Panasonic AG-HPX171EJ Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 Memory Card Camera-Recorder/Speicherkarten-Kamerarecorder Caméscope à carte mémoire/Camcorder a schede di memoria Camascopio basado en tarjeta de memoria AG-HPX171EJ Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. Lesen Sie die Anweisungen vor der Verwendung dieses Produkts sorgfältig durch, und bewahren Sie das vorliegende Handbuch zur künftigen Referenz auf.
  • Page 2 Fuse If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer. EEE Yönetmeliğine Uygundur. EEE Complies with Directive of Turkey.
  • Page 3 Fuse If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer.
  • Page 4 indicates safety information. WARNING: CAUTION: This equipment must be earthed. Do not lift the unit by its handle while the To ensure safe operation, the three-pin plug must tripod is attached. When the tripod is attached, be inserted only into a standard three-pin power its weight will also affect the unit’s handle, point which is effectively earthed through normal possibly causing the handle to break and...
  • Page 5 ENGLISH indicates safety information. CAUTION: CAUTION: EXCESSIVE SOUND PRESSURE FROM Do not leave the unit in direct contact with the EARPHONES AND HEADPHONES CAN skin for long periods of time when in use. CAUSE HEARING LOSS. Low temperature burn injuries may be suffered if the high temperature parts of this unit are in direct contact with the skin for long periods of time.
  • Page 6: Read This First

    Please be advised that we are not liable for any accident or failure occurring as a result of use of a counterfeit battery pack. To ensure that safe products are used we would recommend that a genuine Panasonic battery pack is used. •...
  • Page 7: To Remove The Battery

    Battery removal button ENGLISH Pursuant to at the directive 2004/108/EC, article 9(2) Panasonic Testing Centre Panasonic Service Europe, a division of Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH Winsbergring 15, 22525 Hamburg, F.R. Germany PHD 5 Year Warranty Repair Program GERMAN Thank you for purchasing this Panasonic PHD device.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    IMPORTANT ............6 Formatting P2 cards ........28 Recommendation for Use of Genuine Recording times ..........29 Panasonic Battery (Rechargeable Battery) ... 6 Remove the P2 card ........30 Software information for this product ....6 Using SD/SDHC memory cards ......31 To remove the battery .........
  • Page 9 ENGLISH Adjusting the shutter speed ......5 Digital video equipment (Dubbing) ....82 Synchro scan ........... 53 Video deck (Dubbing) ........83 Switching Audio Input ........5 TV/Monitor (playback/dubbing) ......83 Using the built-in microphone ......54 Nonlinear editing with P card (PC mode) ..8 Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive Using another microphone and audio equipment ............
  • Page 10: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This unit is compatible with P2 (Professional Plug-in) cards. The P2 card has a large capacity with a high transfer rate, and allows you sophisticated movie-making on this handy camera, including HD (High Definition) recording and smooth editing/dubbing. P mode shooting and Video Computer/...
  • Page 11: Precaution For Use

    (Page 26) Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. • Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder. Respect copyrights •...
  • Page 12: Accessories

    Accessories Battery *1 Battery charger / AC power supply cords (For the U.K.) ( For areas other than the U.K.) AC adaptor / AC power supply cords (For the U.K.) ( For areas other than the U.K.) Eye cup Microphone holder Screws for microphone holder Microphone holder adapter 6-mm screws (2)
  • Page 13: Description Of Parts

    ENGLISH Description of parts Right side and rear side 9 10 11 12 POWER 18 20 POWER switch (Page 21) 13 INPUT 1/ (audio input) switch (Page 54) START/STOP button (Page 27) 1 Zoom ring pin hole (Page 32) REC CHECK button (Page 27) 15 P card access lamp (x ) (Page 28) Zoom button (Page 32) 16 Viewfinder (Page 22)
  • Page 14: Left Side

  • Page 15: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Operating Instructions supplied with the cable. P card slots (Page 27) The security lock and security cable are designed to prevent theft, but Panasonic will SD memory card slot (Page 31) not accept any liability for damages resulting P card eject buttons (Page 30) from theft.
  • Page 16: Remote Control

    Description of parts (continued) Remote control DATE/TIME button (Page 78) The following buttons are for functions that OSD button (Page 78) cannot be executed on the camera-recorder. • PHOTO SHOT • TITLE • A.DUB COUNTER button (Page 61) • MULTI/P-IN-P •...
  • Page 17: The Battery

    ENGLISH The battery Charging Recording time of included battery Before using the battery, give it a full charge using the battery charger. Recharging Continuous Capacity Keep a spare battery with you. time recording time Approx. 330 Approx. 160 Place the battery horizontally while aligning 500 mAh min.
  • Page 18: Installing And Removing The Power Supply

