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  1. #1

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    Feb 08, 2010
    Connecting iMAC to Sony Camcorder
    Hi All

    New to the forum - please forgive me if I ask questions already answered earlier.

    Problem: I tried to connect my Sony DCR-72E (mpeg2) camcorder to the newly purchased iMAC via USB. I opened iMovie and clicked on the camera icon part way down on the left handside. A popup window displayed stating it was locating any devices connected with "Sony Camcorder" displayed in the bottom part of the pop up window.

    However, after a while this pop up window disappears but the camera is not connected.

    I do set the camcorder to "connect to computer" on the camcorder menu which displays "conecting please do not disconnect".

    On my PC this operation is not a problem.

    Could this be a MPEG2 issue?

    Will it solve itself if I purchase Quicktime Pro (which has MPEG2 decoder built in)?

    I need some assistance in making the connection.


    Best regards


  2. #2

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Hi and welcome!

    Yes, the problem is your Sony camera. MPEG-2 is not a standard editing format, so iMovie does not accept it. QuickTime Pro does NOT have the MPEG-2 component built in -- that's a separate purchase ($30) but does not require QT Pro (in other words, you can buy JUST the MPEG-2 component and forget about the pro part).

    What will work is to buy the MPEG-2 component, then get the free MPEG Streamclip program. It will read, view and convert your MPEG-2 files into something iMovie can use -- you want to save them as DV format for best quality (be aware that DV files take up a LOT of space).

    PS. A Mac is short for "Macintosh." It's not an acronym, thus it should not be capitalised.

    To put it another way:
    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.

    Ditto for iPod.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Feb 08, 2010

    Thanks for information - really useful. Will try that method asap. One further query - if I convert a 2mb file (in mpg format) what size will it be in dv?



    PS thank you correcting me on the use of the word Mac

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