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DZ-MV550A
DZ-MV580A
DZ-MV550A
HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.
HOME ELECTRONICS DIVISION
900 Hitachi Way
Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556
Service Hotline: 1-800-HITACHI
(1-800-448-2244)
DVDCAM PC Software Support Center
URL http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/
Thank you for buying a Hitachi product. Please take time to become familiar with the manual and how it
is set up. Keep it handy for future reference.
Be sure to read page 187 before unpacking the provided CD-ROM.
The illustration of DZ-MV550A is shown on the front cover of this instruction
manual. The method for operating the DZ-MV550A is the same as that for
DZ-MV580A.
QR35303 ©Hitachi, Ltd. 2004

Instruction Manual

DZ-MV580A
HITACHI CANADA LTD.
DIGITAL MEDIA DIVISION
2495 Meadowpine Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 6C3
CANADA
Service Direct: 1-800-HITACHI
(1-800-448-2244)
This manual was printed
with soy based ink.
Printed on recycled paper
Printed in Japan OS-H(I)

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    DVDCAM PC Software Support Center URL http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/ Thank you for buying a Hitachi product. Please take time to become familiar with the manual and how it is set up. Keep it handy for future reference. Be sure to read page 187 before unpacking the provided CD-ROM.
  • Page 2: Important Information

    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.
  • Page 3 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.
  • Page 4: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS 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.
  • Page 5 An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn. Power Lines — An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits.
  • Page 6: Cautions When Using

    Cautions When Using Handle the liquid crystal display (LCD) with care: • The LCD is a very delicate display device: Do not press its surface with force, hit it or prick it with a sharp object. • If you push the LCD surface, unevenness in display may occur. If unevenness does not disappear soon, turn the DVD video camera/recorder off, wait for a few moments, and then turn it on again.
  • Page 7 Heat on surface of product: • The surface of the DVD video camera/recorder will be slightly warm, but this does not indicate a fault. Screen on connected TV: • Never leave the disc navigation screen, still image or camera image displayed on your TV to which the DVD video camera/recorder is connected: Doing so could result in displayed image retention or phosphor degradation of TV screen.
  • Page 8 Be careful of moisture condensation: • When you move the DVD video camera/recorder between places where the difference in temperatures is great - such as entering a lodge from a ski slope or going out of a cooled room or vehicle - condensation (vapor in air warmed or cooled to water droplets) could occur on the lens and/or inside the DVD video camera/recorder.
  • Page 9: Cautions When Storing

    The recorded contents cannot be compensated for: • Hitachi cannot compensate for any damages caused when recording is not made normally or recorded contents cannot be played back because of a defect in the DVD video camera/recorder, disc or card.
  • Page 10: Read This First

    • A detailed table of contents directing you to specific information quickly (see page 13-15). Get to know your DVD video camera/recorder by using this manual, and get to know Hitachi. We appreciate your business. Quick Index Available Discs... 25 Recording Movie ...
  • Page 11: Introduction

    Introduction You can start recording immediately after stopping playback (P.49, 58) Unlike tape devices, you do not need to search for the recording start position or locate the beginning of blank portion. You can stop playback and immediately start recording: New recording will not overwrite any previously recorded data.
  • Page 12 You can easily edit scenes, which is quite difficult with tape (P.86) Using this DVD video camera/recorder, you can collect scenes of your child, for example, on play list of Disc Navigation function and create an original movie: Then simply play back the play list and dub it on VCR.
  • Page 13: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Important Information ...2 For Your Safety ...2 Precautions ...2 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ...4 Cautions When Using ...6 Cautions When Storing ...9 Suggestions and Restrictions...9 Read This First...10 About This Manual ...10 Introduction ...11 Table of Contents...13 Checking Provided Accessories...16 Names of Parts ...17 Try to Record and Play Back using Disc (Video and Photo)...21...
  • Page 14 FLOW OF QUICK MODE (WITH CARD): ... 70 Manually Focusing Subject... 71 FOCUSING DURING RECORDING ... 71 Adjusting Brightness of Image to be recorded (Exposure)... 73 Using Full Auto Function... 74 Setting Video Flash (for DZ-MV580A) ... 75 USING EXTERNAL MICROPHONE ... 76 Viewing on TV Screen ...
  • Page 15 ADDING SCENES TO PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) ... 128 DELETING SCENES FROM PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) ... 129 ADDING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST) ... 129 DELETING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST) ... 130 SELECTING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)...
  • Page 16: Checking Provided Accessories

    The provided single-sided DVD-RAM disc is not generally available in shops: When purchasing a disc, order a 60- minute double-sided disc (2.8GB, in Round DVD Holder). ex. Maxell DVD-RAM Camcorder Disc 2.8GB Round Holder Type (item #567620) AC adapter/charger (model DZ-ACS1): Used to power the DVD video camera/ recorder from AC outlet, or charge battery.
  • Page 17: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts 1 Infrared receiver (P. 34) When the remote control is used to operate the DVD video camera/recorder, this receiver will receive the infrared signal. 2 Lens cap string attachment hole (P. 32) 3 Recording indicator (P. 103) The red indicator will light during recording.
  • Page 18 14 Viewfinder (P. 34) 15 Diopter control (P. 34) To adjust the focus of image appearing in the viewfinder. (Pull out the viewfinder.) 16 ACCESS/PC indicator (P. 8, 49, 50) Will blink or light when the disc in DVD video camera/recorder is accessed (write or read is executed) or the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to PC.
  • Page 19 27 FULL AUTO button (P. 74) To switch the DVD video camera/recorder to full automatic. 28 FOCUS button (P. 71) To switch between manual focus and auto- focus. 29 EXPOSURE button (P. 73) Press this button to adjust the exposure. 30 BLC (backlight compensation) button (P.
  • Page 20 40 REC button (P. 49, 50) 41 DIGITAL ZOOM button (P. 56) 42 Reverse skip button (P. 60) 43 Reverse search button (P. 59) 44 DISC NAVIGATION button (P. 105) 45 MENU button (P. 37, 90, 112) * The buttons on remote control will function the same as those on DVD video camera/recorder. DIGITAL ZOOM ZOOM...
  • Page 21: Try To Record And Play Back Using Disc (Video And Photo)

