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Digital Video Camcorder
VP-D20/D21
VP-D20i/D21i
AF
Auto Focus
CCD
Charge Coupled Device
LCD
Liquid Crystal Display
Owner's Instruction Book
Before operating the unit, please read this
instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for
future reference.
This product meets the intent of
Directive 89/336 CEE, 73/23 CEE, 93/68 CEE.
ENGLISH
ELECTRONICS

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  • Page 1 Digital Video Camcorder VP-D20/D21 VP-D20i/D21i Auto Focus Charge Coupled Device Liquid Crystal Display Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. This product meets the intent of Directive 89/336 CEE, 73/23 CEE, 93/68 CEE.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ENGLISH Contents Notes and Safety Instructions Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features ···················································································································································································································· 11 Accessories Supplied with camcorder ····································································································································································· 12 Front & Left View ······································································································································································································ 13 Left side View ··········································································································································································································· 14 Right & Top View ······································································································································································································ 15 Rear & Bottom View ································································································································································································· 16 Remote control ·········································································································································································································...
  • Page 3 Contents Adjusting the LCD ···································································································································································································· 31 Using the VIEWFINDER ························································································································································································· 32 Adjusting the Focus ···························································································································································································· 32 Playing back a tape you have recorded on the LCD ··············································································································································· 33 Adjusting the LCD during PLAY ·········································································································································································· 34 Controlling Sound from the Speaker ······································································································································································· 34 Advanced Recording Use of various Functions ··························································································································································································...
  • Page 4 ENGLISH Contents SLOW SHUTTER(Low Shutter Speed) ·································································································································································· 58 EASY Mode (for Beginners) ····················································································································································································· 59 MF/AF (Manual Focus/Auto Focus) ········································································································································································· 60 Auto Focusing ····································································································································································································· 60 Manual Focusing ································································································································································································· 60 BLC (Back Light Compensation) ·············································································································································································· 61 Fade In and Out ········································································································································································································ 62 To Start Recording ······························································································································································································...
  • Page 5 Contents Recording in PLAYER mode (VP-D20i/D21i only) IEEE 1394 Data Transfer Transferring IEEE1394 (i.LINK)-DV standard data connections ····························································································································· 78 Connecting to a DV device ················································································································································································· 78 Connecting to a PC ····························································································································································································· 78 System requirements ·························································································································································································· 79 Recording with a DV connection cable (VP-D20i/D21i only) ······························································································································ 79 USB interface (VP-D21/D21i only) Transferring a Digital Image through a USB Connection ········································································································································...
  • Page 6: Notes And Safety Instructions

    ENGLISH Notes and Safety Instructions Notes regarding the rotation of the LCD screen Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as illustrated. Over rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder. 1.
  • Page 7 Notes and Safety Instructions Notices regarding COPYRIGHT (VP-D20i/D21i only) Television programs, video tapes, DVD titles, films, and other program materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material may be against the law. Notes regarding moisture condensation 1. A sudden rise in atmospheric temperature may cause condensation to form inside the camcorder. for example: - When you move the camcorder from a cold location to a warm location (e.g.
  • Page 8 ENGLISH Notes and Safety Instructions Notes regarding the battery pack - Make sure that the battery pack is fully charged before starting to record. - To preserve battery power, keep your camcorder turned off when you are not operating it. - If your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, and it is left in STBY mode without being operated for more than 5 minutes with a tape installed, it will automatically turn itself off to protect against unnecessary battery discharge.
  • Page 9 Notes and Safety Instructions Note regarding the LENS - Do not film with the camera lens pointing directly at the sun. Direct sunlight can damage the CCD(Charge Coupled Device). Notes regarding electronic viewfinder 1. Do not position the camcorder such that the viewfinder is pointing towards the sun. Direct sunlight can damage the inside of the viewfinder.
  • Page 10 - Do not use it near flammable or explosive materials. - It is recommended that you consult your nearest SAMSUNG dealer for replacement bulbs. - Not to be handled by children. Emits intense heat and light. Use with caution to reduce the risk of fire or injury to persons.
  • Page 11: Getting To Know Your Camcorder

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features • Digital data transfer function with IEEE1394 By incorporating the IEEE 1394 (i.LINK™ : i.LINK is a serial data transfer protocol and interconnectivity system, used to transmit DV data) high speed data transport port, both moving and still images can be transferred to a PC, making it possible to produce or edit various images.
  • Page 12: Accessories Supplied With Camcorder

