When you say that you can't edit footage on your pc, do you mean that you can't read the dvd in you dvd player? Check your camera's manual, and see if you can record in another mode? You can also use cables to connect your camera to your pc, and capture directly from your camera. Do some reading at www.videohelp.com. There are guides, tutorials, software downloads, and forums that cover almost any problem having to do with video.