Panasonic AG-HVX200AP Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic AG-HVX200AP Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
Model No.
Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for
future use.
F0208T0 -P
Printed in Japan


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HVX200AP Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH F0208T0 -P Printed in Japan VQT1Q85...
  • Page 2: Read This First

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

    Model Number: AG-HVX200AP 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: (Rechargeable Battery)

    To ensure that our products are used in utmost safety, we once again remind you that we recommend the use of a genuine Panasonic battery pack for any Panasonic product that is to use a battery pack. The genuine Panasonic battery packs are sold under our stringent quality control.
  • Page 5: 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 Read this first! ... 2 Before use Recommendation for Use of Genuine Panasonic Battery Pack (Rechargeable Battery) ... 4 Software information for this product ... 4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ... 5 Outline of operations ... 8 Precaution for use ... 10 Accessories ...
  • Page 7 Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards ... 57 Clip metadata ... 58 Using the Counter ... 59 Counter display (P2 card / Tape) ... 59 Memory stop mode (Tape) ... 59 1394TC preset mode ... 59 Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data ...
  • 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 Definition) recording and smooth editing/dubbing. Flow of shooting, playing and saving The setting values such as the user file are saved to and read from the...
  • 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 83) The data (file) is transferred for nonlinear editing on your computer or other unit. P2 card 1394 host mode (Page 85) The unit directly controls the external hard...
  • Page 10: Precaution For Use

    (Page 24) Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. • Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/ or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder or cassette.
  • Page 11: Accessories

    Accessories Battery ∗ AC Adapter Eye cup Microphone holder Shoulder belt Component video cable Documents and CD 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 136) ∗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, fit 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 76) 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 77) 3 USB terminal (Mini-B) (Pages 78 and 83) 4 Headphone jack (3.5 mm stereo mini jack) (Page 77) 5 1394 terminal (Page 78) 6 SD memory card slot (Pages 32 and 57)
  • 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 S T A R T / D A TE / P H O T O TIME SH O T...
  • 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 flat, 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 cord 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 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: 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 22: Using The Lcd

    Viewfinder (continued) Using the LCD Set the POWER switch to ON. Press the OPEN button in the direction shown by arrow 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 97) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control. (Page 15) Viewfinder 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 viewfinder 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 126) • For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. On the menu, select OPERATION and then FORMAT. (Page 70) • 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 viewfinder 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-DVM63 series tape (60 minutes in SP mode) Do not use 80-minute mini DV 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/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-HVX200AP should conform to SD or SDHC standards. Be sure to format cards using the AG-HVX200AP.
  • 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 cassette cover to zoom slowly, firmly press to zoom faster.
  • 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 107) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, select 720/30PN or 720/24PN as the recording format. Select the appropriate scene file using the SCENE FILE dial. If necessary, before doing this, perform the camera settings from the setting menu, and register the scene file.
  • Page 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 films, 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 107) 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 viewfinder and LCD goes out).
  • 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: Black Balance Adjustments

    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 viewfinder 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

    After backup recording, check the menu item settings before you operate the camera-recorder. • If you use another AG-HVX200AP/AG-HVX200 as the external unit for backup recording, select “OFF” for 1394 CONTROL on the external unit and set it to MCR/VCR mode.
  • Page 47: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    2-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 48: Finding Specific Scenes (Image Search)

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Finding specific scenes (image search) Camera While in the shooting standby mode, you can search through any images you have shot. This is useful when you want to find a point from which to continue shooting so two scenes come one after the other.
  • Page 49: Interval Recording (Interval Rec)

    Check that the settings given on the previous page have been established for the OPERATION TYPE item and recording format. Select ON under PREREC MODE. (Page 107) • For menu operations (Page 97) Press the START/STOP button. Pre-recording starts. • In the following cases, the pre-recording function will be canceled, and recording will be initiated from the respective operation points.
  • Page 50: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    Using the special recording functions (continued) One-shot recording (ONE-SHOT REC) This function records a single shot at each unit of time which has been set. Check that the settings given on page 48 have been established for the OPERATION TYPE item and recording format. Select ONE SHOT under REC FUNCTION.
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

  • Page 52: Synchro Scan

    Adjusting the shutter speed (continued) With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance changes in synchronization with the power line frequency. When this frequency is 50 Hz, mutual interference will occur between the camera- recorder’s vertical sync frequency (approx. 60 Hz) and the lighting frequency (50 Hz).
  • Page 53: 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 ∗...
  • Page 54: 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 55: 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 101) settings remain unchanged even when the scene file is changed.
  • Page 56 Using scene files (continued) The screen below is displayed, so set the file name of six letters using button. Set the same as user information. (Page 61) • Characters that can be set Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^_-./ If the COUNTER RESET button is pressed when the filename has been set, the characters are cleared.
  • Page 57: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards You can save up to four scene file settings or other settings as files on an SD memory card, and you can also load them from the card. • In the case of the scene files, the current settings are automatically saved in the unit, and the saved data is written on an SD memory card.
  • Page 58: 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 59: 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. Press the COUNTER button. Each time you press the button, the display changes as follows. (Page 91) 0 : 00.
  • Page 60: 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 61: Setting User Information

