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Image control & storage software
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Image Control & Storage Software
Version 1.1
CONSOLE is a software that enables you to adjust the settings of a camcorder from
a computer and to record on the tape in the camcorder and onto the computer's
hard disk by connecting the camcorder using an IEEE1394 (DV) cable. You can
adjust and save the Custom Preset settings of the camcorder and analyze a
shooting image using a waveform monitor and a vector scope to compose the
image you want.
This software is for use with Windows
®
XP (Service Pack 2) only.

Installing the Software

CONSOLE Windows
Various Settings and [Performance Check]
Camera and Picture Control
Recording onto the Hard Disk
Playback the Recorded Files
Uninstalling the Software
Troubleshooting
PUB. DIE-272
Shortcut Keys
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  • Page 1: Installing The Software

    PUB. DIE-272 Installing the Software Image Control & Storage Software CONSOLE Windows Version 1.1 Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files Uninstalling the Software CONSOLE is a software that enables you to adjust the settings of a camcorder from a computer and to record on the tape in the camcorder and onto the computer’s Troubleshooting Shortcut Keys...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Installing the Software and Drivers ............. 1-6 Use of the Disconnected Camcorder After Adjusting the Custom Preset Files ..4-40 Installing CONSOLE and the Canon Virtual VCR Driver ........1-6 Passing Down the Custom Preset Setting to the Other Camcorders ....4-41 Installing the AV/C Camera Storage Subunit-WIA Driver ........
  • Page 3: Read This First

    While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this guide is accurate and complete, no liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions. Canon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described herein at any time without prior Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Professional* notice.
  • Page 4: What Is Console

    Read This First Functional Comparison What is CONSOLE? The functions available differ depending on the connected camcorder and the camcorder mode. CONSOLE is a software that enables you to adjust the settings of a camcorder from a computer and • EXT.CONT. mode ( ): This mode is available for remotely controlling the camcorder.
  • Page 5 Chapter 1 Preparation (Installation, Connection, Launch, Activation) Installing the Software and Drivers........................ 1-6 Installing CONSOLE and the Canon Virtual VCR Driver ................1-6 Installing the AV/C Camera Storage Subunit-WIA Driver ................1-7 Connecting the Camcorder ........................... 1-8 Connecting the Camcorder to the Computer .................... 1-8 Launching CONSOLE ...........................
  • Page 6: Installing The Software And Drivers

    Preparation (Installation, Connection, Launch, Activation) Click [Finish]. Installing the Software and Drivers Follow the procedure below to install CONSOLE, Canon Virtual VCR driver and AV/C Camera Storage Subunit-WIA driver. Installing CONSOLE and the Canon Virtual VCR Driver Do not connect the camcorder to the computer when installing the software.
  • Page 7: Installing The Av/C Camera Storage Subunit-Wia Driver

    Click [Finish]. Check if the driver has been installed correctly. Open [My Computer] and check if the [Canon Camera Storage Device] icon appears. If the icon does not appear, the installation has not been completed properly. Uninstall ( 7-54) and reinstall the driver.
  • Page 8: Connecting The Camcorder

    4) Confirm that the following names are shown under IEEE1394 controller. function. • When connecting to a computer in HD mode: [AV/C Tape Device], [Canon Camera Storage Device] and [Canon Virtual VCR] are Set the camcorder’s recording program to EXT.CONT. or Camera shown.
  • Page 9: Launching Console

    1-8) • When you have not registered the license yet, the remaining trial period and number of times you can start CONSOLE are displayed. Click on [Register] when you proceed to Right-click on [Canon Camera register the license. ( 1-10) Storage Device] icon in the [My •...
  • Page 10: Activation

    - You cannot export or load Custom Preset files. Purchasing the License Key • For details about purchasing and receiving the license key, please visit the Canon’s download site. • You can use the same license key you have already purchased for CONSOLE 1.0 if you are installing CONSOLE 1.1 to a computer in which CONSOLE has not been installed previously.
  • Page 11 1-11 Preparation (Installation, Connection, Launch, Activation) Click [Register] in the trial Click [Register] after entering the license key and a user name. confirmation window. If you are already running the software, select [Version] [About CONSOLE] and click the [Register] button. License Key User Name Check the product ID.
  • Page 12: Console Windows

