Panasonic AG-HPX500 Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic AG-HPX500 Operating Instructions Manual

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S0407T1067 -P
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Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HPX500P Model No. AG-HPX500E Model No. FRANÇAIS Pour des explications en français, veuillez vous reporter au CD-ROM fourni. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH S0407T1067 -P VQT1G18-1 Printed in Japan...
  • Page 2 Read this first! CAUTION: In order to maintain adequate ventilation, do not install or place this unit in a bookcase, built-in cabinet or any other confined space. To prevent risk of electric shock or fire hazard due to overheating, ensure that curtains and any other materials do not obstruct the ventilation.
  • Page 3 Read this first! <For USA and Canada> A rechargeable battery that is recyclable powers the product you have purchased. <For USA-California Only> This product contains a CR Coin Cell Lithium Battery which contains Perchlorate Material — special handling may apply. See
  • Page 4: Precautions For Use

    (Details are given in the original (English-language) text.) To obtain the source codes, go to the following home page: The manufacturer asks users to refrain from directing inquiries concerning the source codes they have obtained and other details to its representatives.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Precautions for Use ...................4 Camera Unit Features..................8 Chapter 1 Recording and Playback Features ..............10 Introduction Outline of operations..................12 Flow of shooting, playing and saving ............12 Saving and editing on external devices .............13 System Configuration..................14 Power Supply and Accessory Mounting Section ........15 Chapter 2 Audio (input) Function Section..............16 Parts and their...
  • Page 6 Recording time codes and user bits ............59 Setting user bits ..................60 Entering the User Bits ................60 Setting the Time Code ................62 Externally Locking the Time Code ............64 Outputting the time code externally ............65 GENLOCK and time code input/output connection and setup ....66 Counter Setting and Display ..............
  • Page 7 Setting of Clip Meta Data ................109 Formatting P2 and SD Memory Cards ............112 Formatting a P2 Card................112 Formatting SD memory cards ..............112 Properties .......................113 Clip Property .................... 113 P2 Card Status Display ................113 SD memory card Status Display .............. 115 Confirmation of Metadata Upload ............
  • Page 8: Camera Unit Features

    24P (2:3 pulldown). Recording at 30P or 25P (50 Hz mode) applies a 2:2 pulldown. * For details on compatible systems, visit our website at: * 24P, 30P and 60P/60i indicate recording at 23.98P, 29.97P and 59.94P/59.94i, respectively.
  • Page 9 ■Eight gamma curves, including cine-like gamma The DSP provides Panasonic’s proprietary selectable gamma feature. To expand camera capabilities, the camera offers eight gamma modes including cine-like gamma to give the characteristic warm tone of film recordings and a news gamma curve for newsgathering.
  • Page 10: Recording And Playback Features

    Recording and Playback Features ■A variety of interfaces The AG-HPX500P/E can record 48 kHz/16-bit uncompressed high-quality digital audio in all formats. The 4- channel audio capability makes both microphone and line input possible on up to four channels. HD-SDI output, time code input and output, GEN lock input and USB 2.0 connector are also provided.
  • Page 11 ■Clip thumbnail preview The camera records each cut as a clip (file) and automatically attaches a thumbnail image and file information to it. To preview a clip on the LCD monitor or to check clip data, simply choose the clip you want from the list of thumbnails.
  • Page 12: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This unit is compatible with P2 (Professional Plug-in) cards. Excelling at high transfer speeds, the P2 card enables high vision recording and smooth editing and dubbing. Flow of shooting, playing and saving The setting values such as the user file are saved to and read from the SD memory card.
  • Page 13: Saving And Editing On External Devices

    Saving and editing on external devices Connecting external devices via the USB connector (Page 131) The data (file) is transferred for nonlinear editing on your computer or other unit. P2 card Computer ® USB2.0 (Windows ® IEEE1394 (SBP-2*) (Macintosh Connecting external devices via the IEEE1394 connector (Page 132) The unit directly controls the external hard disk drive, and transfers the data (file) to it.
  • Page 14: System Configuration

    P2 Cards * LCD monitor BT-LH80W USB2.0 compatible devices * For the latest information on P2 cards and SD memory cards not available in the operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. System Configuration...
  • Page 15: Power Supply And Accessory Mounting Section

    Parts and their Functions Chapter Power Supply and Accessory Mounting Section POWER switch Lens lever Used to turn on/off the power. Tighten this lever to lock the lens to the lens Battery mount mount. For details, refer to [Mounting the Lens] A battery pack from Anton/Bauer is mounted (page 91).
  • Page 16: Audio (Input) Function Section

    Audio (input) Function Section MIC IN (microphone input) jacks AUDIO LEVEL CH3/CH 4 (audio channel 3 FRONT1/FRONT2 (XLR, 3-pin) & 4 recording level adjustment) controls • Connect microphones (optional accessories) to Set the menu option AUTO LEVEL CH3/AUTO these jacks. Power for the microphone comes LEVEL CH4 to OFF in the <AUDIO SETUP>...
  • Page 17 LINE/MIC/+48V (line input/mic input/mic input + 48V) selector switch Used to select the audio signal input from the REAR1/REAR2 connectors. LINE: Audio signal line-input from the audio device is input. MIC: Audio signal from a self-powered (active) microphone is input. (The main unit does not supply power to the remote microphone).
  • Page 18: Audio (Output) Function Section

    Audio (output) Function Section MONITOR SELECT (audio channel) CH1/2 / CH3/4 selector switch Use this switch to select the audio channel whose signals are output to the speakers, earphones or AUDIO OUT connector. CH1/2: Signals on Audio Channels 1 and 2 are output. CH3/4: Signals on Audio Channels 3 and 4 are output.
  • Page 19: Shooting And Recording/Playback Functions Section

