How are you connecting your Sony to the Mac? I'm assuming via USB. If so, go to your Application folder and open a program called "Image Capture" and within the preferences you can tell it to open automatically when any USB device is connected and powered up. Image Capture should show you the MPEG file on your camera's HD. Tell Image Capture where you want to save it, then download it. Now you need two software items to make this work and editiable in iMovie: 1.) Quicktime Pro: $30 upgrade on the normal QT that comes with your computer 2.) MPEG Streamclip: Free. Once you download the MPEG movie to your computer, open MPEG Streamclip and choose "Convert to DV" from the pull-down menu. Make sure you tell it to "demux" the audio, because most MPEGs from a camera have the audio embedded in the video and the audio won't show up as a separate track otherwise. Import the DV file into iMovie and you should be good.
That Sony camera is not the ideal camera for a Mac. A Mac is configured to download movies from a camera via a Firewire connection and use a DV file from a camera, not an MPEG. In other words, a mini-DV camera that records to tape was the best option. Sony cameras seem to be configured for their own brand of PCs, most of which don't come with a Firewire connection. Not sure what Sony was thinking of when they made their cameras like this.
Can anyone tell me if I am ever going to find a way to use my HandyCam Hard Disk DCR-SR40 with my Mac Pro?
I bought the recommended software (by Sony) only to be told by Pixela (?) that it doesn't work on the Mac Pro.
Any ideas would be so appreciated.