Someone on another filmaking site said this concerning me trying to bypass the software that came with the camera;
are they a proprietary file format? If that is the (unfortunate) case then you'll most likely either have to use the proprietary software (some companies just want you stuck with their sutff) or you will have to convert it. In any case you would be sacrificing something, be it easier control and power over the cut or sacrificing some video quality in the conversion.
is this for real? all I want to do is be able to use the footage in it's raw state.