    Try to Record and Play Back using Disc (Video and Photo) • It is recommended that you use a DVD-RAM disc for trial recording, since Before You Begin you can delete the recorded contents (P. 25). You can record both videos and photos on DVD-RAM disc; only videos on DVD-R disc. Connect a power supply (P.
  • Page 22 Start recording (P. 49). 1Open the LCD monitor (P. 35). 2While holding the gray switch at the center of power switch, set the switch to “O VIDEO” or “N PHOTO”. (“O VIDEO” only for DVD-R disc) Note • When using an unformatted disc, format (initialize) it on this DVD video camera/recorder. If unformatted disc is inserted into this DVD video camera/recorder, a message will appear: Format the disc following the instructions on screen (P.
  • Page 23: Try To Record And Play Back Using Card (Photo)

    Try to Record and Play Back using Card (Photo) Only photos can be recorded on card. Connect a power supply (P. 43). Insert a card (P. 47). 1Open the cover of card insertion block with power turned off. 2Put in a card. Power cable DC power cord 3Insert the card all the way until it locks, and...
  • Page 24 Start recording (P. 50). 1Open the LCD monitor (P. 35). 2While holding the gray switch at the center of power switch, set the switch to “PPHOTO”. Note See Check 2 on P. 163 if recording is not possible with “ View the playback of recorded content on LCD monitor screen (P.
  • Page 25: Discs And Cards

    It is recommended that you use Hitachi Maxell discs, since their compatibility with this DVD video camera/ recorder has been confirmed. Using a disc other than those made by Hitachi Maxell may not allow the DVD video camera/recorder to deliver optimum performance. Media...
  • Page 26: Information On Dvd-R Disc

    INFORMATION ON DVD-R DISC You cannot record a still on DVD-R disc, or delete any recorded images or data. For optimum recording on DVD-R disc, this DVD video camera/recorder writes control data to the disc in order to automatically make adjustments when it is inserted and ejected accompanying recording.
  • Page 27: Handling Discs

    HANDLING DISCS Using discs DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs are very delicate recording media. Carefully read the following cautions and observe them: • When using disc on this DVD video camera/ recorder, be sure to keep it in Round DVD Holder. •...
  • Page 28: Available Cards

    AVAILABLE CARDS Handling card • Do not use cards other than the designated ones. • Be sure to use a brand new Card when recording vital images. • Do not touch the card terminal or allow it to touch metal. •...
  • Page 29: Storage Capacity On Disc Or Card

    Storage Capacity on Disc or Card RECORDABLE TIME OF MOVIE (VIDEO) The recordable time will vary depending on the video recording quality: See page 96 for the setting of video recording quality. Movie recordable time on one disc (on single side) (when recording only movies) Recording quality DVD-RAM XTRA...
  • Page 30: Recordable Stills (Photos) On Card

    RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON CARD The number of recordable stills will vary depending on the recording quality: See page 97 for the setting of recording quality. For DZ-MV550A Recording quality Capacity FINE NORM 8 MB Approx. 45 Approx. 95 16 MB Approx.
  • Page 31: Setups

    Setups This section explains preparations for recording - setting up the DVD video camera/recorder and battery. Setting Up the DVD Video Camera/Recorder HOLDING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER Insert your right hand from the bottom of DVD video camera/recorder up to the base of your thumb. Put your hand in a position where you can easily operate the REC button and the Zoom lever.
  • Page 32: Attaching Shoulder Strap

    ATTACHING SHOULDER STRAP Be sure to pass through the 2 slots. 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 attachment hole of DVD video camera/ recorder.
  • Page 33: Inserting Battery Into Remote Control

    Battery stopper While pushing battery stopper Note • Replace the battery with a Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Toshiba CR2025, or Duracell DL2025. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. • Dispose of battery safely in accordance with local laws.
  • Page 34: Viewing Subject Through Viewfinder

    15˚ • The DVD video camera/recorder uses the “VCR2” remote control code of Hitachi VCRs. If you use a Hitachi VCR, etc. with remote control code set to “VCR2”, a VCR placed near the DVD video camera/recorder will also be operated by the remote control: To prevent this, change the remote control code of the VCR.
  • Page 35: Viewing Image On Lcd Monitor Screen

    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.
  • Page 36: Closing Lcd Monitor

    CLOSING LCD MONITOR Before closing the LCD monitor, be sure to reset it at right angles to the DVD video camera/recorder. Replace the LCD monitor on the DVD video camera/recorder with the LCD screen facing inward until a click is heard. Note •...
  • Page 37: Setting Date And Time

    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. Turn the DVD video camera/recorder on.
  • Page 38: Changing Display Format Of Date And Time

    CHANGING DISPLAY FORMAT OF DATE AND TIME You can select one of three date display formats: month/day/year, day/month/year or year/month/ day. Associated with the selected date display, the time display format will also change as follows: Date display format M/D/Y D/M/Y Y/M/D Press the MENU button.
  • Page 39: Setting Up The Battery

    Setting Up the Battery The DZ-BP14S battery provided with this DVD video camera/recorder has not been charged at purchase time: Charge it before using the DVD video camera/recorder. Note • Be sure to use the DZ-BP14S, DZ-BP14SW (optional) battery for the DVD video camera/recorder: Using other batteries could cause the DVD video camera/recorder to malfunction, or result in fire.
  • Page 40: Attaching Battery To Dvd Video Camera/Recorder

    Battery charged status You can find out the charged status of battery by checking the CHARGE indicator on AC adapter/charger: Charge status CHARGE indicator During charge Charge complete Note See “Troubleshooting” on page 172 when the CHARGE indicator blinks. Reference for time required to charge battery (at approx. 25°C): Approx.
  • Page 41 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: For DZ-MV550A Video quality DVD-RAM disc mode XTRA When using...
  • Page 42: Battery Remaining Level Indicator

    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 Note The remaining level indicator “ ”...
  • Page 43: Using Dvd Video Camera/Recorder With Ac Adapter/Charger

    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. Note Be sure to use the specified AC adapter/charger (DZ-ACS1) to power the DVD video camera/recorder.
  • Page 44: Inserting And Removing Disc

    Inserting and Removing Disc INSERTING DISC Press down the DISC EJECT button once and release it. A few moments after the ACCESS/PC indicator blinks, the cover of disc insertion block will open slightly. Gently open the cover by hand until it stops. Insert the disc, in Round DVD Holder, into the disc guide until it stops.
  • Page 45 Note • Disc cannot be inserted or removed unless a charged battery or AC adapter/charger is connected to the DVD video camera/recorder. • If a discharged battery is used, the disc cannot be inserted or removed: Connect a charged battery or AC adapter/charger to the DVD video camera/recorder.
  • Page 46: Removing Disc

    REMOVING DISC Set the power switch to “POWER OFF” to turn the DVD video camera/ recorder off. Press down the DISC EJECT button once and release it. In a moment, the cover of disc insertion block will open slightly. Gently open the cover until it stops.
  • Page 47: Inserting And Removing Card

