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Comments to date: 6. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
demerzel 5:16am on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 
The Sony Handycam DCR TRV285E is a great camera for first time users. good quality pictures, small, stylish.
alexchung 5:16am on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 
Love the Product I was so disappointed recently when my husband accidently broke my Xbrand. Great gizmo If you have a laptop and like to use a regular keyboard, this is the device to buy. Just what I wanted I was working in an area that was pretty cramped. This stand worked great for it.
dani 11:20pm on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 
excellent easy to use very clear picture? none easy cam is great. great weight for hols. Easy to use Simple instruction Slightly big for little hands, struggle to fit around to use
adearmas 8:07pm on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 
Sony Every Time This camcorder is very well made for the money and performs well in all light conditions.Plus you have a built-in light. One of the best Digital8 Camera The design nice, small suitable for home users, with easy to use functions. Good quallity, overall. A minus.
dzrtrat67 7:18pm on Friday, June 18th, 2010 
Last chance I have to transfer 35 hours of digital8 video from tape to DVD and my old camcorder gave up.
johnd 4:53pm on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 
One of the best Digital8 Camera The design nice, small suitable for home users, with easy to use functions. Good quallity, overall. A minus.

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RF CONCEPTS LTD

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MVX40i Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out MVX45i Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out MVX3i Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out DM-XM2 Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out DM-XL2 Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out JVC GZ-MC100 MicroDrive 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MC200 MicroDrive 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MC500 MicroDrive 3CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MG20 HDD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MG30 HDD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MG50 HDD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GZ-MG70 HDD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV out GR-D23 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only GR-D53 Mini-DV 1CCD DV in/out, AV out GR-D73 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-D93 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-D230 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV in/out GR-DX28 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only GR-DX57 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-DX97 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only GR-D240 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only GR-D290 Mini-DV 1CCD DV in/out, AV out GR-DF420 Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only GR-DF470 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-DZ7 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-PD1 Mini-DV 1CCD Full DV+AV in/out GR-X5 Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out PANASONIC VD-RM55B DVD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV in/out VD-RM75B DVD 1CCD USB 2.0, AV in/out NV-GS17B Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only NV-GS21B Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only NV-GS35B Mini-DV 1CCD DV+AV out only NV-GS75B Mini-DV 3CCD DV+AV out only NV-GS150B Mini-DV 3CCD DV+AV out only NV-GS200B Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out NV-GS250B Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out NV-GS400B Mini-DV 3CCD Full DV+AV in/out SDR-S100 SD Video 3CCD USB 2.0, AV out
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Additional Information

Using your camcorder abroad.94 Usable cassette tapes..95 About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack..96 About i.LINK..97 Maintenance and precautions.98 Specification.101

Dubbing/Editing

Connecting to a VCR.. 60 Dubbing to another tape.. 62 Dubbing a tape easily Easy Dubbing ( TRV238E/438E).. 63 Recording pictures from a VCR ( TRV285E). 67 Dubbing selected scenes from a tape Digital program editing ( TRV270E/285E).. 67

Quick Reference

Identifying parts and controls.104 Index..111
For TRV270E/285E: Two operating instructions are supplied with your camcorder:
Camera Operations Guide (This manual) First Step Guide for using the supplied applications (included in the supplied CD-ROM)

Recording movies

Attach the charged battery pack to the camcorder.
To charge the battery, see page 12.
a Lift up the viewfinder.
b Slide the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow until it clicks.
Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
OPEN/ b Insert the cassette with c Press. Close the cassette lid after EJECT lever in the its window-side facing the cassette compartment direction of the arrow up, then push the center slides back in by itself. and open the lid until of the back of the it clicks. cassette.
The cassette compartment comes out automatically.
Window-side OPEN/EJECT lever

a Slide the

Start recording while checking the subject on the LCD screen.
The date and time is not set up in the default setting. To set the date and time, see page 17.

a Remove the lens cap.

Lens cap is not attached when you purchase your camcorder (p. 104).

b Press OPEN and open

the LCD panel.

c While pressing the

green button, slide the POWER switch down to light up the CAMERA lamp.

The power turns on.

d Press REC START/STOP.
Recording starts. To change to standby mode, press REC START/STOP again. You can also use REC START/ STOP of the LCD panel.

START/STOP

View the recorded picture on the LCD screen.

You can adjust the angle and brightness of the LCD panel to meet various recording situations.
Even when there are obstructions between you and the subject, you can check the subject on the LCD screen during recording by adjusting the angle of the LCD panel.

