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Sony CCD-TRV19 Operation Manual (primary manual) Operation Manual

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Operation Manual
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner's record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you
call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. CCD-
Serial No.
1996 by Sony Corporation
CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29/TRV119/TRV211 3-810-780-23.E
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
3-810-780-23 (1)



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  • Page 1 Owner’s record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. CCD- Serial No.
  • Page 2 Welcome to video h Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Before you begin Using this manual ... 4 Checking suppllied accessories ... 5 Getting started Charging and installing the battery pack ... 6 Inserting a cassette ... 8 Basic operations Camera recording ... 9 Using the zoom feature ... 11 Shooting with the LCD screen ...
  • Page 4: Before You Begin

    Before you begin Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the six models listed below. Before you start reading this manual and operating the unit, check your model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The CCD-TRV11 is the model used for illustration purposes. Otherwise, the model name is indicated in the illustrations.
  • Page 5: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Check that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 17, 2 NP-33 Battery Pack (1) (p. 6) 3 CR2025 Lithium Battery (1) (p. 31) Already installed in the camcorder. 4 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 29) Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a malfunction of the camcorder, video tape, etc.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    Getting started Charging and installing the battery pack Before using your camcorder, you first need to charge and install the battery pack. To charge the battery pack, use the supplied AC power adaptor. Charging the battery pack Charge the battery pack on a flat place without vibration. (1) Connect the AC power adaptor to the wall outlet.
  • Page 7 CCD-TRV21/TRV29/TRV211 Battery pack NP-98/98D NP-33(supplied) NP-55 LCD open 60 (30) 70 (35) 210 (110) While recording LCD close 80 (40) 85 (50) 275 (155) While playing back on Approximate continuous recording time indoors is indicated outside of parentheses. Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop, zooming and turning the power on/off are indicated in parentheses.
  • Page 8: Inserting A Cassette

    Charging and installing the battery pack To remove the battery pack Slide BATT, and then pull the lower part of the battery pack. Inserting a cassette Make sure that a power source is installed. (1) While pressing the small blue button, slide EJECT in the direction of the arrow. The cassette compartment automatically opens.
  • Page 9: Basic Operations

    Basic operations Camera recording Make sure that a power source and a cassette is inserted and that the START/STOP MODE switch inside the LCD panel is set to When you use the camcorder for the first time, power on it and reset the date and time to your time (p.
  • Page 10 Camera recording Note on standby mode If you leave the camcorder for 5 minutes or more with a cassette inserted in Standby mode, the camcorder goes off automatically. This prevents wearing down the battery and wearing out the tape. To resume Standby mode, turn STANDBY down once and turn it up again.
  • Page 11: Using The Zoom Feature

    Notes on the tape counter • The tape counter indicates the recording or playback time. Use it as a guide. There will be a time lag of several seconds from the actual time. To set the counter to zero, press COUNTER RESET.
  • Page 12: Shooting With The Lcd Screen

    Camera recording Zooming speed (Variable speed zooming) Turn the power zoom lever fully for a high-speed zoom. Turn it lightly for a relatively slow zoom. When you shoot a subject using a telephoto zoom If you cannot get a sharp focus while in extreme telephoto zoom, move the power zoom lever to the “W”...
  • Page 13: Hints For Better Shooting

    Notes on the LCD panel • When closing the LCD panel, turn it vertically until it clicks [a]. • When turning the LCD panel, turn it always vertically; otherwise, the camcorder body may be damaged or the LCD panel may not close properly [b]. •...
  • Page 14 When attaching a non-Sony tripod, make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 9/32 inches (6.5 mm). Otherwise, the screw may damage the inner parts of the camcorder.
  • Page 15: Checking The Recorded Picture

    Checking the recorded picture Using EDITSEARCH, you can review the last recorded scene or check the recorded picture in the viewfinder. You can also review the picture on the LCD screen. (1) While pressing the small green button on the POWER switch, set it to CAMERA.
  • Page 16: Playing Back A Tape

    Playing back a tape You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. (1) While pressing the small green button on the POWER switch, set it to PLAYER. (2) Insert the recorded tape with the window facing out. (3) While pressing PUSH OPEN, open the LCD panel. Adjust the angle of the LCD panel or the brightness of the LCD screen if necessary.
  • Page 17 When watching on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move back to the camcorder with the LCD screen facing out. [a] You can change the angle of the LCD panel. [b] Using the Remote Commander You can control playback using the supplied Remote Commander.
  • Page 18: Searching For The End Of The Picture

    Searching for the end of the picture Playing back a tape You can go to the end of the recorded portion after you record and play back the tape to make the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene smooth. The tape starts rewinding or fast-forwarding and the last 5 seconds play back if the tape was recorded in SP mode, or the last 10 seconds play back if the tape was recorded in LP mode.
  • Page 19: Advanced Operations

    If this happens, restore the power supply again immediately. This mark indicates that this product is a genuine accessory for Sony video product. When purchasing Sony video products, Sony recommends that you purchase accessories with this “GENUINE VIDEO ACCESSORIES” mark.
  • Page 20: Using The Battery Case

