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DVR 786HD
Full HD Action Camcorder
User Manual
© 2009-2014 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Page 1 DVR 786HD Full HD Action Camcorder User Manual © 2009-2014 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved. Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Introduction ..........................2 What’s Included ..........................3 Parts of the Camcorder ........................ 4 Initial Camcorder Setup ........................ 5 Remote Control .......................... 10 Main Camcorder Modes ......................11 Camcorder Technical Specifications ................... 12 Camcorder Mounts and Accessories ..................13 Powering On Your Camcorder ....................16 Changing Camcorder Mode .......................
  • Page 3: Introduction

     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.
  • Page 4: What's Included

    6. Waterproof Casing 2. USB Cable 7. Bicycle Mount 3. AC Adapter 8. Helmet Mount & Band 4. Vivitar Experience Installation CD 5. Remote Control NOTE:  Camera shield and Built-in Lithium Battery included (not shown).  Micro SD Card not included.
  • Page 5: Parts Of The Camcorder

    Parts of the Camcorder 1. Shutter / OK button 9. Down / Zoom Out Button 2. Microphone 10. Menu / Back Button 3. Power / Mode Button 11. Infrared Signal Reception Light 4. Tripod Mount 12. Lens 5. Reset Button 13.
  • Page 6: Initial Camcorder Setup

    Initial Camcorder Setup CHARGING THE BATTERY To charge the battery, follow either one of the charging methods below: CHARGING VIA THE COMPUTER 1. Power off the camera. 2. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the smaller end of the USB cable into the USB slot on the camcorder.
  • Page 7 CHARGING VIA THE AC ADAPTER 1. Power off the camera. 2. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the smaller end of the USB cable into the USB slot on the camcorder. Connect the other end to the cable to the AC Adapter and then plug the AC Adapter into a power socket.
  • Page 8 BATTERY INDICATOR The following icons appear on the camera and indicate the status of the camera’s battery power level: 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-in lithium battery.
  • Page 9: Installing Micro Sd Memory Card

    INSTALLING THE MICRO SD MEMORY CARD Make sure a Micro SD Memory card Class 4 or higher (up to 32 GB) has been properly inserted into your camcorder. Micro SD Memory card not included. To properly insert the Micro SD Memory Card: 1.
  • Page 10 TURNING ON AND USING THE CAMERA Press the POWER button, located on top of the camcorder, to turn on the camcorder. / Switching Modes NOTE: If the camcorder becomes unresponsive, insert a thin pin into the RESET hole and gently push the pin until you hear a slight ‘click’ sound. The camcorder will then reset.
  • Page 11: Remote Control

    Remote Control Power off button Signal emission port Video button Photo button Infrared signal reception light You can use the remote control to record videos, take photos and shut down the Mini Action Camcorder. When using the remote control, aim the signal emission to the port to the infrared signal reception light of the camcorder, and then press the Video button, Photo (Snap) button or POWER OFF button.
  • Page 12: Photo/Video Capture, Playback Modes

    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 the Shutter button to start recording.
  • Page 13: Camcorder Technical Specifications

    Camcorder Technical Specifications Image Sensor CMOS Sensor FHD (1920x1080P@30fps), HD720P (1280X720@60fps), Video Resolution HD720P (1280X720@30fps) 12M (4000x3000), 8M (3264x2488), Photo Resolution 5M (2592x1944), 1M (1280x960) File Format AVI/MOV (Video), JPEG (Photo) External Memory Micro SD Memory card, Class 4 or higher, up to 32GB LCD Display 2.0”TFT Zoom...
  • Page 14: Camcorder Mounts And Accessories

    Camcorder Mounts and Accessories WATERPROOF CASE 1. Clamp 2. Shutter Release 3. Power/Mode Button 4. Tripod Mount Your action camcorder comes with a waterproof casing for underwater action and added durability. To assemble your camera to the case, follow the instructions below: 1.
  • Page 15 NOTE:  A single hair or grain of sand can cause a leak. You can test by closing the case without inserting the camera. Submerse the case completely in water for about a minute. Remove the case from the water, dry off its exterior with a towel, and then open the case. If the entire interior is dry, the case is safe for use under water.
  • Page 16 INSTALLING THE BICYCLE MOUNT: HANDLEBAR CLAMP INSTALLING THE HELMET MOUNTING SYSTEM...
  • Page 17: Powering On Your Camcorder

