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Old May 14, 2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Help importing miniDV tapes please

Hello,

I am trying to import video from MiniDV tapes using FireWire, Panasonic NV-EX21 and my mac running OS X version 10.6.8. I have been trying with iMovie. I don't think it can even see the camcorder (it should showup under devices?).

Any ideas of how to get this working are much appreciated.
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Old May 14, 2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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I guess you use a Mac with a Firewire 800 port and use a Firewire 4-pin to 9-pin cable?
If so, do you have an external Firewire 800 HDD you can connect between camcorder and Mac? I just ask, as there are many reports of a 4-pin to 9-pin connection not working with modern Firewire 800 only Macs.
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Old May 14, 2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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I don't know about Panasonic but I've had Sony cameras that required setting something on the camera to allow it to use the connection to a computer. It wouldn't "just work".
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Old May 14, 2013, 06:59 PM   #4
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I don't know about Panasonic but I've had Sony cameras that required setting something on the camera to allow it to use the connection to a computer. It wouldn't "just work".
Yes, the camcorder should be switched to Playback.

Which iMovie are you using? Look for a camcorder icon somewhere in the main window. If you click on it, it should show connected cameras.
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Old May 15, 2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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Sounds like the version of iMovie you're using no longer supports that camcorder. This is common with older devices. You'll likely need another solution, like an ADVC 110 or similar.
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Old May 15, 2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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You can capture via quicktime too I believe.
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Old May 15, 2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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You can capture via quicktime too I believe.
Yes, you can do that, but not if iMovie or the system cannot recognise it.
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