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Operating Guide
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference
HVR-S270U/S270N
© 2008 Sony Corporation
3-280-851-11(1)

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  • Page 1 VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) -free vegetable oil based ink. Printed in Japan Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Operating Guide Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference HVR-S270U/S270N © 2008 Sony Corporation 3-280-851-11(1)
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Types of cassette you can use in your camcorder Your camcorder is capable of recording in HDV, DVCAM and DV formats. When recording in HDV/DV format, Sony recommends that you use standard size DV cassettes or mini DV cassettes. When recording in DVCAM format, Sony...
  • Page 3 Using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following part. LCD panel Lens hood Microphone or Battery pack Microphone holder Memory Viewfinder Recording Unit b Notes • The camcorder is not dustproof, dripproof or waterproof. See “About handling of your camcorder”...
  • Page 4 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 5: Table Of Contents

    Step 2: Attaching the supplied items ...9 Step 3: Preparing a power supply ...15 Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly ...17 Step 5: Adjusting the viewfinder and LCD panel ...18 Step 6: Setting the date and time ...20 Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 6 Using the menu items ... 62 Menu items ... 64 (CAMERA SET) menu ... 67 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (GAIN SETUP/BACK LIGHT/STEADYSHOT, etc.) (AUDIO SET) menu ... 74 Settings for the audio recording (HDV 2CH/4CH/XLR SET, etc.) (DISPLAY SET) menu ...
  • Page 7 Compatibility of the DVCAM/DV formats... 108 About the “Memory Stick” ... 110 About i.LINK... 111 About x.v.Color ... 112 About handling of your camcorder ... 113 Specifications ...117 Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls ...121 Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder ...128...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    • A cassette tape and a “Memory Stick Duo” are not included. See pages 2, 107 and 110 for types of cassette tape and “Memory Stick Duo” that you can use on your camcorder. Carl Zeiss lens (VCL-412BWS) (1) (p. 9) This lens is pre-mounted.
  • Page 9: Step 2: Attaching The Supplied Items

    Tips • When you attach a non-Carl Zeiss lens, Sony recommends that you adjust the black balance with the iris closed before recording. (p. 36)
  • Page 10 2 Place the flange focal length adjustment test chart A about 2-3 meters (7-10 feet) away. Zoom in and set your camcorder to locate the center of the chart in the center of the screen. 3 Set the ZOOM switch F to SERVO.
  • Page 11 Attaching the lens hood with lens cover PUSH (lens hood release) button Align the marks on the lens hood to those on the camcorder, and turn the lens hood in the direction of the arrow 2. To remove the Lens hood with lens...
  • Page 12 Step 2: Attaching the supplied items (Continued) z Tips • If you attach or remove a 72mm (2 7/8 in.) PL filter or MC protector, remove the lens hood with lens cover. To open or close the shutter of the Lens hood with lens cover Move the lens cover lever up or down to open or close the lens cover.
  • Page 13 Pull in the direction of the arrow while pressing here. Attaching Memory Recording Unit Attach the Memory Recording Unit to your camcorder as illustrated. For details, refer to the Operating Instructions of the Memory Recording Unit on the CD-ROM. HDV/DV jack (6-pin) b Notes •...
  • Page 14 Step 2: Attaching the supplied items (Continued) To attach the Memory Recording Unit to the i.LINK Cradle Attach the Memory Recording Unit to the i.LINK Cradle as illustrated. To remove the Memory Recording Unit from the i.LINK Cradle Slide the unit upward while pushing the RELEASE lever of the Memory Recording Unit downward.
  • Page 15: Step 3: Preparing A Power Supply

    • During recording, playback, and loading/ unloading a tape, be careful never to remove the battery pack. • Make sure to turn the camcorder off before changing the battery (except when using an AC- 550 and an AC-DN2/DN10 AC Adaptor together).
  • Page 16 Step 3: Preparing a power supply (Continued) Using an AC Adaptor To use the AC-550 AC Adaptor Connect the camcorder to the AC power supply through an AC-550 AC Adaptor as shown in the following figure, and turn the POWER switch of the AC-550 on.
  • Page 17: Step 4: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder Properly

    Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly To record or play, set the CAMERA/VCR switch to respective positions. When you use your camcorder for the first time, [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 20). POWER switch CAMERA/VCR switch Set the POWER switch to ON, and set the CAMERA/VCR switch.
  • Page 18: Step 5: Adjusting The Viewfinder And Lcd Panel

