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© 2004 Sony Corporation
Digital Video Camera Recorder
DCR-PC350E
2-103-201-11(1)

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  • Page 1 Camera Operations Guide Read this first Digital Video Camera Recorder DCR-PC350E © 2004 Sony Corporation 2-103-201-11(1)
  • Page 2: Read This First

    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 frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this camcorder.
  • Page 3 • Be careful not to press buttons on the LCD frame accidentally when you open or close the LCD panel, or when you adjust the angle of the LCD panel. • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts. LCD panel Battery pack...
  • Page 4 • When disconnecting the AC Adaptor from the Handycam Station, hold both the DC plug and the Handycam Station and disconnect the AC Adaptor. • Be sure to turn the power of your camcorder off before inserting it into or removing it from the Handycam Station.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this first ... 2 Quick Start Guide Recording movies ... 10 Recording still images ... 12 Recording/Playing back with ease ... 14 Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items... 15 Step 2: Charging the battery pack... 16 Using an outside power source ...
  • Page 7 Recording a movie Recording a still image Making full use of Easy Handycam operation ... 38 Adjusting the exposure... 38 Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects ... 38 Fixing the exposure for the selected subject – Flexible spot meter ... 39 Adjusting the exposure manually ...
  • Page 8 Advanced operations Using the Menu Selecting menu items ... 63 Using the (CAMERA SET) menu – PROGRAM AE/WHITE BAL./16:9 WIDE, etc..65 Using the (MEMORY SET) menu – BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/ ALL ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc..71 Using the (PICT. APPLI.) menu –...
  • Page 9 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ...126 Usable cassette tapes ...126 About the “Memory Stick” ...128 About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...130 About i.LINK ...131 Maintenance and precautions ...132 Specification ...136 Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls ...138 Index ...146...
  • Page 10: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Recording movies Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder. To charge the battery, see page 16. Slide the BATT (battery release) lever in the direction of 1 and push it down in the direction of 2.
  • 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 21. Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch down to light up the...
  • Page 12: Recording Still Images

    Recording still images Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder. To charge the battery, see page 16. Slide the BATT (battery release) lever in the direction of 1 and push it down in the direction of 2. Remove the battery terminal cover when it lifts up in the direction of 3.
  • Page 13: 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 21. Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch repeatedly until the...
  • Page 14: Recording/playing Back With Ease

    Recording/Playing back with ease By switching to Easy Handycam operation, recording/playback operation becomes even easier. Easy Handycam operation allows easy recording/playback for even first time users by providing only the basic functions for recording/playback. Press EASY when recording/ playing back. EASY lights up in blue (1) and screen font size increases (2) during Easy Handycam operation.
  • Page 15: Getting Started

    A/V connecting cable (1) USB cable (1) Shoulder Strap (1) Rechargeable battery pack NP-FF51 (1) If your camcorder is silver, the battery pack NP-FF51 is not separately available in the same color as your camcorder. Battery terminal cover (1) Attached to the camcorder.
  • Page 16: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Remove the battery terminal cover when it lifts up in the direction of 3. Attach the battery pack with its terminal side facing your camcorder as shown in the following illustration and press down the battery pack until it clicks.
  • Page 17 3. b Note • Be careful not to drop the battery pack when you remove the battery pack if your camcorder is in a vertical state. • Always attach the terminal cover to protect the battery terminal. If you do not use the battery pack for a long time, use up the battery pack completely before storing it.
  • Page 18 You can check the battery’s current charge level and its current remaining recording time both during charging or when the power is turned off. Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Open the LCD panel. Press DISPLAY/BATT INFO. The battery information appears for about 7 seconds.
  • Page 19: Using An Outside Power Source

    PRECAUTION Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power (mains) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall socket via the AC Adaptor.
  • Page 20: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Panel And Viewfinder

    [LCD BL LEVEL] from the [LCD/VF SET] on the (STANDARD SET) menu (p. 85). • When you use your camcorder in bright conditions, press LCD BACKLIGHT to switch off the LCD screen backlight. ( setting saves battery power.
  • Page 21: Step 5: Setting The Date And Time

    Note • If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable button-type battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable button-type battery (p.
  • Page 22: Step 6: Inserting The Recording Media

