Looking for new camcorder, intermediate, use with FCE

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      I am looking for a new camcorder and would appreciate people’s short recommended lists, according to these requirements:

      1. Video must be editable in FCE (Final Cut Express)
      2. Video must be editable on my iMac 2.46 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
      3. Cost less than $750
      4. Jacks; Ext. mike input, Firewire input, headphone jack
      5. AV input so I can input from old 8mm camcorders

      I loved my now-broken Canon Optura 20 and would like something in that
      range, but capable of 16:9 output to fit today’s screens. However, it
      doesn’t have to shoot super HD or anything; most of my videos are
      posted to MobileMe these days. The Canon’s quality was fine for what I
      need to shoot, which is mainly family videos. I like DV tapes for
      storage but would consider SD cards or other removable media.

      Thanks in advance for your ideas, lists!

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      Unfortunately, you are demanding quite a bit out of a goodcamcorder for you budget, and it comes hard as a research for one that suits your needs. I thought of including your specs listed above and performing a Google search, but frankly, I just don’t know how to say it.

      The best I could find was the CanonHV20 (MiniDV cam). I’m not entirely sure if it has Firewire input – one of the most highly overlooked features (from both review articles and camera manufacturers). It doesn’t have A/V input either. And for all of this, I’d certainlyrecommend purchasing a secondcamcorder (such as a cheap JVC Everio – most of them have A/V Input). If you can bare the fact of a used camcorder, I would certainly go for it. Thereare currently several HV30sselling on eBay in the $400 – $600 price range. An Everio is defintely a lot cheaper. You may also need to do a little research to make sure it has A/V input.


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