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    USB video to macbook (no firewire)
    I have a macbook that has no firewire port on it. It seams imovie will only accept a firewire connection. How can I connect my USB Panasonic MiniDV camcorder to my macbook to download video files into imovie? Is there a USB to FireWire adapter? Is there a program I can use to get the video onto my mac so it can be edited in imovie?

    Please help.


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    You can't.


    The answer is that Apple never released any software that could read via USB from miniDV tape devices. So your absence of firewire is irrelevant in this case. I don't know of any third party option that can do that either.

    What people do is use something like an Elgato TV tuner with a video input port. Search the forum for converting vhs/hi-8/tape via usb connection. It has been answered many times. Here is one for you.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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    Sep 15, 2009
    thanks that was helpful.

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