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Panasonic AG-HVX200P Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
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Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for
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Printed in Japan


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH F1205S1125-H Printed in Japan VQT0S52-1...
  • Page 2 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-HVX200P 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: Software Information For This Product

    Descriptions of the GPL and LGPL are stored on the installation CD included with this camera-recorder. See the folder named \LDOC. (The description is the original (written in English)). To download the relevant source code, visit Please note that we cannot answer any questions you may have about the content, etc. of any source code you may obtain from the above Web site.
  • Page 5: 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 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before use Software information for this product ... 4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ... 5 Outline of operations ... 8 Read this fi rst! ... 10 Accessories ... 11 About this manual ... 11 Description of parts Description of parts ... 12 Right side and rear side ...
  • Page 7 Using the Counter ... 58 Counter display (P2 card / Tape) ... 58 Memory stop mode (Tape) ... 58 1394TC preset mode ... 58 Charging the built-in battery/ Setting the time data ... 59 Recharging the built-in battery ... 59 Setting the time code ...
  • Page 8: 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 Defi nition) recording and smooth editing/dubbing. Flow of shooting, playing and saving The setting values such as the user fi...
  • Page 9 Saving and editing on external devices USB2.0 (Windows) IEEE1394 (Macintosh) IEEE1394 (SBP-2 ) DV cassette tape IEEE1394 (Windows/Macintosh) Video equipment /Television AV cable Component video cable PC mode (Page 82) The data (fi le) is transferred for nonlinear editing on your computer or other unit. P2 card 1394 host mode (Page 84) The unit directly controls the external hard...
  • Page 10: Read This Fi Rst

    (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 or cassette.
  • Page 11: Accessories

    Accessories Battery AC Adapter Eye cup Microphone holder Shoulder belt Component video cable Documents and CDs A lens hood cap (page 18) and INPUT 1/2 terminal (page 14) cover are attached to the camera-recorder. 1 For part numbers for the battery, see “OPTIONAL UNITS”. (Page 132) 2 When using 1394 cable (sold separately), install a ferrite core on the end nearest the PC.
  • Page 12: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side 1 POWER switch (Page 20) 2 START/STOP button (Pages 25 and 29) 3 OPEN/EJECT switch (Page 29) 4 REC CHECK button (Pages 25 and 30) 5 HANDLE ZOOM switch (Page 33) 6 Zoom button (Page 33) 7 Handle zoom button (Page 33) 8 Handle START/STOP button (Pages 25 and 29)
  • Page 13: Left Side

    Left side 10 12 ZOOM SERVO MANUAL 1 Focus ring (Page 38) 2 Zoom ring (Page 33) If you don’t need the zoom ring pin, fi t it into the provided pin hole (Page 12) so that you don’t lose it. 3 FOCUS ASSIST button (Page 38) 4 Built-in speaker (Page 75) 5 ZOOM switch (Page 33)
  • Page 14: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Description of parts (continued) Terminals and mounting parts USB 2.0 1394 CAM REMOTE ZOOM SS FOCUS IRIS 1 Light shoe 2 Microphone shoe (Page 76) 3 USB terminal (Mini-B) (Pages 77 and 82) 4 PHONES jack (3.5 mm stereo mini jack) (Page 76) 5 1394 terminal (Page 77) 6 SD memory card slot (Pages 32 and 56)
  • Page 15: Remote Control

    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 START/ DATE/ PHOTO TIME SHOT COUNTER RESET TITLE ZOOM MULTI/ P-IN-P A.DUB...
  • Page 16: 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 fl at, and slide it in the direction shown below. •...
  • Page 17: Installing And Removing The Power Supply

    Installing and removing the power supply Installing and removing the battery Installation Insert the battery until it clicks into place. Connecting and disconnecting the power cord Installation Connect the DC cord to the AC adapter. Plug the AC power supply into the power outlet.
  • Page 18: 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. Detaching and attaching the lens hood Detaching the lens hood •...
  • Page 19: 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 20: 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 21: Viewfi Nder

    Viewfi nder This camera has two viewfi nders; one is a miniature LCD in the viewfi nder and the other is a retractable 3.5-inch LCD. Use the viewfi nder that best suits the application and shooting conditions. • The brightness and hue may differ between the images appearing on the viewfi...
  • Page 22: Using The Lcd

