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3-878-038-12(1)
Solid-State Memory
Camcorder
PMW-EX3
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly
and retan it for future reference.
Printed in Japan
© 2008 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 3-878-038-12(1) Solid-State Memory Camcorder PMW-EX3 Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly and retan it for future reference. Printed in Japan © 2008 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 Electromagnetic Environments: E1 (residential), E2 (commercial and light industrial), E3 (urban outdoors), E4 (controlled EMC environment, ex. TV studio) The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 3 E1 (résidentiel), E2 (commercial et industrie légère), E3 (urbain extérieur) et E4 (environnement EMC contrôlé, ex. studio de télévision). Le fabricant de ce produit est Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japon. Le représentant autorisé pour EMC et la sécurité des produits est Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Allemagne.
  • Page 4 E1 (Wohnbereich), E2 (kommerzieller und in beschränktem Maße industrieller Bereich), E3 (Stadtbereich im Freien) und E4 (kontrollierter EMV-Bereich, z.B. Fernsehstudio). Der Hersteller dieses Produkts ist Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Der autorisierte Repräsentant für EMV und Produktsicherheit ist Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Deutschland.
  • Page 5 Gerät abschaltet und signalisiert „Batterie leer“ oder nach längerer Gebrauchsdauer der Batterien „nicht mehr einwandfrei funktioniert“. Um sicherzugehen, kleben Sie die Batteriepole z.B. mit einem Klebestreifen ab oder geben Sie die Batterien einzeln in einen Plastikbeutel.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Reading the CD-ROM Manuals ... 16 System Requirements for Using the Applications ... 16 Software Installation ... 17 Parts Identifications ... 18 Camcorder ... 18 Zoom Lens VCL-614B2X (Supplied) ... 22 IR Remote Commander (Supplied) ... 23 On-Screen Indications ... 25 Indications in Camera Mode ...
  • Page 7 Using the PHU-60K ... 47 Recording Basic Operation Procedure ... 50 Selecting the Video Format ... 52 Switching the ND Filters ... 53 Adjusting the White Balance ... 54 Adjusting the Black Balance ... 56 Displaying the Markers and Zebra Patterns ... 56 Setting the Gain ...
  • Page 8 Adjusting in AF Mode ... 66 Using Macro Mode ... 67 Eliminating Picture Blurring (Steady Shot) ... 67 Reducing Flickers ... 68 Setting the Time Data ... 69 Running Modes of the Timecode ... 69 Setting the Timecode ... 69 Setting the User Bits ...
  • Page 9 Deleting Clips ... 94 Storing/Retrieving the Setting Data ... 95 Playback Playing Back Clips ... 96 Clip Operations ... 101 Status Displays Showing the Status Screens ... 108 CAMERA Status Screen ... 109 AUDIO Status Screen ... 110 VIDEO Status Screen ... 111 BUTTON/REMOTE Status Screen ...
  • Page 10 Recording External Input Signals ... 136 About i.LINK ... 137 External Synchronization ... 138 Operating From the RM-B750/B150 ... 140 Operating the Menus of the Camcorder ... 140 Functions Operable From the RM-B750/B150 (Camera Mode) ... 142 Important Notes on Operation ... 144 Formats and Limitations of Outputs ...
  • Page 11 Error Indications ... 153 Warning Indications ... 153 MPEG-2 Video Patent Portfolio License ... 155 Specifications ... 155 General ... 155 Camera Block ... 156 Audio Block ... 156 Viewfinder ... 156 Inputs/Outputs ... 156 Supplied Lens (VCL-614B2X) ... 157 Optional Accessories ...
  • Page 12: Overview

    Overview Package Configuration Make sure you have following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. VCL-614B2X exclusive standard zoom lens It is attached to the camcorder at the factory. Lens hood with lens...
  • Page 13: Features

    HD video and audio with long recording time by efficiently compressing the data. Selectable bit rates The PMW-EX3 offers a choice of bit rates: either 35 Mbps (HQ mode) or 25 Mbps (SP mode), depending on the desired picture quality and recording time.
  • Page 14 HD resolution. Features Newly developed lens mount The PMW-EX3 employs a new lens mount (1/2- inch EX Mount) of superior optical characteristics in a compact size, which permits the supplied standard zoom lens and an optionally available lens specifically designed for the PMW- EX3 to be mounted.
  • Page 15 Shutter-angle settings In addition to the electric shutter speed controls, the PMW-EX3 also has a “shutter angle” control, which is familiar to cinematographers. Picture Profile feature The Picture Profile feature allows the camera...
  • Page 16: Using The Cd-rom

    Two CD-ROMs are supplied with the PMW- EX3. The CD-ROM labeled “Manuals for Solid-State Memory Camcorder” contains the Operating Instructions for the PMW-EX3 (Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese) in PDF format. The CD-ROM labelled “Utility Software for Solid-State Memory Camcorder and Recorder”...
  • Page 17: Software Installation

    XDCAM EX Clip Browsing Software Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit version), Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later (32-bit version), or Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later/ v10.5.1 or later. Windows: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz or higher is recommended.) Macintosh: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.4...
  • Page 18: Parts Identifications

    Parts Identifications Camcorder 1 6 :9 W ID E S C R E E Front lower operation block (page 21) Side operation panel (page 21) For functions and usage, see the pages shown in parentheses. Cable clamp for external microphone...
  • Page 19 Upper operation panel (page 21) CH -1 Connectors 18 to 20 have indivial caps, and 21 to 23 are behind a shared cover. Eyecup The eyecup can be attached in the reversed direction. To reattach the eyecup, stretch it a little to attach to the viewfinder and fit the rim of the eyecup into the groove of the viewfinder.
  • Page 20 Operation panel on the handle MONITOR THUMBNAIL SEL/SET CANCEL F REV PLAY/PAUSE F FWD PREV STOP NEXT START/STOP HOLD MONITOR VOL (volume) buttons (page 72, page 99) THUMBNAIL button (page 97) PLAY/PAUSE button (page 97) F REV (fast reverse) button (page 98) PREV (previous) button (page 98) STOP button (page 99) On-handle ZOOM button (page 63)
  • Page 21 AUDIO IN (audio input selection) switches (page 71) Front lower operation block WHT BAL SHUTTER ASSIGN 4 ASSIGN 4 (assignable 4) button (page 75) SHUTTER switch (page 59) WHT BAL (automatic white balance adjustment) button (page 54) Side operation panel LENS INFO BRT DISP HISTOGRAM ASSIGN...
  • Page 22: Zoom Lens Vcl-614b2x (supplied)

