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Ok, so while I'm sure something of this sort has been asked before, I'm gonna try and lay this out as simply as possible.

I'm in a band that tours a fair amount, and last time out I used the iSight to film a bunch of crap and then edited it in iMovie to make some video blogs. I got kind of a nack for it, and made some half decent looking movies all things considered.

Now here's the deal: we're touring in europe for 6 weeks, and I've been asked to make a DVD of the tour. I'm at a bit of a loss on my own, but I've been researching everything I may or may not need. My questions are as a follows:

HD camera or DV tape? Premiere or Final Cut Pro? What do I use to make a good looking DVD menu?

Basically, I know next to nothing but am willing to spend the money to get setup right (within reason) so I make this look as good as possible. This puts me at the mercy of any store clerk anywhere, so I want to try and get armed before. Can anyone help set me straight?

For lack of a better word... what?
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iDVD that comes with your Mac is great for making menus.

On the side of HD or MiniDV, that's up to you. Although HD produces beautiful results, there are a lot of MiniDV camcorders out there that look very good also. The Canon GL2 is a good one to look at.

For video editing, iMovie would be good enough if very basic is all you need. But if you want that extra boost, I'd say Final Cut Pro.

By the way, if you are going to buy a lot of expensive software, and are still in school, check out
They provide software for students, K -12 and College, at very low prices from original.

Good luck.

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