DIGITAL MEDIA CAMERA
(RECORDING & PLAYBACK)
To deactivate the demonstration, set
"DEMO MODE" to "OFF". (
This instruction manual describes the basic operations of the camera.
For more information, read the advanced operation manual provided
as HTML format in the CD-ROM. See page 32 for details.
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Removable hard disk
In contrast to conventional digital video cameras that
record to DV tapes, the removable hard disk is a new type
of card media that enables extended hours of high-
resolution, MPEG2 video recording. (
Various Recording Media and Modes
Video and still images can be recorded to
CompactFlash card (CF card) and SD
memory card. The removable hard disk
(provided) or Microdrive is a type of CF
card compliant with CF+ Type II.
You can select the most suitable recording
medium and mode for picture quality,
image size, recording time, and computer
Voice Recording Features
The camera can be used as a
voice recorder for audio
Enjoying Various Playback Features
Unlike tape operation, playback is simple and easy in this
camera since no time is needed for rewinding or fast
Playlist, playback effects, and
other functions are also
available for enjoying many
different types of playback.
(Refer to the advanced
operation manual in CD-ROM.
Editing Files on your PC
USB 2.0 enables the smooth
transfer of video and still images to
a computer. With the bundled
Cyberlink software, you can easily
edit video and create your own
DVDs. (Refer to "SOFTWARE
INSTALLATION AND USB CONNECTION GUIDE".)
If your printer is compatible with
PictBridge, still images can be
printed easily by connecting the
camera with USB cable directly
to the printer. (Refer to the advanced operation manual in
Major Features of this Camera
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Thank you for purchasing this digital media camera. Before
use, please read the safety information and precautions
contained in the pages 3 4 to ensure safe use of this product.
IMPORTANT (for owners in the U.K.)
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
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:
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.
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No user
serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified
When you are not using the AC adapter for a long period
of time, it is recommended that you disconnect the power
cord from AC outlet.
Blue to N (Neutral) or
Brown to L (Live) or Red
To avoid electric shock or
damage to the unit, first
firmly insert the small end
of the power cord into the
AC Adapter until it is no
longer wobbly, and then
plug the larger end of the
power cord into an AC
This camera is designed to be used with PAL-type color
television signals. It cannot be used for playback with a
television of a different standard. However, live recording
and LCD monitor playback are possible anywhere.
Use the JVC BN-VM200U battery pack and, to recharge
it or to supply power to the camera from an AC outlet, use
the provided multi-voltage AC adapter. (An appropriate
conversion adapter may be necessary to accommodate
different designs of AC outlets in different countries.)
The rating plate (serial number plate) and safety caution
are on the bottom and/or the back of the main unit.
The rating information and safety caution of the AC
adapter are on its upper and lower sides.
Do not point the lens 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 camera and to the user.
Carrying or holding the camera by the LCD monitor can
result in dropping the unit, or in a malfunction.
Do not use a tripod on unsteady or unlevel surfaces. It could
tip over, causing serious damage to the camera.
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, etc.) to the
camera and leaving it on top of the TV is not recommended,
as tripping on the cables will cause the camera to fall,
resulting in damage.
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SOME DO'S AND DON'TS ON THE SAFE USE OF
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.
DO read the operating instructions before you attempt to use
DO 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.
DO consult your dealer if you are ever in doubt about the
installation, operation or safety of your equipment.
DO 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
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
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!
Before Using this Camera
This camera is designed exclusively for CompactFlash
Card (CF card) and SD Memory Card.
The removable hard disk (provided) or Microdrive is a
type of CF card compliant with CF+ Type II.
This camera records video in MPEG2 format compliant
with SD-VIDEO format.
Remember that this camera is not compatible with other
digital video formats.
Remember that this camera 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.)
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
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.)
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Before recording important video, be sure to make a trial
Play back your trial recording to make sure the video and
audio have been recorded properly.
Also read "Cautions" on pages 37 to 39.
Manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories.
"Dolby" and double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby
Microdrive® is a registered trademark of Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other
MascotCapsule is registered trademark of HI
CORPORATION in Japan.
Copyright © 2001 HI CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
Other product and company names included in this
instruction manual are trademarks and/or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
Removable Hard Disk
The removable hard disk is a precision electronic device.
Be careful when handling it.
Cautions for external jolt or stress
After removing the disk from the camera, store it by
inserting into the supplied protective case.
Do not press on the cover.
Do not subject the disk to
vibrations or sudden jolts. Be
especially careful to avoid
sudden jolts when shooting or
Do not affix stickers or write on the label.
Do not apply strong pressure to the outside of the disk.
Also, do not put it in your pants pocket or other location
where it can be pressed on.
Cautions for temperature
The camera's protection circuit may work for the proper
recording or playback when the camera's internal
temperature rises or during usage in a cold location.
The camera and removable hard disk can heat up when
used for an extended period. However, this is not a
The disk can heat up when used for an extended period.
Therefore, do not remove it immediately from the camera.
Condensation can cause the drive to break down. If water is
splashed on the drive, make sure that it is completely dried
Do not use, replace, or store the disk in locations that are
exposed to strong static electricity or electrical noise.
Do not turn off the camera power or remove the battery or
AC adapter during shooting, playback, or when otherwise
accessing the recording medium.
Do not bring the recording medium near objects that have a
strong magnetic field or that emit strong electromagnetic
Since data must be read and written by the drive correctly,
the camera may be unable to shoot when the camera heats
up, such as during continuous shooting, or when the
camera is cooled down during usage in a cold location. To
fix this problem, follow the messages displayed on the
To maintain high performance, perform check disks (error
checks) using your computer on a regular basis. Use a USB
cable to connect the camera and PC, and then perform the
check disk on the removable hard disk using the same
procedure as a regular local disk (C drive). Refer to the
instruction manual of your PC for check disks.
Clean up the disk regularly to maintain high performance.
Also read "Recording Medium" on page 38.
Be careful to completely delete data when discarding or
giving away the removable hard disk.
When recording data is formatted or deleted on the camera,
this only modifies the file management information, and the
data is not completely erased. When discarding or giving away
the removable hard disk, to prevent problems caused by the
release of sensitive information, it is extremely important that
the customer take responsibility to erase all recorded data.
Some recommended methods of erasing data include using a
commercial data removal program or using a hammer or
strong magnet to physically or magnetically destroy the data
on the hard disk so that it cannot be read. JVC shall not be
responsible for any personal data that is released.
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