Hitachi DZ-BD10HA Instruction Manual

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Instruction Manual
Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi Camcorder.
Please read this Instruction Manual to understand its proper use.
After reading the Instruction Manual, store it safely.
Battery Pack
Let's Get Started
Recording — Viewing
Various Recording
Dubbing on BD/DVD/
Viewing on the
Other Devices
Connecting to
your PC


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Summary of Contents for Hitachi DZ-BD10HA

  • Page 1 Instruction Manual (English) DZ-BD10HA Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi Camcorder. Please read this Instruction Manual to understand its proper use. After reading the Instruction Manual, store it safely. Introduction HDD/BD/DVD/Cards Battery Pack Let’s Get Started Recording — Viewing Various Recording...
  • Page 2: Important Information

    Important Information For Your Safety The power switch turns the camcorder on and off, leaving the date/time feature unaffected. If the camcorder is to be left unattended for a long period of time, turn it off. The DVD video camera/recorder and AC adapter/charger have the following caution marks. 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.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In addition to the careful attention devoted to quality standards in the manufacture of your camcorder, 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 the camcorder and accessory equipment.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Important Information ... 2 For Your Safety ... 2 Precautions ... 2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ... 4 Introduction This camcorder makes all of the following possible! ... 7 Choosing a disc to suit your purpose ... 8 How to Read this Instruction Manual...
  • Page 6 Before terminating PC connection (removing USB cable) and changing the power switch setting ... 82 Using ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI ... 83 Uninstalling the software ... 86 Precautions When Connecting to a PC... 87 Additional Information Optional Accessories ... 88 Error Messages ...
  • Page 7: Introduction

    Introduction This camcorder makes all of the following possible! Record movies and stills with this one device! Stills Movies You can easily figure out “what” can be recorded “to which medium”. After recording View on large screen by hooking up the camcorder to a TV! HDMI You can easily figure out which cable...
  • Page 8: Choosing A Disc To Suit Your Purpose

    Choosing a disc to suit your purpose HD (High Definition) image quality Image resolution: about six times higher than the SD (Standard Definition) image quality Recording to the HDD/Card Re-recordable HDD/Card • HD recording over extended periods is possible. • You can delete/edit the images on HDD/Card using this camcorder.
  • Page 9 Recording/Dubbing SD (Standard Definition) image quality Do you want to delete/edit images using this camcorder? Re-recordable DVD-RW DVD-RAM (VR mode) Playable on devices that are compatible with 8 cm DVD-RAM or 8 cm DVD-RW (VR mode) accordingly. * For details, refer to the standards stated in “Recording format” (p.111). Do you want to play the disc on a DVD player/recorder? Do you want to reuse the disc?
  • Page 10: How To Read This Instruction Manual

    How to Read this Instruction Manual About media descriptions The camcorder functions available vary depending on the media (HDD/BD/ DVD/Card) used. Refer to the icon headings shown below to determine whether the function explained complies with the media in use. BD-R RAM -RW (VR) BD-RE Collective...
  • Page 11: Before Using The Product - Be Sure To Read This Information

    About BD/DVD • We recommend using Hitachi Maxell brand discs. The compatibility of the discs with this camcorder is confirmed. • If there is concern that the camcorder may be subjected to large vibrations or impact during transport, remove the BD/DVD and protect the camcorder using soft protective materials.
  • Page 12 • In the event that your camcorder is sent for repair, whether repair is successful or not, recorded content may be lost. Hitachi cannot be held responsible for any lost data. Copyright • Be aware that recording is restricted for some demonstrations, performances and...
  • Page 13: Checking Provided Accessories

    Make sure the following accessories are included in the package. Battery pack (DZ-BP14S) AC adapter/charger Portable power supply for your (DZ-ACS2) new Hitachi Camcorder. Be Use to power the camcorder sure to fully charge the battery from an AC power outlet, and before use.
  • Page 14: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts Power switch side MENU SELECT MENU button (p.20) SELECT button (p.35) Joystick (p.34, 38) C (stop/cancel) button (p.41) (Disc Navigation) button (p.34) DUBBING button (p.58) SD CARD indicator (p.29) BD/DVD indicator (p.28) HDD indicator (p.27) PHOTO button (p.29) Movie/Stills switch (p.27) ACCESS indicator (p.11, 23, 30) Disc compartment (p.27)
  • Page 15 LCD monitor side (when the LCD monitor is opened 90°), bottom, and lens side FULL GUIDE AUTO DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS Bottom DISPLAY button (p.31, 37) GUIDE button (p.7) This button can help you choose a disc, connect the camcorder to your TV, and so on.
  • Page 16: Remote Control

