Hi All, I am a long time fan of this site, but a first time poster. I just updated to the newest iMovie and am new to iMovie too. I used Handbrake and ripped/imported a 30 min home-video on dvd (old tape footage transferred to dvd as a gift). It works, I can play it in iTunes, and everything there is ok. BUT, when I imported into iMovie "events" and work with it in iMovie it is very very slow (iMovie). I have been to Apple (one-to-one) and spent an hour on the phone with Apple Care.... The bottom line is (after a few tests) my iMovie works very well.. It appears to be the video/import. So.... they recommend using something other than Handbrake to see if the rip'd footage will be more manageable for iMovie. What do you guys recommend? I have a 21.5" iMac, 3.06, 8 gig ram. Its only a few months out of the box. Very fast and nice machine.... it has to be the video!!! I am dragging simple little clips into the notebook theme. It is as basic as possible.... but I get the beachball and problems as I drag clips, and imovie takes a long time to open as it tries to render my project (beachball, and "not responding" in activity monitor) Sorry for the long post. Thank you.