    Tripod receptacles Note Check that the size of the hole matches the screw of the tripod. If they do not match, the camcorder cannot be attached to the tripod securely. Parts Identifications When attaching to a tripod Use the supplied bottom plate to stabilize the camcorder.
  • Page 23: Ir Remote Commander (supplied)

    AS E Hood fixing screw To reattach the hood, align the marks on the hood with those on the camcorder, turn it in the opposite direction from that when you removed it, then tighten the fixing screw. Lens control block...
  • Page 24 Press the X button together with the unmarked button (safety button) to pause recording. PUSH SET button (four-way arrow key) It functions the same as the SEL/SET button (joystick) on the camcorder. NEXT button STOP button F FWD (fast forward) button...
  • Page 25: On-screen Indications

    On-Screen Indications Indications in Camera Mode When this unit is in Camera mode (mode for recording), pressing the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button displays the statuses and settings of this unit in the viewfinder. When you press the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button again, these indications are canceled. The recording status indication, such as “...
  • Page 26: Direct Menu Operation

    Media remaining indication [M] (page 46) Zoom position indication [M] (page 62) Lens extender indication (available only when a lens extender is used) TLCS mode indication [M][D] (page 120) Backlight mode STD STD Standard mode Spotlight mode Steady Shot indication [M] (page 67) Focus mode indication [M] ( [D] only in MF mode) (page 64) (available only when an auto-focus lens is...
  • Page 27 TLCS 7 On ∗ 1 1.5 2 3 4 5 7 10 15 20 30 ATW 4300K PPOFF ND1 ++ F1.9 18dB SHT:1/2000 Tilt the joystick or rotate the jog dial to set the cursor to the item to be operated then press the joystick or the jog dial.
  • Page 28: Preparations

    AC adaptor. If you connect an AC power source, it has a priority even if a battery pack is mounted. For safety, use only the Sony battery packs and AC adaptor listed below: • BP-U30/U60 Lithium-ion Battery Pack • BC-U1/U2 Battery Charger (usable as an AC...
  • Page 29: Using Ac Power (dc In Power)

    To check in power-off status Information on the mounted battery pack (BATTERY INFO) is displayed in the viewfinder when you hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button pressed even if the camcorder is off. The BATTERY INFO display goes off after 5 seconds. DISPLAY/BATT INFO button...
  • Page 30: Turning Power On

    STBY A: 25min B: 50min Note The battery pack mounted on the camcorder is not charged even if you set the mode switch of the BC-U1/U2 to the CHARGE position. To charge the battery pack, remove it from the camcorder and mount it on the BC-U1/U2.
  • Page 31: Setting The Clock

    Setting the Clock When you turn the camcorder on for the first time after purchasing or replacing the backup battery (page 149), the Initial Setting display appears in the viewfinder. Set the date and time of the built-in clock, using this display.
  • Page 32: Adjusting The Viewfinder

    These adjustments of the viewfinder have no effect on pictures being recorded. Caution Do not leave the camcorder with the eyepiece of the viewfinder facing the sun. Direct sunlight can enter through the eyepiece, be focused in the viewfinder, and cause fire.
  • Page 33 Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode. Select (VF SET menu) then “VF” from the menu, and adjust “Color.” VF SET Color Peaking Mode : Color Marker Zebra 00:00 Display On/O f f For details on menu operations, see “Basic Menu Operations”...
  • Page 34 OU T CO MP ON EN OU T When the camcorder is in Media mode, the picture is also inverted both vertically and horizontally. In Camera mode, the picture is inverted only vertically, while it is also inverted horizontally for Rec Review (page 74).
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Lens

    Adjusting the Lens The supplied VCL-614B2X and the optional XS8X4AS-XB8 (see page 36) specially designed for the PMW-EX3 are called “exclusive lenses” in this manual. Caution Do not leave the camcorder with the lens facing the sun. Direct sunlight can enter through the lens, be focused in the camcorder, and cause fire.
  • Page 36: Replacing The Lens

    Replacing the Lens In addition to the supplied VCL-614B2X standard zoom lens, a wide zoom lens exclusively for the PMW-EX3 is available as an option. Optional exclusive lens Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8: 1/2-inch EX Mount lens Using the supplied lens adaptor, a Sony 1/2-inch Bayonet Mount lens can be mounted.
  • Page 37 Turn the lens mount lever downward. Return the lens mount stopper switch to the LOCK position. Attaching a Sony 1/2-inch Bayonet Mount lens Use the lens adaptor supplied with the camcorder. Attach the lens adaptor to the camcorder.
  • Page 38: Retrieving The Lens File

    3 Return the lens stopper switch to the LOCK position. Attach the lens. Sony 1/2-inch Bayonet Mount lens (optional) 1 Align the alignment pin of the lens with the recess of the adaptor and set the lens in place.
  • Page 39: Adjusting The Grip

    Release the RELEASE button at the desired click position to lock the grip. Using the Cheek Pad When you operate the camcorder with it on your right shoulder, the cheek pad prevents the control parts on the side panel of the camcorder from directly hitting your face.
  • Page 40 Align the hole of the cable clamp with those on the mount frame of the cheek pad (at the top of the pole) and the camcorder then secure them all together with the supplied screw. (Keep the original screw removed in step for future use.)
  • Page 41: Using The Ir Remote Commander

