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Handycam Handbook
DCR-SR30E/SR40E/SR50E/
SR60E/SR70E/SR80E
© 2006 Sony Corporation
2-698-884-11(1)
Enjoying with
your Hard Disk
Drive Handycam
Getting Started
Easy
Handycam 24
Recording
/Playback 29
Using the Setup items
Editing images
Dubbing, Printing
Performing with
a computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Glossary, Index
10
13
44
63
67
74
98
114
121

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  • Page 1 Handycam Handbook DCR-SR30E/SR40E/SR50E/ SR60E/SR70E/SR80E © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-698-884-11(1) Enjoying with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam Getting Started Easy Handycam 24 Recording /Playback 29 Using the Setup items Editing images Dubbing, Printing Performing with a computer Troubleshooting Additional Information Glossary, Index...
  • 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 For operating and handling the camcorder, refer to “Operating Guide” and “Handycam Handbook” (PDF/this Handbook). On using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts. LCD screen • The camcorder is not dust proofed, drip proofed or waterproofed. See “Maintenance and precautions”...
  • Page 4 • You cannot play back both movies and still images other than the images recorded with your camcorder. You also cannot play back images recorded with other DCR-SR30E/ SR40E/SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/SR80E. On this Handbook • The images of the LCD screen used on this...
  • Page 5: Notes On Using The Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    • It is recommended that you save your image data periodically after recording. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder • The hard disk of the camcorder may not be recognized, or recording or playback may not be possible. • Especially, during recording/playback, do not apply shock.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Step 1: Checking supplied items... 13 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ... 14 Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder ... 18 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen... 20 Step 5: Using the touch panel... 21 Step 6: Setting the date and time...
  • Page 7: Using The Setup Items

    Deleting images...42 Using the Setup items Using the Setup items ...44 Setup items ...46 CAMERA SET...48 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.) STILL SET ...53 Settings for still images (BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.) PICT.APPLI..54 Special effects on images or additional functions on recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT, etc.)
  • Page 8 Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) ... 71 Jacks to connect external devices ... 73 Performing with a computer What you can do with the camcorder by connecting to your computer ... 74 System requirements ... 75 Installing software ... 77 Creating a DVD with One Touch...
  • Page 9 Glossary, Index Glossary ...121 Index...123...
  • Page 10: Enjoying With Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    What you can do with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam You can record images to the hard disk of the camcorder. Hard Disk Drive Handycam offers more options than the tape or the DVD camcorder for your convenience and entertainment.
  • Page 11 Connecting Hard Disk Drive Handycam to a computer The supplied software “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” is required. One Touch DVD Burn (p.80) You can save a recorded image on a DVD with a simple touch. Images that have not been saved to a DVD with One Touch DVD Burn can automatically be saved.
  • Page 12: Using Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    • Copying images to a computer (p.84). • Dubbing on VCR/DVD devices (p.67). Deleting images Delete the image data that has been saved on your camcorder. If you delete the images, you can record new images on the free hard disk space again.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    (DCR-SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/SR80E) A button-type lithium battery is already installed. Rechargeable battery pack NP-FP50 (1) (p.16) Lens Cap (1) (p.18) (DCR-SR30E/SR40E) To attach the lens cap Thread the grip belt through the lens cap ring. CD-ROM (1) (p.74) – “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder”...
  • Page 14: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) (p.117) to your camcorder. • You cannot use an NP-FP30 battery pack with your camcorder. (See the reverse side of the battery pack for the model number.) Installing the battery pack with excess force may lead to...
  • Page 15 Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station securely. Be sure to set the camcorder to the end. The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery pack is fully charged. • When setting the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover.
  • Page 16 Battery pack NP-FP50 (supplied) NP-FP60 NP-FP70 NP-FP71 NP-FP90 Recording time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack. DCR-SR30E/SR40E Battery pack NP-FP50 (supplied) NP-FP60 NP-FP70 NP-FP71 NP-FP90 DCR-SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/SR80E Battery pack NP-FP50 (supplied)
  • Page 17 Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. 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 18: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder

    • After you have set the date and time ([CLOCK SET], p.22), the next time you turn on the power of your camcorder, the current date and time will be displayed on the LCD screen for a few seconds. Green button...
  • Page 19 To turn off the power Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). Put the lens cap back after turning off the power (DCR-SR30E/SR40E). • At the time of purchase, the power will be set to turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any operation for approximately five minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF],...
  • Page 20: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen The LCD screen Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2). DISP/BATT INFO 2 180 degrees (max.) 1 90 degrees to the...
  • Page 21: Step 5: Using The Touch Panel

