Q: What type of VCR will work as a A or B source on my SE-200? What type
of VCR will I need as a Recorder?
A: A compatible VCR will require an
edit protocol. Any VCR that utilizes a J-LIP (JVC® protocol),
Control L (Sony® LANC) or 5 PIN Edit protocol (Panasonic®)
input jack will work. You will need this connection to
enable communication between the editor and the source
for efficient editing.
A VCR with both an RCA and/or S-Video
input and output will function as a recording VCR.
|Q: How do I preview titles
after they are created?
A: Go to the ACTIVE sub mode, press the blue PAGE/ANIMATION
key, then press the title's designated page number. (Eg. Press "PAGE" and "01" to
preview the title stored on page one)
Q: Once in EDIT sub mode, how
do I change the background from a solid color
to live video?
A: Press the STYLE/FADE key
to change from a solid background to live video or vice versa.
If you choose to use a solid background, you may press the COLOR/RESET key
to change the color of the background.
Q: After I created several pages of text, the screen displayed
an error message: "Titler Out of Memory." Why?
A: You may have used the SPACEBAR instead
of the RETURN key to move the cursor
from line to line of text. A good way to avoid this
problem is to do a "Page Delete" (PAGE
key + DELETE key) before typing any text onto
a blank page. Also, keep in mind that the more text on a page,
the quicker the titer memory will become full, and the fewer
title pages of text you will be able to store. Note: to
clear all title pages, press ALT + SHIFT + DELETE.
Q: How many fonts does the SE-200 have?
A: One font, 4 sizes, 3 border enhancements.
Q: I created a text page, then later
deleted it. After deleting this page, I tried
to preview the rest of my pages in the ACTIVE
sub mode, but some unusual information appeared
on the screen.
A: There may be a software bug. Try deleting
all pages and retyping the text. If you still cannot
bring up previews of your pages, contact Datavideo
Technical Support (see our web page, www.datavideo-tek.com,
for phone numbers).
Q: How do I preview just one
page at a time in ACTIVE sub mode?
A: Press the AUTO/MANUAL
key and then the PAGE key.
Q: How do I make text characters flash?
A: Move the cursor over
the desired character you wish to have flash,
then press the FLASH key.
Q: How do I type in the characters that
appear in yellow on the SE-200 keyboard?
A: Press the ALT key, then the key with
the desired yellow character.
do I need to use S.E.G. mode?
A: S.E.G. mode is designed primarily for use with the "Manual
Edit" function. In PROJECT sub mode, you can store effects
and titles that can be called up by the push of a button during "on-the-fly" manual
editing. This capability is also helpful when you use the SE-200
and TBC-3000 together to create transitions between live video
Q: How do I preview my
effect/title once it is stored on one of the
function keys (F1, F2, etc.)?
A: Enter ACTIVE sub
mode, press the "F" key
on which the effect/title is stored, then press
the PLAY key (SPACEBAR).
Q: The highest number "F" key
on the keyboard is 10 -- how do I call up a function
key higher than F10?
A: Pressing the ALT key
adds 10 to the "F" key's
number; pressing the SHIFT key
adds 20 to the "F" key's
number. For example, to call up F15,
you would press ALT and F5.
To call up F29,
you would press SHIFT and F9.
Q: What is ANIMATION sub mode used for?
A: For creating your own text-based animated
transitions (which are assigned
the shortcut codes A95 through A99).
Q: In PROJECT sub mode, do I have to place effects/titles on just
Source A, or can I place them on Source B as well?
A: You can place your effect/title on either Source A or B.
Simply push the appropriate SOURCE button for the chosen "F" key
in PROJECT sub mode
Q: In PROJECT sub mode,
how can I program an A/B roll transition to be
stored on one of my "F" keys.
A: Select the desired "F" key,
then press the A/B ROLL/SIZE key. (Press the
A/B ROLL/SIZE key once again for a reverse B/A
Q: In SETUP sub mode I set Source
A to SONY, but when I go to CUT sub mode, there is
no counter time visible in the right hand corner of
screen, as there should be. What is wrong?
A: First, check to see if the edit cable is connected properly to
the SE-200's LANC jack. Then check your source VCR/Camcorder to see
if the "on screen menu" shows a setting for "LANC
mode". If so, set the LANC mode to "S" (for "slave").
Q: I have a Panasonic AG-456 S-VHS camcorder with 5-PIN edit jack.
Everything seems to be connected properly but no counter time appears
in the right hand corner of screen, and I cannot control my camcorder
from the SE-200. Why?
A: The AG-456/455 has a 5-PIN connection, but due to an unusual circuit
design, it is NOT compatible with the SE-200. As far as we know,
AG-456/455 is the only video camera under US$6000 that has this problem.
Q: When do I need to adjust the PAUSE/RECORD DELAY?
A: If you see glitches on your edited videos,
where the SE-200's menu screen briefly appears and
disappears, the recording VCR may be starting to record
sooner than the SE-200's default setting anticipates.
Changing the PAUSE/RECORD DELAY time to zero (0) seconds
will usually clear up this problem.
Q: What is GPI mode?
A: GPI mode is used to integrate external devices,
such as titers and special effects generators.
