JVC GR-AX26 Instructions Manual

JVC GR-AX26 Instructions Manual

Compact vhs camcorder


(The camcorder illustrations appearing in
these instructions are of the GR-AX76.)
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Serial Nos. of the
camcorder and the AA-V11U AC Power
The serial numbers are located on the
bottom of the GR-AX76U/GR-AX46U/
GR-AX26U, and the AA-V11U.
Model No.
Serial No.


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Summary of Contents for JVC GR-AX26

  • Page 1 COMPACT VHS CAMCORDER GR-AX76 GR-AX46 GR-AX26 (The camcorder illustrations appearing in these instructions are of the GR-AX76.) INSTRUCTIONS For Customer Use: Enter below the Serial Nos. of the GR-AX76U/GR-AX46U/GR-AX26U camcorder and the AA-V11U AC Power Adapter/Charger. The serial numbers are located on the bottom of the GR-AX76U/GR-AX46U/ GR-AX26U, and the AA-V11U.
  • Page 2 Dear Customer, Thank you for purchasing the JVC Compact VHS camcorder. Before use, please read the safety information and precautions contained in the following pages to ensure safe use of your new camcorder. Using This Instruction Manual • All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents ( pg.
  • Page 3: Important Product Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT PRODUCT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Electrical energy can perform many useful functions. But improper use can result in potential electrical shock or fire hazards. This product has been engineered and manufactured to assure your personal safety. In order not to defeat the built-in safeguards, observe the following basic rules for its installation, use and servicing.
  • Page 4 1. Accessories To avoid personal injury: • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. It may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. • Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer or sold with the product.
  • Page 5: Quick Operation Guide

    Hook on. BATT. RELEASE Using the battery pack Hook-on the battery pack’s top end to the camcorder. (Charging procedure, Push in the battery pack until it locks into place. To remove the battery pack Slide BATT. RELEASE and pull out the battery pack.
  • Page 6: Major Features

    PROVIDED ACCESSORIES •AC Power Adapter/ Charger AA-V11U • DC Cord Cassettes marked can be used with this camcorder. Program Manager Program AE with Special Effects, Exposure Control, Focus, Fader, Wide, Instant Title, Date/Time Character Insert, White Balance Adjustment, Menu Adjustment...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS GETTING STARTED Power ... 8 Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal ... 10 Viewfinder Adjustment ... 10 Date/Time Setting ... 11 Tape Length Setting ... 12 Recording Mode Setting ... 12 Loading/Unloading A Cassette ... 12 Grip Adjustment ... 13 Shoulder Strap Attachment... 13 Tripod Mounting ...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    BN-V22U BN-V25U USING THE BATTERY PACK ATTACH BATTERY PACK Hook its top end to the camcorder and push the battery pack in until it locks in place. DETACH BATTERY PACK Slide BATT. RELEASE and pull out the battery pack. APPROXIMATE RECORDING TIME Push in.
  • Page 9 The CHG. indicator may not light properly with a brand new battery pack, or with one that’s been stored for an extended period. In this case, remove and reattach the battery pack and recharge it. The CHG. indicator should light during recharging. If not, contact your nearest JVC dealer. DC OUT...
  • Page 10: Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal

    Set POWER to “CAMERA”. GETTING STARTED Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal This battery is necessary for clock operation and to perform date/time settings. SWITCH OFF POWER Switch off the unit’s power and remove the power supply unit. OPEN COVER Open the clock battery compartment cover while pressing the release tab.
  • Page 11: Date/Time Setting

    MENU PROGRAM AE select dial NEAR – GAIN UP Menu Screen TELE MACRO INTERVAL TIMER REC TIME JLIP ID NO. SET CHARACTER DATE/TIME END :MENU KEY Set Time and Date Screen JA N 1 .00 CANCEL Date Month/Day/Year Time 12-hour indication with AM or PM Date/Time Setting SELECT MODE...
  • Page 12: Tape Length Setting

    If not, slide the tab. Some cassettes have removable tabs. If the tab has been removed, cover the hole with adhesive tape. The cassette holder can’t be opened while the camcorder is in the record mode. GETTING STARTED pg. 14) displayed in the (cont.)
  • Page 13: Grip Adjustment

