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Hi - I recently bought an iMac OS X Leopard. iPhoto works really well with my Sony camera to USB port. However for iMovie I tried linking my Sony DigitalHandycam Model DCR-PC100E to Firewire socket and nothing happens at all. Camcorder works fine in isolation and with different leads works on my old Vaio PC and to television. Can I get a "converter" or do I need to buy a camcorder that appears on Apple website as compatible ? I hope you can help. Regards

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  • markette Apr 07, 2008

    Thanks for this fantastically quick response.
    How exactly do I go about checking my video settings to configure firewire input?


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Not all camcorders have mac drivers, I will have a look.

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    The DCR-PC100E camera should work on your Mac. There must be some other reason, I think you need to check video settings to configure your firewire input.


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Please give me few minutes i'll let you know.

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

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  • Priya darshan Apr 07, 2008

    • Stay away from cameras that doesn't support DV (Mini DV), most notably Sony's Micro MV/IP series and all DVD recording camcorders. These "MPEG cameras" take lower quality video so, you do not want to use them anyway. MPEG-2 is not "ahead" of "older systems". The DV format used by iMovie and most camcorders is of significantly higher quality than a heavily compressed format like MPEG-2. MPEG-2 is lower quality, period. Compressed formats like MPEG-2 are designed for distribution, not editing. When you use MPEG-2 as source material, it must be decompressed before editing and re-compressed for distribution. This results in significant loss of quality. The advantage of MPEG-2 camcorders it the ability to cram more material on less tape which allows for smaller form factors. It has no advantages in terms of quality or editing.
      Plus, Sony uses a proprietary implementation that forces even PC users to use only Sony's editing application. This is done for the purpose of selling there own PCs. Whether Apple will support the format in the future relies on Apple getting permission and probably paying licensing fees to Sony. And, there are general licensing fee associated with MPEG-2 in general.

      Competing video encoding formats are used to lock customers into certain brands. This is a major nuisance to consumers, but it's been like this forever and is unlikely to change

    • MPEG video from still camera is a pain to work with too. You will need to demux and convert this to DV before using it in iMovie also.

    But how can I find out which is the best camcorder for me?

    Well if I were you, and the camera is new, I would take it back to the store right away. The camcorder user proprietary MPEG format and is not compatible with any other program except the "Movie Maker" program that came with it! These include the following Sony series: (DCR-IP1, DCR-IP220, DCR-IP5, DCR-IP55, DCR-IP7


    Please don't forget to rate the solution no. 2 as fixya.

  • Priya darshan Apr 07, 2008

    Also please CLICK HERE very usefull info.

  • Priya darshan Apr 07, 2008

    Note: Some iMovie ’08 compatible random access devices have both a USB and FireWire port. These camcorders must only be connected using the USB port.

  • Priya darshan Apr 07, 2008

    No there is nothing to do with that you will have to use a USB port instead of firewire


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