transferring pics from sony camcorder...

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  1. blackfox macrumors 65816

    blackfox

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    Hello all...
    Here is my problem:
    I have an old Sony Digital8 camcorder (TRV 320) which has a fair amount of still pictures located on its' memory stick. I wish desperately to upload them to my mac(s), but have been unable to do so...they have rather horrible resolution, but major sentimental value.
    I do not want to buy any extra equipment (such as a memory stick reader) and the camcorder does not have a USB port...I have tried capturing via FW in various programs w/ little luck...as far as software goes, I have FCP express, Premiere 6.5, BTV Pro, Photoshop, and Apples picture and movie software...yet have been unable to come up with a solution...
    So suggestions? Any would be appreciated...the best idea I have had so far is capturing the image with Snapz Pro (it does show up in Premiere for example, but I cant capture it)...but that is a rather inelegant solution...thanks for your time...
     
  2. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    A reader is only $25 from crucial
    http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.asp?IMODULE=CTR6ACPU2
    The pictures must be worth that, as you say they are of "major sentimental value" If you do capture the images through the firewire/Premier/FCP they will be scaled down to TV resolution.
     
  3. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a

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    I 2nd the reader suggestion. Bugs me how some people can d/l pics straight off the digicam and DV when a reader's easier, faster, and doesn't drain battery.
     
  4. blackfox thread starter macrumors 65816

    blackfox

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    Fair enough, although as a matter of principle, I am annoyed at the proprietary nature of Sony and memory stick technology...I will for the moment hold out for other suggestions, but will reconsider a memory reader...it is just that I have a nice digital camera now, and it would be a one-time deal for me...thanks though...
     
  5. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    I don't like readers. They have a way of corrupting images sometimes.

    Does your memory stick show up in Finder? My camera and dv cam memory sticks show up as drives and I can just drag stuff off of them.
     
  6. OutThere macrumors 603

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    If it has a memory stick then shouldn't you be able to get the pictures in iPhoto or Image Capture? Even without USB I would think that you could plug the FW cord in, put it in still mode, and open up iPhoto or Image Capture. Good luck! :)
     
  7. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    Another thought on this! Here in the UK a lot of the mini labs now offer a digital service, ie they will copy your sim to cd rom or will print them.
     
  8. blackfox thread starter macrumors 65816

    blackfox

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    I will consider this...hadn't thought of that...cheers
    In response to the two above posts...no my memory stick does not show up in the finder(I wish...)
    I thought it would be as simple as connecting via FW and importing w/ iPhoto or Image Capture, but no dice...hence the problem...thanks for the suggestions all..
     
  9. ftaok macrumors 601

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    What kind of memory does your digital camera take? If it takes SD, you could get a Keyspan JumpDrive Trio. You plug your Memory Stick or SD/MMC card in the drive, plug the drive into your USB, and it mounts on your desktop as a flash drive.

    The beauty is that it works with MS and SD. Plus it was only $20 or so.
     

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