DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER Instruction Manual CAMESCOPE ET LECTEUR VIDEO NUMERIQUES Mode d’emploi VIDEOCAMARA Y GRABADORA DIGITAL Manual de Instrucciones NTSC ENGLISH FRANÇAIS ESPAÑOL Digital Mini Video Cassette...
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws. Digital Video Camcorder, DM-GL1 and Compact Power Adapter, CA-910A This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder DM-GL1A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
This indicates a need for service. 20. Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
Contents Introduction Important Usage Instructions ...2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...3 Thank you for Choosing a Canon ...6 Quick Overview Introducing the GL1 ...7 Finding Your Way Around the GL1 ...8 The GL1 System Diagram ...12 Optional Accessories ...13 Attaching the Lens Hood ...15 Powering the GL1 ...16...
Thank you for Choosing a Canon First, we’d like to thank you for purchasing this Canon camcorder. Its advanced technology makes it very easy to use — you will soon be making high-quality videos which will give you pleasure for years to come.
An LCD screen makes it easy for you to shoot colorful, well composed video. It is also great for playback. Optical Image Stabilizer Canon’s optical technology stabilizes your recordings even in long telephoto shots. Manual Control Choose to operate the GL1 using the Manual...
Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Battery Packs Extra batteries for use with the GL1. When you use the optional BP-930R (without the...
380EX Speedlite 550EX Speedlite Attach to the GL1 to give SLR-style flash photography. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark. Provided accessories: WL-D73 Wireless Controller...
Open the velcro and slide the lens cap cord to the position shown in the illustration. 2. Align the hood to the lens with the Canon logo facing to the left. 3. Twist it into position (clockwise), so that the Canon logo is to the top.
Powering the GL1 Before operating your camera, you will need to use the power adapter to: provide power from an AC outlet charge a battery pack Notes: • The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V AC, 50–60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camera.
3. Take the battery pack off the adapter and attach it to the camera. • Extend the viewfinder and rotate it upwards. • Align the triangle on the battery pack with the line on the camcorder, then slide the battery in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into place.
Subject to change without notice. When replacement or repair of any product including power supply is required, please return it to the nearest authorized Canon Service Center and have it repaired or replaced with the same number product or equivalent.
Loading a Cassette EJECT Only use videocassettes marked with the D logo.* Loading and unloading 1. Make sure that you have attached a power source. 2. Slide the OPEN button across to release the cover. • Pull the cover fully open (while holding the button in the OPEN position). 3.
If you want to record on the cassette again, slide the tab back so the hole is closed. Handling cassettes • To protect the tape heads, transfer cassettes directly from the tape case to the camcorder — do not open the tape protect cover or touch the tape itself.
Basic Recording CAMERA POWER Before you start recording • Attach a power source (p. 16). • Load a cassette (p. 19). • Fasten the grip belt (p. 82). • Attach the lens hood (p. 15). • Choose the display: viewfinder (p. 82) or LCD screen (p. 25). •...
• To check that the camera is recording correctly, make a test recording first. • Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
Turning the camera recording displays ON/OFF You can show/hide non-essential camera recording displays by pressing the DISPLAY/DATA CODE button. You cannot hide the following: • Recording displays (REC, PAUSE etc.) • Remaining battery power, flash information display • Caution phrases (“CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED,”...
Zooming 20 optical zoom Operate the zoom controls from either the side grip, the camera handle or the wireless controller. The camera’s 20 zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each scene: • Press the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle. •...
Using the LCD Screen Open the LCD screen Push the LCD panel open button and open the panel by pulling it away from the camera. This automatically switches the LCD screen on and the viewfinder off. When you close the LCD panel, the LCD screen automatically switches off and the viewfinder switches back on.
• The brightness of the LCD does not effect that of the recorded images or the viewfinder. About the LCD Screen The LCD screen built into this camcorder is a high precision product. However, small black dots or bright points of light (red, blue or green) may appear constantly on the LCD screen.
• All indicators appear normally in the viewfinder. Built-in speaker and headphone terminal The camcorder has a built-in speaker and a headphone terminal so you can review the sound track alongside the picture during playback. Use the speaker or headphones when viewing playback with the LCD screen, and use headphones when viewing with the viewfinder.
