Yet another post from a prospective buyer! What joy!
Basically I have been looking at the solid state camcorders from Canon. chiefly the HF10/HF100 High Definition models and the FS10/FS100 standard Definition camcorders.
Obviously the prices vary greatly between SD and HD format camcorders which is a concern. However the major concern is the support for the AVCHD encoding. I don't expect the supplied software with any camcorders to be anything other than the rock bottom basics in video editing features etc, however being new to the field the concerns and problems expressed by other users of the AVCHD/MPEG4/H.264 format are the major concern.
I have been looking for H.264 formatted files online and have found a few, which all play perfectly on my machine. However they are of the small variety rather than the actual files that I would be downloading from the camera so its really comparing apples and oranges.
My machine is this:
Athlon 64bit 2.6Ghz single core
2Gb Fast DDR2 RAM
306Gb SATA RAID level 1 HDD (2 x 160Gb SATA)
200Gb SATA General Storage
1Tb eSATA/FW/USB2 External Drive
And the major relevant component!
NVIDIA 7600GS 512Mb
This machine is actually the heart of my digital recording studio (music) and is very much configured/used for chugging around lots of digital data audio data in realtime (hence the SATA RAID). Last night I confirmed that my video card actually supports hardware acceleration for the AVCHD/H.264 video format which is encouraging.
NVIDIA® GeForce® 7 Ser
I have read on a few forums that people have had trouble with HD files on machines that have quad cores which may or may not be relevant since they may have been running the machine without a video card that supports this format natively.
Anyone with any info, points of view or advice on this topic would be really appreciated. Also if anyone has any links to files that are of the same type that these HD camcorders output that would be really helpful.