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    15955 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618 USA CANON U.S.A., INC. HONOLULU OFFICE 210 Ward Avenue, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96814 USA G If you have any questions, call the Canon U.S.A. Information Center toll-free at 1-800-828-4040 (U.S.A. only). CANADA CANON CANADA INC. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 6390 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1P7 CANON CANADA INC.

  • Page 2: Important Usage Instructions

    If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment. Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A. Tel No. (516)328-5600 CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.

  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder OPTURA100 MC A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.

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    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.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction Important Usage Instructions ...2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...3 Thank you for Choosing a Canon ...7 Introducing the OPTURA100 MC ...8 Mastering the Basics Finding Your Way Around the OPTURA100 MC...9 ~ Preparations ... ~ Powering Your Camcorder ...12 Loading a Cassette ...17...

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    • Menu at a Glance ( The serial number of this product may be found on the bottom of the camcorder. No others have the same serial number as yours. You should record the number and other vital information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.

  • Page 7: Thank You For Choosing A Canon

    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.

  • Page 8: Introducing The Optura100 Mc

    10× (Card 8×) Lens and 40×/200× Digital Zoom Advanced Accessory Shoe Allows the Canon Video Light VL-3 or the Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50 (both optional) to be easily attached and powered by the camcorder’s own power source.

  • Page 9: Finding Your Way Around The Optura100 Mc

    Finding Your Way Around the OPTURA100 MC Record review button (p. 36)/ – REC (record) SEARCH button(p. 36)/ (rewind) button (p. 28)/ – CARD button (p. 107) Self-timer button (p. 69)/ REC PAUSE (LINE-IN) button (p. 87, 89) Card MIX button (p. 119)/ SLIDE SHOW button (p.

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    Advanced accessory shoe (p. 71, 72) Viewfinder (p. 126, 132) Viewfinder focusing lever (p. 126) Program selector (p. 56) Program AE Easy Recording Card access indicator (p. 103) TAPE/CARD switch (p. 19) POWER indicator (p. 19) POWER switch (p. 19) Start/Stop button (p.

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    Built-in Flash (p. 53) Cassette compartment cover (p. 17) Cassette compartment (p. 17) PHOTO button (p. 51, 103) START/STOP button (p. 20) MENU button (p. 38) SELF TIMER button (p. 69) TV SCREEN button (p. 143) DATA CODE button (p. 80) D.EFFECTS (Digital effects) button (p.

  • Page 12: Powering Your Camcorder

    TV or the antenna cable. Connecting the camcorder to an AC outlet Use the power adapter to provide your camcorder with instant power from an AC outlet. Always turn the camcorder off before connecting/removing the power source.

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    2. Attach the battery to the camcorder. • Remove the battery pack’s terminal cover. • Align the edge of the battery pack with the line on the camcorder, press lightly and slide the battery down until it clicks into place.

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    Subject to change without notice. When replacement of power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-560 or equivalent. The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter.

  • Page 15

    Using the Charge Adapter CR-560 Kit (optional) The Compact Power Adapter CA-560 included with the camcorder can be used along with the CR-560 Kit for 3 different ways to power the camcorder or charge battery packs: 1. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs with power from your car battery.

  • Page 16

    2. Operate the camcorder with power from your car battery. Camcorder + DC Cable + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable → car’s cigarette lighter 3. Charge the BP-500 Series battery packs from a household AC outlet. 1 or 2 battery pack(s) + Charge Adapter + Compact Power Adapter •...

  • Page 17: Loading A Cassette

    • Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover. • Do not leave the cassette in the camcorder after use — return it to its case and store it in a cool, clean, dry place.

  • Page 18: Cassette Memory

    (This switch position is usually labeled SAVE or ERASE OFF.) If you load this cassette and put the camcorder in record pause mode ( “THE TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION” is displayed for approx. 4 seconds and then the v mark flashes in the display.

  • Page 19: Basic Recording

    • The camcorder power indicator lights up red. • The confirmation beep sounds. • The camcorder will turn itself off if you leave it in record pause mode for more than about 5 minutes. To return to record pause mode, turn the POWER switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.

  • Page 20

    Notes: • To check that the camcorder 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.

  • Page 21

    Changing the recording mode Choose from 4 recording modes: SP (standard play), 1.5× SP, 2× SP or 3× SP. • Only SP and LP modes are available when the camcorder is set to CARD PLAY (VCR) mode. Recording times (this example uses an 80-minute tape) Standard recording 80 min.

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    • If you play back a recording made for 16:9 on a normal TV screen, the image will appear to be vertically “squashed” (compressed). • If you connect the camcorder to a TV with an S1 terminal or the Video ID-1 system, recordings made in the 16:9 mode for wide screen TVs will automatically play back in wide screen mode on the TV screen.

