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Media Loan

  • www.evergreen.edu/medialoan
  • 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

Media Loan will not necessarily have batteries already charged, please account for this before shooting.

  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 > ON
  • 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

Record Programs

(P) Programmed AE - the default automatic exposure recording program to adjust functions such as white balance.

(Tv) Shutter Priority AE - adjust the shutter speed value, the camcorder will automatically adjust the aperture. Reduce the shutter speed to create blurred motion, increase the shutter speed to capture fast movement.

Please note: At low shutter speeds the image may not focus properly, and at high shutter speeds there may be image flickering.

(Av) Aperture Priority AE - adjust the aperture value, the camcorder will automatically adjust the shutter speed. Lower the aperture for a shallower depth of field (shorter focus), and increase for a deeper focus distance.

Exposure

  1. On the LCD screen touch Function on the top left.
  2. Tap the Exposure menu.
  • For manual exposure press M and use the left and right arrows to darken or lighten the exposure.
  • For auto exposure, deselect M, and touch the area of the screen to be exposed properly.

Zoom

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

Focus

  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

White balance is a function of the camera to adjust color tones based on different lighting situations. Use the custom white balance setting whenever possible to ensure that images will have accurate colors.

  1. On the LCD screen touch Function on the top left.
  2. Tap the White Balance menu.
  3. Select the custom white balance icon.
  4. Using a white piece of paper placed in the same area as the subject, zoom in to overfill the screen with the paper.
  5. Press Set WB to calibrate the camera to the lighting setting. The custom WB icon will stop flashing when a proper white balance is achieved.



Recording

  • 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, and show remaining recording time.
  • It is recommended to shoot pre and post roll to account for transitions later in editing. This means recording a few seconds before you start the action of the scene, and let it record a few seconds after the action has completed.

Playback

  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.


Save Location

Multimedia Lab

  1. Click the Browse button.
  2. Select the Storage Drive icon on the left.
  3. Click the New Folder button on the bottom and label it with your name.
  4. Click Choose.

Computer Center Macs

  1. Click the Browse button.
  2. Select the Desktop icon on the left.
  3. Click the New Folder button on the bottom.
  4. Name the new folder and label it with your name.
  5. Click Choose.

Downloading Files

  • Connect a card reader + memory card from your camera.
Note: when using a Mac tower, use the back USB port, or a Cinema display USB port only. Using the front USB port will not recognize the camera.
  • Create a folder 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.
  • Backup your folder to your program share on Orca when done working for the day.

Collect Source Media

Before starting a project in Premiere Elements collect and organize any materials that will be used in the project: audio, still images, video clips.

  1. Create a folder with your name.
  2. Inside your folder, create folders for audio, stills, and video, and place files accordingly.

New Project

  1. Launch Premiere Elements from the dock at the bottom of the screen.
  2. From the top menu, go to File > Save Project As.
  3. Name the project descriptively (with your name), and choose to save into your project folder.

Import Vixia Clips from the Private Folder

Import clips into Elements from files that were already copied from a memory card.

  1. In Elements, at the top left of the screen click the Add Media tab.
  2. From the list, select Files and Folders.
  3. In the file dialog box click the triangle on the top right to expand the window. Find your project folder, and navigate to the private folder that was copied.
From the private folder select > AVCHD > BDMV > Streams > and select each video clip as it appears as a .MTS file. To select all press command A.
  1. Click Import to add clips to the project.
  2. Video clips will appear in the Project Assets Tab.
  3. After importing is completed, eject the memory card by dragging it to the trash, and then place it back in the camera.
  4. Initialize the memory card before returning equipment to Media Loan.

Import Vixia Clips Directly from a Card Reader

Import clips directly from the memory card reader, available at every station in the Multimedia Lab, or when using the Computer Center checkout a card reader from Media Loan down the hall.

  1. With the Vixia camera powered off, remove the memory card and insert it into a card reader.
  2. From the top left of the screen click the Add Media tab.
  3. From the list, select Videos from Flip or Cameras.
  4. In the Video Importer window, click the yellow folder icon next to the Save In location, navigate to your project folder, and select choose.
  5. Preview video clips by selecting them and press play in the Preview window.
  6. Un-check the box next to clips you do not want to use.
  7. Click Get Media to import clips. This will duplicate the media files from the memory card to your project folder, and import the files into the Project Assets Tab.
  8. After importing is completed, eject the memory card by dragging it to the trash, and then place it back in the camera.
  9. Initialize the memory card before returning equipment to Media Loan.

Project Settings

When creating a new project Premiere Elements will automatically adjust the project settings to match the first type of video content that is imported. Project settings cannot be changed after starting a project.

Changing Project Settings

  1. When you drag in content that does not match the project settings Elements will inquire if you want to use the closest available preset.
  2. If you select not to change your project settings you may have problematic playback.

File Space Overview

Importing Clips Into Premiere Elements

Use Premiere Elements to import, view, and edit files for playback.


Extras

Full Vixia HFM500 Manual