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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Handycam Handbook
DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/
SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/
SR82E/SR190E/SR200E/
SR290E/SR300E
© 2007 Sony Corporation
3-093-316-13(1)
Enjoying your
camcorder
Getting Started
Recording/
Playback 20
Editing
Utilizing recording
media
Customizing your
camcorder
Performing with
a computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Quick Reference
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  • Page 1 Digital Video Camera Recorder Handycam Handbook DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/ SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/ SR82E/SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E © 2007 Sony Corporation 3-093-316-13(1) Enjoying your camcorder Getting Started Recording/ Playback 20 Editing Utilizing recording media Customizing your camcorder Performing with a computer Troubleshooting Additional Information Quick Reference...
  • Page 2: Read This Before Operating Your Camcorder

    Before operating the unit, please read this Handbook thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. Notes on use Your camcorder is supplied with two kinds of operations guides. For operating and handling the camcorder, refer to “Operating Guide” and “Handycam Handbook”...
  • Page 3 About the Carl Zeiss lens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
  • Page 4: Notes On Using The Hard Disk Drive Handycam

    Save all your recorded image data • To prevent your image data from being lost, save all your recorded images on external media. It is recommended that you save the image data on a disc such as DVD-R using your computer (p.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read this before operating your camcorder ...2 Notes on using the Hard Disk Drive Handycam ...4 Subject examples and solutions ... 7 Enjoying your camcorder Operation flow ...8 “ HOME” and “ OPTION” - Taking advantage of two types of menus ...9 Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied...
  • Page 6 Customizing your camcorder What you can do with the (SETTINGS) category of the HOME MENU ... 52 Using the HOME MENU ... 52 List of the (SETTINGS) category items ... 53 MOVIE SETTINGS ... 54 (Items for recording movies) PHOTO SETTINGS ... 57 (Items for recording still images) VIEW IMAGES SET ...
  • Page 7: Subject Examples And Solutions

    Subject examples and solutions Checking your golf swing B SMTH SLW REC* ...29 B SPORTS** ... 69 Capturing still images during movie recording B Dual Rec* ...26 Flowers in close- B PORTRAIT ...69 B FOCUS ...67 B TELE MACRO...67 Focusing on the dog on the left side of the screen B FOCUS ...67...
  • Page 8: Enjoying Your Camcorder

    Enjoying your camcorder Operation flow B Get ready (p. 12). B Shoot using your camcorder (p. 23). Movies are recorded on the hard disk, and still images are recorded on either the hard disk or a “Memory Stick Duo.” B Play back the images. Viewing on the LCD screen of your camcorder (p.
  • Page 9: Home" And " - Taking Advantage Of Two Types Of Menus

    Enjoying your camcorder “ HOME” and “ - Taking advantage of two types of menus “ HOME MENU” - the starting point for operations with your camcorder Category Categories and items of the HOME MENU (CAMERA) category Item MOVIE* PHOTO* SMTH SLW REC** (VIEW IMAGES) category Item...
  • Page 10 Using the HOME MENU While pressing the green button in the center, turn the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to turn on the power. (HOME) A (or B). Press (HOME) B (HOME) A Touch the desired category. Example: (OTHERS) category Touch the desired item.
  • Page 11 Touch the item you want to know the content. When you touch an item, its explanation appears on the screen. To apply the option, touch [YES], otherwise, touch [NO]. To deactivate the HELP Touch (HELP) again in step 2. Using the OPTION MENU Just a touch on the screen during shooting or playback displays the functions available at that moment.
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have the following items supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. AC Adaptor (1) (p. 13) Mains lead (1) (p. 13) Handycam Station (1) (p.
  • Page 13: Step 2: Charging The Battery Pack

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack Battery DC IN jack You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series) (p. 112) after attaching it to your camcorder. b Notes • Your camcorder operates only with an “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (H series). Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
  • Page 14 To charge the battery pack using only the AC Adaptor Turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then connect the AC Adaptor directly to the DC IN jack on the camcorder. POWER switch CHG (charge) lamp Battery pack DC plug Open the jack cover Mains lead...
  • Page 15 Remaining battery (approx.) Recording capacity (approx.) Charging time Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack. Battery pack NP-FH40 (supplied*) NP-FH50 NP-FH60 (supplied**) NP-FH70 NP-FH100 * DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/ SR72E/SR82E ** DCR-SR190E/SR200E/SR290E/SR300E Recording time Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
  • Page 16 * Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming. b Notes • All times measured with recording mode [SP] under the following conditions: Top: When the LCD backlight turns on. Bottom: When the LCD backlight turns off (except for DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E).
  • Page 17: Step 3: Turning The Power On, And Setting The Date And Time

