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The SDR H280 is able to transfer files to a Apple Mac Laptop/Desktop using a USB cable and the menu settings on the camera
The CD that came with the SDR H280 was for Microsoft Windows computers only and it is noted on page 85 of the manual
You can access your video files by connecting the SDR H280 to your Mac using a usb cable. Once connected the USB menu will appear on the SDR H280's viewing screen and allow you to connect.
Your files will then be accessible on your Mac
If you would like to edit the video files using your Mac you will need to convert the files to DV format.
You can do this by using a third party program (free) avalible from http://www.squared5.com/
Or by purchasing an official apple app inside the quicktime app store
Estimated cost is around $20 for the app purchase from apple
To recap:1) You do not need to install software to transfer files between your camera to your Mac.2) A usb cable is needed to transfer the files from your camera to your mac3) To edit your video files on your Mac you will need to convert them into a format iMovie or other Mac software can read.You can do this by using a third party program (free) avalible from http://www.squared5.com/