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Q: Mac Camcorder Compatability ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Mac Camcorder Compatability
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: davidkroes-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 24 Sep 2002 16:52 PDT
Expires: 24 Oct 2002 16:52 PDT
Question ID: 68659
Even though Panasonic PVDV951 is not listed as compatible with imovie,
can you still use it to transfer and edit to imovie?
Subject: Re: Mac Camcorder Compatability
Answered By: bethc-ga on 25 Sep 2002 07:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi davidkroes,

I have been using the Panasonic PV-DV951 with my Titanium PowerBook
since I purchased the camera in January of this year, and have found
it to be compatible in every way with the Mac and with iMovie. I have
been using it with System 9.1. Recently (last week) I upgraded the
beloved PowerBook to OS X (Jaguar), and so this morning I performed a
test so that I could assure you that it also works with Jaguar, and
the upgraded version of iMovie.

In all cases, the camera was completely compatible with iMovie, on
both systems. The Auto Scene Detection worked (iMovie detects when you
started and stopped shooting and imports these as separate clips), and
I was able to use the iMovie controls to direct the camera. I was able
to import clips from the camera into iMovie without any difficulty,
export the finished movie back to the DV tape, and use the playthrough
feature to export the finished movie onto a video tape (VHS).

The Apple iMovie discussion board
is a good place to go with any questions you may have about iMovie.

I was able to find a thread where an audio sync problem was reported
by someone with the PV-DV951, and a fix described. A further message,
however, reported the same problem encountered with a supported
camera. I have never encountered this problem. Here is the thread:

I also found a document called “The DV Diaries”. The author, Kirby
Ferguson, reports that he made sure that everything he bought would be
Mac compatible, as he was not sure which platform he would be using.
Most of the photos that accompany the article were shot with his

This is a PDF file, and you will need Adobe Acrobat or Preview (OS X)
to read it. If you do not have a copy of Acrobat, it may be downloaded
free of charge here:

The Apple website addresses a small issue with the PV-DV950, the
precursor to the 951:

“PV-DV100, NVC5(Japan), NJ-DJ100(Japan), PV-DV950, PV-DV710
Timecode is off by one frame during playback. The camcorder and iMovie
will not match timecode, but functionality works as expected.”

I have not noticed that being off by one frame makes any difference in
the finished movies that I have produced.

Camcorder Information

The PV-DV951 is a great camera, and I have been very happy with it. It
takes beautiful movies, even in low-light conditions. In most cases,
the scene is rendered looking better than it actually did in real
life! The 3 CCDs provide for breathtaking color. It has a wealth of
features, some of which I am still exploring. Friends and family are
amazed at the quality of the movies that can be produced with this
combination of camera and iMovie. My father-in-law, who absolutely
loathes babies, has made me show a movie I made of a two-year-old’s
birthday FIVE times, because he was astonished by the quality of the
production. He has made me show it to relatives and strangers, and he
has watched it every time. This was the first movie that I ever did!
You can really do some amazing things with this setup.

If you purchase the PV-DV951, I think you will be very happy with it,
davidkroes. Should you need any further information, please do not
hesitate to ask.



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Google search:
Panasonic PV-DV950  compatible OR compatibility iMovie

Clarification of Answer by bethc-ga on 27 Sep 2002 06:33 PDT
Thanks for letting me know that you found my answer helpful, david. We
Mac people have to stick together. Enjoy your movie making pursuits!

davidkroes-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This was thorough, informative and reassuring - way beyond expectations.
Beth answered everything I was looking for and couldn't find.  Thanks lots!!!

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