User`s Manual

User`s Manual
User's Manual
Thank you for selecting the Vello FreeWave Viewer VL Wireless Live-View Remote. The bright
3.5" color viewer displays the live view from select DSLR cameras and can trigger the shutter
and control video recording from up to 328 feet (100 meters) away in an open area.
The two-component system consists of the Transmitter/Mini-Cam that fits on the shoe mount of your
camera and the Receiver/Viewer that you can hold like any mobile device or mount on a tripod.
You’ll be able to take still photographs, start and stop video recording and more all from a safe distance or
hidden from your subject. Using a 2.4 Gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency (RF) that passes through and around
people, furniture, walls, floors and windows, the VL components do not require line-of-sight positioning.
The VL features two remote viewing modes. The Live View (LV) mode provides the same camera lens view
as if you were standing directly behind your camera looking at its view screen. The Closed Circuit Televisiontype camera (the Mini-Cam) mode bypasses your camera’s lens and uses the fixed lens built into the VL’s
transmitter to see the general area at which your camera is pointed. The output feed from either viewing mode
can be used for big-screen monitoring on your TV using the included single-pin to composite video adapter.
For a more elaborate setup, you
can use additional FreeWave VL
Transmitter/Mini-Cams and a
single Receiver/Viewer to monitor
and control up to four cameras.
Each camera can be matched
to its own wireless channel,
and each can be placed in a
different nearby location. For
example, you can shoot the same
subject from various angles.
In The Box
• Transmitter/Mini-Cam with swivel antenna and shoe-mount locking collar
• Receiver/Viewer with embedded antenna and pop-up sun shade
• USB Type A to Type B Mini USB cable to connect to your computer or charger
• 2–NP-60 batteries
• USB wall charger
• Composite video-output cable
• Wrist strap for Receiver/Viewer
• User manual
Required Accessories
• Data and IR cables for use with specific DSLR camera models
(See separate compatibility insert)
Recommended Accessories
• NP-60 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
• Compact AC/DC Charger for NP-60 Battery
• Vello Cold Shoe Mount with 1/4" Thread (CS-20) for mounting the Transmitter/Mini-Cam to a bracket or
• Vello Straight Flash Bracket (CB-600) for mounting the Transmitter/Mini-Cam next to your camera while
keeping its hot shoe free
• Live-view wireless display and remote control
• Built-in camera to support cameras without live-view
• Video start and stop control for Canon models that support infrared mode
• Up to 328' (100 m) operating distance
• Built-in color 3.5" TFT LCD with pop-up sun shade
• Built-in memory for storing photos in viewer
• Each component is powered by a removable rechargeable lithium battery
• Video output to a TV, monitor, or video recorder
• Option to monitor and control up to four cameras at once
• Shooting wildlife, pets or other elusive or dangerous subjects from a distance
• Photographing children and other shy subjects that behave differently when in close proximity to a
• Maintaining a view from a camera placed in a nearby but hard-to-access location like the foot of a stage or edge
of a sporting event
• Taking wireless self-portraits
• Adding live-view functionality to cameras that don’t innately offer the feature by using the built-in Mini-Cam
• Conserving power on your camera by turning off its own LCD
• To prevent damage to your
equipment or injury to yourself
or others, read all of the
following safety instructions
before using this equipment.
Keep these instructions for
future reference.
• This equipment contains small
parts which may pose a choking
hazard. Consult a physician
immediately if a child swallows
any part of this device.
• Keep out of reach of children.
• Dispose of batteries in
accordance with local
environmental regulations.
• Should the product break
open as the result of a fall or
other accident, remove the
batteries. Failure to observe
this precaution could result
in electric shock or a product
• Do not disassemble or modify
the product.
• Keep away from water and
flammable gas.
• Do not expose to high
• When using the FreeWave
Viewer VL, there may be static
and latency if you are moving
or if objects including vehicles
or people move between
the transmitter and receiver.
This is inherent in wireless
technology. It’s not the fault of
the FreeWave Viewer VL.
• Only use batteries listed in
this manual. Do not short or
disassemble them. Do not
attempt to insert batteries
upside down or backwards.
Batteries are prone to leakage
when fully discharged. To avoid
damage to the product, be sure
to remove the batteries when
leaving the product unattended
for prolonged periods or when
no charge remains. In case liquid
from the batteries comes into
contact with skin or clothing,
rinse immediately with water.
