If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer. indicates safety information. 2 (E) FOR U.K. ONLY How to replace the fuse 1.
IMPORTANT "Unauthorized recording of copyrighted television programmes, video tapes and other materials may infringe the right of copyright owners and be contrary to copy- right laws." g DO REMOVE COVER BY UNSCREWING. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover.
Attention/Attentie • Batteries are used for the main power source, memory back-up in the product and remote controller. At the end of their useful life, you should not throw them away. Instead, hand them in as small chemical waste. • Voor de primaire voeding en het reservege- heugen van het apparaat, alsmede voor de afstandsbediening, wordt gebruik gemaakt van een batterij.
Remember to check the settings especially when you intend to use special effects or backlight compensation. Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder or cassette.
Operating precautions Do not allow any water to get into the camera- recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at the beach. • Failure to heed this caution will cause the camera- recorder or cassette to malfunction (and may result in irreparable damage).
Battery characteristics This camera-recorder uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that uses its internal chemical reaction to gener- ate electrical energy. This reaction is easily influenced by the ambient temperature and humidity, and the bat- tery’s effective operating time is reduced as the tem- perature rises or falls.
Checking the system operations After purchasing your camera-recorder, follow the instructions for checking the system operations to ensure that the unit is working properly before you attempt to shoot anything. Getting ready AC adapter AC cord DC cord Mini DV cassette tape Connecting the power cord Connect the DC cord to the DC input socket.
Press the part marked “PUSH” and close the cas- sette holder. When the holder is closed properly, the cassette holder is retracted automatically. mrpe Close the cassette cover after the cassette holder has been completely retracted. • Insert and remove cassette tapes after putting the camera-recorder down on a stable, flat surface or hold it with both hands to keep it stable.
Checking the system operations (cont.) Checking what you have shot (rec check) Open the LCD monitor while holding down the panel locking button. The LCD monitor can be opened to a maximum angle of 90°. Forcing it past this point will damage the cam- era-recorder.
• Check that the camera-recorder’s power is on before sliding the OPEN/EJECT lever. • Close the cassette cover if you are not going to insert a cassette tape immediately after removing another. • Do not attempt to remove a tape while you are recording.
Adjusting the hand strap Adjust the hand strap to fit your hand. Open the cover and adjust the strap length. Close the cover firmly. Attaching the shoulder strap We recommended that you attach the shoulder strap to help you avoid dropping the camera-recorder. inch (20 mm) or more 14 (E)
Lens hood Removing the lens hood • Turn the lens hood counterclockwise to remove it. Cassette tapes g We recommend that you use the following mini DV cassette tapes with this camera-recorder. AY-DVM63PQ Professional series tape (60 minutes in SP mode) AY-DVM63MQ Master series tape (60 minutes in SP mode) g Although the picture quality of material shot in the...
Description of parts For details, refer to the respective pages. Camera-recorder Battery release button (P21) DC input (INPUT 7.9 V) socket (P10, 13) Battery connector PHONES jack (P49) Tally lamp (P77) CAM REMOTE jack (2.5 mm diameter) XLR AUDIO IN connector (P51) DV connector (P49)
Description of parts (cont.) Wireless remote control unit Note that the following buttons are for functions that cannot be executed on the camera-recorder. • TITLE • MULTI/P-IN-P • SELECT • STORE • OFF/ON • PB. ZOOM • DATE/ PHOTO TIME SHOT COUNTER RESET TITLE...
Remote control unit Installing the battery Pull out the battery holder while pressing the knob in the direction of arrow Insert the battery with the “+” marked side facing Return the holder to its original position. • When the battery (CR2025) has run out, replace it with a new one.
Battery Charging Before using the battery, fully charge it in the AC adapter. We recommend that you keep a spare battery with you whenever you use the battery to run the camera- recorder. Align the battery with the “ adapter, place it flat, and slide it in the direction shown below.
Mounting Press the battery straight against the camera-recorder body and slide it down until it clicks into place. Removing • Turn the POWER lever to the OFF position, check that the POWER lamp (CAM/VCR) has gone off, and then remove the battery. •...
