SC-D391 SC-D392 Digital Video Camcorder user manual imagine the possibilities Thank you for purchasing this Samsung product. To receive more complete service, please register your product at www.samsung.com/global/register...
key features of your miniDV camcorder FEATURES OF YOUR NEW MINIDV CAMCORDER Digital Data Transfer Function 1200x Digital Zoom Program AE with IEEE1394 Allows you to magnify an image up The Program AE enables you to alter the shutter speed and aperture to suit to 1200 times its original size.
safety warnings What the icons and signs in this user manual mean : Means that death or serious personal injury is a risk. WARNING Means that there is a potential risk for personal injury or material damage. CAUTION To reduce the risk of ﬁ re, explosion, electric shock, or personal injury when using your miniDV camcorder, follow these basic safety precautions: CAUTION Means hints or referential pages that may be helpful when operating the miniDV camcorder.
important safety instructions Read these instructions. 12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table speciﬁ ed Keep these instructions. by the manufacturer, or sold with Heed all warnings. the apparatus. When a cart is Follow all instructions. used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination Do not use this apparatus near water.
17. POWER SOURCES: 70-1984, provides information with respect to proper The CAMCORDER should be operated only from grounding of the mast and supporting structure, the type of power source indicated on the label. grounding of the lead-in wire and supporting structure, If you are not sure of the type of power supply at grounding of the mast and supporting structure, your home, consult your appliance dealer or local...
important safety instructions 22. POWER LINES: a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged. An outside antenna system should not be located b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other fallen into the CAMCORDER.
ACCORDING TO LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL LAWS. FCC Warning For details see lamprecycle.org, eiae.org, or call The user is cautioned that changes or modiﬁ cations not 1-800-Samsung (7267864) expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s CALIFORNIA USA ONLY authority to operate the equipment.
precautions Warning! • This camcorder should always be connected to an AC outlet with a protective grounding connection. • Batteries shall not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, ﬁ re or the like. Caution Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type.
NOTES REGARDING THE LCD SCREEN • Direct sunlight can damage the LCD screen and the inside of the the Lens. Take pictures of the sun only in low light conditions, such as at dusk. • The LCD screen has been manufactured using high precision technology. However, there may be tiny dots (red, blue or green in color) that appear on the LCD screen.
contents What is included with your miniDV camcorder GETTING TO KNOW Front & left view YOUR MINIDV CAMCORDER Left side view Right & top view Rear & bottom view Using the remote control (SC-D392 only) Using the hand strap & lens cover PREPARATION Installing the button-type battery Using the battery pack...
INITIAL SETTING : Setting the tv display (TV display) DISPLAY MENU SETTING Inserting / ejecting a cassette Various recording techniques Making your ﬁ rst recording BASIC RECORDING Recording with ease for beginners (EASY.Q mode) Zooming in and out Searching quickly for a desired scene (Setting the zero memory) (SC-D392 only) Self record using the remote control (Setting the Self Timer) (SC-D392 only)
contents Using the color nite (C.Nite) Using the light (Light) (SC-D392 only) Recording a photo image on a tape -tape photo recording Searching for a photo image on a tape (Photo Search) Playing back a tape on the LCD screen Various functions while in Player mode PLAYBACK Audio dubbing (SC-D392 only)
Troubleshooting TROUBLESHOOTING Setting menu items SPECIFICATIONS English _05...
(SC-D392 only) (Type: CR2025) AD68-02563A AD97-10686A (SC-D392 only) AD59-00085A AD43-10130H Lens Cover Strap Core ﬁ lter AD72-00049A 3301-001502 • The contents may vary depending on the sales region. • Parts and accessories are available at your local Samsung dealer. 06_ English...
FRONT & LEFT VIEW O P E N EASY Q button ➥ page 35 Lens Remote sensor (SC-D392 only) Display ( ) button Light (SC-D392 only) TFT LCD screen OPEN switch Internal microphone Be careful not to cover the internal microphone and lens during recording. CAUTION English _07...
getting to know your miniDV camcorder LEFT SIDE VIEW M E N U B A T MENU button Built-in speaker / Select ), (W/T) ➥ page 21 Joystick ( Battery pack Recording start/stop button Battery release (BATT.) switch Jack cover (AV/DV jack) 08_ English...
