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Operating Instructions

Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
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DCR-VX2100E
©2003 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    Video Camera Recorder Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. Инcтpyкции по экcплyaтaции Пepeд экcплyaтaциeй aппapaтa внимaтeльно пpочтитe дaнноe pyководcтво и cоxpaнитe eго для дaльнeйшиx cпpaвок. DCR-VX2100E ©2003 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 English Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    About i.LINK ... 214 Troubleshooting ... 216 Self-diagnosis display ... 222 Warning indicators and messages ... 230 Using your camcorder abroad ... 233 Maintenance information and precautions . 234 Specifications ... 241 Quick Reference Identifying the parts and controls ... 243 Quick Function Guide ...
  • 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. 252) 2 AC-L15A/L15B AC Adaptor (1), Mains lead (1) (p. 14) 3 NP-F570 rechargeable battery pack (1) (p. 13, 14) 4 R6 (size AA) battery for Remote Commander (2) (p.
  • Page 6: Quick Start Guide

    English Quick Start Guide Connecting the mains lead Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 13). AC Adaptor (supplied) Inserting a cassette While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 7 LCD panel. POWER NOTE Do not pick up your camcorder by holding the viewfinder, the LCD panel, the battery pack, or the microphone. PLAY Open the shutter of the hood with a lens cap. For more information...
  • Page 8 PUSH...
  • Page 9 POWER POWER PLAY POWER...
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Note on cassette memory Your camcorder is based on the DV format. You can only use mini DV cassettes with your camcorder. We recommend that you use a tape...
  • Page 11: Precautions On Camcorder Care

    These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way. • Do not directly shoot the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction. Take pictures of the sun in low light conditions such as dusk.
  • Page 12 Using this manual •Do not let your camcorder get wet. Keep your camcorder away from rain and sea water. Letting your camcorder get wet may cause your camcorder to malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired [a]. •Never leave your camcorder exposed to temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F), such as in...
  • Page 13: Step 1 Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Install the battery pack to use your camcorder outdoors. (1) Lift up the viewfinder. (2) Insert the battery pack in the direction of the V mark on the battery pack. Slide the battery pack until it clicks.
  • Page 14: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s v mark...
  • Page 15 Keep the battery pack in a cool place. Until your camcorder calculates the actual remaining battery time “- - - - min” appears in the display window.
  • Page 16: Charging Time

    Approximate minutes of recording time when you use a fully charged battery Numbers in parentheses “( )” indicate the time using a normally charged battery. You cannot use the NP-500/510/710 battery pack on your camcorder. Full charge (Normal charge)/ 210 (150) 260 (200) 300 (240)
  • Page 17 • Some types of the battery packs may not be sold in your region or country. • Approximate recording time and continuous playing time at 25°C (77°F). The battery life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment. Playing time Playing time...
  • Page 18: Connecting To The Wall Socket

    “InfoLITHIUM” battery. “InfoLITHIUM” battery packs (L series) have the mark. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. If the camcorder is immediately turned off Even if the remaining battery time is enough to operate, charge the battery pack fully again.
  • Page 19 DC IN jack, even when the mains lead is not plugged into the wall socket. Using a car battery Use the Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
  • Page 20: Step 2 Setting The Date And Time

    POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY unless you set the date and time settings. If you do not use your camcorder for about four months, the date and time may be cleared from memory (bars may appear)
  • Page 21 “– –:– –:– –” (time) and “-- -- ----” (date) are recorded on the data code of the tape and the “Memory Stick.” Note on the time indicator The internal clock of your camcorder operates on a 24-hour cycle. 1996 2003...
  • Page 22: Step 3 Inserting A Cassette

    Step 3 Inserting a cassette (1) Install the power source. (2) While pressing the small blue button on the EJECT switch, slide it in the direction of the arrow. After the cassette lid is opened, the cassette compartment automatically opens. (3) Push the middle portion of the back of the cassette to insert it.
  • Page 23 Step 3 Inserting a cassette When you use mini DV cassettes with cassette memory Read the instruction about cassette memory to use this function properly (p. 210). To prevent accidental erasure Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to SAVE. If the grip strap prevents the cassette lid from opening fully Adjust the length of the grip strap (p.
  • Page 24: Recording - Basics

    (5) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The “REC” indicator appears. The camera recording lamps located on the front and rear of your camcorder light up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again. You can use REC START/STOP located on the handle or front instead of START/STOP on the rear.
  • Page 25 Select SP or LP in the menu settings. In LP mode, you can record 1.5 times as long as in SP mode. When you record a tape on your camcorder in LP mode, we recommend playing the tape on your camcorder.
  • Page 26 When you use a tape with cassette memory, however, you can make the transition smooth even after ejecting the cassette if you use the end search function (p.
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    180° 90° OPEN To close the LCD panel, set it vertically and swing it into the camcorder body until it clicks. Note When you open the LCD panel, the viewfinder is automatically turned off, however, it is not turned off when the LCD panel is turned over or the camcorder is in mirror mode.
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Lcd Screen

    Recording a picture When using both the LCD screen and the viewfinder during shooting The usable time of the battery pack when using both the LCD screen and the viewfinder will be shorter a little than when using the viewfinder only. Pictures in the mirror mode The picture on the LCD screen is a mirror- image.
  • Page 29 In this case, it is useful to use the REC START/ STOP located on the handle or front of the camcorder. After recording (1) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 30: 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 images in the viewfinder come into sharp focus. Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder adjustment lever.
  • Page 31: Using The Zoom Feature

    • When the handle zoom switch is set to OFF, you cannot operate the handle zoom lever. • The handle zoom switch does not interlock with the zoom lever of the camcorder. When you shoot close to a subject If you cannot get a sharp focus, press the “W”...
  • Page 32 Recording a picture To zoom using the zoom ring Using the zoom ring, you can control the zoom by your desired speed and you can make fine adjustments. During recording, turn the zoom ring to the desired speed. For wide-angle/ For telephoto/ Note If you turn the zoom ring quickly, the zoom...
  • Page 33: Indicators Displayed During Recording

    Recording a picture You cannot use the digital zoom: – When you set PROG. SCAN to ON in the menu settings (p. 156). – When the POWER switch is set to MEMORY. Indicators displayed during recording The indicators are not recorded on the tapes. [a] Remaining battery time This appears after you turn on the power and wait for a while.
  • Page 34: Shooting Backlit Subjects (back Light)

