JVC GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera Revealed

February 21, 2005 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 117 Comments | |

JVC GZ-MC500 Digital Media CameraJVC GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera is launched today at PMA 2005. The JVC GZ-MC500 is a 5 megapixel digital camera that records both still and moving images. The JVC GZ-MC500 uses three CCDs rather than one, dedicating 1.33 megapixel CCD to the red, green and blue colour channels, which JVC claims broadens dynamic range and produces sharp, vivid color with good contrast and low light performance. The JVC Everio GZ-MC500 will be available in March for $1,799.95.

ORLANDO, FL, February 20, 2005 – Just months after its launch of the world’s first hard disk camcorders, JVC today announced a 3-CCD version that offers high quality 5-megapixel performance when shooting digital stills.

The new GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera is the newest member of the JVC Everio family – the only currently available camcorders that record onto a hard disk. Like the single-CCD Everio camcorders launched last fall, the GZ-MC500 records 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or thousands of photo-quality stills to a Microdrive® removable hard disk. With this newest Everio, JVC combines these benefits with 3-CCD/5-megapixel performance.

The use of three CCDs combined with advanced pixel shift technology allows the GZ-MC500 to deliver 5 megapixel-class digital stills with a maximum size of 2560 x 1920 pixels, and a broadened dynamic range when recording still or moving images. The result is naturally sharp, vivid color, good contrast and clean mages or videos with good low light performance.

The benefits of recording video to a hard disk are the same benefits that have made hard disk-based audio players so popular – random access to quickly locate desired material, the ability to effortlessly delete unwanted material, and easily rearrange playback sequence. What’s more, there’s no danger of mistakenly recording over something you want to keep.

JVC GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera3-CCD/5-Megapixel Performance
The GZ-MC500 creates sharp and vivid images by dedicating a 1.33 (1.23 effective) megapixel CCD to each color – red, green and blue. JVC’s advanced prism optics and filterless 3-CCD pixel shift technology quadruple the pixel count to record 5 megapixel-class stills. Simply put, the pixel shift technique, used also in JVC professional cameras, captures double the 1,228,800 pixel information in both the horizontal and vertical directions, creating a real full color image pixel count multiplied by four for stills. (Everio uses 691,200 effective pixels for each RGB video color.) The broader dynamic range delivers videos with bright realistic colors and photo-quality digital stills up to 2560 x 1920 pixels for beautiful 8” x 10” or A4 prints. JVC optics using three dimension angle mounting technology assures high precision prism/CCD registration with accuracy on the order of one micron.

Other Image-Enhancing Features
To fully capitalize on the camera’s inherent picture performance, JVC’s Megabrid Imaging Engine separately processes video and still signals, providing optimal processing for each. Megabrid technology assures high sensitivity and a high signal-to-noise ratio for moving pictures, and clear, high resolution progressive still images. Encoding of the image to MPEG-2 data is handled by the world’s smallest MPEG-2 codec chip, developed by JVC.

The GZ-MC500 also features a high resolution 10x optical zoom (8x for stills) JVC lens and shoots native 4 x 3 or 16 x 9 (squeeze) video.

A challenge in designing and building a hard disk camcorder is protecting the disk from shocks and vibrations. JVC addressed this issue with a unique floating suspension system that effectively dampens vibrations through advanced polymer shock absorbers that automatically engage when the disk is writing/reading (and therefore most vulnerable), and disengage to allow disk ejection/loading.

Pro Design/Easy Operation
The GZ-MC500 is slightly larger than the previous two Everio models to ensure that the more demanding user can easily operate the camera’s manual controls. Key among these is a manual focus ring on the lens barrel for easy complete control.

A large Program AE dial on the side of the unit makes it easy to select from Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Twilight, Sports, Snow, Portrait, and Auto/Manual modes. Furthermore, the GZ-MC500 offers Auto Bracket, which when the shutter is pressed automatically shoots three shots, each at a slightly different exposure setting. Other controls include Backlight and Spotlight Compensation, as well as a Real-time Histogram Display to graphically show exposure distribution within the image.

The GZ-MC500 features the rotating grip design found on the current Everio GZ-MC200. The camcorder’s two sections – the grip and the lens/body assembly – pivot so the lens portion can be tilted without the user changing hand location. This makes it easy to quickly transition to a high or low shooting angle, and affords a number of comfortable and stable single and two handed shooting positions.

MPEG-2 High Quality Video Clips
In the video camera mode the GZ-MC500 shoots up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video clips on the supplied removable 4GB Microdrive card. A choice of four recording modes lets users choose between more shooting time or higher quality, depending on their needs. The highest quality Ultra mode records at a fixed data rate of 8.88 Mbps including Dolby Digital audio (8.5 Mbps video plus 384kbps Dolby Digital Audio) — comparable to the DVD (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum) data rate — for essentially DVD-level quality in the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. As a result, Everio images can be enjoyed on a large-screen display, including plasma, LCD and rear projection TVs, without the quality loss suffered by other formats when presented on a large display. A convenient multi-connector AV/S-Video cable is included for direct connection.

Video recording capacity per 4GB Microdrive®
Video bit rate(1) 8.5 Mbps 5.5 Mbps 4.2 Mbps 1.5 Mbps
Image size (PAL models) 720x576/50i 720x576/50i 720x576/50i 352x288/25p
Image size (NTSC models) 720x480/60i 720x480/60i 720x480/60i 352x240/30p
Recording time 60 min. 90 min. 120 min. 300 min.

(1) Bit rate is fixed for ULTRA and FINE modes, variable for NORM and ECO modes.
Photo Quality JPEG Digital Stills

The digital still camera mode shoots JPEG digital stills at up to 2560 x 1920 pixels, for excellent quality even for large 8” x 10” or A4 prints. Users select picture quality and image size to match their needs, whether for photo printing, documents or e-mail. Thousands of pictures can be shot with the Microdrive’s large storage capacity.

Still shooting capacity per 4GB Microdrive®
Quality mode Image Size
2560x1920 2048x1536 1600x1200 1280x960 640x480
FINE 1800 4400 6900 8800 9999
STD 2800 7300 9999 9999 9999

Above figures are approximate as file size will differ according to type of subject.
Digital Media Camera Multiple Advanced Interfaces

The camera stores images and video on the included 4GB Microdrive card. The same CF slot can accommodate user-supplied CompactFlash Type 2 cards. There is a separate SD memory card slot. Microdrive is a hard disk drive that’s the same size as a CompactFlash Type 2 card, but with much greater capacity. It can be removed, just like a CompactFlash or SD memory card, and data loaded into a PC using an optional card adapter up to 4-5x real time speed depending on the PC and adapter.

For quick downloading to a PC, simply connect the camera via its USB 2.0 interface (requires Windows XP/2000/ME). All transfer is digital-to-digital (approximately 4x or better real time speed depending on the PC), so there is no quality lost in the process. And since the camera supports PictBridge, it can be connected via the USB terminal to a compatible printer to easily print stills directly from the camera. Also, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) support allows the menus on the camera screen to be used to conveniently select images and quantity before giving removable media to a printing service.

Make Full-length DVDs Easily
The CyberLink DVD Solution bundled with the GZ-MC500 comprises three applications that make it easy to make and watch full-length DVD movies. A standard 4.7GB single-layer DVD-R/RW disc holds over one hour of an Ultra mode movie, and over 90 minutes of a Fine mode movie.

