I recently purchased a 17'' MBP with the 7200rpm HD, and bumped the CPU to 3.06. Of course, I opted for the latest Final Cut Studio installment - the one I have been patiently waiting for. However, I have attempted to run my first editing trials with my mrk ii... and the video is incredibly choppy. When I move into Color the play back is just god awful. But my even biggest complaint is SmoothCam. Anytime I render a scene with that effect it becomes even more turbulent. Perhaps, I am just looking over something obvious, which could be the cause to my downfall? I know this inquiry seams pathetic, but I could use some help. I am really interested to learn FCS. Thanks for you time.