RIGHT & TOP VIEW P O W C H G Zoom(W/T) / Volume (VOL) lever Jack cover (DC IN jack) PHOTO button ➥ pages 59 Cassette compartment cover Recording start/stop button Hand strap POWER switch English _09...
preparation This section provides information on using this miniDV camcorder: such as how to use the provided accessories, how to charge the battery, how to set up the operation and screen indicators in each mode. USING THE HAND STRAP & LENS COVER It is very important to ensure that the hand strap has been correctly adjusted before you begin your recording.
ATTACHING THE CORE FILTER To reduce electrical interference, attach the core ﬁ lter to the AC power Wind once! adaptor. • To attach the core ﬁ lter to power adapter, roll the cable over core ﬁ lter once. • Be careful not to damage the cable when attaching the core ﬁ lter. AC power adaptor INSTALLING THE BUTTON-TYPE BATTERY Button-type battery installation for the remote control...
It is recommended that you purchase one or more additional battery packs to allow continuous use of your miniDV camcorder. Use only Samsung-approved battery packs. Do not use batteries from other manufacturers. Otherwise, there is a danger of overheating, ﬁ re or explosion.
Time Charging Recording SC-D392. Battery time time (Times for SC-D391/D392 are almost the same.) • The time is only for reference. Figures shown in the table are Approx. Approx. IA-BP80WA 1hr 20min measured under Samsung’s test environment, and may differ 1hr 20min from your actual use.
preparation The amount of continuous recording time available depends on: • The type and capacity of the battery pack you are using. • Ambient temperature. • How often the zoom function is used. • Type of use (camcorder/camera/with LCD screen etc.) •...
• When purchasing a new battery pack, we recommend buying the same battery pack that is provided with this camcorder. The battery pack is available at SAMSUNG retailers. • When the battery reaches the end of its life, please contact your local dealer.
preparation BASIC MINIDV CAMCORDER OPERATION Turning the miniDV camcorder on and off Mode indicator You can turn the camcorder on or off by sliding the POWER switch downward. • Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to toggle the power on or off. Setting the operating modes •...
USING THE DISPLAY ( ) BUTTON You can switch between the on-screen information display modes: Press the Display ( ) button. Switching the information display mode You can switch between the on-screen information display modes: Press the Display ( ) button. The full and minimum display modes will alternate.
preparation USING THE JOYSTICK Used for playback, pausing, fast forwarding, and rewinding. Also used as directional buttons (up, down, left, right) and to make a selection when selecting movie, photo images or menus. 1. Move the Joystick ( ) up or down. 2.
HANDLING QUICK MENUS WITH THE JOYSTICK Quick Menu In Camera /Player modes Joystick Camera ( ) Mode Player ( ) Mode Status STOP PLAY PAUSE Input Exposure Focus STOP STOP STOP STOP Shutter Fade Return / Selection / Exit the menu PLAY PAUSE PLAY...
initial setting : system menu setting SETTING THE CLOCK (CLOCK SET) Clock setup works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 • • Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the ﬁ rst time. MODE 1. Press the MODE button to set Camera ( ) or Player ( 2.
SETTING THE WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL ACCEPTANCE (REMOTE) (SC-D392 only) The remote function works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 • • The remote function allows you to enable or disable the remote control for use with MODE the camcorder. 1.
initial setting : system menu setting SETTING THE BEEP SOUND (BEEP SOUND) • The beep sound function works in Camera / Player modes. ➥ page 18 • You can turn the beep sound on or off, when on, each press of a button sounds a beep.
initial setting : system menu setting SETTING THE BEEP SOUND (BEEP SOUND) 4. Move the Joystick ( ▲ / ▼ ) up or down to select "Beep Sound", then Camera Mode System System Clock Set press Remote Beep Sound the Joystick. ✔...
initial setting : system menu setting SELECTING THE OSD LANGUAGE (LANGUAGE) • The Language function works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 MODE • You can select the desired language to display the menu screen and the messages. 1. Press the MODE button to set Camera ( ) or Player ( 2.
Exit MENU • The demonstration function is automatically activated when the camcorder SAMSUNG Camcorder is... is left idle for more than 10 minutes after switching to the Camera mode 34x Optical Zoom (if no tape is inserted in the camcorder).
initial setting : display menu setting SETTING THE GUIDELINE (GUIDELINE) Adjusting the LCD screen works in Camera modes. ➥page 18 • • Guideline displays a certain pattern on the LCD screen so that you can easily set the image composition when recording movie or photo images. MODE •...
