Canon Optura Pi Instruction Manual

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#1_OPTURA Pi_E(02-06)
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING:
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WARNING:
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Digital Video Camcorder, OPTURA Pi A and Compact Power Adapter, CA-560
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual.
If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the
equipment.
Canon U.S.A. Inc.
One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A.
Tel No. (516)328-5600
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT,
FULLY INSERT.
Important Warning
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE
ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES
ONLY.
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the
rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead
symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is
intended to alert the user to the presence
of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within
the product's enclosure, that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert
the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the product.

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  • Page 1: Introduction Important Usage Instructions

    If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment. Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A. Tel No. (516)328-5600 CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    #1_OPTURA Pi_E(02-06) 1/25/00 13:40 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder OPTURA Pi A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
  • Page 3 20. Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    1/25/00 13:40 Contents Introduction Important Usage Instructions ...2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ...3 Thank you for Choosing a Canon ...6 Quick Overview Introducing the OPTURA Pi...7 Finding Your Way Around OPTURA Pi ...8 Powering Your Camcorder ...11 Loading a Cassette ...16 Basic Recording ...18...
  • Page 5: Thank You For Choosing A Canon

    #1_OPTURA Pi_E(02-06) 1/25/00 13:40 Thank you for Choosing a Canon First, we’d like to thank you for purchasing this Canon camcorder. Its advanced technology makes it very easy to use — you will soon be making high-quality videos which will give you pleasure for years to come.
  • Page 6: Introducing The Optura Pi

    Page 7 (1,1) Advanced Accessory Shoe Allows the Canon Video Light VL-3 or the Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50 (both optional) to be easily attached and powered by the camera’s own power source. Also attach the Speedlite 550EX, 380EX or 220EX for EOS cameras (all optional).
  • Page 7: Finding Your Way Around Optura Pi

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 Finding Your Way Around OPTURA Pi + REC SEARCH button (p. 51) Speaker (p. 26) LCD screen (p. 23) REW button (p. 27) PLAY/PAUSE button (p. 27) FF button (p. 27) STOP button (p. 27) REC PAUSE (LINE-IN) button (p.
  • Page 8: Power Switch

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 Viewfinder (p.100, 106) Viewfinder focusing lever (p. 100) Viewfinder protect cover (p. 106) Power indicator (p. 18) Program selector (p. 19) Program selector Easy Recording (p. 54) Program AE (p. 53) EXP button (p. 68) FOCUS/DATA CODE button (p.
  • Page 9 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 CHARGE indicator (p. 12) terminal (p. 26) S terminal (p. 30) DC IN terminal (p. 11) Audio/video (in/out) terminal (p. 30) terminal (p. 64, 95) PHOTO button (p. 46) START/STOP button (p. 19) MENU button (p. 36) SELF TIMER button (p.
  • Page 10: Powering Your Camcorder

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 Powering Your Camcorder Before operating your camera, you will need to use the power adapter to: Provide power from an AC outlet Charge a battery pack • The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camera.
  • Page 11 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 Attaching and charging the battery packs Your battery pack was partially charged before it left the factory. It should have enough power for you to check that your camera is working properly. However, you must charge the battery pack fully if you want it to power the camera for more than a few minutes.
  • Page 12 Subject to change without notice. When replacement of power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-560 or equivalent. The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter.
  • Page 13 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 Using the Charge Adapter CR-560 Kit (optional) The Compact Power Adapter CA-560 included with the camera can be used along with the CR-560 Kit for 3 different ways to power the camera or charge battery packs: 1.
  • Page 14 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:40 2. Operate the camera with power from your car battery. Camera + DC Cable + Charge Adapter + Car Battery Cable lighter 3. Charge battery packs from a household AC outlet. Charge Adapter + Compact Power Adapter •...
  • Page 15: Loading A Cassette

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Loading a Cassette OPEN/ OPEN/ EJECT EJECT Only use videocassettes marked with the D logo.* Loading and unloading 1. Make sure that you have attached a power source. 2. Slide the OPEN / EJECT 5 switch upwards to release the cassette compartment cover.
  • Page 16 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Protecting tapes from accidental erasure To protect your recording from accidental erasure, slide the tab on the cassette so that it exposes the hole. (This switch position is usually labeled SAVE or ERASE OFF.) If you load this cassette and put the camera in record pause mode ( TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION”...
  • Page 17: Basic Recording

