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DZ-GX20A / DZ-MV730A / DZ-MV780A
DZ-GX20A
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 181 before unpacking the provided CD-ROM.
The illustrations of DZ-MV780A and DZ-MV730A are
shown only on the front cover of this instruction manual.
The method for operating the DZ-MV780A and DZ-MV730A
is the same as that for DZ-GX20A.
QR35602 ©Hitachi, Ltd. 2005

Instruction Manual

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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 181 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 Safety Instructions

    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.

  • Page 5: 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 6

    • Cleaning the lens is not necessary when using this DVD video camera/recorder in the usual way. • 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.

  • Page 7

    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 –...

  • Page 8: Cautions When Storing

    • This DVD video camera/recorder is designed and produced for home-use recording and playback. 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 9: Read This First

    • A detailed table of contents directing you to specific information quickly (see pages 12 – 14). 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 ... 24 Recording Movie ...

  • Page 10: 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 11

    ●You can easily edit scenes, which is quite difficult with tape (p. 83) 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 or DVD recorder.

  • Page 12: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Important Information... 2 For Your Safety... 2 Precautions... 2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS... 4 Cautions When Using ... 5 Cautions When Storing... 8 Suggestions and Restrictions ... 8 Read This First ... 9 About This Manual... 9 Introduction ... 10 Table of Contents ...

  • Page 13

    Adjusting Brightness of Image to be recorded (Exposure) ...74 Compensating for Backlight ...74 Using External Microphone ...75 Built-in Video Flash (for DZ-GX20A only) ...76 Viewing on TV Screen...77 CONNECTING TO A TV... 77 VIEWING ON TV SCREEN ... 78 Playback on DVD Recorder/Player ...79 PLAYING BACK DVD-RAM DISC ...

  • Page 14

    ADDING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)... 127 DELETING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)... 128 SELECTING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)... 128 ARRANGING ORDER OF SCENES (MOVE) ... 129 CHANGING TITLE OF PLAY LIST (TITLE) ... 130 DELETING PLAY LIST (DELETE) ...

  • Page 15: Checking Provided Accessories

    Checking Provided Accessories Make sure that you have all the following accessories in package: Battery (model DZ-BP14S): For DZ-GX20A only. Portable power supply for this DVD video camera/recorder. Charge it before use. DC power cord: When powering the DVD video camera/ recorder from household AC outlet, use this cord to connect the DVD video camera/recorder and AC adapter/charger.

  • Page 16: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts (Inside the cover) 1 Light receiving sensor (for DZ-GX20A only) This sensor controls the amount of light to be emitted from the built-in flash. Take care not to block with hand, etc. during recording. 2 Flash (for DZ-GX20A only) (p. 76) 3 Lens cap string attachment hole (p.

  • Page 17

    15 Viewfinder (p. 36) 16 Diopter control (p. 36) To adjust the focus of image appearing in the viewfinder. (Pull out the viewfinder.) 17 ACCESS/PC indicator (for DZ-GX20A or DZ-MV780A only) ACCESS indicator (for DZ-MV730A only) (p. 7, 49, 51) Will blink or light when the disc in DVD video camera/recorder is accessed (write or read is executed) or the DVD video camera/...

  • Page 18

    27 QUICK MENU button (p. 63) To display only the functions that you frequently use (simple menus). 28 FOCUS button (p. 72) To switch between manual focus and auto- focus. 29 MENU button (p. 84, 86, 111) Press this button to display the menu for setting camera functions and Disc Navigation.

  • Page 19

    43 PHOTO button (p. 51) 44 REC button (p. 49) 45 MENU button (p. 84, 86, 111) 46 SELECT button (p. 106) 47 Reverse search button (p. 59) 48 DELETE button (p. 110) 49 DISC NAVIGATION button (p. 103) 50 DISPLAY button (p. 62) * The buttons on remote control will function the same as those on DVD video camera/recorder.

  • Page 20: Try Recording And Playing Back Using Disc (video And Photo)

    Try Recording and Playing Back using Disc (Video and Photo) • It is recommended that you use a DVD-RAM disc for trial recording, Before You Begin since you can delete the recorded contents (p. 24). You can record both videos and photos on DVD-RAM disc; only videos on DVD-R disc. Connect a power supply (p.