PowerProducer™ offers easy saving and authoring of video clips in any order to DVD, even directly from a USB-connected camera, so users can share original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player. The software makes it easy to locate and transfer video files residing on the camera’s Microdrive. Saving to DVD requires only a PC with 256 MB RAM, 700MHz or above Pentium III, USB 2.0 terminal and a DVD burner.

PowerDirector™ Express offers feature-rich non-linear editing so users can flex their creative muscle with titles and even mix stills with videos. PowerDirector Express also converts movies to a variety of file formats to send via the Web or e-mail. Supported formats include DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, as well as Windows Media Video and RealVideo that can be streamed over the Internet.

PowerDVD™ conveniently plays back video clips and DVDs with Dolby Digital audio.

Note: Applications not compatible with Macintosh.
The JVC Everio GZ-MC500 will be available in March at a nationally advertised value of $1,799.95.

About JVC Company of America
JVC Company of America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd., and a holding company for JVC companies located in North and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, VCRs, D-VHS recorders, DVD players and recorders, satellite systems, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://www.jvc.com or call 800-526-5308.

JVC Everio GZ-MC500 Key Features
Three 1/4.5-inch 1.33 Megapixel CCDs for High-Quality Image Capture
5 Megapixel-Class Digital Still Recording Up to 2560 x 1920 pixels (JPEG file)
Manual Focus Ring with Push Auto-Focus button for Precision and Creativity
Built-in Pop-up Flash
Program AE and Manual/Auto Mode Dial
Advanced Photo Functions Including Auto Bracket (+/- 1/3Fstop & normal) and Real-Time Histogram Display
JVC Compact Rotating Grip Design
Weight: 400 Grams; Volume: Under 480 Cubic Centimeters
4GB Microdrive® Removable Media Provided
Microdrive®/CompactFlash card and SD Dual Card Slots for Extra Data Storage and Transfer
High-Quality MPEG-2 Video Recording (up to 720 x 480/60i in ULTRA mode) with Dolby Digital Audio (MOD file)
Megabrid Engine for Optimal Video and Still Quality
High Resolution JVC Lens
4x3 and 16x9 (squeeze) video modes
10x (8x for stills) Optical Zoom/200x Digital Zoom
35mm equivalent optical ranges:
16:9 video – 37.8-378mm
4:3 video – 46.2-462mm
Still Picture – 43-334 mm
Basic Features

User-Friendly GUI for Easy Operation and Setting
Thumbnail Picture for Easy & Quick Viewing
1.8” LCD Monitor
48kHz/16-bit Stereo Voice Recorder Function (WAV file)
USB2.0 for High-Speed Transfer
Easy Printing with PictBridge and DPOF Support
Auto and Manual Focus
Digital Image Stabilizer
Exposure (Video: -6 ~ +6, Stills: -2EV ~ +2EV)
Shutter Speeds (Video: 1/2 ~ 1/4000 sec. /Still: 1/2 ~ 1/500sec.)
Gain Up Video Sensitivity Setting
ISO 100, 200 (preliminary) Still Sensitivity Settings
Program AE (Sports, Snow, Spotlight, Twilight, Portrait, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority)
Backlight/Spotlight Compensation
White Balance (Auto, MWB, Fine, Cloud, Halogen)
Self-Timer (2sec/10sec)
Motor-Drive Shooting
Macro Shooting as Close as 5cm With Zoom Set to Wide.
Tele-macro Shooting Distance: Up to 60cm.
Voice Recording Mode (FINE, STANDARD, ECO) Records .wav Files With 16 Bit 48kHz PCM Sampling at up to 1.5 Mbps; 5 hrs and 47 min. in Fine Mode With 4GB Microdrive; 34 hrs. 43 min. in Eco Mode (8kHz sampling, 256kbps)
Wind Cut to Remove Wind Noise
Record Special Effects (Sepia, Black & White)
Info Display: File, Folder, Date, Start Time, Playback Time, Video Mode, Protection
Appealing Design for “Thumbstick”-Operated Animated Camera Control Menu and Thumbnail Index System for Easy Clip and Image Location and Management
Playlist Video Clip Playback and Slide Show Still Playback
Playback Special Effects (Sepia, Black & White, Strobe)
Playback Scene Transitions (White Fader, Black Fader, Black & White Fader, Corner Wipe, Window Wipe, Slide Wipe, Door Wipe, Scroll Wipe, Shutter Wipe)
Provided Accessories

4GB Microdrive®
AC Power Adapter
Rechargeable Battery
AV/S-Video Out Multi-connector Cable
USB Cable
Software CD-ROM (Digital Photo Navigator, CyberLink DVD Solution)
Optional Accessories

CU-ASD032/ASD064 32 and 64 MB SD Memory Cards
VU-VM10KIT Battery Kit (aluminum carrying case and rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack)
AA-V200 Dual Battery Charger
BN-VM200 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (800mAh)
CB-VM20 Carrying Case

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Hello, I was inquriring about the new JVC GZ-MC500 camera. When will it be released in March? Also do you think the camera will also be released in Canada at the same time? Thank you.


7:23 pm - Tuesday, March 15, 2005

#2 Adrian


GZ-MC500 looks like a GREAT camera and I can hardly wait to see a real one! :-)

The only issues that I can see so far are related to the shutter speed for stills (only 1/500 maximum!) and the still sensitivity settings (ISO 100 and 200 only...) :(

I also found out that this camera does not have a real manual mode for still shots. Just A and S modes. Can anybody tell me please if this is this true or not?

For those who can afford this camera: ENJOY! You will have a lot of fun!! ;-)


5:27 pm - Wednesday, March 16, 2005

#3 Mark

I only really know what was mentioned in this press release. I'd contact JVC Canada to find out the details for your country.

4:16 pm - Saturday, March 19, 2005

#4 Badar Awan

I wanted to buy Panasonic but when I knew about this camera I postpone my purchase. I excited to have quick and easy way to make DVDs from my movies. Now I am eagerly waiting for it shows up in the USA. If any one has it, please tell us how did you like it

7:32 pm - Wednesday, March 30, 2005

#5 Badar Awan

When this thing is coming in the market???

2:36 pm - Tuesday, April 12, 2005

#6 Adrian

Amazon says June 15th...

I hope it is a mistake or that somebody else will have it sooner! :question:


11:00 pm - Tuesday, April 12, 2005

#7 Björn

What about FireWire output? I edit and burn DVD´s om my iMac. If you can´t edit clips in you computer the camera is useless, I think.

2:00 pm - Wednesday, June 22, 2005

#8 Dolan Greene

This camera can generate widescreen (16:9) movies, but the included editing software does not support them. I can view the widescreen movies on my PC, but cannot create a widescreen DVD. The Cyberlink PowerDirector software that comes with this camera downgrades the video from 16:9 to 4:3. I have also tried the Sony Vegas Movie Studio software, and the Pinnacle 9 software. Neither of these packages can correctly open the files generated from the camera. I have called JVC for support, and they told me that I will have to call Cyberlink regarding their lack of 16:9 support. I was also told that JVC only recommends using the Cyberlink software, and will not support using any other editing packages.
Has anybody found a way to create DVD's with a 16:9 aspect ratio from this camera?