    Step 5: Adjusting the viewfinder and LCD panel The viewfinder To attach the large eyecup To attach the supplied large eyecup, stretch it slightly and align it with the eyecup groove in the viewfinder. You can attach the large eyecup facing either the right or left side.
  • Page 19 To adjust the brightness Set the brightness in [VF B.LIGHT] of (DISPLAY SET) menu (p. 79). b Notes • You may see primary colors shimmering in the viewfinder when you move your eye line. This is not a malfunction. The shimmering colors will not be recorded on the recording media.
  • Page 20: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    CAMERA/VCR switch position. z Tips • 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. In that case, charge the rechargeable battery and then set the date and time again (p.
  • Page 21 Set [Y] (year) by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. You can set any year up to the year 2079. CLOCK SET 12 : 00 2008 MENU : CANCEL Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minute, then press the dial. The clock starts.
  • Page 22: Step 7: Inserting A Tape Or A "memory Stick Duo

    The camcorder can use standard-size and mini-size DVCAM/DV cassettes. For details about usable cassette, see “Types of cassette you can use in your camcorder” on page 2. Set the POWER switch to ON. While sliding the open lever in the direction of the arrow, open the cassette lid.
  • Page 23: Memory Stick Duo

    Holding the side of the cassette may cause it to be inserted incorrectly. • When inserting a cassette, put the camcorder on a horizontal and stable surface. • When inserting a mini DV cassette tape, strong light entering the slot may cause a malfunction such as improper cassette type detection.
  • Page 24 • When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.
  • Page 25: Recording/playback

    Your camcorder records movies on tape and still images on “Memory Stick Duo.” Do the following steps to record movies. • This camcorder can record movies in HDV or DVCAM (DV) format. The factory setting is HDV format ([REC FORMAT] p. 80).
  • Page 26 Recording (Continued) Press the REC START/STOP button A (or B, C). The recording lamp lights up during recording. To stop the movie recording, press the REC START/STOP button again. z Tips • When recording in HDV format, the aspect ratio is fixed to 16:9. When recording in DVCAM (DV) format, you can switch the aspect ratio to 4:3 ([DV WIDE REC] p.
  • Page 27 1.2M 1440 × 256MB 512MB 12500 b Notes • Specifications are for Sony “Memory Stick Duo.” The actual number of recordable pictures can vary depending on the recording environment and the type of “Memory Stick Duo.” z Tips • Image sizes of still images are as follows: –...
  • Page 28 • Camera data stored on the tape will not be copied to the “Memory Stick Duo.” • You cannot store a still image during using your camcorder with [PB ZOOM] set to [ON] (p. 90). • You cannot store a still image under the following conditions: –...
  • Page 29: Changing The Settings Of Your Camcorder Recordings

    Close view: (Telephoto) z Tips • The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject for focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto. • The focus may not be adjusted at certain zoom positions if the subject is within 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) from your camcorder.
  • Page 30: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    Tips For manual focus • Zoom in and bring your camcorder in focus, then gradually zoom out. • Fully zoom out and gradually zoom in when you shoot a close subject. To restore automatic adjustment Press the ASSIGN button to which [FOCUS] is assigned once again.
  • Page 31 2 Press the ASSIGN button to which [FOCUS INFNTY] is assigned. appears on the screen. If you release the button, your camcorder returns to the manual focus mode. This function enables you to set focus on a distant subject even when the focus is automatically set on a close subject.
  • Page 32: Adjusting The Exposure

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) b Notes • Images, details of which are enhanced, will not be recorded on a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo.” z Tips • You can focus an image more easily when you use this function with the expanded focus.
  • Page 33 • If you change the ND filters D during recording, the movie and sound may be distorted. • will flash when your camcorder cannot detect the ND filter positions (1/2/3/4). Check the ND filter position. z Tips • While recording a bright subject, diffraction...
  • Page 34: Adjusting To Natural Color (white Balance)

    1/48 when you set [SCAN TYPE] to [24] or [24A]. • It is difficult to focus automatically at a lower shutter speed. Sony recommends that you set up your camcorder on something stable such as a tripod, and manually adjust the focus.
  • Page 35 Set the WHT BAL switch D to any one of PRST/A/B. Select A or B for recording with the white balance setting stored in memory A or B. Select PRST for recording with the white balance setting set in [OUTDOOR], [INDOOR] or [MANU WB TEMP], which you have selected in [WB PRESET] of the SET) menu.
  • Page 36: Adjusting The Black Balance

