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Panasonic HC-V500 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

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Before use, please read these instructions completely.
Model number suffix "EB" denotes UK model.


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions High Definition Video Camera HC-V500 Model No. HC-V500M Before use, please read these instructions completely. Model number suffix “EB” denotes UK model. VQT3W38...
  • Page 2: Information For Your Safety

    Information for Your Safety Dear Customer, We would like to take this opportunity to CAUTION! thank you for purchasing this Panasonic IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS High Definition Video Camera. Please read UNSUITABLE FOR THE SOCKET these Operating Instructions carefully and OUTLET IN YOUR HOME THEN THE keep them handy for future reference.
  • Page 3: Before Use

    Before use CAUTION! Remove the connector cover. To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or How to replace the fuse product damage, The location of the fuse differ according to ≥ Do not install or place this unit in a the type of AC mains plug (figures A and B).
  • Page 4: Recording Motion Pictures

    ∫ Indemnity about recorded [Information on Disposal in other content Countries outside the European Panasonic does not accept any Union] responsibility for damages directly or These symbols are only valid in the indirectly due to any type of problems that European Union.
  • Page 5 Condensation occurs when the ambient These operating instructions are designed temperature or humidity changes. Be careful for use with models HC-V500 of condensation since it causes lens or LCD . Pictures may be slightly HC-V500M monitor stains, fungus and camera different from the original.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents Information for Your Safety......2 Advanced (Recording) Accessories..........9 Preparation Using the zoom ........43 Zoom ratio during the Still Picture Recording Mode ....... 43 Names and Functions of Main Parts ..10 Image Stabilizer Function ...... 44 Power supply........... 13 1080/50p recording .........
  • Page 7 Advanced (Playback) Copy/Dubbing Playback Operations ......72 Copying between SD card and Motion picture playback using Built-in Memory [HC-V500M] ....99 operation icon ........72 Connecting a DVD burner to copy to/ Creating still picture from play back a disc ........101 motion picture ........
  • Page 8 ≥ For customers within lreland: 01 289 8333 ≥ For further support on your product, please visit our website: Direct Sales at Panasonic UK ≥ Order accessory and consumable items for your product with ease and confidence by phoning our Customer Communications Centre Monday–...
  • Page 9: Accessories

    Accessories Check the accessories before using this unit. Keep the accessories out of reach of children to prevent swallowing. Product numbers correct as of Jan. 2012. These may be subject to change. Battery pack VW-VBK180 AC adaptor VSK0781 or VSK0712 AC cable K2CT3YY00034 or K2CT39A00002...
  • Page 10: Preparation

    Preparation Names and Functions of Main Parts Power button [ ] (l 18) Speaker USB terminal [ ] (l 102, 107, 119) Intelligent auto/Manual button [iA/MANUAL] (l 29, 68) Optical image stabilizer button O.I.S.] (l 44) 1080/50p button [1080/50p] (l 45) Battery release lever [BATT] (l 13) HDMI mini connector [HDMI] (l 92, 96)
  • Page 11 14 Mode switch (l 19) 14 15 16 15 Status indicator (l 18) 16 Recording start/stop button (l 24) 17 LCD monitor (Touch screen) (l 19) ≥ It can open up to 90o. ≥ It can rotate up to 180o A towards the lens or 90o B towards the opposite direction.
  • Page 12 23 Photoshot button [ ] (l 26) 24 Zoom lever [W/T] (In Motion Picture Recording Mode or Still Picture Recording Mode) (l 43) Thumbnail display switch [ Volume lever [sVOLr] (In Playback Mode) (l 32) 25 Grip belt Adjust the length of the grip belt so that it fits your hand.
  • Page 13: Power Supply

    Panasonic products and batteries manufactured by other companies and certified by Panasonic. (Batteries which do not support this function cannot be used). Panasonic cannot in any way guarantee the quality, performance or safety of batteries which have been manufactured by other companies and are not genuine Panasonic products.
  • Page 14: Charging The Battery

    ≥ If the status indicator flashes at a particularly fast or slow rate, refer to page 138. ≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries (l 9, 15, 145). ≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.
  • Page 15: Charging And Recording Time

    However, it will be constantly displayed when the remaining battery time becomes less than 30 minutes. ≥ The remaining battery capacity is displayed when using the Panasonic battery that you can use for this unit. The actual time can vary depending on your actual use.
  • Page 16: Recording To A Card

    ≥ Please confirm the latest information about SD Memory Cards/SDHC Memory Cards/ SDXC Memory Cards that can be used for motion picture recording on the following website. (This website is in English only.) ≥ Operation of the SD Memory Cards 256 MB or less is not guaranteed. Also, the SD Memory Card 32 MB or less cannot be used for the motion picture recording.
  • Page 17: Inserting/Removing An Sd Card

    Inserting/removing an SD card When using a non Panasonic SD card for the first time, or one which was previously used on another equipment, it is necessary to format the SD card. (l 40, 41) When the SD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted. Once the data is deleted, it cannot be restored.
  • Page 18: Turning The Unit On/Off

    Preparation Turning the unit on/off You can turn the unit on and off using the power button or by opening and closing the LCD monitor. Turning the unit on and off with the power button Open the LCD monitor and press the power button to turn on the unit. To turn off the unit Hold down the power button until the status indicator goes off.
  • Page 19: Selecting A Mode

    Preparation Selecting a mode Change the mode to recording or playback. Operate the mode switch to change the mode to Motion Picture Recording Mode (l 24) Still Picture Recording Mode (l 26) Playback Mode (l 31, 72) Preparation How to use the touch screen You can operate by directly touching the LCD monitor (touch screen) with your finger.
  • Page 20: About The Touch Menu

    ∫ About the operation icons These icons are used to switch the menu and thumbnail display page, for item selection and setting etc. Touch to return to the previous screen such as when setting menus. About the Touch Menu Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to switch the operation icons.
  • Page 21: Setting Date And Time

