Vivitar DVR 810HD User Manual

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DVR 810HD

Digital Video Camcorder

User’s Manual

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Table of Contents

 

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

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Key Features .......................................................................................................................

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What your digital video camera includes ..............................................................................

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Computer System Requirements for Windows XP ...............................................................

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Computer System Requirement for Windows Vista ..............................................................

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Computer System Requirements for Macintosh ...................................................................

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A Quick Look at your Digital Video Camera..........................................................................

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Preparing Your Camera for Use ...........................................................................................

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Inserting an SD Memory Card..............................................................................................

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DVR Function Control ........................................................................................................

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Install the Vivitar Experience Image Manager Software......................................................

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Connect your camera to the computer ...............................................................................

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Get photos and videos from your camera to your computer ...............................................

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

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Transfer media from my camera to my computer manually (Using

 

Windows)...........................................................................................................................

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Transfer media from my camera to my computer manually (Using

 

Macintosh) .........................................................................................................................

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Maintenance of Your Digital Camera..................................................................................

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

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Technical Specifications.....................................................................................................

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Trouble Shooting................................................................................................................

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the DVR 810HD Digital Video Camcorder. With your camera you can shoot video clips, take individual photos and record audio files. In addition, a SD compatible memory card of up to 8GB needs to be inserted for normal use in order to expand the memory of your DVR camera.

Key Features

5 dial modes - Camera, Video, Audio, Playback and Set Up.

Digital Video resolutions – 1280x720 Pixels (HD), 640x480 (VGA), 320x240 (QVGA).

8.1 mega-pixelscamera with choice of 6 digital camera resolutions8M, 7M ,5M, 3M ,2M and 1.3 M

2.7" TFT LCD

8 X Digital Zoom

Supports external SD memory card up to 8GB

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Built-inMicrophone

Takes digital photos, videos and record audio files

Delete, rotate, protect, crop and print photos directly on and from your camera

Vivitar Experience Image Manager software for uploading and managing photos and videos to or from the most popular photo sharing and social network websites.

What your digital video camera includes

Digital Video Camcorder

USB cable

TV cable

Vivitar Experience Image Manager software Installation CD

Quick Start Guide

Wrist strap

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Computer System Requirements for Windows XP

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

Pentium 4 processor or above with Windows XP service pack 2

512 MB RAM, with 100MB of free disk space

1024 x 768 Recommended screen resolution

16-bitcolor or higher display adaptor

CD-ROMDrive

QuickTime 6 or higher

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Windows Media Player 10 or higher

Internet connection required

Computer System Requirement for Windows Vista

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

Windows Vista

800MHz processor and 512 MB of system memory

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20GB hard drive with at least 15GB of available space

Support for Super VGA graphics

Available USB Interface

CD-ROMdrive

QuickTime 6 or higher

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Internet connection required

Computer System Requirements for Macintosh

Macintosh with Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.4.6 or later

256 MB RAM, 100 MB free disk space

Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolutionmonitor

QuickTime 6 or higher

Internet connection required

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A Quick Look at your Digital Video Camera

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Preparing Your Camera for Use

Battery Installation

Your DVR camcorder requires 4 “AAA” batteries (not included). It is recommended that alkaline batteries be used.

1.Open the battery compartment on the side of the camera.

2.Insert the batteries in accordance with the polarity indicated in the battery compartment.

3.Return and close the battery cover.

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Note:

On removing the batteries from the camera all photos and videos clips in limited built-inmemory will be lost.

Limited internal memory is provided in order to test photos and videos

A SD Memory card is required for normal use. All the media in the built-inmemory will be lost if no SD Memory Card has been inserted in the DVR when you change your batteries.

We strongly recommend downloading your photos and videos regularly to your computer.

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

Inserting an SD Memory Card

An SD compatible memory card of up to 8GB (not included) is needed for normal use and should be inserted into your DV camera. SD Memory cards expand the amount of memory thus allowing an increase in the number of movies, photos and audio that can be captured before transferring them to a computer.

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Media sitting on the memory card is not lost when your camera’s power runs low or on replacing the batteries.

1.Locate the SD card slot on the bottom of the camera.

2.Insert an SD memory card correctly in the direction shown.

3.Press the memory card until you hear a “Click” sound. The memory card when properly inserted will sit flush with the camera.

Note: After you insert an SD memory card, theicon will appear on the LCD, indicating that your SD memory card has been installed successfully, and the media you capture will now be stored on the card and not in the limited internal memory.

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This product supports SD cards of up to 8GB.

Formatting will delete all data on the SD Memory Card including protected data.

Do not remove the SD memory Card during formatting as this may damage the card and render it unusable.

Be sure to format the card with the camera.

DVR Function Control

To power on the camera you need to flip open the LCD Screen. The Power button is situated on the inside of the camera.

Power on

Press the Power button to turn on your DVR.

The LCD monitor will light up indicating that your DVR is ready for use.

Power off

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Press the Power button to turn your DVR camera off. The DVR camera will switch off. If the DVR camera is not in use or in an operation mode for 60 seconds it will switch off automatically.

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

Capturing Videos

In order to capture videos (with audio) using your camera you need to turn the dial to the Video mode. This camera requires a compatible SD card of up to 8 GB for normal operation.

