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Panasonic AJ-D750P Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Digital Video Cassette Recorder Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 IMPORTANT “Unauthorized recording of copyrighted televi- sion programs, video tapes and other materials may infringe the right of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws.” CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents General and Features Controls and their functions Front panel Front panel bottom section Connector area Connections Connections when one unit is used Connections when 2 units are used Connections with editing controller Connections for adjusting video output (encoder output) signals Tapes Switching on the power/inserting the cassette STOP/STAND BY mode...
  • Page 4: General And Features

    Slow playback of consumer cassette tapes will not produce the smooth operation produced by slow playback of DVCPRO cassette tapes. Digital slow motion/jog Digital slow-motion technology created originally by Panasonic enables noiseless images to be played back from speeds ranging from still picture to approx. ±1/2 <Note>...
  • Page 5 Features (continued) Dial jog/shuttle All playback is free of noise bars with jog operations performed when the variable range is set to between –0.43 and 1 to 60X normal tape speed in both forward and reverse directions. Color images are well- defined even during high-speed searches.
  • Page 6: Controls And Their Functions

    Controls and their functions Front panel - 6 -...
  • Page 7 <Front Panel Top Section> POWER switch When the ON side is pressed, the power is switched on, and the audio level and video level meters, counter display and INPUT SELECT display light up. INPUT SELECT switches These are used to select the video and audio input signals. <Video>...
  • Page 8 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> PLAY button Playback commences when this button is pressed. Recording commences when the button is pressed together with the REC button; manual editing commences when it is pressed together with the EDIT button during playback. Pressing only the PLAY button during manual editing will cut out the editing and establish the playback mode.
  • Page 9 <Front Panel Center Section> STAND BY button When this is pressed, the same tension as in the regular stop mode is applied to the tape, and while the head drum continues to rotate, the button’ s lamp lights to indicate that the standby ON mode is established.
  • Page 10 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> REMOTE/LOCAL switch This switch is set when the unit is to be controlled from an external source using the REMOTE connector, RS-232C connector or parallel connector. REMOTE: Set to this position when controlling the unit by a device connected using the LOCAL: REMOTE lamp This lights when the REMOTE/LOCAL switch has been set to the REMOTE position.
  • Page 11 <Front Panel Center Section> PREROLL button This is used for feeding and cueing the tape for manual editing. When it is pressed, the tape travels to the preroll point where it stops. The preroll time can be set on-screen. When this button is pressed together with the IN or OUT button, the tape can be cued to the IN or OUT point entered.
  • Page 12 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> Time code buttons These are used to set the TC or UB value. SHIFT: ADJ: START: This enters the data which has been changed by the SHIFT and ADJ buttons. RESET: When this button is pressed in the CTL mode, the display is reset to Warning lamp This lights to warn the operator of a particular item.
  • Page 13 <Front Panel Center Section> Volume control This is used to adjust the headphones volume and the monitor output volume. Whether the headphones output and monitor output volumes are to be linked or kept separate can be set on-screen menu. (Note that the headphones output volume is normally linked.) When the volumes are kept separate, the monitor output is set to the unity value (preset value).
  • Page 14: Front Panel Bottom Section

    Controls and their functions <Front Panel Bottom Section> ENCODER CONTROL switch This selects whether the adjustments to the video output signals are to be performed by the unit or by an external encoder/remote controller. REMOTE: The adjustments to the video output signals are performed by the external LOCAL: VIDEO LEVEL control and switch When the ENCODER CONTROL switch is at LOCAL, the video level can be adjusted.
  • Page 15 <Front Panel Bottom Section> REC INHIBIT switch This selects whether to enable or inhibit the recording on the cassette tape. ON: The recording on the cassette tape is inhibited. The REC INHIBIT lamp on the front panel now lights. OFF: The recording on the cassette tape is enabled provided that the cassette’ s accidental erasure prevention mechanism has been set to the recording enable position.
  • Page 16: Connector Area

