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F0208T0 -P
Printed in Japan



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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HVX200AP Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH F0208T0 -P Printed in Japan VQT1Q85...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Read this first! indicates safety information. CAUTION: CAUTION Danger of explosion or fire if battery is mistreated. RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK For Battery Pack DO NOT OPEN • Replace only with same or specified type. CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC •...
  • Page 3: Declaration Of Conformity

    Model Number: AG-HVX200AP Trade Name: PANASONIC Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094 Support contact: Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company 1-800-524-1448 This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 4: (Rechargeable Battery)

    To ensure that our products are used in utmost safety, we once again remind you that we recommend the use of a genuine Panasonic battery pack for any Panasonic product that is to use a battery pack. The genuine Panasonic battery packs are sold under our stringent quality control.
  • Page 5: Important Safety Instructions

    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. 8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Checking scenes taken (REC CHECK) ... 30 Remove the cassette tape ....... 30 Recommendation for Use of Genuine Cassette tapes ..........31 Panasonic Battery Pack Using SD/SDHC memory cards ....32 (Rechargeable Battery) ......4 Installing and removing the SD memory card . 32 Software information for this product ..
  • Page 7 Saving scene files and other settings Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive on SD memory cards ......57 (1394 HOST mode) ........ 85 Clip metadata ..........58 Warnings ............86 Using the Counter ........59 Dubbing ............87 Counter display (P2 card / Tape) .....
  • Page 8: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This unit is compatible with P2 (Professional Plug-in) cards or DV cassette tapes. The P2 card has a large capacity with a high transfer rate, and allows you sophisticated movie-making on this handy camera, including HD (High Definition) recording and smooth editing/dubbing. Flow of shooting, playing and saving The setting values such as the user file are saved to and read from the...
  • Page 9 Saving and editing on external devices PC mode (Page 83) The data (file) is transferred for nonlinear editing on your computer or other unit. P2 card Computer USB2.0 (Windows) IEEE1394 (Macintosh) 1394 host mode (Page 85) The unit directly controls the external hard disk drive, and transfers the data (file) to it.
  • Page 10: Precaution For Use

    (Page 24) Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. • Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/ or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder or cassette.
  • Page 11: Accessories

    Accessories Battery ∗ AC Adapter AC power supply cord Wireless remote /DC cord control and battery (CR2025) Eye cup Microphone holder 6-mm screws Microphone holder 12-mm screws adapter Ferrite core ∗ Shoulder belt Component PIN-BNC conversion video cable plugs Documents and CD A lens hood cap (page 18) and INPUT 1/2 terminal (page 14) cover are attached to the camera-recorder.
  • Page 12: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side 24 26 28 23 25 27 29 1 POWER switch (Page 20) 24 Remote control sensor (Rear) 2 START/STOP button (Pages 25 and 29) 25 Tally lamp (Rear) (Page 20) 3 OPEN/EJECT switch (Page 29) 26 MEDIA (P2/TAPE) switch (Pages 25 and 29) 4 REC CHECK button (Pages 25 and 30)
  • Page 13: Left Side

  • Page 14: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Description of parts (continued) Terminals and mounting parts USB 2.0 1394 CAM REMOTE S-VIDEO IN/OUT ZOOM SS FOCUS IRIS AUDIO COMPONENT VIDEO 1 Light shoe 2 Microphone shoe (Page 77) 3 USB terminal (Mini-B) (Pages 78 and 83) 4 Headphone jack (3.5 mm stereo mini jack) (Page 77) 5 1394 terminal (Page 78) 6 SD memory card slot (Pages 32 and 57)
  • Page 15: Remote Control

    Remote control 1 DATE/TIME button (Page 76) The following buttons are for functions that cannot 2 OSD button (Page 76) be executed on the camera-recorder. 3 COUNTER button (Page 59) Same function as the COUNTER button on the • PHOTO SHOT •...
  • Page 16: The Battery

    The battery Charging Recording time of included battery Before using the battery, fully charge it with the AC adapter. Recharging time Continuous recording time Keep a spare battery with you. Approx. 330 min. Approx. 140 min. Align the battery with the “ ”...
  • Page 17: Installing And Removing The Power Supply

    Installing and removing the power supply Installing and removing the battery Installation Removal Insert the battery until it clicks into place. Set the POWER switch to OFF, and check that the mode lamp is off. Remove the battery while pressing the battery release button.
  • Page 18: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    Adjusting the hand strap Adjust the hand strap to suit your hand. Open the cover and adjust the length. Close the cover. • Make sure the cover is fully closed. Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap and use it as a precaution against dropping the camera. 20 mm or more 20 mm or more Detaching and attaching the lens hood...
  • Page 19: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Remote control setup When using two camera-recorders simultaneously, Push the catch in the direction shown by set this camera-recorder and the remote control arrow to remove the holder. to either [VCR1] or [VCR2] so the remote control does not operate the wrong camera-recorder by mistake.
  • Page 20: Turn On/Off The Camera

