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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-PC1000
© 2005 Sony Corporation
2-591-678-11 (1)
Getting Started
8
Recording/
20
Playback
Using the Menu
36
Dubbing/Editing
63
Using a Computer
73
Troubleshooting
86
Additional Information
106

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  • Page 1 Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan Digital Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide DCR-PC1000 © 2005 Sony Corporation 2-591-678-11 (1) Getting Started Recording/ Playback Using the Menu Dubbing/Editing Using a Computer...
  • Page 2: Regulatory Information

    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...
  • Page 3: Notes On Use

    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-PC1000 Serial No.
  • Page 4 About the Carl Zeiss lens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...8 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ...9 Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder firmly ...13 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder ...14 Step 5: Using the touch panel ...15 Changing the language setting ...15 Checking the screen indicators (Display guide) ...15 Step 6: Setting the date and time ...16...
  • Page 6 Indicators displayed during recording/playback...28 Searching for the starting point ...31 Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (END SEARCH) ...31 Searching manually (EDIT SEARCH)...31 Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)...31 Remote Commander ...32 Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory)...32 Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) ...33 Playing the picture on a TV ...34 Using the Menu...
  • Page 7 Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo”...69 Marking images on the “Memory Stick Duo” with specific information (Image protection/Print mark) ...69 Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer)...70 Jacks to connect external devices...72 Using a computer Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer ...73 Installing the software and “First Step Guide”...
  • Page 8: Step 1: Checking Supplied Items

    Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. “Memory Stick Duo” 16MB (1) (p. 18, 108) Memory Stick Duo adaptor (1) (p. 109) AC Adaptor (1) (p.
  • Page 9: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (A series) (p. 110) after attaching it to your camcorder. POWER switch DC IN jack DC plug To the wall outlet AC Adaptor Power cord Slide the battery cover in the direction of the arrow .
  • Page 10 Step2:Charging the battery pack (Continued) Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF. (The default setting.) Connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on the Handycam Station. Be sure that the  mark on the DC plug is facing up. The ...
  • Page 11 To charge the battery pack using the AC Adaptor Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)OFF. Then connect the AC Adaptor directly to the DC IN jack on the camcorder. DC IN jack DC plug Facing the  mark to the LCD screen. To the wall outlet AC Adaptor Power cord...
  • Page 12: Recording Time

    Step2:Charging the battery pack (Continued) Charging time Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack. Battery pack NP-FA50 (supplied) NP-FA70 Recording time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack. Continuous Battery pack recording time*...
  • Page 13: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder firmly

    Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder firmly To record or play back, slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp. When using it for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 16). Slide the POWER switch repeatedly in the direction of the arrow to turn on the respective...
  • Page 14: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Panel And Viewfinder

    Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder The LCD panel Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (). 90 degrees to the camcorder 180 degrees (max.) 90 degrees (max.)
  • Page 15: Step 5: Using The Touch Panel

    Step 5: Using the touch panel You can play back recorded pictures (p. 23), or change the settings (p. 36) using the touch panel. Place your hand on the rear side of the LCD panel to support it. Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
  • Page 16: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    Step 6: 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 or change the POWER switch position.
  • Page 17: Step 7: Inserting A Tape Or A "memory Stick Duo

    Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” Cassette tape You can use mini DV cassettes only (p. 107). • The recordable time varies depending on [ REC MODE] (p. 54). Slide and hold the OPEN/ EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
  • Page 18 Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” (Continued) “Memory Stick Duo” You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo” marked with (p. 108). • The number and time of recordable pictures varies depending on the image quality or the image size.
  • Page 19: Step 8: Selecting The Aspect Ratio (16:9 Or 4:3) Of The Recording Picture

    Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode, you can enjoy wide-angle, high-quality pictures. • If you intend to view pictures on a wide TV, recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is recommended.
  • Page 20: Recording/playback With Ease (easy Handycam)

    Recording/Playback with ease (Easy Handycam) With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are automatically adjusted optimally, which frees you from detailed adjustment. Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing, even first time users can enjoy easy operation.
  • Page 21 Playing back with ease Slide the POWER switch  in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp. Press EASY . The EASY lights up in blue. Start playing back. Movies Touch , then touch start playback. Slow playback is available on the Remote Commander.
  • Page 22: Recording