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Basic Recording Before you start recording Have you completed the following steps? • Attached a power source ( • Removed the lens cap and fastened the shoulder strap ( • Chosen the display: viewfinder ( • When you’re using the viewfinder, fully close the LCD or rotate the LCD so that it faces the same direction as the lens ( •...
  • Page 18 • Disconnect the power source. • To check that the camera is recording correctly, make a test recording first. • Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
  • Page 19 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Changing the recording mode (SP/LP) You can record and play back a tape in SP (standard play) and LP (long play) modes. LP extends tape usage by 1.5 times. To switch to LP mode, select REC MODE from the camera or VCR menu, select LP and then close the menu (for instructions on how to use the menus, see p.
  • Page 20 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Confirmation/Warning beeps The camera’s short operation confirmation beeps are indicated by illustrations. Beeps sound upon certain camera operations such as when you turn the camera on, during the self-timer countdown, right before the camera’s automatic shut-off, and also upon any unusual condition of the camera. Beeps are not recorded on the tape.
  • Page 21: Zooming

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Zooming 12 optical zoom The camera’s 12 zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each scene: • Move the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle. • Move it towards T to zoom in to telephoto. You can also control the speed of zooming: •...
  • Page 22: Using The Lcd Screen

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Using the LCD Screen Open the LCD screen Push the LCD panel open button and open the panel by pulling it away from the camera. This automatically switches the LCD screen on and the viewfinder off. When you close the LCD panel, the LCD screen automatically switches off and the viewfinder switches back on.
  • Page 23 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 • Avoid touching the LCD screen when moving the LCD panel. • Do not hold the camera by the LCD panel or the viewfinder. • Make sure you open the LCD panel at 90°, before attempting to rotate it. •...
  • Page 24 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Allowing the subject to monitor recording When you turn the LCD panel so that it faces the same direction as the lens, you can watch yourself during recording or let your subject monitor recording. The viewfinder is also activated when the panel is in this position.
  • Page 25 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Built-in speaker and headphone terminal The camcorder has a built-in speaker and a headphone terminal so you can review the sound track alongside the picture during playback. The built-in speaker is monaural; use headphones for stereo sound. DC IN 9.5V IN/OUT...
  • Page 26: Playing Back A Cassette

    • To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and press the REW (rewind) button. • If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette. Page 27 (1,1)
  • Page 27 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Page 28 (1,1) Other playback modes Playback pause Press the PAUSE button. To resume normal playback, press it again, or press the PLAY button. The camera automatically goes into stop mode after about five minutes’ playback pause. Fast forward playback To play back the recording at about 9.5 times normal speed, press and hold the FF (fast forward) button during normal playback or press and hold the FF (fast...
  • Page 28 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Special playback These can only be operated from the wireless controller ( Frame Advance To play back frame by frame, press the +/ ae button repeatedly during playback pause. Press and hold to play back continuous frame advance.
  • Page 29: Connections For Playback On A Tv Screen

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Connections for Playback on a TV Screen You can connect the camera to a TV or VCR in order to play back your recordings. You will need to attach a power source to the camera ( Power off all devices before starting the connections.
  • Page 30 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 If your TV (or VCR) has audio/video input terminals • Connect the camera using the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable. Connect the white plug to the white audio terminal L (left). Connect the red plug to the red audio terminal R (right).
  • Page 31: Tips For Making Better Videos

    #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Tips for Making Better Videos Holding the camera For maximum stability, grip the camera in your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. If necessary support the camera with your left hand. With practice, you will be able to operate the controls by touch, without taking your eye off the action.
  • Page 32 #2_OPTURA Pi_E(07-33) 1/25/00 13:41 Picture angle Instead of zooming while recording, try to choose your picture angle before you begin. A good way to tell a story with video is to begin with a long shot that establishes the situation, and then move in with medium shots and close-ups to show the details.
  • Page 33: Turning The Optical Image Stabilizer Off

