IMPORTANT NOTICE IMPORTANT NOTICE IMPORTANT NOTICE IMPORTANT NOTICE IMPORTANT NOTICE Please make a note of the corrections to this manual’s Assistance section listed above the Table of Contents on page 1. For Camcorder Exchange Warranty information, see pages 66-67. For Camcorder Customer Service information, see page 65. For Camcorder Accessories information, see pages 51-57.
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Assistance We want to make sure you enjoy your new camcorder. If you have any questions, call: Camcorder Exchange Warranty...800-283-6503 (pages 74-75) Customer Service...800-336-1900 (page 73) Accessories... 800-338-0376 (pages 59-62) Table of Contents Safety Information ... ii First Time Operation ... 3 Assistance ...
Table of Contents Tape Counter with Memory Stop ... 25 Tape Warnings (TAPE, NO TAPE, and TAPE END) 25 Time and Date Display ... 25 Tape-Remaining Indicator ... 25 Zoom Indicators ... 25 DISPLAY Button ... 26 Microphone ... 26 Quick Review Feature ...
• Save the packing materials and box in case you ever need to ship or store your camcorder. • The items shown below are packed with your camcorder. If any are missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer immediately. Model CC4352 AC Adapter/Charger: Stock No. 241044 DC Cable: Stock No. 233328 First Time Operation...
First-Time Operation 2. Attaching the Adapter and Charger. To AC 120V, 50/60 Hz Adapter/ Charger Since the battery must be charged before it can be used the first time, attach the adapter/charger to the camcorder. 1. Attach one end of the adapter/ charger’s DC cable to the DC OUTPUT jack on the side of the adapter/charger.
First-Time Operation 4. Inserting a Tape. STOP/EJECT Button Cassette Holder 1. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment. 2. Insert the cassette with the safety tab facing up and the tape windows facing out. 5. Turning on the Camcorder. • Press and hold the small button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you slide it to CAMERA.
First-Time Operation Electronic Viewfinder (Grasp here to move.) Eyepiece Eyepiece Focus Control OPEN Button Bright Control 6. Use the LCD Monitor or Viewfinder to See What’s Recording. You can watch what you’re recording on the LCD monitor or in the black-and- white viewfinder.
First-Time Operation REC/PAUSE Button 7. Start and stop recording. • Press and release the REC/PAUSE button to start recording. REC appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor, when the camcorder is recording. • Press and release the REC/PAUSE button again to stop recording. The camcorder is now in the record-pause mode ( or on the LCD monitor when the camcorder is in record-pause).
First-Time Operation REC/PAUSE Button 8. Play back what you have recorded. 1. Press the REC/PAUSE button to pause recording. 2. Press and hold the small button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you slide it to VCR. 3. Press REW/REVIEW to rewind the tape.
First-Time Operation 11. Review camcorder’s operating controls. DISPLAY Button RESET Button DATE/TIME Button TITLER Button Microphone Lens REW (Rewind)/REVIEW Button (Also – Button) CAMERA/ OFF/VCR Switch Reset Switch (See Trouble Checks for Lens Hood details.) VIDEO, AUDIO OUT, and RF DC OUT Jacks (Located Behind Small Cover) PLAY Button F.FWD (Fast Forward)
First-Time Operation 11. Review camcorder’s operating controls. LCD Monitor OPEN Button Bright Control Volume INST. Control (Instant) FADE ZOOM Button Button Shoulder Strap Attachment Ring BATTERY EJECT Button DC IN 9.6V Jack Shoulder Strap Attachment Ring Built-In Speaker DIGITAL EFFECTS Button Eyepiece Focus Control...
Included Accessories Attaching the Shoulder Strap The camcorder’s shoulder strap is designed to let you carry the camcorder from your shoulder and – when you are ready to shoot – bring the camcorder to shooting position in one quick movement. To Attach the Shoulder Strap 1.
