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post #781 of 791
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Originally Posted by simpucker View Post

Try taking a picture, then go to file properties in your operating system and check the firmware. If it is below ver1.1.0, that might be the issue. I upgraded my camera from ver1.0.0 a few months ago... I think there were comments in this thread with the instructions.

Thanks, I checked mine and it is ver 1.0 so what is the advantage of ver 1.1 over ver 1.0 before I consider upgrading the firmware?
post #782 of 791
It looks like you can run strings on the image files as well.

$ strings sany1814.jpg | more

EExif
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
SANYO Electric Co.,Ltd.
FH1
ver1.0.0
2010:05:01 17:29:02
PrintIM
0300
0221
0100
2010:05:01 17:29:02
2010:05:01 17:29:02

0100
SANYO
SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

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I guess that means I'm running version 1.0.0

It doesn't quite work for video files though. hexedit shows 0x0100 aka byte 256 for 8 bytes for that info.

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In theory the new firmware fixes the AWB surge that it does on occassion. And some color stuff. And fixes the purple line issue if you got one of those early items. I'm not sure of the rest of it. It was never officially available at sanyo.com, so I opted not to run the risk myself. Although now that it's 1+ years old (to me)...
post #783 of 791
Any way to make time lapse video with the FH1 using a laptop for timing control? I know there is no control for this in the camera alone. I'd like to take a frame image every 5 to 10 seconds and sew them together into a video.
post #784 of 791
There's always a way. It's not always easy, but there's always a way.

via ffmpeg in linux (or windows)

$ ffmpeg -an -i sany####.mp4 -vframes 120 -r 1/10 -y frame_grab_%03d.png

Saves a PNG of 120 frames, one taken every ten seconds. It takes a good while because it decodes the entire video looking for those frames.

And you can make a video from the images.

$ ffmpeg -r 30000/1001 -f image2 -i frame_grab_%03d.png -r 30000/1001 -y output.mpg

Or go a roundabout way to merge the two steps without using a ton of HDD space on temp images.

$ ffmpeg -i sany1234.mp4 -r 1/10 -s 1920x1080 -f rawvideo - | ffmpeg -s 1920x1080 -r 30000/1001 -f rawvideo -i - -y output.mpg

(or something like that / untested syntax)
post #785 of 791
Thread Starter 
Amazon haven't sold the HD1010 for a while now and because of that, B&H previously increased the price from $300 to $320. Anyway, B&H is now saying that it's discontinued. It was $300 for a while which was a very good deal but Amazon has sold the newer FH1A for only $329 although it's not surprising that it sold out right away and when they finally received some more stock, it went back up to nearly $400. Even the $400 price tag is pretty good for a camcorder with 1080 60p but I expect it to level at around $350 or less within the next few moths while the HD2000A will probably level to around $450 or less. While I'm at it, I wouldn't be surprised if the new CS1 gets priced below $230 within a few months. I'll admit that the current price of under $270 isn't bad.

With all that said, it seams likely that the successor of the FH1A and the HD2000A will get released since Sanyo have released much lower quality camcorders recently. Perhaps Panasonic will give it an optical stabilizer and better auto focusing capabilities. Something to keep in mind is that Panasonic also released their cheaper camcorders first. I'm still not going to be surprised if we never see successors being released.
post #786 of 791
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Originally Posted by Shadow_7 View Post

There's always a way. It's not always easy, but there's always a way.

via ffmpeg in linux (or windows)

$ ffmpeg -an -i sany####.mp4 -vframes 120 -r 1/10 -y frame_grab_%03d.png

Saves a PNG of 120 frames, one taken every ten seconds. It takes a good while because it decodes the entire video looking for those frames.

And you can make a video from the images.

$ ffmpeg -r 30000/1001 -f image2 -i frame_grab_%03d.png -r 30000/1001 -y output.mpg

Or go a roundabout way to merge the two steps without using a ton of HDD space on temp images.

$ ffmpeg -i sany1234.mp4 -r 1/10 -s 1920x1080 -f rawvideo - | ffmpeg -s 1920x1080 -r 30000/1001 -f rawvideo -i - -y output.mpg

(or something like that / untested syntax)

Thanks, I'll give those a shot.

Is there a way to control the FH1 to take time lapse photos live with a laptop?
post #787 of 791
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Originally Posted by Buddy C View Post

Thanks, I'll give those a shot.

Is there a way to control the FH1 to take time lapse photos live with a laptop?

I've heard that the camcorder can operate as a webcam over USB. Perhaps going that route and setting up some sort of cam software to take snapshots at intervals would accomplish that task. I've yet to try this device in that manner myself and you'd be advised to be plugged into a socket since the battery only lasts 2 hours. And in cam mode it might only do 720p or something odd.

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Broke out the cable. And tried....

Menu pops up
- computer
- printer
- cancel

select computer

- card reader
- mtp
- screen capture
- pc camera
- cancel

select pc camera

v4l-info in linux says.....
640x480 mjpeg - colorspace SRGB

Looks like resolutions between 48x32 to 640x480 are supported in that mode. Not exactly HD, but probably better at webcam stuff than your typical $50 BB special. I'm unfamiliar with MTP or Screen Capture, maybe they work in that regard. Or not.
post #788 of 791
looks like kernel module uvcvideo to support it in linux (auto detected and loaded in debian). I installed luvcview and luvccapture. luvcview shows the device as your typical webcam looking thing. Pretty sharp image for a webcam. And also barfs about device NOT supporting 30p. fps on the titlebar fluctuates between 25-ish and almost 40 fps.

luvcview -i 30 -s 640x480 -f MJPG -d /dev/video0
(which is what it defaults to by the looks of things)

mplayer can view the device which you can use with a named pipe to send to either mencoder or ffmpeg. I couldn't get xawtv or tvtime to work with it. Setting modes in software seem to fail miserably. It does what it does and that's it. fps seems to be off, but runs at about 30fps(+/- 10 fps). Stuck in standard def though. Which might just be linux drivers, I should probably try it out in windows.

If you're not using it as a webcam, you have to pull the USB cable which is annoying at best. And a few attempts to make adjustments made it go windows. i.e. Pull plug, pull battery, to recover / regain usability.

lsusb vendor:device == 0474:02e4 Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd
post #789 of 791
correction 0474:02e6

changing your video mode doesn't seem to do anything on the front end pre usb cable. screen capture shows a camera and a laptop, but I'm unfamiliar with the software to make that bridge. (yet)

It looks like it charges via usb, so having usb and power plug in makes things a bit unstable.
post #790 of 791
I finally got a mini-HDMI cable. Technically a mini-HDMI to HDMI(F) adapter to use with my already existing 20' HDMI cable. You really don't know what you're missing until you get to watch the original 60p videos in 60p unedited on a 42" HDTV. Wow. Not perfect, but Wow. It was either the adapter ($30), or the 8' HDMI to mini-HDMI cable ($80). Bought off the shelf, but I was there anyway getting a larger and newer HDD for the laptop. I was only able to get 60i with the component cable that comes with the camcorder on my HDTV. There is a noticeable difference.
post #791 of 791
the HDMI cable is nice to have, the HF200 and HF R11 Canon's i got at Costco had HDMI cables included in the kit. I used them only once just to check any difference if played directly from the camera or SD card to PS3/HTPC. I prefer plugging the SD card directly to my PS3 or HTPC then projected to my HDTV, that way i can control playback with my harmony remote from my couch and not sitting beside the camera tied up to the TV.
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