Now, I just ordered my camcorder and will have it soon. I bought a firewire cable to transfer the video to my computer. From my understanding, video from a MiniDV tape is imported into a computer in real time. The only problem is that I will not be transferring the video directly to my computer, but rather an external hard drive. The thing is that the enclosure I have for my hard drive is not firewire, but USB2. Will this cause a major slowdown when I try to transfer video from the camcorder to the external hard drive? Would I be better off just buying a firewire enclosure for it?