6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2013 8:50 AM by rjjcvb
jamesismy Level 1 Level 1

I cannot get my Mac to recognize my Sony DCR-HC21. Running a 13inch Macbook Pro 13inch mid 2010 model with Mac OS X Version 10.6.8.


Things I have tried:

1. Trying 3 separate Firewire cables (also tried two USB cables even though I know they wouldn't work, just wanted to see if the Mac would recognize the camera that way, no dice)

2. Turning the camera on then opening iMovie '11 (running version 9.0.4.)

3. Opening iMovie first then turning on the camera

4. Turning the camera on then opening Final Cut Pro 7

5. Opening Final Cut open first then turning on the camera

6. Tried 2-6 once with USB Stream on, and once with USB Steam off (USB Stream is a function on the camera)

7. Restarted the Mac then tried again

8. Reset my PRAM and NVRAM then tried again, still no dice.



My camera is set to the "Play/Edit mode" where it's supposed to be and the camera recognizes that it's connected to the computer by showing a little "DV" icon in the upper right hand corner, but iMovie, Final Cut, and the Mac itself won't recognize it. I have searched all over the internet, tried everything every forum has said and still nothing. Can anyone please help me?

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Reply by Klaus1 on Mar 19, 2012 6:01 PM Helpful

Is that model supported?


iMovie 11 - cameras supported:




iMovie 9 - cameras supported:




iMovie 8 Camcorders supported:




Digital camera RAW formats supported by OS X Lion:




Digital camera RAW formats supported by OS X Snow Leopard:



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