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your digital video camera. Basic Accessories 1. Lithium Ion Battery pack 2. AC Power Adapter 3. AC Cord 4. AUDIO/VIDEO cable 5.
  • Page 13: Front & Left View

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Front & Left View 1. Internal MIC 2. Lens 3. Video Light 8. IR(Infrared) Light 4. Remote sensor 1. Internal MIC 2. Lens 3. Video Light 4. Remote sensor ENGLISH 5. Viewfinder 6. EASY button 7.
  • Page 14: Left Side View

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Left Side View 1. Function buttons 2. PB zoom 3. Display 4. V. light 1. Function buttons PLAYER CAMERA EASY : (REW) REC SEARCH – : (FF) REC SEARCH + : (PLAY/STILL) FADE : (STOP) 5.
  • Page 15: Right & Top View

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Right & Top View 1. Zoom lever 2. PHOTO button button 3. START/STOP 4. Power switch 1. Zoom lever 2. PHOTO button (see page 65) 3. START/STOP button 4. Power switch (CAMERA or PLAYER) 5. Hook for handstrap 6.
  • Page 16: Rear & Bottom View

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Rear & Bottom View 2. Battery Release 3. Lithium battery cover CHARGE 4. Hook for shoulder strap 1. Charging indicator 2. Battery Release 3. Lithium battery cover 4. Hook for shoulder strap 1. Charging indicator 7.
  • Page 17: Remote Control

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote control 1. PHOTO 2. START/STOP 3. SELF TIMER 4. ZERO MEMORY 5. PHOTO SEARCH 6. A.DUB (FF) (REW) (PLAY) 10. Direction 1. PHOTO 2. START/STOP 3. SELF TIMER (see page 20) 4. ZERO MEMORY (see page 74) 5.
  • Page 18: Osd (on Screen Display In Camera And Player Modes)

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display in CAMERA and PLAYER modes) 1. Battery level (see page 26) 2. Easy mode (see pages 59) 3. DSE (Digital Special Effects) mode (see page 48) 4. Program AE (see page 42) 5.
  • Page 19: Turning The Osd On/off (on Screen Display)

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Turning the OSD on/off (On Screen Display) Turning OSD on/off Press the DISPLAY button on the left side panel. - Each press of the button toggles the OSD function on and off. - When you turn the OSD off, In CAMERA mode: The STBY, REC, EASY.Q modes are always displayed on the OSD, even when the OSD is turned OFF and the key input is displayed for 3 seconds then turned off.
  • Page 20: Preparation

    ENGLISH Preparation How to use the Remote Control Battery Installation for the Remote Control You need to insert or replace the lithium battery when : - You purchase the camcorder. - The remote control doesn’t work. Ensure that you insert the lithium cell correctly, following the + and - markings. Be careful not to reverse the polarity of the battery.
  • Page 21: Lithium Battery Installation

    Preparation Lithium Battery Installation The lithium battery maintains the clock function and preset contents of the memory; even if the battery pack or AC power adapter is removed. The lithium battery for the camcorder lasts about 6 months under normal operation from the time of installation. When the lithium battery becomes weak or dead, the date/time indicator flashes for about 5 seconds when you set the power switch to CAMERA.
  • Page 22: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    ENGLISH Preparation Adjusting the Hand Strap It is very important to ensure that the Hand strap has been correctly adjusted before you begin your recording. The hand strap enables you to : - Hold the camcorder in a stable, comfortable position. - Press the Zoom and START/STOP button without having to change the position of your hand.
  • Page 23: Connecting A Power Source

    Preparation Connecting a Power Source There are two types of power source that can be connected to your camcorder. - The AC Power Adapter and AC cord : used for indoor recording. - The Battery Pack : used for outdoor recording. To use the AC Power adapter and DC Cable 1.
  • Page 24: Using The Lithium Ion Battery Pack

    ENGLISH Preparation Using the Lithium Ion Battery Pack The amount of continuous recording time available depends on : - The type and capacity of the battery pack you are using. - How often the Zoom function is used. It is recommended that you have several batteries available. Charging the Lithium Ion Battery Pack 1.
  • Page 25: Table Of Continuous Recording Time Based On Model And Battery Type

