Question about Video Cameras
I just purchased a Canon HG20 AVCHD video camcorder. I have the USB cord and uploaded the software it came with -- Pixela Image Mixer 3 SE Ver. 3 -- but for some reason, I'm not able to upload the footage to my PC. I contacted Canon, and they basically blew me off and told me to contact Pixela... Please help! Any advice is most appreciated!
My knowledge in video editing is limited, but here's what I could dig up.
m2ts is also referred to as AVCHD, (MPEG4) a high-def Interlaced format which most computers cant render properly since most computers render in progressive format. You have to convert it to MPEG2, AVI, WMV, MOV or other movie file types in Progressive mode, a process known as "Deinterlacing" in order to edit it. Depending on how big the file is and how fast your computer is this could take several hours. Also, you cant view AVCHD files on normal televisions, you need a high-def TV.
If you want to edit high-def videos with post-effects and music etc, for dvd or blue-ray, you'll need a more powerful computer. The "recommended" minimum is a 64bit dual core processor, windows vista 64 bit, a seperate 500Gb or bigger hard drive and at minimum, 3-4Gbs of RAM with a high-def TV monitor. (1080i) Rendering High-Def videos is process heavy and can take up to 12+ hours to render a single 30-60 minute video with post-fx like music, logo's etc. The reason you need a 64bit processor and 64bit windows is because regular XP and Vista wont recognize more than 3Gb of RAM.
You could get by with a 32bit dual core processor and 2 gigs of RAM on windows XP, it's just going to be slower. You will still probably need a high def monitor if your going to edit in high-def mode.
High-def is new technology to mainstream consumers. Supporting technology hasnt caught up yet including most software--however most of what I read stated that Sony Vegas Platinum can do this pretty well.
Your camera is capeable of recording in progressive mode. You'll have to read the manual on how to do this. This will record it in standard mode which is not high-def. (For future reference)
To sum it all up, the camera's technology is more advanced than most PCs. I downloaded AVS Video Converter and converted the AVCHD, (MPEG4) a high-def Interlaced format to HD Video 720p: WMV9, 7000 kbps....... on the drop down screen of the AVS program. I now can view my videos in Progressive Standard mode with NO choppy play back or problems. Please note that 720p is a non digital standard Television view.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
The software is very specific on what order you connect camcoder to PC.
1) Turn on your PC
2) Plug the power to the camcoder
3) Set the camcoder to video replay mode (the blue play icon)
4) DO NOT TURN ON YOUR CAMCODER yet
5) plug the USB cable to your PC
6) TURN ON the camcoder now - almost when your camcoder makes the blink sound, your computer will recognise the camcoder!
If this does not work, try shutting down your PC, and your camcoder. Try again
Posted on Aug 06, 2009
After 10 hours wading through forums the issues was resolved on my system ensuring that the camcorder is plugged into a USB2 port. I made the mistake of assuming that the front ports were until I checked them. The only other differing thing is my camcorder is the HF200.
Great camer/corder **** instructions and support from pixela.
Hope this helps
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
I've lost count of how many times I've heard people complaining that the software hasn't caught up with the hardware. That’s the case we stand with AVCHD camcorder. And seems the only thing we can easily do with the AVCHD video is to play it on an HDTV, direct from the camcorder. Isn’t there any easy way to playback and edit the AVCHD (m2ts, mts, ts, trp).
If you have not been able to take advantage of the AVCHD file format or still got no luck to get it out into the world to playback and edit. AVCHD Converter for Mac should be the matured software you’ve always been looking for. The software includes all the necessary codecs needed to transcode the AVCHD to .mov, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, DV, avi, mpg, wmv, flv, asf, 3gp and mp3, etc so that they can be workable with Quicktime, iMovie, Final Cut Express/Pro on Mac.
AVCHD Converter for Mac is able to run both on Intel Processor and PowerPC, and the smart built-in player can easily playback AVCHD files on Mac with high visual quality. Mac AVCHD converter has simple yet powerful video editing capacity that allows you to trim, crop, add effect and merge files into one. You can also adjust aspect ration to widescreen 4:3 or16:9, and tweak resolution, bit rate, frame rate, depending on your project.
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
Don't panic OK. Download all the necessary softwares and you will have a Image Mixer player downloaded. You don't need to delete all the other players as well from your comp. so don't panic...
After you downloaded the Image Mixer Player go to your files in the camera with computer and in STREMS folder you'll see all your movies. Click any of them and probably it will say the files cannot be played, do you want an Internet solution...you click OPEN WITH and select Image Mixer player VOILE LA!!!! Later on download a XILISOFT converter which can convert your MTS files virtuaally to all the others.... SALOMAT BOSHED!!!
Posted on Oct 01, 2009
Don't know if any of u guys already sloved this problem. I just bought it this week, and was having the same problem like u guys few minutes ago. It's ok to upload the pictures, and can't upload the videos from the camcoder. The anwser is , when u're uploading the video u have to plug in ur camcoder to the power outlet. So stupid!!! It works now. Don't know why Canon ppl doesn't even know this. I wend to Canon's website in China, it shows this solution there tho.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
I had the same problem with a new HG21, and as Gotago (Solution 6) suggested, a change in USB port gave instant success!
Thanks for removing the frustration! (Only wasted about 3 hours!!).
Posted on Dec 31, 2009
I had this problem. my computer won't recognize the camera until i plugged in the compact power adapter. So in addition to the USB cord, plug in the Compact Power Adapter after you've chose pc/printer on the camera (it's in the instructions). It wont work if you don't do it in the right order.
Posted on Dec 16, 2010
I changed the USB port and it finally recognized my Canon Vixia HG20
Posted on Nov 30, 2010
I agree(Solution 6) , i just free download it and have a try, really a good one, thinks!
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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