Samsung SCL901 Owner's Instruction Book

Samsung SCL901 Owner's Instruction Book

Video camcorder
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00732M SCL901 SEA (1-19)
12/26/03 10:39 AM
Page 101

Video Camcorder

Owner's Instruction Book
Before operating the unit, please read this instruction
book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
US PATENT 4415844


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  • Page 1: Video Camcorder

    00732M SCL901 SEA (1-19) 12/26/03 10:39 AM Page 101 ENGLISH Video Camcorder COLOR LCD SCL901/L906/L907 SCL901/L906/L907 Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. ELECTRONICS US PATENT 4415844...
  • Page 2 CAMCORDER product manufacturer as they may be hazardous. Page 102 This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Page 3 10. POWER SOURCES: The CAMCORDER should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply at your home, consult your appliance dealer or local power company.
  • Page 4 Never push objects of any kind into this CAMCORDER through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out a part that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquids of any kind onto the CAMCORDER.
  • Page 5 22. To prevent damage which may result in fire or shock hazard, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture. 23. If this power supply is used at 240V ac, a suitable plug adapter should be use. NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’s...
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Accessories Supplied with the Camcorder...14 Remote Control (SCL906/L907 only) ...15 Self Timer Recording...15 Preparing Adjusting the Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap ...16 Attaching the Lens Cover ...17 Lithium Battery Installation ...17 Connecting the Power Source...18 To use the AC Power Adapter ...18 To use the Battery Pack ...19...
  • Page 7 Setting the Speaker ON/OFF ...56 DSE in PLAYER mode ...56 Multi Playback (Using a PAL60 System)...57 USB interface (SCL907 only) Transferring a Digital Image through a USB Connection ...58 Installing USB Media 2.0 Program ...59 Maintenance Cleaning and Taking care of the Camcorder ...62 Cleaning the Viewfinder ...62...
  • Page 8: Notices And Safety Instructions

    Notices regarding rotation of LCD screen Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as illustrated. Unintended rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder. 1) LCD screen closed. 2) Standard recording by using the LCD screen.
  • Page 9 2) Do not pick up the camcorder by the viewfinder. 3) Unintended rotation may cause damage to the viewfinder. Notices regarding moisture condensation 1) A sudden rise in atmospheric temperature may cause condensation to form inside the camcorder. for example: When you take the camcorder from cold temperature outside to warm temperature inside during the winter.
  • Page 10 When your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, if it is left in STANDBY for more than 5 minutes without operation, it will automatically turn off to protect against unexpected battery discharge. It is a good idea to use the viewfinder instead of the LCD when recording for a long time because the LCD uses more battery power.
  • Page 11 Notices regarding video head cleaning To ensure normal recording and clear picture, clean the video heads. When playing back the pictures, if they are noisy or hardly visible, the video heads may be dirty. If this happens, clean the video heads with a dry type cassette cleaner.
  • Page 12: Getting To Know Your Camcorder

    This mode enables even the beginner to easily make a recording. (see page 33) Multi PLAYBACK (PAL60) PAL60 is a special output signal format with which a PAL TV can be used to view a tape recorded by an NTSC recorder. Page 8...
  • Page 13: Front View/Side View/Rear View

    REW works in PLAYER mode. (see page 55) 3. LIGHT (PLAY/STILL) (see page 54) PLAY/STILL works in PLAYER mode. LIGHT works in CAMERA mode. (SCL906/L907 only) The built-in video light turns on when LIGHT is pressed. It enables recording in low-light conditions. 4. REC SEARCH (FF) REC SEARCH works in STANDBY mode.
  • Page 14 ENTER works in MENU mode. MF works in CAMERA mode. (see page 36) 16. UP/DOWN dial (VOLUME) UP/DOWN dial works in MENU mode. (see page 26) VOLUME works in PLAYER mode. (see page 56) 17. S-VIDEO out (see page 54) 18.
  • Page 15 30. Hand Strap (see page 16) 31. POWER Switch (see page 18) - CAMERA : Select to record. - OFF : Select to turn off the camcorder. - PLAYER : Select to playback. 32. START/STOP (see page 23) START/STOP works in CAMERA mode.
  • Page 16: Osd (On Screen Display)

