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    I just ordered Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and now my next task is to find a good video camera to shoot a music video. My budget is not huge, but I'm thinking of getting a camera at around $500.00 at the most. I'm just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for me. Do all cameras export the video files in a form which is compatible with Adobe P? Also, I am running all of this on a Windows VISTA 64-bit OS. This makes it a little tricky for me to find cameras with 64-bit compatible drivers. I've seen some good Sony cameras, but wanted to check here and see what you guys have to say.

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    You will not need drivers to 'talk' to the camera. At your price point, it is likely that you will ned up buying an AVCHD camera, which is supported by CS4. I would however strongly suggest you take a look into the AVCHD editing forum to get aquainted with recommended system specifications.

    In order to edit AVCHD files, you will either transfer the files from the camcorder as if you're camcoder were an external harddrive, or use an SD card to transfer directly from an SD slot on your machine. Either way, you should not need to use drivers as transfer is a generic solution (as easy as hooking up a USB drive or inserting an SD card).

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    I don't understand why I would not need a driver.. I have a perfectly good camcorder right now which will not work on my computer because there isn't a compatible driver for it. It's a 3 year old Samsung miniDV digital camcorder, which I've only used for literally 6 hours (and have only recorded about 25 min of tape). This video camera is practically new to me, but it won't work on my computer. When I plug it in (via USB) my computer asks for a driver (disk), but since I don't have one that works on my computer it will just say that it was unable to install it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daeser1 View Post
    I don't understand why I would not need a driver.. I have a perfectly good camcorder right now which will not work on my computer because there isn't a compatible driver for it... This video camera is practically new to me, but it won't work on my computer. When I plug it in (via USB) my computer asks for a driver (disk), but since I don't have one that works on my computer it will just say that it was unable to install it.
    miniDV cameras are designed to be connected via firewire and not usb. if you used firewire, you wouldn't need drivers. harddrive cameras will generally be seen as a generic deviceand again you wll not need drivers.
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    You've been using a mini dv camcorder for 3 years and you are only hearing now that you should be using firewire instead of usb? What have you been doing for the past 3 years. Mini dv = Firewire connection and nothing else, usb is no good for capturing video from a tape based camcorder. For your budget you may be able to get a high def avchd camcorder but you will need a computer with a much higher spec, more memory, faster processor(s) and much larger hard disk as high def files are flippin enourmous. If you thought mini dv avi files were big wait to you see the size of avchd files. A mini dv camcorder records at a data rate of 3.6 megabits per second whereas an avchd camcorder can record up to 25 megabits per second.
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