    BATTERY MAY EXPLODE IF NOT HANDLED PROPERLY. DO NOT RECHARGE, DISASSEMBLE, OR DISPOSE OF IN FIRE. 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. Adjusting the hand strap Fasten the hand strap according to the procedure in the diagram.
  • Page 17: How To Open And Use The Lcd Monitor

    How to Open and Use the LCD Monitor You can use the LCD monitor as follows. How to change the LCD brightness You can adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor when it is too dark or too bright to see the image on display. The brightness changes every time you select LCD BRIGHTNESS.
  • Page 18: Let's Get Started

    Let’s Get Started Setting up the battery pack Connect the power cable to the AC adapter/charger. Plug in the power cable to a wall outlet. Attach the battery pack to the AC adapter/charger. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder. CHARGE indicator If the CHARGE indicator does not light, check that the connections (...
  • Page 19: Turning On The Power

    Turning on the power MENU SELECT Turn on the power. Open the LCD monitor. ACCESS CARD MODE DISC EJECT Press and hold the lock button, and turn the power switch to “ON”.
  • Page 20: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the date and time MENU SELECT Open the LCD monitor (p.17). Date Set / 1 / 2008 10 : 00 AM CHANGE MO V E ENTER RETURN Changing the display language You can change the language used on screens and menus as follows. Press MENU, then select “Initial Setup”...
  • Page 21: Functions And Characteristics Of Hdd/Bd/Dvd/Card

    Functions and Characteristics of HDD/BD/DVD/Card The following table lists the storage media (discs and cards) and available functions that can be used with this camcorder. Function Built- ●: Functions available —: Not available Recording HD (High Definition) ● quality movies (p27, 29) Recording SD quality movies (p.27) —...
  • Page 22: About Cards

    Notes • Hitachi Maxell single sided discs (HG type in the case of DVDs) have been confirmed to be compatible with this camcorder and are recommended. Take care not to dirty (including fingerprints) or scratch the surface of the discs when handling.
  • Page 23: Inserting A Bd Or Dvd

    Inserting a BD or DVD ACCESS CARD MODE OFF ON DISC EJECT Close the lid. The ACCESS indicator flashes. During this process, do not remove the power source, shake, or subject the camcorder to impacts. When a new BD-RE, BD-R, or DVD-RW is inserted, see p.24. To record movies, see “Recording Movies to a BD/DVD”...
  • Page 24: When Loading A New Bd-Re/Bd-R/Dvd-Rw

    Removing the disc Pressing slightly on the center hub with a finger, grip the edge of the disc by your thumb and lift the disc out as shown. When loading a new BD-RE/BD-R/DVD-RW When the disc is loaded, the format confirmation screen will appear in the LCD monitor.
  • Page 25: Battery Pack

    Battery Pack CHARGE lamp status and charging time Lights Charging Approx. charging time (at approx. 77°F (25°C)) DZ-BP14S (supplied) Charge Goes out DZ-BP14SW (sold separately) Complete DZ-BP21SW (sold separately) Blinks See “Troubleshooting” (p.97). Continuous recording time with a fully charged battery Use the following table to estimate continuous recording times (minutes) using a fully charged battery pack.
  • Page 26: Detaching The Dc Power Cord/Battery Pack From The Camcorder

    Notes • The battery pack will not be charged while the DC power cord is connected to the AC adapter/charger even if the battery pack is attached to the AC adapter/charger. • The AC adapter/charger can be used around the world. An AC plug adapter is required in some foreign countries.
  • Page 27: Recording

    Recording Recording Movies to the HDD Turn the power switch to “ON”. ACCESS SD CARD MODE CARD EJECT Press the record button. Recording begins. To pause recording, press the record button again. Recording Movies to a BD/DVD Insert a BD/DVD. DISC EJECT Attach the charged battery pack.
  • Page 28 Turn the power switch to “ON”. ACCESS CARD MODE CARD EJECT Hint If the format confirmation screen appears after loading a new BD-RE/BD-R/ DVD-RW, format the disc as guided through the LCD screens (p.24). Formatting is not necessary when recording on a DVD-RAM/DVD-R. Press the record button.
  • Page 29: Recording Movies/Stills To A Card

    Recording Movies/Stills to a Card Insert a card. Turn the power switch to “ON”. When recording movies MODE Turn the power switch to “MODE” until the SD CARD indicator lights. Press the record button. Recording begins. To pause recording, press the record button again.
  • Page 30 Hints • You can play back the last recorded scene right away by pressing the confirmation button. If you wish to delete the last recorded scene, press MENU and select “Edit” “Delete Scene”, and then press the confirmation button. (For recording on a HDD, BD-RE/DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR mode) disc or a card only) •...
  • Page 31: Information Display During Recording

