I'm a hobbyist. I'm into music, movies, and photography. Only a hobby; no source of income. With that said, I love Garageband, iPhoto, and iMovie. I've been using them for about 3 years now and have pretty much mastered them all. I bought a new 8 core Mac Pro and I am ready to go Pro. My wife just bought me Logic Studio for my birthday, so that's taken care of. I helped my wife out on a job she had and I have been awarded with the choice of either Aperture 2 or Final Cut Express. Decisions, decisions. We have threee kids, and I have to admit, although I love making home movies of them, I do tend to take more pictures of them than I do video. I have a little over 10,000 images of them alone. Not to mention all the other pictures I take. I'm leaning more towards Aperture. But some of the power of Aperture lies in your cameras ability to output RAW files. While my Kodak point and shoot is great, it's no Nikon. I do however have a HD720 video camera that could benefit from Final Cut Express. I don't like the way iMovie 08 works. And while I like iMovie 06, I think it's kind of laking in the HD department when it comes to the stuff I'm working on. And some of my HD video looks kind of "jerky" once I've put it though iDVD. Maybe it's just me, but after seeing the Final Cut demos on apple.com, iMovie 06 seems kind of slow and clunky. I think I'm leaning more towards Aperture. Especially since I've been dying to get my hands on a real SLR camera. Whatever one I don't get now I'll probably end up getting for Christmas, so it's all about which one do I prefer to have now. What do you guys think? Aperture 2 or Final Cut Express?