    Step 5: Using the touch panel You can play back recorded images (p.27, 30), or change the settings (p.44) using the touch panel. Touch the buttons displayed on the screen. Support the rear of the LCD panel with your finger. Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
  • Page 22: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or slide the POWER switch. • 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.
  • Page 23: Step 7: Selecting The Aspect Ratio (16:9 Or 4:3) Of The Recording Image (dcr-sr50e/sr60e/sr70e/sr80e)

    16:9(wide) and 4:3 vary depending on the zoom position. To play back images after connecting your camcorder to a TV Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to your TV (16:9/4:3) (p.39). • When viewing 16:9 (wide) images with [TV TYPE] set to [4:3], images may appear rough depending on subjects.
  • Page 24: Easy Handycam - Using Your Camcorder With Automatic Settings

    Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings Using Easy Handycam operation Easy Handycam operation is a function for making nearly all settings automatic with just one press of the EASY button. Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing, even first time users can enjoy easy operation.
  • Page 25: Recording With Ease

    To record movies To record still images ACCESS lamp The ACCESS lamp either lights or ACCESS flashes when image data is written to the hard disk drive of the camcorder. appears on the LCD screen. Easy Handycam operation 60min STBY...
  • Page 26 Still images Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the lamp. Press EASY. [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then Press PHOTO D lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B. Beep A shutter sound is heard.
  • Page 27: Playback With Ease

    OFF (CHG) position. To play back images ACCESS lamp The ACCESS lamp either lights or ACCESS flashes when image data is read from the hard disk drive of the camcorder. appears on the LCD screen. DATE EDIT 12:34:01 SETUP (Still) tab (Playlist) tab (p.65)
  • Page 28 Start playback. Movies Touch (Movie) tab, then touch the thumbnail of the movie to be played back. Beginning of the scene/ previous scene Stop (go to the VISUAL INDEX screen) When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
  • Page 29: Recording/playback

    • If the ACCESS lamp is on or flashing after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the hard disk. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery pack or AC Adaptor.
  • Page 30: Playback

    Reverse/Forward Go to the VISUAL INDEX screen • The ACCESS lamp either lights or flashes when image data is read from the hard disk drive of the camcorder. makes the reverse/ To adjust the volume Touch with • If you cannot find [VOLUME] in [SETUP] (p.44).
  • Page 31: Searching For Desired Images By Date (date Index)

    Searching for desired images by date (Date Index) You can search for desired images by date efficiently. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to light up the (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min DATE 21 12 2006 To search for movies, touch (Movie) tab.
  • Page 32: To Use Zoom

    6 on the LCD frame. • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 33: To Record In Mirror Mode

    To record in mirror mode... qs Open the LCD screen qs 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 34: Recording/playback

    The recording lamp lights up red during Remaining battery recording (p.59). (approx.) The lamp flashes when the remaining capacity for the battery or the hard disk of the camcorder Recording is running low. capacity (approx.) qd Speaker Sound comes out from the speaker while playing back.
  • Page 35: Checking/deleting The Last Scene (review/review Deleting)

    Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting) You can check the last recorded movie/still image. Also, you can delete the checked images. Checking the last scene (Review) Slide the POWER switch to light up (Movie) or (Still) lamp, then touch The playback of the latest scene starts. Movie 60min REVIEW...
  • Page 36: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies 60min 1 Remaining battery (approx.) (34) 2 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) (57) 3 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) / [REC] (recording)) 4 Counter (hour: minute: second) 5 Remaining recordable time of movies 6 Review button (35) 7 Personal Menu button (44) Viewing movies...
  • Page 37 Indicators on the LCD screen When you can change the setup items, or during recording or playback, following indicators are displayed. Upper left Upper center 60min STBY Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning Self-timer recording (51) Continuous photo recording /Bracket recording (53) Flash light (50) MICREF LEVEL low (57) Upper center...
  • Page 38: Remote Commander (dcr-sr50e/sr60e/sr70e/sr80e)

    / B / v / V, then press ENTER to enter. • Point the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p.34). • When no commands have been sent from the Remote Commander in a certain period, the orange frame disappears.
  • Page 39: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Playing the image on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 or A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.14). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 40 TV or VCR. If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor (EUROCONNECTOR) Use the 21-pin adaptor supplied with your camcorder (For models with the CE mark printed on their bottom surfaces only). This adaptor is designed for output use only. TV/VCR...
  • Page 41: Saving Images

