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post #31 of 739
One more question, can anyone recommend a good case for this camcorder? Want something small but would protect it from a good drop.
post #32 of 739
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Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post

One question, what do you all recommend for editing software on Windows PCs? I have been leaning toward the Sony Vegas Suite. Are they many complaints with this software? Any better similarly priced alternatives?
Thanks
Mike

For PC the two biggies are probably Adobe Premiere Pro & Sony Vegas.
I used Vegas from back when Sonic Foundry owned it and have Pro 10 now and have always loved the interface and how fast you can slap an edit together. I have been using Premiere Pro for 3 years now due to certain TV channel requirements for output and other inane reasons, did not convert willingly but have grown quite attached to PP now. Either way they will both open the .mts files from this camcorder fine (have tested this in PP CS5.5 & Vegas Pro 10), and depending on your PC config and amount of RAM installed they will edit wonderfully.
The video link on post #23 was cut in Premiere Pro but could have been edited exactly the same way in Vegas. That being said, if your decision is based on price you probably already have your answer.

Also agonizing over a small case though I did buy a Lowepro Passport Sling for day hiking the cam/still cam/bino's and all the accessories that are accumulating, awesome little "man purse" as my wife calls it
post #33 of 739
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Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post

One more question, can anyone recommend a good case for this camcorder? Want something small but would protect it from a good drop.

This is what I use for my tm90. http://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-Edit-1...6926736&sr=1-1

Lowepro has some that will only hold the camcorder too. This case can carry my camcorder, charger and spare battery.
post #34 of 739
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Originally Posted by dmikester1 View Post

One more question, can anyone recommend a good case for this camcorder? Want something small but would protect it from a good drop.

I bought a Lowepro Adventura 140 case.

Software- if you're a Linux nut try kdenlive
post #35 of 739
I bought this case several years ago for a different purpose, but the camcorder fits in it perfectly. You can get a few batteries, cords and cards in it, maybe even a filter or two snuck in the back pocket, but it's more of a compact case than it is something you could get a bunch of accessories in.

It's what I'll be using until it doesn't work for me anymore.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Vid.../dp/B000KHH5O2
post #36 of 739
Nice case Jazz! I needed something larger. Pelican cases are almost bulletproof.

Can anyone tell me why YouTube won't let me upload a 600mb file? Do I need to trim it down?
post #37 of 739
Yeah, it's about bare minimum as far as size and what you can put in it. That's typically what I look for in a case. I look for something I can put what I need to actually use the device (in this case camcorder) and then whatever I'd need at home I don't keep in the case (such as a usb cable, wall charger, etc).
post #38 of 739
Finally got a short clip up on Youtube. Don't know how to adjust the quality (ie 480p, 720p etc.) Still learning Youtube.

Hidden Lake
post #39 of 739
Has anyone seen or read anything about vignetting on this camcorder? I was going to get a 46mm circular polarizer, but the guy at the store suggested a step up ring to 52mm and then a 52mm filter. Not sure if that was a good idea or if he was trying to sell me what they had.
post #40 of 739
Jazztalker, he is somewhat correct about the vignetting. I say somewhat because here is my personal experience. I ALWAYS put a filter over the lens to protect it. Most of the time it is a UV (multicoated). After that I added a collapsible lens hood. After adding the hood there was some vignetting on each of the four corners with the lens set fully wide. Touch the zoom in just a little and it goes away. If you look at my video clip in the above link you will not see any vignetting. Why? Because I only had the UV filter on and no lens hood.

Maybe a circular polarization filter is 'thicker' than a UV? I really want one for shooting thru the windshield while traveling & various other places where reflections can occur.
post #41 of 739
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Finally got a short clip up on Youtube. Don't know how to adjust the quality (ie 480p, 720p etc.) Still learning Youtube.

Hidden Lake

Looks like it still has the Blondie blue in sky scenes just before the sky clips to white. I was hoping that was eliminated. I think it varies from one camera to the next though. I saw another V700 you tube video and it didn't do it. My TM90 does it but I can almost eliminate it by using spotlight mode and intelligent contrast mode. It keeps the sky blue. I see it in your video as the camera adjusts peak levels. If it ends up bothering you try the spotlight mode and intelligent contrast together and actually a better setting to use outside anyway. The sky always stays blue.
post #42 of 739
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Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post

Jazztalker, he is somewhat correct about the vignetting. I say somewhat because here is my personal experience. I ALWAYS put a filter over the lens to protect it. Most of the time it is a UV (multicoated). After that I added a collapsible lens hood. After adding the hood there was some vignetting on each of the four corners with the lens set fully wide. Touch the zoom in just a little and it goes away. If you look at my video clip in the above link you will not see any vignetting. Why? Because I only had the UV filter on and no lens hood.

Maybe a circular polarization filter is 'thicker' than a UV? I really want one for shooting thru the windshield while traveling & various other places where reflections can occur.

When I do get a circular polarizer it'll be one of the thin profile styles, those are about 5mm thick. It seems like that's about same size as some of the UV filters you can get. Of course, I'm definitely not an expert so I might be wrong. That said, I might also pick up a collapsible lens hood, and maybe I would be better off just getting something a bit bigger.

Anyone have an idea if going up to 49mm (from 46mm) would be enough, or would I be better off just going up to 52mm? I do like the concept of trying to keep everything as small and compact as possible, but picture quality does trump that.
post #43 of 739
Hi.