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 Turning the Optical Image Stabilizer Off With most camcorders, even the slightest hand movements will be noticeable during telephoto recording. However, the OPTURA Pi’s Optical Image Stabilizer allows you to obtain steady recordings even at high magnification. Unlike electronic image stabilizers, it causes no loss of picture quality.
  • Page 34: Selecting From The Menus

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 Selecting from the Menus Many of the camera’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear in the display. Availability of items in the menus depends on the mode the camera is set to. Unavailable items appear in purple. There are two main menus: 1.
  • Page 35 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 VCR menu q To dub mode ... w To recorder set up ... e Wireless controller... r Record mode... t Data code ... y Date/time select ... u Brightness ... i Displays ... o 6-second auto date ... !0 Output channel...
  • Page 36 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 • You can only see eight options on the screen at one time. Pointers at the top/bottom of the screen indicate that there are more options that you can scroll through. • You may often find it convenient to use the wireless controller to move around the menus.
  • Page 37: Using The Wireless Controller/Tally Lamp

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 Using the Wireless Controller/Tally Lamp The supplied wireless controller can operate the camera from a distance of up to 16 feet (5 m). Point it at the camera’s remote sensor while you press the buttons. The tally lamp lights up to let you know that the camera is in range and responding to your commands.
  • Page 38 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 Setting the remote sensor mode To prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby, there are two remote sensor modes and an off setting. The wireless controller and the camera have to be set to the same mode in order to be compatible.
  • Page 39 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:41 If your wireless controller isn’t working: Make sure the camera and the wireless controller are both set to the same mode. Check the mode the camera is set to by pushing any button other than the REMOTE SET button on the wireless controller.
  • Page 40: Setting The Date And Time

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the Date and Time MENU The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. You can choose to display or hide it during playback ( Set the date and time display when you first start using your camera. Install the backup battery before you begin ( •...
  • Page 41 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Time zone LONDON PARIS CAIRO MOSCOW DUBAI KARACHI DACCA BANGKOK H. KONG (Hong Kong) TOKYO SYDNEY SOLOMON • After you have selected your time zone and set the date and time, when you travel to another time zone, there is no need to reset the date and time.
  • Page 42 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the clock 1. Set the camera to record pause mode. 2. Open the menu and select D/TIME SET. • The year display starts to flash. 3. Turn the selector dial up and down to change the year. Press the dial in to move to another part of the display.
  • Page 43: Recording In Progressive Scan Mode (Digital Motor Drive)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Recording in Progressive Scan Mode (Digital Motor Drive) In Progressive Scan Mode, the OPTURA Pi’s Digital Motor Drive records 30 full frame images per second, continuously, for superior quality frames. Use Progressive Scan Mode for fast moving scenes and moments that are hard to capture just taking a still photo.
  • Page 44 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the Floppy Disk Still Image Recorder FR-100 (optional) The FR-100 captures images taken with the camera, compressing them in JPEG format and recording them as still images onto a floppy disk. Also refer to the FR-100 instruction manual for further details. DV Cable 1.
  • Page 45: Taking Still Pictures

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Taking Still Pictures Take still photos that you can record onto a floppy disk with the optional Floppy Disk Still Image Recorder FR-100 ( enhancement and printout. Also, starting your shooting with a still photo makes it easy to find the beginning again later with the Photo Search function ( You can record still pictures like a photograph.
  • Page 46 • The wireless controller’s PHOTO button has no half-way setting. Press the button fully and the camera immediately takes the “photo”. • For even greater versatility attach a Canon Speedlite for flash photography (available as optional accessories, see p. 48), when taking still pictures from record pause mode.
  • Page 47: Using A Canon Speedlite For Flash Photography (Optional)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using a Canon Speedlite for Flash Photography (optional) For SLR-style flash photography, attach a Canon Speedlite 220EX, 380EX or 550EX to the camcorder’s accessory shoe. Attach/remove the Speedlite 380EX and 550EX with their locking collars as in the illustration.
  • Page 48: Using The Vl-3 Video Light (Optional)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the VL-3 Video Light (optional) When recording in dark rooms, attach the Video Light to the camera’s advanced accessory shoe. The Video Light is powered by the same power source as the camcorder. Also refer to the VL-3 Video Light instructions. Turn the camcorder’s power off before attaching/removing the Video Light.
  • Page 49: Using The Dm-50 Microphone (Optional)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the DM-50 Microphone (optional) The highly sensitive Directional Stereo Microphone DM-50 has been designed exclusively for camcorders equipped with an advanced accessory shoe powered by the camcorder’s power supply. Use during recording or audio dubbing 95).
  • Page 50: Searching And Reviewing While Recording