    Saving images Recorded images are stored on the internal hard disk of the camcorder. Due to some limitations on the internal hard disk, make sure that you save the image data to the external media. You can save the images recorded on the camcorder as described below.
  • Page 42: Deleting Images

    Deleting images You can provide free hard disk space by deleting image data on the camcorder. • You can check the free hard disk space of the camcorder on [HDD INFO] (p.55). • Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete the images, cancel the protection (p.66).
  • Page 43 Deleting images by date You can delete movies or still images by date at once. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min DATE 21 12 2006 To delete movies, touch (Movie) tab.
  • Page 44: Using The Setup Items

    Using the Setup items Using the Setup items Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to light up the respective lamp. Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item. Unavailable items will be grayed out. x To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used setup items are added.
  • Page 45 t[SETUP]. 1 Touch 2 Select the desired setup item. Touch to select the item, then touch in step 2.) 3 Select the desired item. • You can also touch the item directly to select it. 4 Customize the item. After finishing the settings, touch If you decide not to change the setting, touch x To change the setup items during Easy Handycam operation does not appear during Easy Handycam operation (p.24).
  • Page 46: Setup Items

    Setup items CAMERA SET PROGRAM AE SPOT METER EXPOSURE WHITE BAL. AUTO SHUTTER SPOT FOCUS FOCUS FLASH SET SUPER NSPLUS NS LIGHT COLOR SLOW S SELF-TIMER SELF-TIMER DIGITAL ZOOM WIDE SELECT STEADYSHOT STILL SET (p.53) BURST QUALITY IMAGE SIZE PICT.APPLI. FADER D.EFFECT PICT.EFFECT...
  • Page 47 LANGUAGE The setting values before Easy Handycam operation are maintained. DCR-SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/SR80E DCR-SR30E/SR40E DCR-SR60E/SR80E [USB SELECT] appears automatically when your camcorder is connected to a computer or other device with the Handycam Station and the USB cable. Movie Still PLAY/EDIT –...
  • Page 48: Camera Set

    CAMERA SET Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./ STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 44 for details on selecting setup items.
  • Page 49 [AUTO]. • When you have changed the battery pack while [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.
  • Page 50: Auto Shutter

    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 inch) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 51: Color Slow Shutter

    • Remove the conversion lens (optional). • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.50), when it is hard to focus automatically. • The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the image may slow down at this time.
  • Page 52 DCR-SR30E/SR40E DCR-SR50E/SR60E/ SR70E/SR80E The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level. DCR-SR30E/SR40E B OFF Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically. 40 × Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically, and after that up to 40 ×...
  • Page 53: Still Set

    • The number of pixels for each image size is as follows: 1.0M : 1152×864 VGA (0.3M) : 640×480 0.7M : 1152×648 • The maximum number of recordable still images is 9,999. • The image size of DCR-SR30E/SR40E is set to [VGA (0.3M)] ( (0.3M) 0.7M] (...
  • Page 54: Pict.appli

    PICT.APPLI. Special effects on images or additional functions on recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 44 for details on selecting setup items. FADER You can add the following effects to currently recording images.
  • Page 55: Hdd Set

    1,048,576 bytes. The fractions less than MB are discarded when the hard disk space is displayed. Only the figures that are less than 30,000 MB (DCR-SR30E/SR40E/SR50E/SR60E) or 60,000 MB (DCR-SR70E/SR80E) for available and unavailable hard disk spaces appear. • Since there is the management file area, the used space is not displayed as 0MB when you perform [HDD FORMAT] or [EMPTY HDD].
  • Page 56: Drop Sensor

    • Set the drop sensor to [ON] (default setting) when you use the camcorder. Otherwise when you drop the camcorder, you may damage the hard disk of the camcorder. • In a non-gravity situation, the drop sensor activates.
  • Page 57: Standard Set

    B HQ ( HQ ) Records in high quality mode. SP ( SP ) Records in standard quality mode. LP ( LP ) Increases the recording time (Long Play). Recordable time: DCR-SR30E/ DCR-SR70E/ SR40E/SR50E/ SR80E SR60E approx. approx. 7 hours 20 min.
  • Page 58 LCD COLOR You can adjust the color on the LCD screen with Low intensity WIDE DISPLAY (DCR-SR30E/SR40E) You can select how a 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio image appears on the LCD screen. B LETTER BOX Normal setting (standard type of screen)
  • Page 59 SR80E) The default setting is [ON] so that you can use the supplied Remote Commander (p.38). • Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by other device’s remote control. • The setting returns to [ON] after you remove the power source for more than five minutes.
  • Page 60: Time/langu

