Hello, I'm a new member but have been reading the forums for a while now. I posted this in the iMac forum as well. And here we go... Present Day Hardware & Software -I have 2 Canon HV20 camcorders and a Nikon D5000 DSLR. -My editing workstation is a 15" Powerbook G4 1.67GHz w/ 1GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 9700(128MB). I had ordered an extra 1GB of RAM from OWC but it seems to crash my system, maybe I need to buy the same module so my memory matches. They told me that wasn't necessary when I bought the GB stick. Any thoughts? -My OS is 10.4.11 and I'm using FCS2 and Adobe CS3. Future Hardware & Software -I would like to get an iMac 27" 3.4 GHz Quad-Core i7(+ $200 upgrade over the 3.1 GHz Quad-Corei5). My software would be OS X Snow Leopard, FCS3, CS5 and possibly Avid MC 5.5 -Is it worth upgrading the graphics card to the AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5(+ $100) for editing in 1080p/1080i/HDV/ProRes? I know it's important for gaming and 3D(which I don't do) and I don't plan on doing uncompressed HD or 2K/4K anytime soon on this system(does the graphics card have a huge affect in this area?). I will be doing some compositing and have multiple video layers, as well as color correction, will the 2GB graphics card give me a boost here? A $100 isn't a huge add-on so I don't mind adding it if I'm going to see a bump in productivity. -Should I stick with the standard 1TB HDD now that Thunderbolt is here and I'll be able to add a RAID externally or is upgrading to the 256GB SSD and having a 1TB(+ $600) or 2TB(+ $750) drive worth the expense? Again, I'll be editing 1080p/1080i/HDV/ProRes as well as adding stills from my D5000. -I'll max out the RAM at 16GB. I won't buy this from Apple, but from OWC, Crucial or NewEgg. Any other suggestions? Editing Workflow -My Powerbook G4 would become my assist/capturing station and I'd do my editing on the new iMac. I'd run FCS2 on the Powerbook and FCS3 on the iMac. -I'm planning on shooting 1080/60i and 1080/24p in a 60i wrapper, depending on the project, with the HV20's and using the D5000 for photos(JPEG, possibly RAW in the future). -I would be capturing HDV 1080i60 Firewire Basic from the HV20 into FCP so I can keep timecode and recapture the tapes in the future if necessary. I would perform the reverse pulldown on the 1080/24p footage via Apple's workflow thru Compressor(I'll use the new iMac for this, as the Powerbook is excruciatingly slow for this process). -I was planning on making my sequence for the 1080/60i material HDV and have the Render set to ProRes 422. Is there a reason I should set the sequence to ProRes from the start? And if so, I'm assuming I set it to ProRes 422 1440x1080 60i not 1920x1080, since HDV is 1440x1080. Is that correct? Since the 1080/24p material is now ProRes after the reverse pulldown that will be my sequence settings for those projects. Side question... With the new Thunderbolt port, will the multi connection I/O boxes hooked up to them be able to capture HDV in ProRes and keep the timecode? Maybe this can't be answered until it comes out and people have had a chance to use them, just thought I'd ask. -I'll be editing in FCP, and bringing shots into Motion, Photoshop and After Effects for various reasons. I'll be doing basic color correction in FCP, possibly Color(I don't know it, but will probably play around with it). Final Source Material -Not really sure where my projects will end up right now but I want them to be able to be output to HDCam or HDCamSR if necessary, as well as bluray. In the beginning they'll probably just be uploaded to the internet(Vimeo, Youtube, etc..) and SD DVD's for family and friends. I want to keep it at the highest quality it can be for the whole process, which I know is only HDV/ProRes. I know about FCP X and Lion, but I don't feel like being a guinea pig for them. I'll upgrade to them after they've been out for a few months and the bugs have been worked out. Plus one of the screen grabs that was floating around showed the menu under "File" and I didn't see "Log and Capture" as a choice. Not good considering my source material is from my HV20's via Firewire. But don't worry I'm not making a judgement based off of one screen grab and I'll wait and see how FCP X is when it comes out. I'm actually excited to see how it is. And please don't turn this into an FCP X discussion, I was just letting you know I know about the upgrades coming very soon, thanks. My biggest concern is the new iMac. Should I go all out and get it fully loaded or only do certain add-ons like the graphics card and Ram from other vendors now that Thunderbolt has arrived? Thanks in advance for the feedback, these forums are fantastic.