DZ-HS500A Instruction manual To obtain the best performance and ensure years of trouble-free use, please read this entire instruction manual. Mode d’emploi Des performances optimales et un fonctionnement à long terme seront assurés en appliquant les présentes instructions après avoir entièrement lu ce mode d’emploi.
Important Information For Your Safety The power switch turns the DVD video camera/recorder on and off, leaving the date/time feature unaffected. If the camera/recorder is to be left unattended for a long period of time, turn it off. WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
Warning: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In addition to the careful attention devoted to quality standards in the manufacture of your video product, safety is a major factor in the design of every instrument. But, safety is your responsibility too. This page lists important information that will help to assure your enjoyment and proper use of DVD video camera/ recorder and accessory equipment.
• If you so, recording, playback or dubbing may not be possible. Please note in advance that Hitachi will not accept any liability or make compensation for loss of data, or direct or indirect damage when recording or playback is not performed normally due to a fault in this DVD video camera/recorder.
Liquid crystal display (LCD) and viewfinder: • The LCD screen and viewfinder are the products of highly precise technology. Among the total number of pixels (approx. 120,000 pixels for LCD monitor and equivalent to approx. 200,000 pixels for viewfinder), 0.01% or less pixels may be missing (black dots) or may remain lit as colored dots (red, blue, green).
• Using 8 cm CD lens cleaner could cause this DVD video camera/recorder to be faulty. • If you have to clean the lens, use a Hitachi Maxell cleaner that is exclusively for 8 cm DVD discs. Be careful of moisture condensation: •...
Do not turn the DVD video camera/recorder off while the ACCESS/PC indicator or CARD ACCESS indicator is lit or blinking: • The ACCESS/PC or CARD ACCESS indicator is lit or blinking to show that data is being written to disc or card, or being read from it.
Cautions When Storing Do not leave the DVD video camera/recorder in a place where the temperature is very high for a long period of time: • The temperature inside a closed vehicle or trunk can become very high in a hot season. If you leave the DVD video camera/recorder in such a place, it could malfunction or the case could be damaged.
CLEANING Be sure to set the power switch to “OFF” before cleaning this DVD video camera/recorder. ●Cleaning LCD screen and camera lens Use dry, soft cloth to wipe dirt off. When cleaning the LCD screen, be careful not to use force, scratch it, or subject it to impact: Doing such could cause a defect in the screen, result in display unevenness, or damage the LCD...
(generally available) to completely delete the data on it. It is user’s responsibility to control the data on disc and memory card. • Hitachi will not accept any responsibility for leaking of personal data. Read This First To guide you, we have included following five chapters.
About This Manual ●Displays in this manual Understand that the displays are different from those you will actually see in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. ●Notation of cancel button Press the STOP/EXIT button to stop your operation midway, or return the menu screen to the preceding one.
Introduction ●Recording is possible on both HDD and DVD: In FINE mode, recording for up to 11 hours is possible on HDD; up to 30 minutes on DVD (p. 41, 155). ●Dubbing to an 8 cm DVD can be performed on this DVD video camera/recorder using only one button: Simple dubbing without a DVD recorder or PC (p.
Table of Contents Important Information... 2 For Your Safety... 2 Precautions... 2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS... 4 Cautions on HDD... 5 Cautions When Using ... 5 Cautions When Storing... 9 Suggestions and Restrictions ... 9 CLEANING ... 10 HANDLING DISCS ... 10 DISC CLEANING...
ADJUSTING COLOR (WHITE BALANCE)... 58 USING THE ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER (EIS)... 60 RECORDING SUBJECT USING LARGE MAGNIFICATION (DIGITAL ZOOM) ... 60 REDUCING WIND NOISE DURING RECORDING (MIC.FILTER) ... 60 Setting Up Record Functions ...61 SWITCHING MOVIE QUALITY (VIDEO MODE) ... 61 SETTING TO WIDE TV SCREEN MODE (16:9 MODE)...
ADDITIONALLY RECORDING ON FINALIZED DVD-RW (VF-MODE)/+RW (UNFINALIZE DVD)... 109 Others ... 110 DISPLAYING DUBBED/UNDUBBED SCENES IN LIST (CATEGORY)... 110 DISPLAYING MOVIES OR STILLS INDEPENDENTLY (CATEGORY) ... 110 PLAYING BACK SCENES REPEATEDLY (REPEAT PLAY)... 111 PLAYING BACK WIDE-MODE IMAGES ON 4:3 DISPLAY TV (TV TYPE)...
Checking Provided Accessories Make sure that you have all the following accessories in package: Battery (model DZ-BP07PW): Portable power supply for this DVD video camera/recorder. Charge it before use. Power cable: Connect between household AC outlet and AC adapter/charger. Lens cap and lens cap string: Attach the lens cap when not recording, to protect the lens.
Names of Parts (Inside the cover) 1 Hand strap attachment bracket (p. 22) 2 Stereo microphone Take care that the microphone is not blocked by a hand, etc., during recording. 3 Recording indicator (p. 35, 41, 65) The red indicator will light during recording. 4 Optical 30×...
9 Viewfinder (p. 32) 10 Diopter control (p. 32) To adjust the focus of image appearing in the viewfinder. (Pull out the viewfinder.) 11 SLEEP/RESTART button (p. 43) To switch the sleep/restart status between ON and OFF. 12 ACCESS/PC indicator (p. 8, 41) Will blink or light when the HDD/DVD is accessed (write or read), or the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to a PC.
