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post #1171 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

Why iTunes? Why not YouTube?

Yeah, when you use Apple products you have to go thru iTunes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by alokeprasad View Post

I have 1080p60 m2ts files (in chunks of 4GB) that I would like to import into iTunes with the intention of playing them back on my iPod Touch and iPad (3rd gen). Ideally, these would be 2 different files because the iPod Touch has a much lower resolution than the iPad, which would do the full 1080p.

Any idea how to best do this? Ideally, one would have a single file for the lower resolution device (as the file size would fall well below 4 GB after format conversion).

The format conversion options in HDWAE3 are pretty limited, but can it be used to do this?

Aloke

You can use the free Handbrake or Freemake programs to do the file conversions. You need the files converted to .MP4 to play on your Apple devices.

They are not as nearly user friendly as the program I use... "DVD Catalyst". I use it to convert all my movies and video's for my portable video playing devices. It's basically a 1 or 2 click operation and it works great for me. It automatically converts video to the correct file format and screen/resolution size and for all kinds of portable devices, and it does it well. HD files look great on my tablets and phones.

There is a free trial you can download. It's also just $9.95 for the program currently. This is the easist conversion tool I have ever used for making video that will play on all my portable devices. They also have great support if you run into any issues.

And yes, it does accept Panasonic 1080/60p files and converts them for all portable devices that it supports..which is hundreds.

http://www.tools4movies.com/
post #1172 of 1366
Thanks. Looks like a good choice.

Does DVD Catalyst combine multiple files (4GB source files) into one smaller but contiguous file?

I am trying handbrake and Nero Recode.
post #1173 of 1366
I'm pretty sure it doesn't combine files. I don't use it for my camcorder files really. I have put a couple of my camcorder video's on my Asus Transformer tablet, but that's it.

I use it mostly to put movies on my tablets and phones for the kids. So they can watch them wherever they go.
post #1174 of 1366
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Originally Posted by Kabillyhop View Post

...Here is my dilemma. My wife has seen the ads for the new Sony PJ580V with the built in projector...

The projector sounds like a cool idea, but when are you really going to use it? If you are at some event and you've just been recording, are you going to have everyone sit down as you project these clips on a wall? I guess if people want to see things that immediately you might do that.

Or are you going to take a trip and come back and show people the raw video you took? Are you really going to preview your clips on the wall when you could just as well do it on the LCD?

It sounds like a gimmick to me. The biggest obstacle I saw was that you can't put video back on the camera to display using the projector. If you could do that, that would be cool. But Sony deliberately makes it so it won't play clips you arbitrarily put on the camera. So if you had edited that family vacation and wanted to project it... you can't.

For that matter, if you really need to show the video off immediately, how often would you be somewhere that didn't have a TV? Get out your mini-HDMI cable and show it on the big screen HDTV; no projector required.

Anyway, that's my opinion, but as someone else said, if this is truly a birthday gift for her, you should get her what she wants, especially if she is the primary videographer in the family. If it is really a practical purchase for both of you, maybe you should get the TM900 for that purpose and get her something more personal for her birthday.
post #1175 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by alokeprasad View Post

I have 1080p60 m2ts files (in chunks of 4GB) that I would like to import into iTunes with the intention of playing them back on my iPod Touch and iPad (3rd gen). Ideally, these would be 2 different files because the iPod Touch has a much lower resolution than the iPad, which would do the full 1080p.

Any idea how to best do this? Ideally, one would have a single file for the lower resolution device (as the file size would fall well below 4 GB after format conversion).

The format conversion options in HDWAE3 are pretty limited, but can it be used to do this?

Aloke

I'm sure this has been answered better elsewhere in the thread, but I'll give a quick try. I assume you are on Windows since you mentioned HDWAE3.

1. Create a single file from the mts files: In the terminal type - copy /b 00000.MTS+00001.MTS movie.mts
Obviously you will need to change the file names to what you need/want.

2. Download and install Handbrake. This will let you convert the file into mp4 files that can be brought into iTunes. It has presets for the iPod Touch. Use High Profile for the iPad. For both devices you will need to bring the frame rate down to 30fps.

- MDG
post #1176 of 1366
Thanks. I didn't expect that a simple binary join would be sufficient to create a single video file (what with the header and codec information etc.).
I discovered Handbrake. I hope they add presets for the new iPad soon.
post #1177 of 1366
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Originally Posted by alokeprasad View Post

Thanks. I didn't expect that a simple binary join would be sufficient to create a single video file (what with the header and codec information etc.).
I discovered Handbrake. I hope they add presets for the new iPad soon.


