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. DCR-DVD Serial No.
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Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-DVD201 Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the...
Read this first What you can do with your DVD Handycam Your DVD Handycam uses DVD-R and DVD-RW as a recording media. You can enjoy your DVD Handycam in ways that are new and different from those of a tape media-based camcorder. Read the next few pages to find out how. You can find a scene quickly using a Visual Index display.
DVD Handycam to your computer. You can edit and copy a disc easily on your computer using the supplied ImageMixer Ver.1.5 for Sony DVD Handycam software. It also enables you to produce your own original DVD disc.
What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD-RW? Two types of discs are available and they are different in the following ways. Which disc can I use? 8cm DVD-Rs and 8cm DVD-RWs are available. 8cm DVD-R You can use the following discs: •...
VR mode: A disc can be edited on DVD Handycam but the players are limited. DVD-R/RW discs recorded by Sony DVD Handycam camcorders are designed to be compatible with and may be played back on home DVD players, computer DVD drives and PlayStation 2 video game consoles.*...
How to prepare and use your DVD Handycam Preparing Shooting Playing back Continued on the right page. Prepare a new disc. • You can start recording promptly with a DVD-R. • You need to format a DVD-RW before recording. Formatting is also required when using a once recorded DVD-RW again.
Editing Finalizing You may not be able to record additional material, edit, or format a disc after finalizing it, depending on the kind of the disc used. DVD-R (VIDEO mode) DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) DVD-RW (VR mode) *1 Unfinalizing is required. *2 Unfinalizing is not required.
Table of contents Read this first What you can do with your DVD Handycam ... 4 What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD-RW? ... 6 How to prepare and use your DVD Handycam ... 8 Getting Started Using this manual ... 12 Checking the supplied accessories ...
Using a disc in VR mode (DVD-RWs only) Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist ... 76 Registering movies or still images in the Playlist ... 76 Converting all the still images on a disc to a movie file –...
Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the two models listed in the table below. Before you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The DCR-DVD201 is the model used for illustration purposes.
Using this manual Camcorder care LCD display/viewfinder The LCD display and the viewfinder are manufactured using extremely high- precision technology, so over 99.99 % of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that appear constantly on the LCD display and the viewfinder.
Checking the supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (page 142) 2 AC-L15A/L15B AC adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (page 16) 3 NP-FM50 rechargeable battery pack (1) (page 15) 4 A/V connecting cable (1) 5 Shoulder strap (1) 6 Lens cap (1) (page 28)
Step 1 Preparing the power source Installing/removing the battery pack To install the battery pack, slide it in and up in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. To remove the battery pack Slide the battery pack in the direction of arrow while pressing the battery release button.
Step 1 Preparing the power source Charging the installed battery pack Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). See page 130 for more information on the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Power cord Make sure that the battery pack is installed on the camcorder. Open the DC IN jack cover, then connect the AC adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack on your camcorder with the plug’s v mark facing Connect the power cord to the AC adaptor.
Step 1 Preparing the power source Charging time (full charge)* Battery pack NP-FM50 (supplied) NP-QM71/QM71D NP-QM91/QM91D Recording time with the viewfinder* Battery pack NP-FM50 (supplied) NP-QM71/QM71D NP-QM91/QM91D Recording time with the LCD display* LCD BACKLIGHT is set to ON Battery pack NP-FM50 (supplied) NP-QM71/QM71D NP-QM91/QM91D...
Step 1 Preparing the power source Showing the remaining battery time – BATTERY INFO Open the LCD screen. Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO. The remaining battery time appears for a while on the LCD display. During charging Notes •BATTERY INFO does not appear when the power of the camcorder is ON. •The remaining battery time may not be indicated in the following cases: –...
Step 2 Turning on the power Press the POWER button for a few seconds. Your camcorder turns on and the POWER/ CHG lamp lights up in green. When you turn on your camcorder for the first time, the CLOCK SET display appears. To turn the power off Press the POWER button for a few seconds again.
Step 3 Adjusting the LCD screen and the viewfinder Adjusting the angle and the brightness of the LCD screen Adjust the brightness and the angle of the LCD screen properly in your sight. LCD BACKLIGHT button Open the LCD screen. Adjust the direction of the LCD screen to the desired position.
Step 3 Adjusting the LCD screen and the viewfinder Use the multi-selector to select [LCD BRIGHT]. LCD / VF SET LCD BRIGHT [ SETUP ] : END Use the multi-selector to adjust the brightness of the LCD display. : Get Darker : Get Brighter The LCD screen brightness is adjusted.
