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Sony Handycam DCR-PC330 Operation Manual

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  • Page 1 Camera Operations Guide Read this first Digital Video Camera Recorder DCR-PC330 © 2003 Sony Corporation SERIES 3-084-863-11(1)
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. WARNING To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”...
  • Page 3: Notes On Use

    – Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. – Consult a Sony dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The interface cable supplied must be used with the...
  • Page 4 Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen. Touch the button on the LCD screen. • You can change the language to be used for screen display on your camcorder (p. 22). • Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts. Viewfinder LCD panel Battery pack...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this first ... 2 Quick Start Guide Recording movies on a tape ... 8 Recording still images on a “Memory Stick”... 10 Getting started Step 1: Checking supplied items... 12 Step 2: Charging the battery pack... 13 Using an outside power source ...
  • Page 6 Recording in dark places – NightShot, etc..34 Adjusting the focus... 35 Adjusting the focus for an off-center subject – SPOT FOCUS ... 35 Adjusting the focus manually ... 36 Using supplementary light to focus on a still image Adjusting the frame and focus when recording a still image in darkness –...
  • Page 7 Print mark ...101 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ...103 Warning indicators and messages ...111 Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad ...115 Usable cassette tapes ...116 About the “Memory Stick” ...117 About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...119 About i.LINK ...121 Maintenance and precautions ...122 Specification ...125...
  • Page 8: Quick Start Guide

    Quick Start Guide Recording movies on a tape Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder. Slide the battery release lever and remove the battery terminal cover. Battery release lever Insert a cassette into the camcorder. Slide the OPEN/ ZEJECT...
  • Page 9 Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen. The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 18. Remove the lens cap. Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch...
  • Page 10: Recording Still Images On A "memory Stick

    Recording still images on a “Memory Stick” Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder. Slide the battery release lever and remove the battery terminal cover. Battery release lever Insert a “Memory Stick” into the camcorder. Insert it so that the b mark is at the bottom left corner.
  • Page 11: Start Recording While Checking The Subject On The Lcd Screen

    Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen. The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 18. Remove the lens cap. Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. While pressing the green button, slide the POWER switch...
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    AC Adaptor (1) Power cord (1) Lens cap (Large, 1) Attached to the camcorder. Lens hood (1) and Lens cap (Small, 1) Use the lens hood to record under strong light, such as under the sun. When you use the lens hood, use the small lens cap.
  • Page 13: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack You can charge the battery by attaching the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series) to your camcorder. b Notes • You cannot use batteries other than the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (M series) (p. 119). • Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor with any metallic objects.
  • Page 14 Slide the POWER switch up to (CHG) OFF. The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. After charging the battery The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack. To remove the battery pack Set the POWER switch to (CHG) OFF.
  • Page 15 • The power will not be supplied from the battery pack when the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder, even if its power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet. • The recording and playback time will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperature.
  • Page 16: Using An Outside Power Source

    PRECAUTION Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power (house current) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
  • Page 17: Step 4: Adjusting The Lcd Panel And Viewfinder

    LEVEL] from the [LCD/VF SET] on the (p. 78) (STANDARD SET) menu • When you use your camcorder in bright conditions using the battery pack, set the LCD BACKLIGHT switch to OFF. This position saves battery power. Adjusting the viewfinder You can view images using the viewfinder when you close the LCD panel.
  • Page 18: Step 5: Setting The Date And Time

    Note • If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable button-type battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable button-type battery (p.
  • Page 19 Touch [MENU]. Select (TIME/LANGU.) with , then touch Select [CLOCK SET] with then touch Set [Y] (year) with You can set any year up to the year 2079. Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minute in the same way as was done in step 7, then couch For midnight, set it to 12:00AM.
  • Page 20: Step 6: Inserting The Recording Media

    For details on these cassettes (such as write- protection), see page 116. b Note • Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. Slide the OPEN/ZEJECT the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
  • Page 21: Inserting A "memory Stick

    • When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data from/to the “Memory Stick.” Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the “Memory Stick,” or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged.
  • Page 22: Step 7: Setting The Screen Language

