User Manual
Getting Started
FCC Verification:
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits or
Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
· Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
· Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
· Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected
· Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
IMPORTANT: Prohibition against eavesdropping.
Except for the operations of law enforcement officers conducted under lawful
authority, no person shall use, either directly or indirectly, a device operated
pursuant to the provisions of this Part for the purpose of overhearing or
recording the private conversations of others unless such use is authorized by
all of the parties engaging in the conversation.
WARNING: Modifications not approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void user’s authority to operate the equipment.
· Make sure product is fixed correctly and stable if fastened in place
· Do not operate if wires and terminals are exposed
For safety reasons, disconnect the power adapter before cleaning the DVR.
Solvents and alcohols may damage the casing. Use only a soft cloth to clean
the unit. If necessary, lightly dampen a cloth with water only, for excess dirt
and debris.
Brightness Setup-------------------------------------------------------13
Contrast Setup------------------------------------------------------------13
Color Setup------------------------------------------------------------------13
Auto Switching------------------------------------------------------------13
Getting Started
FCC Verification-----------------------------------------------------------2
Warning: Power Adapter usage-----------------------------2
Important Safety Instructions-----------------------------------2
Record Setup Menu--------------------------------------------------14
Record Mode---------------------------------------------------------------14
Video Quality---------------------------------------------------------------14
Record Frame Rate--------------------------------------------------14
DVR Layout
Record Schedule Menu-------------------------------------------14
Programming Record Modes--------------------------------14
Package Contents-------------------------------------------------------4
Using the Remote Control for the First Time-----4
Front Panel---------------------------------------------------------------------5
Rear Panel----------------------------------------------------------------------6
Remote Control Layout----------------------------------------------6
Motion Setup Menu---------------------------------------------------15
Setting Camera Sensitivity-------------------------------------15
Recording with Motion Detection-------------------------15
Hard Drive Setup Menu-------------------------------------------16
Overwrite Feature------------------------------------------------------16
Hard Drive Information--------------------------------------------16
Master HDD Format-------------------------------------------------16
Connecting the DVR
Connecting Cameras and Power---------------------------7
Connecting the DVR to a TV/Monitor-------------------8
Powering the DVR On/Off-----------------------------------------8
Auto-Recovery Feature----------------------------------------------8
System Restore---------------------------------------------------------16
Approximate Hard Drive Recording Times------17
General Recording and Playback
Connecting the DVR to a
Display Layout---------------------------------------------------------------9
Auto-Switching Feature---------------------------------------------9
Changing Camera Views----------------------------------------10
Basic Recording---------------------------------------------------------10
Before Entering the Menu System----------------------10
Playback Mode-----------------------------------------------------------10
View List of Recordings-------------------------------------------10
Time Search----------------------------------------------------------------11
DVR4-1000™ PC Viewer Software--------------------18
System Requirements---------------------------------------------18
Running PC Viewer Software-------------------------------18
Disconnecting the DVR4-1000™------------------------19
PC Viewer Layout-----------------------------------------------------19
Searching for Specific Events------------------------------20
Capturing Video and Images--------------------------------20
Capturing MYS Video----------------------------------------------20
Capturing AVI Video-------------------------------------------------21
Capturing a JPEG Image---------------------------------------22
MYS Player Layout---------------------------------------------------22
Playing MYS Files-----------------------------------------------------23
Menu Settings
Navigating the Menu System--------------------------------12
System Setup Menu-------------------------------------------------12
Buzzer Alarm Time---------------------------------------------------12
Loss Alarm-------------------------------------------------------------------12
Password Setup---------------------------------------------------------12
Time Setup-------------------------------------------------------------------13
Additional Information
Limited Warranty – Terms & Conditions------------25
Technical Support------------------------------------------------------26
Camera Setup Menu------------------------------------------------13
Live ON/OFF---------------------------------------------------------------13
Record ON/OFF---------------------------------------------------------13
Camera Select------------------------------------------------------------13
Package Contents
The following contents are included in the standalone DVR pack:
DVR Unit
Remote Control
DVR Power Supply
Instruction Manual
USB Cable
Software CD
Power Supply Cable
Easy Setup Guide
Security Stickers
Video Cable
Using the Remote Control for the First Time
The remote control contains a built-in battery that must be activated before
use. Find the clear plastic tab at the bottom of the remove. Gently pull to
remove. The remote will now be ready for use.
