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Panasonic AG-RT850 Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 Operating Instructions Time Lapse Recorder Model AG- Before attempting to connect, operate or adjust this product, please read these instructions completely.
  • Page 2 E or by the Earth symbol until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer. How to replace the fuse 1. Open the fuse compartment with a screwdriver.
  • Page 3 Discard used batteries according to manufacturer’s instructions. “The lithium battery is a critical component (type number VL2330/1HF manufactured by Panasonic.) VARNING Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Använd samma It must never be subjected to excessive heat or discharge.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents ......Features Auto Repeat Recording/Auto Rewinding ..Regular Maintenance Service Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording) .
  • Page 5: Features

    Features Recording and playback up to 336-hour time modes Recording lock function In addition to the 9-hour time modes, recording and A double recording mode lock function is provided for playback can be performed in the time lapse modes safeguarding against operational errors during recording. (L24-, 54-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 168-, 192-, 240- and 336-hour modes).
  • Page 6: Parts And Their Functions

    Parts And Their Functions 2 3 4 6 7 8 EJECT REC REVIEW STOP PLAY PAUSE/STILL MENU PAGE REV ADV FWD ADV REC LOCK SHIFT TRACKING / COUNTER / V-LOCK RESET TIME MODE SEARCH INT TIMER EXT TIMER ALARM 90qw e r (STANDBY/ON) switch MENU/REC LOCK switch The unit is turned on when this switch is pressed.
  • Page 7 RESET button COUNTER/SEARCH selector button When this button is pressed, the counter display is reset to When this button is pressed, the display on the display panel 0:00:00. changes to time, counter, counter memory, alarm search and number of repeat recording times. The M mark appears on the Display panel display panel in the counter memory mode.
  • Page 8 Parts And Their Functions BATTERY PUSH OPEN CAMERA SW OUT RS-232C AUDIO VIDEO ALARM RESET IN TAPE END OUT AC IN WARNING/ REMOTE ALARM IN REC OUT COMMON REC IN Camera switching output connector Tape end output connector Camera switching output connector; connect it to the When the cassette tape comes to its end during recording, frame switcher.
  • Page 9: Menu Screens

    Menu Screens One of the menu screens appears on the TV monitor when the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to MENU. The display returns to the regular screen when this switch is set to OFF. • When a menu screen has appeared, the items are set using the page, shift and set buttons. •...
  • Page 10 Menu Screens MENU SCREEN 2 The time/date display position, monitor screen blue display and buzzer settings are performed on Menu Screen 2. Display position selection To release the buzzer: This selects the position where the date and time ALARM: Release alarm recording. are to be displayed on the TV monitor.
  • Page 11 MENU SCREEN 4 Recording mode and video output are selected on Menu Screen 4. Recording time mode selection Video signal mode When recording starts, the set time mode is always This selects the operation of the colour/black-and- established. white automatic selector circuit. OFF: The time mode can be set as desired using the AUTO: The circuit automatically identifies the type of time mode button on the VTR’s sub panel.
  • Page 12 Menu Screens MENU SCREEN 7 The RS-232C parameters and display language are set on Menu Screen 7. Setting the bit length (7BIT/8BIT) Setting the stop bit (STOP-1/STOP-2) Setting the parity (ODD/EVEN/NON) Setting the baud rate (4800BPS/9600BPS) Selection of the menu display language (ENGLISH/FRANÇAIS).
  • Page 13: Date And Time Settings

    Date and Time Settings This unit comes with a time/date generator which enables the date and time to be superimposed on the recording. When the power is switched on, the date, time of the day and time mode are displayed (in the case of a regular screen).
  • Page 14: Time/Date Display Position

    Date and Time Settings When the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to OFF, the clock automatically starts running from time and date set. TIME 03- 3-01 3:25:00 Flashing For the seconds, “00” is set. Even when the switch is set to MENU, the time will keep advancing if it has not been changed.
  • Page 15: Time Mode Selection

    Time Mode Selection EJECT REC REVIEW PULL OPEN TRACKING / COUNTER / V-LOCK RESET TIME MODE SEARCH ALARM TIME MODE button Refer to the table given below to select the mode that suits the intended purpose of use. Recording enable time Tape Video Camera...
  • Page 16: Recording Procedure

    Recording Procedure Switch on the power to the connected equipment. Set the timer recording, auto repeat recording, alarm recording, restoration-of-power-after-failure record- Adjust so that the images of the video cameras ing or other recording function. appear properly on the TV monitor. Select the time mode for the recording.
  • Page 17: Timer Recording