    Information display during recording Switching the display mode Various information will appear in the LCD monitor during recording. You can choose simple display or detailed (all information) display by pressing DISPLAY repeatedly. If you leave the camcorder idle for approx. one minute, the information display will disappear.
  • Page 32 Recording mode (p.27, 29) : Movie : Stills (Card only) Current medium and its status (p.21) (HDD/BD/DVD/Card) : HDD : BD-RE : Finalized BD-RE : BD-R : Finalized BD-R : DVD-RAM : DVD-RW (VR mode) : DVD-RW (VF mode) : Finalized DVD-RW (VR mode) : Finalized DVD-RW (VF mode) : DVD-R : Finalized DVD-R...
  • Page 33: Efficient Use Of The Battery Pack

    Self-Timer (p.55) (when using Card) No icon: Off : On (Ten-second countdown) Flash (p.52) (when using Card) No icon: Auto : Flash On : Flash Off MIC. Filter (when recording Movies) (p.51) No icon: Off : On HDMI audio output (p.73) In case of the HDMI connection, audio signals are output only while playback.
  • Page 34: Viewing

    Viewing -RW (VF) BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) Playing Recorded Movies/Stills Press The scenes thumbnails appear on the disc navigation screen. Movie/Stills Current medium Disc Navigation Select [ All Scenes 10/ 1/2008 10:10:10AM HX PLAY DESELECT ALL Operation guide Currently selected scene Choose a scene by pressing f/e (up/down, previous page/following page) and d/c (left/right).
  • Page 35: Choosing And Playing Back Multiple Scenes

    BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) BD-RE Choosing and playing back multiple scenes After step of “Playing Recorded Movies/Stills” (p.34), perform procedures according to your purpose from the table below. When you have finished choosing scenes, press the confirmation button to begin playing them back. •...
  • Page 36: Jumping To The Designated Scene

    BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) BD-RE Jumping to the designated scene Press MENU after step while a scene is played back. The menu appears. Select “Go To” by pressing f/e, then press c. Select “Top”, “End”, or “Specify” by pressing f/e, then press the confirmation button to confirm.
  • Page 37: Adjusting Speaker Volume During Movie Playback

    Notes • If the image file is very large (high resolution, etc), it will take more time to display. • The disc navigation screen automatically appears if: – the BD/DVD/Card is protected. – a finalized BD-RE/BD-R/DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R is loaded. –...
  • Page 38: Simple Functions You Can Use During Playback Or Playback Pause

    Simple functions you can use during playback or playback pause BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Movies (during playback) Functions Press The confirmation button Pause Fast- c (Forward)/d forward/ (Reverse) and hold Reverse Skip e (Forward)/ forward/ f (Reverse) backward •...
  • Page 39: Playing Still Pictures On A Card Automatically (Slide Show)

    CARD Still pictures (during card playback) Reminder: For still images, a “scene” is one still image, a photograph. Functions Press Playing e/c (Forward)/ previous or f/d (Reverse) later scenes (stills) Each time you press e/c or f/d, the next or previous still is shown.
  • Page 40: Capturing A Still Picture From A Movie (Photo Capture)

    BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) BD-RE Capturing a still picture from a movie (PHOTO Capture) You can capture and record an image displayed during movie playback as a photo (approx. 2,070,000 pixels (HDD/BD/Card)/approx. 310,000 pixels (DVD)), on a card. Press PHOTO or MENU at the frame you want to capture during movie playback or...
  • Page 41: Various Recording Techniques

    Various Recording Techniques How to Operate the Menu Press MENU. Example: Select “Camera Functions Setup” “White Balance” a white balance mode The title of the selected icon on the left appears at the top. Camera F u nctions Set u p Program AE White Balance MENU...
  • Page 42: Menu (While Recording)

    Menu (While Recording) Menu items Menu items (2nd level) (1st level) Program AE White Balance Camera Functions Digital Zoom Setup MIC. Filter Flash Auxiliary Line HD Video Mode (when the HDD/BD/Card is used) SD Video Mode (when a DVD is used) Record Functions WIDE mode Setup...
  • Page 43: About The Demonstration Function

