Arrgh! I just wasted 2 hours trying to get an already messed up VHS tape onto a DVD so I can edit it. 2 hours later, I find out the hard way that this is not possible! Yell! Anyways, while I was screaming at the TV, I realized that I love making movies. This certain one was a school project, recorded over the 1977 version of the Hills Have Eyes, is the funniest thing to ever come out of my pre 1990 camcorder. The camcorder is a hunk of garbage, and I'm tired of it. During playback, it will randomly stop, and not play again. This time I was lucky, and it didn't eat my tape. I was wondering what you all would reccomend for an amatuer, but avid filmmaker? I want an HD camcorder, but was wondering what would be the best one for under $1500 or so. Also, no more tapes. It either has to be DVD or HDD based, cuz I'm sick of trying to unravel miles of tape from the recesses of my video recording brick. Ideas?