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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Professional video camera
  • Model/name: XL2
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

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© CANON INC. 2004
DY8-9020-142-000 PRINTED IN JAPAN
CANON INC.
Canon Europa N.V.
P.O. Box 2262, 1180 EG Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Canon UK Ltd.
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Unit 130, Centennial Park, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SE, England
Telephone 0870-241-2161
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Info-Line: 131383
www.canon.com.au
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Customer Care: (09) 489 0470
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Tel: (65) 6799 8888, Fax: (65) 6799 8882
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Introduction
Preparation
Recording
Playback
Editing
Additional
Information
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER
Instruction Manual
Mini Digital
Video
Cassette
PAL
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Important Usage Instructions
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED
ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
For Users in the UK
When replacing the fuse only a correctly rated approved type should be used and be sure to re-fit the fuse cover.
• Use of CV-150F/CV-250F DV cable is necessary to comply with the technical requirement of EMC Directive.
CA-920 identification plate is located on the bottom.
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Using this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XL2. Please read this manual carefully before you use the
camcorder and retain it for future reference.
Symbols and References 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 supplied 20× L IS Zoom Lens XL 5.4-108 mm is referred to as “20× L IS Lens”.
❍ The illustrations show the camcorder attached with the 20× L IS Lens.
❍ 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 trademarks of Canon Inc.
• D is a trademark.
• m is a trademark.
• Windows®
is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their
respective companies.
Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or when you have
replaced the backup battery.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the SET dial to select [SYSTEM] and press the SET dial.
3. Turn the SET dial to select [T.ZONE/DST] and press the SET dial.
The time zone setting appears (see table on the next page). The default setting is Paris.
4. Turn the SET dial to select the setting option that represents your time zone and press
the SET dial.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone with the U next to the area.
Setting the Date and Time
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time
SYSTEM T.ZONE/DST•••PARIS
( 24)
Operating modes
Menu item showing at its default position
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Introduction
Important Usage Instructions ..............................................................................................................................2
Using this Manual ................................................................................................................................................3
Checking Supplied Accessories ............................................................................................................................6
Components Guide ..............................................................................................................................................7
Preparation
Preparing the Power Supply ..............................................................................................................................11
Installing the Backup Battery ............................................................................................................................14
Preparing the Camcorder ..................................................................................................................................15
Preparing the Lens..............................................................................................................................................20
Using the Wireless Controller ............................................................................................................................22
Loading/Unloading a Cassette ..........................................................................................................................23
Menus and Settings ............................................................................................................................................24
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time ............................................................................................................28
Recording
Recording ............................................................................................................................................................30
End Search ..........................................................................................................................................................35
Zooming ..............................................................................................................................................................36
Adjusting the Focus ............................................................................................................................................38
Using the ND Filter (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter) ........................................................................................41
Selecting the Frame Rate ..................................................................................................................................42
Recording in 16:9 Mode ....................................................................................................................................43
Setting the Time Code........................................................................................................................................44
Setting the User Bit ............................................................................................................................................45
Audio Recording ................................................................................................................................................46
Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped with Image Stabilizer)..............................................................................50
Using the Programmed AE Modes ....................................................................................................................51
Recording in the Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode ....................................................................................................54
Recording in the Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode ................................................................................................55
Recording in the Manual Mode ........................................................................................................................56
Adjusting the Exposure ......................................................................................................................................57
Using AE Shift ....................................................................................................................................................58
Adjusting the Gain ............................................................................................................................................59
Setting the White Balance ................................................................................................................................60
Using the Zebra Pattern ....................................................................................................................................62
Using the Skin Detail Function ..........................................................................................................................63
Using the Custom Preset ....................................................................................................................................64
Using Clear Scan for Recording Computer Screens..........................................................................................69
Using the Custom Keys ......................................................................................................................................70
Using the Film Grain Effect................................................................................................................................73
Recording Colour Bars/Audio Reference Signal ..............................................................................................74
Recording with the Interval Timer ....................................................................................................................75
Recording with the Self-Timer ..........................................................................................................................77
Using the DV Control ........................................................................................................................................78
Other Camcorder Functions/Settings ................................................................................................................79
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Playback
Playing Back a Tape............................................................................................................................................81
Playing Back on a TV Screen..............................................................................................................................83
Audio Output......................................................................................................................................................86
Returning to a Pre-Marked Position ................................................................................................................87
Index Search........................................................................................................................................................88
Date Search ........................................................................................................................................................89
Displaying the Data Code ..................................................................................................................................90
Changing the Remote Sensor Mode ................................................................................................................92
Editing
Recording to a VCR or Digital Video Device ....................................................................................................93
Recording from Analog Video Devices (VCR, TV or Camcorder) ....................................................................94
Recording from Digital Video Devices (DV Dubbing) ......................................................................................95
Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)..................................................97
Connecting to a Computer Using a DV (IEEE1394) Cable................................................................................99
Additional Information
Settings Retained at Power Off or STANDBY Mode ......................................................................................100
Screen Displays..................................................................................................................................................102
List of Messages ................................................................................................................................................105
Maintenance/Others ........................................................................................................................................106
Troubleshooting................................................................................................................................................111
System Diagram ..............................................................................................................................................113
Optional Accessories ........................................................................................................................................114
Specifications ....................................................................................................................................................117
Index ..................................................................................................................................................................119
Audio Block Diagram ......................................................................................................................................120
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Checking Supplied Accessories
CA-920 Compact Power
Adapter
DC-920 DC Coupler BP-930 Battery Pack Lithium Button Battery
CR2025
WL-D4000 Wireless
Controller
Two AAA (R03) Batteries Colour Viewfinder Microphone Unit
Adapter Holder STV-150 Stereo Video
Cable
PC-A10 SCART Aapter*
Lens Cap Lens Dust Cap Lens Hood
S-150 S-video Cable 20× L IS Zoom Lens XL 5.4-
108 mm (with soft case)
Camcorder Dust Cap SS-1000 Shoulder Strap
* Not supplied in Oceania and China.
