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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Digital HD Video Cassette Recorder Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 WARNING: CAUTION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR SHOCK RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIP- DO NOT OPEN MENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents General and Features ..........4 IC CARD function .............53 Controls and their functions ........6 Variable memory function .........56 • Front panel .............. 6 ERROR LOG function ..........58 • Connector area .............15 Setup (default settings) ...........60 Operations using the front panel bottom controls ..18 Setup menus ............61 •...
  • Page 4: General And Features

    Consumer-use DV tapes (SP) can also be played back on this unit. Digital slow motion/dial jog Panasonic’s unique digital slow motion technology enables clear playback (of tapes recorded using the DVCPROHD-LP system) at speeds ranging from -1 to +2 .
  • Page 5 General and Features Features (continued) Time codes This unit comes with a built-in time code generator (TCG)/time code reader (TCR). In addition to the internal time code, an external time code can also be recorded as the LTC on the unit’s tape. Multi-functional interfaces •...
  • Page 6: Controls And Their Functions

    Controls and their functions Front panel EJECT M-cassette / ADAPTER Do not insert S-cassette without adaptor CH CONDITION ENTER ESCAPE SHIFT POWER MODE CONTROL PUSH TAPE REMOTE SHTL RESET METER SLOW FULL/FINE LOCAL TC/CTL STAND BY PLAYER RECORDER MONITOR SELECT TC SET AUDIO CH SELECT SHIFT...
  • Page 7 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Top Section> POWER switch TV system/format displays This shows the format during playback. This indicates the DVCPROHD-LP recording and playback modes as well as the DVCPROHD playback mode. 50M: This indicates the DVCPRO50 playback mode. 25M: This indicates the DVCPRO, DV or DVCAM playback mode.
  • Page 8 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> PLAY button Playback commences when this button is pressed. Recording commences when the button is pressed together with the REC button; manual editing commences when it is pressed together with the EDIT button during playback. However, manual editing will not be initiated if the servo is not locked.
  • Page 9 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> STAND BY button When this is pressed, the same tension as in the regular stop mode is applied to the tape, and while the head drum continues to rotate, the button’s lamp lights to indicate that the standby ON mode is established.
  • Page 10 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> REMOTE/LOCAL switch This switch is set when the unit is to be controlled from an external source using the REMOTE connector, RS-232C connector or parallel connector. REMOTE: Set to this position when controlling the unit by a device connected using the 9-pin REMOTE connector or RS-232C/parallel connector.
  • Page 11 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> PREROLL button This is used for feeding and cueing the tape for manual editing. When it is pressed, the tape travels to the preroll point where it stops. The preroll time can be set on the setup menu No. 000 (P-ROLL TIME). When this button is pressed together with the IN or OUT button, the tape can be cued to the IN or OUT point entered.
  • Page 12 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> Counter display area The TC and CTL count values, UB and messages are displayed in this area. Cassette inserted display lamp: This lamp lights when a cassette has been inserted into the unit. DV lamp: This lights when a cassette recorded using the DV (SP mode) format is being played back.
  • Page 13 Controls and their functions <Front Panel Center Section> Level meter This displays the levels of the PCM audio signals for CH1, CH2, CH3 and CH4 (or for CH5, CH6, CH7 and CH8) and CUE track signals. During recording and E-E selection, it displays the levels of the audio input signals; during playback, it displays the levels of the audio output signals.
  • Page 14: Front Panel Bottom Section

    Controls and their functions <Front Panel Bottom Section> User assignment switch This enables the VTR statuses and programmable menus to be registered. Refer to page 18 for details. Status selector switch This enables the statuses to be registered by the user assignment switch in 3 ways. Refer to page 18 for details.
  • Page 15: Connector Area

    Controls and their functions Connector area HD SDI OUT 1 OUT 2 OUT 3 MONITOR (SUPER) PUSH PUSH ACTIVE THROUGH SDTI SD SDI AUDIO CH1Æ2 CH3Æ4 CH5Æ6 CH7Æ8 (OPTION) AUDIO CH1Æ2 CH3Æ4 CH5Æ6 CH7Æ8 MONITOR (SUPER) DIGITAL AUDIO AUDIO IN CH 1 CH 2 CH 3...
  • Page 16 Controls and their functions <Connector area> TIME CODE IN connector This is the connector for recording the external time code on the tape. TIME CODE OUT connector The playback time code is output from this connector during playback. During recording, the time code generated by the internal time code generator is output. CUE IN connector The analog signal to be recorded on the CUE track is supplied to this connector.
  • Page 17 Controls and their functions <Connector area> ANALOG COMPOSITE VIDEO OUT connectors These are the output connectors for the analog composite video signals. The signals are output during the playback of compatible DVCPRO25M, 50M, DV or DVCAM format tapes or during down-conversion output. Video signals with information superimposed onto them can be output from the VIDEO OUT3 connector.
  • Page 18: Operations Using The Front Panel Bottom Controls

