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Jmp @ ant Enf @ rmat @ n WARNING To reduce the risk of electric shock , do not remove cover ( or To reduce the back ) . No user serviceable parts risk of fire or RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN inside . Refer servicing to qualified electric shock , do service personnel . not expose this product or AC charger to rain or yindicatesmbol _ , This s This symbol indicates " dangerous voltage " moisture . important inside the product that instructions presents a risk of accompanying the electric shock or product . personal injury . To reduce risk of injury , charge only rechargeable batteries recommended by the manufacturer for this product . Other types of batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury . FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may void the user's authority to operate it . Product Registration Please fill out the product registration card and return it immediately . Returning this card allows us to contact you if needed . Keep your sales receipt for proof of purchase to obtain warranty parts and service and attach it here , Record the serial number and model numbers located on the bottom of the camcorder . Model No , Serial No . Purchase Date . Purchased From .
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ble @ f ¢ @ n ents Chapter 1 : Connections & Setup Parts Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Buttons and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Adjust the hand strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Attach the lens cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Attach the power supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Turn on the camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Set the LIGHT switch to AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Insert a cassette tape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Use the LCD monitor or viewfinder to see what's recording . . . . . . 13 Start recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Play your recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Turn off the camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Powering the Camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Battery Level Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Battery Care and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Using the Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Using the Shoulder Strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Setting the Date and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Setting the Tape Recording Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Chapter 2 : Using the Monitors Seeing What You Are Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Using the LCD Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Using the Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 On - screen Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Warning Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Recording and Playback Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Other Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 1
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_ bJe @ f ¢ @ ntents Chapter 3 : Recording Recording Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Journalistic Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Self - Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Digital and Optical Zooming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Using Steady PixTM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Using the Video Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Time Code Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Blank Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Recording Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Chapter 4 : Playback Playback Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 BasicPlayback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Still Playback Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Shuttle Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Frame - By - Frame Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Choose your Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Connecting to a TV ( or VCR ) with Audio / Video Input Jacks . . . . . . . . 50 Connecting to a TV ( or VCR ) with an S - Video Input Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Playback on a TV ( or VCR ) with Audio / Video Input Jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Dubbing to a VCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Dubbing to Another Digital Video Camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Chapter 5 : Digital Still Camera Digital Still Camera Recording and Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Setting the Picture Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Selecting a Snapshot Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Taking Still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Normal Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Slide Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 index Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Jump Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Protecting Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Unprotecting Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Deleting Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 2
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_ ble @ f ¢ @ n _ ents Setting the Digital Print Order Format ( DPOF ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Initializing the Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Inserting the Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Removing the Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Copying Images from the Memory Card to a Tape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Copying Images from a Tape to the Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Chapter 6 : Viewing and Downloading System Requirements for PhotoStudio ® 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Connecting to a Computer Using the USB Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Downloading Still Images to Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Changing the JPEG Default . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Connecting to a Computer Using an Optional DV Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Chapter 7 : Advanced Features Using the Menus for Advanced Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Menu Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Using the Advanced Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Night Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Fade / Wi pe Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Program AE with Special Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Exposure Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Iris Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Focusing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 White Balance Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Date / Time Insert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Wide Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Wind Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Resetting the Camcorder Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 ( co _ t # _ ued on the ? _ ext p _ e ) 3