• Do not leave this equipment
in a closed vehicle under the
sun or in other areas subject to
extremely high temperatures.
Failure to observe this
precaution could result in fire
or damage to the casing or
internal parts.
• All images are for illustrative
purposes only.
• Do not handle with wet hands
or immerse the product or
expose it to water or rain.
Do not use in the presence
of flammable gas. Failure to
observe these precautions
could result in explosion or fire.
1. Power switch
2. Antenna
3. Signal LED
4. Power LED
5. Match button
6. Charger LED
7. USB port
8. IR port
9. Camera socket
10.Mini-cam lens
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11.Heat vent
12.Battery cover release
13.Shoe-mount locking collar
1. Power switch
2. Shutter button
3. Shutter indicator LED
4. Heat vent
5. USB port
6. Charger LED
7. Tripod mounting socket
8. Battery cover
9. Composite video output
10.View screen
11.Sleep indicator LED
12.Sleep | CH+/− button
13.Playback | Delete button
14.Set button
15.Menu button
The Transmitter/Mini-Cam
and Receiver/Viewer each
use one of the two included
NP-60 lithium-ion batteries.
1. Press the cover release button
on the back of the Transmitter/
Mini-Cam and remove the
battery compartment door.
Then, insert the battery with
the contact points aligned
according to the +/ /− icons.
Reattach the cover.
2. The Receiver/Viewer doesn’t
have a cover release button. On
the top portion of the battery
door, by the arrow, use your
thumb to slide the cover down
and remove it to insert the
battery. By aligning the +/ /−
icons. Slide and snap the cover
back into place.
3. To charge each battery, make
sure the power switch on both
the transmitter and receiver are
set to off. Attach the smaller
end of the USB cable to the
transmitter and the larger end
to the USB wall charger. Plug
the USB wall charger into a
wall outlet or power strip. A
depleted battery takes about
2.5 hours to fully charge.
While charging, an LED on the
transmitter will glow red. When
fully charged, the LED indicator
light will dim. Repeat the
process to charge the Receiver/
Viewer. (Optional chargers are
available if you’d like to charge a
transmitter and receiver at the
same time.)
Note: the Receiver/Viewer will not
operate while charging.
The pop-up shade is pre-installed
on the Receiver/Viewer. To open
it, place your thumb under the
narrower tab and lift the cover.
The side panels will pop open. To
close the shade, push in both side
panels and snap down the cover.
To remove the shade, lift the
bottom-most (wider) tab
off the device. The entire
shade will come off.
To attach the shade, align the
tab at the top of the shade with
the slot above the screen. Then
press down on the bottom of
the shade until the unit snaps
into the slot below the screen.
Though the pop-up sun shade will
help you see the screen in bright
daylight, you can set the brightness
to one of five levels. Toggle
through the Menu
button and
select Brightness. Press the Set
button to adjust the brightness.
A slider bar appears. Each level
increases the brightness by 20%.
Toggle through the Menu
button until Contrast is
selected. A slider bar appears.
Press the Set
button to
adjust the contrast. Each level
increases contrast by 20%.
Certain Canon DSLRs cannot auto-focus when you half press the Receiver/Viewer’s shutter
button in LV mode. They include the Canon Rebel XS (1000D), Rebel T1i (500D), and Rebel
XSi (450D). These cameras can auto focus by pressing the camera’s own * button.
The Canon 5D Mark II, 50D, 40D, 1D Mark IV, and 1Ds Mark III cameras
can auto focus by pressing the AF-ON button.
1. Attach the Transmitter/
Mini-Cam to your DSLR by
turning the knob underneath
counterclockwise, sliding the
transmitter into your camera’s
shoe mount. Then, turn the
knob clockwise to tighten the
locking collar in place.
Note: the shoe is used solely for
physical support.
2. Attach the appropriate
data cable (not included) to
the camera socket on the
transmitter and the twin ends
(where applicable) to your
camera’s AV output and remote
shutter socket. (See included
sheet listing compatible cameras
and their cables.)
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Once the transmitter and receiver
are charged, switch on the power
for both devices. You can choose
from four viewing channels.
