Who could have thought it would be such a pain in the ass to make a Sony Handycam Camcorder work with a Mac computer?
Me now. It turns out Sony and Apple disagree over some such rubbish that I don't know about and Sony have deliberately made it difficult in the hope that you will buy a Sony VAIO and their proprietary software. No thanks. The fix is here:
Connecting a Sony Handcam to a Macintosh MacBook Pro.