• To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the REW ` button. • If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
Special playback These can only be operated from the wireless controller (p. 36). Frame Advance To play back frame by frame, press the +/ae button repeatedly during playback pause. Press and hold to play back continuous frame advance. Frame Reverse To play back in reverse frame by frame, press the –/4a button repeatedly during playback pause.
Connections for Playback on a TV Screen You can connect the camera to a TV or VCR in order to play back your recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camera (see p. 16). See your TV or VCR instruction manual for further details. If your TV (or VCR) has an S-video input terminal •...
Tips for Making Better Videos Holding the camera For maximum stability, grip the camera in your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. If necessary support the camera with your left hand. With practice, you will be able to operate the controls by touch, without taking your eye off the action.
Composition The most important element in the scene does not have to be in the center. For a more interesting picture, try to position your subject so it is slightly to one side. Leave some space on the side of the frame that the subject is facing or moving towards.
Notes: • The camcorder remembers your selection if you turn the standby lever to LOCK. However, it resets to the on setting if you slide the POWER switch to OFF. • The image stabilizer is designed to deal with a normal degree of camera shake.
Selecting from the Menus Many of the camera’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear in the display. You must first pause recording before the functions in the menus can be changed. There are two main menus: 1. Camera menu (when the camera is in record pause mode: the POWER switch set to CAMERA and the standby lever set to STANDBY) 2.
• You can display the menus on a connected TV screen using the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button. See p. 30 for TV hookup instructions. • The camcorder will remember your chosen menu settings even if you slide the POWER switch to OFF. MENU...
Using the Wireless Controller/Tally Lamp The supplied wireless controller can operate the camera from a distance of up to 16 feet (5 m). Point it at the camera’s remote sensor while you press the buttons. The tally lamp lights up to let you know that the camera is in range and responding to your commands.
Setting the remote sensor mode To prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby, there are two remote sensor modes and an off setting. The wireless controller and the camera have to be set to the same mode in order to be compatible.
Turning off the tally lamp The tally lamp lets you know that the camera is recording. However, its flashing may be reflected into the lens during close-up recording, or when recording through glass. You may therefore decide to turn it off. TALLY LAMP••ON (see p.
3. Press the menu dial in. • The time zone display appears on the screen. • Your camcorder’s time zone is factory-preset to New York. If you are at another time zone, select your time zone first and daylight saving time (DST) setting if necessary.
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Time zone LONDON PARIS CAIRO MOSCOW DUBAI KARACHI DACCA BANGKOK H. KONG (Hong Kong) TOKYO SYDNEY SOLOMON Note: • After you have selected your time zone and set the date and time, when you travel to another time zone, there is no need to reset the date and time.
Setting the display style Select whether you want the date, the time, or both to show up on your data code display (p. 66). D/TIME SEL.•DATE & TIME (see p. 34) 1. Turn the POWER switch to VCR. 2. Open the menu and select D/TIME SEL. 3.
• You cannot turn the ND filter on/off during exposure lock or while the PHOTO button is pressed halfway down. • The camcorder remembers your selection if you turn the standby lever to LOCK. However, it resets to the off setting if you slide the POWER switch to OFF.
There are two PHOTO buttons, to let you take still images from both gripping positions, or, you can take still pictures from the wireless controller. You can take a still picture at any time during regular video recording, or you can put the camcorder into record pause mode first, then take a still picture.
• The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting, press the button fully and the camera immediately takes the “photo”. • For even greater versatility attach a Canon Speedlite for flash photography (available as optional accessories, see page 45), when taking still pictures directly from record pause mode.
Using a Canon Speedlite for Flash Photography (optional) For SLR-style flash photography, attach a Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX or 550EX to the camcorder’s accessory shoe. Attach the Speedlite 380EX and 550EX with their locking collars as in the illustration. Attach the Speedlite 220EX with its hot shoe lock release.
Choosing the Movie Mode (Normal/Frame) The Frame mode can be used when you want to look at a video, scene by scene, free from field slippage (the “flicker” that normally occurs when you pause a video). The vertical resolution of the image is improved by 1.5 .
Searching and Reviewing While Recording Record search When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record search to play the tape forwards or backwards to find the point where you want to start or restart recording. This is useful when you want to add a new scene to a previously used cassette.
