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Panasonic AVCCAM AG-HMC151E Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Memory Card Camera-Recorder
Model No.
VQT1V34-1 (E)



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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    This product is eligible for the AVCCAM 3 Year Warranty Repair Program. For Operating Instructions details, see page 5. Memory Card Camera-Recorder AG-HMC151E Model No. Before operating this product, please read the instructions carefully and save this manual for future use. ENGLISH...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Fuse If you lose the fuse cover the plug must not be used until a replacement cover is obtained. A replacement fuse cover can be purchased from your local Panasonic Dealer.
  • Page 3 indicates safety information. DO NOT REMOVE PANEL COVERS Camera-Recorder BY UNSCREWING THEM. The rating plate is on the underside of the To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not viewfinder. remove cover. No user serviceable parts inside. AC Adapter Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
  • Page 4: Recommendation For Use Of Genuine Panasonic Battery (Rechargeable Battery)

    Please be advised that we are not liable for any accident or failure occurring as a result of use of a counterfeit battery pack. To ensure that safe products are used we would recommend that a genuine Panasonic battery pack is used. •...
  • Page 5: To Remove The Battery

    AVCCAM 3 Year Warranty Repair Program* Thank you for purchasing this Panasonic AVCCAM device. Register as a user for this device to receive a special service warranty up to three years of free warranty repairs. Customers who register as users on the website will receive an extended warranty repair valid for up to three years.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Protecting SD Memory Cards ......33 Recommendation for Use of Genuine Repairing SD Memory Cards ......33 Using the zoom function ......34 Panasonic Battery (Rechargeable Battery) ......4 Digital zoom function ........34 Shooting in progressive mode ....35 Outline of operations ........
  • Page 7 Playback Menu Basic playback operations ......59 Using the setup menus ........ 82 Thumbnail screen ......... 60 Using the menus ..........82 Basic thumbnail screen operations ....60 Initializing the menu settings ......83 Setup menu structure ........84 Adding shot marks to clips ......62 Direct shooting functions .........
  • Page 8: Outline Of Operations

    Outline of operations This camera-recorder is compatible with the AVCHD standard, and uses low-cost and easily-available SD/SDHC Memory Cards as recording media. The unit enables high-quality picture recording of close to broadcasting standard, as well as highly creative video production. Recording to and Television/Video device/Monitor playback from SD/SDHC...
  • Page 9: Please Read Before Use

    It is recommended that you use SD Memory Cards or SDHC Memory Cards ∗ of SD speed class 2 or above, or the following Panasonic SD Memory Cards (correct as of August 2008). ∗ Speed class 4 or above is required for recording in PH mode or HA mode.
  • Page 10: (Sd Speed Class 4)

    Please read before use (continued) This product (SDHC-compatible device) is compatible both with SD Memory Cards and with SDHC Memory Cards. SDHC Memory Cards may be used with SDHC Memory Card-compatible devices, but cannot be used with devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (Always check the relevant product’s operating instructions when using SDHC Memory Cards with other devices.) SDHC-compatible device...
  • Page 11: Precaution For Use

    Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings. • Please understand that Panasonic makes no guarantees for your recordings in cases where images and/ or sound were not recorded as you intended due to problems with the camera-recorder or SD/SDHC Memory Cards.
  • Page 12: About This Manual

    The miniSD logo is a trademark. “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are trademarks commercial use of a consumer, and no license of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. is granted or shall be implied for any use other This product has been manufactured under than the personal uses detailed below.
  • Page 13: Sdhc Memory Cards

    What is AVCHD? AVCHD is a standard for the recording and playback of highly detailed, high-definition video. Video is compressed in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 formats, and audio is recorded in Dolby Digital. Information regarding compatibility of SDHC Memory Cards and recorded video SDHC Memory Cards SDHC Memory Cards cannot be used with non-SDHC-compatible equipment.
  • Page 14: Accessories

    Accessories Battery ∗ AC Adapter AC power supply cords Wireless remote (For the U.K.) control and battery (CR2025) (For areas other than the U.K.) DC cord Eye cup Microphone holder Microphone holder Microphone holder screws adapter Length 6-mm (2) Length 12-mm (2) Ferrite core (4) ∗...
  • Page 15: Description Of Parts

