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Canon Vixia /Legria HV40 Review - Transfer and Edit Canon HDV/DV files

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Canon VIXIA/Legria HV40 is a fully specified HD video camera, featuring native progressive HD CMOS sensor (1920 x 1080), genuine Canon HD video lens, DiG!C DV II, 10x Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer and Instant AF. Canon HV40 includes VIXIA HV40 used in USA and Legria HV40 available in Europe & Asia. The Canon VIXIA/Legria HV40's true 16:9 widescreen HD image is perfectly made for your HD widescreen TV. At the same time, the Canon VIXIA/Legria HV40 gives you the flexibility to record in SD (standard definition) mode, too. That means you can enjoy the ultimate in HD video and photo quality, and still shoot SD video for viewing on your non-HD equipment.


Canon VIXIA HV40 Legria HV40 Review


Canon VIXIA/Legria HV40 Features:


Canon VIXIA HV40 Features

Canon Legria HV40 Features

HDV 1920 x 1080/ DV  

Standard: HDV 1080i / DV

Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens

Movie: 2.07MP (HD/DV 16:9)

Video: 1920 x 1080i, 1440 x 1080 (60/24/30 fps), 24p Cinema Mode, 30p Progressive Mode

Video Data: HDV 1080/50i, 1080/25P, DV (PAL)

MPEG1 Audio Layer II, 2 channels

Audio: HDV: MPEG1/ DV: PCM 2 channels

Inputs: 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
1x FireWire

Still image file transfer: USB

Outputs: 1x USB 2.0
1x Component Video (out)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x HDMI, 1x FireWire
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini

Terminals: HDV/DV in/out / AV out / Component out / HDMI output / Headphone and Microphone terminals / USB Full Speed

Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500 

Streaming: IEEE1394 (MPEG2-TS/DV) / Analogue to Digital Converter

2.7-inch Widescreen LCD

Down Converting: analogue and digital


The Pros and Cons of Canon VIXIA HV40 and Legria HV40:



Canon VIXIA HV40 Pros and Cons

Canon Legria HV40 Pros and Cons


Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, many connectors, filter thread, has viewfinder, may be used for analog/digital conversion

Easy to use, Lightweight, Interfaces well with camcorder, Improves performance, Well built / quality


Short battery life, does not record video in flash memory, direct camera image can not be trasfered to pc

Flimsy design, Limited zoom, Poor in low light, Poor sound, Poor interface



Canon VIXIA/Legria HV40 FAQ:

1. What's the difference between Canon Legria HV40 and Vixia HV40?
They are same model, Canon Legria HV40 use in Europe & Asia while Vixia HV40 use in USA.


2. What shall I use to record on my canon hv40, Tapes or a miniSd card? which is easier to function-pros and cons?
SD card for stills only. MiniDV tape for high definition (and standard definition) digital video.


MiniDV tape: Connect the camcorder's DV port (not USB) to the computer's firewire port (not USB). If your video editor can deal with HDV format video, launch it and click "Import". Sounds pretty simple. (MovieMaker cannot handle HDV format video - Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere always float to the top). USB won't work and USB-to-firewire cable/adapter/converter things won't work. If your computer has no firewire port, hopefully it has an available expansion slot so you can add one.


If your camcorder could record video to the SD card - which it cannot: Connect the camcorder's USB port to the computer's USB port (this is what you do to get the stills over, though). Copy the video files from the camcorder to the computer. Convert the video to a format the video editor can deal with by using Aunsoft Canon HDV/DV Converter, or copy the video to a bunch of DVDs - this is your "archive" in case something happens to the video or computer while you are editing.


3. What's the difference between Canon HV30 and HV40? I want to film homemade movies in good image quality, which is better?
Canon HV40 is similar to the HV30, but supports 24p native mode. That’s to say, HV40 can capture directly in 24p mode which means it can capture 24 progressive frames per second. It has a 2.96 megapixel HD CMOS Image Sensor. Uses miniSD Memory Card . I think you should go with HV40.


4. I want to capture my HV40 HD video on Sony Vegas, but it's all it shows is blank screen?
Transfer HD video Via Firewire, then make sure your Sony Vegas version supports HDV format from its official website. If not, you need a converter to help you CONVERT THE FOOTAGE TO A FILE EXTENSION THAT THE OUTSIDE EDIT SOFTWARE WILL RECOGNIZE such as AVI, WMV, MPEG 1 AND 2 OR QUICK TIME. Generally, most hd video cameras come with there own software that is like a VOB/MOB file Extension and this is only compatible with the SOFTWARE that comes with the camera.


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