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LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
VL - ME100E
OPERATION MANUAL

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  • Page 1 LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER VL - ME100E OPERATION MANUAL...
  • Page 2 • Before using the camcorder, please read this operation manual carefully, espe- cially pages ix to xi. • The table of contents is located on pages xii to xiv. OPERATION MANUAL ENGLISH WARNING CAUTION TO PREVENT SHOCK To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet.
  • Page 3 Copying such material without permission of the relevant licensees or owners of the copyright is prohibited by law. Sharp is not in a position to authorize the recording of copyright works and nothing in this operation manual should be read or implied as giving that authority.
  • Page 4: Quick Operation Guide

    Quick Operation Guide Quick Operation Guide Inserting a Mini DV Cassette Please consult this operation manual further for details on these and other functions of your camcorder. Supply power to the camcorder. Charging the Battery Pack Hold the camcorder as shown, slide the cassette compartment door release and Connect the supplied power cord to the open the cassette compartment door...
  • Page 5: Using The Viewfinder

    Inserting a Card Using the Viewfinder This camcorder accepts an SD Memory Card Pull out the viewfinder completely. (commercially available) or a MultiMediaCard (supplied) for storage of still images. Make sure that the POWER switch is set to OFF. Hold the camcorder as shown, and slide the card slot cover release in the direction of the arrow to open the cover.
  • Page 6 Quick Operation Guide Camera Recording on Tape To pause recording Press the REC START/STOP button again. Media Selection switch Power Zoom buttons To turn the power off Set the POWER switch to OFF without pressing the Lock button. Tape Playback Make sure that the recorded Mini DV cassette is inserted.
  • Page 7: Card Recording

    Card Recording To turn the power off Set the POWER switch to OFF without pressing Media Selection switch the Lock button. Power Zoom buttons STILL button Card Playback Make sure that the recorded card is inserted. Open the LCD monitor and adjust the angle.
  • Page 8: Dual Recording

    Quick Operation Guide Dual Recording Press the REC START/STOP button to begin recording motion images of the subject on a tape. The Dual Recording function makes it possible • Press the REC START/STOP button to record motion images on a tape and still again to pause recording.
  • Page 9 About Your Camcorder DV Technology SD Memory Cards and MultiMediaCards Digital video, DV, is a revolutionary technology that enables recording and playback of high SD Memory Cards and MultiMediaCards are quality images with the use of special digital compact recording media just 32 mm long and features previously unavailable with conven- 24 mm wide which support the needs of the tional analogue formats.
  • Page 10: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Intelligent battery pack AC adapter/ BT-LS222 battery charger Power cord DC cable CR2025 type Infrared AA battery for Audio/video/S-video lithium battery remote control remote control cable Detachable LCD cable Lens hood Zoom microphone Windscreen PixLab Video 8 MB Capture Software Shoulder strap PC connecting cable...
  • Page 11: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Standard-life Extended-life Standard-life intelligent Extended-life intelligent battery pack battery pack battery pack battery pack BT-L221 BT-L441 BT-LS222 BT-LS442A IR & Flash Light PixLab USB Digital Moving Picture Kit VR-3VIF VR-PKU10E Mini DV cassette Soft case VR-DVM60N VR-33SC Note: •...
  • Page 12 Precautions Precautions on Handling the • Always respect prohibitions or restrictions on the use of electronic equipment on Camcorder commercial flights or in other sensitive areas. • When the camcorder is not in use, make sure to turn off the power, remove the •...
  • Page 13: Dew Formation

    Dew Formation • “Dew” warning feature If dew forms, the word “DEW” flashes on the screen, and the power will automatically turn • What is “dew formation”? off in approximately 10 seconds. When cold water is poured into a glass, dew drops form on the glass.
  • Page 14: Dirty Video Heads

    If the video heads become clogged, the • The video head cleaning indicator appears on the screen. Contact the screen appears. nearest SHARP service centre or your dealer for further advice. Touch [START] to begin video head cleaning. • “NOW CLEANING” flashes during cleaning.
  • Page 15: Table Of Contents

    Contents Operation Part Names ............. 1 Quick Reference Index ........... 4 References On-screen Display Index ........5 Warning Indicators ..........9 Preparation Charging the Battery Pack ........11 Attaching and Removing the Battery Pack ..12 Powering the Camcorder from an AC Outlet ..13 Inserting and Removing a Mini DV Cassette ..
  • Page 16 Contents • Be sure to read “Summary of Operations” on pages 28 to 31 before performing the operations described in the following chapters. Useful Features Camera Recording Recording in LP (Long Play Recording) Mode ..32 Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ..33 Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) ......
  • Page 17 Advanced Features Playback Dubbing Images from a Tape to a Card ....71 Tape Playback Using the Indices ......73 Editing ..............77 Editing with the DV Terminal (IEEE1394) ....78 Audio Dubbing Feature ......... 79 Selecting the Audio Playback Mode ..... 81 Transferring Still Images to Your Computer ..
  • Page 18: Operation References

