These buttons can be re-arranged to best suit the users needs, from the default settings:
REC PANEL: Accesses the "record environment" as a whole. This is the environment you will be in when controlling the camera functions, manipulating the image, or capturing video onto the hard-drive. This function can also be controlled through one of the pull-down menus.
PLAY PANEL: Accesses the "playback environment" as a whole. These are the windows you'll need in order to playback footage captured to the hard-drive, or manage the storage of any video or photo files. This function can also be controlled through one of the pull-down menus.
OPTION SETTINGS: Accesses three pages of options; GENERAL, which allows you to customize storage and name files and folders. You can also use the "cache time" option to record up to 10 seconds of material before the "record button" is pressed. Great for live events when the start of action may be difficult to know; DV REC, lets you choose between three file types and recording modes in Standard Definition MiniDV; HDV REC, which gives you the options for recording in HDV, which controls only the signal coming into your computer, not what is being recorded on your camcorder.