    [MENU], and select it from the (TIME/LANGU.) menu (p. 82). Getting started Select the desired language with , then touch z Tip • Your camcorder offers [ENG [SIMP]] (simplified English) for when you cannot find your native tongue among the options. POWER switch...
  • Page 23: Recording

    Press OPEN and open the LCD panel. Select the recording mode. To record on a tape Slide the POWER switch until the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up, and your camcorder is set to the standby mode. Slide the POWER switch while pressing the green button.
  • Page 24 (CHG) OFF. • In the default setting, when you do not operate the camcorder for more than about 5 minutes, the power will automatically turn off to prevent battery loss ([A.SHUT OFF], p. 81). To restart recording, slide...
  • Page 25: Recording For A Longer Time

    1 cm (approx. 1/2 inch)* 80 cm (approx. 2 5/8 feet)* * The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus in that position of the lever. 160 × 112 00:05:20 320 ×...
  • Page 26: Recording In Mirror Mode

    You can also utilize this function when recording yourself, to keep the attention of small children attracted to the camcorder while you record them. Extend the viewfinder. Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees towards the subject.
  • Page 27: Recording Movies Fit For Breaking Into Still Images - Progressive Recording Mode

    You will hear a beep sound counting down for about 10 seconds (The count down indication begins from 8). The recording starts. To stop recording, press START/STOP. To cancel the count down Touch [RESET] or press START/STOP. To cancel the self-timer Follow steps 1 and 2, then select [OFF] in step Recording movies fit for breaking into still images...
  • Page 28: Recording Still Images

    Recording still images – Memory photo recording You can record still images on a “Memory Stick.” Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in “Getting started” (p. 12 - p. 22). PHOTO OPEN POWER switch Remove the lens cap. Pull the lens cap string down and attach it to the grip belt.
  • Page 29: Selecting Image Quality Or Size

    Refer to the following list for the approximate number of pictures that can be recorded on a “Memory Stick” formatted on your camcorder. When the Image quality is [FINE] (number of images) The image size of 2016 × 1512 is 1540KB, that of 640 ×...
  • Page 30: Using The Flash

    The recommended distance to the subject when using the built-in flash is 0.3 to 2.5 m (1 to 8 feet). Your camcorder is set to auto flashing by default, so according to the lighting conditions, the flash may be automatically activated when you press PHOTO.
  • Page 31: Using The Self-timer

    z Tips • The amount of light used by the flash is adjusted automatically. To adjust it manually, select [FLASH LEVEL] from the (CAMERA SET) menu (p. 58). • When the focus is hard to adjust, use the HOLOGRAM AF function (p. 37), or refer to “Adjusting the focus manually”...
  • Page 32: Recording A Still Image On A "memory Stick" While Recording Movies On A Tape

    Recording a still image on a “Memory Stick” while recording movies on a tape The image size is set to [640 × 480]. If you want to record a still image in a different size, use the Memory photo recording function (p.
  • Page 33: Fixing The Exposure For The Selected Subject - Flexible Spot Meter

    Fixing the exposure for the selected subject – Flexible spot meter You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background (such as subjects in the limelight on stage).
  • Page 34: Recording In Dark Places - Nightshot, Etc

    Adjust the exposure by touching (dim)/ (bright), then touch To return the setting to automatic exposure Follow steps 1 and 2, then select [AUTO] in step 3. Recording Recording in dark places – NightShot, etc. You can record subjects in dark places (such as when capturing the face of your baby sleeping) with the NightShot, Super NightShot or Color Slow Shutter function.
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Focus

    – Flexible spot meter • When using the Super NightShot or Color Slow Shutter function, the shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time. • Adjust the focus manually when it is hard to focus automatically.
  • Page 36: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    To adjust the focus automatically Follow steps 1 and 2, then touch [AUTO] in step 3. Or press FOCUS after step 4. b Notes • You cannot use the SPOT FOCUS function together with: – NightFraming function – [PROGRAM AE] •...
  • Page 37: Using Supplementary Light To Focus On A Still Image - Hologram Af