    Installing and removing the power supply Installing and removing the battery Installation Removal Insert the battery until it clicks into place. Set the POWER switch to OFF, and check that the mode lamp is off. While pressing the battery release button, raise up the battery to remove it.
  • Page 19: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    ENGLISH Adjusting the hand strap Adjust the hand strap to suit your hand. Open the cover and adjust the length. Close the cover. • Make sure the cover is fully closed. Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap and use it as a precaution against dropping the camera. 0 mm or more 0 mm or more Detaching and attaching the lens hood...
  • Page 20: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Remote control setup When using two camera-recorders simultaneously, Push the catch in the direction shown by set this camera-recorder and the remote control arrow to  remove the holder. to either “operation mode 1” or “operation mode 2” so the remote control does not operate the wrong camera-recorder by mistake.
  • Page 21: Turn On/Off The Camera

    ENGLISH Turn on/off the camera While pressing the lock release, turn the POWER switch. Turn on the camera: The mode lamp (CAM) lights red (CAM mode) and the camera is now in the shooting standby mode. Turn off the camera: The mode lamp (CAM) goes out.
  • Page 22: Using The Viewfinder

    Viewfinder This camera has two viewfinders; one is a Fitting the eye cup miniature LCD in the viewfinder and the other is a Attach the eye cup by aligning the projections retractable 89 mm (3.5-inch) LCD. on the eye cup holder and eye cup and fitting Use the viewfinder that best suits the application them together.
  • Page 23: Using The Lcd

    ENGLISH Using the LCD Emphasizing outlines Emphasizing the outlines of the images you see Set the POWER switch to ON. in the viewfinder or on the LCD makes it easier to focus. Hold down the OPEN button to open the Emphasizing the outlines does not effect the LCD monitor.
  • Page 24: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Viewfinder (continued) Adjusting the screen display Push the Operation lever in the w or q direction to make adjustment. Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 1) EVF SET EVF COLOR LEVEL Press the MENU button. [–] ––––––––+ –––––––– [+ ] •...
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Backlight

    ENGLISH Adjusting the backlight Switching between overscan and underscan The steps below show how to set the brightness of the LCD monitor to one of three possible levels. Use this function to underscan or overscan the image shown in the viewfinder or on the LCD Select LCD BL under LCD on the setting monitor.
  • Page 26: Setting The Calendar

    Setting the calendar The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents Push the Operation lever in the r direction (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the to move to the MONTH setting. thumbnails. Before carrying out recording, be sure CLOCK SET to check and set CLOCK SET and TIME ZONE.
  • Page 27: Basic Shooting Operations

    ENGLISH Basic shooting operations Preparing to shoot Press the START/STOP button (Red) on the POWER switch to start shooting. Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 1) • Press again to return to the camera to the shooting standby mode. Lift up the viewfinder, press the side of the •...
  • Page 28: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    Basic shooting operations (continued) Checking photos taken (REC CHECK) PC mode (139 HOST) Lights green: In the shooting pause mode, press the REC Access standby. CHECK button. Blinks orange: This plays back about 2 seconds of the video and Data is now being accessed. audio of the most recently recorded clip before Off: returning to pause mode.
  • Page 29: Recording Times

    When using any other types of cards, the driver installed in the camera-recorder may need to be updated. (Page 122) • For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. E-9...
  • Page 30: Remove The P2 Card

    Basic shooting operations (continued) Remove the P card • During playback, a P2 card inserted into the empty slot will not be recognized and the P2 card access lamp will not light. When playback is Lift up the viewfinder, press the side of the completed, the P2 card recognition will begin.
  • Page 31: Using Sd/Sdhc Memory Cards

    With SDHC cards, 32 KB of capacity will have been used. Cautions in using SD memory cards • SD memory cards used with the AG-HPX171EJ should conform to SD or SDHC standards. Be Access lamp sure to format cards using the AG-HPX171EJ.
  • Page 32: Using The Zoom Function

    Using the zoom function On the remote control This camera has a 13 x optical zoom function. Zoom with the zoom button or the zoom ring. Press ZOOM/VOL to zoom with the motor drive. • Zoom speed is fixed at medium. Zoom button Set the ZOOM switch to SERVO so that you can START/...
  • Page 33: Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    2.5 times as long compared with recording in the 24P, 30P or 60P mode (standard recording). As with Panasonic’s Varicam model (AJ-HDC27 series), this unit also provides a recording format that allows frame rate conversion using nonlinear editing. (Either the 25PN (30PN or 24PN) mode must be set for this.)
  • Page 34 Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) PN mode: The camera-recorder shoots in the 24 fps native mode. The video signals delivering images at a rate of 24 fps are recorded in 24 frames. The signals are recorded only in the effective frames so recording is possible for 2.5 times as long.
  • Page 35: Native Recording

