Question about Panasonic SDR-S50A Std-Def SD Camcorder with 78X Zoom & Wide angle Lens Blue
Using a Panasionic SDR-S50 with a iMac computer. Have been using the two together for a few years (using iMovie). The mac has suddenly stop recognising the camera. When "import from camera" is selected the mac cannot see the camera. No update or setting changes were done to either the mac or camera. Just happened! Any help would be greatly appriciated. Cheers
You could try another USB port. I've had USB ports get loosened up on me without me realizing it. If nothing else has changed, I'd suggest trying to connect with a different USB port, OR swapping out your camera connection cable. The cable might be bad, usually from being pulled on so much.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Mac OS X v 10.1–X v 10.3
iMac, iBook or Power Book G4, Power Mac G4 or
Power Mac G5
64 MB or more
≥The USB equipment operates with the driver
installed as standard in OS.
Posted on Apr 11, 2008
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
The problem is that that Apple tutorials and the Panasonic manuals both tell you to set your camera to "PC" when you're ready to import. At least with iMovie 08, you need to set the camera to regular "Playback" mode or else you'll get the "communication error" message.
Posted on May 11, 2010
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