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There are three models of the Vixia available at Media Loan. The HF200 has a joystick interface and the HFM300 & HFM400 have a touchscreen interface.

Set Up

  1. Get out camera.
  2. Attach to tripod.
  3. Insert battery or connect AC power.
  4. Turn camera power on.
  5. Set the Mode switch to M.

Menu Settings

The memory card should be initialized each time the camera is checked out from Media Loan.

Initialize Memory Card

  1. Press the FUNC button.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. Press the Wrench icon.
  4. Scroll down to Initialize.
  5. Click the button on the right.
  6. Click Initialize and then click Yes.
  7. Click the X to leave the menu.

Record Settings

The recording mode and rate rate need to be set.

  1. Press the FUNC button.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. Press the filmstrip icon.
  4. Select Recording Mode and click the button on the right.
  5. Set it to MXP which is the highest quality.
  6. Click the back button (arrow on top left).
  7. Select Frame Rate and click the button on the right.
  8. Select 60i (Standard)
  9. Click the back button (arrow on top left).
  10. Click the X to leave the menu.


Monitor the quality of the audio recording by using headphones and setting manual recording levels. Use the on-board microphone, or plug in an external one from Media Loan using a hi-lo audio adapter.

  1. Change the a/v headphone terminal settings on the screen Function > Menu > Wrench Icon > AV/Headphones > Headphones
  2. Adjust the listening volume (this does not effect recording volume)
  3. Set manual level control: Function > Mic Level > Manual
  4. Use the level controls to have the audio levels loud enough so that occasionally the levels will go to the right of the -12dB point.


The Zoom lever is on the top of the camera. W is for wide or zoomed out. T is for telephoto or zoomed in.


In Auto Focus mode touch the screen to to select where to focus. The camera will try to track the object if it moves. In Manual focus the focus setting stay where they are set.

  1. Press the FUNC button.
  2. Press the Focus button.
  3. Press the MF to change to Manual Focus
  4. Press with the rectangle to set the focus.
  5. When the 4 triangles stop flashing the focus is set.
  6. The two button on the left can be held down to adjust the focus as if you where turning a focus ring.

White Balance

The white balance needs to be set for the lighting conditions. Auto white balance or a preset can be used but it is best to set a custom white balance.

  1. Press the FUNC button.
  2. Press the White Balance button.
  3. Press Custom WB.
  4. Zoom in on a white object.
  5. Press Set WB. When the icon stops flashing the white balance is set.

Image Stabilizer

The Image Stabilizer can reduce motion in hand held use but can can problems when used with a tripod.

  1. Press the FUNC button.
  2. Press the Image Stabilizer button.
  3. Press Standard for handheld use and off for tripod use.


Press the record button on the back of the camera to start and stop recording. The record light and record counter will display on the LCD screen.


  1. Press the Camera/Play button on the inside of the camera.
  2. A grid will appear on the LCD screen.
  3. Click an video to play it.

Downloading Files

  • Connect a card reader + memory card from your camera...or...connect the camera with the provided ac adapter and USB cable to the computer
  • Create a folder on the Storage drive with your name
  • Copy the ENTIRE BDMV folder intact from the memory card into your folder
  • Eject the memory card after copying by dragging it to the trash

If the video files from a memory card are copied without the extra metadata Final Cut Pro and iMovie might not be able to import them. If the files need to be converted the MML-Jeunet station has the applications ClipWrap which can convert the files.

  • VLC can be used to open and view the .mts files.

For more information on importing the files into Final Cut read the Log and Transfer tutorial or for iMovie read the Import from Vixia article.

Proficiency Test

Complete the operation test and the written test.

Get proficiency sign in sheet.