    For details on these cassettes (such as write- protection), see page 126. b Note • Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. Slide the OPEN/EJECT direction of the arrow and open the lid. OPEN/EJECT...
  • Page 23: Inserting A "memory Stick Duo

    • You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo,” which is about half the size of a standard “Memory Stick,” in your camcorder (p. 128). Do not try to force any other type of “Memory Stick” into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot.
  • Page 24: Step 7: Setting The Screen Language

    • When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data from/to the “Memory Stick Duo.” 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 25 Select the desired language with , then touch z Tip • Your camcorder offers [ENG [SIMP]] (simplified English) for when you cannot find your native tongue among the options. Getting started...
  • Page 26: Recording

    Select the recording mode. To record on a tape Slide the POWER switch until the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up, and your camcorder is set to the standby mode. To record on a “Memory Stick POWER switch Duo” – MPEG MOVIE EX...
  • Page 27 OFF (CHG). • In the default setting, when you do not operate the camcorder for more than about 5 minutes, the power will automatically turn off to prevent battery loss ([A.SHUT OFF], p. 88). To restart recording, slide...
  • Page 28: Recording For A Longer Time

    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 on LCD frame to record moving pictures.
  • Page 29: Recording In Mirror Mode

    1 cm (approx. 1/2 inch)* 80 cm (approx. 2 5/8 feet)* * The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus in that position of the lever. Move the power zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom.
  • Page 30: Recording Movies Fit For Breaking Into Still Images - Progressive Recording Mode

    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. 65). 60min STBY 0:00:00 SELF–TIMER: Touch [ON], then appears.
  • Page 31: Recording Still Images

    [MENU], and select [PROGRES. REC] from the (CAMERA SET) menu. Touch [ON], then appears. Press REC START/STOP. Press it again to stop recording. To cancel the progressive recording mode Follow steps 1 and 2, then select [OFF] in step 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.
  • Page 32 Slide the POWER switch repeatedly until the CAMERA-MEMORY lamp lights up. The selected recording folder is displayed. Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button. Press and hold PHOTO lightly. You will hear a light beeping sound when the focus and brightness settings are adjusted.
  • Page 33: Selecting Image Quality Or Size

    The recommended distance to the subject when using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1 to 8 feet). Your camcorder is set to auto flashing by default, so according to the lighting conditions, the flash may be automatically activated when you press PHOTO.
  • Page 34: Using The Self-timer

    The settings are displayed cyclically in the following order. When the red-eye reduction feature is turned off No indicator displayed: Automatically flashes when there is not enough surrounding light. (Forced flash): Always uses the flash regardless of the surrounding brightness. (No flash): Always records without using the flash.
  • Page 35: Recording A Still Image On A "memory Stick Duo" While Recording Movies On A Tape

    [MENU] and select it from the (CAMERA SET) menu. 60min FINE 2016 SELF–TIMER: Touch [ON], then appears. 60min FINE 2016 P-MENU Press PHOTO fully. You will hear a beep sound counting down for about 10 seconds (The count down indication begins from 8). The image is recorded.
  • Page 36: Recording With Ease - Easy Handycam

    Recording with ease – Easy Handycam With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are set to automatic mode, only basic functions become available, and screen font size increases for easy viewing. Even first time users can enjoy easy recording.
  • Page 37: Recording A Still Image

    – USB Streaming • During Easy Handycam operation, the following buttons are not available: – LCD BACKLIGHT (p. 20) – BACK LIGHT (p. 38) – FOCUS (p. 41) • During Easy Handycam operation, the settings of the functions that are not displayed on the screen return to their defaults.
  • Page 38: Making Full Use Of Easy Handycam Operation

    Making full use of Easy Handycam operation Touch [MENU]. The available menu items are displayed on the screen. Example: In the CAMERA-MEMORY mode 60mi n SELF- TIMER CLOCK LAN- BEEP GUAGE Touch the desired item. Select the desired setting. For [CLOCK SET] Set [Y] (year) with Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minutes in the same way as [Y] (year),...
  • Page 39: 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 40: Recording In Dark Places - Nightshot, Etc

    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 and 2, then select [AUTO] in step 3. b Note • You cannot use the manual exposure together with: –...
  • Page 41: Adjusting The Focus

