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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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camcorder not being detected

i just recently got a mac mini and today i got a firewire 800 to 4 pin but it doesnt seem to detect my camera, but it shows on the camera that its connected. any help?
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Where do you see, that it is not connected?
Have you opened iMovie yet or QuickTime Player to record from the Mini DV camcorder's tapes?
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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ive tried it both in imovie and final cut pro, nothing happens
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ive tried it both in imovie and final cut pro, nothing happens
Then what camcorder model is it, what exact Mac with what exact Mac OS X iMovie and FCP version do you use and is the camcorder recognised via System Profiler / Hardware > Firewire (System Information > System Report in )Mac OS X 10.7 Lion)?
And do you have any other cable to test?
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its a sony handycam, dcr-hc46. i have fcp 7 and the latest of imovie. it doesnt show up in there, and i have lion
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its a sony handycam, dcr-hc46. i have fcp 7 and the latest of imovie. it doesnt show up in there, and i have lion
Then ... what exact Mac ... do you use and is the camcorder recognised via System Profiler / Hardware > Firewire (System Information > System Report in )Mac OS X 10.7 Lion)?
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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I googled your camera. There are other people with similar problems. I suggest you use Google for a solution. I have a similar problem with older gear than yours. I often have to use a Canopus ADVC110 to get around it. The older gear is recognized in iMovie 08 and Final Cut 4.5 HD on a 2008 Macbook, but not in Final Cut X or iMovie 09 on a late 2009 Mini.
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Then ... what exact Mac ... do you use and is the camcorder recognised via System Profiler / Hardware > Firewire (System Information > System Report in )Mac OS X 10.7 Lion)?
its the 2011 model, i bought it brand new. it says "warning: unable to list firewire devices"

and i did google it but i couldnt find an answer.
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its the 2011 model, i bought it brand new. it says "warning: unable to list firewire devices"

and i did google it but i couldnt find an answer.
The camera is set to PLAY mode? Otherwise I don't know what else to do, as I never saw that warning with any Firewire device, and I had dozens to work with.

Is the camcorder recognised in QuickTime Player > File > New Movie Recording?
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it works connects fine with a firewire 400 on my pc. but its not showing up in quicktime either. this is really annoying
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Then I am at my wits end currently.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 12:37 AM   #12
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probably just going to have to take it in for some professional help
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Thought the 2011 were Thunderbolt not Firewire. Nope seems the mid 2011 mini has both.
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just tried it with another camera and still the same issue
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 01:42 AM   #15
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i ended up taking my mac mini back and getting the 2.5 ghz model, i exchanged the firewire cable for another, and tried it with even another camera. but i am still having the same message, "warning: unable to list firewire devices".
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