DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Model No. and Serial No. which is located on the
bottom of cabinet. Retain this information for future reference.
AUTOMATIC DEMONSTRATION 7
Basic Recording ................................. 14
Advanced Features ............................ 21
Basic Playback .................................. 31
Advanced Features ............................ 32
Basic Connections .............................. 34
Advanced Connections ......................... 36
Dubbing To A VCR ............................. 38
Dubbing To Or From A Video Unit
Equipped With A DV Connector ............ 39
USING THE REMOTE
Slow-Motion Playback, Frame-By-Frame
Playback and Playback Special Effects ..... 43
Playback Zoom ................................. 44
Random Assemble Editing .................... 45
For More Accurate Editing .................... 49
Audio Dubbing .................................. 51
Insert Editing ................................... 52
Indications ...................................... 59
Controls, Connectors And Indicators ........ 62
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This camcorder is designed to be used with NTSC-
type color 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
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. 59 63) and familiarize yourself with button locations, etc. before use.
..... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions and Safety Instructions that follow. They contain extremely important
information regarding the safe use of this product.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions on pages 65 through 67 before use.
The rating plate (serial number plate) and safety
caution are on the bottom and/or the back of the
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
The AA-V40U AC Power Adapter/Charger should be
AC 120 V`, 60 Hz in the USA and Canada,
AC 110 V 240 V`, 50 Hz/60 Hz in other
CAUTION (applies to the AA-V40U)
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
ATTENTION (s'applique à l'AA-V40U)
POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA
FICHE DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE
LA PRISE ET POUSSER JUSQU'AU FOND.
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 (3-15/16") 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
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
Do not use this equipment in a bathroom or places
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 equip-
ment, fire or electric shock may be caused.)
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the
product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in
the literature accompanying the appliance.
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation. To ensure reliable operation of the product
and to protect it from overheating, these openings must
not be blocked or covered.
· Do not block the openings by placing the product on a
bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
· Do not place the product in a built-in installation such
as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is
provided or the manufacturer's instructions have been
6. Wall or Ceiling Mounting
The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only
as recommended by the manufacturer.
1. Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the
product, be sure the antenna or cable system is
grounded so as to provide some protection against
voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of
the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides
information with regard to proper grounding of the mast
and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire
to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding
conductors, location of antenna discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements
for the grounding electrode.
For added protection for this product during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long
periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and
disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will
prevent damage to the product due to lightning and
3. Power Lines
An outside antenna system should not be located in the
vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or
power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines
or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system,
extreme care should be taken to keep from touching
such power lines or circuits as contact with them might
Electrical energy can perform many useful functions.
But improper use can result in potential electrical
shock or fire hazards. This product has been
engineered and manufactured to assure your
personal safety. In order not to defeat the built-in
safeguards, observe the following basic rules for its
installation, use and servicing.
Follow and obey all warnings and instructions
marked on your product and its operating instruc-
tions. For your safety, please read all the safety and
operating instructions before you operate this
product and keep this manual for future reference.
1. Grounding or Polarization
(A) Your product may be equipped with a polarized
alternating-current line plug (a plug having one blade
wider than the other). This plug will fit into the
power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature.
If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the
outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still
fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your
obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of
the polarized plug.
(B) Your product may be equipped with a 3-wire
grounding-type plug, a plug having a third (ground-
ing) pin. This plug will only fit into a grounding-type
power outlet. This is a safety feature.
If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet,
contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
2. Power Sources
Operate your product only from the type of power
source indicated on the marking label. If you are not
sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your product dealer or local power company. If your
product is intended to operate from battery power, or
other sources, refer to the operating instructions.
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire
or electric shock.
4. Power Cord Protection
Power supply cords should be routed so that they are
not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them, paying particular attention to
cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the product.
LEAD IN WIRE
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
To avoid personal injury:
·Do not place this product on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket or table. It may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious
damage to the product.
·Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer or sold with the
·Use a mounting accessory recommended by the
manufacturer and follow the manufacturer's
instructions for any mounting of the product.
·Do not try to roll a cart with small casters across
thresholds or deep-pile carpets.
2. Product and Cart
A product and cart
combination should be
moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause
the product and cart
combination to overturn.
3. Water and Moisture
Do not use this product near water--for example,
near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink or laundry
tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool and
4. Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a
fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind
on the product.
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer of this product as they may cause
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before
cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
The product should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other products (including amplifiers) that produce
If your product is not operating correctly or exhibits a
marked change in performance and you are unable
to restore normal operation by following the detailed
procedure in its operating instructions, do not
attempt to service it yourself as opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other
hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service
2. Damage Requiring Service
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
a. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
into the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the product does not operate normally by
following the operating instructions. Adjust only
those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions as an improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the product to its normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or damaged in
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance--this indicates a need for service.
3. Replacement Parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same
characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other
4. Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this
product, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in safe
PORTABLE CART WARNING
(Symbol provided by RETAC)
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
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, Editing, DC, etc.) to the camcorder and leaving the unit
on top of the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the cables will cause the camcorder to fall,
resulting in damage.
This camcorder is designed exclusively for the digital video cassette. Only cassettes marked
" can be used with this unit.
Before recording an important scene . . .
.... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini DV 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, perform-
ance or exhibition for personal enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that you obtain permis-