I can't get my camcorder to be recognized by my Macbook.

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by batbag12, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. batbag12 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    Hi all, I'm new to the forums.

    I have a Samsung SC-D353, and I have been trying to get it to connect to my Macbook for about one week now. It has a DV output, but my computer's firewire input has never worked from day one. I want to do some editing on Imovie, so I have been trying to connect the camcorder to the computer by USB. I know that Imovie won't recognize it, but I have heard that the computer will recognize the device and I can drag clips out of it into Imovie. My problem is that I can't get my computer to recognize the camcorder. What should I do?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Your camera is a MiniDV camera, meaning the video is stored on tape, not disk.
    DV/Firewire is used for transferring the video via a capturing software to your Mac.

    USB is used to access the Memory Stick with the pictures on it.

    So, NO, you can't use USB to "copy" your video from the MiniDV tape, as this tape does not store files, just a continuous stream of video.

    Maybe you oughta fix your Firewire port, if warranty still exists.
  3. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Some cameras will do USB streaming, but it is much worse quality then firewire and only works on XP/Vista.

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