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Handycam Handbook
DCR-SR40/SR60/SR80
© 2006 Sony Corporation
2-698-880-11(1)
Enjoying with
your Hard Disk
Drive Handycam
Getting Started
Easy
Handycam 27
Recording
/Playback 32
Using the Setup items
Editing images
Dubbing, Printing
Performing with
a computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Glossary, Index
13
16
47
66
70
77
101
117
124

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  • Page 1 Handycam Handbook DCR-SR40/SR60/SR80 © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-698-880-11(1) Enjoying with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam Getting Started Easy Handycam 27 Recording /Playback 32 Using the Setup items Editing images Dubbing, Printing Performing with a computer Troubleshooting Additional Information Glossary, Index...
  • Page 2 WARNING To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
  • Page 3: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance, and keep this manual for future reference. Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance, or the one described in the operating instructions and adhere to them.
  • Page 4: Replacement Parts

    Lightning For added protection for this set during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the set due to lightning and power-line surges.
  • Page 5: Read This First

    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 your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DCR-SR Serial No. Model No. AC- Serial No.
  • Page 6: Notes On Use

    For operating and handling the camcorder, refer to “Operating Guide” and “Handycam Handbook” (PDF/this Handbook). On using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts. LCD screen • The camcorder is not dust proofed, drip proofed or waterproofed. See “Maintenance and precautions”...
  • Page 7 About the Carl Zeiss lens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF* measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 8: Notes On Using The Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    • It is recommended that you save your image data periodically after recording. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder • The hard disk of the camcorder may not be recognized, or recording or playback may not be possible. • Especially, during recording/playback, do not apply shock.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items ...16 Step 2: Charging the battery pack...17 Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder ...21 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen ...23 Step 5: Using the touch panel ...24 Step 6: Setting the date and time ...25 Step 7: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording image (DCR-SR60/SR80) ...26...
  • Page 10 Using the Setup items Using the Setup items... 47 Setup items ... 49 CAMERA SET ... 51 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.) STILL SET... 56 Settings for still images (BURST/QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.) PICT.APPLI..57 Special effects on images or additional functions on recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT, etc.)
  • Page 11 (DCR-SR60/SR80) ...72 Printing recorded still images (PictBridge compliant printer) ...74 Jacks to connect external devices...76 Performing with a computer What you can do with the camcorder by connecting to your computer ...77 System requirements ...78 Installing software...80 Creating a DVD with One Touch ...83 Copying images to a computer...87...
  • Page 12 Maintenance and precautions... 121 Glossary, Index Glossary... 124 Index ... 126...
  • Page 13: Enjoying With Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    What you can do with your Hard Disk Drive Handycam You can record images to the hard disk of the camcorder. Hard Disk Drive Handycam offers more options than the tape or the DVD camcorder for your convenience and entertainment.
  • Page 14 Connecting Hard Disk Drive Handycam to a computer The supplied software “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” is required. One Touch DVD Burn (p.83) You can save a recorded image on a DVD with a simple touch. Images that have not been saved to a DVD with One Touch DVD Burn can automatically be saved.
  • Page 15: Using Your Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    • Copying images to a computer (p.87). • Dubbing on VCR/DVD devices (p.70). Deleting images Delete the image data that has been saved on your camcorder. If you delete the images, you can record new images on the free hard disk space again.
  • Page 16: Getting Started

    Rechargeable battery pack NP-FP50 (1) (p.19) Lens cap (1) (p.21) (DCR-SR40) To attach the lens cap Thread the grip belt through the lens cap ring. CD-ROM (1) (p.77) – “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” (Software) – “Handycam Handbook” (PDF/this Handbook) “Operating Guide” (1)
  • Page 17: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) (p.120) to your camcorder. • You cannot use an NP-FP30 battery pack with your camcorder. (See the reverse side of the battery pack for the model number.) Installing the battery pack with excess force may lead to...
  • Page 18 Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station securely. Be sure to set the camcorder to the end. The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery pack is fully charged. • When setting the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover.
  • Page 19 To remove your camcorder from the Handycam Station Turn off the power, then remove the camcorder from the Handycam Station holding both. When storing the battery pack Use up the battery pack completely if you do not intend to use it for a long time (p.120).
  • Page 20 Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. PRECAUTION • Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power (house current) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
  • Page 21: Step 3: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder

    • After you have set the date and time ([CLOCK SET], p.25), the next time you turn on the power of your camcorder, the current date and time will be displayed on the LCD screen for a few seconds. Hold your camcorder correctly.
  • Page 22 Put the lens cap back after turning off the power (DCR-SR40). • At the time of purchase, the power will be set to turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any operation for approximately five minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF],...
  • Page 23: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen The LCD screen Open the LCD screen 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2). 2 180 DISP/BATT INFO degrees (max.) 1 90 degrees to...
  • Page 24: Step 5: Using The Touch Panel

    Step 5: Using the touch panel You can play back recorded images (p.30, 33), or change the settings (p.47) using the touch panel. Touch the buttons displayed on the screen. Support the rear of the LCD panel with your finger. Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
  • Page 25: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder or slide the POWER switch. • If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory.
  • Page 26: Step 7: Selecting The Aspect Ratio (16:9 Or 4:3) Of The Recording Image (dcr-sr60/sr80)

    16:9 (wide) POWER switch To play back images after connecting your camcorder to a TV Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to your TV (16:9/4:3) (p.42). • When viewing 16:9 (wide) images with [TV TYPE] set to [4:3], images may appear rough depending on subjects.
  • Page 27: Easy Handycam - Using Your Camcorder With Automatic Settings

    Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings Using Easy Handycam operation Easy Handycam operation is a function for making nearly all settings automatic with just one press of the EASY button. Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing, even first time users can enjoy easy operation.
  • Page 28: Recording With Ease

    POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG) position. To record movies To record still images ACCESS lamp The ACCESS lamp either lights or flashes when image data is written to the hard disk drive of the camcorder. 60min STBY EASY SETUP 00:01:00 SETUP...
  • Page 29 Still images Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the lamp. Press EASY. [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then Press PHOTO D lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B. Beep mi n EASY...
  • Page 30: Playback With Ease

    To play back images ACCESS lamp The ACCESS lamp either lights or flashes when image data is read from the hard disk drive of the camcorder. appears on the LCD screen. The last recorded/played back movie is marked with i.
  • Page 31 Start playback. Movies Touch (Movie) tab, then touch the thumbnail of the movie to be played back. Beginning of the scene/ previous scene Stop (go to the VISUAL INDEX screen) When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen.
  • Page 32: Recording/playback

    • If the ACCESS lamp is on or flashing after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the hard disk. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not remove the battery pack or AC Adaptor.
  • Page 33: Playback

    Go to the VISUAL INDEX screen • The ACCESS lamp either lights or flashes when image data is read from the hard disk drive of the camcorder. To adjust the volume Touch with • If you cannot find [VOLUME] in [SETUP] (p.47).
  • Page 34: Searching For Desired Images By Date (date Index)

    Searching for desired images by date (Date Index) You can search for desired images by date efficiently. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to light up the (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min 21 2006 To search for movies, touch (Movie) tab.
  • Page 35: To Use Zoom

    6 on the LCD frame. • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 36: To Record In Mirror Mode

    To record in mirror mode... qs Open the LCD screen qs 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (2). • A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image will be normal when recorded.
  • Page 37: Recording/playback

    9 Recording lamp (DCR-SR60/SR80) The recording lamp lights up red during recording (p.62). The lamp flashes when the remaining capacity for the battery or the hard disk of the camcorder is running low. qd Speaker Sound comes out from the speaker while playing back.
  • Page 38: Checking/deleting The Last Scene (review/review Deleting)

    Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting) You can check the last recorded movie/still image. Also, you can delete the checked images. Checking the last scene (Review) Slide the POWER switch to light up (Movie) or then touch The playback of the latest scene starts. Movie 60min REVIEW...
  • Page 39: Indicators Displayed During Recording/playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies 60min 00:01:00 [ 60min ] P-MENU 1 Remaining battery (approx.) (37) 2 Recording mode (HQ / SP / LP) (60) 3 Recording status ([STBY] (standby) / [REC] (recording)) 4 Counter (hour: minute: second) 5 Remaining recordable time of movies 6 Review button (38) 7 Personal Menu button (47) Viewing movies...
  • Page 40 Indicators on the LCD screen When you can change the setup items, or during recording or playback, following indicators are displayed. Upper left Upper center 60min STBY Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning Self-timer recording (54) Continuous photo recording /Bracket recording (56) Flash light (53) MICREF LEVEL low (60) Upper center...
  • Page 41: Remote Commander (dcr-sr60/sr80)

