Originally Posted by bowmah
Can I ask why users are copying to the SD card before downloading files to the PC? Why not just use the bundled software to "copy" files over from the internal memory directly to the PC?
Because the HD Writer AE software does not do a direct file copy, first it doesn't copy all the files off the SD card, and second it actually changes from them MTS to M2TS (even when you do a transfer of 60p, rather than conversion).
Additionally, as Panasonic's tool doesn't provide a way to copy the M2TS files back to the camera so that you can play them from the camera directly to a HDMI connected TV, then you are entirely stuck with potentially no 60p playback device.
If you are editing the files, e.g. Premiere CS4, then you only need the original MTS or M2TS files (seems there's no difference to Premiere) for editing. However, until I get a reliable 60p playback solution working I need to know that I can always copy the entire file set back to the camera to make it work.
Given you don't have write access to the built-in-memory, it is also logical clearly to copy everything to the SD card, and then take the card out of the camera and into a generic USB SD card reader where you can make a 100% complete, simple, and accurate backup of the files needed, should you need to copy them back to the SD card for playback later.
Once I have a full editing solution working correctly, and a playback solution working correctly I'll stop with all the hassle of multiple copies of the files, but for now, it's my only guaranteed solution.