After about a month of reading posts on these forums and others, I broke down and purchased the JVC GZ-HD7.
LOVED IT!! ONLY reason I took it back was because of the OIS that did not seem to work. Picture quality was great (for the price), the look of the camera was beautiful, the 60 HDD, plug and play capture was ASTOUNDING! Just couldn't get past the shaky footage.
SO, after finding a CC that didn't charge me a restocking fee, I traded in the JVC for the HV20, oh and also had $400 back in my pocket
Although i had to buy a Firewire cable, MiniDV tapes, more like $350 back in my pocket
Went home ripped open the box, popped in a tape, the battery, checked a few settings, and started running through the same video tests as I did with the HD7.
I noticed a slight crunching noise coming from the camera..WTF!? It showed that it was still recording so I didn't think it was eating the tape.
After about a min of video I stopped the recording, rewound the tape to check the footage....nothing. the numbers weren't even moving forward, i could hear the tape motors running, but no counting of the playback numbers...again WTF!?
after a few more video tests and still the same playback issues, i popped out the tape to DOUBLE check that it did not eat the tape...it didn't but it was obviously "crunched". I chalked up the playback issues to the crunched tape and popped in a new one. Recorded the same footage and it played back fine. Threw out the other tape.
I ran up the stairs to my office to capture the footage and post on these forums for a comparison. Installed the software, restarted my machine.Machine = Dell XPS 600, 4gb RAM (2gb with the 32-bit OS) 1gb of Video memory, 1tb of SATA storage, Vista Premium, and of course a firewire port.
Opened Premiere 2.0 to capture and edit, it did not recognize the camera. "reset the camera" it says. I DID THIS 2 MORE TIMES. I can rewind, pause, stop, FF, but cannot record or see the footage in Premiere Pro 2.0.
I gave up and proceeded to open the software that came with the camera only to find out that it is only used for stills...again WTF!?
I did not see any software that came with the camera that could capture the footage.
I then read about HDVSplit. Downloaded, installed, restarted, opened, the programs crashes if i have the camera on. It will start up without the camera turned on but crashes as soon as i switch over to "play".
I am really upset that I have to jump through these hoops just to capture HDV footage. I've been capturing DV footage for years so much of a beginner when it comes to video capturing. BUT THIS IS KICKING MY BUTT!!
Please if someone can place me on the correct path to getting footage off of this device, it will be much appriciated. I apologize for the legthy post.
A bad OIS is starting to look better than the path that i am starting to go down.