Canon FS100 and MacBook

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by GuyanaBoy, May 1, 2008.

  1. GuyanaBoy macrumors newbie



    I just purchased a Canon FS100 and am trying to use it with my MacBook. Can't seem to download the videos.
    Anyone got any ideas. . . I have been working on this all day and can't seem to figure it out.

  2. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm going to pick one up tomorrow, and I also have a macbook so I should be able to give it a try very soon.

    Are you happy with the camera so far ?



  3. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    I LOVE this camera. In fact, I think it is my favorite camcorder of all time.

    I like the SD card recording, I like the size of the Camera, I like the quality of the pictures it takes, and several other details.

    I am glad you will have the same thing. . .maybe you can figure out how to download the video and then tell me. LOL I still haven't figured it out.

    Please let me know when you make some headway. And let me know what you think of the camera.

  4. I3eXa macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2004
    cant you just hook up the camera and run image capture???
  5. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    Good, glad to see some great feedback about his camera.

    How about using a SD card reader versus plugin the camera to the macbook, can you read the files then ?
  6. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Well. . .I haven't figured out how to do a video capture (and it seems to save it into a format that iMovie doesn't recognize.)

    When I remove the card and put it in a card reader, all it does is download still images.

    I know there is a way to do this. . .I just haven't found it yet.

  7. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Well. . . for whatever reason, when I plug the camera into the computer, then plug into the A/C cord, then turn on the Camera. . . the Camera Image Window opens. . .but stops responding.

    I mean it has been plugged in for hours. . to no avail.

    Hope someone comes up with a solution.

    aka Steve
  8. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    I won't be able to help for a few days..... Canon screwed up and did not deliver the shop... I will have to wait until at least Tuesday to pickup mine :-(
  9. S P macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2008
    Hey all, first post.

    I just picked up an FS100 on Friday myself and was having trouble too, so Googled and found this thread, and saw questions but no answers. Bummer! :eek: So I just fiddled around and figured it out.

    The files that the camera makes are .MOD, which of course no computer has any idea of what to do with.

    Tried renaming them to .MPG. Nope
    Tried renaming them to. .MOV. Nope.
    Tried renaming them to .AVI. Bingo! :D

    I have the free VLC player installed and they cranked right up on that after renaming them to .AVI.

    Even easier though, just plug the camera into the computer with a USB cable (you must have the DC adapter plugged in too even on a fully charged battery which is annoying), then open up iMovie (not iMovie HD) and it automatically imported all of the stuff on the camera for me. Pretty slick! I've never used iMovie either and it's pretty intuitive and easy to figure out. I was able to select a specific portion of a video, rotate it 90 degrees, and export it as a Quicktime for emailing after like 5 minutes of fiddling. So easy, this is why I switched over to Apple coming up on 2 years ago now! Awesome! :)

    Don't bother with the Canon software. I installed the Mac related stuff but it's basically useless and does nothing, unless it just happened to install a driver that allowed iMovie to see it and import the files off of it. Who knows. I'm planning to junk bin all of the Canon stuff though.

    Is anybody a member over here?

    That poor fellow was completely misled but I don't feel like registering over there too. No need at all to return it. :confused: In case it matters, I have a newer iMac with 10.5 installed, and iMovie 7.1.1. The guy over there was probably correct that iMovie HD is setup for miniDV and Firewire (it appeared to be quite useless with my FS100) but certainly no need to return it. iMovie not-HD works just fine.

    I've been into digital photography for a few years and have a few DSLRs, but the FS100 is my first foray into digital video. It's great! Honestly have no idea how it compares to the other rigs out there, but it's exceeding my expectations as far as quality so I'm happy. Love the small size and compactness. I specificially wanted this one just because it's small enough to squeeze into the lens slots in my DSLR bag. The other hard drive and DVD based ones were all too big and clumsy, so then I'd just end up leaving them at home if they're a pain to carry around and miss stuff. Not with this one though! :cool:

    - Steve from the DC burbs
  10. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
    Do All of you have imovie 08 or the latest final cut express. :confused::confused:
  11. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Okay Steve. . . I feel like I am getting closer.

    So tell me what I need to do to rename the files. Where do I go to do this and how do I do this. . . .

    Then maybe I will be where you are in terms of this.

    I do like this camera, but if I can't use it, it really isn't going to help me alot.

    Thanks for the input.

    AKA Steve
  12. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Well. . . .the latest development.

    I used the card reader that came with my memory card. . .

    I had iMovie up and running. As soon as I plugged it in, iMovie asked if I wanted to capture, and downloading the file. I can use it with ease. (I DID NOT RENAME THE FILE EITHER.)

    This is odd, and I don't know what I did, but it is working.

    Interestingly, if I am using the CAMERA, plugged into the USB, the Canon program opens, but then freezes.

    Anyway, i can finally use it and it downloads just fine.

    Don't know what happened.

    I will keep you posted.

