I solved the playback issue. Good head cleaning - and now the pb image is stable.
1 how do you monitor audio during pb from the camera itself? I see no way to do it, and when I load into imovie, it doesn't allow it either.
2. I see digitizing to imovie is prohibitive- as the image stabilization ot renders after digitizing is real time... so, twice the time.
2. The image, in imovie, is unstable.
I don't know how to fix this.
I will try to digitize into FCPX (the trial version) and see if it works any better. If it doesn't, then I will be looking for other digitizing programs. Jeez--- I should just get 30K and get back on an Avid!