6:16 pm - Monday, June 27, 2005

#9 Björn Wahlsten

I would never buy a video camera if there is no FireWire output. Aslo I have an excellent Apple iMac computer with all the software you need to edit and make DVD´s. I can only guess that Cyberlink PowerDirector software that comes with the camera is not compatible with Apple computers? This video camera is a FLOP!

7:24 am - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

#10 Jerry Jones

This camcorder is actually quite interesting.

The USB 2.0 connection allows one to upload the recorded video to one's computer - where one can use Ulead (http://www.ulead.com) video editing software to edit the MPEG-2 video without problems.

I use Ulead MediaStudio Pro:


Ulead also makes a less expensive MPEG-2 video editor:


Both of these Ulead programs can handle the JVC MPEG-2 video and allow for successful editing.

I believe the Ulead DVD authoring programs will also allow you to burn the 16:9 aspect ratio video to DVD.

Jerry Jones

4:12 pm - Sunday, July 17, 2005

#11 dgreene

Hello I downloaded and tried the Ulead Video Studio 9. I found that you can select 16:9 for the project, but that the application did not recognize that the video clips were recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio. I have verified that these clips truly are 16:9 by using a couple of other applications.
I tried to contact Ulead to see if there is a workaround or a fix, I found that I cannot get support until I purchase the product. I am more than willing to purchase the product, but only if I can be sure that it can successfully maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio of my video recordings.

Has anybody successfully done this?


6:19 pm - Monday, July 18, 2005

#12 Jerry Jones

Could you explain what you mean when you write that "VideoStudio did not recognize that the video clips were recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio?"

Jerry Jones

6:55 pm - Monday, July 18, 2005

#13 dgreene

I am trying to recall this from memory, so the description might not be perfect. :>

I first changed the file names from .mod to .mpg in windows explorer. Second, I opened a new project in Ulead Video Studio with the 16:9 option checked. Next, I copied the mpeg files in as video clips. Once the clips were in the timeline, I tried checking their properties. The the aspect ratio property of each clip read 4:3.
I then exported the project as an mpeg-2, and played it back with an external viewer. The resulting mpeg played back in a 16:9 format, but the actual video image was squeezed into a 4:3 frame within the 16:9 window. (There was a black bar to the left and right of the actual video.)

I just downloaded/installed and tried the application all over lunch today, so I need to play with it more to be sure I haven't made a mistake somewhere.

8:59 pm - Monday, July 18, 2005

#14 dgreene

I did take more time to tryout the Ulead Video Studio. It will generate a movie with a 16:9 aspect ratio from the camera files, but unfortunately it has to re-encode the mpeg-2 format. If I try to generate an output file using one of the camera clips as for the settings, the results are in 4:3. I have to use the project settings, or force it to 16:9. This results in the all the clips being re-encoded for the final movie.
I have noticed that the Mpeg Video Wizard from Womble also sees the camera files as 4:3. It does not seem to re-encode mpeg project when I override the settings to 16:9.
There must be something weird with the files from the camera because I can open other video clips that are in 16:9 from other sources without any problems.

3:09 am - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

#15 SteveJ

In terms of quality video and photos I'm impressed with mine in mpeg2. Not as good obviously as my previous TRV900E Sony, but great for size and ease of use. I am also dissapointed with the included software re 16:9 video. Look forward to further comments on software to overcome this issue without re-encoding.

10:41 am - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

#16 Jerry Jones

The Ulead software should *not* be re-encoding your MPEG-2 video!

Ulead software features "Smart Render" technology!

However, a person who does not understand how Smart Render works can easily force a re-render - by mistake - by failing to precisely match the properties of the PROJECT SETTINGS to the precise properties of your MPEG-2 video.

I have a Panasonic VDR-M30 DVD disc camcorder that records MPEG-2 video to mini DVD-R and mini DVD-RAM discs.

I can use the Ulead software to "capture" this video from the discs as I explain in my tutorial on the Web page at the following link:


When I adjust the Ulead project settings to precisely match the properties of the video...

NTSC drop frame (29.97 fps)
MPEG files
24 Bits, 704 x 480, 29.97 fps
Field Order B
(DVD-NTSC), 4 : 3
Video data rate: Variable (8800 kbps)
Audio data rate: 256 kbps
MPEG audio layer 2, 48 KHz, Stereo

...then I observe no re-rendering EXCEPT where titles, transitions or filters are inserted as CHANGES to the original video.

As for the 16:9 issue, I supect what you are observing is that the JVC camcorder doesn't really record a true 16:9 aspect ratio image, but instead does what many consumer DV camcorders do...

The JVC may be using an anamorphic "squeeze" to create a simulated 16:9 image.

In that case, I suspect one could still edit the file as a 4:3 aspect ratio file and then play the finished, edited file out to a 16:9 monitor and it would display correctly... as a widescreen video.

Have you tried that?

I could be wrong, but I suspect that's what may be happening in your case.

Jerry Jones

5:07 pm - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

#17 dgreene

I understand perfectly well how the "Smart Render" technology works. This is not the only MPEG editor with this feature. My point is, the files outputed by this camera are not true 16:9. The manual to this camera clearly states that when playing back video clips directly from the camera on a standard TV you will see black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. (letter box). This does not happen. True I have a widescreen tv, and can force it to stretch the image to widescreen, but I cannot share these clips with any family member or friend with a standard television. By the way my television will automatically adjust for widescreen formatted films, but it does not recognize the camera clips as such. I have tried both plugging the camera directly to standard televisions, and have tried creating dvds. In both cases the squeezed image looks like the beginning sequence of a 60's era film. There is another product called "MPeg Video Wizard" that also sees the clips from the camera as 4:3, but will create a finished video with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It does this without re-rendering the clips. I suspect that there is a flaw with header information encoded into the camera files. JVC probably is using anamorphic “squeeze”. But if they do it correctly the results will display letter boxed on a standard television should it? All the dvds I own that are labeled "anamorphic squeeze” are recognized by the dvd player, and are letterboxed when played to a standard television. This is not the case with the camera files.

10:17 pm - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

#18 Jerry Jones

Thanks for the additional information.

So your description would indeed suggest something may not be quite right with the JVC files - especially if the JVC manual indicates they should display letter-boxed on a standard display when playing back from the camcorder... but it doesn't happen.

If Smart Render in Ulead software doesn't work the way it normally does with other MPEG files, then perhaps the JVC files are proprietary in some way.

That's quite interesting.

I wish I could play with the files myself.

If you'd like to send me a disc with a few files on it, you can mail it to the address listed on my Web site.

I'd be happy to work with the files to see if I could get a different result.

But I'd like the files to be in their native format - with no changes to the extension, if possible.

If that's too much trouble, then that's okay... I understand completely.

I'm just quite curious about these files.


Jerry Jones

12:03 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

#19 dgreene

Your very kind.
I am more than happy to send you some clips as I am sure you know much more about this than I do. I did find that when I plug my camera into the widescreen tv and play a movie, the tv will detect some sort of signal and adjusts the display to wide (or full) which is very cool. When plugging the camera into a normal tv the image remains squeezed.
I did follow all the steps as you mentioned above recorded a dvd. I found that the movie clip remains squeezed when played with a dvd player. It is very possible I am doing something wrong. (Hopefully)
I will mail you a data dvd first thing tomorrow. Thanks again.


