Firewire 400 to Thunderbolt cable

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ericmathes, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. ericmathes macrumors newbie

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    I've looked all over for a Firewire 400 to Thunderbolt cable or cable connector combo to use between my Panasonic PV-GS300 (almost 10 yrs. old) cam & new 21" iMac. No luck. Does anyone know if it can even be done due to old Firewire 400 capabilities.
     
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  3. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    To the OP, I can confirm that this will work as I've done it often to do target disk mode migrations from older MacBooks (that only have FireWire 400) to newer machines that only have Thunderbolt.
     
  4. ColdCase, Dec 17, 2014
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    I don't think thats the FW400 cable connector the OP was needing, cameras usually use a "mini" 4 pin style. I use this set up routinely with a "mini" 4pin FW400 to FW800 9pin adapter cable that I picked up at monoprice. Never been an issue... The cable sometimes gets misplaced, in which case I insert a FW400 drive enclosure between two more commonly found FW800 9pin to 400 6pin and FW400 6pin to mini 400 4pin adapter cables and never had an issue.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10301

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=103&cp_id=10301&cs_id=1030104&p_id=3541&seq=1&format=2
     
  5. Kadal macrumors newbie

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    Hi Eric, I have the same camera and the same problem as you now that I've bought a MacBook Pro...! Can you tell me if you found a solution for connecting the 2. I use the camera to record directly into the Mac, several times a day, for professional purposes. Thanks.
     
  6. Kadal macrumors newbie

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    Hi Eric,
    I have the same camera as you do, and now that I have a new MacBook Pro I have the same problem as you do...! I use the camera several times a day to record movies straight into the Mac. Have you found a solution to the connection problem? Thanks.
     
  7. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Do what ColdCase suggests. Last fall I was visiting a friend with the same problem (a Canon HD tape camcorder with 4 pin FW400 --> rMBP with Thunderbolt) and we sorted it out just the way ColdCase did -- even to experimenting with a drive enclosure, as he suggests. It worked just fine.
     
  8. blouis79 macrumors member

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    Anyone tried [thunderbolt->FW800 adapter] -> [FW800->FW400 adapter] -> [FW400 cable or FW400 camcorder cable]
     
  9. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    I haven't had occasion to do it again, but I don't see why what you propose won't work. It would probably be easier if you have a FW800 --> FW400 mini (4 pin) cable, though. They are available and not expensive.
     

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