I bought this camcorder about 5 years. It works very well and is easy to use, but the software that comes with it is pointless and horrible. I use a MacBook Pro with Final Cut for editing video requires a firewire to import video. I was a little surprised that the device does not have FireWire, USB only. I ended up buying a Canopus A / V and using the RCA and S-video on the camera, I connect it to the Canopus. It’s a drag that I need to import in real time, but it beats spending hours trying to get the included software to work properly. The battery finally bit the dust a few months ago and thanks to surf the web, I found a battery for the third party (3 hour version) as opposed to JVC for the same battery. Also, if you have a Mac, the new version of iMovie does not recognize this camera now, so it’s a great help (I still have the old version ’06)
Throughout the unit has been very useful especially because there is no media (tapes) of lugging around or worry about losing. The device itself is easy to use, but downloading and video editing can be a bit of a challenge. I highly recommend a JVC Everio Share Station for the computer because consumers. It connects to the camera via the camera menu that gives you options to create a DVD, however, the options are somewhat limited, if you want to be creative.
JVC Everio GZMG77 2.0MP CCD 30GB HDD Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom Feature
- 30 GB hard drive camcorder, high-quality MPEG-2 recording
- 3-dimensional noise reduction for clear picture
- “F1.2 lens, 2.2-megapixel CCD, 10x optical zoom, 800x digital zoom
- 2.7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, power-linked operation
- USB 2.0 high-speed interface; 12x transfer rate
The series GZ-MG77 features a widescreen 2.7-inch LCD. It features a 16:9 video mode and 16:9 widescreen mode, PictBridge compatibility for direct printing, SD card slot, compatible USB Mass Storage, Data Battery that displays the time remaining recording, remote control and Power-Linked Operation, which powers the camera and activates the standby mode simply by opening the LCD. The operation has also been improved with a new four-way controller mounted on the outer edge of the LCD. Pressing the four “compass” points on the control settings of the pie menu works, manual controls and playback control.The GZ-MG77 Series offers built-in DVD burner control allowing it to be connected directly to a burner JVC DVD optional CU-VD10 SHARE STATION. The camcorder connects to the burner via a USB cable and the burner is easily controlled by the camcorder. Everio. Mod files are converted to DVD Video and station SHARE creates discs that can be played on most DVD players.