with that Mac and that camcorder. You will need a 4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable to transfer video from the camcorder's DV port to the Mac's Firewire port. Since it is a standard definition DV camcorder, iMovie will be happy and import the video in real time. Perhaps the person with the camcorder will throw in the firewire cable. They had to be purchased separately - as they are not included in the box.
If the HC28 uses a memory stick duo, then you will use the USB cable to connect the USB port on the camcorder to the USB port on the MAC for transferring stills. Video will not go over USB. iMovie will not recognize the USB port. The USB cable is included in the box.
NEVER plug the USB cable and the firewire cable into the Mac and the camcorder at the same time.
Here is the link for the camcorder's manual:
Make sure the camcorder is working before you make the trade.
Make you get as many of the accessories that came in the box as possible - read the manual you just downloaded - the "in the box" list in withn the first 10 pages or so.
This may not be proper, but may dart in with a question? You all seem
quite bright and I like your attention to detail going from foolish
ideas to more complex. I am in the process of trading my loving kayak
for a new in the box DCR-HC28 MiniDV Handycam(R) Camcorder. It's my
understanding they cannot be purchased anymore. I haven't done the
trade yet. I have an older powerbook, newly programmed. I'm a simple
traveler it goes everywhere I do. I had a full crash 3 months ago.
So... This is me: I have a powerbook G4. Mac OS X 10.3.9.
Machine Model: PowerBook G4 12"
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.33 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 256 MB
Bus Speed: 167 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.8.3f1
I Only recently started using imovie with a simple web cam for
journalistic, no need for high tech, stuff. It's a little awkward
filming with an entire powerbook in my hands. So I want to get this
miniDV. I have no money, like $0. I'm not even sure I have a USB
cable, but that's easy, and I don't even know about firewire is. What
is fire wire? Although I'm not skilled in the lingo, I'm very capable
and usually never have a problem doing anythiong new on Macs or PC.
Am I gonna have problem or going to need to spend a lot of money?
Any advice would be sincerely appreciated.