Firewire Confusion


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 31, 2005

I'm attempting to transfer some video from a Sony MiniDV video camera to a friend's iMac. I went to Best Buy to purchase a Firewire to Firewire cable, which I assumed would do the trick. But, I'm a little perplexed by the different Firewire port shapes. The cable I bought has something like this on both ends:

That is the same size that can be found on my camera. The iMac, however, has this:

Both ports claim to be Firewire. This is probably a silly question - but can someone help me sort this out? What type of cable do I need to shop for to transfer between the two devices?


~ Eric


Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
Twin Cities Minnesota
Otherwise if you have a cable, places like Radio Shack sell end point adapters for that also.

At one point the Apple Store sold such items. To many in the PC world Firewire is known as 1394 as the license for the name Firewire belongs to Apple.
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