Need Answer: Firewire Connections

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TommyBNSF, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. TommyBNSF macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    Hello all,

    I have a Mini DV camcorder that I took lots of movies on in the past back when I didn't really care about computers. I want a connector to my computer. Now I'm getting confused about different Firewire connections because I see full-fledged Firewire 800 ports and mini Firewire ports and I want to get my facts straight. Is this cable a full Firewire 800 connection or just a mini Firewire? I want one with Firewire 800.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    That is a FW800 cable, but you'll likely only get whatever transfer speed your camera was designed for (probably FW400).
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    That is the correct cable, but as miniDV stores its video with a lower transfer rate than even USB 2.0 or FW400, there is no need for a "full fledged" FW800 cable, as the 4-pin port is designed for FW400. Btw, DV encoded footage takes only up to 3.125MB/s and you can transfer only in real time anyway.

  4. TommyBNSF thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    Thanks guys! And I wanted an 800 one because I have a 13" Macbook Pro that has only FW800, no 400.

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