I have been stuck with the same camcorder since 2005. Sony HCR-1 Don't get me wrong -- it's a great HD camcorder to this day. However, it's based on a tape system which is getting somewhat annoying. If I tape an hour of footage I have to transfer it in real-time to iMovie which takes another additional hour. ...plus really, 5 years later, the technology has really improved in camcorders. The hot Sony camcorder for this year is the Sony HDR-CX550V. I chose Sony because I already own hotshoe accessories for it. The problem is, it's an AVCHD camcorder. I spent the entire afternoon researching the Internet about AVCHD and iMovie. Have to say, I didn't find many (if any) totally favorable responses about the experience of transferring footage to iMovie software. There are people who say Final Cut Express is much better, but there's a rather steep learning curve with that software as well as price. So, I am looking to fellow members here who own an AVCHD camcorder and use it on their Mac. I know we talked about this before within this forum area and I am hoping some of you have become somewhat advanced in your experiences in dealing with AVCHD on the Mac. Really, all I want to do is take the footage and drop it on the Mac and avoid having to wait an hour for an hour's worth of footage just to be transferred. Look forward to reading your comments.