    Activating/deactivating the remote control function can be achieved using the Setup menu or an assignable button. To activate using the menu Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, select and set “IR Remote” to “On.” OTHERS...
  • Page 42 If pressing the remote control buttons produces absolutely no effect on the camcorder, replace the battery then check the operation again. Replacing the battery in the IR Remote...
  • Page 43: Handling Sxs Memory Cards

    Operations are not guaranteed with memory cards other than SxS PRO. These cards comply with the ExpressCard standard. • SxS and SxS PRO are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • The ExpressCard word mark and logo are owned by Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) and are licensed to Sony Corporation.
  • Page 44: Inserting/removing An Sxs Memory Card

    Write-protect switch Note Do not operate the write-protect switch of an SxS memory card while it is set in the camcorder. Temporarily remove the card from the camcorder before changing the switch setting. Inserting/Removing an SxS Memory Card The card slots are located behind a cover.
  • Page 45: Switching Between Sxs Memory Cards

    • When you turn the camcorder on by setting the power switch to MEDIA (Media mode), a display to show that an SxS memory card is being confirmed appears in the viewfinder.
  • Page 46: Checking The Remaining Time Available For Recording

    If formatting fails A write-protected SxS memory card or memory card that cannot be used with this camcorder will not be formatted. As a warning message is displayed, replace the card with an appropriate SxS memory card, as per the instructions in the message.
  • Page 47: Using The Phu-60k

    (page 130) of the OTHERS menu. Using the PHU-60K You can use an optional PHU-60K Professional Hard Disk Unit with this camcorder. The PHU- 60K incorporates a 60GB 1.8-inch hard disk, on which up to 200 minutes of HD video can be recorded in HQ mode.
  • Page 48: Formatting The Phu-60k

    To erase the recording data completely, connect the unit to a PC and perform “Full Format.” • The PHU-60K to be used with this camcorder must be formatted using the format function of this camcorder. Any PHU-60K formatted with another device must be formatted again with this camcorder.
  • Page 49: Restoring The Phu-60k

    Restoring the PHU-60K If an error occurs with data on the PHU-60K for some reason, the hard disk must be restored. If a PHU-60K that needs to be restored is connected, a message that prompts you to execute restoration is displayed in the viewfinder. To restore the hard disk Select “Execute”...
  • Page 50: Recording

    FULL AUTO CAMERA OFF MEDIA When using the remote commander, activate the remote control mode (page 41). Note When you hold the camcorder by the grip, support it from underneath with your left hand. Battery pack Memory card(s) Power switch: CAMERA...
  • Page 51 “Setting the Electronic Shutter” on page 59 “Adjusting the White Balance” on page 54 Note AF (Auto Focus) is not activated by setting the camcorder to Full Auto mode. For information of automatic focus adjustment, see page 66. Press the REC START/STOP button.
  • Page 52: Selecting The Video Format

    The selectable formats depend on whether “Country” (page 130) of the OTHERS menu is set to “NTSC Area” or “PAL Area.” The video formats set on this camcorder cover the recording bit rate (HQ/SP), recording picture size (effective resolution), recording frame rate, and recording scan system (i/P).
  • Page 53: Changing The Format

    HQ 720/50P 50 Progressive HQ 1280 × 720 HQ 720/25P 25 Progressive Changing the Format Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, display the OTHERS menu with , and set “Video Format.” OTHERS Genlock HQ 1080/60i...
  • Page 54: Adjusting The White Balance

    B: ATW or Memory B mode A: Memory A mode PRST: Preset mode • Setting the camcorder to Full Auto mode (page 51) forcibly activates ATW mode. • Assigning the ATW on/off function to an assignable button permits you to independently activate/deactivate ATW when Full Auto mode is off.
  • Page 55: Executing Auto White Balance

    An error message is displayed on the screen for approximately three seconds. If the error message is displayed, try auto white- balance adjustment again. If the error message continues to be displayed after several attempts, consult your Sony service representative. F ME RA OF CA ME...
  • Page 56: Adjusting The Black Balance

    You can readjust it, using the menu, when needed. Use the CAMERA SET menu for the adjustment. Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, display the CAMERA SET menu with , and select “Auto BLK Balance” from the menu.
  • Page 57: Displaying The Zebra Patterns

    Using “Zebra” of the VF SET menu, you can change the zebra pattern to be displayed. Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, display the VF SET menu with , and select “Zebra” from the menu.
  • Page 58: Setting The Gain

    VF SET Peaking Marker Zebra Zebra Select 00:00 D i splay On/O f f Zebra1 Level Zebra Select Select the zebra pattern(s) to be displayed. 1 (Zebra1): To display a zebra pattern in the area of ±10% centering the video level set with “Zebra1 Level”...
  • Page 59: Recording In Agc Mode

    To change Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, display the CAMERA SET menu with , and select “Gain Setup” from the menu. CAMERA SET Au t o BLK Ba l ance Gain Setup Shu t t e r...
  • Page 60 Setting the fixed shutter with the CAMERA SET menu The shutter mode and shutter speed can be set with the CAMERA SET menu. Press the MENU button to set the camcorder to Menu mode, display the CAMERA SET menu with , and select “Shutter.”...
  • Page 61: Shooting In Ex Slow Shutter Mode

    Slow Shutter setting. • The EX Slow Shutter On/Off setting cannot be changed during recording. • You cannot set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (page 51) when the EX Slow Shutter mode is set to “On.” Shooting in Auto Shutter Mode When you set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (page 51), Auto Shutter is forcibly selected.
  • Page 62: Adjusting The Iris Manually

    “Display On/Off” (page 124) of the VF SET menu. A: 25min B: 50min Switching the Zoom Mode Switching between Manual mode and Servo mode is performed with the ZOOM switch located on the bottom of the camcorder. 120min STBY STBY 120min STBY STBY...
  • Page 63: Operating The Zoom Manually

    NT RA IN G PE AK INF O /BA TT PL AY IM AG MI RR OF F CH -1 AU DIO CH -2 OU T CO MP ON EN OU T ZOOM MANU SERVO ZOOM switch Operating the Zoom Manually Setting the ZOOM switch to the MANU position for Manual Zoom mode activates the zoom ring.
  • Page 64: Adjusting The Focus