    On the AC Adaptor • Use the nearby wall socket when using the AC Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket immediately if any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder. • Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture.
  • Page 18: Changing The Language Setting

    Set [SUMMERTIME], then touch [NEXT]. Set [Y] (year) with v/V. Select [M] with b/B, then set the month with v/V. Set [D] (day), hour and minute in the same way, then touch [NEXT]. Make sure that the clock is correctly set, then touch The clock starts.
  • Page 19: Step 4: Preparing For Recording

    Step 4: Preparing for recording Opening the lens cover manually (DCR-SR32E/SR33E/ SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/ SR82E) Slide the lens cover switch to open. Lens cover switch z Tips • When you finish recording or when you playback images, close the lens cover. • For DCR-SR190E/SR200E/SR290E/SR300E, the lens cover opens and closes automatically.
  • Page 20: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording and playback with ease (Easy Handycam operation) Easy Handycam operation makes nearly all settings automatic so that you can perform recording or playback operation without detailed settings. It also makes screen font size larger for easy viewing. Open the lens cover (DCR-SR32E/SR33E/ SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/SR82E) (p.
  • Page 21: Playing Back Recorded Movies/Still Images

    Playing back recorded movies/still images Turn the POWER switch G to turn on your camcorder. Press (VIEW IMAGES) I (or D) button The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some time to display the thumbnails.) Appears with the image on each of the tab that was lastly played back/ recorded (B for the still image).
  • Page 22 z Tips • When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen. • You can slow down the playback speed by touching • You can adjust volume by selecting [VOLUME], then with Still images: Touch the , or...
  • Page 23: Recording

    Recording/Playback Recording (HOME) D START/STOP C (Movie) lamp / (Still) lamp POWER switch A b Notes • If the ACCESS lamp is lit or flashing after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the hard disk or “Memory Stick Duo.”...
  • Page 24: Recording Movies

    Recording movies You can record movies on the hard disk of your camcorder. For the recordable time, see page 54. Turn the POWER switch A until (Movie) lamp lights up. Press START/STOP B (or C). [STBY] b [REC] To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
  • Page 25: Zooming

    Recording/Playback Zooming You can zoom in up to the magnifications shown in the following table. DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E DCR-SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/SR82E DCR-SR190E/SR200E/SR290E/SR300E You can adjust the magnifications with the power zoom lever or the zoom buttons on the LCD frame. Wider range of view: (Wide angle) Close view: (Telephoto) Move the power zoom lever slightly for a...
  • Page 26: Using The Flash (Dcr-Sr190E/ Sr200E/Sr290E/Sr300E)

    Using the flash (DCR-SR190E/ SR200E/SR290E/SR300E) Flash charge lamp Press (flash) repeatedly to select an appropriate setting. No indication (Auto flash): Automatically flashes when there is insufficient ambient light. (Forced flash): Always uses the flash regardless of the surrounding brightness. (No flash): Records without flash. b Notes •...
  • Page 27: Recording Still Images On A "Memory Stick Duo

    z Tips • Still images are recorded in the following sizes with Dual Rec. DCR-SR190E/SR200E: – 2.3M (16:9 (wide)) – 1.7M (4:3) DCR-SR290E/SR300E: – 4.6M (16:9 (wide)) – 3.4M (4:3) • You can record still images during recording standby in the same way as when the POWER switch is set to (Still).
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Exposure For Backlit Subjects

    b Notes • The NightShot plus and Super NightShot plus functions use infrared light. Therefore, do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or other objects, and remove the conversion lens (optional). • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 67) when it is hard to focus automatically.
  • Page 29: Recording The Fast Action In Slow-Motion (Smth Slw Rec) (Dcr-Sr190E/Sr200E/Sr290E/ Sr300E)

    2 On the HOME MENU, touch (SETTINGS) t [MOVIE SETTINGS] t [WIDE SELECT] t [4:3] or [16:9 WIDE] (p. 54). DCR-SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/SR82E/SR190E/ SR200E/SR290E/SR300E: 1 Turn the POWER switch until the (Movie) lamp lights up. 2 Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to select the desired screen aspect ratio. b Notes •...
  • Page 30 5 Press START/STOP. An about 3 second-movie is recorded as a 12 second-slow-motion-movie. When [Recording···] disappears, recording is finished. Touch to cancel the smooth slow recording. To change the setting Touch (OPTION) t select the setting you want to change. •...
  • Page 31: Playback

