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Old Feb 19, 2006, 9:46 AM   #1
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Just received Sanyo, Sandisk 2 GD Ultra IISD Card and Sandisk 5-in-1 Card Reader/Writer. Took some video clips. Transferred&saved ontomy laptop's hard drive. The laptop is brand new & powerfuland comes with Dell's Media Center, etc. Cannot open the video clips under "My Picture or "My Video" folderuntil I installed the Sanyo Software Pack (2 disks). After installation, I can view these video clips via "Quick Time Player" in a small screen within the screen of the laptop.

My questions are:

1) Any ideas why I cannot viewthese video clipsunder "My Picture" or "My Video"folder of the laptop's Media Center in full screen. I have a 17-inch screen laptop with great graphic & colors.

2) Is is normal & the only way that I have to view the video clips via "Quick Time Player"? Is it because the video clips are inMPEG-4 Format, and is not compatible with the laptop's video format?


3) Any way that I can convert these clips in MPEG-4 Format to VCD or DVD?

Any comments and syugestions?

By the way, the still pictures and video are very sharp.

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Old Feb 22, 2006, 12:31 AM   #2
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byllui:

Sanyo Xacti makes MP4 video files. This is Apple movie format which is not directly compatible with Windows movie players, therefore you have to play it with Apple's QuickTime player.

I haven't used QT player for some time, but just like Windows media player, there must be a way to "zoom" or "full screen" the video - look up the menu bar (if there is any) or try right-clicking on the video screen of the QT player and see if there is a scroll menu.

There are two other independent video players for PC I know of that plays MP4 files - Media Player Classic and VLC player. Do a web search for these players if you are interested.

After installing the two CDs that came with the Xacti, you should have Ulead Movie Factory 4 installed, which supports MP4 video files. You should now be able to do editing, convert the MP4 and burn to DVD (and probably VCD, I haven't looked into that) with this program.
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 8:06 AM   #3
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Blindsight,

I did find the way to make the screen largest for the QuickTime. However, the quality of the picture is not as good.

I installed the Sanyo ULeas Movie Factory 4, which now I can view the MP4 video files. Then I tried to burn them to VCD and it did not work.

Do I need to convert these MP4 video files first before conversion? Where can get the step by stepinstructionsto convert MP4 video files so that they can be burn to VCD.

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Old Feb 23, 2006, 11:47 AM   #4
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Quicktime for Windows is really a sad program. You have to pay for the Pro version just to view video full-screen (with standard version you can zoom it up, but it's still windowed). And because it's so very poor at playing video, it can't even play video smoothly in full-screen even on fairly powerful PCs. I recommend you use another player, as recommended by blindsight.
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 5:33 PM   #5
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byllui:

With the Ulead on the installation disks that comes with the Sanyo Xacti, it would support MP4 files, so you don't need to convert it before using the Ulead - you already said that your MP4 files play on Ulead, which means it can do the editing and burning as well.

I don't burn MP4 videos onto DVD or VCD, so I uninstalled my Ulead Movie Factory from the PC. I am not sure if it would convert and burn VCD but I think so. I think you can get a better answer if you go and read the help file of the Ulead. Softwares are very good nowadays for amateur users - they take you through the whole process step by step, asking what you want to do in every step.
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You need to convert mp4 to avi before editing to other format (like VCD or DVD).

I use mp4cam2avi. You can download at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mp4cam2avi/


After convert to avi, you can convert avi files to VCD or DVD.
You can use the software like Ulead, TmpGenc, VirtualDub, dll.

There's a lot of information about video editing at http://www.videohelp.com

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Old Feb 24, 2006, 7:45 AM   #7
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blindsight & cikcik,

Thank you very much for the additionalinformation. Will try it out and report my progress.
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