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Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product, please read the instructions completely.
Spanish Quick Use Guide is included.
Guía para rápida consulta en español está incluida.
For USA assistance, please call: 1-800-211-PANA(7262) or, contact us via the web at: http://www.panasonic.com/contactinfo
For Canadian assistance, please call: 1-800-561-5505 or visit us at www.panasonic.ca

Operating Instructions

VDR-D50P/PC
Model No.
DVD Video Camera
LSQT1319 A

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Spanish Quick Use Guide is included. Guía para rápida consulta en español está incluida. For USA assistance, please call: 1-800-211-PANA(7262) or, contact us via the web at: http://www.panasonic.com/contactinfo For Canadian assistance, please call: 1-800-561-5505 or visit us at www.panasonic.ca Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Things You Should Know Thank you for choosing Panasonic! You have purchased one of the most sophisticated and reliable products on the market today. Used properly, we’re sure it will bring you and your family years of enjoyment. Please take time to fill in the information on the right.
  • Page 3 Model No.: VDR-D50P Responsible party: Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Support Contact: Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 1-800-211-PANA (7262) This device complies with Part 15 of the 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 Read these operating instructions carefully before using the unit. Follow the safety instructions on the unit and the applicable safety instructions listed below. Keep these operating instructions handy for future reference. 1) Read these instructions. 2) Keep these instructions. 3) Heed all warnings.
  • Page 5 Precautions USE & LOCATION WARNING ≥ TO AVOID SHOCK HAZARD ... Your camera and power supply should not be exposed to rain or moisture. Do not connect the power supply or operate your camera if it gets wet. Your camera has been designed for outdoor use, however it is not designed to sustain direct exposure to water, rain, sleet, snow, sand, dust, or a direct splashing from a pool or...
  • Page 6 Battery pack (Lithium ion battery pack) ≥ Use the specified unit to recharge the battery pack. ≥ Do not use the battery pack with equipment other than the specified unit. ≥ Do not get dirt, sand, liquids, or other foreign matter on the terminals. ≥...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Contents Accessories... 9 Features... 10 Quick Guide... 11 Preparation Before using [1] Parts identification and handling ... 14 [2] Power supply ... 18 Charging the battery ... 18 Inserting the battery... 19 Charging time and recordable time ... 19 Connecting to the AC outlet... 21 [3] About discs ...
  • Page 8 With other products [1] Playback on TV ... 72 [2] With a DVD recorder/player ... 73 Playback on DVD recorder, DVD player, PC etc... 73 Copying (dubbing) recordings onto a DVD recorder’s hard disk ... 73 [3] Recording (dubbing) images onto a VCR ...
  • Page 9: Accessories

    Accessories Check the accessories before using this unit. Battery pack VW-VBG070A AC adaptor VSK0697 AC cable K2CA2CA00029 or K2CA2CA00025 DC cable K2GJ2DC00015 AV cable K2KZ9CB00002 USB cable K1HA05CD0017 CD-ROM LSFT0761 LSQT1319...
  • Page 10: Features

    Features ∫ DVD-RW and DVD-R/DVD-R DL discs Recordings made on DVD-RW or DVD-R/DVD-R DL discs cannot be played in other DVD devices or PCs unless the discs are finalized. (l 68) ∫ Using with DVD player/recorder (l 73) Just insert the disc into a DVD player/recorder compatible with 8 cm (3z) discs to play back the scenes recorded with this unit.
  • Page 11: Quick Guide

    Quick Guide ∫ Charging the battery Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor and the AC outlet. Insert the battery into the battery charger by aligning the arrows. ∫ Inserting the battery Push the battery against the battery holder and slide it until it clicks.
  • Page 12 ∫ Recording motion pictures ≥ Rotate the mode dial to select Press the recording start/stop button to start recording. Press the recording start/stop button again to pause recording. ∫ Recording still pictures ≥ Rotate the mode dial to select Press the recording start/stop button. LSQT1319 ∫...
  • Page 13: Preparation

    Preparation Recording Playback With a PC Others 14 Before using 28 Setup LSQT1319...
  • Page 14: Parts Identification And Handling

    Parts identification and Before using handling LCD monitor open part LCD monitor Due to limitations in LCD production technology, there may be some tiny bright or dark spots on the LCD monitor screen. However, this is not a malfunction and does not affect the recorded picture.
  • Page 15: Lens Cover

