Vivitar DVR 380 User Manual

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DVR 380

Digital Camcorder

with Camera

User Manual

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Contents

 

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................

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What‟s Included............................................................................................................................

2

Parts of the Camcorder ................................................................................................................

3

Initial Camcorder Setup................................................................................................................

4

Main Camcorder Modes ...............................................................................................................

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Camcorder Technical Specifications.............................................................................................

8

Computer System Requirements – Windows ...............................................................................

9

Computer System Requirements – Macintosh .............................................................................

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Recorder .........................................................................

10

Changing Camcorder Mode ........................................................................................................

11

Navigating the Menus.................................................................................................................

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Video Capture Mode ..................................................................................................................

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Video Playback Mode.................................................................................................................

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Photo Capture Mode ..................................................................................................................

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Photo Playback Mode ................................................................................................................

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Installing the Software ................................................................................................................

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Connecting the Camcorder to the Computer ..............................................................................

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Getting Photos and Videos from your Camcorder to Your Computer .........................................

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Get started!.................................................................................................................................

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Transferring Images from my Camcorder to my Computer Manually .........................................

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Camcorder Maintenance ............................................................................................................

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Sakar Warranty Card..................................................................................................................

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Technical Support.......................................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting..........................................................................................................................

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing this camcorder. Everything you need to take quality digital photos and videos is included with your digital video recorder.

Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

Note: Your camcorder needs an SD Memory card (up to 16GB) for normal use. SD Memory cards are not included and need to be purchased separately.

Please read this manual carefully first in order to get the most out of your digital video recorder.

What’s Included

1.Digital Camcorder

2.Wrist Strap

3.Vivitar Experience Image Manager software Installation CD

4.Built-inUSB Connector (not shown)

Note: SD memory card and batteries not included.

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Parts of the Camcorder

1.

Power Button

10.

LCD Screen

2.

Shutter Button

11.

Lens

3.

MODE Button

12.

SD Memory Card Slot

4.

SET (Menu/Delete) Button

13.

USB Lever

5.

Up / Zoom In Button

14.

USB Connector

6.

Down / Zoom Out Button

15.

Microphone

7.

Right Button

16.

Speaker

8.

Left Button

17.

Wrist Strap Connector

9.

LED Indicator

18.

Battery Compartment

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Initial Camcorder Setup

Installing the Batteries

 

Installing the Memory Card

 

 

 

Slide the battery cover off.

Insert 3 X AAA (1.5V) batteries.

Turning On the Camcorder

Make sure the camcorder is powered OFF.

Insert SD Memory card (up to 16GB) before use.

Using the Camcorder

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When powering the camcorder ON for the first time the camcorder will take you through the

initial setup.

Powering the Digital Video Recorder ON

1)Batteries

Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital video recorder.

Slide the battery cover on the back of the camera in a downward direction to open the cover. Insert 3 x AAA (1.5V) batteries (not included) with the correct polarity, according to the polarity illustrated inside the battery compartment.

Note:

Alkaline batteries are recommended.

Remove the batteries from the camera when not in use for an extended period.

Do not mix alkaline and non-alkalinebatteries.

Some camera features (Flash) will not work if the battery power level is low.

When the battery power is low the battery icon turns red and the camcorder will automatically turn off a few seconds later.

The energy status of the power is displayed on LCD as shown below:

Full battery power

Medium battery power

Low battery power

2)SD Memory Card

Make sure the camcorder is powered OFF before inserting your SD/MMC/SDHC Memory Card.

Make sure an SD card (up to16GB) has been inserted into your digital video recorder. (SD Memory card not included.)

To properly insert the SD Card:

Push the SD card into the slot in the direction shown on the camcorder (see SD icon by the SD card slot). Push the SD card until you hear a slight clicking sound. This indicates the SD card has been inserted correctly.

Note:

After the camcorder is powered on, an SD icon will appear on the LCD display. If you do not see the SD icon on the display, please check if the card was inserted properly.

Make sure the SD card is not locked (check the lock switch on the side of the SD card). If the

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SD card is locked this will prevent the camcorder from saving captured photos to the SD card.

3)Power On

Press the POWER button to turn on the camcorder.

Setting the Camcorder Language

You will first be prompted to select a language for the camcorder. The Language selection menu will appear. Select the language of your choice and press the Shutter/OK button to confirm the selection.

