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Sony Handycam Vision CCD-TRV82 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

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-TRV
Serial No.
©1997 by Sony Corporation
Model No. AC-V
Serial No.
3-859-428-12 (1)


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    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-TRV Serial No.
  • Page 2 Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam Vision Handycam Vision, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam Vision is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Usable cassettes and playback modes ... 58 Tips for using the battery pack ... 59 Maintenance information and precautions ... 63 Using your camcorder abroad ... 67 Trouble check ... 68 Self-diagnosis function ... 72 Specifications ... 73 Identifying the parts ... 74 Warning indicators ...
  • Page 4: Before You Begin Using This Manual

    The instructions in this manual are for the three 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-TRV82 is the model used for illustration purposes. Otherwise, the model name is indicated in the illustrations. Any differences in operation are clearly indicated in the text, for example, “CCD-TRV82 only.”...
  • Page 5: Checking Supplied Accessories

    The lithium battery is already installed in your camcorder. Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a malfunction of the camcorder, video tape, etc. 5 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote Commander (2) (p. 78) 6 A/V connecting cable (1) (p.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    Unplug the unit from the wall outlet, then remove the battery pack and install it into the camcorder. You can also use the battery pack before it is completely charged.
  • Page 7: Battery Life

    Playing time on LCD Numbers in parentheses indicate the time when you use a normally charged battery. Battery life will be shorter if you use the camcorder in a cold environment. Approximate continuous recording time indoors. ** Approximate minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/stop, zooming and turning the power on/off.
  • Page 8: Installing The Battery Pack

    • If the CHARGE lamp does not light, disconnect the power cord. After about one minute, reconnect the power cord again. • You cannot operate the camcorder using the AC power adaptor while charging the battery pack. • When a fully charged battery pack is installed, the CHARGE lamp will light once, then go out.
  • Page 9 Charging and installing the battery pack To remove the battery pack While pressing BATT RELEASE (PUSH), slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow. BATT RELEASE (PUSH) You can look at the demonstration of the functions available with this camcorder (p. 30).
  • Page 10: Inserting A Cassette

    Inserting a cassette Make sure that the power source is installed. When you want to record in the Hi8 system, use Hi8 video cassette H. (1) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 11: Basic Operations Camera Recording

    When you use the camcorder for the first time, power on it and reset the date and time to your time before you start recording (p. 57). The date is automatically recorded for 10 seconds after you start recording (AUTO DATE feature).
  • Page 12 The playback quality in LP mode, however, will not be as good as that in SP mode. • When you record a tape in LP mode on this camcorder, we recommend you to play the tape on this camcorder. When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur on a picture or sound.
  • Page 13 When moving from indoors to outdoors (or vice versa) Turn STANDBY up and point the camcorder at a white object for about 15 seconds so that the white balance is properly adjusted.
  • Page 14: Using The Zoom Feature

    Camera recording Using the zoom feature Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the scene. For more professional-looking recordings, use the zoom function sparingly. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W” side:for wide-angle (subject appears farther away) Zooming speed (Variable speed zooming) Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom, move it further for a faster zoom.
  • Page 15: Selecting The Start/stop Mode

    Camera recording 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 OPEN, open the LCD panel. (2) Set START/STOP MODE to the desired mode.
  • Page 16: Shooting With The Lcd Screen

    Camera recording Shooting with the LCD screen You can also record the picture while looking at the LCD screen. When using the LCD screen, the viewfinder turns off automatically. You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker during recording. (1) While pressing OPEN, open the LCD panel. (2) Adjust the angle of the LCD panel.
  • Page 17 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 18: Letting The Subject Monitor The Shot

    Turn the LCD panel back toward the viewfinder. Notes on mirror mode • When you turn the LCD panel about 135 degrees to 200 degrees, the camcorder enters mirror mode. • Using the mirror mode, you can record yourself while watching yourself on the LCD [a].
  • Page 19: Hints For Better Shooting

    When attaching a non-Sony tripod, make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 9/32 inch (6.5 mm). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the...
  • Page 20 • Do not pick up the camcorder by the viewfinder or by the LCD panel [c]. • Do not place the camcorder so as to point the viewfinder or the LCD screen toward the sun. The inside of the viewfinder may be damaged. Be careful when placing the...
  • Page 21: Checking The Recorded Picture

    (Rec Review). You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones. Hold down the – side of EDITSEARCH until the camcorder goes back to the scene you want. The last recorded portion is played back. To go forward, hold down the + side (Edit Search).
  • Page 22: Playing Back A Tape

    LCD screen if necessary. (4) Press · to start playback. (5) Adjust the volume using VOLUME. You can also monitor the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. POWER CAMERA To stop playback, press π.
  • Page 23: Various Playback Modes