    Shooting and Recording/Playback Functions Section Shooting and Recording (camera unit) AUTO W/B (white/black) BAL switch ND FILTER (filter switching) control Automatically adjusts the white balance. Set the WHITE BAL switch on the side to This control adjusts the amount of light entering [A] or [B] and use this switch to adjust the the CCD.
  • Page 20: Mode Button

    OUTPUT/AUTO KNEE selector switch MODE button This switch selects the video signals sent from • This button toggles between the CAMERA the camera unit to the memory card recorder unit, mode and MCR mode at each press. viewfinder and video monitor. •...
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  • Page 22 Press the red and white buttons simultaneously • Use of Panasonic SD/SDHC memory cards and to start recording the 1394 input signal and press mini SD cards is recommended. Be sure to format the STOP button to stop recording.
  • Page 23 ■About SD and SDHC memory cards FOCUS ASSIST button • SD logo is a trademark. This button turns focus assist on and off. • The SDHC (SD High Capacity) card is a new Turning on the focus assist function displays standard, established by the SD Card Association a frequency distribution graph in the top right in 2006, for large-scale memory cards with...
  • Page 24: Menu/Thumbnail Operation Section

    Menu/Thumbnail Operation Section MENU button PAGE/VAR button • Press and hold this button to display the setting Pressing this button during thumbnail display menu and press it again to return to the previous scrolls thumbnail pages forwards and backwards image. in page units.
  • Page 25: Time Code Section

    Time Code Section GENLOCK IN connector (BNC) COUNTER (counter display selector) button This connector is used to input a reference signal before the camera unit is gen-locked, or before The LCD monitor and the viewfinder show the the time code is externally locked. counter value, time code, user bit and frame rate For details, refer to [Externally Locking the Time data.
  • Page 26: Warning And Status Display Functions

    Warning and Status Display LCD Monitor Functions LCD monitor The LCD monitor displays the video in the Back tally lamp viewfinder. When the BACK TALLY switch is set to [ON], the Alternatively, it can show clips on the P2 card in a lamp behaves in the same way as the front tally thumbnail format.
  • Page 27: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder Viewfinder (supplied accessory) Front tally lamp During recording or playback, the viewfinder This lamp goes on during recording when displays the video image in monochrome. It also the TALLY switch is set to [ON]. It also blinks displays warnings, messages, zebra patterns, in synchronisation with the REC lamp in the markers (safety zone and center markers), etc.
  • Page 28: Setting Date And Time Of Internal Clock

    Recording and Playback Chapter Setting Date and Time of Internal Clock The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents ■Time zone (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the Time Time Area Area thumbnails. Before carrying out recording, be sure to difference difference check and set CLOCK SET and TIME ZONE.
  • Page 29 Turn the JOG dial button to select YEAR, then press the JOG dial button. CLOCK SET YEAR 2007 MONTH HOUR PUSH MENU TO RETURN Turn the JOG dial button to set YEAR to 2007, then press the JOG dial button. •...
  • Page 30: P2 Cards

    P2 Cards Inserting P2 Cards Insert a P2 card in a P2 card slot. • Press in the card until the eject button pops <Note> When using the camera recorder for the first time, be EJECT button sure to set the time data beforehand. On how the time data is set, see [Setting Date and Time of Internal Clock] (page 28).
  • Page 31: Removing P2 Cards

    Close the slide-out door. Then depress the eject button to release the P2 card. <Note> • To prevent cards from falling out, dust from entering and reduce the risk of exposure to static electricity, do not move the AG-HPX500P/E with the slide-out door open.
  • Page 32: To Prevent Accidental Erasure Of P2 Card Content

    The P2 card is not properly The P2 card is a semiconductor memory card format formatted. Reformat the card. designed for the DVCPRO P2 series, Panasonic’s line of professional video and broadcast equipment. Card not No P2 card is inserted.
  • Page 33 Viewer, which can be downloaded from the Web site listed below. (Supported operating systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista) • Follow the steps below to use general software such as Microsoft Windows Explorer or Apple Finder to transfer the data to a PC. Be sure to use P2 Viewer to write data back to a P2 card.
  • Page 34: Basic Procedures

    Basic Procedures This section describes the basic procedure for Insert a P2 card and ensure that the P2 shooting and recording. CARD ACCESS LED stays on in orange Before you embark on a shoot, pre-inspect your or green. Then, close the slide-out system to ensure that it works properly.
  • Page 35: Shooting

    Shooting Setting the switches before shooting and recording When a battery and P2 cards are installed, set the White/Black Balance Adjustment to switches as detailed below, before starting to use your Recording Completion AG-HPX500P/E. For shooting, follow the steps below. Use the ND FILTER control to select a filter according to light conditions.
  • Page 36: Normal Recording

    To use the electronic shutter, set the shutter speed and shutter mode. For more information, see [Setting the Electronic Shutter] (page 53). Press the REC START/STOP button to start recording. • During recording, the REC lamp in the viewfinder stays illuminated. To stop recording, press the REC START/STOP button.
  • Page 37: Variable Frame Rate (Vfr) Recording

    Variable Frame Rate (VFR) Recording This camera takes full advantage of P2 card • You can select any of 11 recording frame rates characteristics by providing frame skipping ranging from 12 frames per second (fps) to 60 fps. (undercranking) recording and high-speed See [Video and Recording Formats] (page 45).
  • Page 38: Standard Recording

    Press the REC START/STOP button. Press the REC START/STOP button. • Pressing the REC START/STOP button starts • Pressing the REC START/STOP button starts native recording in the VFR mode. standard recording in the VFR mode, the sound is also recorded. <Note>...
  • Page 39: Shooting In The 1080I/480I Progressive Mode

    Undercrank shooting ■24P mode This mode enables shooting 24 fps video in the This way of shooting provides quick motion effects progressive mode. A 2:3 conversion format is used to used to present such scenes as the movement of convert the 24 fps video signal to a 60-field interlaced clouds, someone standing among crowd of people, signal for output and recording.
  • Page 40: Special Recording Modes

