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Operating Instructions

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
-TRV
Serial No.
DCR-TRV140
DCR-TRV140
CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/
TRV608
©2002 Sony Corporation
3-072-317-14 (1)
Model No. AC-
Serial No.

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. -TRV Serial No.
  • Page 2 Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder/Handycam Vision . With your Digital Handycam/Handycam Vision moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital Handycam/Handycam Vision is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
  • Page 3 For the customers in the U.S.A. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669) The number below is for the FCC related matters only. Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.:...
  • Page 4: Main Features

    Main Features Taking moving images, and playing them back •Recording a picture (p. 23) •Recording a still image on a tape (p. 40)* •Playing back a tape (p. 33) Capturing images on your computer (CCD-TRV608, DCR- TRV140 only) •Viewing images recorded on a tape (p. 97) •Viewing images live from your camcorder (p.
  • Page 5: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. RMT-814 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 141)* RMT-708: CCD-TRV107/TRV408 RMT-814: DCR-TRV140 2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 14) 3 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 15, 16, 17) 4 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote Commander (2) (p.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Main Features ... 4 Checking supplied accessories ... 5 Quick Start Guide Getting started Using this manual ... 10 Step 1 Preparing the power supply ... 13 Installing the battery pack ... 13 Charging the battery pack ... 14 Connecting to a wall outlet ...
  • Page 7 Table of contents Editing Dubbing a tape ... 72 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing (CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/ TRV408/TRV608 only) ... 75 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (DCR-TRV140 only) ... 83 Recording from video (DCR-TRV140 only) ... 93 Inserting a scene from a VCR –...
  • Page 8: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Connecting the power cord Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 13). Inserting a cassette Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press ZEJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder.
  • Page 9: Recording A Picture

    Recording a picture Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel Viewfinder while pressing OPEN. When the LCD panel is closed, use the viewfinder placing your The picture appears eye against its eyecup. on the LCD screen. The picture in the viewfinder is black and white. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight (p.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    — Getting started — Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the six models listed in the table below (p. 11). Before you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The DCR-TRV140 is the model used for illustration purposes.
  • Page 11 Using this manual Types of differences Model name TRV107 System Playback Hi8/8 Digital Zoom 6.2 cm LCD screen (2.5 type) Buit–in light Remote sensor SteadyShot — USB Streaming — VF B.L. (Viewfinder backlight) Date and time (Digital Noise Reduction) Easy Dubbing (Optimizing the Recording Condition) (Time Base Corrector)
  • Page 12: Precautions On Camcorder Care

    Using this manual Precautions on camcorder care Lens and LCD screen/finder (on mounted models only) •The LCD screen and the finder are manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that constantly appear on the LCD screen and the finder.
  • Page 13: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Slide the battery pack down until it clicks. To remove the battery pack Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing V BATT down. V BATT release lever...
  • Page 14: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it for your camcorder. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). See page 124 for details of the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark facing up.
  • Page 15: Charging Time

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Remaining battery time indicator The remaining battery time you record with the viewfinder is displayed. The remaining battery time indicator in the display window roughly indicates the recording time with the viewfinder. Until your camcorder calculates the actual remaining battery time “–...
  • Page 16: Playing Time

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply CCD-TRV608 Battery pack NP-FM30 (supplied) NP-FM50 NP-FM70 NP-QM71 NP-FM90 NP-FM91/QM91 DCR-TRV140 Battery pack NP-FM30 (supplied) NP-FM50 NP-FM70 NP-QM71 NP-FM90 NP-FM91/QM91 Approximate number of minutes when you use a fully charged battery pack * Approximate continuous recording time at 25°C (77°F). The battery life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment.
  • Page 17 This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the mark. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. Playing time Playing time on LCD screen...
  • Page 18: Connecting To A Wall Outlet

