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For Dvd, Not Bluray, What Is Optimum Vixia Mode


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The Canon Vixia HFS 100 has two recording modes with 1920 x 1080: MXP and FXP

and three with 1440 x 1080: XP+, SP, and LP

 

For the foreseeable future, nobody in my extended family expects to have a BluRay player. DVD player only.

 

So until somebody buys a BluRay player, I hesitate to burn up SD card memory shooting home video at a more memory-intensive mode than makes sense. For example, with a 4GB SD card, the respective recording times for the modes MXP, FXP, XP+, SP, and LP are, in minutes, 20, 30, 40, 70, and 90. The differences in recording time are significant.

 

Which modes will completely exploit the resolution of standard DVD movie making using Roxio Creator 2010 Pro? A couple of households in my large extended family do have HDTV, 1920 x 1080, but only DVD, not BluRay, players.

 

I have phoned Canon support, but have little confidence that the agents understand my questions, based upon their tentative and fuzzy answers.

 

I am hoping that someone in the Roxio user community has researched this issue.

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If you have no plans to ever burn the footage in Hidef, I would shoot at the lowest resolution setting. BUT if you want to keep your family memories in Hidef (otherwise why did you purchase one), I would buy a larger SD card and go for the best quality setting. That way you can down convert for now and still have good quality when you upgrade to Bluray burner and HDTV.

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If you have no plans to ever burn the footage in Hidef, I would shoot at the lowest resolution setting. BUT if you want to keep your family memories in Hidef (otherwise why did you purchase one), I would buy a larger SD card and go for the best quality setting. That way you can down convert for now and still have good quality when you upgrade to Bluray burner and HDTV.

The difference between the MXP & FXP is only the frame rate.

 

I shoot all mine at MXP and offload the files into my PC.

 

If you get an 8 GB card it will allow you 1:20 @ MXP. Keep in mind your battery will only last about 1 hour...

 

Don't skimp with memories!

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