    Special Recording Modes During P2 card recording, setting items in the menu Press the REC START/STOP button. option RECORDING SETUP screen provides the This setting will record audio and video a time following special recording modes: pre-recording, period prior to start of recording. interval recording, one-shot recording, and loop •...
  • Page 41: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    One-shot recording (ONE- Select INTERVAL in the REC FUNCTION SHOT REC) item in the menu option RECORDING SETUP screen. This function records a single shot at each unit of time which has been set. Set the time in the INTERVAL TIME item in the menu option RECORDING SETUP Check that the OPERATION TYPE item screen.
  • Page 42: Loop Recording (Loop Rec)

    Loop recording (LOOP REC) Press the REC START/STOP button. • Recording starts. • When two or more P2 cards are inserted in the P2 • Press the REC START/STOP button to stop card slots, each card is recorded in succession. recording.
  • Page 43: Recording Check Function

    Text Memo Recording Recording Check Function Function • Pressing the RET button on the lens in the CAMERA mode will automatically play back the last two seconds or so of latest clip. Text memo allows the user to insert a text memo •...
  • Page 44: Normal And Variable Speed Playback

    Normal and Variable Speed Playback ■Normal speed playback ■Frame-by-frame playback Clips can be played back in the MCR mode. In playback pause mode, the PAGE/VAR button The PLAY button provides monochrome playback provides frame-by-frame playback. through the viewfinder and color playback on the Frame-by-frame playback is performed at the following LCD monitor.
  • Page 45: Video And Recording Formats

    Adjustments and Settings for Recording Chapter Video and recording formats Selecting recording signals Multiple HD/SD formats in CAMERA MODE This unit supports recordings in 20 HD and SD video formats. 1080i/720p HD recording uses the DVCPRO HD codec, while SD recording is performed in CAMERA MODE allows you to record video shot with DVCPRO50 / DVCPRO/DV multi-codec.
  • Page 46: Selecting Mcr Mode Recording And Playback Signals

    Selecting MCR mode Selecting video output recording and playback CAMERA MODE and MCR mode allow you to select video output format. signals Use the setting menus listed below to select video output. MCR mode allows you to record signals from the 1394 Setting menu Setting connector and play back P2 card clips.
  • Page 47: List Of Recording, Playback And Output Formats

    List of recording, playback and output formats CAMERA mode (recording) ■SYSTEM FREQ (setting menu): 59.94 Hz Format Output Recording status Output status setting setting Capture Audio Recording CMPNT/ COMPONENT VIDEO recording SDI OUT 1394 output FORMAT recording format SDI SEL channels AUDIO frame rate...
  • Page 48 ■SYSTEM FREQ (setting menu): 50 Hz Format Output Recording status Output status setting setting Capture Audio Recording CMPNT/ COMPONENT VIDEO recording SDI OUT 1394 output FORMAT recording format SDI SEL channels AUDIO frame rate 1080i/ 1080i/ AUTO 1080i/50i DVCPRO HD 1080i/ 625i/ DVCPRO HD...
  • Page 49 MCR mode (playback and recording of 1394 input) ■SYSTEM FREQ (setting menu): 59.94 Hz Output Format setting Recording status Output status setting Recording 1394 recording CMPNT/ COMPONENT VIDEO Playback of 1394 and playback playback SDI OUT FORMAT SDI SEL output format audio AUDIO...
  • Page 50: Adjusting The White Balance And Black Balance

    Adjusting the White balance and Black Balance To record high-quality video with the AG-HPX500P/ Adjust the ND FILTER control according E, the black and white balances must be adjusted to the light conditions. according to conditions. For examples of ND FILTER adjustments, see For higher quality, it is recommended that the [Shooting and Recording/Playback Functions adjustments should be made in this order AWB...
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Black Balance

    Adjusting the Black Balance The adjustment will take effect in a few seconds, and the following message The black balance must be adjusted when: will appear: • You use your AG-HPX500P/E the first time. • The adjusted value is automatically stored in •...
  • Page 52 The adjustment will take effect in a few seconds and the following message will appear: ABB END • The adjusted value is automatically stored in the memory. <Note> • Ensure that the lens connector is connected and the lens iris is CLOSE. •...
  • Page 53: Setting The Electronic Shutter

    Setting the Electronic Shutter Setting the Shutter Mode Press the SHUTTER switch towards and Speed [SEL]. Repeat this switchover until the desired mode or speed appears in the viewfinder screen. • If all modes and speeds are available, the display Press the SHUTTER switch positioned changes in the following order: at OFF towards ON.
  • Page 54: Placing The Camera-Recorder In Synchro Scan Mode

    Placing the Camera-recorder in SYNCHRO SCAN Mode To place the camera-recorder in SYNCHRO SCAN mode, follow the steps below. Press the SHUTTER switch positioned at [ON] towards [SEL], to place the camera-recorder in SYNCHRO SCAN (S/S) mode. SHUTTER switch In SYNCHRO SCAN mode, the speed can be switched seamlessly between 1/60.0 and 1/249.8 seconds, using the JOG dial button.
  • Page 55: Assigning Functions To User Buttons

    Assigning functions to USER buttons The USER MAIN, USER1, and USER2 buttons can be assigned user-selected functions. Use the menu options USER MAIN, USER1, and USER2 to assign functions to respective button. Select these items from the setting menu SW MODE screen. SW MODE MID GAIN HIGH GAIN...
  • Page 56: Selecting Audio Input Signals And Adjusting Recording Levels

    Selecting Audio Input Signals and Adjusting Recording Levels This AG-HPX500P/E supports independent four- Your AG-HPX500P/E is factory-set to perform no channel audio recording in any format (HD or SD). recording on Audio Channels 3 and 4 in the DVCPRO When the AUDIO SELECT CH1/CH2 switch is and DV formats.
  • Page 57: Selecting Function For The Front Audio Level Control

