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Sony 300PF Operating Instructions Manual

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Digital Camcorder
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual
thoroughly and retain it for future reference.
1998 by Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 3-861-961-12(1) Digital Camcorder Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly and retain it for future reference. DSR-300F/300PF DSR-300K/300PK DSR-300L/300PL 1998 by Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the top. Record these numbers in the spaces provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. Serial No.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1 Overview Chapter 2 Fitting and Connections Product Configurations ... 7 Features ... 8 Features on Camera Section ... 8 Features on VCR Section ... 9 Location and Function of Parts ... 11 Front View ... 11 Right Side View ...
  • Page 4 Table of Contents Chapter 3 Shooting Table of Contents Chapter 4 Viewfinder Screen Displays and Menus Table of Contents Basic Procedure for Shooting... 47 Recording ... 49 Cassettes for the DSR-300/300P ... 49 Recording on the Internal VCR ... 50 Recording on an External VCR ...
  • Page 5 Chapter 5 Adjustments and Settings Setting on the VCR Section — VCR Menu ... 91 VCR Menu Operation ... 92 Basic Operation ... 92 Menu 101 Setting the Real Time Clock and Calendar ... 93 Menu 201 Checking the Total Operating (Power-On) Hours ...
  • Page 6 Table of Contents Appendixes Table of Contents Important Notes on Operation ... 113 Characteristics of CCD Sensors ... 113 Cleaning the Video Heads ... 114 Warning System ... 115 Condensation ... 116 Troubleshooting ... 117 Specifications ... 119 Related Products ... 121 Chart of Optional Components and Accessories ...
  • Page 7: Product Configurations

    Product Configurations The six models, DSR-300F, DSR-300K, DSR-300L, DSR-300PF, DSR-300PK and DSR-300PL, comprise both NTSC and PAL versions and the components as DXF-701WS/701WSCE Viewfinder DSR-300/300P Camcorder shown in the figure below. The operation of the basic camcorder is the same in all cases.
  • Page 8: Features

    2) TTL = Total Chapter 1 Overview New Functions boost operability EZ (easy) mode function When there isn’t time to check the camcorder settings, simply press the EZ mode button to start the auto -inch IT adjustment function using standard settings. There is no need to lose a shot for lack of setup time.
  • Page 9: Features On Vcr Section

    Viewfinder super detail Video signals for the viewfinder are mixed with DTL signals to make focusing easier. Dual zebra pattern display Two types of zebra patterns, zebra 1 and zebra 2 can be displayed simultaneously or independently. The zebra 1 can be set to the levels ranging from 70 to 90 IRE on the DSR-300 (or from 70 to 90% on the DSR- 300P) and the zebra 2 indicates the levels of 100 IRE or more for the DSR-300 (or the levels of 100% or...
  • Page 10 Creation of clips Using the ClipLink function, the camcorder operator can create clips to be used during editing. The images captured at the Mark IN points are recorded in a compressed format onto the tape as “Index Pictures”...
  • Page 11: Location And Function Of Parts

    Location and Function of Parts Front View 0 Switch guard fitting screws How to fit the switch guard 1. Detach the two screws (M3). 2. Place the supplied switch guard so that the EZ MODE button, A.IRIS MODE switch and ATW button are covered, and retain it using the two screws detached in step 1.
  • Page 12: Right Side View

    Location and Function of Parts Right Side View Front section 1 EZ FOCUS button Press this button to turn the “easy focus” function on. This opens the iris, to make it easier to focus before beginning shooting. The indication “EZ FOCUS” appears in the viewfinder while the function is on;...
  • Page 13 Press this button (EZ mode on) when you want to be able to shoot immediately, with automatic adjustment of the camcorder settings to standard values. (See page 88 for EZ mode setting.) When this function is used, the iris and the white balance are adjusted automatically.
  • Page 14 EJECT STOP 1 EJECT 6 button Press to open the cassette holder (1 on page 23) when the camcorder is powered. 2 Tape transport buttons and indicators These buttons transport the tape as shown below. Note During recording, none of these buttons operates.
  • Page 15 7 AUDIO LEVEL (CH-1/CH-2) (audio recording level adjustments for channels 1 and 2) knobs When the AUDIO SELECT (CH-1/CH-2) switches (4 on page 19) are set to MANUAL, these knobs adjust the audio levels being recorded on channels 1 and 2. s Time value indication r Clip remaining...
  • Page 16 Location and Function of Parts j Lithium backup battery warning k DVCAM indication l Cassette memory indication m Audio mode indications n Warning indications o Service indication p Battery capacity indication Chapter 1 Overview Appears when the voltage of the internal lithium backup battery (CR2032) is low. If this indication appears, replace the lithium backup battery immediately.
  • Page 17 q Tape remaining indication r Clip remaining indication s Time value indication 9 RESET/(MENU SET) (counter reset/VCR menu) button Resets the time value shown in the display window. This button operates differently depending on settings of the DISPLAY switch (6 on page 14) and the TC mode switch 1 (9 on page 19) and 2 (8 on page 19).
  • Page 18: Menu Button

