Canon XLH H1S manual

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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Professional video camera
  • Model/name: XLH H1S
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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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.
HD Video Camera Recorder, XL H1S A / XL H1A A 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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Introduction
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to
the Canon HD Video Camera Recorder XL H1S A /
XL H1A A 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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Introduction
The XL H1S / XL H1A - A Broad Range of
Capabilities
Ultimate HD Quality
New and improved lens The HD 20x L IS III is the latest addition to the XL line of high-end interchangeable
lenses and now features a built-in iris ring for improved operability.
3CCD system By using three 1/3-in. CCDs (each with a total of 1.67 mega pixels and 1,440x1,080 effective
pixels), the camcorder offers a horizontal resolution of 800 TV lines, the highest in HDV standard.
DIGIC DV II image processor The next generation of Canon’s video processing engine ensures optimal
video quality and color reproduction for high-definition video.
Versatile Artistic Expression
HDV native 1080/24p, 1080/30p recording Use the 24F or 30F mode for video recordings compliant with
native recordings according to HDV specifications ( 50). Whatever your video needs –TV programs,
commercials, music videos or movies– you can shoot it with the XL H1S / XL H1A.
Custom presets Enjoy unparalleled image control to deliver the “look” you want. The camcorder offers 23
customizable parameters you can easily save and exchange as custom preset files ( 96).
Advanced Professional Features
Pro level connectivity An industry-standard HD/SD SDI terminal for uncompressed HD signal
output, embedded audio and SMPTE time code (LTC) are just a few of the features of the XL H1S that give it
the functionality of professional broadcast cameras.
Synchronization Genlock synchronization, as well as TC-IN and TC-OUT terminals, allow the
XL H1S to be part of any multi-camera shooting setup.
Enhanced customization Custom functions ( 104) and custom display ( 110) options give you even
more freedom to control many aspects of the camcorder’s operation.
And More
Audio options The camcorder is equipped with two sets of XLR audio input terminals with phantom power
supply. Record audio using both audio inputs or combine one audio input and the supplied front
microphone. You can also activate the audio peak limiter ( 59) to avoid distortions during manual audio
level adjustment.
Added and improved functionality Push AE ( 66) • Gain fine-tuning in 0.5 dB increments ( 70)
• Focus limit ( 48) • Selective NR ( 77) • Audio output level selection ( 90) • and more!
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About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XL H1S / XL H1A. 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
Troubleshooting ( 150).
Conventions Used in this Manual
 : Precautions related to the camcorder’s 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.
 Brackets [ ] and capital letters are used to refer to menu options as they are displayed on screen.
In tables in the manual, menu options in boldface indicate the default setting.
 The supplied lens, Canon HD Video Lens 20x Zoom XL 5.4-108 mm L IS III, is referred to as the “HD
20x L IS III” lens.
 “Screen” refers to the viewfinder screen.
 “Card” or “Memory card” refers to an SDHC memory card, an SD memory card or a MultiMedia Card
(MMC).
 Photographs in the manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
 : Text that applies only to the model shown in the icon.
 Illustrations in the manual show an XL H1S with the HD 20x L IS III lens attached.
Pre
Date/Time and Language Settings
Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in
rechargeable battery has discharged completely.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [SYSTEM SETUP/ ] 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 matches your time zone and
press the SET button.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone marked with a .
Setting the Date and Time
MENU
( 32)
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MENU
( 32)
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Menu item shown at its default position
Operating modes
The availability of the various functions depends on
the operating mode as indicated in the bar.
, : 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 HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC).
• is a trademark.
• Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks 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.
• ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD
FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE
PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300,
DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
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Introduction
About the HD/HDV and SD/DV Specifications
In the manual, a distinction is made between video signal standards (camera section) and recording
standards (recorder section). The video signal can be set to HD (high definition) or SD (standard
definition) specifications; the recording standard on the tape will be HDV 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
( only)
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Contents
Introduction
The XL H1S / XL H1A - A Broad Range of Capabilities ....................................................................................5
About this Manual .............................................................................................................................................6
Checking the Supplied Accessories ............................................................................................................... 10
Components Guide .........................................................................................................................................11
Preparations
Preparing the Power Supply ...........................................................................................................................17
Preparing the Camcorder................................................................................................................................ 21
Preparing the Lens .......................................................................................................................................... 27
Using the Wireless Controller.......................................................................................................................... 30
Loading/Removing a Cassette........................................................................................................................ 31
Inserting/Removing a Memory Card ............................................................................................................... 32
Changing Settings with the MENU Button...................................................................................................... 33
Date/Time and Language Settings.................................................................................................................. 34
Recording
Recording........................................................................................................................................................36
Selecting the Signal Standard and Aspect Ratio ............................................................................................ 40
Locating the End of the Last Scene................................................................................................................ 41
Zooming .......................................................................................................................................................... 42
Adjusting the Focus.........................................................................................................................................44
Using the ND Filter .......................................................................................................................................... 49
Selecting the Frame Rate................................................................................................................................ 50
Setting the Time Code .................................................................................................................................... 52
Synchronizing the Camcorder’s Time Code ......................................................................................54
Setting the User Bit .........................................................................................................................................56
Audio Recording.............................................................................................................................................. 57
Image Stabilizer............................................................................................................................................... 61
Using the Programmed AE Modes.................................................................................................................. 62
Recording in Manual Mode .............................................................................................................................65
Recording in Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode.......................................................................................................... 67
Recording in Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode ....................................................................................................... 68
Adjusting the Exposure ................................................................................................................................... 69
AE Shift............................................................................................................................................................ 69