Step 3 Adjusting the LCD screen and the viewfinder Adjusting the viewfinder When recording pictures with the LCD screen closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to accommodate your eyesight so that the image in the viewfinder comes into sharp focus. Viewfinder lens adjustment dial Extend the viewfinder.
Step 4 Setting the date and time Set the date and time when you use your camcorder for the first time. Set the geographical area, then daylight savings time([DST]), the year, the month, the day, the hour and the minute, in that order. If you do not set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] display appears whenever you turn on your camcorder or change the mode dial.
Step 4 Setting the date and time Use the multi-selector to set daylight savings time ([DST]) to [ON], if necessary. Use the multi-selector to set the year. Set the month, day, hour and minute with the same procedure as in step 5, and then press the button in the center.
Step 4 Setting the date and time Simple setting of the clock using a time difference You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting the area. In the SETUP display use the multi-selector to select World time difference 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31 Area Time-zone...
Step 5 Preparing a disc for recording A new DVD-R or DVD-RW is required for recording. You cannot overwrite or delete data recorded on a DVD-R, but you can delete data and record again with a DVD-RW. The preparation procedure is different depending on the type of disc you use. Notes •When you insert or remove a disc, move the grip belt to the bottom of the camcorder so as not to obstruct the operation with your hand, etc..
Step 5 Preparing a disc for recording Close the disc cover. Your camcorder starts recognizing the inserted disc. With a DVD-R, you can start recording immediately after [DISC ACCESS] disappears on the LCD display. The FORMAT display appears when you insert a DVD-RW. Proceed to step 6. FORMAT REC FORMAT EXECUTE...
Before shooting Note To shoot movies/still images correctly, note the following: – Hold your camcorder correctly. – Do not shock or vibrate your camcorder during shooting. – Do not scratch, put the fingerprint on, or get the disc dirty. To hold your camcorder Hold your camcorder with your fingers inserted through the grip belt.
Shooting movies Perform “Getting Started” from step 1 to 5 beforehand (page 15). The following operation is common with VIDEO mode and VR mode. Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on the sides of the cap. Install the battery pack or connect the AC adaptor (page 15). Open the LCD screen.
Shooting movies Press START/STOP (z). Your camcorder starts recording. [REC] appears on the LCD display. The camera recording lamp located on the front of your camcorder lights up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again. You can operate start/stop with the REC START/STOP button on the LCD screen. This is useful when you shoot movies from a low angle.
Shooting movies Indicators displayed in the recording mode These indicators are not recorded on discs. Remaining battery time (page 18) Recording mode (page 32) STBY/REC 40min 0:00:01 [30min] VIDEO JAN 1 2004 11:23:45 Date and time The date and time are displayed about 5 seconds after the power is turned on.
Shooting movies Selecting the recording mode Your camcorder records in the HQ (high quality) mode, SP (standard play) mode, and the LP (long play) mode. Your camcorder is set to SP mode as the default setting. Set the mode dial to Press SETUP.
Shooting movies Using the zoom feature Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom sparingly results in better-looking recordings. W: For wide-angle (subject appears farther away) T : For telephoto (subject appears closer) * The minimum distance required between your camcoder and the subject to get a sharp focus in that position of the lever.
Shooting movies Shooting with the subject checking the image – Mirror mode The picture on the LCD display is a mirror-image. However, the picture will be normal when recorded. 180° 90° Open and rotate the LCD screen 180 degrees as shown above. indicator appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD display.
Shooting still images Perform “Getting Started” from step 1 to 5 beforehand (page 15). The following operation is common with VIDEO mode and VR mode. You can record still images and movies on the same disc. Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on the sides of the cap. Install the battery pack or connect the AC adaptor (page 15).
Shooting still images Press and hold PHOTO down lightly, then check out the image. When the AE/AF lock indicator (z) stops flashing and remains on, your camcorder is ready for shooting. The brightness of the image and focus are adjusted, are targeted for the middle of the image, and are set. Press PHOTO all the way down.
Shooting still images Notes •When the mode dial is set to – 16:9 Wide mode – Digital zoom – SteadyShot – Super NightShot plus – Color Slow Shutter – Fader – Picture effect – Digital effect – The Sports lesson feature of [PROGRAM AE] (The indicator flashes.) •When the ACCESS lamp lights on, data is being recorded on the disc.
