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Old Sep 21, 2005, 10:58 AM   #11
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Hi,

I'll gonna return the camera back and wait for the casio z500

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 12:10 PM   #12
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Have you seen video samples from the casio? I mean, not from their website? Do you feel they are better?Or will you be returning it for another reason?
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Old Sep 21, 2005, 8:10 PM   #13
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Hi,

I don't saw any movie from z500 but i'm waiting for the review.

I returned the camera because i makemany movies at beach or snowand i need them to be in good conditions and with this camera they weren't.

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 11:03 PM   #14
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I believe both of you haven't tried VLC player.

I just received Joao's problem sample movie.

1. Quicktime 6.5 player is NOT smooth. It played out the movie in CHUNKS (not fast enough) for fast moving scene (your DC panning). That's exactly the horizontal lines you saw.

2. VLC player NO problem at all, not a single horiz line I noticed.

I think QT is just no fast enough to decode the changing scenes (MPEG-4 is an inter-frame plus object-oriented compression. The codec has to perform more processing when the scene objects suddently changed a lot (panning)).

That's why I said it's a shame on Apple - they can't play their own movie format well, even worse than the freeware VLC.

I hope you won't regret for the return decision

My h/w config for your comparision - IBM Thinkpad T42, P-M 1.7GHz, 512MB, ATi Radeon 9600 w/ 64MB @ 1400x1050.
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Old Sep 22, 2005, 12:22 AM   #15
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Double-confirmed:

I just played my own sample that I sent to you earlier on:

QT vs VLC.

And QT still showed the same inferior performance (horiz lines or chunks).

i.e. NOT a v550 movie problem, but a QT problem.



Sorry I should have performed the comparison b4 sending the sample to u.

I haven't used Windows Media Player or Qt for very long time, after I found VLC.
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Old Sep 22, 2005, 3:31 AM   #16
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Hi,

I've used VLC player, QT and QT pro and the problem was present in both cases.

I sent the movie for a several number of friends and they said me it wasn't smooth and they saw too the lines i have refered.

I don't gonna regret my decision because the battery life was a mess too.

I must say that the quality of still shots arevery good and i just returned it because the movie quality was not good enough.

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Old Sep 22, 2005, 3:37 AM   #17
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What's your PC config?

Because I am going to share my v550 video with my friend/relatives who may not have as powerful PC as mine. I may convert them to less CPU demanding formats e.g. AVI, MPEG or WMV first, if slow PC is a problem.
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I've also tried the VLC problem and still have the same problem. I did not mean the upper/lower chunks thing... that's the QT player that really sucks!! :-)

It's just that it skips some frames from time to time, producing a movement that is not smooth. I've found this in my videos, yours and brunos...
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So what's your PC config i.e. CPU, OS & video card?
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Old Sep 22, 2005, 9:19 AM   #20
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I've tried both my home PC (PIII 1.0 GHz, 512 RAM, Win XP, Geforce MX440) and my laptop (Centrino 1,7GHz, 1Gb RAM, Win XP, Intel)... it's not the computer.

Playing onthe camera I feel it has the same behaviour. I'm trying to contact Kodak to see if they know of any issues... So far they're telling me:

"Investigating deeply on this matter seems to be that the high speed memory cards are causing the jumping effect on the videos after the first 10 seconds. The Kodak Easyshare digital cameras are not compatible with the high speed SD cards.
My suggestion for this problem is first try to take the videos using the internal memory of the camera and if the videos are OK, then try this camera with standard speed memory cards in order to check if this problem is created by using the wrong (speed) memory cards."

I think I've tried without any memory card and had the same problem, but I'm going to try latter and then contact them again.


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