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Sony DVCAM DSR-300AK Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions
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© 2000 by Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 3-203-818-12(1) Digital Camcorder Operating Instructions Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly and retain it for future reference. DSR-300AK/300APK DSR-300AL/300APL © 2000 by Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 Record these numbers in the spaces provided below. Refer the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio this product.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1 Overview Product Configurations ............ 7 Features ................8 Features on Camera Section ..........8 Features on VCR Section ............ 9 Location and Function of Parts ........12 Front View ................. 12 Right Side View ..............13 Left and Upper View ............
  • Page 4 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Fitting and Power Supply ..............47 Connections Using a BP-L40/L40A/L60/L60A/L90/L90A Battery Pack ................47 (Continued) Using an AC Adaptor ............49 Using the Anton Bauer Intelligent Battery System ... 49 Chapter 3 Shooting Basic Procedure for Shooting........51 Using DynaLatitude Function ...........
  • Page 5 Chapter 4 Viewfinder Screen Viewfinder Screen Indications ........77 Indications and Changing the Viewfinder Display ........77 Menus Viewfinder Normal Indications ........79 Status Indications .............. 82 Viewfinder Basic Menu ........... 83 Basic Menu Operations ............. 83 Contents and Settings of Each Page ........83 Viewfinder Advanced Menu ..........
  • Page 6 Table of Contents Chapter 5 Adjustments and White Balance Adjustment ........... 106 Settings Saving an Appropriate White Balance Value (Continued) in Memory ..............106 Using the Preset White Balance Settings ......107 Light Sources and Color Temperature ......108 Using the ATW (Auto Tracing White Balance) Function..............
  • Page 7: Product Configurations

    Chapter Overview Product Configurations The four models, DSR-300AK, DSR-300AL, DSR- The operation of the basic camcorder is the same in all 300APK and DSR-300APL, comprise both NTSC and cases. PAL versions and the components as shown in the figure below.
  • Page 8: Features

    Features New Functions boost operability Features on Camera Section Controlling with the RM-VJ1 Remote Control -inch IT type Power HAD CCD Unit You can connect the optional RM-VJ1 Remote Control Unit (equipped with microphone and monitor) to The DSR-300A/300AP Digital Camcorder uses control DSR-300A/300AP while watching the video inch IT type Power HAD CCDs.
  • Page 9: Features On Vcr Section

    Recording time (REC TIME) display SetupLog function Recording time can be displayed in either of the Settings at shooting are recorded onto the tape in real following modes. time. This recorded data can then be used to reproduce • Total recording time for all cuts (TTL the same shooting conditions in subsequent shots.
  • Page 10 Features DVCAM cassettes PCM digital audio • The DSR-300A/300AP can use both standard-size Recording/playback can be set to audio lock mode. and mini-size DVCAM cassettes. According to You are able to select between two-channel recording cassette size, the DSR-300A/300AP automatically (with a sampling frequency of 48 kHz) mode or four- corrects reel position.
  • Page 11 Output Board fitted) to the DV OUT connector on the camcorder, using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable). (See pages 26, 46, and 59.) .......................................... is a trademark of Sony Corporation and indicates that this product is in agreement with IEEE 1394-1995 specifications and their revisions. Chapter 1 Overview...
  • Page 12: Location And Function Of Parts

    Location and Function of Parts Location and Function of Parts Front View 0 Switch guard How to remove the switch guard 1. Detach the two screws (M3). 1 MIC IN +48 V connector 2. Remove the switch guard, and replace the screws detached in step 1.
  • Page 13: Right Side View

    Right Side View Front section 1 EZ FOCUS button 2 EDIT SEARCH buttons 3 LIGHT switch 4 EZ MODE button and indicator 5 ZEBRA button and indicator 6 A.IRIS MODE switch and indicator 7 MENU switch 8 W.BAL switch 9 MENU dial 0 POWER switch qa OUTPUT/DL/DCC+ switch qs NG button...
  • Page 14 Location and Function of Parts 4 EZ (“easy”) MODE button and indicator 0 POWER switch Press this button (EZ mode on) when you want to Powers the camcorder on or off. shoot immediately, with automatic adjustment of the camcorder settings to standard values. (See page 93 for qa OUTPUT/DL/DCC+ (DynaLatitude/dynamic EZ mode setting.) When this function is used, the iris contrast control plus) switch...
  • Page 15: Rear Section

