JVC GZ-MC500AA Instructions Manual
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  • Page 2 Major Features of this Camera Removable Hard Disk Enjoying Various Playback Features In contrast to conventional digital video cameras Unlike tape operation, playback is simple and that record to DV tapes, the removable hard disk easy in this camera since no time is needed for is a new type of card media that enables rewinding or fast forward operations.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    ADVANCED OPERATIONS Contents RECORDING FEATURES ........31 Backlight Compensation ........ 31 GETTING STARTED Spot Exposure Control ........31 Program AE ........... 31 Provided Accessories ........7 Bracket Shooting ........... 33 Index .............. 10 Manual Focus ..........33 Power ............. 14 Manual Settings in MSET Menu ....
  • Page 4 However, live recording and LCD monitor playback are possible anywhere. ● Use the JVC BN-VM200U battery pack and, to recharge it or to supply power to the camera from an AC outlet, use the provided multi- voltage AC adapter.
  • Page 5 This camera is designed exclusively for When requesting repairs for breakdowns by your CompactFlash Card (CF card) and SD Memory dealer or JVC service centre, be sure to bring your Card. camera together with the removable hard disk. If one of them is not included, the cause cannot be The removable hard disk (provided) or diagnosed, and the repair cannot be made properly.
  • Page 6 ● Do not turn off the camera power or remove the data on the hard disk so that it cannot be read. JVC battery or AC adapter during shooting, playback, shall not be responsible for any personal data that is or when otherwise accessing the recording released.
  • Page 7: Getting Started

    GETTING STARTED AC Adapter AP-V14E, AP-V17E or Provided Accessories AP-V14AC Power cord (AP-V14E/AP-V14AC only) Battery Pack BN-VM200U S-Video/Audio/Video Cable USB Cable (Refer to the software installation and USB connection guide.) Removable Hard Disk (4 GB) Protective Case for Removable Hard Disk Strap (See page 8 for attachment) Lens Cap (See page 8 for attachment) CD-ROM...
  • Page 8 GETTING STARTED Attaching the Strap Attaching/Detaching the Lens Hood The provided lens hood helps block out glare Press and hold both when shooting under bright sunlight, the same sides as shown, then way professional photographers do. detach the fastener (large). To attach Pass the strap ring Align the lens hood with the camera’s lens, and...
  • Page 9 GETTING STARTED Attaching the Core Filter Close the core filter until it clicks shut. Attach the core filters to the cables. The core filter reduces interference. Release the stoppers on both ends of the core filter. NOTES: ● Take care not to damage the cable. ●...
  • Page 10: Index

    GETTING STARTED Index ATTENTION: ● Be careful not to cover during shooting. ● Be careful not to cover during playback.
  • Page 11 GETTING STARTED Controls Indicators Power/Charge Lamp ( pg. 14, 16) Mode Button [MODE] ( pg. 16) Access Lamp (Lights up or blinks when you Recording Mode Dial ( pg. 16, 31 – 32) access to any files. Do not turn off the power Lock Button ( pg.
  • Page 12 GETTING STARTED Indications on LCD Monitor Picture Quality: [U] (ultra fine), [F] (fine), [N] (normal), [E] (economy) ( pg. 50) Remaining Time ( pg. 20, 62) During both Video and Still Image Recording Counter ( pg. 49) 7REC: (Appears during recording.) pg.
  • Page 13 GETTING STARTED During Video Playback During Still Image Playback 11:30 10.11.2005 Mode Indicator ( pg. 16) Folder/File Number Slide Show Playback Indicator ( pg. 27) Battery Indicator ( pg. 55) Date/Time ( pg. 49) 10.11.2005 Selected Medium Indicator ( pg. 19, 49) Mode Indicator ( pg.
  • Page 14: Power

