Hard disk drive camcorders pain to edit?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by soccersquirt82, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    I am debating whether I should get a Hard disk camcorder or a MiniDV. I love the fact that I could record so much more w a Hard disk, but backing up may be an issue.

    What I really want to know is if the HDD camcorders are a pain to edit. I am currently using the new and old version of iMovie, depending what I'm in the mood for. I might upgrade to Final Cut Express. I've heard MiniDV's are the easiest to edit, and I have experience with them. But HDD sounds pretty good to . . .

    And what hard disk drive camcorders are compatible?? I've looked everywhere for a list of compatible camcorders . . . Apple used to have one on its site, but it must have disappeared.

    So, two questions: compatible camcorders? Hard disk drive camcorders hard to edit?

    Tell me if this is in the wrong thread!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    iMovie '08: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1014
    iMovie '09: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3290

    HDD cameras capture footage using a codec, like .h264 or something similar to get more out of the GBs of storage.
    As .h264 is a lossy format, it has to be re-encoded to something useful like the Apple Intermediated Codec (AIC, every frame is stored).

    Have a look into the Digital Video forum of this site and also use MRoogle for plenty of topics on this forum.

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