    Chapter 2 CONSOLE Windows Main Panel ..............................2-13 Menu Bar..............................2-13 Camcorder Status ........................... 2-14 Toolbar ..............................2-14 Work Space ..............................2-15 Camcorder Screen ............................2-15...
  • Page 13: Main Panel

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 2-13 CONSOLE Windows Menu Bar Main Panel [File] Menu Displays the [Option Settings] window ( 3-17). Changes the default shortcut key settings ( Appx-61).
  • Page 14: Camcorder Status

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 2-14 CONSOLE Windows [Version] Menu Main Toolbar Displays the version and the license information. Displays/Hides [Rec Panel]. Camcorder Status Displays/Hides [Play Panel]. This status shows the name of the camcorder connected and status of the tape.
  • Page 15: Work Space

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 2-15 CONSOLE Windows Work Space Camcorder Screen You can register your own panel layouts to suit the purposes of the projects. The CONSOLE status and the remaining recording time on the hard disk are displayed on the camcorder screen.
  • Page 16: Various Settings And [Performance Check]

    Chapter 3 Various Settings and [Performance Check] Video Folder and Recording Settings......................3-17 [General] Tab............................3-17 [DV Rec] Tab ............................3-18 [HDV Rec] Tab ............................3-18 [Performance Check]........................... 3-19 Changing the Default Shortcut Key Settings ....................3-21...
  • Page 17: Video Folder And Recording Settings

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 3-17 Various Settings and [Performance Check] [General] Tab Video Folder and Recording Settings You need to specify the video folder (a target folder), file name and other settings before you start the recording the camcorder pictures onto the hard disk.
  • Page 18: [Dv Rec] Tab

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 3-18 Various Settings and [Performance Check] [DV Rec] Tab [HDV Rec] Tab This tab is for the DV standard recording settings when you record in DV. This tab is for the HDV standard recording settings when you record in HDV.
  • Page 19: [Performance Check]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 3-19 Various Settings and [Performance Check] Click [Start] on the left side. [Performance Check] The performance check of the hard disk starts. You can check whether the selected video folder can be used for saving the recordings before you start recording on the hard disk.
  • Page 20 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 3-20 Various Settings and [Performance Check] Review the result and click [Close]. Click [Start] on the right side. The performance check of the system starts. Even if all bars are above the red line after executing the hard disk performance check or no data dropping has occurred during the system performance check, •...
  • Page 21: Changing The Default Shortcut Key Settings

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 3-21 Various Settings and [Performance Check] Enter the new key you wish to Changing the Default Shortcut Key Settings change to in the [New Key] box and click [Apply].
  • Page 22: Camera And Picture Control

    Chapter 4 Camera and Picture Control [Rec Viewer] ..............................4-23 Adjusting the Preview Size........................4-23 Overlaying Marker........................... 4-24 Splitting the Preview Image........................4-27 Zebra Pattern ............................4-27 [Focus Assist] .............................. 4-28 [Camera Control] ............................4-28 [Control] Tab............................4-29 [Information] Tab ............................. 4-31 Waveform Vector Monitor ..........................
  • Page 23: [Rec Viewer]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-23 Camera and Picture Control Using the Recording tool to adjust the picture settings of the camcorder to create a picture in the [Rec Adjusting the Preview Size Panel].
  • Page 24: Overlaying Marker

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-24 Camera and Picture Control Overlaying Marker Marker List • Placing a check mark displays the marker on the preview. •...
  • Page 25 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-25 Camera and Picture Control Adding a New Marker Select the [Aspect ratio] and click [Add]. Click [Add]. Select the marker group. •...
  • Page 26 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-26 Camera and Picture Control Editing the Marker Importing the Marker Select a marker by placing a check mark and click the selected marker Click [Import].
  • Page 27: Splitting The Preview Image

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-27 Camera and Picture Control Changing the Split Settings Splitting the Preview Image You can change the splitting settings by clicking while splitting the preview.
  • Page 28: [Focus Assist]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-28 Camera and Picture Control [Focus Assist] [Camera Control] The [Focus Assist] window displays a part of the camcorder picture as in its original size (100%). You This window enables you to control the hard disk recording and set the camcorder settings.
  • Page 29: [Control] Tab

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-29 Camera and Picture Control 1 [WHITE BALANCE] [Control] Tab You can adjust the white balance by clicking the indicated marks. Placing the mouse cursor on the When the camcorder is set to the Camera mode, you cannot control all settings on [Control] panel and right clicking the mouse turns the pointer to the right;...
  • Page 30 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-30 Camera and Picture Control 2 [IRIS] The AE mode, aspect ratio and frame rate cannot be changed during the recording. You can set an aperture value.
  • Page 31: [Information] Tab