    Controls and their functions Connector area - 1 6 -...
  • Page 17 <Connector area> AC IN connector This is for connecting the unit to the power outlet using the power cord provided. SIGNAL GND terminal This terminal is connected to the signal unit which is connected to the unit in order to reduce noise.
  • Page 18 Controls and their functions (continued) <Connector area> ANALOG COMPONENT VIDEO OUT connector The analog component video signal is output from this connector. ANALOG COMPOSITE VIDEO OUT connectors The analog composite video signals are output from these connectors. The video signal with signals superimposed on it can be output from the VIDEO OUT3 connector.
  • Page 19: Connections When One Unit Is Used

    Connections when one unit is used Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to LOCAL. Analog audio input connectors Analog audio output connectors Analog video input (component) connectors Reference input connectors Digital audio input connector Audio monitor output connectors Video monitor output connectors ×...
  • Page 20: Connections When 2 Units Are Used

    Connections when 2 units are used Source machine: Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to REMOTE. Recorder: Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to LOCAL. Reference Signal generator Source machine To audio monitor device (deck Remote control signal (9P) Recorder To audio monitor To video...
  • Page 21: Connections With Editing Controller

    Connections with editing controller AV monitor Video monitor signals Audio monitor signals Editing Controller Source machine AV monitor Recorder To REMOTE IN/OUT connector Remote To REMOTE To REMOTE IN/OUT connector IN/OUT connector Reference signal - 2 1 - AV monitor Reference AV switcher signal generator...
  • Page 22: Connections For Adjusting Video Output (Encoder Output) Signals

    Connections for adjusting video output (encoder output) signals Player 1 (source machine 1) (BB) VIDEO IN VIDEO 1 REF (BB) P1 IN REF IN Switcher Supply the external reference signal from a sync signal generator to the units. Use the composite connectors for the video signals.
  • Page 23: Tapes

    Tapes Three types of tapes can be used with the unit. Type Consumer cassette News- gathering cassette General purpose cassette Align the cassette with the center of the insertion slot and push it in gently. The cassette tape is loaded automatically. <Notes for playback of consumer DV cassette tape>...
  • Page 24: Switching On The Power/Inserting The Cassette

    Switching on the power/inserting the cassette Before starting to operate the unit, check whether the equipment has been connected properly. Turn on the power. Check that the AUTO OFF lamp is off. When condensation has formed or some other trouble has occurred, the AUTO OFF lamp lights, and all operations are disabled.
  • Page 25: Stop/Stand By Mode

    STOP/STAND BY mode When the STOP button is pressed, the unit goes into the stop mode. lights and the tape stops traveling. In order to protect the tape, the unit goes into the standby OFF mode after the time set by setting menu No.400 (STILL TIMER) has elapsed. When the STOP, REW, FF or PLAY button is pressed, the unit will go into the appropriate mode.
  • Page 26: Recording

    Recording Set the accidental erasure prevention tab on the cassette tape to the “ recording” position and insert the tape. Press the STOP button to place the unit in the stop mode. Set the MODE switch to EE. EE images now appear on the TV monitor. Check that the REC INHIBIT lamp is off.
  • Page 27: Playback

    Playback Insert the cassette tape, and place the unit in the stop mode. Press the PLAY button. Regular playback is now commenced. Adjust the audio playback level. Pull out the audio level controls and turn them clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the levels.
  • Page 28: Jog/Shuttle

    Jog/shuttle modes Jog mode Push the search dial to the “ in” position. Be sure that the JOG lamp lights. Rotate the search dial. The dial’ s clickstops are cleared, and the tape is played back at the speed (–0.43 ×...
  • Page 29: Manual Editing

    Manual editing Select the editing mode. ASSEMBLE: For assemble editing. INSERT: Select the editing channel. In the case of insert editing, press the channel button corresponding to the signals to be edited, and check that its lamp is on. Press the PLAY button. Search for the position where the editing is to be commenced (IN point) while viewing the TV monitor, and press the PLAY and EDIT buttons together at the IN point.
  • Page 30: Preroll

    Preroll Press the PREROLL button. The VTR now performs the preroll operation. When the edit IN point has been entered, the tape is rewound from the edit IN point for the duration set by setting menu “ 000,” and the unit then goes into the stop mode. When the edit IN point has not been entered, the tape is rewound for the duration set by setting menu “...
  • Page 31 Automatic editing (Deck to Deck) Editing refers to the job of using a prerecorded tape to produce a complete recording by joining together separate cuts and deleting unnecessary parts. The basic steps taken for editing are as follows. Set the CONTROL switch to REMOTE on the player and to LOCAL on the recorder. Select the editing mode.
  • Page 32: Automatic Editing

