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S Pance wrote:
Download Perian 1.1 and it works with both iMovie 08 and FCP 6.0.2.
Amazon Review of HDC-SD9:
I'm writing this review really to point out to the Mac users that it works fine with Macs as long as you use http://www.perian.org/#detail as this fixes the issue at the moment. The camera is indeed superb and I agree with others that point out these people have knocked stars off the rating for the wrong reason.
I'm surprised their hasn't been more feedback on the above comments given the number of us on this thread waiting for a fix.
Can someone confirm if Perian is indeed a fix, or if it is just a cumbersome workaround.
I'm planning on buying the camera today anyway (expecting twins any day now and can't afford to miss any footage...!!), but would love to be reassured that the £500 is going to be a sound investment for the future in terms of making family movies.
On it's own Perian 1.1 is a great app which provides additional video support for QT. I've also heard that it has resolved SD9 AVCHD issues in iMovie08 and FCP, so I personally would give it a go and see if it helps all of you SD9 users. You've got nothing to lose, plus it will enable you to watch virtually any video format through QT - priceless.
I was able to import 24p video in Final Cut Express tonight with audio and video synced perfectly. I tried the same video in iMovie and the video portion ended before the audio, so there is still an issue there. I had hoped not to record in 24p mode. I don't get what it is all about...what does it do better than the 60i standard mode?
For me it kind of works too.
I have the latest leopard, latest fce4 and latest Perian (1.1).
To import, I have to go in the menues, wait 10 to 20 seconds until it recognises my SD card or the camcorder, and then import.
But I can't get FCE4 to run a video without "rendering it", which takes some time. And the procedure has to be done again and again for every single change.
So I decided to import these imported clips in imovie 08, and it works flawlessly! I just click import in imovie. It just takes some time to create the thumbnails previews.
Then, the edition is very fast.
However, to export the video in full hd h264, I'll need to be VERY patient. I exported a 3 minutes video at 17mb/s, and it took 45 minutes!!
But it's still unacceptable to have to use FCE to import into imovie, and the format has to 1080p (24).
You'll also need a lot of disk space to import the clips (cause they're uncompressed).
Just another frustrated new owner of a SD9. Could someone take a moment and publish their proven work arounds in a step-by-step fashion? I'm new to Apple and a lite video user so I assumed all I would need is iMovie 08. I'm not even sure what FCP and FCE are. Also, what is the $30 program some were mentioning early in the thread that seems to import the video. Is there any degredation of quality to use it?
Thanks from a newb.
FCP = Final Cut Pro
FCE = Final Cut Express
Voltaic ($30 program) = loses 5.1 sound but I can't see a difference in quality (bitrates are roughly the same)
My workflow is:
Copy the MTS files from the SD card to somewhere on your local drive or external drive. The MTS files are stored here:
Once copied, fire up Voltaic, drag them in Voltaic, set the preferences (720/1080 or iMovie/Final Cut) and click Start.
You'll need a lot of disk space (they'll be 4 or 5 times bigger than the MTS files).
Once they've converted you can drag/drop into iMovie and edit them.
Thanks to everyone for the helpful info on this thread. I too bought the SD9 in the belief that it would work 'straight out of the box' with FCE. Of course it didn't. I am now importing clips via Voltaic as helpfully suggested above and it is working fine so many thanks for the simple and clear instructions.
I am left with two questions that I can't find answers to and would be grateful for advice:
1 Having converted the clips with voltaic from mts to mov is there any loss of info or quality or is it the same data in a different format?
2 Is there any way I can use my SD9 as an input device to imovie or fce i.e. as an alternative camera to the built in isight ?
many thanks in advance for the advice.
PS Is there any evidence of Apple responding to mass campaigns of complaint ?They really should be supporting the SD9!!