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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon HD Camcorder VIXIA HF R21 A / VIXIA HF R20 A / VIXIA HF R200 A and all its accessories. Read these instructions. Keep these instructions.
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(0 36). “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video composed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines). Video is recorded at this resolution only when the recording mode is set to MXP or FXP mode.
Smart AUTO Smart AUTO automatically selects the best scene mode for the scene you want to shoot. You get spectacular recordings every time without worrying about settings. Video Snapshot (0 68) Shoot or capture short scenes and arrange them into a video clip set to your favorite background music.
Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices Connect the camcorder to an HDTV (0 114) Use an Eye-Fi card (0 130) to wirelessly upload recordings to your computer or a video sharing Web site. High Definition AVCHD Convert your HD movies, in the camcorder itself, to standard definition files (0 125).
Table of contents Introduction Exciting Features and New Functions About this Manual Getting to Know the Camcorder Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs Names of Parts Preparations Getting Started Charging the Battery Pack Preparing the Accessories Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen Basic Operation of the Camcorder Using the Touch Screen Operating Modes...
Smart AUTO Mode Basic Recording Shooting Video and Taking Photos in Smart AUTO Mode Zooming Quick Start Function Video Basic Playback Playing Back the Video 3D Flip View The Index Selection Screen: Selecting the Content to Play Back Date Index Screen and Gallery Screen Deleting Scenes Advanced Functions Shooting Video in Flexible Recording Mode...
Onscreen Displays and Data Code Rating Scenes Gallery and Scene Operations Managing Stories Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and Photos from a Movie Dividing Scenes Decorating Scenes Photos 103 Basic Playback Viewing Photos Deleting Photos 107 Additional Functions Taking Photos in Flexible Recording Mode Selecting Photo Size Slideshow External Connections...
Additional Information 132 Appendix: Menu Options Lists FUNC. Panel Setup Menus 147 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays 152 Trouble? Troubleshooting List of Messages 166 Do’s and Don’ts Handling Precautions Maintenance/Others Using the Camcorder Abroad 172 General Information Accessories Optional Accessories Product Codes Specifications Index...
About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon VIXIA HF R21 / VIXIA HF R20 / VIXIA HF R200. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (0 152).
indicates that a function is available in the operating mode indicated and indicates that the function is not available. For a detailed explanation refer to Operating Modes (0 30). Self Timer Operating modes: [FUNC.] [A On n] • appears. • Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off the self timer. For movies: In record pause mode, press g.
Getting to Know the Camcorder Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder: * CA-110E including power cord, in Asia. Introduction CA-110 Compact Power Adapter* BP-110 Battery Pack IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable STV-250N Stereo Video Cable Yellow • Red • White plugs HTC-100/S HDMI Cable Quick Guide Stylus Pen...
The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder: • PIXELA's Transfer Utility CD-ROM software - PIXELA’s Transfer Utility - Software for saving and transferring movies and music files you can use as background music. • PIXELA's VideoBrowser CD-ROM - PIXELA’s VideoBrowser - Software for managing, editing, and playing back movies.
Names of Parts Left side view Right side view Introduction 1 RESET button (0 156) button (0 30)/ button (0 125) 3 2 (camera/play) button (0 31) 4 VIDEO SNAP (video snapshot) button (0 68) 5 DISP. (onscreen display) button (0 87)/ BATT.
Front view Top view LCD panel A k Stereo microphone (0 75) A l Zoom lever (0 47) S q PHOTO button (0 43, 107) S a ACCESS indicator (0 43, 58, 107) S s POWER button S d ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator: Green –...
Back view Bottom view Introduction S g Speaker (0 52) S h START/STOP button (0 43, 58) S j Tripod socket (0 167) S k Serial number The serial number label is located on the battery compartment cover. S l Battery compartment cover (0 21) D q Battery compartment (0 21)
Preparations This chapter describes basic operations, such as using the touch panel, navigating the menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your camcorder. Getting Started Charging the Battery Pack The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the com- pact power adapter.
3 Slide the battery compartment cover away from the lens and open it. 4 Insert the battery pack all the way into the compartment and press gently until it clicks. 5 Close the cover and slide it toward the lens until you hear a click. 6 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
To remove the battery pack 1 Slide the battery compartment cover away from the lens and open it. 2 Raise the edge of the battery pack in the direction of the arrow and pull out the battery pack. 3 Close the cover and slide it toward the lens until you hear a click.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder using the compact power adapter so the battery pack will not be con- sumed. • Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or the day before, to ensure a full charge.
Stylus Pen Straps To attach an optional wrist strap Pass the attaching end of the wrist strap through the rear bracket on the cam- corder, thread the wrist strap through the loop and fasten. You can also attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt to use both for extra convenience and protection.
To attach an optional shoulder strap Pass the ends of the shoulder strap through the strap mount on the grip belt and adjust the length of the strap. Preparations...
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen Rotating the LCD Panel Open the LCD panel 90 degrees. • You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward. • You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens. Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees can be useful when you wish to include yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer.
With the camcorder on, hold h pressed down for more than 2 seconds. • Repeat this action to switch the LCD backlight between off (normal) and on (bright). [LCD Screen Dimmer] is set to [A On], pressing h for • If 6 more than 2 seconds will turn off the screen dimmer and return the LCD screen to its previous brightness setting.