    Recording a picture Time code The time code indicates the recording or playback time, “0:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds) in CAMERA mode and “0:00:00:00” (hours : minutes : seconds : frames) in VCR mode. You cannot rewrite only the time code. Remaining tape indicator The indicator may not be displayed accurately depending on the tape.
  • Page 35: Using The Spot Light Function

    Recording a picture If you press one of the following buttons when using the backlight function The backlight function will be canceled. – SPOT LIGHT – EXPOSURE When you manually adjust the exposure You cannot use the backlight function. Using the spot light function This function prevents people’s faces, for example, from appearing excessively white when shooting subjects lit by strong light, such...
  • Page 36: Self-timer Recording

    Recording a picture Self-timer recording You can make a recording with the self-timer. This recording is useful when you want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander. (1) Press (self-timer) in standby mode. The (self-timer) indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 37 (p. 181). To cancel self-timer recording Press (self-timer) so that the disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen while your camcorder is in standby mode. Note The self-timer recording is automatically canceled when: – Self-timer recording is finished.
  • Page 38: Checking The Recording - End Search / Editsearch /rec Review

    Press END SEARCH in standby mode. The camcorder rewinds or fast-forwards the tape and the last five-second recorded picture is played back. After playback the camcorder turns to standby mode. You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones.
  • Page 39 You can check the last recorded portion. Press the – 7 side of EDITSEARCH momentarily in standby mode. The last few-seconds of picture is played back and the camcorder returns to standby. You can monitor the sound from the speaker or headphones. End search function...
  • Page 40: Playback - Basics

    LCD screen. If you close the LCD panel, you can monitor the playback picture in the viewfinder. You can also control playback using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder. (1) Install the power source and insert the recorded tape. (2) Set the POWER switch to VCR while pressing the small green button.
  • Page 41 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. When you close the LCD panel You cannot monitor the sound from the speaker.
  • Page 42 (date/time or various settings when recorded) (Data code). Press DATA CODE on the camcorder or on the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder in playback mode. The display changes as follows:...
  • Page 43 – A blank portion of the tape is being played back. – The tape is unreadable due to tape damage or noise. – The tape was recorded by the camcorder without the date and time set. Data code When you connect your camcorder to the TV, the data code also appears on the TV screen (p.
  • Page 44: Various Playback Modes

    Playing back a tape Various playback modes To operate video control buttons, set the POWER switch to VCR. To view a still picture (playback pause) Press X during playback. To resume normal playback, press N or X. To advance the tape Press M in stop mode.
  • Page 45 • The previous picture may remain as a mosaic image during playback. When the playback pause mode lasts for five minutes Your camcorder automatically enters the stop mode. To resume playback, press N. Slow playback Slow playback can be performed smoothly on...
  • Page 46: Viewing The Recording On Tv

    Viewing the recording on TV Connect your camcorder to your TV or VCR with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture 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 47 (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks on both your camcorder and the TV or the VCR. This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures.
  • Page 48: Advanced Recording Operations

    See page 52 for details. This mode is useful when you print images using a video printer (optional). Besides the operation described here, your camcorder can record still images on a “Memory Stick” (p. 177). (1) In standby mode, keep pressing PHOTO lightly until a picture freezes. The CAPTURE indicator appears.
  • Page 49 – While the fader function is set or in use. – While the digital effect function is set or in use. • Do not shake the camcorder during tape photo recording. The recorded image may be blurred. To do tape photo recording using the Remote Commander Press PHOTO on the Remote Commander.
  • Page 50: Self-timer Tape Photo Recording

    To cancel self-timer recording Press (self-timer) so that the disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen while your camcorder is in standby mode. You cannot cancel the self-timer recording using the Remote Commander. Note The self-timer recording mode is automatically canceled when: –...
  • Page 51: Shooting With All The Pixels - Prog. Scan

    (Since this camcorder takes in an image every 1/15 of a second in progressive recording mode, moving images recorded in this mode may be subject to too much jitter.
  • Page 52 In this mode, the resolution of the still picture is clearer than in the normal mode. This camcorder takes in an image every 2/25 of a second, which may cause the image of a moving object to go out of focus. This camcorder is originally programed to record in the normal TV format.
  • Page 53: Using The Guide Frame

    Note The guide frame indicates only a rough level. The size and position of the guide frame do not affect the setting of the camcorder. If you set GUIDEFRAME to ON The other screen indicators are also displayed on the LCD screen.
  • Page 54: 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 the 16:9WIDE mode [a]. The picture during playing back in the 4:3 mode on a wide-screen TV [b] or a normal TV [c]* is compressed in the widthwise direction.
  • Page 55 In wide mode, you cannot select the following modes: •Old movie •Progressive recording mode During recording You cannot operate the wide mode function. When you cancel the wide mode, set your camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.
  • Page 56: Using The Fader Function

    Using the fader function You can fade the picture in or out to give your recording a professional appearance. FADER OVERLAP* WIPE* DOT* (Random)/ * Fade in only/ MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black-and-white to colour. When fading out the picture gradually changes from colour to black-and-white.
  • Page 57 – Interval recording – Cut recording When the OVERLAP, WIPE, or DOT indicator appears Your camcorder automatically stores the image recorded on a tape. As the image is being stored, the fader indicator flashes fast, and the playback picture appears.
  • Page 58: 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 TV. NEG. ART [a] : The colour and brightness of the picture is reversed. SEPIA : The picture gets sepia-toned. B&W : The picture appears in monochrome (black-and-...
  • Page 59 Using special effects – Picture effect To cancel the picture effect function Press PICTURE EFFECT so that the indicator disappears. While using the picture effect function You cannot select the old movie mode. When you turn the power off The picture effect function will be automatically canceled.
  • Page 60: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    Using special effects – Digital effect You can add special effects to recorded pictures 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 picture. FLASH (FLASH MOTION) You can record still images successively at constant intervals.
  • Page 61 Using special effects – Digital effect (1) In standby or recording mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect indicator appears. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired digital effect mode. The digital effect indicator changes as follows: STILL y FLASH y LUMI.
  • Page 62 Using special effects – Digital effect To cancel the digital effect Press DIGITAL EFFECT. The digital effect indicator disappears. Notes •The following functions do not work in digital effect mode: – Fader – Low lux mode of PROGRAM AE – Tape Photo recording –...
  • Page 63: Shooting With Manual Adjustment

