i have a usb lead for my camera but the camera is not recognised..the installation software is for moition picture browser which i beleive is not compatable for a mac...i have tried imovies and it just says no camera found
It's a shame, Sony used to support DV format and back in '99 when I got my first iMac, I could plug my friend's Sony miniDV camcorder(probably their first one) right in and import the video to iMovie. This is why I won't support Sony anymore with all their proprietary BS. (Beta, MiniDisc, Memory stick, Blu-ray,... when will they learn to play with others?)
You could always get an external cd/dvd drive for your mac they come pretty cheap these days. So you blew up your PC, I can relate. I was in the process of installing Ubuntu on my PC when smoke, then flames started coming out the back and vents. I quickly unpluged the machine and beat the flames out with a kitchen towel (nice thing about pc's is the case is almost always open for something). Well damages weren't too bad, a fried psu, a fan and several cables. I replaced the parts and the darn machine started right up, amazingly Ubuntu picked right up where it left off installing (I wonder if the Gates OS would have).
most of the time when trying to import video from any camcorder no matter the format you have to do it via firewire and not usb. in fact i've never know anyone to capture video w/ a usb cable, it's just too slow!