Gain ................................................................................................................................................................. 70
White Balance .................................................................................................................................................71
Zebra Pattern .................................................................................................................................................. 73
Color Correction.............................................................................................................................................. 74
Skin Detail Function ........................................................................................................................................76
Selective Noise Reduction .............................................................................................................................. 77
Clear Scan.......................................................................................................................................................78
Custom Keys................................................................................................................................................... 79
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal................................................................................................................. 83
Faders ............................................................................................................................................................. 83
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Introduction
External Connections
Video Signal Output Standards....................................................................................................................... 84
Connecting to a Monitor/TV ............................................................................................................................85
Audio Output ................................................................................................................................................... 90
Digital Video Control........................................................................................................................................92
Recording an External Video Signal (HDV/DV In, Analog Line-In)................................................................... 93
Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter)..................................................... 94
Connecting to a Computer.............................................................................................................................. 95
Customization
Custom Preset Settings .................................................................................................................................. 96
Customized Functions ..................................................................................................................................104
Customized On-Screen Displays ..................................................................................................................110
Playback
Playing Back a Tape......................................................................................................................................114
Returning to a Pre-marked Position..............................................................................................................116
Index Search .................................................................................................................................................116
Date Search...................................................................................................................................................117
Data Code .....................................................................................................................................................117
Remote Sensor Mode ...................................................................................................................................118
Using a Memory Card
Selecting the Still Image Quality/Size............................................................................................................119
File Numbers .................................................................................................................................................120
Recording Still Images on a Memory Card ...................................................................................................121
Reviewing a Still Image right after Recording ...............................................................................................123
Drive Mode....................................................................................................................................................124
Metering Mode ..............................................................................................................................................125
Using an Optional Flash ................................................................................................................................126
Playing Back Still Images from a Memory Card............................................................................................127
Erasing Still images .......................................................................................................................................129
Protecting Still images...................................................................................................................................130
Initializing a Memory Card.............................................................................................................................131
Print Order Settings.......................................................................................................................................132
Additional Information
Menu Options and Default Settings ..............................................................................................................133
Settings Memorized and Retained................................................................................................................141
Screen Displays.............................................................................................................................................142
List of Messages ...........................................................................................................................................144
Maintenance/Others......................................................................................................................................145
Troubleshooting.............................................................................................................................................150
System Diagram............................................................................................................................................152
Optional Accessories ....................................................................................................................................154
Specifications................................................................................................................................................157
Index..............................................................................................................................................................160
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Checking the Supplied Accessories
CA-920 Compact Power Adapter DC-920 DC Coupler BP-950G Battery Pack WL-D5000 Wireless Controller
SDC-32M SD Memory Card HDVM-E63PR Digital
Videocassette
Color Viewfinder Unit 2 x AA (R6) Batteries
(for the wireless controller)
Microphone Unit Stereo Cable DTC-1000 Component Video
Cable
External Monitor Cable
Adjustment Band (for the external
microphone holder)
Adapter Holder Unit Tripod Adapter Base SS-1100 Shoulder Strap
Camcorder Dust Cap Canon HD Video Lens 20x Zoom
XL 5.4-108 mm L IS III
(incl. soft case)
Lens Cap and 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 H1S A / XL H1A A
Purchased From: Serial No.:
Dealer Address
Dealer Phone No.:
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Introduction
Components Guide
External control mode*
VCR/PLAY mode
Power off
Manual
Auto
Shutter-Priority
Aperture-Priority
Spotlight
Night
Easy Recording
Left side view
Recording
programs
dial
* Reserved mode for future software development.
LIGHT button
END SEARCH button ( 41)
MODE SELECT switch ( 40)
FRAME RATE switch ( 50)
AUDIO OUTPUT CH button ( 90)
indicator
Side panel ( 143)
Viewfinder attachment bracket ( 21)
EVF1 color viewfinder socket ( 21)
EVF2 external monitor/viewfinder socket ( 85, 155)
EVF PEAKING/EVF MAGNIFYING buttons ( 46)
EXP. LOCK button ( 69)/PUSH AE button ( 66)
LENS RELEASE switch ( 27)
SET button ( 33)
SELECT dial ( 33)/IRIS dial ( 65, 68)
(record review) button ( 39)
BARS/FADE SELECT button ( 83)
BARS/FADE ON/OFF button ( 83)
MENU button ( 33)
GAIN dial ( 70)
WHITE BALANCE dial ( 71)
WHITE BALANCE button ( 71)
STANDBY button ( 37)
INPUT SELECT switch (CH1) ( 58)
REC LEVEL switch (CH1) ( 59)
INPUT SELECT switch (CH2) ( 58)
REC LEVEL switch (CH2) ( 59)
XLR REC CH SELECT switch (CH1/CH2) ( 58)
CH2 dial ( 59)
FRONT MIC ATT. switch (CH/CH2) ( 58)
CH1 dial ( 59)
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Left side view
Viewfinder unit/Microphone unit
HD 20x L IS III lens
Eye cup ( 22)
Dioptric adjustment lever ( 23)
Color viewfinder ( 21-24)
STEREO/MONO microphone selector ( 58)
Lock screw ( 23)
Viewfinder cable ( 21)
Lock release button ( 24)
Iris ring ( 65, 68)
Zoom ring ( 42)
Lens hood ( 28)
Focus ring ( 44)
RESET button ( 150)
Memory card slot ( 32)
ND filter operating ring ( 49)
ND filter unlock button ( 49)
STABILIZER ON/OFF switch ( 61)
POSITION PRESET switch ( 43)
AF switch ( 44)/
POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch ( 43)
Focus mode switch ( 45)
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Introduction
* only.
