Is the camera listed a sbeing supported?
iMovie 11 - cameras supported:
iMovie 9 - cameras supported:
iMovie 8 Camcorders supported:
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.
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.
In iMovie, use FILE/IMPORT FROM CAMERA.
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!!!
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.