    While using the AC power adaptor, if any trouble occurs with this unit, disconnect the plug from the wall outlet as soon as possible to cut off the power. Using a car battery Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional). Refer to the operating instructions of the DC Adaptor/Charger for further information.
  • Page 19: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    Step 2 Setting the date and time Set the date and time settings when you use your camcorder for the first time. “CLOCK SET” will be displayed each time when you set the power switch to CAMERA unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about 6 months, the date and time settings may be released (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery in your camcorder will have been discharged.
  • Page 20 Step 2 Setting the date and time To check the preset date and time (CCD-TRV107/TRV108/ TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) Press DATE to display the date indicator. Press TIME to display the time indicator. Press DATE (or TIME) and then press TIME (or DATE) to simultaneously display the date and time indicator.
  • Page 21: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette We recommend using Hi8 When you want to record in the Hi8 (1) Prepare the power supply (p. 13). (2) Open the lid of the cassette compartment, and press Z EJECT. The cassette compartment opens automatically. (3) Insert a cassette into the cassette compartment with its window facing out and the write-protect tab on the cassette up.
  • Page 22 Step 3 Inserting a cassette To prevent accidental erasure Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to expose the red mark.
  • Page 23: Recording - Basics

    — Recording – Basics — Recording a picture Your camcorder automatically focuses for you. (1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and attach the lens cap to the grip strap. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” to “Step 3” for more information (p.
  • Page 24: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture To enable smooth transition You can make the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene smooth as long as you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). If you leave your camcorder in the standby mode for 3 minutes* while the cassette is inserted Your camcorder automatically turns off.
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture When you adjust angles of the LCD panel Be sure to open the LCD panel up to 90 degrees. Picture in the mirror mode The picture on the LCD screen is a mirror-image. However, the picture will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 26: Digital Zoom (p

    Recording a picture After recording (1) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). (2) Close the LCD panel. (3) Eject the cassette. (4) Attach the lens cap. After using your camcorder (CCD-TRV107/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608, DCR-TRV140 only) Remove the battery pack from your camcorder to avoid turning on the built-in light accidentally.
  • Page 27 Recording a picture Notes on digital zoom •Digital zoom starts to function when zoom exceeds 20 . •The picture quality deteriorates as you go toward the “T” side. When you shoot close to a subject If you cannot get a sharp focus, move the power zoom lever to the “W” side until the focus is sharp.
  • Page 28 Recording a picture Indicators displayed in the recording mode The indicators are not recorded on tape. JUL 4 2002 DCR-TRV140 [a] : Remaining battery time indicator [b] : Format indicator [c] : Recording mode indicator/ Mirror mode indicator [d] : STBY/REC indicator [e] : Time code indicator/ Tape photo recording indicator [f] : Remaining tape indicator...
  • Page 29: Shooting Backlit Subjects - Back Light

    Recording a picture Shooting backlit subjects – BACK LIGHT When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight function. Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode. The . indicator appears on the screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.
  • Page 30: Using The Nightshot Light

    Recording a picture Using the Super NightShot (DCR-TRV140 only) The Super NightShot mode makes subjects up to 16 times brighter than those recorded in the NightShot mode. (1) Slide NIGHTSHOT to ON in CAMERA mode. indicators flash on the screen. (2) Press SUPER NIGHTSHOT.
  • Page 31: Superimposing The Date And Time On Pictures

    Recording a picture Superimposing the date and time on pictures (CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) You can record the date and/or time displayed on the screen superimposed on the picture. Carry out the following operations in CAMERA mode. Press DATE to record the date. Press TIME to record the time.
  • Page 32: Checking The Recording - End Search

    Checking the recording – END SEARCH You can use this button to record a picture from the last recorded scene successively. You can go to the end of the recorded section. Press END SEARCH in CAMERA mode. The last 5 seconds of the recorded section are played back and returns to the standby mode.
  • Page 33: Playback - Basics

    — Playback – Basics — Playing back a tape You can playback tapes recorded in the Digital8 You can playback tapes recorded in the Hi8 You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel, you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder.
  • Page 34: Trv140 Only

    Playing back a tape When monitoring on the LCD screen You can turn the LCD panel over and move it back to the camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out [a]. You can adjust the angle of the LCD panel by lifting the LCD panel up by 7 degrees [b].
  • Page 35: Trv140 Only

    Playing back a tape Using the Data Code function (DCR-TRV140 only) Your camcorder automatically records not only images on the tape but also the recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code). Press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander in the playback mode The display changes as follows: date/time t various settings (SteadyShot, exposure AUTO/MANUAL, white balance, gain, shutter speed, aperture value) t no indicator...
  • Page 36: Trv140 Only

    Playing back a tape Various playback modes To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR* /PLAYER* To view a still image (playback pause) Press X during playback. To resume playback, press X or N. To advance the tape Press M in the stop mode.
  • Page 37: Trv140 Only

