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    hd help
    I cant get my macbook to read my sd card from my new hd camcorder.
    I will warn you all.. I have no idea what I am doing but Im ready to learn.
    I would like to use it on imovie. Any ideas?
    Thanks

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    You could try hooking up the camera via USB.
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    If it's video, you need to go Firewire, not USB, not on a Mac.
    What camera specifically?
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    You're not fully correct here BenB - if he's using an HD camcorder that records to an SD card, there usually isn't a firewire port, he would use the USB connector in this particular case to make the camera look like another hard drive on the system to allow for the iMovie equivalent of Final Cuts Log and Transfer

    To the OP: How exactly are you trying to get your Mac to "see" the footage?
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    You're right, I rushed through that too fast. Yes, if it's tapeless you "can" use USB, but it'll still be really slow. Most cameras do have FW, very few don't these days. iMovie looks for FW by default, and FCS doesn't even support USB. Rare to find a non-FW cam these days.

    But this is why I asked what camera he is using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenB View Post
    You're right, I rushed through that too fast. Yes, if it's tapeless you "can" use USB, but it'll still be really slow. Most cameras do have FW, very few don't these days. iMovie looks for FW by default, and FCS doesn't even support USB. Rare to find a non-FW cam these days.

    But this is why I asked what camera he is using.
    Actually, you'd be surprised, most consumer tapeless camcorders are all USB connection only, no firewire - tape based (DV, HDV, D8, etc.) still have firewire on pretty much all camcorders. Since he's using an SD card to record to, my guess atm is that he's trying to figure out how to play a video stored in an AVCHD hierarchy, hopefully when the OP replies we'll know more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    Actually, you'd be surprised, most consumer tapeless camcorders are all USB connection only, no firewire
    I've been a professional in the business a long time, I consult for broadcast stations and government agencies, I have to strongly disagree that most cameras do in fact, more and more, have FW. Used to be mostly USB, but FW is on the majority these days.
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