Power Your Camcorder Use the Adapter/Charger to Power Your Camcorder Powering Your Camcorder The adapter/charger attaches to the camcorder and lets you power your camcorder directly from standard household power. The adapter/charger operates on 120 volts, 50/60 Hz, and can be used to power the camcorder or recharge the battery. Caution: Do not attempt to use a “power converter”...
Power Your Camcorder Use the Battery to Power Your Camcorder Charge the Battery The battery must be charged before it can be used the first time. Initial charging takes approximately two hours. The camcorder’s operating time depends on how often you turn the power on and off and how much you use the monitor, zoom, and pause.
Power Your Camcorder Use the Battery to Power Your Camcorder BATTERY EJECT Button Rechargeable Battery Hold Battery Flush and Slide Down Attaching the Charged Battery If the DC cable is attached to the camcorder, remove it before attaching the battery. 1.
Power Your Camcorder Use the Battery to Power Your Camcorder Battery Level Indicator The battery level indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor and shows you the amount of power in the rechargeable battery. Note: If you can’t see the battery level display, press DISPLAY.
There are no user- serviceable parts inside. • Use the battery only with specified AC adapter/chargers and camcorders. • If leakage from a damaged battery contacts your skin or clothing, wash it off immediately with running water.
Power Your Camcorder Use the RCA Optional Car Cord Adapter The optional DCC096 car cord shown on page 50 allows you to power your camcorder from the cigarette lighter socket of a car, truck, or RV. It converts 12-volts to a 9.6-volt output.
Videocassettes Make sure you select good quality tapes for your camcorder. Use of poor quality tapes or tapes that have been damaged or mishandled can contaminate the video heads, resulting in a snowy picture or no picture at all during playback. Because there is no control over the type of tape purchased or rented by consumers, head cleaning is not covered under warranty.
Videocassettes Insert and Remove Cassettes STOP/ EJECT Button 1. Attach a power source to the camcorder. 2. Press the STOP/EJECT button. The cassette holder opens automatically. 3. Insert the cassette with the tape wheel Cassette Care and Storage • When you are finished with a cassette, rewind it, remove it from the camcorder, and label it.
Date and Time Display Setting the Time and Date You must set the correct date and time before it can be displayed and recorded on your tapes. The built-in clock cell must be charged as described on the next page. NOTE: If you leave the camcorder on for 10 minutes without a cassette inserted when the date has not been set or the built- in clock battery is dead, the camcorder demonstration mode will start.
Cautions: If this battery is not charged every two months, it will over-discharge and shorten its useful life. Do not attempt to replace this battery. Take the camcorder to an authorized RCA Service Center. AUTO 11/18/1999 AUTO Date Display TITLE...
Recording Use the LCD Monitor or Viewfinder to See What You Record You can watch what you are recording on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder. When the LCD monitor is open more than approximately 45º, the viewfinder automati- cally turns off.
Recording Using the Viewfinder The camcorder’s viewfinder is a miniature monitor that displays the picture seen by the camcorder when recording. When the LCD monitor is open more than 45º, the viewfinder automatically turns off. Eyepiece Adjusting the Viewfinder for Convenient Viewing For convenient viewing, rotate the viewfinder horizontally, pull it out from the cam- corder, and adjust the eyepiece.
Recording LCD Monitor or Viewfinder Displays I.ZOOM AE:60 (Auto Exposure) Shutter Speed Press the DISPLAY button to display the shutter speed selected by the camcorder. Battery Level Indicator ( Press the DISPLAY button to display the amount of time left on the rechargeable battery.
Recording INDEX Indicator Press the DISPLAY button to display this indicator when the camcorder is placing an index mark on the tape. Details are on page 28. Status Displays The following displays appear to tell you the status of the camcorder. •...
Recording Microphone Zoom Buttons (T and W) DISPLAY Button The DISPLAY button lets you remove the battery level, steady pix, tape speed, tape counter with memory stop, remaining tape display, index, fade, zoom and digital effects indicators from the viewfinder or LCD monitor.