    Turn on/off the camera While pressing the lock release, move the POWER switch to ON or OFF. Turn on the camera: The mode lamp (CAMERA) lights red (CAMERA mode) and the camera is now in the shooting standby mode. Turn off the camera: The red mode lamp goes out.
  • Page 21: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder This camera has two viewfinders; one is a miniature LCD in the viewfinder and the other is a Fitting the eye cup retractable 3.5-inch LCD. Attach the eye cup by aligning the projections on Use the viewfinder that best suits the application the eye cup holder and eye cup and fitting them and shooting conditions.
  • Page 22: Using The Lcd

    Viewfinder (continued) Using the LCD Emphasizing outlines Emphasizing the outlines of the images you see Set the POWER switch to ON. in the viewfinder or on the LCD makes it easier to focus. Press the OPEN button in the direction Emphasizing the outlines does not effect the shown by arrow to open the LCD.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) Adjust the selected item using the operation button. Press the MENU button. Operation button MENU • For menu operation (Page 97) • You can also use the menu buttons on the remote control.
  • Page 24: Setting The Calendar

    Setting the calendar The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents Press the operation button to move the (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the setting item to MONTH. thumbnails. Before carrying out recording, be sure to check and set CLOCK SET and TIME ZONE. This shows you how to adjust the calendar to 5:20 PM on December 25, 2005.
  • Page 25: Basic Shooting Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) Preparing to shoot using a P2 card Shooting in auto mode Switch the MEDIA switch to “P2”. Turn the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) • Check that the mode lamp (CAMERA) is Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) lighted red.
  • Page 26: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) (continued) Checking photos taken (REC CHECK) In the shooting pause mode, press the REC CHECK button. A few seconds of the last thing you shot play. • Note that this REC CHECK portion will also be recorded to any equipment you have set up to make backup recordings.
  • Page 27: Formatting P2 Cards

    • When using any other types of cards, the driver installed in the camera-recorder may need to be updated. (Page 126) • For the latest information not available in the Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites.
  • Page 28: Remove The P2 Card

    Basic shooting operations (P2 card) (continued) Remove the P2 card • Do not eject the P2 card or turn the power off Lift up the viewfinder and open the card slot under the following circumstances, since doing cover. so may cause a malfunction in the card: •...
  • Page 29: Basic Shooting Operations (Cassette Tape)

    Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) TAPE Preparing to shoot using a tape Shooting in auto mode Switch the MEDIA switch to “TAPE”. Turn the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) • Check that the mode lamp (CAMERA) is Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) lighted red.
  • Page 30: Checking Scenes Taken (Rec Check)

    TAPE Basic shooting operations (Cassette tape) (continued) Checking scenes taken (REC CHECK) In the shooting pause mode, press the REC CHECK button. A few seconds of the last thing you shot play, and then the camera returns to the shooting pause mode.
  • Page 31: Cassette Tapes

    TAPE Cassette tapes You can use tapes with this mark Tape loading and unloading Use the following mini DV cassette tapes with this • Tapes cannot be loaded or unloaded when the camera-recorder. MEDIA switch is set to P2. AY-DVM63 series tape •...
  • Page 32: Using Sd/Sdhc Memory Cards

    Operating Instructions, visit the P2 Support Desk Formatting SD memory card at the following Web sites. Switch the MEDIA switch to “P2”. • SD memory cards must not be used or stored in Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 20) an environment where they may be Exposed to high temperatures/humidities;...
  • Page 33: Using The Zoom Function

    Using the zoom function This camera has a 13 x optical zoom function. HANDLE ZOOM switch Zoom with the zoom button or the zoom ring. Zoom button Handle zoom button Set the ZOOM switch to SERVO so that you can use the motor-driven zoom.
  • Page 34: Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    2 times and 2.5 times as long compared with recording in the 24P, 30P or 60P mode (standard recording). As with Panasonic’s Varicam model (AJ-HDC27 series), this unit also provides a recording format that allows frame rate conversion using nonlinear editing. (Either the 30P or 24P mode must be set for this.) 24PN mode: The camera-recorder shoots in the 24 fps native mode.
  • Page 35: Native Recording

    Native recording Standard recording Using the REC FORMAT (P2) function Using the REC FORMAT (P2) function (page (page 107) on the RECORDING SETUP 107) on the RECORDING SETUP screen, screen, select 720/30PN or 720/24PN as the select 720P/60P, 720P/30P or 720P/24P as recording format.
  • Page 36: Using Variable Frame Rates (Vfr)

    Variable frame rates (VFR) (continued) Using variable frame rates (VFR) Standard speed shooting for movie Undercrank shooting production This way of shooting provides quick motion effects When making movies to show on a screen, a frame used to present such scenes as the movement of rate of 24 fps (frames per second), which is the clouds, someone standing among crowd of people, same as for films, is the norm (1x speed).
  • Page 37: Shooting In 1080I/480I Progressive Mode