    Leave the unit as it is for approx. 24 hours and the battery will maintain the date and time for approx. 4 months. (The battery is still being recharged even if the unit is off.) WARNING THE LITHIUM BATTERY IN THIS EQUIPMENT MUST ONLY BE REPLACED BY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL. WHEN NECESSARY, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PANASONIC SUPPLIER. VQT3W38...
  • Page 22: Basic

    Basic Before recording ∫ Basic camera positioning 1 Hold the unit with both hands. 2 Put your hand through the grip belt. 3 It is convenient to use the recording button icon A when holding the unit around your waist. ≥...
  • Page 23: Selecting A Media To Record [Hc-V500M]

    Basic Selecting a media to record [HC-V500M] The card and built-in memory can be selected separately to record motion pictures or still pictures. Change the mode to Select the menu. (l 34) : [MEDIA SELECT] MENU Touch the media to record motion pictures or still pictures.
  • Page 24: Recording Motion Pictures

    Basic Recording motion pictures Change the mode to Open the LCD monitor. Press the recording start/stop button to start recording. A When you begin recording, ; changes to ¥. B Recording button icon ≥ Recording can also be started/stopped by touching the recording button icon. This icon functions in the same manner as the recording start/stop button.
  • Page 25 When you record with the [REC MODE] set to [iFrame], the scenes longer than approximately 20 minutes will be automatically divided. (Recording will continue.) ≥ (Maximum recordable scenes of a single SD card or built-in memory) Recording formats [1080/50p]/[HA]/[HG]/[HX]/[HE] [iFrame] Recordable scenes Approx.
  • Page 26: Recording Still Pictures

    Basic Recording still pictures Change the mode to Open the LCD monitor. Press the button halfway. (For Auto Focus only) Focus indication: A Focus indication: ± (The white lamp flashes.): Focusing ¥ (The green lamp lights up.): When in focus No mark: When focusing is unsuccessful.
  • Page 27 ∫ About the screen indications in Still Picture Recording Still picture operation indicator (l 124) R3000 R3000 R3000 MEGA Remaining number of still pictures R3000 ≥ Flashes in red when [0] appears. Size of still pictures (l 65) MEGA optical image stabilizer (l 26) ≥...
  • Page 28: Recording Still Pictures In Motion Picture Recording Mode

    Recording still pictures in Motion Picture Recording Mode You can record still pictures even in Motion Picture Recording Mode. ¬ Change the mode to Press the button fully (press to the bottom) to take the picture. ≥ It is possible to record still pictures while recording motion pictures. (Simultaneous recording) ≥...
  • Page 29: Intelligent Auto Mode

    Basic Intelligent Auto Mode The following modes (appropriate for the condition) are set just by pointing the unit to what you want to record. /MANUAL Intelligent auto/Manual button Press this button to switch Intelligent Auto Mode/Manual Mode. ≥ Please refer to page 68 about Manual Mode. Mode Effect Portrait...
  • Page 30: Automatic White Balance

    ≥ Depending on the recording conditions, the unit may not enter the desired mode. ≥ In the Portrait, Spotlight, or Low Light Mode, the face will be surrounded by a white frame when detected. In the Portrait Mode, a subject that is bigger and close to centre of the screen will be surrounded by an orange frame.
  • Page 31: Motion Picture/Still Picture Playback

    Basic Motion picture/Still picture playback Change the mode to Touch the play mode select icon A. (l 20) HC-V500 Select the still picture B or the recording format of the motion picture C you wish to play back. HC-V500M Select the media type D and then select...
  • Page 32 Select the playback operation by touching the operation icon. F Operation icon 0h01m30s 0h01m30s 0h01m30s ≥ Operation icons and screen display will disappear when no touch operation is performed for a specific period of time. To display them again, touch the screen.
  • Page 33: Motion Picture Compatibility

    Motion picture compatibility ≥ This unit is based on AVCHD Progressive/AVCHD format/MPEG-4 AVC file format. AVCHD Progressive format ≥ Video signal for the AVCHD Progressive that can be played back with this unit is 1920k1080/50p. ≥ This unit may degrade or not play back motion pictures recorded or created on other products, and other products may degrade or not play back motion pictures recorded on this unit, even if the products support AVCHD Progressive.
  • Page 34: Using The Menu Screen

    Basic Using the menu screen ≥ Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to display . (l 20) MENU Touch MENU Touch the desired item to enter the setting. MENU Touch the top menu A. Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu setting.
  • Page 35: Using The Setup Menu

    Basic Using the Setup Menu ≥ The items displayed differ depending on the position or settings of the mode switch. Select the menu. : [SETUP] # desired setting MENU [DISPLAY] [5 SECONDS]/[ON] Set the display method for the screen information display. [5 SECONDS]: Information is displayed on the screen for 5 seconds after starting the recording mode, starting to playback, or touching the screen.
  • Page 36 ≥ When the home region is set for the first time, the screen for selecting home/travel destination appears after setting the home region successively. If the home region has already been set once, execute the menu operation for Step 1. (Only when setting the region of your travel destination) Touch...
  • Page 37 ≥ When in quick start standby mode about 70% of the power used in recording pause mode is being consumed, so the recording time will be reduced. ≥ HC-V500 Quick Start will not work if there is no SD card inserted. ≥...
  • Page 38 Close the LCD monitor. The status indicator A flashes green and the unit goes into Quick Start standby mode. ≥ The lens cover does not close. Open the LCD monitor. The status indicator A lights red and the unit is put into recording pause.
  • Page 39: Power Lcd

    [POWER LCD] This makes it easier to view the LCD monitor in bright places including outdoors. ≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded. (Makes even brighter)/ (Makes brighter)/ (Normal)/ (Makes less bright)/ *(Automatic adjustment) * It is not displayed in the Manual Mode or in the Playback Mode. ≥...
  • Page 40: Format Card

