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Old Apr 19, 2015, 5:16 PM   #1
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Hi, a slight problem,I lent my wife my Panasonic FZ200 to use for video and although she has watched my videos a number of times she thought she could use it like she uses her Camcorder with mini disks.
So what we have got is loads of short bursts which she thought would join up into one video.?? Of course what we have is loads of separate files lasting a few seconds each??
So my question is , is there any way that I could make them into a continuous video i.e. one single file??
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 5:42 PM   #2
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You should be able to use the PhotofunStudio software that came with the camera to edit and merge video clips from what I'm reading about that camera.

There should be a .pdf user guide for it that's on the software disc and/or on your PC after it's installed.

Most any video editor should work, as long as it can read the video file format (and that can be a matter of having the right codecs installed and/or converting the clips to a different format first). For example, Microsoft Movie Maker can also merge video clips. You'll see a section you can expand on this page about it:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ws-movie-maker

Here are download links for Windows (it looks like it's included in some kind of Windows Essentials package).

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...maker-download

If you're using OS X on a Mac, you can probably use one of the available Apple products for that purpose (e.g., iMovie). More about iMovie here:

https://www.apple.com/mac/imovie/

There are a number of free video editors available for other operating systems, too. For example, Kdenlive is popular with Linux users:

https://kdenlive.org/
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There are several free video editor and converter programs available which can do what you need, if Jim's suggestions don't work for you.
One I use which is extremely simple to use (good for old folks like me), is Freemake Video Converter. Only thing to watch out for is that you have to opt out of some of the adware and toolbars it wants to install.
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Thanks again,
the problem was that I talked my wife into using the FZ200 at our daughters wedding because in my opinion the quality is better than her old mini disc recorder.
So I became as popular as a rattle snake in a lucky dip.
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A very nice program to convert any file to any file, cut and join files is
Freemake Video Converter 4.1.6 - no costs, it's free.

http://www.freemake.com/de/downloads/
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Just an update, thanks to you guys I've now got the videos linked together.
I didn't find Photofun studio too easy, in fact I didn't manage to get my head around it at all, my fault I'm sure.
Also a friend suggested that I tried Windows Movie Maker and I couldn't get anywhere with that either..
So in the end I tried the Freemake Video Converter and that was easy.
It froze my Windows XP system up once but second time around it worked ok.
It doesn't just link the videos together ,it compresses them into a smaller file? but they look good on my tablet and TV.
Anyway thanks again especially as I'm now officially out of the dog house.
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Freemake will compress to a file size, depending on the pixel dimensions and video type (WMV, MP4, etc.) of the video output. It does this by default, but you can change it, by selecting a specific file size.
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Freemake will compress to a file size, depending on the pixel dimensions and video type (WMV, MP4, etc.) of the video output. It does this by default, but you can change it, by selecting a specific file size.
Is there a reason to up the file size?
It plays and looks good on my 42 inch TV and 10.5 inch tablet, if I went up to a 55 inch TV for example would I then need to increase the file size?
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You mentioned that it compressed the linked videos into a smaller file. Too much compression can affect the quality negatively, so manually adjusting the resulting file size to something approximating the original, will allow you to keep the original quality.
If it is adequate, there is no reason to change it.
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Thaks very much VTphotog, I suppose it seems obvious but I've still got one foot firmly planted in the steam age.
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