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Components Guide
Advanced Accessory shoe
( 48)
Stereo microphone
( 18)
Viewfinder cable ( 15)
Zoom ring ( 36)
Focus ring ( 38)
Lens hood ( 21)
EXP. LOCK button ( 57)
IRIS/SET dial ( 24, 55) FRAME RATE switch ( 42)
END SEARCH button ( 35)
ASPECT RATIO switch ( 43)
Power indicator
Viewfinder locking screw
( 15)
Eye cup ( 16)
REC LEVEL switch
(CH3, CH4) ( 49)
CH3/CH4 dials ( 49)
INPUT SELECT switch
(CH1, CH2) ( 47)
INPUT SELECT switch
(CH3, CH4) ( 48)
CH1/CH2 dials ( 49)
REC LEVEL switch
(CH1, CH2) ( 49)
AUDIO MONITOR button ( 49, 86)
LIGHT button ( 7)
Microphone locking
screw ( 18)
LIGHT Button
Press the LIGHT button to illuminate the side
panel for approximately 10 seconds. If you press
and hold the button for at least 3 seconds, the
panel remains illuminated until you press the
button once more to turn the backlight off.
LENS RELEASE switch ( 20)
MENU button ( 24)
REC CH SELECT switch
(CH1, CH2) ( 47)
FRONT MIC ATT. Switch
(CH1, CH2) ( 47)
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Microphone cable ( 18)
Grip belt ( 19)
Start/stop button ( 30)
Tripod socket*
Lens hood locking screw
( 21)
EVF DISPLAY button ( 33)
CUSTOM KEYS ( 70)
CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button ( 66)
EJECT switch ( 23)
CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button ( 66)
AE SHIFT dial ( 58)
Remote sensor
( 22, 92)
Tally lamp ( 79)
Screw hole for
adapter holder ( 19)
Battery attachment unit ( 11) /
serial number
Screw holes for
adapter holder ( 19)
XLR input
terminals
( 47, 48)
Backup battery compartment
( 14)
BATT. RELEASE button ( 11)
Cassette compartment ( 23)
ZOOM SPEED switch ( 36)
Grip zoom lever ( 36)
Zoom speed dial ( 36)
Tally lamp ( 79) /
Remote sensor ( 22, 92)
Remote sensor ( 22, 92)
Video
terminal
(RCA) ( 85)
S-video
terminal
( 83)
Video
terminal (BNC)
( 85)
AUDIO 2
RCA terminals
( 48)
AUDIO 1
RCA terminals
( 47)
RCA/BNC
selector
( 84)
FRONT MIC terminals ( 18)
About the m Terminal
m (LANC) stands for Local Application Control Bus System. The m terminal allows you to connect and control
connected devices.
❍ Connect only devices with the m mark to the m terminal.
❍ Operation cannot be guaranteed for connections with devices not bearing the m mark.
❍ Some buttons of connected devices may not operate or may operate differently than the buttons on the
camcorder.
* Do not use tripods with fastening screws longer than 5.5 mm as it may damage the camcorder.
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LOCK lever ( 31)
PHONES LEVEL dial
H (phones) terminal
POWER dial ( 51)
BARS/F.GRAIN
SELECT button ( 73, 74)
BARS/F.GRAIN
ON/OFF button ( 73, 74)
SHUTTER r button ( 54)
SHUTTER t button ( 54)
External control mode
VCR mode
Power off
Auto
Shutter-Priority
Aperture-Priority
Manual
Spotlight
Low Light mode
Easy Recording
Recording
programs
REC SEARCH +
button ( 34, 81)
REC SEARCH – /
c (record review) button
( 34, 81)
Viewfinder ( 15-18)
Dioptric adjustment
lever ( 17)
STABILIZER ON/OFF switch
( 50)
ND filter unlock button
( 41)
FU-1000 Monochrome
Viewfinder Socket ( 115)
Focus selector ( 39)
ND filter operating ring ( 41)
POSITION PRESET switch
( 37, 39)
e AF switch ( 38)/
POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch
( 37, 39)
Lock release button
( 17)
Lock lever ( 16)
Handle zoom lever
( 36)
START/STOP button
( 31)
STANDBY button ( 31)
WHITE BALANCE W button
( 60)
WHITE BALANCE dial
( 60)
GAIN dial ( 57)
Side panel ( 104)
MIC ATT. switch ( 47, 48)
+48V switch ( 47, 48)
m terminal
DV terminal ( 95, 99)
Strap mount ( 19)
Colour
viewfinder
socket ( 15)
Strap mount ( 19)
3 (stop) button ( 81)
a (pause) button ( 81)
e (play) button ( 81)
1 (fast forward) button
( 81)
` (rewind) button ( 81)
2 button ( 94, 95)
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Transmitter
INDEX WRITE button ( 71)
END SEARCH button ( 35)
START/STOP button ( 30)
SELF TIMER button ( 77)
TV SCREEN button ( 102)
MENU button ( 24)
Select buttons ( 24)
SEARCH SELECT button ( 88, 89)
REC PAUSE button ( 94, 95)
Zoom buttons ( 36)
DATA CODE button ( 90)
ZERO SET MEMORY button ( 87)
MIX BALANCE buttons ( 86)
Jog/Shuttle dial ( 82)
SET button ( 24)
AUDIO MONITOR button
( 49, 86)
REW` button ( 81)
button ( 81)
REMOTE SET button ( 92)
PLAYe button ( 81)
PAUSEa button ( 81)
STOP3 button ( 81)
FF1 button ( 81)
button ( 81)
SLOW button ( 81)
button ( 81)
AV DV button ( 98)
-/+ buttons ( 88, 89)
WL-D4000 Wireless Controller
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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 it in the direction of the
arrow until it clicks.
