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How do I connect my mini dv camera to my macbook pro?

Posted on 2009-03-31
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I have a fire wire cable attached to my mom's imac that connects to my sony mini dv camera for capturing video.

My work just purchased a macbook pro for me and I'm wondering what port adapter I will need to connect my camera to my laptop while I''m on the road.  

Thanks.
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by:strung
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The MacBook Pro has a firewire port.
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by:ocean158
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It does?  Is it the same firewire port as before or is it a different version?  It looks too small.  I only had an opportunity to see the laptop for a brief second as the tech guy is going to do his thing tomorrow.  I'll check it out.  Thanks.  
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by:strung
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See the side view of the MacBook Pro on this page with the ports labelled:

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/features-15inch.html
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by:ocean158
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Nope, the fire wire cable that I have doesn't it...the same one that fits my imac...i'm going to have to get a new cord or an adapter...not sure and don't have time right now to go to the mac store.  
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strung earned 500 total points
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You should be able to get a proper cable at any computer or electronics store. Just take the picture on the link above with you.
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by:ocean158
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Okay thanks, I guess I currently have  Firewire that's under Firewire 800.  I'm pretty new to all of the mac stuff. But lovin' it just the same.  
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by:ocean158
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Ended up getting a Firewire 800 converter so that it goes 9 pin to 4 pin.  It's amazing that one guy at a mac reseller store tried to convince me that the MBP doens't have a firewire port.  I needed to convert from Firewire 800 to Firewire 400.  Hopefully it works when I pick up my video camera later tonight.  
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by:ocean158
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Man, the port converter doesn't allow imovie to recognize my video camera..any suggestions?
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by:strung
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Do you have any other firewire devices you can use to test the converter?
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by:ocean158
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Thanks, I ended up finding a 9 pin to four pin firewire cable that fits the macbook pro.  
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