    Operations using the front panel bottom controls The desired status information and setup menu items can registered in the STATUS 1 to 3 buttons and PROG MENU 1 to 4 buttons by using the SETUP, STATUS, PROG MENU and SAVE/EXIT buttons .
  • Page 19 Operations using the front panel bottom controls Turn the search dial and select the item to be registered. The cursor (¢) on the menu screen now moves. ∫Example of the menu displayed for registering setup menu items ASSIGN-MENU BASIC <USER> N0.000 - 1--- 000 P-ROLL TIME 1---...
  • Page 20 Operations using the front panel bottom controls ∫To return the registered information to the factory settings (initial settings), press the RESET button while the registered menu item is displayed. The following message will appear. ∫Example of the menu displayed for resetting setup menu items which have been registered ASSIGN-MENU INIT SET select any key!
  • Page 21: Operations Using The Front Panel Top Controls

    Operations using the front panel top controls What has been registered in the STATUS 1 to 3 buttons and PROG MENU 1 to 4 buttons located at the bottom of the panel can be called to the VTR status display area pressing the button concerned.
  • Page 22 Operations using the front panel top controls 2-2 How to change a registered menu setting Selecting the menu item: Press the SCROLL buttons to move the item selection cursor (¢) up or down, and select the menu item. Transferring to the change mode: Press the ENTER button to transfer to the setting change mode.
  • Page 23 Operations using the front panel top controls VTR status item table Item as it ap- Name of registration pears on VTR Description of display menu item status display REC FORMAT REC FMT This indicates the recording format. 1080i: The tape is recorded using the 1080i format. 720p: The tape is recorded using the 720p format.
  • Page 24: Connections

    Connections Connections when one unit is used Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to LOCAL. HD SDI input (audio/video) connector SDTI input (when the SDTI interface board, available as an HD SDI input active-through connector optional accessory, has been installed) SD SDI input (when the SD input up-converter board, available as an optional accessory, has been installed) SD SDI output connector...
  • Page 25: Connections When 2 Units Are Used

    Connections Connections when 2 units are used (deck to deck) • Source machine: Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to REMOTE. • Recorder: Set the CONTROL switch on the front panel to LOCAL. HD SDI signal To audio monitor device To audio monitor device...
  • Page 26: Connections With Editing Controller

    Connections Connections with editing controller Recorder AV monitor EJECT M-cassette / ADAPTER Video monitor signals Do not insert S-cassette without adaptor CH CONDITION ENTER ESCAPE SHIFT POWER MODE CONTROL PUSH TAPE REMOTE SHTL RESET METER SLOW FULL/FINE LOCAL TC/CTL STAND BY PLAYER RECORDER MONITOR SELECT...
  • Page 27: Tapes

    (80 minutes in the standard mode; 120 minutes in the LP mode.) cassette cannot be used. (S size cassette) It is recommended that Panasonic’s consumer-use DV tapes for general consumer applications be used. Bear in mind that inserting one of these tapes without first installing the cassette adapter will cause malfunctioning.
  • Page 28: Switching On The Power/Inserting The Cassette

    Switching on the power/inserting the cassette Before starting to operate the unit, check whether the equipment has been connected properly. Turn on the power. Check that the AUTO OFF lamp is off. When condensation has formed or some other trouble has occurred, the AUTO OFF lamp lights, and all operations are disabled.
  • Page 29: Stop/Stand By Mode

    STOP/STAND BY mode When the STOP button is pressed, the unit goes into the stop mode. The STOP lamp lights and the tape stops traveling. • In order to protect the tape, the unit goes into the standby OFF mode after the time set by setup menu No.
  • Page 30: Recording

    Recording Set the accidental erasure prevention tab on the cassette tape to the “recording” position and insert the tape. Press the STOP button to place the unit in the stop mode. Set the TAPE/EE switch to EE. EE images now appear on the TV monitor. Check that the REC INHIBIT lamp is off.
  • Page 31: Playback

    Playback Insert the cassette tape, and place the unit in the stop mode. Press the PLAY button. Regular playback is now commenced. Adjust the audio playback level. Pull out the audio level controls and turn them clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the levels.
  • Page 32: Jog/Shuttle

    Jog/shuttle Jog mode Push the search dial to the “in” position. Be sure that the JOG lamp lights. Rotate the search dial. The dial’s clickstops are cleared, and the tape is played back at the speed (–1 to +1 normal speed) corresponding to the speed at which the dial is turned. [The maximum jog speeds can be switched by setting setup menu item No.310 (JOG FWD MAX) and No.311 (JOG REV MAX).] When the dial rotation is stopped, a still picture appears.
  • Page 33: Manual Editing