    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 119.
  • Page 61: Customizing Personal Menu

    Customizing Personal Menu You can add desired setup items to Personal Menu, and customize Personal Menu settings. This is convenient if you add frequently used setup items to Personal Menu. Adding a setup item You can add up to 28 setup items for (Movie), (Still) or (PLAY/EDIT).
  • Page 62 Arranging the order of setup items displayed on Personal Menu t [P-MENU SET UP] Touch t [SORT]. If the desired setup item is not displayed, touch Touch the setup item you want to move. Touch to move the setup item to the desired place. Touch To sort more items, repeat step 2 to 4.
  • Page 63: Editing Images

    Glossary (p.121) • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from you camcorder while editing the Playlist. It may damage the hard disk of the camcorder. • You can add up to 99 scenes in the Playlist.
  • Page 64 Touch t [YES]. To erase all the scenes at the same time Touch [ERASE ALL] in step 2 t [YES]. • The original images are not changed even if you erase the images from the Playlist. Changing the order within the Playlist Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp.
  • Page 65: Playing The Playlist

    Playing the Playlist You can play the Playlist. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Touch (Playlist) tab. A list of the scenes added in the Playlist appears. 60min EDIT 1:23:01 P-MENU...
  • Page 66 To cancel protection from the desired image Touch the image marked with - in step 3. - mark disappears. Protecting images by date You can set protection for selected images by recording date. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp.
  • Page 67: Dubbing, Printing

    You can save images on your camcorder to VCRs or DVD recorders. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.14). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 68 VCR/DVD device with the A/V connecting cable (supplied) 1 or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional) 2. • Connect your camcorder to the input jacks of a VCR or DVD device. Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the recording device.
  • Page 69: Recording Images From A Tv Or Vcr/dvd Device (dcr-sr60e/sr80e)

    You can record images or TV programs from a VCR, TV or DVD device onto the hard disk of camcorder. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.14). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 70 (supplied) 1 or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional) 2. • Connect your camcorder to the output jacks of a TV or VCR/DVD device. If you are recording from a VCR/ DVD device, insert the video tape or the DVD into the playback device.
  • Page 71: Printing Recorded Still Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station securely, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.73). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 72 • Do not attempt the following operations when is on the screen. The operations may not be performed properly. – Operating the POWER switch – Removing your camcorder from the Handycam Station – Removing the USB cable (supplied) from the printer –...
  • Page 73: Jacks To Connect External Devices

    The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. Refer also to the instruction manual supplied with your accessory for details. • The Active Interface Shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory securely.
  • Page 74: Performing With A Computer

    • Other functions are also available other than described below. For details, see the help in the supplied software. Copy images to a computer Edit images • You can also view the images on the hard disk of the camcorder on the computer. Create a DVD with One Touch View copied...
  • Page 75: System Requirements

    800 × 600 dots, and 256 colors or less. USB port : As standard equipment (USB 2.0 recommended) • The camcorder is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0). You can transfer data at a faster rate using a computer compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0).
  • Page 76 Contents without obtaining authorization or approval of the respective owners thereof. License of ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder by Sony Corporation would not be construed as conferring to you by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use the...
  • Page 77: Installing Software

    Installing software You need to install the software to your Windows computer. The installation is only required once. Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer. Turn on the computer. • Log on as Administrators for installation. • Close all the applications running on the computer before installing the software.
  • Page 78 Select [PAL], then click [Next]. Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install the Program] screen. The installation for “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” starts. If the [Installing Microsoft (R) DirectX (R)] screen is displayed, follow the steps below to install DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step 1 Read [License Agreement], then click [Next].
  • Page 79 The computer turns off once, then starts up again automatically (Restart). When you complete the installation, the short- cut icons for [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] and [ImageMixer destination folder] appear on the desktop of your computer. Remove the CD-ROM from the disc drive of your computer.
  • Page 80: Creating A Dvd With One Touch

