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    Question Help with basic digital camcorder questions Canon Vixia HF200A

    I recently bought a Canon Vixia HF200A HD Camcorder which may have been a mistake but saw several reviews recommending it so got a used one. I haven't tried using it yet but looking at Youtube videos saw some things that are likely to be serious problems that it records in AVCHD format so you can't just drag and drop on a PC (though you can a Mac which I don't have and won't get another one) but you need special video editing software to load it. This is exactly the type thing I was trying to avoid!! by buying a camera with an SD card ignorantly thinking I could put the SD card in the computer and just load or play videos from there. Come to think if it in none of the Youtubes did I even see an option to load from an SD card so now I'm even more confused. I know nothing about this having only used 8mm tape Sony cameras in the past.


    Another video said you can't use HD settings with a class 6 or class 10 SD card. You can only use class 2 or class 4 for that. Is that true and how much of a problem is it if so?


    Also on the camera I see an output for HDMI and would like to just connect the camera to a tv to use a bigger monitor sometimes if that's possible but!!! the output on the camera that says HDMI won't accept the HDMI type cables that I have. So what's the deal there and could you even use a tv as a larger monitor if you could find a cable or adapter or something that could connect them?


    Also on the camera I see an output for USB but it won't accept any USB cable that I have and if you could find an adapter or something what could you do with it?


    Thank you for any help trying to learn about this stuff!


    David
    ME, USA

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    Hi David, let me try to help.
    AVCHD
    I have never had any issues playing this back on Windows 10. I also never needed video editing software to load it. I just play it back with a video player. I don't use the standard windows video player but I'm relatively certain that the standard media player won't have an issue with this codec and that it will simply download the needed codecs from Microsoft's servers.
    It records directly to an SD card and thus you are able to remove the card from the camera and put it in the laptop to transfer any data that might be on the card (that includes the video data)

    SD card speed
    For HD you need a card that can record in the right speed. In some cases older equipment can't recognise newer (faster) cards which is probably the case with the Canon. This is however a good thing because the older class 4 cards are much cheaper because most people do not want them any more.

    HDMI
    HDMI Cables come in several sizes i.e. normal, mini and micro. Your canon likely has a mini HDMI output terminal so you will need an adapter or a cable that has a mini HDMI connector on one side and a regular one on the other end.
    If you can use your TV as a monitor I can't say for certain.

    USB
    The same that applies to the HDMI size applies here. My guess is that you need a mini USB to USB cable since this is an older camera.
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    I copy AVCHD files from my cameras' SD cards to my Win10 computer and drop them right into Magix Vegas Pro 14. No problem.

    I just tried opening one in WMP. No problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapes View Post
    Hi David, let me try to help.
    AVCHD
    I have never had any issues playing this back on Windows 10. I also never needed video editing software to load it. I just play it back with a video player. I don't use the standard windows video player but I'm relatively certain that the standard media player won't have an issue with this codec and that it will simply download the needed codecs from Microsoft's servers.
    It records directly to an SD card and thus you are able to remove the card from the camera and put it in the laptop to transfer any data that might be on the card (that includes the video data)

    SD card speed
    For HD you need a card that can record in the right speed. In some cases older equipment can't recognise newer (faster) cards which is probably the case with the Canon. This is however a good thing because the older class 4 cards are much cheaper because most people do not want them any more.
    I got the thing about the card from a short minute and a half video and all they talk about is not being able to use class 6 or 10 cards with this camera. From my interpretation they are saying what you explained.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb0WmVtGllk

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