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JVC GR-D372 - Digital Video Camera 32x Optical Zoom/800x Zoom Instructions Manual

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Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide Web for
Digital Video Camera:
For Accessories
Dear Customer,
Thank you for purchasing this digital
video camera. Before use, please
read the safety information and
precautions contained in the pages
2 – 5 to ensure safe use of this
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Model No. and
Serial No. which is located on the
bottom of the camcorder. Retain this
information for future reference.
Model No.
Serial No.
To deactivate the demonstration,
set "DEMO MODE" to "OFF".
pg. 29, 32)



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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    VIDEO RECORDING & PLAYBACK DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.) RECORDING & Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide Web for PLAYBACK Digital Video Camera: For Accessories ADVANCED FEATURES REFERENCES TERMS For Customer Use: Enter below the Model No. and Serial No.
  • Page 2: Read This First

    So, for important recordings, we recommend using SP mode. For safety and reliability. It is recommended only genuine JVC batteries and accessories are used in this camcorder. This product includes patented and other proprietary technology and will operate only with JVC Data Battery.
  • Page 3: Safety Precautions

    When carrying, be sure to always securely attach proprietary technology and will operate only and use the provided strap. Carrying or holding with JVC Data Battery. Use the JVC the camcorder by the viewfinder and/or the LCD BN-VF707U/VF714U/VF733U battery packs...
  • Page 4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions. 3. Heed all warnings. 4. Follow all instructions. 5. Do not use this apparatus near water. 6. Clean only with dry cloth. 7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 5 So, for important recordings, we recommend using SP mode. It is recommended that you use JVC brand cassette tapes. Your camcorder is compatible with all brands of commercially available cassette tapes complying...
  • Page 6 Major Features of this Camcorder Wipe/Fader Effects Backlight Compensation You can use the Wipe/Fader Effects to make Simply pressing the BACKLIGHT button pro-style scene transitions. ( pg. 37) brightens the image darkened by backlight. pg. 36) You can also select a spot metering area Fade in so that more precise exposure compensation is available.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS GETTING STARTED ADVANCED FEATURES Index ..............8 MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT....29 Provided Accessories ........12 Changing The Menu Settings ......29 Power ............. 13 Recording Menus ........... 30 Operation Mode..........15 Playback Menus ..........32 Language Settings.......... 16 FEATURES FOR RECORDING .......
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    GETTING STARTED Index 16:9...
  • Page 9 GETTING STARTED Controls Indicators ç 1Rewind Button [1] ( pg. 21) POWER/CHARGE Lamp ( pg. 13, 19) Left Button [1] Other Parts Quick Review Button [QUICK REVIEW] é pg. 21) è LCD Monitor ( pg. 19, 20) 2Set Button [SET] ( pg.
  • Page 10 GETTING STARTED LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Both Video And D.S.C. Recording During Video Recording Only 1 2 3 16:9 – – –min PAUSE " SOUND 12 B I T 15:55 1Battery Remaining Power Indicator pg. 44) 2Operation Mode ( pg. 15) 1Tape Running Indicator ( pg.
  • Page 11 GETTING STARTED During Video Playback During D.S.C. Playback 100-0013 B I T BRIGHT BLANK SEARCH – 5 PUSH "STOP" BUTTON TO CANCEL 1Folder/File Number ( pg. 25) 2Operation Mode Indicator ( pg. 25) 2 0 : D E C 3Brightness Control Indicator (LCD monitor/ Viewfinder) ( pg.
  • Page 12: Components View

    GETTING STARTED How To Attach The Shoulder Strap Provided Accessories Follow the illustration. Thread the strap through the eyelet. Fold it back and thread it through the strap guide and the buckle. To adjust the length of the strap, loosen and then tighten the strap in the buckle.
  • Page 13: Power

    NOTES: This product includes patented and other proprietary technology and will operate only PUSH BATT. with JVC Data Battery. Use the JVC BN- Battery VF707U/VF714U/VF733U battery packs. Using pack generic non-JVC batteries can cause damage to the internal charging circuitry.
  • Page 14 If “COMMUNICATION ERROR” appears instead of the battery status even though you tried to press DATA several times, there may be a problem with your battery. In such a case, consult your nearest JVC dealer.
  • Page 15: Operation Mode

    GETTING STARTED Auto/Manual Mode Operation Mode Press AUTO button repeatedly to switch to auto/ To turn on the camcorder, set the Power Switch manual recording mode. When manual mode is to any operation mode except “OFF” while selected, the indicator “ ”...
  • Page 16: Language Settings

    GETTING STARTED Language Settings Date/Time Settings The language on the display can be changed. The date/time is recorded onto the tape at all pg. 29, 31) times, but its display can be turned on or off during playback. ( pg. 31, 32) Set the Power Switch to “REC”...
  • Page 17: Viewfinder Adjustment

    GETTING STARTED Viewfinder Adjustment Brightness Adjustment Of The Display Set the Power Switch to “REC” while pressing down the Lock Button located on the switch. Set the Power Switch 3 3 3 3 Make sure the LCD monitor is closed and 2 2 2 2 to “REC”...
  • Page 18: Loading/Unloading A Cassette