Front Panel
7. Remote Control Sensor
Aim the remote control at
the sensor
1. USB Connection
Connect to PC to
download or playback
8. Power Indicator
Light is on when DVR is
powered on
2. Up Arrow
Move cursor up in menus
or switches to camera 1
in view mode
9. Hard Drive Indicator
Light is on when hard
drive is active (recording,
searching, etc.)
3. Down Arrow
Move cursor down in
menus or switches to
camera 2 in view mode
10. Play/Pause Button
Push to begin last
recording playback or
pause playback
4. Right Arrow
Move cursor right in
menus or switches to
camera 3 in view mode
11. Rewind Button
Push to rewind
playback / confirms
selection in menus
5. Left Arrow
Move cursor left in
menus or switches to
camera 4 in view mode
12. Fast Forward Button
Push to fast forward
playback / confirms
selection in menus
6. Menu Button
Press to enter main
menu / returns to
previous menu / exits
main menu
13. Record/Stop Button
Push to begin recording
or stop recording
Rear Panel
1. Video Output
Output to monitor or TV
5. CH4
Input for Camera 4
2. CH1
Input for Camera 1
6. NTSC/PAL Switch
Set to NTSC to North
America and PAL for Europe
and Australia
3. CH2
Input for Camera 2
7. Power Input
DVR power supply
4. CH3
Input for Camera 3
Remote Control Layout
Camera Select Buttons
Changes to corresponding
camera when pushed
Record/Stop Button
Start or stop recording
Up & Down Buttons
Use to move up or down
Rewind & Fast Forward
Moves left/right in menus
Enter/Exit Menu Button
Enter Button
Confirm selection in menus
Play/Pause Button
Start or pause playback
Connecting Cameras and Power
The DVR4-1000™ requires at least 1 camera connected for full functionality.
Follow these steps to connect cameras to the DVR.
1. If you have an extension cable, connect your camera to the
2. Connect the BNC connector to VIDEO IN, CH1 on the back of the
DVR. If required, use RCA to BNC adapters for RCA cameras
3. Connect the Power connector on the extension cable to your
camera’s power supply
4. Finally connect the DVR’s power adapter to the DC 12V input on
the back of the DVR, and plug in your camera power supply
Connecting the DVR to a TV/Monitor
The DVR4-1000™ comes with a BNC to RCA video cable that will fit most
modern TV’s. Your TV or monitor will need a free VIDEO INPUT to connect
the DVR. Follow these steps to connect your TV/Monitor.
1. Connect the BNC cable to “VIDEO OUT” on the back of the DVR
2. Connect the Yellow RCA plug to a free Video Input on the back or side
of your TV/ monitor
3. Tune your TV/Monitor to the correct Video Input. This is sometimes
listed as Source, Input, L1, L2, Video, A/V and Channel 0. Consult
your TV manual for more information
Powering the DVR On/Off
To turn on your DVR connect the power adapter to the DC 12V input on the
back of the unit.
If you do not require use of the DVR for long periods of time, Swann
recommends unplugging the unit. To turn the DVR off, simply unplug the
DVR from the wall outlet or power point.
Auto-Recovery Feature
The DVR4-1000™ is equipped with an auto-recovery feature. Should a
power outage occur while you are recording, the DVR will automatically begin
recording again once power is restored.
Display Layout
1. Date & Time Display
4. Record Mode
Each or Quad
2. Video Status
V-LOSS appears when
no signal is detected
5. Recording Indicator
6. Motion Detected
Motion indicator
3. Channel Indicator
Current channel in full
screen view
7. Type of Recording
Motion (M), Timer (T) or
No recording (-)
Auto Switching Feature
button to cycle all 4 cameras in full screen
Press the Auto Switching
mode. See Camera Setup Menu for details on changing the length of time
between cycles.
Changing Camera Views
buttons to change between cameras 1-4 in full screen.
