This manual is about using the Psion organiser and the Sony LISA interface to control the settings of a particular Sony camcorder. Go to the Sony LISA Manuals page for a list of all similar manuals available on this site.
1. Starting the program 2. Top menu 2.1. LANC-CONTROL 2.2. EMG_Inhibit 2.3. AF-DATA (CCD-TR705E only) 3. Service menu 3.1. EVR-Adjust 3.2. Alignments 3.3. Test modes 3.4. Data handling 4. Camera Adjustments 4.1. General 4.2. CCD-TR705E 4.3. CCD-TR105E 5. Ending the program 6. Suggestions
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 "TR705" 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 "TR705" 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:
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.
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:
LANC_CONTROL EMG_Inhibit AF_DATA
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 (TR705, 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 three items that are presented in the top menu are now briefly described.
As the title indicates, in this mode the Organiser will communicate with the camcorder through LANC (asynchronous data transfer via the remote terminal). The Organiser will be able to perform all of the adjustment facilities that the RM-95 has, plus automatic alignments.
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:
EVR-Adjust Alignments Test_modes 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 the first character.
This option is used to set the Emergency inhibit mode, in which no emergencies, except for TAPE/TOP.END, are detected. This means that even if the battery is ended, the set will not be switched off (unless the voltage drops below approx. 4.5V).
This feature could be very useful for camcorders that have had a faulty battery down adjustment. In this case, the camcorder will always display the battery end sign and switch off seconds after the power on, even if your power source supplies as much as 8V.
To invoke the Emergency Inhibit mode, connect the LISA to the 'Remote' terminal of the set, and make sure that the switch on the LISA is set to 'Serv'. Follow the instructions of the Organiser: power on the camcorder and the Emergency Inhibit mode will be set immediately. This mode is automatically cancelled the next time you switch off the camcorder.
This option allows you to use the Organiser as an AF Data Reader Jig. Connect the AF plug of the interface to the dedicated connector CN251 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.
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.
Possible key presses when you are in the EVR mode are:
ReadDat: read the data from a specified address you can enter at the cursor:
|Read data from addr. _|
(enter addr. and press "EXE")
SetDAT: set the specified address to a specified data (without storing this data):
|Set addr. _ To data _|| (enter addr. and press "EXE")|
(enter data and press "EXE")
WriteDat: unlike the option "SetDat", the specified data will be stored in the specified address.
|Write data _ To addr. _|| (enter data and press "EXE")|
(enter addr. and press "EXE")
|Set page _||(enter page and press "EXE")|
There's no need to press the "SHIFT" key in order to enter a number. The Organiser will only accept keys 0 to 9 and A to F. If you enter a wrong number (and you have not pressed "EXE" yet), this can be corrected by entering the correct numbers until the right two digit value is displayed.
If the AF data is displayed on the bottom line, the "M" key can be used to display the current AF data as a memory value next to the (possibly changing) AF data.
Write Protect: Pg F:ON Pg D:ON
With this displayed, both pages are write protected. If you try to change data by pressing the <EXE> key, a short beep will sound, indicating that write protection is set. You can change the write protect status of each page by pressing the <UP> or <DOWN> key. Toggling between page F and D is done by the <LEFT> or <RIGHT> key. If the write protect modes are switched to their position, you can leave this menu by pressing the <EXE> key or the <ON/CLEAR> key.
Upon selection of this item, two options are displayed:
Under this option, some alignments can be made automatically. The following menu is displayed.
When a camera type is selected, the respective adjustment menu is displayed.
The different camera alignments are described in section 4.
It may be useful to set the Emergency Inhibit mode (see above) before running this adjustment. This will eliminate the possibility that the camcorder switches off in the middle of the alignment (of course, if you let the variable power source drop below 4.5V, it will switch off anyway).
If you should neglect to set the voltage to 5.58V when the Organiser tells you so, the Battery Down Adjustment will be faulty and the camcorder will switch off even with a fully charged battery. So be sure to follow the procedure correctly.
Under this title, two features are included:
Motor_Check Emergency Code
Loading motor, drum motor and capstan motor can be operated separately, independent from each other.
As this can only be done when the mechanism is in the 'loaded' condition, the Organiser will first take the necessary actions to do this. Then you will get a menu with which you can rotate the selected motor forward, reverse or stop it.
If you are controlling the loading motor and you have selected 'forward', you should stop this action as soon as the tape guides have reached their extreme upper position. If you don't, the loading motor may strain the drive gear assemblies so hard that they are dislocated (or, in the worst case, the drive gear (left) assembly may break). If this happens, you will have to completely disassemble the mecha deck to put the drive gears back in their original position or to replace them. You probably will prefer to avoid this, so select 'STOP' as soon the loaded condition is reached.
If 'Reverse' is selected while the loading motor is controlled, and you let the mechanism unload completely, the cassette lid will be opened and all further action (closing the lid, activating the loading motor) will be impossible. The only way to restore the test mode is to press the ON/CLEAR key. Then the Organiser will detect the error, and give you the relevant indications in order to reset the test mode.
Here, the codes representing the First and Last Emergencies are displayed.
Emg Code: 01 Mode Code: 30
The meaning of these codes are explained in the following table:
|Table 1. Emergency code list|
|* This does not exit as a Final mode.|
|Table 2. Mode code|
The first emergency code is the most important one, as this one tells you what the original problem is. The last emergency code is updated every time a new emergency is generated, so it doesn't necessarily give any information about the actual cause.
As a third option in this menu, you can clear both emergencies (clearing only one is not possible).
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
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.
When saving an EVR data file, both pages D and Fare automatically saved. When you choose to restore that file, you will be given the choice to restore either page D or page F.
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-TR105E, and restoring this data to a CCD-TR705E. 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.
If the EVR μCOM has to be replaced, you must write initial values to the addresses of pages D and F 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.
When the camcorder type is selected, you will be asked to choose the page you want to preprogram.
To avoid unwanted preprogramming as much as possible, you will be warned and asked to confirm the initializing 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 page F.
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 initialized with the data in memory.
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, (or, in case of the TR105E, the DDS display 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 LANC-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. 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.
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!
For CCD-TR705E, the following menu will appear:
Flange_Back_Adj. Hall_Adj. AWB_Adj. Man_Gain_Ref.
Prepare a Flange Back chart as described in the Service Manual: combine a white A0 size paper with a black one as shown below. Use non-reflecting, non-glazing paper.
This chart must be placed at exactly 2m from the front side of the lens, and the picture on the monitor screen (or the EVF) must show an equal amount of black and white in both TELE and WIDE positions of the lens.
Before the actual alignment process starts, the right illumination of the flange back chart will be verified. It is possible that one or more ND-filters must be placed before the lens in order to get the illumination right.
During the alignment, you will be asked to move the luminescent spot to the origin, using the up/down arrow keys.
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
For CCD-TR105E, the following menu will appear:
Hall_Adj. Flange_Back_Adj. A/D Offset Iris_IN/OUT AWB_Adj. Linear_Matrix
Possible errors: none
Preparations: refer to explanations under 4.2.1.
Possible errors: none
Possible errors: none
Possible errors: none
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 "TR705" option is removed from the top level menu.
Now the EVR software is removed, and the memory used by it freed for other uses.
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
Sony Service Centre (Europe) N.V.
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