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DVR 914HD
WiFi Action Camcorder
User Manual
© 2009-2015 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Page 1 DVR 914HD WiFi Action Camcorder User Manual © 2009-2015 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

    Menu Options ..........................40 Remote Control .......................... 48 Camcorder Technical Specifications ................... 49 Vivitar Action Cam - Mobile Device Application ................50 Computer System Requirements ....................69 Installing the Software ........................ 70 Connecting the Camcorder to the Computer ................71 Getting Videos from the Camcorder to the Computer ..............
  • Page 3: Introduction

    Introduction Thank you for purchasing the Vivitar DVR 914HD Full HD Wi-Fi Action Camcorder. Everything you need to take high definition digital videos and photos is included with your camcorder. This unique, ultraportable camera design is adapted specifically for this camera and can be used to capture special moments in many different environments.
  • Page 4: What's Included

    1. Wi-Fi Action Camcorder 6. Remote Control 2. USB Cable 7. Bicycle Mount 3. AC Adapter 8. Helmet Mount & Strap 4. Vivitar Experience Installation CD 9. Lithium Battery 5. Waterproof Casing 10. Camera Shield NOTE: Micro SD Card not included.
  • Page 5: Parts Of The Camcorder

    Parts of the Camcorder 1. Busy LED Indicator 8. Battery Cover 2. Power / Mode Button 9. Infrared Signal Reception Light 3. 2.0 Inch HD LCD Display 10. Charging / Busy LED Indicator 4. Shutter / OK Button 11. Speaker 5.
  • Page 6: Initial Camcorder Setup

    Initial Camcorder Setup INSTALLING AND CHARGING THE BATTERY To insert the lithium battery: 1. If the camera is inside the waterproof casing, please take it out of the casing. 2. Push and hold the battery cover lever up to the unlock/open position, until it flips open. 3.
  • Page 7 To charge the lithium battery: 1. Power off the camcorder. 2. Connect the included USB cable to the camcorder and connect the other end of the cable to a power source such as the included AC charger or to a computer. Please refer to the images shown below for reference.
  • Page 8 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-in lithium battery. Once ‘Low Battery’ appears on the LCD, this indicates that the battery level is completely exhausted and the camcorder automatically turns off after a few seconds.
  • Page 9 Installing the Memory Card: To properly insert the Micro SD Card, follow the instructions below: 1. Power off the camcorder. 2. Insert the Micro SD Card into the Micro SD Card slot in the direction as shown above. 3. Gently press the Micro SD Card until you hear a slight clicking sound. This indicates the memory card has been inserted correctly.
  • Page 10 To power off the camcorder: 1. Press and hold the Power button for about 3 seconds. 2. The LCD displays “Goodbye” and a sound can be heard from the camcorder’s microphone. Energy Save: Your camcorder also has an auto power off feature that will automatically turn off your camcorder after a specific period of time that your camera is left idle.
  • Page 11: Main Camcorder Modes

    Main Camcorder Modes Short press the Power/Mode button to toggle between the camcorder modes. Video Capture Mode Use this mode to capture videos with your digital camcorder. To record a video, please check that the DV is in Video mode. If the video icon is not displayed on the LCD screen, press the Power/Mode button repeatedly until it appears.
  • Page 12 HDTV via an HDMI cable (purchased separately), it enters Playback Mode. Mobile Device: After downloading the Vivitar Action Cam app to your mobile device and connecting it via Wi-Fi to your camera, tap the Playback icon to view your photos.
  • Page 13: Camcorder Mounts And Accessories

    Camcorder Mounts and Accessories WATERPROOF CASE 1. Shutter Release 2. Clamp (Securing Latch) 3. Power/Mode Button 4. Wi-Fi Button Your action cam comes with a waterproof casing for underwater action and added durability. To assemble your camera to the case, follow the instructions below: 1.
  • Page 14 and capturing your photos. 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 15: 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 to the Video Capture Mode. 2. Press and hold the POWER button again for about 3 seconds to turn the power off.
  • Page 16: Changing Camcorder Mode

