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    Oct 07, 2010
    connecting hd camcorder to imac
    I have a Panasonic sd600 hd camcorder and i am looking to buy an imac 24" but i have just realised that the imacs dont have a hdmi socket. Can i use the sd card slot or does this not recognise avchd files. And also, would i lose hd quality by doing this. Sorry to sound dumb but i am a complete newbie to apple imacs, i just want to capture footage while keeping the original hd quality. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

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    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    You should be able to hook up the camcorder via USB or take the SD card out and plug it into an SD reader on the Mac.

    In importing the AVCHD footage, it's converted to an edit friendly codec on the Mac - either Apple Intermediate Codec (for iMovie or Final Cut Express) or ProRES (Final Cut Pro). Both AIC and ProRES support HD footage. There are some limitations on how HD is handled on iMovie and FCE, but most people don't have an issue with it for home movies and such.

    According to Apples website: iMovie '09: Camcorder Support that camera is compatible with iMovie '09 which comes on any Mac that has iLife '09.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; 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 Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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