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using 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
The supplied CD-ROM includes Operating Guide for the HVR-V1 series.
(Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese
For more details, see "Using the CD-ROM Manual" on page 18.
© 2006 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 The supplied CD-ROM includes Operating Guide for the HVR-V1 series. (Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese versions). For more details, see “Using the CD-ROM Manual” on page 18. HVR-V1E/V1P © 2006 Sony Corporation 2-887-521-14(1)
  • Page 2 WARNING To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. For Customers in the U.S.A. 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

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS (Continued) 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

    E4 (controlled EMC environment ex. TV studio). Notice for the customer in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61,70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 6 The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local Sony offi ce or visit Sony Europe’s web site for business customers: For the customers in the Nederland...
  • Page 7 These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
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  • Page 12 “Memory Stick” compatible equipment Be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor. Memory Stick Duo Adaptor Using the camcorder • Do not hold the camcorder by the following part. Lens hood LCD panel Battery pack Microphone...
  • Page 13 Notes • The camcorder is not dustproof, dripproof or waterproof. See “Maintenance and precautions” (p. 130). • Before connecting your camcorder to another device with an HDMI cable, component video cable, USB or i.LINK cable, be sure to insert the connector plug...
  • Page 14 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 15: Table Of Contents

    Step 2: Attaching the supplied microphone and the lens hood with lens cover ...20 Step 3: Charging the battery pack ...22 Step 4: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder properly ...25 Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder ...26 Step 6: Setting the date and time ...28 Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 16 Using the menu items ... 64 Menu items ... 66 (CAMERA SET) menu ... 69 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/ IRIS/STEADYSHOT/BACK LIGHT, etc.) (AUDIO SET) menu ... 75 Settings for the audio recording (DV AU. MODE/XLR SET, etc.) (DISPLAY SET) menu ...
  • Page 17 Copying movies on a tape to a computer ...105 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ...108 Warning indicators and messages ...117 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ...120 HDV format and recording/playback ...121 Compatibility of the DVCAM/DV formats ...123 About the “Memory Stick” ...125 About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...127 About i.LINK ...128...
  • Page 18: Using The Cd-rom Manual

    Using the CD-ROM Manual The supplied CD-ROM includes versions of the Operating Guide for the HVR-V1 series in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese in PDF format. Preparation The following program must be installed on your computer in order to read the Operating Guide contained on the CD- ROM.
  • Page 19: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. • The cassette tape and “Memory Stick Duo” are not included. See page 30, 121 and 125 for compatible cassettes and “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 20: Step 2: Attaching The Supplied Microphone And The Lens Hood With Lens Cover

    Step 2: Attaching the supplied microphone and the lens hood with lens cover Attaching the supplied microphone Attach the wind screen 1 to the microphone 2. Loosen the screw of the microphone holder 3 and open the cover. Place the microphone into the holder with the model name facing upward, close the cover, and tighten the screw.
  • Page 21 Attaching the lens hood with lens cover Lens hood fixing screw Align the marks on the lens hood to those on the camcorder, and turn the lens hood in the direction of the arrow. Tighten the lens hood fixing screw.
  • Page 22: Step 3: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 3: Charging the battery pack You can charge the battery by attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) to your camcorder. b Note • You cannot use batteries other than the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) (p. 127). DC plug...
  • Page 23 Battery pack NP-F570 (supplied) NP-F770 NP-F970 b Note • You cannot use the NP-F330 battery pack with this camcorder. Recording time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack. Recording in the HDV format Battery pack...
  • Page 24: Playing Time

    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 25: Step 4: Turning The Power On And Holding Your Camcorder Properly

    • After you have set the date and time ([CLOCK SET], p. 28), 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.
  • Page 26: Step 5: Adjusting The Lcd Panel And Viewfinder

    Step 5: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewfinder The LCD panel Open the LCD panel while pressing the OPEN button 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2). OPEN button...
  • Page 27 When the picture in the viewfinder is hard to see If you cannot see the picture in the viewfinder clearly under bright circumstances, use the supplied large eyecup. To attach the large eyecup, stretch it slightly and align it with the eyecup groove in the viewfinder.
  • Page 28: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    POWER switch position. z Tip • 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 29 z Tip • The date and time do not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the tape, and can be displayed during playback ([DATA CODE] (p. 80)) Changing the language setting You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
  • Page 30: Step 7: Inserting A Tape Or A "memory Stick Duo

    Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” Cassette tape See page 121 for details of usable cassettes and prevention of accidental erasure. Slide and hold the EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid. OPEN/EJECT lever The cassette compartment automatically comes out and opens up.
  • Page 31 • 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 32: Recording/playback

    This camcorder records movies on tape and still images on “Memory Stick Duo.” The procedure for recording movies is below. • This camcorder can record movies in HDV or DVCAM (DV) format. The factory setting is HDV format ([REC FORMAT] p. 82).
  • Page 33 • The recording lamp can be set to stay off ([REC LAMP] p. 91). • You cannot record the movie on a “Memory Stick Duo”. To record in mirror mode Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees toward the lens (2). z Tip •...
  • Page 34 Recording (Continued) To record still images Press the PHOTO/EXPANDED FOCUS button. The image is recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo.” Recording is complete when movie recording. z Tips • When you are not recording a movie, you will hear the shutter click. •...
  • Page 35: Playback

    • You cannot play back the tape recorded in the HDV format on video cameras of the DVCAM (DV) format or mini-DV players. • DV format tapes are played back on your camcorder only if they are recorded in the SP mode ( appears on the screen). Tapes recorded in the LP mode are not played back.
  • Page 36 Playback (Continued) • Time code and user bits are not displayed correctly unless time code and user bits are recorded on the tape, or the recorded time code is compatible with your camcorder. z Tips • Indicators displayed on the screen during playback are shown on page 145.
  • Page 37: 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 38: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Adjusting the focus manually You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions. Use this function in the following cases. – To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops.
  • Page 39: Adjusting The Exposure/iris

    z Tip • The focal distance information (for when it is dark and hard to adjust the focus) appears for about 3 seconds in the following cases. (It will not be displayed correctly if you are using a conversion lens (optional)). –...
  • Page 40 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) z Tip • This is handy for changing the brightness of the screen and setting the desired brightness by dial operation. EXPOSURE2 You can adjust the display brightness by adjusting the iris (the gain and shutter speed remain fixed).
  • Page 41 Adjust the picture quality by turning the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial z Tip • If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after manual adjustment, the manually adjusted items are saved. To restore automatic adjustment Press the EXPOSURE/IRIS button H, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK.
  • Page 42 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) To hide the zebra pattern • Set the ZEBRA switch E to OFF. b Note • The zebra pattern is not recorded on the tape. z Tip • This is convenient for adjusting the brightness while a histogram (p.
  • Page 43: Adjusting To Natural Color (white Balance)

    Adjusting to Natural Color (White balance) You can adjust the white balance according to the light of the recording environment. You can set two sets of white balance adjustment data separately in memory A and memory B for two different recording conditions with A and recording, you can select the setup data...
  • Page 44: Customizing The Picture Quality (picture Profile)

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) To restore the automatic white balance Press the WHT BAL button B, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK. b Note • If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to...
  • Page 45 Picture profile number (setting Recording condition name) You can assign your own :------ setting. During standby, press the PICTURE PROFILE button C. Select a picture profile number by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial. You can shoot with the settings of the selected picture profile.
  • Page 46 Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Item Adjustment [KNEE The starting point of video POINT] signal compression, set in order to prevent overexposed highlights by keeping the subject's high- brightness area signal within the dynamic range of your camcorder.
  • Page 47 6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 to adjust other items. 7 Select [ RETURN] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial. 8 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial. A picture profile indicator appears. b Note •...
  • Page 48: Adjusting The Volume

    Changing the settings of your camcorder recordings (Continued) Adjusting the volume You can adjust the volume of a microphone connected to INPUT1/INPUT2. z Tip • You can find how to attach the supplied microphone on page 20. Set the AUTO/MAN switch A of the channel to be adjusted to MAN.
  • Page 49: Assigning The Functions To The Assign Buttons

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons You may need to assign some functions to the ASSIGN buttons. You can assign a single function to each the ASSIGN button 1 to 6. Functions you can assign to the ASSIGN buttons •...
  • Page 50: Focusing On A Distant Subject (focus Infinity)

