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EVR software for use with CCD-TR45E/TR75E

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EVR Service Software
for the

Applicable models:

vs. 3.0

J. Devenyns

User Manual

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Lines and Innerbus Service Adapter (LISA) 2. Starting the program 3. Top menu 3.1. AF-DATA 3.2. LINCS-CONTROL 4. Service menu 4.1. Troubleshooting 4.2. EVR-Adjust 4.3. Alignments 4.4. Data handling 5. EVR Alignments 5.1. General 5.2. Auto Focus adjustment 5.3. IRIS IN/OUT adjustment 5.4. Focus speed adjustment 5.5. Auto White Balance adjustment 6. Ending the program 7. Suggestions

1. Introduction: Lines and Innerbus Service Adapter (LISA)

The LISA interface connects the Psion Organiser II to any camcorder that is equipped with EVR adjustment facilities.

The PSION, together with LISA-adapter and EVR-software, allows a technician to:

  1. Display AF-data while doing manual adjustments with the RM-95 remote controller.
  2. Perform the same troubleshooting operations as with the RM-95 controller.
  3. Manually perform EVR-adjustments, just as done with the RM-95.
  4. Perform a number of EVR-alignments fully automatically, with great saving of time.
  5. Preprogram, Save and Restore EVR data.

With the dedicated software which has to be loaded from a preprogrammed datapack, the Psion can communicate with the camcorder through the remote control input of the camera. For some applications, a second link with the camera is needed. The white 4P connector of the LISA then has to be plugged into connector CN304. For CCD-TR45E, this connector is located on the CV-84 board; for CCD-TR75E: on the CV-80 board. From now on we will call that 4P connector the "AF plug".

While running through the program, you may be asked to "set CAM ADJ mode". This camera adjust mode can be set by connecting pin B6 of the check point array to GND with a jumper wire. Remember to set this adjust mode always AFTER turning the camera power on.

Mains adaptor

To save the battery of your Organiser, it is best to use a mains adaptor while running the EVR program. Take care to use a Sony AC Power Adaptor only (output DC 9V; e.g. AC-D468, P.N. 9-101-235-0). Never use the Psion Organiser Mains Adaptor, because it has a different polarity and it would damage the LISA interface.

2. Starting the program

Be sure to remove other EVR software datapacks before you insert this one. The names of the procedures that are used in the programs are the same, but they have a different function. Therefore the Organiser could get confused and could crash.

So make sure that different EVR datapacks are never plugged into the Organiser at the same time.

You will see that a new option, called "TR45" is now added to the Organiser's top level menu. If you did not insert the datapack properly, a "Device Load Error" may be reported. This is caused by trying to load a program when only the hardware interface (and no software) is available. If you select the "TR45" option from the top level menu, a title screen "SONY SERVICE CENTRE EUROPE" will be displayed. This means the program has now started.

If, at any time during the execution of the program, you get an " OUT OF MEMORY " message, there is not enough internal memory left on your Organiser to load the EVR Alignments software. You can try to clear some memory (delete any non-vital files or records; use the Tidy option in the Diary), but the best thing to do is to save your files on a datapack and erase them on A:.

Even if you have enough memory left, it is still recommended to save all important files you may have on the PSION to a datapack before running the EVR software, to cover you for the unlikely event that a serious error might damage your files.

The EVR program is mainly constructed by using menus, so you only have to select the application you want from the menu. There are two ways to select an item from a menu:

  1. Run through the menu using the four arrow keys (= cursor keys) until the cursor is positioned at the first letter of the item you want. Then press the EXE key.
  2. Press the key corresponding to the first letter of the option required.

Important note: never unplug the interface, or remove the EVR datapack while the Organiser is switched on. This could cause electrical damage to the Organiser.

3. Top menu

When the program is started and the title screen is displayed, a key press (any other key than ON/CLEAR, which will end the program) will cause the following menu to be displayed:


In further explanations, this menu will be referred to as the "top menu". Pressing the ON/CLEAR key when you are in this menu will end the program and you will be returned to the Organiser top level menu (EVR, Find, Save, Diary, ...). This is also the only way out, so you will always have to return to this top menu to be able to quit the program.

The two items that are presented in the top menu are now briefly described.

3.1. AF-DATA

This option allows you to use the Organiser as an AF Data Reader Jig. Connect the AF plug of the interface to connector CN304 on the camera. You will be asked to connect the RM-95 to the remote terminal of the camcorder. If you set the camera adjust mode, you can run through the EVR addresses with the RM-95 and read the AF Jig data (in hexadecimal) on the top line of the Organiser's display. If the data changes so fast that it can't be read (or if you want to keep a certain value in memory), pressing the "M" key will cause the current AF data to be displayed as a fixed value on the bottom line of the LCD screen.

Pressing the "ON/CLEAR" key will return you to the top menu.


As the title indicates, in this mode the Organiser will communicate with the camcorder through LINCS (asynchronous data transfer via the remote terminal). The Organiser will be able to perform most of the adjustment facilities that the RM-95 has, plus automatic align- ments.

