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Multi Format Digital HD
Video Cassette Recorder

Operating Instructions

Model No.
(Hardware)
AJ-
P
E
VQT0F74

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. Multi Format Digital HD Video Cassette Recorder Model No. (Hardware) VQT0F74...
  • Page 2: For Your Safety

    For your safety (General) Since this VTR is designed for metal tapes only, make sure that only the designated tapes are used. An or- dinary VHS tape cannot be used. Removal of the covers on electrical appliances for maintenance purposes may lead to electric shocks.
  • Page 3 For your safety For USA and Canada 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 SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. The lightning flash with arrowhead sym- bol, within an equilateral triangle, is in- tended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”...
  • Page 4 If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer. IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE SOCKET OUTLET IN YOUR HOME THEN THE FUSE SHOULD BE REMOVED AND THE PLUG CUT OFF AND DISPOSED OF SAFELY.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents For your safety ............02 Features .
  • Page 6: Features

    Features This HD VTR is a hi-vision digital VTR for recording and playing back the video and audio signals complying with BTAS-001A (1125/60 high-definition TV system studio standard) and SMPTE 274M standards. By image-compressing the hi-vision signals and digitally recording them, this unit delivers up to 124 minutes of recording and playback using a 155 minutes.).
  • Page 7 Slow motion, search and editing functions ≥Slow motion/jog The incorporation of Panasonic’s unique AT (auto tracking) mechanism makes slow-motion playback and jogging possible at a speed which can be varied from j1k to i2k normal tape speed. ≥50t shuttle search Shuttle search is possible at up to 50k normal tape speed in the forward or reverse direction.
  • Page 8: Controls And Their Functions ≥Front Panel

    Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT HEADPHONES PULL OPEN 0(1) POWER lamp This lights when the power is turned on. 0(2) POWER switch When the ON side is pressed, the power is turned on; when the OFF side is pressed, the power is turned off.
  • Page 9 Controls and their functions Front panel (14) (15) EJECT UNITY AUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR (13) PULL OPEN (10) (11) (12) (10) Headphone jack ≥The stereo headphones are connected to this M6 headphone jack. (11) Headphone VR ≥This volume control is used to adjust the headphones output level and monitor- ing output level.
  • Page 10 Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT UNITY AUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR PULL OPEN (18) Number keys ≥These are used to enter numbers. (0 to 9) Clear key for clearing input data. ≥C For registering the data which have been entered. ≥ENT Used in combination with other keys.
  • Page 11 Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT UNITY AUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR PULL OPEN (24) HOME button (25) MULTI CUE button (26) ASSEM (ASSEMBLE) button (27) INSERT button (28) VIDEO IN (29) VIDEO OUT (30) AUDIO IN (31) AUDIO OUT (32) TC/CHR (33) SET UP (34) TEST...
  • Page 12 Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT UNITY AUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR PULL OPEN (40) (41)(42)(43) (36) SHTL button (37) JOG button (38) VAR button (39) SEARCH dial (40) EXECUTE button This executes the variable memory operation etc. (41) REVIEW/PREVIEW This previews what has been recorded before editing or reviews the recording button after editing.
  • Page 13 Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT UNITY AUDIO MONITOR HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR PULL OPEN (44) REW button (45) STAND BY button (46) STOP button (47) FF button (48) PLAY button (49) REC/EDIT button (50) REC INHIBIT lamp CHANNEL CONDITION MULTI VIDEO AUDIO...
  • Page 14: Connector Section

    Controls and their functions Connector section AC IN Power supply part (1) AC IN socket (2) FUSE (3) GND (ground) terminal Digital signal input/output section (4) SD SDI IN connectors (BNCt2) (5) SD SDI OUT1, 2 connectors (BNCt2) (6) SD SDI MONITOR OUT connector For output of SD SDI serial digital signals. (BNCt1) (7) SPARE connector (BNCt1) (8) HD SDI IN connectors (BNCt2)
  • Page 15 Controls and their functions Connector section AC IN Analog input/output section (13) HD REF IN Input of tri-level sync signals as the HD reference signals. A loop-through/75 ≠ connectors termination switch is provided. (BNCt2) (14) SD REF IN Input of black burst° connectors termination switch is provided.
  • Page 16 Controls and their functions Connector section AC IN Analog input/output section (19) AUDIO IN Analog audio signals input to digital audio CH1 to CH4. connectors (XLR 3Pt4) (20) CUE IN connector Audio signal input for the analog cue channel. (XLR 3P) (21) TIME CODE IN Time code signal input.
  • Page 17 Controls and their functions Connector section AC IN Remote control section (26) REMOTE IN RS-422A serial mode input connector. connector (RS-422A) (9P) (27) REMOTE OUT RS-422A serial mode output connector. connector (RS-422A) (9P) (28) REMOTE IN/OUT RS-422A serial mode I/O connector. connector (9P) (29) V/A CONTROL Encoder remote (AJ-ER50) connector.
  • Page 18: Connections