ADJUSTING THE LCD SCREEN (LCD BRIGHT/LCD COLOR) Adjusting the LCD screen works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 • • Your camcorder is equipped with a 2.7 inch wide color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) MODE screen, which enables you to view what you are recording or playing back directly. •...
initial setting:display menu setting DISPLAYING THE DATE / TIME (DATE / TIME) The date/time function works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 • • The date and time are automatically recorded on a special data area of the tape. MODE 1.
SETTING THE TV DISPLAY (TV DISPLAY) • The TV Display function works in Camera / Player modes. ➥page 18 MODE • You can select the output path of the OSD (On Screen Display). - "Off": The OSD appears on the LCD screen only. - "On": The OSD appears on the LCD screen and TV.
basic recording INSERTING / EJECTING A CASSETTE • When inserting a tape or closing the cassette compartment, do not apply excessive force, as it may cause a malfunction. • OPEN Do not use any tape other than DV cassettes. 1. Connect a power source and slide the OPEN switch. •...
MAKING YOUR FIRST RECORDING ➥ 1. Connect a power source to the camcorder. page 17 ➥ (A battery pack or a AC power adapter) pages 14,17 Insert a cassette. ➥ page 33 • OPE N 2. Remove the lens cover. OPE N 3.
basic recording RECORDING WITH EASE FOR BEGINNERS (EASY Q MODE) The EASY Q function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • With the EASY Q function, most of the miniDV camcorder settings are automatically adjusted, which frees you from making detailed adjustments. 1.
ZOOMING IN AND OUT The zoom function works in Camera modes. ➥page 18 • • Use the zoom function for close-up or wide-angle recording. • This miniDV camcorder allows you to record using optical 34x power zoom and 1200x digital zoom. To zoom in Slide the Zoom lever towards T (telephoto).
basic recording SEARCHING QUICKLY FOR A DESIRED SCENE (SETTING THE ZERO MEMORY) (SC-D392 only) The zero memory function works in both Camera and Player modes. ➥page 18 • • You can mark a point on a tape that you want to return to following playback. 2.
SELF RECORD USING THE REMOTE CONTROL (SETTING THE SELF TIMER) (SC-D392 only) The SELF TIMER function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • When you use the SELF TIMER function on the remote control, the recording begins automatically in 10 seconds. 1.
basic recording REVIEWING AND SEARCHING A RECORDING The Rec Search function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • Used to review previously recorded images or to ﬁ nd a point to record a new image in the STBY mode. Record Search (Joystick) 1.
USING THE FADE ON AND OFF The Fade function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • You can give your recording a professional look by using special effects such as fade in at the beginning of a sequence or fade out at the end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
basic recording AUTO FOCUS / MANUAL FOCUS The Auto Focus/Manual Focus function works in Camera modes. ➥page 18 • • In most situations, it is better to use the automatic focus feature, as it enables you to concentrate on the creative side of your recording.
SETTING THE SHUTTER SPEED & EXPOSURE The Shutter Speed function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • The Exposure function works in Camera modes. ➥page 18 • • The Shutter Speed and Exposure functions can only be adjusted by using the Joystick. 1.
advanced recording SELECTING THE RECORD MODE & AUDIO MODE (Rec Mode & Audio Mode) The Record mode function works in both Camera and Player modes. ➥page 18 • • This camcorder records and plays back in SP (standard play) mode and in LP (long play) mode. MODE "SP"...
CUTTING WIND NOISE (WINDCUT PLUS) • The windcut plus function works in both Camera and Player (Audio dubbing) modes. ➥page 18 • Use the windcut plus when recording in windy places such as the beach or near MODE buildings. • The windcut plus function minimizes wind or other noises while recording.
advanced recording SELECTING THE REAL STEREO FUNCTION (REAL STEREO) The Real Stereo function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • Real stereo enhances the left and right input signals when using the internal MODE microphone. 1. Press the MODE button to set Camera ( 2.
SETTING THE PROGRAM AE (PROGRAM AE) The Program AE function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • The Program AE mode allows you to adjust shutter speeds and apertures to suit MODE different recording conditions. • They give you creative control over the depth of ﬁ eld. 1.
advanced recording SETTING THE PROGRAM AE (PROGRAM AE) On-screen Settings Contents display - Auto balance between the subject and the background. - To be used in normal conditions. Auto - The shutter speed is automatically adjusted from 1/60 to 1/250 per second, depending on the scene.
