Originally Posted by dools767
No offense but the Canon HF S10 isn't a professional camcorder, you couldn't use it for anything remotely professional (it doesn't even have a B&W ViewFinder) and I'm not looking for that or expecting that, just a home movie cam.
the hf s10 has more resolution than anything that you have ever shot with before, so don't jump to any conclusions just yet... these little camcorders are unbelievably good, even if they don't come with all of the pro features.
the b/w viewfinder isn't an option, because nobody puts a real viewfinder on an hd video camera that costs less than $8k... it's impossible to set critical focus with an hd camcorder in that price range, there just isn't enough resolution in the viewfinder or the flip-out screen... you have to use autofocus to set focus, then switch to manual focus, so you can zoom around... although some of the prosumer models have zebra patterns and such to help with the manual focus, i personally wouldn't rely on it.
wrt your original questions, you probably don't want the extended warranty, because you'll want to replace the hf s10 with the latest model in a year or two anyway.
no sd dvd player supports hd, but you can downrez the 1920x1080 to the appropriate sd widescreen format with most software editors, then author the dvd with that... it's a simple mpeg2 encoding job, but it can take a *long* time to render.
you can download some hf11 test footage from dvinfo.net, and get a workflow established, before buying the camcorder... see how your computer handles it, this is all about cpu horsepower.