I know this is similar to the 'Converting VHS to DVD w/o Firewire?" thread, but I'm about to pickup said camera from BestBuy in about an hour. I just wanted to make sure it can make the conversions. I borrowed my brother's Sony HandyCam (I forget the model) and was unable to receive a signal from my VHS player. The cam records onto mini DVD's so I figured, even though it didn't have a firewire out, I could still record the footage (a whole ten mins. worth @ the highest setting) and import via USB. No dice. Sorry if I sound like a video chump - it's because I am, but I can shoot a wedding/Bar - Bat Mitzvah in my sleep. So here's the breakdown: JVC GR-DA30 - $200 Firewire cable - $30ish 3 pack of Mini-DV tapes $10 With tax, a little over $250 + I will have a camcorder which could come in handy for engagement sittings, adding a clip or 2 (of them walking,kissing, etc. on the beach) for the reception DVD. BTW, I do have FCE4 on my computer, and my partner has FCS 2 on his iMac at the studio, so I could always put FCP on here. Which I plan to do once I get the basics of FCE & video in general down. Again, I know this is a similar thread, & I know I sound mildly retarded when it comes to video, but if I can just get an assurance that this cam (it does have FW out) will be able to digitize VHS tapes, I would feel much better in regards to my use of time & money. Thanks in advance!