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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2011 6:04 PM (in response to rctvideo)Hello and welcome to the forum.
Is the camera connected directly to your Mac? Canon cameras tend to not "play nice" with any other devices connected to the same firewire bus.MB Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), FCE 4.0.1
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2011 10:01 PM (in response to rctvideo)Hi
My general list on this.
*NO CAMERA or A/D-box*
• Are You sure that You are using the FireWire Cable - USB-Cable will not work for miniDV tape Cameras
FireWire - Sure not using the accompany USB-Cable but bought a 4-pin to 6-pin (or 9-pin) FW one ?
• Test another FW-Cable *very often the problem maker*.
• Test Your Camera on another Mac so that DV-in still works OK
• Toogle in iMovie pref. Play-back via Camera (on<->off some times)
• Some Cameras has a Menu where You must select DV-out to get it to work
• Camera connected to "charger" (mains adaptor) - not just on battery
• Camera set in Playback mode - NOT Recording mode
Does Your Camera work on another Mac ?
Sorry to say it is to easy to turn the 6-pin end of the FW-cable 180 deg wrong.
This is lethal to the A/D-chip in the Camera = needs an expensive repair.
(Hard to find out - else than import/export to another Mac ceased to work
everything else is OK eg recording and playback to TV)
• Is the dip-switches set right ?
• Set to same standard as recorded/editing eg NTSC 29.97fps or PAL 25fps
• Try resetting it
• Daisy Chaining most often doesn’t work (some unique cases - it’s the only way that work (some Canon Cameras ?))
Try to avoid connecting Camera <--> external HD <--> Mac but import directly to the Mac then move
the Movie project to dedicated external hard disk.
• FireWire-port - Can be re-setted by - Turn off Mac and disconnecting Mac from Mains/Power for 20-30 minutes
• Free space on internal (start-up) hard disk ? Please specify the amount of free space.
(Other hard disks don't count)
I go for a minmum of 25Gb free space for 4x3 SD Video - and my guess is 5 times more for 16x9 HD ones
after material is imported and edited.
• Does Your Mac have a FireWire Port
• White MacBooks - don't
• MacBook-Air - don't
if not then a few Mac’s has a PCM-CIA slot and there are FW-Cards that makes a FW-port this way
else - NO SOLUTION
Only option as I get it is either
• Use another Mac to Capture material (to an external USB2 - Mac OS Extended formatted hard disk - or -
• Change to another Camera that can be used with Your Mac (no there are no miniDV tape Cameras that can)
• If Your Mac-Book has a PCM-CIA Card place - then there are FW-port-Cards and then
You can import via this - but I've not seen this on more modern Macs. My PowerBook G4
has one and this FW-Card-port works greatly.
• Delete iMovie pref file may help sometimes. I rather start a new account, log into this and have a re-try.
• Any strange Plug-ins into QuickTime as Perian etc ? Remove and try again.
• FileVault is off ? (hopefully)
• Screen Saver - OFF
• Energy Saver - OFF
Using WHAT versions ? .
• Mac OS - X.5.4 ?
• QuickTime version ? (This is the heart in both iMovie and FinalCut)
• iMovie’08 (7.1.?), 09 or 11 ?
• iMovie HD 6 (6.0.4/3) ?
*Other ways to import Your miniDV tape*
• Use another Camera. There where tape play-back stations from SONY
but they costed about 2-4 times a normal miniDV Camera.
• If Your Camera works on another Mac. Make an iMovie movie project here and move it
over to Your Mac via an external hard disk.
(HAS TO BE Mac OS Extended formatted - USB/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange WILL NOT DO)
(Should be a FireWire one - USB/USB2 performs badly)
from LKN 1935.
Hi Bengt W, I tried it all, but nothing worked. Your answer has been helpfull insofar as all the different trials led to the conclusion that there was something wrong with my iMovie software. I therefore threw everything away and reinstalled iMovie from the HD. After that the exportation of DV videos (there has not been any problem with HDV videos) to my Sony camcorders worked properly as it did before. Thank you. LKN 1935
in addition to Bengt's excellent '9 yards of advice' ..
camera set to 'Play' , not rec/computer/etc.?
camera not on battery, but power-line?
did your Mac 'recognize' this camera before...?
a technical check.
connect camera, on, playback, fw-connected...
click on the Blue Apple, upper left of your screen ..
under Firewire.. what do you read..?