    Recording/Playback Playback (HOME) E (HOME) D (VIEW IMAGES) C button (VIEW IMAGES) B button Turn the POWER switch A to turn on your camcorder. (VIEW IMAGES) B (or C) button. Press The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some time to display the thumbnails.) Appears with the image on each of the tab that was lastly played back/ recorded (B for the still image).
  • Page 32: Still Images

    Start playback. Movies Touch the tab, and the movie to be played back. Return (to the VISUAL INDEX screen) Beginning of the movie/previous movie Stop (go to the VISUAL INDEX screen) Still images Touch the , or Return (to the VISUAL INDEX screen) Go to the VISUAL INDEX screen...
  • Page 33: Using Pb Zoom

    Recording/Playback Using PB zoom You can magnify still images from about 1.1 to 5 times the original size. Magnification can be adjusted with the power zoom lever or the zoom buttons on the LCD frame. 1 Play back the still images you want to magnify.
  • Page 34: Playing Back A Series Of Still Images (Slide Show)

    Playing back a series of still images (Slide show) Touch on the still image playback screen. The slide show begins from the selected image. Touch to stop the slide show. To restart, touch again. b Notes • You cannot operate playback zoom during slide show.
  • Page 35: Playing The Image On A Tv

    Playing the image on a TV Connect your camcorder to the input jack of TV or VCR using A/V connecting cable 1 or A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO 2. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 13). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
  • Page 36 To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3) Change the setting according to the screen aspect ratio of the TV you will view images 1 Turn the POWER switch to turn on the camcorder. (HOME) t 2 Touch (SETTINGS) t [OUTPUT SETTINGS] t [TV TYPE] t [16:9] or [4:3] t...
  • Page 37: Saving Images

    Saving images Recorded images are stored on the internal hard disk of your camcorder. Due to the limited capacity of the internal hard disk, make sure that you save the image data to some type of external media such as a DVD-R or a computer. You can save the images recorded on the camcorder as described below.
  • Page 38: Editing

    Editing (OTHERS) category This category enables you to edit the images, to print still images and to connect your camcorder to a computer. (OTHERS) category Item list DELETE You can delete images on the hard disk or a “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 38). EDIT You can edit the images on the hard disk or a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 39 Touch the image to be deleted. The selected image is marked with Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch to return to the previous screen. t [YES] t Touch To delete all movies or still images at one time In step 3, touch [ DELETE ALL] or...
  • Page 40: Dividing A Movie

    Touch the still image to be deleted. The selected still image is marked with Press and hold the still image on the LCD screen to confirm the still image. Touch to return to the previous screen. Touch t [YES] t To delete all still images on the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 41: Copying Still Images

    b Notes • You cannot restore movies once they are divided. • Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing the movie. It may damage the hard disk. • If the divided original movie is included in the Playlist, the movie in the Playlist will also be divided.
  • Page 42: Creating The Playlist

    To copy all the still images recorded on the same day at one time 1 On the (HOME MENU), touch (OTHERS) t [EDIT] t [COPY]. 2 Touch [ COPY by date]. The recording dates of still images are displayed on the screen. Previous/Next button 3 Touch Previous/Next Date button to select the recording date of the desired...
  • Page 43: Playing The Playlist

    To add all the movies recorded on the same day at one time 1 On the (HOME MENU), touch (OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. 2 Touch [ ADD by date]. The recording dates of movies are displayed on the screen. Previous/Next button 3 Touch Previous/Next Date button to select the recording date of the desired movie.
  • Page 44 t [YES] t 4 Touch z Tips • The original images are not changed even if you erase the images from the Playlist. To change the order within the Playlist 1 On the (HOME MENU), touch (OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. 2 Touch [ MOVE].
  • Page 45: Dubbing To Vcr Or Dvd/Hdd Recorders

    Dubbing to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. Connect the device in either of the following ways. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p.
  • Page 46: Printing Recorded Images (Pictbridge Compliant Printer)

    Turn on your camcorder, and press (VIEW IMAGES) button. Set [TV TYPE] according to the display device (p. 62). Insert the recording media in the recording device. If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the input mode. Connect your camcorder to the recording device (VCR or DVD/ HDD recorder) with the A/V...
  • Page 47 [USB SELECT] appears on the screen automatically. Touch [ PRINT] (hard disk) or PRINT] (“Memory Stick Duo”) depending on the media of the image to be printed. When connection is complete, (PictBridge connecting) appears on the screen. You can select a still image on the screen.
  • Page 48 • On some printer models, the top, bottom, right, and left edges of images may be trimmed. If you print a still image recorded in a 16:9 (wide) ratio, the left and right ends of the image may be trimmed widely. •...
  • Page 49: Utilizing Recording Media

