if we don't know what you have.
What version OSX? What version iMovie?
Did you check the compatibility list?
There are many tapeless camcorders on that list. I don't see yours - but there could be others reasons for that omission (like it has not yet been tested; issues with the NTFS format used by the camcorder). For what its worth, AVCHD/MTS files compatibility has challenges with other operating systems, too.
The Camcorder's Operating Guide
directs you to
and has instructions ONLY for connecting the memory card...
Are you willing to spend any $ to get this to work?
The AVCHD compressed video files are typically "MTS" or "TOD" files. A "CPI" file sounds like a "housekeeping" index file" that the camcorder uses to keep track of what is on it's hard drive - the Mac doesn't need that...
I've just purchased a Sony HDRXR150 (internal HD) and am trying to work out how to download the files to my iMac for editing. Plugged it in and unlike my old Sony miniDV model, the files are not recognised (greyed out) by iMovie and iMovie does not open at all. The Imac recognises the Sony HD in the camera though but nothing else.
Do I need to upgrade my OS, iLife or would another editing software be able to do the conversion? I've been looking at reviews and things seem to point towards Macs not being able to effectively deal with tapeless camcorders
Any advice is much appreciated!