Help importing miniDV tapes please

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bexetc, May 14, 2013.

  1. bexetc macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2013

    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:
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    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.
  3. WayneH1 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    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".
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    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.
  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    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.
  6. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
  7. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, you can do that, but not if iMovie or the system cannot recognise it.

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