    Manual editing Select the editing mode. ASSEMBLE: For assemble editing. INSERT: For insert editing. Select the editing channel. In the case of insert editing, press the channel button corresponding to the signals to be edited, and check that its lamp is on. Press the PLAY button.
  • Page 34: Preroll

    Preroll Press the PREROLL button. The VTR now performs the preroll operation. • When the edit IN point has been entered, the tape is rewound from the edit IN point for the duration set by setup menu No.000 (P-ROLL TIME) and the unit then goes into the stop mode.
  • Page 35: Automatic Editing (Deck To Deck)

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Editing refers to the job of using a prerecorded tape to produce a complete recording by joining together separate cuts and deleting unnecessary parts. The basic steps taken for editing are as follows. Set the CONTROL switch to REMOTE on the player and to LOCAL on the recorder. Select the editing mode.
  • Page 36: Switch Settings And Adjustments

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Switch settings and adjustments When the unit is used as the recorder: Set the CONTROL switch to LOCAL. Set the POWER switch to ON. EJECT M-cassette / ADAPTER Do not insert S-cassette without adaptor CH CONDITION ENTER ESCAPE SHIFT...
  • Page 37: Selecting The Editing Mode

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Selecting the editing mode Select the editing mode. For assemble editing, press the ASMBL button. For insert editing, press the INSERT button. ASMBL: The assemble editing mode (in which cuts are joined together) is established. INSERT: The insert editing mode (in which cuts are inserted) is established.
  • Page 38: Entering The Edit Points

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Entering the edit points Search for the edit IN point by performing the jog or shuttle operation. Establish the still picture mode at the desired position. Refer to page 32 for details on the jog/shuttle operations. Press the IN and SET buttons together.
  • Page 39: Checking The Edit Points

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Checking the edit points Press the IN (or OUT) button to check the edit point. The value of the entered edit point appears on the display. Press the PREROLL button while holding down the IN (or OUT) button to check the image at the edit point.
  • Page 40: Modifying The Edit Points

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Modifying the edit points Re-entering the edit points Search for the new edit point by performing the jog or shuttle operation, and press the IN (or OUT) and SET buttons together to re-enter the edit point. Modifying the edit point in frame units (trim function) Press the TRIM button while holding down the IN (or OUT) button.
  • Page 41: Preview

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Preview After the edit points have been entered, press the PREVIEW button. Normal preview is now performed. <Notes> • If the edit IN point has not been entered, the position where the PREVIEW button was pressed will be entered at the edit IN point.
  • Page 42: Executing Automatic Editing

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Executing automatic editing Press the AUTO EDIT button. Automatic editing is now performed. • To stop the editing at any time, press the STOP button. • When the edit OUT point is reached, the unit goes into the stop mode after postrolling. Postroll With assemble editing, editing continues for approx.
  • Page 43: Review

    Automatic editing (deck to deck) Review Upon completion of the editing, press the REVIEW button. The review is started in the recorder. • To stop the review at any time, press the STOP button. • When the edit OUT point is reached, the unit goes into the stop mode after postrolling. EJECT M-cassette / ADAPTER Do not insert S-cassette without adaptor...
  • Page 44: Audio Split Editing

    Audio split editing The video edit points and audio edit points can be entered separately, and they can be offset from each other and edited. The audio edit points cannot be entered when the assemble editing mode has been selected. After the edit points have been entered, follow the same operating procedure as that for insert editing.
  • Page 45 Audio split editing Displaying the audio split edit points The edit points are displayed on the front panel as shown below. (The figure shows an audio IN point.) Operations Video IN point: Press the IN button. Video OUT point: Press the OUT button. Audio IN point: Press the A-IN button.
  • Page 46: Expansion Mode Execution Using The Mode/Sel Button

    Expansion mode execution using the MODE/SEL button When the MODE/SEL button g is pressed, the MULTI CUE operation mode which is an expansion mode can be established as shown in the diagram below. EXIT button h Normal mode MODE/SEL button g ENTER Button 6 OPERATION MODE SEL...
  • Page 47: Multi Cue Function

    MULTI CUE function Selecting the MULTI CUE mode The MULTI CUE mode can be selected from the <Expansion mode selection> status established by pressing the MODE/SEL button g. When the EXIT button h is pressed, the MULTI CUE mode is released, and the normal mode is restored.
  • Page 48 MULTI CUE function Description of displays When MULTI CUE is selected using the MODE/SEL button g, the following appears on the front top panel display 3. 2 Search point or registration point time 1 Mode display (display is blank when no data is available) H 0 1 5 Registration 4 Search display...
  • Page 49 MULTI CUE function Search point and registration point operations Each time the SHIFT button 8 is pressed, the search point display mode and registration point display mode are selected alternately. Perform the search point operations in the search point display mode and the registration point operations in the registration point display mode.
  • Page 50: Registering Cue Points