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued) Select [OK] by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial. Press the MENU button A to hide the menu. z Tips • Shot transition is assigned to the ASSIGN buttons 1, 2 and 3 (p.
  • Page 51: Reviewing The Most Recently Recorded Scenes (rec Review)

    [REC REVIEW] during standby mode. The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scene are played back. Then, your camcorder is set to standby. Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (End search) b Note •...
  • Page 52: Using The Shot Transition

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued) z Tip • 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 to standby at the end of the recording.
  • Page 53 2 Press the ASSIGN button 2 to check the SHOT-A. Press the ASSIGN button 3 to check the SHOT-B. The selected setting will take effect on the picture on the screen. The focus, zoom, and so on, are automatically adjusted as stored in the setting. b Note •...
  • Page 54: Changing/checking The Settings In Your Camcorder

    • You can display the screen indicators during playback on a TV. Select [DISP OUTPUT], then [V-OUT/PANEL] (p. 81). Displaying the settings in your camcorder (Status check) You can check the setup value of the following items. • Audio setup such as [DV AUDIO MIX] (p. 77) •...
  • Page 55: Checking The Remaining Battery (battery Info)

    Checking the remaining battery (Battery Info) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button C. The approximate recordable time in the selected format and battery information appear for about 7 seconds. You can view the battery information for up to 20 seconds by pressing the button again while the information is displayed.
  • Page 56: Locating A Scene On A Tape

    Commander. b Notes • If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. • The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
  • Page 57 Press STOP 3 on the Remote Commander. b Notes • If index recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the index point. • The Index search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded...
  • Page 58: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    Playing the picture on a TV Connection methods and image quality differ depending on what type of TV is connected and connectors used. Use the supplied AC Adaptor to obtain AC power (p. 22). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the device to be connected. Selecting the connection method according to your TV type and connectors High definition TV 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV...
  • Page 59 Notes • Make all menu settings on your camcorder before connecting. The TV may not recognize the video signal properly when changing [VCR HDV/DV] and [i.LINK CONV] settings after connecting with an i.LINK cable. * Pictures recorded in the DVCAM (DV) format are played back as SD (standard definition) images regardless of the connection.
  • Page 60 Playing the picture on a TV (Continued) Jacks on your camcorder Open the jack cover and connect the cable. Connecting to a high definition TV Type Camcorder Component video cable (supplied) A/V connecting cable (supplied) b Note • An A/V connecting cable is also needed to output audio signals. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/ V connecting cable to the audio input jack of your TV.
  • Page 61 • If your TV is not compatible with HDV1080i, connect your camcorder and TV with the supplied component video cable and A/V connecting cable as illustrated in • The TV needs to be set so that it recognizes that the camcorder is connected. See the instruction manuals supplied with your TV.
  • Page 62 (optional) b Notes • The TV needs to be set so that it recognizes that the camcorder is connected. See the instruction manuals supplied with your TV. • This camcorder has a 4-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be attached.
  • Page 63 Notes • If you connect your camcorder to your TV using more than one type of cable to output images from a jack other than the i.LINK jack, the order of priority of the output signals is as follows: HDMI t component video t S VIDEO t audio/video.
  • Page 64: Using The Menu

    MEMORY SET (p. 87) OTHERS (p. 89) Select the desired item by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. The available menu items vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. Unavailable items will be grayed out.
  • Page 65 Select the desired setting by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. 1 2 0 REMOTE CTRL MENU : END Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen. To return to the previous screen, select RETURN]. --:--:--:--...
  • Page 66: Menu Items