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-31 Camera and Picture Control Displays the recording file name, a recording mode, a file type and the video folder specified [Information] Tab in the [Option Settings] window ( 3-17).
  • Page 32: Waveform Vector Monitor

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-32 Camera and Picture Control 1 [Color Picker] Waveform Vector Monitor The values of selected pixel in [Rec Viewer] are displayed. This monitor shows a waveform and color information of the picture displayed in the [Rec Viewer].
  • Page 33 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-33 Camera and Picture Control 2 [Line Select] 6 [Wave Mode] You can select the image-scanning mode of the waveform monitor and the vector scope. You can select the display mode of the waveform monitor.
  • Page 34: [Color Control]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-34 Camera and Picture Control Adjust the levels of [Color Phase], [Color Control] [Chroma], [Area] and [Y Level] by moving the sliders. The settings for [Color Correction] and skin and sky details are managed on the [Color Control] window.
  • Page 35: [Detail]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-35 Camera and Picture Control [Detail] Adjust the levels of [R Gain] and [B Gain] by moving the sliders. Skin and sky details settings are managed on the [Detail] window. For details about each parameter, refer to the Setting the Skin Detail Area camcorder instruction manual.
  • Page 36 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-36 Camera and Picture Control Setting the Sky Detail Click of [Area Select] to finish the setting. Click of [Effect] and select [Soft]. •...
  • Page 37: [Custom Preset]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-37 Camera and Picture Control Adjusting the Custom Preset Settings [Custom Preset] Click of [Memory No.] and choose You can adjust, load, save and export the Custom Preset settings. For details, refer to the camcorder instruction manual.
  • Page 38: Importing The Custom Preset

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-38 Camera and Picture Control Importing the Custom Preset Adjust each slider to obtain the image you want. CONSOLE imports the Custom Preset file in the camcorder or the hard disk and applies to the camcorder.
  • Page 39: Exporting The Custom Preset

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-39 Camera and Picture Control Exporting the Custom Preset Select a Custom Preset file. • When importing a Custom Preset file from the card, select You can save the current camcorder setting as a Custom Preset file.
  • Page 40: Practical Usages Of The Custom Preset Files

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-40 Camera and Picture Control Select a destination to export the file. Practical Usages of the Custom Preset Files The information of the selected Custom Preset setting is displayed and the settings are applied to the Use of the Disconnected Camcorder After Adjusting the Custom camcorder only to preview the picture.The camcorder...
  • Page 41: Passing Down The Custom Preset Setting To The Other Camcorders

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-41 Camera and Picture Control Passing Down the Custom Preset Setting to the Other Camcorders Apply the saved file to the camcorder by operating the CUSTOM PRESET SELECT and CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF buttons on the This is how to transfer the Custom Preset file to other camcorders using a card to make clone camcorders.
  • Page 42: Preset Variation

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 4-42 Camera and Picture Control [Display Mode] Selects the display mode of the current and candidate images. Preset Variation [Fit]: Resizes the still image so the whole image will be displayed in a frame.
  • Page 43: Recording Onto The Hard Disk

    Chapter 5 Recording onto the Hard Disk Recording a Movie File..........................5-45 By Operating the Camcorder ........................5-45 By Operating CONSOLE......................... 5-45 Cache Recording............................5-46 Setting the Cache Time........................... 5-46 Cache Recording ............................ 5-46 Frame Recording............................5-47 Setting the Frame Recording ........................5-47 Frame Recording ............................
  • Page 44 CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 5-44 Recording onto the Hard Disk You can record video and audio from a connected camcorder on the hard disk of the computer by The time limits for recording to a single file depends on the settings of the camcorder and operating the camcorder or the recording panel of CONSOLE.
  • Page 45: Recording A Movie File

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 5-45 Recording onto the Hard Disk • Recording starts on both the tape in the camcorder and the hard disk. Recording a Movie File •...
  • Page 46: Cache Recording

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 5-46 Recording onto the Hard Disk Click [OK]. Cache Recording When recording in DV and [Recording mode] is set to [Frame], the cache recording function You can set CONSOLE to store the camcorder picture before recording.
  • Page 47: Frame Recording