    1. Press and hold the POWER button for about 3 seconds to turn on the camcorder. The LCD screen briefly displays the ‘Vivitar’ screen and opens the default Video Capture Mode. A beep can be heard from the camcorder’s buzzer.
  • Page 18: Main Modes

    Changing Camcorder Mode 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 your captured photos and videos.
  • Page 19: Photo/Video Capture, Playback Menus

    Navigating the Menus PHOTO CAPTURE, VIDEO CAPTURE AND PLAYBACK MENUS To access the Main Menu for each Mode: Press the MENU button to open the Main Menus for the current mode. Press the  DOWN or  UP button to select a specific menu. The selected option appears highlighted.
  • Page 20: Taking A Video

    Video Capture Mode The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camcorder. When first powering on your camcorder, Video Capture Mode appears. The Video Capture icon appears on the LCD screen. TAKING A VIDEO 1. Selecting the Scene with the LCD Display: While in Video Capture Mode use the LCD display to direct the camcorder at the scene you would like to capture.
  • Page 21 that indicates the recording is in progress. STOP: To stop the video recording, press the SHUTTER button again. 5. The video is automatically saved to the camcorder’s Micro SD Memory card. NOTE:  When using the Waterproof Case, make sure to set the zoom and camcorder settings before placing it into the case.
  • Page 22 VIDEO CAPTURE MODE LCD ICON STATUS DESCRIPTION The following icons appear on the LCD screen and indicate the selected menu options and camera status. Item Function Description Displays the current selected Mode: Mode Selection Video Capture Mode Displays the selected Video Quality Setting. Video Quality The Video Quality options include: Super Fine, Fine, Normal...
  • Page 23 1080P - FHD 1920x1080P@30fps 720P - HD720P 1280X720@60fps 720P - HD720P 1280X720@30fps  Standby Mode: Displays the amount of time available for video capture as per selected video resolution and memory card size. Video Counter /  Record Mode: Displays the elapsed time as the Record Indicator video is being recorded and a blinking ‘REC’...
  • Page 24: Photo Capture Mode

    Photo Capture Mode The Photo Capture Mode allows you to capture photos with your digital camcorder. To enter Photo Capture Mode, power on the camcorder and then short press the POWER/MODE button once. The Photo Capture icon appears on the LCD screen. TAKING A PICTURE 1.
  • Page 25 NOTE: When using the Waterproof Case, make sure to set the zoom and camcorder settings before placing it into the case. PHOTO CAPTURE MODE BUTTONS Button Description  PHOTO CAPTURE: Press to take the picture.  ENTERS and SAVES SELECTION: Within the Menu, enters and SHUTTER/OK saves the selected Menu Option.
  • Page 26 PHOTO CAPTURE MODE LCD ICON STATUS DESCRIPTION The following icons appear on the LCD screen and indicate the selected menu options and camera status. Item Function Description Displays the current selected Mode: Mode Selection Photo Capture Mode Displays the selected Burst Mode setting: Burst Mode The Burst Mode options include: OFF (no Icon), 3 photos, 5 photos, 10 photos...
  • Page 27 Displays the selected Quality Setting. Photo Quality The Quality options include: Super Fine, Fine, Normal Displays the selected Resolution Setting. Photo Resolution The Resolution options include: Selection 12M (4000x3000), 8M (3264x2488), 5M (2592x1944), 1M (1280x960) Displays the amount of photos available for photo Photo Counter / capture as per selected photo resolution and memory Record Indicator...
  • Page 28: Playback Mode

