I have a Panasonic SDR-H86 camera which I like to use in conjunction with Pinnacle Studio 12 editing software. I've never had a problem with these up till now - the Panasonic comes with its own software (VideoCam Suite 3.0) which I use for capturing the video from the camera, and I then use Pinnacle to edit the footage.
My previous laptop was running Windows 7 and everything worked perfectly. After the laptop took a tumble and broke, I bought a new machine which has Windows 8 on it. I managed to install the VideoCam Suite and Pinnacle with no apparent problem, but when I try to use it I cannot see any video footage (although I can hear the audio track). I tried installing video codecs for Windows 8 from an internet site, but this did not make any difference (in fact all it did was install a load of malware on my computer along with it!) I'm desperate to get the video up and running again, so I'm hoping someone expert on here can help point me in the right direction! Thanks!