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Searching and Reviewing While Recording Record search When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record search to play the tape forwards or backwards to find the point where you want to start or resume recording.
  • Page 51: Using The Various Recording Programs

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the Various Recording Programs The camera provides you with a choice of seven recording programs. They use different combinations of camera settings in order to adjust the exposure and other functions to match the recording situation. •...
  • Page 52 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the program AE mode 1. Set the camera to record pause mode. 2. Slide the program selector down to Q (program AE) mode. 3. Push the selector dial in to display the program menu. 4. Turn the selector dial to move the arrow up or down the display. 5.
  • Page 53 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Easy Recording The simplest way to use the camera is with the program selector set to the [ position. The camera will take care of focus, exposure and other adjustments, leaving you free to point and shoot.
  • Page 54 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Portrait Use this program outdoors to make subjects stand out from a softened foreground and background. It works well for still-lifes and close-ups. The effect is most noticeable when the zoom position is between the middle range and the telephoto end.
  • Page 55: Using Digital Effects

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using Digital Effects Use the camera’s 3 types of digital effects for more interesting productions. • Faders: • Effects: • Multi-Image Screen: Divides the display to show 4, 9 or 16 still photos. Has 4 Availability of digital effects in camera modes Recording Program MOVIE...
  • Page 56 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Availability of digital effects in VCR playback modes FADE-T. WIPE (Press PAUSE SCROLL to fade out) M. FADE BLK&WHT SEPIA MOSAIC FAST, MOD, SLOW TR. SPEEDS MANUAL TR.SPEED h : Available i : Not available • When you do not want to use digital effects, press the D.EFFECTS button and select D.EFFECT | from the digital effects menu.
  • Page 57 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Faders Fade Trigger (FADE-T) When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out. Wipe (WIPE) When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the screen.
  • Page 58 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Effects Art (ART) Adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image. Black and White (BLK & WHT) Records the image in black and white. Sepia (SEPIA) Records a monochrome image with a brownish tint. Mosaic (MOSAIC) Blurs the image by enlarging the size of some pixels.
  • Page 59 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Digital effects can be set with the controls on the body of the camera or the wireless controller. Pressing the correspond to turning the selector dial up and down, and pressing the SET button corresponds to pressing the selector dial in. D.EFFECTS D.EFFECTS ON/OFF...
  • Page 60 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Operating effects Sound records/plays back normally. When operating effects while recording, make sure the program selector is set to Set effect 1. Press the D.EFFECTS button to open the digital effects menu. 2. Move the arrow up and down with the selector dial. •...
  • Page 61: Using The Multi-Image Screen

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the Multi-Image Screen Divides your display image into four, nine or sixteen smaller images with the Image Capture feature. With this feature, the camera captures the current scene being shot or replayed. Choose the transition speed — manual, fast (every 4 frames), moderate (every 6 frames) or slow (every 8 frames) (in Low Light mode, every 4, 8 or 12 frames) —...
  • Page 62 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 • The currently recording image is framed in blue. The frame disappears after the last image is captured. 6. If you’re in record pause mode, push the start/stop button to begin recording. • The multi-image screen is recorded to the tape. •...
  • Page 63: Audio Recording

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Audio Recording Selecting the audio mode OPTURA Pi can record sound in two audio modes — 16-bit and 12-bit. The 16-bit mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly superior to CD) while the 12-bit mode records on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels free (stereo 2) for you to add new sound at a later date.
  • Page 64 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Wind screen The camera has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering with the sound track. It can be turned on to operate with the internal microphone, an external microphone connected to the MIC terminal or the DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone (optional) attached to the advanced accessory shoe.
  • Page 65: Setting The Self-Timer

