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Printed in Japan
Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-PC1000E
© 2005 Sony Corporation
2-591-679-11 (1)
Getting Started
7
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-PC1000E © 2005 Sony Corporation 2-591-679-11 (1) Getting Started Recording/ Playback Using the Menu Dubbing/Editing Using a Computer...
  • Page 2: Notes On Use

    Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station. FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE ATTENTION The electromagnetic fields at the specific...
  • Page 3 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 4: Table Of Contents

    Step 1: Checking supplied items ...7 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ...8 Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder firmly ...12 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder ...13 Step 5: Using the touch panel ...14 Changing the language setting ...14...
  • Page 5 Using the Menu Using the menu items ...36 Menu items...38 CAMERA SET menu ...40 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/ WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.) MEMORY SET menu...45 Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo”(BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ALL ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc.) PICT.APPLI.
  • Page 6 Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer ...75 Viewing “First Step Guide”...80 Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”)...81 Connecting an analog VCR to the computer via your camcorder (Signal convert function) ...84 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ...86 Warning indicators and messages ...101...
  • Page 7: 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. 17, 108) Memory Stick Duo adaptor (1) (p. 109) AC Adaptor (1) (p.
  • Page 8: 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 plug To the wall socket Mains lead Slide the battery cover in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 9 The  mark faces up. Connect the mains lead to the AC Adaptor and the wall socket. Insert the camcorder into the Handycam Station securely. Be sure to insert the camcorder to the end. /CHG (charge) lamp The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts.
  • Page 10 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.
  • Page 11: Charging Time

    • The power will not be supplied from the battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder or the Handycam Station, even when the mains lead is disconnected from the wall socket.
  • Page 12: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder firmly

    Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG)OFF. • At the time of purchase, the power will be set to turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any operation attempted for approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power. ([A.SHUT OFF], p. 58).
  • Page 13: 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.)
  • Page 14: 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 15: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    POWER switch position. • If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable battery and then set the date and time again (p.
  • Page 16: 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 (p. 107). • The recordable time varies depending on [ REC MODE] (p. 54). Slide and hold the EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
  • Page 17: Memory Stick Duo

    • When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.
  • Page 18: 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

    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

    • You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 25: To Record Sound With More Presence (4ch Mic Recording)

    flash may not be effective. • When attaching a conversion lens (optional) or a filter (optional) to the camcorder, the flash light does not emit light. • You can change the brightness of the flash by...
  • 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

    For how to adjust the volume, see page 23. • REC lamp  The REC lamp lights up in red during recording (p. 57). Remote sensor  Point the Remote Commander (p. 32) towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder.
  • 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  Tape transport indicator  Video operation buttons (23) When there is a “Memory Stick Duo” inserted in the camcorder, changes to (“Memory Stick Duo” playback) if a tape is not used for playback. On a “Memory Stick Duo” 0:00:00 ...
  • Page 30 Indicators displayed during recording/playback (Continued) Indicators when you made changes You can check the [DISP GUIDE] (p. 14) 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

    You can view about 2 seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape. Touch  60min STBY 0:00:00 EDIT The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scene are played back. Then, your camcorder is set to the standby. (to go...
  • Page 32: Remote Commander

     DISPLAY (p. 14)  Memory control buttons (Index, –/+, Memory playback) (p. 23) • Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p. 27). • To change the battery, see page 115. Searching quickly for a desired...
  • 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 socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 10). 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 TV or VCR. • Do not connect A/V connecting cables to both your camcorder and the Handycam Station at the same time. The image might get disturbed. • You can display the time code on the TV screen by setting [DISP OUTPUT] to [V-OUT/ PANEL] (p.
  • 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 [AUTO] is selected, or you bring your camcorder outdoors from inside the house while using fixed exposure, select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment. • Redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure if you change...
  • Page 42 W (wide angle), then adjust the focus. • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 43 [OFF]. • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 42) when it is hard to focus automatically. • The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time. ZEBRA This is useful as a guide when adjusting the brightness.
  • 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 1/50 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