    Viewfi nder (continued) Using the LCD Set the POWER switch to ON. Press the OPEN button in the direction shown by arrow (1) to open the LCD. It can open out to 120 degrees. Do not try to open it further as this will damage the camera.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) Press the MENU button. Operation button MENU • For menu operation (Page 96) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control. (Page 15) Viewfi nder adjustments Set YES under EVF SET on the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen.
  • 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, 2005.
  • Page 25: Basic Shooting Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) Preparing to shoot using a P2 card Switch the MEDIA switch to “P2”. Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) Lift up the viewfi nder and open the card slot cover. Insert the P2 card securely in the card slot. •...
  • Page 26: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) (continued) 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 27: Formatting P2 Cards

    (Page 125) • 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. • A screen such as the one shown below appears.
  • Page 28: Remove The P2 Card

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) (continued) Remove the P2 card Lift up the viewfi nder and open the card slot cover. • Check that the P2 card access lamp is not blinking orange. Press the card eject button once, and when the button has popped back up, press it again.
  • Page 29: Basic Shooting Operations (Cassette Tape)

    Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) Preparing to shoot using a tape Switch the MEDIA switch to “TAPE”. Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) Slide the OPEN/EJECT switch in the direction shown by the arrow to open the cassette cover. •...
  • Page 30: Checking Scenes Taken (Rec Check)

    Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) (continued) 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.
  • Page 31: Cassette Tapes

    Cassette tapes You can use tapes with this mark Use the following mini DV cassette tapes with this camera-recorder. AY-DVM63PQ Professional series tape (60 minutes in SP mode) AY-DVM63MQ Master series tape (60 minutes in SP mode) Do not use 80-minute miniDV cassette tapes. Picture quality does not worsen if you shoot in LP mode, but you may notice some block noise and there may be other limitations.
  • Page 32: Using Sd Memory Cards

    For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. • SD memory cards must not be used or stored in an environment where they may be Exposed to high temperatures/humidities;...
  • Page 33: 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 viewfi...
  • Page 34: 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.) 24PN mode: The camera-recorder shoots in the 24 fps native mode.
  • Page 35: Native Recording

    Native recording Using the REC FORMAT (P2) function (page 106) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, select 720/30PN or 720/24PN as the recording format Select the appropriate scene fi le using the SCENE FILE dial. If necessary, before doing this, perform the camera settings from the setting menu, and register the scene fi...
  • Page 36: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) 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 fi lms, is the norm (1x speed). If you use the settings below, the same kind of playback as with screenings can be obtained.
  • Page 37: 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 106) of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in progressive mode. 30P mode: Shoot 30 frames a second in the progressive mode.
  • Page 38: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. Focus ring FOCUS ASSIST button FOCUS switch PUSH AUTO button AUTO/MANUAL switch Switching to manual mode If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/ MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode on the viewfi...
  • Page 39: Iris Adjustments

    ND FILTER switch IRIS button GAIN switch IRIS dial Iris adjustments If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/ MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode. (Page 38) Press the IRIS button to switch how to adjust the aperture of lens. AUTO IRIS: Adjust the iris automatically.
  • Page 40: 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 41 Adjusting the white balance (continued) 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 viewfi nder and LCD goes out). Set the WHITE BAL switch to PRST.
  • Page 42: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting Use the START/STOP button on the handle to make it easier to shoot from low angles. START/STOP button Self-portrait shooting Images in the LCD when it is turned 180 degrees for self-portrait shooting may appear unusual. You can make them appear better by reversing left and right.
  • Page 43: Zebra Pattern

    Zebra pattern Press the ZEBRA button in the camera mode to show the zebra pattern or marker on the screen so you can check the brightness of the subject. Parts that may be whited out through over exposure are shown as a zebra pattern. •...
  • Page 44: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) 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.
  • Page 45: 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 screen when this function is on. Turn the function off when using a tripod for more natural images.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Volume While Shooting

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Adjusting the volume while shooting Adjusting the volume If you are monitoring the sound through headphones while shooting, you can adjust the volume with the PAGE, AUDIO MON/VAR button. • To adjust the recording level (Page 53) Backup recording If you have connected equipment to the 1394 terminal (pages 77 and 78), you can make...
  • Page 47: Pre-Recording (Pre Rec)