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Adjusting the black balance Normally, you do not need to adjust the black balance. The black balance may become off in some recording conditions. If that happens, adjust the black balance. The adjusted settings are stored only temporarily.
  • Page 37 Default settings the same :USER as when Picture Profile is [OFF] Example settings of :PRO COLOR pictures recorded by a professional shoulder camcorder with ITU-709 gamma Example settings of :PD COLOR pictures recorded by a professional handy camcorder with PD gamma...
  • Page 38 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) BLACK LEVEL To set the black level. Item [MASTER BLACK] [BLACK R] [BLACK G] [BLACK B] GAMMA To select a gamma curve. Item [STANDARD] [CINEMATONE1] [CINEMATONE2] [ITU709] [G5.0] [PD] [x.v.] BLACK GAMMA To correct gamma in low intensity area.
  • Page 39 To set knee point and slope for video signal compression to reduce over-highlighting by limiting signals in high contrast area of the subject to the dynamic range of your camcorder. When you set the OUTPUT/DCC switch to ON, [KNEE] is automatically adjusted.
  • Page 40 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) COLOR DEPTH To set the color depth for each color phase. This function is more effective for deep colors and less effective for light colors. The color looks deeper as you decrease the setting value to more negative side, and lighter as you increase the value to more positive side.
  • Page 41 COLOR CORRCT (Continued) Item Description and settings [MEM1 COLOR] Sets colors stored in Memory 1. [PHASE] [RANGE] [SATURATION] : Sets saturation. [ONE PUSH SET]: Automatically sets [PHASE] for a subject at the [MEM1 REVISN] Corrects colors in Memory 1. [R GAIN] [B GAIN] [MEM2 COLOR] Sets colors stored in Memory 2.
  • Page 42 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) WB SHIFT To set items for the white balance shift. Item [FILTER TYPE] [LB[COL TEMP]] [CC[MG/GR]] [R GAIN] [B GAIN] DETAIL To set items for the detail. Item [LEVEL] [MANUAL SET] Description and settings Selects a color filter type for the white balance shift.
  • Page 43 SKINTONE DTL To adjust the detail of skintone areas to reduce wrinkles. Item Description and settings [ON/OFF] Suppresses details in skin-tone areas to reduce wrinkles. Select [ON] when you want to use this function. You can also select other areas. [LEVEL] Sets the adjustment level.
  • Page 44 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) To name the picture profile settings You can name picture profile1 through 6. 1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button 2 Select the picture profile that you want to name with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial...
  • Page 45: Adjusting The Volume

    CH1 and the right- side sound in CH2. z Tips • Sony recommends that you set CH2 of the REC CH SELECT switch to the center position in the following cases: – To avoid no audio input to CH2 by recording the same audio input with that inputted to CH1.
  • Page 46 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) z Tips • Set the INPUT1/2/3/4 switch to MIC+48V when using the supplied microphone. 3 Set the level of input to be recorded on each audio track. CH1 dial CH2 dial AUTO...
  • Page 47 x 4CH/FS32K recording AUDIO MONITOR CH1/2 REC CH SELECT CH3/4 CH 1 CH 2 CH 3 CH 4 CH 1 CH 2 AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO 2CH MODE CH 3 CH 4 LINE LINE LINE LINE MONITOR SELECT INPUT1 INPUT2 INPUT3 INPUT4 In 4-channel recording, the recording...
  • Page 48: Assigning The Functions To The Assign Buttons

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons Some functions need to be assigned to the ASSIGN buttons for use. You can assign a single function to any one of the ASSIGN 1 to 6 buttons on the body or the L1, L2 and RET buttons on the lens.
  • Page 49: Recording An Index Signal

    Select the ASSIGN button to which you want to assign a function with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A. • You can select the ASSIGN 1 through 6 buttons on the body and the L1, L2 and RET button on the lens. •...
  • Page 50: Reviewing The Most Recently Recorded Scenes (rec Review)

    [LAST SCN RVW] may not work correctly. z Tips • If you press the ASSIGN button again during the last scene review, your camcorder plays back the last 5 seconds of the most recently recorded movie, then goes standby at the end of...
  • Page 51: Using The Shot Transition

