Tips for the Canon Legria FS200
Might be applicable for related cameras such as the FS20, FS21, HF S10 and other Canon camcorders.
I recently bought a Canon Legria FS200 camcorder, which is a lightweight and easy to use camcorder.
However, the software that comes with it is less easy to operate. Some tips for if the Pixela transfer utility software does not work or when you just want to transfer files via a usb card reader. In the latter case, you will find out that Pixela ImageMixer does not recognize the files – it expects mpg and the Legria produces mod files.
The files with extension “mod” are actually just mpg files. The best way of getting them to your computer is by using a flash card reader. Just take out the flash card and copy the files with explorer to your hard disk. Use any bulk renaming tool to get the file extension correct (the Vista trick of selecting multiple files and renaming them does not work for extensions). Open the files in the Pixela ImageMixer and export them to any other place on your hard disk. If the video settings are correct, the export will also correct the problem of “stretched out” movies.
Features of the Canon Legria:
- Very compact and lightweight – fits nicely in the palm of the hand
- Records on SD or SDHC flash cards, which are available everywhere and fairly cheap
- Video snapshot function and dual shot mode
- 41x zoom – sensitive zoom button so you can zoom in slowly or abruptly if needed
- You can attach a microphone or headphones to the camcorder
- Battery can be charged in less than half an hour