Or is editing these multi GB files a really major, major headache? Any non-pro experience to share?
Yeah! I think it is. There's such a plethora of different formats out there, the mind boggles.
We've got, for example, the soon-to-be-released Canon 7.1mp TX1 P&S camera with HD video capability (720x1280 at 30fps) but in M-JPEG format (each frame jpeg compressed). Editing programs like Sony Vegas don't handle this.
My rather old video projector, a Hitachi 1368x1024 (WSXGA) LCOS system might be ideal if I could be sure it would accept such a format, but I would prefer to get the new Canon HV20 HD videocam which can record 1920x1440 resolution in 4:3 format. But how would I downscale this to 1368x1024 for display on my video projector?
For me, this is a relatively new area which seems to have been enormously complicated by Hollywood's insistence on copyright protection. I'm already in the situation of having splashed out a few years ago on a partial high definition projector before the HDMI standard came out, so encrypted HD video content cannot be displayed on my very expensive
I'm very annoyed and disillusioned. If I were rich, I'd like to take these companies to court. On the other hand, if I were rich I wouldn't need to. I'd just buy the latest HD display with multiple HDMI sockets.