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Mustek VDC-300 User Manual

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Getting Started
Camera Operation
Getting Connected
Software Applications


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  • Page 1 VDC-300 USER’S MANUAL Getting Started Camera Operation Getting Connected Software Applications ViewFun Appendices 82-055-00010...
  • Page 2: Copyright Information

    Copyright Information All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form by any means, mechanical, optical, electronic, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the Manufacturer The Manufacturer reserves the right to revise this manual and to make changes to any or all parts at any time, without obligation to...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Chapter 1: Getting Started Supported Computer Systems ... 7 Package Contents ... 7 Your Video Digital Camera ... 7 Power Supply ... 9 Installing the Batteries ... 9 Using an AC Adapter ... 9 Low-Battery Indicator... 9 Compact Flash Card ... 10 Installing the Compact Flash Card ...
  • Page 4 Chapter 3: Getting Connected Connecting to the TV ... 19 Viewing Images ... 19 Real-time Display ... 19 Connecting to the VCR ... 20 Recording Real-time Video ... 20 Connecting to the PC ... 20 Chapter 4: Software Applications Software Installation ... 22 Windows 95/NT 4.0/98 ...
  • Page 5: Chapter 1: Getting Started

    Preface Thank you for your purchase of the VDC-300. This guide covers all of the features and functions of the camera. In this user guide you will find the following topics: Chapter 1: Getting Started This chapter explains how to make your camera operational.
  • Page 6 Chapter Supported Computer Systems ... 7 Package Contents ... 7 Your Video Digital Camera ... 7 Power Supply ... 9 Installing the Batteries ... 9 Using an AC Adapter ... 9 Low-Battery Indicator... 9 Compact Flash Card ... 10 Installing the Compact Flash Card ... 10 Removing the Compact Flash Card ...
  • Page 7: Supported Computer Systems

    • 20 MB available hard disk space for software installation • VGA or Super VGA color monitor Package Contents • VDC-300 camera including 4 AA batteries • USB and RS232 connection cables • NTSC and PAL video output cable • 7.5V DC, 2A Power Adapter •...
  • Page 8 6. LCD Panel: The Liquid Crystal Display panel allows you to view real-time display, the menu functions, and image playback. 7. LCD On/Off: Turns the LCD on or off. 8. Menu Button: Displays the camera’s function menu in the LCD. 9.
  • Page 9: Power Supply

    Power Supply Installing the Batteries The camera comes with 4 AA alkaline batteries. Please refer to the inside of the battery compartment lid or the following illustration to properly install the batteries. Using an AC Adapter To save battery power, you may also use a standard (7.5v/2 amp) AC power adapter.
  • Page 10: Compact Flash Card

    Compact Flash Card The camera is equipped with a built-in Compact Flash Memory Card port that allows you to use an optional, DOS compatible, compact flash card (CF card) to store images. Using a CF card overrides the internal memory of the camera enabling you to capture more images if the internal memory is full.
  • Page 11 Chapter The LCD Menu- Camera Mode ... 12 Functions ... 12 Capturing Images ... 15 The LCD Menu- Playback Mode ... 16 Functions ... 16 Viewing Images ... 17 Camera Operation Flash ... 13 Quality ... 13 White Balance ... 13 Exposure ...
  • Page 12: The Lcd Menu- Camera Mode

    Camera Operation This chapter explains the camera’s operation features and settings in detail. The camera has two modes, Camera and Playback. Both modes offer various functions specific to that particular mode. The LED on the top of the camera will display the current mode you are in (Green = Camera, Orange = Playback).
  • Page 13: Flash

    (1) FLASH: The camera is equipped with five flash modes: ON: the flash will fire with every image capture. : the same as ON, preceded by a flash which reduces red-eye. AUTO: whenever there is insufficient light, the camera automatically detects and fires the flash. AUTO : the same as AUTO, preceded by a flash which reduces red-eye.
  • Page 14: Auto-off

    How will I know when the image will be captured? The LED indicator at the front of the camera blinks, increasing in speed to alert you when the image will be captured. (Blinking rate = 7x @ 1 second + 6x @ 1/2 second) (6) Auto-Off: •...
  • Page 15: Capturing Images

