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F0907T0 -F @
Printed in Japan

Operating Instructions

Digital HD Video Cassette Recorder
AJ-HD1800P
Model No.
AJ-HD1800E
Model No.
ENGLISH
VQT1H81

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. F0907T0 -F @ Printed in Japan Operating Instructions Digital HD Video Cassette Recorder AJ-HD1800P Model No. AJ-HD1800E Model No. ENGLISH VQT1H81...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first! For AJ-HD1800P and AJ-HD1800E _THIS EQUIPMENT MUST BE GROUNDED To ensure safe operation, the three-pin plug must be inserted only into a standard three-pin power outlet which effectively grounded household wiring. Extension cords used with the equipment must have three cores and be correctly wired to provide connection to the ground.
  • Page 3 CAUTION: Operation at a voltage other than 120 V AC may require the use of a different AC plug. Please contact either a local or foreign Panasonic authorized service center for assistance in selecting an alternate AC plug. protection...
  • Page 4 A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your lo- cal Panasonic Dealer. DO NOT REMOVE PANEL COVERS BY UNSCREWING THEM. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the covers. No user serviceable parts inside.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    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 manufacturerÅfs 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 Contents (continued) Variable memory function...36 Variable memory function selection...36 Outline ...36 Variable memory playback operation procedure...36 Variable memory editing operation procedure...37 Function menus ...38 General description...38 Allocating the function keys ...39 <HOME>...40 <VIDEO>...49 <AUDIO> ...51 <TC> ...53 <CUE> ...54 <DIAG> ...57 <MENU>...
  • Page 7: General Outline

    720/50p over 60p sources can be converted to 720/50p, 1080/50i or 576i format output signals. Standard accessories Power cord (AJ-HD1800P) 1 Power cord (AJ-HD1800E) 2 By mobilizing highly efficient digital compression technology to assure a high picture quality, this VTR significantly minimizes deterioration in the picture quality and sound quality during the dubbing process.
  • Page 8: Features

    Consumer-use DV tapes (SP) and DVCAM tapes can also be played back on this VTR. Digital slow motion/dial jog Panasonic’s unique digital slow motion technology enables clear playback (of tapes recorded using the DVCPRO HD-LP system) at speeds ranging from j1k to i2k.
  • Page 9 Features (continued) Multi-functional interfaces Serial digital input/output connector The VTR comes with an HD component serial interface input/output connector. This one BNC connector enables HD component video signals and 8-channels digital audio signals to be interfaced. (SMPTE 292M, 296M, 299M) It is also equipped with an HD/SD format converter as a standard accessory so that SD component serial signals can also be output.
  • Page 10: Parts And Their Functions

    Parts and their functions Front panel (1) POWER switch Audio level meter The audio information is displayed here. The levels of the CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, CH5, CH6, CH7 and CH8 PCM audio signals and level of the CUE track signal are displayed here. The levels of the input signals are displayed during recording and when EE is selected.
  • Page 11: Front Panel (2)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (2) MONITOR SELECT buttons These buttons are used to select the audio signals which are to be output to the monitor L and R connectors and headphones jack. When OFF has been selected as the on the <AUDIO SHIFT2>...
  • Page 12: Front Panel (3)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (3) Time code display The data, VTR status information, tape format information or warning information which corresponds to the direct menu buttons appear on this display. (See page 38 and following for details of the displays.) UNITY lamps VIDEO UNITY lamp This lights if all image output levels of the HD/SD...
  • Page 13: Front Panel (4)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (4) Search button Press this button to shift to the search mode. Set the search dial to the shuttle mode and turn to any position, and then press this button to start playback at the rate set with the search dial.
  • Page 14: Front Panel (5)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (5) Audio channel selector button Use this button to select whether the audio controls for channels CH1 to CH4 or for channels CH5 to CH8 are to be controlled. Each time it is pressed, the channel display LED above the audio control is selected.
  • Page 15: Front Panel (6)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (6) TRIM buttons These buttons are used to make fine adjustments to the IN or OUT point. By pressing the or j button while the IN (A IN) button or OUT (A OUT) button is held down, the registered edit point can be adjusted in 1-frame increments.
  • Page 16: Front Panel (7)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (7) STANDBY button While the head drum is rotating, the button’s lamp lights to indicate that the standby ON mode is now established. The same tape tension is applied as in the regular stop mode.
  • Page 17: Front Panel (8)

    Parts and their functions Front panel (8) INPUT CHECK output specifications VIDEO Input selection (MENU 600) INT SG HD SDI Output system HD SDI INT SG* HD SDI (MONITOR) MUTE SD SDI INT SG* (MONITOR) (BLACK) INT SG* HD SDI* (MONITOR) VIDEO OUT3 INT SG*...
  • Page 18 Parts and their functions INPUT CHECK output specifications (continued) AUDIO (EE mode) MONITOR L/R and HEAD PHONE L/R interlock with the MONITOR SELECT button on the front panel. AUDIO Input selection VIDEO Input selection INT SG Output system HD SDI (MONITOR) INT SG* SD SDI (MONITOR) INT SG*...
  • Page 19: Rear Panel

    Parts and their functions Rear panel AC IN socket Using the power cord supplied, connect one end to this socket and the other end to the power outlet. SIGNAL GND terminal This is connected to the signal ground terminal on the component connected to this VTR in order to minimize noise.
  • Page 20 Parts and their functions Rear panel (continued) ANALOG COMPOSITE VIDEO OUT connectors The analog composite video signals are output through these connectors. They are output during DVCPRO50M, 25M, DV or DVCAM interchangeable playback or when signals are down-converted and output. Video signals containing superimposed information can be output through the VIDEO OUT 3 connector.
  • Page 21: Connections

