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INSTRUCTIONS
HARD DISK CAMCORDER
GZ-MG36E/EK
GZ-MG21E/EK
To deactivate the demonstration mode, set "DEMO
MODE" to "OFF". (
pg. 51)
GETTING STARTED
RECORDING
PLAYBACK
EDITING/PRINTING
DUBBING
MENU SETTINGS
FURTHER
INFORMATION
Dear Customer,
Thank you for purchasing this hard
disk camera. Before use, please read
the safety information and
precautions contained in pages 4 and
5 to ensure safe use of this product.
LYT1537-001C
ENGLISH
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  • Page 1 INSTRUCTIONS HARD DISK CAMCORDER GZ-MG36E/EK GZ-MG21E/EK To deactivate the demonstration mode, set “DEMO MODE” to “OFF”. ( pg. 51) ENGLISH GETTING STARTED RECORDING PLAYBACK EDITING/PRINTING DUBBING MENU SETTINGS FURTHER INFORMATION Dear Customer, Thank you for purchasing this hard disk camera. Before use, please read...
  • Page 2: Major Features

    Major Features The camera has a built-in high-capacity HDD (hard disk drive) that enables you to record videos and still images in massive quantities. SD Memory Card You can also record onto SD cards. “When Using an SD Card” ( pg.
  • Page 3 When requesting repairs for breakdowns by your dealer or JVC service centre, be sure to bring your camera together with the SD card. If one of them is not included, the cause cannot be diagnosed, and the repair cannot be made properly.
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    Safety Precautions IMPORTANT (for owners in the U.K.) Connection to the mains supply in the United Kingdom. DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment. If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power points in your home or the cable is too short to reach a power point, then obtain an appropriate safety approved extension lead or consult your dealer.
  • Page 5 (Business users) If you wish to dispose of this product, please visit our web page www.jvc-europe.com to obtain information about the take-back of the product. [Other Countries outside the European Union] If you wish to dispose of this product, please do so in...
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents GETTING STARTED Accessories ...8 Attaching the Shoulder Strap ... 9 Attaching the Lens Cap ... 9 Attaching the Core Filter ... 9 Index ...10 Necessary Settings before Use ...12 Power Related Preparations (Using the Battery Pack) ... 12 Language Setting ... 13 Date/Time Setting ...
  • Page 7 Video Playlists ...42 Creating Playlists ... 42 Playing Back Playlists ... 44 Other Operations of Playlists ... 44 Still image Print Setting ...45 DPOF Print Setting ... 45 Direct Printing with PictBridge Printer ... 46 DUBBING Video Dubbing Video Files to DVD Discs ...47 Using a VCR/DVD Recorder for Dubbing ...
  • Page 8: Accessories

    Accessories AC Adapter Power Cord Battery Pack Audio/Video Cable AP-V14E BN-VF707U USB Cable Shoulder Strap Lens Cap ( pg. 9) CD-ROM SOFTWARE pg. 9) INSTALLATION AND USB CONNECTION GUIDE) Remote Control Unit Lithium Battery Core Filter for Cables ( pg. 9) RM-V730UE CR2025 (for remote Large (A): Audio/Video Cable...
  • Page 9: Attaching The Shoulder Strap

    Attaching the Shoulder Strap Peel off the pad and thread the end of the strap through the eyelet. Eyelet Attaching the Lens Cap To protect the lens, attach the provided lens cap to the camera as shown in the illustration. Attaching the Core Filter Attach the core filters to the cables.
  • Page 10: Index

    Index How to open the LCD monitor* Push and open the LCD monitor fully. The LCD monitor can rotate 270°. Power-linked operation When the power switch is set to can also turn the camera on/off by opening/closing the LCD monitor. *Depending on the model, the screen size/aspect varies.
  • Page 11 Controls Power Switch [OFF, Lock Button ( pg. 12) Zoom Lever [W Speaker Volume Control [–VOL+] ( Light Button [LIGHT] ( pg. 18)/Information Button [INFO] ( pg. 37) Mode Switch [MODE] ( pg. 16, 20, 26, 30) Auto/Manual Mode Button [AUTO] pg.
  • Page 12: Necessary Settings Before Use

    Necessary Settings before Use Be sure to configure the following three settings before use. Power Related Preparations (Using the Battery Pack) Set the power switch to OFF. Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button Attach the battery pack.
  • Page 13: Language Setting

