Hodakaroadtoad wrote:I have a Kodak Zi8 and have had nothing but problems with the software that comes with it. I've tried alternate software, but most seem to just show black for the video, which is highly annoying.
If anyone has used this, how is the software that comes with it? Have you used any other 3rd party software successfully with it? Is it easy to burn a DVD for someone?
I love the Zi8, but if you can't use the video when you're done, it becomes pretty worthless.
If you're only seeing black screen after importing what you know to be functional video files into your system for editing or playback, the most common culprit is lack of processor capacity to handle the data rates used by the more complex compressions of these video files.
As a side note, as a general rule, the bundled software that comes with a camcorder is usually not even worth installing. Quite often, it is bundled as an afterthought, and/or made by a vendor that specializes in making cameras or camcorders, not software. Such software is often buggy and unstable. There are a number of notable and reputable editing applications for both Mac and PC that are either free or very low-cost, and capable of handling the codecs utilized by most of the popular brands of digital pocket camcorders.
Because most of these pocket camcorders are fairly new to the market, and they typically utilize newer HD codecs with advanced compression, your system and software will usually need to be relatively recent, using the latest updates, and with enough graphics processing capabilities to view and manipulate the HD footage generated by these devices.
The noted OS compatibility specifications for the software bundled with this device are pretty generalized, even going back to systems going back several years. Yes, perhaps the software will easily install and launch on such a system, but this is not necessarily an indication that said system will be capable of smoothly handling even the consumer-grade HD codecs used by these types of devices.