    Connections Example of connections performed for one VTR Set the REMOTE LED on the front panel to the off status (LOCAL mode). SD SDI input ACTIVE THRU SD SDI input (audio, video) HD SDI input (audio, video) HD SDI output (ACTIVE THRU) SD SDI output HD SDI outputs...
  • Page 22: Example Of Connections In 23/24 Hz Or 25/50 Hz (Hd) Mode

    Connections (continued) Example of connections in 23/24 Hz or 25/ 50 Hz (HD) mode When a tape recorded with a frame rate of 24 fps (25/50 fps) using a variable frame rate camera is played back on the unit, data can be converted and output in 1080/24 psf (1080/ 25 psf or 1080/50i) and recorded on the AJ-HD3700 series.
  • Page 23: Example Of Connections With An Editing Controller

    Connections (continued) Example of connections with an editing controller AV monitor Video monitor signals Audio monitor signals Editing controller To REMOTE IN/OUT Source unit Av monitor <Note> When disconnecting the remote signals (9P) from one component and re-connecting them to another component, check the settings, etc.
  • Page 24: Concerning Tapes

    Noise may occur when performing slow playback using consumer-use DV or DVCAM cassette tapes. It is recommended that tapes bearing the Panasonic brand be used as the consumer-use DV tapes. M cassettes Tapes capable of up to 33 minutes of recording or playback...
  • Page 25: Turning On The Power And Inserting The Cassette

    Turning on the power and inserting the cassette Before starting to operate the VTR, check whether the equipment has been connected properly. Turn on the VTR’s power. Check that the AUTO OFF lamp is off. If condensation or some other problem has occurred, the AUTO OFF lamp lights, and no further operations can be performed.
  • Page 26: Recording

    Recording Set the accidental erasure prevention tab on the cassette tape to the “REC” position, and insert the tape. Press the STOP button to set the VTR to the stop mode. Select “EE” as the OUTPUT setting using <HOME> menu. EE pictures now appear on the TV monitor.
  • Page 27: Playback

    Playback Insert the cassette tape, and set the VTR to the STOP mode. Press the PLAY button. Normal playback commences. Adjust the audio playback levels. Before adjusting the playback levels, check that the PB LED is lighted and that the audio adjustment dial is in the unlocked status.
  • Page 28: Jog/Shuttle

    Jog/Shuttle Jog Mode Push in the search dial. Confirm that the JOG lamp lights. Turn the search dial. The dial’s click-stops are released, and the tape is played back at the speed corresponding to the speed at which the dial is turned. The maximum jog speed can be changed by selecting the setup menu item No.310 (JOG FWD MAX) and No.311 (JOG REV MAX) settings.
  • Page 29: Manual Editing

    Manual Editing Select the editing mode. ASSEM button: Assemble (frame-to-frame continuity) editing is performed using this button. INSERT button: Insert editing is performed using this button. On the time code display, select the channels to be edited. ASSEM: Set ASSEM to ON using the INSERT :...
  • Page 30: Automatic Editing (Deck-To-Deck)

    Automatic Editing “Editing” refers to the work involved in using pre-recorded tapes to bring different contents together or delete unnecessary parts and bring together only the necessary parts. The basic editing steps are as follows. Using the REMOTE button, set the player to REMOTE and the recorder to LOCAL (ensure that the REMOTE LED is not lighted).
  • Page 31: Selecting The Editing Mode

    Automatic Editing (deck-to-deck) (continued) Selecting the editing mode Select the editing mode. ASSEM button: Assemble (frame-to-frame continuity) editing is performed in this mode. INSERT button: Insert editing is performed in this mode. On the time code display, select the channels to be edited.
  • Page 32: Checking The Edit Points

    Automatic Editing (deck-to-deck) (continued) Checking the edit points Press the IN (or OUT) button to check the edit point. The value of the registered edit point appears on the display. While holding down the IN (or OUT) button, press the PREROLL button to check the picture at the edit point.
  • Page 33: Previewing

    Automatic Editing (deck-to-deck) (continued) Previewing After the edit points have been registered, press the PREVIEW button. Regular preview is now conducted. <Notes> If the edit IN point has not been registered, the position where the PREVIEW button was pressed is registered as the edit IN point.
  • Page 34: Audio Split Editing

    Audio Split Editing The video edit points and audio edit points can be registered independently, and editing can be executed with the video points offset from the audio points. Audio edit points cannot be registered when the assemble editing mode has been selected. After registering the edit points, proceed with the same operations as for insert editing.
  • Page 35 Audio Split Editing _Duration display The duration can be indicated on the display. Between the video IN and OUT points: Press the IN button and OUT button at the same time. Between the audio IN and OUT points: Press the A-IN button and A-OUT button at the same time.
  • Page 36: Variable Memory Function

    Variable memory function Variable memory function selection The variable memory mode can be selected by setting (VARMEM) on the <HOME SHIFT> menu to “ON.” When (VARMEM) is set to “OFF,” the variable memory mode is canceled, and the regular mode is established. <Note>...
  • Page 37: Variable Memory Editing Operation Procedure

    Variable memory function Variable memory editing operation procedure To perform variable memory editing operations, set this VTR, which is connected as the recorder to the variable memory mode, and take the steps below. Select the editing mode on the <ASSEMBLE> or <INSERT>...
  • Page 38: Function Menus

    Function menus The function menus are used to set the functions which are frequently used. The function menus are selected directly using the direct menu buttons on the front panel. General description General menus <HOME>, <HOME SHIFT> The most basic settings for recording, playback and TC operations are set on these menu screens.
  • Page 39: Allocating The Function Keys

