I am currently researching this very product for use with my Apple computer. It is rated strongly except for one thing... the format is NOT in Mpeg-4 (THE best format that works with Apples and others). Another user/reviewer posted that he needed a 3rd party software to help him (NOTE: Sony fan who has older version camera and had to use free software to convert).
Here is user's review (Amazon):
Sadly this awesome camera has a big flaw for mac users. It's a real PITA to get the highest quality footage over to the mac. The HQ video mode is not compatible with the mac without some hassling. The HQ mode is the default shooting mode and its really what you want to be using. It gives you the highest, best frame rate. You have to adjust down to FH or Standard quality to get iMovie or FInal Cut to recognize the video. Also iPhoto won't import the video files but iMovie will.
In the end, I had to play with Handbrake, a free video converter tool, to find a setting that would convert the HQ video to something the Apple software would recognize. Sony ships free Windows software with the camera to let you edit these video files, but they don't offer any mac software. There is a note on the online support docs that says "HQ video not compatible with Apple". Basically you have to change the setting to SD (standard) which is a lot lower res (or convert your HQ video with something like Handbrake). No where in the sales documentation does it say the HQ mode isn't mac compatible.
What completely baffles me is why Sony didn't include an option to save video in the universally accepted MP4 format. Their digital still cameras let you save HD video in MP4. That's why I love them. Those mp4 files are platform agnostic and you can load them right up into your mac, pc, youtube, or your android or IOS device without any conversion or hassle. My Sony DSC-HX100V shoots fantastic HD video, with stabilization and writes a very generic MP4 files that works with any system, application or website without any converting."
So, you will need a software download to help. Good luck!
Dear Mr. Lees
Thank you so much for the info on the Sony. I thought I did my homework before I bought this camera. The video is just beautiful but not in FH mode. The videos did import into IMovie but who wants to record in FH with a HD camera. That's why I bought this one. I agree with you, Sony should be in mp4 . My camera goes back tomorrow. I feel like I'm back to square one. Thanks for your help. Now maybe I can sleep.
Glad to have helped. I remember how much trouble I had with my older Sony and my Apple. You can return the favor and share with me (us) which NEW camera you decide on. I am moving VERY slowly on choosing one as I want the best features and the easiest relationship with my Apple computer.
I;ll post more info when I learn more. I did buy a Conon Vixia but can't tell you anything yet. I just found out that buying a camera from Best Buy comes with Mac support. There is a man there that said to bring in my computer and he would SHOW me how to import onto my Mac. Sounds like a plan to me. Will update when I get a little further.
What happens when (or can you) just capture directly from the camera. Isn't there USB or Firewire hook up directly to your computer. I can no longer IMPORT the video files I made on I movie because I got a new OS10.5 software from 10.4.4, and it doesn't recognize the older video files, but I can capture new files from my SONY PD-150 into the IMovie 10.5
Got any Ideas.
I can try to help on this one. I have an older Sony Camcorder and have produced many imovie projects. I had an older camera and needed a third party software package to import files into imovie.
When I upgraded OS's I lost other projects as well.
I must type that I am not sure exactly what your q is here. You want to save your old projects/files? If this is your q, I would first look to re-import the raw footage into 10.5 and start over. I found that when upgrading imovie (I did it twice), older projects were lost (transitions, themes, and other effects were no longer available).
This may or may not help.
Well,feeling kind of stupid but will post anyway. As I said earilier, I sent back the Sony HDR CX260 V and bought the Canon. Well, I've sent back the Canon because the quality and sound just wasn't what I wanted. I have repurchased the same Sony, and learned how to import the video and think it is the best camcorder for me. This particular camcorder is compatible with IMovie. The sound is great, the video and lighting is so much better than the Canon , and the camera itself is smaller and more comfortable in my hand.
. And for the people who can't import their video to the Mac: Heres what I was told to do. First click on Finder in the Dock., Go to Devices on the left just to confirm if the computer is reading the SD card. Then open IMovie. Go to File-Import-Camera Archive. Click on your camera in Devices. Then click Import. Hope this helps
Just tried it, Sony HDR-CX260V doesn't work at 60p or 60i on iMovie, but it does work at 60i with HD quality on FinalCut Pro. iMovie doesn't support 60p or 60i, so you would have to record in 30p mode. The Sony HDR-CX260V doesn't offer the 30p in HD, you would have to switch to standard definition (not HD), to get 30p and be able to import it in iMovie.
I would like to weigh in on this.
So, like others have said, it does not seem possible to import HD video from the CX260 using iMovie.
However, you can access the files directly by going into the drive. There is a file called AVCHD in there (which might be the name of the hard drive, so if you are using an SD card it may be different), and when you open it there is a new window that allows you to view each video. When you open a video it launches quicktime, and you can export/save the videos from there onto your Mac!
I have only tried exporting as "Movie," and the quality is excellent, but exporting as 720 might be even better.
This is definitely not an ideal solution, and I am annoyed that I have to do this, but it works. Hope it helps!