Your digital video recorder is now ready to begin capturing videos and photos.

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Main Camcorder Modes

Your digital video recorder has different modes for the various camcorder functions.

You can switch modes by pressing the MODE button on your digital video recorder after the camcorder has been powered ON.

Video Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture videos with your digital video recorder.

This is the default mode when the camcorder is powered ON.

To take a video, aim your camcorder as desired and press the Shutter button to start the record. A red record indicator will appear on the LCD screen while record is in progress. To stop the record, press theShutter button again. The video will be automatically saved to your camcorder‟s memory card.

To access the various menus for the Video Capture mode, press the SET button while in the Video Capture mode.

Photo Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture pictures with your camcorder.

After turning on your camcorder, press the MODE button once to open the Photo Capture mode.

To take a picture, aim your camcorder as desired and press the Shutter button. The picture will be automatically saved to your camcorder‟s memory card.

To access the various menus for the Photo Capture mode, press the SET button while in the Photo Capture mode.

Playback Mode (Photos & Videos)

Use this mode to view and manage the photos and videos on your camcorder.

After turning on your camcorder, press the MODE button twice to open the Playback mode for photos and videos. You can scroll through the photos and videos that you‟ve previously taken to view and delete them as desired.

To access the various menus for the Playback mode for photos and videos, press the SET button while in the Playback mode.

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Camcorder Technical Specifications

Image Sensor

CMOS Sensor

 

 

Image Resolution

1280x1024 pixels (1.3MP), 640x480 pixels (VGA)

 

 

Video Resolution

640X480pixels (VGA 30fps), 320X240pixels (QVGA 30 fps)

 

 

File Format

JPEG/AVI

 

 

External Memory

SD/MMC/SDHC (up to 16GB) – SD Card Memory Card not

included

 

LCD Display

1.77 Inch TFT

 

 

Lens

f=3.8mm F2.8

 

 

Zoom

4X Digital Zoom

 

 

Image Quality

Normal

 

 

White Balance

Auto

 

 

Color Effect

Standard

 

 

Light Exposure

Auto

 

 

ISO

Auto

 

 

Frequency

60 Hz

 

 

Auto Power Off

3 minutes

 

 

Metering

Center

 

 

Language

English, French

 

 

Microphone

Yes

 

 

Speaker

Yes

 

 

Interface

USB 2.0 (HS)

 

 

System Requirements

Window XP SP3 / Vista SP1/ Windows 7

Mac OS X v10.5.x or higher

 

 

 

Battery

3 x AAA (1.5V) Alkaline batteries

 

 

Working Temperature

0~40 C

 

 

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Computer System Requirements – Windows

To be able to download photos and videos to your PC, you will need the following minimum

configuration:

Microsoft® Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows 7

Pentium® 4 processor (or above)

512 MB of RAM, with 250 MB of free hard disk space

16-bitColor monitor, 1024 X 768 recommended screen resolution

CD-ROMDrive

QuickTime® 6 or higher

Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Windows Media Player 10 or higher

DirectX 9 or higher

Internet connection required

Computer System Requirements – Macintosh

To be able to download photos and videos to your Macintosh, you will need the following minimum configuration:

Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.5.x or later

256 MB RAM, 250 MB free hard disk space

Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolutionmonitor

CD-ROMDrive

QuickTime® 6 or higher

Internet connection required

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Recorder

Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital video recorder.

If your camcorder comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, make sure it is fully charged before the first use.

Make sure an SD card has been inserted into your camcorder. (SD card up to 16GB - SD Card not included)

Powering the camcorder ON

Press the Power button to turn your camcorder ON.

The camcorder will be in Video Capture mode to start.

Powering the camcorder OFF

While the camcorder is on, you can press the Power button again at any point to turn your

camcorder OFF. You will see a “Goodbye” splash screen and then the camcorder will power off completely.

Note: When there is insufficient battery power, a “Low Battery” message will appear on the LCD screen. The digital video recorder will automatically power off a few moments later.

Auto Power Saving

Your digital video recorder has an Auto Power Off feature that will automatically turn off the camcorder if it has not been in use after 3 minutes.

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Changing Camcorder Mode

Your digital video recorder has three main modes:

1)Video Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture videos with your camcorder.

2)Photo Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture photos with your camcorder.

