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Old 11-20-2010, 05:49 AM   #1
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Hi.

I am planning to buy Panasonic HD camcorder. I am buying HD because its recording is of superior quality over normal camcorder.
I do not have either HD tv or HD laptop.

My query is, can I play back HD recorded video on standard TV/ Laptop?
Do I need anything to support it or it is as normal as playing other formats on TV/ laptop ?

Please advice.

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Old 11-20-2010, 07:08 AM   #2
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It is going to depend on the capability of the laptop. If the processor and video card combination is capable of decoding and displaying HD video by being fast enough and/or the video card having hardware acceleration for HD video, then the picture will be scaled to the native resolution of the laptop monitor.

Most laptops have a SD video output of some kind, so that could be used to send the video to your SDTV. Alternately many HD cameras will have an A/V output (red-white-yellow) to connect to a SDTV, SD DVD recorder or VCR. I would guess the Panasonic has this feature.

Here is a HD video file (720p) that you can download as a test for your laptop.

Fish.mp4


It will play in Windows Media Player if you have the proper codecs installed.

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Old 11-20-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply.
I tried to play the attached file on my laptop on VLC media player but it did not play smoothly.
I have good configuration on laptop...3 GB RAM and Core 2 Duo Processor of 2.1 MHz frequency.

Will it be the same problem when I try to play HD files recorded by the camcorder ?

Please guide.
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:04 PM   #4
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply.
I tried to play the attached file on my laptop on VLC media player but it did not play smoothly.
I have good configuration on laptop...3 GB RAM and Core 2 Duo Processor of 2.1 MHz frequency.

Will it be the same problem when I try to play HD files recorded by the camcorder ?

Please guide.
Thanks
Sunil
VLC at times struggles with HD files. Give SplashLite a try - http://mirillis.com/en/products/splash.html
Download the free version and if the file plays,,you should be good to go!
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:23 PM   #5
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Laptop hard drives are often one of the problems with good HD playback. Try it on a good external USB 2.0 drive as well.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:40 PM   #6
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Hi.

I am planning to buy Panasonic HD camcorder. I am buying HD because its recording is of superior quality over normal camcorder.
I do not have either HD tv or HD laptop.

My query is, can I play back HD recorded video on standard TV/ Laptop?
Do I need anything to support it or it is as normal as playing other formats on TV/ laptop ?

Please advice.

Thanks,
Sunil
You might find this link interesting:
http://my.opera.com/rejzor/blog/1080...netbook-part-2
This involves converting the HD files to MKV format with Divx and viewing with the Divx player (although VLC and Windows Media Player also work with the latest Divx codec). If they play on a netbook, they should play on your laptop - I've used Divx Pro for several years and am very pleased with it. A major advantage is that all my movies are well under 4 Gb and don't take up too much disk space.
You could try it on the fish.mp4 file from rbinck.
Another alternative is to use DVD Flick to make DVDs. You won't have them in the original HD, but they'll still look good on your laptop. If you keep the original clips, you'll eventually be able to see them in HD when you've spent wads of money on an enormous HD TV, Blu-ray burner, Blu-ray player, editing software, etc. At least its a lot cheaper now then three years ago when I bought my Panasonic HD camcorder!
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I think sometimes people put a lot of emphasis on things that may or may not actually help. For instance, you might be surprised by simply getting the correct codecs. Camcorders record in AVCHD. There aren't many codecs built into most machine that can play AVCHD. CoreCodec is a good codec, but you have to pay a little for it. I think maybe $30. The other thing is, Windows 7 has AVCHD codecs built in. So Media Player 12 has AVCHD codecs natively. I have a dual core 1.6Ghz with 4gb of ram. It's basically a netbook on steroids. But with Win 7, it plays my recorded videos off my camera without a single hiccup. Couple thoughts anyway.
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is DIVX still around?????????
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I think sometimes people put a lot of emphasis on things that may or may not actually help. For instance, you might be surprised by simply getting the correct codecs. Camcorders record in AVCHD. There aren't many codecs built into most machine that can play AVCHD. CoreCodec is a good codec, but you have to pay a little for it. I think maybe $30. The other thing is, Windows 7 has AVCHD codecs built in. So Media Player 12 has AVCHD codecs natively. I have a dual core 1.6Ghz with 4gb of ram. It's basically a netbook on steroids. But with Win 7, it plays my recorded videos off my camera without a single hiccup. Couple thoughts anyway.
Good point.

I think one reason it plays well direct from the camera probably also has to do with the speed of the HDD/Flash in the camera.

I can play direct on my laptop with files on it, but I have also found that performance tends to be better from a good USB hard drive.
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Good point.

I think one reason it plays well direct from the camera probably also has to do with the speed of the HDD/Flash in the camera.

I can play direct on my laptop with files on it, but I have also found that performance tends to be better from a good USB hard drive.
Actually, I usually just copy the file from the camera to the HDD on the laptop. I haven't tried playing the video off the camera directly. So I generally just use the drive on the laptop.

I think a lot of what people see as choppy playback is inefficient use of the cpu. Given the right codec, the processing is more efficient and results in less chugging from the processor. It also helps to have an HD video card that has AVCHD processing built in. Both nVidia and ATI cards have a form of it, but again, your codec has to utilize that power in order to work.
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