Smooth Slow Rec
The Smooth Slow Rec function of the HVR-Z5U enables smooth slow-motion playback by capturing images 4x faster than normal (240 fields/s). In this mode, for example, quad-speed images are captured for three seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then recorded to tape (in either HDV, DVCAM, or DV format) as slow-motion pictures lasting 12 seconds*2. This allows recorded images to be checked immediately in the field. Recoding durations are available in three, six, and 12 seconds depended on the picture quality. Picture quality is slightly degraded, but this quad-speed imaging capture is the fastest speed available in compact HD camcorders. Smooth Slow Rec is ideal for sports or nature photography, where the action can be viewed more easily in slow motion, and opens up many creative possibilities.
Audio cannot be recorded while shooting in this mode.
Shot Transition™ Function
The Shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. After you have programmed a shot’s START and END point settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter speed, and white balance) and pressed the start button, a smooth picture transition takes place over the duration of the shot by automatically calculating intermediate setting values. This is very useful when complex camera settings are required during the scene transition – for example, when panning the camcorder from a distant object to a close object. Transition types can be selected from a choice of “LINEAR”, “SOFT STOP”, and “SOFT TRANS”, transition time can be set from 2 to 90 seconds, and start delay time can be selected from 5, 10, and 20 seconds.
HVR-Z5U provides up to seven ASSIGN buttons for quick access to frequently used functions suitable for variable shooting conditions. Some default functions are pre-assigned by name. The assignable functions are AE Shift, Back Light, Color Bars, Digital Extender, End Search, Expanded Focus, Fader, Focus Macro, Hyper Gain, Index Mark, Last Scene Review, Marker, Peaking, Photo, Picture Profile, Push AT Iris, REC Review, Ring Rotate, Shot Transition, Smooth Slow REC, Spot Light, Steady Shot, TC Reset, TC Count Up, and Zebra.