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    Question old video conversion to powerbook...
    I have my fancy new MacBook Pro and an old Panasonic PV-GS32 that records on MiniDV tapes. Using my USB cable connection, I would like to import all those old tapes into the mac, but iMovie doesn't seem to be able to see the camera / data. Is there a way to do this? Am I just an idiot?
    Thanks for any help!
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    You can only import miniDV video onto your Mac by using a Firewire cable. If your MPB has a Firewire 800 port, you'll probably need one of these:
    Firewire IEEE1394B 800 to 400 9 Pin to 4 Pin Cable Lead: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    If you have a Retina MBP with Thunderbolt, you'll need one of these as well:
    Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter - Apple Store (UK)

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    I do have a Retina MBP with Thunderbolt ports. So, I take it from your response that this is merely a hardware input issue? That in this situation I simply cannot transfer thru the USB port? And that this is not a software issue - iMovie will "like" the data when it comes in through the Thunderbolt port instead of the USB?

    Quote Originally Posted by MightyGem View Post
    You can only import miniDV video onto your Mac by using a Firewire cable. If your MPB has a Firewire 800 port, you'll probably need one of these:
    Firewire IEEE1394B 800 to 400 9 Pin to 4 Pin Cable Lead: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    If you have a Retina MBP with Thunderbolt, you'll need one of these as well:
    Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter - Apple Store (UK)

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    I simply cannot transfer thru the USB port?
    That's right. USB handles data in a different way to Firewire, so you need Firewire for miniDV importing.

    Just one thing though. Although I said that you'd need the Firewire/Thunderbolt adapter, I can't say for certain that it will work for minDV/iMovie.

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