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SD mac and pc compatible camcorder

by goldenrist / July 8, 2010 6:22 AM PDT

Hello, I just bought a SONY dcr-sr68 that I'm going to return to Best Buy. The sales person said it was compatible with mac (MacBook and MacBook Pro) and it is not.

I also have a pc (Asus G60J) in the house that in a pinch I could use. Does anyone know of any affordable SD camcorders that will work with both OS?

Many thanks!

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The Sony DCR-SR68 saves
by boya84 / July 8, 2010 11:45 AM PDT

compressed video to MPG files.

Copy the video files from the camcorder to your Mac over USB and transcode the files with MPEG Streamclip or HandBrake to a format iMovie likes. Same could be said for Windows and MovieMaker. Same could be said for the Canon FS series and JVC and Panasonic camcorders that record to MOD files.

What "compatibility" are you requiring or expecting?

The Asus G60J is a netbook - and not meant to do "heavy lifting" activities like editing video... though it probably can (standard def video) after transcoding the video file.

A miniDV tape based camcorder connected with a firewire cable to the MacBook Pro's firewire port will import (real-time) to iMovie. We don't know which MacBook you have, so we don't know if it has a firewire port or not. Canon ZR960 and Panasonic PV-GS320 are standard def only miniDV tape based camcorders.

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and if you are expecting the
by boya84 / July 8, 2010 11:58 AM PDT

software included in the camcorder box to be "compatible", don't waste your time. The computer-bundled editors (iMovie, MovieMaker) are much better than anything in the box with a consumer camcorder.

And since your Asus has no firewire port (and no expansion port to add one), you should probably know that miniDV video from the digital tape to the computer over USB won't work - and USB-to-firewire cable/converter/adapter things don't work. So while the miniDV tape camcorders will get along fine with the MacBook Pro (we don't know about the MacBook), they won't get along too well with the netbook.

Out of curiosity, how did you decide that hard disc drive camcorder is "not compatible"?

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SD mac and pc compatible camcorder
by goldenrist / July 8, 2010 2:57 PM PDT

Maybe compatible wasn't the best choice of words. What I would like to do is to record straight to my computers hard drive and I would also like to be able to use the camera as I would a webcam. My Canon Z300 does this with no problem. The tape operation is not working so all I can use is the memory card. Although it (the Z300) still works I wanted to get another cam for traveling purposes that would do the same thing.

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Thank you for the clarification.
by boya84 / July 8, 2010 10:54 PM PDT

The Canon ZR300 is miniDV tape based storage for high quality, DV format, video storage. The ability to record direct to a computer's hard drive would need to rely on a firewire connection for a high quality DV format video image or "USB streaming" of a reduced quality, very compressed, video image (with a USB connection). I don't think the computer operating systems support the USB streaming much anymore (and most manufacturers are not including or maintaining updated USB drivers). With a firewire connection, it would be up to the firewire port to get the updated driver. Hard drive, flash memory and other non-miniDV tape consumer camcorder don't have a firewire port. I don't think anyone is doing much with this capability and USB3 - yet.

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