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 5-47 Recording onto the Hard Disk Frame Recording Frame Recording Specify the frame recording settings. ( 5-47) You can record frame by frame in the same file. This function enables you to easily create a stop motion animation movie.
  • Page 48: Data Dropping

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 5-48 Recording onto the Hard Disk Data Dropping Recording History • If the hard disk is accessed while recording, a part of the data input from the camcorder may not be When you stop recording the picture in [Standard] mode, or when a file is created after finalizing in written to the file (data dropping).
  • Page 49: Playback The Recorded Files

    Chapter 6 Playback the Recorded Files [Play Viewer] ............................... 6-50 Output to the Camcorder......................... 6-51 Time Slider .............................. 6-51 Waveform Vector Monitor ..........................6-52 File Browser ..............................6-52 Copying from the Memory Card ......................6-52...
  • Page 50: [Play Viewer]

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 6-50 Playback the Recorded Files You can playback or view the recorded pictures using playback tools in [Play Panel]. Playback Preview Displays the played back pictures selected in the [File Browser] window 6-52).
  • Page 51: Output To The Camcorder

    CONSOLE Windows Various Settings and [Performance Check] Camera and Picture Control Recording onto the Hard Disk Playback the Recorded Files 6-51 Playback the Recorded Files Output to the Camcorder Time Slider By connecting the camcorder to the monitor, you can output the recorded pictures from the computer •...
  • Page 52: Waveform Vector Monitor

    You need to set the camcorder’s recording program to EXT.CONT. In the file browser, the files stored in the hard disk are displayed. Proper operation cannot be guaranteed if you are not using Canon camcorders to create the image files.
  • Page 53: Uninstall

    Chapter 7 Uninstall Uninstalling the Software..........................7-54 Uninstalling the AV/C Camera Storage Subunit-WIA Driver................ 7-54 Uninstalling of the Drivers ........................... 7-55...
  • Page 54: Uninstalling The Software

    You need to log in as an administrator before uninstalling the software You need to log in as an administrator before uninstalling the driver. From the [start] menu, select [All Programs] followed by [Canon Turn the camcorder power on and set the camcorder’s recording Utilities], [CONSOLE 1.1] and [CONSOLE Uninstall].
  • Page 55: Uninstalling Of The Drivers

    From the [start] menu, select [Control Panel]. Click [Performance and Maintenance]. In the confirmation dialog, click [Yes]. • [#(number)] may appear after [Canon Camera Storage Device], but that would not affect the uninstall process. • The uninstall process is complete. Click [System].
  • Page 56 [Other devices] categories, use the following procedures to delete it. 1) Right click on [Canon Camera Storage Device] and select [Uninstall] from the menu. • If [Hide extensions for known file types] is selected, remove its check mark.
  • Page 57 7-57 Uninstall Double-click the [oem*.INF] file. Close all windows and restart the computer. • A number such as “0” or “1” appears in place of the asterisk (*) above. You will also find The [INF] folder contains numerous files that are critical to the computer’s operation. Be another file called [oem*.PNF], which will have the same number as the [oem*.INF] file.
  • Page 58: Appendix

    Appendix Troubleshooting............................. Appx-59 Shortcut Keys (Default Settings) ......................Appx-61...
  • Page 59 Appx-59 Appendix Even though the dedicated driver (Canon Virtual VCR or AV/C Tape Recorder/Player) is Troubleshooting installed already, the [Found New Hardware Wizard] window appears when starting CONSOLE. When you change the computer’s IEEE1394 (DV) card and start CONSOLE, Canon Virtual Cannot launch CONSOLE.
  • Page 60 Appx-60 Appendix The recorded picture is lacking. The recording speed of the hard disk is insufficient. Make a performance check ( 3-19). We recommend defragmenting the drive before you start recording. A program other than CONSOLE is started. Close all programs other than CONSOLE before recording.
  • Page 61: Camera Control

    Appx-61 Appendix To select a value in a list To move a slider One value up: [ ], [] Toward [+]: [ ] Shortcut Keys (Default Settings) One value down: [ ], [ ] Toward [-]: [] To change a numeric value To execute: [Space], [Enter] The shortcut key settings written in red can be changed ( 3-21), but the keys written in black cannot...
  • Page 62 PUB.DIE-272 © CANON INC. 2006 The information on this manual is verified as of July 1st, 2006.