Do I need to initialize memory cards?

Article ID: ART164166 | Date published: 01/05/2016 | Date last updated: 01/05/2016


Do I need to initialize memory cards?


Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize a memory card or the built-in memory ( only) to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.

At the time of purchase, the built-in memory comes preinitialized and contains music files for use as background music and image files for use with the image mix function (image mix frames).
  • Initializing a memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be recovered. Save important recordings in advance using an external device.
  • Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files and images you may have transferred to the memory card. ( The music files and image mix frames that come pre-installed in the built-in memory will be restored after it is initialized.)
  • About FlashAir cards: Initializing a FlashAir card with this camcorder will reset the card’s wireless settings (network names, SSID, passwords, etc.) to factory settings. We recommend formatting FlashAir cards on a computer, using the FlashAir configuration tools.

1. Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder until the initialization is completed.

2. Turn on the camcorder.

3. Touch [ ].

4. Drag your finger left/right to bring the [Other Settings] menu to the center, and then touch the icon to open it.

5. Touch [ ].

6. Drag your finger up or down to bring [Initialize / or Initialize () ] into the orange selection bar, and then touch the orange frame on the right.

7. Touch [ Built-in Mem. ] or [ ]Mem. Card ].

8. Touch [Initialize].
*SD card has been selected in the image below.

9. Touch [Yes] to start initialization.

  • Touch [Complete Initialization] if you want to physically erase all the data rather than just clear the file allocation table of the memory, and then touch [Yes].
  • If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch [Cancel] to cancel the initialization while it is in progress. All recordings will be erased and the memory can be used without any problem.

10. Touch [OK].

11.Touch [ ].



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