Basic Operation of the Camcorder Using the Touch Screen The control buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen change dynamically depending on the operating mode and the task you are performing. You can easily operate the touch screen using your finger or the supplied stylus pen.
• In the following cases, you may not be able to perform touch operations correctly. - Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands or using your fingernails or other hard-tipped objects other than the stylus pen, such as ballpoint pens. - Applying excessive force or forcefully scratching the touch screen.
Playback Press the S (camera/play) button to switch the camcorder between camera (recording) mode and playback mode. You can press S when the camcorder is off to turn it on directly in playback mode. Operating Onscreen mode icon NOTES • When switching to a playback mode, the memory selected for playback will be the same currently used for recording.
Using the Menus Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. panel and the setup menus. In not be accessed and, except in a few cases, most menu settings will return to their default values. For details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists (0 132).
The Setup Menus mode only: Touch [FUNC.] 2 Touch [MENU] to open the setup menus. 3 Touch the tab of the desired menu. 4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the setting you want to change into the orange selection bar.
First Time Settings Setting the Date and Time You will need to set the date and time of the camcorder before you can start using it. The [Date/Time] screen will appear automatically when the cam- corder’s clock is not set. When the [Date/Time] screen appears, the year will be selected.
Changing the Language The default language of the camcorder is English. You can set it to one of 27 languages. Operating modes: [FUNC.]* [MENU] Desired language * Only when performing the procedure in a recording mode. NOTES • Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] or [MENU], will appear in English regardless of the language selected.
Using a Memory Card Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder You can use commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this camcorder. However, depending on the memory card, you may not be able to record movies. Refer to the table below. As of October 2010, the movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk.
SDXC Memory Cards Use SDXC memory cards only with SDXC-compatible devices, such as SDXC-compatible digital recorders, computers and card readers. The table below summarizes compatibility by computer operating system, as of October 2010. For the latest information, however, contact the computer, operating system or memory card manufacturer.
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card Make sure to initialize (0 41) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder. 1 Turn off the camcorder. Make sure the ON/OFF (CHG) is off. 2 Open the double memory card slot cover.
Selecting the Memory for the Recordings You can select to record your movies and photos in the built-in memory ) or on a memory card. The default memory for recording both is the built-in memory ( Operating modes: POINTS TO CHECK •...
Relay Recording of Movies You can activate the relay recording so if the memory you are using becomes full while recording movies, the recording will continue auto- matically on a memory card. When recording on memory card X, you can use memory card Y for relay recording (497).
Initializing the Memory Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize a memory card or the built-in memory only) to permanently delete all the recordings it contains. At the time of purchase, the built-in memory comes pre- initialized and contains music files for use as background music during playback.
IMPORTANT • Initializing the memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost origi- nal recordings cannot be recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance using an external device (0 116). • Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music and image files you may have transferred to the card.
Smart AUTO Mode This chapter covers how to easily record video and photos in Smart AUTO mode, and how to use basic shooting functions like zoom and Quick Start. To enjoy full access to menus and more advanced functions, refer to the relevant chapters for video (0 58) and photos (0 107).
To record video 3 Press Press To take photos 3 Press halfway. If the subject is not in focus, h will flash in yellow. Adjust the camcorder's position and press j halfway again. Once the focus is automatically adjusted, h will turn green and one or more AF frames will appear.
• When shooting in detect certain characteristics of the subject, background, lighting conditions, etc. It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color, image stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. The Smart AUTO mode icon will change to one of the following icons.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode. • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 116), especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data. • When recording photos on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y, pho- tos will be uploaded automatically when the camcorder is in playback mode if you are within the range of a configured network.
Zooming Operating modes: The camcorder offers three types of zoom - optical, advanced and dig- ital. For optical zoom, the camcorder uses the optical magnification ratio of the lens. For advanced zoom, the camcorder processes the image beyond the range of the optical zoom to obtain a larger zoom without any deterioration in image quality.
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom Controls 1 Display the zoom controls on the touch screen. [FUNC.] • The zoom controls appear on the left side of the screen. 2 Touch the zoom controls to operate the zoom. Touch anywhere within the Q area to zoom out or anywhere within the P area to zoom in.
Quick Start Function When you close the LCD panel with the camcorder on, the camcorder enters the standby mode. In standby mode the camcorder consumes only about 1/3 the power used when recording, saving energy when you are using a battery pack. Additionally, when you open the LCD panel, the camcorder is ready to start recording in approximately 1 second*, allowing you to record the subject right away.
Video This chapter covers functions related to movies, including play- back, advanced shooting, advanced functions and scene oper- ations. For details about basic video shooting, refer to Smart AUTO Mode (0 43). Basic Playback Playing Back the Video To play back scenes based on their rating, see Playing Back Scenes by Rating (0 89).
A Memory being read. B Recording date. C Drag your finger left for the next index page*. D Drag your finger right for the previous index page*. E Select a different index screen to read different content or from a different memory (0 54). F 3D Flip View (0 54) G [Edit] panel H Timeline (0 80)
During playback: A Stop the playback. B Jump to the beginning of the scene. Double-tap to jump to the previous scene. C Pause the playback. D Touch to show volume and audio balance controls. Drag your finger left and right along the bar to adjust. For [Music Balance], adjust toward [c] to increase the level of the original audio;...
