Sony Handycam USB Connection Problems with MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by asmilingirl, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. asmilingirl macrumors newbie

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    I just got a MacBook and it does not have firewire port. I have been unable to import movies from my Sony HandyCam Digital Video Camera Recorder (DCR-TRV280 NTSC). It takes small Digital 8 tapes and has USB streaming.

    Nothing happens when I turn on iMovie. The only place I see the camera being recognized is when I go to About this Mac in the USB port I do see Sony when the camera is plugged into the USB port.

    Any help or direction on this matter would be greatly appreciated. I did call Applecare and the representative I talked to just read online forum posts and was unable to give me an answer.

    Thank you!
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 603

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    I'm pretty sure that Sony's implementation of USB streaming only works with their software ... which happens to be Windows-only.

    In this case, I think you're out of luck unless you have access to a Mac with FW (assuming your Sony has FW), or you install Windows on your MB to use Sony's software. Or perhaps you have access to a Windows PC to test the USB streaming feature.

    One last thing, I'm pretty sure that USB streaming will result in an inferior video file. I think USB streaming is limited to 320x240 ... although I'm not sure what the resolution of D8 footage is.
     
  3. asmilingirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ideas

    Thank you for the response. Not good news in the camera situation. Any ideas of a good video camera that can connect to a MacBook via USB?

    Thanks!
     

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