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Thread: Downloading files for editing off Panasonic SD5

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    Default Downloading files for editing off Panasonic SD5

    Hi guys, i could really do with som help. I recently bought the panasonic sd5 and have been attempting to download the files off the cmera for editing. The only softwear that allows me to even view the files is the HD writer softeware that comes with the camera but that dosent allow me to actualy do anything with thme.

    I am usind adobe eliments 4 to edit with normaly but the files i have managed to download from the camera show up as .clpi wich nothing seems to recognise. the only way i can use any of the footage is to convert it to mpeg2 using the hd writer but the quality becomes terrible. I dont see the point in having a HD camera if i cant actualy get the footage off and edit it without it being rubish quality.

    I get the feeling im being really stupid and missing somthing really obvious, could sombody please help as im starting to get really frustrated.

    Thanks Gregg

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    Dunno beans about the cam, but Google'd this at

    I bought my SD5 last September for a trip to Nepal & Tibet. I must say this little camcorder survived some of the harshest environments I had ever been in from jungle in the south of Nepal all the way to Everest Advanced Base Camp in Tibet at 21,000 ft. I have a good sampling of low light and bright light (used a UV and/or polarizing lens) video if anyone would like to review before purchasing. I would suggest getting as many 4gb, 8gb or 16gb cards as you can. I only took 6.5 gb total video of my trip. Not much by full hd standards. I wished I had taken more. The camera produces a rich palette of colors and the sound is great also. You do not hear a single motor noise when zooming in and out as on some camcorders.

    The downsides:

    #1. I dislike the way you have to transfer video to a pc. You cannot just take the SDHC card out and stick it in the computer. The Panasonic HD Writer software will not recognize it. The manual even says it may corrupt the files if you use Windows Explorer to manipulate the files.

    To transfer video you must take the batttery out of the camcorder, plug the AC adapter into an outlet and into the camcorder, then insert the USB cable into the computer and camcorder. Finally you start the Panasonic HD Writer software. Whew!

    I have found through trial and error that using Pinnacle Studio 11 with AVCHD support you can just copy the video files directly from the SDHC card into a Windows directory for editing BUT you cannot copy the files back onto the card for viewing through the SD5. The camera will not recognize the files.

    #2 - The camcorder photo taking feature is not all that great. In fact it looks pretty darn terrible in low light but only ok in bright light.

    Overall, I would give this little camera a 8.9 out of 10. Panasonic just needs to get rid of the messy cable hookups and it goes up to a 10 in my book. I know some people complain about lack of software but there are several programs out there that support AVCHD. The Panasonic HD Writer software was meant for basic editing and not much more. I give Pinnacle Studio a thumbs up as I can save my video in just about any format or size. I even made videos for my Iphone!
    ~Applied Metaphysician~

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