    Recording CAM CTRL dial REC START/  STOP Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp to select a recording medium. To record on a tape, light up the CAMERA-TAPE lamp. To record on a “Memory Stick Duo,”...
  • Page 23: Playback

    Playback Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp. Start playing back. Movies On a Tape: Touch , then touch start playback.  Stop  Play/Pause toggles as you touch it ...
  • Page 24: Functions Used For Recording/playback, Etc

    Functions used for recording/playback, etc. Recording To use zoom ...   Move the power zoom lever  slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Wider range of view: (Wide angle) Close view: (Telephoto) • You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons •...
  • Page 25: To Record Sound With More Presence (4ch Mic Recording)

    To record sound with more presence (4CH MIC recording) ... Connect the optional microphone (ECM- HQP1) to the Active Interface Shoe 72). See [EXT SUR MIC] on page 55 for details. To use the flash ... Press (flash) repeatedly to select a setting. No indicator displayed: Automatically flashes when there is insufficient ambient light.
  • Page 26: Playback

    Functions used for recording/playback, etc. (Continued) Playback To use PB zoom ...   You can magnify pictures from about 1.1 to 5 times the original size. Magnification can be adjusted with the power zoom lever  or the zoom buttons ...
  • Page 27: Other Part Names And Functions

    Other part names and functions Internal stereo microphone  When an external microphone is connected, the audio input from the external microphone takes precedence over others. Speaker  Sounds come out from the speaker. For how to adjust the volume, see page 23. •...
  • Page 28: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies In the CAMERA-TAPE mode  Remaining battery (approx.) Recording mode ( or ) (54)   Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording))  Time code (hour: minute: second: frame)/Tape counter (hour: minute: second) ...
  • Page 29 ( ) is a reference page. The indicators during recording will not be recorded. Viewing movies On a tape  Tape transport indicator  Video operation buttons (23) When there is a “Memory Stick Duo” inserted in the camcorder, changes to (“Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 30 Indicators displayed during recording/playback (Continued) Indicators when you made changes You can check the [DISP GUIDE] (p. 15) to check the function of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen. Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning EXT SUR MIC (55) 4CH MIC recording (55) AUDIO MODE (54) Continuous photo...
  • Page 31: Searching For The Starting Point

    Searching for the starting point Make sure that the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up (p. 22). Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (END SEARCH) [END SEARCH] will not work once you eject the cassette after you have recorded on the tape.
  • Page 32: Remote Commander

    Remote Commander Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. Insulation sheet  PHOTO (p. 22) The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded as a still image.  SEARCH M. (p. 33)    ...
  • Page 33: Searching For A Scene By Date Of Recording (date Search)

    Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) You can locate the point where the recording date changes. Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.  Press SEARCH M. Press (previous)/   to select a recording date. 0:00:00:00 DATE -01 SEACH...
  • Page 34: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    Playing the picture on a TV Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 11). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected. A/V jack* : Signal flow A/V connecting cable (supplied) ...
  • Page 35 • On some 4:3 TVs, the still image recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio may not appear in full screen. This is not a malfunction. • When you play back a picture recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with the 16:9 signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
  • Page 36: Using The Menu Items

    Using the menu items Follow the instructions below to use each of the menu items listed after this page. Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the respective lamp. [CAMERA-TAPE] lamp: [CAMERA-MEMORY] lamp: Duo” [PLAY/EDIT] lamp: settings for viewing/editing Touch the LCD screen to select the menu item.
  • Page 37 After finishing the settings, touch If you decide not to change the setting, touch You can also change the settings to [FOCUS], [EXPOSURE], [AE SHIFT] or [WB SHIFT] • using the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61). During Easy Handycam operation, if you press [MENU] on the screen, the buttons for the •...
  • Page 38: Menu Items

