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panasonic mini dv camcorder onto a macbook pro imovie 08

by annaem / July 31, 2010 11:50 AM PDT

My macbook pro does not have firewire only usb.. i can't seem to get my laptop to recognize my camcorder. Please help. Speak simply i am not a computer expert. My camcorder is PV GS65 it seems to have both a mini usb port and a DV slot. And i have imovie 08... Help me please

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Well... my opinion...
by boya84 / July 31, 2010 10:41 PM PDT

If you have a MacBook Pro, then there is a 9-pin firewire port, not a 6-pin that you might be looking for. If you have one of the couple of models of MacBook (or a MacBook Air), then there may be no firewire port.

Before we move forward, it would be best to clarify which Apple laptop you are using.

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Macbook no firewire
by annaem / August 1, 2010 12:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Well... my opinion...

It is a macbook i bought it 2 years ago. It has 2 usb ports and one audio out port (rectangle symbol). So nope to firewire Sad

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Bummer.
by boya84 / August 1, 2010 1:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Macbook no firewire

The very first MacBooks had a firewire port.
http://support.apple.com/kb/SP23
http://support.apple.com/kb/SP12

The next batch did not (sounds like this is the version you have).
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3388

Then the firewire port returned.
http://support.apple.com/kb/SP504

And the current release it is gone again.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1562

I have read internet reports of some folks getting the USB streaming feature to work (I expect this would be very compressed, non-DV format, less-than standard definition, video). I have not seen it ever work - and the more typical "success" comes from those who seek/find/use a Mac with a working firewire port.

The USB-to-firewire cable/adapter/converter things do not work (they don't work with Windows either, so you are not missing anything).

I don't know what "rectangle audio-out port" there is on any computer. Audio-out is typically a round 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with a headphone symbol. Maybe rectangle "video out" - Mini Display port...

Sorry. I wish I had better news for you.

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