Originally Posted by ravenaussie
I would also like to begin to do some editing. What is the minimum i need to perform this. Can i purchase a dvd-recorder, plug in the camcorder and write onto a DVD and keep the tape as my master.
Yes, You CAN. I wouldn't. I copy to a dvd-recorder hard drive, do what editting I want to do, then dub to the dvd. See Dave's post. Some, but not all, dvd recorders have dv input. In case your selection doesn't, be sure your camcorder has s-video output.
I would suggest the minidv camcorder. If possible, get one that loads tape from the side rather than the bottom, so you won't have to remove the camera from the tripod to change tapes. 3-ccd would be great, but a bit beyond a $400 budget.
I think, could be wrong, but I think the mindv tape is in true dv format, whereas dvd's undergo compression in their writing process. Meaning, if you had a camera recording to dvd, your source would be in the Mpeg2 compressed format; with tape, your source is in dv format. Today, it may not make much difference, in the future, it may be nice to be able to start with dv format.
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I stand corrected. I've read somewhere, on CNET I believe, that miniDV is also MPEG2.