5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 5:13 AM by AppleMan1958
Debrina122 Level 1 Level 1

I have been reading these threads for weeks and trying just about everything I have found to fix my problem, but the bottom line is both my macbook and macbook pro do not recognize my JVC GR - D250U mini dv camcorder. I have tried several different brands of fire wire cables, differrent sequences - yet it never seems to work.


I received a response from JCVC suypport and followed their instructions and it did not work, but I did notice it said to use imovie8/9 but my computer already came with imovies11. Should I uninstall 11 and reinstall 8 or 9? Is that the issue? I would rather not go that route unless necessary. My IT skills are mediocre at best and I do not want to open that can of worms if it is not needed.


I wouuld hate to purschase a new camcorder just to upload because I now have a digital camera that records movies and ma happy with that.


I even downloaded the mod converter, but that does not work because my camcorder is just not recognized. I appreiate any help I can get. I have about 50 mini dv tapes to do and am anxious to get started.


Thank you all SO much in advance!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Is the camera listed a sbeing supported?


    iMovie 11 - cameras supported:




    iMovie 9 - cameras supported:




    iMovie 8 Camcorders supported:



  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    This camera is supported in iMovie 11. Virtually all miniDV cameras are, when you use Firewire.


    I have the JVC GR-DVM70u and it works well.


    The standard advice applies for all firewire cameras:

    You must use AC power (not batteries only).

    You need a 9 pin to 4 pin Firewire cable. Avoid adapters. Get a single cable - like this one.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10301&cs_id=1030104 &p_id=3541&seq=1&format=2

    Set camera to PLAY (not PC Connect or something else).

    Be sure to use the Firewire port or IEEE1394 port, not the USB port.

    Check your /About This Mac/More Info/System Report/ to see if your Firewire ports are active and if the Mac sees the camera.


  • Paul56 Level 1 Level 1

    AppleMan1958!!!! You are our hero!! imovie 11 stopped reading My Canon ZR950 and I've been ****** about this for a while. But......I never tried AC as I never needed to before now. It worked!! Thanks a ton for the post that solved my problem!!

  • Debrina122 Level 1 Level 1

    Nothing seen when I check so I just ordered 2 new firewire cables one for the macbook and one for the macbook pro - then will test them. I am told by Apple & JVC that they are compatible so let's start with the wires. Thank YOU all for your help. This is certainly frustrating, but it will be sweet when it finally works!!! 

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    If I had to guess, a bad cable is the most likely culprit. This probably covers 90% of the cases.


    If the cable does not correct it, there is a procedure you can do to your Mac called a PRAM reset. I am not an expert on these, but it will not hurt your Mac. Directions here. http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4405?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US


    The least likely cause of the problem is a fried Firewire port in either the Mac or the Camera. This is unlikely but could be expensive to fix. If the camera is fried, it is probably best to get a new camera. To repeat, this is unlikely.


    Also, one last thing. If you have an older MacBook Pro, it probably has a firewire port. Some of the newer MacBook Pros and MacBooks do not have a Firewire port. In order to access Firewire from these models, you need a Thunderbolt port. You will need a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, in addition to the cable I mentioned above.


    If you are in doubt about whether your Model has the Firewire port, go to /About This Mac and tells us the model and year.