Hey. So, after much deliberation between all kinds of models, I decided to go with the PV-GS500. Thanks for all the help here and good advice. I was tempted with the HC3, but thought I would let HD mature for a couple of years and get a solid SD cam to hold me over till then. Anywho, it is just unpacked, battery is charging, and I'm reading up on things. Build quality looks great. Impressive piece of hardware. I'm sure I will have lots of questions. First one being, are you able to get video from camera into iMovie (or something), that has not been put to tape. ie: just live dump from camera through firewire to disk. Doesnt have to be full quality video....just something to play around with, make some quick clips or personal interviews, etc. Thanks in advance.