camcorder questions. know-it-all's needed!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by lechon, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. lechon macrumors newbie

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    i have a series of questions pertaining to camcorders, all of which i want to cover in this single thread. basically i need a perfect camcorder in time for the holidays, so i can edit on my imac, and eventually burn on dvd for distribution to family members who own standard-def tvs. so when replying, please specify which question # you are answering:

    1. hi-def camcorders. stupid question: do i need an hdtv?? and/or can i edit it on my computer for viewing on standard-def tv's?

    2. i really want a hard-drive or flash camcorder. i know jvc requires their proprietary software in order to edit the footage (i could stand corrected). do the sony and samsungs also follow this same practice? or will i be able to use any software i choose (premiere, final cut, etc)?

    3. i will be purchasing from futureshop or best buy, so any suggestions on specific models will be appreciated.
     
  2. scotthayes macrumors 68000

    scotthayes

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    Birmingham, England
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    1. Yes, works fine on Mac, transfer to DVD with iDVD and plays find on SD TV
    2. They record in AVCHD format which can be read by iMovie 08 and FEC 4
    3. I've got a Sony HDR-SR5, which I think is a cracking camera.
     

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