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Panasonic HDC-SD9 and iMovie 08 - summary of current issues

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Michael Butler2 Calculating status...
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Feb 25, 2008 2:42 AM
There are a few posts here, but I thought I'd summarise my experiences so far (I have a PAL model):

The camera is detected fine by iMovie 08 and everything was recorded at HA1920 (the highest quality).

1. 1080/25p with 5.1 sound - imports to iMovie but video plays back at the wrong speed
2. 1080i with 5.1 sound - import attempts crash iMovie
3. 1080/25p with 2.0 sound - imports to iMovie but video plays back at the wrong speed
4. 1080i with 2.0 sound - import attempts crash iMovie

I would have thought scenario 4 would be effectively the same as a HDC-SD5 (supported by iMovie 08) but clearly there are some issues here to iron out.

For now, I'm using Voltaic to convert to MOV files but lose the 5.1 sound (although I can workflow it back in again).

I'm still extremely pleased with the camera!
CD MacBook, 24" C2D iMac, CD Mac Mini, DP G4 Powermac, AppleTV, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • deus-ex-mk Calculating status...
    Same Problem here.

    iMovie 08 crash or (if 25p mode ist activated) videoplayback is to fast but sound speed is right.

    Please Apple. Update iMovie 08 to support Panasonic HDC-SD9
  • ProfessorD Calculating status...
    Same problem here. Brand new Panasonic HDC-SD9 crashes iMovie08. The change suggested to 24p doesn't change anything; still crashes.

    Any update? Work around?
    imac 2.4ghz intel core 2 duo, 3GB sdram, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • JJSNC Calculating status...
    The workaround is what was previously suggested:
    Use Voltaic to convert to MOV files. Program cost is $30.
    Visit the site at

    The camera is great and this temporary fix works well. But I hope Apple finds a way to input video direct to iMovie.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • justflie Calculating status...
    Same problem with me. The video immediately crashes iMovie '08 and Final Cut Pro. Annoying, to say the least!!!
    2.4 GHz SR Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • geoban Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Awesome - just unboxed this camera only to have the same thing happen - where's the fix Apple, I know I can't count on Panasonic.
    iMac & MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • shive Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just got the SD9 here too and was a bit disappointed that it wasn't supported out of the box, but that's what you get for being cutting edge. I sure hope Apple comes out with a fix for this soon. As a side note, how are people importing the media? Direct hook-up from the camera or a sdhc card reader? Any suggestions for card readers? (since I think that would be the easier solution, instead of hooking up the camera to the AC adapter etc).

    All in all, I'm very pleased with its performance, size, and features for the price. I debated about getting this vs the Sony vs Canon and I'm glad I made this choice (particularly given the price difference).
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • thearmoth Calculating status...
    I too am hving this problem. Voltaic Works, but is one additional step in what I though was gong to be a more simple process with the SD media. I have also had another problem with my new Imac not even recognizing another series of panasonic cameras. Panasonic and Apple have got to get it together!
    Silver Imac Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • late08jane Calculating status...
    I agree tt Apple and Panasonic must get it together. I can't understand why Panasonic doesn't care abt Mac users – the kind of people who will spend the kind of money Panasonic High-Def cameras cost. But guys, remember tt until they do, the Canon HG10 is a great camera. Not as compact as Panasonic's SD9, but when something works, tt's what counts!
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • tcynk00 Calculating status...
    Panasonic apparently doesn't care about anyone. SD9 crashes also leading AVCHD editor on Windows side - Sony Vegas, which means that currently it is not compatible with any video editing software. I am seriously thinking about returning the camera because editing is for me absolutly critical.
    Can anyone suggest a compact HD camcorder which is fully compatible with Apple software (iMovie and FCE)?
    iMac 2.8GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • shive Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I saw elsewhere on another forum site that turning off the pre-rec feature on the SD9 can allow video import...I tried this myself and nothing worked, so I'm not sure if there are any others out there with a fix. I'd rather avoid paying the $30 for Voltaic if a iMovie update is nearby, but I may just have to bite the bullet. Also, I hope to keep this thread alive so Apple notices that this is an issue.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • jchuston Calculating status...
    Yeah, so I am checking this thread daily (if not multiple times per day) to see what is happening. I, of course, have the same issue as everyone else. I can import with 24p mode but the video is dorked up. So far I have just made an "HD Movies" folder on the iMac and copied the entire file structure to that folder. The one nice thing is that I am able to connect the camera to my PS3 using the "PC Connect" mode (gotta love the whole PC thing) and the PS3 plays the videos perfectly...with full 5.1. I have also burned the .mts files to DVD and I am able to watch them in 5.1 on the PS3.

    Oh well, that is my consolation prize at this point.

    good luck to all, and I'll keep checking up on this link obsessively...
    iMac 24" 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • jayhawaii Calculating status...

    Please fix this issue!!

    MacBook Pro 2.4 G, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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