    Viewfinder Due to limitations in LCD production technology, there may be some tiny bright or dark spots on the viewfinder screen. However, this is not a malfunction and does not affect the recorded picture. SD card access lamp [ACCESS CARD] (l 27) Disc/PC access lamp [ACCESS DISC/PC] (l 25, 84)
  • Page 16: Grip Belt

    21 Mode dial (l 28) 22 Image stabilizer button [ 23 Menu button [MENU] (l 30) 24 Delete button [ ] (l 59) 25 Recording start/stop button (l 37, 39) 26 Joystick Joystick Use the joystick to select the recording functions and playback operations, and to operate the menu screen.
  • Page 17 31 Tripod receptacle 32 Battery release lever [BATTERY] (l 19) Tripod receptacle This is a hole for attaching the unit to the optional tripod. LSQT1319...
  • Page 18: Power Supply

    ≥ In order to safely use the unit we recommend that you use genuine Panasonic batteries which have been subject to our quality control process.
  • Page 19: Inserting The Battery

    Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor and the AC outlet. Insert the battery into the battery charger by aligning the arrows. ≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries. (l 9, 19, 109) ≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.
  • Page 20 ∫ Recordable time ≥ Temperature: 25 oC (77 oF)/humidity: 60% ≥ When using the viewfinder (times in parentheses are when using the LCD monitor) ≥ When using a DVD-RAM disc Battery model Voltage/ number capacity Supplied battery 770 mAh VW-VBG130 (optional) 1320 mAh VW-VBG260...
  • Page 21: Connecting To The Ac Outlet

    Battery capacity indication ≥ The display changes to the following indications step-by-step as the battery capacity decreases. ≥ If the battery discharges, then Connecting to the AC outlet Important: While the DC cable is connected to the AC adaptor, the battery will not charge. Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor and the AC outlet.
  • Page 22: About Discs

    About discs Before using ∫ Disc type Disc type DVD-RAM 8 cm (3z) Single sided/ double sided Recording format VR format Display on the screen Indication in (RAM) these instructions About format types What is the VR format (DVD Video Recording format)? This is a format for recording on DVD discs which allows you to record and erase...
  • Page 23 ≥ Discs inserted in a holder, cartridge, or caddy case cannot be used unless they are removed from the containers prior to use. ≥ It is recommended that you use Panasonic discs. Usually discs compatible with the DVD standard can be used for recording and playback with no problems.
  • Page 24 When using a new DVD-RW disc When using a DVD-RW disc, select whether to record in VR format or Video format and then format the disc. (l 22, About format types) When a new DVD-RW disc is used, the screen shown in the illustration appears.
  • Page 25: Inserting/Removing A Disc

    Inserting/removing a disc Before using ≥ The cover of the disc compartment will not open unless the unit has a charged battery or is connected to the AC adaptor. Insert a charged battery or connect the AC adaptor. Slide the DISC EJECT lever up and release it.
  • Page 26: About Sd Cards

    SD card. (l 71) ≥ We recommend that you use a Panasonic brand SD card. ≥ When the write-protect switch A on SD card is locked, no recording, deletion or editing will be possible on the card.
  • Page 27: Inserting/Removing An Sd Card

    Inserting/removing an SD Before using card Caution: If the SD card is inserted or removed while the power is on, this unit may malfunction or the data recorded on the SD card may be lost. Set the mode dial to OFF and remove the battery.
  • Page 28: Setup

    Turning the unit on/off Setup Selecting a mode Rotate the mode dial to switch to recording, playback or power OFF. While pressing the lock release button, set the mode dial to to turn on the power. The status indicator lights and the power turns on. ≥...
  • Page 29 How to turn the power on and off with the LCD monitor/viewfinder When the mode dial is set to the viewfinder. ∫ To turn on Open the LCD monitor or extend the viewfinder. The status indicator lights. ∫ To turn off Close the LCD monitor and retract the viewfinder.
  • Page 30: Using The Menu Screen

    Using the menu screen Setup Press the MENU button. The menu displayed differs depending on the position of the mode dial. Select the desired top menu, then move the joystick right or press the joystick. Select the submenu item, then move the joystick right or press the joystick.
  • Page 31: Language Selection

