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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Digital Video Recorder
  • Model/name: XL H1
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

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Mini Digital
Video
Cassette
HD VIDEO CAMERA RECORDER
Instruction Manual
CAMÉSCOPE ET LECTEUR VIDÉO HD
Manuel d’instruction
VIDEOCÁMARA Y GRABADORA HD
Manual de Instrucciones
NTSC
A
PUB. DIM-720
English
Français
Español
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Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE,
USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
Digital Video Camcorder, XL H1A Systems.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual.
If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
Canon U.S.A. Inc.
One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A.
Tel No. (516)328-5600
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
Important Warning
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-
SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
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 product.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to
the Canon Digital Video Camcorder XL H1A and all its
accessories.
1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating
instructions should be read before the product is
operated.
2. Retain Instructions — The safety and operating
instructions should be retained for future reference.
3. Heed Warnings — All warnings on the product and in
the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow Instructions — All operating and maintenance
instructions should be followed.
5. Cleaning — Unplug this product from the wall outlet
before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
The product should be cleaned only as recommended
in this manual.
6. Accessories — Do not use accessories not
recommended in this manual as they may be
hazardous.
7. Avoid magnetic or electric fields — Do not use the
camera close to TV transmitters, portable
communication devices or other sources of electric or
magnetic radiation. They may cause picture
interference, or permanently damage the camera.
8. Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric shock — Do
not use this product near water or in rainy/moist
situations.
9. Placing or Moving — Do not place on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket or table. The product may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious
damage to the product.
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.
10. Power Sources — The CA-920
Compact Power Adapter should be operated 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. Regarding other power sources such as
battery power, refer to instructions in this manual.
11. Polarization — The CA-920 Compact Power Adapter
is equipped with a polarized 2-prong plug (a plug
having one blade wider than the other).
The 2-prong polarized 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 still fails to fit, contact
your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not
defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.
12. Power Cord Protection — Power cords should be
routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or
pinched by items placed upon or against them. Pay
particular attention to plugs and the point from which
the cords exit the product.
13. Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside antenna
is connected to the product, be sure the antenna is
grounded so as to provide some protection against
voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section
810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI / NFPA No.
70—1984, provides information with respect 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. See
figure 1.
14. Lightning — For added protection of this product
during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended
and unused for long periods of time, disconnect it from
the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna. This will
prevent damage to the product due to lightning and
power-line surges.
15. 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.
16. Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets and
extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or
electric shock.
17. Objects 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. Be careful not to
spill liquid of any kind onto the product.
18. Servicing — Do not attempt to service this product
yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
Fig.1
ANTENNA LEAD IN
WIRE
ELECTRIC SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUND
CLAMP
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
NEC - NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE
ANTENNA DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
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19. Damage Requiring Service — Disconnect this product
from the wall outlet and all power sources including
battery, and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have
fallen into, the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the product does not operate normally even if you
follow the operating instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operation
instructions. 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 the cabinet has
been damaged.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance. This indicates a need for service.
20. Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are
required, be sure the service technician has used
replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that
have the same characteristics as the original part.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric
shock or other hazards.
21. 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 order.
When replacement of power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service
Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-920.
The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. Contact your Canon dealer for
information about plug adapter for overseas use.
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Using this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XL H1. Please read this manual carefully before you use the
camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to the
Troubleshooting table ( 144).
Conventions Used in this Manual
 : Precautions related to the camcorder operation.
 : Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
 : Reference page number.
 Capital letters are used to refer to buttons on the camcorder or the wireless controller.
 [ ] are used to refer to menu items displayed on the screen.
 The Canon HD Video 5.4-108 mm L IS II Zoom Lens supplied with the Lens Kit is referred to as
“HD 20x L IS Lens”.
 The illustrations show the camcorder with the HD 20x L IS Lens attached.
 “Screen” refers to the viewfinder screen.
 “Card” or “Memory card” refers to an SD memory card or a MultiMediaCard (MMC).
Available functions depend on the operating mode and are indicated as follows:
: Function can be used in this mode.
: Function cannot be used in this mode.
Trademark Acknowledgements
• Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc.
• is a trademark.
• HDV and the logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC).
• is a trademark.
• Windows®
is either a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time
Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in rechargeable
battery has completely discharged.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [SYSTEM/ ] and press the SET button.
3. Select [D/TIME SET ] and then select [T.ZONE/DST] and press the SET button.
The time zone setting appears. The default setting is New York.
4. Turn the SELECT dial to select the setting option that represents your time zone and
press the SET button.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone with the next to the area.
Setting the Date and Time
MENU
( 34)
SYSTE
YSTEM/
M/ D/
D/TIME
TIME SET
SET T.Z
T.ZONE/
ONE/DST
DST•••N.Y
N.Y.
MENU
( 34)
SYSTE
YSTEM/
M/ D/
D/TIME
TIME SET
SET
D/T
D/TIME SET
IME SET••• JA
JAN.1,2
N.1,2005
005
12
12:00
:00 PM
PM
Menu item showing at its default position
Operating modes
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About the HD/HDV and SD/DV Specifications
Throughout the manual we will distinguish between the video signal standards used by the camera
section of the XL H1, and the recording standards used by the recorder section of the XL H1. The video
signal can be set to HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition) specifications. The recording
standard on the tape will be HDV (high definition) or DV, respectively.