Since the default is Channel
1, you should be able to see a
picture from the Mini-Cam in
the transmitter on the receiver’s
screen. A tiny “1” inside a camera
icon appears at the top left of the
screen. If no signal is being received
on that channel, a red X appears
to the right of the channel number.
FreeWave Viewer VL
1. Channel Indicator
3. Viewing mode
5. Receiver Battery Level
2. Signal Strength
4. Shooting Mode
6. Transmitter Battery Level
Here's how to match channels:
1. Press the Menu
button four
times to display the Match menu
at the bottom of the screen.
2. Press the Set
button to
cycle through the channels.
3. To select the highlighted
channel, fully press the Shutter
button on the Receiver/
Viewer. The shutter indicator
light will flicker, then stop
after a few seconds.
4. Press the Match button on
the Transmitter/Mini-Cam while
the Receiver/Viewer's shutter
indicator light is flickering.
5. The signal light of the
Transmitter/Mini-Cam will start
to flicker. When it stops, it
should have successfully matched
with the Receiver/Viewer.
6. To verify that channel matching
is successful, check that the
Receiver/Viewer's channel
number is followed by a series of
curved lines rather than an X. A
maximum of four lines indicates
the strength of the channel signal.
You will only need to change
and match channels if there’s
interference with other devices
or you add up to three other
Transmitter/Mini-Cams for control
from your Receiver/Viewer.
You can operate the system
through one of two views:
Mini-Cam or Live View (LV). The
picture from the transmitter’s
embedded camera is the Mini-Cam
view. It delivers a VGA-quality
picture from the fixed lens on the
transmitter. The lens offers an
approximately 35mm field of view.
Keep in mind that when you
choose to display the Mini-Cam
view on the receiver’s LCD, the
image will not be exactly framed
as the picture you capture through
your DSLR’s own lens. If your
DSLR lens is set to 35mm, the
frame will be generally comparable.
switch to LV mode, press the Set
button. To toggle back to the
Mini-Cam view, press it again.
To see exactly what your DSLR
captures, you should switch to the
LV mode since its image passes
through your DSLR’s lens. The
same channel number that carries
the picture from the Mini-Cam
also delivers the LV view. To
Single Shots
1. Set your camera to Single shot
2. Press the Menu
button on
the Receiver/Viewer followed by
the Set
button to navigate
to the single shot icon [ ].
3. Half press the shutter button
on the Receiver/Viewer to
activate focusing. A green LED
will light up near the upper right
corner of the LCD.
4. Fully press the shutter button
to take the shot. The shutter
LED will turn red.
Continuous Shots
1. Set your camera to Continuous
drive mode.
2. Press the Menu
button on
the Receiver/Viewer to get to
Drive mode.
3. Press the Set
to highlight the continuous
shooting mode icon [ ] as seen
on the Receiver/Viewer screen.
Note: with some cameras you’ll have to first manually focus the camera
and then use the receiver to remotely trigger the shutter.
4. Half press the shutter button
on the Receiver/Viewer to
activate focusing. A green LED
will light up near the upper right
corner of the LCD.
5. Fully press the shutter button.
The shutter LED will turn red.
Self-Timer Mode
1. Set your camera to Single Shot
drive mode.
2. Press the Menu
button on
the Receiver/Viewer and go to
Drive mode. Use the Set
button to navigate to the clock
icon [ ].
3. Half press the shutter button
on the Receiver/Viewer to focus
the camera. Full press to release
the shutter. The camera’s
shutter will be triggered 5
seconds later, giving you time
to get into the picture, for
Note: You can set your camera
to Self-Timer mode while leaving
the Receiver/Viewer in single shot
Bulb (Long Exposure) Mode
1. Set your camera to Bulb drive
2. Press the Menu
button on
the Receiver/Viewer and go to
Drive mode.
4. Half press the shutter on the
Receiver/Viewer to focus the
5. To start the exposure, fully
press the shutter button on
the Receiver/Viewer. Both the
shutter LED on the receiver
and the shutter LED on the
transmitter will stay red. To end
the exposure, half press the
shutter button again. Both LEDs
will turn off.
3. Using the Set
navigate to Bulb shooting mode
[ ].
Transmitter Setup
This function requires the optional
FW-IRC infrared emitter that
attaches to the VL’s transmitter.
1. Set your camera to infrared
remote shooting mode and
video mode.