  • Page 21

    Start recording (p. 49). 1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 35), or pull out the viewfinder (p. 36). 2 While holding down the button on the right of power switch, set the switch to “O” or “N” (only “O” for DVD-R disc). Note •...

  • Page 22: Try Recording And Playing Back Using Card (photo)

    Try Recording and Playing Back using Card (Photo) Photos can only be recorded on card sold separately. Connect a power supply (p. 43). Insert a card (p. 48). 1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 35). 2 Open the cover of card insertion block with power turned off.

  • Page 23

    Start recording (p. 51). 1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 35). 2 While holding down the button on the right of power switch, set the switch to “P”. Note • With the DZ-GX20A only, the built-in flash may emit light in a dark area (see page 76). •...

  • Page 24: Discs And Cards

    DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1 (8 cm) DVD-R [for General Ver. 2.0 (8 cm)] Note • It is recommended that you use Hitachi Maxell HG type single-sided discs, since their compatibility with this DVD video camera/recorder has been confirmed. When using an HG type double-sided disc, take great care with handling it.

  • Page 25: 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 26: 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: • Always use a brand new disc when recording important material. • Be sure not to touch the recording surface of disc, or dirty or scratch it.

  • Page 27: Available Cards

    AVAILABLE CARDS SD memory card can be used on this DVD video camera/recorder. When using an exclusive adapter, a miniSD memory card can be used in the same way as an SD memory card. ●Handling card • Do not use cards other than the designated ones.

  • Page 28: 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 91 for the setting of video recording quality. Movie recordable time on one disc (on single side) (when recording only movies) Recording quality XTRA Approx.

  • Page 29: Recordable Stills (photos) On Card

    RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON CARD The number of recordable stills will vary depending on the recording quality: See page 94 for the setting of recording quality. For DZ-GX20A Recording quality 16 MB 32 MB FINE Approx. 13 Approx. 29 NORM Approx.

  • Page 30: Size And Quality Of Photos

    SIZE AND QUALITY OF PHOTOS The pixel size of stills (JPEG) that can be recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder is as follows: Model DZ-GX20A DZ-MV780A DZ-MV730A The following table shows the file size and quality of one still (JPEG) recorded on card: Quality DZ-GX20A FINE...

  • 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.

  • 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

    Replace the battery. Battery holder Note • Replace the battery with a Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Toshiba CR2032, or Duracell DL2032. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.

  • Page 34: Using Remote Control

    15º 15º • 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. VIEWING SUBJECT THROUGH VIEWFINDER Pull out the viewfinder.

  • 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 DZ-GX20A or DZ-BP7S battery provided with DZ-MV780A and DZ-MV730A 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-BP7S, DZ-BP14SW (optional) or DZ-BP7SW (optional, unavailable for DZ- GX20A) 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 During charge Charge complete Note See “Troubleshooting” on page 167 when the CHARGE indicator blinks. ●Reference for time required to charge battery (at approx. 77ºF (25ºC)): DZ-BP14S (provided with DZ-GX20A)/DZ-BP14SW (optional): 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: With DZ-BP14S (provided with DZ-GX20A)/DZ-BP14SW (optional) Video mode When using viewfinder XTRA...

  • 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 “w” may be displayed for an extended period, and “x” or “y” may be displayed for a shorter period.

  • 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.

  • Page 44: Turning Dvd Video Camera/recorder On And Off

    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 “P”: To record still on SD memory card Set to “O”:...

  • Page 45: 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. Gently open the cover by hand fully until it stops.

  • Page 46

    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.

  • Page 47: Removing Disc

    REMOVING DISC Press down the DISC EJECT button once and release it. In a moment, the cover of disc insertion block will open. If the DVD video camera/recorder is on at this time, the “EJECT” indicator will blink on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder.

  • Page 48: Inserting And Removing Card

    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.

  • Page 49: Basic Techniques

    Basic Techniques This section explains about recording of movies and still images, and also basic settings on DVD video camera/recorder. Recording Movie • Insert a recordable DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc into this DVD video camera/ Before You Begin recorder. Pressing REC once will start ACCESS/PC recording;...