Shooting still images Selecting the still image quality and size To select the still image quality You can select the image quality from [FINE] or [STANDARD] for still image recording. The default setting is [FINE]. Set the mode dial to Press SETUP.
Shooting still images To select the still image size (DCR-DVD201 only) You can select either of 2 image sizes, 1152 864 or 640 480. The default setting is 1152 864. Set the mode dial to Press SETUP. MANUAL SET PROGRAM AE FLASH MODE FLASH LVL WHT BAL...
Shooting still images Number of still images recordable on a disc Your camcorder compresses image data in JPEG format (extension .jpg). Default image data file name is as following: •100-0001: This file name appears on the LCD display of your camcorder. •DSC00001.jpg: This file name appears on the display of your personal computer.
Shooting still images Shooting images continuously (BURST, DCR-DVD201 only) You can record still images continuously by setting [BURST]. NORMAL Your camcorder shoots up to 4 still images in 1152 864 size or 12 still images in 640 480 size at about 0.6 sec intervals. EXP BRKTG (Exposure bracketing) Your camcorder automatically shoots 3 images at about 0.6 sec intervals at different exposures.
Shooting still images Use the multi-selector to select [BURST]. Use the multi-selector to select [NORMAL] or [EXP BRKTG]. Press SETUP. The SETUP display disappears from the LCD display. Press PHOTO all the way down. Images are recorded continuously as the settings specified above. In the [NORMAL] settings, images are recorded continuously to the maximum number while pressing PHOTO.
Adjusting the exposure Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects – BACK LIGHT When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight. BACK LIGHT button Set the mode dial to (Movie) or (Still).
Adjusting the exposure Use the multi-selector to adjust the brightness shown as below. –: Get darker +: Get brighter To return to the automatic exposure Press EXPOSURE again. Notes •When you adjust the exposure manually, the following functions do not work: –...
Shooting in the dark – NightShot plus, etc. The functions using infrared rays, such as NightShot plus and Super NightShot plus, or Color Slow Shutter are useful when you shoot a subject at night or in a dark place. NightShot plus and Super NightShot plus enable you to shoot bright movies, and Color Slow Shutter enables you to shoot movies in realistic color.
Shooting in the dark – NightShot plus, etc. Using the NightShot Light The picture will be clearer with the NightShot Light on. NightShot Light rays are infrared and so are invisible. The maximum shooting distance using the NightShot Light is about 3 m (10 feet).
Self-timer recording On shooting movies Set the mode dial to (Movie). Press SETUP. Use the multi-selector to select (CAMERA SET). Use the multi-selector to select [SELFTIMER]. CAMERA SET SELFTIMER D ZOOM 16 : 9WIDE STEADYSHOT N. S. LIGHT RETURN [ SETUP ] : END Use the multi-selector to select [ON].
Shooting for the wide-screen TV – 16:9 Wide mode You can record a 16:9 Wide picture to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE). Black bands appear on the LCD display during recording in 16:9 Wide mode [a]. The picture during playback on a normal TV [b] or on a wide-screen TV [c] is compressed in the longwise direction.
Shooting for the wide-screen TV – 16:9 Wide mode Notes •You cannot select [OLD MOVIE] (page 54) during recording in the 16:9 Wide mode. •When you select VIDEO mode, setting the recording mode to [LP] cancels the 16:9 Wide mode. •You cannot change a movie recorded in the 16:9 Wide mode to the normal aspect.
Adjusting the white balance manually Normally white balance is adjusted automatically. Adjust manually in the following cases: •When shooting in a place that the light condition changes often such as a party hall. •When shooting a night scene and a neon sign.
Shooting techniques to match your circumstances – PROGRAM AE SPOTLIGHT* This effect prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light. PORTRAIT (soft portrait) This effect brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as people or flowers.
Focusing manually You can adjust the focus manually according to the recording conditions. Use this function in the following cases. – To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops. – To record horizontal stripes. – To record a subject with little contrast between the subject and its background.
Shooting with special effects Using fader (for movies only) You can fade in or out to give your movie a more professional appearance. STBY FADER OVERLAP* WIPE* STBY * Fade in only FADER button Set the mode dial to When fading in In the standby mode, press the FADER button until the desired fader indicator appears.
Shooting with special effects Using special effects – Picture effect/Digital effect You can digitally process movies to obtain special effects like those in films or on TV. Picture effect SEPIA: The picture appears in sepia. B&W: The picture appears in monochrome (black-and-white).