    Function menus (continued) Allocating the function keys Menu (6 types) Menu hierarchy HOME 2nd (SHIFT) VIDEO 2nd (SHIFT) 3rd (F+SHIFT) AUDIO 2nd (SHIFT) 3rd (SHIFT) 2nd (SHIFT) 2nd (SHIFT) 2nd (SHIFT) MULTICUE function 2nd (SHIFT) DIAG ERROR LOG function 2nd (SHIFT) MENU 2nd (SHIFT) ASSEM...
  • Page 40: Home

    Function menus (continued) <HOME> The most basic settings for recording, playback and TC operations are set on this menu screen. Warning mark Status display 2 Name of menu displayed Remaining tape/total tape Operation mode/speed SHIFT Time counter Back page menu Cue time indicator Status display 1...
  • Page 41 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Display menu name Display menu name <HOME> <HOME SHIFT> <VIDEO> <VIDEO SHIFT> <AUDIO SHIFT1> <AUDIO> <AUDIO SHIFT2> <TC> <TC SHIFT> <PF1 FT> <PF1 BK> <PF2 FT> <PF2 BK> General menu <CUE> <CUE SHIFT> <DIAG> <DIAG> SHIFT> <MENU>...
  • Page 42 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Status display 1 Playback format This displays the format used for playback. Recording format REC* This displays the format used for recording. Tape management TM INFO* information This displays the frame rate (shooting speed) information which is recorded on a tape shot by a variable frame rate camera.
  • Page 43 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Status display 2 Indicator Description of setting This lights when the SCH phase of the SDREF signal is within the prescribed range. This lights when color framing is locked. This lights during recording or playback in the drop frame mode. <Note>...
  • Page 44 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Remaining tape/total tape display The lengths of the remaining tape and total tape of the inserted cassette are displayed in increments of minutes. Example: (10 minutes remaining on a 64-minute tape) REM 10/ 64 Total tape Remaining tape <Note>...
  • Page 45 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Playback reference signal specifications for tape playback During tape playback, the video output reference signals are as shown in the table below. In the 59.94 Hz/60 Hz or 50 Hz mode Input signals REF_IN INPUT Input HD_REF_IN Not input...
  • Page 46 Function menus (continued) (continued) <HOME> In the 23.98 Hz/24 Hz mode Input signals Playback reference signal REF_IN HD_REF_IN HD_REF_IN Complies with HD_REF_IN frequency Internal HD None Complies with menu item No.030 frequency In the 25 Hz (HD), 25 Hz (SD), 50 Hz (HD) or 50 Hz (SD) mode Input signals AUTO REF_IN...
  • Page 47 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Registering TCG values Selecting the values Press the TC/CTL button to select TC. Press the button. The selected item (cue time or TC) is now highlighted. Turn the ADJUST dial to select TC. Again press the button.
  • Page 48 Function menus (continued) <HOME> (continued) Function button/ Switching item method Toggle TAPE OUTPUT Toggle TC/CTL* Press RESET TC CLR* F i toggle NORMAL CMP MD DARK F i toggle R INH NORM V/CTL Toggle i ADJ F1(SHIFT) 0s --- 5s --- 30s PREROL F2(SHIFT) F i toggle...
  • Page 49: Video

    Function menus (continued) <VIDEO> The basic input/output settings for the video signals are set, and the level of the HD output signals can also be adjusted on these menu screens. Video signal input switching, internal signal source type changing, and up-converter aspect ratio conversion Time counter SHIFT...
  • Page 50 ---200.0% F4 (SHIFT) Toggle + ADJ 0.0% --- C LV 100.0% --- 141.3% j31.0 --- F5 (SHIFT) Toggle + ADJ HUE (AJ-HD1800P) 0.0 --- C PH (AJ-HD1800E) +31.0 j10.0% --- F6 (SHIFT) Toggle + ADJ SUP LV 0.0% --- (AJ-HD1800P) +10.0%...
  • Page 51: Audio

    Function menus (continued) <AUDIO> The basic input/output settings for the audio signals are set on these menu screens. Audio signal input selection (CH1 - CH4 SHIFT Audio signal input selection (CH5 - CH8) SHIFT Function button/ Switching Setting item method Toggle INT SG A1 IN*...
  • Page 52 Function menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) Function button/ Switching item method F1(SHIFT2) Toggle VOLUME AUTO F2(SHIFT2) F3 (SHIFT2) Toggle RECCUE CH1+2 CH3+4 CH5+6 CH7+8 CH1-8 F4 (SHIFT2) F5 (SHIFT2) F6 (SHIFT2) Toggle M MIX The underlining (__) denotes the factory setting mode. Corresponding setup menu Setting item...
  • Page 53 Function menus (continued) <TC> The TC-related settings are performed on these menu screens. Whether the TC is to be superimposed onto the display can also be set on this screen. SHIFT Function button/ Switching item method Toggle When HD SDI, INT TC SRC SG or 1394 is selected:...
  • Page 54: Cue

    Function menus (continued) <CUE> A maximum of 60 cue points can be set on these menu screens. When “AUTO” has been selected as the (PAGE) setting on the AUTO PAGE mode <CUE SHIFT> menu, up to 10 pages of cue points with 6 cue points on each page can be managed on a page-by-page basis.
  • Page 55 Function menus (continued) <CUE> (continued) Cue point registration Turn the ADJUST dial to highlight the point which is to be registered. When the button is pressed, the current tape position is registered as the cue point. The following applies depending on the setting for <CUE SHIFT>...
  • Page 56 Function menus (continued) <CUE> (continued) Search operations Turn the ADJUST dial to highlight the desired registered point. When the PREROLL button is pressed, the preroll operation is initiated. The tape will not be prerolled if no cue points have been registered. Function button/ Switching item...
  • Page 57: Diag