During playback pause: A Resume playback. B Slow playback backward*. C Slow playback forward*. D Decorate scenes (0 97). * Touch repeatedly to increase the playback speed 1/8 → 1/4 the normal speed. During slow playback, touch anywhere on the screen to return to playback pause.
3D Flip View 3D Flip View is a fun way to display your video recordings (original scenes) in a 3D layout, organized by recording date. In the date index screen, touch [ To return to the date index screen, touch [Q]. A Drag your finger up and down to browse through the scenes recorded in the displayed date.
In any index screen, touch [b]. During single photo view, touch the screen once to display the controls then touch [Q] to open the [Photos] index screen. A Touch the tab of the desired memory: built-in memory B Touch a control button to select the content you want to play back.
Date Index Screen and Gallery Screen From the index selection screen, you can choose two methods to display scenes. Touch [1 Date] to display the date index screen, which groups scenes by recording date. Touch [ play the gallery screen, which organizes scenes by various groups, or “stories”.
3 Touch the desired option. If you selected [Select], touch the scenes to delete and then touch [OK]. A checkmark O will appear on selected scenes. Touch a selected scene again to remove the checkmark. You can also touch [Remove All] to remove all checkmarks. 4 Touch [Yes] [OK].
Advanced Functions Shooting Video in Flexible Recording Mode When the camcorder is in enjoy full access to the menus and manually adjust the exposure, focus, white balance and many more of the camcorder's settings to your preference. The camcorder can even help you with the settings, for example, when you use Special Scene recording programs (0 61).
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 116), especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data. NOTES • The zoom, Quick Start function, power saving modes, etc. operate the same way in AUTO Mode (0 43).
Approximate recording times Recording mode → Memory ↓ 4 GB Memory card 8 GB Memory card/ Built-in memory 16 GB Memory card 32 GB Memory card/ Built-in memory Recorded in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Movies recorded using other recording modes are recorded in 1,440 x 1,080 resolution. At the time of purchase, the built-in memory contains about 70 MB of music files and 5 MB of image files.
Options ( Default value) [C 60i (Standard)] default setting and is suitable for most situations. [o PF30] 30 frames per second, progressive. Use this frame rate to easily edit your recordings, for example, to post them on the Web. Using this frame rate, video is recorded as 60i. [E PF24] 24 frames per second, progressive.
Options ( Default value) Portrait] The camcorder uses a large aper- ture, to achieve a sharp focus on the subject while blurring the background. Sports] To record sports scenes such as tennis or golf. Night Scene] lower noise. Snow] To record in bright ski resorts without the subject being underexposed.
Fireworks] NOTES • [F Portrait]/[G Sports]/[I Snow]/[J Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during playback. • [F Portrait]: The blur effect of the background increases the more you zoom in (P). • [I Snow]/[J Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places.
Image Stabilization The image stabilizer reduces camcorder blur (blur due to the cam- corder moving) so you can get nice, stable shots. Select the image sta- bilization mode according to the shooting conditions. In this function is set to [Q Standard] and cannot be changed. Operating modes: * Available for movies only.
Pre-Recording The camcorder will start recording 3 seconds before you press g, ensuring you do not miss important shooting opportuni- ties. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording. Operating modes: 1 Activate the pre-recording function. [FUNC.] •...
Face Detection The camcorder automatically detects people’s faces and uses this information to select the optimal settings for beautiful videos and pho- tos. Operating modes: POINTS TO CHECK • Select a recording program other than [q Night Scene], [p Low Light] or [M Fireworks].
• Face detection cannot be used when the shutter speed used is slower than 1/30 (1/24 if the frame rate is set to [E PF24]) or when the digi- tal zoom is activated at more than 80x zoom. • When face detection is activated, the slowest shutter speed used by the camcorder is 1/30 (1/24 if the frame rate is set to [E PF24]).
Video Snapshot Record a series of short scenes or capture short scenes from a movie you have previously recorded. Play your video snapshot scenes set to your favorite music (0 82) to create your own fun music video. You will be surprised how by changing the background music, you can give your scenes an entirely new feel.
Digital Effects Operating modes: [FUNC.] [O Digital Effects] * You can preview the digital effect on the screen. • The icon of the selected digital effect appears in green. Effects are applied immediately. To fade in/out Press g in record pause mode (M) to start recording with a fade in.
• Faders cannot be used when recording video snapshot scenes or when pre-recording is activated. Manual Exposure Adjustment At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or sub- jects under very strong lights may appear too bright or glaring (overex- posed).
NOTES • If the recording program is changed during exposure lock, the cam- corder will return to automatic exposure. • When shooting subjects with a strong light source behind them, the camcorder automatically corrects for the backlight. You can turn off the automatic backlight correction with the 7 rection] setting.
3 Touch and hold [l] or [W] to adjust the focus. • The center of the screen will be magnified to help you focus more easily. You can also turn off this function with the 7 Assistance] setting. • The focusing distance displayed will change as you adjust the focus. You can change the units used for the distance display with the [Distance Units] setting.
