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Old May 16, 2005, 5:09 PM   #11
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BTW, my relatively old VideoCharge (2.3.3.23) handles the M4S2 to DiVX conversion very well- the only complaint is that I can not adjust DiVX settings from VideoCharge- I do them via VirtualDub... maybe I am stupid but that is the easiest way- and I get similar filesizes to M4S2 with DivX simple profile @1600kbps- and done the other way conversion: DivX to M4S2 and enjoyed a movie from Z750 during long flight- so bad that Z750 does not have a A/V jack...
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Old May 16, 2005, 8:26 PM   #12
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Aries13,hope it all works out the way you want it!
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Old May 17, 2005, 2:06 PM   #13
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Yes, funtasticguy,
thanks to your help I managed to convert a "Casio-M4S2-video" into a "DV AVI File PAL" and could import that into my "MAGIX Fotos on CD & DVD" program. Great - I don't have to spend additional money to purchase another program!

I just can't check the quality compared to Ulead VideoStudio9 which can import the M4S2 video directly.

What can you say about the quality-loss during such a conversion? Can it be recognized when watching the DVD at a TV set - or on a PC display?

Thanks again for your valuable advice!
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Old May 17, 2005, 8:47 PM   #14
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Greetings Aries13! I gave up on Ulead VideoStudio 9. It kept crashing on me. I believe since the software is a rather new release, there are still some bugs. So, I converted the videos to 3ivX at its 95 quality setting. It looks just like the M4S2 version. From there, I brought it into Pinnacle Studio 9 and was able to work with the videos and then burned it to DVD format from Studio 9. I sent my mom the DVD (videos of my newborn baby) and she said it looked clear and great on the TV. So, I would recommend that when you convert the M4S2 videos, use the highest quality setting before you start editing them. In this manner, you won't lose that much quality.
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Old May 17, 2005, 8:54 PM   #15
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Ok, I don't understand what you're talking about, but I think I will be buying an Ex-Z750. Is there something wrong with the video? Will it not play on computers or burn to cds? Or is it fancy stuff, which I don't need, that you're talking about? If the video straight up sucks I won't buy the camera.
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Old May 17, 2005, 11:50 PM   #16
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Hi a4phantom,
for the 750 the same seems to apply as for the 505 - both record the video in a "M4S2"-coded version which can't be processed by most existing "Movie-Creation-Programs".

Casio delivers a primitiv Ulead software with the camera which can only create a (quality-wise unacceptable) (S)VCD, but no DVD. In the README they suggest to "upgrade" to Ulead VideoStudio8 - but Casio don't tell you before you buy the camera. VideoStudio here in Europe is 80 EUR (approx. 100USD). And experianced "funtasticguy" wrote above that this progam still has flaws...

So, either wait (?) month for buying the camera when all the software programs have been improved or buy another camera...

Unfortunately I am a movie beginner and don't understand all the "Codec"-Business - and can't find a book to study it. Maybe there is an online-link somebody could tell me so that I can study it?

But anyhow: My intention was just to buy a camera, create a DVD the simple way and a few hours later watch my shots on TV - unfortunately this seems to be impossible - I have to become a specialist in my old days.

The German Casio support seems to be idea-less either because they don't answer all my questions.

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Old May 18, 2005, 12:19 AM   #17
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Greetings funtasticguy
and congratulations to your baby!

I remember times (24 years ago) when I became father and bought a complete "Super-8mm" Movie equipment - it did cost a fortune and hundreds of hours to film and cut the movies. Today the rolls are getting dusty but a tranfer to DVD would cost a fortune. And senseless too, because my boys are not so eager to watch it (maybe when they become father?). Just happy that I could show them the movies once before the projector will die...

How will we watch our digi-movies in 20 years ??? Will have them to transfer to new media every few years...

I remember my trip to Peru and Galapagos on which a lady from L.A had no camera with her. When asked she said that she is taking millions more pictures then we all together - she records every second during the trip in her brain. How true - we others were busy all time with our cameras and then at home we could enjoy the beauty of the countries we visited live...

Can you give me an advice how to get knowledged about all the Codec-business? Any URL to study?

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BTW, my relatively old VideoCharge (2.3.3.23) handles the M4S2 to DiVX conversion very well- the only complaint is that I can not adjust DiVX settings from VideoCharge- I do them via VirtualDub... maybe I am stupid but that is the easiest way- and I get similar filesizes to M4S2 with DivX simple profile @1600kbps- and done the other way conversion: DivX to M4S2 and enjoyed a movie from Z750 during long flight- so bad that Z750 does not have a A/V jack...
You seem to have all the answers, could you be a bit more specific. I just bought a z750 and would like to do the same of viewing movie on it. Converting from M4S2 is no problem using graphedit since if can play it can convert from it, however I don't seem to have any encoder, only decoder of M4S2. How were you able to encode to it? Did you use VirtualDub to encode to it (it is a great program whih I always use) what is the name of the encorder?
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FYI, there is a cable "EMC-2A" that connectly Z750 directly to your TV.

More info at, http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=13550797

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Old May 20, 2005, 6:22 AM   #20
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Sorry, You have to be on standby until 30th of May- right now on my vacation in Spain and can not do video editing- just enjoying sun and shooting with z750...
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