Canon Hg20 SUCKS!
It doesn't really suck...but it doesn't usb live stream
As everyone out there...I did research for a couple of weeks before coming to the conclusion of what $100-$600 HD camera to buy.
When I twittered and asked people...they all responded like I was an idiot, telling me, "Go for the Canon". I do know Canon cameras are the superior echelon when it comes to picture quality.
I was looking for an internal hard drive Hi-def camera to record my band's concerts, and possibly do weekly or bi-weekly youtube uploads of behind-the-scenes content for my band. I totally spaced-out and forgot I might want to do live video podcasts on Ustream.com and/or Youtube Live(I think YOUTUBE Live its scheduled to launch on November 22 2009). I went for the Canon HG20...the best super Hi-def camera for under $1000 with 60gb of internal memory...no extra cards needed(though it does have memory card ports).
I set the frames to 24 frames per seconds...that's the frames used on film...makes your footage more palatable and fools peoples eyes/minds. Although 30 frames is the best recommended for online uploads...still experimenting with settings.
YOU CAN NOT STREAM LIVE VIDEO FROM YOUR CANON VIXIA TO YOUR COMPUTER THRU USB.
There is no solution for this at this moment(maybe when usb 3.0 comes around).
The Canon does not have a firewire connection but that was fine by me because neither does my laptop. If there was firewire on both, we could do live streaming no problem.
Searching online for hours I discovered someone recommending to connect the camcorder to the HDMI input on your computer. I don't have an HDMI input on my laptop. So... the other option is to buy a USB to HDMI female adapter/converter.
Doing even more research I came up with another theory...if you have a VGA Input on your computer perhaps you can connect the camcorder to the VGA and stream this way.
In my personal case I think the VGA port on my laptop is for output only.
SOLUTION: I am going to pay Radio Shack and/or Best Buy a visit and test if the USB to HDMI adapter works.
Keep Posted for the outcome...or maybe you know something I don't. Please share.