I have a Sony 500V camera - the one with the 120 gb hard drive that records in AVCHD. Last night I was trying to import several raw video clips from the 500V onto my uMBP (late 2008 - 2.53, 4 mb's RAM). I put the converted .mov clips onto my HP media server. When I tried to play them back, without any editing, etc., the play back was horrible. The video would play for a couple seconds and then stall and stutter. The audio would continue a bit further, but it would stutter as well. I tried importing with both iMovie '08 and FCE. Same results with both programs. It has to be something with the import as I can play the raw AVCHD videos directly to my TV and computer without issue. It don't make sense that it is the server, as people as able to save to externals without issue (it is a wired connection). I did some searching on the web and see that both iMovie and FCE have issues with converting AVCHD. Is that correct? It was recommended that I import using the Sony program that came with the camera (on Windows) and then edit back on the Mac side. Will that work? Are there better options? I remember reading other threads on here about similar issues, but I can't find one that is on point. My apologies if I missed the answer.