    , [CLOCK SET] and [LANGUAGE] will not be changed. * For users who have , this menu is not displayed. HC-V500 [Auto Cursor Position] [ON]/[OFF] The entered character is confirmed in approx. 1 second at the time of character input, and the cursor is moved to right.
  • Page 41: Format Media

    Do not format an SD card using any other equipment such as a PC. Otherwise it may not be possible to use the card on this unit. HC-V500 [CARD STATUS] The used space and remaining recordable time of the SD card can be checked.
  • Page 42 ≥ The SD card or built-in memory requires some space to store information and manage system files, so the actual usable space is slightly less than the indicated value. The usable SD card/built-in memory space is generally calculated as 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes.
  • Page 43: Advanced (Recording)

    Advanced (Recording) Using the zoom Zoom lever/Zoom button icons T side: Close-up recording (zoom in) W side: Wide-angle recording (zoom out) A Zoom bar ≥ Maximum zoom ratio for recording motion pictures can be set with [ZOOM MODE]. (l 56) ≥...
  • Page 44: Image Stabilizer Function

    Advanced (Recording) Image Stabilizer Function Use the image stabilizer to reduce the effects of shake during recording. This unit is equipped with Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer. Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer is a hybrid of optical and electrical image stabilizer. O.I.S. Optical image stabilizer button Press the button to turn optical image stabilizer on/off.
  • Page 45: 1080/50P Recording

    Advanced (Recording) 1080/50p recording This is a recording mode that can record in 1080/50p (1920k1080/50 progressive), which is the highest picture quality for this unit. 1080/50p button To set to 1080/50p recording mode, press and hold the button until is displayed. 1080/50p ≥...
  • Page 46: Recording With The Touch Function

    Advanced (Recording) Recording with the Touch Function You can record using convenient functions just by the easy operation of touching the screen. Touch (left side)/ (right side) of the Touch Menu to display Touch Function icons. (l 20) Touch the Touch Function icon. (e.g.
  • Page 47: Af/Ae Tracking

    AF/AE tracking It is possible to set the focus and exposure to the subject specified on the touch screen. The focus and exposure will keep following the subject automatically even if it moves. (Dynamic tracking) Touch ≥ When [FACE RECOG.] (l 57) is [ON] and a registered face is detected, the target is automatically locked.
  • Page 48: Optical Image Stabilizer Lock

    Optical Image Stabilizer Lock In Motion Picture Recording Mode, you can further improve optical image stabilization by touching and holding . With this function, you can further reduce the effects of the shake that tends to occur when using zoom. Press the Optical Image Stabilizer button to turn the image stabilizer on.
  • Page 49: Recording Functions Of Operation Icons

    Advanced (Recording) Recording functions of operation icons Select the operation icons to add different effects to the images to be recorded. Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to display the operation icons. (l 20) Touch an operation icon. PRE-REC (e.g.
  • Page 50: Intelligent Contrast Control

    ≥ There is no beep sound. ≥ PRE-REC is cancelled in the following cases. j If you change the mode HC-V500 If you remove the SD card HC-V500M If you remove the SD card while [MEDIA SELECT] is set to [VIDEO/SD CARD]...
  • Page 51: Smile Shot

    ≥ Smile Shot recording will not work in the following cases. ( will flash) HC-V500 When there is no SD card inserted HC-V500M When it is set to [PICTURE/SD CARD] in [MEDIA SELECT], and there is no SD card...
  • Page 52: Photo Light

    Always on. Turns on/off automatically according to brightness of the surroundings. Cancel the setting. ≥ When set to ([AUTO]), the video light turns on in Low Light Mode in Intelligent Auto Mode. ≥ When the video light is in use, the recordable time when using the battery is shortened. ≥...
  • Page 53: Backlight Compensation

    Red-Eye Reduction Reduces the phenomena where human eyes become red from Photo light. ≥ The Photo light is activated 2 times. ≥ The red-eye phenomenon tends to appear in certain recording conditions and more with some people than with others. ≥...
  • Page 54: Colour Night View

    ≥ The Tele Macro function is cancelled automatically when the zoom magnification becomes lower than 42k in Motion Picture Recording Mode. ≥ Tele Macro function is cancelled automatically when the zoom magnification becomes lower than the below in Still Picture Recording Mode: j Lower than 42k (when picture size is [ 3M]/[ 2.1M])
  • Page 55: Recording Functions Of Menus

    Advanced (Recording) Recording functions of menus [SCENE MODE] When you record images in different situations, this mode automatically sets optimum shutter speeds and apertures. : [RECORD SETUP] # [SCENE MODE] # desired setting MENU [OFF]: Cancel the setting 5Sports: To make fast moving scenes less shaky with slow playback and pause of playback Portrait: To make people stand out against the background...
  • Page 56: Zoom Mode

    ≥ (Soft skin) j If the background or anything else in the scene has colours similar to the skin colour, they will also be smoothed. j If the brightness is insufficient, the effect may not be clear. j If you record a person in the distance, the face may not be recorded clearly. In this case, cancel Soft Skin Mode or zoom in on the face (close-up) to record.
  • Page 57: Face Recog

    ≥ Recordable time using the battery (l 15) ≥ This function’s default setting is [HG] mode. ≥ Please refer to page 143 about approximate recordable time. ≥ When the unit is moved a lot or moved quickly, or when a fast-moving subject is recorded (particularly when recording in [HE] mode), mosaic-type noise may appear at playback.
  • Page 58: Registering A Face For Face Recognition

    ∫ Registering a face for Face Recognition : [RECORD SETUP] # [FACE RECOG.] # [SET] # [SAVE] MENU ≥ Up to a maximum of 6 people can be registered. Align the person’s face with the guide. ≥ Take a picture of the persons face from the front, ensuring that their hair does not hide the outline of their face, their eyes or their eyebrows.
  • Page 59: Changing The Information Of A Registered Person

