Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 4:38 AM (in response to bibbt)
If you have a card reader built in to your Mac, or, if you have a USB Card Reader available, use that with your card.
If you want to connect the camera via USB, check your owners manual for the settings you need for export. With some cameras, you set it to PLAY. With others, you must choose a specific menu item.
Also, if you import directly from the camera, connect your camera to AC power (not batteries only).
Finally, iMovie will not import 60P, so shoot 30P, 29.97 interlaced, 60i, 24P, 25P, etc.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2013 4:46 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
See page 134 of this manual.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 3, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to bibbt)
After speaking with a few different Canon tech reps, one was able to give me an answer that worked reliably.
You need to import your VIXIA videos using iPhoto. For some reason (a known bug), iMovie will not recognize certain Canon VIXIA cameras but iPhoto will.
I have an R30, works GREAT. A friend had an R400, works GREAT.
Also, when your camera is connected to your computer you need to make sure you're in the right gallery or it won't see the movies. For example - I shoot in MP4 only. If the camera is set to the AVCHD gallery when I connect it to my computer, the MP4 movies won't show up in iPhoto.
I almost returned this camera but since I got it for 1/2 price I'll keep it. I still can't get the iOS app to connect for AdHoc WiFi transfers, but that's a different topic.