    Touch [YES]  • You cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 47), or delete them using your computer. • The number of recordable pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • 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 The digital effect function is suspended while • using zoom with [DELAY MOTION] selected. It is recommended that you mount your • camcorder on a tripod when you select [DELAY MOTION]. You cannot select 16:9/4:3 as the aspect ratio • for [OLD MOVIE].
  • Page 51 • The last scene will be longer than other scenes. SMTH INT.REC (Smooth interval tape recording) Your camcorder will shoot 1 frame of the picture at a selected interval and keep them in memory until it has stored several frames. This function is useful to observe the movement of clouds or the changes of daylight.
  • Page 52 – When the POWER switch is set to other than CAMERA-TAPE. PictBridge PRINT See page 70. USB SELECT You can connect the camcorder to a personal computer with a USB cable (supplied) and view pictures on the computer. You can also connect the camcorder to a PictBridge-compatible printer (p.
  • 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

    Plays back with sub sound or the right channel sound. • You can play back, but cannot record a dual sound track cassette on your camcorder. • The setting returns to [STEREO] when you have the power source disconnected from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
  • 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  NORMAL Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the viewfinder screen. • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording. ...
  • Page 57 REMOTE CTRL (Remote control) The default setting is [ON], allowing you to use the Remote Commander (p. 32). • Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by another VCR remote control unit. • The setting returns to [ON] when you have the power source disconnected from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
  • Page 58: Time/langu. Menu

    5 minutes. NEVER The camcorder is not automatically turned off. • When you connect your camcorder to a wall socket, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to [NEVER]. CALIBRATION See page 114.
  • 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 socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 10). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 64: Dubbing To Another Device Such As A Vcr, Dvd Recorder, Etc

    When using the DV Interface (i.LINK), disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from the (USB) jack. • While your camcorder is receiving signals from another device via an i.LINK cable (optional), appears on the LCD screen, and while your camcorder is sending signals to another device via an i.LINK cable (optional),...
  • Page 65: Recording Pictures From A Vcr Or Tv

    – 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

    Play the video, or receive the TV program you want to record. The pictures on the VCR or TV appear on the screen of your camcorder. Press PHOTO lightly at the scene you want to record. Check the image and press it fully.
  • Page 67: Dubbing Sound To A Recorded Tape

    CD/MD) players – When the tape has been recorded in the LP mode. – When your camcorder is connected via an i.LINK cable (optional). – When the tape is recorded in 4CH MIC mode. – On blank sections of the tape.
  • Page 68: To Stop Recording

    • 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)

    • To cancel Print mark, touch the image again to cancel Print mark in step 3. • Do not mark images on your camcorder if the “Memory Stick Duo” already has some images with the Print mark put on using other devices.
  • Page 71 • Do not attempt the following operations when is on the screen. The operations may not be performed properly. – Operating the POWER switch. – Remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station. – Set the USB ON/OFF switch to [OFF]. – Disconnect the USB cable (supplied) from the Handycam Staiton or the printer.
  • Page 72: Jacks To Connect External Devices

    flash, or a microphone. The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your accessory for details. • When you connect an accessory, open the shoe cover.
  • Page 73: Before Referring To The "first Step Guide" On Your Computer

    Windows computers. For details, refer to chapter 6 of “First Step Guide” on CD-ROM. For “First Step Guide”, see the next section. • There are 2 ways to connect your camcorder to a computer. – USB cable (supplied) – i.LINK cable (optional) For details on connection, see “First Step...
  • 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

    Others: (USB) port (This must be provided as standard) • When you connect your camcorder to a Macintosh computer using a USB cable (supplied), you cannot copy pictures recorded on a tape to the computer. To copy recordings from a tape, connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable (optional) and...
  • 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.
  • 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: Your Camcorder

    • When [CONVERTING] or [WRITING] is displayed on the screen, capturing of pictures has already finished. Even if you disconnect the i.LINK cable or turn off the camcorder at this stage, DVD creation will continue on your computer. 60min...
  • Page 83 – When normal and wide size pictures are recorded on the same tape. • You cannot operate your camcorder in the following situations: – While playing back a tape – While recording images onto a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 84: Connecting An Analog Vcr To The Computer Via Your Camcorder

