4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2013 3:41 PM by AppleMan1958
Benny Blades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Sony CyberShot DSC-WX50 and use iMovie11.  I'm trying to import the video clips I shot using my SD card reader so I can dump them onto my EX Drive and then edit with iMovie.  I realize I can oprn up iMovie and simply import but I'm looking to learn how to import the video clips without using iMovie.  Hoefully that is clear, any help?


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iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)



    There was some .mts files on a SD-Card from a Video Camera.


    I imported this in iMovie'11 by

    • putting SC-Card in Card-reader

    • using the Import from Movies - as (try to guess the Swedish words)

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    and then I got a menu from the SD-Card to select from


    Yours Bengt W

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,405 points)

    iMovie will do this for you. If you don't want to use iMovie for some reason, there are third party apps like ClipWrap and Voltaic HD that will do this. They cost $$.

  • Benny Blades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the replies.  My other camera, the Canon PowerShot ELP 300 HS, I have no issues importing the movie clips in iMovie11 but I can't do this with the Sony for some reason (maybe becasue of AVCHD?)

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,405 points)

    Sony cameras usually work well with iMovie, and a lot of people use them.


    Some Sony cameras shoot both AVCHD and standard def MPEG2. If you have both on your card, it may be necessary to import the MPEG2 first, then delete it and import the AVCHD. Check the manual to be sure.


    Also, these cards are formatted as FAT32 which tends to get fragmented over time, so it is good to reformat it  (or initialize it) through your camera's menu from time to time.  Do not reformat it until you have saved everything on the card because this will erase it.


    Also, see this article. Make sure you are on at least OSX 10.6.7, and better yet, be on Mountain Lion (10.8.3).



    Also, I found this on the Sony site.