    Description of parts Right side and rear side POWER 1 POWER switch (Page 22) 14 Viewfinder (Page 24) 2 START/STOP button (Page 30) 15 SD Memory Card slot cover (Page 30) 3 REC CHECK button (Page 31) 16 SCENE FILE dial (Page 50) 4 Zoom button (Page 34) 17 STAND BY button (Page 23) 5 HANDLE ZOOM switch (Page 34)
  • Page 16: Left Side

  • Page 17: Terminals And Mounting Parts

    Terminals and mounting parts 9 10 USB 2.0 CAM REMOTE FOCUS IRIS ZOOM S/S COMPONENT USB 2.0 CAM REMOTE AUDIO OUT VIDEO OUT PRESET FOCUS IRIS IN/OUT ZOOM S/S COMPONENT 11 1213 14 CAM REMOTE jack ∗ 1 Security lock hole The security cable can be attached here.
  • Page 18: Remote Control

    Description of parts (continued) Remote control To use the remote control, set the IR REMOTE item on the OTHER FUNCTIONS menu to ON. The default setting for this item is OFF. (Page 98) 1 EXT. DISPLAY button (Page 70) The following buttons are for functions that 2 DATE/TIME button (Page 70) cannot be executed on this camera-recorder.
  • Page 19 ■ Remaining battery capacity displays • Battery cannot be recharged when the DC When using Panasonic-manufactured batteries cord is connected to the AC adapter. compatible with this product, the remaining battery capacity is displayed in minutes. 90min Time remaining will be displayed after a brief pause.
  • Page 20: Power Sources

    Power sources Using the battery Installation Removal Insert the battery until it clicks into place. Set the POWER switch to OFF, and check that the mode lamp is off. Remove the battery while pressing the battery release button. • Support the battery with your hand to ensure that it will not fall.
  • Page 21: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    Adjusting the hand strap Adjust the hand strap to suit your hand. Open the cover and adjust the length. Close the cover. • Make sure the cover is fully closed. Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap and use it as a precaution against dropping the camera. 20 mm or more 20 mm or more Detaching and attaching the lens hood...
  • Page 22: The Remote Control

    The remote control Insert the battery Remote control usable range Push the catch in the direction shown by The distance between the remote control and the arrow to remove the holder. unit’s remote control sensor: Within approx. 5 m Angle: Approximately 10° upward, approximately 15°...
  • Page 23: Standby Mode

    Standby mode ■ This mode allows the time required between switching Canceling setting on the power and beginning recording to be reduced. Hold down the STAND BY button for at least two seconds while the power is on to cancel the ■...
  • Page 24: Viewfinder

    Viewfinder This camera has two viewfinders; one is a Fitting the eye cup miniature LCD in the viewfinder and the other is a Attach the eye cup by aligning the projections on retractable 3.5-inch LCD. the eye cup holder and eye cup and fitting them Use the viewfinder that best suits the application together.
  • Page 25: Using The Lcd

    Using the LCD Emphasizing outlines Set the POWER switch to ON. Emphasizing the outlines of the images you see (Page 22) in the viewfinder or on the LCD makes it easier to focus. Hold down the OPEN button and open the Emphasizing the outlines does not effect the LCD monitor.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Screen Display

    Viewfinder (continued) Adjusting the screen display Set the POWER switch to ON. (Page 22) Adjust the selected item by tilting the Operation lever in the directions. Press the MENU button. • For menu operation (Page 82) • Operations may also be performed using buttons on the remote control that correspond to those on the camera.
  • Page 27: Changing Backlight Brightness

    Changing backlight brightness Reversing image display The brightness of the LCD monitor backlight can Viewing angles and video images can be verified be adjusted between three different settings. by reversing the images displayed on the LCD monitor horizontally or vertically. Select LCD BL in the LCD item on the The recorded images will not be affected if the settings menu SW MODE screen.
  • Page 28: Setting The Calendar

    Setting the calendar The CLOCK SET value is recorded in the contents Tilt the Operation lever in the direction and (clip), and affects the sequence of playback of the select YES in the CLOCK SET item on the thumbnails. Before carrying out recording, be sure settings menu OTHER FUNCTIONS screen.
  • Page 29 When settings are complete, push the Operation lever, select YES on the confirmation screen, and push the Operation lever again. • The clock can vary in accuracy so check that the time is correct before shooting. • When using the camera overseas, do not set the CLOCK SET option to the local time, but instead enter the time difference from Greenwich mean time according to TIME...
  • Page 30: Shooting