    Using supplementary light to focus on a still image HOLOGRAM AF HOLOGRAM AF emitter When you are recording in a dark place, you can use the HOLOGRAM AF light to focus on subjects until the focus is fixed. The maximum focal distance for the HOLOGRAM AF light is about 2.5 m (8 feet).
  • Page 38: Adjusting The Frame And Focus When Recording A Still Image In Darkness - Nightframing

    Adjusting the frame and focus when recording a still image in darkness – NightFraming You can observe the subject in total darkness. When recording, the HOLOGRAM AF light is emitted to focus on a subject until the focus is fixed. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the CAMERA-MEMORY mode.
  • Page 39 “Memory Stick” to the movie currently being recorded on the tape. Still image (PICT. Check that you have a “Memory Stick” with the still image to be superimposed and a tape in your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode. Touch Touch MENU].
  • Page 40: Using Special Effects - Digital Effect

    [OLD MOVIE] You can add an old movie-type atmosphere to pictures. Your camcorder automatically records pictures in the letterbox mode for all screen size, sepia in color, and at a slower shutter speed. Recording Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode.
  • Page 41: Overlaying Still Images On Movies On A Tape - Memory Mix

    No adjustment necessary. * It is hard to adjust the focus automatically when you choose this effect. Adjust the focus manually using a tripod to steady the camcorder. Touch appears. To cancel Digital effect Follow steps 2 and 3, then select [OFF] in step b Notes •...
  • Page 42 Check that you have a “Memory Stick” with the still image to be superimposed and a tape (only if you are recording on tape) in your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the CAMERA-TAPE mode (when you are recording on a tape) or...
  • Page 43: Searching For The Starting Point

    • You may not be able to play back pictures modified on your computer or recorded with other camcorders on your camcorder. z Tip The supplied SPVD-010 USB Driver CD-ROM contains sample images for use in MEMORY MIX operations.
  • Page 44: Searching Manually - Edit Search

    Cassette Memory The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has finished. To cancel the operation Touch [CANCEL].
  • Page 45: Playback

    Playback Viewing movies recorded on a tape Make sure you have a recorded cassette inserted into your camcorder. Some of the operations are possible using the Remote Commander or using the touch panel. When you want to play back recordings on your TV, see page 53.
  • Page 46: Playing Back In Various Modes

    Indicators displayed during tape playback A Remaining battery B Recording mode (SP or LP) C Tape transport indicator D Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) or tape counter (hour: minute: second) E Personal Menu button (p. 56) F Video operation buttons Playing back in various modes To fast forward or rewind during playback –...
  • Page 47: Viewing Recordings With Added Effects - Digital Effect

    Also, you cannot output pictures edited with digital effects via the z Tip • You cannot record the pictures edited using special effects on the tape in your camcorder, but you can copy them to a “Memory Stick” (p. 89) or another tape (p. 87). DV Interface.
  • Page 48: Viewing Recordings On A "memory Stick

    When you have a lot of pictures, you can list them to search through them easily. Make sure you have a recorded “Memory Stick” inserted into your camcorder. When you want to play back a recorded picture on your TV, see page 53.
  • Page 49: Playing Back In Various Modes From A "memory Stick

    Indicators displayed during “Memory Stick” playback A Remaining battery B Still image size C Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder D Folder name E Playing time (movies only) F Previous/next folder indicator The following indicators appear when the first or last picture of the current folder is displayed and when there are multiple folders on the same “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 50: Various Playback Functions

    To return to the single display mode, touch the picture that you want to display. To view pictures in other folders in the index screen Touch Touch Touch [PB FOLDER]. Select a folder with Playback Various playback functions You can magnify a small subject in a recording and display it on the screen.
  • Page 51: Displaying The Screen Indicators

