First, when it comes to your Mac, discard everything you knew about importing video into your PC. Re-read all the other posts...only use Firewire. Anyways, the Canopus devices work great. I use two different models, and they are simply a hardware device to get video into your Mac, and they ONLY use Firewire, not USB. They make a model 55, which I use at work. It's a basic unit, and converts analog video to a DV stream that imorts via Firewire. They also make a model 115, which is a more advanced model that allows you to take your edited video and trasnsfer back to a DV camcorder. It also has more import options (RCA, S-Video and Firewire inputs) which allows a multitude of devices to be plugged in simultaneously and all take the same path. Canopus does not use any additional software. As previously noted, your Mac comes fully equipped to import video, edit it, and burn DVDs. Additional software either won't work on the Mac or it will mess things up. I've used many many different camcorders with my Mac, and they all work when using the Firewire path. USB works with digital cameras, and it works when importing the small MPEG movies that many digital cameras shoot, but these are not full bandwidth DV video. They are already compressed and in MPEG format, much the same format as the still images they take.
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