    ENGLISH Native recording Standard recording Using the REC FORMAT function Using the REC FORMAT function (Page 10) on the RECORDING SETUP (Page 10) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, select 0P/5PN (0P/30PN) or screen, select 0P/50P (0P/60P), 0P/PN as the recording format. 0P/5P (0P/30P) or 0P/P as the recording format.
  • Page 36: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) Using variable frame rates (VFR) Undercrank shooting Standard speed shooting for movie This way of shooting provides quick motion effects production used to present such scenes as the movement of clouds, someone standing among crowd of When making movies to show on a screen, a frame people, and moves made by martial artists.
  • Page 37: Shooting In 1080I/56I (80I) Progressive Mode

    ENGLISH Shooting in 1080i/56i (80i) progressive mode Shooting in 1080i/56i progressive mode P mode: Shoot 24 frames a second in the progressive Selecting 1080i/25P or 576i/25P in the REC mode. FORMAT option (Page 107) of the setting menu For output and recording, the 24-frame- RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in persecond signal is converted to 60-field-per- progressive mode.
  • Page 38: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually Use the FOCUS RING (FOCUS/IRIS) switch adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. to change the function assigned to the focus ring. Switching to manual mode FOCUS: Adjusts focus. IRIS: Adjusts iris (aperture).
  • Page 39: Using Focus Assist

    ENGLISH Using focus assist Iris adjustments Pressing the FOCUS ASSIST button magnifies the center portion of the image or brings up a frequency distribution graph at the top right of the image to assist during manual focusing. You can use the FOCUS ASSIST setting on the SW MODE screen to change the viewfinder and LCD monitor displays that appear when the FOCUS ASSIST button is pressed.
  • Page 40: Adjusting The Gain

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the gain Light intensity adjustments When the display is dark, increase the gain to Use the ND FILTER Switch to change the ND Filter brighten the display. used (filter to change light intensity). OFF: ND filter is not used.
  • Page 41: Adjusting The White Balance

    ENGLISH Adjusting the white balance Press the AWB button. In order to reproduce the white accurately, adjust • Adjustment takes a few seconds. the ratio between the three RGB primary colors. If (The following messages appear on the the white balance is not adjusted properly, not only screen.) will the white be reproduced poorly but the color Message during adjustment...
  • Page 42: Black Balance Adjustments

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Using presets • You cannot adjust the black balance while you are shooting. Use this feature when you have no time to make Message during adjustment white balance adjustments. ABB ACTIVE If the camera is in auto mode, use the Message after adjustment AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to manual ABB END...
  • Page 43: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    ENGLISH Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting Zebra pattern Set the Recording enable/disable switch to ON Press the ZEBRA button in CAM mode to show the and use the START/STOP button on the handle to zebra pattern or marker on the screen so you can make it easier to shoot from low angles.
  • Page 44: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Checking and displaying shooting Changing the image size status When recording in 576i (480i) mode, you can change the size (aspect ratio) of the images that you record. Select the aspect ratio in the setup menus, CAMERA SETUP screen, ASPECT CONV.
  • Page 45: Optical Image Stabilizer

    ENGLISH Optical Image Stabilizer Using the USER buttons Use the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce You can allocate one of sixteen features to each of the effects of camera shake when shooting by the three USER buttons. hand. Use these buttons to change shooting settings Press the OIS button to turn the function on and quickly or add effects to the images you are off.
  • Page 46: Waveform Monitor Function

    • The viewfinder does not show the waveform • If you use another AG-HPX171EJ as the display. external unit for backup recording, select • The waveform does not appear when the focus “OFF” for 1394 CONTROL on the external assist function is used.
  • Page 47: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    ENGLISH -slot continuous recording Text memo recording If you insert two P2 cards into the two card slots, This function adds text memos at the video points this function allows you to record continuously on on the clip now being recorded or played back. the two cards.
  • Page 48: Last Clip Delete Function

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) LAST CLIP DELETE function Assign LAST CLIP to any of the USER 1 – 3 buttons to enable a convenient way to delete the last recorded clip. Pressing the USER button to which LAST CLIP was assigned displays a YES/NO confirmation dialog on the screen.
  • Page 49: Using The Special Recording Functions

