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Old Apr 22, 2008, 1:01 PM   #1
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Just got this hybrid video camera (Jazz Elite HDV 188) hoping it would work on my Mac but the software disc doesn't seem to work. Does anyone know how/if I'll be able to do this. Thx.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 1:13 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard

Swinging over to the Pc world. than you know the Answer :G

On the back of the box lower right side( 178 (not sure of 188)
Pentium 800mhz or higher (844 read in the manual) processor

Windows 2000/XP/VISTA

no where else says mac. it is a H264 codec catered to WMV AVI file format

If your mac can play those, edit those and possably open the cam? If there are other models, maybe they are Mac capatable, not this one. AIptek was windows, and added mac that is the only combo deal you have for now there are others, but not this one.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 3:51 PM   #3
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Just got this hybrid video camera (Jazz Elite HDV 188) hoping it would work on my Mac but the software disc doesn't seem to work. Does anyone know how/if I'll be able to do this. Thx.
I have a mac and the Jazz. I'll check later tonight. It was easy to use Aiptek A-HD with the mac (use with iMovie or in quicktime).

Though the container is .avi and not .mov, they should work in Quicktime and if not, through MPEG Streamclip (check www.macupdate.com for MPEG streamclip).

Apple basically helped to invent the h.264 codec, so it should work out somehow.
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When I attempt to play the JAZZ .avi files on my Mac, I only see a white window in the QuickTime player (but the audio plays ok).

I tried using MPEG STREAMCLIP to open the files and the same white window was all I could see during JAZZ .avi playback.

So... two players... no joy.

I then tried the free VLC player.

That one played the video/audio, but the quality of the video is just awful.

Something isn't working correctly to play these clips on the Mac.

I've never run into such an issue on the Mac before.

I'm not sure what else to try.

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When I attempt to play the JAZZ .avi files on my Mac, I only see a white window in the QuickTime player (but the audio plays ok).

I tried using MPEG STREAMCLIP to open the files and the same white window was all I could see during JAZZ .avi playback.
Huh, it works fine for me. Do you have Perian installed? Macupdate has that too (I used perian add file or whatever it is called). I also have DivX pro.

I'm guessing lacking Perian is the problem, but I don't know.
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Installed Perian and now I can play the clips.

Unfortunately, they just look horrid to me.

That shot of the tulips with the green grass blades just really looks terrible here; awful, awful, awful... revolting.

I could never be happy with the 178.

The clips from the other model don't look quite as bad.

But I'm inclined to pass on both.

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By the way, I was able to play the clips on my Windows PC, too.

They look just as bad on that machine.

I have the CyberLink H.264 decoder; so it should be displaying them as intended.

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Installed Perian and now I can play the clips.

Unfortunately, they just look horrid to me.

That shot of the tulips with the green grass blades just really looks terrible here; awful, awful, awful... revolting.

I could never be happy with the 178.

The clips from the other model don't look quite as bad.

But I'm inclined to pass on both.

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Can you be more specific? What is the problem with the footage? Color? Clarity? Give me a rundown so I can see if you have a faulty cam or the same as the rest of us.

I've recorded some macro footage and it isn't amazing, but not terrible for $99. With lesser background interference, the image is clearer.

Also, most people agree (even with far more expense cams such as the TX1 or HD1000) that you should view them on a TV to truly see the quality.
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No one here is claiming the Jazz is the "ALL TIME" cam. the camera as I reviewed, and will be kept due to being a AVI format and then small like my Mustek dv4500 one, and can State this

it is like a Beefed up Aiptek IS-DV model on steroids.

if you do not know what the Is-DV or seen some clips it is a 640x480 res 3.0 meg cmos..............

you are going to hear guests and members good or bad, on the most expensive, or cheapest ones comment or complain.

Just remember PC camcorder, hybrid multi function unit. not a Home theater entertainment unit

these are for outdoor daytime mostly not 24/7 major motion studio shots with a crew.

I believe on emember was always digging deep, he or shecould have hired a camera crew if he or she wanted the best shot.

have something on film, and its priceless, no matter what it is.
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I didn't buy the camera, Petehammer.

I'm just looking at the clips Fishy and others have posted.

Either the clips have been re-encoded or they're displaying too much artifacting.

I really dislike this particular .avi format.

I tried to open it in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8 and only the audio would open.

I also have Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus and I could open both the audio and the video.

I have the CyberLink H.264 decoder and Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus accesses that decoder to open the clips.

Apparently, the Sony program can't access the CyberLink decoder.

I'll take QuickTime over this any day of the week.

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