    Location and Function of Parts !¡ ALARM (alarm tone volume adjustment) knob Controls the volume of the warning tone that is output via the speaker (0 on page 17) or earphone (3 on page 14). Turning this knob to the minimum setting mutes the alarm tone.
  • Page 19 Sets the mode for advancing time code values when the TC mode switch 1 9 has been set to PRESET. F-RUN: The time code advances continuously whether or not the camcorder is recording. Use this setting to align the time code value with real time.
  • Page 20 Selects the recording time indication in the viewfinder. TTL (TOTAL): Displays the total recording time. The total recording time is not reset even when you stop the VCR and power off the camcorder, for example, to replace the battery pack. DUR (DURATION): Displays the recording time of the current cut.
  • Page 21 COMPONENT/VBS: Component/composite video signal Y/C: S-video signal 4 VTR TRIGGER switch Sets the function of the VTR button on the camcorder or lens when a VCR is connected to the VTR connector (8 on page 25). PARALLEL: Operates both internal and external VCRs.
  • Page 22: Left And Upper View

    Location and Function of Parts Left and Upper View Front section 1 Shoulder strap fitting To use the supplied shoulder strap, fix one end here and the other end to the right side. (See page 38.) 2 Accessory fitting shoe and screw hole Attach optional video lights or other accessories here.
  • Page 23 Note EZ mode cannot be used if the RM-M7G is connected to the camcorder. For more information about a remote control unit with microphone, contact your Sony dealer. 1 Cassette holder 2 GEN LOCK IN connector 3 TC IN connector...
  • Page 24: Rear And Bottom

    Location and Function of Parts 4 TC OUT (time code output) connector (BNC) This outputs time code signals from the built-in time code generator. When a time code signal is input to the TC IN connector (3 on page 23), this output signal is synchronized to it.
  • Page 25 Audio System” (page 39). 4 DC IN (DC power input) connector (XLR 4-pin, male) To use the camcorder with an AC power supply connect an optional AC-550/550CE or CMA-8A/ 8ACE AC Adaptor. 5 AUDIO IN CH-1/CH-2 (audio input channel 1...
  • Page 26: Vcl-714bxa Zoom Lens

    Location and Function of Parts VCL-714BXA Zoom Lens !£ Filter attaching thread !¢ MACRO button and ring !∞ VTR button Chapter 1 Overview 1 Focusing ring 2 Manual zoom control 3 Iris ring 4 F.f. fixing knob 5 F.f. adjustment ring 6 Zoom remote control connector 7 Focus remote control...
  • Page 27 1 Focusing ring Turn this ring to focus the lens on the subject. 2 Manual zoom control For direct manual zoom control, set the ZOOM selector to the “M” position, and turn this control. 3 Iris ring For manual iris control, set the iris selector to the “M” position, and turn this ring.
  • Page 28: Dxf-701ws/701wsce Viewfinder

    11) has been pressed to set a Mark IN point and goes out when a Mark OUT point is set. Chapter 1 Overview selected on the camera or camcorder. However, it operates in 4:3 mode when used on the DSR-300/ 300P.
  • Page 29 4 SHUTTER indicator (red) This lights when the SHUTTER switch (5 on page 11) is in the ON position. (If the EVS is selected, the indicator will not light.) 5 GAIN UP indicator (orange) This lights when the gain is 3 dB or more. 6 Eyepiece focusing knob Turn this to adjust the viewfinder focus to match your eyesight.
  • Page 31: Inserting And Replacing The Lithium Battery

