More Mac stuff.
Regarding importing and editing with iMovie 09.
I found out that. With the HA VBR clips, these will import straight to iMovie and can be edited and a barely passable DVD can be made.
In the case of importing 1080p clips. I said that 1080p clips alone are not recognized by iMovie, and I was partly wrong. When there are both 1080i and 1080p clips recorded, iMovie does see the camcorder, and the Archive function does work. It copies the entire contents of the the memory to a folder of your specification. However, when you try to import to iMovie for editing and use the function "import Camera archive" it doesn't see the folder, when I direct to the folder, it says that it is not a camera archive. However, you can copy the mts files out of the stream subfolder and convert those and work on them. I have used Handbrake on those mts files and converted to mp4 and then imported to iMovie for editing. The resulting DVD from this process is full of artifact, and I've been told it's interlace artifact. So I ran an additional process and put the mp4s through JES Deinterlacer and imported the resulting mov files which produced a much better DVD. The color was slightly off however. If you don't intend to make a DVD, you can use the mp4 without deinterlacing and export to quick time.
I'm glad I did not know about the fan issue before buying the camera, it would have caused some unneeded anxiety. I can't hear it in any of my videos.