    Inserting and Removing Card 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.
  • Page 48: Basic Techniques

    Basic Techniques This section explains about recording of movies and still images, and also basic settings on DVD video camera/recorder. Basic Handling of DVD Video Camera/Recorder TURNING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER ON AND OFF While holding down the gray button at the center of power switch, set the switch according to each recording function: Set to “N PHOTO”:...
  • Page 49: Recording Movie

    For various functions available during recording, see “Setting Up Camera Functions” on page 90. • Hitachi cannot be responsible for video and audio that cannot be recorded or edited because of any defect. • The power switch can be changed over even during recording, but the operation will not be changed.
  • Page 50: Recording Stills

    Recording Stills Note Recording of still images is possible on DVD-RAM disc and card. ACCESS/PC indicator Power switch Turn the DVD camera/recorder on. When using DVD-RAM disc: Set the power switch to “N PHOTO”. When using card: Set the power switch to “P PHOTO”. After the ACCESS indicator goes out, perform the subsequent operation: Check the subject on the screen (viewfinder or...
  • Page 51: Compensating For Backlight

    Compensating for Backlight When subject is lighted from rear, this function will compensate for lighting so that the subject is not too dark. Press the BLC button during recording. Backlight correction icon FINE The backlight correction icon will appear. Note •...
  • Page 52: On-Screen Information

    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. 2. Program AE 3. White balance 4. EIS 5. Manual Focus 6. Backlight compensation 1.
  • Page 53 1. Recording mode (P. 49, 50, 98) : Movie : Still : External input still (field) : External input still (frame) Program AE (only in movie recording mode) (P.90) No display: Auto : Sports : Portrait : Spotlight : Sand & Snow : Low Light White balance (P.91) No display: Auto...
  • Page 54: Switching The Information Display Mode

    Movie recording quality (only when using disc) (P.96) XTRA : Best quality (only when using DVD- RAM disc) LPCM : Best audio quality (only when using DVD-R disc) FINE : High quality : Standard quality Still recording quality (only when using card) (P.97) FINE : High quality NORM...
  • Page 55: Display When Recording An Image Of Yourself

    Display when recording an image of yourself When recording with the LCD screen facing the same direction as the lens, the operating status will appear, and in addition, the battery remaining level will blink when the battery has almost no remaining charge. The following operating status indicator will light or blink to give warning message to user.
  • Page 56: Zooming

    Zooming If you continue to hold the zoom lever on the “T” control side with Dig. Zoom 40x or 240x specified, the digital zoom will be activated midway (when optical 18-power is exceeded on DZ-MV550A or optical 10-power is exceeded on DZ-MV580A). You can zoom up to 500-power on DZ-MV550A;...
  • Page 57: Macro Recording

    MACRO RECORDING Use the macro function when recording a small object from close-up position: You can shoot the subject as close as approximately 13/16” (2 cm) from the lens surface, magnifying the image to fill the screen. Aim the DVD video camera/recorder at the subject, and press down the zoom lever to “W”...
  • Page 58: Playing Back

    • Image data edited on PC or certain types of image data may not appear on this DVD video camera/recorder. • Image data recorded on another camcorder may not be playable on this DVD video camera/recorder. to designate. • Depending on the amount of data to be played back, it may take some time for the playback image to appear.
  • Page 59: Playback From Start Of Disc Or Card

    PLAYBACK FROM START OF DISC OR CARD Use the Go To function (P. 61) or Disc Navigation function (P. 105) to play back from the start of disc or card. SEARCH PLAYBACK OF MOVIE During playback, tilt the joystick to right or left and hold it: Search playback will start.
  • Page 60: Skip Playback Of Movie

    SKIP PLAYBACK OF MOVIE During playback, tilt the joystick up or down to locate the start of desired scene. Tilt down once : To skip to the first image of the scene following the one being played back, and start playback.
  • Page 61: Jumping To Specified Point (Go To)

    JUMPING TO SPECIFIED POINT (GO TO) Press the MENU button Go T o during playback. Choose the option (point you want to go to), and ENTER then press the A button. Specifying the point to view Choose “Specify” in step 2 above, and then press the A button.
  • Page 62: On-Screen Information Display

    On-Screen Information Display 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 disc: Recording mode Scene No.
  • Page 63: Checking Flow Of Quick Mode

    Checking Flow of Quick Mode The following two on-screen menu modes are available with this DVD video camera/recorder: • Quick mode: To display only the fundamental menu items for first timers • Advanced mode: To display all menu items for experts (P.87) Camera Functions Set the QUICK MODE switch to LCD monitor, press the MENU button: The menu of Quick mode will appear.
  • Page 64: Flow Of Quick Mode When Recording Movie

    FLOW OF QUICK MODE WHEN RECORDING MOVIE: The following shows the menu when DVD-RAM disc is being used: The details of each function are described on the pages showing the Advanced mode: See each reference page. Record Functions Setup R e c o r d F u n c t i o n s S e t u p V I DEO Mo d e : F I NE I n p u t S o u r c e : CAMERA...
  • Page 65: Flow Of Quick Mode When Recording Photo (Disc)

    FLOW OF QUICK MODE WHEN RECORDING PHOTO (DISC): The following shows the menu when DVD-RAM disc is being used: The details of each function are described on pages showing the Advanced mode: See each reference page. Record Functions Setup R e c o r d F u n c t i o n s S e t u p I n p u t S o u r c e : CAMERA S e l f T i me r : O f f...
  • Page 66: Flow Of Quick Mode When Recording Photo (Card)

    FLOW OF QUICK MODE WHEN RECORDING PHOTO (CARD): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Advanced mode: See each reference page. Record Functions Setup R e c o r d F u n c t i o n s S e t u p Qu a l i t y : F I NE I n p u t S o u r c e : CAMERA...
  • Page 67: Initial Setup

    Initial Setup I n i t i a l S e t u p B e e p : On L a n g u a g e : E n g l i s h D emo Mo d e : A u t o ENT ER RE TURN I n i t i a l S e t u p...
  • Page 68: Disc Navigation Functions

    Disc Navigation Functions Set the QUICK MODE switch to on the LCD monitor, press the MENU button: The menu of Quick mode will appear. Only the fundamental menu items will appear in the Quick mode, and the explanation of the function on which the cursor is positioned will be displayed across the bottom of menu (except during recording).
  • Page 69: Flow Of Quick Mode (With Dvd-R Disc)