    Rear section 1 EJECT button EJECT STOP PLAY F FWD 2 Tape transport buttons and indicators 3 EARPHONE connector 4 WARNING indicator 5 LIGHT switch 6 DISPLAY switch 7 AUDIO LEVEL (CH-1/CH-2) knobs 8 Display window 9 RESET/(MENU SET) button 0 Speaker qa ALARM knob qs MONITOR knob...
  • Page 16 Location and Function of Parts The audio levels are indicated in the display window 8 . 7 AUDIO LEVEL (CH-1/CH-2) (audio recording For details, see “ 8 Display window”. level adjustments for channels 1 and 2) knobs When the AUDIO SELECT (CH-1/CH-2) switches 8 Display window (4 on page 20) are set to MAN, these knobs adjust Shows the following items.
  • Page 17 Indications in the display window (continued) Indication Description J Lithium backup battery warning Appears when the voltage of the internal lithium backup battery (CR2032) is low. If this indication appears, replace the lithium backup battery immediately. For further information about replacing lithium battery, see “Inserting and Replacing the Lithium Battery”...
  • Page 18 Location and Function of Parts Indications in the display window (continued) Indication Description Q Tape remaining indication During recording or pause mode, this indication shows the remaining tape time as shown below. It is not displayed when no cassette is loaded. Indication Tape time remaining TAPExxxxxxx...
  • Page 19: Right Side

    qa ALARM (alarm tone volume adjustment) knob qs MONITOR (monitor volume adjustment) knob Controls the volume of the warning tone that is output Controls the volume of the sound other than the via the speaker (0 on page 18) or earphone (3 on warning tone that is output via the speaker (0 on page page 15).
  • Page 20 Location and Function of Parts 3 SHIFT button Note When setting time code and user bit values, or at menu Set this switch ON when using the freeze mix setting, keep pressing this button to select a digit. The function. selected digit will start blinking.
  • Page 21 0 ClipLink CONTINUE button qa MONITOR SELECT (audio monitor selection) When restarting ClipLink shooting, press this button to switch add the new clip at the end of the recorded clips. Selects audio output via the speaker (0 on page 18) or earphone.
  • Page 22 Location and Function of Parts 7 HYPER GAIN switch Note Setting this switch to ON increases the gain by a factor The recording time displayed when this switch is set to of about 60 with respect to 0 dB (a 30 dB increase by TTL or DUR is obtained by counting the duration of electronic amplification and a 6 dB increase for DPR, the internal reference signal input to the camcorder.
  • Page 23: Left And Upper View

    The RM-81 cannot be connected. This allows you to attach the optional electronic viewfinder. (See page 36.) If you connect the optional cable (Sony part number: 1-790-779-11) to this connector, you can control the 3 Accessory fitting shoe and screw hole zoom using the optional RM-VJ1 Remote Control Unit Attach optional video lights or other accessories.
  • Page 24 Location and Function of Parts 8 Fitting for optional microphone holder qs REMOTE connector 2 (10-pin) You can fit an optional CAC-12 Microphone Holder Connect the optional RM-M7G Remote Control Unit here. (See page 37.) to this connector. Set the CAMERA SELECT switch on the bottom of RM-M7G to 1.
  • Page 25: Rear And Bottom

    Note 6 MONITOR OUT (output) connector Outputs the image being shot or played back as Use a jitterless LTC signal. Using an LTC signal composite video signals. Connect to the video input reproduced by other equipment may cause the connector on an external VCR or video monitor. camcorder to malfunction.
  • Page 26 Location and Function of Parts 3 Battery attachment interface i.LINK cable (DV Attach a battery pack or an AC-DN1 AC Adaptor. connectin cable) When using the WRR-855A synthesized tuner (for wireless microphones), attach the CA-WR855 Camera Adaptor here. For information about fitting a battery pack or an AC adaptor, see “Power Supply”...
  • Page 27: Vcl-718bx Zoom Lens

    VCL-718BX Zoom Lens When using a lens other than VCL-718X, see page 34 and page 114 (“Designating the lens”). 1 Iris ring 4 M button 5 F.B adjustment ring and F.B fixing knob 2 Zoom ring 6 MACRO ring 3 Focus ring 7 ZOOM selector 8 Zoom remote control Lens hood...
  • Page 28 Location and Function of Parts 8 Zoom remote control connector (8-pin) Connect the optional LO-26 Lens Remote Control Unit for remote control of zooming. 9 RET (return) button This allows you to check the video signal. When the internal VCR is in recording pause mode, press this button to review the last few seconds of the recording in the viewfinder (recording review).
  • Page 29: Dxf-801/801ce Viewfinder

    DXF-801/801CE Viewfinder Note camera or camcorder. However, it operates in 4:3 mode when used on the DSR-300A/300AP. You can switch the scan size of the DXF-801/801CE in accordance with the aspect ratio selected on the 4 TAKE/TALLY indicator TALLY TAKE BATT 5 BATT indicator 6 REC/TALLY indicators...
  • Page 30 Location and Function of Parts 6 REC/TALLY (recording/tally) indicators (red) • This flashes from the time when you press the VTR button (9 on page 12 and 0 on page 28) on the lens or camcorder until recording starts, then stays on continuously during recording.
  • Page 31: Iinserting And Replacing The Lithium Battery

    If you have difficulty finding CR2032 When the lithium battery’s voltage falls, the lithium Lithium Batteries, contact your Sony dealer. backup battery warning appears in the display window. If this warning appears, replace the lithium battery (CR2032) within three or four days.
  • Page 32 Inserting and Replacing the Lithium Battery Turn the POWER switch on. Press down the catch at the top of the battery cover and open the cover. Catch Press and pull forward. LITHIUM BATT Battery cover POWER switch Take out the lithium battery. Press down and pull out toward you.
  • Page 33: Fitting The Lens

