Connecting Canon XL-1 to Macs

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by harleyron, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. harleyron macrumors newbie

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    I have a Canon XL-1 and would like to connect it to my Macbook Pro and my G-5. The Canon has an s-video and dv connection. Can anyone tell me how to do this? I want to download and edit in iMovie.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You can get a cable to connect the DV connector to the FireWire port of the MBP and the G5.
     
  3. harleyron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    would Office Depot or Radio Shack carry that cable?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe. Best Buy would be a better bet though.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    The G5 should have come with a 6pin to 4pin Firewire cable. If not, it shouldn't be more than $20 at your local electronics retailer. You then connect the camera, open iMovie, enter capture mode, then start playing on the camera, and the video will stream to the computer.

    TEG
     
  6. harleyron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone know where I can get a DV to Firewire cable?
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    www.monoprice.com or any well sorted electronics shop.
    Btw, the DV port on the XL-1 is a Firewire 400 port with 4-pins (as already hinted at by TEG), thus you either need a 4-pin to 6-pin Firewire cable or a 4-pin to 9-pin Firewire cable, if one of your Macs has only Firewire 800 ports.
     
  8. Dkota05 macrumors newbie

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    you should be able to find the cable at an apple store as well. got mine there.
     
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    No need for any adapter, as there are several 4-pin to 9-pin cables out there.
    The G5 also has a Firewire 800 port on the back.
    But since the OP didn't specify the MBP, your route is the more pragmatic one.
     

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