    Select (PICT. APPLI.), then [PB ZOOM] by touching touch Tape playback zoom screen “Memory Stick” playback select button Memory playback button Tape playback select button Play back the still picture or movie, and touch the screen at the point you want to magnify within the displayed frame.
  • Page 52 Touch [DATA CODE]. If the item is not displayed on the screen, touch . If you cannot find it, touch [MENU], and select it from the (STANDARD SET) menu. Select [CAMERA DATA] or [DATE/ TIME] then touch To hide the date/time/the camera settings data Follow steps 2 and 3, and select [OFF] in step 4.
  • Page 53: Playing The Picture On A Tv

    S video plug alone. When your TV is connected to a VCR Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
  • Page 54: Locating A Scene On A Tape For Playback

    Locating a scene on a tape for playback Searching quickly for a desired scene – Zero set memory m REW PLAY STOP DISPLAY ZERO SET MEMORY During playback, press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point you want to locate later on.
  • Page 55: Searching For A Scene By Date Of Recording - Date Search

    Press STOP on the Remote Commander. b Notes • If one day’s recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately find the point where the recording date changes. • The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
  • Page 56: Advanced Operations

    Touch The Personal Menu appears. Items that are used often are displayed as short-cuts. The available menu items vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. Example: PLAY/EDIT mode’s Personal Menu Using the Menu Touch [MENU] to display the menu index screen.
  • Page 57 Select the desired setting. changes to . If you decide not to change the setting, touch the previous screen. Touch , then to hide the menu screen. You can also touch (return) to go back a screen each time you touch the button. To use the short-cuts of the Personal Menu You can customize the short-cuts (p.
  • Page 58: Using The (camera Set) Menu

    The settings you can adjust vary depending on the power mode of your camcorder. Only the items that can be operated in the selected mode are displayed. Select this when not using PROGRAM AE.
  • Page 59: Spot Meter

    * Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on subjects in the middle to far distance. **Your camcorder is adjusted to focus only on distant subjects. SPOT METER See page 33 for details. EXPOSURE See page 33 for details. WHITE BAL.
  • Page 60 GNORMAL ( LOW ( Note • The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes. Using the Menu Soften Sharpen Select to automatically activate the electronic shutter to adjust the shutter speed when recording in bright conditions.
  • Page 61 REDEYE REDUC GOFF ON ( SUPER NS See page 34 for details. NS LIGHT When using the NightShot function to record, you can record clearer pictures by using the NightShot Light to emit infrared rays (invisible). The maximum shooting distance using the NightShot Light is about 3 meters (10 feet). Note •...
  • Page 62 “W” side than recording in [OFF]. When you connect your camcorder to the S video input jack of a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system and play the tape, the TV switches to full mode automatically.
  • Page 63 GOFF ON ( Tips • The ID-1 system sends aspect ratio information (16:9, 4:3, or letter box) by inserting signals between video signals. • The ID-2 system sends a copyright protection signal with the ID-1 signals inserted between video signals in an analog connection. •...
  • Page 64: Using The (memory Set) Menu

    “Memory Stick.” • When it is hard to see the difference between the images recorded in [EXP. BRKTG] mode on the LCD screen, connect your camcorder to your TV or a computer. Using the Menu The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the setting is selected.
  • Page 65: Movie Set

    QUALITY GFINE ( STANDARD IMAGE SIZE G2016 × 1512 640 × 480 ( MOVIE SET IMAGE SIZE G320 × 240 160 × 112 ( REMAINING GAUTO ALL ERASE You can delete all the pictures on a “Memory Stick” that are not write-protected. To delete pictures one by one, see page 99.
  • Page 66: New Folder

    Touch Notes • You cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the “Memory Stick” (p. 66), or delete them using your computer. • The number of pictures that can be recorded on a “Memory Stick” decreases as the number of folders increases on the “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 67 REC FOLDER As the default setting, pictures are saved in the 101MSDCF folder. You can select a folder to save your pictures. Create new folders from the [NEW FOLDER] menu, then select the folder to be used for recording with When you have a lot of pictures, you can search for the desired picture easily when you sort them in folders.
  • Page 68: Etc

