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Digital Video Camera Recorder Getting Started g Operating Guide Using the Menu Dubbing / Editing DCR - HC52 / HC54 Using a Computer Troubleshooting Additional Information Quick Reference Spanish Quick Guide / Gufa ra . pida en espaSol Mini [ 11k ' f vicJeoDigic _ l _ IdoLITHIUM _ © 2008 Sony Corporation
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To reduce fire or shock hazard , do not expose the unit to rain or moisture . Do not expose the batteries to excessive heat such as sunshine , fire or the like . CAUTIONTO _ UO _ THERISKOF _ _ ¢ TRIC S _ IOOK nO _ omREMOWCOVE _ ( On _ A ¢ _ ) . _ O USER - SErVICEABLPEA _ TSI _ SlOE . REFERSERWCIN _ TOOUA _ IFIEUSERVICEeERSO _ NEL the user to the presence of Llnin sLil _ l [ c _ d " d _ ulgc3roLis voltage " within the pJ'l _ lllct _ s / _ This symbol is intended to alert cllchlsLil ' _ [ h _ tl lll _ y b _ of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to pcq - sons . This symbol is intended to alert tile user 1o lhe presence oi important operating and maintenance ( servicing ) instl - ucfions in the literature accompanying the appliance ,
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IMPORTANTSAFEGUARDS For your protection , please read these sali _ ty Cleaning instructions completely before operating Unplug tile set irom tile wall oul ] et ( wall socket ) the appliance , and keep this mamtal lk _ r beibre cleaning or polishing it . Do not use liquid limwe reference . cleaners or aerosol cleaners . Use a clofll lightly Carefully observe all warnings , precautions dampened with water tot cleaning the exterior ot the set . attd instructions ( m the appliance , or the one described in the operating inslructions and adhere to them . WaterandMoisture Do not use power - line operaled sels near wilter PowerSources Ibr exmnple , near a bathtub , w _ , shbowh kitchen sink , or laundry tub , ill a wel basemenl , or near a This set should be operated only Iiom tile type of swinlnling pooh etc . power source indicated on the nlarking label . If you are not surt2 of tile type of electrical power Powercord ( Mainslead ) Protection supplied to your home , consuh your dealer or Route tile power coM / mains lead ) so thai it is not local power conlpany . For those sets designed to likely , to be walked on or pinched by items placed operate Ironl baltcl T power , or other sources , rclcr upon or against them , paying particular attention to the operating instructions . to the plugs , receptacles , and the point where the cord exits fiom file appliancc . Polarization Accessories This set nlay be equipped witll a polarized ac power cord ( mains lead ) plug ( a plug having one Do not place tile set on illl unstable cart , stzJnd . blade wider than tile other ) . tripod , bracket , or lable . Tile set may bdh causing serious injm 3 , to a child or an adult , and serious This plug will fit into the power outlet only one damage 1o tile set . Use only a cart , sland , tripod , way . This is a safi : ty Ii : amre . lfyou arc unable to brackeL or table reconlmended by tile insert file plug lhlly into file oullet , lry reversing ii / anuI _ lC [ urt2r . the plug . lfthe plug should still tail to fit , contact your electrician to have a suitable out ] el installed . Ventilation Do not deicat tile salcly purpo _ of tile polarized Tile slots and openings in tile c _ , binet mc provided plug by lorcing it in . lbr necessa U vmltilation . To ensure reliable Overloading operation of the set , and to protect it li'om overheating , these slots and openings nmst never Do not ( Berload wall outlets / wall sockets ) , be blocked or covered . extension cords or convenience receptacles Never cover the slots and openings wilh a cloth beyond their capacity , since this can resuh ill firc or ( ) tiler Inaterials . or electric shock . Never block the slots and openings by placing ObjectandLiquidEntry tile sKIon a bed , sola . rug , or olher sinfilar surIilce + Ne _ er push objects oI any kind into tile sel Never place tile sel in a confined space , such as through openings as they may touch dangerous a bookcase , or bulb - in cabinet , un ] ess proper xoltage points or short out parts thai coukl resuh vcnlilation is provided . ill a Ih'e or electric shock . Never spill liquid of any kind on tile seL Do not place tile set neiff or over a radiator or heal regisler , or where il is exposed to direct Attachments sunlighl . Do not use attachn / cnts nol rccoll / incnded by the ii / anul _ lc [ urcr , as they may cause hazards . Continued . _ 3
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g _ PORTANTSAFEGUARDISC + _ tim _ ÷ d } Lightning SafetyCheck For added protection lor this set during a lightning Upon colnpletion ol any selvice or repairs to tile storm , or when it is left unattended and unused lbr set , ask tile ser _ ice technician to perhwm routine long periods of filne , unplug it fiom the wall salcty checks ( as specified by tile manut . , cturcr ) outlet ( wall socket ) and disconnect the antenna or to dclermine thal lhe set is in sale operaling condilkm . cable system . This will prcvem damage to the et due to lightning and power - line surges . Damage RequiringService Unplug file sel l _ onl tile wall outlel ( wall sockel ) and relcr sc _ wicing 1o qualified service personnel under file lollowing condilions : When tile power cord ( mains lead ) or plug is danlaged or flayed . If liquid llas b _ n spilled or objects have lMlen into the sel . If the set has been exposed to rain or water . If the set has been subjecl to excessive shock by being dropped , or the cabinet llas been damaged . If lhe sel does not operale normally when Iollowing the operaling instructions . Adjusl only those conlrols that are specified ill the operating instructions , hnproper adjustmenl of other controls may rcsuh in damage and will ofien require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore tile set to normal operation . When tile sel exhibits a distincl change ill perlormance this indicates a need lor service . Servicing DO not attempt to selwiCc tile set yoursell as opening or renloving covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards . Relcr all servicing to qualified selwice personnel . Replacemenptarts When replacelnenl parts arc required , be sure file Sel _ ice teclmician has used replacement parts specified by file nlanul , _ cturer lhat have tile same characteristics asfile original parts . Unauthorized subsfinltions may resuh in fire . elecnic shock , or oilier hazards .
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Readthis first Before operating the unit , please read this manual thoroughly , and retain it for future reference . If you have any questions about this product , you may call : Sony Customer hfformation Center 1 - 800 - 222 - SONY ( 766 % . Replace the battery with the The number below is for the FCC related specified type only . Otherwise , fire matters only . or injury may result . RegulatoryInformation Declaration of Conformity Trade Name : SONY Model NO . : DCR - HC52 RECYCLINLGITHIUM - IONBATTERIES Rc ' , ponsible Party : Sony Electronics lnc . Lithiunl - lon batrcries arc rccyclable , Address : 16530 Via Esprillo , San Diego , CA You can help preselve our + . + l [ + _ ' 7 - gp _ 92127 U . S . A . ellvirollli / enI by relurlling youl Tclephone nulnber : 858 - 942 - 2230 used rechargeable balteries to lhe This device complies wilh Pair 15 of tile FCC collection and recycling location Rules . llearest you . Operation is sut _ iecl 1o lhe lollowing two For morc inlormation regarding conditions : recycling of rcchargeable batteries , call toll fl : _ 1 - ( 1 ) This device may not cause harmflfl 800 - 822 - 8837 , or visil hltp : / / www . rbrc . org / inlerlcrcnce , and ( 2 ) lhis device must accepl ally Caution : Do nol handle damaged or leaking interlcrence recciwxh including inlerR + rence Lithium - Ion batteries . thai illzlycause undesired operation . Batterypack Declaration of Conformity This de _ ice complies with Part 15 ol tile FCC Trade Name : SONY Rules . Operation is suhjecl to the lbllowing two Model NO , : DCR - HC54 conditions : Rc ' , ponsible Party : Sony Elecmmics Inc . ( 1 ) This device may not cau _ harmflfl Address : 16530 Via Esprillo , San Diego , CA interlcrence , and ( 2 ) this device nmst accept any 92127 U . S . A . interlcrence received , including interlcrcnce thai may cau _ undesired operation . Tclephone number : 858 - 942 - 2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Owner'sRecord Rules . Tile model and scrial numbers my localed on tile Operation is sutziect to the lollowing two conditions : bottonl . Record the serial nulnbcr in the space provided below . Relcr to these numbers whenever ( 1 ) This device may not cause harml01 you call your Sony dealer regarding this producl . interlcrcncc , and ( 2 ) this device must accept ally interlcrence received , including interR + rence Model No . DCR - HC52 / HC54 thai may cause undesired operation . Serial No . Model No . AC - Serial No . Continued . _ 5
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Read thid f # st { go _ tim _ ÷ d } Notes DCR - HC52 and DCR - HC54 are to be used with AC Adaptor Model AC - L2 { , _ I / L2 { , _ IB . Aboutthe manuals suppliedwith your camcorder CAUTION " Operating ( - ; uide " ( This m : mu : d ) You arc cautioned that any changes or Fur DCR - HC54 modifications not exprc ' , sly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this " First Step Guide " l \ w cottuecting the equipment . camcorder to a cumputer and usittg the supplied software ( stored on the supplied CD - ROM ) Note This equipnlent has been tested and lound to Type of cassette you can use in your conlply with the lilnits lot a Class B digitid camcorder device , pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules . These limits are designed to provide reasonable • You can use mini DV cassettes marked protcctkm against harnlflfl intmlcrcncc ill a with Mini _ ' . Yuur camcorder is not residential installation . This equipment generates . cumpatible with the Cassette Memo U uses , and call radiate radio l ? equency energy and , function ( p . 60 ) . if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions , may cause harmlhl interlcrcncc to Using the camcorder radio conlnlunications . However , tllerc is no guarantee thai interl _ : lcnce • Do not hold the camcorder by the will not occur ill a particular installation , If this fullowiug parts . equipmcm does cause tlarmflll interlcrcnce to radio or television reception , which can be deternlined by turning the equipment off and on , tile user is encouraged to tl3 , to correct the mterlcrencc by one or nlorc of the li ) llowing meastlres : Reorient or relocate tile receiving antenna . Increase the separation betw _ n the equipnlent Viewfinder Battery pack and receiver . Connect lhe equipmcla inlo an outlet on a circuit dil ] crent flonl that to which the receiver is connected . Consult the dealer or an experienced mdio / TV technician lor help . The supplied interlace cable Inllsl be used with the equipment ill order to conlply with the limits lot a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Pall 15 of LCD panel FCC Rules . • The camcorder is not dustprouf , drippruof For the State of California , USAonly or waterproof . Pcrchlorate Material - special handling may See " On use and care " ( p . 63 ) . apply , See • Wheu COUllectiug your catncorder to www . dtsc . ca , gov / hazardouswaslc / perch ] orate another device with cummuttication Pcrchlorate Material : Lithium battery contains cables , be sure to insert the connector plug perchlorate . in the currect way . Pushing the phtg furcibly into the terminal
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willdamatigleeterminaanldmaryesult About the language setting inamalfuncotifuynoucramcorder . • The on - screen displays in each local language are used for illustrating the About menu items , LCD panel , operating procedures . Change the screen viewfindera , nd lens language before using your camcorder if necessary ( p . 16 ) . • A menu item that is grayed o / It is IIot available under the current recording ur Onrecording playback cooditiuns . • The LCD screen and the viewfiuder are • Before starting to record , test the manufactured using extremely high - recurding limction to make sure the precision technology , so over 99.99 % uf picture and sound are recurded without the pixels are operational for effective any problems . use . However . there may be some tiny • Cumpensation liar the cuntents of black points and / or bright points ( white . recurdings cannot be provided , even if red . blue . or green in color ) that appear recording or playback is nut possible due constantly on the LCD screen and tile tu a malfunction of the camcorder , storage viewfinder . These points are normal media , etc . results uf the manufacturing prucess and • TV color systems differ depending on the do nut affect the recording in any way . country / region . To view yuur recordings on a TV , you need a NTSC system - based TV . • Television programs , fihns , vide ( ) tapes , and uther materials may be cupyrighted . Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the cupyright laws . About this manual • The images of tile LCD screen and tile viewfinder used in this manual liar point illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera , and therefore may White , red , blue appear difl'erent . or green point • The illustrations used uu this manual are • Exposing the LCD screen , tile viewfinder . based on the model DCR - HC54 . The or the lens to direct sunlight for lung model name is indicated on the bottom of periuds of time may cause malfunctions . yuur camcorder . • Do not aim at the sun . Doing so might • Design and specifications of recording cause your camcorder to malfunctiun . media and accessories are subject to Take pictures uf the sun uuly in low light change withuut notice . conditiuns , such as at dusk . Aboutthe Carl Zeisslens Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens . which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss . in Germany , and Sony Corporation . and produces superior images . It adopts the MTF * measurement system fur Continued . _ 7
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Read thid first ( go _ ti _ ed ) video cameras and olTcrs a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens . * MTF slands lor Modulalion Translcr Function . The number value indicmes file amount of light lrom a subjecl coming int _ the lens .