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the Self-Timer MENU This is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording movies or still photographs. For movie 1. Set the camera to record pause mode. 2. Select SELF TIMER from the menu and set it to ON Push the SELF TIMER button on the wireless controller.
  • Page 66 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 • Initially the tally lamp flashes once a second, then just before recording it starts flashing more quickly for a few seconds before the camera starts to record. • If you have the beep turned on, it sounds each time the tally lamp flashes before recording.
  • Page 67: Adjusting Exposure Manually

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Adjusting Exposure Manually Exposure lock When you are recording in situations where the lighting may change suddenly, you can lock the exposure at the current level in order to control the brightness of the image. To lock the exposure, press the EXP button. Press it again to return to the automatically set exposure level.
  • Page 68 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 • You cannot adjust the exposure without the e mark before E.LOCK in the display. Push the EXP button so that e appears before E.LOCK. Then you can adjust the exposure manually. • The standard exposure level depends on which recording program you have selected.
  • Page 69 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Concerning shooting in fluorescent lighting When the camera is set to [ (Easy Recording) mode or auto mode, it automatically detects the flicker of fluorescent lighting and adjusts the shutter speed to compensate. However, if the brightness of the LCD or viewfinder display starts to flicker, make sure the camera is set to auto mode and select the 1/100 shutter speed.
  • Page 70: Adjusting Focus Manually

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Adjusting Focus Manually The camera can focus automatically. All you have to do is point it, and whatever is in the center of the display will usually be in sharp focus. If it does not seem to be focusing well, it may be because the subject is not suitable for autofocus.
  • Page 71: Setting The White Balance

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the White Balance The camera’s auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Although slight variations are unavoidable, colors will appear natural in virtually every situation. In some cases, you will get better results by setting the white balance yourself, or using one of the two preset modes:...
  • Page 72 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the white balance manually will probably work better than auto white balance when shooting: Subjects with one dominant color, such as sky, sea or forest Close-ups In rapidly changing lighting conditions In places lit by certain types of fluorescent or mercury vapor lights •...
  • Page 73: Displaying Date, Time And Camera Data (Data Code)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Displaying Date, Time and Camera Data (Data Code) A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other camera data (shutter speed and exposure settings) is automatically recorded on a special data section of the tape. During VCR mode, the data code can be displayed or hidden while the camera is in play, slow or still mode.
  • Page 74 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting the data code You can also choose which type of data code to display — either the date/time, camera data or both. 1. Select DATA CODE from the VCR menu. 2. Choose between DATE/TIME, CAMERA DATA and CAM. & D/T. 3.
  • Page 75 #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Page 76 (1,1) Six-second auto date The six-second auto date appears for six seconds to mark the changeover of a day if the tape was being recorded at 12:00 midnight. It also appears for six seconds when you start playback and have the data code turned off.
  • Page 76: Searching The Tape (Photo Search/Date Search)

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Searching the Tape (Photo Search/Date Search) This allows you to move quickly through still pictures recorded anywhere on a tape (photo search) or between different days or areas of recording (date search). • You can only use this function from the wireless controller. 1.
  • Page 77: Returning To A Pre-Marked Position

    #3_OPTURA Pi_E(34-78) 1/25/00 13:42 Returning to a Pre-Marked Position Use the wireless controller to mark a point on a tape that you want to return to following playback. • You will need the wireless controller to be able to set zero set memory. 1.
  • Page 78: The Dubbing Function

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 The Dubbing Function The OPTURA Pi’s Dubbing Function allows you to easily rerecord scenes from an original tape to a tape in your VCR. Spice up the new tape by dubbing only your favorite scenes, reordering scenes or adding special effects and varied scene transitions.
  • Page 79 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 4. Open the VCR menu and select • When you select the DUB MODE menu all the displayed information is also displayed on the screen of the TV connected your VCR. However, this information will not be recorded onto the tape in the VCR. Setting the camera to control your VCR The camcorder’s Dubbing Function controls your VCR by using the same...
  • Page 80: Using The Dubbing Function For The First Time