    Capturing Images There are several factors that should be considered when captur- ing quality images. Proper positioning, distance, lighting, even hold- ing the camera in just the right way can make all of the difference when capturing quality images. To capture an image: 1.
  • Page 16: The Lcd Menu- Playback Mode

    The LCD Menu- Playback Mode This mode offers functions specific to captured images and allows you to view your captured images on the LCD or TV. When you switch to this mode, the LCD automatically turns on in single pic- ture mode and the last image captured appears.
  • Page 17: Delete All

    Note: When you delete an image, if there are any other images that are in the camera’s memory after that image, they will move up in place. before after To delete a protected image: 1. Select the protected image that you wish to Delete. 2.
  • Page 18 Chapter Connecting to the TV ... 19 Connecting to the VCR ... 19 Connecting to the PC ... 20 Getting Connected Viewing Images ... 19 Viewing Real-time Video... 19 Recording Real-time Video ... 20...
  • Page 19: Connecting To The Tv

    Connecting to the TV 1. Plug one end of the included video cable into the VIDEO IN termi- nal of your television. 2. Open the cable panel and plug the other end of the cable into the camera’s VIDEO terminal. Viewing Images In order to view images on the TV after connecting, please refer to the following:...
  • Page 20: Connecting To The Vcr

    Connecting to the VCR 1. Plug one end of the included video cable into the VIDEO IN terminal at the back of your VCR. 2. Plug the other end of the cable into the camera’s VIDEO terminal. Note: Ensure that your TV and VCR are properly connected. Recording Real-time Video In order to record video after connecting to the VCR, please refer to the following:...
  • Page 21 Chapter Software Installation ... 22 Windows 95/NT 4.0/98 ... 22 Transferring Images to the PC (Importing) ... 23 The Photo Album ... 24 The Setting Functions ... 25 Selecting Images ... 25 Protecting Images ... 26 Deleting Images ... 26 The Control Panel ...
  • Page 22: Software Installation

    Software Installation Windows 95/NT 4.0/98 1. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. 2. Click on Start and select Run. 3. In the Run dialog box, type “drive:\run.exe” where drive is your CD- ROM drive and click 4. Click Install on the Tutorial screen and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Page 23: Transferring Images To The Pc (importing)

    2. From the File menu, choose Acquire and click Select Source. The Select Source dialog box appears. 3. Choose Mustek VDC-300 and click Select. 4. Return to the File menu, select Acquire and click Image. The Acquire Image dialog box appears.
  • Page 24: The Photo Album

    Import: Allows you Transfer: Allows to move images from you to transfer the the CF card, card selected image(s) to reader, or internal flash an application (e.g. memory into the com- iPhoto Plus 4). puter. Menu Bar: Contains all of the functions of the software.
  • Page 25: The Setting Functions

    The Photo Album The Setting Functions This feature displays or allows you to adjust the settings used to communicate with the camera. Baud Rate This is the rate at which the camera and computer communicate with each other through the serial port. The USB baud rate is automatically determined, whereas, the RS232 baud rate has four possible settings.
  • Page 26: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images To Protect/Unprotect an image in the Photo Album: • right-click on the image and a pop-up box will display. • select Protect/Unprotect to engage or disengage the lock function. Deleting Images To delete an image: • select an image by clicking on it. •...
  • Page 27: Playback Mode

    The images automatically transfer into the image editing software that you used to open the Photo Album. • To the camera (Upload) With the digital camera, you can upload an image from your PC to the cam- era for storage or transpor- tation.
  • Page 28: The Help System

    To upload an image: 1. Open the Photo Album. 2. From the Camera menu, select Upload. The Upload dialog box appears. 3. Select the image file to send to your camera. 4. Select the Upload destination. You have two choices: the camera’s internal memory or the CF card (if installed).
  • Page 29 Chapter Hardware Installation ... 30 Starting ViewFun ... 30 Functions ... 31 View Window ... 31 The Video Album ... 31 The Photo Album ... 32 Settings ... 33 The Advanced Settings ... 33 The Video Folder ... 34 The Picture Folder ... 35 The E-mail Folder ...
  • Page 30: Hardware Installation