    Basic shooting operations Preparing for recording Shooting in auto mode Set the camera’s power switch to OFF. Turn the POWER switch to ON. (Page 22) (Page 22) • Check that the mode lamp (CAM) is lighted red. • Check that the mode lamp is off. Switch the AUTO/MANUAL switch to AUTO Tilt the viewfinder upwards, and open the SD to select auto mode.
  • Page 31: Checking Photos Taken (Rec Check)

    SD Memory Card access lamp • The images shot from when shooting starts until it is stopped are recorded as one clip. CAM mode (PB mode) • When recording is paused after a short period, Illuminated orange: Reading/writing possible a small amount of time may be required after Flashing orange (fast): Verifying card/inspecting pressing the START/STOP button to stop card for possible defects...
  • Page 32: Formatting Sd Memory Cards

    Save all important data to your computer. SD Memory Card recording times Total available recording times (approx.) when using SD/SDHC Memory Cards manufactured by Panasonic Recording mode PH ∗ HA ∗...
  • Page 33: Removing Sd Memory Card

    Clips with a total recording time of less than 10 Write-protect seconds may not be able to be repaired. switch • Indexes attached during recording cannot be repaired. ∗ The AVCCAM Restorer can be downloaded from the following website.
  • Page 34: Using The Zoom Function

    Using the zoom function This camera has a 13 x optical zoom function. On the remote control Zoom with the zoom button or the zoom ring. Press ZOOM/VOL buttons to zoom with the motor drive. • Zoom speed is fixed at medium. Zoom button START/ Set the ZOOM switch to SERVO so that you can...
  • Page 35: Shooting In Progressive Mode

    Shooting in progressive mode Selecting 1080/25P (or 1080/30P and 1080/24P Note the following when shooting in when SYSTEM FREQ is set to 59.9 Hz) in the progressive mode. REC FORMAT option (Page 91) of the setting • You cannot have a gain of 18 dB. menu RECORDING SETUP screen enables •...
  • Page 36: Shooting In Manual Mode

    Shooting in manual mode Set the unit to manual mode when manually The function allocated to the focus ring can adjusting the focus, iris, gain and white balance. be changed with the RING (FOCUS/IRIS) switch. Switching to manual mode FOCUS: Adjust the focus.
  • Page 37: Using Focus Assist

    Using focus assist Iris adjustments Pressing the FOCUS ASSIST button enlarges the center of the screen or displays a frequency distribution graph in the top right of the screen, enabling the focus to be aligned more easily, and therefore particularly useful when using manual focus.
  • Page 38: Adjusting The Gain

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Adjusting the gain Light intensity adjustments When the display is dark, increase the gain to Use the ND FILTER switch to change the ND Filter brighten the display. used (filter to change light intensity). OFF: ND filter is not used.
  • Page 39: White Balance Adjustments

    White balance adjustments • White balance cannot be adjusted if the ATW (Auto Tracking White) function is working. Use the AUTO/MANUAL switch to set to • If you have set ON under ATW on the setting manual mode. (Page 36) menu AUTO SW screen, ATW will be selected when auto mode has been established Set the shutter speed.
  • Page 40: Black Balance Adjustments

    Shooting in manual mode (continued) Black balance adjustments Auto Tracking White (ATW) In order to reproduce the black accurately, adjust Using the ATW function enables the recording the zero level of all three RGB primary colors. If the environment to be automatically analyzed and an black balance is not adjusted properly, not only will optimum white balance to be constantly maintained the black be reproduced poorly but the color tones...
  • Page 41: Shooting Techniques For Different Targets

    Shooting techniques for different targets Low angle recording Zebra pattern Recording can be controlled with the handle Press the ZEBRA button in the CAM mode to show START/STOP button during low angle recording by the zebra pattern or marker on the viewfinder and moving the REC selector switch to the ON position.
  • Page 42: Marker

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Marker PRE REC If you press the ZEBRA button while the zebra Record video and audio from three seconds before pattern is being displayed, a marker appears in the time of the operation to begin recording. the center of the display (if you have set the setup Operation to start Operation to stop...
  • Page 43: Optical Image Stabilizer