    Preparation Using the Lithium Ion Battery Pack Table of continuous recording time based on model and battery type. If you close the LCD screen, it switches off and the viewfinder switches on automatically. The continuous recording times given in the table above are approximations. Actual recording time depends on usage.
  • Page 26: Battery Level Display

    ENGLISH Preparation Battery level display • The battery level display indicates the amount of power remaining in the battery pack. a. Fully charged b. 20~40% used c. 40~80% used d. 80~95% used e. Completely used (flickers) (The camcorder will turn off soon, change the battery as soon as possible) Please refer to the table on page 25 for approximate continuous recording times.
  • Page 27: Inserting And Ejecting A Cassette

    Preparation Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette When inserting a tape or closing a cassette holder, do not apply excessive force. This may cause a malfunction. Do not use any tapes other than Mini DV cassettes. 1. Connect a power source and slide the TAPE OPEN/EJECT switch and open the cassette door.
  • Page 28: Basic Recording

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Making your First Recording 1. Connect a Power source to the camcorder. (see page 23) (A battery pack or a AC power adapter) Insert a cassette. (see page 27) 2. Remove the LENS CAP and hook it onto the hand strap.
  • Page 29: Record Search (rec Search)

    Basic Recording When a cassette is loaded and the camcorder is left in the STBY mode for more than 5 minutes without being used, it will switch off automatically. To use it again, push the START/STOP button or set the Power switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA. This Auto Power off feature is designed to save battery power.
  • Page 30: Hints For Stable Image Recording

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Hints for Stable Image Recording While recording, it is very important to hold the camcorder correctly. Fix the LENS cap firmly by clipping it to the hand strap. (refer to the figure) Recording with the LCD monitor 1.
  • Page 31: Adjusting The Lcd

    Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD Your camcorder is equipped with a 2.5 inch colour Liquid Crystal Display(LCD) screen, which enables you to view what you are recording or playing back directly. Depending on the conditions under which you are using the camcorder (indoors or outdoors for example), you can adjust ;...
  • Page 32: Using The Viewfinder

    ENGLISH Basic Recording 8. Press the ENTER button again. You may select NORMAL or SUPER in the BRIGHT SELECT feature and press the ENTER button to save the setting. Use the MENU DIAL to adjust the value of BRIGHT ADJUST and COLOUR ADJUST. You can set values for BRIGHT ADJUST between 00 ~ 35 and COLOUR ADJUST between 00 ~ 35.
  • Page 33: Playing Back A Tape You Have Recorded On The Lcd

    Basic Recording Playing back a tape you have recorded on the LCD You can monitor the playback picture on the LCD monitor. Make sure that the battery pack is in place. 1. Hold down the power switch tab and turn it to the PLAYER position. 2.
  • Page 34: Adjusting The Lcd During Play

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD during PLAY You can adjust the LCD during playback. The adjustment method is the same procedure as used in CAMERA mode. (see page 31) Controlling Sound from the Speaker The Speaker works in PLAYER mode only. When you use the LCD screen for playback, you can hear the recorded sound from the built-in Speaker.
  • Page 35: Advanced Recording

    Advanced Recording Use of various Functions Setting menu items Available mode MENU SUB MENU CAMERA PLAYER INITIAL CLOCK SET WL.REMOTE DEMO CAMERA PROGRAM AE WHT. BALANCE D. ZOOM DSE SELECT REC MODE PHOTO SEARCH AUDIO MODE AUDIO SELECT WIND CUT PB DSE AV IN/OUT (VP-D20i/D21i only)
  • Page 36: Availability Of Functions In Each Mode

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Availability of functions in each mode Requested Digital functions Mode Operating PHOTO D.ZOOM Mode (TAPE) D.ZOOM PHOTO SLOW SHUTTER Digital Special Effects NIGHT CAPTURE O : The requested mode will work in this operating mode. : You can not change the requested mode. : The operating mode will be released and the requested mode will work.
  • Page 37: Clock Set

    Advanced Recording CLOCK SET CLOCK setup works in CAMERA, PLAYER modes. The DATE/TIME is automatically recorded onto a tape. Before recording, please set the DATE/TIME. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight INITIAL and press the ENTER button. 3.
  • Page 38: Remocon