    Change the “HiFi SOUND” mode setting in the menu system. Notes on playback • Streaks appear and the sound is muted in the various playback modes. • When playback pause mode lasts for 5 minutes, the camcorder automatically enters stop mode.
  • Page 24: Searching For The End Of The Picture

    Searching for the end of the picture 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 (10 seconds in LP mode) of the recorded portion play back.
  • Page 25: Advanced Operations Using Alternative Power Sources

    Using the house current (1) Connect the AC power cord to a wall outlet. (2) Lift up the viewfinder. (3) Slide the connecting plate down into the guides at the rear of the camcorder until it clicks. To remove the connecting plate The connecting plate is removed in the same way as the battery pack.
  • Page 26: Using Alkaline Batteries

    Using alternative power sources Using alkaline batteries Use the battery case (supplied) and six size AA (LR6) Sony Alkaline batteries (not supplied). (1) Remove the battery holder from the battery case. (2) Insert six new alkaline batteries into the battery holder, following the marking on the holder to be sure the batteries are installed in the correct direction.
  • Page 27: Using A Car Battery

    Using alternative power sources Using a car battery Use Sony DC-V515A car battery charger (not supplied). Connect the car battery cord to the cigarette lighter socket of a car (12 V or 24 V). Connect the car battery cord to the camcorder in the same way as you connect the AC power adaptor.
  • Page 28: Changing The Mode Settings

    Changing the mode settings You can change the mode settings in the menu system to further enjoy the features and functions of the camcorder. (1) Press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select the desired item, then press the dial.
  • Page 29: Selecting The Mode Setting Of Each Item

    Selecting the mode setting of each item Items for both CAMERA and VTR modes COMMANDER <ON/OFF> • Select ON when using the supplied Remote Commander for the camcorder. • Select OFF when not using the Remote Commander. REC MODE* <SP/LP>...
  • Page 30 D ZOOM* <ON/OFF> • Select ON to activate digital zooming. • Select OFF to not use the digital zoom. The camcorder goes back to 15x zoom. REC LAMP* <ON/OFF> • Select OFF when you do not want the camera recording/battery lamp at the front of the unit to light up.
  • Page 31 Changing the mode settings Items for VTR mode only EDIT <ON/OFF> • Select ON to minimize picture deterioration when editing. • Normally select OFF. HiFi SOUND <STEREO/1/2> • Normally select STEREO. • Select 1 or 2 to play back a dual sound track tape. TBC* <ON/OFF>...
  • Page 32: Fade-in And Fade-out

    When fading out, the picture gradually fades to black or mosaic while the sound decreases. When fading in [a] (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press FADER until the FADER or M. (mosaic) FADER indicator flashes. (2) Press START/STOP to start recording. The fade indicator stops flashing.
  • Page 33: Using The Wide Mode Function

    Using the wide mode function Selecting the desired mode You can record a cinemalike picture (CINEMA) or a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9 FULL). CINEMA CINEMA 16:9 FULL 16:9 FULL CINEMA Black bands appear at the top and the bottom of the screen, and the viewfinder or LCD screen [a] and a normal TV screen [b] look wide.
  • Page 34 Using the wide mode function Using the wide mode function While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press 16:9 WIDE repeatedly so that the desired mode indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. To cancel wide mode Press 16:9 WIDE repeatedly until the wide mode indicator disappears.
  • Page 35: Enjoying Picture Effect

    Enjoying picture effect Selecting picture effect You can make pictures like those of television with the Picture Effect function. PASTEL [a] The contrast of the picture is emphasized, and the picture looks like an animated cartoon. NEG. ART [b] The color and brightness of the picture is reversed. SEPIA The picture is sepia.
  • Page 36: Using Picture Effect Function

    To turn off picture effect Press PICTURE EFFECT. The indicator in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen goes out. Note on the picture effect When you turn the power off, the camcorder returns automatically to normal mode. PASTEL NEG. ART SEPIA B &...
  • Page 37: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually When to use manual focus In the following cases you should obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually. • Insufficient light [a] • Subjects with little contrast - walls, sky, etc. [b] • Too much brightness behind the subject [c] •...
  • Page 38 Focusing manually Shooting in relatively dark places Shoot at wide-angle after focusing in the telephoto position. To record a very distant subject Push FOCUS down to INFINITY. The lens focuses on the most distant subject while FOCUS is held down. When it is released, manual focus mode is resumed. Use this function when shooting through a window or a screen, to focus on a most distant subject.
  • Page 39: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function Selecting the best mode You can select one of six PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting situation, referring to the following. Spotlight mode For subjects in spotlight, such as at the theatre or a formal event. a Soft Portrait mode For zooming in on a still subject in telephoto mode, or for a subject behind an obstacle such as a screen.
  • Page 40 • In the Spotlight, Sports lesson and Beach & Ski modes, you cannot take close-ups because the camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. • In the Sunset & Moon and Landscape modes, the camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects.
  • Page 41: 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 42: Adjusting The Exposure