Adjusting the viewfinder

Maximum 180 degrees
You can view images using the viewfinder when you close the LCD panel. Use the viewfinder when the battery is running out, or when the screen is hard to see.

Maximum 90 degrees

Press OPEN and open the LCD panel.

SEL/PUSH EXEC dial

Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder, then rotate it to the desired position.
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever
To adjust the brightness of the LCD screen 1 Press MENU. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select
(LCD SET), then press the dial.
Lift up the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the picture is clear.
Step 5: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the first time. If you do not set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears every time you turn on your camcorder.
b Note If you do not use your camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets discharged and the date and time settings may be cleared from the memory. In that case, charge the rechargeable battery (p. 100) and then set the date and time again.

Press MENU.

MANUAL SET PROGRAM AE P EFFECT AUTO SHTR

[MENU] : END

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (SETUP MENU), then press the dial.
SETUP MENU CLOCK SET USB STREAM LTR SIZE LANGUAGE DEMO MODE RETURN STBY ::
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [CLOCK SET], then press the dial.

CLOCK SET STBY

Y 2005

M D H M 0 :00

[MENU] : CANCEL
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to set [Y] (year), then press the dial.
Turn on your camcorder (p. 15).

Y 2005 M D H M 0 :00

Proceed to step 6 when you set the clock for the first time.
You can set any year up to the year 2079.
Set [M] (month), [D] (day), [H] (hour) and [M] (minute) in the same way as was done in step 6, then press the dial.
To check the preset date and time
For TRV238E/438E: Press DATE to display the date indicator. Press TIME to display the time indicator. Press DATE (or TIME) and then press TIME (or DATE) to simultaneously display the date and time indicator. To hide the date and/or time indicator, press DATE and/or TIME again.
Step 6: Inserting a cassette tape
You can use standard 8 mm and Hi8 , Digital8 video cassettes on your camcorder. For details on these cassettes (such as writeprotection), see page 95.
b Notes Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. For TRV270E/285E: The recording time when you use your camcorder is 2/3 of the indicated time on Hi8 tape. If you select the [LP] mode in the menu settings, the recording time is the indicated time on Hi8 tape.

DATE CCD-TRV438E

Press DATE to record the date. Press TIME to record the time. Press DATE (or TIME), then press TIME (or DATE) to record the date and time.
To hide the date and time, press DATE and/or TIME again. When you purchase your camcorder, the clock is not set up yet. Set the date and time to your local time before using (p. 17).
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees towards the subject.
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the picture will be normal when recorded.
b Note The date and time indicators recorded manually cannot be deleted. z Tip If you do not record the date and time in the picture, record the date and time in the black screen as the background for about 10 seconds, then erase the date and time indicators before starting actual recording.

Recording still images

Tape photo recording ( TRV270E/285E)
You can record still images. Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in Getting started (p. 11 - p. 19).

OPEN PHOTO

Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA mode.
Press and hold PHOTO lightly.
You will hear a small beep sound, and the picture will become a still image. Recording does not start at this point.

CAPTURE

The indicator appears.

Press PHOTO fully.

A shutter sound is heard, and the image is recorded with sound for 7 seconds. The still image is displayed on the screen until recording is completed.
b Note appears when the tape photo recording does not work. z Tip You can record about 510 images in the SP mode and about 765 images in the LP mode on a tape which can record for 60 minutes in the SP mode.

Recording with ease

Easy Handycam
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are set to automatic mode, only basic functions become available, and screen font size increases for easy viewing. Even first time users can enjoy easy recording. Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in Getting started (p. 11 - p. 19).
Camera recording lamp EASY POWER switch
To cancel Easy Handycam operation

Press EASY again.

b Notes You cannot switch from/to Easy Handycam operation during recording. For TRV270E/285E: During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot connect the USB cable to your camcorder. For TRV270E/285E: You cannot use Easy Handycam operation together with USB Streaming. All the settings return to their defaults during Easy Handycam operation. Previously made settings are restored when you cancel Easy Handycam operation.

REC START/STOP

z Tip Buttons that do not work during Easy Handycam operation have a dot beside them on your camcorder. Also, only menu items that are available during Easy Handycam operation are displayed when MENU is pressed.