• The CHARGE indicator starts flashing. It glows
steadily when charging is complete.
4. When 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 it in the direction of the
arrow until it clicks.
3. Remove the battery pack after use.
Press the BATT. RELEASE button to remove the
battery.
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Using a Household Power Source
1. Turn the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Attach the DC coupler to the camcorder.
Press lightly and slide it 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.
Press the BATT. RELEASE button to detach the
DC coupler.
❍ 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 aerial cable.
❍ Do not connect any products that are not expressly recommended to the power adapter.
❍ When the power adapter or battery pack is defective, the CHARGE indicator turns off, and
charging stops.
❍ 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%: Glows steadily
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❍ Charging, Recording and Playback Times
Below times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording or 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. Outside the
temperature range of 0 ˚C to 40 ˚C, the CHARGE indicator turns off, and charging stops.
❍ 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
Charging Time with the CA-920 145 min. 220 min.
With 20× Maximum Recording Time With supplied 155 min. 230 min.
L IS Lens colour viewfinder
With optional FU-1000 120 min. 185 min.
Monochrome Viewfinder
Typical Recording Time* With supplied 90 min. 135 min.
colour viewfinder
With optional FU-1000 65 min. 100 min.
Monochrome Viewfinder
With 16× Maximum Recording Time With supplied 185 min. 280 min.
Manual Zoom colour viewfinder
Lens With optional FU-1000 135 min. 205 min.
Monochrome Viewfinder
Typical Recording Time* With supplied 105 min. 160 min.
colour viewfinder
With optional FU-1000 75 min. 115 min.
Monochrome Viewfinder
Playback Time 235 min. 360 min.
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Installing the Backup Battery
The backup battery (lithium button battery CR2025) allows the camcorder to retain date, time ( 28)
and other camcorder settings while the power source is disconnected. Connect a power source to the
camcorder when replacing the backup battery to retain the settings.
1. Open the backup battery cover.
Screw the cover to the left (use, for example, a
coin).
2. Insert the backup battery with the + side
facing outward.
3. Close the cover.
Align the mark on the cover with the lower mark
on the camcorder and screw the cover to the
right until it clicks.
WARNING!
• The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble, heat above 100 °C or incinerate the battery.
• Replace the battery with a CR2025 made by Panasonic, Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Sanyo, or with Duracell
DL2025. Use of other batteries may present a risk of fire or explosion.
• The used battery should be returned to the supplier for safe disposal.
❍ Do not pick up the battery using tweezers or other metal tools as this will cause a short circuit.
❍ Wipe the battery with a clean dry cloth to ensure proper contact.
❍ Keep the battery out of reach of children. If it is swallowed, seek medical assistance immediately.
The battery case may break, and the battery fluids may damage stomach and intestines.
❍ Do not disassemble, heat or immerse the battery in water to avoid the risk of explosion.
The backup battery has a life span of about a year. “j” flashes in red to inform you that it needs to
be replaced.
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Preparing the Camcorder
Attaching and Detaching the Colour Viewfinder Unit
Attaching the Colour 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.
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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Detaching and Attaching the Eye Cup
You can change the position of the eye cup for use with either the left or right eye. Detach and
reattach the eye cup for use with the left eye.
Detaching the Eye Cup
Detach the eye cup as shown in the
illustration.
Attaching the Eye Cup
Align the hole for the dioptric adjustment lever with the lever, and pull the eye cup into
position.
Adjusting the Position of the Viewfinder
The viewfinder position can be changed (right/left, forward/backward).
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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Using the Viewfinder as LCD Panel
You can use the viewfinder as 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 LCD panel.
The screen is slightly brighter when you open the eyepiece adapter.
Dioptric Adjustment
Turn on the camcorder and adjust the
dioptric adjustment lever.
Prevent direct sunlight 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.
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Adjusting the Viewfinder
You can adjust the brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness of the viewfinder. These adjustments will
not affect the picture of your recording.
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the SET dial to select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ] and press the SET dial.