    GETTING STARTED Set the power switch to OFF while pressing Power down the lock button located on the switch. Slide and hold OPEN in the direction of the This camera’s 2-way power supply system lets arrow , then open the battery/CF card cover. you choose the most appropriate source of power.
  • Page 15 To DC set the power switch to OFF, then to connector ● It is recommended that only genuine JVC batteries are used in this camera. Using generic To AC outlet non-JVC batteries can cause damage to the internal charging circuitry.
  • Page 16: Operation Mode

    GETTING STARTED 3 Auto/Manual Mode Operation Mode Set the recording mode dial to the desired To turn on the camera, set the power switch to position to switch the auto/manual recording while pressing down the lock button mode. The indicator appears on the located on the switch.
  • Page 17: Date/Time Settings

    GETTING STARTED Date/Time Settings Inserting/Removing a CF Card The recording start date/time is recorded on the You can use a CF card (CompactFlash card) as video/still image/voice file and it can be checked a recording medium in the CF slot. by pressing INFO during playback.
  • Page 18: Inserting/Removing An Sd Card

    GETTING STARTED NOTES: Inserting/Removing an SD Card ● Read the cautions on CF card. ( pg. 58, “Recording Medium”) You can use an SD card as a recording medium ● Before using the provided removable hard disk or in the SD slot. See page 62 for the guaranteed a new CF card, it is necessary to format it.
  • Page 19: Formatting A Recording Medium

    GETTING STARTED Formatting a Recording Medium Selecting Recording Medium You can format (initialise) a recording medium in Select the recording medium before starting the CF or SD slot. You have to format the recording or playback. ( pg. 48, 49) provided removable hard disk or newly- Example: When recording still images to an SD purchased CF cards and SD cards with this...
  • Page 20: Video Recording & Playback

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK NOTES: Video Recording ● If the camera is left without any operation during recording or playback (video, still image or voice) MODE for 5 minutes when using the battery pack, the Zoom Lever camera is turned off automatically to conserve power.
  • Page 21: Zooming

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK Zooming Angle Adjustment Use the zoom function for close-up or wide- Tilt the lens part at the most convenient angle. angle shooting. You can zoom in up to 10x by The lens part can rotate 45° upward and using the optical zoom.
  • Page 22: Video Playback

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK To play back files in the [EXTMOV] folder Video Playback If the data cannot be recorded properly, the video files are saved to the [EXTMOV] folder. pg. 20) Zoom Lever To play back the files in the [EXTMOV] folder, press the recording start/stop button while the index screen is displayed in step 2, and then proceed to step 3 after [MPG] is displayed.
  • Page 23: Various Playback Operations

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK Various Playback Operations Playback Zoom You can magnify the playback image up to 5x. Still playback (Pause) During normal playback, at the point you want Press 49 during normal playback. ● To resume normal playback, press 49 again. to zoom in, press 49 to pause playback.
  • Page 24: Connecting To A Tv Or Vcr

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK Playback on a TV Connecting to a TV or VCR Make sure all units are turned off. Open the cover. Connect the camera to a TV or VCR as shown in the illustration. If using a VCR, go to step 3. If not, go to step 4.
  • Page 25: Still Image Recording & Playback

    STILL IMAGE RECORDING & PLAYBACK Zooming Still Image Recording Use the zoom function for close-up or wide- angle shooting. You can zoom in up to 8x by using the optical zoom. MODE Zoom Lever To zoom in Slide the zoom lever towards T (telephoto). To zoom out Slide the zoom lever towards W (wide-angle).
  • Page 26: Continuous Shooting

    STILL IMAGE RECORDING & PLAYBACK Continuous Shooting [AUTO]: The flash fires automatically when the surroundings are dark. If the continuous shooting mode is set to on, AUTO RED-EYE: The flash fires keeping the recording start/stop button pressed automatically but reduces the red-eye in step 3 in “Still Image Recording”...
  • Page 27: Still Image Playback

    STILL IMAGE RECORDING & PLAYBACK Slide Show Still Image Playback You can playback all the images stored in recording media automatically. Zoom Lever Set the power switch to Press MODE to select ● A still image is displayed. ● To switch the medium to be played back, see INFO pages 19, 48 and 49.
  • Page 28: How To Use The Scroll Bar

