Here's our Hardware Tip for.. September 24, 2004
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Buying a Digital Camcorder--Part 2 of 3
Another important port to look for on a digital camcorder is an analog input port. If you have an older, nondigital camcorder or just a bunch of old VHS videocassettes around the house, you probably have nondigital footage you'd like to include in your editing projects.

An analog input port on your digital camcorder will allow you to run that older, nondigital video through your digital camcorder into your PC. The DV camcorder acts as a gateway.