3. Turn the SET dial to select [EVF SETUP] and press the SET dial.
4. Turn the SET dial to select [BRIGHTNESS], [CONTRAST], [COLOR], or [SHARPNESS] and
press the SET dial.
5. Turn the SET dial up or down to adjust the setting and press the SET dial.
6. 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.
When using a microphone other than the supplied one, attach it to the advanced accessory shoe.
EVF SETUP BRIGHTNESS•••
CONTRAST•••••
COLOR••••••••
SHARPNESS••••
DISPLAY SETUP/
( 24)
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Fastening the Grip Belt
Hold the camcorder with your right hand
and adjust the belt with your left.
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.
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.
Unmounting the Lens
1. Set the POWER dial to OFF.
2. Slide 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/unmounting the lens.
❍ Avoid direct sunlight or strong light sources when mounting/unmounting 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 it with a dry soft cloth (make sure to turn off the camcorder during cleaning).
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Attaching the Lens Hood
Attach the lens hood to shade the lens from stray light and to protect the lens.
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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Using the Wireless Controller
Point it at the camcorder’s remote sensor
when you press the buttons.
The camcorder has three remote sensors, two at the
front and one at the back.
Inserting Batteries
The wireless controller operates with two AAA
(R03) batteries.
1. Open the battery cover.
2. Insert the batteries following the + and
– markings.
3. Close the battery cover.
❍ Camcorder and wireless controller are equipped with 2 remote sensor modes ( 92). If the
wireless controller does not work, check if 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 in 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 subjected to strong light
sources or direct sunlight.
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Use only videocassettes marked with the D logo.
1. Slide the EJECT switch to open the
cassette compartment cover.
The cassette compartment opens automatically.
2. Load/unload the cassette.
• Load the cassette with the window facing
outward.
• Unload the cassette by pulling it straight out.
3. Press the P mark on the cassette
compartment until it clicks.
4. Wait for the cassette compartment to
retract automatically and close the
cassette compartment cover.
❍ Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing automatically, or
attempt to close the cover before the cassette compartment has fully retracted.
❍ Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover.
If the camcorder is connected to a power source, cassettes can be loaded/unloaded even if the
POWER dial is set to OFF.
Loading/Unloading a Cassette
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Many of the camcorder’s functions are selected from menus that appear on the screen.
Selecting Menus and Settings
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the SET dial to select a submenu and press the SET dial.
3. Turn the SET dial to select a menu item and press the SET dial.
4. Turn the SET dial to select a setting option and press the SET dial.
5. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
❍ Pressing the MENU button at any time closes the menu.
❍ Items that are not available appear in purple.
❍ 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 select buttons in place
of the SET dial and press the SET button in place of pressing the SET dial.
Menus and Settings
MENU button
SET dial
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Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
TIME CODE COUNT-UP REC-RUN, REC-RUN PS., FREE-RUN 44
START VALUE SET, RESET
CAMERA SETUP ZEBRA ON, OFF 62
ZEBRA LEVEL 80, 85, 90, 95, 100
SKIN D.SET HUE 63
CHROMA
AREA
Y LEVEL
SKIN DETAIL OFF, HIGH , MIDDLE , LOW
ZOOM HANDLE LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH 36
F SPEED PSET* LOW, MIDDLE, HIGH 40
CLEAR SCAN 69
SELF TIMER ON , OFF 77
INTERVAL T. ON, OFF 75
INTERVAL 30sec, 1min, 5min, 10min
INT. REC TIME 0.5sec, 1sec, 1.5sec, 2sec
CUSTOM PRESET PRESET SETUP SEL PRESET 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B, 3 PRESET_C 66
/CLEAR CANCEL, PROTECT , CLEAR
GAMMA NORMAL, CINE
KNEE HIGH, MIDDLE, LOW
BLACK STRETCH, MIDDLE, PRESS
COLOR MATRIX NORMAL, CINE
COLOR GAIN
COLOR PHASE
R GAIN
G GAIN
B GAIN
V DETAIL NORMAL, LOW
SHARPNESS
CORING
SETUP LEVEL
MASTER PED.
NR OFF, HIGH, MIDDLE, LOW
READ PRESET SEL PRESET 1 PRESET_A, 2 PRESET_B, 3 PRESET_C 67
SEL POSITION
VCR SETUP REC MODE SP, LP 79
POWER SAVE SHUT OFF, VCR STOP 31
USR BIT DATA SET, CLEAR 45
CAMERA MENU
Menu and Default Settings
Default settings are shown in boldface.
* Can only be selected when a lens with focus preset function is mounted.
