So...importing mp4 video clips in iMovie is killing me. The incredibly long import time due to thumbnail generation is driving me crazy, and when I do manage to get around it (by force quitting), iMovie runs incredibly slowly. Does anyone know any way to speed up mp4 imports into iMovie? If not, what is everyone's opinion of Final Cut Express compared to iMovie? I would love to pick up some more advanced editing software and After Effects for motion graphics, but the price is just too much considering I just don't do that much video work. That makes Final Cut Express seem like the most attractive alternative.