    STILL IMAGE RECORDING & PLAYBACK How to Use the Scroll Bar Playback Zoom You can use the vertical scroll bar on the index You can magnify the playback image up to 5x. screen to find the desired files quickly. The scroll Set the power switch to bar is useful when deleting files ( pg.
  • Page 29: Voice Recording & Playback

    VOICE RECORDING & PLAYBACK Indication on LCD Monitor Voice Recording Zoom Lever VOICE RECORDING Recording Start/Stop [0h56m] Button MODE Lock Button 20.11.2005 11:30 Power Switch Remaining Time ( pg. 63) Selected Medium Indicator ( pg. 19, 49) Set the power switch to Sound Quality: 48 (fine), 16 (standard), 8 Press and hold MODE to select (economy) (...
  • Page 30: Voice Playback

    VOICE RECORDING & PLAYBACK Indication on LCD Monitor Voice Playback Set the power switch to Press and hold MODE to select VOICE PLAYBACK ● To switch the medium to be played back, see pages 19, 48 and 49. Press 49 to start playback. To pause playback, press 49 again.
  • Page 31: Advanced Operations

    RECORDING FEATURES Backlight Compensation Program AE Backlight compensation brightens the subject You can use the program AE settings for specific quickly. With simple operation, dark portions of shooting situations. the subject are brightened by increasing the Set the power switch to exposure.
  • Page 32 RECORDING FEATURES Aperture-Priority Shutter-Priority Setting the aperture value manually ( Setting the shutter speed manually ( You can set the aperture value (F-number) You can set the shutter speed manually. A fast manually. The larger the aperture value (lower F- shutter speed can freeze the motion of a fast- number), the more blurred the background will moving subject and a slow shutter speed can...
  • Page 33: Bracket Shooting

    RECORDING FEATURES Bracket Shooting Manual Focus In addition to an image with the exposure set by The camera's Full Range AF system offers the camera, two other images are recorded with continuous focusing ability from close-up to exposure values shifted to the +0.3 EV and –0.3 infinity.
  • Page 34: Manual Settings In Mset Menu

    RECORDING FEATURES To return to automatic focus Manual Settings in MSET Press FOCUS again or set the recording mode Menu dial to Manual focus is recommended in situations You can use manual recording functions easily listed below; by selecting items in the MSET menus. ●...
  • Page 35: Manual Exposure

    RECORDING FEATURES Manual Exposure White Balance The white balance is usually adjusted Manual exposure is recommended in the automatically for correctness of the colour following situations: reproduction under various lighting. However, ● When shooting using reverse lighting or when you can also select the following modes the background is too bright.
  • Page 36: Effect

    RECORDING FEATURES Effect Manual White Balance Adjustment Select [MWB] in WB menu. You can add special effects to your recording Hold a sheet of images. plain white paper in Select [EF] in the MSET menu. ( pg. 34) front of the subject. Select the desired mode with the multi- Adjust zoom or controller (r/t).
  • Page 37: Playback Features

    PLAYBACK FEATURES Wipe or Fader Effects Playback Effects You can view videos with various effects of You can view videos or still images with special scene transition. image effects. Set the power switch to Set the power switch to Press MODE to select Press MODE to select Press MENU.
  • Page 38: Managing Files

    MANAGING FILES Information on Voice Files Viewing File Information Press INFO while voice playback is paused. File You can view the file information in playback information appears. mode. FILE: File name FOLDER: Folder name Information on Video Files DATE/TIME: Date and time of the recording Press INFO while video playback is paused.
  • Page 39: Protecting Files

    MANAGING FILES To protect all files Protecting Files Select [PROTECT ALL] with the multi- controller (r/t), then press 49. You can protect files from the accidental erasure. Select [EXECUTE] with the multi-controller Set the power switch to (r/t), then press 49. Press (and hold) MODE to select the file type ●...
  • Page 40: Deleting Files