  • Page 23

    TALLY LAMP, set it to OFF and close the menu. • The tally lamp no longer flashes during recording, but it will still light up when the camcorder receives a signal from the wireless controller and during the self- timer countdown.

  • Page 24: Zooming

    Zooming 10× optical zoom The camcorder’s 10× zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each scene (up to 8× when using a memory card): • Move the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle.

  • Page 25: Using The Lcd Screen

    Notes: • Avoid touching the LCD screen when moving the LCD panel. • Do not hold the camcorder by the LCD panel or the viewfinder. • Make sure you open the LCD panel at 90°, before attempting to rotate it.

  • Page 26: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    • Turn the selector dial down to make the display darker. Notes: • The camcorder will remember your brightness setting even after you turn it off. • The brightness of the LCD does not affect that of the recorded images or the viewfinder.

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    Allowing the subject to monitor recording When you turn the LCD panel so that it faces the same direction as the lens, you can watch yourself during recording or let your subject monitor recording. The viewfinder is also activated when the panel is in this position.

  • Page 28: Playing Back A Cassette

    • To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the ` (rewind) 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.

  • Page 29

    Other playback modes Playback pause Press the a (pause) button. To resume normal playback, press it again, or press the e (play) button. The camcorder automatically goes into stop mode after about 5 minutes’ playback pause. Fast forward playback To play back the recording at about 9.5 times normal speed, press and hold the 1 (fast forward) button during normal playback or press and hold the 1 (fast forward) button during normal fast forward.

  • Page 30

    To play back in reverse at normal speed, press the –/4a button during normal forward playback. Press the PLAY e button to return to normal forward playback. • The camcorder automatically goes into stop mode after about 2 minutes of paused reverse playback. Forward ×2 Playback Press the ×2 button during normal playback.

  • Page 31

    • Sometimes audio may sound distorted when the volume is turned up high. If this happens, turn down the volume. • The speaker turns off when the camcorder is set to any mode other than TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode or when you use headphones.

  • Page 32: Connections For Playback On A Tv Screen

    Connections for Playback on a TV Screen You can connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR in order to play back your recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camcorder ( Power off all devices before starting the connections.

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    R (right). Connect the yellow plug to the yellow video terminal VIDEO. • If you are connecting the camcorder to a TV, set the TV/VIDEO selector on the television to VIDEO. • If you are connecting the camcorder to a VCR, set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.

  • Page 34: Tips For Making Better Videos

    Using a tripod To prevent any unwanted movement, you can mount the camcorder on a tripod, (or any flat surface at a suitable height) and operate it with the wireless controller. • When you are using a tripod, be careful not to leave the viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight or it may melt.

  • Page 35

    Hold the final image for a few seconds before you stop recording. Tilt the camcorder up to exaggerate the height of the subject. Tilt down from the top of a building, for example, as an introduction to subjects at the bottom.

  • Page 36: Searching And Reviewing While Recording

    • The camcorder returns to record pause mode. Record review When the camcorder is in record pause mode, you can use record review to play back the last few seconds of your recording and then return automatically to record pause mode. You can quickly make sure that a scene has recorded properly and then go on to shoot the next scene, without producing any noise in the picture.

  • Page 37: Using The Menus

    Using the Menus Many of the camcorder’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear in the display. There are 4 main menus: CAM. MENU Camera menu VCR MENU VCR menu C.CAM. MENU Card camera menu C.PLAY MENU Card play menu CAM.

  • Page 38

    Selecting from the Menus 2, 11 1. Turn the POWER switch and the TAPE/CARD switch to the desired settings. 2. Press the MENU button to open the menu. • One of the main menus appears, according to the settings of the TAPE/CARD switch and the POWER switch.

  • Page 39

    • Pressing the start/stop button or the PHOTO button will close the menu and start recording. • You can display the menus on a connected TV screen by turning TV SCREEN 143) on through the menu or using the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button.

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    CAM. MENU, cont. 3 VCR set up submenu o Record mode... !0 Wind screen ... !1 Audio mode ... !2 Return 4 Display set up submenu !3 Brightness ... !4 Mirror mode... !5 TV screen... !6 Date/time display... !7 Return 5 System submenu !8 Wireless controller...

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    1 VCR set up submenu q Record mode... w Output channel... e Audio dubbing ... r Wind screen ... t Audio mode ... y Return 2 Card set up submenu u Image quality ... i File numbers ... o Return 3 Card operations submenu !0 Copy from cassette to card .

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    VCR MENU, cont. 5 System submenu !8 Wireless controller... !9 Tally lamp ... @0 Beep ... @1 Return 2 2 C. CAM. MENU Set the POWER switch to There are 4 submenus within the C. CAM. MENU. 1 To camera set up submenu 2 To card set up submenu 3 To display set up submenu 4 To system submenu...