    / B / v / V, then press ENTER to enter. • Point the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p.37). • When no commands have been sent from the Remote Commander in a certain period, the orange frame disappears.
  • Page 42: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Playing the image on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 or A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.17). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 43 • When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], the image quality may deteriorate. Also, when the recorded image’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9 (wide) and 4:3, the image may jitter. • On some 4:3 TVs, the still images recorded in 4:3 aspect ratio may not be displayed full screen.
  • Page 44: Saving Images

    Saving images Recorded images are stored on the internal hard disk of the camcorder. Due to some limitations on the internal hard disk, make sure that you save the image data to the external media. You can save the images recorded on the camcorder as described below.
  • Page 45: Deleting Images

    Deleting images You can provide free hard disk space by deleting image data on the camcorder. • You can check the free hard disk space of the camcorder on [HDD INFO] (p.58). • Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete the images, cancel the protection (p.69).
  • Page 46 Deleting images by date You can delete movies or still images by date at once. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. 60min 21 2006 To delete movies, touch (Movie) tab.
  • Page 47: Using The Setup Items

    Using the Setup items Using the Setup items Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to light up the respective lamp. Touch the LCD screen to select the setup item. Unavailable items will be grayed out. x To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used setup items are added.
  • Page 48 1 Touch t[SETUP]. 2 Select the desired setup item. Touch to select the item, then touch in step 2.) 3 Select the desired item. • You can also touch the item directly to select it. 4 Customize the item. After finishing the settings, touch If you decide not to change the setting, touch x To change the setup items during Easy Handycam operation does not appear during Easy Handycam operation (p.27).
  • Page 49: Setup Items

    Setup items Available setup items (z) vary depending on the operating mode. The following settings are made automatically during Easy Handycam operation (p.27). Position of lamp: CAMERA SET (p.51) PROGRAM AE SPOT METER EXPOSURE WHITE BAL. AUTO SHUTTER SPOT FOCUS FOCUS FLASH SET SUPER NSPLUS...
  • Page 50 LANGUAGE The setting values before Easy Handycam operation are maintained. DCR-SR60/SR80 DCR-SR40 [USB SELECT] appears automatically when your camcorder is connected to a computer or other device with the Handycam Station and the USB cable. Position of lamp: Movie (p.60) –...
  • Page 51: Camera Set

    CAMERA SET Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./ STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 47 for details on selecting setup items.
  • Page 52 , set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO]. [AUTO] is selected, or you bring your camcorder outdoors from inside the house while using fixed exposure, select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment.
  • Page 53 W (wide angle), then adjust the focus. • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
  • Page 54: Color Slow Shutter

    • Remove the conversion lens (optional). • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.53), when it is hard to focus automatically. • The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the image may slow down at this time.
  • Page 55 – while recording movies – when [D.EFFECT] is set to [OLD MOVIE] (p.57) • When you connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system, or via an S VIDEO jack, and play back the disc, the TV switches to full mode automatically.
  • Page 56: Still Set

    • You may not be able to record continuous images up to the maximum number depending on the image size and the remaining hard disk space of the camcorder. • [EXP. BRKTG] does not function, if the hard disk space is only available for less than three still images.
  • Page 57: Pict.appli

    PICT.APPLI. Special effects on images or additional functions on recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 47 for details on selecting setup items. FADER You can add the following effects to currently recording images.
  • Page 58: Hdd Set

    BURN button on the Handycam Station body. See page 84. When connecting the camcorder to a computer via USB, you can access to the hard disk drive of the camcorder from the computer. PictBridge PRINT See page 74. • For details on a computer connection, see page 77.
  • Page 59: Drop Sensor

    • Set the drop sensor to [ON] (default setting) when you use the camcorder. Otherwise when you drop the camcorder, you may damage the hard disk of the camcorder. • In a non-gravity situation, the drop sensor activates.
  • Page 60: Standard Set

    STANDARD SET Settings while recording or other basic settings (REC MODE/LCD SET/USB SPEED, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the item is selected. See page 47 for details on selecting setup items. REC MODE (Recording mode) You can select an image quality of the movie from three levels.
  • Page 61 LCD SET The recorded image will not be affected even when you change the setting. LCD BRIGHT You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. 1 Adjust the brightness with 2 Touch LCD BL LEVEL You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight.
  • Page 62 (DCR-SR60/SR80) The default setting is [ON] so that you can use the supplied Remote Commander (p.41). • Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by other device’s remote control. • The setting returns to [ON] after you remove the power source for more than five minutes.
  • Page 63: Time/langu

    5 minutes. NEVER The camcorder is not automatically turned off. • When you connect your camcorder to a wall outlet, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to [NEVER]. CALIBRATION See page 122.
  • Page 64: Customizing Personal Menu