    GETTING STARTED Loading/Unloading A Cassette Loading/Unloading A Memory Card The camcorder needs to be powered up to load or eject a cassette. Card Cover ( OPEN/EJECT Cassette holder cover PUSH Memory card (optional) Write/erase protection tab Clipped edge Make sure the camcorder’s power is off. Erase Cassette holder protection tab...
  • Page 19: Video Recording & Playback

    VIDEO RECORDING When a blank portion is left between recorded Basic Recording scenes on the tape, the time code is interrupted and errors may occur when editing the tape. To NOTE: avoid this, refer to “Recording From The Middle Of A Tape”...
  • Page 20: Zooming

    VIDEO RECORDING Zooming Journalistic Shooting Produces the zoom in/out effect, or an In some situations, instantaneous change in image magnification. different shooting angles may provide Zoom In more dramatic results. Slide the Power Zoom Lever towards “T”. Hold the camcorder in Zoom Out the desired position Slide the Power Zoom Lever towards “W”.
  • Page 21: Quick Review

    VIDEO PLAYBACK NOTES: Normal Playback The time code cannot be reset. ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ During fast-forwarding and rewinding, the time VOL. +/– code indication does not move smoothly. Lock Button The time code is displayed only when “TIME CODE” is set to “ON”. ( pg.
  • Page 22: Shuttle Search

    VIDEO PLAYBACK Shuttle Search Blank Search Allows high-speed search in either direction Helps you find where you should start recording during video playback. in the middle of a tape to avoid time code 1) During playback, press ¡ for forward interruption.
  • Page 23: Connections To A Tv Or Vcr

    VIDEO PLAYBACK Make sure all units are turned off. Connections To A TV Or VCR Connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR as shown in the illustration. If using a VCR, go to step 3. If not, go to step 4. Connect the VCR output to the TV input, referring to your VCR’s instruction manual.
  • Page 24: D.s.c. Playback

    D.S.C. RECORDING D.S.C. PLAYBACK Normal Playback Of Images Basic Shooting (D.S.C. Snapshot) Images shot with the camcorder are You can use your camcorder as a Digital Still automatically numbered, then stored in Camera for taking snapshots. Still images are numerical order in the memory card. You can stored in the memory card.
  • Page 25: Auto Playback Of Images

    D.S.C. PLAYBACK Auto Playback Of Images Removing On-Screen Display You can run through all the images stored in Perform steps 1 – 3 in “Normal Playback Of memory card automatically. Images”. Perform steps 1 – 3 in “Normal Playback Of Press MENU.
  • Page 26: Additional Features For D.s.c

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR D.S.C. To protect all files stored in the memory card Resetting The File Name Press to select “PROT.ALL”, and press SET or . The PROTECT screen appears. By resetting the file name, a new folder will be made.
  • Page 27: Deleting Files

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR D.S.C. Deleting Files Setting Print Information (DPOF Setting) Previously stored files can be deleted either one at a time or all at once. This camcorder is compatible with the DPOF Perform steps 1 – 3 in “Normal Playback Of (Digital Print Order Format) standard in order to support future systems such as automatic Images”...
  • Page 28: Initializing A Memory Card

    ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR D.S.C. To Print By Selecting Still Images And Initializing A Memory Card Number Of Prints You can initialize a memory card any time. After initializing, all files and data stored in the Perform steps 1 – 3 in “To Print All Still memory card, including those which have been Images (One Print For Each)”.
  • Page 29: Advanced Features

    MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT Video Recording and D.S.C. Recording Menus Changing The Menu Settings FUNCTION ( pg. 30) Selected menu icon This camcorder is equipped with an easy-to-use, SETTING ( pg. 30) on-screen menu system that simplifies many of SYSTEM ( pg.
  • Page 30: Recording Menus

    MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT SOUND MODE Recording Menus [12BIT]: Enables video recording of stereo sound on four separate channels. (Equivalent to FUNCTION the 32 kHz mode of previous models) The following menu settings can be changed 16BIT: Enables video recording of stereo sound only when the Power Switch is set to “REC”.
  • Page 31 MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT DISPLAY GAIN UP OFF: Allows you to shoot dark scenes with no The following menu settings can be changed only picture brightness adjustment. when the Power Switch is set to “REC”. The DISPLAY settings except “BRIGHT” and [AGC]: The overall appearance may be grainy, “LANGUAGE”...
  • Page 32: Playback Menus

    MENUS FOR DETAILED ADJUSTMENT DEMO MODE Playback Menus OFF: Automatic demonstration will not take [ ] = Factory-preset place. [ON]: Demonstrates certain functions such as SOUND MODE and NARRATION During tape playback, the camcorder detects the Wipe/Fader and Effects, etc., and can be used to sound mode in which the recording was made, confirm how these functions operate.
  • Page 33: Features For Recording

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING LED Light Wide Mode This camcorder allows you to choose the type of LED Light can be used to image output format for video recording. brighten the subject in the dark Set the Power Switch to “REC”. place during video recording or Press 16:9 button repeatedly to choose your D.S.C.
  • Page 34: Snapshot (Record Still Image On Tape)

