I asked this at the Apple forum and no one responded so I'm hoping you will all be a bit more helpful. My first question is about what video editing software to use. My old and well used MacBook recently died and so Dh and I are juggling around computers currently. He will be using his work laptop, and I will be using his MacBook (once the movies on it are edited and exported). But eventually, our plan is to buy a Mac Mini (since we have a keyboard, mouse and monitor already this will save us lots of money). Anyway, we need to decide what to do about our video editing software. We currently have Final Cut Express HD, but I just found out they are not making new versions of it and instead have released FCPX. DH suggested we just downgrade to iMovie since we no longer do anything that major. We mostly just do home movies now. I did think that was a great idea, but then read in various places that the new version of iMovie exports movies that have digital artifacts in the darker areas. Has this issue been resolved, or is this still a problem? I will not accept any downgrading of my video quality by any digital editing program I use. We were originally told that this would not happen. That since it is digital it comes out the same quality it goes in with no quality changes. If that is no longer true with iMovie than it seems we are forced to use FCPX, is that right? I'm also completely confused about how people are archiving final video projects. I guess we've been out of the loop for awhile because when we started using iMovie and then FCE we imported the footage, edited the footage, then exported the footage back to the camera to save our final edited project to tape. We burned DVD's to give to people, but noticed they started to degrade after only a year or two, so never depended on them as a way to store movies. I just created a short movie in iMovie '08 and when I went to export to the camera there was no such button. I searched and searched, but it just wasn't there. I finally researched online and it seems that button doesn't exist anymore. So I figured there must be a similar thing to "save movie self contained" like there is on FCE so that I can save the entire edited project in one file. I figured I would just save this file on the hard drive, or open it in FCE where I could export it to the camera. But I couldn't find any way to do this either. Is there any way to save a final project as one file that contains the full amount of info with no loss of data? When I asked at the Apple store why iMovie no longer had an export to camera button the sales guy said, "why would you want something like that?" and "I've never heard of anyone doing that". Really? No one does that anymore? I asked him where to store movies and he said my hard drive because tapes don't last. I told him I had VHS tapes that are over 20 years, but none of my harddrives have lasted longer than 5 years. Then I asked him what file format people were saving their final projects in. He just scratched his head and said they would be really big files and they are scattered all around in different folders. Um, okay, so how do people archive their final iMovie projects then? And is FCPX similar to iMovie in this regard? Or can you still export to camera with it? Or can you save a self contained movie? I'm just totally confused as to how people are archiving these days and why Apple would take away my ability to export to tape (which seems to the only reliable option for backup at the moment).