Hi I am trying to set up an educational aid which can be operated by non-technically minded users. The purpose of the aid is to record mock interviews. Basically I would like to couple an upper end camcorder via the firewire output to a Panasonic DMRE500HEBS dvd recorder (one touch record facility, large hard drive and a burn facility) Using a camcorder would have the following advantages:- Auto focus Auto iris Manual zoom Eyepiece viewer However as we dont intend to record to digital tape I would like to operate the camcorder in the standby position to prevent unnecessary wear and tear, the trouble then is I could get tape warning messages on the screen and auto closedown after a number of minutes. I am aware of other types of cameras, but without a quantum leap in price none seem to offer any of the advantages of the camcorder. Any advice suggestions etc will be appreciated Cheers, Barry.