how to connect my camcorder to my MBA by firewire

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by roslee7, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. roslee7 macrumors regular

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    i have an old camcorder using firewire. How can i connect my MBA coz its dont come with it.
     
  2. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    I am not sure you can - Ive not seen a USB-FW system anywhere (tho someone else may have)

    google?
     
  3. n0de macrumors 6502

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    You can't.

    The only FW>USB converters available are windows only and they do not work very well.
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    No way to do so.
     
  5. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502

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    Find another machine that has firewire, import the video using that computer, then transfer the file to your MBA.

    Thank you Apple for making our lives more difficult.
     
  6. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    SURELY Apple can squeeze a Firewire 800/400 port in the next revision of the MBA? or at the very least a 2nd USB :eek:
     
  7. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    they won't.

    more likely is a USB 3.0 port. then it might be possible to get an adaptor to FW400.

    for $149 or so.:eek:
     
  8. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    Pathetic. How ridiculous. All these extra adapters defeat the whole concept of ultra portability. or am i missing something here
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    The Air was designed as a secondary computer. It was never meant to be a user's sole machine. It was also not designed with video editing in mind.

    I can understand griping about the lack of firewire on the new MacBooks, but on the Air? Not so much...
     
  10. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    Yes Lord Vader. You make some valid points. But err.. so everyone has to carry their MBA with 4+ adapters and accessories everytime?
     
  11. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    As the posters have mentioned, transferring the video to another computer then transferring to my MBA has always worked out for me. I also don't have a problem transferring the video to an external hard drive; saving me valuable hard drive space. I use Quicktime Pro, FCP HD, Pages and PS CS on a regular basis with my MBA...:p
     
  12. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe not as a primary focus, but I think the Apple Mind set is leaning towards the Flash/HDD camcorders that are becoming more popular in the consumer line. The all use USB2 AFAIK.

    That still doesn't help me with 2 FW camcorders, 1 FW still camera and 7 or 8 FW Drives. Only one of the FW drives have USB and the still camera's USB is USB1 IIRCC.

    I was depending on the new MacBooks to have at lease FW400. Guess I'll need to save a few more months for MBP. (or ask for a raise from my day job and increase my rates for my freelance customers.)
     
  13. gooddeal macrumors regular

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    I just don't understand why there're so many people who don't want/need the Air come here and start bashing the Air. This is almost like you don't like a 2 seats roadster but you go there and starting bashing how bad it's because it's a small car and you cannot fit more than 2 people...etc.:confused:
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    +1 ^^^ I've been able to make do with the assumed limitations of the MBA.
     
  15. roslee7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi

    thanks ya for all suggestion and info. appreciated. apparently, the good idea to download the video into another computer as DV format and copy to my external hardisk.
     

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