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Panasonic AG-RT850 Operating Instructions Manual

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Time Lapse Recorder
Model AG-
Before attempting to connect, operate or adjust this product, please read these instructions completely.
Printed in Japan



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  • Page 1 Operating Instructions Time Lapse Recorder Model AG- ® Before attempting to connect, operate or adjust this product, please read these instructions completely. Printed in Japan S0401H1091Î VQT9333-1...
  • Page 2 IMPORTANT “Unauthorized recording of copyrighted televi- sion programs, films, video tapes and other materials may infringe the right of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws.” CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Features ... 4 Regular Maintenance Service Recommendation ... 4 Routine & Regular Inspection Request ... 5 Parts and Their Functions ... 6 Menu Screens ... 9 Date and Time Settings ... 12 Time/Date Display Position ... 13 Time Mode Selection ... 14 Recording Procedure ...
  • Page 4: Features

    Features Recording and playback up to 240-hour time modes with the T-120 tape In addition to the 6-hour time mode, recording and playback can be performed in the time lapse modes (L18-, L24-, 48-, 72-, 96-, 120-, 168-, 180- and 240-hour modes). 24-Hour recording When using T-160 tape, 20 fields per second can be recorded for 24 hours using L18 mode.
  • Page 5: Routine & Regular Inspection Request

    Routine & Regular Inspection Request This unit is designed to withstand many hours of operation. Nevertheless, it is recommended that routine inspections be conducted to help ensure trouble-free operation. CAUTION Do not forget to conduct the routine inspection with auto repeat recording. Routine inspection procedure Set the power switches on the unit, video cameras, TV monitor and other equipment connected in the...
  • Page 6: Parts And Their Functions

    Parts and Their Functions w e r STOP PLAY POWER PAUSE/STILL MENU PAGE REV ADV FWD ADV REC LOCK SHIFT INT TIMER EXT TIMER o !0 !1 !2 !3 !4 POWER switch The power is turned on when this switch is pressed. When the switch is pressed again, the power is turned off.
  • Page 7 Tracking (–, +)/V-LOCK button These buttons are used to adjust the tracking. If noise appears on the playback picture, press the buttons to adjust the tracking is such a way that the picture is made as clear as possible. When both buttons are pressed together during 6-hour mode playback, the tracking is adjusted automatically.
  • Page 8 Parts and Their Functions CAMERA SW OUT AC IN ALARM RESET IN ALARM IN COMMON ty u i o !0 !1 Camera switching output connector Camera switching output connector; connect it to the sequential switcher. Audio input/output connectors Audio input/output connectors (phono jacks) Video input/output connectors Video input/output connectors (BNC);...
  • Page 9: Menu Screens

    Menu Screens One of the menu screens appears on the TV monitor when the MENU/REC LOCK switch is set to MENU. The display returns to the regular screen when this switch is set to OFF. • When a menu screen has appeared, the items are set using the page, shift and set buttons. •...
  • Page 10: Menu Screen

    Menu Screens MENU SCREEN 3 The alarm recording mode and terminal output are set on Menu Screen 3. Alarm recording mode selection (see page 20) The recording mode in the event of an alarm input is selected. (OFF ↔ ALARM) ALARM: When there is an alarm input during recording in the time lapse mode, the recording time mode is switched to 6H (alarm recording) and the...
  • Page 11 MENU SCREEN 6 The daylight savings mode and search dial and jog dial operation mode are set on Menu Screen 6. Selecting the daylight savings mode Select the daylight savings mode. ON: The daylight savings mode is selected. OFF: The daylight savings mode is not selected. Setting the start time for the daylight savings mode Set the week, month and hour at which the daylight...
  • Page 12: Date And Time Settings

    Date and Time Settings This unit comes with a time/date generator which enables the date and time to be superimposed on the recording. When the power is switched on, the date, time of the day and time mode are displayed (in the case of a regular screen).
  • Page 13: Time/Date Display Position

    When the shift ( ) button is pressed, the hour digits flash. Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the hour to “3”. [TIME ADJUST] 3-03-2001 SAT 3:00:00 When the shift ( ) button is pressed, minute digits flash. Press the SET (+, –) buttons to set the minutes to “25”.
  • Page 14: Time Mode Selection

    Time Mode Selection PULL OPEN Refer to the table given below to select the mode that suits the intended purpose of use. Recordable time Tape type (hours) Mode T-160 T-120 6 hours L18 hours L24 hours 48 hours —* 72 hours —* 96 hours —*...
  • Page 15: Recording Procedure

    Recording Procedure Switch on the power to the connected equipment. Adjust so that the images of the video cameras appear properly on the TV monitor. Check that the date and time displayed on the TV monitor have been adjusted properly. Insert a cassette tape into the unit after checking that the tab on the cassette is intact.
  • Page 16: Timer Recording