NOTES • Any of the following actions will deactivate tele-macro. - Turning off the camcorder. - Changing the camcorder's operating mode. - Zooming out toward wide angle. - Setting the recording program to [M Fireworks]. • Tele-macro cannot be activated or deactivated while recording. •...
Options ( Default value) [Y Automatic] ance for natural looking colors. [a Daylight] To record outdoors. [d Tungsten] To record under tungsten and tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting. [g Custom WB] white subjects appear white under colored lighting. NOTES • When you select the custom white balance: - Set 7 [Zoom Type] to a setting other than [Digital].
For photos: Press j, first halfway to activate the autofocus and then fully. The camcorder will record the photo after a 10-second countdown. The countdown appears on the screen. NOTES • Once the countdown has begun, any of the following actions will cancel the self timer.
2 Touch and hold [y] or [A] to adjust the audio recording level as necessary. • As a guideline, adjust the audio recording level so that the audio level meter will go to the right of the -12 dB mark only occasionally. •...
Using Headphones Use headphones for playback or to check the audio level while record- ing. The headphones are connected to the AV OUT/X terminal, which is used for both the headphones and the audio/video output. Before connecting the headphones, follow the procedure below to change the function of the terminal from AV output to X (headphones) output.
IMPORTANT • When using headphones, make sure to lower the volume to an appro- priate level. • Do not connect the headphones to the AV OUT/X terminal if the J icon does not appear on the screen. The noise output in such case may be harmful to your hearing.
Using other microphones Connect the external microphone to the MIC terminal. Use commercially available con- denser microphones with their own power supply. You can connect almost any stereo microphone with a ∅ 3.5 mm plug but audio record- ing levels may vary. Selecting the Type of Audio Input Perform the following after connecting the external microphone or audio device to the MIC terminal.
NOTES • When an external microphone is connected to the camcorder, 7 [Wind Screen] will automatically be set to [B Off Z]. • If the audio level is too high and the sound gets distorted, turn on the microphone attenuator with the 7 ting or adjust the audio recording level manually (0 75).
A Touch twice to return to the index screen. B Previous/next scene. C Drag your finger left along the ruler to display the next 5 frames. D Current scene / Total number of scenes. E Scene's recording mode and length. F Recording date and time.
Playing Back Scenes or Slideshow Set to Background Music You can play back scenes in the date index screen, stories in the gal- lery and photo slideshows set to background music. You can use one of the supplied music tracks or connect an external audio player to use your favorite songs as background music.
A Select the desired music track. B Adjust toward  to increase the level of the original audio; adjust toward [b] to increase the level of back- ground music. Set the level in the middle for an equal mix of both. C Delete the music track selected.
4 Play back the scenes with a particular rating. [Story Details] marker corresponding to the rating of the scenes to play back To play back a slideshow from the photo index screen 3 Touch a photo to go to single photo view and continue with the slideshow procedure (0 109).
4 Adjust the audio input as necessary. • Start the music playback on the external player and adjust its volume according to the onscreen indications. When the audio input is in the correct range, stop the music playback and touch [a] on the camcorder.
NOTES • Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files you may have transferred to the card. ( come pre-installed in the built-in memory will be restored after it is initial- ized.) - Windows users: Use the supplied software PIXELA's Transfer Utility or VideoBrowser to transfer music files from the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to a memory card after it is initialized.
Onscreen Displays and Data Code You can turn most onscreen displays on or off. Operating modes: Repeatedly press h to turn the onscreen displays on/off in the following sequence: mode: • All displays on • Most displays off* modes**: • Only data code on •...
Operating modes: [FUNC.] [MENU] [Rate Scenes (Recording)] • Select [B Off] to deactivate rating scenes after recording. After you finish recording a scene, you can select one of the following rating marks for the scene. ], [ ], [ [ • • • ]: Rating Scenes in the Gallery Operating modes: 1 From the gallery screen, select the story that contains the scenes...
Rating Scenes During Playback 1 Play back from the gallery the story that contains the scenes you want to rate. 2 During playback of a scene you want to rate, pause the playback and rate the scene. Touch the screen rating 3 Touch [A] to resume the playback and rate other scenes in the same way or touch [B] to return to the gallery.
Gallery and Scene Operations Managing Stories The gallery initially contains two groups, [Unsorted] for your regular scenes and [Video Snapshot] for your video snapshot scenes. In addi- tion, you can create new groups, or “stories”, which contain scenes of your choosing, arranged in an order to your liking. For example, you can create a story that is a collection of scenes from a particular event or trip.
To delete individual scenes 1 From the gallery screen, select the story that contains the scene to delete. 2 Delete the scene. [Scene List] the desired scene • The scene is deleted and the gallery screen appears. To delete scenes by rating You can delete all the scenes in a story with a particular rating.
To delete a story You can delete new stories that you have created. 1 From the gallery screen, select the story to delete. Drag your finger right/left to bring the desired story to the front. 2 Delete the story. [Story Details] [OK] * Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
4 Touch [Move] or [Copy]. Thumbnails of each story (except for [Unsorted] and [Video Snapshot]) will appear. 5 Touch the thumbnail of the story where you want to move or copy the scenes. If you are moving or copying scenes to an empty story, skip to step 7. 6 Drag your finger up and down to select the desired position and then touch [Set].