Camera Section HD/SD
Recorder Section HDV/DV
Playback Signal HDV/DV
HD/SD SDI Terminal HD/SD
HDV/DV Terminal HDV/DV
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Contents
Introduction
Important Usage Instructions.............................................................................................................................2
Important Safety Instructions.............................................................................................................................3
Using this Manual..............................................................................................................................................5
Checking the Supplied Accessories ..................................................................................................................9
Components Guide..........................................................................................................................................10
Preparations
Preparing the Power Supply............................................................................................................................16
Preparing the Camcorder ................................................................................................................................19
Preparing the Lens ..........................................................................................................................................24
Using the Wireless Controller..........................................................................................................................28
Loading/Unloading a Cassette ........................................................................................................................29
Inserting/Removing a Memory Card................................................................................................................30
Changing Settings with the MENU Button....................................................................................................... 31
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time............................................................................................................41
Recording
Recording ........................................................................................................................................................42
Selecting the Signal Standard (HD/SD)...........................................................................................................47
Changing the Aspect Ratio..............................................................................................................................48
End Search......................................................................................................................................................49
Zooming ..........................................................................................................................................................50
Adjusting the Focus.........................................................................................................................................52
Using the ND Filter (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter).........................................................................................55
Selecting the Frame Rate................................................................................................................................56
Setting the Time Code.....................................................................................................................................58
Synchronizing the Camcorder’s Time Code....................................................................................................60
Setting the User Bit..........................................................................................................................................62
Audio Recording..............................................................................................................................................63
Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped with Image Stabilizer)..............................................................................68
Using the Programmed AE Modes..................................................................................................................69
Recording in the Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode....................................................................................................72
Recording in the Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode..................................................................................................73
Recording in the Manual Mode........................................................................................................................74
Adjusting the Exposure....................................................................................................................................75
Using AE Shift ................................................................................................................................................. 76
Adjusting the Gain ...........................................................................................................................................77
Setting the White Balance ...............................................................................................................................78
Using the Zebra Pattern ..................................................................................................................................80
Using the Skin Detail Function ........................................................................................................................81
Using the Custom Preset.................................................................................................................................82
Using Clear Scan.............................................................................................................................................89
Using the Custom Keys...................................................................................................................................90
Recording Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal ...............................................................................................93
Using the Faders .............................................................................................................................................94
Using the Digital Video Control........................................................................................................................95
Other Camcorder Functions/Settings ..............................................................................................................96
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Playback
Playing Back a Tape........................................................................................................................................98
Connecting to a Monitor/TV...........................................................................................................................100
Audio Output ................................................................................................................................................. 104
Returning to a Pre-marked Position ..............................................................................................................105
Index Search ................................................................................................................................................. 106
Date Search ..................................................................................................................................................107
Displaying the Data Code..............................................................................................................................108
Changing the Remote Sensor Mode .............................................................................................................109
Editing
Recording an External Video Signal (Analog Line-In, HDV/DV In)................................................................ 110
Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)................................................... 112
Connecting to a Computer (IEEE1394)......................................................................................................... 113
Using a Memory Card
Selecting the Image Quality/Size................................................................................................................... 114
File Numbers ................................................................................................................................................. 115
Recording Still Images on a Memory Card.................................................................................................... 116
Selecting the Drive Mode .............................................................................................................................. 119
Selecting the Metering Method......................................................................................................................121
Using an Optional Flash ................................................................................................................................122
Reviewing a Still Image Right after Recording ..............................................................................................123
Playing Back Still Images from a Memory Card ............................................................................................124
Erasing Images..............................................................................................................................................126
Protecting Images..........................................................................................................................................127
Initializing a Memory Card.............................................................................................................................128
Print Order Settings.......................................................................................................................................129
Additional Information
Settings Retained at Power Off or STANDBY Mode .....................................................................................130
Screen Displays.............................................................................................................................................132
List of Messages............................................................................................................................................136
Maintenance/Others ......................................................................................................................................137
Troubleshooting.............................................................................................................................................144
System Diagram............................................................................................................................................147
Optional Accessories.....................................................................................................................................149
Specifications ................................................................................................................................................ 152
Index..............................................................................................................................................................155
Audio Block Diagram.....................................................................................................................................157
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Checking the Supplied Accessories
Body Kit
Additional Accessories Supplied with the Lens Kit
CA-920 Compact
Power Adapter
DC-920 DC Coupler BP-950G Battery Pack SDC-16M SD Memory
Card
WL-D5000 Wireless
Controller
Two AA (R6) Batteries Color Viewfinder Microphone Unit Camcorder Dust Cap SS-1000 Shoulder
Strap
Adapter Holder Stereo Cable DTC-1000Component
Video Cable
Canon HD Video
5.4-108 mm L IS II
Zoom Lens
(with soft case)
Lens Cap Lens Dust Cap Lens Hood
The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the camcorder. Write down the number and other
information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.
Date of Purchase: Model Name: XL H1 A
Purchased From: Serial No.:
Dealer Address
Dealer Phone No.:
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Components Guide
XL H1
External control mode
VCR/PLAY mode
Power off
Auto
Shutter-Priority
Aperture-Priority
Manual
Spotlight
Night
Easy Recording
Left side view
Recording
programs
POWER dial
LIGHT button
END SEARCH button ( 49)
MODE SELECT switch ( 48)
FRAME RATE switch ( 56)
AUDIO MONITOR button ( 67, 104)
POWER indicator
Side panel ( 135)
Color viewfinder socket ( 19)
FU-1000 Monochrome Viewfinder socket ( 150)
EVF PEAKING/EVF MAGNIFYING buttons ( 53)
EXP. LOCK button ( 75)
LENS RELEASE switch ( 24)
SET button ( 31)
IRIS dial ( 73)/SELECT dial ( 31)
(record review) button ( 46)
BARS/FADE SELECT button ( 93)
BARS/FADE ON/OFF button ( 93)
MENU button ( 31)
GAIN dial ( 75)
WHITE BALANCE dial ( 78)
WHITE BALANCE button ( 78)
STANDBY button ( 43)
INPUT SELECT switch (CH3, CH4) ( 66)
REC LEVEL switch (CH3, CH4) ( 67)
INPUT SELECT switch (CH1, CH2) ( 64)
REC LEVEL switch (CH1, CH2) ( 67)
REC CH SELECT switch (CH1, CH2) ( 64)
CH1/CH2 dials ( 67)
FRONT MIC ATT. switch (CH1, CH2) ( 64)
CH3/CH4 dials ( 67)
LIGHT Button
Press the LIGHT button to illuminate the side panel for approximately 10 seconds. Keep the button pressed for at
least 3 seconds, to keep the panel illuminated until you press the LIGHT button once more to turn the backlight off.
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Left side view
Dioptric adjustment lever ( 21)
STEREO/MONO microphone selector ( 64)
Lock lever ( 20)
Eye cup ( 20)
Color viewfinder ( 19-22)
Lock release button ( 21)
Viewfinder cable ( 19)
Zoom ring ( 50)
Lens hood ( 25)
Focus ring ( 52)
RESET button
Memory card slot ( 30)
ND filter operating ring ( 55)
ND filter unlock button ( 55)
STABILIZER ON/OFF switch ( 68)
POSITION PRESET switch ( 51)
AF switch ( 52)/
POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch ( 51)
Focus selector ( 53)
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Right side view
S-video terminal ( 102)
Video terminal (BNC) ( 102)
RCA/BNC selector ( 102)
Video terminal (RCA) ( 102)
AUDIO 2 terminals (RCA) ( 66)
AUDIO 1 terminals (RCA) ( 64)
Terminal cover
Battery attachment unit ( 16)
BATT. RELEASE button ( 16)
HD/SD SDI terminal ( 100)
GEN.LOCK terminal ( 60)
TC OUT terminal ( 60)
TC IN terminal ( 60)
Serial number
Screw hole for adapter holder ( 23)
AE SHIFT dial ( 76)
LOCK lever ( 43)
FRONT MIC terminals ( 22)
Microphone cable ( 22)
Lens hood locking screw ( 25)
Grip zoom lever ( 50)
PHOTO button ( 116)
Cassette compartment ( 29)
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* Do not use tripods with fastening screws longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.) as it may damage the camcorder.
