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Sony Handycam DCR-TRV240 Operating Instructions Manual

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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. DCR-TRV
Serial No.
DCR-TRV240/TRV340/TRV740/
TRV840
©2002 Sony Corporation
Model No. AC-
Serial No.
DCR-TRV740
3-072-650-12 (1)
TM
SERIES

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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DCR-TRV Serial No.
  • Page 2 Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Handycam. With your Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam 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: Declaration Of Conformity

    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 Recording moving or still images, and playing them back •Recording moving pictures on a tape (p. 21) •Recording still images on a tape (p. 39) •Playing back a tape (p. 34) •Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s (except DCR-TRV240) (p. 124) •Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s (except DCR-TRV240) (p.
  • Page 5: Checking Supplied Accessories

    Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 207) 2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor (1), Power cord (1) (p. 13) 3 NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 12, 13) DCR-TRV240/TRV340 NP-FM50 battery pack (1) (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 ... 12 Installing the battery pack ... 12 Charging the battery pack ... 13 Connecting to a wall outlet ...
  • Page 7 Table of contents “Memory Stick” operations (except DCR-TRV240) Using “Memory Stick” – Introduction ... 116 Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording ... 124 Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX ... 129 Recording images from a tape as still images ...
  • Page 8: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Connecting the power cord Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 12). Inserting a cassette Slide OPEN/EJECT in the direction of the arrow and open the lid. This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder.
  • Page 9 Recording a picture Remove the lens cap. Open the LCD panel while pressing OPEN. The picture appears on the LCD screen. When you purchase your camcorder, the clock setting is set to off. If you want to record the date and time for a picture, set the clock setting before recording (p.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the four models listed in the table below. Before you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The DCR-TRV740 is the model used for illustration purposes.
  • Page 11: Precautions On Camcorder Care

    Using this manual Precautions on camcorder care Lens and LCD screen/finder • 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 12: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack (1) Lift up the viewfinder. (2) Slide the battery pack down until it clicks. To remove the battery pack (1) Lift up the viewfinder. (2) Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing BATT (battery) release lever down.
  • Page 13: 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 189 for details of “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 14 This unit is compatible with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series). Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” M series battery packs have the mark. SERIES “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 15: Dcr-trv240/trv340

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging time Battery pack NP-FM30 NP-FM50 NP-FM70 NP-QM71 NP-FM90 NP-QM91/FM91 The charging time may increase if the battery’s temperature is extremely high or low because of the ambient temperature. Approximate number of minutes to charge an empty battery pack at 25°C (77°F) Supplied with DCR-TRV240/TRV340 Supplied with DCR-TRV740/TRV840 Recording time...
  • Page 16: Dcr-trv240/trv340

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Approximate number of minutes when you use a fully charged battery * Approximate continuous recording time at 25°C (77°F). The battery life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment. ** Approximate number of minutes when recording while you repeat recording start/ stop, zooming and turning the power on/off.
  • Page 17: Connecting To A Wall Outlet

    •The DC IN jack has “source priority”. This means that the battery pack cannot supply any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power cord is not plugged into a wall outlet. Using a car battery Use Sony Car Battery Adaptor (optional). 2, 3...
  • Page 18: 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 that you set the POWER switch to CAMERA/MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240) unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about half a year, the date and time settings may be cleared from memory (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable battery installed in your camcorder will have been discharged (p.
  • Page 19 Step 2 Setting the date and time The year changes as follows: 1995 T · · · · t 2002 T · · · · t 2079 If you do not set the date and time “--- -- ----” “--:--:--” is recorded on the tape and the “Memory Stick”. (except DCR-TRV240) Note on the time indicator The internal clock of your camcorder operates on a 12-hour cycle.
  • Page 20: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette We recommend using Hi8 (1) Prepare the power source (p. 12). (2) Slide OPEN/EJECT in the direction of the arrow and open the lid. The cassette compartment automatically lifts up and opens. (3) Insert the cassette straight as far as possible into the cassette compartment with the window facing up.
  • Page 21: 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 22 Recording a picture Note on recording mode Your camcorder records and plays back in the SP (standard play) mode and in the LP (long play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings (p. 105). In the LP mode, you can record 1.5 times as long as in the SP mode.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture Adjusting the LCD screen The LCD panel can be opened up to 90 degrees. The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lens side. 180° 90° When closing the LCD panel, set it vertically until it clicks, and swing it into the camcorder body.
  • Page 24: Dcr-trv240/trv340

    Recording a picture Using the zoom feature Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W”...
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    Recording a picture Adjusting the viewfinder If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder come into sharp focus. Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever. Viewfinder backlight You can change the brightness of the backlight.
  • Page 26: Shooting With The Mirror Mode

    Recording a picture Shooting with the Mirror Mode This feature allows the camera subject to view him-or herself on the LCD screen. The subject uses this feature to check his or her own image on the LCD screen while you look at the subject in the viewfinder. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240).
  • Page 27 Recording a picture Indicators displayed in the recording mode Indicators are not recorded on tapes. 0:00:01 JUL 4 2002 12:05:56 PM Remaining battery time indicator during recording The remaining battery time indicator roughly indicates the continuous recording time. The indicator may not be correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording.
  • Page 28: 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. In CAMERA or MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240) mode, press BACK LIGHT. The .
  • Page 29: Shooting In The Dark - Nightshot/super Nightshot/color Slow Shutter

    Recording a picture Shooting in the dark – NightShot/ Super NightShot/Color Slow Shutter The NightShot function enables you to shoot a subject in a dark place. For example, you can satisfactorily record the environment of nocturnal animals for observation when you use this function.
  • Page 30 Recording a picture Notes •Do not use the NightShot mode in bright places (e.g. outdoors in the daytime). This may cause your camcorder to malfunction. •When you keep NIGHTSHOT set to ON in normal recording, the picture may be recorded in incorrect or unnatural colors. •If focusing is difficult with the autofocus mode when using the NightShot function, focus manually.
  • Page 31: Self-timer Recording

