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Read this first
On this "First Step Guide"
Software's on-line help
Picture Motion Browser features
Chapter 1: Setting up for the first time
Preparation flow
Step 1: Installing software
Step 2: Connecting with a USB cable
Chapter 2: Creating a disc with One Touch
Types of discs you can use
Saving videos and still images on a disc with One Touch (One Touch Disc Burn)
Chapter 3: Importing/viewing videos and still images on a computer
Importing entire videos and still images on a computer (Easy PC Back-up)
Importing selected videos and still images on a computer (Media File Import)
Importing images from the DVD drive/Memory Stick slot of a computer
Viewing videos and still images imported to a computer
Chapter 4: Editing the imported videos and still images
Editing videos
Editing still images
Chapter 5: Creating and copying a disc
Creating a disc with HD (High Definition) picture quality
Creating a disc with SD (Standard Definition) picture quality
Creating a disc with saved images from the Playlist on your camcorder (Playlist Disc Creation)
Copying a disc
Types of discs you can use
Chapter 6: Viewing an AVCHD format disc on a computer
Playing an AVCHD format disc with Player for AVCHD
Chapter 7: Exporting videos to your camcorder
Exporting AVCHD 1080i format videos saved on a computer to your camcorder
Chapter 8: Manipulating videos and still images
Saving videos after converting format
Manipulating still images
Troubleshooting
Symptoms
Cause and/or corrective actions
Additional information
System requirements
Trademarks and regulations
(C) 2006 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 Exporting AVCHD 1080i format videos saved on a computer to your camcorder Chapter 8: Manipulating videos and still images Saving videos after converting format Manipulating still images Troubleshooting Symptoms Cause and/or corrective actions Additional information System requirements Trademarks and regulations (C) 2006 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 Read this first On this “First Step Guide” This “First Step Guide” describes the connections and settings required to use your camcorder with a computer, and the basic operation of the software on the CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains the Picture Motion Browser application for the Windows OS. You cannot use Picture Motion Browser on a Macintosh computer.
  • Page 3 Read this first Software's on-line help The help provides detailed operating instructions for Picture Motion Browser. Select [Help] in the [Help] menu of the software to start up the on-line help. Previous Next...
  • Page 4 Read this first Picture Motion Browser features Picture Motion Browser is a set of Windows applications with the following features. If you double-click the [ ] (Picture Motion Browser) icon on the desktop, [Picture Motion Browser] starts up. Notes The picture may not play back smoothly, depending on specifications of your computer. For details about the recommended specifications, see You cannot use Picture Motion Browser on a Macintosh computer.
  • Page 5 Chapter 1: Setting up for the first time Preparation flow This gives you an overview of the preparation necessary for the first time you use your camcorder with a Windows computer. If you have not installed the supplied software, install it on your computer. See “Step 1: Installing software.”...
  • Page 6 Chapter 1: Setting up for the first time Step 1: Installing software You need to install the software to your Windows computer to enjoy editing your recorded videos and still images. The installation is required only for the first time. Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer.
  • Page 7 Click [Next]. Read [License Agreement], select [I accept the terms of the license agreement] when you agree, then click [Next]. Select your camcorder video system, then click [Next]. Select where to save the software, then click [Next].
  • Page 8 Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install the Program] screen. The installation of Picture Motion Browser starts. The following installation screens may be displayed, depending on your operating environment. In this case, follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.
  • Page 9 Previous Next...
  • Page 10 Chapter 1: Setting up for the first time Step 2: Connecting with a USB cable The following section describes how to connect your camcorder to a computer using a USB cable and make the computer recognize your camcorder. Connection image (USB cable and USB jack) Before performing the following procedure, make sure you have installed Picture Motion Browser on your computer.
  • Page 11 To use still images in a “Memory Stick Duo”, select [ When you select [ COMPUTER] The first time you connect your camcorder to a computer and select [ time until the computer recognizes your camcorder. When the computer recognizes your camcorder, the connection is completed and [HDD Handycam Utility] window is displayed automatically.
  • Page 12 Notes Do not disconnect the USB cable while the access lamp is lit. Before turning off your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable following the proper procedures described above. Disconnect the USB cable using the proper procedures described above. Otherwise, files stored on the hard disk of your camcorder or in a “Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 13 Chapter 2: Creating a disc with One Touch Types of discs you can use The kinds of disc that you can use with the supplied software are as listed below. The discs you can use differ, depending on the computer you use. For details on the discs compatible with your computer, refer to the operations manual supplied with your computer.
  • Page 14 Chapter 2: Creating a disc with One Touch Saving videos and still images on a disc with One Touch (One Touch Disc Burn) You can save videos and still images recorded on the hard disk of your camcorder on a disc in your computer by pressing the DISC BURN button on your camcorder (One Touch Disc Burn function) without any complex operations on your computer.
  • Page 15 Current status of all disc creation Current status per disc Number of discs required Number of discs being created When the disc creation is completed, the disc tray opens automatically. Notes During disc creation, do not apply vibration to the camcorder. The disc creation may be terminated. Make sure no other USB devices are connected to your computer.
  • Page 16 4 Connect the camcorder with a computer using the USB cable. The [USB SELECT] screen is displayed on the LCD screen of your camcorder. 5 Select [Disc Burn] on the LCD screen of your camcorder. The disc recognition window is displayed on the screen of the computer. When the disc type is recognized, the disc creation begins.
  • Page 17 Chapter 3: Importing/viewing videos and still images on a computer Importing entire videos and still images on a computer (Easy PC Back-up) You can import videos and still images recorded on the hard disk of your camcorder to a computer with a simple operation using the Easy PC Back-up function of the HDD Handycam Utility.
  • Page 18 location is set as the [My Pictures] folder. Click [Import]. Videos and images that have not been imported to a computer are automatically imported to your computer. When the import of the data is completed, [Picture Motion Browser] starts up automatically and the imported videos and images are displayed in the window.
  • Page 19 Chapter 3: Importing/viewing videos and still images on a computer Importing selected videos and still images to a computer (Media File Import) You can select the desired videos and still images recorded on the hard disk of your camcorder and import them to a computer.
  • Page 20 Select the videos and still images you want to import. Click the check box at the top left on the thumbnail images of videos and still images you want to import. If you want to import all the scenes on selected tab, click [Select All]. Tips By switching the tabs, you can select both videos and still images at the same time.
  • Page 21: Your Computer