    Menu items • The menu items available for the operation () differ depending on where the lit lamp for the POWER switch is positioned. CAMERA SET menu PROGRAM AE SPOT METER EXPOSURE WHITE BAL. SHARPNESS AUTO SHUTTER AE SHIFT CAMERA COLOR WB SHIFT SPOT FOCUS FOCUS...
  • Page 39 Position of lamp: SMTH INT.REC INT.REC-STL DEMO MODE PictBridge PRINT USB SELECT EDIT/PLAY menu (p. 53) VAR. SPD PB REC CTRL AUD DUB CTRL REC MOVIE BURN DVD END SEARCH STANDARD SET menu REC MODE AUDIO MODE VOLUME MULTI-SOUND AUDIO MIX EXT SUR MIC LCD/VF SET DV OUT...
  • Page 40: Camera Set Menu

    CAMERA SET menu Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with  . The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 36 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 41  Touch [MANUAL].  Adjust the exposure by touching  Touch appears. To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO]  • You can also adjust the setting using the CAM CTRL dial (p. 61). WHITE BAL. (White balance) You can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
  • Page 42 CAMERA SET menu (Continued) AE SHIFT When you set [AE SHIFT] to [ON], you can adjust the exposure using (bright). and the setting value appear when [AE SHIFT] is set to [ON]. • You cannot use [AE SHIFT] when [EXPOSURE] is set to [MANUAL]. •...
  • Page 43 • When you finish focusing, the screen automatically returns to the normal picture display. TELE MACRO This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur away backgrounds and the subject stands out clearer. When you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON] ), the zoom (p.
  • Page 44 CAMERA SET menu (Continued) The zebra pattern appears at a screen brightness level of about 100 IRE or higher. • Portions of the screen where brightness is about 100 IRE or above may appear overexposed. • The zebra pattern is diagonal stripes that appear in portions of the screen where brightness is at a preset level.
  • Page 45: Memory Set Menu

    Note on the progressive recording mode In a normal TV broadcast, the screen is divided into 2 finer fields and these are displayed in turn, every 1/60 of a second. Thus, the actual picture displayed in an instant covers only half of the apparent picture area.
  • Page 46 Bottom: [STANDARD] is selected for image quality. • When using the “Memory Stick Duo” made by 1600 × 640 × Sony Corporation. The number of recordable 1200 * 480* pictures varies depending on the recording environment. • The image size of a 4:3 picture is as follows.
  • Page 47 512MB 01:25:20 02:50:40 • When using the “Memory Stick Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The recordable time varies depending on the recording environment. ALL ERASE Deletes all the pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo” without image protection, or in the selected folder.
  • Page 48: Pict.appli. Menu

    MEMORY SET menu (Continued) NEW FOLDER You can create a new folder (102MSDCF to 999MSDCF) on a “Memory Stick Duo.” When a folder is full (a maximum of 9999 images are stored) a new folder is automatically created. Touch [YES] ...
  • Page 49 OVERLAP (fade in only) WIPE (fade in only) DOT FADER (fade in only) SLIDE SHOW Plays back the images stored on a “Memory Stick Duo,” or in a folder in sequence (slide show).  Touch [PB FOLDER].   Select [ALL FILES ( )] or [CURRENT FOLDER ( )], then touch...
  • Page 50 PICT.APPLI. menu (Continued) DELAY MOTION (Delay motion) You can record a movie with a repeat effect. STILL Records a movie while superimposing it on a previously recorded still image. FLASH (flash motion) Records a movie with a serial-still-image effect (strobe effect). LUMI.
  • Page 51 • While using the back light function, you cannot select [SKINTONE]. And when you use the back light function with [PICT.EFFECT] set to [SKINTONE], the [SKINTONE] setting will be cancelled. • You cannot add effects to externally input pictures. The playback pictures edited with picture effects are output via the DV Interface (i.LINK) or (USB) jack without effect control.
  • Page 52 PICT.APPLI. menu (Continued) [a]: Recording [b]: Interval  Touch a desired interval time (1, 5  or 10 minutes)   Press PHOTO fully. stops flashing and the interval still image recording starts. To cancel [INT.REC-STL], select [OFF] in step ...
  • Page 53: Edit/play Menu

    See page 66. 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 “Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”)”...
  • Page 54: Standard Set Menu

