My son wants a camcorder for Christmas.
I am debating the pro's and con's of Mini DV tape, DVD camcorder, and Hard Disc Drive. I have a little knowledge of video and editing but technology has moved on quite a bit since I spent any significant amount of time playing with video.
As I understand it, and please correct me if I am wrong;
With a Mini DV tape machine, he will have to play his tape into his PC (via capture software) if he wants to edit any footage. For editing, again some editing software is required, and I imagine there will be a cheap program bundled with whatever camcorder he gets. However, I have Adobe Premiere (6.5) so this should not be a problem. Capture software may be included in the bundle. In particular I am looking at the Sony DCR HC-51.
With DVD disc format, if he wants to edit any footage, again it will need transferring to his PC, but being a VOB file he will need some software to split this into avi and wav tracks before importing them to a program such as Premiere for editing. For this format I am looking at the Sony DCR-DVD 110.
With a Hard Disc Drive camcorder, the footage is recorded direct to a drive in the camera in MPEG2 format. This can be copied direct to PC (via DV connection). Not sure how this would be split into separate video/audio tracks, or whether it would need to be. Can anyone confirm this please?
For this format camcorder I am considering the JVC Everio GZ-MG333 (which is a bit more expensive but has a £30 cash back offer). This format seems more straightforward with regard to transferring a file / files to the PC for editing. However, MPEG2 has already been compressed so any editing and converting/finalising to MPEG will mean a bit more loss of quality.
Am I correct in my understanding?
Is there anything else I should be considering?
Thanks in anticipation.