    – Flexible spot meter • When using the Super NightShot or Color Slow Shutter function, the shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time. • Adjust the focus manually when it is hard to focus automatically.
  • Page 42: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    • You cannot use the SPOT FOCUS function together with [PROGRAM AE]. • Focusing distance information will not be displayed. • If you set [SPOT FOCUS], your camcorder is automatically set to manual focus. Adjusting the focus manually You can adjust the focus manually according to the recording conditions.
  • Page 43: Recording A Picture Using Various Effects

    FADER 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.) (PICT. ,continued...
  • Page 44: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Still image Check that you have a “Memory Stick Duo” with the still image to be superimposed and a tape in your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode. Touch Touch MENU].
  • Page 45 [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. Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode.
  • Page 46: Overlaying Still Images On Movies On A Tape - Memory Mix

    [16:9 WIDE] format in the [ON] mode. (p. 69). • When using [DELAY MOTION], using a tripod to steady the camcorder is recommended. • You can create a picture with color and brightness reversed or a picture that looks like a pastel drawing while recording on a tape.
  • Page 47: Start Recording

    • You may not be able to play back pictures modified on your computer or recorded with other camcorders on your camcorder. z Tip • The supplied SPVD-012 USB Driver CD-ROM contains sample images for use in MEMORY MIX operations.
  • Page 48: Searching For The Starting Point

    END SEARCH EXECUTING The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has finished. To cancel the operation Touch [CANCEL].
  • Page 49: Reviewing The Most Recently Recorded Scenes - Rec Review

    Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode. Touch 60min STBY 0:00:00 EDIT Touch once. The last few seconds of the most recently recorded scene are played back. Then, your camcorder is set to the standby mode. Recording...
  • Page 50: 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. When you want to play back recordings on your TV, see page 60.
  • Page 51: Playing Back In Various Modes

    Indicators displayed during tape playback 60min 0:00:00:15 30min A Remaining battery B Recording mode (SP or LP) C Tape transport indicator D Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) or tape counter (hour: minute: second) E Personal Menu button (p. 63) F Video operation buttons When a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 52: Viewing Recordings With Added Effects - Digital Effect

    Tip • You cannot copy a picture played back with effects added to a tape with your camcorder, but you can dub to another tape in other devices (p. 94). Also, you can copy the picture played back with effects other than [DELAY MOTION] on to a “Memory...
  • Page 53: Viewing Recordings On A "memory Stick Duo

    When you have a lot of pictures, you can list them to search through them easily. Make sure you have a recorded “Memory Stick Duo” inserted into your camcorder. When you want to play back a recorded picture on your TV, see page 60.
  • Page 54: Playing Back In Various Modes From A "memory Stick Duo

    Indicators displayed during “Memory Stick Duo” playback 60min 10 / 10 2016 101–0010 0:00:00 P-MENU A Remaining battery B Image size C Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder D Playback folder E Playing time (movies only) F Previous/next folder icon The following indicators appear when the first or last picture of the current folder is...
  • Page 55: Playing Back With Ease - Easy Handycam

    Also screen font size increases for easy viewing. Make sure you have a recorded cassette or a recorded “Memory Stick Duo” inserted into your camcorder. , then touch Open the LCD panel. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
  • Page 56: Making Full Use Of Easy Handycam Operation

    (play/pause)/ (fast forward)/ (stop)/ (rewind) You can operate these operations and SLOWy on the Remote Commander. When playing back on a “Memory Stick Duo” Touch The following buttons can be operated. (previous)/ (next)/ pause for movie)/ (delete) You can control playback with the Remote Commander.
  • Page 57: Various Playback Functions

    To cancel the operation Touch [END]. b Note • Pictures edited with PB zoom cannot be recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” in your camcorder. • You cannot magnify externally input pictures. Also, you cannot output the magnified pictures via the DV Interface.
  • Page 58: Displaying The Screen Indicators

    z Tip • You can also change the zoom ratio using the zoom buttons on LCD frame. • If you press DISPLAY/BATT INFO during the playback zoom operation, the frame will disappear. Displaying the screen indicators You can choose to display the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen.
  • Page 59: Shutter Speed

