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Initial post: Nov 19, 2010 3:11:40 PM PST
My last Sony HD camera was not Apple/Mac compatible and I don't want to make the same error again. Are these flips compatible? With the HD sony camcorder I could not make a CD or DVD. I am still going back farther with old 8mm tapes converting to a CD I believe. I dont do this enough to be savvy but really want to catch more things as well as the kids before they leave the house. Any help would be grateful, thanks, Dan

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 11:12:09 AM PST
C. Gunnerson says:
Yes, they are. I've burned lots of DVDs with my Flip and my MacBook Pro.

Posted on Nov 20, 2010 2:46:42 PM PST
Chris Jones says:
Please Help! All I need is a small HD camera with optical zoom, tripod mount, and external mic jack. External lenses for wide angle would also be nice but not critical.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 3:48:07 PM PST
ronald wolf says:
Anyone exporting minidv tape footage from a Sony HVR Z1U to IMovie HD6? Any issues?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2010 6:44:31 PM PST
The mino needs $35 SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD! Please correct me if wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2010 7:58:11 PM PST
I love my Canon HF200, which is now a year or so old. I think the only real change in the updated model is the model number.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 7:52:34 PM PST
I have the same problem. I love the Sony Bloggie and I have a pc at home. But, at school I am taking a course in "Digital Capture" and all the computers at school are Mac Computers. I have a feeling that since the Bloggie records in a MP4 format that it will not be compatible (a person in my Photography class created a Portfolio using MP4 and it wouldn't work right for the presentation on the Mac). I had overheard the T/A talking to a student who needed a small camcorder for a class and she recommended the Flip. But, I just loved the Sony as the lens moves, and you can get those candid shots. Besides 12 megapixels is nothing to sneeze at.

So, I guess I'll get a Flip for my class in Spring. I have a Alpha 850 and it does not record movies. I don't think my Nikon D80 does either. Well, a Flip is cheaper than another camera.........

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 8:43:53 AM PST
Julie says:
I'm a relative newbie, looking for a pocket/shoot & share/flip camcorder that's MAC compatible for (preferably) under $70. I know VERY little about them & need only basics: Good but not necessarily outstanding video/resolution, very good audio, ease of use, plugs directly into my MacBook with a USB plug, preferably NOT requiring a memory card, or at least one that requires only a one-time purchase of a LOW COST card (I also know nothing about these cards). Also interested in knowing more about pocket cams that COME WITH built-in memory cards. Are these a good deal? Any brand -- I don't need bells or whistles. I mostly shoot short bits of video at a time, & am mostly interested in using my Mac's iMovie software to edit the video. I'd VERY much appreciate ANY advice. Thanks SO much! - Julie

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 2:07:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2010 2:08:15 PM PST
For a Mac compatible mini camcorder look into the JVC Picsio GC-FM2.
JVC says "If you're a Mac user, shoot video in iFrame mode which is the native format (960x540) used in iMovie. Recorded files can be easily handled by your Mac for editing."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2010 5:38:33 PM PST
Julie says:
Hi Andrew - Thanks so much for your response. The JVC Picsio GC-FM2 you suggested is above my price range (under $70.), but I saw some older JVC Picsio models in my price range. Questions: 1. Do they have a USB attached to them to plug directly into my MacBook? 2. Is it absolutely necessary to buy the 8GB memory card that's advertised as "also bought by customers...", (& must it be 8GB?), or will it run out of memory after just a few minutes w/out a card? Thanks again for your help! - Julie

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 10:28:05 AM PST
Canon XH-A1S 3CCD HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder with 20x HD Video Zoom Lens III Is this camcorder compatible with Mac?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2010 11:10:33 AM PST
Julie says:
Thanx so much - but WAY out of my price range.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 6:47:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2011 9:52:47 AM PST
Roddoc says:
lol yes, I wish that XH was at least in the ball park! I love that camera. If you do anything more than shooting kids birthday parties and such, I would never touch anything w/o and external mic.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 7:24:53 PM PST
B. Laha says:
You should checkout

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 9:10:49 AM PST
In my experience, going too low on price spec only leads to headaches and disappointments. Depending on your own needs and expectations, I'd suggest going for the ~ $100 price range, like the basic Flip or Kodak PlaySport waterproof.

