Importing A sony Handycam into iMovie

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  1. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    Me and my friend are trying import some footage into iMovie with her Sony Handycam but it wont show up on my MacBook and Im afraid to put the mini dvd in it. Any suggestions
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure how the DVD-based ones work (USB 2.0?) but please DO NOT put the mini DVD into any slot-loading optical drive. Ever. Nothing in the manual for copying files?
     
  3. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Don't put the mini-DVD in a slot-loading drive - it won't read it and you'll have a tough time getting it back out.

    If the camera doesn't have a FW out port, then you need to find a tray-loading DVD drive to rip the file and then convert it to a format that iMovie can use. DVD-cams really aren't that great if you intend to edit the footage.
     
  4. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    The DVD based camcorders act as USB2.0 drives, or at least my Father-In-Law's Panasonic does.

    Do you mean your MacBook doesn't recognise it as a drive/device. Was there any OSX software with the Camcorder? - If so, you may have to use that.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Last I checked the DVD and MicroMV cameras made by Sony were not supported under OS X. At least with the MiniDVD you should be able to copy it off onto a larger DVD on a ray loading system and use DVDxDV or streamclip to get it into iMove, nothing to do with the MicroMV...

    B
     
  6. runninmac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the help, were still having probems copying it to a DVD but what format should we use if we can get it to work? DVD cameras do suck!
     
  7. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

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    i hate mini dvd camers...i hate them


    horrible


    horrible...

    back to topic...

    from what i knew i didnt even think they were compatible. possibly an external dvd drive that has a spot for the small disc?
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Ideally you'd like to bring it back to DV so that you can edit it. DVDxDV or MPEG streamclip can help you with that. Or you could probably play the DVD through a DV camera's passthrough and capture it. If your project is for the Web or iPod then you could also use Handbrake and go down to MPEG4 which iMovie 06 likes.

    What problems are you having copying from the miniDVD to DVD?

    B
     
  9. Mac-ination macrumors newbie

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    Importing VOB file from Sony Handycam DVD205

    Uh-oh. So my brand new Handycam that produced .VOB files--that I can't figure out how to import into either iMovie or Final Cut Express--isn't the hot solution for home movies with lots of editing required? I had a Canon Elura 50 MiniDV and it went on the fritz after just 2 years (plus was so slow importing with firewire) so I thought I'd really gotten clever with the mini DVD. I'd love to hear why you don't like them.


     
  10. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Make another thread please...
     
  11. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    Nope wont work. I have a sony dvd handycam, and since last april I've been trying to figure out how to use it with my mac. Bottom line is it wont work. I should of gotten a mini dv cam.
     
  12. Mac-ination macrumors newbie

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    That's what I get for thinking intuitively...it seemed so easy in concept. Any DVD handycams that do work with Macs out there? If not, any favorites for Mini DV? My Canon Elura was a huge disappointment.
     
  13. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

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    yah basicly. next time just research a lot and ask the right questions.
     
  14. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

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    when i first got my camera i dindt no how to upload it in imovie either, its actually very easy tho once you get the hang of. open i movie jut like you would do regually. NOTE* YOU CANNOT UPLOAD VIDEO VIA FIREWIRE. YOU MUST USE USB. makesure that the firewire cable is unplugged from your camera. turn ur camera on and put it in play/edit mode. usually the 3rd setting like on my handy cam. Now in imovie take the little slider bad on the bottom and slide it toward the scciors ur screen on imovie should be blue and say that the camera is connected. NOTE* BEFORE DOING THIS MAKESURE THAT YOUR CAMERA IS QUED TO THE POINT YOU WANT TO UPLOAD.
     
  15. Tom in AZ macrumors newbie

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    Well, this is not a DVD style cam I have. It is a (Hi8) Sony CCD-TRV608, and it has a built in USB port. I connect it to the PowerBook G4 making sure the USB port is activated on the camera (In the menu system). iMovie still does not see it even following the directions in the above post. Is there a way to take a set of winhose drivers and use a wrapper with it? Something a long the lines that ndiswrapper does for the linux community for 802.11 WiFi? It is a great camera, and works fine with XP machines. I just want to try to move away from XP as I find this OSX just to be smarter 95% of the time.

    Any ideas on where to go to from here?
     
  16. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    USB transfer for video tends to suck. USB can't keep up with the video, resulting in lost frames.

    Try hooking your camera up through a capture device, such as the Canopus ADVC 55


    You can do the same for the miniDVD cameras.
     
  17. Applespider macrumors G4

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    iMovie won't see USB devices. Check and see if it has a Firewire (iLINK) port and buy a cable for that.
     
  18. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I don't think Hi8 cameras had firewire, but I think Digital8 cameras did.


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  19. innovationcreat macrumors newbie

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    leopard on MacBook can read USB camera

    Time heals all!

    I have a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108 and a MacBook running leopard. Leopard recognized the camera as soon as I plugged in the USB cable and suggested iMovie as the application to open. iMovie then asked to import the movies already recorded on the mini-dvd discs.

    I was then able to edit and produce the movie clips.

    I do agree managing mini-dvd discs is a pain and a format that is not super convenient.

    Hope this helps
    John Blue
     
  20. bebowler macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I have the same - MacBook with Leopard - and a sony handycam from school. I plugged it in but had to wait for about half an hour for the videos to load up in the iMovie import window. I prefer the SD cameras I have used.
     
  21. chapin macrumors newbie

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    handycam 108 and imovie

    I have a Sony Handycam DCR-DVD108 and a brand new MacBook 2.2 running leopard but the mac will not import the clips. What am I doing wrong?
     
  22. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You're trying to import video from a DVD camcorder.
     
  23. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I'm guessing you're using iMovie'08, right?

    If you're still having problems, try reading THIS and THIS
     
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  25. GregE macrumors 6502

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    I'm using a Canopus ADVC110 as I type to import Hi8 tapes into my iMac. You can also use a Canopus ADVC55.

    I plan on putting mine on e-bay after I get all of my tapes imported.
     

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