Question about Panasonic Palmcorder SDR-H18 Camcorder
The ImageMixer 3 software that came with my camcorder won't work on my version of Mac OS X, which is version 10.4. Can you suggest where I can get a version of ImageMixer 3 that will work on my Mac version or some other software that will work with a Panasonic SDR-H18 camcorder with a Mac OS X version 10.4?
I just got off the phone with Canon support. I have a Canon HF 100 and was experiencing the same problems. If you have the newest version of iMovie (in iMovie '08....but I would bet '09 would work fine as well...'06 is questionable), you shouldn't have any trouble getting the files off your camera onto your Mac.
1. Plug in the camera and turn the power on (or plug in the memory card via a card reader)
2. Open iMovie
3. Wait a few seconds to see if your camera connection automatically opens, if it doesn't, click on the image of the camera on the far left side of the middle bar in iMovie.
4. It should recognize the video information you have plugged in at this point. If it doesn't, in the bottom of the import window, see if you can select a camera from the drop down list next to where it says "camera" in the bottom left.
I was told by the tech support people that I need to update my Final Cut Express software in order to read the video files, however I think they're wrong because I'm pretty sure I have the newest version. I also just found this information on Apple's website useful (see the video entitled "Built in AVCHD"): http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/ If you're using Final Cut Express 4, go to File -> Log & Transfer (or hit SHIFT + COMMAND + 8 on your keyboard) and if your camera/memory stick is plugged in, it should show a list of your files right there. Much better than iMovie.
Here is some information on the stuff I am using if it's useful:
iMovie '08 version 7.1.4
Final Cut Express 4 version 4.0.1
Canon HF 100 Digital HD Camcorder
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.6
Hope this is helpful. I doubt that I will check back to this forum, so please email any questions you might have (I may or may not be able to answer) to [email protected] I would recommend, assuming you have a Mac, going out and buying iMovie '09 ($39 - $79 depending where you buy it), Final Cut Express ($100 - $300 depending where you buy it), or Final Cut Studio 2 ($400 - $1200 depending where you buy it) before spending money on another software that won't let you do as much. The Imagemixer 3 software that your camera came with is supposed to let you basically do the same things, but doesn't work on Mac. It looks like you can buy the Mac version from Pixela...but I would encourage you to contact Canon or Pixela support first and demand a free one, since you paid so much for the camcorder and should be entitled to the software.
Canon tech support was pretty useful as well: 1-800-828-4040. I only had to wait about 5 minutes. (The total call was around 15 mins).
Posted on Feb 13, 2009
I was recently given a Canon HF200 which came with the usual Windows image maker discs but no mac discs: I plugged it in, opened iMovie09 and hey presto, iMovie found it and gave me the option of downloading the video clips. It does work and I hope thats the cheapest way for people to sort out this Canon defect. Saxy
Posted on Apr 29, 2010
Canon didn't bundle any software for use on Apple's, so all of us Mac users are stuck with iMovie/iDVD or Final Cut Pro. As for the PC users, they get to install the bundled software because it was provided to them from Canon. I will assume that Canon is assuming that their bundled software is no better than what Apple offers so why bother providing it for Mac users. That's why you have to pay for it, if you want to use it. Why do you want to use Imagemixer 3 anyways?
Posted on Dec 15, 2011
Hi I can see this is a bit belated but you can purchase Imagemixer 3 for mac. I've just purchased it and am now battling with it to get it syncing with my Canon HF11
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
I have a panasonic hdd camcorder , 42x optical zoom. I just bought a mac computer. What software do i have to install in order to transfer my photos and movies to my mac computer?
Posted on Oct 14, 2008
The directions (above - solution #1) for using imovie to import the video from Canon above work perfectly. In fact, I downloaded the videos to both a PC (lenovo/thinkpad) and a macbook 09 and I am amazed at how awesome imovie seems to be compared to ImageMixer. The former just seems so much more intuitive and easy to deal with.
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
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