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4-4, 4-6, 4-9, 6-9 pin FireWire options. How do I know which one to buy to connect my Sony Digital8 HandyCam for uploading? It's a Model DCR-TRV 460 NTSC. Is the FW port in my MBP 17" a 4-pin?
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Firewire 800 is 9 pin.

Don't have a clue what you would need at the other end for connecting to the Sony.

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Can you upload a picture of the port on the sony? It's probably a 4-pin connector.
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Tape based digital camcorders generally have a small 4 pin firewire port. Hold on...

I'm 99% sure anyway as I used to work in a Camera shop (for 4 years) but I just checked on Google and it doesn't seem to be a proprietary Sony connection so I would say you need a firewire 800 to firewire 4 pin connector to connect your camcorder up to your computer.

Even though it's 8MM it is digital 8MM and so should work just like a Mini DV deck when connected up. I do remember selling these and as I say I am pretty sure it's a 4 pin port but I cannot say for sure whether there will be an issue with iMovie and the adapter when you hook it up.

Maybe buy one from a shop and tell the assidtant "If I hook this up and it doesn't work, can I bring it back for a refund?" if they say yes, go for it, nothing to loose except maybe a drive back to get a refund if it fails to work.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll try to post a pic of the Sony. How do I do that in here? I have the pic on my MBP, but it asks for a URL. Do I have to upload it to Flickr or somewhere in order to add a URL?
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Thanks for the advice. I'll try to post a pic of the Sony. How do I do that in here? I have the pic on my MBP, but it asks for a URL. Do I have to upload it to Flickr or somewhere in order to add a URL?
You can attach the image like you via email, or upload the image to a site and post the url in the [IMG]yoururlhere[/IMG] tags.

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OK, it says the file size limit is 1 MB, and my pic is 4.8 MB. How can I reduce the file size in iPhoto?
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OK, I emailed it to myself, and now I'm uploading it from my downloads folder. Here it is.
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I uploaded it, but it didn't go through. I'll try again.IMG_0651_2.jpg
Top port is for RGB cable to TV to watch videos directly.
Second port is Firewire.
Bottom port is for USB cable that came with camera.
I think that's correct anyway.
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You'll need a 4-pin firewire 400 to a 9-pin firewire 800 cable (just like the one I use with my Sony PDx-10 and MBP 15")...something like this.

Does your camera capture to a HDD or to miniDV tapes...if it captures to an HDD then you can load the clips into iMovie via USB.
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Thanks! My camera uses Digital8 tapes. It came with a USB cable, but I couldn't get it to work. Then I found out I need Firewire for a tape-based camcorder.
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