    Fitting the Lens In the case of the DSR-300AK/300APK model, the Note lens is already fitted. In other cases, use the following Be sure to turn off the power before fitting the lens. procedure to fit the lens. Remove the retaining rubber...
  • Page 34: Fitting The Lens

    Fitting the Lens If using a ” lens other than the VCL-718BX Fitting optional filters If the connector on the lens attachment section is a 14- pin connector (VCL-714BXA and other lenses), then Loosen the lens hood fixing screw to remove the lens the lens may be operated in the same way as the VCL- hood, then attach the filter.
  • Page 35: Using Accessories

    Viewfinder left-to-right Note position fixing ring Viewfinger front-to-back You cannot stow the camcorder attached with a left position locking knob eye adaptor in the LC-DS500 Carrying Case. For details, consult your Sony dealer. Chapter 2 Fitting and Connections...
  • Page 36: Fitting The 4-inch/5-inch Electronic Viewfinder

    Adaptor cable (8-pin y 20-pin) 1-783-665-11 (DXF-41/41CE only) 20-pin For details, contact your Sony dealer. Adaptor cable (8-pin y 20-pin) How to fit a) Supplied with the Accessory Shoe Kit Remove the cover of the grip and attach the shoe and stopper screw (accessory shoe kit).
  • Page 37: Using An Optional Microphone

    Using an Optional Microphone Fitting the optional CAC-12 Microphone Holder Remove the two retaining screws (M3 × 8) for the attach the CAC-12 Microphone Holder. optional microphone holder, then use these screws to Screws removed from the camcorder CAC-12 Fitting an optional microphone Use the following procedure to attach an optional ECM-670 Microphone.
  • Page 38: Using A Video Light

    Using Accessories Fitting optional microphones (operable with a ECM-672: no microphone adaptor required. 48 V supply) other than the ECM-670 Slender microphones (19 mm ( inch) diameter): Use the same fitting procedure as for the ECM-670, use the microphone adaptor supplied with the but note the following differences with respect to the CAC-12.
  • Page 39: Fitting The Shoulder Strap

    When using equipment other than the camcorder for power supply Break off projections A and B on the camcorder. (See step 1 of the previous section “When using a video light with a long cable”.) Insert the cable into the grip from the front hole and take out from the rear hole as shown in the figure.
  • Page 40: Connecting To Audio System

    Using Accessories Removing the shoulder strap Press here to release. Connecting to Audio System The DSR-300A/300AP is able to record sound not only from the attached microphone but also from a wireless microphone or an external audio system. Using a wireless microphone system For details on using the wireless microphone system, see the You can use the wireless microphone system including operating instructions for the microphone and tuner.
  • Page 41 Mount the tuner on the WRR tuner fitting. to be attached, and tighten the adjustment screws to fix its position. For details about the WRR tuner fitting (Part No. A-8278- 057-A), contact your Sony dealer. Chapter 2 Fitting and Connections...
  • Page 42: Using The Rm-lg1 Remote Control Unit

    Using Accessories Using an external audio system Connect an audio mixer or other external audio system component to the AUDIO IN CH-1/CH-2 connector as shown below. AUDIO IN (CH-1/CH-2) switches: Set to REAR. CH-1 CH-2 AUDIO IN FRONT VJ MIC WIRELESS REAR Input selection switch: Set to LINE.
  • Page 43 When using a conventional lens, such as the VCL- 918BY, you can control the zoom if you use the optional lens cable (Sony product number: 1-790-779- 11). For details on the cable, contact your Sony dealer. The connection for controlling the zoom when using conventional lens Lens cable...
  • Page 44: Using The Optional Lc-ds500 Carrying Case

    Using Accessories Using the Optional LC-DS500 Carrying Case For details on using the carrying case, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the carrying case. Using the Optional LC-DS300SFT Soft Carrying Case For details on using the soft carrying case, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the soft carrying case.
  • Page 45: Connections

    Connections Connecting a Number of Camcorders When using two or more synchronized camcorders, Note connect an external sync signal to the GEN LOCK IN When you fit the optional DSBK-501/501P, set the connector, supplying a VBS or BS signal. The VIDEO IN to CAM using the basic menu page 3.
  • Page 46: Connecting The Dsr-70/70p Digital Videocassette Recorder

    Connections Connecting the DSR-70/70P Digital Videocassette Recorder You can do cut editing and digital dubbing by DSR-300A/300AP begins recording when the DSR- connecting the DSR-70/70P with the optional DSBK- 70/70P or other recorder sends a REC command. 140 fitted, using an i.LINK cable (DV connecting cable).
  • Page 47: Power Supply

    Power Supply The following power supplies can be used with the • AC power (The AC-550/550CE, AC-DN1 or CMA- camcorder. 8/8CE AC Adaptor is required.) • BP-L40/L40A/L60/L60A/L90/L90A lithium-ion battery pack Alternatively, you can make combined use of internal • NP-1B Ni-Cd Battery Pack (The DC-L1Battery and external batteries, by mounting one of the above Adaptor is required.) batteries as an internal battery and connecting an...
  • Page 48 Power Supply Attaching the battery pack Press the battery pack against the rear of the camcorder, aligning the side line of the battery pack with the line on BP-L40/L40A/L60/L60A/L90/L90A the camcorder. L O C Align these lines. Slide the battery pack down until its “LOCK”...
  • Page 49: Using An Ac Adaptor