    Function menus (continued) <DIAG> This enables confirmation of information such as the warning/hour-meter/UMID. Verification, deletion of the error log file, retention/call to the SD memory card can do with the SHIFT picture. Warning mark SHIFT Warning display When a warning occurs in this VTR, the warning mark (W) blinks at the top left of the screen.
  • Page 58 Function menus (continued) <DIAG> (continued) Function button/ Switching item method WARN HOURS UMID DIF1 DIF2 F1 (SHIFT) Toggle STEP F2 (SHIFT) FiPress CARD F3 (SHIFT) F4 (SHIFT) F5 (SHIFT) FiPress AL CLR F6 (SHIFT) The underlining (__) denotes the factory setting mode. Concerning the setup menu item No.015 (AUTO STEP) setting (factory setting: OFF) Up to 99 warning messages can be saved by the error log...
  • Page 59: Menu

    Function menus (continued) <MENU> These enable movement to the menu screens for operations (adjustments, saving data onto or loading it from the internal memory or SD memory cards) relating to the SYSTEM and SETUP menus. SHIFT Function button/ Switching item method FiPress FILE...
  • Page 60: Assemble

    Function menus (continued) <ASSEMBLE> The ASSEMBLE editing mode is selected on this menu screen. IN point SHIFT Automatic editing and manual editing When the editing mode has been selected (the button is lighted), automatic editing or manual editing can be performed even after the ASSEMBLE screen has been exited.
  • Page 61: Insert

    Function menus (continued) <INSERT> The INSERT editing mode and editing channels are selected on this menu screen. Marker IN point SHIFT AUDIO IN point AUDIO OUT point Registering the edit points After the edit IN and OUT points have been registered, the buttons light.
  • Page 62: Setup Menu/System Menu

    Function menus (continued) <SETUP MENU/SYSTEM MENU> When the SETUP MENU or SYSTEM MENU opera-tion menu is selected, a menu list appears on the monitor, and the respective items can be set. SETUP menu Change mark SHIFT SYSTEM menu Change mark SHIFT Monitor display menu Item selection cursor...
  • Page 63 Function menus (continued) <SETUP MENU/SYSTEM MENU> (continued) Flow of setting changes Open the screen. Select the menu item Close the screen. F6 (EXIT) Press the ADJ dial. SETUP MENU function buttons Function button/ Switching Setting item method Press ↑ PREV Press ↓...
  • Page 64: File

    Function menus (continued) <FILE> The current setting information, including the SETUP menu contents, can be provided with titles and either saved in or loaded from the backup memory in one of 4 variations. When (FILE) is pressed while the down on the <MENU> screen, the following function menu is displayed.
  • Page 65 Function menus (continued) Settings File overwrite inhibit facility It is possible to lock the overwrite inhibit facility for individual files in VTR MEMORY file to be locked, and press (LOCK) to lock it. (LOCK) is pressed again, the facility is unlocked. The locked or unlocked mode is displayed in the file status.
  • Page 66: Pf1/Pf2

    Function menus (continued) <PF1/PF2> Up to 24 frequently used setup menu items can be registered. The items are registered on the function menus shown below. (No settings have been registered before the VTR leaves the factory.) To display one of the function menus, press (PF1 BK), (PF2 FT) or down the...
  • Page 67 Function menus (continued) <PF1/PF2> (continued) Flow of function button registration Open the screen. Select the function Close the screen. button to be registered. F6 (EXIT) Turn the ADJ dial. F4 (one button reset) F + F4 (all buttons reset) F5 (settings entered) PF1/PF2 function buttons Function button/ Switching...
  • Page 68 Function menus (continued) <PF1/PF2> (continued) PF1/PF2 function button names When SETUP menu items have been registered in the function buttons, the names of these function buttons are displayed as set forth in the table below. Setup menu Name of setup menu Function button name item No.
  • Page 69 BK LVL (SD) BK SD V LEVEL V LV C LEVEL C LV HUE (AJ-HD1800P) HUE (AJ-HD1800P) C PHASE (AJ-HD1800E) C PH (AJ-HD1800E) SETUP LVL (AJ-HD1800P) SUP LV (AJ-HD1800P) BK LVL (AJ-HD1800E) BK LV (AJ-HD1800E) BRIGHTNESS BRIGHT COLOR LEVEL COLOR CONTRAST CNTRST...
  • Page 70 REC PT MUTE R PTMT AUDIO INT SG A INSG AUD RATE CON A RC METER SCALE M SCL (Only AJ-HD1800P) (Only AJ-HD1800P) REF LEVEL REF LV IN IMP CH1SL IMP A1 IN IMP CH2SL IMP A2 IN IMP CH3SL...
  • Page 71: Card

    Function menus (continued) <CARD> Different kinds of settings and information can be stored or retrieved from an SD memory card. When pressed on the <MENU> screen while the down, the function menu shown below is displayed. [MENU/ERROR LOG/MULTI CUE] Memory selection cursor Memory name SHIFT Warning message 1...
  • Page 72 Function menus (continued) <CARD> (continued) [MENU/ERROR LOG/MULTI CUE] SD Memory card data Lock VTR memory data layout arrangement SETUP SETUP MENU MENU (what has been registered for the ←→ PF1, PF2 menu items, contents of some function but- tons) 50 PIN ASSIGN 50 PIN ←→...
  • Page 73 Function menus (continued) <CARD> (continued) File overwrite inhibit facility The file lock prevents the files on an SD memory card from being overwritten. Locking a file Select the file to be locked, and press Unlocking a file Press (LOCK) again. <Note>...
  • Page 74: In/Out Assign

    Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> Using the front panel controls and on-screen menus, functions are registered into the input pins of the parallel remote (50PIN) connector and the statuses are registered into its output pins. When (50P IN) or (50P OT) is pressed while the button is held down on the <MENU SHIFT>...
  • Page 75 Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> (continued) Registering functions in the input pins/Active inputs Registering functions in the output pins/Active outputs Selecting the 50-pin connector pins Turn the ADJ dial to move the selection marker and select the pin of the 50-pin connector into which the menu item is to be registered.
  • Page 76 Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> (continued) Special OUT menu list SUPER Description of setting DISPLAY EJECT status EJECT STANDBY ON status STBY ON CUE-UP completed status STILL status STILL Status in which the front panel STOP button is PANEL STOP pressed down Status of whether to inhibit overwrite during normal PRE CTL...
  • Page 77 Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> (continued) The statuses established by a multiple number of pins in the special OUT menu list are displayed. Pin status “1” signifies “active low” and “0” signifies “open.” Error statuses Error status ERR0 ERR1 ERR2 SERVO NOT LOCKED (priority level 1) SERVO LOCKED (priority level 4)
  • Page 78 Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> (continued) Flow of registration Press the ADJ dial. Open the Status in which screen. registered 50-pin connector pin Close the selection is enabled screen. Turn the ADJ dial. F6 (EXIT) F4 (one pin reset) F i F4 (all pins reset) F5 (settings entered) 50P IN/OUT ASSIGN function buttons...
  • Page 79 Function menus (continued) <50P IN/OUT ASSIGN> (continued) 50-pin assignment factory settings Pin no. Setting item PLAY STOP 422 REMOTE ON 422 REMOTE OFF LOCAL ENABLE EJECT IN SET REC INH ALL REC INH PRE LOCAL DISABLE TC EXT TC INT&TCG MODE AUTO STNDBY ON/OFF ERR0 STATUS ERR1 STATUS...
  • Page 80: System Menus

    Adjustments can be performed from both the external encoder remote controller and setup menus. <Note> MT-2000 recommended by Panasonic) as the external encoder remote controller. PHASE and SC PHASE controls will not work. 658: Y LVL (SD) 659: Pb LVL (SD)
  • Page 81 System menus (continued) No./Item Description of setting For adjusting the HD SDI output system phase in 13.5nS steps. SYS H j: To advance the phase. i: To delay the phase. (HD) <59/60Hz> <23/24Hz> 0000 -2200 0000 -2750 2200 2750 4400 2200 5500 For adjusting the system phase of the analog...
  • Page 82 System menus (continued) No./Item Description of setting For adjusting the phase of the AUDIO output with the VIDEO output 20.8 microsecond steps AV PHASE −: The phase of audio output advances with respect to image output. +: The phase of audio output delays with respect to image output.
  • Page 83: Setup Menus

    Setup menus <BASIC> No./Item Description of setting For setting the preroll time. Any time from 0 to 30 seconds can be set in 1-second increments. P-ROLL TIME 0000 0005 0030 <Notes> During automatic editing (PREVIEW or AUTO EDIT), no operations are performed if the preroll time is set to 0 seconds.
  • Page 84 Setup menus (continued) <BASIC> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For setting the character position in the horizontal direction for superimposed indications, such as time codes for HD SDI CHARA MONITOR/SD SDI MONITOR/VIDEO OUT3 H-POS connectors and superimposed indications from the IEEE 1394 digital interface. 0000 0006 0037...
  • Page 85 Setup menus (continued) <BASIC> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the format in which the tape is to be played back. PB FORMAT 0000 MANU The format is determined by the setting selected for setup menu item No.023 (FORMAT SEL). 0001 AUTO1 The unit follows the format recorded on the tape.
  • Page 86 Setup menus (continued) <BASIC> (continued) Formats in which the tape is played back 022: 020: 023: Playback format FORMAT FORMAT FORMAT MANUAL 1080i HD_LP DVCPRO HD-LP(1080i) HD_SP DVCPRO HD(1080i) DVCPRO50(422) DVCPRO(411) DVCAM DVCAM 720p HD_LP DVCPRO HD-LP(720p) HD_SP DVCPRO HD(720p) DVCPRO50(422) DVCPRO(411) DVCAM...
  • Page 87: Operation

    Setup menus (continued) <OPERATION> No./Item Description of setting For selecting the direct search dial operation. 0000 DIAL SEARCH ENA Direct search dial operations are performed. 0001 Unless the search button is pressed, the mode does not change to the search mode. For selecting the maximum speed of shuttle operations.
  • Page 88 Setup menus (continued) <OPERATION> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting whether to automatically stop the 111* VTR when the counter value is at the “0” position during CTL mode FF and REW MEMORY operations. STOP 0000 The VTR does not stop. 0001 The VTR is automatically stopped.
  • Page 89 Setup menus (continued) <OPERATION> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting whether to allow or inhibit 118* recording on a tape which has been written by a format other than DVCPRO HD-LP. SP MODE 0000 Recording on the cassette tape is allowed. 0001 Recording on the cassette tape is inhibited.
  • Page 90: Interface

    For setting the ID information of a VTR other than DVCPRO 0001 DVCPRO For setting the ID information of the DVCPRO 0002 ORIG Set only for connecting with the Panasonic controller (AG-A850, optional). For selecting whether the RS-232C connector is to function. 0000 RS2323C SEL The RS-232C connector does not function.
  • Page 91: Edit

    Setup menus (continued) <EDIT> No./Item Description of setting For selecting the operation to be performed when an edit point has been set incorrectly (when the OUT point comes before the IN IN/OUT DEL point). 0000 MANU Editing is not performed unless the illegal edit point is cleared or set properly.
  • Page 92 Setup menus (continued) <EDIT> (continued) No./Item Description of setting When the search dial from intermediate position turning to the right or the left with CLICK POINT SLOW mode, the speed in the click point is set. 0000 ±1 i/j1 time speed 0002 ±1.85 i/j1.85 time speed (i1.85/j1.5 times speed...
  • Page 93: Tape Protect