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bJe @ f ¢ @ ntents Chapter 8 : Other Information Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Final Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Date / Time Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Video Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Tapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Memory Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 After Using the Camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Cleaning The Camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Proper Care and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Tape Care and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 CD - ROM Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Things to Avoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Traveling Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 RCA Digital Camcorder Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 FCC Declaration of Conformity and Industry Canada Information . 127 Using Core Filters with Optional DV Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Attaching the Core Filter to an Optional DV Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Accessories Order Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 4
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Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Chapter Overview : • Parts Checklist • Buttons and Controls • Getting Started • Powering the Camcorder • Using the Shoulder Strap • Setting the Date and Time • Setting the Tape Recording Speed ging
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Parts Checklist • Make sure the box includes the items shown here . If any pieces are missing or appear damaged , contact your dealer immediately . • Remove the plastic film that covers the front and side logos on the camcorder . Use your fingernail , not anything sharp , to remove . • Sa _ e all packing materials and box in case the camcorder e _ er needs to be shipped or stored . Camcorder AC power supply Battery pack Core filter ( for Part # 250814 Part # 247800 optional DV cable ) Part # 249827 Audio / Video Lens cap Shoulder strap Part # 252975 Part # ACS091 adapter cable Part # 252885 USB cable 16 MB memory card Imaging software and Part # 253729 driver CD - ROMs ( 2 ) ( already installed in the camcorder ) Part # 253730 Caution : Only use the power supply provided with this unit . Using other power supplies might damage the unit . 6 Chap _ e _ I
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¢ @ nnec _ @ ns _ Setup Buttons and Controls MENU / SNAPSHOT Viewfinder BRIGHT button Power Zoom / VOL lever dial BAT RELEASE SEARCH / JUMP switch button Recording Start / Power switch Stop button strap Jack cover Microphone Video light Chapter _ 7
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Playback buttons ( also BACK LIGHT , PAE , EXPOSURE , and NIGHT MODE buttons ) S - Video CHARGE jack USB jack Power Service jack VOL lever AV / jack BAT MENU / FOCUS / SNAPSHOT button RELEASE BRIGHT BLANK Jack cover open switch dial SEARCH / JUMP button VIDEO / DSC LCD monitor LIGHT switch Speaker DV IN / OUT jack Tripod mounting Memory card door sockets OPEN / EJECT switch Camcorder bottom view 8 Chapte _
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¢ @ nnec _ @ ns _ Setup Getting Started [ ' his sectk ) n describes the basics on how to set up your c uncorder to r _ cord for the first time . Ref _ , r to the other sections for cletai ] ed operation and feature options . Adjust the hand strap 1 . Lift the fl _ lp on the h _ md strap _ md separJte the " Velcro strip . 2 . Insert your hand so your fingers can comfort _ bly reach the buttons . 3 . Adiust the strap to fit snugly . 4 . Refasten the strap , Jnd f \ ) td the fl _ lp back down . Hand strap Attach the lens cap [ ' o protect the h'ns attach the pro \ ided h'ns cap to the camcorder as shown in the illustration . Chapter _ 9
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¢ @ nnec _ @ ns _ Setup Attach the power supply Since " the ' batty " W must b _ " charged b _ f \ ) r _ " it can I ) _ _ us _ ' d the first tim _ _ you n _ ' _ d to us _ " an AC outlet _ ) power the camcorde _ 1 . Plug the , small end of the " pow _ ' r supply into the I ) C IN jack on the camcorch'r . 2 . Plug the other end of the power supply into a working AC outlet . © AC power supply DC IN jack 10 Chap _ e _
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¢ @ nnec _ i @ ns _ Setup Turn on the camcorder Press in the Lock button wi _ ile setting the Power switch to the desired setting , either _ ( automatic ) or [ ] ( manual ) record mode , or ffrVl ( playback ) mode . The POWER indicator comes on when the camcorder is turned on . Automatic recording _ places the camcorder into AutoShot TM mode . Focus , exposure , iris control , and whi _ balance are controlled by the camcorder cluring au _ ) matic recording . Manual recording mode [ ] allows you to control many of the camcorder's special features , button including accessing the menus and se _ ing the clock . Power switch Notes : Many special effects don " t operate in AutoShot mode ( see pages 89 - 92 for more information ) . The camcorder automatically turns off to save battery power if you leave it in record - standby mode for more than five minutes . To turn it back on , set the Power switch to OFF , then back to automatic or manual record mode . Set the LIGHT switch to AUTO Slide the " video LIGH [ ' switch to AU'FO . In this setting , th ( " vich'o light automatically turns on when more light is n _ ' _ ' ch'd . LIGHT switch Chapter _ 11
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Insert a cassette tape Mini _ ' NTSC 1 . Make , sure the camcorder is conn _ , cted to a power supply . Mini DV Cassettes 2 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power This camcorder is designed to switch to N ( automatic record ) . work exclusively with digital 3 . Slide and hold the OPENiEJEC [ ' switch in the vide { ) cassettes . Only cassettes direction of the arrow then pull the cassette marked with a Mini DV logo can holder cover { ) pen until it locks . Be careful not be used with this unit . Also keep in mind that this camcorder is not to touch the inside of the cassette holder as you compatible with other digital may hurt yourself . media formats . 4 . Insert a Mini I ) V tape with the arrow on the tape facing down and the tape window facing OUt . Note : Make sure the Erase Protection tab is in the position that allows recording . If not , slide the tab . Some tapes have removable Cassette Mini DV tabs . If the tab has been removed , cover the holder _ tape hole with adhesive tape . 5 . Push on the area marked PUSH HERE until the cassette holder locks into place . ( PAU57Zappears on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder . ) Once the cassette holder is closed , it recedes automatically . _ ait until it recedes completely before closing the cassette holder cover . Cassette 6 . Close the cover until it firmly locks into pktce . holder cover important : If the battery is low , you may not be able to close the cassette holder cover Do not apply force Replace the battery with a fully charged one or connect the power supply . Notes ; You can't open the cassette tape holder unless a power supply ( battery or AC ) is attached . 12 Chap _ e _ I
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¢ @ nnec _ i @ ns _ Setup MENU dial Use the LCD monitor or viewfinder to see what's recording Using the LCD monitor 1 . R _ ' mow ' the " l _ ' ns cap . 2 . Open the monitor 90 from the camcorder body . ( The viewfinder turns off . ) LCD monitor 3 . Tilt the monitor 180 " fi ) rward or 90 " down as required for convenient viewing while recording . 4 . To adjust the brightness of the LCI ) monitor , rotate the MEN [ } dial . Notes : Adjusting the LCD monitor brightness does not affect the recorded image on the tape . When the LCD monitor opens more than 25 ; the viewfinder automatically turns off . When the LCD monitor is closed , the viewfinder automatically turns on . Viewfinder Using the viewfinder 1 . R _ , movc the " h'ns cap . 2 . Close the monitor . Note : If the monitor is open more than 25 ; the viewfinder turns off . 3 . Acljust the " vi _ , xvfincler it ) a comfortabl _ " position . 4 . Raise the viewfinder tip and turn the eyepiece focus control to adjust the f \ ) cus of the Eyepiece focus viewfinder for your vision . control Chapter _ 13
