JVC 0997TOV*UN*SN Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1: Digital Video Camera

    DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA GR-DVX88 INSTRUCTIONS Please visit our CyberCam Homepage on the World Wide Web and answer our Consumer Survey (in English only): http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/index-e.html LYT0002-0X9A ENGLISH...
  • Page 2 AC Power Adapter/Charger is on its bottom. The rating plate (serial number plate) of the Docking Station is on its bottom. This camcorder is designed to be used with PAL-type colour television signals. It cannot be used for playback with a television of a different standard.
  • Page 3: Safety Precautions

    If this happens, place the battery pack in your pocket or other warm, protected place for a short time, then re-attach it to the camcorder. As long as the battery pack itself is not cold, it should not affect perform- ance.
  • Page 4: Provided Accessories

    Adapter/Charger AA-V90EG Hand strap Battery pack BN-V907U VIDEO/AUDIO cable VIDEO/AUDIO cable (Docking Station to TV or VCR, (camcorder to TV or VCR, RCA plug 4 RCA plug) ø 3.5 mini-plug 4 RCA plug) S-VIDEO cable Editing cable DC cord (ø 3.5 mini-plug, 2 poles)
  • Page 5 Remote control unit RM-V711U MiniDV Cassette Tape 30 min (DVM-30) M-DV30ME Lithium battery CR2025 (for remote control unit) Grip strap JLIP Video Capture Docking Station GV-DS2 (referred to in the manual as “Docking Station”) Use of the JLIP Video Capture Docking Station enables you to capture video images from video sources such as camcorders and...
  • Page 6: About Dv

    Luminance Signal (Y) Lens Chrominance (C) AUDIO This camcorder separates the data into blocks, writing one block of each data type on each track of the tape. Head tracking direction Sub-Code Area The Time Code and Date/Time data are written here, separate from the video data.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Audio Dubbing ... 65 Insert Editing ... 66 TROUBLESHOOTING AFTER USE CONTROLS, INDICATIONS AND CONNECTORS Camcorder ... 73 Docking Station ... 75 LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Recording ... 76 LCD Monitor Indications During Playback ... 77 Warning Indications ... 78...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Charging The Battery Pack You can charge one battery pack at a time, or two consecutively. ATTACH To AC outlet Power lamp Charger indicator 1 SUPPLY POWER TO CHARGER Plug the AC Adapter/Charger’s power cord in to an AC outlet. The power lamp comes on. ATTACH BATTERY/BATTERIES Remove the battery pack’s protective cap and attach while making sure the...
  • Page 9: Installing The Battery Pack

    NOTES: If you connect the camcorder’s DC cord to the adapter during battery charging, power is supplied to the camcorder and charging stops. When using the AC Power Adapter/Charger, be sure to use the supplied power cord only. The AC Power Adapter/Charger is for use with the BN-V907U Battery Pack only.
  • Page 10: Indoor Use

    After the battery packs in the Power Pack are exhausted, the battery pack in the camcorder does not begin to supply power. Detach the Power Pack and turn off the camcorder to use the battery pack installed in the camcorder. GETTING STARTED...
  • Page 11: Date/Time Settings

    24 hours to charge the clock lithium battery. Then perform the date/time setting before using the camcorder. It is also possible to use the camcorder without the date/time setting. NOTE: If you don’t exit the Date/Time Menu, the clock display will not move but the camcorder’s internal...
  • Page 12: Loading/Unloading A Cassette

    Loading/Unloading A Cassette The camcorder needs to be powered up to load or eject a cassette. OPEN/EJECT switch Make sure the window side is facing out. Erase protection switch** OPEN CASSETTE COVER Turn on the power, then slide the OPEN/EJECT switch in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 13: Recording Mode Setting

    It is recommended that tapes recorded in the LP mode on this camcorder be played back on this camcorder. During playback of a tape recorded on another camcorder, blocks of noise may appear or there may be momentary pauses in the sound.
  • Page 14: Hand Strap Attachment