• FileVault - Secure that it’s turned off
• Network storage - DOESN’T WORK
• Where did You store/capture/import Your project ?
External USB hard disk = Bad Choise / FireWire = Good
If so it has to be Mac OS Extended formatted
----> UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange is NOT Working for VIDEO !
Thanks for all your suggestions. What I learned is that I had a software problem. I had something called "Nikon Transfer" on my Mac that was recognizing my Canon camcorder as a still camera and was preventing iMovie from working properly. After uninstalling Nikon Transfer and doing a reboot, everything worked great.
I never liked the Nikon Transfer software anyway--I guess I'll get a cheap card reader and use that to transfer photos in the future.
*No Camera or bad import*
• USB hard disk
• Network storage
• File Vault is on
if you have adobe cs3 or 4 and have the adobe bridge on close that
or no firewire will work
see if that halps
The problem was the external backup hard drive that is connected, you need to disconect the external drive before the mac can see the video camera.
Maybe your problems is solved in the meantime, but for all others this might help as I had the same problem, also have the Sony HDR-HC7, but the 7e (Europe, PAL). I found this link today and it works perfectly
What I exactly did.- put camera in play mode - open guide - choose connection guide - choose comp./printer (where to transfer movie to) - select connection.- i-link (on my camera) but equal to firewire - OK - choose HDV - choose NO for conversion of i.link.
Settings are shown then (VCR HDV/DV.- HDV and i.link-conv..- OFF), press OK, OK, END.
Switch camera off. Connect firewire cable to camera & Mac. Switch camera on, in play/edit mode.
Open i-movie, choose import from camera. On screen below the camera connection is shown.- DV (HDV). Now you can import, automatically or manually.
This worked perfectly for me. Took me 2 days to find out. Could not find any clear thread explaining what I had to do on the camera and the manual was not clear either.
Yours Bengt WG3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 5:02 AM (in response to R. Mitchell Fore)Yes it is connected directly to my I-Mac. I purchased a New Fire Wire cable at the same time I purchased my New I-MacI Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 5:33 AM (in response to rctvideo)Try this.
Connect a firewwire cable between the camera and your Mac. Turn on the camera in playback mode. Open System Profiler and see if the camera appears on the firewire bus. If not, you may have a bad cable or port on either the computer or the camera.MB Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), FCE 4.0.1
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 7:23 AM (in response to R. Mitchell Fore)Tried that and it does not show the Canon Camera. I tried it with another DV camera and it does come up. So Cable, and computer should be fine.
So I guess it's my Canon GL2 issue? There is not software that would help to recognize this camera?I Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 7:28 AM (in response to rctvideo)One more thing...
When I used Windows and Premiere 6.5 I was able to capture using the DV from my GL2. Not sure why since I changed to an I-Mac it would be different?I Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to rctvideo)Is this a 4-pin to 9-pin FW800 cable? Do you have any other devices connected? Is the camera recognized in system profiler? What settings are you using in FCE?15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to rctvideo)If the camera doesn't appear in your System Profiler, I don't think there's a software solution. As I recall, this is a camera used by other folks on this forum, so they may be able to help.
Canon DV cameras generally require DV NTSC Firewire Basic as the Easy Setup in FCE since Canon's implementation of firewire isn't standard. Still, the first step is for your Mac to "see" the camera. (You're not connecting through a FW hub, are you?)MB Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), FCE 4.0.1
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 4:53 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)I am using a 4 Pin cable. I have tried all the settings in FCE.I Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 4:55 PM (in response to rctvideo)Correction. I am using a 9pin to a 4 pin Cable that I purchased at the Apple Store.I Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 4:57 PM (in response to R. Mitchell Fore)No I am not connecting thorough a FW hub. I am connecting from the camera to my New I-Mac. with a Firewire 800/400 9-Pin to 4-Pin Cable.I Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 5:07 PM (in response to rctvideo)If you can take your computer, camera, and cable to the Apple store and see what they can do.15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2011 11:17 PM (in response to rctvideo)In some cases (especially Canon Cameras) Daisy-chaining might help.
Mac <---> external hard disk <---> Camera
Worth a test (if Camera still works OK connected to a PC - really import to this ? )
Yours Bengt WG3/G4 Blue white,PBG4,dG5, OS X.3.9 + QT6.5.2 and OS X.4.11 + QT 7.3.1
Currently Being ModeratedJul 17, 2012 6:51 PM (in response to rctvideo)
Did you ever resolve this issue? I am having the exact same problem. Thank you