    Shooting with manual adjustment Under normal conditions, this unit automatically makes various adjustments as it shoots. However, you can adjust the following functions manually to suit your preference. Functions you can adjust by setting the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position Brightness (exposure), shutter speed, white balance, and PROGRAM AE...
  • Page 64: Adjusting Exposure

    Shooting with manual adjustment Manual position (AUTO LOCK release) [c] Select this position to adjust the functions listed above manually. If you use the video flash light (optional) We recommend that you set the AUTO LOCK selector to AUTO LOCK. Note When you manually adjust the exposure during backlight or spot light mode, the...
  • Page 65 Shooting with manual adjustment (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) Press EXPOSURE. The exposure indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 66: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) If the PROGRAM AE indicator is lit, press PROGRAM AE repeatedly until the indicator disappears from the LCD or viewfinder screen.
  • Page 67: Using The Nd Filter

    Shooting with manual adjustment When shooting at slow shutter speed At slow shutter speed, automatic focus may be lost. Use a tripod and adjust the focus manually. When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs When shooting under fluorescent light or light bulbs, a rare phenomenon may happen in which the screen lights up brightly depending on the shutter speed (Flicker phenomenon).
  • Page 68 Shooting with manual adjustment When the ND1 or ND2 indicator flashes on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder The ND filter is necessary. When ND 1 flashes, set the ND FILTER selector to 1 so that the ND 1 indicator lights up on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 69: Shooting With The Zebra Pattern

    Shooting with manual adjustment Shooting with the zebra pattern You can set the camcorder to display a zebra pattern (diagonal stripes) in the portion of the picture on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder with a subject whose brightness exceeds a certain level.
  • Page 70: Releasing The Steadyshot Function

    Releasing the SteadyShot function When the SteadyShot function is working, the camcorder compensates for camera-shake.You can release the SteadyShot function when you do not need to use it. The on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. Do not use the SteadyShot function when shooting a stationary object with a tripod.
  • Page 71 Shooting with manual adjustment To activate the SteadyShot function again Select ON in step 4, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Notes on the SteadyShot function •The SteadyShot function will not correct excessive camera-shake. •If you use a tele conversion lens (optional) or a wide conversion lens (optional), these lens may influence the SteadyShot function.
  • Page 72: Adjusting The White Balance

    (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) Press WHT BAL. The white balance indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 73 Adjusting the white balance Indicator Shooting conditions • Adjusting the white balance according to the light source. This operation is not available during recording. Follow the procedure described below to adjust the setting again. (Outdoor) • Recording a sunset/sunrise, just after sunset, just before sunrise, neon signs, or fireworks •...
  • Page 74 •In automatic white balance mode, point your camcorder at a white subject for about 10 seconds after setting the POWER switch to CAMERA to get a better adjustment when: –...
  • Page 75: Adjusting Recording Level Manually - Sound Recording Level

    Adjusting recording level manually – Sound recording level You can adjust the recording sound level. Use headphones to monitor the sound when you adjust it. Setting up the menu (1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or VCR. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
  • Page 76 Adjusting recording level manually – Sound recording level [a] Recording level meter [b]Decreases the recording level [c] Increases the recording level To clear the recording level adjustment display Press AUDIO LEVEL again. To adjust the recording level automatically Select AUTO in step 5, then press the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 77: Presetting The Adjustment For Picture Quality - Custom Preset

    Presetting the adjustment for picture quality – Custom preset You can preset the camcorder to record the picture with the desired picture quality. When presetting, adjust the picture by shooting a subject and checking the picture displayed on a TV using the menu settings.
  • Page 78 RETURN, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To check the custom preset setting Press CUSTOM PRESET while the camcorder is in standby, recording or memory mode. The custom preset setting appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 79: Using The Program Ae Function

    Using the PROGRAM AE function You can select from five PROGRAM AE (Auto Exposure) modes to suit your shooting situation, referring to the following. Selecting the best mode Select a proper PROGRAM AE mode referring to the following description. A: Aperture priority mode Selecting the aperture to determine the desired depth of field.
  • Page 80 Using the PROGRAM AE function (1) Set the AUTO LOCK selector to the center (auto lock release) position while the camcorder is in standby, recording, or memory mode. (2) Press PROGRAM AE. The PROGRAM AE indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 81 Notes • In sports lesson mode, you cannot take close- ups. This is because your camcorder is set to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. • In sunset & moon mode, your camcorder is set to focus only on distant subjects.
  • Page 82 Using the PROGRAM AE function If you are recording under a discharge tube such as a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp or mercury lamp Flickering or changes in colour may occur in sports lesson mode. If this happens, turn the PROGRAM AE function off. Even if the PROGRAM AE function is selected You can adjust the exposure.
  • Page 83: 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...
  • Page 84 Focusing manually To return to the autofocus mode Slide FOCUS up to AUTO to turn off the 9 or indicator. To focus in infinity Slide FOCUS to INFINITY. The appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. This function is useful when the nearer subject is focused automatically, even though you want to focus on a faraway subject.
  • Page 85: Interval Recording

    Interval recording 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 9 min 59 s 9 min 59 s...
  • Page 86: Standby Mode

    Interval recording (1) Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select INT. REC, then press the dial. (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select SET, then press the dial.
  • Page 87 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 I NTERVAL To cancel the interval recording...
  • Page 88 Interval recording Note on interval recording You cannot do interval recording in memory mode. On recording time There may be a discrepancy in recording time of up to +/– 6 frames from the selected time. Even if you press INDEX MARK during interval recording You cannot mark an index.
  • Page 89: Frame By Frame Recording - 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. (1) Press MENU to display the menu in standby mode.
  • Page 90 Frame by frame recording – Cut recording To cancel the cut recording •Set FRAME REC to OFF in the menu settings. •Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), VCR, or MEMORY. Notes on cut recording •The last recorded cut is longer than other cuts.
  • Page 91: Marking An Index

    “INDEX STBY” indicator changes to “INDEX MARK” and after the indicator disappears, the index marking is complete. The camcorder starts index-marking at the 11th frame from the recording start point. An index signal will be recorded on cassette memory about 0.3 sec, and on a tape about five seconds.
  • Page 92 Marking an Index To cancel index marking Press INDEX MARK again in standby mode. Notes on the index •Index marks are recorded during recording, you cannot mark an index after recording. •Index signals will be recorded both on the tape and on cassette memory. If you use cassettes without cassette memory or the cassette memory is full, the signals will be recorded only on the tape.
  • Page 93: Advanced Playback Operations