    Operation References Operation References Part Names For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in brackets. Front view Power Zoom W (Wide angle) / T (Telephoto) control buttons [p. 23] / VOLume control buttons [p. 26] Accessory shoe [pp.
  • Page 19 Left view Manual Selection switch [pp. 59 – 66] DISPLAY ON/OFF button Viewfinder [p. 20] [p. 29] LCD monitor [p. 21] Dioptre adjustment dial [p. 20] Power source UNLOCK release [pp. 12, 13] LCD monitor OPEN Power source connection release [p. 21] panel [pp.
  • Page 20 Operation References Right view SUPER CAT’S EYE switch [p. 37] IR (Infrared) LIGHT button [p. 37] White Balance (W/B) button [p. 60] Media Selection switch Terminal cover [p. 27] (DUAL/TAPE/CARD selection switch) [p. 28] DV terminal [p. 78] STILL button [pp. 40 – 42, 55, 71, 87] POWER switch (CAMERA/VCR selection switch)
  • Page 21: Quick Reference Index

    Quick Reference Index This index lists some example uses of the camcorder’s features. • To record the subject with higher-quality audio. —See page 33 (Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode) • To record powerful close-up images. —See page 35 (Setting the Digital Zoom) •...
  • Page 22: On-screen Display Index

    Operation References On-screen Display Index For details on the use of each function, refer to the page number indicated. TAPE-CAMERA/DUAL-CAMERA mode MANUA L S E T p. 22 p. 43 P I C . E F F E C T D I S p.
  • Page 23 TAPE-VCR mode 1 / 3 D I SP p. 52 P L A Y B A C K S E T p. 25 P I C . E F F E C T p. 72 C A P T UR E P B Z OOM P L A Y / p.
  • Page 24 Operation References CARD-CAMERA mode p. 87 C ARD p. 87 3 / 2 1 p. 85 C AME RA S E T NORMA L RE C MODE [ 1 2 8 0 ] p. 86 I MAGE S I Z E p.
  • Page 25 CARD-VCR mode p. 52 P L A Y BA CK S E T P I C . E F F E C T p. 92 p. 93 S L I D E SHOW S L I D E E F F . p.
  • Page 26: Warning Indicators

    L AMP LAMP close to the end of its service life. Call your local authorized Sharp dealer to have it replaced. All warnings will be indicated by displayed in the centre of the screen if the vertical rotation of the LCD monitor is between 135°...
  • Page 27 Displayed Description of warning for 5 seconds The card is not inserted or is inserted incorrectly. Check how the card is inserted (see page 15). (Displayed throughout) The capacity of the card is full and cannot store any more images. Delete MEMORY CARD unnecessary images (see pages 97 and 98) or replace the card with a new...
  • Page 28: Preparation

    CHARGE indicator Caution: • The CHARGE indicator goes off when • Charge only SHARP model BT-LS222, BT-L221, the battery is fully charged. BT-L441, or BT-LS442A battery packs. Other types of battery packs may burst, causing Slide the battery pack in the direction of personal injury and damage.
  • Page 29: Attaching And Removing The Battery Pack

    • Remove the battery pack from the camcorder if the camcorder is not to be used for a long period of time. • Use only SHARP model BT-LS222, BT-L221, BT- L441, or BT-LS442A battery packs with this camcorder. Use of other batteries may present a...
  • Page 30: Powering The Camcorder From An Ac Outlet

    Preparation Powering the Camcorder Insert the DC cable plug into the DC OUT jack on the AC adapter. Connect from an AC Outlet the power cord to the AC adapter, and insert the AC plug into a power outlet. You can also power the camcorder from a •...
  • Page 31: Inserting And Removing A Mini Dv Cassette

    Inserting and Removing Wait for the cassette holder to fully retract. Close the compartment door by a Mini DV Cassette pressing the centre until it clicks into place. Inserting a Cassette Supply power to the camcorder. Hold the camcorder as shown in the figure, slide the cassette compartment door release and open the cassette compartment door completely.
  • Page 32: Inserting And Removing A Card

    Preparation Inserting and Removing a Removing a Card Card Perform steps 1 and 2 of “Inserting a Card”. This camcorder accepts an SD Memory Card (commercially available) or a MultiMediaCard Push the centre of the card edge in to (supplied) for storage of still images. release the card.
  • Page 33: Installing The Lithium Memory Battery

    Insert the lithium battery holder back into Installing the Lithium the compartment. Memory Battery The supplied lithium battery is used to store the memory of the date and time settings. Slide the card slot cover release in the direction of the arrow to open the card slot cover.
  • Page 34: Setting The Area, Date And Time

    Preparation Setting the Area, Date and Hold down the Lock button and set the Time POWER switch to CAMERA. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- • The LCD screen turns CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Lock button Example: Setting the date to 2 June 2002 (2. Touch any point on the LCD screen to 6.2002) and the time to 10:30 am (10:30) in display the [1/2] screen.
  • Page 35: Using The Lens Cap