22 FULL AUTO button (p. 56) To switch the DVD video camera /recorder to full automatic. 23 FOCUS button (p. 53) To switch between manual focus and auto- focus. 24 MENU button (p. 33, 49, 86) Press this button to display the menu for setting camera functions and Disc Navigation.
Setups This section explains preparations for recording – setting up the DVD video camera/recorder and battery. Demonstration Function This DVD video camera/recorder is equipped with a demonstration function. The default at purchase time is “Auto”, which will automatically start the demonstration approx. ten minutes after the DVD video camera/recorder, connected to the AC adapter/charger, is turned on and left unoperated.
ATTACHING LENS CAP Attach the shorter end of lens cap string to the lens cap. Attach the longer end of lens cap string to the hand strap of DVD video camera/recorder. Push the both sides of cap inward and attach it over the lens.
HDD/DVD/Cards The following table lists the storage media (discs and cards) that can be used on this DVD video camera/recorder and the functions which are available with them: Function To record video (p. 41) To record photo (p. 42) To dub on DVD (p. 80) To delete image just recorded (p.
EXAMPLES OF DISCS THAT CANNOT BE USED ON THIS DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER • CD • CD-R • CD-RW • CD-ROM • DVD-ROM • DVD-Video • DVD-R (4.7 GB) for Authoring Ver. 2.0 AVAILABLE CARDS SD memory cards can be used on this DVD video camera/recorder (incompatible with 2 GB).
Preparations for Power Supply USING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER WITH AC ADAPTER/CHARGER It is recommended that you use the AC adapter/charger to power the DVD video camera/recorder from household AC outlet when you perform settings on it, play back or edit images, or use it indoors.
Setting Up the Battery The DZ-BP07PW battery (provided) has not been charged at purchase time: Charge it before using the DVD video camera/recorder. Note • Be sure to use the DZ-BP07PW, DZ-BP14SW (optional) or DZ-BP7SW (optional) battery for the DVD video camera/recorder: Using other batteries could cause the DVD video camera/recorder to malfunction, or result in fire.
●Battery charged status You can find out the charged status of battery by checking the CHARGE indicator on AC adapter/ charger: Charge status During charge Charge complete Note See “Troubleshooting” on page 145 when the CHARGE indicator blinks. ●Reference for time required to charge battery (at approx. 77ºF (25ºC)) DZ-BP07PW (provided)/DZ-BP7SW (optional): Approx.
●Continuously recordable time with fully charged battery (with no zoom operation, etc.) See the following table as a reference for how long the DVD video camera/recorder can continuously be used with a fully charged battery: With DZ-BP07PW (provided)/DZ-BP7SW (optional) Video mode When using viewfinder XTRA When using LCD monitor...
BATTERY REMAINING LEVEL INDICATOR When the battery is used to power the DVD video camera/recorder, the battery remaining level appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen as follows: Fully charged White portion shows remaining level EFFICIENT USE OF BATTERY •...
Turning DVD Video Camera/Recorder On and While holding down the gray button at the right of power switch, set the switch according to each recording function: Set to “OFF”: The DVD video camera/ recorder will turn off Set to “SD”: To record photos on an SD memory card and play them back...
Viewing Images VIEWING IMAGE ON LCD MONITOR SCREEN If you open the LCD monitor, you can monitor subject image on the LCD screen. Open the LCD monitor. The LCD monitor has a portion where you can hook your finger. Hook the finger there to open the monitor.
Setting Date and Time Set the current date and time so that the date and time you make a recording can be recorded correctly. The following procedure can also be used to correct the date and time you have already set. Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c buttons to choose “Date Set”...
Initial Settings Press the MENU button, and then use f/e/d/c/A buttons to display the “Initial Setup” menu screen. See page 49 for detailed operation procedure. Press the MENU button again to exit setting. SWITCHING OPERATING SOUND ON OR OFF (BEEP) Select “On”...
RESETTING MENU SETTINGS TO DEFAULTS (RESET) You can restore menu settings to defaults (initial settings at the factory (p. 152)). (Note, however, that the date/time will not be reset.) Choose “Reset” on the “Initial Setup” menu screen, and then press the A button.
LCD/EVF Setup ADJUSTING BRIGHTNESS OF LCD SCREEN (LCD BRIGHTNESS) AND VIEWFINDER (EVF BRIGHTNESS) Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c/A buttons to choose “LCD/EVF Adjust” on the “LCD/EVF Setup” menu screen, and then choose “LCD Brightness”or “EVF Brightness”. The brightness adjustment bar will appear on the screen.
ADJUSTING COLOR DENSITY (COLOR LEVEL) You can adjust the color density of the LCD monitor screen and viewfinder. Press the MENU button, use the f/ e/d/c/A buttons to choose ENTER “LCD/EVF Adjust” on the “LCD/EVF Setup” menu screen, and then choose “Color Level”.
Inserting and Removing Disc Set the power switch to “DVD” or “OFF” . When the power switch is set to “HDD” or “SD”, the cover of disc insertion block will not open. When “Please insert DVD.” appears during dubbing, however, the cover of disc insertion block will open even when the power switch is set to “HDD”...
Note • If the cover of disc insertion block is open, the ACCESS/PC indicator will blink when an image is displayed on the LCD monitor screen: In this case, the DVD video camera/recorder will not turn off even if the power switch is set to “OFF”. If the cover remains open after a while, the DVD video camera/recorder will automatically turn off.