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording REMOCON THE REMOCON function works in CAMERA, PLAYER modes. The REMOCON option allows you to enable or disable the remote control for use with the camcorder. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight INITIAL and press the ENTER button. 3.
  • Page 39: Beep Sound

    Advanced Recording BEEP SOUND THE BEEP SOUND function works in CAMERA, PLAYER modes. Use the MENU to setup the BEEP SOUND function. Select whether or not you want to hear a beep sound whenever you change a setup value. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear.
  • Page 40: Shutter Sound

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording SHUTTER SOUND You can hear SHUTTER SOUND only when the PHOTO function is working. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode . 2. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 3. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight INITIAL and press the ENTER button. 4.
  • Page 41: Demonstration

    Advanced Recording DEMONSTRATION Demonstration automatically shows you the major functions that are included with your camcorder so that you may use them more easily. The DEMONSTRATION function may only be used in the CAMERA mode without a tape inserted in the camcorder. The demonstration operates repeatedly until the DEMONSTRATION mode switched OFF.
  • Page 42: Program Ae

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording PROGRAM AE The PROGRAM AE function works in CAMERA mode only. The PROGRAM AE mode allows you to adjust shutter speeds and apertures to suit different recording conditions. They give you creative control over the depth of field. AUTO mode - Auto balance between the subject and the background.
  • Page 43: Setting The Program Ae

    Advanced Recording Setting the PROGRAM AE 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight CAMERA and press the ENTER button. 3. Select PROGRAM AE from the submenu. 4. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu. 5.
  • Page 44: Wht. Balance (white Balance)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording WHT. BALANCE (WHITE BALANCE) The WHITE BALANCE function works in CAMERA mode only. The WHITE BALANCE is a recording function that preserves the unique colour of the object in any recording condition. You may select the appropriate WHITE BALANCE mode to obtain good quality colour of the image. AUTO ( ) : This mode is generally used to control the WHITE BALANCE automatically.
  • Page 45: Zooming In And Out With Digital Zoom

    Advanced Recording Zooming In and Out with DIGITAL ZOOM Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooming In and Out Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in a scene. For more professional looking recordings, do not use the zoom function too often. You can zoom using variable zoom speeds.
  • Page 46: Digital Zoom

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Digital Zoom Zooming more than 10x is achieved digitally. The picture quality may deteriorate depending on how much you zoom in on the subject. We recommend that you use the DIS feature with DIGITAL ZOOM for picture stability. (see page 47) 1.
  • Page 47: Dis (digital Image Stabilizer)

    Advanced Recording DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) The DIS function works in CAMERA mode only. DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) is a function that compensates for any shaking or hand movement while holding the camcorder (within reasonable limits). It provides more stable pictures when: Recording with the zoom Recording a small object close-up Recording and walking at the same time...
  • Page 48: Dse(digital Special Effects) Select

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording DSE(Digital Special Effects) SELECT The DSE function works in CAMERA mode only. The digital effects enable you to give a creative look to your recording by adding various special effects. Select the appropriate digital effect for the type of picture that you wish to record and the effect you wish to create. There are 9 DSE modes.
  • Page 49: Selecting An Effect

    Advanced Recording Selecting an effect 1. Set the camcorder to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 3. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight CAMERA and press the ENTER button. 4. Select DSE SELECT from the submenu. 5.
  • Page 50: Rec Mode

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording REC MODE The REC MODE function works in both CAMERA and PLAYER (VP-D20i/D21i only) modes. This camcorder records and plays back in SP (standard play) mode and in LP (long play) mode. SP (standard play): This mode permits 60 minutes of recording time with a DVM60 tape. LP (long play): This mode permits 90 minutes of recording time with a DVM60 tape.
  • Page 51: Audio Mode

    Advanced Recording AUDIO MODE The AUDIO MODE function works in CAMERA and PLAYER (VP-D20i/D21i only) modes. This camcorder records sound in two ways. (12bit, 16bit) 12bit : You can record two 12bit stereo sound tracks. The original stereo sound can be recorded onto the MAIN (SOUND1) track. Additional stereo sound can be dubbed onto the SUB (SOUND2) track.
  • Page 52: Wind Cut