    Using alternative power sources Notes on the POWER lamp • The POWER lamp will remain lit for a while even if the unit is unplugged after use. This is normal. • If the POWER lamp does not light, set the selector to VTR (DC OUT) and disconnect the power cord.
  • Page 21: Letting The Subject Monitor The Shot

    Notes • The above battery lives are estimates. The battery life may be shorter depending on the storage condition of the battery before being purchased and temperature. • You may not use the battery case in cold environment. To remove the battery case The battery case is removed in the same way as the battery pack (p.
  • Page 22: Recording With The Date Or Time

    Letting the subject monitor the shot • While recording in mirror mode, you cannot operate the following buttons: COUNTER RESET, TITLE, DATE(+) and TIME(NEXT). Recording with the date or time Before you start recording or during recording, press DATE(+) or TIME(NEXT). You can record the date or time displayed on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder with the picture.
  • Page 23: Shooting With Backlighting

    Shooting with backlighting When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the BACK LIGHT function. Press BACK LIGHT. The c indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. [a] Subject is too dark because of backlight.
  • Page 24: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select from three PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting situation. When you use PROGRAM AE, you can capture high-speed action or night views. Selecting the best mode Select the best mode by using the following examples. å...
  • Page 25: Selecting The Start/Stop Mode

    Selecting the START/STOP mode Your camcorder has two modes besides normal start/stop mode. These modes enable you to take a series of quick shots resulting in a lively video. (1) While pressing PUSH OPEN, open the LCD panel. (2) Set START/STOP MODE to the desired mode. : Recording starts when you press START/STOP, and stops when you press it again (normal mode).
  • Page 26: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title You can select from nine preset titles to superimpose it on the picture during recording. Each time you press TITLE, the preset titles appear one by one. To superimpose from the beginning (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. (2) Turn STANDBY up.
  • Page 27: Using The Steady Shot Function

    Using the STEADY SHOT function – CCD-TRV21/TRV29/TRV211 only You can use the Steady Shot to compensate for camera-shake. Do not use the Steady Shot when shooting a stationary object with a tripod. (1) While pressing PUSH OPEN, open the LCD panel. (2) Set STEADY SHOT to ON.
  • Page 28: Changing The Mode Settings

    Changing the mode settings You can change the mode settings to further enjoy the features and functions. (1) While pressing PUSH OPEN, open the LCD panel. You will find the mode switches. (2) Set the mode switches to the desired mode. CCD-TRV21/TRV29/TRV211 Selecting the mode setting of each item COMMANDER <ON/OFF>...
  • Page 29: Watching On A Tv Screen

    Watching on a TV screen You can use this camcorder as a VCR by connecting it to your TV for playback. When monitoring the playback picture by connecting the camcorder to your TV, we recommend you to use the house current for the power source. While playing back on a TV screen, close the LCD panel.
  • Page 30: Editing Onto Another Tape

    Editing onto another tape You can create your own video program by editing with any other h 8 mm, H Hi8, j VHS, k S-VHS, VCR that has video/audio inputs. Turn down the volume of the camcorder while editing. Otherwise, picture distortion may occur.
  • Page 31: Additional Information

    LCD screen for about 5 seconds when you set the POWER switch to CAMERA. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 or Duracell DL-2025 lithium battery. Use of any other battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 32 Changing the lithium battery in the camcorder Changing the lithium battery When replacing the lithium battery, keep the battery pack or other power source attached. Otherwise, you will need to reset the date and time. (1) Open the lid of the lithium battery compartment. (2) Push the battery in once and pull it out from the holder.
  • Page 33: Resetting The Date And Time

    Resetting the date and time Reset the date and time using the DATE(+) and TIME(NEXT) buttons. (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. (2) Turn STANDBY up. (3) While pressing PUSH OPEN, open the LCD panel. (4) Press DATE(+) and TIME(NEXT) simultaneously until the year indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 34: Playback Modes

    Playback modes The playback mode (SP/LP) is selected automatically according to the recording system in which the tape has been recorded. The quality of the recorded picture in LP mode, however, will not be as good as that in SP mode. Recording mode When you play back a tape recorded in LP mode, the LP indicator lights up in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.
  • Page 35 Charging temperature You should charge batteries at temperatures from 50°F to 86°F (from 10°C to 30°C). Lower temperatures require a longer charging time. Sony Batteries are Recommended Use of non-Sony batteries may damage your Handycam camcorder. CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29/TRV119/TRV211 3-810-780-23.E...
  • Page 36 Tips for using the battery pack Notes on charging A brand-new battery A brand-new battery pack is not charged. Before using the battery pack, charge it completely. After long storage Recharge the battery pack after a long period of storage. If the battery pack is charged fully but not used for a long time (about 1 year), it becomes discharged.
  • Page 37 Notes on the Battery Case – CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29 only • Use only with alkaline batteries. You cannot use the battery case with manganese batteries or size AA rechargeable NiCd batteries. • Battery life is remarkably shorter in a cold environment (lower than 50°F/10°C). •...
  • Page 38: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    [a] Slight dirty [b] Dirty If this happens, clean the video heads with the Sony V8-25CLH cleaning cassette (not supplied). After checking the picture, if it is still “noisy”, repeat the cleaning. (Do not repeat cleaning more than 5 times in one session.) Caution Do not use a commercially available wet-type cleaning cassette.
  • Page 39 Removing dust from inside the viewfinder (1) Remove the screw with a screwdriver (not supplied). Then, while sliding the RELEASE knob, turn the eyecup in the direction of the arrow and pull it out. (2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower. To reattach the eyecup (1) Align the groove on the eyecup with the •...
  • Page 40 • Should any solid object or liquid fall into the casing, unplug the camcorder and have it checked by your nearest Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
  • Page 41 • Do not place the unit in locations that are: – Extremely hot or cold – Dusty or dirty – Very humid – Vibrating If any difficulty should arise, unplug the unit and contact your nearest Sony dealer. CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29/TRV119/TRV211 3-810-780-23.E...
  • Page 42: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Each country or area has its own electricity and TV color systems. Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following points: Power sources You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the supplied AC power adaptor within 110 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz.
  • Page 43: Trouble Check