    Quickly locating a scene using the zero set memory function Using the zero set memory function, your camcorder rewinds or advances the tape to locate the desired scene, and the searching automatically stops at the scene having a tape counter value of “0:00:00.” You can do this with the Remote Commander.
  • Page 94: Quickly Locating A Scene Using The Zero Set Memory Function

    ZERO SET MEMORY at the point you want to end the insertion. Rewind the tape to the insert start point, and start recording. Recording stops automatically at the tape counter zero point. Your camcorder returns to standby mode.
  • Page 95: Searching For A Recording By Index - Index Search

    DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator (4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the index point for playback. Your camcorder automatically starts playing back at the selected index point. POWER > INDEX SEARCH...
  • Page 96 (4) Press . on the Remote Commander to search for the previous index point or press > on the Remote Commander to search for the next index point. Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the selected index point. Each time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the...
  • Page 97: Searching The Boundaries Of Recorded Tape By Title - Title Search

    DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator (4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the title for playback. Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the scene having the title that you selected. POWER >...
  • Page 98 Searching the boundaries of recorded tape by title – Title search To stop searching Press x. If you use a tape without cassette memory You cannot superimpose or search for a title. In the mark •The bar in the present point on the tape. •The mark in the actual point you are trying to search for.
  • Page 99: Searching A Recording By Date - Date Search

    DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator (4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback. Your camcorder automatically starts playback at the beginning of the selected date. POWER >...
  • Page 100 – Date search To stop searching Press x. Note If one day’s recording is less than two minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. In the mark •The bar in the present point on the tape.
  • Page 101: Searching For A Photo - Photo Search/photo Scan

    DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator (4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select the date for playback. Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo having the date that you selected. POWER >...
  • Page 102: Searching For A Photo Without Using Cassette Memory

    (4) Press . or > on the Remote Commander to select a photo for playback. Each time you press . or >, your camcorder searches for the previous or next photo. Your camcorder automatically starts playback of the photo.
  • Page 103: 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: INDEX SEARCH t TITLE SEARCH t DATE SEARCH t PHOTO SEARCH t PHOTO SCAN t no indicator (3) Press .
  • Page 104: Playing Back A Tape With Picture Effects

    •To record pictures that you have processed using the picture effect function, record the pictures on the VCR, using your camcorder as a player. Pictures processed by the picture effect function...
  • Page 105: Playing Back A Tape With Digital Effects

    Playing back a tape with digital effects During playback, you can process a scene using the digital effect functions: STILL, FLASH, LUMI. and TRAIL. (1) In playback or playback pause mode, press DIGITAL EFFECT and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired digital effect indicator (STILL, FLASH, LUMI.
  • Page 106 •To record pictures that you have processed using the digital effect function, record the pictures on the VCR, using your camcorder as a player. Pictures processed by the digital effect function Pictures processed by the digital effect function are not output through the Interface.
  • Page 107: Editing Dubbing A Tape

    VCR. AUDIO A/V connecting cable (supplied)/ : Signal flow/ When you have finished dubbing the tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. S VIDEO S VIDEO cable (optional)/ VIDEO S VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO...
  • Page 108 (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks on both your camcorder and the TV or the VCR. This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures. If you use a LANC cable...
  • Page 109 (optional)/ : Signal flow/ When you have finished dubbing a tape Press x on both your camcorder and the VCR. You can connect one VCR only using the i.LINK cable Pictures processed by the digital effect or picture effect function...
  • Page 110: Dubbing Only Desired Scenes - Digital Program Editing

    Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto a tape without operating the VCR. Scenes can be selected by frame. [a] Undesired frame [b]Moves the scene Before operating the digital program editing Preparation 1 Connecting the VCR (p.
  • Page 111 With digital-to-digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital form for high-quality editing. Preparation 1: Connecting the Connect your camcorder and the VCR as shown on pages 107 and 109. You can use an A/V connecting cable, or an i.LINK cable.
  • Page 112 VCR. When you connect using the A/V cable, this procedure is required. (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 LINE. When you connect a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 113 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing OTHERS BEEP MELODY COMMANDER D I SPLAY V I DEO ED I T ED I T SET RETURN [ MENU ] : END OTHERS ED I T SET CONTROL ADJ TEST “CUT–I N” “CUT–OUT”...
  • Page 114 – Digital program editing About the IR SETUP code The IR SETUP code is stored in the memory of your camcorder. Be sure to set the correct code, depending on your VCR. Code number 1 is the default setting. Brand...
  • Page 115 47, 70, 84, 92 W. W. House Watson 58, 83 * TV/VCR component Note on remote control code You cannot do assemble editing with some VCRs (for recording) if the remote control code does not correspond to this camcorder (for playback).
  • Page 116 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Setting the buttons 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 button to cancel recording pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
  • Page 117 Setting your camcorder and the VCR to face each other Locate the infrared ray emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor of the VCR. Set the devices about 30 cm (about 11 7/8 in) apart, and remove any obstacles between the devices.
  • Page 118 When you connect using an i.LINK cable (optional), follow the procedures 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. When you connect a video camera recorder, set its POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 119 Remove the casstte from the camcorder beforehand. We recommend that you prepare a pen and paper for notes. When you connect to a Sony VCR using an i.LINK cable, and have set CONTROL to i.LINK, the setup below is not necessary.
  • Page 120 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (1) Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set it to recording pause. When you connect using an i.LINK cable and have set CONTROL to i.LINK, you do not have to turn the recording VCR to recording pause mode.
  • Page 121 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (8) Rewind the tape in the VCR, then start slow playback. Take a note of the opening numerical value of each CUT-IN and the closing numerical value of each CUT-OUT. (9) Calculate the average of all the opening numerical values of each CUT-IN, and the average of all the closing numerical values of each CUT-OUT.
  • Page 122 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Errors in editing If you connect your camcorder to Sony equipment with the DV jack, the range of errors is within +/– 5 frames. The range may become wider in the following conditions: •The interval between CUT-IN and CUT-OUT...
  • Page 123 – Digital program editing Operation 1: Making Programs (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 , then press the dial.
  • Page 124 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing (6) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or MARK on the Remote Commander. The CUT-IN point of the first program is set, and the top part of the program mark changes to light blue. (7) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert using the video operating buttons, then pause playback (p.
  • Page 125 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing Erasing the last program To change the end of the last program, delete the CUT-OUT mark. To erase the whole program, delete both the CUT-IN and CUT-OUT marks. (1) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select UNDO, then press the dial.
  • Page 126 When the dubbing ends, your camcorder and the VCR automatically stop. To stop dubbing Press x on this camcorder or on the Remote Commander. To end the digital program editing function Your camcorder stops when the dubbing is complete.
  • Page 127 Dubbing only desired scenes – Digital program editing When the operations of the VCR do not work with an i.LINK cable Keep the i.LINK connection, and carry out Preparation 2 (p. 112) again. You cannot record on the VCR when: •...
  • Page 128: Using With An Analog Video Unit And A Pc - Signal Convert Function

