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iMovie and Avid Doesn't Recognize Canon hv40

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Feb 20, 2013 12:05 PM

Hi there,


I'm not an Apple Genius, but I'm fairly comfortable with macs and using them with camcorders, but this has me stumped.


I own an iMac ( 27-inch, Late 2009 model, 2.66 GHz Intel Core i5) with 4GB of memory.


I am running Lion 10.7.5


I recently bought a CANON VIXIA HV40 camcorder. It's one of the few consumer camcorders left that still record and play miniDV tape.


However, I can not get the CANON and the IMAC to communicate via FireWire or USB (From the research I've done, stills can be imported using USB, but I believe FireWire is needed for miniDV tape transfer on this unit). I've tried opening iMovie 09 and then connecting the camcorder via FireWire, no luck. Tried it using Avid as well. Again, no luck. I tried using USB with both programs, and still no sign of any communication between camcorder and iMac.


I had read something about HDV vs DV mode. I tried both modes, and no luck.


Before this I had a Sony TRV20 which worked perfectly. As soon as the unit was on in CAMERA mode and connected, I had full control and capture capabilities.


I thought maybe the camera was the issue and returned it for another unit. But I have the same issue with the new unit.


Can anyone offer me any insight? It's frustrating that my Sony camcorder connected effortlessly, but the Canon is giving me such trouble.


Thank you for whatever suggestions you can offer!


iMac 27-inch quad core


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