4 Move the scenes. [Set] Thumbnail of the story where you want to move scenes [Yes] • The scenes are moved and the gallery screen of the source story appears. IMPORTANT • You cannot move or copy scenes to [Unsorted] or [Video Snapshot]. Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and Photos from a Movie You can capture video snapshot scenes or photos from a previously recorded scene.
• The captured video snapshot scene is saved to the same memory that contains the source scene. • In the gallery screen, a captured video snapshot scene is saved in [Video Snapshot] as the last scene. • Video snapshot scenes cannot be captured from any of the following types of scenes.
NOTES • The data code of the photos will reflect the date and time of recording of the original scene. • Photos captured from a scene with a lot of fast movement may be blurred. • Photos will be recorded on the memory selected for recording photos. Dividing Scenes You can divide scenes in order to leave out the best parts and later cut out the rest.
NOTES • When advancing/reversing frames while dividing the scenes, the interval between frames is about 0.5 seconds. • If the scene cannot be divided at the point where you paused the play- back, advance/reverse a frame and then divide the scene. •...
[FUNC.] • You can open the decoration screen when the LCD panel is stowed with the LCD screen facing away from the camcorder. In such case, make sure 6 A Canvas: This is the area on which you will draw and see your decorations in action.
2 Use a tool from the toolbar. See below for an explanation of each tool. 3 Press g to record. The onscreen decorations will be included in the recording. To use ([Pens and Stamps]) 1 Touch [ ]. The [Pens and Stamps] screen will appear. 2 Select the desired pen or stamp from [Tools].
To load a [Pens and Stamps] decoration 1 While the canvas is displayed, touch [ ]. 2 Touch [Load] The [Pens and Stamps] decorations saved to the memory are loaded and appear on the canvas. To use ([Animated Stamps]) 1 Touch [ The [Animated Stamps] screen will appear.
Mixing Your Own Images with Live Video You can use images you make on your computer for the image mix (Chroma Key) function. Make sure that the image you want to use has a blue or green area, which will be replaced by the live video using Chroma Key mixing.
To use (freeze screen) 1 Touch [ The control button will change to [ 2 Decorate the screen using the other tools in the palette. 3 Touch [ The screen will return to normal. NOTES • If the memory that contains the canvas is initialized, the canvas will be deleted.
Photos Refer to this chapter for details on taking and viewing photos. For details about basic photo shooting, refer to Smart AUTO Mode (0 43). Basic Playback Viewing Photos Operating modes: 1 Press S. 2 Open the [Photos] index screen. 3 Look for the photo you want to play back.
A Memory being read. B Index screen currently displayed. C Drag your finger left for the next index page. D Drag your finger right for the previous index page. E Select a different index screen to read different content or from a different memory (0 54).
IMPORTANT • Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss. - Do not open the double memory card slot cover. - Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder. - Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
Deleting Photos from the Index Screen From the index screen, you can delete selected photos or all photos. 1 Open the [Photos] index screen. [Photos] 2 Select the photos to delete. [Edit] [Delete] If you selected [Select], touch the photos to delete and then touch [OK].
Additional Functions Taking Photos in Flexible Recording Mode Operating modes: 1 Turn on the camcorder. • By default, photos are recorded in the built-in memory. You can set the memory card as the recording media for photos (0 39). • Please read the IMPORTANT section (0 108) before using an Eye-Fi card.
IMPORTANT • Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss. - Do not open the double memory card slot cover. - Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder. - Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
NOTES • The actual number of photos that can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions. • The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the cam- corder to mode. • When printing photos, use the following guidelines as a reference for selecting the print size.
To change the slideshow’s transition effects [MENU] [B Off], [i Dissolve] or [j Slide Image] r Functions You Can Use when Taking Photos You can also use the following functions... The following functions and features of the camcorder can be used either for shooting video or for taking photos.
External Connections This chapter explains how to connect your camcorder to an external device such as a TV, VCR, or computer. Terminals on the Camcorder * When connecting a cable to the camcorder, make sure to align the cable so the tri- angle mark on the connector is facing up.
Connection Diagrams In the following connection diagrams, the left side shows the terminals on the camcorder and the right side shows (for reference only) an example of terminals on a connected device. Connection A Type: Digital Quality: High definition Output only Connect to a high-definition TV (HDTV) with an HDMI input terminal.
Connection B Type: Analog Quality: High Definition Output only Connect to a high-definition TV (HDTV) with component video input terminals. Change [AV/Headphones] to [H AV] STV-250N Stereo Video Cable Connection C Type: Analog Quality: Standard definition Output only Connect to a standard TV or a VCR with audio/video input terminals. Change the following settings on the camcorder: - y/z [TV Type] according to the TV set (widescreen or 4:3), if the TV...
Connection D Type: Digital data connection Connect to a computer to save your recordings. NOTES • Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter and only then connect it to the computer using the supplied USB cable in the follow- ing cases.
