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Old Dec 24, 2012, 05:57 AM   #1
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FireWire 800 or 400 and what to get

I have this cable for my Sony camcorder. I want to capture video from it. I have the new iMac 2012 without FireWire. I looked at the FireWire to thunderbolt adapter. Doesn't seem the same FireWire connector. What do I need to buy to capture video from it and what type of FireWire is mine see pic below.

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Old Dec 24, 2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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As you can see, you have a Firewire 4-pin to 6-pin cable, thus you would need an adapter from Firewire 6-pin to Firewire 9-pin (do not know the price) or get a Firewire 4-pin to 9-pin cable (should cost around 10 USD), but know, that some have reported problems with Firewire 4-pin devices (Mini DV camcorders and such) to be recognised via Firewire 800 ports.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 06:04 AM   #3
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The one you're holding is Firewire 400. The older type of Firewire.

Edit: It seems I have been shown who is the boss
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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So are am better off buying a new 800 and 4pin?
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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I will take a -guess- that this is what you need (in addition to the Thunderbolt-to-firewire adapter):
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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So are am better off buying a new 800 and 4pin?
Give it a try. You can pick one up for under 10 on eBay.

I had exactly the same issue with my new mid-2012 MacBook Pro, although that does have one FW800 port, but my Camcorder (Sony) had a FW400 cable (four pin to FW400).

I just bought a cheap cable from eBay, tried it, and it worked.
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