As stated in its help file, iMovie ’08 doesn’t support DVD-based AVCHD camcorders.
That bites. I guess I’ll just manually import the AVCHD files. Not so fast! iMovie ’08 doesn’t recognize the .m2ts files as valid. Ugh!
But wait! Apparently, I can copy the DVD files over to an external USB hard drive and iMovie ’08 will think it has mounted an HDD-based AVCHD camcorder and import the video.
Nope, didn’t work for me, and there’s a lot of contradictory advice on this topic in the forum. I’ll try formatting the hard drive with FAT32 (instead of Mac OS) or creating a DMG with the files on them. Ugh.