Interrogating Emotions - Vixias

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Media Loan

  • Bring your Evergreen ID with the current quarter sticker.
  • Make a reservation for equipment, stop by Lib. 2504, or call (360) 867-6253.
  • Test and confirm all equipment is in working order before leaving Media Loan.
  • Media Loan has SEVERE LATE FINES. Return equipment on time, or call to make a renewal. Follow up with an appeal form to negate late fines.
Late Fines assessed daily, per item
Equipment valued over $250 — $20.00 per day
Equipment valued under $250 — $10.00 per day
Keys and all equipment and accessories valued over $50 — $10.00 per day
Equipment and accessories valued under $50 — $5.00 per day

Camera Models

These instructions are specific to the Vixia HF M500 model cameras. There are four models of the Vixia available at Media Loan. The HF200 has a joystick interface and the HFM300, HFM400, and HFM500 have a touchscreen interface. Please make sure to specify the model of camera you want to checkout.

Charging Batteries

  1. Attach the power cord to an outlet, insert the power adapter into the back of the camera under the DC In cover, and insert a battery.
  2. Make sure the camera power is off to start charging the battery. Once the red light turns off the battery is fully charged.
  3. Release the battery by opening the side LCD panel, and pull the battery release slider while removing the battery.

Camera Setup

Camera Modes

  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Open the LCD screen.
  3. Press the Camera <-> Play button to toggle to Camera mode.
  4. Press the Home button.
  5. Using the LCD touchscreen select Camera Mode and M for manual control of all settings.

Record Settings

  1. Press the Home button again.
  2. Select Recording Standard and select AVCHD. This is the highest quality recording format.

*Do not select MP4, this is a lower quality format, and the maximum record time will be 30 minutes.

Other Settings

  1. Press the Home button again.
  2. Touch Other Settings.
  • In the Camera Tab confirm the following settings:
  • Self Timer > OFF
  • Digital Zoom > OFF
  • Focus Assistance > ON
  • Auto Backlight Correction > OFF
  • Conversion Lens > OFF
  • Image Stabilizer > OFF (when using a tripod you shouldn't need this)
  • In the Film Strip Tab confirm the following settings:
  • Recording Mode > MXP (=2 hours and 56 minutes of record time)
  • Frame Rate > 60i
  • x.v.Color > OFF
  • In the Wrench Tab confirm the following settings:
  • AV/Headphones > Set to AV for playback, and select Headphones when using headphones to record sound.
  • Initialize > Initialize, tap Complete Initialization Make sure to initiailize the memory card after checking out the camera from Media Loan to clear out old files. After saving video clips, and before returning equipment to Media Loan, initialize again to protect the privacy of files.

Shooting Functions


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


  1. On the LCD screen touch Function on the top left.
  2. Tap the focus menu.
  • For fixed manual focus, press MF and use the wide and telephoto buttons on screen to adjust the focus point. Focus assist will appear to temporarily zoom in for critical focusing.
  • For auto-focus deselect MF, and touch the area of the screen to be focused on. The camera will try to track focus on the subject if it moves.

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.


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. Press 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 PRIVATE 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 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.