Firewire to Thunderbolt For Video Transfer

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

  1. JonnyAlpha macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2008
    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

    Sep 11, 2014
    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.

    If you want to edit on your newer laptop, you'll still need the cable, but also the thunderbolt to FireWire adapter

    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

    Oct 30, 2008
    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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