    Language Setting The language on the display can be changed. pg. 52) Open the LCD monitor. Set the power switch to Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button Select [DATE/DISPLAY]. Select Select [LANGUAGE]. Select Select the desired language.
  • Page 14: Other Settings

    In such a case, mount it to the consult your nearest JVC dealer. tripod. The recordable time display should only be used as a guide. It is displayed in 10 minute units.
  • Page 15: When Using An Sd Card

    When Using an SD Card By default, the HDD is set as the recording medium. If you want to record to an SD card, the following three operations need to be performed. NOTE: For details on compatible SD cards, see “Check the compatibility of recording media”...
  • Page 16: Recording

    Video Recording Preparation: Open the LCD monitor. ( Set the power switch to Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button LIGHT/INFO INDEX To stop recording Press the REC/SNAP button again. To change the picture quality ( To register a file to an event ( pg.
  • Page 17: Registering Files To Events

    NOTES: By default, the camera is set to record videos in 4:3 size. To record videos in 16:9 size, see “Changing the Screen Size” ( If the camera is not operated during recording or playback for 5 minutes when using the battery pack, it turns itself off automatically to conserve power.
  • Page 18: Zooming

    Video Recording (Continued) Zooming While recording Zoom out W: Wide angle You can zoom in up to 32x by using the optical zoom. Zoom magnification over digital image processing, and is therefore called digital zoom. Digital zooming is possible up to 800x.
  • Page 19: Deleting A File

    Deleting a File The file most recently recorded will be deleted. After the recording is finished Select [EXECUTE]. Select NOTE: If the recording mode (video or still image) is switched, or the power is turned off and on again after recording, you cannot delete the file. Checking the Remaining Space on the Recording Media Preparation:...
  • Page 20: Still Image Recording

    Still Image Recording Preparation: Open the LCD monitor. ( Set the power switch to Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button Zoom Lever To change the picture quality ( NOTES: Still images are recorded at 4:3 size. They cannot be recorded at 16:9 size. If the camera is not operated during recording or playback for 5 minutes when using the battery pack, it turns itself off automatically to conserve power.
  • Page 21: Zooming

    Zooming While recording Zoom out W: Wide angle You can zoom up to 32x by using the optical zoom. Digital zoom ( pg. 18) is not available. Continuous Shooting If the continuous shooting mode is set to on, keeping the REC/SNAP button pressed in step 3 ( pg.
  • Page 22: Manual Recording

    Manual Recording About manual recording mode This mode enables you to set the focus and screen brightness manually. You need to switch to this mode because auto recording mode, which adjusts these settings automatically, is selected by default. To change to manual recording mode Preparation: Set the power switch to Select the file type (video or still image) using...
  • Page 23 MSET Menu Menus For video recording (Manual Exposure) [AUTO]: The brightness is adjusted automatically. Adjusts the brightness. –6 to +6: Corrects the brightness within this range in increments of 1. For still image recording [±0]: The brightness is not adjusted. –2.0 to +2.0 (EV): Corrects the brightness within this range in To lock the exposure When the menu disappears after you finish configuring the setting,...
  • Page 24 Manual Recording (Continued) MSET Menu (Continued) Menus S.SP (Shutter Speed) A fast shutter speed can freeze the motion of a fast-moving subject, and a slow shutter speed can blur the subject to give the impression of motion. P.AE (Program AE) You can use the program AE settings for specific shooting...
  • Page 25: Nightscope

    Nightscope The shutter speed is automatically adjusted from 1/2 to 1/30 seconds. It enables recording with little light in dim locations. After performing “To change to manual recording mode” ( pg. 22) To cancel nightscope Press (NIGHT) so that the disappears.
  • Page 26: Playback

    Video Playback Set the power switch to Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button LIGHT/INFO INDEX To return to the index screen Press INDEX when playback is paused. To adjust the speaker volume During playback, slide the speaker volume control towards + to turn the volume up, or towards – to turn the volume down.
  • Page 27: Various Operations During Playback

    Various Operations during Playback To resume normal playback, press 49. Still playback (Pause) Search playback Backward Forward Pressing repeatedly increases the search speed. (–60x to +60x) Locating the start point of the file or skipping the file Backward Forward Frame-by-frame playback While playback is paused Backward Forward...
  • Page 28: File Search Function

    Video Playback (Continued) File Search Function One-touch operation enables you to switch the index screen to the date index screen or event screen for the convenient file search. To change the display On the index screen Each press switches the screen. VIDEO 53/53 Index...
  • Page 29: Event Screen

