Vivitar DVR785HDBLU, DVR 785HD, DVR785-BLU User Manual

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Action Camcorder

User Manual

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Contents

 

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

2

What’s Included............................................................................................................................

3

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

4

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

5

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

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

9

Camcorder Mounts and Accessories..........................................................................................

10

Powering On Your Camcorder....................................................................................................

13

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

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Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode .......................................................................................

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

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Playback Mode...........................................................................................................................

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Computer System Requirements ...............................................................................................

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

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

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Getting Videos from the Camcorder to the Computer ................................................................

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Getting Started! ..........................................................................................................................

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

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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 Digital Action Camcorder. Everything you need to take quality digital videos and photos is included with your camcorder.

Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

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

NOTE:

Your digital action camcorder supports a Micro SD Memory Card (up to 32GB).

In order to use your digital action camcorder normally, please insert the Micro SD Memory card before use.

Micro SD Memory cards are not included and need to be purchased separately.

This camera is a plug and play device. You can download the pictures and videos without the software by directly accessing the memory card from your computer. We would however recommend that you install the Vivitar Experience Image Manager software to enjoy the full Vivitar experience.

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What’s Included

1.

Digital Camcorder

6.

Waterproof Casing

2.

USB Cable

7.

Helmet and Bicycle Mount Screw

3.

AC Adapter

8.

Helmet Mount

4.

Vivitar Experience Installation CD

9.

Bicycle Mount

5.

Stand Accessory

10.Helmet Mount Strap

NOTE:

Built-inLithium Battery included (not shown).

Micro SD Card not included.

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Parts of the Camcorder

1.Micro SD Memory Card Slot

2.Reset Button

3.USB Interface

4.Power Button

5.Microphone

6.Shutter Button

7.Mode Switch: Photo, Video, Vehicle Mounted

8.Lens

9.LCD TFT Screen

10.Power Indicator/Busy LED Light

11.Charge Indicator LED Light

12.Strap Connector

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Initial Camcorder Setup

Charging the Battery

 

Installing the Micro SD Memory Card

 

 

 

To Charge the Built-inLithium Battery:

Use the supplied USB cable to connect the camcorder to the computer’s USB port or to the AC Adapter.

The charge light will turn off when the battery is fully charged.

Using the Camcorder

Micro SD Memory card (up to 32GB) needed for normal use.

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Powering the Digital Camcorder ON

Battery

Make sure the built-inlithium battery has been fully charged before using your camcorder.

To Charge the battery:

1.Power off the camcorder.

2.Connect your camcorder to a running computer with the USB cable provided, or use the AC charger provided in the package.

3.The ‘Charge’ LED light lights up red indicating that your camcorder is in ‘Charge’ mode. The LED switches off when your camcorder is fully charged.

Battery Indicator:

Battery Indicator

Description

 

The battery level is full.

 

 

 

The battery level is half.

 

 

 

The battery level is low, indicating to prepare for

 

recharging the built-inlithium battery.

 

If the no battery level icon shows, the battery is almost

 

exhausted and the camcorder automatically turns off after

 

a moments.

 

‘Low Battery’ flashes once the battery level is completely

 

exhausted and the camcorder automatically turns off after

 

a few seconds.

Micro SD Memory Card

Make sure a Micro SD Memory card has been properly inserted into your camcorder.

Micro SD Memory card not included.

To properly insert the Micro SD Card:

1.Power off the camcorder.

2.Insert the Micro SD Card into the Micro SD Card slot in the direction as shown on the camcorder (see SD icon by the Micro SD card slot).

3.Gently press the Micro SD Card until you hear a slight clicking sound. This indicates the memory card has been inserted correctly.

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If the memory card has successfully been inserted an icon appears on the LCD screen.

4.To remove the card, gently press on the edge of the card to release it and pull the card out.

5.If the card is inserted or removed while the camcorder's power is on, it may damage the card and/or any recorded data. Always confirm that the power is off before inserting the card into the camcorder.

Power On

Press the POWER button, located on top of the camcorder, to turn on the camcorder.

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Main Camcorder Modes

Video Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture videos with your digital camcorder.

