iMovie '09: Camcorder Support

iMovie '09 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. The following information is provided for your general reference.

Apple iPhone 3GS and iPod nano (5th generation)

iMovie '09 works with video captured from iPhone 3GS and iPod nano (5th generation). Clips from iPhone can be accessed in iMovie after they are imported into iPhoto. Video clips from the iPod nano are imported using the "Import from Camera" selection in the File Menu. More information on importing from the iPod nano can be found here.

Tape-based Camcorder Support

iMovie '09 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

Movie '09 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), MPEG-4, AVCHD, and H.264 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 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 '09.

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 '09.

NTSC Camcorders

NTSC is a video format used in North America, Central America, Japan, and parts of South America.

BrandModelFormatMediaAdditional Compatibility Information
CanonDC20MPEG-2DVDSelect "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09
CanonDC50MPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC220MPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC230MPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC330MPEG-2DVD 
CanonFS10MPEG-2Memory 
CanonFS11MPEG-2MemoryEjecting a Canon HF10 more...
CanonFS30MPEG-2HDD / Memory 
CanonFS31MPEG-2HDD / Memory 
CanonFS100MPEG-2Memory 
CanonFS200MPEG-2MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonFS300MPEG-2Memory 
CanonHF10AVCHDMemory

Ejecting a Canon HF10 more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHFS10AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHFS11AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF11AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHF20AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF21AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF100AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHFS100AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHG10AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHG20AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHG21AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

CanonHR10AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
CanoniVIS HF M31AVCHDHDD / Memory 
CanoniVIS HF R10AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF M30AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF M300AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF R100AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF R11AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF S20AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF S21AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonVIXIA HF S200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
JVCGZ-HD10AVCHDHDDiMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-HD30AVCHDHDDiMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-HD40AVCHDHDDiMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-MG255MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG37MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG67MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG20MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG155MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG330MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG555UMPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG505UMPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicHDC-DX1AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
PanasonicHDC-SD1AVCHDMemory1440 x 1080 will be imported as 960 x 540
PanasonicHDC-SD5AVCHDMemoryPreviewing footage while importing more...
PanasonicHDC-SD9AVCHDMemoryFilming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-SD10AVCHDMemoryFilming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-SD20AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-SD60AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD100AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-SD200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-SD600AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SDX1AVCHD / iFrameMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing AVCHD clips from more...

PanasonicHDC-HS9AVCHDHDDFilming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-HS100AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-SX5AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Previewing footage while importing more...
PanasonicHDC-HS250AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-HS350AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-HS20AVCHDHDD

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-HS60AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS200AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-HS300AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-HS700AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM10AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-TM15AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-TM20AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-TM30AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-TM35AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM55AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM60AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM70AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM200AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-TM300AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-TM350AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
PanasonicHDC-TM700AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicSDR-H50MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H60MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H79MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H80MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H85MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-H86MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-H90MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H200MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-S10MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S15MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S25MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S26MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S45MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-S50MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-S150MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-SW21MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-T50MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-T51MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-T55MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-T56MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicVDR-D100MPEG-2DVD 
PanasonicVDR-D200MPEG-2DVD 
PanasonicVDR-D300MPEG-2DVDSelect "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09more...
PanasonicVDR-D310MPEG-2DVD 
PanasonicVDR-D320MPEG-2DVD 
PanasonicDMC-FZ40AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FZ45AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FZ100AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FX700AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicHM-TA1MPEG-4 / iFrameMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Pure DigitalFlip MinoMPEG-4MemoryRequires Pure Digital's "Flip Video for Mac" more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Pure DigitalFlip Mino HDMPEG-4MemoryRequires iMovie 7.1.2 or later more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Pure DigitalFlip Ultra SDMPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Pure DigitalFlip Ultra HDMPEG-4MemoryRequires iMovie 8.0.3 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SamsungSC-MX20H.264MemoryRequires Samsung's SC-MX20 more...
SanyoVPC-HD2000AiFrame / H.264MemoryAbout the iFrame Video format more...
SanyoVPC-FH1AiFrame / H.264MemoryAbout the iFrame Video format more...
SanyoVPC-CA65EXMPEG-4Memory

 