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Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
AUDIO SETUP AUDIO MODE 16bit, 12bit CH , 12bit CH , 46
1kHz TONE OFF, -12dB, -20dB 74
AUD.M.SET NORMAL, LINE OUT 49
R-XLR GAINUP OFF, 12dB 47
DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP BRIGHTNESS 18
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
CENTER MARK ON, OFF 33
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 102
AUDIO LEVEL ON, OFF 49
GUIDE INFO OFF, CUSTOM KEYS, D/T DISPLAY 29, 70
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 80
DATE FORMAT 80
USR BIT DISP ON, OFF 45
SYSTEM CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE, INDEX WRITE, ZEBRA, VCR STOP, TV SCREEN, 71
ZOOM HANDLE, AUDIO LEVEL, (NONE)
CUSTOM KEY 2 TIME CODE, INDEX WRITE, ZEBRA, VCR STOP, TV SCREEN,
ZOOM HANDLE, AUDIO LEVEL, (NONE)
WL.REMOTE A1, A2, OFF B 92
TALLY LAMP ON, OFF 79
T.ZONE/DST 28
D/TIME SET 28
CHAR.REC ON, OFF 79
DV CONTROL ON, OFF 78
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VCR MENU
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options
TIME CODE COUNT-UP REC-RUN, REC-RUN PS., FREE-RUN 44
START VALUE SET, RESET
VCR SETUP REC MODE SP, LP 79
AVaDV ON, OFF 98
USR BIT DATA SET, CLEAR 45
AUDIO SETUP SEL AUDIO CH CH /CH , CH /CH , CH /CH 86
MIX SELECT VARIABLE, FIXED 86
AUDIO MODE 16bit, 12bit CH , 12bit CH , 46
R-XLR GAINUP OFF, 12dB 47
DISPLAY SETUP/ EVF SETUP BRIGHTNESS 18
CONTRAST
COLOR
SHARPNESS
TV SCREEN ON, OFF 102
AUDIO LEVEL ON, OFF 49
DISPLAYS ON, OFF<PLAYBK> 102
6SEC.DATE ON, OFF 91
DATA CODE DATE/TIME, CAMERA DATA, CAM.& D/T 90
D/TIME SEL. DATE, TIME, DATE & TIME 90
CUSTOM KEYS ON, OFF 70
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, , 80
DATE FORMAT 80
USR BIT DISP ON, OFF 45
SYSTEM CUSTOM KEY 1 TIME CODE, TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, AUDIO LEVEL, (NONE) 71
CUSTOM KEY 2 TIME CODE, TV SCREEN, DATA CODE, AUDIO LEVEL, (NONE)
WL.REMOTE A1, A2, OFF B 92
TALLY LAMP ON, OFF 79
T.ZONE/DST 28
D/TIME SET 28
1/2 1/2 3/4
1/3 1/3 1/3 2/4 2/4
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Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or when you have
replaced the backup battery.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button to open the menu.
2. Turn the SET dial to select [SYSTEM] and press the SET dial.
3. Turn the SET dial to select [T.ZONE/DST] and press the SET dial.
The time zone setting appears (see table on the next page). The default setting is Paris.
4. Turn the SET dial to select the setting option that represents your time zone and press
the SET dial.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone with the U next to the area.
Setting the Date and Time
5. Turn the SET dial to select [D/TIME SET] and press the SET dial.
The year display starts flashing.
6. Turn the SET dial to select the year, and press the SET dial.
• 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.
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time
SYSTEM T.ZONE/DST•••PARIS
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SYSTEM D/TIME SET••• 1.JAN.2004
12:00 PM
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LONDON
PARIS
CAIRO
MOSCOW
DUBAI
KARACHI
DACCA
BANGKOK
H. KONG (Hong Kong)
TOKYO
SYDNEY
SOLOMON
WELLGTN (Wellington)
SAMOA
HONOLU. (Honolulu)
ANCHOR. (Anchorage)
L.A. (Los Angeles)
DENVER
CHICAGO
N.Y. (New York)
CARACAS
RIO (Rio de Janeiro)
FERNAN. (Fernando de Noronha)
AZORES
No. Time zone
No.
Once you have set time zone, date and time, you do not need to reset the clock each time you travel
to another time zone. Just set the time zone to the one of your destination, and the camcorder
automatically adjusts the clock.
Displaying 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.
GUIDE INFO•••OFF
DISPLAY SETUP/
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Recording
Before You Begin Recording
Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video
heads ( 108).
Recording
1. Remove the lens cap.
2. Press the button and set the POWER dial
to a recording program.
3. Press the start/stop button to begin
recording.
• The tally lamp starts flashing, and the REC
lamp on the viewfinder lights 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.
❍ When you do not remove the cassette, you can record the next scene without producing any
noise or blank sections between the recordings even if you turn the camcorder off.
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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 to the
right 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 (“ENTERING POWER STANDBY” appears). This shuts the power down to the camera
and VCR sections while maintaining the camera settings. The camcorder retains the settings of
exposure lock, colour bars and film grain. Press the STANDBY button again to turn the camcorder back
on.
Power Save Function
The camcorder activates the power save function after 5 minutes in record pause mode to protect tape
and video heads. You have the option to set the camcorder to shut off (SHUT OFF) or to turn off the
VCR section leaving the camera section turned on (VCR STOP). In VCR STOP mode, the camcorder
retains camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, so you can adjust the camera section
without worrying about the automatic shut-off. The VCR STOP function can also be assigned to a
custom key ( 70).
Open the menu and select [VCR SETUP]. Select [POWER SAVE], select a setting option and
close the menu.
❍ When set to [SHUT OFF]: 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 [VCR STOP]: To start recording, press the start/stop button. To go into record pause
mode, use the custom key ( 70).
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START/STOP
button
LOCK lever
Zoom lever
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Screen Displays during Recording
t Recording reminder
r When “j” flashes
q Time code
w Remaining tape
e Remaining battery charge
The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds when
you start recording. This is helpful to avoid scenes
that are too short.
Indicates the recording time in hours, minutes,
seconds and frames ( 44).
