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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

iMovie '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.

Canon DC20 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09
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 FS30 MPEG-2 HDD / Memory  
Canon FS31 MPEG-2 HDD / Memory  
Canon FS100 MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon FS200 MPEG-2 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon FS300 MPEG-2 Memory  
Canon HF10 AVCHD Memory

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Canon HFS10 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HFS11 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HF11 AVCHD Memory

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Canon HF20 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HF21 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HF100 AVCHD Memory

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Canon HFS100 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HF200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HG10 AVCHD HDD

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Canon HG20 AVCHD HDD

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Canon HG21 AVCHD HDD

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Canon HR10 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
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Canon iVIS HF M31 AVCHD HDD / Memory  
Canon iVIS HF R10 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF M30 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF M300 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF R100 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF R11 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF S20 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF S21 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon VIXIA HF S200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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JVC GZ-HD10 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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JVC GZ-HD30 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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JVC GZ-HD40 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not work with MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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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 v10.5 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 Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Panasonic HDC-SD10 AVCHD Memory Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Panasonic HDC-SD20 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-SD60 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD100 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-SD200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Panasonic HDC-SD600 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SDX1 AVCHD / iFrame Memory

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Importing AVCHD clips from more...

Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD HDD Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Panasonic HDC-HS100 AVCHD HDD

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Panasonic HDC-SX5 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
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Panasonic HDC-HS250 AVCHD HDD

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Panasonic HDC-HS350 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-HS20 AVCHD HDD

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Panasonic HDC-HS60 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS200 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-HS700 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM10 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-TM15 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-TM20 AVCHD Memory

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Panasonic HDC-TM30 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-TM35 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM55 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM60 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM70 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM200 AVCHD Memory

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Panasonic HDC-TM300 AVCHD Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...
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Panasonic HDC-TM350 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Panasonic HDC-TM700 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic SDR-H50 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H79 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H80 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H85 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-H86 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-H90 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-S45 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-S50 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-S150 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-SW21 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-T50 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-T51 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-T55 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-T56 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
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 '09 more...
Panasonic VDR-D310 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic VDR-D320 MPEG-2 DVD  
Panasonic DMC-FZ40 AVCHD Lite Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic DMC-FZ45 AVCHD Lite Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 AVCHD Lite Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic DMC-FX700 AVCHD Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic HM-TA1 MPEG-4 / iFrame Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Pure Digital Flip Mino MPEG-4 Memory Requires Pure Digital's "Flip Video for Mac" more...
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Pure Digital Flip Mino HD MPEG-4 Memory Requires iMovie 7.1.2 or later more...
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Pure Digital Flip Ultra SD MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Pure Digital Flip Ultra HD MPEG-4 Memory Requires iMovie 8.0.3 or later
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Samsung SC-MX20 H.264 Memory Requires Samsung's SC-MX20 more...
Sanyo VPC-HD2000A iFrame / H.264 Memory About the iFrame Video format more...
Sanyo VPC-FH1A iFrame / H.264 Memory About the iFrame Video format more...
Sanyo VPC-CA65EX MPEG-4 Memory

 

Sanyo VPC-CA6 MPEG-4 Memory  
Sanyo VPC-CA9 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sanyo VPC-WH1 MPEG-4 Memory  
Sanyo HD-800 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sanyo DMX-CA9 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-CX11 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX12 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX100 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX110 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX120 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX150 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX170 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX300 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX350 AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX350V AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX370V AVCHD Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-CX500 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX500V AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX520 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX520V AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX550 AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX550V AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony DCR-SR5 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-SR7 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-SR8 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-SR11 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-SR12 AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony DCR-SR47 MPEG-2 HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony DCR-SR48 MPEG-2  HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-TG1 AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-TG5 AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-TG5V AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX7 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
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Sony HDR-UX7 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
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Sony HDR-UX20 AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
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Sony DCR-SR60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR67 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR68 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR82 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR87 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR88 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR100 MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR200 MPEG-2 HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SR300 MPEG-2 HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SX40 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX41 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX43 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX44 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX60 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX63 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-SX83 MPEG-2 Memory Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DCR-DVD308 MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD505 MPEG-2 DVD Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-DVD508 MPEG-2 DVD Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-DVD403 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09 more...
Sony DCR-DVD650 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09 more...
Sony DCR-DVD850 MPEG-2 DVD Select "Standard" or "Video" mode to use with iMovie '09 more...
Sony Webbie HD
MHS-CM1
MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Stuttering video footage during import preview more...
Sony Webbie HD
MHS-PM1
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MHS-PM5

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MHS-CM5

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Sony MHS-PM5 H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony MHS-CM5 H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HMS-PM5K H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-XR100 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR101 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR150 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR200 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR200V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR350 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR350V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR500 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR500V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR520 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR520V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR550 AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR550V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DSC-TX9 AVCHD / MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-WX5 AVCHD / MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-T99 MPEG-4 Memory Video 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.