    Changing Camcorder Mode CAMCORDER MODES 1. Video Capture Mode (standard) - Use this mode to capture videos with your camcorder. 2. Video Capture Mode (Car Carrying) – Use this mode to capture videos in motion with your camcorder. 3. Photo Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture photos with your camcorder. 4.
  • Page 17: Navigating The Menus

    When in Video Capture Mode - Standard, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display. When in Video Capture Mode – Car Carrying, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display. The display appears upside down. When in Photo Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-left corner of the LCD display.
  • Page 18 GENERAL CAMCORDER SETTINGS MENUS To access the General Camcorder Settings Menu: 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu screen while in any mode. 2. Short press the POWER/MODE button to select the tab with the General Camcorder Settings icon Press the ...
  • Page 19: Video Capture - Standard Mode

    Video Capture – Standard Mode The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camcorder. After powering on your camcorder, the camcorder automatically enters the Video Capture Mode – either Standard or Car Carrying mode, depending on what mode was last used prior to powering off your camcorder.
  • Page 20 4. The video is automatically saved to the camcorder’s Micro SD Memory card. NOTE:  While capturing your video, after approximately one minute of video capture, the LCD display turns off in order to save power. The busy LED light remains on and the video continues to be captured.
  • Page 21 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 – Standard Mode Frames Per Second Displays the frames per second as per the selected movie size.
  • Page 22 Displays the elapsed time as the video is being REC recorded and a blinking icon appears. Note that Standby icons do not appear while recording is in progress. Displays the current status of the battery level. The battery level is full. Battery Indicator The battery level is empty.
  • Page 23 PAUSE RECORDING / RESUME RECORDING SCREEN ICONS: While capturing a video you can pause the recording and then resume recording (except for 4K Movie Size).  PAUSE RECORDING ICONS: The following icon appears at the bottom of the LCD while recording: Press the DOWN (WIFI) button to pause the video capture.
  • Page 24: Video Capture - Car Carrying Mode

    Video Capture – Car Carrying Mode The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital camcorder. After powering on your camcorder, the camcorder automatically enters the Video Capture Mode – either Standard or Car Carrying mode, depending on what mode was last used prior to powering off your camcorder.
  • Page 25 The camcorder’s LED busy light turns on and blinks. All icons disappear and the elapsed time appears on the top right corner of the LCD screen along with a blinking REC icon that indicates the recording is in progress.  PAUSE: Press the DOWN (WIFI) button to pause the recording. ...
  • Page 26 VIDEO CAPTURE MODE BUTTONS Button Description  STARTS/STOPS: Starts and stops the video capture.  ENTERS SUBMENU/SAVES SELECTION: Within the Menu, enters the SHUTTER / OK selected menu’s submenu list and saves the selected submenu option.  OPENS/EXITS MENU: Opens and exits the menu options for Video MENU Capture Mode and General Camera Settings.
  • Page 27 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 – Car Carrying Mode Displays the frames per second as per the selected movie size.
  • Page 28 card size.  Record Mode: Record Indicator Displays the elapsed time as the video is being REC recorded and a blinking icon appears. Note that Standby icons do not appear while recording is in progress. Displays the current status of the battery level. The battery level is full.
  • Page 29: Photo Capture Mode

    Photo Capture Mode The Photo Capture Mode allows you to capture photos with your digital camcorder. When you first power on the camcorder, the Video Capture Mode will be active. In order to open the Photo Capture Mode, short press the POWER/MODE button until the Photo icon appears on the top left of the LCD screen.
  • Page 30 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. Opens and exits the menu options for Photo Capture Mode and General Camera Settings.
  • Page 31 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 Timer or Photo Burst Mode setting.
  • Page 32 Displays the selected Resolution Setting. Photo Resolution The Resolution options include: Selection 16M (4640x3480), 12M (4000x3000), 8M (3264x2488), 5M (2592x1944) Displays the amount of photos available for photo Photo Counter capture as per selected photo resolution and memory card size. Displays the current status of the battery level.
  • Page 33: Playback Mode

