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Michael Butler2 Level 1 Level 1
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 Level 1 Level 1
    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
  • Michael Butler2 Level 1 Level 1
    I've cross posted this to simplydv forums as well. If anyone is using a production release SD9 successfully with iMovie '08 - please post!

    Just so you can see what I'm seeing, I put together a SnapZ Pro MP4 screen capture of the issues using my Macbook. You can see:

    1. The camera's SD card mounting (I'm using the camera itself this time - but the same happens with a card reader)
    2. iMovie starting
    3. Me selecting a 1080i clip and clicking import
    4. iMovie crashing
    5. Restarting iMovie
    6. Selecting a 1080p clips and clicking import
    7. The import starts but I cancel as I have one 'I prepared earlier'
    8. Playing back the 1080p clip - you can clearly see that the video has been sped up (it's unnatural)

    The video is around 12MB:

    I've also tried this on my Intel iMac - exactly the same problem.
  • ProfessorD Level 1 Level 1
    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?
  • JJSNC Level 1 Level 1
    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.
  • justflie Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem with me. The video immediately crashes iMovie '08 and Final Cut Pro. Annoying, to say the least!!!
  • geoban Level 1 Level 1
    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.
  • shive Level 1 Level 1
    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).
  • Michael Butler2 Level 1 Level 1
    I've been using a cheap USB 2.0 Kingston card reader. It's a bit of a pain to have to connect the power supply just to use the USB port off the camera..
  • thearmoth Level 1 Level 1
    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!
  • late08jane Level 1 Level 1
    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!
  • tcynk00 Level 1 Level 1
    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)?
  • shive Level 1 Level 1
    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.
  • jchuston Level 1 Level 1
    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...
  • jayhawaii Level 1 Level 1

    Please fix this issue!!

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