of footage in NTSC 720x480 (on a macbook with 2ghz C2D 2gb ram) is normal, right? I think I might start using premiere pro, since it doesn't require rendering. These 30 hour renders are killing me, especially when I have things do. One week is spent just importing and rendering the video. Then rendering 20 hour renders for every little effect that I put. Now I know why people create beowulf clusters of 30 G4's just to render things.