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I bought this camcorder in December and it was the best camcorder i have used! For a DVD camcorder this is brilliant as it uses Optical Image Stabilisation which corrects any potential handshake when shooting, the zoom is more than enough when filming any type of shot, and when I have finished I simply popped it into the DVD player so my family and I could re watch our special Xmas Day all over again
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As a novice to DVD camcorders, I obviously didn't research the right things. This camera is easy to use, BUT if you record in Video Recording format (VR) which is the only way you can use the built in software to edit your film, then the results can't be viewed on your computer unless you have Power DVD, aren't compatible with Windows Movie Maker, and can't be viewed on most DVD players. It took me two days of trawling through web forums to work this out, as the instruction book only says "can be played on compatible..." without being at all specific. If you record in video format, you can watch on your DVD player, or on your computer, but can't edit in the camera, and the files are still not compatible with Windows Movie Maker.
So - I will need to buy software to convert, edit and then burn back to DVD. I'm currently looking at AVS - any advice would be welcome.