    Recording Start/Stop button Grip Adjustment EXPAND LOOP Separate the Velcro strip. INSERT HAND Pass your right hand through the loop and grasp the grip. ADJUST STRAP LENGTH Adjust so your thumb and fingers can easily operate the Recording Start/Stop button and Power Zoom lever.
  • Page 14: Recording

    If you’re recording on a cassette from the middle, use the RETAKE function ( the last recording so you don’t erase any of it. The LENS COVER warning blinks for about 10 seconds when the camcorder is turned on, when the cover is closed.
  • Page 15: Basic Features

    RECORDING Basic Features Power zoom switch Zoom-in Zoom-out Zoom indicator FEATURE: Zooming PURPOSE: Varies the focal length of the lens and produces the zoom in/out effect. OPERATION: Zoom In 1) Push the power zoom switch down toward “T”. Zoom Out 1) Push the switch up toward “W”.
  • Page 16 This is normal. FEATURE: Retake PURPOSE: To re-record certain segments. OPERATION: 1) Make sure the camcorder is in the Record–Standby mode. 2) Press either RETAKE button to reach the start point for new recording. Pressing “F” fast-forwards the tape and pressing “R”...
  • Page 17 (1 ft.) between the video light and people or objects. •Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. •It is recommended that you consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacing the video light. ) does not blink in the pg. 19) is engaged, the...
  • Page 18: Advanced Features

    SYMBOL INDICATION LOCK AUTO LOCK Auto Mode Lock Locks the camcorder in Full Auto mode, preventing incorrect operation due to accidental button pressing during shooting. • In this mode the following controls are disabled; FADE, WIDE, TITLE, DISPLAY, M.W.B (Manual...
  • Page 19: Exposure Control

    DIAL VIEWFINDER SYMBOL INDICATION SEPIA Sepia The scene being shot is recorded in sepia-tinted (reddish-brown) monochrome, giving the effect of an older movie. Use together with Wide ( for the authentic look of a classic Hollywood movie. TWILIGHT Twilight Dusk, twilight scenery, fireworks, etc., look more natural and dramatic.
  • Page 20 NEAR helpful in the following situations: •When things pass between your subject and the camcorder. Engage the focus lock function to lock your subject in before recording. •When you want your subject to be focused, and to appear in a corner of the screen. First, center on the subject and focus using auto focus mode.
  • Page 21 Power zoom lever NEAR PROGRAM AE select dial Manual Focus NOTE: You should already have made the necessary viewfinder adjustments ( pg. 10). If you haven’t, do so before continuing. SELECT MODE Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position except AUTO LOCK.
  • Page 22: Start Recording

    Function indication Fade-Standby indication SELECT button PROGRAM AE select dial SET button FADE IN FADE OUT RECORDING Fader This feature allows smooth fade-in and fade-out to black blank screen. Fade-in works at recording start, and FADE fade-out works at recording end or when you enter Record–Standby mode.
  • Page 23 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 I L I KE YOU CLEAR Instant Titles The camcorder has eight preset titles in memory. You can superimpose one of them above a previously stored title as shown in the illustration to the left. DISPLAY...
  • Page 24 Record–Standby mode and then select the desired display mode using SET. DEC 25.97 AUTO DATE RECORD Your camcorder automatically records the date for about 5 seconds after recording is initiated in the following situations: •After changing the date. •After loading a cassette.
  • Page 25 To switch to automatic white balance adjustment, press SET until the indication disappears, or turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to “AUTO LOCK”. Re-adjust the White Balance when the lighting has changed, when the camcorder has been turned on and off again, or when the PROGRAM AE select dial’s position has been changed.
  • Page 26 RECORDING Using Menu For Detailed Adjustment This camcorder is equipped with Program Manager, an easy-to-use, on-screen menu system that simplifies many of the more detailed camcorder settings. SELECT MODE Turn the PROGRAM AE select dial to any position except AUTO LOCK.
  • Page 27 1/4 S 1/2 S JLIP ID NO. This number is necessary when connecting the camcorder to a device such as a computer using the J terminal (JLIP). The numbers range from 01 to 99. Factory setting is 07. SET CHARACTER Allows you to input characters.
  • Page 28 Self-Timer You can set the delay between pressing RECORDING START/STOP and the actual start of recording. If you 1MIN secure the camcorder, you (or whomever is operating the 1/2S camcorder) can enter the scene before recording starts. NOTE: Make sure the camcorder is in the Record-Standby mode before performing the following steps.
  • Page 29 NOTE: Make sure the camcorder is in the Record-Standby mode and the recording mode is set to “SP” before performing the following steps. ACCESS MENU SCREEN...
  • Page 30: Playback

