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Transferring video from camera to intel iMac

I need instructions on how to transfer video from my camera to my  intel iMac.  I have the latest OS X and iMovie 08.
All advice I have sought on the web says it can be done, but instructions vary from website, to forum, to Apple, and Sony sites.
The HDR-SR11 is NOT a flash media camcorder, but uses a 60 gig hardrive and 'memory stick'.

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Some very useful relevant information here:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1397298
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