    • Use only CR2032 Lithium Batteries. Other types of lithium batteries may come loose when the camcorder is moved. If you have difficulty finding CR2032 Lithium Batteries, contact your Sony dealer. POWER switch Press down and pull out toward you.
  • Page 32: Fitting The Lens

    Fitting the Lens In the case of the DSR-300K/300PK/300F/300PF model, the lens is already fitted. In other cases, use the following procedure to fit the lens. Remove the retaining rubber which prevents the lens mount from coming loose, then raise the lens fixing lever, and remove the lens mount cap.
  • Page 33 If using a lens with a 6-pin connector This camcorder head has a 12-pin LENS connector. If the lens cable has a 6-pin connector, fit an adaptor cable: LO-612 (manufactured by Canon) or ECF-124 (manufactured by Fujinon) or equivalent. If using a ”...
  • Page 34: Using Accessories

    Note You cannot stow the camcorder attached with a left eye adaptor in the LC-421 Carrying Case. For details, consult your Sony dealer. Chapter 2 Fitting and Connections VF connector Retaining catch...
  • Page 35: Using An Optional Microphone

    To use a long microphone such as the optional ECM- 670/672, remove the supplied microphone holder, and fit an optional CAC-12 Microphone Holder to the camcorder, then mount the microphone in this holder. Removing the supplied microphone holder Remove the two microphone holder retaining screws...
  • Page 36: Using A Video Light

    Fit the video light to the camcorder grip or the accessory shoe on the viewfinder and connect the video light cable to the video light connector. When using a video light with a long cable You can pass a part of the cable through the camcorder grip. Mark...
  • Page 37 When using equipment other than the camcorder for power supply Break off projections A and B on the camcorder. (See step 1 of the previous section “When using a video light with a long cable”.) Insert the cable into the grip from the front hole and take out from the rear hole as shown in the figure.
  • Page 38: Fitting The Shoulder Strap

    Using Accessories Fitting the Shoulder Strap This section describes the procedure for fitting the supplied shoulder strap to the camcorder. Fit one of the clips to a shoulder strap fitting. Fit the other clip to the shoulder strap fitting on the other side of the grip in the same way.
  • Page 39: Connecting To Audio System

    Connecting to Audio System The DSR-300/300P is able to record sound not only from the microphone attached but also from a wireless microphone or an external audio system. Using a wireless microphone system You can use the wireless microphone system including a WRT-810A/830A UHF Wireless Microphone and a WRR-810A/855A/860A UHF Portable Tuner to record sound.
  • Page 40 (one for the upper position and the other for the lower position). Mount the tuner on the WRR tuner fitting. For details about the WRR tuner fitting (Part No. A-8278- 057-A), contact your Sony dealer. AUDIO IN (CH-1/CH-2) switches: Set to REAR. CH-1 CH-2...
  • Page 41: Fitting To A Tripod

    It is not possible to mount a camcorder with the pin left out. Hold down the red button and pull the lever in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 42: Using The Lc-421 Carrying Case

    Using Accessories Using the LC-421 Carrying Case Stowing the camcorder Align the camcorder with the base of the case, and slide the camcorder in forward. Checking that the pin at the rear engages correctly, push forward until it locks into place.
  • Page 43: Connections

    When using two or more synchronized camcorders, connect an external sync signal to the GEN LOCK IN connector, supplying a VBS or BS signal. The camcorder will then operate synchronized to this signal. Example 1: Camcorder 2 synchronized to the signal from camcorder 1...
  • Page 44: Power Supply

    Adaptor is required.) • BP-90A Ni-Cd Battery Pack (The DC-L90 Battery Adaptor is required.) Using a BP-L40/L60/L60A/L90/L90A Battery Pack With a battery pack, the camcorder will operate continuously for the time shown below. BP-L40: Approx. 80 minutes BP-L60A: Approx. 180 minutes BP-L90A: Approx.
  • Page 45: Using An Ac Adaptor

    When the external battery begins to fail and an internal battery pack is not used First load the camcorder with a fully charged internal battery pack, then remove the DC output cable of the external battery from the DC IN connector. The power source will switch to the internal battery pack.
  • Page 46: Using The Anton Bauer Intelligent Battery System