    Utilizing recording media (MANAGE HDD/ MEMORY) category This category enables you to use the hard disk or a “Memory Stick Duo” for various purposes. (MANAGE HDD/MEMORY) category Item list FORMAT You can format the hard disk and recover recordable free space (p. 49). FORMAT You can format the “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 50: Checking The Hard Disk Information

    Formatting the “Memory Stick Duo” Formatting deletes all images on a “Memory Stick Duo.” Turn on your camcorder. Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” to be formatted into your camcorder. On the (HOME MENU), touch (MANAGE HDD/MEMORY) t FORMAT]. Touch [YES] t [YES]. When [Completed.] appears, touch b Notes...
  • Page 51: Preventing Data On The Hard Disk Of The Camcorder From Being Recovered

    Preventing data on the hard disk of the camcorder from being recovered EMPTY] allows you to write non important data onto the hard disk of the camcorder. In this way, it may become more difficult to recover any original data. When you dispose or transfer the camcorder to others, it is recommended that you perform [...
  • Page 52: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder What you can do with the category of the HOME MENU You can change the recording functions and the operating settings for your convenience. Using the HOME MENU Turn on your camcorder, then press (HOME). (HOME) (HOME) (SETTINGS) category Touch (SETTINGS).
  • Page 53: List Of The (Settings) Category

    List of the (SETTINGS) category items MOVIE SETTINGS (p. 54) Items REC MODE NIGHTSHOT LIGHT WIDE SELECT* DIGITAL ZOOM STEADYSHOT AUTO SLW SHUTTR GUIDEFRAME* ZEBRA* REMAINING FLASH LEVEL* REDEYE REDUC* PHOTO SETTINGS (p. 57) Items IMAGE SIZE* QUALITY FILE NO. NIGHTSHOT LIGHT STEADYSHOT* GUIDEFRAME*...
  • Page 54: Movie Settings

    MOVIE SETTINGS (Items for recording movies) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V to change the page. How to set (HOME MENU) t page 52 (OPTION MENU) t page 65 The default settings are marked with B. REC MODE You can select a recording mode to record a movie with the image quality from 3 levels.
  • Page 55: Digital Zoom

    B 4:3 Records images to the full screen on a 4:3 TV screen. 16:9 WIDE ( Records images to the full screen on a 16:9 (wide) TV screen. b Notes • Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV connected for playback (p. 62). DIGITAL ZOOM You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom greater than optical...
  • Page 56: Flash Level

    GUIDEFRAME (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E) You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical by setting [GUIDEFRAME] to [ON]. The frame is not recorded. Press DISP/ BATT INFO to make the frame disappear. z Tips • Positioning the subject at the cross point of the guide frame makes a balanced composition.
  • Page 57: Photo Settings

    PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording still images) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V to change the page. How to set (HOME MENU) t page 52 (OPTION MENU) t page 65 The default settings are marked with B. IMAGE SIZE (except for DCR-SR32E/SR33E/ SR42E)
  • Page 58 1134 1200 • All numbers measured when using a “Memory Stick Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The number of recordable images varies depending on the recording environment. • You can record up to 9,999 still images on the hard disk.
  • Page 59: Still Media

    NIGHTSHOT LIGHT See page 54. STEADYSHOT (DCR-SR290E/SR300E) See page 55. GUIDEFRAME (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E) See page 56. ZEBRA (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E) See page 56. FLASH LEVEL (except for DCR-SR32E/SR33E/ SR42E) You can set this function when you use the built-in flash (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E), or an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder.
  • Page 60: View Images Set

    VIEW IMAGES SET (Items to customize the display) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V to change the page. How to set (HOME MENU) t page 52 (OPTION MENU) t page 65 The default settings are marked with B. DATA CODE During playback, displays the information (data code) recorded automatically at the...
  • Page 61: Sound/Disp Set

    DISPLAY You can select the number of thumbnails that appear on the VISUAL INDEX screen. B ZOOM LINK Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12) with the power zoom lever on your camcorder.* 6IMAGES Displays thumbnails of 6 images. 12IMAGES Displays thumbnails of 12 images.
  • Page 62: Output Settings

    LCD BL LEVEL (LCD backlight level) You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen’s backlight. B NORMAL Standard brightness. BRIGHT Brightens the LCD screen. b Notes • When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting.
  • Page 63: Clock/ Lang