    E Shutter speed F Aperture value * Appears only during tape playback b Note • Camera setting data do not appear when movies on a “Memory Stick Duo” are played back. z Tip • Exposure adjustment value (0EV) appears when a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 60: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    When there is an S VIDEO jack on the device to be connected, connecting the S video cable (optional) to the S VIDEO jacks on both your camcorder or the Handycam Station and the device instead of using the yellow plug is recommended. The audio will not be output when you connect with the S video plug alone.
  • Page 61: 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 62: Searching For A Scene By Date Of Recording - Date Search

    Press STOP on the Remote Commander. b Note • If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. • The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
  • Page 63: Using The Menu

    You can also touch the item directly to select it. You can scroll and see all items. The available items vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. Unavailable items will be grayed out. 60min 0:00:00:00 REMOTE CTRL: ON Select the desired setting.
  • Page 64 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. 90). Touch Touch the desired item.
  • Page 65: Using The (camera Set) Menu

    The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the setting is selected. The settings you can adjust vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. The screen shows the items you can currently operate. Unavailable items will be grayed out. 60min CAMERA SET Select this when not using PROGRAM AE.
  • Page 66: Spot Meter

    * 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 67: Auto Shutter

    • 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: – You remove the battery pack for replacement.
  • Page 68 You can select an appropriate flash setting for recording. HIGH ( GNORMAL ( LOW ( Note • The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. REDEYE REDUC GOFF ON ( SUPER NS See page 40 for details.
  • Page 69: Digital Zoom

    You can record a 16:9 wide picture on the tape to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV ([16:9WIDE] mode). With this function [ON], your camcorder offers even wider angles when you move the power zoom lever to the “W” side than recording in [OFF].
  • Page 70 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 ( STEADYSHOT...
  • Page 71: Using The (memory Set) Menu

    “Memory Stick Duo.” • When it is hard to see the difference between the images recorded in [EXP. BRKTG] mode on the LCD screen, connect your camcorder to your TV or a computer. The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the setting is selected.
  • Page 72: Movie Set

    QUALITY GFINE ( STANDARD IMAGE SIZE G2016 × 1512 1600 × 1200 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 73: New Folder

    [YES] Touch To cancel deletion of all pictures, select [NO]. Touch 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. –...
  • Page 74 Note • You cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 73), or delete them using your computer. • The number of pictures that can be recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” may decrease as the number of folders increases on the “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 75: Etc

    The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the setting is selected. The settings you can adjust vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. The screen shows the items you can currently operate. Unavailable items will be grayed out. 60min PICT.
  • Page 76: Memory Mix

    Touch [ON] or [OFF], then GON ( Touch [END]. Touch [START]. Your camcorder plays back the images recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo” in sequence. Using the Menu Select to record the picture looking like a pale pastel drawing. (This effect is not available during playback.)
  • Page 77 This function is useful to observe the movement of clouds or the changes of daylight. Your camcorder will shoot 1 frame of the picture at a selected interval and keep them in memory until it has stored several frames. Then those frames are recorded on the tape at one time.
  • Page 78 Do not turn off the power or disconnect the power source while a message is displayed on the screen. Note • The camcorder will shoot several frames for the first and last shots of the Smooth interval recording. • You cannot use the Smooth interval recording with: –...
  • Page 79: Demo Mode

    – When a cassette or “Memory Stick Duo” is inserted. – When a mode other than CAMERA-TAPE is selected. • If [A.SHUT OFF] is set to [5 min] when the camcorder is used on the battery pack, the power will be turned off after approximately 5 minutes (p. 88).
  • Page 80: Using The (edit/play) Menu

    See page 95 and 96 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 81 SEARCH TITLE Any titles you have superimposed using this camcorder can only be viewed on a video cassette device with the index titler function. If you superimpose a title, you will be able to search for it using Title search. You can superimpose up to about 20 titles (about 5 letters per title) on a cassette with Cassette Memory.
  • Page 82 • When you are using your camcorder on the battery pack and do not operate it for 5 minutes, the power automatically goes off as the default setting. If you may take 5 minutes or longer to enter characters, set [A.SHUT OFF] on the...
  • Page 83: Tape Title

