Import Panasonic Mini-DV camcorder files to Final Cut Express?

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      I have a Panasonic PV-GS39 camcorder from a few years back. It is a mini-dv camcorder. My question is about whether it can be recognized by my iMac Intel 24″ running leopard. I understand that a firewire cable is needed to transport video. However, should the computer also recognize the camcorder when connected via usb at least. Will this camcorder even work with Mac? And if so, will the video files be accessible in FCE to edit? Any suggestions on where to find a solution would be very helpful. Thanks.

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      Your camcorder should be recognized by your computer, however, it doesn’t show up on your desktop like a hard drive does.

      USB will not work for capturing video. You have to use Firewire. I don’t even know why they put USB on miniDV cameras.

      FCE will be able to edit your video. When you capture, it automatically turns your video into .mov files, which is the preferred format for FCE and FCP.

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