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Capture software for apple mac

Hi, i've lost the drivers and software disk that comes with the camera. I have a mac computer and need to install software to capture or upload footage to hard drive. Where can I get this software from? or any software so that my mac can see and read the camera via usb.
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  • mvho Nov 10, 2008

    Hi, I have exactly the same problem, and also have a mac. Did you find a solution ? thanks a lot...

  • rowlee Apr 15, 2009

    No still haven't found a solution. What about you?



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You don't need a driver, simply connect the firewire cable and open iMovie (if it does not already open automatically) - and import with iMovie.

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Try the makers website under support, most are eccepted by the mac without but usually via firewire

Posted on Aug 13, 2009


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SOURCE: Help! How do I upload videos to my PC from the Handycam?

Make sure your camera is set to output to computer and not just to the screen it should be in the manual. Your computer may not have the card necessary for capture or the card may be off or un-installed. If the camera settings are correct shut down the computer. While its off plug in your camera. unplug all other devise using USB ports, Ee-boot you may hear a sound but you should see a window on the desktop asking you what you want to do. (Windows-XP2 or Media edition) If you don't see this window then you may have to upgrade the USB to a USB2. Control panel>Systems>Hardware>Open Device Manager Scroll to you see the USB ports right click 1st on each one depending on how many USB ports you see there. Will take a a few sec onds on each one. If you don't find any then click you may files transfer after checking the ports then go up the tree to see if you have media Controls etc..etc...right click each one and click on update driver. If no driver updates then your camera may have the option firewire for transfer as an alternative which is better. Last thing to do is uninstall the USB port the camera's connected to then re-install it from the same tree. Make sure you don't have more than 1 video program on your computer if you do the camera may be using the other software package and can also be a cause of your problem I hope this gets you where you want to be this is written by personal experience and by no means am I answering your post and saying this will work for you. I hope it does.

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SOURCE: Capturing Footage with Camera

USB streaming does not work for Windows Vista. Use the firewire/ilink connection instead.


Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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I've done a lot of research into this problem and I know the solution if you're using Windows XP!! Here are the steps...

1. Download "Winrar". Its a program similar to Winzip. Install Winrar onto your pc.

2. Download the camcorder's driver file by clicking on this link:
Open the file (won't open if winrar not installed first) and install it.

3. Using Windows XP open Movie Maker. On my pc this was found in the same spot as Paint and the Calculator, ie Programs - Accessories.

4. On the panasonic camcorder go to "Menu-Playback-USB" and change the USB option to "Webcam".

5. Use a cable to connect the camcorder into a USB port on the pc.

6. In Movie Maker, select "Capture Video - Capture video from device". Then your camcorder will appear as an icon to be selected and you're away!!

Just wanted to upload the mini dv movies to my pc but it took me a while to figure this all out so hope this saves you from that grief!


Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: new mac computer, panasonic vdr-d220 camcorder

If you're running OS X and you have iMovie (part of the suite that comes with Leopard) then your mac has a pre-loaded driver.

Just make sure the disc is finalized, then connect it to your mac via the USB cable and select the CONNECT DISC option on the camera. OS X will ask you which program to open it with; choose iMovie. It will open a video capture screen which will allow you to choose which scenes you want to load from the camera. It will take a few minutes to capture the files and save them to a project folder in iMovie; they'll be visible to work with in iMovie from there.

Note: I believe that iMovie converts the .VOB (DVD) files on your camera to .MOV (Quicktime), which can result in a minor loss in quality. But unless you have Final Cut or some other editing software, I don't know any other way to get those videos on your mac.

I have a VDR D220 and I've used it on a couple of projects with iMovie with success. Good luck.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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Ok, well there is a workarround.. What one can do is simply use the AV cables, a USB Video IN Dongle, about $20.00. this then will allow you to connect the Camera to the PC, you can then "Stream" the Video from the Camera, to the PC, via the USB link, at FULL HD quality, save the "Played" Video as a suitable file, and do whatever you want with it. Using DVR software you simply, play on the recorder and Record on the DVR, and you'r good to go. Save as an MPEG4 or whatever format you want.
If you know how to edit the conf files then maybe you can make the existing scratch drive, persistent, making it unable to be removed.
Also you may like to try a Firewire to USB Dongle, this then will allow you to use the USB port, NOT the firewire..then at least you will be able to get data into the PC that way, although a wee bit slower, but this hardly matters in the big scheme of things.

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