    PLAYBACK Cassette Adapter (VHS PlayPak) Use this to play back a VHS-C video cassette recorded with this camcorder. It is fully compatible with any VHS video cassette recorder. The C-P7U adapter is battery powered and automatically performs tape loading and unloading.
  • Page 31: Basic Connections

    AUDIO and VIDEO connectors on the camcorder and those on the VCR. SUPPLY POWER Turn on the camcorder, the VCR and the TV. SELECT MODE Set the VCR to its AUX input mode, and set the TV to its VIDEO mode.
  • Page 32: Basic Playback

    Tape counter : Still Playback NOTE: PLAY/PAUSE Make sure you connect your camcorder as directed in “Basic Connections” ( LOAD A CASSETTE Slide EJECT to open the cassette holder, then insert the cassette with the label facing out. Press PUSH to ensure the holder is closed and locked.
  • Page 33: Features

    PLAYBACK Features – COUNTER R/M PLAY/PAUSE STOP FEATURE: Manual Tracking PURPOSE: To eliminate noise bars that appear on the screen during playback. OPERATION: 1) Press either +/– button as many times as necessary for best picture. NOTES: To reset TRACKING to the original preset, press both + and –...
  • Page 34: Editing

    SELECT VCR MODE Engage the VCR’s AUX and Record-Pause modes. FIND EDIT-IN POINT To AUDIO and Engage the camcorder’s Play mode to find a spot VIDEO OUT just before the edit-in point. Once it’s reached, press connectors PAUSE on the camcorder.
  • Page 35: Random Assemble Editing (R.a.edit)

    REC STBY (you don’t need to press VCR CTL for this one). 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...
  • Page 36 NOTES: For GR-AX76 only: The RM-V700U can be used to operate IN/OUT other camcorder functions as well. Point the RM-V700U at CANCEL the camcorder’s remote sensor and press any of the following buttons (function appears in parentheses): VCR REC STBY —...
  • Page 37 END AUTOMATIC EDITING When all selected scenes have been copied, the camcorder and VCR enter the still or pause mode. Press STOP on both units. •When finished editing, be sure to disconnect the editing cable and the audio/video cable.
  • Page 38: Using Remote Control Unit (Gr-Ax76 Only)

    USING REMOTE CONTROL UNIT The Full-Function Remote Control Unit can operate this camcorder from a distance as well as the basic operations (PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, FF, and REW) of your VCR. This remote control unit makes additional recording functions possible.
  • Page 39 Transmitted beam effective area Remote sensor (GR-AX76 only) When using the remote control, be sure to point it at the remote sensor. The above illustration shows the approximate transmitted beam effective area for indoor use. The transmitted beam may not be effective or may cause incorrect operation outdoors or when the remote sensor is directly exposed to sunlight or powerful lighting.
  • Page 40: Insert Editing

    ENGAGE INSERT EDITING MODE Press and hold INSERT, and without releasing INSERT, press and release PAUSE. The Insert mode is engaged, and the scene the camcorder is aimed at appears on the screen. BEGIN INSERT EDITING Press RECORDING START/STOP. When the counter reaches “0:00:00”, editing stops automatically and...
  • Page 41: Audio Dubbing

    A. DUB, press and release PAUSE. BEGIN AUDIO DUBBING Press PLAY. When the counter reaches “0:00:00”, Audio Dubbing stops automatically and the camcorder enters the Audio Dub-Standby mode. END AUDIO DUBBING Press STOP. NOTES: Do not press FF or REW during Audio Dub-Standby, or the edit points will not be accurate.
  • Page 42: User Maintenance

    PUSH. Press BATT. RELEASE to remove the battery pack. Slide the LENS COVER open/close switch to close the lens cover. Cleaning The Camcorder CLEAN EXTERIOR Wipe gently with a soft cloth. CLEAN LENS Blow it with a blower brush, then wipe gently with lens cleaning paper.
  • Page 43: Troubleshooting