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    3 Display set up submenu !0 Brightness ... !1 Mirror mode... !2 TV screen... !3 Date/time display... !4 Return 4 System submenu !5 Wireless controller... !6 Beep ... !7 Time zone/Daylight saving time ... !8 Date/time set ... !9 Return 2 2 C.

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    C. PLAY MENU, cont. 1-2 Card operations submenu (when displaying an index screen) y To image protect ………….. u To print mark……………… i Return 2 VCR set up submenu o Record mode... !0 Return 3 Display set up submenu !1 Brightness ... !2 Displays ...

  • Page 45: Using The Wireless Controller

    • When using the wireless controller in brightly lit places or outdoors, the effective range will be less. • The camcorder may have difficulty picking up the remote control signals at extremely close range. • Do not leave the controller exposed to direct sunlight, or in hot or humid places.

  • Page 46

    The wireless controller and the camcorder have been preset to mode 1. If you change the mode on the camcorder, be sure to change the mode on the wireless controller to the same mode. TAPE...

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    4 seconds. Set the wireless controller’s mode accordingly by pressing the aforementioned button combinations. If the wireless controller still doesn’t work, change the batteries. Note: • The mode the camcorder is set to also appears for 4 seconds when you turn the power on.

  • Page 48: Setting The Date And Time

    The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. You can choose to display or hide it during playback ( Set the date and time display when you first start using your camcorder. Install the backup battery before you begin ( •...

  • Page 49

    Just set the time zone to your destination and the camcorder’s clock will automatically change to display the correct time for your destination. • The camcorder automatically accounts for the number of days in a month and leap year. 24 1...

  • Page 50: Setting The Clock

    Setting the clock After you set the date and time, the date/time and home time zone will be displayed for about 4 seconds each time you turn the power on. TAPE CAMERA 1. Open the menu and select SYSTEM. 2. Select D/TIME SET. •...

  • Page 51: Taking Still Pictures To A Cassette

    Press the PHOTO button fully down and the still picture will be taken immediately. • The camcorder takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to the tape for approximately 6 seconds (8 seconds in During this time the camcorder also records the sound, and the display shows the still picture.

  • Page 52

    Focus with the selector dial. 2. Press the PHOTO button fully down to take the still picture. • The camcorder takes the image immediately, and then records the “photo” to the tape for approximately 6 seconds*. During this time the camcorder also records the sound, and the display shows the still picture.

  • Page 53: Using The Built-in Flash

    Using the Built-in Flash You can take natural-looking flash pictures with appropriate illumination using the built-in flash, whether they are night scenes, indoors or in other dark places. It also reduces red-eye effect when shooting people at night or in dark indoor places.

  • Page 54

    – When exposure is locked in Auto or Red-eye reduction auto mode. Flash display changes to purple: – When the optional VL-3 Video Light attached to the camcorder is set to any setting other than OFF. – When a shutter speed of 1/2000 or faster is set in the TAPE CAMERA mode.

  • Page 55: Turning The Image Stabilizer Off

    • The image stabilizer cannot be turned off when the program selector is set to the [ (Easy Recording) position. Notes: • Keep the image stabilizer turned off when the camcorder is mounted on a tripod. • The image stabilizer is designed to deal with a normal degree of camcorder shake.

  • Page 56: Using The Various Recording Programs

    Using the Various Recording Programs The camcorder provides you with a choice of 7 recording programs. They use different combinations of camcorder settings in order to adjust the exposure and other functions to match the recording situation. • For simple point-and-shoot operation, select the Easy Recording program. Slide the program selector to the [ position.

  • Page 57

    • Avoid changing programs during recording as the brightness of the image may change suddenly. • If you switch the camcorder from the [ program to the camcorder returns to the Auto program. • When recording in dark places a bright light in the scene may cause a vertical light bar (“smear”) to...

  • Page 58: Easy Recording

    Easy Recording The simplest way to use the camcorder is with the program selector set to the [ position. The camcorder will take care of focus, exposure and other adjustments, leaving you free to point and shoot. Auto This is the same as the Easy Recording program, except that you now have the option of using any of the camcorder’s manual functions.

  • Page 59: Sand & Snow

    Spotlight This program is designed for recording spotlit scenes, such as on a stage. The exposure is automatically adjusted for glare-free recordings of subjects lit by a concentrated light source. Sand & Snow Use this program in places where the background is so bright that the subject appears underexposed in the display —...

  • Page 60: Using Digital Effects

    D.EFFECT | from the digital effects menu. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to close the menu. • The camcorder remembers your chosen digital effect setting until you change it. • If you slide the program selector to [ (Easy Recording) while the digital effect display is flashing, it will disappear from the display and reappear when you return to Q (program AE) mode.

  • Page 61

    Faders Fade Trigger (FADE-T) When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. Vertical Wipe (WIPE When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the screen.