    While checking the audio channel level meter in the display window or the audio level meter in the viewfinder, adjust the AUDIO LEVEL CH1/CH2 control. • Note that if the level exceeds the top bar (0 dB), the word OVER illuminates to show that the input level is excessive.
  • Page 58: Setting Time Data

    Setting Time Data This camera records time data such as the time code, ■Date (real time) user bits, date and time (real time) data in the subcode • The built-in clock calculates the year, month, day and area, VIDEO AUX area and in clip meta data files. time from the internal clock to display on video in the LCD, viewfinder and VIDEO OUT and other video output.
  • Page 59: Recording Time Codes And User Bits

    Recording time codes and user bits These values are recorded as listed below depending on system frequency and recording format. FRAME Output Subcode MODE. VIDEO AUX Recorded Displayed MODE/ RATE Subcode area time area VIDEO AUX area SYSTEM area time code time code time code (FILM...
  • Page 60: Setting User Bits

    Setting user bits Entering the User Bits Use the setting menu UB MODE on the RECORDING The user bits allow information, including memos that SETUP screen to select the user bits to record in the use up to eight-digit hexadecimal numbers (date and subcode area.
  • Page 61 ■Frame rate information Use CURSOR buttons to set the user Frame rate, video pull-down and time code user bits bits. are related as described below. UB PRESET Fixed Media management data Verification value • Frame update information on +/- : PUSH information the right-hand Sequence No.
  • Page 62: Setting The Time Code

    720P mode Use the CURSOR buttons to set the time code. Frame rate: 24P over 60P (2:3) • The time code setting range extends from Updated frame 00:00:00:00 to 23:59:59:29. Time code digit … TC PRESET Video REC RUN A A B B B C C D D A A B B …...
  • Page 63 Time code in 720P native mode • At 24PN, recording is performed at 24 frames and output uses a 2:3 pull-down scheme to produce 30 frames. • At a frame rate (capture frame rate) of 24P the speed of recording and the output time code matches actual time, but not at any speed other than 24P.
  • Page 64: Externally Locking The Time Code

    Externally Locking the Time <Note> • On all connected devices, set the setting menu TC Code VIDEO SYNCRO (OUTPUT SEL screen) to TC IN, GL SELECT (OTHER FUNCTIONS screen) to COMPOSITE and CMPNT/SDI SEL (OUTPUT SEL screen) to AUTO. The time code generator built into your AG-HPX500P/ •...
  • Page 65: Outputting The Time Code Externally

    Outputting the time code To unlock the externally locked time code externally Discontinue external time code supply, then position the TCG switch at [R-RUN]. To output time code from the camera’s TC OUT connector to a VTR or other recording device in sync Cautions in switching the power with camera picture or playback picture, set the setting source from battery to external power...
  • Page 66: Genlock And Time Code Input/Output Connection And Setup

    GENLOCK and time code input/output connection and setup GENLOCK input and camera output Camera operating conditions Camera setup phase (In phase: ❍ Out of phase: ×) Video and reference Recording GENLOCK VIDEO Connection signal to be output GL SELECT GL PHASE SDI OUT TC OUT format input...
  • Page 67: Viewfinder Screen Status Displays

    Viewfinder Screen Status Displays In addition to video images, the viewfinder displays BATT (battery) Lamp lamps and text that indicate the settings and operating This lamp starts blinking a few minutes before status of the AG-HPX500P/E, together with messages, the battery charge starts to run out, and stays a center marker, a safety zone marker and the camera illuminated after the battery is completely flat.
  • Page 68: Screen Displays

    Screen displays 1 2 : 3 4 : 5 6 : 0 0 9 9 9 min U S E R - 1 L A C K P A U S E 1394 C A C HD1080i AWB NG ABB NG P 3 .2 K S Q U L O W...
  • Page 69: Information Display

    Backup unit displays Calendar • The status of the backup unit connected to the 1394 connector is displayed here. Month: • Nothing is displayed if in the setup menus, JAN (January), FEB (February), OTHER FUNCTIONS screen, 1394 CONTROL, MAR (March), APR (April), MAY (May), JUN (June), JUL(July), AUG (August), you have selected “OFF”.
  • Page 70 Remaining battery charge Media remaining memory display As the remaining battery charge drops, the • Setting the setting menu P2 CARD REMAIN display changes as follows: (DISPLAY SETUP) to ONE-CARD displays the → → → → When the battery has completely discharged, remaining time on the P2 card that is currently ) blinks.
  • Page 71: Warnings

    • FORMAT ERR ! Special recording display Indicates a P2 card that does not meet the P2 card This display appears when the REC FUNCTION standard. option of the setting menu RECORDING SETUP screen is set to INTERVAL, ONE SHOT or LOOP, <Thumbnail operations>...
  • Page 72: Errors

    Errors Camera status display These are displayed when an error occurs in the unit, • AWB: AWB indicator • ABB: ABB indicator P2 card, tape, or other component. If the problem is not fixed by turning the power off and then on again, •...
  • Page 73: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Checking and displaying Audio dubbing MODE Displays DISPLAY mode shooting status CHECK ALL PARTIAL OFF 1 Time code display — — — — ❍ 3 Backup unit display — × ❍ ❍ ❍ • Hold down the DISP/MODE CHK button in recording Recording format and standby or during recording to display the settings of system frequency...
  • Page 74: Setting The Marker Displays

    Setting the Marker Displays Turn marker display on or off. Select the display mode from the setting menu DISPLAY SETUP screen. For directions on navigating the menu, see [Using the menus] (page 116). DISPLAY SETUP ZEBRA DETECT MARKER SAFETY ZONE DATE/TIME LEVEL MATER ZOOM...
  • Page 75: Adjusting And Setting The Lcd Monitor