Inserting and Removing Card Open the LCD monitor. Turn the DVD video camera/recorder off. Open the cover of card insertion block. Inserting Card: Insert card with its terminal inward until it locks. Removing Card: Push the center of card edge. The card will come out so that it can be held by fingers.
(see page 8). • The minimum recordable time of movie is approximately 3 seconds. • Hitachi cannot be responsible for video and audio that cannot be recorded or edited because of any defect. • Each time the DVD video camera/recorder enters the recording pause status, the counter display will be reset to “00:00:00”.
Recording Stills Note Recording of still images is possible on card. PHOTO/SELECT CARD ACCESS indicator Remove the lens cap, and then point the DVD video camera/recorder at subject. Turn the DVD camera/recorder on. Set the power switch to “SD”. After the CARD ACCESS indicator goes out, perform the subsequent operation: Check the subject on the screen (viewfinder or LCD).
Swift Restart of Recording (SLEEP/RESTART button) If you press the SLEEP/RESTART button while in the recording pause status instead of turning the DVD video camera/recorder off, the status that recording is possible will be restored in approx. 1.5 seconds. Setting to the sleep/restart standby status: Press the SLEEP/RESTART button in the recording pause status.
On-Screen Information Various types of information will appear in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen during recording. INFORMATION DISPLAY DURING RECORDING See the next page for details. e 2. Program AE 3. White balance n 4. EIS 5. Backlight compensation 6.
1. Recording mode (p. 41, 42, 65) : Movie (HDD/DVD) : Still (Card) : External input still (field) (Card) : External input still (frame) (Card) 2. Program AE (only in movie recording mode) (p. 57) No display : Auto : Sports : Portrait : Spotlight : Sand &...
: DVD-R already finalized on this DVD video camera/recorder : DVD-R finalized on a device other than this DVD video camera/ recorder (including a DVD-R recorded on a Hitachi DVD video camera/recorder marketed before DZ-HS500A, but not finalized) : +RW : Finalized +RW...
●Switching the information display mode You can switch the display mode of on-screen information: Press the DISPLAY button. The full and minimum display modes will alternate. • Full display mode: All types of information will appear. • Minimum display mode: The recording mode (see 1 on page 44) and recording status (see 10 on page 44) will appear.
●Interpreting symbols on LCD screen when recording with the screen facing the same direction as the lens Screen display symbol • Status in which recording is not possible on HDD. • An attempt to record a photo on HDD was made. •...
Checking Flow of Menu The following two on-screen menu modes are available with this DVD video camera/recorder: • Full Menu: To display all menu items for experts • Quick Menu: To display only the fundamental menu items for first timers ●Operating Menu The Full Menu will appear if you press the MENU button.
●Flow of Full Menu ■ The shaded menu item can also be set using the Quick Menu. Refer to page indicated for details of each function. Camera Functions Setup Not displayed when external input is being selected. Came r a F u n c t i o n s Se t up P r o g r am AE A u t o Wh i t e Ba l .
Zooming If you continue to hold the zoom lever on the “T” control side with Dig. Zoom specified, the digital zoom will be activated midway (when optical 30-power is exceeded). You can zoom up to 1500-power. W: recording wide area (wide-angle) T: recording enlarged image (telephoto)
RECORDING SUBJECTS FOR STRONGER WIDE-ANGLE OR TELEPHOTO EFFECT Use the tele-conversion lens or wide-conversion lens with the following filter diameter and thread pitch to record subjects for stronger telephoto or wide-angle effect: Filter diameter: 34 mm Thread pitch: 0.5 mm When attaching the optional DZ-TL1 tele-conversion lens or DZ-WL1 wide-conversion lens, use the optional step-up ring: DZ-SR3437 (see page 137).
Manually Focusing Subject The DVD video camera/recorder usually focuses on a subject automatically (autofocus). You can also manually focus a subject depending on the recording conditions. FOCUSING DURING RECORDING Normally, the DVD video camera/recorder automatically focuses the subject (autofocus), but you can also manually focus a subject, depending on the recording conditions (manual focus).
Manually focus the following objects, which may not be automatically focused (see page 53): Objects not in the center of screen Objects moving rapidly Object behind glass with water droplets, dirt on it Objects with little variation in brightness, such as white wall Objects lit by neon sign,...
Adjusting Brightness of Image to be recorded (Exposure) The DVD video camera/recorder usually adjusts the exposure automatically. You can also manually adjust the exposure depending on the recording conditions. Press the EXPOSURE button during recording. The exposure adjustment bar will appear on the screen.
Using Full Auto Function Pressing the FULL AUTO button will fully automate the camera functions. Press the FULL AUTO button. “FULL AUTO” will be displayed on the screen of DVD video camera/recorder for several seconds. The following settings will reset to defaults: When setting Function full auto...
Setting Up Camera Functions • See page 49 for how to set. Before You Begin • No menu screen appears with external input. SELECTING SHOOTING MODE TO MATCH THE SUBJECT (SWITCHING PROGRAM AE MODE) This DVD video camera/recorder automatically detects the status of subject and surrounding situation and records the optimum image: If you choose the shooting mode to match the recording conditions, clearer images will be recorded.
RECORDING DARK SUBJECTS USING LCD MONITOR LIGHT When Program AE is set to Low Light, you can use the light from LCD monitor to record a subject. Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c buttons to choose “Program AE” on the “Camera Functions Setup”...
Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c buttons to choose “White Bal.” on the “Camera Functions Setup” menu screen, and then press the A button. Choose the desired option, and then press the A button. Press the MENU button to end the setting. ●Setting white balance manually Point the DVD video camera/...
USING THE ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER (EIS) When you use zoom (see page 51) to record a magnified subject image, it will correct fuzziness in the recorded image. Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c buttons to choose “EIS” on the “Camera Functions Setup”...
Setting Up Record Functions SWITCHING MOVIE QUALITY (VIDEO MODE) Choose the movie quality from “XTRA”, “FINE”, “STD”. It is recommended that you record critical subjects in the “XTRA” or “FINE” mode. Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c/A buttons to choose “VIDEO Mode”...
SETTING TO WIDE TV SCREEN MODE (16:9 MODE) When viewing recorded images later on a wide-screen TV (aspect ratio 16:9), specify wide-screen (16:9) mode “On”: You can also record images with the aspect ratio changed (the aspect ratio with “Off” is 4:3). The following figures compare the images displayed on LCD monitor and in viewfinder when the wide-screen mode is “on”...
An image recorded with “16:9 On” specified will appear as follows: Display on LCD monitor screen Images recorded with “16:9 Off” specified will appear as follows: Display on LCD monitor screen Note • The 16:9 setting will be kept even after the DVD video camera/recorder is turned off. •...
SWITCHING QUALITY OF STILL IMAGE (QUALITY) You can switch the still recording quality. It is recommended that you use “FINE” when recording vital images (p. 156 “Size And Quality Of Photos”). Press the MENU button, use the f/e/ d/c/A buttons to choose “Quality” on the “Record Functions Setup”...
SWITCHING EXTERNAL INPUT RECORDING METHOD (PHOTO INPUT) When “Input Source: LINE” is specified, you can record stills of externally input images on a card. The DVD video camera/recorder can record an external image with little movement by specifying “Frame”, but “Field” is recommended for recording image with movement. Recording format Does not suit recording of frequently moving video...
SETTING ON-SCREEN DISPLAY OUTPUT ON OR OFF (OSD OUTPUT) If you connect this DVD video camera/recorder to a TV to view images on TV screen, you can switch off the on-screen information (displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen) from the TV screen.
Disc Navigation Using Disc Navigation STARTING OR TERMINATING DISC NAVIGATION Disc Navigation is a tool for editing scenes recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder. Here is an explanation on “scene” and “program”, so that you will be able to make most use of Disc Navigation function.
REC button again. Photo (still) ... “One scene” refers to a single photo recording by pressing the PHOTO/SELECT button. *2 Icon displayed on a photo recorded on a DVD-RAM using a Hitachi DVD video camera/recorder that can record photos on a DVD-RAM.
PLAYING BACK FROM DISC NAVIGATION SCREEN Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the f/e/d/c buttons to select the desired scene. The selected scene will be framed: This is called a “cursor”. Press the A button. Playback will start from the selected scene. ADJUSTING VOLUME DURING PLAYBACK If the LCD monitor is open during playback of movie, playback sound will be heard from the speaker.
• Insert a disc or card recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder to play Before You Begin back scenes on it. (p. 41, 42). • Turn the DVD video camera/recorder on (p. 31). PLAYING BACK LATEST RECORDED SCENE Playing Back Press the A button in the recording pause status.
CAPTURING PHOTO You can record an image displayed during playback of video as a photo on a card. Press the MENU button at a scene you wish to capture during playback. Choose “Edit”, “PHOTO Capture”, and then press the A button. The screen for verifying capture will appear.
SKIP PLAYBACK OF MOVIE During playback, press the f or e button to locate the start of desired scene. Press e once: To skip to the first image of the scene following the one being played back, and start playback. Press f once: To return to the first image of the scene being played back, and start playback.
JUMPING TO SPECIFIED POINT (GO TO) Press the MENU button during playback. Choose the option ENTER (point you want to go to), and then press the A button. ●Specifying the point to view Choose “Specify” in step 2 above, and then press the A button.
INFORMATION DISPLAY DURING PLAYBACK Various types of information on recording will be superimposed on playback image you are viewing. No display ●Switching the information display mode Press the DISPLAY button: You can switch the display mode of on-screen information. When using HDD/DVD: Recording mode Scene No.
SELECTING MULTIPLE SCENES Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the f/e/d/c buttons to select the desired scene. Press the PHOTO/SELECT button once: The selected scene will be framed in red and yellow. SELECTING CONSECUTIVE SCENES TOGETHER Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the f/e/d/ A l l P r ogr ams c buttons to point the...
FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE WITH DISC NAVIGATION The Disc Navigation mode will allow a variety of further operations. Functions Available with Disc Navigation Available function Editing of scenes ● ● ● Setting special ● ● ● effects to scenes Copy from disc to ●...
UNDERSTANDING FLOW OF DISC NAVIGATION MENU Press the MENU button on the Disc Navigation screen: The menu screens for Disc Navigation and menu screens for HDD/DVD/Card will appear. Shaded items will also appear in Quick Menu display mode (see page 49). Refer to pages indicated for details of settings.
●When using DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) Scene Edit (p. 85) Effect (p. 88) Copy* (p. 91) Select (p. 93) Detail (p. 94) DVD-RAM only Play list Select (p. 99) Play (p. 99) Create (p. 98) Edit (p. 100 – 103) Title (p. 104) Delete (p.
