JVC GR-AX841 Instructions Manual

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    COMPACT VHS CAMCORDER GR-AX841 INSTRUCTIONS ENGLISH For Customer Use: Enter below the Model No. and Serial No. which is located on the bottom of cabinet. Retain this information for future reference. Model No. Serial No. LYT0356-001B...

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    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 this product. Using This Instruction Manual • All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents ( pg.

  • Page 3: Antenna Installation Instructions

    ANT PRODUCT IMPORT SAFETY INSTRUCT 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.

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    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

    SUPPLY POWER Hook on. Push in. BATTERY RELEASE Using the battery pack Hook its end to the camcorder ( battery pack in until it locks in place ( (Charging procedure, pg. 8) To remove the battery pack Slide BATTERY RELEASE and pull out the battery pack.

  • Page 6: Major Features, Provided Accessories

    1/2000 sec. High Speed Shutter 5-Sec. Recording ( Menu Adjustment pg. 26, 27, 28) Integrated Audio Light pg. 20) Cassettes marked can be used with this camcorder. Picture Stabilizer ( Digital Hyper Zoom pg. 18) Zoom in PROVIDED ACCESSORIES •AC Power Adapter/ pg. 20) Charger AA-V15U •Shoulder Strap...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS GETTING STARTED Power... 8 Clock (Lithium) Battery Insertion/Removal ... 10 Date/Time Settings ... 11 Recording Mode Setting... 12 Tape Length Setting ... 12 Loading/Unloading A Cassette... 13 Grip Adjustment ... 14 Viewfinder Adjustment ... 14 Shoulder Strap Attachment ... 15 Tripod Mounting ...

  • Page 8: Getting Started 8, Power

    Failure to do so can result in a camcorder malfunction. Power This camcorder’s 3-way power supply system lets you To AC outlet choose the most appropriate source of power. NOTES: No function is available without power supply.

  • Page 9: Using Ac Power

    The CHARGE indicator may not light properly with a brand new battery pack, or with one that has been stored for an extended period. In this case, remove and reattach the battery pack and recharge it. The CHARGE indicator should blink during recharging. If it doesn’t, contact your nearest JVC dealer. To DC IN jack...

  • Page 10: Clock (lithium) Battery Insertion/removal

    Slot Battery holder 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 (battery pack, AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger, etc.).

  • Page 11: Date/time Settings

    “EXIT”, and press it. The Menu Screen reappears with the highlight bar on “RETURN”. CLOSE MENU SCREEN Press the Select Dial. NOTE: To display the date and time in the camcorder’s display and on a connected TV, see “Date/Time Insert” pg. 24).

  • Page 12: Recording Mode Setting, Tape Length Setting

    MENU Button SP/EP Recording Mode Button Select Dial Viewfinder Display Menu Screen NEXT M . W . B . AUTO D . ZOOM TELE MACRO DATE TIME TAPE LENGTH RETURN TAPE LENGTH TAPE LENGTH Setting Menu EXIT NEXT M . W . B . AUTO D .

  • Page 13: Loading/unloading A Cassette

    Make sure the Erase Protection tab is in the position that allows recording. 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 cannot be opened while the camcorder is in the record mode.

  • Page 14: Grip Adjustment, Viewfinder Adjustment

    Power Zoom Lever Recording Start/Stop Button Set “POWER” to “CAMERA” (“AUTO” or “PRO.”) PAUSE GETTING STARTED 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 15: Shoulder Strap Attachment, Tripod Mounting

    Then tighten the screw. CAUTION: When using a tripod, be sure to open and extend its legs fully to stabilize the camcorder. To prevent damage to the unit caused by falling over, do not use a small-sized tripod. , then fold it back and...

  • Page 16: Basic Recording

    Turn the LENS COVER Open/Close Ring to open the lens cover, then set the Power Switch to “CAMERA” (“AUTO” or “PRO.”). •The power lamp lights and the camcorder enters the Record-Standby mode. •The scene you are aimed at appears on the viewfinder screen, with the word “PAUSE”...

  • Page 17: Viewfinder Indications

    The LENS COVER warning blinks for about 5 seconds when the camcorder is turned on with the cover closed. While shooting, sound is not heard from the speaker.

  • Page 18: Basic Features

    • When shooting scenes with movement in various directions. • When shooting scenes with low-contrast back- grounds. Switch off the Picture Stabilizer when recording with the camcorder on a tripod. The “ RECORDING Basic Features Zooming Picture Stabilizer ”appears.

