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JVC GR-FX23 Instructions Manual

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  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    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 ( •Notes appear after most subsections.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    MAJOR FEATURES Programme AE with Special Effects pg. 20 – 21) •Electronic Fog Filter •ND Effect •Sepia •Twilight •Sports •Nega/Posi •1/2000 sec. High Speed Shutter Snapshot (GR-FX53 only) ( 5-Sec. Recording (GR-FX43/FX33/FX23 only) ( pg. 16) Menu Adjustment ( pg. 24, 25, 26) Picture Stabilizer ( pg.
  • Page 4: Getting Started

    Failure to do so can result in a camcorder malfunction. Power This camcorder’s 3-way power supply system lets you choose To AC outlet the most appropriate source of power. NOTES: No function is available without power supply.
  • Page 5: 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 not, contact your nearest JVC dealer. To DC IN jack...
  • Page 6: Clock (lithium) Battery Insertion/removal

    See “SAFETY PRECAUTIONS” ( on safe handling of lithium batteries. To avoid losing the battery and/or battery holder, place the camcorder with the grip side up as shown in the illustration when inserting/removing the battery. (cont.) pg. 2) for information...
  • Page 7: 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. 22).
  • Page 8: Recording Mode Setting

    MENU Button SP/LP Recording Mode Button Select Dial Viewfinder Tape length indicator Recording mode indicator 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...
  • Page 9: 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 10: Grip 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 11: Shoulder Strap Attachment

    Then tighten the screw. CAUTION: When using a tripod, be sure to open and extend its legs fully to stabilise 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 12: 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 13: Viewfinder Indications

    The LENS COVER warning blinks for about 5 seconds when the camcorder is turned on with the cover closed. To turn the tally lamp off during recording, refer to pg.
  • Page 14: Basic Features

    Zoom in Display Zoom indicator bar Zoom level indicator Approximate zoom ratio Power Zoom Lever FEATURE: PURPOSE: To produce the zoom in/out effect, or an instantaneous change in image magnification. Digital circuitry extends the maximum magnification offered by optical zoom. This system is called Digital Zoom out Zoom.
  • Page 15: Quick Review

    RETAKE (R/F) Button 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 16 • When shooting scenes with low-contrast back- Power Switch grounds. Switch off the Picture Stabilizer when recording with the camcorder on a tripod. The “ Stabilizer cannot be used. FEATURE: PURPOSE: To record a scene for 5 seconds, providing quick scene transitions like those seen in TV programmes.
  • Page 17 30 cm 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. Video Light (GR-FX53 only) FEATURE: PURPOSE: To brighten the scene when natural lighting is too dim.
  • Page 18: Advanced Features

    Power Switch SNAPSHOT Display RECORDING Snapshot (GR-FX53 only) Use your camcorder like a regular camera and take a snapshot, or several of them in succession. SELECT OPERATION MODE Set the Power Switch to “AUTO” or “PRO.”. TAKE SNAPSHOT Press SNAPSHOT.
  • Page 19 [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 20 Display After 2 sec. P.AE : SEPIA : SEPIA SEPIA SPORTS ND : ND EFFECT FG : TWILIGHT S1/2000 NEGA/POSI P.AE Button RECORDING Programme AE With Special Effects All you have to do to access any of the variety of shooting effects is press P.AE.
  • Page 21 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.
  • Page 22 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 23: Instant Titles

    DATE TIME DISP. 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 on left. SELECT OPERATION MODE Set the Power Switch to “PRO.”.
  • Page 24: 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.”.
  • Page 25 S.LX NORMAL TITLE Allows you to superimpose one of eight preset titles ( Makes the date/time settings appear in the camcorder or on a connected monitor DATE/TIME DISP. pg. 22). Menu Screen Available Using The MENU Button This Menu Screen cannot be accessed while recording.
  • Page 26 INT. TIME Lapse recording ( TALLY LAMP 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 27: 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 28: 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 29: 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 30: White Balance Adjustment

