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Archived - Final Cut Express: Camcorder support

Final Cut Express works with a wide range of digital video qualified devices and formats, including tape-based camcorders as well as the latest AVCHD tapeless camcorders that record to Flash Memory, Hard Disk Drive (HDD), and DVD media. 

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Tape-based DV camcorder support
 

Final Cut Express works with most mini DV tape-based, DV formatted video (standard definition) camcorders that use a FireWire cable (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link).

Tape-based HDV camcorder support
Final Cut Express works with some mini DV tape-based HDV camcorders that use a FireWire cable (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link).

Canon HV10  
Canon HV20  
Canon XH G1  
Canon DC230*  
JVC GY-HD200*  
JVC GY-HD201E  
JVC GY-HD250  
JVC GY-HD251E  
Sony HDR-FX1*  
Sony HDR-HC1*  
Sony HDR-HC3*  
Sony HVR-A1U  

Each camcorder has been tested using NTSC models. Tested PAL models are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

Tapeless Camcorder Support

Final Cut Express supports AVCHD-based tapeless camcorders that use a USB 2.0 cables to record to Flash Memory, Hard Drive (HDD), and DVD media. 
Note: Some Final Cut Express compatible random access devices have both a USB and FireWire port. These camcorders should be connected using only the USB port.

Due to the wide range of media types and the different ways manufacturers store video on these media types, not all tapeless camcorders work with Final Cut Express. Apple has tested the products listed on this table. Final Cut Express may not fully work with other similar camcorders. Some compatible Final Cut Express features include device recognition when the device is connected to a Mac, display of import control for the specific device, and import of the video to Final Cut Express for viewing and editing.
Note: You will need an Intel-based Core Duo Mac or better to work with AVCHD.

 

Canon HF10 AVCHD Memory Ejecting a Canon HF10 more...
Canon HF100* AVCHD Memory  
Canon HG10* AVCHD HDD  
Canon HR10 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Panasonic HDC-DX1* AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later and Final Cut Express 4.0.1 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD1* AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-SD1* AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-SD5 AVCHD Memory Previewing footage while importing more...
Panasonic HDC-HS9* AVCHD HDD Requires Final Cut Express 4.0.1 or later
Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later and Final Cut Express 4.0.1 or later
Previewing footage while importing more...
Sony HDR-SR1* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony DCR-SR5* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-SR7* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-SR8* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-SR11* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-SR12* AVCHD HDD Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-TG1* AVCHD Memory Sony HDR Compatibility more... 
Sony HDR-CX7* AVCHD Memory  
Sony HDR-UX1* AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX7 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX7 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Sony HDR-UX20* AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later

Each camcorder has been tested using NTSC models.  Tested PAL models are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

Known compatibility issues

  • DVD camcorders may cause DVD Player to open. If this occurs, simply quit DVD Player.
  • Video devices in the tables above that have additional compatibility information are linked to the appropriate article for more information.
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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