>>Duncan? What's your take on this level of camcorder media?<< tape will be around so long as there's someone still breathing in sony's consumer division. one thing they hate to do is sell you something & have you walk away, not needing them for anything else. every time we think "tape is dead", even in the broadcast world where large files are routinely transcoded, converted & exchanged amongst systems many miles apart, people still love the feel of a nice warm cassette when they've spent all day editing at $300/hour or whatever. but I digress. on a purely practical note, it's much easier & cheaper to carry a bag of new or used spare tapes than it is to carry a spare hard-drive or memory stick. dv stock is quite hardy & withstands re-use quite well. it's also much easier to find in weird, out-of-the-way locations. sony & the big stock manufacturers have taken care of that! I caution against HD-DV for broadcast use, but only because it isn't really HD, & will fall foul of distributor guidelines concerning native resolution & the like. otherwise, it's amazing bang-for-buck. mini-DV is an excellent format, frequently let down by the quality of the lenses it's shot through, & the poor production-values that often attend low-cost technology. the sony vx-1000 is a design-classic, in my view... (I could spend all day on this, but I have to write a delivery specification document for HD material......) duncan. CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE This e-mail (and any attached files) is confidential and protected by copyright (and other intellectual property rights). If you are not the intended recipient please e-mail the sender and then delete the email and any attached files immediately. Any further use or dissemination is prohibited. While MTV Networks Europe has taken steps to ensure that this email and any attachments are virus free, it is your responsibility to ensure that this message and any attachments are virus free and do not affect your systems / data. Communicating by email is not 100% secure and carries risks such as delay, data corruption, non-delivery, wrongful interception and unauthorised amendment. If you communicate with us by e-mail, you acknowledge and assume these risks, and you agree to take appropriate measures to minimise these risks when e-mailing us. MTV Networks International, MTV Networks UK & Ireland, Greenhouse, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, VBSi, Viacom Brand Solutions International and Comedy Central are all trading names of MTV Networks Europe. MTV Networks Europe is a partnership between MTV Networks Europe Inc. and Viacom Networks Europe Inc. Address for service in Great Britain is UK House, 180 Oxford Street, London W1D 1DS, UK.