Videography for the Web
Having a FireWire connection will let you load footage from your camera directly into your editing system. This works well for spot checks, chroma key tests, or sending the client a review clip. You generally do not want to rely on the camera for loading all of your tape, though, as the wear and tear can drastically shorten the life of tape-based cameras. A better option is to purchase an affordable feeder deck (even used is okay).