For Customer Use:
Enter below the Serial Nos. of the
GR-DVM1U camcorder and the
AA-V80U AC Power Adapter/Charger.
The serial numbers are located on the
bottom of the GR-DVM1U and the
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
COPYRIGHT© 1997 VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LTD.
Printed in Japan
VICTOR COMPANY OF JAPAN, LIMITED
CAMERA VIDEO NUMERIQUE
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
Warning on lithium cell battery
The battery used in this device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not recharge,
disassemble, heat above 100°C (212°F) or incinerate.
Replace battery with Panasonic (Matsushita Elec-
tronic), Sanyo or Maxell CR2025; use of another
battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
Dispose of used battery properly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in fire.
CAUTION (applies to the Docking Station):
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USERSERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
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.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the Docking
Station is on its bottom.
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of
the Canadian Interference Causing Equipment
"Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes
les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur
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 viewfinder playback are possible
anywhere. Use the BN-V812U battery pack and, to
recharge it, the provided multi-voltage AC Power
Adapter/Charger AA-V80U. (An appropriate conver-
sion adapter may be necessary to accommodate
different designs of AC outlets in different countries.)
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
It is recommended that you . . .
...... refer to "Controls, Indications and Connectors"
pgs. 73 76) 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 your
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions
on pages 78 and 79 before use.
The AA-V80U AC Power Adapter/Charger should be
AC 120 V`, 60 Hz in the USA and Canada,
AC 110 240 V`, 50/60 Hz in other countries.
CAUTION (applies to the AA-V80U)
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
ATTENTION (s'applique à l'AA-V80U)
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.
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 adhered to.
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 power-line
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 be fatal.
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 instructions. For your safety,
please read all the safety and operating instructions before
you operate this product and keep this manual for future
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
(B) Your product may be equipped with a 3-wire
grounding-type plug, a plug having a third (grounding)
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
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or
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 Combination
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 the like.
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 hazards.
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 heat.
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 personnel.
2. Damage Requiring Service
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing
to qualified service personnel under the following
a. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the
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 any way.
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 hazards.
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 operating condition.
PORTABLE CART WARNING
(Symbol provided by RETAC)
DANGER! Do not attempt to take the batteries
apart, or expose them to flame or excessive heat, as
there is a risk of fire or explosion.
WARNING! Do not allow the battery terminals, or
the battery itself, to come in contact with metals, as
this can result in a short circuit and possibly start a
·When transporting, make sure the provided
battery cap is attached to the battery. If you
misplace the battery cap, carry the battery in a
Before recording an important scene . . .
..... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini
..... remember that the GR-DVM1 is not compatible
with other digital video formats.
..... remember that the GR-DVM1 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
The Benefits Of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion battery packs are small but possess a
large power capacity. However, when the battery
pack becomes cool in an environment subject to
cold temperatures (below 10°C/50°F), the battery
pack has a characteristic that its usage time
becomes shorter and may cease to function. If this
happens, place the battery pack in your pocket or
other warm, protected place for a short time, then
re-attach it to the camcorder. As long as the battery
pack itself is not cold, it should not affect perform-
(If you're using some kind of heating pad, make
sure the battery pack does not come in direct
contact with the pad.)
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 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 the
CAUTION! Attaching the camcorder to the Docking
Station, connecting cables (AUDIO/VIDEO,
S-VIDEO, Editing, DC) 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
Lithium-ion is vulnerable in colder temperatures.