    Playback Mode The Playback mode allows you to review, protect 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 until the camera enters Playback Mode. ‘CAR, VIDEO, JPG’ appear on the screen. VIEWING CAPTURED IMAGES While in Playback mode, you can scroll through your captured videos and photos to view each image.
  • Page 34 PLAYBACK MODE BUTTONS Button Description  FILE TYPE SELECT: Press to select the highlighted CAR, VIDEO or JPG and enter the corresponding Playback screen.  VIDEO PLAYBACK – CAR and VIDEO - START: Selects file and starts video playback. - PAUSE/RESUME: Pauses video playback. Resumes playing the SHUTTER/OK paused video.
  • Page 35 POWER/MODE button to continuously play all videos, one after the other as shown on the list. During this seamless playback, the current file/total file numbers are displayed. To return to single video playback, press the POWER/MODE button again. The display of the current file/total number of files is not displayed during single video playback.
  • Page 36 indicating that you can press the SHUTTER/OK button to pause the video. RESUME PLAY: While the video is paused the PAUSE icon appears in the middle of the screen, and the PLAY icon appears on the bottom of the screen, indicating that the video is paused and that you can press the SHUTTER/OK button to resume playing the video.
  • Page 37 VIDEO PLAYBACK MODE LCD ICON STATUS DESCRIPTION Video File List Screen Video Playback Screen Item Function Description Displays the current selected Mode: Mode Selection Playback Mode (icon appears on video files) Indicates serial number of the current file / total File Numbering number of files Lists the captured files as per the file name.
  • Page 38 only during seamless video playback. Displays the current point of time of the video as it is Current Playback Time playing. PAUSE: While playing the video the PAUSE icon appears on the bottom of the screen, indicating that you can press the SHUTTER/OK button to pause the video.
  • Page 39 - To display the date, time and file size press the SHUTTER/OK button. - To hide the display of the file number, time, date and file size press the SHUTTER/OK button again. - Then, press the SHUTTER/OK button once again to display the file number. ...
  • Page 40 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 using the Playback menu. 1. Enter the Playback Mode. 2. Select the file you would like to delete. 3.
  • Page 41: Menu Options

    Menu Options ‘Navigating the Menus’ section for instructions how to access the Mode Menus and the See the General Camera Settings Menus. 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, Image Stabilizer, Invert Mode, Slow Motion Menu Name...
  • Page 42 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 43 10S - Set a 10-second delay from when you press the Shutter button until the photo is taken. The 10 second Self Timer icon appears on the screen. Double – Takes two self timer photos, one after the other. The first is the 10 second Self timer setting, and immediately after the 2 second self timer begins.
  • Page 44 to the files. Unprotect All 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.
  • Page 45 CAMCORDER SETTINGS MENUS The following menus appear: Power Save, Date & Time, Language, Time-lapse, Time-lapse Duration, Date Stamp, System, Wi-Fi Password, Format Menu Name Menu Options Menu Options Details and Description Power Save OFF - The camcorder You can use the ‘Power Save’ feature in order remains on.
  • Page 46 Dutch setting by selecting the desired language Spanish from the Language menu. Italian Portuguese German Polish Greek Time-lapse Sets the Time-lapse Off (Default) feature to off or on and Time-lapse photography is a cinematography 3 sec allows you to select the technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is frames.
  • Page 47 (Default Password) password. Press the The WiFi password of the camera can be set DOWN (WIFI) button to using this menu option. The password is used change each number. when connecting your camera to your mobile Press the POWER/MODE device. button to toggle between the numbers.
  • Page 48 PLAYBACK MODE: HDTV Connect the video camera to an HDTV with a HD cable as shown in the following figure, display signals in the camera will be output into the HDTV automatically, and you can browse HD videos and photos that are recorded or taken in the HDTV. HDMI cable sold separately. NOTE: Before connecting or removing the HDMI cable, first stop video recording, playback and disconnect Wi-Fi.
  • Page 49: Remote Control

