Firewire Confusion

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ChitownE, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. ChitownE macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello,

    I'm attempting to transfer some video from a Sony MiniDV video camera to a friend's iMac. I went to Best Buy to purchase a Firewire to Firewire cable, which I assumed would do the trick. But, I'm a little perplexed by the different Firewire port shapes. The cable I bought has something like this on both ends:

    http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/video-edit-firewire.jpg

    That is the same size that can be found on my camera. The iMac, however, has this:

    http://mediaworks.it.northwestern.edu/images/dv-pc/welles-firewire.jpg

    Both ports claim to be Firewire. This is probably a silly question - but can someone help me sort this out? What type of cable do I need to shop for to transfer between the two devices?

    Thanks!

    ~ Eric
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    The iMac has a 6 pin connector and the camera has a 4-pin one -you should only need a 4-pin to 6-pin cable.
     
  3. 840quadra Moderator

    840quadra

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    #3
    Otherwise if you have a cable, places like Radio Shack sell end point adapters for that also.

    At one point the Apple Store sold such items. To many in the PC world Firewire is known as 1394 as the license for the name Firewire belongs to Apple.
     

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