Q: What is CALIBRATION CUT used for?
A: CALIBRATION CUT adjusts the "In" and "Out" points
of a scene before it is actually recorded onto your
Q: How do I program the SE-200
to recognize my recording VCR?
A: Go to SETUP sub
mode and select #6 IR CODE. Then go to SYSTEM CODE
and press ENTER. Use
the IN/OUT keys to
scroll through the various choices until you find
your VCR's brand name. Next, position the SE-200's
infrared wand in front of the recording VCR's IR
sensor, and press the SE-200's PLAY, REW, FF, STOP,
and PAUSE keys to test each VCR function. When all
of the VCR controls on the SE-200 work properly,
press the SUBMODE key to exit.
Q: What do I do if the SYSTEM CODE list of VCRs does not have my
A: If your VCR is not listed, you must program
it manually through the IR LEARN function, using
your recording VCR's remote control.
Q: I logged a set of scenes
in CUT sub mode and saved them to my EDL. When I
go back to CUT sub mode, my previous scenes are still
present. Do I delete them in order to start another
A: Yes. After you have saved scenes in an
EDL, those scenes can be safely deleted in CUT sub
mode without affecting the saved EDL.
Q: Can the AUTO EDIT feature be used without time code?
A: It is possible, but the AUTO EDIT feature
was designed to be used in conjunction with either
RCTC or VITC time code. Without using time code,
the SE-200 must rely on the accuracy of your video
source's tape counter. In many cases, after a source
player has rewound and fast-forwarded a few times,
the tape counter becomes inaccurate, and your "In" and "Out" edit
points can be adversely affected.
Q: Once I have created an EDL, can I still
make adjustments to it?
A: Yes. Go to EDL mode and move the cursor to the scene(s)
you want to adjust. Adjust the "In" and "Out" points
of the scene by pressing the IN/OUT keys (to adjust time, in seconds),
or the REW/FWD keys (to adjust video
Q: After I delete an EDL,
is there any way to restore it?
A: No. Once an EDL has been deleted, there
is no way to recall it.
Q: In PROJECT sub mode, do
I have to load my entire EDL, or can I load scenes
A: You can load scenes either away: all at
once, or one at a time.
Q: In PROJECT sub mode, I
cannot move the cursor to the TAPE# column to change
y tape number. Why?
A: To access the TAPE# column, you must go
to TITLER mode and
set machine to SYNC VIDEO.
Q: In PROJECT sub mode, how do I replace an existing scene with a
A: Move the cursor to the scene column of
the scene you wish to change, type in the new scene
number, then move the cursor to the left to designate
the correct EDL tape number.
Q: Can I add title pages to the beginning
or end of an edited project without actually overlaying them on
A: No. All titles must appear over a scene. But you can
easily accomplish this effect by simply shooting a blank, solid-color
background. On your EDL, you can place this solid background scene
at the start and/or end of the project. Then you can add whatever
titles you wish over the solid background scene.
Q: After finishing my project, I try to
start an AUTO EDIT, but an error message appears: "Cannot
find Seq. 001." Why?
A: If the first scene in your edit sequence is too close
to the beginning of the source tape, the SE-200 cannot rewind your
source player back far enough to calibrate itself to find that
first scene. In this case, you must select a different scene as
the first scene of the sequence. (Note: using Time Code is highly
advised for AUTO EDIT to avoid this Problem.)
|Q: What is
the difference between AUTO and MANUAL edit?
A: In an AUTO EDIT, you mark scenes and cue effects
and titles; then the
SE-200 controls the automatic recording of all the marked scenes,
complete with effects and titles. In a MANUAL EDIT, you control the
recording "on the fly," as the source video plays back,
cueing effects and titles in real time.
Q: Can I use the CALIBRATION CUT in MANUAL EDIT mode?
A: Yes. Go to SETUP sub mode
and select "YES" for CALIBRATION
Q: While recording in
MANUAL EDIT mode, I call up a title programmed
onto an "F" key. How do I make that
title disappear without ending my edit?
A: Press the PLAY key
(SPACEBAR) to make the title disappear.
Q: In MANUAL EDIT mode,
how do I change the NEXT OUT point?
A: Press the PAGE key plus a 2-digit number
to create your "In" effect. Next, press
ENTER to move down to the NEXT OUT position.
Then once again press the PAGE key plus a 2-digit
|Q: How many
audio tracks can I monitor at one time?
A: Three. You can monitor audio from your selected video
source, the microphone channel, and the background music channel
all at the same time.
Q: Can the SE-200 perform
an "Audio Dub"?
Q: Can I connect an external
multi-track mixer to the "Music In" input
on the SE-200 to accommodate more audio sources?
when I use the color processor to adjust my video, black
bars appear on the screen. Why?
A: The bars may be caused by an over-saturated video
picture. Try reducing the [________?] level. If the problem
persists, the color processor circuit may be defective and
you should contact Datavideo Technical Support (see our web
page, www.datavideo-tek.com, for phone numbers).
Q: What is the RGB corrector
A: It is used to make accurate adjustments
of color, and to help with the problem of "bleeding" colors.