Firewire to Thunderbolt For Video Transfer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JonnyAlpha, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. JonnyAlpha macrumors regular

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    OK so I have some DV60and DV90 cassettes and one of my Camcorders (A Cannon) has Firewire Out. I bout a Firewire cable and thought I could connect it straight to my Macbook Pro 2008 which has a Firewire port but it would appear not, the connector is the wrong shape!!

    I have also have a newer Macbook Pro which was purchased at Christmas I believe these only have Thunderbolt 2 and no Firewire?

    What Firewire port does the 2008 have? and what would be the best option, an adaptor for the 2008 Macbook Firewire or a Thunderbolt 2 to Firewire Adaptor??
     
  2. killawat macrumors 65816

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    If the cord you bought fit the camera on both ends but not the computer, you probably have A 4 pin cable. You'll need an 4 pin to 8 pin fw cable.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00695BFKE?vs=1

    If you want to edit on your newer laptop, you'll still need the cable, but also the thunderbolt to FireWire adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SQ2CJUS/

    I would go with the cable+adapter option if your machine is new enough to not have FireWire since it'll probably have much higher performance.
     
  3. JonnyAlpha thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply, I ended up buying a 4 pin to 9 pin adaptor which fits my Macbook 2008 and transferred a tape straight into iMovie.
     

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