About the Terminal
(LANC) stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The terminal allows you to connect and control
connected devices.
Connect only devices with the mark to the terminal.
Operation cannot be guaranteed for connections with devices not bearing the mark.
Some buttons of connected devices may not operate or may operate differently than the buttons on the camcorder.
Front view
Back view
Tally lamp ( 97)
Remote sensor ( 28, 109)
Grip belt ( 23)
Attachment sockets for the optional TA-100 Tripod
Adapter ( 150)
Tripod socket*
Viewfinder cable ( 19)
Remote sensor ( 28, 109)
Start/stop button ( 42)
Microphone locking screw ( 22)
Strap mount ( 23)
XLR input terminals ( 65, 66)
SHUTTER buttons ( 72)
PHONES LEVEL dial
(phones) terminal
HDV indicator ( 47)
HDV/DV IN/OUT terminal ( 102, 110, 113)
terminal
LINE/MIC switch ( 65, 66)
+48V switch ( 65, 66)
MIC ATT. switch ( 64, 66)
TAPE/CARD switch ( 116)
CARD access indicator ( 116)
ZOOM SPEED switch ( 50)
ZOOM SPEED dial ( 50)
Start/stop button ( 42)
COMPONENT OUT terminal ( 101)
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Top view
(pause) button ( 98) /
DRIVE MODE button ( 119)
(stop) button ( 98,110) /
(metering mode) button ( 121)
(rewind) button ( 98) /
- button ( 124)
(play) button ( 98) /
SLIDESHOW button ( 124)
(fast forward) button ( 98) /
+ button ( 87, 124)
REC (record) button ( 110)
Screw holes for adapter holder ( 23)
Tally lamp ( 97)
Remote sensor ( 28, 109)
Handle zoom lever ( 50)
Viewfinder locking screw ( 19)
Microphone ( 22)
Advanced accessory shoe ( 66, 122)
Start/stop button ( 42)
PHOTO button ( 116)
CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button ( 85)
CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button ( 85)
EVF DISPLAY button ( 45)
CUSTOM KEYS ( 90)
EJECT switch ( 29)
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WL-D5000 Wireless Controller
PHOTO button ( 116)
START/STOP button ( 42)
MENU button ( 31)
TV SCREEN button ( 132)
SLIDESHOW button ( 124)
DATA CODE button ( 108)
INDEX WRITE button ( 91)
AUDIO MONITOR button ( 67, 104)
END SEARCH button ( 49)
SEARCH SELECT button ( 106, 107)
REC PAUSE button ( 110)
REW button ( 98)
ZERO SET MEMORY button ( 105)
button ( 98)
PAUSE button ( 98)
REMOTE SET button ( 109)
AV DV button ( 112)
Zoom buttons ( 50)
Menu selection buttons ( 31)
SET button ( 31)
- button ( 124)
+ button ( 87, 124)
MIX BALANCE buttons ( 104)
/ buttons ( 106, 107)
PLAY button ( 98)
FF button ( 98)
button ( 98)
STOP button ( 98)
button ( 98)
SLOW button ( 98)
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Preparations
Preparing the Power Supply
Charging the Battery Pack
Disconnect the DC coupler from the power adapter before charging. Remove the terminal cover of the
battery pack.
1. Connect the power cord to the adapter.
2. Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
3. Attach the battery pack to the adapter.
• Press lightly and slide the battery pack in the
direction of the arrow until it clicks.
• The charge indicator starts flashing. The indicator
will stay on when the charging is complete.
4. When the charging is complete, remove the
battery pack from the adapter.
5. Unplug the power cord from the power
outlet and disconnect it from the adapter.
Attaching the Battery Pack
1. Turn the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
Press lightly and slide the battery pack up, in the
direction of the arrow until it clicks.
3. Remove the battery pack after use.
Holding the BATT.RELEASE button pressed down,
slide the battery pack down to remove it.
Charge indicator
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Preparations
Using a Household Power Outlet
1. Turn the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Attach the DC coupler to the camcorder.
Press lightly and slide the DC coupler up, in the
direction of the arrow until it clicks.
3. Connect the power cord to the power
adapter.
4. Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
5. Connect the DC coupler to the adapter.
6. Detach the DC coupler after use.
Holding the BATT.RELEASE button pressed down,
slide the DC coupler down to remove it.
About the Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
This camcorder has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery to retain the date, time and other settings. The
built-in battery is recharged every time you use the camcorder. However, when you use the camcorder
for only short times or do not use it for a period of over 3 months, it will become totally depleted. In that
case, recharge the built-in battery by powering the camcorder from a power outlet and leaving it with the
POWER dial set to OFF for at least 24 hours.
 Disconnect the DC coupler from the power adapter when charging a battery pack.
 Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the power adapter.
 If the adapter is used close to a TV, it may cause picture interference. Move the adapter away from
the TV or the antenna cable.
 Do not connect to the power adapter any products not expressly recommended.
 If you connect a faulty power adapter or battery pack, the charge indicator turns off and the
charging will stop.
 The charge indicator informs you about the charge status.
0-50%: Flashes once every second
50-75%: Flashes twice every second
More than 75%: Flashes 3 times every second
100%: Continuously on
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 Charging, Recording and Playback Times
The following times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording and playback
conditions.
* Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, power on/off. Actual
time may be shorter.
 We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C (50 °F and
86 °F).
 A lithium ion battery pack can be charged at any charge state. Unlike conventional battery packs,
you do not need to completely use or discharge it before charging.
 We recommend that you prepare battery packs 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might need.
 To conserve battery power, turn off the camcorder instead of leaving it in record pause mode.
Battery Pack BP-930 BP-945 BP-950G BP-970G
Charging Time with the CA-920 Compact Power Adapter 145 min. 220 min. 235 min. 320 min.
Recording and Playback Times
Maximum
Recording Time
HD 20x L
IS Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 140 min. 210 min. 295 min. 405 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
105 min. 165 min. 230 min. 315 min.
Typical Recording
Time*
HD 20x L
IS Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 115 min. 155 min. 210 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
60 min. 90 min. 125 min. 170 min.
Playback Time Supplied color viewfinder 165 min. 250 min. 350 min. 480 min.
Recording and Playback Times
Maximum
Recording Time
HD 20x L
IS Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 155 min. 230 min. 335 min. 455 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
120 min. 180 min. 250 min. 350 min.
20x L IS
Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 140 min. 210 min. 300 min. 415 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
110 min. 170 min. 235 min. 320 min.
16x
Manual
Zoom
Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 160 min. 250 min. 340 min. 465 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder 120 min. 190 min. 260 min. 360 min.
3x Zoom
Lens XL
Supplied color viewfinder 130 min. 195 min. 295 min. 400 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
105 min. 165 min. 230 min. 315 min.
Typical Recording
Time*
HD 20x L
IS Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 85 min. 130 min. 175 min. 240 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
65 min. 100 min. 135 min. 190 min.
