Panasonic AG-HPX172EN Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic AG-HPX172EN Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic memory card camera-recorder operating instructions


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F0808T0 -P
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Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    5 Year Warranty Repair Program. For details, see page 4. Model No. 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-HPX172EN ENGLISH VQT1U95...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first! g DO NOT REMOVE PANEL COVERS BY UNSCREWING THEM. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover. No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel. WARNING: • TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
  • Page 3 To ensure that our products are used in utmost safety, we once again remind you that we recommend the use of a genuine Panasonic battery pack for any Panasonic product that is to use a battery pack. The genuine Panasonic battery packs are sold under our stringent quality control.
  • Page 4: Software Information For This Product

    All other explanations, company names, and product names are the registered trademarks of the respective companies. PHD 5 Year Warranty Repair Program Thank you for purchasing this Panasonic PHD device. Register as a user for this device to receive a special service warranty up to five years of free warranty repairs.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Read this first! ...  Recommendation for Use of Genuine Panasonic Battery Pack (Rechargeable Battery) ...  Software information for this product ...  Before use Outline of operations ... 7 Precaution for use ... 8 Accessories ... 9 Optional units ...
  • Page 6 Switching Audio Input ... 50 Using the built-in microphone ... 50 Using another microphone and audio equipment ... 50 Adjusting the recording level ... 51 Using scene files ... 5 Changing scene file settings ... 52 Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards ...
  • Page 7: 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 Computer/ equipment/...
  • Page 8: Precaution For Use

    (Page 23) Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. • Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder. Respect copyrights •...
  • Page 9: Accessories

    Accessories Battery *1 AC Adapter Eye cup Microphone holder Shoulder belt Component video cable 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 10: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side POWER POWER switch (Page 18) START/STOP button (Page 24) REC CHECK button (Page 24) Zoom button (Page 29) HANDLE ZOOM switch (Page 29) Recording enable/disable switch (Page 39) Handle zoom button (Page 29) Handle START/STOP button (Page 24) Built-in stereo microphone (Page 50) 10 Tally lamp (Front) (Page 18)
  • Page 11: Left Side

    Left side 14 16 Focus ring (Page 34) Zoom ring (Page 29) If you don’t need the zoom ring pin, fit it into the provided zoom ring pin hole (14 on page 10) so that you don’t loose it. FOCUS ASSIST button (Page 35) USER button (Page 41) ZOOM switch (Page 29) Built-in speaker (Page 74)
  • Page 12: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Use this opening to attach a security cable. 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.
  • Page 13: 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 • INDEX START/ DATE/ PHOTO STOP TIME SHOT COUNTER RESET TITLE ZOOM MULTI/...
  • Page 14: 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 15: 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 cord into the power outlet.
  • Page 16: 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 17: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Push the catch in the direction shown by arrow 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: Using The Lcd

    Viewfinder (continued) 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.
  • Page 21: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 18) Press the MENU button. • For menu operation (Page 93) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control. (Page 13) Viewfinder adjustments Select YES under EVF SET on the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen.
  • Page 22: Adjusting The Backlight

    Viewfinder (continued) 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 23: 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 24: Basic Shooting Operations

    Basic shooting operations Preparing to shoot Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 18) 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 25: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    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. • Note that this REC CHECK portion will also be recorded to any equipment you have set up to make backup recordings.
  • Page 26: Recording Times

    When using any other types of cards, the driver installed in the camera-recorder may need to be updated. (Page 118) • For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. Operation lever MENU PUSH-SET Mode lamp...
  • Page 27: Remove The P2 Card

    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. Remove the P card.
  • Page 28: 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-HPX172EN should conform to SD or SDHC standards. Be sure to format cards using the AG-HPX172EN. SD memory cards with the following capacity can be used for the AG-HPX172EN.
  • Page 29: 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 30: Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) By taking full advantage of the special characteristics of P2 cards, this unit provides frame skipping (undercranking) recording and highspeed (overcranking) recording, which are actually movie techniques, without the use of a frame rate converter. (Either the 25PN mode must be set for this.) Since the camera-recorder records only the effective frames (native recording), recording is possible for 2 times as long compared with recording in the 25P or 50P mode (standard recording).
  • Page 31: Native Recording

    Native recording Using the REC FORMAT function (Page 10) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, select 720P/25PN 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 32: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) Using variable frame rates (VFR) Standard speed shooting for making commercials and dramas When producing commercials and dramas to be shown on a TV screen, as in the case of HDTV/ SDTV and other broadcasts, a frame rate of 25 fps (frames per second) is the norm (1x speed).
  • Page 33: Shooting In 1080I/576I Progressive Mode

    Shooting in 1080i/576i progressive mode Selecting 1080i/25P or 576i/25P in the REC FORMAT option (Page 103) of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in progressive mode. 5P mode: Shoot 25 frames a second in the progressive mode. For output and recording, the 25-frame- persecond signal is converted to 50-field-per- second interlace.
  • Page 34: 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. ( and LCD go out). Manual focusing Focus ring FOCUS switch...
  • Page 35: Using Focus Assist

