Actually, what I'd like (actually several of us) is some advice on what software and possibly hardware to use to put together an Indie feature we are planning to enter in Festivals, etc. We'll be shooting with the Panasonic DVX 100 because of the 24p capability, etc. We want a finished product that will look close to film. We know it can't be exact, but close. We need to know not only which software would be good, but which software has the filters, or works best with filters, that simulate film look. Anyway, we see a lot of fluff on FCP. But it looks like besides buying a G5, that the costs also add up quickly when factoring in DVD authoring software, etc. Then there's AVID, but is it too "much" for us at this juncture in terms of functions, bells and whistles, etc? Is Vegas too low end? It seems like it may very well be capable. (Is Sony going to develop Vegas, have a Vegas 5? Or or they just going to let it slowly fade?) Could Matrox or Pinnacle be the solution? We're trying to keep the budget down, obviously. But if you skimp too much, you just end up hurting yourself. Say we have $4500 - $5500 or so to spend on software/hardware in the budget. Any suggestions - software or hardware? Or would any of you offering help need more info? (Yes, I'm sure a lot of this is very lame to you experienced folks out there ) All this just to make a movie!