Radio Shack Model 130 Moviecorder User Manual

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Cat. No. 16-830

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

MODEL 130 MOVIECORDER

Camcorder

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FEATURES

Your Optimus Model 130 MovieCorder camcorder combines all the features of a video camera and a portable VCR in one lightweight package. Using standard VHS cassettes, you can record and play back home movies anywhere. The low-light(1 lux) CCD imager makes special lighting unnecessary in most situations.

You can also use the camcorder as a VCR to play back a tape or copy to a VCR.

This camcorder has many special features that make operation simple, convenient, and versatile. Be sure to read this manual carefully and completely so you can understand and enjoy all of your camcorder’s features.

The camcorder has these features.

CCD Imager — provides a clear,high-resolu-tion picture, even inlow-lightconditions (down to 1 lux).

Electronic Viewfinder with Adjustable Focus — lets you monitor the picture during recording and playback.

12-to-1 Power Zoom — lets you go smoothly fromwide-angleto telephoto shots. You control the zoom rate by the amount of pressure you place on the buttons.

Digital Zoom Enhancement — increases the magnification of the power zoom up to 2 times (to 24-to-1).

Fuzzy Logic Circuitry — enables the camcorder to focus and adjust to different lighting conditions, much like the human eye.

Automatic Focusing — provides automatic,full-rangefocusing from3/8 inch to infinity for a sharp, clear picture in almost all situations. You can also focus the camcorder on close objects for stunning detail.

Zoom Automatic Focusing — automatically

Power Sources — Operate this product usin g only the power source indicated on its marking label. If you are not sure of your home's power type, consult your product dealer or local power company.

Polarization — This product is equipped with a polarized AC line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other). This plug will fit in the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you cannot insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug still doesn't fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug. If you need an extension, use a polarized cord.

Power-Cord Protection — Routepower-supply cords so they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed on or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product.

Lightning — For added protection for this product durin g a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning andpower-linesurges.

Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

Objects and Liquids — Never push objects of an y 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. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.

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.

Damage Requiring Service — Unplu g this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:

When the power-supplycord or plug is damaged.

If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the product.

If the product has been exposed to rain or water.

If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions, as an improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal operation.

If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.

When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.

Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician uses replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or having the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.

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Safety Check — Upon completion of service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition.

Wall or Ceiling Mount — The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.

Heat — The product should be situated awa y from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the video product, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges andbuilt-upstatic charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code,ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of thelead-inwire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of anten-nas-dischargeunit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode. See the example below.

Power Lines — An outside antenna s ystem 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 or approaching such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal. Installing an outdoor antenna can be hazardous and should be left to a professional antenna installer.

AC ADAPTER/CHARGER

1.Save these instructions — This pa ge contains important safety and operating instructions for the video product’s supplied AC adapter/charger.

2.Before using the video product’s AC adapter/charger

— read all instructions and cautionary markings on the AC adapter/charger, battery pack, and the video product using the battery pack.

3.To reduce risk of injury — use the AC adapter/charger to charge only the supplied battery pack or a replacement battery packVM-BP64/BP65/BP66/BP67.Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.

4.To reduce risk of damage to the power-supplycord or plug— do not pull the power-supply cord to disconnect the AC adapter/charger from the wall outlet. Pull the power-supply plug.

5.Do not operate the AC adapter/charger with a damaged power-supplycord or plug.Have a qualified service technician replace them immediately.

6.Do not use an extension cord unless absolutely necessary. Use of an improper extension cord could result in a risk of fire and electric shock. If you use an extension cord, make sure that:

A.The pins on the extension cord’s plug are the same number, size, and shape as those of the power-sup-ply plug on the AC adapter/charger.

B.The extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition.

C.You use an extension cord with the following wire sizes:

MINIMUM SIZE

LENGTH OF EXTENSION CORD

(AWG GAUGE)

(FEET)

 

 

18

Equal to or less than 100

 

 

16

Equal to or less than 150

 

 

7.Do not operate the AC adapter/charger if it has received a sharp blow, been dropped, or otherwise damaged in any way. Take it to a qualified service technician.

8.Do not disassemble the AC adapter/charger. Take it to a qualified service technician when service or repair is required. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of electric shock or fire.

9.To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the AC adapter/ charger from the wall outlet before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

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CONTENTS

Before You Begin ...........................................................................................................................

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Supplied Accessories ................................................................................................................

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Optional Accessories ................................................................................................................

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Moisture Condensation .............................................................................................................

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Quick Start ...................................................................................................................................

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Viewfinder Playback ................................................................................................................

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Selecting a Power Source ..........................................................................................................

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Using the Battery Pack ...........................................................................................................

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Charging the Battery Pack ...............................................................................................

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Attaching the Battery Pack To The Camcorder ................................................................

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Removing the Battery Pack From The Camcorder ...........................................................

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Battery Status Indicators ..................................................................................................

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Replacing the Battery Pack While Recording ...................................................................