    STANDARD SET menu Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (REC MODE/MULTI-SOUND/ LCD/VF SET/DISP OUTPUT, etc.) The default settings are marked with  . The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 36 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 55 • For creating a 5.1ch surround sound compliant DVD, you need software and a device that supports this function. In the case of Sony products, a VAIO series personal computer pre- installed with “Click to DVD” (Ver.2.0 or later) supports this function.
  • Page 56 STANDARD SET menu (Continued)  LCD COLOR You can adjust the color on the LCD screen with Low intensity  VF B.LIGHT You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder.  NORMAL Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the viewfinder screen. • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting.
  • Page 57 DATE/TIME Displays the date and time. CAMERA DATA (below) Displays camera setting data. This cannot be selected during Easy Handycam operation. 60min 0:00:00:00 AUTO F1. 8  SteadyShot off*  Exposure*  White balance*  Gain*  Shutter speed  Aperture value * Appears only during tape playback.
  • Page 58: Time/langu. Menu

    STANDARD SET menu (Continued) MENU ROTATE  NORMAL Scrolls the menu items downwards by touching OPPOSITE Scrolls the menu items upwards by touching A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)  5 min The camcorder is automatically turned off when you do not operate your camcorder for more than approximately 5 minutes.
  • Page 59: Customizing Personal Menu

    Customizing Personal Menu You can add desired menu items to Personal Menu, and customize Personal Menu settings for each POWER switch position. This is convenient if you add frequently used menu items to Personal Menu. Adding a menu item You can add up to 28 menu items for each POWER switch position.
  • Page 60 Customizing Personal Menu (Continued) Arranging the order of menu items displayed on Personal Menu Touch [P-MENU SET UP]  [SORT].  If the desired menu item is not displayed, touch Touch the menu item you want to move. Touch to move the menu item to the desired place.
  • Page 61: Using The Cam Ctrl Dial

    Using the CAM CTRL dial Assignable dial CAM CTRL dial * MANUAL button * You can adjust the assigned item manually. Press this button to switch the assigned item auto/manual setting. You can assign some of your setting items to the CAM CTRL dial and adjust the following settings with the dial opeation.
  • Page 62 Using the CAM CTRL dial (Continued) Press and hold the MANUAL button for several seconds. The [DIAL SET] screen appears. STBY DIAL SET FOCUS EXPOSURE AE SHIFT WB SHIFT RESET [MANUAL]:EXEC Rotate the CAM CTRL dial and select an item to be assigned. Press the MANUAL button.
  • Page 63: Connecting To A Vcr Or Tv

    Connecting to a VCR or TV Connect your camcorder to a VCR or a TV to one of the following connections. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 9). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected. A/V jack* AUDIO/ VIDEO jacks...
  • Page 64: Dubbing To Another Device Such As A Vcr, Dvd Recorder, Etc

    Connecting to a VCR or TV (Continued) • You cannot use [DV STREAM] via the DV Interface (i.LINK) and via the (USB) jack at the same time. When using the DV Interface (i.LINK), disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from the (USB) jack. •...
  • Page 65: Recording Pictures From A Vcr Or Tv

    • The following cannot be output via the DV interface (i.LINK): – Indicators – [PICT. EFFECT] (p. 50), [D. EFFECT] (p. 49) or PB zoom (p. 26). – Titles that are recorded on other camcorder. • To record the date/time and camera settings data when connected by the A/V connecting cable (supplied), display them on the screen (p.
  • Page 66: Dubbing Pictures From A Tape To A "memory Stick Duo

    Recording pictures from a VCR or TV (Continued) Start playing the cassette on your VCR, or select a TV program. The picture played on the connected device appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder. Touch [REC START] at the point you want to start recording.
  • Page 67: Dubbing Sound To A Recorded Tape

    Dubbing sound to a recorded tape You can add sound to a tape already recorded in the 12-bit mode (p. 54) without erasing the original sound. Connecting  Active Interface Shoe  Internal microphone  A/V jack* : Signal flow You can record audio by connecting in one of the following ways.
  • Page 68: To Stop Recording

