Well guys I finally broke and recently bought a 17" MBP and got a nice pair Kingston RAM inside to give me my 8gb. First Mac and I love it! Now on to the question. I am a film student and would like to get to know each program that I can. I am pretty decent on FCP 7 as that is what my school uses and have done some with Adobe CS4. I was thinking about getting FCX just to mess around with and get to know but not use as my main software until the fixes are released. I was looking at Avid Media Composure 5.5 since my MCP is on the comp. list. Is the academic version for $295 worth it? Anything else you all can recommend?