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the Canon XL1 or Sony's high-defnition FX1; and the fanciest, professional, com- mercial-flmmaking models go for $10,000. All of these camcorders are teeming with features and require a thick brochure to list them all. So how do you know which to buy? Here's a rundown of the most frequently ad- vertised DV camcorder features, along with a frank assessment of their value to the quality-obsessed iMovie fan. FireWire connector FireWire is Apple's term for the tiny, compact connector on the side of most DV camcorders. When you attach a FireWire cable, this jack connects the camera to your FireWire-equipped Mac. Other companies have different names for this con- nector--you may see it called IEEE-1394, i.Link, DV In/Out, or DV Terminal. If the camera you're considering doesn't have this feature, don't buy it; you can't use that camera with iMovie (or any other DV software). Analog inputs This single feature may be important enough to determine your camcorder choice by itself. Analog inputs are connectors on the camcorder (see Figure 1-3) into which you can connect older, pre-DV equipment, such as your VCR, your old 8mm camcorder, Buying a DV Camcorder