  • Page 69: (camera Set) Menu

    (CAMERA SET) menu Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/IRIS/ STEADYSHOT/BACK LIGHT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 64 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 70 WIDE CONV. Select when a wide conversion lens (optional) is attached. This mode is the most effective with Sony VCL-HG0862K wide conversion lens. COLOR BAR ON/OFF You can display the color bar or record it on the tape by setting to [ON].
  • Page 71 TYPE You can select the color bar type. TYPE 1 TYPE 2 TYPE 3 TONE When you set [ON/OFF] to [ON] and [TONE] to [ON], audio tone signals (1kHz: full bit -18dB) are output (the default setting is [OFF]). AF ASSIST When you set [AF ASSIST] to [ON], you can briefly focus manually by turning the focus ring during the auto focus.
  • Page 72 Press the MENU button t select the dial. b Note • If you adjust the iris manually, you cannot obtain the effect of [AT IRIS LMT]. 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 shade.
  • Page 73 6 Press the REC START/STOP button. The [INTERVAL REC] recording starts. To cancel [INTERVAL REC], press the REC START/STOP button. The operation of your camcorder differs depending on when you press the REC START/STOP button. If you press the button during [INTERVAL...
  • Page 74 DV FRAME REC You can record pictures with a stop-motion animated effect by alternately recording a few frames and then moving the subject a little. Operate your camcorder using the Remote Commander to prevent camera shake. B OFF Select to record in the standard recording mode.
  • Page 75: (audio Set) Menu

    FADER You can record a transition with the following effects adding to the interval between scenes. 1 Select the desired effect in [STBY] (during fading in) or [REC] (during fading out) mode. 2 Press the REC START/STOP button. The fader indicator stops flashing and disappears when the fade is complete.
  • Page 76 Press the MENU button t select the dial. b Notes • This function is effective only when the AUTO/ MAN switches of both CH1 and CH2 are set to MAN (p. 48). • When [LINKED] is set, you can adjust the volume with the AUDIO LEVEL dial of CH1 (p.
  • Page 77: (display Set) Menu

    Select to output sound of CH2 from channel 1/2. z Tip • When you select [CH1,CH2] and output from the stereo of your camcorder, sound is mixed sound of CH1 and CH2. DV AUDIO MIX You can monitor the sound recorded on the tape with audio dubbing or 4ch microphone recording during playback.
  • Page 78 Press the MENU button t select the dial. HISTOGRAM When you set [HISTOGRAM] to [ON], [HISTOGRAM] (a graph to display a distribution of tones in your picture) window appears on the screen (the default setting is [OFF]). This item is useful when you adjust exposure.
  • Page 79 TYPE 2 Enlarges and shows images in white and black. ALLSCAN MODE When you set [ALLSCAN MODE] to [ON], you can check the area surrounding the picture frame, which you cannot check on a TV screen (the default setting is [OFF]).
  • Page 80: Data Code, Etc.)

    BRIGHT Brightens the LCD screen. (DISPLAY SET) by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [LCD BL LEVEL] is automatically set to [BRIGHT]. • When you select [BRIGHT], the recordable time with the battery is slightly reduced.
  • Page 81: Disp Output

    [-- -- --] and [-- :--:--] will appear. • If you play back a tape recorded on your camcorder on another device, an incorrect shutter speed may be displayed when the device is set to display camera setting data. The correct shutter speed will be displayed when you play back the tape on your camcorder.
  • Page 82: (in/out Rec) Menu

    VCR HDV/DV You can select the playback signal. Normally select [AUTO]. When your camcorder is connected to another device using an i.LINK cable, select the signal to input/output from the HDV/DV interface (i.LINK). The selected signal is recorded or played back.
  • Page 83 • When you select HDV format, the image size is fixed to 16:9. You cannot record in 4:3 size. 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...
  • Page 84 Press the MENU button t select the dial. 576i Select when connecting your camcorder to a TV with the component input jack. B 1080i/576i Select when connecting your camcorder to a TV that has the component input jack and is capable of displaying the 1080i signal.
  • Page 85: (tc/ub Set) Menu

    Select when you do not want to make the time code continuous at backspace editing. TC LINK You can synchronize the time codes of multiple HVR-V1E/V1Ps. This function is useful for editing movies recorded by multiple camcorders. 1 Decide which camcorder will generate a...
  • Page 86 SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. 6 A message “Synchronize TC with connected device?” is displayed. Select [YES] to synchronize the time code of the sub camcorder to the time code of the main camcorder. Remove the i.LINK cable when synchronization is completed.
  • Page 87: (memory Set) Menu

    (16:9) and [VGA (0.3M)] in DVCAM (DV) format (4:3). b Note • The specifications are for the “Memory Stick Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording environment. Approximate data size of a picture (kB) 0.2M...
  • Page 88 Notes • You cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 88), or delete them using your computer. • The number of recordable pictures on a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 89: (others) Menu