  • Page 50

    • For various functions available during recording, see “Setting Up Camera Functions” on page 86. • 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 51: Recording Stills

    Recording Stills Note Recording of still images is possible on DVD-RAM disc and card. ACCESS/PC indicator CARD ACCESS indicator Remove the lens cap, and then point the DVD video camera/recorder at subject. Turn the DVD camera/recorder on. When using DVD-RAM disc: Set the power switch to “N”.

  • 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. e 2. Program AE k 3. White balance n 4. EIS o 5. Manual Focus 6.

  • Page 53

    1. Recording mode (p. 49, 51, 95) : Movie : Still (Disc) : External input still (field) (Disc) : External input still (frame) (Disc) : Still (Card) : External input still (field) (Card) : External input still (frame) (Card) 2. Program AE (only in movie recording mode) (p.

  • Page 54

    15. Disc/Card type : DVD-RAM : DVD-R : DVD-RAM (write-protected) : DVD-R disc already finalized on this DVD video camera/recorder : DVD-R disc finalized on a device other than this DVD video camera/recorder : SD memory card : Locked SD memory card No display 16.

  • Page 55

    ●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: The battery remaining level will appear only when the remaining level is very low, and the display will blink.

  • Page 56: Zooming

    Zooming If you continue to hold the zoom lever on the “T” control side with Dig. Zoom 40× or 240× specified, the digital zoom will be activated midway (when optical 10-power is exceeded on DZ-GX20A or DZ-MV780A, or optical 16-power is exceeded on DZ-MV730A).

  • 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 the zoom lever to “W”...

  • Page 58: Playing Back

    Playing Back • Insert a disc or card recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder (p. 49, Before You Begin 51). • Turn the DVD video camera/recorder on (p. 44). PLAYING BACK Playing Back Use f / e / d / c to select, and then press A to designate.

  • 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. 103) to play back from the start of disc or card. SEARCH PLAYBACK OF MOVIE During playback, press the d or c button and hold it: Search playback will start.

  • Page 60: Skip Playback Of Movie

    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.

  • 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 ENTER to), and 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 Menu

    Checking Flow of Quick Menu The following two on-screen menu modes are available with this DVD video camera/recorder: • Quick Menu: To display only the fundamental menu items for first timers • Normal Menu: To display all menu items for experts (p. 84) Camera Functions While the camera image is being displayed on the LCD monitor, press the QUICK MENU button: The Quick Menu will appear.

  • Page 64

    ●Operating Menu You can use the f/e/d/c buttons on DVD video camera/recorder to select various setting options in Quick Menu and designate them. Press the QUICK MENU button. QUICK MENU Qu i c k M e n u V I DEO Mo d e : F I NE 1 6 : 9 : O f f...

  • Page 65: Flow Of Quick Menu When Recording Movie

    FLOW OF QUICK MENU 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 Normal Menu: See each reference page. ●Record Functions Setup Qu i c k M e n u V I DEO Mo d e : F I NE...

  • Page 66: Flow Of Quick Menu When Recording Photo (disc)

    ●Initial Setup Qu i c k M e n u L a n g u a g e : E n g l i s h D e mo Mo d e : A u t o R e s e t Me n u f o r I n i t i a l s e t u p.

  • Page 67: Date Setup

    ●Date Setup Qu i c k M e n u D a t e S e t Me n u f o r d a t e s e t u p. ENT ER RE TURN ●Initial Setup Qu i c k M e n u L a n g u a g e : E n g l i s h...

  • Page 68: Flow Of Quick Menu When Recording Photo (card)

    FLOW OF QUICK MENU WHEN RECORDING PHOTO (CARD): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Normal Menu: See each reference page. ●Record Functions Setup Qu i c k M e n u Qu a l i t y : F I NE I n p u t S o u r c e : CAMERA S e l f T i m e r...

  • Page 69: Disc Navigation Functions

    ●Initial Setup Qu i c k M e n u L a n g u a g e : E n g l i s h D emo Mo d e : A u t o R e s e t Me n u f o r I n i t i a l s e t u p.

