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Old Dec 15, 2008, 5:27 PM   #591
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I know the firmware upgrade gets rid of the mic cancelling during zooms and slows the zoom speed, but did someone say it also reduces the auto focus seeking?

Seems like I read that in this thread someplace but couldn't find it last night.

I've been holding off on the upgrade, but now the focus-seek is getting a little annoying.
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Old Dec 16, 2008, 9:57 AM   #592
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I've also been debating the firmware update.. The muting on zoom is rather annoying. It also seems my cam mutes on autofocus, so anytime there's any major movement in the field of view, the audio drops. Rather annoying when trying to record the kids playing.


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Old Dec 17, 2008, 7:10 AM   #593
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Sorry for the long and rambling post, but I hope this helps some of you guys out...

Not sure what people are using to edit or playback their movies from, but I've been using Premiere Pro and Encore, both of which worked great for SD work. The propblem I had was that I have a PS3, but do not have a Blu-Ray burner (nor do I want to spend $10 to $40 a disc to burn home movies) and I wanted to burn my HD movies to disc to view on my TV.
I've had my 595V since November and haven't been able to generate a High Def disc that will play on the PS3 (or any Blu-Ray player) and tried to create AVCHD and AVCREC discs (both allow you to put HD video on a single or dual layer DVD that will play on a Blu-Ray player - 20 to 45 minutes per discat about 25-30 MB a second ABR WITH menus, slide shows, chapters, etc.). So Adobe Encore does Blu-Ray discs, as does DVDit Pro, etc. but they don't do AVCHD discs. The only commercial program I found that does AVCHD was Nero Vision, but the max ABR is limited to 14 MB per second and I had crash after crash after crash with the program (it also kept putting pillar boxes on the video and forcing the aspect ratio to 4X3 when the MOV files from the camera were not converted or edited). I liked and owned Encore, but could not use the Blu-Ray capabilities in the program until I found this:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=15285018&postcount=1662



I hope this is usefull to some of you. You edit you videos and create a Blu-Ray project in whatever programs you choose to use, and then create a Blu-Ray folder. Patch the index.bvmd file, HEX edit taht file and another. Copy them to the BACKUP directory and burn the disc using UDF 2.50. This process takes about two minutes and has worked with every disc I've tried to make so far.Here's the article quoted:









One use for converting BDMV to AVCHD is for example that it allows the PS3 to play HD mpeg2 video from DVD with menus. tsMuxer can also be used to play HD mpeg2 video as AVCHD from DVD, but tsMuxer doesn't easily allow for the sort of menus that can be created with programs like VideoStudio. The following are steps that seem to work for converting BDMV to AVCHD. You'll need AVCHD-Patcher (latest version attached) and XVI32 (or another hex editor) to make the conversion.

1) Start with files in Blu-ray BDMV format. There are a number of commercial programs that can create BDMV with menus, and VideoStudio is one example.

2) Run AVCHD-Patcher, go to the /BDMV directory, and drag the index.bdmv file into the patcher. A new window will popup telling you the file has been patched. After you click ok the program will add AVCHD information to the file.


3) Delete the index.bdmv.bak file created by the patcher. It's simply a backup of the original index.bdmv file that is not needed.

4) Run XVI32 and open the index.bdmv file that was changed. You need to edit INDX0200 to read INDX0100. To do this select the 2 in INDX0200 at the top right as shown in the image below. Type the number 1 and save the file.


5) Now open MovieObject.bdmv from the same directory in XVI32. Similar to the last step, change MOBJ0200 to MOBJ100. Change the 2 shown in the image below to a 1, save the file.


6) Copy the revised index.bdmv and MovieObject.bdmv files from /BDMV to /BDMV/BACKUP. You'll need to overwrite the files that are already in the backup directory.

7) Burn the /BDMV folder with all the contents to a DVD using UDF 2.5 format. Step 4 from this guide shows how to set the disc format with ImgBurn or Nero. AVCHD does not seem to include the /CERTIFICATE folder from BDMV, but it doesn't appear to matter if you also burn /CERTIFICATE with /BDMV.


Let me know if this helps anyone out.
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Old Dec 17, 2008, 7:25 PM   #594
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Hi Scoilt

Thanks for the post.

I downloaded the info and tools. I'd never thought about trying to put HD formatted material on an ordinary DVD. It may be a while before I get to play with some of this, but I do appreciate the info. And hey, who can't use a good hex editor (the XVI32) anyway!
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Old Dec 21, 2008, 4:24 AM   #595
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Hi,

Also from me lots of thanks to Scoilt for this tutorial - it's a bit of work, but if the result can be played in HD on a BluRay player using affordable DVD's it's worth the while. I'll try it out by mid-January when I'll have access to my Sony BluRay player.

Meanwhile, a short follow-up on the DXG clone from Aldi: I went ahead and got it nearly a month ago, and while it's not perfect, it's very good at the price and I've decided to keep it. It does have some white balance issues, but on the whole nothing you can't live with. I've even filmed a theatre show in very low-light conditions, and the result was very watchable on a 45" HD-Ready rear projection TV. For those of you in Europe who have an Aldi store near you, I can recommend the purchase.

However, while watching movie clips directly from the camcorder on the TV works just fine (and thanks to the remote control and external power in is also feasible), I've got quite some problems transferring the clips to a DVD. I tried both the editing software (ArcSoft TotalMedia Studio and ArcSoft TotalMedia ShowBiz) that are packaged with the camcorder, as well as Nero Vision Essentials, and what comes out is not acceptable. While picture quality (sharpness anc color) is OK, and the 16/9 format also comes out fine, motion is VERY jagged. This is extremely noticeable when panning, but also for instance slight waves on a lake look extremely unnatural.

I remember that some part in this thread other users had suffered the same problem, and that there was some solution found (involving using the correct recoding format and/or particular software), but even after intensive searching I just can't find it. If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful.

While of course the "BluRay on DVD" solution described by Scoilt is ideal, it's also important to be able to export edited video in reasonable quality to DVD, as most people are not yet BluRay-equipped.

Kind regards, currently from Northern Italy

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Old Dec 22, 2008, 2:23 PM   #596
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I need help with two thing, I am new to these kind of video recorders. First question is when I try to update the firmware it says the card is right protected and wont let me do the firmware update, how do I correct this? Second question is how can I convert the .mov files to mpeg?
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 8:16 PM   #597
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usafa1cdittman wrote:
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I need help with two thing, I am new to these kind of video recorders. First question is when I try to update the firmware it says the card is right protected and wont let me do the firmware update, how do I correct this? Second question is how can I convert the .mov files to mpeg?
Holy geez man!!
How many times must I answer this!
Go to the calibration menu (settings, then zoom-in + disp [at the same time])
then click factory setting. click enter until you get mass storage.
press down until it says read/write rather than read only.
you're done.

Please, if you have a question, LOOK THROUGH THE FORUM FIRST!
Your answer is most likely there, and I can guarentee you'll learn a thing or two.
By the way, welcome to the forums!
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 10:56 PM   #598
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thank you, it worked I really appreciate it.
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 11:01 PM   #599
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thank you, it worked I really appreciate it.
Glad I could help ;-)

And does anyone know what's the best format to convert the videos to so I can play it back on a PS3?
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 1:46 PM   #600
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