Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
Well I just purchased the Panasonic.
I don't mean to be rude, but, now that you have an exceptionally good camcorder, I'm going to make a couple recommendations.
First, learn the knobs, buttons and controls.
Second, buy the book by Steve Stockman called "How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck". It is not about equipment. It is about basic technique.
Third, learn a video editing system. Don't waste time trying them all out to find the "best" one. Pick one and stick with it. Some have better learning support systems than others. By nature, video editing is complex. Steve Grisetti is a good online teacher. He has his own website, Muvipix.com and teaches Adobe Premier Elements at Lynda.com. At Muvipix, Steve has well organized courses on Sony's Vegas Movie Studio as well as Adobe products.
Good luck with the video project. Most important, be sure to put in the work to be a good dad. It will be your most rewarding project you will ever have.