Using the Various Recording Programs The camera provides you with a choice of seven recording programs. They use different combinations of camera settings in order to adjust the exposure and other functions to match the recording situation. The name of your selected recording program appears constantly on the left of the display, with the exception of the AUTO Recording program whose n mark is displayed and then disappears after 4 seconds.
ND FILTER ON/OFF as appropriate before changing the setting. Notes: • When recording in extreme low-light conditions, we recommend the use of a Canon Speedlite (p. 45) or Video Light (available as optional accessories, see page 14). • The Tv values are reset if you turn the power off or change the recording program. If you use the STANDBY lever, however, the camera remembers your chosen values.
STANDBY lever, however, the camera remembers your chosen values. Manual (See also p. 55) Select this program for total creative freedom when operating the camcorder. You can set aperture and shutter speeds completely independently to give you exactly the exposure you require.
Using Digital Effects Add the camera’s digital effects during recording for more interesting productions. Except for the fade trigger, all digital effects can be used for both still photos and video, and sound is recorded normally. Fade Trigger When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen.
• You can turn the fade trigger off before you use it by pressing the D.E. ON/OFF button again. • You are unable to use digital effects in the Easy Recording program. • The camcorder will remember your D.E. ON/OFF button setting even if you change the program selector (to any program other than Easy Recording).
Audio Recording Selecting the audio mode The GL1 can record sound in two audio modes: • 16-bit (48 kHz, 2 channel) for the highest sound quality • 12-bit (32 kHz, 2 from 4 channels) for recording on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels (stereo 2) free for you to add new sound at a later date.
The F mark flashes white then turns green after the focus and exposure are set. If you are using the wireless controller, the F mark starts flashing immediately after you press the photo button. The camcorder takes the picture for approximately six seconds. STANDBY LOCK...
• The shutter speed, F number and gain values are all reset if you slide the POWER switch to OFF. If you use the standby lever, however, the camcorder remembers your chosen values. • A bar showing the standard exposure appears in the display.
About the shutter speed Turn the EXPOSURE dial toward + for a slower shutter speed or – for a faster shutter speed. Available shutter speeds: 1/60 sec 1/75 sec 1/500 sec 1/420 sec 1/600 sec 1/720 sec 1/4000 sec 1/3000 sec 1/8000 sec 1/15000 sec About the iris...
The focus may be thrown off if you zoom into telephoto after setting the focus at the wide angle end. Autofocus is recommended for zooming in to telephoto from the wide end. • If you slide the POWER switch to OFF or the standby lever to LOCK, the camcorder resets to auto focus.
Using AE Shift By controlling the level of the automatic exposure (AE) function, you can lighten or darken the image slightly. This allows you to compensate for backlit, overexposed scenes. 1. Turn the program selector to the Auto, Tv or Av recording program. 2.
Adjusting Camera Sharpness Change the sharpness level before shooting for more creative videos. C.SHARPNESS• – (see p. 34) 1. Select C.SHARPNESS from the camera menu. 2. Set your desired sharpness level. • Adjust toward + for a sharper picture, and toward – to soften the contour. •...
Adjusting Color Phase Change the color phase level before shooting for more creative videos. C.PHASE•••••R (see p. 34) 1. Select C. (color) PHASE from the camera menu. 2. Set your desired color level. • Adjust toward R for a redder picture, and toward G for a greener picture. •...
Using the Zebra Pattern MENU The zebra pattern is a series of diagonal stripes that appear in the display to highlight areas of overexposure. Use as a guide to setting the aperture (iris) and shutter speed. ZEBRA•••••••OFF (see p. 34) 1.
Adjusting the White Balance The camera’s auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Although slight variations are unavoidable, colors will appear natural in virtually every situation. In some cases, you will get better results by setting the white balance yourself, or using one of the two preset modes: T Indoor Mode...
WHITE BALANCE W set button, the camera will remember your last setting. • If you shoot with studio/video lighting, use the T (indoor) mode. • During normal outdoor shooting, setting the camcorder to auto white balance may provide better results.
Displaying Data Code A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other camera data (shutter speed, exposure and gain settings) is automatically recorded on a special data section of the tape. DISPLAY /DATA CODE DATA CODE During VCR mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden while the camera is in play, slow, or still mode.