Checking/Deleting the last scene Checking the last scene – Review You can check the last recorded scene quickly. REVIEW PLAY REVIEW button Set the mode dial to (Movie) or (Still). Press REVIEW The playback of the latest scene starts. To return to recording Press REVIEW again.
Playing a disc on your camcorder Choosing and viewing a recording – Visual Index The recorded scenes are displayed as a list in the Visual Index display. You can find the desired scene quickly using this convenient index. If you close the LCD screen, you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder.
Playing a disc on your camcorder Select the (Movie) tab or the to the kind of scene you want to play back. The thumbnail list screen appears. Use the multi-selector to select the desired scenes. When you select a movie, playback starts and continues until the last scene of the movie.
Playing a disc on your camcorder Various playback modes Movies The sound is muted in the various playback modes. To pause playback (view a still image) Press X during playback. To resume normal playback, press X again. To advance the scene Press >...
Playing a disc on your camcorder Displaying the indicators during playback – Display Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO on your camcorder, or press DISPLAY on your Remote Commander. The indicators switch on or off as you press the button. DISPLAY button To display date/time and various settings Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the disc but also the recording data (date/time and various settings when recorded) (Data code).
Playing a disc on your camcorder Various settings (movie) 40min 0002 AUTO 100 AWB F1 . 8 [a] SteadyShot OFF [b] Exposure [c] White balance [d] Gain [e] Shutter speed [f] Aperture value Tips • When you use data code during playback, bars (--- -- ----) appear if: –...
Playing a disc on your camcorder Magnifying recorded images – PB ZOOM (Playback zoom) In the playback, playback pause or review, move the power zoom lever. You can choose the magnification from approx. 1.1 to 5 . W : Decreases the zoom ratio. T : Increases the zoom ratio.
Playing a disc on your camcorder Playing still images automatically – Slide Show You can see the automatic playback of all the still images recorded on the disc. Set the mode dial to Press SETUP. Use the multi-selector to select Use the multi-selector to select [SLIDE SHOW].
Viewing recordings on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch playback pictures on the TV screen. You can operate the video control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD display.
Finalizing a disc You have to finalize the disc before you can play a recorded disc on other players. Finalizing makes the recorded disc DVD-Video compatible, and you can play the disc on equipments such as DVD players. Note that you cannot record additional materials on finalized discs in VIDEO mode. But you can record on a disc again if you unfinalize the disc when you use DVD-RWs.
Finalizing a disc When still images are included on a disc recorded in VIDEO mode, use the multi-selector to select [PHOTOMOVIE], then select [CREATE]. Proceed to step 5 in VR mode. To play back still images on players such as DVD players, still images must be converted to a MPEG format.
Finalizing a disc Notes •A Photomovie created in this section is used to view still images on other players. You cannot view the Photomovie on your camcorder in VIDEO mode. Use the slide show feature to play back still images in sequence on your camcorder (page 62). •If you set [PHOTOMOVIE] to [CREATE] during finalizing, it may take some time for finalizing.
Finalizing a disc Changing the disc title By pressing the SETUP button, you can make a title on each disc. As the default, the date when the disc was first used is added as a disc title. To change a disc title on the finalize display, select [DISC TITLE] with the multi-selector and start from step 4 on this page.
Finalizing a disc Use the multi-selector to select [SET]. The disc title is set and the display returns to the SETUP display. Press SETUP. The SETUP display disappears from the LCD display. To cancel editing the disc title In any step from 4 to 5, use the multi-selector to select [ESC]. Note When you change a disc title already set by other devices, the 21st and subsequent characters are deleted.
Finalizing a disc Playing back a disc on a DVD player, etc. To play back a disc recorded in VIDEO mode You can play back a finalized disc recorded in VIDEO mode on players that can play back DVD-Rs or DVD-RWs. When the disc is finalized in VIDEO mode, a menu display is provided similar to the Visual Index display.
Finalizing a disc Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD drive installed The display and the operation may vary depending on the operating system of your computer. To play back movies Turn on your computer. Insert the finalized disc to the DVD drive of your computer. A DVD playback application starts and the movie is played back.
Finalizing a disc Structures and file names of movies and still images Movies and still images are stored in the following folders on the disc. Movies: VIDEO_TS folder (on VIDEO mode) DVD_RTAV folder (on VR mode) Still images: DCIM\100MSDCF folder Windows XP display Notes •Use the DVD drive compatible with 8 cm discs.
Recording on a finalized disc – Unfinalizing You can record on finalized DVD-RWs by unfinalizing them. This operation is valid in VIDEO mode only. You do not have to unfinalize a VR mode disc. Insert a finalized DVD-RW into your camcorder beforehand. Press SETUP.
