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.