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8mm camcorders are extremely inexpensive these days--under $300. Among non- digital camcorders, 8mm is the most popular format, but even these are rapidly being discontinued by camcorder makers. ·Hi-8.Hi-8 was the compact-camcorder equivalent of the S-VHS format described above: pricier camcorders, pricier tapes, better quality than regular 8mm. For several years, S-VHS and Hi-8 were popular prosumer camcorders--a cute way of saying that they bridged the gap between inexpensive consumer equipment and very expensive professional equipment. Because S-VHS and Hi-8 footage doesn't deteriorate as much from copy to copy as regular VHS and 8mm tape, it was a popular format for recording wedding videos, legal depositions, and even low- budget cable TV commercials. Today, of course, DV camcorders dominate these functions. iMovie works only with digital camcorders, but that doesn't mean you can't use all your older footage; Chapter 4 offers several ways to transfer your older tapes into iMovie. But from this day forward, shoot all of your new footage with a DV camcorder. At this writing, MiniDV camcorders cost about $400 for a basic model--and prices continue to sink, month by month. (See the end of this chapter for a DV buying guide.) Tip: Selling your old camcorder eases much of the pain of buying a DV camcorder. Remember to transfer Meet Digital Video