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Why I cannot import movies from my camera to iMovie?

1386 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2012 5:26 AM by Dilloner RSS
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Dec 14, 2012 8:41 AM

I have an iMac with Mac OS X 10.7.5 and I'm trying to download some movies from my Canon PowerShot SX210IS. To download movies I am using iMovie 09 Version 8.06.


When I click on the "Open Camera Import Window" it only shows one alternative as shown below.


Screen Shot 2012-12-14 at 11.31.44 AM copy.jpg


It shows "Built-in iSight" and there is no other alternative to select my camera ...


How can I make iMovie to show my camera in the down arrow so I can select it and download my movies?


Your advise and recommendation will be appreciated very much.



  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,470 points)

    Download the file to your Desktop, then import it from there into iMovie.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    From the camera, try FILE/IMPORT MOVIE and navigate to your camera.

  • Klondike Kid Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)

    The iMovie software doesn't recognize digital still cameras as "movie" cameras (even though they now shoot HD video) so when you connect the SX with USB you end up with iPhoto opening upon camera power up. I've got an SX20IS that does the same thing.  And iMovie won't recognize the still camera memory chip as an external storage device while its in the camera so you can't use the iMovie  File > Import > Movies..... and navigate to the memory card to get the video files since its not showing as available. If you have a built-in card reader on your Mac or an external USB card reader you'll have to drop the memory card in the reader and then you can use the File>Import>Movies.... navigation to import your clips.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    Seriously, you can import straight into imovie. This camera records 720P video into .mov files using the h.264 codec and linear PCM audio codec. All of that is handled will by iMovie. You need to load your SDHC card in a reader or attach your camera via USB while running on AC power. Then navigate through the folders on your camera or card until you find the .mov files. Select one and import it.

  • Dilloner Calculating status...

    I don't know if this is the most efficient way to do things but I copy the video files to my desktop (camera shows up like an external hard drive) convert the files to DV using the camera video converter although you do need to have the $29 mpeg 2 plug in or pay a little more for Quicktime Pro.  Don't know what will happen to this software with Lion. If you go this route, don't be concerned with the lack of audio when previewing the clips.  It shows up when the file is saved or converted (been too long, can't remember which.)  As you probably know, DV is fine for imovie.


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