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Table of Contents Using the menu items . . . . . . . . . . 29 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS . . . . . . . . . . 3 Operation button items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Read this first . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Menu items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Notes on use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 MANUAL SET menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 P EFFECT CAMERA SET menu . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Step 1 : Checking supplied items D ZOOM / WIDE SEL / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . 1 STEADYSHOT , etc . VCR SET menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Step 2 : Charging the battery pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 AUDIO MIX r _ Step 3 : Turning the power on and LCD / VF SET menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 setting the date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 LCD B . L . / LCD COLOR / VF B . L . , etc Changing the language setting TAPE SET menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 REC MODE / AUDIO MODE / Step 4 : Making setting adjustments REMAIN before recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 [ ] SETUP MENU menu . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Step 5 : Inserting a Cassette . . . . . . . . . 18 USB STREAM / LANGUAGE , etc . OTHERS menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 WORLD TIME , etc . Easy Recording / Playback Dubbing to VCR or DVD / . HDD ( Easy Handycam ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 recorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Zooming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Recording pictures from a VCR , etc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Recording in dark places ( NightShot plus ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Recording in mirror mode . . . . . . . . . . . 23 What you can do with Windows Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 computer ( DCR - HC54 ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Using the guide functions Installing the " First Step Guide " and ( USAGE GUIDE ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 software ( DCR - HC54 ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Searching for the starting point . . . . . 26 Viewing " First Step Guide " ( DCR - Searching for the last scene of the HC54 ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 most recent recording ( END SEARCH ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Searching manually ( EDIT SEARCH ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 ( Rec review ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Warning indicators and messages Playing the picture on a TV . . . . . . . . . . 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Continued . _ 9
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Tab _ s sf Csstssts ( Csstiss ÷ S } Using your camcorder abroad . . . . . . 59 Maintenance and precautions . . . . . . 60 Usable cassette tapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 About the " InfoLITHIUM " battery pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 About i . LINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 On using your camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Identifying parts and controls . . . . . . . 69 Indicators displayed during recording / playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 10
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Ge _ tfl _ g8 _ ar _ d Step1 : Checkingsupplieditems USB cable ( 1 ) Make sure that you have following items ( DCR - HC54 ) ( p . 70 ) supplied with your camcorder , The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied . AC Adaptor ( 1 ) ( p , 12 ) Rechargeable battery pack NP - FH30 ( 1 ) ! i , ( p . 12 , 61 ) Power cord ( Mains lead ) ( 1 ) ( p . 12 ) CD - ROM " Handycam Application Software " ( 1 ) ( DOR - HO54 ) ( p . 4.8 ) Operating Guide ( This manual ) ( 1 ) AN connecting cable ( 1 ) ( p . 28 , 44 ) 11
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Step2 : Chargingthe battery pack 2 3 ! Battery pack down POWER switch DC IN jack 4 TO the wall outlet ( wall soc _ ' a _ | AC Adaptor Power cord ( Mains lead ) You can charge the " InfoLITHIUM " 4 Connect the power cord ( mains battery pack ( H series ) ( p . 61 ) after lead ) to the AC Adaptor and the attaching it to your camcorder . wall outlet ( wall socket ) . O Notes CHG ; harge ) lamp • You cannot attach any + ' lnlbL ] TH [ UM " battmy pack othel " th ; tl ] the H _ l'i @ s [ o youl " Cftll ] Col - dcl - , 1 Align the terminals of the battery pack and your camcorder O , then attach the battery pack and click it into place O . , " Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow to The CHG ( charge ) lamp lights up and OFF ( CHG ) ( The default setting ) . charging starts . The CHG ( charge ) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged . Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack . With the • mark on the DC plug facing down , connect the AC O Notes Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your • Disconnect the AC Adaptor h'om the DC IN camcorder . jack holding both tile c ; uncorder and tile DC plug . 12
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pressing DISP / BATT INFO again while tile Touseanoutsidepowersource information is displayed . You can operate your camcorder using tile Remaining battery ( approx . ) power lhom the wall outlet ( wall socket ) by making the same connections as you do when charging the battery pack . The battery BATTERy CHARGE LFVEL - - pack will not lose its charge in this case . 09 50 % _ _ gJ0 % I To remove the battery pack l { REC T . IME . . AV . AIL . AB . LE . . . . I m ( _ ) Turn off the power , then press PUSH . - - i - - Recording capacity ( approx . ) @ Remove the battery pack in Ihe direction g of Ihe arrow . You can check the remaining battery charge POWER switch on the LCD screen . g . ( _ Sufficienl power remaining _ Baltery low , recording / playback will stop soon . L ] Replace Ihe battery with I fully charged one , or charge the battery . Chargingtime PUSH Approxinmte time ( rain . ) required when you fiflly charge a fully discharged battery Whenstoringthebatterypack pack . Fully discharge the battery before storing it for an extended period ( p . 61 ) . NP - FH30 ( supplied / 115 To checkthe remaining battery NP - FH50 135 ( Battery Info ) NP - FH70 17 ( } Set tile POWER switch to OFF ( CHG ) , then NP - FH 100 39 ( } press DISP / BATT INFO . I _ DISP / % / / BAn INFC After a while , the approximate recordable time and battery , information appear for about 7 seconds . You can view the battery inlk _ rmation for up to 20 seconds by Continued . _ 13
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Step2 : ghaNi _ the battery pack / C0 _ ti _ ued / Tile battery pack is worn - oul / lor Ballery Inlo Re ¢ 0rding lime only ) . Approximate time ( rain . ) : _ v : dlable when • Tile pow - er will not be supplied lrom tile battel T you use a fully charged battery pack . as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder , even when the power cord ( mains lead ) is disconnecled flom the wall outlet ( wall socket ) . NP - FH30 95 45 On the charging / recordinglplayback time ( supplied ) I I0 55 • Times measured with lhe camcoMer al 25 ° C 177 OF ) . / 10 ° C to 30 ° C ( 50 OF to 86 ° F ) is NP - FHS0 155 75 recommended . ) 18 ( } 90 • The recording and playback lime will be shorter NP - FH70 33 ( } 165 wllen you use your calllcorder ill low lemperatures . 395 195 • The recording and playback time will be sllortm NP - FH 100 76 ( } 380 depending on the condilions under wllich you 89 ( } 445 use your camcorder , * Typical recording time shows the time when On the AC Adaptor you repeat recording start / stop , turning the • Use tile nearby wall outlet / wall sockel ) when power on / ol ] and ZOOIIlillg , using tile AC Adaptor . Disconnect tile AC Adaplor h'om the wall oullet ( wall sockel ) 0 Notes immedialely if any malfunclkm occurs while • All times measured under the Mlowing using your catncorder . conditions : • Do nol use the AC Adaplor placed in a narrow Top : Recording wilh LCD screen . space , sucll as between a wall and fllrnimrc . Bollv ) ln : Recording wilh viewfindcr while lhe • Do not sholl - circuit the DC plug of tile AC LCD panel dosed . Adaptor or baltcry terminal wilh any metallic ot ! iecls . This may cause a mallhnction . Playing time • Even if your camcorder is turned oil AC power Approximate time ( rain . ) av : dl : d _ le when ( house current ) is still supplied 1o il while you use a fully charged battery pack . connecled lvllhe wall out ] el ( wall sockel ) via lhe AC Adaptor . NP - FH30 105 135 ( supplied ) NP - FH50 17 ( } 220 NP - FH70 37 ( } 465 NP - FH100 845 1065 On the battery pack • Beli ) rc cllanging tile baltel 3 , pack , slkle tile POWER swilch to OFP ( CHG ) . • The CHG ( charge ) lamp flashes during cllarging , or lhe Battel T lnlo ( p . 13 ) will not be correctly displayed under lhe lollowing conditions . The battery pack is not altached correctly . Tile battery pack is damaged , 14
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Step3 : Turningthe poweronand settingthe date andtime Set the date and time when using this / I camcorder for the first time . If you du not = ' 1 " Move to [ D ] ( day ) with _ , then set the date attd time . the [ CLOCK SET ] set with [ _ / [ _ and repeat screen appears every tittle yell turn ( lll yuur for the hour and minute . camcorder or change the POWER switch For midnighl , set it to 12 : 00 AM . x _ sitien . Fur midday , set il te 12 : 00 PM . m 5 Make sure the date and time settings are correct , then touch g F6 _ l . The cluck starts . g . Touch the button on the LCD screen . Toturnoffthepower POWER switch Slide Ihe POWER switch tu OFF ( CHG ) . To resetthe date and time 4 / While pressing the green button , You can set tile desired dale and time by , slide the POWER switch in the leuching _ - + [ PAGE2 ] - + [ CLOCK direction of the arrow to turn on SET ] ( p . 29 ) . the respective lamp . ( J Notes CAMERA : Tu record on a tape . • If you do not use your camcorder lor about 3 PLAY / EDIT : To play or edit pictures . months , the buih - in rechargeable battery gets The [ CLOCK SET ] screen appears . discllm'ged and ltle dale and lime settings may be cleared fl'om lhe memory . In that case , cllm'ge the rccllargeable battery and lhen set lhe CLOCK SET date and lime agg , in ( p . 66 ) . • At the time of purchase , tile power is set to turn Y M D oil automatically if you leave your camcorder _ dAN 1 12 : 00AM without any operation attempted Ior approximately 5 minutes , to save battery power ( [ A . SHUT OFF ] , p . 43 ) . " _ ° Tips • Tim dine and time arc not displa . vcd while 2 Set [ Y ] ( year ) with _ / _ . recording , bul they are automatically rccorded Yuu can setany year up to the year on the tape , and can be displayed during 2079 . playback ( seepage 34 lor IDATA CODEI ( During Easy Handycam operation , you can set only [ DATE / TIMEI ) ) . • If the bull ( ms on the touch panel do not work 3 Move to [ M ] ( month ) with [ _ ] , corrcctly , adjusl lhe touch panel then set with [ _ / [ _ . ( CALIBRATION ) ( p . 64 ) . Continued . _ 15