    ∫ Changing the information of a registered person Select the menu. : [RECORD SETUP] # [FACE RECOG.] # [SET] # [EDIT] MENU Touch the desired item to enter the setting. ≥ Up to 3 face shots can be registered. To additionally register or to change/delete the registered face shots, touch the face shot.
  • Page 60: Face Framing

    [NAME DISPLAY] When a registered person is detected by Face Recognition during recording, the name registered for that person is displayed. : [RECORD SETUP] # [NAME DISPLAY] # desired number MENU [3]/[2]/[1]/[OFF] ≥ Displayed name will disappear after a while. ≥...
  • Page 61: Auto Slow Shtr

    [AGS] If the unit continues to be tilted upside down from the normal horizontal position while recording motion pictures, it is automatically put into recording pause. : [RECORD SETUP] # [AGS] # [ON] MENU ≥ The AGS function may activate and cause the unit to pause the recording if you are recording a subject right above or right below you.
  • Page 62: Shooting Guide

    [SHOOTING GUIDE] Message is displayed when this unit is moved rapidly. : [RECORD SETUP] # [SHOOTING GUIDE] # [ON] MENU When “CAMERA PANNING IS TOO FAST.” appears, move the unit slowly while recording. ≥ Message will not appear while pausing the recording. (Message will appear even if it is pausing the recording if [DEMO MODE] is set to [ON].) [WIND NOISE CANCELLER] This will reduce the wind noise coming into the built-in microphones while maintaining the...
  • Page 63: Mic Level

    [MIC LEVEL] When recording, the input level from the built-in microphones can be adjusted. Select the menu. : [RECORD SETUP] # [MIC LEVEL] # desired setting MENU [AUTO]: AGC is activated, and the recording level is adjusted automatically. [SETr ]/[SET]: The desired recording level can be set.
  • Page 64 [PICTURE ADJUST] Adjust the quality of the image while recording. Adjust by outputting to a TV while adjusting the quality of the image. ≥ This setting is retained when you change between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode. ≥...
  • Page 65: Picture Size

    [PICTURE SIZE] The higher the number of pixels, the higher the clarity of the picture when printing. : [PICTURE] # [PICTURE SIZE] # desired setting MENU ∫ Picture size and Maximum zoom ratio Aspect ratio will change depending on the picture size. 4:3: Aspect ratio of 4:3 television 3:2:...
  • Page 66 [HI-SPEED BURST] Recording is done continuously at the rate of 50 still pictures per second. Use this function to record an object with fast movement. Select the menu. : [PICTURE] # [HI-SPEED BURST] # [ON] MENU [ON]: 180 still pictures are recorded continuously at the rate of 50 per second.
  • Page 67: Af Assist Lamp

    [AF ASSIST LAMP] The Photo light is turned on to make it easier to focus when you are recording in dark places where it is hard to focus. ≥ Switch to Manual Mode. (l 68) : [PICTURE] # [AF ASSIST LAMP] # [AUTO] MENU ≥...
  • Page 68: Manual Recording

    Advanced (Recording) Manual recording ≥ The Manual Focus, White Balance, Shutter Speed, Brightness (Iris and Gain) settings are retained when you change between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode. Press the iA/MANUAL button to switch to Manual Mode. appears on the screen.
  • Page 69: White Balance

    White Balance Automatic White Balance function may not reproduce natural colours depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the White Balance manually. ≥ Press the iA/MANUAL button to switch to Manual Mode. (l 68) Touch [WB]. FOCUS Touch to select White Balance Mode.
  • Page 70: Manual Shutter Speed/Iris Adjustment

    Manual shutter speed/iris adjustment Shutter Speed: Adjust it when recording fast-moving subjects. Iris: Adjust it when the screen is too bright or too dark. ≥ Press the iA/MANUAL button to switch to Manual Mode. (l 68) Touch [SHTR] or [IRIS]. Touch to adjust settings.
  • Page 71: Manual Focus Adjustment

    Manual Focus adjustment If auto focusing is difficult due to the conditions, then use Manual Focus. ≥ Press the iA/MANUAL button to switch to Manual Mode. (l 68) (When MF assist function is used) Select the menu. : [RECORD SETUP] # [MF ASSIST] # [ON] MENU ≥...
  • Page 72: Advanced (Playback)

    Advanced (Playback) Playback Operations Motion picture playback using operation icon For details on the basic playback operations, refer to page 31. Playback operation Playback display Operating steps Touch 5 during playback to fast forward. (Touch 6 to rewind.) During Playback ≥...
  • Page 73: Creating Still Picture From Motion Picture

    Playback operation Playback display Operating steps Touch the Direct playback bar or slide it while touching. During Playback ≥ The playback pauses temporarily and Direct playback skips to the position touched or slid to while touching. ≥ Playback will start by releasing your touching or sliding finger.
  • Page 74: Highlight & Time Frame Index

    Highlight & Time Frame Index An image of one scene is displayed as a thumbnail at set search condition. Scene can be played back from any midway point of the scene you wish to see. ≥ Operate the zoom lever to side and change over the thumbnail display to Highlight &...
  • Page 75: Resuming The Previous Playback

    Resuming the previous playback If playback of a scene was stopped halfway, the playback can be resumed from where it was stopped. : [VIDEO SETUP] # [RESUME PLAY] # [ON] MENU If playback of a motion picture is stopped, appears on the thumbnail view of the stopped scene.
  • Page 76: Various Playback Functions

    Advanced (Playback) Various playback functions Playing back motion pictures/still pictures by date The scenes or the still pictures recorded on the same day can be played back in succession. Touch the date select icon. (l 20) A Date select icon Touch the playback date.
  • Page 77: Highlight Playback

