Video Camera that plays nice with macs

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by darkpixie08, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. darkpixie08 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Is there a HD video camera out there that creates video files that I can put directly into iMovie without having to convert them first? Any recommendations?
  2. DrNeroCF macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2004
    Anything that's DV, but I don't know if anyone's even making DV cameras anymore.

    Anything else is going to be compressed, and in the very least, iMovie will have to import it. You're probably just going to have to Google whichever cameras you're considering at. But, Macs are pretty awesome with video, so as long as Quicktime can play it, the whole system can. Apple also seems to be adding support for different video camera formats from time to time, so you might not even totally be out of luck with a camera that doesn't work out of the box.
  3. musique macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    JVC makes (made?) a couple of prosumer cameras that can capture video in .mov format: GY-HM150U and GY-HM100U. I know one of them was introduced a couple of years ago. I don't know about the other. Maybe you can find some reviews on-line.

    Good luck.
  4. careypo macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2011
    It's impossible to recommend a camera without knowing your budget and the requirements for the camera.
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    1. From Canon, you may choose among AVCHD, MPEG-2 Long GOP, and HDV models.
    2. From Panasonic, you may choose among AVCHD, AVCCAM (a form of AVCHD), DV, and DVCPRO HD-based models.
    3. From Sony, you may choose between AVCHD and HDV models.
    For the most part, importing video is an issue with tape-based camcorders. All tape-based models linked above should work with your Mac software without issue. Card and stick-based storage store video as files. These give a lot more flexibility. You may copy video files from your storage cards to your hard drive or other storage at will.
  6. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    RED one using R3D code. Waitwut..haha no seriously though just be patient and transcode everything..I don't think you really want to compromise quality for playing nice with your computer.
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    MisterMe, the Canon XF series doesn't really work nicely with Mac. At least not with FCP X (there's no compatible plugin yet).
  8. Cordless_Drill macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2004
    Montgomery, Ala., USA
    I use a Canon Vixia HF s100 (flash card) camera.

    I've never had any issues as far as importing the files and using them.

    I'm using Snow Leopard (10.6.8) on a MacBook Pro 4,1.
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
  10. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    Yep, the JVC Hm100, and the newer model HM150U can record and be wrapped in .mov. I had one, using FCP, I just drag the clip into the FCP timeline without having to transcode or render, as convenient as it gets. The best thing about is not having HUGE transcoded file sizes, if I record 16GB of video from the camcorder, I import that 16GB of video to my scratch disk, drag and drop into timeline, and start editing. SO GOOD.

    However, I am guessing the HM100 and HM150U would be out of you price range, if you are using imovie.

    Otherwise, you will just have to deal with transcoding and getting hugenormous file sizes. :(

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