Recording Auto Shot™ Feature The camcorder automatically adjusts focus, white balance, iris, shutter speed, and light according to the recording conditions. Auto Focus The camcorder focuses on the subject in the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder. Auto focus operates on the telephoto (T) side from approximately 2-1/2 feet to infinity.
Recording • When appears, all or most of the tape remains. • appear as the tape is being used. • When the tape is almost at its end, TAPE END flashes in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor. Electronic Indexing Each time you begin recording (after the camcorder has been turned off for at least four hours), the camcorder automatically...
Recording Zooming Press one of the zoom buttons to zoom in and out for close ups or wide-angle shots. Instant zooming immediately magnifies the picture 1.5 times. Zoom Buttons (T and W) Using the Zoom Buttons (T and W) 1. To zoom in or out from wide angle to 72 times, press zoom button T or W.
Recording Digital Effects The camcorder has a digital processor that allows you to record using five special digital effects: 16X9, a negative image, 240 times digital zoom (with instant zoom), a symmetric mirror image, or a mosaic image. Each effect is described in detail on the next pages.
Recording Digital Effects (continued) 16X9 Mode The camcorder has a wide recording mode that lets you make recordings compatible with the 16X9 format. When 16X9 is activated, the camcorder records black bars at the top and bottom of the picture to produce the wide-screen effect. This is also known as “letterbox”...
Recording Digital Effects (continued) Negative Mode The camcorder has a negative mode that lets you turn the image negative. 1. Place the camcorder in record-pause. Make sure the displays appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor. If they do not, press DISPLAY. 2.
Recording Digital Effects (continued) Mirror Mode The camcorder has a mirror mode that lets you display a symmetric image on the left and right, obtained by placing a mirror at the center of the screen. 1. Place the camcorder in record-pause. Make sure the displays appear in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor.
Recording Fading In and Out of Scenes You can add a professional touch to your recordings when you fade in and out of scenes. Both the picture and sound gradually appear or disappear. The speed of the fade is controlled by the camcorder. Selecting a Type of Fade You can select white fade, black, yellow, blue, and green wipe fade, zoom fade, or...
Recording Fade In and Out of Scenes LCD Monitor or Viewfinder Displays White Fade Normal Picture (No Fade) Black-and-White Fade Zoom Fade Fade In 1. Press REC/PAUSE to pause recording. 2. Repeatedly press FADE to select the fade you want to use. Note: The last fade used appears the first time you press FADE.
Recording Tape Counter The tape counter acts as a handy reference to help you locate tape segments. The memory-stop feature helps locate a certain point on the tape. When the tape counter appears, the tape stops automatically during rewind or fast forward when the tape counter reaches 0000M.
Recording Editing Features The camcorder incorporates a complete package of advanced editing features to make it easy and fun to edit your home videos like a professional. The major features are described on the following pages. • Camera Edit Camera Edit Feature The camera edit feature allows you to position the tape when the camcorder is in record-pause.
Recording Editing Features (continued) Titler The camcorder’s built-in titler can store a title in memory. The created title can be displayed and recorded at any time. The built-in character register contains more than 45 different characters. Your title can contain up to 32 characters on two lines. TITLER Button –...
Recording Editing Features (continued) Titler (continued) Creating a Title 1. Attach a power source to the camcorder. Press and hold the small red button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you slide it to CAMERA. 2. Press TITLER to display the titler graphics in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor.
Recording Editing Features (continued) Titler (continued) Recording a Title on a Tape in the Camcorder 1. Attach a power source to the camcorder. Press and hold the small red button on the CAMERA/OFF/ VCR switch while you slide it to CAMERA.
Recording Recording Tips • Try to make sure indoor scenes are well-lit. This improves picture quality and color reproduction. • Do not move the camcorder rapidly from side-to-side while recording. A steady, gradual “pan” avoids blurring and “jitter.” • Use the viewfinder or LCD monitor to make sure the camcorder is level while recording so that your scenes won’t appear “tilted.”...
