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How to get a camcorder with direct copy, external hdd and iPad working with each other?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I hope someone here can help, surely someone else has wanted to do this!

I want to avoid taking a laptop on trips but still be able to store and play videos.

My plan was to purchase a Sony HDR-CX290 and a Seagate GoFlex Satellite external HDD with the plan to store video on the GoFlex which can wirelessly connect with my iPad and stream videos.

However, before pulling the trigger on my purchases I noticed a small print that direct copy only works with FAT32 hard drives and the GoFlex is formatted in NTSC.

As far as I have discovered so far the only way to use external storage with an iPad is with GoFlex. I know you can get a camera kit for the iPad that will read SD cards but that will only copy photos, it would not recognize video.

I like the look of the Sony camcorder I was planning to buy but would be happy to consider another camcorder in my budget.

I'm looking for a solution that requires the minimum amount of electronic gadgets and cables when traveling.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Have you looked at using an "Eye-Fi" SD Card to send files to your iPad and then sending them to a Seagate Wireless Plus?

I don't have an Eye-Fi or an iPad to test it, but it seems that it should work.

Good luck.

Bill
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi, I have an Eye-Fi card but its low capacity for video. I've found it a bit hit and miss to be honest and expensive.
However, the major problem with that would be the amount of space you would need to keep free on your iPad to be able to make a transfer. I only have a 16GB iPad at the moment and will be using a 32GB SD Card with my Camcorder to be sure I can fit a full days recording.
post #4 of 5
Could you partition some of the free space on the GoFlex as Fat 32 so the Sony will recognize that partition? I have a WD HD with partitions of both Fat32 and NTFS on it.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for the suggestion. I have found in another site someone that claims to have successfully done just that, although the manufacturer tells you not to do that so I guess it's something I will just have to try.

http://forums.seagate.com/t5/GoFlex-Satellite/FAT32-and-NTFS-partitions/m-p/157035

However, I now understand that to record at the best quality with the camcorder I will need to use AVSHD format, which is not recognized by the iPad anyway. I'm not sure how much of a quality drop I would be making to record in MPEG4 instead but I wouldn't want to make a big sacrifice on quality just for the instant gratification of viewing, editing and sharing with my iPad in the moment but then having an inferior quality raw video for future editing and DVD production.

So now I also need to see if its possible to convert AVSHD with an App or some other solution. I seem to remember a different camcorder claiming that it could store both formats for you so that when you record it stores the highest quality setting but at the same time stores an Internet friendly version so you basically have 2 copies of the same recording in your camcorder. I don't remember which camera it was :-( or whether I would be sacrificing some other important features so I guess it's back to google before I make a final decision.

Any ideas in this would be very welcome
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