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Archived - iMovie ’08: Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 is designed to work with a wide range of digital video devices and formats, including tape-based and the latest tapeless camcorders that record to flash memory, a hard disk drive, or DVD media.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

The following information is provided for your general reference.

For more information on using your camcorder with iMovie '09, see iMovie '09: Camcorder support.

Tape-based Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 works with most Mini DV tape-based camcorders that use a FireWire cable (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) to transfer data. iMovie works with DV (standard definition) or HDV (high definition) formats. 

Note: Not all Macintosh Computers include a FireWire port. Check your system configuration to confirm your Mac includes FireWire support before attempting to connect a DV or HDV camcorder.

Tapeless Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 works with many tapeless camcorders that record to flash memory, a hard disk drive (HDD), or DVD media. These devices use a USB 2.0 cable and include camcorders using MPEG-2 (standard definition) and AVCHD (high definition) formats. If you use the AVCHD format you will need a Mac with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better.

Apple has tested the products listed in this table. iMovie may not work with similar camcorders. Compatible iMovie features include device recognition when connected to a Mac, display of import controls for the device, and importing of the video to iMovie.

Due to the wide range of media types, and the different ways manufacturers store video on these media types, not all tapeless camcorders are compatible with iMovie '08.

Note: If your compatible device has both a USB and FireWire port, you will only need to use the USB port to work with iMovie '08.

NTSC Camcorders

Canon DC20 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '08 more...
Canon DC50 MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC220 MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC230 MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC330 MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon FS10 MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon FS11 MPEG-2 Memory Ejecting a Canon HF10 more...
Canon FS100 MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon HF10 AVCHD Memory Ejecting a Canon HF10 more...
Canon HF11 AVCHD Memory  
Canon HF100 AVCHD Memory  
Canon HG10 AVCHD HDD  
Canon HG20 AVCHD HDD  
Canon HG21 AVCHD HDD  
Canon HR10 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
JVC GZ-HD10 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-HD30 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-HD40 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-MG255 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG37 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG67 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG20 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG155 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG330 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG555U MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG505U MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later and iMovie 7.1.1 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD Memory 1440 x 1080 will be imported as 960 x 540
Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD Memory Previewing footage while importing more...
Panasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD20 AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-SD100 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD200 AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS20 AVCHD HDD  
Panasonic HDC-HS100 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS200 AVCHD HDD  
Panasonic HDC-HS250 AVCHD HDD  
Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD HDD  
Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Previewing footage while importing more...
Panasonic SDR-H50 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H200 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-S10 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S15 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S25 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S26 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-SW21 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S150 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic VDR-D100 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic VDR-D200 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic VDR-D300 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '08 more...
Panasonic VDR-D310 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic VDR-D320 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic HDC-TM20 AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-TM200 AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-TM300 AVCHD Memory  
Pure Digital Flip Mino MPEG-4 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2. or later and
Pure Digital's "Flip Video for Mac" more...
Pure Digital Flip MinoHD MPEG-4 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2. or later more...
Samsung SC-MX20 H.264 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.4 or later
Samsung's SC-MX20 more...
Sony HDR-CX11 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-CX12 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony DCR-SR5 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR7 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR8 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR11 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-TG1 AVCHD Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-CX7 AVCHD Memory  
Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX7 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX20 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Sony DCR-SR60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR82 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR82 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR100 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR200 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR300 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-DVD308 MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD505 MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD508 MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD403 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '08 more...

PAL Camcorders

Canon DC50E MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC220E MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC230E MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon DC330E MPEG-2 DVD  
Canon FS10E MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon FS11E MPEG-2 Memory Ejecting a Canon HF10 more...
Canon FS100E MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon HF11E AVCHD Memory  
Canon HF100E AVCHD Memory  
Canon HG10E AVCHD HDD  
Canon HG20E AVCHD HDD  
Canon HG21E AVCHD HDD  
JVC GZ-HD10KR AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-HD30 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-HD40 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
JVC GZ-MG255 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG37 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG67 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG155 MPEG-2 HDD  
JVC GZ-MG330 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic HDC-DX1 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later and iMovie 7.1.1 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD Memory 1440 x 1080 will be imported as 960 x 540
Panasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD20 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD100 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD200 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD300 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-TM20 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-TM200 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-TM300 AVCHD Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS20 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS25 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS100 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS200 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD HDD Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic SDR-H79 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H50 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H200 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-SW21 MPEG-2 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic SDR-S15 MPEG-2 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Panasonic SDR-S26 MPEG-2 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later
Sony DCR-DVD908E MPEG-2 DVD Supported for PAL only
Sony HDR-CX11E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-CX12 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR1E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony DCR-SR5E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR7E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR8E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR11E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-SR12E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-TG1E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’08 and Sony more...
Sony HDR-CX7E AVCHD Memory  
Sony HDR-UX1E AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX20E AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or later
Sony DCR-SR60E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR82E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR60E MPEG-2 HDD PAL only
Sony DCR-SR100E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR300E MPEG-2 HDD  

Other Tapeless Device Support

Other types of tapeless video devices—including digital still cameras, video phones and other hybrid devices—import their video clips into iPhoto if they are compatible with iPhoto. Some of those iPhoto-compatible formats can be accessed from the iMovie library, including video in MPEG-2 (standard definition), MPEG-4 (standard and high definition), and other formats.

MPEG-1 formatted movies from Sony Digital Still Cameras (DSCs) use iMovie's Random Access Device (RAD) import window, you can use importing video from a USB camcorder or camera to import these files.

Known Compatibility Issues

  • Some DVD camcorders may start your DVD Player application. If this occurs, quit DVD Player.
  • Video devices in the tables above may have additional compatibility information. If additional information is available, you can find the link to the article listed under "Additional Compatibility Information."

Disclaimer

This information reflects many of the video devices we have inspected for use with iMovie. It may continue to evolve and expand as we test additional devices. We have attempted to ensure this list is accurate at the time of publication. Due to the wide range of devices that vary widely in their capabilities—and the many different ways manufacturers implement and may change implementations—you should use this information only as a general guide. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed by Apple. Users of this list must assume responsibility for purchase decisions.

This document will be updated as more information becomes available.
Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
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