    When the camcorder is used with an Anton Bauer Digital Magnum series battery, the remaining battery capacity is shown numerically in the viewfinder display. Contact your Sony dealer for more information. Chapter 2 Fitting and Connections To AC power source...
  • Page 47: Basic Procedure For Shooting

    FILTER control VTR button Check the switch settings on the camcorder. (See pages 11 to 25). If there is not sufficient time to check the camcorder settings, you can use “easy mode” by setting the EZ MODE button ON.
  • Page 48 Basic Procedure for Shooting If required, switch on the center marker and/or safety zone (basic menu page 4 and advanced menu page 4) and zebra pattern (ZEBRA button) in the viewfinder image. Adjust the white balance (page 100) and black balance (page 103).
  • Page 49: Recording

    Preventing accidental erasure Set the REC/SAVE switch to SAVE to prevent accidental erasure of recorded contents. If you insert a cassette into the camcorder when this switch is set to SAVE, the camcorder will not record when you press the REC button.
  • Page 50: Recording On The Internal Vcr

    (See Chapter 2 “Fitting and Connections”.) Also, it is desireable to make sure for problems in camcorder’s internal operations using the auto-check Chapter 3 Shooting See page 51 on how to insert a cassette.
  • Page 51 Set the POWER switch to ON and check the following items in the display window. Indication and steps Item to check How is the battery? BATT E [pppppp] F: The battery is fully charged. If two or fewer marks appear and the indication is blinking, replace the battery.
  • Page 52 • Internal parts of the camcorder may become bent or otherwise damaged if you attempt to close the cassette holder after inserting a mini-size cassette in...
  • Page 53 The recordings at switching points prevent editing. Avoid changing the audio mode once you have started recording. Set up the camcorder to suit your recording objectives, and press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens. Recording begins when the TALLY indicator stays lit after blinking for a moment.
  • Page 54: Recording On An External Vcr

    VCR. Note After replacing the cassette on the external VCR, do not press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens, as this will pause the internal VCR. To operate either VCR during recording, change the VTR TRIGGER switch setting. Both VCRs continue recording at the time of switching.
  • Page 55: Back Space Editing

    (user-definable) period of time and then automatically switches to standby-off mode. When the camcorder is in standby-off mode, it takes time for the recording to start after pressing the VTR button. For details on setting the timeout value for automatic switching to standby-off mode, see “Setting Standby-On...
  • Page 56: Using The Edit Search Function While Back Space Editing

    Chapter 3 Shooting • If the POWER switch is turned on and off repeatedly. • If the camcorder is left powered off for several hours. • If the camcorder is subject to severe vibration while powered off. • If for any other reason the automatic recording continuity function is unable to operate correctly.
  • Page 57: Using The Freeze Mix Function

    The VCR enters recording pause mode. Press the VTR button on the camcorder or the lens. The VCR starts recording. Using the Freeze Mix Function The freeze mix function superimposes a freeze-frame image of a previously recorded shot on the shooting image displayed on the viewfinder screen.
  • Page 58: Playback - Checking Recorded Contents

    The camcorder may not be able to find the continue point. • If you press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens during recording review, the camcorder stops the recording review and starts recording. In this case (when ClipLink mode is oFF), it is impossible to start back space editing.
  • Page 59: Setting Time Values

    Setting Time Values The camcorder uses three types of time values: counter values, time code values, and user bits. The time value is displayed in the viewfinder screen and in the display window. WARNING PB DATE NDF EXT-LK HOLD Time value...
  • Page 60: Setting The User Bit Value

    Setting Time Values Setting the User Bit Value You can set the user bits as eight-digit hexadecimal values (base 16) to have the date, time, scene number, and other information inserted into the time code. When using both the time code and user bits, set up the user bits first.
  • Page 61: Setting The Time Code Value

    Setting the Time Code Value This section describes the steps for setting time code recording methods for particular shooting conditions and setting initial values. When using both the time code and user bits, set up the user bits first. If you set the time code first, the internal time code generator will remain stopped while you set the user bits, which will set the time value off from the original setting.
  • Page 62 Press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens to restart back space editing. Setting the time code to the real time clock and calendar Set the TC mode switch 1 to DATE/TIME.
  • Page 63: Synchronization With External Time Code Signals - Gen-lock