Right side view
S-video terminal ( 88)
VIDEO OUT terminal (BNC) ( 88)
VIDEO IN/OUT terminal (RCA) ( 88)
OUT terminals (CH1/CH2, RCA) ( 90)
IN terminals (CH1/CH2, RCA) ( 58)
Terminal cover
Battery attachment unit ( 17)
BATT. RELEASE button ( 17)
HD/SD SDI terminal* ( 86)
GENLOCK terminal* ( 54)
TC-OUT terminal* ( 54)
TC-IN terminal* ( 54)
Serial number
Screw hole for adapter holder ( 26)
AE SHIFT dial ( 69)
LOCK switch ( 37)
FRONT MIC terminals ( 25)
Lens hood lock screw ( 28)
Grip zoom lever ( 42)
PHOTO button ( 121) / MAGN. button ( 108)
Cassette compartment ( 31)
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, Using tripods
Do not use tripods with mounting screws longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.) as this may cause damage to the camcorder. To use tripods featuring 3/
8" mounting screws, attach first the supplied tripod adapter base and attach the tripod to the adapter base.
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 ( 109)
Remote sensor ( 30, 118)
Grip belt ( 25)
Attachment sockets for the optional TA-100 Tripod
Adapter ( 155) or the supplied tripod adapter base
Tripod socket
Viewfinder cable ( 21)
Remote sensor ( 30, 118)
START/STOP button ( 36)
Microphone lock screw ( 25)
Strap mount ( 25)
INPUT terminals (CH1/CH2, XLR) ( 58)
SHUTTER buttons ( 65, 67)
PHONES LEVEL dial
(headphone) terminal
HDV indicator ( 40)
HDV/DV terminal ( 87, 93, 95)
terminal
switches (CH1,CH2) ( 58)
switches (CH1,CH2) ( 58)
/ (card/tape) switch ( 121)
CARD access indicator ( 121)
ZOOM SPEED switch ( 42)
ZOOM SPEED dial ( 42)
Start/Stop button ( 36)
COMPONENT OUT terminal ( 87)
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Introduction
Top view
PHOTO button ( 121) / MAGN. button ( 108)
START/STOP button ( 36)
Hot shoe ( 126)
Microphone ( 25)
Viewfinder lock screw ( 21)
Handle zoom lever ( 42)
EJECT switch ( 31)
CUSTOM KEYS ( 79)
EVF DISPLAY button ( 39)
CUSTOM PRESET ON/OFF button ( 99)
CUSTOM PRESET SELECT button ( 99)
Remote sensor ( 30, 118)
Tally lamp ( 109)
Screw holes for adapter holder ( 26)
REC (record) button ( 93)
(fast forward) button ( 114) /
+ button ( 100, 127)
(play) button ( 114) /
SLIDESHOW button ( 127)
(rewind) button ( 114) /
- button ( 100,127)
(stop) button ( 114,117) /
(metering mode) button ( 125)
(pause) button ( 114) /
DRIVE MODE button ( 124)
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WL-D5000 Wireless Controller
PHOTO button ( 121)
START/STOP button ( 36)
MENU button ( 33)
TV SCREEN button ( 80)
SLIDESHOW button ( 127)
DATA CODE button ( 117)
INDEX WRITE button ( 80)
AUDIO MONITOR button ( 90)
END SEARCH button ( 41)
SEARCH SELECT button ( 116, 117)
REC PAUSE button ( 93)
REW button ( 114)
ZERO SET MEMORY button ( 116)
button ( 114)
PAUSE button ( 114)
REMOTE SET button ( 118)
AV DV button ( 94)
Zoom buttons ( 42)
Menu selection buttons ( 33)
SET button ( 33)
CARD – button ( 127)
CARD + button ( 127)
MIX BALANCE buttons ( 90)
/ buttons ( 116, 117)
PLAY button ( 114)
FF button ( 114)
button ( 114)
STOP button ( 114)
button ( 114)
SLOW button ( 114)
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Preparations
Preparations
Preparing the Power Supply
Charging the Battery Pack
Disconnect the DC coupler from the compact power adapter before charging. Remove the terminal
cover of the battery pack.
1. Connect the power cord to the compact
power adapter.
2. Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
3. Attach the battery pack to the compact
power 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 completed.
4. When the charging is completed, remove
the battery pack from the compact power
adapter.
5. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet and disconnect it from the compact
power adapter.
Attaching the Battery Pack
1. Turn the dial to OFF.
2. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
Align the battery pack with the guideline and press
lightly. 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
BATT. RELEASE button
Guideline
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Using a Household Power Outlet
1. Turn the 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 compact
power adapter.
4. Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
5. Connect the DC coupler to the compact
power 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 periods or do not use it for a period of over 3 months, it will discharge
completely. In that case, recharge the built-in battery by powering the camcorder from a power outlet
and leaving it with the dial set to OFF for at least 24 hours.
 Disconnect the DC coupler from the compact power adapter when charging a battery pack.
 Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter.
 If the compact power adapter is used close to a TV, it may cause picture interference. Move the
compact power adapter away from the TV or the antenna cable.
 Do not connect to the compact power adapter any products not expressly recommended for use
with this camcorder.
 If you connect a faulty compact power adapter or battery pack, the charge indicator turns off and
charging will stop.
 The charge indicator serves also as an indication about the charge status.
0-50%: Flashes once per second
50-75%: Flashes twice per second
More than 75%: Flashes 3 times per second
100%: Continuously on
 We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C (50 °F and
86 °F). The charging time will vary depending on the surrounding temperature and the battery’s
initial charge condition.
 In cold places the effective usage time of the battery will decrease.
 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.
 USA and Canada only: The Lithium ion/polymer battery that powers the product is
recyclable. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this
battery.
BATT. RELEASE button
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Preparations
 Charging, Recording and Playback Times
The following times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording and playback
conditions.
1 Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, power on/off.
Actual time may be shorter.
2
Optional.
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.
Maximum Recording Time
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 130 min. 195 min. 275 min. 375 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
100 min. 155 min. 215 min. 295 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 130 min. 195 min. 275 min. 380 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
100 min. 155 min. 215 min. 300 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 135 min. 200 min. 285 min. 390 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
105 min. 160 min. 220 min. 305 min.