Recording on a finalized disc – Unfinalizing (VIDEO mode DVD-RWs only) Notes •Make sure that the power of your camcorder is supplied from a wall outlet using the AC adaptor. •If you disconnect the AC adaptor while unfinalizing a disc, the disc may not be unfinalized correctly and it cannot be used to record additional material.
Recording again on a used disc – Formatting (DVD-RWs only) You can format recorded DVD-RWs and make them new discs. Note that formatting erases all the data recorded on the disc. Insert a recorded DVD-RW into your camcorder beforehand. Press SETUP. Use the multi-selector to select Use the multi-selector to select [FORMAT].
Recording again on a used disc – Formatting (DVD-RWs only) Press SETUP when the [COMPLETED] appears on the LCD display. The FORMAT display disappears from the LCD display. The disc is formatted and you can record on the disc again. To cancel formatting Press SETUP in any step from 2 to 6.
— Using a disc in VR mode (DVD-RWs only) — Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist You can edit the Playlist on your DVD-RWs recorded in VR mode. The Playlist is a list used to change the playback order of scenes to suit your own preference. The original scenes do not have any change even though you edit or delete the scenes in the Playlist.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Use the multi-selector to select [SEL.ITEM]. EDIT SEL. ITEM ERASE MOVE DIVIDE RETURN Use the multi-selector to select [ADD]. EDIT SEL. ITEM ERASE MOVE DIVIDE RETURN Use the multi-selector to select [ images).
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Use the multi-selector to select [EXEC.]. The selected movies or still images are registered in the Playlist. When a still image is added to a Playlist, it is converted and registered as a new movie in the movie folder.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Converting all the still images on a disc to a movie file – Photomovie Saving still images to a single movie provides following merits: – You can save the remaining space for the Playlist on the disc. –...
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Erasing unnecessary scenes from the Playlist Erasing unnecessary scenes from the Playlist does not affect the actual recorded data on the disc. Insert a Playlist-registered DVD-RW into your camcorder. Set the mode dial to Press EDIT.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Use the multi-selector to select the scene to be erased. The selected scene is marked with Repeat this step to erase multiple scenes. EDIT EXEC. Pressing N starts playback of the selected scene. Press x to return to the display to select other scenes.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Changing the order within the Playlist Insert a Playlist-registered DVD-RW into your camcorder. Set the mode dial to Press EDIT. The display to select editing object appears. Use the multi-selector to select [EDIT PLAYLIST]. The Playlist edit display appears.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Use the multi-selector to select the scene to be moved. The selected scene is marked with Repeat this step if you want to move multiple scenes. EDIT EXEC. Pressing N starts playback of the selected scene. Press x to return to the display to select other scenes.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Dividing a movie within the Playlist You can divide a movie into two scenes. Dividing movies into scenes within the Playlist does not affect the actual recorded data on the disc. Insert a Playlist-registered DVD-RW into your camcorder.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Use the multi-selector to select the scene to be divided. The playback of the selected scene starts. DIVIDE EXEC. ] : RETURN Press the button in the center of the multi-selector at the point at which you want to divide the movie into scenes.
Selecting the playing order on your camcorder – Playlist Playing the Playlist Insert a Playlist-registered DVD-RW into your camcorder. Set the mode dial to The Visual Index display appears. Use the multi-selector to select A thumbnail list of the scenes registered to the Playlist appears. Press N.
Editing the original data Original data stand for the actual recorded movies and still images data on the disc. You can edit the original data of DVD-RW recorded in VR mode. Editing the original data affects the actual recorded data. Dividing a movie Note that this operation actually divides the original recorded data on the disc.
Editing the original data Use the multi-selector to select the scene to be divided. The playback of the selected movie starts. Press the center of the multi-selector at the point at which you want to divide the movie into scenes. The movie pauses.
Editing the original data Deleting movies/still images Note that this operation actually deletes recorded data from the disc. Insert a recorded DVD-RW into your camcorder. Notes •When you delete movies, the movies registered to the Playlist are also deleted. •Deleting scenes may not provide enough space to record movies or still images additionally.
Editing the original data Use the multi-selector to select [SELECT]. A thumbnail list of the movies or still images recorded on the disc appears. Use the multi-selector to select a scene. The selected scene is marked with Repeat this step to select multiple movies or still images. Pressing N starts playback of the selected scene.