Basic Recording
button when viewing
To begin manual recording, press the Record/Stop
your cameras. By default, “Each Rec” will appear indicating the DVR is
recording each camera independently. Push the Record/Stop
again to stop a recording.
Note: The DVR4-1000™ requires at least one camera connected to begin
recording; a “VIDEO LOSS” message will appear if no camera is present.
The DVR4-1000™ will automatically begin recording when powered on if a
camera is connected.
Before Entering the Menu System
You must stop all record modes before entering playback or the main menu
otherwise a Hard Drive Usage message will appear.
Playback Mode
To enter playback mode, press the Play/Pause
will begin playing.
button again to pause the recording.
Press the Play/Pause
button to increase the playback speed by 2X, 4X
Press the Fast Forward
or 8X.
Press the Rewind
button. The recordings
button to reverse playback.
To stop playback and return to live camera view, push the Record/Stop
View List of Recordings
To view a list of all recordings, push the Menu
button while in playback
mode. A list will appear with the newest recordings at the top. Move the
and Down arrows and push the Play/Pause
cursor using the Up
button to view the recording.
Push the Record/Stop
camera view.
button to exit playback and return to the live
Time Search
The DVR4-1000™ has a built-in search feature that allows you to enter a
specific date and time to quickly search through recorded footage. While in
playback mode, push the Menu
button to bring up the list of recordings
button to move the cursor to the date
and then press the Record/Stop
and time at the top of the screen.
Date –
Press the Left
Press the Up
and Right
and Down
buttons to move the cursor to the desired
arrows to change the value the cursor is under.
When you have finished changing the Date and Time you are searching for,
press the Play/Pause
button to view the recording.
Note: If the date is outside of the range of your current recordings a “NO
DATA” message will flash.
Navigating the Menu System
The DVR4-1000™ has many adjustable features to customize and suit
various applications. Navigate the menus using these commands.
Menu Button – enter or exit menu
- return to previous menu
Buttons – move cursor
- change value/select button
System Setup Menu
From the Main Menu, select System
Buzzer Alarm Time: Number of seconds the alarm sounds
Loss Alarm: Set the DVR to sound an audible alarm when any video signal
is lost or disconnected from the unit
Password Setup: Select to change password – Note: Default is “111111”
Set with the channel select buttons. You
will be prompted to enter the current
password before entering a new on.
Button: 1
Button: 2
Button: 3
Button: 4
Time Setup: Set the current Date & Time using the arrow buttons
Adjust the date in Year-Month-Day YYYY/MM/DD
Adjust the time in 24hr clock format in hour,
minute, seconds - HH:MM:SS
Camera Setup Menu
Camera: Settings for current camera
Live ON/OFF: Turns selected camera on/off
Record ON/OFF: Set the selected camera for viewing only – will not record
Bright Setup: Increase or decrease camera brightness – (0 low, 9 high)
Contrast Setup: Increase or decrease image contrast – (0 low, 9 high)
Colors Setup: Increase or decrease color hue – (0 low, 9 high)
Auto Switching: Set the number of seconds the camera will be shown
before cycling to the next image when enabled
Record Setup Menu
Record Mode:
Each: Each camera will be recorded separately - on playback, each
camera can be zoomed to full screen.
Quad: All 4 cameras are recorded as one image - no zoom is
available on playback
Video Quality: Set recording quality Low, Medium or High
Record Frame Rate: Set Frame Rate up to maximum 30 fps NTSC
(4 Channels x 7.5 fps) or 25 fps PAL (4 Channels x 6.25 fps)
Record Schedule Menu
Programmed Record: Set the DVR to record Motion, Timer or No recording
– Schedule is based on 24-hour time clock
“M” : Motion Detection Recording
“T” : Timer or Continuous Recording
“–” : No Recording
Motion Setup Menu
Channel Sensitivity: Set the sensitivity of each camera from 1-9
(1 being least sensitive and 9 being most sensitive)
Note: Motion detection recording will not be activated unless specified in
Record Schedule/Programmed Record as above
Setting the sensitivity to “0” will turn off motion detection for the chosen
Recording with Motion Detection
When Motion settings have been set exit all menus and press the
button to begin recording.