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St ÷ p 3 : Tur _ ia _ _ h ÷ pawer a _ a _ d saHi _ the _ a _ a a _ time { Ca _ im _ ÷ _ } You cat ] change the on - screen displays to show messages in a specified langu , ge . Touch _ - + [ MENU ] - + ( SETUP MENU ) - - + { _ 1 LANGUAGE ] , then select the desired language . 16
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Step4 : Makingsetting adjustmentsbefore recording Slide file LENS COVER swilch to OPEN . You can view pictures using Ille viewfinder Io avoid wearing down Ihe batlery , or when Ihe picture seen on Ihe LCD screen is poor . m After recording , set the LENS COVER g switch to CLOSE , to close the lens co ' , er . g . Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder / ( _ ) ) , then rotate it to the best angle to record or play / Q ) . DISP / BATT INFO 180 degrees is clear . ( max . ) @ " _ ° Tips • You can adjust the brightness of the viewlinder backlighl by selecting _ ( LCD / VF SET ) - [ VF B . L . ] ( p . 41 ) . Q 90 degrees to the @ camcorder Fasten the grip bell and hokl your 90 degrees camcorder correctly . ( max . ) 0 Notes • Do not press the buttons on the LCD hame accidenlally when you open or adjust lhe LCD panel . " _ ° Tips • II you rolate lhe LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side , you can close the LCD panel with lhe LCD screen l _ tcing out . This is convenienl during playback operations . • See [ LCD BRT ] ( p . 34 ) to adjusl the brightness ol the LCD screen . • Press DISP / BATT [ NFO to toggle the screen indicators ( such as Batlery lnlo ) on or off . 17
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Step5 : Insertinga Cassette You can use mini DV M _ . i _ ' v cassettes only portion marked _ while it is sliding in . It may cause a ( p . 60 ) . malfunction . 1 Slide and hold the F " OPEN / 3 Close the lid . EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid . [ - - OPEN / EJECT lever To eject the cassette Open the lid following tile same procedure as described in step 1 and remove the cassetle . " _ ° Tips • The recordable time varies depending on [ RE ( " MODEl ( p , 42 ) . Lid Tile cassette cemparlment automatically comes ( ) tit and opens tilt . Insert a cassette with its window facing outwards , then press Push the center of the back of the cassette lightly . Window Cassette compartment The cassette compartment automatically slides back in . 0 Notes • Do not force the cassette compartment closed by pressing the 18
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f _ ecordmg / Playba & ! EasyRecording / Playback ( EasyHandycam ) With this Ea % , Handycam operation , most of the camera settings are automatically optimally at [ iusted , which frees you from detailed at [ justments . The screen font size increases for easy viewing . Open the lens cover ( p . 17 ) : t $ = = _ _ 1 Slide the POWER switch [ ] in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the CAMERA lamp . If Ihe POWER swilch [ ] is set to OFF ( CHG ) , _ slide il while pressing Ihe green btlllon . _ P _ I , E _ 2 Press EASY _ . EASY _ appears on tile screen [ _ 1 . 3 Press REC START / STOP [ ] ( or [ ] ) to start recording . * The indicator ( O ) changes from [ STBY ] to _ _ 601rlin _ 0 : 00 : 0 _ IRE ( ! ] . To step recording , press RE ( ? START / _ ! ] _ STOP again , s _ v , ' Stop * During Easy Handycam operation , you can only record in tile SP mode . Continued . _ 19
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Slide the POWER switch [ ] in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY / EDIT lamp . Touch the buttons on the screen [ ] as follows . Touch _ , then touch _ to If the POWER switch is start playback . while pressing II _ egreen o , sbuet'toln ° . OFF ( CHG ) ' slide it _ i , / , O r ; u ] Dg ( p . 251 Q Stop Play / Pause toggles as you touch it Rewind / Fast forward • To cancel Easy Handycam operation Press EASY [ ] again . _ disappears from the screen [ ] . • Adjustable menu settings during EasyHandycam operation Touch _ to display ac { iuslable menu settings . See page 29 for details on setting . • Almost all the settings return to their dehmhs automatically ( p . 37 ) . • Canccl Easy Handycam operation if you want to add any eflDctsor settings to the images . • Unavailable button during Easy Handycam During Easy Hand3cam operation , the [ ] ( back light ) button ( p . 23 ) is unax ailable . [ ] nx alid during Easy Handycam operation . ] appears if an attempted operation is not available in Easy Handycam mode . 2O
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Recording Open the lens cover ( p . 17 ) . REC START / STOP [ _ _ POWER switch REC START / STOP [ _ ] Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the CAMERA lamp . Q = . _ If Ihe POWER s vitch i ; set I _ OFF ( CHG ) , slide il " O while pressing the green btlllon . Press REC START / STOP [ ] ( or [ _ ) . REC START / STOP [ STBY ] [ REC ] To stop recording , press RE ( ! START / STOP [ ] ( or [ _ ] ) again . Continued . _ 21
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R + + + rdi + # ( C + + ti + _ ed ) " _ ° Tips iiilZoi ! iii i + + ! + ! i i i : ii : ii : ii : ii : ii : ii : ii : ii : ii : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i : i • You can _ t [ D ZOOMI ( p , 39 ) i _ you w'ant to ZOOln [ o a level greater thall 4 ( 1 x . You can magnify images up to 40 limes lhe original size with the power zoom lever or Ihe zoom btlllells ( 711the LCD frame . ONI _ IIOFF I NIGHTSHOPTLUS ( Wide angle ) + or vo + n0iio'o , Infrared port Set lhe NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch 1 ( 7ON . ( { _ and [ " NIGHTSHOT PLUS " ] appear . ) ( _ Notes Close view : ( Telephoto ) • The NighlShot plus function uses inli'ared lighl . Theretinc , do not cover the inharcd porl with Move the power zoom lever slightly for a your lingers or other objects , Remove the conversion lens ( optional ) if il is atlached . slower zoom . Move il furlher for a lasler • Adjusl the Ibcus manually ( [ FOCUSI , p . 30 ) ZOOle . when it is hard to Ii ) cus automalically . 0 Notes • Do not use the N ] ghtShot plus flmction in brighl places . This nlay cause a malflmction . • [ STEADYSHOT ] nlay not reduce ima _ + . e blurring as desired when lhe power zoonl lever is set 1o the T ( Telephoto ) side . • Be _ , ure to keep your finger on the power zoom lever . If you move your finger oH the power zoonl lever , tile operation sound of tile powm - ZOOl / l lever lll _ ly also be recorded . • You cmmo7 challgc the / _ lolt _ spccx . I whh the zoonl buttons ( in the LCD trame . • The minimunl possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp Iocu ' , is about I cm ( a'oc > ut13132 in . ) lot wide angle and about 80 cm ( about 2 5 / 8 lcet ) Ibr telephoto . 22
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Q To adjust tile exposure for backlit subjects , 5 ' press [ ] ( back light ) to display [ ] . To cancel the backlight function , press [ ] ( back light ) again . ® Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to Ihe camcorder ( ( _ ) ) , then rotate il 180 degrees Io Ihe lens side ( ( _ ) ) . " _ ° Tips • A mirror - image ot the subjecl appears on the LCD SClt3en , bill tile image will be normal when recorded , 23
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Playback Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY / EDIT lamp . Start playing back . Touch _ to rewind the t : lpe to the desired point , then touch _ to start pbJyback . Play / Pause * toggles as you touch it Stop Rewind / Fast lk ) rward * Playback automalically slops if pause is engaged h ) r more than 3 minutes . To adjust thevolume Touch _ _ IPA ( - ; EII - * IVOLI , fllen 1 _ 7 / 1 _ 7 to adjust the volume . Tosearchfora sceneduringplayback Touch nnd hold _ / 1 _ 1 during playback ( Picture Search ) , or [ _ / _ while fast forwarding or rewinding the tape ( Skip Scan ) . " _ " Tips • You cnn play back in various modes ( I V SPD PLAY J + p . 34 ) . 24
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Usingthe guidefunctions ( USAGEGUIDE ) You can easily select tile desired setting Unavailable settings during Easy screens by using the guide fonctions Handycam / USAGE GUIDEI . During Easy Handycam operation , some items are unavailable . If an attempted setting is not available , but still desired . _ 6o , . _ , , _ srB ¥ O : 0omO ? o touch [ SETI to display an on - screen instruction . Follow the instruction to cancel Easy Handycam operation and then select the setting . { _ / cei2 " _ ° Tips • II [ SETI is not displayed in step3 , lol ] ow the Your camcorder has 2 gukle functions as insllllctioll Oll file S ( 2le _ 31l . shown below . SHOOT Takes you to the setting Q GUIDE : screens related to recording . DISP Enables you to check the " o GUIDE : meaning of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen . See page 73 for details . 1 Touch [ GUIDE ] . 2 Select the desired item . e . g . , to record night views Touch [ SHOOT GUIDEI - - + [ SELCT SCENE ] - - _ [ PAGE _ , ] / [ PAGE T ] to display [ To keep the mood of a night view ] . 3 Touch [ SET ] . The desired setting screen appears . A _ [ jusl the settings according to yore " purpose . 25
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Searchingfor the startingpoint Make sure that the CAMERA lamp 1 Touch [ _ - - * [ PAGE1 ] - - * lights up ( p . 21 ) . [ MENU ] . 2 Select _ ( CAMERA SET ) with [ _ / [ _ , then touch [ EXEC ] . [ END SCH ] ( END SEARCH ) will not work once you eject Ilaecassette after you 3 Select [ EDITSEARCH ] with [ _ / ha _ e recorded on tile tape . [ Z _ ] , then touch [ EXEC ] . Touch [ _ - - * [ PAGE1 ] , then touch [ END SCR ] . 4 Select [ ON ] with [ _ / [ _ , then touch [ EXEC ] - - + [ _ ] . Touch here again to cancel the operation . Tile last scene of the most recent recording is played back lk > rabout 5the 5 Touch and hold [ _ ( to go secollds . Mildthe camcorder enters backward ) / [ _ ( to go forward ) standby mode at the point where the last and release it at the point where recording has finished . you want the recording to start . O Notes • lEND SCH ] will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recoMed sections on lhe tape , You can view abotlt 2 seconds of Ihe scene " _ " Tips recorded jusl before you slopped the tape . • This operalion is also available when the POWER switch is set to PLAY / EDIT . 1 Touch [ _ - - * [ PAGE1 ] - - * [ MENU ] . You can search for the start point to start the next recording while viewing the 2 Select _ ( CAMERA SET ) with pictures on the screen . The sound is not [ _ / [ _ , then touch [ EXEC ] . played back during the search . 26