12:58 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

#20 dgreene

I have created containing the mod files, and will be sending it today. I re-read the posts, and want to be sure nobody has the impression that the Ulead software always re-encodes the camera clips. If I use the first clip to set default render properties, the "Smart Render" does work correctly and will not re-render the Mpegs. The only problem is that the resulting dvd plays back in a 4:3 configuration.
I'm not sure how it works but normally my anamorphic dvd's play back stretched on our widescreen television, but also playback letterboxed on a normal tv. I believe there is some sort of information that is decoded by the dvd player. I had assumed that this would be the case with movies created by the camera. Is there some sort of header information that can be edited or recorded within the dvd that will cause stretching of the video by a widescreen tv, and cause the dvd player to letter box the video for 4:3 televisions?

12:40 pm - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

#21 dgreene

I might have something that will fix the problem. Is there a way to change the DAR (Display Aspect Ratio) Flag within ULead? I believe this may be the flag that is used by a dvd player to letterbox an Anamorphic dvd for a 4:3 tv, vs. stretching the image for a widescreen tv. I have found a product called pulldown.exe that will allow the manipulation of all the dvd header flags including the DAR flag.

4:45 pm - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

#22 dgreene

Good news!
I used a free program called DVDPatcher (version 106). I can use this program to fix the 16:9 flag on the camera clips. They now open beautifully with a 16:9 aspect ratio in both the Ulead software and the Womble software. I now have no problems burning anamorphic dvd's. They display widescreen on our widescreen tv, and letterboxed on the regular tv's. Hopefully JVC will release a firmware upgrade to fix this.


12:35 pm - Friday, July 22, 2005

#23 Jerry Jones

OK... that really is good news.

That appears to explain this mystery... a JVC bug that needs to be fixed.

Have you sent JVC a note about this?

Jerry Jones

3:20 pm - Friday, July 22, 2005

#24 dgreene

Unfortunately JVC will not bother to respond to any of my email support requests. I've been trying for a month. I did get somebody on the phone several weeks ago, and was told that the 16:9 issue was a Cyberlink problem. I don't believe it is because not a single MPeg editor has recognized the clips as 16:9, and I have tried several. I'm not to happy with JVC support.

4:19 pm - Friday, July 22, 2005

#25 mike

i bought a JVC MC500 camcorder and got the cyberlink director and producer with it. my freind gave me his ulead media studio pro 6.5 to try out before i buy it. the problem is my camera is not detected at all by any of these software except for cyberlink power producer. any help is apperciated . thanks

4:24 am - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

#26 Milton

Hey DG, DVD Patcher works great! Thanks for the recommendation man :)

2:14 am - Saturday, September 24, 2005

#27 Neil

:-) Great news
JVC has just released an update to the included Cyberlink software - I have just tested it and it works correctly with 16:9 video

5:31 am - Saturday, October 1, 2005

#28 Therese

Has anyone successfully used this cam as a webcam, when purchased I was told this was a definate but cant work out how or find documentation on it, I wanted to use it in conjunction with macromedia breeze


6:35 am - Friday, October 7, 2005

#29 Richard Cole

Please could you advise what the sound quality is like on this camera. eg if I wanted to conduct an interview and the camera was on a tripod 2 metres from the interviewee would it pick up the sound clearly and be audible?
could you advise how this camera compares with other 3CCD cameras at around the same price. Is it a good purchase?

4:11 pm - Saturday, October 15, 2005

#30 tle

Hi Richard I've used it from about this distance for student presentations and the audio picked up better than audio on a web cam that they were standing right in front of.

This is my first 3CCD so I can't answer on how it compares, I also have a Pentax Optio MX and that is great for it's price but you certainly notice the difference in quality of image of video.

Neither produce stills as great as my Pentax Optio S.


5:05 am - Wednesday, October 19, 2005

#31 Ken Gladman

When will we be able to buy the 8Gb Microdrive?

8:32 am - Sunday, November 27, 2005

#32 Jerry Jones

Has JVC released a firmware upgrade to fix the "flag" issue described earlier in the thread by DGreene?

- JJ

8:45 pm - Sunday, November 27, 2005

#33 muddy

I have a JVC gzmc500. I copy the mod file to computer then i change the extension to an m2v file which is an mpeg2 file format. All this works fine.
My question is is when i change the extension do i change any of the original mod file or formatting. ie do i loose any quality by doing it this way. I can also use the program cyberlink to open the mod file and then change it to an m2v file. When i do it this way i notice the 2 files are diffrent in size and maybe it is me but the qaulity is different as well....Anyone know if by changing the file format alters the file or not and if so how or am i better opening the file in cyberlink and exprting it. Also which is a better audio to use. Mpeg audio or lpcm audio.

3:36 pm - Sunday, January 8, 2006

#34 mundo

Just purchased the GZMC 500 in a trip to japan. Any updates on the 16:9 editing output. Has anyone tryed the Ciberlink update posted here by Neil in Oct '05?

I'm a filmaker and this realy bugs me...

Advice amigos?

9:05 am - Monday, January 16, 2006

#35 dgreene

I have repeatedly tried contcting both JVC and Cyberlink support. JVC will not even bother responding. Cyberink informed me that there is no patch available to fix the 16:9 issue. I specifically asked them about the link to the software path provided above, and never again received a reply. I really like the GZ-MC500, but due to a complete lack of support, will never purchase anyhing from JVC again. I have had a few other problems/glitches with this camera. I had to stop using the DIS, because it began to very pronounced jitter problems. I also had the camera stop working when I switched batteries. It took several tries over a period of 10 minutes to get it working again. I still use the camera, and really like it, but because I can get absolutely no support whatsoever, I also consider it the most expensive throw-away toy I have ever purchased. Hopefully a major competitor will market a compact flash video camera with similar features. About the 16:9 issue, I have found a freeware application that repaires the video clips very well, and have not bothered downloading the Cyberlink patches. By the way, even the Cyberlink patches will do nothing to fix the 16:9 when playing back movies directly from the camera through the TV.

7:02 pm - Monday, January 16, 2006

#36 mundo

DG, Many thanks for your quick reply, i havent opened the box yet and your comments make me feel very sick as im feeling the line about the most expensive throw away toy ever. What a shame that JVC doesnt thake responsability for a consireable fault like this. Im based in London and would like to approach the UK distributors about this 16:9 bug. I will mail them tomorow and post their reply. Hopefully the brits might be more usefull as the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio is one of the apealing features for me.

How is the image quality and sound in normal tv ratio, satisfied?

What editing programs are you using and on what operating sistem?

Many thanks again.


10:41 pm - Monday, January 16, 2006

#37 dgreene

Hello Mundo,
I like the video quality, and although people have knocked the MC500 for its low light capabilities, I find that it works well. If I use manual or shutter priority modes I can get the low light shooting to work. Of course my last video camera was a HI-8mm camcorder, so I might not know what good low light capabilities are. I really liked the contrast range of this camera. It worked great shooting in the mountains. For software I use DVDPatcher (version 106) to fix the 16:9 header flag for each video clip. Once the the clips from the camera have been fixed, I use Vegas Movie Studio 4.0, Pinnacle Studio 9, or Cyberlink PowerDirector Express to create an edited movie. To burn the movie to DVD, I use Sony DVD architect, Sonic myDVD, or Cyberlink PowerProducer. Each of the software packages has slightly different features, each has their strengths and weaknesses. I don't have enough experience to recommend which is best.