    Optical Image Stabilizer Using the USER buttons Use the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce You can allocate one of eleven features to each of the effects of camera shake when shooting by the three USER buttons. hand. Use these buttons to change shooting settings Press the OIS button to turn the function on and quickly or add effects to the images you are off.
  • Page 44: Wave Form Monitor Function

    Shooting techniques for different targets (continued) Wave form monitor function Adjusting the volume while shooting An image wave form can be displayed on the LCD Adjusting the volume monitor by pressing the WFM button while in CAM mode. AUDIO MON/ADV AUDIO MON/ADV Press the button again to return to the normal display.
  • Page 45: Shot Mark Function

    Shot mark function Time stamp function The marks attached to the thumbnails of clips The date and time of recording can be recorded to are called shot marks. On the thumbnail screen video images. monitor you can select only those clips with a Select ON in the TIME STAMP item on the settings shot mark and display them or play them back.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Adjusting the shutter speed SHUTTER button SPEED SELECT buttons BARS SHUTTER SPEED SELECT SHUTTER 1/50 CH1 SELECT CH2 SELECT INPUT 1 INPUT 2 INT(L) INT(R) INPUT1 INPUT2 INPUT2 MIC POWER +48V AUDIO COUNTER RESET/TC SET ZEBRA EVF DTL • The current shutter speed appears on the viewfinder and LCD monitor unless you have Press the SHUTTER button.
  • Page 47: Synchro Scan

    When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz With the 1080/50i or 720/50P formats Standard (OFF) SYNCRO SCAN 1/12 1/25 1/60 1/50 1/2000 1/1000 1/500 1/250 1/120 With the 1080/25P or 720/25P formats Standard (OFF) SYNCRO SCAN 1/12 1/25 1/60 1/50 1/1000 1/500...
  • Page 48: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input During shooting, you can record up to two Using the built-in microphone channels of sound. You can also switch the input Switch the CH1 SELECT switch to INT (L). sound to be recorded on each of the channels to •...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Recording Level

    CH2 SELECT to INPUT 2. SETUP screen of the setting menu. • Check the recording volume level prior to shooting. • The recording level of this camera is set approximately 8 dB higher than Panasonic broadcasting camera recorders (AJ series products).
  • Page 50: Using Scene Files

    Using scene files The settings according to the variety of shooting Changing scene file settings circumstances are stored in each position of SCENE FILE dial. The setting value of the scene file can be changed. When shooting, you can retrieve the necessary file Also you can save the changed scene file to each instantly using SCENE FILE dial.
  • Page 51 Set a 6-character filename with the Operation lever when the following screen is displayed. Set the same as user information. (Page 58) • Characters that can be set Space, A to Z, 0 to 9, : ; < = > ? @ [ ] ^_-./ If the RESET/TC SET button is pressed when the filename has been set, the characters are cleared.
  • Page 52: Saving Scene Files And Other Settings On Sd Memory Cards

    Saving scene files and other settings on SD Memory Cards You can save up to four scene file settings or other Push the Operation lever again, select YES settings as files on an SD Memory Card, and you when the following screen is displayed, and can also load them from the card.
  • Page 53: Clip Metadata

    Clip metadata SCENARIO: ∗ You can add the video and audio systems, name of the videographer, shooting location, text memos This indicates the PROGRAM NAME, SCENE and other information to the video data you have NO. and TAKE NO. recorded on the SD Memory Card. This data is NEWS 1: called the clip metadata.
  • Page 54: Uploading The Metadata (Meta Data)

    Clip metadata (continued) · Up to 10 items of metadata on the SD Uploading the metadata (META DATA) Memory Card can be displayed, starting from the most recent date of production. You can perform any of the following operations. · If characters other than single-byte If necessary, make preparations prior to alphanumeric characters are used in the...
  • Page 55: Using The Counter

    ∗ The COUNT value is indicated as a four-digit number. The COUNT value is incremented each time a new clip is captured if clip metadata has been read in and TYPE2 has been selected as the recording method. The COUNT value can be reset using the following procedure.
  • Page 56: Charging The Built-In Battery/Setting The Time Code