Viewfinder This camera-recorder offers a choice of viewfinders: a viewfinder with a small LCD screen and one with a 2.5- inch LCD monitor. Use the viewfinder that best suits the application and shooting conditions. • The brightness and hue may differ between the images appearing on the viewfinder and LCD monitor and those displayed on a TV monitor.
Adjusting the screen display Use the menus (P62-64) to select “YES” as the LCD/EVF SET item setting on the DISPLAY SETUP screen. afpmi^v==pbqrm |||| i`aLbsc==pbq jfoolo pbic==pellq bsc==jlab ^rql bsc==`lilo bsc==abq^fi mrpe==jbkr==ql==obqrok The LCD/EVF SET screen with “LCD BRIGHT- NESS” selected appears. Turn the multi dial to adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor screen.
Viewfinder (cont.) • If the RESET button (counter) is pressed when it is possible to change the settings by selecting the LCD/EVF SET item, the values set for those items (LCD BRIGHTNESS and COLOR LEVEL, and EVF BRIGHTNESS) can be returned to the factory set- tings.
Time data Adjusting the calendar This shows you how to adjust the calendar to 5:20 PM on December 25, 2004. Set the POWER lever to the ON position. POWER POWER Use the menus (P62-64) to select “YES” as the CLOCK SET item setting on the OTHER FUNC- TIONS screen.
Time data (cont.) Charging the internal battery The calendar data (year/month/day/hours/ minutes) is kept in the memory by the internal battery (three months when fully charged). When the “ ” display appears on the viewfinder and LCD monitor screen, it means that the battery has run out.
Press the multi dial to move to the next digit. r_==mobpbq c==M===M===M===M===M===M===M mrpe==jbkr==ql==obqrok If the RESET button (counter) is pressed when the user’s bit has been set, the user’s bit is cleared to zero. ZOOM SPEED OFF/M DATE/ COUNTER RESET TIME AUDIO IN FRONT...
Time data (cont.) Specifying the time code You can record a value of your choice as the initial set- ting for the time code to be used at the start of record- ing. Set the POWER lever to the ON position. POWER POWER Use the menus (P62-64) to select “PRESET”...
Press the multi dial to move to the next digit. q`==mobpbq N=M=Ü=M=M=ã=M=M=ë=M=M=Ñ= mrpe==jbkr==ql==obqrok If the RESET button (counter) is pressed when the time code has been set, the time code is cleared to zero. ZOOM SPEED OFF/M COUNTER RESET AUDIO IN FRONT AUDIO LEVEL LINE...
Regular shooting Preparation and inspections Before shooting, check that the camera-recorder is operating properly. Check the equipment as warranted by the shooting conditions. g Battery (P20) Have a fully charged battery ready. We also recommend that you keep a spare battery on hand.
Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting For shooting at a low angle, you can use the START/ STOP button on the handle. The recording operation of this button can be set using the HANDLE S/S INHIBIT item on the SW MODE screen.
Shooting techniques for different targets (cont.) Self-portrait shooting When the LCD monitor is opened and turned 180 degrees toward the lens to take shots of yourself, the images shot may appear differently from how you would normally. When “MIRROR” has been selected as the SELF SHOOT item setting on the DISPLAY SETUP screen using the menus (P62-64), an image with the left and right sides reversed will appear on the LCD monitor.
• You can only adjust the gain when in the IR or SUPER IR modes. You can adjust both the gain and aperture with the multi dial in the COLOR NS mode. (P39) • You can change the lighting control of the IR light using the IR LED item on the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen.
Shooting techniques for different targets (cont.) Zebra pattern When the ZEBRA button is pressed, parts that may be whitened out due to overexposure can be displayed in stripes. • Parts that are extremely bright • Parts that reflect a lot of light By adjusting the iris and shutter speed in the manual mode to remove the areas with zebra patterns, you can obtain images with minimal whitened-out areas.
Changing the image size This camera-recorder allows you to change the size (aspect ratio) of the images recorded on tape. Use the menus (P62-64) to select the desired setting for the ASPECT CONV item on the CAMERA SETUP screen. (P66) NORMAL: Images are recorded with the standard 4:3 aspect ratio.
Shooting techniques for different targets (cont.) Using the USER buttons You can allocate functions that you have selected using the menu to the USER1, USER2 and USER3 buttons. This enables you to change the shooting conditions to match the subject or add fade effects to the images. The USER button functions can be selected using the USER1, USER2 and USER3 items on the SW MODE screen.
