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Panasonic SDR-H40P/PC I was told at the store that this camcorder works with Mac's-How?

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  • Anonymous Aug 02, 2008

    I was also told this would work with a Mac, in a Best Buy retailer in Washington DC. How ?

  • Macfriendly Nov 02, 2008

    Same problem and same information provided by the Best Buy folks.

  • tracy4631 Nov 20, 2008

    I can only get still pix from camera to Mac, no video.  Told by Circuit City that this would work with a Mac.    Like to hear if there is a patch of some kind.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    SAME problem--help! Anyone find any answers to resolve this issue?

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    just bought this new camcorder, when i connect it to my mac nothing happens. even when i open imovie. pleas help

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    They only work for I photo I was told by best buys it would work and when I went to return it I was charge a $60.00 restocking fee and learned that they consider "works with" to have a limited application, but a broad interpretation.

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This camera will only work with the latest version(s) of iMovie (08 and 09). I'm not sure, but you may need an Intel-based Mac also/too. Any previous version (for example, iMovie HD, aka version 6) will NOT work with this camera out of the box.

There is a workaround. You will need the MPEG2 Playback Component for Quicktime from Apple ($20) and a free program called MPEG Streamclip. I also use OS 10.5 (Leopard), and this has worked for me. Once the component is installed, drag the .MOD files from the camera (it will appear as a disk on the desktop when you plug it in and turn it to "PC Connect" mode) one at a time into MPEG Streamclip. Then export them to the DV file format, which is what iMovie uses. Depending on the length of the clips, this can take a fairly long time. Good luck.

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This will only work with imovie 08 or 09, imovie 06 (or HD) and earlier will only work with Firewire camcorders! 
Hope this helps!

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

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This camera, when connected to a PC or a Mac, needs to be connected to a power source before you can do anything with it.

Please connect your charger port to the power source, connect DC power connector on the camera DC socket, and insert the battery adapter in the camera instead of the battery...

Now connect the USB cable to the Mac, and start iMovie, selec the Movie play option on the camera, and select USB connectivity mode with HDD as a selection...

iMovie recognize the camera and ask you to import the video clips into the iMovie.... if this does not work, send an email to surfing.secure at yahoo.com and I will prepare a Youtube video explaining the whole procedure...

Thanks
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Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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Got this camera from a client who had the same problem. Tore my hair out all day trying to get my computer to recognize the camera. Finally I got it! It was the Pana supplied USB cable!! I had swapped out the cable once and it still didn't work. The THIRD cable I tried connected immediately. The one that worked is gray and says "Geek Squad" on both ends (I kid you not!!). Read a bunch of forums with people having this same problem. Hope it works for ya!

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Just found out that i have the same problem.  The box says that it's compatible, but I can't get Imovie to recognize it.  Help!!!

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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Convert/Import, Edit Panasonic SDR MOD Files to Mac, iMovie, FCP


Panasonic SDR camcorder mainly contains SDR-H and SDR-S two series. Most Panasonic SDR series camcorders record videos in MOD MPEG-2 which is a standard definition video format, such as some popular Panasonic SDR camcorders: SDR-S26, SDR-S10, SDR-H60, etc. However, there are also some Panasonic SDR camcorders recording videos in AVCHD /MPEG-2 like Panasonic SDR-H86, SDR-S45, SDR-T56, etc.

To get more details of Panasonic SDR camcorders, you can check the list of most popular Panasonic SDR series camcorders as follows:
Panasonic SDR-H Series: SDR-H18, SDR-H40, SDR-H60, SDR-H80, SDR-H85, SDR-H81, SDR-H86, SDR-H200, SDR-H80S, SDR-H80K, SDR-H80A, SDR-H80R, etc.
Panasonic SDR-S Series: SDR-S10, SDR-S26, SDR-S50, SDR-S45, SDR-S150, SDR-S25A, SDR-S26K, SDR-S26R, SDR-S7K, SDR-S7A, SDR-S7R, etc.
Panasonic SDR-T and other Series: SDR-T50, SDR-T55, SDR-T51, SDR-T56, SDR-T50K, SDR-SW21S, SDR-SW21D, SDR-SW21G, SDR-SW20S, etc.

"I have a SDR H85 panasonic camcorder and can't seem to get the videos to download on my mac. Any suggestions?" ---from Yahoo Answers

Actually, for Mac users, you may have these similar problems when you want to import Panasonic SDR video to Mac, or edit these video in iMovie, or FCP, FCE. Because some Panasonic SDR series camcorder are not compatible with Mac, so you cannot directly import these camcorder videos to iMovie, Quicktime, or FCP . See here to know iMovie '09: Camcorder Support http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3290

Now, a professional Panasonic SDR Video Converter for Mac is specially designed to convert MOD(MPEG-2) to MOV, MP4, AVI, DV, H.264, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, WMV, MKV, etc on Mac. It supports converting MOD, TOD, AVCHD MTS/M2TS, etc to Mac, iMovie, Quicktime, iDVD, FCP, FCE, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, PSP, and other popular mobile phones. This Mac MOD Video Converter can also help you extract audio from your Panasonic SDR videos to MP3, MKA, WAV, M4A, AC3, OGG, AAC, WMA, etc.