    ViewFun for Windows 98 ViewFun is specially designed software that makes the camera’s image and video capabilities simple to use. Hardware Installation • Connect the USB cable to the USB port at the back of the computer. • Connect the USB cable to the camera’s USB terminal.
  • Page 31: Functions

    Functions The most important part of ViewFun are the controls. These buttons allow you to control ViewFun’s functions. Record Video Clicking here starts the recording of a video clip (.AVI file). Stop Clicking this button stops the recording of a video clip and stores it in the Video Album as a numbered Thumbnail.
  • Page 32: The Photo Album

    Video Thumbnail To Open (View), Save, E-mail, or Delete your cap- tured video clips right-click the desired video thumb- nail. A pop-up menu appears with the following op- tions: Open: opens the selected video thumbnail into the video display- ing software, Media Player. Save: opens a Save As dialog box allowing you to rename and save the video clip within your computer system.
  • Page 33: Settings

    Photo Album Scroll Arrows These arrows allow you to scroll through all the Photo Thumb- nails in the Photo Album. A lit arrow means that there are more Photo Thumbnails in the direction indicated. An unlit arrow means that there are no Photo Thumbnails in the direction indicated. Close Clicking this tab closes the Photo Album.
  • Page 34: The Video Folder

    The Advanced Settings The Advanced Settings contains four folders: Video, Picture, E- mail, and Language. To return to the main screen after making changes to a particular folder, click OK to accept the changes, or Cancel to ignore the changes. The Video Folder Size This setting controls the frame size (160x120, 320x240) of the...
  • Page 35: The Picture Folder

    The Picture Folder Size This setting controls the frame size (160x120, 320x240, 640x480) of the image you are going to capture. Smaller image frame sizes require less memory space to store the image. Auto Snap Checking this box enables the user to automatically capture im- ages at regular intervals (e.g.
  • Page 36: Recording A Video Clip

    Recording a Video Clip 1. Aim the camera at the subject. 2. Click the Record button. 3. Click the Stop button when you want to finish recording, or it will automatically stop. A numbered Video Thumbnail will appear in the Video Album. NOTE: Longer recordings occupy more memory space.
  • Page 37: Appendices

    Appendices Trouble Shooting Specifications Glossary Technical Support Appendices...
  • Page 38: Trouble Shooting

    Symptom 1. Batteries not loaded correctly No Power 2. Dead batteries 3. Wrong AC adapter 1. Low battery power Sudden power failure 2. Auto Power Off function engaged 1. Operation Mode Selector set to No capture when Playback mode. shutter is pressed 2.
  • Page 39 Symptom 1. Operation Mode Selector is set to camera mode 2. If using a TV, wrong channel is selected No Image is present 3. Not connected properly 4. Wrong TV system 1. Software is not installed Cannot open the 2. Not using Windows 98 with USB Photo Album connection 1.
  • Page 40: Specifications

    1/4 inch 350K pixels progressive color Resolution (Three compression rates: ECON, STD or High) Memory (max 46 ECON, 20 STD or 8 High Images) CF memory card interface Operating Modes Optics Flash (on, on red-eye, off, auto, auto red-eye) Compression Standard JPEG file YUV (4:2:2) Digital Output (1) USB-baud rate...
  • Page 41: Glossary

    The following represents terms used throughout the manual, and are defined here for your convenience. Baud rate: Is the speed at which the computer and camera com- municate with each other. It is sometimes necessary to decrease the baud rate because the computer cannot process image information at high speed.
  • Page 42 PAL: A Phase Alternative Line television is one that uses 625-line frames and displays full frames at 25 frames/second. PAL is the common system used in most European countries. Pixels: The smallest element that a device can display on-screen or out of which the displayed image is constructed. RS232: Is the terminal port inside the camera that is used to connect the camera to the computer.
  • Page 43: Technical Support

    Technical Support If you need help installing or using the digital camera, please call Technical Support. Mustek, Inc. 121 Waterworks Way, Suite #100 Irvine, CA 92618, USA TEL: 1-949-788-3600 FAX: 1-949-788-3670 Mustek Computer GMBH Hellersbergstr. 2a 41460 Neuss, Germany...

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