SETTING THE WHITE BALANCE (WHITE BALANCE) The White Balance function works in Camera modes. ➥page 18 • • The White Balance is a recording function that preserves the unique image color of the object in any recording condition. MODE • You may select the appropriate White Balance mode to obtain good quality image color.
advanced recording On-screen Settings Contents display Auto This option is generally used to control the white balance automatically. This controls the white balance according to the outdoor ambience, especially for Daylight close up and when the subject is of one dominant color. Cloudy This option should be used when making a recording in cloudy weather.
APPLYING VISUAL EFFECTS (VISUAL EFFECT) The visual effect function works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • • The visual effects enable you to give a creative look to your recording. MODE • Select the appropriate visual effect for the type of picture that you wish to record and the effect you wish to create.
advanced recording Settings Contents Disables the function. This mode gives the images a coarse effect. Mosaic This mode gives the images a mosaic effect. Sepia This mode gives the images a reddish-brown pigment. Negative This mode reverses the colors, creating a negative image. Mirror This mode cuts the picture in half, using a mirror effect.
SETTING THE 16:9 WIDE MODE (16:9 WIDE) • ➥ The 16:9 wide function works only in Camera mode. page 18 • Recordings in 16:9 wide will play back naturally only when the TV supports the 16:9 MODE aspect ratio. • This product is set to 16:9 wide by the factory default.
advanced recording USING THE TELE MACRO (MACRO) • ➥ Tele Macro function works in Camera mode. page 18 • Effective focal distance in Tele Macro mode is 50 cm (19.7 inches) to 100 cm MODE (39.4 inches). 1. Press the MODE button to set Camera ( 2.
SETTING THE DIGITAL IMAGE STABILIZER (DIS) • ➥ The DIS function works only in Camera mode. page 18 • DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) is a function that compensates for any shaking MODE or hand movement while holding the camcorder (within reasonable limits). •...
advanced recording USING BACK LIGHT COMPENSATION MODE (BLC) • ➥ BLC works in Camera modes. page 18 • Back lighting exists when the subject is darker than the background: - The subject is in front of a window. - The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and is placed against a bright background;...
ZOOMING IN AND OUT WITH DIGITAL ZOOM (DIGITAL ZOOM) • ➥ Maximum Digital Zoom works only in Camera mode. page 18 • You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater MODE than 34x (the default setting) during recording.
advanced recording USING THE COLOR NITE (C.NITE) • ➥ C.Nite function works only in Camera mode. page 18 • You can take a shot of an object in slow motion by controlling the shutter speed, or a brighter image in dark places without compromising colors. MODE 1.
USING THE LIGHT (LIGHT) (SC-D392 ONLY) • ➥ The Light function works only in Camera mode. page 18 • The Light function enables you to record a subject in a dark place without MODE compromising colors. For example, you can make a satisfactorily recording of an outdoor gathering at night when you use this function.
advanced recording RECORDING A PHOTO IMAGE ON A TAPE -TAPE PHOTO RECORDING • Tape photo recording works only in Camera mode. ➥page 18 • You can record a photo image on a tape. The photo image is recorded and will take PHOTO up a 6~7 second section of tape.
SEARCHING FOR A PHOTO IMAGE ON A TAPE (PHOTO SEARCH) • The photo search works only in Player mode. ➥page 18 Player Mode Tape Tape Photo Search 1. Press the MODE button to set Player ( Audio Select Audio Effect 2.
playback PLAYING BACK A TAPE ON THE LCD SCREEN • ➥ The playback function and speaker works only in Player mode. page 18 • You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. MODE ➥ 1. Insert the tape you wish to view. page 33 2.
VARIOUS FUNCTIONS WHILE IN PLAYER MODE • This function works only in Player mode. ➥page 18 • The PLAY, PAUSE, STOP, FF and REW buttons are located on the remote control (SC-D392 only), all of whose functions can also be operated with the Joystick (▲/▼/ / ) on the camcorder. •...
playback Frame Advance (To play back frame by frame) (SC-D392 only) • Press the F.ADV button on the remote control while in pause mode. ❙❙ - Video sequence advances frame by frame each time you press the F.ADV button or (+) button.
AUDIO DUBBING (SC-D392 ONLY) • This feature enables you to dub your voice through the internal microphone or other STOP 0:00:00 audio equipment connected to the camcorder onto a pre-recorded camcorder tape. 60min 10Sec 16:9 Wide The original sound on the tape will not be erased. 16BIt •...
playback DUBBED AUDIO PLAYBACK (AUDIO SELECT) • ➥ The dubbed Audio playback function works only in Player mode. page 18 MODE 1. Press the MODE button to set Player ( 2. Insert the dubbed tape and press the MENU button. •...