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3 Select [ EDITSEARCH ] with E _ ] / r _ , then touch [ EXEC ] . 4 Select [ ON ] with _ / [ ZZ ] , then touch [ EXEC ] - - * [ Z _ ] • I : D 5 ' 5 Touch _ . " O Tile D . st 2 seconds ( approx . ) of tile most £ recently recorded scene are played back . Then , your camcorder is set to standby . 27
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Playingthe pictureona TV You can connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or a VCR using the A / V connecting cable ( [ _ ) or the A / V colmecting cable with S VIDEO ( [ _ ) . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet ( wall socket ) using the supplied AC Adaptor lk _ rthis operation ( p . 121 . Refer also to the instruction mauuals supplied with the devices to be connected . ( r Device without an Device with an S VIDEO jack S VIDEO jack IN JN S VIDEO ( Black ) VIDEO VIDEO ® ( White ) . _ ® lio / Red ) AUDIO ( YeUow ) ( Red ) VCRs or TVs [ ] A / V connecting cable ( supplied ) When connectingyour camcorderto a Connect 1o file input jack ol anolher de _ ice . TVthrougha VCR [ ] A / V connecting cable with S Connect your camcoMer to the LINE IN VIDEO ( optional ) input on the VCR . Set the input selector on Wllcn connecting to another device via the S the VCR to LINE ( VIDEO 1 . VIDEO 2 . VIDEO jack , by using tile A / V connecting etc . ) , if the VCR has : m input selector . cable wilh an S VIDEO cable , pictures can be reproduced more l ] 61hfully lhan wilb lhe When yourTV is monaural ( 0nly one supplied A / V cable connection . Connect lhe wlfile and rcd plugs ( lel } Mgla audioinputjack ) audio ) and S VIDEO plug ( S VIDEO Couuect the yellow plu _ of the A / V cllannel ) of an A / V connecling cable . In tills connecting cable to the video input jack and case , the yellow ( slandard video ) plug connect the white ( lefl channel ) or the red connectkm is not necessary . S VIDEO ( right channel ) plug to the audio input jack connection only will nol oulput audio , of your TV or VCR . " _ ° Tips • You can display tile time code on tile TV scrcen by selling [ DISP OUT ] to [ V - OUT / LCDI ( p , 431 . 28
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Usingthe menuitems 1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp . CAMERA lamp : settings lk _ rrecording on a tape PLAY / EDIT lamp : settings for viewing / editing 2 Touch the LCD screen to select the menu item . Unavailable items will be grayed out . @ Select the desired menu . • To use the operation buttons on PAGE1 / PAGE2 / PAGE3 Touch [ _ 1 _ to select Ihe item , then touch [ EXEC ] . ( The process For details of the button items , see page in step @ and ( _ ) is the same as that in 30 . step @ 3 ( _ ) Touch [ _ . ( _ ) Select the desired item . ( _ Touch the desired page . ( _ ) Customize the item . ( _ ) Touch the desired button . After finishing the settings , touch ( _ ) Select the desired setting , then touch f _ ( close ) Io hide the menu screen . g - - - + f _ ( ( : lose ) . Each touch of [ _ RET . ] takes you to the previous screen . O Notes • With some settings , you do not have to • To use menu items during Easy touch f _ . Handycam operation 0 Touch [ _ . • To use menu items ( _ ) Select the desired button . For details of the items , see page 37 . ( _ ) Change your item setting . ( _ ) Touch _ - - - + [ MENUI on After finishing the settings , touch IPAGEII . ( close ) . The menu index screen appears . O Notes • ( ' ancvl Easy Handycam operation to use Inenu items nOflllally , 29
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Operationbutton items Available operation buttons vary depending on tile position of tile lamp and the display ( PAGE ) . You can adjust the focus manually . You can The default settings are marked with P , ' . selecl this function also when you w £ ml to The indicators in parentheses appear when fOCtlS on a certain subject intentionally . the items are selected . The available fimctions during Easy Handycam operation are marked with " * " . See page 29 for details on selecting button items . @ Touch [ MANUAL ] . appears . ( _ ) Touch _ ( lbcusing on close subjects ) / { _ ( lk ) cusing on distant subjects ) to sharpen Ihe focus . _ appears when the focus cannot be i ( { iusted any closer , and [ PAGE1 ] appears when the focus cannot be ac [ iusted fiJr / her away . ( _ ) Touch I _ T _ . To adjust the focus automatically , touch You can select and acljusl the focal poinl to [ AUTOf a suI ! jecl not located in the center of the screen . ( J Notes • The minimum possihle distance between eamcorder and subject while maimaining sharp locus is about 1 cm ( about 13 / 32 in . ) lk ) r wide angle and about go cm ( about 2 5 / 8 l _ : m ) lot telephoto . " _ ° Tips ( _ ) Touch the point where you want to focus • It is easier to locus on the subject by moving tile on in the frame . I ? ower zoom lever towards T ( telcphoto ) to t : _ appears . adjust d _ elbcus , fllen towards W / wide mlgle ) m @ Touch [ END ] . adjust the zoom lot recording . When you wmlt m record a subject at close range , mine tile To adjust the focus automatically , touch power zoom le _ er to W ( wide angle ) , then [ AUTO ] or set [ FOCUS ] to [ AUTO ] . adjust the locus . 0 Notes • It you set [ SPOT FOCUS ] , [ FOCUS ] is automatically set m [ MANUAL ] . 3O
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TWILIGHT * ( _ = _ ) Seh : ct to mainl dn file darkening ahnosphere of tile distanl surroundings in Iwilighl scenes . You can at [ just and fix tile exposure tu tile sul _ ject , so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even when there is strung contrast between the subject and the background , such as sut ! jects in the spotlight on stage . SUNRSSUNST * ( Sunrise & Sunset ) ( _ _ _ - - ) Select to maintain the atmosphere of situations such as stlnsets and sunrises . ( ! ) Touch the point where you want to fix and adjust the exposure on the screen . appears . LANDSCAPE * ( _ [ ] ) = 3 " @ Touch [ ENDI . Seh : ct Io shool disl ml sub ] eels ch : arly . This selling also prevenls your camcorder To return the setting to autumatic exposure . from focusin _ on _ ] ass ( 11nleta ] mesh in touch [ AUTO ] ur set [ EXPOSURE ] to windows belween Ihecalncorder and the IAUTO ] . sub ] eel . O Notes • 1 _ you _ t [ SPOT METER ] . [ EXPOSURE ] is automatically sel to [ MANUAL ] , PORTRAIT ( Soft portrait ) ( = _ % ) Seh : ct to bring out the subject such as See page 73 . people or flowers while creating a soft background . See page 37 . SPOTLIGHT * * ( @ ) Yuu can record piclures effectively in Select to prevent people's faces from variuus situalions with tile SCENE SEL . appearing excessively white when sul ! jects fuocliou . are lit by strong light . AUTO Select to automatically record pictures effectively without the [ SCENE SELl fimction . Continued . _ 31
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8ps _ atiob _ utto _ Rsms { So _ ti _ e _ } SPORT * * ( Sportslesson ) ( _ ' _ ) Select to minimize shake when shooting fasl moving stlbjecls . ® ( ! ) Touch [ MANUAL ] . SNOW * ( * _ ) appears . Select this when shooting in very bright , @ Adjusl the exposure by Iouching [ _ 1 white conditions , such as on i ski slope ; VTq . otherwise pictures may appear too dark . To return the setting to automatic exposure . touch ] AUTO ] . [ PAGE2 ] BEACH * * ( _ _ ) Select to prew : nt pcopk . ' s faces fi'om appearing dark in strong light or reflected You can add the following effecls to light , such as at a beach in midsummer . currently recording piclures . ( ! ) Select the desired efli : ct in standby mode ( to fade in ) or recording mode ( to fade out ) , Ihen Iouch _ - - + _ ] . @ Press REC START / STOP . The fader indicator stops flashing and * Adjusted to locus on sut3iecls Mrlher away only . disappears when the fade is complete . * * Adjusted not to locus on subjects a shor ( To cancel ] FADER ] before starting the distance away . operation , touch [ OFF ] in step @ . If you press REC START / STOP once . the 0 Notes setting is canceled . • It you sel [ SCENE SEL ] , [ WriT BAL ] selting is canceled . Fading out Fading in WHITE See page 26 . You can l'ix the brighmess of a piclure manually . At [ just the brightness when the subject is Ioo brighl or Ioo dark . 32
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BLACK O Frame a white ol ! ject such as a piece of paper , to fill the screen under the same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject . @ Touch [ _ . MOSC . FADER txmz _ flashes quickly . When the white balance has been acljusted and stored in the memory , the indicator stops flashing . 0 Notes MONOTONE • Sct [ WHT BALl to [ AUTO ] or [ ONE PUSH ] When fading in , the picture gradually undcr white or cool while fluorescent lamps . changes lhom black and white to color . • When you select [ ONE PUSH ] , keep fiaming When fading out , it gradually changes from white oF ! iect while _ mLI is flashing quickly . color to black and white . • txm _ d flashes slowly if [ ONE PUSH ] could not be set . • When [ ONE PUSH ] was selected , if _ xm . , dkeeps flashing al _ er touching [ _ , set [ WHT BALI to [ AUTO ] , You can adjttst the color balance to the , _ = brightness of the recording environment . • If you set [ WHT BALI , [ SCENE SELl seoing is canceled . I , , AUTO g " _ " Tips The white bahmce is at [ lusted automatically . • B you have changed the batte ] y pack while [ AUTO ] was selected , or taken your camcorder OUTDOO ( R _ ÷ 1 outdoors after inside use with tile [ EXPOSURE ] The _ hite balance is apprOl _ li acly set ( or vice versa h select ] AUTO ] and aim your adjusted for the following recording calncorder at a nearby white object for about 10 conditkms : sec ' . lnds lot better coh ) r balance adjustment . Outdoors • When the while balance has been set with [ ONE PUSHI , if you change the [ SCENE SEL . I Night views , neon signs and fireworks settings , or bring your calncorder outdoors _ lOll ) Sunrise or sunset inside the house , or vice versa , you need to redo Under daylight fluorescent lamps the ] ONE PUSHI procedure to rea ( { iusl file white bahmce . INDOOR ( : _ - ) The _ qfite balance is appropri acly adjusted for the following recording conditions : I , , . ON Indoors A beeping sound starts when you start / stop AI party scenes or sltldii ) s where the lighting conditions change quickly recording , or operate the touch paneh Under vide * _ lamps in a studio , or under OFF sodium lamps or incandescent - like color Cancels the beeping sound aM shutter lamps sound . ONEPUSH ( _ = _ ) The white balance will be ac { justcd according to the ambient light . ( _ ) Touch [ ONE PUSH ] . Continued - _ 33
