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Buying 1st Camcorder for New Baby & Vacation

by rockslider / July 27, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

Baby coming in 7 months. Previously planned vacation is only 4 weeks away. Need to purchase a camcorder that will do great in both outdoor(vacation, ice fishing, summer fishing, my dogs) as well as great indoor (endless hours of my first child, christmas's, WCHA hockey games). Preferred budget is under $800. Want to purchase in next 2 weeks. I've went through the cnet best sellers but with flash, hard drive, HD, face detection, image stabilization etc it gets more confusing. In the end, I just need a good overall camcorder with at least 3 hours of recording that both I and my wife can use. Note: I am NOT a big fan of touch screens LCD's...have a touchscreen phone and found those to sometimes be tougher to use or get all smudgy by the end of day. Prefer recommendations of specific camera's instead of other weblinks to view. thanks in advance

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I recommend a HDV camcorder
by sektionschef / July 27, 2009 3:27 PM PDT

If I were you I would increase the budget a little bit($900-$1100) and buy either a Canon HV30 or Sony HC9. Both are HDV-Camcorders which can record in HD or SD format to tape. Even better, you can do all recordings in HD(high definition) format but let the camcorder output the footage in SD or HD. This means if you don't have a HDTV and a blueray player yet you can just use the camcorder as a HD-to-SD downconverter and years later, when HDTV will be common you will be happy to have all your recordings of your baby already in HD format.
I would not recommend any Harddisk or memorycard HD camcorders because their format(AVCHD) only creates problems on most PCs.

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Question for Sektionschef
by StickMaker / August 4, 2009 12:54 AM PDT

THANK you very much for sdcopy.exe. A fine tool for users of JVC camcorders which record in MOD format. I have version 1.99 BETA.

Now I can take my MOD files and fix the aspect ratio and even post to YouTube as I did with this one:

One question if I may: I set the "rename" part to search for .MOD and rename to .MPG but the resulting file is WMV. Is this something that has yet to be finished; as this is a BETA version?

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by andyjames / August 7, 2009 5:54 PM PDT

I have an Evario - it does my level of filming just fine.
Two problems though:
1. If I try to put the SD cart straight into my Panasonic DVD recorder/burner it cant read the .MOD format.
2. Because JVC strangely use a hexadecimal number system (000 - 00F, etc )for each clip filename which can't be changed within the camera, when you look at the SD card contents using Windows Explorer or equiv all the clips are out of order (a nightmare when returning from hols with 250 clips on the card).
I now read the card with File Renamer, a freebee from Sharrod Computers, which does keep the files in date/time order and rename all the .MOD files to say holiday1.0001.MOD onwards.

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by StickMaker / August 7, 2009 11:29 PM PDT
In reply to: JVC

Hello, Andy; your problems are quite different from mine but it seems we both have managed to find work-arounds. I've put all my notes on my page at in the hope it may help others. Your comments are quite helpful, no doubt, to others with your situation. May I use your comments on my page?
As to Sektionschef, know of any way to contact him?

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SDcopy shouldn't create WMV files
by sektionschef / August 11, 2009 6:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Andy....

Hi StickMaker

First, if "rename to" is set to MPG then SDcopy shouldn't create a WMV file.
Please check whether the WMV file already existed in the target folder before SDcopy was started. Also, do you have entered any text in the field "added Text"?

Second, although I have no idea how SDcopy should be able to create WMV files please download the latest version V1.9994beta from the link below:;topic=280.0;id=221

If you have further questions then you can also contact me via private messages in the forums of or


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Thanks Sektionschef
by StickMaker / August 11, 2009 6:18 AM PDT

Thanks for that, Sektionschef. As soon as I have some video to work with I'll try that and comment in this forum.

You have done an amazing job with SDcopy and I thank you for it. Do you have a website?

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sektionschef I need some advice
by sklinton / August 26, 2009 6:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Sektionschef

YOu seem to know alot about this stuf. I have the Panasonic SDR- h40. The video cam suite sucks. I bought magix movie edit pro 15, just wondering what do I do now. I think I need to convert files or something. I'm not good with computers and I'm new to camcorders


for any help


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by StickMaker / August 26, 2009 7:03 AM PDT

Slinton, I know VERY little about all this but I'm putting what I learn on my "movies" website to help me remember it all; old farts like me tend to forget. Hope to use my camcorder this weekend and then use sektionschef's great little tool again and learn better how to use it.

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use these basic instructions
by sektionschef / August 27, 2009 4:14 PM PDT

Hi Sklinton
As a fist step you should create a folder on your PC's harddisk and give it a suitable name like "video".
Then Connect your H40 to the PC, your PC should recognize it like a seperate harddisk.
Then start SDcopy, enter the H40 drive folder into the field source directory and the folder "video" into the field target directory.
If you have made all your recordings in 16:9 format then also check "set Wide-Screen Frag(16:9)".
Press Start and let SDcopy copy all files from your H40 to the folder "video".
Then run Magix and select the video folder. Now you can drag all your video files onto the timeline and edit a nice movie.

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