    Recording a picture Self-timer recording – Except DCR-TRV240 Recording with the self-timer starts in 10 seconds automatically. You can also use the Remote Commander for this operation. (1) In the standby mode, press MENU to display the menu settings. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SELFTIMER in dial.
  • Page 32: Checking Recordings - End Search/ Editsearch/rec Review

    Checking recordings – END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/Rec Review You can use these buttons to check the recorded picture or shoot so that the transition between the last recorded scene and the next scene you record is smooth. END SEARCH You can go to the end of the recorded section after you record. In the standby mode, press END SEARCH.
  • Page 33 Checking recordings – END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/Rec Review Notes •END SEARCH, EDITSEARCH and Rec Review work only for tapes recorded in the Digital8 system. •If you start recording after using the end search function, occasionally, the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene may not be smooth. •Once you eject the cassette after you have recorded on the tape, the end search function does not work.
  • Page 34: Playback - Basics

    — Playback – Basics — Playing back a tape 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. You can control playback using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder.
  • Page 35: To Display The Screen Indicators - Display Function

    Playing back a tape To display the screen indicators – Display function Press DISPLAY on your camcorder or the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder. The indicators appear on the screen. To make the indicators disappear, press DISPLAY again. About date/time and various settings Your camcorder automatically records not only pictures on the tape but also the recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code).
  • Page 36: Various Playback Modes

    Playing back a tape To not display various settings Set DATA CODE to DATE in the menu settings (p. 105). The display changes as follows when you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander: date/time y no indicator Notes on the data code function •The data code function works only for tapes recorded in the Digital8 system.
  • Page 37 Playing back a tape To monitor high-speed pictures while advancing or rewinding the tape (skip scan) Keep pressing m while rewinding or M while advancing the tape. To resume rewinding or advancing, release the button. To view pictures at slow speed (slow playback) Press y on the Remote Commander during playback.
  • Page 38: Viewing Recordings On Tv

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

    — Advanced Recording Operations — Recording still images on a tape – Tape Photo recording You can record still images such as photographs. 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 40 Recording still images on a tape – Tape Photo recording To use the tape photo recording function during normal CAMERA recording You cannot check an image on the screen by pressing PHOTO lightly. Press PHOTO deeper. The still image is then recorded for about seven seconds, and your camcorder returns to the standby mode.
  • Page 41 Recording still images on a tape – Tape Photo recording Self-timer recording – Except DCR-TRV240 You can record still images on tapes with the self-timer. You can also use the Remote Commander for this operation. Before operation Set PHOTO REC to TAPE in the menu settings. (The default setting is MEMORY.) (p.
  • Page 42: Using The Wide Mode

    Using the wide mode You can record a 16:9 wide picture to watch on a 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9WIDE). Black bands appear on the screen during recording in 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The picture during playing back on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c] are compressed in the widthwise direction.
  • Page 43 Using the wide mode ID-1 system The ID-1 system sends aspect ratio (screen horizontal/vertical ratio) information (16:9, 4:3, or letter box) with video signals. If you connect a TV compatible with the ID-1 system, the screen size is automatically selected. ID-2 system The ID-2 system sends a copyright protection signal with ID-1 signals inserted between video signals when you connect your camcorder to other equipment by an A/V...
  • Page 44: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade in or out to give your recording a more professional appearance. FADER M.FADER (mosaic) 1) 2) BOUNCE OVERLAP WIPE 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. You can use this function when D ZOOM is set to OFF in the menu settings.
  • Page 45 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: FADER no indicator T The last selected fader mode is indicated first of all.
  • Page 46 Using the fader function While using the bounce function, you cannot use the following functions: – Focus – Zoom – Picture effects Note on the bounce function The BOUNCE indicator does not appear in the following mode or functions: – When D ZOOM is activated in the menu settings –...
  • Page 47: Using Special Effects - Picture Effect

    Using special effects – Picture effect You can digitally process pictures to obtain special effects like those in films or on the NEG. ART [a] : The color and brightness of the picture is reversed. SEPIA : The picture appears in sepia. B&W : The picture appears in monochrome (black-and-white).
  • Page 48: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Using special effects – Digital effect You can add special effects to recorded picture using the various digital functions. Sound is recorded normally. STILL You can record a still image so that it is superimposed on a moving picture. FLASH (FLASH MOTION) You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
  • Page 49 Using special effects – Digital effect (1) In CAMERA mode, press MENU to display the menu settings. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select D EFFECT in (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode. (4) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 50 Using special effects – Digital effect Notes •The following functions do not work during digital effects: – Fader – 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 51: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select the PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) mode to suit your specific shooting requirements. Spotlight This mode prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light in the theater. Soft portrait This mode brings out the subject while creating a soft background for subjects such as people or flowers.
  • Page 52 Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) In CAMERA or MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240) mode, press MENU to display the menu settings. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select PROGRAM AE in dial. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired mode. To cancel the PROGRAM AE function Set PROGRAM AE to AUTO in the menu settings.
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Exposure Manually

    Adjusting the exposure manually You can manually adjust and set the exposure. Normally, exposure is automatically adjusted. Adjust the exposure manually in the following cases: – When the subject is backlit – When shooting bright subjects and dark backgrounds – When recording dark pictures (e.g. night scenes) faithfully (1) In CAMERA or MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240) mode, press EXPOSURE.
  • Page 54: Focusing Manually

    Focusing manually You can gain better results by manually adjusting the focus in the following cases. Normally, focus is automatically adjusted: •The autofocus mode is not effective when shooting: – Subjects through glass coated with water droplets. – Horizontal stripes. –...
  • Page 55: Interval Recording

