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I have a Sony Handycam DCR-HC21 and i'm trying to upload videos onto my mac. I'm using a USB cord and when i plug it in iMovie doesn't open up. I've read that you need to set the camcorder to PC connect mode but i don't know how to do that. Thank you.

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Go to menu and find usb stream and on it

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You need to use a firewire cable not usb

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I can't find my dcr hc21 when trying to download video to my imac


Use a firewire cable to connect not USB.iMovie should be on your Mac and will capture and edit the footage.
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Convert/Import Sony DCR-SX/SR/HC/DVD Series to Mac, iMovie, FCP


As we known, Sony DCR series camcorder includes Sony DCR-SX, Sony DCR-SR, Sony DCR-HC, Sony DCR-DVD, Sony DCR-TRV, Sony DCR-VX, etc, and most of Sony DCR camcorders record video in SD MPEG-2 such as some Sony DCR-SX series, Sony DCR-SR series, Sony DCR-DVD series.

Some Popular Sony DCR Camcorder Series in the following:
Sony DCR-SR: SR40, SR42, SR60, SR68, SR82, SR87, SR100, SR200, SR300, SR45E,SR65E, SR87E, SR85E, SR220E, etc.
Sony DCR-SX: SX40, SX44, SX60, SX63, SX83, SX34E, SX40E, SX43E, SX46E, SX60E, etc.
Sony DCR-HC: HC35, HC26, HC28, HC62, HC40, HC21, HC52, HC24E, HC38E, HC54E, etc.
Sony DCR-DVD: DVD650, DVD108, DVD92, DVD850, DVD403, DVD505, DVD610E, DVD710E, etc.

Due to Sony DCR video cannot be directly imported to iMovie, Quicktime, iTunes, FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro and some other popular devices, if you want to import your Sony DCR Handycam SD video to Mac for enjoying or further editing with iMovie, FCP, FCE, etc, the first step for you to do is to convert these Sony SD video to MOV, MP4 for Mac, then you can import converted Sony DCR video to iMovie, Quicktime, iTunes, FCP on Mac for enjoying or editing.

To convert Sony DCR series video to Mac, Sony DCR Video Converter for Mac is the best software to transfer these Sony DCR SD MPEG-2 video, Sony AVCHD MTS, M2TS files, and some other camcorder videos to MOV, MP4, MPEG, 3GP, M4V, etc on Mac. Besides, you can also convert and import Sony DCR SD video to iPad, iPod, iPhones (including iPhone4), PSP, Blackberry, and other mobile players.

How to Convert Sony DCR video to Mac OS for further editing with iMovie, FCP, etc?

Step1: Add Sony DCR Video on Mac
Click "Add File" to upload your chosen Sony DCR video to Mac AVCHD Converter after you launched it.

Step2: Set Output Video Format for Mac
Click "Profile" to open the Profile drop-up list to select MOV, or MP4 as output video format for Mac OS, Quicktime, iMovie, FCP, FCE, etc.

Step3: Convert Sony DCR Video to Mac OS
Press the "Start" button to convert Sony DCR SD video or AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to Mac. After conversion finished, you can enjoy converted Sony DCR video on Mac or edit these videos with iMovie, FCP, FCE, iDVD, etc.

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I am trying to down load video on dcr-pc101e pal tape to my mac. I have connected via usb but the mac does not seem to recognise the camera. How do I successfully download video to mac?


Use a firewire cable to connect your camera to your Mac. Have your camera at the place you want to start copying and put it in play back mode. Open iMovie in your Mac. In the iMovie window, move the little blue button to the left (to the camera icon). Then click the Import button at the bottom of your picture. If you haven't used iMovie before play around with it. It's a great movie editing program.
Good luck!

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How do i download a video into my computer from the Sony Handycam DCR-HC21 Mini DV Digital Camcorder


There are two way to upload your picture's or video's to your pc:

  1. You can upload video to the use of your camcorder connector. Connect your USB cable to your camcorder and plug it to your computer. You need to turn on your camcorder so that it will be recognized by the computer.
  2. You can upload also your video's with the use of memory card reader. Remove your memory card from your camcorder and insert it to the card reader. Plug the card reader to the computer. The computer will recognized the card. Now you can upload your photo's or video's.

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usb is not compatible with mac os. so, use a firewire/i.link cable to transfer the videos to the mac computer

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How to connect a macbook pro and a handycam DCR-DVD105.


If your cam has a firewire connection, you could plug it into the macbook and use iMovie to transfer the videos over. You can also get an external DVD drive to put those tiny DVDs into to transfer it over.

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Mac compatibility


It is compatible, but it may cost you 20 more dollars

iMovie does not work with muxed MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 clips (and that's what you're trying to do)

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=42996

You'll need:
MPEG Streamclip 1.5.1 (free) and the MPEG-2 Playback Component ($20 from Apple).
http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/

Once you do that, to transfer the data to the iMac:
1- Plug the USB cable, once detected (5s), press HDD on the touch screen panel
2- Go to Finder (on the Mac) then open the videos folder /MP_ROOT/100PNV01/M2U0001.MPG for example
3- Drag the .MPG file to the mac
4- Start Streamclip (see message further up the discussion)
Export using for example .DV format, readable by I-Movie.
5-Import the new file in I-movie

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