    Disc D i s c C a p a c i t y ENT ER RE TURN Others O t h e r s R e p e a t P l a y : O f f ENT ER RE TURN FLOW OF QUICK MODE (WITH DVD-R DISC): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Advanced mode: See each reference...
  • Page 70: Flow Of Quick Mode (With Card)

    FLOW OF QUICK MODE (WITH CARD): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Advanced mode: See each reference page. S c e n e D e l e t e ENT ER RE TURN C a r d C a p a c i t y ENT ER RE TURN...
  • Page 71: Manually Focusing Subject

    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 (auto-focus), but you can also manually focus a subject, depending on the recording conditions (manual focus).
  • Page 72 Manually focus the following objects, which may not be automatically focused (see page 71): 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,...
  • Page 73: Adjusting Brightness Of Image To Be Recorded (Exposure)

    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 indicator will appear on the screen.
  • Page 74: Using Full Auto Function

    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...
  • Page 75: Setting Video Flash (For Dz-Mv580A)

    Setting Video Flash (for DZ-MV580A) See “Introduction to Optional Accessories” on page 157. When recording stills in a dark place, or the subject is lit from rear, it is recommended that you use the optional DZ-FLH3 Video Flash*( the instruction manual of Video Flash for use. Setting of On-screen Video Flash...
  • Page 76: Using External Microphone

    Depending on the shape of its plug, an external microphone cannot be plugged in, while the cable is left plugged in the AV/S input/output terminal. Unplug the AV/S input/output cable to use the external microphone. • This DVD video camera/recorder cannot use a plug-in power type microphone (power supplied from camcorder). To external microphone jack...
  • Page 77: Viewing On Tv Screen

    Viewing on TV Screen 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 •...
  • Page 78: Viewing On Tv Screen

    The infrared remote control is useful when operating the DVD video camera/recorder while viewing an image on TV screen. However, if you use a Hitachi VCR, the remote control may inadvertently operate the VCR if it is near the DVD video camera/recorder. To prevent this, set the remote control code of the VCR to a position other than “VCR2”.
  • Page 79: Playback On Dvd Video Recorder/Player

    Playback on DVD Video Recorder/Player PLAYING BACK DVD-RAM DISC You can use a DVD video recorder (see “Terminology”, P. 160) or DVD player that conforms to DVD-RAM to play back 8 cm DVD-RAM discs recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder. Remove the disc from Round DVD Holder.
  • Page 80: Playing Back Dvd-R Disc

    PLAYING BACK DVD-R DISC Finalize a recorded DVD-R disc. You need to finalize a disc to play it back on DVD player: See page 137. No further data can be recorded on finalized disc. Note Use this DVD video camera/recorder to finalize the DVD-R disc recorded on the DVD video camera/ recorder.
  • Page 81: Removing And Replacing From/In Round Dvd Holder

    Holder and use the uncovered disc on DVD player, DVD video recorder, or drive for PC, etc. which conforms to 8 cm DVD-R. Removing disc from Round DVD Holder may vary with the disc maker: See the disc instruction sheet. The following explains the disc in Round DVD Holder made by Hitachi Maxell.
  • Page 82: Replacing Disc In Round Dvd Holder

    REPLACING DISC IN ROUND DVD HOLDER Open SIDE A of the Round DVD Holder, and replace the disc in the holder with the SIDE A mark or label surface facing up, taking care not to touch the disc surface. OPEN marks SIDE A mark side or Label surface WHEN THE HINGE OF ROUND DVD HOLDER COMES OFF...
  • Page 83: Recording (Dubbing) Images

    Recording (Dubbing) Images • Before connecting this DVD video camera/recorder to another device, be sure to turn both devices off. Before You Begin • Insert a recordable disc or card* in this DVD video camera/recorder (see P . 25, 28). Only photos can be recorded: No video can be recorded.
  • Page 84 AC outlet using the AC adapter/charger. • If you use a Hitachi VCR, it will be operated by the remote control provided with the DVD video camera/recorder. When recording an image from a Hitachi VCR, change the remote control code of the VCR to other than “VCR2”.
  • Page 85: Recording (Dubbing) Images From Other Video Cameras

    RECORDING (DUBBING) IMAGES FROM OTHER VIDEO CAMERAS You can record (dub) images from other video cameras on a disc or card* in DVD video camera/recorder. Use the AV/S input/output cable (provided) to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to the other video camera.
  • Page 86: Recording (Dubbing) Images On Other Video Devices

    • If you are using a Hitachi VCR, using the remote control provided with this DVD video camera/recorder may operate the VCR. To record (dub) images from the DVD...
  • Page 87: Advanced Techniques

    Advanced Techniques This section explains about various settings to further extend the usefulness of this DVD video camera/ recorder. Checking Flow of Normal Display Mode The following two on-screen menu modes are available with this DVD video camera/recorder: • Quick mode: To display only the fundamental menu items for first timers (P.63) •...
  • Page 88: Program Ae

    Flow of Normal Display Mode Refer to page indicated for details of each function. Camera Functions Setup Came r a Fun c t i ons Se t up Au t o P r o g r am AE : Wh i t e Ba l . : Au t o E I S D i g .
  • Page 89: Mic.filter Off

    You can use the joystick on DVD video camera/recorder to select various setting options in menu and designate them. Press the MENU button. Came r a Fun c t i ons Se t up P r o g r am AE : Au t o Wh i t e Ba l .
  • Page 90: Setting Up Camera Functions

    Setting Up Camera Functions • See page 89 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.
  • Page 91: Adjusting Color (White Balance)

    ADJUSTING COLOR (WHITE BALANCE) This DVD video camera/recorder automatically adjusts the color of subject. Change the white balance setting depending on the recording conditions. Mode Setting content Auto White balance always automatically adjusted You can manually adjust white balance to match the light source or situation (P.92) Outdoor...
  • Page 92: Setting White Balance Manually

    Setting white balance manually Point the DVD video camera/ recorder at a white object so that it fills the screen. Use an object that is not transparent. If focus is not correct Thick paper when the white object fills the screen, manually focus the object, referring to “Manually Focusing Subject”...
  • Page 93: Using The Electronic Image Stabilizer (Eis)

    USING THE ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER (EIS) When you use zoom to record a magnified subject image, it will correct fuzziness in the recorded image. Press the MENU button, Came r a F u nc t i on s Se t u p choose “EIS”...
  • Page 94: Setting To Wide Tv Screen Mode (16:9 Mode)