    Locking the video and time code signals to another camcorder’s video and time code signals Using one camcorder as reference, to its video and time code signals, lock the other camcorders’ video and time code signals. Locked camcorder...
  • Page 64 Locking the internal time code generator to the reference time code Perform the following steps to synchronize the camcorder’s internal time code generator to an external time code. Set the TC mode switch 1 to PRESET. Set the TC mode switch 2 to F-RUN.
  • Page 65: Cliplink Shooting

    AUTO CH-2 AUDIO IN FRONT VJ MIC REAR appear in the display window. Meaning The camcorder is in ClipLink mode. The camcorder is in ClipLink mode and can record Index Pictures (when the DSBK-301 is fitted). (Continued) Chapter 3 Shooting...
  • Page 66 16-Kbit cassette memory. Set the AUDIO SELECT (CH-1/CH-2) switch to AUTO or MANUAL (see page 52). Press the VTR button on the camcorder or the lens. 9 8 0 4 0 1 1 0 : 0 0 A M Recording begins when the TALLY indicator stays lit after blinking for a moment.
  • Page 67: Setting Editing Points While Shooting

    2) Set the cassette name or number if necessary. For details of menu operations, see “Basic Menu Operations” (page 78). Press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens. The camcorder starts recording, and the REC/ TALLY indicator(s) light(s) in the viewfinder.
  • Page 68 2) Set the cassette name or number if necessary. For details of menu operations, see “Basic Menu Operations” (page 78). Press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens. The camcorder starts recording, and the REC/ TALLY indicator lights in the viewfinder.
  • Page 69: Resuming Recording In Cliplink Mode

    To finish shooting, press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens. This stops recording operation. Resuming Recording in ClipLink Mode During recording pause in ClipLink mode, pressing the STOP/PLAY/F FWD/REW buttons, performing edit search, or ejecting the cassette will interrupt the ClipLink shooting.
  • Page 70 If the recording stop point cannot be found, the indication flashes in the display window. CONT Press the VTR button on the camcorder or the lens. This starts the recording function. When the recording is finished, set recording pause mode (or specify a Mark OUT point).
  • Page 71 When recording in ClipLink mode is started and previous recording is overwritten Previous recording recording Previous Index Pictures: New Index Pictures are erased recorded (when the DSBK-301 is fitted). ClipLink log data: overwritten by new data When recording in ClipLink mode is started after a previous recording Previous recording...
  • Page 73: Viewfinder Screen Indications

    Page 7 mTI TL E I ND (Y E S mP US H ) a) The menu configuration differs according to the camcorder’s switch settings, the connected VCR, and the type of input signal. A seven-page configuration results when all of the basic menu pages are displayed.
  • Page 74: Viewfinder Normal Indications

    Viewfinder Normal Indications During normal operation, the following items can be indicated in the viewfinder. 1 VCR operation status indication 2 TAKE/CUE indication 3 Recording time or time data indication 4 NG indication 5 Clip mode indication 6 Clip remaining indication 7 Status display area 8 EZ FOCUS indication...
  • Page 75 ClipLink function for recording. 7 Status display area One of the following values or messages is displayed to indicate the camcorder’s current status or its operation status. • New values when changing camcorder’s settings • Messages indicating progress or results of adjustments •...
  • Page 76: Viewfinder Normal Indications

    Viewfinder Normal Indications Indication Meaning CLIP CONT? Asking whether you will continue shooting in ClipLink mode or not when the cassette contains ClipLink data. (The indication disappears when you press the ClipLink CONTINUE button or start the next shooting without pressing it.) CLIP NEAR END At ClipLink shooting, capacity for only...
  • Page 77: Status Indications

    If an error message appears, contact your Sony dealer. If using an Anton Bauer Intelligent Battery System The remaining battery capacity is shown as a percentage.
  • Page 78: Viewfinder Basic Menu