  • Page 62

    Checker (CHECKER) When you start recording, a check pattern appear from the top and bottom of the screen, and the scene gradually appears from the center of the screen. Window (WINDOW) When you start recording, the scene you are gradually appears from the center of the black screen.

  • Page 63: Operating Faders

    Digital effects can be set with the controls on the body of the camcorder or the wireless controller. Pressing the L/M buttons on the wireless controller correspond to turning the selector dial up and down, and pressing the SET button corresponds to pressing the selector dial in.

  • Page 64

    Operating effects Sound records normally. When operating effects, make sure the program selector is set to Q . TAPE CAMERA Select effect 1. Press the DIGITAL EFFECTS button to open the digital effects menu. • D.EFFECT |, FADER, EFFECT and MULTI-S appear. 2.

  • Page 65: Using The Multi-image Screen

    Divides your display image into 4, 9 or 16 smaller images with the Image Capture feature. With this feature, the camcorder captures the current scene being shot or replayed. Choose the transition speed — fast (every 4 frames), moderate (every 6 frames) or slow (every 8 frames) —...

  • Page 66

    Multi-image screen on/off 9. Press the ON/OFF button. • MULTI-S stops flashing. • The camcorder will capture the indicated number of images at the indicated speed. 10.Press the start/stop button to begin recording. • The multi-image screen is recorded to the tape.

  • Page 67: Audio Recording

    • For details of playing back a tape that has new sound on stereo 2, see p. 96. • When you record to the OPTURA100 MC from a camcorder with DV terminal outputs, the audio mode becomes automatically set to 12 bit.

  • Page 68: Wind Screen

    • Be careful when using long microphones as they may extend into the frame. Wind screen The camcorder has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering with the sound track. Make sure it’s off when you want the microphone to be as sensitive as possible.

  • Page 69: Setting The Self-timer

    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 6 seconds ( 8 seconds in SP or LP recording mode) .

  • Page 70

    Notes: • If you have the beep turned on, it sounds each time the tally lamp flashes before recording. • To cancel the self-timer before the countdown has begun, press the TIMER button. • To cancel the self-timer once the countdown has begun, press the TIMER button, start/stop if you’re shooting movies, or PHOTO if you’re taking a still image.

  • Page 71: Using The Vl-3 Video Light (optional)

    Using the VL-3 Video Light (optional) When recording in dark rooms, attach the Video Light to the camcorder’s advanced accessory shoe. The Video Light is powered by the same power source as the camcorder. Also refer to the VL-3 Video Light instructions.

  • Page 72: Using The Dm-50 Microphone (optional)

    Using the DM-50 Microphone (optional) The highly sensitive Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50 has been designed exclusively for camcorders equipped with an advanced accessory shoe powered by the camcorder’s power supply. Use during cassette recording or audio dubbing ( 93). Refer to the DM-50’s instructions for further details.

  • Page 73: Adjusting Exposure Manually

    Adjusting Exposure Manually Exposure lock TAPE CAMERA CARD When you are recording in situations where the lighting may change suddenly, you can lock the exposure at the current level in order to control the brightness of the image. To lock the exposure, press the EXP button. Press it again to return to auto exposure.

  • Page 74

    Notes: • You cannot adjust the exposure without the e mark before E.LOCK in the display. Push the EXP button so that e appears before E.LOCK. Then you can adjust the exposure manually. • The standard exposure level depends on which recording program you have selected.

  • Page 75: Setting The Shutter Speed

    TAPE CAMERA mode, it automatically detects the flicker of fluorescent lighting and adjusts the shutter speed to compensate. However, if the brightness of the LCD or viewfinder display starts to flicker, make sure the camcorder is set to the Auto recording program and select the 1/100 shutter speed.

  • Page 76

    AUTO. • The image may not appear smooth when a high shutter speed is set. • The camcorder returns to the auto shutter setting when you slide the program selector to [ (Easy Recording), or change the recording program. • If you set the shutter speed to 1/1000 or above in TAPE CAMERA mode and then switch the camcorder to CARD CAMERA mode, the shutter speed will automatically change to 1/500.

  • Page 77: Adjusting Focus Manually

    Adjusting Focus Manually The camcorder can focus automatically. All you have to do is point it, and whatever is in the center of the display will usually be in sharp focus. If it does not seem to be focusing well, it may be because the subject is not suitable for autofocus.

  • Page 78: Setting The White Balance

    TAPE CAMERA 1. Make sure the camcorder is set to the Q (program AE) mode. 2. Open the menu and select CAM.SET UP. 3. Select WHITE BAL. 4. a) For the indoor, outdoor or auto settings, press the selector dial in to choose the setting.

  • Page 79

    • The white balance returns to the AUTO setting when you slide the program selector to [ (Easy Recording). • When you turn the camcorder on, the white balance returns to AUTO. If you then switch the white balance to SET, the camcorder will remember your last setting.

