Help with Firewire 800 - pin question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by lymphartis, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. lymphartis macrumors newbie

    lymphartis

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Location:
    London
    #1
    Hello everybody,
    thank you for reading!
    I have a question regarding my Firewire connection (firewire 800) with my Canon Digital Video Camcorder (mini dv - MD160pal).

    I'm not quite sure which cable I should be buying to connect the two!
    The DV connection has 4 pins, but im not so sure about the firewire, seem to have 9 silver bits all around it. i'm hopeless!

    On the Camcorder Booklet is says:

    and to me this doesn't really mean anything!
    I need your help!
    Thanks a lots
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Location:
    London
    #2
    Firewire 400 comes in two connector types: 4 pin and 6 pin. The difference is that 6 pin carries power.

    You can connect either 4 or 6 pin Firewire 400 to a Firewire 800 port with an appropriate cable/adaptor.

    When they say "DV cable" they mean Firewire 400.

    You need something like this (4 pin Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 cable).
     
  3. lymphartis thread starter macrumors newbie

    lymphartis

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Location:
    London
    #3
    Thank you Robbieduncan

    Hi ya,

    thank you so much for your help, i really appreciate it!
    I will buy that cable and let you all know if it works :)
    I'm sure it will!

    Have a great week end

    :apple:
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
    #4
    the one on 2011 MBP is 9 pin its a small rectangle
    4 pin you should know since its on your camera is a small metal, almost min usb shaped, and 6 pin is the largeest in size its kind squarish on one side and rounded on the other
     
  5. lymphartis thread starter macrumors newbie

    lymphartis

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Location:
    London
    #5
    Thrilled!

    Thank you so much for your help.

    I just got my 4 pin Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 cable that you recommended, and it works! :D i'm about to import my first video and im so excited. thank you so much for your prompt response!

    :)
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located

Share This Page