I need to buy camcorder for recording university lectures which will then be uploaded to the web.
Forgive me if I'm being a bit dim here (I know nothing about camcorders) but do the new HDD/SD type camcorders record to formats such as mov, wmv, avi etc? i.e. a format I can grab via usb or SD card and dump straight into Sorenson Squeeze for trimming and conversion to flv and mp4?
If so do you have any camera suggestions?
Picture quality wouldn't need to be top notch because the films are destined only for the web at 450x253 flv and 320x240 mp4.
The camera would however need to be
1. Easy to use as I'd have to train students how to operate it
2. Preferably under £500
3. Preferably able to record in 16:9 widescreen
4. Able to be mounted on a tripod
5. Able to take an input from a lecture theatre audio mixing desk (I think it's XLR)
Any advice would be much appreciated.