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can't capture from my cannon video camera to Final Cut or iMovie.

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Dec 1, 2011 10:03 PM

Hi. I can't capture from my cannon video camera to FInal Cut or iMovie. ANy help would be greatly appreciated. I don't think my iMac is recognizing the camera. I was told I don't need a firewire, that USB would work if I'm just capturing. If I need a firewire what kind (the one I was sold didn't fit). I'm getting an "unable to locate external device message". Not sure of next steps to try. Thanks.


Computer= iMac 21.5-inch: 2.5GHz

            2.5GHzQuad-Core Intel Core i5

            1920 x 1080resolution

            4GB (two 2GB)memory

            500GB harddrive1

                        AMDRadeon HD 6750M with 512MB


Processorand Memory -

Powered by a quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and DDR3memory.

Connectionsand Expansion

SuperDrive, SDXC card slot, audio in, audio out, USB 2.0,FireWire 800, Thunderbolt, Gigabit Ethernet.

Video camera = Canon Vixia HV40                                                                                                                                                

Standard  Definition or High Definition


High  Definition


Power  Consumption


4.3 W


Television  System




Video  Recording system




Image  Sensor


1/2.7-inch  CMOS, RGB Primary Color Filter


Total  Pixels


Approx.  2.96 Megapixels


Effective  Pixels


Tape:  HD/DV (16:9) mode: Approx 2.07 Megapixels (1920x1080)

DV  (4:3) mode: Approx 1.55 Megapixels (1440 x 1080)

Card:  (16:9) mode: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080), (4:3) mode: Approx. 2.76  Megapixels (1440 x 1080)


Tape  Format




Maximum  recording Time


SP: 80  minutes, HDV, DV

LP: 120  minutes DV




Zoom  Ratio 10x Optical  / 200x Digital

Focal  Length f=6.1-61mm  (35mm equivalent: 43.6 - 436mm)

Zoom  Speed Variable /  3 Fixed Zoom Speeds

Max.  F/Stop  f/1.8-3.0mm (when tapes are used)


Focusing  System


Instant  AF, TTL (through the lens)


Manual  Exposure




Programmed  AE


Auto,  Program, Av, Tv, CINE, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset,  Spotlight, Fireworks


Max  Shutter Speed


Movie:  1/2000, Still image: 1/500


Auto  Date/Time




Record  Search/Review




Focusing  System


10 mm  (wide) / 1m (tele)


White  Balance


Auto,  Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual


Frame  Rate


60i,  Native 24p Progressive (records at 24p), 24p Progressive (records at 60i),  30p Progressive (records at 60i)


Minimum  Illumination


0.2 lx  (Night Mode)


Image  Stabilization


SuperRange  Optical (lens shift)


Filter  Diameter






Widescreen  0.27-inch Color Viewfinder / (Approx. 123,000 dots)


LCD  Screen


2.7-inch  Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)


Recording  Media


High  Definition Mini DV (recommended) (63 min) or MiniDV cassette


USB  Terminal


USB 2.0  Full Speed


Video  Terminal


component  (output), composite (output)




DV: 16  bit (2ch) 48 kHz 12 bit (4ch) 32 kHz 4ch synchronous recording not possible  HDV: MPEG1 Audio Layer II (2 ch) (4-channel playback of tapes containing  4-channel recordings possible)


Accessory  Shoe




Supplied  Video Editing Software




HDMI Terminal


HDMI  Type A (19 pins) Connector (output)


Microphone  Terminal


3.5 mm  stereo mini-jack


AV Mini  Terminal/Headphone Terminal


3.5 mm  4 pole mini-jack (video/audio input and output)




(W X H  X D) 3.5 x 3.2 x 5.4 in. (88 x 82 x 138mm)


Weight  (not including lens and battery pack)


1.2  lbs. (535g)




1.4  lbs. (615g)


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)


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