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Using the Dubbing Function for the First Time When you use the dubbing function for the first time, or with a different VCR, you should set your camcorder to send the correct remote control signals to your VCR. The camera will not forget this setting unless you change it.
  • Page 81 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Setting RECORDER Use the chart on the next page to find the RECORDER settings for your brand of VCR. Make sure the camcorder’s infra-red control signals can reach the VCR, and the VCR is in record pause mode. (Ready to record and on pause.) 1.
  • Page 82 VCR. VCR remote control signals vary depending on model and brand. First, choose the right RECORDER setting for your VCR. The number indicates the VCR brand. The letter indicates the set of signals. Brand Settings Canon 1-A to 1-C Aiwa 2-A to 2-C Akai...
  • Page 83 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Dubbing to a VCR 1. Make sure you are in the DUB MODE menu. • If you choose not to set a fader or effect, move the arrow to DUB STANDBY, and each of the options will be automatically set to OFF. 2.
  • Page 84: Cut-In And Cut-Out Adjustments

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Cut-In and Cut-Out Adjustments Setting the Cut-In and Cut-Out Adjustments The point where a scene starts is called the “cut-in” point, and the point where it ends is called the “cut-out” point. Some VCR models take a second or more to actually start recording after they receive the command signal.
  • Page 85 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 How to calculate the best adjustment for the “cut-in” and “cut-out” points Use the tape on which you recorded the digital timer in “Setting RECORDER” to calculate the cut-in and cut-out adjustment values. 1. Rewind the tape in the VCR and play back the recorded digital timer.
  • Page 86: Simple Editing To A Vcr

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Simple Editing to a VCR If you cannot find the appropriate remote control setting for the camcorder to control your VCR, you still can edit a tape to the VCR as follows. Preparations 1. Connect the camera to the VCR. •...
  • Page 87: Dubbing With Digital Video Equipment

    DV terminal is for both line-in and line-out, since a single DV cable can handle data in both directions. • If another Canon digital video camcorder is connected, the Dubbing Function can be used for digital-to-digital dubbing (i.e. with virtually no generation loss in image quality).
  • Page 88 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 • If the cable is not connected properly, or if the cable is unconnected when you press REC PAUSE, the camera displays the caution ‘‘CHECK THE DV INPUT.’’ An anomalous image may also flash onto the screen. •...
  • Page 89: Recording From A Vcr, Tv Or Other Camcorder (Analog Line-In)

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Recording from a VCR, TV or Other Camcorder (Analog Line-in) You can record a TV program or a video played on your VCR or analog camcorder (for digital camcorders, see p. 88) onto a tape in the OPTURA Pi, if the TV or other device has audio/video outputs.
  • Page 90 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Basic editing Operate from either the body of the camera or the wireless controller. 1. Find a point on your recorded cassette slightly before the section you want to copy. 2. Start to play it back while you monitor the picture on the TV. 3.
  • Page 91: Recording Over Existing Scenes (A/V Insert Editing)

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Recording Over Existing Scenes (A/V Insert Editing) You can insert new scenes from your VCR or other camcorder onto your pre- recorded tape using the OPTURA Pi’s analog line-in ( terminals. Original video and audio will be replaced with the new video and audio.
  • Page 92 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 The tape in the camera: When using the OPTURA Pi’s A/V insert function, only record to tapes recorded in SP mode with continuously recorded time codes. If there are non-recorded portions or portions recorded in LP mode on the tape, recording will stop.
  • Page 93 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 7. When you get to the starting point of the scene to be inserted on the tape, push the PAUSE button on the camera. • A/V insert starts. • 2a changes to 2. 8. When you get to the point where you want to stop inserting, press the STOP button of the camera.
  • Page 94: Audio Dubbing

