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Registered: ‎03-17-2017

Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

What would happen if I format the SD card for NTFS in Windows? Would the camera not recognize it?

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

That would not be a good idea and probably will cause problems.  The NTFS format won't work with the camcorder.  Believe me I've thought of doing the same thing myself.  I may have even tried it.  Either way it is always safest to format the card in the camcorder.

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

Thanks. I called Canon, but they're only suggestion was to lower the resolution. Due to the camera file system being FAT32 I'm limited to 4GB clips. The canon representative agreed that Canon needs to look into the option of having a different format that allows us to record longer videos without creating multiple clips.

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

Thanks for the update.  I don't think this is unique to Canon.  The only camcorders I have that doesn't break the clips into files is are tape based (miniDV and 8mm) and prepping them for upload is an even longer process.  It would be nice to have one continuous clip for each scene.  If NTFS is out of the question then what about ExFAT since both PCs and Macs will recognize that file system  It's a thought.

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

Agreed. I think Canon and the other companies need to be seriously discussing this. Especially since 4k video (and it's larger file sizes) is becoming more popular on the consumer level.

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Re: Canon HF G40 - remove clip length limits

VideoGeek explained the reason for the 4gig file sizes. Now a bit about what you can do about it. I'm part of a woodworking guild that conducts 80+ woodworking classes per year. Most of them are videotaped and the better ones are edited for posting on YouTube. There are a number of programs (some free, many low cost) that can concatenate your multiple files into one contiguous file (MP4 or the like.) We choose to use the Sony Vegas/Movie Maker product to actually edit out the parts of the recording that don't apply. We then add in a header and trailer that gives the title, date, talent, and subject. We used version 12 that we purchased from Amazon for around $40 for several years. They came out with v13 which didn't work very well, they sold the product, the new owners came out with v14 which is OK. The learning curve for video editing can be intimidating at first. There is a lot of educational material on the Sony products. Most notable are Movie Studio Zen and Bill Myers (guerillabill).
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