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording WIND CUT The WIND CUT function works in CAMERA and PLAYER (VP-D20i/D21i only) modes. The WIND CUT function minimizes wind noise or other noise while recording. - When the wind cut is on, some low sounds are eliminated along with the sound of the wind. 1.
  • Page 53: Date/time

    Advanced Recording DATE/TIME The DATE/TIME function works in CAMERA, PLAYER modes. The date and time are automatically recorded on a special data area of the tape. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight VIEWER and press the ENTER button. 3.
  • Page 54: Tv Display

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording TV DISPLAY The TV DISPLAY function works in CAMERA, PLAYER modes. You can select the output path of the OSD (On Screen Display). OFF: The OSD appears in the LCD screen only. ON: The OSD appears in the LCD screen, EVF and TV. Use the DISPLAY button located at the left side of the camcorder to turn ON/OFF all of the OSD displayed on the LCD/EVF/TV.
  • Page 55: Using Quick Menu

    Advanced Recording Using Quick Menu(Navigation Menu) Quick menu is available only in CAMERA mode. Quick menu is used to adjust camera functions by simply using the MENU SELECTOR button. This feature is useful for when you want to make simple adjustments without having to access the menus and submenus. DATE/TIME - Each time you select DATE/TIME and press the ENTER button, it will be displayed in the order of DATE - TIME - DATE/TIME - OFF.
  • Page 56: Setting The Quick Menu

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording WHT. BALANCE (see page 44) - Each time you select WHT. BALANCE and press the ENTER button, you can choose between preset WHT.BALANCE values and AUTO. As in PROGRAM AE, you can't choose between Auto and WHT.BALANCE values it they have not been preset. FOCUS (Manual Focus/Auto Focus) (see page 60) - Each time you select FOCUS and press the ENTER button, the FOCUS is switched to either Manual Focus (MF) or Auto Focus (...
  • Page 57: Shutter Speed & Exposure

    Advanced Recording SHUTTER SPEED & EXPOSURE You can set SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE only in CAMERA mode. SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE values can only be set in the Quick Menu. SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE are automatically switched and/or deactivated. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2.
  • Page 58: Slow Shutter(low Shutter Speed)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording SLOW SHUTTER (Low Shutter Speed) The SLOW SHUTTER function works in CAMERA mode only. The shutter speed can be controlled, allowing you to record slow moving objects. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the SLOW SHUTTER button. 3.
  • Page 59: Easy Mode (for Beginners)

    Advanced Recording EASY Mode (for Beginners) The EASY mode allows a beginner to easily make good recordings. The EASY mode only operates in CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. By pressing the EASY button, all functions on the camera will be set to off and the recording settings will be set to the following basic modes: Battery level, recording mode, counter, DATE/TIME, and DIS ( The word “EASY.Q”...
  • Page 60: Mf/af (manual Focus/auto Focus)

    Manual focusing may be necessary under certain conditions that make automatic focusing difficult and/or unreliable. Auto Focusing If you are inexperienced in the use of camcorders, we recommend that you make use of Auto Focus. Manual Focusing In the following cases you may obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually.
  • Page 61: Blc (back Light Compensation)

    Advanced Recording BLC (Back Light Compensation) BLC works in CAMERA mode. Back lighting exists when the subject is darker than the background: The subject is in front of a window. The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and is placed against a bright background;...
  • Page 62: Fade In And Out

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Fade In and Out The FADE function works in CAMERA mode only. You can give your recordings a professional look by using special effects such as fading in at the beginning of a sequence or fading out at the end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
  • Page 63: Audio Dubbing

    Advanced Recording Audio dubbing The AUDIO DUBBING function only works in PLAYER Mode. You can add sound to the original sound on a pre-recorded tape, recorded in SP mode with 12bit sound. Use the internal and external microphones or other audio equipment. The original sound will not be erased.
  • Page 64: Dubbed Audio Playback

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Dubbed audio Playback 1. Insert the dubbed tape and press MENU button. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V. 3. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu. 4. Use the MENU DIAL to select AUDIO SELECT from the submenu. 5.
  • Page 65: Photo Image Recording

