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© 2004 Sony Corporation
Digital Video Camera Recorder
DCR-HC1000
2-055-844-12(1)

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  • Page 1 Camera Operations Guide Read this first Digital Video Camera Recorder DCR-HC1000 © 2004 Sony Corporation 2-055-844-12(1)
  • Page 2: Read This First

    This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. For customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669). The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DCR-HC1000...
  • Page 3: Notes On Use

    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-HC Serial No. Model No.AC- Serial No.
  • Page 4 Note on connecting other device Before connecting your camcorder to other device such as a VCR or a computer with a USB or i.LINK cable, be sure to insert the connector plug in the proper direction. If you insert the connector plug forcibly in the wrong direction, the terminal may be damaged, or this may cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this first ... 2 Quick Start Guide Recording movies ... 8 Recording still images ... 10 Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items... 12 Step 2: Charging the battery pack... 13 Using an outside power source ... 15 Step 3: Turning the power on...
  • Page 6 Adjusting the exposure... 33 Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects ... 33 Fixing the exposure for the selected subject – Flexible spot meter ... 34 Adjusting the exposure manually ... 34 Adjusting the focus... 35 Adjusting the focus for an off-center subject – SPOT FOCUS ... 35 Adjusting the focus manually ...
  • Page 7 Advanced operations Using the Menu Selecting menu items ...54 Using the AUTO LOCK switch ...55 Using the (CAMERA SET) menu – PROGRAM AE/WHITE BAL./ SHUTTR SPEED/ZEBRA/16:9 WIDE, etc..56 Using the (MEMORY SET) menu – BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ ALL ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc.
  • Page 8: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Recording movies Insert the charged battery pack into the camcorder. To charge the battery, see page 13. Push the catch on the battery compartment lid in the direction of the arrow 1 to open the lid. Insert a cassette into the camcorder. Slide the OPEN/ EJECT lever in the...
  • Page 9: Start Recording While Checking The Subject On The Lcd Screen

    Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen. The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 18. Remove the lens cap. Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch...
  • Page 10: Recording Still Images

    Recording still images Insert the charged battery pack into the camcorder. To charge the battery, see page 13. Push the catch on the battery compartment lid in the direction of the arrow 1 to open the lid. Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into the camcorder. Open the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 11 Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen. The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 18. Remove the lens cap. Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch...
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. “Memory Stick Duo” 8MB (1) You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,” which is about half the size of a standard “Memory Stick,”...
  • Page 13: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack You can charge the battery by attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (F series) to your camcorder. b Note • Only the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (NP-FF70/ FF71) can be used (p. 123). • Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor or battery terminals with any metallic objects.
  • Page 14 Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF. (flash)/CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. /CHG Flash/charge lamp After charging the battery (flash)/CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack. To remove the battery pack Battery release tab POWER switch...
  • Page 15: Using An Outside Power Source

    Charging time Approximate number of minutes required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack at 25°C (77°F). (10 – 30°C (50 – 86°F) recommended.) Battery pack NP-FF71 (supplied) NP-FF70 Recording time when recording with the LCD screen on Approximate number of minutes available when you use a fully charged battery pack at 25°C (77°F).
  • Page 16: Step 3: Turning The Power On

    Step 3: Turning the power on You need to slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the desired power mode to record or play. When using this camcorder for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 18). While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch down.
  • Page 17: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    [MENU], (STANDARD SET) menu, then touch [LCD/VF SET] (p. 77). Adjust the item with touch z Tip • If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out. •...
  • Page 18: Step 5: Setting The Date And Time

    Step 5: Setting the date and time Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 19: Step 6: Inserting The Recording Media

    Step 6: Inserting the recording media Inserting a cassette tape You can use mini DV cassettes only. For details on these cassettes (such as write- protection), see page 120. b Note • Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
  • Page 20: Inserting A "memory Stick Duo

    Inserting a “Memory Stick Duo” For details on the “Memory Stick Duo” (such as write-protection), see page 121. b Note • You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,” which is about half the size of a standard “Memory Stick,” in your camcorder (p.
  • Page 21: Step 7: Setting The Screen Language

    Step 7: Setting the screen language You can select the language to be used on the LCD screen. OPEN POWER switch Turn on your camcorder. Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. Touch 60min STBY 0:00:00 EXPO– MENU SURE SPOT PRGRAM METER WHITE...
  • Page 22: Recording

    Recording Recording movies You can record movies on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo.” Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting started” (p. 12 to p. 21). When you are recording on a tape, movies will be recorded along with stereo sound. When you are recording on a “Memory Stick Duo,”...
  • Page 23: Remaining Battery