    When the camcorder is used with an Anton Bauer Digital Magnum series battery, the remaining battery capacity is shown numerically in the viewfinder To AC power source display. CMA-8A/8ACE Contact your Sony dealer for more information. AC Adaptor POWER switch: ON LO C CCQX-3 cable CAMERA/CCU...
  • Page 51: Shooting

    Chapter Shooting Basic ProcedHure for Shooting RET button ZEBRA button Focusing ring POWER switch FILTER control VTR button Power the camcorder. Set the FILTER control appropriately for the lighting conditions. (Continued) Chapter 3 Shooting...
  • Page 52: Basic Procedure For Shooting

    Basic Procedure for Shooting EZ FOCUS button for the “EZ focus” function (see Filter setting Lighting conditions page 13). 1 (3200) Studio halogen lighting (incandescent), sunrise and sunset. Setup the VCR section according to your shooting 2 (5600K + Sunlight. This setting includes a neutral density objectives, then start recording.
  • Page 53: Recording

    Recording For details of ClipLink log data, see “ClipLink Shooting” Cassettes for the DSR-300A/ (page 70). 300AP Notes on using cassettes The DSR-300A/300AP can use standard-size and mini-size DVCAM and DV series metal tape cassettes. • Before storing the cassette, rewind the tape to the (To ensure high-quality playback, editing, and storage beginning and be sure to put the cassette in its storage of recorded contents, we recommend using highly...
  • Page 54: Recording On The Internal Vcr

    Recording Checking the tape for slack Turn the reel gently in the direction shown by the arrow. If the reel does not move, there is no slack. Insert the cassette into the cassette holder, close the cassette holder, and after about 10 seconds take it out. Paper clip, etc.
  • Page 55 Set the POWER switch to ON and check the following items in the display window. Item to check Indication and steps See also How is the battery? BATT E [xxxxxx] F: The battery is fully charged. “8 Display window” (page 16) If two or fewer marks appear and the indication is blinking, replace the battery.
  • Page 56 Recording • After inserting the cassette, close the cassette holder Notes solidly by pressing on the “PUSH” indication on the • Turn the power on and then insert or eject the holder. Unless the cassette holder is closed solidly, cassette. the tape will not be loaded and the tape operation •...
  • Page 57 During recording, the tape transport buttons Display menu 212 and select the audio recording (EJECT, REW, F FWD, PLAY, and STOP) cannot mode (two-channel mode or four-channel mode). be used. For menu operation, see “Selecting Audio Recording Mode — Menu 212” (page 103). Operation Step To view image...
  • Page 58: Recording External Video Signals

    Recording When the battery is getting exhausted Recording on an External VCR using the VTR Connector (26-pin) When the battery is getting exhausted, the BATT indication in the display window blinks once a second Set the VTR TRIGGER switch in the following way. (see page 17).
  • Page 59: Recording On An External Vcr Using The Dv Out Connector

    Note Recording on an External VCR After replacing the cassette on the external VCR, Using the DV OUT Connector do not press the VTR button on the camcorder or lens, as this will pause the internal VCR. You can record digital audio and video signals in the DV format on an external VCR using the DV OUT To operate either VCR during recording, connector.
  • Page 60: Back Space Editing

    Back Space Editing This section describes the steps for recording several If there is a long period before shooting scenes continuously. the next scene Follow steps 1 to 5 (pages 54 to 57) in the Once put the camcorder into recording pause mode, it procedure “Recording on the Internal VCR”...
  • Page 61: Using The Edit Search Function While Back Space Editing

    • If the POWER switch is turned on and off repeatedly. • If the camcorder is left powered off for several hours. • If the camcorder is subject to severe vibration while powered off. • If for any other reason the automatic recording continuity function is unable to operate correctly.
  • Page 62: Using The Freeze Mix Function

    Back Space Editing To change the playback speed The following indication appears on the screen. Press the REV or FWD button down firmly into the inner position to make the tape move at the faster speed. Press the button down lightly to make the tape move at the slower speed.
  • Page 63: Playback - Checking Recorded Contents

    Playback — Checking Recorded Contents Checking the Recorded Contents Immediately After Shooting — Recording Review Immediately after shooting, you can use the recording review function to automatically rewind and play back the last 2 to 10 seconds of the recording to check the STOP button recorded contents.
  • Page 64: Setting Time Values

    Setting Time Values The camcorder uses three types of time values: counter Press the RESET/(MENU SET) button. values, time code values, and user bits. The time value is displayed in the viewfinder screen This resets the counter shown in the viewfinder and in the display window.
  • Page 65: Setting The User Bit Value

    Setting the User Bit Value You can set the user bits as eight-digit hexadecimal Note values (base 16) to have the date, time, scene number, Setting the user bit value may be disallowed in some and other information inserted into the time code. cases at ClipLink shooting.
  • Page 66: Setting The Time Code Value

