Hey everyone, as the resident "geek" in my office, I'm often called on whenever there's a technology need. So, I've been asked to attend and video record a "talking head" type of training that will probably amount to 10-12 hours of recording over the course of two days. I have a Sony DCR HC-20 MiniDV camcorder, a tripod, and my trusty Macbook. Now, video work is a little outside my realm of expertise. My plan includes using the tripod and AC power for the camera. I've done some tests and I believe from the range I'm looking at, the on-board mic should be sufficient, though there's an external mic jack if that were to be an absolute necessity (then I would need a mic recommendation...). I guess my real questions are these: 1) Should I plan to record the sessions onto MiniDV tapes and, if so, can I do this at LP (90-minute) speed, without compromising my ability to edit the footage with iMovie? 2) Or, would be it be possible (and feasible) to keep the camera connected to my Macbook and record either MPEG2 or H.264 to the harddrive (about 40Gb free) and then edit from the resulting data file(s)? I have QuickTime Pro. 3) To put this footage on a DVD, I can use iMovie to edit and encode it, yes? 4) If I wanted to break the training up into hour-long blocks, what is the best software solution to encode the video for web-distribution? I dislike Flash as my only option, but realize that most potential viewers of the content will be using Windoze of some flavor. Sorry to ask so many questions. I am a real noob when it comes to video stuff. However, I think between my Macbook and iMac, I can produce something decent with these great tools and this amazing software (not to mention a little advice from you fine folks). Thanks!