Connecting a firewire camera to a new MB?

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  1. skinnylegs macrumors 65816

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    My video camera only has a FireWire connection. How can this be connected to a new MB?
     
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    I believe your best bet is a FireWire to USB cable.
     
  3. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    I know there are lots of stores purporting to sell them, but has anyone actually got on to work with a Firewire camera on a Mac?
     
  4. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    It should, but you will get crappy speeds.
     
  5. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the responses!

    I'll have to check out the FireWire to USB adapters. I really don't want to have to buy a new video camera to accomodate a new computer.
     
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    AFAIK there is no such thing as a firewire to USB adapter. The two technologies are incompatible.

    If anyone can point me to one I'll happily recant my statement, but I've googled a lot and found no mention that such an adapter exists. I did, however find several articles that said such an adapter is not possible.

    Impossible is such a strong word though...
     
  7. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just read the same thing when I Google'd it. This is rather perplexing given the fact that the new MB's don't have FireWire.
     
  8. danny_w macrumors 601

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    All that a Firewire to USB cable will do is transfer power if even that much. Firewire and USB are 2 completely different protocols, and no cable on earth is going to change that. There are a very few Firewire to USB adapters available in the Windows world, but they are for very specific purposes, and don't work very well if at all; they also require proprietary conversion/capture software. This has been discussed in depth both here and on many other forums, including Apple's own. Face it, there is simply no way to connect a firewire camera to the new Macbook. Apple has screwed us again.
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Pretty much spot on. The only current available adapter has Windows XP drivers only for it. I don't know how well it works but it never reached the sustained speeds of FW since USB is unable to. The only solution to the OP is to buy a USB camera.
     
  10. skinnylegs thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you so much for your responses. I won't waste my time trying to find something that does not exist.

    Now I'm really in a quandry because I want a new MB but I don't want to have to replace my camera!!!!
     
  11. deriko100 macrumors 6502

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    Cant you use it on your current computer?
     
  12. iShater macrumors 604

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    You can either get the "new" low-end MacBook at a good price and keep that for a few years, or either get a last-gen 15" MBP, or upgrade to a new MBP.

    Or get a new camera that doesn't use miniDV at all :(
     
  13. danny_w macrumors 601

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    See the following link. Not all USB cameras work, or at least work well, and some don't work at all.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1767713&tstart=0
     
  14. Let's Sekuhara! macrumors 6502

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    Welcome to the club. Here are just a few other threads on this that I've been following. And I see more cropping up regularly.

    Users - Please Tell Apple to Keep/Put Back In Firewire
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=584218

    No FireWire in MacBooks
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=580420

    Poll: How many user really want FireWire on new MacBooks?
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=583515

    There IS a MacBook that would suit your needs: the black one... and it's no longer available.
     
  15. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    You could try a USB to Expresscard and then a Firewire Expresscard. It's a bit of a work around method and likely would result in slower speeds but it would work (likely). You could use something such as this:

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/18/siig-rolls-out-usb-to-expresscard-adapter/ (Engadget says it works with OS X)

    with this card:

    http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=278321 (which also is supposed to work with OS X)

    If you need Firewire I would think trying a method like this would be worth it than trying to buy a new non-Firewire camera. Also, if you were to buy them other sites have them for cheaper prices.
     
  16. editguy macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, but it doesn't work with firewire cards.

    http://www.everythingusb.com/siig_usb_to_expresscard_adapter_12596.html

    Only cards that are USB related. Firewire and USB don't mix. Period.
    There's no way to fix apple's screwup. Only apple can do that, but don't hold your breath. They are becoming a consumer fad products company. There's a reason they took "computer" out of their name. It's sad.
     

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