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time code Recharging the built-in battery Specifying the time code (TC PRESET) The camera’s internal battery saves the date and time. Set TC PRESET so you can record a value of your When LOW INTERNAL BATTERY (indicating that choice as the initial setting for the time code to be the internal battery has no remaining charge) is used at the start of recording.
  • Page 57 With this unit, the time code value is adjusted in When the screen below appears, set the accordance with the format and frame rate. For time code value. this reason, bear in mind that making a change in Tilt the Operation lever in the directions the format or frame rate may result in discontinuity and select time code value.
  • Page 58: Setting User Information

    Charging the built-in battery/Setting the time code (continued) Setting user information Set the user information. Tilt the Operation lever in the directions Setting user information allows you to store 8-digit and select user information characters. information in the hexadecimal format. •...
  • Page 59: Basic Playback Operations

    Basic playback operations Turn the POWER switch to ON. POWER While pressing the lock release button, turn the POWER switch to ON. Press the mode button so the PB lamp turns Lock release button The camera is now in the PB mode. •...
  • Page 60: Thumbnail Screen

    Thumbnail screen Video data created in one shooting session is called a clip. When the PB mode has been established, the clips will be displayed on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder as thumbnails. (When there is a large number of clips, it will take some time for them to be displayed on the screen.) You can perform the following operations using the thumbnail screen.
  • Page 61 1 Thumbnail display status (Page 65) The types of clips displayed as thumbnails appear in this area. 2 Repeat playback indicator (Page 63) Displayed during repeat playback. 3 Card status display Displays status of SD Memory Card. 4 Battery remaining display (Page 19) Displays remaining battery capacity.
  • Page 62: Adding Shot Marks To Clips

    Thumbnail screen (continued) Adding shot marks to clips Direct shooting functions Adding shot marks ( ) will make it easier to find If you press the START/STOP button in PB mode, the clips you are looking for. the CAM mode will be automatically activated, and shooting will start.
  • Page 63: Playback Settings (Play Setup)

    Playback settings (PLAY SETUP) Make settings for playback format and method. Repeat playback (REPEAT PLAY) Set playback format (PB FORMAT) Use this setting to repeatedly play back all available clips. Set format for playback. Press the MENU button. Press the MENU button. Menu operation (Page 82) Menu operation (Page 82) Set the REPEAT PLAY item in the PLAY...
  • Page 64: Resume Playback (Resume Play)

    Playback settings (PLAY SETUP) (continued) Resume playback (RESUME PLAY) Set skip method (SKIP MODE) Use this setting to play back from where clip had Select which skip (cue) operation is to be previously been paused. performed when playback is paused. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 65: Thumbnail Operations

    Thumbnail operations Selecting the thumbnail display method (THUMBNAIL SETUP) You can display the kind of clips you want to see INDICATOR: as thumbnails. Set whether or not to display indicator (ON/ You can also set more precisely how you want the OFF).
  • Page 66: Deleting And Protecting Clips (Operation)

    Thumbnail operations (continued) Deleting and protecting clips (OPERATION) Clips may be deleted or protected. • Protected clips cannot be deleted. • If selecting ALL CLIPS to delete all clips from Press the MENU button. the memory, this operation may take some Menu operation (Page 82) time to complete, depending on the volume of Select the OPERATION screen, and push the...
  • Page 67: Format Card And Check Clip And Card Information (Card Functions)

    CLIP PROTECT: Press the MENU button to return to the YES: thumbnail screen. Protect selected clips. mark will be displayed.) • Cancel protection when the protected clip is selected. mark will disappear.) Executing a format of the memory card (see below) will delete all clips even if they are protected.
  • Page 68 Thumbnail operations (continued) SD Memory Card information screen Clip information screen REMAIN: Clip number Displays remaining SD Memory Card Thumbnail (Thumbnail screen: Page 60) capacity. Clip information SD STANDARD: Displays indicators attached to clip, and Displays whether or not SD Memory Card various other information.
  • Page 69: Useful Playback Functions

    Useful playback functions Fast forward/rewind Next/previous clip Tilt the Operation lever in the (rewind) or Tilt the Operation lever in the direction (fast forward) direction during playback during playback to pause the clip (or press (or press the SEARCH buttons on the the PAUSE button on the remote control).
  • Page 70: Frame-By-Frame Playback

    Useful playback functions (continued) Frame-by-frame playback Viewing images on a television Tilt the Operation lever in the direction You can view the images on a television if you during playback to pause the clip (or press connect the unit to a TV set using an AV cable the PAUSE button on the remote control).
  • Page 71: Connecting External Units