Again personally; I like the insertable memory cards because, over time, you can buy spares and buy larger cards. Built in cards means you risk having the internal card go bad and lose the use of the whole camera. With replaceable cards you just pop the replacement in and you're good to go. For video, it's recommended that Class 6 cards be used because of the higher "write speeds" when video is being recorded. Card readers are about $20 and work with Macs or PCs. Overall: you can still spend under $200 total and have fewer headaches and disappointments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 9:26:28 AM PST
FYI: MP4 is a standard video format which both Macs and PCs can read (and edit, etc). Whatever your classmate did, the problem wasn't because of the MP4 format being involved.

More probably: the problem occurred when the video was edited and composed for presentation. This is just a techy problem and often all that's required is a do-over to get it right. I've run into these "mysterious" production problems many times and it's frustrating but it's also part of making videos.

Our local newspaper gives Flip cameras to all its reporters and they use Macs (like most newspapers do) throughout their facility. I'm very familiar with their operation and have published web articles for that newspaper which included producing videos using standard video formats on my Mac Pro. Right now, I'm "upgrading" to the $119 Kodak EasySport (because its waterproof). But before, all I had was two point-and-shoot Canon cameras which also take standard def video. Never a problem: what you hear about the native .mov (QuickTime) format isn't true: it's a fine movie format which easily converts to the latest H 264 high def format - or standard MP4.

So go for it: MP4 and QuickTime .mov files are completely okay if you find the right software for converting to whatever is needed for the purpose at hand. Also: a lot of PC users like the native .wmv format: that is also fine. All these video formats would be "useless" if they weren't created to be cross-platform convertible for compatibility sake.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 12:51:09 PM PST
Chris Jones says:
I am now using the go pro "hero" camera which works beautifully and produces easy to read MP4 videos. I just drag them over to my desktop and once they are copied they are easily opened by iMovie or the quicktime player. It is very sharp HD, but of course, it is only extreme wide angle. I want a camera that has a normal to tele optical zoom and uses cards and is otherwise easy to use, and $100-200 is OK. Aiptek seems to fit the bill, but they "churn" their product supply making it difficult if not impossible to compare apples to apples. That kind of marketing makes me very wary of their manufacturing integrity. Canon is always top notch, but they charge for it too. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 12:54:09 PM PST
Chris Jones says:
I forgot to add that the Kodak looks ok. Has anyone had any experience? One more thing, I know I am asking a lot with this one, but an external mic jack would sure be nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 1:46:00 PM PST
I backed away from this discussion because my preferred camera (Canon HF200) is apparently out of the desired price range, but I would like to add one cautionary note: be sure to try shooting test footage at night, inside and out.

My experience with smaller, less expensive video-capable cameras (including Canons) is that points of light in the frame create really annoying vertical streaks that ruin the result. And if you intend to use your camera much at night (parties, etc.), this may turn out to be really important. It was for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 2:21:38 PM PST
ronald wolf says:
You and I may be looking for the same thing. The ability to connect a wireless aux, mike, and be able to seperate the 2 chanels. Don't think that's going to happen. Especially if you're shooting an event, and a guest comes up and says, "my son has a camera just like that!"
Things are changing very rapidly, over almost overnight.
(My 2cents worth)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 4:01:08 PM PST
Chris Jones says:
Ron- thanks for your 2 may be right. I'll keep looking, like you say, things are changing overnight.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 4:56:36 PM PST
ronald wolf says:
If big is good, it sure apply's when you're shooting with a larger camera. (Even though the Sony HVR Z1U, is not that big, it sure looks impressive.)
Got everything a pro shooter could want, even 2xXLR inputs, which are really necessary when shooting an event when an aux. mike is needed.
The flip phone seems prety awesome, but for family and youtube, networking, etc. considerations only..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 5:06:56 PM PST
Dan Pacyau says:
The XH-A1S is compatible with Macintoshes that have Firewire ports. You will need to purchase the proper cable to connect though, this cable is not included. For newer Macs (Later model Macbook Pros and Mac Pros) with Firewire 800, you'll need a Firewire 800 to 4pin Firewire 400 cable. These cables are readily available at any Apple store or larger electronic stores. This camera WILL NOT work with Macs that are USB only. (Macbook Air, certain 13" Macbook models etc.)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 12:10:49 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 8, 2011 12:44:32 PM PST
ronald wolf says:
Are you referring to HD capability?
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