    MULTI CUE function Example of top panel display: One of the following two displays appears depending on the registration conditions. When a point has not been registered yet # E N 1 6 ! H 0 1 T R Y When a point has already been registered H 0 1...
  • Page 51 MULTI CUE function Operation for automatically moving to the next page and continuing with registration when the cue point registration page has become full (PAGE MODE = AUTO) • When the page on which the cue points are being registered has become full, operation automatically moves to the next page, and registration is continued.
  • Page 52: Search Operations

    MULTI CUE function When registering cue points using numbers While holding down the ADJ button Y among the time code buttons on the front panel, press the SHIFT button Y to establish the cue point registration mode. After setting the duration to be registered on the bottom panel using the SHIFT button and ADJ button (same operation as the TCG registration operation), the setting can be registered by pressing the SET button T.
  • Page 53: Ic Card Function

    IC CARD function IC CARD mode selection In <Expansion mode selection> status with MODE/SEL button g pressed, IC CARD mode can be selected. When EXIT button h is pressed, the mode changes from IC CARD to normal mode. Outline The management of the setup menu using IC CARD, and system file and user file (USER1~USER5) loading (reading from IC card)/saving (storing into IC card) can be performed.
  • Page 54 IC CARD function Description of Display When IC CARD function is selected, the following information will be displayed at the VTR status display 3. 1 Mode display 2 File select display 3 4 5 s ± ∫ 4 Execute status display 5 File status display 3 Battery display 1 Mode display:...
  • Page 55 IC CARD function Description of Operation The following key operation is possible with respect to IC CARD function. Function Key operation Description of operation TRIM button U File selection It selects the intended file. SAVE SET button T + IN button T It reads the intended file from VTR and stores it in IC card.
  • Page 56: Variable Memory Function

    Variable memory function Variable memory function Variable memory mode selection In <Expansion mode selection> status with MODE/SEL button g pressed, variable mode can be selected. When EXIT button h is pressed, variable mode is canceled and changed to normal mode. Outline The unit is provided with two variable memory functions as follows.
  • Page 57 Variable memory function Variable memory editing operation procedure Variable memory editing operation can be performed according to the following procedure, setting the unit connected as a recorder to variable memory mode. Select the edit mode by pressing ASMBL button V or desired INSERT button W. Select VTR to be operated by pressing RECORDER or PLAYER button E.
  • Page 58: Error Log Function

    ERROR LOG function ERROR LOG mode selection In <Expansion mode selection> status with MODE/SEL button g pressed, ERROR LOG mode can be selected. When EXIT button h is pressed, ERROR LOG mode is canceled and changed to normal mode. Outline In case the following warning message is given during tape running, the time code and operation mode as well as the warning message will be stored, which can be read in the form of a list at VTR status display 3.
  • Page 59 ERROR LOG function Description of Display When ERROR LOG function is selected, the following information will be displayed at the VTR status display 3. 1 Warning display 2 Warning store status display N O T 3 Operation mode display 4 Time code display 1 Warning display: Warning message stored is displayed.
  • Page 60: Setup (Default Settings)

    Setup (default settings) The unit’s major settings are performed by making selections on menus. The setting menus appear on the TV monitor when the TV monitor and VIDEO OUT 3 connector in the unit’s connector area are hooked up. Changing the settings Press the MENU button.
  • Page 61: Setup Menus

    Setup menus This unit can store up to 5 user files (user 1 to user 5) containing different menu settings, and these files can be selected and used. Changing the file Press the MENU button. Hold down the STAND BY button and press the FF button to switch to the next user file. Hold down the STAND BY button and press the REW button to switch to the previous user file.
  • Page 62 Setup menus Lock mode can be set to protect the settings in the system files and user files (USER2 – USER5). Settings can no longer be changed when this mode is set. To set and release the lock mode for the system files and user files use setup item No. 30 (MENU LOCK) and setup menu item No.
  • Page 63 Setup menus The contents of the USER2 – USER5 files can be copied (loaded) into the USER1 file. In addition, the contents of the USER1 file can be copied (saved) to the USER2 – USER5 files. Load or save USER1 USER2 Settings can be locked.
  • Page 64 Setup menus Saving a user file Press the MENU button. While holding down the STAND BY button, press the REW or FF button, and select USER1. Turn the search dial and move the cursor ( ) on the menu screen to setup item No. A01 ¢...
  • Page 65: System Menu