    Adjusting in Full MF Mode Pull the focus ring rearward (toward the camcorder body) to set the camcorder to Full MF mode. Focus can only be adjusted with the focus ring manually. Note The focus instantly moves to the range index position when you pull the focus ring rearward.
  • Page 65: Adjusting In Mf Mode

    Slide the focus ring forward (toward the lens hood) and set the FOCUS switch to MANU to set EXPANDED FOCUS the camcorder to MF mode. In this mode, you can button activate Auto Focus only when required. BR IG NT RA...
  • Page 66: Adjusting In Af Mode

    Adjusting in AF Mode Slide the focus ring forward (toward the lens hood) and set the FOCUS switch to AUTO to set the camcorder to AF mode. In this mode, focus is always adjusted automatically. Focus ring: Forward The range index of the ring is invalid in AF mode.
  • Page 67: Using Macro Mode

    1 1.5 2 3 4 5 7 10 15 20 30 ATW 4300K PPOFF ND1 ++ F1.9 18dB SHT:1/2000 Note If the camcorder is fixed to a tripod for stable condition, deactivate the Steady Shot function. Eliminating Picture Blurring (Steady Shot)
  • Page 68: Reducing Flickers

    Reducing Flickers To reduce flickers, try either of the following two methods: Setting the shutter speed according to the power-supply frequency Activate the electronic shutter (page 59) and set the shutter speed according to the power supply frequency. When the frequency is 50 Hz Set the shutter speed to When the frequency is 60 Hz Set the shutter speed to...
  • Page 69: Setting The Time Data

    Regen mode The timecode advances during recording only. When you insert another memory card, the camcorder starts next recording so that the timecode continues to the last recorded timecode on the card. Clock mode The current clock time is recorded for the timecode.
  • Page 70: Setting The User Bits

    Video Frame TC Format formats setting HQ1080/60i 00 to 29 DF/NDF switchable SP 1080/60i (Fixed to DF in Clock HQ1080/30P mode) HQ 1080/50i 00 to 24 Fixed to NDF SP 1080/50i HQ 1080/25P HQ 1080/24P 00 to 23 Fixed to NDF HQ 720/24P SP 1080/24P 00 to 29 DF/NDF switchable...
  • Page 71: Recording Audio Signals

    Recording Audio Signals Two channels (CH-1/CH-2) of audio can be recorded (Linear PCM recording) in synchronization with video recording. You can use the built-in stereo microphones (omni-directional electret condenser microphones) or 2-channel external audio inputs to the AUDIO IN connectors by switching with the AUDIO IN switches.
  • Page 72: Adjusting The Audio Recording Levels

    to AUDIO IN Cable clamp Set the corresponding AUDIO IN switch (CH-1 or CH-2) to EXT. Set the corresponding LINE/MIC/+48V switch (CH-1 or CH-2) according to the connected microphone. MIC: For a microphone that requires no power supply +48V: For a microphone that requires +48V power supply (such as the ECM-673) Adjusting the Audio Recording Levels...
  • Page 73: Outputting The Color Bars And Reference Tone

    Outputting the Color Bars and Reference Tone The camcorder can output a color-bar signal in place of the camera picture. A 1-kHz reference tone is output with the color bar signal if “1kHz Tone” of “Audio Input” (page 121) is set to “On” with the AUDIO SET menu.
  • Page 74: Recording Shot Marks

    For the Shot Mark Screen, see “Displaying the SHOT MARK Screen” on page 105. The camcorder permits you to record two types of shot marks: shot mark 1 and shot mark 2. Shot marks can be recorded as needed during recording or can be added after recording while checking the playback pictures.
  • Page 75: Changing Functions Of The Assignable Buttons

    • The Setup and PICTURE PROFILE menus cannot be operated during Rec Review. Changing Functions of the Assignable Buttons The camcorder has four assignable buttons to which you can assign various functions for convenience. ASSIGN 1 to 3 buttons LENS INFO BRT DISP HISTOGRAM...
  • Page 76: Interval Recording

    Number of frames for one recording session (Number of Frames) It is recommended to fix the camcorder to a tripod or equivalent and use the IR Remote Commander to start/stop recording rather than pressing the REC START/STOP button of the camcorder.
  • Page 77: Performing Interval Recording

    I n t e r v a l Time Frame Rec Number of Frames Set “Setting” to “On.” The camcorder enters Interval Recording mode. When the special recording mode indication on the screen is active, “Interval Rec” flashes on the screen.
  • Page 78: Frame Recording

    The specified number of frames are recorded intermittently when you press the REC START/ STOP button. It is recommended to fix the camcorder to a tripod or equivalent and use the IR Remote Commander to start/stop recording rather than pressing the REC START/STOP button of the camcorder.
  • Page 79: Slow & Quick Motion Recording

    HQ 1080/60i, HQ 1080/50i, SP 1080/ 60i, SP 1080/50i, or SP 1080/24P. • When using a PHU-60K (page 47), set the camcorder to one of the following conditions. Slow & Quick Motion recording cannot be done properly with other conditions.
  • Page 80: Preparatory Settings

    S&Q Motion dial GAIN Press the S&Q Motion dial for more than 1 second. The camcorder enters the Slow & Quick Motion standby status. The special recording mode indication on the screen shows “S&Q Motion” and [Recording frame rate]/[Playback frame rate] fps beneath.
  • Page 81: Freeze Mix: Image Alignment

    For details, see “Changing Functions of the Assignable Buttons” on page 75. Superimposing a Freeze Mix image Stop recording to set the camcorder to STBY (recording standby) status. Press the REC REVIEW button to review the recorded images, or press the ASSIGN button to which you assigned “Freeze Mix.”...
  • Page 82: Shot Transition

    A button and B button You can register a Shot to each of the buttons. MODE button and indicator When you press this button, the camcorder enters Shot Transition operation mode, and the indicator of the button lights. The shot transition operation area is displayed on the screen.
  • Page 83: Preparatory Settings

