would this cam be a decent entry level finish cam?
in conjunction with a laptop
zombie bump cuz i'm back here again
any PC software out there that will let me review video and capture at the same time?
Some kind of PVR software might let you do that -- most PVR stuff lets you continue recording while you rewind stuff that you missed or want to see again. I don't really do PC stuff, but there's a ton of PVR stuff out there and probably most of it will let you do that.
A Canon HV30 and a macbook seem to work very well. The important thing seems to be mounting it on a tripod about 8-9 feet up so you can get a better view of the racers. Oh, and do yourself a favor, make sure the refs remember to check the racers at the start for the numbers facing the wrong direction, being on the wrong side, etc. At the beginning of a season it seems that new racers are especially prone to having the numbers wrong and in some races you may have 636 and 939 or similar in the same race.