Typical Recording Time1
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 75 min. 115 min. 165 min. 225 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
60 min. 95 min. 135 min. 185 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 75 min. 115 min. 165 min. 230 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 95 min. 135 min. 185 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 120 min. 170 min. 235 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 190 min.
Playback Time (supplied color viewfinder) 155 min. 235 min. 335 min. 455 min.
Maximum Recording Time
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 145 min. 220 min. 305 min. 420 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
110 min. 170 min. 240 min. 330 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 145 min. 220 min. 310 min. 425 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
115 min. 175 min. 240 min. 330 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 150 min. 225 min. 310 min. 435 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
115 min. 175 min. 240 min. 340 min.
20x L IS Lens Supplied color viewfinder 135 min. 205 min. 285 min. 390 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
105 min. 160 min. 225 min. 310 min.
16x Manual Zoom Lens Supplied color viewfinder 150 min. 225 min. 310 min. 435 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
115 min. 175 min. 240 min. 340 min.
Typical Recording Time1
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 85 min. 125 min. 180 min. 245 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 190 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 85 min. 130 min. 180 min. 250 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 195 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 90 min. 135 min. 185 min. 260 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
70 min. 105 min. 145 min. 205 min.
20x L IS Lens Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 120 min. 165 min. 230 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
60 min. 95 min. 130 min. 185 min.
16x Manual Zoom Lens Supplied color viewfinder 90 min. 135 min. 185 min. 260 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
70 min. 105 min. 145 min. 205 min.
Playback Time (supplied color viewfinder) 175 min. 265 min. 370 min. 505 min.
HDV
HDV
HDV
DV
DV
DV
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1
Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, power on/off.
Actual time may be shorter.
2
Optional.
Battery Pack BP-930 BP-945 BP-950G BP-970G
Maximum Recording Time
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 140 min. 205 min. 290 min. 400 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
105 min. 160 min. 230 min. 310 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 140 min. 210 min. 295 min. 405 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
105 min. 165 min. 230 min. 315 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 145 min. 215 min. 305 min. 420 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
110 min. 165 min. 240 min. 320 min.
Typical Recording Time1
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 85 min. 125 min. 180 min. 245 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 190 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 125 min. 175 min. 240 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 190 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 80 min. 125 min. 180 min. 245 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 145 min. 195 min.
Playback Time (supplied color viewfinder) 175 min. 265 min. 375 min. 510 min.
Maximum Recording Time
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 150 min. 225 min. 325 min. 440 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2 115 min. 180 min. 250 min. 340 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 155 min. 230 min. 325 min. 450 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
115 min. 180 min. 250 min. 340 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 130 min. 205 min. 285 min. 390 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
105 min. 160 min. 225 min. 315 min.
20x L IS Lens Supplied color viewfinder 140 min. 210 min. 300 min. 410 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
110 min. 165 min. 235 min. 315 min.
16x Manual Zoom Lens Supplied color viewfinder 155 min. 235 min. 335 min. 455 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
120 min. 185 min. 255 min. 350 min.
Typical Recording Time1
HD 20x L IS III Lens Supplied color viewfinder 90 min. 130 min. 190 min. 260 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 105 min. 145 min. 195 min.
HD 20x L IS II Lens Supplied color viewfinder 90 min. 135 min. 190 min. 260 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
70 min. 105 min. 145 min. 195 min.
HD 6x L Lens Supplied color viewfinder 75 min. 115 min. 165 min. 230 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
60 min. 95 min. 130 min. 185 min.
20x L IS Lens Supplied color viewfinder 85 min. 125 min. 175 min. 240 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2
65 min. 100 min. 140 min. 185 min.
16x Manual Zoom Lens Supplied color viewfinder 95 min. 140 min. 195 min. 270 min.
FU-1000 monochrome viewfinder2 70 min. 110 min. 150 min. 205 min.
Playback Time (supplied color viewfinder) 195 min. 290 min. 410 min. 560 min.
HDV
HDV
HDV
DV
DV
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 lock screw.
2. Connect the viewfinder cable to the EVF1
socket on the camcorder.
Insert the cable plug straight into the camcorder’s
socket.
3. Hook the viewfinder cable onto the cable
clamp.
To use the optional FU-1000 Monochrome CRT Viewfinder Unit, connect it to the EVF2 socket on the
camcorder instead.
Detaching the Viewfinder Unit
1. Detach the viewfinder cable.
2. Loosen the lock 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.
Right eye use Left eye use
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Preparations
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.
Dioptric Adjustment
Turn on the camcorder and adjust the dioptric
adjustment lever.
Do not let the viewfinder be exposed to direct sunlight or other strong light sources. 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 its transportation.
Right/Left Adjustment
Loosen the top lock screw, adjust the viewfinder to the
right/left and tighten the screw.
Forward/Backward Adjustment
Loosen the bottom lock screw, adjust the viewfinder
forward/backward and tighten the screw.
Lock screw
Lock screw
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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 recordings.
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.
• For more details regarding the [EVF BW MODE] setting refer to page 81.
5. Press the MENU button to close the menu.
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.
MENU
( 33)
DISPLAY SETUP / EVF SETUP EVF BW MODE•••OFF
BRIGHTNESS•••0
CONTRAST•••••0
COLOR••••••••0
SHARPNESS••••2
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Preparations
Attaching the Microphone Unit
1. Loosen the microphone lock screw on the
viewfinder unit, open the microphone
holder and insert the microphone.
2. Align the mark on the microphone with the
mark on the microphone holder and tighten
the lock screw.
3. Plug the microphone cable to the
camcorder’s FRONT MIC terminals.
To use an external microphone with a diameter too small for the microphone holder to close securely,
attach first the supplied adjustment band to the microphone holder and then insert the microphone.
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.
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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 the CH-910 off the
support bars.
Support
bars
Stop lever
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Preparations
Preparing the Lens
Refer also to the instruction manual of the lens.
