Are you using the Canon HV20? I picked one up this summer and it's awesome.
Yes, I am using a Canon HV20 too. I agree, it is a great camera, and has a reasonable price. In addition to the HD video, I like the fact that it takes pictures in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Those fill out an HD display without any stretching or zooming which is great. Pop the mini-SD card into an adapter, then into the PhotoBridge for an instant widescreen slideshow.
I do sometimes have problems capturing to my PC though. I've tried CapDVHS and several other apps, none of which work perfectly for me.
We use a Macintosh transfer program (DVHSCap) and it seemed to work well the couple of times we've used it so far. There were a few error messages but they didn't seem to cause any gliitches in the .ts file.
Do you ever get hiccups when playing your files? I get them sometimes; I wonder if it's because the bitrate is so high (MPlay tells me it's ~25 MBPS!).
So far no, but I've only made and played a few videos. Does it always hiccup in the same place or is it different each time? If it's the same place, it would seem to be a problem in the transfer to the PC. If it's in different places, it's probably a networking issue due to the high bitrate, as you suggest.
Here's one final note that I found during my research that might be of interest to people on the forum. The HDV format records video in 1440x1080 resolution, interlaced. This is actually narrower than true HD (1920x1080), but it is done in a way such that when it is stretched back to 1920x1080 (by MPlay, for example) that it looks right.
There are two minor issues with this. First, if you view or edit in a program that doesn't know to stretch, everything looks narrow and tall. Second, if you are very concerned with getting true HD video at full HD 1080i resolution, this camera isn't for you.
But in reality the picture looks astoundingly good and I would be hard pressed to tell the HV20 video from any true 1080i HD video from broadcast TV. I would recommend this camera to PhotoBridge owners without hesitation.