4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2012 6:14 AM by jeffcarm
jeffcarm Level 1 (0 points)

I have a SONY HD camera AVCHD.  I am using a Mac Tower 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xenon, running OSx 10.6.8 and iMovie 6.0.3. I have tried importing movie from the camera using the Sony-supplied USB cable but nothing shows up.  Any suggestions? Would a firewire cable help? DO I need special converter software?  This is a real pain as I have had many cameras before (all mini-DV) and have never had a problem importing to iMovie or Final Cut.



PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iMovie 6.0.3
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,237 points)

    Your camera format is not supported by iMovie 6.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,207 points)

    iM v6 supported only tape-based devices.



    • purchase a boxed version of iLife containing iM08, 09 or 11 (the AppStore version of iM11 asks for MacOS10.7x)

    • purchase Voltaic, which allows a 'manual' conversion of ACHD into something iMv6 suitable

  • hughmass Level 3 (575 points)

    Cheapest way I can think of:

    buy imovie 11

    use that to import the AVCHD

    navigate to events folder of imovie 11, where the imported movie sits as apple AIC codec

    drag that aic file into imovie 06, where it will edit fine.


    But of course, if you get imovie 11, you can just edit in that, though lots of us regard imovie 06 as still a wonder after all these years.


  • jeffcarm Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks everyone.  At least I now know that iM 6 won't work.  I managed to get a copy of iM 9 and it has imported fine.