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Canon VIXIA HF M30 Firmware Update Procedure

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Canon Digital Video Camcorder Firmware Update Procedure
VIXIA HF M30
VIXIA HF M31
VIXIA HF M300
LEGRIA HF M31
LEGRIA HF M36
LEGRIA HF M300
LEGRIA HF M306
Firmware is software installed to control the equipment. Using the firmware, the camcorder can perform many
operations, such as shooting or processing the image. The following is an explanation of how to download the
data for the new firmware, save it to your computer's hard disk, copy it to an SD (or SDHC) memory card, and
update your camcorder to the new firmware.
Please note that, to perform this update you will need the following, in addition to a computer: a commercially
available SD memory card or SDHC memory card (32 MB or more), and a commercially available SD memory
card reader or an SD card slot built into the computer. Please have these items ready in advance.
Make sure you have read the precautions and procedures below carefully before updating the firmware.
IMPORTANT: Observe the following precautions when updating the firmware
When updating the firmware, make sure to use a battery pack and power the camcorder using the
supplied compact power adapter.
Before updating the firmware, initialize the SD (or SDHC) memory card in the camcorder. When you
initialize the SD (or SDHC) memory card, any data written on it will be erased, so please be sure to
save a copy of any important data on your computer or somewhere other than the card, prior to
initializing it.
While updating the firmware, make absolutely sure not to turn the camcorder off or to operate its
buttons or controls. Doing so could cause camcorder malfunctions.
After the firmware update is completed, all of the camcorder settings are reset to their default
values.
After the firmware update is completed, it is not possible to revert back to a previous version.
If the firmware update does not finish normally, or if the camcorder no longer starts normally, please
contact our camera repair center.
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  • Page 1 Canon Digital Video Camcorder Firmware Update Procedure VIXIA HF M30 VIXIA HF M31 VIXIA HF M300 LEGRIA HF M31 LEGRIA HF M36 LEGRIA HF M300 LEGRIA HF M306 Firmware is software installed to control the equipment. Using the firmware, the camcorder can perform many operations, such as shooting or processing the image.
  • Page 2 Step 1: Make Preparations The following items are required for this firmware update. Camcorder VIXIA HF M30/M31/M300, LEGRIA HF M36/M306 Computer OS: Computer with either Windows or Mac OS X(*) SD memory card reader (commercially available) or a computer with an SD card...
  • Page 3 Step 2: Check the firmware version on your camcorder 1. Insert the battery pack and connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder. Connect the compact power adapter to the power outlet and turn the camcorder ON. 2. Press the (Camera/Play) button and set the camcorder to playback mode.
  • Page 4 Step 3: Download the firmware and prepare the data for the update This section explains the operations to be made on your computer. Please perform the procedure that corresponds to your computer's operating system. For Windows (These explanations use the screens from Windows Vista.) 1.
  • Page 5 Step 4: Prepare an SD (or SDHC) memory card for the firmware update First, insert an SD (or SDHC) memory card into the camcorder and initialize it. This section will explain how to use your computer and an SD memory card writer (or an SD card slot built into your computer) to copy the new firmware to the initialized SD (or SDHC) memory card.
  • Page 6 5. Touch the LCD screen in the order shown below to completely initialize the SD (or SDHC) memory card. [HF M30/M31/M36] Confirm that an SD memory card is displayed here. [HF M300/M306] 6. The initialization will start, and after a short while, the process will be completed and the following screen will appear.
  • Page 7 3. Drag the firmware update data VGC6.FIM from the HFM31_f folder created in Step 3-4 to the CANON icon. Caution Please be sure to copy the firmware to the root directory of the SD (or SDHC) memory card.
  • Page 8 Using a card reader desktop. 3. Drag the firmware update data VGC6.FIM from the HFM31_f icon created in Step 3-3 to the CANON icon on the desktop. Caution Please be sure to copy the firmware to the root directory of the SD (or SDHC) memory card.
  • Page 9 3. Drag the CANON icon to the Trash icon, and then remove the SD (or SDHC) memory card from the card reader/writer (or the SD card slot on the computer). Please proceed to Step 5: Update the camcorder to the new firmware.
  • Page 10 6. Touch the [Firmware] version number to display the firmware update confirmation screen. Touch [OK] to start the f irmware update. After a short while, the f irmware will be overwritten with the new version. (The update takes approximately 4 minutes.) [1.0.0.0 ->...