Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Using the HD2000 with external HDD on the road

Hi, I'm back from my holidays in Turkey. As mentioned earlier, I took along the HD2000 together with a Maxtor Basics HDD for my holidays. My wife used the camcorder while I used my Lumix FX18 for still photos. Previously after a holiday, I only had to sort out hundreds of still photos but this time around I also had to deal with several hours of videos as well. Since this is my wife's first outing with the camcorder, she was trigger happy and what more with the knowledge that there is an unlimited supply of SD cards, thanks to the HDD.

Here's my experience with using the HDD on the road with the HD2000. First it worked as advertised, but there are a few points to note.

1. You need to have two power points near to each other since you need one for the HD2000 via the docking station and another one for the HDD.
2. Make sure your transfer your SD cards in the chronological order that they were used or your files will be copied in the order that they are transferred. If this happens, you can correct it later by changing the file number in the correct sequence by opening you HDD in Windows.
3. Change you camcorder's time to the local time (if there is a time difference) or you may be confused later when working with your videos by the time-stamp

Here's my workflow to handle the vast number of clips taken. Make sure all the clips are already transferred to the HDD for storage. Format a SD card and copy a day's video or up to 4GB worth of videos from the HDD back to the SD card. Delete unwanted clips and use the HD2000 built-in editing function to cut or join the remaining clips as required. Transfer the edited clips back to the HDD for storage and later further action when I have a more effective software to handle the HD2000 clips.

The manual is not very clear on how to transfer videos from the HDD to SD card. This is the procedure.

Under Xacti Library Menu, select Select Play File and choose either Library Roll or Library Calender. Then go to Playbcak Menu2 and select Copy. You will then come to the Harddisk to Card screen where you can select how you want the files to be transferred - single, selected or all.

I am more than happy with the performance of the HD2000 thus far, apart from the poor IS at zoom. More on this later.

Ronald Kwok


  1. Thanks for a great blog! I have just bought one for myself. I hope I will be up and running before the holidays this weekend!

    It would be nice if you can upload some clips on!

    Happy midsummer!

    Henrik from Sweden

  2. Hi Henrik,
    Thanks for viewing. Hope you'll enjoy your HD2000 and the Swedish summer. I'll upload some clips later in vimeo after I've learned a good editing program. I have fond memories of Stockholm where I stayed for 3 months in the late 80's for some training at Ericsson. Cheers.

  3. I just found this blog. I am looking forward to reading it. I just wish i knew when the silly camera will be available in the North America!

  4. Hi Sheryl, I believe the Sanyo FH1 (very similar to the HD2000, major difference - the form factor, see my post on this) is readily available in the US and Canada. Best to try one before you purcahse to see if the Image Stabilisation is OK for you.