I recently purchased a Sony HDV cam and am considering a computer to capture the content and perform minor editing. I will be working with family movies and am interested in archiving in a more usable format like dvds, or maybe even an external hard drive. I don't expect to be doing any crazy editing or effects. Probably mostly capturing, cutting and burning. I don't want to run this on the family computer and don't have the space for another desktop, so I am leaning toward a laptop. Being a pc user at work, I am looking at the Sony Vaio AR, but am also considering a Mac. How would you recommend configuring a Macbook Pro for this purpose and how will it compare to the Vaio? I assume that it's best to capture to an external drive? Lastly, I hate buying things when something better is just around the corner. I know this is always the case, but are any major upgrades imminent on the mbp?