Mounting the Lens
1. Set the 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 dial to OFF.
2. Slide the LENS RELEASE switch all the way
in the direction of the arrow.
3. Turn the lens counter-clockwise until it
stops and remove the lens.
4. 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.
 If you set the dial to a recording mode without a lens attached, the lens warning icon
“LENS” will flash in red on the screen.
 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 were not
designed for HDV recording. If you attach such a lens to the camcorder, the messages “THIS
LENS HAS NO STILL SHOOTING CAPABILITY” and “HD INCOMPATIBLE LENS” will appear.
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 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 HD-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 lock screw.
Adjusting the Flange Back
(lenses without built-in flange back adjustment function)
The flange back can be adjusted to correct the focus while zooming to full telephoto or full wide-angle.
The flange back can be adjusted automatically by the camcorder (AF) or manually (MF). The camcorder
can store and back up flange back adjustment values for up to 10 different lenses.
Preparations
1. Set the frame rate to 60i or 30F.
2. Point the camcorder to face a 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 full wide-angle.
3. Zoom out to full wide-angle.
4. Set the 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 at full telephoto as well as at full wide-angle.
6. Check that the exposure conditions are appropriate.
If necessary, use the ND filter.
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Preparations
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.
If an error message appears during the flange back adjustment, be sure to reset the FB adjustment
value before readjusting the flange back.
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.
- The camcorder cannot focus in AF adjustment.
- 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 3 remote sensors: 2 at the front and
1 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 ( 118). If the
wireless controller does not work, verify that 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/Removing a Cassette
Use only videocassettes marked with the logo. For recording in HDV we recommend you use
videocassettes designed for HDV recording.
1. Slide the EJECT switch to open the
cassette compartment cover.
The cassette compartment opens automatically.
2. Load/remove the cassette.
• Insert the cassette straight, fully into the
compartment with the window facing out.
• Remove the cassette by pulling it straight out.
3. Close the cassette compartment cover.
Press the mark on the cassette compartment
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/removed even if the
dial is set to OFF.
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Inserting/Removing a Memory Card
You can use SDHC (SD High Capacity) memory cards, SD memory cards or MultiMedia Cards
(MMC) with this camcorder.
Inserting the Card
1. Set the dial to OFF.
2. Push the switch in the direction of the
arrow to open the memory card slot cover.
3. Insert the memory card straight, all the way
into the memory card slot.
4. Close the memory 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. Make sure that the CARD access indicator
is not flashing and set the dial to
OFF.
2. Push the switch in the direction of the
arrow to open the memory card slot cover.
3. Push the memory card once to release it
and then remove the memory card.
4. Close the memory card slot cover.
 If you use memory cards other than the supplied one, make sure to initialize them with the
camcorder ( 131).
 Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing a memory card. Inserting/removing the
memory card with the camcorder on may result in permanent data loss.
 SDHC and SD memory cards have a write-protect switch to prevent their accidental erasure.
When this switch is set to the LOCK position, images cannot be recorded on or deleted from the
memory card.
 Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards.
 About SDHC Memory Cards: SDHC is the new type of SD memory card with capacities over
2 GB. Please note that the specifications of SDHC memory cards are different from those of
regular SD cards and you will not be able to use memory cards of over 2 GB with devices that do
not support SDHC. However, SDHC devices (including this camcorder) are backward compatible
and you can use regular SD cards with them.
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Preparations
Changing Settings with the MENU Button
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be changed from the on-screen 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 icons displayed at the bottom of the screen will give you additional
indications about the function of these controls in specific situations.
 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.
 Unavailable items will appear grayed out.
 Pressing the MENU button at any time closes the menu.
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Date/Time and Language Settings
Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or if the built-in
rechargeable battery has discharged completely.
Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Turn the SELECT dial to select [SYSTEM SETUP/ ] 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 matches your time zone and
press the SET button.
To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone marked with a .
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 month starts flashing.
• Set the rest of the date and time in the same way.
7. Press the MENU button to close the menu and start the clock.
Displaying the Date and Time while 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 discharge completely and the date and time settings will be lost. In that case, recharge
the built-in battery ( 18) and set the time zone, date and time again.
MENU
( 33)
SYSTEM SETUP/ D/TIME SET T.ZONE/DST•••NEW YORK
MENU
( 33)
SYSTEM SETUP/ D/TIME SET
DATE/TIME••• JAN.1,2008
12:00 AM
MENU
( 33)
DISPLAY SETUP/ GUIDE INFO•••OFF
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Preparations
Changing the Date Format
You can select between three date formats: [JAN. 1, 2008], [1. JAN. 2008] and [2008. 1. 1].
Open the menu and select [SYSTEM SETUP/ ]. Select the [D/TIME SET ] submenu
and then select [DATE FORMAT]. Select a date format and close the menu.
Changing the Display Language
The default language for displays and menu items is English. The language can be changed to German,
Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, simplified Chinese or Japanese.
To change the display language, open the menu and select [DISPLAY SETUP/ ]. Select
[LANGUAGE ], select a language and close the menu.
 If you have mistakenly changed the language, follow the mark next to the menu item to change
the setting.
 The displays and at the bottom of the screen refer to the names of buttons on the
camcorder and will not change regardless of the language selected.
MENU
( 33)
SYSTEM SETUP/ D/TIME SET DATE FORMAT •• JAN. 1,2008
MENU
( 33)
DISPLAY SETUP/ LANGUAGE •••ENGLISH
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Recording
Recording
The default recording standard is HDV. About the audio recording, refer to the relevant chapter ( 57).
Recording
1. Remove the lens cap.
2. Press the lock button and set the
dial to a recording program.
3. Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
• The red REC indicator on the viewfinder and the
tally lamps light up.
• Press the Start/Stop button again to pause
recording.