    Viewfinder Basic Menu To display the basic menu pages, press the MENU switch downward (to ON position) or press the MENU dial while the normal indications are being shown in the viewfinder. The basic menu configuration can include up to 7 pages. (The configuration depends on the switch settings.) Basic Menu Operations The common operations on all basic menu pages are...
  • Page 79 H PHASE : 100 Item Settings SC PHASE 000 (normal value) to 999 Sub carrier phase adjustment for when the camcorder is genlocked. H. PHASE 000 to 100 (normal value) to 199 Horizontal phase adjustment for when the camcorder is genlocked.
  • Page 80 Viewfinder Basic Menu Basic menu page 5 mMARK/CUE: MARK CHG REEL NO. (YESmPUSH) Item Settings MARK/CUE MARK (normal value), CUE Selects Mark mode See “ClipLink Shooting” (page 65). or Cue mode CHG REEL NO See “To set the cassette name/ Sets the cassette number”...
  • Page 81 Align the cursor to EXIT and press the MENU dial. This displays basic menu page 6 again. The title created is retained, even when you power the camcorder off. To record a title (page 7) Access basic menu page 7 (title display). mTITLE IND(YESmPUSH) - .,...
  • Page 82 Example: If an abnormality is detected in the DSP circuit. DIAGNOSIS :ERROR MEMORY:OK The error message “DIAG ERROR” appears when the normal indications are displayed. If this message appears, contact your Sony dealer. Chapter 4 Viewfinder Screen Indications and Menus...
  • Page 83: Viewfinder Advanced Menu

    Viewfinder Advanced Menu Advanced Menu Operations See also the figure on next page. To display the advanced menu Move the POWER switch to the ON position while holding down the MENU dial. To change the page Align the cursor to the page number and press the MENU dial while the page number is blinking.
  • Page 84: Contents And Settings Of Each Page

    Viewfinder Advanced Menu Move the POWER switch to the ON position with the MENU dial held down. Advanced menu page 1 mP AGE 1 ( N EXTm$ PRE Vm4) ALL RESET (YESmPUSH) E XIT MEN U ( YESmPUSH) Align the cursor to Confirmation “ALL RESET”...
  • Page 85 Advanced menu page 2 P A G E 2 ( N E X Tm$ P R E V m4) G A I N m H I G H : 1 8 d B M I D : 9 d B L O W : O d B : O N...
  • Page 86 Viewfinder Advanced Menu Advanced menu page 4 PAGE4 (NEXTm$ PREVm4) MARKER : CENT/90% mZEBRA ZEBRA1 : 70IRE REC TIME: INT VF SDTL : VF TALLY: EXIT MENU (YESmPUSH) a) For DSR-300P: 70% Settings Item MARKER CENT/90% (normal value): Selects ON/OFF setting for Displays center marker and center marker, size setting safety zone marker at 90%...
  • Page 87 Advanced menu page 6 P A G E 6 ( N E X Tm$ P R E V m4) mA U D I O I N D : O N T A P E I N D : O N I N D : O N I N D : O F F S E T : µ...
  • Page 88 Viewfinder Advanced Menu EZ mode settings The following settings are set for the camcorder when EZ mode has been selected. Item Settings Matrix Detail level ±0 Master black ±0 Black stretch ±0 Skin detail Shutter OFF (AE mode) OFF (AE mode)
  • Page 89 Advanced menu page 9 mPAGE9 (NEXTm$ PREVm4) M.BLACK STRETCH M.GAMMA DTL LEV V DTL LEV: DTL FREQ : EXIT MENU (YESmPUSH) Item Settings M.BLACK and STRETCH See “Basic menu page 1” (page 78). M.GAMMA –99 to ±0 (normal value) to Adjusts the gamma curve.
  • Page 90: Using Setuplog

    Using SetupLog The SetupLog function records camcorder settings every few seconds at shooting and displays the recorded data in the viewfinder during playback. To view the SetupLog Data, perform the following procedure. Turn the power on and load the tape that contains the recording to be viewed.
  • Page 91: Setting On The Vcr Section - Vcr Menu

    Setting on the VCR Section — VCR Menu You can use the VCR menu for settings on the VCR section. Operation Real time clock and calendar settings Cumulative hour counts: • Head drum operating hours • Tape transport hours • Operating (power-on) hours Frame mode selection for time code (DSR-300 only) Battery capacity indication selection Standby-on period setting...
  • Page 92: Vcr Menu Operation

    VCR Menu Operation Basic Operation REC TIME SKIN DTL COMPONENT. TTL RESET PARALLEL INT ONLY EXT ONLY HYPER MATRIX FRONT MIC GAIN LOW CUT H.SAT Press the MENU button. “DIAG” appears in the display window and the time data display in the display window switches to the menu display.
  • Page 93: Menu 101 Setting The Real Time Clock And Calendar