Square indicates
Channel 1 is
2nd ‘M’ indicates Motion
has been detected
Hard Drive Setup Menu
Overwrite Enabled: Choose yes to enable the automatic overwrite option –
hard drive will automatically overwrite the oldest event when it
becomes full
Master HDD Size: The total hard drive size
Master HDD Used: The total memory used in MB and percentage full
Master HDD Format: When formatting the hard drive you will be prompted to
enter your password to prevent unauthorized tampering
System Restore Feature
System Restore: This feature will reset all settings to default
Note: System Restore resets settings only, will not erase hard drive contents
Approximate Hard Drive Recording Times
The following table is an approximate guide to recording times for an 80GB
hard drive. This is a general guide only as complexities and changes in an
image will vary storage sizes.
DVR4-1000™ PC Viewer Software
The PC Viewer Software will allow you to stream images and video recorded
on your DVR to your PC. You can review footage on the DVR or backup
images and video to your PC.
There are 2 modes included with this software.
1. DVR Viewing Software – for reviewing recorded footage directly
from the DVR and backing up files to your computer (MYS, JPEG,
AVI formats)
2. MYS File Player – will allow you to play proprietary MYS files saved
to your computer without having the DVR connected
System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 2000 (SP4) or later
CPU: 1.0 GHz or greater
RAM: 256MB or greater
DirextX: Version 7.0 or later
Ensure the DVR4-1000™ is powered on
Connect the included USB cable to your computer and DVR4-1000™
Insert the software CD into your CD-ROM drive
Open My Computer and navigate to your CD-ROM
Double-click the “setup.exe” program located on the CD
Click “Install”
Read the License Agreement and click “I agree”
Click “Ok” to complete the installation
Running the PC Viewer Software
First, ensure the DVR is connected to the computer and turned on. When
connected, the DVR will display “USB CONNECTING” and you will be unable
to operate the DVR until you disconnect the USB cable.
Next, From the Start menu, find the DVR4-1000™ folder and click the icon
named “DVR4-1000 PC USB Viewer”. The software will detect the DVR and
load the last recorded image on the hard drive.
Note: If you receive an error, check the USB connections on the DVR or PC
and restart the program
Disconnecting the DVR4-1000™
When you have finished using the software and are ready to disconnect,
simply unplug the USB cable from the DVR. DO NOT “Stop” the USB
Storage Device in the Windows taskbar to prevent data loss or corruption.
PC Viewer Layout
1. Channel View
Cameras 1-4
8. Capture MYS Video
Create MYS video file
preserving DVR video
2. Position Slider
Cycle through all recordings
9. Capture AVI Video
Convert video to AVI
3. MYS Player
Switch to MYS player view
4. Not Used
10. Capture JPEG Image
Create JPEG screen capture
5. Hard Drive Information
11. Not Used
6. Channel Selection
Full screen selector
12. Current Status
13. Recording Date & Time
Date recording captured
7. Viewer Playback Controls
Searching for Specific Events
To search for a specific recordings follow these steps
1. Click ‘Searcher’ > ‘Event List’ from the menu to show a list of all
recordings along with the date and time it began and ended
2. Click the recording you are searching for and then click ‘OK’ – Note the
names indicate the time a recording began and finished
3. The recording will begin playing. Use the playback controls to navigate
to the images required
Alternatively, you may use the Position Slider to quickly navigate through all
footage recorded on the hard drive.