  • Page 70: Flow Of Quick Menu (with Dvd-ram Disc)

    FLOW OF QUICK MENU (WITH DVD-RAM DISC): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Normal Menu: See each reference page. ●Scene Qu i c k Me n u E d i t E f f e c t C o p y Me n u f o r s c e n e.

  • Page 71: Flow Of Quick Menu (with Dvd-r Disc)

    FLOW OF QUICK MENU (WITH DVD-R DISC): The details of each function are described on pages showing the Normal Menu: See each reference page. ●Disc Qu i c k Me n u F i n a l i z e D i s c Me n u f o r d i s c.

  • Page 72: 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 73

    Manually focus the following objects, which may not be automatically focused (see page 72): 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 74: 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 adjustment bar will appear on the screen.

  • Page 75: Using External Microphone

    Using External Microphone Connect external microphone (generally available) to the external microphone jack of this DVD video camera/recorder. Clearer sound can be recorded. Turn on the switch on external microphone and start recording. For details on external microphone, see “Major Specifications” on page 175. Note •...

  • Page 76: Built-in Video Flash (for Dz-gx20a Only)

    Built-in Video Flash (for DZ-GX20A only) When recording photos in a dark place, or if the subject is lit from rear, the DZ-GX20A makes use of the built-in Video Flash for automatic brightening: The Video Flash can also be set to On where the light is always being emitted, or Off when you wish to record without using the flash even in a dark place.

  • Page 77: Viewing On Tv Screen

    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 •...

  • 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.

  • Page 79: Playback On Dvd Recorder/player

    Playback on DVD Recorder/Player PLAYING BACK DVD-RAM DISC You can use a DVD recorder (see “Terminology”, p. 155) or DVD player that conforms to DVD-RAM to play back 8 cm DVD-RAM discs recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder. Insert the disc into the DVD recorder/player and play it back.

  • Page 80: 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 DVD-RAM disc or card* into this DVD video camera/ recorder (see p. 24, 27). * Only photos can be recorded: No video can be recorded.

  • Page 81

    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 82: 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 DVD-RAM 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. * Only photos can be recorded: No video can be recorded.

  • Page 83: Recording (dubbing) Images On Other Video Devices

    DVD video camera/recorder from AC outlet, to prevent battery power from shutting off during recording on another video device. • 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...

  • Page 84: 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 Menu The following two on-screen menu modes are available with this DVD video camera/recorder: • Quick Menu: To display only the fundamental menu items for first timers (p. 63) •...

  • Page 85

    ●Flow of Normal Menu 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 86: Setting Up Camera Functions

    Setting Up Camera Functions • See page 64 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 87: Recording Dark Subjects Using Lcd Monitor Light

    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, and choose “Program AE” from the “Camera Functions Setup” menu. Choose “Low Light”, Camer a F u nc t i on s S e t u p and designate it.

  • Page 88: 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.

  • Page 89

    ●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 when the white object fills the screen, manually focus the object, referring to “Manually Focusing Subject”...

  • Page 90: Using The Electronic Image Stabilizer (eis)

    USING THE ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER (EIS) When you use zoom (see page 56) to record a magnified subject image, it will correct fuzziness in the recorded image. Press the MENU Came r a F u nc t i on s Se t u p button, choose “EIS”...

  • Page 91: Setting Up Record Functions

    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. (p. 28) Press the MENU Re c o r d F u nc t i on s S e t u p button, use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 92: Setting To Wide Tv Screen Mode (16:9 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). “16:9 On”...

  • Page 93

    Note • The 16:9 setting will be kept even after the DVD video camera/recorder is turned off. • The 16:9 mode cannot be used with photo recording, external input, S-VIDEO external input (for DZ-GX20A or DZ-MV780A only), or “STD” recording using DVD-R disc. •...

  • Page 94: Switching Quality Of Still Image (quality)

    SWITCHING QUALITY OF STILL IMAGE (QUALITY) You can switch the still recording quality only when using card. It is recommended that you use “FINE” when recording vital images. (p. 30 “SIZE AND QUALITY OF PHOTOS”) Press the MENU Re c o r d F u nc t i on s S e t u p button, use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 95: Switching External Input Recording Method (photo Input)

    SWITCHING EXTERNAL INPUT RECORDING METHOD (PHOTO INPUT) When “Input Source: LINE or S LINE” is specified, you can record stills of externally input images on either a DVD-RAM disc or a card. The DVD video camera/recorder can record an external image with little movement by specifying “Frame”, but “Field”...

