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Sony HDR-HC3 camera won't connect in HD mode in iMovie HD or FCP HD

My HD camera won't connect when it's in HD mode. If you've recorded HD footage, you leave the camera in HD mode, put the VCR in HD mode before hooking to iLink and the camera won't show up. I've got a lot of HD footage that I can't get off my camera. It works fine if you record in DV and then have the VCR in DV when going to capture footage off the camera. Help!!

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Re: Sony HDR-HC3 camera won't connect in HD mode in...

What software are you using to capture the HD footage? Are you using the supplied software, or another package. It is likely that you have a software incompatibility. i.e. windows will recognise DV natively, but HDV requires specific codecs and software installed on your PC.

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I searched under HDR-HC3 firewire driver and got the above link.

It says the following:


The problem was a missing MSDV.SYS file.

Actually, on the Sony site it says that no additional drivers are required to connect the camera in Windows XP, Vista, or 7.

But, the user of this camera and firewire noted that he was having trouble convincing windows of this.
Another link that talks about the firewire problem follows:
You can find more links by searching under 'HDR-HC3 firewire driver' or related searches to find the solution to your problem.

I hope this helps.

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Are you looking for a player that could read MTS files from your AVCHD video camera on your Mac? Or still can’t figure out how to open these .mts files and edit them with editing programs like iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP?

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You CAN NOT use the Firewire to capture your footage like DV or HDV camcorders. I too Have a macbook pro and use FCPS2 to edit my footage. If you want to get the footage off of the HD7u, you'll have to connect via USB2.0 and download the .TOD files and use a program to convert them. I use MPEGStreamclip. It will work with the .TOD files and convert them to a format that iMovie or FInal Cut will understand. If this is not for professional work you'll probably be fine converting the footage to the HDV standard or DV standard and not have to render in FCP to edit the footage. 
Caution... MPEG2 codec may be needed. If you have FCP or have Quicktime pro, you probably already have it other wise you can purchase it from apple for $29.99 or if you try real hard (not to hard) you can probably find it on a torrent for free.
I hope this helps your situation

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