    Indicators displayed during recording on a tape The indicators will not be recorded on the tape. Date/time and the camera settings data (p. 50) will not be displayed during recording. 60min 0:00:00 60min P-MENU A Indicators for Cassette Memory cassettes B Remaining battery The indicated time may not be correct depending on the environment of use.
  • Page 24: Recording For A Longer Time

    z Tip • If you do not use your camcorder for a long time, remove the cassette and store it. • You can also use REC START/STOP of the LCD panel to record moving pictures. It is useful when you record from a low-angle or record yourself in the mirror mode.
  • Page 25: Recording In Mirror Mode

    Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. To record wider range of view Move the power zoom lever towards W. The subject appears farther away (Wide angle). To record closer view Move the power zoom lever towards T.
  • Page 26: Using The Self-timer

    Using the self-timer With the self-timer, you can start recording after a delay of about 10 seconds. REC START/STOP REC START/STOP Touch Touch [SELF-TIMER]. If the item is not displayed on the screen, touch . If you cannot find it, touch [MENU], and select it from the (CAMERA SET) menu (p.
  • Page 27: Enhanced Sound Recording

    • An optional microphone (ECM-CQP1) is required for this function. • The application software “Click to DVD” (Ver.2.0 or later) bundled with Sony VAIO series personal computers is required for creating a DVD in 5.1ch surround sound format. • For details on Creating a DVD, refer to the supplied “Computer applications Guide.”...
  • Page 28 To monitor the sound during recording – 4CH Audio Check You can listen to either the front input sound or the rear input sound. Using headphones is recommended (p. 131). Touch Touch [MENU]. Select (STANDARD SET) menu, then [4CH AUD CHECK] by touching , and then touch Select [FRONT] or [REAR], then touch When [FRONT] is selected:...
  • Page 29: Recording Still Images

    Recording still images – Memory photo recording You can record still images on a “Memory Stick Duo.” Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting started” (p. 12 to p. 21). OPEN PHOTO POWER switch Remove the lens cap. Pull the lens cap string down and attach it to the grip belt.
  • Page 30: Selecting Image Quality Or Size

    To turn the power off Slide the POWER switch up to the (CHG) OFF position. To record still images continuously – Burst Select the (MEMORY SET) menu, [STILL SET], then [ BURST] (p. 63). You can record 4 to 13 images continuously in a time interval of about 0.5 seconds.
  • Page 31: Using The Flash

    When the image quality is [STANDARD] (number of images) The image size of 1152 × 864 is 200kB, that of 640 × 480 is 60kB. 1152 × 864 8MB (supplied) 16MB 32MB 64MB 128MB 256MB 1000 (MSX-M256) 512MB 2050 (MSX-M512) Using the flash The recommended distance to the subject when using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1...
  • Page 32: Using The Self-timer

    • Even if auto flashing or (Auto red-eye reduction) is selected, the flash will not work during the following operations: – [SPOTLIGHT], [SUNSET&MOON], and [LANDSCAPE] of [PROGRAM AE] – Manual exposure – Flexible spot meter – [MANUAL] of [SHUTTR SPEED] •...
  • Page 33: Recording A Still Image On A "memory Stick Duo" While Recording Movies On A Tape

    Recording a still image on a “Memory Stick Duo” while recording movies on a tape PHOTO Press PHOTO fully during tape recording. 60min 0:00:10 Recording is complete when the scrolling stops. P-MENU To record still images in the standby mode Press and hold PHOTO lightly.
  • Page 34: Fixing The Exposure For The Selected Subject - Flexible Spot Meter

    Fixing the exposure for the selected subject – Flexible spot meter You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background (such as subjects in the limelight on stage).
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Focus

    [MENU], and select it from the (CAMERA SET) menu. 60min STBY 0:00:00 EXPOSURE: AUTO AUTO MANUAL Touch [MANUAL]. 60min STBY 0:00:00 EXPOSURE: MANUAL AUTO MANUAL Adjust the exposure by touching (dim)/ (bright), then touch 60min STBY 0:00:00 P-MENU To return the setting to automatic exposure Follow steps 1 to 3 and touch [AUTO] in step 4.
  • Page 36: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    To adjust the focus automatically Set the FOCUS/ZOOM switch to AUTO. b Note • You cannot use the SPOT FOCUS function together with [PROGRAM AE]. Adjusting the focus manually You can adjust the focus manually according to the recording conditions. Use this function in the following cases.
  • Page 37: Recording A Picture Using Various Effects