    SETTING TO WIDE TV SCREEN MODE (16:9 MODE) If you view the images recorded with “16:9 On” specified on a wide-screen TV (aspect ratio 16:9), screen image will be wider than the images recorded with “16:9 Off” (aspect ratio 4:3) by the size of the areas on left and right (in dotted lines).
  • Page 95 Note • The 16:9 setting will be kept even after the DVD video camera/recorder is turned off. • The DZ-MV550A does not have the 16:9 setting. • The 16:9 setting can be used when recording movies on DVD-RAM disc: It is not compatible with still recording, recording of external input or recording on DVD-R disc.
  • Page 96: Setting Up Record Functions

    Setting Up Record Functions SWITCHING MOVIE QUALITY (VIDEO MODE) Choose the movie quality from “XTRA” (only with DVD-RAM disc), “FINE”, “STD” and “LPCM” (only with DVD-R disc). It is recommended that you record critical subjects in the “XTRA” or “FINE” when you are using a DVD- RAM disc, or in the “FINE”...
  • Page 97: Switching Quality Of Still Image (Quality)

    Block-like noise may appear in recorded image, or the outline of subject image is distored under the recording conditions listed below: Pan the DVD video camera/recorder as slowly as possible. (Block noise is likely to appear in the “STD”): • If there is a complicated pattern in background (as in following figure on left) •...
  • Page 98: Receiving Image From Another Device (Input Source)

    RECEIVING IMAGE FROM ANOTHER DEVICE (INPUT SOURCE) If you wish to input an image from another device to this DVD video camera/recorder, you must first switch the setting on the DVD video camera/recorder. Refer to the explanation starting from page 83 on how to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to other devices or record images input from them.
  • Page 99: Self-Timer

    SELF-TIMER You can record photos using the self-timer function, as with ordinary cameras. The self-timer function is valid only when recording photos (stills). Press the MENU button, Re c o r d F u nc t i on s S e t u p choose “Self Timer”...
  • Page 100: Setting On-Screen Display Output On Or Off (Osd Output)

    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. Press the MENU button, Re c o r d F u nc t i on s S e t u p choose “OSD output”...
  • Page 101: Lcd Setup

    LCD Setup SETTING BRIGHTNESS OF LCD SCREEN (BRIGHTNESS) Press the MENU button, LCD S e t u p choose “Brightness” on the “LCD Setup” menu screen, and then press the A button. ENTER The brightness adjustment bar will appear on the screen. Use the joystick for LCD S e t u p adjustment.
  • Page 102: Initial Settings

    Initial Settings SWITCHING OPERATING SOUND ON OR OFF (BEEP) Setting Beep is heard when the power switch is changed over, the REC button is pressed, etc. No beep is heard. Press the MENU button, I n i t i a l S e t u p choose “Beep”...
  • Page 103: Turning Record Led On Or Off (Record Led)

    TURNING RECORD LED ON OR OFF (RECORD LED) You can switch off the recording indicator on the front of DVD video camera/recorder even during recording. Setting The recording indicator will light red to show that the DVD video camera/recorder is recording. The recording indicator will not light even during recording.
  • Page 104: Resetting Menu Settings To Defaults (Reset)

    RESETTING MENU SETTINGS TO DEFAULTS (RESET) You can restore menu settings to defaults (initial settings at the factory (P. 181)). (Note, however, that the date/time will not be reset.) Press the MENU button, I n i t i a l S e t u p choose “Reset”...
  • Page 105: Disc Navigation

    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.
  • Page 106 Cursor Still image icon Operation guide Scene number refers to display number on thumbnail display screen. No still icon will appear for card. The operation guide will vary depending on the operation status of DVD video camera/recorder. Appears when 13scenes or more have been recorded. “...
  • Page 107: Playing Back From Disc Navigation Screen

    PLAYING BACK FROM DISC NAVIGATION SCREEN Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the joystick to select the desired scene. The selected scene will be framed: This is called a “cursor”. A l l Pr og r ams 0 01 / 014 Up or Down PLAY Left or Right...
  • Page 108: Selecting Multiple Scenes

    SELECTING MULTIPLE SCENES Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the joystick to select the desired scene. Press the SELECT button once: The selected scene will be framed in red and yellow. SELECTING CONSECUTIVE SCENES TOGETHER Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the joystick to select A l l Pr ogr ams the desired scene.
  • Page 109: Functions Available With Disc Navigation

    FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE WITH DISC NAVIGATION The Disc Navigation mode will allow a variety of further operations. Available function Disc or card used Deletion of scenes Editing of scenes Scene information display Changing title Creation of play list Disc or Card initialization Copy from disc to card Disc finalization Repeat play...
  • Page 110: Understanding Flow Of Disc Navigation Menu

    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 disc and card will appear. See pages 87-89 and 106 for how to interpret the screen. Refer to pages indicated for details of settings.
  • Page 111: Scene

    Scene DELETING SCENES (DELETE) You may want to delete unwanted scenes. Scenes on DVD-R disc cannot be deleted, and menu item “Delete” will not appear with DVD-R disc. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the scene to be All Programs deleted.
  • Page 112: Editing Using Submenu

    Editing using submenu Press the MENU button before pressing the A button in step 5 (See page 111): The submenu will appear. Ed i t E x i t De l e t e ENTER RETURN Edit Exit... To restore the Disc Navigation screen Delete ...
  • Page 113: Changing Images For Thumbnails (Edit - Thumbnail)

    CHANGING IMAGES FOR THUMBNAILS (EDIT - 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.
  • Page 114: Playing Back By Skipping Scenes (Edit - Skip)

    PLAYING BACK BY SKIPPING SCENES (EDIT - 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. Select the scene to be skipped. Press the MENU button. Choose “Scene”, “Edit”, Sc ene “Skip”, and then press...
  • Page 115: Directing Scenes Effectively (Edit - Fade)

    DIRECTING SCENES EFFECTIVELY (EDIT - 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. Select the scene for adding special effects.
  • Page 116: Combining Multiple Scenes (Edit - Combine)

    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. Combining scenes is possible only when “Category: All” is specified. (P.138) Stills cannot be combined. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button.
  • Page 117: Dividing Movies (Edit - Divide)

    DIVIDING MOVIES (EDIT - DIVIDE) You can divide a scene into two parts. To delete unnecessary portion of scene, first divide the scene, and then delete the unnecessary portion. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the scene to be divided. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 118: Copying Stills On Dvd-Ram Disc To Card (Copy)

    COPYING STILLS ON DVD-RAM DISC TO CARD (COPY) Set the power switch to “O VIDEO” or “N PHOTO“. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the still to be copied. Press the MENU button. Choose “Copy” on the Sc ene “Scene” menu screen, and then press the A button.
  • Page 119: Locking Scenes On Card (Lock)

