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What camera should I get?

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I recently bought a Panasonic HDC TM700 camera, but returned it because it only exported in .m2ts. Are there any similar cameras that have a lot of the same hardware features but can export a "normal" format like .mov or .avi. I want it to be about the same price or less. Any good suggestions?
post #2 of 8
Most new HD camcorders export in that file format, but it's a simple thing to convert them using many software programs.
I use the ROXIO Creator 2011 Pro they also have a plain Creator program if you don't need 3D. also it's about $30US less in price.
post #3 of 8
I think samsung video cameras are what you want, though I am not sure you will find the same type of video quality for the price of the 700.
post #4 of 8
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I didn't really want to use any third party software between the camera and AE/Premiere CS3... Especially if I had to pay for it... oh well... Just looked at the Samsungs now, and I'm not overly impressed. I think the panny is the best camera I've seen, I just don't want to buy CS5, it would cost more than the camera itself.
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Originally Posted by Xamith95 View Post

I didn't really want to use any third party software between the camera and AE/Premiere CS3... Especially if I had to pay for it... oh well... Just looked at the Samsungs now, and I'm not overly impressed. I think the panny is the best camera I've seen, I just don't want to buy CS5, it would cost more than the camera itself.

Try http://www.aunsoft.com/mts-converter/

Use it on some of your old TM700 footage. You can convert to virtually any format. They have a free demo that will put a little watermark on your video, but I've tried it to convert video for use with Media Composer 5, and it worked fine. It's only $30.

Remember, .mts is merely a "container". You should be able to easily convert it to many different formats, and retain 59.94 frames per second(you will need to use the custom menu for that).
However, CS3 may be to old to handle even the converted video's, unless you cut them down to 29.97 frames per second. Which kind of defeats the purpose of shooting in 60P in the first place.
post #6 of 8
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true... I kinda want to get CS5 production suite but it's way to much money, and then I would need a 64 bit OS... money money money...
post #7 of 8
How did you edit the files from your TM700 when you had it??
post #8 of 8
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I didn't, really, I just watched them from the software it gave me, which was just a basic program. It had an editor in it, but it sucked and would only export AVCHD.
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