iRecently was in on a purchase of a few cameras called, of the JVC “Everio” family. A good way to think about them is that are the modern Sony Handycams of their time. Or, at least they were the first to install Hard Drives into their cameras. Mine are the MG157 and MG555 versions of the camera line. The mg157 is hard to find info about, I’ll assume it was the 155, the salesman wasn’t too helpful with that and unfortunately I needed to buy a camera last week and buy it pronto. Hence, i went with JVC, a good choice, except a tough one considering the file transfer takes. like. all. day.
Maybe its craptacular iMovie 08…
SO wondering about HDD? Read on.
And my last upload was without sound. This should be simple enough, its only going from the JVC through the USB 2.0 cable to my 20 inch first generation 1.83 gig iMac. This isn’t simple enough however and will have to be re-rendering/uploaded/whatever the kids are saying today. “capture vs. gather” Anyhoo. This is a toughy.
Even with the 60 gig hard-drive, uploading all that bingo takes a long time. And it of course takes up a lot of space. I used maybe an hour of footage at the highest setting on the mg555 and it took two hours to download. The short two minute video I’m making is taking roughly 45 minutes to compress and become a high quality quicktime video. (Not the highest quality, just pretty good as opposed to totally good… man)
So as far as i gather, DV can be attached via firewire and boom, you just go. This is incredibly useful. And even though you might need to take up a little tape collection again, tapes are still useful. Case in point. If the Everios were HD I’d still be downloading unaware that I’ll need to redo it again on account that there is no sound. Bogus ted, totally bogus.
On last point. The camera is pretty cool, takes nice stills, and has low battery life. If you get this camera make sure to buy some extra 3 or 5 hour batteries, a DVD burner, more ram, faster processor, and a quad core with dual monitor. Then it might be a little more worth it, for the hobbyist… i’m still trying to figure that out, but after this review i’m thinking, not ah.
Check out what this dude from Business week has to say…
The JVC HD Everio’s Narrow Focus
“…As with other camcorders, editing remains a challenge for more casual users. JVC includes CyberLink editing and playback software for Windows (MSFT) computers, as well as software to help transcode the footage for the iMovie format on Mac machines. Even with Apple’s (AAPL) radically revamped edition of iMovie, it was a chore. I had to buy Quicktime Pro for $30 to copy the images from the JVC hard drive to the Mac, then code that into iMovie. Once I did that—a process that took a couple of hours to convert a measly 30 minutes of footage—iMovie made it a snap to throw together a five-minute clip with music and transitions. Mac users should take note: Before shooting any video, set the encoding quality to 1440 x 1080 pixels, which JVC dubs “1440 CBR” in its recording-quality menu. The constant bit-rate compression at that resolution will make Mac computers happier to accept the information…”