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You capture HDV the same way you capture DV through the firewire.
Manyaplications willnow let you edit HDV files natively, however this is still not always recommended. Depending on the system you use and what software you choose, it may help to use an intermidiary codec to speed things up and preserve quality, especially if you’re adding lots of effects and titles.
Here is a comprhensive list of questions about editing HDV…it will help you understand a little more about the process. These FAQ’s are a little old…it is now easier to edit HD since these FAQ’s were originaly answered. There are also more intermidiary codecs available now to aide in HDV editing than there are listed in the link, but its a place to start.