    Dubbing sound to a recorded tape (Continued) • When you attach an external microphone (optional) to the Active Interface Shoe, you can check the picture and the sound by connecting your camcorder to a TV or other device using the A/V connecting cable. However, sound you are recording is not output from your camcorder.
  • Page 69: Deleting Recorded Pictures From The "memory Stick Duo

    Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo” Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp. Touch 60min 60min 2 / 10 1920 101–0001 101–0001 MEMORY PLAY MEMORY PLAY P-MENU Select a picture you want to delete with •...
  • Page 70: Printing Recorded Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    Marking images on the “Memory Stick Duo” with specific information (Image protection/Print mark) Selecting still images for printing (Print mark) The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard is used to select images for printing on your camcorder. By marking images that you want to print out, you do not need to reselect them when you print them out.
  • Page 71 When connection is complete, (PictBridge connecting) appears on the screen. 1 / 10 1920 PRINT PRINT 101-0001 101-0001 EXEC One of the images stored on the “Memory Stick Duo” will be displayed. • We cannot guarantee the operation of models that are not PictBridge compatible.
  • Page 72: Jacks To Connect External Devices

    Jacks to connect external devices Camcorder Handycam Station DC IN  Active Interface Shoe The Active Interface Shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light, a flash, or a microphone. The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder.
  • Page 73: Before Referring To The "first Step Guide" On Your Computer

    Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer When you install the Picture Package Ver.1.7 software on a Windows computer from the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy the following operations by connecting your camcorder to your computer. • Software and features available for Macintosh computers differ from those available for Windows computers.
  • Page 74: System Requirements

    Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer (Continued) System requirements  For Windows users When using Picture Package OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required.
  • Page 75: Installing The Software And "first Step Guide" On A Computer

    Application: QuickTime 4 or later (QuickTime 5 recommended) Other: Disc drive When only copying pictures recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” on a computer OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v 10.0/v 10.1/v 10.2/v 10.3) Application: QuickTime 3.0 or later (This must be installed to play back movies.) Others: (USB) port (This must be provided as standard)
  • Page 76 Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer (Continued) If the screen does not appear  Double-click [My Computer].  Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive).* * Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer. Click [Install]. Depending on the operating system on the computer, a message appears notifying you that “First Step Guide”...
  • Page 77 Click [Next] to install the “First Step Guide.” Depending on the computer, this screen may not be displayed. In such a case, skip to step 11. Follow the on-screen instructions until installation of “First Step Guide” is complete. Click [Next], then follow the on-screen instructions until installation of ImageMixer VCD2 is complete.
  • Page 78 Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer (Continued)  Click [Finish]. Make sure [Yes, I want to restart my computer now.] is checked, then click [Finish]. The computer turns off once, then starts up again automatically (Restart). The short-cut icons for [Picture Package Menu] and [Picture Package Menu destination Folder] (and “First Step...
  • Page 79 Installing on a Macintosh computer Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer. Turn on the computer. Close all applications running on the computer before installing the software. Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer. Double-click CD-ROM icon.
  • Page 80: Viewing "first Step Guide

    Music Contents without obtaining authorization or approval of the respective owners thereof. License of Picture Package by Sony Corporation would not be construed as conferring to you by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use the Music...
  • Page 81: Creating A Dvd (direct Access To "click To Dvd")

    • You can only use an i.LINK cable (optional) for this operation. You cannot use a USB cable (supplied). * Note that you need a Sony VAIO computer equipped with a DVD drive that can be used to write DVDs. You also need the computer with “Click to DVD...
  • Page 82 Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”) (Continued) Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp. Insert a recorded cassette into your camcorder. Connect the Handycam Station to a computer via an i.LINK cable (optional) (p. 81). •...
  • Page 83 • When any of the following occurs, copying of the picture is canceled. A DVD containing the data up to the point the operation was canceled is created. Refer to the help files of “Click to DVD Automatic Mode Launcher” for details. –...
  • Page 84: Connecting An Analog Vcr To The Computer Via Your Camcorder (signal Convert Function)