    The settings you can adjust vary depending on the power mode of your – PICT. camcorder. Only the items that can be operated in the selected mode are displayed. appears when the effect is selected. Select when not using the Picture effect setting.
  • Page 69: Memory Mix

    Touch [ON] or [OFF], then GON ( Touch [END]. Touch [START]. Your camcorder plays back the images recorded on the “Memory Stick” in sequence. Select to record the picture looking like a pale pastel drawing. (This effect is not available during playback.)
  • Page 70 This function is useful to observe the movement of clouds or the changes of daylight. Your camcorder will shoot 1 frame of the picture at a selected interval and keep them in memory until it has stored several frames. Then those frames are recorded on the tape at one time.
  • Page 71 Do not turn off the power or disconnect the power source while a message is displayed on the screen. Notes • The camcorder will shoot several frames for the first and last shots of the Smooth interval recording. • You cannot use the Smooth interval recording with: –...
  • Page 72: Demo Mode

    – When a cassette or “Memory Stick” is inserted. – When a mode other than CAMERA-TAPE is selected. • If [A.SHUT OFF] is set to [5 min] when the camcorder is used on the battery pack, the power will be turned off after approximately 5 minutes (p. 81).
  • Page 73: Etc

    See page 87 and 89 for details. BURN DVD When your camcorder is connected to a Sony VAIO series personal computer, you can easily burn the picture recorded on the tape on a DVD using this command. See the supplied “Computer Applications Guide” for details.
  • Page 74 SEARCH TITLE Any titles you have superimposed using this camcorder can only be viewed on a video cassette device with the index titler function. If you superimpose a title, you will be able to search for it using Title search. You can superimpose up to about 20 titles (about 5 letters per title) on a cassette with Cassette Memory.
  • Page 75 • When you are using your camcorder on the battery pack and do not operate it for 5 minutes, the power automatically goes off as the default setting. If you may take 5 minutes or longer to enter characters, set [A.SHUT OFF] on the...
  • Page 76 Tips • To erase the label you have created, touch touch • To change the label you have created, insert the cassette into your camcorder and go through the procedure from step 1. ALL ERASE You can delete all data such as date, title, and cassette label saved in the Cassette Memory at one time.
  • Page 77: (pict. Appli.) Menu

    Select to record in the SP (Standard Play) mode on a cassette. Select to increase the recording time to 1.5 times the SP mode (Long Play). The use of Sony Excellence/Master mini DV cassette is recommended to get the most out of your camcorder.
  • Page 78: Audio Mix

    Notes • You can playback a dual sound track cassette on this camcorder. However, you cannot record a dual sound track on this camcorder. • The setting returns to [STEREO] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
  • Page 79: Video Input

    • When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording. A/V c DV OUT You can connect a digital device and an analog device to your camcorder and convert the signal transmitted from the connected devices to the appropriate signal on your camcorder.
  • Page 80: Data Code

    Select when using the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder. Select to deactivate the Remote Commander to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by another VCR remote control unit. Select to turn on the camera recording lamp on the front of your camcorder during recording.
  • Page 81 GLCD PANEL V-OUT/PANEL Note • You cannot input a signal to your camcorder if you press DISPLAY/BATT INFO while [V-OUT/PANEL] is selected. MENU ROTATE You can select the scrolling direction (up or down) of the menu items on the LCD...
  • Page 82: Etc

    You can set the date and time (p. 18). WORLD TIME You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the time difference by touching with the time difference. If you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the originally set time.
  • Page 83: (time/langu.) Menu

    Touch [ADD]. Touch to select a menu category, then touch The available items vary depending on the power mode of the camcorder. Only the available items are displayed. Touch to select a menu item, then touch Touch [YES]. The menu is added to the end of the list.
  • Page 84 Deleting menu – Delete Touch Touch [P-MENU SET UP]. If the desired menu is not displayed on the screen, touch until the menu is displayed. Touch [DELETE]. Touch the menu that you want to delete. Touch [YES]. Using the Menu The selected menu is deleted from Personal Menu.
  • Page 85 Touch the menu item you want to move. Touch to move the menu item to the desired place. Touch To sort more items, repeat steps 4 to 6. Touch [END]. Touch b Note • You cannot move [P-MENU SET UP]. Initialising the settings You can initialize Personal Menu to the default settings after adding or deleting menus.
  • Page 86: Dubbing/editing