1:24 am - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

#38 dgreene

The operating system is Window XP professional. I have 2 computers I do the video creation with.


1:27 am - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

#39 mundo

Thanks Dg for your knowllege... youa are light years ahead of me... i still havent had the time to umpack and properly test the lens. The Manual controls of the shutter, fstop and so on makes a great diference to images and was the other key feature about purchasing he JVC. Where did you get the 106 version of the DVDpatcher and how roughly does it work.... do you have to manualy work on the clips befoer the editing on 16:9 format....

How's the sound quality, have you tried the wind reduction efct outdoors?

Many, many thanks again


3:18 pm - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

#40 dgreene

Hello mundo,
Take everything I say with a grain of salt. This is my first Digital Video camera. I am a newbie to digital video, and am more of a digital camera person.
The wind noise doesn't seem to do much, but I don't know how it compares to other video cameras. I found the DVDpatcher software by searching in Yahoo. The software was either freeware or shareware. It is very easy to use. I have run it on raw clips and other times run it on the completed movie. The software only edits the header flags, and does not re-render the mpegs. It usually takes just a minute or two to fix a complete movie.


2:05 pm - Thursday, January 19, 2006

#41 MrRio

Hi all, I got it working, also with Pinnacle Studio 9, this is how it works

rename .mod file to .mpg
download freeware dvd_patcher_v106
set the 16:9 attribute at the file
download drdivx, which supports MPEG 1,2,3,4
this is required for Pinnacle
Upgrade Pinnacle to read CH2.1 (9.99$)

Have fun guys!!!!
Btw, it is real 16:9, it does not only strech the file.

1:28 pm - Sunday, January 22, 2006

#42 Shamnaz

I am from Mauritius. I have bought a JVC GZMC500 digital/video in Dubai during my hols.

I am having major problems importing the video files on my computer(.mod) using the Cyberlink Power Express (provided with the camera) so that i can burn a dvd. I have tried a lot of times but in vain. The error is as follows: Error in loading the video file. I have done the steps explained in the user guide.

However,I can still play the video using the power dvd.

Please help me!! I am starting to be desperate now.

Thanks in advance,

12:12 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2006

#43 RoganHogan

First of all, anyone who uses software that comes with a video camera in this price ranges and complains needs to educate themselves that their is better software out there. Ulead and pinnacle are designed for noobs, so dont be supprised if it lacks features and performance.

And some of these comments make it sound like that if the software doesnt work then the videocamera is useless. Learn Premiere, Tmpeg suite, for editing and encoding. 2 very powerfull tools.

But by the looks of it, JVC should stop integrating video with camera stills. And make one or the other. But i do love the hardrive idea!

3:18 pm - Thursday, February 23, 2006

#44 dgreene

Do you own the US version of this camera? If you do not than you don't have any right to comment. I have "several" video" editing packages, and have no trouble ultimately repairing the "crap" files that this camera produces. But, the fact is that this camera has a header bug that causes the anamorphic video to be rendered improperly by any TV or DVD player. Fortunately this is easily remedied by manually fixing the flag that controls the aspect ratio. But, I completely disagree with you that a ~$1500 video camera shouldn't be packaged with software that at the very least supports one of its core features (16:9). In addition, I think its sad that, due to crappy engineering, a person cannot even playback any of their 16:9 movie clips directly from the camera into the TV without the video being horribly distorted. What is a shame is that, although JVC has acknowledged there is a problem, they are making no effort to fix it.
This is definitely a great camera, but I would not recommend it for anybody who is not somewhat of a computer geek. Unfortunately the files from this camera need monkeyed with just to get them to work correctly. Some of us expect a little more for our money.

6:25 pm - Monday, February 27, 2006

#45 Mads Prahm

Hi Guys

The 16:9 issues with the JVC GZ-MC500 has annoyed me ever since I got the camera. The problem is caused by the camera incorrectly marking the mpeg streams as 4:3, even if they are recorded in 16:9 aspect.

I have written a small windows program that will fix the mpeg headers of all recorded files, and even rename them during the process. I have made the program available for you to download here:



To use it, simply run the executable (you will need the latest .NET runtime environment), and drag-drop files and/or folders onto it. Files in sub-folders will also be processed.

I have tested it on ALL my recordings (PAL) will perfect results. I have NOT tested on NTSC clips - if you have any, please test and post your results back here.

Note: this program will correctly mark your widescreen mpeg streams as 16:9 aspect, but to edit and burn DVDs correctly, you still need software that supports this (I use Nero Vision Express).

Let me know if this works out for you.

9:30 pm - Friday, March 10, 2006

#46 Rob E

Has anyone figured out how to display the time and date of the videos? Also they are not always in chronological order in the video folder.

8:00 am - Friday, March 24, 2006

#47 Youssef

I recently bought a JVC Digital Camera model GZ-MC500AA/AC/AG/AH from Dubai UAE a month ago and while travelling i lost the CD that came with the Camera. I am trying right now to download the pictures and videos that i shot. I was able to open the pictures easily but i don't have the software that plays the videos. Can you please send me a direct link inside the JVC website so i can download the content of the CD, because i was surfing the website and i could not find it thanks

Thanks a lot for your help and support


6:29 pm - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

#48 Neil

:snake: just tried the program from Mads Prahm earlier in this list



I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the simplicity and ease of use



2:30 pm - Friday, April 28, 2006

#49 Mads Prahm

Thanks a lot for your supporting comments, Neil. There is a slightly improved version of the program on http://www.prahm.dk/EverioAssist.exe

This version can also fix the filenames to be of the same format as regular digital photos (with decimal numbers instead of hex), which also means that the files will sort correctly (in chronological order) in windows.

The only way to get the date from the files is actually to look at the file's timestamp - I guess I could include it in the filename, if that has any interrest.

I would still like to get an NTSC widescreen recording to make sure that it is processed correctly - does anybody have a short widescreen NTSC recording that they could make available to me?


To run the program you need the .NET framework v. 2.0: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5

10:53 am - Saturday, April 29, 2006

#50 Alan

Hi Mads... did you still need a small NTSC sample... I have the US version, so if you need I can send you a small vid to test with. Just email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thanks, Alan

5:10 pm - Monday, May 8, 2006

#51 Bernd

Hi, this _is_ a useful thread! Thanks Mads for the app, will try it immediately...
Have 2 things to add:
1. I am surprised nobody mentions the quite slow startup time if you switch on the device. I was quite annoyed when I found out how much you can miss in these 20-25 seconds. BUT try solid state CF cards! I am using a 4GB CF card by Kingston, and this reduces startup to 9 sec. A real improvement, worth the money for me. (And no worries about physical shock). Can't understand why JVC doesn't mention usability of solid state CF cards in the manual.
2. Did someone find a way to set the file name numbering to some persistent mode (where counting does not start at count zero when you clear all previous movies)?? I tried several approaches to delete the old mpegs on the CF card:

a) put card in external card reader, copy files to PC and then delete files from windows explorer
b) leave card in MC500, connect by USB cable, download files to PC, delete files by MC500 menu options (menu->delete->delete all)
c) leave card in MC500, connect by USB, download files to PC, format CF card via MC500 menu

With all three options, the MC500 internal filename counter is reset. Am I missing something here? Using MC500 single file delete option is no option with dozens of files to delete, and having dozens of subfolders in my mpeg collection, each with identically named mpegs, is getting annoying. How do you do it?