    Customizing Personal Menu You can add desired setup items to Personal Menu, and customize Personal Menu settings. This is convenient if you add frequently used setup items to Personal Menu. Adding a setup item You can add up to 28 setup items for (Movie), (Still) or Delete a less important setup item, if you...
  • Page 65 Arranging the order of setup items displayed on Personal Menu Touch t [P-MENU SET UP] t [SORT]. If the desired setup item is not displayed, touch Touch the setup item you want to move. Touch to move the setup item to the desired place. Touch To sort more items, repeat step 2 to 4.
  • Page 66: Editing Images

    Glossary (p.124) • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from you camcorder while editing the Playlist. It may damage the hard disk of the camcorder. • You can add up to 99 scenes in the Playlist.
  • Page 67 t [YES]. Touch To erase all the scenes at the same time Touch [ERASE ALL] in step 2 t [YES]. • The original images are not changed even if you erase the images from the Playlist. Changing the order within the Playlist Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp.
  • Page 68: Playing The Playlist

    Playing the Playlist You can play the Playlist. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. Touch (Playlist) tab. A list of the scenes added in the Playlist appears. 60min Touch the image from which you want to playback.
  • Page 69 To cancel protection from the desired image Touch the image marked with - in step 3. - mark disappears. Protecting images by date You can set protection for selected images by recording date. Slide the POWER switch to light up (PLAY/EDIT) lamp.
  • Page 70: Dubbing, Printing

    You can save images on your camcorder to VCRs or DVD recorders. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.17). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 71 VCR/DVD device with the A/V connecting cable (supplied) 1 or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional) 2. • Connect your camcorder to the input jacks of a VCR or DVD device. Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the recording device.
  • Page 72: Recording Images From A Tv Or Vcr/dvd Device (dcr-sr60/sr80)

    You can record images or TV programs from a VCR, TV or DVD device onto the hard disk of camcorder. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.17). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 73 (supplied) 1 or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional) 2. • Connect your camcorder to the output jacks of a TV or VCR/DVD device. If you are recording from a VCR/ DVD device, insert the video tape or the DVD into the playback device.
  • Page 74: Printing Recorded Still Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station securely, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.76). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 75 • Do not attempt the following operations when is on the screen. The operations may not be performed properly. – Operating the POWER switch – Removing your camcorder from the Handycam Station – Removing the USB cable (supplied) from the printer –...
  • Page 76: Jacks To Connect External Devices

    The accessory can be turned on or off as you operate the POWER switch on your camcorder. Refer also to the instruction manual supplied with your accessory for details. • The Active Interface Shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory securely.
  • Page 77: Performing With A Computer

    • Other functions are also available other than described below. For details, see the help in the supplied software. Copy images to a computer Edit images • You can also view the images on the hard disk of the camcorder on the computer. Create a DVD with One Touch View copied...
  • Page 78: System Requirements

    800 × 600 dots, and 256 colors or less. USB port : As standard equipment (USB 2.0 recommended) • The camcorder is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0). You can transfer data at a faster rate using a computer compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0).
  • Page 79 Contents without obtaining authorization or approval of the respective owners thereof. License of ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder by Sony Corporation would not be construed as conferring to you by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use the...
  • Page 80: Installing Software

    Installing software You need to install the software to your Windows computer. The installation is only required once. Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer. Turn on the computer. • Log on as Administrators for installation. • Close all the applications running on the computer before installing the software.
  • Page 81 Select [NTSC], then click [Next]. Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install the Program] screen. The installation for “ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder” starts. If the [Installing Microsoft (R) DirectX (R)] screen is displayed, follow the steps below to install DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step 1 Read [License Agreement], then click [Next].
  • Page 82 The computer turns off once, then starts up again automatically (Restart). When you complete the installation, the short- cut icons for [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] and [ImageMixer destination folder] appear on the desktop of your computer. Remove the CD-ROM from the disc drive of your computer.
  • Page 83: Creating A Dvd With One Touch

    DVD using this operation. • In this operation, the image data recorded on the camcorder can be saved on DVD only once. To save images on the DVD for the next time, copy the images to the computer (p.87) to create DVD.
  • Page 84 AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.76). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 85 It is recommended that you delete the image data from the camcorder using the functions on the camcorder by following the steps on page 45. In this way, you can increase the free hard disk space of your camcorder.
  • Page 86 1 Double click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu will be displayed. 2 Click [Options]. 3 Check the check box for [Seamless playback], then click [OK].
  • Page 87: Copying Images To A Computer

