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Panasonic's pre-record function - no one is talking about it

by / October 18, 2008 11:24 AM PDT

Has anyone used the pre-record function on their SDR-S7 or SDR-H60? (It's also on some of the HDC units. ) If you turn off power save, pick SD, and allow quick start, you should, it seems, be able to sit on the beach, wait for people to shout WHALES and then push record. (A tripod would help unless you yourself want to hold the camcorder for hours, waiting. ) In fact, one of Panasonic's description overviews used this very example, except they mentioned dolphins, though I can't find it 2 days later. So has anyone tried this? For any poipose? (sorry Happy )
One apparent problem could be that the animals would not appear within the focusing area. I don't have any idea how that would work. So the ocean would be in focus, but off to the side, some blurry whales would be jumping. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I've basically limited my choices to this small set of camcorders, and since the SDR-H60 is the only one with huge zoom and reasonable price, this seems to be it. I am a total novice, btw.

I'm going to open another thread asking for updates on this seemingly intolerable problem on the May 2007 (ie old, tried & true, legacy, stable) Video Cam Suite software so many people find impossible to work with.
Thank you.

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I think the idea is great.
by whizkid454 / October 19, 2008 5:56 AM PDT

The reasons you stated are spot on. Vacations and sports games are prime examples of the need for *instant* use. Though I believe most would just turn their camcorder on at the beginning of said events and wait until there is a need to record.

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Actually, pre-record has a 3 second advance buffer...
by / October 19, 2008 10:35 AM PDT

The idea of pre-record, as I understand it, is that even though you have not pushed record, the rolling prior 3 seconds are buffered, waiting to be written onto the SD. (It doesn't work with HDD as output device.) So you have 3 seconds to push record and get the start of the event, ie, the whale's upward jump. Pre-record is an optional setting in the menus somewhere. And of course, you don't want powersave to be on, since that would turn off the machine entirely.

Anyone using it? Can anyone with an SDR-S7 or H60 (or the other models) try it and see if it really works? Thank yoU!

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Re pre record...
by christy / October 20, 2008 8:18 AM PDT

....err... you that mode drain the battery while you wait for the whales or the dolphins ?


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Well, it's best to be in a place with LOTS of whales...
by / October 20, 2008 9:10 AM PDT
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and have a few extra batteries, I guess. Happy

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Pre Record function on some Panasonic or Canon models
by jrlafr / December 28, 2009 12:44 PM PST

I am in the process of buying a camcorder. The pre record function is a must for me. Simple to explain. You are somewhere down south and your kids are in the pool threading water waiting for 3 dolphins to jump out behind them and fly over their heads as they start the show. You have pre record on and wait with the camera shooting on the required area but just on stanby. As soon as they emerge from the water, you push record and presto, the recording actually starts from 3 second before which is long enough to capture what you wanted without having to actually shoot 30 sec. or more waiting for them to emerge from the water. Neat.

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