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Sony hanycam woes with i movie import

I recently bought a sony hdr-hc9 and have been using it ok then today i go and try and connect it to my apple mac and the video plays in the handycam screen but not on the computer and nothing transfers to the mac. i have spoken to mac and sony no one has been any help. i am looking for a miricle as i bought this because it was compatible with mac and it is for business. i have a wedding to film in 2 weeks and need to be able to edit my footage.

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  • debralea Oct 16, 2008

    apple imac version 10.5.5
    ilife o8


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What computer is it on, operating system and version of ilife?

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  • Krabby Oct 17, 2008

    Now I have seen similar problems before, I am assuming you have a lot of data on the camera, sometimes the unit can take up to 5 minutes to fully categorize its info, try letting the camera stay connected for about 5 minutes.  If it does not show up by then, you may just have an OS X software problem on the computer.  Let me know what happens. 


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