Hi everyone- I'm a new member and long time reader of MacRumors. I originally posted this in another thread, and simsaladimbamba strongly suggested I start a new thread. I have been using a Canon HV20 for for some years. As far as archiving, I gave up long ago and basically use the tapes as archive. When I want to share these family vids with extended family, I use iMovie, deal with the expansive file, edit, then share by using iDVD. Then I delete the files from my Glyph ext drive to save space. I would now like to expand my music audio production to include video. I would like to shoot music vids of educational value and demonstrative purposes for uploading to YouTube. I asked for online advice on other sites, and many suggested trying Adobe Premiere Elements 11 instead of iMovie 11. I was able to get a copy for $60, so I tried it. While it does import the mpeg1 files from the HV20 without converting, I wind up with one large 1 hour clip. The windows version evidently provides for separating clips, but not the mac. If anyone would like to spare the time, please advise me from this point of view. Assume that I am starting from point zero. What DSLR or camcorder would you recommend to shoot music performance vids? (Not concerts-just teacher lessons and product demonstrations-video recorder on a tripod, no zooming- and perhaps an ext mic for better audio quality). Hopefully in as high a quality as possible for upload to YouTube and DVD production? I've gotten suggestions including Panasonic's Lumix series, Canon's T4i, and various Canon and Sony camcorders. Am I looking to shoot AVCHD? MPEG-4? Or should I try to find something that still does MPEG-2? DSLR's would be more attractive to me because I could double its use as a still camera. And HD looks great, of course. But what would be an excellent compromise between workflow and final product quality? And in terms of editors, I now have iMovie 11 and Premiere Elements 11 for mac, but I could get my hands on FCP X, or Media Composer 6.5 with my educator's discount if it would help. I'm looking for the most streamlined workflow with the best results. And, I have no archive that needs to be updated or converted. And bear in mind, I'm not looking to become an indy film maker. 99% of editing would be in the form of trimming beginnings and endings and perhaps adding transitions and titles. And perhaps bringing in a higher quality sound recording to sync. I do a lot of audio production, right on up to ddp and cd production. I have a quick and effective workflow that yields high quality results. I'd really like to expand into the video side. You could say I'm chomping at the bit!! But I've been stumped. I'm learning, but still haven't gotten the train on the tracks, so to speak. And budget? Say under a grand total, figuring $300 if I need to get Final Cut X or Media Composer 6.5. So $700 for a DSLR and lens or camcorder. Thanks again!! Tim 17" Macbook Pro 2.3 Ghz i7, OS 10.7.5, 8gb ram.