    Advanced Recording PHOTO Image Recording 1. Press the PHOTO button and hold it. The still picture appears on the LCD monitor. If you do not wish to record, release the button. 2. Release the PHOTO button and press the PHOTO button again in 2 seconds. The still picture is recorded for about 6~7 seconds.
  • Page 66: Night Capture (0 Lux Recording)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording NIGHT CAPTURE (0 lux recording) The NIGHT CAPTURE function works in CAMERA mode. The NIGHT CAPTURE function enables you to record a subject in darkness. 1. Set the camcorder to CAMERA mode. 2. Slide the NIGHT CAPTURE switch to ON. (NIGHT CAPTURE indicator) appears on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 67: Power Night Capture

    Advanced Recording POWER NIGHT CAPTURE The POWER NIGHT CAPTURE function works in CAMERA mode. The POWER NIGHT CAPTURE function can record a subject more brightly in darkness than the NIGHT CAPTURE function. A POWER NIGHT CAPTURE is displayed for three seconds by LCD if you press a SLOW SHUTTER button in state that a NIGHT CAPTURE switch is turned on.
  • Page 68: Using The Video Light

    Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. It is recommended that you consult your nearest SAMSUNG dealer for bulb replacement. - The life of the bulb is approximately 50 hours. 1. Set the camcorder to the CAMERA mode.
  • Page 69: Various Recording Techniques

    Advanced Recording Various Recording Techniques In some situations different recording techniques may be required for more dramatic results. Reference Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as excessive rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder.
  • Page 70: Playback

    ENGLISH Playback Tape Playback The playback function works in PLAYER mode only. Playback on the LCD It is practical to view a tape using the LCD when in a car or outdoors. Playback on a TV monitor To play back a tape, the television must have a compatible colour system. We recommend that you use the AC Power Adapter as the power source for the camcorder.
  • Page 71: Connecting To A Tv Which Has No Audio And Video Input Jacks

    Playback Connecting to a TV which has no Audio and Video input jacks You can connect your camcorder to a TV through a VCR. 1. Connect the camcorder and VCR with the Audio/Video cable. The yellow plug : Video The white plug : Audio(L) The red plug : Audio(R) - STEREO only 2.
  • Page 72: Various Functions While In Player Mode

    ENGLISH Playback Various Functions while in PLAYER mode The PLAY/STILL, STOP, FF, REW buttons are located on the camcorder and the Remote Control. The F.ADV(Frame advance), X2, SLOW buttons are located on the Remote Control only. To prevent tape and head-drum wear, your camcorder will automatically stop if it is left in STILL or SLOW modes for more than 5 minutes.
  • Page 73: Frame Advance (to Play Back Frame By Frame)

    Playback Frame advance (To play back frame by frame) Press the F.ADV button on the Remote Control while in Still mode. The F.ADV function works in still mode only. To resume normal playback, press the (PLAY/STILL) button. Forward frame advance Press the F.ADV button on the remote control in Still mode.
  • Page 74: Zero Memory

    ENGLISH Playback ZERO MEMORY The MEMORY function works in both CAMERA and PLAYER modes. You can mark a point on a tape that you want to return to following playback. 1. Press the ZERO MEMORY button on the remote control during playback or recording at the point you wish to return to. The time code is changed to a tape counter that is set to zero memory with the If you want to cancel the zero memory function, press the ZERO MEMORY button again.
  • Page 75: Pb Dse (playback Digital Special Effects)

    Playback PB DSE (Playback Digital Special Effects) The PB DSE function works in PLAYER mode. The PB DSE function enables you to apply Digital Special Effect (DSE) to tape playback or still image. 1. Set the camcorder to the PLAYER mode and then Playback a tape. 2.
  • Page 76: Pb Zoom

    ENGLISH Playback PB ZOOM The PB ZOOM function works in PLAYER mode. The PB ZOOM function enables you to magnify playback or still image. 1. Press the PB ZOOM button in playback mode or in playback still mode 2. The image is magnified starting from the center of image and the four arrows which allows you to move the image in the four directions appear.
  • Page 77: Recording In Player Mode (vp-d20i/d21i Only)

    Recording in PLAYER mode Recording in PLAYER mode (VP-D20i/D21i only) You can use this camcorder as a recorder. You can record a tape from VCR or TV. 1. Connect the camcorder and VCR or TV with the Audio/Video cable. 2. Set the power switch of the camcorder to PLAYER mode. 3.
  • Page 78: Ieee 1394 Data Transfer

