Coming is an Extreme III 8gb card. I don't really
expect it will improve the sound of course.
Regarding playback: Have Quicktime in this HP computer
and so far, no problem playing the .MOV HD video either in-camera from a standard 2G SD, nor from the files copied from the card into the computer.
Have not tried playing movies directly from the card put into the computer,
nor have I tried the TZ5's USB transfer cable.
Point about the large file sizes (and I know nothing about this stuff but am reading about the technology now), it's apparently "I-Frame" technology. That means every frame, 30-per-second, is fully an independent picture. That's a lot of data, 256mb per minute
according to the table printed on pages 100-101 of the camera's printed manual.
"Quicktime Motion jpeg", states the camera manual...
Motion JPEG uses intraframe coding technology that is very similar in technology to the I-frame part of video coding standards such as MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, but does not use interframe prediction. The lack of use of interframe prediction results in a loss of compression capability, but eases video editing, since simple edits can be performed at any frame when all frames are I-frames.
* Are pictures coded without reference to any pictures except themselves.
* May be generated by an encoder to create a random access point (to allow a decoder to start decoding properly from scratch at that picture location).
* May also be generated when differentiating image details prohibit generation of effective P or B frames.
* Typically require more bits to encode than other picture types.
Apparently this technique confers some advantages, ease of frame access for editing or isolation, I suppose. But it does not make small files in-camera.
It may (I suppose) offer the highest potential video quality, given the limited quality potential of the small CCD of the TZ5.
I don't know. I'll learn in time enough to defog my mental lenses a bit!
For now, the cause of the severe audio distortion is of greatest interest.
This TZ5 offers less audio fidelity than an old farmhouse telephone.
It doesn't do sibilants. Thomthing's
wrong with this thample