    Copying images to a computer You can view and edit images copied from the camcorder to your computer. Also, you can create a DVD with the copied materials. You can choose either way to copy images as follows. Copying images that have not been saved (Easy PC Back-up) (p.87):...
  • Page 88 AC Adaptor. Set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, then slide the POWER switch to turn on. • When you set the camcorder onto the Handycam Station, connect securely onto the interface connector of the Handycam Station (p.76). • You can perform this operation, when...
  • Page 89: Copying Selected Images

    Images that have not been copied to a computer are automatically copied to your computer. • While copying images, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The copying may be terminated. Once the completion dialog for copy appears, click [OK].
  • Page 90 • If the screen other than the ImageMixer Menu appears, close the screen. • During the operation, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The operation may be terminated. Click [Viewing and Editing] on the screen of the computer.
  • Page 91 Click the images you want to copy. The selected images on which you have clicked are marked with desired images with • You can also click the checkbox on the preview screen. • You can select both the movies and still images at the same time.
  • Page 92: Viewing Copied Images On A Computer

    Viewing copied images on a computer You can view images copied to your computer. Double-click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 93: Printing Still Images

    Still image You can print and expand images using the buttons at the top of the screen. • For data compatible with Exif, click (Exif) to display the recording conditions such as shutter speed, exposure, aperture, etc. Printing still images Click (Print) in step 5.
  • Page 94: Editing Images

    Turn on the computer. Double-click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 95 Check [Cut the specified range]. Search the scene you want to delete by clicking Drag and drop the first frame of the scene you want to delete to [Start]. Display the last frame of the scene to delete on the center frame by clicking drag and drop the frame to [End].
  • Page 96: Creating A Dvd With Selected Images

    • Close the software, if it has started on the computer automatically. Double click [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] on the desktop. ImageMixer Menu appears. • You can also start up ImageMixer Menu by clicking [start] t [All Programs] t [PIXELA] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder] t [ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder].
  • Page 97 • If you check that the DVD can be played back, it is recommended that you delete the image data from the camcorder by following the steps on page 45. In this way, you can increase the free hard disk space of your camcorder.
  • Page 98: Saving Images In The Playlist To A Dvd

    [Project Settings] screen appears. • You do not need to change the setting unless necessary. • During the operation, do not apply vibration on the camcorder. The operation may be terminated. Click [OK]. (Movie) / ImageMixer3 DVD Authoring starts up, and it allows you to select images in the Playlist created on the camcorder.
  • Page 99 Write] tab t [Write] on Click [ the ImageMixer3 DVD Authoring screen. [Write settings] screen appears. Click [OK]. DVD creation starts up. • When you insert a burned DVD-RW/ DVD+RW in the disc drive in step 3, a message appears, asking if you want to delete images saved on a DVD.
  • Page 100: Deleting Image Data From A Computer

    When you have changed a destination folder, delete the images from the last destination folder. • Do not delete the image data on the hard disk of the camcorder with your computer. When using Windows XP, click [start] t [My Pictures].
  • Page 101: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, refer to the following table to troubleshoot then. If your problem persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. Note before sending your camcorder for repair • Your camcorder may be requireed to initialize or change the current hard disk of the camcorder, depending on the problem.
  • Page 102 The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p.17). If the problem persists, remove the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 103: Lcd Screen

    The buttons do not appear on the touch panel. • Touch the LCD screen lightly. • Press DISP/BATT INFO on your camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote Commander (DCR- SR60/SR80)) (p.24, 41). The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all.
  • Page 104 • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. With POWER switch turned on, leave the camcorder for a while. If you still cannot operate the camcorder, turn it off, taking it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 105: Adjusting The Image During Recording

    • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. Turn off the camcorder and take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder there for a while, then turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 106 Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen. • The spots appear when you are recording in [SUPER NSPLUS] or [COLOR SLOW S]. This is not a malfunction. The color of the image is not correctly displayed. •...
  • Page 107: Setup Items

    • Protected images cannot be deleted. Cancel the image protection (p.69). The data file name is not indicated correctly. • Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the camcorder standard. • The file is damaged.
  • Page 108 You cannot use [PROGRAM AE]. • You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] together with: – NightShot plus – [SUPER NSPLUS] – [COLOR SLOW S] – [OLD MOVIE] • [SPORTS] will not work when the POWER switch is set to You cannot use [SPOT METER]. •...
  • Page 109 [COLOR SLOW S] does not operate correctly. • [COLOR SLOW S] may not operate correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot plus or [SUPER NSPLUS]. • You cannot use [COLOR SLOW S] together with: – [FADER] – [D.EFFECT] – [PROGRAM AE] –...
  • Page 110: Connecting A Computer

