I am about to purchase my first AVCHD camcorder, the Sony CX550V. AVCHD on a Mac scares me. I hear that iMovie still doesn't play well with AVCHD. So, I had an idea.... Why not work with AVCHD files in Windows 7 under a virtual machine (Parallels). I could install one of the top programs like Pinnacle which works fluidly with AVCHD. Will the virtual machine support a camcorder plugged into it and download/convert the files as if it was working under Windows normally? Also, I am hoping I have enough power for what I want to do. I have a 2.8 GHZ Macbook Pro laptop with 4GB memory. However, only 2GB is dedicated to the virtual machine. Hopefully that will be enough power to support what I need to do. Would appreciate the advice, thanks.