Ill start off by saying that i've been searching these forums all over till im blue in the face but im not very knowledgeable about computers beyond anything basic so please bear with me. So, I got a Canon HF200 for christmas for some amateur videography. Now I need an editing program. My MBP is somewhat old (purchased early 2007) and heavily used. I have 17 GB left of my 120 GB HD but I also have roughly 400GB available on an external. My only video editing program so far is Imovie HD and my experience is very limited. Basically what I want to do is store any video that I take on my external and have it available for editing whenever I am ready to put it all together. How and what do I need to make this happen? I am considering buying FCE. Does FCE do any conversion from AVCHD to AIC or do I need a 3rd party program such as toast or voltaicHD to do these conversions? The way apple makes it seem is that FCE is an easy plug my camera up and drag clips in to FCE for editing but that is not the feeling I get when reading on any forums. I'm sure ill think of more but this is all I can come up with right now can yall please help provide some light on the subject for me. Keep in mind i need the editing for dummies version.