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JVC GR-FXM373 Instructions Manual

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S-VHS is compatible with
SX202/SX22 only.
Basic Recording .......................... 14
Basic Features ........................... 16
Zooming, 5-Sec. Recording, Picture Stabilizer,
Quick Review, Video Light, Retake
Advanced Features ...................... 18
Snapshot, Night-Scope, Fade/Wipe Effects,
Adjustment, Date/Time Insert, Instant Titles,
Animation, Time-Lapse, Exposure Control,
Focusing, White Balance Adjustment,
Basic Playback ........................... 30
Features .................................. 31
Connections ............................... 32
Playback Zoom .......................... 37
Animation And Time-Lapse ............. 37
Insert Editing ............................. 38
Audio Dubbing ........................... 39
Random Assembly Editing .............. 40
And Indicators ......................... 48
Indications ................................ 50
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   Summary of Contents for JVC GR-FXM373

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

  • 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 on the cover.
  • Page 3 However, live recording and LCD monitor*/viewfinder playback are possible anywhere. Use the JVC BN-V11U**/V12U/V20U/V400U battery packs and, to recharge them or to supply power to the camcorder from an AC outlet, use the provided multi-voltage AC Adapter.
  • Page 4: Automatic Demonstration

    If the Power Zoom Lever is not moved for more than 1 minute after that, the demonstration will resume. “DEMO MODE” remains “ON” even if the camcorder power is turned off. To cancel Automatic Demonstration, set the Power Switch to “ ” and press MENU while the demo is in progress.
  • Page 5 With the provided AC Adapter, attach Core Filters to both ends of the cable as shown below. How To Attach The Lens Cap To protect the lens, attach the provided lens cap to the camcorder as shown in the illustration. Release the stoppers on both ends of the Core Filter.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    1. Perform steps 1 through 3 of “CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK”. 2. Press REFRESH on the camcorder for over 2 seconds. The REFRESH lamp on the camcorder blinks to indicate discharging has started.
  • Page 7: Using Ac Power

    ATTENTION: Before detaching the power source, make sure that the camcorder’s power is turned off. Failure to do so can result in a camcorder malfunction. Charge marker A charge marker is provided on the battery pack to help you remember whether it has been charged or not.
  • Page 8: Grip Adjustment

    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. ” or “...
  • Page 9: Date/time Settings

    The Menu Screen reappears with the highlight bar on “ RETURN”. Press MENU to close the Menu Screen. NOTE: To display the date and time in the camcorder’s display and on a connected TV, see “Date/Time Insert” ( For other notes, Video Out Setting (French model only) Set to “PAL”...
  • Page 10: Recording Format Setting

    MENU Wheel Power Switch Display: when a VHS cassette is loaded. Menu Screen – S – VHS ET Setting Menu – Normal Screen GETTING STARTED Recording Format Setting (GR-SXM607/SXM57/SXM47/SX202/SX22 only) Set the recording format according to the format of the tape used or type of recording you wish to perform.
  • Page 11: Recording

    Super VHS VCR. — Tapes recorded in S-VHS ET mode cannot be played back on some VCRs, including some JVC VCRs. Tapes recorded in S-VHS or S-VHS ET mode cannot be played back correctly on a normal VHS VCR.
  • Page 12: Tape Length Setting

    MENU Wheel Power Switch Display REC MODE REC MODE Menu X I T Recording mode indicator Display TAPE LENGTH TAPE LENGTH Menu Tape length T 3 0 indicator GETTING STARTED Recording Mode Setting Set the tape recording mode depending on your preference. Set the Power Switch to “...
  • 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: Basic Recording

    Press the Recording Start/Stop Button. “ (Approximate) in the viewfinder while recording is in progress. To Stop Recording the Recording Start/Stop Button. The camcorder re-enters the Record-Standby mode. 3MIN Shooting While Watching The LCD Monitor (models equipped with LCD monitor only) Make sure the LCD monitor is fully open.
  • Page 15 NOTES: If the Record-Standby mode continues for 5 minutes without performing Zoom or any other operations, the camcorder’s power shuts off automatically. Set the Power Switch to “OFF”, and then back to “ turn the camcorder on again. If you are recording on a cassette from the middle (such as when a tape is removed and re-inserted during recording), use the Retake function ( of it.
  • Page 16: Basic Features