    Shot-transition operation area TCG 00:00:00:00 Shot Trans i t i on Execute Shot-A Shot-B Rec Link : Of f Shot-transition information area Note Camera operations are disabled when the shot transition operation mode is Check or Execute. When adjustments are required, set the mode to Store.
  • Page 84: Recording With A Shot Transition

    Setting Contents and icon Soft Trans To make the transition slowly at the beginning and end but linearly in between. Soft Stop To make the transition slowly near the end. P: Parameter level T: Transition of time Start Timer Set the time from start of recording to start of the shot transition.
  • Page 85 When “Rec Link” is “Shot-A” or “Shot- B,” the camcorder automatically performs the shot transition to the camera settings registered to Shot A or Shot B, respectively. You need not press the button. Notes • You cannot return to the status in step after you start the shot transition.
  • Page 86: Fader Function

    Set the duration (1/2/3/5/10 sec.) of fade-out. Exit the menu. • If you set “Fade In” to “On” with the menu, the camcorder enters Fade-in standby status when you exit the menu. • When the Fader indication on the screen is active, the initial status (“White Fader”...
  • Page 87: Starting Recording With A Fade In

    Set “Fade In” and “Fade Out” to “Off” with the menu. Or press the ASSIGN button again. Note The Fade In/Fade Out settings automatically return to “Off” when you turn off the camcorder, while the Type and Time settings set with the menu are maintained. Fader Function...
  • Page 88: Picture Profiles

    CAMERA PROFILE button Picture Profiles Set the power switch to CAMERA to turn the camcorder on in Camera mode. Press the PICTURE PROFILE button. The PICTURE PROFILE menu is displayed. Operating the jog dial or the joystick, select “SEL” from the PICTURE PROFILE menu then select the picture profile number (PP1 to PP6) to operate.
  • Page 89: Copying The Settings Of A Picture Profile

    PP6: SceneF The camcorder is adjusted to the picture quality specified by the selected Profile. (If you select “OFF,” the camcorder will be fixed at the standard picture quality, and no picture adjustment is allowed.) Press the PICTURE PROFILE button to exit the menu.
  • Page 90: Picture Profile Items

    Picture Profile Items The values when “Off” is selected at “SEL” of the PICTURE PROFILE menu are shown in bold face (example: Standard PICTURE PROFILE SET Items Subitems and setting values Contents Profile Name Profile name Changing the picture profile name Matrix Setting...
  • Page 91 PICTURE PROFILE SET Items Subitems and setting values Contents White Offset White On / Off Setting the white balance offset and the color temperature of the preset white Offset<A> –99 to +99 (±0) Offset<B> –99 to +99 (±0) Offset<ATW> –99 to +99 (±0) Preset White 2100 to 10000 (3200) Detail...
  • Page 92 PICTURE PROFILE SET Items Subitems and setting values Contents Skin Tone Detail Setting Adjusting the details to be applied to the areas of a specific color phase Level Area Detection Area Indication Saturation Phase Width Knee Setting Adjusting the knee level Auto Knee Point Slope...
  • Page 93 PICTURE PROFILE SET Items Subitems and setting values Contents Gamma Level –99 to +99 (±0) Adjusting the gamma compensation level and Select selecting the gamma curve STD1 / STD2 / STD3 / STD4 / CINE1 / CINE2 / CINE3 / CINE4 Black –99 to +99 (±0)
  • Page 94: Deleting Clips

    Deleting Clips In Camera mode, the Last Clip DEL function for deleting the last recorded clip and the All Clips DEL function for deleting all clips from a memory card are available. In Media mode, you can specify the clip to be deleted.
  • Page 95: Storing/retrieving The Setting Data

    Retrieving the Setup File When you retrieve the stored setup file, the camcorder settings are changed according to the file. Insert the memory card on which you stored the setup file into a card slot.
  • Page 96: Playback

    Playback Playing Back Clips Turning the camcorder on with the power switch set to MEDIA sets it to Media mode, and the clips recorded on the SxS memory card are displayed as thumbnails on the screen. (If no clips are recorded on the card, a no-clip message is displayed.)
  • Page 97: Playback

    Playback starts from the beginning of the selected clip. The clips after the selected clips are played back in sequence. When playback of the last clip ends, the camcorder enters PAUSE (still picture) mode at the last frame of the last clip. Playing Back Clips...
  • Page 98 The playback is restarted by pressing the button again. Switching to high-speed playback The camcorder permits you to play clips at 4 times or 15 times normal speed in the forward or reverse direction. Audio is muffled in high-speed playback.
  • Page 99 Cueing up To return to the top of the current clip Press the PREV button. • When you press the button in normal or fast- forward playback, the top of the current clip is cued up then playback begins. • When you press the button in fast-reverse playback or in Pause mode, the top of the current clip is cued up, then the still picture is displayed.
  • Page 100 Press the STOP button. Playback mode is canceled, showing any external input or a blue screen. To display the thumbnail screen, press the THUMBNAIL button. Playing Back Clips...
  • Page 101: Clip Operations

    Clip Operations In Media mode, you can operate the clips or confirm and change the subsidiary data for clips using the Clip Operation menus. Clip Operation Menus Thumbnail screen (page 102) CANCEL DISP CLIP INFO OK MARK ADD OK MARK DEL COPY CLIP DELETE CLIP SHOT MARK...
  • Page 102: Basic Operations Of The Clip Operation Menus

    Basic Operations of the Clip Operation Menus Displaying a Clip Operation menu Press the joystick or the jog dial. The Clip Operation menu for the current display pops up. Selecting a Clip Operation menu item Turn the jog dial or tilt the joystick to select a menu item then press the jog dial or the joystick.
  • Page 103: Displaying The Detailed Information Of A Clip

    Displaying the Detailed Information of a Clip When you select “DISP CLIP INFO” from a Clip Operation menu, the CLIP INFO screen appears. 120min PREV CLI P Image of the current clip Image of the previous clip Press the PREV button to switch to the CLIP INFO screen of the previous clip.
  • Page 104: Copying A Clip

