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Mpeg recording to SD card

I'm using my PV-DV953 to monitor property to catch a thief in a remote outdoor location. I'm mpeg recording to an SD card. The camera always shuts itself off at exactly 2 hours, even though the card and the power have ample capacity to last all day. Is there any workaround for this?

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  • Will-T Oct 05, 2007

    Sorry, that doesn't help. The manual says on page 71, referring to MPEG4 recording, that "more than 100 hours of remaining time is indicated as [R:99h59m]." This clearly infers that long MPEG recording is possible. I can't find any reference to a run time limitation of 140 minutes for the camera. The manual does say on page 44 that the camera will stop recording at 120 minutes when the card capacity has been fully utilized. (This being relative to the 16mb card that was supplied). I'm using 1 gb card with battery capacity of not less than 10 hours - but I still can't get past 120 minutes. I need a workaround.

  • Will-T Oct 05, 2007

    Does anyone know what I can do to make this work?

  • Will-T Oct 06, 2007

    Did the test - watched how it shut down. No message appeared prior to cessation at exactly 2 hours and 0 minutes. Recording simply stopped. The MPEG indication on the display changed from red to blue, and the timer display stopped running up. 7 minutes later the camera powered down altogether. (This power down function is normal when there is no recording activity - no surprise with that.) Still need to know how it could be possible to keep it recording all day (or until the card is full or power depleted).

  • Will-T Oct 07, 2007

    Back to my question. Does anyone know of a workaround to allow MPEG recording to run all day unattended. For example, would attaching a perheperial or changing set-up settings make a difference? Can the web cam feature be used to record to an SD card somehow?

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Set it up on your kitchen table (or somewhere that you can monitor it..) and do exactly what you do when you're using it at the location and note the time. When you get to about 118 minutes, hang out by the unit and see what it does when it hits 120 minutes. It should give you some sort of indicator as to what it's doing (for example, the screen might flash "memory full" or "low battery" before it shuts down, thus directly telling you what's going on). Report back here with the results of this test and we'll go from there.

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    Mitch Oct 06, 2007

    Ok, I've read the manual and I've got it. 120 minutes is the MAXIMUM recording time PERIOD. If you look on page 44 where you found the reference to the OEM 16MB card it lists the maximum record time for IT as 15 minutes. It appears that the 120 minutes is regardless of card size. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! :(

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This may have something to do with the fact that the camera powers down before the battery is exhausted as the maximum run time is 140 mins which is roughly the time you say it stays on for.

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Digital 3CCD Camcorder


Panasonic has discovered a premature component failure with a limited number of PV-DV953 (2003 Model) and PV-GS200 (2004 Model) 3CCD camcorders, which may cause an abnormal camera picture (incorrect color reproduction, reddish, noisy image, etc). This anomaly is limited to a specific range of serial numbers listed below.

If your camcorder demonstrates the specific symptom and falls within the serial number range, Panasonic will repair the camcorder free of charge.

Please call the following toll-free number for assistance in receiving a free repair:

Panasonic Call Center: 1-800-973-4264


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PV-DV953 (2003) E3Hxxxxxx, F3Hxxxxxx, G3Hxxxxxx, H3Hxxxxxx, I3Hxxxxxx, J3Hxxxxxx, K3Hxxxxxx, L3Hxxxxxx and A4Hxxxxxx
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