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    Retake FEATURE: PURPOSE: To re-record certain segments. OPERATION: 1) Make sure the camcorder is in the Record–Standby mode. 2) Press either RETAKE to reach the start point for new recording. Pressing “F” forwards the tape and pressing “R” reverses it.

  • Page 20: Video Light

    30 cm. (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. RECORDING Basic Features (cont.) Video Light...

  • Page 21: Advanced Features

    RECORDING Advanced Features [Ex.: Fader] Fade in Display After 2 sec. EFFECT MOSAIC EFFECT MOSAIC FADER MOSAIC SHUTTER SLIDE (No indication) Power EFFECT Button Switch Recording Start/Stop Button Fade/Wipe These effects let you make pro-style scene transitions. Fade- or wipe-in works at recording start, and fade- or wipe-out works at recording end or when you enter Record–Standby mode.

  • Page 22: Program Ae With Special Effects

    Display After 2 sec. P.AE : SEPIA : SEPIA SEPIA SPORTS ND : ND EFFECT FG : TWILIGHT S1/2000 NEGA/POSI P.AE Button RECORDING Program AE With Special Effects All you have to do to access any of the variety of shooting effects is press P.AE.

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    Display 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. SPORTS Sports High shutter speed clearly captures fast-moving action.

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    If you do not want to record the display, select the OFF mode before shooting. AUTO DATE Your camcorder automatically records the date for about 5 seconds after recording is initiated in the following situations: • After changing the date.

  • Page 25: Instant Titles

    RETURN CONGRATULATIONS 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. Instant Titles can be displayed not only in English but also in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Page 26: Using Menu For Detailed Adjustment

    “EXPOSURE” are available while in the Record mode. RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.) Using Menu For Detailed Adjustment This camcorder is equipped with an easy-to-use, on-screen menu system that simplifies many of the more detailed camcorder settings. SELECT OPERATION MODE Turn the Power Switch to “PRO.”.

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    Allows you to superimpose one of eight preset titles ( TITLE DATE/TIME DISP. Makes the date/time settings appear in the camcorder or on a connected monitor pg. 24). Menu Screen Available Using The MENU Button This Menu Screen cannot be accessed while recording.

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    TITLE LANG. of Instant Titles ( This number is necessary when connecting the camcorder to a device such as a computer JLIP ID NO. using the J terminal (JLIP). The numbers range from 01 to 99. Factory setting is 07.

  • Page 29: Exposure Control

    Select Dial Power Switch Display Menu Screen FOCUS AUTO EXPOSURE AUTO WIDE S . LX TITLE DATE TIME DISP. RETURN EXPOSURE EXPOSURE Menu AUTO MANU EXIT Manual Exposure Screen Exposure control level counter To brighten the image – – To darken the image Exposure Control This feature automatically adjusts the iris for the best available picture quality, but you can override and make...

  • Page 30: Auto Focus

    RECORDING Advanced Features (cont.) Focusing AUTO FOCUS The camcorder’s Full Range AF system offers continuous shooting ability from close-up to infinity. However, correct focus may not be obtainable in the situations listed below (in these cases use manual focusing): •When two subjects overlap in the same scene.

  • Page 31: Manual Focus

    Select Dial Power Switch Display Menu Screen FOCUS AUTO EXPOSURE AUTO WIDE S . LX TITLE DATE TIME DISP. RETURN FOCUS FOCUS Menu AUTO MANU EXIT Manual Focus Screen MANUAL FOCUS NOTE: You should already have made the necessary viewfinder adjustments ( pg.

  • Page 32: White Balance Adjustment

    If the white balance is correct, all other colors 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 color/tint reproduction.

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    White paper Select Dial Power Switch Display Menu Screen NEXT M . W . B . AUTO D . ZOOM TELE MACRO DATE TIME TAPE LENGTH RETURN M.W.B. M.W.B. Menu AUTO : FINE : CLOUD : HALOGEN EXIT Manual White Balance Operation If the camera is operating in PRO.

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    Self-Timer You can set the delay between pressing the Recording Start/Stop button and the actual start of recording. If you secure the camcorder, you (or whoever is operating the camcorder) can enter the scene before recording starts. NOTE: Make sure the Power Switch is set to “PRO.” and the camcorder is in the Record-Standby mode before performing the following steps.