    Approximate • When shooting scenes with low-contrast backgrounds. zoom ratio Switch off the Picture Stabiliser when recording with the camcorder on a tripod. The “ cannot be used. This function cannot be activated during the “Night-Scope” ( “STROBE” and “VIDEO ECHO” mode (...
  • Page 17: Video Light

    When operating, keep a distance of about 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. ) does not blink pg. 20) is...
  • Page 18: Advanced Features

    To prevent this, use of a tripod is recommended. RECORDING Snapshot Use your camcorder like a regular camera and take a snapshot, or several of them in succession. Set the Power Switch to “ Press SNAPSHOT.
  • Page 19 FADE/WIPE Button Power Switch Recording Start/Stop Button NOTE: Pressing and holding the Recording Start/Stop Button allows you to vary the length for the image during fade in/out or wipe in/out. Fade/Wipe Effects 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.
  • Page 20: Program Ae With Special Effects

    P.AE Button Power Switch NOTES: Only one mode can be engaged at a time. The screen becomes slightly dark in the High Speed Shutter mode. Use in well-lit situa- tions. In the “High Speed Shutter” or “Sports” modes, picture colour may be adversely affected if the subject is lit by alternating discharge-type light sources such as flourescent or mercury-vapour lights.
  • Page 21: Digital Effects

    DIGIFECT Button Power Switch NOTES: Digital Effects can be changed during recording or during Record-Standby. Digital zoom ( pg. 16) cannot be used when the “VIDEO ECHO” mode is activated. This function cannot be activated during Night-Scope ( pg. 18). Picture Stabiliser ( pg.
  • Page 22: Using Menus For Detailed Adjustment

    X I T – Normal Screen RECORDING Using Menus 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. Set the Power Switch to “ MENU Wheel Press MENU. The Menu Screen appears.
  • Page 23: Camera Menu

    FXM373/FXM37/ NORMAL FX12 only) 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 pg. 25). DISP. SYSTEM MENU This Menu Screen cannot be accessed while recording.
  • Page 24 DATE/TIME Allows you to set the current date and time ( 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 06.
  • Page 25: Instant Titles

    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 26 I NT . T I ME NOTES (for Animation and Time-Lapse): 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. Before performing other operations following Animation or Time-Lapse recording, make sure the Animation or Time-Lapse mode is deactivated.
  • Page 27: Exposure Control

    Power Switch 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 it and make the adjustment manually.
  • Page 28: Auto Focus

    When the focus level cannot be adjusted any farther or closer, “ ” or “ RECORDING 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 White Balance Operation

    If the white balance is correct, all other colors will be accurately reproduced. The white balance is usually adjusted automatically. However, more advanced camcorder operators control this function manually to achieve a more professional colour/tint reproduction. Set the Power Switch to “...
  • Page 30: Playback

    •Press 2 to rewind, or 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 BRIGHT* Wheel Switch to “OFF”, then to “...
  • Page 31: Features

    ” again. “AT” blinks. When Auto Tracking finishes, the indication disappears. 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 32: Connections

    * When connecting the cables, open this cover. ** Provided with GR-SXM607/SXM57/SXM47/SX202/SX22 only. Connect when the TV or VCR has an S-video input. If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin connector Use the provided Cable Adapter. GR-FXM373/FXM37/FX12 Cable Adapter GR-SXM607/SXM57/SXM47/SX202/SX22 Cable Adapter “Y/C”/“CVBS”...
  • Page 33: Basic Connections

    Basic Connections Make sure all units are turned off. Connect the camcorder to a TV or VCR as shown in the illustration ( If using a VCR . . . go to step 3. If not . . . go to step 4.
  • Page 34: Using The Cassette Adapter

    PLAYBACK Cassette Adapter (optional) Use this to play back an S-VHS-C/VHS-C video cassette recorded with this camcorder on a VHS VCR. It is fully compatible with any S-VHS/VHS video cassette recorder. The C-P7U (optional) adapter is battery powered and automatically performs tape loading and unloading.
  • Page 35 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. RM-V715U (provided) Buttons With the camcorder’s Power Switch set to “...
  • Page 36: Using The Remote Control Unit (gr-sxm607/sxm57/sx202 Only)

