Sony DCR TRV-9 Tutorial
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Sony DCR TRV-9 Tutorial

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Sony DCR TRV-9TutorialOperations TutorialHere is a tutorial about the basic functions of the Sony DCR TRV-9 digitalcamcorder. While this tutorial doesn't aim to completely explain the camera andall its functions, it should give a pretty fair understanding of the steps necessaryfor basic operation. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact theFITT Center. Our information is above.Sony DCR TRV-9Attaching/Changing the BatteryBefore you can use the camera, it must have a power source. This camerahas 2 options. The first option is to use the included battery. The other powersource is located in the bottom of the camera bag, the external power/batterycharger unit.Attaching/Changing the Battery: The battery is located at the back of thecamera, under the viewfinder. Please only use batteries supplied by the FITTCenter. To attach or remove a battery, the eyepiece/viewfinder must first belifted out of the way. The viewfinder pivots where it meets the camera body.Merely rotate the viewfinder up and out of the way. If you need to remove abattery to attach a charged one, press down on the BATT button. This buttonis located to the right of the viewfinder, above the battery terminals. Afterdepressing the button, lift the battery up vertically, and then pull outward fromthe camera. To attach a battery to the camera, the steps are basicallyreversed. Place the battery so that the tabs on the camera enter the notcheson the battery. Then slide the ...

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Sony DCR TRV-9
Tutorial
Operations Tutorial
Here is a tutorial about the basic functions of the Sony DCR TRV-9 digital
camcorder. While this tutorial doesn't aim to completely explain the camera and
all its functions, it should give a pretty fair understanding of the steps necessary
for basic operation. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the
FITT Center
. Our information is above.
Sony DCR TRV-9
Attaching/Changing the Battery
Before you can use the camera, it must have a power source. This camera
has 2 options. The first option is to use the included battery. The other power
source is located in the bottom of the camera bag, the external power/battery
charger unit.
Attaching/Changing the Battery:
The battery is located at the back of the
camera, under the viewfinder. Please only use batteries supplied by the FITT
Center. To attach or remove a battery, the eyepiece/viewfinder must first be
lifted out of the way. The viewfinder pivots where it meets the camera body.
Merely rotate the viewfinder up and out of the way. If you need to remove a
battery to attach a charged one, press down on the BATT button. This button
is located to the right of the viewfinder, above the battery terminals. After
depressing the button, lift the battery up vertically, and then pull outward from
the camera. To attach a battery to the camera, the steps are basically
reversed. Place the battery so that the tabs on the camera enter the notches
on the battery. Then slide the battery down. There is no need to press the
BATT button to attach a battery.
Sony DCR TRV-9
Attaching the External Power/Charging the Battery:
We have also provided another way to power our Sony DV camera. In the bottom
compartment of the camera bag, there is an external power/battery charger. This
device has the two functions of running the camera off standard AC power and
serving as a charger for the batteries. Note; If powering the camera, the charger
will not simultaneously charge a battery. Hooking the external power source to
the camera is done in much the same way that attaching a battery is done. If
these steps have not been read, please review Attaching/Changing the Battery.
Running off the external power source:
If there is a battery attached to the camera, it must first be removed. Then attach
the part of the charger that looks like a battery to the camera. Of course, the
external power source must also be plugged into a standard outlet.
Charging the battery:
To charge the battery, make sure that the external power source/battery charger
is plugged into an outlet and that the camera is not running of the external power.
See the place where the battery goes on the charger? It looks just like the ones
on the camera. Attach the battery, just as you would attach it to the camera. The
lamp on the charger will light as the battery charges. When the lamp goes out,
the battery is charged. Although the charger says the process will take one hour,
times may vary.
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Power/Camera Modes (VTR, Camera, Off):
This camera basically has three modes. VTR, Camera, and Off. Both VTR and
Camera modes are ON. Switching between the modes is handled by a rotating
control at the back of the camera, to the right of the battery. Notice that the main
button has two other buttons within it. The main button is locked by default. To
turn to other camera modes, depress the green button. While the green button is
depressed, rotate the main button to the desired mode. The red button is the
record toggle while in Camera mode.