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8p ÷ _ atiob _ utto _ R ÷ ms { Co _ i _ e _ } CAM DATA ( below ) Displays camera setting data . See page 15 . DATERINE Displays the date and time . You can mliust tile brightness of the LCD screen . Tile recorded picture will not be affected by this operation . Adjust tile brightness with [ _ / 1 _ . [ ] SteadyShot off [ _ Exposurc You can use file _ ideo operation bLitlons [ ] White balance / [ _ / { _ : _ ] / { _ / [ _ ) on e _ ery PAGE . [ ] Gain [ ] Shutter speed [ ] Aperture vahle [ PAGE1 ] 0 Notes • In the [ DATE / TIME ] dat _ , disph _ y , the d _ te and See page 37 . time are displayed in the same area . If you record a picture withoul setting the clock , [ . . . . . . . . . I and [ - - : - - : - - I will appe _ , r . • During Easy Handycam operation , you can sel See page 24 . [ DATE / TIMEI only . See page 26 . See page 33 . See page 73 . See page 15 . [ PAGE2 ] [ PAGE3 ] During playback , displays information ( data code ) recorded automatically at the You can play back in various modes while time of recording . viewing movies . I _ OFF ( ! ) Touch the IMlowing butlons during Data codeis not displayed . playback . 34
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When your camcorder is connected via an i , LINK cable . change the When tile tape has been recorded ill 4CH MIC Diode on ( ) tiler canlcorders . playback _ ( frame ) direction * On blank sections of the tape . Whcn file lape has been rccordcd in a TV plly blck [ I " - SLOWI color system ( ) liter than thal of your slowly * * To reverse direction : camcorder ( p . 59 ) . ( frame ) - - - + When file wrile - protect tab of lhe cassette is [ I " - SLOWI set 1o SAVE ( p . 611 ) . play back 2 [ _ ( double speed ) On sections recorded in HDV lormal . times faster To reverse direction : Wllen you add sound , file picture will not be / double speed ) [ _ ( frame ) - - - + outpul h'om lhe A / V Remote Conneclor . Check ldouble speed ) the picture on file LCD screen or the viewfinder . play back frame [ _ lframe ) during You call only record additional audio over a tape recorded on your camcorder . The sound by lhame playback prose . may deteriorate when you dub audio on a tape To reverse direction : recorded on other camcorders / including otller ( frame ) during DCR - HC52 / HC54 camcorders ) . frame playback . = = Recordinsgound * Horizontal lines may appear at tile top , bottom , or in the center of tim scrcen . This Insert a recoMed cassette into your is not a malflmction . camcorder beforehand . g * * Pictures output l _ om tile _ DV Intefl _ ce ( 2 ) Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn ( i . kINK ) cannol be played back smoolllly in on the PLAY / EDIT lamp . slow Diode . @ Touch [ _ ( Play / Pause ) to play back the @ Touch [ _ RET . ] - - - + _ 7 _ . tape , then touch it again at the point where you want to start recording the sound . To return to the normal playback mode , @ Touch _ - - - + [ PAGE3 ] - - - + [ A DUB touch _ ( Play / Pause ) twice ( once from CTRL ] - - - + [ AUDIODUB ] . frame playback ) . | | appears . O Notes • You will nol hear tile recoMed sound , You may s _ mosaic - like images of file previously played picture . l Jsing the internal stereo microphone ( _ ) Touch _ ( Play ) . ( p . 69 ) , you can add sound to a tape already recorded in 12 - bit mode ( p . 42 ) without Your camcorder starts audio recording via the internal stereo microphone . erasing the original sound . appears while recording the new sound O Notes in stereo 2 / ST2 ) during the playback of the • You cmmot record additiomd mulio : tape . When tile lape has been recorded in lhe 16 - bit ( _ ) Touch _ ( Stop ) when you want to stop mode ( p . 42 ) . recording . Whcn the tape has been recorded in the LP To dub on other scenes , repeat step @ to Diode , select scenes , then touch [ AUDIO DUB ] . Continued . _ 35
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8p ÷ _ atiob _ utto _ it ÷ ms { Co _ ti _ e _ } ( _ ) Touch I _ RET . I - - _ F _ 7 . To checkthe recordedsound ( _ ) Pl ; , y back the tape on which you h ; , vc recorded audio ( p . 24 ) . @ Touch [ _ _ [ PAGEII _ [ MENUI . ( _ ) Select [ _ ( VCR SET ) , then touch / _ to select [ AUDIO MIXI , then touch [ EXECI . VCRSEt [ ] ST1 • ST2 ( _ ) Touch _ / _ Io Idjust Ihe balance of Ihe original sound ( ST 1 ) and the ne _ . _ , ' sound ( ST2 ) , Ihen touch [ EXEC ] . ( J Notes • The original sound ( ST ] ) is output at tile dei _ mlt _ ltJng . See page 46 . See page 34 . 36
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Menuitems • Available menu items ( 0 ) vary depending on which lamp is lit , • During Easy Handycam operalion , ll _ e ] ollowing setlings are aulomatically applied ( 17.19 ) . MANUAL SET menu ( p . 38 ) P EFFECT • • [ ] CAMERA SET menu ( p . 39 ) D ZOOM • - WIDE SEL • - STEADYSHOT • - EDITSEARCH • - N . S . LIGHT • - [ _ VOR SET menu ( p . 4o ) AUDIO MIX • [ ] LCD / VF SET menu ( p . 41 ) LCD B . L . • • m LCD COLOR • • VF B . L . • • WIDE DISP • • TAPE SET menu ( p . 42 ) _ z RED MODE • • AUDIO MODE • - REMAIN • • [ ] SETUP MENU menu ( p . 42 ) USB STREAM ( DCR - HC54 ) • • LANGUAGE • • DEMO MODE • - [ ] OTHERS menu ( p . 43 ) WORLD TIME • • A . SHUT OFF • • DISP OUT • • GUIDEFRAME • - * The value set beR _ re Easy Handycam operalion will be retained during Easy Handycan / operation , 37
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MANUALSETmenu - P EFFECT MOSAIC * The def : mlt setting is marked with P , ' . Pictures appear mosaic - patterned . The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected . See page 29 for details on selecting menu items . * Not available during playback . You c : m add special effects to a picture ( J Notes dttring recording or playback . _ appears . • Ettccts added to the playback pictures arc not _ OFF output via the _ , DV Interlace ( i . LINK ) . Only Does not use [ P EFFECT ] setting . lhe original pictures can be output . NEG . ART • You cannol add etl _ : cls to exlernally input picmrcs . The color and hrightncss are reversed . " _ ° Tips • You can record pictures edited with specMtc . ettccts on another VCR / DVD device , e ( p . 44 ) . SEPIA Pictures a , : hx'arin sci _ ia . 8 & W Pictures appear in black and white . SOLARIZE Pictures a , : hxa , r as an illustration with strong contr ist . PASTEL * Pictures a _ : _ pearas a pale pastel drawing . 38
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CAMERASET menu - D ZOOM / WIDESEL / STEADYSHOeTtc , . _ 4 : 3 Standard setting ( to record pictures to hc played back on a 4 : 3 TV ) . The default settings are marked with P , ' . The indicators in parentheses ; appear when 16 : 9 WIDE ( _ 6 _ : 91 the items are selected . Records pictures to bc 1 ) laycd back on a See page 29 for details on selecting 16 : 9 wide TV in fidl screen mode . menu items . When viewed on the LCD screen / viewlinder wilh [ I 6 : 9 WlDEI selected . You can select the nlaximum zoom level in When viewed on a 16 : 9 wide case you want to ZOOlnto a level greater screen TV * than 40 x / the default setting ) while recording on a tape . Note that the image quality decreases when you are using the digital zoom . When viewed on a standard TV * * W _ T * Picmrc appears in fifll scrcen mode when the Y wide - screen TV swilches to full mode , g * * Played in 4 : 3 mode , When you play a picture in The right side of the bar shows the digital lhe wide mode , il appears as you saw il on lhe zooming factor . The zooming zone LCD scrcen or in the viewfinder . appears when you select the zooming level . _ OFF You can compensate for camera shake ( tile Lip to 40 x zoom is performed optically . default setting is [ ON ] ) . Set [ STEADYSHOT ] to [ OFF ] ( ' @ ; ' ) when 00 × using a tripod ( optional ) or the conversion Up to 40 x zoom is performed optically , lens ( optional ) , then tile image becomes and after that , up to 80 x zoom is naturah performed digitally . 2000x Up to 40 x zoom is performed optically , and after th , t , up to 2,000 x zoom is _ ' OFF performed digitally . Does nol display I _ or _ on Ihc LCD screen . DR You can record a picture in a ratio suitable Displays _ and _ on Ihe LCD screen , and enahles the EDIT SEARCH for the screen on which it will be displayed . function and Rec review ( p . 26 ) . Refer also to tile operating instructions supplied with your TV for details . Continued . _ 39
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CAr _ ESREA _ T00o / / C0 _ , _ i _ o _ / _ - - 1VCRSETmenu - AUDIOMIX When using the NightShot plus ( p . 22 ) See page 36 . function to record , you Call record clearer pictures by setting [ N . S . LIGHT ] , which emits infrared light ( invisible ) , to [ ON ] ( the default setting / . 0 Notes • Do not cover the intrmcd port with your lhlgers or other objects ( p . 69 ) . • Remove the convm - sion lens ( optional ) if il is attached . • Tile maximum shooting distance using [ N . S . LIGHTI is about 3 m ( ] 0 lbet ) . " _ " Tips • It you record subjects ill dark pirates , s / ich i / s nighl scenes or in moonlight , set [ N . S . LIGHTI to [ OFFI . You c _ m make the image color deeper lhis way . 40
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LCD / VFSETmenu - LCD B . L / LCD COLOR / VFB . L . , etc 0 Notes The default settings are marked with _ ' . • _ ¢ Vhell you Collnec [ your CillllCOl ' _ ] er to outside See page 29 for details on selecting power sourc + : s , [ BRlGHT ] is aut _ mlatically menu items . selected tin fl _ e _ tting . • When you select [ BRIGHT ] , batrely lilt is slightly reduced during r _ cording . You cm ] ; _ d . just the brightness of the LCD screens backlight . The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation . You can select how a 16 : 9 aspect ratio BRTNORMAL picture appears in the viewfinder and the LCD screen by setting [ WIDE SELl to Standard brightness . [ I 6 : 9 WIDE ] . The recorded picture will not BRIGHT be affected by this operation . Brightens the LCD screen . _ " LETTER BOX Normal setting ( standard type of display / 0 Notes SQUEEZE • _ ¢ Vllell you COllllect your C _ ltncorder to outside power sources , [ BRIGHT ] is automatically Expands the picture _ crtically if black = = selected li _ r the setting . bands at the top and bottom in 16 : 9 aspect • When you select [ BRIGHT ] , batmry lil ? is ratio are undesirable . slightly reduced during recording . You can adjust the color on the LCD screen with [ _ / FT ] . The recorded piclure will not be affecled by this operation . A Low inlensily High intensily You car ] adjust the brightness of the viewfinder . The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation . BRTNORMAL St _ mdard brightness . BRIGHT Brightens Ihe viewfindcr screen . 41
