I currently use Windows 7 and it is about time to upgrade to a new PC. I tried the Consumer Preview to Windows 8 and I hated it. That leaves me with staying with Windows 7 for another several years or so or move to Mac. I have an iPad 2 and it works very well. I have been curious about macs for some time now. My research has showed that everything that I do now, with the possible exception of video editing, can be done just as well on a Mac if not better. Windows Media Player plays the AVCHD files straight from the camera just fine and even de-interlaces them properly. I can then use Sony Vegas movie studio to edit them and export them as a interlaced file that also plays well in Windows Media Player. I choose to leave the files interlaced because I like the smooth motion. These files converted to 30P looks "choppy" to me, so I leave them as 60i. What kind of experience should I expect on a Mac? From what I read raw AVCHD files are not supported and I would need to convert them to watch or edit them. I have many hours of AVCHD footage already and it would be very impractical to convert everyone of them so that they can be watched. I have thought VLC or MPlayerX would play them and deinterlace them properly. Is this correct? I have also read that iMovie will automatically convert AVCHD files to 30P. Is this also correct? How does FCPX handle AVCHD on import and export? if I find that I will have a smooth AVCHD experience I will almost certainly go Mac for my next PC.