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Recording On Tape ............................... 18
Recording On Memory Card ................... 21
Recording On Tape And Memory Card ...... 22
Playback From Tape .............................. 25
Playback From Memory Card .................. 26
USING MENUS FOR
Basic Connections ................................ 54
Advanced Connections .......................... 56
Dubbing To A VCR ................................ 58
Dubbing From A VCR ............................ 59
Dubbing To Or From A Video Unit
Equipped With A DV Connector ............. 60
Dubbing Still Images Recorded
On A Tape To A Memory Card ............... 61
USING THE REMOTE
Slow-Motion Playback, Frame-By-Frame
Playback and Playback Zoom ............... 64
Playback Special Effects ........................ 65
Random Assemble Editing ..................... 66
For More Accurate Editing ...................... 70
Insert Editing ....................................... 71
Audio Dubbing ..................................... 72
Jack Box ............................................ 81
Controls, Connectors And Indicators ....... 82
Indications ......................................... 84
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
This camcorder is designed to be used with PAL-type
colour television signals. It cannot be used for playback
with a television of a different standard. However, live
recording and LCD monitor/ viewfinder playback are
possible anywhere. Use the JVC BN-V408U/V416U/
V428U battery packs and, to recharge them, the provided
multi-voltage AC Power Adapter/Charger. (An appropriate
conversion adapter may be necessary to accommodate
different designs of AC outlets in different countries.)
Using This Instruction Manual
· All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents on the cover page.
· Notes appear after most subsections. Be sure to read these as well.
· Basic and advanced features/operation are separated for easier reference.
It is recommended that you . . .
..... refer to the Index (
pgs. 81 88) and familiarize yourself with button locations, etc. before use.
..... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions. They contain extremely important information regarding the safe use of this
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions on pages 89 through 91 before use.
The rating plate (serial number plate) and safety caution
are on the bottom and/or the back of the main unit.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the AC Power
Adapter/Charger is on its bottom.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT
TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
Thank you for purchasing this digital video camera. Before use, please read the safety information and precautions
contained in the following pages to ensure safe use of this product.
When the equipment is installed in a cabinet or on a
shelf, make sure that it has sufficient space on all sides to
allow for ventilation (10 cm or more on both sides, on top
and at the rear).
Do not block the ventilation holes.
(If the ventilation holes are blocked by a newspaper, or
cloth etc. the heat may not be able to get out.)
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should
be placed on the apparatus.
When discarding batteries, environmental problems must
be considered and the local rules or laws governing the
disposal of these batteries must be followed strictly.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
Do not use this equipment in a bathroom or places with
Also do not place any containers filled with water or
liquids (such as cosmetics or medicines, flower vases,
potted plants, cups etc.) on top of this unit.
(If water or liquid is allowed to enter this equipment, fire
or electric shock may be caused.)
Caution: (applies to Jack Box)
To reduce the risk of fire, do not remove cover.
No user-serviceable parts inside. Refer
servicing to qualified service person.
To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No user
serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified
When you are not using the AC Power Adapter/Charger
for a long period of time, it is recommended that you
disconnect the power cord from AC outlet.
Connection to the mains supply in the United Kingdom.
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment.
If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power points in your
home or the cable is too short to reach a power point,
then obtain an appropriate safety approved extension
lead or consult your dealer.
BE SURE to replace the fuse only with an identical
approved type, as originally fitted, and to replace the fuse
If nonetheless the mains plug is cut off be sure to remove
the fuse and dispose of the plug immediately, to avoid
possible shock hazard by inadvertent connection to the
If this product is not supplied fitted with a mains plug then
follow the instructions given below:
DO NOT make any connection to the Larger Terminal
coded E or Green.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance
with the following code:
Blue to N (Neutral) or Black
Brown to L (Live) or Red
If these colours do not correspond with the terminal
identifications of your plug, connect as follows:
Blue wire to terminal coded N (Neutral) or coloured black.
Brown wire to terminal coded L (Live) or coloured Red.
If in doubt -- consult a competent electrician.
IMPORTANT (for owners in the U.K.)