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¢ @ nnec i @ ns Setup Start recording 1 . R _ ' move the " h'ns cap . 2 . Open the LCI ) monitor or raise the viewfinder . 3 . Set the VIDEOiDSC switch to VIDEO . 4 . Press in the Lock button and set the Power switch to N ( automatic record ) . ( The POWER indicator COITtes on . ) 5 . Press and release the Recording Start / Stop button to start recording . ( REC ppeas 1t m viewfinder or LCI ) monitor but won't be recorded ) . 6 . When finished recording , press and release the buttorl Recording Start / Stop button again to stop recording . Tim camcorder is now in the record Power switch pause mode . ( INUSE appears in the viewfinder or on the LCI ) monitor . ) Play your recording 11 Op _ ql the " LCI ) monitor or raise the " vi _ ' wfinch'r . 2 . Set the VIDEOiI ) SC switch to VIDEO . 3 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power switch to 12T ¢ 1 . ( [ ' he POWER indicator comes on . ) I 4 . Press 44 ( Rewind button ) to reverse the tape to the beginning . When rewound completely , the Playback buttons on top of the camcorcler include : camcorder automatically stops . Stop 5 . Press IWII ( Play / Pause button ) to start playback . Rewind ( 4 < D View tim recording using the LCI ) monitor or viewfinder . Play / Pause ( 1 _ / I _ 6 . Press • ( Stop button ) when finished playing the Fast Forward ( b ! _ ) tape . Notes : Sound will play back if the LCD monitor is open or closed . To adjust the volume , use the Zoom Lever ( also labeled VOL - + ) . More information about using the LCD monitor and viewfinder can be found on pages 24 - 2 _ 14 Chapters
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¢ @ nnec _ @ ns _ Setup Turn off the camcorder 1 . Set the Power switch to OFF . 2 . Close the LCI ) monitor . Powering the Camcorder You can power your camcorder with a battel T or AC power . Charging the Battery 1 . Set the Power switch to OFF . 2 . Raise the vi _ , wfinder . Power switch 3 . Slide the battery into the back of the camcorder . Make sure the arrow diagram on the battery points down so that the contacts on the batte W and CalTtcorder matclL Important : If the battery pack is attached in the wrong position , a malfunction may occur 4 . Plug the small end of the power supply into the I ) C IN jack on the camcorder and the other end into an AC outlet . ( The CHARGE indicator blinks . ) 5 . When the CHARGE indicator stops blinking but stays on , charging is finished . Make sure the Power switch is set to OFF , then unplug the power supply from the AC outlet and flom the CalTtcorder . Important : Before detaching the power source , make sure the camcorder's power is turned off . Failure to do so can result in a camcorder malfunction , Chapter _ 15
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Notes : If a protective cap is on the battery , remove it before use or charging . When charging a battery for the first time or after a long storage period , the CHARGE indicator may not come on . Remove the battery and try again , Charge the battery in temperatures between 50 _ and 90 ° Fahrenheit ( 10 - 35 ° Celsius ) , Charging times are based on a fully discharged battery and vary depending on ambient temperature and battery conditions , Removing the Battery I { ais _ " the ' vi _ ' wfinch'r , slkh " the ' BX ] ' . h'ELEASE switch and pull out the batte W pack . Notes . " If you store a partially charged battery for a long period of time , its performance is reduced , During charging or discharging , the camcorder can't be operated , BAT RELEASEswitch Charging and discharging isn't possible if the wrong type of battery is used . If the battery operation time remains extremely short even after having been fully charged , the battery is worn out and needs to be replaced . Please purchase a new one , Tip Before extended use , it is recommended that you prepare enough battery packs to cover 3 times the planned shooting time . 16 Chapte _
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¢ @ nnec _ i @ ns _ Setup Approximate charging time Battery | Char _ lg Time 247800 l appro × . 90 min . Approximate recording time ( in minutes ) t tLco - - t , , o , o , , 247800 75 , ( 40 _ ) 6 , ( 3 _ 3 * ) * when the video light is on Note : Recording time is reduced significantly when you use the Zoom or Record - Standby modes repeatedly or when you use the LCD monitor repeatedly , Battery Level Icon The battery lexel icon appears in the xiewfinder or LCI ) iqnonitor and reveals the amount of ' power le _ in the rechargeable battetT . Note : The battery level icon is not recorded on the tape , This icon appears when the batte W is fully charged . The icon changes to show that youxe used some of the batteD : s power . As you use more of the battery s power , the icon changes again . This batte W icon flashes in the viewfinder or LCI ) monitor when the batte W power is almost gone . The camcorder rams ofT ' automatically after a f ' _ ' w seconds . Chapter _ 17
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¢ @ nnec _ @ ns _ Setup Battery Care and Storage After repeated charging and use , I ) atte W life gradually decreases . Wh ( ql op _ q'ation time is too short to be useful , the batte _ T should be replaced . If the batte W pack becomes too hot , remove it from the camcorder and let it coot down . Do not short the batte _ T's terminals . Do not attempt to disassemble or modif ) ' the batte _ T . There are no user _ serviceable parts inside . tse the batte _ T only with specified adapter / chargers and camcorders . Throwing the battel T into a fire or exposing it to excessive heat over 149F ( 65C ) could be hazardous . 18 Chap _ eg
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Using the Power Supply The poxv _ q supply attaches to the ' camcorder and lets you power it directly from standard household power . The pow _ q " supply operates on 100 240 volts , 50 / 60 Hz . 1 . Plug the small end of the power supply into the DC IN jack on the camcorder . 2 . Plug the other end of the power supply into a working AC outlet ( 100 240V , 50i60Hz ) . Caution : Only use the power supply provided with this unit . Using other power supplies might damage the unit , © AC power supply DC IN jack Removing the power supply i . Mak _ _ sure the ' Power switch is set to OFF . 2 . I nplug the power supply flom the AC outlet . 3 . I nplug the small end of the power supply flom the I ) C IN } ack on the camcorder . Important : Before detaching the power source , make sure the camcorder's power is turned off . Failure to do so can result in a camcorder malfunction . Using an Optional Plug Adapter in Foreign Countries An optkma ] plug adapter might he required in some countries . i . Plug the power supply's plug into the AC plug adapter . 2 . Plug the AC plug adapter into the AC outlet . Chapter _ 19
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup Using the Shoulder Strap [ ' he c _ lmCOlder's shoulder str ; _ p is designed to let you c _ tri T the c _ lmer _ { fi - orn your sl _ lllclel _ mcl when re _ Ldy bring the c _ Lmcorder to shooting position in one ciuick iTtovelq - lent . i . Following the illustrx _ tion , thre _ td the str _ tp through the eyelet . 2 . Folc | the strx _ p b _ tck ttnd thre _ td it throuqb the buckle . 3 . Repeat the procedure to ttt _ tch the other end of the str _ tp to the other eyelet loc _ ttec | under the h _ mcl strolls . M _ Lke sure the str _ p is not twisted . Caution : When carrying the camcorder with the shoulder strap , you should close the LCD monitor and rotate the viewfinder down . This helps prevent possible damage to the monitor or viewfinder from bumping against your body as you move . Make sure the shoulder strap is firmly attached before using it to carry the camcorder . 20 Chapfef
