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I have a Canon Optura 20 Camcorder & would like to transfer video footage from the camcorder to my new Apple iMac. Is there a software program I can buy to help me with this or do I have to get a different camcorder?? Thanks for your help!

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It should work well with Apple iMovie that came with your mac. There is a new version (imovie 09) that is said to be a major improvement over imovie 08 (the version that likely came with your computer). It is part of the iLife suite of multimedia Apple software. Available for $79 from the apple store. Here's a link to the store page. Buy now

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