This camcorder is designed exclusively for the digital video cassette, SD Memory Card and
MultiMediaCard. Only cassettes marked "
" and memory cards marked "
" or "
can be used with this unit.
Before recording an important scene . . .
..... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini DV mark
..... make sure you only use memory cards with the mark
..... remember that this camcorder is not compatible with other digital video formats.
..... remember that this camcorder is intended for private consumer use only. Any commercial use without proper
permission is prohibited. (Even if you record an event such as a show, performance or exhibition for personal
enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that you obtain permission beforehand.)
Do not point the lens or the viewfinder directly into the sun. This can cause eye injuries, as well as lead to the
malfunctioning of internal circuitry. There is also a risk of fire or electric shock.
The following notes concern possible physical damage to the camcorder and to the user.
When carrying, be sure to always securely attach and use the provided shoulder strap. Carrying or holding the
camcorder by the viewfinder and/or the LCD monitor can result in dropping the unit, or in a malfunction.
Take care not to get your finger caught in the cassette holder cover. Do not let children operate the camcorder, as
they are particularly susceptible to this type of injury.
Do not use a tripod on unsteady or unlevel surfaces. It could tip over, causing serious damage to the camcorder.
Attaching the Jack Box to the camcorder with cables (S-Video, Editing, DC, etc.) connected, then leaving it on top of
the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the cables will cause the camcorder to fall, resulting in damage.
Attach only the optional JVC VL-V3U Video Light, VL-F3U Video Flash or MZ-V3U Stereo Zoom Microphone to the
This equipment has been designed and manufactured to meet international safety standards but, like any
electrical equipment, care must be taken if you are to obtain the best results and safety is to be assured.
read the operating instructions before you attempt to use the equipment.
ensure that all electrical connections (including the mains plug, extension leads and interconnections between
pieces of equipment) are properly made and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Switch off and
withdraw the mains plug when making or changing connections.
consult your dealer if you are ever in doubt about the installation, operation or safety of your equipment.
be careful with glass panels or doors on equipment.
DON'T continue to operate the equipment if you are in any doubt about it working normally, or if it is damaged in any
way -- switch off, withdraw the mains plug and consult your dealer.
DON'T remove any fixed cover as this may expose dangerous voltages.
DON'T leave equipment switched on when it is unattended unless it is specifically stated that it is designed for
unattended operation or has a standby mode. Switch off using the switch on the equipment and make sure that
your family knows how to do this. Special arrangements may need to be made for infirm or handicapped people.
DON'T use equipment such as personal stereos or radios so that you are distracted from the requirements of road
safety. It is illegal to watch television whilst driving.
DON'T listen to headphones at high volume, as such use can permanently damage your hearing.
DON'T obstruct the ventilation of the equipment, for example with curtains or soft furnishings. Overheating will cause
damage and shorten the life of the equipment.
DON'T use makeshift stands and NEVER fix legs with wood screws -- to ensure complete safety always fit the
manufacturer's approved stand or legs with the fixings provided according to the instructions.
DON'T allow electrical equipment to be exposed to rain or moisture.
-- NEVER let anyone especially children push anything into holes, slots or any other opening in the case -- this could
result in a fatal electrical shock;
-- NEVER guess or take chances with electrical equipment of any kind -- it is better to be safe than sorry!
SOME DO'S AND DON'TS ON THE SAFE USE OF EQUIPMENT
Remote Control Unit
AAA (R03) Battery x 2
(for remote control unit)
Memory Card (8 MB)
(Already inserted in
to the camcorder
AC Power Adapter/
(ø3.5 mini-plug to
In order to maintain optimum performance of the camcorder, provided cables may be equipped with one or more
core filter. If a cable has only one core filter, the end that is closest to the filter should be connected to the camcorder.
pg. 5 for
How To Detach/Attach The
The provided lens hood helps block
out glare when shooting under bright
sunlight, the same way professional
Turn the lens hood
Align the lens hood with
the camcorder's lens and
screw it in clockwise.
How To Attach The Lens Cap
To protect the lens, attach the provided lens cap to the camcorder as shown in the illustration.
To confirm the lens cap is on correctly make sure the cap is flush to the camera.
The lens cap can be attached/
removed even with the lens
hood attached to the camcorder.