    Setup menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display WFM SEL 0000 This selects the signal to output from the VIDEO OUT 2 0001 connector. 0002 VIDEO 0: The CTL signal is output. 0003 SYNC 1: The TIME CODE signal is output. 2: The VIDEO OUT signal is output.
  • Page 66 Setup menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display PIN11 0000 –––– 0: No control exercised. 0001 EJECT 1: Transfers operation to the EJECT mode. PIN12 0000 IN SET 0: Records the edit IN point. 0001 R INH OFF 1: Enables recording on a cassette tape when the tape’s accidental erasure prevention mechanism has been set to recording enable.
  • Page 67 Setup menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display (PIN32) 0000 422 REM ON 0: 9-pin remote function status (PIN33) 0000 EJECT 0: Eject status (PIN34) 0000 ERR2 0: Error status 2 (PIN35) 0000 TC SRC1 0: TC input status 1 (PIN36) 0000 TC SRC2...
  • Page 68 Setup menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display SYS H <SUB> For adjusting the HD SD output system phase. (HD)*1 When the STOP button is pressed, the display transfers to the submenu screen; press the STOP button again to return the display from the submenu screen.
  • Page 69 Setup menus SYSTEM menu <SYSTEM> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display SD SYS <SUB> For adjusting the SD SDI system phase. H (SD)* When the STOP button is pressed, the display transfers to the submenu screen; press the STOP button again to return the display from the submenu screen.
  • Page 70 Setup menus SYSTEM menu Video output signal adjustments A control matrix of the adjustments is shown below. Settings Item adjusted 05: ENCODER SEL 06: V LEVEL CTRL 650: Y LVL (HD) 654: Y LVL (SD) 651: P LVL (HD) 655: P LVL (SD) 652: P LVL (HD)
  • Page 71 Setup menus SYSTEM menu (4) Recording inhibit statuses Pin 39 Pin 40 Recording inhibit status REC INH1 REC INH2 Overwriting inhibited during normal recording Recording on cassette tape inhibited –––– Recording on cassette tape enabled (5) Down-conversion statuses Pin 43 Pin 45 Pin 48 Down-conversion status...
  • Page 72: User Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <BASIC> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display P-ROLL 0000 This sets the preroll time which can be set from 0 to 15 TIME seconds in 1-second increments. 0005 <Notes> 1. When the unit is set to automatic editing [PREVIEW, AUTO 0015 EDIT], the unit will not operate if the preroll time is set to 0 seconds.
  • Page 73 Setup menus USER menu <BASIC> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display DISPLAY 0000 TIME This selects what displays such as the time code are to be 0001 T&STA superimposed onto the HD SDI MONITOR, SD SDI MONITOR and VIDEO OUT3 connector signals. 0002 T&S&M 0: Time only...
  • Page 74 Setup menus USER menu <BASIC> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display CU-ROLL 0000 For setting the preroll time in the MULTI CUE mode. TIME This can be set in 1-second increments from 0 to 15 seconds. 0005 0015 AUTO STEP 0000 In ERROR LOG function, warning can be stored up to 99...
  • Page 75 Setup menus USER menu <BASIC> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display OUT REF 0000 AUTO This selects the video output reference. 0001 INPUT 0: When the HD REF input signal is present, this signal 0002 HD_REF serves as the reference. 0003 SD_REF When the HD REF input signal is not present but the SD...
  • Page 76: Operation Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <OPERATION> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display SEARCH 0000 DIAL This selects the direct search dial operation. 0001 0: For direct search dial operations. 1: Operation is not transferred to the search mode unless the search button is pressed.
  • Page 77 Setup menus USER menu <OPERATION> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display PLAY 0000 This sets the play delay time in frame increments. DELAY 0015 This selects whether the playback framing is to be locked in 4- CAP.LOCK 0000 0001 field or 2-field increments.
  • Page 78 Setup menus USER menu <OPERATION> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display This selects the output picture in the STANDBY OFF mode FRZ MODE 0000 established from the playback picture and the EJECT mode. 0001 STBOFF 0002 SOF&EJ 0: The video output is muted. 1: The picture being played back is frozen and output in the STANDBY OFF mode only.
  • Page 79 Setup menus USER menu <OPERATION> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display For selecting whether recording is to be inhibited or enabled SP MODE 0000 with any format other than the DVCPROHD-LP format. 0001 0: Recording onto cassette tape is possible. 1: Recording onto cassette tape is inhibited.
  • Page 80: Interface Menu