When You Have Finished Recording
1. Set the dial to OFF.
2. Replace the lens cap.
3. Remove the cassette.
4. Disconnect the power source.
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. We recommend not mixing recordings in different
standards on the same tape.
 After inserting a cassette, wait until the tape counter stops completely before you start recording.
 Turn the dial to OFF if you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time.
 If you do not remove the cassette, you can record the next scene without any noise or blank
sections between 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 ( 148).
Tally lamp
Tally lamp
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Recording
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 switch in the direction of
the arrow to prevent the accidental operation of
these controls.
Power Saving Mechanisms
STANDBY Button
Press the STANDBY button and hold it pressed down for more than 1 second in record pause or VCR stop
mode to enter the standby mode. The message “ENTERING “POWER STANDBY”” will be displayed before
the camcorder enters the standby mode. In standby mode, power will be shut down to the camera and
recorder sections but camera settings (including exposure lock and color bars settings) will be retained.
Press the STANDBY button again to turn the camcorder on.
Power Save Function
In order to protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the power save mode (VCR stop) after
4 minutes 30 seconds in record pause mode. If left 30 more seconds without any operation, the camcorder
will automatically shut off. Turn off the power save function with [SYSTEM SETUP] [POWER SAVE] setting
( 136) if you wish to make adjustments without worrying about losing your settings as a result of the
automatic shut-off.
Once the camcorder entered the power save mode, press the Start/Stop button to start recording or press
one of the custom keys ( 79) to which the [VCR STOP] function was assigned, to return to record pause
mode. If the camcorder automatically shut off (after 5 minutes), turn the dial to OFF and then back to
one of the recording programs.
VCR Stop Function
You can assign the [VCR STOP] function to either custom key ( 79). In VCR stop mode the camcorder is
only partially turned off: The camera section is powered normally while the recorder section is shut off. When
you press the assigned custom key, you can make adjustments to the camera section as long as necessary
without worrying about the 5-minute shut-off timer of the power save function. To return to record pause
mode, press the assigned custom key again.
Zoom lever
LOCK switch
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Screen Displays while Recording
Time code
You can select between drop frame or non-drop frame time
code ( 52).
Remaining tape
Indicates the remaining time on the tape in minutes. “
END” will appear 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 tape, the remaining time displayed may
not be accurate. In any case, you will be able to record on the tape
the number of minutes that appears on the cassette’s label (for
example, 85 minutes).
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 indicator
Lights up when recording with a shutter speed other than
1/60 (or 1/48, if the frame rate is set to 24F).
REC indicator
Lights up while recording.
The REC indicator starts flashing when the remaining time on
the tape is less than 5 minutes (it does not flash if the
remaining tape information is not displayed on the screen).
GAIN indicator
Lights up when the AGC (auto gain control) is set to either
-3 dB or +3 dB or higher.
Reference guides
With the [DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [MARKERS], [ASPECT
GUIDE] and [SAFETY ZONE] settings you can display reference
guides to help you frame the subject more accurately.
Aspect guide 4:3
Level
marker
Safety zone
80%
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Selecting the On-Screen Displays
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.
1
This level cannot be selected if [SYSTEM SETUP/ ] [ALL DISPLAY] is set to [DISABLE].
2
If [DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [GUIDE INFO] is set to [D/T DISPLAY], the date and time will be displayed; if it is
set to [CUSTOM KEYS], the functions currently assigned to the custom keys will be displayed instead.
3
This level cannot be selected if [DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [MARKERS], [SAFETY ZONE] and [GUIDE INFO] are
all set [OFF].
The camcorder’s on-screen displays will also appear on a connected external TV or monitor.
Reviewing the Recording
In record pause mode, this function allows you to review
the last few seconds of your recording.
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.
Level 11
: All screen displays
Level 2: Customized displays ( 110), date/time2
Level 33
: Markers, safety zone guides, date/time2
Level 4: No displays
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Selecting the Signal Standard and Aspect
Ratio
You can select the signal standard of your recording (high definition or standard definition) and, for
standard definition recordings, also the aspect ratio of the recording. Since the camcorder’s screen has
an aspect ratio of 16:9, when you set the MODE SELECT switch to SD 4:3 the picture will appear in the
center of the screen with black sidebars.
Change the position of the MODE SELECT
switch.
• 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 the custom function [LED] is not set to [OFF], the MODE SELECT switch will light up in blue
when set to HD.
 If the position of the MODE SELECT switch is changed while recording, the standard/aspect ratio
will not change immediately; it will change once you pause the recording.
 When you play back 16:9 recordings, the TV set will switch automatically to widescreen mode if it
is compatible with the Video ID-1 system. Otherwise, change the aspect ratio of the TV manually.
 To play back on a standard TV set with 4:3 aspect ratio, set [SIGNAL SETUP] [LETTERBOX] to
[ON] ( 133).
 When recording in 4:3, you can attach the optional RC-72 Ratio Converter (0.8x) to get the same
angle of view of the 16:9 aspect ratio. (Note that not all XL lenses are compatible with the RC-72.)
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Locating the End of the Last Scene
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.
 The end search function cannot be used once you remove the cassette.
 The end search function may not work correctly if there is a blank section between recordings or if
you mixed recordings in HDV and DV standards on the same tape.
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Zooming
You can operate the zoom using the zoom lever on the side grip or the one on the carrying handle. You
can also use the zoom ring on the lens or the zoom buttons on the wireless controller. With the
customized functions ( 104) you can change the direction and response sensitivity of adjustment
when the zoom ring is used, change the zoom speed and select the zoom indicator (graphic or
numeric).
Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide-angle). Move it toward T to zoom in
(telephoto).
Zoom Speed
Zoom lever on the side grip:
When the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to CONSTANT, the zoom speed will be constant at one of 16 zoom
speed levels (the current zoom speed level will appear next to the zoom indicator). Turn the ZOOM SPEED
dial toward FAST to select a faster zoom speed level (higher number); turn it toward SLOW to select a slower
zoom speed level (lower number).
