Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2011 11:12 AM (in response to AllyMac22)
One advantage of importing through a USB card reader is that you do not need to have the camera involved. If you use the Camera, it must be plugged in through an AC adaptor (i.e. not running on batteries, alone).
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2011 2:25 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
You must put the camcorder in play mode and then plug in the usb to connect the camcorder and computer. The screen on the camcorder will ask to what do you wish to connect. You choose "computer/printer." Then iMovie will allow you import the video clips.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2011 9:21 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
I just bought the same camcorder, were you able to get it to work with your mac? Hope so, we're leaving for Disneyland in 2 days!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2011 8:25 AM (in response to adriannafromsebastopol)
Yes, I was able to get it to work. Similar to what Chenderson22 said, you just have to connect it with the cord but leave the camera off while you open iMovie. Once iMovie is open, turn on the camera and press the "play back" button. The camcorder then asks from where you want to retrieve the video (ex. internal memorcy, card, etc) and you can just select "all". However, then the camera thinks something is wrong and shows you a warning screen - which is where I got confused before - you just have to ignore the camera and iMovie should recognize the device and allow you to import.
Thanks for the help everyone!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2011 12:07 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
Just as an addendum:
When the camera asks you to select memory after pressing playback, if you select a specific source (such as a memory card or the internal memory) you won't receive the error message. That only occurs if you select "All" when using a Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
I had to call Canon customer support to find out how to load videos into iMovie '11 from my Vixia HF R20 camcorder.
They told me what to do, step by step, and it works! If you don't do it in this exact order, it may not work.
Turn on your camcorder.
Plug the camcorder into a power source.
Click the "video mode" button on your camcorder. It looks like a little video camera and has some arrows.
Use the USB cord to plug the camcorder into your mac.
When the screen on the camcorder asks what memory to use, click "Select ALL"
In the middle of the iMovie screen, there is a small gray videocamera icon. Click on that.
Your videos will come up and you have the option to load all of them or any of them.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2012 11:41 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
I did what 1980OKOK did and it works every time. Gotta love the message board!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
Thank you so much for the answer because I was about to pull my hair out trying to get this done!!! =) Grateful it's so simple!!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to AllyMac22)
Has anyone tried uploading their videos directly from the SD cards to the Mac. My MAC does not see any of the video or still shots. Tried to format a SD card in MAC OS Extended format but that did not work in the Canon camera.
Also if you try to upload previous video via the USB cable, will iMovie identify the video as a duplicate.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2012 6:43 AM (in response to martnkel)
I've tried to upload directly from the SD card and have the same issue you have. Seems ridiculuous to have to take the extra steps to plug the camera into the wall then plug the camera into the computer.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to martnkel)
Don't know if you had the same problem I did, but in case this helps anyone...
The instructions above (1980OKOK's) work for getting files off the internal memory, but I was unable to get them off the memory card. In my case the disk images mounted as soon as the camera was connected via USB, but I couldn't import using iMovie (09) because they're .mts files, so iMovie doesn't not recognize them (greyed out in import window). I finally gave up on iMovie, opened the disk directly, tunneled down to AVCHD > Stream (where the files live), dragged them to my desktop and used Handbrake (most recent version--9.6, awesome freeware) to convert them to mp4 (which iMovie can handle) for editing.
(By the way, when there were no files on the internal memory, the camera wasn't recognized. Turned out not to matter in my case, but thought I'd mention it.)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2012 6:33 PM (in response to AllyMac22)
I have a question. I am new to Mac and I have a lot of Cannon vixia hf r20 videos on my external hard drive which was for Windows. I converted the hard drive to work for both Mac and Windows but, all my videos are not reconized by my MacBook. How can I get them to work? I dont want to loose all my videos.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 6:16 PM (in response to 1980OKOK)
1980OKOK's solution also worked with my iMovie 9