"Hi, I just recently purchased a Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 and the .mpg files wont open in iMovie. The error says The file is not a movie file. How can i fix this?"
Sony DCR-SR45 enables you to record high quality MPEG-2 video to the 30GB HDD or Memory Stick. Over 20hrs of footage can be stored in the camera’s 30GB Hard Disk Drive, while 5h 25min can be recorded direct to an optional 8GB Memory Stick.
iMovie natively doesn't work with MPG files, if you need to import Sony DCR-SR45 MPG files to iMovie, you will need to convert MPG files to iMovie compatible MOV or MP4 files with a Mac Video Converter.
Then, you can turn to Sony MPG to iMovie Converter which which can work with all versions of iMovie like iMovie 08'/09'/11' that allows you to easy convert Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 MPG files to iMovie readable MOV or MP4 files.
Step by step to convert Sony DCR-SR45 MPG files for iMovie
Step 1: Import Sony DCR-SR45 MPG files
Click "Load Media Files" in "File" menu or directly drag and drop Sony DCR-SR45 MPG videos to load MPG files to Sony MPG to iMovie Converter.
Step 2: Select iMoive as output format
You can directly choose "iMovie" as your output format, which will automatically set the appropriate file format, bit rate, and resolution. You also can simply edit videos with some useful edit functions supplied before conversion.
Step 3: Convert Sony DCR-SR45 MPG for iMovie editing
Click "Convert" to begin MPG to iMovie conversion. After that, you can free import MPG files to iMovie without any difficutly.