    Touch [K] or [L] to select “SETTING”, Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen and then touch [SET]. turns off. C L O CK S E T Notes: D I S P L A Y • Providing the date and time have been internally AR E A SUMR T I ME set, they will always be recorded on the tape or...
  • Page 36: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    Preparation Adjusting the Hand Strap Draw the strap in the direction of the arrow to secure. Open the hand strap flap (1) and the 4–6 To attach the other end of the strap to grip strap (2). the loop on the left side of the hand strap, open the hand strap flap, and perform the same procedure.
  • Page 37: Using The Viewfinder

    Using the Viewfinder Closing the viewfinder Lower the viewfinder (1), and push it in You can record the subject through the completely (2). electronic LCD colour viewfinder. You can also watch video playback through the viewfinder. Viewfinder Cautions: • Do not use excessive force when moving the viewfinder.
  • Page 38: Using The Lcd Monitor

    Preparation Using the LCD Monitor • You can also fold the LCD monitor into the camcorder with the screen facing out for watching playback on the monitor. You can use the LCD monitor to play back recordings that you have made or to watch the subject during recording.
  • Page 39: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Camera Recording Easy Camera Recording on To pause recording Tape in Full Auto Mode Press the REC START/STOP button again. Recording pauses, and the camcorder enters Recording Standby mode. Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA • Before you start recording, perform the opera- tions described on pages 11 through 21 to PAUSE prepare your camcorder for recording.
  • Page 40: Zooming

    Basic Operations Camera Recording Zooming Tips on Recording Positions Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- To create images that are easy to watch during CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA playback, try to record with a stable posture while steadying your camcorder to prevent the Zooming allows you to move visually closer to image from shaking.
  • Page 41: Remaining Tape Time Display

    Remaining Tape Time Display Remaining Battery Power Display Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA Available modes: all modes In TAPE-CAMERA or DUAL-CAMERA mode, an This camcorder supports an intelligent battery on-screen indicator displays the approximate function. When using the supplied intelligent remaining tape time in minutes.
  • Page 42: Playback Tape Playback

    Basic Operations Basic Operations Playback Playback Tape Playback Touch [PLAY/STILL] to begin playback. • The indicators on the playback opera- tion on-screen buttons change to Available mode: TAPE-VCR symbols after playback begins. The LCD monitor screen functions as a handy playback monitor.
  • Page 43: Volume Control

    Volume Control Video Search Available mode: TAPE-VCR Available mode: TAPE-VCR When the camcorder is in TAPE-VCR mode, The video search function makes it easy to you can adjust the volume level of the playback search for a desired scene on the tape. sound.
  • Page 44: Watching The Playback On A Tv

    Basic Operations Playback Watching the Playback on Turn on the TV and set it to the “AV” or “VIDEO” channel. (See the operation a TV manual of your TV.) • When connecting to a TV via a VCR, turn Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR on the VCR and set it to the “AV”...
  • Page 45: Summary Of Operations

    Summary of Operations Useful Features Useful Features Selecting the Camcorder Mode Media Selection switch This camcorder includes functions for use as both a video camera for recording and playing back images on tape and as a digital still camera for recording and playing back still images on a card.
  • Page 46: Using The Controls

    Summary of Operations Summary of Operations Using the Controls DISPLAY ON/OFF button The DISPLAY ON/OFF button is used to turn the mode screens and on-screen indicators off. You can turn the on-screen indicators back on by pressing the DISPLAY ON/ OFF button again.
  • Page 47: Using The Mode Screens

    Using the Mode Screens Touch the page indicator until the desired mode screen appears. You can use the mode screens to select Example various functions. Follow the procedure below to display the mode screen with the on-screen Page indicator 1 / 2 D I SP button for the desired function.
  • Page 48: Using The Menu Screen

    Summary of Operations Summary of Operations Using the Menu Screen Touch [K] or [L] to select the desired menu item, and then touch [SET]. • The available settings for the selected The menu screen can be used to adjust the menu item are displayed.
  • Page 49: Useful Features

    Useful Features Camera Recording Recording in LP (Long Play Notes on the use of LP mode Recording) Mode • To record in LP mode, be sure to use a Mini DV cassette labelled for use with LP mode. • Frozen images, mosaic-pattern picture noise, Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- audio interruptions or audio loss may occur in CAMERA...
  • Page 50: Selecting The 16-bit Audio Recording Mode

    Useful Features Camera Recording Selecting the 16-bit Audio To return to 12-bit audio recording mode Recording Mode Select “12bit” and then touch [SET] in step 3 Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- above. CAMERA Note: This camcorder allows you to select between •...
  • Page 51: Digital Image Stabilization (dis)

    Digital Image Stabilization Touch [K] or [L] to select “OFF”, and then touch [SET]. (DIS) D I S OF F Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. The digital image stabilization (DIS) function is •...
  • Page 52: Setting The Digital Zoom

