Hey, I am in the market for a new computer and am considering a MacBook (because my HP laptop has been giving me a lot of trouble lately), but I think I might get the new aluminum one because it looks tempting, but the fact it has no FireWire might be a deal-breaker for me, because I have a MiniDV camcorder. I don't want to buy a new camcorder just to use with the new MacBook (it would admittedly be pretty stupid!), and at one point I was considering a MacBook Pro but I didn't want to blow a lot of money just buying a Mac. But someone suggested an idea to me: Suppose I buy an external hard drive to use as a video scratch disk, and it connects via USB 2.0 and FireWire, and I connect the hard drive to the MacBook via USB 2.0, connect my camcorder to the FireWire port on the drive, and directly capture to that hard drive? Would iMovie or Final Cut Express be able to recognize that? If that is the case, then I will consider buying an aluminum MacBook.