Originally Posted by cezario
...Very deceived with the fact that after spending almost $600 Canon doesn't even bother to include some kind of software that works with a "regular" Mac...Any other solutions out there??...
Not intending to be harsh, but Apple essentially ditched the Motorola-based Power PC platform back in 2005, and the "regular" Mac became an Intel-based platform after that time. Apple further distanced themselves this year when they formally announced that OSX release Snow Leopard and beyond will no longer be coded for, or support anything but the Intel-based platform.
Unfortunately all of these moves are signs that the Power PC platform is being completely phased out of support by Apple, and as such companies will not be investing money to develop software that supports it. In defense of Canon, I don't believe that any of the current AVCHD camcorders come with software that bear the "Universal" seal for compatibility with pre-Intel Macs.
The best advice that I can think of for your scenario is to see if Rosetta
in any way can be utilized to bridge the Canon software to work on your system. Voltaic
also claims to support the "Universal" Apple platform, but I have no experience with it.
Another thing to keep in mind is that people are complaining of slow rendering speeds for AVCHD on all but the higher-end current systems, so I would be inclined to think that anything shy of the quad-core G5 could be quite painful in terms of rendering speeds. AVCHD is a relatively new technology, and as such it has higher demands, and has mainly been developed/tested on very recent platforms.