    Connecting external units Headphones 3.5-mm stereo mini jack • Sound is no longer heard from the speaker when the headphones (optional) are connected. External microphone Microphone (optional) Microphone holder AG-MC200G Microphone holder adapter INPUT1 or 12 mm INPUT2 6 mm •...
  • Page 72: Computer (Non-Linear Editing/File Transfer)

    Connecting external units (continued) Computer (non-linear editing/file transfer) USB connection cable Computer (optional) Mini-B USB 2.0 Ferrite core (included) • For details on the computer’s conditions and other factors, see page 75. • When connecting the camera with a PC using a USB connection cable, attach the two ferrite cores (included) to the USB connection cable, one at a position about 5 cm from the PC terminal and the other at a position about 5 cm from the camera terminal.
  • Page 73: Tv/Monitor

    Always take sufficient care when handling the ferrite core, as it can be easily damaged when dropped or subjected to other impact. • It is recommended that you use Panasonic’s HDMI cable. • HDMI output will take priority if both HDMI cable and VIDEO OUT cable are connected at the same time.
  • Page 74 Connecting external units (continued) ■ Table of HDMI output and COMPONENT OUT and VIDEO OUT simultaneous output signals : Output possible : Output not possible HDMI OUT SEL COMPONENT OUT VIDEO OUT HDMI cable connection item setting terminal output terminal output AUTO ∗...
  • Page 75: Nonlinear Editing (Pc Mode)

    Nonlinear editing (PC mode) Non-linear editing of video data on SD Memory Perform non-linear editing on the computer. Cards can be performed by connecting the camera The contents of the SD Memory Card will via the USB connection cable to a computer for appear as a removable disk icon within My editing.
  • Page 76: Screen Displays

    Screen displays Regular displays For details on the safety zone, refer to . (Page 78) TC 12 : 34 : 56 . 00 STD BY 120 min SPARK – 112 min P REC D10X PH 1080 P 3.2 K 18 dB EXPANDED 1/64 83 %...
  • Page 77 8 Information display 16 Audio level meter display (Page 49) Following information is displayed depending 17 Auto iris control display on the situation. STD: Standard auto-iris control • Performance of the auto white balance or the SPOT: Auto iris control for spotlight auto black balance BACK: Auto iris control for backlight •...
  • Page 78 27 Scene filename display (Page 50) : Recording in progress, during transition to 28 Remaining battery capacity display the recording pause mode When using Panasonic-manufactured batteries : Recording paused (recording standby) compatible with this product, the remaining : Warning display battery capacity is displayed in minutes.
  • Page 79: Main Warning Displays

    Main warning displays The main warning displays appearing on the LCD monitor or viewfinder are listed below. If a warning display is not listed, check carefully the message displayed. ■ CARD FULL. CANNOT BE USED DUE TO INCOMPATIBLE The card is full. DATA.
  • Page 80: Error Displays

    Screen displays (continued) ■ Error displays SD CARD FORMAT? The following messages are displayed when YES NO an error has occurred in the camera or the SD Do you wish to format the SD Memory Card Memory Card. If the problem is not solved by now? Yes/No switching the power off and back on again, SET DATE AND TIME...
  • Page 81: Setting The Display Items

    Setting the DISPLAY items Display the following items on the viewfinder and LCD monitor by pressing the DISP/MODE CHK button or by configuring OTHER DISPLAY of the DISPLAY SETUP screen of the setup menus. (Page 94) MODE CHK OTHER DISPLAY settings Displays (Hold down DISP/ DISPLAY...
  • Page 82: Using The Setup Menus

    Using the setup menus Use the setup menus to change the settings to Tilt the Operation lever in the directions suit the scenes you are shooting or what you are to move the yellow cursor to the function recording. you wish to set. Push the Operation lever (or tilt in the MENU EXEC...
  • Page 83: Initializing The Menu Settings

    2 - 5 Repeat steps to change any other settings. Press the MENU button to complete settings and return to the normal screen. Initializing the menu settings The menu settings contain both the user file settings and the scene file settings. You can initialize them separately.
  • Page 84: Setup Menu Structure

