Quote:When my camera was new I got into the habit of using HD Writer to do the initial transfer because it did a nice job of cataloging, allowed fast "lossless" minimal editing and let me put video back on the camcorder to use as a media player. I have two Sonys that have similar software.
My first step is to pull the card from any of the three cameras and plug it into the computer. Then I back up to an external HDD, put the card back in the camera and reformat. So in that sense, I continue to use HDWriter regularly, but not for "creative editing".
The reality is that I don't use the "big" Panasonic camera much. I've drifted into being a "pocket camera guy". I seem to get better video when I am not being so obvious as a "videographer". I don't mean picture quality, I mean video content quality. My primary camera is a Sony RX100. With it, I bring along a Sony HX9V because it will do a few things I like better.
It's true that, as I learn Premier Elements, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, my goals are changing. I care less about the impeccable picture quality of HDWriter's lossless editing and more about story telling and content. As I said, the original transfer is with HDWriter (or the Sony equivalent) so that lossless editing always remains an option.