    • A camera profile saved on “Memory Stick Duo” cannot be viewed or edited on a computer. • You can copy a camera profile by loading the camera profile stored in your camcorder and saving it onto a “Memory Stick Duo To change profile name You can change the camera profile name.
  • Page 90: World Time

    PHOTO button on the Remote Commander. CLOCK SET See page 28. WORLD TIME When you use your camcorder abroad, you can adjust the clock to the local time by setting the time difference with the PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 91 • If [QUICK REC] 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 92: Dubbing/editing

    When connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video jack on the device, and connect the white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug to the audio jack on the device.
  • Page 93 • Disconnect the i.LINK cable before changing these menu settings, otherwise the VCR/DVD device may not correctly identify the video signal. z Tip • This camcorder has a 4-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be connected. Continued ,...
  • Page 94 • When the recorder is HVR-V1E/V1P, set [VCR HDV/DV] to [AUTO] (p. 82). • When the player and the recorder are both HDV1080i compatible devices such as HVR-V1E/V1P and connected with the i.LINK cable, after pausing or stopping and then resuming the recording, the images will be a bit choppy or rough at that point.
  • Page 95 Notes • The following cannot be output via the DV interface (i.LINK): – Indicators – Titles that are recorded on other camcorder • Pictures recorded in the HDV format are not output from the HDV/DV interface (i.LINK) jack during playback pause or in any playback mode other than normal playback.
  • Page 96: Recording Pictures From A Vcr

    • Your camcorder has a 4-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be attached. • Your camcorder can only record from a PAL source. For example, French video or TV programs (SECAM) cannot be recorded correctly.
  • Page 97 REC (record) buttons simultaneously. Start playing the cassette on your VCR. The picture played on the VCR appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder. Press (PAUSE) again at the point you want to start recording. Press x (STOP) to stop recording.
  • Page 98: Copying Movies From Tape To "memory Stick Duo" As Still Images

    “Memory Stick Duo” are recorded. On your camcorder, the date and time at which the picture was recorded on the tape are displayed. Camera setting data recorded on the tape cannot be stored on the “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 99: Deleting Recorded Pictures From The "memory Stick Duo

    Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo” Set the POWER switch to VCR. Playback a picture you want to delete (p. 36). Press the MEMORY/DELETE button. MEMORY/ DELETE [Delete this image?] will be displayed. Select [YES] by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.
  • Page 100: Printing Recorded Images (pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    You can print out pictures using a PictBridge compliant printer without connecting the camcorder to a computer. Connect the AC Adaptor to your camcorder to obtain power from the wall socket. Insert the “Memory Stick Duo”, containing still images into your camcorder and turn on the printer.
  • Page 101 – Operate the POWER switch. – Disconnect the USB cable from the printer. – Remove the “Memory Stick Duo” from your camcorder. • If the printer stops working, disconnect the USB cable, turn the printer off and on again and restart the operation from the beginning.
  • Page 102: Using A Computer

    Notes on connecting to a computer • When you are using a USB cable or an i.LINK cable to connect your camcorder to a computer, make sure to connect the connector in the correct direction. If you insert the connector forcibly, it may be damaged, and cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
  • Page 103 To USB jack USB cable (supplied) To USB jack • Do not connect your camcorder to the computer at this point. • The computer may not recognize the camcorder if you connect them with the USB cable before turning on your camcorder.
  • Page 104 A Folder containing image files recorded by other camcorders without the folder creation function (for playback only). B Folder containing image files recorded by your camcorder when no new folders have been created, only [101MSDCF] is displayed. C Folder containing movie data recorded...
  • Page 105: Copying Movies On A Tape To A Computer

    Observe the following points when connecting to ensure the camcorder operates correctly. • Connect the camcorder to a computer via the USB cable. Make sure no other USB devices are connected to the computer. • If your computer has a USB keyboard and a...
  • Page 106 (p. 22). 1 Prepare editing software (not provided). 2 Turn on your computer. 3 Insert a tape into your camcorder and set the POWER switch to VCR. 4 Set the menu of your camcorder. The menu settings vary depending on the copying image.
  • Page 107 HDV movies onto tape. For details, contact the software manufacturer. When copying the movie in the DVCAM (DV) format from the computer to your camcorder Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [DV] (p. 82).
  • Page 108: Troubleshooting