— Viewing/duplicating discs/editing the recordings on your computer — Connecting your camcorder to your computer – Introduction A USB driver and application software installation is required to connect your camcorder to your computer. The USB driver along with the application software required for editing scenes can be found on the CD-ROM supplied with your computer.You can enjoy the following with...
Connecting your camcorder to your computer – Introduction Installing the USB driver Start the following operation before connecting the USB cable to your computer. Install the USB driver to control your camcorder from your computer. If you are using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Log on as administrator.
Connecting your camcorder to your computer – Introduction Installing software Install the ImageMixer Ver.1.5 for Sony DVD Handycam (hereinafter referred to as ImageMixer) software that manages movies and still images transferred from your camcorder on your computer, and the WINASPI software that manages writing data on CD-Rs/CD-RWs.
(Play/Edit). (USB) port of the Make sure that [Sony DVD Handycam] is selected as the best match and click [Next]. Click [Sony DVD Handycam] if it is not selected. [Completing the Found New Hardware USB port Wizard] dialog box appears.
[System]. [System Properties] window appears. Click [Hardware] tab. Click [Device Manager]. [Device Manager] window appears. Make sure that [SONY DDX-A1010 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives], [Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
Click [System]. [System Properties] window appears. Click [Hardware] tab. Click [Device Manager]. [Device Manager] window appears. Make sure that [SONY DDX-A1010 USB Device] appears in [DVD/CD-ROM drives], [Generic volume] in [Storage volumes], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal Serial Bus controllers] respectively.
Panel]. Click [System]. [System Properties] window appears. Click [Device Manager]. [Device Manager] window appears. Make sure that [SONY DDX-A1010] appears in [CDROM], [Sony DVD Handycam] in [Storage device], and [USB Mass Storage Device] in [Universal Serial Bus controllers] respectively. When all the devices appear, the USB driver is installed correctly.
Connecting your camcorder to your computer – Introduction If you cannot install the USB driver The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your camcorder before the installation of the USB driver was completed. Perform the following procedure to install the USB driver correctly.
(USB) port of the computer using the USB cable supplied with your camcorder. Double-click [ImageMixer Ver.1.5 for Sony DVD Handycam] icon on the Windows desktop. Or, click [Start] t [Programs] ([All Programs] in Windows XP) t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer] t [PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.5 for Sony DVD...
Viewing scenes recorded on your computer Double-click the scene to view from the thumbnails. The selected scene is temporarily copied to your computer and is displayed in the preview window. To return to the thumbnails list, click below right of the window. To save the scene on your computer Click the thumbnail of the scene to save.
Making a disc copy – Disc Duplicating Making a disc copy You can make a copy of a finalized disc. Turn on your computer and allow Windows to load. Connect the AC adaptor to your camcorder. Set the mode dial to (Play/Edit).
Editing and saving scenes Editing movies You can combine multiple scenes into a single scene. Click on the title window. The window switches to the [Movie Editing Environment] and thumbnails appear. Drag and drop the thumbnails on the storyboard in the order you want to edit them.
Creating an original disc You can edit the scenes registered to the album and make an original DVD. Making a menu A menu is required to play a disc recorded on your camcorder on a DVD player. Click on the title window. The [Layout mode] window appears.
Creating an original disc When you want to change the disc title shown on the menu, click the Change the settings such as the name and the font. When you create a DVD on the DVD drive installed with your computer, you can change the “Disc Type”...
Creating an original disc Recording on a disc Check the menu and view the contents on a preview window, then record the contents on a disc. Click on the left of the window. The [Writing mode] window appears. Click the button on the panel) box on the upper left of the window, and preview the contents.
— Connecting your camcorder to a TV and a VCR — Dubbing a disc to a tape You can dub movies recorded in a disc using a VCR connected to your camcorder, using your camcorder as a player. Connecting your camcorder to a VCR Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your...
Dubbing a disc to a tape Dubbing to a tape Before operation •Set [DISPLAY] in (OTHERS) to [LCD] in the SETUP display (the default setting is [LCD]). •Press the following buttons to make the indicators disappear so that they will not be superimposed on the edited tape: –...
Dubbing a TV program or video tape onto a disc You can record a disc from another VCR or a TV program. Use your camcorder as a recorder. Connecting your camcorder to a TV or a VCR Connect your camcorder to the TV/VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder.
Dubbing a TV program or video tape onto a disc Dubbing onto a disc Prepare the TV/VCR. If you are recording a tape from the VCR, insert a recorded tape into the VCR. Set the mode dial to (Play/Edit) on your camcorder.