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup MENU dial Setting the Date and Time You need to set tile date and time bef \ ) re it can be displayed . Date and time infk ) rmation is recorded onto tl _ e tape at all times , but i _ display can be _ lrned on or off during playback ( s _ ! _ ! pa _ 105 ) 1 . Press in the Lock button while setting tile Power switch to [ ] ( manual record ) . O'he POWER indicator comes on . ) 2 . Press in the MEN [ ] dial . ( The Main Menu appears . ) 3 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight DISPIAK button Press in tim MEN [ ] dial to select it . ( The Display Menu appears . ) Power switch 4 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight CZOCKAL ) ] _ Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The month is highlighted . ) 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to change tim montt _ . Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( [ ' he date is highlighted . ) Repeat to input the day , year , hour and minute . Note : The internal clock momentarily stops while you are entering the dateltime information . It resumes once you finish 0 6 . When finished , press in the MENU dial twice to exit . Note : To make the date and time appear in the camcorder's display or on the TV , see page 105 . 41 - Important ; A separate internal battery is used for the time and date Under normal conditions , this battery should last for 10 years or more If you should need to replace it , see your nearest RCA authorized service cente _ Chapter _ 21
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¢ @ nnec @ ns Setup MENU dial Setting the Tape Recording Speed You need to select the tape recording speed for the quality of recording you want . 1 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power switch to [ ] ( manual record ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 2 . Press the MENU dial in . CFheMain Menu appears . ) 3 . Rotate the MEN [ ] dial to highlight CAMI ! 7 _ A Press in the MEN [ ] dial to select it . ( The Camera Menu appears . ) button 4 . Rotate tile MENU dial to higlJight RI ! C J / IOI ) I ' ] Press in tim MEN [ ] dial to select it . ( The Record Power switch Menu appears . ) 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight 57 ) if you want the best recording quality , or IJ ) if you want a lesser quality recording which provides 1.5 times the recording time as SR Press in the MEN [ ] dial to select it . 6 . When finished , press in the MEN [ ] dial twice to exit . Note : If the recording speed is switched during the recording , the playback picture will be blurred at the switching point . 22 Chapte _
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Chapter 2 Using the Monitors Chapter Overview : • Seeing What You Are Recording • On - screen Icons ging
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs Seeing What You Are Recording ' lb see what is recording , use either the LCI ) monitor or the viewfinder monitor . When the LCD moni _ ) r is open more than 25 _ , the viewfinder turns off . When you close the LCI ) monitor , the viewfinder rams on . Using the LCD Monitor The ' camcordcr's LCI ) monitor is a miniature color screen that you can use f \ ) r recording playback . 1 . Open tim LCI ) monitor at least 25 . The viewfinder turns off . 2 . 180 ° For convenient viewing , the LCI ) monitor can be tiled once it is open 90 " from the camera body . Hit the monitor f'ol _ vard up 180 or down up to 90 . • From a high angle ( such as over a crowd ) tilt the monitor down to record . • From a low angle ( such as when kneeling ) - tilt the monitor up to record . 3 . Adjust the brightness ofthe LCD monitor by turning the bright control ( MENU dial ) . This doesnt affect the brightness of the recording you are making . • " l \ lrn the dial toward + to brighten the image . • l \ lrn the dial toward to darken the image . 4 . When finished recording , close the monitor and lock it into place . Note : Recording outdoors on bright , sunny days can make the LCD monitor hard to see . Use the viewfinder instead . Cautions Never force the LCD monitor to rotate completely around . This could damage both the monitor and / or the camcorder . When carrying the unit with the shoulder strap , close the monitor to prevent possible damage to it . 24
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Using the @ nit @ rs Viewfinder Using the Viewfinder The camcorder's viewfinder is a miniature monitor that displays the picture in black and white . For convenient viewing , rotate the viewfinder tip or dowI ] . Note : When the LCD monitor is open more than 25 _ the viewfinder turns off . Eyepiece Focus Control Eyepiece focus control The eyepi _ ' c _ " focus control h'ts you set tlw focus of the , vi _ ' wfinch'r f \ ) r your vision . If " you xw > ar % _ , g ] ass _ , s you probab ] y can opt'raw the camcorch'r without them . It is easiest to set the correct fl ) cus by focusing on one of tlm viewfinder's on screen displays . Look through the viewfinder and adjust the eyepiece focus control fi ) r your vision . Note : The eyepiece focus control does not affect the focus of the image captured by the camcordeg Cautions : Never force the viewfinder to rotate completely around . This will damage the viewfinder and / or the camcorder . When carrying the unit with the shoulder strap , put the viewfinder down to help prevent possible damage to it . 25
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs On - screen Icons Several displays appear on the LCI ) monitor or in tile viewfinder to aid in the operation of tim camcorder . Although it may look crowded , all of the icons shown bel ( _ w do not appear on - screen at the same time . Also , not all screen icons are shown in the illustration . Refi'r to the icon descriptions that f \ ) tlow . Recording Menu Icons Playback Menu Icons Warning Icons _ Indicates the amount of power left in the rechargeable battel T . _ An empty battel ) _ icon flashes on screen when the battelT's power is almost exhausted . Missing Cassette : Appears when the [ ower switdl is set to either _ or [ ] ( automatic or manual record ) and no cassette tape is in the camcorder . Head Cleaning : HtMD ( , ZIMNLXG ' 1 _ 2 ! _ 1J11 _ 1 ! 7 ) LSt ; ' ( , ZtM YI . YG O ( _ ' A57 , 1,277t , 2appears if dht is detected on the recording heads . [ / se an optional cleaning cassette to remoxe dirt . 26
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Usin @ the @ n t @ rs Condensation : CONI ) I _ NSATIO _ \ , OI _ I _ 7 ¢ A27ON I'AgiSEI ) 1,1 _ 1,2A , 5 ; 1W _ A ' IT appears if moisture occurs inside the camcorder . When this icon appears , remove the tape and wait at least one hour before using the camcorder again . TAPE END End of Cassette : Appears when a tape reaches its end during recording or playback . Appears if a tape in another format is loaded . DIFFERENT FORMATTED TAPE Appears when the date and time is not set . May also occur if the SET DATE / in _ rnal clock batte _ needs to be replaced . See your nearest RCA TIME ! authorized service centeE LENS CAP Covered Lens : Appears briefly aiker the power is turned on to either automatic or manual record mode and the lens cap is still attached . MEMORY IS Appears when the memo1 T card is full and taking still images is not FULL possible . COPYING Appears if dubbing of copy protected signals is attempted while the FAILED camcorder is being used as a recorder . Appears in the f \ ) tlowing cases when dubbing flom a tape to a memory card : When the memory card is not installed , full , not formatted , or copy protected Appears in the fi ) llowing cases when dubbing still images flom the card to a tape : D ; q / en condensation occurs When no tape is loaded or a tape in another f \ ) rmat is loaded When the erase protectkm tab is set to SAVE When the tape ends 27