Slide the MODE Switch to the Video Capture icon to open the Video Capture Mode. To take a video, aim your camcorder as desired and press theShutter button to start

recording. A blinking, red record indicator appears on the LCD screen while the recording is in progress. To stop the recording, press the Shutter button again. The video is automatically saved to your camcorder’s memory card.

Photo Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture pictures with your camcorder.

Slide the MODE Switch to the Photo Capture icon to open the Photo Capture Mode. To take a picture, aim your camcorder as desired and press theShutter button. The picture is automatically saved to your camcorder’s memory card.

Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture videos with your camcorder while you are in motion and using the helmet or bicycle mount.

Slide the MODE Switch to the Vehicle Mounted Capture icon to open the Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode.

To take a video, place the camcorder on the desired mount. Press the Shutter button to start recording. A blinking, red record indicator appears on the LCD screen while the recording is in progress. To stop the recording, press theShutter button again. The video is automatically saved to your camcorder’s memory card.

Playback Mode (Photos & Videos)

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

Touch the Playback icon on the LCD screen to open the Playback mode for photos and videos. You can scroll through the photos and videos that you’ve previously taken to view or delete them as desired.

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Camcorder Technical Specifications

Image Sensor

CMOS Sensor

 

 

 

HD(1280×720)@30fps

Video Resolution

VGA (640x480)@60fps

 

 

 

 

5.1MP (2592X1944)

Photo Resolution

3.0MP (2048x1536)

 

1.3 MP (1280×1024)

 

 

File Format

AVI (Video), JPEG (Photo)

 

 

External Memory

Micro SD Memory card, up to 32GB

 

 

LCD Display

2.0”TFT, resistive touch panel

 

 

Zoom

4X Digital Zoom

 

 

Focus Range

120CM-Infinity

 

 

ISO

Auto

 

 

Scene

Auto

 

 

White Balance

Auto

 

 

Light Exposure

Auto

 

 

Metering

Center

 

 

Auto Power Off

Yes

 

 

Interface

USB 2.0

 

 

System Requirements

Windows XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) or 7

 

 

Mac OSX v10.5.x and above

 

 

Battery

Built-inlithium battery

 

 

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Camcorder Mounts and Accessories

Waterproof Case

1. Clamp

2. Shutter Release

3. Power Button

1.Insert a finger at the half circle of the clamp by prying the clamp up - away from the case.

2.Before sealing the case, inspect the water sealing gasket to be sure it’s in good condition.

You can test the gasket by closing the case without inserting the camcorder. Submerse the case completely in a bowl of water for about a minute. Remove the case from the water, dry off its exterior with a towel, then open the case. If the entire interior is dry, the case and gasket are safe for use under water.

3.There are just two buttons required for recording video and images: the Shutter Button and thePower Button.

4.Remember to put the Mode Switch in your desired recording position before inserting the camcorder in the waterproof case. There is no external button for theMode Switch.

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Installing the Bicycle Mount: Handlebar Clamp

1.¼-20Screw

2.Locking Wheel

3.Bar Clamp Bolt

4.Bar Clamp

5.Tilt Knob

1.The camcorder does not have a standard tripod mount. For all the accessories with a ¼-20screw, the camcorder must be enclosed in with the waterproof case or in the included mounting adapter.

2.Turn the waterproof case (or mounting adapter) clockwise onto the ¼-20screw of the handlebar clamp until secure.

3.Turn the Locking Wheel so it applies pressure to the case to keep the connection secure.

4.Loosen the Bar Clamp Bolt until the screw can be pushed 90º upward.

5.The bottom half of the Bar Clamp can be opened to allow you to wrap the Handlebar Clamp around the actual handlebar of your bicycle.

6.After positioning the Handlebar Clamp where you want it, close up the bottom half of the clamp and tighten the Bar Clamp Bolt.

7.Loosen the Tilt Knob, to adjust for the proper aiming angle; then tighten the knob.

8.Panning adjustments can be made by loosening the Locking Wheel, adjust the pan angle; then tighten the wheel.

