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I need to capture footage from my camcorder, a sony DCR-TRV280 NTSC onto iMovie HD So far, I only get access to iSight. Any suggestions?

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You should open iMovie and then use the capture from camera option to capture footage from the camcorder. Here are detailed instructions for the same with images(from the apple support site)
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1096

Let me know if you cannot comprehend some part of it so that I can break it down for you.

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