    (p.70, 72). Connecting a computer The computer does not recognize your camcorder.
  • Page 111 The image or sound on your camcorder cannot be played back correctly. • When you connect your camcorder to a computer not compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), it may not be able to be played back correctly. However, it does not affect the images or sounds copied to your computer.
  • Page 112 Others The beep sounds for five seconds. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • Some problems have occurred in your camcorder. Turn off and on, then operate your camcorder...
  • Page 113: Warning Indicators And Messages

    You can solve some of the symptoms by yourself. If your problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:00 C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:ss •...
  • Page 114: Hard Disk

    No applicable files available. • Image files have been deleted. Format error. Please format. • The hard disk of the camcorder is set differently from the default format. Performing [HDD FORMAT] (p.58) may enable you to use your camcorder.
  • Page 115: Lens Cover

    Buffer overflow • You cannot record because the drop sensor senses a drop of the camcorder repeatedly. If you may be at risk of dropping the camcorder constantly, set the drop sensor to [OFF], and you may be able to record the image again.
  • Page 116 Other E Please connect AC Adaptor. • You are trying to format the camcorder hard disk, while the battery capacity is low. Use the AC Adaptor as the power source to prevent the battery from wearing out in the middle of this operation.
  • Page 117: Additional Information

    Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/ regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 118 Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set [AREA SET] and [DST SET] / [SUMMERTIME] in the LANGU. (p.25). World time difference...
  • Page 119: Files On The Camcorder Hard Disk/folder Structure

    The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/folder structure, when recording/playing back images on the camcorder. To enjoy still images or movies by connecting to a computer, see page 77, then use the supplied application.
  • Page 120: Battery Life

    To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. • To use the battery pack up on your camcorder, leave your camcorder in the recording standby with the [A.SHUT OFF] to [NEVER] in...
  • Page 121: Maintenance And Precautions

    If the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult with a doctor immediately (DCR-SR60/SR80). • If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked, – consult with your local authorized Sony service facility. – wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin.
  • Page 122 • Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. • If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 123 Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 124: Glossary, Index

    111. Formatting The process of deleting all recorded image data from the hard disk of the camcorder and restoring its original storage capacity. You can initialize the hard disk of the camcorder using [HDD FORMAT] (p.58).
  • Page 125 VISUAL INDEX This function displays images of movies and still images you have recorded so that you can select those scenes you want to play back.
  • Page 126 Index Numerics 12IMAGES...62 16:9 (wide) ...26 4:3...26 6IMAGES...62 A/V connecting cable ...16, 42, 70, 72 A/V jack ...42, 70, 72, 76 AC Adaptor ...16, 17, 18, 84, 88, 89, 98 ACCESS lamp ...32 Active Interface Shoe ...76 Adjusting exposure for back light ...35 AREA SET ...63 Aspect ratio...26 AUTO SHUTTER...53...
  • Page 127 HDD...58, 88, 90, 98 HDD FORMAT ...58 HDD INFO ...58 HDD SET ...58 Highland ...8 Hi-Speed USB ...78 Holding the camcorder ...21 HQ ...60 Icon ... See Display indicators ID-1/ID-2 ...42, 55 Image management files ...119 IMAGE SIZE...56 ImageMixer Menu ...88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98...
  • Page 128 Pre-installed rechargeable battery...122 Preparation Camcorder ...16 Computer...80 Preview ...92, 94 Previous/next button...31, 33 Previous/Next Date button...34, 46, 69 Print ...74, 93 PROGRAM AE...51, 108 PROTECT ...68 Protection...68, 124 P-MENU...See Personal Menu QUALITY ...56 Rechargeable battery pack ... See Battery Recording ...28, 32 Recording lamp ...37, 62...
  • Page 129 Warning messages ...113 WHITE BAL. (White balance)...52, 108 WHITE FADER ...57 Wide angle ...35 WIDE DISPLAY ...61 WIDE SELECT ...26, 55 Windows 2000 ...78 Windows XP...78 WIPE ...57 Wireless Remote Commander ... See Remote Commander World time difference...118 Zoom...35 Zoom lever...35 ZOOM LINK ...62...
  • Page 132 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. Printed in Japan...

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