So, just picked up my first video camera, a ContourHD 720p model.

Plan to read the instructions extensively and play around with it, but wanted to tap the wealth of info from you guys on what to keep in mind first, things to do, what alternatives to software, etc... Or ANYTHING that comes to mind that would otherwise NOT be in the manual and documentation that comes with the camera.

Yeah, a fairly broad question, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.