Backup recording You can automatically record backups of the camera images on an external unit (P49) connected to the DV connector. Set the method used to control the external unit using the DV CONTROL and DV CMD SEL items on the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen.
Shutter speed, iris and gain adjustments You can adjust the shutter speed, iris and gain to suit the scenes being shot and the lighting conditions. Set the AUTO/MANUAL selector switch to MAN- UAL. • No adjustments can be performed with this switch at AUTO.
• With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance changes in synchronization with the power line frequency. In areas where this frequency is 50 Hz, mutual interfer- ence will occur between the camera-recorder’s verti- cal sync frequency (approx. 60 Hz) and the lighting frequency (50 Hz).
White balance adjustments Auto white balance When you shoot with the AUTO/MANUAL selector switch at the AUTO position, the white balance is adjusted automatically while recorded. As the white balance sensor is used to detect the light source during shooting so the camera-recorder can adjust the white balance, do not cover the sensor with your hand or anything else.
Adjusting the white balance manually In the set mode ( ), you can save the white balance, which has been adjusted manually, in the memory. Place a white pattern in a location with the same lighting conditions and light source as the subject, then zoom in and fill the whole screen with white.
Audio input select and level adjustments Selecting audio input Use the AUDIO IN switch to switch input between the built-in microphone, an external microphone, an exter- nal microphone (XLR), and an external line (XLR). ZOOM SPEED OFF/M COUNTER RESET AUDIO IN FRONT AUDIO LEVEL LINE...
Normal playback Playing back a tape You can play back images as soon as you have shot them. Turn the POWER lever to the ON position. Press the MODE button. The VCR (green) lamp lights, and the VCR mode is established.
Normal playback (cont.) Adjusting the volume You can adjust the speaker volume when a tape is being played back. The adjustment will be reflected in the headphone vol- ume. Hold down the multi dial until the audio level meter is displayed. |||| x=H=z slirjb...
Variable-speed playback Slow playback You can play back tapes recorded in the SP and LP mode at about one-fifth and one-third of the normal tape speed, respectively. Play back the tape. REAR CH1 CH2 ZEBRA RESET SHUTTER/IRIS FOCUS USER 2 AUTO MANUAL VOL/JOG...
Search functions Variable-speed search This function enables you to change the playback speed and search for specific scenes. Press the q button on the camera-recorder or the VAR SEARCH button on the remote control unit while the tape is playing back. REAR CH1 CH2 ZEBRA...
Index search This function searches for the index signals recorded on the tape so that the tape can be cued up to a partic- ular part. Index searches can only be performed using the remote control unit. Using the menus (P62-64), select the index to be searched at the SEARCH item on the PLAYBACK FUNCTION screen.
Counter Counter display You can display a counter that indicates how much time has elapsed during shooting or playback by pressing the COUNTER button. ZOOM SPEED OFF/M COUNTER RESET AUDIO IN FRONT AUDIO LEVEL LINE MODE CHK REAR CH1 CH2 ZEBRA RESET The following data is selected in turn each time the...
Connecting external units Headphones Digital video equipment S-VIDEO VIDEO IN/OUT IN/OUT DV cable (option) 4-pin type You cannot use the DV cable at the same time as an S cable with a lock. • Before proceeding to connect or disconnect the DV cable (IEEE1394), be absolutely sure to turn off the power of the units that are to be connected or disconnected using this cable.
Connecting external units (cont.) TV set Yellow: Video White: CH1 (L ch) audio Red: CH2 (R ch) audio Video deck Yellow: Video White: CH1 (L ch) audio Red: CH2 (R ch) audio • When connecting an external unit to the camera-recorder and inputting the video and audio signals of that unit to the camera-recorder, connect the camera-recorder to the output connectors on the external unit.
Audio dubbing Background music or narration can be added to the images you have recorded on the tape. Press the MODE button to set the camera-recorder to the VCR mode. POWER Using the menus (P62-64), select the audio record- ing system at the AUDIO REC item on the RECORDING SETUP screen.
g Listening to sound that has been dubbed You can switch between the sound that has been dubbed and the sound heard during shooting using the 32K (12bit) AUDIO item setting on the PLAY- BACK FUNCTION screen. (P67) ST1: The sound heard during shooting is played back. ST2: The sound that has been dubbed on a recording is played back.
