Originally Posted by NorthTV
OK, a new sub topic. I tried for the first time today to download my 3D videos from the Sony camcorder's internal memory to a USB hard drive. All went well I think, but at the end I did not get any prompt asking if I wanted to keep or delete the source data within the camera. Also the little icon that the paper manual said to click on when the loading completed never appeared. (Also the icon pictured is not shown anywhere else in the manual so I am not sure what it represents.) Anyone had similar experience? (I did turn the camera on without the USB drive attached and it appears my data was still in the camera. I just don't know if the download was successful to the hard drive and not sure how to find out short of hooking up the external drive to a computer since I will be keeping the same files on the camera's internal drive.) It is my intention to make a second download to another external USB hard drive as a further back-up. Any reason that should not work? I know the camera will search the original external USB attached hard drive to only download new files, but I assume a completely new hard drive would not be so restricted?
Here's what I do with my external drive that connect directly to the TD10 without a computer in between. The drive is 1TB WD model WDBACX0010BBk-01 (per the drive sticker), which is a USB2 / USB3 WD passport drive.
1: Drive must be formatted FAT32. This means that files larger than 2GB won't store there unless broken into 2GB segments. The TD10 automatically does this splitting during recording. I formatted the drive once, back in May. FAT32 means that both Mac and Windows can access the files there. So the drive can also be used for direct access to store or retrieve backup data from a PC.
2: When I plug the drive into the TD10 and there are video files I haven't copied to the drive yet, from within the currently active storage device in the TD10 (internal or card, but not both at the exact same time) the TD10 lets me copy the files to the drive, as the first thing to do. So the USB drive is perfect for incremental backup, automatically managed by the TD10 - excellent. This is the so called "EASY COPY" function of the TD10. I have not tried to use a second compatible USB drive for a second backup. Instead, I backup the files after they are imported to the PC with PMB, using a different USB drive connected to the PC that is formatted NTFS so that files can be larger than 2GB, as PMB will join segments to make files larger than 2GB when they are imported to the PC.
3. All of the videos I ever backed up to the 1TB WD passport drive are playable through the TD10 when the drive is connected to the TD10. Excellent.
4. I can access the files that the TD10 copied to the usb drive when the usb drive is plugged directly into the PC, but the files are numbered differently when they are stored on the drive as compared with the file numbers in the memory of the TD10. The solution is to use the Sony supplied PMB software to import the files from either the camcorder or the USB drive when either is connected to a PC, as the PMB software manages the video files by date, and also provides other methods of organization besides file numbers. PMB allows trimming video files while retaining 3D content, but currently does not display 3D content. For 3D playback on the PC I use the separate "stereoscopic player" software.
5. I have other backup data stored on the 1TB drive besides videos. I stored these other backup files on the 1TB drive by direct PC USB access supported by Windows. This hasn't caused me any problems. The 1TB drive is half full and about 200gb of that is video managed by the TD10. I have not installed the WD supplied encryption software on the PC.
6. Another USB drive I have would not work directly with the TD10. This was listed by me back in May here in this thread. Since it wouldn't work directly with the TD10, that is the one I formatted NTFS with windows and backup my PMB managed content on the PC.
A) I used the USB drive connected to the TD10 for backups and playback managed by the TD10.
B) I use an internal hard drive on the PC with PMB to manage videos from the TD10. I also use Sony Vegas for still frame captures in full SBS format. I have yet to burn a bluray with Vegas as I do not fancy the idea of having to convert my video to a lower bit rate, and haven't needed to distribute the 3D content to anyone else yet.
C) I use an NTFS formatted USB drive as a second backup, and also as a backup for the videos that I've trimmed with PMB.
D) I use "Stereoscopic Player" software to play back in 3D on the PC, and an LG D2342P monitor on the PC for 3D viewing using the passive RealD glasses from the theater.
With all this great stuff, who could ever go back to 2D?