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:42 Audio Dubbing You can add sound to the original sound on a prerecorded tape from audio products (AUDIO IN) or with the internal or external microphone (MIC. IN). The original sound will not be erased. For best results, add sound to tapes that have been recorded with this camera in SP mode with 12-bit sound.
  • Page 95 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:43 • When using an external microphone \ Connect it to the microphone (It works even if the DM-50 microphone (optional) is connected to the accessory shoe.) When using the DM-50 microphone \ Make sure nothing is connected to When using the built-in microphone \ Make sure nothing is connected to •...
  • Page 96 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:43 7. Press AUDIO DUB. on the wireless controller. • AUDIO DUB. and • If you have the DM-50 microphone (optional) attached, appears in the display. 8. Press the PAUSE button (and start play on the other audio device if AUDIO IN).
  • Page 97: Setting The Audio Mix

    #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:43 Setting the Audio Mix When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12-bit mode, you can set the audio output to play: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound, dubbed to the tape after recording), or mix the balance between the two. •...
  • Page 98 #4_OPTURA Pi_E(79-99) 1/25/00 13:43 Selecting audio output channels When you play back a tape whose audio has been recorded on multiple channels, you can change the output channels of that sound. 1. Turn the POWER switch to VCR, load a tape recorded with multiple-channel audio.
  • Page 99: Preparing The Camera

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Preparing the Camera Adjust the viewfinder • Turn the POWER on and set the camera to record pause mode. Extend the viewfinder straight out, then adjust the viewfinder focusing lever to suit your eyesight. • Rotate the viewfinder to an angle that allows you to view comfortably.
  • Page 100 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Attach the shoulder strap • For extra security and portability, attach the shoulder strap before using the camera. • Pass the ends through the attachment bars and adjust the length as shown. • Be careful not to leave the viewfinder exposed to bright sunlight, or it will melt. (The light is concentrated by the viewfinder lens.) Adjust the angle of the viewfinder to prevent sunlight from entering.
  • Page 101: Notes On Using The Batteries

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Notes on Using the Batteries Charging and recording times • These times vary — the safest policy is always to have two or three times as many battery packs as you think you will need. • You will get more recording time if you turn the camera off between shots, instead of leaving it in record pause mode.
  • Page 102 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 When to recharge You can recharge a lithium ion battery pack whenever it is convenient. Unlike a conventional battery pack, it does not have to be fully discharged first. However, as the battery pack will naturally discharge itself over time, it is best to charge it the same day you plan to use it, or the day before.
  • Page 103 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Installing the backup battery Pull out the battery holder from the base of the camera, and insert the CR2025 lithium battery with the + side facing upwards. Click the holder back into place. • You may find it useful to use a small screwdriver to ease out the battery holder.
  • Page 104: Maintenance

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Maintenance Cautions Avoid high temperatures and high humidity. • Do not leave the camera inside a car in hot weather, for example. • Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment. • Do not take the camera into a humid room. Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
  • Page 105 • For the best picture possible, after using the camera for approximately 20 hours, clean the video heads using Canon’s DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette. If the “noise” remains, repeat the cleaning (up to maximum of five times). • Do not use a wet-type cleaning cassette, as this can cause damage.
  • Page 106 • You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camera and charge battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug adapters for overseas use.
  • Page 107 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Condensation Condensation may form on the camera when it is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Using the camera while condensation is present can damage both the tape and the camera. Condensation may become a problem: When you take the camera from a cold place to a warm room When the camera is left in a humid room...
  • Page 108: Troubleshooting

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Troubleshooting Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder. Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page numbers in parentheses for more information. Make sure that the camera is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or VCR.
  • Page 109 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 • Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often get better results using manual focus ( about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camera at your original, hard-to-focus subject.
  • Page 110 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 ? The playback picture is rough (with mosaic-like noise). ? There’s no picture on the TV screen, even though the tape is moving. ? There’s no sound coming from the speaker during playback. Miscellaneous Problem ? The wireless controller doesn’t work.
  • Page 111: The Optura Pi System Diagram

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 The OPTURA Pi System Diagram WD-46 Wide- converter TL-46 Tele- converter FS-46U Filter Set SR-30.5/46 Step-up Ring FS-46 Filter Set VL-3 Video Light DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone 220EX /380EX/550EX Speedlite SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case Page 112 (1,1) (Availability differs from area to area) WS-20 Wrist Strap SS-600 Shoulder Strap...
  • Page 112: Optional Accessories

