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Simple Question... I Hope

Jet Mech


I purchased a MacBook Pro (2.2 GHz, 4GB memory, Lion 10.7.4, iMovie '11 Version 9.0.6) for the main purpose of importing home movies from a Sony DCR-HC40 Mini DV camcorder.

I purchased a iLink (4 pin) to Firewire 800 (9 pin) cable and low and behold it will not work, although everyone along the line before the purchase of the Mac said yes, yes, yes. Now Apple support says no, no,no and quit calling there is nothing we can do,


SSSOOOO if I purchase Easy VHS to DVD for Mac, will it recognize the camera, import the movie into iMovie, create menus/chapters and be able to burn a DVD? Not an expert so don't know about import formats, Roxio program names. I just want to import and make DVD's, simply??????

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I'm very surprised you are having trouble. I thought both iMovie and QuickTime can import directly from a DV camcorder. Toast can do this. My guess is this has something to do with Firewire 800 instead of 400, but this is the first time I've heard of this issue. I looked in the Apple Discussion groups and saw some posts where people had troubles but I didn't see anything that said it was impossible. One person said it helps to not power on the camera until after the connection is made to the Mac. I also read that some connecting cables are the problem.


If the camcorder has analog outputs then you can use the Easy VHS to DVD for Mac as an alternative method. The camera will convert the digital video to analog and then the Roxio device will convert it to h.264 digital video. I question whether Apple gave you correct information, however.

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