Help---New user

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by suenlar, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. suenlar macrumors newbie

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    I have received a Sony HandyCam DCR-SR40 for Christmas. I was hoping that it would automatically connect with iPhoto, iMovie, or iDVD so that I could download the videos. That isn't happening. I keeping getting an error message that the QuickTime movie cannot be read. The info that came with the camera is not very helpful.
    I hope someone can help. I am relatively new to the digital camera world, so please be considerate.
    Thanks
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The camera is a hard disk recording model, and doesn't have a Firewire connection. It records in the lossy MPEG-2 format, which is not directly compatible with iMovie, and reviews rate it low for image quality. Sony does not provide Mac software (they provide Windows software, which reviews also rate poorly). You can buy additional software to convert MPEG-2 to a usable format - instructions here http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/user_reviews3679.html

    Can you take the camera back for a refund? A MiniDV camera with Firewire (i.link) connection would be easier all around, and by all reports, provide a better picture.
     
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

    fivetoadsloth

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    yes, mpeg-2 isnt really supported :eek: sorry. :( maybe you can take it back amnd get something else? Good luck
     
  4. suenlar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After carefully reading the receipt, my husband discovered that he cannot return the camera!!!!! So I read your posting more carefully.
    Thank you so much for the link to purchasing software to convert to MPEG-2. I did that and now I can at least import the videos to iPhoto and iMovie. However, I cannot get the audio. That is probably another problem that I have to figure out.
    Thanks again.
     
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

    fivetoadsloth

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    The audio might be difficult but i know it is [ossible, im usr eomsone here can point you to something. As for the can't return as that due to that he sent in a rebate on it? I know that in the past you can still return it to the manufacturer, jsut not the store. My mom had this happen it broke right after we sent the rebate my mom acalled and they allowed her to send it tomthe manufacturer, the rebate was for the store and we got a new one. Good luck!
     
  6. suenlar thread starter macrumors newbie

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