    Shooting in 1080i/480i progressive mode Selecting 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, With the “2:3” method, frames [BoCe], [CoDe], 480i/30P, 480i/24P or 480i/24PA in the REC [FoGe], and [GoHe] shown in the illustration would FORMAT option (page 107) of the setting menu be extended over different frames which can cause RECORDING SETUP screen enables shooting in a drop in picture quality.
  • Page 38: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually Manual focusing adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. Use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to Focus ring manual mode. FOCUS ASSIST button Use the FOCUS switch to choose how to control focusing.
  • Page 39: Iris Adjustments

    Adjusting the gain ND FILTER switch IRIS button When the display is dark, increase the gain to brighten the display. If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode ( goes out). (Page 38) Switch the gain with the GAIN switch.
  • Page 40: Adjusting The White Balance

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the white balance In order to reproduce the white accurately, adjust Set the WHITE BAL switch to A or B the ratio between the three RGB primary colors. If (whichever one you want to save the the white balance is not adjusted properly, not only adjustment in).
  • Page 41 Adjusting the white balance (continued) Message during adjustment Using presets ABB ACTIVE Use this feature when you have no time to make white balance adjustments. Message after adjustment If the camera is in auto mode, use the AUTO/ ABB END MANUAL switch to switch to manual mode on the viewfinder and LCD goes out).
  • Page 42: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low-angle shooting Self-portrait shooting Use the START/STOP button on the handle to Images in the LCD when it is turned 180 degrees make it easier to shoot from low angles. for self-portrait shooting may appear unusual. You can make them appear better by reversing START/STOP button left and right.
  • Page 43: Zebra Pattern

    Zebra pattern Marker Press the ZEBRA button in the camera mode to If you press the ZEBRA button again while the show the zebra pattern or marker on the screen so zebra pattern is being displayed, a marker appears you can check the brightness of the subject. in the center of the display (if you have set the Parts that may be whited out through over setup menu, DISPLAY SETUP, MARKER to ON).
  • Page 44: Checking And Displaying Shooting Status

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Checking and displaying shooting Changing the image size status When recording in 480i mode, you can change the size (aspect ratio) of the images that you record. Select the aspect ratio in the setup menus, CAMERA SETUP screen, ASPECT CONV.
  • Page 45: Optical Image Stabilizer

    Optical Image Stabilizer Using the USER buttons Use the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce You can allocate one of twelve features to each of the effects of camera shake when shooting by the three USER buttons. hand. Use these buttons to change shooting settings Press the OIS button to turn the function on and quickly or add effects to the images you are off.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Volume While Shooting

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) • If the DATE/TIME button on the remote control Adjusting the volume while shooting is pressed, the date and time will be output to the 1394 output regardless of whether Adjusting the volume recording is underway or the recording standby status is established.
  • Page 47: 2-Slot Continuous Recording

    2-slot continuous recording Text memo recording If you insert two P2 cards into the two card slots, This function adds text memos at the video points this function allows you to record continuously on on the clip now being recorded or played back. the two cards.
  • Page 48: Finding Specific Scenes (Image Search)

    TAPE Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Finding specific scenes Press in the shooting standby (image search) mode. The tape plays forward or backward while you Remote control are pressing the button. Camera Release the button when you find the point MULTI/ P-IN-P A.DUB...
  • Page 49: Interval Recording (Interval Rec)

    Interval recording (INTERVAL REC) Check that the settings given on the previous page have been established for With this function, the unit continuously records the OPERATION TYPE item and recording frames (1/30 sec.) one at a time with an interval. format.
  • Page 50: One-Shot Recording (One-Shot Rec)

    Using the special recording functions (continued) One-shot recording (ONE-SHOT REC) Loop recording (LOOP REC) This function records a single shot at each unit of This function is used to record first on one card time which has been set. and then on the next when you have inserted two P2 cards into the card slots.
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed • Remember that the faster the shutter speed, SPEED SEL button the lower the sensitivity. SHUTTER button • If iris is set to auto, then it will open wider with higher shutter speeds and thereby reduce focal depth.
  • Page 52: Synchro Scan

    Adjusting the shutter speed (continued) With artificial lighting and especially fluorescent Synchro scan lights and mercury-vapor lamps, the luminance Set the shutter speed of the synchro scan (used changes in synchronization with the power line frequency. When this frequency is 50 Hz, mutual when shooting a television or computer monitor) in interference will occur between the camera- the setup menus, SCENE FILE screen, SYNCRO...
  • Page 53: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input During shooting, you can record up to four Using the built-in microphone channels of sound. You can also switch the input sound to be recorded on each of the channels to Switch the CH1 SELECT switch to INT (L). the built-in microphones, external microphones or •...
  • Page 54: Adjusting The Recording Level

