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Setup the Tripod first using this wiki for the

Libec Tripod - How to Setup and Use

Open the back door and put the batter inside

Or plug in the external power supply to the "DC Input" on the side of

the camera.

Turn on the camera
Pull the viewfinder out of the slot on the top of the camera
Flip it up to see the menus and camera display
The camera uses SanDisk Extreme 64 GB 90 MB/S SDHC Cards
Make sure two cards are loaded into the card slots
This will show you how to open the card slot to insert the CARD

If you are prompted at the boot of the camera to set the

time zone and date go ahead and do that

On the side of the camera press the "Menu" button to get into the menus.

We are going to "Reset" the camera to defaults

Then Select "Other Functions"
Choose "Initial Set"
Choose "All"

The camera will reboot and set all the menus back to default so any

weird settings are erased on the camera. This way we can set the correct

settings without any worry that something is set incorrectly.

Press Menu again after the camera reboots

SYSTEM FREQ set to 59.94

OUTPUT BITS - MUST BE SET TO 4:2:2 (8bit) if you are recording to internal SDHC

If you set it to 10 bit then you can't record internally to SDHC cards.

This menu setting governs what kind of data is output through the

HDMI and SDI ports. It doesn’t change the quality of internal (SD card)

recordings, it only affects what is sent out to the monitor or external

recorder you have attached to the HDMI or SDI ports.

Internal recording -

Every recording mode the camera offers uses 8-bit 4:2:0.



USE MOV or MP4 not any difference in quality but if you are using a Mac it's

easier to use .MOV on Windows use a .MP4

AVCHD will only record HD not 4K or UHD

We've chosen REC MODE - MOV 
 Next Click on REC FORMAT

Most likely you will record in UHD 2160/23.98 100M this is the best setting for most recording.

For example, interviews this is a great setting.

The 4K setting is 4K/2160P at 24.00 frames per second. This mode utilizes

an (approximately) 17:9 aspect ratio

4,096 x 2,160

and also records at 24 Frames Per Second not

23.98. It is designed to exactly match the frame rate of a film camera, not a video camera;

as such, video footage shot in this mode may not synchronize exactly with external audio

recordings unless you are recording at 47.952 not 48KHz on a Sound Devices Audio Recorder.

How to set the 744T for TRUE 24 (not 23.98) frame recording of video or Film


To be on the safe side unless you have worked in 24FPS before set the camera to

UHD 2160 23.98

This is the "SYSTEM MODE" settings that should be set double check them


OUTPUTBITS - 4:2:2 (8bit)


REC FORMAT - UHD 2160 23.98

Press Return to go back to "Main Menu"

Click on AUDIO SETUP - If you are recording internally.

If you are recording to a external recorder skip this step.

Leave on the default settings shown here

There is a decent mic on board the camera. To record from it set the side buttons

on the camera to INT ( L) and INT (R)

To record from it set the side buttons

on the camera to INT ( L) and INT (R)

Also set INPUT 1 and 2 to MIC

To record from an added microphone - plug an XLR into the end of the MIC
Plug the other end of the XLR to Audio Input 2
Or Audio Input 1

Set the Chanel select to the Input your XLR cable from the mic is plugged into

In our case Input 2

Set the INPUT to +48 for phantom power for the microphone

Adjust the knobs for AUDIO LEVEL input

FORMAT THE SDHC CARDS before recording

Click MENU

Go to the "OTHER FUNCTION" menu

choose SD CARD 1 OR SD CARD 2

make sure you format both cards

Confirm format - YES

Click on MENU one last time

Choose 2 "SLOTS FUNC" - Choose RELAY REC

This will turn on clip spanning

The other option if you don't want to record over 1 hour and 24 min is to choose

"SIMULTANEOUS" RECORDING this will record the same data to both cards so

there is redundancy if one card is bad.

TURN ON FOCUS ASSIST - to make sure you are in focus

Press Menu

Turn on MF ASSIST > ON

The RED lines will appear with the items are in focus.

Turning this knob will adjust focus

Next setup the external TimeCode - If you are only shooting with this camera you don't need this feature turned on. You need this if you are trying

to match timecode with another camera on set.

Menu>Record Setup

>TCG>Free Run

Then click on TimeCode Preset and set the timecode on the Master Camera for time of day.

Master Camera for time of day timecode

Click on Record Setup

Ext TC Link

The Camera will start to output a LTC signal
Connect the BNC cable to the TC Preset In/Out of the Master camera to the Slave Camera

On the Slave Camera go to >Menu>Record Setup>EXT TC Link

To Jam Sync the timecode press Slave on the "Non Master Camera"

Check the timecode on all the cameras it should match now.

One more good feature to turn on is the Menuy>Display Setup>

White Balance

Put the WHITE BAL on "A" or "B"

Have someone hold a white card or piece of paper or place a white card on an easel.

With cameras in position, approximately 10 feet away from where your subject will be. Zoom in on the card until the picture on the viewfinder is filled with nothing but the white card.

Press the AWB button (in front of the camera under the lens) on the camera for 30 seconds

When you are finished with the Menus you will see on the Viewfinder all the information

the Cards recording time

RELAY record on

UHD 2160 and 23.98 fps

To load the files into AVID use this wikiAVID - Panasonic - DVX 200 - Quick Start Editing Workflow