    ENGLISH IEEE 1394 Data Transfer Transferring IEEE1394 (i.LINK)-DV standard data connections Connecting to a DV device Connecting with other DV standard products. A standard DV connection is quite simple. If a product has a DV port, you can transfer data by connecting to the DV port using the correct cable. !!! Please be careful since there are two types of DV ports, (4pin, 6pin).
  • Page 79: System Requirements

    IEEE 1394 Data Transfer System requirements ® CPU : faster Intel Pentium III™ 450Mhz compatible. ® Operating system : Windows 98SE, ME, XP, Mac OS (9.1~10.2) Main memory : more than 64 MB RAM IEEE1394 add-on card or built in IEEE1394 card Recording with a DV connection cable (VP-D20i/D21i only) 1.
  • Page 80: Usb Interface (vp-d21/d21i Only)

    ENGLISH USB interface (VP-D21/D21i only) Transferring a Digital Image through a USB Connection You can easily transfer a still image from a camera, tape to a PC without additional add-on cards via a USB connection. You can transfer an image to a PC via a USB connection. If you transfer data to a PC, you need to install the software (Driver, Editing software) supplied with the camcorder.
  • Page 81: Installing Dvc Media 5.0 Program

    USB interface (VP-D21/D21i only) Installing DVC Media 5.0 Program Do not connect the camcorder to PC before installing the program. If another camera or scanner is connected, please disconnect it in advance. ® This explanation is based on Windows 98SE OS. Program installation 1.
  • Page 82: Connecting To A Pc

    ENGLISH USB interface (VP-D21/D21i only) Connecting to a PC 1. Connect a USB cable to the USB port on the PC. 2. Connect the other end of the USB cable into the proper terminal on the camcorder. (USB jack) Disconnecting the USB cable After completing the data transmission, you must disconnect the cable in the following way: 1.
  • Page 83: Maintenance

    Maintenance After finishing a recording At the end of a recording you must remove the power source. When recording with a Lithium Ion Battery Pack, leaving the pack on the camcorder can reduce the life span of the battery. Hence, it should be removed from the camcorder. 1.
  • Page 84: Cleaning And Maintaining The Camcorder

    ENGLISH Maintenance Cleaning and Maintaining the Camcorder Cleaning the Video Heads To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads when the playback pictures display square block-shaped noise or distortion or a blue screen appears. 1. Set the power switch to PLAYER mode. 2.
  • Page 85: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Maintenance Using Your Camcorder Abroad Each country or region has its own electric and colour systems. Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following items. Power sources You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the supplied AC Power Adapter within 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug Adapter, if necessary, depending on the design of the local wall outlet.
  • Page 86: Troubleshooting

    ENGLISH Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Before contacting a Samsung authorized service centre, perform the following simple checks. They may save you the time and expense of an unnecessary call. Self Diagnosis Display Display Informs that... Action Blinking the battery pack is almost discharged. Change to a charged one.
  • Page 87 Troubleshooting If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact your nearest Samsung authorized service centre. Symptom Explanation/Solution You cannot switch the Check the battery pack or the AC Power Adapter. camcorder on. START/STOP button Check the POWER switch is set to CAMERA.
  • Page 88: Specifications

    ENGLISH Specifications Model name: VP-D20/D21/D20i/D21i System Video signal Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Usable cassette Digital video tape (6.35mm width): Mini DV cassette Tape speed SP: approx. 18.83mm/s LP: approx. 12.57mm/s...
  • Page 89: Index

    INDEX - A - Accessories ... 12 Audio dubbing ... 63 AUDIO MODE ... 51 - B - Battery Pack ... 24 BEEP ... 39 BLC ... 61 - C - Cassette ... 27 Cleaning ... 84 CLOCK SET ... 37 Connecting ...
  • Page 90: Power Sources (united Kingdom Only)

    ENGLISH Power Sources (United Kingdom Only) The mains lead on the power adapter is supplied with a moulded plug incorporating a fuse. The value of the fuse is indicated on the pin face of the plug and, if it requires replacing, a fuse approved to BS1362 of the same rating must be used.
  • Page 91 ENGLISH THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: ELECTRONICS *Samsung Electronics’ Internet Home Page AD68-00658D United Kingdom http://www.samsungelectronics.co.uk...

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