    Setting the date and time See “Setting the date and time” (p.20) for setting procedures. Note The camcorder is equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery to retain the date and time in memory. If the built-in battery is depleted, the date and time will need to be reset. Periodically (once every six months) recharge the internal battery by connecting the camcorder to a wall outlet or attaching a charged battery pack to the camcorder while leaving the camcorder turned off for 24 hours.
  • Page 44: Magnified Recording (Optical Zoom And Digital Zoom)

    BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Magnified Recording (Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom) Optical zooming up to ten times is the maximum telephoto magnification. When using a card (recording stills), only optical zoom works. W: Wide- T: Telephoto angle (Magnifies (Recording recording)
  • Page 45: Using The Separately-Sold Lenses To Increase

    BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Using the Separately- Sold Lenses to Increase the Wide- Angle or Telephoto Effect Use the tele-conversion lens (DZ- TL43 (sold separately) to increase the telephoto effect, and the wide- conversion lens DZ-WL43 (sold separately) to increase the wide-angle effect.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Image (Exposure)

    How to focus manually During recording pause or recording, press e (MF). The Focus icon appears in the LCD monitor. Manual focus icon • Focusing switches between Manual Focus and Auto Focus each time e is pressed. The icon is displayed only during manual focusing.
  • Page 47: Compensating For Backlight (Backlight Compensation)

    During recording pause or recording, press f ( The exposure bar appears in the LCD monitor. Exposure Bar • Each time you press f, exposure adjustment switches between manual adjustment and automatic adjustment. The exposure bar appears only during manual adjustment. Adjust the exposure by pressing d/c.
  • Page 48: Adjusting The Color (White Balance)

    Sand&Snow Prevents underexposure of the subject in very bright conditions, such as at the beach or on a ski slope. Low Light Allows you to record in dark places with limited light. Selecting a recording mode During recording pause, press MENU.
  • Page 49: Setting The White Balance Manually (Set)

    Selecting a white balance mode During recording pause, press MENU. Select “Camera Functions Setup” “White Balance” white balance mode Press the confirmation button to confirm, then MENU to end. The selected white balance mode (other than Auto) will appear in the LCD monitor (p.31).
  • Page 50: Using The Optical Image Stabilizer (Ois)

    Notes • It may be difficult to perform this setting in dark places. Also if the zoom bar is positioned in the digital range (p.32), you may not be able to set the white balance. If white balance settings cannot be accomplished, “...
  • Page 51: Displaying Recording Guidelines (Auxiliary Line)

    • Face Detection is automatically turned Off when: – Program AE is set to “Portrait”, “Spotlight”, “Sand & Snow” or “Low Light”. (When the Program AE setting is not “Auto”, pressing will automatically set Program AE to “Auto”.) – BLC (Backlight Compensation), : Exposure) or e (MF: Manual Focus) is...
  • Page 52: Restoring All The Recording Settings To Default (Full Auto)

    Select “Camera Functions Setup” “MIC. Filter” “On”/“Off” Press the confirmation button to confirm, then MENU to end. When the function is turned On, “ ” appears in the LCD monitor (p.31). • The MIC. filter setting is retained in memory even when the power is turned off.
  • Page 53: Turning Off The Recording Indicator Beneath The Lens

    Selecting a flash mode During recording pause, press MENU. Select “Camera Functions Setup” “Flash” a flash mode Press the confirmation button to confirm, then MENU to end. • The flash setting is retained in memory even when the power is turned off. Hints •...
  • Page 54: Changing The Movie Quality

    BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Changing the Movie Quality You can change the movie recording quality to make high quality recordings or lower the quality to record over longer periods of time. Switching Movie Quality During recording pause, press MENU.
  • Page 55: Using The Self-Timer

    CARD Using the Self-Timer You can use the self-timer to record still photos. During still picture recording pause, press MENU. Select “Record Functions Setup” “Self Timer” Press the confirmation button to confirm, then MENU to exit the menu. The self-timer is set and “q10” appears in the LCD monitor (p.31).
  • Page 56: Dubbing On Bd/Dvd/Card

    Dubbing on BD/DVD/Card HDD CARD This camcorder allows you to choose from four options. Dubbing options “New”...Scenes which have not yet been dubbed are dubbed in order from the first scene. “Date”...Dubs all scenes recorded on the same date beginning with the first scene.
  • Page 57 When the dubbing is not completed on one disc or card If the data cannot be stored into a single BD/DVD/Card, you can dub in one of the two following ways. • With auto divide The scene capacity is automatically calculated and dubbed as much as possible into a single disc or card.
  • Page 58: Dubbing