    Chapter 3: Importing/viewing videos and still images on a computer Importing images from the DVD drive/Memory Stick slot of a computer You can import the videos and still images stored on a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo” by inserting the disc/“Memory Stick Duo”...
  • Page 22 Click [Next]. The window used to select the destination folder for imported videos is displayed. Select the destination folder for imported videos or still images. The default location for the destination folder is set as [My Pictures]. You can change the destination where imported fils will be saved by selecting a folder from among those registered as [Viewed folder] in the window that is displayed when you click [Change].
  • Page 23 date and time they were taken, and are displayed as thumbnails in calendar format. You can also select and view images from any folder or memory device. On destination folders The images are imported to the date folders (named with the date imported) created in the [My Pictures] folder in the default setting.
  • Page 24 Chapter 3: Importing/viewing videos and still images on a computer Viewing videos and still images imported to a computer You can browse videos and still images imported to a computer, sorted by registered folder (Folder view), or sorted by the date and time they were taken (Calendar view). Turn on the computer.
  • Page 25 When you click the month icon Tips When you click a month on the yearly calendar, the calendar switches to the calendar of the selected month. When you click the date on a monthly calendar, the calendar switches to a time calendar for the selected date. Thumbnails of the videos and still images taken that day are displayed, arranged according to the hour they were taken.
  • Page 26 To play images consecutively You can select videos and still images and play them as a slide show. Here we explain the procedure for starting a slide show by selecting videos and still images in the Calendar view. 1 Turn on the computer. 2 Double-click [ ] (Picture Motion Browser) on the desktop.
  • Page 27: Editing Videos

    Chapter 4: Editing the imported videos and still images Editing videos You can cut out only required video parts to save. Turn on the computer. Double-click [ ] (Picture Motion Browser) on the desktop. [Picture Motion Browser] starts up. Select the video you want to edit in the Folder view or Calendar view. Select [Video Trimming] in the [Manipulate] menu.
  • Page 28 Select the scene you want to set as an OUT point (the end of the required part) in the same way, and click [Set OUT point]. The selected scene is displayed in the thumbnail of [OUT point]. After setting the points, click [Save from IN to OUT]. The Save As window is displayed.
  • Page 29 Next...
  • Page 30: Editing Still Images

    Chapter 4: Editing the imported videos and still images Editing still images You can edit imported still images as follows. For details about the operation, refer to the Picture Motion Browser Help. Automatic Correction Automatically corrects the brightness and contrast to the most suitable levels for that image. Correcting brightness and contrast The brightness and contrast of still images can be corrected.
  • Page 31 Chapter 5: Creating and copying a disc Creating a disc with HD (High Definition) picture quality You can create an HD (High Definition) picture quality disc with an additional menu by putting together AVCHD 1080i format videos imported to your computer. The selected videos are written to the disc as they are.
  • Page 32 Confirm the videos to be written to the disc. Videos with checkmarks at the top right are written to the disc in the date and time stamp order. If you want to write all the videos, click [Select All]. To add more videos to the previously selected videos, select the video you want to add in the image display area of the main window and drag and drop onto this window.
  • Page 33 Chapter 5: Creating and copying a disc Creating a disc with SD (Standard Definition) picture quality You can create a DVD Video with SD (Standard Definition) picture quality with a DVD menu by putting together videos and still images imported to your computer. The selected videos are written to the disc as they are.
  • Page 34 Click [Next]. Menu selection window of the disc is displayed. Select menu design and a title creation method, and enter the disc name. Image of DVD video menu to create is displayed. Tips Selecting [Each Video File] for the title making method gathers all still images automatically in one title. Clicking [Font] lets you select the text color of the disc name and title, etc.
  • Page 35 Chapter 5: Creating and copying a disc Creating a disc with saved videos from the Playlist on your camcorder (Playlist Disc Creation) You can save videos listed in a Playlist on the hard disk of your camcorder on a disc using [Playlist Disc Creation] in the HDD Handycam Utility.
  • Page 36 Confirm the videos to write to a disc. Videos with checkmarks at the top right are written on the disc in the Playlist order. Click [Next]. When you select [HD Playlist], jump to step 12. When you select [SD Playlist], the menu selection window of the disc is displayed.
  • Page 37: Copying A Disc