    Adjusting and setting the LCD monitor Using the LCD Monitor Use the menu option LCD SET (DISPLAY SETUP) to adjust the brightness, color level and contrast of Turn on the POWER switch of the AG- the screen. HPX500P/E. For details on menu operation, refer to [Using the menus] (page 116).
  • Page 76 <Note> • Pressing the RESET button when a value that can be adjusted is selected in the setting menu LCD SET will return the setting to its factory default. • When closing the LCD monitor make sure that it is shut tight.
  • Page 77: Handling Setup Data

    Handling setup data Configuration of setup data files This camera makes it possible to save a scene file to each of the F1 to F6 positions on the SCENE FILE dial. Use of an SD memory card makes it possible to save up to four of the F1 to F6 files on an SD card for later retrieval.
  • Page 78: Handling Sd Memory Cards

    Formatting, Writing and Setting Data Using an SD memory card Reading an SD memory An SD or SDHC memory card (optional accessory) card can be used as a setup card that stores up to four files of settings menu specifications. This data allows you to quickly reproduce an optimum Open the CARD FUNCTIONS screen from the setting state.
  • Page 79: How To Use Scene File Data

    How to Use Scene File Data To format the SD memory card, turn the JOG dial button to move the cursor to • The settings according to the variety of shooting YES. Then, press the dial button. circumstances are stored in each position of scene •...
  • Page 80 Changing scene file settings When the screen shown below appears, use the JOG dial button to enter a 6- ■Example1: Change the name of the scene character file name. file. • Turning the JOG dial button changes the character display in the following order: space (❏)→...
  • Page 81 ■Example2: Save the F1 scene file to the Turn the JOG dial button to move the camera. cursor to YES. Then, press the dial button. • To return to the menu level above, press the Turn the JOG dial button to move the MENU button.
  • Page 82: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other Select WRITE using the JOG dial settings on SD memory button, and press the JOG dial button. cards SCENE FILE (SD CARD) FILE SELECT READ - - - - You can save up to four scene file settings or other WRITE settings as files on an SD memory card, and you can FILE 1...
  • Page 83: Memory Card Usage

    Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^_-./ • You can erase all characters using the RESET button. Use of Panasonic SD/SDHC memory cards and mini When all inputs are completed, press SD cards is recommended.
  • Page 84: Chapter 5 Power Supply

    Preparation Chapter Power Supply Mounting the Battery and A battery pack or an external DC power supply can be used as the power supply for the camera-recorder. Setting the Battery Type Using a Battery Pack Battery packs from the following manufacturers can be Using an Anton/Bauer Battery Pack used: •...
  • Page 85 Using an NP-1 type battery pack Insert the battery and slide it in the When replacing the battery holder, consult your direction of the arrow. distributor. Release lever Remove the battery holder. Battery holder <Note> ●Removing the battery pack Completely push down and hold the release lever on the battery holder.
  • Page 86: Use Of The External Dc Power Supply

    Use of the external DC When using a V-mount type battery pack power supply Mount the V-mount adapter plate. Insert the plate and slide it as shown below. Connect the external DC power supply to the DC IN socket on the unit. Attach the two ferrite cores (provided) to both ends of the DC cable in such a way that the ferrite cores fit within about 5 cm (2 inches)
  • Page 87 • When the power is turned on, a rush current occurs. If the power supply is insufficient during this time, the camera may be damaged. Therefore, we recommend using an external DC power supply that provides at least twice the total power consumed by the camera and all the devices connected to the unit that power on when the camera powers on (example: viewfinder).
  • Page 88: Mounting The Viewfinder And Adjusting Its Position

    Mounting the Viewfinder and Adjusting its Position This section shows how to mount and adjust the Turn the viewfinder securing screw supplied viewfinder and the optional AG-VF11G clockwise (to prevent it from falling viewfinder, which is equivalent to the supplied one. off).
  • Page 89: Diopter Adjustments

    Diopter Adjustments Screen Adjustments Use the following controls to adjust viewfinder screen. • Brightness: Turn the BRIGHT control. Turn on the POWER switch on the • Contrast: Turn the CONTRAST control. camera. • Peaking: Turn the PEAKING control. • Look at the image in the viewfinder. Turn on the POWER switch on the camera.
  • Page 90: Removing The Viewfinder

    Removing the Viewfinder Confirm that the POWER switch is turned off. Loosen the viewfinder right-left positioning rings. Turn the viewfinder securing screw counterclockwise, slide the viewfinder in the direction of the arrow and remove it. Loosen Viewfinder securing screw Disconnect the viewfinder cable and microphone cable from the clamp and remove them.
  • Page 91: Mounting And Adjusting The Lens

    Mounting and Adjusting the Lens Mounting the Lens Lower the lens clamping lever to clamp the lens. Raise the lens clamping lever and remove the mount cap. Mount Cap Lens Clamping Lever Secure the cable through the cable clamp, and plug it into the LENS To mount the lens, align the indentation connector.
  • Page 92: Adjusting The Lens Flange Back

    Adjusting the Lens Flange Set the zoom ring to the wide-angle Back position and turn the F.f ring to bring the chart into focus. • While focusing, take care not to move the If images are not clearly focused at both telephoto and distance ring.
  • Page 93: White Shading Adjustment

    White Shading Adjustment Use the JOG dial button to select <Note> DEFAULT, USER1, USER2, USER3 or Coloring may occur in the vertical direction near the OFF and press the JOG dial button. open setting of the lens iris even when the white shading •...
  • Page 94 Set the image. If the lens is provided with an extender, (1) Shoot a solid white sheet of paper. turn on the extender function and (2) Set the lens iris to manual and adjust the perform steps 2 to 5 again. iris so that a zebra pattern fills the entire •...
  • Page 95: Setting Chromatic Aberration Compensation (Cac)