    Remote Control You can use the remote control to record videos, take photos and power off your camcorder, without operating the camera. When using the remote control, aim the remote control’s signal transmission port to the infrared signal reception light on the camcorder, and then press the Video Recording key to capture videos, the Photo (Shooting) key to take a picture or the POWER key to turn off the camcorder.
  • Page 50: Camcorder Technical Specifications

    Off, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes (Power Save) English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Language German, Polish, Greek Interface USB 2.0 System Requirements for WINDOWS XP (SP3), Vista (SP1), WINDOWS 7 or higher; Vivitar Experience MAC OSX v10.5.x or higher Battery Removable Lithium-ion battery...
  • Page 51: Vivitar Action Cam - Mobile Device Application

    Vivitar Action Cam - Mobile Device Application The Vivitar Action Cam application allows you to use your mobile device as a remote control for your Action Camcorder. You can remotely capture photos and record videos, adjust camera settings, and preview the photos and playback the videos taken by your Acton Cam. You can also easily download the captured videos and photos from the Action Cam to your mobile device and then share these captured images online.
  • Page 52 NOTE: The first time connecting to the camcorder,you need to enter the following password: “1234567890”. 3. Launch the application: Tap the Vivitar Action Cam application icon on the Home Screen or from the App list of the smartphone or tablet to open it. Now you can preview images from your phone, from your camera and use your mobile device to control the camcorder settings and capture your images.
  • Page 53 USING THE VIVITAR ACTION CAM APPLICATION HOME SCREEN The Vivitar Action Cam application gives you the option to connect three Vivitar Action Camcorders. Only one Action Cam can be connected at a time. The Home screen allows you to connect your camera(s) and enter the Video and Photo live capture modes.
  • Page 54 The following options appear on the Home screen: Connect and Add New Camera: Make sure your Mobile device and your Vivitar Action Cam are connected. See CONNECTING YOUR ACTION CAM TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE for more information. Tap Add New Camera to connect to the camera to the app. , you are now able to control the camera with the Vivitar Action Cam app.
  • Page 55 2. Mobile Device Media: Tap Photos to open the ‘Photos’ section in the ‘Media on My Mobile Device’ screen and view your photos from your mobile device. Tap Videos to open the ‘Videos’ section in the ‘Media on My Mobile Device’ screen and view your videos from your mobile device.
  • Page 56 VIDEO CAPTURE MODE After tapping and selecting your connected camera, the default mode is the Video Capture Mode. The application is in Live Camera Mode and you can now begin capturing your images. NOTE: When you rotate your mobile device you can capture your videos in Portrait and Landscape views.
  • Page 57 TIME-LAPSE DURATION: During the recording of your Time-lapse video, the TIME LEFT changes to Time-lapse duration, which displays the duration of the time-lapse as it is being recorded. VIDEO RESOLUTION Displays the current selected Video Resolution. SETTINGS Tap the Video Resolution icon to change resolution setting. The Video Resolution settings include: REGULAR VIDEO/SLOW MOTION VIDEO: QHD 1440P 30fps, FHD 1080P 60fps,...
  • Page 58 Tap the preview screen to display the Zoom Control. Touch, hold and slide the white circle to the right to zoom into the scene and slide to the left to zoom out of the scene. 10 VIDEO FLIP SETTINGS The Video Flip allows you to change the video capture by flipping the scene 180 degrees.
  • Page 59 14 SWITCH MODES Slide the mode indicator to the Video icon to switch to Video Capture Mode. The default mode when launching the Vivitar Action Cam app is Video Capture Mode. Slide the mode indicator to the Photo icon to switch to Photo Capture Mode.
