Macbook not recognizing DV handycam

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Dean87, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Dean87 macrumors newbie

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    I plugged the usb in and nothing shows up in Imovie. I click file>import from camera and the Isight webcam turns on instead. What is wrong?
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    If you truly have a miniDV camcorder, then the problem is that you're using USB. Get a 4-pin/6-pin Firewire cable and you're set. iMovie will allow you to choose either the iSight or the camcorder.

    ft
     
  3. BeeVeePee macrumors newbie

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    i have the same problem...but i have a fire wire..and when i turn on imovie and "slide" the switch..it shows "import" for a split second..then isight..still not recognizing the camera
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    Make sure you have the camcorder in Play mode and not Record mode.

    Also, if that doesn't work, you might be able to switch the "selector" switch on iMovie from iSight to Camcorder.

    ft
     
  5. BeeVeePee macrumors newbie

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    ah...yes...forgot about that..and IT WORKS!...awesome....thanks FTAOK!
     
  6. Dean87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried it with the firewire cable and I get "Communication Error" and the cam is set to PC, should I still try importing it or import it by switching to play mode?

    I tried it in playmode which works.
     

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