Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to kylonghair)
This is a miniDV camcorder so you will need a Firewire Cable.
With a new Mac, it may have a FireWire port, or it may just have a Thunderbolt Port.
If you have a Firewire port, you would need a 4 pin to 9 pin Firewire cable, like this one.
If you have a Thunderbolt port but not Firewire, you still need the 4 pin to 9 pin cable described above, but you also need a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2013 11:12 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
Isn't the plug from the firewire 400 and firewire 800 different? so the 4pin connection on a firewire 400 and 800 is the same and only the 9 pin will be different for the ends of the firewire?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Barry Lee Reynolds)
You need the 4 pin end to connect to your camera. You need the 9 pin end to connect with a Firewire 800 port.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2013 4:11 AM (in response to Barry Lee Reynolds)
From what i see, i have the firewire 400 cable, which would make the most since because it was bought about 8 years ago. Does this mean i would have to get the 400 to 800 firewire adapter and also the 800 firewire to thunderbolt adapter. My imac does not have a firewire plug-in. the big question is,If i did get these two adapters would it work??
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2013 4:59 AM (in response to kylonghair)
I recommend that you use the cables I mentioned above. In theory, the Firewire 400 to 800 adapter should work, but if you will search these forums, you will find many instances where having that extra device causes the whole connection to fail.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 28, 2013 5:46 PM (in response to kylonghair)
The camera has a plastic piece that fits on the bottom and plugs into the camera. On the side are then several plugs. A fire wire plugs in there, as does the charger. I then had no problem importing all of the video from the cam to my iMac Pro.
My problem now appears to be either a battery that will not charge or a bad charger, or both! Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2014 8:34 PM (in response to kylonghair)
All these suggestions seem useful but I find it so much easier to utilize one usb cable due to the fact that some Macs do not have a firewire port. I suggest using this http://www.dcables.net/Sony_Handycam_DCR-HC42_USB_Cable_30229.aspx
This cable easily connects to the side of the Handycam and will connect to any computer (Mac or PC) that has usb. Have a great day!