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Downloading footage from USB camcorder to a MAC

Hi I'm trying to download footage on tape from my sharp vl-z5e camcorder. I thought it would be a simple plug and download or import into iMovie but nothing is working for me. Still pix are showing up but no movie???

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    can usb camcorders work on a mac

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    No camcorders will work with my macbook pro.

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Every camera has a Video out with a wire for sound and Video to the VCR or PC with a ATI adapter card... Then use software for Mac by a few company's out there that support mac for Video capture and editing .. ask Futurshop or another vendor or where you bought your mac from would be your best bet for proper infomation.

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Are you sure you don't have a mini-firewire output socket? It's labelled DV. You might need to buy a special cable. After you connect and fire up iMovie it's all effortless as you would expect for a mac.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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    Further to my last comment - you may need to downgrade to iMovie 06 if you still have problems.

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Hi, still pictures being in digital format would be downloadable to the computer straight from the camera. Video footages in tape is analog and cannot be dowloaded. You would need a video capture device. It is an interface device that sits between your tape player/camera and your computer. Normally would have a video input either in RCA (yellow) or S connector and provision to connector to your computer (USB, firewire). Also provision for audio (white/red) connection or straight to the line/aux input of your computer. You then have to run the accompanying software to capture the movie while it is playing in realtime in the camera. If the video footages are saved in a memory stick, flashcard or some other digital format, then it is directly readable/downloadable from the camera to your computer. Hope this be of some help. Regards.

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Refer Users manual if there's Something Useful i am not able to get clear picture of your problem please explain it well

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