    Recording a picture using various effects Fading in and out of a scene – FADER You can add the following effects to currently recording pictures. [BLACK FADER] [WHITE FADER] [MOSAIC FADER] [MONOTONE] When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color. When fading out, the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
  • Page 38: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Touch the desired effect, then touch When you touch [OVERLAP], [WIPE] or [DOT FADER], the image on the tape in your camcorder is stored as a still image. (While storing the image, the screen turns to blue.) 60min STBY 0:00:00 MOSAIC FADER P-MENU...
  • Page 39 [TRAIL] You can record a picture so that an incidental image like a trail is left. [OLD MOVIE] You can add an old movie-type atmosphere to pictures. Your camcorder automatically records pictures in the letterbox mode for all screen size, sepia in color, and at a slower shutter speed.
  • Page 40: Overlaying Still Images On Movies On A Tape - Memory Mix

    Overlaying still images on movies on a tape – MEMORY MIX You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” over the movie you are currently recording on a tape. You can then record the superimposed pictures on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 41 Touch the desired effect. The still image is superimposed on the movie which is currently displayed on the LCD screen. 60min STBY 0:00:00 MEMORY MIX: CAM M CHROMA 101–0001 Touch (decrease)/ to adjust the following. For [MTCAM LUMI.] The color scheme of the bright area in the still image which is to be swapped into a movie.
  • Page 42: Searching For The Starting Point

    Searching for the starting point Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording – END SEARCH This function is handy when you have played back the tape, for example, but want to start recording right after the most recently recorded scene.
  • Page 43: Reviewing The Most Recently Recorded Scenes - Rec Review

    Keep touching (to go backward)/ (to go forward) and release it at the point where you want the recording to start. Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes – Rec review You can view a few seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode.
  • Page 44: Playback

    Playback Viewing movies recorded on a tape Make sure you have a recorded cassette inserted into your camcorder. Some of the operations are possible using the Remote Commander or using the touch panel. When you want to play back recordings on your TV, see page 51.
  • Page 45: Playing Back In Various Modes

    D Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) or tape counter (hour: minute: second) E Personal Menu button (p. 54) F Video operation buttons When a “Memory Stick Duo” has been inserted, (stop) changes to (“Memory Stick Duo ” playback) when you stop playback.
  • Page 46: Viewing Recordings On A "memory Stick Duo

    Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Touch while the picture you want to add the effect to is displayed. Touch [MENU]. Select (PICT. APPLI.), then [D.EFFECT] by touching touch Select an effect, then adjust the effect by touching (decrease)/ (increase).
  • Page 47 Touch The most recently recorded picture appears on the screen. 60min 1 / 10 1152 101–0001 MEMORY PLAY P-MENU Touch (previous)/ select a picture. Screen example (movies): 60min 2 / 10 MOV00002 MEMORY PLAY MPEG P-MENU When you view a movie, touch when the selected movie appears on the screen.
  • Page 48: Playing Back In Various Modes From A "memory Stick Duo

    other menu items, add them to the Personal Menu (p. 83). z Tip • Once you record a picture in a folder, the same folder will be set as the default folder for playback. You can select a playback folder in the menu (p. 66). Playing back in various modes from a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 49: Various Playback Functions

    Various playback functions You can magnify a small subject in a recording and display it on the screen. You can also display the recorded date and the name of the folder in which the picture is recorded. DISPLAY/ BATT INFO POWER switch Magnifying pictures –...
  • Page 50: Displaying The Screen Indicators

    Displaying the screen indicators You can choose to display the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen. Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO. The indicator switches on or off as you press the button. z Tip • You can display the screen indicators during playback on a TV.
  • Page 51: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    Playing the picture on a TV A/V jack Signal flow *1 The supplied A/V connecting cable has a video plug and an S video plug for the video connection. *2 This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures. When there is an S video jack on the device to be connected, connect the S video plug to that jack instead of using the yellow video plug.
  • Page 52: Locating A Scene On A Tape For Playback

    Locating a scene on a tape for playback Searching quickly for a desired scene – Zero set memory m REW PLAY STOP DISPLAY ZERO SET MEMORY During playback, press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point you want to locate later on.
  • Page 53: Searching For A Scene By Date Of Recording - Date Search

    Press .(previous)/> (next) on the Remote Commander to select a title that you want to play. Playback starts automatically from the selected title. TITLE SEARCH 0:00:00:00 Present point on the tape 1 HELLO ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS CONGRATULATIONS ! OUR SWEET BABY WEDDING Point where the...
  • Page 54: Advanced Operations