    Setting Time Values Setting the Time Code Value For details of setting user bits, see “Setting the User Bit This section describes the steps for setting time code Value” on previous page. recording methods for particular shooting conditions and setting initial values. Note When using both the time code and user bits, setup the Setting the time code value may be disallowed in some...
  • Page 67 Restarting an interrupted recording Use the TC mode switch 2 to set the desired running mode. Perform the following steps to make the time code continuous when the recording has been interrupted or when the cassette tape has been removed from the Operation Setting camcorder between shootings.
  • Page 68: Synchronization With External Time Code Signals - Gen-lock

    Setting Time Values Synchronization With External Time Code Signals — Gen-Lock To edit and compile a recording that is shot using Note multiple camcorders, it is necessary to synchronize the Synchronization with external time code signals (by video and time code of the various camcorders (by gen-lock) may be disallowed in some cases at gen-lock).
  • Page 69 Locking the internal time code generator to the reference time code Perform the following steps to synchronize the camcorder’s internal time code generator to an external time code. Set the TC mode switch 1 to PRESET. Set the TC mode switch 2 to F-RUN. Connect a reference time code and video signal to the camcorder.
  • Page 70: Cliplink Shooting

    ClipLink Shooting The ClipLink function is intended to be used at various Notes stages from recording to editing. When you record • When external equipment, such as a VCR, is using this function, Index Pictures are automatically connected to the DV OUT connector, you cannot recorded along with the time code, scene number, and shoot with ClipLink.
  • Page 71 appear in the display window. • The number of recordable clips varies with CLIP cassette memory capacity. Up to 45 clips (Index Display Meaning Pictures) can be recorded in a 4-Kbit cassette CLIP The camcorder is in ClipLink mode. memory and up to 198 clips (Index Pictures) can The camcorder is in ClipLink mode and can be recorded in a 16-Kbit cassette memory.
  • Page 72: Setting Editing Points While Shooting

    ClipLink Shooting To continuously record the next scene Setting Editing Points While Repeat steps 4 and 5. Shooting The scene number will be automatically incremented from the previous number. You can use the TAKE button to record a time code for a Cue point or a Mark IN/OUT point.
  • Page 73 Press the TAKE button when you find a shot Setting Cue points as you shoot where you would like to set a Mark IN point. The following data is recorded onto the cassette when you specify a Cue point to highlight a scene. •...
  • Page 74: Resuming Recording In Cliplink Mode

    ClipLink Shooting To finish shooting, press the VTR button on the Time codes (HH:MM:SS) and scene number camcorder or lens. (scene 001) are recorded to the cassette memory and the Index Picture of the Rec IN point is This stops recording operation. recorded onto the tape (when the DSBK-301A is attached).
  • Page 75 Press the ClipLink CONTINUE button. When all Index Pictures are recorded at the end of the recordings The tape remaining indication in the display window flashes as the camcorder automatically Index Pictures A B C D searches the recording stop point. When it finds the E F G recording stop point, it stops and enters recording pause mode.
  • Page 76 ClipLink Shooting When recording in ClipLink mode is started and previous recording is overwritten Previous recording recording Previous Index Pictures: New Index Pictures are erased recorded (when the DSBK-301A is fitted). ClipLink log data: overwritten by new data When recording in ClipLink mode is started after a previous recording Previous recording...
  • Page 77: Viewfinder Screen Indications

    Chapter Viewfinder Screen Indications and Menus Viewfinder Screen Indications There are four types of indication screen which appear Changing the Viewfinder Display in the viewfinder, as follows. • Normal indications Use the buttons and switches shown in the following These show the operating state of the camcorder. figure to switch the viewfinder display among the (See page 79.) normal indications, basic menu pages and advanced...
  • Page 78 Viewfinder Screen Indications Displaying the normal indications and switching to the basic menu Status indications Display by holding the MENU switch up while To display the normal indications, move the POWER the normal indications switch to the ON position. are present. To switch to and from the basic menu, use the MENU switch or MENU dial.
  • Page 79: Viewfinder Normal Indications

    Viewfinder Normal Indications During normal operation, the following items can be indicated in the viewfinder. 1 VCR operation status indication qs VCR warning indication qd External VCR status 2 TAKE/CUE indication indication qf VCR recording mode 3 Recording time or time data indication indication 4 NG indication...
  • Page 80 Viewfinder Normal Indications 5 Clip mode indication qa Tape remaining indication A “CLIP M” or “CLIP C” indication appears when This shows the tape remaining as follows. you use the ClipLink function for recording. CLIP M: Indicates shooting in Mark mode Indication Tape remaining CLIP C: Indicates shooting in Cue mode...
  • Page 81 HYPER GAIN switch and the DPR (Dual Pixel Note Readout) function (see page 90) as shown in the If the message appears other than above, contact your following table. Sony dealer. qd External VCR status indication (when an Example indication Meaning external VCR is connected) 18 dB Gain setting is 18 dB.
  • Page 82: Status Indications