    Remove the cassette and disconnect the power source, then after a few minutes, try turning the power back on. If it still doesn’t come on, consult your nearest JVC dealer. The recording tape’s Erase Protection tab is missing. Cover the hole with adhesive tape. (Some tapes have sliding tabs.
  • Page 44 Lens Cover Warning indicator blinks. The camcorder is a microcomputer-controlled device. External noise and interference (from a TV, a radio, etc.) might prevent it from functioning properly. In such cases, first disconnect its power supply unit (battery pack, AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger, etc.) and clock battery; and then re-connect it and proceed as usual from the beginning.
  • Page 45: Index

    14 when power is turned on. Also displayed for pg. 12 about 5 seconds when clock battery becomes pg. 15 exhausted while using the camcorder. For inserting or replacing the clock pg. 14 battery ... pg. 22 Condensation Warning When this indication appears, all functions are pg.
  • Page 46: Controls

    Controls Diopter Adjustment ... Power Zoom Lever ... BATT. [Battery] RELEASE Switch ... Recording Start/Stop Button ... POWER Switch ... STOP Button ... Tape Length [T20•30•40] Select Button ... COUNTER R [Reset]/M [Memory] Button ... EDIT Button ... Recording Mode [SP/EP] Select Button ...
  • Page 47: Connectors

    Random Assemble Editing ( •It is used to connect the camcorder to a device such as a personal computer. For further detail consult your nearest JVC dealer. Information (in English) is also available at our home page: http://www.jvc-victor.co.jp/ DC IN Jack ...
  • Page 48: Terms

    AC Power Adapter ... pg. 8 Animation Recording ... pg. 29, 39 Audio Dubbing ... pg. 41 Auto Date Record ... pg. 24 Auto Focus ... pg. 20 Auto Mode Lock Mode ... pg. 18 Auto Mode Release Mode ... pg. 18 Battery Pack ...
  • Page 49: Cautions

    AC wall outlet other than American National Standard C73 series type use an AC plug adapter, called a “Siemens Plug”, as shown. For this AC plug adapter, consult your nearest JVC dealer. INFORMATION This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation...
  • Page 50: Main Unit

    •Moisture on the head drum can cause severe damage to the video tape, and can lead to internal damage to the camcorder itself. Serious malfunctioning If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit immediately and consult your local JVC dealer. (cont.)
  • Page 51: Specifications

    The GR-AX46/AX26 can use the RM-V700U only for R.A. Edit with a non-JVC VCR. Some acccessories are not available in some areas. Please consult your nearest JVC dealer for details on accessories and their availability. Specifications shown are for SP mode unless otherwise indicated.
  • Page 52: Español

    2 h 10 m. aprox. 7 h aprox. 2 h 40 m aprox. 10 h GR-AX76/AX46 GR-AX26 1 h 10 m (40 m) 1 h 10 m 1 h 10 m (40 m) 1 h 10 m 2 h 20 m (1 h 25 m)
  • Page 53 GUIA PARA OPERACION RAPIDA Si la unidad comienza a funcionar mal, deje de usarla inmediatamente y consulte a su concesionario local de JVC. ALIMENTACION Enganche. BATT. RELEASE (extracción de la batería) Utilización de la batería Enganche el extremo superior de la batería en la cámara de video.
  • Page 54: For Servicing

    JVC SERVICE & ENGINEERING COMPANY OF AMERICA Pack your JVC unit in the original carton or one of equivalent size and strength. Enclose, with the unit, a letter stating the problem or symptom that exists and also a copy of the receipt or bill of sale you received when you purchased your JVC unit.
  • Page 55: Warranty

    WHAT WE WILL DO: If this product is found to be defective, JVC will repair or replace defective parts at no charge to the original owner. Such repair and replacement services shall be rendered by JVC during normal business hours at JVC authorized service centers.
  • Page 56 JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA DIVISION OF US JVC CORP. 41 Slater Drive, Elmwood Park, N.J. 07407 Printed in Japan COPYRIGHT© 1997 VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LTD. 0197TOV...

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