    1 and 2, connect the microphone to • For P2 mode recording, the recording level is INPUT 2 and switch both CH1 SELECT and CH2 set higher than for Panasonic’s broadcast-use SELECT to INPUT 2. camera recorders (AJ series).
  • Page 55: Using Scene Files

    Using scene files The settings according to the variety of shooting Changing scene file settings circumstances are stored in each position of scene The setting value of the scene file can be changed. file dial. Also you can save the changed scene file to each When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary file position of the scene file dial.
  • Page 56 Using scene files (continued) The screen below is displayed, so set the The following screen appears, select YES, file name of six letters using then press button. button. (To return to the menu level above, press the Set the same as user information. (Page 61) MENU button.) •...
  • Page 57: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other settings on SD memory cards You can save up to four scene file settings or other Select YES using the button, and press settings as files on an SD memory card, and you button. can also load them from the card. •...
  • Page 58: Clip Metadata

    Viewer. Download it from the URL address given and OBJECT (target of data collection). below, and install it in the computer. MEMO : ∗ This indicates the No. (memo No.), OFFSET (frame position from the beginning of the clip), What the clip metadata consists of PERSON (name of the person who recorded the text memo), and TEXT (contents of memo).
  • Page 59: Using The Counter

    Using the Counter Counter display (P2 card / Tape) Press the mode button to switch to the VCR mode. (Page 64) You can display a counter that indicates how much time has elapsed during shooting or playback. When rewind or fast-forward the tape, it stops automatically near where you reset Press the COUNTER button.
  • Page 60: Charging The Built-In Battery/Setting The Time Data

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time data Recharging the built-in battery Specifying the time code (TC PRESET) The camera’s internal battery saves the date and time. “ ” appears on the screen of the viewfinder Set TC PRESET so you can record a value of your or LCD when the internal battery is running low on choice as the initial setting for the time code to be charge.
  • Page 61: Setting User Information

    When the screen below appears, set the Press the button to select YES, and press time code value. button. Press the buttons to select the time code value. Press MENU twice to exit the menus. Press the button to move to the next digit, With this unit, the time code value is adjusted in and press the buttons again to select...
  • Page 62 Setting the time data (continued) In the setup menus, RECORDING SETUP Press the button to move to the next digit, screen UB MODE, select USER. and press the buttons again to select • For menu operation (Page 97) the characters. •...
  • Page 63: Basic Playback Operations (P2 Card)

    Basic playback operations (P2 card) Before turning the POWER switch to ON Set the MEDIA switch to the P2 position. Turn the POWER switch to ON. While pressing the lock release, turn the Lock release POWER switch to ON. Press the mode button so the MCR lamp turns on.
  • Page 64: Basic Playback Operations (Tape)

    Basic playback operations (Tape) TAPE Before turning the POWER switch to ON Set the MEDIA switch to the TAPE position. Turn the POWER switch to ON. While pressing the lock release, turn the Lock release POWER switch to ON. Press the mode button so the VCR lamp lights.
  • Page 65: Thumbnail Screen

    Thumbnail screen Video data created on the P2 card in one shooting session is called a clip. When the MCR mode has been established by the MEDIA switch set to the P2 status, the clips will be displayed on the LCD screen as thumbnails.
  • Page 66 Thumbnail screen (continued) 1 Slot number/dubbing mode display : Incomplete clip The number of the slot with the P2 card This indicator appears when the recording of a containing the selected clip is indicated here. clip extends over two P2 cards and one of the (The number appears in yellow.) If a clip cards is not found in the slot.
  • Page 67: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    Adding shot marks to clips Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to find the clips you are looking for. Press the buttons to move the yellow frame to the clip to which you will add a shot mark. Press the USER button to which the shot mark function has been allocated.
  • Page 68: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL) ALL CLIP: You can display the kind of clips you want to see as thumbnails. All the clips are displayed. You can also set more precisely how you want the SAME FORMAT CLIPS: thumbnails to appear on the screen.
  • Page 69 Select the desired setting item using the buttons, and press the button. MARKED IND.: Select this to set whether the shot mark indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF). TEXT MEMO IND.: Select this to set whether the text memo indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF). VOICE MEMO IND.: Select this to set whether the voice memo indicator is to be displayed (ON/OFF).
  • Page 70: Deleting Clips And Formatting Cards (Operation)

    P2 viewer from the web site given button, and press the ) button. below, installing it in your computer, and copying the clips again. Select the desired item using the buttons, and press the button. DELETE: Select this to delete the selected clip.
  • Page 71: Checking The Clip Or Card Information (Property)