Any hints appreciated. And thanks to all contributors to this excellent forum for an sadly unsupported camera! - Bernd

12:19 am - Friday, June 2, 2006

#52 Mads Prahm

Bernd, you are right, the camera has a quite slow startup time, and I was surprised to hear that you get a faster startup time with solid state vs. microdrive.

So I made a test, and I get about the same 10 sec startup time with BOTH my JVC branded 4GB hitachi microdrive AND my 1GB SanDisk Ultra II solid state card.

Might there be a problem with your microdrive? Is the startup time the same with an empty drive?

About the naming problems, I have actually lost a lot of footage, because the reset counter confused me, and I deleted a bunch of "false duplicates" (since you can not delete files via the USB connection, I thought that I had already copied the files... DAMN!)

A solution could be that I added a feature to my program, that would name the files in the following format: MOV_XXXX_YYMMDD. In that way, the date would also be saved in the filename forever, and files would not have duplicate names. What do you think? Any better ideas?

:O) Mads

8:08 pm - Friday, June 2, 2006

#53 Bernd

@Mads: Sorry for the delay, was away for holiday... Tried your software and yes, it offers very quick help indeed! Including the date in the filename would help, but how to activate this feature in your software? Or did I download an old version?

By the way, I think that MOV_YYMMDD_XXXX would be even better, then by sorting along filenames you get files in chronological order ...

Interesting that you get the 10 sec also with the Microdrive. Maybe the 6GB Hitachi microdrive that I'm using is not ideal for the camera? Anyway, I find it more reassuring to have the data on a solid state thing instead of a harddisk. I switched to 4GB SDcard now, they became so cheap lately and this consolidates my range of card types in use... (By the way, I read somewhere that the MC500 can't format SD beyond 2GB, you have to use Windows to format it - using a card reader - to get FAT32 formatting. After this, I could use 4GB SD on the JVC).

I think I'm happy withs Mad's bullet proof app, but here's a link I came across in another forum - didn't try the software, but if anyone is interested:


10:13 pm - Monday, June 12, 2006

#54 Zoltan

Does this or any other consumer camcorder, whether analog or digital, let you choose the aperture setting and/or allow you to dial in some exposure compensation while filming? The camcorders I have tried would determine exposure automatically, without the user being able to control it, and of course autoexposure isn't always correct. I have a photography background and like to control the exposure of my shots, and this is something I want to be able to do with my video sequences too, if I ever choose to try my hand at filmmaking.

10:01 am - Tuesday, June 13, 2006

#55 Mads Prahm

Hey Bernd

That french software looks like it does exactly what we all need... Had he only published it a few months earlier, he would have saved me some work :)

I agree on your naming suggestion. But I have not had time to do any programming lately - my dayjob has been ... challenging. It should be very simple though - one of these days I'll do it.


As a reply to Zoltan: Yes, this camera allows you to adjust aperture from F1.8 to F8.0 while filming - in standard "apperture-mode"; the camera will compensate by adjusting exposure (in "jerks"). It is also possible to adjust exposure compensation from -6 to +6 on the fly.

The interface and controls could be better though, but it works.


On a totally different subject, I have purchased a sony wide angle adapter (VCL_HA06) which works like a charm on the mc500 - clips on and off in a snap. Gives a much better fov range for widescreen recording, in my oppinion.

Only downside is major lensflare problems in direct sunligt, caused by the lack of hood on the adaptor lens.


7:44 pm - Thursday, June 15, 2006

#56 Simon

HELP! I'm sure I'm just being stupid, but...
I have just been playing with the GZ-MC500E for the last couple of hours. When I connect to my computer (running XP Pro) using the supplied USB cable - my computer doesn't even realize it's there. Is there some driver I have not spotted?

4:04 pm - Monday, June 26, 2006

#57 Grace

I have just been given the GZ-MC500 for my birthday and there is no instruction booklet in English inside and I can't find a download - any suggestions?

8:10 am - Friday, June 30, 2006

#58 Bernd

@grace: You're lucke, someone took the pain to scan it and put it online via gmail, see this thread:

Nice birthday present, have fun!

9:35 am - Friday, June 30, 2006

#59 tommy

mc500 is the simplest, nice and compact camera I've ever used.. an incredible quality/price relationship..

I have the new apple macbook and I don't know how I can convert the mod file because cyberlink is a window solution... some told me that I had to buy another camcorder if I use mac. But it was too late about the shopping suggestions..

please some help me!!

every help could be a savation to me..


p.s. I'm sorry for my english..you know, I'm italian.

4:58 pm - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

#60 Mads Prahm

Hey Tommy,

I don't know much about Macs, but I do know that the files from the video camera are in mpeg2-format, the same format used on a DVD movie disk.

This is what I found using google:

----- snip --------------

Although OS X’s DVD Player can play DVDs without trouble, it can’t play the MPEG-2 files that go into making those DVDs. This is a problem, for example, if you use Apple’s Compressor software to turn your video into MPEG-2 files for burning to DVD and then need to preview those files.

To view MPEG-2 files via QuickTime, purchase the $20 QuickTime 6 MPEG-2 Playback Component, from Apple (find .macworld.com/0293). If you don’t want to spend the extra money, you can also play back most MPEG-2 files with MPlayer OS X or VLC Media Player.

6:41 pm - Tuesday, August 8, 2006

#61 Pathetic Fallacy

JVC GZ MC-500 is the best ever.

3:14 pm - Friday, August 11, 2006

#62 Tommy

Thank you Mads and P.F. for your answer.
In this month I try all solution to convert .mod files into an "apple format". I know the Mpeg2 quicktime component but it isn't enough. The best way is using MPEG STREAMCLIP that run very well with the QT component. I suggest this software to all mac users, having some problems with this great camcorder, because it support every video (and a lot of audio) format.

look what tell about Steve Nurez in this blog..


by, tommy

8:09 pm - Friday, August 11, 2006

#63 Snr_Paul

I want to send a big thanxxx out to Mads Prahm for his lil' 16:9 proggie..

U saved me some hours m8

Many thanX ;-)


2:37 pm - Tuesday, August 22, 2006

#64 Jess

as a beginner i cannot even get my videos on the everio GZ-MC500 4gHD to be recognised by windows which gives a message that the file type is unrecognisable and this how i got onto this site which is very informative. camera bought june 06 in San Fr

7:01 pm - Sunday, August 27, 2006

#65 Snr_Paul

Hey Jess
Read post 49 above. The files only need re naming , and it will work.

10:10 pm - Sunday, August 27, 2006

#66 Dominic

Can someone please help me, before I give up on this camera forever?

I couldn't find the software disc that came with it, so I phoned JVC and had to pay £15 for a new copy. I don't see any Ulead software on it anywhere?