    Connecting an analog VCR to the computer via your camcorder (Signal convert function) Using the A/V connecting cable and an i.LINK cable (optional) or a USB cable (supplied), you can convert an analog signal output from an analog device such as a VCR to a digital signal and transfer it to a digital device, such as a computer, via your camcorder.
  • Page 85 • While your camcorder is sending signals to other device, the LCD screen when using the i.LINK cable (optional). While sending such signals when using the USB cable (supplied), also appears. Set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] on the menu (p. 57) beforehand. (The default setting is [LCD PANEL].) Connect the camcorder and the video device using the A/V connecting cable or the A/V...
  • Page 86: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. Overall operations/Easy Handycam The power does not turn on.
  • Page 87 The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly. If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer.The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 88 Troubleshooting (Continued) LCD screen/viewfinder An unknown picture appears on the LCD screen or viewfinder. • The camcorder is in [DEMO MODE] (p. 52). Touch the LCD screen or insert a cassette or a “Memory Stick Duo” to cancel [DEMO MODE]. An unknown indicator appears on the screen.
  • Page 89 The cassette is not ejected even when the cassette lid is open. • Moisture condensation is starting in your camcorder (p. 113). The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory. • This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear. The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.
  • Page 90 Troubleshooting (Continued) Image protection cannot be applied. • Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108) • Perform the operation again on the index screen (p. 69). You cannot mark pictures for print. • Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108) •...
  • Page 91 • The video head may be dirty. Use a cleaning cassette (optional). • Try again from the beginning. • Use a Sony mini DV cassette. (Auto redeye reduction) is selected, you cannot use the internal Continued ...
  • Page 92 Troubleshooting (Continued) Adjusting the image during recording Refer also to “Menu” (p. 95). The auto focus does not function. • Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 42). • The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 42). [STEADYSHOT] does not function.
  • Page 93 Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen. • Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p. 44). Playback If you are playing back the pictures stored on a “Memory Stick Duo,” refer also to the “Memory Stick Duo” section (p. 89). You cannot play back the tape.
  • Page 94 Troubleshooting (Continued) No sound or only a low sound is heard. • Set [MULTI-SOUND] to [STEREO] (p. 54). • Turn up the volume (p. 23). • Adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST2/REAR] (additional sound) side until the sound is heard appropriately (p.
  • Page 95 Menu Menu items are grayed out. • You cannot select grayed items in the current recording/playback situation. You cannot use [PROGRAM AE]. • You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with: – [COLOR SLOW S] – [TELE MACRO] You cannot use [SPOT METER]. •...
  • Page 96 Troubleshooting (Continued) You cannot use [PROGRES.REC]. • You cannot use [PROGRES.REC] with [CINEMA EFECT] of [D. EFFECT]. You cannot use [FADER]. • You cannot use [FADER] together with: – [SELF-TIMER] – [COLOR SLOW S] – [D. EFFECT] – [FRAME REC] –...
  • Page 97 Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices Pictures output from the camcorder do not appear on the screen of the connected device. • When attaching the camcorder to the Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover on the camcorder, and then fully insert the camcorder into the Handycam Station in the correct direction securely (p.
  • Page 98: Connecting To A Computer

    Troubleshooting (Continued) You cannot input pictures. • You cannot input pictures while [DISP OUTPUT] is set to [V-OUT/PANEL] (p. 57). • You cannot input pictures if you press the DISPLAY BATT INFO button. The picture gets disturbed or dark, or the sounds get distorted. •...
  • Page 99 Finish any camcorder operations before connecting the camcorder to the computer. The “Memory Stick” icon ([Removable Disk] or [Sony MemoryStick]) does not appear on the computer screen. • Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp on your camcorder.
  • Page 100 • Display pictures recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” with the following procedures. 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Double-click the icon for the newly recognized drive [Removable Disk (F:)] ([Sony MemoryStick]). It may take some time until the drive is recognized. If the computer does not recognize it, the USB driver may be installed incorrectly.
  • Page 101: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:(or E:) : (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:...
  • Page 102 Warning indicators and messages (Continued)  (Eject cassette warning)* Slow flashing: • The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock (p. 107). Fast flashing: • Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 113). • The self-diagnosis display code is displayed (p. 101). ...
  • Page 103  The tape has reached the end. • Rewind or change the tape.  “Memory Stick Duo” Insert a Memory Stick (p. 18). Reinsert the Memory Stick. • Reinsert the “Memory Stick Duo” a few times. If even then the indicator flashes, the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 104 Warning indicators and messages (Continued)  Flash Charging… Cannot record still images. • You are trying to record a still image while charging the flash (optional). Lens accessory attached. Cannot use flash. • A conversion lens (optional) or a filter (optional) is attached to your camcorder, the flash light does not emit light (p.
  • Page 105 i.LINK connected. No DV streaming by USB. • You cannot perform DV streaming using the USB connection while using the i.LINK connection. Finish the DV streaming, disconnect the i.LINK cable (optional), then connect the USB cable (supplied) (p. 52). DV streaming by USB... Cannot use i.LINK.
  • Page 106: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 107: Usable Cassette Tapes