    Playing back a tape In the various playback modes •Sound is muted. •The previous recording may appear as a mosaic image when playing back.* When the playback pause mode lasts for 3 minutes* Your camcorder automatically enters the stop mode. To resume playback, press N. Note on the slow playback mode (DCR-TRV140 only) The slow playback can be performed smoothly on your camcorder;...
  • Page 38: Viewing The Recording On Tv

    Viewing the recording on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the playback control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD screen.
  • Page 39: Trv140 Only

    Viewing the recording on TV If your TV is already connected to a VCR Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR by using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. If your TV is a monaural type (DCR-TRV140 only) Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the white or the red plug to the audio input jack on the TV.
  • Page 40: Advanced Recording Operations

    — Advanced Recording Operations — Recording a still image on a tape – Tape Photo recording – DCR-TRV140 only You can record a still image like a photograph. This mode is useful when you want to record an image such as a photograph. You can record about 510 images in the SP mode and about 765 images in the LP mode on a tape which can record for 60 minutes in the SP mode.
  • Page 41: Using The Wide Mode

    Using the wide mode – DCR-TRV140 You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE). Black bands appear on the screen during recording in the 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The pictures during playing back on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c] are compressed in the widthwise direction.
  • Page 42: Trv140 Only

    Using the wide mode In CAMERA mode, set 16:9WIDE to CINEMA or 16:9FULL in (p. 107). To cancel the wide mode Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings. In the wide mode, you cannot select the following functions: – Old movie * –...
  • Page 43: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade in or out to give your recording a professional appearance. FADER M.FADER (mosaic) STRIPE * BOUNCE * OVERLAP * WIPE * DOT * (random dot) MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to color. When fading out, the picture gradually changes from color to black-and-white.
  • Page 44: Trv140 Only

    Using the fader function (1) When fading in [a] In the standby mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. When fading out [b] In the recording mode, press FADER until the desired fader indicator flashes. The indicator changes as follows: t FADER t M.FADER t STRIPE* The last selected fader mode is indicated first of all.
  • Page 45: Trv140 Only

    Using the fader function Note (DCR-TRV140 only) You cannot use the following functions while using the fader function. Also, you cannot use the fader function while using the following functions: – Digital effect – Super NightShot – Color Slow Shutter –...
  • Page 46: Using Special Effects - Picture Effect

    Using special effects – Picture effect You can digitally process images to obtain special effects like those in films or on the NEG. ART [a] : The color and brightness of the image are reversed. SEPIA : B&W : SOLARIZE [b] : The light intensity is clearer, and the picture looks like an illustration. SLIM [c] : STRETCH [d] : The picture expands horizontally.
  • Page 47: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Using special effects – Digital effect – DCR-TRV140 only You can add special effects to recorded images using the various digital functions. The sound is recorded normally. STILL You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving image. FLASH (FLASH MOTION) You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
  • Page 48 Using special effects – Digital effect (1) In CAMERA mode, select D EFFECT in (2) Select the desired digital effect mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial. The indicator lights up and the bars appear. In the STILL and LUMI.
  • Page 49 Using special effects – Digital effect Notes •The following functions do not work during digital effect function: – Fader – Tape photo recording – Super NightShot – Color Slow Shutter •The PROGRAM AE function does not work in the slow shutter mode. •The following functions do not work in the old movie mode: –...
  • Page 50: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) mode to suit your specific shooting requirements. SPOTLIGHT (Spotlight) This mode prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light in the theater. PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) This mode brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as people or flowers.
  • Page 51: Trv140 Only

    Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) In CAMERA mode, select PROGRAM AE in (2) Select the desired PROGRAM AE mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To cancel the PROGRAM AE function Set PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menu settings. Notes •In the spotlight, sports lesson and beach &...
  • Page 52: Adjusting The Exposure Manually