Indicates the remaining time of the tape in minutes.
“b 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 type of the tape, the indication
may not be displayed correctly.
“j” flashes in red when the lithium button
battery is not installed, or when it needs replacing.
The battery symbol indicates the charge status of
the battery pack.
• “k” starts flashing in red when the battery
pack is empty.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the
power may turn off without displaying “k”.
• The actual battery charge may not be indicated
accurately depending on the condition under
which battery pack and camcorder are used.
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Use the centre marker to accurately frame subjects
( 33).
i 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.)
o GAIN lamp
Lights up when the AGC (auto gain control)
becomes set to –3 dB or +3 dB or higher.
u SHUTTER lamp
Lights up when the shutter speed is changed from
the following:
50i 1/50 of a second
25p 1/25 of a second
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You can select the amount of information shown on the screen from full, partial or no display.
The setting changes with each press of the EVF DISPLAY button.
* When [GUIDE INFO] is set to [D/T DISPLAY].
Displaying the Centre Marker
Use the centre marker to accurately frame subjects.
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [CENTER MARK], set it to [ON] and
close the menu.
Normal screen display
Audio level indicator, centre marker, recording program, EXP lock, ND filter, custom preset, shutter
speed, aperture, AE shift, gain, white balance, skin detail, warning, date/time*
Date/time*
No display
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Reviewing and Searching when Recording
Record Review
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 c (record review) button.
The camcorder rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns to record pause mode.
Record Search
In record pause mode, this function allows you to play back the tape (forward or reverse) to locate the
point where you wish to begin recording.
Press and hold the REC SEARCH + button (forward) or – button (reverse).
• Release the button at the point you wish to begin recording.
• The camcorder returns to record pause mode.
REC SEARCH – button/ v (record review) button
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End Search
You can use this function to locate the end of the last recorded scene.
Press the END SEARCH button.
• ”END SEARCH“ 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 a blank section exists on the 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 is constant. However, you can
change the zoom speed with the dial above (a number indicating the level is displayed next to the
zoom indicator).
When the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to VARIABLE, the zoom speed is linked to how hard you move the
zoom lever.
Zoom speed with 20× L IS Lens (from wide-angle to telephoto):
CONSTANT: Level 1: approx. 60 seconds
Level 16: approx. 3.5 seconds
VARIABLE: Up to approx. 10 seconds
Zoom speed varies depending on the lens.
Zoom lever on the carrying handle:
You can select the zoom speed from low, middle and high.
Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [ZOOM HANDLE], select the zoom
speed and close the menu.
Zoom lever
Zoom ring
ZOOM SPEED switch
Zoom buttons
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Zoom ring:
The zoom speed is linked to the speed you turn the zoom ring.
Zoom buttons on the wireless controller:
The zoom speed is constant and cannot be adjusted.
Zoom Preset (Lenses Equipped with the Zoom Preset Function)
This function enables any given zoom setting to be memorised and to return to the zoom setting
instantly.
Presetting the Zoom
1. Set the POSITION PRESET switch to ZOOM.
2. Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to SET.
The preset zoom position appears in yellow on the zoom indicator.
Returning to the Preset Zoom Position
Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON.
The camcorder returns to the preset zoom position.
❍ The preset setting is cancelled when you attach the optional Extender XL 1.6× or mount a lens
with different magnification.
❍ The camcorder uses the zoom speed of the CONSTANT setting when returning to the preset zoom
position.
POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch
POSITION PRESET switch
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Adjusting the Focus
Autofocus (Lenses Equipped with the Autofocus Function)
Autofocus is set when the focus selector on the lens is set to AF. The camcorder uses TTL autofocus
system with a focusing range of 2 cm (at wide-angle from the front of the lens barrel) to ∞. The
camcorder focuses on the subject in the centre of the screen.
Temporary Focus Override
Turn the focus ring during autofocus to focus manually.
Autofocus will resume as soon as you take your hand away from the focus ring.
When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder sets a small aperture value, and the picture
may appear blurred. This may be more noticeable at wide-angle. When you are using a lens with
built-in ND filter, turn it on/off according to the screen display ( 41).
❍ When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear
blurred.
❍ In 25p mode, autofocus takes longer than in the 50i mode.
❍ Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects. In such case, focus manually.
- Reflective surfaces
- Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines
- Fast moving subjects
- Through dirty or wet windows
- Night scenes
Focus ring
Focus selector
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Manual focus
1. Lenses equipped with autofocus function: Slide the focus selector on the lens to M.
2. Zoom into telephoto.
3. Rotate the focus ring to adjust the focus.
4. Operate the zoom to reframe the subject.
If you focus manually then leave the camcorder with the power turned on, you may lose focus on your
subject. This possible slight shift in focus is due to a rise in temperature in the camcorder interior and lens.
Check the focus before resuming shooting.
Temporary Autofocus
Press the e AF switch on the lens in the direction of AF and hold it.
Autofocus is activated as long as you hold the e AF switch.
When using the e AF switch, make sure the POSITION PRESET switch is set to OFF.
Focus selector
e AF switch/
POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch
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Focus Preset (Lenses Equipped with the Focus Preset Function)
This function enables a focus setting to be memorised and to return to the focus setting instantly. You
can also select the speed with which the camcorder returns to the preset focus setting.