    Interval recording You can make a time-lapse recording by setting your camcorder to automatically record and standby sequentially. You can achieve an excellent recording for flowering, gradual appearances, etc., with this function. (1) In the standby mode, press MENU to display the menu settings. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT.
  • Page 56 Interval recording MENU To cancel interval recording Perform either of the following: – Set INT. REC to OFF in the menu settings. – Set the POWER switch to other than CAMERA. To perform normal recording during interval recording You can perform normal recording only once during INTERVAL. Press START/STOP.
  • Page 57: Frame By Frame Recording - Frame Recording

    Frame by frame recording – Frame recording You can make a recording with a stop-motion animated effect using frame recording. To create this effect, alternately move the subject a little and make a frame recording. We recommend that you use a tripod, and operate your camcorder using the Remote Commander after step 5.
  • Page 58: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 60). You can also select the language, color, size and position of titles. (1) In the standby mode, press TITLE to display the title menu. The title menu display appears on the screen.
  • Page 59 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 recorded. To select the language of a preset title If you want to change the language, select language and return to step 2.
  • Page 60: 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 the standby or VCR mode, press TITLE. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, then press the dial.
  • Page 61: To Change A Title You Have Stored

    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. The last character is erased.
  • Page 62: Inserting A Scene

    Inserting a scene You can insert a scene in the middle of a recorded tape by setting the start and end points. The previously recorded frames between these start and end points will be erased. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. (1) In the standby mode, keep pressing EDITSEARCH, and release the button at the insert end point [b].
  • Page 63: Advanced Playback Operations

    — Advanced Playback Operations — Playing back tapes with picture effects During playback, you can process a scene using the following picture effect functions: NEG.ART, SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE. (1) In the playback or playback pause mode, press MENU to display the menu settings.
  • Page 64: Playing Back Tapes With Digital Effects

    Playing back tapes with digital effects During playback, you can process a scene using the following digital effect functions: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL. (1) In the playback mode, press MENU to display the menu settings. (2) Turn SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select D EFFECT in (3) Turn SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode, then press the dial.
  • Page 65: Enlarging Recorded Images - Tape Pb Zoom

    Enlarging recorded images – Tape PB ZOOM You can enlarge moving and still images recorded on tapes. Besides the operation described here, your camcorder can enlarge still images recorded on “Memory Stick”s (except DCR-TRV240) (p. 166). (1) In the playback or playback pause mode, press PB ZOOM. The image is enlarged, and R r indicators which showing the direction to move the image appear on the screen.
  • Page 66 Enlarging recorded images – Tape PB ZOOM Notes •The PB ZOOM function works only for tapes recorded in the Digital8 •You cannot process externally input scenes using the PB ZOOM function. •You cannot record images on a tape on your camcorder when you have processed the image using the PB ZOOM function.
  • Page 67: Quickly Locating A Scene - Zero Set Memory

    Quickly locating a scene – ZERO SET MEMORY Your camcorder goes forward or backward to automatically stop at a desired scene having a tape 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 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 For A Photo - Photo Search/photo Scan

    Searching for a photo – PHOTO SEARCH/PHOTO SCAN You can search for the recorded still image recorded on tape (photo search). You can also search for still images one after another and display each image for five seconds automatically (photo scan). Use the Remote Commander for these operations.
  • Page 70: 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 on the screen. The indicator changes as follows: DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t (no indicator) (3) Press .
  • Page 71: Editing

    — Editing — Dubbing a tape Using the A/V connecting cable You can dub or edit on the VCR connected to your camcorder using your camcorder as a player. Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder.
  • Page 72 Dubbing a tape If your VCR is a monaural type 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 VCR or the TV. When the white plug is connected, the left channel audio is output, and when the red plug is connected, the right channel audio is output.
  • Page 73 Dubbing a tape Note on tapes that are not recorded in the Digital8 system The picture may fluctuate. This is not a malfunction. During playback of tapes recorded in the Hi8/standard 8 system Digital signals are output as the image signals from the DV IN/OUT jack. You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) See page 191 for more information about i.LINK.
  • Page 74: Dubbing Only Desired Scenes - Digital Program Editing (on Tapes)

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) 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. Your camcorder can dub on “Memory Stick”s (except DCR-TRV240). See page 146 for more information.
  • Page 75 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) Step 1: Connecting the VCR You can connect both an A/V connecting cable and an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). When you use the A/V connecting cable, connect the devices as illustrated in page 71. When you use an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), connect the devices as illustrated on page 72.
  • Page 76 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) For DCR-TRV240: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT INDICATOR RETURN [ MENU ] : END For DCR-TRV340/TRV740/TRV840: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT INDICATOR RETURN [ MENU ] : END VIDEO EDIT EDIT SET CONTROL...
  • Page 77 The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code to match 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 78 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) (2) Setting the modes to cancel the 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 79 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) (4) Confirming 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 80: Dv Connecting Cable

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) When you connect using 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 81 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) MENU For DCR-TRV240: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT READY INDICATOR RETURN [ MENU ] : END For DCR-TRV340/TRV740/TRV840: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT RETURN INDICATOR TAPE RETURN...
  • Page 82 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) 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 if inserted.
  • Page 83 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) 0 : 08 : 55 : 06 VIDEO EDIT EDIT SET CONTROL ADJ TEST RETURN ”CUT–IN” EXECUTE ”CUT–OUT” IR SETUP ENGAGE PAUSEMODE REC PAUSE IR TEST RETURN [ MENU ] : END 0 : 08 : 55 : 06 VIDEO EDIT EDIT SET...
  • Page 84 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) Operation 1: Making a 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 settings. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (4) For DCR-TRV240: Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select VIDEO EDIT, then press the dial.
  • Page 85 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) MENU For DCR-TRV240: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT READY INDICATOR RETURN [ MENU ] : END For DCR-TRV340/TRV740/TRV840: OTHERS DATA CODE BEEP COMMANDER DISPLAY VIDEO EDIT RETURN INDICATOR TAPE RETURN...
  • Page 86 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) Erasing the program you have set Erase OUT first and then IN from of the last program. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 87 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (on tapes) Operation 2: Performing the program (Dubbing a tape) Make sure that your camcorder and VCR are connected, and that the VCR is set to recording pause. When you use an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable), the following procedure is not necessary.
  • Page 88: Capturing Images From An Analog Video Unit On Your Computer - Signal Convert Function