    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 36: Adjusting The Gain

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the gain When the display is dark, increase the gain to brighten the display. GAIN switch 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.
  • Page 37: Adjusting The White Balance

    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. When you are shooting in manual mode, readjust the white balance whenever lighting conditions change.
  • Page 38: Black Balance Adjustments

    Shooting in manual mode (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 viewfinder and LCD goes out).
  • Page 39: 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 40: 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 41: 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 42: Waveform Monitor Function

    After backup recording, check the menu item settings before you operate the camera- recorder. • If you use another AG-HPX172EN as the external unit for backup recording, select “OFF” for 1394 CONTROL on the external unit and set it to MCR mode.
  • Page 43: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    -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 44: Last Clip Delete Function

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) 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 45: Using The Special Recording Functions

    Using the special recording functions Making the settings in the RECORDING SETUP screen (Page 103) 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 46: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    Using the special recording functions (continued) • All data recorded while this mode is active will be contained in one file. • No guarantees are made for the 1394 output images. • Operation is not possible even if only one of the inserted cards is DIR ENTRY NG CARD.
  • Page 47 • Use two P2 cards each with a recording capacity of more than one minute. Recording stops when either card is ejected. • 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 48: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed SHUTTER button SPEED SELECT button BARS SHUTTER SPEES SELECT CH1 SELECT CH2 SELECT INPUT1 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 49: Synchro Scan

    Synchro scan Set the shutter speed of the synchro scan (used when shooting a television or computer monitor) in the setup menus, SCENE FILE screen, SYNCRO SCAN. (Page 97) • Adjust the shutter speed to match the frequency of the television or computer monitor to minimize the horizontal noise that appears when shooting such subjects.
  • Page 50: 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 51: 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 INT MIC OFF 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...
  • Page 52: 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 97) settings remain unchanged even when the scene file is changed.
  • Page 53 When the screen shown below appears, use the Operation lever to enter a 6- character file name. Set the same as user information. (Page 60) • 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 54: 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 55 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. To title a file 1) Perform steps 1 to 4.
  • Page 56: 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 57: 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 86) 0 : 00. 00 (CAM mode only) Counter value CLIP 0 : 00.
  • Page 58: 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 59 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 60: Setting User Information

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data (continued) 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.
  • Page 61 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 62: Basic Playback Operations

    Basic playback operations For details on playing back clips using thumbnails, see Page 6. 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 63: 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, 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 64 Thumbnail screen (continued) 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 65: 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 66: 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 67: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    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 68: 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 69 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 70: Editing The Recorded Clip Metadata

    Thumbnail operations (continued) Card warning mark This mark is displayed when one of the following warnings applies to a P2 card. 1) RUN DOWN CARD (Page 90) 2) DIR ENTRY NG CARD (Page 90) • The contents of the warning can be viewed by checking the card information as described above.
  • Page 71: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    • 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. • If MEMO contains 100 or more characters, it cannot be edited.
  • Page 72 Thumbnail operations (continued) 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 73: 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. INDEX SELECT STORE...
  • Page 74: Clip Skip

    Useful playback functions (continued) 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. Camera Adjusting the volume MENU THUMBNAIL PUSH-SET PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR Camera With the PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR button, adjust the volume of the sound that is...
  • Page 75: 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 76: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    Connecting external units (continued) 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 77: 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 78: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) Digital video equipment (Dubbing) This camera Ferrite core (included) 1394 6-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. •...
  • Page 79: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    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. TV/Monitor (playback/dubbing) BNC cable (optional)
  • Page 80: 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).* Page 76) *1 When the unit is connected to a computer with a 1394 cable, you can only read data from P2 cards but you cannot write data to P2 cards.
  • Page 81 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. • When replacing one card with another, if the USB connection is used, check that the access lamp is not flashing and that the data on the card is not being accessed before...
  • Page 82: 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 83 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 84: Warnings

    Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive (19 HOST mode) (continued) 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.
  • Page 85: 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 86: 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 87 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”. 19 * : Recording 19 h : Recording standby 19 : The backup unit cannot be controlled.
  • Page 88 Screen displays (continued) 1 Focus control display Displays the focus control information with 99-00. In the auto focus mode, AF appears. In the manual focus mode, MF appears, and when MF ASSIST is set to ON on the setting menu SW MODE screen, MA appears.
  • Page 89 • The remaining time is indicated in 1 minute increments between 0 to 999 minutes.  Operational state display REC: Recording PAUSE: Recording pause : Play pause : Play ): Fast-forward/Fast-forward play (Rewind/Fast-backward play) ): Slow play (Reverse slow play) CHK: Rec check ): Cue (reverse cue) ): Frame-by-frame (Reverse Frame-...
  • Page 90: Warnings

    Screen displays (continued) 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.
  • Page 91 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 92: Setting The Display Items

    Screen displays (continued) 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 108) Displays 1 Time code display 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display...
  • Page 93: 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 PUSH-SET Operation lever Using the menus • If the thumbnail menu is displayed, press the THUMBNAIL button to release the display.
  • Page 94: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Using the setup menus (continued) 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 95: Setup Menu Structure