    Advanced operations Using the Menu Selecting menu items You can change various settings or make detailed adjustments using the menu items displayed on the screen. Turn on the power (p. 16). Touch The Personal Menu appears. Items that are used often are displayed as short-cuts. Example: PLAY/EDIT mode’s Personal Menu 60min...
  • Page 55: Using The Auto Lock Switch

    To use the short-cuts of the Personal Menu The available items vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. Unavailable items will be grayed out. You can customize the short-cuts (p. 83). Touch Touch the desired item. Select the desired setting, then touch z Tip •...
  • Page 56: Using The (camera Set) Menu

    Using the (CAMERA SET) menu – PROGRAM AE/WHITE BAL./SHUTTR SPEED/ZEBRA/16:9 WIDE, etc. You can select items listed below on the CAMERA SET menu. To select items, see “Selecting menu items” (p. 54). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the PROGRAM AE You can record pictures easily in a situation that requires various techniques by...
  • Page 57: Spot Meter

    LANDSCAPE** (landscape) ( * Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. ** Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on distant subjects. Note • [SPORTS] (sports lesson) will not work when the POWER switch is set to CAMERA- MEMORY.
  • Page 58 ONE PUSH ( Note • The setting returns to [AUTO] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. • For better color balance adjustment when [WHITE BAL.] is set to [AUTO], aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds after setting the POWER switch to CAMERA-TAPE when: –...
  • Page 59: Auto Shutter

    MANUAL Note • [xxx] is shown on the screen when the shutter speed is set to 1/xxx second. • When [PROGRAM AE] is set to anything other than [AUTO], [SHUTTR SPEED] returns to [AUTO]. • The shutter speed cannot be changed while you are using the following functions. –...
  • Page 60: Spot Focus

    SPOT FOCUS See page 35 for details. EXP. FOCUS When you are recording pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo” while focusing manually, you can see if the focus is correctly adjusted by magnifying the center of the picture to 1.5 times its original size (p. 36). GOFF FLASH SET Note that these settings will not function with external flashes that do not support...
  • Page 61: Digital Zoom

    Note • Portions of the screen where brightness is above about 100 IRE may appear overexposed. • The zebra pattern is diagonal stripes that appear in portions of the screen where brightness meets or exceeds a preset level. SELF-TIMER See page 26, 32 for details. DIGITAL ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 12 times while recording on a tape.
  • Page 62 When viewed on the LCD screen/viewfinder * Picture appears in full screen when the wide-screen TV switches to full mode. ** Played in 4:3 mode. When you play a picture in the wide mode, it appears as you have seen on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. GOFF ON ( •...
  • Page 63: Using The (memory Set) Menu

    Using the (MEMORY SET) menu – BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ALL ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc. You can select items listed below on the MEMORY SET menu. To select items, see “Selecting menu items” (p. 54). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the STILL SET BURST You can record several still images one after another.
  • Page 64: Movie Set

    QUALITY GFINE ( STANDARD IMAGE SIZE G1152 × 864 640 × 480 ( MOVIE SET IMAGE SIZE G320 × 240 160 × 112 ( REMAINING GAUTO ALL ERASE You can delete all the pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo” that are not write- protected.
  • Page 65: New Folder

    Note • The folder will not be deleted even when you delete all the pictures in the folder. • Do not do any of the following while [ – Move the POWER switch to select other power modes. – Operate any buttons. –...
  • Page 66 REC FOLDER As the default setting, pictures are saved in the 101MSDCF folder. You can select a folder to save your pictures. Create new folders from the [NEW FOLDER] menu, then select the folder to be used for recording with When you have a lot of pictures, you can search for the desired picture easily when you sort them in folders.
  • Page 67: Rec-stl, Etc

    Using the (PICT. APPLI.) menu – PICT. EFFECT/SLIDE SHOW/FRAME REC/ INTERVAL REC/INT. REC–STL, etc. You can select items listed below on the PICT. APPLI. menu. To select items, see “Selecting menu items” (p. 54). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the FADER See page 37 for details.
  • Page 68: Memory Mix

    MOSAIC Note • You cannot add effects to externally input pictures. Also, you cannot output pictures edited with Picture effects via the • You can copy pictures edited using picture effects to a “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 89) or to another tape (p.
  • Page 69 • You can select the first picture for the slide show by touching [START]. • If movies are played in the slide show, you can adjust the volume by touching (decrease)/ FRAME REC You can record pictures with a stop-motion animated effect by alternately frame recording and then moving the subject a little.
  • Page 70 GOFF ON ( Touch Press REC START/STOP. To cancel interval recording, select [OFF] in step 7. Note • You cannot use the interval recording with Memory overlap. • There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to ± 6 frames from the selected time. •...
  • Page 71: Demo Mode