Presetting the Focus
1. Set the focus selector to M.
“MF” appears.
2. Set the POSITION PRESET switch to FOCUS.
3. Adjust the focus with the focus ring.
4. Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to SET.
“MF” and the focus preset speed appear in yellow.
Setting the Focus Preset Speed
Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [F SPEED PSET], select a setting option
and close the menu.
The selected speed appears next to “MF”.
Returning to the Preset Focus Setting
Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON.
The camcorder returns to the preset focus setting.
The preset setting resets and sets to OFF when you turn the camcorder off or unmount the lens.
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When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder sets a small aperture value, and the picture
may appear blurred. When you are using a lens with built-in ND filter, turn it on/off according to the
screen display.
With the 20× L IS Lens: Press the ND filter unlock button and turn the ND filter operating
ring.
When the camcorder is set to Easy Recording or Auto mode, following displays appear:
* If you have no external ND filter available, use the Tv mode and set a high shutter speed, or use the Av
mode and set a small aperture value.
❍ Turning on/off the ND filter changes the aperture setting. Readjust the aperture in Av mode as
required.
❍ Depending on the scene, the colour may change when turning on/off the ND filter. In such case,
setting a custom white balance may be effective.
Using the ND Filter (Lenses with Built-in ND Filter)
Screen display What it means What you should do
No display ND filter is not activated -
”ND“ displayed ND filter is activated -
”ND “ flashes ND filter required Turn on the ND filter
ND ” “ flashes Lenses with ND filter on/off: External Select a higher density built-in ND filter
ND filter required or attach an external ND filter to the
Lenses with selectable ND filter density: lens*
Higher density or external ND filter
required
ND ” “ flashes Built-in ND filter not required Turn off the ND filter
ND filter unlock button
ND filter operating ring
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Select between standard 50i and 25p.
50i Mode
Records in 50 fps interlace mode, same as TV signals.
25p Mode
Records in 25 fps progressive mode and outputs
signals converted into 50 fps interlace.
Set the FRAME RATE switch to the desired position.
The selected frame rate appears.
The frame rate does not change when you operate the FRAME RATE switch during recording. It
changes once you pause recording.
Selecting the Frame Rate
25p (camera)
50i (tape)
A B C D E F G H I J
a a b b c c d d e e f f g g h h i i j j
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The camcorder uses the full width of the CCD, retaining image quality and providing a larger
horizontal angle of view.
Set the ASPECT RATIO switch to 16:9.
The screen changes to the “letterbox” format.
❍ If you play back a 16:9 recording on a normal TV, the image appears horizontally squeezed.
❍ The aspect ratio does not change when you operate the ASPECT RATIO switch during recording. It
changes once you pause recording.
Recording in 16:9 Mode
ASPECT RATIO switch
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Selecting the Run Options
You can select from record run (REC-RUN), record run preset (REC-RUN PS.) and free-run (FREE-RUN)
time code. With record run, the time code runs only when you are recording. With free run, the time
code runs regardless of the operation of the camcorder. With record run preset and free-run, you can
select the starting point.
Normally select record-run. Select free-run time code when you wish to record with multiple
camcorders set to the same time code.
1. Open the menu and select [TIME CODE]. Select [COUNT-UP] and set it to [REC-RUN],
[REC-RUN PS.] or [FREE-RUN].
When you selected [REC-RUN]: Close the menu.
When you selected [REC-RUN PS.] or [FREE-RUN]: The starting point set/reset options appear.
When you selected [REC-RUN PS.] or [FREE-RUN]:
2. Select [SET].
The hours display flashes.
3. Turn the SET dial to select the hour and press the SET dial.
• The next part of the display starts flashing.
• Set the minutes, seconds and frames in the same way.
4. Close the menu.
❍ When setting the free-run time code, the time code starts to run when you press the MENU
button in the middle of the setting, or when you press the SET dial after setting the last digits.
❍ To reset the time code to [00:00:00:00], select [RESET] in step 2.
❍ When recording over existing scenes: When a time code discontinuity occurred near the recording
start point, the time code at recording start may be discontinuous.
❍ When the backup battery is installed, the free-run time code continues to run even when you
disconnect the battery pack.
Setting the Time Code
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The user bit display works on the hexadecimal system that consists of a mixture of eight numbers or
letters. There are sixteen possible characters, numbers 0 to 9 and letters A to F.
This is useful for labeling tapes.
1. Open the menu and select [VCR SETUP] and [USR BIT DATA].
The user bit set/reset options appear.
2. Select [SET].
The first part of the display flashes.
3. Turn the SET dial to select the number/alphabet and press the SET dial.
• The next part of the display starts flashing.
• Set the rest of the display in the same way.
4. Close the menu.
❍ To reset the user bit to [00 00 00 00], select [CLEAR] in step 2.
❍ User bit can be recorded when recording with the camcorder or from analog devices. The user bit
of your camcorder cannot be recorded when recording from digital devices.
Displaying the User Bit
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [USR BIT DISP], set it to [ON] and
close the menu.
User bit cannot be displayed during special playback.
Setting the User Bit
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You can set the audio mode to 16 bit or 12 bit. With 12 bit, you can select to record on two channels,
leaving two channels free for adding sound later (12bit CH ), or to record on four channels
simultaneously (12bit CH , ).