    Useful Features Camera Recording Setting the Digital Zoom • The “D” digital zoom indicator is displayed during digital zooming. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA You can select from among three different zoom ranges in TAPE-CAMERA and DUAL- CAMERA modes: 1–10 (optical zoom), 10– 40 (digital zoom), or 10–200 (digital zoom).
  • Page 53: Gamma Brightness Compensation

    Gamma Brightness Compen- Note: • When only “GAMMA” is displayed, the subject sation becomes brighter while leaving the brighter portions of the image unaffected. When the indicator is displayed, the brighter portions of Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- the image may get whited out. CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA When the subject is backlit or when recording Recording in a poorly illuminated...
  • Page 54: Night Recording (super Cat's Eye)

    Useful Features Camera Recording Night Recording (Super Cat’s To obtain a brighter picture Eye) With the SUPER CAT’S EYE switch set to ON, press the IR LIGHT button. • “SUPER CAT’S EYE” changes to “IR LIGHT 1”, Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- and the camcorder emits infrared light from the CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA transmitter.
  • Page 55: Quick Return

    Using the IR Light (Optional Acces- Quick Return sory) Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- Using the IR light function of the optional IR & CAMERA Flash Light allows you to record more brightly illuminated images in dark locations. When you have been playing back what you have recorded on the tape, and wish to quickly •...
  • Page 56: Edit Search

    Useful Features Camera Recording Edit Search When you find the point where you want to begin recording, release your finger from the LCD screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- • Playback stops, and then the camcorder CAMERA enters Recording Standby mode. The tape will record from this point the next The edit search function lets you search, time you shoot.
  • Page 57: Dual Recording

    Dual Recording Press the REC START/STOP button to begin recording motion images of the subject on a tape. Available mode: DUAL-CAMERA • Operate the camcorder just as you ordinarily would when recording in By setting the camcorder to DUAL-CAMERA TAPE-CAMERA mode. mode, you can record motion images on a tape and still images on a card without operating the Media Selection switch.
  • Page 58: Still Recording On Tape

    Useful Features Camera Recording Using Still Recording Still Recording on Tape Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA You can record still images of subjects with STILL button normal sound on a tape by selecting one of two still recording modes. REC START/STOP button Still Recording mode options PHOTO SHOT: A still picture is recorded for 6 seconds following the sound and visual...
  • Page 59: Multiple Strobe Recording

    Multiple Strobe Recording Touch [K] or [L] to select “MULTI FRAME”, and then touch [SET]. Touch [K] or [L] to select “9” (9-frame picture) Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA or “16” (16-frame picture), and then touch [SET]. The multiple strobe recording function allows you to record a fast-moving subject at intervals of 1/8 of a second using a 9- or 16-frame C AME RA S E T...
  • Page 60: Digital Picture Effects

    Useful Features Camera Recording Digital Picture Effects Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. • The subject is displayed with the Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- selected digital picture effect. CAMERA To cancel the digital picture effect These digital picture effects let you record the subject with a more dramatic effect.
  • Page 61: Fade In And Fade Out

    Fade In and Fade Out Press the REC START/STOP button at the point where you wish to stop recording. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- • The image and sound fade out as the CAMERA picture gradually turns white. The camcorder then returns to Recording The fade function allows you to gradually bring Standby mode.
  • Page 62: Wide Screen (16:9)

    Useful Features Camera Recording Wide Screen (16:9) Macro Shots Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA The wide screen function lets you record scenes This camcorder lets you shoot close-up images with the wide-screen feel of a movie shown in a of small objects such as flowers and insects, or theatre.
  • Page 63: Letting The Subject Monitor The Shot

    Letting the Subject Monitor Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. • The subject is displayed in the the Shot viewfinder, and a mirror image of the subject is displayed on the LCD monitor. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Open the LCD monitor and rotate it 180° vertically so that the screen faces the other way and the subject can monitor the shot while you are recording with the viewfinder.
  • Page 64: Playback

    Useful Features Useful Features Playback Playback Using the Infrared Remote Turning on the Infrared Remote Control Mode Control Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR Available modes: all modes In TAPE-VCR or CARD-VCR mode, Use the supplied infrared remote control to display the menu screen (see page 31). operate the camcorder from a distance, such as when you want to record yourself in a scene, Touch [K] or [L] to select “R”, and...
  • Page 65 Control Buttons on the Infrared Remote Control TAPE REC START/STOP ZOOM T/W buttons [pp. 23, 54] button [pp. 22, 40] CARD REC button [pp. 40, 87] VOL. =/- buttons [p. 26] REW button [pp. 25, 26] PLAY button [p. 25] PAUSE/STILL button [p.
  • Page 66: Tape Playback Functions With The Infrared Remote Control

    Useful Features Playback Tape Playback Functions Note: • To protect the tape, the camcorder automatically with the Infrared Remote returns to normal playback if it is left in Slow mode for more than 10 minutes. Control Frame Advance Available mode: TAPE-VCR The frame advance function allows you to play These tape playback functions can be back still images frame by frame.
  • Page 67: Displaying The Date And Time Of Recording

