Transferring from Sony DCR SX43 to iMac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by suzetta, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. suzetta macrumors newbie

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    I bought this little handycam which has an SD card and came with a USB wire. When I tried to import video into iMovie via the USB, nothing appeared to happen. I tried opening it in Quicktime as well - nada.
    My son was able to edit a short movie on a friend's PC which has an SD slot. But I'd hate to think this handycam won't let me edit stuff on my Mac.

    I'm not a techy kind of person, but I have a Firewire - can I do a USB to firewire connection somehow and would that help? Will I need to buy an external hard drive?
     
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Did iMovie see the camera? When I plug my camera into my Mac and import using FCE, FCE can see it but it takes a while for it to bring in enough clip info to display. Sometimes, quite a while...

    Can you try "Making a backup copy of the contents of your camcorder" via iMovie and then bringing that in. At least this way, you'll have a copy of the lot. Check iMovie help and look for "archive".

    Also, here's an interesting knowledge base article on that camera.
     
  3. suzetta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply Martin, haven't tested your suggestions yet but one question: what is FCE?
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Final Cut Express. It's a more sophisticated video editor than iMovie.
     

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