●When using DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R/+RW Scene Select (p. 93) Detail (p. 94) Program Select (p. 95) Play (p. 96) Go To (p. 105) (p. 105) Others Repeat Play TV type ●When using card Scene Delete (p. 85) Lock (p. 92) Select (p.
Dubbing on DVD This DVD video camera/recorder allows you to choose the desired method when dubbing images recorded on HDD to a DVD: “New”: To dub scenes recorded on HDD to a DVD, without dubbed marks appearing, beginning with the first scene without dubbed mark. “Date”: To dub scenes recorded on HDD on the same date to a DVD, beginning with the first scene.
(VF-mode)/DVD-R/+RW, the scene before the division will be dubbed. • Please note in advance that Hitachi will not accept any responsibility for compensation or loss of data, or direct or indirect damage when dubbing is not performed normally due to a fault in this DVD video camera/recorder.
Replace the DVD. If one disc cannot contain all scenes, the screen for verifying DVD replacement will appear. To continue dubbing, press the DISC EJECT button, and then replace the DVD: Dubbing will restart from the scene following. To stop dubbing, press the C (STOP/EXIT) button.
DUBBING ALL SCENES RECORDED ON HDD (DUBBING “ALL”) You can dub all scenes recorded on the HDD to a DVD from the beginning in sequence. If the scenes cannot be included on one DVD, count the capacity size of scenes, and dub the scenes that can be stored on the DVD.
SELECTING SCENES RECORDED ON HDD AND DUBBING THEM (SCENE “SELECT” DUBBING) You can select desired scenes recorded on HDD and dub only those scenes on DVDs. Press the DUBBING button. The Dubbing Menu will appear. You can also display the Dubbing Menu from the Disc Navigation screen: Press the DISC NAVIGATION button, press the MENU button, choose “Scene”, “Dubbing”,...
Scene DELETING SCENES (EDIT – DELETE) You may want to delete unwanted scenes. Scenes on DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R cannot be deleted, and menu item “Delete” will not appear with DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R. When using +RW, no scene can be deleted from the Disc Navigation menu, but the scenes recorded last on it can be deleted (see page 70).
●Editing using submenu Press the MENU button before pressing the A button in step 5 (see page 85): The submenu will appear. Edit Delete ...To delete selected scenes Exit...To restore the Disc Navigation screen Start → Current...To select scenes from the start to the one that the cursor is on Select Current →...
COMBINING MULTIPLE SCENES (EDIT – COMBINE) If you have recorded numerous short scenes, combining them will be facilitated by the use of Disc Navigation. Be sure to select consecutive multiple scenes: When using the HDD or a DVD-RAM, combining scenes is possible only when “Category: All” is specified (p. 110). Stills cannot be combined. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button.
DIRECTING SCENES EFFECTIVELY (EFFECT – FADE) You can add fading to the beginning and/or end of scene. There are three types of special effects: Fade Out Fade In White: Fades in from white screen Fades out to white screen Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Place the cursor on the scene to which fade is to be added.
PLAYING BACK BY SKIPPING SCENES (EFFECT – SKIP) You can specify “Skip” for scenes you do not want to play back: The selected scenes will be skipped. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Place the cursor on the scene to which skip is to be set.
CHANGING IMAGES FOR THUMBNAILS (EFFECT – THUMBNAIL) Normally, the first image of the recorded scene is displayed as a thumbnail: You can choose another image of the scene for thumbnail. If you set a vivid image to thumbnail, you can know what you recorded from a glance at the Disc Navigation screen.
COPYING STILLS ON DVD-RAM TO CARD (COPY) • Set the DVD-RAM (recorded on a Hitachi DVD video camera/recorder that can record photos on a DVD-RAM) that includes the photos you Before You Begin wish to copy, and a card with recordable space, in this DVD video camera/recorder.
LOCKING SCENES ON CARD (LOCK) You can lock each photo recorded on card so that it will not be deleted or edited by mistake. Set the power switch to “SD”. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Place the cursor on the scene to be locked. You can also select multiple scenes (p.
SELECTING SCENES USING MENU SCREEN (SELECT) You can use this “Select” function to select consecutive scenes at one time. This function is useful when there are numerous scenes. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Point the cursor at the first or last scene to be selected: When selecting all scenes, simply proceed with step 3.
*2 This will appear with a DVD-RAM, including photos recorded on a Hitachi DVD video camera/ recorder that has this capability. *3 Not displayed with a DVD-RAM/DVD-RW/DVD-R (finalized) /+RW that was recorded on another device.
Program WHAT IS “PROGRAM”? Program refers to an assembly of scenes recorded on the same date regardless of whether they are movie or still. Scene No. 1 Scene No. 2 9:00AM Movie Movie 10:20AM SWITCHING TO THUMBNAIL DISPLAY OF SPECIFIC DATE (SELECT) Since the scenes recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder are collected as “programs”...
PLAYING BACK PROGRAM (PLAY) You can play back only the selected program. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/c/A buttons to choose “Play” on the “Program” menu screen, and then press the A button. CHANGING TITLE OF PROGRAM (TITLE) The recording date/time has initially been attached to any program.
Note • If you wish to delete the letter for title, press the C button once: The input letter will be deleted. Holding down the C button will delete all letters in the TITLE column. • Pressing the PHOTO/SELECT button on the title setting screen (in step 5) will change the cursor position from the title input bar to character select palette, input mode number, and then to “Cancel”.
Play List WHAT IS “PLAY LIST”? You can create a play list on this DVD video camera/recorder by gathering your favorites from the recorded scenes. Since the play list is not created by copying data, you will consume little of the HDD/DVD capacity by making a play list.