You can make your own I Pad 3 preset for Handbrake. In TOOLS,OPTIONS,OUTPUT FILES tab, MP4 FILE EXTENSION, set for ALWAYS USE MP4. Load the video file in M2TS format. Select IPAD preset. In PICTURE tab SIZE ,change for WIDTH =1920 HEIGHT=1080. ANAMORPHIC box select STRICT. In VIDEO tab, VIDEO CODEC = H.264 (X.264). FRAMERATE = 29.97. Check CONSTANT FRAMERATE. Select ,AVG.BITRATE to 2500 and 2-PASS ENCODING. To save the preset click on + ADD and save as IPAD 3 setting. It works great on my Ipad3,and the file size is 1/10th of the original Panasonic file.
post #1178 of 1366
Here's a dumb question:

Anyone has a list of screen indicators possible on the LCD screen when recording video? The manual has the indicators when taking still pictures (page 38).

For example, I see what looks like a "wave with a slash through it" just below the image stabilizer icon. What is that?

Also, to the left of the image stabilizer icon is what looks like +1 inside a square box. Again, I can hunt through the manual page by page .. but I wish there was an easy way to see this in the manual. i am going on a trip in a couple of hrs and I should be packing instead of panicking.

All this is when recording video and with the camera set to iA mode.

Thanks.
post #1179 of 1366
Use manual mode don't bother with Auto mode. The video will not be nearly as good on Auto.
iA stands for Intelligent Auto and there is nothing Intelligent about Auto mode on a TM900.
post #1180 of 1366
All true. But my question was whether there is a description of all the icons that are displayed on the LCD's. Especially the two I described (the wave like one and the +1 Ina box).

Panasonic should have listed all of these on a page (like they do for identifying the buttons and switches with a diagram)
post #1181 of 1366
Download the TM900 operating manual .pdf file from the TM900 support page at the link below. Print pages 138-140 for descriptions of the screen indicators to carry with you.

+1 = lcd brightness adjustment
wave icon = Wind Noise Canceler

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/HDC-TM900K?support
post #1182 of 1366
Thank you!! I don't know how I missed those pages (I was under pressure to pack my bags for my trip!!).

Please ignore this rant.

The PDF will be perfect to load on my iPhone and have ready in case I need this in the road.
post #1183 of 1366
help, when I am playing the downloaded video on my computer (3G ram)
or my WD media player with HDD 1T on my sony bravia, I am getting
.... I don't know what the correct term is, but scattering or breakup of images
in panning or rapid motion. Am I doing something wrong in the HD writer during
downloading from my SDHC card ??

1080p not playing back properly ??

thanks
post #1184 of 1366
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Originally Posted by peal View Post

help, when I am playing the downloaded video on my computer (3G ram)
or my WD media player with HDD 1T on my sony bravia, I am getting
.... I don't know what the correct term is, but scattering or breakup of images
in panning or rapid motion. Am I doing something wrong in the HD writer during
downloading from my SDHC card ??

1080p not playing back properly ??

thanks


To play .m2ts Panasonic file on computer you need a good quality video card and half decent computer. In win.7 also disabling Aero feature helps. Concerning WD TV Live Hub, latest Firmware update 3.03.13 totally destroyed .m2ts playback on this device,and only solution is to revert to previous version. Here is the link for how to. Firmware to replace is current version 3.03.13 with older version 3.00.28

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/...LUdDc0FiU2s%3D
post #1185 of 1366
rudy, thanks, i just updated that dreaded firmware before playing the new
panasonic files....
i will revert the firmware and see how it goes.
post #1186 of 1366
Do any of you know if it is possible to record 1080p30 video on the TM900? I think not, but I thought I'd ask.

Also, the TM900 has a function to convert files from the internal memory and save to the SD card. The manual states that it can convert 1080p60 to "normal" mode. Do any of you know specifically what this "normal" mode is?

Thanks!
post #1187 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by peal View Post

rudy, thanks, i just updated that dreaded firmware before playing the new
panasonic files....
i will revert the firmware and see how it goes.


I am sure it will play fine with V 3.00.28,as it does on mine. Just disable automatic firmware update feature in SETUP to avoid constant nag for update. You can check for next update on this site:
http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...pid=1010&lang=
post #1188 of 1366
great, working smoothly in playback now , thanks.
now if I can just figure out how to join the 4 gig files together to make one long file for
playback,,, if i can figure out the instructions on other posts.

thanks guys.
post #1189 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by peal View Post

great, working smoothly in playback now , thanks.

How did you fix the playback?
post #1190 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by alokeprasad View Post

How did you fix the playback?

as advised, I reverted the firmware to an earlier, i think 3.0
version , and the problem went away, now playback is smooth,
better than any HDMI from cable.
post #1191 of 1366
Hey,
Been using this for my kids sports for about a month now.