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Battery Usage Hints .........................................................................................................

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Using the AC Adapter/Charger ...............................................................................................

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Using an Optional DC Adapter ................................................................................................

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Preparing the Camcorder for Use ..............................................................................................

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Inserting/Removing a Video Cassette .....................................................................................

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Setting the Power Switch ........................................................................................................

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Preparing/Adjusting the Viewfinder .........................................................................................

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Setup ................................................................................................................................

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Adjustment .......................................................................................................................

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Setting/Changing the Date and Time ......................................................................................

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Attaching the Shoulder Strap ..................................................................................................

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Special Video Recording Features ............................................................................................

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Auto Focusing .........................................................................................................................

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Variable Speed Power Zoom ..................................................................................................

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Macro Focusing ......................................................................................................................

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Digital Zoom ............................................................................................................................

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Fade In and Fade Out .............................................................................................................

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Review ....................................................................................................................................

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Camera Search .......................................................................................................................

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Auto Exposure ........................................................................................................................

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Automatic Index ......................................................................................................................

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Recording the Date and Time on a Tape ................................................................................

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Digital Counter ........................................................................................................................

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Counter Memory .....................................................................................................................

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Tape Remaining ......................................................................................................................

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Titler ........................................................................................................................................

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Creating Titles ..................................................................................................................

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Editing Titles .....................................................................................................................

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Adding Titles While Recording .........................................................................................

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Hints for Making Better Video Tapes .........................................................................................

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Lighting ...................................................................................................................................

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Typical Brightness of Common Situations ........................................................................

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Camcorder Movement ............................................................................................................

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Zoom In and Zoom Out ...........................................................................................................

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Special VCR Features .................................................................................................................

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Visual Search ..........................................................................................................................

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Fast Forward and Rewind .......................................................................................................

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Freeze Frame .........................................................................................................................

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Auto Tracking ..........................................................................................................................

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Dubbing (Copying) a Tape ......................................................................................................

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Dubbing to the Camcorder ...............................................................................................

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Dubbing from the Camcorder ...........................................................................................

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Adding Titles onto an Existing Recording .........................................................................

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Audio Editing ...........................................................................................................................

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Audio/Video Editing .................................................................................................................

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Connecting the Camcorder to a TV ...........................................................................................

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Using a TV for Playback ........................................................................................................

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TV With Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks .....................................................................................

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Standard TV .....................................................................................................................

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Playback .......................................................................................................................................

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Additional Information ................................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting ......................................................................................................................

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Care and Maintenance ................................................................................................................

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Handling ..................................................................................................................................

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Servicing Your Camcorder ......................................................................................................

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Cleaning the Video Heads ......................................................................................................

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Erase Protection .....................................................................................................................

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Storing Your Video Cassettes .................................................................................................

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The FCC Wants You to Know .................................................................................................

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Specifications ..............................................................................................................................

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Please read this owner’s manual carefully. It has been prepared to help you with initial setup procedures and in the everyday operation of your camcorder.

SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES

Your camcorder includes the following accessories. Be sure to remove these items before you store the packing material.

Battery Pack — supplies power for recording and playback during portable operation.

AC Adapter/Charger — charges the battery or, when used with the auxiliary power cord, supplies power to the camcorder from an AC outlet.

Auxiliary Power Cord — lets you connect the camcorder to the AC adapter/charger to operate the camcorder from AC power.

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

DC Adapter (CMC No. T16-CC70A) — supplies power to the camcorder from your vehicle’s battery. Use it only in vehicles that have a 12volt negative-ground electrical system.

RF Adapter Kit (CMC No. T16-RF71A)— lets you play back a tape from the camcorder through a TV that does not have separate audio/ video input jacks. The RF adapter kit includes:

One RF converter

One 300to 75-ohmmatching transformer

One 75-ohmantenna cable

Spare Battery Pack (CMC No. T16-BP67)

Telephoto/Wide Angle Lens (CMC No. 162339)

Shoulder Strap — provides a convenient way to carry the camcorder.

Filter Kit (CMC No. (please add))

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MOISTURE CONDENSATION

Condensation inside the camcorder can cause tape jams or video head damage. If the camcorder senses moisture, TAPE flashes in the viewfinder.

If TAPE flashes in the viewfinder, or when you first use your camcorder after moving it from a cold area to a warm one, follow these steps.

1.Eject the cassette if one is installed.

2.If necessary, slide POWER toOFF.

3.Let the camcorder sit for about 1 hour before you begin operation.

Caution: Avoid using the camcorder in excessively humid areas.

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QUICK START

To eliminate complicated adjustments in most situations, this camcorder has fully automatic features for focus, white balance, and shutter speed. All you need to do is press REC/PAUSE.

The following steps outline the basic procedures for making a recording. In many of the steps, you are directed to a specific section of this manual that contains more detailed information. When operating the camcorder for the first time, read all the steps and the suggested detailed information before you actually begin.

