Although many cameras/camcorders can be connected to your Mac computer (often with a USB or FireWire cable) without installing any software, some manufacturers require or recommend that you install software, otherwise the cams can not be recognized by Mac.
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Ideally, Pavtube Media Magician for Mac lets you download HD clips from camera/camcorder, perform minor editing tasks (clip scenes, cut frames, merge AVCHD recordings, add 3D effects), and then compress the video to iPad/iPod/iPhone compatible formats or export intermediate codec like Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD for post-production in more professional video editing software.
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