Selecting the video quality with the VIXIA HF M30, HF M31, and HF M300

Article ID: ART106180 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Selecting the video quality with the VIXIA HF M30, HF M31, and HF M300


The camcorder offers 5 recording modes. Changing the recording mode will change the recording time available on the memory. Select MXP or FXP mode for better movie quality; select LP mode for longer recording times. The following table gives approximate recording times.
Recording Mode >






4GB Memory Card

20 min.

30 min.

40 min.

1 hr. 10 min.

1 hr. 30 min.

8GB Memory Card/ HF M30 built-in memory

40 min.

1 hr.

1 hr. 25 min.

2 hr. 20 min.

3 hr.

16GB Memory Card

1 hr. 25 min.

2 hr 5 min.

2 hr. 50 min.

4 hr. 45 min.

6 hr. 5 min.

32GB Memory Card/HF M31 built-in memory

2 hr. 55 min.

4 hr. 10 min.

5 hr. 45 min.

9 hr. 35 min.

12 hr. 15 min.

  1. Touch [FUNC.] and then touch [MENU].
  2. Touch [MEMORY OPERATIONS] and then touch [Recording Mode].
  3. Select the desired recording mode and the touch [X close].


  • Scenes recorded in MXP mode cannot be saved onto AVCHD discs using the optional DW-100 DVD Burner. Use the supplied software ImageMixer 3 SE to back up such scenes.
  • The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary depending on the content of the scenes.



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