    Highlight Playback Part that was recognised as clearly recorded is extracted from a long recording, and it can be played back in a short time with effects and music added. It can be saved as a single scene. It is also possible to create an original Highlight Playback by checking your favourite scenes and setting up to extract those scenes.
  • Page 78: Setting Up The Custom Effect

    Setting up the custom effect It is possible to enjoy the Highlight Playback with your favourite effect by setting up the combination of an image effect and music. Touch [CUSTOM]. Touch [EFFECT SETUP] or [MUSIC SELECT]. (When [EFFECT SETUP] is selected) Touch the desired effect.
  • Page 79: Playing Back With The Settings Changed

    Playing back with the settings changed Touch [SET] to select the item to change. [SCENE SETUP]: Select the scene or date to be played back. [FAVOURITE SCENE SETUP]: Set up the favourite scenes. (l 80) [FAVOURITE SCENE PLAY]: Set up if the favourite scenes are to be included in the Highlight Playback or not.
  • Page 80: Checking The Favourite Scenes

    ∫ Checking the favourite scenes Touch the scenes to be played back. Touch [Add] and add the favourite part. 0h00m15s 0h00m15s 0h00m15s ≥ Approximately 4 seconds before and after touching [Add] will be added as favourite. ≥ Number of favourite scenes that can be added are 1 to 14. (Number of scenes that can be added differs depending on the scenes selected.) ≥...
  • Page 81: Priority Setting

    ∫ Priority setting Touch [FACE] or [FACE RECOG.]. ≥ If you touch [FACE], any detected face, including the face of person registered for Face Recognition, is given priority on playback. (When [FACE RECOG.] is selected) Touch a face to specify. 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3...
  • Page 82: Saving The Highlight Playback

    Saving the Highlight Playback The scenes put together as a Highlight Playback can be saved as a single scene. The scenes recorded on the SD card can be saved on the SD card. HC-V500M The scenes recorded on the built-in memory can be saved on the built-in memory. Stop the playback of the Highlight Playback or wait until the Highlight Playback is finished.
  • Page 83: Changing The Playback Settings And Playing Back The Slide Show

    Changing the playback settings and playing back the slide show Touch . (l 20) (Only when you would like to change the settings) Touch [SET] to select the item to change. [DATE SETUP]: Select the date to be played back. [PLAYBACK SETUP]: Select to play back in 3D (2D still pictures are converted to 3D still pictures and played back) or play back in 2D.
  • Page 84 (When [MUSIC SELECT] is selected) Touch the desired sound. ≥ To adjust the volume of music during playback of the slide show or audio testing, operate the volume lever. (l 32) ≥ Touch [ENTER]. (To test the music audio) Touch [START] and start the audio testing. ≥...
  • Page 85: Deleting Scenes/Still Pictures

    Advanced (Playback) Deleting scenes/still pictures Deleted scenes/still pictures cannot be restored, so perform appropriate confirmation of the contents before proceeding with deletion. ¬ Change the mode to ∫ To delete the scene or still picture being played back Touch while scenes or still pictures to be deleted are being played back.
  • Page 86: Deleting Part Of A Scene (Avchd)

    When you stop deleting halfway Touch [CANCEL] while deleting. ≥ The scenes or still pictures that have already been deleted when the deletion is cancelled cannot be restored. To complete editing Touch [Return]. , selecting [EDIT SCENE] # [DELETE] # ≥...
  • Page 87: Dividing A Scene (Avchd)

    Touch [ENTER]. ≥ Repeat steps 2-7 to continuously delete parts from other scenes. ≥ Deleting of part cannot be performed when there are 99 scenes in a single date. ≥ It may not be possible to delete part of a scene with a short recording time. ≥...
  • Page 88: Dividing A Scene To Partially Delete (Iframe/Mp4)

    Dividing a scene to partially delete (iFrame/MP4) Divide the iFrame scene or the scene saved as MP4, and delete unnecessary parts. This divides the recorded scenes in two and deletes the front half or back half. The scenes deleted by dividing cannot be restored. ≥...
  • Page 89: Deleting Personal Information

    Deleting personal information Deletes Face Recognition information from scenes in which faces were recognised. ≥ Change the mode to and touch the play mode select icon. Then, select the AVCHD scene. (l 31) ≥ Face Recognition information is not recorded in the scenes recorded in iFrame or the scenes saved as MP4.
  • Page 90: Relay Scene Combining [Hc-V500M]

    Advanced (Playback) Relay scene combining [HC-V500M] You can combine the relayed scene (l 57) in the built-in memory and the continued scene in the SD card to be one into the SD card. Relay-recorded scene Relay scene combining A Built-in memory B SD card C Range of Relay Recording ≥...
  • Page 91 To cancel relay information : [EDIT SCENE] # [RELAY INFO CANCEL] MENU ≥ When the relay information is cancelled, combining of the relayed scenes will not be possible anymore. Combining of the relay scene cannot be performed if the available space on the SD card is less than the volume of the relayed scene in the built-in memory.
  • Page 92: Watching Video/Pictures On Your Tv

    Advanced (Playback) Watching Video/Pictures on your TV Confirm the terminals on your TV and use a cable compatible with the terminals. Image quality may vary with the connected terminals. A High quality 1 HDMI terminal 2 Component terminal 3 Video terminal ≥...
  • Page 93 ≥ Check that the plugs are inserted as far as they go. ≥ Always use a genuine Panasonic HDMI mini cable (RP-CDHM15, RP-CDHM30: optional). ≥ Do not use any other AV multi cables except the supplied one. ≥ When connecting to the component terminal of the TV, the yellow plug of the AV multi cable is not required.
  • Page 94 TV for details.) Refer to the following support site for information about the Panasonic TVs that you can directly insert an SD card into the SD card slot on the TV and then play it back.
  • Page 95: Connecting With A Hdmi Mini Cable