NOTES • To correctly play back movies recorded with x.v.Color (0 140) on an HDTV compatible with this standard, additional settings may be required on the connected HDTV. Refer to the TV’s instruction manual. • We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
Saving and Sharing Your Recordings Copying Recordings to a Memory Card You can copy your recordings to a memory card but only to memory card Y. For built-in memory or on memory card X. For must be on memory card X. From the date index screen, you can choose to copy all the scenes recorded on a particular date, individual scenes or all the scenes.
If you selected [Select], touch the scenes to copy and then touch [OK]. A checkmark O will appear on selected scenes. Touch a selected scene again to remove the checkmark. You can also touch [Remove All] to remove all checkmarks. 3 Touch [Yes] [OK].
Copying Photos from the Index Screen From the index screen, you can copy selected photos or all photos. Operating modes: 1 Open the photo index screen. After pressing [b], select the f tab to copy photos from the built- in memory ( memory card X.
NOTES • In the following cases, you will not be able to copy recordings to the memory card: - If the double memory card slot cover is open. - If the LOCK switch on memory card Y is set to prevent writing. - If there is no memory card in memory card slot Y.
Connecting the Camcorder to a Computer 1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter. If the camcorder is connected to the computer while it is powered only by the battery pack, previously saved video files cannot be transferred back to the camcorder and music files cannot be transferred from the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to a memory card in the camcorder.
1 Install the supplied Photo Application software following the instructions in the software’s instruction manual. r Refer to Installing Photo Application. 2 Start the software and follow the onscreen instructions. r Refer to Starting CameraWindow. Using the software 1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 2 Set the camcorder to 3 Connect the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
• If you wish to use the image files on your computer, make copies of them first. Use the copied files, retaining the originals. NOTES • Refer also to the computer’s instruction manual. • Users of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X: Your cam- corder is equipped with the standard Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) allowing you to transfer photos (JPEG only) simply by connecting the camcorder to a computer using the supplied USB cable, without having...
Using the software See ‘PIXELA’s VideoBrowser Software Guide’ (PDF file). Operating modes: Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder Operating modes: In High Definition Connect the camcorder to Blu-ray Disc recorders and other AVCHD- compatible digital video recorders using the supplied USB cable to make perfect copies of your movies in high definition.
In Standard Definition You can copy your movies by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video recorder with analog audio/video inputs. Video output will be in standard definition, although the original scenes are in high defi- nition. Connecting Connect the camcorder to the VCR using Connection C.
Uploading Movies to Video Sharing Web Sites You can convert your high-definition video recordings into standard definition in order to upload them to your favorite video sharing Web site. You can complete the conversion to standard definition in the camcorder and then use the supplied PIXELA’s software to upload your videos to the Web.
• To convert all the scenes recorded on a specific date, select the index page that contains scenes from that date. • From this index page, you can proceed to step 4 or press Z and skip to step 6. 4 Touch [Edit] and then [Convert HD9SD].
To select the bit rate Using a higher bit rate will result in better video quality for the con- verted scenes, while a lower bit rate will result in smaller file sizes and faster uploads. [Bit Rate (Quality)] To automatically divide the scene If you are converting a long scene, you can have the camcorder divide it into 10-minute scenes, which can make uploading easier.
8 Convert the scenes. [Edit] [Convert HDUSD (f97)] or [Convert HDUSD (497)] • Alternatively, you can press Z. • If a copyright notice appears, read it carefully and touch [OK] if you agree. 9 Follow the procedure starting from step 6 from Converting Scenes into Standard Definition from the Date Index Screen (0 126).
Converting Only Part of a Scene or Story 1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 2 Make sure there is a memory card in slot Y with sufficient available space. 3 Play back the scene or story that you want to partially convert. Check that you have selected a scene recorded in the built-in memory or on memory card X.
IMPORTANT • While the camcorder is connected to the computer, do not open the double memory card slot cover and do not remove the memory cards. • Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss. - Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
IMPORTANT Using an Eye-Fi Card • This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (includ- ing wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with the card manufacturer. Also note that an approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions.
Additional Information This chapter contains troubleshooting advice, screen mes- sages, handling and maintenance tips, and other information. Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus (0 32). For details about each function, see the reference page.
Control Button [e Exposure] [y] (manual exposure): Toggle on or off, Touch AE frame [ZOOM] Zoom controls, [START]/[STOP] control, Tele-macro: Toggle on or off [c Mic. Level]* [z Automatic], [y Manual] [Audio Level Indicator]: Toggle on or off [Image Stabilizer]* [P Dynamic], [Q Standard], [j Off] [O Digital Effects]...
Setup Menus Edit Panel - Mode Control Button <date>, [Select], [Copy (f97)]* [All Scenes] [Copy (497)]* <date>, [Select], [Convert HDUSD [All Scenes] (f97)]* [Convert HDUSD (497)]* [Delete] <date>, [Select], [All Scenes] [Divide] * Not available for recordings on memory card B (7 tab). Additional Information Date Index [SD Movies]...
In the gallery: [Edit Story] in Control Button [Story Details] <by scene rating> [Copy (f97)] [Copy (497)] <by scene rating> [Convert HDUSD (f97)] [Convert HDUSD (497)] [Delete] or [d] <by scene rating> [This Scene] [Delete Story] [Move Story] <by scene rating> [Copy] [Move] [Divide]...