    Signal convert function You can convert the analog input signal to the digital signal and output it from the DV Interface on this camcorder. You can capture images and sound from an analog video unit connecting a PC which has the i.LINK (IEEE1394) connector to your camcorder.
  • Page 129 Depending on the analog video unit, the image may contain noise or incorrect colours. • The camcorder cannot output the digital signal when you input the analog signal that includes a copyright protection signal.
  • Page 130: Recording Video Or Tv Programs

    TV. The picture from a TV or VCR appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. (7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start recording. : Signal flow/...
  • Page 131 VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. 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 132 (6) Press N on the VCR to start playback. The picture to be recorded appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder. (7) Press X on your camcorder at the scene from which you want to start recording. : Signal flow/...
  • Page 133 VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering...
  • Page 134: 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 107 or 128. Insert a cassette containing the desired scene into the VCR.
  • Page 135: Inserting A Scene From A Vcr – Insert Editing

    [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. Then press X to set it to the playback pause mode.
  • Page 136 If you insert scenes on the tape recorded with an other camcorder (including an other DCR-VX2100E) The picture and sound may be distorted. We recommend that you insert scenes on a tape recorded with your camcorder.
  • Page 137: Audio Dubbing

    Audio dubbing You can record an audio sound to add to the original sound on a tape by connecting audio equipment or a microphone. If you connect audio equipment, you can add sound to your recorded tape by specifying the starting and ending points.
  • Page 138 Audio dubbing Connecting the audio equipment with the MIC jack LINE Set the MIC/LINE switch to LINE./ : Signal flow/ Connecting the microphone with the intelligent accessory shoe Audio equipment (optional)/ MIC (PLUG IN LINE OUT POWER) Microphone (optional)/ We recommend that you use the gun microphone.
  • Page 139 Audio dubbing Dubbing with the AUDIO L/R jacks : Signal flow/ Dubbing with the supplied microphone No connection is necessary. Notes • When dubbing with the built-in microphone or an external one, you can check the recorded picture on the LCD screen, in the viewfinder, or on the screen of equipment connected with the VIDEO jack, and you can check the recorded sound by using...
  • Page 140: Adding An Audio Sound On A Recorded Tape

    (3) Locate the recording start point by pressing N. Then press X at the point where you want to start recording to set your camcorder to the playback pause mode. (4) Press AUDIO DUB. The green indicator appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder.
  • Page 141: Monitoring The New Recorded Sound

    • Intelligent accessory shoe • AUDIO L/R jacks • Built-in microphone If an i.LINK cable (optional) is connected to your camcorder You cannot add sound to a recorded tape. VCR SET H i F i SOUND AUD I O M I X...
  • Page 142 If you add new sound on a tape recorded with another camcorder (including an other DCR-VX2100E), the sound quality may deteriorate. To add new sound more precisely Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point where you want to stop recording later in playback mode.
  • Page 143: Superimposing A Title

    Superimposing a title If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can superimpose the title while recording or after recording. When you play back the tape, the title is displayed for five seconds from the point where you superimposed it. You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p.
  • Page 144 Superimposing a title (1) Press TITLE to display the title menu in standby, recording, playback, or playback pause mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select then press the dial. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired title, then press the dial.
  • Page 145 Superimposing a title If you set the write-protect tab to lock You cannot superimpose or erase the title. Slide the write-protect tab to release the write protection. To use a custom title If you want to use the custom title, select step 2.
  • Page 146 Superimposing a title The titles superimposed with your camcorder •They are displayed only on the DV format video equipment with the index titler function. •The point you superimposed the title may be detected as an index signal when searching a recording with other video equipment.
  • Page 147: Erasing A Title

    Superimposing a title Erasing a title (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial. (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select TITLEERASE, then press the dial.
  • Page 148 Superimposing a title To cancel erasing Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. To erase all the titles See “Erasing the cassette memory data” on page 153.
  • Page 149: Making Your Own Titles

    Making your own titles You can make up to two titles and store them in cassette memory. Each title can have up to 20 characters. (1) Press TITLE in the standby, playback, or playback pause mode. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
  • Page 150 (CHG) once and then follow the procedure from step 7 again. We recommend setting the operation in playback or playback pause mode or removing the cassette so that your camcorder does not automatically turn off while you are entering title characters. To erase a character Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [ C ], then press the dial.
  • Page 151: Labeling A Cassette

    Labeling a cassette If you use a tape with cassette memory, you can label a cassette. The label can consist of up to 10 characters and is stored in cassette memory. When you insert the labeled cassette and set the POWER switch to VCR, CAMERA, or MEMORY, the label is displayed for about five seconds.
  • Page 152 Labeling a cassette To change the label you have made Insert the cassette to change the label, and operate in the same way as you do to make a new label. If you set the write-protect tab of the tape to lock You cannot label the tape.
  • Page 153: Erasing The Cassette Memory Data

    Erasing the cassette memory data You can erase data stored in cassette memory, each item’s data can be erased separately. You can also erase all items’ data once. Erasing each item’s data separately (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA.
  • Page 154 Erasing the cassette memory data POWER MENU To cancel erasing Select RETURN in step 6 or 7, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. CM SET CM SEARCH TAPE T I TLE T I TLE DSPL T I TLEERASE I TEM ERASE ERASE ALL CM SET CM SEARCH...
  • Page 155: Erasing All The Data In Cassette Memory

    Erasing the cassette memory data Erasing all the data in cassette memory (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or CAMERA. (2) Press MENU to display the menu display. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial. (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select ERASE ALL, then press the dial.
  • Page 156: 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.
  • Page 157: Camera Set