    About edited scenes such as divided (p.67), combined (p.67), and faded (p.68) If you use “Edit” to divide a scene and dub both of the divided scenes to a BD-R/DVD/Card, the scene will be dubbed as one scene without being divided. If you dub scenes combined by “Edit”...
  • Page 59 Select a recording medium and press the confirmation button. When “DVD” is selected, image quality is converted to SD quality before dubbing. Choose a disc or card for dubbing and insert it into the camcorder. • If a DVD is loaded, specify the Video Mode (“SX”...
  • Page 60: Displaying Only Dubbed Or Not Dubbed Scenes (Category)

    Displaying only Dubbed or Not Dubbed Scenes (Category) You can display all scenes recorded on the HDD/Card according to their dubbed status. Category Settings “All” All scenes will be displayed in chronological order of recording regardless of whether they have been dubbed or not.
  • Page 61: Editing

    Editing Menu Items for the Disc Navigation After pressing MENU on the disc navigation screen, you can use following functions. Function Editing Scene lock Information display Creating a playlist Initialization Protection Unprotection Remaining display (Capacity) Finalization Unfinalization Repeat play Slide show *1 You cannot combine scenes or divide a movie.
  • Page 62: Menu Flows For The Disc Navigation

    Menu flows for the disc navigation After pressing MENU on the disc navigation screen, the menu screen appears. The menu varies depending on the medium as shown below. To operate the menu, use d/c/f/e. See “How to Operate the Menu” (p.41). When using HDD/BD-RE/DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR mode)/Card (Movies) Scene Edit...
  • Page 63: Choosing Scenes By Date

    BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Choosing Scenes by Date Switching to the display arranged by date (Date) Press , then press MENU. Select “Date/Playlist Select” (or “Date Select” in case of BD-R/ DVD-RW (VF mode)/DVD-R/Card (Stills)) “Date”, then press the confirmation button.
  • Page 64: Displaying A Desired Playlist (Playlist)

    Hints • The scenes that make up a playlist are not actually copied, but are linked from their original data. Deleting a scene from a playlist will not delete the original data (scenes) from the HDD or disc. Likewise, editing scenes on a playlist will not affect the original data (scenes).
  • Page 65: Deleting Scenes From Playlist (Edit)

    Choose a scene you wish to add by pressing d/ c, then press the confirmation button. Edit Playlist - Add Scene All Scenes 0001/0004 10/ 1/2008 10:10:10AM HX Playlist 01 ENTER SELECT DELETE MODE • You can also choose multiple scenes (p.35).
  • Page 66: Deleting A Playlist (Delete)

    Select the scene you want to move, then press MENU. You can also select multiple scenes (p.35). Select “Scene” “Edit” “Move”, then press the confirmation button. Select the position where you wish to move the scene, then press the confirmation button. The confirmation screen appears.
  • Page 67: Dividing A Movie (Edit - Divide)

    Hints • You can also delete a scene by pressing DELETE on the remote control after placing the cursor on the scene you want to delete on the disc navigation screen. • To delete an unwanted part of a scene on HDD/BD-RE/DVD-RAM/ DVD-RW (VR mode) disc, divide the scene first, then delete the unnecessary part.
  • Page 68: Adding Special Effects (Edit - Fade)

    Press Select the scenes you want to combine, then press MENU. • Choose more than one scene (p.35). Select “Scene” “Edit” “Combine”, then press the confirmation button. The confirmation screen appears. Select “Yes”, then press the confirmation button. The display returns to the disc navigation screen.
  • Page 69: Go To

    Select the special effects for “IN” or “OUT”, “Enter”, then press the confirmation button. • Use to move the cursor to “IN”, “OUT”, “Enter”, or “Cancel”. • Use to select the effect to be added, then press the confirmation button to set the effect.
  • Page 70: Displaying Information Using The Menu Screen (Detail)

    Select “Yes”, then press the confirmation button. The icon “ ” appears on the locked stills on the disc navigation screen. Disc Navig All Scenes Lock icon To unlock the scene Perform steps 1–3 in "Locking Scenes on a Card (Lock)", then select “Scene” “Lock”...
  • Page 71: Formatting The Hdd/Bd/Dvd/Card (Format)

    Hints • When information on a scene is in view, you can press c/d to display the information on the next/ previous scene. • If multiple scenes have been selected, the total recording time of the selected scenes (total number in case of stills) will appear.
  • Page 72: Protecting The Bd/Dvd

    BD-RE RAM -RW (VR) Protecting the BD/DVD Although previously recorded movies will not be erased by recording new movies, a protect setting will ensure against accidental erasure and formatting. If the protect setting is activated, however, you will not be able to make new recordings until the protect setting is canceled.
  • Page 73: Viewing On The Other Devices

