Hi Steve. Yes, I'm relatively new to a Mac, so please bear with my misunderstandings. Any suggestions appreciated.
Pps. 102 and 103 of the manual seem to say that you can connect a camcorder via firewire and both control the camcorder and capture from it, either as a direct burn to disk or to save files for later use. Toast did not recognize my camcorder when I conected it, so I can do neither.
With either iMovie or Final Cut Express I haven't found how to save an HD movie imported from a camcorder to a non-compressed HD file on disk, one that can be used with Toast. All I can find that maintains HD resolution and properties is to write the edited movie back to a camcorder.
The main reason I purchased Toast with the HD plugin was to be able to save HD movies from my camcorder to a BR spec BD5 or BD9 standard DVD. That, plus staying within a single program, is why I want to import directly from a camcorder.