Changing the SETUP display You can change the default settings by selecting the options in the SETUP display with the multi-selector. Select the item in the following order: SETUP display t icon t menu item t option Menu items are displayed as the following icons.
Changing the SETUP display Selecting the option of each item Menu items differ depending on the position of the mode dial. The display shows only the items that are currently in effect or that you can operate at the moment. z is the default setting.
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item CAMERA SET SELFTIMER D ZOOM 16:9WIDE STEADYSHOT BURST* QUALITY IMAGESIZE* N.S.LIGHT * DCR-DVD201 only Notes On SteadyShot •SteadyShot will not correct excessive camera shake. •Attachment of a conversion lens (optional) may influence SteadyShot. If you cancel SteadyShot, the SteadyShot off indicator excessive compensation for camera-shake.
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item Option LCD/VF SET LCD BRIGHT — LCD B.L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT LCD COLOR — VF B.L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT Notes On LCD B.L. and VF B.L. •When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is reduced a little during recording. •When you use power supplies other than the battery pack, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected.
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item VIDEO SET HiFi SOUND VIDEO INPUT Icon/Item Option DISC SET REC MODE z SP FORMAT* FINALIZE UNFINALIZE* DISC TITLE FILE NO. z SERIES DVD-RWs only VIDEO mode only Option Meaning z STEREO To play back a stereo disc or dual sound track disc with main and sub sound.
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item Option SETUP MENU CLOCK SET — A. SHUT OFF z 5 min NEVER LTR SIZE z NORMAL USB SPEED z AUTO FULL-SPEED DEMO MODE z ON Notes On DEMO MODE •You cannot select [DEMO MODE] when a disc is inserted in your camcorder. •When NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is set to ON, the [“NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] indicator appears on the LCD display and you cannot select [DEMO MODE] in the SETUP display.
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item Option OTHERS DATA CODE z DATE/CAM (operation on the Remote Commander) DATE AREA SET — DST SET z OFF BEEP z MELODY NORMAL COMMANDER z ON DISPLAY z LCD V-OUT/LCD REC LAMP z ON Meaning To change the display in the order of the date and time t the camera data t the display each time pressing DATA CODE (page 59).
Changing the SETUP display Icon/Item Option OTHERS REMAIN z AUTO Notes •If you press DISPLAY/BATT INFO with [DISPLAY] set to [V-OUT/LCD] in the SETUP display, the picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD display even when your camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR.
If you run into problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss” appears on the LCD display, the self-diagnosis display function is working. See page 125.
• Something is wrong with the battery pack. c If the symptom persists, disconnect the plug from the wall outlet as soon as possible to cut off the power, and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Types of trouble and corrective action About the disc Symptom Remaining disc space indicator is not displayed. The disc cannot be ejected. The disc cannot be recorded additionally on other devices. About the LCD display or the viewfinder Symptom An unknown picture is displayed on the LCD display.
Types of trouble and corrective action During recording Symptom Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not record movies/still images. The power goes off. SteadyShot does not work. Autofocus does not work. A vertical band appears when you shoot a subject such as lights or a candle flame against a dark background.
Types of trouble and corrective action Symptom The picture flickers and the color changes incorrectly. The picture is recorded in incorrect or unnatural colors. The picture appears too bright, and the subject does not appear on the LCD display. The click of the shutter does not sound.
Types of trouble and corrective action During playback of a disc on other players Symptom Can not be played back or the disc can not be recognized. The picture is distorted. Playback freezes for an instant between the scenes. Playback does not move to the previous scene when you press During editing Symptom...
Types of trouble and corrective action Others Symptom The disc title cannot be changed. Still images cannot be converted to a movie. The picture from a TV or VCR does not appear even when your camcorder is connected to output on the TV or VCR.
E:62:ss E:93:ss E:94:ss If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try the suggested corrective actions a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. LCD display or viewfinder Self-diagnosis display • C:ss:ss You can service your camcorder yourself.
Warning indicators If indicators appear on the LCD display or in the viewfinder, check the following: See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. 100-0001 Warning indicator referring to a file Slow flashing: •The file is corrupted. •The file is unreadable on your camcorder. C:21:00 Self-diagnosis display (page 125) Warning indicator referring to the disc Slow flashing:...