Dubbing Analog input Using the dubbing function, you can dub (copy) the contents of S-VHS (or VHS) cassettes onto DV cas- settes or record TV programs. (P50) Press the MODE button to set the camera-recorder to the VCR mode. POWER Turn on the power of the external unit, and play back the tape.
Analog input g Analog/digital (AD) conversion You can use the camera-recorder as an analog-dig- ital (AD) converter by using the menus (P62-64) to select “ON” as the DV OUT item setting on the AV IN/OUT SETUP screen. (P71) This function enables you to output images, which were input as analog signals from an external unit, as digital signals through the camera-recorder’s DV connector to another digital video unit.
Dubbing (cont.) Digital input/output You can perform dubbing with a high image quality by means of digital signals by using the DV cable (option) to connect the camera-recorder to a digital video unit equipped with a DV connector (IEEE 1394 connector). (P49) Press the MODE button to set the player unit and recorder unit to the VCR mode.
Screen displays Displays in CAMERA and VCR modes 31 30 29 m^rpb q`=====NO=W=PQ=W=RS=K=MM jlsfb==== r=N=W=mrpe====^c=H=wj r=O=W=_^`hifdeq r=P=W=^b====il`h VVB= pkp=W=fo tfka`rq QU=h== 1. Warning information REMOTE: This blinks when the wrong equipment setting has been selected on the remote control unit. (P19) This blinks when condensation has formed inside the camera-recorder.
Screen displays (cont.) Displays in CAMERA and VCR modes 6. Button functions The functions allocated to the USER buttons (P68) and high-sensitivity shooting mode (P32) are dis- played here while the MODE CHK button is held down. 7. Video level The video level near the markers is displayed here.
Displays in CAMERA and VCR modes 20. Shutter speed The shutter speed used for shooting is displayed here. (P38) 21. White balance information The white balance information is displayed here. (P40, 41) 22. Manual focus control “MF” is displayed here when the focus is controlled manually.
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Using the MODE CHK button q`=====NO= PQ= RS=K=MM MONIE LIKE tfmb r=N=W=mrpe====^c=H=wj r=O=W=_^`hifdeq r=P=W=^b====il`h pkp=W=fo tfka`rq 2003 QU=h==j= Setting the DISPLAY items The amount of information to be displayed can be set by using the menus (P62-64) to select the DISPLAY =wMM item setting on the DISPLAY SETUP screen.
Menu operations Using menus, you can change the camera-recorder’s settings to suit the scenes to be shot or material to be recorded. • You cannot perform menu operations while you are shooting or recording. Setting the menu mode Press the MENU button. •...
Selecting the sub items Turn the multi dial. SHUTTER/IRIS SELECT VAR. SEARCH STORE OFF/ON P.B.DIGITAL VOL/JOG The highlighting moves to the next sub item in turn. Example: lqebo==crk`qflkp s`oN objlqb as==`lkqoli _lqe==`e^fk as==`ja==pbi ob`==m ob`==i^jm _bbm==plrka |||| `il`h==pbq mrpe==jbkr==ql==obqrok Entering the settings For items whose setting is to be selected Press the multi dial at the position of the item to be changed, and move q to the desired setting.
Menu operations (cont.) Setting other sub items To set another sub item, repeat steps Returning to the main item screen Press the MENU button. MENU SELECT VAR. SEARCH STORE OFF/ON P.B.DIGITAL Example: `^jbo^==jbkr N=K=p`bkb==cfib O=K=`^jbo==pbqrm P=K=pt==jlab Q=K=ob`loafkd==pbqrm R=K=afpmi^v==pbqrm S=K=lqebo==crk`qflkp mrpe==jbkr==ql==bufq Setting other main items To set another main item, repeat steps Releasing the menu mode...