  • Page 35: Start Recording

    RELEASE ANIMATION MODE Set “REC TIME” in the Menu screen to “OFF”. NOTES: For best results, make sure the camcorder is secured when shooting in Animation or Time- Lapse mode. Fade- or wipe-in/out cannot be performed during Animation or Time-Lapse shooting.

  • Page 36: Playback 36, Basic Playback

    Press REW (2) to rewind, or FF (3) to fast-forward the tape during Stop mode. NOTES: The camcorder shuts off automatically after about 5 minutes in Stop mode. To turn on again, set the Power Switch to “POWER OFF”, then to “PLAY”.

  • Page 37: Features

    “AT” blinks. When Auto Tracking finishes, the indication disappears. NOTES: When noise bars appear during playback, the camcorder enters the Auto Tracking mode and “AT” is displayed. Manual Tracking may not work with tapes recorded on other VCRs or camcorders.

  • Page 38: Still Playback, Shuttle Search, Counter Memory Function

    REW (2) Button FF (3) Button PLAY/PAUSE (4/6) Button STOP (5) Button COUNTER R/M Button Power Switch FEATURE: PURPOSE: To pause during playback. OPERATION: 1) Press PLAY/PAUSE (4/6) during playback. 2) To resume normal playback, press PLAY/PAUSE (4/6) again. NOTE: Noise bars appear and pictures may become monochrome during Still Playback.

  • Page 39: Using The Cassette Adapter

    Cassette Adapter (VHS Playpak) Use this to play back a VHS-C video cassette recorded with this camcorder on a VHS VCR. 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 40: Basic Connections And Tape Dubbing

    These are some basic types of connections. When making connections, refer also to your VCR and TV instruction manuals. Connection to a TV or VCR equipped with an S-VIDEO Basic Connections Use optional Video and Audio cables. Connector cover* Connection to a TV or VCR equipped with an S-VIDEO Connection For Tape Dubbing Use optional Video and Audio cables.

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    CONNECT VCR OUTPUT TO TV INPUT Refer to your VCR’s instruction manual. 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 42: User Maintenance

    Slide BATTERY RELEASE to remove the battery pack. Turn the LENS COVER Open/Close Ring to close the lens cover. Cleaning The Camcorder 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 43: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING If, after following the steps in the chart below, the problem still exists, please consult your JVC dealer. 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;...

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    The scene being shot is adversely affecting the operation of Auto Focus ( pg. 30). If you remove the power source from the camcorder while the power is on, all settings and selections are erased. Make sure to turn the camcorder’s power off before disconnecting the power source.

  • Page 45: Indications

    25 recording. In such a case, use the optional pg. 24 Cleaning Cassette. If, after using it, the problems still exist, consult your nearest JVC dealer. & ”. When the power is — does not necessarily mean that the battery pg.

  • Page 46: Controls, Connectors And Indicators

    INDEX Controls, Connectors And Indicators 3 4 5 &...

  • Page 47: Other Parts

    Clock Battery Slot ... Tripod Mounting Socket ... are located beneath the such as a personal computer. For further details consult your nearest JVC dealer. is not possible if the VCR is not equipped with a J terminal. pg. 9 pg.

  • Page 48: Terms

    Auto Focus ... Auto Shut off ... Battery Pack ... Car Battery ... Charge Marker ... Charge The Battery Pack ... Clean The Camcorder ... Clock (Lithium) Battery ... Connections ... Date/Time Display ... Date/Time Settings ... Demonstration Mode ...

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    (1 ft.) between the video light and people or object. • Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. • It is recommended that you consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacing the video light. When using the AC Power Adapter/Charger in areas...

  • Page 50: Cautions 49

    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, Optional Accessories

    • Active Carrying Bag CB-V7U • Audio/Video Cable Some accessories 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. E & O.E. Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

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    Marcas Indicador CHARGE (carga) Interruptor REFRESH Indicador REFRESH REFRESCADO (REFRESH) El adaptador de CA se caracteriza por la función REFRESH que le permite descargar totalmente la batería antes de recargarla. Efectúe la función REFRESH después de un mínimo de 5 cargas. Para descargar la batería .

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    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. Empuje. BATTERY RELEASE Utilización de la batería Enganche el lado extremo de la batería en la cámara de video (...

  • Page 54: For Servicing (only In U.s.a.)

    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 (only In U.s.a.)

    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.

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