    DVD using this operation. • In this operation, the image data recorded on the camcorder can be saved on DVD only once. To save images on the DVD for the next time, copy the images to the computer (p.84) to create DVD.
  • Page 81 AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.73). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 82 It is recommended that you delete the image data from the camcorder using the functions on the camcorder by following the steps on page 42. In this way, you can increase the free hard disk space of your camcorder.
  • Page 83 1 Double click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu will be displayed. 2 Click [Options]. 3 Check the check box for [Seamless playback], then click [OK].
  • Page 84: Copying Images To A Computer

    Copying images to a computer You can view and edit images copied from the camcorder to your computer. Also, you can create a DVD with the copied materials. You can choose either way to copy images as follows. Copying images that have not been saved (Easy PC Back-up) (p.84):...
  • Page 85 AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.73). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 86: Copying Selected Images

    Images that have not been copied to a computer are automatically copied to your computer. • While copying images, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The copying may be terminated. Once the completion dialog for copy appears, click [OK].
  • Page 87 • If the screen other than the ImageMixer Menu appears, close the screen. • During the operation, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The operation may be terminated. Click [Viewing and Editing] on the screen of the computer.
  • Page 88 Click the images you want to copy. The selected images on which you have clicked are marked with desired images with • You can also click the checkbox on the preview screen. • You can select both the movies and still images at the same time.
  • Page 89: Viewing Copied Images On A Computer

    Viewing copied images on a computer You can view images copied to your computer. Double-click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 90: Printing Still Images

    Still image You can print and expand images using the buttons at the top of the screen. • For data compatible with Exif, click (Exif) to display the recording conditions such as shutter speed, exposure, aperture, etc. Printing still images (Print) in step 5.
  • Page 91: Editing Images

    Turn on the computer. Double-click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 92 Check [Cut the specified range]. Search the scene you want to delete by clicking Drag and drop the first frame of the scene you want to delete to [Start]. Display the last frame of the scene to delete on the center frame by clicking drag and drop the frame to [End].
  • Page 93: Creating A Dvd With Selected Images

    • Close the software, if it has started on the computer automatically. Double click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 94 • If you check that the DVD can be played back, it is recommended that you delete the image data from the camcorder by following the steps on page 42. In this way, you can increase the free hard disk space of your camcorder.
  • Page 95: Saving Images In The Playlist To A Dvd

    [Project Settings] screen appears. • You do not need to change the setting unless necessary. • During the operation, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The operation may be terminated. Click [OK]. (Movie) / ImageMixer3 DVD Authoring starts up, and it allows you to select images in the Playlist created on the camcorder.
  • Page 96 Click [ Write] tab t [Write] on the ImageMixer3 DVD Authoring screen. [Write settings] screen appears. Click [OK]. DVD creation starts up. • When you insert a burned DVD-RW/ DVD+RW in the disc drive in step 3, a message appears, asking if you want to delete images saved on a DVD.
  • Page 97: Deleting Image Data From A Computer

    When you have changed a destination folder, delete the images from the last destination folder. • Do not delete the image data on the hard disk of the camcorder with your computer. When using Windows XP, click [start] t [My Pictures].
  • Page 98: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, refer to the following table to troubleshoot them. If your problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. Note before sending your camcorder for repair • Your camcorder may be required to initialize or change the current hard disk of the camcorder, depending on the problem.
  • Page 99 The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.14). If the problem persists, remove the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 100: Lcd Screen

    • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. With POWER switch turned on, leave the camcorder for a while. If you still cannot operate the camcorder, turn it off, taking it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 101 The ACCESS lamp lights up even when you stop recording. • Your camcorder is recording the image you have just shot on the hard disk of the camcorder. Do not remove the AC Adaptor or the battery pack while the lamp is turned on.
  • Page 102: Adjusting The Image During Recording

    Adjusting the image during recording Refer also to “Setup items” (p.104). The auto focus does not function. • Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p.50). • The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p.50). [STEADYSHOT] does not function. •...
  • Page 103 Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen. • Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p.52). Remote Commander (DCR-SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/SR80E) The supplied Remote Commander does not function. • Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p.59). • Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/– polarities correctly matching the +/– marks (p.120).
  • Page 104: Setup Items

    The data file name is not indicated correctly. • Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the camcorder standard. • The file is damaged. • The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p.116).
  • Page 105 You cannot use [WHITE BAL.]. • You cannot use [WHITE BAL.] together with: – NightShot plus – [SUPER NSPLUS] You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS]. • You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS] together with [PROGRAM AE]. You cannot use [SUPER NSPLUS]. • The NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is not set to ON. •...
  • Page 106: Dubbing/connecting To Other Devices

