4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2012 11:46 AM by Gronsky
KieraCar Level 1 (0 points)

I purchased a Sony Handycam at Target, and the sales associate told me it was compatible with my iMac.   Now, after recording my daughter's school musical, the instruction booklet says that the enclosed softward is NOT compatible with Mac, and if I want to import movies to my computer, I need to "contact Apple, Inc."

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 (2,175 points)

    THe software supplied may not be compatible with Mac but probably the video files you have on your Sony are.

    Which kind of Handicam (tape or SD card)  and which kind of video files you get (AVCHD ?) ?

    Do you wish to import into iMovie (09 or older ?)

  • KieraCar Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Walter......

    It has an SD card, and I have an iMac with OSX (10.6.8.)


    I have iMovie and iPhoto, but can't seem to import the *movies* off the Handycam, only photos.

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Hi KieraCar.

    How do you connect the Cam ?  For video you will probably need to use a firewire cable and open iMovie while for Photos could be better the USB and iPhoto.

    Unfortunately I do not know the Camcorder enought. Have you tried to take the SD card and read it in the Mac ?

    You will probably need to follow the folders to reach the video streaming. May be you have folders like Private... AVCHD and under them the video files.

    Can you post here how is the folders and files names ?

  • Gronsky Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a Sony AX2000 HD camcorder and use USB to connect the camera to the computer, then when the icon appears on the desktop, open it and browse to the AVCHD folder and drag the whole folder to a folder to the computer.  When it is copied, you can eject the icon and disconnect the camera.  Then, Import the separate MTS files in the AVCHD -> BDMV-> STREAM -> folder to an editor or video converter to get them into .mov files. 


    However, I am having problems with any converter getting good results from MTS to .mov without adding frames, or showing ripples throughout the video on DVD.  Premiere Pro CS4 handles the MTS files great, but getting them into a format deliverable to DVD is my current headache.