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    Question How to connect a DV cam without a firewire port?
    Hello,

    I just got my wife a MacMini although I warned her that I am completely♦ ignorant in the Apple world.
    Well, now i have to help her sort things out
    So she wants to connect our DV camcorder to her MacMini to capture movies in iMovie '09.
    But the MacMini does not have a firewire port. Only USB ports.
    And it refuses to recognize the cam.
    Is there a workaround?
    Maybe a third party driver?

    Thanks

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    Specs:
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    Umm, the Mac Mini does have firewire (if you doubt me, look here: http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html under peripheral connections) - it's firewire 800, and you'll need to use a cable or intermediary device that will step the firewire 800 to firewire 400 to hook in your camcorder.

    You can't use a USB connection to transfer video from a DV camcorder (if it were a hard disk based standard def camcorder it'd be a different story) - you need to use firewire.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    Umm, the Mac Mini does have firewire (if you doubt me, look here: Apple - Mac mini - Technical Specifications under peripheral connections) - it's firewire 800, and you'll need to use a cable or intermediary device that will step the firewire 800 to firewire 400 to hook in your camcorder.

    You can't use a USB connection to transfer video from a DV camcorder (if it were a hard disk based standard def camcorder it'd be a different story) - you need to use firewire.
    Well it does work with USB on PC!
    Anyway, thank you very much. You helped me and saved me some wasted time.
    I understand that a standard firewire cable, which I do own, is not compatible with the Mac Mini.
    Could you point me to the right cable needed for the task?

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    Yeah, USB video transfer is supported in Windows, just not in mac (at least not for transfer on cameras that use cassettes)

    can use something like this:

    Amazon.com: Belkin 6ft FIREWIRE 800/400 Cable ( F3N403-06-APL ): Electronics

    or

    Amazon.com: Micro Accessories FIR-1369-AD-01 400 to 800 FireWire Adapter: Electronics

    just do a search for Firewire 800 to 400 - there are plenty of options in all price ranges

    Personally, I have an external hard drive chassis that has FW 400, 800, USB and esata on it. I plug the 800 into the mini, then my camera into the 400 port on the hd chassis.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    Yeah, USB video transfer is supported in Windows, just not in mac (at least not for transfer on cameras that use cassettes)

    can use something like this:

    Amazon.com: Belkin 6ft FIREWIRE 800/400 Cable ( F3N403-06-APL ): Electronics

    or

    Amazon.com: Micro Accessories FIR-1369-AD-01 400 to 800 FireWire Adapter: Electronics

    just do a search for Firewire 800 to 400 - there are plenty of options in all price ranges

    Personally, I have an external hard drive chassis that has FW 400, 800, USB and esata on it. I plug the 800 into the mini, then my camera into the 400 port on the hd chassis.
    Thanks again for your help.
    I think I'll be hanging around this forum a lot

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