    DEMO MODE When you remove both cassette and “Memory Stick Duo” from your camcorder, and select the CAMERA-TAPE mode, you can view the demonstration in about 10 minutes. • The demonstration will be suspended in situations such as those described below. –...
  • Page 72 See page 88 and 89 for details. BURN DVD When your camcorder is connected to a Sony VAIO series personal computer, you can easily burn the picture recorded on the tape on a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”) using this command. See the supplied “Computer Applications Guide”...
  • Page 73 BURN VCD When your camcorder is connected to a personal computer, you can easily burn the picture recorded on the tape on a CD-R (Direct Access to Video CD Burn) using this command. See the supplied “Computer Applications Guide” for details. END SEARCH EXEC CANCEL...
  • Page 74: Titl Erase

    3 Touch character in the same manner. 4 When you have finished entering characters, touch Touch Touch desired color, position or size. Color white t yellow t violet t red t cyan t green t blue Position You can select from 8 to 9 choices. Size small y large (You can only select the small size when you are entering more than 13...
  • Page 75: Title Disp

    TITLE DISP You can view the title when you play back the picture. TAPE TITLE You can label a cassette with Cassette Memory (up to 10 letters). The label will be displayed for approximately 5 seconds when you select the CAMERA-TAPE mode and insert a cassette, or when you select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
  • Page 76: Etc

    Select to record in the SP (Standard Play) mode on a cassette. Select to increase the recording time to 1.5 times the SP mode (Long Play). The use of Sony Excellence/Master mini DV cassette is recommended to get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 77: Audio Mix

    Note • You can play back a dual sound track cassette on this camcorder. However, you cannot record a dual sound track on this camcorder. • The setting returns to [STEREO] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. AUDIO MIX You can adjust the audio balance between the originally recorded sound (ST1) and sound added afterwards (ST2) (p.
  • Page 78: Video Input

    LCD BL LEVEL You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight. GNORMAL BRIGHT Note • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording. LCD COLOR Touch Low intensity...
  • Page 79: Data Code

    USB-CAMERA You can connect a USB cable (supplied) to your camcorder, and view the picture displayed on the screen of your camcorder on your computer (USB Streaming). For details, refer to the “Computer Applications Guide.” GOFF USB STREAM USB-PLY/EDT You can connect a USB cable (supplied) to your camcorder, and view the picture on the tape or “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 80: Remote Ctrl

    REMAINING GAUTO REMOTE CTRL Note • The setting returns to [ON] when you have the power source disconnected from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. REC LED BEEP GMELODY NORMAL DISPLAY GLCD PANEL Using the Menu Select to display the remaining tape indicator for about 8 seconds: •...
  • Page 81 V-OUT/PANEL Note • You cannot input a signal to your camcorder if you press DISPLAY/BATT INFO while [V-OUT/PANEL] is selected. MENU ROTATE You can select the scrolling direction (up or down) of the menu items on the LCD screen when you touch GNORMAL OPPOSITE A.SHUT OFF...
  • Page 82: Etc

    Using the LANGU.) menu WORLD TIME, etc. You can select items listed below on the TIME/ LANGU. menu. To select items, see “Selecting menu items” (p. 54). CLOCK SET You can set the date and time (p. 18). WORLD TIME You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad.
  • Page 83: (time/langu.) Menu

    Customizing Personal Menu You can add frequently used menu items to Personal Menu, or sort them in the order you like (customizing). You can customize the Personal Menu for each power mode of your camcorder. Adding a menu – Add You can add frequently used menu items to Personal Menu for easier and faster access.
  • Page 84 Deleting menu – Delete Touch 60min STBY 0:00:00 EXPO– MENU SURE SPOT PRGRAM METER WHITE SHUTTR BAL. SPEED Touch [P-MENU SET UP]. If the desired menu is not displayed on the screen, touch until the menu is displayed. 60min STBY 0:00:00 P–MENU SET UP DELETE...
  • Page 85 Touch the menu item you want to move. 60min STBY 0:00:00 Select new location. EXPO– MENU SURE SPOT PRGRAM METER WHITE SHUTTR BAL. SPEED Touch to move the menu item to the desired place. 60min STBY 0:00:00 Select new location. SPOT MENU METER...
  • Page 86: Dubbing/editing