Warning messages Message FOR “InfoLITHIUM” BATTERY ONLY CANNOT OPEN TRY LATER* CANNOT OPEN TRY LATER* REC. DISABLE* CAPACITY FULL FOR MOVIE* SCENE NUMBER FULL* Z DISC FULL* PLAYBACK PROHIBITED* EDIT DISABLE* DISC IS ALREADY FINALIZED* FINALIZED DISC, USE ANOTHER DISC* NEED TO UNFINALIZE* CLOSE DISC COVER NO DISC...
Warning messages Message DISC PROTECTED* COPY INHIBIT* DISC ERROR* FORMAT ERROR* ACCESS ERROR* NOW CHARGING* You hear the beep sound when the message appears. If the data is not recorded correctly, your camcorder automatically recovers data when turn on the power. Cause and/or Corrective Actions •...
We recommend you to use the Sony discs which is confirmed compatibility with your camcorder. To play back the scenes recorded on the discs other than Sony discs is not guaranteed. Refer to page 6 about the recommended discs. Notes on use •Hold the disc by its edge while supporting...
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the mark. What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium- ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between the battery pack...
Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder with the AC adaptor supplied with it in any area with 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz power standards. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
•If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it flicker for any further. five seconds •Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock.
Maintenance information and precautions •Near a AM receivers and video equipment. Noise may occur. •In sandy or dusty places Sand or dust may cause your camcorder to malfunction, and sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. •Avoid exposing the viewfinder and the LCD screen to direct sunlight The internal mechanisms of the viewfinder and the LCD display may be damaged.
Maintenance information and precautions AC adaptor •Unplug the unit from the wall outlet when you are not using it for a long time. To disconnect the power cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the power cord itself. •Do not operate the unit with a damaged cord or if the unit has been dropped or damaged.
Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording format DVD-Video DVD-VR (DVD-RW only) Audio recording system 2ch Dolby* Digital Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Usable discs 8 cm DVD-R and DVD-RW Video compression format MPEG2/JPEG (Still images) Recording/playback time HQ: Approx. 20 minutes SP: Approx.
Specifications AC adaptor AC-L15A/L15B Power requirements 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Current consumption 0.35 – 0.18 A Power consumption 18 W Output voltage DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.5 A in the operating mode Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) Storage temperature –20°C to + 60°C (–4°F to + 140°F) Dimensions (approx.)
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which can reproduce fine images. The lens for your camcorder was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation. It adopts the MTF* measurement system for video cameras and offers the same quality as a Carl Zeiss lens.
Identifying parts and controls q; Mode dial (page 19) qa POWER/CHG lamp (page 16) qs REMOTE jack Use to connect to optional accessories. qd Viewfinder lens adjustment dial (page qf POWER button (page 19) qg BATT (battery) release button (page qh DC IN jack (page 16) qj Lens cap (page 28) qk Tripod receptacle...
Identifying parts and controls ql Intelligent accessory shoe w; Shoe cover wa Lens ws Remote sensor/Infrared ray emitter wd MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack Connect an external microphone (optional). This jack also accepts a “plug-in-power” microphone. When an external microphone is connected, it is preferred for an audio input source.
Identifying parts and controls e; Power zoom lever (page 33) ea PHOTO button (page 35) es SUPER NS PLUS/COLOR SLOW S button (page 45) ed ACCESS lamp (page 26) Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
Identifying parts and controls ek VOL buttons (page 56) el z REC buttons (page 109) r; Speaker ra > NEXT (next) button (page 58) rs . PREV (previous) button (page 58) rd RESET button rf N PLAY (playback)/REVIEW (pages 55, 56) rg FADER button (page 53) rh FOCUS button (page 52) rj EXPOSURE button (page 43)
Identifying parts and controls Remote Commander The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on your camcorder function identically to the buttons on your camcorder. 1 DATA CODE button (page 59) 2 PHOTO button (page 35) SCAN/ (page 58) 4 .
•Your camcorder works in the DVD 2 Commander mode. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony DVD players to avoid erroneous remote control operation. If you use another Sony DVD player in the DVD 2 Commander mode, it is recommended that you change the Commander mode of the DVD player or cover the sensor of the DVD player with black paper.
Index A, B AC adaptor ... 16 Adjusting viewfinder ... 22 A/V connecting cable ... 14, 63 BACK LIGHT ... 43 BATTERY INFO ... 18 Battery pack ... 15,130 BEACH & SKI ... 51 Beep ... 26, 47, 116 BURST ... 41 B &...
• DVD-VIDEO, DVD-RW, and the DVD-R logo are trademarks. • InfoLITHIUM is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. • Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
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