    Usable cassette tapes You can use mini DV format cassettes only. Use a cassette with the mark. is a trademark. Your camcorder is not compatible with cassettes with Cassette Memory. To prevent a blank section from being made on the tape Go to the end of the recorded section using END SEARCH (p.
  • Page 108: About The "memory Stick

    About the “Memory Stick” A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a data capacity that exceeds the capacity of a floppy disk. You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,” which is about the half size of a standard “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 109  On handling a “Memory Stick” Keep the following in mind when handling a “Memory Stick Duo.” • Be careful not to apply excessive force when writing on a memo area on a “Memory Stick Duo.” • Do not attach a label or the like on a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 110: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack This unit is compatible with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (A series). Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” A series battery packs have the mark. What is an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? An “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your...
  • Page 111: About I.link

    • 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 112: Maintenance And Precautions

    DV Interface, see page 63. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible devices made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video devices. Before connecting this unit to your computer, make sure that application software supported by this unit is already installed on your computer.
  • Page 113: Moisture Condensation

    • 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 114 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) after using a cleaning cassette, it might be because the video head is worn. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video head replaced. LCD screen • Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage.
  • Page 115 Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 116: Specifications

    Specifications System Video recording 2 rotary heads, Helical system scanning system Still image Exif Ver. 2.2* recording system Audio recording Rotary heads, PCM system system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Usable cassette...
  • Page 117 Operating 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 temperature °F) Storage -20 °C to + 60 °C (-4 °F to + temperature 140 °F) Dimensions 54 × 117 × 102 mm (2 1/4 × (approx.) 4 5/8 × 4 1/8 in.) (w/h/d) Mass (approx.) 400 g (14 oz) main unit only 470 g (1 lb) including the...
  • Page 118: Index

    Index Numeric 12BIT ... 54 16BIT ... 54 4CH MIC ... 55 4CH MIC recording ... 25, 55 A/V connecting cable ... 34, 63, 67, 84 A/VDV OUT ... 56 A/V jack ... 34, 63, 67, 84 Access lamp ... 18 Active Interface Shoe...
  • Page 119 FLASH (Flash motion) ... 50 FLASH SET... 43 FOCUS... 42, 92 Folder NEW FOLDER... 48 PB FOLDER (Playback folder) ... 48 REC FOLDER (Recording folder) ... 48 FORMAT ... 47, 108 Frame-by-frame playback... 53 FRAME REC (Frame recording) ... 51 Full charge ...
  • Page 120 Index (Continued) NEG.ART... 50 NEW FOLDER... 48 NORMAL ... 45 NTSC ... 106 Number of recordable pictures ... 46 OLD MOVIE ... 50 ONE PUSH ... 41 OPEN/EJECT lever... 17 Operation confirmation beep ...See BEEP OUTDOOR ... 41 OVERLAP ... 49 PAL ...
  • Page 121 STILL... 50 Still image Image size ... 46 Quality ... 45 Still image format ... 108 STILL SET... 45 Strap Belt ... 13 Sub sound... 54 SUNSET&MOON ... 40 System requirement ... 74 S VIDEO cable... 34, 63 S VIDEO jack ... 34, 63 Tape...
  • Page 123 Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • i.LINK and are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • Picture Package is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • is a trademark. • Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of U.S.

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