Press REC START/STOP. Press TITLE at the scene you want to erase the title off.
To superimpose the title while you are recording
Press TITLE and carry out steps 2 to 4. When you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial at step 4, the title is recorded.
b Notes If you display the menu while superimposing a title, the title is not recorded while the menu is displayed. When you are selecting and setting the title, the title displayed on the screen is not recorded. When you superimpose a title while you are recording, the beep does not sound. When you are using your camcorder on the battery pack and do not operate it for 5 minutes, the power automatically goes off as the default setting. If you may take 5 minutes or longer to enter characters, set [A.SHUT OFF] in the (OTHERS) menu to [NEVER] (p. 58). The power will not be turned off. Even though the power goes off, the characters you have entered remain stored in memory. Turn the power back on, then start again from step 1 to continue superimposing the title. For TRV238E/438E: The date and time, or either of them, may not be displayed depending on the size or position of the title. z Tip To change a created title, select the title in step 1. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [CREATE/ EDIT] and press the dial, then reselect characters.

END SEARCH

Slide the POWER switch to select the CAMERA mode. Press END SEARCH.
The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has finished.

Press END SEARCH again.

b Note The END SEARCH function will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape. z Tip When PLAY/EDIT mode is selected, you can do this operation by pressing END SEARCH.
Viewing pictures recorded on a tape
Make sure you have a recorded cassette inserted into your camcorder. When you want to play back the recorded picture on your TV, see page 38. For TRV238E/438E/ TRV285E: You can control playback using the Remote Commander.
Press (rewind) to go to the point you want to view. Press (play) to start playback.

To adjust the volume

Press either of the two buttons on VOLUME. When you close the LCD panel, sound is turned off. : To turn the volume down : To turn the volume up

To stop playback

Press (stop).

To pause

Press (pause) during playback. Press (pause) or (play) to restart the playback. Playback stops automatically when pause mode continues for a few minutes.
To fast forward or rewind
Press (fast forward) or stop mode.

OPEN POWER switch

(rewind) in
To review movies on the viewfinder

Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
Locating a scene on a tape for playback

( TRV285E)

When your TV is stereo
For TRV238E/438E: Connect the audio plug of the A/V connecting cable to the left (white) input jack of your TV.
When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack)
For TRV270E/285E: Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and connect the white or the red plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR. When you want to play the sound in monaural mode, use a connecting cable (optional) for that purpose.
Searching quickly for a desired scene Zero set memory
PLAY STOP DISPLAY ZERO SET MEMORY
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin connector (EUROCONNECTOR)
To play back movies, connect your camcorder to the TV/VCR, using the 21-pin adaptor (optional). For TRV238E/438E:

TV/VCR

During playback, press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at the point you want to locate later on.
The tape counter is reset to 0:00:00 and appears on the screen. If the tape counter is not displayed, press DISPLAY on the Remote Commander.
Press STOP when you want to stop playback. Press m REW.
The tape stops automatically when the tape counter reaches 0:00:00.

Press PLAY.

The playback starts from the point designated 0:00:00 on the tape counter.
Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander again.
b Notes There may be a discrepancy of several seconds between the time code and the tape counter. Zero set memory will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
Searching for a still image Photo search
You can locate the still image you have recorded on a tape.
Searching for a scene by date of recording Date search
You can locate the point where the recording date changes.
SEARCH M./> SEARCH M./> STOP STOP
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Press SEARCH M. on the Remote Commander repeatedly to select [DATE SEARCH]. Press. (previous)/> (next) on the Remote Commander to select a recording date.
Playback starts automatically from the point where the date changes. Each time you press the button, the previous or the next date will be searched for and displayed.

LANGUAGE

You can select or change the language used for the on-screen display (p. 19). You can select from English, Simplified English, Traditional-Chinese, SimplifiedChinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian, Greek, Russian, Arabic, or Persian.

DEMO MODE

When you remove a cassette from your camcorder, and select the CAMERA mode, you can view the demonstration in about 10 minutes.
GON OFF Select to see an overview of the functions available such as when you are using this camcorder for the first time. Select when you do not intend to use the [DEMO MODE].
b Note You can view the demonstration only when the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is set to OFF.
Customizing Your Camcorder 57
z Tips The demonstration will be suspended in situations such as those described below. When a cassette is inserted. When a mode other than CAMERA is selected. If [A.SHUT OFF] is set to [5 min] when the camcorder is used on the battery pack, the power will be turned off after approximately 5 minutes (p. 58).
Using the (OTHERS) menu WORLD

TIME/VIDEO EDIT, etc.