SWITCHING TO DISPLAY OF EACH PLAY LIST (SELECT) Select the desired one of multiple play lists: The Disc Navigation screen of the selected play list will appear. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/c/A buttons to choose “Select”...
ADDING SCENES TO PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/ c/A buttons to choose “Edit” on the “PlayList” menu screen, ENTER and then press the A button. Use the “Edit Playlist” Ed i t P l a y L i s t screen to select the play list to which you wish...
DELETING SCENES FROM PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button, and then press the MENU button. Display the editing screen of the play list to be edited. Perform steps 3 – 4 on page 100. Move the cursor to the play list in lower row, and place the cursor on scene to be deleted.
DELETING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST) You can delete scenes from play list on the editing screen. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button, and then press the MENU button. Display the editing screen of the play list to be edited.
ARRANGING ORDER OF SCENES (MOVE) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/c/A buttons to choose “Select” on the “PlayList” menu screen, and then press the A button. Select the play list to be edited, and then press the A button.
CHANGING TITLE OF PLAY LIST (TITLE) The play lists have serial numbers in the order you have created them, along with the created dates/ times: You can change this title at any time. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/c/A buttons to choose “Title”...
Go To From the Disc Navigation screen, you can jump to the first scene or last scene, and playback will start from that point. MOVING TO BEGINNING (END) OF HDD/DVD/CARD Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. HDD/DVD/Card Management INITIALIZING HDD/DVD/CARD Initializing the HDD, a DVD-RAM/DVD-RW/+RW or card will allow you to delete any recorded contents.
PROTECTION You can protect the HDD and a DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) in order to prevent recorded images from being erased or edited by mistake. Further recording will not be possible on protected disc until the protection is released. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button.
UPDATING CONTROL INFORMATION OF HDD/DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR- MODE) (UPDATE CONTROL INFO.) Disc Navigation in this DVD video camera/recorder handles information on scenes, such as thumbnail, skip, fade, in a particular manner. If you use another device to edit a disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder, and then use the data again with Disc Navigation in this DVD video camera/recorder, the Disc Navigation may not appear normally.
FINALIZING DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW (FINALIZE DVD) • Be sure to use the AC adapter/charger to power the DVD video camera/ recorder when finalizing a DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW. Finalization cannot be Before You Begin executed using a battery. If the DVD video camera/recorder is turned off during finalization and the finalization is interrupted, incorrect finalization will result, and at worst, the disc may be damaged.
ADDITIONALLY RECORDING ON FINALIZED DVD-RW (VF-MODE)/+RW (UNFINALIZE DVD) You can unfinalize the DVD-RW (VF-mode)/+RW finalized on this DVD video camera/recorder so that additional recording can be done on it. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/c/A buttons to choose “Unfinalize DVD”...
DISPLAYING MOVIES OR STILLS INDEPENDENTLY (CATEGORY) If you insert a DVD-RAM that includes photos recorded on a DVD video camera/recorder other than DZ-HS500A, the scenes on the disc will be displayed in the order of recording, regardless of whether they are movies or stills.
PLAYING BACK SCENES REPEATEDLY (REPEAT PLAY) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Use the f/e/d/ c/A buttons to choose “Repeat Play” on the “Others” menu ENTER screen, and then press the A button. Choose “On”, and then press the A button: Playback will start.
Viewing on TV Screen Connecting to a TV CONNECTING TO A TV Use the provided AV/S input/output cable to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to a TV as follows: To AV input/output jack AV/S input/output cable (provided) * If your TV has an S-VIDEO input jack, you can connect the S-VIDEO plug to it. Note •...
VIEWING ON TV SCREEN Turn the TV on and set the input selector to “VCR” whichever applicable Video input. Refer to the TV instruction manual for how to switch the TV input. Turn the DVD video camera/recorder on. The image that the DVD video camera/ recorder is seeing will appear on the TV screen.
Playback on DVD Recorder/Player PLAYING BACK DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-MODE) You can use a DVD recorder or DVD player that conforms to DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) to play back 8 cm DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder. Insert the disc into the DVD recorder/player and play it back.
Recording (Dubbing) Images • Before connecting this DVD video camera/recorder to another device, be sure to turn both devices off. • Insert a recordable disc* (see pages 24 and 25). Before You Begin No photo can be recorded. Only photos can be recorded: No video can be recorded. •...
• If a video signal that cannot be read by this DVD video camera/recorder is present – even in images recorded on camcorder for personal enjoyment without copy-guard signal – the input image may not be recorded normally.
RECORDING (DUBBING) IMAGES ON OTHER VIDEO DEVICES You can record (dub) images played back on this DVD video camera/recorder, on other video devices. Use the AV/S input/output cable (provided) to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to another video device as shown in the following figure: To AV input/output jack AV/S input/output cable (provided)
Connecting to PC Connecting to PC Software Provided You can utilize on PC the videos and photos recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder, using the PC connection cable and software CD-ROM provided, or generally available software. The provided CD-ROM contains the following software for Windows and Macintosh: Windows ImageMixer 3 This allows you to import the images recorded on the DVD video camera/recorder into PC.
Windows XP Professional Edition or higher See the following Websites to fine out whether the provided software can be used on Windows Vista: URL:http://www.pixela.co.jp/oem/hitachi/e/index.html URL: http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/ • Computer: IBM PC/AT compatible, with the above OS preinstalled. ® ® • CPU:...
