Hi Folks I know almost nothing about video, be gentle... My Canon camcorder (tape based) has died and I need a replacement. This time I want a slild state memory based unit not tape. My understanding is that in the days of tape the material was recorded in the TV format of the region the unit was purchased in. PAL in the UK, NTSC in the states and so on... Now most units are solid state (flash memory) does this still apply or is the 'recording' now just a computer file that will play anywhere? I ask because I travel quite a bit and have the opportunity to buy a unit overseas (if they are cheaper) but obviously need a unit that ultimately produces a DVD that will play in the UK on a UK TV. Oh dear.... just reading through this forum, this looks much more complex then I thought it would be. Should add that its just for family/holiday footage, I have no great ambitions for video footage.