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Connecting a Canon zr40 to Mac mini

by BABenett / January 14, 2013 3:32 AM PST

I have a Canon ZR40 and I want to connect to my Mac Mini to import video into iMovie. What cable connections are available to do this?

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There are now about a dozen Mac Mini models.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2013 4:17 AM PST

Since this is a MiniDV camcorder and has Firewire, that's how you connect.

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Bob's right.
by boya84 / January 14, 2013 7:34 AM PST

A little more detail...

Your Canon ZR40 has a DV port.
Link to the camcorder manual:
Page 11, under the flap under the lens at the front of the camcorder.
This is a 4-pin, IEEE1394 compliant, firewire, port.

You Mac Mini has a firewire port... What we don't know if it is a 6-pin or 9-pin firewire port because we don't know when you got your Mac Mini. This is the back panel of a current Mac Mini with a 9-pin firewire 800 port:

So... we don't know if you need a
4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable

or a 4-pin to 9-pin firewire cable

Camcorder off.
Connect the camcorder's DV port to the computer's firewire port with the firewire cable. Power up the camcorder and put it into Play/VCR mode. Launch iMovie. Import or Capture the video from the camcorder. This is real-time capture. 60 minutes of video on the tape = 60 minutes to import the video. 60 minutes of decompressed, high-quality, standard definition, DV format, video will consume ~14 gig of computer hard drive space.

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Connecting a Canon zr40 to Mac mini
by BABenett / January 14, 2013 8:58 PM PST
In reply to: Bob's right.

Thanks so much for your rapid response! My mini is only about 2 years old and the back is exactly as specified in the link you provided - I'll secure a 4-pin to 9-pin Firewire cable as you suggested and go from there. Thanks again for your assistance!

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