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Installing the Helmet Mounting System

1.Helmet Belt

2.Helmet Mount

3.¼-20Screw

4.Locking Wheel

5.Tilt Knob

1.Insert the free end of the Helmet Belt through one of the slots in the base of the Helmet Mount.

2.Thread the same end in to the helmet vent and then back up to the Helmet Mount through another vent. Then insert the belt through the other side of the Helmet mount. Then insert the belt back through the helmet vent.

3.You should now have both ends of the belt inside the helmet. Take both ends of the Belt and pull to tighten and then attach together with the Velcro strap.

4.Turn the Waterproof case (or mounting adapter) onto the ¼-20screw of the Helmet Mount until secured.

5.Turn the Locking Wheel so it applies pressure to the case to keep the connection secure.

6.Loosen the Tilt Knob, to adjust for the proper aiming angle; then tighten the knob.

7.Please note this helmet mount will only work with vented helmets.

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Mounting Adapter

1.This Mounting Adapter allows you to attach mounting accessories that have a ¼-20screw.

2.The camcorder will clip right into this adapter.

Powering On Your Camcorder

Turning Power On and Off

1.Press the POWER button to turn on the camcorder.

2.Press the POWER button again to turn the power off.

Auto Power Off – Power Saving Feature:

Your digital camcorder also has an Auto Power Off power saving feature that automatically turns off your camcorder after 5 minutes that your camcorder is left idle. Once the camcorder is automatically powered off, you can press the POWER button to power on the camcorder.

NOTE: After 2 minutes of inactivity, the camcorder LCD screen turns black to save energy. The red ‘Busy’ LED light is on to indicate that the camcorder is in standby mode. Simply press any button or touch the LCD screen to reactivate the camcorder.

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Video Capture Mode

The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camcorder.

Slide the MODE Switch to the middle, to the Video Capture icon, in order to open the Video Capture Mode. The Video Capture icon appears on the bottom of the LCD screen.

Resolution Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD

HD (1280x720)@30fps

 

 

 

 

 

 

640

VGA (640x480)@60fps

Memory Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom In

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inserted

 

 

 

 

Magnification Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.00 4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playback Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Capture Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.Touch the Zoom In orZoom Out in order to better set the camcorder display if desired.

NOTE: The Zoom magnification is indicated on the right of the LCD screen (in between the zoom in and zoom out icons).

3.To change the resolution, touch the resolution indicator located on the top, middle of the LCD screen. The resolution indicator toggles between the following resolution options:

HD HD (1280x720)@30fps

640 VGA (640x480)@60fps

4.Press the Shutter button or touch the center of the LCD screen to start the video capture.

A red, blinking indicator appears on the top of the LCD screen indicating the recording is in progress.

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The elapsed time appears on the top left corner of the LCD screen.

5.To stop the video recording, press the Shutter button or touch the LCD screen again.

6.The video is automatically saved to the camcorder’s Micro SD card.

NOTE: When the storage capacity of the Micro SD Memory card is full, the earliest segment of video will be deleted to release the corresponding space for continuous recording.

Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode

The Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camcorder while you are in motion and using the camcorder with the helmet or bicycle mount. Slide the MODE Switch to the bottom, to the Vehicle Mounted Video Capture icon, in order to open the Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode. The Vehicle Mounted Video Capture icon appears on the bottom of the LCD screen.

Resolution Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD

HD (1280x720)@30fps

 

 

 

 

 

 

640

VGA (640x480)@60fps

Memory Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom In

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inserted

 

 

 

 

Magnification Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.00 4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playback Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Mounted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Capture Mode

Taking a Video

1.While in Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode use the supplied mounts to place your camcorder as desired. Make sure the resolution and zoom are set before you begin recording and moving. See below for details.

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2.Touch the Zoom In orZoom Out in order to better set the camcorder display if desired.

NOTE: The Zoom magnification is indicated on the right of the LCD screen (in between the zoom in and zoom out icons).

3.To change the resolution, touch the resolution indicator located on the top, middle of the LCD screen.

The resolution indicator toggles between the following resolution options:

HD HD (1280x720)@30fps

640 VGA (640x480)@60fps

4.Press the Shutter button or touch the center of the LCD screen to start the video capture, save a segment for recording every 5 minutes then start recording the next segment of the video.