    Event Screen You can search the desired file by the event that you registered the file to when recording. pg. 17) After searching by the event, you can search by the recording date to narrow down the search. After displaying the event screen in “To change the display”...
  • Page 30: Still Image

    Still Image Playback Set the power switch to Slide while pressing down the lock button. Power off Playback Recording Lock button LIGHT/INFO INDEX To return to the index screen Press INDEX. To turn the date/time display on/off Set [DATE/TIME] to [ON], [AUTO] or [OFF]. ( To check the file information Press INFO when playback is paused.
  • Page 31: Slide Show

    Slide Show You can playback all the images stored in the recording media automatically. During playback During the slide show, pressing files in descending order, and pressing displays files in ascending order. To end the slide show Press 49 again. Image Rotation You can rotate a still image clockwise or counterclockwise.
  • Page 32: Watching Images On Tv/remote Control

    Watching Images on TV/Remote Control Connecting to a TV, VCR or DVD Recorder Make sure all units are turned off before connecting. Open the cover. AV Connector S Connector S-video Cable (optional) Enables playback of even higher quality. NOTES: It is recommended to use the AC adapter as the power supply instead of the battery pack. ( To connect the camera to a PC, refer to SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND USB CONNECTION GUIDE.
  • Page 33: Playback Using The Remote Control

    Playback Using the Remote Control A battery is included inside the remote control at the time of purchase. Remove the insulation sheet before use. Beam Effective Area Effective distance for indoor use: Remote Sensor NOTE: The transmitted beam may not be effective or may cause incorrect operation when the remote sensor is directly exposed to sunlight or powerful lighting.
  • Page 34: Playback With Special Effects

    Playback with Special Effects You can add the following two types of special effects before playback. Wipe or fader effects Add effects at the beginning and end of videos. These effects cannot be set for still images. Playback effects Add effects that, for example, alter the colour tones of videos.
  • Page 35 [WIPE/FADER] Menus FADER-WHITE Fade in or out with a white screen. FADER-BLACK Fade in or out with a black screen. FADER-B.W Fade in to a colour screen from a black and white screen, or fade out from colour to black and white. WIPE:CORNER Wipe in on a black screen from the upper right to the lower left corner, or wipe out from lower left to upper right, leaving a black screen.
  • Page 36: Managing Files

    Managing Files You can directly manage recorded files in the camera. CAUTION: Do not remove the recording medium or perform any other operation (such as turning off the power) while accessing files. Also, be sure to use the provided AC adapter, as the data on the recording medium may be corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during operation.
  • Page 37: Viewing File Information

    Deleting on Menu Screen Preparation: Set the power switch to Select the file type (video or still image) using the MODE switch. Select [DELETE]. Select Select the desired menu. Select [CURRENT]: Currently displayed file is deleted. You can select the previous or next file by pressing [FILE SELECT]: You can choose multiple files to delete from the index screen.
  • Page 38: Protecting Files From Accidental Erasure

    Managing Files (Continued) Protecting Files from Accidental Erasure Preparation: Set the power switch to Select the file type (video or still image) using the MODE switch. Select [PROTECT]. Select Select the desired menu. Select [CURRENT]: Currently displayed file is protected.You can select the previous or next file by pressing [FILE SELECT]: You can choose multiple files to protect from...
  • Page 39: Formatting A Recording Medium

    Formatting a Recording Medium You can format (initialise) the built-in hard disk (HDD) or SD cards. You have to format newly- purchased SD cards with this camera before using them. This will also ensure stable speeds and operation when accessing the recording medium.
  • Page 40: Cleaning Up A Recording Medium

    Managing Files (Continued) Cleaning Up a Recording Medium Writing speed of recording media tends to become slow after long periods of repeated use. To regain the speed, execute cleanup periodically. The cleanup function is equivalent to a PC’s “Defragmentation” function. Preparation: Set the power switch to Be sure to use the provided AC adapter for...
  • Page 41: Changing The Event Registration Of Video Files After Recording

    Changing the Event Registration of Video Files after Recording Preparation: Set the power switch to Set the MODE switch to Select [CHANGE EVENT REG.]. Select Select a new event to register the file VIDEO Select To move to the next page, select [NEXT PAGE].
  • Page 42: Playlists