SanyoVPC-CA6MPEG-4Memory 
SanyoVPC-CA9MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SanyoVPC-WH1MPEG-4Memory 
SanyoHD-800MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SanyoDMX-CA9MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX11AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX12AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX100AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX110AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX120AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX150AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX170AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX300AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX350AVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX350VAVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX370VAVCHDMemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-CX500AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX500VAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX520AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX520VAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX550AVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX550VAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR1AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR5AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR7AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR8AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more... 
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR11AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR12AVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR47MPEG-2HDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR48MPEG-2 HDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG1AVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG5AVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG5VAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX7AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-UX1AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-UX7AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-UX20AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR60MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR67MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR68MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR82MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR87MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR88MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR100MPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR200MPEG-2HDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR300MPEG-2HDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SX40MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX41MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX43MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX44MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX60MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX63MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-SX83MPEG-2MemorySony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDCR-DVD308MPEG-2DVD 
SonyDCR-DVD505MPEG-2DVDVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-DVD508MPEG-2DVDVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-DVD403MPEG-2DVDSelect "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09more...
SonyDCR-DVD650MPEG-2DVDSelect "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09more...
SonyDCR-DVD850MPEG-2DVDSelect "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09more...
SonyWebbie HD
MHS-CM1
MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Properly ejecting a Sony Webbie HD more...
Stuttering video footage during import preview more...
SonyWebbie HD
MHS-PM1
MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Properly ejecting a Sony Webbie HD more...
Stuttering video footage during import preview more...
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MHS-PM5

MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Sony

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MHS-CM5

MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyMHS-PM5H.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyMHS-CM5H.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyHMS-PM5KH.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-XR100AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR101AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR150AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR200AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR200VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR350AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR350VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR500AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR500VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR520AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR520VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR550AVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR550VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDSC-TX9AVCHD / MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-WX5AVCHD / MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-T99MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...

PAL Camcorders

PAL is the video format used in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, most of Asia, and parts of South America.

BrandModelFormatMediaAdditional Compatibility Information
CanonDC50EMPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC220EMPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC230EMPEG-2DVD 
CanonDC330EMPEG-2DVD 
CanonFS10EMPEG-2Memory 
CanonFS11EMPEG-2MemoryEjecting a Canon HF10 more...
CanonFS100EMPEG-2Memory 
CanonFS200EMPEG-2MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonHFS11EAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF11EAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonHF21AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
CanonHF100EAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonHG10EAVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonHG20EAVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonHG21EAVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF M300AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF M306AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF M31AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF M36AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF R16AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF R17AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF R18AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF R106AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF S20AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF S21AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
CanonLEGRIA HF S200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-HD10KRAVCHDHDDiMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-HD30AVCHDHDDiMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-HD40AVCHDHDDiMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
Video stabilization limitations more...
JVCGZ-MG255MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG37MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG67MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG155MPEG-2HDD 
JVCGZ-MG330MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicHDC-DX1AVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
PanasonicHDC-SD1AVCHDMemory1440 x 1080 will be imported as 960 x 540
PanasonicHDC-SD9AVCHDMemory 
PanasonicHDC-SD10AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-SD20AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD60AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD66AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD100AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD300AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-SD700AVCHDHDD / Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

iMovie does not support footage recorded in 1080-60p from this Camcorder

PanasonicHDC-SD707AVCHDHDD / Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

iMovie does not support footage recorded in 1080-60p from this Camcorder

PanasonicHDC-HS9AVCHDHDD 
PanasonicHDC-HS20AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS25AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS60AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS100AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS200AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS300AVCHDHDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-HS700AVCHDHDD / Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

iMovie does not support footage recorded in 1080-60p from this Camcorder

PanasonicSDR-H50MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H60MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H79MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H80MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H81MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H85MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-H86MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-H90MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H91MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-H95MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-H200MPEG-2HDD 
PanasonicSDR-S15MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S26MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-S45MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-S50MPEG-2 / AVCHDMemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-SW21MPEG-2Memory 
PanasonicSDR-T50MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicSDR-T55MPEG-2 / AVCHDHDD / MemoryImporting MPEG-4 clips more...
PanasonicHDC-TM10AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...

PanasonicHDC-TM20AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM55AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM60AVCHDHDD / MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM200AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM300AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM350AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
PanasonicHDC-TM700AVCHDHDD / Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

iMovie does not support footage recorded in 1080-60p from this Camcorder

PanasonicHDC-SDX1AVCHD / iFrameMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing AVCHD clips from more...

