Video Import and TM700 questions

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by j, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. j

    j Guest

    I'm trying to set up my TM700. The Panasonic software does not seem
    to work on Win 7.

    What I'd like to do is import video and stills separately.

    I'm using the Windows Live Photo Gallery native import,but this mixes
    them up. I'm thinking of saving images to the internal camera memory and
    video to the SD card... What other import utility?

    It looks like it should be possible to focus track on the TM700 for a
    single subject. Am I correct and how is that done?

    Also,what camera functions do you leave on? Backlight compensation?
    Intelligent contrast? AGS? These seem to reset.

    Can you control the focus point when shooting stills? It's a decent fast
    lens... Does this have something similar to shutter or aperture
    priority? I understand the full manual. At the moment I'm shooting on
    the fly. The camera seems to do a very good job in mixed to harsh lighting.

    j, Jul 9, 2012
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  2. j

    --DR Guest

    I use an SD card reader connected to the computer (but a USB connection
    between the camera and the computer could also be used). You can easily
    direct stills and video clips to two different folders on the computer
    by holding the "Ctrl" key while selecting one or the other type, then
    moving those to the desired folder (and then selecting all of the remaining
    files and moving those to the other folder).
    You can either do it in manual mode (easiest with the bright blue "edge
    focused" function enabled, or using auto mode, you can use the touch screen
    to select what you want to move from/to - although with this, the focus shift
    would likely be too rapid...).
    Yes. I don't use these - just auto/manual, zebras, "blue-edges" for manual
    focus, and whatever other functions I may want to engage temporarily.
    I haven't used my TM700 for stills, although it can make surprisingly good
    ones (with some editing of the images).
    --DR, Jul 10, 2012
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  3. j

    HerHusband Guest

    I'm trying to set up my TM700. The Panasonic software does not
    I also use an SD card reader, though mine is an internal version:
    I've never taken stills with my TM700, but as far as I know pictures are
    saved in a different folder (DCIM?) than the video files. That should make it
    rather easy to transfer photos from the card to your hard drive. I have a
    simple copy program that might make this easier:

    I use the intelligent auto setting (IA) the vast majority of the time, though
    I do flip to manual focus on some rare occasions.

    HerHusband, Jul 10, 2012
  4. j

    j Guest

    I'm OK with the card reader but I've been having trouble after I
    download. I get a nag screen about "some scenes need repairing...". It
    looks like these are the scenes I've deleted (they have a grayed out
    icon), I've tried deleting those in camera and also in the download
    utility software. Have you seen that? It's really annoying as you have
    to fix (delete) an image/video at a time. Maybe a firmware issue?
    Thanks. I got a USB 3 (small IOGEAR $15) from Micro Center. My old USB 2
    card reader seemed like it was taking forever. It still takes half an
    hour to suck up most of a 32 GB class 10 card. USB 2 should have been
    fast enough (3.6 GB/min max), mine must have been a dog that never
    really bothered me with the "small" 4 and 8 GB cards!
    I'm working on that!
    I'll check into that.
    I'm rather amazed at the quality of the exposure in some really bad
    light. I shot an interview in mixed full sun and shade (IA), at least
    several stops lighting change in the same image and the subjects are
    neither blown out or hiding in the shadows. Some camera!

    j, Jul 11, 2012
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    HerHusband Guest

    Hi Jeff,
    I have never seen this, but I don't use the download software utility, and
    never delete scenes in the camera. I just copy the raw MTS files from the


    There's one MTS file for each clip I shoot. I use TMPEnc 4.0 Xpress to
    join the clips and convert them to a lossless Lagarith encoded AVI for
    further processing.

    I carry multiple SD cards with me, and only delete scenes when editing back
    home where I can see things on the "big screen". :)
    That sounds about right. I only use 16GB class 6 cards, and they take about
    10-20 minutes to copy the MTS files to my hard drive.

    HerHusband, Jul 11, 2012
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