4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2011 11:50 AM by a brody
willwinuk Level 1 (0 points)


I just purchesed a Sanyo Xacti SH1 HD camcorder and when you plug it into a computer you get the option to use it as a card reader or use MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). When you select MTP on a Windows PC it shows what camera you’re using and battery level etc. But plugged into a Mac the MTP option does nothing.

Is there a way to make the Mac use MTP or will Lion support it?

iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB Ram
  • a brody Level 9 (65,753 points)

    Lion isn't out yet.  All the features of Lion are listed on and may change when it is released later this month at: http://www.apple.com/macosx/


    Contact the camera vendor and ask which Mac OS X versions their camera model is known to support. Also ask in the iMovie forum if it is supported any better through iMovie.

  • willwinuk Level 1 (0 points)

    My camcorder works on Mac in Card Reader mode, so I can drag and drop files off of it that way.

    I'm just curious if there is a way to make OSX support MTP or if it will in the future as it seems like a better mode as it gives more user feedback.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,319 points)

    Being that MTP is a framework for Windows to import to wmv, my guess would be that you won't see it supported natively in OS X.

    Most cameras supported on OS X work by connecting a Firewire cable to the DV out of the Camera and import directly into iMovie, or the company provides its own transfer software.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,753 points)

    You won't find anyone answering questions about the future here.  Apple strictly forbids speculation on this board, which is user to user.