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 FS200E MPEG-2 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon HFS11E AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Filming in Cinema or 24p mode more...
Canon HF11E AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon HF21 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
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Canon HF100E AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon HG10E AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon HG20E AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon HG21E AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF M300 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF M306 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF M31 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF M36 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF R16 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF R17 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF R18 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF R106 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF S20 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF S21 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Canon LEGRIA HF S200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
JVC GZ-HD10KR AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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JVC GZ-HD30 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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JVC GZ-HD40 AVCHD HDD iMovie does not support MPEG-2 from this camcorder
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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 v10.5 or later
Panasonic HDC-SD1 AVCHD Memory 1440 x 1080 will be imported as 960 x 540
Panasonic HDC-SD9 AVCHD Memory  
Panasonic HDC-SD10 AVCHD Memory

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Panasonic HDC-SD20 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD60 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD66 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD100 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD300 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-SD700 AVCHD HDD / Memory

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

Panasonic HDC-SD707 AVCHD HDD / Memory

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

Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD HDD  
Panasonic HDC-HS20 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS25 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS60 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS100 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS200 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-HS700 AVCHD HDD / Memory

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

Panasonic SDR-H50 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H60 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H79 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H80 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H81 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H85 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-H86 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-H90 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H91 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-H95 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-H200 MPEG-2 HDD  
Panasonic SDR-S15 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S26 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-S45 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-S50 MPEG-2 / AVCHD Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-SW21 MPEG-2 Memory  
Panasonic SDR-T50 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic SDR-T55 MPEG-2 / AVCHD HDD / Memory Importing MPEG-4 clips more...
Panasonic HDC-TM10 AVCHD Memory

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Panasonic HDC-TM20 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM55 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM60 AVCHD HDD / Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM200 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM300 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM350 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Panasonic HDC-TM700 AVCHD HDD / Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

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

Panasonic HDC-SDX1 AVCHD / iFrame Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing AVCHD clips from more...

Panasonic DMC-FT2 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-TS2 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-TZ10 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-ZR3 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-ZS7 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-ZX3 AVCHD Lite Memory  
Panasonic DMC-FZ40 AVCHD Lite Memory

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Panasonic DMC-FZ45 AVCHD Lite Memory

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Panasonic DMC-FZ100 AVCHD Lite Memory

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Panasonic DMC-FX700 AVCHD Memory

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Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Sony DCR-DVD150E MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD450E MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD650E MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD850E MPEG-2 DVD  
Sony DCR-DVD908E MPEG-2 DVD Supported for PAL only
Sony HDR-CX11E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX12 AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX100E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX105E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX106E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX110E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX115E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX116E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX150E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX155E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX300E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX305E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX350E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX500E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX350VE AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX500VE AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX505VE AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
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Sony HDR-CX520E AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-CX520VE AVCHD / MPEG-2 Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-CX550E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-CX550VE AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-SR1E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SR5E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-SR7E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-SR8E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-SR11E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-SR12E AVCHD HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SR47E MPEG-2 HDD iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-TG1E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-TG5E AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-TG5VE AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-TG7VE AVCHD Memory iMovie ’09 and Sony more...
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-CX7E AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-UX1E AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony HDR-UX20E AVCHD DVD Requires Mac OS X Leopard v10.5 or later
Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SR37E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR38E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR48E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR57E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR58E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR60E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR67E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR68E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR77E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR78E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR82E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR87E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR88E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR60E MPEG-2 HDD PAL only
Sony DCR-SR100E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SR300E MPEG-2 HDD Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DCR-SX30E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX31E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX33E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX34E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX40E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX41E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX43E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX44E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX50E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX53E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX60E MPEG-2 HDD  
Sony DCR-SX63E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX73E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony DCR-SX83E MPEG-2 Memory  
Sony HDR-XR100E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR106E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR105E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR150E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR155E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR200E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR350E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR500E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR520E AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR200VE AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR350VE AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR500VE AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR520VE AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR550V AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony HDR-XR550VE AVCHD HDD Sony HDR compatibility more...
Sony DSC-TX9 AVCHD / MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-WX5 AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-TX9C AVCHD Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-WX5C AVCHD Memory Video 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:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II AVCHD Memory Works using the File > Import menu only
Video stabilization limitations
more...
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-GF1 AVCHD Memory

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

Panasonic / Lumix DMC-GH1 AVCHD Memory

PAL-Only

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

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / Lumix DMC-FZ35 AVCHD-Lite Memory

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

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / Lumix DMC-FZ38 AVCHD-Lite Memory

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

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Panasonic / Lumix DMC-FT2 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-TS2 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-TZ10 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-ZR3 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-ZS7 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Panasonic / Lumix DMC-ZX3 AVCHD-Lite Memory  
Sony DSC-HX1 H.264 Memory Requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
Sony DSC-HX5 AVCHD / H.264 Memory Requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
Sony DSC-HX5C AVCHD / H.264 Memory Requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
Sony DSC-HX5V (NTSC) AVCHD / H.264 Memory Requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
Sony DSC-HX5V (PAL) AVCHD / H.264 Memory Requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later and iMovie '09 v8.0.3 or later
Sony DSC-TX1 MPEG-4 Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Sony DSC-TX5 (NTSC) MPEG-4 Memory

Video stabilization limitations more...

Importing Motion JPEG clips more...

Sony DSC-TX7 (NTSC) AVCHD / H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-TX7 (PAL) AVCHD / H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-TX7C (PAL) AVCHD / H.264 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-WX1 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-H20 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-H55 (PAL) MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W270 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W275 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W290 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W350 (NTSC) MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W360 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W370 (NTSC) MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W380 (NTSC) MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-W390 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-T90 MPEG-4 Memory Video stabilization limitations more...
Sony DSC-T900 MPEG-4 Memory Video 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.

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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