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Why wont iMovie 11 see my Canon Vixia HF R30 camcorder?

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Apple lists the Canon Vixia HF R30 camcorder as compatible with iMovie 11. I would assume this means plug and play. I have connected the camera via USB cord to the back of my iMac with the camera in the playback mode and nothing happens. Videos are recorded to a SD card in the camera. Anyone have experiencew with this exact Canon camcorder and iMovie?  There is some Canon software that came with the camera. Manual hints that transfering video to a computer requires the Canon software. Is this so?  Any help would be greatly appreciated

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    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.

  • Craig C. Level 2 Level 2 (335 points)

    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.


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