  • Page 96: 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 Re c o r d F u nc t i on s S e t u p button, use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 97: 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.

  • Page 98: Lcd/evf Setup

    LCD/EVF Setup SETTING BRIGHTNESS OF LCD SCREEN (LCD BRIGHTNESS) Press the MENU LCD / EVF Se t up button, use “Operating Menu” (p. 64) to choose “Adjust” on the “LCD/ EVF Setup” menu ENTER screen, and then choose “LCD Brightness”. The brightness adjustment bar will appear on the screen.

  • Page 99: Setting Color Density (color Level)

    SETTING COLOR DENSITY (COLOR LEVEL) You can adjust the color density of the LCD monitor screen and viewfinder. Press the MENU LCD / EVF Se t up button, use “Operating Menu” (p. 64) to choose “Adjust” on the “LCD/ EVF Setup” menu ENTER screen, and then choose “Color Level”.

  • Page 100: 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 I n i t i a l S e t u p button, use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 101: 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 102: 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. 174)). (Note, however, that the date/time will not be reset.) Press the MENU I n i t i a l S e t u p button, use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 103: 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 104

    Disc Navigation screen Cursor Still image icon Operation guide *1 Scene number refers to display number on thumbnail display screen. *2 No still icon will appear for card. *3 The operation guide will vary depending on the operation status of DVD video camera/recorder. *4 Appears when 13 scenes or more have been recorded.

  • Page 105: Playing Back From Disc Navigation Screen

    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”. A l l Pr og r ams 0 01 / 014 f / e PLAY d / c...

  • Page 106: Selecting Multiple Scenes

    SELECTING MULTIPLE SCENES Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Use the f/e/d/c buttons 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 f/e/d/ A l l Pr ogr ams c buttons to select the...

  • Page 107: Functions Available With Disc Navigation

    FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE WITH DISC NAVIGATION The Disc Navigation mode will allow a variety of further operations. Functions Available with Disc Navigation Available function Disc or card used Editing of scenes Setting special effects to scenes Scene information display Changing title Creation of play list Disc or Card initialization...

  • Page 108: 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 “Checking Flow of Normal Menu” on page 84. Refer to pages indicated for details of settings. ●When using DVD-RAM disc Scene Edit...

  • Page 109

    ●When using card Scene Delete (p. 110) Lock (p. 118) Select (p. 119) Detail (p. 120) Go To (p. 131) (p. 131) Card Format Card Capacity Start → Current (p. 119) Current → End (p. 119) (p. 119) Slide Show (p.

  • Page 110: Scene

    Scene DELETING SCENES (EDIT – 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 111

    ●Editing using submenu Press the MENU button before pressing the A button in step 5 (see page 110): The submenu will appear. Ed i t De l e t e E x i t ENTER RETURN Edit Delete ... To delete selected scenes Exit...

  • Page 112: 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 113: 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. 136). Stills cannot be combined. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button.

  • Page 114: Directing Scenes Effectively (effect - Fade)

    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. Select the scene for adding special effects.

  • Page 115: Playing Back By Skipping Scenes (effect - Skip)

    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. Select the scene to be skipped. Press the MENU button. Choose “Scene”, Sc ene “Effect”, “Skip”, and...

  • Page 116: Changing Images For Thumbnails (effect - Thumbnail)

    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.

  • Page 117: Copying Stills On Dvd-ram Disc To Card (copy)

    COPYING STILLS ON DVD-RAM DISC TO CARD (COPY) Set the power switch to “O” or “N“. 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 118: 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”. Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Select the scene to be locked. Press the MENU button.

  • Page 119: 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. Point the cursor at the first or last scene to be selected: When selecting all scenes, simply proceed with step 3.

  • Page 120: 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. Press the MENU button.

  • Page 121: 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 122: 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. Use “Operating Menu” P r og r am (p. 64) to choose “Play” on the “Program” menu screen, and then press the A button.

  • Page 123

    After entering the title, T I T L E choose “Enter” and 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 SPACE then press the A 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 button.