    Sony recommends that you use a tripod to avoid image blurring. You can set the following items in [SHOT TRANSITION] of the (CAMERA SET) menu (p.
  • Page 52 Using the Shot transition (Continued) SHOT TRANSITION/ FOCUS MARKING CHECK STORE EXEC A button Set [S.TRANS/F.MARK] of the (CAMERA SET) menu to [SHOT TRANSITION]. Press the SHOT TRANSITION/ FOCUS MARKING button D to bring up the shot transition store screen. The STORE lamp turns on.
  • Page 53 • If you use the following buttons and switch during the shot transition operation, the shot transition will be canceled: – PICTURE PROFILE button – MENU/STATUS switch – ASSIGN button to which [EXP.FOCUS] is assigned • You can also make a transition from the SHOT- A to the SHOT-B or from the SHOT-B to the SHOT-A.
  • Page 54: Marking Focal Point On The Screen (focus Marking)

    Marking focal point on the screen (Focus marking) You can mark a focal point, at which you set a subject in focus, on the LCD screen prior to the recording. You can use this function during the manual focus. SHOT TRANSITION/ FOCUS MARKING CHECK STORE...
  • Page 55: Playback

    Playback MEMORY/PLAY button MEMORY/INDEX button MEMORY/DELETE button MEMORY -/+ buttons DISPLAY LCD BRIGHT PLAY INDEX DELETE MEMORY POWER switch CAMERA/VCR switch SEL/PUSH EXEC dial You can play back movies as follows: Set the POWER switch to ON and the CAMERA/VCR switch to VCR POWER Start playing back.
  • Page 56 DV players. • You can play back a DV format tape on your camcorder only when its contents are recorded in the SP mode. You cannot play back movies recorded on the DV format tape in the LP mode.
  • Page 57 To delete still images from the “Memory Stick Duo” 1 Do the steps of “To view still images” to display still images that you want to delete. 2 Press the MEMORY/DELETE button. 3 Select [YES] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The still image will be deleted.
  • Page 58: Changing/checking The Settings In Your Camcorder

    Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder DISPLAY LCD BRIGHT PLAY INDEX DELETE MEMORY CAMERA SEL/PUSH EXEC POWER Changing the screen You can turn on and off the display of the time code, tape counter, and other information on the screen.
  • Page 59: Displaying The Settings In Your Camcorder (status Check)

    Check the data code that is displayed on the screen when you play back the tape on your camcorder for the accurate shutter speed. • A shutter speed is indicated with [---] during playback of the movie record in the extended clear scan (ECS) mode.
  • Page 60: Connecting A Monitor Or A Tv

    Connecting a monitor or a TV To connect to a monitor or recorder without an HDV/DV jack, use audio and video cables as below. You do not need an audio cable to connect a monitor that supports SDI audio input via an SDI cable.
  • Page 61 • Video signals outputted from the HD/SD SDI OUT jack or the COMPONENT OUT jack of your camcorder have the following limitations: – Video signals inputted from the HDV/DV jack of your camcorder need to be recorded to output to an external device. When recording video signals and outputting them from the HDV/DV jack to the external device, you can view the movie reproduced by the video signal.
  • Page 62: Using The Menu

    The available menu items vary depending on the position of the CAMERA/VCR switch of your camcorder. Unavailable items will be STBY grayed out. CAMERA SET (p. 67) AUDIO SET (p. 74) DISPLAY SET (p.
  • Page 63 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired setting is highlighted or to bring up the desired setting, then press the dial to confirm the setting. S T B Y 00:00:28:10 BEEP MENU : END Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU to hide the menu screen. To return to the previous screen, select RETURN].
  • Page 64: Menu Items

    Menu items (CAMERA SET) menu (p. 67) GAIN SETUP SMOOTH GAIN HYPER GAIN AGC LIMIT WB PRESET WB OUTDR LVL WB TEMP SET ATW SENS SMOOTH WB AE SHIFT AE WINDOW AE RESPONSE AT IRIS LMT FLCKR REDUCE CNTRST ENHCR BACK LIGHT SPOTLIGHT STEADYSHOT...
  • Page 65 Position of CAMERA/VCR switch: (DISPLAY SET) menu (p. 76) ZEBRA HISTOGRAM PEAKING MARKER CAM LEVELING EXP.FOCUS TYPE CAM DATA DSP AU.LVL DISP ZOOM DISPLAY FOCUS DISP SHUTTER DISP LCD COLOR LCD BL LEVEL VF B.LIGHT VF COLOR LETTER SIZE REMAINING DISP OUTPUT (IN/OUT REC) menu (p.
  • Page 66 Menu items (Continued) (MEMORY SET) menu (p. 87) ALL ERASE FORMAT FILE NO. NEW FOLDER REC FOLDER PB FOLDER (OTHERS) (p. 88) CAMERA PROF. ASSIGN BTN CLOCK SET WORLD TIME LANGUAGE PB ZOOM QUICK REC DATE REC BEEP REC LAMP[R] BATTERY TYPE HOURS METER Position of CAMERA/VCR switch:...
  • Page 67: (camera Set) Menu