    • After the release of this camera, visit our Web site at ■CAC Property the address given below for details on new lenses compatible with this function and any changes in this function. CAC PROPERTY Checking CAC Operating Status ACTIVE CAC FILE NO : 1 FILE NO...
  • Page 96 Loading CAC File From an SD Card Deleting CAC File Open the setting menu LENS SETUP Open the setting menu LENS SETUP screen. screen. For details on menu operation, refer to [Using For details on menu operation, refer to [Using the menus] (page 116).
  • Page 97 Initializing CAC File (Returning Data to Their Factory Defaults) Open the setting menu LENS SETUP screen. For details on menu operation, refer to [Using the menus] (page 116). Use the JOG dial button to select CAC FILE INIT. Then select YES to display the confirmation screen.
  • Page 98: Preparing For Audio Input

    Preparing for Audio Input Take the following steps to prepare the camera for Connect the microphone cable to the connecting audio input devices. MIC IN jack on the camera. When Using the Front Microphone The AJ-MC200G microphone kit (optional) includes a microphone that can be mounted on the camera.
  • Page 99: When Using Audio Devices

    When Using Audio Devices Connect the audio device to the AUDIO IN jack with the XLR cable. Set the AUDIO IN switch to [REAR] for the channel to which the XLR cable is connected. Set the LINE/MIC/+48V selector switch on the rear panel to [LINE]. LINE/MIC/+48V Selector Switch AUDIO IN Jack AUDIO IN Switch...
  • Page 100: Attaching Accessories

    Attaching Accessories Mounting the Camera on a Mount the camera on the tripod adapter. Tripod • Slide the camera forward along the grooves until you hear a “click”. When mounting the camera on a tripod, use the tripod adapter supplied with the camera. Mount the tripod adapter on the tripod.
  • Page 101: Attaching The Shoulder Strap

    Attaching the Shoulder Attaching the FRONT Strap AUDIO LEVEL Control Knob To detach the shoulder strap, first open the hooks, If you use the FRONT AUDIO LEVEL control then detach the strap. frequently, attach the accessory knob so that it can be easily operated.
  • Page 102: Connecting The Aj-Rc10G Extension Controller

    Connecting the AJ-RC10G Extension Controller • Some functions can be remote-controlled when the AJ-RC10G extension control unit (optional) is connected to the camera. • When the AJ-RC10G is connected, the camera automatically enters remote control mode after the power switches of both the camera and the AJ- RC10G are turned ON.
  • Page 103: Chapter 6 Thumbnail Operations

    Manipulating Clips with Thumbnails Chapter A clip is a data group that includes the images and voices created from one shooting session, together with additional information such as text memos and meta data. The following manipulations can be performed using the cursor and SET buttons, while checking the images displayed on the LCD monitor: ●Play back, delete and repair clips ●Add or delete a shot mark and text memo on the clip thumbnail.
  • Page 104 Thumbnail Screen Recording mode/format display This is where the recording mode and format of Press the MODE button to engage the MCR mode and the recorded images are displayed. open the thumbnail screen on the LCD monitor. When Indicators switching is done from the regular screen display M (Shot mark): to the thumbnail screen display, all the clips will be This indicates that a clip has a shot mark.
  • Page 105: Switching The Thumbnail Display

    Additional clips can be selected by Move the pointer to THUMBNAIL and repeating Step 1. select with the SET button. • The setting sub-menu appears. • Select the desired item to specify the type of It is possible to display only the selected thumbnails thumbnail display.
  • Page 106: Setting The Thumbnail Display Mode

    Setting the Thumbnail • DATE FORMAT: You can specify the display order for the shooting Display Mode date as either Year/Month/Day (YMD), Month/Day/ Year (MDY) or Day/Month/Year (DMY). The factory setting is Year/Month/ Day. The thumbnail display mode can be customized to suit This setting is reflected in the recording date your preferences.
  • Page 107: Clip Operations

    Clip Operations Playing Back Clips Pressing the STOP button during clip playback stops the playback and returns the display to the thumbnail Press the MODE button to enter the screen. MCR mode. <Note> When playback is stopped, the position of the •...
  • Page 108: Deleting Clips

    Restoring Clips <Note> When adding a shot mark to (or deleting the shot mark from) a clip recorded across multiple P2 cards, do this Restores clips that are defective as a result of sudden with all these P2 cards inserted into P2 card slots. poweringdown during recording, or removal of the P2 card being accessed.
  • Page 109: Setting Of Clip Meta Data

    • Download the latest update version of P2 viewer from Insert the SD memory card that the following URL and install it to your PC: contains the Clip Meta Data (metadata See [Memory Card Usage] (page 83). upload file).
  • Page 110: Recording Method

    • NEWS: Selecting the USER CLIP NAME Displays [REPORTER] (name of the reporter), recording method [PURPOSE] (purpose of shooting), and [OBJECT] Select META DATA → USER CLIP NAME from the (object of shooting). menu bar to select the recording method. Two options •...
  • Page 111 ■Example of recording (DVCPRO50) a clip on one P2 card: REC start (recording start) REC/PAUSE (recording pause) Recording duration = Approx. 15 min. Clip 1 Clip 2 COUNT value COUNT value = 0002 = 0001 5 m i n . 10 min.
  • Page 112: Formatting P2 And Sd Memory Cards

    Formatting P2 and SD Memory Cards Formatting SD memory Formatting a P2 Card cards Press the MODE button to enter the SD memory cards can also be formatted from the MCR mode. thumbnail screen. With an SD memory card inserted •...
  • Page 113: Properties

    Properties P2 Card Status Display The clip’s properties and the P2 card’s status are displayed. P2 Card Status Display Settings Clip Property Select PROPERTY → CARD STATUS to set the desired indication mode (remaining free space or used Select PROPERTY → CLIP PROPERTY. memory capacity) for the P2 card status display.
  • Page 114 Contents of P2 Card Status Display Total remaining memory capacity for all Settings cards • Displays the total remaining free space for all 4 Select PROPERTY → CARD STATUS. The following slots. screen appears. Please note that the remaining capacity of a write-protected P2 card is not included in the ■When “REMAIN”...
  • Page 115: Sd Memory Card Status Display

