What sort of cable is this?

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  1. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, what sort of cable is this? It belongs to a camcorder, and the other end plugs into the camcorder... But what on earth does this end plug into? Does anybody know?

    Thanks!
     

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  3. DeltaMac, Dec 4, 2013
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    That's a standard Firewire cable. It's a 6-pin FW 400 cable.
    Most Apples sold after 1999 had Firewire built-in.
    They are quickly dropping Firewire as a standard, replacing it with Thunderbolt (although that's questionable, but...)
    A camcorder (probably a Sony?) may call it i-Link or simply DV.

    Here's some other info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, not a very good pic but based on my Wikipedia link it appears to be the 6-conductor end of a Firewire 400 cable.
     
  5. noodlemanc thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, so it's Firewire... Which type is it, if you know? Like, 400 or 800?

    [EDIT: Already answered. Thank you!]

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    Yes, it is a Sony camcorder, and yes, it says "DV" next to the port on the camcorder... The problem is that I don't own a computer that has a Firewire 400 port (only Firewire 800, which is a different shape). So what would be the best way of getting the stuff from the camcorder to a computer (got both Mac and PC) without a Firewire 400 port? Is there some sort of adapter that I can buy?
     
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  7. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    Yes, there are FireWire 400>800 adapters.
     
  8. FrasierCrane macrumors newbie

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    Damn, now I feel old. That's like asking what a SCSI cable is.
     

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