    When recording to a P2 card, making the settings in the RECORDING SETUP screen (page 106) enables special recording functions such as Pre-recording, Interval Recording, One Shot Recording, and Loop Recording. This can be used only when the OPERATION TYPE option in the SCENE FILE screen (page 100) is set to VIDEO CAM with the 1080i/60i, 720P/60P, and 480i/60i and 30P recording formats.
  • Page 48: Loop Recording (Loop Rec)

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Loop recording (LOOP REC) This function is used to record fi rst on one card and then on the next when you have inserted two P2 cards into the card slots. If there is not enough free memory remaining on the second card, recording returns to the fi...
  • Page 49: Finding Specifi C Scenes(Image Search)

    Finding specifi c scenes (image search) Remote control Camera While in the shooting standby mode, you can search through any images you have shot. This is useful when you want to fi nd a point from which to continue shooting so two scenes come one after the other.
  • Page 50: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed SPEED SEL button SHUTTER button BARS SHUTTER SPEED SEL RESET CH 1 SELECT CH 2 SELECT INPUT 1 INT(L) INT(R) INPUT 1 INPUT 2 INPUT 2 MIC POWER +48V AUDIO ZEBRA 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...
  • Page 51: Synchro Scan

    With artifi cial lighting and especially fl uorescent 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 camera- recorder’s vertical sync frequency (approx. 60 Hz) and the lighting frequency (50 Hz).
  • Page 52: 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) INT(L): Built-in INT(R): Built-in...
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Recording Level

    The audio signals input into AUDIO IN/OUT CH1/ CH2 (pin jack) terminals can not be adjusted. Check the recording volume level prior to shooting. • For P2 mode recording, the recording level is set higher than for Panasonic’s broadcast-use camera recorders (AJ series).
  • Page 54: Using Scene Fi Les

    Using scene fi les The settings according to the variety of shooting circumstances are stored in each position of scene fi le dial. When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary fi le instantly using scene fi le dial. Scene fi le dial •...
  • Page 55 The screen below is displayed, so set the fi le name of six letters using button. Set the same as user information. (Page 60) • Characters that can be set Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^_-./ If the COUNTER RESET button is pressed when the fi...
  • Page 56: Saving Scene Fi Les And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene fi les and other settings on SD memory cards You can save up to four scene fi le settings or other settings as fi les on an SD memory card, and you can also load them from the card. •...
  • 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 fi...
  • Page 58: Using The Counter

    Using the Counter Counter display (P2 card / Tape) You can display a counter that indicates how much time has elapsed during shooting or playback. COUNTER button Camera or Remote control BARS SHUTTER SPEED SEL RESET CH 1 SELECT CH 2 SELECT INPUT 1 INPUT 2 INT(L)
  • 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 viewfi nder or LCD when the internal battery is running low on charge.
  • Page 60: Setting User Information

    Setting the time data (continued) When the screen below appears, set the time code value. Press the buttons to select the time code value. Press the button to move to the next digit, and press the the value. You can reset the time code to zero by pressing COUNTER RESET.
  • Page 61 Press the button to select YES, and press button. Set the user information. Press the buttons to select the user information characters. • You can use numbers from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. Press the button to move to the next digit, and press the buttons again to select the characters.
  • Page 62: Basic Playback Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic playback operations (P2 card) Lock release CAMERA For details on playing back clips using thumbnails, see page 64. Operations using the OPERATION button Play ( ) When this button is pressed in stop mode, playback will start from the fi...
  • Page 63: Basic Playback Operations (Tape)

    Basic playback operations (Tape) Lock release CAMERA Operations using the OPERATION button Playback ( ) While the tape is in the stop mode, the playback starts from where you stopped. During playback, the unit enters the variable speed search mode and starts x1-speed playback.
  • 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 The number of the slot with the P2 card containing the selected clip is indicated here. (The number appears in yellow.) If a clip extends over the P2 cards in two slots, both numbers will appear in yellow. In the dubbing mode, the arrow and tape mark light up.
  • Page 66: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    Thumbnail screen (continued) Adding shot marks to clips Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to fi nd 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) 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 Thumbnail operations (continued) Select the desired setting item using the buttons, and press the 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)

