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    Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    Uwe,
    Thanks for the good write-up. I have long wondered what the ideal camcorder is for Mac users. I have heard great things about the JVC GY-HM100 - it shoots in native QT format. Have you any experience with it? Anybody here use it?

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    Thanks for the writeup, Uwe. Michael Reichman was also very positive to this camera. Looks like a very nice supplement to the GH1 (or vice versa).

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    >Looks like a very nice supplement to the GH1 (or vice versa).

    I use it with the Canon 550D.

    >I have long wondered what the ideal camcorder is for Mac users.

    I would never select a camcorder depending on my computer OS. Just with AVCHD there is slightly more support for Windows. In the more pro world Mac is very strong.
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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    brad... havent found a camcorder in the last ten years that wasn't 'ideal for a Mac'

    wtf are you talking about... there is no 'native' Quicktime format... Quicktime is a container... just like AVI... these containers or wrappers can handle a whole range of codecs MPEG4, HDV, DV , Uncompressed 10 Bit.

    working with digital video is a constant compromise - want every pixel in every frame like in old film based media? - be prepared to struggle with massive disc drives and insane data throughput. want HD that will playback on your tv? ...welcome to the world of compression.... great for playback... but awfully intensive on your computer that has to recreate each frame from all the data from all the frames around it if you wish to edit.

    Mac or PC... they are the same... the problems editing AVCHD or even H264 from a canon 5D all boil down to the same thing

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    Kevin,
    The JVC GY-HM100U records in these formats: Video codec: MPEG2 Long GOP
    File format: Quick time format for Final Cut Pro/ISO base media file format

    There's no transcoding required to edit in FCP.

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    >wtf are you talking about...

    I talk about that you cannot play the MTS files with the QT Player (7 or X) that come with windows. You can play the Canon files. The AVCHD format uses internally also H.264 but the container is not understood by the QT player. ClipWrap can then wrap it to a container that plays in QT. Then (at least mine) some Macs cannot handle 1080p at 60p.

    I have no intention to edit in H.264 (I transcode to ProRes LT for that).
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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    I have been trialling a TM700 recently with a view to replacing my aging HDV gear. It would be great if these AVCHD camcorders could produce a continuous file like the m2ts files extracted from HDV.

    Is there any way to simply join all the MTS files from a camcorder such as the TM700 into a single file while maintaining the original video and audio data. I have tried using Clipwrap to re-wrap to QT, but it does not maintain the original DD 5.1 audio. Audio is converted to PCM 2.0.

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    >I have tried using Clipwrap to re-wrap to QT, but it does not maintain the original DD 5.1 audio.

    How much does it matter to you? Toast 10 Titanium can play the MTS files directly.
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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    I use Toast to view the MTS files on my mac but I also wish to stream them through a WDTV LIVE player to a 60" TV.
    Last edited by lambert; 10th June 2010 at 03:42.

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    It would be great if these AVCHD camcorders could produce a continuous file like the m2ts files extracted from HDV.
    Is there any way to simply join all the MTS files from a camcorder such as the TM700 into a single file while maintaining the original video and audio data.
    If you simply do a binary file append, you get a valid .MTS or .m2ts file with all video and audio intact. From the command line on a Windows machine, in a directory with the separate .MTS parts, this works for me:

    copy /b *.MTS complete-file.MTS

    I assume something similar is possible on a Mac. You don't need a program that is aware of the various audio and video stream formats inside the file, just a simple binary concatenation utility.

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    Re: Checking out the Panasonic TM700 camcorder

    Thanks. I will give this a go.

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