    Playback Mode The Playback mode allows you to review and delete photos and videos that you’ve captured with you camcorder. To enter Playback Mode, power on your camcorder and then short press the POWER/MODE button twice. The Playback Mode icon appears on the LCD screen. VIEWING CAPTURED IMAGES While in Playback mode, you can scroll through your captured images to view each image.
  • Page 29 the video. FORWARD: Press the  DOWN button to fast FORWARD the video. STOP: Press the MENU button to STOP the video playback. NOTE: Your camcorder does not include a speaker. In order to hear the sound of the captured video you must view the file on your computer.
  • Page 30 selected). - No: This option returns to the previous ‘Delete’ menu screen without deleting the image(s). Press the  UP or  DOWN button to select an option and then press the OK button to confirm. Caution: Please use the ‘Delete’ feature with care. Once images are deleted they are permanently deleted from the Micro SD Memory card.
  • Page 31 The following icons appear on the LCD screen and indicate the selected menu options and camera status. Item Function Description Displays the current mode: Mode Selection Playback Mode  Preview Mode: Displays number of the current image / Total Image Counter ; number of captured images (both photos and Elapsed Time videos)
  • Page 32: Menu Options

    Menu Options NAVIGATING THE MENUS PHOTO CAPTURE, VIDEO CAPTURE AND PLAYBACK MENUS To access the Main Menu for each Mode: Press the MENU button to open the Main Menus for the current mode. Press the  DOWN or  UP button to select a specific menu. The selected option appears highlighted.
  • Page 33 VIDEO CAPTURE MODE MENUS To open the Video Capture menu options, press the MENU button while in Video Capture Mode. The following menus appear: Movie Size, Video Quality, Seamless, White Balance, Metering, Effect Menu Name Menu Options Menu Options Details and Description Movie Size 1080P (Default)
  • Page 34 Center – Averages the light Metering Center metered from the entire The Metering setting will affect how your frame, but giving greater camera focuses when capturing an image. weight to the subject in the Multi (Default) Depending on your selection, the camera will center Multi –...
  • Page 35 PHOTO CAPTURE MODE MENUS To open the Photo Capture menu options, press the MENU button while in Photo Capture Mode. The following menus appear: Resolution, Quality, Metering, White Balance, ISO, Exposure, Self-Timer, Burst Mode, Sharpness, Effect, Date Stamp, Detection, Digital Zoom Menu Name Menu Options Menu Option Details...
  • Page 36 Automatic white balance. White Balance Auto (Default) The White Balance feature allows your White balance selected for camera to adjust the coloring of the captured Daylight daylight surrounding. images depending on the type of light source White balance selected for in the current environment.
  • Page 37 capture of the picture. This is an optimal 2S - Set a 2-second delay feature if you don’t just want to take the from when you press the Shutter button until the picture but would also like to be in the picture photo is taken.
  • Page 38 Off – No detection used Detection OFF - Default and no icon appears on the This feature allows your camera to use the LCD. Face Tracking subject of your photo to create an optimum Face Tracking – Allows image. Smile Detect the camera to use a subject’s face as the basis for balancing the other...
  • Page 39 to the files. Protect All - Protects/locks First select the image you would like to all images (videos and protect or unprotect and then select the photos) saved to the appropriate menu option to either lock/protect memory card. or unlock/unprotect one image or all images. Unprotect All - Unlocks all images (videos and photos) saved to the...
  • Page 40 PHOTO PLAYBACK MENUS The following menus appear when a photo is selected: Protect, Delete, Slideshow, Photo Effect, Rotate, Resize Menu Name Menu Options Menu Option Details and Description Protect Single - Protects/locks or Single unlocks the selected image Pictures and videos taken with your Protect All camcorder can be protected or “locked”...
  • Page 41 NOTE: IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that deleting  Images that are will permanently remove the selected protected/locked cannot images on your camera’s memory card. be deleted. First unlock the image(s), and then proceed with deletion.  It is highly recommend first to save and download your images before deleting.
  • Page 42 applied to the photo and Sepia saved as a new, separate Negative photo. Green Blue Rotate – Select ‘Rotate’ Rotate Rotate and press the Use the ‘Rotate’ menu to rotate the pictures Save SHUTTER/OK button to that you’ve taken with your camera. rotate the photo 90 degrees Back clockwise.
  • Page 43 CAMCORDER SETTINGS MENUS To access the General Camcorder Settings Menu: 1. Press the MENU button while in the Photo Capture, Video Capture or Playback Mode. 2. Short press the POWER/MODE button to select the General Camcorder Settings icon 3. Press the  DOWN or  UP button to select a specific menu. 4.
  • Page 44 shown for 5 seconds on the LCD after the photo has been captured. Power Frequency Selects power frequency in your location: The options in the Frequency menu represent the frequency of the electrical current in 50HZ 50Hz: UK, Europe and fluorescent lighting sources in your locale.
  • Page 45 Language English Selects the camera display You can select your camera’s language language. French Spanish setting by selecting the desired language Italian from the Language menu. Portuguese German Polish Russian Greek Format Formats the Micro SD Memory Card. You can use the Format menu to delete all of the content that is currently on your camera’s Yes –...
  • Page 46: Computer System Requirements

