Im just about to pull the trigger on the purchase of a Canon Vixia HF-100. Ive done my research, but still questions linger. Im a family movie-making enthusiast who recently sold his standard def camera in order to move up to HD. My plan is to edit in iMovie. I dont do a ton of editing - not overly skilled, but I much prefer to put something together rather than just watch raw footage. Anyways, I was hoping to hear from people who are in a situation similar to mine. Do you regret your decision to go the AVCHD route? (I like the idea of not having to deal with tapes and the benefits from recording on to solid state). I understand that its somewhat of a pain to convert to AIC, but at this point is it just a mater of it not being that convenient or is it frustrating enough that you wish had opted for HDV? Do you think the AVCHD & iMovie combo is ok, or would you recommend a different software package? We only have macs at home mines a year old MacBook Pro with 4 GB of Ram and a nice 2nd monitor. Im also in the market for an external hard drive to store the massive video files I keep reading about. My plan is to purchase a non-portable drive with a faster RPM rate than whats available in the portable realm. But what size will 500 GB suffice for now, or should I just bite the bullet and go for the 1 TB? And can someone recommend a brand? I dont plan on doing a ton of video work Ive got two young girls and just want to make movies of them, trips backpacking with the mates, etc. I'd use the drive as a backup for our two computers with decent sized MP3 collection and lots of digital pics. Also, I keep searching for a blog or something that provides a step-by-step AVCHD / iMovie workflow. Anyone know of one? Also, Ive thought of getting an appleTV unit not only for video but also as a nice way to show my digital pics as well. But Ive read of limitations in terms of losing resolution when you convert to a format thats viewable via AppleTV. Or is it just better to purchase Toast 9 in order to burn to something appropriate for Blueray? I don't actually have a Blueray player, but I've considered purchasing one in the past - is this another good reason to get one. Or are people adequately satisfied with the resolution when burning to just a regular DVD? This post probably has way too many questions. Essentially, Im looking for someone to break it all down for me. Hope there are a few out there willing to provide their assessment. Thanks in advance.