  • Page 60 PHOTO CAPTURE MODE After tapping and selecting your connected camera, the default mode is the Video Capture Mode. To change to Photo Capture Mode, slide the Switch Mode indicator to the Photo icon. The application is in Live Camera Mode and you can now begin capturing your images. NOTE: When you rotate your mobile device you can capture your photos in Portrait and Landscape views.
  • Page 61 The Photo Resolution settings include: 16M (4640x3480), 12M (4000x3000), 8M (3264x2448) - Default, 5M (2560x1920) PLAYBACK MODE Tap the Playback Mode icon to open Playback Mode and view thumbnails of the captured videos and photos from your camera. CAMERA NAME Displays the name of the connected camera.
  • Page 62 OFF (Default) 2 seconds 10 seconds 11 CONTINUOUS SHOOTING/ Displays the current Continuous Shooting selection. Tap BURST SETTINGS the Continuous shooting icon to open the menu options and set the Continuous Shooting setting. When enabled, this feature allows you to take 3, 5 or 10 rapid snapshots in a row with a single click of the shutter button.
  • Page 63 14 SWITCH MODES Slide the mode indicator to the Video icon to switch to Video Capture Mode. The default mode when launching the Vivitar Action Cam app is Video Capture Mode. Slide the mode indicator to the Photo icon to switch to Photo Capture Mode.
  • Page 64 CAMERA SETTINGS Tap the Camera Settings icon to access your Action Camcorder settings. SETTING DESCRIPTION The ‘Frequency’ options represent the frequency of the electrical FREQUENCY current in fluorescent lighting sources in your locale. If your camera is set to a frequency that does not match your country’s electric current, you may see waves on the images taken by your camera.
  • Page 65 PLAYBACK MODE Media on My Camera The photos and videos that you captured using the Vivitar Action Cam application and the media you have previously captured using your camera can be viewed, deleted, downloaded or shared in Playback Mode. Tap the Playback icon in the Live Camera Mode to open the Media on ‘My Camera’ screen.
  • Page 66 Alternatively, tap the Previous and Next buttons on the bottom of the screen. DELETE (single image): Delete icon. Tap on the ‘Delete’ option to delete the photo or tap Tap the ‘Cancel’ to keep the photo. This delete option deletes one photo at a time. SHARE/DOWNLOAD (single image): Tap the Share icon to download and save the image or share the image via...
  • Page 67 CANCEL: Tap ‘Cancel’ to return to the Thumbnail View – without selected images. VIDEOS Select the Videos tab to view the videos on your camera (Memory Card). Your captured videos are shown in Thumbnail view, with the latest captured video at the top. The videos can be downloaded to your mobile device or deleted.
  • Page 68 DOWNLOAD (single or multiple images): Select the desired thumbnail image(s). Tap the Download icon. A window appears and displays the total number of files, the download time, and the total size of the download. Tap on the ‘Confirm download’ option to download the selected video(s) or tap ‘Cancel’...
  • Page 69 PHOTOS Select the Photos tab to view the photos on your mobile device. Thumbs View: Tap Thumbs to view thumbnails of the photos on your mobile device. Albums View: Tap Albums, then tap on an Album to view thumbnails of the photos in the album.
  • Page 70: 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 71: Installing The Software

    Installing the Software You must be connected to the Internet to install and run the Vivitar Experience Image Manager Software. 1. 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 72: 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 73: Getting Videos From The Camcorder To The Computer

    Getting 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. Select the “Get Images” button from the Main menu. 2.
  • Page 74: 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 75 MACINTOSH OS 1. Use the supplied USB cable to connect your camcorder to your computer’s USB port. 2. Power on the camcorder. 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 76: 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 77 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 78: 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 79: 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.