    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 “P PHOTO”. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the scene to be locked. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 120: Designating Scenes To Be Printed (Dpof)

    DESIGNATING SCENES TO BE PRINTED (DPOF) You can use DPOF to set print information, including selection of the scenes to be printed, so that you will be able to use it on a system conforming to DPOF. Note DPOF stands for digital print order format. DPOF is used to ask a print lab to print recorded stills. Set the power switch to “P PHOTO”.
  • Page 121: Selecting Scenes Using Menu Screen (Select)

    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. Select the first scene to be selected. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 122: Displaying Information Using Menu Screen (Detail)

    DISPLAYING INFORMATION USING MENU SCREEN (DETAIL) You can display various information for a scene: the recording mode, recording date/time and length, special effects and movie quality mode. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the scene whose information you wish to know.
  • Page 123: Program

    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 (SWITCH) Since the scenes recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder are collected as “programs”...
  • Page 124: Playing Back Program (Play)

    PLAYING BACK PROGRAM (PLAY) You can play back only the selected program. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Choose “Play” on the P r og r am “Program” menu screen, and then press the A button. ENTER CHANGING TITLE OF PROGRAM (TITLE) The recording date/time has initially been attached to any program.
  • Page 125 After entering the title, T I T L E choose “Enter” and then 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE press the A button. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z à...
  • Page 126: Play List

    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 disc capacity by making a play list.
  • Page 127: Switching To Display Of Each Play List (Switch)

    SWITCHING TO DISPLAY OF EACH PLAY LIST (SWITCH) 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. Choose “Switch” on the P l a y L i s t “PlayList”...
  • Page 128: Adding Scenes To Play List (Editing Play List)

    ADDING SCENES TO PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Choose “Edit” on the P l a y L i s t “PlayList” menu screen, and then press the A button. ENTER Use the play list select Ed i t P l a y L i s t screen to select the play list to which you wish to...
  • Page 129: Deleting Scenes From Play List (Editing Play List)

    DELETING SCENES FROM PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Display the editing Ed i t P l a yL i s t screen of the play list to A l l P r o g r ams be edited.
  • Page 130: Deleting Scenes Using Submenu For Editing (Editing Play List)

    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. Display the editing Ed i t P l a yL i s t screen of the play list to A l l P r o g r a ms be edited.
  • Page 131: Arranging Order Of Scenes (Move)

    ARRANGING ORDER OF SCENES (MOVE) You can move scenes only when “Category: All” is specified. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Choose “Switch” on the “PlayList” menu screen, and then press the A button. Select the scene to be moved. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 132: Changing Title Of Play List (Title)

    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. Choose “Title”...
  • Page 133: Go To

    Go To From the Disc Navigation screen, you can jump to the first scene or last scene. TOP (END) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Choose “Top” or “End” Go T o on the “Go To” menu screen, and then press the A button.
  • Page 134: Disc Or Card Management

    Disc or Card Management VERIFYING REMAINING FREE SPACE ON DISC OR CARD (CAPACITY) You can find out how long you will be able to record on one side of disc or on card. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Press the MENU button. Choose “Capacity”...
  • Page 135: Initializing Dvd-Ram Disc Or Card (Format Disc. Format Card)

    INITIALIZING DVD-RAM DISC OR CARD (FORMAT DISC. FORMAT CARD) • Be sure to use the AC adapter/charger to power the DVD video camera/ recorder for initialization. If the DVD video camera/recorder is turned off Before You Begin during initialization and the initialization is interrupted, incorrect initialization will result and the incorrectly initialized disc will be unusable.
  • Page 136: Updating Control Information Of Dvd-Ram Disc (Update Control Info.)

    UPDATING CONTROL INFORMATION OF DVD-RAM DISC (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.
  • Page 137: Finalizing Dvd-R Disc (Finalize Disc)

    FINALIZING DVD-R DISC (FINALIZE DISC) • Be sure to use the AC adapter/charger to power the DVD video camera/ recorder when finalizing a DVD-R disc. If the DVD video camera/recorder Before You Begin is turned off during finalization and the finalization is interrupted, incorrect finalization will result, and at worst, the disc may be damaged.
  • Page 138: Others

    Others DISPLAYING MOVIES OR STILLS INDEPENDENTLY (CATEGORY) Scenes recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder will be displayed in the order of recording regardless of whether they are movies or stills. You can use the Disc Navigation screen to switch this display to stills only or movies only.
  • Page 139: Slide Show (Continuous Playback Of Stills)

    SLIDE SHOW (CONTINUOUS PLAYBACK OF STILLS) If you play back stills recorded on a card, the DVD video camera/recorder will enter the playback pause status after each still is played back. Setting Slide Show allows you to continuously play back stills. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button.
  • Page 140: The Following Are Available When Connecting To Pc

    Connecting to PC THE FOLLOWING ARE AVAILABLE WHEN CONNECTING TO PC Use the provided PC connection cable to connect this DVD video camera/recorder to your PC in which the software on the CD-ROM provided or generally available software is installed: The videos and photos recorded on the DVD video camera/recorder can be used on the PC.
  • Page 141 Using PC to edit images on DVD-RAM disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder: Original disc DVD-RAM disc recorded on Original DVD-RAM disc or this DVD video camera/ another DVD-RAM disc recorder Using PC to edit images on DVD-RAM disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder and create a DVD video (DVD-R disc) (see page 152): Original disc DVD-RAM disc recorded on...
  • Page 142: Contents On Provided Cd-Rom

    Contents on Provided CD-ROM The CD-ROM supplied with the DVD video camera/recorder contains the following folders: To refer to the contents of CD-ROM, set the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive of PC, right-click the CD-ROM icon and choose “Open”. Although the CD-ROM may contain a folder or file other than the above, they will not be needed on this DVD video camera/recorder unless some special instruction is given.
  • Page 143: Requirements Of Available Pc

    DVDMASE 3\manuals\English folder contained on the provided CD-ROM. • After installing DVD-MovieAlbumSE, open “Programs”or “All Programs” from the Windows “Start” menu, choose “Hitachi DVDCAM” and “DVD-MovieAlbumSE”, and then open “On-line Manual”. To read the above manual, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Page 144: Installing Software

    *InstantWrite provided with the DZ-WINPC1, DZ-WINPC2 or DZ-WINPC2B PC kit for the Hitachi DZ-MV100A DVD video camera/recorder, or with the DZ-WINPC3 PC editing kit for the Hitachi DZ- MV200A, DZ-MV230A or DZ-MV270A DVD video camera/recorder. If the UDF driver has been installed, uninstall it and then install the UDF driver on the provided CD- ROM.
  • Page 145: Installing Usb Driver

