4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2007 7:12 AM by Susan_Forney
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We have a CanonDC10 DVD camcorder. It was supposed to work well with Macs--and it does, provided you want to take still photos with the camcorder and post them to the Mac. I can't seem to make iMovie see it or its video files at all. It records the source files as .vro files. (We use read/write mini DVDs because friends told us that the DVD-R disks were less reliable.)

The camcorder comes with hokey PC software that will produce DVDs, and the files will play on a PC with Windows Media Player. They will not play using Quicktime, iDVD, the Mac's DVD player, or, interestingly enough, Windows Media Player for the Mac.

Is this something that is fixed in later versions of iMovie? We are buying a new laptop in the fall--coinciding with when Apple releases Leopard. Thus, we would get the newer software then (and a lot more horsepower for producing the home movies that will bore our friends).

Thanks for any insight you can offer.

iMac   Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
Solved by catspaw on Jun 15, 2007 8:31 PM Solved
Hi Susan - unfortunately you have a camcorder that records in MPEG2 format, which is incompatible with iMovie. iMovie requires DV formatted video. DVD video is really a delivery format for viewing, rather than for editing as it is a 'lossy' format.It is possible to convert your material into DV, although there will be some quality reduction involved. See here:http://www.sjoki.uta.fi/%7Eshmhav/SVCDon_a_Macintosh.html#edit_convertMPEG You will need:MPEG StreamClip (free):http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/mpegstreamclip.htmlApple MPEG2 PlayBack ($20):http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/G5 Dual 2.0 ghz   Mac OS X (10.4.9)   1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E