    Language selection You can select the language displayed on the screen. Press the MENU button, then select [LANGUAGE] and press the joystick. Select [English] and press the joystick. Menu list Motion picture recording menus ∫ [BASIC] [SCENE MODE] (l 50) [GUIDE LINES] (l 48) [REC MODE] (l 38) [ASPECT] (l 48)
  • Page 32: Still Picture Playback Menus

    [INITIAL SET] ≥ [YES] ≥ [NO] When there is a menu that cannot be selected due to another function or mode being activated, set to [YES] for changing the menu settings back to the default condition. (The language setting cannot be changed back to the default condition.) [DEMO MODE] ≥...
  • Page 33: Setting Date And Time

    Setting date and time Setup When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will appear. Select [YES] and press the joystick. Perform steps 2 and 3 below to set the date and time. ¬...
  • Page 34: Adjusting Lcd Monitor/ Viewfinder

    Adjusting LCD monitor/ Setup viewfinder ≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded. Adjusting the brightness and color level Select the menu. (l 30) [SETUP] # [LCD SET] or [EVF SET] # [YES] Select the item and then adjust the settings with the joystick.
  • Page 35: Recording (Basic)

    Preparation Recording Playback With a PC Others 36 Recording (Basic) 44 Recording (Advanced) LSQT1319...
  • Page 36: Before Recording

    Before recording Recording (Basic) Basic camera positioning ∫ About auto mode Press the AUTO button, color balance (white balance) and focusing will be adjusted automatically. (The auto mode icon [ ] appears.) AUTO jAuto white balance (l 104) jAuto focusing (l 104) Depending on the brightness of the subject etc., the aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for optimum brightness.
  • Page 37: Recording Motion Pictures

    Recording motion pictures Recording (Basic) ≥ Open the lens cover before turning the unit on. Rotate the mode dial to select and open the LCD monitor or extend the viewfinder. Press the recording start/stop button to start recording. To end the recording Press the recording start/stop button again.
  • Page 38: Recording Modes And Recordable Time

    ≥ While motion picture recording is in progress, do not disconnect the AC adaptor or remove the battery. If you do, a repair disc message may be displayed when the power is turned back on. (l 93, About recovery) While “WRITING CONTROL DATA TO THE DISC.
  • Page 39: Recording Still Pictures

    Recording still pictures on an Recording (Basic) SD card ≥ Open the lens cover before turning the unit on. Rotate the mode dial to select and open the LCD monitor or extend the viewfinder. Press the recording start/stop button. The unit automatically focuses on the subject at the center of screen (when auto focus is selected).
  • Page 40: Number Of Pixels And Picture Quality

    Recording with a shutter sound effect Select the menu. (l 30) [ADVANCED] # [SHTR EFFECT] # [ON] ≥ This function’s default setting is [ON]. LSQT1319 Number of pixels and picture quality ∫ [PICTURE SIZE] Select the menu. (l 30) [BASIC] # [PICTURE SIZE] # desired setting Icon Aspect...
  • Page 41: Recording Functions

    Recording functions Recording (Basic) Zoom in/out function You can zoom in up to 42k optically. ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Move the zoom lever. T side: Close-up recording (zoom in) W side: Wide-angle recording (zoom out) ≥ The zoom speed varies depending on the range over which the zoom lever is moved.
  • Page 42: Recording Yourself

    Digital zoom function (RAM) (-RW‹VR›) (-RW‹V›) (-R) (-R]DL) If the zoom magnification exceeds 42k, then the digital zoom function will be activated. The maximum magnification provided by the digital zoom can be selected. ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Select the menu.
  • Page 43: Image Stabilizer Function

    Image stabilizer function (RAM) (-RW‹VR›) (-RW‹V›) (-R) (-R]DL) (SD) Reduces the image shaking (jitter) due to hand movement when recording. ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Press the O.I.S. button. The image stabilizer icon [ ] appears. To cancel the image stabilizer function Press the O.I.S.
  • Page 44: Recording (Advanced)

    Recording functions of Recording (Advanced) operation icons Set the recording functions by selecting the operation icons to add different effects to the recorded images. ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Press the joystick, and icons will be displayed on the screen. 1/2 1/2 NEXT 1/2 NEXT NEXT...
  • Page 45: Operation Icons