I just purchased the V700M.
Used to own a Sanyo HD1000 (pistol grip type) and a Polarizing Filter too.
I'm not an expert in this videography thing. Mainly using it for family outings/gatherings.
After I installed the Polarizing Filter for my previous HD1000 camcorder, I found that it will automatically adjust the brightness. For example, if I want to have a "bluer" sky I will turned the filter to a certain angle. But after a few seconds, the sky colour becomes lighter. It seems like my camcorder automatically adjust the brightness. All my settings are in Auto because I am not quite familiar with manual settings.

For my new V700M, I don't think I will be using any Polarizing Filter. But would you recommend a normal UV Filter (Multi coated type) instead? There are some quite reasonably priced filters I found on ebay. But the thing is, will it make a difference in the video quality if I use a UV Filter?

Thanks.
post #44 of 739
I use a UV filter because it's easier to clean the smudges off of it than the lens. Cheaper to replace too.
post #45 of 739
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Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post

I use a UV filter because it's easier to clean the smudges off of it than the lens. Cheaper to replace too.

You have a point there.
Anyway, I think i found the answer on youtube.
Crazy fellow running around bashing his DSLR lens just to prove that a filter actually protects it.
Opps. Can't post the link.
You can search in youtube using these keywords :
UV Filter vs No UV Filter - DigitalRev TV Test
post #46 of 739
Digging this little camcorder more and more, forgot how much fun shooting can be.
Another compilation;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCcuL...1&feature=plcp

Wasabi battery kit should be arriving today, just in time for this weekends trip!
post #47 of 739
Did you get the Wasabi Battery kit from Amazon. The one that includes the charger and car adapter.
post #48 of 739
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Originally Posted by Daveon View Post

Did you get the Wasabi Battery kit from Amazon. The one that includes the charger and car adapter.

That's the one.
I was mistaken on the shipping, it's coming USPS not UPS which means 11:00 AM-ish tomorrow. Hope so, we are leaving around noon.
post #49 of 739
Hi,

Just read this review where a comment suggests that the camera is quite noisy...is there something to this?

EDIT: Nevermind, found this recording...

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Werner
post #50 of 739
Hi,

Are there any mechanical / quality differences choosing a V700? For example in my country, I can get the "HC-V700M" and the "HC-V700EC-K"...but what are the differences - should I care?

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Werner
post #51 of 739
Hi,

I see that the V700 doesn't include a memory card. What should I get? SDHC? How large should I get for 1 hour recording for example?

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Werner
post #52 of 739
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Originally Posted by ITemplate View Post

Hi,

I see that the V700 doesn't include a memory card. What should I get? SDHC? How large should I get for 1 hour recording for example?

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Werner

16Gb will give you 1 hour and 20 minutes of continuous recording at 1080p. Make sure and buy a 'class 10' card. Yes, 'sdhc'. I like to catch them on sale.

Look back a couple pages and you will see more info on recording & battery times.

As for any differences between V700's I would imagine they are all pretty close. Your country might be PAL format or 50p standard and the camera could be geared towards that. Here in the US we are NTSC.
post #53 of 739
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Originally Posted by pitdaddy View Post

Make sure and buy a 'class 10' card. Yes, 'sdhc'. I like to catch them on sale.

Excellent, I didn't know that - I had bookmarked a 32GB which turns out to be SD4. Thanks.

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Werner
post #54 of 739
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Originally Posted by ITemplate View Post

Hi,

Are there any mechanical / quality differences choosing a V700? For example in my country, I can get the "HC-V700M" and the "HC-V700EC-K"...but what are the differences - should I care?

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Werner

Werner,
No mechanical differences at all, the "M" has 16GB built in memory, that's the only difference. As far as fan/zoom noise, I have not noticed it at all and I have shot over 45GB of footage already.
post #55 of 739
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Originally Posted by Kayook View Post

Werner,
No mechanical differences at all, the "M" has 16GB built in memory, that's the only difference. As far as fan/zoom noise, I have not noticed it at all and I have shot over 45GB of footage already.

Perfect thanks. I found one store that sells the 700M, and I'll go after that i think.

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Werner
post #56 of 739
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Perfect thanks. I found one store that sells the 700M, and I'll go after that i think.

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Werner

May I ask where you found one in store? I've looked everywhere and the only place I found one was Amazon.
post #57 of 739
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Originally Posted by smokey982 View Post

May I ask where you found one in store? I've looked everywhere and the only place I found one was Amazon.

Only if you promise not to buy it before me! - visit this shop in Denmark.

May I ask why you "have looked everywhere" if the only difference is the included SD-card?

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Werner
post #58 of 739
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Originally Posted by ITemplate View Post

Only if you promise not to buy it before me! - visit this shop in Denmark.

May I ask why you "have looked everywhere" if the only difference is the included SD-card?

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Werner

That would be a hell of a swim Smokey, I would stick with Amazon
post #59 of 739
I'm sure I'll probably end up buying it from Amazon. But I just normally prefer to buy electronics from a local store. Although I know Amazon works well with customers if theres any issues, It just makes things a little easier if there's a problem or defect.
post #60 of 739
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Originally Posted by smokey982 View Post

I'm sure I'll probably end up buying it from Amazon. But I just normally prefer to buy electronics from a local store. Although I know Amazon works well with customers if theres any issues, It just makes things a little easier if there's a problem or defect.

If you find yourself in a hurry, here's what I did; signed up for the free month of Amazon Prime and got free 2 day shipping, had the cam in my hands in 2 days, love it!

USPS just dropped off the Wasabi kit, the batteries look identical to the Panny 360 ones. Just heading out the door for the weekend, will charge them up at the lodge and see how well they compare. Love how small the charger is.
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