    Timer Recording There are two methods of timer recording: one uses the internal timer and the other uses an external timer. Internal Timer Recording Start time and stop time VTR operations after the settings • The unit is in STANDBY mode, and even if other Bear in mind the following points when setting these buttons are pressed, their operations are not times.
  • Page 18: Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer)

    Timer Recording Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer) Example: When recording from 8:30 to 12:00 from Sunday through Thursday and from 9:00 to 12:00 on Fridays and Saturdays Check that OFF or ON for Sunday (SUN) is When the shift ( ) button is pressed, the “hour”...
  • Page 19: External Timer Recording

    External Timer Recording The unit can be made to record using an external timer to turn on its power. Power Cord EJECT REC REVIEW (supplied) AG-RT850 PULL OPEN TRACKING / COUNTER / V-LOCK RESET TIME MODE SEARCH ALARM (Audio timer available from dealer)
  • Page 20: Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording)

    Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording) When an emergency occurs at the monitoring site during prolonged monitoring and recording, the alarm function is automatically triggered, and alarm recording is performed. Principle of Alarm Recording Connecting the Alarm Input Connector Alarm input Alarm reset input Tape end Tape start Recording...
  • Page 21: Alarm Recording Operation

    Alarm Recording Operation Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has Press the shift ( ) button to move the flashing to been inserted. DURATION. Press the set (+ or –) button to set the recording Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to duration.
  • Page 22: Playback Procedure

    Playback Procedure Before operating the unit, check that the internal/external timer recording displays (INT/EXT) have been cleared from the display. (If INT or EXT is displayed, set the TIMER MODE switch to OFF to clear it.) Switch on the power to the unit and TV monitor. Press the PLAY button.
  • Page 23: Routine & Regular Inspection Request

    Routine & Regular Inspection Request This unit is designed to withstand many hours of operation. Nevertheless, it is recommended that routine inspections be conducted to help ensure trouble-free operation. CAUTION Do not forget to conduct the routine inspection with auto repeat recording. Routine inspection procedure Set the power switches on the unit, video cameras, TV monitor and other equipment connected in the...
  • Page 24: Rs-232C Interface

    RS-232C Interface 1. Outline of RS-232C interface This interface is for enabling the basic functions of the VTR to be operated using a personal computer. • The D-SUB 9P connector is used to connect the VTR with the personal computer. 2.
  • Page 25 3. Protocol ■ Receiving format (personal computer → VTR) General format: stx command [:data] [;command [:data]] etx stx: 02h (HEX) ; (semicolon): 3Bh command delimiter command: ccc: command (3 ASCII characters) : (colon): 3Ah parameter delimiter data: parameter (any number: based on command) etx: In some cases, the format does not contain what is enclosed in the square brackets.
  • Page 26 RS-232C Interface ■ Table of commands Interruptible Command Command parameter Completion message : Yes : No Counter reset Eject Fast forward Pause/still Play Record Rewind Forward search OSF: ∗ Reverse search OSR: ∗ Stop Field advance (+) Field advance (–) Power ON Power OFF Recording check...
  • Page 27 Details of commands Counter data request command Time mode switching command This requests the current value on the CTL counter. This sets the time mode during deck recording/playback. However, when REC T-MODE has been set, it takes prece- PC: [STX] QCD [ETX] dence over the other modes during recording.
  • Page 28 RS-232C Interface ACK return status request command This is for verifying the ACK return status. ∗ PC: [STX] QRA [ETX] : N = ON ∗ VTR: [STX] RA [ETX] F = OFF All status request command When the all status request command has been received, the current deck status is detected and sent by the bitmap shown below.
  • Page 29: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Trouble with installation • No power. Is the power plug inserted properly into the AC outlet? • No picture. Is the unit connected properly with the TV, video cameras, etc.? • Are any of the connecting cables making faulty contact? •...
  • Page 30 Troubleshooting • No timer recording. Are the present time and start/stop times for the timer recording correct? • Has INT or EXT lit on the display? • No alarm recording. Have the alarm sensors and alarm input connectors been connected properly? •...
  • Page 31: Specifications

    Specifications Power Source: 220 – 240 V AC, 50 – 60 Hz Power Consumption: 20 W is the safety information. General Audio Line Input Operating (Phono): –10 dBV, 47 kohms Temperature: 5°C to 40°C Mic Input (3 mm): –60 dB, 600 ohms Operating Line Output Humidity:...
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