    1. The ID information of a VTR other than a DVCPRO format VTR is selected for “0 (OTHER).” 2. Select “2 (ORIG)” only when the unit has been connected to a specific controller made by Panasonic (such as the AJ- A900, available as an optional accessory). 50P SEL...
  • Page 81 Setup menus USER menu <INTERFACE> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display This selects the remote control connector for controlling the MASTER 0000 IN/OUT slave machine when the unit is to be used as the master PORT 0001 machine for deck-to-deck operations. 0: The IN/OUT connector is used.
  • Page 82: Edit Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <EDIT> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display This selects the operation to be performed when an edit point IN/OUT 0000 MANU has been set incorrectly (when the OUT point is before the IN 0001 AUTO point).
  • Page 83 Setup menus USER menu <EDIT> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display JOG FWD 0000 +4.9 This sets the maximum JOG FWD speed. 0001 0: +4.9 speed 0002 1: +2 speed (+1.85 speed for all formats except DVCPROHD-LP) 2: +1 speed <Notes>...
  • Page 84 Setup menus USER menu <EDIT> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display EDIT 0000 N-DEF The same type of setting as setup menu No. 320. This selects RPLCE4 0001 the channel concerned when the CH4 edit preset is set in 0002 compliance with the ON or OFF presetting for the analog 0003...
  • Page 85: Tape Protect Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <TAPE PROTECT> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display STILL 0000 0.5s This selects the time to be taken until the unit goes into the tape TIMER 0001 protection mode when it is left standing in the stop or search still 0002 (JOG/VAR/SHTL) mode.
  • Page 86: Time Code Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <TIME CODE> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display VITC 0000 BLANK For selecting whether to output the VITC signal at the posi- BLANK 0001 THRU tions selected by setup menu items No. 501 (VITC POS-1) and No.
  • Page 87 Setup menus USER menu <TIME CODE> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display PHASE 0000 This selects whether to control the phase correction of the CORR 0001 LTC generated by the TCG. 0: Phase correction control is not performed. 1: Phase correction control is performed.
  • Page 88 Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display VIDEO IN 0000 INT SG For selecting the video signals to be input. 0001 HDSDI 0: The internal signals selected by VIDEO INT SG are 0002 SDTI generated. 0002 SDSDI 1: The serial video signals input to the HD SDI IN connector...
  • Page 89 Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display This selects the screen during up-conversion. UPCON 0000 FIT_V 0: Side panel mode MODE 0001 FIT_H 1: Top and bottom in vertical direction cut off 0002 FIT_HV 2: Stretch mode This selects the frequency band in horizontal direction in down D/C RESP...
  • Page 90 Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display 480p#HD 0000 1080i This selects HD/SD output signal in 480p tape (DVCPRO50P) 0001 720p playback mode. 0002 ––– Output connector Setting HD SDI OUT SD SDI OUT VIDEO OUT 1080i 480p...
  • Page 91: Video Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display Pr LVL (HD)* 0000 0.0% his adjusts the P level of HD SDI OUT. (–¶ to 0 dB to +3 dB). 1000 100.0% 1413 141.3% BK LVL (HD)* 0050 –10.0% This adjusts the black level of HD SDI OUT.
  • Page 92 Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display 0000 For selecting whether the VIDEO INDEX signal is to be INDEX O* 0001 superimposed onto the SD SDI output. 0: The VIDEO INDEX signal is not superimposed onto the SD SDI output.
  • Page 93 Setup menus USER menu <VIDEO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display BLANK 0000 BLANK This selects blanking ON/OFF for vertical blanking period of LINE 0001 THRU video signal in SD tape playback mode. 0002 MANU 0: Blanking is effected forcibly for all lines. 1: No blanking is effected for any of the lines.
  • Page 94 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display AUDIO IN 0000 This selects the audio input signals (for all channels 0001 simultaneously). 0002 0: The AES input is selected. 0003 INT SG 1: The analog input is selected. 2: The serial input is selected.
  • Page 95: Audio Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display CH1 IN 0000 This selects the CH1 input when USR SET has been selected 0001 DIGI as the setup menu item No.700 (AUDIO IN SEL) setting. 0: Analog input 1: Digital input CH2 IN 0000...
  • Page 96 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display REC CH3 0000 This selects the input signal to be recorded on the audio CH3 0001 track. 0002 0: Audio input CH1 signal. 0003 1: Audio input CH2 signal. 2: Audio input CH3 signal.
  • Page 97 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display REC CUE 0000 This selects the input signals to be recorded on CUE. 0001 0: CUE IN 0002 1: Audio input CH1 0003 2: Audio input CH2 3: Audio input CH3 0004 4: Audio input CH4...
  • Page 98 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display CH1 MONI 0000 This selects the output status of the main line of CH1 in the 0001 search mode. 0: Output is not aligned with the monitor output (L ch). 1: Output is aligned with the monitor output (L ch).
  • Page 99 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display MONI CH 0000 MANU This selects monitor output type. 0: The type of output selected for MONITOR SELECT is 0001 AUTO output. 0002 1: PCM AUDIO is selected within the –1.0 to i2.0 speed range during playback of DVCPROHD-LP tapes;...
  • Page 100 Setup menus USER menu <AUDIO> (continued) Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display SD SDI CH1 0000 This selects the signals to be output to SDI output CH1. 0001 0: The CH1 signals are output. 0002 1: The CH2 signals are output . 0003 2: The CH3 signals are output .
  • Page 101 Setup menus USER menu <Audio output in the search mode> The table below shows how the output to the audio monitor and main signal system differs according to how the setup menu item (No’s 737 to 744, No.745 and No.746) settings are combined. 746: Monitor output Main signal system output...
  • Page 102: Menu Menu