PanasonicDMC-FT2AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-TS2AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-TZ10AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-ZR3AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-ZS7AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-ZX3AVCHD LiteMemory 
PanasonicDMC-FZ40AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FZ45AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FZ100AVCHD LiteMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

PanasonicDMC-FX700AVCHDMemory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

SonyDCR-DVD150EMPEG-2DVD 
SonyDCR-DVD450EMPEG-2DVD 
SonyDCR-DVD650EMPEG-2DVD 
SonyDCR-DVD850EMPEG-2DVD 
SonyDCR-DVD908EMPEG-2DVDSupported for PAL only
SonyHDR-CX11EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX12AVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX100EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX105EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX106EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX110EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX115EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX116EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX150EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX155EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX300EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX305EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX350EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX500EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX350VEAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX500VEAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX505VEAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX520EAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX520VEAVCHD / MPEG-2MemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX550EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX550VEAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR1EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR5EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR7EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR8EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR11EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-SR12EAVCHDHDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR47EMPEG-2HDDiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG1EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG5EAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG5VEAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-TG7VEAVCHDMemoryiMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-CX7EAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-UX1EAVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyHDR-UX20EAVCHDDVDRequires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SR37EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR38EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR48EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR57EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR58EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR60EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR67EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR68EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR77EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR78EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR82EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR87EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR88EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR60EMPEG-2HDDPAL only
SonyDCR-SR100EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SR300EMPEG-2HDDVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDCR-SX30EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX31EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX33EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX34EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX40EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX41EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX43EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX44EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX50EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX53EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX60EMPEG-2HDD 
SonyDCR-SX63EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX73EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyDCR-SX83EMPEG-2Memory 
SonyHDR-XR100EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR106EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR105EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR150EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR155EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR200EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR350EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR500EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR520EAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR200VEAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR350VEAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR500VEAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR520VEAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR550VAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyHDR-XR550VEAVCHDHDDSony HDR compatibility more...
SonyDSC-TX9AVCHD / MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-WX5AVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-TX9CAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-WX5CAVCHDMemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...

Other Tapeless Device Support

The following digital still cameras capture video and are compatible when directly importing into iMovie either using the Camera import window or the File Menu:

BrandModelFormatMediaAdditional Compatibility Information
CanonEOS 5D Mark IIAVCHDMemoryWorks using the File > Import menu only
Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic / LumixDMC-GF1AVCHDMemory

Requires iMovie 8.0.4 or later
Motion JPEG clips cannot be imported more...

Panasonic / LumixDMC-GH1AVCHDMemory

PAL-Only

Requires iMovie 8.0.3 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / LumixDMC-FZ35AVCHD-LiteMemory

Requires iMovie 8.0.3 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / LumixDMC-FZ38AVCHD-LiteMemory

Requires iMovie 8.0.3 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / LumixDMC-FT2AVCHD-LiteMemory 
Panasonic / LumixDMC-TS2AVCHD-LiteMemory 
Panasonic / LumixDMC-TZ10AVCHD-LiteMemory 
Panasonic / LumixDMC-ZR3AVCHD-LiteMemory 
Panasonic / LumixDMC-ZS7AVCHD-LiteMemory 
Panasonic / LumixDMC-ZX3AVCHD-LiteMemory 
SonyDSC-HX1H.264MemoryRequires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
SonyDSC-HX5AVCHD / H.264MemoryRequires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
SonyDSC-HX5CAVCHD / H.264MemoryRequires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
SonyDSC-HX5V (NTSC)AVCHD / H.264MemoryRequires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
SonyDSC-HX5V (PAL)AVCHD / H.264MemoryRequires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
SonyDSC-TX1MPEG-4Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

SonyDSC-TX5 (NTSC)MPEG-4Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

SonyDSC-TX7 (NTSC)AVCHD / H.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-TX7 (PAL)AVCHD / H.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-TX7C (PAL)AVCHD / H.264MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-WX1MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-H20MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-H55 (PAL)MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W270MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W275MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W290MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W350 (NTSC)MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W360MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W370 (NTSC)MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W380 (NTSC)MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-W390MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-T90MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...
SonyDSC-T900MPEG-4MemoryVideo stabilization limitations more...

Other types of tapeless video devices - including other digital still cameras, video phones and other hybrid devices - import their video clips into iPhoto. Some compatible video clips stored in the iPhoto library can be accessed from the iMovie library.

MPEG-1 formatted movies from Sony Digital Still Cameras (DSCs) use iMovie's Camera import window.

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."
  • Camcorders that use CMOS sensors may cause video to distort when panning or moving the camcorder during recording. See Stablization limitations with CMOS based camcorders for more 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.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet. Contact the vendor for additional information.

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