Hello all. My Canon HV20 (miniDV) HDV camcorder just got "junked out" by Best Buy and the comparable camera they have now is the Canon HF S20, which is AVCHD. I have a new iMac running FCP 5.1. I also have iMovie '09. I brought home the camera today but can return it with no restocking fee. I have read that AVCHD is not the easiest format to work with. Since I have FCP 5.1 I can't use Log and Transfer. I did manage to import my test clips into iMovie '09 and then bring them into FCP 5.1 but they need to be rendered on the timeline every time I add anything to the clip. I have not tried to export anything yet. My question...will this workflow work ok if I can put up with the rendering issue? If I buy the upgrade to Final Cut Studio 2 I understand I can import AVCHD with it, but will it also need to be constantly re-rendered as well? I've read about these conversion programs you can download that converts the MTS files for you...but are they accomplishing the same thing I'm doing by importing into iMovie? If I used the conversion program would it bring the clip into FCP without the need for constant re-rendering? I like the camera, but I'm no expert and the workflow seems awful cumbersome. Best Buy says miniDV is a thing of the past. Of course, I have a lot of HDV footage on miniDV tapes now and nothing to play them on and no way to get that footage off. I don't necessarily trust what Best Buy says, but I can only get a new camera through them since I bought a warranty with the other camera. So I'm stuck with what they have to offer, unless I take this camera and sell it. I do video for clients, weddings, interviews, and dabble with documentaries and put most my stuff on DVD...is a flash based memory camera really the way of the future? What should I do? Keep the camera? Continue to use iMovie to import footage in until I can buy the FCP upgrade? Or should I stick with miniDV? I would love some advice. Is there another flash based type of camcorder that isn't AVCHD? Thank you for any guidance. I have 14 days to figure this out..lol.