    Select “OK MARK DEL” from the Clip Operation menu. The information screen for the selected clip appears, and a confirmation message is displayed below the index frame image. To delete, select “Execute” then press the jog dial or the joystick. The OK mark is deleted from the selected clip.
  • Page 105: Displaying The Shot Mark Screen

    Pause the playback or select a clip on the thumbnail screen then press the joystick or the jog dial. The corresponding Clip Operation menu pops up. Select “EXPAND CLIP” from the Clip Operation menu. The EXPAND CLIP screen appears for the clip in Pause mode or that you selected on the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 106: Adding/deleting Shot Marks

    SHOT MARK2: To display thumbnails only of the frames marked with shot mark 2 SHOT MARK screen example 120min SHOT MARK 01 : 10 : 20 : 00 01 : 10 : 30 : 00 01 : 10 : 40 : 00 01 : 11 : 00 : 00 01 : 11 : 10 : 00 - - -...
  • Page 107: Changing The Index Frame

    The information screen for the selected frame appears and a confirmation message is displayed below the image. Select “Execute.” Changing the Index Frame You can change the index frame of a clip to another frame you selected on the EXPAND CLIP screen (page 104) or the SHOT MARK screen (page 105).
  • Page 108: Status Displays

    Status Displays Showing the Status Screens This camcorder provides status screens of five kinds in Camera mode and four kinds in Media mode, permitting you to check the various settings and statuses of this unit. The status screens can also be displayed on an external monitor.
  • Page 109: Camera Status Screen

    CAMERA Status Screen The settings and statuses related to image shooting are displayed. The CAMERA status screen is obtained only in Camera mode. It is not displayed in Media mode. CAMERA Whi t e Bal B : 12 Gain L : 0dB A : 4700K M: 9dB PRST: 3200K...
  • Page 110: Audio Status Screen

    AUDIO Status Screen Information regarding audio signals is displayed. The display configuration varies between Camera mode and Media mode. In Camera Mode AUDIO CH-1 CH-2 oo -40 Wi nd F i l t er CH-1 : On AGC Li nk: L i nked CH-2: On EXT-1 CH-1...
  • Page 111: Video Status Screen

    VIDEO Status Screen The information on video formats and settings for the COMPONENT OUT, SDI OUT, MONITOR OUT, S VIDEO, and i.LINK connectors is displayed. VIDEO V i deo Format : 1080/60i Rec Mode : HQ YPbPr /SDI Out : 1080/60i V i deo Out : NTSC Down Conver ter...
  • Page 112: Battery/media Status Screen

    BATTERY/MEDIA Status Screen The information on the battery pack and SxS memory cards is displayed. BATTERY/ MED I A Ba t t er y HDD A HDD B 100% Media A Media B 100% Battery: Battery charge remaining The remaining charge level of the mounted battery pack is displayed.
  • Page 113: Menu Configuration And Detailed Settings

    Menu Configuration and Detailed Settings Overview of the Setup Menus This camcorder permits you to make various settings for recording and playback with Setup menus in the viewfinder. The Setup menus can also be displayed on an external monitor. For connections of an external monitor, see “Connecting External Monitors”...
  • Page 114: Basic Menu Operations

    LENS Auto FB ADJ File Flare Shading OTHERS All Reset Camera Data Time Zone Clock Set Language Assign Button Tally Hours Meter IR Remote Battery Alarm Battery INFO Genlock Direct Menu i.LINK I/O Trigger Mode Country Video Format Clip Format Media Basic Menu Operations Basic Menu Operations This section covers basic operations for setting...
  • Page 115 MF Ass i s t : O f f Menu item selection area Note When the camcorder is in EXPAND FOCUS mode (page 65), the Setup menus cannot be operated. Press the EXPAND FOCUS button to release the mode. Setting the Setup menus...
  • Page 116 Example CAMERA SET Au t o BLK Ba l ance Gain Setup Shu t t e r EX Slow Shut t e r Shot Tr ans i t ion 00:00 MF Ass i s t : O f f O f f Color Bar Type Choices For the item that has subitems, turn the...
  • Page 117: Setup Menu List

    Setup Menu List The functions and available settings of menus are listed below. The default settings set at the factory are shown in bold face (example: CAMERA SET Menu CAMERA SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Auto BLK Execute/Cancel Balance Adjusting the...
  • Page 118 CAMERA SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Shot Trans Time 2 to 15 sec (4 sec) Transition Setting the Trans Speed operating 1 to 10 (5) conditions of Shot Time / Speed Transition Time / Speed Trans Curve Linear / Soft Trans / Soft Stop Start Timer Off / 5 sec / 10 sec / 20 sec...
  • Page 119 CAMERA SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Interval Rec Setting On / Off Setting the Interval Recording Interval Time function 1 to 10/15/20/30/40/50 sec 1 to 10/15/20/30/40/50 min 1 to 4/6/12/24 hour Number of Frames 1 / 3 / 6 / 9 or 2 / 6 /12 (720/60P, 720/50P) Frame Rec Setting...
  • Page 120 CAMERA SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents TLCS Level +1.0 / +0.5 / ±0 / –0.5 / –1.0 Setting the Total Level Control System (auto adjustment system of gain, iris and shutter) Mode Backlight / Standard / Spotlight Speed –99 to +99 (+50) On / Off...
  • Page 121: Audio Set Menu

    Valid only when the RM-B750/B150 Remote Control Unit is connected AUDIO SET Menu AUDIO SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Audio Input TRIM CH-1 –11 dBu to –65 dBu (–41 dBu) Setting for audio inputs TRIM CH-2 –11 dBu to –65 dBu (–41 dBu) AGC Link Linked / Separated 1KHz Tone...
  • Page 122: Video Set Menu