    Displaying the Date and Time Using Earphones (Commer- of Recording cially Available) Available modes: all modes Available modes: TAPE-VCR, TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL-CAMERA Follow the procedure below to display the date, You can monitor the sound via stereo ear- or both the date and time, of recording on the phones (commercially available) during screen.
  • Page 68: Using The Time Code

    Useful Features Playback Using the Time Code Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. • The time code is displayed. Available modes: TAPE-VCR, TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL-CAMERA 3 / 3 D I SP The time code shows the hour, minute and T C 0 : 0 5 : 3 5 AUD I O second of recording, and the frame number...
  • Page 69: Picture Effect Playback

    Picture Effect Playback To cancel Picture Effect Playback Select “OFF” and then touch [SET] in step 3 Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR above. These picture effects let you play back images Notes: with a more dramatic effect. • Picture Effect Playback has no effect during still playback.
  • Page 70: Playback Zoom

    Useful Features Playback Playback Zoom Touch [PB ZOOM] to display the playback zoom screen. Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR Playback zoom indicator The playback zoom function allows you to 2 / 3 magnify the playback picture up to 10 times its original size.
  • Page 71: Gamma Playback

    Operating Playback Zoom with the Gamma Playback Infrared Remote Control Available mode: TAPE-VCR It is possible to shift the magnified picture in Playback Zoom mode by using the infrared The gamma playback function improves the remote control. (See pages 47 and 48 for the tape playback picture by increasing the use of the infrared remote control.) brightness of the subject while leaving the...
  • Page 72: Multiple Strobe Playback

    Useful Features Playback Multiple Strobe Playback Press the STILL button at the point where you want to begin the multiple strobe playback. Available mode: TAPE-VCR • A multi-frame picture of the image is displayed. The multiple strobe playback function can be used to capture the action of a fast-moving subject at intervals of 1/8 of a second using a 9- or 16-frame picture.
  • Page 73: Advanced Features

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Using the LCD Monitor- Align the shape of the connector with the terminal on the LCD monitor and Remote Control insert the connector until it locks into place. Available modes: all modes The built-in LCD monitor can be detached from Terminal the camcorder and used as a remote control.
  • Page 74 Advanced Features Camera Recording Operating the LCD Monitor-Remote To change the camcorder mode Control Hold down the CONTROL dial for more than 2 seconds. Supply power to the camcorder. • The MODE SELECT screen is displayed. Set the Media Selection switch on the MODE S E L E C T camcorder to TAPE, DUAL, or CARD.
  • Page 75 On-screen Control Buttons on the TAPE-VCR mode LCD Monitor-Remote Control 1 / 3 D I SP See the reference pages for the details of p. 25 operation. P L A Y / pp. 25, 26 ST I L L TAPE-CAMERA/DUAL-CAMERA mode p.
  • Page 76: Adjusting The White Balance

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Adjusting the White Balance Selecting OUTDOOR/INDOOR White Balance mode Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- Set the camcorder to TAPE-CAMERA, CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA DUAL-CAMERA, or CARD-CAMERA mode. The colour of the image tends to look different from that of the actual subject, depending on In Recording Standby mode, set the the type of lighting source.
  • Page 77 Locking the white balance Manually adjusting the white balance Perform steps 1 to 3 of “Selecting Perform steps 1 and 2 of “Selecting OUTDOOR/INDOOR White Balance OUTDOOR/INDOOR White Balance mode”. mode”. Aim the lens at a white object. Touch [MANUAL] to display the WHITE •...
  • Page 78: Manual Exposure

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Manual Exposure Touch [MANUAL] to display the EXPOSURE adjustment screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- E XPOSURE CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA AU T O EXPOSURE The camcorder is preset to Auto Exposure selection mode, which automatically chooses the optimal MAN - screen aperture.
  • Page 79: Manual Gain

    Manual Gain Touch [MANUAL] to display the BRIGHTER adjustment screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- BR I GHT E R CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA AU T O BRIGHTER When recording in a dark or poorly illuminated selection location with Auto Gain mode, the light MAN - screen sensitivity of the camcorder (gain) will be...
  • Page 80: Setting The Shutter Speed

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Setting the Shutter Speed Manual Selection switch Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA The shutter speed of the camcorder is preset to auto mode, which automatically chooses the optimal shutter speed for the ambient light. However, depending on the subject or situation, you may want to set the shutter speed manually to create a high-quality picture.
  • Page 81 Touch [K] or [L] to select the desired Notes: • Recording with a shutter speed faster than 1/50 shutter speed. sec. tends to darken the picture. It is best to • The number shown is the selected record in a brightly-lit location in sunlight or with shutter speed.
  • Page 82: Scene Menu (programme Ae)