– If noise or tape damage prevents the data code from being read. • Data code is sometimes not displayed during high speed playback modes. • If a recording made on GL1 is played back on a different DV camcorder, the data code may not be displayed correctly.
• PHOTO SEARCH/DATE SEARCH appears in the middle of the display alongside the - or + mark and number to search through. The date also appears during date search. • When the camcorder locates the indicated date or still picture, it enters playback or still playback mode.
Returning to a Pre-Marked Position CAMERA POWER Use the wireless controller to go back to a pre-determined point on a tape following playback. 1. Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button on the wireless controller at a point you want to return to later. •...
VCR, TV or analog camcorder (analog line- in, p. 76). If you connect another Canon digital video camcorder to the camera instead of a VCR, you can use the Dubbing Function for digital-to-digital dubbing, with virtually no generation loss in image and sound quality.
Use the chart on the next page to find the RECORDER settings for your brand of VCR. Make sure the camcorder’s infra-red control signals can reach the VCR, and the VCR is in record pause mode. (Ready to record and on pause.) 1.
First, choose the right RECORDER setting for your VCR. The number indicates the VCR brand. The letter indicates the set of signals. Brand Settings Canon 1-A to 1-C Aiwa 2-A to 2-C...
Dubbing to a VCR 1. Make sure you are in DUB MODE (see p. 69). • WIND THE TAPES AND PAUSE \ SET appears in the display. 2. Set the tape in the VCR to the point where you want to start recording, set it to record pause mode.
• If your VCR has a frame advance function or a jog dial, you can use it to find the precise starting times more conveniently. 2. Set the CUT-OUT ADJ. and CUT-IN ADJ. settings to the center of the three readings. Note: • The camcorder will remember the cut-in and cut-out adjustment settings until you change them.
Simple Editing to a VCR If you cannot find the appropriate remote control setting for the camcorder to control your VCR, you still can edit a tape to the VCR as follows. Preparations 1. Connect the camera to the VCR.
The DV terminal is for both line-in and line-out, since a single DV cable can handle data in both directions. • If another Canon digital video camcorder is connected, the Dubbing Function can be used for digital-to- digital dubbing (i.e. with virtually no generation loss in image quality).
Recording from a VCR, TV or Other Camcorder (Analog Line-in) You can record a TV program or a video played on your VCR or analog camcorder (digital camcorders, see p. 75) onto a tape in the GL1, if the TV or other device has audio/video outputs.
6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 until your edited recording is complete. Notes: • You can monitor the picture in the viewfinder or LCD. • If your VCR or TV is a monaural type, connect only the white plug for audio on both the camcorder and the VCR or TV.
Recording Over Existing Scenes (A/V Insert Editing) You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your pre-recorded tape using the GL1’s analog line-in or DV in terminals. Original video and audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.
The tape in the camera The video and audio of the new scene replace that of the old. 1. Connect the camera to the VCR (p. 30), load recorded tapes into both the camcorder and VCR. • Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the tape has been slid to REC (closed position).
Audio Dubbing You can add sound to the original sound on a prerecorded tape from audio products (AUDIO IN) or with the internal or an external microphone (MIC IN). Audio added through audio dubbing is dubbed onto Stereo 2. The original sound will not be erased. For best results, add sound to tapes that have been recorded with this camera in SP mode with 12-bit sound.
• You might want to adjust the audio mix (p. 86) when playing back a tape with added sound. • There may be a loss of sound quality if you add sound to a tape recorded on a camcorder other than the GL1.
Preparing the Camera Adjust the viewfinder • In record pause mode, adjust the viewfinder focusing lever to suit your eyesight. • The viewfinder extends straight out and rotates upwards for comfortable viewing. Store the camera with the viewfinder flush with the body of the camera.
• The indicator is not constant — different levels will be shown when you subject the battery pack and camcorder to different conditions. Remaining time indicator Tells you how many minutes of power remain in the battery pack.
(about 24 hours). You do not need to turn the camera on for charging to take place. • If you use the camcorder regularly, the backup battery will remain charged. If it is stored, however, it slowly discharges and eventually (in excess of 6 months from being fully charged) there will be insufficient power to maintain the date and time.
