JVC Everio GS-TD1 video review



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With the Everio GS-TD1, JVC has produced the first consumer-grade camcorder to shoot two frames of Full HD in 3D mode, using a pair of parallel lenses and CMOS sensors. The resulting MP4 format is proprietary, but JVC’s approach also means better low-light performance even when shooting 3D in AVCHD mode. It’s the first consumer-grade camcorder to offer optical zoom in 3D mode, too. With a range of manual features as well, the GS-TD1 has loads to offer enthusiasts wishing to move into 3D. The only drawback is the price.

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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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