    DISP OUTPUT B LCD PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen. V-OUT/PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the TV screen and the LCD screen. CLOCK/ LANG (Items to set clock and language) Touch 1, then 2.
  • Page 64: General Set

    GENERAL SET (Other setup items) Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V to change the page. How to set (HOME MENU) t page 52 (OPTION MENU) t page 65 The default settings are marked with B. DEMO MODE The default setting is [ON], allowing you to view the demonstration in about 10...
  • Page 65: Activating Functions Using The Option Menu

    Activating functions using the The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click the mouse on a computer. Various functions are displayed in the context of the operation. Using the OPTION MENU While using your camcorder, touch (OPTION) on the screen.
  • Page 66: Recording Items On The Option Menu

    Recording items on the OPTION MENU See page 65 for setting operation. Items FOCUS SPOT FOCUS TELE MACRO EXPOSURE SPOT METER SCENE SELECTION WHITE BAL. COLOR SLOW SHTR S. NIGHTSHOT PLS SUPER NIGHTSHOT FADER D.EFFECT PICT.EFFECT REC MODE MICREF LEVEL IMAGE SIZE QUALITY SELF-TIMER...
  • Page 67: Functions Set In The Option Menu

    Functions set in the OPTION MENU Items you can set only on the OPTION MENU will be described below. The default settings are marked with B. FOCUS You can adjust the focus manually. You can select this function also when you want to focus on a certain subject intentionally.
  • Page 68 To cancel, touch [OFF], or zoom to wide- angle (W side). b Notes • When recording a distant subject, focusing may be difficult and can take some time. • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 67) when it is hard to focus automatically. EXPOSURE You can fix the brightness of an image manually.
  • Page 69 FIREWORKS* ( Select this to take spectacular shots of fireworks. LANDSCAPE* ( Select to shoot distant subjects clearly. This setting also prevents your camcorder from focusing on glass or metal mesh in windows that comes in between the camcorder and the subject. PORTRAIT ( Select to bring out the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft...
  • Page 70: Super Nightshot

    2 Frame a white object such as a piece of paper, to fill the screen under the same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject. 3 Touch [ flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in the memory, the indicator stops flashing.
  • Page 71 b Notes • Do not use [SUPER NIGHTSHOT] in bright places. This may cause a malfunction. • Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or other objects. • Remove the conversion lens (optional). • Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 67) when it is hard to focus automatically.
  • Page 72 FLASH MODE (DCR-SR52E/SR62E/ SR72E/SR82E) You can set this function when you use an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. Attach the external flash to the Active Interface Shoe (p. 120). B ON ( ) Flashes every time. AUTO Flashes automatically.
  • Page 73: Performing With A Computer

    Performing with a computer What you can do with Windows computer When you install the “Picture Motion Browser” on a Windows computer from the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy the following operations. b Notes • The supplied software is not compatible with a Macintosh.
  • Page 74: System Requirements

    System requirements When using Picture Motion Browser OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Media Center Edition Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.
  • Page 75: Installing The Software

    Installing the software You need to install the software to your Windows computer before connecting your camcorder to the computer. The installation is required only for the first time. Provide the camcorder and the Handycam Station, and a USB cable beforehand. Contents to be installed and procedures may differ depending on your OS.
  • Page 76 Tips • For disconnecting the USB cable, see page 79. • Once you register on the website, you can get secure and useful customer support. http://www.sony.net/registration/di/ • For the information about Picture Motion Browser, visit the following URL: http://www.sony.net/support-disoft/...
  • Page 77: Creating A Dvd With One Touch

    Creating a DVD with One Touch Types of DVDs you can use The kinds of DVD that you can use with the supplied software are as listed below. The DVDs you can use differ, depending on the computer you use. For details on the DVDs compatible with your computer, refer to the operations manual supplied with your computer.
  • Page 78 Turn on the computer. Place the recordable DVD to be saved in the DVD drive of your computer. z Tips • It is recommended that you use a new recordable DVD. • If any software starts on the computer automatically, close it. Connect the Handycam Station to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor.
  • Page 79 A Current status of all DVD creation B Current status per DVD C Number of DVDs required D Number of DVDs being created When the DVD creation is completed, the disc tray opens automatically. b Notes • During DVD creation, do not apply vibration to the camcorder.
  • Page 80 After creating a DVD • After creating a DVD, check that the DVD can be played back properly on a DVD player or other devices. When you cannot play back the DVD properly, import the images to the computer by following the steps on page 81.
  • Page 81: Importing Images To A Computer

