okay, the deal is, a friend offered to sell me his Panasonic NV-EX3EN/ENA camcorder, but it is PAL. I at first thought that since I was going to transfer to my mac over firewire that there would be no problem since I could convert from PAL to NTSC. Am I right in assuming this? I thought you could do this, though I realize it would be painfully slow. . . also, then it struck me: can I use miniDV tapes I buy here in Canada in the camcorder? do the systems NTSC & PAL only apply to RECORDED tape information, or the tape itself? I hope someone can help me with these two burning questions, cause the price on the camera is outstanding. thanks in advance!