Installing Software [When using Windows] Turn the PC on. If you have been using the PC, terminate all running software programs. Insert the provided CD-ROM into the CD- ROM drive of PC. The installer will automatically start, and the “Choose setting language” screen will automatically appear.
Choosing video system: The screen for setting the video system will appear, and then click “Next”. Executing installation: The setups for installation are now complete. Click “Install” to execute installation. Important information for customers who use Easy CD Creator 5 made by Roxio Corporation: If ImageMixer 3 provided with this DVD video camera/recorder is installed, Easy CD...
[When using Macintosh] Turn the Macintosh on, and insert the provided CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive of Macintosh. Double-click the DVDHS7S icon displayed on desktop. Double-click the icon of “ImageMixer 3 for DVDCAM.pkg” displayed on screen. The installer will start: Click “Continue”. The “Read Me”...
Connecting to PC via PC Connection Cable Use the provided PC connection cable to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to PC as shown below. To PC connection terminal Note • The PC connection cable does not supply power to the DVD video camera/recorder: Use the AC adapter/charger to power the DVD video camera/recorder.
When connecting the DVD video camera/recorder to PC, the DVD video camera/recorder will be recognized as a drive. The drive will appear on screen as follows: [When using Windows] If the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to PC with its power switch set to “HDD” or “DVD”, it will be recognized as an optical disc drive, and a disc set in the DVD video camera/ recorder can be accessed.
●When removing disc [When using Windows] Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to choose the drive icon of DVD video camera/recorder. → Right-click the mouse. → Choose “Eject”. → The cover of disc insertion block on DVD video camera/recorder will open. Insert another disc and close the cover: The disc will be recognized.
BEFORE TERMINATING PC CONNECTION (UNPLUGGING PC CONNECTION CABLE)/CHANGING OVER POWER SWITCH [When using Windows] Before unplugging the PC connection cable from PC, terminate the application and then click the “Hardware Removal” icon on task tray at the bottom right of Windows screen. Click [When using Macintosh] When removing the DVD video camera/recorder from PC, choose the drive icon of DVD video...
Click Choose the camcorder on the library screen. The library screen shown below will appear. Click the camcorder icon shown on the left of screen: The images recorded on HDD (DVD when DVD is being chosen) will appear. Double-click the thumbnail of scene you wish to play back: Playback of the scene will start on another screen.
CREATING DVD-VIDEO USING IMAGES RECORDED ON HDD/DISC You can use the images recorded on the DVD video camera/recorder to create a disc that can be viewed on DVD recorders/players. * A DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder must be finalized on this DVD video camera/recorder (see page 108).
On the “Importing Device” screen, choose “Hitachi DVDCAM (HDD)” when the power switch is set to “HDD”; and “Hitachi DVDCAM” when the power switch is set to “DVD”. If you wish to change the import device, and continue import, unplug the PC connection cable from the PC, and then change over the power switch (see page 123).
Click “Write” to create a DVD-Video. Clicking “Write” will display the screen for writing. Check “Create disc”, perform setting for write, such as choosing DVD write drive, and then set a blank DVD-RW/DVD-R into the drive. Clicking “Preview” will allow you to check any image of DVD to be created.
USB port of Macintosh. Start ImageMixer 3 for DVDCAM. Choose Hitachi DVDCAM. Click “Hitachi DVDCAM” displayed on the left of screen: The images recorded on HDD (DVD when DVD is being chosen) will appear. Select the scene you wish to play back and click “Playback”.
DVD video camera/recorder, and connect it to the USB port of Macintosh. Start ImageMixer 3 for DVDCAM. Choose Hitachi DVDCAM. Click “Hitachi DVDCAM” displayed on the left of screen: The images recorded on HDD (DVD when DVD is being chosen) will appear.
DVD video camera/recorder (see page 108) before importing the images on it. Start ImageMixer 3 for DVDCAM. Choose Hitachi DVDCAM. Click “Hitachi DVDCAM” displayed on the left of screen: The images recorded on HDD or disc will appear. Select the scene you wish to import and click “Import”.
Write to a DVD. You can check the video files in a DVD list. Select the video file you wish to check and click the Playback icon at the bottom of screen. When checking the video files in list, click “Write”...
●Inquiries on software provided with this DVD video camera/recorder should be directed to: PIXELA PC Software Support Center +1-800-458-4029 (Toll-free) +1-213-341-0163 URL:http://www.pixela.co.jp/oem/hitachi/e/index.html ●For inquiries on connections between PC and this DVD video camera/ recorder: DVDCAM PC Software Support Center URL: http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/...
Doing so will make the disc unusable. Data may be readable or writable from/to the DVD video camera/recorder using software other than that provided with the DVD video camera/recorder, but Hitachi does not guarantee the operation. If the PC is started from suspend (or sleep or standby) with the DVD video camera/recorder connected to the PC, the DVD video camera/recorder may not be recognized: Disconnect the DVD video camera/recorder from PC once, and restart the PC.
Subsidiary Information Introduction to Optional Accessories CAMERA ACCESSORIES Wide conversion lens (DZ-WL1)* (p. 52) Tele-conversion lens (DZ-TL1)* (p. 52) Step-up ring (DZ-SR3437) (p. 52) • When using camera accessories, be sure to read the instruction manuals for each accessory. * You will need the optional step-up ring when attaching these lenses. POWER SUPPLY Battery (DZ-BP7SW) Battery (DZ-BP14SW)
Trouble Messages A message may appear while you are operating the DVD video camera/recorder. If a message appears, refer to the following table and take appropriate corrective action. Messages are arranged in alphabetical order. Message (1) Data error in a part It is possible that the system cannot normally complete writing of of image file.
