Importing AVCHD from DVD Requires Leopard

iMovie ’08 finally brought support for tapeless camcorders that record to memory cards, mini-DVDs, and hard disks. (For a great discussion of getting that footage into iMovie HD, see the comments in the post “Sony DCR-SR100 Hard Drive Camcorder“.) Specifically, it supports video saved in the AVCHD high-definition format.

Up until recently, iMovie couldn’t import AVCHD video from a camcorder that stores it on a DVD. Looking at Apple’s iMovie ’08 Camcorder Support page, however, iMovie now imports that footage—but only under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I’m not sure what component of Leopard makes this possible, but it’s good to see that owners of these cameras (which continue to increase in popularity, it seems) now have a way to offload and edit their video.

  1. ok i have the hdr-ux1 and i was wondering if since dvd based avchd camcorders are supported on imovie o8′ only on leopard,,,is that the same as on final cut 6.0.2? if i get leopard can i edit my footage on my ux1 using final cut pro?

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  2. ok i have the hdr-ux1 and i was wondering if since dvd based avchd camcorders are supported on imovie o8′ only on leopard,,,is that the same as on final cut 6.0.2? if i get leopard can i edit my footage on my ux1 using final cut pro?

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  3. Mike, I believe Final Cut Pro will also now import AVCHD from DVD under Leopard. I don’t think it’s an attribute specific to iMovie. However, I don’t have FCP 6, so I’m only speculating.

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