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How to import video files from Canon HG20 HD camcorder to iMovie 09?

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Hi. I have no idea how to this. I have a Canon HG20 HD camcorder. It came with software that doesn't run on Mac. How do I import the videos I took in there into my iMovie? Do I need any special equipment? All I have now is the USB cable.

When I plug it in the computer sees it but the .MTS files cannot be clicked on and whenever I try to select a file and click "import" something bounces up and says it's not a camera archive.

Can someone please give me a step-by-step guide? I'm a confused newb here =)
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)
    There's no need to manually import files on a Canon AVCHD camera like that - iMovie should be able to connect and see them automatically.

    Attach the camera, and set it to movie playback mode. Some cameras require that you connect them to power while you're transferring media. You may also have to choose "Connect to PC" on the camera menu itself.

    Open iMovie (if it doesn't launch automatically). Click on the Camera Import icon to the middle-left of the window (or click cmd-i). YOu should get an Import window showing you the clips on the camera/card, which you can choose individually or import all.


    Message was edited by: Matt Clifton
    MacBook (Early 2008), Mac Pro (Early 2008), iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.4)


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