Playback Use the LCD Monitor or Viewfinder for Playback You can watch tapes in color using the LCD monitor or black-and-white using the viewfinder. When the LCD monitor is open more than 45º, the viewfinder automatically turns off. Close the LCD monitor, the viewfinder automatically turns on.
Playback Use the LCD Monitor or Viewfinder for Playback To Play Back a Tape 1. Attach a power supply. Attach the adapter/charger, charged battery, or optional car cord. 2. Insert a tape. • Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment. •...
Playback Playback Features REC/ PAUSE Button Tape Positioning Press the small red button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you set it to VCR. • Press and quickly release REW/ REVIEW or F.FWD to rewind or fast- forward the tape. • Press STOP/EJECT to stop the tape.
Playback Playback Features Tracking During playback, streaks might appear in the playback picture. Press either TRACKING button (W or T) to move the streaks up or down and out of the picture. • During stop-action playback, pressing one tracking button might reduce picture “jitter”...
Playback Playback on TV (or VCR) with Audio/Video Input Jacks To connect your camcorder to a TV monitor (or VCR) with audio/video in jacks, you need an optional audio/video cable such as VH83 shown on page 53. If your TV is already connected to a VCR, attach the camcorder to the VCR and watch what the camcorder is recording or playing on the TV.
Playback Playback Operation and How to Copy Tapes on the VCR 1. A. Camcorder connected directly to TV: Turn on the TV and tune it to the video input channel. B. Camcorder connected to VCR that is already connected to TV: Turn on VCR and place it in the “line”...
Playback Playback on TV Without Audio/Video Inputs To connect your camcorder to a TV without audio/video inputs, you need an optional CRF95 RF output adapter and an optional coaxial RF cable, such as VH82 or VH90 shown on page 52. If your TV has AUDIO and VIDEO IN jacks (or is connected to a VCR), refer to pages 46-47.
Playback Playback Operation 1. Set the CH3/CH4 switch on the RF output adapter to channel CH3 or CH4. 2. Turn on the TV, and tune it to the same channel you selected with the RF output adapter’s CH3/CH4 switch. 3. Press and hold the small red button on the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch while you set it to VCR.
Soft Carrying Case Car Cord Adapter AC202 Soft Carrying Case This case provides protection and utility for full size camcorders and most accessories. It is constructed of rugged nylon fabric for years of reliable service. Three outside pockets provide ample...
Optional Accessories EP096FS and EP096FL Rechargeable Batteries These rechargeable lead-acid batteries are designed specifically for long life. The EP096FS is a 1-hour battery. The EP096FL powers your camcorder twice as long as the EP096FS (depending on how much you turn the camcorder on and off and use zoom and pause).
Optional Accessories CRF95 RF Output Adapter This RF output adapter is used with a coaxial RF cable, such as VH82 or VH90, to connect your camcorder to a standard TV (one without audio/video inputs) for Output Adapter playback. If your antenna cable is the flat Coaxial Cables twin-lead type attached by two screws, you need a 300-to-75 ohm transformer.
Optional Accessories VH54 Cable Transformer This 75-to-300 ohm transformer is used to connect a standard 75-ohm antenna cable Cable Transformer (such as VH82 or VH90) to the 300 ohm Audio/Video Cables screw terminals on a TV. Y-Adapter VH83 Audio/Video Cable This six foot audio/video cable can be used to connect the camcorder to a TV monitor or VCR for tape playback or...
Optional Accessories Removing the Lens Hood Remove the lens hood so you can attach optional accessories, such as wide-angle lens, lens extenders, or lens filter kits. Attaching an Accessory Lens 1. Attach the lens cap over the lens hood. 2. To remove the lens cap and hood, turn them counterclockwise with the palm of your hand.
Accessory Order Form Order Form for Camcorder Model CC4352 Description Deluxe Tripod Soft Camcorder Case Y-Adapter AC Adapter/Charger (100-240V) RF Output Adapter Car Cord Adapter Rechargeable Battery (Extended) Rechargeable Battery (Standard) 75-300 Cable Transformer Coaxial RF-Cable Audio/Video Cable Coaxial RF-Cable...