    Touch • To erase the label you have created, touch touch • To change the label you have created, insert the cassette into your camcorder and go through the procedure from step 1. ALL ERASE You can delete all data such as date, title, and cassette label saved in the Cassette Memory at one time.
  • Page 84: (pict. Appli.) Menu

    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 85 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.
  • Page 86 Note • When you connect your camcorder to the wall socket, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording. A/V c DV OUT You can connect a digital device and an analog device to your camcorder and convert the signal transmitted from the connected devices to the appropriate signal on your camcorder.
  • Page 87: Data Code

    • When the subject reflects the recording lamp. Select to sound a melody when you start/stop recording, operate the touch panel, or when an unusual condition occurs on your camcorder. Select to sound a beep instead of the melody. ,continued...
  • Page 88 GLCD PANEL 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...
  • Page 89: Etc

    You can set the date and time (p. 21). WORLD TIME You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the time difference by touching with the time difference. If you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the originally set time.
  • Page 90: (time/langu.) Menu

    EDIT/PLAY STANDARD SET TIME/LANGU. Touch to select a menu category, then touch The available items vary depending on the power mode of the camcorder. Only the available items are displayed. 60min STBY 0:00:00 Select the item. PROGRAM AE SPOT METER EXPOSURE WHITE BAL.
  • Page 91 Deleting menu – Delete Touch STBY 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 SORT RESET Touch [DELETE]. STBY Touch the menu that you want to delete.
  • Page 92 Touch the menu item you want to move. STBY Touch to move the menu item to the desired place. STBY Touch To sort more items, repeat steps 4 to 6. Touch [END]. Touch b Note • You cannot move [P-MENU SET UP]. Initializing the settings You can initialize Personal Menu to the default settings after adding or deleting menus.
  • Page 93: Dubbing/editing

    When there is an S VIDEO jack on the device to be connected, connecting the S video cable (optional) to the S VIDEO jacks on both your camcorder or the Handycam Station and the device instead of using the yellow plug is recommended. The audio will not be output when you connect with the S video plug alone.
  • Page 94: Dubbing To Another Tape

    When the dubbing is finished, stop your camcorder and the VCR. b Note • When your camcorder is connected to the VCR via DV Interface, you cannot record the title, indicators, information for the Cassette Memory, and words entered on the index screen of the “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 95: Recording Pictures From A Vcr Or Tv

    Insert a cassette or a “Memory Stick Duo” for recording in your camcorder. b Note • Your camcorder can only record from a PAL source. For example, French video or TV programs (SECAM) cannot be recorded correctly. See page 126 for details on TV color systems.
  • Page 96: Dubbing Pictures From A Tape To A "memory Stick Duo

    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. 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 97: Dubbing Still Images From A "memory Stick Duo" To A Tape

    You can record still images on a tape. Make sure you have the “Memory Stick Duo” with the images and a cassette inserted into your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Search for the point where you want to...
  • Page 98: Dubbing Selected Scenes From A Tape

    Change the order Results of editing Step 1 : Preparing your camcorder and VCR for operation Follow the steps below when you are performing a digital program edit for the first time to a tape in a VCR. You can skip this setting if you have set up the VCR by the following procedure before.
  • Page 99 Connect your VCR to the camcorder as a recording device (p. 93). 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.
  • Page 100 Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your VCR for details on operation. Point the infrared ray emitter of your camcorder towards the remote sensor on your VCR, from about 30 cm (12 in.) away, with no obstructions. Insert a cassette into your VCR, and set the VCR to recording pause.
  • Page 101 [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 [IR SETUP] code company Sony 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Aiwa 47, 53, 54...
  • Page 102 Prepare a cassette or a “Memory Stick Duo.” Insert a tape to be played back into the camcorder. When you are recording on a tape, insert a cassette for recording into your VCR. When you are recording on a “Memory Stick...
  • Page 103 Touch [IMAGE SIZE] repeatedly to select the desired image size. Search for the beginning of the first scene that you want to dub on your camcorder, then pause playback. You can adjust the position with (EDIT/ (frame). Touch [MARK IN].
  • Page 104 Repeat steps 7 to 10 and create programs. Set your VCR to recording pause. Skip this step if your camcorder is connected via an i.LINK cable or recording on a “Memory Stick Duo.” Touch [START]. START 0:00:00:00 ENGAGE CANCEL EXEC...
  • Page 105: Dubbing Sound To A Recorded Tape