When the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to VARIABLE, the zoom speed will depend on how you operate the
zoom lever: press gently for a slower zoom; press harder for faster zooms.
Approximate zoom speeds using the HD 20x L IS III lens (from full wide-angle to full
telephoto):
1
Default setting when recording movies. When recording still images, the default setting is [FAST].
2
When the zoom speed is too fast (less than 2 seconds end-to-end), the camcorder will have more trouble
focusing automatically while zooming.
Zoom ring: The zoom speed depends on how fast you turn the zoom ring.
ZOOM SPEED switch Zoom speed level
Custom function [ZOOM SPEED] setting
[NORMAL]1
[SLOW] [FAST]
CONSTANT
Level 1 5 min. 3 min. 1 min.
Level 16 4.3 sec. 2 sec. 1.22
sec.
VARIABLE – 1.22
– 60 sec.
Zoom lever
Zoom ring
Zoom buttons
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Zoom buttons on the carrying handle: The zoom speed is constant and can be set to one of 16
zoom speed levels. Set the ZOOM SPEED switch to CONSTANT and change the zoom speed level as
described previously.
Zoom buttons on the supplied wireless controller: The zoom speed is constant and cannot be
adjusted.
When a fixed focal length lens is used, no zoom–related indications will appear on screen.
Zoom Preset (lenses with zoom preset function)
This function enables any given zoom position to be memorized. Later, you can return to the preset
zoom position 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 canceled when you attach the optional Extender XL 1.6x or mount a lens with
a different magnification.
 To return to the preset zoom position the camcorder uses the speed set for the constant zoom
speed (when the ZOOM SPEED switch is set to CONSTANT).
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Adjusting the Focus
Functions in this chapter are explained using the HD 20x L IS III lens. If you are using a different lens,
refer also to the instruction manual of the lens.
The camcorder can be set to Autofocus or Manual Focus.
Autofocus
In addition to the usual autofocus, the camcorder has also a Push-AF function to allow for temporary
autofocus while focusing manually.
Manual Focus
With the customized functions ( 104) you can change the direction and response sensitivity of adjustment
when the focus ring is used. To make it easier to focus manually, you can also make use of the Peaking
and Magnifying functions ( 46).
Autofocus
The autofocus is activated when the focus mode
switch is set to AF. The camcorder uses the TTL
autofocus system with a focusing range of 2 cm
(0.8 in.) (at full wide-angle, measured from the front of
the lens barrel) to .
The camcorder focuses on the subject in the center
of the screen.
Temporary Focus Override
Even while in autofocus mode, turn the focus ring to temporarily focus manually.
The camcorder will return to autofocus as soon as you release the focus ring.
Push AF (using the HD 20x L IS III lens)
In manual focus mode, set the POSITION PRESET switch to OFF. Move the AF switch
to AF and hold it.
The autofocus is activated as long as you hold the switch in the AF position.
When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder closes down the aperture. When the
aperture value used is too large, the picture may appear blurred. If you are using a lens with a built-in
ND filter, turn the ND filter on/off according to the screen display ( 49).
 In 30F and 24F mode, autofocus takes longer than in 60i mode.
 When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear
blurred.
Focus ring
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 Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects. In that case, focus manually.
- Reflective surfaces
- Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines
- Fast moving subjects
- Through dirty or wet windows
- Night scenes
Manual focus
1. When using a lens with autofocus function,
set the focus mode switch to M.
• “MF” appears.
• When a lens without autofocus function is used,
“MF” will not appear.
2. Zoom in to telephoto.
3. Turn the focus ring to adjust the focus.
With the customized functions ( 104) you can
change the direction and response sensitivity of
adjustment when the focus ring is used.
4. Operate the zoom to reframe the subject.
If you focus manually and then leave the camcorder
with the power turned on, the focus on the subject
may be lost after a while. This possible slight shift in
focus is a result of the internal temperature rising in the camcorder and lens. Check the focus before
resuming shooting or adjust the flange back as necessary ( 28).
 Manual focus cannot be selected in Easy Recording mode. Even if you set the focus mode
switch to M, the autofocus will still be activated.
 When using a lens designed for HDV recording, the focusing distance to the subject will be
displayed for approx. 3 seconds when you switch from autofocus to manual focus or when you
operate the focus ring in manual focus mode. It will also be displayed with the focus preset. With
the custom function [OBJ DST UNIT] ( 104) you can change the units for the distance display
(meter or feet) and with the custom display ( 110) you can select when to display this
information (always, never, or only upon the operation of the focus ring).
- The focusing distance will not be displayed when the optional Extender XL 1.6x is attached to
the camcorder.
- Use the focusing distance display as an estimate; when the distance reading is not considered
very precise it will be displayed in gray. : Infinity focus -: Over infinity focus.
 You can simultaneously zoom and focus manually. If the camcorder is in AF mode, the autofocus
will be reactivated when you finish the operation.
Focus ring
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Using the Focus Assist Functions (Peaking and Magnifying)
In order to make manual focusing easier, you can use
two assist functions: Peaking emphasizes the
outlines of the subject creating a clearer contrast, and
Magnifying enlarges the image on the screen. You
can also combine both for greater effect.
With the custom function [F.AST BW-MOD] ( 104)
you can set the display to change automatically to
black & white while using the focus assist functions.
The screen of an external monitor or viewfinder
connected to the EVF2 socket will show the exact
same picture as displayed on the camcorder’s
viewfinder screen.
Peaking
While recording or in record pause, press the EVF PEAKING button.
• appears and the outlines of the subject will be emphasized.
• Press the button again to change the Peaking level to ; press once more to cancel the function.
 The Peaking function will not affect your recordings.
 The gain and frequency of peak levels and can be set independently with the
[DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [PEAKING SETUP] setting.