  • Page 80: Displaying Date, Time And Camcorder Data (data Code)

    During TAPE PLAY (VCR) mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden while the camcorder is in play, slow or still mode. Camcorder data may be displayed as “– – –” during fast forward, rewind, reverse playback, forward and reverse ×2 playback.

  • Page 81: Setting The Data Code

    • The data code will read “– – –” in the following situations: – During playback of a blank section of tape. – If the tape was recorded before entering the date and time in the camcorder’s memory. – If the tape was recorded on a camcorder without a data code function.

  • Page 82

    Six-second auto date The 6-second auto date appears for 6 seconds to mark the changeover of a day if the tape was being recorded at 12:00 midnight. It also appears for 6 seconds when you start playback and have the data code turned off. The 6-second auto date will adjust for any time zone changes you have indicated.

  • Page 83: Searching The Tape (photo Search/date Search)

    • If you begin a search very close to the start of a recorded still picture during photo search, the camcorder may skip straight past it. • When you have set the area for the World Clock, date search also looks for the change in date based on the adjusted time.

  • Page 84: Returning To A Pre-marked Position

    • If you remove the tape while the zero set memory is set, the memory is canceled and the tape counter reverts to time code. • The camcorder remembers your setting even if you turn it off and back on again or move the program selector.

  • Page 85: Editing

    Editing to a VCR By connecting the camcorder to a VCR, you can edit your recordings in order to remove unwanted scenes — or combine different shots to create your own video productions. Preparations 1. Connect the camcorder to the VCR.

  • Page 86: Dubbing To/from A Cassette With Digital Video Equipment

    Example dubbing to the camcorder 1. Connect the camcorder and the other digital device. • Connect the Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) with the sides of the plugs marked with the arrows facing as shown above. 2. Prepare the other device.

  • Page 87

    Certain pre-recorded software tapes are copyright protected. If you try to play back such a cassette, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED” appears in the display for a few seconds and then the camcorder displays a blank blue screen; you cannot view the contents of the cassette.

  • Page 88: Recording From A Vcr, Tv Or Analog Camcorder (analog Line-in)

    Recording from a VCR, TV or Analog Camcorder (Analog Line-in) You can record a video played on your VCR or analog camcorder (for digital camcorders, see p. 86) or a TV program onto a tape in the OPTURA100 MC, if the TV or other device has audio/video outputs.

  • Page 89

    2. Press the REC PAUSE button. • S-video and AV IN/OUT terminals work as input terminals. • The camcorder enters record pause mode. 3. Start playback on the other device or turn on the TV to see the desired program while you monitor the picture.

  • Page 90: Recording Over Existing Scenes (av Insert Editing)

    Recording Over Existing Scenes (AV Insert Editing) You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your pre- recorded tape using the OPTURA100 MC’s analog line-in or DV in terminals. Original video and audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.

  • Page 91

    • Turn on the VCR and load a recorded cassette. • See your TV and VCR instruction manuals for details. 3. Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and load a recorded cassette. • Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed position).

  • Page 92

    2. On the camcorder, press PLAY and locate the recording start point. Set the camcorder to playback pause mode. • You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camcorder or the special playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in playback mode.

  • Page 93: Audio Dubbing

    For best results, add sound to tapes that have been recorded with this camcorder in SP mode with 12-bit sound. If there are non-recorded portions on the tape, or portions recorded in a mode other than SP mode, or with 16-bit or 12-bit, 4-channel sound, dubbing will stop.

  • Page 94

    AV terminal (use only the video plug) to your TV. You can monitor the sound with headphones ( Preparations Turn the camcorder’s POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and move the camcorder’s TAPE/CARD switch to TAPE. Load a recorded cassette. • Make sure the REC/SAVE tab on the cassette has been slid to REC (closed position).

  • Page 95

    4. Locate the point where you want to start audio dubbing, then press the PAUSE button. • You can use the playback buttons on the body of the camcorder or the special playback functions on the wireless controller in the same way as in playback mode.

  • Page 96: Setting The Audio Mix

    Setting the Audio Mix 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. •...

  • Page 97

    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. PLAY TAPE (VCR) VCR SET UP 1. Load a tape recorded with multiple-channel audio. 2.

  • Page 98: Connecting To A Pc

    Connecting to a PC By using a DV cable and connecting the camcorder to a PC equipped with a DV terminal conforming to IEEE 1394/DV compatible capture board, you can transfer images taken with the camcorder to your PC. • While connected, it is recommended that you power your camcorder from a household power socket using the power adapter.

  • Page 99: Memory Card Introduction

    Memory Card Introduction The camcorder can take, store and manage still images on 2 types of memory cards: the MultiMediaCard (supplied with the camcorder) or an SD Memory Card (commercially available). The MultiMediaCard is an ultra-small, ultra-light media that can record still images. About the same size as a MultiMediaCard, the SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card has the protect switch to protect your recording from accidental erasure, and fits into the same slot as the MultiMediaCard.