    Connecting with a HDMI mini cable Select the desired method of HDMI output. : [SETUP] # [HDMI RESOLUTION] # [AUTO]/[1080p]/[1080i]/[576p] MENU ≥ [AUTO] determines the output resolution automatically based on information from the connected TV. If the images are not output on the TV when the setting is [AUTO], switch to the method [1080p], [1080i] or [576p] which enables the images to be displayed on your TV.
  • Page 96: Playback Using Viera Link

    ™ What is the VIERA Link (HDAVI Control ≥ This function allows you to use your remote control for the Panasonic TV for easy operations when this unit has been connected to a VIERA Link compatible device using a HDMI mini cable (optional) for automatic linked operations. (Not all operations are possible.)
  • Page 97 ≥ Available linked operations between this unit and a Panasonic TV is different depending on the types of Panasonic TVs even if they are compatible with VIERA Link. Refer to the operating instructions of the TV for the operations that support on the TV.
  • Page 98: Converting And Playing Back 2D Images As 3D

    Advanced (Playback) Converting and playing back 2D images as 3D You can connect this unit to 3D compatible TV, convert the scene/still picture recorded in 2D (conventional image) to 3D and play back. ¬ Change the mode to and touch the play mode select icon. T hen, select the .
  • Page 99: Copy/Dubbing

    Copy/Dubbing Copying between SD card and Built-in Memory [HC-V500M] Motion pictures or still pictures recorded with this unit can be copied between an SD card inserted in this unit and a built-in memory. ∫ Check the used space of the copy destination It is possible to check the used space of the SD card or built-in memory by [MEDIA STATUS].
  • Page 100 Touch desired items following the screen display. ≥ It will return to the previous step by touching ≥ (When [SELECT SCENES] is selected) When touched, the scene/still picture is selected and the indication appears on the thumbnail. Touch the scene/still picture again to cancel the operation. ≥...
  • Page 101: Connecting A Dvd Burner To Copy To/ Play Back A Disc

    ≥ iFrame and MP4 scenes cannot be copied to disc. Copy to PC to make a backup. (l 111) Preparing for copying/playing back We recommend using Panasonic DVD burner VW-BN01. ∫ About discs that can be used for copying Disc type...
  • Page 102 Connect the AC adaptor (supplied with DVD burner) to the DVD burner. ≥ You cannot supply power to the DVD burner from this unit. Connect this unit to the AC adaptor and change the mode to Connect this unit to the DVD burner with the USB Connection Cable (supplied with DVD burner).
  • Page 103: Copying To Discs

    Copying to discs ≥ You cannot copy from multiple SD cards to 1 disc. (You can additionally copy only to a DVD-RAM.) ≥ You cannot copy motion pictures together with still pictures or motion pictures in a different picture quality (AVCHD picture quality and conventional normal picture quality) to the same disc. ≥...
  • Page 104: Important Notice

    Before you delete the data on the media after copying is complete, be sure to play back the discs to check that they have been copied to correctly. (l 105) Important Notice ≥ When connecting an optional DVD burner and this unit for copying a disc, do not insert a disc with recorded motion pictures in high definition picture quality into devices that do not support the AVCHD format.
  • Page 105: Playing Back The Copied Disc

    ≥ The disc that was copied to can be played back by connecting this unit and a DVD burner. ≥ Do not turn off this unit or the DVD burner or disconnect the USB Connection Cable while copying. Also, do not shake this unit or the DVD burner. ≥...
  • Page 106: Managing The Copied Disc

    Managing the copied disc ≥ Connect this unit to the DVD burner and then touch [PLAY DISC]. (l 102) ∫ Formatting discs This is for initialising DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and +RW discs. Please be aware that if a disc is formatted, then all the data recorded on the disc will be erased.
  • Page 107: Dubbing With A Blu-Ray Disc Recorder, Video Device, Etc

    Copy/Dubbing Dubbing with a Blu-ray disc recorder, video device, etc. ∫ Check before dubbing Check the equipment used for dubbing. Equipment used Dubbing picture quality To dub for dubbing Equipment with High-definition picture Insert the SD card SD card slot quality* directly (l 108) Equipment with...
  • Page 108 Dubbing in high-definition picture quality You can dub using a Panasonic Blu-ray disc recorder or high-definition (AVCHD) compatible DVD recorder. ≥ Depending on the recorders or the media to be copied to, you may not be able to copy in high-definition (AVCHD) picture quality. For further details, see the operating instructions of your recorder.
  • Page 109 ≥ Do not use any other USB cables except the supplied one. (Operation is not guaranteed with any other USB cables.) ≥ When this unit is connected to a Panasonic Blu-ray disc recorder or a DVD recorder using a USB cable while the unit is turned on, power is also supplied from the connected equipment to this unit.
  • Page 110: Dubbing In Standard Picture Quality

    Dubbing in standard picture quality ∫ Dubbing using equipment without an SD card slot or a USB terminal, or using a video device You can dub by connecting an AV multi cable. ≥ Images are dubbed in standard quality. ≥ Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. Change the video input on the video device and TV that this unit is connected to.
  • Page 111: With A Pc

    With a PC What you can do with a PC HD Writer AE 4.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media like Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer AE 4.0, the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer AE 4.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Page 112 ≥ Motion pictures that have been recorded on another device cannot be written to the software supplied with this unit. To write motion picture data recorded with the Panasonic High Definition Video Camera sold previously, use the HD Writer supplied with the unit.
  • Page 113: End User License Agreement