Message Cannot combine scene Scenes in different programs (different recording dates) cannot of multiple programs. be combined. Create a Playlist first, and then combine such Create PlayList first, scenes on the playlist. and then combine scenes. Cannot combine. Select only movies and combine them. Deselect PHOTO scenes.
Message Card error has • The card terminals may be dirty: Wipe off dirt, and try the card occurred. again, or use another card. • Data other than still image may be included: Use another card. Card error has Was the card formatted on PC? Was formatting interrupted occurred.
Message DVD error has occurred. Disc error could have occurred during editing of scenes. Keep DVD inside & Turn off the DVD video camera/recorder with the disc being used restart. in it, connect AC adapter/charger, and then power the DVD video camera/recorder again.
Message DVD-RAM, Finalize is This message will appear if you press the FINALIZE button with a not required. DVD-RAM loaded in this DVD video camera/recorder. No finalization is necessary for a DVD-RAM. END OF CARD No more recording on this card can be done: Delete unnecessary stills or use another card.
Message NO DVD This message may appear when the DVD video camera/recorder or disc is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Condensation has occurred on the camera/recorder lens or HDD/ DVD drive. Do not remove the disc; leave the DVD video camera/ recorder turned off in a place as dry as possible for 1 –...
Message This DVD cannot be A disc that cannot be used on this DVD video camera/recorder used. Please replace has been loaded. Check the type of disc. DVD. This DVD is finalized. This message will appear if you press the FINALIZE button with a Finalize is not required.
Troubleshooting Check to see the following before asking for a repair. If the suggested solution still cannot restore the DVD video camera/recorder to normal, do not attempt to repair it yourself, but consult your dealer. Power supplies Symptom Battery cannot be Is the ambient temperature too low or too high? charged.
Symptom Power cannot be turned Detach the battery or AC adapter/charger once, and then press the off. RESET button of DVD video camera/recorder: Reattach a power supply to DVD video camera/recorder before turning it on again. Even if the DVD video The DVD video camera/recorder will automatically turn on to camera/recorder is off, recognize a disc: Closing the cover will automatically turn the...
Symptom Focus is not correct. Is it difficult to use auto focus with your subject? Focus manually. Does manual focus icon appear? The DVD video camera/recorder is set to manual focus. Focus the subject manually, or release manual focus. Is the diopter control correctly adjusted if you are using the viewfinder as a monitor? Adjust the diopter control.
Symptom Poor playback picture. Was the image input from analog VCR (VHS, 8 mm) and recorded? The problem may be improved if a VCR equipped with TBC circuit is used for playback. Playback picture is Was recording of external input made with “Frame” specified? greatly distorted.
Symptom Error occurs in playback If error occurs with USB connection, the transfer rate is not of DVD video camera/ sufficient. It is recommended that you use a USB terminal recorder on PC. conforming to USB2.0 when connecting the DVD video camera/ recorder.
Symptom “Hardware Removal” Exit Windows results in error. recorder. If your PC uses Windows problem may be solved if you install Windows No USB HS (high Make sure that you have already installed the driver provided with speed) connection even the USB2.0 card.
Symptom Operating sound is This sound is heard because the disc is cyclically operated and heard cyclically. does not indicate a fault. Some vibrations are felt These vibrations or sound are caused by HDD/disc drive: This or slight sound is heard does not indicate a fault.
System Reset If the DVD video camera/recorder does not operate normally, perform “System Reset”: The DVD video camera/recorder may recover to normal. “System Reset” will reset all settings to factory defaults. The date and time will also be reset: Set the date and time again before using the DVD video camera/recorder. Set the power switch to “OFF”...
Initial Setup Beep Power Save Record LED Language Demo Mode • Some items will not appear depending on the disc or card inserted. Major Specifications Lens Focus Zoom Required minimum illumination Viewfinder LCD monitor Electronic image stabilizer Shutter speed Self-timer recording Capacity of built-in HDD Recording mode Maximum...
Recording DVD-RAM/DVD-RW format (VR-mode) DVD-RW (VF-mode)/ DVD-R Card Audio playback format Recordable discs Recordable card Jacks Battery system Power consumption Dimensions (W × H × D) Operating temperature (humidity) Storage temperature Allowable operating altitude (when using HDD) Weight Total weight when recording Provided accessories Movie: Conforming to DVD video recording (DVD-VR) format...
STORAGE CAPACITY OF HDD/DVD/CARD Recordable Time On HDD Recording quality XTRA Approx. 7 hours FINE Approx. 11 hours Approx. 23 hours Recordable Time On Disc Movie recordable time on one disc (on single side) (when recording only movies) Recording quality XTRA Approx.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Responsible Party: HITACHI AMERICA, LTD. UBIQUITOUS PLATFORM SYSTEMS 900 Hitachi Way Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556 U.S.A...
Index Numerics ...62 16:9 ...24 8 cm bare disc ...26 AC adapter/charger ...41 ACCESS/PC indicator ...101 Add (edit) ...95 All programs ...57 Auto (program AE) ...53 Autofocus ...112 AV input/output jack ...55 Backlight correction Battery Attaching to DVD video camera/recorder ...27 Charging Recordable time on DVD video camera/...
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