    You can turn the OSD on/off by setting the Display menu on/off. The TITLE, DATE/TIME, EASY and CUSTOM functions can be operated even after the OSD is turned off. The OSD is displayed in the viewfinder and the LCD Screen.
  • Page 17 DSE (Digital Special Effect) (see page 40) Indicates the DSE mode is activated. The operation modes are STROBE, SEPIA, B&W, NEG., MIRROR, ART, MOSAIC, 16:9(WIDE) and CINEMA. n. White Balance mode (see page 48) Indicates the White Balance mode is activated.
  • Page 18: Accessories Supplied With The Camcorder

    12/26/03 10:40 AM ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with Camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your camcorder. Basic Accessories 1. AC Power Adapter. (AA-E8 TYPE) (see page 18) 2. AC cord. (see page 18) 3.
  • Page 19: Remote Control (Scl906/L907 Only)

    Insert Lithium Battery, following the + and - markings. Be careful not to reverse the polarity of the battery. Self Timer Recording The Self Timer function on the remote control allows you to start and stop recording automatically. Example: Recording yourself Two options are available WAIT-10S/SELF-30S: wait 10 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of recording.
  • Page 20: Preparing

    - Hold the camcorder in a stable, comfortable position. - Press the Zoom and the red Record button without having to change the position of your hand. 1. Pull open the Hand Strap cover and release the Hand Strap, adjust its length and stick it back onto the Hand Strap cover.
  • Page 21: Attaching The Lens Cover

    Attaching the Lens Cover Lithium Battery Installation The lithium battery maintains the clock function, title and preset contents of the memory; even if the battery pack or AC power adapter is removed. The lithium battery for the camcorder lasts about 8~10 months under normal operation from the time of installation.
  • Page 22: Connecting The Power Source

    The LCD Screen is turned on automatically when it’s opened more than 30 degrees. Note: If the adapter is used next to a TV or the camcorder, it may cause the TV or camcorder to emit noise. Move the adapter away from the TV, camcorder or the antenna cable.
  • Page 23: To Use The Battery Pack

    Blinking stops and stays on : Recharging has been completed. On for a second and off for a second: Indicates there is an error. Reset the battery pack and DC cable. 5. If recharging is completed, separate the camcorder, AC power adapter, and battery pack.
  • Page 24: Using The Battery Pack

    It should never be charged in a room temperature that is below 0 C(32°F). The life and capacity of the battery pack will be reduced if it is used in temperatures below 0 C, even when it is fully recharged.
  • Page 25: Battery Level Display

    The continuous recording time in the operating instructions is measured under the condition of using a fully charged battery pack at 25°C(77°F). As the environmental temperature and conditions may be different when you actually use the camcorder, the remaining battery time may not be the same as the approximate continuous recording times given in these instructions.
  • Page 26: Inserting And Ejecting A Cassette

    Color system used Recording/playback time. Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette Check to see if the battery pack is in place or AC adapter is connected. Make sure the A/V cable is unplugged. 1. Press the EJECT button. The compartment opens automatically.
  • Page 27: Basic Recording

    Did you set the power switch to CAMERA position? Did you insert a cassette? (see page 22) Open the LCD Screen and make sure that STBY is displayed on the LCD (if the red tab of the cassette is opened, STBY will not be displayed) Did you open the LENS CAP? Make sure the image you want to record appears in the LCD monitor.
  • Page 28 When Recording stops, STBY should be displayed on the LCD. When a cassette is loaded and the camcorder is left in STANDBY mode for over 5 minutes without being used, it will turn off automat- ically. To use it again, push the red START/STOP button or set the power switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.
  • Page 29: Hints For Stable Image Recording

    1. Hold the camcorder firmly using the hand strap. (see page 16) 2. Place your right elbow against your side. 3. Place your left hand under or next to the LCD to support and adjust it. Do not touch the built-in microphone.
  • Page 30: Adjusting The Lcd

    Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD Your camcorder is equipped with a 2.5 inch color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen, which allows you to view recording or play- back directly. Depending on the conditions in which you are using the camcorder (indoors or outdoors for example), you can adjust:...
  • Page 31: Adjusting Focus Of The Viewfinder

    11. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to end the setting. Note: If you do not press a button within 30 seconds, the setting will disappear. The MENU ON/OFF function will not operate in EASY mode. Adjusting Focus of the VIEWFINDER Focus: Use the focus adjustment knob of the VIEWFINDER to focus the picture.
  • Page 32: Playing Back A Tape On The Lcd

    You can see the video you recorded on the LCD. To stop the PLAYBACK operation, press the Note: You can also monitor the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. (see page 53) Page 28 (STOP) button.
  • Page 33: Adjusting The Lcd During Play

    Adjusting the LCD during PLAY The LCD adjustment method in PLAYER mode is identical to step number 4 of page 26, except the power switch must be set to PLAYER. Controlling the Sound from the Speaker When you use the LCD Screen while playing back, you can hear sound from the Speaker.
  • Page 34: Advanced Recording

    Zooming In and Out Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the picture. For more professional looking record- ings, do not use the zoom function too often.
  • Page 35: Digital Zoom

    This is the DIGITAL ZOOM boundary. shows the digital zoom area shows the optical zoom area 4. If you do not want to use the DIGITAL ZOOM, set the D.ZOOM function to OFF in the MENU list. (see page 32) Page 31 MENU LCD ADJUST DIS...ON...
  • Page 36 The DIGITAL ZOOM indicators will be displayed on the screen, and DIGITAL ZOOM function will operate. 3. To deactivate the DIGITAL ZOOM function, press the D.ZOOM button again. The DIGITAL ZOOM indicators disappear from the screen. Note: The D.ZOOM ON/OFF function will not operate in EASY mode.
  • Page 37: Easy Mode (For Beginners)

    Recording will begin using the basic automatic environment settings. 4 Pressing the EASY button again turns the EASY mode off. The camera will return to the settings that were set prior to the EASY mode being switched on. Notes: In the EASY mode, the MENU, MF, DSE, P.AE and BLC functions are not available.
  • Page 38: Custom-Creating Your Own Customized Recording Settings

    5. To exit the menu, press the MENU ON/OFF button twice. 6. By pressing the CUSTOM button, the custom settings will come up. Date/Time and Title will only appear if these have been set in advance. The word “CUSTOM” will be displayed on the LCD at the same time.
  • Page 39: Dis (Digital Image Stabilizer, Scl906/L907 Only)

    DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer, SCL906/L907 only) The DIS function works in CAMERA mode only. DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) is a handshake compensation function that compensates for any shaking or moving of the hand hold- ing the camcorder (within reasonable limits).
  • Page 40: Mf/Af (Manual Focus/Auto Focus)

    MF/AF (Manual Focus/Auto Focus) The MF/AF function works in the CAMERA mode only. 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. Manual focusing may be necessary under certain conditions that make automatic focusing inadequate.
  • Page 41: Blc

    Back lighting exists when the subject is darker than the background: The subject is placed in front of a window. The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and is placed against a bright background; the person’s face is too dark to distinguish their features.
  • Page 42: Program Ae (Automatic Exposure)

    The shutter speed automatically varies from 1/60 to 1/250 second, depending on the picture. 2. SPORTS mode ( For recording people or objects moving quickly; you should able to play back the picture in slow motion on an 8 mm VCR or stop on a given image with very little blur.
  • Page 43 The screen status that is changed by the P.AE button will be recorded on the tape. To end the P.AE function, press the P.AE button once or several times, until the P.AE Icon is no longer displayed. The P.AE function will not operate in EASY or CUSTOM mode.
  • Page 44: Dse (Digital Special Effects) In Camera Mode

    DSE (Digital Special Effects) in CAMERA mode The digital effects enable you to give a creative look to your recording by adding various special effects. Select the appropriate digital effect for the type of picture that you wish to record.
  • Page 45 3. Keep pressing the DSE button, until the desired mode is displayed. 4. Press the START/STOP button to start recording. 5. To exit the DSE functions, press the DSE button once or several times until no DSE mode is displayed on the LCD.
  • Page 46: Setting And Recording Date/Time