    If this happens, “!” can ) to be sometimes be released by downloading the latest version of the P2 viewer from the web site given below, installing it in your computer, and copying the clips again. ) button. button. button.
  • 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 necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking the operations. Checking clip information • Move the cursor to the clip to be checked. Checking the P2 card information •...
  • Page 71 P2 card information screen 1 Write protection mark 2 P2 card status The amount of memory remaining on the P2 card is displayed using a percentage bar. The following displays may appear, depending on the card status. FORMAT ERROR: An unformatted P2 card has been inserted. NOT SUPPORTED: A card not supported by the unit has been inserted.
  • Page 72: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Thumbnail operations (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 creating the metadata, see page 57.) Selecting whether to record the metadata on the P2 card...
  • Page 73: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Variable speed search (P2 card / Tape) This function enables you to change the playback speed and search for specifi c scenes. Press the button during playback. On the remote control, press the VAR. SEARCH button. INDEX STOP SELECT VAR.
  • Page 74: Frame-By-Frame Playback (P2 Card / Tape)

    Useful playback functions (continued) Frame-by-frame playback (P2 card / Tape) Press the button during playback to set the unit to the pause mode. Press the PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR button to play frame-by-frame. On the remote control unit, press the STILL ADV ( ) button.
  • Page 75: Index Search (Tape)

    Index search (Tape) This function searches for the index signals (page 49) recorded on the tape. Index searches can be performed using the supplied wireless remote control unit. During play, press the INDEX buttons • The tape is cued at the next scene after showing [S1] on the screen.
  • Page 76: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones External microphone Stereo Microphone (optional) AG-MC100G • When attaching an external microphone to the microphone shoe, use the supplied microphone holder and microphone holder adapter. • When attaching the microphone holder and the microphone holder adapter, be sure to tighten the screws fi...
  • Page 77: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/Fi Le Transfer)

    1. Select [Applications] [Utilities] 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 VIDEO Video cable (optional) Connect to the output terminal on the external device when the video signals and audio signals of an external device are to be input to the unit.
  • Page 80: Audio Dubbing

    Audio dubbing Background music or narration can be added to the images you have recorded on the tape. Set the POWER switch to ON. In the setup menus, select an audio recording system in RECORDING SETUP screen, AUDIO REC. • For menu operation (Page 96) 32K(12bit): The sound is recorded using the 12-bit/32kHz (4-channel) system.
  • Page 81 Input channels and the tracks recorded Shooting Input mode Built-in microphone L channel Built-in microphone R channel INPUT 1 (XLR) INPUT 2 (XLR) CH2 (CH1) AUDIO IN/OUT CH1 — (Pin jack) AUDIO IN/OUT CH2 — (Pin jack) The sound track to be recorded when shooting can be changed by CH1 SELECT switch and CH2 SELECT switch.
  • 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 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) The following conditions must be met if the USB cable is to be used to make the connection.
  • 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 suffi cient 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 85: Warnings

    To check the data copied into the hard disk drive After step 4 on the left, use the select PROPERTY, and then press the The contents of the hard disk drive are displayed. • To view details of the items, select an item using buttons, and press the To verify the data when copying it into the hard disk drive...
  • Page 86: Dubbing

    Dubbing Dubbing the contents of P2 cards onto a tape (dubbing mode) You can dub any clips from a P2 card to a tape that you have inserted into the unit. The recording formats of clips that can be dubbed are all of the 1080i and 720P formats.
  • Page 87: Digital Input/Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    • When you wish to start dubbing from a point mid-way along a clip, fi rst play back the clip, then press the button at the desired position to pause playback. COUNTER RESET TITLE ZOOM MULTI/ A.DUB P-IN-P /REW PLAY STILL ADV PAUSE STILL ADV INDEX STOP...
  • 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)

    Analog input (Tape) Video contents on S-VHS (VHS) cassettes can be copied to tape, and TV programs can be recorded. • Set the MEDIA switch to the TAPE position. (Page 29) Connect this unit to a video deck or a television.
  • Page 90: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays 1 Time code displays Each time you press the COUNTER button, the display switches over to the following data (or no indication). COUNTER: (Tape or P2-camera mode only) Counter value M COUNTER: (Tape only) Counter value in memory stop mode Time code value.
  • Page 91 4 Backup unit displays The status of the backup unit connected to the 1394 connector is displayed here. Nothing is displayed if in the setup menus, OTHER FUNCTIONS screen, 1394 CONTROL, you have selected “OFF”. 1394 : Recording 1394 : Recording standby 1394 : The backup unit cannot be controlled.
  • Page 92 Screen displays (continued) 95 (Focal distance: infi nity) 00 (Focal distance: approx. 5 cm) Depending on the zoom position, the macro range may not be enabled. Also, depending on the zoom position, the lower limit value of macro range may be different. The units can be switched between feet and m in the ZOOM•FOCUS option of the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen.
  • Page 93: Warnings