  • Page 100

    Do not attempt to pull the memory card out without first pushing it in. 4. Close the cover. Notes: • When you set the camcorder to CARD PLAY (VCR) mode, the last image recorded appears. If there are no images recorded on the memory card, NO IMAGES appears in the display.

  • Page 101

    • When still images are recorded at an image size of 1280 × 960 on your camcorder, images are sometimes not played back properly on other digital devices that do not support recording at an image size of 1280 × 960.

  • Page 102: File Numbers

    File numbers The images you take are automatically assigned file numbers from 0101-9900 and stored in folders of 100 images each. Each folder is numbered from 101 to 998 and recorded on the memory card. Sample images have been pre-recorded on the supplied MultiMediaCard, entering folder number 100 (folder name is “100canon”).

  • Page 103: Recording Still Images To A Memory Card

    • The number of images that can still be recorded on the memory card, and other information appear in the display. • The camcorder will turn itself off if you are using a battery and do not operate the camcorder for more than about 5 minutes. Set the POWER switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.

  • Page 104

    • F disappears from the display. The shutter sound sounds and simultaneously the display appears to close for an instant as if it were a shutter releasing. • While the camcorder is recording the still image, the card access indicator flashes and RECORDING TO CARD flashes in the display.

  • Page 105: Recording An Image From A Cassette As A Still Image

    Recording an Image from a Cassette as a Still Image Record an image from a cassette onto a memory card. To automatically record multiple still images from a cassette to a memory card, refer to “Copying Still Images from a Cassette” on p.120. •...

  • Page 106: Recording From Another Dv Device As A Still Image

    Preparations 1. Connect the camcorder to the other digital device. • Connect the Canon CV-150F DV cable (optional) with the sides of the plugs marked with the arrows facing as shown above. 2. Prepare the other device. • Turn on the power and load a recorded cassette.

  • Page 107: Viewing Still Images

    Play back and view still images recorded on a memory card. (For details on connecting to a TV, see “Connections for Playback on a TV Screen” on p. 32) • The camcorder may not be able to copy or play, etc., images recorded on a non- Canon camcorder.

  • Page 108: Slide Show

    Card Jump Function You can jump from the current image to the desired image of unadjacent image number without displaying the images one by one. The numbers shown in the upper right in CARD PLAY (VCR) mode indicate the image number of the current still image / total number of still images on the memory card.

  • Page 109: Settings Of The Still Image Recorded To A Memory Card

    An image on a memory card must be marked before it can be printed. The camcorder supports the Images can be automatically printed on a DPOF-supporting Canon printer. Up to 50 images per memory card can be print marked. There are 3 ways to mark a still image for printing (including the ways to cancel the setting).

  • Page 110: Erasing Still Images

    G Erasing Still Images Erase images singly or all at once. • You cannot erase protected images. Cancel image protection first in order to erase an image. • Erase images with caution. Once an image has been erased it cannot be restored.

  • Page 111

    File Operation (FILE OPER.) PLAY CARD (VCR) 1. With an image in the display, press the selector dial in to open the FILE OPER. menu. • PROTECT , PRINT MARK • If you select |RETURN, the menu disappears from the display. To protect an image 2.

  • Page 112: Preventing Accidental Erasure (protect)

    (VCR) CARD OPER. Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it is inserted into the camcorder. 1. With an image in the display, press the INDEX SCREEN button. • Up to 6 images appear in the display.

  • Page 113: Marking A Still Image For Printing (print Mark)

    CARD OPER. Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it has been inserted into the camcorder. 1. With an image in the display, press the INDEX SCREEN button. • Up to 6 images appear in the display.

  • Page 114

    CARD (VCR) CARD OPER. Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it has been inserted into the camcorder. 1. With an image in the display, open the menu and select CARD OPER. 2. Select PRINT MARKS • ERASE ALL PRINT MARKS 3.

  • Page 115: Erasing Still Images

    (VCR) CARD OPER. Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it is inserted into the camcorder. To erase images one at a time 1. Select the image you want to erase. • Use the index screen ( and make sure the image you want to erase fills the display.

  • Page 116

    To erase all images on the memory card at once 1. Open the menu and select CARD OPER. 2. Select IMAGE ERASE. • CANCEL, SINGLE and ALL settings appear. • To cancel erasing, select CANCEL and close the menu. 3. Select ALL. •...

  • Page 117: Combining Images And Recording Them To A Cassette (card Mix)

    Image being recorded by the Still image camcorder CARD LUMI. (Card luminance key) The currently recording image appears in place of the light area of a still picture such as a handwritten illustration or title. Make your own by drawing or writing on a white piece of paper.

  • Page 118

    CAMERA CARD MIX Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it and a cassette have been inserted into the camcorder. Make sure the program selector is set to Select 1. Open the menu and select \ \ CARD MIX.