    Playlists What is a Playlist? It is a list that enables you to organise recorded videos in order of preference. To display the playlist screen Preparation: Set the power switch to Set the MODE switch to Select [PLAYLIST]. Select NOTE: You can display the playlist menu simply by pressing the PLAYLIST button on the remote control.
  • Page 43 Select the insertion point. Select To add other files, repeat steps 5 and 6. Select [SAVE AND QUIT]. Select To check a registered scene after step 6 to move to the 1) Press registered file column shown on the right. 2) Use to select a file and press 3) Press INDEX to return to the previous...
  • Page 44: Playing Back Playlists

    Playlists (Continued) Playing Back Playlists After performing “To display the playlist screen” ( pg. 42) Select [PLAYLIST CONTENTS]. Select Select the playlist that you want to playback. Select During playback of the playlist, appears on the top left corner of the screen. If you slide the zoom lever towards W while playback is paused, the index screen for playlist appears.
  • Page 45: Print Setting

    Print Setting DPOF Print Setting This camera is compatible with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format). You can set which images to be printed and the number of prints with this camera. This feature is useful to print with a DPOF-compatible printer or for taking the recording medium to a photo lab for printing.
  • Page 46: Direct Printing With Pictbridge Printer

    Print Setting (Continued) Direct Printing with PictBridge Printer If your printer is compatible with PictBridge, still images can be printed easily by connecting the camera directly to the printer with the USB cable. DPOF setting can also be used. ( To Print by Selecting a Still Image Preparation: Set the power switch to...
  • Page 47: Dubbing

    Dubbing Video Files to DVD Discs Using a VCR/DVD Recorder for Dubbing Preparation: Connect the camera to a VCR or DVD recorder. pg. 32) Set the VCR/DVD recorder to its AUX input mode. Start playback on the camera. To playback videos ( pg.
  • Page 48 Copying/Moving Still Image Files Check which buttons to use in the illustration of “Controls on this section” on page 42. You can copy or move still image files between the HDD and SD card using the on-screen display. Preparation: Set the power switch to Make sure that SD card is inserted in the SD slot.
  • Page 49: Press

    Set the file unit ([ALL] or [FILE]) to copy/move. [FILE]: Select when you want to transfer the selected files. 1)Press to select the desired file, then press 49. • The mark appears on the file. To select other files, repeat this step. 2)Press MENU.
  • Page 50: Changing The Menu Settings

    Changing the Menu Settings You can change the menu settings to customize your camera. Some menus can be used for both operation modes (recording/playback) and file types (video/still image). Other menus can be used depending on the selected file type and operation mode.
  • Page 51: Common Menus For All Modes

    Common Menus for All Modes Menus BASIC SETTING PRESET Returns all the camera settings to their default values. DEMO MODE Introduces special features of the camera at the following cases. When the menu screen is closed. When there is no operation for about 3 minutes after the power switch is set to OPERATION SOUND...
  • Page 52 Changing the Menu Settings (Continued) Common Menus for All Modes (Continued) Menus REC MEDIA SETTING VIDEO MODE Enables you to set the recording medium for videos. IMAGE MODE Enables you to set the recording medium for still images. FORMAT Enables you to select the medium to format.
  • Page 53: Video Recording Menus

    Menus CLOCK ADJUST Enables you to set the time. DATE DISPLAY ORDER Enables you to set the date and time display format. DISPLAY Video Recording Menus Menus REGISTER EVENT Enables you to turn on/off event registration for any videos before starting recording.
  • Page 54: Video Playback Menus

    Changing the Menu Settings (Continued) Video Playback Menus Menus CHANGE EVENT REG. Enables you to change the event registration of recorded video files. PLAYLIST Enables you to perform operations related to playlists. WIPE/FADER These are special playback effects. They add effects to the beginning and end of playback.
  • Page 55: Still Image Recording Menus

    Still Image Recording Menus Menus QUALITY Enables you to set the picture quality for still images. SELF-TIMER This is the timer function. It starts recording when the set time elapses after the REC/SNAP button is pressed. CONTINUOUS SHOOTING This is the continuous shooting function.
  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    To solve the problem, first follow the instructions below. If the problem is not solved, reset the camera. right column) If the problem persists, please consult your nearest JVC dealer. Trouble Power No power is supplied. No display appears. The power was turned off accidentally.
  • Page 57 When the LCD monitor's LED light reaches the end of its service life, images on the LCD monitor become dark. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. The LCD monitor is made with high precision technology. However, black spots or bright spots of light (red, green or blue) may appear constantly on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 58 Troubleshooting (Continued) Trouble Recording (Continued) The LCD monitor indications blink. Digital zoom does not work. The recorded image is white. The focus is not adjusted automatically. The colour of the image looks strange. The recorded image is too dark. The recorded image is too bright.
  • Page 59 Trouble Editing / Printing Files cannot be deleted. When the image is printed from the printer, a black bar appears at the bottom of the screen. Other problems The data process is too slow after the power is switched on or the mode is changed.
  • Page 60: Warning Indications