    VCR to a digital signal and transfer it to a digital device, such as a computer, via your camcorder. Software that can record the video signal must be installed on your computer beforehand.
  • Page 85: Your Computer

    • When you are using a USB cable (supplied) or an i.LINK cable (optional) to connect your camcorder to a computer, make sure you insert the connectors in the correct direction. If you insert the connectors forcibly, they may be damaged, and cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
  • 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 socket and contact your Sony dealer.The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 88: Cassette Tapes

    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 (p. 12). • Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder (p. 17). • If you use a “Memory Stick Duo” formatted on a computer, format it on your camcorder (p. 108). The picture is played back in the wide angle mode.
  • Page 90 • Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 108) • The capacity is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. • Format the “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder or insert another “Memory Stick Duo.” (p. 47) •...
  • Page 91 – [EXPOSURE] – [SPOT METER] • When attaching a conversion lens (optional) or a filter (optional) to the camcorder, the flash light does not emit light since the flash light has been blocked. The external flash (optional) does not work.
  • Page 92: Adjusting The Image During Recording

    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 • The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read. Noises appear and • The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder (PAL). This is not a malfunction (p. 106).
  • 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 • [HISTOGRAM] is not displayed in the following. – While using [EXP.FOCUS] – While displaying the date and time – While operating the camcorder with Easy Handycam operation • indicator appears and [HISTOGRAM] is not displayed in the following. – While using [DIGITAL ZOOM] –...
  • Page 97 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

    USB cable (supplied)). • Insert you camcorder into the Handycam Station correctly (p. 9). • Disconnect USB devices other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the (USB) jack on the computer. • Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect them again correctly.
  • Page 99 • You cannot use an i.LINK cable (optional). Connect the camcorder and the computer using the USB cable (supplied). • Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp on your camcorder and set [USB SELECT] to [MEMORY STICK] on the menu (p. 52).
  • 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 • The amount of lights is not sufficient, so camera-shake easily occurs. Use the flash. • The camcorder is unsteady, so camera-shake easily occurs. Hold the camcorder steady with both hands and shoot the image. However, note that the camera-shake warning indicator does not disappear.
  • Page 103 • Insert a writable “Memory Stick Duo.” Incompatible type of Memory Stick. • A type of “Memory Stick Duo” incompatible with your camcorder is inserted (p. 108). This Memory Stick is not formatted correctly. • Check the format, then format the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 104 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. 91).  Lens cover Lens cover not fully open. Turn power off then on (p.22).
  • 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. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a PAL system-based camcorder.
  • Page 107: Usable Cassette Tapes

    Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records. Notes on use  When not using your camcorder for a long time Remove the cassette and store it.  To prevent accidental erasure Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to set it to SAVE.
  • Page 108: About The "memory Stick

    *2*3 damaged image data will not be made. • If you eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick Duo” (while the access lamp is lit or flashing).
  • Page 109 JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • On your camcorder, you cannot play back still images recorded on other devices (DCR- TRV900E or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the universal standard. (These models are not sold in some regions.)
  • Page 110: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. • To discharge the battery pack on your camcorder completely, set [A.SHUT OFF]...
  • 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: Rechargeable Battery

    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

    JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorder’s setting information at the time of recording. The focal length figures are actual figures resulting from wide angle pixel read-out.
  • Page 117 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 NP-FA50 rechargeable battery pack and DVM60 cassette.
  • Page 118: Index

    Index Numeric 12BIT ... 54 16BIT ... 54 21-pin adaptor ... 35 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 ...
  • Page 119 Full charge ... 9 GUIDEFRAME ... 56 Handycam Station... 9, 72 Help... 73 HISTOGRAM... 44, 96 Holding the camcorder... 12 Icon ... See Display indicators ImageMixer VCD2... 73 Image delete button... 29 Image protection ... 69 Image quality (QUALITY) .. 45 Image size (IMAGE SIZE) ..
  • 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... 16 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 ... 12 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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