Converting Mini-DV to MAC for editing

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  1. perchfieldmbp macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Canon MV750i Camcorder which records to mini-DV, and am keen to get editing my footage.

    I'm pretty new to all this so could do with advice- My camcorder only has a USB port, so I'm ultimately wondering how I turn my raw rushes from mini-dv to digital files so I can edit them. Do I need an extra piece of hardware to digitise my tapes or can I do it on my MAC using certain software?

    I also have an SD Memory Card slot on the camera & AV out slot.

    Any ideas on what are my best options here?

    Any help would be massive for me as I'm eager to get going with this.

    Thanks,

    D
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    First off, the DV in mini DV stands for Digital Video. It is already the very definition of digital. It is the preferred format for editing video in Apple's iMovie which has been included with every new Mac for most of this decade.

    Your problem is that your camcorder does not have a FireWire port. This should not be a problem with the SD card if your Canon can mount it on the desktop. A cheap card reader can mount it even if the camera can't. It is my understanding that iMovie cannot import video over USB. Even if some versions can, most can't. You may have to find another way to get your DV file into iMovie.
     
  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    I read some information. You should be able to copy the dv material to the sd card. However it's not a format that's great for editing (and I believe it's degraded).

    Connect your camera with usb to your mac, open iMovie, see if you can import. USB 2.0 is almost the same speed as firewire. So there is a change that you would be able to import. But it is advisable to have a camera with firewire, it's the standard.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds good.

    According to the manual for your camcorder that you can download from the Canon site, you have what they call a DV terminal (4 pin Firewire/IEEE1394) connector on the camera.

    It's located on the front of your camcorder underneath the lens area at the bottom.
     
  5. SteveG4Cube macrumors 6502

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    Beat me to it, I was gonna say, all Mini DV camcorders should have a mini Firewire port on them.
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    That's a pretty fair assumption. Although there have been exceptions. For example, my early JVC MiniDV recorder did not have Firewire.

    For the OP, while I'm thinking about it, Firewire is not always listed as Firewire and may be called FW, IEEE1394, iLink, and DV Terminal. Probably some others out there that I missed. Point being is that if you have a camcorder that saves to MiniDV tape, it will more than likely have a Firewire 4 pin port.
     
  7. perchfieldmbp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all your responses, I've now ordered the 4-pin cable.

    Purchased the camera in '04 & not used it since. Never thought to look under the lens at the port.

    Thanks again, all sorted.

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  8. cube macrumors G5

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    What port do you have on the Mac? FW400 (6-pin) or FW800 (9-pin)?

    Did you get the right adapter cable?
     
  9. perchfieldmbp thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. cswrighty macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem. My MacBook is unfortunely the one with the firewire port removed :mad:. My Video camera has the dv port as normal. Does anyone have a solution to capturing the video via USB. Seems strange how Apple are always going on about how great and easy iMovie is to use, but if you can't get your video into it, what use is it!!

    Please help......:eek:

    Chris
     
  11. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Well, most consumer video cameras made today are solid state or HDD based and use USB for video transfer instead of FW. I know that doesn't help the situation for MiniDV/HDV...

    But it's interesting...Apple went a few months building MacBooks without FW only to make FW standard again on everything (except for the MBA). Perhaps too many upset customers?

    Anyway, your only solution would be to capture the video on a different machine that has FW and then bring the captured video into your iMovie project. USB to FW adapters don't exist, unfortunately and since the MacBook lacks an expansion slot, there's no way to add FW to it, ever.
     
  12. iCan2 macrumors newbie

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    ADS Pyro AV link box - firewire solution to video editing!

    Use a ADS Pyro AV link box that would support analogue signal capture from the miniDV camcorder. All Pyro AV boxes use firewire to digitize footage.
    A very cheap alternative. I have one for sale.
     
  13. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    Problem is, because of extra conversion steps involved, this ain't gonna give you the same quality as a direct import using firewire (although I do realise that cswrighty hasn't got firewire on his macbook).
     

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