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Transfering video to Mac OS X 10.4.11

I bought a Panasonic Camcorder SDR-H40.  My Mac does not see it.  It transfered the still pictures but not the videos.  I cannot use a firewire cable since the camera does not have a slot for it.  I have iMovie HD 6.0.3 I don't mind buying the newer version iMovie 08 but I need to be certain it will be able to work with the SDR-H40. Please help.

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Found this post on apple message board- Re: importing video from a Panasonic SDR-H40.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 7:01 AM Transfering video to Mac OS X 10.4.11 - up-10x10.gif in response to: annekaev6330 reply-16x16.gif Reply Email
I have the same camera, and after spending frustrating time w/ Panasonic, Apple, Crutchfield.com support and clerks in Best Buy, etc...the fact is that the camera is currently not supported by iMovie for automatic import. Having said that, there is a workaround, which has been posted in numerous other forum topics, which is the following:

You will need to convert that format into a DV format that imovie can use.

MPEG Streamclip (http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html) is free and Apple's QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/
is about $20.00. They are the tools that you need to download to convert these files.
Once you have done that, export to DV Stream (.dv) and import it into iMovie.

So you download both programs from the websites above. When you connect the camera by its USB2 cable to the Mac, it will come up on the desktop as a hard drive. Open the folder where the video files are kept, and you will see files with both .mod and .moi extensions. Open Streamclip and drag the .mod files into the main window and it will open the video clip. Next, choose Export to DV in the file menu, and export it to whatever folder and with whatever name you want. Finally you can import this .dv file into iMovie.

It's a bit of a pain, but I hope Apple will at some point update iMovie to deal w/ these kinds of camcorders, as they get more popular. Lastly, there are many technical aspects of converting these files, as you'll see in Streamclip. I don't know the ins and outs, but found the 'remove interlacing' gave me a better final video file. You can play w/ the conversion settings and see...
Good luck!

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FYI - This solved my problem asap! Thanks. One note - When I used the streamclip, I first used "Open File." When I then tried to import the .dv format iMovie gave me a error msg. I re-executed the steps on another .mod file and "dragged and dropped" the file into the streamclip tool. This time the final step worked. I have no idea why it worked the second time - the only difference was using Open  file vs. actually dragging the doc. ,,,,,,just thought I would mention it.

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SDR-H40


heres a link to your cameras support..
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Cameras-Camcorders/Camcorders/Hard-Disk-Drive/SD-Camcorders/Operating-Instructions/model.SDR-H40.O#ts
sorry it doesnt look as if its compatable with mac.... you may just have to get a larger SD card and record on that if you want to transfer to your mac

Jun 21, 2009 | Panasonic SDR-H40 HDD Camcorder

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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.

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The camera works great with iMovie '09.
Connect the USB, choose Hard Drive on the camera, open iMovie '09, click the camera icon in iMovie, and away you go.

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