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Help! How Do I get My Sony Camcorder to Upload to My Mac

If you dont mind I have tech question and I was thinking you might have some other ideas to solve it. This guy that I work with bought a camera (Sony Handycam HD 14.2 mega Pix Nex - VG10) the disk that it came with only works for PCs so it only carries WMV files. This is a problem since I have a Mac and my software only uses files like MOV. So in order to get the video footage on my computer I have to load it to a PC and then convert the footage and then I can place it on to the mac. Do you know of any way that I can simply start out by uploading the footage to the mac?

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Lots of possibilities

but only if we know which Mac, which version OSX and what you want to do with the video. Picture Motion Browser is useless no matter which operating system you use, so the included disc is basically unnecessary. We are assuming your Macintosh meets the minimum requirements for dealing with AVCHD-compressed video.

PLAYBACK ONLY:
The Sony NEX VG10 is just another AVCHD-compression camcorder. The good news is that at the "high quality", the compression is not too much.

If you only want the Mac to playback the video captured by this camcorder, you have a choice:
1) Download and install VLC Player. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

2) Download and install a transcoder. HandBrake from www.handbrake.fr and MPEG StreamClip from www.squared5.com are the two I like. There are many others. Copy the MTS/MOD files from the camcorder's memory card to the Mac. Launch the transcoder and convert the video to a format the video editor or media player can deal with. iMovie and QuickTime can generally deal with MOV, MP4, DV/HDV, and several other common formats. AVI and WMV files are Microsoft-proprietary - but you can convert to them and use them if you download and install Flip4Mac.

IF YOU NEED TO EDIT
You have some choices... First, visit the Sony support area for the VG10
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?upd_id=7275&mdl=NEXVG10

You may need to update the VG10's firmware. Do that first if needed. This is for the camcorder and does not matter if the video is being edited on Windows or Macintosh.

1) Connect the VG10 to the Mac using a USB cable. Put the VG10 into Play or PC mode
Link to the manual: http://www.docs.sony.com/release/NEXVG10_handbook.pdf
Launch iMovie. Under File, Capture or Import the video. Personally I think it is absurd if you are using iMovie. You *should* be using Final Cut (Express or Pro) or Premiere - the editor from the Adobe suite) or AVID. Don't get me wrong - iMovie is great, but to use it with this sort of camcorder is like putting motorcycle wheels on a CTS-V. It will work, but you are limited in what you can do...

2) Using the transcoded files from item 2 above in the PLAYBACK section, assuming you saved them to MOV or MP4 format, drag those converted files to the iMovie sequence storage area or timeline. Hopefully you have a more robust video editor (like Final Cut). You can drag the converted files there, too.

Additional resources:
iMovie '11: http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/
Flip4Mac: http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac/overview.htm
FinalCut Pro X: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/what-is/

My opinion for minimum requirements for AVCHD-compressed video: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 gig RAM

Uncompressed high definition video will consume about 44 gig of computer hard disc space per hour of video, so be sure you have LOTS of hard drive space available. NEVER let the computer's startup drive get to less than 20% of available hard drive space (this is for any computer - whether Macintosh, WIndows or *nix). Video project files *SHOULD* be on an external drive.

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