I just bought FCE HD. Know almost nothing about the program, just started to play with it today and will begin Pro Training next week at my local Apple store. I noticed that the files I imported into FCE today look sharper and frankly better than what they look like in Imov 8. I am using a Cannon Elura 100 and the clips are shot outdoors in the sun. I ran them side by side and again I felt the video in FCE to be of better quality. Even though it is the same clip? Am I making this up? Or is there something here, that in my newbe-ness, I don't understand. Also I know that exporting video in Imovie 8 produces poor quality images. Why doesn't this happen in FCE? Looking forward to your insights.