    Adjusting the exposure manually You can manually adjust and set the exposure. Adjust the exposure manually in the following cases: – The subject is backlit – Bright subject and dark background – To record dark pictures (e.g. night scenes) faithfully (1) In CAMERA mode, press EXPOSURE.
  • Page 53: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases: •The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting: – subjects through glass coated with water droplets. – horizontal stripes. – subjects with little contrast with backgrounds such as walls and sky. •When you want to change the focus from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background.
  • Page 54: Interval Recording (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Interval recording – DCR-TRV140 only You can make a time-lapse recording by setting the camcorder to automatically record and standby sequentially. You can achieve an excellent recording for flowering, emergence, etc., with this function. Example (1) In CAMERA mode, press MENU to display the menu in the standby mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT.
  • Page 55 Interval recording (6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ON, then press the dial. (7) Press MENU to erase the menu display. The interval recording indicator flashes. (8) Press START/STOP to start interval recording. The interval recording indicator lights up. MENU To cancel the interval recording Set INT.
  • Page 56: Frame By Frame Recording - Cut Recording (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Frame by frame recording – Cut recording – DCR-TRV140 only You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using cut recording. To create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a cut recording. We recommend that you use a tripod, and operate the camcorder using the Remote Commander after step 6.
  • Page 57: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 59). You can also select the language, color, size, and position of titles. (1) In CAMERA mode, press TITLE to display the title menu. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Select the desired title in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 58: Trv140 Only

    Superimposing a title To superimpose the title while you are recording Press TITLE while you are recording, and carry out steps 2 to 5. When you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial at step 5, the title is superimposed. To select the language of a preset title If you want to change the language, select language and return to step 2.
  • Page 59: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in your camcorder. Each title can have up to 20 characters. (1) In CAMERA or VCR* (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the first line (CUSTOM1 SET) or the second line (CUSTOM2 SET), then press the dial.
  • Page 60: Trv140 Only

    Making your own titles To change a title you have stored In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial to delete the title.
  • Page 61: Using The Built-in Light (ccd-trv107/trv308/trv408/ Trv608, Dcr-trv140 Only)

    Using the built-in light – CCD-TRV107/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608, DCR-TRV140 only You can use the built-in light to suit your shooting situation. The recommended distance between the subject and camcorder is about 1.5 m (5 feet). Press LIGHT repeatedly until the camcorder is in CAMERA mode. The built-in light turns on. If you turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), the built-in light turns off simultaneously.
  • Page 62: Replacing The Bulb

    •When you use the conversion lens (optional), light from the built-in light is blocked and may not illuminate the subject properly. Replacing the bulb Use the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional). The supplied halogen lamp is not commercially available. Purchase the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp. Remove the power source before replacing the bulb.
  • Page 63 Using the built-in light CAUTION •When replacing the bulb, use only the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional) to reduce the risk of fire. •To prevent possible burn hazard, disconnect the power source before replacing and do not touch the bulb until the bulb becomes cool enough to handle (for about 30 minutes or more).
  • Page 64: Advanced Playback Operations

    — Advanced Playback Operations — Playing back a tape with picture effects – DCR-TRV140 only During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG. ART, SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE. (1) In the playback or playback pause mode, select P EFFECT in settings (p.
  • Page 65: Playing Back A Tape With Digital Effects

    Playing back a tape with digital effects – DCR-TRV140 only During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL, FLASH, LUMI., and TRAIL. (1) In the playback or playback pause mode, select D EFFECT in settings (p. 106). (2) Select the desired digital effect mode in the menu settings, then press the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 66: Enlarging Images Recorded On Tapes - Tape Pb Zoom

    Enlarging images recorded on tapes – Tape PB ZOOM – DCR-TRV140 only You can enlarge moving and still images recorded on tapes. (1) Press PB ZOOM on your camcorder while you are playing back. The image is enlarged, and R r appears on the screen. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to move the enlarged image, then press the dial.
  • Page 67: Quickly Locating A Scene Using The Zero Set Memory Function

    Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function – DCR-TRV140 only Your camcorder goes forward or backward to automatically stop at a desired scene having a counter value of “0:00:00”. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function, for example, to view a desired scene later on during playback. (1) In the playback mode, press DISPLAY.
  • Page 68: Searching A Recording By Date - Date Search

    Searching a recording by date – Date search – DCR-TRV140 only You can automatically search for the point where the recording date changes and start playback from that point (Date search). Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Use this function to check where recording dates change or to edit the tape at each recording date.
  • Page 69 Searching a recording by date – Date search Note If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. If a tape has a blank portion in the recorded portions The date search function may not work correctly.
  • Page 70: Searching For A Photo - Photo Search/photo Scan

    Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan – DCR-TRV140 only You can search for the still image recorded on tape (Photo search). You can also search for still images one after another and display each image for 5 seconds automatically (Photo scan). Use the Remote Commander for these operations. Searching for a photo (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 71: Scanning Photo

