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O.K., I really need some help from an expert. I have a Cannon HF100, shot video of my show (60i, SP), looks great on the small LCD screen on the camcorder, but using the Cannon software, it looks terrible on my PC monitor, which is also LCD (PC has P4, 2.53 ghz., 1mb ram) The motion of the lights is very choppy, and the colors are poor. My PC does not have a card slot. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get the info from the camcorder (SD card) on to my PC and maintain a high quality? I am new at this, so please be as specific as possible.

Thanks in advance..........

Randy

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I have a Canon HG10 and here is what I have been doing.

Get up early :mad:

Shoot when the sky is dark blue, not black (still some ambient light AM or PM). I have about a 30 minute window max

Mount on the tripod

Hook up the FM Walkman

Use the Night setting

Image stabilizer off

Manual Focus

Auto white balance

Exposure set between -6 and 0

The exposure seams to be the key with my camera. If the sky is light blue I set it down. The darker it gets the closer to 0 I set it.

I'm not an expert (far from it), I just had troubles this year and have played with it a lot.

If you have more ideas please post them.

Jeff

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I have a Canon HG10 and here is what I have been doing.

Get up early :mad:

Shoot when the sky is dark blue, not black (still some ambient light AM or PM). I have about a 30 minute window max

Mount on the tripod

Hook up the FM Walkman

Use the Night setting

Image stabilizer off

Manual Focus

Auto white balance

Exposure set between -6 and 0

The exposure seams to be the key with my camera. If the sky is light blue I set it down. The darker it gets the closer to 0 I set it.

I'm not an expert (far from it), I just had troubles this year and have played with it a lot.

If you have more ideas please post them.

Jeff

Jeff,

Those tips pretty much cover what you need to do for the video but for the AUDIO...

Since you have the audio recorded via the Walkman, use the audio track to help synch the ORIGINAL audio source (MP3 or whatever) over your video during editing and then mute the audio on the video itself. This will get rid of the annoying hum/hiss/static/etc..

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Thanks Chuck,

Yep. I haven't got that far yet (everything about this year has been late). I should have said don't forget to hookup the Walkman or this step will be a pain. And don't forget to put the lock on the Walkman as well so it doesn't skip channels.

Too many things to remember when its early and cold, cold, cold. :P

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Not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but if you are using an FM transmitter it is much easier to plug the Walkman in on the external MIC port of the camcorder and tune to your radio frequency. That way you have great audio and later you can simply lay the audio directly over in your video program knowing it is already sync'd.

Just an tip if it hasn't already been mentioned :-)

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O.K., I really need some help from an expert. I have a Cannon HF100, shot video of my show (60i, SP), looks great on the small LCD screen on the camcorder, but using the Cannon software, it looks terrible on my PC monitor, which is also LCD (PC has P4, 2.53 ghz., 1mb ram) The motion of the lights is very choppy, and the colors are poor. My PC does not have a card slot. What is the easiest and cheapest way to get the info from the camcorder (SD card) on to my PC and maintain a high quality? I am new at this, so please be as specific as possible.

Thanks in advance..........

Randy

My question is about the best way to transfer the video from the Camcorder to my PC and maintain high quality..............

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Card readers are not that expensive. Does your cam have a usb cable? I don't have the camera but based on what I have ready, it's probably Canon's poor software making the picture look so bad. Have you tried another editor? Many have free trial downloads.

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Does your cam have a usb cable? I don't have the camera but based on what I have ready, it's probably Canon's poor software making the picture look so bad. Have you tried another editor? Many have free trial downloads.

Yes, the Camcorder has a USB cable. Can anyone recommend a software to try?

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My Canon HG10 came with a USB cable and Guide Menu software that allows you to copy files from the camera to PC or PC to camera. I would think that the HF-10 would have something similar.

For mine I have to install the software, attach the camera to AC power, connect the USB cable, turn on the camera to the movie mode.

After that the software starts and you can copy the files.

Hope this helps.

Jeff

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I am partial to Adobe. Try Premiere elements. Again, free trial.

I don't think Win DV works with AVCHD but I could be wrong.

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Does this use a memory card? Couldn't he just remove the card from the camera, insert it into a memory card reader, and then drag the files over? I haven't used a camera with a memory card.

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