These .mod files are a pain. I just want to very simply plug the microdrive into my PC and put the pics on a DVD (as a CD isn't big enough). Then, stick it in a DVD player and watch it on the telly.

Why oh why am I finding this so difficult? All I can do is rename them to .mpeg and play them on a PC.

Am I the only one totally frustrated with this thing?

Help !!!!!

4:32 pm - Saturday, September 2, 2006

#67 Mads Prahm

Hey Dominic

My camera came with the "Cyberlink DVD Solution" software, that is mentioned at the top of the page. This includes an application called "PowerProducer", which might be the answer to you question.

This is how you would create a DVD with video clips from your camera:

1. Plug the microdrive in your PC, or connect the camera via USB.
2. Launch PowerProducer
3. Click "Produce Movie Disk"
4. Select DVD and click Next
5. Under "Import" click "Video Files"
6. Select movie files (*.MOD) from the microdrive - you can preview the content in the preview window
7. Click "Quick Burn" (the golden disk with the flame at the bottom of the window)
8. Place an empty recordable DVD in your burner, and click "Burn".

In my experience, many set-top DVD players prefer DVD+R disks, and some will not play DVD-R or DVD-RW disks at all. Some experimentation may be required, to find the best media. This has nothing to do with your camera.

I hope this helps.

:O) Mads

3:34 pm - Sunday, September 3, 2006

#68 simon


I just bought my first camcorder (JVC GZ-MC500)(UK) as we are getting a baby in 2 days. Have got the hang of all the functions, and have some content to put on PC, so I can make space on Microdrive.

Cannot seem to upload content. I do not need any bells and whistles, just want to be able to upload and store, and convert to windows media file to email to family. Do not need to make any home movies or anything.

Product provided by JVC (Powerdirector express 5) will not allow scene capture, according to their website, the reason the correct icon does not light up is because I am using USB2.0 and not livewire. Spec on camera says it does not use firewire. Also on their website I cannot see my camera model down as a supported one (so why would JVC send this disc).

I have tried to use windows movie maker, but when I click on "capture from camera" an error window comes up saying no device connected ????

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me how to rectify problems, or how, at least, I can just upload files in order to store and email to family in a universally friendly format.

Or, what product I can use to do this very simple(???) task.

Running out of microdrive space !!

Many thanks,


7:57 pm - Monday, September 11, 2006

#69 Big Big Everio Fan

Beware of cheap Li-ion batteries - particularly on eBay - for the Everio. I've tried two different suppliers and whilst both batteries were Li-ion, and would charge whilst connected to the camera, neither had the 'charge state' circuitry inside.

This means that the camera is unable to monitor the charge remaining - so when you switch the camera on it reports a communications error and refuses to function (but irritatingly it stays powered up).

I am now waiting for a BN-VF733 battery from Amazon - more expensive than eBay but still cheaper than the £108 list price.

1:54 pm - Saturday, September 16, 2006

#70 Kendall Webb

To Mads:

I tired your MOD 16:9 fix on files my Jvc gzmc500US makes they are ntsc and not pal as i have USA model of camera, it would seem your software 1.0a beta does not set 16:9 bits in files made from my camera I have started using dvdpatch 1.06 which works fine. have you ever got chance to test ntsc MOD file yet?

7:42 pm - Thursday, September 21, 2006

#71 Kendall Webb

This is not related to the MOD 16:9 bug but its very interesting anyway, as you know the microdrive 4gb writes at about 9.2-9.8MB/sec and uses over 200ma of current, when running, standby is less. well the new lexar pro CF flash 133x speed is 20MB/sec and only uses 50-65ma of current. if you use the lexar Flash vs microdrive it prolongs your battery life well past 1 hour mark, if you dont do to much flash photos or , playback and power off the camera when not filming. also the new flash ram is not effected by cold or shacking.

7:51 pm - Thursday, September 21, 2006

#72 Mads Prahm

Kendall: No, I never had the chance to test on NTSC files. If you send me two video files (as short as possible), one in 4:3 and one in 16:9, I can probably figure out how to implement NTSC support as well.

You can send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thanks.

5:16 pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

#73 Big Big Everio Fan

New battery arrived - Hahnel HL-733M - not only does it work, it arrived fully charged! £50 including delivery.

8:52 pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

#74 Kendall Webb

To Mads

A public thank you for reworking


so that it now can do NTSC files

your program is real winner in my book

6:48 pm - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

#75 Mads Prahm

Hey there

Just uploaded a new version (1.0d beta) of the EverioAssist tool, which includes the following changes:

1) Supports NTSC clips now (thanks to Kendall for the test files)
2) Renames the files with the following format: MOV_YYMMDD_nnn.MPG


Let me know if there are any problems.

:O) Mads

8:30 pm - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

#76 Mads Prahm

I did a little research today, and it seems that there are several alternatives now to EverioAssist, and most of them seem more feature rich - so perhaps you should check them out.

Here are the ones that I found:
- EverioAssist: http://www.prahm.dk/EverioAssist.exe
- Converio 2.0: http://perso.orange.fr/gilles.bihan/index_uk.html
- sdcopy: http://zyvid.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=280.0;id=144
- Everio Utility:

I have not tested any of them myself, but it's always good to have alternatives.

:O) Mads

8:58 pm - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

#77 Dirk

Hi folks,

I am wondering, what the different models are about.

First, the GZ-MC500 announced. After a while they were advertised as 500E.

And now, there is the GZ-MC500EX on sale in Europe. Are there differences on the models? Is the 500EX an improved (bugless) version of the former ones?

Same happened with the GZ-MC200, which now sells as GZ-MC200EX.

Best greetings


11:16 am - Tuesday, October 17, 2006

#78 Patrick Cusack

Just a note to say thanks the Mads for his work with the 16:9 wrinkle in the JVC files.

There are some pretty shrill criticisms of the software/services that come with this unit, and you guys have done well to zoom in on the header issue and solve it so quickly.

Gig Big's tip on the replacement batteries is a big help too.


6:47 am - Sunday, November 5, 2006

#79 Morten Lindstrom

This is a great cam for movies, however - if you'r looking for a still-picture cam - stay away from this JVC!
I bought it cause of the 5Mpixel still picture - but it show up that "real" pixels are about 1Mpix ... so even a cheap 2Mpix cam would be a better choice...

10:56 pm - Sunday, November 12, 2006

#80 nigel pendall

JVC seem to have taken the hint and have patches for the supplied cyberlink software that enable it to recognise and work with the .MOD files from the camera without renaming them.


8:36 am - Friday, November 17, 2006

#81 Morten Lindstrom

The latest versions of other video-editing packages such as Pinnacle Studio v10 also supports .MOD files directly.


and the latest version 10.6 is fast and easy to use with a lot of professional options. Well worth the $70 ......

8:44 am - Friday, November 17, 2006

#82 Creig


Are you sure that the firmware on the JVC GZ-MC200EX contains upgrades over the regular GZ-MC200? Do you have any links, info or contacts about this? I have a GZ-MC200US and would be interested in learning if the firmware could be upgraded on my camera to increase its performance. Yours is the only post I've come across that mentions this.



6:06 pm - Tuesday, November 28, 2006

#83 Dave

Hi Mads,

Well done for the fix, that is a fantastic piece of work!