20x L IS
Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 115 min. 155 min. 215 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
60 min. 95 min. 125 min. 175 min.
16x
Manual
Zoom
Lens
Supplied color viewfinder 90 min. 140 min. 175 min. 240 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder 70 min. 105 min. 140 min. 195 min.
3x Zoom
Lens XL
Supplied color viewfinder 75 min. 110 min. 150 min. 210 min.
Optional FU-1000
monochrome viewfinder
60 min. 90 min. 125 min. 170 min.
Playback Time Supplied color viewfinder 180 min. 275 min. 375 min. 510 min.
HDV
DV
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Preparations
Preparing the Camcorder
Attaching and Detaching the Color Viewfinder Unit
Attaching the Color Viewfinder Unit
1. Slide the viewfinder unit onto the bracket
and tighten the locking screw.
2. Connect the viewfinder cable to the
upper socket of the camcorder body.
3. Hook the viewfinder cable onto the cable
clamp.
Insert the cable plug straight into the camcorder
socket.
Detaching the Viewfinder Unit
1. Detach the viewfinder cable.
2. Loosen the locking screw and slide the viewfinder unit off the bracket.
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Attaching and Detaching the Eye Cup
You can change the position of the eye cup for use with either the left or right eye. Detach the eye cup
and reattach it when changing the position of the eye cup for right or left eye use.
Attaching the Eye Cup
Align the hole for the dioptric adjustment lever with the lever, and pull the eye cup into
position.
Detaching the Eye Cup
Detach the eye cup as shown in the
illustration.
Adjusting the Position of the Viewfinder
The viewfinder position can be changed (right/left, forward/backward).
When storing the camcorder in the optional HC-3200 System Case, adjust the viewfinder to the right and
lock it.
Right eye use Left eye use
Right/Left Adjustment
Loosen the locking screw, move the viewfinder
to the right/left and tighten the screw.
Forward/Backward Adjustment
Loosen the locking lever, move the viewfinder
forward/backward and tighten the lever.
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Preparations
Dioptric Adjustment
Turn on the camcorder and adjust the dioptric
adjustment lever.
Prevent direct sunlight from getting in the viewfinder. The viewfinder LCD may become damaged due
to concentration of the light by the lens. Pay special attention when mounting the camcorder on a
tripod, or during transportation.
Using the Viewfinder as LCD Panel
You can use the viewfinder as an LCD panel by opening the eyepiece adapter.
Press the lock release button and open the
eyepiece adapter.
Make sure to close the eyepiece adapter when you are not using the viewfinder as an LCD panel.
The screen is slightly brighter when you open the eyepiece adapter.
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Adjusting the Viewfinder
You can adjust the brightness, contrast, color and sharpness of the viewfinder. These adjustments will
not affect your recording.
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ] and press the SET button.
3. Select [EVF SETUP] and then select [BRIGHTNESS], [CONTRAST], [COLOR] or
[SHARPNESS].
4. Adjust the setting with the SELECT dial and press the SET button.
• After the adjustment you will return to the [EVF SETUP] submenu. Change additional settings in the
same way as necessary.
• For more details regarding the [EVF BW MODE] setting refer to ( 92).
5. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
Attaching the Microphone Unit
1. Loosen the microphone locking screw on
the viewfinder unit, open the microphone
clamp and insert the microphone into the
microphone clamp.
2. Align the mark on the microphone with the
mark on the clamp and tighten the screw.
3. Plug the microphone cable to the
camcorder’s FRONT MIC terminals.
MENU
( 31)
DISPLAY SETUP / EVF SETUP BRIGHTNESS•••
CONTRAST•••••
COLOR••••••••
SHARPNESS••••
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Preparations
Fastening the Grip Belt
Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the
zoom lever with your index and middle finger,
and the start/stop button with your thumb.
Attaching the Shoulder Strap
Pass the ends through the strap mount and
adjust the length of the strap.
Be careful not to drop the camcorder when adjusting the strap or the grip belt.
Attaching the Adapter Holder
Attach the adapter holder to use the optional CH-910 Dual Battery Charger/Holder or a commercially
available wireless microphone receiver.
1. Attach the adapter holder and secure it by
tightening the screws.
2. Adjust the position of the support bars.
When using the optional CH-910, hook it onto the
support bars and secure it with the stop lever. To
detach the CH-910, press the stop lever in the
direction of the arrow and pull it off the support bars.
Stop lever
Support
bars
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Preparing the Lens
Refer also to the instruction manual of the lens.
Mounting the Lens
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Remove the dust caps from the camcorder
and the lens.
3. Align the red mark on the lens with the red
mark on the camcorder and turn the lens
clockwise until it clicks.
Removing the Lens
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Slide in the LENS RELEASE switch, turn
the lens counter-clockwise until it stops
and remove the lens.
3. Attach the dust caps to the camcorder and
the lens.
 Be careful not to drop the lens or camcorder when mounting or removing the lens.
 Avoid direct sunlight or strong light sources when mounting or removing the lens.
 The XL mount is not compatible with the VL mount.
 Do not touch the lens, lens mount and the interior of the mount, or expose them to dust or dirt.
If necessary, clean the lens with a dry, soft lens-cleaning cloth. Make sure to turn off the camcorder
while cleaning the lens.
 Proper operation cannot be guaranteed when recording in HDV standard with lenses that are not
HDV compatible. If you attach to the camcorder a lens that is not HDV compatible, the messages
“THIS LENS HAS NO STILL SHOOTING CAPABILITY” and “HD INCOMPATIBLE LENS” will
appear.
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Preparations
 Proper operation cannot be guaranteed when recording in HDV standard with the optional
Extender XL 1.6x. The message “HD INCOMPATIBLE LENS” will appear when using the extender,
even with an HDV compatible lens.
Attaching the Lens Hood
Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and shade it from stray light.
1. Place the lens hood on the front of the lens
and screw it clockwise until the Canon logo
appears on top.
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the
thread.
2. Tighten the locking screw.
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Adjusting the Flange Back
(Lenses without a built-in flange back adjustment function)
The flange back can be adjusted to correct the focus during telephoto and wide zooming. The flange
back can be adjusted automatically by the camcorder (AF) or manually (MF). Different flange back
adjustment values can be memorized and can also be saved as backup.
You can store flange back settings for up to 10 lenses.
Preparations
1. Set the frame rate to 60i or 30F.
2. Turn the camcorder facing the subject and secure it in place.
Place the camcorder at a distance of at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) from the subject. Avoid subjects that are difficult
to focus on at the widest angle.
3. Zoom out to full wide angle.
4. Set the POWER dial to Av and set the aperture to full open.
5. Zoom in to full telephoto.
Make sure the subject remains in the center of the frame both, in full zoom out and full zoom in.
