Panasonic GF1 Video Page updated - Motion artifacts begone!|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 13:31 EDT)
Thanks to reader Andrea Menzo, for pointing out that the horrific motion artifacts we saw on the Panasonic GF1's AVCHD-format video output were caused by the popular AVC media player software that we used to play them back.(!) VLC is arguably the most popular cross-platform media player capable of understanding AVCHD-format files, but it apparently has a major bug in how it handles motion encoding in AVCHD files. Translating the files to a more conventional .mp4 format via the excellent Handbrake transcoder utility completely eliminated motion artifacts, at (very) small cost in image quality. We also found a codec pack for Windows that could play back the AVCHD files cleanly. Check out the updated Panasonic GF1 Video Page for the details, and links to the playback solutions we found!