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On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 11:34 PM, M. Adam Davis <spamBeGonestienmanspamBeGonespamgmail.com> wrote:
> The software included is, for all intents and purposes,
> useless

Wow I'm long winded.

Ok, I actually read the manual for the software that came with it
(wait, RTFM works?) and it DOES do simple conversions to standard
definition video, and video suitable for online players (such as
youtube).  I haven't tried its editing features, but it's supposed to
be able to basic editing operations (clipping, sequencing, etc).
Further, it will write to DVDs, and I believe blue ray if you have a
burner.  It will also write AVCHD files to DVD which, I'm told, some
blue ray players play natively.

However, I still ended up getting Ulead video studio, as I wanted to
also convert my video to high definition mpeg2 content, which the
included program did not do, and of course Ulead does so much more
with editing and creation of DVDs (menus, etc), blue ray (and HDDVD if
you bought into that), and will convert directly to a variety of
formats easily and quickly - such as iPod, Zune, etc.  At $99 it was
worth it.  It also converts faster - it appears to be 4 times realtime
for the few different types of conversions I did (high resolution
AVCHD to high resolution mpeg2, high resolution AVCHD to 720p mpeg2,
high resolution to youtube (320x240 15fps)) - this is on a mid range
machine (Core 2 duo 6600, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, and the lowest video card
that was still compatible with Vista).  It uses both cores pretty
well.  So the 75 second clip I'll be linking to later took 300 seconds
to convert into the higher resolution formats, and if I remember
correctly the conversion to youtube quality was much closer to
realtime.

Unfortunately I've already suffered a hardware failure - the automatic
shutter on the front no longer opens and closes.  It's lightly held by
springs, so I can hold it open, and it doesn't appear to have an error
for closed shutter (ie, some camcorders will not record when this
happens, even if you hold the shutter open).  So I'm going to fashion
a little clip to hold it open to record a meeting tomorrow, and then
send it off to Canon.  They were pleasant to deal with, and it sounds
like including shipping time I can expect to be out of commission for
2-3 weeks.  Not ideal, but we'll see how it goes.

Lastly, I'm lazy but I _did_ promise samples, which I hope to link to
tonight or tomorrow.

-Adam

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