    ENGLISH Using the special recording functions Making the settings in the RECORDING SETUP screen (Page 107) enables special recording functions such as Pre-recording, Interval Recording, One Shot Recording, and Loop Recording. These special recording functions can be used only when the settings below are established. •...
  • Page 50: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    Using the special recording functions (continued) • No sound is recorded. • No guarantees are made for the 1394 output • All data recorded while this mode is active images. will be contained in one file. • Operation is not possible even if only one of •...
  • Page 51 ENGLISH • Use two P2 cards each with a recording capacity of more than one minute. Recording stops when either card is ejected. • This function does not work during 1394 input recording. • The pre-recording function does not work. •...
  • Page 52: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed • Remember that the faster the shutter speed, SHUTTER button the lower the sensitivity. SPEED SELECT button • If iris is set to auto, then it will open wider with higher shutter speeds and thereby BARS SHUTTER SPEES SELECT reduce focal depth.
  • Page 53: Synchro Scan

    ENGLISH Synchro scan With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance Set the shutter speed of the synchro scan (used changes in synchronization with the power when shooting a television or computer monitor) in line frequency. When this frequency is 50 Hz, the setup menus, SCENE FILE screen, SYNCRO mutual interference will occur between the SCAN.
  • Page 54: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input Using the built-in microphone During shooting, you can record up to four channels of sound. You can also switch the input sound to be recorded on each of the channels to Switch the CH1 SELECT switch to INT (L). the built-in microphones, external microphones or •...
  • Page 55: Adjusting The Recording Level

    (they will appear in black text) when INT MIC on the AV IN/OUT SETUP screen is set to OFF. INT MIC ON INT MIC OFF Check the recording level prior to shooting. • The recording level is set higher than for Panasonic’s broadcast-use camera recorders (AJ series). E-55...
  • Page 56: Using Scene Files

    Using scene files Changing scene file settings The settings according to the variety of shooting circumstances are stored in each position of scene The setting value of the scene file can be changed. file dial. Also you can save the changed scene file to each When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary file position of the scene file dial.
  • Page 57 ENGLISH When the screen shown below appears, Press the Operation lever to select YES use the Operation lever to enter a 6- when the screen shown below appears. character file name. (To return to the menu level above, press the Set the same as user information.
  • Page 58: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards You can save up to four scene file settings or other Push the Operation lever in the e or r settings as files on an SD memory card, and you direction to select WRITE and press it can also load them from the card.
  • Page 59 ENGLISH Press the MENU button four times to cancel the menu mode. To load a file 1) Perform steps 1 to 3, select READ in step 4 and push the Operation lever. When reading is completed, READ OK appears. To title a file 1) Perform steps 1 to 4.
  • Page 60: Clip Metadata

    Viewer. Download it from the URL address given and OBJECT (target of data collection). below, and install it in the computer. MEMO: * This indicates the No. (memo No.), OFFSET (frame position from the beginning of the clip), What the clip metadata consists of PERSON (name of the person who recorded the text memo), and TEXT (contents of memo).
  • Page 61: Using The Counter

    ENGLISH Using the Counter Counter display 139TC preset mode You can display a counter that indicates how much When shooting using a multi-camera, you can time has elapsed during shooting or playback. synchronously set the initial values of TC. The camera used for synchronization is the Press the COUNTER button.
  • Page 62: Charging The Built-In Battery/Setting The Time Data

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data Recharging the built-in battery Specifying the time code (TC PRESET) The camera’s internal battery saves the date and Set TC PRESET so you can record a value of your time. “ ” appears on the screen of the viewfinder choice as the initial setting for the time code to be or LCD when the internal battery is running low on used at the start of recording.
  • Page 63 ENGLISH Push the Operation lever in the q direction to Press MENU twice to exit the menus. move to the next digit, then push it in the e or MENU r direction to select a value. TC PRESET MONTH h 0 0 m 0 0 s 0 0 f With this unit, the time code value is adjusted in accordance with the format and frame rate.
  • Page 64: Setting User Information

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data (continued) Setting user information Set the user information. Setting user information allows you to store 8-digit Push the Operation lever in the e or r memo (information such as the date and time) in direction to select user information characters.
  • Page 65 ENGLISH Push the Operation lever in the e direction to move to YES and press it again. UB PRESET PRESET OK? YES – ––  PUSH STILL Press MENU twice to exit the menus. MENU E-65...
  • Page 66: Basic Playback Operations

    Basic playback operations Turn the POWER switch to ON. POWER While pressing the lock release, turn the POWER switch to ON. Press the mode button so the MCR lamp turns on. Lock release The camera is now in the MCR mode. •...
  • Page 67: Thumbnail Screen

