Wow! This forum is great. I've spent the last couple of hours going through all this information and will continue to do so but I'm wondering if I can get a couple of quick responses. We are going to be shooting a documentary in Europe over the summer and want to be able to look at HD footage while on the road (either on an SD card or import via firewire), and then when we get back to the states, put together a basic capture timeline in FCP and hand that over to our editor to make into something good. The program will end up being an hour (or, 56 minutes if broadcast). I'm wondering if I have a basic premise correct: The latest 13-inch, 2.4 MBP can handle this. A guy I spoke with on the phone at Apple said we would need to look at a 15" at a minimum because the core2 and NVIDIA GeForce 320m would not work with this. Now, I'm of the understanding that it won't be as quick as it would with an i7 and a video card with its own memory, but, assuming FCP is about the only thing running, all footage is saved on an external drive (and SD card or tape), the 13 inch should be able to handle it, right? Don't want to be penny wise and pound foolish, but the several hundred dollars we save by not going to a 15 inch could be well used on more shooting locations, etc. Thanks.