    Hand Strap Attachment The provided Hand Strap helps you to keep a firm hold on the camcorder. Make sure you never hold the camcorder without using the Hand Strap. Hand strap Loop ATTACH HAND STRAP Thread the strap through the eyelet thread the loop through the end of the strap Pull firmly to ensure secure attachment.
  • Page 15: Grip Strap Attachment

    Grip Strap Attachment Before attaching the grip strap, detach the hand strap from the camcorder ( Hand strap eyelet ATTACH GRIP STRAP TO HAND STRAP EYELET Thread the end of the grip strap through the hand strap eyelet, then thread the other end of the grip through the loop.
  • Page 16: Dioptre Adjustment

    Dioptre Adjustment Adjust the viewfinder display for best viewing. SELECT OPERATION MODE Set the Power Dial to “ TURN ON CAMCORDER Pull out the viewfinder fully. Dioptre adjust lever ”, or “ ”. GETTING STARTED Diopter adjust lever PAUSE ADJUST DIOPTRE Slide the Dioptre Adjust Lever located on the bottom of the viewfinder.
  • Page 17: Remote Control Unit

    Remote Control Unit You can use the RM-V711U to control the camcorder. When using the remote control, be sure to point it at the remote sensor. The transmitted beam effective area for indoor use is approx. 5 m. The transmitted beam may not be effective or may cause incorrect operation if the remote sensor is directly exposed to sunlight or powerful lighting.
  • Page 18: Operation Mode

    White Balance Adjustment settings are effective. Allows you (camcorder operator) to become part of the scene once the camcorder is set. This mode is similar to the Self-Timer on film cameras. Allows you to play back a recording, (Cont.)
  • Page 19: Recording

    If 5 minutes elapse in the Record-Standby mode, power shuts off automatically to conserve energy and protect the heads. To turn the camcorder on again, push back and pull out the viewfinder again or close and re-open the LCD monitor. As long as you don’t take out the tape you were...
  • Page 20 Recording From The Middle Of A Tape When removing a tape on which you were recording, or when you resume recording on a tape after playing back the recording previously made (without taking the tape out between recordings), perform this procedure.
  • Page 21 When recording is resumed, the time code starts counting up again from “00:00:00”. This means the camcorder may record the same time codes as those existing in a previously recorded scene. To prevent leaving a blank portion on a tape, perform the procedure in “Recording From The Middle of A Tape”...
  • Page 22: Adjust Brightness

    Tape Remaining Indicator The time remaining on the tape is automatically monitored and displayed ( “TAPE END” appears. If the indications are turned off, the tape remaining indicator appears when remaining time reaches 2 minutes. Display – – – – – – – – – – BRIGHT MENU IND.ON/OFF button...
  • Page 23 Journalistic shooting In some situations different angles of shooting may be required for more dramatic results. OPEN LCD MONITOR Make sure the viewfinder is pushed back and the LCD monitor is fully open (approx. 90°). TILT LCD MONITOR Tilt the LCD monitor in the most convenient direction.
  • Page 24 Zoom Select any one of the three powers of magnification and get “closer” to the subject ( Simply set the zoom switch to either zoom in (towards “T”) or zoom out (towards “W”). The zoom speed is variable — the quicker you set the zoom switch, the quicker the zoom action. NOTES: Zoom magnification of over 10X is done through Digital image processing, and is therefore called Digital Zoom.
  • Page 25: Advanced Features

