Back in the day, I had a garden variety tape based camcorder. I broke it when the wind blew it over and it landed on a rock. I went and got a hard drive based camcorder and it works fine. Yesterday I found an old minidv tape labled retirement ceromony. as luck would have it, I found the video of when I retired form the Marine Corps. So now I went looking on craigslist for a cheap recorder to get the footage into my mac so I can dump it to a dvd. That part is easy. Put in a little work and you can find them for less than 100.00. Once I got this far I had a thought. If I'm going to purchase an out dated video recorder, at least get one that I can get some use beyond getting this old footage into my computer. So knowing that they are not going to be as good as a modern hard drive based camcorder, which mini-dv cam corders were the best.