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs MEMORY Appears if the memory card isn't loaded when you press SNAPSHO [ ' CARD ! while the Power switch is set to _ or [ ] ( automatic or manual record ) and the VIDEOiI ) SC switch is set to DSC . PLEASE Appears when the memo1T card is not initialized , there is a problem FORMAT with the memo W card , or the memo W is corrupt . NO IMAGES Appears when there are no images stored on the memo W card when STORED the ¸ Power switch is set _ ) F21r _ and the VIDEOiDSC switch is set _ ) DSC . CARD Appears when the camcorder takes more than 60 seconds to recognize ERROR ! the memory card . Remove the card and insert it again . Repeat these procedures until the icon disappears . If the icon still appears , the memory card has been corruptd . CHECK Appears when you att _ , mpt to take still images with a copy protected CARD'S memory card installed . WRITE PROTEC _ ON SWITCH E01 - E06 Safe _ _ d : [ ' be error icons ( E01 - E06 ) show what type of malfunction has occurred . If an error icon and warning appear , turn off tile unit , remove tim power supply ( battery , etc . ) and wait a f { ' w minutes for the warnings to dear . If they do , you can resume using tim camcorder . If the warnings remain , consult your nearest RCA authorized service center . Recording and Playback Icons Auto Date , Date , Time , or Date and Time Icons DEC 25.01 Indicates the current date and time , and is recorded when it is 11 : 45AM c sp yec ( seepcgelOS ) 28
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs Program AE with Special Effects Icons Appears when you select 5HIflTFJ ¢ 1 / 60 to set the shutter speed SHUTTER / o 1i60th of a second . 1 / 60 Appears when you select 5H { _ ITIgJ ¢ 1 / 100 to set the shutter speed SHUTTER to lilOOth of a second . May reduce flicker in some situations . 1 / 100 Appears when you select SI _ ORTSto record fasDmoving action , • " _ SPORTS such as sporting events . Appears when you select 3 ' XOI / ' , to record scenes in bright SNOW sLirroLind ] ngs such as snow . [ ] SPOTLIGHT Appears when you select SI _ 07EIGHTto record scenes in direct lighting , such as spotlights . Appears when you select TWILIGHTto record scenes at twilight , % } TWILIGHT fireworks , etc . Appears when you select SIZI ) IA to give your recordings a brown [ ] SEPIA tone like old photographs . Appears when you select B / PbMONOTON £ to record scenes in B / W classic black and white . MONOTONE CLASSIC Appears when yotl select CIASSI ( / Fll ) / I to record scenes with a stow frame , classic movk ' fl'd . FILM Appears when you select STI ¢ OBIZ to record scenes in a series of = _ STROBE consectltive snaps shots . Appears when you select 51.01 _ , 4X to record scenes in dark $ ! - ' - 1SLOW 4X lighting . 29
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs Appears when you select 5 " LO / g , IOX to record scenes in - 1 . ' - 2SLOW IOX darker lighting . ll _ VIDEO ECHO Appears when you select _ TZ ) EO ls ' ( _ HO to record scenes with a ghostly fl , el . M . W . B . ( Manual White Balance ) Icons IIh _ ' icon f \ ) r the " manual whih ' I ) alanc _ " s _ ' h'ch'd in the ' J / I WB m _ qm app _ ' ars h _ ' r _ ' . \ ' / On a Appears when you select II iZ % lZto record outdoors i e sunny day . A ) pe rs x _ t e 1 } oc select - / o , * ( _ ; LOUDto record outdoors on a cloudy day . Appeuswhenyou select _ HALO ( ; IJNtorecorciusing halogen or tungsten lighting . , / t _ X , JJ appears when you select N _ A MWB to adjust tile color MWB t ( ' mpelatu r ( ' s . Status Icons REC Appears when the camcorder is recording . Appears during record _ standby . PAUSE Appears when tile camcorder plays a tape . Appears during play pause . II Appears during fast f'ol _ vard and flashes during fk ) rward search . Appears during rewind and flashes cluring reverse search . 44 3O
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Usin @ the @ nit @ rs Zoom Icon Appears when you use the zoom lever . 4X W [ _ I3T Bright and Volume Icons Appears when you adjust the brightness of the monitor with the BRIGHT BRIGHT dial . VOLUME I ) uring playback , the _ ' 01 . { _ lEicon appears when you adjust the volume of the speaker with the VOL control ( also zoom lever ) . 12 BIT / SOUND1 Displays the sound mode ( either 12 or 16 bi0 . L [ _ Exposure Icon + 3 This icon appears when you are adjusting brighmess manually clsing the EXPOS " IdCE menu . Iris Lock Icon + 3Bl Appears when the iris is locked . 31
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Usin @ the _ @ nit @ rs Fade and Wipe Icons Press the FADE / WIPE button to dispI _ Ly the icon f \ ) r the f ' _ Ldeor xvip _ _ you w _ tnt to select . Appe _ rs when you select white f : _ cle . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select bI _ Lck _ cle . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select bI _ Lck _ nd white _ Lde . BW Appe _ rs when you select mos _ Lic _ cle . Appe _ rs when you select corner wipe . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select window wipe . r - - 1 Appe _ rs when you select slide wipe . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select door wipe . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select scroll wipe . Appe _ rs when you select shutter wipe . [ ] Appe _ rs when you select dissolve wipe . I _ P Appe _ rs when you select corner wipe over the previous screen . [ ] P Appe _ rs when you select window wipe over the previous screen . lip Appe _ rs when you select slide wipe over the previous screen . Appe _ rs when you select door wipe over the previous screen . Appe _ rs when you select scroll wipe over the previous screen . l - _ - - ] p 32
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Usin @ the _ @ nit @ rs Appears when you select shutter wipe over the prevk ) us screen . _ - - _ p Focus Icons Appear when you are adjusting focus manually using the FOC75menu . & 4 _ i The icons also flash when the auto focus system cannot operate properly or you can't acljust the focus any farther . Other Icons Steady Pix Icon Appears when you are using Steady Pix _ ( s _ ! _ ! t ) a _ e 39 ) Tape Speed Icon SP Indicates what tape speed you have selected ( . ST _ / l . p ) ( s _ pa # e 22 ) Time Code Icon TC Indicates the recorded time code ( see pangs , 42 ) 10 : 06 : 20 Time - Remaining Icon 120MIN Indicates the approximate time remaining on the tape . 33
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Chapter 3 Recording Chapter Overview : • Recording Details • Recording Tips ging
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Recording Details 1 . Remove the lens cap . 2 . Press in the PUSH OPEN button in tim directkm of the arrow and open the LCD monitor . 3 . Set the VIDEOiI ) SC switch to VIDEO . PUSH OPEN VIDEO / DSC 4 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power bu _ on switch switch to [ ] or [ ] ( automatic record or manual record mode ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 5 . Open the LCI ) monitor or adiust the viewfinder . MENU dial 6 . Press and release the Recording Start / Stop butR ) n R ) start recording . ( RI ! ' ( ; appears in the viewfinder or LCI ) monitor ( but wont be recorded . ) ) 7 . When finished recording , press and release the Recording Start / Stop button again to stop recording . The camcorder is now in the record pause mode . ( I _ AUSEappears in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor . ) Notes : If the Record - Standby mode continues for 5 minutes without performing Zoom or any other operations , the camcorder's power shuts off automaticall } _ Set the Power switch to OFF , and then back to [ ] button or [ ] to turn the camcorder on again . To remove the icons from the Power switch camcorder's display during recording , see page 91 . Journalistic Shooting In some situations , diffl , rent shooting angles may provide more dramatic results . Hold the camcorder in the desired position and tilt the LCI ) monitor in the most convenient direction . It can rotate 270 ° ( 90 ° downward , 180 ° upward ) . 36