    And by the way, the video is EXCELLENT. I really like this camera.


    aka Steve
  13. S P macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2008
    You can manually rename the files using the Finder and just change xxxxx.MOD to xxxxx.AVI and it'll run through that VLC player in its native format. iMovie converts them to a Quicktime format I think, and there may or may not be some quality loss from that, but I'm pretty pleased either way.
  14. GuyanaBoy thread starter macrumors newbie


    Well. . .
    Thanks everyone! I finally have all the issues taken care of, and really do like this camera. I knew that a solution would be found. . . I just wondered how.

    Now. . . off to enjoy the camera!

    Thanks again!

    aka Steve
  15. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    have fun with it.

    Canon can't deliver them in volumes here in the Netherlands, so I will have to wait longer :-(
  16. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    I just got this delivered a few days ago. I just went out and picked up a 4gb SDHC card and a reader together for $29 at best buy.

    Shot some test footage and removed the card from the camera, inserted it in the reader, opened iMovie '08 and it recognized it and imported all my videos.

    Surprised at how well it works with the Mac, and the quality is pretty darn good for Standard Def.

    Haven't tried with the supplied USB cable, but I know with a Card Reader, just open iMovie '08 and your set to go.
  17. grabula macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Oulu, Finland
    Hello! I also just bought a new Canon HF100 (PAL-version, I'm in Finland, Europe) and I'm very happy with the quality of videos and photos with it. From my LCD-tv everything looks fine, but problems will appear when trying to transfer video into my MacBook.

    Before the purchase I studied many websites and found lots of positive information about compatibility and success with HF100 and iMovie '08/Final Cut Express 4.0. Even the official Apple document informs about the compatibility.

    But now after trying to transfer my own footage to my brand new Intell MacBook 2.4 GHz, I have found that videos will transfer but are all messed and pixelated when inside iMovie or FCE4. I have tried using both ways: using card-reader and connecting camcorder via usb-cable. Both ways will work similarly: videos will play perfectly when watched via capture-window of iMovie or FCE4, but videos got corrupted after transfer. It looks almost like my MacBook had a bad video-codec; sound is ok, but the video is full with artifacts.

    I have also tried both available framerates (25p and 50i), but the problem stays the same.

    Now I would like to know If anyone had similar experiences with HF100 and iMovie? Is there someone who's using succesfully PAL-version of HF100 with iMovie or Final Cut Express 4? Any help and advice is greatly appreciated!
  18. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    the HF100 is different to the FS100, so what applies to one may not to the other.
  19. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    Well, I could finally locate a FS-100 which I picked up earlier today.

    I'm very disappointed so far by the image quality. I'm a professional photographer but a video noob.

    Not sure what's wrong, there are few settings to play with that I can feel would improve the quality. Yes, I'm the highest quality mode at 9Mb/sec.

    It seems there is too much contrast, but the worse is a huge interlacing which actually is almost like jagging. It's very poor in my opinion and I really hope this a user error because otherwise I will bring it back on monday - byte the bullet and take a hv-30.

    What I describe here is with a direct connect from the camera to the TV. I checked the videos on my laptop (after using sdcopy) and it's about the same.

    There is a kitesurf competition tomorrow, I will do more testing and try to upload some clips....
  20. grabula macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Oulu, Finland
    My bad! Naturally FS100 and HF100 are different beasts. Sorry for the mix-up!:eek:

    Luckily I managed to find a solution for my problem. After removing all the unnecessary (non Apple) video codecs from the QuickTime library, everything went fine when transferring video from the camcorder/cardreader to iMovie '08 or FCE4. So no problems here anymore!:)
  21. fitz07 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008
    similar problems

    I also am having problems with the fs100. when I use my card reader to load video to IMovie08...only some of the thumbnails are showing up. Can anyone offer any suggestions. I'm really frustrated. I've used the camera on 3 separate occasions to record video. The first recording shows up no's the second and third recordings that show an empty thumbnail.
  22. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    For the record, I gave my fs100 back and bought a Canon HV-30 instead. Not the same price range, but oh boy it is a different world...
  23. yorkieroyal macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2008
    Hello everbody.

    Saw all of the issues mentioned above, but renaming the file didn't work and VLC also failed to play the camcorder generated file. Also iMovie'08 just sat there and failed to pickup the USB connected camcorder.

    Managed to get imovie'08 to finally recognise the camcorder by updating iMovie'08, interestingly after the first update completed it asked me to check again and found another update for iMovie'08. After the second update iMovie'08 fired up and instantly recognised the FS100 that was connected directly via the supplied USB Cable (no Card Reader needed).

    After that it all works a treat.:)

    I hope this helps.
  24. gpt3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2008
  25. kblf macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    We have had the same problems with our newly purchased Canon FS100 (had to leave it behind when we went on vacation because we couldn't figure out how to use it). iMovie was not recognizing the .mod format and was not importing the movies.

    Here's what worked for us. We bought the new iMovie 08 and then went to the Apple site and found the update (7.1.4). With iMovie 08 and the update it all works fine. I am thrilled that it was this easy because I am not a techie at all!

    I have to say, though I like the camera, I find it unbearably annoying that the ac adapter has to be plugged in to import movies. It just makes it really cumbersome! Canon really needs to come up with a better way.

    Also annoying that the supposed geniuses at the Apple store have no idea how to fix this problem.

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