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help with capture

Im trying to capture from my sony hdr-hc3 using imovie or quicktime pro but none of these softwares recognize the camcorder.Im using firewire for capturing and an intel based imac.

can anyone tell me a solution.


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This is a newer HD camcorder?

In reply to: help with capture

I bet you need something (software) that supports HD.


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The Sony HDR-HC3 is a high-definition camcorder

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Connecting it, using FireWire to your Mac should work - if you are using iMovie, it must be iMovie HD which is the current version. It was bundled with your new Intel Mac.

The camera must be ON in the "Play/Edit" mode.

Do not control anything at the camera other than power it on and put it into "Play/Edit" mode - Use iMovie HD to control the camera. On the lower left side of iMovie, there is a "switch" that shows either a camera or scissors - it should be on the camera side. The screen should be blue and either have an indication that the Camera is connected or not.

Have you changed any settings (iLink on/off) on the camera?

That cable you are using - was it in the box that the camera came in?

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In reply to: The Sony HDR-HC3 is a high-definition camcorder

I have done all these the problem is that in the options there is only the isight,my camcorder is not appear anywhere.In the package was included only a usb cable,I bought the firewire seperatly.

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Then take it to the Genius bar.

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Your reply is a bit muddled. You didn't state you had the needed versions.


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In reply to: Then take it to the Genius bar.

what u mean which version,I have the latest version of IMOVIE HD,processor clocked at 2.33GHZ,RAM 3GB AT 667MHZ ,OSX 10.4.8 .Now the problem is that when I open imovie (and having my camera set tp play/edit mode) in the left hand side it appears only record with isight. I havent change anything in the camera setting the VCR HDV/DV MODE is in auto mode and the I.LINK CONV IS ON,even if i change these setting is not working,

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Your reply didn't tell that.

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As such I wondered what you had. Head to the Genius bar and see if they can make it work.


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OK... so now we don't know what else you changed

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but this is a start.

iLINK CONV must be OFF. iMovieHD does the controlling - play, fast forward, rewind... I am looking at my camera (now connected to my G5 flatpanel) as I go through this. I have also successfully connected my camera to my son's iMac CoreDuo.

Anything else you set on the camera should be reset. Perhaps going back to the factory defaults would be best:

1) Power off the computer, Power off the camera.
2) Remove the tape from the camcorder, close the camcorder tape door.
2) Disconnect the power from the camera and remove the battery.
3) Move the power switch to ON and hold it there for 15-20 seconds.
4) Move the power awitch to off.
5) Replace the battery.
6) Reconnect the power if you had it plugged in (recommended for transferring video).
7) Reconnect the FireWire cable to the camera and the Mac.
Cool Power on the Mac. When you are at the desktop of the Operating System,
9) Power up the camera.
10) Launch iMovie HD.

If this did not work it is possible that the FireWire cable is bad.

It is also possible that if you connected the FireWire cable to the computer first, then the camera - when the computer and the camera were already on - that the camera-side connection blew the FireWire chip in the camera. The only way to trouble-shoot this is to connect it to another known, working, computer - with a known, working, FireWire cable.

I use a Sony HDR-HC1 - your camera's older brother...

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