#1) no; import from SDcard is usually blazing fast, tape is 'real time' only
but import in iMovie-b is a two step process: shuffling data into Mac, auto-convert into edit-codec = this could be the time-consuming process, but usually is faster-than-realtime either
#2) no, should be no difference
#3) iM08 is 5y old; it was - imho! - a public beta, lacking major features for 'serious' editing; not useful; but importing, simple tasks as cut/dissolve shouldn't be no problem; actual iM11 is much 'better', in terms of convenience & features (slow-mo, pic-in-pic, pic-adjustments, green-screen, themes, L-cuts, ...)
#4) no I remember iM08, as any iMovie version, past or future, rock-solid.
could have many causes, usually by 'mixed upped' system ....
you could add the crash report here, maybe it indicates the culprit (such as historic divx-extension etc)
for DV, SDef, NTSC/PAL, there's no better edit-app than antique iMovieHD6, 'cause it handles the data 'natively'. The new app iM-b (vers08/09/11) does not. It has the endless-discussed drop-field issue (=auto-deinterlacing), which drops quality for SDef/interlaced bottomless. But iMHD6 is of no use for AVCHD …-
old camera = old software, new camera = new software
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Seems that the bottom line here is that my computer is just too old. It also only has 2GB of RAM and when I called BH photo, they told me I should have at least 4GB. Frankly I really liked iMovieHD6 but I realize times are changing and I need to move on.
Thank you again.
I tried a few other things and my computer won't even recognize the camera. I even checked the USB ports and when I attach the printer, it's easily recognized but place the camera into those ports and it's a definite no go. So it looks like the camera needs to go back and I'll have to wait until I get a new computer and I do more research to find the best compatible camera for the mac.
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