    Setting the Real Time Menu 101 Clock and Calendar Display menu 101 and press the SHIFT button. The current calendar setting appears in the setting mode format (yyyymmdd). Example: October 8, 1998 19981008 Blinking Note The first two digits of the year setting cannot be changed.
  • Page 94: Menu 206 Selecting Battery Capacity Indication

    VCR menu. Setting Standby-On Menu 207 Period At recording pause state, the camcorder waits for a certain standby-on period and then automatically switches to standby-off mode. This standby-on period can be set in advance.
  • Page 95: Menu 210 Using Auto-check Function

    Example: 8 minutes 207 08 Blinking Standby-on period If the setting does not need to be changed, press the MENU button to close the menu. Press the SHIFT button until the standby-on period starts blinking, then press the ADVANCE button. Each press of the ADVANCE button changes the setting as follows.
  • Page 96 When a problem is indicated, follow the instructions to check the camcorder and cassette. If no errors can be found, contact your Sony dealer. Also, be sure to check the quality of the playback video and audio (see step 7 ). Display...
  • Page 97: Menu 211 Selecting Cliplink Function

    Selecting ClipLink Menu 211 Function This setting must be made when not using the ClipLink function. For details of the ClipLink function, see “ClipLink Shooting” (page 65). Display menu 211. The ClipLink function is factory-set to on. 211 on Blinking ClipLink function on/oFF indication If the setting does not need to be changed, press...
  • Page 98: Menu 213 Selecting Audio Reference Level

    MENU button. The settings are recorded and display window returns to the display shown before the VCR menu. When using the camcorder in a editing system containing both consumer DV and professional equipment, setting the audio reference level to –12 dB is recommended.
  • Page 99: Menu 220 Using Setup Add (for Dsr-300 Only)

    VCR menu. During recording the signal of the image being shot contains setup add, when it is output from the camcorder’s S VIDEO OUT and MONITOR OUT connectors. During playback, the setup is removed from the output video signal.
  • Page 100: White Balance Adjustment

    A and B. Unless changed, the saved values are retained for approximately ten years, even when the camcorder is powered off. Once a value is saved, you can automatically restore the adjustment by moving the W. BAL switch to the A or B position.
  • Page 101: Using The Preset White Balance Settings

    To recall a white balance value from memory Before beginning shooting, set the W. BAL switch to the A or B position. This automatically sets the camcorder to the white balance adjustment saved in the corresponding memory. If white balance adjustment cannot be completed automatically The warning message “AUTO WHITE -NG-”...
  • Page 102: Light Sources And Color Temperature

    The color of a light source is indicated as a color temperature in kelvins (K). It is higher for bluish light, and lower for reddish light. When the camcorder is shipped it is adjusted for use with video lights (studio lamps with a color temperature of 3200 K).
  • Page 103: Black Balance Adjustment

    Correct adjustment of the black a balance is important for optimum operation of a camcorder. It is necessary when using the camcorder for the first time or after a significant period out of use, and also when there has been a sudden change in temperature.
  • Page 104: Shutter Settings

    CLS (Clear Scan) function When shooting a computer screen or projected image, horizontal bands may appear in the camcorder image. This is because the vertical scan frequency of the computer-generated image is different from the vertical scan frequency of the video system. The clear scan function allows you to select a vertical scan frequency to reduce this interference.
  • Page 105 When using the clear scan function Watching the monitor screen, adjust the frequency to give minimum interference. If there is a black band in the monitor image, reduce the frequency, and if there is a white band, increase the frequency. To return from the basic menu to the normal indications Press the MENU switch as many times as necessary...
  • Page 106: Viewfinder Screen Adjustments

    Using an optional part allows you to modify the adjustment range to –2 to +1 diopters or –0.5 to +3 diopters. For details, consult your Sony dealer. 1) Diopter: A unit to indicate the degree of convergence or divergence of a bundle of rays.
  • Page 107: Adjusting The Lens

    Adjusting the Lens Flange Focal Length Adjustment It is necessary to adjust the flange focal length (the distance from the lens flange to the plane of the image along the optical axis) in the following cases. 4,11 Set the iris selector to the M position. Turn the iris ring to f/1.4 (fully open).
  • Page 108: Iris Adjustments

