After you recorded some family videos or photos with Camcorder, you must want to edit them with iMovie or iPhoto. The first simple step to import them into your Mac. The process is not difficult, but it must be done properly in order to achieve a good result. And here is a step by step guide will show you how to connect Camcorder to Mac and get the best quality videos and photos.
The tool you need: A 6 pin or 4 pin cable. Usually, camcorders need a 4 pin cable end in order to be able to connect to the Mac, although sometimes they might allow a 6 pin end as well.
Tips: Some camcorder videos are in HD format, like AVCHD, MTS, TS, etc. They are not compatible with iMovie or Final Cut Pro. You can follow this guide to convert the video to the right format.
Step1. Make sure your camcorder is set to the correct mode for importing photos and videos. For information on which mode to choose, see the instructions provided with your camcorder. If your camcorder has a sleep mode, make sure it is disabled or set to a time increment long enough to allow your images and videos to download.
Step2. The first step is to locate the four-pin FireWire port on your video camcorder. On most video camcorders, you’ll find it located under a plastic or rubber boot. Leave the video camcorder powered off and simply lift up the boot from the camcorder and insert the smaller four-pin end of the FireWire cable into the the FireWire port of the camcorder.
Step3. Once the camcorder is connected, take the other end of the FireWire cable, the larger six pin end, and insert it into the FireWire port of your Mac. When both of the cables are connected, you can turn on the power to your video camcorder.
Step4. In a few seconds your Mac should automatically launch iMovie. Follow the on-screen instructions on your Mac and begin the video transfer from your video camcorder to your Mac.