1.Choose and connect a power source. See “Selecting a Power Source” on Page 10.

2.Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment. Insert a standard VHS cassette, and close the compartment. See “Inserting/Removing a Video Cassette” on Page 16.

3.Slide POWER toCAMERA. The POWER indicator lights. See “Setting the Power Switch on Page 17.

Note: If there is no cassette in the camcorder,NO TAPE appears in the viewfinder. If the cassette has its eraseprotection tab broken off,TAPE appears in the viewfinder. See “Erase Protection” on Page 39.

4.Adjust the viewfinder’s position until you can look into it comfortably when the back of the camcorder rests on your right shoulder. Then adjust the focus control on the eyepiece for the sharpest picture in the viewfinder. See “Preparing/Adjusting the Viewfinder” on Page 14.

5.Place your right hand between the hand strap and the camcorder. Then adjust the hand strap so it fits tightly over your hand.

Note: If the strap is too loose, the camcorder is difficult to handle.

6.Remove the lens cap and hang it on the hand strap clip.

7.Point the camcorder at the desired subject, then press W orT on the power zoom control until you see the desired picture in the viewfinder. See “Variable Speed Power Zoom” on Page 21.

8.To begin recording, press REC/PAUSE with your right middle finger. During recording,REC appears in the viewfinder with arrows above it to show the direction of tape travel.

Note: When about 5 minutes or less remain on the tape,TAPE END flashes in the viewfinder.

9.To pause the tape, press REC/PAUSE again. The tape pauses, the arrows disap-

pear, and appears in the viewfinder. To continue recording, press REC/PAUSE again.

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Notes:

To protect the tape and conserve battery power, the camcorder turns itself off if you pause the tape for more than 5 minutes. To turn the camcorder back on, press REC/ PAUSE.

For more information about recording with your camcorder, be sure to read all the sections under “Special Video Recording Features” on Page 18.

VIEWFINDER PLAYBACK

After you make a recording, you can play it back through the viewfinder. (Of course, you can also press STOP/EJECT, remove the tape, and play it in any VHS VCR).

1.Slide POWER toVCR. The POWER indicator lights.

2.Press REWIND to return the tape to the beginning or to the place where you want to begin playback. See “Digital Counter” on Page 21.

3.Press PLAY and watch the picture in the viewfinder. See “Special VCR Features” on Page 26.

Note: You cannot hear the tape’s audio recording during viewfinder playback. To hear sound, play the tape through a TV/ monitor or on a VCR. See “Connecting the Camcorder to a TV” on Page 32.

4.Press STOP/EJECT to end playback.

5.To remove the cassette, press STOP/EJECT again.

Note: Except when you are recording, you can eject a cassette any time power is connected to the camcorder, whether or not the POWER indicator is lighted.

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SELECTING A POWER SOURCE

You can power the camcorder from any of three sources — the supplied battery pack, the supplied AC adapter/charger, or your vehicle’s battery (with an optional DC adapter, not supplied).

Note: Your camcorder has abuilt-inrechargeable battery in addition to the battery pack. This battery protects the camcorder’s date and time and any titles you created (see “Titler” on Page 22.). You should recharge this battery about every 2 months. To recharge the battery, slidePOWER toOFF and leave a power source connected to the camcorder for about 24 hours.

USING THE BATTERY PACK

You can power the camcorder using the supplied battery pack. However, you must charge the battery pack before you use it.

Charging the Battery Pack

Caution: Use only the supplied AC adapter/ charger to charge the battery pack. Use of any other adapter/charger could damage the battery pack. Also, do not use the AC adapter/charger to charge any battery pack other than the type supplied.

Follow these steps to charge the battery pack with the supplied AC adapter/charger.

To AC Outlet

1.Make sure the auxiliary power cord is not connected to the AC adapter/charger.

Note: The battery pack will not charge if the auxiliary power cord is connected to the AC adapter/charger.

2.Align the marks on both sides of the battery pack with the marks on both sides of the AC adapter/charger.

3.Gently press the battery pack against the AC adapter/charger, then slide the battery pack toward you until it locks into place.

Caution: The battery pack fits only one way onto the AC adapter/charger. Do not force it.

4.Plug the AC adapter/charger’s power cord into a standard AC outlet. The POWER and CHARGE indicators on the AC adapter/ charger light, and charging begins. When the battery pack is fully charged, the CHARGE indicator turns off.

Caution: If the battery pack is hot, wait until it cools before connecting it to the AC adapter/charger. Otherwise, the CHARGE indicator might not light.

Notes:

If the POWER and CHARGE indicators on the AC adapter/charger flash, remove the battery pack from the AC adapter/ charger, then re-attachit. If both indicators continue to flash, you need a new battery pack.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery pack, but the exact charging time depends on the ambient temperature and the condition of the battery pack.

5.When the battery pack is fully charged, remove it from the AC adapter/charger by sliding it away from you. Then disconnect the AC adapter/charger from the AC outlet.

Alignment Marks

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