Import Video To Your Mac From A DV Camcorder

by on August 12, 2008

Q: I have a MacBook running OS X 10.4.11 and just got a used Panasonic mini DV Palmcorder (PalmSight). There’s a firewire connection from the camera to the computer but when I plug it in and turn it on nothing comes up on the desktop. I’m assuming I need some software but can’t find anything other than spam on the web.

A: The special software you are looking for should be installed on your computer already and it is called iMovie. You should be able to find it in your Application folder because it comes installed on all Macs.

You will want to connect your DV camcorder to your computer, make sure it is in play mode, open iMovie, then go to File -> Import from Camera… and this should bring up a window allowing you to import the video from your DV camcorder.