    Adjusting the exposure When to adjust the exposure Adjust the exposure manually under the following cases. • The background is too bright (back lighting) • Insufficient light: most of the picture is dark • Bright subject and dark background • To record the darkness faithfully Adjusting the exposure (1) Press EXPOSURE.
  • Page 43: Releasing The Steady Shot Function

    When you adjust the exposure manually • BACK LIGHT does not work. • If you press PROGRAM AE, the camcorder automatically returns to automatic exposure mode. Releasing the STEADY SHOT function When you shoot, the Steady Shot function is working and the camcorder compensates for camera-shake.
  • Page 44: Superimposing A Title

    Selecting the language (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select TITLE LANG, then press the dial. (3) Turn the control dial to select the desired language, then press the dial.
  • Page 45: Using Titles

    Superimposing a title Using titles To add the title from the beginning (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press TITLE repeatedly until the desired title appears. Each time a new title appears, it is flashing. When the desired title appears, wait for it to stop flashing.
  • Page 46: To Select The Position Of The Title

    Superimposing a title To select the color of the title (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select TITLE COL, then press the dial. (3) Turn the control dial to select the desired color, then press the dial.
  • Page 47: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in the camcorder. We recommend to eject the cassette before you begin. Your title can have up to 22 characters. (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu.
  • Page 48: Recording With The Date/time

    Recording with the date/time Before you start recording or during recording, press DATE or TIME. You can record the date or time displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen with the picture. Press DATE (or TIME), then press TIME (or DATE) to display the date and time together.
  • Page 49: Optimizing The Recording Condition

    • When you set ORC TO SET, the recording on the tape is erased for about 0.1 second so that the camcorder can check the tape condition. Be careful when you use a recorded tape. The 0.1 second blank is erased if you record from the point where you set ORC TO SET for more than 2 seconds, or if you record over the blank.
  • Page 50: Watching On A Tv Screen

    VCR to LINE. Set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR. If you connect directly to a TV, connect the camcorder to the inputs on the TV by using the supplied A/V connecting cable. Set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
  • Page 51 LASER LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation. (1) Connect the receiver to the TV, and turn on the IR receiver power.
  • Page 52: Editing Onto Another Tape

    VCR that has video/audio inputs. Before editing Connect the camcorder to the VCR using the supplied A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE, if available. (1) While pressing the small green button on the POWER switch, set it to VTR.
  • Page 53: Starting Editing

    (1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert your recorded tape into the camcorder. (2) Play back the recorded tape on the camcorder until you locate the point where you want to start editing, then press P to set the camcorder in playback pause mode.
  • Page 54: Recording From A Vcr Or Tv

    You can record a tape from another VCR or a TV program from a TV that has video/ audio outputs. Connect the camcorder to the VCR or TV using the supplied A/V connecting cable. Turn down the volume of the camcorder while editing. Otherwise, picture distortion may occur.
  • Page 55: Additional Information Changing The Lithium Battery In The Camcorder

    I indicator flashes in the viewfinder 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 56 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, time and other items in the menu system retained by the lithium battery.
  • Page 57: Resetting The Date And Time

    Resetting the date and time You can reset the date and time in the menu system. (1) While the camcorder is in Standby mode, press MENU to display the menu. (2) Turn the control dial to select CLOCK SET, then press the dial.
  • Page 58: Usable Cassettes And Playback Modes

    Note on AFM HiFi stereo When you play back a tape, the sound will be in monaural if: • You record the tape using this camcorder, then play it back on an AFM HiFi monaural video recorder/player. • You record the tape on an AFM HiFi monaural video recorder, then play it back on this camcorder.
  • Page 59: Tips For Using The Battery Pack