    Setup menus (continued) <TAPE PROTECT> No./Item Description of setting For selecting the duration of the time taken after the VTR is left standing in the STOP or search STILL mode (JOG, SLOW or SHTL) STILL TIMER before the tape protection mode is established. (Units: s = seconds, min = minutes) 0000 0.5s...
  • Page 94: Time Code

    Setup menus (continued) <TIME CODE> No./Item Description of setting For selecting whether or not to output the VITC 500* signal at the positions selected by setup menu items No.501 (VITC POS-1) and No.502 (VITC VITC BLANK POS-2). 0000 BLANK The VITC signal is not output. 0001 THRU The VITC signal is output.
  • Page 95 Setup menus (continued) <TIME CODE> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For setting how the user bits of the time code 508* generated by the TCG is to be used. BINARY GP 0000 NOT SPECIFIED (no character set specified) 0001 ISO CHARACTER (8-bit character set complying with ISO646, ISO2022 standards) 0002 UNASSIGNED 1(undefined)
  • Page 96: Video

    Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> No./Item Description of setting For selecting the video signal which is to be 600* input. VIDEO IN SEL 0000 INT SG The internal signal selected by the VIDEO INT SG item is generated. 0001 HDSDI The serial video signal which has been input to the HD SDI IN connector is selected.
  • Page 97 Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the vertical frequency band during down-conversion and line conversion (1080i <> 720p). D/C RESP 0000 WIDE 0001 For selecting the horizontal frequency band 624* during up-conversion and line conversion. U/C RESP 0000 0001 NARROW...
  • Page 98 Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the up-conversion picture frame 638* when SD SDI input signals are supplied. IN U/C 0000 FIT-V MODE Side panel mode 0001 FIT-H Top and bottom cut in vertical direction 0002 FIT-HV Stretch mode...
  • Page 99 This setting takes effect when “CMPST” has been selected as the setup menu item No.650 setting. For adjusting the chroma phase of HD SDI, SD SDI, and analog composite output ( Approx. j 30x to i30x) (AJ-HD1800P) j31.0 0000 C PHASE 0062...
  • Page 100 Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For adjusting the contrast of the LCD monitor on the front panel. 0000 CONTRAST 0007 0014 For adjusting the backlight 0000 NORMAL Normal mode BACKLIGHT 0001 HIGH The backlight is brighter than NORMAL. This function clips the signals below the 676* pedestal level for SD SDI OUT and composite...
  • Page 101 Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting This is used to select the method to process the 689* image compression during recording. COMP MODE 0000 NORMAL The images are recorded using the regular compression processing. 0001 DARK The images are recorded while minimizing the compressed image distortion which arises in the dark areas below about 10 IRE (70 mV).
  • Page 102: Audio

    Setup menus (continued) <VIDEO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting ON or OFF for blanking for the 695* vertical blanking period of the video signals during SD tape playback. BLANK LINE 0000 BLANK All the lines are forcibly blanked 0001 THRU None of the lines are blanked.
  • Page 103 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the CUE output reference level. 0000 CUE OUT LV 0001 0002 -3dB 0003 -20dB For selecting the audio monitor output (Lch) reference level. MONIL OUT LV 0000 0001 0002 -3dB 0003 -20dB...
  • Page 104 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the CH8 input signal. 720* 0000 INT SG CH8 IN SEL The internal signal is selected. 0001 DIGI Digital input signals are selected. 0002 Analog input signals are selected. (CH4 input) <Note>...
  • Page 105 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the input signals to be recorded 729* on the audio CH5 track. REC CH5 0000 Audio input CH5 signals 0001 Audio input CH6 signals 0002 Audio input CH7 signals 0003 Audio input CH8 signals 0004...
  • Page 106 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting how to process the audio edit 734* points (IN points and OUT points) during playback. PB FADE 0000 AUTO The status established during recording is fol- lowed. 0001 Forcibly cut 0002 FADE Forcibly faded...
  • Page 107 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the CH8 output status of the main signal line in the search mode. CH8 CUE 0000 The CUE signal is not output. 0001 The CUE signal is output. <Note> For details on the audio output statuses, refer to [Audio outputs in the search mode] (page 109).
  • Page 108 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For selecting the audio CH2 signal to be superimposed onto the SD SDI output SD SDI CH2 0000 The CH1 signal is output. 0001 The CH2 signal is output. 0002 The CH3 signal is output. 0003 The CH4 signal is output.
  • Page 109 Setup menus (continued) <AUDIO> (continued) No./Item Description of setting For setting the impedance of analog audio input 785* (CH1) IN IMP CH1SL 0000 600 ≠ 0001 HIGH High impedance For setting the impedance of analog audio input 786* (CH2) IN IMP CH2SL 0000 600 ≠...
  • Page 110: Dif

    Setup menus (continued) <DIF> No./Item Description of setting For setting the transfer speed of the IEEE1394 880* digital interface output. DIF SPEED 0000 S100 100Mbps 0001 S200 200Mbps 0002 S400 400Mbps <Note> When S100 has been selected as this item’s setting, DVCPRO HD format signals cannot be input or output.
  • Page 111: Menu

    Setup menus (continued) <MENU> No./Item Description of setting This VTR is equipped with VTR MEMORY storing the current settings (All of the set values P. ON LOAD in the SETUP MENU, the contents of the registered items in the PF1/PF2 menu, some of the contents of the function buttons) and VTR MEMORY for backing up VTR MEMORY...
  • Page 112: How To Switch The System Frequency

