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The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the camera body and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to usually be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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Panasonic... | Answered on Sep 14, 2010

I had this same issue...I bet you're using DVD-R, am I correct?

Apparently you can't copy video from DVD-R to the HD Writer. Period. Just can't do it. (Would be nice if they mentioned this in the manual.)

You can only use DVD-RW and must format the disc to VR format, not Video format.

I'm using a program called Handbrake (free) which I think can convert your .vob files (from the Video_TS folder on your DVD) to quicktime files, or similar, so that you can actually do something with the video...

Best of luck, I'm really no expert, and I probably won't return to this page, so a reply to me is likely not going to be read by me...

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 11, 2010

try to format the sd card from the camera and then check if it is usable,if not try another sd card.

Panasonic... | Answered on Oct 13, 2009

If you choose the first option,You will need to use an alterintive burner program.

Option #1
If you dislike the native Windows Vista disk burning utility or if you have a problem with automatic disk format popup when insert a disk in a drive,this is a method to disabile this functionality.
Open Regedit
goto : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Create new DWord with the name : NoCDBurning with value 1.
Restart system.

Explanation and Option #2
When you insert a writable DVD media into Windows Vista, the autoplay dialog should appear and prompt you for the volume label immediately. (this is on a clean install w/o any other writing apps -- nero not required!) You should be able to just drag and drop the files after the initial formatting that this prompt results in. This allows you to write to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM . You can also choose the "advanced" option during the volume label prompt to choose to use IMAPIv2 in the shell; this results in discs that are more interoperable with consumer electronic devices. Windows Media Player and DVD Maker also use IMAPIv2 to create discs, if you want to make video or audio discs.

To resolve this problem, remove the affected filter drivers. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start e1c1f42.jpg
  2. , type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit in the Programs list.
    7f8c94f.jpg If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  3. Locate, and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Caution There can be many instances of the registry subkey that is mentioned in step 2. You must make sure that you are in the appropriate registry subkey before modifying the UpperFilters and the LowerFilters values. To verify that you are in the appropriate registry subkey, make sure that the Default data value is DVD/CD-ROM and the Class data value is CDROM.
  4. In the right pane, right-click UpperFilters, and then click Delete.
  5. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the UpperFilters registry entry.
  6. In the right pane, right-click LowerFilters, and then click Delete.
  7. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the LowerFilters registry entry.
  8. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

The following is Just an extra tool if you need it.(this will show the driver and filter for the cd/dvd device)

For more information about the filter drivers that may be loaded in Windows Vista, run the DevCon program. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Obtain and extract the DevCon program.The DevCon command-line utility functions as an alternative to Device Manager.
  2. Click Start d35b6fc.jpg, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click cmd in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.
    3f445a1.jpgIf you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  3. At the command prompt, change the directory to the directory to which you extracted the DevCon files.
  4. Type devcon stack gencdrom, and then press ENTER.
Then, information that resembles the following appears

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 02, 2009

The reason for this error is that there is a conflict between HD Writer and other software on your computer. I was trying to find a solution for weeks before Panasonic advised me to remove other DVD burning software on my computer. I therefore removed Pinnacle and DVD decrypter (which I believe was causing the problem), reinstalled HD Writer and then everything worked fine. Note however that the DVD-RW discs I had tried to use before were corrupted and couldn't be reformatted and therefore once you have removed the other software and reinstalled HD Writer, start again with new DVD-RW discs. Good Luck.

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 01, 2009

I will try to look for the software for that..


Panasonic... | Answered on Jun 08, 2008


It can be the software problem.I'll give you another software conversion tool to mpeg.


Panasonic... | Answered on May 02, 2008

please check if you are using DVD-R to the hd writer...

if you are using it .then its not possible

You can only use DVD-RW and must format the disc to VR format, not Video format.

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 23, 2008

Look in the manual - often helps

Panasonic HDC... | Answered on Jan 05, 2018

A BDM file is Disc information file created by AVHCD video recordings; contains information about the file contents in a specific directory; commonly seen as index.bdm andmovieobj.bdm; located in the AVCHD/BDMV directory of a media storage device.
if all you have are the bdm files then you do not have the actual video files.they are just a type of index file.
The real video are mts or m2ts file, you can try to convert mts to avi.

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