the way i see it, the PC is purely 'storage' and will show your HD
movie at the highest quality possible (to the limit of your video
card and monitor)
one 'snag' may be storage space, video clips are "quite large" so
be prepared to invest in an external HD
hope this helps
I am thinking of getting a Cannon Vixia camcorder and recording in HD even though I do not have a HDTV. I want to have the better quality for someday when I want to watch these videos of my kids. My current computer is a Pentium 4, 2.53 ghz, and runs on Windows XP. Will I at least be able to move the data to a hard drive, edit little clips out in lower quality, and see the raw footage on my existing computer or will I be needing an upgrade to even use the camcorder?