    Setup menus (continued) <How to switch the system frequency> Follow the steps below to switch the system frequency [59/60 Hz, 50 Hz, 23/24 Hz, 25 Hz (HD) or 25 Hz (SD), 50 Hz(HD), 50 Hz(SD)]. Following the procedure for the <SETUP MENU/ SYSTEM MENU>...
  • Page 113: Menu Management Accompanying Switching The System Frequency

    Setup menus (continued) <Menu management accompanying switching the system frequency> The system menu and setup menu have some items whose settings differ and other items with which no selection options are displayed and whose settings are fixed, depending on the switching of the operation mode in response to the setting selected for system menu item No.25 (SYSTEM FREQ).
  • Page 114 Setup menus (continued) Menu item 015 AUTO STEP 020 SYS FORMAT 022 PB FORMAT 023 FORMAT SEL 030 HD FREQUENCY 031 OUT REF 100 SEARCH ENA 101 SHTL MAX 102 FF. REW MAX 104 REF ALARM 105 AUTO EE SEL 106 EJECT EE SEL 107 EE MODE SEL 108 PLAY DELAY...
  • Page 115 Setup menus (continued) Menu item 312 POSTROLL TM 313 CLICK POINT 320 EDIT RPLCE1 321 EDIT RPLCE2 322 EDIT RPLCE3 323 EDIT RPLCE4 324 EDIT RPLCEC 400 STILL TIMER 401 SRC PROTECT 402 DRUM STDBY 403 STOP PROTECT 500 VITC BLANK 501 VITC POS-1 502 VITC POS-2 503 TCG MODE...
  • Page 116 659 Pb LVL (SD) 660 Pr LVL (SD) 661 BK LVL (SD) 662 V LEVEL 663 C LEVEL 664 HUE (AJ-HD1800P)/C PHASE (AJ-HD1800E) 665 SETUP LVL (AJ-HD1800P)/BK LVL (AJ-HD1800E) 670 BRIGHTNESS 671 COLOR LEVEL 672 CONTRAST 673 BACKLIGHT 676 BLK CLIP...
  • Page 117 758 JOG PROC 759 DV PB ATT 760 REC PT MUTE 761 AUDIN INT SG 762 AUD RATE CON 763 METER SCALE (Only AJ-HD1800P) 776 REF LEVEL 785 IN IMP CH1SL 786 IN IMP CH2SL 787 IN IMP CH3SL 788 IN IMP CH4SL...
  • Page 118: Time Code And User Bits

    Time code and user bits Time code The time code is used when the time code signal generated by the time code generator (time code signal generator) is to be recorded on the tape, its values are to be read by the time code reader (time code signal reader), and the absolute position of the tape is to be displayed in increments of hours, minutes, seconds and frames.
  • Page 119: Setting The External Time Code

    Time code and user bits Setting the external time code Set the VTR to the stop mode. TC/CTL on the <HOME> menu to TC. If the video input has been set to HD SDI input or INT SG, set TC SRC on the <TC> menu to EXT-L, SLTC or SVITC.
  • Page 120: Time Code Recorded On The Unit

    Time code and user bits Time code recorded on the unit Menu No. 507 TC Video input SOURCE signal selection INT SG HD SDI SD SDI 1394 INT SG HD SDI EXT_L SD SDI 1394 INT SG HD SDI SLTC (VITC when SD SDI is SD SDI selected *...
  • Page 121 Time code and user bits Time code recorded on the unit Table 1 Menu No.503 No.505 No.506 TCG MODE TCG REGEN REGEN MODE TC&UB REGEN PRESET AS&IN TC&UB ASSEM INSRT AS&IN AUTO ASSEM INSRT AS&IN ASSEM INSRT Table 2 Menu No.503 No.505 No.506...
  • Page 122: Superimpose Screen

    Superimpose screen The control signals, time code, etc. are displayed on this screen using abbreviations. TV monitor TCR ¢¢ : ¢¢ : ¢¢ : ¢¢ Abbreviations CTL: Control signal count value TCR: Time code data recorded in the SBC area TCR.: Time code data recorded in the VAUX area UBR: User bits data recorded in the SBC area UBR.: User bits data recorded in the VAUX area...
  • Page 123: Selecting The Audio Recording Channels And Monitor Output

    Selecting the audio recording channels and monitor output Audio recording channels The audio channels can be selected as shown below using the AUDIO setup menu items. Recording Signals recorded track CH1/CH2/CH3/CH4/ CH1+CH2/CH3+CH4 CH1/CH2/CH3/CH4/ CH1+CH2/CH3+CH4 CH1/CH2/CH3/CH4/ CH1+CH2/CH3+CH4 CH1/CH2/CH3/CH4/ CH1+CH2/CH3+CH4 CH5/CH6/CH7/CH8/ CH5+CH6/CH7+CH8 CH5/CH6/CH7/CH8/ CH5+CH6/CH7+CH8 CH5/CH6/CH7/CH8/...
  • Page 124: Rack Mounting

    18-inch length (part number C-300-S-118) of Chassis Trak be used. (The complete slide rail and bracket unit is not available from Panasonic.) For further details, consult your dealer. Attach the inner members of the slide rails. Refer to the figure below for the positions where they are screwed into place.
  • Page 125: Video Head Cleaning

    They can discolor the external parts surfaces and remove the finish. For further details on how to actually clean the heads, consult with one of Panasonic’s service companies or with your dealer. After moving the VTR to such a location, leave it standing for about 10 minutes rather than switching on its power immediately.
  • Page 126: Error Messages

