Tape. Hands down. It is the highest quality source especially if you want to do editing.
In reading some of the threads here, I know this topic has been flogged to death, but I'll try for some direct responses anyway.
I'm looking to buy a new camcorder...something middle of the road. I am not concerned with High Density at this point. It will be used mainly for family home videos. I'm a quick learner with software and anticipate doing "light" editing to create DVDs of select scenes with basic menus etc.
I was originally thinking DVD, but then after realizing I would still want to transfer to the computer to burn regular DVDs with the scenes I want, I started thinking of hard drive format. Now after reading the posts here, I'm back to MiniDV, which before I came here I thought was phasing out as a preferred format! (I guess those of us not intimate with video production are predisposed to looking at tape as being old technology). Plus there seems to be a good selection of MiniDV camcorders at good prices, and the tape can be kept as a backup.
So...for a guy who wants to transfer to the computer, do minor editing and burn DVDs, what is the best format?
Thanks for any opinions.