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Video Import From Panasonic Sdr-h280



Recently bought Roxio Creator 2009 to use with Panasonic SDR-H280 camcorder because the software it came with was next to useless. The camcorder has a hard disc drive and connects to my laptop via USB. When I try to capture video from the camcorder to the laptop, Roxio Media Import opens and I am given a choice of two buttons to press PHOTO or VIDEO. If I select VIDEO "There are no devices available for this media type" is shown in the drop down box. If I select PHOTO I have two choices "VGA USB Camera" and another choice that I picked and it gave me access to the videos and photos on my camcorder. Is this OK or should the videos be able to be captured through the VIDEO button?

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You cannot capture from a HD… Capture means a digital video stream not a file that already exists.


At best all you need to do is use Explorer to copy the files from one HD to another, then Add them to VideoWave or MyDVD in Roxio.


At worst, you will have to pre-prep the files using some software that came with the camcorder to take them from a proprietary format into a standard format.


Try the copy & use system first and see what happens.


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A quick search shows the Panasonic SDR-H280 is a 30GB hard drive, standard definition camcorder that records in MPEG 2. As Jim points out, you really don't need a piece of software to transfer the video. The camcorder should show up in Windows Explorer like an external hard drive. Just copy the files from there to you internal hard drive.


The only issue you might run into is the file format uses by the Panasonic. I'm guessing it might use the .MOD like the JVC. If so, you will have some trouble if you shot your video in 16:9, widescreen mode. Check out the pinned post at the top of this forum for a possible solution. If you shot in 4:3, there should be no issues.

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