    USING THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT Knob Remote sensor Installing The Batteries (RM-V715U, provided) The remote control uses two ”AAA (R03)” size batteries. See “General Battery Precautions” Installing The Battery (RM-V700U, optional) The remote control uses one lithium battery (CR2025). Lock hole When using the remote control, be sure to point it at the remote sensor.
  • Page 37: Playback Zoom

    2) 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. To End Zoom and hold W until magnification returns to normal.
  • Page 38: Insert Editing

    Play back the tape, locate the Edit-Out point and press PAUSE. Press and hold COUNTER R/M on the camcorder for more than 1 second to reset the tape counter, then press it again for less than 1 second so that “M”...
  • Page 39: Audio Dubbing

    A. DUB, press and release PAUSE. The Audio Dub- Standby mode is engaged. To 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. To 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 40: Random Assembly Editing

    VCR CTL VCR BRAND BUTTONS (A) (B) NAME 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. NOTES: SANYO SELECO, SHARP SONY...
  • Page 41: Make Connections

    PAUSE TERMINAL Connect the editing cable to the Remote PAUSE J terminal terminal. (JLIP) JVC VCR NOT EQUIPPED WITH REMOTE PAUSE TERMINAL BUT EQUIPPED WITH R.A. EDIT CONNECTOR Connect the editing cable to the R.A.EDIT connector. VCR OTHER THAN TYPE Connect the editing cable to the RM-V700U’s...
  • Page 42 – – – SELECT SCENES Point the remote control at the camcorder’s remote sensor. Press PLAY, then press ON/OFF on the remote control. The R.A. Edit counter display appears. Press REW or FF to locate the beginning of the scene you want, then press IN/OUT to register that point.
  • Page 43: Automatic Editing To Vcr

    VCR REC STBY ON/OFF AUTOMATIC EDITING TO VCR Rewind the tape in the camcorder to the beginning of the scene you want to edit and press PAUSE. Point the remote control towards the VCR’s infrared sensor and press VCR REC STBY, or manually engage the VCR’s Record-Pause mode.
  • Page 44: Details

    Detach the battery from the camcorder. • The date/time cannot be stored in memory if the built-in clock battery runs out. Consult an authorised JVC dealer for replacement, or set the date/time as necessary before you start shooting. DETAILS ”, “ ” or “...
  • Page 45 Standby mode has continued for over 5 minutes, recording may not start immediately. While shooting, sound is not heard from the speaker (models equipped with LCD monitor only). The “TBC” indicator turns green (grey with a camcorder equipped with a black/white viewfinder) while TBC is working. (Time Base Corrector) TBC does not work during still playback and shuttle search.
  • Page 46: 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 Adapter, etc.);...
  • Page 47 The scene being shot is adversely affecting the operation of Auto Focus ( pg. 28). 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 48: Index

    INDEX Controls, Connectors And Indicators 6 7 8 9 &...
  • Page 49: Other Parts

    Random Assemble Editing ( pg. 19 •It is used to connect the camcorder to a device such as a personal computer. pg. 31 For further details consult your nearest JVC pg. 20 dealer. pg. 21 •JLIP-controlled editing from camcorder to VCR is not possible if the VCR is not equipped with a J terminal.
  • Page 50: Indications

    Indications During Recording Tape Remaining Time ... Blinks when a tape is about to reach its end. Recording Mode Indicator (SP/LP) ... Digital Effect Indicator ... Displayed at for approx. 2 seconds when the Digital Effect is switched from one mode to another by pressing DIGIFECT, then only the indicator remains at •...
  • Page 51: Indications During Playback

    (battery, UNIT IN etc.) and wait a few minutes for them to clear. When it does, you can resume using the SAFEGUARD MODE camcorder. If the indication remains, consult your nearest JVC dealer. REMOVE AND REATTACH BATTERY –...
  • Page 52: 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 If the remote control or cassette adapter is not functioning even if it is being operated correctly, the batteries are exhausted.
  • Page 53: Main Unit

    ... vertically, in their original cases. Main Unit 1. For safety, DO NOT the camcorder’s chassis..disassemble or modify the unit..short-circuit the terminals of the battery pack. Keep it away from metallic objects when not in use.
  • Page 54: Lcd Monitor

    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 “OFF” to turn off the camcorder.
  • Page 55: Specifications

    • Active Carrying Bag CB-V7U • Cassette Adapter C-P7U 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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