JVC Camcorder file transfer to Mac

I have recently bought an iMac and a JVC Hard Disk Camcorder (model GZ-MG135AG), When I connect the camcorder to the Mac by USB the still photos transfer ok into iPhoto but the movie files do not. I have managed to back the files up to the Mac (I believe), but iMovies seemingly cannot recognise and open the movie files.

OS is 10.5.1
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What is the file extension on the movie files (mov, avi, mpg, m4v)?
PetergcsgAuthor Commented:
There is a .MOD and a .MOI for each file. Also some .DAT files, but most are .mod and .moi
Tom RayCommented:
sounds like you are trying to import video into iPhoto.
have you tried using iMovie to import the movies from the video camera?

put your video camera in the mode that will allow you to watch what you recorded.
connect the camera to the computer and launch iMovie
create a new project and save
now in iMovie, use your mouse to change the control switch from the scissors icon to the camera icon.
iMovie should detect your video camera now. now use the capture controls to import. the capture controls will control your video camera.
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PetergcsgAuthor Commented:
I am trying to import into imovies and when i connect a Nikon S6 digital camera it imports the video clips from that into iMovies.

Followed the instructions above but don't understand how to change the control from scissors to the camera icon. iMovie detects the camera, but the files are still not being captured.

Have you installed software that comes with JVC? Also, check the movie file to see how big for the file.
Tom RayCommented:
if iMovie is seeing the camera, you are almost there.

check this out:


page 11 has a picture of the scissors/camera icon
PetergcsgAuthor Commented:
Software that comes with JVC is not compatible with iMac apparently.

Downloaded a JVC Video decoder for Mac from JVC website. The instructions were not correct but having done that the camcorder has connected and the videos have been transferred into iMovies.

Not surer what it was that worked finally, but thank-you for all advice.

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Tom RayCommented:
i object.

it was my suggestion to import the movies into iMovie instead of iPhoto
i provided step by step instructions on how
i gave a link to the iMovie manual highlighting the the area where the user had trouble with in my step by step instructions.

obviously this user got it to work, so they need to re-evaluate what they did that worked and award points.
if for some reason they solved their own question without the advice given here, then they should post what their solution was for all to see and be referenced in the knowledge base for others that may search for the same or similar question.
Tom RayCommented:
just looked at Petergcsg profile

given his registration date is less than a week old he may not be fully aware of how to close a question that has been answered.

Petergcsg may want to review the "how do i close a question?"section on closing questions:
Tom RayCommented:
sounds good... thanks for letting me know
Closed, 500 points refunded.
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