  • Page 85: Playback Mode Menu

  • Page 86: Setup Menu List

    Setup menu list When the settings are changed using the SYSTEM FREQ item (Page 99) on the OTHER FUNCTIONS screen, whatever has been set for SYNCRO SCAN (See below), REC FORMAT (Page 91), HDMI OUT SEL, and CMPNT OUT SEL (Page 93) will be changed to the initial setting. SCENE FILE screen Display Item...
  • Page 87 SCENE FILE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode (Camera) Selects the DRS (dynamic range stretcher) function. It enables the dynamic range to be expanded by compressing the level of the video signals in the high-brightness areas where overexposure results during normal shooting.
  • Page 88: Sw Mode Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) SW MODE screen Display Item Description of settings mode MID GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the M position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB HIGH GAIN (Camera) Sets the gain value assigned to the H position of the GAIN switch. 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, 12dB (Camera) Sets the operation of the ATW (Auto Tracking White) function assigned to the...
  • Page 89 SW MODE screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode USER2 (Camera) Assigns a function to the USER2 button. (PB) The setting contents are the same as USER1. BACKLIGHT USER3 (Camera) Assigns a function to the USER3 button. (PB) The setting contents are the same as USER1. INDEX FOCUS (Camera)
  • Page 90: Auto Sw Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) AUTO SW screen Display Item Description of settings mode A.IRIS (Camera) Performs the auto iris control in auto mode. The IRIS button is deactivated. OFF: Deactivates the auto iris control in auto mode. This performs the iris control selected with the IRIS button.
  • Page 91: Recording Setup Screen

    RECORDING SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode REC FORMAT (Camera) Selects the recording format. When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz PH 1080/50i PH 1080/25P PH 720/50P PH 720/25P HA 1080/50i HG 1080/50i HE 1080/50i When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 59.9 Hz PH 1080/60i PH 1080/30P PH 1080/24P...
  • Page 92: Tc/Ub Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) TC/UB SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode TC MODE (Camera) Selects the correction mode of the internal time code generator when the time (This item is not code of the internal time code generator is recorded. displayed on Uses the drop frame mode.
  • Page 93: Av Out Setup Screen

    AV OUT SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode HDMI OUT SEL (Camera) Sets the output video format of the HDMI OUT terminal. (PB) AUTO: Automatically determines the output resolution based on information of connected monitors. FIX: Fix the output at the recorded resolution. (Output in 1080 interlaced or 720 progressive mode) 576P (When SYSTEM FREQ is se to 50 Hz): Output in 576 progressive mode.
  • Page 94: Display Setup Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) DISPLAY SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings mode ZEBRA (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the left-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. DETECT1 50%, 55%, 60%, 65%, 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 100%, 105% ZEBRA (Camera) Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen.
  • Page 95 DISPLAY SETUP screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode SELF SHOOT (Camera) Selects the LCD mirror mode for self-portrait shooting. Selecting MIRROR displays the left and right side of the LCD monitor image inverted during self- portrait shooting. (Page 41) NORMAL, MIRROR EVF COLOR (Camera)
  • Page 96: Card Functions Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) CARD FUNCTIONS screen Display Item Description of settings mode CARD (Camera) Formats the SD Memory Card. FORMAT (PB) YES: Formats the card. Returns to the last screen. CARD STATUS (Camera) Displays the SD Memory Card status. (PB) YES: Displays the card status.
  • Page 97: Play Setup Screen

    META DATA screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode META INITIAL (Camera) Initializes the metadata which has been recorded in the unit. All the settings including the ON or OFF setting for RECORD are now cleared. YES NO PLAY SETUP screen Display Item Description of settings...
  • Page 98: Operation Screen

    Setup menu list (continued) OPERATION screen Display Item Description of settings mode DELETE (PB) Deletes clips. ALL CLIPS: Deletes all clips. SELECT: Deletes only the selected clips. Press the EXEC button to delete clips. Returns to the last screen. • Clips for which CLIP PROTECT is specified are not deleted.
  • Page 99 OTHER FUNCTIONS screen (continued) Display Item Description of settings mode TIME ZONE (Camera) Adds to or deducts from GMT the time value of -12:00 to +13:00 in 30-minute (PB) steps. (Refer to the table below.) +00:00 Time Time Area Area difference difference + 00:00...
  • Page 100: Before Calling For Service