A red, blinking indicator appears on the top of the LCD screen indicating the recording is in progress.

The elapsed time appears on the top left corner of the LCD screen.

5.To stop the video recording, press the Shutter button or touch the LCD screen again.

6.The video is automatically saved to the camcorder’s Micro SD card.

NOTE: When the storage capacity of the Micro SD Memory card is full, the earliest segment of

video will be deleted to release the corresponding space for continuous recording.

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Photo Capture Mode

The Photo Capture Mode allows you to capture photos with your digital camcorder.

Slide the MODE Switch to the top, to the Photo Capture icon, in order to open the Photo Capture Mode. The Photo Capture icon appears on the bottom of the LCD screen.

Resolution Indicator

5M

5.1MP (2592X1944)

3M

3.0MP

(2048x1536)

1M

1.3MP

(1280×1024)

Memory Capacity

Memory Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom In

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inserted

 

 

 

 

 

Magnification Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.00 4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playback Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Capture Mode

 

 

 

 

Taking a Picture

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

2.Touch the Zoom In orZoom Out in order to better set the camcorder display if desired.

NOTE: The Zoom magnification is indicated on the right of the LCD screen (in between the zoom in and zoom out icons).

3.To change the resolution, touch the resolution indicator located on the top, middle of the LCD screen. The resolution indicator toggles between the following resolution options: 5M 5.1MP (2592X1944)

3M 3.0MP (2048x1536)

1M 1.3MP (1280×1024)

4.Press the Shutter button or touch the center of the LCD screen to capture the photo.

The amount of photos that can be captured with the available memory appears on the top, left corner of the LCD screen.

5.The photo is automatically saved to the camcorder’s Micro SD card.

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Playback Mode

The Playback mode allows you to review and delete photos and videos that you’ve captured with you camcorder.

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

To enter the Playback Mode:

From Photo, Video, or Vehicle Mounted Video Capture Mode touch the Playback Mode icon on the bottom, right of the LCD screen to open the Playback Mode.

To exit the Playback Mode:

Touch the current capture mode icon (Photo , Video, or Vehicle Mounted Video) that appears on the bottom, right of the LCD screen. The camcorder returns to the selected, current capture mode.

Viewing Captured Images

While in Playback mode, you can scroll through your captured images to view each image.

Touch the RIGHT arrow on the LCD screen to view the next image.

Touch the LEFT arrow on the LCD screen to view the previous image.

Videos appear with ‘AVI’ displayed on the top, left corner of the LCD screen. Photos appear with ‘JPG’ displayed on the top, left corner of the LCD screen.

NOTE: The sequence of captured images is shown on the top right of the LCD screen.

Playing Captured Videos on Your Camcorder

1.Scroll through your captured images to select the video you would like to play.

2.Press the Shutter button or touch thePLAY arrowto begin playing your selected video. ThePLAY arrow is located on the bottom, center of the LCD screen.

3.While the video is playing:

Pause the video by touching PAUSE located on the bottom, center of the LCD screen. TouchPLAY to continue playing the video.

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Fast forward by touching the FAST FORWARD right arrows, located to the right of the Play arrow on the LCD screen.

Fast rewind by touching the FAST REWIND left arrows, located to the left of the Play arrow on the LCD screen.

Stop the playing video by pressing the Shutter button.

NOTE: While the video is playing the elapsed time appears on the top, left of the LCD screen and all icons disappear.

Deleting Captured Images

While in the Playback mode, you can delete captured videos and photos saved to the Micro SD Memory card in your camcorder by touching the DELETE icon.

1.Enter the Playback Mode.

The last captured image (video or photo) appears.

2.Touch the DELETE icon.

3.A “Delete This File?” message appears on the selected image.

To delete the selected file:

Touch ‘Yes’’ to automatically delete the image. The next captured image appears with the option to delete.

To cancel:

Touch ‘No’ to return to Playback Mode without deleting the image.

Caution: Please use the Delete feature with care. Once images are deleted they are permanently deleted from the Micro SD 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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