    (CAMERA SET) menu Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (GAIN SETUP/BACK LIGHT/STEADYSHOT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 62 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 68 Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. WB TEMP SET You can set the color temperature between 2,300K and 15,000K in 100K steps when you set [WB PRESET] to [MANU WB TEMP]. ATW SENS You can set the auto white balance operation under a reddish light source such as an incandescent lamp or candle, or under a blueish light source such as in outdoor...
  • Page 69 • Flickering may not be reduced for certain light sources. CNTRST ENHCR When you set this function to [ON], your camcorder detects high contrast images, such as backlit scenes, and automatically improves the unexposed images. The default setting is [OFF].
  • Page 70 Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. HARD Reduces camera shakes at a high level. This setting is not suitable for panorama tilt recordings. B STANDARD Reduces camera shakes at a standard level. SOFT Reduces camera shakes at a low level. Slight unsteadiness remains in movies, which make the movies look as they are.
  • Page 71 SMTH SLW REC Fast moving subjects and actions, which cannot be captured under the general recording conditions, can be recorded in smooth moving slow-motion. This is useful for recording fast actions such as a golf or tennis swing. 1 Set [REC TIME]. Select the recording time from [3sec] (the default setting), [6sec] and [12sec].
  • Page 72 Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The operation of your camcorder differs depending on when you press the REC START/STOP button. If you press the button during [INTERVAL REC] recording, the recording temporarily stops. If you press it again, the [INTERVAL REC] recording restarts.
  • Page 73 COLOR BAR TYPE Selects a type of the color bars. TYPE 1 TYPE 2 TYPE 3 TYPE 4 (75% brightness of TYPE 3) TONE Outputs audio tone signals (1 kHz: full bit -20 dB) when you set the OUTPUT/DCC switch to BARS and [TONE] to [ON]. The default setting is [OFF].
  • Page 74: (audio Set) Menu

    (AUDIO SET) menu Settings for the audio recording (HDV 2CH/ 4CH/XLR SET, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 62 for details on selecting menu items. Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 75 You can set INPUT2, INPUT3 and INPUT4 in the same way as INPUT1. z Tips • 48 dBu is set as 0dB in your camcorder. • Set [INPUT TRIM] to [0dB] for the supplied microphone (ECM-XM1). • Set [INPUT TRIM] to [12dB] for the optional microphone (Sony ECM-NV1).
  • Page 76: (display Set) Menu

    Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. function. If it is distorted at the recording point, lower the total volume level manually. • If you set INPUT TRIM too far to the minus side, the microphone volume becomes too low, resulting in a poor signal to noise ratio.
  • Page 77 The default setting is [OFF]. b Notes • You cannot display markers on an external device connected to your camcorder via an analog jack. • You cannot display markers when you set [DATE REC] to [ON].
  • Page 78: Zoom Display

    CAM LEVELING When you set this function to [ON], you can display a level meter to check the level of your camcorder. The default setting is [OFF]. EXP.FOCUS TYPE You can set a type of the expanded focus display.
  • Page 79 Displays the shutter speed in seconds. DEGREE Displays the shutter speed in degrees. The shutter speed equal to the period that your camcorder reads image data from the image sensor is defined as 360 degrees. The degree is calculated based on this definition and displayed.
  • Page 80: (in/out Rec) Menu

    You can select a type of output signal to an external device for playing back a movie on the device. Select [AUTO] in most cases. When you connect your camcorder to an external device with an i.LINK cable, select a type of input and output signals to and from the external device via the HDV/DV jack.
  • Page 81 When playing back those movies, a momentary pause will occur between scenes. In this case, you can copy the movies without the pause from your camcorder to a computer via an i.LINK cable and use them on the computer as normal movies.
  • Page 82: Sdi Output