    Operation icons Backlight compensation/Fade/Help mode/MagicPix/Soft skin mode/Self-timer Video recording mode Backlight compensation 1/2 1/2 NEXT 1/2 NEXT NEXT MagicPix 2/2 NEXT 2/2 2/2 NEXT NEXT ≥ The shaded operation icons are not displayed while recording. ≥ If you turn off the power or operate the mode dial, the backlight compensation and the MagicPix functions are canceled.
  • Page 46: Backlight Compensation/Fade

    Function Backlight compensation Fade Help mode EXIT EXIT EXIT 1/2 1/2 NEXT 1/2 NEXT NEXT MagicPix Soft skin mode LSQT1319 This makes the image brighter to prevent (RAM) darkening of a backlit subject. (-RW‹VR›) (-RW‹V›) (-R) (-R]DL) (SD) When you start recording, the image/audio gradually appears.
  • Page 47 Function Ø Self-timer Fade: ≥ The thumbnails of scenes recorded using fade in become black (or white). Help mode: ≥ When the help mode is used, functions cannot be set. ≥ When the help mode is used, motion pictures and still pictures cannot be recorded. MagicPix: ≥...
  • Page 48: Recording Functions Of Menus

    Recording functions of Recording (Advanced) menus Menus Guideline/Aspect ratio/Wind noise reduction/Auto slow shutter ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Function Guideline function Aspect ratio Wind noise reduction function Auto slow shutter mode Guideline function: ≥ The guidelines do not appear on the images actually recorded.
  • Page 49: Manual Recording Functions

    Manual recording functions Recording (Advanced) 3/3 NEXT 3/3 3/3 NEXT NEXT 4/4 4/4 NEXT 4/4 NEXT NEXT ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Press the MANUAL AF/MF button. (RAM) (-RW‹VR›) (-RW‹V›) (-R) (-R]DL) (SD) MANUAL AF/MF Each time you press the MANUAL AF/MF button: 1 Manual mode The icon shown in the illustration appears.
  • Page 50: Scene Mode

    Scene mode When you record images in different situations, this mode automatically sets optimum shutter speeds and apertures. Select the manual mode. (l 49) Select the menu. (l 30) [BASIC] # [SCENE MODE] # desired setting Icon Mode/Recording conditions Sports To record sports scenes or scenes where there are quick motions Portrait...
  • Page 51: White Balance

    White balance The automatic white balance function may not reproduce natural colors depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the white balance manually. Select the manual mode. (l 49) Select [ ] with the joystick. 3/3 3/3 NEXT 3/3 NEXT NEXT...
  • Page 52: Manual Shutter Speed/ Aperture Adjustment

    Whenever recording conditions change, re-set the white balance for correct adjustment. ≥ When setting both the white balance and the iris/gain, set the white balance first. Manual shutter speed/ aperture adjustment Shutter Speed: Adjust it when recording fast-moving subjects. Aperture: Adjust it when the screen is too bright or too dark.
  • Page 53: Playback

    Preparation Recording Playback With a PC Others 54 Playback 59 Editing 68 Disc and SD card management 72 With other products LSQT1319...
  • Page 54: Motion Picture Playback

    Motion picture playback Playback Rotate the mode dial to select Select the scene to be played back, then press the joystick. A Scene number (Page number: When ] is selected.) The selected scene is played back, and the operation icon is automatically displayed on the screen.
  • Page 55: During Playback

    ≥ Sound will be heard only during normal playback. ≥ When the amount of time recorded on the scene is too short, playback may not be possible. ≥ When a scene is displayed as [ thumbnail display, playback is not possible. ≥...
  • Page 56: Resuming The Previous Playback

    Resuming the previous playback Select the menu. (l 30) [SETUP] # [RESUME PLAY] # [ON] If playback of a motion picture is stopped, [R] appears on the thumbnail view of the stopped scene. To cancel the resume function Set [RESUME PLAY] to [OFF]. ≥...
  • Page 57: Still Picture Playback

    Still picture playback Playback Rotate the mode dial to select Select the file to be played back, then press the joystick. A File number (Page number: When [ ] is selected.) ≥ The method for selecting pages is the same as for motion picture playback.
  • Page 58 ∫ About still picture compatibility ≥ This unit is compliant with the unified standard DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). ≥ The file format supported by this unit is JPEG. (Not all JPEG formatted files will be played back.) ≥...
  • Page 59: Editing