  • Page 124: 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 125: 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. Use “Operating Menu” P l a y L i s t (p.

  • Page 126: 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. Use “Operating Menu” P l a y L i s t (p. 64) to choose “Edit” on the “PlayList” menu screen, and then press the A button.

  • Page 127: Deleting Scenes From Play List (editing Play List)

    DELETING SCENES FROM PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY LIST) Press the DISC NAVIGATION button. Display the editing screen of the play list to be edited. Perform steps 2 – 4 on page 126. Move the cursor to the Ed i t P l a yL i s t play list in lower row, A l l P r o g r ams and place the cursor on...

  • Page 128: 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 screen of the play list to be edited. Perform steps 2 – 4 on page 126. Move the cursor to the Ed i t P l a yL i s t play list in lower row.

  • Page 129: 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. Use “Operating Menu” (p. 64) to choose “Switch” on the “PlayList” menu screen, and then press the A button. Select the play list to be edited, and then press the A button.

  • Page 130: 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. Use “Operating Menu”...

  • Page 131: 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. Use “Operating Menu” Go T o (p. 64) to choose “Top” or “End” on the “Go To”...

  • Page 132: Disc Or Card Management

    Disc or Card Management INITIALIZING DISC OR CARD (FORMAT DISC. FORMAT CARD) Initializing DVD-RAM disc or card will allow you to delete any recorded contents. • 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 during initialization and the initialization is interrupted, incorrect initialization will result and the incorrectly initialized disc will be Before You Begin...

  • Page 133: Protecting Disc From Writing (protect Disc)

    PROTECTING DISC FROM WRITING (PROTECT DISC) You can protect a DVD-RAM disc 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.

  • Page 134: 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 135: 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. Finalization cannot be executed Before You Begin 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.

  • Page 136: 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 137: 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 138: (dz-gx20a/dz-mv780a)

    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 139

    ●Using PC to edit images on DVD-RAM disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder: Original disc DVD-RAM disc recorded Original DVD-RAM disc or on 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 147): Original disc DVD-RAM disc recorded...

  • Page 140: 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 141

    DVDMASE 4\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 “Instruction Manual”. ●Requirements of available PC • The provided software cannot be used on Windows ®...

  • Page 142: 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 143: Installing Software

    INSTALLING SOFTWARE Click “All” on the installer screen. Clicking “All” allows you to install the DVD- RAM driver, DVD-MovieAlbumSE 4.1 and DVDfunSTUDIO 2.2 all at one time. If any of the software programs are already installed, uninstall them, and then proceed with installing the provided programs.

  • Page 144

    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”. Click “Finish”. Then the installation of DVDfunSTUDIO will start. Click The screen for installing DVDfunSTUDIO will appear: Click “Next”.

  • Page 145

    Click “Next”. Carefully read the License Agreement: If you accept it, click “Yes”. The contents of agreement displayed on actual screen may be different from those in the figure. If you do not wish to change the folder in which the UDF driver is installed, click “Next”.

  • Page 146

    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 “×” at the top right of window. The contents displayed on actual screen may be different from those in the figure. If your PC uses Windows message that prompts you to restart will appear: Click “Finish”...

  • Page 147: Creating Dvd Video From Dvd-ram Disc Recorded On Dvd Video Camera/recorder

    Creating DVD Video from DVD-RAM Disc Recorded on DVD Video Camera/Recorder Using DVD-MovieAlbumSE and DVDfunSTUDIO, 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 PC.

  • Page 148

    DVDfunSTUDIO will automatically start. The following Collect Tool will appear: Click “OK”. Any scene exported on DVD-MovieAlbumSE will be automatically registered on DVDfunSTUDIO. You can now change the DVD menu to the desired style, change the title, choose the size of disc to be used (8 cm/12 cm/12 cm double- layered) and the playback method.

  • Page 149: Uninstalling Software

    • Data may be readable or writable from/to storage media in this DVD video camera/recorder using software other than that provided with this DVD video camera/recorder, but Hitachi does not guarantee the operation. • If the PC is started from suspend (see “Terminology”...