    VIDEO SET Menu VIDEO SET Menu items Setting values YPbPr/SDI Out HD / SD/ Off Select Setting the component/SDI outputs YPbPr/SDI Out On / Off Display Setting the character information for the component/SDI outputs Video Out On / Off Display Setting the character information for the...
  • Page 123: Vf Set Menu

    Select the circuit to be used for the peaking function. Normal: To use the VF DETAIL circuit of the viewfinder Color: To use the peaking circuit of the camcorder When you select “Color” for “Type,” select the color of the peaking signal.
  • Page 124 VF SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Display On/Off Video Level Warnings On / Off Selecting the items to be displayed in Brightness Display the viewfinder On / Off Histogram On / Off Lens Info Meter / Feet / Off Zoom Position Number / Bar / Off Audio Level Meter...
  • Page 125: Tc/ub Set Menu

    TC/UB SET Menu TC/UB SET Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Timecode Mode Preset / Regen / Clock Setting the timecode Rec Run / Free Run Setting Reset Execute / Cancel Users Bit Mode Fix / Date Setting the user bits Setting TC Format...
  • Page 126 LENS Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Flare R Flare –99 to +99 (±0) Adjusting the flare for a lens G Flare –99 to +99 (±0) B Flare –99 to +99 (±0) R Flare EX –99 to +99 (±0) G Flare EX –99 to +99 (±0) B Flare EX...
  • Page 127: Others Menu

    English / Chinese / Japanese Selecting the language for messages Select “Execute” to reset the camcorder to the factory status. Select “Execute” to store the setting values in an SxS memory card. Select “Execute” to retrieve the setting values from an SxS memory card.
  • Page 128 The resettable accumulated time of use is displayed. Select “Execute” to reset the Hours (Reset) value to 0. Set to “On” to activate remote control operations from the supplied IR Remote Commander. Note The setting automatically returns to “Off” when the camcorder is turned off.
  • Page 129 OTHERS Menu items Subitems and setting values Contents Battery Alarm Low BATT 5% / 10% / 15% / ... / 45% / Setting the low power alarm BATT Empty 3% to 7% (3%) DC Low Volt1 11.5 V to 17.0 V (11.5 V) DC Low Volt2 11.0 V to 14.0 V (11.0 V) Battery INFO...
  • Page 130 External: To activate recording start/stop operations only for the external recording device connected via the i.LINK connector. Select the color system for the area where you will use the camcorder. Note The default setting is different among the sales areas. United States and Canada: NTSC...
  • Page 131: Connecting External Devices

    Connecting External Devices Connecting External Monitors To display recording/playback pictures on an external monitor, select the output signal and use SDI OUT SDI OUT MONITOR 75-ohm coaxial cable (optional) 75-ohm coaxial cable (optional) SDI IN MONITOR IN Regardless of whether the signal is HD or SD, the same status information and menus can be displayed on the external monitor as those in the viewfinder.
  • Page 132 Images of 50P/50i/25P are output as PAL signals, those of 59.94P/59.94i/29.97P are output as NTSC signals, and those of 23.98P are output as 2-3 pulled-down NTSC signals. SDI OUT connector (BNC type) The connector is set at the factory to output an HD SDI signal.
  • Page 133: Operating Clips With A Computer

    Operating Clips With a Computer The clips recorded on SxS memory cards with this camcorder can be controlled on a computer or edited using the optional nonlinear editing software. For these purposes, the clips on an SxS memory card can be operated by directly loading the card...
  • Page 134 Using a nonlinear editing system For a nonlinear editing system, optional editing software that corresponds to the recording formats used with this camcorder is required. Store the clips to be edited on the HDD of your computer in advance, using the supplied XDCAM EX Clip Browsing Software.
  • Page 135: Connecting An External Device (i.link Connection)

    Recording the Camcorder Picture on an External Device When you set the camcorder to Camera mode, the picture being shot with this camcorder is output as an HDV stream via the i.LINK(HDV) connector. It can be recorded on a connected HDV recorder in synchronization with the REC START/STOP operation on this camcorder.
  • Page 136: Nonlinear Editing

    4-pin connector. Check the number of pins of the i.LINK connector on your computer and use an appropriate i.LINK cable. • In searching pictures of this camcorder on the computer, it may take some time until the display is reflected on the computer.
  • Page 137: About I.link

    IEEE 1394 proposed by Sony, is a trademark supported by many companies worldwide. IEEE 1394 is an international standard defined by IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
  • Page 138: External Synchronization

    External Synchronization External Synchronization that are When multiple units of the PMW-EX3 are used in the same shooting location, recording can be made in synchronization with a specific reference signal, and the timecode can be matched among all the units.
  • Page 139 To release the external timecode synchronization Change the “Timecode” setting of the TC/UB SET menu or turn off the camcorder. External synchronization is also released when you start recording in a special recording mode (Slow & Quick Motion, Frame Rec, or Interval Rec).
  • Page 140: Operating From The Rm-b750/b150

    Remote Control Unit is connected, various settings of the camcorder can be performed from the Remote Control Unit. You can operate the menus of the camcorder and monitor the picture on the RM-B750 or a video monitor connected via the MONITOR connector of the RM-B750/B150.
  • Page 141 For details on operations of the RM-B150, refer to the Operation Manual of the RM-B150. Operating the menu from the RM-B750 Set the camcorder to Camera mode by setting the power switch to the CAMERA position in advance. Press and light the MONITOR button then press the VF MENU button.
  • Page 142: Functions Operable From The Rm-b750/b150 (camera Mode)

    Functions Operable From the RM-B750/B150 (Camera Mode) When the camcorder is set to Camera mode, the following functions can be made using the controls, the switches, or the touch panel (RM- Function Menu ON/OFF Master gain selection Gain adjustment Step gain selection...
  • Page 143 Unit, refer to the Operation Manual of the RM-B150/ B750. Notes • The following menu and knob/switch operations on the Remote Control Unit are enabled when the menu of the camcorder is not Picture Profile item Matrix Setting Level R-G, R-B, G-R, G-B, B-R, B-G...
  • Page 144: Appendixes

