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Capturing from tapes tends to be a more tedius process than SD/HDD importing, but tend to give most people an easier time editing, particularly with the new world of High-Def editing. Non-tape SD camcorders typically record in the MPEG-2 format that is give you a clunkier time than the old DV-AVI, but shouldn’t be too unbearable, particularly if you’ve got a dual core. Solid HD camcorders (hard disk and flash memory) will generally record in the AVCHD format (some will do MPEG-2) that, from what I’ve heard, is a serious pain to work with. Most people convert their videos before editing. There’s not much of the “non-comsumer” stuff you’ll find for HD solid media around $1,500. At this point, I’d go with tapes if you’re looking for something in High-Definition, like the HD1000. Otherwise, a solid media SD camcorder will probably do good.