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TAPESETmenu SETUPMENU - RECNODE / AUDIO NODE / REMAIN menu - USB STREAM / LANGUAGEe , tc . The default settings are marked with P . ' . The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected . See page 29 for details on selecting menu items . See page 29 for details on selecting menu items . You can view the pictures displayed on the screen of yuur camcorder Oil your computer SP ( _ _ _ P ) ( USB Streaming ) via the USB cable . See Records intile SP / Standard Play ) mode on " First Step Guide " in the supplied CD - a cassette . ROM for details ( p . 51 ) . LP ( _ P ) Increases Ibe recording time to 1.5 times the SP mode ( Long Play ) . You can select the language lu be used on 0 Notes the LCD screen . • It you record in tile LP mode , pictures may • Your camcorder ott _ rs [ ENG [ SIMPI ] appear mosaic - like or sound may be interrupted ( simplified English ) lbr when you cannot lind whcn you play back tile lape on olher your nalive tongue alnong the options . C _ lHlcorders or VI _ ' Rs . • When you mix recordings in the SP mode and in the LP mode on one tape , lhe playback picture may be dislorted or the time code Inay nol be The default setting is ION ] , allowing you to wriuen properly belween the scenes . view the demonstration about 10 minutes after you hm'e removed a cassette ffoltl your camcorder , and slkle the POWER _ 12BIT switch repeatedly to turn on the CAMERA lamp . Records in the 12 - bit mode ( 2 stereo sounds ) . " _ " Tips 16BIT ( J _ 16b ) • Tile demonstration will be suspended inow . Records in the 16 - bit mode ( l stereo sound sittlations stlchas those described bel with high quality ) . When you touch tile screen during tile delnonslralion . ( Tile delllonslralioll slarts again atler aboul 10 n / inures . ) Wllen a cas _ tte is inserted . _ ' AUT0 When the POWER switch is set to other than CAMERA . Displays the remaining tape indicator fur about 8 seconds ill situations such as those described below . • When you sel the POWER sw - ilchto PLAY / EDIT or CAMERA wilh a casseue inserted . • When you touch [ _ ( PhJy / Pause ) . ON Always displays the remaining tape indicator . 42
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OTHERSmenu - WORLD TIME , etc . The default seltings are marked with P , ' . See page 29 for details on selecting menu items . You can display the frame and check that the subject is horizontal or vertical by setting [ GUIDEFRAME ] to [ ON ] . The frame is not recorded . Press DISP / BATT INFO to make the lhame disappear . When using your camcorder abroad , you can set tile time difference by touching " _ ° Tips FT7 / FTT , the clock will be atliusted in • Placing the subject al the cross point ot the accordance with the time difference . guide flame makes a balanced composilion . If you set tile time difference to 0 . the clock returns to the originally set time . _ 5min The camcorder is automatically turned off when you do not operate your camcorder R ) rmorn than approximately 5 minutes . NEVER The camcordcr is not automatically turned g off . 0 Notes • Whell you conlleCt your cat / lcordc _ r to il wall outlet ( wail socket ) , [ A . SHUT OFF ] is automatically set 1o [ NEVER ] . LCD Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen and in the viewfinder . V - OUT / LCD Shows displays such as the time code on the TV screen , LCD screen , and in the viewfinder . 43
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D _ bbi _ g / £ dfd _ g Dubbingto VCRor DVD / HDDrecorders You can dub images played back on yottr camcorder to other recording devices , such as VCRs or DVD / HDD recorders ; . You can connect _ vour camcorder to VCRs or DVD / HDD recorders , using tile A / V connecting cable ( [ _ ) , Ihe A / V connecting cable ' ailh S VIDEO ( [ _ ) . or tile i . LINK cable ( [ _ ) . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet ( wall socket ) using tile supplied AC Adaptor for this operation ( p . 12 ) . Refer also to the instruction nmnuals supplied with tile devices to be COllllected . f Device without an Device with an S VIDEO jack S VIDEO jack IN IN S VIDEO VIDEO J ( While ) ¢ , ° 7 UDI _ ] ( Red ) / l _ oo , o lYellow ) ( Red ) VCRs or DVD / HDD < o _ . . . . . . . . . . . . . To i . LINK jack recorders To _ , DV Interface ( i . LINK ) , * : Signal flow [ ] A / V connecting cable ( supplied ) / standard vide ( ) ) plug connection is not necessary . S VIDEO connection only will not Connect to the input jack ol another deQce . outpul audio . [ ] A / V connecting cable with S [ ] i . klNK cable ( optional ) VIDEO ( optional ) Use an i . LINK cable to connect your When connecting to another device via the S cumcoMer 1o another device equipped wilh an VIDEO jack , by using the A / V connecting i . LINK jack . The video and mldio sigmds are cable with an S VIDEO cable , pictures can be transmitted digitally , producing lfigh quality reproduced more l , fiflffully than with the pictures and sound . Note that you c + mnot supplied A / V cable connection . Connect the output picture mid sound sepm'ately . white and red plugs ( lel } / right audio ) and S VIDEO plug ( S VIDEO channd ) of an A / V connecting cable . In tiffs case , tile yellow 44
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fO Notes 5 When dubbing is complete , stop • When you are connecting your cat ] ] corder to _ t II ' _ OllaUrill & ' , ice , connect tim yellow plug of tile your camcorder and the A / V connecting cable to the video input jack , recording device . and tile red ! right channel ) or the white ( lell channel ) plug to the audio input jack on the device . • When you connect a device via an A / V fO Notes connecting cable , set [ DISP O UT ] to [ LCD ] ( the • To record tile date / time and camera settings data del , mlt setting ) ( p . 43 ) . when connected by tim A / V colmecting cable , display them on the screen ( p . 34 ) . 4 • The Jollowing cannot be output via the _ , DV / Prepare your camcorder for ] ntelt _ ce ( i . L ] NK ) : playback . Indicator ' , Insert the recorded cassette . Pictures edited using [ P EFFECT ] ( p . 38 ) • Wllen connected using an i . LINK cable , the Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to recorded picture becomes rough wllcn a picture turn on the PLAY / EDIT lamp . is pau _ d on your eamcorder while recording . • When connected using an i . LINK cable , data code ( datekime / ctmlcra _ ttings data ) may not 1 : : 3 be displayed or recorded depending on the 2 Insert the recording media in the = device or al ) plication . recording device . If your recording device has an input selector , set it to the appropriate input ( such as video inputl , video input2 ) . g 3 Connect your camcorder to the recording device ( VCR or DVD / HDD recorder ) with the A / V connecting cable ( supplied ) [ _ , an A / V connecting cable with S VIDEO ( optional ) [ ] or an i . LINK cable ( optional ) [ _ . Connect your camcorder to the input . jacks of the recording device . + 4 _ 1 , Start playback on the camcorder , and recording on the recording device . Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your recording device for details . 45
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Recordingpicturesfroma VCR , etc . Using an i . LINK cable ( optional ) , you can recurd pictures from a VCR . etc . . on a tape . Be sure to insert a cassette li ) r recording in your camcorder beforehand . You can connect your camcurder tu a VCR or an i . LlNK - compatible device using the i . LINK cable / uptional ) . Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet ( wall socket ) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this uperatiuu ( p . 12 ) . Refer also tu the instructiun manuals supplied with the devices to be conuected . 0 Notes • You cannot record pictures on your camcorder from a VCR that does not have an i . LINK jack . To i . LINK jack AV device with iMNK To I , DV Interface ( i . LINK ) jack i . LINK cable ( optional ) , ' : Signalflow When conuecting your calncurder to 3 Slide the POWER switch another device using an i . LINK cable , the video and audio signals are transmitted repeatedly to turn on the PLAY / digitally , producing high quality pictures EDIT lamp . and sound . Nute that you cannot output picture and suuud separately . 4 Set your camcorder to recording pause mode . 1 Connect your VCR , etc . , to your Touch [ _ - + [ PAGE3I - + IRE ( ; camcorder with an i . LINK cable . CTRL ] - - + [ REC PAUSE ] . 2 Insert a cassette into the VCR . 46
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5 Start playing the cassette on the VCR . Tile picture played on the connecled device appears on the LCD screen of yoIJr calncorder . 6 Touch [ REC START ] at the point you want to start recording . 7 Stop recording . Touch [ _ ( Stop ) or IRE ( ? PAUSE ] . 8 Touch [ _ RET . l - - + g _ 7 . = O Notes • The DVIN indicutor appem's when you connect m . your camcorder and other devices via an i . LINK cable . ( This indicator may also appear on the g connected device . ) 47
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Whatyoucan dowith Windowscomputer ( DCR - HC54 ) When you install tile " Picture Mutiou Browser " on a Windows computer from tile supplied CD - ROM , you can enjoy tile The " First Step Guide " is an instruction folh ) wing uperations . manual you can refer to on your computer . This describes basic operations , from initial 0 Notes hookup of your camcurder and computer • You cannot install the supplied software . and making settings , to general operation " PictureMotion Brow _ r ' , on a Macintosh the first time yuu use the software " Picture computer . Mution Bruwser " stured on the CD - ROM ( supplied ) . Referring to " ] nstalling the " First Step Guide ' " ' ( p . 49 ) , start the " First Step Guide " . then % llow the instructions . The Help guide explains all the functions of all the software applications . Refer to the Help guide lk _ rfurther detailed operations after reading the " First Step Guide " thoruughly . To display the Help guide , click the [ 2 ] mark on the screen . Importing / Viewing movies taken with your camcorder You can manage movies by date and time When using " Picture Motion Browser " of shooting _ and select movies you wmt aton view as thumbnails . These thumbnails c OS : Windows 201 ) 0 Professional SP4 . be enlarged and played in a slide show . Winduws XP SP2 * . Windows Vista * Editing movies imported to a * 64 - bit editions and Starter ( Edition ) computer are not supported . You can edit imported too'des on a Standard installation is required . C ( ) [ Ilptlt _ ' r . Operatiun is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi - Exportingmoviesfromyourder boot euvirouulent . computetroyourcamcor CPU : lntel Pentium lit 800 MHz or faster You can export movies that have been Application : DireclX 9.0c or later ( This imported to a computer from your product is based on DirectX technology . camcoKler _ back to your calllcorder . It is necessary to have DirectX installed . / Sound system : Direct Sound compatible sound card 48
