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Old September 19th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #1
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Viewing clips on computer

I cannot believe I cannot figure this out, but why in the world can I not view my work on my computer? I am capturing video to class 10 SD cards and inputting them into my computer, tranfersing them to a hard drive and then trying to view my work to see how it looks.

To no avail, I cannot view the video clips on my computer. I have downloaded the VLC video player, but still cannot read te video. Can someone tell me why or what i am missing? Also tried to hook up to TV directly as well as through my video/audio system and I can't get anything to show up through my TV either.

I am at a total loss right now and feel like an idiot for asking these questions!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Using an HP computer. Shooting in video format 1920/60i HD mode NTSC.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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Try installing the sony XDCAM browser software and use that to view your clips.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #3
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Actually, I just reloaded VLC Media player and now I can finally view my clips I took. Only problem is, I have no audio right now. I am wondering if I didn't have my audio set up right on my camera or something. At least now I can go home and start playing with the camera and start figuring things out!

MORE QUESTIONS:
When I download the clips off the card, each clip is in a nice folder, but inside that folder, there are 5 files:
MP4 file, SMI file, PPN file, XML File and BIM file...what are all these files?
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Old September 20th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Don't ever just copy the video files. Always, always, always back up the entire BPAV folder. Failure to do so will render the footage unusable by many edit systems.

I really recommend you download and install Sony's XDCAM Browser to view and manage your footage. It's designed for the job, won't screw up your BPAV folders and will give you access to all the metadata and other information the camera records.

Sony | Micro Site XDCAM

The extra files are metadata and other information about the footage and it's important that you keep them.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 02:24 AM   #5
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Off-topic, I know, but I never succeed to open a (any!) Sony page with Safari. This is a known problem, but has anyone here found a way around it? I know the very helpful guys of the Dutch company VOCAS store most of the important downloads on their site (like here: http://www.vocas.nl/support/xdcam-browser-xdb), and that's how I get to the Sony software, but surely there must be another way...
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Old September 21st, 2011, 02:50 AM   #6
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I use safari and don't have that issue. You could always use Firefox which is free and very stable.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 06:11 AM   #7
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Hi Alister,

now that is making it even more awkward: as well on my Macbook Pro, as on my iPad and my Mac Pro, I never succeed in opening any Sony page in Safari. I installed Firefox especially to avoid the problem, but since my standard browser is Safari, I wondered if anyone could make that work. But if you can open this Sony Product Detail Page PMW320K with Safari, then I have no clue what might be wrong with my Macs! Ennoying, to say the least...
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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Works just fine on my Safari 5.1 on OS X 10.6.8

There's a Bug icon in the upper right you can use to report the problem.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:03 PM   #9
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That page works for me too on Safari.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 05:32 PM   #10
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Works just fine on my Safari 5.1 on OS X 10.6.8

There's a Bug icon in the upper right you can use to report the problem.
This is really weird: although my Macs use exactly the same updates as yours, there is not one that will open this page. Safari gives me this message: "the server, on which this page is present, does not react" (translated from Flemish). This happens only with Sony url's though, all other pages work perfectly...

Firewall is off, even pop-ups are allowed...
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Old September 21st, 2011, 06:53 PM   #11
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That's an internet problem. Not necessarily yours but somewhere between you and the server that Sony has the site hosted on. This could be a number of things including local and national filters.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 09:06 PM   #12
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Continuing on with this browser weirdness.....I was trying to use a page on Larry Jordan's website last week and could not access the "reply to..." part of the page with either Firefox OR Safari (both patched/updated to their latest versions). I finally downloaded a copy of Chrome and installed it....page loaded and functioned normally. Weird, huh?
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 06:44 AM   #13
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Same problem with my iPad. As you point out, must be one of the stages in between.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 07:38 AM   #14
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It would be worth opening a problem report with your internet service provider. They have the tools to see what might be going on.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 12:53 PM   #15
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That's exactly what I'm planning to do.
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