Okay, first of all can the macbook even handle HDV footage? I already have an iMac for the 'heavy lifting' but want something to take to work at night for working on hdv footage and photos. I've got about 8 hours free everything and would like to utilize that time. I prefer the small size of the macbook but the lighted keyboard and extra 'umph' of the mbp. It would be a apple refurb for the macbook or online seller for the used mbp. Price difference is not that much of a difference. Also lack of applecare option for the mbp sucks butt. Help please. update: also the macbook would be a c2d and the mbp would be a cd unless anyone knows of another 'cheap' please to buy c2d mbp,thanks.