    You can record the picture from a VCR or TV to a tape or a “Memory Stick” inserted into your camcorder (p. 87). You can also create a copy of the picture recorded on your camcorder on other recording device (p. 87).
  • Page 87: Dubbing To Another Tape

    When the dubbing is finished, stop your camcorder and the VCR. b Notes • When your camcorder is connected to the VCR via DV Interface, you cannot record the title, indicators, information for the Cassette Memory, and words entered on the index screen of the “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 88 Tips • The indicator appears when you connect your camcorder and other devices via an i.LINK cable. (This indicator may also appear on your TV.) • When recording movies on a “Memory Stick,” you can skip step 4 and press START/STOP in step 6.
  • Page 89: Dubbing Pictures From A Tape To A "memory Stick

    (fixed to image size [640 × 480]) on a “Memory Stick.” Make sure you have a recorded tape and a “Memory Stick” inserted into your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Search and record the scene you want to record.
  • Page 90: Dubbing Still Images From A "memory

    You can record still images on a tape. Make sure you have the “Memory Stick” with the images and a tape inserted into your camcorder. Slide the POWER switch to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Search for the point where you want to...
  • Page 91: Dubbing Selected Scenes From A Tape

    You can select up to 20 scenes (programs) and record them in the desired order to other recording device such as VCRs or to a “Memory Stick” inserted in your camcorder. When you are recording on a “Memory Stick,” skip steps 1 and 2 and start from “Recording the selected scenes as programs”...
  • Page 92 Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your VCR for details on operation. Point the infrared ray emitter of your camcorder towards the remote sensor on your VCR, from about 30 cm (12 in.) . Go on to “Step away, with no obstructions.
  • Page 93 [IR SETUP] code list The following [IR SETUP] codes are recorded on your camcorder by default. (It is set at “3” as the default setting.) Manufacturing [IR SETUP] code company Sony 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Admiral (M. Wards)
  • Page 94 VCR before using the following procedure. You can adjust the synchronization of your camcorder and the VCR to avoid not recording the starting scene. Remove the cassette from your camcorder. Prepare a pen and paper to take notes.
  • Page 95 Touch [IMAGE SIZE] repeatedly to select the desired image size. Search for the beginning of the first scene that you want to dub on your camcorder, then pause playback. You can adjust the position with (frame). Touch [MARK IN]. (EDIT/...
  • Page 96 Touch [MARK OUT]. The ending point of the first program is set, and the lower part of the program mark changes to light blue. Repeat steps 7 to 10 and create programs. Set your VCR to recording pause. Skip this step if you are connected via an i.LINK cable or recording on a “Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 97: Dubbing Sound To A Recorded Tape

    • When you use an external microphone (optional) to record additional audio, you can check the picture and the sound by connecting your camcorder to a TV using the A/V connecting cable. However, the sound Microphone (optional)
  • Page 98 Note • You can only record additional audio over a tape recorded on your camcorder. The sound may deteriorate when you dub audio on a tape recorded on other camcorders (including other DCR-PC330 camcorders).
  • Page 99: Deleting Recorded Pictures

    Checking and adjusting the recorded sound Play back the tape on which you have recorded audio in “Recording sound” (p. 98). Touch Touch [MENU]. Touch to select (STANDARD SET), then touch Touch to select [AUDIO MIX], then touch Touch to adjust the balance between the original sound (ST1) and the sound recorded afterwards (ST2).
  • Page 100: Changing The Image Size

    To delete pictures on the index screen You can easily search for the picture to be deleted by displaying 6 pictures at once. Slide the POWER switch to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Touch Touch Touch Touch [ DELETE]. Touch the picture you want to delete. appears on the image to be deleted.
  • Page 101: Marking Recorded Images With Specific Information

