The Pixela software referenced by C. Suntra did the trick for me, although it does require that extra step of interpreting the footage into iMovie-friendly format. I've gone back and forth about keeping or returning the camera since it's not Mac-friendly, but have decided to keep it. I've learned that there really aren't any current hard drive camcorders on the market that are Mac-friendly. The Amazon price was the best I found after shopping around.
I am interested in being able to import the MPEG files from the sony to my MAC and making readable DVD's with them. Can I get by with just the $20 Apple software that allows quick time to read it or do I need something beyond this. If so will quick time pro help? or is the pixela software the only way to go?