    Connections Connection for a single unit Press the REMOTE button on the front panel to turn the lamp (LOCAL) off. Digital audio input Digital audio output Waveform monitor output SD reference input HD reference input REF IN VIDEO OUT AC IN FUSE 125V 5A π...
  • Page 19: Connections For 2 Units

    Connections Connection for 2 units Source side Press the REMOTE button at the front panel to light the lamp (REMOTE). Recorder side Press the REMOTE button at the front panel to extinguish the lamp (LOCAL). When performing automatic editing with RS-422A, press the F1 (P-2) key at the SET UP INTERFACE menu to switch.
  • Page 20: Connection With An Editing Controller

    Connections Connection with an editing controller AV monitor Video monitor signal Audio monitor signal Editing controller EJECT CHANNEL CONDITION VIDEO AUDIO SERVO HOME VIDEO TC/CHR UNITY AUDIO MONITOR REVIEW HEADPHONES LEVEL CURSOR PREVIEW EXECUTE PREROLL ENTRY STAND BY STOP PLAY PULL OPEN Source unit...
  • Page 21: Tapes

    Tapes There are two tape types: M and L. M-cassettes: 57 minutes (576/50i), 63 minutes (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p and 480/59i), 75 minutes (1080/25p and 1080/50i), 79 minutes (1080/23.98 and 1080/24p) L-cassettes: 112 minutes (576/50i), 124 minutes (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p and 480/59i), 149 minutes (1080/25p and 1080/50i), 155 minutes (1080/23.98p and 1080/24p) Align the cassette with the marks on the unit’s insertion slot and push it in gently.
  • Page 22: Recording

    Recording Preparation ∑ Release the recording inhibit mode ≥Confirm that the REC INHIBIT lamp has gone out. REC INHIBIT ∑ Selecting the input signals and adjusting their levels ≥Select the video input signal (INT SG or DIGITAL) on the VIDEO IN menu. ≥Select the audio input signal on the AUDIO IN PCM menu and the AUDIO IN CUE menu.
  • Page 23: Setting The Time Code

    Recording Preparation ∑ Setting the time code ≥Press the F4 (TC/CTL) key on the HOME menu to select TC. ≥Select the internal or external time code on the TC/CHR menu and set the generating mode. Operation (1) Press the PLAY button while pressing the REC/EDIT button. Recording will start.
  • Page 24 Recording Simultaneous playback monitoring ∑ Video monitoring ≥Set VIDEO during recording to TAPE on the VIDEO OUT HD SET UP STATE menu. VIDEO ∑ Audio monitoring ≥Set AUDIO during recording to TAPE on the AUDIO OUT SET UP STATE menu. VIDEO D.
  • Page 25 Recording This flowchart shows the steps for recording the digital signals which are supplied to the unit from an exter- nal digital device. 11. Check the connections. 12. Turn on the power. 13. After making sure that no cassette tape is inserted in this unit, set the system frequency 59.94, 23.98, 24, 25 or 50 by F1 (FREQ) key of the SYSTEM SET UP menu.
  • Page 26 Recording 14. Insert a recording-enabled cassette. It should be borne in mind that the 4-channel or 8-channel audio version will be identified in ac- cordance with the position selected for the cassette C bit pin, as mentioned on page 25. Note that when the cassette tape is inserted, it is not possible to change the system frequency which was set using the F1 (FREQ) key on the SYSTEM SET UP menu of the previous page.
  • Page 27 Recording ≥ The REF synchronization specifications applying when the 1080/23p, 24p or 25p True-P (Non-PsF) sys- tem format is selected are the same specifications as for the PsF system format. Use an interlace format signal for the HD tri-level SYNC signal. ≥...
  • Page 28: Playback

    Playback Operation (1) Press the PLAY button. PLAY Playback will start. (2) Playback stops when the STOP button is pressed. If the JOG, SHTL, VAR, FF, or REW button is pressed in place of the STOP button, oper- ation is directly transferred to the mode that corresponds to the respective button. ∑...
  • Page 29: Basic Operations