    Deleting scenes/files Editing Important: The deleted scenes/files cannot be restored. ≥ Scenes on DVD-RW discs in Video format and DVD-R/DVD-R DL discs cannot be deleted. ¬ Deleting motion picture scenes: Rotate the mode dial to select ¬ Deleting still picture files: Rotate the mode dial to select ≥...
  • Page 60 (Only when [SELECT] is selected in step 2) Select the scene/file to be deleted, then press the joystick. The selected scene/file is encircled by a red frame. ≥ To unselect the scene/file, press the joystick again. ≥ Up to 50 scenes/files can be selected to be deleted.
  • Page 61: Editing Scenes

    Editing scenes Editing ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Function Dividing a scene This is for dividing a scene into two. To delete an unnecessary portion of a scene, first divide the scene and then delete the unnecessary portion. Operating method Select the menu.
  • Page 62: Combining Scenes

    Function Combining scenes This function is only for combining two consecutive scenes into one. ≥ If you wish to combine scenes that are not next to each other or scenes with different recording dates, first create a playlist and then combine the scenes on the playlist.
  • Page 63: Using Playlists

    Using playlists Editing You can create a playlist by gathering your favorite recorded scenes. Since the playlist is not created by copying data, playlists consume a very small amount of disc space. ≥ When you create or delete playlists, the original scenes will not be modified. Editing scenes on a playlist will not affect the original scenes.
  • Page 64: Editing A Playlist

    The selected scene is encircled by a red frame. ≥ To unselect the scene, press the joystick again. ≥ Up to 50 scenes can be selected and added. ≥ The scenes are registered in the playlist in the order that they were selected. Editing a playlist Editing scenes on a playlist will not affect the original scenes.
  • Page 65 Function Moving scenes within a playlist It is possible to change the sequence of scenes in the playlist by moving them to another position. Dividing a scene This is for dividing a scene into two. Combining scenes This function is only for combining two consecutive scenes into one.
  • Page 66: Editing Still Pictures

    Editing still pictures Editing ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Function Locking still pictures This is for preventing still picture files from being deleted by mistake. (However even if you lock some files on an SD card, formatting the card will delete all the files.) LSQT1319 Operating method...
  • Page 67: Dpof Setting

    Function DPOF setting This is for writing the print data on selected still pictures. ∫ What is DPOF? DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) is a format which allows the user of a digital camera to define which captured images on the SD card are to be printed, together with information on the number of copies they wish to print.
  • Page 68: Disc And Sd Card Management

    Finalizing a disc Disc and SD card management Allows discs to be played on other devices. If you insert a DVD-RW or a DVD-R/DVD-R DL disc recorded in this unit (that has not been finalized) into another device such as DVD recorder, PC, etc., the disc may become unusable. Be sure to finalize the disc on this unit before inserting it in other devices.
  • Page 69: Un-Finalizing A Dvd-Rw Disc

    Un-finalizing a DVD-RW disc This is for un-finalizing a DVD-RW (Video format) disc so that it can be used for recording. ¬ Rotate the mode dial to select Select the menu. (l 30) [DISC SETUP] # [UN-FINALIZE] # [YES] When the confirmation message appears Select [YES], then press the joystick.
  • Page 70: Protecting A Disc/Disc Information

    Protecting a disc/disc Disc and SD card information management Protecting a disc This is for preventing recorded contents from being deleted or edited by mistake. Further recording and editing is not possible on protected discs until the protection is released. ¬...
  • Page 71: Formatting A Disc/An Sd Card

    Formatting a disc/an SD card Disc and SD card management Formatting a disc (RAM) (-RW‹VR›) (-RW‹V›) This is for initializing discs. Please be aware that if a disc is formatted, then all the data recorded on the disc will be erased. ¬...
  • Page 72: With Other Products

    Playback on TV With other products The motion pictures and still pictures recorded by this unit can be played back on a TV. ≥ Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. VIDEO IN AUDIO IN Connect this unit and a TV.
  • Page 73: With A Dvd Recorder/Player

    With a DVD recorder/player With other products ≥ Do not insert a DVD-RW or a DVD-R/DVD-R DL disc recorded in this unit (that has not been finalized) into another device such as DVD recorder, DVD player, PC, etc. as the disc may become unusable.
  • Page 74: Recording (Dubbing) Images Onto A Vcr