You can select items listed below in the OTHERS menu. To select items, see Changing the menu settings (p. 42). The default settings are marked with G. The settings you can adjust vary depending on the
OTHERS WORLD TIME BEEP A. SHUT OFF COMMANDER DISPLAY REC LAMP

DATA CODE

GOFF DATE/TIME CAM DATA
Select not to display date, time and the camera settings data during playback. Select to display the date and time during playback. (p. 36) Select to display the camera setting data during playback. (p. 36)

WORLD TIME

You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the time difference by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, the clock will be adjusted in accordance with the time difference. If you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the originally set time.
GMELODY Select to play a melody when you start/stop recording, operate your camcorder with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, or when an unusual condition occurs on your camcorder. Select to sound a beep instead of the melody. Select to cancel the melody, beep sound, shutter sound and operation confirmation beep.

b Note You cannot perform the Easy Dubbing on a VCR that does not support [IR SETUP] codes.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [IR SETUP], then press the dial.
When you connect with an A/V connecting cable, you need to check the [IR SETUP] code signal to see if your VCR can be operated by your camcorder (infrared ray emitter).
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the [IR SETUP] code of your VCR, then press the dial.
For the [IR SETUP] code of your VCR, refer to [IR SETUP] code list (p. 64). When there is more than one code listed for the manufacturer of your VCR, try each code and find the most appropriate one.
Connect your VCR to your camcorder as a recording device (p. 60). Prepare your VCR for recording.
Insert a cassette for recording. Set the input selector to input mode, if your VCR has one.
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [PAUSE MODE], then press the dial.
EASY DUBBING 0 ::SETUP I R SETUP PAUSE MODE P A U S E REC I R TEST PB RETURN
Insert a cassette for editing. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode.
NORMAL [ E A S Y D UB ] : E N D

Press EASY DUB.

EASY DUBBING START T I T LE SEL MODE SEL SETUP 0 ::0 0
Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the mode to cancel recording pause on the VCR, then press the dial.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your VCR for details on operation.
10Point the infrared ray emitter of your
camcorder towards the remote sensor on your VCR, from about 30 cm (12 in.) away, with no obstructions.
Remote sensor Infrared ray emitter VCR

[IR SETUP] code list

The following [IR SETUP] codes are recorded on your camcorder by default. (It is set at 3 as the default setting.)

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[IR SETUP] code

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 47, 53, 54 50, 62, 73 30, 36 11, 36, 47, 26 76, 26, 84 9, 83 42, 11, 12, 15, 16, 47, 26* 47, 58*, 60 28, 29 36, 76 60, 62, 63 58*, 70 16, 78 83, 84, 86 83, 84
11Set the VCR to recording pause. 12Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [IR TEST], then press the dial.
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13Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [EXECUTE], then press the dial.
Recording starts on your VCR when the setting is correct. [COMPLETE] appears when the [IR SETUP] code test is finished. Go on to the next step. When recording fails to start, select another [IR SETUP] code and try again.
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14Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to
select [ dial. RETURN], then press the
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To stop dubbing during editing
Press (stop) on your camcorder.

To quit Easy Dubbing

b Note [NOT READY] appears on the screen when [START] is not carried out.

[a] [b] [c]

25 s 30 s
a. Recording time (VCR) b. Waiting time (VCR) c. Playback time (camcorder)
Recording pictures from a VCR ( TRV285E)
You can record and edit pictures from a VCR on a tape inserted in your camcorder. Insert a cassette for recording in your camcorder.
Dubbing selected scenes from a tape
Digital program editing ( TRV270E/285E)
You can select up to 20 scenes (programs) and record them in the desired order to other recording device such as VCR.

Delete unwanted scene

Connect your VCR to your camcorder (p. 61).
Use an i.LINK cable (optional) for connection.

Change the order

Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to select the PLAY/EDIT mode. Press (rec) and the button on its right simultaneously on your camcorder, then immediately press (pause) on your camcorder. Start playing the cassette on your VCR.
The picture played on the connected device appears on the LCD screen of your camcorder.

