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New to 1080p Please Help

Hello, I am looking at buying a new lower end camcorder for my upcoming fishing trips and vacations. I have a few options so far. The Sony MH5-CM5, the Insignia dv1080p, and the insignia dv720p. I have found refurbished models of each on ebay for a really good price. What I would like to do is record all the videos to my SD card, take all the videos and edit them and in the end make somewhat of a movie just recapping the summer. I would love to get the 1080p camera just for the greater detail but when I read many people are having problems editing the videos in 1080p format unless they have a powerful computer. I will be using a Macbook with a 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory is 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and have an Intel GMA X3100 graphics card. When I try to play 1080p movie from youtube it plays very choppy but the 720p plays smooth for the most part.

Please let me know what I can do with the computer I have to get the best quality movie

If you have any reviews about the camera I am looking at getting, or have any other recommendations for me in the lower end of the price spectrum.


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you should

you should be able to play the videos just fine. is that how you will view the finalized videos, on your mac?

i have the insignia 720p model and love it for what it is. i can play the files back on my laptop with similar specs as your mac.

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Well what I want to do it use the mac as the editing computer since it is the newest I own, and then either have the final video saved on my computer or make a DVD to show to others. I haven't even started thinking about how the DVD would work, Would it be considered a HD DVD or would it just play as a regular DVD in any player? I was just worried that my computer graphic card was not up to 1080p and would either have to watch a choppy video or compress it down to something similar to 780p which would cancel out the 1080p on the camera all together.

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