    Recording (dubbing) images With other products onto a VCR You can create a playlist by gathering the scenes you want to record (dub), then record (dub) the scenes in this playlist only to other devices. (l 63) ≥ Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. VIDEO IN AUDIO IN Connect this unit and a video device.
  • Page 75: With A Printer (Pictbridge)

    With a printer (PictBridge) With other products To print pictures by directly connecting this unit to the printer, use a printer compatible with PictBridge. (Read the operating instructions for the printer.) ¬ Connect this unit to the AC adaptor and turn on the unit. Connect this unit and a printer.
  • Page 76 Select the paper size setting on [PAPER SIZE], then press the joystick. [STANDARD]: Size specific to the printer [4x5 INCH]: L size [5x7 INCH]: 2L size [4x6 INCH]: Postcard size [A4]: A4 size ≥ You cannot set paper sizes not supported on the printer.
  • Page 77: With A Pc

    Preparation Recording Playback With a PC Others 78 Before using 82 Setup 87 Using software 88 Using a Macintosh LSQT1319...
  • Page 78: What You Can Do With A Pc

    What you can do with a PC Before using When you have installed VideoCam Suite from the supplied CD-ROM and connected your PC to the unit, you can perform the operations described below. A Play back images recorded by this unit on a PC. B Copy images recorded by this unit onto the PC hard disk.
  • Page 79: Operating Environment

    Operating environment Before using ≥ A CD-ROM drive is necessary to install the supplied software applications. ≥ When 2 or more USB devices are connected to a PC, or when devices are connected through USB hubs or by using extension cables, proper operation is not guaranteed. ≥...
  • Page 80 ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some personal computers cannot be used. ≥ Supplied CD-ROM is available for Windows only. ≥ This software is not compatible with Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98/98SE, Windows Me and Windows NT.
  • Page 81: End User License Agreement

    End User License Agreement Before opening the CD-ROM package, please read the following. You (“Licensee”) are granted a license for the Software defined in this End User Software Agreement (“Agreement”) on condition that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
  • Page 82: Setup

    Installation Setup When installing the software, log on to your PC as the Administrator (or with a user name with equivalent authorization) or with the user name for a standard user account. (If you do not have authorization to do this, consult your manager.) ≥...
  • Page 83: Uninstalling The Software

    Select [Yes, I want to restart my computer now.], then click [Finish]. The PC must be rebooted for the application to work. ≥ Depending on the operating environment, you may be required to install DirectX 9.0c. If so, click [Yes], and install it. If you install the software on a PC that is not compatible with DirectX 9.0c, the PC may not work properly.
  • Page 84: Connection And Recognition

    Connection and recognition Setup After the software is installed, the unit must be connected to the PC and be correctly recognized by the ≥ Remove the supplied CD-ROM from your PC. ≥ Be sure to finalize DVD-RW (VR format), DVD-RW (Video format) and DVD-R/DVD-R DL discs on this unit, before using them on the PC.
  • Page 85: About The Pc Display

    About the PC display When the unit is connected to a PC, it is recognized as an external drive. ≥ Depending on the operating environment of the PC, the shape of the drive icon and the drive name will differ. These illustrations are examples.
  • Page 86: To Disconnect Usb Cable Safely

    To disconnect USB cable safely Double click the task tray. Hardware disconnect dialog appears. ≥ Depending on your PC’s settings, this icon may not be displayed. Select [USB Mass Storage Device] and click [Stop]. Verify [MATSHITA DVD-RAM CAM-DD4 USB Device] or [MATSHITA DVD CAM-SD USB Device] is selected and click [OK].
  • Page 87: Using Software

    ≥ When using VideoCam Suite, log on to your PC as Administrator (or with a login name equally authorized). If you log on with a login name other than Administrator, the software cannot be used. Select [start] # [All Programs (Programs)] # [Panasonic] # [VideoCam Suite 1.0] # [VideoCam Suite].
  • Page 88: Using A Macintosh

    If using a Macintosh Using a Macintosh ∫ Operating environment for the SD card reader function (mass storage) Personal computer Interface ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some personal computers cannot be used. ≥...
  • Page 89: Others