    Setup menu structure CAM (camera) mode menu CAMERA MENU SCENE FILE (Pages 97 - 99) CAMERA SETUP ASPECT CONV (Page 99) SW MODE (Pages 100 - 102) AUTO SW A.IRIS (Pages 102 - 103) RECORDING SETUP (Pages 103 - 105) CMPNT/SDI SEL SDI OUT SDI METADATA...
  • Page 96: Mcr (Playback) Mode Menu

    Setup menu structure (continued) MCR (playback) mode menu MCR MENU RECORDING SETUP (Pages 103 - 105) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS (Page 106) AV IN/OUT SETUP (Page 106 - 107) DISPLAY SETUP (Pages 107 - 108) OTHER FUNCTIONS (Pages 109 - 111) OPTION MENU (Page 112) MCR FORMAT 576i MCR MODE...
  • Page 97: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item mode 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...
  • Page 98 Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Item (Camera) GAMMA (Camera) KNEE (Camera) MATRIX (Camera) SKIN TONE DTL (Camera) Display mode 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 99: Camera Setup Screen

    SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) NAME EDIT (Camera) CAMERA SETUP screen Display Item mode ASPECT CONV (Camera) Description of settings Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 576i progressive mode. THIN: Makes the detail thin. MID: Makes the detail slightly thicker.
  • Page 100: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Item MID GAIN (Camera) HIGH GAIN (Camera) (Camera) HANDLE ZOOM (Camera) IRIS DIAL (Camera) Display mode Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, dB, 6dB, 9dB, 1dB Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch.
  • Page 101 SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item mode USER1 (Camera) USER (Camera) USER (Camera) Description of settings 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 41) BLACKFADE: Blackfade (Page 41) WHITEFADE:...
  • Page 102: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen (continued) Item FOCUS ASSIST (Camera) MF ASSIST (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) AUTO SW screen Item A.IRIS (Camera) Display mode 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 103: Recording Setup Screen

    AUTO SW screen (continued) Display Item mode (Camera) (Camera) (Camera) RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item mode REC FORMAT (Camera) MCR FORMAT (MCR) 576i REC MODE (Camera) 576i MCR MODE (MCR) REC FUNCTION (Camera) ONE-SHOT TIME (Camera) INTERVAL TIME (Camera) PREREC MODE (Camera) MIC ALC (Camera)
  • Page 104 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Item MIC GAIN  (Camera) 5M REC CH SEL (Camera) 19 TC REGEN (MCR) (Camera) (MCR) TC PRESET (Camera) (MCR) 19 UB REGEN (MCR) Display mode Sets the input level of the external microphone connected to the INPUT 2 terminal.
  • Page 105 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode UB MODE (Camera) (MCR) UB PRESET (Camera) (MCR) 19 IN PRESET (MCR) TIME STAMP (Camera) Description of settings 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 106: Playback Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Item AUDIO OUT (MCR) AV IN/OUT SETUP screen Item 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) Display mode...
  • Page 107: Display Setup Screen

    AV IN/OUT SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode INT MIC (Camera) DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item mode 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 108: Card Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Item 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 Item...
  • Page 109: Other Functions Screen

    CARD FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode SD CARD FORMAT (Camera) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode USER FILE (Camera) (MCR) REMOTE (Camera) (MCR) 19 CONTROL (Camera) 19 CMD SEL (Camera) PC MODE (Camera) (MCR) Description of settings Formats the SD memory cards. Description of settings LOAD: Loads the settings in a previously stored user file.
  • Page 110 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Item ACCESS LED (Camera) (MCR) REC LAMP (Camera) BEEP SOUND (Camera) CLOCK SET (Camera) (MCR) TIME ZONE (Camera) (MCR) Display mode 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 111 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode POWER SAVE (Camera) MENU INIT (Camera) (MCR) OPERATION (Camera) (MCR) Description of settings Selects the power-saving mode when the Operation lever, MENU button, THUMBNAIL button, PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR button, DISP/ MODE CHK button, USER1-3 buttons and EVF DTL button have not been operated for 5 minutes or so.
  • Page 112: Option Menu Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) 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/25PN Video format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 1080i/50i DVCPRO HD 720P/50P Video 720P/25PN format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 576i/50i 1080i/50i 1080i/50i 720P/50P 720P/50P 720P/50P Native recording 576i/50i 576i/50i Frame rate 12 15 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 32 34 37 42 45 48 50 720P/12P-50P over 50P 720P/12P-50P Native recording Frame rate...
  • 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 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/50i (25P over 50i) 720P/50P (25P over 50P) 720P/25PN (Native recording) DVCPRO50/DVCPRO/DV 576i/50i (25P over 50i) Audio recording formats:...
  • 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 Dimensions (W x H x D) 70.0 mm x 44.5 mm x 116.0 mm Weight and dimensions are approximate.
  • Page 128 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Web Site: Panasonic Systems Asia Pacific (Broadcast Regional Operation Center) 2 Jalan Kilang Barat, Panasonic Building, Singapore 159346 Tel: +65-6270-0110 © 2008 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. EN EN...

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