    RECORDING Advanced Features Snapshot Use your camcorder like a regular camera and take a snapshot, or several of them in succession. Flash Press SNAPSHOT during recording (Snapshot dissolve) SNAPSHOT Press SNAPSHOT during Record-Standby mode SELECT OPERATION MODE First turn the Power Dial to any operation mode except “PLAY”...
  • Page 26 Although images shot with a flash tend to look whiter than they actually are, to compensate for this camcorder automatically darkens the picture when using the flash. When shooting a subject at a distance where the flash light cannot reach (over 2 m), set the flash to “OFF”...
  • Page 27 Adjusting Flash Brightness When a snapshot ( pg. 25) is taken in the dark the camcorder flashes ( brightness automatically. You can also adjust the flash brightness manually. When you find that the snap- shots you took look too bright or too dark, adjust it manually.
  • Page 28 ENGAGE 5S MODE Then press START/STOP. The tally lamp lights and beep sounds to indicate the start of recording, and after 5 seconds the camcorder enters Record-Standby mode. • If you press and hold START/STOP within 5 seconds after recording starts, Record- Standby mode is not engaged.
  • Page 29 Self-Timer Once the camcorder is set, the camcorder operator can become part of the scene in a more natural way adding the final touch to a memorable picture. START/STOP button SELECT OPERATION MODE Turn the Power Dial to “ down the lock button located on the dial.
  • Page 30 Menus The Recording Menu allows you to set these functions: Recording Mode, Wide Mode, Zoom Magnification, Digital Image Stabilizer, Gain Up, Flash, Date/Time Menu, System Menu . The following selection procedure applies to Recording Mode, Wide Mode, Zoom Magnification, Stabilization, Gain Up and Flash . Please refer to page 31, 32 for details.
  • Page 31: Auto Off

    REC MODE WIDE MODE ZOOM GAIN UP FLASH TO DATE / TIME MENU TO SYSTEM MENU REC MODE (Recording mode) You can change the tape recording speed. LP tape speed is slower than SP, allowing LP to record 1.5 times longer than SP.
  • Page 32 During Full-Auto mode, 20X is selected automatically. DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) When recording while holding the camcorder in your hand, or when shooting a subject with little or no contrast, subtle hand movements will cause shakiness in the recorded image.
  • Page 33 Press the Select Dial twice. Selection is complete and the menu disappears. NOTES: Connect the camcorder to a TV and set “ON SCREEN” to “ON” in the Date/Time Menu. The display appears on the connected TV . The Indicator/Display function overrides these settings.
  • Page 34 System Menu The System Menu allows you to set the following functions: Photo Frame, Scene, Beep/Tally, Wind Cut, Sound Mode and ID numbers. Display REC MODE WIDE MODE ZOOM GAIN UP FLASH AUTO TO DATE / TIME MENU TO SYSTEM MENU Recording Menu PHOTO FRAME SCENE...
  • Page 35: Photo Frame

    SOUND MODE Sound signals can be sampled at 32 kHz or 48 kHz. 32 kHz–The camcorder is factory-preset for 32 kHz. This setting enables recording of stereo sound on pg. 44) and four separate channels, and is recommended for use when performing Audio Dubbing.
  • Page 36: Start Recording