    MANAGING FILES To delete by selecting multiple files Deleting Files Select [FILE SELECT] with the multi- controller (r/t), then press 49. You can delete unnecessary files. ● The index screen (video or still image) or playback Deleting by the Button list (voice) appears.
  • Page 41: Cleaning Up A Recording Medium

    MANAGING FILES Cleaning Up a Recording Copying/Moving Still Image Medium Files Writing speed of recording media tends to You can copy or move still image files between become slow after long period of repeated use. recording media in CF and SD slots using the To regain the speed, execute cleanup on-screen display.
  • Page 42: Resetting The File Number

    MANAGING FILES To copy or move by selecting files Resetting the File Select [FILE] with the multi-controller (w/e), Number then press 49. ● The index screen appears. By resetting the file number (name), a new folder Select a desired file with the multi-controller will be made.
  • Page 43: Creating Play List

    MANAGING FILES To check the play list by playing back the Creating Play List video You can check the play list before saving it. You can create a play list by collecting the After step 10, select a thumbnail image of desired scenes from the previously recorded the play list with the multi-controller ( video files.
  • Page 44: Playing Back Play List

    MANAGING FILES Add/Delete Files in Play List Playing Back Play List You can edit existing play lists by adding or By playing back the play list, you can view your deleting files. original video clips. (To create play list, Set the power switch to pg.
  • Page 45 MANAGING FILES Deleting Play List Dubbing Using Play List You can delete unnecessary play lists. Dubbing to an external device using a play list is possible. Set the power switch to Connect the camera and your VCR with the Press MODE to select S-Video/Audio/Video cable.
  • Page 46: Dpof Print Setting

    MANAGING FILES To print all still images (One print for each) DPOF Print Setting Display the DPOF menu screen. ( “To print by selecting a still image”) This camera is compatible with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format). You can set which images Select [ALL 1] with the multi-controller (r/t), to be printed and the number of prints with this then press...
  • Page 47: Direct Printing With A Pictbridge Printer

    MANAGING FILES To cancel print setting Direct Printing with a PictBridge Select [CANCEL] with the multi-controller ( Printer then press To stop printing after printing starts If your printer is compatible with PictBridge, still Press 9. The confirmation screen appears. images can be printed easily by connecting the Select [EXECUTE] with the multi-controller camera with the USB cable directly to the...
  • Page 48: Menu Settings

    MENU SETTINGS Changing the Menu Settings Common Menus for All Modes You can change the menu settings to customize [ ] = Factory-preset your camera. Access the desired menu screen BASIC SETTING by following the steps below, then change the various settings.
  • Page 49 MENU SETTINGS MEMORY CARD SETTING DISPLAY VIDEO MODE Media selection can BRIGHT be set for each When this item is selected, the brightness [CF SLOT] / SD SLOT recording and control indicator appears. Adjust the brightness IMAGE MODE playback mode: video of the display using the multi-controller (w/e), ), still image ( [CF SLOT] / SD SLOT...
  • Page 50: Video Recording Menus

    MENU SETTINGS NOTES: Video Recording Menus ● Accurate stabilization may not be possible if hand shake is excessive, or depending on the shooting [ ] = Factory-preset condition. In this case, the indicator blinks or goes out. QUALITY ● Switch off this mode when recording with the Select the desired picture quality.
  • Page 51: Still Image Recording Menus

    MENU SETTINGS Still Image Recording Menus PROTECT DELETE [ ] = Factory-preset The menu items of PROTECT and DELETE are the same as in the description on page 50. QUALITY [FINE] / STANDARD Voice Recording Menus Select the desired image quality. [ ] = Factory-preset IMAGE SIZE [2560 x 1920] / 2048 x 1536 / 1600 x 1200 /...
  • Page 52: References

