connecting a camcorder(4-pin fw400) to unibody MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by volcom883, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. volcom883 macrumors regular

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    hi,
    since they have eliminated the fw400 i wondered what were my choices to connect my camcorder(4-pin fw) to the MBP 17" unibody and i found the followings:

    1. 4 Pin Female to firewire 800 male Adapter
    2. 4 Pin Female to 6 Pin Male adaptor + sonnet 6-pin female to 9-pin male adapter
    3.4 Pin Female to 9 Pin Male Adapter

    i believe the 1st two options will indeed work but im not sure about the 3rd one since there is no mention of firewire 800. please correct me if im wrong.
    i dont really know about fw800 thats why im asking. is a 9 Pin Bilingual connection firewire 800?

    your advise would be appreciated
    or if you know other ways, other adaptors please mention

    thanks
     
  2. harry454 macrumors 6502

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    first option will work the best, go with that.
     
  3. volcom883 thread starter macrumors regular

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    isnt the 3rd option, the adaptor same as the 1st option but shorter?
     
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Yes, choose whichever you want, the first option is cheaper and smaller so personally i would go with that but it really really really doesn't matter.
     
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    my main question is: is a 9pin firewire and a 9pin billingual firewire the same?
    if it is then i might go with the 3rd option.

    rough costs of my options
    1. £11/$20
    2. £15/$25
    3. £6/$10
     
  6. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Bilingual means its compatible with FW400 and FW800, so Yes. (Bilingual means 2 languages)

    All FW400 to FW800 convertors have to be Bilingual otherwise they wouldn't be FW400 to FW800 convertors. :rolleyes:
     
  7. volcom883 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hhmm ok. so will this one work? cos it doesnt mention anything about firewire 800 or it being billingual.
    it simply says: "This cable converts a 4 pin FireWire cable to a 9 pin FireWire Cable"

    i wonder if its the same thing as the 1st cable in shorter version.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Personally, I would get the least number of conversions, so we don't have adapter issues to deal with. Just my 2 cents.
     
  9. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    I've already told you 4 times in this thread they are the same and will both work, and both work in exactly the same way. English isn't your first language is it?
     
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    just wanted to make sure since there was no mention of the 3rd one being compatible with fw800.
    no me foreigner! :p

    thanks again
     
  11. applevik macrumors member

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    Monoprice carries a 9pin/4pin bilingual cable that works very well for me.
     

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