    Software, except as warrant that the operation of the Software expressly provided for in this Agreement. will be uninterrupted or error free. Panasonic or any of its distributors will not be liable for Article 3 Restrictions on Copying the...
  • Page 114 Article 9 With regard to MICROSOFT SQL SERVER COMPACT 3.5 produced by Microsoft Corporation (1) Licensee shall use the MICROSOFT SQL SERVER COMPACT 3.5 only when included in the Software, and shall not use the MICROSOFT SQL SERVER COMPACT 3.5 in any other configuration or method. Licensee shall not publish the MICROSOFT SQL SERVER COMPACT 3.5 or work around any technical limitations in the...
  • Page 115: Operating Environment

    With a PC Operating environment ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some PCs cannot be used. ≥ A CD-ROM drive is necessary to install the supplied software applications. (A compatible Blu-ray disc/DVD writer drive and media are necessary for writing to a Blu-ray disc/DVD.) ≥...
  • Page 116 Free hard disk Ultra DMA — 100 or more drive space 450 MB or more (for installing the software) ≥ When writing to a DVD/Blu-ray disc/SD, more than double the amount of free space as the disc being created is necessary. Sound DirectSound Support Interface...
  • Page 117 ∫ Operating environment for the card reader function (mass storage) IBM PC/AT compatible PC Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) or SP1 Windows Vista (32 bit) (SP2) Windows XP (32 bit) (SP3) Windows 7/Windows Vista: 1 GHz or higher 32-bit (k86) or 64-bit (k64) processor (including compatible CPU) Windows XP: Intel Pentium 450 MHz or higher or Intel Celeron 400 MHz or higher...
  • Page 118: Installation

    ≥ If Windows 7 is in use, or the following screen is not displayed automatically, select [Start] # [Computer] (or double-click on [Computer] on the desktop), and then double-click [Panasonic]. Click [Yes]. ≥ Operate following the instruction on the screen.
  • Page 119: Connecting To A Pc

    ≥ When performing reading/writing between a PC and an SD card, be aware that some SD card slots built into PCs and some SD card readers are not compatible with the SDHC Memory Card or SDXC Memory Card. ≥ When using an SDXC Memory Card, check the following support site. VQT3W38...
  • Page 120: To Disconnect Usb Cable Safely

    SD card or built-in memory.) ∫ Charging the battery by connecting it to different devices When using the battery, if you turn off the unit and connect it to a PC, Panasonic Blu-ray disc recorder or Panasonic DVD recorder, the battery will charge.
  • Page 121: About The Pc Display

    About the PC display When the unit is connected to a PC, it is recognised as an external drive. ≥ Removable disk (Example: ) is displayed in [Computer]. The following data will be recorded. We recommend using HD Writer AE 4.0 to 1 Up to 999 still pictures in JPEG copy motion picture data.
  • Page 122: Starting Hd Writer Ae 4.0

    The software cannot be used with the user name for a guest account. (On the PC) Select [Start] # [All Programs] # [Panasonic] # [HD Writer AE 4.0] # [HD Writer AE]. ≥ For details on how to use the software applications, read the PDF operating instructions of the software.
  • Page 123: If Using Mac

    ≥ iMovie’11 is not compatible with 1080/50p. 1080/50p scenes cannot be imported to a Mac. j For users who have , it cannot acquire the scenes recorded in 1080/50p. HC-V500 Record in normal recording mode when importing to Mac. j For users who have...
  • Page 124: Indications

    Others Indications only HC-V500M ∫ Recording indications Motion Picture Recording Mode Still Picture Recording Mode 0h00m00s 1h30m 1h30m R 3000 R 1h20m MEGA PRE-REC 1/100 1/100 OPEN OPEN 12:34 12:34 15. 11. 2012 15. 11. 2012 R 1h20m Remaining time for motion picture recording (l 24) Relay Recording (l 57) Intelligent Auto Mode (l 29)
  • Page 125 PRE-REC (l 50) Display Touch Menu (l 20) PRE-REC Zoom Microphone (l 62) Backlight Compensation (l 53) Wind Noise Canceller (l 62) Tele Macro (l 53) Picture Adjustment (l 64) Intelligent Contrast Control Digital Cinema Colour (l 61) (l 50) AF/AE tracking (l 47) Microphone Level (l 63) Touch Zoom (l 46)
  • Page 126 ∫ Playback indications ∫ Indication of connection to other devices /7/8/9/:/ 1/;/5/ D/E/;1/2; Accessing the card (l 109, 120) Display during playback (l 31, 72) Accessing the built-in memory 0h00m00s Playback Time (l 31) (l 109, 120) No.10 Scene Number ∫...
  • Page 127: Messages

    ≥ Use a battery that is compatible with this unit. (l 13) If using a Panasonic battery compatible with this unit, remove the battery and then insert it again. If the message appears even after repeating this several times, this unit needs repair.
  • Page 128: About Recovery

    About recovery If faulty management information is found, the messages may appear and a repair is performed. (Repairing may take time depending on the error.) is displayed when abnormal management information is detected when the scenes ≥ are displayed in thumbnail. To perform the repair, touch the scene with in the thumbnail, and start the playback.
  • Page 129: Troubleshooting