    Trouble check If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. Should the difficulty persist, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Camcorder Power...
  • Page 44 The camcorder is not malfunctioning. m Change locations. • The video heads may be dirty. m Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLH cleaning cassette. (p. 38) • The LCD panel is open. m Close the LCD panel. (p. 12) •...
  • Page 45 The problem is with the AC power adaptor. Please contact our nearest Sony dealer in connection with the product with the problem. * If you use a battery pack which you have just bought or which has been left unused for a long time, the CHARGE lamp may flash at the first charging.
  • Page 46: Specifications

    AC-V15: 7.5 V, 1.6 A AC-V16/V16A: 7.5 V, 1.8 A Battery charge terminal 10 V, 1.1 A in charge mode Application Sony battery packs NP- 33(supplied), NP-55, NP-60D, NP- C65, NP-66, NP-66H, NP-68, NP- 80, NP-80D, NP-98, NP-98D Operating temperature 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Page 47: Identifying The Parts

    Identifying the parts STOP 1 Tape transport buttons (p. 16, 17) p STOP 0 REW (rewind) ( PLAY (playback) ) FF (fast forward) P PAUSE These buttons will function in PLAYER mode. 2 EDITSEARCH button (p. 15) 3 Recording lamp 4 Remote sensor (p.
  • Page 48 Identifying the parts !∞ Recording lamp !§ DATE (+) button (p. 22) !¶ TIME (NEXT) button (p. 22) !• LCD screen (p. 16, 54) !ª Lithium battery compartment (p. 32) @º DISPLAY button (p. 17) @¡ COUNTER RESET button (p. 11) @™...
  • Page 49 #¡ START/STOP button (p. 14) Use this button when recording in a low position. #™ Tripod receptacle (p. 14) #£ PUSH OPEN button (p. 12, 16) #¢ LCD BRIGHT dial (p. 12) #∞ Eyecup (p. 13, 39) Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the supplied shoulder strap to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
  • Page 50 Identifying the parts $¡ Cassette compartment (p. 8) $™ EJECT knob (p. 8) $£ Eyecup release knob (p. 39) $¢ Grip strap (p. 13) $∞ VIDEO OUT jack (p. 29) CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29/TRV119/TRV211 3-810-780-23.E $§ RFU DC OUT (RFU adaptor DC out) jack $¶...
  • Page 51 Remote commander Using the Remote Commander Make sure that the COMMANDER mode is set to ON (p. 28). The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on the camcorder function identically. 1 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control the camcorder after turning on the camcorder.
  • Page 52 Identifying the parts To prepare the remote commander To use the Remote Commander, you must insert two size AA (R6) batteries. Use the supplied size AA (R6) batteries. (1) Remove the battery cover from the Remote Commander. (2) Insert both of the size AA (R6) batteries with correct polarity. (3) Put the battery cover back onto the Remote Commander.
  • Page 53 • This camcorder works at commander mode VTR 2. The commander modes (1, 2, and 3) are used to distinguish this camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR at commander mode VTR 2, we recommend you change the commander mode or cover the remote sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 54 Identifying the parts In the viewfinder and on the LCD screen CCD-TRV21/TRV29/TRV211 1 Power zoom indicator (p. 12) (CCD-TRV21/TRV29/TRV211 only) 2 Back light indicator (p. 23) 3 Warning indicator (p. 55) 4 Lithium battery indicator (p. 31) 5 Recording lamp/battery lamp (p. 9) (in the viewfinder) 6 Mirror mode indicator (p.
  • Page 55: Warning Indicators

    7 The video heads may be contaminated (p. 38). 8 Some other trouble has occurred. Disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized facility. 9 The lithium battery is weak or is not installed (p. 31).
  • Page 56: Index

    EDITSEARCH ... 15 Remote control jack (LANC) EJECT ... 8 ... 48 END SEARCH ... 18 Rewind ... 16 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan CCD-TRV11/TRV19/TRV21/TRV29/TRV119/TRV211 3-810-780-23.E Shoulder strap ... 49 Sports mode ... 24 STANDBY ... 9, 10 Standby mode ... 10 STEADY SHOT ...