Results of editing

Follow the steps below when you are performing digital program editing for the first time to a tape in a VCR. You can skip this setting if you have set up the VCR by the following procedure before.
b Notes You cannot perform the Digital program editing on the following devices: a VCR that does not support [IR SETUP] codes a DVD recorder, a DVD recorder equipped with an HDD, etc When your camcorder is connected to the VCR via the DV Interface, you cannot record the title or indicators.
Press (pause) at the point you want to start recording. Press (stop) to stop recording.
z Tip appears when you connect your camcorder and other devices via an i.LINK cable. (This indicator may also appear on your TV.)
Connect your VCR to the camcorder as a recording device (p. 61).
You can use either the A/V connecting cable or the i.LINK cable to make the connection. The dubbing procedure is easier with the i.LINK connection.

Prepare your VCR.

Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [i.LINK] or [IR], then press the dial.
When connecting with an i.LINK cable After selecting [i.LINK], go on to Step 2: Adjusting the synchronization of the VCR (p. 69). When connecting with an A/V connecting cable After selecting [IR], follow the procedure described in To set the [IR SETUP] code (p. 68).

For Windows users

When using Picture Package OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded. In Windows 98, USB Streaming is not supported. In Windows 98 and Windows 98SE, DV capturing is not supported.
When using ImageMixer VCD2 OS: Mac OS X (v10.1.5 or later) CPU: iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac G3/G4/G5 series Memory: 128 MB or more Hard disk: Available memory required for installation 250 MB or more Available free hard disk space recommended: 4 GB or more (depending on the size of the image files edited)
Display: Minimum 768 dots, colors (this product will not operate correctly at less than 768 dots or 256 colors.) Application: QuickTime 4 or later (QuickTime 5 recommended) Other: Disc drive
Installing the software and First Step Guide on a computer
You need to install the software etc., with the supplied CD-ROM on your computer before connecting your camcorder and your computer. Once you install it, the installation is not required thereafter. The software to be used varies depending on the OS system you are using. Windows computer: Picture Package (including ImageMixer VCD2) Macintosh computer: ImageMixer VCD2 For the details on the software, refer to First Step Guide.
Installing on a Windows computer
z Tips To view First Step Guide on a Windows computer, Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver.6.0 or later is recommended. It may not be displayed correctly even in a recommended environment, depending on the setting of the browser. In this case, refer to it in PDF. When you want to print out First Step Guide or cannot install it in HTML format automatically in the desired language, refer to it in PDF. To view First Step Guide in PDF, copy the PDF file, stored in the desired language folder in [FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM, to your computer. When viewing First Step Guide in HTML on your computer without using automatic installation, copy the desired language folder from the [FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM, to your computer. You can refer to First Step Guide by double-clicking index.html.
For Windows 2000/Windows XP
Log on as Administrators for installation.
Select the language for the application to be installed, then click [Next].
Confirm that your camcorder is not connected to the computer. Turn on the computer.
Close all applications running on the computer before installing the software.
Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.

Click [Next].

If the screen does not appear 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Double-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive).*
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.

Read [License Agreement], check [I accept the terms of the license agreement] when you agree, then click [Next].

Click [Install].

Select where to save the software, then click [Next].
Depending on the operating system on the computer, a message appears notifying you that First Step Guide cannot be installed automatically with the InstallShield Wizard. In such a case, manually copy First Step Guide to your computer according to the message instructions.
Click [Install] on the [Ready to Install the Program] screen.
The installation of Picture Package starts.
13If the [Installing Microsoft (R)
DirectX(R)] screen is displayed, follow the steps below to install DirectX 9.0c. If not, skip to step 14.
1 Read [License Agreement], then click

[Next].

10Select the language for First Step
Guide to be installed, then click [Next].
Depending on the computer, this screen may not be displayed. In such a case, skip to step 12.

2 Click [Next].

3 Click [Finish].
11Click [Next] to install the First Step

Guide.

14Make sure [Yes, I want to restart my
computer now.] is checked, then click [Finish].
12Click [Next], then follow the on-screen
instructions to install ImageMixer VCD2.
The computer turns off once, then starts up again automatically (Restart). The short-cut icons for [Picture Package Menu] and [Picture Package Menu destination Folder]
(and First Step Guide, if installed by steps 11-12) appear on the desktop.
Double-click [IMXINST.SIT] in the folder it was copied to. Double-click the unzipped [ImageMixerVCD2_Install]. When the user acceptance screen is displayed, enter your name and password.
The installation of ImageMixer VCD2 starts.
15Remove the CD-ROM from the disc

drive of your computer.