    ENGLISH Thumbnail screen Video data created on the P2 card in one shooting session is called a clip. When the MCR mode has been established, the clips will be displayed on the LCD screen as thumbnails. (When there is a large number of clips, it will take some time for them to be displayed on the screen.) You can perform the following operations using the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 68 Thumbnail screen (continued) Slot number display Indicators : Shot mark The number of the slot with the P2 card containing the clip indicated by the yellow This indicates that a clip has a shot mark. frame is shown here. (The number appears in : Wide yellow.) If a clip extends over the P2 cards in This indicates that a clip has been recorded in...
  • Page 69: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    ENGLISH Adding shot marks to clips Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to find the clips you are looking for. Push the Operation lever in the w or q direction to move the yellow frame to the clip to which you will add a shot mark.
  • Page 70: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL) To delete a text memo: You can display the kind of clips you want to see as thumbnails. 1) Move the yellow frame to the clip whose You can also set more precisely how you want the text memo is to be deleted, and press thumbnails to appear on the screen.
  • Page 71: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    ENGLISH Deleting clips and formatting cards DATE FORMAT: Select year/month/day (YMD), month/day/ (OPERATION) year (MDY) or day/month/year (DMY) as the You can perform any of the following operations. If order for displaying the recording date/time. necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking This format will be the same for the recording the operations.
  • Page 72: Checking The Clip Or Card Information (Property)

    (Page 74) the clips again. PROPERTY SETUP: Set the method of displaying the P2 card memory capacity. After selecting the P2 CARD CAP, select REMAIN (remaining memory) or USED (memory used), and press the Operation lever.
  • Page 73 ENGLISH SYSTEM INFO: REC RATE: Recording frame rate The version of the system in this camera is • This display appears when recording using displayed. a setting for the FRAME RATE item on EXIT: the SCENE FILE screen other than the Select this to return to the last screen.
  • Page 74: Editing The Recorded Clip Metadata

    Thumbnail operations (continued) P card remaining memory/total memory BLANK: Space available TOTAL: Total space The P2 card’s remaining memory and total NUMBER OF CLIPS: Number of clips memory are displayed here in 1-minute increments. Fractions of a minute are rounded PROTECT: This indicates that the SD memory off, meaning the display may not match the card is writeprotected.
  • Page 75: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    ENGLISH • When deleting items of LOCATION (shooting Push the Operation lever in the e or r location) in SHOOT, items cannot be deleted direction to make a selection and press it independently. Make ALTITUDE blank, and the again. other items (LONGITUDE/LATITUDE) are also THUMBNAIL deleted.
  • Page 76 Thumbnail operations (continued) PROPERTY: Select this to display the metadata which has been recorded in the unit. Push the Operation lever in the e or r direction, select PROPERTY and push the Operation lever to view the desired data. The Operation lever also allows you to change the data.
  • Page 77: Useful Playback Functions

    ENGLISH Useful playback functions Variable speed search Fast forward/rewind playback This function enables you to change the playback During playback, push the Operation lever speed and search for specific scenes. in the t (rewind) or y (fast-forward) Press the Operation lever in the q direction.
  • Page 78: Clip Skip

    Useful playback functions (continued) Clip skip Viewing images on a monitor You can view the images on a monitor if you Press h (pause) during playback to set the connect the unit to a monitor using a BNC cable unit to the pause mode. (not included), an AV cable (not included), or component video cable (included).
  • Page 79: Connecting External Units

    ENGLISH Connecting external units Headphones 3.5-mm stereo mini jack • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones are connected. External microphone Microphone (optional) Microphone holder AG-MC00G Microphone holder adapter 1 mm INPUT1 or INPUT 6 mm •...
  • Page 80: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    Connecting external units (continued) Computer (non-linear editing/file transfer) When connecting a 139 cable  • Attach the provided two ferrite cores (length: 30 mm) to the both ends of the cable. After passing the cable as shown in the figure on the right, close the ferrite cores until they click into place and lock.
  • Page 81: Hard Disk Drive (Data Copying)

    When the P2 card access lamp flashes orange 1. Select [Applications] " [Utilities] " and start up [Disc Utility]. 2. Select a grayed-out volume among volumes of the X.X GB Panasonic disc, and click “Mount.” • When the P2 card access lamp is off Eject the P2 card, and insert it again.
  • Page 82: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) Digital video equipment (Dubbing) Other Digital video equipment This camera Ferrite core (included) Ferrite core (included) 1394 6-pin 139 cable (optional) You can connect a digital video unit equipped with a 139 connector and digitally transfer video ...
  • Page 83: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    ENGLISH Video deck (Dubbing) Audio cable (optional) White: CH1 (left channel) sound BNC cable Red: CH (right (optional) channel) sound COMPONENT Connect one of Component video these cables to cable (included) the terminal on the video deck. Video cable (optional) AUTO REC function When recording is started or stopped on this camera, recording start/stop information can be output through the SDI (HD) connector to control external device.
  • Page 84: Nonlinear Editing With P Card (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing with P card (PC mode) You can edit the video data on P2 cards nonlinearly Set the unit’s POWER switch to ON. by connecting the unit to a computer used for editing by means of a USB cable (Windows) or Select PC MODE on the setting menu 1394 cable (Apple Macintosh).* (Connections :...
  • Page 85 ENGLISH Proceed with nonlinear editing using your computer. An icon for the P2 card contents appears as a removable disk in My Computer of your computer. • For further details, refer to the instructions for your computer’s editing software. • When replacing one card with another, if the USB connection is used, check that the access lamp is not flashing and that the data...
  • Page 86: Copying From P Cards To The Hard Disk Drive (139 Host Mode)

    Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive (139 HOST mode) • Use an HDD (hard disk drive) that has sufficient Only when the hard disk drive is not capacity to permit copying. formatted: • Before copying the data, format the hard disk Push the Operation lever in the e or r drive so that it can be used by the unit.
  • Page 87 ENGLISH To check the HDD status • You cannot copy data from the hard disk drive The color of indicates the HDD status, as to a P2 card. below. • Use a hard disk drive under the following White: HDD is connected and can be used. conditions.
  • Page 88: Warnings

    Copying from P cards to the hard disk drive (139 HOST mode) (continued) Warnings HDD CAPACITY FULL! There is not enough free memory on the HDD. TOO MANY PARTITIONS! There are too many partitions.* HDD DISCONNECTED! The HDD has been disconnected. CANNOT FORMAT! Initializing cannot be performed.
  • Page 89: Dubbing

    ENGLISH Dubbing Digital input/output • The DV format is converted into 48K/2CH or 4CH. In the case of 1080i and 720P, channels You can perform dubbing with a high image quality 1 to 4 are recorded directly, and channels 5 to by means of digital signals by using a 1394 cable 8 are not recorded.
  • Page 90: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays For details on the safety zone, refer to 38. 34 33 TC 12 : 34 : 56 : 00 REM O T E I – P A US E USER - 1 1394 HD1080i D 1 0 X P 3.2 K 1394 1 8 dB...
  • Page 91 ENGLISH 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display C TEMP**: Appears when the WHITE BAL This display appears if a function which has switch position is changed, the been set on the setting menu AUTO SW power is turned on, and COLOR screen is operating when the AUTO/MANUAL TEMP Ach/COLOR TEMP Bch are switch has been pressed.
  • Page 92 Screen displays (continued) 19 IRIS display 24 ND filter display In CAM mode, displays the F value during ND filter selected is displayed. shooting. 5 Gain display Only in the 576i (480i) DV format, the F value In CAM mode, displays the gain value of the during shooting is also displayed during image amplifier configured.
  • Page 93 ENGLISH 33 Media remaining memory display 36 Special recording display Displays the remaining time. This display appears when the REC • In P2 CARD REMAIN on the setting menu FUNCTION option of the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen, select TOTAL to RECORDING SETUP screen is set to display total remaining time for all inserted INTERVAL, ONE SHOT or LOOP, and when...
  • Page 94: Main Warning Displays

    Screen displays (continued) Main warning displays WRITE PROTECTED The P2 card or SD memory card is COPY INHIBITED writeprotected. Can not record correctly because of the input NO CARD signal copy-guarded. A P2 card or SD memory card has not been EXTERNAL139 DISCONNECT inserted.
  • Page 95 ENGLISH WARNING When trouble occurs with camera systems, WARNING is displayed. FOCUS LOCK (Abnormal focus operation) PSD NG (Abnormal vibration detected) GYRO NG (Abnormal Optical Image Stabilizer control) 139 This is displayed when trouble has occurred in the 1394 connections or signals. 139 INITIAL ERROR (connection error) 139 INPUT ERROR (input error) 139 INPUT ERROR (OTHER FORMAT) (wrong...
  • Page 96: Setting The Display Items

    Screen displays (continued) Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfinder and LCD monitor screen by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by configuring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 112) OTHER DISPLAY settings MODE Displays...
  • Page 97: Using The Setup Menus

    ENGLISH Using the setup menus Use the setup menus to change the settings to Push the Operation lever in the e or r suit the scenes you are shooting or what you are direction to move the highlight to the recording.
  • Page 98: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Using the setup menus (continued) Initializing the menu settings The menu settings contain both the user file settings and the scene file settings. You can initialize them separately. To initialize the user file (i.e. all the settings other than the scene file settings) Select INITIAL in USER FILE of the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen.
  • Page 99: Setup Menu Structure

