What is happening is that your camera is using a format called AVCHD so the files it outputs are .mts files
instead of the standard .mp4
Later versions of iMovie (09 and later) and Final Cut Pro (6 and later) have the ability to recognize this file format and AVCHD videos in general... The versions you have installed will not, as they were released at a time before AVCHD.
AVCHD is quite a new way of compressing video and does not yet have an industry standard (so as a result the files and coding change on monthly basis, and vary by manufacturer).
So you have a couple of options to solve your problem:
1) Get the latest version of iLife (iLife 11) which will also require you to upgrade to Snow Leopard (10.6) to get working.
2) You can download either of these two applications to convert the video for you in to a format readable by either FCP or iMovie:VoltaicHDiSkyLoft Video Converter
Be warned though, that it can take a VERY long time to convert the video using either of these applications and you will need a HUGE amount of Hard Drive space to contain the files (you are probably better off using an external drive).
My advice would be to upgrade your Operating System and get the latest version of iLife, as you will get more benefit, but the decision is yours.
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