    Automatic editing Switch settings and adjustments When the unit is used as the recorder: Set the POWER switch to ON. When the unit is used as the player: Set the POWER switch to ON. Select the video and audio input signals using the INPUT SELECT switches.
  • Page 33: Selecting The Editing Mode

    Select the editing mode Select the editing mode. For assemble editing, press the ASSEMBLE button. For insert editing, press the INSERT button. ASSEMBLE: The assemble editing mode (in which cuts are joined together) is INSERT: Select the editing channel. With assemble editing, the ASSEMBLE lamp light. With insert editing, press the button of the channel whose signals are to be edited and light its lamp.
  • Page 34: Entering The Edit Points

    Automatic editing Entering the edit points Search for the edit IN point by performing the jog or shuttle operation. Establish the still picture mode at the desired position. Refer to page 28 for details on the jog/shuttle operations. Press the IN and SET buttons together. The edit IN point is now entered.
  • Page 35: Checking The Edit Points

    Checking the edit points Press the IN (or OUT) button to check the edit point. The value of the entered edit point appears on the display. Press the IN (or OUT) button while holding down the PREROLL button to check the image at the edit point.
  • Page 36: Modifying The Edit Points

    Automatic editing Modifying the edit points Re-entering the edit points Search for the new edit point by performing the jog or shuttle operation, and press the IN (or OUT) and SET buttons together to re-enter the edit point. Modifying the edit point in frame units (trim function) Press the TRIM button while holding down the IN (or OUT) button.
  • Page 37: Preview

    Preview After the edit points have been entered, press the PREVIEW button. Normal preview is now performed. <Notes> If the edit IN point has not been entered, the position where the PREVIEW button was pressed will be entered at the edit IN point. To stop the preview at any time, press the STOP button.
  • Page 38: Executing Automatic Editing

    Automatic editing Executing automatic editing Press the AUTO EDIT button. Automatic editing is now performed. To stop the editing at any time, press the STOP button. When the edit OUT point is reached, the unit goes into the stop mode after postrolling.
  • Page 39: Review

    Review Upon completion of the editing, press the REVIEW button. The review is started in the recorder. To stop the review at any time, press the STOP button. When the edit OUT point is reached, the unit goes into the stop mode after postrolling.
  • Page 40: Split Editing

    S p l i t e d i t i n g Split editing refers to editing where the editing channels are switched while insert editing is in progress. Perform insert editing. Switch the editing channel. When, for instance, sound from AUDIO CH2 is to be additionally inserted during video channel insert editing: 2 - 1 Press the AUDIO CH2 button during video channel editing.
  • Page 41: Video Output (Encoder Output) 6 Signal Adjustment

    Video output (encoder output) signal adjustments After this system has been connected, the video output signal (ENCODER OUT) must be adjusted if AB roll editing (editing using two source machines) using an editor, for instance, is to be error-free and accurate. (This adjustment must be repeated when one of the connecting cables has been replaced and whenever the connections are changed.) The adjustment procedure using this unit is outlined below.
  • Page 42: Setup (Default Settings)

    Setup (default settings) The units major settings are performed by making selections on menus. The setting menus appear on the TV monitor when the TV monitor and VIDEO OUT 3 connector in the unit’ s connector area are hooked up. Changing the settings Press the MENU button.
  • Page 43: Setup Menus

    Setup (setting) menus This unit can store up to 5 user files (user 1 to user 5) containing different menu settings, and these files can be selected and used. Changing the file Press the MENU button. Hold down the STAND BY button and press the FF button to switch to the next user file.
  • Page 44: System Menu

    Setup (setting) menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> Superimposed No. SYS SC SYS H VIDEO PHASE COARSE YC FINE S C H COARSE SCH FINE AV PHASE The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Item Setting Superimposed display display 0000 –127 System phase adjustment: Total variable range: ±180°...
  • Page 45: Basic Menu