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Scene Menu (Programme AE) Set the camcorder to TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL-CAMERA, or CARD-CAMERA mode. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA In Recording Standby mode, set the Manual Selection switch to MANUAL to You can set the camcorder to the shooting display the MANUAL screen.
  • Page 83 Selecting the SHUT.SPEED scene Selecting the EXPOSURE scene setting setting After performing step 3 on the previous page, touch [EXPOSURE] to display the After performing step 3 on the previous SCENE MENU exposure adjustment page, touch [SHUT.SPEED] to display screen. the SCENE MENU shutter speed adjustment screen.
  • Page 84: Manual Focus

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Manual Focus Power Zoom buttons Manual Focus ring Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Auto Focus may not be able to focus on the subject in the situations shown below. In such situations, set the camcorder to Manual Focus mode and focus manually.
  • Page 85: Setting The Camcorder To Full Auto Mode

    Setting the Camcorder to Full Rotate the Manual Focus ring to focus on the subject. Auto Mode • When the indicator is displayed, the focus will be at infinity. You cannot focus Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- any closer when the indicator is CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA displayed.
  • Page 86: Using The Zoom Microphone

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Selecting Zoom Microphone Mode Using the Zoom Microphone Zoom Microphone mode options Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA AUTO: The camcorder automatically selects the optimum sound according to the magnifi- With the supplied zoom microphone, you can cation of the zoom lens.
  • Page 87: Windbreak

    Windbreak Dialogue Recording Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA CAMERA The windbreak function allows you to reduce When you want to record from a distance at a annoying noise from strong winds when lecture, workshop, or other such occasion, the recording.
  • Page 88: Playback

    Advanced Features Advanced Features Playback Playback Dubbing Images from a Tape Touch [REC] to dub the still image to the card. to a Card • The O indicator flashes red while the still image is being recorded. Available mode: TAPE-VCR It is possible to make a still image from your RE C CAN-...
  • Page 89 Auto Capture Touch [SET] to begin Auto Capture. • Fast forward search and still playback of Use of the auto capture function allows still the tape are repeatedly performed, and images of 30 seconds or longer as recorded on still images recorded on the tape are a tape to be automatically dubbed on the card.
  • Page 90: Tape Playback Using The Indices

    Advanced Features Playback Tape Playback Using the Touch [AUTO]. • Fast forward search and still playback of Indices the tape are repeatedly performed, and the initial parts of the scenes are Available mode: TAPE-VCR recorded on the card in order. The initial parts of each recording on a tape I ND E X T A P E I D 0 0 2...
  • Page 91 To add the index of the desired scene Touch [SET] at the point where the desired scene appears. Insert the recorded Mini DV cassette • The image of the scene is recorded on and the card with the indices for the the card as an index.
  • Page 92: Tape Playback Using The Indices

    Advanced Features Playback Tape Playback Using the Indices To delete a particular index, touch the desired index (1), and then touch [DEL] Insert the recorded Mini DV cassette (2). and the card with the indices for the cassette in the camcorder. Set the camcorder to TAPE-VCR mode, and then touch [1/3] until the [3/3] screen appears.
  • Page 93 Looking Up the Indices Contained Touch the desired index to select, and then touch the index again to set. on a Card • To set the index enclosed by the You can use this feature to find out whether selection frame, you only need to touch indices for the tape that you want to play back the index once.
  • Page 94: Editing

    Advanced Features Playback Editing Cutting Unwanted Sequences Play back the tape to be edited on the Available mode: TAPE-VCR camcorder, and locate the beginning and end of the sequence you wish to Video editing lets you refine your videos by cut.
  • Page 95: Editing With The Dv Terminal (ieee1394)

    Editing with the DV Terminal To Record from Video Equipment (IEEE1394) Insert a Mini DV cassette, and then set the camcorder to TAPE-VCR mode. Available mode: TAPE-VCR Begin playback on the video equipment This camcorder enables you to perform digital connected to the camcorder.
  • Page 96: Audio Dubbing Feature

    Advanced Features Playback Audio Dubbing Feature Audio Recording In normal recording mode Available mode: TAPE-VCR 12-bit audio recording You can add narration to a tape recorded with The audio is recorded in stereo on Audio 1. this camcorder by using the built-in stereo Audio 1: Stereo (left and right) sound microphone, while preserving the original audio Audio 2: No audio...
  • Page 97: Audio Dubbing

    Audio Dubbing To pause audio dubbing Touch [STOP]. Note: • Use a Mini DV cassette recorded in SP mode. Audio Dubbing is not possible with LP mode To quit audio dubbing recordings. Touch [RETURN]. The AUDIO DUB screen turns off and playback stops. Play back the recorded Mini DV cassette and locate the tape position where you If you wish to change the dubbed audio...
  • Page 98: Selecting The Audio Playback Mode

    Advanced Features Playback Selecting the Audio Playback Touch [AUDIO] to select the desired audio playback mode. Mode • Each time you touch [AUDIO], the audio playback mode indicator changes as Available mode: TAPE-VCR shown. You can select any of the following audio playback modes to listen to the dubbed audio.
  • Page 99: Transferring Still Images To Your Computer