    Setting and recording the date/time feature works in the CAMERA mode only. You can record the date/time on your tapes, so you will know when it was made. The date and time are recorded whenever they are displayed on the viewfinder or LCD.
  • Page 47 4. Press the START/STOP button to record the DATE/TIME on your recording. Notes: If your date and time settings are not maintained in the camcorder, it means the installed LITHIUM BATTERY is discharged. (see page 17) You cannot conceal the recorded date or time during playback.
  • Page 48: Selecting And Recording A Title

    The factory default language is ENGLISH. You can change the language. 1. Make sure that you have installed the LITHIUM BATTERY or have the adapter attached. (see page 17) 2. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 18) Open the LCD Screen and adjust it to see comfortably.
  • Page 49 If you want to change recording time, select title recording time (OFF, AUTO-10S, CONTINUE) on MENU. Notes: The title moves horizontally from the right side to the left side 10 seconds after you turn on the title. MENU ON/OFF function will not operate in EASY or REC mode.
  • Page 50: Fade In And Out

    Fade In and Out The FADE function works in CAMERA mode only. You can give your films a professional look by using special effects such as fading in and out at the beginning or end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
  • Page 51: Snap Shot (Scl906/L907 Only)

    Advanced Recording Snap Shot (SCL906/L907 only) With the SNAP SHOT feature, your camcorder functions like a regular film camera, allowing you to take single still pictures. The SNAP SHOT function operates in the CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode.
  • Page 52: White Balance

    Advanced Recording White Balance WHITE BALANCE is a recording function that preserves the unique color of the object in any recording condition. You may select the appropriate WHITE BALANCE mode to obtain good color quality of the image. AUTO: This mode is generally used to control the WHITE BALANCE automatically.
  • Page 53: Selecting Osd Language

    Selecting OSD Language 1. Press the MENU ON/OFF button. The MENU list will appear. 2. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to LANGUAGE and press the ENTER button. 3. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to select the appropriate language. You may select languages among ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL/FRANÇAIS.
  • Page 54: Demonstration

    Advanced Recording Demonstration Demonstration automatically shows you the major functions that are included with your camcorder so that you may use them more easily. The DEMO function is only available in CAMERA mode when a tape is not in the camcorder.
  • Page 55: Setting The Date/Title Color

    00732M SCL901 SEA (46-71) 12/26/03 10:46 AM Advanced Recording Setting the Date/Title Color 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 18) 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button. The MENU list will appear. 3. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to D/TITLE COLOR...WHITE.
  • Page 56: Lighting Techniques

    After Recording 1. Eject the tape that you have recorded. (see page 22) 2. If you want to protect accidental erasure of the tape you have recorded, push the red tab on the cassette. 3. Set the POWER switch to OFF.
  • Page 57: Playing Back A Tape

    To watch with TV monitor: recommended for indoor use. To watch with LCD It is practical to view a tape using the LCD Screen in a car or the outdoors. (see page 28) To watch with TV It is practical to use a TV monitor to view tapes indoors.
  • Page 58 “L” of your TV or VCR. You can use an S-VIDEO cable to obtain better quality of pictures if you have a S-VIDEO connector on your TV. While playing back on a TV screen, close the LCD panel. Otherwise, picture distortion may occur.
  • Page 59: Various Functions In Player Mode

    The ZERO RETURN button does not work when the TAPE COUNTER reads 0:00:00. Set the COUNTER RESET to “C.RESET 0:00:00” in MENU mode at the start of the cassette or the required sequence. When you wish to find this point on the tape again, press Z.RETURN button when playback is stopped.
  • Page 60: Adjusting The Lcd

    Playing back a Tape Adjusting the LCD The LCD control in PLAYER mode is identical to step 3 of the page 26, except the power switch must be set to PLAYER mode. Setting the Speaker ON/OFF The speaker is turned ON/OFF by opening/closing the LCD.
  • Page 61: Multi Playback (Using A Pal60 System)