    Searching for a photo – Photo search/Photo scan Scanning photo (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Press SEARCH MODE on the Remote Commander repeatedly, until the photo scan indicator appears. The indicator changes as follows: DATE SEARCH no indicator (3) Press .
  • Page 72: Editing

    Dubbing a tape Using the A/V connecting cable Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. You can record and edit a picture with the connected VCR by using your camcorder as a player. Set DISPLAY to LCD in If you do not make the indicators disappear, they are recorded on tapes.
  • Page 73: Trv140 Only

    Dubbing a tape DCR-TRV140 : Signal flow When you have finished dubbing a tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. To prevent deterioration of pictures when dubbing (CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) Set EDIT to ON in the menu settings before dubbing. You can edit on VCRs that support the following systems: 8 mm , Hi8...
  • Page 74: Trv140 Only

    Dubbing a tape Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (DCR-TRV140 only) Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV IN/OUT and to DV IN of the DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. You cannot dub the screen indicators.
  • Page 75: Dubbing A Tape Easily - Easy Dubbing (ccd-trv107/trv108/trv308/ Trv408/trv608 Only)

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing – CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only VCR operation for dubbing can be controlled easily by using your camcorder when the VCR is connected. You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles stored in your camcorder as instructed in “Making your own titles”...
  • Page 76 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with your camcorder You can control the VCR by wireless remote control. (1) Setting the modes to cancel recording pause on the VCR 1 Set the POWER switch to PLAYER on your camcorder. 2 Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to LINE.
  • Page 77: Setting The Ir Setup Code

    Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing (2) Setting the IR SETUP code 1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR SETUP, then press the dial. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the IR SETUP code of your VCR, then press the dial.
  • Page 78 The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code depending on your VCR. The default setting is Code number 3. Brand IR SETUP code Sony 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Admiral (M. Wards) 89 Aiwa...
  • Page 79 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing (3) Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other Locate the Infrared rays emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor of the VCR. Set the devices about 30 cm (12 in.) apart, and remove any obstacles between the devices.
  • Page 80 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 3: Selecting the title You can select title, color, size, and background color. CUSTOM1 and CUSTOM2 are custom titles stored in your camcorder as instructed in “Making your own titles”.(p. 59) (1) Press EASY DUBBING to display the menu. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TITLE SEL, then press the dial.
  • Page 81 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 4: Selecting the dubbing mode You can choose either normal recording (NORMAL) or interval recording (PREVIEW). (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MODE SEL, then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the mode to dub, then press the dial. –...
  • Page 82 Dubbing a tape easily – Easy Dubbing Step 5: Performing Easy Dubbing Make sure that your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording pause. When you use a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VTR/VCR. Set the POWER switch of your camcorder to PLAYER.
  • Page 83: Dubbing Only Desired Scenes - Digital Program Editing (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing – DCR-TRV140 only You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame. You can set up to 20 programs. Unwanted scene Before operating the Digital program editing function Step 1 Connecting the VCR (p.
  • Page 84: Set The Ir Setup Code

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the A/V connecting cable To edit using the VCR, send the control signal by infrared rays to the remote sensor on the VCR. When you connect using the A/V connecting cable supplied, follow steps (1) to (4) below, to send the control signal correctly.
  • Page 85 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (2) Setting the modes to cancel recording pause on the VCR 1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PAUSEMODE, then press the dial. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the mode to cancel recording pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
  • Page 86 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (4) Confirming the VCR operation 1 Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set to recording pause. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select IR TEST, then press the dial. 3 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 87: Dv Connecting Cable