The sampling frequency in 16 bit is 48 kHz and in 12 bit 32 kHz. The 16 bit mode provides higher sound
quality.
Audio dubbing cannot be performed with this camcorder.
16bit
12bit CH
The channels next to channel 1 and 2 will not
be used.
12bit CH ,
The channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be recorded
simultaneously.
Selecting the Audio Mode (16bit, 12bit CH , 12bit CH , )
Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUDIO MODE], select a setting option
and close the menu.
Audio Recording
AUDIO SETUP AUDIO MODE•••16bit
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channel 1
channel 2
channel 1
channel 2
channel 1
channel 2
channel 1
channel 2
channel 3
channel 4
channel 3
channel 4
channel 1 channel 2 channel 1 channel 2
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Recording on Channels 1 and 2
Select the audio input from FRONT MIC (supplied microphone unit), AUDIO1 (RCA terminals) or REAR
(XLR terminals). Refer also to the audio block diagram ( 120).
When Using the Front Microphone
Set the INPUT SELECT switch to FRONT MIC.
Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the FRONT MIC ATT. switch to ATT.
When Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO1
1. Connect the device to the RCA terminals of AUDIO1.
2. Set the INPUT SELECT switch to AUDIO1.
When Connecting to the XLR terminals
1. Connect a microphone to the XLR terminals.
To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the +48V switch to ON. Make sure to connect the
microphone first, before turning on the phantom power. Keep the microphone connected when turning
off the phantom power.
2. Set the INPUT SELECT switch to REAR.
3. Set the REC CH SELECT switch to CH1 or CH1·CH2.
4. Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the MIC ATT. switch
to ATT.
5. For 12dB gain-up: Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [R-XLR GAINUP], set
it to [12dB] and close the menu.
Input terminal Position of the REC CH SELECT switch Recorded channel
CH1/3 CH1 Channel 1
CH1·CH2 Channel 1+Channel 2
CH2/4 CH1 Channel 2
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Recording on Channels 3 and 4
Select the audio input from SHOE (optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter), AUDIO2 (RCA terminals) or
REAR (XLR terminals). Refer also to the audio block diagram ( 120).
Make sure to set [AUDIO MODE] to [12bit CH , ].
When Connecting to the Advanced Accessory Shoe
1. Attach the optional MA-300 Microphone Adapter to the advanced accessory shoe.
• With the MA-300, you can use balanced microphones on all 4 channels.
• Refer also to the MA-300 instruction manual.
2. Set the INPUT SELECT switch to SHOE.
❍ Phantom power cannot be used with the MA-300.
❍ MA-100 and MA-200 cannot be used.
When Connecting to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2
1. Connect the device to the RCA terminals of AUDIO2.
2. Set the INPUT SELECT switch to AUDIO2.
When Connecting to the XLR terminals
1. Connect a microphone to the XLR terminals.
To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the +48V switch to ON. Make sure to connect the
microphone first, before turning on the phantom power. Keep the microphone connected when turning
off the phantom power.
2. Set the INPUT SELECT switch to REAR.
3. Turn on the microphone attenuator (20 dB) as necessary by setting the MIC ATT. switch
to ATT.
4. For 12 dB gain-up: Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [R-XLR GAINUP],
set it to [12dB] and close the menu.
When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch
to OFF. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged.
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Adjusting the Audio Recording Level
Hiding/Displaying the Audio Level Indicator on the Screen
Open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select [AUDIO LEVEL], select a setting
option and close the menu.
The audio level indicator can also be turned on/off with the custom key ( 70).
Automatic Audio Adjustments
Set the REC LEVEL switch to A.
Manual Audio Adjustments
1. Set the REC LEVEL switch to M.
2. When recording on 4 channels, press the AUDIO MONITOR button and select CH1/2 or
CH3/4.
The setting changes with each press of the button in the order of CH1/2, CH3/4, CH1+3/2+4. Do not
select CH1+3/2+4 when adjusting the level.
3. Turn the respective CH1, CH2, CH3 or CH4 dial to adjust the audio level.
❍ We recommend using headphones when adjusting the audio level. If the input level is too high,
audio may become distorted even if the audio level indicator is displaying an appropriate level.
❍ You can select to synchronise the audio signal with the video signal by adding an equal amount of
delay to the audio. Open the menu and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUD.M.SET], set it to [LINE
OUT] and close the menu. If you wish to monitor audio in real time, select [NORMAL]. In either
setting, audio and video signals will be recorded synchronised on a tape.
AUDIO LEVEL••ON
DISPLAY SETUP/
( 24)
When connecting a microphone not supporting phantom power, make sure to set the +48V switch
to OFF. Otherwise the microphone may be damaged.
CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4 dials
AUDIO MONITOR button
REC LEVEL switch
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Image Stabilizer (Lenses Equipped with Image Stabilizer)
The image stabilizer can be turned off.
Move the STABILIZER ON/OFF switch to OFF.
❍ The image stabilizer cannot be turned off in the Easy Recording mode.
❍ The image stabilizer is designed to compensate a normal degree of camcorder shake.
❍ The image stabilizer may not be effective when attaching an optional Extender.
❍ We recommend turning off the image stabilizer when mounting the camcorder on a tripod.
STABILIZER ON/OFF switch

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