    FADE/WIPE Effects Use these to spice up the transition from one scene to the next. You can also vary transitions from scene to scene. Refer to pages 36 – 41 for Fade/Wipe effects and techniques. Select any one effect from the Fader/Wipe Menu. Display FOCUS AUTO...
  • Page 37 Fade In or Wipe In occurs automatically. ACTIVATE FADE OUT OR WIPE OUT When you want to stop recording the scene, press START/STOP. Before the camcorder enters the Record-Standby mode, the Fade Out or Wipe Out occurs automatically. , B W ,...
  • Page 38 RESUME RECORDING If you start recording a new scene within 5 minutes of the end of the previous recording (without having turned the camcorder’s power off), the previous scene wipes out, revealing the new scene. RECORDING Previous scene end...
  • Page 39 Random Variations When is selected, the camcorder chooses one of the fades/wipes at random. START RECORDING Press START/STOP. The camcorder does the rest, selecting an effect at random. •The recording starts with a Fade In or Wipe In. If you press START/STOP during record- ing, Record-Standby mode is preceded by a Fade Out or Wipe Out;...
  • Page 41 The new scene wipes in over the previous one from the center toward the top and bottom of the screen. When this function is activated, the camcorder randomly selects the effect used in scene transition (from the Fade and Wipe effects).
  • Page 42 P.AE/Effects You can choose any one of the effects from the P.AE/Effects Menu. Display FOCUS AUTO EXPOSURE AUTO W. BALANCE AUTO FADER / WIPE P. AE / EFFECT FLASH ADJ. RETURN Manual Mode Item Menu SELECT OPERATION MODE First turn the Power Dial to “ down the lock button located on the dial, make sure the LCD monitor is open fully or the viewfinder is pulled out.
  • Page 43 SHUTTER (Variable Shutter (Speed) 1/50–The shutter speed is fixed at 1/50th of a second. Black bands that usually appear when shooting a TV screen become narrower. 1/100–The shutter speed is fixed at 1/100th of a second. The flickering that occurs when shooting under a fluorescent light or mercury-vapour lamp is reduced.
  • Page 44 Manual Focus Adjustment The camcorder, in most cases, adjusts the focus from approx. 3 cm to infinity automatically. However, when focusing is difficult or when the subject is not in the middle of the LCD monitor or the viewfinder, adjust the focus manually.
  • Page 45 Exposure Control Usually this is adjusted automatically. However, when the background is too bright or too dark in compari- son with the subject, the exposure could be corrected manually. Display FOCUS AUTO EXPOSURE MANUAL W. BALANCE AUTO FADER / WIPE P.
  • Page 46 Iris Lock Use this function when shooting a moving subject, when zooming, when the subject changes its distance (thus its size in the LCD monitor or the viewfinder), or when you want to lock the brightness level. When the subject is close, keep the iris locked. Even when the subject moves away from you, the image will not darken.
  • Page 47 A term that refers to the correctness of colour reproduction under various lighting. If the white balance is correct, all other colours will be accurately reproduced. The white balance is usually adjusted automatically. However, the more advanced camcorder operator would prefer to control this function manually and achieve a more professional colour/tint reproduction.
  • Page 48 Manual White Balance Operation If the camera is operating in manual mode, perform a Manual White Balance when shooting under various types of lighting Display FOCUS AUTO EXPOSURE AUTO W. BALANCE AUTO FADER / WIPE P. AE / EFFECT FLASH ADJ. RETURN Manual Mode Item Menu...
  • Page 49: Playback

    To temporarily stop playback, press 6/4. Press again to resume playback. If still playback contin- ues for more than about 3 minutes, the camcorder’s Stop mode is automatically engaged. After 5 minutes in the stop mode, the camcorder’s power is automatically turned off.
  • Page 50: Advanced Features

    Press the Play button to start playback. ACTIVATE ZOOM Press the zoom buttons (T/W) on the remote control. Make sure the remote control is pointed at the camcorder's remote sensor. • Pressing T zooms in. LOCATE PORTION OF MAGNIFIED SCENE You can move the image on screen around to find a particular portion of the picture.
  • Page 51 Play button START PLAYBACK Press the Play button. ACCESS P.AE/EFFECT SELECT MENU Point the remote control at the camcorder’s remote sensor and press EFFECT. The P.AE/ EFFECT Select Menu appears. SELECT P.AE/EFFECT Move the pointer and highlight bar to the desired effect by pressing EFFECT.
  • Page 52: Playback Menu

    Playback Menu The Playback Menu allows you to set the following functions: Playback Sound (32 kHz, 48 kHz), Synchro Comp, Display and Time Code . The following procedure applies to all except Synchro Comp ( Display 48kHz MODE FULL SOUND 32kHz MODE SOUND1 SYNCHRO...
  • Page 53 Playback Sound During playback, the camcorder detects the sound mode in which the recording was made, and plays the sound back. Select the type of sound to accompany your playback picture. (32 kHz is preset to “SOUND 1” and 48 kHz is preset to “FULL SOUND”.)
  • Page 54: Basic Connections