What's your recommendation on SD cards? Class 10 for sure?

Also, is it better to erase files or just reformat the SD cards? Or just either/or here?

Likely, many more Q's to come! But so far, this camera is performing extremely well...again, outdoor use primarily so far, but fast action soccer and some indoor basketball.
post #1192 of 1366
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Originally Posted by STR3T View Post

Hey,
Been using this for my kids sports for about a month now.

What's your recommendation on SD cards? Class 10 for sure?

Also, is it better to erase files or just reformat the SD cards? Or just either/or here?

Likely, many more Q's to come! But so far, this camera is performing extremely well...again, outdoor use primarily so far, but fast action soccer and some indoor basketball.

Look in the manual. On about page 20 it will say to use Class 4 or higher. I have a couple 32 GB Class 10 SDHC cards because they were on sale. Some may argue, but I don't think the brand matters. I have a Transcend and a Sandisk. The book says there is a difference between SD, SDHC and SDXC. For what I do, 32 GB is more than enough.

Once I have my files transferred to my computer and backed up on an external hard drive, I reformat the card in the camera because it seems like there are fewer steps. I'm not sure, but it may also do some error checking in the format process.

Bill
post #1193 of 1366
Hi

Quote:
Originally Posted by trstno1MD View Post

Do any of you know if it is possible to record 1080p30 video on the TM900? I think not, but I thought I'd ask.

Also, the TM900 has a function to convert files from the internal memory and save to the SD card. The manual states that it can convert 1080p60 to "normal" mode. Do any of you know specifically what this "normal" mode is?

Thanks!

No it isn't possible to record 30p, however you can just record 60p, and when you render the edit you can convert to 30p by dropping every other frame, the result is basically the same.

Regards

Phil
post #1194 of 1366
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philip_L View Post

Hi

No it isn't possible to record 30p, however you can just record 60p, and when you render the edit you can convert to 30p by dropping every other frame, the result is basically the same.

Regards

Phil

I recorded one game in iFrames since the wife has a MBP, but I wasn't impressed w/ the resolution (altho we were messing w/ a few different lenses during this game as well).

I've generally been recorcing in AVCHD and I have not experimented w/ 1080/60. So far, I've been able to render decent, short videos out of HD Writer.

I'm not sure if I should mess w/ 1080 or stick w/ AVCHD...thoughts, comments on the two formats?

Also, with HD Writer...is there not an easy way to add a Title Screen? Would I have to record 20 seconds of "blackness" and put a title over it or....?
post #1195 of 1366
I just got one of these yesterday at Fry's it was a floor model but was very clean. IT came with all the accessories except the battery for $380. I have ordered a battery for it on line, but am I right, batteries for these don't appear to be available at any local retail outlet like Fry's or Best Buy ?

My partner and I have been doing corporate work using DSLRs and its been stellar. The reason I got this was I had two small Canon HVs and honestly, Im pretty much done with tape at this point. I can see its becoming more and more scarce. I was looking for a nice regular video camera (to replace the HVs) for some B-roll. For that price I figured .. no way to go wrong. Ill save whats left of my HV tape mechanism to digitize (archive) all my MiniDV tape.
post #1196 of 1366
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Originally Posted by cmoore55 View Post

I just got one of these yesterday at Fry's it was a floor model but was very clean. IT came with all the accessories except the battery for $380. I have ordered a battery for it on line, but am I right, batteries for these don't appear to be available at any local retail outlet like Fry's or Best Buy ?......

"Wasabi" is a brand of batteries that are copies of the OEM version. I bought one for a another Panasonic model and it works fine. They only started offering one for the TM900 a few months ago. Amazon sells them. The extended life 2800 mAh is $30 + $4.50 for shipping. http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-P...4068110&sr=8-2

Bill
post #1197 of 1366
You can also get a bundle with the standalone charger and the high-capacity battery for $42.99.
http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-P.../ref=pd_cp_p_2

You can also get a two battery bundle with the charger for $59.99.
post #1198 of 1366
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post #1199 of 1366
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Originally Posted by tingham View Post

Yeah, when you use Apple products you have to go thru iTunes.

One of my friends described iPad as a remote point-of-sale terminal for iTunes. Now I see that he had a point.
post #1200 of 1366
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Originally Posted by STR3T View Post

FYI: WD TV Live Hub Media Center - $50 off with promo code +FS

Promo code: EMCNFJH42 - ends 4/18

http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3891137...82E16822136831

The WD forum for this device is a scary place. I have added this to my Amazon cart many times and chickened out after reading the posts there.

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-TV-Li...-p/wdtvlivehub

This is a great price, though, if one was waiting to buy this ...
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