If you have any questions about Picture Package
Contact information is listed on page 78.
For details on how to use ImageMixer VCD2, refer to the softwares on-line help.
Installing on a Macintosh computer
Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer. Double-click CD-ROM icon. Copy FirstStepGuide.pdf, stored in the desired language in the [FirstStepGuide] folder, to your computer. Copy [IMXINST.SIT] in the [MAC] folder of the CD-ROM to a folder of your choice.

Using First Step Guide

For TRV270E/285E: You cannot view the pictures recorded on a tape on the computer.
For TRV270E/285E: You cannot view the pictures recorded on a tape on the Macintosh computer.

Troubleshooting 87

For TRV270E/285E: The image does not appear on the screen of the Windows computer when using the USB cable.
cThe USB driver has been registered incorrectly as the computer was connected to your camcorder before the installation of the USB driver was completed. Follow the procedure below to install the USB driver correctly.
For Windows 98*/Windows 98SE/Windows Me
* When copying or playing the pictures on a tape using a computer, the operation is not guaranteed on Windows 98.
1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer. 2 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties].
The [System Properties] screen appears.
3 Click the [Device Manager] tab. 4 If devices below are already installed, right-click them,
then click [Remove] to delete them. For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a tape [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game controllers] folder [USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus Controller] folder
5 When the [Confirm Device Removal] screen appears,

click [OK].

6 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the
USB cable, then restart the computer.
7 Place the CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer. 8 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver
again. 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*.
* Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer.
3 Click [Open]. 4 Double-click [Driver]. 5 Double-click [Setup.exe].
b Note Deleting anything other than [USB Audio Device], [USB Device], and [USB Composite Device] may cause malfunction of your computer.

For Windows 2000

Log on as Administrators.
Click the [Hardware] tab. Click [Device Manager]. Click [View], then click [Devices by type]. If devices below are already installed, right-click them, then click [Uninstall] to delete them. For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a tape [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus Controller] folder [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game controller] folder [Composite USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder

On handling the casing

If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth. Avoid the following to avoid damage to the finish. Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent and insecticide. Handling with above substances on your hands.

Specification

Video camera recorder
Video recording system For TRV238E/438E: 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning FM system For TRV270E/285E: 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system For TRV238E/438E: Rotary heads, FM system For TRV270E/285E: Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal PAL color, CCIR standards Usable cassette 8 mm video format cassette Tape speed For TRV238E/438E: SP: Approx. 20.05 mm/s LP: Approx. 10.06 mm/s For TRV270E/285E: SP: Approx. 28.70 mm/s LP: Approx. 19.13 mm/s Recording/playback time (using 90 min. Hi8/ Digital8 video cassette) For TRV238E/438E: SP: 1 h 30 min LP: 3 h For TRV270E/285E: SP: 1 h LP: 1 h 30 min Fast forward/rewind time (using 90 min. Hi8/ Digital8 video cassette) Approx. 5 min Viewfinder Electric viewfinder (monochrome) Image device For TRV238E/438E: 3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Gross: Approx. pixels Effective: Approx. pixels
For TRV270E/285E: 3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Gross: Approx. pixels Effective: Approx. pixels Lens Combined power zoom lens Filter diameter: 37 mm (1 1/2 in.) 20 (Optical), 990 (Digital) F=1.6 - 2.4 Focal length 2.5 - 50 mm (1/8 - 2 in.) When converted to a 35 mm still camera 42 - 840 mm (1 11/16 - 33 1/8 in.) Color temperature Auto Minimum illumination For TRV238E/438E: 1 lx (lux) (F 1.6) For TRV270E/285E: 4 lx (lux) (F 1.6) 0 lx (lux) (in the NightShot plus mode)*1
*1Objects unable to be seen due to the dark can be shot with infrared lighting.