    Transferring Still Images to Connecting the Camcorder to a Computer Your Computer Turn off the camcorder and computer. It is possible to transfer still images or still playback images from the camcorder to a Connect the camcorder to the computer personal computer by using the supplied Video as shown below.
  • Page 100 Advanced Features Playback Using the PDF Software Manual Follow the on-screen instructions to install Adobe Acrobat Reader. The PDF manual for the Video Capture Software is included in the supplied CD-ROM. Restart the computer. Refer to the PDF manual for detailed informa- tion on the use of the Video Capture Software.
  • Page 101: Transferring Motion Images To Your Computer

    Transferring Motion Images to Your Computer It is possible to use the optional VR-PKU10E PixLab USB Digital Moving Picture Kit to transfer motion images with audio from the camcorder to a personal computer via a USB port. To USB port To audio input terminal USB capture...
  • Page 102: Camera Recording

    Digital Still Camera Features Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Camera Recording Selecting the Picture Quality In CARD-CAMERA or DUAL-CAMERA mode, display the menu screen (see and Image Size page 31). The picture quality of still images recorded on a Touch [K] or [L] to select “W”, and card and the number of recordable images then touch [SET].
  • Page 103: Selecting The Image Size

    Selecting the Image Size Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. Available mode: CARD-CAMERA • The selected image size indicator is displayed. Still images recorded on a card are made up of pixels. You can select the number of pixels in 1 / 1 D I SP still images.
  • Page 104: Card Recording

    Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Card Recording Press the Power Zoom buttons to frame the subject as you desire. Available mode: CARD-CAMERA It is possible to take a still picture in the same way as you do with a standard camera and record that image on the card.
  • Page 105: Recording With The Guide Frame

    Recording with the Guide Touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. Frame • The selected guide frame is displayed. Available mode: CARD-CAMERA 1 / 1 D I SP C ARD When your subject is a person, displaying 3 / 2 1 GAMMA E F F .
  • Page 106: Recording With The Self-timer

    Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Recording with the Self-timer Frame the subject, and then press the STILL button to set the timer. • The self-timer operating indicator flashes Available mode: CARD-CAMERA while the timer counts down. • The shutter will be automatically The self-timer function allows you to record released 10 seconds after, and a still images after a time-lag of 10 seconds.
  • Page 107: Using The Flash Light (optional Accessory)

    Selecting Flash Mode Using the Flash Light (Optional Accessory) Flash mode options AUTO: Flash automatically fires in dark Available mode: CARD-CAMERA locations (when “LIGHT” is displayed on the screen) each time you press the STILL Using the flash function of the optional IR & button.
  • Page 108: Formatting A Card

    Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Formatting a Card Touch [SET] to display the FORMAT screen. Available mode: CARD-CAMERA S E T RE - In order to use a commercially available card TURN with this camcorder, formatting is necessary before its first use. You also need to format a card when one of the following warning indicators appears, in order to use the card FORMA T...
  • Page 109: Playback

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Card Playback • If the image you want to play back does not appear, touch [H] or [J] to scroll through the thumbnail images. Available mode: CARD-VCR It is possible to play back and view still images recorded on a card on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 110: Slide Show Playback

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Slide Show Playback Touch [SET] to begin slide show playback. • Beginning from the image selected in Available mode: CARD-VCR step 1, the recorded images will be displayed in full-screen one after It is possible to automatically play back another in order of recording.
  • Page 111 Using Slide Show Effects Perform steps 1 and 2 on the previous page. Slide show effects can be used to create interesting scene transitions between still Touch [K] or [L] to select “O”, and then images during Slide Show Playback. touch [SET].
  • Page 112: Dubbing Images From A Card To A Tape

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Dubbing Images from a Card Press the REC START/STOP button. • The camcorder enters Recording to a Tape Standby mode. Available mode: CARD-VCR Use the procedure below to select still images recorded on a card and dub them to a tape. Insert the recorded card and a Mini DV CAN- cassette in the camcorder.
  • Page 113: Delete-protection

    Delete-protection Touch the desired image to select, and then touch the image again to set the protection. Available mode: CARD-VCR • To set the protection for the image enclosed by the selection frame, you It is possible to prevent your important images only need to touch the image once.
  • Page 114: Deleting Stored Images

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Deleting Stored Images Touch the image to be deleted (1), and then touch [DEL] (2). Available mode: CARD-VCR You can delete unwanted images to free up memory of a card for new images. Note: DE L E T E 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3 •...
  • Page 115: Deleting All Stored Images

    Deleting All Stored Images Notes: • The protected images cannot be deleted. Note: Cancel the protection setting to delete the image • If you want to keep some images on the card, (see page 96). first delete-protect them (see page 96), and then •...
  • Page 116: Print Order

