I had been considering getting a Macbook Pro ever since they were announced (and especially since the C2D models were released), but recently I've been having second thoughts. My main goals for buying it were: 1) To become familiar with Mac software as a way to fill out my resume--I'm already qualified for PC Windows/Linux support, and learning Mac would be nice. Personally I don't have any major complaints about Windows, but I am tempted to at least try OSX to see what I've been missing on the other side of the fence. 2) To learn Final Cut Pro (and the other Studio apps). Again, this is partly to fill out my resume since I already know Premiere, but a lot of jobs are looking specifically for FCP experience. I shoot in HDV and DV, and reading Apple's FCP website, they claim it works very well for editing native HDV. I really wanted to "fall in love" with FCP because it does sound like an excellent program and is highly recommended by many industry pros. 3) To have a new tech toy to play with, and in the event that OSX/FCP didn't work out for me, I could always run Windows on it. However, while researching everything I could about Macs and FCP, I ran into some potential show-stopping issues: 1) When I started reading some user forums about FCP, most people seem to agree that Apple's claims of FCP's realtime HDV capabilities are unrealistic and overrated. On the PC side, there are many solutions available for editing HDV, such as Cineform in Premiere/Vegas, Canopus HQ in Edius, etc., but on FCP it seems you are stuck with native HDV or transcoding to DVCProHD (which is a more lossy format than the other intermediate codecs). There also seem to be a lot of bugs and gotchas when working with HDV in FCP, such as problems capturing continuous footage with correct timecode, poor quality when downconverting to SD, inability to import M2T files from direct-to-disk recorders, etc.. Many of the "elite" FCP forum regulars on sites such as lafcpug.com actively berate people just for shooting in HDV, which they claim is an inferior format that should be avoided at all costs (even though PC editors seem mostly happy with it). Since I'm already comitted to HDV and can't afford to switch to anything better, this really turned me off of FCP. I hope they are wrong and Apple's claims are right... 2) There are a couple other troubling issues specific to the MBP. Some users report that the screen brightness is not uniform across the screen, this seems to be luck-of-the-draw. There is also the fact that the MBP's Superdrive has a lot of flaws (no region free, poor burning quality on many premium brands of discs, many reports of stuck/jammed discs). Granted, it is an easy problem to get around by using an external DVD drive, but I feel this should not be necessary on a brand new, top-of-the-line product. 3) With the "useful for work" aspects in doubt, its hard to justify spending $2000 on a toy. That money would buy me half of a new camera or a lot of other equipment like mikes, lights, etc. So, you can see I'm a bit troubled. Part of me WANTS to switch, to become a Mac (or at least 'bilingual') person, to fall in love with FCP. But on the other hand, it seems like there are so many problems in doing so, that I'm hesitant to put my money down. I was hoping somebody could either confirm these issues so I can just forget the whole switching idea, or maybe somebody could correct my misunderstandings/misperceptions and convince me that switching is the right thing to do? Thanks!