2. Connect the VL transmitter
to your camera with the
appropriate data cable (not
included) by attaching the single
end of the data cable to the
transmitter’s camera socket and
the A\V end to your camera’s
A\V socket.
3. Connect the IR cable to the
transmitter. Rest the cable over
the data cable so that it does
not obstruct the lens.
4. Pre-focus the lens to your
subject before initiating video
recording. The Viewer VL does
not control auto-focus in video
mode. Switching the lens to
manual focus will lock the focus.
Note: IR video recording will
be disabled if the data cable
is connected to your camera’s
remote shutter socket. Ensure
the remote shutter socket is not
connected before attempting to
record video in IR mode.
Receiver Setup
Press the Menu
button on the
Receiver/Viewer and go to Drive
mode. Press the Set
and choose video mode [ ].
Video Shooting
When the Receiver/Viewer is set
to LV mode, it can display what the
lens on your DSLR sees. Fully press
the shutter button on the receiver
to begin video recording. The
shutter LEDs glow red on both the
transmitter and receiver. Press the
Receiver/Viewer’s shutter button
again to stop video recording.
If you want to capture the same
subject from different angles or
different subjects within range
of one Receiver/Viewer, you can
operate up to four cameras from
one Receiver/Viewer. Multiple
camera control is compatible
with stills or video as long as
you switch drive modes on
the FreeWave Viewer VL.
Follow these steps to set each
Transmitter/Mini-Cam to
one of the four channels.
1. Press the Menu
button four
times to display the Channel
menu at the bottom the screen.
while the indicator light is
flickering on the Receiver/
2. Using the Set
button, cycle
through the four channels for
each of the Transmitter/MiniCams you’ll be using.
4. The signal light of the
Transmitter/Mini-Cam will
start to flicker. When it stops,
it should have successfully
matched with the Receiver/
3. To select the highlighted
channel, fully press the Shutter
button at the top of the
Receiver/Viewer. The shutter
indicator light will flicker.
Quickly press the match button
on the Transmitter/Mini-Cam
5. Repeat this procedure for up
to three additional Transmitter/
Mini-Cams, choosing a different
channel for each.
On the Receiver/Viewer press the
button for 2 seconds.
Both it and the transmitter on the
current channel will go to sleep.
An LED on the receiver will glow
orange; the power indicator on
the transmitter, red. To wake up
the receiver and transmitter, press
the Sleep
button for three
seconds. Sleep mode does not
support multiple transmitters.
Whenever you take a picture
while in Mini-Cam mode, the
Receiver/Viewer will store the
image in its internal memory.
Note: There is no way to
disable this feature.
Only still images shot from the
Mini-Cam can be saved in the
internal memory of the Receiver/
Viewer. There is no storage or
playback on the Receiver/Viewer
from shooting in Live View mode.
Note: Images captured in Live
View mode will be saved to
your camera’s memory card.
Browsing / Managing Pictures
Press the Receiver/Viewer’s
button to enter
playback mode. You’ll see the latest
saved pictures by default. Press
the Right arrow
button to
navigate back through the images
and the Left arrow
button to
go forward. Press the Playback
button to exit playback mode.
One-hundred images can be stored
in the viewer. You won’t be able
to store additional images in the
viewer once its memory fills up.
A message will appear on the
screen that there’s no space in the
Receiver/Viewer’s internal memory.
Even so, your camera will continue
to be able to take pictures.
To delete individual images,
enter playback mode. When
you see an image to erase,
press the Delete
for 2 seconds. If you want to
delete all the pictures while in
Live View or Mini-Cam mode,
press the Menu
button and
select Delete All Images option.
Then press the Set
Note: Images stored in the
Receiver/Viewer cannot be
transferred to a computer via the
USB cable. The USB port is used
only for charging the battery.
Plug the smaller pin end of the included video cable into the Video output port, located on the bottom of the
Receiver/Viewer and the larger plug into a composite video port on your TV. (You may want to add your own
composite video cable to create a longer cable.) Set your TV to the appropriate video input. You’ll be able to
watch the live Mini mode on your TV from one or more Transmitter/Mini-Cam units in other rooms. By manually
advancing the images stored in the Receiver/Viewer’s internal memory, you’ll be able to share the pictures on a
larger screen or copy them in sequence to your video recorder. (See “Browsing / Managing Pictures” on page 26.)
