I purchased the unit from a private party and the original owners manual was not available. Having the ability to download it was extremely helpful and clarified operating the equipment immensely. This is a complicated unit and without the manual I would not have been able to maximize it's potential. Thank you.
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Inserting a cassette
To eject the cassette
Open the cassette compartment cover and press 6. After the cassette rises, take it out, then close the cover. You cannot eject the cassette while C MEMORY appears in the viewfinder because the digital camcorder is still writing information into the cassette memory. After C MEMORY disappears the cassette automatically rises. When ejecting the cassette, never close the cassette compartment cover until the cassette is completely removed.
To prevent accidental erasure
Slide the tab on the cassette to expose the red mark. If you insert the cassette with the red mark exposed, the beeps sound, the and 6 indicators flash in the viewfinder and display window, and you cannot record. To re-record on this tape, slide the tab back out, covering the red mark.