I am two weeks away from buying a MacBook Pro, which I desperately need as my current MacBook is seriously lagging doing video editing. Yes, I would rather have an iMac, as I know it is better for video editing, but as I travel to different countries frequently, that is not practical for me; hence the MacBook Pro. Here is my first question: My roommate has a Sony HDR-CX500, which is, of course, AVCHD. I am having great difficulty finding a way to import the files, and yes, I have looked at the forums regarding this issue, as I know that many others have experienced the same problem, but these are not helping me. Does anyone know what I can do to get these files imported without losing any quality whatsoever? I'm willing to pay for software if I have to. Second question: I like the CX500, but not if it's going to be a hassle importing video. What is the best camcorder for Mac, one that will import AVCHD with no trouble? Any thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!!!