Instruction for you to convert Panasonic SDR video to Mac, iMovie, FCP, etc step by step

Step1: Install and Launch MOD Converter for Mac

Step2: Add Panasonic SDR Video on Mac
Click "Add File" to upload your chosen Panasonic SDR video to Mac MOD Video Converter after you launched it.

Step3: Set Output Video Format for Mac, iMovie, Quicktime
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.

Step4: Convert Panasonic SDR Video to Mac
Press the "Start" button to convert Panasonic SDR MOD/MPEG-2 files for Mac, iMovie, Quicktime, FCP, etc. After conversion finished, you can edit converted Panasonic SDR videos with iMovie, FCP, FCE, iDVD, etc.

More details: If you want to convert Panasonic SDR AVCHD/MPEG-2 files to Mac, you can click here to get more info of AVCHD Converter for Mac.

Related: How to get video off camcorder to Mac OS?
How to convert AVCHD m2ts/mts/ts files to MP4, MOV, DV, etc on Mac?

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How to Upload/Put and Play JVC, Panasonic, Canon Camcorder MOD Files on Mac


Similar to TOD, MOD is a kind of recording format being used in digital tapeless camcorder like JVC, Panasonic, Canon. MOD video format is comparable to XDCAM EX, HDV and AVCHD.

MOD is used exclusively for standard definition video files, while TOD is used for high definition files. Both MOD and TOD are file-based formats that are stored on a random-access media. Directory structure and naming convention are identical except for extensions of media files. Standard definition video is stored in MPEG program stream container files with MOD extension; in most other systems these files have extension MPG or MPEG.

The following list is about JVC, Panasonic, and Canon MOD camcorders.

JVC MOD camcorders
* 2004: GZ-MC100 (SD), GZ-MC200 (SD)
* 2005: GZ-MG30 (HDD), GZ-MG70 (HDD)
* 2006: GZ-MG37 (HDD), GZ-MG77 (HDD), GZ-MG505 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2007: GZ-MG130 (HDD), GZ-MG155 (HDD), GZ-MG255 (HDD), GZ-MG555 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: GZ-MS100U (SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: GZ-MG7230 (30 GB HDD, MicroSD)
* 2009: GZ-MG630 (60 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG670 (80 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-MG680 (120 GB HDD, MicroSD)

Panasonic MOD camcorders
* 2003: SV-AV100 (SD card)
* 2005: SDR-S100 (SD card)
* 2006: SDR-S150 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2007: SDR-S10 (SD/SDHC card), SDR-H18 (HDD, SD card), SDR-H200 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-H20 (HDD, SD/SDHC card), SDR-H60 (HDD, SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-S7 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2008: SDR-SW20 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2009: SDR-SW21 (SD/SDHC card)
* 2009: SDR-S26 (SD/SDHC card)

Canon MOD Camcorders
* 2008: FS100 (SDHC), FS10 (SDHC), FS11 (SDHC)
* 2009: FS200 (SDHC), FS21 (SDHC), FS22 (SDHC)

For Mac users, when they want to watch MOD files shot by JVC, Panasonic, Canon camcorder with iPad, iPhones, iPods, in Quicktime, in iMovie, in iTunes, or on PCs, etc. They may be annoyed that how to upload MOD files to Mac and play MOD video on Mac OS.

Now, there are tutorial and guide for you below will help you solve these problems.

1. Connect your JVC, Panansonic, or Canon camcorder to your Macs or PCs with cable USB or Wifi.
2. Turn on your camera and select the mode of camcorder like PC mode. iMovie on Mac will open automatically the Import Window.
3. You can review your video or select "Import All"and select your JVC, Panasonic, or Canon camcorder on the computer screen and click "OK."
4. All camcorder MOD videos will have the file extension "MOD" Once the backup is complete, then close the program.

After uploading your camcorder MOD files to your PC or Mac, you can use a MOD Video Converter for Mac to convert MOD files to Mac firstly, and then you can play JVC, Panasonic, or Canon MOD files on Mac. More information about how to convert MOD files on Mac and edit MOD files on MacOS you can click here.

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Panasonic SDR-H40P Hard Disk Video Camera loses focus


Keep it still roughly 5-6 seconds in the same spot and it will re-focus
i had that once

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Uploading video to Mac


You can't transfer videos through USB. You will need a Firewire 6-pin cord and use it to connect from your MAC to the Camcorder. Only then you can transfer videos.

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