    Viewing on the Other Devices BD-RE BD-R RAM -RW (VR) -RW (VF) Connecting to Your TV for Viewing Connecting to a TV The connection method differs depending on the type of video input terminal that your TV is equipped with. Connection methods in order of best image quality are as follows: HDMI terminal –...
  • Page 74: Adjusting The Camcorder's Output Settings According To Your Tv

    Connecting the camcorder to your TV’s component input To A/V OUT terminal COMPONENT terminal Component cable (supplied) * Do not connect anything to the camcorder’s HDMI OUT terminal. Connecting the camcorder to your TV or video terminals To A/V OUT terminal * Do not connect anything to the camcorder’s HDMI OUT terminal and COMPONENT output terminal.
  • Page 75: Viewing On Your Tv

    • Volume can be adjusted on your TV. • When operating the camcorder while viewing your TV screen, using the supplied remote control is convenient. However, if you are using other Hitachi-brand A/V devices, they may be operated by the camcorder’s remote control.
  • Page 76: Viewing On Other Players/Recorders

    Viewing on the Other Devices Viewing on Other Players/ Before Playing Back a BD/DVD on Another BD/ DVD Recorder/Player (Finalizing) Before finalizing a disc You can: Record or edit scenes using the camcorder. You cannot: Play back the disc on a device (BD/ DVD recorder/player) other than the camcorder.
  • Page 77: Finalizing A Disc

    Do not insert a BD-R/DVD-RW/ DVD-R recorded, but not finalized, on a recorder manufactured by a company other than Hitachi into this camcorder. Doing so may make the disc unusable. Notes • When playing back a disc on another...
  • Page 78: Unfinalizing A Disc

    Select “YES”, then press the confirmation button. The message showing that the disc is being finalized will appear, and then the disc will be finalized. When finalization is complete, the disc navigation screen will appear. • “ ” appears on the disc navigation screen for a finalized disc.
  • Page 79: Connecting To Your Pc

    PC. ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI You can transfer the images recorded on this camcorder to your PC, play back the images, and create libraries for the images.
  • Page 80: Software Installation

    Software installation Turn on the power to your PC. Login to your PC as a user with administrative privileges. If you are using your PC for other applications, quit all software you are using. Insert the supplied CD-ROM into your PC’s CD-ROM drive. The software installer automatically starts up, and the “Choose Setup Language”...
  • Page 81: Before Importing Scenes From Bd-R/Dvd-Rw/Dvd-R To Your Pc

    Before importing scenes from BD-R/DVD-RW/DVD- R to your PC You need to finalize the disc using the disc navigation screen on the camcorder (p.77). Finalizing is not required for importing scenes from HDD/BD-RE/DVD- RAM/SD card. Connecting the camcorder to your PC Turn on the camcorder power.
  • Page 82: Removing A Medium While The Camcorder Is Being Connected To The Pc

    CDs (for 8 cm CDs) are not compatible for use with 8 cm BDs and 8 cm DVDs. • Image Mixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI does not guarantee to support all types of disc drive. Before terminating PC connection (removing...
  • Page 83: Hitachi

    * If there is no shortcut for ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI on the desktop, click the Start button and select Program or All programs / PIXELA / ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI / ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI.
  • Page 84 Creating a disc/card with the images recorded by the camcorder You can use ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI to create a disc or card from the images stored on the Launch ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI.
  • Page 85 Insert a disc into the disc drive or a card slot. Insert a disc/card on which images are to be written. Note that the quality of images will differ as indicated in the table below according to the type of the disc chosen.
  • Page 86: Uninstalling The Software

    From Start, click Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs. From the displayed application list, select ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI, then click the Change/ Remove button. When the confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes. Uninstallation starts. Follow the instruction on the screen and uninstall the software.
  • Page 87: Precautions When Connecting To A Pc

    Precautions When Connecting to a PC When connecting the camcorder to a PC, use the AC adapter/ charger as a power source. If this occurs while writing to disc, the disc will no longer be usable. While accessing the camcorder from a PC, do not plug or unplug the cables.
  • Page 88: Additional Information

    Additional Information Optional Accessories CAMERA ACCESSORIES Wide conversion lens (DZ-WL43) (p.45) Tele-conversion lens (DZ-TL43) (p.45) • When using camera accessories, be sure to read the instruction manuals for each accessory. POWER SUPPLY Battery (DZ-BP14SW) Battery (DZ-BP21SW) • Refer to the catalog for details. •...
  • Page 89: Error Messages