    Recording cannot be performed. If the problem still exists, please consult your ● [MEMORY CARD IS FULL] appears. nearest JVC dealer. HReplace with new recording medium or delete unnecessary files. ( pg. 17, 18, 40) 8 To reset the camera ●...
  • Page 53 REFERENCES Playback Advanced features Playback cannot be performed. The focus does not adjust automatically. ● Recording medium is not selected properly. ● Focus is set to the manual mode. HSelect the recording medium. ( pg. 19, 48, 49) HSet focus to the automatic mode. ( pg.
  • Page 54 35°C. ( pg. 58) monitor become dark. ● The battery/CF card cover is open. HConsult your nearest JVC dealer. HClose the cover. ( pg. 14) Coloured bright spots appear all over the The data process is too slow after the power LCD monitor.
  • Page 55: Warning Indications

    REFERENCES THIS CARD IS NOT FOR RECORDING VIDEO Warning Indications Appears when a recording medium which is not capable of video recording is inserted. Use the The following indications appear on the screen. guaranteed recording medium to work with this camera.
  • Page 56 REFERENCES NUMBER OF FOLDERS OVERFLOW NO REGISTERED SCENES IN PLAY LIST Appears when the number of folders exceeds SOME OF SCENES MAY NOT BE PLAYED the limit for file copy/move operation. BACK The video files registered in the play list do not MEMORY CARD ERROR! exist.
  • Page 57: Cleaning The Camera

    REFERENCES Cleaning the Camera Cautions Battery Packs Before cleaning, turn off the camera and remove the battery pack and AC adapter. The supplied battery Terminals To clean the exterior pack is a lithium-ion Wipe gently with a soft cloth. Put the cloth in battery.
  • Page 58 Using generic • Do not touch the metal parts. ● Copy the recorded files to your PC. JVC non-JVC batteries can cause damage to the internal charging circuitry.
  • Page 59 When requesting repairs for malfunctioning by ... in places subject to extremely high (over 40°C) or your dealer or JVC service centre, be sure to extremely low (under 0°C) temperatures. bring your camera together with the ● DO NOT leave the unit removable hard disk.
  • Page 60: Specifications

    REFERENCES Specifications For video/audio Format Camera SD-VIDEO Recording/Playback format Video: MPEG-2 For general Audio: Dolby Digital (2 ch) Power supply Signal format DC 11 V (Using AC adapter) PAL standard DC 7.2 V (Using battery pack) Recording mode (video) Power consumption ULTRA FINE: 720 x 576 pixels, 8.5 Mbps (CBR) Approx.
  • Page 61 REFERENCES AC Adapter For voice Format Power requirement AC 110 V to 240 Vd, 50 Hz/60 Hz Linear PCM Output Recording mode FINE: 48 kHz, 1,536 kbps, 16 bit, stereo DC 11 V , 1 A STANDARD: 16 kHz, 512 kbps, 16 bit, stereo Design and specifications subject to change ECONOMY: 8 kHz, 256 kbps, 16 bit, stereo without notice.
  • Page 62 Quality 1 GB not guaranteed to work, so buy such products with caution. ULTRA FINE Removable hard disks: Microdrive ® from Hitachi, JVC Microdrive ® (CU-MD04) FINE NORMAL CompactFlash cards: By LEXAR, SanDisk and Hagiwara Sys-Com ECONOMY SD memory cards: By Panasonic, TOSHIBA, pqi (still image only) and SanDisk ●...
  • Page 63 REFERENCES ● CompactFlash card : Approximate number of storable images (for still image) Image size/ 1 GB quality ● Removable hard disk 640 x 480/ 1420 2840 5680 Image size/ FINE 2 GB 4 GB* 6 GB quality 640 x 480/ 1115 2235 4465...
  • Page 64: Terms

    TERMS ..........14, 15 ..........35 AC Adapter Manual Exposure ..........32 ........... 33 Aperture-Priority Manual Focus ............16 Mode Lamp ............. 34 MSET Menu ........31 Backlight Compensation ............. 14 Battery Pack ..........33 ..........48 Bracket Shooting Operation Sound ..........

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