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Self - Recording You can even record yourself while viewing your own image in the LCI ) moniR ) r . Open the LCD moniR ) r and tilt it upward 180 ° so that it faces t'ol _ vard , then point the lens toward yourself and start recording . Digital and Optical Zooming You can zoom in and out for close up or wide angle Zoom lever shots [ _ y moving the zoom lever on the camcorder . The camcorder auR ) matically focuses at most distances when zooming . Optical zooming is possible up to 10 times , and digital zooming allows up to 400 times normal magnification . Using the Zoom Lever ( Wand T ) " 1 " OZOOITIin tight ( telephoto ) or out with " ( wide angle ) , rotate the zoom lever to either Tor With telephoto zooming it is possible to capture images to a maximmn of 400 times normal magnification . [ b do this , the camcorder uses tcchnotogy to artificially enhance the image . Optical zoom is the natural , non enhanced magnification that the camcorder's lens will support . This camcorder has an optical zoom of 10 times ( 10X ) . When using the zoom lever , an icon appears on Tip screen to display the approximate zoom ratio . The further you rotate the zoom Notes : lever , the quicker the zoom action . While zooming , focusing may become unstable . If so , set the zoom while in record - standby mode and adjust the image using manual focus ( see page 103 ) . Once the focus is set , zoom the camcorder in or out while recording . The zoom level icon moves during zoom Once it reaches the end of the zoom icon bar , all magnification from that point is through digital processing . 37
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Using Digital Zoom You can use digital zoom to magnify images up to 400 times normal magnification . 1 . Press in the PUSH OPEN button in the direction of the arrow and open the LCD monitor . 2 . Set the VIDEOiI ) SC switch to VIDEO . PUSH OPEN VIDEO / DSC 3 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power bu _ on switch switch to [ ] ( manual record ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 4 . Press in the MEN [ ] dial . ( The Main Menu appears . ) MENU dial 5 . Rotate the MEN [ } dial to highlight CAMI ! 7 _ A Press in the MEN [ ] dial to select it . ( The Camera Menu appears . ) 6 . Rotate the MEN [ ] dial to highlight ZOOM Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The Zoom Menu appears . ) 7 . Rotate the MEN { ] dial to highlight the desired setting . Press in the MEN [ ] dial to select it . 8 . When finished , press in the MEN [ ] dial twice to exit . Note : During digital zoom , the quality of the image may suffe _ button Power switch 38
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Using Steady Pix TM Digital hnage Stabilization minimizes unstable images caused by camera shake , especially at high magnifications . 1 . Press in the PUSH OPEN button in the direction of the arrow and open the LCD monitor . 2 . Set the VIDEOiDSC switch to VIDEO . PUSH OPEN VlDEO / DSC bu _ on switch 3 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power switch to [ ] ( manual record ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 4 . Press in the MENU dial . { The Main Menu appears . ) MENU dial 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight MAN _ tdL Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The Manual Menu appears . ) 6 . Rotate the MEN [ ] dial to highlight DIS Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( [ ' he Digital Image Stabilization Menu appears . ) 7 . Rotate the MEN [ ] dial to highlight the desired setting . Press in the MENU dial to select it . 8 . When finished , press in the MENU dial twice to exit . Notes : Accurate stabilization may not be button possible if hand shake is excessive , or when recording the following : Power switch subjects with vertical or horizontal stripes . dark or dim subjects . subjects with excessive backlighting . scenes with movement in various directions . scenes with low - contrast backgrounds . Switch off stabilization when the camcorder is mounted to a tripod . The [ _ icon blinks or disappears if image stabilization can't be used . 39
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Using the Video Light ' lb brighten the scen _ wh _ ' n natural lighting is too dhll the camcorder uses a bui ] _ in vkh'o light . You can turn on the ' video light at all tim ( , s set to turn on automatica ] Iy when the cnmcorder senses additkma ] light is ne _ , ded , or turn off ahogether . Set the LIGHT switch as desired : OFF Turns off the light . AUTO Automatically allows the camcorder to Video light mm on the light when there is insufficient lighting on the subject . ON Keeps the light on at all times as long as the CalTtcorder is turned on . Video Light Details Even if the bakery icon ( c : : : : : : _ ) doesn't blink due _ ) low battery charge , the calzacorder may turn off automatically xvh _ ' n you turn on the video light , or if the video light is turned on when you start a recording . When the LIGH [ ' switch is set to AUID : LIGHT switch Tim vide < ) Iigllt may keep turning on and off depending on the lighting conditions . If this happens , manually switch the light to ON or OFF using the LIGH [ ' switch . If the Sports mode and slmtter are turned on , the vide < ) light is likely to stay on . While in [ wilight mode and Night mode , the light wont actiwm ' . 40
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Notes : The video light can only be used when the camcorder is on . Set the white balance to artificial light ( _ , _ ) when using the video light to avoid a " washed - out " look When not using the video light , turn it off to save battery powe _ , _ Cautions Never operate the video light closer than I foot to people or other objects , The video light becomes very hot . Do not touch it during use or right after use . Serious injury may result . Do not place the camcorder in a carrying case right after using the light . Never operate the video light close to flammable or explosive material . Consult your nearest RCA authorized service center to replace the video light . The video light and bulb need to cool for approximately 30 minutes after use before the bulb assembly is replaced 41
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MENU dial Time Code Display During recording , a time code is captured on the tape . Ehis code confirms the location of the recorded scene on the tape during playback . If recording starts from a blank portion of the tape , tile time code begins counting from 00 : 00 : 00 ( minutes : seconds : flame number ) . If recording starts from the end of a previously recorded scene , the time code continues from the last time code number . Note : The time code is automatically set to 00 : 00 : 00 when a tape is ejected , 1 . Pn'ss in tlw Lock button whih , s _ ' tting tlw Pow _ ' r switch to [ ] ( manual n'cord ) . ( ' lIb { _ POWER indicator comes on . ) button 2 . Press in the MENU dial . ( The Main Menu appears . ) Power switch 3 . Rotate tile MENU dial to lliglllight Z ) ISPIAF Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The Display Menu appears . ) 4 . Rotate the MENU dial to higlllight TIME C ( ) DE Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The Time Code Menu appears . ) 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight the desired setting . Press in the MENU dial to select it . 6 . When finished , press in the MENU dial twice to exit . 42
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Blank Search Helps you find wh _ > re you start recording in the middk " of a tap _ , to avoid time code interruptk ) n . 1 . Press in ttw PISH OPEN button in the direction of the arrow and op _ ql the LCI ) monitor . 2 . Set flw VIDEOiDSC switch to VIDEO . PUSH OPEN VlDEO / DSC 3 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power bu _ on switch switch to _ ( playback mode ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 4 . Press BLANK SEARCH . ( BLANK SFAI , ' CIt appears and { ) links , and the camcorder starts to search . The tape stops a fi'w seconds befbre the next blank spot ) . BLANK SEARCH To cancel Blank Search , press I . button Notes : If the current position is at a blank spot , the camcorder searches in the reverse direction , If the current position is at a recorded spot , the camcorder searches in the forward direction . If the beginning or end of the tape is reached during Blank Search , the camcorder stops automatically . A blank spot shorter than 5 seconds may not be detected . The detected blank spot may be located between recorded scenes , Before recording , double check that there is no recorded scene after the blank spot to button avoid recording over it , Blank Search doesn't work if HEAD CLEANING REQUIRED , USE CLEANING Power switch CASSETTE appears when a tape is loaded . 43
