Weird. Seems when I plug in my Sony DCR-SX43 into the MBook with the USB connection, it immediately defaults to iPhoto. Then, seems like forever, I click out of iPhoto, go to click the camera icon, and iSight shows up. Not the camera. THEN, for some reason, it gets around to recognizing the camera and allows me to import clips. Is it just slow? Am I impatient? Plugging in something wrong?
iMovie says it's okay....maybe try switching the camera into video playback mode right off the bat, then plugging it in. It says all you need's USB, perhaps just try firewire for now. Could be a bit of both-it's a little dumb, and.... also, maybe find a way to call off iPhoto, at least temporarily
ehhhh....just a guess...
I found an explanation that said I could go into Image Capture and change the preference to "open in iPhoto" to "no application" which might stop iPhoto from popping up every time.
Anyway, I just took the memory card out of the Sony and used one of those USB card slot things, opened iMovie, it took some time, but it actually recognized the card and allowed me to import the clips. Weird. Maybe I just need iMovie to process things, find it, then import it. But what's weird is that when I tried to use Image Capture, the Sony footage is MPG - and iMovie wouldn't let me import MPG files. So what are they when iMovie imports them from the memory card? Not MPG? Confused.
okay-maybe I can help you out here-at least a bit...
I thought you were wanting to import movies, in which case, I think image capture ain't what you want. imovie or something like it should work fine (maybe ffmpegX/VLC or handbrake--whatever can handle importing movies).. BUT...imovie as you have found out, has its own set of quirks, the first one being that you cannot just import any ol'video into imovie...has to be a certain kind...QT or mp4 I think, maybe h.264. Here's a kludge you could try if you have perian installed on your Mac. Try opening up the video file in QT player, and you should be able to save it as an iMovie friendly video. could be mpeg, mp2,mp4 or some strange Sony variant. I just used the firewire socket, set the camcorder to play, then fired up iMovie which captured the footage (real time, unfortunately) and then I was able to do something with it. Unfortunately, I don't know much about this apart from iMovie-there's probably another app out there that'll do video capture/import from your camcorder to your Mac. Hopefully this has helped you out. Now, as for the rest of it--ask me later