AUDIO EFFECT • ➥ Audio effect function works only in Player mode. page 18 • Audio effect provides various playback effects to audio signals stored on a tape. Player Mode Tape Tape Photo Search Sound Audio Select 1. Press the MODE button to set Player ( Audio Effect 2.
connection PLAYING BACK A TAPE ON A TV SCREEN • The playback function works only in Player mode. ➥page 18 • To play back a tape, the television must be NTSC compatible. ➥page 75 • We recommend that you use the AC power adapter as the power source for the camcorder. Connecting to a TV that has Audio/Video Input Jacks 1.
Connecting to a TV that has no Audio/Video Input Jacks • You can connect your camcorder to a TV through a VCR. 1. Connect the camcorder to your VCR with the Audio/Video cable. • The yellow jack: Video • The white jack: Audio(L) - mono •...
connection COPYING A CAMCORDER TAPE ONTO A VIDEO TAPE • ➥ The copying function works only in Player Mode. page 18 • Connect your camcorder to a VCR using the AV jack to copy the recording from a camcorder tape onto a VCR tape. 1.
USING THE VOICE+ FUNCTION • The Voice+ function works only in Player mode. ➥ page 18 • When copying (dubbing) a tape recorded on the camcorder to another AV device, you can dub your voice through the camcorder's internal microphone to the device, instead of the existing audio on the recorded tape. 1.
IEEE 1394 data transfer TRANSFERRING IEEE1394 (I.LINK)-DV STANDARD DATA CONNECTIONS Connecting to a DV Device (DVD Recorder, Camcorder, etc.) • Connecting to other standard DV products. - A standard DV connection is quite simple. - If a device has a DV jack, you can transfer data from this camcorder to it by connecting to the DV jack using the correct DV cable (not supplied).
Recording with a DV Connection Cable 1. Press the MODE button to set Player ( 2. Connect the DV cable (not supplied) from the DV jack of the camcorder to the DV jack of the Camcorder other DV device. DV Jack •...
maintenance AFTER FINISHING A RECORDING • At the end of a recording you must remove the power source. • When recording with a battery pack, leaving the pack on the camcorder can reduce OPEN the life span of the battery. The battery pack should be release after recording is completed.
Clean the video heads with a dry type cassette cleaner. • Some cleaning cassette products stop automatically. Refer to the cleaning cassette’s instructions for detailed information. If the problem continues after the cleaning, consult your nearest Samsung dealer or Authorized Service Center. (blue screen) 74_ English...
maintenance USING YOUR MINIDV CAMCORDER ABROAD • Each country or region has its own electric and color systems. • Before using your miniDV camcorder abroad, check the following items. Power sources The provided AC adaptor features automatic voltage selection in the AC range from 100 V to 240 V. You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.
TROUBLESHOOTING • Before contacting a Samsung authorized service center, perform the following simple checks. They may save you the time and expense of an unnecessary call. Self Diagnosis Display Display Blinking Informs that... Action slow The battery pack is almost discharged.
• If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact Samsung customer service at 1-800-SAMSUNG. Symptom Explanation/Solution You cannot switch the camcorder on. Check the battery pack or the AC Power adapter. Press the MODE button to set Camera ( Recording start/stop button does not You have reached the end of the cassette.
SETTING MENU ITEMS Available Mode Main Menu Sub Menu Functions Page Camera Player Mode Mode ✔ Camera Program AE Selecting the Program AE Function 46, 47 ✔ White Balance Setting the White Balance 48 ,49 ✔ Visual Effect Setting the Digital special effect 50, 51 ✔...
ABOUT THIS USER MANUAL • This user manual covers models SC-D391, SC-D392. Although the external appearances of SC-D391, SC-D392 are different, they operate in the same way. • Illustrations of model SC-D392 are used in this user manual. • The displays in this user manual may not be exactly the same as those you see on the LCD screen.
MODEL NAME: SC-D391/ SC-D392 System Video signal NTSC Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, 12/16b PCM system Usable cassette Digital video tape (6.35mm width): Mini DV cassette Tape speed SP: approx. 18.83mm/s LP: approx.
Warranty SAMSUNG LIMITED WARRANTY SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. (SEA), warrants that this product is free from defective material and workmanship. SEA further warrants that if product fails to operate properly within the speciﬁ ed warranty period and the failure is due to improper workmanship or defective material, SEA will repair or replace the product at it’s option.
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