    Confirmation of Metadata P2 Card memory capacity/Total Capacity Displays the used memory capacity on a P2 card Upload and the total capacity, in minutes. Because fractions are truncated, the figure shown for used memory capacity on a P2 card may differ •...
  • Page 116: Chapter 7 Viewfinder And Lcd Menus

    Menu Operations Chapter Viewfinder and LCD Menus Using the menus When the unit is in other than playback or recording mode, press the MENU Use the setup menus to change the settings to suit the button. scenes you are shooting or what you are recording. •...
  • Page 117: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Initializing the menu Use the JOG dial button (or the Up and settings Down cursor buttons) to highlight the item you want to change. The menu settings contain both the user file settings SW MODE and the scene file settings. You can initialize them separately.
  • Page 118: Setup Menu Structure

  • Page 119: Mcr Mode Menu

  • Page 120: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list ■ Marks used in the list : Indicates that the item can be set in the CAMERA mode. : Indicates that the item can be set in the MCR mode. : Indicates that the item can be set in both CAMERA and MCR modes. SCENE FILE screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.)
  • Page 121: Camera Setup Screen

    Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) NEWS GAMMA* Selects the news gamma curve. (Only valid for 1080i/60i, 50i, 720/50P, 50P, 480/60i and 576/50i) ●ON, OFF Selects the gamma curves other than the news gamma curve. ●HD NORM: This gamma setting is suitable for HD shooting. ●LOW: Makes a mellow image using the gamma curve which has a gentle incline in lowbrightness curve.
  • Page 122: Sw Mode Screen

    SW MODE screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) MID GAIN Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. ●0 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, 9 dB, 12 dB HIGH GAIN Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch.
  • Page 123: Recording Setup Screen

    RECORDING SETUP screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) Selects the recording format for P2 card. REC FORMAT ●59.94Hz System: 1080i/60i, 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, 720P/60P, 720P/30P, 720P/24P, 720P/30PN, 720P/24PN, 480i/60i, 480i/30P, 480i/24P, 480i/24PA ●50 Hz System: 1080i/50i, 1080i/25P, 720P/50P, 720P/25P, 720P/25PN, 576i/50i, 576i/25P 480i (576i) Selects the 480i (576i) recording mode.
  • Page 124: Audio Setup Screen

    Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) Selects whether slave-locked time code input via the 1394 connector is used or not when the TCG F-RUN TC SLAVE switch is set to F-RUN. ●1394: Records with the slave-locked time code via the 1394 connector. ●OFF: Records with the time code selected by the TC MODE item or the TCG switch.
  • Page 125: Output Sel Screen

    Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) F.MIC POWER2 Turns on and off the phantom power supply for the front microphone connected to CH2. ●ON, OFF R.MIC POWER Turns on and off the phantom power supply for the rear microphone. ●ON, OFF F.MIC CH1 LEVEL Selects the input level for the front microphone connected to CH1.
  • Page 126: Vf! Led Screen

    Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) OTHER DISPLAY Select how much information to display on the screen. ●OFF, PARTIAL, ALL LCD BACKLIGHT Adjusts the backlight of the LCD monitor. Select HIGH for brighter backlight. ●HIGH, NORMAL Adjusts the display level of the images on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 127: Battery Setup Screen

    BATTERY SETUP screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) Selects external DC power supply type. EXT DC IN SEL ●AC ADPT: AC adapter ●BATTERY: battery Selects battery type. BATTERY SELECT ●PROPAC14, TRIMPAC14, HYTRON50, HYTRON140, DIONIC90, DIONIC160, NP-L7, ENDURA7, ENDURA10, ENDURA-D, PAG L95, BP-GL65/95, NICD14, TYPE A, TYPE B Near end setting ●AUTO: Automatically selects one of the following battery types selected in BATTERY SELECT.
  • Page 128: Card Function (Sd Memory Card Setting) Screen

    CARD FUNCTION (SD memory card setting) screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) Reads/writes a scene file from/onto the SD memory card. SCENE FILE ●READ: Loads the selected scene file (1 to 4) values from an SD memory card. ●WRITE: Saves the current scene file (1 to 4) settings to the SD memory card.
  • Page 129: Other Functions Screen

    OTHER FUNCTIONS screen Item Description of settings (Items in bold are factory settings.) Saves users files on, loads users files from the storage area of the camera (EEPROM), and initializes the storage area. ●----: Off (no operation) ●LOAD: Loads the settings in a user file previously stored on the storage area. USER FILE ●SAVE: Saves the user file updated settings on the storage area.
  • Page 130: Option Menu Screen

    OPTION MENU screen This screen is displayed when you press the front MENU button after displaying the shooting status by pressing and holding down the DISP/MODE CHK button. Use this screen to confirm the connection status during nonlinear editing. Item Description of settings The 1394 status sub-screen is displayed.
  • Page 131: Chapter 8 Connecting To External Devices Using Usb2.0 Port (Pc Mode)

    • The camera supports USB cable lengths up to first time, install the accessory P2 software for AG- 5 meters. However, we recommend using a USB HPX500P/E on the PC. Select AG-HPX500 for the cable shorter than 3 meters. USB driver during installation.
  • Page 132: Procedures For Establishing A Connection With A Pc

    Connecting to External Devices Using the IEEE1394 Connector (PC mode) Connecting an external PC or hard disk to this unit via Press the MENU button to end menu IEEE1394 makes it possible to use the P2 cards in this operations. unit as mass storage.
  • Page 133: Procedures For Connecting A Hard Disk