    Capturing images from an analog video unit on your computer – Signal convert function You can capture images and sound from an analog video unit connected to your computer which has the i.LINK (DV) jack connected to your camcorder. Before operation Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings.
  • Page 89: Recording Video Or Tv Programs

    Recording video or TV programs Using the A/V connecting cable You can record a tape from another VCR or a TV program from a TV that has video/ audio outputs. Use your camcorder as a recorder. Before operation Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.) (1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into your camcorder.
  • Page 90 Recording video or TV programs Notes •To enable smooth transition, we recommend that you do not mix pictures recorded in the Hi8/standard 8 with the Digital8 •If you fast-forward or slow-playback on the other equipment, the image being recorded may fluctuate. When recording from other equipment, be sure to play back the original tape at normal speed.
  • Page 91 Recording video or TV programs Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) Simply connect the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) (optional) to DV IN/OUT of your camcorder and to DV OUT of the DV products. With a digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing.
  • Page 92: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr - Insert Editing

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape by specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Connections are the same as on page 89, 91. Insert a cassette containing the desired scene to insert into the VCR.
  • Page 93: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr – Insert Editing

    Inserting a scene from a VCR – Insert Editing (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder. (2) On the connected 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 94: Viewing Images Recorded On A Tape On Your Computer (windows Users Only)

    •Installing the USB driver (p. 96) •Installing “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 100) •Capturing images with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” (p. 101) Recommended computer environment Microsoft Windows 98SE, 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 95: Windows Users Only

    Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) Notes •Operations are not guaranteed for either the Windows or Macintosh environment if you connect two or more USB equipment to a single computer at the same time, or when using a hub.
  • Page 96: Installing The Usb Driver

    Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) Installing the USB driver Before connecting your camcorder to your computer, install the USB driver on the computer. The USB driver is packaged together with application software for viewing images on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder.
  • Page 97 “OK” button. When the installation is complete, go to "Installing 'PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony'" on page 100. If you cannot install the USB driver The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as your computer was connected to your camcorder before installation of the USB driver was completed.
  • Page 98 Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) 4 Open your computer’s “Device Manager”. For Windows XP: Select “Start” t “Control Panel” t “System” t “Hardware” tab, and click the “Device Manager” button. If there is no “System” inside “Pick a Category” after clicking “Control Panel”, click “Switch to Classic View”...
  • Page 99 Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) Windows 2000 Professional 6 Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) on your camcorder, and then disconnect the USB cable. 7 Restart your computer. Step 2: Install the USB driver on the CD-ROM Perform the entire procedure described in “Installing the USB driver”...
  • Page 100 Install “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” on your computer. “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” is packaged on the CD-ROM supplied with your camcorder. “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” allows you to easily view images on your camcorder on your computer for your enjoyment.
  • Page 101 Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) Capturing images with “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” To use this software in Windows 2000 Professional, you must be authorized as a Power User or Administrator. For Windows XP, you must be authorized as an Administrator.
  • Page 102 Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) (6) Click The “PIXELA ImageMixer Ver.1.0 for Sony” startup screen appears on your computer. (7) Click (8) Start playback on your camcorder. The image from the tape appears in the preview window.
  • Page 103 Viewing images recorded on a tape on your computer (Windows users only) Viewing images live from your camcorder (1) Follow the steps (1), (2) on page 101, 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”. Notes on using your computer...
  • 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, VCR or MEMORY (except DCR-TRV240) mode, press MENU to display the menu settings.
  • Page 106 Changing the menu settings To make the menu display disappear Press MENU. Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET VCR SET LCD/VF SET MEMORY SET (except DCR-TRV240) PRINT SET (except DCR-TRV240) TAPE SET SETUP MENU OTHERS Selecting the mode setting of each item Menu items differ depending on the position of the POWER switch.
  • Page 107 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode SELFTIMER* z OFF D ZOOM z OFF (DCR-TRV240/ TRV340) D ZOOM z OFF (DCR-TRV740/ TRV840) PHOTO REC* z MEMORY TAPE 16:9WIDE z OFF STEADYSHOT z ON FRAME REC z OFF INT. REC z OFF * Except DCR-TRV240 ** DCR-TRV340 only Notes on the SteadyShot function...
  • Page 108 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode HiFi SOUND z STEREO z ON TBC* TBC stands for “Time Base Corrector”. DNR* z ON DNR stands for “Digital Noise Reduction”. AUDIO MIX A/V t DV OUT z OFF z AUTO PB MODE * When you play back tapes recorded in the Hi8/standard 8 system only Notes on AUDIO MIX •When playing back a tape recorded in the 16-bit mode, you cannot adjust the balance.
  • 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 LCD B.L. and VF B.L. •When you select BRIGHT, battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording.
  • Page 110 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode STILL SET z OFF BURST (DCR- TRV740/ TRV840 only) PIC MODE z SINGLE (DCR-TRV340 only) QUALITY FLD/FRAME z FIELD (DCR-TRV340 only) z 1152 864 IMAGESIZE (DCR-TRV740 /TRV840 only) MOVIE SET IMAGESIZE z 320 REMAIN z AUTO PRINT MARK z OFF...
  • Page 111 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode PROTECT z OFF —— SLIDE SHOW —— PHOTO SAVE z SERIES FILE NO. RESET z RETURN DELETE ALL z RETURN FORMAT Notes on formatting * •Supplied “Memory Stick”s have been formatted at factory. Formatting “Memory Stick”s on your camcorder is not required.
  • Page 112 When you play back the tape on other camcorders or VCRs, noise may occur in pictures or sound. •When you record in the LP mode, we recommend using a Sony cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 113 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode CLOCK SET — z OFF USB STREAM USBCONNECT* z NORMAL LTR SIZE z NORMAL LANGUAGE z ENGLISH FRANÇAIS ESPAÑOL PORTUGUÊS z ON DEMO MODE * DCR-TRV740/TRV840 only Notes on DEMO MODE •You cannot select DEMO MODE when a cassette is inserted in your camcorder. •The DEMO MODE default setting is STBY (Standby), and the demonstration starts about 10 minutes after you have set the POWER switch to CAMERA without a cassette inserted.
  • Page 114 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode DATA CODE z DATE/CAM WORLD TIME BEEP z MELODY COMMANDER z ON DISPLAY z LCD Note If you press DISPLAY with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the screen even when your camcorder is connected to outputs on the TV or VCR.
  • Page 115 Changing the menu settings Icon/item Mode REC LAMP z ON VIDEO EDIT z RETURN* TAPE* MEMORY* z BL OFF INDICATOR BL ON * Except DCR-TRV240 When recording a close subject 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 116: Memory Stick" Operations

    Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction – Except DCR-TRV240 You can record and play back images on a “Memory Stick” supplied with your camcorder. You can easily play back, record or delete images. You can exchange image data with other equipment such as your computer etc., using the USB cable for “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 117 •Pentium is either registered trademark or trademark of Intel Corporation. •All other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Furthermore, “™” and “®” are not mentioned in each case in this manual. are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 118: Inserting "memory Stick

    Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Inserting “Memory Stick” Insert a “Memory Stick” in the “Memory Stick” slot as far as it can go with the b mark facing toward the “Memory Stick” slot as illustrated. Ejecting the “Memory Stick” Press the “Memory Stick” once lightly. When the access lamp is lit or flashing Do not shake or knock your camcorder because your camcorder is reading the data from the “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 119: Selecting The Still Image Quality Mode

    Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Selecting the still image quality mode You can select the image quality mode in still image recording. The default setting is SUPER FINE (DCR-TRV740/TRV840), or FINE (DCR-TRV340). (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 120: Image Quality Settings

    Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Image quality settings Setting SUPER FINE (SFN) (DCR-TRV740/ TRV840 only) FINE (FINE) STANDARD (STD) Note In some cases, changing the image quality mode may not affect the image quality, depending on the types of images you are shooting. Differences in image quality mode Recorded images are compressed in JPEG format before being stored into memory.
  • Page 121: Selecting The Image Size

    Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Selecting the image size You can select either of two image sizes Still images (DCR-TRV740/TRV840 only): 1152 Moving pictures: 320 240 or 160 112 The default setting is 320 (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 122 Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Image size settings Setting 1152 864* 640 480* 320 240 160 112 * DCR-TRV740/TRV840 only Maximum recording time of moving pictures (DCR-TRV340 only) Image size 320 240 160 112 Meaning Records 1152 864 still images. Records 640 480 still images.
  • Page 123 Using “Memory Stick”– Introduction Approximate number of still images you can record on a “Memory Stick” The number of images you can record varies depending on which image quality you select and the complexity of the subject. Image quality Image size 1152 864 SUPER FINE* 640 480...
  • Page 124: Recording Still Images On "memory Stick"s - Memory Photo Recording

    Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording – Except DCR-TRV240 You can record still images on “Memory Stick”s. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 125 Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY The following functions do not work: – Wide mode – SUPER NIGHTSHOT – Color Slow Shutter – Fader – Picture effects – Digital effects –...
  • Page 126: Recording Images Continuously

    Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording Recording images continuously You can record still images continuously. Select one of the three modes described below before recording. NORMAL [a] (DCR-TRV740/TRV840 only) Your camcorder shoots up to four still images in 1152 864 size or 13 still images in 640 480 size at about 0.5 sec intervals.
  • Page 127 Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording MENU If the capacity of the “Memory Stick” becomes full “ FULL” appears on the screen and you cannot record still images on the “Memory Stick”. When recording in the multi screen mode The image is recorded in the FIELD mode automatically even you select FRAME in the menu settings.
  • Page 128: Self-timer Memory Photo Recording

    Recording still images on “Memory Stick”s – Memory Photo recording Self-timer memory photo recording You can record images on “Memory Stick”s with the self-timer. You can use the Remote Commander for this operation. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 129: Superimposing A Still Image In The "memory Stick" On An Image - Memory Mix

    Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX – Except DCR-TRV240 You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on the “Memory Stick” on the moving picture you are recording. You can record the superimposed images on a tape or a “Memory Stick”.
  • Page 130: Recording Superimposed Images On A Tape

    Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX Recording superimposed images on a tape Before operation •Insert a tape for recording into your camcorder. •Insert a “Memory Stick” is recorded still images into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
  • Page 131 Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX To change the still image to superimpose Do either of the following: – Press MEMORY+/– before step 7. – Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4. To change the mode setting Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
  • Page 132 Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX Recording superimposed images on a “Memory Stick” as a still image Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” is recorded still images into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 133 Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX MEMORY M. CHROM 100–0021 Still image To change the still image to superimpose Do either of the following: – Press MEMORY+/– before step 7. – Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4. To change the mode setting Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial before step 7, and repeat the procedure from step 4.
  • Page 134 Superimposing a still image in the “Memory Stick” on an image – MEMORY MIX Notes •You cannot use the MEMORY MIX function for moving pictures recorded on “Memory Stick”s. •When the overlapping still image has a large amount of white, the thumbnail image of the picture may not be clear.
  • Page 135: Recording Images From A Tape As Still Images