    Timer Recording There are two methods of timer recording: one uses the internal timer and the other uses an external timer. Internal Timer Recording Start time and stop time Bear in mind the following points when setting these times. • When the stop time is set later than the start time: Recording will commence at the start time on the day concerned and stop at the end time on the same day.
  • Page 17: Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer)

    Daily Recording (Daily Timer)/Weekly Recording (Weekly Timer) Example: When recording from 8:30 to 12:00 from Sunday through Thursday and from 9:00 to 12:00 on Fridays and Saturdays Check that OFF or ON for Sunday (SUN) is flashing. If the setting is OFF, press the set (+, –) buttons to display ON.
  • Page 18: External Timer Recording

    Timer Recording External Timer Recording The unit can be made to record using an external timer to turn on its power. PULL OPEN TRACKING / V-LOCK RESET TIME MODE External timer recording operations Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has been inserted.
  • Page 19: Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording)

    Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording) When an emergency occurs at the monitoring site during prolonged monitoring and recording, the alarm function is automatically triggered, and alarm recording is performed. Principle of Alarm Recording Alarm input Alarm reset input Tape start L18 to 240 hours 6 hours Time lapse mode Alarm mode...
  • Page 20: Alarm Recording Operation

    Alarm Recording (Emergency Recording) Alarm Recording Operation Check that a video cassette with its tab intact has been inserted. Set the MENU/REC LOCK switch to MENU to display the menu screens. Press the page button to display the alarm recording setting screen (Menu Screen 3) on the TV monitor.
  • Page 21: Frame Switcher Connection And Recording

    Camera switching AC IN Time Lapse VTR AG-RT850 • Do not supply signals from color cameras and black-and-white cameras simultaneously to the camera input connectors since this may disturb the synchronization on the monitor screen or generate noise. • During playback, turn the Quasi-V insertion to ON or OFF with the FWD ADV button. This enables the appearance of the pictures of other cameras to be reduced.
  • Page 22: Playback Procedure

    Playback Procedure Before operating the unit, check that the internal/external timer recording displays (INT/EXT) have been cleared from the display. (If INT or EXT is displayed, use the TIMER MODE switch to clear it.) Switch on the power to the unit and TV monitor. Insert the recorded cassette tape into the unit.
  • Page 23: Rs-232C Interface

    RS-232C Interface 1. Outline of RS-232C interface This interface is for enabling the basic functions of the VTR to be operated using a personal computer. • The D-SUB 9P connector is used to connect the VTR with the personal computer. 2.
  • Page 24 RS-232C Interface 3. Protocol ■ Receiving format (personal computer → VTR) General format: stx command [:data] [;command [:data]] etx stx: 02h (HEX) ; (semicolon): 3Bh command delimiter command: ccc: command (3 ASCII characters) : (colon): 3Ah parameter delimiter data: parameter (any number: based on command) etx: In some cases, the format does not contain what is enclosed in the square brackets.
  • Page 25 ■ Table of commands Command Counter reset Eject Fast forward Pause/still Play Record Rewind Stop Field advance (+) Field advance (–) Power ON Power OFF Recording check Tracking (+) Tracking (–) Auto tracking Time setting Time mode switching Key lock setting Display switching Version request Communication check...
  • Page 26 RS-232C Interface Details of commands Time mode switching command This sets the time mode during deck recording/playback. However, when REC T-MODE has been set, it takes precedence over the other modes during recording. PC: [STX] LTM: ∗ [ETX] VTR: [STX] LTM [ETX] Key lock setting command This selects whether the front panel keys are to be locked.
  • Page 27 ACK return status request command This is for verifying the ACK return status. PC: [STX] QRA [ETX] ∗ : N = ON VTR: [STX] RA ∗ [ETX] All status request command When the all status request command has been received, the current deck status is detected and sent by the bitmap shown below.
  • Page 28: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting No power. No picture. Indistinct picture. Trouble with functions or operation Nothing happens even when operation buttons are pressed. “ ” mark is flashing. Date and time display data has not been stored in memory when the power failed. Tape can be played, fast forwarded or rewound but not recording results.
  • Page 29 The power has been restored after a power failure but recording does not automatically resume. Recording cannot be stopped. 1-week programmed timer recording cannot be conducted properly. One or more cameras do not record when a multiple number of cameras are used.
  • Page 30: Specifications

    Specifications Power Source: 120 V AC, 50 – 60 Hz Power Consumption: 21 W Video Recording System: 4 rotary heads, helical scanning Tape Speed: 11.12 mm/s (6-hour mode) Tape Format: Tape width 12.7 mm (1/2 inch), tape Recording Time: 6 hours (with T-120, 6H mode) 8 hours (with T-160, 6H mode) FF/REW Time: Less than 2.5 min.
  • Page 32 Executive Office: One Panasonic Way, Panazip 3E-7, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094 Eastern Zone Office: One Panasonic Way, Panazip 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7303, Fax (201) 348-7372 Western Zone Office: 6550 Katella Ave., Panazip 17A-5, Cypress, CA 90630 (714) 373-7840, Fax (714) 373-7242...

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