I have some mini dv tapes that I wish to transfer losslessly to my iMac (late 2013) running El Capitan. I've attempted to import to the iMac before with various cameras and the requisite cables/adaptors. All that side looks correct. But...the iMac using iMovie 10.1.6) always refuses to recognise the mini dv playback unit - be it a camcorder or a deck and regardless of manufacturer. I'm in the UK and basically looking for a high quality mini dv playback device (camcorder or deck) which will unerringly be recognised by my iMac or, at a pinch, my MacBook Air (early 2015, running Sierra) so that I can dump this stuff in iMovie or at least digitise it for posterity. Can anyone successfully importing mini dv with a similar set-up to or with better experience than me please advise - could it be the leads after all or is it a common compatibility issue?