    Iris Adjustments Iris ring There are three ways of adjusting the iris: automatically, manually, and with the instant automatic iris adjustment function. Iris adjustment Adjustment method Automatic adjustment mode The iris is adjusted automatically to adapt to changes in the brightness of the subject.
  • Page 109: Ajusting The Iris Sensitivity

    Move the focusing ring to the closest focus position. Slide the MACRO button toward the rear of the camcorder, and turn the MACRO ring fully in the direction shown by the arrow. Move the ZOOM selector to the M position, and turn the manual zoom control to focus the image.
  • Page 110: Settings For Special Cases

    Settings for Special Cases Shooting conditions The background is very bright, and the subject is too dark. The subject is under a spotlight. The subject is completely still (e.g. when shooting documents, drawings, etc.). When you wish to give a lush effect, as when shooting a wedding or similar occasion.
  • Page 111: Skin Detail Correction

    Settings for Special Cases Skin Detail Correction The DSR-300/300P provides an easy push-button function that designates an active skin tone area Note The SKIN DTL SET button is disabled while a title is displayed in basic menu page 7 or color bars are displayed.
  • Page 113: Important Notes On Operation

    In the event of operating problems If you should experience problems with the unit, contact your Sony dealer. Characteristics of CCD Sensors The following effects may appear in the image. They are characteristic of camcorders using CCDs (charge- coupled devices), and do not indicate a malfunction.
  • Page 114: Cleaning The Video Heads

    Keep a check of the hours of head drum operation: with normal use, the heads should need replacing after about 1,500 hours of use. When the heads need replacement, contact your Sony dealer. Check the hours of head drum operation using the VCR menu.
  • Page 115: Warning System

    Warning System When the camcorder is powered on, or if a fault occurs during operation, a warning is given in the following ways: • By warning indications in the display window. • By means of the WARNING indicator together with a warning tone from the speaker or earphone.
  • Page 116: Condensation

    Warning System Condensation If you move a camcorder suddenly from a very cold place to a warm place, or use it in a very humid location, condensation may form on the head drum. If it is operated in this state, the tape may adhere to the drum, and cause a failure or even permanent damage.
  • Page 117: Troubleshooting

    The indication “Er91-13F” appears in the display window. The cassette is automatically ejected. sending the unit for repair. If a problem persists, contact your Sony dealer. Troubleshooting chart Cause There is no battery pack loaded. The battery pack has reached the end of its usable life.
  • Page 118 Troubleshooting Symptoms The time code setting is not possible. The time code value does not advance though the TC mode switch 1 or 2 is set to the F-RUN or DATE/TIME. Appendix Troubleshooting chart (continued) Cause At the recording, the ClipLink function is set to on (meaning ClipLink shooting is allowed) in menu 211, CONT is displayed in the display window and the time code...
  • Page 119: Specifications

    Built-in filter settings 1: 3200K 2: 5600K + 3: 5600K 4: 5600K + Lens mount Sony -inch bayonet mount Signal standards EIA standard signal (NTSC color system) (DSR-300) CCIR standard signal (PAL color system) (DSR-300P) Scanning system 525 lines, 2:1 interlace (DSR-300)
  • Page 120: Specifications

    Infinity to 1.1 m 72 mm dia., 0.75 mm pitch (on lens) 86 mm dia., 1 mm pitch (on lens hood) Sony -inch bayonet mount 1.1 kg approx. (2 lb 6 oz) (including lens hood) 186 mm (diameter length) inches) (with lens hood, focused at infinity) 1.5-inch monochrome...
  • Page 121: Related Products

    Operating Instructions (1) ClipLink™ Guide (1) Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Related Products There is a range of Sony products available to meet every conceivable video shooting requirement. For details, consult your Sony sales representative or supplier. Lenses...
  • Page 122: Chart Of Optional Components And Accessories

    Optional accessory shoe kit is required for fitting. For the DXF-41/41 CE, a conversion cable is also required. For details, consult your Sony dealer. b) Use when power consumption of the DSR-300/300P and accessories is 38 W or lower.
  • Page 123: Glossary

    Glossary Aliasing Distortion of the signal caused by overlap of the baseband signal and lower sideband signal when the signal is demodulated. Aperture compensation Electronic compensation for frequency response degradations caused to sampled high-frequency signals by the limited aperture of CCD image sensors.
  • Page 124 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan Appendix S video connectors Input/output connectors for separate Y (luminance) and C (chroma) signals.

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