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video capture problem

Jul 26, 2006
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Hi, I'm using a 1 TB External LaCie HDD. I want to capture video from MiniDV tapes through a DV Deck, directly on to the LaCie.
The problem is, my Mac Mini has only one Firewire 400 port & the Lacie also has only one Firewire 400 port (it has two Firewire 800 ports though). Additionally, the DV Deck I'm using only has a 4-pin Firewire port.
Please advise how I can make this configuration work.


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Dec 22, 2006
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Texas, where else?
Your Mac's Specs
15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
Couple of options - you'll need to check your Lacie manual to find out if the FW800 ports are powered when you have it plugged into the system through the FW400.

You would need no more than two additional cables.
A 9 pin to 4 pin FW800 if they are powered through the 400 port - cable from the DV Deck to the Lacie

Add a 9 pin to 6 pin cable if they are not - cable from the Mini to the Lacie

Here is one place I found both - check some shops locally

Only other issue would be whether your DV Deck will function in a daisy chain. Maybe others will have tried this.

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