New to Mac because PC blew up

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  1. corinnemunoz macrumors newbie

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    hi my dad has given me his mac as my PC blew up

    i have a sony handycam dcr-dvd106...does anyone know how i can get this to work with a mac..or will i have to go back to a PC

    thanks
    corinne
     
  2. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    that all depends on what type of output the camera has.

    as long as you can connect it with USB, you'll probably be fine
     
  3. disconap macrumors 68000

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    To clarify, if the camera has USB or Firewire, just plug it in, it should work automatically.
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    That camera uses DVDs, I think, which should work fine in your Mac.

    It also has a USB output, which I assume you can also use to get files onto the computer (not sure what format they'll be in, but iMovie should import just about anything for editing).
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If it uses mini-DVDs and the Mac is a slot-loading DVD drive, DO NOT PUT THE MINI DVDS IN! Slot drives cannot be used with mini-DVDs.
     
  6. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    Your PC actually blew up?

    I'm impressed.

    But yeah, just plug it in, see what happens?x
     
  7. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    For some reason, I totally believe that the OPs PC blew up. :)
     
  8. theman macrumors 6502a

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    most likely it was just a small electrical fire, that's all... :)
     
  9. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Pictures of said blown up PC should be a requirement before you get help here :D
     
  10. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    roflcopter

    So we can look at the picture and laugh to death :D:D:D
     
  11. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    You should be able to just plug the USB cord in. OS X should already have any drivers for the camera, if not you can easily download them.

    Heh, I wish my PC at work would blow up.:D
     
  12. zephead macrumors 68000

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    I'm just curious as to how it blew up. And yes, pics would be nice too. :D
     
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Honestly, mini-DVD camcorders are the single most awful devices of technology known to mankind.

    How do you use it with your current PC? Firewire, USB, or do you insert the disk into your CD drive? ...and what software do you use?
     
  14. corinnemunoz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry didnt take a picture of my poor PC:p

    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

    any further advice would be great

    thanks
    corinne
     
  15. Ish macrumors 68000

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    Oh dear, what a shame. ;)

    What did you use, dynamite?
     
  16. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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  18. Lock macrumors member

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    I think the OP is out of luck. Sony uses a proprietary format where the video and audio are on the same track. Pretty ridiculous.

    Here's a dude who had to return a Sony DCR-SR82. He mentions a plugin allows you to view the files in Quicktime. The only thing I can think of is that if you had that and Quicktime Pro you might be able to convert the files into something reasonable.

    Good luck.
     
  19. chopstick2000 macrumors newbie

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    wii, anyone? maybe apple will pick up on that in the future... actually it probably isnt really necessary because mini discs are hardly ever used...
     
  20. SteveG4Cube macrumors 6502

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    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?)
     
  21. Dublin macrumors newbie

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    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).
     
  22. jaimem macrumors newbie

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    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!
     

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