I just bought a new AVCHD camcorder ... mainly because my miniDV camcorder is dying. I'm highly versed in using iMovie (now up to '11) with my DV footage, but I have no clue in a proper workflow with AVCHD. I think I'd like to pattern my workflow similar to how I did it with DV. With DV, I would wait until I filled up a tape, then I would import it directly with iMovie. The tape gets rewound and that serves as my back-up. This is simple and I have my footage in two locations. With AVCHD, this isn't as simple. I'm not about to use a new SD card every time I fill it up. So, how can I import all of my new HD footage, while still retaining the original AVCHD files as a back-up? The back-up should be able to be re-imported into iMovie as needed. Here's what I was thinking. Connect camcorder to Macbook. Copy the footage off of the camcorder's internal memory onto the Macbook. Burn a data DVD (I have Toast that can span multiple DVDs if needed). Then import the camcorder footage using iMovie, which I assume will convert the footage from AVCHD to AIC. Question 1 - will I be able to access the camcorder to copy the raw AVCHD files? Question 2 - will I be able to re-import the raw AVCHD files from the DVD (or the hard drive) in the event that I accidentally deleted something from iMovie? Question 3 - Does iMovie'11 have some sort of automatic way of archiving the original AVCHD files? OK, with that all said, if my proposed method is wrong or misguided, please let me know what is a more proper way to do this. Thanks!