    USER menu <BASIC> Item Superimposed display P-ROLL TIME CHARA H-POS CHARA V-POS DISPLAY 0 0 4 LOCAL TAPE TIMER SUPER underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display This sets the preroll time which can be set from 0 to 15 seconds 0000 in l-second increments.
  • Page 46 Setup menus USER menu <BASIC> (continued) Item Superimposed N o . display CHARA TYPE REMAIN SETUP NUMBER The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display WHITE 0000 This selects the display type for the super display output to the VIDEO OUT 3 connector as well as for displays such as W/OUT 0001...
  • Page 47: Operation Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <OPERATION> Item Superimposed display S E A R C H SHTL MAX FF. REW AUDIO MUTE ALARM 105 AUTO EE PLAY DELAY The underline on Setting Superimposed display This selects the direct search dial operation. 0000 DIAL 0: For direct search dial operations.
  • Page 48: Interface Menu

    USER menu <INTERFACE> Item Superimposed display PARA RUN 9P SEL ID SEL 25P SEL The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display This selects whether two or more VTRs are to be operated in 0000 synchronization.
  • Page 49: Edit Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <EDIT> Item Superimposed display 3 0 0 VAR RANGE 301 IN/OUT 302 NEGA FLASH 303 STD/ NON-STD 304 SERVO 305 EDIT RPLCE1 The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display – 0.43 – 1 0000 This sets the VAR speed range.
  • Page 50 USER menu <EDIT> (continued) Item Superimposed display EDIT RPLCE2 307 EDIT RPLCEC 308 CONFI EDIT 309 AUD EDIT 310 AUD EDIT AUTO ENTRY CF ADJ AFTER CUE-UP The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display N-DEF This sets the channel assignments for the controller’...
  • Page 51: Tape Protect Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <TAPE PROTECT> Item Superimposed No. display STILL TIMER PROTECT The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. <Note> In order to protect the tape and VTR helical heads, it is recommended that the Still Timer be set for automatic tape protection mode in 30 seconds or under.
  • Page 52: Time Code Menu

    USER menu <TIME CODE> Item Superimposed display VITC POS-1 VITC POS-2 VITC BLANK 5 0 3 TCG REGEN 5 0 4 REGEN MODE 5 0 5 E X T T C The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display...
  • Page 53 Setup menus USER menu <TIME CODE> Item Superimposed display 5 0 6 BINARY PHASE CORR 5 0 8 TCG CF FLAG DF MODE The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. (continued) Setting Superimposed display This sets the usage status of the user bit of the time code 0000 generated by the TCG.
  • Page 54: Video Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> Item Superimposed display IN LV INT BB INPUT C KILL VSYNC V-MUTE (F1) BLANK (F2) BLANK CF ID FREEZE OUT C KILL The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display 0000 This selects the component input signal level.
  • Page 55: Audio Menu

    USER menu <AUDIO> Item Superimposed display CH1 IN CH2 IN CUE IN CH1 OUT CH2 OUT CUE OUT MONIL MONIR MONI EMPHA- CH1 IN The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting Superimposed display 0000 This selects the audio input (CH1) reference level switching. 0001 –20dB 0002...
  • Page 56: User Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> Item Superimposed display CH2 IN DIGI IN MONI CH REC CH1 REC CH2 The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. (continued) Setting Superimposed display 0000 This selects the CH2 input when USER SET has been 0001 DIGI selected by pressing the units AUDIO input selector switch.
  • Page 57 USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Superimposed display REC CUE SCALE DISP OUTPUT 719 PB FADE EMBEDDED The underline on the setting item denotes the initial setting. Setting No. Superimposed display 0000 This selects the input signal recorded in CUE. 0001 0: CUE IN 1: Audio CH1 input 0002...
  • Page 58: Time Code/User Bit

    Time code/user bit 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 59: Recording Internal/External Time Codes

    Recording internal/external time codes 1. Setting the internal time code Place the VTR in the stop mode. Set the TC/CTL switch to TC. Set the TC INT/EXT switch to INT. (internal time code selected) Set the REC RUN/FREE RUN switch position. REC RUN: FREE RUN: The time code runs in the same way as the time regardless of the VTR’...
  • Page 60: Reproducing The Time Code/User Bit