    Dubbing/Editing Connecting to a VCR or TV A/V jack A/V connecting cable* Signal flow *1 The supplied A/V connecting cable has a video plug and an S video plug for the video connection. *2 This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
  • Page 87: Dubbing To Another Tape

    To use an i.LINK cable for connection Use an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect your camcorder to other device via the Interface. The video and sound signals are transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures. Note that you cannot record the picture and sound separately.
  • Page 88: Recording Pictures From A Vcr Or Tv

    Recording pictures from a VCR or TV You can record and edit pictures or TV programs from a VCR or TV on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” inserted in your camcorder. You can also record a scene as a still image on a “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 89: Dubbing Pictures From A Tape To A "memory Stick Duo

    Press PHOTO lightly at the scene you want to record. Check the image and press it fully. The image is not recorded unless you press PHOTO fully. Release it if you do not want to record the scene, and select other scene as described above.
  • Page 90: Dubbing Still Images From A "memory Stick Duo" To A Tape

    Touch (stop) to stop tape playback. Touch , then b Note • The Data code and titles recorded on the tape cannot be recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo.” The time and date the picture is recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 91: Dubbing Selected Scenes From A Tape

    Touch , then b Note • You cannot dub the index screen. • You may not be able to dub images modified on your computer or recorded with other camcorders on your camcorder. • You cannot dub MPEG movies on the tape. Dubbing selected scenes from a tape –...
  • Page 92 You can use either the A/V connecting cable or the i.LINK cable to make the connection. The dubbing procedure is easier with the i.LINK connection. Prepare your VCR. • Insert a cassette for recording. • Set the input selector to input mode if your VCR has one.
  • Page 93 [IR SETUP] code list The following [IR SETUP] codes are recorded on your camcorder by default. (It is set at “3” as the default setting.) Manufacturing company Sony Admiral (M. Wards) Aiwa Akai Audio Dynamic Bell&Howell (M. Wards) 36 Broksonic...
  • Page 94 Manufacturing [IR SETUP] code company Multitech 23, 32, 80 21, 33, 35 Olympic 77, 78 Optimus Orion Panasonic 16, 17, 77, 78 Pentax 8, 42 Philco 26, 70, 77, 78 Philips 47, 77, 78, 83 Pioneer Quasar 6, 16, 17, 77, 78 RCA/PROSCAN 7, 8, 16, 40, 41, 42, 77, 78, 78*, 83, 101...
  • Page 95 Rewind the tape on your VCR, then play back in slow mode. 5 opening numbers for each [IN] and closing numbers for each [OUT] appear. Take a note of the opening number value of each [CUT-IN] and the closing number value of each [CUT-OUT], then calculate the average number value for each [CUT-IN] and [CUT- OUT].
  • Page 96 Touch to select [PROG. EDIT], then touch PROG. EDIT 0:00:00:00 Select the media. OTHER MEMORY DEVICE STICK Touch the desired item. When you are recording on a tape in the VCR Touch [OTHER DEVICE]. PROG. EDIT 0:00:00:00 MARK EDIT START UNDO TOTAL 0:00:00:00...
  • Page 97 Touch [EXEC]. A search for the beginning of the first program starts, then the recording starts. [SEARCH] appears during the search and [EDITING] appears during editing. –x 1 SEARCH 0:00:00:00 SCENE 1/3 CANCEL When a program is recorded, the program mark changes from orange to light blue.
  • Page 98: Dubbing Sound To A Recorded Tape

    Dubbing sound to a recorded tape Preparing for audio recording Intelligent Internal microphone accessory shoe See page 133. Signal flow Record audio in one of the following ways. • Using the internal microphone (no connection required). • Connecting a microphone (optional) to the MIC FRONT jack.
  • Page 99: Recording Sound

    and the sound by connecting your camcorder to a TV using the A/V connecting cable. However, the sound you have recorded afterwards is not output from the speaker. Check the sound by using the headphones or a TV. Recording sound Insert a recorded cassette into your camcorder.
  • Page 100: Deleting Recorded Pictures

    Checking and adjusting the recorded sound Play back the tape on which you have recorded audio in “Recording sound” (p. 99). Touch Touch [MENU]. Touch to select (STANDARD SET), then touch 60min 0:00:00:00 TITLE DEL TAPE TITLE ALL ERASE REC MODE AUDIO MODE VOLUME MUL TI SOUND...
  • Page 101: Marking Recorded Images With Specific Information

