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December 11, 2010, 09:29 AM
Joe Hubinsky
Video Camcorders that Work with the Mac
I'm having a difficult time trying to find a camcorder that will work with my Mac. I went to Best Buy and a camera store on Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. They both said that it would be difficult to find a camera due to needing a Firewire connection that is compatable with iMovie. I'm wanting to make movies in the "best" resolution I can of my one and only granddaughter. PLEASE help me to find a camera that will work with my MacBook Pro 7i and allow me to edit with whatever software I might need.
December 11, 2010, 09:56 AM
Brian Stone
If the camera has flash memory card(s) for storage then it is Mac compatible. Best Buy and the store in Pontiac do not seem to understand that.

With a memory card camcorder all you need to do is remove the card from the camera insert it into a card reader and drag the footage to your desktop* and fire up iMovie to edit it. Or connect the camera via USB and drag the footage onto the desktop* (or another suitable location).

I just found this on the Apple support web site ........

http://support.apple.com/kb/in...ported%20by%20iMovie

This should be the first article to read ...........

iMovie 9.0 Help (iMovie '11): Import video from a USB camcorder or camera
Import video from a USB camcorder or camera To watch your recorded video or create a project with it in iMovie , you first need to transfer the video—import it—from your camcorder into iMovie . This topic explains how to import video from USB devices, which record to DVD, hard disk drive (HDD), or flash-based storage media.

http://docs.info.apple.com/art.../en/mov39f84bc2.html

I think this will solve your problem in dealing with stores that are not up to date on Mac capabilities.

If I can be of further help you can call me at 248-546-9339.

Brian Stone
December 11, 2010, 12:46 PM
Joe Hubinsky
Brian,
THANKS for the info.
You're right that even the so called store EXPERTS are not always up to date.
Joe
December 11, 2010, 01:40 PM
Terry White
I would add to do a little research on the "format" that the camera captures in. Some will record AVI files to the card/memory, some will record .MOV files to the card/memory, while others will record in AVCHD format to the card/memory. The latter is a little more challenging for iMovie as my last tests (before iMovie '11) showed that iMovie doesn't recognize the AVCHD files on the card. It ONLY sees them them when connected directly to the camera via USB.


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December 11, 2010, 01:45 PM
Terry White
This iMovie supported devices page might help too Smile


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December 12, 2010, 01:37 PM
Joe Hubinsky
Terry,
THANKS for the info.
I'm looking forward to the next meeting to take a look at iMovie 11 ... if there is time.

Joe
December 12, 2010, 04:27 PM
Phyllis Evans
I'm learning it as fast as I can. Roll Eyes Rather than showing all of the new goodies, I'm leaning toward a practical demo with footage shot with my iPod touch before the meeting starts.
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Originally posted by Joe Hubinsky:
Terry,
THANKS for the info.
I'm looking forward to the next meeting to take a look at iMovie 11 ... if there is time.

Joe



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December 15, 2010, 03:19 PM
Mary Jo Disler
Am considering this Zoom recorder, as it includes a fairly high level audio recorder.
HOWEVER, no Zooms listed in Apple's list.
The specs near the bottom indicate several video formats: HD1080p, HD720p (60 or 30 fps), WVGA (60 or 30 fps).
Audio mode: PCM & AAC

They give specs for Macs, but no mention of iMovie.
http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/q3hd/index.php


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December 15, 2010, 03:40 PM
Jack Beckman
From that page: "Your HD Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format"

That's AVCHD that Terry was mentioning above. Further down the page, it mentions that they are MOV files, so hopefully you can simply copy them to your system and have them recognized by iMovie or QuickTime.


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December 16, 2010, 08:43 PM
Mary Jo Disler
Thanks Jack. I also contacted Sweetwater Customer Service. They called and said the format was QT, and should be recognized by iMovie.

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