Mini dv cassette to macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eyesawred2, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. eyesawred2 macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2009
    I have a Canon Vixia camcorder that I use, alot. I use the mini dv cassette instead of the memory card. I would like to transfer the mini dv cassette to my macbook.

    What kind of equipment do I need? I know a need a firewall cable. There is a Hd/DV outlet. But, is there anything else?

    If I connect the firewall cable should iMovie recognize it immediately? If not what other software do I need?

  2. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Depends on the MacBook

    If you have a firewire input your good to go! If not you'll end up needing a USB capture stick.
  3. tonyburkhart macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2010
    Which model Macbook and which model Canon Vixia do you have?

    The Canon Vixia models I researched on CNET have a USB output, not a FireWire output.

    If it does have a FireWire output and your Macbook has a FireWire connection, then as Aldaris said, you're good to go.
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    iMovie '08 Camcorder Support
    iMovie '09 Camcorder Support

    Firewire 400 (6-pin) port on white MacBook til October 2009

    Aluminum MacBooks and the white Unibody MacBooks don't have Firewire.

    Your camera has a 4-pin Firewire port.

    You need a cable with those two ends:

    You camera's Firewire port looks like this:

    If your Mac does not have any Firewire port, you can't capture video from a miniDV tape (cassette), there is no way, not even with some non-existent Firewire to USB adapter.

    Also, Canon has several camcorders in their Vixia series, so you need to be more specific, for example Canon HF 10.

    Additional information on the three current Firewire ports:
  5. eyesawred2 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2009

    Thanks gentleman (or ladies) for all the information. I am going to best buy in the morning and I feel like I am fully prepared.:D I hate best buy.

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