    Reproducing the time code/user bit Place the unit in the stop mode. Set the TC/CTL button to TC. Set the TC/UB switch to TC or UB. TC: The time code is displayed. UB: The user bit is displayed. When it is no longer possible to read the time code, it is interpolated using the CTL signal.
  • Page 61: Superimpose Screen

    Superimpose screen The control signals, time code, etc. are displayed using abbreviations. Abbreviation TV monitor Characters displayed The background of characters superimposed on the display can be changed using menu No.007 (CHARA TYPE). TV monitor Display position The position of the characters superimposed on the display can be changed using setting menus No.001 (CHARA H-POS) and No.002 (CHARA V-POS).
  • Page 62: Servo Reference

    Servo reference This unit automatically selects the input video signal selected by the INPUT switch, the reference video signal supplied from the REF VIDEO input connector or the internal sync signal as the servo reference signal. When the signal is selected, the unit’ s mode and servo reference stand in the relationship shown in the flowchart presented below.
  • Page 63 Servo reference setting tables The servo reference signal is switched as shown in the tables below depending on the servo reference setting, deck mode and what input signal is available. When the mode is transferred to editing or recording/playback, the image may be disturbed and the transfer may be delayed if the references during playback and recording do not match.
  • Page 64: Audio V Fade Function

    Audio V Fade Function When editing tapes, the edit point splicing selection (setting menu No. 309 and 310) information is recorded on the tape. This information is then sensed during playback, and V fade or cut processing is automatically performed for these sections. [However, only when the playback fade selection (No.
  • Page 65: Printed Circuit Board

    Printed circuit board Printed circuit board F8 board ADDA1 SW41 H2 board SW101 F4 board SW940 Abbr. Full name name This sets the CH1 audio input Audio Input Impedance SW impedance. HIGH/600W This sets the CH2 audio input Audio Input impedance.
  • Page 66: Rack Mounting

    (AJ-MA34HP) are used. bracket for 18" length (model number CC3001-99-0400) of SHASSIS TRAK be used. (The complete slide rail and bracket unit is not available from Panasonic) For further details, consult with your dealer. Remove the screws on the left and right sides of the unit.
  • Page 67: Connector Signals

    Connector signals VIDEO IN SERIAL IN (DIGITAL) Y, P (ANALOG) VIDEO IN REF VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT SERIAL OUT (DIGITAL) BNC×3 Y, P (ANALOG) VIDEO OUT AUDIO IN SERIAL IN (DIGITAL) AUDIO IN (DIGITAL) AUDIO IN (ANALOG) CUE IN TIME CODE IN AUDIO OUT SERIAL OUT (DIGITAL) AUDIO OUT (DIGITAL)
  • Page 68 Connector signals PARALLEL REMOTE (25P) Pin No. PLAY COMMAND STOP COMMAND FF COMMAND REW COMMAND REC COMMAND EJECT COMMAND STANDBYON/OFFCOMMAND PREROLL COMMAND IN SET COMMAND <Notes> COMMAND pins: TTL level, active low, STATUS pins: open collector, sink current 6mA RS-232C REMOTE (25-pin D-SUB crossover cable supported) Pin No.
  • Page 69: Head Cleaning

    However, to further increase the units reliability, it is recommended that its video heads be cleaned every day. Use the cleaning fluid designated by Panasonic. Condensation Condensation occurs due to the same principle involved when droplets of water form on a window pane of a heated room.
  • Page 70: Specifications

    Specifications GENERAL Power supply: AC 120 V±10%, 50 – 60 Hz Power consumption: 165 W Operating ambient temperature: 41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C) Operating ambient humidity: 10% to 90% (no condensation) Weight: 39.6 Ibs (18 kg) Dimensions (WxHxD): 16-3/4×6-15/16×16-3/8 inches Recording format: DVCPRO format Recording tracks:...
  • Page 71 Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America Executive Office One Panasonic Way (4B-7), Secaucus, NJ 07094 Service Centers Eastern: One Panasonic Way, Panazip (2A-4), Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201)-348-7677 Fax (201)-348-7511 Southern: 1225 Northbrook Parkway, Suite #170, Suwanee, GA 30174 (770)-338-6855 Fax (770)-338-6656 Western: 4001 West Alameda Ave., Suite 100, Burbank, CA 91505...

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