You failed to mention the model number of your Panasonic Camera.
So we can not download a User Manual for the camera.
Some video cameras have the choice of continuous focus or they only focus when you first start the video.
Check your user manual and see if you can turn-off continuous focus.
For those who would like to see the video examples, could you provide a link to the video.
I have a nummingbird nest, the fourth in my atrium about 6 feet above ground on a wind chime. I set up a blind to shoot through but when I foucus in to close the camera doesn't want to hold the foucus, it goes in and out unless I back off a bit. I am using a Panasonic Luminx camera which shoots video.
Not sure why the focus won't hold. The only cams with a focus ring at Fry's were from 1300-1800. I wonder if a 500-700 camcorder with just autofocus, anti shake, would hold the close foucus or it can it only be accomplised with cam with manual focus.
I want to be in the blind and have the close up that I want as the mom feeds the babies all set and when I here her flying in I start the video until see leaves. I have videos posted on You Tube under startechnow so made if you look a couple you may get a better idea of what I am trying to do. I am about 7 feet from the nest on the ladder.
Thanks to anyone that takes the time to look at the videos and give me some ideas of what to do. JJ. Also pics on Face Book under John Birdman Joseph. Thanks again.