The moment you select this option, you should make sure all the necessary preparations are made:

If something has been forgotten, the Organiser will detect it and display the adequate error message:

If everything is OK, the following "service menu" will be displayed:

Troubleshooting  EVR-Adjust Alignments Data-handling

Only the items in the rectangle are initially displayed, the other items can be reached by scrolling through the menu, or can immediately be selected by pressing A or D.

4. Service menu

4.1. Troubleshooting

This is the service mode for operation checking, the "status indication mode". Here, different categories such as battery voltage, last and present emergency etc., can be checked. The desired category is selected with the right arrow key. Pressing the C key will clear the last emergency, pressing ON/CLEAR will end the status indication mode and you will be returned to the service menu.

The Indication of the categories on the Organiser is the same as on the RM-95:

X : XX : XX   [1] [ 2 ]

  1. service mode category
  2. actual value according to current category

The meaning of the codes is explained in the next tables.

4.1.1. CCD-TR45E and CCD-TR75E

Category     Indication on LCD
1A/D conversion value for battery voltage (decimal indication)
00:00 - 02:55
2LAST EMG (last emergency)
Refer to Service Mode Error Indications.
3PRESENT EMG (current emergency)
Refer to Service Mode Error Indications.
4MODE SW CODE (mechanism status)
00 : 01READY
00 : 02GL
00 : 03USE
00 : 04EJECT
00 : 06LS
00 : 07BL

00 : 00NORMAL
(sensor in DEW mode)
Restart of Operation is possible after the following conditions have been satisfied:
2. More than 1 hr has elapsed.

Table 4.1

Battery voltage:

Display     Battery voltage
01:425.53V (±0.1V)* (Power does not turn ON)
01:465.68V (±0.1V)* (Battery End)
01:505.80V (±0.1V) (Battery Pre End)
01:556.00V (±0.1V)*
01:636.30V (±0.1V)* (Full Battery voltage).
01:827.00V (±0.1V)*
02:498.00V (±0.1V)*
*: During CAM REC mode
Table 4.2
No error 00 : 0000 : 00
Loading motor 00 : 0100 : 01
REEL FG error during unthreading 00 : 0200 : 02
REEL FG error not during unthreading 00 : 0300 : 03
Capstan error 00 : 0400 : 04
DRUM FG error (0) when starting drum 00 : 0500 : 05
DRUM FG error (1) when starting drum 01 : 0500 : 14
DRUM FG error (2) when starting drum 02 : 0600 : 15
No DRUM PG (0) when starting drum 00 : 0600 : 06
No DRUM PG (1) when starting drum 01 : 0601 : 14
No DRUM PG (2) when starting drum 02 : 0600 : 15
DRUM FG error (0) when drum stationary00 : 0700 : 07
DRUM FG error (1) when drum stationary01 : 0700 : 14
DRUM FG error (2) when drum stationary 00 : 15
No DRUM PG (0) when drum stationary 00 : 0800 : 08
No DRUM PG (1) when drum stationary 01 : 0800 : 14
No DRUM PG (2) when drum stationary 00 : 15
Phase error (0) when drum stationary 00 : 0900 : 09
(1) During tape threading
(2) During tape unthreading
(0) Others
Table 4.3

4.2. EVR-Adjust

This service mode is for adjustment of the camera block through EVR (Electronic Variable Resistors). Of course the Organiser can only start the EVR access if the right adjust mode is set. If it is not, the necessary indications to set it will be displayed (to enable the CAM ADJ mode, refer to p.2).

Possible key presses when you are in the EVR mode are:

4.3. Alignments

Under this option, some alignments can be made automatically. First, the Organiser will check if the right adjust mode (CAM ADJ) is set. If it is not, the necessary indications will be displayed. If everything is OK the adjustment menu is displayed.

AF-adjustment   IRIS-IN/OUT-adj Focus-speed-adj AWB-adjustment

The different alignments are described in section 5.

4.4 Data handling

The EVR data of the camcorder can be handled as a file that can be transferred between the camera and the Organiser in three ways:

Save Restore   Preprogram

4.4.1 Save

Before changing the EVR data, it is recommended to save the original data. That gives you a backup in case the EVR data gets altered by accident.

You can keep only one EVR file in the Organiser's memory, so if you want to save the EVR contents of a camcorder while there is still a file from a previous camera in memory, the following messages will be displayed:

Still EVR file   in memory

OK to erase? Y/N

If you type 'Y', the EVR file in memory will be overwritten by the new one.

Once an EVR file is saved, it can only be removed from the memory by overwriting it with another EVR file, or by resetting the Organiser ('Cold boot'). So even if the EVR software is removed from the Organiser's memory, the saved EVR data file will still be in memory.