  • Page 119

    For stills 1. Press the PHOTO button halfway down and hold it. • F flashes white in the display as the camcorder adjusts the focus and it is displayed continuously as a green mark when the camcorder is ready to take the image.

  • Page 120: Copying Still Images From A Cassette

    • Select CANCEL to stop copying. • Cassette and card information appear in the display and copying starts. • NOW COPYING • The camcorder automatically performs the Photo Search function to locate still images and copying starts. The currently copying image appears in the display.

  • Page 121: Copying Memory Card Still Images To A Cassette

    LP recording modes are not available when copying memory card images to a cassette. CARD OPER. Make sure a memory card that has images recorded on it and a cassette that has enough recordable space have been inserted into the camcorder. PLAY TAPE (VCR) 1.

  • Page 122: Formatting A Memory Card

    (this includes the pre-recorded card mix sample images). The MultiMediaCard supplied with this camcorder has already been formatted for you. • Be cautious when formatting recorded memory cards. All images will be permanently erased.

  • Page 123: Other Information And Precautions

    The camcorder formats memory cards in DCF (Design rule for Camera File system). Images recorded on a memory card with this camcorder can be transferred to a PC with the use of the following products made for MultiMediaCards or SD...

  • Page 124: Sample Images

    Store and carry memory cards in their case to protect the terminal area. • There is only one correct way to insert memory cards into the camcorder. Do not forcefully insert the memory cards backwards or upside down. This could damage the memory card or the camcorder.

  • Page 125

    • The pre-recorded sample images on the MultiMediaCard included with this camcorder are intended solely for the personal enjoyment gained from combining them with personal videos taken with this camcorder. Do not use the pre-recorded sample images for any other purpose.

  • Page 126: Preparing The Camcorder

    1. Align the hood to the lens with the Canon logo facing to the left. 2. Twist it into position (clockwise), so that the Canon logo is to the top. • Make sure attach the hood to the camcorder horizontally.

  • Page 127

    Fasten the grip belt • Rotate the viewfinder downwards. • Release the Velcro fastening and hold the camcorder with your right hand while you adjust the belt with your left. Your index finger should reach the zoom control and photo button, and your thumb should reach the start/stop button comfortably.

  • Page 128: Notes On Using The Batteries

    • These times vary — the safest policy is always to have 2 or 3 times as many battery packs as you think you will need. • You will get more recording time if you turn the camcorder off between shots, instead of leaving it in record pause mode.

  • Page 129

    Keep the terminals clean. • The camcorder adapter or battery pack will not work properly if the terminal are dirty. Attach the terminal cover whenever the battery pack is not being used. Storing the battery pack •...

  • Page 130: Installing The Backup Battery

    When it needs replacing (or if it has not been installed), the y mark flashes in the display. Make sure to attach a power source to the camcorder first, so it will remember your chosen settings when you change the battery. DANGER! Treat the battery pack with care.

  • Page 131: Maintenance

    • Do not use the viewfinder, LCD panel, battery pack or built-in flash as a carrying handle. Do not disassemble the camcorder. • This is very dangerous as there is a risk of electric shock — if the camcorder does not function properly, take it to qualified service personnel. 134).

  • Page 132

    Storage If you do not intend to use the camcorder for some time, store it in an area which is free of dust and moisture, and where the temperature is no higher than 86°F (30°C). After storage, check each part and function of your camcorder to make sure everything is still working properly.

  • Page 133: Using The Camcorder Abroad

    • You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camcorder 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.

  • Page 134

    Condensation Condensation may form on the camcorder when it is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Using the camcorder while condensation is present can damage both the tape and the camcorder. Condensation may become a problem: When you take the camcorder from a cold...

  • Page 135: Troubleshooting

    Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page numbers in parentheses for more information. Make sure that the camcorder is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or VCR. Consult your dealer or service outlet if problems persist.

  • Page 136

    • Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often get better results using manual focus ( about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camcorder at your original, hard-to-focus subject. Horizontal stripes Reflective surfaces (e.g.

  • Page 137: Memory Card Operations

    If the mark continues to flash, format the memory card. • The camcorder is not set to CARD CAMERA or CARD PLAY (VCR) mode ( 103, 107). • The memory card is not inserted 100).

  • Page 138

    ? The power indicator is flashing. ? The camcorder malfunctions. ? The DV cable is connected correctly, but there’s nothing in the display. ? The camcorder becomes warm during use. • The memory card is full. Erase images ( 110) or insert a new memory card.

  • Page 139: The Optura100 Mc System Diagram139

    The OPTURA100 MC System Diagram WD-43 Wide- converter WL-D77 Wireless Controller TL-43 Tele- converter FS-43U Filter Set ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Controller VL-3 Video Light DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone SC-1000 Soft SC-A50 Soft Carrying Case Carrying Case (Availability differs from area to area) MiniDV Video Cassette...