    A/V jack. Check the picture on the LCD screen or the viewfinder. • When you use an external microphone (optional) to record additional audio, you can check the picture and the sound by connecting your camcorder to a TV Microphone (optional) Audio L (white) Audio R (red)
  • Page 106: Recording Sound

    • You can only record additional audio over a tape recorded on your camcorder. The sound may deteriorate when you dub audio on a tape recorded on other camcorders (including other DCR-PC350E camcorders). X mark appears on the LCD 0:00:00:00...
  • Page 107: Deleting Recorded Pictures

    Checking and adjusting the recorded sound Play back the tape on which you have recorded audio in “Recording sound” (p. 106). 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 108: 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 109: Print Mark

    Selecting still images for printing – Print mark You can mark images that you want to print out while viewing them on your camcorder. (You cannot specify the number of printouts.) The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard is used to select images for printing on your camcorder.
  • Page 110: Printing Recorded Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    Note • When the “Memory Stick Duo” already contains images marked by another device, marking images on your camcorder may change the print mark information entered by the other device. Dubbing/Editing Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer) With a PictBridge compatible printer, you can easily print still images recorded on the camcorder without using a computer.
  • Page 111 Note • We cannot guarantee the operation of models that are not PictBridge compatible. • You cannot connect your camcorder to the printer if [USB-PLY/EDT] in the menu settings is not set to [PictBridge]. Follow the instructions shown on the screen.
  • Page 112 • Some printer models may not support the date printing function. Refer to your printer’s operating instructions for details. • We cannot guarantee the printing of images recorded with a device other than your camcorder. Dubbing/Editing...
  • Page 113: Troubleshooting

    RESET button, all settings including the clock setting are reset, except the Personal Menu items.) • This is because some lens functions on your camcorder use a linear mechanism. This is not a malfunction. cSet [REMOTE CTRL] on the (p.
  • Page 114: Cassette Tapes

    If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. (p. 16) • The temperature of the environment is too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.
  • Page 115 REC. (p. 127) Cause and/or Corrective Actions cSee page 24. • The camcorder is in [DEMO MODE]. ([DEMO MODE] is automatically displayed when you leave the camcorder for 10 minutes after selecting CAMERA-TAPE without inserting a cassette and “Memory Stick Duo.”)
  • Page 116 REC or insert a new cassette. (p. 127) cThe tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette. (p. 133) •...
  • Page 117 Use a cleaning cassette (optional). cTry again from the beginning. cUse a Sony mini DV cassette. Cause and/or Corrective Actions cIf the tape has reached the end, rewind the tape. (p. 50) cClean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional).
  • Page 118 Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” into your camcorder. (p. 23) • The “Memory Stick Duo” was formatted on a computer. cFormat it on your camcorder (Note that all recorded data will be deleted). (p. 73) cWhen you are using the “Memory Stick Duo” with the write-protect tab, release the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 119 • Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the universal standard. • The file is damaged. • The file format is not supported on your camcorder. (p. 128) • The file is damaged. • The file format is not supported on your camcorder. (p. 128)
  • Page 120 VCR correctly, then check the connection between your camcorder and the VCR. (p. 93) 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 121: Warning Indicators And Messages

    “Memory Stick Duo”) 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 122 (optional). cThe amount of lights is not sufficient, so you are not holding the camcorder steady enough. Use the flash, secure the camcorder in place. But the camera-shake warning indicator does not disappear. cThe camcorder is unsteady, so camera-shake easily occurs. Hold the camcorder steady with both hands and shoot the image.
  • Page 123: Warning Messages

    “Memory Stick Duo.” – cInsert a writable “Memory Stick Duo.” • The type of “Memory Stick Duo” incompatible with your camcorder is inserted (p. 128). cCheck the format, then format the “Memory Stick Duo” as necessary (p. 73). cDelete unnecessary images (p. 107).
  • Page 124 Cannot record movies on Memory Stick. Cannot record Memory Stick movie on a tape. 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.
  • Page 125 Play back the tape with equipment that recorded it. • Your camcorder does not allow you to add audio on a section of a tape recorded in HDV format. cDisconnect one of the A/V connecting cables from either your camcorder or the Handycam Station.
  • Page 126: Additional Information

