DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
The D.S.C. (Digital Still Camera) features
are available on GR-DVL557, GR-DVL555,
GR-DVL357 and GR-DVL355.
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VIDEO RECORDING &
VIDEO RECORDING ............ 16 20
VIDEO PLAYBACK .............. 21 24
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.)
D.S.C. RECORDING ............ 26 27
D.S.C. PLAYBACK .............. 28 36
FOR RECORDING ................ 38 45
USING THE MENU FOR
DETAILED ADJUSTMENT ...... 46 51
DUBBING ......................... 52 56
USING THE REMOTE
CONTROL UNIT ................ 57 67
SYSTEM CONNECTIONS ........ 68 69
DETAILS ................................... 71
TROUBLESHOOTING ............ 72 76
USER MAINTENANCE ................... 77
INDEX ............................. 78 84
CAUTIONS ........................ 85 87
TERMS ............................ 88 89
SPECIFICATIONS ................. 90 91
The camcorder illustrations
appearing in this instruction
manual are of the GR-DVL557.
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. 78 84) 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 85 through 87 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 information and safety caution of the
AC Adapter are on its upper and lower sides.
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.
Connection to the mains supply in the United
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this
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.
IMPORTANT (for owners in the U.K.)
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No
user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
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.
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 outlet.
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 or to supply power to the
camcorder from an AC outlet, use the provided multi-voltage AC Adapter and Power Cord. (An
appropriate conversion adapter may be necessary to accommodate different designs of AC outlets in
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 splashing.
Do not use this equipment in a bathroom or places with water.
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.)
SOME DO'S AND DON'TS ON THE SAFE USE
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.
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.
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, 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
This camcorder is designed exclusively for the digital video cassette, SD Memory Card 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,
performance or exhibition for personal enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that you obtain
*Memory cards can be used with GR-DVL557/DVL555/DVL357/DVL355 only.
·Remote Control Unit
·AAA (R03) Battery x 2
(for remote control
(ø3.5 mini-plug to RCA plug)
·Memory Card (8 MB)
(Already inserted in the
·PC Connection Cable
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.
One plug has 3 rings around the pin,
and the other has
1 ring around the pin.
Both plugs have 1 ring around the pin.
·Lens Cap (Already
attached to the
·Core Filter x 2 (GR-DVL150 only)
(for optional S-Video cable and PC Connection cable provided
with optional HS-V16KIT software)
pg. 6 for attachment
·Core Filter x 1
(for optional S-Video cable)
pg. 6 for attachment