    Preparation Recording Playback With a PC Others 90 Indications 94 Helpful hints LSQT1319...
  • Page 90: Indications

    Indications Indications ∫ Recording indications Motion picture recording 0h00m00s R 30min 1/100 OPEN NOV.15.2008 12:34 PM Still picture recording R 100 1/100 OPEN NOV.15.2008 12:34 PM Remaining battery power (l 21) R 30min Remaining time for recording 0h00m00s Elapsed recording time NOV.15.2008 Date/time indication (l 33) 12:34 PM...
  • Page 91: Playback Indications

    ∫ Playback indications Motion picture playback Still picture playback Playback (l 54) Pause (l 54) Fast forward/rewind (l 55) Last/first scene paused Skip playback (l 54) Slow-motion playback (l 55) Frame-by-frame playback ;1/2; (l 55) 0h00m00s Motion picture playback time Play mode (l 56) All scenes on the disc displayed...
  • Page 92: Messages

    You are attempting to connect an AC adaptor not compatible with this unit. Use the supplied AC adaptor. (l 21) If using a Panasonic battery compatible with this unit (l 18), remove the battery and then insert it again. If the message appears even after repeating this several times, this unit needs repair. Detach the power and contact consumer support (l 113, 114).
  • Page 93: About Recovery

    PUSH THE RESET SWITCH. CHECK THE DISC AFTER PUSHING THE RESET SWITCH TO REPAIR THE DATA. An irregularity in the unit has been detected. Press the RESET button to restart the unit. (l 99) EXIT THE MENU THEN CHANGE TO MANUAL MODE. CANCEL MAGICPIX MODE.
  • Page 94: Helpful Hints

    Functions that cannot be Helpful hints used simultaneously Some functions in this unit are disabled or cannot be selected due to the unit’s specifications. The table below shows examples of functions restricted by various conditions. Functions Digital zoom Fade MagicPix Backlight compensation Soft skin mode (Set and cancel) Help mode...
  • Page 95: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions Helpful hints What kind of discs can be used? DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-R DL discs can be used if they are 8 cm (3z) non-cartridge discs. (l 22) Can discs with a cartridge be used? They can be used if the cartridge is removed. Can double sided discs be used? They can be used.
  • Page 96: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Helpful hints Problem This unit cannot be turned on. This unit does not stay on long enough. Battery runs down quickly. This unit is turned off automatically. This unit cannot be operated though it is turned on. This unit does not operate normally.
  • Page 97 Problem The DISC EJECT lever does not work. The disc cannot be read. A function indication such as the remaining time indication or the elapsed time indication is not shown. Recording does not start, although power is supplied to the unit and the disc or SD card is correctly inserted.
  • Page 98 Problem Auto focus function does not work. “CHECK THE LENS COVER.” is displayed. Sound is not played back from the built-in speaker of this unit. Although this unit is correctly connected to a TV, playback images cannot be seen. The playback images are squeezed horizontally.
  • Page 99 Problem Even if a disc or an SD card is formatted, it cannot be used. If the SD card is inserted in another device, it is not recognized. The indication disappears. The screen is frozen. No operation can be performed. “PUSH THE RESET SWITCH.”...
  • Page 100 Problem When connected by the USB cable, this unit is not detected by the PC. When the USB cable is disconnected, an error message will appear on the PC. LSQT1319 Check points ≥ Close the menu screen before connecting the USB cable. ≥...
  • Page 101: Cautions For Use

    Cautions for use About this unit ≥ The unit, disc and SD card become warm after long operation, but this is not a malfunction. Keep the DVD Video Camera as far away as possible from electromagnetic equipment (such as microwave ovens, TVs, video games etc.).
  • Page 102: About The Battery

    When you are not going to use the unit for an extended time ≥ When storing the unit in a cupboard or cabinet, it is recommended that you place a desiccant (silica gel) in with it. About the battery The battery used in this unit is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Page 103: About Condensation

    Extremely high precision technology is employed to produce the LCD Monitor screen featuring a total of approximately 123,000 pixels. The result is more than 99.99% effective pixels with a mere 0.01% of the pixels inactive or always lit. However, this is not a malfunction and does not affect the recorded picture.
  • Page 104: Explanation Of Terms

