Import home movies- format

I am taking an 8mm film to "Editran" to transfer onto a hard drive. They will have to format my HD for a PC and then transfer the movie. I am hoping to be able to get this file into iMovie HD to edit. Anyone try this before? Can a PC formatted HD be read by a mac? What is the best format for the video to be used by iMovie HD 6?

Should be quite straight forward. Your external Hard Drive will be formatted either as FAT or more likely NTFS. Either way, your Mac will be able to read it.
Get it home, plug it in and any PC formatted hard drive will appear on your desktop. Not sure what format the newly scanned cine film will be in - Probably an AVI or .mov file, but no matter what, iMovie HD should be able to open it. If for any reason it can't, there will be a free App available that will, but as iMovie opens pretty much all standard movie files, I can't see that being an issue.
I have just completed a similar exercise myself and found iMovieHD a very useful App for simply reordering clips around to get them in the right order - I originally had no idea what was on the cine reels before transfer. You could then do some simple crops and add some sound if required - Pefect, enjoy

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