We have tried to capture mini dv tapes via firewire to a 2008 macbook pro, processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 duo, memory 4 GB 1067MHzDDR3, Max OSX Lion 10.7.5. We have tried using a Sony DVCAM, a Sony VX2000, and a Sony Handycam. We have tried via Final Cut Pro 6, which is what we edit on, and also as a test, via i-movie. The mac will not recognize any hardware plugged into it via the firewire port, except a firewire external hard drive. Now we are considering getting a brand new imac....but we are concerned we will have the same problem with it. We understand that we can connect cameras and DVcams to the new mac via a firewire to thunderbolt cable....but will this work for capturing mini DVD tapes? We are film makers and have a great deal of footage on mini DV. Being able to capture is very important. Please, does anyone have any insight as to how we can capture either to our existing macbook or to a new imac. We can't change the source material..its mini DV tape. Thank you.