Inexpensive is a tough word to define. It is different for everbody.
And why firewire? Only DV and HDV use firewire and both are pretty out of date. New cameras don't use firewire. They use a file transfer mechanism, since they record to memory cards and not to tape.
An Android smartphone or iPhone will have a HD camera. And you can make phone calls. If you have a Costco membership, they sell nice little cameras that will do the job if you just want something basic.
What is it you want to do with the camera and what is your price range?
It will also help if you tell us what version of Premiere Pro you have.
Also what is the specification of your PC?
There is no point in advising of a HD camcorder if you are using Premiere Pro 1.5 and have a slow PC as Premiere just will not work
Yet another question, do you want a dedicated camcorder, a bridge camera, a compact digital, a DSLR, price matters?
A small compact camera will give great images and HD video, a bridge camera will give both plus a very long zoom lens
As Steven has advised a mobile phone will give pretty good video (especially the iPhone) as it is but again the spec of the PC will make a difference as to if you can play the video files
I am using the latest version in Creative Cloud, which i guess is CS6 on the Windows 8 OS. I have a pc powered by an AMD A10 Processor, 16 gig ram, with an SSD/HD comibination for my drives. I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. I am wanting something that Premiere will capture the video real time with 2 - 4 tracks of audio. I'm putting together videos of me playing guitar to backing tracks and i want to record the video and 2-4 tracks of audio into file simultaneously.
all i have now is an older Logitech webcam. I'm just looking for an inexpensive camera to get the job done maybe less than $300 or so. I thought premiere pro would only capture real time from a firewire camera. Maybe I should use a different software, but I'm paying for Creative Cloud. The key here (i think) is i have to have multiple tracks of audio like in Premiere Pro CS6
this is all new to me. thanks to all who reply.
It used to be simple to capture DV in realtime. Or HDV. Both used firewire. Nowadays, you either shoot HD video and simply transfer the file to the PC via USB or via a card reader, or you buy a fairly expensive piece of hardware that allows you to ingest live video via HDMI.
I suggest that you buy an inexpensive camera that shoots video, and just accept the idea that you will not have the files in real time, but you will have to wait a minute to transfer a 5 minute video.
If you are really serious abou this, then look here for $495 http://www.motu.com/video-products/hd-express-hdmi/workflow/uncompress ed.html
If you do go the Firewire route, you should know that PP can only capture the two primary channels of audio, the third and fourth channels possible with DV will not get captured. You'll need a third party tool for that - Scenalyzer.
Having said that, I do agree with Steven that you'll get much better results using an AVCHD camera for image and a Zoom H4n for audio. It's not real time capture, but is that part of it really critical? Are you creating these videos with a deadline?
Within your budget you will struggle to find a camcorder with anything other than stereo audio
Have a look at Panasonic consumer camcorders
A bridge camera which will also give you a few video format options plus an input for a secondary mike would be
This one has a constant f2,8 lens and hence will be pretty good in low light
But if you have a firewire input on your PC and want a firewire camcorder then have a look on e-bay, Sony would be my choice of consumer DV with Panasonic next
looking at the options, it's not cost effective to go with a current model camcorder with firewire. The industry appears to have moved away from recording live to computer for the consumer market. USB isn't fast enough. It seems like i'm left with a workflow that includes importing video and adding audio tracks adobe audition, exporting to Premiere and syncing the audio and video tracks and then converting the project to .h264.
I think i'll just get a new webcam and be done with.
thanks for all the replies.
Not all web cams record video that PP can work with. You take your chances there.
Of course, PP may be overkill for the kinds of project you seem to be doing, and there are plenty of consumer programs out there which may work just fine with web cam video.