    The default setting is [ON]. VIDEO OUT SDI/CMPNT You can select the type of connection when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the SDI or component input jack. 480i Supports connection between your camcorder and a TV with a component input jack that supports the 480i format.
  • Page 83 • Disconnect the i.LINK cable before setting [i.LINK SET]. Otherwise, the connected video device may not be able to recognize the video signal from your camcorder. • Even when you select [CH3,CH4] during HDV2CH recording, only audio in CH1 and CH2 will be outputted from the (i.LINK) jack.
  • Page 84 EXT REC CTRL You can connect your camcorder to an HDV/DVCAM/DV compatible device (digital HD video camera recorder, digital video camera recorder, hard disc recorder, etc.) with an i.LINK cable, and record movies on your camcorder and the connected device simultaneously, or continue recording from your camcorder to the connected device.
  • Page 85: (tc/ub Set) Menu

    (TC/UB SET) menu (TC PRESET/UB PRESET/TC LINK, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 62 for details on selecting menu items. Push the MENU/STATUS switch to MENU t select the (TC/UB SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 86 This function is useful for editing movies recorded by multiple camcorders. 1 Insert a tape to the main camcorder from which you want to generate the time code. 2 Set the CAMERA/VCR switches of the main and sub camcorders to CAMERA.
  • Page 87: (memory Set) Menu

    Notes • You cannot delete the new folder once you have created it on your camcorder. Format the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 87) or delete it on your computer. • The number of recordable pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 88: (others) Menu

    3 Select [YES] in the check screen. b Notes • You cannot load camera profile that has been saved by a different model of camcorder or edited on a computer. To save a camera profile 1 Select [SAVE] with the SEL/PUSH...
  • Page 89: World Time

    SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. 3 Select [MEMORY STICK] or [CAMERA] for a "Memory Stick Duo" or your camcorder as a copy destination of the camera profile. 4 Select [NEW FILE] or an existing profile name with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 90 • When this function is set to [ON], the interval between scenes freezes for a moment (editing on your computer is recommended). • When the camcorder is left in standby for more than about 3 minutes, your camcorder exits from standby (the drum stops rotating) to prevent tape wear and battery loss.
  • Page 91 HOURS METER You can display the cumulative operation time of your camcorder with the total hours of operation, drum rotation, tape running, or the total number of tape unthreading operations. OPERATION Displays the total hours of operation in 10- hour increments.
  • Page 92: Dubbing/editing

    • Your camcorder has a 6-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be attached. • Your camcorder can only record from an NTSC source. For example, French video or TV programs (SECAM) cannot be recorded correctly.
  • Page 93: Recording Still Images

    A/V OUT jack, images may be distorted or not be displayed. Jittering will not affect recording of the movie on a tape with your camcorder but may affect recording of the movie with another VCR connected to your camcorder via the COMPONENT OUT jack or A/V OUT jack.
  • Page 94: Copying Movies On A Tape To A Computer

    DVCAM (DV) and 4:3 formats. Copying movies on a tape to a computer Connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable. The computer needs to have an i.LINK connector and be installed with editing software that can copy video signals.
  • Page 95 • The computer may freeze or may not recognize the signal from your camcorder in the following situations. – Connecting your camcorder to a computer that does not support the video signal formats appearing on the LCD screen of your camcorder display (HDV or DVCAM (DV)).
  • Page 96 (p. 16). 1 Prepare editing software (not provided). 2 Turn on your computer. 3 Insert a tape into your camcorder and set the CAMERA/VCR switch to VCR. 4 Set the menu of your camcorder. The menu settings vary depending on the copying image.
  • Page 97: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer. • Power sources/LCD screen···p. 97 • Cassette tapes/“Memory Stick Duo”···p. 98 •...
  • Page 98 • The “Memory Stick Duo” is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 110). • Format the “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder (p. 87) or insert another “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 23). • You cannot record still images on the “Memory Stick Duo” in the following cases.
  • Page 99 You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene to the next. • Do not record progressive pictures in different [REC TYPE] settings on the same tape. • Perform End search (p. 50). • Do not remove the cassette (the picture will be recorded continuously without a break even when you turn the power off).
  • Page 100 B. A Carl Zeiss lens is not mounted. A Carl Zeiss lens is not mounted. Your camcorder is not connected to an external device via an i.LINK cable. [TC MAKE] is set to [REGENERATE]. [TC MAKE] is set to [REGENERATE].
  • Page 101 The subjects passing by the frame very fast appear crooked. • This is called the focal plane phenomenon. This is not a malfunction. Because of the way that the image device (CMOS sensor) reads out image signals, the subjects passing by the frame rapidly might appear crooked depending on the recording conditions.
  • Page 102 • The tape was recorded in both of the HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats. This is not a malfunction. The movies freeze for a while, or the sound breaks off. • This occurs if the tape or video head is dirty (p. 114). • Use the Sony standard size DV or mini DV cassette tape.
  • Page 103 • The tape you are playing back was recorded with [HYPER GAIN] set to [ON]. Noises appear and • The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder (NTSC). This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 104 • Set the VIDEO OUT switch to COMPOSITE (p. 60). Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed. • You cannot zoom pictures from connected devices on your camcorder. Time code and other information appear on the display of the connected device.
  • Page 105 Your computer freezes. • Set [VCR HDV/DV] correctly according to the connected device (p. 80). • Disconnect the cable from your computer and camcorder. Reboot your computer, and connect your computer and camcorder following the steps in the correct order (p. 95).
  • Page 106: Warning Indicators And Messages