    VCR/TV Connection (when connecting directly to the camcorder) Open the jack cover. CONNECT CAMCORDER TO TV OR Pull out the jack cover and open it. Connect as shown in the illustration. If Using A VCR . . . go to step 2.
  • Page 55 VCR/TV Connection (using Docking Station) When you attach your camcorder to the Docking Station, you can add many interesting effects during playback. To DC input jack Core filter To AC outlet AC Power Adapter/Charger DC cord CONFIRM POWER-OFF STATUS Make sure the camcorder’s power is off.
  • Page 56 VCR/TV connection (using the Docking Station) (Cont.) Please refer to your VCR and/or TV instruction manual(s) when connecting. AC Power Adapter/Charger To DC input jack DC cord Core filter White Yellow To VIDEO output jack PLAYBACK To DC output jack Core filter S-VIDEO cable (provided) To S-VIDEO...
  • Page 57 Using the remote control unit with the camcorder attached to the Docking Station While the camcorder is attached to the Docking Station, the camcorder’s remote sensor does not function. Point the remote control at the sensor located on the Docking Station.
  • Page 58: Editing

    Dubbing You can copy recorded scenes from the camcorder onto a videotape. Refer to your VCR’s instruction manual for details. VCR (Recording deck) Stop button MAKE CONNECTIONS Connect the Docking Station to your VCR as shown in the illustration on pages 56, 57.
  • Page 59: Brand Setting

    (A) (B) You’re now ready to try Random Assemble Editing. IMPORTANT Although the MBR is compatible with JVC VCRs and those of many other makers, it may not work with yours or may offer limited functions. NOTES: If the VCR’s power doesn’t come on in step 1, try another code from the VCR CODE LIST.
  • Page 60: Random Assemble Editing

    Station to the VCR’s remote pause terminal using pg. 56, an editing cable. If you use a JVC VCR not equipped with a remote pause terminal or a non-JVC VCR, connect the Docking Station's editing jack to the remote control's remote pause terminal using an editing cable.
  • Page 61 Since time codes register time only as accurately as seconds, the time code total time may not match the total program time exactly. Turning off the camcorder’s power erases all registered Edit-In and Edit-Out points. If you use Sepia or Monotone P.AE/Effects, you can’t use the Dissolve or Black &...
  • Page 62 When the editing cable is connected to the Pause terminal during dubbing, make sure the remote control is pointed at the recorder’s sensor, and that the path between the two is unobstructed. If, during Random Assemble Editing, you press any button on the camcorder, its Record-Standby mode is automatically engaged.
  • Page 63: For More Accurate Editing

    Some VCRs make the transition from Record-Standby to Record mode faster than others. Even if you begin editing for the camcorder and the VCR at exactly the same time, you may lose scenes you wanted, or find that you’ve recorded scenes you didn’t want. For a cleanly edited tape, confirm and adjust the timing of the camcorder against your VCR.
  • Page 64 Adjustment of VCR‘s against Camcorder Timing VCR (Recording deck) 48kHz MODE FULL SOUND 32kHz MODE SOUND1 SYNCHRO 0 . 0 DISPLAY TIMECODE Playback Menu ACCESS PLAYBACK MENU Press MENU. The Playback Menu appears on the TV screen. SELECT FUNCTION Move the pointer and highlight bar to “SYNCHRO”...
  • Page 65: Audio Dubbing

    If you dub onto a blank space on the tape, the sound may be disrupted. Make sure you only edit recorded areas. If feedback or howling occurs during TV Playback, move the camcorder’s microphone away from the TV, or turn down the TV’s volume.
  • Page 66: Insert Editing

    • Confirm the insert at the time code you checked in step 1. PAUSE DURING EDITING Press START/STOP. The camcorder re-enters Insert Pause mode. Press again to resume editing. STOP EDITING Press STOP while the camcorder is in the Insert-Pause mode. EDITING Remote sensor Power Dial RM-V711U (provided) NOTES: P.AE/Effects (...
  • Page 67: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING If, after following the steps in the chart below, the problem still exists, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. SYMPTOM 1. No power is supplied. 2. Recording cannot be performed. 3. There is no playback picture. 4. Some functions are not available using the MENU button.
  • Page 68 SYMPTOM 11. Even though “GAIN UP” was set to “ A ”, scenes shot in dark places are not brightened. 12. Snapshot mode cannot be used. 13. Although the SNAPSHOT button is pressed, the white border does not appear. 14. Digital Zoom doesn’t work.
  • Page 69 Dissolve before beginning recording. The effects are then automatically activated ( pg. 38). •Do not turn off the camcorder’s power after setting Edit-In and Edit-Out points, as they will all be erased ( pg. 38). •The camcorder automatically shuts off...
  • Page 70 LCD monitor become dark. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. 31. •The light used to illuminate the LCD monitor causes it to become hot. 32. •This may occur when the surface or the edge of the LCD monitor is pressed.
  • Page 71 When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the indication remains, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. 40. •To protect the battery, it is recommended to charge it in places with a tempera- ture of 10°C to 30°C pg.
  • Page 72: After Use