  • Page 100: Mcr (Playback) Mode Menu

    Setup menu structure (continued) MCR (playback) mode menu MCR MENU RECORDING SETUP MCR FORMAT (Pages 107 - 110) 576i (480i) MCR MODE 1394 TC REGEN PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS AUDIO OUT TC MODE* (Page 110) TC PRESET AV IN/OUT SETUP CMPNT/SDI SEL 1394 UB REGEN (Pages 110 - 111) SDI OUT...
  • Page 101: Setup Menu List

    ENGLISH Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item Description of settings mode LOAD/SAVE/INIT (Camera) LOAD: Loads the scene file settings saved using SAVE. SAVE: Saves the changed scene file settings. INITIAL: The settings of the scene file selected with the scene file dial are returned to the factory settings.
  • Page 102 Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode COLOR TEMP Bch (Camera) Makes fine adjustments to the color temperature (after white balance Bch adjustment). -...0...+ MASTER PED (Camera) Adjusts the master pedestal (black level of the image) as the basis for images.
  • Page 103: Camera Setup Screen

    ENGLISH SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode MATRIX (Camera) Selects the MATRIX table suitable for the desired color expression during shooting. NORM1: Suitable for shooting in the open air or under a halogen lamp. NORM: Suitable for brighter colors than the NORM1 mode. FLUO: Suitable for shooting under fluorescent light indoors.
  • Page 104: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Display Item Description of settings mode MID GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 1dB HIGH GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 1dB (Camera) Sets the operation of the ATW (Auto Tracking White Balance) function...
  • Page 105 ENGLISH SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode USER1 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. REC CHECK: Performs Rec Check. SPOTLIGHT: Auto iris control for the spotlight ON/OFF. BACKLIGHT: Auto iris control for the backlight compensation. (Page 45) BLACKFADE: Blackfade (Page 45) WHITEFADE:...
  • Page 106: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode FOCUS ASSIST (Camera) Allocates a function to the FOCUS ASSIST button. EXPANDED: Magnifies the center portion of the image. GRAPH: Displays a frequency distribution graph at the top right in the viewfinder and LCD monitor.
  • Page 107: Recording Setup Screen

    ENGLISH AUTO SW screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode (Camera) Sets the Auto Gain Control when the ON is selected in A.IRIS. 6dB: Performs the Auto Gain Control (max. 6 dB) in auto mode. 1dB: Performs the Auto Gain Control (max. 12 dB) in auto mode. OFF: Does not perform the Auto Gain Control in auto mode.
  • Page 108 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode MIC ALC (Camera) Sets mic level auto control to ON or OFF. (Page 55) ON, OFF Set to ON to reduce distortion at high input levels. This setting does not change the audio signal recording level.
  • Page 109 ENGLISH RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 139 UB REGEN (MCR) Selects the user information used when recording the signals from equipment connected to the 1394 terminal. Records using the user information of the signal input through the 1394 terminal.
  • Page 110: Playback Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode TIME STAMP (Camera) Determines whether or not date and time information will be superimposed on the image. ON: Superimposes date and time information on the image. OFF: Does not superimpose date and time information on the image.
  • Page 111: Display Setup Screen

    ENGLISH AV IN/OUT SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode DOWNCON MODE (Camera) Switches down-conversion output mode. (MCR) SIDE CROP: Crops the right and left edges of the images with the 4:3 aspect ratio. LETTER BOX: Adds black bands at the top and bottom of the images, and the images with the 16:9 aspect ratio are displayed in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Page 112 Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode DATE/TIME (Camera) Sets whether to display the date and time on the screen and whether to (MCR) output from the VIDEO IN/OUT jack. OFF: The date and time are not displayed. TIME: The time is displayed.
  • Page 113: Card Functions Screen

    ENGLISH DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode REC COUNTER (Camera) Selects counter operation during recording. TOTAL: Continues counting until card is reset with the COUNTER RESET button. CLIP: Resets the counter at start of recording and counts the time of each recording session.
  • Page 114 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 139 CONTROL (Camera) Sets the control method for backup recording using a backup unit connected to the 1394 terminal. OFF: The backup unit is not controlled. EXT: The backup unit can be controlled by the START/STOP button.
  • Page 115 ENGLISH OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in (MCR) 30-minute steps. (As an exception, you can set +12:45.) Refer to the table below.
  • Page 116: Option Menu Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) OPTION MENU screen This menu is displayed when the DISP/MODE CHK button is held down, and after the details of the shooting status are displayed, the MENU button is then pressed.Use it to check the connection status during nonlinear editing.
  • Page 117: Before Calling For Service