    Before calling for service Power supply There’s no power. • Make sure the battery and AC adapter are connected properly. Check the connections again. Power shuts off for no • To prevent the battery from running down needlessly, the camera- apparent reason.
  • Page 101 Recording Cannot record even • Is the write-protect switch on the SD Memory Card in the “LOCK” through the SD Memory position? The card cannot be recorded to if the switch is in the Card is inserted correctly. “LOCK” position. •...
  • Page 102 Before calling for service (continued) PC connection Computer does not • Check the operating environment. recognize camera when • Is the camera’s operating mode setting correct? The camera will USB connection cable is not be recognized when in CAM mode or PB mode. Please set the connected.
  • Page 103 The changeover between clips may not always be smooth when playing back multiple clips in succession. Video may momentarily pause when playing back multiple clips in succession in circumstances such as those detailed below. ■ Mixture of different recording formats Recording mode = PH mode Playback format = 1080/50i (25P) Recording format...
  • Page 104: Operating Precautions

    Operating precautions Do not allow any water to get into the camera- • The AC adapter may make some noise when you are using it, but this is normal. recorder when using it in the rain or snow or at the beach.
  • Page 105 What to remember when throwing memory cards away or transferring them to others Formatting memory cards or deleting data using the functions of the unit or a computer will merely change the file management information: it will not completely erase the data on the cards. When throwing these cards away or transferring them to others, either physically destroy them or use a data deletion program for computers (commercially...
  • Page 106: Updating The Driver In The Camera

    Updating the driver in the camera For the latest information or the updating procedure on drivers, visit the Support Desk at the following Web sites. Cleaning When cleaning, do not use benzene or thinner. • Using benzine or paint thinners may deform the...
  • Page 107: Storage Precautions

    Storage Precautions Before storing the camera-recorder, remove both SD Memory Cards the SD Memory Card and battery. • After ejecting an SD Memory Card from the unit, be absolutely sure to stow it in its own case. Store all of these items in a place with low humidity and relatively constant temperature.
  • Page 108: Recording Format

    Recording format When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz Frame rate Recording mode 1080/25P 1080/50i 1080/50i (over 50i) 720/25P 720/50P 720/50P (over 50P) 1080/50i 1080/50i – 1080/50i 1080/50i – 1080/50i 1080/50i – When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 59.9 Hz Frame rate Recording mode 1080/30P...
  • Page 109: How To Handle Data Recorded On Sd Memory Card

    AVCCAM Viewer specialist software, which can be downloaded from the following website. (Compatible OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista) ■ Concerning the handling of the camera’s metadata A special manufacturer area in the control file area under the AVCHD standard is employed for the metadata which is supported by this camera.
  • Page 110: Specifications

    Specifications [General] Shutter speed settings • Preset Supply voltage: When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz DC 7.2 V (when the battery is used)/ 50i/50P mode: 7.3 V (when the AC adapter is used) 1/50 (OFF), 1/60, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, Power consumption: Recording: 9.8 W 1/1000, 1/2000 seconds 25P mode:...
  • Page 111 [Recording/playback] [Video System] Recording Format Video signals AVCHD specifications When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 50 Hz Compression method 1080/50i, 720/50p MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 When SYSTEM FREQ is set to 59.9 Hz Recording media 1080/60i, 720/60p SD Memory Card: Video output 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB HDMI output (FAT12 and FAT16 format)
  • Page 112 Specifications (continued) [Other inputs/outputs] [AC adapter] Power Source: 110 V - 240 V AC, 50 Hz/60 Hz Type mini B connector 22 W (compliant with USB ver. 2.0) Power Output: 7.3 V DC, 1.75 A CAM REMOTE (Camera-recorder) Super mini jack (2.5 mm diameter) (ZOOM S/S) 8.4 V DC, 1.3 A (Charge) Mini jack (3.5 mm diameter) (FOCUS, IRIS) TC PRESET IN/OUT (Also used for VIDEO OUT)
  • Page 113 Information for Users on Collection and Disposal of Old Equipment and used Batteries These symbols on the products, packaging, and/or accompanying documents mean that used electrical and electronic products and batteries should not be mixed with general household waste. For proper treatment, recovery and recycling of old products and used batteries, please take them to applicable collection points, in accordance with your national legislation and the Directives 2002/96/EC and 2006/66/EC.

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