I don't have this camera or ever used one.
I have read through the manual and found this out:
Panasonic bundle the camera with software and a USB specific cable for connecting.
Load the Panasonic supplied Pixe VRF Browser EX software into your Mac and import the files with this application.
Next use Streamclip to transcode these files to FCE user friendly ones.
Probably Quicktime DV matching your video standard, PAL by the looks of it.
You refer to a software which is not for free?
I have installed also the software of Paragon to be able to read and write data (NTFS - HFS and vice versa).
Is it possible to import the movie with the software which works in Windows XP (I have installed Windows 7 via bootcamp on my MBP and also virtual Windwos XP) and then import it into Final Cut Express?
I would prefer an easy solution and no further costs ...
I forward an answer of Panasonic (written in German):
So Panasonic does not offer a software which is compatible with Apple!
Bezug nehmend auf Ihre Anfrage teilen wir Ihnen mit, dass der Camcorder
VDR-D250 die Videoaufnahmen nach dem DVD-Videostandard sowie nach dem
DVD-VR-Standard aufnehmen kann. Wir können jedoch nicht beurteilen ob Ihre
Software Final Cut Express 4.0.1 die Bearbeitung dieser Standards
unterstützt. Seitens Panasonic wird weder eine Apple kompatible software
noch Support für Apple Geräte angeboten. Wenden Sie sich diesbezüglich
bitte an Ihren Apple Händler oder Ihren Computeradministrator. Die
mitgelieferte Software des Camcorders ist ausschließlich für folgende
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Ob diese Software in einer virtuellen Umgebung genutzt werden kann ist uns
nicht bekannt. Um die mit dem Camcorder aufgenommenen DVDs an einem
Computer-Laufwerk auslesen zu können müssen diese vorab mit dem Camcorder
finalisiert werden. Ausnahme ist die Verwendung einer DVD-RAM.
This class of camera records an mpeg2 format to a mini DVD.
The data files need to be moved to the computer then run through either Mpeg Streamclip (free) or Clipwrap2 ($50 US).
Try Mpeg and if does not work, give Clipwrap a try. They have a downloadable free demo. If it works, purchase the software to remove the demo's restrictions.
Other than what has been discussed I can offer no more suggestions.
Here is the section I refer to from the camera manual:
Using discs on a computer (Macintosh)
Using discs on a computer (Macintosh)
Using Pixe VRF Browser EX and ImageMixer VCD/DVD2, you can create a DVD-Video disc (DVDRW/
DVD-R disc) from the images recorded on this unit.
≥ Before using DVD-RW (VR format), DVD-RW (Video format) or DVD-R on a computer, finalize
them on this unit.
≥ To create a DVD-Video disc, a separate DVD-RW/DVD-R/+RW/+R drive is required.
≥ Before initial use, select the software’s [ReadMe] in the folder in which the software is installed
and then read through the additional instructions or updated information.
¬Connect this unit to the AC adaptor.
1 Remove the disc from the unit, turn on the unit and then rotate the
mode dial to select .
2 Connect this unit and a computer.
≥ Do not use any other USB cables except the supplied
one. (Operation is not guaranteed with any other USB
I assume that you do not have the camera manual of Panasonic VDR-D250!
I have borrowed the comera today. There is only one DVD with software only for Windows (XP or 2000).
It was possible to install the software on Windows virtual XP but not to open the movies there (via USB 2.0).
I was not able to import the movie in i Movie 0.9 or MPEG Streamclip 1.9.2. (version for free).
I open Final Cut Express 4.0.1. "log and transfer" but was not able to import my movie there (is this really not possible)?
Maybe there exist a specific test version of a software for free to import only two films for a short time?
Has anyone of you already tried it?
Three different mediums can be used in this camera:
1) DVD-RAM (my movie) ... I ask for a software to be able to import the movie into my MBP
(the movie can be cut in the camera of Panasonic)
2) DVD-RW (DVD-VR ... has to be finalized) ... I do not know if there exists a software for DVD-VR (contrary to DVD-RAM?) for my MBP
3) DVD-R (DVD-Video ... has to be finalized) (the films cannot be cut in the camera and are not created on such a DVD-R)!
I got a hint to try to convert my .VRO films with the following software:
I test it today but am disappointed that the quality of the movie as I see it on my MacBook Pro is not better than the movie on the DVD.
I have chosen H.264 HD Video, high quality, 1760 x 1320 (4:3) (compare highest resolution of my camcorder Panasonic DVR-D250EG) codec name h264, fps 25
Codec Name aac, 48000hz, 32000bps, 6 Channels
I am not sure which settings to choose if I want to import this movie into Final Cut Express 4.0.1. later. Do you propose me to choose other settings?
This makes only sense if the quality is good enough. I wonder because I use also an older camcorder of Sony which films show a better quality on my MacBook Pro being able to import it simply into FCE (PAL).