Magnifying
In record pause, press the EVF MAGNIFYING button.
• “MAGN.” appears and the central part of the screen will be magnified approximately 2x.
• Press the button again to cancel the function.
 The magnified picture will be output as is to the HD/SD SDI terminal ( only) and the
HDV/DV terminal.
 With the custom function [CUSTOM REC] ( 104) you can select to have the magnified picture
recorded on the tape ( mode only) as it is, or to cancel the Magnifying function when you
start recording video or record a still image on the memory card. In mode, the
Magnifying function will always be canceled when you press the PHOTO button.
 You can use the custom keys ( 79) or the [SYSTEM SETUP/ ] [MAGN.B.LOCK] setting to
prevent the accidental operation of the EVF MAGNIFYING button. With the custom function
[BUTTONS OPER.1] ( 104) you can also change the operation of the EVF MAGNIFYING button
(normal or long press).
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Recording
Focus Preset (lenses with focus preset function)
This function enables a focus position to be
memorized. Later, you can return to the preset focus
position instantly. You can also select the speed at
which the camcorder returns to the preset focus
position.
Presetting the Focus
1. Set the focus mode switch to M.
“MF” appears.
2. Set the POSITION PRESET switch to FOCUS.
The focus preset speed currently selected appears.
3. Adjust the focus with the focus ring.
4. Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to SET.
“MF” and the focus preset speed display turn 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.
4 is the fastest speed; 1 is the slowest.
Returning to the Preset Focus position
Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON.
The camcorder returns to the preset focus position.
MENU
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CAMERA SETUP F SPEED PSET• 4
Focus ring
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Macro Shooting (Focus Limit)
Usually the camcorder’s focus range allows macro shooting. You can activate the focus limit to restrict
the focus range. Using the HD 20x L IS III lens, the focus range 10 cm - (at full wide-angle) is limited
to 1 m - (throughout the entire zoom range).
Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [FOCUS LIMIT], set it to [ON ]
and close the menu.
appears.
The focus limit will be canceled in the following cases.
- If the lens attached has an independent macro switch.
- If the lens attached does not support the macro setting being changed from the camcorder.
- When there is no lens attached.
MENU
( 33)
CAMERA SETUP FOCUS LIMIT•••OFF
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Recording
Using the ND Filter
(lenses with built-in ND filter)
When recording in bright surroundings, the
camcorder will set a small aperture value and the
picture may appear blurred. When using a lens with a
built-in ND filter, turn the ND filter on/off according to
the screen display.
With the HD 20x L IS III lens: Press the ND
filter unlock button and turn the ND filter
operating ring.
When using a recording program other than M Manual and if the GAIN dial is set to A, the following displays
appear:
1
Displayed only when using lenses with built-in ND filter.
2
If you have no external ND filter available, use the Tv mode and set a faster shutter speed, or use the Av mode and set
a small aperture value.
Depending on the scene, the color may change when turning the ND filter on/off. Setting a custom
white balance may be effective in such case ( 72).
Screen display What it means What you should do
No display ND filter is not activated –
“ND” ND filter is activated1
–
“ND ” flashes ND filter required Turn on the ND filter
ND “ ” flashes Lenses with single-density ND filters (ON/OFF):
External ND filter required.
Lenses with selectable ND filter density: Higher
density setting or external ND filter required.
Set the ND filter to a higher density setting or
attach an external ND filter to the lens2
ND “ ” flashes Built-in ND filter not required Turn off the ND filter
“ND” flashes in red Incorrect setting of the built-in ND filter Set the ND filter to an appropriate density
ND filter unlock button
ND filter operating ring
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Selecting the Frame Rate
You can select from the following frame rates depending on the recording mode:
60i, 30F, 24F (2:3 pulldown-converted)
60i, 30F, 24F (2:3 pulldown-converted or 2:3:3:2 pulldown-converted)
60i Mode
Records 60 interlaced fields per second, the same as standard-definition TV signals.
30F Mode
Records 30 frames per second according to HDV
native 1080/30p specifications. For playback, the
signal is converted to 60i but video output from the
HDV/DV terminal will be 30p.
The picture captured by the camera at 30 frames
per second is converted and recorded on the tape as
60i.
24F Mode
Records 24 frames per second according to HDV native
1080/24p specifications, creating a true cinematic feel
to the picture.
Video output from the HDV/DV terminal will be 24p.
For playback and video output from the HD/SD SDI
terminal ( only) and the COMPONENT OUT
terminal, the signal will be down-converted to 60i using
the 2:3 pulldown method.
24F (2:3) Mode
Signals are down-converted to 60i using the 2:3
pulldown method. This 24F mode is suited for
playback on a TV screen but may require the
extension/compression of some frames while editing.
24F (2:3:3:2) Mode
Signals are down-converted to 60i using the 2:3:3:2
pulldown method. This 24F mode is ideal for
extracting true 24 frames per second in order to
transfer to film simply by discarding the 3:3 adjacent
frames (bc and fg in the figure).
HD
SD
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Selecting the Frame Rate
Set the FRAME RATE switch to the desired
position.
• i: 60i Mode, F1: 30F Mode, F2: 24F Mode.
• The selected frame rate appears on-screen.
If the position of the FRAME RATE switch is changed while recording, the frame rate will not change
immediately; it will change once you pause the recording.
Selecting the 24F Pulldown Mode
Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [24F MODE SEL], select a setting
option and close the menu.
• [2:3]: “24F” appears in white.
• [2:3:3:2]: “24F” appears in orange.
 If you are using an editing system that does not support the 2:3:3:2 pulldown method, make sure
to record in 24F 2:3 pulldown mode.
 Video recorded in 24F or 30F can only be played back with compatible devices and can only be
edited with software that supports these frame rates. For software and hardware compatibility
consult the relevant customer support center.
MENU
( 33)
CAMERA SETUP 24F MODE SEL•2:3
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