I have decided to make the switch from windows to Mac and I want to replace my desktop with a Macbook Pro (not yet purchased). I have several hours of raw DV vacation videos (not HD) that I want to begin to edit, as well as a few thousand photos. I have absolutely zero experience with this. I'm not a photographer/videographer, I simply want to enhance my current photos and video for personal enjoyment. I'm not yet certain if I want to turn this into a hobby of sorts. That being said, I plan on replacing my current camcroder with an HD model sometime this year for a trip to Europe (I don't know how relevant this may be). I have a few questions on the best options to begin my migration to OS X: 1. What is the best way to set-up an external "scratch disk" for editing (I assume this is a good idea from what I have read)? 2. Also, how can I best set-up an external drive for back-up in conjunction with this? RAID? NAS? 3. What size and speed would be recommended for the internal HD on a new MBP? 4. Should I start with iMovie/iDVD or start with FCE? How about for photo editing. I'm not a photographer/videographer, I simply want to enhance my current photos and video for personal enjoyment. I'm not yet certain I want to turn this into a hobby of sorts. Well, this should get things started. I'm a blank slate at this point and would appreciate any suggestions. I apologize if this in the wrong forum. Thanks!