    Cleaning The Camcorder Battery cover LCD monitor REMOVE POWER SUPPLY Remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Power Adapter/Charger. CLEAN EXTERIOR Wipe gently with a soft cloth. • Put cloth in diluted mild soap and wring it well to wipe off heavy dirt. Then wipe again with a dry cloth.
  • Page 73: Controls, Indications And Connectors

    CONTROLS, INDICATIONS AND CONNECTORS Camcorder Cassette cover ( pg. 12) Cassette is loaded inside the cover. Stereo microphone ( For use when recording or audio dubbing. White balance sensor Adjusts the colour reproduction. Take care not to cover the sensor with your hand while shooting.
  • Page 74 Viewfinder ( pg. 16) Pull out when recording. Power dial ( pg. 19) Turning the camcorder on/off, recording or playback is possible. START/STOP button ( Starts recording or stops recording to make the camcorder enter the record-standby mode. Zoom switch or volume switch (VOL.) pg.
  • Page 75: Docking Station

    62) DIGITAL jack •Connect to the computer’s RS-232C terminal (COM port). JLIP jack (Joint Level Interface Protocol) •Connect to a JLIP-compatible camcorder or VCR to control it from the computer. RELEASE button ( pg. 55) LOCK lever ( pg. 55) Multi connector ( pg.
  • Page 76: Lcd Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Recording

    Appears when the wind cut mode is engaged to cut down on noise created by wind. ( Displays the 5 second mode recording or animation recording mode. Displays the sound mode for approx. 5 seconds after turning on the camcorder. Displays the date/time.
  • Page 77: Lcd Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Playback

    LCD Monitor/Viewfinder Indications During Playback Displays the sound mode. Displays the recording mode of the tape being played back. Appears while a tape is running. : Playback : Fast-Forward/High-speed search : Rewind/High-speed search : Forward slow-motion : Reverse slow-motion : Pause : Insert : Audio Dubbing Displays the date/time.
  • Page 78: Warning Indications

    Press the reset button after removing the power supply (battery, etc.), and wait a few minutes for the indication to clear. When it does, you can resume using the camcorder. If the indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer.
  • Page 79: Cautions

    ... remove from charger or powered unit when not in use, as some machines use current even when switched off. 3. To prevent damage to the camcorder ..replace the battery pack when it begins to deliver less recording time per charge.
  • Page 80 20 seconds, it stops automatically. Also refer to the Cleaning Cassette’s instructions. If, after using the Cleaning Cassette, the problems still exist, consult your nearest JVC dealer. Mechanical moving parts used to move the video heads and video tape tend to become dirty and worn out over time.
  • Page 81: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS CAMCORDER General Power Power consumption Format Signal format Video signal recording format Cassette Tape Speed Maximum recording time Pickup Lens Filter diameter LCD monitor Viewfinder Operating temperature Operating humidity Storage temperature Dimensions Weight Video Output Audio Output Headphone External microphone input...
  • Page 82: Glossary Of Terms

    (See “White Balance”.) AC Adapter Used when charging the battery. Or, when connected directly to the camcorder, it can be used as a power supply. Auto focus Focus can be set for automatic adjustment, for beginners who find the adjustment difficult.
  • Page 83: Index

    Audio Dubbing ... Auto Focus ... Auto Shut off ... Battery ... Battery Low ... Beep/Tally ... Charging ... Cleaning The Camcorder ... Connections ... Date/Time Display ... Date/Time Settings ... Digital Image Stabilizer ... Digital Zoom ... Docking Station ...

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