Sony DCR TRV-9
VTR Controls
VTR (Video Tape Recorder) controls will be familiar to anyone who has used a
VCR. While in VTR mode, the user has access to standard tracking controls;
play, fastforward, rewind, pause, etc. Note that there is a record button in VTR
mode. However, this record will not tape from live sources, it is for line-in
functions. To record, you must switch to Camera mode. The VTR controls are
located on the top of the camera, and will illuminate when in VTR mode.
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Basic Camera Controls
The Sony digital video camcorder, has many built in functions, however, the
average user will only need to understand and use the basic ones. Therefore,
I will leave the descriptions of more advanced controls out. If you really need
to know how to use them, please contact one of the FITT Staff.
Record:
If you want to record, first switch to Camera mode. To start recording,
press the red button in the center of the Camera Modes button. Note while
recording, the green STBY (standby) text in the viewfinder and LCD monitor
turns to a red REC. To pause the recording just depress the red button again.
The red REC readout turns back to a green STBY.
Zoom/Wide Angle:
The toggle control at the top of the camera, to the right of
the viewfinder, is the Wide Angle/Telephoto adjustment. Basically, W (wide)
zooms out from the scene and T (telephoto) zooms in. Play with these to get
the hang of it.
Nightshot:
When shooting in the dark, you may wish to use the Nightshot
mode. When in this mode, the camera does its best to illuminate a dark scene.
However, the process uses infra red and so gives a very green cast to the
shot. Try it out an see, perhaps not suitable for all things, but an interesting
effect in some uses.
Backlight:
When your subject just has to stand between you and the light, the
subject will become darker and detail will be lost. The backlight function does
its best to correct this.
16:9 wide:
If you like the widescreen look, use this 16 by 9 ratio. Same as
theatres use. Can be cool. Note that the black bars above and below are not
actually added to your video tape. It is up to the software that you use to
create that effect. If done improperly, the image will have a distorted
appearance.
Picture effect (using "Control" roller):
This camera has the ability to give
certain 'artsy' looks to your video. These picture effects are enabled (toggled
on and off) by pressing the Picture Effect button, under the fold out view
screen. To scroll through the available picture effects, use the Control roller to
the right of the Picture Effect button. While these effects may be interesting
and certainly have their uses, please note that once your video is captured this
way, there is no going back. Unless you reshoot the video. Many editing
programs will allow you to add effects like these without damaging your
original source footage. This may be a better way to go.
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Ejecting/Inserting the Tape:
This camera uses Mini DV tapes. The camera will come with one tape at
checkout. Please return the tape with the camera. If you do want to keep the
footage though, consider buying your own tape to record on. The tapes are
available at many places, including the UO bookstore. Prices vary from about $9
to $25 a tape, so you may want to shop around.
To eject the tape, slide the eject button to the right of the tape door. The outer
door will open. After a moment, the inner lid will pop open. The tape can be lifted
straight out of the camera.
To insert the tape: Proper alignment of the tape is essential for the camera to
function and so as not to cause any damage. Gently slide tape into the inner
caddy. Make sure to place the sprockets facing in and the tape side facing down.
With the tape firmly seated in the caddy, close the inner caddy where it says
PUSH. At this point you will hear some whirring and buzzing and the outer door
may be closed.
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Connecting the Camera:
The Sony TRV9 has several options for input/output form the camera. Although
the options will be explained briefly here, please feel free to contact the FITT
Center if you have any questions.
Firewire:
The newest and most likely the best option for connecting the camera,
is the firewire port. Of course, you have to have some sort of device that is
firewire enabled. If you do, you will find that the cable transfers the information in
real time without the need to transfer back and forth from digital to analog and
back. Firewire connections also allow the user to control the camera from the
computer. This is called Device Control. Firewire plugs directly from the camera
to the device being used to capture into.
S-Video:
S-Video is a step up in quality from standard RCA connectors.
However, most consumer VCRs will not have matching connections, as low end
RCA seems to be enough for the average consumer. S-Video is just also just one
cable. It runs from camera to the device you are using.
RCA:
Ok, if you have a stereo, you have probably seen these connectors. In this
case we have a 1 to 3 plug, meaning that the information is split up into three
channels, the video and left and right audio. If you are using this type of
connection, you may find that your VCR has only two plugs, audio and video. A
separate cord will need to be purchased. This cord is a 2 to 1 RCA cord, and it
will combine the red and white (audio left and right channels) cords into one cord.
This cord attaches to the audio plug and the yellow to the video.