Can't upload video from Sony Handycam DCR-SX40

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bufflyn, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. bufflyn macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2009
    I recently bought a new Sony Handycam to upload videos onto my Mac and the guys at Best Buy assured me it was Mac compatible. The driver that came with the camera has a Mac guide, but no apps for uploading.

    iPhoto detects my camera and will import photos, but seems the videos are coming up as incompatible.

    Any ideas????????? HELP!!!!!!!!!
  2. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    You said that the videos come up as incompatible. So you can actually transfer the video files from you camcorder to your Mac? Do you have iMovie?
  3. bufflyn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2009
    When I go into Finder and pull them to copy, iMovie won't light up as an application to use. Any ideas how I can get them to iMovie?

    iPhoto let's me upload video from normal digital cameras, but something isn't working with the Sony. iPhoto detects them, but can't read them.

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!!
  4. Osprey macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  5. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    i movie works for me. when i used a sony dcr. You can use quicktime as well.
  6. bufflyn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2009
    It came with a USB cable.

    I still can't detect my camera in iMovie. Why would videos be incompatible in iPhotos?

    Quicktime let's can't read them either. I recorded all of the clips in Easy Mode.
  7. bufflyn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2009
    Problem Resolved

    Thanks for everyone's help. After hours of playing... I finally got it to work.

    Not sure how, but it works. Maybe I didn't have it in Play mode properly.

    Who knows!!!!!!!
  8. channi macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2009
    Can someone please help me the same problem... I think
    I have the Sony DCR-SX40 and have put the files on my mac which appear to be MPG but when Quicktime go to open them, it says that they are not movie files.. I have opened them with MPlayer (iMovie also wont recognize them) and they are really slow, which is fine.. However, when I go to burn them to a disk, it gets to "finishing" and then it comes up with something about the disk Ive used... Tried different discs and still nothing...

    Put on a USB and they play on the TV but no sound..

    I know, I know.. so many questions/problems.. I swear I AM computer literate..

    Any help would be much appreciated.. thanks
  9. electroshock macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    What's the exact error message, word-for-word and even letter-for-letter? That would probably help a lot in figuring out what went wrong with the burning.

    It's sounding like these files may be encoded in a format that iMovie/QuickTime doesn't know how to handle natively but third party applications does. So... hmmm....
  10. iEric macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
  11. cdstoll macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2010
  12. jonnycoyne macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    had the same problem. Going out of my mind. BUT......yes connect your handycam to the mac while IMOVIES is on. It will, after a few moments, just start importing the videos. I have IMOVIES 8. Worked fine.
  13. aquarian2366 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    handycam importing issues

    I have a sony handycam. The first time I imported video onto my mac, it did it very easily. Now, I have the problem everyone else seems to be having. I have downloaded that driver previously talked about and still nothing. I connect the camera and nothing happens! Very frustrating! I have been working on this for a week and going out of the country on friday, so anybody that can help me get the video off my camcorder, would be greatly appreciated!!!!! :)
  14. xjodii macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2011
    This is happening to me as well):

    I'm having the same problems as him. I really want my videos transfered on my mac. how did you guys do it?
  15. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I have a Sony handycam too and the disk didn't come with any software for Mac. Went to Sony's website and find nothing.

    I opened iMovies first then plug the camcorder with USB and iMovies will pop out a window that lets you import the movies.

    The files are HUGE though because i record it as HD. I tried to convert it to avi so the file would be smaller but the video becomes choppy. Anyone knows how should i make the file smaller?

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