    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 31 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.
  • Page 32 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 33 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 34: Playback 34

    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 35: 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 36: Still Playback

    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 37: Using The Cassette Adapter

    Recording safety hole Cassette Adapter 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 (provided only with the GR-FX53/FX43/FX33) or C-P6U (optional) adapter is battery powered and automatically performs tape loading and unloading.
  • Page 38: 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 the provided Video and Audio cables. Connector cover* Connection to a TV or VCR equipped with an S-VIDEO Connection For Tape Dubbing Use the provided Video and Audio cables.
  • Page 39 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 40: Using The Remote Control Unit

    The Full-Function Remote Control Unit can operate this camcorder from a distance as well as the basic operations (Playback, Stop, Pause, Fast-Forward and Rewind) of your VCR. The remote control unit makes additional recording functions possible. Slot RM-V705U (provided with GR-FX53,...
  • Page 41: Self-timer, Animation And Time-lapse

    Transmitted beam effective area Remote sensor When using the remote control, be sure to point it at the remote sensor. The 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 42: Random Assemble Editing

    VCR CTL BUTTONS VCR BRAND NAME (A) (B) PHILIPS 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. SANYO NOTES: SELECO, SHARP SONY...
  • Page 43 CONNECT TO . . . JVC VCR EQUIPPED WITH REMOTE PAUSE TERMINAL Connect the editing cable to the Remote PAUSE terminal. JVC VCR NOT EQUIPPED WITH REMOTE Open PAUSE TERMINAL BUT EQUIPPED WITH the cover. R.A.EDIT CONNECTOR Connect the editing cable to the R.A.EDIT connector.
  • Page 44 Pressing ON/OFF clears all in- and out-points from memory. Leave a small margin for error around each in-point to ensure the scene is recorded in its entirety. Turning off the camcorder’s power erases all registered in- and out-points. (cont.)
  • Page 45 Random Assemble Editing. The playback deck must be an R.A. Edit- capable JVC VCR. The recording deck can be... a VCR other than JVC, or a JVC VCR which has neither a Remote PAUSE nor an R.A. EDIT connector How to use: AV IN —...
  • Page 46: Insert Editing

    Tape Counter Press and hold INSERT, and without releasing INSERT, press and release PAUSE. The Insert Editing mode is engaged. When the scene the camcorder is aimed at appears on the screen, go to the next step. BEGIN INSERT EDITING Press START/STOP.
  • Page 47: 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 48: 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;...
  • Page 49 Turn the camcorder’s power off, then disconnect the power source. After a few minutes, try turning the power on again. If the error number still appears, consult your nearest JVC dealer. The dioptre needs to be adjusted (...
  • Page 50: Index

    INDEX Controls, Connectors And Indicators 3 4 5 6 &...
  • Page 51: Other Parts

    Tripod Mounting Socket ... are located beneath the Random Assemble Editing ( 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. Be careful not to cover this area; a sensor necessary for shooting is built-in here.
  • Page 52: Indications

    Appears if dirty heads are detected during recording. In such a case, use the optional pg. 16 Cleaning Cassette. If, after using it, the problems pg. 23 still exist, consult your nearest JVC dealer. pg. 22 INDEX & ”. When the power is —...
  • Page 53: Cautions

    •Do not use near flammable or explosive materials. •It is recommended that you consult your nearest JVC dealer for replacing the video light. General Battery Precautions •When the C-P6U or C-P7U (cassette adapter) is not functioning even when correctly operated, the battery is exhausted.
  • Page 54 Serious malfunctioning If malfunctioning occurs, stop using the unit immediately and consult your local JVC dealer. CAUTIONS For Your Maintenance 1. After Use Set the Power Switch to “POWER OFF” to turn off the camcorder.
  • Page 55: Specifications

    • Active Carrying Bag CB-V7U • Remote Control Unit RM-V700U Some accessories are not available in some areas. Please consult your nearest JVC dealer for details on accessories and their availability. E & O.E. Design and specifications subject to change without notice.

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