Hi all I've been working with HD video at work on an Octo-core 2.8ghz mac pro with 4GB of RAM. The footage we've been shooting comes from HV30s, shot in the 24p cine mode, which then has to go through a reverse-telecine pulldown to extract the progressive frames from the 60i envelope. On the Mac Pro, this process takes forever, and since we're working primarily with interviews, we have to treat long stretches of film first before editing. I, for one, am not really wealthy enough to purchase a new Octo-core Nehalem Mac Pro with a decent screen, but would like to be able to work with this footage at home. Also, as a note, I occasionally travel abroad to work on and complete projects, so I would like to have a laptop in my arsenal. I am due for a computer upgrade, having used a 1.5ghz PowerBook for many years, but am a bit lost given the strange changes Apple has been making lately. Ideally, I would like to purchase a computer with a dedicated graphics card, since a lot of research and development is being put into finding interesting ways of maximizing the processing capacity in systems with two video cards. The MacBook Pro 15" models at the higher end have dedicated graphics cards, which, in my mind, gives them an edge over the iMac of similar specifications, minus the screen size. However, I was curious to know if any of you had any experience using Qmaster in very small Core2Duo setups the other option I am considering is the 13" MacBook Pro, which now has FireWire, and a 24" iMac, both at their highest specifications. The smaller, lighter computer is technically more enabling for me, as I don't work exclusively with video and am often on the move. While dedicated graphics cards definitely can offer an advantage in encoding, these speed gains often seem highly specific often tuned for H.264 or DivX. In any case, these are basically my options, and I was curious to know if any of you had real world experience trying to work with these more inexpensive systems in networked capacity or had familiarity with dedicated graphics gains in these lower end systems. Any advice, especially statistical advice, is much appreciated. Thanks!