    ENGLISH Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. • Make sure the battery and AC adaptor are connected properly. Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no • To prevent the battery from running down needlessly, the camera- P115 apparent reason.
  • Page 118 Before calling for service (continued) Shooting Cannot start shooting. • Make sure the POWER switch is ON. Cannot focus • You can focus automatically when the auto focus mode is automatically. selected. • You may be shooting a scene where it is difficult to bring the ——...
  • Page 119 ENGLISH Playback Cannot play even when I • Make sure the MCR lamp is on (press the mode button). press the play button. No kind of playback operation can be performed unless this lamp is on. Mosaic-like noise appears • This noise is inherent to digital video technology.
  • Page 120: Operating Precautions

    Operating precautions Do not allow any water to get into the camera- • The battery charger can interfere with radio recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at reception so keep radios at least 1 meter away the beach.
  • Page 121 ENGLISH What to remember when throwing memory cards away or transferring them to others Formatting memory cards or deleting data using the functions of the unit or a computer will merely change the file management information: it will not completely erase the data on the cards. When throwing these cards away or transferring them to others, either physically destroy them or use a data deletion program for computers (commercially...
  • Page 122: Updating The Driver In The Camera

    Updating the driver in the camera For the latest information on drivers, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. To update a driver, select PROPERTY on the thumbnail menu and then SYSTEMINFO to check the camera-recorder’s version, go to the site given above, and download the driver as necessary.
  • Page 123: Cleaning

    ENGLISH Cleaning When cleaning, do not use benzene or thinner. Eye cup holder • Using benzine or paint thinners may deform the camera-recorder and/or cause the surface finish Eye cup to peel off. • Before proceeding with maintenance, remove the battery or disconnect the AC cord from the power outlet.
  • Page 124: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions P cards Before storing the camera-recorder, remove the battery. • After ejecting a P2 card from the unit, be Store all of these items in a place with low humidity absolutely sure to attach its special cap to keep and relatively constant temperature.
  • Page 125: How To Handle Data Recorded On P Cards

    “P2 viewer” or “P2 content management software” from the following web site and use it for this purpose. (For supporting OS, refer to the following web site as well.) When using regular IT tools such as Microsoft Windows Explorer or Apple Finder to transfer data to a ...
  • Page 126: Checkpoints For Using Memory Cards

    • MultiMediaCard We recommend using SD/SDHC memory cards and miniSD/miniSDHC cards that are made by Panasonic. For the latest information on the unit and on the memory cards which can be used by this unit, go to the P2 support page at the following web site:
  • Page 127 ENGLISH Recording format list • When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz Frame rate 1080i/50i 1080i/50i 1080i/25P over 50i DVCPRO HD 720P/50P 720P/50P 1080i/25P over 50P 720P/25PN 720P/50P Native recording 720P/25PN Video format DVCPRO50 DVCPRO 576i/50i 576i/50i 576i/25P over 50i Frame rate 12 15 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 32 34 37 42 45 48 50 1080i/50i...
  • Page 128: Appendix

    Appendix Selecting the USER CLIP NAME recording method Press the MENU button and select META DATA " PROPERTY " USER CLIP NAMEto select the recording method. Two options are available: TYPE1and TYPE2. TYPE1 USER CLIP NAME to be recorded If clip metadata has Uploaded data been read in If no clip metadata...
  • Page 129: Specifications

    ENGLISH Specifications [GENERAL] Synchro scan 50i/50P mode: 1/50.0 to 1/248.9 sec. Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V 25P/25PN mode: 1/25 to 1/248.9 sec. Power consumption 60i/60P mode: 1/60.0 to 1/249.8 sec. 10.9 W (when the LCD monitor is not used) 30P/30PN mode: 1/30.0 to 1/249.8 sec. 11.7 W (when the LCD monitor is used) 24P/24PA/24PN mode: 1/24.0 to 1/249.8 sec.
  • Page 130 Specifications (continued) [AUDIO P] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) [VIDEO OUT] Sampling frequency SDI output BNC x 1, 0.8 V [p-p], 75 Ω 48 kHz Quantizing HD: complies with SMPTE 292M, 296M and 16 bit/4 CH 299M Frequency response SD: complies with SMPTE 259M-C, 272M-A, and 20 Hz to 20 kHz ITU-R BT.656-4 Analog component output...
  • Page 131 ENGLISH [AC ADAPTOR] Power Source: 100 V - 240 V AC, 47 Hz - 63 Hz 0.55 A Power Output: 7.9 V DC, 2.53 A indicates safety information. Weight 220 g Dimensions (W x H x D) 42 mm × 31 mm × 104.4 mm [BATTERY CHARGER] Power Source: 100 V - 240 V AC, 50 Hz/60 Hz 0.4 A...
  • Page 132 Note for the battery symbol (bottom two symbol examples): This symbol might be used in combination with a chemical symbol. In this case it complies with the requirement set by the Directive for the chemical involved. Web Site: © ©...

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