    Basic operations ∑ Stop Press the STOP button. The tape will stop. STOP ∑ FF/REW Press the FF or the REW button. ∑ STAND BY ≥When the STAND BY lamp is lit, the unit is in the STAND BY ON status. STAND BY ≥When the STAND BY lamp is not lit, the unit is in the STAND BY OFF status.
  • Page 30 Basic operations ∑ Shuttle (SHTL) (1) The unit is placed in the shuttle mode when the SHTL button is pressed and the lamp SHTL lights. (2) Turn the search dial. (3) When the STOP, FF, REW, PLAY, JOG, or VAR button is pressed, operation is directly transferred to the mode that corresponds to the respective button.
  • Page 31 Basic operations ∑ Variable (VAR) The variable mode is a low-speed version of the shuttle mode. This operation may be initiated from STOP or PLAY mode or during normal recording. (1) The unit is placed in the variable mode when the VAR button is pressed and the lamp lights.
  • Page 32 Basic operations ∑ Tape speed override (TSO) function This is a function for finely adjusting the normal playback speed in the range of n15%. (1) Press the PLAY button. PLAY Normal playback starts. (2) Turn the search dial while pressing the PLAY button, or press the i or j keys. When using the search dial, the tape speed changes depending on the angle to which the search dial is turned.
  • Page 33 Basic operations When TC INPUT is set to the REVERSE mode* (1) Press the cursor center key to display the cursor. The time code value will be highlighted. Cursor center key Cursor key (2) Move the cursor with the cursor key (4) to the CUE TIME display section. The cue display section will be highlighted.
  • Page 34 Basic operations ∑ Correction of the cue point When TC INPUT is set to the STANDARD mode (1) Move the cursor to the place which is to be corrected. (2) ENTER the new value with the number keys. (3) Press the ENT key. ≥Cue points cannot be cleared.
  • Page 35: Manual Editing

    Manual editing Manual editing is a method used for editing which does not involve the REGISTRATION of edit points (IN/OUT points). 1. Check the connections. 2. Switch on the power. 3. Insert the cassette to be edited. 4. Press the F13 (REC INH) key on the HOME menu to set to FREE or NRML.REC. 5.
  • Page 36 Manual editing 12. Search the edit start (IN) point and set the picture to the still mode. 13. Press-the PREROLL button if preroll is required. 14. Provide input of the editing source. 15. Press the PLAY button to place the unit into playback mode. 16.
  • Page 37: Manual Audio Cross Editing

    Manual audio cross editing Below is a flowchart showing the steps taken for editing in which audio signals are cross-faded (while the pre- ceding playback sound is being faded out, the player sound is faded in) in the manual edit mode. 1.
  • Page 38: Automatic Insert/Assemble Editing

    Automatic insert/assemble editing The following flowchart shows the operation for automatic insert editing or automatic assemble editing with two digital VTRs. 1. Check the connections. 2. Switch on the power to the player and to the recorder. 3. Insert the cassettes required for editing into the VTRs. 4.
  • Page 39 Automatic insert/assemble editing 12. Press the INSERT or the ASSEM button to display the INSERT (or the ASSEMBLE) EDIT menu, and then press the F12 key to set to AUTO EDIT. When the F9 (INSERT/ASSEMBLE) key is highlighted, the editing mode is established. 13.
  • Page 40: Audio Split Editing

    Audio split editing The following flowchart shows the operation for separately entering the audio and video edit point positions for automatic editing. 1. Press the INSERT button to display the INSERT AUTO EDIT menu. 2. Press the F10 (SPLIT) key on the INSERT AUTO EDIT menu to set it to be highlighted. 3.
  • Page 41 Audio split editing OUT point preview ∫ Previewing the automatic insert editing OUT point (when audio split is OFF) This flowchart shows the operation to preview the automatic insert editing OUT point. The OUT point for automatic assemble editing can not be previewed. 1.
  • Page 42: Variable Memory Function

    Variable memory Function 1. Set the F3 (W/PLYR) key to OFF. 2. Set the F4 (VAR MEMO) key to ON. ≥If the IN and OUT points have already been entered, they will be automatically cleared. ≥If the split mode is ON, it will be forcibly turned off. ≥When the variable memory function is used, the AUDIO IN and OUT points cannot be entered.
  • Page 43 Variable memory function By operating the VTR search dial which is connected to the unit’s RS-422A REMOTE OUT or REMOTE IN/OUT connector, the playback speeds and directions can be stored in the memory, after which the stored contents can be regenerated during automatic editing and stored in the memory of the unit (recorder). 1.
  • Page 44: Connector Signals