The video icon will now appear on the top left corner of the LCD.

1.Press the Record button to the right of the dial to start shooting.

2.A icon will appear and begin to flash. The elapsed time of the video will appear on the top right on the LCD.

3.Press the Record button again to stop the recording.

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4.The recorded file will be saved in AVI format.

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1.During shooting the video you can adjust the zoom to focus in on your subject.

2.You can view the AVI files in playback mode.

3.Once they are downloaded to the PC view them using Quick Time and Windows Media Player.

4.As the internal memory of the camera is limited it should be used for test files only.

5.Please insert an SD memory card of up to 8 GB for normal use.

6.When the internal memory is full, a “Disk Full” message will flash on the LCD screen when you attempt to shoot further videos.

In Video mode there are three video resolutions for you to choose from before capturing your video. The higher the resolution selected the better the quality of the video, however higher quality videos use up more memory.

To enter the Setup options for Video mode press on the OK button on the joystick. The different modes are explained in detail below.

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Scene

Your camcorder comes supplied with different scenes for you to take photos in almost every type of environment - Auto, Scenery, Night Scenery, Portrait, Night Portrait, Beach, Sports and Party.

Select the scenery for the present light and environmental conditions.

1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Scene icon that appears on the bottom left of the LCD.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to select the desired scenery option from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit.

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After selecting your scenery, the corresponding icon will appear on the left hand side of the LCD.

Resolution

You can select different Video resolutions - High Definition (HD) 1280x720 pixels / VGA 640x480 pixels / QVGA 320x240 pixels

1. Press the OK button.

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2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Resolution icon that appears on the bottom left of the LCD.

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3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to select the desired resolution option from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit.

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After selecting your resolution, the corresponding icon will appear on the left hand side of the LCD.

Exposure

This setting allows you to control the brightness of your images.

1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Exposure option.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to select an exposure value (from +3 to -3)from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit.

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The corresponding exposure number will appear on the left side of the LCD screen.

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White Balance

This setting is used to adjust the color of your videos as per your light source.

1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the White balance option.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to choose the best option from the menu that appears: Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Fluorescent/Incandescent.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit.

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The corresponding White Balance icon will appear on the left side of the LCD screen.

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Noise Reduction

Your camcorder has a built-infunction to reduce noise during recordings

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1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Noise Reduction option.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to choose On or Off from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save the choice and exit.

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Note: The corresponding Noise Reduction icon will appear on the left side of the LCD screen.

Taking photos

After you power on your camcorder, switch the mode dial to the camera icon. The camera icon will now appear on the top left corner of the LCD screen.

The camera`s internal memory is limited to a few photos per each resolution.

Important: Insert a compatible SD card of up to 8GB for normal camera use

Use the image that appears in the LCD to compose your shot.

1.Hold the camera steady and press the shutter button on the top of the camera near the zoom control.

2.The camera will beep and the picture taken is now saved to the memory.

3.The number of photos that can be taken for each resolution and per the memory card inserted appears on the top right of the LCD screen.

4.After the shot is taken the number is reduced by one.

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5.When the camcorder's internal memory is full, “Disk Full” will appear on the LCD screen when you attempt to press the Shutter button to take a photo. Either download the photo to your computer using the Vivitar Experience Image

Manager software as described below in the section “Transfer photos and videos to your computer” and thereafter delete them from your SD card or insert another SD card to continue taking more photos and videos

6.The number of photos that can be captured not only depends on the SD card’s capacity but also on the resolution selected. Better quality photos are taken at higher resolutions but these will also take up more memory on the card.

Delete last file

While in camera mode, you can delete the last photo taken.

1.Press the Right/Delete joystick button.

2.A Delete message appears on the LCD

3.Use the Right/Left joystick button to select either “Yes” or “No”.

4.Press the OK button to confirm and save your choice and revert to the camera mode.

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Digital Zoom function

You can magnify your subject up to 8 times using the digital zoom.

1.Press the T/W button found at the top of the camera to the right to zoom in to the object.

2.Press the T/W button left to zoom back out.

3.The digital zoom icon will appear on your LCD screen.

Self-Timer

You can include yourself in a photo by using this feature to delay the time between your pressing of the shutter button and when the photo is actually taken.

1.Press the OK button

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Self Timer iconon the bottom left of the LCD screen.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to select one of the options 5S/10S/Off from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save the choice and exit.

5.The Self Timer icon selected now appears on the top of the LCD.

6.Press the Shutter button to begin the timer to take the photo.

7.The timer countdown will appear in the center of the LCD accompanied by loud beeps until the photo is taken.

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Note: For quick Self Timer settings whilst in the Camera mode you can press the Left joystick button to select the self timer options 5S/10S/Off. The camera will beep and the Self Timer icon on the top of the LCD will change as per your choice.

Multi-Snapshot

Take 3 consecutive photos automatically.

You will need an SD card inserted in order to use this feature

1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left joystick button to select the Multi-Snapshotoption.

3.Press the Up/Down joystick button to select On from the menu that appears.

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save the choice and exit.

5.Press the shutter button.

6.The camera will take 3 consecutive photos

Note: The default setting for theMulti-snapshoticon that appears at the top of the LCD is Off.

Resolution

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