I currently own a Sony hard drive camera (DCR-SR80) that records in the mpeg-2 format. I'm looking to buy a new laptop that I plan to use at least partially for editing footage from this camera. The kind of editing functions I'm looking for are basically equivalent to what you can do in iMovie--definitely not less than this. In fact, ideally, I'd like to get a mac.... but as far as I know iMovie doesn't really mesh well with the mpeg format, so if it needs to be a PC then it needs to be a PC...
So my questions are basically:
What kind of computer/software would you recommend for me?
If that's not specific enough:
Is it possible to edit mpeg-2s with Mac software like iMovie or finalcut?
If the answer to above question is no, can I somehow convert the mpegs to DV or something to make them editable in iMovie? And if so, would it be worth it to go this route or should I stick to a PC?
And finally, if I go with a PC, what kind of setup and software would you recommend?
Right now the price range is open until I can get a better handle on what is out there...
Any help on the topic would be appreciated. Thanks! And sorry if this is the wrong forum... it seemed like the best choice