6. Check that the exposure conditions are appropriate.
If necessary, use the ND filter.
AF Adjustment
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [CAMERA SETUP] and press the SET button.
3. Select [FB] and then select [ AF ADJUST].
4. When the confirmation screen appears, press the SET button to begin the adjustment.
5. Once the message “FB ADJUSTMENT SUCCESSFUL” is displayed, press the MENU
button to close the menu.
MF Adjustment
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [CAMERA SETUP] and press the SET button.
3. Select [FB] and then select [ MF ADJUST].
4. When the confirmation screen appears, press the SET button to begin the adjustment.
5. The camcorder will zoom in to full telephoto. When the message “ADJUST FOCUS &
PUSH ” appears, focus as necessary and press the SET button.
6. The camcorder will zoom out to full wide angle. When the message “ADJUST FOCUS
& PUSH ” appears, focus as necessary and press the SET button.
7. Once the message “FB ADJUSTMENT SUCCESSFUL” is displayed, press the MENU
button to close the menu.
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Preparations
Resetting the flange back adjustments
This procedure will reset the stored flange back adjustment value for the mounted lens.
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [CAMERA SETUP] and press the SET button.
3. Select [FB] and then select [SET DEFAULT].
4. Select [YES] and press the SET button.
5. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
In the following cases the flange back cannot be adjusted correctly and the camcorder will return to
the flange back adjustment selection screen.
- In the AF adjustment the camcorder cannot focus.
- The lens was removed during the flange back adjustment.
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Using the Wireless Controller
When you press the buttons on the wireless
controller, point it at one of the camcorder’s
remote sensors.
The camcorder has three remote sensors: two at the
front and one at the back.
Inserting the Batteries
The wireless controller operates with two AA (R6)
batteries.
1. Open the battery cover.
2. Insert the batteries following the + and –
markings.
3. Close the battery cover.
 The camcorder and wireless controller are equipped with 2 remote sensor modes ( 109). If the
wireless controller does not work, check if the camcorder and wireless controller are set to the
same mode.
 When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be
operated at very close range, replace the batteries. Make sure to replace both batteries at the
same time.
 The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor is located under strong light
sources or direct sunlight.
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Preparations
Loading/Unloading a Cassette
Use only videocassettes marked with the logo. For recording in HDV we recommend you use
videocassettes compatible with the HDV standard.
1. Slide the EJECT switch to open the
cassette compartment cover.
The cassette compartment opens automatically.
2. Load/unload the cassette.
• Insert the cassette straight, fully into the
compartment with the window facing out.
• Unload the cassette by pulling it straight out.
3. Close the cassette compartment cover.
Press the mark on the cover.
 Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing automatically.
 Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment.
If the camcorder is connected to a power source, cassettes can be loaded/unloaded even if the
POWER dial is set to OFF.
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Inserting/Removing a Memory Card
You can use SD memory cards or commercially available MultiMediaCards (MMC) with this
camcorder. The SD memory card has a protect switch to prevent accidental erasure.
Inserting the Card
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Open the memory card slot cover.
3. Insert the memory card straight, all the way
into the card slot.
4. Close the card slot cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the card is not
correctly inserted.
Removing the Card
Do not forcefully remove the memory card without first pushing it in to release it.
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
Make sure that the CARD indicator is not flashing
before you turn off the camcorder.
2. Open the memory card slot cover.
3. Push the memory card to release it and
then remove the memory card.
4. Close the card slot cover.
 This camcorder is compatible with SD Memory Cards or MultiMediaCards (MMC) only. Do not use
any other type of memory cards.
 Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards.
 Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing the memory card. Otherwise, it may result in
lost data.
 If you use memory cards other than the supplied one, make sure to initialize them with the
camcorder ( 128).
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Preparations
Changing Settings with the MENU Button
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be changed from the onscreen menu.
Selecting Menus and Settings
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select a submenu and press the SET button.
3. Turn the SELECT dial to select a menu item and press the SET button.
4. Turn the SELECT dial to select a setting option and press the SET button.
5. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
 The , and displays in green at the bottom of the screen will give you additional
indications about what buttons to operate during each menu setting.
 Pressing the MENU button at any time closes the menu.
 Unavailable items will appear grayed out.
 You may find it more convenient to use the wireless controller to operate the menu. Press the
MENU button on the wireless controller to open or close the menu. Use the menu selection buttons
of the wireless controller instead of the SELECT dial, and press the SET button on the wireless
controller to save the settings or make a selection.
SET button
MENU button
SELECT dial
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Menu and Default Settings
Default settings are shown in boldface.
1 Cannot be selected in Standard Definition (SD) if the frame rate is set to 24F.
2
Can only be selected when a lens with focus preset function is mounted.
CAMERA MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
SIGNAL SETUP TIME CODE FRAME
SETTNG
DROP, NON-DROP 58
COUNT-UP REC-RUN, REC-RUN PS.,
FREE-RUN1
58
START VALUE SET, RESET 58
EXT.SYNC OFF, GENLOCK, GENLOCK+TC 61
GENLCK ADJUST -1023 – +1023 61
T.CODE OUT ON, OFF 60
COMP. OUT 480i, 1080i/480i 101
SDI OUTPUT ON, OFF 101
SDI SPEC. AUTO, SD LOCKED 101
CAMERA SETUP 24F MODE SEL* 2:3, 2:3:3:2 57
ZEBRA ON, OFF 80
ZEBRA LEVEL 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100 80
SKIN D.SET HUE 81
CHROMA
AREA
Y LEVEL
SKIN DETAIL OFF, LOW , MIDDLE ,
HIGH
81
F SPEED PSET2
LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH 54
CLEAR SCAN 89
FB AF ADJUST 26
MF ADJUST 26
SET DEFAULT 27
*Only in Standard Definition (SD).
