Alum Macbook Firewire solution for video transfer?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by desiringGod, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. desiringGod macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    My wife has a previous generation MBP. I am about to get a Alum MB (fits in my price range and my main editing will be using transfering AVCHD files), but I do have some files from our old family camera to transfer via firewire. Do either of these solutions work?

    1st solution
    It is not the perfect solution, but could one hook their camera up to this device as though they were playing it on a tv, capture the video on to an external HD, and then use that data on their firewireless Alum MB?

    2nd solution
    Can I use my wife's MBP to capture video from our Firewire 400 camera to an external harddrive and then transfer that to my Alum MB that I am about to get soon?
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
  3. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    As BigBoss said, option 2 should work fine (are you planning on using iMovie, Final Cut, or some other application to do the transfer?). Option 1 has been discussed on MR before (right after the FW to USB cables were shown to be nonexistent) and the consensus seemed to be that it works, but there will be lots of headaches. Is the FW capture more of a one time thing (since it is an old camera) or will it be an ongoing requirement? Why invest in a solution (especially one that is not a smooth one) to be used once when you do have another Mac with Firewire that can do the initial capture and then hand the files off to the other Mac?
  4. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    Definitely option 2.

    Can't your wife have the shiny new Alu Macbook and you have her older one with Firewire?
  5. desiringGod thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    The MB is going to be the travel computer - the one that I carry to work so I can work on some web and video at lunch and take with me on business trips.

    She prefers the bigger screen and I prefer the portability.

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