As part of the Panasonic CES 2009 blogger program I got a Panasonic SDR-SW20 video camera to try.
After shooting the video, I had no idea how to get any video editing program to recognize the files.
The manual doesn't help at all since it's geared to a PC user.
If you copy the files to your computer and try to get them into iMovie, there's no way I can see to do it.You wouldn't know that based on a Google search. Here's a sampling of one page of search results:
But if you, plug the SD card in the USB slot, THEN open iMovie 08 on a Mac, it sees the movies. Importing them is easy.
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I ended up using Handbrake which converts the MOD files to Mac compatible format. It uses .mv4 iTunes format by default.
One other issue I had with the camera is that a bunch of videos I shot were missing. I played them back on the camera, but when I went to import them, they were not there. At the same time the camera displayed a message, Check Card.
A recovered the missing video files with a nice utility called Card Raider.
This utility has saved me many times. Even when I deleted files off a memory card by mistake.
Once I recovered the files, CardRaider saves them as .MPG but QuickTime doesn't recognize them, I ran them thorough Handbrake and opened them up in QuickTime.
I combined them, exported as .mov and opened up in Final Cut Pro. You could probably export from Handbrake to mov but I didn't figure that out.
Here's the video I rescued: The Carol and Steve Show - January Cold.
One more tip:
It is suggested that prior to shooting video with a new SD card, you format the card with the camera. I just did that.
Greg Harper says, "If you just put a new card into the camera first it should automatically add the proper folders. If you put the card into a pc first then it may not get the proper folders"
Do you have any experience with the Panasonic SDR-SW20. I'd love to hear your comments.