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Zi8 Video Recorder Quick Start

RECORDING
1. Turn Camera On (Press and hold power button)
2. Set to record to WVGA (You will see "WVGA in lower left," this is an 848 x 480 pixel size). There are HD sizes also available.
        a. This will allow about 1 hr 45 min of recording on one battery charge
        b. The 16 GB memory card will hold anywhere from 230 to 1,200 minutes of video.
        c. Video with lots of motion uses much more storage space than video with little motion.
        d. Examples: Low motion, like an interview, card holds 1,200 min.(13 megabytes/minute): medium motion, like a street scene, card holds 400 minutes (38 megabytes/min): high motion, like a basketball game, card holds 230 minutes (68 megabytes/minute).
3. If your audio source is quiet, you can increase the audio recording volume:
        a. Select the Tools Icon, go to Microphone Icon. Push "+" all the way to the right.
        b. This needs to be done every time the camera is turned off and on.
        c. At normal volume settings, the camera will record good conservation-level audio up to 4 feet away, and audible audio up to             10 feet away. At the higest "+" setting, you can record good conversation-level audio up to 8 feet away.
        d. At the highest "+" setting, the camera is also more sensitive to background noise, which can be a disadvantage.
4. Click the Camera Icon to go to record mode.
5. To record, push red button. Click again to stop recording. Every time you start and stop a recording, a new file is created.
6. Zoom by pushing the center button up and down. Zoom is a bit jerky, try to set it before shooting.
7. Turn the camera off by pressing the power button.

PLAYBACK and DELETING
1. If you press the playback button, it will go to the last video shot.
2. If you press playback again, it will display all the separate video clips in the Clip Viewer.
3. Select a clip and play it with the center red button.
4. To delete any clip, hit the Trash can icon while it's playing, stopped, or from the Clip Viewer.
5. If the memory is full, delete unwanted files, move wanted ones to a computer and then delete them from camera.

CHARGING
Charge the battery from the AC adapter (2 hrs) or from the USB adapter connected to a computer (4 hrs).

EDITING
1. Turn the camera off
2. Connect to a computer. Do not stress the USB connector on the camera, use the short USB extension cable.
3. The camera will mount on the desktop as a USB drive. Drag the files from the deepest DCIM folder to the computer.
4. Do not rename the files in the camera. If no longer needed, delete them and empty the trash.
5. The camera will break up files longer than 1 GB into 1 GB continuous segments, when editing these can be seamlessly sequenced together.
6. When you are done transferring files, unmount the camera from the computer before physically disconnecting.
4. On the Mac, edit using iMovie, Final Cut Express, or Final Cut Pro. Set your project to Anamorphic or Wide Screen.
5. On Windows, the camera comes with a built-in installer of ArcSoft MediaImpression. This can perform basic editing. You can         also edit with Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows 7 only) Premiere Elements, or Premiere Pro.
6. Simple cut, copy and paste editing can be done with QuickTime Player Pro, on either the Mac or Windows. Directions here.

PRODUCTION TIPS:
1. If the camera is hand-held, HOLD THE CAMERA VERY STILL AND PAN VERY SLOWLY, or the video will be very jerky. Since the camera is small, any movement will be magnified in your video.
2. If you are recording a longer event, or an interview, try to use the tripod to get the steadiest image.
3. The subject should be brighter than the background for best results. Don't record people in front of bright windows, if outside try to put the sun behind you, and not behind your subject. Video has more contrast than film or the human eye.
4. If you are interviewing, try to find a quiet location, or the camera will pick up unwelcome noise. Avoid interviewing in a windy spot. Try to get close to your subject, you probably can't record good audio if the subject is more than 5-6 feet away.
5. Don't forget to turn up your audio levels if the source is quiet. The camera "forgets" this when you turn it off. Instructions are above, under "RECORDING," Part 3.
6.  Try to decide on your zoom setting before recording, if possible, as the zoom is not smooth, and makes for jerky pictures.
7. Charge both batteries before you need them, from the adapter, or from the USB connection.

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