    7 Click [One Touch Disc Burn] in the [HDD Handycam Utility] window on the computer screen. 8 Click [Start]. The DVD recognition window is displayed on the computer screen. When the DVD type is recognized, DVD creation begins. To customize the settings of the DVD drive used for creating a DVD 1 Click [Settings...] in step 7 in “To perform [One Touch Disc Burn] on the...
  • Page 82 Touch [ COMPUTER] on the LCD screen of your camcorder. The [HDD Handycam Utility] window is displayed on the computer screen. Click [Easy PC Back-up] in the [HDD Handycam Utility] window on the computer screen. Select the type of image file and the destination folder.
  • Page 83 Connect the (USB) jack of the Handycam Station to a computer using the supplied USB cable. The [USB SELECT] screen is displayed on the LCD screen of your camcorder. • For connecting with the USB cable, see page 78. Touch [ COMPUTER] on the LCD screen of your camcorder.
  • Page 84 z Tips • You can import the still images recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” with connecting your camcorder and a computer (p. 84). 1 Turn on the computer. 2 Insert a recorded “Memory Stick Duo” into the Memory Stick slot of your computer.
  • Page 85: Deleting Images Recorded On The Camcorder Through The Computer (Dcr-Sr42E/Sr62E/Sr82E/ Sr200E/Sr300E)

    Deleting images recorded on the camcorder through the computer (DCR-SR42E/SR62E/ SR82E/SR200E/SR300E) You can delete images recorded on the camcorder using Picture Motion Browser. b Notes • This function is not available for DCR-SR32E/ SR33E/SR52E/SR72E/SR190E/SR290E. • You cannot restore images once they are deleted.
  • Page 86: Viewing Images Imported To A Computer

    Viewing images imported to a computer You can browse images imported to a computer, sorted by registered folder (Folder view), or sorted by the date and time they were recorded (Calendar view). Turn on the computer. Double-click [ Browser) on the desktop. [Picture Motion Browser] starts up.
  • Page 87 To enlarge an image Double-click the thumbnail. The view image window starts up and the selected image is enlarged. When you select a movie, the slider and the playback control buttons appear and playback starts. When you select a still image When you select a movie To playback images continuously You can playback images continuously as a...
  • Page 88: Editing The Imported Images

    Editing the imported images Editing movies You can cut out only required movie parts to save. Turn on the computer. Double-click [ Browser) on the desktop. [Picture Motion Browser] starts up. Select the movie you want to edit in the Folder view or Calendar view (p.
  • Page 89 Click [Save] to save the edited movie. Saving takes some time. When the saving is completed, a message is displayed. Click [OK]. To capture still images from a movie Click [Save Frame] in the Video Trimming window to save the current frame as a still image.
  • Page 90: Creating And Copying A Dvd

    Creating and copying a DVD Creating a DVD with selected images You can create a DVD Video with a DVD menu by putting images on your computer as materials. z Tips • The selected movies are written to the DVD as they are.
  • Page 91 z Tips • Selecting [Menu Sorted by Date Taken] in the Menu structure drop-down list automatically changes the order of movies and still images into the order of date on which they were recorded. • Clicking [Font] lets you select the text color of the DVD name and title, etc.
  • Page 92 Insert a recorded DVD into the DVD drive of your computer. Click [Start] t [All Programs] (for Windows 2000, click [Programs]) t [Sony Picture Utility] t [Video Disc Copier] on your computer. Disc copy window is displayed. Select a DVD drive for [Source:] and [Copy to:].
  • Page 93: Manipulating Still Images

    When preparations for copying are completed, click [Start]. DVD copy starts. z Tips • You can choose to create more copies of the same DVD after writing to the DVD is completed. To change the location for temporary files and the writing speed On the Disc copy window, click [Settings].
  • Page 94: Troubleshooting

    • During repair, we may check a minimum amount of data stored on the hard disk in order to investigate the problem. However, your Sony dealer will neither copy nor retain your data. Overall operations/Easy Handycam operation/Remote Commander The power does not turn on.
  • Page 95 (OPTION) button is not displayed. • The OPTION MENU cannot be used during Easy Handycam operation. The menu settings have changed automatically. • During Easy Handycam operation, nearly all the menu items will be automatically set to the default settings. •...
  • Page 96: Lcd Screen

    • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 13). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
  • Page 97 Recording Refer also to “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 96). Pressing START/STOP or PHOTO does not record images. • The playback screen is displayed. Set your camcorder to recording standby (p. 24). • Your camcorder is recording the image you have just shot on the hard disk. You cannot make new recording during this period (p.
  • Page 98 The recording stops. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. • The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. Turn off the camcorder and take it to a warm place.
  • Page 99 A vertical band appears when recording candlelight or electric light in the dark (DCR-SR32E/SR33E/ SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/SR72E/ SR82E). • This occurs when the contrast between the subject and the background is too high. This is not a malfunction. Horizontal stripes appear on the image (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E).
  • Page 100 • This may appear on still images recorded by other devices, edited on a computer, etc. No sound or only a quiet sound is heard during playback. • Turn up the volume (p. 32). • Sound is not output when the LCD panel is closed.
  • Page 101 Cannot use the supplied software, Picture Motion Browser, on the Macintosh computer. • You cannot use Picture Motion Browser on a Macintosh. The One Touch Disc Burn function does not work. • Install Picture Motion Browser (p. 75). • Check if Media Check Tool is running on the computer.
  • Page 102 The playback screen is paused or distorted. • Check the recommended computer environment required to play movies. The actual displayed screen or message is different from that shown in this Handbook. • The screen or message may be different. The extension of a file is not displayed on your computer.
  • Page 103 Because of following Cannot use settings [SCENE NightShot plus* SELECTION] NIGHTSHOT PLS]* NightShot* , [SUPER NIGHTSHOT]* [COLOR SLOW SHTR], [OLD MOVIE], [TELE MACRO], [FADER] [WHITE BAL.] NightShot plus* NIGHTSHOT PLS]* NightShot* , [SUPER NIGHTSHOT]* [ONE PUSH] in [SMTH SLW REC]* [WHITE BAL.] [COLOR [FADER], [D.EFFECT],...
  • Page 104: Warning Indicators And Messages

    If indicators appear on the LCD screen, check the following. Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis...
  • Page 105: Hard Disk

    (Warning indicator pertaining to “Memory Stick Duo”) • No “Memory Stick Duo” is inserted (p. 27). (Warning indicators pertaining to “Memory Stick Duo” formatting)* • The “Memory Stick Duo” is damaged. • The “Memory Stick Duo” is not formatted correctly (p. 50, 111). (Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible “Memory Stick Duo”)* •...
  • Page 106: Pictbridge Compliant Printer

    Management file damaged. Create new file? • The image management file is damaged. When you touch [YES], a new image management file is created. The old recorded images on the hard disk of the camcorder cannot be played back. (Image files are not damaged.) In this case, import the image files to your computer.
  • Page 107 x Other No further selection is possible. • You can select only 100 images at one time for: – deleting images – printing still images Data protected. • You tried to delete data protected on another device. Release the protection of the data on the device used to protect the data.
  • Page 108: Additional Information

    Additional Information Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range. On TV color systems Your camcorder is a PAL-system-based camcorder.
  • Page 109: World Time Difference

    Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your (SETTINGS) t [CLOCK/ camcorder abroad. Set [SUMMERTIME] on the HOME MENU (p. 17). World time difference Time-zone Area setting differences Lisbon, London...
  • Page 110: Files On The Camcorder Hard Disk/Folder Structure

    Files on the camcorder hard disk/folder structure The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/ folder structure, when recording/playing back images on the camcorder. To enjoy still images or movies by connecting to a computer, see page 73, then use the supplied application. A Image management files When you delete the files, you cannot record/play back the images correctly.
  • Page 111: Maintenance And Precautions

    Maintenance and precautions About the “Memory Stick” A “Memory Stick” is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a large data capacity. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of “Memory Stick Duo” on your camcorder. (See the list below for more details.) Types of “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 112 • Do not insert anything other than a “Memory Stick Duo” into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot. Doing so may cause a malfunction. On a location for use Do not use or keep the “Memory Stick Duo” in the following locations: •...
  • Page 113 To use the battery pack effectively • Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10 °C (50 °F) or below, and the length of time you can use the battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do one of the following to use the battery pack for a longer time.
  • Page 114: Moisture Condensation