For image archiving or keeping a recording of your session, you can insert a video
recorder (such as a DVR or VCR) between the Receiver/Viewer and your TV.
Note: The FreeWave Viewer VL does not support audio.
Why is my camera
unable to shoot?
• Ensure batteries are installed
correctly, and power is switched
Why is my camera unable
to control video?
• Make sure you’re using a
compatible Canon-branded
DSLR. Other brands will not
• Check that the FreeWave
Viewer VL’s transmitter and
receiver are on the same
• Check that your camera and
the FreeWave Viewer VL are in
IR mode.
• Be sure that cables are
connected correctly.
• Ensure the Receiver/Viewer is
set to video mode.
• Manually focus the lens of your
camera if your camera’s shutter
does not support Live View
during auto focus.
• Be sure the IR cable is
connected correctly and aimed
at the camera’s IR sensor.
• Check that nothing is plugged
into your camera’s remote
shutter socket.
• Make sure the Transmitter/MiniCam and Receiver/Viewer are
matched to the same channel.
Why is my camera unable
to control multiple
camera shutters?
• Be sure each transmitter has
been matched successfully with
the receiver.
• Be sure the receiver channel
has been switched to the
appropriate transmitter.
What can I do about
signal disturbance or
shooting interference?
• Try another channel.
• Be sure the channel is the same
on the transmitter and receiver.
• Move the receiver or camera to
a non-interfering position until
the signal connects.
• Be sure the receiver and each
transmitter are not low on
• Adjust the antenna.
• Be sure the cable is connected
• Be sure you are not moving,
and that there are no moving
objects between the transmitter
and receiver.
Weight (with battery)
Signal technology
Number of channels
Battery life (per battery)
Built-in camera resolution
View screen
Screen resolution
Viewing angle
3.4 × 2 × 1.6" (87 × 50 × 41 mm)
5 × 3.1 × 1.2" (127 × 79 × 30 mm)
4 oz. (113 g)
7.2 oz. (204 g)
2.4 GHz
Up to 328' (100 m)
Digital signal transfer, frequency switching
NP-60, 1200 mAH, rechargeable Lithium-ion
4 hours
0.3 MP
3.5" TFT LCD (16 million colors)
320 × 240 pixels
120° (H) / 105° (V)
100 pictures from transmitter’s built-in camera only
This equipment generates, uses,
and can radiate radio frequency
energy. If not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions,
the FreeWave Viewer VL may
cause harmful interference to
radio communications. This
equipment has been tested and
found to comply with the limits for
a Class B digital device pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designated to
provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference
in a residential installation.
There is no guarantee that
interference will not occur
in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can
be determined by turning the
equipment ON or OFF, the user
is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more
of the following measures:
1. Reorient or relocate the
receiving antenna;
2. Increase the distance between
the equipment and the receiver.
This device complies with Part
15, Subpart B, Class B of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause
harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Any changes or modifications
(including the antenna) made to
this device that are not expressly
approved by the manufacturer
may void the user’s authority
to operate the equipment.
One-Year Limited Warranty
This VELLO product is warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal consumer
use for a period of one (1) year from the original purchase date or thirty (30) days after replacement, whichever occurs later. The warranty
provider’s responsibility with respect to this limited warranty shall be limited solely to repair or replacement, at the provider’s discretion,
of any product that fails during normal use of this product in its intended manner and in its intended environment. Inoperability of the
product or part(s) shall be determined by the warranty provider. If the product has been discontinued, the warranty provider reserves the
right to replace it with a model of equivalent quality and function.
This warranty does not cover damage or defect caused by misuse, neglect, accident, alteration, abuse, improper installation or
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. This warranty provides you with specific legal rights, and you may also have additional rights that vary
from state to state.
To obtain warranty coverage, contact the Vello Customer Service Department to obtain a return merchandise authorization (“RMA”)
number, and return the defective product to Vello along with the RMA number and proof of purchase. Shipment of the defective product is
at the purchaser’s own risk and expense.
For more information or to arrange service, visit or call Customer Service at 212-594-2353.
Product warranty provided by the Gradus Group.
VELLO is a registered trademark of the Gradus Group.
© 2014 Gradus Group LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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