    If an error message appears, contact your Sony dealer. a) When both the DCC+ and DynaLatitude functions are set to OFF If using an Anton Bauer Intelligent Battery System...
  • Page 83: Viewfinder Basic Menu

    Viewfinder Basic Menu To display the basic menu pages, press the MENU Contents and Settings of Each switch downward (to ON position) or press the MENU Page dial while the normal indications are being shown in the viewfinder. The basic menu configuration can Each page’s contents and settings are described below.
  • Page 84 Viewfinder Basic Menu Basic menu page 2 If you set VIDEO IN to EXT and input an external VBS signal from the GEN LOCK IN connector, the image in the viewfinder and the signal output from the MONITOR OUT connector are switched to the external Item Settings video signal.
  • Page 85 Basic menu page 5 Basic menu page 6 Item Settings Item Settings MARK/CUE MARK (normal value), CUE MARKER ON (normal value), OFF Selects Mark mode See “ClipLink Shooting” (page 70). Sets marker display ON/OFF. Markers are displayed or Cue mode when this setting is ON and is not displayed CHG REEL NO...
  • Page 86 Viewfinder Basic Menu Entering the title (page 7) Turn the MENU dial until the desired character appears, and press it. Press the MENU switch or turn the MENU dial as necessary to display basic menu page 7 (title Turn the MENU dial to move the text entry arrow. setting display) in the viewfinder.
  • Page 87 To stop the title recording, press the MENU switch DIAG ERROR or MENU dial to clear the title display. The error message “DIAG ERROR” appears when the normal indications are displayed. If this message appears, contact your Sony dealer. Chapter 4 Viewfinder Screen Indications and Menus...
  • Page 88: Viewfinder Advanced Menu

    Viewfinder Advanced Menu Advanced Menu Operations See also the figure on next page. To change settings To display the advanced menu This operation is the same as for the basic menus. Move the POWER switch to the ON position while For a description of basic menu operations, see page 83.
  • Page 89: Contents And Settings Of Each Page

    Normal indications Move the POWER switch to the ON position with the MENU dial held down. Turn the MENU dial. Advanced Advanced menu menu page 1 page 2 Press the MENU dial. Align the cursor to Turn the Confirmation “ALL RESET” and Advanced menu MENU dial.
  • Page 90 Viewfinder Advanced Menu Advanced menu page 2 Advanced menu page 3 a) For DSR-300AP: EBU75 Item Settings Item Settings GAIN AWB MEM 2 (normal value): No This sets gain values for the positions of the GAIN switch. Selects whether or not to correspondence with FILTER The HIGH, MID, and LOW values must be set so that LOW make the FILTER knob...
  • Page 91 Advanced menu page 4 a) For DSR-300AP: 70% Chapter 4 Viewfinder Screen Indications and Menus...
  • Page 92 Press and turn the MENU dial to move the text Item Settings entry arrow. A.IRIS-AE F5.6 , F8, F11, F16 (normal Selects auto iris adjustment value) which sets an F-stop value Turn the MENU dial upward to move the cursor to that can be switched to AE the right or downward to move it to the left.
  • Page 93 Viewfinder Advanced Menu Advanced menu page 8 Advanced menu page 9 Item Item Settings Settings M.BLACK and STRETCH See “Basic menu page 1” CLOCK IND OFF (normal value): Not (page 83). Selects whether or not to display. display the date/time on the CAM: Displays.
  • Page 94: Using Setuplog

    Using SetupLog The SetupLog function records camcorder settings Status display (page 2) every few seconds at shooting and displays the recorded data in the viewfinder during playback. Note Setup log data is not displayed when external analog video signals are being recorded. To view the SetupLog Data, perform the following procedure.
  • Page 96: Setting On The Vcr Section - Vcr Menu

    Chapter Adjustments and Settings Setting on the VCR Section — VCR Menu You can use the VCR menu for settings on the VCR section. Operation Menu No. Reference Real time clock and calendar settings Page 99 Cumulative hour counts: Page 99 •...
  • Page 97: Vcr Menu Operation

  • Page 98: Menu 101 Setting The Real Time Clock And Calendar

    On the DSR-300A: Displayed in mmddyyyy Setting the Real Time Menu 101 format (Example: 10081998) Clock and Calendar On the DSR-300AP: Displayed in ddmmyyyy format (Example: 08101998) Display menu 101 and press the SHIFT button. The current calendar setting appears in the setting Checking the Total Menu 201 mode format (yyyymmdd).
  • Page 99: Menu 206 Selecting Battery Capacity Indication

    Anton Bauer Example: ndF (non-drop-frame mode) Corporation is required. For details, contact an Anton Bauer dealer or your Sony dealer. Blinking Press the RESET/(MENU SET) button and then the MENU button. Press the RESET/(MENU SET) button and then The settings are recorded and the display window the MENU button.
  • Page 100: Menu 210 Using Auto-check Function