    1/25/00 13:43 Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling: 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Battery packs Extra batteries for use with the OPTURA...
  • Page 113 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 WD-46 Wide-converter This lens decreases focal length by a factor of 0.7, giving you a wide perspective for indoor shots or panoramic views. • There may be some vignetting at the extreme wide angle position. FS-46 Filter Set Three special effects filters to add a creative touch to your recordings: multiple-image, R-cross and zoom-spot.
  • Page 114 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Page 115 (1,1) DM-50 Directional Stereo Microphone This highly sensitive, super-directional microphone attaches to a camcorder’s advanced accessory shoe. It is a highly sensitive microphone that can be switched between functioning as a directional microphone (monaural) or a stereo microphone that also clearly picks up sounds arriving from the front of the microphone, for full recorded sound.
  • Page 115 Image files can then be easily opened and viewed on your computer. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
  • Page 116: Screen Displays

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Screen Displays To display the date and time, press the wireless controller’s DATA CODE button. Press the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button or turn TV SCREEN on through the camera menu to see the other displays on the TV screen. (The displays appear white on-screen.) They will not be added to any recordings you make with the camera.
  • Page 117: Normal Playback

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Playback is stopped 27). Normal playback Fast forward ( Rewind ( Fast forward playback Rewind playback Frame advance playback ( Frame reverse playback ( Playback pause (forward and reverse) Slow playback (forward and reverse) 2 playback (forward and reverse) ( 1 playback (forward and reverse) (...
  • Page 118 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 The remote sensor is turned off ( 39). Self-timer countdown Zero set memory Audio mode ( Data code ( Progressive scan mode ( Photo mode ( • Setting the AF/AE. F mark flashes white • AF/AE locked. F mark lights up green •...
  • Page 119 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 The wind screen is turned on ( 65). Volume level ( Audio output ( Mix balance ( Audio/visual insert Audio dubbing Audio input ( Microphone input DV input ( Condensation warning 108) Page 120 (1,1) Time Code WSON VOLUME –...
  • Page 120: Caution Phrases

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Caution phrases The camera displays various caution phrases — they appear for four seconds before disappearing. Appears each time you turn the power on, until you set the time zone, date and time ( 41). Appears when the battery pack is exhausted 12, 102).
  • Page 121: Specifications

    Rated voltage: 7.4 V DC Operating temperature: 32°–104°F (0°–40°C) Battery capacity: 1100 mAh Dimensions: 1 55 mm) Weight: 2 oz (70 g) Weight and dimensions are approximate Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Canon is a trademark of Canon Inc.
  • Page 122: Index

    #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Index 16:9, 20 Å Abroad, Using the Camera, 107 Accessories, 6, 113 Adapter, AC, 11 AE Programs, 52 Analog line-in, 90 Art, 59 Audio Dubbing, 95 Audio Mix, 98 Audio Mode, 64 Audio Output, 99 Audio Recording and Playback, Audio/Video Terminals, 31 Auto, 54 Autofocus, 71...
  • Page 123 #5_OPTURA Pi_E(100-126) 1/25/00 13:43 Ø Optical Image Stabilizer, 34 Optional Accessories, 113 ∏ Pause, Record, 18 Photo Search, 77 Playback, 27 Playback Connection, 30 Playback Pause, 28 Portrait, 55 Power Adapter, 11, 13 Powering Your Camcorder, 11 Pre-Marked Position, 78 Preparing the Camera, 100 Problems, 109 Progressive Scan Mode, 44...
  • Page 124 OPTURA Pi DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER LIMITED WARRANTY The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“CUSA”) with respect to each Canon OPTURA Pi Digital Video Camcorder (“DV Camcorder”) purchased and used in the United States. Each Canon DV Camcorder, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defective material or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase (three (3) months in the case of the video head part), defective parts or DV Camcorders returned to a CUSA factory service center (“CUSA Center”)
  • Page 125 Ship your Canon digital video equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.

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