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How to upload footage from Sony HandyCam to iMovie?

"How to upload footage from Sony HandyCam to iMovie? I'm trying to upload videos from my Sony HandyCam to my Mac OS X iMovie. When I open the iMovie application, I wait to see if it recognizes the camera, but no luck so far. I've been reading some forums, and it's been rumored that the Sony HandyCam isn't supported by the Mac OS X system. Please let me know your suggestions and tips. It's much appreciated. Thanks." – Emma, Yahoo Answer

 

iMovie is a home video editing software which allows users to edit videos from digital camera or HD camcorder recorded videos, including the Sony HandyCam. With Apple's iMovie, you can cut, copy and make professional-looking videos using you own stuff. If you have shot movies with Sony HandyCam and wanted to edit them on iMovie, the step-by-step guide below shows you to upload and import Sony movies into iMovie. Check them out.

 

Method 1 How to Upload Sony Movies to iMovie using iMovie?

Well, basically you can import videos from Sony HandyCam to iMovie by using the program itself. It's easy to do. If you are not sure about the steps, follow the guide below:

 

Step 1 Launch iMovie. Connect your camcorder to your Mac using either Firewire cable or USB port.

Step 2 Set your camcorder in Playback mode.

Step 3 iMovie should automatically detect the attached camcorder and "Import" window will pop up if the connection is right. Click "Automatic" and then "Import All" to begin the import of your video to the computer.

 

After that, you can either edit your videos in iMovie right away or you can save the files onto your Mac for future editing. If this method doesn't work out for you, read on the next part.

 

Method2 How to Upload Sony Movies to iMovie using Video Converter for Mac?

For some reason, iMovie cannot successfully Sony HandyCam or other camcorder recorded movies. It's not common but it happens. Usually it's because iMovie doesn't support the video format of your camcorder movies. In this case, we have Video Converter for Mac to help you import & upload Sony footage into iMovie for editing. By using this program, you can easily convert any videos to a format that iMovie accepts. How? Read the step-by-step guide below.

 

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Download Video Converter for Mac

First of all, download and install this professional Mac Video Converter on your computer. It supports almost any types of video formats and works for iMovie '11, '09, '08, HD.

 

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Add Sony Video Clips

Run Video Converter for Mac, click "File" button and choose "Add Video Files" where you can load files on your computer or from the Sony HandyCam camcorder.

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Select Output Format

Video Converter for Mac is able to convert videos to whatever formats you like. To convert Sony videos to iMovie, you may simply select iMovie as the output format. Apart from this, you can choose output as iDVD, Final Cut Pro or any others.

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Convert Video to iMovie

Now click on "Start" button and the tool will now start converting Sony movies to iMovie compatible formats, quickly and effectively. If you have other videos that aren't compatible with iMovie, use the help of Video Converter for Mac. iMovie '11, iMovie '09, iMovie '08 and iMovie HD are all supported.

Once the conversion is finished, you can find the converted video files and transfer and import them into iMovie for editing. If you have other videos that aren't compatible with iMovie, use the help of Video Converter for Mac. iMovie '11, iMovie '09, iMovie '08 and iMovie HD are all supported.

 

Tips:
1. Video Converter for Mac is capable of editing videos. If you want to edit videos before converting, click the button like a scissors and a new window will pop up where you do some editing to your videos. Here you can do a few things: clip, crop, adjust effects, add watermarks, etc.

2. If you want to combine several files into one single file, click in the box before “Merge into One file” and you will get one file when the conversion is done.