    The CHARGE lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 22). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
  • Page 109 The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory. • This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear. The remaining tape indicator is not displayed. • Set [ REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p.
  • Page 110 • The “Memory Stick Duo” is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 99). • Format the “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder (p. 88) or insert another “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 30). • You cannot record still images on the “Memory Stick Duo” with: –...
  • Page 111 The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image. • Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p. 91). • There is no shutter sound while during movie shooting. End search does not work. • Do not eject the cassette after recording (p. 51). •...
  • Page 112 Troubleshooting (Continued) Shutter speed, gain, white balance or iris cannot be adjusted manually. • Set the AUTO LOCK switch to the center position to release the auto lock mode. Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the screen. •...
  • Page 113 • The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read. Noises appear and • The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder (PAL). This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 114 • Be sure to record more than 2 minutes after the date changed. If one day’s recording is too short, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. • There is a blank section between recorded sections of the tape. This is not a malfunction.
  • Page 115 • DVCAM (DV) format pictures input to the camcorder via i.LINK cable (p. 96) cannot be output. • This occurs if you record on a tape in both HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats. Disconnect and connect the HDMI cable, or slide the POWER switch to turn on your camcorder again.
  • Page 116 • Insert a “Memory Stick Duo” in the correct direction, then push it all the way in. • You cannot use an i.LINK cable. Connect the camcorder and the computer using the USB cable. • Slide the POWER switch to turn on the VCR and set [USB SELECT] to [ (p.
  • Page 117: Warning Indicators And Messages

    If indicators appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, check the following. Some symptoms you can fix by 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...
  • Page 118: Moisture Condensation

    Cannot record due to copyright protection. (p. 121) x “Memory Stick Duo” Incompatible type of Memory Stick. • A type of “Memory Stick Duo” incompatible with your camcorder is inserted (p. 125). Protected file. Cannot delete. • Cancel file protection using your computer.
  • Page 119: Pictbridge Compliant Printer

    Change format. • Stop playback or signal input, or change [VCR HDV/DV] setting (p. 82). Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette. (p. 131) Could not synchronize TC. • Make sure that a tape is in the connected camcorder (p. 85).
  • Page 120: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any country/region 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 121: Hdv Format And Recording/playback

    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 122 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 123: Compatibility Of The Dvcam/dv Formats

    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 124 Compatibility of the DVCAM/DV formats (Continued) Compatibility on editing using DV jacks When this camcorder is connected to other digital video equipment using an i.LINK cable, the recording format of edited tapes is defined according to the source tape and the recorder’s format as described below.
  • Page 125: 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” (while the access lamp is lit or flashing).
  • Page 126 JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). • On your camcorder, you cannot play back still images recorded on other devices (DCR- TRV900 or DSC-D700/D770) that do not conform to the universal standard (these models are not sold in some regions).
  • Page 127: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    • After charging is complete, disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or remove the battery pack. To use the battery pack effectively • Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10 °C (50 °F) or...
  • Page 128: About

    • 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 129 About the required i.LINK cable Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable (during HDV/DVCAM (DV) dubbing).
  • Page 130: Maintenance And Precautions

