Hello all, I've been digging around trying to find this specific answer and I think I've figured it out, but I want to be sure before continuing to convert my hours and hours of home VHS video to digital. Your help is greatly appreciated. (Sorry this is long...I want you to have all the info you need for answer.) Here's what I want to do: 1- I want to both save my tapes in digital format and copy onto an external HD for archiving/future use (and to save computer HD space so I can drag them later into imovie) 2- AND to use now for editing in imovie. To save for future use (ie: archiving), I want to save in a digital format that can best be read/burned to DVD (or other future format) years later, if say, I have a new computer or new program, or whatever. And that, if copied onto an external HD, I can easily drag into imovie 9 later. For that purpose, does it work best to save them them in an mpeg4 format? Or will .mov work? I think I can save them in either. (If I see a file with .mp4, is that the mpeg4?) What extactly IS the .mov format (seems that what imovie converts it to) Or should I take the time/trouble to get a converter (like mpeg streamclip) and save them instead (or also) in a .dv file? (follow up question at end to this one) Or what else would you suggest? To give full info, here's the background of what I'm doing: I have an imac with imovie 9. I'm using a newly purchased Roxio Easy VHS to DVD program to convert. (It is easy, though missing a few key things like being able to save directly to external HD, but I can work around that.) Once uploaded it gives three options: burn to DVD using a simple version of Toast, save to imovie for editing, convert for quicktime. I have tried all three. I think when I click to edit in imovie, it's saving them in .mov Somehow, when I was playing around with the roxio, I got one version of a video into a version that ends .mp4 (is that mpeg4?). I think that was when I clicked the quicktime option. I can't seem to open imovie and 'drag' an event onto my external HD to save. It appears I must open the movie folder and drag one of THOSE files over. But I'm getting different versions, depending on what I click after roxio conversion. So again, I want to copy one version of my raw footage (as shot) into an external hard drive for saving for far future and/or dragging back into imovie in the near future. If I should be saving them in various codecs, I think I can do that if I upgrade my basic toast to buying the titanium toast. or if I download mpeg streamclip to convert. (Here's my bonus question: If I have a one-year-old imac, do I need to buy that $20 quicktime player I've seen mentioned to go with the mpeg streamclip, or will what came with this computer work?) Hope this isn't too confusing. I'm trying to make sure I save these movies the right way first time out so I don't have to do them a second time. Thanks so much.