    Error Messages If an error message appears while operating the camcorder, refer to the following table for details and remedies. Message (1) Disc is not These messages appear when a new BD-RE/BD-R/DVD- formatted. Format RW is inserted. the disc now? (2) Disc Format.
  • Page 90 Message Cannot combine Scenes with different recording dates cannot be scenes with different combined. Create a Playlist first, and then combine such recording dates. scenes on the playlist. Create Playlist first and then combine scenes. Cannot combine. Select a range of at least 2 consecutive scenes to be Select multiple combined.
  • Page 91 Message Disc almost full. The remaining free space of the disc is less than one minute for video. Delete unwanted scenes, or use another disc. • Format the disc before using the camcorder. Formatting Disc error has the disc will delete all data recorded on it. occurred.
  • Page 92 Message Finalize may not be This message will appear when power is supplied again complete. Finalize and the disc is reinserted after power was shut off during again now? finalization due to a power failure, etc. Choose “YES” to make sure finalizing is complete. Further recording on This message will appear when the BD-R disc does not this disc will be...
  • Page 93 Message Insufficient free Insufficient free space available on HDD/Disc. Delete space available on unnecessary scenes. HDD/Disc/SD Card. This message will appear when you attempt to create/edit Delete unnecessary a playlist or divide a movie while the HDD/Disc has scenes. insufficient free space. Delete unnecessary scenes from the HDD/Disc.
  • Page 94 Message Scenes over limit. The number of scenes entered in a playlist has reached Cannot add scenes. the limit that can be entered. Delete unnecessary scenes in the playlist. Scenes over limit. The number of entered scenes has reached the limit that Cannot divide scene.
  • Page 95 Message There was no scene This message will appear if you try to delete multiple which can be scenes when all the selected scenes have been locked. deleted. Release the lock on scenes before deleting. This disc cannot be A disc that cannot be used on this camcorder has been used.
  • Page 96 • This message may also appear when the disc is dirty. Remove the disc and then use a dry soft cloth to clean off the dirt before using it. • This message may also appear when condensation occurs. Wait until the camcorder dries out, and then turn it on again.
  • Page 97: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you have any trouble with your camcorder, first use this troubleshooting guide to try to solve the problem. If the problem persists, consult your dealer. Do not attempt to make any physical repairs yourself. Power supplies Symptom Battery cannot be Is the DC power cord connected to the AC adapter/ charged.
  • Page 98 Symptom Power cannot be Detach the battery pack or disconnect the AC adapter/ turned off. charger, then press RESET. And then, turn on the power again. Even if the The camcorder will automatically turn on to recognize a camcorder is off, disc.
  • Page 99 Symptom The subjects are An out-of-frame light source (sun, window, lights, etc.) is recorded too dark. strong, and the subjects are lit from the rear. Use the Backlight Compensation function and be creative with angles. The brightness of the The brightness of the subjects as the light source changes subjects changes.
  • Page 100 During playback Symptom Recognition of the Is the disc dirty? disc does not a dry soft complete. Pressing the Was the image recorded by another device? playback button will Playback may not be possible on this camcorder. not start playback. Has a scene been edited on another device? If a scene recorded on this camcorder is edited on another device, playback may not be possible on this camcorder.
  • Page 101 Symptom Not displayed BD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW(VR mode), SD Card normally in the disc recorded on this camcorder and edited on another device navigation screen. may not be displayed normally in the disc navigation screen. In this event, use “Update control info.”. If too much time is required to display the HDD disc navigation screen, try the following.
  • Page 102 Make sure that your PC display adapter (video card) when starting conforms to Direct X ImageMixer 3 AVCHD Edition for HITACHI. The DISC EJECT While the camcorder is connected to the PC, use Explorer switch does not work to right-click the camcorder drive icon and select “Eject”.
  • Page 103 Miscellaneous Symptom The camcorder does Is a fully charged battery attached? not work. Is the camcorder powered from an AC outlet? Connect a power source. Press RESET, then turn on the power again. Power does not come on, or no operation Has the camcorder been subjected to impact? occurs by pressing The camcorder could be damaged.
  • Page 104 Symptom Disc cover cannot be Is the disc correctly inserted? closed. Remove the disc and then reinsert it. Connect a fully charged battery or AC adapter/charger, and then turn the camcorder on and try again. Operating noise is This is not a fault. A quiet operating sound is heard as the heard.
  • Page 105: Cautions On Use Of This Product - Be Sure To Read This Information

