Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 5:42 AM (in response to Kemitesound)
It's not so much the type of memory used but the the format the camera shoots.
Looking at the camera specs, none will work directly with FCE.
You need to get a camera that shoots standard AVCHD.
eg. The JVC shoots AVCHD Lite that does not work directly.
You can transcode with third party apps but that's jumping through unnecessary hoops.
With an AVCHD camera you connect to the Mac with a USB cable with FCE open and select Log and Transfer.
Very simple with the correct camera.
BTW: FCE only works with Interlaced footage. Many new cameras are selectable between Progressive and Interlaced.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to Alchroma)
Thanks for your reply. Since I know they have a small budget, do you think any of those cameras would allow me to import into imovie and then export imovie into final cut express? (just trying to think about a work around in advance)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to Kemitesound)
I believe AVCHD Lite works with iMovie but check with the users in that forum.
iMovie uses a muliplexed file whereas FCE is Quicktime.
This means it will work but all audio needs to be rendered.
As mentioned, standard AVCHD will be seamless.
There are very affordable cameras of that type about.