    33 Media information display The card slot where the P2 card was inserted and the basic information of the media are displayed here. lights: P2 card on which data can be recorded. lights green: P2 card on which data is to be recorded. fl...
  • Page 94 Screen displays (continued) Errors These are displayed when an error occurs in the unit, P2 card, tape, or other component. If the problem is not fi xed by turning the power off and then on again, either replace the card or tape based on the error information, or contact your nearest service center.
  • Page 95: Setting The Display Items

    Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfi nder and LCD monitor screen by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by confi guring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 113) Displays 1 Counter display 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display Recording format display...
  • Page 96: 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. Operation buttons MENU button Using the menus If the thumbnail menu is displayed, press the AUDIO/THUMBNAIL button to release the display.
  • Page 97: Initializing The Menu Settings

    To change other settings, repeat steps 4 and When you fi nish, 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 (Pages 100 - 102) CAMERA SETUP (Page 102) SW MODE (Pages 103 and 104) AUTO SW (Page 105) RECORDING SETUP (Pages 106 - 108) AV IN/OUT SETUP...
  • Page 99: Mcr/Vcr (Playback) 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 (Pages 106 - 108) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS (Pages 109 and 110) AV IN/OUT SETUP (Page 111) DISPLAY SETUP (Pages 112 and 113) OTHER FUNCTIONS (Pages 114 - 117)
  • Page 100: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item mode OPERATION TYPE (Camera) Switches the shutter and frame rate operation to the video type or fi lm type. TAPE FRAME RATE (Camera) Selects the shooting interval and exposure time when 720P and FILM CAM is SYNCRO SCAN (Camera) Adjusts the synchro scan shutter speed used for shooting images on a TV TAPE...
  • Page 101 SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode GAMMA (Camera) Selects the gamma curves other than the news gamma curve. TAPE HD NORM: LOW: SD NORM: HIGH: B.PRESS: CINE-LIKE_D: CINE-LIKE_V: When you select CINE-LIKE gamma, we recommend to set the lens aperture lower than normal image level (approximately 1/2) to enjoy the full benefi...
  • Page 102: Camera Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode SKIN TONE DTL (Camera) Sets the skin tone details. Select ON to reduce the skin tone details and soften TAPE V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 480i progressive mode. TAPE NAME EDIT (Camera) Edits the name of the selected scene fi...
  • Page 103: Sw Mode Screen

    SW MODE screen Display Item 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 mode USER1 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. TAPE USER2 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER2 button. TAPE USER3 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER3 button. TAPE Description of settings REC CHECK:...
  • Page 105: Auto Sw Screen

    AUTO SW screen Display Item mode A.IRIS (Camera) ON: TAPE OFF: (Camera) Sets the Auto Gain Control when the ON is selected in A.IRIS. TAPE 6dB: 12dB: OFF: (Camera) ON: TAPE OFF: (Camera) ON: TAPE OFF: Description of settings Performs the auto iris control in auto mode. The IRIS button is deactivated. Deactivates the auto iris control in auto mode.
  • Page 106: Recording Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item mode REC FORMAT (P2) (Camera) Selects the recording format for P2 card. REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format for cassette tape. (TAPE) TAPE 480i REC MODE (Camera) Select the recording mode for a 480i recording format. REC FUNCTION (Camera) Selects the special recording mode.
  • Page 107 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item 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: •...
  • Page 108 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode 1394 UB REGEN (MCR/ TAPE VCR) UB MODE (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) (DUB) UB PRESET (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) (DUB) 1394 IN PRESET (MCR/ TAPE VCR) Description of settings Selects the user information used when recording the signals from equipment connected to the 1394 terminal.
  • Page 109: Playback Functions Screen

    PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode 32K 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: ST2: MIX: Note When the sound is recorded in the 48K (16bit) audio mode, CH3 and CH4 do not exist so the following is always the case.
  • Page 110 Setup menu list (continued) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen (continued) 32K AUDIO item/AUDIO OUT item settings and audio track signals output from the AUDIO IN/OUT jack Audio recording 32K AUDIO setting mode 32K (12bit) 48K (16bit) AUDIO OUT setting CH1 · CH2 CH1 ·...
  • Page 111: Dubbing Setup Screen

