Problem detecting USB Camcorder in iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by OpenLaszlo, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. OpenLaszlo macrumors member

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    Hey everyone, I seem to having some trouble uploading my home movies from my Song DCR-TRV460 NTSC camcorder onto my Macbook. I am connecting it via a USB cable and I have the camera turned on and set to playback mode, but iMovie only recognizes my iSight camera when I go to import videos. I tried the Garageband trick and I made sure the tape was rewound and camera working, but I still have no luck. Anyone got any ideas?
     
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    i movie 06 or 08?
    imovie 06 dosent have usb support and idk about imovie 08 caue its pretty lame.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No version of iMovie supports USB import (unless it is a flash-based camera).
     
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    caue then u just take the file off the camera directly and drag it to imovie 08 right? i have like no experience with the new version.
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Correct, or use the Import Movies ... command from the menu, which allows you import any file that iMovie supports.
     
  6. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    so it supports mpeg 2 now? cause dont a lot of cameras store in mpeg2?
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure about that, I don't have any mpeg2 files left to check. I converted all mine to DV or mp4.
     
  8. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    I realise this is a Digital 8 camera, but doesn't it have a DV / FireWire port for transferring video?

    Yep, just checked the manual (available here: http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DCRTRV460.PDF). See page 119 re "i.Link" which is Sony's name for FireWire.

    Bottom line: don't use USB to import your video. Use FireWire.

    Andrew.
     
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    MPEG-2 is a delivery format, not an editing format. It is the format used for DVDs, digital television, and Blu-ray. If you want to edit MPEG-2, then you must transcode to an editable format.
     
  10. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    well ya thats what i ment. i know what its used for but the old iMovie wouldnt let u import mpeg 2 stuff but it sounds like the new one will import it and convert it to quicktime.
     
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