    Warning Indications The following indications appear on the screen. Indication (Battery indicator) SET DATE/TIME! LENS CAP PLEASE INSERT MEMORY CARD! HARD DISK DRIVE IS NOT FORMATTED THIS CARD IS NOT FORMATTED HDD ERROR! MEMORY CARD ERROR! CHECK CARD’S WRITE PROTECTION SWITCH NO VIDEO FILES STORED! NO IMAGE FILES STORED!
  • Page 61 Indication NUMBER OF FOLDERS OVERFLOW MEMORY CARD ERROR! REINSERT CARD OR CHANGE CARD. FILE SYSTEM MAY HAVE PROBLEM. FORMAT IS RECOMMENDED AFTER COPYING WANTED DATA. VIDEO MANAGEMENT FILE IS BROKEN. TO RECORD/ PLAYBACK VIDEO, RECOVERY IS REQUIRED. RECOVER? NO VIDEO MANAGEMENT FILE VIDEO FILES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO MPEG FOLDER CAN NOT READ EVENT...
  • Page 62: Cleaning The Camera

    Warning Indications (Continued) Indication RECORDING FAILURE RECORDING MAY NOT BE CORRECT ON THE MEMORY CARD MEMORY CARD CANNOT BE PLAYED BACK CORRECTLY CANNOT USE IN VIDEO MODE DROP DETECTION WORKED AND THE POWER IS TURNED Cleaning the Camera Before cleaning, turn off the camera and remove the battery pack and AC adapter. To clean the exterior Wipe gently with a soft cloth.
  • Page 63: Cautions

    • Do not store the recording medium in locations with high temperature or high humidity. • Do not touch the metal parts. Copy the recorded files to your PC. JVC shall not be responsible for any lost data. (It is recommended that you copy the data from your PC to DVD or other media for storage.)
  • Page 64 Cautions (Continued) Recording Medium (Continued) Do not strike or shake the hard disk. When the camera is repaired or inspected, data may be erased, and the hard disk may be formatted. Back up all data before requesting repair or inspection. Play back your trial recording to make sure the video and audio have been recorded properly.
  • Page 65 If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit immediately and consult your local JVC dealer. When requesting repairs for malfunctioning by your dealer or JVC service centre, be sure to bring your camera together with the recording medium. If one of them is not included, the cause cannot be diagnosed, and the repair cannot be made properly.
  • Page 66: Specifications

    Specifications Camera For general Power supply DC 11 V (Using AC adapter) DC 7.2 V (Using battery pack) Power consumption Approx. 3.9 (4.1)* W * When using the LED light Dimensions (W x H x D) 68 mm x 69 mm x 109 mm Weight Approx.
  • Page 67 Recording Time and Number of Images The tables below show the approximate recording time and number of storable images. The number increases or decreases depending on the picture quality. Approximate recording time (minutes) (for video) Quality [ ] = Factory-preset GZ-MG36E/EK GZ-MG21E/EK 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB [ULTRA FINE] FINE...
  • Page 68: Indications On Lcd Monitor

    Indications on LCD Monitor During both Video and Still Image Recording Selected Operation Mode Indicator pg. 22) : Auto Mode : Manual Mode Tele Macro Mode Indicator ( Approximate Zoom Ratio ( Zoom Indicator ( pg. 18, 21) Iris Lock Indicator ( pg.
  • Page 69 During Video Playback Mode Indicator ( pg. 26) : Playlist Playback Indicator (Appears when playing back a playlist. : Event Search Playback Indicator (Appears when playing back a video file from the event search. pg. 29) : Date Search Playback Indicator (Appears when playing back a video file from the date search.
  • Page 72: Terms

    ... 12 AC Adapter ... 25 Backlight Compensation ... 12 Battery Pack ... 52 Brightness Control ... 54 Changing Event Registration ... 50 Changing the Menu Settings ...40 Cleaning Up a Recording Medium ... 53 Clock Adjust Connecting to a TV, VCR or DVD Recorder ...21 Continuous Shooting ...48...

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