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.