    Explanation of terms Automatic white balance White balance adjustment recognizes the color of light and adjusts so the white color will become a purer white. The unit determines the hue of light that comes through the lens and white balance sensor, thereby judging the recording condition, and selects the closest hue setting.
  • Page 105 Recording a subject behind a dirty or dusty window The subject behind the window will not be focused because the focus is on the dirty window. Similarly, when recording something on the opposite side of a road with heavy traffic, a vehicle that happens to pass by may be brought into focus.
  • Page 106: Specifications

    Specifications DVD Video Camera Information for your safety Power source: Power consumption: Signal system Recording format Image sensor Lens Zoom Monitor Viewfinder Microphone Speaker Standard illumination Minimum required illumination Video output level Audio output level (Line) Dimensions (excluding the projecting parts) Mass (Weight) (without battery and a disc)
  • Page 107 Motion pictures Recording media 8 cm (3z) DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1 8 cm (3z) DVD-RW Ver. 1.1/2X-SPEED (2X/1X) 8 cm (3z) DVD-R for General Ver. 2.0 8 cm (3z) DVD-R for DL Ver. 3.0 Compression MPEG2 Recording mode and XP: 10 Mbps (VBR) transfer rate (Approx.
  • Page 108: Number Of Recordable Pictures On An Sd Card

    Number of recordable pictures on an SD card Picture size Picture quality 8 MB 16 MB 32 MB 64 MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB ≥ The number of recordable pictures depends on whether [ subject being recorded.
  • Page 109: Optional Accessories

    Optional accessories Accessory No. LM-AF30U LM-AF60U LM-RW30U LM-RW60U LM-RF30V LM-RF60V LM-RF55LV VW-AD21PP-K VW-VBG130* VW-VBG260* VW-VBG6* VW-VH04 RP-SDR01GU1A RP-SDR512U1A RP-SDR256U1A RP-SDM04GU1K RP-SDM02GU1A RP-SDV08GU1K RP-SDV04GU1K RP-SDV02GU1A RP-SDV01GU1A *1 Please refer to page 19 concerning the battery charging time and available recording time. *2 The battery pack holder kit VW-VH04 (optional) is necessary.
  • Page 110: Accessory Order Form (For Usa Customers)

    TO OBTAIN ANY OF OUR ACCESSORIES YOU CAN DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: CALL PANASONIC’S ACCESSORY ORDER LINE AT 1-800-332-5368 MAIL THIS ORDER TO: PANASONIC SERVICE AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANY In CANADA, please contact your local Panasonic dealer for more information on Accessories. LSQT1319 P rice Each Your State &...
  • Page 111: Request For Service Notice (Usa Only)

    Request for Service Notice: Mail this completed form and your Proof of Purchase along with your unit to: Panasonic Camera and Digital Service Center • Please include your proof of purchase. (Failure to do so will delay your repair.) •...
  • Page 112: Limited Warranty (For Usa Customers)

    If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished...
  • Page 113: Customer Services Directory

    1-800-211-PANA (7262), Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7 pm, EST For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY : 1-877-833-8855 Purchase Parts, Accessories and Instruction Books online for all Panasonic Products by visiting our Web Site at: http://www.pstc.panasonic.com or, send your request by E-mail to: npcparts@us.panasonic.com...
  • Page 114: Warranty (For Canadian Customers)

    5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3 PANASONIC PRODUCT – LIMITED WARRANTY Panasonic Canada Inc. warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees to remedy any such defect for a period as stated below from the date of original purchase.
  • Page 115: Index

    Index ∫ A AC adaptor ....18, 21, 102 Aperture ......52 Aspect ratio .
  • Page 116: Spanish Quick Use Guide/Guía Española Para El Uso Rápido

    Spanish Quick Use Guide/ Guía española para el uso rápido ∫ Carga de la batería Conecte el cable de CA al adaptador de CA y a la toma de CA. Inserte la batería en el cargador de baterías alineando las flechas. ∫...
  • Page 117 ∫ Grabación de imágenes en movimiento ≥ Gire el selector de modo para seleccionar Pulse el botón de inicio/detención de la grabación para empezar la grabación. Pulse de nuevo el botón de inicio/ detención de la grabación para interrumpir la grabación. ∫...
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  • Page 120 Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. Ave. 65 de Infantería, Km. 9.5, San Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985 Panasonic Canada Inc. 5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 2T3...