    Turn on the computer. Insert a recorded disc into the DVD drive of your computer. Click [Start], then click [All Programs] (for Windows 2000, click [Programs]), [Sony Picture Utility], [Video Disc Copier] in that order. [Video Disc Copier] starts up. Copy method selection window is displayed.
  • Page 38 To change the location for temporary files and the writing speed On the Disc copy window, click [Settings...]. Select [Manually select a writing speed before writing to the disc] and click [OK] to specify the writing speed each time, before writing starts. Depending on the capacity of the source disc, the free space required on your hard disk for temporary files varies.
  • Page 39 Chapter 5: Creating and copying a disc Types of discs you can use This section explains about discs you can use for backing up a disc or creating a disc playable on other DVD players. The types of discs that can be used ( ) for copying vary depending on the type of disc used to make the source disc and the recorded video quality level of the source disc.
  • Page 40 Chapter 6: Viewing an AVCHD format disc on a computer Playing an AVCHD format disc with Player for AVCHD You can view videos on an AVCHD format disc on the DVD drive of your computer. Note The picture may not play back smoothly, depending on the specifications and performances of your computer. Turn on the computer.
  • Page 41 To change the DVD drive used for playback Click [ ] and select [Settings]. The drive-selection window is displayed. Select the drive and click [OK].
  • Page 42 Chapter 7: Exporting videos to your camcorder Exporting AVCHD 1080i format videos saved on a computer to your camcorder You can export AVCHD 1080i format videos saved on a computer to the hard disk of your camcorder. Turn on the computer. Connect your camcorder to a power source, and turn on your camcorder.
  • Page 43 Chapter 8: Manipulating videos and still images Saving videos after converting format You can convert the format of video and audio taken with your camcorder to more versatile format. Turn on the computer. Double-click [ ] (Picture Motion Browser) on the desktop. [Picture Motion Browser] starts up.
  • Page 44 Click [Start]. The video file is converted and saved in the specified location. Next...
  • Page 45 Chapter 8: Manipulating videos and still images Manipulating still images You can manipulate imported still images as follows. For details about the operation, refer to the Picture Motion Browser Help. Printing still images You can print imported still images. You can save a scene you select from the video as a still image and print it. Sending still images by e-mail You can start your e-mail software, attach still images to e-mail and send them via e-mail.
  • Page 46 Troubleshooting Symptoms When using the videos stored on the hard disk of your camcorder, a computer does not recognize the camcorder. You cannot use the supplied software, Picture Motion Browser on the Macintosh computer. The One Touch Disc Burn function does not work. You cannot view the videos of your camcorder with a computer.
  • Page 47 Troubleshooting Cause and/or corrective actions When using the videos on a disc, a computer does not recognize your camcorder. Install Picture Motion Browser. <Details> Disconnect the USB device other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the computer. Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect them again correctly.
  • Page 48 The playback screen is paused or distorted. Check the recommended computer environment required to play videos recorded with HD (High Definition) picture quality. <Details> Close all application except Player for AVCHD on a computer. A disc cannot be played back. Use the supplied Player for AVCHD software to play a disc recorded with HD (High Definition) picture quality.
  • Page 49: System Requirements

    Additional information System requirements For Windows users When using Picture Motion Browser OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Media Center Edition Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment. CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz CPU or faster (Intel Pentium 4 3.6 GHz or faster, Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz or faster, or Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster is recommended).
  • Page 50 Music Contents without obtaining authorization or approval of the respective owners thereof. License of Picture Motion Browser by Sony Corporation would not be construed as conferring to you by implication, estoppel or otherwise any license or right to use the Music Contents.
  • Page 51 Automatic Correction Brightness Correction Calendar view Changing the date and time stamp DirectX 9.0c Easy PC Back-up E-mail External program Folder view HDD Handycam Utility Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) Install Macintosh Media File Import MPEG-2 MPEG Audio format One Touch Disc Burn Picture Motion Browser Player for AVCHD Playlist Disc Creation...

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