You can edit video from a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) camcorder in Premier Elements 3 and depending on which version of Avid you are considering, you would be able to as well.
Many will argue this, but: Are you one who prefers quality over convenience or convenience over quality? Once chosen, by how much is it important to you? Is there any special requirements needed (mic-in jack, HD, etc.)? Your budget? All of these are necessary in order to pick out the best camcorder for your specific needs.
An answer to these questions will also show the format you should get.
I am wondering if it is possible to download from a Hard drive Camera, edit with Premier or Avid etc,, then export to DVD software and burn,
I am trying to find out if the format of mpeg 2 will carry through the editing and DVD authoring, therefor removing any render or encoding time.
I have heard that this would be possible, if the Editing software is able to edit the raw footage file format without the need to render.
I guess the question is, if this is possible, which camera are recommended?