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Preparations
CAMERA MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
CUSTOM PRESET EDIT SELECT CP 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B,
3 PRESET_C, 4 PRESET_D,
5 PRESET_E, 6 PRESET_E
82
TUNE
RENAME
PROTECT
RESET
RETURN
GAMMA NORMAL, CINE1, CINE2
KNEE AUTO, LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
BLACK STRETCH, MIDDLE, PRESS
MASTER PED. -9 ~ +9
SETUP LEVEL -9 ~ +9
SHARPNESS -9 ~ +9
H DTL FREQ LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
DTL HV
BALANCE
-9 ~ +9
CORING -9 ~ +9
NR1 OFF, LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
NR2 OFF, LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
COLOR MAT. NORMAL, CINE1, CINE2
COLOR GAIN -9 ~ +9
COLOR PHASE -9 ~ +9
R GAIN -9 ~ +9
G GAIN -9 ~ +9
B GAIN -9 ~ +9
RG MATRIX -9 ~ +9
RB MATRIX -9 ~ +9
GR MATRIX -9 ~ +9
GB MATRIX -9 ~ +9
BR MATRIX -9 ~ +9
BG MATRIX -9 ~ +9
SELECT CP 87
SAVE POSITION
EXECUTE
RETURN
IMPORT 87
SELECT POSITION
EXECUTE
RETURN
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CAMERA MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
RECORDING
SETUP
REC MODE* SP, LP 96
UB REC INT. USR-BIT, EXT. USR-BIT 62
UB SELECT 00 00 00 00, TIME, DATE 62
IMG QUALITY SUPER FINE, FINE, NORMAL 114
IMAGE SIZE L 1440x1080, S 640x480 114
STILL I. REC OFF, ON, ON+CP DATA 88,
117
FILE NOS. RESET, CONTINUOUS 115
AUDIO SETUP AUDIO MODE 2CH, 4CH
48kHz 2CH, 32kHz 2CH, 32kHz 4CH
63
1kHz TONE OFF, -12dB, -20dB 93
AUD.M.SET NORMAL, LINE OUT 67
WIND SCREEN ON , OFF 64
R-XLR GAINUP OFF, 12dB 64,
66
AUDIO LOCK* LOCK MODE, UNLOCK MODE 63
DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP EVF BW MODE ON, OFF 92
BRIGHTNESS 22
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
LEV/CENT MRK OFF, LEVEL MARK, CENT. MARK 45
ASPECT GUIDE OFF, 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1 45
SAFETY ZONE OFF, 80%, 90% 45
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 132
AUDIO LEVEL ON, OFF 67
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 97
OBJ DST UNIT m (meter), ft (feet) 97
ZOOM IND. BAR, NUMBER 51
GUIDE INFO OFF, CUSTOM KEYS, D/T DISPLAY 41
UB DISPLAY ON, OFF 62
SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE, INDEX WRITE, ZEBRA, VCR STOP, TV
SCREEN, TC HOLD, AUDIO LEVEL, EVF BW MODE,
FB, FLIP EVF, (NONE)
91
CUSTOM KEY 2 TIME CODE, INDEX WRITE, ZEBRA, VCR STOP, TV
SCREEN, TC HOLD, AUDIO LEVEL, EVF BW MODE,
CP BKWD KEY, FB, FLIP EVF, (NONE)
WL. REMOTE 1, 2, OFF 109
TALLY LAMP ON, BLINK, OFF 97
POWER SAVE ON, OFF 43
D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST 41
DATE/TIME 41
DATE FORMAT 97
LED ON/OFF ON, OFF 96
CHAR. REC ON, OFF 96
DV CONTROL ON , OFF 95
IRIS DIAL UP OPEN, DOWN OPEN 73
*Only in Standard Definition (SD).
HDV
DV
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Preparations
1
Cannot be selected in Standard Definition (SD) if the frame rate is set to 24F.
HD DOWN CONVERT: Selects whether to down-convert the video signal output from the HDV/DV terminal
while playing back a tape recorded in HDV standard.
The down-converted output video signal will always be 60 fps interlaced, regardless of the frame rate
of the original recording.
Even if the audio was recorded on all 4 channels, only channels 1 and 2 will be output.
VCR/PLAY MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
SIGNAL SETUP TIME CODE FRAME
SETTNG
DROP, NON-DROP 58
COUNT-UP REC-RUN, REC-RUN PS.,
FREE-RUN1
58
START VALUE SET, RESET 58
PLAYBACK STD AUTO, HDV, DV 98
T.CODE OUT ON, OFF 60
COMP. OUT 480i, 1080i/480i 101
SDI OUTPUT ON, OFF 101
SDI SPEC. AUTO, SD LOCKED 101
AV DV ON, OFF 112
HD DOWN-CONV ON, OFF 102
RECORDING
SETUP
REC MODE* SP, LP 96
UB SELECT 00 00 00 00, TIME, DATE 62
IMG QUALITY SUPER FINE, FINE, NORMAL 114
HD STILL SIZ LW 1920x1080, SW 848x480 114
FILE NOS. RESET, CONTINUOUS 115
AUDIO SETUP SEL AUDIO CH CH /CH , CH /CH , CH /CH 104
MIX SELECT VARIABLE, FIXED 104
AUDIO MODE 48kHz 2CH, 32kHz 2CH, 32kHz 4CH 63
WIND SCREEN ON , OFF 64
R-XLR GAINUP OFF, 12dB 64,
66
Standard of the tape
being played back
[HD DOWN-CONV]
Setting
[PLAYBACK STD] Setting
[AUTO] [HDV] [DV]
HDV [ON] DV DV No output
[OFF] HDV HDV No output
DV [ON] DV No output DV
[OFF] DV No output DV
*Only in Standard Definition (SD).
1/3 2/4 1/3 1/3 2/4 2/4
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VCR/PLAY MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP EVF BW MODE ON, OFF 92
BRIGHTNESS 22
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 132
AUDIO LEVEL ON, OFF 67
DISPLAYS ON, OFF <PLAYBK> 132
CUSTOM KEYS ON, OFF 90
DATA CODE DATE, TIME, DATE & TIME, CAMERA DATA,
CAM. & D/T
108
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 97
6 SEC.DATE ON, OFF 108
UB DISPLAY ON, OFF 62
SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE, TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, AUDIO
LEVEL, TC HOLD, EVF BW MODE, (NONE)
91
CUSTOM KEY 2 TIME CODE, TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, AUDIO
LEVEL, TC HOLD, EVF BW MODE, (NONE)
WL. REMOTE 1, 2, OFF 109
TALLY LAMP ON, BLINK, OFF 97
D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST 41
DATE/TIME 41
DATE FORMAT 97
LED ON/OFF ON, OFF 96
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CARD CAMERA MENU
1
Can only be selected when a lens with focus preset function is mounted.
