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What's the best DVD Camcorder to work with Macs?

I have a Mac PowerBook G4 and am looking to get a DVD Camcorder. I'd like to get a Sony DVD405, but I'm worried that I won't be able to rip/copy DVDs on my PowerBook. I probably won't be doing any fancy editing, so that's not a big deal.

Anyone know?

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I have heard....

In reply to: What's the best DVD Camcorder to work with Macs?

That something called Handbrake(Mac) will do that.

CAUTION: If you have a slot loading drive, they DO NOT accept miniDVDs from the camcorder.

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The BEST camcorders that work with Macs

In reply to: What's the best DVD Camcorder to work with Macs?

have FireWire ports to transfer from miniDV tape.

I have transferred video from a Canon GL2, a Canon Elura 60 and Sony HDR-HC1 (currently in use). They all work great with iMovie - and the HDR-HC1 also works well with FinalCut (Studio).

I have used a MiniDVD from a Sony something using a LaCie external non-slot drive - the video was terrible. I would not recommend a DVD-based camcorder to anyone... especially after all the problems I've read about with them in these forums. I use Handbrake to rip DVDs - very useful and easy to use.

I have not transfered or manipulated any video from a hard-drive based camcorder... but I understand the Sony SR100 is supposed to be pretty good...

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