    • 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 131 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 DVM- 12CLD cleaning cassette (optional).
  • Page 132 • The video heads will be worn after long use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even after using a cleaning cassette (optional), the video heads may be worn out. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video heads replaced.
  • Page 133 Removing dust from inside the viewfinder Remove the viewfinder. While sliding the viewfinder release lever to the left 1, remove the viewfinder 2. Remove dust from inside the viewfinder and the part shown below with a blower. Attach the viewfinder following the reverse procedure of step 1.
  • Page 134: 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, Quantization: 16 bits Fs48kHz (stereo) transfer rate: 384 kbps Audio recording system (DVCAM (DV))
  • Page 135 Still image resolution is obtained by the unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS Sensor and image processing system (new Enhanced Imaging Processor). The focal length figures are actual figures resulting from wide angle pixel read out.
  • Page 136 Specifications (Continued) including the projecting parts with batterypack NP-F570 Mass (approx.) 1.5 kg (3 lb 6 oz) main unit only 1.9 kg (4 lb 2 oz) including the NP- F570 rechargeable battery pack, cassette (PHDVM-63DM), and lens hood with lens cover, microphone Supplied accessories See page 19.
  • Page 137 • 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. • HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
  • Page 138: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. A Zoom lever (37) B Viewfinder (26) C Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (26) D Viewfinder release lever (133) E Handle zoom lever (37) F Remote sensor (back) (143) G Rec lamp (back) (32) The rec lamp flashes if the remaining tape or battery is low.
  • Page 139 N STATUS CHECK button (54) O PICTURE PROFILE button (44) (headphones) jack When you use headphones, the speaker on your camcorder is silent. Q Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch).
  • Page 140 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A BATT RELEASE (battery release) button (23) B Hook for the shoulder strap (140) OPEN/EJECT lever (30) D Grip belt (25) E INPUT2 jack (20) F INPUT1 jack (20) G Lens (14) H Lens hood with lens cover (21) To attach the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap (optional) to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
  • Page 141 A LCD screen (26) B Video control buttons (REW, PLAY*, FF, PAUSE, STOP, SLOW, REC) (35) C ZEBRA switch (41) D ASSIGN 6, MEMORY/DELETE button (49, 99) E ASSIGN 5, MEMORY/INDEX button (35, 49) F ASSIGN 4, MEMORY/PLAY button (35, 49) G DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (54, 55) H VOLUME/MEMORY button* (36) I RESET button...
  • Page 142 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A Remote sensor (front) (143) B Rec lamp (front) The rec lamp flashes if the remaining tape or battery is low. C REC CH SELECT switch (20) D CH1 AUTO/MAN switch (48) E CH1 +48V switch (48) F CH2 AUTO/MAN switch (48) G CH2 +48V switch (48) H CH2 AUDIO LEVEL dial (48)
  • Page 143: Remote Commander

    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 144: 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 145: Viewing Movies

    Viewing movies 00:04:50:04 HDV1080i K Tape transport indicator Recording mode (DVCAM or DV SP) appears when a tape recorded in the DVCAM or DV SP format is played back.DV. Viewing still images 101-0011 L Data file name M Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder N Playback folder (88)
  • Page 146 Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued) Indicators when you made changes Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning Recording format (82) DV WIDE REC (83)* QUICK REC (90)** DV FRAME REC (74)* ND filter (41) INTERVAL REC (73) EXT REC CTRL (83) Upper right Indicator...
  • Page 147: Index

    Index Numeric 1080i/576i ...83 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV ...58 21-pin adaptor...63 +48V switch...20, 48, 142 576i ...83 AC Adaptor...22 Access lamp ...31 AE RESPONSE ...71 AE SHIFT...40, 71, 111 AF ASSIST...71 AGC LIMIT...71 ALL ERASE...87 ALL FILES...87 ALLSCAN MODE ...79, 111 ASPECT ...78 ASSIGN BTN...90 ASSIGN buttons ...49...
  • Page 148 Index (Continued) D.EXTENDER (Digital Extender)...74, 111 EDGE CROP ...84 End search ...51 END TRIGGER ...69 Expanded focus ...39 EXPOSURE ...39 EXPOSURE1 ...39 EXPOSURE2 ...40 EXPOSURE/IRIS...39, 69 EXPOSURE/IRIS button ...39 EXPOSURE/IRIS dial...39 EXP.FOCUS TYPE...78 EXT REC CTRL ...83 FADER ...75 FILE NO. (File number)...88 FINE ...87 FLCKR REDUCE ...72 Focus ...38...
  • Page 149 MEMORY SET menu ...87 Memory Stick ...12, 90, 125 Memory Stick Duo ...30, 125 Insert/Eject...30 Number of recordable pictures ...87 Write-protect tab...125 Memory Stick Duo adaptor ...126 “Memory Stick Duo” slot ...31 “Memory Stick PRO Duo” ...126 MEMORY/DELETE button ...99 MEMORY/INDEX button ...35 MEMORY/PLAY button ...35 Menu...
  • Page 150 U-BIT... 86 USB cable ... 100, 102 USB jack ... 100, 102 USB SELECT ... 90 Using the menu items ... 64 Using your camcorder abroad ... 120 VCR HDV/DV... 82 VF B.LIGHT... 80 VF COLOR... 80 VF POWER MODE... 80 Video control buttons...

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