    Changing the menu settings CAMERA MANUAL SET AUTO SHTR MENU PROG. SCAN [ MENU ] : END MEMORY MANUAL SET AUTO SHTR [ MENU ] : END To make the menu display disappear Press MENU. Menu items are displayed as the following icons: MANUAL SET CAMERA SET...
  • Page 158: Selecting The Mode Setting Of Each Item

    To record a 16:9 wide picture (p. 54). To compensate for camera-shake. To cancel the SteadyShot function. Natural pictures are produced when shooting a stationary object with a tripod. appears. Your camcorder prevents excessive compensation for z is the default setting. POWER switch CAMERA MEMORY...
  • Page 159 To output digital images in analog format using your camcorder. To play back a tape recorded on your camcorder on a PAL system TV. To play back a tape recorded in the NTSC colour system on a TV with the NTSC 4.43 mode.
  • Page 160 Notes on formatting •Supplied or optional “Memory Stick”s have been formatted at the factory. Formatting with this camcorder is not required. •While the display shows “FORMATTING,” do not turn the POWER switch, press any button, or eject a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 161 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 Excellence/Master mini DV cassette so that you can get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 162 WORLD TIME 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 163 When REC LAMP is set to ON, the red camera recording lamps on the front and rear of the camcorder may reflect on the subject if it is close. In this case, we recommend you set REC LAMP to OFF.
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  • Page 170: Memory Stick" Operations

    Note that data that uses “MagicGate” technology cannot be recorded or played on your camcorder. On file format (JPEG) Your camcorder compresses image data in JPEG format (extension .jpg).
  • Page 171 Memory Stick Duo adaptor. You may damage the “Memory Stick Duo” or the Memory Stick slot on your camcorder in the following situations. – When you insert a “Memory Stick Duo” that is not inserted into a Memory Stick Duo adaptor into the Memory Stick slot on your camcorder.
  • Page 172 •If you cannot use a “Memory Stick” that is used with other equipment, format it with this camcorder (p. 160). However, formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick.” • “Memory Stick,” Memory Stick” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. •“Memory Stick Duo” and “ Corporation.
  • Page 173 Using a “Memory Stick” – introduction Inserting a “Memory Stick” Insert the “Memory Stick” with the Sony logo pointing toward the LCD panel and the b mark pointing inward. Access lamp/ To eject a “Memory Stick” Push the “Memory Stick” inward, then release your finger.
  • Page 174 The “Memory Stick” is broken, the file format is not proper, or the “Memory Stick” that you are using is not compatible with your camcorder. Eject the “Memory Stick,” check it, and insert it again (p. 170). Selecting the image quality...
  • Page 175 Setting (Display) This is the highest image quality in this SUPER FINE camcorder. The number of still images (SFN) you can record is fewer than FINE. The image is compressed to about 1/3. Use this mode when you want to FINE record high quality images.
  • Page 176 “Memory Stick” The approximate number of images you can record on a “Memory Stick” that is formatted using this camcorder varies depending on which image quality mode you select and the complexity of the subject. 16 MB type/...
  • Page 177: Recording Still Images On A "memory Stick" - Memory Photo Recording

    Memory Photo recording You can record still images on a “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 right (unlock) position.
  • Page 178: Photo Recording

    While you are recording a still image You can neither turn off the power nor press PHOTO. When you press PHOTO on the Remote Commander Your camcorder immediately records the image that is on the screen when you press the button. Recording images continuously You can record still images continuously.
  • Page 179 Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording (1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Press MENU to display the menu. (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select , then press the dial.
  • Page 180 Photo recording Continuous shooting settings Setting Meaning (indicator on the screen) Your camcorder shoots one image at a time. (no indicator) Your camcorder shoots up to four still images at about 0.5 sec intervals. MULTI SCRN Your camcorder shoots nine still images at about 0.5 sec intervals and...
  • Page 181: Self-timer Memory Photo Recording

    Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” – Memory Photo recording Self-timer memory photo recording You can make a memory photo recording with the self-timer. This mode is useful when you want to record yourself. You can also use the Remote Commander.
  • Page 182: Superimposing A Still Image In A "memory Stick" On A Moving Picture - Memory Mix

    Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX You can superimpose a still image you have recorded on a “Memory Stick” on the top of the moving picture you are recording. M. CHROM (Memory chromakey) You can swap a blue area of a still image such as an illustration or a frame with a moving picture.
  • Page 183 Superimposing a still image in Superimposing a still image in Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving a “Memory Stick” on a moving a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX picture – MEMORY MIX picture –...
  • Page 184 M. CHROM y M. LUMI y C. CHROM y M. OVERLAP (5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The still image is superimposed on the moving picture, and your camcorder is in standby mode. (6) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the effect.
  • Page 185 Superimposing a still image in a “Memory Stick” on a moving picture – MEMORY MIX MEMORY MIX M. CHROM 100-0019 100-0019 100-0019 Still image/ Still image Items to be adjusted M. CHROM The colour (blue) scheme of the area in the still picture which is to be swapped with a moving picture M.
  • Page 186 If a still image to be superimposed has lots of white areas The thumbnail image may not be displayed clearly. Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment You may not be able to play them back with your camcorder.
  • Page 187: Recording An Image From A Tape As A Still Image

    Recording an image from a tape as a still image Your camcorder can read moving picture data recorded on a tape and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.” Your camcorder can also take in moving picture data through the input connector and record it as a still image on a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 188: Recording An Image From A Tape As A Still Image

    ” appears on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder The inserted “Memory Stick” is incompatible with your camcorder because its format does not conform to that of your camcorder. Check the format of the “Memory Stick.” If you press PHOTO lightly in the playback mode The playback pauses momentarily.
  • Page 189: Recording A Still Image From Other Equipment

    : Signal flow/ A/V connecting cable (supplied)/ Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to the video output jack on the VCR or the TV. Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures...
  • Page 190 Recording an image from a tape as a still image When recording the image through DV Interface DV Interface/ i.LINK : Signal flow/ i.LINK cable (optional)/...
  • Page 191: Copying Still Images From A Tape - Photo Save

    “Memory Stick” in sequence. Before operation • Insert a recorded tape into your camcorder and rewind the tape. • Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR.
  • Page 192 Insert another “Memory Stick” and repeat the procedure from step 2. When the access lamp is lit or flashing Never shake or strike your camcorder. Also, do not turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, the image data breakdown may occur.
  • Page 193: Viewing A Still Picture - Memory Photo Playback