    Recording images from a tape as still images – Except DCR-TRV240 Your camcorder can read moving image data recorded on a tape recorded in the Digital8 system, and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also capture moving image data through the input connector and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 136: Recording A Still Image From External Equipment

    Recording images from a tape as still images When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press the button. Titles superimposed on tapes You cannot record titles on the “Memory Stick.” However, you can record titles which have already been recorded on tapes.
  • Page 137 Recording images from a tape as still images Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) DV OUT : Signal flow Note In the following instances, “ Record undistorted images. – When recording on a tape in a poor recording state, for example, on a tape that has been repeatedly used for dubbing –...
  • Page 138: Copying Still Images From A Tape - Photo Save

    Copying still images from a tape – PHOTO SAVE – Except DCR-TRV240 Using the search function, you can automatically capture only still images from tapes recorded in the Digital8 Before operation • Insert a tape recorded in the Digital8 • Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 139 Copying still images from a tape – PHOTO SAVE To stop copying Press MENU. When the “Memory Stick” becomes full “MEMORY FULL” appears on the screen, and copying stops. Insert another “Memory Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2. When the access lamp is lit or flashing Do not shake or knock your camcorder.
  • Page 140: Recording Moving Pictures On "memory Stick"s - Mpeg Movie Recording

    Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s – MPEG movie recording – Except DCR-TRV240 You can record moving pictures with sound on “Memory Stick”s. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 141 Recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s – MPEG movie recording When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY The angle of view is slightly larger compared with the angle of view in CAMERA mode. When using an external flash (optional) Turn the power of the external flash off when recording moving pictures on “Memory Stick”s.
  • Page 142: Recording Pictures From A Tape As Moving Pictures

    Recording pictures from a tape as moving pictures – Except DCR-TRV240 Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on tapes and record it as a moving picture on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also capture moving picture data through the input connector and record it as a moving picture on a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 143 Recording pictures from a tape as moving pictures Notes •Sound recorded in 48 kHz is converted to 32 kHz sound when recording pictures from a tape to “Memory Stick”s. •Sound recorded in stereo is converted to monaural sound when recording from tape. When the access lamp is lit or flashing Do not shake or knock the unit.
  • Page 144: Recording A Moving Picture From External Equipment

    Recording pictures from a tape as moving pictures Recording a moving picture from external equipment Before operation Set DISPLAY to LCD in the menu settings. (The default setting is LCD.) (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Play back the recorded tape, or turn the TV on to see the desired program. The picture of the other equipment is displayed on the LCD screen or viewfinder.
  • Page 145 Recording pictures from a tape as moving pictures Using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable) DV OUT : Signal flow Note In the following instances, recording is discontinued. – When recording on a tape in a poor recording state, for example, on a tape that has been repeatedly used for dubbing –...
  • Page 146: Recording Edited Pictures As A Moving Picture - Digital Program Editing (on "memory Stick"s)

    Recording edited pictures as a moving picture – Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s) – Except DCR-TRV240 You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto “Memory Stick”s. Making the program (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder. (2) Insert the tape for playback, and a “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 147: Erasing The Program You Have Set

    Recording edited pictures as a moving picture – Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s) STOP PAUSE Erasing the program you have set Erase OUT first and then IN from of the last program. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC to select UNDO, then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC to select EXECUTE, then press the dial.
  • Page 148 Recording edited pictures as a moving picture – Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s) Notes •Digital program editing works only for tapes recorded in the Digital8 •You cannot dub the titles or display indicators. •You cannot operate recording during Digital program editing on “Memory Stick”s. •You cannot set IN or OUT on a blank portion of the tape.
  • Page 149 Recording edited pictures as a moving picture – Digital program editing (on “Memory Stick”s) Performing the program (Dubbing a “Memory Stick”) (1) Select VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select MEMORY, then press the dial. (2) Select START in the menu settings.
  • Page 150: Viewing Still Images - Memory Photo Playback

    Viewing still images – Memory Photo playback – Except DCR-TRV240 You can play back still images recorded on a “Memory Stick”. You can also play back six images including moving pictures in order at a time by selecting the index screen. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 151 Viewing still images – Memory Photo playback To play back recorded images on a TV screen •Before operation connect your camcorder to the TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. •When operating memory photo playback on a TV or the LCD screen, image quality may appear to have deteriorated.
  • Page 152 Viewing still images – Memory Photo playback Playing back six recorded images at a time (index screen) You can play back six recorded images at a time. This function is especially useful when searching for a particular image. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 153: Viewing Moving Pictures - Mpeg Movie Playback

    Viewing moving pictures – MPEG movie playback – Except DCR-TRV240 You can play back moving pictures recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can also play back six images including still images in order at a time by selecting the index screen. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 154 Viewing moving pictures – MPEG movie playback Screen indicators during moving picture playback MOV00001 – – – – – – JUL 4 2002 12:05:56 PM Data directory number/File number Recording date/time You can view recording date/time by pressing DATA CODE on the Remote Commander during playback.
  • Page 155: Viewing Images Recorded On "memory Stick"s On Your Computer

    Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer – Except DCR-TRV240 You can view data recorded on the “Memory Stick” on your computer. Note Data recorded on the “Memory Stick” is stored in the following formats. Make sure that applications that support these file formats are installed on your computer.
  • Page 156: For Windows Users

    Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer For Windows users Recommended Windows environment CPU: The USB connector must be provided as standard. Windows Media Player must be installed (to play back moving pictures). Installing the USB driver Before connecting your camcorder to your computer, install the USB driver on the computer.
  • Page 157 Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer (3) Move the cursor to “USB Driver” and click. This starts USB driver installation. (4) Follow the on-screen messages to install the USB driver. (5) Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder, connect the AC power adaptor and set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
  • Page 158 Manager”. 6 Select “Other devices”. Select the device prefixed with the “?” mark and delete. Ex: (?)Sony Camcorder 7 Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), and then disconnect the USB cable. 8 Restart your computer. Step2: Install the USB driver on the CD-ROM Perform the entire procedure described in “Installing the USB driver”...
  • Page 159 Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer Viewing images on Windows An application such as Windows Media Player must be installed to play back moving pictures in Windows environment. (1) Turn on your computer and allow Windows to load. (2) Insert a “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 160: For Macintosh Users

    Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer For Macintosh users Recommended Macintosh environment Mac OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.0/v10.1) standard installation is required. However, note that the update to Mac OS 9.0/9.1 should be used for the following models.
  • Page 161 Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer (3) Click “USB Driver” to open the folder containing the six files related to “Driver”. (4) Select all six files, and drag and drop them into the System Folder. (5) When the message appears, click “OK.” (6) Restart your computer.
  • Page 162 Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer Viewing images on Macintosh QuickTime 3.0 or newer must be installed to play back moving pictures in Macintosh environment. (1) Turn on your computer and allow Mac OS to load. (2) Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder, and connect the AC power adaptor to your camcorder and then to a wall outlet.
  • Page 163 Viewing images recorded on “Memory Stick”s on your computer Notes on using your computer “Memory Stick” •“Memory Stick” operations on your camcorder cannot be assured if a “Memory Stick” formatted on your computer is used on your camcorder, or if the “Memory Stick” in your camcorder was formatted from your computer when the USB cable was connected.
  • Page 164: Copying Images Recorded On "memory Stick"s To Tape

    Copying images recorded on “Memory Stick”s to tape – Except DCR-TRV240 You can copy still images recorded on “Memory Stick”s and record them to tapes. Before operation • Insert a tape for recording into your camcorder. • Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 165 Copying images recorded on “Memory Stick”s to tape During copying You cannot operate the following buttons: – MEMORY PLAY – MEMORY INDEX – MEMORY DELETE – MEMORY MIX – MEMORY +/– Note on the index screen You cannot record the index screen. If you press EDITSEARCH during pause mode Memory playback stops.
  • Page 166: Enlarging Still Images Recorded On "memory Stick"s - Memory Pb Zoom

    Enlarging still images recorded on “Memory Stick”s – Memory PB ZOOM – Except DCR-TRV240 You can enlarge still images recorded on a “Memory Stick.” You can select and view a desired part from the enlarged still image. Also, you can copy the desired part of the enlarged still image to tapes or “Memory Stick”s.
  • Page 167 Enlarging still images recorded on “Memory Stick”s – Memory PB ZOOM To cancel memory PB ZOOM mode Press PB ZOOM. The PB ZOOM mode is canceled when the following buttons are pressed: – MENU – MEMORY PLAY – MEMORY INDEX –...
  • Page 168: Playing Back Images In A Continuous Loop - Slide Show

    Playing back images in a continuous loop – SLIDE SHOW – Except DCR-TRV240 You can automatically play back images in sequence. This function is useful especially when checking recorded images or during a presentation. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY.
  • Page 169 Playing back images in a continuous loop – SLIDE SHOW To view recorded images on TV Before operation, connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. If you change the “Memory Stick” during operation The slide show function does not operate.
  • Page 170: Preventing Accidental Erasure - Image Protection

    Preventing accidental erasure – Image protection – Except DCR-TRV240 You can protect selected images, to prevent accidental erasure of important images. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 171: Deleting Images - Delete

    Deleting images – DELETE – Except DCR-TRV240 You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.” You can delete all images or only selected images. Deleting selected images Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY or VCR. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 172: Deleting All Images

    Deleting images – DELETE Deleting all images You can delete all unprotected images in the “Memory Stick.” Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the left (unlock) position.
  • Page 173 Deleting images – DELETE To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick” Select RETURN in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC. While DELETING appears Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons. If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK You cannot delete images.
  • Page 174: Writing A Print Mark - Print Mark

    Writing a print mark – PRINT MARK – Except DCR-TRV240 You can specify a recorded still image to print out by writing a print mark. This function is useful for printing out still images later. Your camcorder conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard for specifying still images to print out.
  • Page 175 Writing a print mark – PRINT MARK If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK You cannot write print marks on still images. Moving pictures You cannot write print marks on moving pictures. While the file name is flashing You cannot write the print mark on the still image.
  • Page 176: Using The Optional Printer

    Using the optional printer – Except DCR-TRV240 You can use the printer (optional) on your camcorder to print images on print paper. For details, refer to the operating instructions of the printer. There are various ways of printing still images. The following, however, describes how to print by selecting Before operation •...
  • Page 177 Using the optional printer Images recorded in the multi screen mode You cannot print images recorded in the multi screen mode on sticker type print paper. Moving pictures recorded on “Memory Stick” You cannot print moving pictures. When “Memory Stick” has no files “...
  • Page 178: 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 or the display window, the self-diagnosis display function has worked.
  • Page 179 • The cassette has run out of tape. c Rewind the tape (p. 34). • The video heads may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 195). • The stereo tape is played back with HiFi SOUND set to 2 in the menu settings.
  • Page 180 Types of trouble and how to correct trouble In the recording and playback modes Symptom The power does not turn on. The end search function does not work. The end search function does not work correctly. The battery pack is quickly discharged.
  • Page 181 Types of trouble and how to correct trouble When operating using the “Memory Stick” – Except DCR-TRV240 Symptom The “Memory Stick” does not function. Recording does not function. The image cannot be deleted. You cannot format the “Memory Stick”. Deleting all the images cannot be carried out.
  • Page 182 VCR again (p. 75) • Your camcorder is connected to DV equipment of other than Sony using the i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). c Set it to IR (p. 75). • You have attempted to set a program on a blank portion of the tape.
  • Page 183 • The battery pack is not properly installed. c Install it properly. • Something is wrong with the battery pack. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • Disconnect the power cord of the AC power adaptor or remove the battery, then reconnect it in about one minute.
  • Page 184: Self-diagnosis Display