    To delete pictures on the index screen You can easily search for the picture to be deleted by displaying 6 pictures at once. Slide the POWER switch to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Touch Touch Touch Touch [ DELETE]. Touch the picture you want to delete. appears on the image to be deleted.
  • Page 102 Touch [PROTECT]. PROTECT 101–0002 2/ 10 Touch the image that you want to protect. PROTECT selected image. 101–0002 2/ 10 Touch Touch [END]. To cancel image protection Follow steps 1 to 5, then touch the image to cancel image protection. disappears from the image.
  • Page 103: Printing Recorded Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    To cancel the Print mark Follow steps 1 to 5, then touch the image to cancel the Print mark. disappears from the image. b Note • If you mark images on your camcorder when the “Memory Stick Duo” already has some images with the Print mark put on other devices, the information of the images with the Print mark put on the other device may be changed.
  • Page 104 Select [PictBridge], then touch Touch Connect the USB jack (p. 133) of your camcorder to a printer using the supplied USB cable. The location of the USB jack of the printer differs depending on the model. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your printer for details on operation.
  • Page 105 b Note • Do not attempt the following operations when is on the screen. The operations may not be performed properly. – Sliding the POWER switch to select other power modes – Disconnecting the USB cable from your camcorder or printer –...
  • Page 106: Troubleshooting

    The camcorder gets warm. Troubleshooting persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. If “C:ss:ss” is displayed on the LCD screen or the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis display function is activated. See page 114 for details.
  • Page 107: Cassette Tapes

    If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. (p. 13) • The temperature of the environment is too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.
  • Page 108 Symptom The Cassette Memory indicator does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory. The remaining tape indicator is not displayed. A cassette label is not recorded. LCD screen/viewfinder Symptom An unknown language appears on the screen. An unknown picture appears on the screen.
  • Page 109 Recording If you are using a “Memory Stick Duo” for recording, refer also to the “Memory Stick Duo” section. (p. 111) Symptom The tape does not start when you press REC START/STOP. The power abruptly turns off. The SteadyShot does not function. The auto focus does not function.
  • Page 110 Symptom END SEARCH does not work correctly. Playback If you are playing back the pictures stored on a “Memory Stick Duo,” refer also to the “Memory Stick Duo” section. (p. 111) Symptom Cannot play back. Horizontal lines appear on the picture.
  • Page 111 “Memory Stick Duo” Symptom Cannot operate functions using the “Memory Stick Duo.” Cannot record on the “Memory Stick Duo.” The pictures are not played back in the actual size. Image data cannot be played back. The picture you have recorded on the tape has also been recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 112 Symptom Cannot mark pictures for print. The data file name is not indicated correctly. The data file name flashes. Dubbing/Editing Symptom Pictures from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the viewfinder. Cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
  • Page 113 VCR correctly, then check the connection between your camcorder and the VCR. (p. 86) cWhen your camcorder is connected to a DV device that is not a Sony product via an i.LINK cable, select [IR] in step11 of “Step 1: Preparing your camcorder and VCR for operation”...
  • Page 114: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Troubleshooting Cause and/or Corrective Actions Some symptoms can be fixed by yourself. If the problem persists even after you tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:ss cA battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is being used.
  • Page 115: Warning Messages

    Indication (Warning indicator pertaining to the “Memory Stick Duo”) (Warning indicator pertaining to “Memory Stick Duo” formatting)* (Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”)* Q (Warning indicator pertaining to the tape) Z (Eject cassette warning)* - (Warning indicator pertaining to image deletion)* - (Warning indicator pertaining to the write-protect of the...
  • Page 116 Subjects Indications Cassette/Tape Q Insert a cassette. Z Reinsert the cassette. Q Z The tape is locked - check the tab. Q The tape has reached the end. Use a cassette with Cassette Memory. “Memory Stick Insert a Memory Stick. Duo”...
  • Page 117 Subjects Indications PictBridge Check the connected device. compliant printer Connect the camcorder to a PictBridge compatible printer. Check the printer. Error-Cancel the task. Cannot print. Check the printer. FLASH The strobe cannot charge. Not available. Corrective Actions/ References cSwitch off the printer and switch it on again, then disconnect the USB cable and reconnect it.
  • Page 118 Subjects Indications Others Cannot record Memory Stick movie on a tape. Cannot record due to copyright protection. Cannot add audio. Disconnect the i.LINK cable. Not recorded in SP mode. Cannot add audio. Not recorded in 12-bit audio. Cannot add audio. Cannot add audio on the blank portion of a tape.
  • Page 119: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/ regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 120: Usable Cassette Tapes