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) When you connect using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional), follow the procedure below. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder . (2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to DV input.
  • Page 88 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Step 3: Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR You can adjust the synchronization of your camcorder and the VCR. Have a pen and paper ready for notes. Before operation, eject the cassette from your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder.
  • Page 89 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing V I D E O E D I T 0 : 0 0 : 0 0 : 0 0 E D I T S E T CON T RO L A D J T E S T R E T URN ”...
  • Page 90 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Operation 1: Making the program (1) Insert the tape for playback into your camcorder, and insert a tape for recording into the VCR. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select VIDEO EDIT, then press the dial.
  • Page 91 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Erasing the program you have set Erase OUT first and then IN from the last set program. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial. The last set program mark flashes. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 92 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing To stop dubbing during editing Press x on your camcorder. To quit the Digital program editing function Your camcorder stops when dubbing is complete. Then the display returns to VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Press MENU to quit the Digital program editing function.
  • Page 93: Recording From Video (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Recording from video – DCR-TRV140 only You can record a tape from a VCR that has DV outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder. Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV IN/OUT and to DV OUT of the DV products. With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
  • Page 94 Recording from video You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). During digital editing The color of the display may be uneven. However, this does not affect the dubbed picture. If you record a playback pause picture with the DV IN/OUT jack The recorded picture becomes rough.
  • Page 95: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr - Insert Editing (dcr-trv140 Only)

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing – DCR-TRV140 only You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) by specifying the insert start and end points.
  • Page 96 Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) On the VCR, locate just before the insert start point [a], then press X to set the VCR to the playback pause mode. (3) On your camcorder, locate the insert end point [c] by pressing m or M.
  • Page 97: Pc Connection

    Using the USB Streaming function •Installing the USB driver (p. 98). •Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 101). •Capturing images with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 101). Recommended computer environment Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional (standard installation) However, operation is not assured if the above environment is an upgraded OS.
  • Page 98: Installing The Usb Driver

    Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Notes • Operations are not guaranteed if you connect 2 or more pieces of USB equipment to a single computer at the same time or when using a hub. •...
  • Page 99: Windows Users Only

    “ImageMixer” t “sonyhcb.sys”, and click the “OK” button. The installation is completed, proceed to Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on page 101. If you cannot install the USB driver The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your camcorder before installing the USB driver.
  • Page 100 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) 3 Connect the AC power adaptor, and set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR (DCR-TRV140)/PLAYER (CCD-TRV608). 4 Open your computer’s “Device Manager.” Windows XP: Select “Start” t “Control Panel” t “System” t “Hardware” tab, and click the “Device Manager”...
  • Page 101 Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” Install “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” to your computer. “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” is contained on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder. You can view video images easily on your camcorder, using your computer with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony”.
  • Page 102: Viewing Images

    (4) Set the POWER switch to VCR (DCR-TRV140)/PLAYER (CCD-TRV608). (5) Select USB STREAM to ON in (6) Select “Start” t “Program” t “Pixela” t “ImageMixer” t “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on Windows. (7) Click the input mode button in the left side of Start-up screen. (8) Select (9) Start playing back a tape on your camcorder.
  • Page 103 Viewing images using your computer – USB Streaming (Windows users only) Viewing images live from your camcorder (1) Follow the procedure (1) - (2) on page 101, and then connect the AC power adaptor to your camcorder and then to a wall outlet. (2) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
  • Page 104 “ImageMixer’s Manual” screen. If you have any questions about “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony is a trademark of PIXELA corporation. Refer to the information web site at: “http://www.imagemixer.com”.
  • Page 105: Customizing Your Camcorder

    — Customizing Your Camcorder — Changing the menu settings To change the mode settings in the menu settings, select the menu items with the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial. The default settings can be partially changed. First, select the icon, then the menu item and then the mode. (1) In CAMERA or VCR* (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired icon, then press the dial to set.
  • Page 106 Changing the menu settings Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET VCR SET * PLAYER SET * LCD/VF SET TAPE SET SETUP MENU OTHERS Depending on your camcorder model The menu display may be different from that in this illustration. Selecting the mode setting of each item Menu items differ according to the position of the POWER switch.
  • Page 107 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode 16:9WIDE z OFF z OFF CINEMA 16:9FULL STEADYSHOT * z ON N.S.LIGHT z ON FRAME REC * z OFF INT. REC * z OFF Notes on the SteadyShot function (CCD-TRV308/TRV408/TRV608, DCR-TRV140 only) •The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake. •Attachment of a conversion lens (optional) may influence the SteadyShot function.
  • Page 108 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode HiFi SOUND z STEREO AUDIO MIX EDIT z OFF z ON TBC stands for “Time Base Corrector.” z ON DNR stands for “Digital Noise Reduction.” Note on AUDIO MIX (DCR-TRV140 only) When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, you cannot adjust the balance. In more than 5 minutes after removing the power source (CCD-TRV107/TRV108/ TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only) The “EDIT”...
  • Page 109 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode LCD BRIGHT —–– LCD B. L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT LCD COLOR —–– VF B.L.* z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT Notes on VF B.L.* and LCD B.L. •When you select BRIGHT, battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording.
  • Page 110 When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur in images or sound. •When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony video cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 111 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode CLOCK SET —–– USB STREAM* z OFF AUTO DATE* z ON LTR SIZE z NORMAL LANGUAGE z ENGLISH FRANÇAIS ESPAÑOL PORTUGUÊS DEMO MODE z ON Notes on DEMO MODE •You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder. •DEMO MODE is set to STBY (Standby) at the factory and the demonstration starts about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a cassette inserted.
  • Page 112 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode WORLD TIME BEEP z MELODY COMMANDER* z ON DISPLAY z LCD REC LAMP z ON VIDEO EDIT* In more than 5 minutes after removing the power source The AUDIO MIX* default settings. The other menu items are held in memory even when the battery is removed. Recording a close-up picture When REC LAMP is set to ON, the red camera recording lamp on the front of the camcorder may reflect on the subject if it is close.
  • Page 113: Troubleshooting

