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Originally Posted by bsprague View Post

This thread is over 500 posts long. I've followed if from the beginning and rarely are there any negative remarks. There are many examples of video and photos taken in a wide variety of conditions that have been publicly posted for review. Some on Vimeo can be downloaded in their exact original format for your serious examination.

Based on what has been written here, I almost bought one and may still.

For an "all around" camcorder, this one is hard to beat. Besides taking good video, you don't have to be fussy about taking care of it. If you want videos and pictures of your family and their adventures this is the one to get. Most other cameras and camcorders will stay in the bag if the weather goes even a little bad.

BTW, I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Italy two years ago. It was a cruise ship trip, but the excursions into the towns were amazing. Rome is like no other city.

This year we will be doing a driving trip in parts of northern Italy. We will be overnighting in Lugano, Paesana and Roddino. I can't wait for the video and photo opportunities!

Bill

Bill I am sure that you will have a lot of fun with the neat camcorder during your trip in Italy. I myself live in northern Italy too. Anyway I just ordered the camcorder. I will let you know my impressions and if I am able to film something nice I'll post some examples too.
post #542 of 637
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Originally Posted by scarlettmama View Post

If he doesn't like it I'll use it.

my 8yr old 1st day swimming lesson today. my wife took my sony gw77 with her to video my kid. she never touched our sony xr550 since we bought the
sony gw77


i have plenty of video taken with the sony gw77, but i post them directly to my facebook for my friends to see only.

just make sure you buy extra battery for the sony gw77 and much better a charger too. also, don't buy fake or compatible battery.
post #543 of 637
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Originally Posted by spyker1212 View Post

my 8yr old 1st day swimming lesson today. my wife took my sony gw77 with her to video my kid. she never touched our sony xr550 since we bought the
sony gw77
What extra battery should I get. I already have an extra G type battery. Has anyone heard of an X battery? It supposed to last longer if I'm correct. Still waiting for mine to come in the mail, oops, I mean my DH bday gift.



i have plenty of video taken with the sony gw77, but i post them directly to my facebook for my friends to see only.

just make sure you buy extra battery for the sony gw77 and much better a charger too. also, don't buy fake or compatible battery.
post #544 of 637
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Originally Posted by bsprague View Post

We are neighbors!
The mountain has been incredible the last few days plus the weather!
That's funny, we're going on a Mediterranean cruise this summer. Which ports did you go to?
Hopefully I won't need the waterproof feature accidentally. Better not kid about that!

I never thought about the way the GW77 is held as a factor. I hate to think that someone would think that it's a gun. I did order the black one for DH. Now, I am regretting my color choice. frown.gif
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looks like theres a new version coming out. yet to see a us version
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Ok, so my GW55 is here. Looks like a lovely cam. I am still waiting for a proper microSD to go together too. I have one doubt at the moment: is there a way to wake up the device when it goes it switches off because of power saving without the need of closing and opening again the LCD screen? Thanks in advance for those who care to explain.
post #547 of 637
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Originally Posted by Emopunk View Post

Ok, so my GW55 is here. Looks like a lovely cam. I am still waiting for a proper microSD to go together too. I have one doubt at the moment: is there a way to wake up the device when it goes it switches off because of power saving without the need of closing and opening again the LCD screen? Thanks in advance for those who care to explain.

i have a sony gw77. goto

1) setup
2) general setting
3) power save
4) choose either: standard, max, or off

i set mine to 'standard'.... eats up plenty battery power. i read the new gw66 battery can run for 2hours. but i will wait for the sony gw88.
post #548 of 637
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Originally Posted by spyker1212 View Post

i have a sony gw77. goto

1) setup
2) general setting
3) power save
4) choose either: standard, max, or off

i set mine to 'standard'.... eats up plenty battery power. i read the new gw66 battery can run for 2hours. but i will wait for the sony gw88.

Thanks for replying but my question actually was: is there a way to wake the camcorder up when in power saving mode without closing and opening again the LCD? I mean, a button or something?
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Is that Sony will really announce GW88 for Asia? I called the Sony HK, they said not receive any information that will have a new replacement for GW77. I also want to buy the new model instead of purchase a model one year ago.
post #550 of 637
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Originally Posted by Haywoodcox View Post

Is that Sony will really announce GW88 for Asia? I called the Sony HK, they said not receive any information that will have a new replacement for GW77. I also want to buy the new model instead of purchase a model one year ago.

no word on sony gw77 upgrade yet. look like the upgrade for gw77 will have same look as sony gw55 upgrade (sony gw66).

