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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Panasonic SD 100 - First Look

Recorded a short clip with the Panasonic SD 100, right out of the box.

Very easy to figure out, not so easy though was trying to figure out where to plug in the USB cable.

You must remove the battery. The USB port is on the back of the battery. Then you have to plug in the power cable and power adapter. This whole process seemed convoluted to me. The USB post needs to be somewhere other thatn BEHIND the battery.

Next up I connected the camera to the USB and took a look at the files. They are AVCHD files. First time I'd seen them.

Do not like. I had no idea what to do with them. I mean, NO IDEA. So I did a Google search adn started seeing all kinds of converters you could buy to convert AVCHD to Quicktime and such. After searching for a while I decided to open up iMovie 08 to see if it could import the files. It did.

Turns out that iMovie actually converts the AVCHD files into something it can edit.

Here's more information from Wikipedia:
"Apple's Final Cut Express 4, Final Cut 6.0.1, and iMovie '08 (Bundled with all new macs) do not support editing of AVCHD clips directly. Imported AVCHD clips are auto-converted into the Apple Intermediate Codec format, (MAC OSX 10.5 or greater and intel mac)."
Would have been nice if iPhoto recognized the camera right away and let me know this. Maybe I did something wrong.

Next, I opened up iMovie 08 and it recognized it and imported it. After cropping the length slightly, I exported at 960 x 540.

Then I posted to a bunch of sites to see how they'd handle the HD video. The embedded video above if from Facebook, which does a very nice job of embedding HD on blogs. I also posted it on my video blog via and on YouTube.

I'll be trying it out some more today...


Panasonic flew me out, and put me up at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. Nice place. I'm in a room with a Tarzan theme. All the rooms have themes. They treated invited bloggers to dinner at PF Changs. I'd never been and thought it was just another chain. Not so.

If you missed my earlier post about them, I'll repeat, I had the most amazing marinated cucumbers I've ever had. I also enjoyed the 14 Trees Merlot. We all had a nice time. Looking forward to the show today.

I plan on seeing that HD Scuba mask, Sarah Austin between 12 and 2 at the Intel booth, and Red Soz player David “Big Papi” Ortiz at the Sharp Electronics, LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #11024 between 2 and 3.

Tonight I'll be at the Panasonic Tweetup. You are invited. Yes. You. It's at the Panasonic CES booth #9405 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center -- and begins after the exhibit hall closes for the evening, 6:30 - 8:00. You need to have a CES pass to get into the convention center.


  1. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Putting the USB port behind the battery..?! Come on Panasonic! Thats as bas as Sony's older cameras where you had to take it off the tripod in order to switch tapes!

    First time at PFChangs Steve..?! I'm surprised you haven't been to the one in Boston before. The lettuce wraps are to die for!

    Have fun at CES and I look forwar to seeing more coverage.


  2. Even I've been to PF Changs before ;)

    Can't wait to see Steve-in-the-scuba-cam-getup!

  3. Hello everyone coming from Chris Brogan's blog.

    I used hte camera every day out at CES. It's so much fun to use right out of the box.

    Here are some video I made with it:

    Jimmy Fallon - Behind the Scenes - CES 2009 010809

    HD Video Recorder Snorkle Mask with Lights

    This report ended up as one of the most popular on CNN iReport AND it ended up ON CNN.

    Jimmy Fallon talks with Steve Garfield about his new show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Co-Producer Gavin Purcell: Live and Uncut

    I'm just learning the camera. I made the on camera mic use shotgun mode so it wold point directly at hte person I was interviewing, that's why when I'm behind hte camera I'm softer. You can adjust the mic and I'll be playing with it.

    I'm amazed at how SMALL this camera is. I love that about it. I love the output too. nice quality.

    It did fill up my notebook drive, so I need to get more footage off loaded to an external hard drive so I can edit more.

    So my second impresion is very good.

    I just edited some footage on the plane in Final Cut Pro. I imported into iMoview 08, then exported XML, and imported the XML into FCP. That worked very nicely.