    If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. If “C:ss:ss” appears on the screen, the self-diagnosis display function has worked. See page 118.
  • Page 114 • EDIT is set to ON in the menu settings. c Set it to OFF. (p. 108) • The video head may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 130) • The video head may be dirty.
  • Page 115 Types of trouble and their solutions Symptom The date search does not work correctly.* The new sound added to the recorded tape is not heard.* DCR-TRV140 only CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only In the recording and playback modes Symptom The power does not turn on. The end search function does not work.
  • Page 116 Set the selector correctly, and check the connection between the VCR and your camcorder. (p. 83) • The camcorder is connected to DV equipment other than of Sony using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). c Keep the connection, and follow the procedure on page 87.
  • Page 117 • The battery pack is not installed properly. c Install it properly. • Something is wrong with the battery pack. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 118: Self-diagnosis Display

    C:32:ss E:20:ss E:61:ss E:62:ss If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try corrective actions a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. LCD screen, viewfinder or display window Self-diagnosis display •C:ss:ss You can service your camcorder yourself.
  • Page 119: Warning Indicators And Messages

    See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. Warning indicators The video heads are dirty* Slow flashing: – You need to clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 130) The battery pack is dead or nearly dead Slow flashing: –...
  • Page 120: Warning Messages

    Warning indicators and messages Warning messages • CLOCK SET • FOR “InfoLITHIUM” BATTERY ONLY •Q NO TAPE * • CLEANING CASSETTE * – CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only • Q TAPE END * • START/STOP KEY • ORC – DCR-TRV140 only •Q Z TAPE END * •...
  • Page 121: Additional Information

    — Additional Information — About video cassettes – DCR-TRV140 What is the “Digital8 This video system has been developed to enable digital recording to Hi8 video cassette. Usable cassette tapes We recommend using Hi8 If you use standard 8 mm Mosaic noise may appear if you play back standard 8 mm (including other DCR-TRV140).
  • Page 122: When You Play Back A Dual Sound Track Tape

    About video cassettes When you play back a dual sound track tape When you play back a tape which is dubbed from a dual sound track tape recorded in the DV system, set HiFi SOUND to the desired mode in the menu settings (p. 108). Sound from speaker HiFi Sound Mode...
  • Page 123 About video cassettes – CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 Selecting the cassette type You can use both Hi8 When you use a Hi8 system. When you use a standard 8 mm playback are carried out in the standard 8 mm However, if you record on a Hi8 carried out in the standard 8 mm If you play back a tape recorded on a different video recorder on your camcorder, the playback mode is automatically selected according to the format in which the tape has...
  • Page 124: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack What is the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack? The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and the AC adaptor/charger (optional). The “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes.
  • Page 125: Battery Life

    About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack How to store the battery pack •If the battery pack is not used for a long time, do the following once a year to maintain proper function. 1. Fully charge the battery pack. 2. Discharge on your camcorder. 3.
  • Page 126: About I.link