    When the i indicator changes from slow flashing to rapid flashing while you are recording, set the POWER switch to OFF on the camcorder and replace the battery pack. Leave the tape in the camcorder to obtain a smooth transition between scenes after the...
  • Page 60 This is not cause for concern and is normal. Battery pack care • Remove the battery pack form the camcorder after using it, and keep it in a cool place. When the battery pack is installed to the camcorder, a small amount of current flows to the camcorder even if the POWER switch is set to OFF.
  • Page 61 Notes on the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack What is “InfoLITHIUM” The “InfoLITHIUM” is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data with compatible video equipment about its battery consumption. Sony recommends that you use the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack with video equipment having the mark.
  • Page 62 • Use only with alkaline batteries. You cannot use the battery case with manganese batteries or size AA (LR6) rechargeable NiCd batteries. • Using with Sony alkaline batteries is preferable. • Battery life is remarkably shorter in a cold environment (lower than 50°F/10°C).
  • Page 63: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    [a] Slightly dirty [b] Very 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 64 Maintenance information and precautions Removing dust from inside the viewfinder — CCD-TRV62 only (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.
  • Page 65 • Keep the camcorder away from strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. • Do not push the LCD screen. • If the camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 66 • If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. • If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any difficulty should arise, unplug the unit and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 67: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    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. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 68: 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 Symptom The power is not on.
  • Page 69 Use a charged battery pack or the AC power adaptor. (p. 6, 25) • Moisture condensation has occurred. m Remove the cassette and leave the camcorder for at least 1 hour. (p. 63) • You pressed DATE and TIME together for more than 2 seconds.
  • Page 70 • EDIT is set to ON in the menu system. m Set it to OFF. (p. 31) • The video heads may be dirty. m Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLH cleaning cassette (not supplied). (p. 63) • The LCD panel is open.
  • Page 71: When The Charge Lamp Flashes

    When the CHARGE lamp flashes again The problem is with the AC power adaptor. Please contact your nearest Sony dealer in connection 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 72: Self-diagnosis Function

    LCD screen. In this case, check the following table. First three digits If a difficulty persists after checking the problem a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Cause and/or Corrective Action • Moisture condensation has occurred.
  • Page 73: Specifications

    7.2 V (battery pack) 8.4 V (AC power adaptor) Average power consumption During camera recording using CCD-TRV62/TRV72: 4.8 W CCD-TRV82: 5.0 W Viewfinder: 3.5 W Operating temperature 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C) Storage temperature –4°F to +140°F (–20°C to +60°C) Dimensions (Approx.)
  • Page 74: Identifying The Parts

    9/32 inch (6.5 mm) otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the screw may damage the camcorder. 8 OPEN button (p. 16) Note on the intelligent accessory shoe Supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone. The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the STANDBY switch, allowing you to turn on and off the power supplied by the shoe.
  • Page 75 Identifying the parts !ª @º @¡ @™ @£ @¢ @∞ !ª EJECT switch (p. 10) @º LANC l control jack l stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The l control jack is used for controlling the tape transport of video equipment and peripherals connected to it.
  • Page 76 Identifying the Parts #∞ #§ #¶ #• #ª $º #∞ START/STOP MODE switch (p. 15) #§ STEADY SHOT switch (p. 43) #¶ Speaker (p. 21) #• LCD screen (p. 16) #ª Lithium battery compartment (p. 56) $º PICTURE EFFECT button (p. 35) $¡...
  • Page 77 Identifying the parts $¶ $• $ª %º %¡ $¶ TIME button (p. 48) $• DATE button (p. 48) $ª DISPLAY button (p. 23) %º TITLE button (p. 45) %¡ 16:9 WIDE button (p. 33) %™ Viewfinder lens adjustment ring (CCD- TRV62 only) (p.
  • Page 78: Remote Commander

    Identifying the Parts Remote Commander 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. 2 Video control buttons (p. 22) To prepare the Remote Commander Insert two size AA (R6) batteries by matching the + and –...
  • Page 79 • This camcorder works in 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 in commander mode VTR 2, we recommend you change the commander mode or cover the remote sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 80 Identifying the parts Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the supplied shoulder strap to the hooks for the shoulder strap .
  • Page 81 Identifying the parts Operation indicators Viewfinder FADER CINEMA MOSAIC 40 min. III ... AUTO DATE 12:00:00 AM !º 1 WIND indicator (p. 29) 2 Manual focusing (p. 37) 3 PROGRAM AE indicator (p. 39) 4 Steady Shot indicator (p. 43) 5 Backlight indicator (p.
  • Page 82: Warning Indicators

    7 The video heads may be contaminated. 8 Some other trouble has occurred. Use the self-diagnosis function (p.72). If the display does not disappear contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. 9 The lithium battery is weak or is not installed.
  • Page 83: Index

    Index A, B Adjusting viewfinder ... 12 AFM HiFi Sound ... 31, 58 ANTI GROUND SHOOTING ... 15 AUTO DATE ... 13 Auto focus ... 37 Backlight ... 41 Beach & Ski mode ... 39 Beep ... 13 C, D Camera recording ...
  • Page 84 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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