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Print Order Touch [SELECT]. PR I NT 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 6 Available mode: CARD-VCR NORMA L P A GE 1 / 1 NON E S E - RE - L E C T T URN The print order function allows you to add print information called DPOF to still images...
  • Page 117 To cancel the print order for an image Touch [ALL]. • DPOF information for single printouts is Touch the image for which you want to assigned to all the images on the card. cancel the print order in step 5 above. Touch [d] to select “0”.
  • Page 118: Directly Transferring The Data On A Card To A Computer

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Directly Transferring the Data Using a PC Card Adapter (Commercially Available) on a Card to a Computer Using a commercially available PC card adapter for each card type, it is possible to transfer still images directly from a card to a personal computer.
  • Page 119: Picture/backlight Adjustments

    Appendix Picture/Backlight Adjust- Touch [SET], and then touch [RETURN] until the menu screen turns off. ments Adjusting the LCD monitor backlight Available modes: all modes Display the menu screen (see page 31). If the picture on the screen is difficult to see due to ambient lighting or other factors, adjust Touch [K] or [L] to select “T”, and the screen picture settings.
  • Page 120: World Clock

    Appendix World Clock Touch [K] or [L] to select “Y”, and then touch [SET]. Touch [K] or [L] to select “AREA”, and then touch [SET]. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA C L OCK S E T D I S P L A Y The world clock function allows you to easily ARE A 9 HNGK NG...
  • Page 121 Area Table Area number Area name Countries or areas* LONDON England, Morocco, GMT (Greenwich mean time) PARIS Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, CST (Continental Standard Time), Tunisia CAIRO Egypt, Finland, Greece, Turkey MOSCOW Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Russia (Moscow) DUBAI United Arab Emirates...
  • Page 122: Selecting Summer Time

    Appendix Selecting Summer Time Setting the Confirmation Sound Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Available modes: all modes Perform the procedure below to advance the A confirmation sound is made when you turn clock of the camcorder one hour to summer on or off the POWER switch, select a function time.
  • Page 123: Useful Information

    Useful Information Lighting For clear, good-quality recording, 500 to Hints for Better Shooting 100,000 lux is needed. Recording is possible with less light, but the picture quality may • Position the subject in the centre of the suffer. Adequate lighting is also essential for scene.
  • Page 124: Mini Dv Cassette

    Appendix Mini DV Cassette To protect recordings against acciden- tal erasure Slide the protect tab on the rear of the Mini DV cassette to the “SAVE” position. Erasure protect tab Precautions when using a Mini DV cassette • Be sure to use only Mini DV cassettes with To record over a previously recorded tape, mark.
  • Page 125 • Locations subject to electrical noise or recorded on the card before you initialize it. powerful magnetic fields. Data on the card • Please be aware that Sharp Corporation will may be destroyed (erased). not be liable for any damages resulting from •...
  • Page 126: Battery Pack

    Do not use a pencil or Note: ballpoint pen as these may damage the card • Use only SHARP BT-LS222, BT-L221, BT-L441, or or destroy the data on the card. BT-LS442A battery packs. These are designed • Do not remove the card or turn off the power specifically for use with this camcorder.
  • Page 127 Storage Cautions: • Improper handling of the battery pack may • Store the battery pack in a fully discharged present a risk of fire or explosion. Pay close state. attention to the following: • Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place. —Do not allow metallic objects to come in •...
  • Page 128: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Contact the nearest SHARP service centre or Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, your dealer for further advice. Holland, Finland, Portugal, Norway,...
  • Page 129: Demonstration Mode

    Demonstration Mode Cancelling Demo Mode During the demonstration, touch any Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, DUAL- point on the LCD screen to pause the CAMERA demonstration. Touch any point on the LCD screen again to display the [1/2] You can watch a brief demonstration of the screen.
  • Page 130: Before Requesting Service

    Appendix Before Requesting Service Before calling for service, please check the following troubleshooting table. Symptom Possible cause Suggested solution No power. Power source is not properly Connect power source properly connected. (pp. 12, 13). Battery pack is not charged. Charge battery pack sufficiently (p.
  • Page 131 Symptom Possible cause Suggested solution Cannot play back, rewind Position at beginning or end of tape. Rewind or fast forward tape to or fast forward tape. desired point (p. 25). Video noise in image. Dirty video heads. Call for service, or use a commercially available video head cleaning tape (p.
  • Page 132: Specifications

    Appendix Specifications Camcorder Signal System: PAL standard Recording System: 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system Cassette: Digital VCR Mini DV video cassette Recording/Playback Time: 90 minutes (DVM60, LP mode) Tape Speed: SP mode: 18.831 mm/second LP mode: 12.568 mm/second Pickup Device: 1/3.6 " (effective size: 5.0 mm) CCD image sensor (with approx. 1,330,000 pixels including optical black) Lens: 10x optical/200x digital power zoom lens (F1.6, f = 4.2 –...
  • Page 133 SHARP CORPORATION Printed in Japan TINSL0263TAZZ 01P02-JKK...

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