    Setup menus USER menu <MENU> Item Setting Description Superimposed Superimposed display display LOAD 0000 USER2 This selects the user file whose contents will be loaded into 0001 USER3 USER1. 0002 USER4 0: The USER2 file contents are loaded. 0003 USER5 1: The USER3 file contents are loaded.
  • Page 103: Time Code/User Bit

    Time code/user bit Time code The time code is used when the time code signal generated by the time code generator (time code signal generator) is to be recorded on the tape, its values are to be read by the time code reader (time code signal reader), and the absolute position of the tape is to be displayed in increments of hours, minutes, seconds and frames.
  • Page 104: Recording Internal/External Time Codes

    Recording internal/external time codes 1. Setting the internal time code Place the VTR in the stop mode. Set the TC/CTL switch to TC. Set the TC INT/EXT switch to INT. (Internal time code selected) Set the Setup menu No. 504 (RUN MODE). REC RUN: The time code runs at the same time as the recording proceeds.
  • Page 105: Reproducing The Time Code/User Bit

    Reproducing the time code/user bit Place the unit in the stop mode. Set the TC/CTL button to TC. Set the TC/UB switch to TC or UB. TC: The time code is displayed. UB: The user bit is displayed. • When it is no longer possible to read the time code, it is interpolated using the CTL signal.
  • Page 106: Superimpose Screen

    Superimpose screen The control signals, time code, etc. are displayed using abbreviations. CTL = control signal TCR = TC time code reading UBR = TC user bit reading Abbreviation TV monitor Characters displayed The background of characters superimposed on the display can be changed using setup menu No.
  • Page 107: Audio Recording Channel And Monitor Output Selection

    Audio recording channel and monitor output selection Audio recording channel The audio recording channels are selected on the AUDIO setup menu as shown below. Recording track Recording signal CH1 input/CH2 input/CH3 input/CH4 input/CH1 input + CH2 input/CH3 input + CH4 input CH1 input/CH2 input/CH3 input/CH4 input/CH1 input + CH2 input/CH3 input + CH4 input CH1 input/CH2 input/CH3 input/CH4 input/CH1 input + CH2 input/CH3 input + CH4 input CH1 input/CH2 input/CH3 input/CH4 input/CH1 input + CH2 input/CH3 input + CH4 input...
  • Page 108: Rack Mounting

    VTR and rack when the VTR is pulled out, however, it is recommended that the 22q long Chassis Trak (model number CC-3001-99-0191) be used. (The complete slide rail and bracket unit is not available from Panasonic.) For further details, consult with your dealer.
  • Page 109: Video Head Cleaning

    Video head cleaning This unit is equipped with an auto head cleaning function which automatically reduces the amount of dirt on the video heads. In order to maximize the unit’s reliability, it is recommended that the video heads be cleaned as and when appropriate. For further details on how to actually clean the heads, consult with one of our service companies or with your dealer.
  • Page 110: Error Messages

    Error messages When a warning occurs in this unit, the warning lamp lights up. Opening the DIAG menu will display the warning description on the counter display and the monitor. Also, when an abnormal operation is detected in this unit, the AUTO OFF lamp lights up and a message appears on the counter display.
  • Page 111: Warning Messages

    Error messages Displaying the “HOURS METER” information Turn the search dial to move the cursor (¢). The description for the item where the cursor is located is shown as a superimposed display. Item No. Item Description OPERATION Displays the time that the power has been supplied in one-hour units. DRUM RUN Displays the time that the drum has been rotating in one-hour units.
  • Page 112: Table Of Auto Off Error Messages

    Table of AUTO OFF Error messages VTR operation Counter display Monitor display Description (Restart condition) If the capstan motor speed is abnormally low, the CAP ROTATE TOO CAP ROTA TOO STOP AUTO OFF lamp lights, and the message display SLOW SLOW (POWER OFF ON) flashes.
  • Page 113 Table of AUTO OFF Error messages VTR operation Counter display Monitor display Description (Restart condition) If the reel motor at the take-up side is running in the REEL DIR UNMATCH REEL DIR UNMATCH STOP reverse direction, the AUTO OFF lamp lights, and the (POWER OFF ON) message display flashes.
  • Page 114: Rs-232C Interface

