Hi, I have bought my first digital video camera due to the birth of our first child. It is a Sony HDR-CX350. It records video in AVCHD. (I also have a happy snapper photo camera which can take little videos in AVCHD-Lite) I have never done any video editing. I am reasonably creative and have a fair idea of what I'd like to be able to do when creating videos. However, I am not at all 'technical' and don't understand much at all about how these new formats work, or how to edit video, or how to make a DVD. So I'm starting from scratch. I am a bit intimidated by AVCHD and AVCHD-Lite and also have no experience with the whole movement of files between camera, computer and dvd. I figure I probably need a new computer to edit my video on. I have a 5 year old PC which is about 3ghz (processor) and 2gb (RAM). I have never used a MAC. I'm inclined towards an iMac for video editing because of the way Apple markets its products. By that I mean, they consider the software and you can try things out. With PCs, there's no shop I can go to and say "I'd like to edit video, please show me how your product will work" like I can do with an Apple. So I will go to an Apple Store, take my (long) list of things I want to be able to do with video editing, take my camera and ask them to show me how it all works. Given I'm so new to it, I don't think I'll truly absorb much, but I do see this as a way to test out whether the machine and software can do what I want. I could put my list of requirements up, but if you just think of a typical Dad wanting to video his kid, turn that raw footage into something succinct and actually watchable and then make a DVD with a proper menu structure - that is the bulk of my requirement. I'd also like to express myself with some creative video making, but wouldn't be doing anything advanced (just some messing about with audio, the speed of the video, over-written text etc). I've read a lot of forum threads but almost all seem to be from "pro-sumers", full on enthusiasts or actual professionals. I would appreciate some advice prior to my visit to an Apple Store. I'm not fussed about whether I get an Apple or a PC for this job and I don't have any preference about what vid editing software to use, I just want something I can learn, understand and use for a long time. I won't be bothered upgrading and needing the latest and greatest. The only future proofing consideration may related to BluRay as that may become the norm within the 5yrs or so I'd keep this machine. I presently do not have an HD television, but we'll get one sooner or later. My expectation is that I'll probably buy an iMac for the reasons noted above and use that purely for vid editing (and perhaps photo editing as it should be good at that too) then buy a basic laptop to use for all my regular computer stuff (emails, internet, excel etc) as I'm used to PCs and having a laptop will probably be nice. I know forum advice givers always like proper background info so I hope the above is adequate, if not, I'm happy to post further clarifications. You may note I've not talked about dollars as I don't want that to rule the discussion. Time wise, I expect the purchase to be after September 2011, but I am happy to wait longer if that is what I'm advised to do. Thanks in advance for all useful comments and advice.