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Canon Vixia HV30 video capture to 13' MacBook w/o Firewire

I have a Canon Vixia HV30 and unfortunately I also have 13' MacBook w/o a Firewire port. I was one of the unlucky people that bought the MacBook when Apple decided to quietly do away with the Firewire port. I want to capture video to edit on iMovie or Final Cut Express on the MacBook. If anyone has dealt with this issue or knows what I can do, please I am desperate. What are my options? HELP!!!

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firewire adapter?

i dont know what ports you have on the macbook but you could try and find a firewire adapter

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Would you like a mulligan?

In reply to: firewire adapter?

I can remove this post for you if you want to call it a mulligan?

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The only way I know of

In reply to: Canon Vixia HV30 video capture to 13' MacBook w/o Firewire

is to get another computer with a working firewire port. Best if there is an external drive with that other (lets call it Mac #2).

Import the video with iMovie or FinalCut using Mac #2 - easiest is if the iMovie or FinalCut versions are the same. Save the video project file to the external drive. When the file is all imported, shut down Mac #2, disconnect the external drive, connect it to your MacBook and start up the computer and the external drive... edit.

USB will not work. USB-to-firewire cable/converter/adapter/hub things won't work... Neither iMovie nor FinalCut will recognized USB as a method to import DV or HDV format video.

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expresscard

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i was wondering if the mac has an expresscard slot

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No.

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Not those made between October 2008 and June 2009.

No Firewire. No expansion slot.

Mabooks before and after that have a firewire port.

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