    • If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. • Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product.
  • Page 115 How to prevent moisture condensation When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about 1 hour).
  • Page 116 Duo,” “ ,” “Memory Stick PRO Duo,” “ “MagicGate,” “ “MagicGate Memory Stick” and “MagicGate Memory Stick Duo” are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • DVD-R, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW logo are trademarks.
  • Page 117 URL to download it. When downloading the source code, select HDR-UX1/ HDR-SR1 as the model for your camcorder. http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/ We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code. Read “license2.pdf” in the “License” folder on the CD-ROM.
  • Page 118: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference Identifying parts and controls The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/ SR72E/SR82E: A Power zoom lever (25, 33) B PHOTO button (20, 24) C POWER switch (17) D CHG (charge) lamp (13) E CHG (charge)/ (flash) button (26) G Battery pack (13) H DC IN jack (13) (Movie)/...
  • Page 119 DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/ SR72E/SR82E: A WIDE SELECT button (except for DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E) (28) B BACK LIGHT button* (28) C LCD screen/touch panel (19) (HOME) button (10, 52) E Zoom buttons (25, 33) F START/STOP button (20, 24) G NIGHTSHOT switch (27) H Speaker For how to adjust the volume, see page 32.
  • Page 120 DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR42E/SR52E/SR62E/ SR72E/SR82E: A NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (27) B A/V OUT jack (35, 45) C REMOTE jack (except for DCR- SR32E/SR33E/SR42E) Connect other optional accessories. D Lens cover switch (19) E Flash (26) F Remote sensor (except for DCR- SR32E/SR33E/SR42E) /Infrared port Point the Remote Commander (p.
  • Page 121 A Tripod receptacle Attach the tripod (optional: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)) to the tripod receptacle using a tripod screw. B BATT (battery) release lever (14) Handycam Station: A DISC BURN button (78) B Interface connector C (USB) jack (46, 78) DCR-SR32E/SR33E/SR52E/SR72E/...
  • Page 122 Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 123: Indicators Displayed During Recording/Playback

    Indicators displayed during recording/playback Recording movies A Recording mode (HQ/SP/LP) (54) B HOME button (10, 52) C Remaining battery (approx.) (14) D Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) E Counter (hour/minute/second) F OPTION button (65) G Dual Rec (DCR-SR190E/SR200E/ SR290E/SR300E) (26) H VIEW IMAGES button (21, 31) I 5.1ch surround recording...
  • Page 124 Viewing movies 1 Recording mode (HQ/SP/LP) (54) 3 Remaining battery (approx.) (14) 5 Counter (hour/minute/second) 6 OPTION button (65) qf Return button qg Playback mode qh Current movie number/Number of total movies qj Previous/Next button (32) qk Video operation buttons (21, 32) ql Data file name Viewing still images qa Image size (57)
  • Page 125 Indicators when you made changes Following indicators appear during recording/playback to indicate the settings of your camcorder. Upper left Bottom Upper left Indicator Meaning 5.1ch surround recording/ playback* (25) Self-timer recording (71) Flash (26, 59, 72) MICREF LEVEL low (71) WIDE SELECT* (54) WIDE SELECT*...
  • Page 126 Data code during recording The recording date and time is recorded automatically on the hard disk and “Memory Stick Duo.” They are not displayed while recording. However, you can check them as [DATA CODE] during playback (p. 60).
  • Page 127: Glossary

    Quick Reference Glossary x 5.1ch surround sound A system that plays back sound on 6 speakers, 3 at the front (left, right and center) and 2 at the rear (right and left) with an additional low-pass subwoofer counted as a 0.1 channel for frequencies of 120 Hz or lower.
  • Page 128: Index

    Index Numeric 12IMAGES...61 16:9...36, 62 16:9 WIDE ...55 21-pin adaptor...36 4:3...36, 54, 62 5.1ch surround recording...25 6IMAGES...61 AC Adaptor ...13 ADD ...42 ADD by date...43 AREA SET ...63 AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto Slow Shutter)...55 A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off) ...64 A/V connecting cable ...35, 45 BACK LIGHT...28 Backup...
  • Page 129 SOUND/DISP SET ...61 VIEW IMAGES SET ...60 HQ ...54 Icon ...See Display indicators Image management files ...110 Image quality ...58 IMAGE SIZE...57 INDOOR...69 INFO ...50 “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ...112 Install ...75 Insulation sheet ...122 JPEG ...110, 111, 127 LANDSCAPE...69 LANGUAGE SET ...18, 63 LCD backlight ...19 LCD BL LEVEL (LCD back light level)...62, 99...
  • Page 130 SLIDE SHOW SET...34 SMTH SLW REC...29 SNOW ...69 Software...75 SOUND/DISP SET ...61 SP...54 SPORTS ...69 SPOT FOCUS ...67 SPOT METER (Flexible spot meter)...68 SPOTLIGHT ...69 STANDARD ...58 STEADYSHOT...55 Still images ...20, 24 STILL MEDIA ...27 SUMMERTIME...63 SUNRISE&SUNSET ...68 SUPER NIGHTSHOT...70 Supplied items ...12 System requirements ...74 S.
  • Page 131 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website.