Just one question that you may well know the answer to... Do you know what the MOI files contain? I'm assuming they are just used by the camera, but don't want to delete them just yet until I know for sure.

Thank you.


9:57 pm - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

#84 BadBoy

Can i use a US JVC mc 500 in the UK?

11:49 pm - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

#85 Dirk

Creig: I do not know. JVC is not responding to my requests. Maybe they know why they are not responding.

BadBoy: You can use it in the UK, but the output of the camera will be videos in US NTSC instead of European Pal-Standard. So you cannot play them on a normal TV, unless the TV has the NTSC feature.

2:41 pm - Thursday, January 18, 2007

#86 Lee

Hi, I am thinking of purchasing a MODEL: GZ-MC500AA, I have been reading up on all of the blogs and still am undecided. could anyone send me some examples of how good the still images are that the camera takes? I presently have a lumix panasonic still camera and was thinking about upgrading to this digital camera.

10:16 am - Thursday, January 25, 2007

#87 Greene

I would wait a while before purchasing the GZ-MC500AA. The GZ-MC500US was a huge disappointment. The pictures are definitely not 5mp, and does not match up to any cheap digital camera. Also, there were firmware bugs with this camera that never were addressed by JVC. Although I like my camera, I find it to be an overpriced toy.
Just read the comments on any forum, and you will find people scrambling to find software to fix the 16:9 aspect ratio problems this camera produces.

12:54 pm - Thursday, January 25, 2007

#88 Current

I was wondering if I can skip the microdrive completely and record movies in a 4 or 8gb sd card (maybe use the microdrive for photos)and that way have 2 hours video(8gb) and probably more battery life. Does anyone know if this camera accepts 8gb? Or if it accepts SDHC cards?
Thanks in advance

3:03 am - Friday, February 23, 2007

#89 kimosabe

I am at a loss about the 16:9 aspect ratio problem, I've had my mc500us for a year now, and have tried several video viewing and editing software. One thing I noticed over the first year of use is that:

1. .mod is now easily read by video software.
2. some software see the the 16:9 "encoding" of the mc500 and some don't, the new cyberlink sofewares see it now.
3. mads software see the 16:9 in ultra fine mode but it does no see 16:9 in normal mode.

9:37 am - Saturday, February 24, 2007

#90 kimosabe

I am at a loss about the 16:9 aspect ratio problem, I've had my mc500us for a year now, and have tried several video viewing and editing software. One thing I noticed over the first year of use is that:

1. .mod is now easily read by video software.
2. some software see the the 16:9 "encoding" of the mc500 and some don't, the new cyberlink sofewares see it now.
3. mads software see the 16:9 in ultra fine mode but it does no see 16:9 in normal mode.
4. DOES the everio really capture in 16:9. is what I want to know.

9:40 am - Saturday, February 24, 2007

#91 mundoed

Hi Mac Users anywhere?

I have been managed to edit footage shot on 16:9 on my camera in a mac. I shot all material on the SD card and edited on imovie HD (mac most basic editing program)

First i transfered the shots from a SD USB card reader. Then changed the all the file extensions to .mpg Tedious but works fine on Quicktime Pro.

Then i just drag/loaded every clip onto the imovie rushes board. Do not forget to sellect 16:9 on the new projetc format when you open/start imovie.

You are ready to start now with the video files. Unfortunately, there isnt any audio on the files. I know the audio track is there but it just doesnt play. Only works with video images.

enjoy the editing.

Anybody knows a way/program for uploading direcly from the camera direcly to the mac?


9:58 am - Saturday, February 24, 2007

#92 tommy

x mundoed:
i'm a mac user.. I use mpegstreamclip, a free application that change a lot of format in .dv, .avi, .dvix, etc..
look for SteveNunez in google and find a forum speack about it.
you can work on imovie and final cut in 16:9 if you use mpegstreamclip to change .mod in .m2v (video) and .aiff (audio) in only one click.
if you work in .dv (perfect for imovie: you spend more time to import) but i yhink you lost about 3% of quality but i'm not sure..


1:02 pm - Monday, February 26, 2007

#93 matt

hi fellas, I purchased the unit as I was informed that I could use it for live video (output from camera to vision switcher) but it has anoying 'OSD' rubbish. anyway to turn this off?


1:10 pm - Friday, March 2, 2007

#94 RealMaKoi

Just found a workaround for the "cheap battery" problem on the Everio. The problem is that there is some circuitry in the more expensive JVC batteries that the generics don't have. When this isn't detected by the camcorder, it won't function. It's a neat trick to make you buy the proprietary battery.

Well, the generic battery I have (found cheap on ebay) has a plug in the back of it so you can charge it with the JVC factory supplied charger. There was also a jumper cord supplied with the camcorder. Plug this in the back of your cheap battery, plug the other end into your DC port on your camera, and voila! You're in business. Downsides are that you have a short cord between the battery and camcorder and the battery indicator won't work so you'll need a spare. Upside is that you can buy 3 spares for the price of one OEM battery.

4:37 am - Tuesday, July 31, 2007

#95 John Singh

I have had my camera for 14 months and it worked fine - done a lot of good work etc suddenly 2 days ago when trying to record - I get a sign saying the lens cover is on - when its not and its broad daylight. Moreover - the bits I had shot prior to this happening, I downloaded, but Power Director can not open them - but I can play it on Nero!!! Has anyone experienced this and found a solution?

2:00 pm - Friday, November 2, 2007

#96 Bill Parsons

Hi all, it took a long time to find this
'forum' but looks like a really helpful place, with smart folks here.. ok, I have a 200US I'm trying to find some way of doing a firmware upgrade to use larger than 4GB CF and SD cards.. I have several 6 and 8GB CF cards from iPods and want to use them in the MC200US but alas, I havent found anything on the internet other than the user manual. Trying the 6 or 8GB card, it wont even start up.. Anyone hacked an MC200 yet?

Additionally, when taking pix in low light, I get ghosts(doubled) images of the subject.. like the CCD's are not aligned, taking two separate pictures of the same subject.. has anyone else experienced this? video is fine, but the 2MP camera is awful, and usually at night/low light..

Thanks for any help... Bill

3:12 am - Tuesday, November 6, 2007

#97 Alexandre


I have the all same doubt. I would like to know if the Everio GZMC500 is compatible with microdrive 8GB!
Does anyone knows?


7:05 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2007

#98 Davide

About SDHC cards, already checked and accept 4Gb and 8Gb cards.. but buy also optional battery, because (as a famous commercial say) power is nothing without control (or battery) ;)
Nyone know where to download a JVC MC 500 firmware upgrade..? Nothing on the main JVC dedicated site..

4:58 pm - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

#99 Current

Thanks for finally having an answer regarding the SD cards, I just need to find a good deal now. There's another thing bothering me in my MC500 and that is the wrist strap. Is there any other option, an aftermarket accessory or something that could replace it? I would like to have a nice hand strap instead of that flimsy thing. Regards

6:07 pm - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

#100 Nathan M


I read different think about sdhc card. my GX-MC500E refuse to format my 4 GO SDHC (the camera try to format for a long time but never ending the operation). Any advice ? Regards.

9:47 am - Saturday, February 2, 2008