    Procedures for connecting When formatting ends, use the cursor a hard disk buttons to select COPY TO HDD and press the SET button. • The data is copied to the hard disk in card <Note> units. • Use a hard disk with sufficient space for copying. •...
  • Page 134: Warnings

    • A hard disk is a precision instrument whose read • CANNOT RECOGNIZE HDD! and write functions may fail in some operating environments. Please note that Panasonic accepts no Hard disk recognition failed. liability whatsoever for data loss or other losses either direct or indirect arising from hard disk damage or other defects.
  • Page 135: Dvcpro/Dv Connection Via Ieee1394 Connector

    DVCPRO/DV Connection via IEEE1394 Connector Recording DVCPRO/DV Subcode area time codes and user bits signals input to 1394 • When input from the IEEE1394 interface is selected, connector or the TCG switch is set to F-RUN and the menu option F-RUN TC SLAVE in the RECORDING SETUP screen is set to 1394, the time code of the subcode area input from the 1394 connector can be Connect a 1394 cable.
  • Page 136: Precautions In 1394 Connections

    <Note> • Unprocessed video and audio signals are output via • When the camera is set to REC RUN to perform backup the IEEE 1394 interface during special playback. recording on a connected external device, the advance When monitored on another device, these video and of time code from the 1394 connector will stop when audio signals may sound different than when played all P2 cards have been fully recorded regardless of...
  • Page 137: Chapter 9 Inspections Before Shooting

    Maintenance and Inspections Chapter Inspections Before Shooting Make sure you check that the system is operating Insert a P2 card into the card slot and normally before embarking on a shoot. We close the slide cover. recommend using a colour video monitor to check the •...
  • Page 138: Inspecting The Memory Recording Functions

    Inspecting the Memory Inspecting the Camera Unit Recording Functions Set the zoom to electric zoom mode Make sure you successively carry out the inspections and check the zoom operation. from [Inspecting the P2 Card Recording] (page 138) to • Check that the image changes to telephoto [Inspecting the Earphone and Speaker] (page 139).
  • Page 139 Inspecting the Earphone and Speaker Use the USER button to which the SLOT SEL function has been assigned to select P2 cards for recording when Turn the MONITOR control to check more than one P2 card is inserted in that the speaker volume changes. the card slots.
  • Page 140 Inspection of the clock, time code, and user bits Set the user bits as required. Please refer to [Setting the User Bits] (page 60) for the setting procedures. Set the time code. Please refer to [Setting the Time Code] (page 62) for the setting procedures.
  • Page 141: Maintenance

    Maintenance Cleaning Inside the Phenomenon Inherent to CCD Viewfinder Cameras Smears • Do not use thinner or other solvents to remove dirt from the viewfinder. • Smears may appear when shooting an object with • Wipe the lens with a commercially available lens very high brightness.
  • Page 142: Warning System

    Warning System Warning Description Tables If a problem is detected immediately after the power is turned on, or during operation, this will be indicated by the WARNING lamp, lamps inside the viewfinder and a warning tone. LCD or Viewfinder Warning description Warning Tally Warning...
  • Page 143 LCD or Viewfinder Warning description Warning Tally Warning Alarm Priority viewfinder and recording/ Countermeasures type lamp lamp tone * indication (except tally) playback operation The BATT LED blinks The last bar in (during the battery level recording, the indication blinks Battery BATT LED Blinks 1...
  • Page 144: Updating Camera Drivers

    Updating Camera Drivers • For the latest information on software drivers, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. • Before updating the camera driver, check camera driver version in the PROPERTY → SYSTEM INFO in the thumbnail menu. Then access the site listed above to download a driver if necessary.
  • Page 145: Chapter 10 Dimensions And Specifications

    Specifications Chapter Dimensions and specifications Dimensions 440mm (17- inches) 261mm (10- inches) 140mm 318mm (12- inches) inches) 240mm inches) Dimensions and specifications...
  • Page 146: Specifications

    Specifications General Power supply: DC12 V (11 V to 17 V) Power consumption: 23 W (When 1.5 inch CRT of viewfinder and 3.5 inch LCD monitor of main unit are ON) 19 W (without viewfinder, and when LCD monitor is OFF) indicates safety information.
  • Page 147 Memory Card Recorder Unit Recording format: DVCPRO HD / DVCPRO50 / DVCPRO/DV selectable Recording audio signal: • PCM digital recording, 48 kHz/16-bits • 4 CH (DVCPRO HD/DVCPRO50), 2 CH/4 CH selectable (DVCPRO/DV) Recording/playback time*: • Approx. 8 minutes (When recorded in DVCPRO HD format using one AJ-P2C008HG card with audio signals recorded on 4 channels) •...
  • Page 148 Other Input/Output TC IN: BNC × 1, 0.5 V p-p to 8 V p-p, 10 kΩ TC OUT: BNC × 1, low impedance, 2.0 V p-p ± 0.5 V p-p IEEE1394: 6 pins, digital input/output (compliant with IEEE 1394) DC IN: XLR ×...
  • Page 149: Connector Signal Description

    CAM DATA (H) CAM DATA (C) CAM CONT (H) CAM CONT (C) +12V R/C ON Panasonic Part No. K1AA104H0038 R/C VIDEO OUT Manufacturer Part No. HA16RX-4P (SW1) R/C VIDEO GND (Hirose Electric Co.) UNREG 12V (max. 0.6 A) Panasonic Part No. K1AY110JA001 Manufacturer Part No.
  • Page 150 11 to 17 V approx. 0.2 A for the supplied viewfinder (max. 0.3 A) B-Y GND R-Y GND VF VIDEO VIDEO GND VF CLK VF WR VF DATA UNREG GND ZEBRA SW Chassis ground Panasonic Part No. K1AB102H0001 Manufacturer Part No. HR12-14RA-20SC (Hirose Electric Co.) Connector signal description...
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