DANGER! Treat the battery pack with care. • Keep it away from fire (or it might explode). • Do not expose the battery pack to temperatures greater than 140°F (60°C). Do not leave it near a heater, or inside a car in hot weather, for example. •...
Setting the Audio Mix CAMERA POWER When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the audio output to play: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound, dubbed to the tape after recording), or mix the balance between the two.
Selecting audio output channels When you play back a tape whose audio has been recorded on multiple channels, you can change the output channels of that sound. OUTPUT CH•••L/R (see p. 34) 1. Set the camera to VCR, load a tape recorded with multiple-channel audio. 2.
Camera Holding Styles Choose the grip • You can grip the camera from the side grip or the top handle. • Either gripping position allows you to start/stop recording, take a “photo’’ and zoom in and out. • Lock the top controls to prevent accidental operation by sliding across the LOCK lever.
Maintenance Cautions Avoid high temperatures and high humidity. • Do not leave the camera inside a car in hot weather, for example. • Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment. • Do not take the camera into a humid room. Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
• You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camera and charge battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and 240 V AC, 50–60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug adapters for overseas use.
Condensation Condensation may form on the camera when it is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Using the camera while condensation is present can damage both the tape and the camera. Condensation may become a problem: When you take the camera from a cold place to a warm room When the camera is left in a humid room Protecting the camera from condensation...
Troubleshooting Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder. Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page numbers in brackets for more information. Make sure that the camera is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or VCR. Consult your dealer or service outlet if problems persist.
Note: • Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often get better results using manual focus (see p. 58). Focus on something which is about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camera at your original, hard-to-focus subject. Horizontal stripes Without much contrast (e.g.
The bubbles will disappear a week or so after you return the camera to normal atmospheric pressure. • The camcorder is preparing the lens for image stabilization. This is not a malfunction. • External interference may cause the camera’s microprocessor to malfunction temporarily.
Screen Displays To display the date and time on a connected TV, press the wireless controller’s DATA CODE button when the camera is in VCR mode with a tape loaded. See p. 65 also. Press the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button to see or hide the other displays on the TV screen.
Frame reverse playback (p. 29) Playback pause (forward and reverse) (p. 28) Slow playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) 2 playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) 1 playback (forward and reverse) (p. 29) Photo Search (p. 67) Date Search (p. 67) Photo search is complete.
Manual exposure display (p. 57): Exposure locked E .LOCK Brighter than standard exposure level E . L OCK + 5 Darker than standard exposure level E . L OCK – 5 Manual setting of shutter – MANUA L speed, F number and gain 1 / 6 0 F .
Time Code This records counter information, including hour, minute, second, and frame number on a special data code area on the tape itself. It is reset automatically when a new tape is loaded. In camera mode, the frame number doesn’t appear in the display.
Operating temperature: 32°–104°F (0°–40°C) Battery capacity: 1,500 mAh Dimensions: 1 (38.2 20.5 70.5 mm) Weight: 3 oz (96 g) Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Canon is a trademark of Canon Inc.
Index Å Abroad, Using the Camera, 90 Accessories, 6 Adapter, AC, 16 AE Programs, 48 AE Shift, 59 Analog Line-in, 76 Audio Dubbing, 80 Audio Mix, 86 Audio Mode, 53 Audio Output, 87 Audio Recording, 53 Audio/Video Terminal, 30 Auto, 49 Autofocus, 58 A/V Insert, 78 Av Recording Mode, 50...
∏ Photo Mode, 43 Photo Search, 67 Playback, 28 Playback Connection, 30 Playback Pause, 28 Power Adapter, 6, 16 Powering Your Camcoder, 16 Pre-marked Position, 68 Preparing the Camera, 82 Problems, 92 Â Recharging the Battery Pack, 83 Record Pause Mode, 21 Record Review, 47 Record Search, 47 Recording, 21...
CANON GL1 DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER LIMITED WARRANTY The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“CUSA”) with respect to each Canon GL1 Digital Video Camcorder (“DV Camcorder”) purchased and used in the United States. Each Canon DV Camcorder, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defective material or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase (three (3) months in the case of the video head part), defective parts or DV Camcorders returned to a CUSA factory service center (“CUSA Center”)
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