Blindly like a sheep, I though Macs have a better name for video editing etc. (i.e. the creative stuff), so I bought a Mac Book Pro. On the PC (XP) I'd used Sony Vegas or the free HDVsplit software to import my 1080i camcorder (HDV) tapes. It gave me a bit for bit import of HDV at 11 GB/hr (the output is .m2t files). Life was good. I wanted it better so got the Mac. On switching to the Mac I found (iMovie, FCP) could handle the Sony files I'd imported on the PC; that is .m2t files without transcoding (!) to something call the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). My conclusion was there was no real option but to reimport everything from tape all over again (!) if I wanted my HD tapes to end up in a format that the Mac played nice with (every method to get .m2t to something the Mac liked seemed time consuming and nasty). Apple - 1 So once I'd accepted I'd need to start all over again importing from tape, I did my first import on the Mac and the output is 40 GB/hr - yes four times that of the PC! (and correct me if I am wrong but it's stored transcoded to AIC and still not a true bit by bit conversion). Apple - 2 I did a bit of background reading and Apple wants you instead of importing at 1920x1080 they want you to import at 960x540. Apple claims there is about a 4:1 ratio, file size wise between 1920x1080 compared to 960x540. So right enough I did an import at 960x540 and downscaling everything to Apple's proprietary format gave 12 GB/hr (for 960x540 video). Apple -3 Furthermore I've not had it confirmed but from iMovie08 reviews, it seems to be the case that even if you import and export at 1920x1080, iMovie will internally process it at 960x540. A quick trawl around the web reveals quotes like "Ordinarily I'm among the strongest of Apple & Mac supporters, but this nonsense is inexcusable. And I'm not the only one who sees problems with Apple's wanderings. At this point there's no certainty about where Apple's video strategy is headed. I feel my time, money, and video is much safer with Sony Vegas as Sony's direction is crystal clear. Certainly they're not going to take their HD editor and chop it down to an SD editor as Apple has done." and "I've been upset with Apple's crppy MPEG2 support for years, and that's not going to get any better. Meanwhile, the Windows OS alternatives to this Apple mess just keep getting better. Sony Vegas has a huge-and-growing following including quite a few former Mac users. It's the new 'switch' campaign in reverse. Sony Vegas, BTW, offers no-hassles Blu-Ray burning since last year. It works directly with HDV " So it would seem for HD, that your probably better off running a PC with Vegas. Which is a bummer since that is what I had! My objective later on is to use Blu-ray discs for pristine 1080i distribution. Now it COULD be the case that I'd not notice much difference between 1920x1080 or 960x540 (output display is 1080p, 42" and a few years down the line larger) assuming it's easy enough to make a blue-ray compat. disc with 960x540 res. material. Since my camcorder is 1080i and h.264 (used by BR) isn't as efficient with interlaced material and the camera really is 1440x1080 as with most 1080i camcorders, it scales to 1920x1080 on playback. BUT it seems hard not to see it that Apple are really forcing you to near SD levels! So two questions: 1) Can anybody refute the evidence above that Apple suck for consumer HD and I should have stuck with PC+Vegas? 2) What does the jury say, should I import at 1920x1080 or 960x540? If so doing it at 40GB/hr on the Mac sucks against 11 GB/hr on the PC.