We currently have a Sony video camera that records in M-P2 format...not HD. I have to run the video through conversion software to get it to import into i-movie 09 with both sound and video. After conversion from m-peg 2 to AIC, the quality of the footage is awful. On occasion it does import into imovie without conversion (who knows why, apple support can't solve this mystery) BUT the video quality is VERY poor. The quality on my PC is great (no conversion needed) so this is a mac issue. We purchased our mac desktop FOR THE PURPOSE of video editing so we're pretty frustrated. At this point we want to buy a new video camera. What is the best brand or camera to buy to work with a mac? I DO NOT want to have to convert my videos at all - I want the camera's codec to work w/ the program's codec. I am willing to buy Final Cut Pro express OR Adobe premiere elements for mac instead of imovie if this would help. Please help with the following: 1) Recommendation of camera brand, model would be helpful too. Obviously HD. The list on mac's website is useless b/c my 1 year old camera is on that list YET does not work with the mac, confirmed by over 10 hours of phone support over the last few months w/ mac. 2) Recommendation for codec (is AVCHD the best???) 3) Recommendation for software. Would abandoning imovie be the best way to avoid AIC????? THANK YOU for your help. I feel sick about the last year's footage of my 1st child which has been ruined w/ the imovie's conversion issues.