3)Playback Mode (for photos and videos) - Use this mode to view the photos and videos you have already taken with your camcorder.

When the camcorder is first powered ON, the Video Capture Mode will be active. The icons that appear on the LCD screen are the best default settings so that you can begin to capture and enjoy clear quality videos and photos.

To change the active camcorder mode, make sure the camcorder is powered ON and press the

MODE button.

When in Video Capture Mode, this icon will display on thetop-leftcorner of the LCD display

When in Photo Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-leftcorner of the LCD display

When in Playback Mode, this icon will display on the top-leftcorner of the LCD display

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Navigating the Menus

Each camcorder mode has a set of menus specific to that mode.

1)Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

1)Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll between the various menus for the current mode.

2)Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to highlight the desired menu selection.

3)Press the Shutter/OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

4)If the selection can be remembered by the camcorder, aselection icon will appear to the right of the selected menu option. Changes made to these options will remain as is until you decide to change them again at a later time.

5)Some menu options are single-usefunctions that are not remembered by the camcorder and do not display this icon when selected.

6)At any time you can press the SET button to exit the menus and return to the previous screen.

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Video Capture Mode

The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital video recorder. When the camcorder is first powered ON, the Video Capture Mode will display by default.

Taking a Video

1)While in Video Capture Mode use the LCD display to direct the camcorder at the scene you would like to capture.

2)Press the UP - Zoom In andDown - Zoom Out buttons to better set the camcorder display if desired.

3)Press the Shutter button to start the video capture.

4)The elapsed time will begin to appear on the top right corner of the LCD screen and a red indicator will appear in place of the video icon on the screen.

5)To stop the video record, press the Shutter button again.

6)The video will automatically be saved to the camcorder‟s SD card.

Note: The amount of recording time available for the resolution selected appears on the top center of LCD screen. The lower the resolution setting the more recording time is available. However, videos recorded at lower resolution are of less quality than videos recorded at the higher resolution.

Remember, the amount of time that you can capture videos also depends on the size of the SD memory card inserted as well as the video resolution selected.

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Video Capture Mode Quick Function Buttons

Your digital video recorder has a four-directionalpad and additional buttons that functions as

Quick Function buttons.

Button

Function

 

 

LEFT

Video Resolution – Changes between VGA and QVGA Video Resolution

 

 

UP

Zooms in

 

 

RIGHT

Video Resolution – Changes between VGA and QVGA Video Resolution

 

 

DOWN

Zooms out

 

 

Other

 

Shutter/OK

Starts and stops your video capture

 

 

 

Opens and exits the Video Menu options

SET

Note: To navigate through the Menus, use theLeft,Up,Right, andDown

 

directions control buttons.

 

 

 

Toggles between the Video Capture Mode, Photo Capture Mode, and

MODE

Playback Mode

 

 

 

Video Capture Mode Menus

The following are the menus that appear in your camcorder‟s Video Capture Mode:

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Image Resolution Menu

The Image Resolution menu allows you to choose the desired size of the images taken by your camcorder. Keep in mind that images with a larger size will also take up more of your camcorder‟s memory.

1)Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Image Resolution menu.

3)Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4)Press the Shutter/OK button to select the desired option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the LEFT orRIGHT button to select the next menu item.

7)Press the SET button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)Remember that this setting will be saved by your camcorder until you manually change the setting.

Language Menu

You can select your camcorder‟s language setting by selecting the desired language from the

Language menu.

1)Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Language menu.

3)Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4)Press the Shutter/OK button to select the desired option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the LEFT orRIGHT button to select the next menu item.

7)Press the SET button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)Remember that this setting will be saved by your camcorder until you manually change the setting.

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Video Playback Mode

The Playback mode allows you to review photos and videos that you‟ve already taken with your

digital video recorder.

When you first turn on the camcorder, the camcorder will be in Video Capture mode by default.

Press the MODE button twice to open thePlayback Mode.

The Playback screen appears with the Playback icon appearing on the top left corner of the screen.

Playing Videos on Your Digital Video Recorder

1)Select your Video:

Once in Playback mode, press the LEFT orRIGHT direction buttons to scroll through the images on your digital video recorder‟s memory card until you find the video you would like to view.

Each captured image (both videos and photos) is displayed on the LCD screen.

Videos appear with an „AVI‟ icon on the top left of the LCD screen.

2)Play your selected Video:

Press the Shutter button to START playing the video.

