9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2009 12:11 PM by AppleMan1958
lauraroxy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know if the Canon Vixia hg20 is compatible with mac and imovie 08?

mac, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Forest Mccready Level 4 Level 4 (1,250 points)
  • IMRAN Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    I'm looking into this camera too. It is not listed in the supported cameras but there is one Amazon reviewer who I think said they used it with iMovie (no details if that was Hi Def video). The thing to check is if the camera uses the dreaded (for now) AVCHD standard. I'll post more if I find out more. Hope this helps/

    Imran
  • IMRAN Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    I'm looking into this camera too. It is not listed in the supported cameras but there is one Amazon reviewer who I think said they used it with iMovie (no details if that was Hi Def video). The thing to check is if the camera uses the dreaded (for now) AVCHD standard. I'll post more if I find out more. Hope this helps/

    Imran

    PS The answer may lie in the full name I see at one page: Canon VIXIA HF11 AVCHD 32 GB Flash Memory Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom . Check out how painful AVCHD is to work with on a home computer before you decide to buy.
  • susans apple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Forget it. I received this camera for Christmas and I was thrilled to have it. The quality of the video is excellent - however, and this is a BIG "HOWEVER," the camera is not recognized on the Power Mac G5. Nor is it recognized on Final Cut. I am so disappointed. I have been on the phone with Canon and Apple to no avail. It says it is compatible with the Power Mac G5, but it is not. Canon says it is only compatible with the intel based Mac. That is a real problem for me on this end because I have a MacBook Pro with intel, but there is not enough disk space for the Final Cut software or to upload the video that is why I loaded the software to the Power Mac G5 that we have, because it has more hard disk space and can handle the video and editing load. Until this is resolved, I would seriously consider another video camera. If I discover a way for this camera to be compatible with the Power Mac G5 or Final Cut, I will let you know.
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)
    No AVCHD camera will work natively with the PowerMac. However, the PowerMac should work with MPEG2 based high def cameras including card, hard drive, DVD, and HDV formats.

    Since you already have a G5 and AVCHD, there is a software app called Voltaic HD which will convert the AVCHD into AIC for editing on your G5.
  • IMRAN Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
    Hi all. I follow up to my previous posting with some info on what works and what does not work for met yet.

    I received the camera (note that I bought the Canon Vixia HF10 ) and I love it (so far).

    The video quality is amazing. Even more delightful is the quality of the still photographs the Canon Vixia HF10 is taking. They look like a 3MP digital camera, not the usual slightly grainy images even so-called 2MP or more cell phone or non-dedicated cameras take.

    They only had the 16GB on board memory HF10 version so I got that instead of waiting for the 32GB model. I will just add 32GB SD-HC card (keep in mind to make sure the cards follow Class4 or higher speed to ensure it works well).

    The user interface is a little tiny (small buttons etc.) but works.

    When I plugged it in with a regular SD-card I have found that the camera will take pictures and the manual shows that as possible too.

    However when using the camera menu to switch to the SD-card even to see what's on it actually crashes (or at least makes a clicking sound and goes dark, while power remains on and cannot be turned off unless the battery AND power adaptor are removed. Annoying but I will do more research).

    Connecting the camera by USB to the MacBook Pro (intel of course) immediately fired up iPhoto which pulled the still photos from the camera just as if any other digital camera had been connected.

    iMovie 8 was also able to import and edit the highest quality video from the camera (note that USB 2 is not the fastest thing in the bus for so much data) and you better have lots of disk space as you should be well aware.

    Personal sad note - I wrote an online article honoring my Dad for giving me cameras since I was 6 years old.... http://imran.com/media/blog/2008/12/imrananwarinfo-mylife-view-of-capturing.html

    Little did I know that just a few hours after I posted this and emailed it to him he would pass away of cardiac arrest in Pakistan on 21/21/2008. May God bless his soul. Since 12/25 was my late mother's birth anniversary, I drove to a spot on Long Island that he had loved visiting with me in 1996 and captured a sunset - the first video from the Canon camera was in his and her memory. iMovie easily imported, edited and published it online to YouTube. Please take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUIMAKK4-ao to get an idea.

    Clearly the YouTube picture quality is not going to be anything like what the camera captured but it shows how quickly iMovie imported, allowed a small project to be even uploaded to YouTube. So, I am very satisfied with the camera as it works (not sure why it locks up on getting a directory or listing of the SD card when inserted) but would have been so much happier seeing my Dad and making videos with him as I had planned to do next month. Such is life. Such are memories. I hope you make happier ones with your cameras.

    Hope this helps you all make a decision. I do not work for Canon or any other company except myself.

    Imran
  • Tarik Moutachouik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have an HG20 canon camcorder with AVCHD , would a new macbook laptop work without issues with this camera using iMovie 09?
  • Wits_Lost Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just spoke to Cannon about my Vixia HG20 on the phone and they said I need to use imovie HD 7.1. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of this???
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,395 points)
    iMovie 7.1 is iMovie 08. You can make sure you have the current version 7.1.4 by clicking iMovie/About iMovie

    If you don't have the current version, run /Software Update