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As a newbie I only understand about half of the good advice in this thread ….. but I’ve already bought a flash card camera and now have realised the issues over archiving and viewing HD footage. One question … apart from the cost …. is there any problem with keeping the SD flash cards as the archive media?
Also in last months Videomaker (I get them late in Bangkok) there was an editorial comment that manufacturers are pushing flash card cameras to get around the patents on the tape drive systems. Even though thisis the current driver, I reckon hard drive storage will take over from tape and HDDdue to customer demand for convenience and the profitability of mass produced solid state drivers over complex tape mechanisms and disk drives. It’s a bit like the 35mm film v digi still cameras (and does anyone remember the HDD still cameras?)… although both Mini DV and SD cards are digital, the solid state drive will win out in the end in my view, so future software and hardware support will start to move in that direction. So I just need the back end gear to catch with my camera!
– Now if someone makes aBlue Rayplayer that also has a slot for an SD card and can play HD footage from both … they will get even more of my hard-earned money.
Just thought oftwo supplementary question for the panel …..
1. Both my TV and DVD player (Samsung) claim to be High Definition, and the TV can certainly display the 720p footage direct from the camerain glorious highdefness. But if I want to record to a DVD in high definition will I need to invest in Blu-Ray or can a so-called HD DVD player play 720p DVD’s burned on a lap top?
2. Is the annoying freeze frame at the start and end of each clip a symptom of the AVCHD format or is this a problem unique to the Sanyo HD camcorders? If you have a solid state or hard disk video camera – does yours have a freeze frame start and end to each clip?
Thanks for the excellent tips …. and the thought that my daughter’s gymnastic class might be used to represent the pinnacle of 21st Century development!
I’ll have another go at it and try out all the suggestions. What confuses me as a beginner is that I thought the video was already highly compressed to fit it on the SD card in the first place …. so why is the PC takinghours trying to compress it again? And yes, I am keeping the original SD cards as the archive copy. My intention was to find a way to remove the irritating freeze frames at the start of each clip and to save to DVD to make it simple for my wife and daughter to watch the footage on the TV. I also want to make copies of the DVD to torture my mother in law. Perhaps I should have bought a DVD camcorder in the first place? But they seem to have other limitations.
On the issue of high v lowquality and compression…. with Premier the Highest Quality has the largest file size and fastest bit rate, so I’m guessing that this is the lowest compression?
If I could find a simple way to burn the memory card footage to a DVD without the freeze frames between each shot, I’d be happy to drop the titles, transitions and editing in return for less time and complexity.I can doany editing in the camera. In the olden days I used to record my miniDV tapes to VHS video tapes in ‘real, real time’ and that was it … but the quality reduction was not acceptable after we bought a huge high def telly. Progress!
Thanks …… I’ll give it a try ….
The file sizewas 700-900 Mb depending on compression applied
Hi … it’s the former … I’m importing the footage into Premier, linking them in ‘scene’ mode, adding some titlesandtransitions, deleting the odd scene then burning the final ‘project’to a DVD soI can play the video on a normal DVD player.
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