  • Page 150: Introduction To Video Editing Software

    DVD video camera/recorder. The information on the product on this page is for reference only; Hitachi does not guarantee or endorse the operation of a given product. Contact the software company for any inquiries on the specifications and operation requirements of the product.

  • Page 151: Subsidiary Information

    Subsidiary Information Introduction to Optional Accessories CAMERA ACCESSORIES Wide conversion lens (DZ-WL1)* Tele-conversion lens (DZ-TL1)* Video flash (DZ-FLH3)** Step-up ring (DZ-SR3437 for DZ-GX20A or DZ-MV730A, DZ-SR3037 for DZ-MV780A) • 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, you will need the optional step-up ring: Attach it after removing the lens hood covering the lens (see p.

  • Page 152: Removing Disc From Its Package

    The way to remove a disc from its package may vary with the disc maker: See the disc instruction sheet. The following explains how to remove the discs made by Hitachi Maxell: REMOVING AND REPLACING FROM/IN ROUND DVD HOLDER Hold the Round DVD...

  • Page 153: Removing Disc From Cartridge

    REMOVING DISC FROM CARTRIDGE Use a fine tipped pen, etc. to snap off the lock pins, and then remove them. Snap off and remove lock pin ●Removing disc from caddy case Insert your finger into the hole in the center of disc, taking care not to touch the recording surface,...

  • Page 154: Changing Setting Of Demonstration

    Changing Setting of Demonstration 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. three minutes after the DVD video camera/recorder is turned on. Use the following procedure if you wish to view the demonstration immediately or change the setting to “Off”.

  • Page 155: 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. DOLBY DIGITAL: An audio recording format widely used for DVD video. Using this technology instead of PCM recording can enhance the recording capacity, which will allow user to achieve a recording of images with higher resolution (bit rate) or a longer recording time.

  • Page 156: Infrared Sensor

    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...

  • Page 157: Sd Memory Card

    SD MEMORY CARD: This is a standard of memory card developed in 1999. The card is 32 mm long × 24 mm wide × 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 158: 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 proper type of disc inserted? • Is power switch set to “ ”? •...

  • Page 159

    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 160: 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 It is possible that the system cannot normally complete writing of of image file.

  • Page 161

    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, and scenes on the playlist. then combine scenes. Cannot combine. Select only movies and combine them. Deselect PHOTO scenes.

  • Page 162

    Message Card full. Delete unnecessary stills and try the card, or use another card. No more recording on this card can be done: Delete unnecessary stills or use another card. Card full. Delete unnecessary stills and try the card, or use another card. Cannot execute.

  • Page 163

    Message Disc error. • Use another disc. • See *3 on page 166. • Mismatch in recording information may be caused by editing done on some device other than this DVD video camera/ recorder. Initialize the disc or use another disc. •...

  • Page 164

    Message Error occurred. Please An abnormality occurred with a DVD-R disc to be repaired. replace disc. Replace the disc. Finalize may not be Instantaneous shutoff occurred during finalizing, after which complete. Finalize again power was supplied and disc was inserted. now? It is unrecordable on The inserted card cannot be used in this DVD video camera/...

  • Page 165

    Message There was no scene This message will appear if you try to delete multiple scenes on which can be deleted. Disc Navigation when all the selected scenes have been locked. Release the lock on scenes before executing deletion. This card cannot be The card cannot be used in this DVD video camera/recorder: Use used.

  • Page 166

    • 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 167: 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 168

    Symptom 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 opening the cover will DVD video camera/recorder off. cause the ACCESS indicator to blink. During recording Symptom Pressing the REC or...

  • Page 169

    During playback Symptom Recognition of disc is Is disc dirty? not complete Use the provided disc cleaning cloth to clean it. Pressing the playback Has the image been recorded by devices other than this DVD button will not start video camera/recorder? playback.

  • Page 170

    Symptom Photos on card cannot This DVD video camera/recorder can play back image data be 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 ×...

  • Page 171

    When the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to PC: Symptom No drive icon appears The DVD video camera/recorder is not turned on. on PC. Check the power supply. Turn PC off and then disconnect the PC connection cable. Turn PC on again, and then use the PC connection cable to connect the DVD video camera/recorder to PC.