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Installingthe " First StepGuide " and Memory : 256 MB or more software ( DCR - HC54 ) Hard disk : Disc volume required for You need to install the " First Step Guide " installation : Approximately 350 MB and software to your Windows computer Display : Minimum 1024 x 768 dots before connecting your camcorder to the computer . The installation is Others : _ USB port ( this must be required only for the first time . provided as standard . Hi - Speed USB Contents to be installed and procedures ( USB 2.0 compatible ) is recommended ) , may differ depending on your OS . DV Interface ( ] EEEI394 . i . LINK ) ( to connect via an i . LINK cable ) , disc drive ( CD - ROM drive is necessary for installation ) fO Notes 1 Confirm that your camcorder is • Operations are not gu _ Lralll _ d on _ 1 compul _ r not connected to the computer . cn _ ironnlenl l ] l _ tl does not nleel tile systeln l - CqllirClllelll s . • Operations armnot guaranteed on all the e _ rcconllllcllded enviromnents . , " Turn on the computer . For example , other open or background • Log on as an Administrator lbr installatkm . applications running on currently may limit • Close all applications running on the product perlormance . m conlputer belore installing the soltware . • If you use a Notebook PC , connect it to tile AC Adaptor as the power source . Otherwi _ , the software will nol work properly due to the g power saving function of the PC . 3 Place the supplied CD - ROM in the disc drive of your computer . The iuslallalion screen appears . If the screen does not appear ( _ ) Click [ Start ] , then click [ My Computer ] . ( For Windows 2 ( t ( t ( I , double - click [ My Computer ] . ) @ Double - click [ SONYPICTUTIL ( E : ) ] ( CD - ROM / ( disc drive ) . * * [ ) rive names ( such as ( E : ) ) may vm3 ' depending on the computer . 4 Click [ FirstStepGuide ] . Continued . _ 49
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lestaHiR _ the ° ° First Step GNde ° ' a _ eeftwa _ ÷ / DCBoHg54 ) / ge _ ti _ ed } 5 5 Select the desired language and Read [ License Agreement ] , select the model name of your [ I accept the terms of the license camcorder from the pull - down agreement ] when you agree , then menu . click [ Next ] . 6 Follow the on - screen instructions to install the software . Depending on the computer , you may need to install third party software ( shown below ) . If the installation screen 6 Click [ FirstStepGuide ( HTML ) ] . appears , follow the instructions to inst : dl the required software . Installath ) n starts . When [ Save is complete ] appears , click • MicrosoftDirectX9 . 0c [ OK ] to finisl ' _ the installation . Software required to h : mdle ] no'des Restart the computer if required to complete Ihe installation . To view the " First Step Guide " in PDF The shorl - cut icons , such as [ _ ] In step 6 , click [ FirstStepGuide ( PDF ) ] . ( Picture Motion Browser ) , appear on the desktop . To installthe software " Adobe Reader " to displaythe PDFfile In step 6 , click [ Adobe ( R ) Reader ( R ) ] . 1 Perform steps 1 to 3 in " Installing the " First Step Guide " " ( p . 49 ) . 7 Remove the CD - ROM from the disc drive of your computer . 2 Click [ Install ] . 3 Select the language for the application to be installed , then click [ Next ] . 4 Check your country / region , then click [ Next ] . 5O
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Viewing " First StepGuide " ( DCR - HC54 ) To view " First Step Guide " on your computer . Microsoft htternet Explorer Vet . 6.0 or later is recommended . Double - click tile short - cut icon for your camcorder's " First Step Gukle " on the desktop . " _ ° Tips • You can also stair by selecting [ Start ] - - - - + [ Programs ] ( JAil Programs ] for Windows XP ) - + [ Sony Picture Utilityl - - _ - [ FirstStepGuklel Your camcorder's folder _ " Firsl Step Gukle " in HTML • To view " Fhsl Step Guide " ill HTML withoul installing , copy the desired language folder fiom the [ FirstStepGuide ] fokler on the CD - ROM . mad then double - click [ lndex . hmfl ] . • Refer to the " First Step Guide " ill PDF ill the lbllowing cases : When l ) rinling lhe desired lOl ? iCS of " Firsl Step Guide " When ' Firsl Step Guide " is not displayed m correctly due to the browser setting even in I'eCOllln lgllded gllV ] i - Ol111 _ 1 ¢ 3111 . When the HTML version ol " First Step = Gukle " cannot be installed . 51
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Tro _ bfes _ me # W Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your Settings change during Easy camcorder , use the following table to Handycam operation . troubleshoot the problem . If the problem persists , disconnect the power source and • During Easy H mdycam operation , the settings of the lhnctions that are not contact your Sony dealer . displayed on the screen return to their Overall operalions / Easy Handycam . . . . . 52 defaults ( p . 19 , 37 ) . Batteries / Power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 LCD screen / viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The menu item settings have Cassette tapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 changed unexpectedly . Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 • The following settings return to the def : lult Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 settings automatically when you set the POWER switch to OFF ( CHG ) R ) rmore Dubbing / Editing / Connecting to other Ihan 12 hours . devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 backlight • Connecting to a computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 ] SPOT FOC US ] • Functions that cannot be used together [ FOCUS ] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 ] SPOT METER ] [ SCENE SEL . ] [ EXPOSURE ] [ WHT BALl [ AUDIO MIX ] The power does not turn on . The camcorder gets warm . • Attach a charged hattery pack to the camcorder ( p . 12 ) . • The camcorder may get warmer while you use it . This is not a malflmction . • Use the AC Adaptor to connect to a wall outlet ( wall socket ) ( p . 12 ) . The camcorder does not operate The power abruptly turns off . even when the power is set to on . • When approximately 5 minutes have • Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall elapsed while you do not operate your outlet ( wall socket ) or remove the battery camcorder , the camcorder is automatically pack , then reconnect it aller about 1 minute . turned off ( A . SHUT OFF ) . Change the • Press the RESET button ( p . 70 ) using a setting of [ A . SHUT OFF ] ( p . 43 ) , or turn sharp - pointed object . ( If you press the on the power again lp . 15 ) , or use the AC RESET button , all settings arc reset . ) Adaptor . • Charge the battery pack ( p . 12 ) . Buttons do not work . • The battery is lhlly discharge ( L or ahnost • During Easy Handycam operation , not all discharged . buttons are limctional ( p . 20 ) . The CHG ( charge ) lamp does not light while the battery pack is being charged . • Slide the POWER switch to OFF ( CHG ) ( p . 12 ) . 52
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• Attach the battery pack to the camcorder The buttons do not appear on the correctly ( p . 12 ) . touch panel . • Connect the power cord ( mains lead ) to the wall outlet ( wall socket ) properly ( p . 12 ) . • Touch the LCD screen lightly . • The battery charge is completed ( p . 12 ) . • Press DISP / BATT INFO on your camcorder ( p . 7 ( t ) . The CHG ( charge ) lamp flashes while The buttons on the touch panel do the battery pack is being charged . not work correctly or do not work at • Attach the battery pack to the camcorder all . correctly ( p . 12 ) . If Ibe problem persists , disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall • Adjust the touch panel ( [ CALIBRATION ] ) outlet ( wall socket ) and contact your Sony ( p . 64 ) . dealer . The battery pack may be worn - out . Menu items are grayed out . The remaining battery time indicator • You cannot select grayed items in the does not indicate the correct time . current recording / playback situation . • Ambient temperature is too high or to ( ) low , or the battery pack has not been ch irged The picture in the viewfinder is not enough . This is not a malfilnction . clear . • Fully charge the battery again . If the • Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever problem persists , the battery may be won > until the picture all ? ears clearly ( p . 17 ) . ( ) tit . Replace it with a new one ( p . 12 , 61 ) . • The indicated time may not be correct in certain circunlstances . For example , when The picture in the viewfinder has - - I you open or close the LCD panel it takes disappeared . about 1 minute to display the correct • Close the LCD panch The picture is not remaining battery time . displayed in the viewfinder when the LCD panel is open ( p . 17 ) . The battery pack discharges too quickly . Dots in lines appear on the LCD • Ambient temperature is too high or to ( ) low , screen . or the battery pack has not been charged • This is not a mallimction . These dots are enough . This is not a malffmction . not recorded . • Fully charge the battery again . If the problem persists , the b atery rely be worn - out . Re ? lace it with a new one ( p . 12 , 61 ) . The cassette cannot be ejected from the compartment . • Make sure the power source lhattcry pack A rippling effect appears on the LCD or AC Adaptor / is connected correctly screen when you touch it . ( p . 12 ) . • This is not a mallhnction . Do not press hard • Moisture condensation has occurred inside on the LCD screen . the camcorder ( p . 63 ) . Continued . . _ 53
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Trssb _ sshsstisS / Ssstisssd ) • Avoid stopping then recording a movie ill The Cassette Memory indicator or Ihe LP mode . title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette [ END SCH ] does not work . Memory . • Do not eject the cassette after recording • This can ' _ cordcrdoes not support Cassette ( p . 26 ) . Memory , so the indicator does not appear . • Them is nothing recorded on the cassette . • There is a bhmk section between recorded The remaining tape indicator is not sections of the tape . This is not a displayed . malfimction . • Set I _ REMAIN ] to IONI to always display the remaining tape indicator ( p . 42 ) . The auto focus does not function . • Set [ FOCUS ] to [ AUTO ] ( p . 31 ) ) . The cassette is noisier during • The recording conditions arc not suitable rewinding or fast - forwarding . lbr auto lbcus . A ( [ just the focus mamlally • When using the AC Adaptor , rm _ ind / fast ( p . 30 ) . forward speed increases ( compared with battery operation ) and therelbre increases [ STEADYSHOT ] does not function . noise . This is not a malfunction . • Set [ STEADYSHOTt ] o ION ] ( p . 39 ) . The backlight function does not The tape does not start when you function . press REC START / STOP . • In tile following scltings , the backlight • Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn fimction is canceled . on Ihe CAMERA lamp ( p . 21 ) . [ MANUAL ] of [ EXPOSURE ] [ SPOT METER ] • The tape has reached the end . Rewind iL or insert a new cassette . • The backlight fimction does not work • Set the write - protect tab to REC or insell a during Easy Handycam operation ( p . 20 ) . new cassette ( p . 60 ) . • The tape is stuck to the drum due tohe A vertical band appears when moisture condensation . Remove t recording candlelight or electric light cassette and leave your camcorder l _ r at in the dark . least 1 hour , then re - insert the cassette • This occurs when Ihe contrast between the ( p . 63 ) . subject and the background is too high . This is not a malfimction . You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene to the next . A vertical band appears when recording a bright subject . • Perform [ END SCH ] ( p . 26 ) . • This phenomenon is called the smear cfl _ : ct . • Do not remove Ihe cassette , lThe picture This is not a malfunction . will be recorded continuously without a break even when you turn the power off . ) • Do not record pictures in SP mode and LP mode on the same tape . 54