    Example: 8 minutes To perform the auto-check Display menu 210. Blinking Standby-on period Blinking Auto-check function indication If the setting does not need to be changed, press the MENU button to close the menu. Press the SHIFT button to make the auto-check function indication (oFF) start blinking, then press Press the SHIFT button until the standby-on period the ADVANCE button to change the indication to...
  • Page 101 If no errors can be found, contact your Sony dealer. Also, be sure to check the quality of the playback video and audio (see step 7 ). Display Diagnostic result At good VCR’s internal operations are normal.
  • Page 102: Menu 211 Selecting Cliplink Function

    Selecting ClipLink Selecting Audio Menu 211 Menu 212 Function Recording Mode This setting must be made when not using the The audio recording mode can be set to either of the ClipLink function. following modes. 48-kHz mode (factory setting): Enables two- For details of the ClipLink function, see “ClipLink channel recording mode with 48-kHz sampling Shooting”...
  • Page 103: Menu 213 Selecting Audio Reference Level

    VCR Menu Operation Changing the audio reference level setting from Selecting Audio Menu 213 –20 dB (or –18 dB) to –12 dB increases the audio Reference Level recording level by 8 dB (or 6 dB) whether the AUDIO SELECT (CH-1/CH-2) switch is set to The audio reference level can be set to either of the AUTO or MAN.
  • Page 104: Menu 220 Using Setup Add (for Dsr-300a Only)

    Using Setup Add (for Using Setup Remove Menu 220 Menu 221 DSR-300A Only) (for DSR-300A Only) Use this menu to add setup to the playback video Use this menu to remove setup from a video signal signals. which contains setup (when the DSBK-501/501P is fitted).
  • Page 105: White Balance Adjustment

    White Balance Adjustment Make the following settings. Adjusting the white balance ensures that as lighting • POWER switch: ON conditions change white objects remain white in the • OUTPUT/DL/DCC+ switch: one of the CAM image and tones remain natural. positions The color of light emitted varies from one light source •...
  • Page 106: Using The Preset White Balance Settings

    To save the white balance adjustment for different Message Meaning and corrections to be made lighting conditions, repeat steps 2 to 4 above. You can The color temperature is too high. Try AUTO WHITE save two different values for the white balance, in the following, in this order of -NG- precedence.
  • Page 107: Light Sources And Color Temperature

    White Balance Adjustment Light Sources and Color Using the ATW (Auto Tracing Temperature White Balance) Function Adjustment of the white balance to match the light The ATW function continuously adjusts the white source is essential to ensure correct color rendering. balance automatically to adapt to changes in lighting The color of a light source is indicated as a color conditions.
  • Page 108: Black Balance Adjustment

    AUTO BLACK The iris opened during adjustment or there is a hardware error. -NG- Close the iris and try again. If this fails, consult your Sony dealer. TRY AGAIN BARS The camcorder is outputting a color bar signal. Move the OUTPUT/DL/DCC+ switch to one of the CAM positions.
  • Page 109: Shutter Settings

    Shutter Settings This section covers the settings for electronic shutter speed, CLS (clear scan ) and EVS function. The new value for the shutter speed or clear scan frequency and EVS setting remains set until changed, even when the camcorder is powered off. Shutter speeds There are five shutter speeds, from s (DSR-300A)
  • Page 110 When using the clear scan function Watching the monitor screen, adjust the frequency to give minimum interference. If there is a black band in the monitor image, reduce the frequency, and if there is a white band, increase the frequency. To return from the basic menu to the normal indications Press the MENU switch as many times as necessary...
  • Page 111: Viewfinder Screen Adjustments

    Using an optional part allows you to modify the adjustment range to –2 to +1 diopters or –0.5 to +3 diopters. For details, consult your Sony dealer........................................... 1) Diopter: A unit to indicate the degree of convergence or divergence of a bundle of rays.
  • Page 112: Adjusting The Lens

    Adjusting the Lens Flange Focal Length Adjustment It is necessary to adjust the flange focal length (the • When a lens is fitted for the first time distance from the lens flange to the plane of the image • After changing lenses along the optical axis) in the following cases.
  • Page 113: Iris Adjustments

    Adjusting the Lens Iris Adjustments Iris ring Instant automatic iris button ZEBRA button Iris selector A.IRIS MODE switch There are three ways of adjusting the iris: To make the image clearer when shooting a automatically, manually, and with the instant subject lit by a spotlight automatic iris adjustment function.
  • Page 114: Adjusting The Iris Sensitivity

    • When using a lens with an extender, set it to 2. • When using a lens with a ratio converter, set it to 2. You can also ask a Sony dealer more precise settings, according to your lens. In this case, set it to 3 or 4.
  • Page 115: Settings For Special Cases

    Settings for Special Cases Settings for special cases Shooting conditions Setting Effect The background is very bright, and the Set the A.IRIS MODE switch to BACK L, This lightens the foreground. subject is too dark. turning the indicator on. The subject is under a spotlight. Set the A.IRIS MODE switch to SPOT L, This prevents white burn-out in highlights turning the indicator on.
  • Page 116: Skin Detail Correction

    Skin Detail Correction Adjusting Color in the Specified Area The DSR-300A/300AP provides an easy push-button function that designates an active skin tone area You can adjust the color of the specified area. Perform the same procedure as for the skin detail correction to Note designate the target area.
  • Page 118: Appendix