    Memory capacity for still images after resizing Image size Memory capacity 640 × 480 About 150 KB 320 × 240 About 16 KB b Notes • You may not be able to resize images recorded on other devices. • You cannot resize movies. Marking recorded images with specific information...
  • Page 102 Selecting still images for printing – Print mark You can mark images that you want to print out while viewing them on your camcorder. (You cannot specify the number of printouts.) The DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard is used to select images for printing on your camcorder.
  • Page 103: Troubleshooting

    RESET button, all settings including the clock setting (except the Personal Menu items) are reset.) • This is because some lens functions on your camcorder use a linear mechanism. This is not a malfunction. cSet [REMOTE CTRL] on the (p.
  • Page 104: Cassette Tapes

    If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. (p. 13) • The temperature of the environment is too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough.
  • Page 105 REC. (p. 116) Cause and/or Corrective Actions cSee page 22. cThe camcorder is in [DEMO MODE]. (The [DEMO MODE] is automatically displayed when you leave the camcorder for 10 minutes after selecting CAMERA-TAPE without inserting a cassette or “Memory Stick.”) Touch on the LCD screen or insert a cassette or...
  • Page 106 REC or insert a new cassette. (p. 116) cThe tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least one hour, then re-insert the cassette. (p. 122) •...
  • Page 107 • There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction. • The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder. This is not a malfunction. (p. 115) (soften) side in the (CAMERA (STANDARD SET) (EDIT/PLAY) menu.
  • Page 108 Insert a “Memory Stick” into your camcorder. (p. 21) • The “Memory Stick” was formatted on a personal computer. cFormat it on your camcorder (Note that all recorded data will be deleted). (p. 66) cRelease the lock on the write-protect tab of the “Memory Stick.” (p. 118) cThe capacity is full.
  • Page 109 Movies cannot be dubbed from a tape to a “Memory Stick.” Cause and/or Corrective Actions • The file is damaged. • The file format is not supported on your camcorder. (p. 117) Cause and/or Corrective Actions cSet [DISPLAY] to [LCD PANEL] in the menu. (p. 81) cSet [VIDEO INPUT] to the appropriate signal the SET) menu.
  • Page 110 VCR correctly, then check the connection between your camcorder and the VCR. (p. 86) cWhen your camcorder is connected to a DV device that is not a Sony product via an i.LINK cable, select [IR] in step11 of “Step 1: Preparing your camcorder and VCR for operation”...
  • Page 111: Warning Indicators And Messages

    “Memory Stick”) Cause and/or Corrective Actions Some symptoms can be fixed by yourself. If the problem persists even after you tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:04:ss cA battery pack that is not an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack is being used.
  • Page 112 Indication (Warning indicator pertaining to “Memory Stick” formatting)* (Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible “Memory Stick”)* Q (Warning indicator pertaining to the tape) Z (Eject cassette warning)* - (Warning indicator pertaining to image deletion)* - (Warning indicator pertaining to the write-protect of the “Memory Stick”) (Warning indicator pertaining to the flash)
  • Page 113: Warning Messages

    Warning messages If messages appear on the screen, check the following. See the page in parentheses for details. Subjects Indications Battery Use the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack. Battery level is low. Old battery. Use a new one. Z Re-attach the power source. % Z Moisture condensation.
  • Page 114 • You tried to play back or record on a “Memory Stick” during USB Streaming. • You cannot create folders exceeding 999MSDCF. cYou cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the “Memory Stick” (p. 66), or delete them using your computer. – –...
  • Page 115: Additional Information

    Power supply You can use your camcorder in any country/ regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b].
  • Page 116: Usable Cassette Tapes

    IC memory is mounted on this type of cassette. Your camcorder can read and write data such as dates of recording or titles from/to this memory. The functions using the Cassette Memory require successive signals recorded on the tape.
  • Page 117: About The "memory Stick

