I'm a little frustrated with home video on my MBP, and was hoping for some sage advice from the readers here. I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, but I've Googled pretty hard, and couldn't find, so I doubt it. I have a miniDV format camcorder with ~20 x 1 hour tapes of home movies important stuff ..birth of 3 children, etc. So far they are not backed up, which I'm trying to remediate before something horrible happens. I want to rip each one onto my MBP (17", early 2009, running Snow Leopard), then copy the resulting .dv file back to a blank tape ..repeated x 20 (I'm very patient). The hitch is that I want to do this losslessly - a bit for bit identical copy from tape A to tape B. My searches of this subject have shown that iMovie '09 is not the way to go, that it drops every other line, or frame (can't remember which), the end result being that many users have found their .dv backups unacceptably flawed. So, I thought about trying to use the DV-NTSC format in Windows Movie Maker 2 to do the job (either on another laptop, or from Boot Camp on mine), but I understand that WMM doesn't do a perfect copy, either. I've considered Final Cut Express, and other software solutions, but would prefer not to pony up $100-$200 just to make backups of my movies (I'd probably never use the high end video software for anything else - what a waste). I've also heard it suggested that if one goes back to iMovie 6 (apparently a free downgrade for iMovie '09 users), that lossless copies are possible, and that exporting back to the camcorder is much easier. Another option would be buying a miniDV player and doing a directly connected copy operation, but the price tags I have seen for those range in the many $100's to $1000's range, so that's a no go. I know the perfect copy routine sounds picky, but these are all my family memories, and getting a straightforward backup just shouldn't be this hard! Does anyone know of software for OS X which can just do a perfect tape --> .dv --> tape, and/or has anyone intentionally downgraded from iMovie '08 or '09 to iMovie 6, and could they tell me what disasters I can expect as a result of the downgrade (i.e., will I be able to erase 6 and get '09 back, or will the competing installations hopelessly confuse OS X) before I tell the installer to go ahead? Thanks for any help anyone can provide!!