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Can I import video from my Sony NEX 5n to Iphoto

1120 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 8:14 AM by LarryHN RSS
J Hensel Calculating status...
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Apr 27, 2012 8:51 PM

With my past cameras I have just connected them to itunes and imported everything, including videos.  With my NEX 5n the videos don't show up when I connect the camera.  Is there a way to import them into Iphoto?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 11:28 PM (in response to J Hensel)

    You shooting AVCHD format? You'll need iMovie for that material.







  • faderizer Calculating status...
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    May 23, 2012 11:45 PM (in response to J Hensel)

    You can change the recording format on the camera to mpeg-4, otherwise they are AVCHD (.mts). This should then import straight to iPhoto. But the MP4 (1440x1080) resolution is slightly less than AVCHD (1920x1080) unfortunately...



    1,920 x 1,080

    (subsampled at

    1,440 x 1,080)


    whatever that means!

  • ToBeFair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 1:32 AM (in response to J Hensel)

    Hi there. For anyone searching, here are the results of my research and corresponding advice back to Sony...


    Thanks, your comments looked correct but did not solve my problem. You may be interested to know after much testing and research, I was able to ascertain that some of the camera's AVCHD settings iMovie cannot see at all (only some, which made it even harder to figure out!). Plus, if you have recorded movie clips in more than one format to the memory card (MP4 or any one of the AVCHD's), iMovie cannot see any of the AVCHD's.

    Bottom line - forgo the benefits of AVCHD on the Sony NEX-5N and just use MP4 until Apple makes it easier.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to ToBeFair)

    It is easy with Apple IF your software is up do date - the current version of iPhoto handles AVCHD - this thread is old and about an older version




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