    • The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the output jack of a device you are dubbing a image from, or to the input jack of another device for dubbing a image from your camcorder (p.67, 69).
  • Page 107: Connecting A Computer

    • Check that [DVD BURN] or [ remove the USB cable from the Handycam Station and the computer, and turn the camcorder off. Then turn on, and repeat the operation. An error message appears when you place the supplied CD-ROM on your computer.
  • Page 108 The image or sound on your camcorder cannot be played back correctly. • When you connect your camcorder to a computer not compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), it may not be able to be played back correctly. However, it does not affect the images or sounds copied to your computer.
  • Page 109 Others The beep sounds for five seconds. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • Some problems have occurred in your camcorder. Turn off and on, then operate your camcorder...
  • Page 110: Warning Indicators And Messages

    You can solve some of the symptoms by yourself. If your problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:ss •...
  • Page 111: Hard Disk

    No applicable files available. • Image files have been deleted. Format error. Please format. • The hard disk of the camcorder is set differently from the default format. Performing [HDD FORMAT] (p.55) may enable you to use your camcorder.
  • Page 112: Lens Cover

    Buffer overflow • You cannot record because the drop sensor senses a drop of the camcorder repeatedly. If you may be at risk of dropping the camcorder constantly, set the drop sensor to [OFF], and you may be able to record the image again.
  • Page 113 Other E Please connect AC Adaptor. • You are trying to format the camcorder hard disk, while the battery capacity is low. Use the AC Adaptor as the power source to prevent the battery from wearing out in the middle of this operation.
  • Page 114: Additional Information

    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 115 Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set [AREA SET] and [SUMMERTIME] in the World time difference 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 30 31...
  • Page 116: Files On The Camcorder Hard Disk/folder Structure

    The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/folder structure, when recording/playing back images on the camcorder. To enjoy still images or movies by connecting to a computer, see page 74, then use the supplied application.
  • Page 117: Battery Life

    To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. • To use the battery pack up on your camcorder, leave your camcorder in the recording standby with the [A.SHUT OFF] to [NEVER] in...
  • Page 118: Maintenance And Precautions

    (DCR-SR50E/SR60E/SR70E/ SR80E). • If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked, – consult with your local authorized Sony service facility. – wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin. – if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with plenty of water and consult with a doctor.
  • Page 119 • Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. • If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 120 • “Handycam” and registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick Duo” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” is a trademark of Pixela Corporation. • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 121: Glossary, Index

    108. Formatting The process of deleting all recorded image data from the hard disk of the camcorder and restoring its original storage capacity. You can initialize the hard disk of the camcorder using [HDD FORMAT] (p.55).
  • Page 122 VISUAL INDEX This function displays images of movies and still images you have recorded so that you can select those scenes you want to play back.
  • Page 123 Index Numerics 12IMAGES ...59 16:9 (wide)...23 21-pin adaptor...40 4:3 ...23 6IMAGES ...59 A/V connecting cable ...13, 39, 67, 69 A/V jack...39, 67, 69, 73 AC Adaptor ...13, 14, 15, 81, 85, 86, 95 ACCESS lamp ...29 Active Interface Shoe ...73 Adjusting exposure for back light...32 AREA SET ...60...
  • Page 124 HDD ...55, 85, 87, 95 HDD FORMAT...55 HDD INFO ...55 HDD SET ...55 Highland ...5 Hi-Speed USB ...75 Holding the camcorder ...18 HQ ...57 Icon...See Display indicators Image management files...116 IMAGE SIZE ...53 ImageMixer Menu ...85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95 ImageMixer MPEG Cutter ...91...
  • Page 125 Pre-installed rechargeable battery ...119 Preparation Camcorder ...13 Computer ...77 Preview ...89, 91 Previous/next button ...28, 30 Previous/Next Date button ...31, 43, 66 Print ...71, 90 PROGRAM AE ...48, 104 PROTECT ...65 Protection ...65, 121 P-MENU ... See Personal Menu QUALITY...53 Rechargeable battery pack...
  • Page 126 Warning messages...110 WHITE BAL. (White balance) ...49, 105 WHITE FADER ...54 Wide angle...32 WIDE DISPLAY...58 WIDE SELECT...23, 52 Windows 2000...75 Windows XP...75 WIPE ...54 Wireless Remote Commander ... See Remote Commander World time difference ...115 Zoom ...32 Zoom lever ...32 ZOOM LINK...59...
  • Page 128 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed in Japan...

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