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Old November 17th, 2005, 08:54 AM   #16
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Just got it this morning from Fed Ex. Everything was a little "COLD" when I opened the shipping box that held everything....Tripod, camera bag, Camcorder, lenses, etc. So I was patient to open the actual GS400 camera box as to not let condensation form on it. Right now its hooked up to the AC adapter and sitting on the tripod. Very goodlooking camcorder!! I've got everything I need to start playing around except a memory card. But I will either get one today or just use the tapes to grab stills. I feel like a kid with a brand new toy. I'm very excited that I am choosing a hobby that will involve my whole family. My other hobby is woodworking which takes a lot of time "by myself" (which I still appreciate), but I don't get a lot of free time so this will help me spend more time with my Wife and Daughter. But, these will not be just your ordinary home videos. I plan on shooting short stories with them while trying to achieve the cinematic film-look as much as this camera will allow. Then while away at work, I'll have a lap-top with NLE software to do post work. Lovin' it!!!!! Thanks.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:49 AM   #17
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Steve, that post makes me want a GS400! Congrats!
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Old November 17th, 2005, 11:32 AM   #18
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I've got everything I need to start playing around except a memory card. But I will either get one today or just use the tapes to grab stills.
Definitely worth getting the SD card for stills. I use this feature (at the highest 4MP resolution) as much as or more than the video on holiday trips. Last trip I took c200 stills - saves carrying a separate digital camera.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:25 PM   #19
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OOPS! I turned the camcorder on with the lens cap on. It says if I do this that the white balance will not work properly. Will this error reset when I turn it back off and then remove the cap and then turn it on again?
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Old November 18th, 2005, 03:34 AM   #20
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I do this a lot! I just switch off, remove the cap and then switch on again.
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Old November 18th, 2005, 03:50 PM   #21
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Thanks for the help Dave. I was able to purchase a 1GB genuine SD card. I see that it says not to install or remove the SD card while the power is on. So I guess this means you could install it (while the camcorder is off) and then conceivably leave it in there for several days, weeks, months, whatever until you are ready to take it out. (as long as you don't remove it when the camera is on) Or should you only put it in and take it out each and every time you use it? What do you do? Thanks.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 03:55 AM   #22
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I see that it says not to install or remove the SD card while the power is on. So I guess this means you could install it (while the camcorder is off) and then conceivably leave it in there for several days, weeks, months, whatever until you are ready to take it out. (as long as you don't remove it when the camera is on) Or should you only put it in and take it out each and every time you use it? What do you do? Thanks.
I must confess that I had not noticed the bit about not installing or removing while the camera is on! Probably, most of the time, it will be off but I am fairly sure I`ve removed a full card and inserted a new card while the camera is switched on.

I always keep a card in the camera, ready to go. I always download accumulated shots after holiday trips, if only to wipe the card for re-use. In between times I will download and sort when I have time or I need the shots to print or for use in editing. I use Canopus Imaginate a lot for creating avi files from digital stills. These are then imported into my nle (Edius 3.5).
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Old November 19th, 2005, 01:54 PM   #23
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Hi Steve,

You don't need to put it in and take it out each and every time you use it. Just leave it there. And use usb2 to download the still photo.

No more trouble and no damage to your card or camera.

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Thanks for the help Dave. I was able to purchase a 1GB genuine SD card. I see that it says not to install or remove the SD card while the power is on. So I guess this means you could install it (while the camcorder is off) and then conceivably leave it in there for several days, weeks, months, whatever until you are ready to take it out. (as long as you don't remove it when the camera is on) Or should you only put it in and take it out each and every time you use it? What do you do? Thanks.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 02:22 PM   #24
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Congratulations!! You will certainly have great time with that camera. It does very good video and it's perfect for learning, because it has enough manual controls while still being rather simple to operate.

I know the feeling of "getting a new toy" and that's what most of us probably have when getting new cameras or other equipment. Being able to take the thing out from the box is alone worth the money! :D
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