    About the Name “i.LINK” i.LINK is a more familiar term for 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...
  • Page 127 DV jacks, see page 74. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV) compatible equipment made by SONY (e.g. VAIO series personal computer) other than video equipment . Before connecting this unit to a personal computer, make sure that application software supported by this unit is already installed on the personal computer.
  • Page 128: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. When charging the battery pack, use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 129: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    Maintenance information and precautions Moisture condensation If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly.
  • Page 130 When the playback pictures still contain noise even if you have cleaned the video heads with a cleaning cassette, the video heads may have worn down due to long use. If this is the case, they must be replaced with new heads. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
  • Page 131 •If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. •Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful with the lens. •Keep the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder.
  • Page 132 Maintenance information and precautions On handling tapes Do not insert anything into the small holes on the rear of the cassette. These holes are used to sense the type and thickness of the tape and if the recording tab is in or out. Camcorder care •...
  • Page 133: About Care And Storage Of The Lens

    •If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. •If the liquid get into your eyes, wash your eyes with a lot of water and then consult a doctor. If any problem occurs, unplug your camcorder and contact your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 134: Specifications

    Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording system CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/ TRV408/TRV608: 2 rotary heads Helical scanning FM system DCR-TRV140: 2 rotary heads Helical scanning system Audio recording system CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/ TRV408/TRV608: Rotary heads, FM system DCR-TRV140: Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization (DCR-TRV140 only): 12bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal...
  • Page 135 Specifications Mass (approx.) CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/ TRV408: 850 g (1 lb 14 oz) DCR-TRV140: 860 g (1 lb 14 oz) CCD-TRV608: 870 g (1 lb 14 oz) main unit only CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308: 990 g (2 lb 3 oz) CCD-TRV408/TRV608, DCR- TRV140: 1.0 kg (2 lb 3 oz) including the battery pack NP-FM30, Hi8/Digital8 cassette, lens cap, and shoulder strap...
  • Page 136: Quick Reference

    — Quick Reference — Identifying the parts and controls Camcorder 1 Eyecup 2 Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 27) 3 V BATT release lever (p. 13) USB jack (p. 99)* 5 OPEN button (p. 23) 6 SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 19, 105) CCD-TRV608, DCR-TRV140 only DCR-TRV140 only Attaching the shoulder strap...
  • Page 137: Nightshot (p

    Identifying the parts and controls qd Video control buttons (p. 33, 36) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback)* M FF (fastforward) X PAUSE (pause) qf LIGHT button (p. 61)* qg Microphone (R)* qh Infrared rays emitter (p. 29, 79, 85) qj Remote sensor (p.
  • Page 138 Identifying the parts and controls wg VOLUME +*/– buttons (p. 33) wh Speaker wj LCD screen (p. 24) wk EXPOSURE button (p. 52) wl TITLE button (p. 57, 59) e; PB ZOOM button (p. 66)* EASY DUBBING button (p. 75)* ea DISPLAY button (p.
  • Page 139 Identifying the parts and controls ek DATE button (p. 31)* el TIME button* (p. 31)* r; COUNTER RESET button (p. 24)* * This button has a tactile dot. CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308/TRV408/TRV608 only CCD-TRV608...
  • Page 140: Built-in Light (p. 61)

    Identifying the parts and controls ra Z EJECT button (p. 21) rs Cassette compartment (p. 21) rd Grip strap rf RESET button (p. 117) rg S VIDEO OUT jack (p. 38, 72, 73) Attaching the lens cap Attach the lens cap to the grip strap as illustrated. Fastening the grip strap Fasten the grip strap firmly.
  • Page 141: Remote Commander

    •Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. The commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid unintentional operations. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.
  • Page 142: Operation Indicators

    Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators LCD screen and Viewfinder M . F A D E R 1 6 : 9 W I D E SEP I A 1 Recording mode indicator (p.23)/ Mirror mode indicator (p. 24) 2 Format indicator (p. 28)* 3 Remaining battery time indicator (p.
  • Page 143 Identifying the parts and controls wd Time indicator (p. 19, 31)* wf Warning indicators (p. 119) wg Camera recording lamp (p. 23) This indicator appears in the viewfinder only. wh FULL charge indicator (p. 14) wj Tape counter indicator (p. 28)/ DATE or TIME indicator (p.
  • Page 144: Index

    Index A, B AC power adaptor ... 14 Adjusting viewfinder ... 27 AFM HiFi Sound ... 122 AUDIO MIX ... 108 AUDIO MODE ... 109 A/V connecting cable ... 38, 72, 73 BACK LIGHT ... 29 Battery pack ... 13 BEEP ...
  • Page 148 *307231714* Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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