5 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2013 4:56 AM by AppleMan1958
Margaret Holste Level 1 (0 points)

I just purchased a Sony Digital HD Video Camera Recorder.  I can't seem to download the videos I've taken to my MacBood Pro.  Any ideas?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    Via 4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable.


    But what Mac is this and what versions of OS X and iMovie?

  • Margaret Holste Level 1 (0 points)

    It's MacBook Pro 10.7.5. iMovie is 9.0.8.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    Use iMovie. Select FILE/IMPORT FROM CAMERA.

    Attach camera via USB, or if your camera uses a SDHC card, put the card in a card slot.


    If this does not work, check your camera settings. iMovie will import 30P, 25P, 30i, 60i, 25i, etc. iMovie will not import 50P and 60P. These must be converted in another app before importing to imovie.

  • Margaret Holste Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you know a program or app that will convert the 60p videos. I've reset my camera but have a video I'd like to save that was shot on 60p rather than 60i.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    I would look into ClipWrap and Voltaic HD.

    I don't have them myself, but people seem to like them.


    I think that I have read that while iMovie will not import 60P AVCHD, it can edit AVCHD that has been converted to h.264 in a MOV container at 60P, so you may want to try that as well. Both the apps I mentioned should be able to do that.  In other words they can convert the AVCHD to 60P or to 30P.


    The main advantage of 60P is that it enables you to have high quality slow motion sequences. If you do not need a lot of slow motion, stick to 30P. When you finish your iMovie and Share it, the maxinum output will be 30P, because current model TV sets use 30P as a max.