DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
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Basic Recording ................................ 14
Advanced Features ............................ 20
Basic Playback ................................. 42
Advanced Features ............................ 44
Basic Connections ............................. 46
Advanced Connections ........................ 48
Tape Dubbing ................................... 50
Digital Dubbing ................................ 51
USING THE REMOTE
Random Assemble Editing .................... 56
For More Accurate Editing .................... 60
Audio Dubbing ................................. 62
Controls, Connectors And Indicators ........ 70
Indications ...................................... 72
Docking Station ................................ 74
Terms ........................................... 75
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.
Using This Instruction Manual
·All major sections and subsections are listed in the Table Of Contents (
·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. 70 75) 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 product.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions on pages 76 and 77 before use.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
Warning on lithium cell battery
(for remote control unit)
The battery used in this device may present a fire
or chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble, heat above 100°C or
Replace the battery with Maxell, Panasonic
(Matsushita Electric), Sanyo or Sony CR2025; use
of another battery may present a risk of fire or
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in
To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No
user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
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
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
BE SURE to replace the fuse only with an
identical approved type, as originally fitted, and
to replace the fuse cover.
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 mains supply.
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
Blue wire to terminal coded N (Neutral) or
Brown wire to terminal coded L (Live) or
If in doubt -- consult a competent electrician.
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.
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 BN-V507U/V514U 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.)
This unit is produced to comply with Standard
IEC Publ. 65.
SOME DO'S AND DON'TS ON THE SAFE
USE OF EQUIPMENT
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
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
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!
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.
CAUTION! The following notes concern possible
physical damage to the camcorder and to the user.
When carrying, be sure to always attach and use
the provided hand strap. Hold the camcorder firmly
in your hand, with the strap securely around your
wrist. 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
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
CAUTION! Attaching the camcorder to the Docking
Station with cables (Audio/Video, 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.
This camcorder is designed exclusively for
the digital video cassette. Only cassettes
can be used with this unit.
Before recording an important scene . . .
.... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini
.... 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-
·Remote Control Unit
· Editing Cable
to RCA plug]
The CD ROM contains
the following 5
·JLIP Video Capture
·JLIP Video Producer
·PC Connection Cable
· Cable Adapter
Cable [RCA plug
to RCA plug]
·Core Filter x 3 (for
optional DV cable,
The digital camcorder converts incoming audio and video signals into digital form for recording.
A video signal is composed of a luminance signal (Y) and colour signals (R-Y and B-Y). These signals are
identified and recorded digitally (Digital Component Recording). The A/D (Analogue to Digital) converter
samples the Y signal at 13.5 MHz, and R-Y and B-Y at 6.75 MHz, and changes them to an 8-bit quantum
Sound sampled at 48 kHz is changed to a 16-bit quantum signal, and sound sampled at 32 kHz is converted to
a 12-bit signal.
3 Audio Area
The digital audio signal is recorded here.
4 ITI (Insert and Tracking
Insert editing and post-recording editing
tracking signals are recorded here.
1 Sub-Code Area
The Time Code and Date/Time data are
written here, separate from the video data.
This enables you to display the date and
time during playback, even if they weren't
displayed while recording.
2 Video Area
The digital video signal is recorded here.
Luminance Signal (Y)
This camcorder separates the data into blocks, writing one block of each data type on each track of the tape.