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Sony Handycam dvd201 and iMac G5

Does anyone know if there is anyway I can get the raw footage from my Sony Handycam DVD21 onto my imac G5. the camcorder does not have a Firewire connection nor is the USB connection recognized by the iMac. I also cannot load ImageMixer (Sony software) because it will only work on a PC platform. Any suggestion would be most appreciated!!

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