Arjang, plug your camcorder in using the Firewire or iLink cable.
There should be software included with the camera that you need to load. That software suite or Windows Movie Maker should pop up once it detects the camera and will ask you what to do next. You'll just have to transfer the whole thing onto the hard drive then edit from there. Just make sure you got enough space.
So, do I have to choose the compression at the start, or can I transfer all the data onto the computer and then compress it as I need it? There si apparently not a lot of software for the HD part of this, but I will have lots of just regular vids to share as well.
I have something called Avid Express Pro that does HD and Cyberlink Power Director Pro. Look them up and see if those pieces of software are something you would want to use. I've installed them maybe once but never used extensively.
Alright, so I am using the sony software and converting the files from HD (m2ts) to mpeg2. When I try to play it, I get an error:
You are trying to play an MP3 file that contains compressed ID3 headers. The ID3 header is a portion of the file that stores the song's album information (for example, the song name, artist name, album name, and genre). This information is sometimes called a "tag."
To fix the problem, make a copy of the file and then use a non-Microsoft ID3 tag editing program to remove or reset the file's ID3 headers. After you remove the ID3 headers, Windows Media Player should be able to play the MP3 file.
Attempting to remove ID3 headers might damage the file and make it unplayable. Therefore, always make a copy of the file before you edit it.