    Cautions on Use of this Product - Be sure to read this information - Cautions on the HDD Save the data recorded on HDD. • To back up the data recorded on HDD, save it on a BD/DVD. It is also recommended that you use this camcorder to dub the data. You can also use a PC to save the data on a BD/DVD.
  • Page 106 • Cleaning the DVD lens is not necessary when using this camcorder in the usual way. • Using 8 cm CD lens cleaner could cause this camcorder to be faulty. • If you have to clean the lens, use a Hitachi Maxell cleaner that is exclusively for 8 cm DVD discs.
  • Page 107 Cautions on Storage Do not leave the camcorder in a place where the temperature is very high for a long period of time. • The temperature on beach sand or inside a closed vehicle or trunk can become very high in a hot season. If you leave the camcorder in such a place, it could malfunction or the case could be damaged.
  • Page 108 • Use a disc which is not dirty, scratched, or warped. (BD/DVD) • A Hitachi Maxell disc is recommended. (BD/DVD) • Do not use the camcorder in a place where the humidity is high or the temperature is very low.
  • Page 109: System Reset

    (generally available) to completely delete the data on it. It is user’s responsibility to control the data on disc and memory card. • Hitachi will not accept any responsibility for leaking of personal data. System Reset If the camcorder does not operate normally, perform “System Reset”.
  • Page 110: End User License Agreements For Operating System Software

    GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2.1 as defined by the Free Software Foundation, Inc. The operating system software incorporated in this HITACHI CAMCORDER is shown in the table below and the applicable license(s) are detailed on the following pages of this instruction manual.
  • Page 111: Major Specifications

    Major Specifications Image sensor 1/2.7-inch CMOS sensor Total number of pixels approx. 7,000,000 Number of effective pixels Movie: Still: Lens F1.8–3.0 f = 1/4″–2-7/16″ (6.1– 61 mm) Filter diameter: 1-11/16″ (43 mm) Thread pitch: 0.75 mm Zoom Movie: 10 Stills: Optical 10 Required minimum In Auto: 5 lx (Electro-mechanical shutter 1/30) illumination...
  • Page 112: Movie

    Jacks HDMI mini OUT terminal × 1, Component output × 1, Video/audio output × 1, USB terminal (connected to PC USB port) ×1 Power consumption When recording in HX mode with LCD monitor off Approx. 7.0 W (during HDD use) Dimensions (W ×...
  • Page 113: Stills

    • Maximum number of scenes that can be recorded/dubbed on HDD/one disc/ card Recording media BD-RE /DVD-RAM /DVD-RW BD-R DVD-R Card 1: Recording only 2: Per disc (one side) 3: Combining scenes will not increase the remaining number of recordable scenes. If there are combined scenes, the maximum number of scenes in the table may not be the same as the actual maximum number of scenes that can be recorded/dubbed.
  • Page 114: Glossary

    Glossary 1080i(1125i)/480i(525i) These are types of video signals. 1080i is a High Definition image signal and 480i is a former image signal which is not High Definition. Depending on the equipment, 1080i may be referred to as 1125i, and 480i may be referred to as 525i.
  • Page 115 VF (Video) mode One of two modes for using a DVD-RW disc. You need to finalize a DVD-RW disc in VF mode before playing it back on another device. After finalizing, you cannot make additional recordings on the DVD-RW disc, regardless of its free space.
  • Page 116: Index

    Index ... 18, 25 AC adapter/charger ... 23, 107 ACCESS indicator ... 51 Auxiliary Line ... 114 AVCHD ... 47 Backlight compensation Battery pack ... 18 charging ... 26 life ... 21 available functions ... 108 cleaning ... 107 handling ...
  • Page 117 Information Display during playback Information display during recording ...31, 37 Information display mode ... 42 Initial Setup ...36 Jump ...20 Language ...42 LCD adjust LCD monitor ...105 handling ... 17 How to open ... 42 setting ...69 Lock ... 45 Manual focus ...41, 42, 61 Menu...
  • Page 118: Be Sure To Read The Following Before Opening The Package Of Cd-Rom

    This License Agreement certifies that you were granted license in the past. ■ Grant of License • Hitachi, Ltd. nonexclusively grants you the right to install this program in one computer and use it, but this right cannot be transferred to a third party.
  • Page 119: To Order In The United States

    To Order in the United States BY PHONE Service Hotline: 1-800-HITACHI DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY with FCC Rules for Electromagnetic Compatibility Products: CAMCORDER Models: DZ-BD10HA Trade Name: HITACHI This device complies with part 15 of 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.
  • Page 120: Warranty Limitations

  • Page 121: Limited Warranty

    If this product is found to be defective, Hitachi will repair or replace defective parts at no charge to the original owner. Parts used for replacement are warranted for the remainder of the original Limited Warranty period.

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