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from link below


The Sony GW66 goes up to 10 metres deep¹ and films High Definition (1080/50p) AVCHD 2.0 videos with a 20.4 Mpx 1/3.91 type (4.6mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor. The lens is a Sony G that starts at 29.8mm and has a 10x zoom. An "active" image stabiliser reduces the effects of hand-trembling even at full zoom.

It also records MP4 files, which are smaller and more adapted to online use (uploading to YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook...) than AVCHD.

The body is made to withstand temperatures as cold as -10°C (14°F) and accidental drops².

The GW66 has a pivoting 7.5 cm LCD touchscreen with lower resolution than the previous model (460,000 pixels). The battery provides 120 minutes of recording, much longer than the GW55. Recordings are stored on a Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2) or micro-SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or higher) card. The GW66 does not have Wi-Fi, but it has a GPS function for geolocating videos.

The Sony GW66 will be available from June 2013 for €480 (the GW55 cost €550 at its release).


http://www.digitalversus.com/camcorder/new-waterproof-camcorder-sony-hdr-gw66-n29306.html
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Just got the gw77 for my DH. He likes it so far except that his hands are big and has trouble with the positioning of his thumbs and fingers. I'm sure he'll get used to it in time. When viewing the AVC files on the PC the videos are choppy even with viewing in Play Memories. What can we do to solve this? Help!


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Originally Posted by scarlettmama View Post

When viewing the AVC files on the PC the videos are choppy even with viewing in Play Memories. What can we do to solve this? Help!


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try set the record mode to standard(HQ), frame rate(60i). if video comes out ok. then you need a better computer.
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Trout fishing in the Appalachian Mountains with the GW77. Includes stream scenery and footage of hooked and caught trout, some underwater.


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Field Dressing a 17" Rainbow Trout. The GW77 does extremely well in macro mode. This footage looks tremendous on my 60" plasma.


WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES WHICH SOME VIEWERS MAY DISLIKE-INTERNAL ORGANS OF FISH ARE SHOWN.


Select 1080p for best quality.
post #555 of 637
Thread Starter 
These are nice, but the conversion for or by Youtube looks terrible - at 1080p there is macroblocking all over the water (first video) and everything is soft. What did you do to the clips?

I really liked the view of the fish struggling under water. Did see droplets on the lens in the first pan up from the water to the trees.
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Thanks for the comments Mark. The 1st video was done with PowerDirector 9 and outputted at 1080i/24Mbps. It looks almost the same in quality as the original 1080/60P files on my plasma. I might try uploading the original 1080/60p files and see if they look better. YouTube's compression seems higher than I have seen from them in the past with these videos.

The second video were scenes combined with PMB and uploaded. Do you see any issues with that one?

I thought the spots in the first pan was sun hitting the protective glass in front of the lens at a certain angle causing flares, but am not so sure now that you have commented. That particular scene had alot of sun coming down thru the trees directly towards the camera. It may be a couple of water spots or slight condensation droplets that I did not wipe off fully.

The water was very cold so whenever I had the camera underwater and pulled it out condensation built up and I had to wait a while for that to clear up before filming again. I'm still leaning towards the sun hitting the protective glass in an odd way causing flairs.

When shooting that scene I did not notice any droplets showing on the LCD screen. They may have been there but the LCD is quite hard to see in sunlight for me. I need to carry my reading glasses with me now...bummer. If a lcd is not at least 3.5" I tend to have issues.

The fish struggling underwater to get off the hook turned out really well. If you look closely you can see a split shot weight attached to the fishing line at a certain point. I wish the water was clearer but it still turned out pretty good. I must have had the cam resting on the rocky bottom of the stream, as you can hear scraping noises in that scene. Live and learn.
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Originally Posted by tingham View Post

...... The 1st video was done with PowerDirector 9 and outputted at 1080i/24Mbps. It looks almost the same in quality as the original 1080/60P files on my plasma. I might try uploading the original 1080/60p files and see if they look better. YouTube's compression seems higher than I have seen from them in the past with these videos..

YouTube has some guidelines here: https://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1722171#1722171 And more here: https://support.google.com/youtube/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=2888648

Those links seem to suggest interlaced is not what you want.

Bill
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Thread Starter 
The second one is much, much better (and looks good). The difference is quite apparent.
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My gw77 fell from my hands on a hard rock. Not a single scratch, this thing is built like a tank!
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Originally Posted by slimoli View Post

My gw77 fell from my hands on a hard rock. Not a single scratch, this thing is built like a tank!

