Alright, I've owned a Canon Optura 20 for about 5 years (until it recently broke). I've shot alot of video with it, edited with Pinnacle Studio, and burned to DVDs. I was very pleased with the quality of the DVDs I was producing. All of my video consist of family vacations, kid's school functions, church functions, etc.... family stuff. I'm not interested in making movies or uploading my videos to the web.
Since I need a new camcorder, I've been looking heavily at the HV 30 due to the facts that it is a Canon product (which I'm familiar with), uses miniDV tapes (which I have alot of) and will shoot HD quality video (and I have an HD TV). However, in looking at the many threads on this board, I worry that I may be in "over my head" with this camera. I don't understand the pulldown issues, the differences between 24p, 30p, and 60i (and any other modes the camera may record in.) I just want to be able to shoot good quality video (in HD), edit using Pinnacle and burn my projects on DVDs. Is there a simple way for me to accomplish this with the HV 30? Is there a basic mode that I can record all my video in and get good HD quality without having to deal with all these "work arounds" everyone is talking about? Obviously, I'm not the "techno" that most posters on this board seem to be.... I need something simple. If this camera doesn't do simple, then I need to look somewhere else. But I'd like to know that before I invest $600.... any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.