Input/Output connectors

Audio/Video output AV MINIJACK Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 (ohms), unbalanced, sync negative Audio signal: 327 mV (at output impedance more than 47 k (kilohms)), Output impedance with less than 2.2 k (kilohms) For TRV238E/438E: Monaural minijack ( 3.5 mm) For TRV270E/285E: Stereo minijack ( 3.5 mm) DV input For TRV285E: 4-pin connector, S100 DV output For TRV270E/285E: 4-pin connector, S100 USB jack For TRV270E/285E: mini-B
Picture 6.2 cm (2.5 type) Total dot number (560 220)

General

Power requirements DC 7.2 V (battery pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor) Average power consumption (when using the battery pack) For TRV238E/438E: During camera recording using the viewfinder 1.8 W During camera recording using the LCD 2.7 W For TRV270E/285E: During camera recording using viewfinder 2.5 W During camera recording using LCD 3.4 W Operating temperature 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F) Storage temperature -20 C to + 60 C (-4 F to + 140 F) Dimensions (approx.) 151 mm (3 3/7/in.) (w/h/ d) Mass (Approx.) 780 g (1 lb 11 oz) main unit only 890 g (1 lb 15 oz) including the NP-FM30 rechargeable battery pack, Hi8/ Digital8 cassette, lens cap, and shoulder strap Supplied accessories See page 11.

Example: Indicators in the CAMERA mode

Indicators

Meanings
Warning (p. 92) Manual exposure (p. 27)
Manual focus (p. 29) Back light (p. 27) PROGRAM AE (p. 43) Picture effect (p. 44) 16:9 WIDE/CINEMA/16:9 FULL (p. 47) ( ) SteadyShot off (p. 49)
Time code (p. 21)/Tape counter (p. 21)/Selfdiagnosis (p. 92)/Tape photo recording (p. 25)

60min STBY 0:00:00

y60min SP LP STBY REC
Remaining battery time (p. 21) Recording mode (p. 21) Recording standby/ recording mode Mirror mode (p. 24) Tape photo recording (p. 25) Format indicator Audio mode (p. 53) Remaining tape (p. 21) Interval recording (p. 55) Frame recording (p. 54) DV input (p. 67) Zero set memory (p. 39) Built-in light (p. 23) NightShot plus (p. 28)

Numerics

16:9 WIDE mode..48 21-pin adaptor..39
Data code (DATA CODE).. 36, 58 Date search. 40 Date/time.. 36 DEMO MODE. 57 Digital program editing (VIDEO EDIT). 67 Digital zoom (D ZOOM). 46 Digital8 system. 95 Direct Access to Click to DVD.. 79 DirectX 9.0c.. 76 Display DISPLAY. 59 Display indicator. 110 DNR.. 51 Dual sound track tape. 50 Dubbing.. 60 DV Interface.. 79
i.LINK. 97 i.LINK cable. 61, 67, 72, 79 ImageMixer VCD2. 74 InfoLITHIUM battery pack. 96 Infrared ray emitter.. 63, 68 Install.. 74 Interval recording (INT. REC).. 55
A/V connecting cable..38, 60, 61 AC Adaptor.15 Adjusting the viewfinder.16 AUDIO MIX..51 AUDIO MODE.53 AUTO DATE.56 AUTO SHTR.45 Auto shut off function (A.SHUT OFF).58
Language (LANGUAGE).. 19, 57 LCD back light (LCD B.L.).. 52 LCD brightness (LCD BRIGHT). 16 LCD COLOR.. 52 LCD screen.. 2 LP (Long Play) See Recording mode (REC MODE) LTR SIZE. 56
BACK LIGHT.27 Battery Battery Info..13 Battery pack.12 Remaining battery time.21, 96 BEEP..58 BLACK FADER.30 Built-in light..23 BURN DVD/VCD..79, 106 Button-type battery Remote Commander..108
Easy Dubbing.. 63 Easy Handycam. 26, 35 EDIT.. 50 END SEARCH. 32 Exposure.. 27
Macintosh.. 73, 77 Main sound See HiFi SOUND Menu.. 42 CAMERA SET. 46 LCD SET.. 52 MANUAL SET.. 43 OTHERS.. 58 PLAYER SET. 50 SETUP MENU. 56 TAPE SET. 53 VCR SET.. 50 Mirror mode.. 24 Moisture condensation. 99 Monaural. 21, 39 MONOTONE FADER. 30 MOSAIC FADER. 30
FADER.. 30 First Step Guide. 73, 74 Focus.. 29 Frame recording (FRAME REC). 54 Full charge.. 12
Camera settings data display..36 Cassette.18, 95 CD-ROM..72 Charging the battery Battery Pack.12 Pre-installed rechargeable battery..100 Cleaning cassette.100 Clock set (CLOCK SET).17, 56 COMMANDER..59

Grip belt. 3

Hi8/standard 8 mm system. 95 HiFi SOUND. 50
NightShot Light (N.S. LIGHT). 28, 49 NightShot plus. 28 NTSC.. 94

 

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