    The eyepiece lens can concentrate the sun’s rays and If you should experience problems with the unit, melt the interior of the viewfinder. contact your Sony dealer. • Do not use the viewfinder close to strong magnetic fields. This can cause picture distortion.
  • Page 119: Characteristics Of Ccd Sensors

    Important Notes on Operation Characteristics of CCD Sensors The following effects may appear in the image. They are characteristic of camcorders using CCDs (charge- coupled devices), and do not indicate a malfunction. Vertical smear When shooting a very bright object, such as a light, the highlight tends to produce vertical tails.
  • Page 120: Cleaning The Video Heads

    Keep a check of the hours of head drum operation: with normal use, the heads should need replacing after about 1,500 hours of use. When the heads need replacement, contact your Sony dealer. Check the hours of head drum operation using the VCR menu.
  • Page 121: Warning System

    Continuous recording recording power off, circuit. continues and consult but quality is your Sony poor. dealer. Servo lock Recording Power off, lost. continues and consult SERVO Continuous but quality is your Sony poor.
  • Page 122: Condensation

    Condensation If you move a camcorder suddenly from a very cold place to a warm place, or use it in a very humid location, condensation may form on the head drum. If it is operated in this state, the tape may adhere to the drum, and cause a failure or even permanent damage.
  • Page 123: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting You can use this chart to establish possible causes of sending the unit for repair. If a problem persists, an apparent problem; always double-check before contact your Sony dealer. Troubleshooting chart Symptoms Cause Remedy The unit does not power on when you There is no battery pack loaded.
  • Page 124 Troubleshooting chart (continued) Symptoms Cause Remedy The time code setting is not possible. At the recording, the ClipLink function is Only the REGEN mode can be used for set to on (meaning ClipLink shooting is ClipLink shooting. If you will not perform The time code value does not advance allowed) in menu 211, CONT is displayed ClipLink shooting, set the ClipLink...
  • Page 125: Specifications

    TC IN: BNC 3: 5600K 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ 4: 5600K + DC IN: XLR-4 pin, female Lens mount Sony -inch bayonet mount Output connectors Signal standards EIA standard signal (NTSC color DV OUT: 6-pin IEEE1394, ×1 system) (DSR-300A)
  • Page 126 Filter attachment threads Max. 184 minutes 82 mm dia., 0.75 mm pitch (on Fast forward/rewind time (using PDV-184ME) lens) Max. 12 minutes Mounting Sony -inch bayonet mount Mass 1.4 kg approx. (3 lb 1 oz) Usable cassettes (including lens hood) External dimensions...
  • Page 127: Related Products

    (Approximate equivalents in feet: 2 m = 6 ft, 5 m = 16 ft, 10 m = 33 ft, 25 m = 82 ft, 50 m = 164 ft, 100 m = There is a range of Sony products available to meet every conceivable video shooting requirement. For...
  • Page 128: Chart Of Optional Components And Accessories

    Carrying Case Camera Adaptor LC-DS500 Carrying Case a) Optional accessory shoe kit is required for fitting. For details, consult your Sony dealer. b) Use when power consumption of the DSR-300A/300AP and accessories is 38 W or lower. c) When power consumption is 38 W or higher due to fiting a video light (with power...
  • Page 129: What Is Cliplink

    What Is ClipLink? The ClipLink function greatly improves the Next, begin rough editing by viewing the Index efficiency of the video production process as a whole Pictures on the EditStation’s GUI display and by recording various editing-related data on tape when rearranging them as you wish.
  • Page 130: Cliplink Operation Flow

    ClipLink Operation Flow The following is a detailed description of how to use the ClipLink function during the video production process. Example System Configuration The following illustration shows the optimum system configuration for using the ClipLink function. ClipLink operation is possible even with a system containing existing analog equipment.
  • Page 131: Data Generated When Shooting

    ClipLink Operation Flow Data Generated When Shooting The following describes the kinds of data that is generated when using the ClipLink function. Index Pictures When shooting, a single-frame image from the Mark IN point at the start of each scene is recorded as a still Index Picture picture into the DSBK-301A’s internal memory.
  • Page 132 Cue point time codes How to record ClipLink log data This type of data is especially useful when shooting scenes that may contain unexpected events, such as The following describes how to record the various when shooting for sports coverage or documentaries. ClipLink log data items.
  • Page 133 ClipLink Operation Flow Time codes recorded for Mark IN/OUT points There is a gap between actual time codes and Mark IN/ OUT time codes recorded in the cassette memory, as shown in the figure below. The frame digit is incremented at each Mark IN point and is decremented at each Mark OUT point.
  • Page 134: Glossary

    Glossary Aliasing Condensation Horizontal resolution Distortion of the signal caused by Condensation refers to tiny The capability of a CCD camera to overlap of the baseband signal and droplets of water that can appear in preserve detail in the horizontal lower sideband signal when the a device, such as in the tape resolution.
  • Page 135 For period of time. example, it can be used to record date information in addition to the time code data or ID numbers for tape reels or programs. Sony Corporation Printed in Japan Appendix...

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