[Auto Slow Shutter]: speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting. • Minimum shutter speed used: 1/30; 1/12 when the frame rate is set to [E PF24]; 1/15 when it is set to [ • The auto slow shutter can only be activated when the recording pro- gram is set to [A Programmed AE], but the setting will not change even if you set the camcorder to •...
y / z Playback Setup Menu item [Select Music] [B Off], [A On] When [A On] - list of music tracks and [Music Balance] bar [External Audio Input] [B Off], [A On When [A On] - [External Player Link]: Toggle on (x) or off (w) [Data Code] [B Off], [I Date], [J Time], [K Date and Time], [L Camera Data]...
Menu item [Photo Aspect Ratio] [F 2016x1512], [G 1920x1080] [Memory Info] [f] (built-in memory),  (memory card X),  (memory card Y)  (memory card X),  (memory card Y) [A On F], [B Off] [x.v.Color]* [Photo Numbering] [a Reset], [b Continuous] * Not available for photos.
[Photo Numbering]: Select the photo numbering method to be used on a new memory card. Photos are automatically assigned consecutive num- bers from 0101 to 9900, and stored in folders containing up to 100 pho- tos. Folders are numbered from 101 to 998. [a Reset]: Photo numbers will restart from 101-0101 every time you insert a new memory card.
6 System Setup In this table, 4 and 3 refer to movies and photos in Menu item [Output Onscreen [A On], [B Off] Displays] [Language a] [English], [Español], [Français], [Italiano], [Magyar], [Melayu], [Nederlands], [Norsk], [Polski], [Português], [ [Svenska], [Türkçe], [ [LCD Brightness] [LCD Screen [A On], [B Off]...
Menu item [P Built-in Mem.], [Initialize] [4 Mem. Card A], [7 Mem. Card B] [Complete Initialization]: Toggle on or off [4 Mem. Card A], [7 Mem. Card B] [Initialize] [Complete Initialization]: Toggle on or off [Time Zone/DST] [S] (home time zone) or [V] (travel time zone): [New York], list of world time zones [U] (DST adjustment)
[Output Onscreen Displays]: onscreen displays will appear also on the screen of a TV or monitor con- nected to the camcorder. [LCD Brightness]: Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen. • Changing the brightness of the LCD screen does not affect the bright- ness of your recordings or the brightness of the playback image on a [LCD Screen Dimmer]: Doing so is ideal when using the camcorder in locations where the LCD’s...
• You can set Quick Start to [B Off], for example, if the camcorder is set on a fixed position and you want to keep recording video with the LCD panel closed in order to conserve the battery's power. [Battery Info]: Displays a screen where you can verify the battery charge (as a percentage) and the remaining recording time ( back time (...
[Demo Mode]: The demonstration mode displays the camcorder's main features. It starts automatically when the camcorder is powered with the compact power adapter if you leave it turned on without a memory card for more than 5 minutes. • To cancel the demo mode once it has started, press any button or turn off the camcorder.
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Recording Movies (in Smart AUTO mode) 1 Control button: Open the FUNC. panel (0 32) 2 Smart AUTO mode (0 43) 3 Onscreen zoom controls (0 48) 4 Operating mode (0 30) 5 In record pause mode: Total number of scenes 6 Memory operation (0 151) 7 Image stabilizer (0 64)
Recording Movies (in Flexible Recording mode) Top row of icons during record pause mode A g Recording program (0 61, 63) A h Manual exposure (0 70) A j N Autofocus, MF Manual focus (0 71) A k Face detection (0 66) A l White balance (0 73) S q Audio level indicator (0 75) S a Control button: Last function used...
Recording Photos (in Flexible Recording mode) D d Self timer (0 74) D f Number of available photos On memory card X or Y In the built-in memory Playing Movies (during playback) D j Playback control buttons (0 50) D k Control button: Open the Edit panel (0 135) D l External audio input (0 84) F q Eye-Fi wireless communication...
Viewing Photos F g Control button: Open the setup menus (0 136) F h Current photo / Total number of photos F j Photo number (0 141) Additional Information F k Photo jump (0 104) F l Slideshow (0 109) G q Switch to [Photos] index screen (0 103)
6 Memory operation N Record, M Record pause, A Playback, C Playback pause, I Fast playback, J Fast reverse playback, G Slow playback, H Slow reverse playback, E Frame advance*, F Frame reverse*. * Available only when dividing scenes. 7 Remaining battery time •...
- This can occur when attaching and attempting to charge a battery pack that is not recom- mended by Canon. - When using a battery pack recommended by Canon, there may be a problem with the battery pack or camcorder. Consult a Canon Service Center.
- The camcorder may become hot after using it continuously for long periods of time; this is not a malfunction. If the camcorder becomes unusually hot or it becomes hot after using it only for a short while, it may indicate a problem with the camcorder. Consult a Canon Service Cen- ter.
Playback Cannot create a story. - A memory can contain a maximum of 98 stories (not including [Unsorted] and [Video Snap- shot]). Delete some stories (0 90) or select a different memory that contains less than 98 stories. Cannot add scenes to a story. - In most cases, a story can contain a maximum of 999 scenes.
