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JVC Everio GS-TD1 - Performance and Verdict

By James Morris



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Although the GS-TD1 doesn’t offer a lens ring, it still provides a commendable selection of manual controls and enough buttons to make these easy to access. In manual mode, the Adjust button on the rear provides access to an array of settings, which are then adjusted by a nearby wheel. Press and hold to call up the menu, or press once to adjust the current parameter.

The available settings include brightness, focus, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and parallax. Aperture and shutter speed can be configured separately, but not at the same time as brightness. The parallax adjustment lets you widen or shorten the separation of the two sides of the stereoscopic image. Although the image should be calibrated already, you may want to make changes for various creative reasons. There’s also a User button which can be assigned with a range of functions, to provide immediate access.

With its duo of 1/4.1in CMOS sensors, the GS-TD1 promises decent, if not absolutely high-end image quality. In good light, colour fidelity and detail are excellent whether you’re shooting 2D or 3D. The 3D effect is very respectable for objects more than a meter away, when viewed on a large 3D TV. As we predicted, low light performance is noticeably superior in 3D mode than other models we’ve tested. Colours are not quite as faithful as 2D mode, but the level of brightness is similar.

However, the dual-Full HD recording does have its drawbacks. This uses a proprietary MP4 format, which will appear to non-compatible editing apps as 1080/50p footage. We found this played in Windows Media Player as if it was just 2D footage. Pixela’s Everio MediaBrowser 3D is provided for converting the MP4s, so you can output them to sites like Facebook and iTunes in 2D mode, and YouTube in 3D mode. The 2D and 3D AVCHD formats are more widely compatible, however. The 3D version uses the now-standard side-by-side system, so you could even upload this manually to YouTube, add a tag, and watch it using anaglyphic glasses. The other alternative is to use the GS-TD1's Mini HDMI connection to output directly to a TV. The GS-TD1 will convert its MP4 footage to side-by-side, so most 3D TVs will be able to handle it.


Although we’re still not entirely convinced by 3D either as a domestic viewing format or for grabbing your home movies, JVC has at least created a product with potential to cross over into the semi-professional arena. Where the Panasonic consumer models so far have been very limited in 3D mode, the GS-TD1 behaves similarly whether you’re shooting with or without the third dimension. This makes greater creative possibilities available, so the GS-TD1 has the potential to appeal to student filmmakers or even experimental videographers on a budget. Unfortunately, the price is at least £1,400 from most stores, so only the very richest hobbyists will be interested. But otherwise this is the most competent consumer-oriented 3D camcorder yet.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Image Quality 9
  • Perfomance 9
  • Value 7

Andrew Fordham

June 1, 2011, 2:47 pm

I'm slightly confused by the mention of a proprietary format. How would you play back footage taken with the camcorder on a 3D TV? Do you need to use the camcorder itself or can the SDXC card be used instead?

James Morris

June 1, 2011, 5:55 pm

At the moment, you would need to use the camcorder itself, which worked very well with the TV we used for testing. We're still looking into whether there is any third-party editing or playback software with direct support.


July 11, 2011, 12:59 am

Yes, the footage is proprietary and one wonders what JVC had in mind by taking this particular route. Either they were uncertain that paying a team of software developers to create a set of codecs for their files would be worth the expense, or they simply have plans for something different, perhaps bigger in the future. Either way, a programmer in Europe who has been writing code for the neowave of 3D coming our way has already written a program that takes JVC's proprietary files and splits them into left eye/right eye streams. Upon hearing this, I bought the camera for work projects, purchased this man's software, and never looked back. Of course, a third element to editing this 3D data is that "muxing" your left and right eye footage together is required before you can dump the data into your editor. For this step, I purchased Cinform's NEO for 300US. I use Premiere Pro 5.5 for editing and it handles the post-muxed files perfectly and handily. So the steps are: 1.) Acquire your footage, 2.) Connect your workstation and camera via USB and grab the video files from the camera's memory, 3.) Mux the files together using Peter Wimmer's "MVC To AVI Converter" program (about 30US), 4.) Import your muxed files into your editing and begin editing. It can get convoluted at first and your Cineform settings must always remain running in the background for this all to work right. But once you get the hang of it and watch your first 3D Blu-Ray on your big screen 3D TV - it'll all seem worth it. Cheers.


July 11, 2011, 1:06 am

If I were to review the camera itself, I'd say that it exceeded my expectations, being one of the first dual-lens camcorders out there. The unit does incredibly well in low-light but, as always, if you can, light up your subject so compression doesn't start referencing a lot of your pixels. In nice lighting the video comes out stunning. I've read many complaints about the touch screen LCD, where the bulk of commands are held, but it hasn't bothered me at all. There is one feature I disdain about the camera and perhaps I'm too dull to figure out where the setting is : When you open the LCD, the power comes on and when you close it, the power goes off. Sometimes I want to open the LCD without the power coming on but I cannot seem to find any setting regarding this issue. The engineers at JVC must've looked at this as a time-saver, and perhaps it is for non-pros, but to me it's not necessary. Again, if it weren't for Peter Wimmer's software (MVC To AVI Converter) I would not have bought this camera. This JVC unit plus that software, which gives me control of the MP4 files, is an awesome little thing and a great 3D handheld.

Sanne v W

May 10, 2015, 2:24 am

MVC is Bluray 3D format. It would be nice to edit it natively in Sony Vegas.
Looks like 3D Bluray Players or film industry are not eager to let you play mvc other than from 3d bluray or directly from the cam.
The same problem with the fuji 3D AVI format. Though that can already be edited natively in Vegas.

Both formats however can't be uploaded directly in 3D to youtube. When you do, in both cases only left image shows up on youtube. The main reason is that they are backwards compatible. MVC just shows up as a single mp4 and 3D Avi as a single (mjpeg) avi in common players
Vlc and wmp however show 2 seperate windows for left right floating about for 3D AVI. Very peculiar. MVC they just show as only one image.

So for now, you will have to split or render those to mp4 in side by side, or playback directly from the cameras.

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