    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 buttons again to select the value. You can reset the time code to zero by pressing COUNTER RESET.
  • Page 62 Setting the time data (continued) In the setup menus, RECORDING SETUP screen UB MODE, select USER. • For menu operation (Page 97) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control. (Page 15) Example: In the MCR mode Press the buttons to select UB PRESET, and press the...
  • Page 63: Basic Playback Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic playback operations (P2 card) Lock release CAMERA For details on playing back clips using thumbnails, see page 65. Operations using the OPERATION button Play ( ) When this button is pressed in stop mode, playback will start from the first clip selected.
  • Page 64: Basic Playback Operations (Tape)

    Basic playback operations (Tape) Lock release CAMERA Operations using the OPERATION button Play ( ) 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 65: 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 66 Thumbnail screen (continued) 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.
  • Page 67: 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. Press the buttons 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 68: 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 69 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). VOICE MEMO IND.: Select this to set whether the voice memo indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF).
  • Page 70: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    P2 viewer from the web site given ) button. below, installing it in your computer, and copying the clips again. button. button. button. are deleted when a clip is repaired.
  • Page 71: Checking The Clip Or Card Information (Property)

    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 72 Thumbnail operations (continued) 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.
  • Page 73: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    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 58.) Selecting whether to record the metadata on the P2 card...
  • Page 74: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Variable speed search (P2 card / Tape) This function enables you to change the playback speed and search for specific scenes. Press the button during playback. On the remote control, press the VAR. SEARCH button. Camera or Remote control [1x] appears on the screen and the media is played back at the normal speed.
  • Page 75: Frame-By-Frame Playback (P2 Card / Tape)

    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. • Press and hold the button to perform frame- by-frame play continuously.
  • Page 76: Index Search (Tape)

    Useful playback functions (continued) Index search (Tape) This function searches for the index signals (page 48) 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 77: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones are connected. External microphone Stereo Microphone (optional) AG-MC200G • When attaching an external microphone to the microphone shoe, use the supplied microphone holder and microphone holder adapter. •...
  • Page 78: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    • When the P2 card access lamp flashes orange 1. Select [Applications] → [Utilities] → and start up [Disc Utility]. 2. Select a grayed-out volume among volumes of the X.X GB Panasonic disc, and click “Mount.” • When the P2 card access lamp is off Eject the P2 card, and insert it again.
  • Page 79: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    • 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 80: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) 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 81: 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 97) 32K(12bit): The sound is recorded using the 12-bit/32kHz (4-channel) system.
  • Page 82 Audio dubbing (continued) Input channels and the tracks recorded Shooting Input 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 83: 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 78) The following conditions must be met if the USB cable is to be used to make the connection.
  • Page 84 Nonlinear editing with P2 card (PC mode) (continued) 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 85: 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 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 86: Warnings

    Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive (1394 HOST mode) (continued) To check the data copied into the hard disk drive After step 4 on the previous page, use the buttons to select PROPERTY, and then press button. The contents of the hard disk drive are displayed.
  • Page 87: Dubbing

    Dubbing Dubbing the contents of P2 cards onto a tape (dubbing mode) You can dub clips from a P2 card onto a tape that has been inserted into the unit. Only clips recorded in 1080i and 720P formats can be dubbed. In either case, the image signal is downconverted, reduced to SQUEEZE size, and recorded in DV format.
  • Page 88: Digital Input/Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    Dubbing (continued) Press the two REC buttons simultaneously. If you are using the remote control, press the PLAY button while holding down the REC button. Dubbing now starts. When it finishes, it will automatically stop, and the thumbnail display will be restored. (To stop dubbing while it is underway, press the button.) •...
  • Page 89: Analog Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    • In the VCR mode, the recording standby status is established when these two buttons are pressed together in the playback pause status. (The recording standby status will not be established in the MCR mode.) Each time you press the button, the status switches between recording and recording standby.
  • Page 90: Analog Input (Tape)

    Dubbing (continued) 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 91: 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 92 Screen displays (continued) 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display This display appears if a function which has been set on the setting menu AUTO SW screen is operating when the AUTO/MANUAL switch has been pressed. 4 Backup unit displays The status of the backup unit connected to the 1394 connector is displayed here.
  • Page 93 20 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. When the display is set to macro control, the black and white of AF or MF are displayed in reverse. 95 (Focal distance: infinity) 00 (Focal distance: approx.
  • Page 94: Warnings