    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. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a PAL system-based camcorder. If you want to view the playback...
  • Page 127 16k bits. Copyright signal When you play back If the cassette you play back on your camcorder contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to a tape in another video camera connected to your camcorder.
  • Page 128: About The "memory Stick

    Duo” you use. *2*3 * The “Memory Stick Duo” supplied with your camcorder is not equipped with the write-protect tab. When using the supplied “Memory Stick Duo,” be careful not to edit or delete data by mistake. Back of the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 129 (MagicGate/Parallel Transfer) • The maximum memory capacity of a “Memory Stick PRO Duo” that can be used on your camcorder is up to 512 MB, and that of a “Memory Stick Duo” (MagicGate/Parallel Transfer) is up to 128 MB. • This unit does not support high speed data transfer.
  • Page 130: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    • After charging is complete, disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder, remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station or remove the battery pack.
  • Page 131: 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 132: Maintenance And Precautions

    Interface, see page 93 and 94. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible device made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video device. Before connecting this unit to your computer,...
  • Page 133 • 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 134 Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video head replaced. LCD screen • Do not add excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage.
  • Page 135 The button-type battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all.
  • Page 136: Specification

    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. Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1,...
  • Page 137 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 2.9 W During camera recording using the LCD 3.2 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 138: Quick Reference

    O Access lamp (p. 23, 128) P CAMERA-TAPE, CAMERA- MEMORY, PLAY/EDIT mode lamps (p. 19) Q “Memory Stick Duo” slot (p. 23) * This button is not available during Easy Handycam operation (z mark on the camcorder). To replace the lens cap...
  • Page 139: Jack Cover

    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 140 L Camera recording lamp (p. 26) M RESET button If you press RESET, all the settings including the date and time, except the Personal Menu items, return to the default. * These buttons are not available during Easy Handycam operation (z mark on the camcorder).
  • Page 141 Using the Strap Belt as a wrist strap This is useful for carrying your camcorder. Slide and hold the belt lock release lever in the direction of the arrow 1, then move the Strap Belt attachment in the direction of the arrow 2.
  • Page 142 To attach the Strap Belt Insert the Strap Belt attachment to your camcorder and move it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks and is locked. Handycam Station A Interface connector (USB) ON/OFF switch Set the (USB) ON/OFF switch to ON to use the USB connection.
  • Page 143 Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (p. 51) F ZERO SET MEMORY button* (p. 61) G Transmitter After turning on your camcorder, point towards the remote sensor to control your camcorder. H REC START/STOP button (p. 29) I Power zoom button (p. 28) J DISPLAY button (p.
  • Page 144 (optional). • When you are operating with the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder, your VCR may also operate. In that case, select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
  • Page 145: 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. 58)/Tape counter (p. 58)/Self- diagnosis (p. 121)/Picture number (p. 54)
  • Page 146: Index

    BEEP ... 20, 87 BLACK FADER ... 43 BURN DVD ... 80 BURN VCD ... 81 Burst (BURST)... 32, 71 Button-type battery Camcorder ... 135 Remote Commander ... 143 CALIBRATION... 134 Camera Chroma key (CAM T M CHROMA)... 46 Camera settings data display ...
  • Page 147 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...130 Infrared ray emitter ...100 Intelligent accessory shoe ...105, 139 Interval photo recording (INT. REC-STL) ...79 JPEG ...128 LANC...140 LANGUAGE ...89 Language (LANGUAGE) ...24 LCD back light (LCD BL LEVEL)...85 LCD BACKLIGHT button ...20, 138 LCD brightness (LCD BRIGHT)...20 LCD COLOR ...85 LCD screen ...2...
  • Page 148 Standard (STANDARD) See Image quality (QUALITY) STEADYSHOT... 70 Stereo/monaural ... 84 STILL ... 44 Still image format... 128 STILL SET... 71 Strap Belt... 3, 141 Sub sound See MULTI-SOUND Super NightShot ... 40 Tape counter... 27 Telephoto See Zoom Time code... 27 Title (Cassette Memory) TAPE TITLE ...

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