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
SIGNAL SETUP GENLOCK ON, OFF 61
GENLCK ADJUST -1023 – +1023 61
COMP. OUT 480i, 1080i/480i 101
SDI OUTPUT ON, OFF 101
SDI SPEC. AUTO, SD LOCKED 101
CAMERA SETUP ZEBRA ON, OFF 80
ZEBRA LEVEL 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100 80
SKIN D.SET HUE 81
CHROMA
AREA
Y LEVEL
SKIN DETAIL OFF, LOW , MIDDLE ,
HIGH
81
F SPEED PSET1
LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH 54
FB AF ADJUST 26
MF ADJUST 26
SET DEFAULT 27
FOCUS PRI. ON, OFF 117
REVIEW OFF, 2 sec., 4 sec., 6 sec., 8 sec., 10 sec. 123
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CARD CAMERA MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
CUSTOM PRESET EDIT SELECT CP 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B,
3 PRESET_C, 4 PRESET_D,
5 PRESET_E, 6 PRESET_E
82
TUNE
RENAME
PROTECT
RESET
RETURN
KNEE AUTO, LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
BLACK STRETCH, MIDDLE, PRESS
SHARPNESS -9 ~ +9
H DTL FREQ LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH
DTL HV
BALANCE
-9 ~ +9
CORING -9 ~ +9
COLOR GAIN -9 ~ +9
COLOR PHASE -9 ~ +9
R GAIN -9 ~ +9
G GAIN -9 ~ +9
B GAIN -9 ~ +9
RG MATRIX -9 ~ +9
RB MATRIX -9 ~ +9
GR MATRIX -9 ~ +9
GB MATRIX -9 ~ +9
BR MATRIX -9 ~ +9
BG MATRIX -9 ~ +9
SELECT CP 87
SAVE POSITION
EXECUTE
RETURN
IMPORT 87
SELECT POSITION
EXECUTE
RETURN
RECORDING
SETUP
IMG QUALITY SUPER FINE, FINE, NORMAL 114
IMAGE SIZE LW 1920x1080, SW 848x480, L 1440x1080, S 640x480 114
FILE NOS. RESET, CONTINUOUS 115
AUDIO SETUP WIND SCREEN ON , OFF 64
R-XLR GAINUP OFF, 12dB 64,
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DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP EVF BW MODE ON, OFF 92
BRIGHTNESS 22
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
LEV/CENT MRK OFF, LEVEL MARK, CENT. MARK 45
OBJ DST UNIT m (meter), ft (feet) 97
ZOOM IND. BAR, NUMBER 51
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 132
GUIDE INFO OFF, CUSTOM KEYS, D/T DISPLAY 41
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 97
SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 ZEBRA, TV SCREEN, EVF BW MODE, FB, FLIP EVF,
(NONE)
91
CUSTOM KEY 2 ZEBRA, TV SCREEN, EVF BW MODE, CP BKWD KEY,
FB, FLIP EVF, (NONE)
WL. REMOTE 1, 2, OFF 109
POWER SAVE ON, OFF 43
D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST 41
DATE/TIME 41
DATE FORMAT 97
LED ON/OFF ON, OFF 96
IRIS DIAL UP OPEN, DOWN OPEN 73
CARD CAMERA MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
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CARD VCR/PLAY MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
SIGNAL SETUP COMP. OUT 480i, 1080i/480i 101
SDI OUTPUT ON, OFF 101
SDI SPEC. AUTO, SD LOCKED 101
CARD OPERATIONS PRINT ORDERS
ALL ERASE
NO, YES 129
ERASE ALL IMAGES NO, YES 126
INITIALIZE CANCEL, EXECUTE 128
After pressing the SET button while displaying a still image:
IMAGE ERASE CANCEL, ERASE 126
PROTECT ON, OFF 127
PRINT ORDER 0 ~ 99 COPIES 129
SLIDESHOW CANCEL, START 124
META DATA CP IMPORT 82
SELECT POSITION
EXECUTE
RETURN
DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF EVF BW MODE ON, OFF 92
BRIGHTNESS 22
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 132
DISPLAYS ON, OFF <PLAYBK> 132
CUSTOM KEYS ON, OFF 90
DATA CODE DATE, TIME, DATE & TIME, CAMERA DATA,
CAM. & D/T
108
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 97
SYSTEM/ CUSTOM KEY 1 TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, EVF BW MODE, (NONE) 91
CUSTOM KEY 2 TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, EVF BW MODE, (NONE)
WL. REMOTE 1, 2, OFF 109
D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST 41
DATE/TIME 41
DATE FORMAT 97
LED ON/OFF ON, OFF 96
FIRMWARE UPDATE - -
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Preparations
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time
Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in rechargeable
battery has completely discharged.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [SYSTEM/ ] and press the SET button.
3. Select [D/TIME SET ] and then select [T.ZONE/DST] and press the SET button.
The time zone setting appears. The default setting is New York.
4. Turn the SELECT dial to select the setting option that represents your time zone and
press the SET button.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone with the next to the area.
Setting the Date and Time
5. Select [D/TIME SET ] and press the SET button.
The year display starts flashing.
6. Turn the SELECT dial to select the year, and press the SET button.
• The next part of the display starts flashing.
• Set the month, day, hours and minutes in the same way.
7. Press the MENU button to close the menu and to start the clock.
Displaying the Date and Time during Recording
You can display the date and time in the lower left corner of the screen.
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [GUIDE INFO], set it to [D/T
DISPLAY] and close the menu.
If you do not use the camcorder for a period of approximately 3 months, the built-in rechargeable
battery will become totally depleted and the date and time settings will be lost. In that case, recharge
the built-in battery ( 17) and set the time zone, date and time again.
MENU
( 31)
SYSTEM/ D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST•••N.Y.
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Recording
Recording
The camcorder ships with the following factory settings:
Recording mode - HDV; Audio mode - 2 channels
About the audio recording, refer to the relevant chapter ( 63).
Recording
1. Remove the lens cap.
2. Press the lock button and set the
POWER dial to a recording program.
3. Press the start/stop button to begin
recording.
• The camcorder is equipped with 3 start/stop
buttons: one on the carrying handle, one on the
side grip and one at the front.
• The tally lamp and the REC lamp on the viewfinder
will light up.
• Press the start/stop button again to pause
recording.
When You Have Finished Recording
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Replace the lens cap.
3. Unload the cassette.
4. Disconnect the power source.
 Wait until the tape counter stops completely before you start recording.
 If you do not remove the cassette, you can record the next scene without any noise or blank
sections between the recordings even if you turn the camcorder off.
Before You Begin Recording
Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads
( 138).
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Recording
The end search, date search and index search functions may not work correctly if you mix recordings
in HDV and DV standards on the same tape.
Low-angle Recording
The carrying handle is equipped with a duplicate set
of recording and zoom controls, ideal for low-angle
recording. Slide the LOCK lever towards the lens to
prevent accidental operation.
Power Saving Mechanisms
STANDBY Button
Pressing the STANDBY button for more than 1 second in record pause or VCR STOP mode activates the
power save mode (The message “ENTERING POWER STANDBY” will be displayed). This shuts the power
down to the camera and VCR sections while maintaining the camera settings. The camcorder retains the
exposure lock and color bars settings. Press the STANDBY button again to turn the camcorder back on.
Power Save Function
In order to protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the power save mode (VCR STOP) after
3 minutes in record pause mode. If left 2 more minutes without any operation, the camcorder will automatically
shut off. However, you can activate or deactivate the camcorder’s automatic shut-off with the [POWER SAVE]
option in the [SYSTEM/ ] submenu. Even if the power save is set to [ON], the camera section will still be
powered, so the camcorder will retain camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. Therefore, you
can adjust the camera section without worrying about the automatic shut-off. This mode, where only the VCR
is shut off (VCR STOP) can also be assigned to a custom key ( 90).
