata has Uploaded data been read in If no clip metadata...
  • Page 125: Specifications

    Specifications [GENERAL] Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V Power consumption 10.9 W (when the LCD monitor is not used) 11.7 W (when the LCD monitor is used) 13.8 W (max.) indicates safety information. Ambient operating temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F) Ambient operating humidity 10% to 85% (no condensation) Weight...
  • Page 126 Specifications (continued) [AUDIO P] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) Sampling frequency 48 kHz Quantizing 16 bit/4 CH Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz [MEMORY CARD] Video recording formats: DVCPRO HD 1080i/60i (30P over 60i, 24P over 60i, 24PA over 60i) 720P/60P (30P over 60P, 24P over 60P) 720P/30PN (Native recording) 720P/24PN (Native recording)
  • Page 127 [AC ADAPTER] Power Source: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz 24 W Power Output: 7.9 V DC, 1.9 A (Video Camera) 8.4 V DC, 1.2 A (Charge) indicates safety information. Weight 160 g (0.35 lb) Dimensions (W x H x D) 70.0 mm x 44.5 mm x 116.0 mm (2-3/4 inches x 1-3/4 inches x 4-9/16 inches) Weight and dimensions are approximate.
  • Page 128 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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