    When labeling the cassette Be sure to place the label only on the locations as shown in the following illustration so as not to cause malfunction of your camcorder. Do not put a label along this border. Labeling position After using the cassette Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid distortion of the picture or the sound.
  • Page 118 Compensation for damaged image data will not be made. – If you eject the “Memory Stick,” turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on the “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 119: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    – When playing back image data recorded with other device. • “Memory Stick,” and “MagicGate Memory Stick” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick Duo” and “ are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “Memory Stick PRO” and “...
  • Page 120 Please buy a new battery pack. • The battery life varies depending on how it is stored and the operating conditions and environment for each battery pack. “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 121: About

    Tips • i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. • IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Page 122: Maintenance And Precautions

    • If any solid object or liquid get inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock. Be particularly careful of the lens.
  • Page 123 • If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM-12CLD cleaning cassette (optional). – Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture or the screen is displayed in blue.
  • Page 124 The button-type battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all.
  • Page 125: Specification

    JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorder’s setting information at the time of recording. Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1,...
  • Page 126 General Power requirements DC 7.2 V (battery pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor) Average power consumption (when using the battery pack) During camera recording using the viewfinder 3.3 W During camera recording using the LCD 3.8 W Operating temperature 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F) Storage temperature -20 C to + 60 C (-4 F to + 140 F) Dimensions (approx.)
  • Page 127: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls Camcorder A Lens cap (p. 23, 28) B LCD/Touch panel screen (p. 3, 17) C OPEN button (p. 17) D DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (p. 14) E Battery pack/Battery terminal cover (p. 13) F “Memory Stick” slot (p. 21) G Access lamp (p.
  • Page 128 Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which can reproduce fine images. The lens for your camcorder was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality as fine as a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 129 (headphones) jack (green) When you use headphones, the speaker on your camcorder is silent. F MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack (red) (p. 97) G Jack cover H FOCUS button (p. 35) I Power zoom lever J PHOTO button (p.
  • Page 130 C OPEN/ZEJECT lever (p. 20) D Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely, and the screw may damage your camcorder. Quick Reference...
  • Page 131 Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (p. 46) F ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 54) G Transmitter After turning on your camcorder, point towards the remote sensor to control your camcorder. H START/STOP button (p. 26) I Power zoom button (p. 25) J DISPLAY button (p.
  • Page 132 (optional). • When you are operating with the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder, your VCR may also operate. In that case, select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
  • Page 133: Indicators For The Lcd Screen And Viewfinder

    Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder Following indicators will appear on the LCD screen and viewfinder to indicate the state of your camcorder. Example: Indicators in the CAMERA-TAPE mode Time code (p. 51)/Tape counter (p. 51)/Self- diagnosis (p. 111)/Picture number (p. 49)
  • Page 134: Index

    Remaining battery time ... 24, 120 BEEP ... 80 BURN DVD ... 73 Burst (BURST)... 29, 64 Button-type battery Camcorder ... 124 Remote Commander . 131 CALIBRATION... 123 Camera Chroma key (CAM T M CHROMA)... 41 Camera settings data display... 51 Cassette ...
  • Page 135 LCD brightness (LCD BRIGHT)...17 LCD COLOR ...78 LCD screen ...3 LCD/VF SET ...78 LP (Long Play) See Recording mode (REC MODE) Luminance key (LUMI. KEY) ...40 Main sound See MULTI-SOUND Manual exposure (EXPOSURE) ...33 Manual focus...36 Memory Chroma key (M T CAM CHROMA ...42 Memory Luminance key (M T CAM LUMI.) ...41...
  • Page 136 USB-CAMERA ... 79 USB-PLY/EDT... 79 Using abroad ... 115 Video head ... 123 VIDEO INPUT... 79 Viewfinder... 17 Brightness (VF B. LIGHT) ... 78 Volume (VOLUME) ... 45, 48 Warning indicators ... 111 Warning messages... 111 White balance (WHITE BAL.)... 59 Wide angle See Zoom WIPE ...

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