    Connector signals ∑ VIDEO IN HD SDI (DIGITAL) SD SDI IN (DIGITAL) SD SDI SPARE HD REF IN SD REF IN ∑ VIDEO OUT HD SDI OUT (DIGITAL) HD SDI MONITOR OUT (DIGITAL) (SUPER) SD SDI OUT (DIGITAL) SD SDI MONITOR (DIGITAL) (SUPER) VIDEO OUT (ANALOG) HD REF OUT...
  • Page 45 Connector signals ∑ PARALLEL I/O (50P) connector (1) PULSE SIGNAL: The signal fall is detected and the signal becomes active. Pin no. Signal Direction REC COMMAND INPUT PLAY COMMAND INPUT FF COMMAND INPUT REW COMMAND INPUT STOP COMMAND INPUT STBY ON INPUT COMMAND STBY OFF...
  • Page 46 Connector signals Pin no. Signal Direction TC_SOURCE_ INPUT EXT COMMAND TC_SLAVE_AUTO INPUT COMMAND TL_SLAVE_MUST INPUT COMMAND TC_RESET INPUT COMMAND STBY ON/OFF INPUT COMMAND ERR O STATUS OUTPUT SPARE INPUT CUE COMMAND INPUT ERR 1 STATUS OUTPUT SPARE INPUT i15 V POWER OUTPUT REC STATUS OUTPUT...
  • Page 47 Connector signals Pin no. Signal Direction FF STATUS OUTPUT REW STATUS OUTPUT STOP STATUS OUTPUT RE-422 REMOTE OUTPUT ON STATUS EJECT STATUS OUTPUT ERR 2 STATUS OUTPUT TC SOURCE OUTPUT STATUS TC SLAVE OUTPUT STATUS REC INH MENU OUTPUT STATUS CUE STATUS OUTPUT REMOTE STATUS...
  • Page 48 Connector signals ∑ RS-422A REMOTE Pin No. FRAME GROUND REM IN (j) REM OUT (j) ∑ RS-232C REMOTE Pin No. FRAME GROUND ∑ V/A CONTROL Pin No. FRAME GROUND REM (G) 5–6 REM RX (X) REMOTE CONTROL ∑ CONTROL PANEL Pin No.
  • Page 49: Video Head Cleaning

    Video head cleaning Although this unit comes with an auto head cleaning function which reduces the amount of dirt on the heads, it is recommended that the video heads be cleanid every day for even more dependable operation. (For fur- ther details, please consult with your local dealer.) ∑...
  • Page 50: Rack-Mounting

    Rack-mounting The VTR can be installed in a 19-inch standard rack using the AJ-MA37P rack-mounting adapters (optional accessory). It is recommended that the slide rail (CC3001-99-0191) made by Chassis Trak be used as the installed rails. For further details, consult your dealer. 1.
  • Page 51: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Symptom VTR fails to operate as per the mode selected on the menu screen. VTR fails to operate even when a function button is pressed. Recording and/or editing cannot be performed. How to eject the tape in an emergency 1.
  • Page 52: Dip Switch

    DIP switch AV microcomputer DIP switch specifications SW6501 ON (0) Normal Normal — — SYSCON microcomputer DIP switch specifications SW6071 Normal Ejected —— —— History: No.6: From SYSCON Ver.0.12 SERVO microcomputer DIP switch specifications SW2001 Purpose For AT adjustments For AT adjustments For AT adjustments For AT adjustments CAUTION:...
  • Page 53: Specifications

    Specifications Power supply AJ-HD3700BP: AC 120V, 50–60 Hz AJ-HD3700BE: AC 220–240V, 50–60 Hz Power consumption: 260W General Permissable ambient operating temperature 41 °F to 104 °F (5 °C to 40 °C) Permissable ambient operating humidity 10% to 90% (no condensation) Weight 69.96 Ibs (31.8 kg) Dimensions...
  • Page 54 Specifications Video system Sampling frequency/ quantizing HD: Y: 74.176 MHz; P SD: Y: 13.5 MHz; P Video compression system (with HD) Intra-Field DCT i VLC Video compression rate (with HD) Error correction Reed-Solomon product code Data rates 323 Mbps (1080/59.94i/8CH, 720/59.94p/8CH, 480/59.94i/8CH 319 Mbps (576/50i/8CH) 300 Mbps (1080/59.94i/4CH, 720/59.94p/4CH, 480/59.94i/4CH) 258 Mbps (1080/23.98p/8CH, 1080/24p/8CH)
  • Page 55 Specifications Composite video output Y gain j¶–i3 dB (synchronized to SD SDI) Composite video output gain j¶–i3 dB (synchronized to SD SDI) Composite video output setup n14 IRE (synchronized to SD SDI) Composite video output system phase n0.5 H Composite video output SYS SC phase more than n180 °...
  • Page 56 Specifications Audio adjustment ranges Audio input gain j¶–i12 dB Audio output gain j¶–i12 dB Monitor output gain j¶–i12 dB (when coupled to headphone control) Headphone output gain j¶–i12 dB Other input/output signals Time code input 2.4 V n1.4 V [p-p], 10 k≠, balanced (XLR k 1) Time code output 2.0 V n0.5 V [p-p], low impedance, balanced (XLR k 1) RS-422A input...
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  • Page 58 PANASONIC BROADCAST & TELEVISION SYSTEMS COMPANY UNIT COMPANY OF MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC CORPORATION OF 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) 348-7621 Southeast Region: 1225 Northbrook Parkway, Ste 1-160, Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 338-6835...