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Recording Tips ' l _ ) improve picture quality and color reproduction , tl _ ' to m _ ke sure indoor scenes m'e well lit . Dont m _ ve the camcorder rapidly from side io side while recording . A steady , gradual pan " avoids blurring and ' jitter " . Use the viewfinder or LCI ) monitor to make sure the camcorder is level while recording so that your scene isn't ' tilted . " Do not bump or tap the camcorder's microphone while recording as this sound will be recorded . Include close ups of individuals when taping fmzaily outings or group functions . Fading in and out of scenes makes your videos appear more profi'ssional . Learn to use the special effi'cts / o add variety to your recordings . Be aware of video and audio backgrounds . Background details barely noticed while recording may sh < ) w up as visual clutter " on your recording . Background noises ( especially [ ' V sets , radios , household appliances , traffic sounds , etc . ) might detract flom the sound you want to record . Avoid long " still " shots of landmarks and scenic attractions . Recordings are more interesting if they include people and details . Local color " gives travel videos lasting appeal . ' lk ) add interest , consider recording a familiar or kmdmark scene flom an unfamiliar wmtage point . 44
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Chapt ÷ r 4 Playback Chapter Overview : • Playback Options • Choose Your Connection ging
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Playback Options The camcorder s playback f _ ' atures include displaying still images and high speed shuttle search . In this section , youll also learn how R ) connect your camcorder R ) a [ ' V or VCR to see what you've recorded . Playback f _ ' atures ( Play , Pause , Fol _ , vard , Reverse , Stop ) can be handled using the camcorder's buttons . Playbabcukttons Basic Playback 1 . Insert a tap _ ' . 2 . Pr _ ' ss in the " PISH OPEN button in the direction of the " arrow and op _ ql the " LCI ) monitor . 3 . Set the " VIDEOiDSC switch to ¥ ' H ) EO . 4 . Pn'ss in the Lock button while setting th _ > Pow _ ' r PUSH OPEN VIDEO / DSC switch to r _ rvl ( playback mode ) . ( The " POWEI , ' button switch indicator comes on . ) 5 . Press _ ' / ll ( Play Pause button ) to start playback . To stop playback , press • ( Stop button ) . Press _ 1 _ ( Rewind button ) to reverse playback direction , or the _ ( Fast Forward button ) to adwmce the tape while in stop mode . Notes : If stop mode continues for 5 minutes when power is supplied from a battery , the camcorder shuts off automatically to conserve powe _ Toturn the camcorder on again , set the Power switch to OFF , then to back to _ ( playback mode ) . button Power switch 46
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When the Power switch is set to Tips and the LCD monitor is opened at an angle of 25 ° or more , the LCD monitor The playback picture can be viewed switches on and the viewfinder switches in the viewfinder ( with the LCD off automatically to save power monitor shut ) , on the LCD monitor , If a blank portion on the tape is played or on a connected TV ( see page 50 ) . back , the screen may become black This is not a malfunction . You can also view the playback LCD monitor / viewfinder indications : picture on the LCD monitor with it flipped over and retracted • When power is supplied from a battery _ ] appears . When power is supplied through the power supply , does not appea _ • When a tape isstopped , no icons appear BRIGHT dial VOL lever Adjusting the LCD Monitor Brightness Rotate " the [ 31 , ' ] GHT dial towards + to bright _ ' n , or to dark _ ql . Controlling Speaker Volume Stidc the " Zoom L _ ' v _ ' r ( VOL + ) towards + to turn up the volume , or towards - to turn down the w ) lurne . 47
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Still Playback Mode Still playback paus _ ' s the tap _ _ fi'e _ ' zing a single flame . 1 . Prt'ss the Play / Pause button _ / 11 during playback to fieeze file image . 2 . To resume normal playback , press the Play / Pause button again . Playbackbuttons If pause continues for more than a fl'w minutes , the camcorder may turn off . After approximately 5 minutes in stop mode , the power turns off automatically . Shuttle Search Shuttle " search alk ) ws high - sp _ ' _ ' d searching in _ ' ith _ ' r f'olxvard or reverse directions . 1 . Press ! _ ! _ or _ during playback . 2 . To resume normal playback , press _ ' / 11 . I ) uring playback , press and hold _ or ! _ IP . The search continues as long as you hold down the button . Once released , normal playback restllTles . A slight mosaic el : fi , ct appears on screen during shuttle search . This is normal . 48
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Frame - By - Frame Playback Allows f ] ' amg ' - by fl ' £ llTlt _ searching . 1 . During playback , press 1 , ' / 1t1o pause the image . 2 . For fk ) rward playback , rotate the MENU dial towards the + . For reverse playback , rotate the dial towards the . I To resume normal playback , press _ ' / 11 again . Playbackbuttons 49
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Choose your Connection This manual includes inf'ormation f'or some basic types of connections ( audio / video , betow _ and S Video , on the next page ) . You may also need _ ) refer to your TV and VCR user's guides _ r specific instructions . TV or VCR A ( suudpiopAlie / idd ) eo cable Connecting to a TV ( or VCR ) with Audio / Video Input Jacks To conn _ , ct your camcold _ ' r to a [ ' V ( or VCR ) with audio / vid _ ' o inputs , you n _ ' cd to use the " suppli _ ' d audio / vich'o cabh , . If your [ ' V is already conn _ ' ct _ ' d to a VCR , attach the ' camcorder to th _ _ VCR and watch what the ' camcorder is recording or playing on the ' I'V _ 1 . Mak _ _ SUl _ " a } ] units al _ " turn _ d off b _ f _ ) r _ " making any conn _ ' cfions . 2 . Conn _ , ct the white plug of the audio / video cabin " to the left A [ / I ) IO IN iack on the " TV ( or VCR ) . 3 . Connect the red plug of the audio / video cable to the right AI I ) IO IN iack on the TV ( or VCR ) . 4 . Connect the yellow plug of the audio / video cable to the VIDEO IN iack on the TV ( or VCR ) . 5 . Open the jack cover on the calz _ corder . 6 . Connect the other end of the audio / video cable to the AV iack on the calz _ corder . Note : Some VCRs or YVs do not offer both left and right audio jacks . For units with one audio jack , use the cable's white plug for audio 50
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TV or VCR Note ; You must also connect the audio cables when using an S - video connection . The S - video cable only transfers video information . ® Connecting to a TV ( or VCR ) with an S - Video Input Jack ' l _ ) connect your camcorder to a TV ( or VCR ) with an S _ Video input jack you need to use an optional S Vkteo cable . If " your TV is aln _ ady connected to a VCR , attach the camcorder to the VCR and watch what the camcorder is recording or playing on the TV . 1 . Make sure all units are turned off before making any connectkms . 2 . Connect the white plug of ' the audk ) / video cable to the left AI I ) IO IN jack on the TV ( or VCR ) . 3 . Connect the red plug of the audio / video cable to the right A { ] I ) IO IN jack on the TV ( or VCR ) . Note : You won't need to connect the yellow video cable since you will be using the S - Video cable instead . Just let this plug hang or tie it with a twist tie 4 . Open tb _ _ jack cover on tb _ _ camcorder . 5 . Conn _ ct one ' end of the optional S Video cable to the S Vkleo jack on your TV ( or VCR ) . Then connect the other end of the cable to the S Video jack on the camcorder . 6 . Connect the other end of ' the audio / video cable to the AV jack on the camcorder . Note : Some VCRsor TVsdo not offer both left and right audio jacks . For units with one audio jack , use the cable's white plug for audio . 51
