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downloading hd video and photos from sony hdr-cx520

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I am trying to download hd video and photos taken on a new sony hdrcx520 handycam. I am using i movie 09 on a mac os x 10.6.2

Anyone have any suggestions? There is no firewire port????


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Mac Specs: Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10

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You should be able to hook the camcorder up via USB and have iMovie import the footage. I did notice one thing on Apples site though when I was checking for your camcorders compatibility (which Apple states that yours will work with iMovie 09) - although this support article doesn't specify your camcorder in the text, it was linked to from your camcorder model in the compatibility chart (ie: this may apply to your camcorder because it's a Sony):

iMovie ?08 or Later: Sony HDR compatibility

But usually with AVCHD camcorders like yours, you should be able to just plug it into the computer via usb and then either iMovie should auto recognize it and pop up a window to import or you should be able to select to import the footage from (I think) the file dropdown. (hopefully if I've made a mistake on how to get iMovie to import the footage, xstep will correct me, he uses iMovie a lot more then I do)

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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