• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Like a charm!

    • Written by from Centennial

    I just bought a JVC Enverio (GZ-MG330) Hard Disk Drive camcorder and was a little leery, because it was not one of the cameras listed on the Apple website, that was supported by iMovie. The steps I had to go through, to get movies into iMovie were:
    1) Download the FREE MPEG Streamclip software (Google it).
    2) Purchase the $20 MPEG-2 Playback software (which is used by the MPEG Streamclip software).
    3) Plug in the USB cable and turn on the camcorder. The camcorder will show up on your desktop.
    4) Copy all files from your camcorder into another desktop folder. I have a bunch of files with the .MOD and .MOI extension.
    5) "Open Files" in MPEG Streamclip one at a time (just the ones with the .MOD extension. You will have to watch all the files in their entirety.
    6) "Export to Quicktime" all files after watching. This will save your new .MOV file in the same folder.
    7) Drag and Drop the .MOV file into iMovie.
    Worked well, but Apple should make this easier. Maybe put some iPod resources to work in the area of Video.

    315 of 369 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Staten island

    Program works fine

    i love my mac but still Mac computers should have come with this app, i payed good money, kinda dissapointed to know windows had this

    186 of 202 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    • Written by from UPLAND

    I purchased a Panasonic HDD camcorder, and couldn't watch or edit the .MOD videos. I downloaded the free MPEG Streamclip application from Apple's website but still couldn't work with the footage.

    I went ahead and bought the $20.00 playback component, and it works perfectly. I can edit the video in iMovie, and I have no idea why people are complaining about audio problems. There are plenty of settings and options for people more technology-savvy, but the basic process (.MOD to .MOV) is easy to use even if you're not familiar with computer jargon (like me!)

    156 of 168 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    To the naysayers, it works fine, just GET STREAMCLIP

    • Written by from Calgary

    Ignore the 2.5 stars, if you get this and use it with the free Streamclip download, your HDD camcorder will work just fine with your computer. I agree that this is not as easy as it could or should be (and a bit pricey), so it loses a star, but if you have an HDD camcorder and use versions of iMovie earlier than '08, this is for you. You're camcorder isn't useless after all. This solution beats having to get a new computer that can handle the apparently lesser iMovie '08. (FYI, I use a Sony HDR-SR7 with an iBook G4 + iMovieHD.)

    148 of 161 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quicktime 6 MPEG-2 playback component

    • Written by from Sunbury

    Works well for me! I bought this software and it works as advertized. I have no issues with sound as others have indicated. Most of the issues involve Sony and their version of MPEG 2 ( I use a JVC camcorder). I also upgraded to Quicktime Pro and can now export video with sound to almost any format I want. Its great when you purchase something and it works!

    136 of 152 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Know your specs before you buy

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    The component works fine. It does EXACTLY what the information says it will do and nothing else. I see a lot of complaints about this product. Most of them folks who are not reading the requirements of the component and are unfamiliar with their own computer set up. Be an informed buyer, Apple does not guide your hand for everything.

    151 of 190 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Diego

    Yes, it's ridiculous you need to buy this product in the first place, but that's beside the point.
    It's true that this product does not provide audio for your MPEG-2 clips, but once you download MPEG Streamclip video converter it works perfectly fine!

    125 of 138 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This was ridiculous

    • Written by from Mesa

    I have spent the last 5 hours trying to figure out how to import the stupid .mod files from my JVC hard drive camcorder into iMovie. The aforementioned steps worked like a charm. Download the MPEG-2 software from Apple, ($20 might I add...don't get me started on this) and the free MPEG software add-on and you are good to go. 5 hours of my life Ill never get back, oh well. At least it works now.

    119 of 129 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works - but 20$

    • Written by from Lehi

    This download along with MPEG Streamclip allows me to view my videos from my Canon FS200, that's the good news. I don't see why we have to pay another 20 bucks for something that should be available in QuickTime in the first place.

    107 of 110 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A two step process

    • Written by from West Lafayette

    I was looking to edit video from my PVR350 video card that I use with mythtv. After installing the codec, I was then able to open and playback the mpeg-2 files but when I converted them to a different format, the audio was missing. I then downloaded Streamclip from the Apple site and used this app to convert my video files. I finally got what I was looking for. I wish the application was included with the codec or at least made mention to it. Working great now and is comparable with MPlayer -- good job Apple!

