conflicting messages about AVCHD and its video quality. If you are using an Intel-Mac with the most current versions of iMovieHD '08 or FinalCut (Express or Pro), then AVCHD can be used. I am not a fan of doing that much compression (stuffing the digital video into the AVCHD envelope) as the first step. Video compression = discarded video data = reduced video quality...

The HV30 will connect with a firewire cable - unless your MacBook is one of the new ones, in which case there is no firewire port... previous generations have a firewire port... You may need to custom install the "Apple Intermediate Code" in order for the video apps (and QuickTime) to be able to deal with HDV.