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    dv - importing!
    i have a sony dv camera and i would really love to have the video on my macbook. i'm not very camera orientated, but it says it is a Sony HandyCam DCR-HC26. the only mac options the disc that came with it had was burn to vcd. i need the video on my hd, and hopefully an easily editable format (in imovie) please help me.

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    I have a Sony Handicam HD. When I connect the firewire to my MacBook Pro I can view my disc, but I have no way of importing it to my HD. My Camera is a DCR-DVD403-NTSC. I guess we're both having the same problem.....

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    Same boat here. I have the DV108 camera. I can watch the dvd but that's it.

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    OK. Found a solution.

    I downloaded a program called HANDBRAKE. You can find it here: http://handbrake.m0k.org

    It converts DVD to MPEG4, which can be editable with your imovie or final cut.

    I was able to get my movies off my video camera and on to my mac no problem.

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    If you have minidv camcorder and you can hook it up with a firewire cable, then do that and run iMovie. You will then see the your camcorder hooked up to iMovie. Then you click import and the video will play on your computer and let it go all the way through the tape. And bobs your uncle.
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    Not with my Sony Handicam KB3GZW.

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    then im stumped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ki99 View Post
    a Sony HandyCam DCR-HC26.
    Seems you need a firewire cable. The review I just saw on this camera showed it to be minidv tape model. I guessing it has an iLink interface which is Sony's brandname for firewire.

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    as long as you have a firewire cable with a 4 pin plug on one end and a 6 pin on the other you should be fine. I dont know if they make a 9 pin plug one but if you can find it it may be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB3GZW View Post
    as long as you have a firewire cable with a 4 pin plug on one end and a 6 pin on the other you should be fine. I dont know if they make a 9 pin plug one but if you can find it it may be better.
    i just tried that and it doesnt work. as my camis 4 years old i thought maybe have to start looking for a new cam, but now i am getting scared that my Imac purchase was a wrong descision as it seems almost no cameras are really compatible with Imac's, unless you are willing to take several side steps each time, which in turn makes and Imac just more problematic then a pc to use.

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    No the iMac is definitely a good choice for movie editing if you are not doing anything professional. It may be the age of your camera that is the problem.
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