    Computer System Requirements To be able to download videos and photos to your computer using the ‘Vivitar Experience Image Manager’ Software, you will need the following minimum configuration: WINDOWS OS  MICROSOFT® Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows 7 ...
  • Page 47: Installing The Software

    Installing the Software You must be connected to the Internet to install and run the Vivitar Experience™ Image Manager software. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. The installation screen should automatically open. On WINDOWS OS: The Vivitar Experience Image Manager Installer window appears. If the window does not appear, open the application’s CD/DVD drive and click on...
  • Page 48: Connecting The Camcorder To The Computer

    On MACINTOSH OS: Click the “Quit” button when the installation is complete. Click the “Launch Vivitar Experience Image Manager” to open the application. 13. If you close the application you can run the Vivitar Experience Image Manager from the Programs (PC) or Applications (Mac) menu on your computer.
  • Page 49: Getting Photos And Videos From The Camcorder To The Computer

    Getting Photos and Videos from the Camcorder to the Computer The Micro SD Memory card needs to be inserted. Do not disconnect the cable during transfer. Doing so will cancel the transfer of any files on their way to your computer. 1.
  • Page 50: Getting Started

     Edit images using automatic and manual tools  Use automatic “Geotagging” with built in Google Maps For more details on how to use the Vivitar Experience Image Manager open the Help file or click the “Take a Tour” button on the application’s Home screen.
  • Page 51 MACINTOSH OS 1. Use the supplied USB cable to connect your camcorder to your computer’s USB port. 2. Power on the camcorder. ‘MSDC’ displays on the LCD screen. 3. The camcorder’s device icon appears on the desktop. 4. Click on the device icon and open the DCIM folder and the folder inside to view the media files.
  • Page 52: Camcorder Maintenance

    Camcorder Maintenance Please read the information below carefully before using your camcorder for proper and safe operation, so as to use the camcorder to its fullest and maintain its performance. MEMORY CARD MAINTENANCE:  For the first time of using a new memory card, or when there is unrecognized data for the camera or images with other cameras in the memory card, please make sure to firstly format the memory card.
  • Page 53 DEVICE MAINTENANCE:  Take good care of the video camera and prevent water or sand particles from entering the video camera when it is used on the beach or near water. Please note that water, sand particles, dust or component containing salt may damage the video camera. ...
  • Page 54: Sakar Warranty Card

    Sakar Warranty Card This warranty covers for the original consumer purchaser only and is not transferable. Products that fail to function properly UNDER NORMAL USAGE, due to defects in material or workmanship will be repaired at no charge for parts or labor for a period of one year from the time of purchase.
  • Page 55: Technical Support

    Technical Support For technical support issues please visit our website at www.vivitar.com. You can find manuals, software and FAQ’s at the website. Can’t find what you are looking for? E-mail us at support@vivitar.com and one of our technical support team members will answer your questions.