    Others Troubleshooting ∫ It is not a malfunction in following cases A clicking sound is ≥ This is the sound of the lens moving and is not a defect. heard when the unit is This sound will no longer be heard when the unit is turned shaken.
  • Page 130 Power Problem Check points This unit cannot be ≥ Remove the battery or AC adaptor, wait about 1 minute operated though it is and then reconnect the battery or AC adaptor. Then turned on. about 1 minute later, turn on the unit again. (Conducting the above operation while the media is being accessed This unit does not may damage the data on the media.)
  • Page 131 Recording Problem Check points The unit arbitrarily stops ≥ Use an SD card that can be used for motion picture recording. recording. (l 16) ≥ The recordable time may have shortened due to the deterioration of the data writing speed or repeated recording and deletion.
  • Page 132 Playback Problem Check points Scenes/still pictures ≥ Any scenes/still pictures where the thumbnails are cannot be played back. displayed as cannot be played back. Scenes cannot be ≥ Release the protect setting. (l 89) deleted. ≥ Any scenes/still pictures where the thumbnails are displayed as cannot be deleted.
  • Page 133 With other products Problem Check points Although this unit is ≥ Please read the operating instructions of your TV and correctly connected to a select the channel that matches the input used for the TV, images cannot be connection. seen. ≥...
  • Page 134 With a PC Problem Check points When connected by the ≥ After re-inserting the SD card into the unit, reconnect the USB cable, this unit is supplied USB cable. not detected by the PC. ≥ Select another USB terminal on the PC. ≥...
  • Page 135 ∫ If AVCHD scenes do not change smoothly when played back on another device The images may be still for several seconds at the joins between the scenes if the following operations are performed when multiple scenes have been continuously played back using another unit.
  • Page 136: Cautions For Use

    Others Cautions for use use the cords and the cables supplied About this unit with them. Do not extend the cords and the cables. Do not spray insecticides or volatile The unit and the SD card become chemicals onto the unit. warm during use.
  • Page 137: About The Battery

    ≥ Dust and other matter attached to the battery terminals should be removed. ≥ Please look after the data in your built-in memory carefully. Panasonic will not be held responsible in the unlikely case that private data is divulged. VQT3W38...
  • Page 138: About The Ac Adaptor

    Prepare spare batteries when going out About status indicator during for recording. charging ≥ Prepare batteries enough to last for 3 to 4 times the period you are planning to When the status indicator is flashing at a record for. Cold places such as a ski resort particularly fast or slow rate, the can shorten recording time.
  • Page 139 SD card. ≥ Continuing to view may cause illness. HC-V500 ≥ Please rest appropriately after stopping To physically format the SD card, connect the viewing.
  • Page 140: Lcd Monitor

    It should be noted before use that LCD monitor will be slightly darker than Panasonic does not accept any usual immediately after the unit is turned responsibility for direct or indirect on.
  • Page 141: About Condensation

    About condensation When condensation forms on the unit, the lens will cloud up and the unit may not work properly. Make every effort to ensure that condensation does not form. If it does form, take the actions described below. Causes of condensation Condensation takes place when the ambient temperature or humidity is changed as follows.
  • Page 142: About Copyright

    ≥ “AVCHD”, “AVCHD Progressive” and the non-commercial use of a consumer to (i) “AVCHD Progressive” logo are trademarks encode video in compliance with the AVC of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Standard (“AVC Video”) and/or (ii) decode Corporation. AVC Video that was encoded by a consumer ≥...
  • Page 143: Recording Modes/Approximate Recordable Time

    Others Recording modes/approximate recordable time ≥ SD cards are only mentioned with their main memory size. The stated times are the approximate recordable times for continuous recording. [1080/50i] Recording mode [1080/50p] [HA] [HG] [HX] [HE] Picture size/ 1920k1080/ 1920k1080/ 1920k1080/ 1920k1080/ 1920k1080/ Frame rate...
  • Page 144: Approximate Number Of Recordable Pictures

    Others Approximate number of recordable pictures ≥ SD cards are only mentioned with their main memory size. The stated number is the approximate number of recordable pictures. Picture size 1856k1392 640k480 2064k1376 Aspect ratio 4 GB 2500 28000 2300 SD card 16 GB 10500 118000...
  • Page 145: Optional Accessories

    Others Optional accessories Product numbers correct as of Jan. 2012. These may be subject to change. Some optional accessories may not be available in some countries. Battery charger (VW-BC10EB) Battery pack (lithium/VW-VBK180) Battery pack (lithium/VW-VBK360) HDMI mini cable (RP-CDHM15, RP-CDHM30) Video DC light (VW-LDC103E) Light bulb for video DC light (VZ-LL10E) Shoe adaptor (VW-SK12E)
  • Page 146: Specifications

    Others Specifications High Definition Video Camera Information for your safety Power source: DC 5.0 V (When using AC adaptor) DC 3.6 V (When using battery) Power consumption: Recording; Charging; 5.7 W 7.7 W Motion picture recording format: [AVCHD]; AVCHD format version 2.0 compliant (AVCHD Progressive) [iFrame];...
  • Page 147 Lens: Auto Iris, 38k optical zoom, F1.8 to F4.2 Focal length; 2.35 mm to 89.3 mm Macro (Full range AF) 35 mm equivalent; Motion picture; 32.4 mm to 1345 mm (16:9) Still picture; 40.7 mm to 1547 mm (4:3), 37.3 mm to 1419 mm (3:2), 32.4 mm to 1345 mm (16:9) Minimum focus distance;...
  • Page 148 Battery charging function (Charges from USB terminal when the main unit is off) Photo light: Available range; approx. 1.2 m Dimensions: 52.5 mm (W)k65 mm (H)k119.5 mm (D) (including projecting parts) Mass: HC-V500 Approx. 227 [without battery (supplied) and an SD card (optional)] HC-V500M Approx. 228 [without battery (supplied)] Mass in operation: HC-V500 Approx.
  • Page 149 AC adaptor Information for your safety VSK0781: Power source: AC 110 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 12 W DC output: DC 5.0 V, 1.6 A Dimensions: 49 mm (W)k24 mm (H)k79 mm (D) Mass: Approx. 91 VSK0712: Power source: AC 110 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption:...
  • Page 150: Index

    Index ∫ Numerics .....56 Digital zoom ....73 Direct playback .
  • Page 151 ......34 ....67 Menu Shutter sound .
  • Page 152 Pursuant to at the directive 2004/108/EC, article 9(2) Panasonic Testing Centre Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH Winsbergring 15, 22525 Hamburg, Germany Panasonic Corporation Web site: VQT3W38 © Panasonic Corporation 2012 F0112KE0...

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