    Checking the clip or card information (PROPERTY) You can perform any of the following operations. If To exit the information screen, press the necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking MENU button, use the button to select the operations. EXIT, and then press the button.
  • Page 72 Thumbnail operations (continued) 5 Slot total P2 card information screen The figure represents the total remaining memory of the cards in the two slots. If a P2 card is write-protected, its remaining memory will not be included in the total remaining memory.
  • Page 73: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Uploading the metadata (META DATA) LOAD: You can perform any of the following operations. If necessary, make preparations prior to undertaking Select this to load the metadata recorded on the operations. the SD memory card into the unit. Loading the metadata When the button is pressed with operation •...
  • Page 74: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Variable speed search (P2 card / Tape) Slow playback (P2 card / Tape) This function enables you to change the playback During play, press one of the STILL ADV ( speed and search for specific scenes. ) buttons on the remote control unit. Press the button during playback.
  • Page 75: Frame-By-Frame Playback (P2 Card / Tape)

    Frame-by-frame playback (P2 card / Tape) End search (Tape) You can find unrecorded parts or the end of the Press the button during playback to set last scene shot. the unit to the pause mode. In the setup menus, OTHER FUNCTIONS Press the PAGE/AUDIO MON/VAR button to screen, END SEARCH, set the search play frame-by-frame.
  • Page 76: Index Search (Tape)

    Useful playback functions (continued) Index search (Tape) Viewing images on a television (P2 card / Tape) This function searches for the index signals (page 48) recorded on the tape. Index searches can be You can view the images on a television if you performed using the supplied wireless remote connect the unit to a TV set using an AV cable control unit.
  • Page 77: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones 3.5-mm stereo mini jack • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones are connected. External microphone Microphone holder Stereo Microphone (optional) AG-MC200G Microphone holder adapter INPUT1 or INPUT2 12 mm 6 mm •...
  • Page 78: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    • When the P2 card access lamp flashes orange 1. Select [Applications] → [Utilities] → and start up [Disc Utility]. 2. Select a grayed-out volume among volumes of the X.X GB Panasonic disc, and click “Mount.” • When the P2 card access lamp is off Eject the P2 card, and insert it again.
  • Page 79: Digital Video Equipment (Dubbing)

    • Before proceeding to connect or disconnect 1394 cable, be absolutely sure to turn off the power of the units. • Before proceeding to connect the unit which uses a 6-pin type 1394 connector, carefully check the shape of the 1394 cable and the connectors on the 1394 cable.
  • Page 80: Video Deck (Dubbing)

    Connecting external units (continued) Video deck (Dubbing) When a component video cable is used for the connection, only the output signals from the unit will be available. Audio cable (optional) White: CH1 (left channel) sound Red: CH2 (right channel) sound S-video cable (optional) S-VIDEO...
  • Page 81: Audio Dubbing

    Audio dubbing TAPE Background music or narration can be added to the Find the scene you want to add and set the images you have recorded on the tape. unit to the still mode. Set the POWER switch to ON. Press the AUDIO DUB button to establish the status ready for audio dubbing.
  • Page 82 TAPE Audio dubbing (continued) Input channels and the tracks recorded Using the memory stop mode to edit dubbed sound Audio Shooting Input dubbing (1) First reset the counter memory display in the mode mode memory stop mode at the position where the Built-in microphone L audio dubbing is to end.
  • Page 83: Nonlinear Editing With P2 Card (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing with P2 card (PC mode) You can edit the video data on P2 cards nonlinearly Set the unit’s POWER switch to ON. by connecting the unit to a computer used for editing by means of a USB cable (Windows) or 1394 Select PC MODE on the setting menu cable (Apple Macintosh).
  • Page 84 Nonlinear editing with P2 card (PC mode) (continued) Press the mode button to light up the MCR lamp and then hold the button down (for 2 or more seconds). The PC lamp now lights, and PC mode is established. When the P2 card is in an accessible status, USB (or 1394) DEVICE CONNECT is displayed on the camera.
  • Page 85: Copying From P2 Cards To The Hard Disk Drive (1394 Host Mode)

    Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive (1394 HOST mode) • Use an HDD (hard disk drive) that has sufficient Only when the hard disk drive is not capacity to permit copying. formatted: • Before copying the data, format the hard disk Select FORMAT (HDD) using the drive so that it can be used by the unit.
  • Page 86: Warnings

    Copying from P2 cards to the hard disk drive (1394 HOST mode) (continued) To check the data copied into the hard disk drive • It is recommended that you first restore any After step 4 on the previous page, use the defective clips contained in the P2 card before buttons to select PROPERTY, and then press copying the data.
  • Page 87: Dubbing

    Dubbing Dubbing the contents of P2 cards onto a tape (dubbing mode) You can dub clips from a P2 card onto a tape that 3) Use the MENU button to close the menu, has been inserted into the unit. and press the THUMBNAIL button to return Only clips recorded in 1080i and 720P formats to the thumbnail display.
  • Page 88: Digital Input/Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    Dubbing (continued) will not be executed. However, the allocated Press the two REC buttons simultaneously. USER button information will be displayed when If you are using the remote control, press the the DISP/MODE CHK button is held down. PLAY button while holding down the REC button.
  • Page 89: Analog Output (P2 Card/Tape)

