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Downloading from Panasonic camcorder to Mac???

by roshkovsky / June 11, 2006 8:00 AM PDT

Just bought a Panasonic PV-GS65 mini DV camcorder and the software is not compatible with Mac OSX v10.4. Is there a way to get around this and download from the camcorder to my iMac? Saw someone suggesting a specific type of firewire might overcome this so I can dump the video directly into iMovie... unclear if that would work here??? Thanks for any ideas.

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You didn't tell...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2006 8:28 AM PDT

If you connected it with firewire. If you keep reading this forum, you learn to forget the USB connection.


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I did not connect with firewire...
by roshkovsky / June 11, 2006 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: You didn't tell...

This is still a bit new to me. I saw several mentions of different types of firewire conenctions but not sure exactly what I need with the Panasonic. Glad to forget about USB... so slow. Thanks again.

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exactly what I need with the Panasonic.
by jcrobso / June 12, 2006 1:04 AM PDT

My guess is that the Panny has the mini firewire port on it. Get firwire cabel that has the big connector on one end and the small connector on the other hook up to the mac and bring up iMovie. John

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probably a stupid question...
by roshkovsky / June 12, 2006 3:11 AM PDT

Does USB port double as a mini-firewire port? There is no specific firewire port on the panasonic. Does that mean I cannot download to the Mac?

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Look again?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 12, 2006 4:48 AM PDT
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Bob is correct...
by Dan Filice / June 12, 2006 9:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Look again?

I know your Panasonic is 100% compatible with the Mac. I've used your camera on my Mac before, and now I use a PV-GS31 (basically the same camera). Works perfectly. You need the Firewire cable that has the small square end for the camera and the larger end for the standard Mac firewire port. The camera just have their firewire ports in different locations. My GS31 has it under the hand-strap inside the hatch door.

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(NT) (NT) Awesome... thanks everyone!
by roshkovsky / June 13, 2006 12:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Bob is correct...
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Here's my solution:
by rayosun9 / November 29, 2009 12:17 PM PST

In order to capture movie clips from my Panasonic SDR-H60P camcorder to my MAC mini desktop, I found that the only way I could get the process to work was to
1) connect the two by USB cable.
2) open the IMovie program.
3) go to the program's File menu.
a) "Import from Camera" reported an error and closed the program, (perhaps because it is only for importing pictures from a still camera)
b) "Import" . . . "Camera Archive" DID work.

I have Apple Snowleapard as of 11/11/09

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My Panasonic didn't work either...
by moe2244 / April 24, 2010 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's my solution:

I just received a Panasonic SDR-T50. I'm glad I found this forum because I ran into the same problem. According to the info before I purchased it appeared the cam would work with my mac. However, it does not, unless I go through the steps outlined here.
I tried it on my pc based laptop and the software that comes with it wouldn't load on WindowsXP. Upon further review, the box the camera comes in even states the it may not work with Windows although it is a Windows only program.
I have a cheaper Sanyo that works wonderfully with my mac. So I think I'll return this and stick to the Sanyo.

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thank you!
by cckimber1 / December 29, 2012 4:54 AM PST
In reply to: Here's my solution:

this response was the only thing that helped me get my videos off of my panasonic camera! why so complicated??? geesh...thanks so much for that solution! Happy

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