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING Snapshot (Record Still Image On Manual Focus Tape) The camcorder’s Full Range AF system offers continuous shooting ability from close-up (as This feature lets you record still images that look close as approx. 5 cm (2") to the subject) to like photographs onto a tape.
  • Page 35: Exposure Control

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING Exposure Control Iris Lock Manual exposure control is recommended in the Like the pupil of the human eye, the iris following situations: contracts in well-lit environments to keep too When shooting using reverse lighting or when the much light from entering, and dilates in dim background is too bright.
  • Page 36: Backlight Compensation

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING NOTES: Backlight Compensation You cannot use the Spot Exposure Control at the same time with following functions. Backlight compensation brightens the subject • “16:9” in “WIDE MODE” ( pg. 33) quickly. • “STROBE” in EFFECT ( pg. 38) With simple operation, backlight compensation •...
  • Page 37: Manual White Balance Adjustment

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING Manual White Balance Adjustment Wipe Or Fader Effects Adjust the white balance These effects let you make pro-style scene manually when shooting transitions. Use them to spice up the transition under various types of from one scene to the next. lighting.
  • Page 38: Program Ae, Effects And Shutter Effects

    FEATURES FOR RECORDING SPOTLIGHT : Compensates for subjects that Program AE, Effects And Shutter may otherwise appear too bright when shooting Effects under extremely strong direct lighting such as spotlights. TWILIGHT : Makes evening scenes look Set the Power Switch to “REC”. more natural.
  • Page 39: Editing

    EDITING To use this camcorder as a player Dubbing To A VCR Following the illustrations, connect the camcorder and the VCR’s input connectors. Start playback on the camcorder. ( pg. 21) At the point you want to start dubbing, start recording on the VCR.
  • Page 40: Dubbing To Or From A Video Unit Equipped With A Dv Connector (Digital Dubbing)

    DV IN/OUT connector. When using a DV cable, be sure to use the optional JVC VC-VDV204U or VC-VDV206U DV cable. To use this camcorder as a recorder Make sure all units are turned off.
  • Page 41: Connection To A Personal Computer

    EDITING [A] Using USB cable Connection To A Personal Computer It is possible to transfer still images stored on a memory card to a PC. [A] Using USB cable [B] Using DV cable [B] Using DV cable It is also possible to transfer still/moving images to a PC with a DV connector by using the provided software, software equipped with the PC or commercially available software.
  • Page 42: References

    If, after following the steps in the chart below, the Digital Zoom does not work. problem still exists, please consult your nearest 32X optical zoom is selected. JVC dealer. ➜Set “ZOOM” to “64X” or “900X”. ( pg. 30) The VIDEO/MEMORY Switch is set to The camcorder is a microcomputer-controlled “MEMORY”.
  • Page 43 The built-in clock battery has run out and the previously set date/time has been erased. The viewfinder is pulled out and “PRIORITY” is ➜Consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacement. set to “FINDER”. ➜Push the viewfinder back in or set “PRIORITY” to Files stored in the memory card cannot be “LCD”.
  • Page 44 If pg. 16) the indication still appears, the memory card is The built-in clock battery has run out and the corrupted. previously set date/time has been erased. Consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacement.
  • Page 45 (battery, etc.) and wait a few minutes for the indication to clear. When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer. UNIT IN SAFEGUARD MODE EJECT AND REINSERT TAPE The error indications (03 or 04) show what type of malfunction has occured.
  • Page 46: User Maintenance

    Mold may form if the lens is left dirty. When using a cleaner or chemically treated cloth refer to the cautions of each product. To clean the viewfinder, please consult your nearest JVC dealer.
  • Page 47: Cautions

    Standard C73 series type use an AC plug adapter, NOTES: called a “Siemens Plug”, as shown. It is normal for the battery pack to be warm after For this AC plug adapter, consult your nearest JVC charging, or after use. dealer. Temperature Range Specifications Plug adapter Charging: 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
  • Page 48 ... allow inflammables, water or metallic objects to If, after using the cleaning cassette, the enter the unit. problems still exist, consult your nearest JVC ... remove the battery pack or disconnect the power dealer. supply while the power is on.
  • Page 49 This same Changes or modifications not approved by phenomenon occurs on the head drum of a JVC could void the user’s authority to operate camcorder when it is moved from a cool place the equipment. This equipment has been...
  • Page 50: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Camcorder For Digital Video Camera Format For General DV format (SD mode) Signal format Power supply NTSC standard DC 11 V (Using AC Adapter) Recording/Playback format DC 7.2 V (Using battery pack) Video: Digital component recording Power consumption Audio: PCM digital recording, 32 kHz 4-channel Approx.
  • Page 51: Terms

    TERMS AC Adapter ............ 14 Night-Alive ............. 33 Backlight Compensation ........ 36 Picture Quality ..........32 Battery Pack ........13, 14, 47 Playback Sound ..........32 Blank Search ..........22 Power-Linked Operation ........ 15 Program AE, Effects and Shutter Effects ..38 Changing The Menu Settings ....
  • Page 52 Printed in Malaysia 0506ASR-NF-VM © 2006 Victor Company of Japan, Limited...

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