Originally Posted by Laura Pazzaglia Simmarano
Hello everyone, first-time poster, relatively short recording experience (1 year) with the Panasonic HCv720.
I'm looking for recommendations for a small hand-hand remote record/pause trigger. I've already downloaded and used the android app (which is fantastic) but it is large and bulky to use when I am recording myself. So I would appreciate any recommendation for something small I can just keep in the palm of my hand and just push to record / pause.
I'm also having problems with getting the Panasonic software to work on Windows 7 - and had to use some crazy work-around that involved Windows Movie-Maker to import the proprietary formatted video into Adobe Premiere (which cause some sound loss).
Has anyone been able to get the Panasonic Software to work or can recommend a moderately-priced ($100 range) software that can read and convert AVCHD into standard video formats?
First you do not need the Panasonic HDWriter to download from the camera. Using either the USB link or SD card in your PC reader, open the folder and you will see DCIM and PRIVATE. For AVCHD files Open PRIVATE then BMDV then STREAM. You should see a number of files with *******.MTS. These are your video files and you can save them to your PC before loading them into your video editor. (Use Windows Explorer)
For MP4 files go to DCIM then 101UDPBH and you will find the ****.MP4 video files.
I use the Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 editor. this will give you everything you need to edit and render the files into videos into usable files for DVD, Blu-Ray or YouTube etc. You do not need any intermediate conversion step.
Most editors will take the MTS and MP4 files directly.
There is no remote control for the 720 other than the App. I use my Samsung Mini Smartphone with Near Field Communication to control the camera (in my case a HC-V750) A cheap small Smartphone with NFC will do, you do NOT need a SIM card!!
You can always use the editor to tailor the video clips without using a remote control. Just start the camera, get settled in front of the lens and make the presentation, then, in the edit, cut out the bits you don't want.
Adobe Premier should take the files from the camera (as described above) without loss of any sound information and no intermediate step should be needed. Use the latest version and make sure your PC is powerful enough to run it.