    • In the VCR mode, the recording standby Analog output (P2 card/Tape) status is established when these two buttons are pressed together in the playback pause You can record images you have shot on this unit status. (The recording standby status will not to an S-VHS (VHS) tape in a video deck.
  • Page 90: Analog Input (Tape)

    TAPE Dubbing (continued) Analog input (Tape) Analog/digital (AD) conversion (VCR mode only) Video contents on S-VHS (VHS) cassettes can be copied to tape, and TV programs can be recorded. You can use this unit to convert analog to digital • Set the MEDIA switch to the TAPE position. signals.
  • Page 91: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays For details on the safety zone, refer to 36. 1 Time code displays FR 30P : 30P progressive mode (30 frames/ Each time you press the COUNTER button, the sec.) display switches over to the following data (or FR 24P : 24P progressive mode (24 frames/ no indication).
  • Page 92 Screen displays (continued) 11 Marker luminance display 3 AUTO/MANUAL switch operation display This display appears if a function which has When markers are displayed, the brightness been set on the setting menu AUTO SW screen level around the center of the screen is indicated as 0% to 99%.
  • Page 93 20 Focus control display 27 Displays marker Displays the focus control information with During shooting, pressing the ZEBRA button 99-00. once or twice will display the marker. In the auto focus mode, AF appears. In the 28 Optical Image Stabilizer ( ) display manual focus mode, MF appears.
  • Page 94: Warnings

    Screen displays (continued) REC END : Warnings End of recording search COPY INHIBITED Can not record correctly because of the input Variable-speed search (Reverse variable- signal copy-guarded. speed search) EXTERNAL 1394 DISCONNECT 33 Media information display When the 1394 CONTROL item of the OTHER The card slot where the P2 card was inserted FUNCTIONS screen of the Setup menu is set to and the basic information of the media are...
  • Page 95 WRITE PROTECTED CARD ERR (1) (2) (1/2) The P2 card or SD memory card is write- (Trouble has occurred in the P2 card found in the protected. slot indicated by the number.) NO CARD • If the warning continues, turn off the power. A P2 card or SD memory card has not been •...
  • Page 96: Setting The Display Items

    Screen displays (continued) Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfinder and LCD monitor screen by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by configuring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 114) Audio dubbing mode MODE Displays...
  • Page 97: Using The Setup Menus

    Using the setup menus Use the setup menus to change the settings to Press the ) button to display the suit the scenes you are shooting or what you are items. recording. Example: Operation buttons MENU button MENU Use the buttons to move to the option that you want to set.
  • Page 98: Initializing The Menu Settings

    Using the setup menus (continued) To change other settings, repeat steps 4 and When you finish, press the MENU button to return to the function screen. To change other functions, repeat steps 2 to When you exit the menu mode, press the MENU button again to return to the normal screen.
  • Page 99: Setup Menu Structure

    Setup menu structure Camera mode menu indicates the available setting in P2 mode only or TAPE mode only. TAPE CAMERA MENU SCENE FILE OPERATION TYPE (Pages 101 - 103) FRAME RATE SYNCRO SCAN ASPECT CONV DETAIL LEVEL CAMERA SETUP SETUP(P2) V DETAIL LEVEL SETUP(TAPE) (Page 103)
  • Page 100: Mcr/Vcr (Playback And External Input) Mode Menu

    Setup menu structure (continued) MCR/VCR (playback and external input) mode menu indicates the available setting in P2 mode only or TAPE mode only. TAPE MCR/VCR MENU RECORDING SETUP REC SPEED TAPE AUDIO REC (Pages 107 - 109) TAPE 1394 TC REGEN 32K(12bit) AUDIO TAPE TC MODE...
  • Page 101: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list SCENE FILE screen Display Item Description of settings mode OPERATION TYPE (Camera) Switches the shutter and frame rate operation to the video type or film type. TAPE VIDEO CAM: SYNCRO SCAN is displayed using 1/n units. FILM CAM: SYNCRO SCAN is displayed as an angle.
  • Page 102 Setup menu list (continued) SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode GAMMA (Camera) Selects the gamma curves other than the news gamma curve. TAPE 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 low-brightness curve.
  • Page 103: Camera Setup Screen

    SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode SKIN TONE DTL (Camera) Sets the skin tone details. Select ON to reduce the skin tone details and soften TAPE the skin tone. ON OFF V DETAIL FREQ (Camera) Sets the vertical detail for shooting in 480i progressive mode. TAPE THIN: Makes the detail thin.
  • Page 104: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Display Item Description of settings mode MID GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. TAPE 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB HIGH GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch. TAPE 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB (Camera) Sets the operation of the ATW (Auto Tracking White Balance) function assigned...
  • Page 105 SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode USER1 (Camera) Selects the function assigned to the USER1 button. TAPE REC CHECK: Performs Rec Check. SPOTLIGHT: Auto iris control for the spotlight ON/OFF BACKLIGHT: Auto iris control for the backlight compensation (Page 45) BLACKFADE: Blackfade (Page 45) WHITEFADE:...
  • Page 106: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AUTO SW screen Display Item Description of settings mode A.IRIS (Camera) ON: TAPE Performs the auto iris control in auto mode. The IRIS button is deactivated. OFF: Deactivates the auto iris control in auto mode. This performs the iris control selected with the IRIS button.
  • Page 107: Recording Setup Screen

    RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode REC FORMAT (P2) (Camera) Selects the recording format for P2 card. 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 REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format for cassette tape. (TAPE) 480i/60i, 480i/30P, 480i/24P, 480i/24PA TAPE...
  • Page 108 Setup menu list (continued) RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 1394 TC REGEN (MCR/ Selects the time code used for recording the signal from equipment connected TAPE VCR) to the 1394 terminal. Records using the time code of the signal input through the 1394 terminal. OFF: Records using the time code set in TC MODE/TCG/FIRST REC TC.
  • Page 109 RECORDING SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode 1394 UB REGEN (MCR/ Selects the user information used when recording the signals from equipment TAPE VCR) connected to the 1394 terminal. Records using the user information of the signal input through the 1394 terminal.
  • Page 110: Playback Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen Display Item Description of settings mode 32K(12bit) AUDIO (VCR) Sets the audio to output as CH1 and CH2 signals when playing back a tape TAPE recorded in the 32K (12bit) audio mode. ST1: Selects the sound that was recorded during shooting.
  • Page 111 PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS screen (continued) 32K(12bit) AUDIO item/AUDIO OUT item settings and audio track signals output from the AUDIO IN/OUT jack TAPE Audio recording 32K(12bit) AUDIO AUDIO IN/OUT jack AUDIO IN/OUT jack AUDIO OUT setting mode setting CH1 output CH2 output CH1 ·...
  • Page 112: Dubbing Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DUBBING SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode FORMAT SEL (DUB) Selects the format of the clips to be played back during dubbing. 1080i/60i, 1080i/30P, 1080i/24P, 1080i/24PA, 720P/60P, 720P/30P, 720P/24P, 720P/30PN, 720P/24PN PULLDOWN SEL (DUB) Selects the pulldown method for 24PN (native format).
  • Page 113: Display Setup Screen

    DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode ZEBRA DETECT 1 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the left-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. TAPE 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 100%, 105% ZEBRA DETECT 2 (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen.
  • Page 114 Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode ZOOM · FOCUS (Camera) Selects the unit of zoom and focus values. TAPE OFF, NUMBER, mm/feet, mm/m <Note> Use the mm/feet or mm/m display only as a general guideline since it is not entirely accurate.
  • Page 115: Card Functions Screen

    CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item Description of settings mode SCENE FILE (Camera) You can save four SCENE FILE settings to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved files. READ: Read WRITE: Write USER FILE (Camera) You can save four file settings (excluding SCENE FILE) to the SD memory card, and can also title the saved file.
  • Page 116 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode END SEARCH (Camera) Sets the operation when the END SEARCH button is pressed. TAPE (VCR) BLANK: Searches for the unrecorded parts on the tape. REC END: Searches for the last segment shot. PC MODE (Camera) Selects the terminal for data transfer.
  • Page 117 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in 30-minute TAPE (MCR/ steps. (As an exception, you can set +12:45.) Refer to the table below. VCR) 0:00 Time...
  • Page 118 Setup menu list (continued) OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode POWER SAVE (Camera) Selects the power-saving mode when the top panel operation keys, DISP/ TAPE MODE CHK button, USER1-3 buttons and EVF DTL button have not been operated for 5 minutes or so.
  • Page 119: Option Menu

    OPTION MENU This menu is displayed when the DISP/MODE CHK button is held down, and after the details of the shooting status are displayed, the MENU button is then pressed. Use it to check the connection status during nonlinear editing. Display Item Description of settings...
  • Page 120: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. • Make sure the battery and AC adapter are connected properly. P 17 Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no • To prevent the battery from running down needlessly and to P 118 apparent reason.
  • Page 121 Shooting (when using a P2 card) Cannot shoot even though • The MEDIA switch may be in the TAPE position. P 25 the P2 card is inserted If so, set it to the P2 position. correctly. • Make sure the P2 card’s write-protect switch is not in the PROTECT P 26 position.
  • Page 122 Before calling for service (continued) Displays Something is wrong with • The time code display may not register a regular count if a tape is — the time code display. played in the reverse slow mode. This is normal. The remaining tape display •...
  • Page 123 Other Cannot remove the tape. • Make sure the camera is supplied with power. P 17 Make sure the AC adapter or battery is inserted correctly. As long as the power is supplied, you can remove the tape without turning ON the POWER switch. Cannot perform any •...
  • Page 124: Operating Precautions