Menu configuration CAMERA mode menu CAMERA MENU SCENE FILE (P66) CAMERA SETUP (P66) SW MODE (P68) RECORDING SETUP (P69) DISPLAY SETUP (P71) OTHER FUNCTIONS (P72) VCR mode menu VCR FUNCTIONS PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS (P67) SW MODE (P68) RECORDING SETUP (P69) AV IN/OUT SETUP (P71) DISPLAY SETUP (P71)
Menu configuration (cont.) SCENE FILE screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) SCENE FILE Settings corresponding to four shooting con- (CAM) ditions are saved as scene files in this cam- era-recorder. Use this item to select the scene file to be used. 1.
PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) SEARCH Use this to set the operation to be performed (VCR) when an INDEX button (i or u) on the remote control unit is pressed. PHOTO: A photo search is conducted. (P47) SCENE: An index search is conducted.
Menu configuration (cont.) SW MODE screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) USER1 This enables one function to be allocated to (CAM) (VCR) the USER1 button. g Camera menu mode (PUSH) AF+ZOOM: Select this to execute one-touch zooming. (P36) (PUSH) AF: Select this to switch to auto focus mode when the camera-recorder is operated in the manual focus mode but only while the...
SW MODE screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) FOCUS Use this to select the function to be allocated RING to the focus ring. (CAM) ZOOM: Zooming can be performed using the focus ring when the camera-recorder is operated in the auto focus mode. IRIS: Iris adjustments can be performed using the focus ring when the camera-recorder...
Menu configuration (cont.) RECORDING SETUP screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) Use this to set the mode in which to advance (CAM) (VCR) the time code. FREE RUN: The time code is advanced continuously regardless of the operation mode. It is recorded on the basis of the time appearing on the camera-recorder’s cal- endar clock.
AV IN/OUT SETUP screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) A. DUB Use this to select the sound to be recorded INPUT when performing audio dubbing. (VCR) MIC: The sound of the internal microphone or external microphone is recorded. (P52) A_IN: The sound of the audio unit connected to the AUDIO IN/OUT jack is recorded.
Menu configuration (cont.) DISPLAY SETUP screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) LCD/EVF Use this to adjust the display level of the images appearing in the viewfinder or on the (CAM) (VCR) LCD monitor. LCD BRIGHTNESS: Select this to adjust the brightness of the images on the LCD monitor.
OTHER FUNCTIONS screen Item/ (Display Description of settings mode) BEEP Select ON to be warned by a beep that the SOUND shooting has started or ended or that a prob- (CAM) lem has occurred. OFF, ON The beeps are output as audio signals from the PHONES jack and AV IN/OUT jack.
Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. Power shuts off for no apparent reason. Power goes off as soon as it is turned on. Battery The battery runs down quickly. The battery cannot be charged. Normal video recording I can’t record even though I’ve inserted the cassette tape properly.
Other types of video recording • Is the manual focus mode established? The subject is not brought into focus automatically. You can focus automatically only when the auto focus mode is established. • Are you shooting a scene where it’s hard to bring the subject into focus in the auto focus mode? Some subjects are hard to bring into focus in the auto focus mode.
Before calling for service (cont.) Playback (sound) I can’t hear any sound from the camera- recorder’s speaker. I can hear two sets of sound. When I performed audio dubbing on an existing recording, the original sound was erased. Other I can’t remove the cas- sette tape.
Condensation How to find out whether there is condensation inside and what to do about it if it has formed If the condensation mark blinks after the camera- recorder’s power has been turned on, it means that condensation has formed inside the camera-recorder. If this has happened, the power is automatically turned off within a matter of seconds.
Cleaning the video heads When the video heads are dirty, mosaic-like noise will appear here and there when tapes are played back and/or a bluish tone will permeate entire images. Very dirty heads cause a deterioration in the recording capability and at worst, they will make it impossible to record altogether.
Storage precautions Before storing the camera-recorder, remove both the cassette and battery. Store all of these items in a place with a low humidity and relatively constant tempera- ture. Recommended temperature range: 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C) Recommended relative humidity: 40% to 60% Camera-recorder Wrap the camera-recorder in a soft cloth to keep the...
Specifications [GENERAL] Supply voltage: DC 7.2 V/7.9 V Power consumption: 6.2 W (when the viewfinder is used) 7.4 W (when the LCD monitor is used) 8.9W (Maximum) indicates safety information. Ambient operating temperature 0°C to 40°C Ambient operating humidity 10% to 85% (no condensation) Weight 2.60 kg (excluding battery and accessories)