    You can fix some problems associated with the symptoms yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:21:ss •...
  • Page 107: Additional Information

    BS (broadcast satellite) digital, terrestrial digital HDTV broadcastings, in Blu-ray Disc recorders, etc. Playback • Your camcorder can play back pictures in both the DVCAM (DV) format and HDV1080i specification. • Your camcorder can play back pictures recorded...
  • Page 108: Compatibility Of The Dvcam/dv Formats

    If the gold-plated connector on the cassette is dirty or dusty, the remaining tape indicator may not show correctly. Gold-plated connector On Sony HDV1080i compliant TVs An HDV format compatible TV with the component input jack is required to view playback pictures recorded in the HDV format.
  • Page 109 DVCAM DVCAM DVCAM b Notes • This camcorder complies with the DVCAM format.Though mini DV cassettes can be used for recording, we recommend you use mini DVCAM cassettes to get the most out of the high reliability of the DVCAM format.
  • Page 110: About The "memory Stick

    – If you eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 111: About I.link

    To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. • To discharge the battery pack on your...
  • Page 112: About X.v.color

    • i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. • IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Page 113: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    • If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 114 Such a freezing point cannot be recovered if it was created while recording. To prevent such a problem, use the Sony mini DV cassette. • If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony cleaning cassette (optional).
  • Page 115 Use cleaning paper moistened with the liquid. On handling the casing • If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth. • Avoid the following to avoid damage to the finish.
  • Page 116 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) Remove dust inside the eye piece and viewfinder with a blower.
  • Page 117: Specifications

    Specifications System Video recording system (HDV) 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Video recording system (DVCAM (DV)) 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Still image recording system Exif Ver. 2.2* Audio recording system (HDV) Rotary heads, MPEG-1 Audio Layer-2 (2-channel) MPEG-2 Audio Layer-2 (4-channel) Quantization: 16 bits Fs48kHz (stereo)
  • Page 118 **Still image resolution is obtained by the unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS Sensor and image processing system (new Enhanced Imaging Processor). Output connectors VIDEO OUT jack BNC connector ×...
  • Page 119 LENS jack 12-pin connector HDV/DV jack i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 6-pin connector S100) DC IN 12V connector XLR 4-pin, female, 11 V - 17 V LCD screen Picture 8.0 cm (3.2 type, aspect ratio 16:9) Total dot number 921 600 (1 920 × 480) General Power requirements DC 14.4 V (battery pack)
  • Page 120 • Macintosh and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. • HDV and the HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. • Pentium is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
  • Page 121: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. AUDIO OUT VIDEO OUT Pr/Cr Pb/Cb A Accessory shoe (127) B Shoulder strap fitting (12) C Handle zoom lever (29) D REC START/STOP button (25) E Microphone holder (11) F Microphone fixing clamper (11) G LIGHT connector (2-pin, female) (27) A video light with a maximum power...
  • Page 122 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A AUDIO INPUT2 (R) jack (45) B AUDIO INPUT1 (L) jack (45) C Lens mount securing tab (9) D ND filter (32) E TALLY switch Set to ON to turn on the front recording lamp. F PEAKING switch (18) G LIGHT ON/OFF switch Lights the lens to help you to see the focus...
  • Page 123 A LIGHT MAN/AUTO switch Select AUTO or MAN to automatically or manually turn on and off a video light connected to the LIGHT connector. AUTO: The video light automatically turns on upon a start of recording when its power switch is in the on position. MAN: You can manually turn on and off the video light with its power switch.
  • Page 124 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) G WHT BAL switch (33) H MENU/STATUS switch (62) I SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS MARKING button (51) J A button (51) K B button (51) L Handle zoom switch (29) M Shoulder strap fitting (12) N ASSIGN 1-3 buttons (48) O ASSIGN 4 button/ZEBRA button (48) P ASSIGN 5 button/AE SHIFT button (48)
  • Page 125 * E-E: Abbreviation of “Electric-to-Electric.” In E-E mode, video and audio signals input to the camcorder are output after passing through internal electric circuits only. This can be used to check input signals. B MONITOR dial (56)
  • Page 126 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) LANC AUDIO INPUT3 AUDIO INPUT4 A Accessory shoe mount(127) B Recording lamp (25) C Cassette lid (22) D Rechargeable battery pack (15) E DISPLAY button (19) F -LCD BRIGHT+ buttons (19) G MEMORY/PLAY button (55) H MEMORY/INDEX button (55) I MEMORY/DELETE button (55) J MEMORY -/+ button (55)
  • Page 127 To mount the accessory shoe Cover Accessory shoe Accessory shoe plate 1 Loosen the screw and remove the cover on the accessory shoe mount as illustrated. 2 Lift the edge of the accessory shoe plate and pull it in the direction opposite to that of the arrow on the shoe plate and remove it from the accessory shoe.
  • Page 128: Indicators For The Lcd Screen And Viewfinder

    Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. The indicators will not be recorded on the tape during recording. Recording movies HDV1080i A Recording format ( B Remaining battery (approx.) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D During recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second:...
  • Page 129: Viewing Movies

    Viewing movies 00:04:50:04 HDV1080i J Tape transport indicator Recording mode (DVCAM or DV SP) appears when a tape recorded in the DVCAM or DV SP format is played back. Viewing still images 101-0011 K Data file name L Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder M Playback folder (88)
  • Page 130 Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued) Indicators when you made changes Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning Recording format (80) DV WIDE REC (82)* QUICK REC (90)** DV FRAME REC (72)* ND filter (32) INTERVAL REC (71) EXT REC CTRL (84) REC TYPE SCAN TYPE (81)
  • Page 131 Indicators on the sub LCD screen A Recording format B Time code/user bit C Tape remaining indicator D Battery capacity indicator E 2CH/4CH audio mode F Audio level indicator...
  • Page 132: Index

    Index A button...51 Access lamp...24 Accessory shoe ...127 Accessory shoe kit...8 Accessory shoe mount...127 ADVANCE ...77 AE RESPONSE...69 AE SHIFT...68, 99 AE SHIFT button ...48 AE WINDOW ...68 AF ASSIST...70 AGC CH1,2 ...74 AGC CH3,4 ...75 AGC LIMIT ...67 AGC switch ...33 ALL ERASE...87 ALL FILES...87 ALL OUTPUT ...80...
  • Page 133 DV PROGRE...82 DV REC MODE (Recording mode) ...82 DV SP ...82 DV WIDE CONV...83 DV WIDE REC ...82 DVCAM ...82 D.EXTENDER (Digital Extender) ...70, 99 End search...50 END TRIGGER...71 Expanded focus...31 EXP.FOCUS TYPE...78 EXT ONLY ...84 EXT REC CTRL ...84, 100 FADER ...70, 99 FILE NO.
  • Page 134 Index (Continued) Lens cover lever ...12 Lens hood with lens cover...11 LENS jack ...9 Lens mount ...9 Lens mount cap ...127 Lens mount securing tab...9 LETTER SIZE...79 LIGHT connector ...121 LIGHT MAN/AUTO switch ...123 LIGHT ON/OFF switch ...122 MANU ADJUST...10 MANU WB TEMP...68 MARKER...77, 100 Memory A ...35...
  • Page 135 RESET ...43, 85 RESET button ...125 RET button ...48 S VIDEO jack ...60 SAFETY ZONE ...77 SCAN TYPE...81 SDI OUTPUT ...82 SDI/CMPNT ...82 SD-SDI SET ...83 Self-diagnosis display...106 SEL/PUSH EXEC dial ...20 SHOT TRANSITION...72 Shot transition ...51 SHOT TRANSITION/FOCUS MARKING button ...51 SHUTTER DISP...79 Shutter speed...33 SHUTTER switch...33...

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