    If you notice bending, deformation, or surface corrosion, contact your dealer or a Sony service representative as soon as possible to have the battery terminal replaced. Periodic inspections are recommended to keep the unit working properly and to prolong its usable lifetime.
  • Page 145 It is recommended that the portable communications devices near this unit be powered off. About the LCD panels The LCD panels are manufactured with extremely high-precision technology that yields effective pixel rates of 99.99% or higher. However, very rarely, one or more pixels may be permanently dark or permanently lit in white, red, blue, or green.
  • Page 146: Formats And Limitations Of Outputs

    Formats and Limitations of Outputs Video Formats and Output Formats The format of output signals from the COMPONENT OUT connector and the SDI OUT connector varies according to the recording/ playback video formats and the kind of the output signal (the setting of “YPbPr/SDI Out Select” of the VIDEO SET menu).
  • Page 147: Limitations Of Outputs

    Limitations of Outputs The outputs from the camcorder are limited by the VIDEO SET menu settings as follows. These limitations are common to Camera mode and Media mode. Menu settings i.LINK I/O YPbPr/SDI Out Select HD Outputs from i.LINK(HDV) the output...
  • Page 148: Lens File Operations

    Lens File Operations Up to 6 lens files can be used with this camcorder. File ID Applicable lens File File name VCL-614B2X VCL-614B2X exclusive standard zoom lens (supplied) XS8X4AS- Fujinon XS8X4AS-XB8 exclusive wide zoom lens (optional) User_File1 User-definable User_File2 User_File3...
  • Page 149: Backup Battery

    For details on menu operations, see “Basic Menu Operations” on page 114. Backup Battery YH12x4.8IRS This camcorder uses a backup battery to retain various setting data. A lithium battery (CR2032) for backup is mounted in the camcorder at the factory.
  • Page 150 • Be sure to set the power switch to OFF when replacing the backup battery. • Be careful not to drop the removed screw into the camcorder. Open the cover of the backup battery holder on the bottom by loosening the screw, and remove the battery.
  • Page 151: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Operating Power Symptoms Cause The camcorder does not No battery pack is mounted and no power on when you set power is supplied to the DC IN the power switch either to connector. CAMERA or MEDIA. The battery pack is completely exhausted.
  • Page 152: External Devices

    External Devices Symptoms Cause The equipment connected It sometimes takes time for the to the camcorder via an connected equipment to recognize i.LINK connection does the operation. not react as expected, for example, no picture appears on its screen. Troubleshooting Remedy Wait for about 15 seconds.
  • Page 153: Error/warning Indications

    Rapidly The camcorder may be defective. flashing Turn off the power and consult Sony service personnel. (If power cannot be turned off by setting the power switch to OFF, remove both the battery pack and the DC IN source.) Tally...
  • Page 154 A partitioned memory card or one that contains recorded clips exceeding the number permitted with this camcorder is loaded. This card cannot be used with this camcorder. Remove it and load a compatible card. An error occurred with the memory card. The card requires restoration.
  • Page 155: Mpeg-2 Video Patent Portfolio License

    MPEG-2 Video Patent Portfolio License ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER,...
  • Page 156: Camera Block

    With the BP-U60 Approx. 210 min. With the BP-U30 Approx. 100 min. Mass Camcorder: 1.9 kg (4 lb 2 oz) With the supplied lens, lens hood, eyepiece, BP-U30 battery pack and one SxS memory card: 3.6 kg (7 lb 15 oz) Dimensions See page 158.
  • Page 157: Supplied Lens (vcl-614b2x)

    AUDIO IN CH-1/CH-2 connectors XLR 3-pin (2), female LINE: +4 dBu MIC: –11 dBu to –65 dBu (6dB steps) (Reference level: 0 dBu=0.775 Vrms) DC IN connector DC jack (1) Output connectors SDI OUT connector BNC type (1), conforming to SMPTE292M/259M standards MONITOR OUT connector BNC type (1), 1.0 Vp-p, 75Ω,...
  • Page 158 STORAGE SYSTEMS OR ANY OTHER MEDIA OR STORAGE SYSTEMS TO RECORD CONTENT OF ANY TYPE. • Always verify that the unit is operating properly before use. SONY WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COMPENSATION OR REIMBURSEMENT...
  • Page 159: Index

    Index AC adaptor AC power source ACCESS lamps add shot marks AF mode 58, 59 AGC mode All Clips DEL 95, 127 All Reset Angle mode Area Detection Aspect Marker Aspect Select 75, 128 Assign Button assignable buttons 54, 76 ATW Speed Audio AUDIO IN connectors...
  • Page 160 Date/Time DC cable clamp DC IN connector DC IN Power delete a clip DELETE CLIP delete shot marks Detail diopter compensation Direct Menu 26, 54, 59, 62, 66, 80, 89 Direct menu DISP CLIP INFO Display On/Off DISPLAY/BATT INFO button divide a clip DIVIDE CLIP Down Converter...
  • Page 161 iris opening Iris ring IRIS switch 21, 114 Jog dial 20, 114 Joystick Knee Language 76, 94 Last Clip DEL lens adaptor lens cap 38, 148 lens files LENS INFO Lens Info LENS Menu lens mount lever lens mount stopper switch LENS REMOTE connector LINE/MIC/+48V switches Low Key SAT...
  • Page 162 119, 141 S&Q Motion Safety Area Safety Zone SBAC-US10 SBP-16 SBP-32 SBP-8 SDI OUT connector SEL/SET button SEL/SET dial SET INDEX PIC Setup setup file Setup menus Shading Shockless White SHOT MARK SHOT MARK screen SHOT MARK1 Shot Mark1 SHOT MARK1 ADD SHOT MARK1 DEL SHOT MARK2 Shot Mark2...
  • Page 163 YPbPr/SDI Out Display YPbPr/SDI Out Select 57, 123 Zebra ZEBRA button zebra patterns Zebra Select Zebra1 Level zoom ZOOM button Zoom Position Zoom ring Zoom Speed Zoom speed switch ZOOM switch Index...

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