Accessory Order Form Charge your order on your VISA,MasterCard, USE YOUR CREDIT CARD IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your VISA card IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your MasterCard Copy Number above your name on MasterCard IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number from your Discover Card Expiration date: Print or type your name and address clearly.
Accessory Order Form To order accessories, contact your local Dealer. If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the directions below to order by telephone or direct-by-mail. United States and Canada Orders To place your order by phone, have your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card ready and call the toll-free number listed below between 8 AM and 10 PM (EST) Monday through Friday or between 9AM and 5PM (EST) Saturday.
If you’re having trouble with your camcorder, you probably can correct the problem yourself. Before you take your camcorder to an Authorized RCA Camcorder Service Center or call a service person, use the chart below. Find the problem and try the adjustment(s) that is listed to the right.
Trouble Checks Trouble Sound is too low or distorted Tape stops during rewind or fast forward or will not operate during rewind or fast forward Camcorder remains in play-pause mode Poor auto-focus operation Viewfinder displays are out of focus Picture quality is poor during playback Picture recorded with a special fade or...
Trouble Checks Trouble Date and/or time or title were recorded on tape Date and/or time are incorrect Viewfinder turns off and on Camcorder does not turn on and/or function buttons will not operate Checks and Adjustments • Displays are recorded on tape whenever they appear in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor.
Trouble Checks Trouble No or low sound • Adjust the volume control on the side of the monitor. during monitor • To hear sound during camcorder playback, use the monitor. playback Black bars on top • 16X9 feature selected. See page 31. and bottom of picture.
Care and Maintenance Cleaning the Camcorder To clean the camcorder’s exterior, remove any power source connected to the camcorder and gently wipe it with a clean soft cloth. Cleaning the Lens To clean the camcorder’s lens, blow it with a blower brush, and then gently wipe the lens with cleaning tissue and commercially prepared cleaning solution designed for use on camera lens.
• Do not expose the camcorder or adapter/charger to rain or moisture. If any component becomes wet, turn off the power and take the unit to an Authorized RCA Camcorder Service Center. • Do not use an adapter/charger or batteries other than the ones specified for the camcorder.
Specifications General Power requirement: 9.6VDC Power consumption: LCD monitor on: 9 watts Viewfinder on: 7.5 watts Weight: 4.7 lbs. (2.15kg) Dimensions – Including Viewfinder: " (W) x 8 " (H) x 13 121 (W) x 213 (H) x 334 (D) mm Video Recorder Section Format: VHS Record/playback system:...
Customer Assistance and Service You can reach Thomson at the following number: 800-283-6503 (Toll free inside U.S.A.) Our toll-free Camcorder number operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST Monday – Friday for U.S. customers only Customer Assistance and Service Returning equipment to Thomson for repair or exchange If we are unable to resolve your problem over the phone, we will gladly service your unit or...
Limited Warranty What your warranty covers: • Any defect in materials or workmanship. For how long after your purchase: • 90 days for labor charges. • One year for parts. The warranty period for rental units begins with the first rental or 45 days from date of shipment to the rental firm, whichever comes first.
• Check with your dealer or call 1-800-336- 1900 for the Authorized RCA Camcorder Service Center nearest you. • Take your unit to the Authorized RCA Camcorder Service Center of your choice. • Show the Authorized RCA Camcorder Service Center representative evidence of purchase date, such as a bill of sale.
Index Tips recording 41 Titler 38, 39, 40 chart of characters 38 correcting errors 39 creating a title 39 record while copying a tape 40 recording 21 recording on a tape 40 TITLER button 9, 38, 39, 40 Titler character chart 38 Tracking 45 TRACKING buttons 10 Tracking buttons 45...
Note: This equipment has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B Digital Device in accordance with the specifications in Part 15 of FCC Rules. These rules are designed to provide reasonable protection against radio and television interference in a residential installa- tion.