I have just tried importing from the camcorder to iMovie using a USB cable and it has worked OK.
How would I hook up my iMAC to play directly to a TV?
Would my iMAC support an external Blu-ray drive and if so, would the recorded disc be to HD standard. I assume I would need to select 'Share', 'Export' then select the HD 1920x1080 option and somehow connect to the Blu-Ray burner.
Any particular specification for a Blu-Ray burner - assume local Apple store would have them.
Thank you for your suggestions. I will look at the two web addresses.
The serial number of my iMAC is W8952FA85PC
You did not advise how I should connect my iMAC to a TV.
My present TV does not support HD, but I have ordered a new Full HD TV with built-in WiFi so hopefully I will be able to use WiFi to connect the iMAC to the TV - assuming the iMovie edited video can be saved in a format readable by the TV.
I have also ordered a BluRay recorder with the TV, so with a BluRay burner linked to my iMAC a disc transfer would be a fall-back option.
I will not receive the new TV until 12 November. Panasonic website gives following I/O information. I don't see DVI listed
It says PC but not what kind of port it is. Have you looked at the Apple TV and connects to WiFi you can just stream 1080p from iTunes it connects to the TV with HDMI. Otherwise you will need to run both a Mini Display port to HDMI adapter and cable and an Optical audio cable to the TV. Let me know I can recomend one.
Thanks for all your advice. There is a lot to digest and I will now wait until my new TV arrives.
I will investigate Apple TV as you suggest.
I much appreciate your help in resolving my problem of editing and creating high definition Blu-Ray discs using my iMAC running OS X 10.8.2 and iMovie 9.0.8. iMovie imported AVCHD files from the movie camera via USB, allowed me to edit them (including adding titles and voice-overs). These were saved as high definition MOV files.
I downloaded a trial version of NCH Express Burn including option for Blu-Ray authoring (I have now purchased the software). I also purchased an LG BP40 Semi Portable Blu Ray Writer.
I successfully produced a Blu-Ray disc and have played it back via a separate Blu-Ray player connected to a high definition TV. Play back quality is excellent. No doubt having to convert files several times has resulted in some loss of quality, but the end result is very acceptable. The downside is the length of time to carry out the operation - about 3 hours to save 30 minutes of HD video as an MOV file, and more than 6 hours for the authoring and process. The NCH authoring process needs some 20 GB of free hard drive space and pretty well clogs up the iMAC while doing so; making the computer virtually unusable for any other task. Hence, I recommend others carry out the authoring process over-night or whilst out at work.
I hope this feedback is useful to you and others, and once again many thanks for your assistance.