    INSTALLING USB DRIVER With Windows XP Click “USB Driver Installation” on the installer screen. The USB driver installer screen will appear: Click “USB Driver Installation”. Click Check the contents and then click “OK”. Click With Windows 2000/Me/98 Second Edition Click “USB Driver Installation” on the installer screen.
  • Page 146: Installing Udf Driver (Dvd-Ram Driver)

    INSTALLING UDF DRIVER (DVD-RAM DRIVER) The UDF driver must be installed before using the disc in DVD video camera/recorder on PC. Click “UDF Driver (DVD-RAM Driver) Installation” on the installer screen. The installer screen can be displayed using the procedure in “DISPLAYING INSTALLER SCREEN”...
  • Page 147 If you do not wish to change the folder name, click “Next”. Confirm Check the displayed contents, and then click “Next”. Installation will start. When installation is complete, some notes will appear: Check the contents, and then click “x” at the top right of window.
  • Page 148: Installing Dvd-Moviealbumse

    INSTALLING DVD-MovieAlbumSE Software “DVD-MovieAlbumSE” is used to edit videos that conform to the DVD video recording (DVD- VR) format, and photos recorded on DVD-RAM disc. Click “DVD-MovieAlbumSE Installation” on the installer screen. The installer screen can be displayed using the procedure described in “DISPLAYING INSTALLER SCREEN”...
  • Page 149 Check the displayed contents, and then click “Next”. Installation will start. Proceed with the installation, following the instructions on screen. A message verifying whether a shortcut icon is to be created on desktop will appear: If you want to create one, click “Yes”. If not, choose “No”.
  • Page 150: Installing Mydvd

    INSTALLING MyDVD Software “MyDVD” is used to write the images edited on DVD-MovieAlbumSE to DVD-R disc. Click “MyDVD Installation” on the installer screen. The installer screen can be displayed using the procedure described in “DISPLAYING INSTALLER SCREEN” (P. 144). The screen for installing My DVD will appear: Click “Next”.
  • Page 151 Click “Finish” to restart the PC. Installing MyDVD is now complete. Sonic Solutions Corporation, which developed MyDVD, recommends user registration of MyDVD, in order to offer appropriate support to customer. The guide for user registration will appear when you start MyDVD for the first time, or you can display it any time by accessing the following URL: http://www.mydvd.com...
  • Page 152: Creating Dvd Video On Pc From Dvd-Ram Disc Recorded On Dvd Video Camera/Recorder

    Creating DVD Video on PC from DVD-RAM Disc Recorded on DVD Video Camera/Recorder Using DVD-MovieAlbumSE and MyDVD, you can create a DVD video (DVD-R disc) from the images recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder, following the procedure below: Insert a recorded DVD-RAM disc into the DVD video camera/recorder, and connect the DVD video camera/recorder to the USB terminal of Start DVD-MovieAlbumSE, and edit the...
  • Page 153 MyDVD will automatically start. After a few moments, the exported scene will be automatically registered on the MyDVD editing screen: Now you can change the DVD menu to the desired style, change the title, etc. on this editing screen. Click the Burn button: Writing to DVD-R disc will start.
  • Page 154: Uninstalling Software

    “O VIDEO”, and use the PC connection cable to connect it to the PC. Open “System” on Control Panel, and then choose the “Device Manager” tab. Delete HITACHI DVD-RAM DZ-MV5 in “CD- ROM”. If the file does not exist, proceed with the next step: Delete HITACHI DVD-RAM DZ-MV5 in “Disk...
  • Page 155: Deleting Other Applications

    If your PC uses Windows , or the file cannot be found, proceed with the next step: Delete Hitachi DVDCAM DVD Mode USB HS Interface in “USB (Universal Serial Bus) controllers”. If the item cannot be found, proceed with the next step: Close Device Manager.
  • Page 156: Cautions When Using Dvd Video Camera/Recorder By Connecting It To Pc

    JPEG files in 100HPNX1 folder to the hard disk of PC. • Ordinary data on PC can usually be written to DVD-RAM disc in this DVD video camera/recorder, but Hitachi does not guaranteed the operation. • If the PC is started from suspend (see “Terminology” on...
  • Page 157: Subsidiary Information

    Subsidiary Information Introduction to Optional Accessories CAMERA ACCESSORIES Wide conversion lens (DZ-WL1)* • When using camera accessories, be sure to read the instruction manuals for each accessory. * When attaching the wide or tele-conversion lens to this DVD video camera/recorder, be sure to remove the lens hood at the end of the lens (see P.
  • Page 158: Cleaning

    Cleaning Be sure to set the power switch to “POWER 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 monitor.
  • Page 159: Changing Setting Of Demonstration

    Changing Setting of Demonstration This DVD video camera/recorder has versatile functions, including special effects. Referring to the procedure on page 43, connect the DVD video camera/recorder, AC adapter/charger and power cable to power the DVD video camera/recorder from AC outlet. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 160: Terminology

    Terminology DISC-PROTECT: This disables writing to disc (protects disc from writing) so that images recorded on DVD-RAM disc cannot be accidentally deleted and the disc cannot be initialized. DVD PLAYER: This device can play back video and audio signals recorded on DVD-Video and DVD-R discs using the DVD video format.
  • Page 161 FINALIZE: This process makes a DVD-R disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder playable on a DVD player, etc. that conforms to 8 cm DVD-R: No further recording can be made on a finalized DVD-R disc. HOWLING: This phenomenon occurs as follows: When the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to a device, such as TV, the audio input to the microphone of DVD video camera/recorder is amplified and output from the speakers of TV, and the signal is again input to the microphone: This is repeated to form an endless loop of audio signal, and the signal is amplified up to the audio output amplitude limit of the...
  • Page 162: Sd Memory Card

    SD MEMORY CARD: This is a standard of memory card developed in 1999. The card is 32 mm long x 24 mm wide x 2.1 mm thick, and has 9 pins. Since the SD memory card was developed based on MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMC can be inserted into SD memory card slot and used.
  • Page 163: No Dvd Video Camera/Recorder Operation - Check The Following

    No DVD Video Camera/Recorder Operation - Check the Following: Check 1 No movie can be recorded Movie can be recorded only on DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc. Check the following: • Is DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc inserted? • Is power switch set to “ VIDEO”? •...
  • Page 164 No DVD video camera/recorder Check 5 operation Is a fully charged battery attached? Is the DVD video camera/recorder powered from AC outlet? Check 6 No image in viewfinder Is LCD monitor open? No image will appear in viewfinder unless the LCD monitor is closed and securely locked to DVD video camera/recorder.
  • Page 165: Trouble Messages

