Help importing miniDV tapes please

bexetc

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May 14, 2013
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Hello,

I am trying to import video from MiniDV tapes using FireWire, Panasonic NV-EX21 and my mac running OS X version 10.6.8. I have been trying with iMovie. I don't think it can even see the camcorder (it should showup under devices?).

Any ideas of how to get this working are much appreciated. :confused:
 

Nov 28, 2010
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I guess you use a Mac with a Firewire 800 port and use a Firewire 4-pin to 9-pin cable?


If so, do you have an external Firewire 800 HDD you can connect between camcorder and Mac? I just ask, as there are many reports of a 4-pin to 9-pin connection not working with modern Firewire 800 only Macs.
 

WayneH1

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I don't know about Panasonic but I've had Sony cameras that required setting something on the camera to allow it to use the connection to a computer. It wouldn't "just work".
 

Dave Braine

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I don't know about Panasonic but I've had Sony cameras that required setting something on the camera to allow it to use the connection to a computer. It wouldn't "just work".
Yes, the camcorder should be switched to Playback.

Which iMovie are you using? Look for a camcorder icon somewhere in the main window. If you click on it, it should show connected cameras.
 

fa8362

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Sounds like the version of iMovie you're using no longer supports that camcorder. This is common with older devices. You'll likely need another solution, like an ADVC 110 or similar.