Open the menu and select [SYSTEM/ ]. Select [POWER SAVE], select a setting option
and close the menu.
 When set to [ON]: To turn the camcorder on, press the STANDBY button or set the POWER dial to
OFF and then back to a recording program.
 When set to [OFF]: To start recording, press the start/stop button. To go into record pause mode,
use the custom key ( 90).
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SYSTEM/ POWER SAVE•••ON
Zoom lever
Start/stop
button
LOCK lever
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Screen Displays during Recording
Time code
You can select between drop frame or non-drop
frame time code ( 58).
Remaining tape
Indicates the remaining time of the tape in minutes.
“ END” flashes when the tape reaches the end.
• When the time left is less than 15 seconds, the
remaining tape time may not appear.
• Depending on the tape, the indication may not be
displayed correctly.
Remaining battery charge
The battery symbol indicates the charge status of
the battery pack.
• “ ” starts flashing in red when the battery pack is
empty.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the power may
turn off without displaying “ ”.
• The actual battery charge may not be indicated
accurately depending on the condition under which the
battery pack and camcorder are used.
SHUTTER lamp
Lights up when the shutter speed is changed from
the following:
60i 1/60 of a second
30F 1/30 of a second
24F 1/48 of a second
1/60 of a second
REC lamp
Lights up during recording.
The REC lamp starts flashing when the remaining
tape is less than 5 minutes (it does not flash when
the remaining tape information is not displayed on
the screen.)
GAIN lamp
Lights up when the AGC (auto gain control) is set to
-3 dB or +3 dB or higher.
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Recording
You can select the amount of information shown on the screen from full, partial or no display.
Repeatedly pressing the EVF DISPLAY button will cycle through the options in the following
sequence.
* When [GUIDE INFO] is set to [D/T DISPLAY].
Displaying the Center and Level Markers
Use the center and level markers to accurately frame subjects.
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [LEV/CENT MRK], set it to
[CENT. MARK] or [LEVEL MARK] and close the menu.
Displaying the Aspect Ratio Guides
Use the aspect ratio guides as an indication to accurately frame subjects. You can select to display the
aspect guides for 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 1.66:1, 1.75:1, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 (Cinemascope).
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [ASPECT GUIDE], select a
setting option and close the menu.
Displaying the Safety Zone Guide
The safety zone guide shows a frame including 80% or 90% of the screen area. Use it as an indication to
accurately frame subjects.
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [SAFETY ZONE], set it to [80%]
or [90%] and close the menu.
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DISPLAY SETUP / ASPECT GUIDE••••OFF
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DISPLAY SETUP / SAFETY ZONE••••••OFF
Normal screen display
Audio level indicator, zoom indicator, center and level markers, aspect ratio guides, safety zone
guides, EVF peaking/magnifying, recording program, EXP lock, ND filter, custom preset, shutter
speed, aperture, AE shift, gain, white balance, color bars, faders, skin detail, Speedlite flash
charge indicator, warning, date/time*
Center and level markers, safety zone guides, date/time*
No display
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Reviewing the Recording
In record pause mode, this function allows you to review the last few seconds of your recording to check if it
has been recorded properly.
Press and release the (record review) button.
The camcorder rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns to record pause mode.
If the current video signal standard is different from the signal standard in which the tape was
recorded, the recording will not be played back correctly.
(record review) button
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Recording
Selecting the Signal Standard (HD/SD)
Set the MODE SELECT switch to the desired position.
• HD: To record on the tape in HDV standard or to use the camcorder as a high-definition (HD) camera.
• SD 16:9, SD 4:3: To record on the tape in DV standard or to use the camcorder as a standard-definition
(SD) camera. Select the aspect ratio as desired.
If you set the [LED ON/OFF] option in the [SYSTEM/ ] submenu to [ON], the MODE SELECT
switch will light on in blue when you set the MODE SELECT switch to HD.
MODE SELECT switch
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Changing the Aspect Ratio
When recording in standard definition (SD), you can change the aspect ratio of your recording to 16:9 or
4:3.
Set the MODE SELECT switch to SD 16:9 or SD 4:3.
The camcorder’s viewfinder has a 16:9 aspect ratio. If you select the 4:3 aspect ratio, the picture will appear in
the center of the screen with black side panels.
 If you change the position of the MODE SELECT switch while recording, the aspect ratio will not
change immediately. It changes once you pause recording.
 TV sets with S1-Video terminals: Recording made with a 16:9 aspect ratio will automatically be
played in widescreen mode if you connect the camcorder to the TV using the S1-VIDEO terminal.
 TV sets equipped with the ID-1 System: Recording made with a 16:9 aspect ratio will
automatically be played in widescreen mode whether you connect the camcorder to the TV using
the S(S1-) VIDEO terminal or the VIDEO terminal.
 When recording in 4:3, you can attach the optional RC-72 Ratio Converter (0.8x) to achieve the
same angle of view of the 16:9 aspect ratio.
SD
MODE SELECT switch
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Recording
End Search
You can use this function to locate the end of the last recorded scene.
Press the END SEARCH button.
• “ ” appears.
• The camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape, plays back the last few seconds of the recording and stops
the tape.
• Pressing the button again cancels the search.
 End search cannot be used once you unload the cassette.
 End search may not work properly if there is a blank section between recordings on the tape.
 The end search function may not work correctly if you mix recordings in HDV and DV standards on
the same tape.
END SEARCH button
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Zooming
You can operate the zoom from either the side grip or the carrying handle. You can also use the zoom
ring on the zoom lens or the zoom buttons on the wireless controller.
Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide-angle). Move it toward T to zoom in
(telephoto).
About the Variable Zoom Speeds
Zoom lever on the side grip:
When the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to CONSTANT, the zoom speed itself does not change, but you can
select one of 16 levels of zoom speed with the ZOOM SPEED dial (a number indicating the level will be
displayed next to the zoom indicator).
When the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to VARIABLE, the zoom speed will depend on how you operate the
zoom lever: Pressing softly will result in a slower zoom; pressing harder in a faster zoom.
Zoom speed with the HD 20x L IS Lens (from wide-angle to telephoto):
CONSTANT: Level 1: approx. 60 seconds
Level 16: approx. 3.5 seconds
VARIABLE: approx. 3.5–60 seconds
The actual zoom speed varies depending on the lens.
Zoom ring:
The zoom speed depends on how fast you turn the zoom ring.
Zoom buttons on the carrying handle:
The zoom speed itself does not change, but it can be set to one of 16 levels with the ZOOM SPEED dial.
This is the same zoom speed setting as when the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to CONSTANT.
Zoom buttons on the supplied wireless controller:
The zoom speed is constant and cannot be adjusted.
ZOOM SPEED switch
Zoom lever
Zoom ring
Zoom buttons
ZOOM SPEED dial

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