Background: I'm just a home video and production newbie with nearly 70 hours of typical home video on MiniDV tape. My most immediate goal is to get the tapes imported in the best quality I can while the tapes and camera are still in good condition. The imported files will be backed up. Next, or concurrently, I'd like to put the contents onto DVDs in a relatively quick manner -- no editing needed. The DVDs are for my wife and family to watch. (It's not convenient for them to watch them on a computer and I have no easier way to get digital content to our TV -- it has no HDMI input.) Lastly, I'd like to do some editing and make a more "finished" video. I've been using iMovie '08 and now '11, and iDVD (sometimes Toast) and I'm fairly competent with those. But I tried the 30-day Final Cut Pro X trial version, and without knowing much of anything used the "default" settings for making a DVD, and it came out significantly better! I did not use any of the analysis features, either, but the resulting picture had fewer "jaggies" and seemed overall much clearer. It make me wonder what could be done if I knew what I was doing... Finally, here's my question: if I bought Compressor (only $50), would I be likely to get results like I did the the FCP X trial? From what I can figure out I could use Compressor to do what I want, but there's no trial version for it (boo!). I'd spend the $50, but not likely $300! Actually, Compressor is what got me to download the FCP trial -- I thought it would be included but was not. I'd read that Compressor could off-load work to other machines on your local network and I would love to be able to do that. (I work on a C2D iMac, but have a 4-core early 2011 MacBook Pro that can do the iMovie encodings twice as fast.) Does this actually work? I've got a gig-E network. Again, I'd happily fork over the dough if it cut my encoding times in half. I know Compressor is supposed to be a "Pro" app and not for everyday users, but I've got strong technical skills and time to figure it out if I think it will turn out to be worthwhile. Any opinions?