    Error messages When a warning occurs in this VTR, the warning lamp lights When the DIAG menu is opened, a description of the warning will appear on the front panel LCD area and TV monitor. Also, when an abnormal operation is detected in this VTR, the AUTO OFF lamp lights up, and a message appears on the time code display area.
  • Page 127 Error messages (continued) _Displaying the hour-meter information Turn the ADJ dial to move the cursor (¢), and the description for the item where the cursor is located is shown as a superimposed display. No./Item Description Displays in 1-hour increments the time during which power has been supplied.
  • Page 128: Warning Messages

    Error messages (continued) Warning messages Display Priority Description VTR operation and remedial action E-92 1394 INITIAL ERROR Higher This is displayed when the connections for the IEEE 1394 digital interface is invalid. VTR:The IEEE 1394 digital interface input/output is stopped. When the cable is connected in a loop configuration, connect the cable again in a point-to-point configuration.
  • Page 129: Error Messages

    Error messages (continued) Display Priority Description VTR operation and remedial action E-01 LOW RF Higher This is indicated when the embed level of the video head during playback, recording, and editing is about 1/3 the normal level or less and is detected for 1 second or more, or when the CTL level of the A/C head is about 1/6 of the normal level or less and is detected for 1 second or more.
  • Page 130 Error messages (continued) Error messages (continued) Description Display VTR operation and remedial action E-51 If the take-up reel has turned without engaging FRONT LOAD the tape for a specific period of time during the tape start or end processing operation while ERROR loading is being performed (at the half position), the AUTO OFF lamp lights, and the message...
  • Page 131: Rs-232C Interface

    RS-232C interface The VTR can be operated by commands when the RS-232C interface is used. (Refer to the command tables on page 134.) _Condition for acknowledging commands from RS-232C interface Setup menu item No.204 (RS232C SEL):ON If the above condition is not met, [ACK]+[STX]ER001[EXT] is returned to the external component.
  • Page 132: Software Specifications (Protocol)

    RS-232C interface (continued) Software specifications (protocol) Communication parameters Communicati Asynchronous, full duplex on system Transfer rate 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800 or 9600 bps Bit length 7 bits or 8 bits Stop bit 1 bit or 2 bits Parity bit None, odd or even ACK code Returned or not returned...
  • Page 133 RS-232C interface (continued) 3.Return format [VTR > controller (PC)] The following responses are made to the commands. If necessary, more than one response is made. _When the communication has ended suc- cessfully 1.The receive completion message is returned. [ACK] 2.The execution completion message is returned. [STX] [command] XX XX XX...
  • Page 134 RS-232C interface (continued) 5.Command table _Commands relating to operation control <Notes> As the return (completion) message, [ACK] is returned when data is received, and only the execution message which is subsequently returned is listed in the table. If a command not listed in the table is received, ER001 (invalid command) is returned after [ACK].
  • Page 135 RS-232C interface (continued) _Commands relating to inquiries <Notes> In terms of the return (completion) message, [ACK] is returned when data is received, and only the execution message which is subsequently returned is listed in the table. In the case of commands not listed in the table below, ER001 (invalid command) is returned after [ACK].
  • Page 136 RS-232C interface (continued) _Microsoft QuickBASIC sample program STX$ = CHR$(&H2): ETX$ = CHR$ (&H3): NAK$ = CHR$(15): ACK$ = CHR$(&H6) PRINT "*** RS-232C COMMUNICATION SAMPLE PROGRAM ***" PRINT "Type Command 'QUIT' to quit." PRINT REM *** Communication Port Initial & Open *** REM Port 1,9600Bps,No parity,8 bit data,1 stop bit OPEN "COM1:9600,N,8,1"...
  • Page 137: Connector Signals

    Connector signals VIDEO IN HD SERIAL IN BNC k 1, active-through (BNC k 1) (DIGITAL) BNC k 2, loop-through, 75h termination HD/SD REF IN switch provided SD SERIAL IN BNC k 1, active-through (BNC k 1) (DIGITAL) VIDEO OUT HD SERIAL OUT BNC k 4 (DIGITAL) SD SERIAL OUT...
  • Page 138: Emergency Eject

    Connector signals (continued) PARALLEL REMOTE (50P) Refer to 50P IN/OUT ASSIGN on the function menu (page 74) for the connection pin signals. RS-232C (D-SUB 25-pin, crossover cable supported) Pin No. Signal Description Protective ground (frame ground) Received data (data is sent to PC) Transmitted data (data is received from Clear to send (shorted with pin 5) Request to send (shorted with pin 4)
  • Page 139: Specifications

    Specifications [GENERAL] Power supply: AC 100-240 V , 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 125 W indicates safety information. Operating ambient temperature: 5 xC to 40 xC (41 xF to 104 xF) Operating ambient humidity: 10% to 80% (no condensation) Storage temperature: –20°C to 60°C (–4°F to 140°F) Dimensions (W k H k D): 424 mm (max.
  • Page 140 Specifications (continued) [VIDEO] (continued) Video signal adjustment ranges Component style HD/SD SDI, composite output Y gain: – to +3 dB HD/SD SDI, composite output P gain: – to +3 dB HD/SD SDI, composite output P gain: – to +3 dB HD/SD SDI, composite output Y black level: d10% Composite style...
  • Page 141: Optional Accessories

    (4:3 aspect ratio) [OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES] Rack-mounting adapters: AJ-MA75P [ACCESSORIES] Power supply cord k 1 (AJ-HD1800P) Power supply cord k 2 (AJ-HD1800E) Inrush current, measured according to European standard EN55103-1: 10.4 A (240 V) Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 142 San Gabriel Industrial Park, 65th Infantry Ave., Km. 9.5, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00630 (787) 750-4300 Professional & Broadcast IT Systems Business Unit Europe Panasonic AVC Systems Europe a Division of Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH Hagenauer Str. 43, 65203 Wiesbaden-Biebrich Deutschland Tel: 49-611-235-481...

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