Greetings all, This forum has made me realize that I'm squandering my access to price discounts. I'm a part-time computer science student and a full-time employee at a university with an Apple-fanatical computer store. I would like help brainstorming a mac-based solution for my following two needs: 1) Create DVDs from divx and xvid encoded video sources. 2) Record a single electric guitar and add synth tracks (together or separate). Logistics: I will place this setup in a 3rd bedroom, and will have to move it occasionally. Wants: For the DVDs, I would like motion menus, good encoding quality, and the ability to experiment with hotspotting(?, I'm a digital media novice) images, other than squares, in a menu. For audio recording, I would like something fairly intuitive so that I can work through song ideas, but will still produce sound decent enough that the average person finds the recording quality acceptable. Background: Using a PC, I have used a mix of freeware and trialware programs to decompress divx and xvid encoded video files, re-encoded them for use as elementary streams, created motion menus, and edited wave files for simple fade effects for audio on the menu screens. I never burned a single DVD because I ran out of patience. It takes my Athlon XP 1600 6 hours to encode 30 minutes of video using 2 pass VBR (high quality setting in TMPEGenc). I am a decent musician, but recording and production are as intangible to me as computers are to the average person. I am impressed with the improvement in the sounds of synths, and would like to use them in addition to guitar. I have also played piano, so I think that I could put that knowledge to use with midi control. I'm going to throw out $3K as a budget because the audio requires so much... I'm considering using the ADC Student Discount as I have not used it before... My educational pricing should be the same as most places, but here's the address: http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/HEDCustom?qprm=53629 This store seems to have good pricing on audio gear: http://www.audiomidi.com/ Any suggestions are appreciated.