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Picasa was created to work with pictures, and it does that very well. It was never built to work with videos. It is maybe OK to use to import and see file locations, but not so much for viewing and editing. A video editing program like Movie Maker for Windows or iMovie for the Mac will give much better results.
When you connect the camera to a TV, the camera does all the work. It was designed for doing just that. When you copy that file to your computer, you are adding another layer of complexity.
While most any modern computer can handle basic video, the computer you use makes a big difference. Video on the computer is a huge resource hog. You want plenty of memory and processor speed. Your video graphics card and hard drive speed also make a big difference in the viewing experience.
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You might want to try VLC by Videolan just for the playback.