    “Memory Stick.” You can also play back six images at a time by selecting the index screen. Before operation Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 194 Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback To play back recorded images on a TV screen •Connect your camcorder to the TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder before operation. •When operating memory photo playback on a TV or on the LCD screen, the image quality may appear to have deteriorated.
  • Page 195 “Memory Stick.” • When the data file name is flashes, the file may be broken or the file format does not correspond to your camcorder. Playing back six recorded images at a time (index screen) You can play back six recorded images at a time.
  • Page 196 Viewing a still picture – Memory Photo playback A red B mark appears above the image that is displayed before changing to the index screen mode. MEMORY – : to display the previous six images MEMORY + : to display the following six images [a] File name [b]B mark...
  • Page 197 – Memory Photo playback Viewing the recorded images using a personal computer The image data recorded with your camcorder is compressed in the JPEG format. You can see images recorded on a “Memory Stick” on a computer screen. Use the Memory Stick...
  • Page 198: Copying An Image Recorded On A "memory Stick" To Tapes

    “Memory Stick” to a tape. Before operation Insert a tape for recording and a “Memory Stick” for playback into your camcorder. (1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Using the video control buttons, search for a point where you want to record the desired still image.
  • Page 199 You cannot record the index screen. Image data modified with personal computers or shot with other equipment You may not be able to copy them with your camcorder. If you press DISPLAY in standby or recording mode You can see memory playback and the file...
  • Page 200: Playing Back Images Continuously - Slide Show

    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. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position.
  • Page 201 Select the desired image using MEMORY +/– buttons before step 2. To view the recorded images on TV Connect your camcorder to a TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder before operation. If you change the “Memory Stick” during...
  • Page 202: Preventing Accidental Erasure - Image Protection

    To prevent accidental erasure of important images, you can protect 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 right (unlock) position.
  • Page 203 Preventing accidental erasure – Image protection To cancel image protection Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Note Formatting erases all information on the “Memory Stick,” including the protected image data. Check the contents of the “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 204: Deleting Images

    You can delete images stored in a “Memory Stick.” 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 right (unlock) position.
  • Page 205 Deleting images Notes • To delete a protected image, first cancel image protection. • Once you delete an image, you cannot restore it. Check the images to be deleted carefully before deleting them. While “DELETING” appears Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons.
  • Page 206: Deleting All The Images

    You can delete all the unprotected images in a “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 right (unlock) position.
  • Page 207 Deleting images MENU To cancel deleting all the images in the “Memory Stick” Select RETURN in step 5 or 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. P O W E MEMORY SET CONT I NUOUS QUAL I TY PR I NT MARK PROTECT SL I DE SHOW DELETE ALL...
  • Page 208: Writing A Print Mark - Print Mark

    (Digital Print Order Format) standard for specifying the still images to print out. 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 right (unlock) position.
  • Page 209 Writing a print mark – Print mark MENU To cancel writing print marks Select OFF in step 6, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. If the write-protect tab on the “Memory Stick” is set to LOCK You cannot write print marks on still images. P O W E MEMORY SET CONT I NUOUS...
  • Page 210: Additional Information

    * There are two types of mini DV cassettes: with cassette memory and without cassette memory. Tapes with cassette memory have (Cassette Memory) mark. Sony recommends that you use a tape with mark to enjoy your camcorder fully. The IC memory is built in the cassette with cassette memory.
  • Page 211 Usable cassettes mark on the cassette The memory capacity of tapes marked with is 4 K bits. Your camcorder can accommodate up to 16 K bits. 16 K bits tape is marked with The maximum number of data recordable on cassette memory (when using 4 K bits...
  • Page 212: Audio Mode

    Sound from speaker HiFi SOUND Playing back mode a stereo tape STEREO Stereo Left sound Right sound You cannot record dual sound programs on your camcorder. Playing back a dual sound track tape Main sound and sub sound Main sound Sub sound...
  • Page 213 DV cassette Be sure to affix a label only on the locations as illustrated below [a] so as not to cause malfunction of your camcorder. After using the mini DV cassette Rewind the tape to the beginning, put the cassette in its case, and store it in an upright position.
  • Page 214: About I.link

    Tips •i.LINK, a nickname for IEEE 1394 that Sony proposed, is a trademark supported by a majority of companies worldwide. •IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
  • Page 215 For details on connection with i.LINK cable and necessary software, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the connected device. Use Sony i.LINK cables Use Sony i.LINK cables to connect the i.LINK devices. 4 pins y 4 pins (For dubbing) i.LINK and are trademarks.
  • Page 216: 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 LCD screen, display window or in the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis display function has worked.
  • Page 217 • The tape has run out. c Rewind the tape. (p. 44) • The video head may be dirty. c Clean the heads using the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (optional). (p. 235) • The volume is turned to minimum. c Turn up the volume. (p. 40) •...
  • Page 218 Troubleshooting Symptom Displaying the recorded date, date search function does not work. The new sound now being added, or that has been added to the recorded tape is not heard. The title is not displayed. The sound is muted or images do not appear when monitoring images through TV/VCR.
  • Page 219 Use a charged battery pack. (p. 13, 14) • Moisture condensation has occurred. c Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least one hour to acclimatize. (p. 234) • The gold-plated connector of the tape is dirty or dusty.
  • Page 220 • The input selector on the VCR is not set correctly. c Check the connection and set up the selector position. (p. 107) • The camcorder is not connected to Sony DV equipment (When the i.LINK cable is connected). c Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings and set the recording VCR to be controlled by infrared rays.
  • Page 221 • The AC Adaptor is disconnected. c Connect it properly. • The battery pack malfunctions. c Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • The POWER switch is not set to OFF (CHG). c Set it to OFF (CHG).
  • Page 222: Self-diagnosis Display

    Disconnect the mains lead of the AC Adaptor or remove the battery pack. After reconnecting the power source, operate your camcorder. c Contact your Sony dealer and inform them of the 5-digit code. (example: E:61:10) On the LCD screen or in the...
  • Page 223 ss ss •...
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  • Page 230: Warning Indicators And Messages

