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Is Canon Fs200 compatible with Mac iMovie?

by annamae1412 / September 17, 2009 12:36 AM PDT

I'm thinking of buying a Canon Fs200, but I'm not sure if it will be compatible with iMovie on my Mac. I checked the Mac website ( but they haven't listed the Fs200. Does anyone know if it works?


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by ike50_dotmac / September 19, 2009 7:54 AM PDT

Does the camera export video via firewire? If yes you should be fine


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The Canon FS200 is
by boya84 / September 19, 2009 1:13 PM PDT

a flash memory based, consumer grade, standard definition camcorder.

It does not have a DV (4-pin firewire) port. Most consumer grade flash memory and hard disc drive camcorders do not have a DV port.

As for Apple Macintosh "compatibility", it should work fine - but we don't know what version of iMovie you are using...

Perhaps this will help:

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Ways to get around the firewire compatability issue.
by theseakayaker / March 19, 2010 4:28 AM PDT

iMovie will work producing and editing your stock with out having firewire. If you are using an older version of iMovie and are using the FS 200 or any flash memory camera you can put your SD card in a 2.0 reader and import the file to iMovie. Older versions of iMovie work with .avi and .mov. If your camera formats to anything other the .avi or .mov, they will need to be converted.
I would also suggest updating your Quicktime to Quicktime Pro. It's only about $29 and worth it. You can load your video file, from your card reader, to the Quicktime player then convert it to the format you need for iMovie.
I use a Canon Powershot S2IS, shoot my stills or video, pop the card into the reader and import everything over to iMovie. If quick editing is needed, with out music or special effects, I do a quick edit in QT Pro.
I use my cameras with my sea kayaking. You can check out some of the videos @ or

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