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MiniDV or Mini DVD?

I am looking for a camcorder that has great video and audio quality. I also want to be able to really edit what I shoot. I have read that MiniDV is the best way to go if you want good video/audio quality and want to edit what you shoot. The only problem is that I don't have a FIREWIRE port on my computer, and I know that you need FIREWIRE to take what you shoot from a MiniDV camcorder and put it on your computer for editing. I am not sure if I should just go with a Mini DVD camcorder, but I also heard that editing from DVD's is very limited, and a pain to do. I am just curious if anyone can give me a solution to my problem.

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Add a firewire port to your computer.

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It is usually a very inexpensive item.

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Getting a FIREWIRE port

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How much does it usually cost to get a FIREWIRE port installed on a PC?

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I haven't bought one, but folks around here estimate $20-$30

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for a PC. That's the card. If you can install it, that's the cost.

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Thanks for the info

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Hey, thanks for the FIREWIRE info. Now I'm pretty sure that I am going to get a MiniDV camcorder, but I am not really sure what I should get. My price range is around $500, maybe a little more. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Check here for ratings

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It will depend on your computer

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Do I need FIREWIRE?

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I have been looking at the Canon Elura 100 MiniDV camcorder, and I am not sure if I need a FIREWIRE port on my computer. I am almost positive I do, but I read somewhere that it can also use USB. Is this true?

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On the Canon Elura 100,

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to transfer video from the miniDV tape, use FireWire. To transfer from the memory card, use USB (I used to use an Elura 60).

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