Trying to get started but confused

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jbosing, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. jbosing macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2007
    Sylvania, OH
    I want to get started in HDV, but so far everything I've read here and elsewhere has me confused. Right now I have an imac, G5 1.8 Ghz, 2G Ram. I have an HD TV and a blu-ray player, each almost a year old. I would like to buy a camera in the $1K range that will take good HDV understanding $1K is not professional level. I want to be able to edit on my imac. I want to be able to burn both HD DVDs and SD DVDs that I can play on my player (HD) and give to family members (SD).

    I do not want to buy all sorts of conversion software.

    Is there a camera that would work particularly well with what I already have?

    The new imovie says it requires a 1.9 Ghz processor. Will a 1.8 work? Is there other editing software that would work well on my imac?

    Will idvd burn both HD and SD DVDs? There seem to be a million compatibility issues floating around in the HD camcorder world.

    Any advice?

  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Canon HV20

    Not sure.

    iDVD is SD-only as is your iMacs burner. I assume you can buy a FW blu-ray burner, and Toast supports burning Blu-ray, but you won't have the nice menus and such that you can make in iDVD.

  3. jbosing thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2007
    Sylvania, OH
    Thanks, Lethal

    Sounds like I just need to find editing software compatible with my imac.
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    An iMac of that speed will struggle with HD material even if it does *work*. If I were you, I'd skip iMovie and grab Final Cut Express. It is much less cookie cutter than iMovie, but it'll run on just about anything and it supports HD.
  5. sarge macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003
    I second that

    The canon HV20 is the camera to beat in that price range. However, they just came out w/the HG10 which is tapeless - I think it has a 40g storage capability.
  6. VideOD macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    HG10 or HV20?

    Are you able to import the video with iMovie 6 at full quality with both of those models?

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