-While the Video is playing all the icons on the top section of the LCD disappear.

-The video playing time is shown on the bottom right.

Press the Shutter button again to STOP the video.

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Video Playback Mode Quick Function Buttons

Your digital video recorder has a four-directionalpad and additional buttons that functions as Quick

Function buttons.

Button

Function

 

 

LEFT

- Displays the PREVIOUS image

 

 

- Scrolls through your Thumbnail images

 

 

UP

- Scrolls through your Thumbnail images

 

 

RIGHT

- Displays the NEXT image

 

 

- Scrolls through your Thumbnail images

 

 

DOWN

- Opens the Thumbnail display

 

 

- Scrolls through your Thumbnail images

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

- Plays the selected video file

Shutter/OK

- Stops the selected playing video

 

- Opens selected image from the Thumbnail display

 

 

SET /

Opens and exits the Video Playback Delete Menu options

 

DELETE

Note: To navigate through the Menus, use theLeft,Up,Right, andDown

directions control buttons.

 

 

 

MODE

Toggles between the Video Capture Mode, Photo Capture Mode, and

 

 

Playback Mode

 

 

Thumbnail View

Easily navigate and select the image you wish to view by using the Thumbnail View. The images on your camcorder will be displayed in a 3 X 3 matrix where you can use the direction buttons to scroll and select images from the thumbnails.

1)Press the DOWN button for the images to appear in Thumbnail View.

2)Use the UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT direction control buttons to navigate the thumbnails and select the image you wish to view.

Videos appear with a „V‟ icon.

3)Press the Shutter/OK button for the selected image to appear in full screen.

Note: You can identify from the thumbnail the image type:

AVI files have a V appear on the thumbnail image

JPEG files do not have any icons on the thumbnail image

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Video Playback Mode Menu

The following is the menu that appears in your digital video recorder‟s Video Playback Mode:

Delete Menu

While in the Playback mode, you can delete videos from your camcorder through the Delete menu.

Delete This Video:

1)Select the image you wish to delete.

1)Press the SET button to open the „Delete‟ menu.

2)Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to highlight the „Delete this Video‟ option, and then press theShutter/OK button confirm and continue.

3)A „Delete This Video‟ confirmation menu appears.

-Select „No‟ then press the Shutter/OK button to exit without deleting the selected video.

-Select „Yes‟ then press the Shutter/OK button to delete the selected video.

Delete All Images (all videos and photos):

1)Press the SET button to open the „Delete‟ menu.

2)Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to highlight the „Delete All Images‟ option,

and then press the Shutter/OK button confirm and continue.

3)A „Delete All Files?‟ confirmation menu appears.

-Select „No‟ then press the Shutter/OK button to exit without deleting all of your images.

-Select „Yes‟ then press the Shutter/OK button to delete all of your captured images.

Caution: Please use this Delete feature with care. Once all the images are deleted they are permanently removed from your SD memory card. Please make sure that you only use this feature once you have downloaded and saved all the images you wish to your computer.

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Photo Capture Mode

The Photo Capture mode allows you to capture pictures with your digital video recorder.

When the camcorder is first powered ON, the camcorder will be in Video Capture Mode by default.

Press the MODE button once to enter the Photo Capture mode.

Taking a Picture

1)Turn on your digital video recorder.

2)Press the MODE button once to open the Photo Capture Mode.

3)Thecamera icon will appear on the top left corner of the LCD.

4)While in Photo Capture mode, use the LCD display to direct the camcorder at the scene you would like to capture.

5)Press the UP - Zoom In andDown - Zoom Out buttons to better set the camcorder display if desired.

6)Press the Shutter button to capture and save your photo to the memory card.

Note: The lower the resolution setting the more photos can be taken. However lower resolution photos are of less quality than photos taken at higher resolution.

Photo Capture Mode Quick Function Buttons

Your digital video recorder has a four-directionalpad and additional buttons that functions as

Quick Function buttons.

Button

Function

 

 

LEFT

Photo Resolution – Changes between 1M and VGA Photo Resolution

 

 

UP

Zooms in

 

 

RIGHT

Photo Resolution – Changes between 1M and VGA Photo Resolution

 

 

DOWN

Zooms out

 

 

Other

 

Shutter/OK

Captures your Photo

 

 

SET

Opens and exits the Photo Menu options

 

 

 

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