View Full Version : Netbook and video camera issue

Richard Morriss
05-08-2010, 09:44 AM
I recently purchased a Dell Netbook to take away on holiday. Since then I purchased a Panasonic video camera with an 80GB HDD. I had thought as a backup to the camera memory or if I ran out of camera memory I could transfer the files to the netbook. Also, I could run the video on the netbook and take advantage of the larger screen than the camera's.
However, the video won't run on the netbook, although the sound works as do still pictures. The video software tells me it needs a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768, and it seems the netbook is only 1024 by 600, which presumably is the problem. It all works fine on my desktop PC.
Is there any solution other than buying a higher definition netbook or laptop?

05-08-2010, 09:55 AM
What Software / Player are you using to play the videos ?

Try something like VLC Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) Are you trying to play the Video directly from the camera, or transferring it to the Netbook first.

Richard Morriss
05-08-2010, 10:49 AM
I used the Panasonic VideoCam Suite 3 supplied with the camera, also tried using the Windows Media Player included with the Windows 7 Starter OS on the netbook.
I have tried playing the video direct from the camera and importing the camera file to the netbook first and neither worked. It was the Panasonic software which gave the error message about the minimum resolution required and would not go any further. Windows ran Media Player with the sound and no picture.

05-08-2010, 10:52 AM
Try that VLC player or even media Player Classic (http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/) ( dont let the name fool you, its a very good player) will play just about anything.

WMP still wont play all formats, but can do audio.