Importing From Panasonic GS250 to iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MontyZ, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. MontyZ macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2005
    I just got a new Panasonic GS250 camera. Tried to import or see video via iMovie (I have version 3.0.3) but it doesn't work (No Camera Attached). The camera appears to only have a small USB 2.0 port on it. There is no Firewire port anywhere.

    Does this mean I can't import video into iMovie with this camera, or am I missing something? Of course, the manual that comes with it only describes how to use it with a PC.

    If anyone has this camera and has successfully used it with iMovie, please let me know how you did it!

  2. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    You should be able to use Image Capture (look in your Applications Folder).
  3. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    check this out

    Are you sure about this??? I remember seeing the specifications for it where it says that it has a FireWire port (the GS250 is something I'm considering buying shortly). The photo on CNET ( shows that the FireWire port is a small port, marked "DV", present in the LCD well (the place that shows up when you open the LCD out) along with the "Auto/Manual focus", "Power LCD" and "Reset" controls. It is a 4 pin port - so you'd need a FireWire cable that has a 4 pin connector on one end (and has 6 pins on the other end to connect to the Mac).

    The only way to import video into iMovie is to use the FireWire cable - then iMovie would automatically recognize the camcorder (otherwise it won't). If you connect to the USB port on the camcorder, you would be restricted to importing still photos from the camcorder's memory card, and iMovie will say that no camera is connected.
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    According to Panasonic's own site, the 250 definitely has a Firewire port.
  5. NCTRNL macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2004
    Kansas City
    I have this camera and it does have the firewire port. Under the LCD monitor just like the person above said. It works great with iMovie.
  6. Mydriasis macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    I have that camera as well. See that thing labeled DV... that is your firewire plug. Your need a 4 to 6 pol firewire cabel to hook it up to your computer. Then you should have no problems at all, working with iMovie. I do it nearly everyday.

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  7. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I have a Panasonic mini DV camera too, and that Firewire port sure is hidden. I didn't think to ask here on the forums and it took me quite some time to find it.
  8. codeblue macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2006
    It's nice to know I'm not alone here!!!

    I've just spent the last 2 days of my holiday trying to figure out whether it's possible to convert USB 2 to Firewire and whether Panasonic have invented some kind of magic USB to Firewire conversion while looking for SD card firewire cable adaptors. Then after taking every port cover off my gs250 trying to find a firewire output I looked under the LCD screen!!! Not wanting to knock Panasonic who I think are a fantastic company with some of the best products available....providing a Firewire cable with the camera or having a more user friendly manual would have saved me a lot of fuss!!!

    Or perhaps I was just having a blonde moment?:confused:
  9. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Holy thread resurrection, Batman!

    As an aside, I'm glad you got your problem sorted out.

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