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No sound or only a low sound is The color of the picture is not heard . correctly displayed . • Turn up the volume ( p . 24 ) . • Deactivate the NightShot plus function ( p . 22 ) . • Adjust IAUDIO MIXI until the sound is heard approprialely ( p . 36 ) . • If you are using an S VIDEO plug , make The screen picture is bright , and the sure the red and white plugs of the A / V subject does not appear on the connecting cable are also connected ( p . 28 ) . screen . • Deactivate the NightShot plus function The sound breaks off . lp . 22 ) , or cancel the backlight function ( p . 23 ) . • Clean the head using the cleaning cassette ( optional ) ( p . 64 ) . Undesirable flicker occurs . " - - - " is displayed on the screen . • This anomaly may occur when recording pictures under the discharge tube , such as a • The tape yon are playing was recorded fluorescent lamp , sodium lamp , or mercury without setting the date and time . lamp , with [ PORTRAIT ] or [ SPORT ] . This • A blank section on the tape is being played . is not a malfunction . • The data code on a talx : wi _ h a _ cratch or noise cannot be read . Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer Noises appear and _ is displayed screen . on the screen . • Set ISTEADYSHOTI to IOFFI lp . 39 ) . • The lape w s cc ( dcd in a TV color system - 4 olher than that of VOLIr camcorder ( NTSC ) . _ - . = r This is not a mallhnctkm ( p . 59 ) . [ The lens cover might be closed . Check the cover . ] appears on the screen when the lens cover is J _ 4ch - 12bis displayed on the screen . open . • The tape yon are playing was recorded on • There is not enough light , or the lens is another device with a 4ch microphone covered by your finger or other object . / 4CH MIC REC ) . Your camcorder is not compatible with 4ch microphone recording . You cannot play back a tape . • Slkk , the POWER s _ itch repeatedlyto turn Time code and other information on the PLAY / EDIT lamp ( p . 24 ) . appear on the display of the • Rewind the tape ( p . 24 ) . connected device . • Set [ DISP OUTI to [ LCD ] x _ hileconnected Horizontal lines appear on the with an A / V connecting cable ( p . 43 ) . picture . The displayed pictures are not clear or do not appear . • Clean the head using the cleaning cassette loptional ) ( p . 64 ) . Continued " _ 55
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TrssNsshsstisS / Ssstisssd ) You cannot dub correctly using the A / V connecting cable . • The A / V connecting cable is not connected Depending on the functions , you may not properly . Make sure that the A / V be able to use them together . The following connecting cahle is connected to the input list shows examples of functions that . jack of another device for dubbing a picture cam _ ot be used at the same time . from your camcorder ( p . 44 ) . New sound added to a recorded tape backlight [ SPOT METER ] , is not heard . [ EXPOSUREI • Adjust [ AUDIO MIX ] until the sound is ] SPOT FOCUS ] [ SCENE SEL . ] heard appropriately ( p . 36 ) . [ SPOT METER ] NightShot plus [ SCENE SEL . ] NightShot plus Pictures from connected devices are [ EXPOSURE ] NightShot plus not displayed correctly . [ WriT BALI NightShot plus • The input signal is not NTSC ( p . 59 ) . The computer does not recognize your camcorder . • Install the " Picture Motion Browser " ( p . 49 ) . • The computer may not recognize your camcorder l _ ) r a l ) w mOlllents after you connect it . Wait for a while . • Disconnect USB devices other than the keyboard , the mouse , and the camcorder from the _ ( USB ) jack on the computer . • Disconnect the cable fiom the computer and canlcorder , restart the comptlter _ then comlect them again correctly . You cannot install the supplied software , " Picture Motion Browser , " on a Macintosh computer . • You can install " Picture Motion Browser " only on a Windows computer . 56
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Warningindicatorsand messages them of the 5 - digit code , which stal % froHl _ g . " _ \ _ ( Battery level warning ) If indicators appear on tile LCD screen or in the viewfinder , check the l \ _ llowing . • The battery pack is nearly used up . Some symptoms you can fix by yourself . If • Depending on the operating , the problem persists even after you have environment , or battery conditions , c \ _ tried a couple of times , contact your Sony may flash , even if there are dealer or local authorized Sony service approximately 5 to I0 minutes remaining . facility . [ ] ( Moisture condensation warning ) * C : ( or E : ) Dc ] : r - IC ] ( Self - diagnosis display ) • l _ jcct the cassette , remove the power source , and then leave it lk _ r about 1 C : 04 : r - 113 hour with the cassette lid open ( p . 63 ) . • The battery pack is not m " InI _ LITHIUM " batte W pack ( H series ) . Use an " InfoLITHIUM " battery Lo _ ( Warning indicators pertaining to pack ( H series ) ( p . 61 ) . the tape ) • Connect Ihe DC plug of the AC Slow flashing : Adaptor to the DC IN jack of your • There is less than 5 minutes remaining camcorder securely ( p . 12 ) . on the t , pe . C : 21 : r - 113 • No cassette is inserted . * • Moisture condensation has occurred . • The write - protect tab on the cassclte is - - t Remove the cassette and leave your set to lock ( p . 60 ) . * camcorder l _ ) r at least 1 hour , then re - , : : r Fast flashing : insert the cassette ( p . 63 ) . • The tape has run out . * C : 22 : F3D • Clean the head using a ch . . aning _ - - ( Eject cassette warning ) * cassette ( optional ) ( p . 64 ) . C : 31 : E3D / C : 32 : r3D Slow flashing : • The write - protect tab on the cassette is • Symptoms that arc not described abo ' _ c have occurred . Remove and insert the set to lock ( p . 60 ) . cassette , then operate your camcorder Fast flashing : again . Do not perform this procedure if • lk / [ oistllre condensation has occurred moisture condensation has occurred ( p . 63 ) . ( p . 63 ) . • The self - diagnosis display code is • Remove the power source . Reconnect it displayed ( p . 57 ) . and operate your camcorder again . • Change the cassette . Press RESET * You hear a melody when the wanting indicators ( p . 7 ( t ) , and operate your camcorder appeal on lhe screen ( p . 33 ) . again . E : 61 : r3D / E : 62 : r3r3 • Contact yotlr Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility , lnfonn Continued . _ 57
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Wa _ ia _ i _ dicaters a _ d mesaages { ge _ tia _ ÷ _ } i If messages appear on the screen , follow tile instructions . r _ _ Moisture condensation . Eject the cassette ( p 63 ) [ ] Moisture condensation . Turn off for 1H . ( p . 63 ) _ - - Reinsert the cassette . ( p 18 ) • Check if the cassette is damaged . L _ _ - - The tape is locked - check the tab . ( p . 60 ) 58
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Mdi _ * _ f _ torm _ # on Usingyourcamcorderabroad Powersupply Simplesettingoftheclockbytime difference You can use your camcorder in any country / region using the AC Adaptor You can easily set tile clock to the local supplied with your camcorder within the tinle abroad by entering tile time difl _ zrence AC 100 V to 240 V . 50 / 60 Hz range . between where you live and where you are . Use a commercially available AC plug Select ] WORLD TIME ] in the [ _ adaptor 1 : ' 1 , if necessary , depending on tile ( OTHERS ) menu . then set the time design of the wall outlet ( wall socket ) [ b ] . difference ( p . 43 ) . [ AC - 1 _ 2OO / t _ 2OOIB [ a ] [ b ] OnTVcolorsystems Your canlcorder is NTSC system , so its picture can only be viewed on a NTSC system TV with an AUDIO / VIDEO input jack . NTSC Bahama Islands . Bolivia , Canada , Central America , Chile , Colonlbia , Ecuador , Guyana , Jamaica , Japan _ Korea _ Mexico _ Peru , Surinam , Taiwam the Philippines , the U . S . A . , Venezuela , etc . PAL Australia , Austria , Belgium , China , Czech Republic , _ = . " Denmark , Finland , Germany , g Holland , Hong Kong , Hunga U , m Italy , Kuwait , Malaysia , New Zealand , Norway , Poland , Portugal , Singapore , Slovak Republic , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , Thailand , United Kingdom , etc . PAL - M Brazil PAL - N Argentina , Paraguay , Uruguay . SECAM Bulgaria , France , Guiana , lran , lraq , Monaco . Russia , Ukraine , etc . 59
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Maintenanceand precautions M To prevent accidental erasure Slide tile write - prutect tab on the cassette tu set it to SAVE . You can use mini DV format cassettes only . Use a cassette with tile M _ , , E | ] _ m * ark . Your camcorder is not compatible with the Cassette Memory function . To prevent a blank section from being REC : The cassette can be created on the tape recorded . SAVE : The cassette cannot be Go to the end of the recorded section using recorded ( write - protected ) . END SEARCH ( p . 26 ) before you begin the next recording in the folluwh ) g cases : • You haveplayed back lhe lape . N When labeling the cassette • You haveused EDIT SEARCH . Be sure to place tile label only on the locations shown in tile following Copyrightsignal illustration so as not to cause a malfunction of your camcorder . N Whenyou play back - - Do not put a label If tile cassette you play back o ) ) your along this border . camcorder contains copyright signals , you cannot copy it to a tape in another vide ( ) camera culllmcted to your camcurder . N Whenyou record Labeling position You CUUI ) Ot record sot'tw : ffe oil your camcuMer that contains copyright control N After using the cassette signals for copyright protection of software . [ Cannot recurd clue to copyright Rewind tile tape to tile beginning to avoid protection . ] appears on the LCD screen , or distortion of the picture or the sound . The on the viewfinder if you try to record such cassette should then be put in its case . and software . Your camcorder does not recurd stored in an upright position . copyright control signals on the tape when M When cleaning the gold - plated it records . connector Notes on use Gener : dly , cle : m tile gold - ph _ ted colllmctur ( 1I ) a cassette with a cuttoll _ wool swab after M Whennotusingyourcamcordefror a every 10 times it has bee ) ) ejected . longtime If the gold - plated connector on the cassette Remove the cassette aud store it . is dirty or dusty , the remaining tape indicator may not show correctly . Gold - plated connector 6O
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