Originally Posted by EnergyFan
Little late to the party but just bought an M40 for $200 on ebay. No acc, just battery, cam and charger. I was planning on buying WA converter and a 43 to 52 mm converter so I can use my Nikon camera filters. I will see how my battery is, and then get a Wasabi. I guess I do not need to get those hdmi cables etc. since I will simply copy off the USB.
Any updates on what else I need to get that will make me keep this for a while. Cannot keep upgrading my toys
Thanks for the great info here.
If you don't have the AC power, you can't transfer via USB...but that method is more time-consuming, anyway.
Most people use card readers as it's easier.
Turn off camcorder, take card out...put card/class 4 or higher SDHC in a card reader, navigate to the STREAM folder, copy and paste those mts files (all you need) into a folder on your PC. Or just copy and paste the whole stream folder and rename it. (Note: Don't use "cut".)
Editing software would be preferable - if you want to go cheap, Sony Vegas Platinum:
If you record an event in one single take for an extended period of time, you will need to stitch together the files together that get broken up into chunks (this is with any AVCHD camera). Vegas has a "Device Explorer" feature which will allow you to stitch into one big file while the card is in the reader.
If you have the Pixela software that came with HFM40, that will also stitch as well as freeware tsmuxer.
If you don't plan on filming long clips, you don't have to worry about what I described - but I thought you may want to know.
If short clips/no stitching; just copy and paste the files from the stream folder...and play in Windows Media, VLC or Splash Lite...will all play the mts files...no editor required.Edited by xfws - 5/29/13 at 4:34pm