    133 of 169 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done

    • Written by from Sterling

    Well, I expected more from a mac when I converted from PC but I still love my mac. I don't think I should have had to pay money to be able to see my Sony Handycam files with sound and be able to use them in iMovie, but hey, everyone's gotta make a buck right? I have no clue how to use iMovie yet, but the fact that I can finally open my Sony Handycam videos into iMovie gives me hope that I can clear up the 40G+ of videos I have accumulated by burning them onto a DVD. Should have given it 5 stars just because of how happy I am to finally be able to do that, but since I am NO media technology expert I cant judge all the functionality of the program, but the export to MP-4 gets the job done! :)

    96 of 104 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a review and an explanation

    • Written by from FORT LAUDERDALE

    I like MPEG 2. It is very good for video. But, as most of you know, it does not contain audio. If you want audio, you need an AC3 audio file for playback.

    When you make an MPEG 2 video and an AC3 audio file, they come in harmony when you play them TOGETHER. Notice that. TOGETHER.

    So, if you buy this, don't hate on Apple JUST because the codec does not have audio, it was originally made without audio to save file size. Some of us want video AND audio in one file. For that, you will need the MPEG 4 codec.

    96 of 104 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    Download MPEG Streamclip for audio.

    93 of 102 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Plays Hauppauge WinTV 150 .mpg files

    • Written by from Houston

    Plays my .mpg files, resizes, even plays in full screen and at different speeds. Just doesn't adjust pitch during accelerated playback. Does live scrolling for easy seek. Doesn't zoom during the change of window size, but plays my muxed MPEG-2 .mpg files from my Hauppauge WinTV 150 .mpg files.

    Didn't get the fifth star because it does support all the neat stuff in Quicktime like zoom and pitch adjustment.

    102 of 126 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a Hassle, But It Works

    • Written by from Rochester

    I had been trying to import footage from a Sony MiniDVD Handicam (#405) into my Macbook, but found that it was incompatible. After calling Sony multiple times, they finally told me to download this product. It definitely works. This, combined with the MPEG Streamclip 1.8, allows you to import video and audio from your Sony camera and change it to a Quicktime .mov format, which you can then easily import into Final Cut, iMovie, etc. I agree with the other users who say that all this hassle is ridiculous, but spending $20 on this product sure beats paying $80+ for an external DVD drive (don't listen to Radio Shack!). Maybe someday everything will be universally compatible.....

    90 of 107 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well, easy to use

    • Written by

    i like this product, it's very easy to use for importing from dvd to fcp.

    but my snow leopard install just gooned it (among other things)

    76 of 87 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    For MPG's, you need Streamclip

    • Written by from Delta

    At first i was having trouble getting sound out of my mpg's that i imported from my HDD camcorder, but i downloaded streamclip and converted the audio which made it work great. I give it 4 stars for the extra hassle.

    91 of 120 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally able to convert AVCHD files into my iMac

    • Written by from Chesterfield

    With 'MPEG-2 Playback' ($20.00 from APPLE) plus 'MPEG STREAMCLIP' (FREE, off of APPLE Support site) I was able to convert .mpg files into .mov files. This allows iMOVIE '11 to read STANDARD VIDEO from my SONY HDR CX12 Handy Cam. You have to make sure the settings are right for STREAMCLIP - Set it to export to QuickTime and set the compression to AIC (APPLE INTERMEDIATE CODEC). Make sure quality is set to 100%. I used multiple files by using the batch list feature. If Files show up as gray, set it to view ALL FILES.

    For Converting HD video I gave up on MPEG STREAMCLIP after countless hours and getting the 'Error: Can't find the first video frame'. I went ahead and bought iSKYSOFT $(31.00). I saw others for double the price. This allowed me to convert the infamous '.M2TS' files into an HD version of .mov. You have to go into the settings and check the zoom and make sure it converts it into a .mov file. If you use it as it comes in default you will not be happy with the quality.

    These were the cheapest solutions I could find and they worked pretty well, without sacrificing video quality. The conversion process should only be necessary for existing files (prior to having MPEG2 PLAYBACK) Once MPEG-2 PLAYBACK is installed, standard video is read automatically when plugging into your mac and choosing movies from your handycam. For HD files I have to continue to convert from 'm2ts' to '.mov', unless someone can show me differently =)

    62 of 69 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy for importing, not needed for viewing

    • Written by from Miami

    If you need to import MPEG-2 video into Quicktime, this codec works great. But if you just want to view MPEG-2 video, there are better free solutions out there, including VLC and MPlayerOSX.

    73 of 92 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Need More Software!

    • Written by from austin

    This playback component works well. One of the lower comments says that to use your digital media in Quicktime and iMovie you would only need to get Streamclip 1.8 but the problem is that you do have to buy this product for Streamclip to work! Buy it if you want to edit your films or burn a dvd but if you are just wanting to watch your film on a bigger screen then just hook it up to a tv!

    84 of 116 people found this useful