I transferred my "movie" from the camcorder to the computer via USB and the quality is terrible. Upon reading this forum I realize that is NOT the thing to do. Currently I dont have a firewire for my computer but that is easy enough to get. Question is...Will the quality from my camcorder to a stand alone DVD recorder via DV direct be the same as the computer hookup (firewire NOT USB)? Problem is I bought a stand alone for about $85. I see good DVD burners for around $35.00. I could save $50 but then I have to install the burner, get a firewire, transfer, edit, record, etc. I am thinking the stand alone is the best (for me) because it would be much easier but I am still not sure because I want the best quality recording..