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Playback on a TV ( or VCR ) with Audio / Video Input Jacks I . Turn ( m tI _ " TV and mn _ , it to the , video h _ put chann _ ' l or turn on th ( ' VCR and place it in the " ' ] in _ " or ' cam _ ' ra mode " . ( If your VCR c | o _ ' s not have " a ' ] in _ " or ' cam _ ' ra mode " consuh fl _ " VCR users guide . ) OpcraW fl _ " TV as you normally PUSH OPEN VIDEO / DSC do to se _ , fl _ signal coming from fl / _ " VCR . button switch 2 . Press in the P / SH OPEN button in the directkm of ' fl _ e arrow and open file LCD monitor . 3 . Set the VIDEOiI ) SC switch to VIDEO . 4 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power swish ' _ o playback _ mode . ( The POWER indica ' _ or comes on . ) 5 . Press D , / IID . uring playback , use the playback fl'amres ( see pa _ e 46 ) 6 . Press STOP when you are finished . Notes : It is recommended to use the power supply instead of the battery pack for power to achieve uniform playback . Adjust the TV sound volume to its minimum level to avoid a sudden burst of sound when the camcorder is turned on If you have a TV or speakers that are not specially shielded , do not place the speakers next to the TV as interference button will Occur in the camcorder playback picture . Power switch To view the picture and sound from the camcorder without recording , set the camcorder's Power switch to _ or _ , then set your TV to the appropriate input mode . 52
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Dubbing to a VCR 1 . Following the , illustration in this chapter , connect the camcorder and the VCIL 2 . Press in the PI . SH OPEN button in the direction of the arrow and op _ , n the LCI ) 3 . Set the VII ) EOiI ) SC switch to VII ) EO . 4 . Press in the Lock button while setting the camcorder's Power switch to 1 ' _ " 1 , turn on the VCR's power , and insert the appropriate tapes in the camcorder and the VCR . 5 . Make sure the VCR is in the appropriate AUX mode and the Record Pause mode . 6 . lse the camcorder's Play mode to find a spot just before the edit in point . Once it is reached , press lqll on tile camcorder . 7 . When you're ready to start recording , press _ / ll on tile camcorder and press tile appropriate record button on the VCR . 8 . When you want to stop recording , press tile VCRs pause button and press _ / ll on the camcorder . 9 . Repeat steps 6 through 8 R ) r additional editing , then stop the VCR and camcorder when finished . Note : If you want to dub still images , play back the images , and instead of doing the above steps 5 through 7 , activate the VCR'srecord mode . 53
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Dubbing to Another Digital Video Camcorder You can also copy a recording to anotb _ , r camcorder wRb a DV jack using an optional DV caN < To Use this Camcorder as a Player : 1 . Make sure all units are turned off before making any connections . 2 . Connect one end of ' the optional I ) V cable to each digital calz _ corder . 3 . Press in the P / SH OPEN button in the direction of ' the arrow and open the LCD monitor . 4 . Set tlm VII ) EOiDSC switch to VIDEO . 5 . Press the camcorder's _ ' / 11 ( Play / Pause button ) to start playback . 6 . While watching the playback on the monik ) r , start the receiving camcorder's record mode fiom the spot on the source tape you want to begin recording . It is recommended to use the power supply instead of the battery for uniform playback . For digital dubbing , this camcorder can be connected to only one device at a time . This camcorder can also be used as the recording camcorde _ Once the DV cable is connected to both camcorders , set the Power switch to _ r _ , then press and release the Record Start / Stop button to record the incoming video signal D _ IN appears , If a blank portion or distorted image is played back during dubbing , the process may stop to avoid capturing problem images , Even though the DV cable is connected correctly , sometimes the image may not appear during playback . If this occurs , turn off the power and make connections again . 54
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Chapter 5 Digital Still Camera Chapter Overview : • Digital Still Camera Recording and Playback ging
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D _ @ _ aW Still Camera Digital Still Camera Recording and Playback % Zhen using the I ) igital Still C unera ( I ) SC ) fi'ature , still pictures are recorded on the ITt ( 21TtO1 ) rcard . [ ' hese still images can then be transferred to a PC , sax ed , and edited using the included cable and software . Not only can you choose the pictl . lre quality of your still images , but you also ha _ e the choice of five ways to clisl _ } _ t _ them , including pin up , frame , full , multi _ 4 , and multi 9 . In this chapter , you'll learn to view , protect , md delete your still images , as well as copy them from the memory card to a tape and vice versa . 56
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Di @ i a Camera MENU dial Setting the Picture Quality You can adjust the picture quality of your still images to fine or standard , depending on what kind of picture you want . Because standard quality pictures take up less memory , the camera can store more of them than in fine mode . 1 . Press in the Lock button while setting the Power swish to [ ] ( manual record ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 2 . Press the MENI dial in . ( The Main Menu appears . ) 3 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight l ) S ( ] Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The I ) SC Menu button appears . ) 4 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight QbALH'Y Power switch Pr ( _ ss in th ( > MENU dial to svh , ct it . ( The Quality Menu appears . ) 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight FINP2 if you want the best picture quality , or S721XDAA'I ) if you want a lesser quality picture . Press in the MENU dial to select it . 6 . When finished , press in the MENU dial twice to exit . Note : The number of storable images depends on the selected picture quality as well as the composition of the subjects in the images and the type of memory card being used Approximate Number of Storable Pictures Memory Card Picture Quality Mode FINE S72dNI ) ARl ) 8 MB ( optional ) 100 200 16 MB ( supplied ) 200 400 32 MB ( optional ) 400 800 64 MB ( optional ) 800 1600 57
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Still Camera MENU dial Selecting a Snapshot Mode You can choose from 5 ways to display your digital pictures , including pin up , frame , full , muhi 4 , and multi 9 . 1 . Press in the Lock button willie setting the Power switch to [ ] ( manual record ) . ( The POWER indicator comes on . ) 2 . Press in the MENU dial . ( The Main Menu appears . ) 3 . Rotate ti _ e MENU dial to higi _ Iight CAMkT ¢ A Press in ti _ e MEN [ ] dial to select it . ( The Camera Menu appears . ) buttorl 4 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight 5 : _ iAPMODE Press in the MENU dial to select it . ( The Snap Mode Menu appears . ) Power switch 5 . Rotate the MENU dial to highlight the desired setting . Press in the MEN [ ] dial to select it . 6 . Press in the MENI dial twice to exit . Select PIX Ulqo take an image framed like a picture . Select FRAMIJt'o take an image within a frame . 58
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