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Lumix FZ20 - Splits and discolors tiff/high-res images - jpgs are ok

\015 I love this camera to bits, and would like to know why, when I take a\015\012high-res pic (tiff format), there is a thin strip of the image on the\015\012left edge that is moved to the right edge, and the whole color balance\015\012shifts to the red/green. The thumbnail jpgs that the camera collects\015\012along with the tiffs are not affected.\015\012\015\012The problem doesn't show up when viewing on the camera itself; only when viewing the pic on a computer, so it seems to be a problem in encoding the data, but why would it be alright on the camera's LCD? It's surely got me scratching my head, and Panasonic hasn't responded to tech requests.\015\012\015\012I have tried reformatting SD cards, and tried different sized SD cards.\015\012\015\012Any thoughts would be appreciated.\015

Answers :

My TIFs were fine and loaded onto computer OK with original 256 MB SD card.
\015\012Changed to a 2GB SD, and oops! picture shifted and miscoloured.
\015\012It seems my camera can only recognise up to 1GB SD card, and although I was still well inside the 1GB, it caused these probs.
\015\012changed back to the 256MB card and it worked fine again.
\015\012So, my solution is to check on the maximum card size your computer can use correctly.
\015\012Newbee
I just encountered the same problem with tiffs and a kind friend wrote me a Mac terminal script to fix it since I couldn't run Windows' Irfanview and do 'swap colors rgb to brg.' That still left the slices to move anyway.
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\015\012I also emailed Lemke Graphic Converter and he put the fix in version 6.4.2. Open the program, go to file/convert and modify, navigate to the image in the left window, choose function/fix Lumix FZ20 2 gigabyte tifs in the dropdown and click go. I imagine if you select all the images and click go it will batch them.
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\015\012Here's the terminal script. It needs to be put in a plain text document named  'fixtiff.sh'. 
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\015\012for FILE in "$@"
\015\012do
\015\012echo "Fixing file $FILE"
\015\012dd if=$FILE of=1 bs=16384 count=1
\015\012dd if=$FILE of=2 bs=16384 skip=2
\015\012cat 1 2 > temp/$FILE
\015\012rm 1 2
\015\012done
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\015\012Then follow these instructions:
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\015\0121.  Make a NEW folder called "PhotosFix" or something friendly on your Desktop. If you name it something different, be sure and use the new name in each step below.
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\015\0122.  Put the "fixtiff.sh" file into the "PhotosFix" folder above.
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\015\0123.  COPY (copy, not move!) all your photos into the "PhotosFix" folder as well
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\015\0124.  Open Terminal.  After each command below, hit enter. I've added space to make it clear which part is the UNIX command.
\015\012
\015\0125.  Type    cd ~/Desktop/PhotosFix              (changes to your home folder)
\015\012
\015\0126.  Type    mkdir ~/Desktop/PhotosFix/temp      (makes a TEMP folder - where the fixed files will be)
\015\012
\015\0127.  Type    chmod +x fixtiff.sh                 (makes the script "run-able")
\015\012
\015\0128.  Type    ls *.TIF > list.txt                 (makes a list of all your TIF files in list.txt)
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\015\012On my computer I needed to do an 8b. Type     bash     (had a different shell than the creator)
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\015\0129.  Type    for tiffimage in $(<./list.txt); do ./fixtiff.sh $tiffimage; done     (does the conversion!)
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\015\012Step #9 is where the work begins.  What it does is run the fixtiff.sh script on every file in the list.txt list that is made in Step 8. The script itself takes the first part of the file, skips the 16k of garbage, and then adds the rest of the file.
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\015\012Some important notes:
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\015\0121.  There cannot be ANY spaces in the file names.  None at all!
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\015\0122.  Files MUST have a .TIF extension on them. (the ones you sent both did)
\015\012
\015\0123.  All the "fixed" images will be in your /Desktop/PhotosFix/temp folder
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\015\012Terrie
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