    Playing back a Tape Multi Playback (using a PAL60 System) This Camcorder can convert an NTSC tape recorded in the SP mode to the “PAL60” format, allowing you to view it on a PAL TV which has Vertical sync adjustment circuitry for 60Hz.
  • Page 62: Usb Interface (Scl907 Only)

    Transferring a Digital Image through a USB Connection You can easily transfer a still image from a camera, tape, memory to a PC without additional add-on cards via a USB connection. If you transfer data to a PC, you need to install the software (Driver, Editing software) supplied with the camcorder.
  • Page 63: Installing Usb Media 2.0 Program

    If another camera or scanner is connected, please disconnect it in advance. This explanation is based on Windows How to install the program 1. The install program automatically operates when the CD is inserted into CD-ROM. Note: If the program installed does not operate, double click Install.exe in CD-ROM Drive.
  • Page 64 8. Execute USB Media 2.0 player on the Windows wall paper. Note: USB Media 2.0 User's Manual is included on the accompanying CD in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). The user's manual can be viewed using Acrobat Reader software, which is also included on the CD.
  • Page 65 If you connect the USB cable to a PC via a USB HUB or simultaneously connect the USB cable along with other USB devices, the camcorder may not work properly.
  • Page 66: Maintenance

    4. Put the EYECAP on the VIEWFINDER. 5. Put the screw back on. Cleaning the LCD Panel Open the LCD Screen and wipe it gently with a soft cloth. Be careful not to damage the panel. Cleaning the Video Heads To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads.
  • Page 67: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    You can view your recording on the LCD or viewfinder. However, to view a recording on a television or to make a copy to a video cassette recorder, the television or VCR must be NTSC: SCL901/L906/L907 - compatible and have the appropriate audio/video jacks.
  • Page 68: Troubleshooting

    00732M SCL901 SEA (46-71) 12/26/03 10:46 AM ENGLISH Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Before contacting a service center, perform the following simple checks. They might save you the time and expense of an unneces- sary call. Self Diagnosis Display Display Blinking the battery pack is...
  • Page 69: Checking

    Troubleshooting Checking If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If these instructions do not allow you to solve the problem, take a note of: The model and serial number marked on the bottom of the camcorder.
  • Page 70 (see page 7) Adjust the LCD. (see page 26) The viewfinder lens has not been adjusted. Turn the viewfinder focus ring until the screen comes into sharp focus. (see page 27) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER. You have reached the beginning or end of the cassette.
  • Page 71: Moisture Condensation

    If the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside the camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or the unit may not operate correctly.
  • Page 72: Specifications

    00732M SCL901 SEA (46-71) 12/26/03 10:46 AM ENGLISH Specifications The design and technical specifications may be changed without notice. System Recording system Video signal Usable cassette Tape speed Speed mode Recording time FF or REW time Image device Optical zoom ratio...
  • Page 73: Index

    00732M SCL901 SEA (46-71) 12/26/03 10:46 AM Index - A - ABROAD ...63 AC POWER ADAPTER ...18 ADJUSTING...26 AF ...36 AUDIO ...53 AUTO FOCUSING ...36 AUTO MODE ...38 AUTO POWER OFF ...24 - B - BATTERY ...19 BATTERY LEVEL ...21 BATTERY PACK ...19...
  • Page 74 00732M SCL901 SEA (46-71) 12/26/03 10:46 AM ENGLISH Index - O - OPERATION MODE ...13 OSD...12 - P - PLAY...54 PLAYER...54 PORTRAIT MODE...38 POWER CONSUMPTION...68 POWER REQUIREMENT ...68 POWER SWITCH...18 PROGRAM AE ...38 - R - RECHARGING ...19 REC SEARCH ...24 REMOTE CONTROL ...15...
  • Page 75: Warranty(Sea Users Only)

    Some States do not allow the exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages, or allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from State to State.
  • Page 76 00732M SCL901 SEA (1-19) 12/26/03 10:39 AM Page 100 ENGLISH THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: ELECTRONICS SERVICE DIVISION 400 Valley Road, Suite 201, Mt. Arlington N.J. 07856 Tel: 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864) *Samsung Electronics’ Internet Home Page AD68-00732M...

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