How can I get video from a Sony Handycam onto my Mac?

Byron July 17, 2010

I have a Sony Handycam DCR DVD 405 and I want to download video and pictures onto my MacBook Pro. I do not have any of the original documents or CDs supplied as the camera was second hand. Any thoughts?

  1. Waterfalls_wildflowers
    December 6, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I use a fire wire. It's hard to find where to plug it in on mine because connection is hidden in a compartment that opens up on the front side. Best thing is to get the manual online. Good advice from other posts.

  2. Aibek
    July 20, 2010 at 8:59 am


    So did you figure it out? Please let us know in comments.

    • Thes117
      July 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      i did it. plug it in via usb as if you had software. open imovie or whatever movie editing software you have. In imovie if it is open and running when you plug in your sony handycam it should prompt you to extract the movie files. its pretty straight forward after that. this was done on a macbook pro and using a third gen sony handycam. there is another way to extract the files under the movie database in edit or import. this worked for me, best of luck.

      • Aibek
        July 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

        thank you

  3. Alan Morrison
    July 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Go to your local Sony support site and you'll be able to download the appropriate software and manuals for your camera.

    • slugs004
      April 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

      unfortunately i could not find software to download for the mac OSX from the sony support site. i am hoping to try Thes117's suggestion. keeping my fingers crossed, because i recently purchased this mac book pro with a priority to transfer and keep all of my photos and videos on it.

  4. Oron Joffe
    July 19, 2010 at 9:29 am
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