    Screen displays (continued) REC END : End of recording search Variable-speed search (Reverse variable- speed search) 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.
  • Page 95 WRITE PROTECTED The P2 card or SD memory card is write- protected. NO CARD A P2 card or SD memory card has not been inserted. NO FILE There are no files (version upgrade files, etc.). Errors These are displayed when an error occurs in the unit, P2 card, tape, or other component.
  • Page 96: 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 114) Displays 1 Time code display 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display...
  • Page 97: 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. Operation buttons MENU button MENU Using the menus • If the thumbnail menu is displayed, press the AUDIO/THUMBNAIL button to release the display.
  • Page 98: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Using the setup menus (continued) To change other settings, repeat steps 4 and When you finish, 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 99: 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 101 - 103) ASPECT CONV CAMERA SETUP SETUP(P2) SETUP(TAPE) (Page 103) MID GAIN HIGH GAIN SW MODE (Pages 104 and 105) HANDLE ZOOM IRIS DIAL...
  • Page 100: Mcr/Vcr (Playback And External Input) Mode Menu

    Setup menu structure (continued) 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 107 - 109) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS (Pages 110 and 111) AV IN/OUT SETUP (Page 112) DISPLAY SETUP (Pages 113 and 114)
  • Page 101: 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 film type. TAPE VIDEO CAM: SYNCRO SCAN is displayed using 1/n units. FILM CAM: FRAME RATE (Camera) Selects the shooting interval and exposure time when 720P and FILM CAM is selected.
  • Page 102 Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item mode GAMMA (Camera) Selects the gamma curves other than the news gamma curve. TAPE KNEE (Camera) To avoid overexposure, select the compression level (knee point) of the high TAPE MATRIX (Camera) Selects the MATRIX table suitable for the desired color expression during TAPE Description of settings...
  • Page 103: Camera Setup Screen

    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 the skin tone. ON OFF V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 480i progressive mode. TAPE THIN: Makes the detail thin.
  • Page 104: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Display Item mode MID GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. TAPE HIGH GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch. TAPE (Camera) Sets the operation of the ATW (Auto Tracking White Balance) function assigned TAPE...
  • Page 105 SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item mode USER1 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. TAPE REC CHECK: SPOTLIGHT: BACKLIGHT: BLACKFADE: WHITEFADE: ATW: ATWLOCK: GAIN: 18 dB: FOCUS RING: INDEX/MEMO: SLOT SEL (P2 card only): SHOT MARK (P2 card only): USER2 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER2 button.
  • Page 106: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AUTO SW screen Display Item mode A.IRIS (Camera) ON: TAPE (Camera) Sets the Auto Gain Control when the ON is selected in A.IRIS. TAPE (Camera) ON: TAPE (Camera) ON: TAPE Description of settings Performs the auto iris control in auto mode. The IRIS button is deactivated. OFF: Deactivates the auto iris control in auto mode.
  • Page 107: Recording Setup Screen

    RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item mode REC FORMAT (P2) (Camera) Selects the recording format for P2 card. 1080i/60i, 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, 720P/60P, 720P/30P, 720P/24P, 720P/30PN, 720P/24PN, 480i/60i, 480i/30P, 480i/24P, 480i/24PA REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format for cassette tape. (TAPE) 480i/60i, 480i/30P, 480i/24P, 480i/24PA TAPE...
  • Page 108 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode 1394 TC REGEN (MCR/ TAPE VCR) TC MODE (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) (DUB) (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) (DUB) FIRST REC TC (Camera) TAPE (VCR) (DUB) (Camera) TC PRESET TAPE (MCR/ VCR) (DUB)
  • Page 109 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode 1394 UB REGEN (MCR/ Selects the user information used when recording the signals from equipment TAPE VCR) connected to the 1394 terminal. OFF: • If you select ON here, this has priority over the setting in UB MODE. •...
  • Page 110: Playback Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode 32K(12bit) AUDIO (VCR) TAPE AUDIO OUT (P2) (MCR/ VCR) AUDIO OUT (TAPE) TAPE Description of settings Sets the audio to output as CH1 and CH2 signals when playing back a tape recorded in the 32K (12bit) audio mode.
  • Page 111 PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen (continued) 32K(12bit) AUDIO item/AUDIO OUT item settings and audio track signals output from the AUDIO IN/OUT jack TAPE Audio recording 32K(12bit) AUDIO mode setting 32K (12bit) 48K (16bit) — AUDIO IN/OUT jack AUDIO OUT setting CH1 output CH1 ·...
  • Page 112: Dubbing Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DUBBING SETUP screen Display Item mode FORMAT SEL (DUB) PULLDOWN SEL (DUB) SETUP (DUB) AV IN/OUT SETUP screen Display Item mode CMPNT OUT SEL (Camera) (MCR) HP MODE (Camera) Selects the sound heard through the headphones. TAPE A.
  • Page 113: Display Setup Screen

    DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item mode ZEBRA DETECT 1 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the left-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 100%, 105% ZEBRA DETECT 2 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 100%, 105%, OFF <Note>...
  • Page 114 Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item mode ZOOM · FOCUS (Camera) Selects the unit of zoom and focus values. TAPE CARD/TAPE · BATT (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) OTHER DISPLAY (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) CAMERA DATA (MCR/ TAPE VCR) LCD BACKLIGHT...
  • Page 115: Card Functions Screen

    CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item mode SCENE FILE (Camera) You can save four SCENE FILE settings to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved files. READ: Read WRITE: Write USER FILE (Camera) You can save four file settings (excluding SCENE FILE) to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved file.
  • Page 116 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode END SEARCH (Camera) TAPE (VCR) PC MODE (Camera) (MCR) REC LAMP (Camera) Sets lighting of the tally lamp. TAPE ACCESS LED (Camera) (MCR) BEEP SOUND (Camera) Turns the beep sound ON or OFF. TAPE CLOCK SET (Camera)
  • Page 117 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in 30-minute TAPE (MCR/ steps. (As an exception, you can set +12:45.) Refer to the table below. VCR) 0:00 Description of settings...
  • Page 118 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item mode POWER SAVE (Camera) Selects the power-saving mode when the top panel operation keys, DISP/ TAPE USER FILE (Camera) TAPE (MCR/ VCR) HOUR METER (Camera) TAPE (VCR) OPERATION (Camera) (MCR) Description of settings MODE CHK button, USER1-3 buttons and EVF DTL button have not been operated for 5 minutes or so.
  • Page 119: Option Menu

    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 120: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. Power shuts off for no apparent reason. Power goes off as soon as it is turned on. Battery The battery runs down quickly. The battery cannot be charged. Shooting (general) Cannot start shooting. Cannot focus automatically.
  • Page 121 Shooting (when using a P2 card) Cannot shoot even though • The MEDIA switch may be in the TAPE position. the P2 card is inserted If so, set it to the P2 position. correctly. • Make sure the P2 card’s write-protect switch is not in the PROTECT position.
  • Page 122 Before calling for service (continued) Displays Something is wrong with the time code display. The remaining tape display differs from the actual amount of tape remaining. Playback Cannot play even when I press the play button. Cannot play back P2 cards or tapes.
  • Page 123 Other Cannot remove the tape. • Make sure the camera is supplied with power. Make sure the AC adapter or battery is inserted correctly. As long as the power is supplied, you can remove the tape without turning ON the POWER switch. Cannot perform any •...
  • Page 124: 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 125 Battery characteristics This camera-recorder uses a rechargeable lithiumion battery that uses its internal chemical reaction to generate electrical energy. This reaction is easily influenced 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 126: 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 127: 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 128: 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 129: 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 130: How To Handle Data Recorded On P2 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 PC, follow the instructions below.
  • Page 131: 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 132: Recording Format

    Recording format DVCPRO HD P2 Card Video format DVCPRO50 Tape DVCPRO HD P2 Card Video format DVCPRO50 Tape 1080i/60i 1080i/60i 720P/60P 720P/60P 720P/60P 720P/30PN native recording 720P/60P 720P/24PN native recording DVCPRO 480i/60i 480i/60i 1080i/60i 720P/60P 720P/30PN 720P/24PN DVCPRO 480i/60i Frame rate 1080i/30P 1080i/24P over 60i...
  • Page 133: Appendix

    Appendix Selecting the USER CLIP NAME recording method Press the MENU button and select META DATA → PROPERTY → USER CLIP NAME to 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...
  • Page 134: Specifications

    Specifications [GENERAL] Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V Power consumption 11.6 W (when the viewfinder 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 135 [AUDIO P2] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) Sampling frequency 48 kHz Quantizing 16 bit/4 CH Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz Wow & flutter Below measurable limits [MEMORY CARD] Video recording formats: DVCPRO HD 1080/60i (30P over 60i, 24P over 60i, 24PA over 60i) 720/60P (30P over 60P, 24P over 60P) 720/30PN (Native recording)
  • Page 136 Specifications (continued) [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 Ω...
  • Page 137 Memo...
  • Page 138 Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company Unit Company of Panasonic Corporation of North America Executive Office: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7000 EASTERN ZONE: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7196 Southeast Region: (201) 348-7162 WESTERN ZONE: 3330 Cahuenga Blvd W., Los Angeles, CA 90068 (323) 436-3500...

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