    Operating precautions AC adapter and battery Do not allow any water to get into the camera- recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at • If the battery is extremely hot or cold, the the beach. CHARGE lamp will blink several times before charging starts.
  • Page 125 Battery characteristics Liquid crystal displays This camera-recorder uses a rechargeable • Images or letters can get burned onto the screen lithiumion battery that uses its internal chemical of the LCD or viewfinder if they are displayed for reaction to generate electrical energy. This reaction a long time, but you can fix this by leaving the is easily influenced by the ambient temperature camera off for several hours.
  • Page 126: Updating The Driver In The Camera

    Updating the driver in the camera For the latest information on drivers, visit the P2 Support Desk at the following Web sites. To update a driver, select PROPERTY on the thumbnail menu and then SYSTEMINFO to check the camera-recorder’s version, go to the site given above, and download the driver as necessary.
  • Page 127: System Resetting

    System resetting Reset the system microcomputer if you can no longer operate the camera-recorder even though RESET button its power is on or a similar kind of a problem has occurred. Use a pointed object to press the RESET button on BARS SHUTTER SPEED SEL...
  • Page 128: Video Heads

    Video Heads Dirty video heads cause partial mosaic-pattern • Do not rewind the cleaning tape until it gets to the noise or make the whole display bluish on end of the tape. When the tape gets to the end, playback. rewind it to the beginning to use it again.
  • Page 129: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions P2 cards Before storing the video camera, remove both the cassette and battery. • After ejecting a P2 card from the unit, be Store all of these items in a place with low humidity absolutely sure to attach its special cap to keep and relatively constant temperature.
  • Page 130: How To Handle Data Recorded On P2 Cards

    P2 Viewer software. Download it from the following website. (Compatible with the Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista operating systems.) When using regular IT tools such as Microsoft Windows Explorer or Apple Finder to transfer data to a PC, follow the instructions below.
  • Page 131: Checkpoints For Using Memory Cards

    • MultiMediaCard We recommend using SD/SDHC memory cards and miniSD/miniSDHC cards that are made by Panasonic. For the latest information on the unit and on the memory cards which can be used by this unit, go to the P2 support page at the following web site:
  • Page 132: Recording Format

    Recording format Frame rate 24PA 1080i/30P 1080i/24P 1080i/24PA 1080i/60i 1080i/60i over 60i over 60i over 60i 720P/30P 720P/24P 720P/60P 720P/60P — over 60P over 60P 720P/60P 720P/24P DVCPRO HD 720P/30PN native 720P/30PN native — P2 Card recording recording Video format 720P/60P 720P/30P 720P/24PN...
  • Page 133: Appendix

    Appendix Selecting the USER CLIP NAME When a P2 card with a memory capacity of 8 recording method GB or more is used in this unit and a one-time Press the MENU button and select META DATA continuous recording exceeds the prescribed →...
  • Page 134: Specifications

    Specifications [GENERAL] Slow shutter speed settings 60i/60P mode: 1/15, 1/30 30P/30PN mode: 1/15 Supply voltage: DC7.2 V/7.9 V 24P/24PN mode: 1/12 (720P mode only) Power consumption Minimum subject luminance 11.6 W (when the viewfinder is used) 3 lx (F1.6, gain +12 dB with a shutter speed of 12.0 W (when the LCD monitor is used) 1/24) 14.0 W (max.)
  • Page 135 [AUDIO P2] (DVCPRO HD 1080i 720P) [TAPE] Sampling frequency Recording format 48 kHz DV (Digital video SD format) Quantizing Tape format 16 bit/4 CH Mini DV system Frequency response Video signals recorded 20 Hz to 20 kHz 480i/60i (NTSC) In progressive mode (30P/ 24P/ 24PA), convert Wow &...
  • Page 136 Specifications (continued) [AUDIO IN/OUT] [AC ADAPTER] XLR input Power Source: XLR (3 pins) x 2 (INPUT 1, INPUT 2), 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz 24 W LINE/MIC selectable, high impedance Power Output: LINE: 0 dBu MIC: -50 dBu/-60 dBu (selectable in menu) 7.9 V DC, 1.9 A (Video Camera) LINE IN/OUT (automatic input/output switching) 8.4 V DC, 1.2 A (Charge)
  • Page 137 Memo...
  • Page 138 Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company Unit Company of Panasonic Corporation of North America Executive Office: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7000 EASTERN ZONE: One Panasonic Way 4E-7, Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201) 348-7196 Southeast Region: (201) 348-7162 WESTERN ZONE: 3330 Cahuenga Blvd W., Los Angeles, CA 90068 (323) 436-3500...

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