Originally Posted by orya
Thanks for the reply.
I have Panasonic HDC-SD600.
The files created are huge even with the lowest recording quality.
I usually convert the files to compressed wmv format with expression blend and save about 90% of the volume.
I know that I loose some details, but it's good enough since it's just presentations for knowledge base, the sound is very important but the video quality not so much.
The files are stored on a NAS inside the office.
The original files just take too much volume and are difficult to view via Wifi.
I'm looking to skip all the conversion process and have nice compressed files from the beginning.
Since you already have a nice camcorder and are willing to spend more money...why not:
1) Buy more storage (1 and 2 TB external drives are cheap these days)
2) Buy editing software, such as Sony Vegas Platinum
Those together would be roughly $150, a lot cheaper than a new camcorder.
Record in the highest quality
video setting to the card, take the card out, put in card reader.
Import files into software then lay clips on timeline, make minor adjustments such as project properties and you can edit the files/take out what you don't want in the final..
Now you can render out to one file any format, resolution or storage size you want.
If you want to make the rendered file 320x240, 1920x1080 at any bitrate or whatever..you still have the original, highest quality stored on your drive for future reference and use (the editing software doesn't effect the original files). If the drive fills up, you could deleted unwanted projects/files or buy more storage (a second backup drive is also a good idea).
If you are recording one continuous session, the files will get broken up on the SD600..the editing software can stitch them back together.
Otherwise, I think you could buy a cheap point and shoot camera that takes HD, they will typically make smaller files. I think there are a few Samsung camcorders that don't break up into files as it keeps recording...but not familiar with that brand.Edited by xfws - 11/2/13 at 11:26am