  • Page 172

    Symptom The DISC EJECT While the DVD video camera/recorder is connected to PC, use button is not valid when Explorer to right-click the DVD video camera/recorder drive icon the DVD video camera/ and execute “Eject”. recorder is connected to If DVD-MovieAlbumSE is running, clicking the eject button on DVD-MovieAlbumSE will open the cover of disc insertion block of this DVD video camera/recorder: Remove the disc.

  • Page 173

    Miscellaneous Symptom Power does not come Execute system reset (press the RESET button). on, or no operation Has the DVD video camera/recorder been subjected to impact? occurs by pressing The DVD video camera/recorder could be damaged. Consult your button. dealer. The date and time are Has the DVD video camera/recorder been left unused for a long incorrect.

  • Page 174: 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.

  • Page 175: 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 DZ-GX20A : 1/3.6-inch interlaced DZ-MV780A : 1/4.5-inch interlaced DZ-MV730A : 1/6-inch interlaced Total number of pixels DZ-GX20A approx.

  • Page 176

    Maximum DVD-RAM disc recordable time DVD-R disc (per side) Maximum number DVD-RAM disc of recordable stills (per side) SD memory card (when using 32 MB card) Recording format DVD-RAM disc DVD-R disc Card Audio playback format Recording medium Jacks Battery system Power consumption Dimensions (W ×...

  • Page 177

    Operating temperature (humidity) Storage temperature Weight Total weight when recording Provided accessories 32 – 104 ºF (0 – 40 ºC) (less than 80%). 32 – 86 ºF (0 – 30 ºC) when connected to PC -4 – 140 ºF (-20 – 60 ºC) DZ-GX20A approx.

  • Page 178: 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 179: Index

    Index Numerics ... 92 16:9 ... 56 240x (Dig. Zoom) ... 56 40x (Dig. Zoom) ... 24 8 cm bare disc ... 43 AC adapter/charger ... 49, 51 ACCESS/PC indicator ... 127 Add (edit) ... 121 All programs ... 86 Auto (program AE) ...

  • Page 180

    ...86 Low Light (Program AE) ...72 ...90 MIC.Filter ...129 Move ...84 Normal Menu ...16 Optical 10× zoom lens ...56 Optical 16x zoom lens ...97 OSD Output ...95 PHOTO Input ...125 Play (play list) ...122 Play (program) ...124 Play list ...126 Add scenes ...127 Add scenes (submenu)

  • Page 181: 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. 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.

  • Page 183: Warranty Limitations

    DAMAGES OR LOSS OF PROFIT OF PRODUCT RESULTING FROM ANY DEFECT IN OR MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THIS HITACHI PRODUCT. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, OR THE EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

  • Page 184: Limited Warranty

    1. Owner must provide verification of the date of purchase when requesting Limited Warranty Service. (Dated Sales Receipt Required) 2. All repairs must be performed by a Hitachi Authorized Service Facility. 3. This warranty is valid only in the U.S.A.

  • Page 185

    OR MAIL IN TO ADDRESS ON THIS CARD. HITACHI “In order to allow Hitachi to better serve customer needs, please complete this card and return it to Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division. Completion of this card is not required in order to validate your Hitachi limited warranty, but would assist us in developing better services and programs for our customers.”...

  • Page 187

    à la livraison de l’appareil au CENTRE DE SERVICE AUTORISÉ HITACHI le plus près. Toutes les dépenses encourues pour le transport ou la livraison à nos centres de service autorisés Hitachi sont aux frais de l’acheteur. Le produit doit être emballé...

  • Page 188

    2495 Meadowpine Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario L5N 6C3 CANADA IMPORTANT NOTICE: This warranty will not apply to product purchased outside Canada OR sold by any organization other than HITACHI CANADA LTD. AVIS IMPORTANT: Notre garantie ne couvre pas les produits achetés à l’extérieur du Canada OU vendus par toute autre organisation que HITACHI CANADA LTD.

  • Page 189

    (Please print or type) “Afin de permettre à Hitachi de mieux répondre aux besoins de la clientèle veuillez remplir cette carte et la retourner à Hitachi Canada Ltd. Il n’est pas nécessaire de remplir cette carte pour valider vorte garantie limitée Hitachi, toutefois, elle nous aide à...

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