Hi, I am in the process of importing all my miniDV footage so that it can be stored in its raw format on my hard drive as a back up to the tapes. I also like the idea of labeling the clips with scene/date information that will help me locate them quickly for those times when I want to make a movie for say my brother for example.... which includes all the footage shot with him in it over the years. Kind of like the way we use iphoto. I have FCE, Imovie 06 and imovie 08. My plan was to use FCE as the principal archive, and imovie 06 in order to create those quick and painless movies for export to idvd. I haven't been using imovie 08 at all because of the damning reviews, but I'm wondering now if in fact this is the one I should be using as the principal archiving system because it seems that this was partly the way it was designed (but can I use the external drive as my "primary disk" as I have about 600gb of footage so won't fit internally). FCE isn't lending itself to the kind of easy retrieval system that I have going with iphoto. What are the opinions out there as to which one is the best?