Hi, I am a newbie in filmaking. I have just recently completed shooting a documentary with a digital Sony HVR 1AE in HD format recording in mini dv tapes. I now need to transfer these mini dv tapes via a deck to my Mac hard drive. Now my problem is that I don't own any software to use except from imovie 08 that comes with my labtop. I also don't want to lose quality. As far as I understood using imovie 08 means I need to compress the footage and then downgrade in quality?. If this is correct I need a software or format that will allow me to download the mini dv footage into my hard drive and be able to view it only without having to compress. I will later go on to edit it in a professional editing suite. Any advise on how to go on is highly appreciated.
thanks in advance