DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
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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 (
pg. 6, 7).
·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. 99 106) 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 107 and 108 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.
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.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the
Docking Station 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.
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 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
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
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 and MultiMediaCard. Only
cassettes marked "
" and memory cards marked "
" 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, perform-
ance or exhibition for personal enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that you obtain permis-
·Docking Station CU-V501E
·AC Power Adapter/Charger
·Remote Control Unit
·Battery Pack BN-V507U
The CD ROM contains the
following 7 software
· JLIP Video Capture
· JLIP Video Producer
· Picture Navigator (for Windows®)
· Picture Navigator (for Macintosh®)
· Mr. Photo
·Lithium Battery CR2025
(for remote control unit)
·PC Connection Cable
· Editing Cable
·Audio/Video (A/V) Cable
[mini-plug to RCA plug]
·Audio/Video (A/V) Cable
[RCA plug to RCA plug]
·Core Filter x 3 (for optional
DV cable, headphones and
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.