    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 of It is possible that the system cannot normally complete writing of file image file.
  • Page 166 Message • (1) Error has occurred. Error has occurred. Try to restart the DVD video camera/recorder Please restart. using the following methods: (1) Turn power off, remove the battery or AC adapter/charger and (2) Error has occurred. reattach it, and then turn power on again. Please reinsert a disc.
  • Page 167 Message • Card error. The card terminals may be dirty: Wipe off dirt, and try the card again, or use another card. • Data other than still image may be included: Use another card. Card error has occurred. Card error could have occurred during editing of scenes. Turn off the Keep card inside &...
  • Page 168 Message Disc error has occurred. The disc may be dirty. Formatting is not Remove the disc and wipe off fingerprints, dust, etc. before reusing complete. it, or use another disc. This message may also appear if you insert a disc for which formatting was interrupted midway.
  • Page 169 Message DVD-R Disc, Video With DVD-R disc, the movie quality mode once used for recording mode cannot be cannot be changed. changed. END OF DISC The disc is full. You cannot record on this disc anymore. Prepare another disc or delete unnecessary movie scenes from this disc.
  • Page 170 Message Scenes over limit. The number of scenes entered in play list has reached the limit that Cannot add scene. can be entered. Delete several scenes. Scenes over limit. The number of entered scenes has reached the limit that can be Cannot divide scene.
  • Page 171 • This message may also appear when dirt adheres to disc. If this message appears when a recorded disc is recognized immediately after it is inserted, do not repair the disc; remove it and then use a soft, dry cloth to clean off the dirt before using it. •...
  • Page 172: Troubleshooting

    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.
  • Page 173 During recording Symptom Pressing the REC button Is input image copy-guarded? will not start recording. Is the disc write-protected or the card locked? Recording starts but Is disc scratched or does dirt or fingerprint adhere to it? stops immediately. Clean the disc. If there is still no improvement, replace the disc. Is some other AV device directly connected to the video/audio input/ output jack of this DVD video camera/recorder? If the AV device is connected via several other devices, such as AV...
  • Page 174 During playback Symptom Recognition of disc is not Is disc dirty? complete Use soft, dry cloth to clean it. Pressing the playback Has the image been recorded by devices other than this DVD video button will not start camera/recorder? playback. Playback of image recorded on devices other than this DVD video camera/recorder may be impossible on this DVD video camera/ recorder.
  • Page 175 Symptom Photos on card cannot be This DVD video camera/recorder can play back image data played back. recorded on SD memory card in other digital cameras conforming to the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) standard. The range of image data normally playable on this DVD video camera/ recorder is that with pixels from 80 horizontal x 60 vertical to 4000 horizontal x 3000 vertical.
  • Page 176 When the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to PC: Symptom No drive icon appears on The DVD video camera/recorder is not turned on. Check the power supply. Driver is not properly recognized. Turn PC off and on again. If the drive icon still does not appear, use “Refresh driver”...
  • Page 177 Symptom Video written to hard disk DVD-MovieAlbumSE cannot edit DVD-VR data stored on hard disk of PC cannot be edited of PC: Copy the data to another DVD-RAM disc and then edit it. on DVD-MovieAlbum copy tool. Movies are not Make sure the power switch of this DVD video camera/recorder is set recognized by to “...
  • Page 178 Symptom Executing “Export” on Do not choose “Simple Export”: If you do, reading will stop midway. DVD-MovieAlbumSE will interrupt reading midway. • When executing “Export” If stills are included in the range of “export”, it may take more time on DVD-MovieAlbumSE, because data must be re-encoded and read.
  • Page 179 Miscellaneous Symptom Power does not come on, Execute system reset (press the RESET button). or no operation occurs by Has the DVD video camera/recorder been subjected to impact? pressing button. The DVD video camera/recorder could be damaged. Consult your dealer. The date and time are Has the DVD video camera/recorder been left unused for a long incorrect.
  • Page 180 Symptom Disc cover cannot be Is disc correctly inserted? closed. Was disc inserted from wrong direction? Remove the disc and then reinsert it. Is disc inserted in wrong orientation? Remove the disc, and then reinsert it. Connect a fully charged battery or AC adapter/charger, and then turn the DVD video camera/recorder on.
  • Page 181: System Reset

    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 “POWER OFF”...
  • Page 182: Major Specifications

    Major Specifications Lens Focus Zoom Required minimum illumination Viewfinder LCD monitor Electronic image stabilizer Shutter speed Self-timer recording External microphone jack Recording mode Maximum DVD-RAM disc recordable time (per side) DVD-R disc Maximum number of DVD-RAM disc recordable stills (per side) SD memory card (when using 32 MB card) DZ-MV550A: 1/4-inch interlaced...
  • Page 183 Recording format DVD-RAM disc DVD-R disc Card Audio playback format Recording medium Jacks Battery system Power consumption Dimensions (W × H × D) Operating temperature (humidity) Storage temperature Weight Total weight when recording Provided accessories The MPEG Audio layer 2 format is an option of DVD video standard. If your DVD player does not conform to MPEG Audio layer 2, record in LPCM mode and the finalized DVD-R disc can later be played back on that DVD player.
  • Page 184: To Order In The United States

    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. HOME ELECTRONICS DIVISION 900 Hitachi Way Chula Vista, CA 91914-3556 U.S.A...
  • Page 185: Index

    Index Numerics ... 94 16:9 ... 56 240x (Dig. Zoom) ... 56 40x (Dig. Zoom) ... 56 500x (Dig. Zoom) ... 25 8 cm DVD-R disc ... 25 8 cm DVD-RAM disc ... 43 AC adapter/charger ... 49, 50 ACCESS/PC indicator ...
  • Page 186 ...103 Language ...46, 161 Laser pickup block ...32 Lens cap ...17 Lens cap string attachment hole ...35, 80, 161 Linear PCM ...119 Lock ...18 Lock switch ...90 Low Light (Program AE) ...96 LPCM (VIDEO Mode) ...89 MENU button ...71 ...93 MIC.Filter ...131 Move...
  • Page 187: Be Sure To Read The Following Before Opening The Package Of Cd-Rom

    Article 5 Termination of Agreement If you fail to comply with the terms of this Agreement, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Sonic Solutions reserve the right to terminate the Agreement. In such a case, you will be obliged to discard all copies of This Software and its components.

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