    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 185: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Warning indicators and messages If indicators and messages appear on the screen or in the display window, check the following. See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. Warning indicators 100-0001 Warning indicator as to file (except DCR-TRV240) Slow flashing: •The file is corrupted.
  • Page 186: Warning Messages

    Warning indicators and messages Warning messages • CLOCK SET • FOR “InfoLITHIUM” BATTERY ONLY • Q Z TAPE END • Q NO TAPE • CLEANING CASSETTE • COPY INHIBIT • FULL** • • NO FILE** • NO MEMORY STICK** • AUDIO ERROR** •...
  • Page 187: Additional Information

    — Additional Information — Digital8 system, recording and playback 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 The recording time when you use your Digital8 standard 8 tape is half the recording time when using the conventional Hi8 standard 8...
  • Page 188 Digital8 system, recording and playback When you playback a dual sound track tape When you use tapes recorded in the Digital8 When you play back a Digital8 tape recorded in the DV system, set HiFi SOUND to the desired mode in the menu settings (p.
  • Page 189: 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 an 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 190: 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 procedure once per year to maintain proper function. 1. Fully charge the battery. 2. Discharge on your electronic equipment. 3.
  • Page 191: 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 Electronic Engineers.
  • Page 192 DV jacks, see page 72, 137. 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 193: 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 194: 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 state, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly.
  • Page 195: Cleaning The Video Heads

    •Playback pictures are hardly visible. •Playback pictures do not appear. If the above problem occurs, clean the video heads with the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional). Check the picture and if the above problem persists, repeat cleaning. Cleaning the LCD screen If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, we recommend using the LCD Cleaning Kit (optional) to clean the LCD screen.
  • Page 196 • If any solid object or liquid gets 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 of the lens.
  • Page 197 Connection to your computer When inputting the image recorded by Hi8/standard 8 system into Sony VAIO The Program Capture function of DVgate motion doesn’t work. To use this function,...
  • Page 198: About Care And Storage Of The Lens

    • If you touch the liquid, wash it off with water. • If the liquid gets 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 199: Specifications

    Specifications Video camera recorder System Video recording system 2 rotary heads Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal NTSC color, EIA standards Recommended cassette Hi8/Digital8 video cassette Recording/playback time (using...
  • Page 200: Battery Pack

    Specifications AC power adaptor Power requirements 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Power consumption 23 W Output voltage DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.5 A in the operating mode 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.) 125 39 62 mm...
  • Page 201: Quick Reference

    — Quick Reference — Identifying parts and controls Camcorder 1 Lens cap (p. 21) 2 LCD screen (p. 21) 3 OPEN button (p. 21) 4 VOLUME –/+ button (p. 34) 5 Battery pack (p. 12) Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
  • Page 202 Identifying parts and controls qa SUPER NS/COLOR SLOW S button (p. 29) qs Focus ring (p. 54) qd Lens qf Microphone qg Camera recording lamp (p. 21) qh Infrared rays emitter (p. 29) qj Video control buttons (p. 34, 36) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback)
  • Page 203 Identifying parts and controls wf RESET button (p. 183) wg EDITSEARCH button (p. 32) wh MEMORY operation buttons* MEMORY PLAY button (p. 150) MEMORY – button (p. 150) MEMORY + button (p. 150) MEMORY MIX button (p. 130) MEMORY DELETE button (p. 171) MPEG u button (p.
  • Page 204 Identifying parts and controls ea Power zoom lever (p. 24) es Intelligent accessory shoe ed Speaker ef PB ZOOM button (p. 65, 166) eg TITLE button (p. 58) * Except DCR-TRV240 Notes on the intelligent accessory shoe •The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone or printer (except DCR-TRV240).
  • Page 205 Identifying parts and controls r; Viewfinder (p. 25) ra LOCK switch* (p. 21) rs Grip strap rd MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack Connect an external microphone (optional). This jack also accepts a “plug-in-power” microphone. rf i (headphones) jack rg LANC jack LANC stands for Local Application Control Bus System.
  • Page 206 Identifying parts and controls ta S VIDEO jack (p. 38, 71, 136) ts AUDIO/VIDEO jack (p. 38, 71, 136) Fastening the grip strap DV IN/OUT jack (p. 72, 137) The DV IN/OUT jack is i.LINK compatible. (USB) jack (p. 97, 157) Fasten the grip strap firmly.
  • Page 207: Remote Commander

    •Your camcorder works in the Commander mode VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid erroneous remote control operation. 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 208: Program Ae (p

    Identifying parts and controls Operation indicators LCD screen and Viewfinder M.FADER 16:9WIDE SEPIA 1 Recording mode (p. 21) /Mirror mode (p. 26) 2 Format (p. 187) indicator appears. 3 Remaining battery time (p. 27, 35) 4 Zoom (p. 24)/Exposure (p. 53) 5 Fader (p.
  • Page 209: Index

    Index A, B AC power adaptor ... 13 Adjusting viewfinder ... 25 AFM HiFi Sound ... 188 AUDIO MIX ... 108 AUDIO MODE ... 112 A/V connecting cable ... 38, 71, 136 BACK LIGHT ... 28 Battery pack ... 13 BEEP ...
  • Page 212 Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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