    •The tape has run out.* •The self-diagnosis display function is activated (p. 222).* % Moisture condensation has occurred* Fast flashing: •Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette compartment open (p. 234).
  • Page 231 Warning indicators and messages Warning indicator as to cassette memory Slow flashing: • No tape with cassette memory is inserted (p. 210).* Self-diagnosis display (p. 222) - The still image is protected Slow flashing: • The still image is protected (p. 202).* Warning indicator as to “Memory Stick”* Slow flashing: •...
  • Page 232 No “Memory Stick” is inserted (p. 173).* • MEMORY STICK ERROR The “Memory Stick“ data is corrupted or the “Memory Stick” that you are using is not compatible with your camcorder (p. 174).* • FORMAT ERROR (p. 160)* • - DIRECTORY ERROR (p. 195)* •COPY INHIBIT...
  • Page 233: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad You can use your camcorder in any country or region with the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/ 60 Hz. Your camcorder is a PAL system based camcorder. If you want to view the playback picture on a TV, it must be a PAL system based TV with the AUDIO/VIDEO input jack.
  • Page 234: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette compartment open. Your camcorder can be used again if the % indicator does not appear when the power is turned on again.
  • Page 235: Maintenance Information And Precautions

    Maintenance information and precautions Removing Dust from Inside the Viewfinder (1) While holding down the hook viewfinder in the direction of the arrow and remove it out (2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower. To reattach the viewfinder Do step 1 above sliding the viewfinder in the reverse direction of the arrow.
  • Page 236 Maintenance information and precautions If the above problem, [a] or [b] occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM12CL cleaning cassette (optional). Check the picture and if the above problem persists, repeat cleaning. Cleaning the LCD screen...
  • Page 237 • 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 of the lens.
  • Page 238 •Remove the tape, and periodically turn on the power, operate the CAMERA and VCR sections and play back a tape for about three minutes when your camcorder is not to be used for a long time. •Clean the lens with a soft brush to remove dust.
  • Page 239 Maintenance information and precautions • While the unit is in use, particularly during charging, keep it away from AM receivers and video equipment. AM receivers and video equipment disturb AM reception and video operation. • The unit becomes warm during use. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 240 •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 241: Specifications

    English 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 (Fs48 kHz, stereo) Video signal PAL colour, CCIR standards Usable cassette Mini DV cassette with the mark printed...
  • Page 242 ø × × ø ø ø × × × × × × ×...
  • Page 243: Quick Reference

    — Quick Reference — Identifying the parts and controls Camcorder 1 INDEX MARK button (p. 91) 2 Zoom ring (p. 32) 3 Focus ring (p. 83) 4 ND FILTER selector (p. 68) 5 FOCUS selector (p. 83) 6 PUSH AUTO button (p. 83) 7 FADER button (p.
  • Page 244 Identifying the parts and controls These are trademarks. Notes on the intelligent accessory shoe •The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone. •The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the POWER switch, allowing you to turn the power supplied by the shoe on and off.
  • Page 245 Identifying the parts and controls qh Speaker qj LCD screen (p. 27) qk LCD BRIGHT buttons (p. 28) ql VOLUME buttons (p. 40) w; MEMORY PLAY button (p. 193) wa DISPLAY button (p. 41) ws MEMORY – button (p. 184, 193) wd DATA CODE button (p.
  • Page 246 Identifying the parts and controls SLOW STOP PLAY eg Handle zoom lever (p. 31) eh Handle zoom switch (p. 31) ej Video control buttons (p. 40, 44, 123) C SLOW (slow playback) AUDIO DUB (dubbing) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback) M FF (Fast-forward) X PAUSE (pause)
  • Page 247 To remove the hood with a lens cap, loosen the lower hood fixing screw, and unscrew the hood with a lens cap counterclockwise. When using additional filters We recommend that you use Sony made filters. To open/close the shutter of the hood with a lens cap, slide the knob to your desired direction according to the arrow./...
  • Page 248 Identifying the parts and controls rg Hooks for shoulder strap rh Power zoom lever (p. 31) rj PHOTO button (p. 48, 177) rk BATT (battery) RELEASE lever (p. 13) rl PROGRAM AE button (p. 79) t; AUTO LOCK selector (p. 63) ta WHT BAL button (p.
  • Page 249 START/STOP button (p. 24) ys SHUTTER SPEED button (p. 66) yd Access lamp (p. 173) Fastening the grip strap Fasten the grip strap firmly. Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
  • Page 250 Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 6.5 mm (9/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the screw may damage your camcorder. ud Intelligent accessory shoe uf MIC/LINE switch (p. 137)
  • Page 251 VIDEO jack (p. 46, 107, 130, 189) ul AUDIO L/R jack (p. 46, 107, 130, 139) DV Interface (p. 109, 132, 190) This “i.LINK” mark is a trademark of Sony Corporation and indicates that this product is in agreement with IEEE 1394- 1995 specifications and their revisions.
  • Page 252: Remote Commander

    Identifying the parts and controls Remote Commander The buttons that have the same name on the Remote Commander as on your camcorder function identically to the buttons on your camcorder. 1 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control your camcorder after turning on your camcorder.
  • Page 253 • 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 remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the commander mode VTR 2, we...
  • Page 254: Operation Indicators

    Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators 1 Cassette memory (p. 210) 2 Remaining battery time (p. 33) 3 Zoom (p. 31)/Exposure (p. 65)/Data file name (p. 170) 4 Digital effect (p. 60)/FADER (p. 56)/ MEMORY MIX (p. 184) 5 16:9WIDE (p. 54)/PROG. SCAN (p. 51) 6 Picture effect (p.
  • Page 255 Identifying the parts and controls 0 LCD bright(p. 28)/Volume (p. 40) qa Date qs PROGRAM AE (p. 79) qd Backlight (p. 34)/Spot light (p. 35) qf SteadyShot OFF (p. 158) qg Manual focus/Infinity (p. 83, 84) qh Recording mode (p. 161) qj Standby/Recording (p.
  • Page 256: Quick Function Guide

    English Quick Function Guide Functions to adjust exposure (in the recording mode) •In insufficient light •In dark environments such as sunset, fireworks, or general night views •Shooting backlit subjects •In spotlight, such as at the theater or a formal event Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode) •Smooth transition between scenes •Taking a still picture...
  • Page 258: Index

    English Index A, B A/V connecting cable ... 46, 107, 130 AC Adaptor ... 14 Adjusting shutter speed ... 66 Adjusting viewfinder ... 30 AE SHIFT ... 79 Audio dubbing ... 137 AUDIO LEVEL ... 75 AUDIO MIX ... 159 AUDIO MODE ...
  • Page 260 Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan...

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