Regarding using iMovie6, it's geared for importing DV video using Firewire. iMovie8 may be a better option since it was designed to import MPEG2 videos directly, but unfortunately it seemed to do away with a lot of the intuitive editing features. Or at least changed them. If using iMovie6, you would need to use something like MPEG Streamclip (free, but you need to download the Quicktime MPEG Streamclip plug-in from Apple at $20), which will convert the camera's MPEG2 video into DV for editing, thus there will be some loss of quality when the format changes.
I've googled for answers, but have come up dry since the Canon FS100 is not currently released.
My Canon ZR20 MiniDV died (stripped gear?) and needs to be replaced. I'm not that interested in HiDef recording at this time, but would like to go solid state. I've been researching the Canon FS100/FS10/FS11 which seems to be a good fit except...
I used a Azden SGM-X shotgun mic with my ZR20 on it's cold shoe mount and would like to continue using it, but there doesn't seem to be a sub $500 model with ext mic inputs and a standard cold shoe mount. The FS100 at least has a ext mic input ("auto-leveling" though), but no mount. Short of duct taping, is there any elegant way to mount a mic to this camera? Remove the cold shoe from the ZR20 and gorilla glue it to the FS100?
Another quick question, will I have any issues editing the MPEG2 video from the FS100 in iMovie06? If I record with the lowest compression, can I assume it won't look horrible compared to my MiniDV recordings? (FWIW, just recording video of my family, I'm not an aspiring indie film maker).
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you can offer!