Worth the money just for that - built-in accident insurance with instant replacement in the field.
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Forgot to mention the screen was openned !!
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Thanks for the links Bill. I guess I should stick to progressive with YouTube uploads for best quality from now on.. I can't recall having issues in the past with interlaced but it's been quite a while since I have uploaded interlaced to YouTube.


I noticed the difference immediately on full screen mode with the videos Mark. Alot of macro blocking and loss of sharpness in that mode with the uploaded 1080i video. It's very hard for me to see it when not in full screen mode. I'll upload the originals from my other computer for a better viewing experience.
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Originally Posted by tingham View Post

.......... The 1st video was done with PowerDirector 9 and outputted at 1080i/24Mbps.
I use Adobe Premier Elements 11. It has output presets for both YouTube and Vimeo optimized files that work for me. If it helps, I can look and see what the specs are for those files.

Bill
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^I know you use Premiere Elements 11 Bill and thanks for offering to check the specs on the file uploads with it. It's not necessary though. I'm sure it uses progressive.

I actually purchased the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 bundle back at Christmas time for really cheap...I think it was $49.99. It's still sitting right here by my desk in the box for goodness sake. I have to install and give it a try as I know you like it.

I have been kinda waiting until I get a new more powerful computer, which will be soon hopefully. My wife installed the Photoshop Elements 11 on her computer for her photography. I never touch her computer unless she has a problem.

I also have been messing around with the TMPGEnc trial that Mark posted about. I like it and it is fast for 1080/60p file combines, but I wish it had a timeline. I may purchase that as well. I have so many NLE's and limited time to learn and use them.
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Here is the new uploaded 1080/60p Appalachian Mountain video. I also added some additional footage. Let me know what you think Mark. This looked better, as I compared the two on my 60" smart tv's YouTube app. Is YouTube slightly cropping video these days? It does not fill the video to the edge of the player window.

Select 1080P for best quality.

Edited by tingham - 5/11/13 at 7:07am
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tingham , video looked good after I finally got it to play correctly . For what ever reason the image kept hanging right at 2:58 mins and would not continue for me but the sound and everything else did continue . Anyway I click the trailing button at 3:00 mins and it corrected and everything was good from there on . Nice place to venture and capture video . I'm using a 23" LED HP monitor and it went full screen when I expanded and chose the 1080P HD settings .
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Originally Posted by tingham View Post

^I know you use Premiere Elements 11 Bill and thanks for offering to check the specs on the file uploads with it. It's not necessary though. I'm sure it uses progressive.

I actually purchased the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 bundle back at Christmas time for really cheap...I think it was $49.99. It's still sitting right here by my desk in the box for goodness sake. I have to install and give it a try as I know you like it.

I have been kinda waiting until I get a new more powerful computer, which will be soon hopefully. My wife installed the Photoshop Elements 11 on her computer for her photography. I never touch her computer unless she has a problem.

I also have been messing around with the TMPGEnc trial that Mark posted about. I like it and it is fast for 1080/60p file combines, but I wish it had a timeline. I may purchase that as well. I have so many NLE's and limited time to learn and use them.
A more powerful computer makes everything to do with editing smoother and less frustrating. I dug into the grocery budget pretty deep to get one before I was forced into Windows 8!

I could not agree more on the marriage advice. We've shared almost everything since 1968, even a single checking account and credit card accounts. We do not share computers or cameras! Never.

My fascination with various NLEs put me in a spot where I was getting nowhere. When I decided to pick one, ignore any flaws and learn it, life got better. I probably am the typical "broken, repeating record player", but the main reason I like the one I picked is because of the abundance of good training videos. Training videos taught by skilled teachers put what I want to learn on my screen. With my copy of the software running in the background I can try out or practice what I'm learning, as necessary.

Bill
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Originally Posted by ronlhodges View Post

tingham , video looked good after I finally got it to play correctly . For what ever reason the image kept hanging right at 2:58 mins and would not continue for me but the sound and everything else did continue . Anyway I click the trailing button at 3:00 mins and it corrected and everything was good from there on . Nice place to venture and capture video . I'm using a 23" LED HP monitor and it went full screen when I expanded and chose the 1080P HD settings .

Glad you got to play and hope it was interesting and enjoyable. It's beautiful up in the mountains and it is a nice place to shoot video. The GW77 was the perfect cam for this trip.. It's easy to carry while hiking. I could keep it in a small pocket of my fishing vest and easily pull it out to shoot video. In the one scene I was actually holding the cam with my right hand while easing a hooked fish on my line to the side of the stream bank.
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