    DUBBING SETUP screen Display Item mode FORMAT SEL (DUB) Selects the format of the clips to be played back during dubbing. 1080i/60i, 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, 720P/60P, 720P/30P, 720P/24P, 720P/30PN, 720P/24PN PULLDOWN SEL (DUB) Selects the pulldown method for 24PN (native format). TAPE 24P: 24PA:...
  • Page 112: Display Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item mode ZEBRA DETECT 1 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the left-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE ZEBRA DETECT 2 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE MARKER (Camera) Select ON to display the marker.
  • Page 113 DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item 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 mode SCENE FILE (Camera) You can save four SCENE FILE settings to the SD memory card, and can also USER FILE (Camera) You can save four fi le settings (excluding SCENE FILE) to the SD memory SD CARD FORMAT (Camera) Formats the SD memory cards.
  • Page 115 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item 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 mode TIME ZONE (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) Time difference 00:00 Greenwich – 01:00 Azores Islands – 02:00 Mid-Atlantic – 03:00 Buenos Aires – 04:00 Halifax – 05:00 New York – 06:00 Chicago –...
  • Page 117 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item 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. OFF: •...
  • 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 mode...
  • 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. Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no • To prevent the battery from running down needlessly and to apparent reason.
  • Page 120 Before calling for service (continued) Shooting (when using a P2 card) Cannot shoot even though the P2 card is inserted correctly. Shooting (when using a tape) Cannot record even though the tape is inserted properly. Editing Cannot perform audio dubbing. Cannot read the data on the SD memory card.
  • 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 differs from the actual continuously for periods of less than 30 seconds.
  • Page 122 Before calling for service (continued) Other Cannot remove the tape. Cannot perform any operation other than removing the tape. The remote control does not work. There is a rattling sound when the camera-recorder is tilted back and forth. A clicking sound is heard when the power is turned on or when the MCR/VCR mode is switched to the...
  • Page 123: 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, P2 card or cassette to malfunction (and may result in irreparable damage).
  • Page 124 Operating precautions (continued) Battery characteristics This camera-recorder uses a rechargeable lithiumion battery that uses its internal chemical reaction to generate electrical energy. This reaction is easily infl uenced by the ambient temperature and humidity, and the battery’s effective operating time is reduced as the temperature rises or falls. In very low temperatures, the battery may last only 5 minutes.
  • 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 its power is on or a similar kind of a problem has occurred. Use a pointed object to press the RESET button on the camera-recorder. The menu setting entered and memory contents will not be cleared even when the system is reset.
  • Page 127: Video Heads

    Video Heads Dirty video heads cause partial mosaic-pattern noise or make the whole display bluish on playback. When the video heads get extremely dirty, the recording quality decreases, and, in the worst case, it won’t record at all. Causes of dirty video heads •...
  • Page 128: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions Before storing the video camera, remove both the cassette 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%] Video camera •...
  • Page 129: Recording Format

    Recording format DVCPRO HD P2 Card Video format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO Tape DVCPRO HD P2 Card Video format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO Tape 1080i/30P 1080i/60i 1080i/60i over 60i 720P/30P 720P/60P 720P/60P over 60P 720P/60P 720P/30PN native 720P/30PN recording 720P/60P 720P/30P 720P/24PN native native recording recording 480i/30P...
  • Page 130: Specifi Cations

    Specifi cations [GENERAL] Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V Power consumption 11.6 W (when the viewfi nder is used) 12.0 W (when the LCD monitor is used) 14.0 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 131 Specifi cations (continued) [AUDIO P2] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) Sampling frequency 48 kHz Quantizing 16 bit/4 CH Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz Wow & fl utter Below measurable limits [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...
  • Page 132 [AUDIO IN/OUT] XLR input XLR (3 pins) x 2 (INPUT 1, INPUT 2), LINE/MIC selectable, high impedance LINE: 0 dBu MIC: -50 dBu/-60 dBu (selectable in menu) LINE IN/OUT (automatic input/output switching) Pin jack x 2 (CH1, CH2) Input: 316 mV, high impedance Output: 316 mV, 600 Internal microphone Stereo microphone...
  • Page 133 Memo...
  • Page 134 PANASONIC BROADCAST & TELEVISION SYSTEMS COMPANY UNIT COMPANY OF PANASONIC CORPORATION OF NORTH AMERICA Executive Offi ce: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7000 EASTERN ZONE: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7621 Southeast Region:...

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