4.4.2. Restore

If you wish to put the EVR addresses back to their original (previously saved) values, you can use this 'Restore' option. Be sure, however, not to restore data from another camera type. The program cannot stop you from saving the EVR data from a CCD-TR45E, and restoring this data to a CCD-TR75E. Although these two camcorders look alike, their EVR data is not interchangeable. Therefore, you will be warned that the current EVR data of the camcorder will be overwritten, and asked to reconfirm you really want to restore:

! WARNING !   Current EVR data will be lost

RESTORE   Are you sure?Y/N

Only if you answer 'Y' to this question, the Organiser will start restoring.

Once the restoring has started, it is impossible to stop this process, so pressing any key is useless. You just have to wait until every address is restored with the data in memory.

Of course, if you choose the 'Restore' option while there is no EVR data in memory, the Organiser will tell you so.

4.4.3. Preprogram

If the EVR μCOM has to be replaced, you must write initial values to the addresses of the new EVR μCOM before you can start adjusting the camcorder. As this 'preprogramming' may take a lot of time, you can initialize the EVR μCOM automatically using the 'Preprogram' option. If you do so, you will have to select which camera type you want to initialize. Again, the program cannot stop you from selecting another camera type than the one you actually preprogram. So please be careful when using this option.

To avoid unwanted preprogramming as much as possible, you will be warned and asked to confirm the initialising process.

! WARNING !   Current EVR data will be lost

PREPROGRAM   Are you sure?Y/N

Only if you answer 'Y' to this question, the Organiser will start preprogramming.

Once the preprogramming has started, it is impossible to stop this process, so pressing any key is useless. You just have to wait until every address is initialised with the data in memory.

5. EVR Alignments

5.1. General

Every time a specific action is required (setting AF mode, placing filters, ...), the adequate messages will be displayed. The Organiser takes care of setting the EVR addresses and data, reading the AF data, and performs all the required calculations.

Once a certain alignment is selected, some messages will be displayed telling you how to prepare that adjustment. You can skip to the next message by pressing any key. If you want to quit the alignment, press the ON/CLEAR key. You will then be returned to the adjustment menu.

When the Organiser is active on the LINCS-bus, the message "Working..." will be displayed. Pressing the ON/CLEAR key at that moment will not stop the adjustment. Generally, it is recommendable not to press any key while the Organiser is busy with external I/O.

Sometimes the program allows you to escape in the middle of an adjustment, when some addresses are already set to a temporary mode. If you want to quit then, a warning is displayed, telling you that the adjustment is not completed, and you are asked to confirm you want to quit the program. If you answer N (or anything else but Y), the program continues; answering Y will return you to the adjustment menu. You must keep in mind then that some addresses must be reset to their original value (addresses 25 and 75 must be set to 00). However, you must always assume that the camera is misadjusted if you have stopped the alignment in the middle of its execution, and you should do that specific alignment all over again.

In almost every adjustment, some general error messages can be produced:

If a certain adjustment keeps on producing the same error for many times, you can assume there is something wrong with the circuitry that is connected to that alignment. For instance, if you have tried the auto focus adjustment 5 times, and there was always a "results are not within limits" error (and you are positive there is nothing wrong with your setup), you should check the auto focus circuit. It would be best then to make the alignment manually, and write down all the intermediate values that are used for the calculation. That way it could be easier to trace the error.

Note: If a serious error occurs while programming is busy, such as POWER OFF, or a connector is pulled out, obviously the program may "hang", has to be cold started again, and the adjustment which was busy at that moment will have to be started from scratch!

5.2. Auto Focus adjustment


Possible errors:

5.3. IRIS IN/OUT adjustment


Possible errors:

5.4. Focus speed adjustment

Since this adjustment for the TR45E is not the same as for the TR75E, you have to select the camcorder type first.

Possible errors:

5.5. Auto White Balance adjustment


During the alignment, you will be asked twice to move the luminescent spot to the centre (= origin of the vectorscope), using the up/down arrow keys. From the moment " ADDR 1 " is displayed, these arrow keys will be active. They will change the EVR data of the address being displayed. Changing data of address 1 will move the spot in vertical direction, while address 2 is for moving it horizontally. You can switch the addresses by pressing the MODE key. Once the spot is at the centre, press ON/CLEAR to end.

Possible errors: none

6. Ending the program

If the alignment is finished, or if you have stopped the adjustment procedure, you will be returned to the adjustment menu. However, when an error (illegal AF data read or results are not within limits) has occurred, you will be returned to the top menu.

To go back to the previous menu, press ON/CLEAR. The only way to leave the EVR program is by pressing ON/CLEAR when you are in the top menu. Then the Organiser's own top level menu will be displayed.

To remove the LISA interface and the EVR datapack:

The software will still be stored in memory, however. To remove this:

You will see that the "TR45" option is removed from the top level menu.

Now the EVR software is removed, and the memory used by it freed for other uses.

7. Suggestions

For any questions and/or suggestions regarding the use of this software, please contact:

Mr. J. Devenyns Sony Service Centre (Europe) N.V. Technologielaan 7 1840 Londerzeel Belgium Tel.: (052) 307.307 Fax: (052) 307.490