The red ON/OFF (CHG) indicator flashes rapidly ( intervals). - Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Con- sult a Canon Service Center. The red ON/OFF (CHG) indicator flashes very slowly ( second intervals).
o appears on the screen - The LOCK switch on the Eye-Fi card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position of the LOCK switch. - An error occurred when trying to access control data on the Eye-Fi card. Turn the camcorder off then on again.
Memory Card and Accessories Cannot insert the memory card. - The memory card was not facing the correct direction. Turn the memory card over and insert Cannot record on the memory card. - The memory card is full. Delete some recordings (0 56, 105) to free some space or replace the memory card.
Connections with External Devices Video noise appears on the TV screen. - When using the camcorder in a room where a TV is located, keep a distance between the compact power adapter and the power or antenna cables of the TV. Playback looks fine on the camcorder but there is no image on the TV screen.
Cannot communicate with the battery pack. Continue using this battery pack? - You attached a battery pack that is not recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder. - If you are using a battery pack recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder, there may be a problem with the camcorder or battery pack.
LOCK switch on the memory card. - There is a problem with the memory. If this message appears often without apparent reason, contact a Canon Service Center. Cannot play back Cannot access the built-in memory - There is a problem with the built-in memory. Save your recordings (0 119) and initialize the built-in memory using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 41).
- There is a problem with the memory. If this message appears often without apparent reason, contact a Canon Service Center. Cannot record Cannot access the built-in memory - There is a problem with the built-in memory. Save your recordings (0 119) and initialize the built-in memory using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 41).
- You inserted a MultiMedia Card (MMC) into the camcorder. Use a recommended memory card (0 36). - If after the message disappears, 4 / 7 appears in red, perform the following: Turn off the camcorder and remove and reinsert the memory card. If 4 / 7 turns back to green you can resume recording/playback.
Memory card is full - The memory card is full. Delete some recordings (0 56, 105) to free some space or replace the memory card. Memory card is write-protected - The LOCK switch on the memory card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the posi- tion of the LOCK switch.
Some scenes could not be converted - Among the scenes selected for conversion to SD there are scenes recorded with another device. When converting scenes to SD, leave out scenes recorded using another device. - Scenes recorded with another device cannot be converted. Those scenes were not converted but the other scenes selected for conversion were converted.
- If a dialog box appeared on the computer screen, close it. Disconnect the USB cable, and restore the connection after a short while. Total play time is too long - The story cannot be converted when its total playback time exceeds 2 hours and 30 minutes. Reduce the number of scenes to convert.
(0 116) and save them on a regular basis. This will protect your impor- tant recordings in case of damage and create more free space on the memory. Canon shall not be liable for any data loss. • Do not carry the camcorder by the LCD panel. Be careful when closing the LCD panel.
• Do not insert the supplied stylus pen into the mouth. If swallowed, seek medical assistance immediately. • Handle the supplied stylus pen with extreme care and keep it out of the reach of children. If mishandled, the stylus pen can present a risk of severe eye injury and even blindness.
Regarding the use of non-Canon battery packs • For your safety, battery packs that are not genuine Canon battery packs will not be charged even if you attach them to this camcorder or to the optional CG-110 Battery Charger.
• Check the direction before inserting the memory card. Forcing a mem- ory card into the slot if it is not correctly oriented may damage the mem- ory card or the camcorder. • Do not attach any labels or stickers on the memory card. •...
Maintenance/Others Cleaning Camcorder Body • Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically treated cloths or volatile solvents such as paint thinner. Lens • If the lens surface is dirty, autofocus may not work properly. •...
You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult a Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use.
General Information Accessories (Availability differs from area to area) TV/HDTV Digital video recorder Optional accessories not listed below are described in more detail in the following pages. SS-600/SS-650 Shoulder Strap WS-20 Wrist Strap Stylus Pen CA-110 Compact Power Adapter IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable* Memory card * Supplied with the camcorder;...
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any dam- age to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or...
Recording and playback times given in the following tables are approxi- mate and vary according to recording mode and charging, recording or playback conditions. The effective usage time of the battery pack may decrease when recording in cold surroundings, when using the brighter screen settings, etc.
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Terminals • AV OUT/X Terminal ∅ 3.5 mm minijack; output only (dual purpose terminal also for headphones stereo output) 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω unbalanced Video: Audio: –10 dBV (47 kΩ load) / 3 kΩ or less • USB Terminal: mini-B, USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) •...
CA-110 Compact Power Adapter • Power supply: 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz • Rated output / consumption: • Operating temperature : • Dimensions : 49 x 27 x 79 mm (1.9 x 1.1 x 3.1 in.) • Weight : 110 g (3.9 oz.) BP-110 Battery Pack •...
File type: Baseline JPEG Color sampling: 4:2:2, 4:2:0 The music data (WAV) and image files (JPG) are saved in the mem- ory under the following folder structure. In the built-in memory: CANON MY_MUSIC MUSIC_01.WAV to MUSIC_99.WAV MY_PICT MIX_01.JPG to MIX_99.JPG...
....68 Video snapshot ....52, 77 Volume ....73 White balance .
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