    Usable cassette tapes You can use the mini DV format cassette only. Use a cassette with the is a trademark. Cassette Memory There are 2 types of mini DV cassettes: those with Cassette Memory and those without Cassette Memory. Cassettes with Cassette Memory have the (Cassette Memory) mark.
  • Page 121: About The "memory Stick

    When labeling the cassette Be sure to place the label only on the locations as shown in the following illustration so as not to cause malfunction of your camcorder. Do not put a label along this border. Labeling position After using the cassette Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid distortion of the picture or the sound.
  • Page 122 • File names of movies: – MOV00001: This file name appears on the screen of your camcorder. – MOV00001.MPG: This file name appears on the display of a computer. • On a “Memory Stick Duo” formatted on a computer: A “Memory Stick Duo” formatted by the Windows OS or using Macintosh computers does not have guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
  • Page 123: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    , “Memory Stick PRO,” , “Memory Stick Duo,” , “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” , “MagicGate” and are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (F series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM”...
  • Page 124 Please buy a new battery pack. • The battery life varies depending on how it is stored and the operating conditions and environment for each battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 125: About I.link

    Tip • i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. • IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Page 126: Maintenance And Precautions

    Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. • If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
  • Page 127: Video Head

    • If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM-12CLD cleaning cassette (optional). – Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture or the screen is displayed in blue.
  • Page 128 If you did not press the right spot, start from step 4 again. b Note • You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if you have rotated the LCD panel and set it with the LCD screen facing out. On handling the casing •...
  • Page 129: Specification

    Specification Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Still image recording system Exif Ver. 2.2 *1 *1 “Exif” is a file format for still images, established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).
  • Page 130 General Power requirements DC 7.2 V (battery pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor) Average power consumption (when using the battery pack) During camera recording using the viewfinder 4.6 W During camera recording using the LCD 5.1 W 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.)
  • Page 131: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls Camcorder A Lens cap (p. 22) B LCD/Touch panel screen (p. 3, 16) C LCD BACKLIGHT (p. 16) D OPEN button (p. 16) E REC START/STOP (p. 22) F Speaker G Viewfinder (p. 3, 17) H Eyecup I CAMERA-TAPE, CAMERA- MEMORY, PLAY/EDIT mode lamps...
  • Page 132 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 a quality as fine as a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 133 A Intelligent accessory shoe (p. 98) • The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone. • The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder.
  • Page 134 OPEN/EJECT lever (p. 19) B Cassette lid (p. 19) C Grip Belt (p. 4) A Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely, and the screw may damage your camcorder.
  • Page 135 Remote Commander Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. A PHOTO button (p. 29) B Memory control buttons (Index, –/+, Memory playback) (p. 46) C SEARCH M. button (p. 52, 53) D ./> buttons (p. 52, 53) E Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (p.
  • Page 136 WARNING Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire. CAUTION Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 137: Indicators For The Lcd Screen And Viewfinder

    Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder Following indicators will appear on the LCD screen and viewfinder to indicate the state of your camcorder. Example: Indicators in the CAMERA-TAPE mode Time code (p. 50)/Tape counter (p. 23)/Self- diagnosis (p. 114)/Picture number (p. 47) 60min STBY 0:00:00...
  • Page 138: Index

    Index Numerics 16:9 WIDE mode ... 61 4CH AUD CHECK ... 28 4CH MIC REC ... 27 A/V connecting cable ... 51, 86, 98 AC Adaptor ... 13 Adjusting the viewfinder... 17 AE SHIFT ... 59 Audio dubbing (AUD DUB CTRL) ... 98 AUDIO MIX ...
  • Page 139 Image quality (QUALITY) ...30, 64 Image size (IMAGE SIZE)...30, 64 Index screen ...48 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...123 Infrared ray emitter ...93 Intelligent accessory shoe ...98, 133 Interval photo recording (INT. REC-STL) ...70 Interval recording (INTERVAL REC) ...69 JPEG ...121 LANC...133 Language LANGUAGE...21, 82 LCD back light...
  • Page 140 SP (Standard Play) See Recording mode (REC MODE) SPOT FOCUS ... 35 Standard (STANDARD) See Image quality (QUALITY) STEADYSHOT... 62 Stereo/monaural ... 76 STILL ... 38 Still image format... 121 STILL SET... 63 Sub sound See MULTI-SOUND Tape counter... 23 Telephoto See Zoom Time code...

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