I purchased a Sony Handycam Camcorder (DCR-SR82) and have a MacBook. I had recorded several videos and was anxious to transfer them on to my computer and then burn DVDs.

I opened the camera box to find that the software provided with the Sony Handycam is for PCs only-there is no Mac installation disk. So, I began doing research and with some major help from a Mac genius, was able to get it all ironed out. My mission is to spread the word so that no one feels the need to return their Sony Handycam just because they are Mac owners!

The first step is to make sure that the processor on your Mac is Intel, as I believe that is one of the requirements for all of this to work. Second is to buy iLife '08, which is around $80. Next, you can import your videos into iMovie without any difficulty and enjoy all of the editing features that iMovie provides.

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Once you have imported your movies, you can open iDVD and burn DVDs without difficulty. If you have an external DVD burner, which I do, you need to download one program which is free and is called Patchburn. This program will enable iDVD to recognize an external DVD burner.

Then, you are all set to enjoy your Sony Handycam + all of the joy of editing movies with your Mac. I spent 45 minutes playing 'voice prompt' tag with Sony. I also found out after the incompetent sales rep at the store advised otherwise that my Sony Handycam and Macintosh were incompatible. I also was urgent to return it into the face of the sales person, however had already recorded once in a lifetime footage. Also, it is a remarkable cam. You need to contact Pixela at 1-866-749-3521 and order for $59.95 the 'Capty MPEG Edit EX' program. You can also order it through download at their website to your computer if you prefer.

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This will convert the files as they are streamed through USB so they can be used with your iMOVIE and iDVD. Stream was used improperly. Not a computer guru like I am sure some of you probaly are and juggling 7 things in life at this time. Another possiblility, havn't tested it yet, but a tech head at a Mac store told me last week that iLife 08' will support the Sony Handycam without any problems. He went as far as to put in writing he would refund it if I had any problems with it. Don't know if anyone else has had the chance to test this yet??? Feedback would be great if someone already has as I am fixing to purchase another Mac in the next month.

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Sony does not support this burner for any operating system for Win2k and XP. The VRD-VC30 is supported in Win7 but no earlier models (from the Microsoft Compatibility Center).

The Vista Compatibility Center lists the VRD-VC20 as unknown for Vista support. There are work-arounds. Install XP as a virtual computer or in a dual boot configuration on your system and install the hardware on the 'XP box'. If you have Win7 Pro or Ultimate, you can download and install the XP mode for a free virtual computer.


(This requires you to download two programs from Microsoft and install them (Virtual PC and the XP mode itself). Otherwise, you will need a valid XP license to install in the virtual computer software. The dual boot may work better for you since virtual computers can't share files from the main computer directly.

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They need to be transfered to external media or a different partition or disc that unmounted from the real computer and mounted on the virtual computer. I hope this helps. Cindy Wells Posted on Jun 26, 2010.