    RS-232C interface 1. Introduction (1) The VTR can be operated by commands when the RS-232C interface is used. (See command table on page 117 – 119.) (2) Conditions for acknowledging commands from RS-232C interface The front panel REMOTE/LOCAL switch must be at REMOTE. The setup menu item No.
  • Page 115: Software Specifications

    RS-232C interface 3. Software specifications Protocol 1) Communication parameters Communication system Asynchronous, full duplex Communication speed 300/600/1200/2400/4800/9600 Bit length 7 bit/8 bit Stop bit 1 bit/2 bit Parity bit NONE/ODD/EVEN ACK code ACK code returned/ACK code not returned <Note> The ACK code is what is returned from the VTR to the controller when data has been successfully sent from the controller.
  • Page 116 RS-232C interface 3) Return format [VTR controller (PC)] The following responses are made to the command. If necessary, more than one response is made. When the communication has terminated normally 1. The receive completion message is returned. [ACK] 2. The execution completion message is returned. [STX] [command] [data] [ETX] XX XX XX XX-XX 03h •...
  • Page 117 RS-232C interface 5. Command table (1) Commands relating to operation control <Notes> • As for the return (completion) message, [ACK] is first returned when data is received, and the execution message is subsequently returned. It is only the execution message which is listed in this table. •...
  • Page 118 RS-232C interface Return (completion) Send command Supplementary notes operation message SHTL [STX] OSR:data [ETX] [STX] OSR [ETX] This is the reverse direction shuttle command. REVERSE data = n: speed data STILL 0.03 2.0 ( 1.85 with any format except the DVCPROHD-LP format) : This speed differs according to the setting selected for setup menu No.
  • Page 119 RS-232C interface (2) Commands relating to inquiries <Notes> • As for the return (completion) message, [ACK] is first returned when data is received, and the execution message is subsequently returned. It is only the execution message which is listed in this table. •...
  • Page 120 RS-232C interface (3) Microsoft QuickBASIC sample program STX$ = CHR$(&H2): ETX$ = CHR$ (&H3): NAK$ = CHR$(15): ACK$ = CHR$(&H6) PRINT "*** RS-232C COMMUNICATION SAMPLE PROGRAM ***" PRINT "Type Command 'QUIT' to quit." PRINT REM *** Communication Port Initial & Open *** REM Port 1,9600Bps,No parity,8 bit data,1 stop bit OPEN "COM1:9600,N,8,1"...
  • Page 121: Connector Signals

    Connector signals VIDEO IN HD SERIAL IN (DIGITAL) BNC 1 Active-through (BNC 1) Loop-through, 75 termination HD REF IN BNC 2 switch provided Loop-through, 75 termination SD REF IN BNC 2 switch provided SD SERIAL IN (DIGITAL) BNC 1 Active-through (BNC 1)(Board, option) SDTI IN BNC 1 (Board, option)
  • Page 122 Connector signals RS-422A REMOTE (9P) REMOTE IN/OUT Pin No. Signal Pin No. Signal Pin No. Signal FRAME GROUND RECEIVE COMMON TRANSMIT B TRANSMIT A — — — — — RECEIVE A RECEIVE B TRANSMIT COMMON FRAME GROUND REMOTE OUT Pin No. Signal Pin No.
  • Page 123: Printed Circuit Board

    Printed circuit board CAUTION: These servicing instructions are for use by qualified service person- nel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any ser- vicing other than that contained in the operating instructions unless you are qualified to do so. Printed Abbr.
  • Page 124: Specifications

    Specifications GENERAL Power supply: AC 120 V, 50 – 60 Hz Power consumption: 230 W Operating ambient temperature: 41°F to 104°F (5°C to 40°C) Operating ambient humidity: 10% to 80% (no condensation) Weight: 44 lbs (20 kg) Dimensions (W 16-3/4 max. 17-3/16 6-15/16 17-11/16 inches (Not including the support legs, connectors, JOG dial and fan)
  • Page 125 Specifications Video Signal Adjustment HD SDI Y output gain: –¶ to +3 dB HD SDI P output gain: –¶ to +3 dB HD SDI P output gain: –¶ to +3 dB HD SDI Y black level: ±10% HD SDI output system phase: ±5.5H (n12100 samples, 13.5 ns steps) SD SDI Y output gain/ Composite Y output gain:...
  • Page 126 PANASONIC BROADCAST & TELEVISION SYSTEMS COMPANY UNIT COMPANY OF MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC CORPORATION OF 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) 348-7621 Southeast Region: 1225 Northbrook Parkway, Ste 1-160, Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 338-6835...