Capturing Video and Images
The PC Viewer software has 3 options for backing up footage from the DVR
to your PC
1. Capture MYS Video – This option will save selected video in
the proprietary .MYS format. Video files in this format are
preserved as they were written to the DVR4-1000™
2. Capture AVI Video – This option will save selected video in
.AVI format, commonly read by most computers
3. Capture JPEG Image – This option allows you to capture a
single frame in JPEG format for viewing on most computers
Capturing MYS Video
1. Navigate the viewer to a position you would like to begin recording and
click the pause button in player controls
2. Click the Capture MYS Video button to bring up the save dialog box
3. The save dialog box shows the directory where your recording will be
saved. Click ‘OK’ to continue. The ‘Capturing’ dialog will appear
indicating it is recording the images to PC
4. Click ‘Stop Capturing’ to stop the recording. The file will now appear in
the default directory C:\DVR4-1000\Capture_MYS\
Capturing AVI Video
1. Navigate the viewer to a position you would like to begin recording and
click the pause button in player controls
2. Click the Capture AVI Video button to bring up the save dialog box
3. Choose a filename and location to save your video and click save.
4. Choose your desired compression type. The default is
‘Uncompressed’ - click ‘OK’
5. The video will begin playing and recording to your PC. When it has
finished, click the Capture AVI Video button to stop recording
6. A message will appear confirming the file has been created and where
it is located. The file will now play on most media players
Capturing a JPEG Image
1. Navigate the viewer to a position you would like to begin recording and
click the pause button in player controls
2. Click the ‘Capture JPEG Image’ button to create an image
3. A dialog box will appear showing the location and filename in yearmonth-day-time format of when it was recorded
MYS Player Layout
1. Channel View
5. Open File
Open an MYS file
2. Open File Dialog Box
Select MYS file to view
6. File Information
3. Position Slider
Recording timeline
7. Viewer Playback Controls
4. PC Viewer
Switch to PC Viewer
8. Capture JPEG Image
Create JPEG screen capture
Playing MYS Files
1. From the PC Viewer screen click the ‘MYS Player’ button
2. The Open file box will appear – select the file you wish to play and click
3. The file will begin playing. Use the playback controls to navigate
through the video
While in MYS Viewer mode you may create a JPEG image as in the PC
Viewer software. To return to the PC Viewer click ‘PC Viewer’ button.
Note: If you have already stored MYS files on the computer and wish to view
them you do not need to have the DVR4-1000™ connected to the PC. The
program will default to MYS Viewer mode when the DVR is not present.
Operating System
Video Input
Video Input
Video Output
Display Frame
Recording Frame
Recording Mode
Supported HDD
Backup Device
Brightness adjust
Contrast adjust
USB Output
System monitor
Power supply
Embedded RTOS
4CH Composite
1CH Composite
120 fps (4 x 30 fps)
100 fps (4 x 25 fps)
Max. 60 fps
Max. 50 fps
Motion Continuous / / Programmed
640 x 448
640 x 544
Recording NTSC
Advanced Low
12K Bytes / Frame
15K Bytes / Frame
20K Bytes / Frame
PC via USB or Output to VCR
Time / Date / Event
Power recover auto restore record mode
DC 12V
9” x 12” x 2”
224mm x 298mm x 53mm
3.3 lbs / 1.5 KG
Limited Warranty – Terms and Conditions
Swann Communications warranty is limited to the repair or
replacement of the supplied device and accessories only. We will not
be held responsible for any resulting loss or damage to property, or
loss of income or earnings that may be caused by failure of this device,
or by complications or costs arising from the use of this device or any
associated software or hardware.
All Swann warranties are limited to the original purchaser only, and are
not transferable to any other party.
All Swann modem products are covered by a Return to Base warranty.
Warranty registration is not required, but purchasers are asked to
retain their receipt as proof of purchase.
Any party returning a faulty unit must pay all applicable freight (and
insurance if applicable) charges to return the unit to Swann
Swann Communications will pay all freight charges to return the
repaired unit to the returning party.
Swann Communications will at their discretion, repair, replace or credit
the faulty unit unless otherwise specified by contractual agreement.
Any unit returned as faulty, but tested and found OK will incur a
handling charge.
DOA: Swann considers that any product that fails within 14 days of end
user purchase can be considered DOA, and will be replaced with a
new unit.
Swann Communications will fully support their modems for the entire
warranty period, but Swann cannot provide support for third party
software, over which we have no control in its use or design.
Returns will be rejected unless clearly marked with a Return
Authorisation number supplied by the Swann Tech Department.
Swann reserves the right to replace any faulty unit that is no longer in
production with a current model of similar or equivalent type.
Evidence of any of the following conditions will void any warranty claim.
Lightning Strike, Power Surge, physical damage, or removal of any
tamper seal.
Swann recommends the fitting of telephone line and PowerPoint surge
suppression devices.
Information on credits and returns is contained within the
accompanying Returns Policy document.
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