I am not sure whether this is a good question to ask in this forum or even if it is answerable. I'll let the community decide.
I am a complete newcomer to video recording having purchased my first video camera this week--a Panasonic HDC-TM900. In reading many various reviews I settled on this due to its supposedly great low light performance. I will be using this primarily to record family events the first of which is my child's play.
The stage of the play is fairly well lit though I do not know the lux. The rest of the theater, naturally, is quite dark. How do I go about recording the best possible video of the play with the the equipment that I have?
Being a newcomer should I just leave everything at auto? Does 1080P vs. 1080i really make a difference in video quality? Should I try recording in 24 FPS (Digital Cinema Mode) to get a more movie like experience?
I do have two shots at this as there are two showings so I can experiment with one and adjust for the other; however, I am not sure where to begin.