  • Page 140: Optional Accessories

    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. BP-500 Series Battery Packs Extra batteries for use with the OPTURA100 MC.

  • Page 141

    Zoom Remote Controller ZR-1000 When this product is plugged into the LANC m terminal of a Canon camcorder, it is possible to control functions such as the start and stop of recording and the zoom...

  • Page 142

    This lightweight bag keeps the camcorder within easy reach without weighing you down or getting in the way. Genuine leather. 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:...

  • Page 143: Screen Displays

    To turn TV SCREEN off, open the menu and select DISP.SET UP. Then select TV SCREEN, set it to OFF and close the menu. For instructions on how to hook the camcorder up to your TV, see p. 32. Turning off the LCD screen displays You can turn off the displays to give you a clear screen for playback.

  • Page 144

    Red: final few seconds.) ...finally, it tells you when you have completely run out of tape. The camcorder is ejecting the tape 17). The safety mechanism is activated. Unload the cassette and turn the camcorder off. Turn it on again and reload the cassette.

  • Page 145

    Zoom display ( 24): Optical zoom Optical plus 40× digital zoom Optical plus 200× digital zoom Zoom in Zoom out The image stabilizer is turned on ( 55). CAM. MENU VCR MENU ( C. CAM. MENU C. PLAY MENU CARD PHOTO REVIEW MENU 110) FILE OPER.

  • Page 146

    Manual exposure display ( 73): Exposure locked Brighter than standard exposure level Darker than standard exposure level Manual focus is selected ( 77). Shutter speed ( White balance is Indoor Outdoor U The 16:9 mode: the display flashes when the effect is being selected, and appears steadily when it is activated (...

  • Page 147

    Recording reminder When you start recording, the camcorder counts from 0SEC to 10SEC. Shots which are shorter than ten seconds may be difficult to edit later. On the other hand, if you are not...

  • Page 148: Caution Phrases

    Caution phrases The camcorder displays various caution phrases — they appear for 4 seconds before disappearing. Appears each time you turn the power on, until you set the time zone, date and time ( 48). Appears when the battery pack is exhausted 129).

  • Page 149

    A temporary card error is also possible. If CARD ERROR disappears after 4 seconds flashes red, turn the camcorder’s power off and back on again, and remove and reinsert the card. If flashes green, recording or playing back is possible.

  • Page 150: Specifications

    Specifications OPTURA100 MC Power Supply (rated): 7.4 V DC Power Consumption (while recording with the AF turned on): 4.7 W (Using viewfinder), 5.4 W (Using LCD screen) Television system: EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal Video recording system: 3 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (Consumer digital VCR SD/SDL system) Digital component recording...

  • Page 151

    Battery capacity: 1100 mAh × × 2 Dimensions: 1 (38 × 21 × 55 mm) Weight: 2 oz (70 g) Weight and dimensions are approximate Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Canon is a trademark of Canon Inc.

  • Page 152: Index

    Index 16:9, 22 Å Abroad, Using the Camcorder, 133 Accessories, 7, 140 Adapter, AC, 12-14, 16 AE Programs, 56 Analog line-in, 88 Audio Dubbing, 93 Audio Mix, 96 Audio Mode, 67 Audio Output, 96 Audio Recording and Playback, Audio/Video Terminal, 32...

  • Page 153

    PC Connection, 98 Photo Search, 83 Playback, 28 Playback Connection, 32 Playback Pause, 29 Portrait, 58 Power Adapter, 12-14, 16 Powering Your Camcorder, 12 Pre-Marked Position, 84 Preparing the Camcorder, 126 Preventing Accidental Erasure, 109, 112 Print Mark, 109, 113 Problems, 135...

  • Page 154

    Ê Tally Lamp, 23 Tape Protection, 18 Telephoto, 24 Temperature, 14, 128, 132, 150 Time Code, 147 Time Zone, 48 Tips for Making Better Videos, 34 Tripod, 34 Troubleshooting, 135 TV, 32, 143 ◊ VCR, 32 Videocassettes, 17 Video Heads, 133 Video ID-1 system, 33 Video Light, 71 Viewfinder, 126, 132...

  • Page 155: Menu At A Glance

    Menu at a Glance Use the list below to quickly navigate the camcorder’s menu. Functions are listed alphabetically. Function 16:9 effect 6-sec. Date Audio dub Audio mode Beep Brightness Card mix Copy - card to cassette Copy - cassette to card...

  • Page 156

    Function Image stabilizer Mirror mode Mix level Mix type Output channel Print mark Protect Quality Record mode Remote sensor mode Shutter sound Shutter speed Tally lamp Time zone/DST TV screen White balance Wind screen First make sure the camera is set to... Then select it from this submenu and set.

  • Page 157

    OPTURA100 MC 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 OPTURA100 MC 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”) or...

  • Page 158

    Ship your Canon digital video equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.

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