New Sony DCR-SR200 and Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by azscp, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. azscp macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Okay guys and gals, I'm going to kindly ask for assistance tonight.

    First, I'll point out that I am a ********! That being said, the rest will make much more sense.

    Sony just rolled out its latest line on Handycam's but it doesn't appear that they are Mac friendly. I noticed this after purchasing one and I think my statute of limitations (14 day return policy) has expired by a week or so.

    The problem I have is getting the images/video off the HDD of the Handycam and onto my computer. I can get the video's off but they won't play in iMovie or Quicktime (both are lacking the audio).

    I can however use a conversion program to convert to mpeg-4? and then play them in quicktime but this seems like a hassle and it means that for EVERY video, I'll have to convert them one-by-one.

    Any help would be great. And what HDD video cameras are Mac friendly?
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    On Sony's website for that model [ ], under the Specifications tab, if you scroll down to the Software section there's a Javascript link titled: "Click here for information on digital video software designed to work with Macs."

    Seems you'll need to purchase additional software for editing the footage on a Mac - Sony is notorious for selling products that need proprietary software to work properly.

    That said, this is a consumer hard drive camcorder recording in a highly compressed MPEG format ... and MPEG formats weren't really design for editing. Of course, with the avalanche of consumer products that now record in those formats, software vendors have developed products to do just that.

    One thing you may want to try is MPEG Streamclip. It might be able to demux and convert the footage into a more edit-friendly format.

  3. brnbenefield macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2006
  4. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    That has absolutely no relevance to the OP's problem.
  5. vincebio macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    do you take acid?
  6. brnbenefield macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2006

    Yes it does. it is a way to get the video files to the computer through usb to a firewire cable.
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    No it doesn't. The problem is that the Sony camera records video in an MPEG format and that iMovie and FCE/P can only edit in DV.

    The OP has already stated he can get the video onto the hard drive, he just can't edit it.
  8. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    No, it doesn't convert. It merely houses a USB hub and a Firewire hub in a single unit - no conversion takes place. If you input a USB and a Firewire device to the unit and expect to get either signal (or both) to you computer, you have to connect both a USB and a Firewire cable to your computer. If you only connect via USB, the Firewire input signal won't go to the computer.

  9. haizi23 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2007
    open source conversion software


    I own the same camera (a recent present from the in-laws), and in my limited experience, the ffmpegX conversion software, available at, has worked well to convert those mpeg-4's to a more usable file format (i've gone to DV). I haven't done a ton of comparison to see how the conversion quality is, so I'd advise you to experiment a bit and see what works best, but you can at least get your video in a usable state that way.

  10. camperview macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    DCR-SR200 import to new IMAC

    The new IMOVIE, version 7.1 will import movie clips directly from a Sony DCR-SR200 through the USB cable without any special devices or software. You have the choice of editing the clips in IMOVIE or save them as is. The clips are saved as .m4v, which then be imported to IMOVIE HD and edited even further.
  11. kfb macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    I have iMovie 7.1 and it doesn't work with my DCR-SR200 through USB. The files have MPG extension, not the m4v extension suggested above.

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